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Hailing from West Orlando, Hotboii is one of the most exciting new rappers to emerge from his hometown’s scene. After getting his start at age 15, he discovered a natural musical talent and began using his songs as an emotional outlet. Although he was briefly held back by jail time, Hotboii moved forward with laying the groundwork for a long-lasting career as soon as he was released, driven by an overwhelming urge to establish himself as an industry heavyweight. Earlier this year, he achieved breakout success with his full-length debut Kut da Fan On — a powerhouse 17-track album that accumulated millions of streams within the first month of its release. Arriving in May, Kut da Fan On features hit tracks like “Goat Talk” (now at over 4.2 million streams in the U.S.). Now, he’s gearing up to release his latest project, Double O Baby.

Italy’s Gothic/Doom band Hadal release lyric video for “Red Again”

Teo [Bass] about the video:
“This song is a tale of passion, the burning flame of our emotions. A pagan feeling is here, driving the lyrics to the marriage of the opposites. Light embraces darkness, as the sun fades away and the moon shines upon us. Moreover, the red colour is a link to our previous album, Painful Shadow. Talking about the structure, there is a gothic verse that evolves in an almost melodic death metal finale with a fierce chorus. The video creation was entrusted to Max, one of our guitar players.”

Ready for broadcast… Shut Away from British pop sensation Anuladé

Anuladé is a music and visual artist. As a singer and songwriter she produces thought provoking and memorable music, much of which tells parts of her life story. A story that whilst recognising challenges is focussed on recovery and possibility.

Anuladé’s unique character is expressed in her latest single, Shut Away, but can also been seen in her previous single releases, her digital art and art commissions, and her bespoke couture range.

Queen of the Dancehall Spice Releases “Frenz.”

Queen of the Dancehall, Spice, today releases her new single “Frenz.” The song The song is hopeful and intended to encourage listeners who may be facing adversity.

Produced By Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and SupaDups, the song was co-written by Angela Hunte (Alicia Keys & Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind”). Spice sings, “Mama used to tell me / friends not good for you girl / but I know I will learn the hard way / smile inna yuh face but chat behind yuh back….”

Debuted on the popular Instagram platform Chat and Laugh hosted by DJ Lava, “Frenz” was immediately received with positive reaction. Fans and supporters of Spice filled the Instagram screen with blue hearts and hand-praying emoji’s. Spice shared the broadcast on her platform which garnered additional support.

Introducing Jax Hollow | Debut video and single out now “High Class Bitch” (produced by Michael Wagener)

Jax Hollow is a complete artist. She’s never short on authenticity, badassery, vagabond soul searching and powerful songwriting. With a unique blend of classic rock, blues and american, her music stands out as an undefined and refreshing soulful expression.

Watch: Carol of the Witch music video

Deathgaze duo VAZUM release music video for Carol of the Witch from their recently released Vazumnacht EP. The video was filmed in the outskirts of Ann Arbor, MI and edited by vocalist/bassist Emily Sturm. ‘We were driving through the countryside when we came upon rolling hills with the early-rising full moon and migrating birds in the distance, and a beautiful decaying old barn and knew we had a location to shoot,’ says Emily.

Storm Force Releases Christmas Single “Last Christmas” to Help Put Positivity Back in This World

Lead guitarist Greg Fraser discussed the new single, “We thought it might be fun to jam out a Christmas song to maybe help put a little positivity back in this world. Picking the song was the tough part. Our bass player Mike insisted it should be ‘Wam’s ‘Last Christmas’ because no one’s really ever rocked that one up before. We literally banged this song out (drums, guitars, bass & vocals) in less than 2 hours. Our attitude was, “if it sucks, we won’t release it!” We’re quite happy with the results. So here it is, we hope you enjoy it & we wish you all a Merry Christmas!”


Ed Sheeran has dropped a brand-new, surprise track titled ‘Afterglow’ especially for his fans – the track is available now on all DSPs (listen here). Alongside Ed’s self-created artwork, he has also unveiled a one-take performance video for the song, which you can view here.

Ed Sheeran says – “Hey guys. Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you. It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too. Enjoy ! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x”

Recently unveiled as the most-streamed British artist of 2020 in the UK, Sheeran – who is currently on an extended break – wrote the track with David Hodges and FRED (the latter also produced the track together with Ed Sheeran). Co-production comes from PARISI.

ICYMI- Test Patterns Unveil Hypnotic Video For “Trendsetter”

The track is a contemporary take on classic Portishead, full of contempt for our current cultural priorities and values. (Be sure to peep the lyrics in the video description to get the full effect!) Featuring icy synths and a super catchy melody, you’ll definitely find yourself lost in Test Patterns’ web.


After years of being mistaken for one another by fans, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel find that even extraterrestrials have trouble telling them apart in the official video for “Not the End of the World,” which premiered today on Vevo. While on maternity leave, Katy set the concept in motion, suggesting that the acclaimed actress-musician step in for her. Female directing duo Similar But Different (The Chainsmokers, Liam Payne) rose to the challenge, concocting a tale of mistaken identity with nods to sci-fi films and Katy’s “California Gurls” video. Acting on orders to abduct Katy, two aliens accidentally beam up Zooey instead. Can Zooey pull off a Katy Perry concert and save Planet Earth from self-destruction? Watch HERE to find out.


Neil’s new studio album Neil Diamond With The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds, smashed its way into the UK Top 5 on it’s first week of release at the start of the month, and as Christmas approaches, it’s risen to #2 in the latest midweeks, hot on the heels of Taylor Swift and sitting ahead of festive albums from Michael Buble, Gary Barlow and Ball & Boe.

Another Sky Releases “Was I Unkind?” From New EP ‘Music For Winter Vol. 1’

On the first day of 2021, Another Sky will release their latest body of work, an EP entitled Music For Winter Vol. I. The EP follows their debut full-length I Slept on The Floor, released earlier this year via Fiction / Missing Piece Records. Today, the band released the EP’s third single “Was I Unkind?”, following the recently released “It Keeps Coming” and “Sun Seeker”. Alongside the studio version of “Was I Unkind?,” the London-based four piece have also released two very special live performance videos, recorded with London Contemporary Voices at London’s Union Chapel in 2019. The first being a live version of “Was I Unkind?,” and the second a medley of “Was I Unkind?,” “Tree,” and “Avalanche.”

318CHA$E – Keep Dreamin

Keep dreamin, directed by Lonzel Clark is made for all the starving artists who deserves to be seen in the music game. 318CHA$E is spitting bars and giving knowledge on this track with an amazing flow and aggression to push out this message. To all those who grind hard and get overseen when you are a born star, this is for you.


Lil Durk is leaving his demons behind while honoring those close to him with the telling single, “Backdoor.” Released at the stroke of midnight Monday (Dec 21), the Chicago MC marks a release of bad habits in addition to his wins and losses–including the loss of promising OTF wordsmith King Von. Promising to do it for Von, Durk shares a special tribute to the late rapper in the visual while wearing Von’s O Block chain in remembrance.

Lydia Loveless Shares New Holiday Song/Video “Merry Christmas” To Benefit Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Ahead of the holidays this week, Lydia Loveless has shared her new song “Merry Christmas,” alongside an accompanying video, directed by herself and Michael Casey. The melancholic seasonal tune is now available via Bandcamp, with all profits benefiting her home state’s Mid-Ohio Food Bank. “I wanted to try my hand at a holiday song. Every year I intend to write one and give up. This year, the only thing I feel like I have any control over is my creativity—so it seemed like now or never,” explains the now North Carolina-based Loveless. “One of the things I have missed most is making music with others, so I asked my bandmates George (Hondroulis) and Todd (May) to add to it. It was a little spark of joy in a super bummer season.”