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Over 250,000 YouTube views so far… His Sweet Baby Boy from Irish artist Ellie Redmond

Christmas has always been an extra special time for Ellie. When she was just six years old, Ellie performed on Ireland’s Irish speaking TV station TG4 as part of a Christmas special programme. She was chosen with a select group of singers to sing Christmas carols while the presenter, “The Druid Chef” prepared the Christmas dinner. This programme has been broadcasted every year for the last seventeen years and has become a must watch at Christmas time on Irish TV.

Artist: KITAH – Track: Me Fundi (Remix)

Me Fundi Remix is the reversion with several very popular artists in the Dominican Republic such as Chimbala, Quimico Ultra Mega, Ceky Viciny, Black Jonas Point, to the rhythm of the “Dembow Dominicano” that is being popularized in the world by artists like El Alfa .

The song is an exaltation and a compliment to one’s progress and feeling blessed by what is achieved, it has a very contagious rhythm and is ideal for parties.

Swiss post-progressive rockers The Kompressor Experiment streamed brand new EP “KMPXP”

As announced a few days ago with the music video of the song “Hippocampus Spatial Transmigration” : about 14 months after the release of their album ‘2001’, Swiss post-prog rockers The Kompressor Experiment just officially released a brand new EP called ‘KMPXP’ available right now on a very limited 10′ LP edition & Digital through Sunday Fog Records.

Gim Kordon shares new video

Helsinki-based indie rock band Gim Kordon released their second single of the year, Betoni kukkii (“Concrete Blooms”), on Friday 13 November 2020. Having released their acclaimed comeback single at the end of July, the band are now putting out a single that is even more edgy and aggressive. The new single demonstrates why the band’s followers also include fans of lighter indie, punk and rock.

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Post Music Video for New Single ‘Lockdown’

Progressive/power metal quartet, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, hailed by MetalSucks as “seriously epic” – has unveiled a music video for “Lockdown”, the second single from their forthcoming concept album “Psychosomatic”. The clip, which showcases the group cleverly adapting to the same stay-at-home conditions that are affecting millions of people around the world at this moment. The song itself is available for streaming and purchase on digital music platforms such as Bandcamp, Apple Music and Spotify.

Paydro | “Street Blessings” | (Official Music Video)

In “Street Blessings” Paydro is a street veteran, allowing a peek into his life. He still keeps his eyes and ears to the streets, rats are not allowed and his blessings came from the streets. Anyone can relate to his story of living that life and reaping the benefits of the “Street blessings” Stay updated with the new music and videos (@paydrobce).

Rue Vox Single/Video “River”

Delivering a rare, but true rendition of another artist’s song is sometimes challenging to handle. However, there are times when the utmost respect is given and a song becomes a new piece all its own from the very start. Such is the case of the “River” (Bishop Briggs) cover enveloped by the sultry soulful rocking vocals of the artist Rue Vox. “River” flows as if it were meant to be Rue’s all along. There are times when you close your eyes, you can taste all the influences come beating through every note, rhythm, and melody as they are caressed by Rue’s commanding voice. “River” is a delectable introduction to what Rue Vox is bringing to us in the ensuing months ahead. Working closely with Brian Steele Medina of Gemini Syndrome, Rue Vox has created an expressive moving modern track that takes the listener on a journey.

TikTok Releases First U.S. Music Report: Here Are Some Key Insights

TikTok was one of music’s defining commercial and culture-shaping forces in 2020, propelling hits up the charts and introducing music fans to their favorite artists. Today, TikTok released its first-ever U.S. music report, taking stock of the songs, trends, and artists that made an impact on the platform and the music world at large. The report offers an array of numbers that measure the sheer size of music consumption on the platform, highlights big hits and emerging artists, and provides more information about the taste profile of users on the platform. Below, check out some key insights that can be gleaned from the U.S. music report:

Release Alert: Charlie Max releases festive single & video ‘Christmas Eve’

Charlie is hoping to make a splash over the next year with his infectious brand of pop and is looking forward to releasing more over the coming months. Expect catchy lyrics, an up-beat rhythm, and a classic festive singalong chorus; the festive recipe is created, and the single is out NOW.

New England hardcore crew War Criminal release sophomore EP, God Failed Me

On their new EP, God Failed Me, out today, War Criminal rips through five in-your-face tracks that delve into the band’s personal experiences of betrayal, loss, and depression. Each track brings a dark, evil, & heavy turn to hardcore with morbid lyrics, thrash riffs, and hard-hitting drums. While sonically God Failed Me is truly a hardcore record, lyrically the band goes more in-depth than your average approach. “False Hope” centers around the want to believe in a “god”, but eventually resenting the notion completely because of a life dealt with negative experiences. Dealing with this despondency carries along to other tracks on the EP, including “No Way Out” and “Smile Lines”, both centered around different aspects of depression and hiding your true emotions.

SONIC FLOWER (w/ Church Of Misery members) stream new single “Earthquake”!

Japan’s most psychedelic rockers SONIC FLOWER (with members of Church Of Misery) unveil a second track taken from their long-awaited sophomore album ‘Rides Again’, due out January 22nd on Heavy Psych Sounds. Hear their electric and boogie-laden cover of Graham Central Station’s “Earthquake” right now!

“This track you are listening to is a cover of the mighty Graham Central Station, led by Larry Graham — a slap bass pioneer, also involved with Miles Davis! We turnt this song into noisy heavy rock. Enjoy!” says the band.

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra Share New Video “Ella Mary Leather”

As we head towards the end of the year, James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra unveil a new video for “Ella Mary Leather”, taken from their forthcoming album The Wide, Wide River due January 22, 2021.

While “Ella Mary Leather” is titled after a Herefordshire based folk song collector in the early 20th Century, James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra’s song is not about her. Yorkston explains: “No, it’s not about Ella Mary Leather. I am just using her lyrical name as a mask, to protect the innocent…” Over a wealth of percussion, violin, and nyckelharpa, Yorkston plays buoyant piano as he sings us a story about a friend from many years ago.


The impact of great music has never been as clear as it has in 2020 and the appreciation for authenticity, true artistry and self-expression perhaps never more appreciated. It is for this reason and so many more that Mom + Pop Music is excited to announce their newest signing, Frances Forever. Based in Massachusetts, the 21 year old singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist has a knack for crafting charming indie-pop songs that have not only warmed hearts but also gained traction on social media and streaming platforms. In the past three weeks alone, Frances has quickly amassed over 10 millions streams with support from Apple and Spotify, hitting Spotify viral charts in 49 countries, going #1 in the US and #2 globally and landing on the BillboardHot Rock & Alternative charts. Frances caught attention in 2019 with an appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk contest, spotlighting their song “Space Girl” which saw a quick and exponential reaction on Tik Tok soon after. 2021 promises to be a big year for Frances and Mom + Pop Music are elated to bring the rising star into their family.

The Game ft Lil Wayne new music video A.I. With The Braids

Today, Compton rapper The Game releases the anticipated music video for his hard-hitting latest single “A.I. With The Braids” featuring Lil Wayne that pays tribute to legendary NBA all-star and friend Allen Iverson. In the 3D-animated visual, A.I. dominates his competition on the basketball court, showing off his signature braids and swagger. Animated versions of The Game and Lil Wayne perform their verses while floating basketballs and Lamborghinis surround them. The Mike Zombie produced track is the first song from The Game following his critically-acclaimed album Born To Rap released in 2019.

Nova Miller releases the video for her festive bop “Only When It Snows”

Released on the heels of her holiday ballad “Red Dress”, “Only When it Snows” is an upbeat festive anthem with an emotional message. On “Only When it Snows,” Nova brings her powerhouse 5-octave vocal range to tell the relatable story of missing someone special a little extra during the Christmas season. On “Only When it Snows” Nova proclaims “Summer days under clear blue skies, I’m okay baby, I get by. The winter comes it’s about that time — tears are fallin’ and I don’t know why”. The song’s twinkling sonics and brilliant beat marry perfectly with Nova’s enchanting voice and create a holiday tune sure to become an instant holiday classic.

TruCarr and G Perico release “What I See” music video

Today, rising Watts, CA rapper TruCarr joins with G Perico to release the newest seductive single “What I See” off his upcoming debut project Based On a Tru Story, releasing via 100 Ent/eOne in 2021. Produced by XL, the hypnotic synth-laden track brings the two rappers together to sing about the allure and charm of their ladies. G Perico also joins Tru for the music video, where they dance beside beautiful women, moody lights and luxury cars. Between scenes, Tru sits atop a gold throne like a king.


This notably marks the first time these two superstars have shared a track. Shot in Lagos by Nigerian filmmaker Director K [Tiwa’s “Your Love,” DaVido’s “1 Milli”], the video opens with Tiwa behind a classic retro microphone in a bold and bright yellow couture dress. Accompanied by a full band, she slips into the track’s jazz-y bounce with a sly smile before the clip cuts to DaVido decked out in royal purple next to a vintage television set. As always, he projects the soaring hook with charisma and confidence. The visual climaxes with DaVido at a gorgeous white piano as Tiwa sings over a boisterous horn section produced Speroach BeatZ.


The release of “GONE” follows the much celebrated release of “NTWFL,” Dew’s spellbinding take on the R&B classic “Now That We Found Love” that was previously performed by such greats as The O’Jays, Third World and Heavy D. “NTWFL” was deemed Best New Music This Week by Complex who called it “hypnotic” and praised Dew’s “seductive singing” and was included in Billboard’s 10 New Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week. Sam Dew’s debut album MOONLIT FOOLS is the latest and most fascinating chapter yet in the singer/songwriter’s impressive career thus far, a left-of-center R&B album that digs into the genre’s sonic roots while subtly flipping convention on its head.

Jennifer Saran Looks to Better Days with Her Song and Video “(Don’t Let It Be) a Sad Ol’ Christmas”

For the world at large, 2020 hasn’t been the best of times. Still, there is light in the darkness, and what better way to celebrate better days ahead than with a fun and frolicking holiday song? That’s just what internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran has done with her smashing single, “(Don’t Let It Be) a Sad Ol’ Christmas.”

Saran’s irresistibly hooky jingle-jangle gem, co-written and produced by superstar producer Narada Michael Walden (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey), is accompanied by an exuberant and heartwarming video – complete with cozy holiday revelers, a smiling pooch and even a piano-playing cat – produced by filmmaker Andrew Thomas. For “ring out the old (thank goodness) and ring in the new” holiday cheer, it hits all the marks.

Vietnamese Artist Kiey Releases Pop Track ‘Up to You’

Based in the heart of Vietnam, electro-pop artist Kiey has released atmospheric, dreamy track Up to you from his album Night to Myself. Up to you is the perfect introduction to an artist whose music transcends culture and will hit home with listeners wherever they are.

Brickboydior Expands His Sonic Palette with “Shake Sum” Single

Rhyming in a malleable flow delivered with aggressive rasp, Brickboydior is a natural-born spitter. Embracing a bright and bouncy sonic palette, Brick shares “Shake Sum,” his new single. Effortlessly floating above ’80s-style synths that would easily fit in an episode of Miami Vice, Brick emphasizes his desire to earn enough cash to live his dream lifestyle and provide for his day ones: “Shake sum, Just got off my ass, time to make sum/Puttin’ in that work, Imma grind ’til my day come.” “Shake Sum” is Brickboydior’s third standout single in recent months, following his hard-hitting “Talk My Sh*t,” a collaboration with TOKYO’S REVENGE, and the inspirational “Dreams & Nightmares.”

GRAVESEND: New York City Black/Death Trio To Release Methods Of Human Disposal Debut LP Via 20 Buck Spin In February

20 Buck Spin announces the label’s first title of 2021, welcoming New York City’s GRAVESEND to the roster for the release of their debut LP, Methods Of Human Disposal. Confirming the LP for February, the cover art, track listing, and lead single “Needle Park” have been issued.

Kodiak Arcade shares focus track + debut album “Arcade”

As a project, Graeme Cornies’ Kodiak Arcade is a hi-fi homage to the lo-fi sounds of the past. It’s a set of sonic landscapes, where the humanity of the organic performances is intertwined with sounds that can only be created by modern tech.

Graeme spent a lot of time thinking about his own relationship to technology while making Kodiak Arcade’s debut album, Arcade. From the time he spent consumed in the fictional worlds of Sierra games as a kid, and how those stories affected his real-world self.

Japanese female rap duo FEMM announce mellow new track ‘Tic Toc’

Fresh off the release of their new hyper-pop EP ‘404 Not Found’ last month, Japanese female rap duo FEMM have announced yet another new song, ‘Tic Toc’, slated for release on December 25.

The new track was teased on FEMM’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, with a short clip of the music video available now on YouTube. Further details for the track’s full release will be made clear on its release date – a perfect gift for Christmas Day.

The melody was created by R&B singer Vedo, whose song ‘You Got It’ has been used in over 8.5 million videos on TikTok, generating innumerable total views and gaining Gold Award certification from the RIAA on December 10.

Jon Reynolds & The Aches release ‘Leather Jacket’ lyric video

Jon Reynolds & The Aches have released a kaleidoscopic lyric video for their brand new single ‘Leather Jacket’, taken from the forthcoming debut EP Petrichor out January 22nd.

‘Leather Jacket’ is a potent pop rock track oozing with atmosphere and inescapable hooks reminiscent of a pairing between The War On Drugs and The Gaslight Anthem.

Adventure Rockers HÄLLAS Reveal New Official Video for “Carry On”

Swedish psychedelic adventure rock quintet HÄLLAS have been turning heads and taking names in the scene for years, but 2020 saw their undisputed breakout with the stunning album Conundrum, out now via Napalm Records.

One of the album’s catchiest tracks, “Carry On” – featuring a timeless, stardust-like scattering of infectious guitar lines and booming, yet haunting vocal performances – can now be experienced in a whole new light via a brand new music video. Straight from the studio, this new video showcases the band up close and personal, providing a window into their passion and unique musical insight. Get ready for another cosmic journey through their vintage-inspired sound spectrum!

Kelsy Karter Releases “You Only Die Once” Video

Kelsy is reunited with her “Devil On My Shoulder” co-star Crystal the Monkey in “You Only Die Once”, a captivating visual that depicts Karter cheekily attempting to break out of a mental institution, desperately trying to get back to her pack of people who truly understand her and where she feels her true self. After a few failed attempts, Crystal the Monkey breaks Kelsy out and reunites her with her group of misfits.

Kelsy Karter gives the middle finger to the world in “You Only Die Once”

Artist: Ocean’s Envy – Track: Save a Seat

Ocean’s Envy is a Dallas, Texas based powerhouse of a band from frontman Kurt Mantheiy. Kurt spent the genesis of his musical career playing and touring in hardcore/punk bands and now brings that counter culture intensity to the more mature sounds of Ocean’s Envy. By day Kurt works as an entertainment lawyer (sometimes arguing with your favorite bands management and legal counsel), but by nights he is posted up in the studio blending emotional guitars and heavy synths with passioned vocals. The songwriting goes as deep as the wounds left from a life of chronic illness and heartbreak, but with a light at the end of the tunnel.

Michaela Anne’s “If I Wanted Your Opinion” Inspires Optimism and Conviction

“When was the last time you had to quiet the voices of others, go against the opinions around you and stand in the conviction of your own voice?” asks Nashville-based Americana artist Michaela Anne, “I believe one of our core desires as humans is to be seen for who we are.”

Featured on 2019’s critically acclaimed Desert Dove and inspired by a Shania Twain-type sass, “If I Wanted Your Opinion” is Anne’s rallying cry to keep your opinions and judgments to yourself if they are critical of others.