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Alok & Daniel Blume join forces on new single ‘Rapture’

Brazilian dance music star Alok kicks off 2021 with new single ‘Rapture’, a collaboration with Irish singer, producer and DJ Daniel Blume, out on Friday 8th January via Alok’s label CONTROVERSIA in conjunction with leading UK dance label Positiva – home of Daniel Blume – and Spinnin’ Records.

A 2021 reimagining of the Nadia Ali club classic of the same name, ‘Rapture’ combines seductive vocals, emotion-tinged breakdowns and a deep, driving bassline.

SILVERA release “Something Else” video

“Something Else” is the latest video from the extremely well-received SILVERA debut album, “Edge Of The World”. “Something Else” is one of the strongest songs in the record, building the chorus in an extremely strong bridge, which is becoming to be the trademark of the Danish band. “”Something Else” is reflecting on those persons that are so devoted to one thing that they push everything aside”, vocalist Michael Krogh ponders on the theme. “On one hand it is truly admirable and inspiring and on the other hand you feel sad for all of the opportunities they are missing in life”, he concludes.

New Music – Tom Speight ‘Everything’s Waiting For You’ rel 8.1.21

Today, London-based artist Tom Speight releases “Everything’s Waiting For You” via Nettwerk Records. This is the first single taken from his forthcoming album released in the autumn of 2021.

Using a selection of synths, different piano sounds and guitar delays to create “Everything’s Waiting For You,” the track crosses between Tom’s delicate acoustic sound to a bigger sonic palette showcased on the upcoming new record.

Premiere: Tom Speight’s Uplifting “Everything’s Waiting for You” Opens 2021 with a Ray of Sunshine

Singer-Songwriter Greer Baxter Releases Alt Pop Single ‘Sleeping on the Couch’

Born and raised in New York City, Greer Baxter is the pop singer-songwriter not to miss in 2021. Written and produced by Greer Baxter, “Sleeping on the Couch” is about just that – sleeping on the couch after a fight with the person you love. It’s about trying not to let a fight come between you and keep you apart. Greer’s song-writing takes inspiration from artists such as Regina Spektor and Alanis Morisette, perfectly encapsulating those intimate moments in relationships. Greer fuses this together with an alternative pop sound that liken her to artists such as Lauv and Halsey.


Today, Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) releases his anticipated full-length Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, an album populated by drunk and broken-hearted characters and comprised of tracks mostly written when Rosenberg was newly single. The album was originally slated for a May 2020 release, but when the global pandemic turned the world upside-down, Rosenberg decided the album wasn’t quite done after all. A few songs no longer seemed to fit and came off. More importantly, three new songs were added, including album opener “Sword from the Stone,” which he wrote during quarantine and performed for the first time during one of his YouTube Isolation Sessions earlier this year.


After releasing four singles from his new album, “Things To Come,” including several #1 iTunes charting tracks, Jeremy Parsons is dropping the full-length collection on January 8th, 2021. The album includes some of Parsons’ most personal songs to date, including the title track about his past addictions and “Good Ole Days,” about “looking forward to looking back.” The album is being released with legendary label, Smith Music. It is the follow-up to his hugely successful breakthrough album, “Things I Need to Say.”

Philly Rockers SORAIA Return with New 7″ Single “Tight Lipped”

Philadelphia rock quartet Soraia is giving fans new music for the start of the New Year.

The band will release a 7″ single titled “Tight-Lipped” (with a b-side cover of Aerosmith’s “Angel,” ft. a guest appearance by their Wicked Cool Records labelmate Jessie Wagner) on January 8th.

The Juliana Theory Usher in a Better New Year With Hopeful “Better Now” Song & Video

The Juliana Theory have returned with “Better Now,” kicking off 2021 with a strikingly hopeful song and video. “Better Now” is just the second new track from The Juliana Theory after a 15-year hiatus from making music and kicks off a year that is sure to bring more from the newly reunited Brett Detar and Josh Fielder.


DEE DEE RAMONE is the first single from GATUPLAN’s upcoming debut album KAMPEN GÅR VIDARE!

GATUPLAN is a solo project by punk rock bass player Inge Johansson (known from bands like The (international) Noise Conspiracy, Against Me!, CSS, Cryssis and Stilett) and GATUPLAN’s music is rooted in classic punk rock with a touch of ska, rap and powerpop.

About the song DEE DEE RAMONE, Inge has this to say “Ramones are a part of my DNA. There’s just no way around how brilliant their simple and direct melodies were and the impact they had on my ambitions as a song writer. I can also relate to them as total underdogs. They didn’t sell records, they didn’t have any big hits but they had a following in the underground club circuit and worked hard on the road. That’s how it’s been for me as well, and if my life in music has been the same as the life of the Ramones – then I have nothing to complain about.”

David Bowie and His Music Land on TikTok

“The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it.” – David Bowie

On what would have been his 74th birthday, TikTok today announced that the music of David Bowie is now available to the TikTok community. An account in Bowie’s memory has launched in partnership with Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and The David Bowie Estate.

Mike Konstanty launches new record label Dirty Hills

Polish DJ and producer Mike Konstanty marks the launch of his new record label Dirty Hills Records with single ‘Release Me’, out on Friday 8th January.

Focusing on new, unconventional methods of promotion and publishing new artists, Dirty Hills has been launched with the aim of releasing great music from across the electronic spectrum. A bass-heavy piano-house jam, ‘Release Me’ features the vocals of UK singer-songwriter Leela D, who previously linked up with Mike Konstanty on September’s ‘Come To My Room’. The label is also giving away a free-to-download Mike Konstanty’s bootleg of the Phats & Smalls classic ‘Turn Around’.

Tyla Yaweh, Gunna + Wiz Khaifa Share Music Video For “All The Smoke”

Initially released at the end of December, “All The Smoke” oozes with the realization of Tyla Yaweh’s potential. Praised by the likes of Complex, LA Weekly, Highsnobiety, Uproxx, HotNewHipHop, and more, with NME calling the track “explosive,” the snog is Tyla’s most anthem-ready release to-date. The official video crystalizes the energy of the track with the three artists unfolding a Fast & Furious-style adrenaline rush of a story.


Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling rock band KINGS OF LEON officially announces the release of their highly anticipated eighth studio album When You See Yourself coming March 5, 2021, on RCA Records. Lead single, “The Bandit” is available now with an accompanying music video that sets the sonic and visual tone for the album. The band has also made a second track, “100,000 People” available as well. Recorded at Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studios and produced by Grammy Award-winning Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine) the album propels Kings of Leon into 2021 with a modern evolution of their sound.


El cantante urbano, Jay Maly lanza hoy el sencillo y video musical de “Rosas y Pistolas” junto al prolífico, Arcángel. En este tema, Jay Maly y Arcángel relatan sobre una relación amorosa que al mismo tiempo es peligrosa ya hay una mujer que esta involucrada amorosamente con uno de los cantantes. Esta traiciona a su pareja para ayudar a los interpretes llegar a una fortuna de diamantes valorado en más de 10 millones de dólares.


Stockholm post-punk band V**gra Boys (**= “ia” because spam FILTERS) have released their LP Welfare Jazz via YEAR0001. The sophomore album was produced by is produced by Matt Sweeney (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Run the Jewels), Justin and Jeremiah Raisen (Yves Tumor, Kim Gordon, Sky Ferreira) as well as past collaborators Pelle Gunnerfeldt and Daniel Fagerström (The Hives, The Knife). Ever the band drenched in satire, they return with their brand of horn-filled, searing post-punk and rejection of standard genre tropes to deftly lay waste to society’s normalization of toxic masculinity, racism, misogyny, classism, and self-obsession

Rising Rapper Morray Takes Responsibility, Shares “Big Decisions” Video

Bursting onto the scene with a big personality and a singing voice to match, Morray is an expert at delivering emotional resonance in melodic rap jams. Coming through with another reflective banger, Morray shares “Big Decisions,” his latest music video. A vocal showcase for the rising rapper, “Big Decisions” is an introspective examination of Morray’s responsibilities as a bread-winner for his family and a role model for his community. Flexing his nimble flow and church-trained melodic runs over subdued guitar-and-808s production, Morray resolves to stay motivated to get his bread up, despite the temptations to take an easier path: “I’m tryna do everything the right way/but the wrong way so damn inviting/I got a family to feed I got a family to feed, I got a family with needs.” In the video, Morray spends quality time with his friends and his kids, hanging at his home on the corner of Fieldcrest and Dashland and taking his boys for an afternoon at the bowling alley.

Duran Duran Pay Tribute To David Bowie With Moving Rendition of ‘Five Years’

“My life as a teenager was all about David Bowie. He is the reason why I started writing songs. Part of me still can’t believe in his death five years ago, but maybe that’s because there’s a part of me where he’s still alive and always will be.” Duran Duran’s front-man Simon Le Bon reveals. “When we got the Ziggy Stardust LP and put the needle in the groove, our first taste of its perfection was the song Five Years. I can’t begin to explain how honored I feel for Duran Duran to be given the opportunity to perform this icon, and to place our name alongside Bowie’s for this commemoration of his music.”

THE BLACK CROWES PRESENT: ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ 30th Anniversary

The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker, the multi-platinum debut by the seminal rock n’ roll band The Black Crowes, is being re-released in multi-formats sets on February 26, 2021, through UMe/American Recordings. Band founders, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, with original producer George Drakoulias, oversaw the creation of the re-release. Most exciting are the 4LP and 3CD Super Deluxe versions, which includes the original album, remastered; 3 never-before-heard studio recordings; 2 unreleased demos from the band’s early incarnation as Mr. Crowe’s Garden; B-sides; a spectacular, high-energy 14-song unreleased concert recorded in their hometown of Atlanta, GA in December 1990; reproductions of an early Mr. Crowe’s Garden show flyer, setlist and tour laminate; a 4″ Crowes patch; and a 20-page book with liner notes by David Fricke.

Stephanie Quayle Is Embracing the New Year Ahead with Love in Her Latest Release “By Heart”

Following a year of quarantines and uncertainty, Country music singer-songwriter, Stephanie Quayle, is ready to take the new year and the next chapter of her career head-on with the release of her latest single, “By Heart,” available now wherever you listen to great music. The song’s message highlights genuine connection and finding love and beauty in the simple things.

POSTDATA Shares “Nobody Knows” Via Under The Radar

Today, Halifax-based indie-rock project POSTDATA shares “Nobody Knows”, the second single from his upcoming LP Twin Flames out March 5th on Paper Bag Records. Under The Radar premiered the “Nobody Knows”, praising how the song “coalesces around energetic acoustic instrumentation, a shuffling, bouncing rhythm, and lively shouted backing vocals, giving the track an alluring communal delight.”

Follow Me Dark – “Self Titled Debut” – (Alternative Rock)

Follow Me Dark’s emotional new album isn’t afraid to confront human nature in a very raw and transparent way. Consisting of Stephen Kozak (vocals/guitar), Sean Batinic (guitar), Elliot Grove (bass) and Jim Boots (drums), the band reveals a chemistry between bandmates that assists in amplifying their message in a relatable yet ‘larger than life’ way. Hailing from Grass Valley, CA, the band has successfully introduced their grassroots following to a progressive approach to songwriting. And in “Follow Me Dark”, the band embraces very organic musical peaks and valleys, offering a refreshing complexity to the alt rock/metal genre. “Too much music nowadays is predictable, it’s unexciting. It’s not surprising. That’s something we pride ourselves in; we try to make music that pushes you into “I didn’t see this coming. I’m off my rocker. I can’t categorize this” says vocalist/guitarist Stephen Kozak.

Jon Foreman Announces New Solo LP ‘Departures’

Multi-Platinum recording artist Jon Foreman has announced a new solo full-length album Departures, due out on February 12, 2021. On his return to RE:THINK, the first label he ever signed with, Foreman is joined on the LP by GRAMMY, Billboard, and AMA Award-winning powerhouse vocalist Lauren Daigle and fellow SoCal singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham. Departures was recorded at Melody League Studios in San Diego, CA, produced by Foreman with additional production from Keith Tutt II (Shawn Mendes, Solange) and Aaron Redfield (Elton John, Sia).

ENFORCED Releases New Track And Video For “Malignance” Off ‘Kill Grid’

While the video is capturing the raw, but positive energy of an ENFORCED live show the song itself has a very serious tone. ENFORCED vocalist Knox Colby states, “‘Malignance’ is about being on the wrong side of history, being led down the path of an ideology built on hatred and violence, only to end up with a bullet in your stomach. The lyrics about-face towards the end of the song and try to shake you out of it. Wake up, get a grip, understand and accept that you’re wrong. The chorus was inspired by a World War 2 prisoner-of-war torture tactic I read about. Soldiers who were captured were forced to smell the bodies of their friends and comrades, which became this strange introspective psychological torture that fit the narrative I was writing.” Guitarist Will Wagstaff dives deeper into the music: “This song has an older Slayer type of vibe to me, maybe ‘Show No Mercy’/’Haunt the Chapel’ era. This is a pure crossover song, ala Exodus/early Testament/Slayer. We knew we wanted to keep it fast for most of the song and it ended up coming together organically during a practice.”


Urban music superstar Manuel Turizo invites two of the biggest reggaeton pioneers: Wisin & Yandel, to participate in his new song “Mala Costumbre”, which premieres with a spectacular music video available on all digital platforms and YouTube.

Manuel Turizo ends 2020 on the right path by joining two of the greatest figures in the urban genre of all times: Wisin & Yandel. This unexpected and explosive musical collaboration between Colombia and Puerto Rico, gives life to “Mala Costumbre”, the perfect prelude to what Turizo has prepared for his fans this 2021.

John Carpenter new video/single “Alive After Death”

Ahead of the release of his first album of non-soundtrack music in nearly five years, John Carpenter has shared a final pre-release single and accompanying video. “Alive After Death” is a brooding, suspenseful embodiment of the exhilarating, spine-chilling, story-telling aesthetics that have established Carpenter as an iconic legend of both music and film. The song is accompanied by an animated video by legendary illustrator Boneface – a bold collaboration between two truly unmistakably unique creative minds that fully fleshes out unsettling world hinted at in the visualizer for the demonic disco of the previous single “The Dead Walk”.