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Waconzy Releases Visuals For His Pop Song Titled MARRY YOU

Legendary Nigerian afrobeats singer/songwriter Waconzy known by his evergreen song “I celebrate” delivers a 2021 youtube music video full of good vibes and good food for his latest pop wedding song titled “MARRY YOU.” This wedding, pop & love song is from his 3rd studio album titled “Afrobeats music legend”. Produced by Mr Drill in Lagos Nigeria, MARRY YOU was shot in Puerto Viejo, Limon Costa Rica. The video was directed by Christian Bryant (Dj Chris).


KISS co-founder & frontman, best-selling author and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer PAUL STANLEY has spent the last few years developing a project close to his heart. Soul Station is a band gathering some of today’s leading musicians to pay tribute to the greatest artists and songs from the R&B and soul catalog to keep this vital music current. While a surprise to many, Stanley’s early pivotal roots in this music has quietly turned this passion into a celebrated touring and recording band. Stanley’s 15-piece ensemble group has toured the U.S. and Japan, and recently recorded an album of nine classic soul songs and five new original songs.

Ani Di Franco Navigates Inner and Outer Chaos on “Simultaneously” Video

Today, singer/songwriter/feminist/activist/author Ani Di Franco releases the video for “Simultaneously,” the latest track from her upcoming album Revolutionary Love, out January 29 on her Righteous Babe Records label. Di Franco’s 22nd release has been named one of 2021’s Most Anticipated Albums by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

Caroline Kingsbury Shares “Lose” Via FLOOD

Today, Caroline Kingsbury shares “Lose”, the second single from her upcoming LP Heaven’s Just A Flight, out April 16th on Fortune Tellers Records. FLOOD premiered the track, resonating with the song’s “feelings of regret at squandering our free time pre-March 2020” and praising the “mounting intensity of the reverb-heavy track.”

On the background of “Lose”, Kingsbury says: I never stepped foot into a dance club until I was 23. I missed the bus to be a wild child. I went straight from dropping out of college to working in restaurants full time. My weekend nights were for making tips. But, while I was bussing tables and shuffling between drunk bachelorettes, I would dream of what it would be like to be free… To run around town at night in the arms of whoever and doing whatever. I dreamed of dancing all night. It was a lonely dream sequence made out of a drum machine and electric guitar.

Caroline Kingsbury Dreams of Being Free in Longing New Single “Lose”


Starting 2021 the right way, DJ Zinc and Chris Lorenzo join forces on bass house monster track, ‘Full of Love’ out on Bingo Bass Friday 15th January.

No strangers to coming together for what they are both known for, the UK duo provide a dirty bass house record with a banging bassline drop to kick off their 2021 release schedules with or without a dancefloor.

Pro Era’s Nyck Caution Tells His Story with Debut Album ‘Anywhere But Here’

A fixture in the Brooklyn scene for nearly a decade, Nyck Caution is serious about his craft. After putting years of work into elevating his pen game and developing his aesthetic, Nyck shares Anywhere But Here, his official solo debut album. A soulful and self-assured effort, Anywhere But Here arrives after years of personal turmoil, including the recent death of his father. The album explores all facets of Nyck’s personality, kicking off with introspective and reflective tracks like the mournfully hopeful “December 24th” ft. Elbee Three and the over-it-all title track, before the 26-year-old rapper unleashes his aggression and frustration with industry politics on songs like “What You Want.” In the album’s closing stretch, Nyck reflects on his difficult years and examines how he’s changed.

MONSTR Release ‘Brave New World’ Video Visualizer For New Single

US hard rock band, MONSTR, have released a video visualizer for their new single ‘Brave New World’. MONSTR is the brainchild of American Jetset vocalist Ian Kaine MacGregor. The YouTube video can be viewed below.


Legendary British Heavy Metal heroes Saxon loudly continue unveiling their Inspirations covers project with second single ‘Speed King’, Deep Purple’s classic tune from their 1970 album Deep Purple In Rock.

“Without ‘Speed King’ there would be no ‘Motorcycle Man’,” said Biff Byford when explaining the importance of the song on Saxon’s early career ascendance. “I love the attitude, energy and driving speed of this song, not to mention those screaming vocals! I’d never sung it before, and I had great fun with it!”


Joey Bada$$ brings a fresh interpretation of the song with an incisive flow, entering into Lous’ musical universe. This powerful collaboration demonstrates the great connection Lous shares with the US: her music, story and commitment to Black Lives Matter (Lous is an ambassador for BLM in Belgium). Despite singing in French and being unable to tour, Lous was able to convey her messages through her music and visuals and garnered positive press from Afropunk, New York Times and Vanity Fair among many others. She made her US television debut with a stunning performance of “Amigo” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Lous’ next performance is on January 27 for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) concert series, in which she revisits her album tracks in a very intimate and soulful manner.

Souvlaki Releases New “Continued Survival” EP

Two years after the previous “Tracks” EP, Souvlaki releases “Continued Survival” EP, which emerges as a concentration of disparate sounds in a small number of tracks.

This eclectic and multifaceted EP was preceded by two singles that immediately gave the measure of the great variety of influences in this new release: “7LUNGS” (which features the participation of Slim Gong on vocals and drum & bass and hip hop influences) and “Isolation” (released as an eye-catching stop-motion video) which lingers on more synth-wave and dark sounds, also thanks to the remarkable vocal performance of Deborah Grandi.

lovelytheband Recruits MisterWives for “buzz cut” Rework

Of the collaboration, lovelytheband lead singer Mitchy Collins shares, “I’ve known Mandy for a long time. I just love the tone of her voice and her songwriting. Been really diggin MisterWives’ new album ‘Superbloom’ lately. I was listening to it a couple weeks ago and I thought I’d hit Mandy up and see if she’d like to put her spin on ‘buzz cut.’ We couldn’t be any more excited than we are on how it turned out.”

MisterWives frontwoman, Mandy Lee adds, “The one silver lining about not being able to tour this year has been being forced out of the usual routine and making time for new projects like collaborating with friends. I’ve known Mitchy for… dare I say… a decade? And I’m so stoked for lovelytheband and all they’ve achieved together and hope one day we can sing ‘buzz cut’ live when it’s safe.”

Rageful – INEPTITUDE – (Death Metal)

A Death Metal band from Lisbon (Portugal), initially formed in 2011, under the name “WALL OF DEATH”.

Later in 2016, yet due to that line-up changes, and also because of some musical changes, they decided to change their name to “RAGEFUL”, marking the beginning of a new
era, and of a more mature sonority

Sports announce new single “The Look” | New EP “Get A Good Look Pt. 1” out Feb 12th via Naked Records

Today, Oklahoma duo Sports return with their new single “The Look”. Following on from their critically acclaimed tracks “Tell You Something”, “Baby Baby” and “Never Know”, the new single is the last release to come ahead of their new EP “Get A Good Look Pt.1”, which is due out 12th Feb.

Speaking about the new single songwriter, vocalist and keyboard player Cale Chronister, says “”The Look” was inspired by a comment a stranger made to me while I was out eating lunch. He interrupted me and asked who my agent was, assuming that I was a model. And then wanted to help represent me. I just kind of laughed because it seemed like such an LA cliche. But he was serious and told me “You’ve got the look of the moment.”

Signals Of Bedlam Drop The Manic New Single “Pendulum In Swing”

Signals Of Bedlam share “Pendulum In Swing” in advance of the February 26th release of their Liar’s Intuition album. The track is a polemic attack against environmental destruction and finds the band at their most manic and technically accomplished. Vocalist Cero Cartera riding high on a polyrhythmic foundation of growling bass, punching guitar stabs and Rich Abidor’s drums.

When discussing the track, Cartera explains that “There are those who poison our environment while touting conspiracy theories about those who try to stop them. The energy of this demolitionist movement will reverse course and the backswing will be tremendous.”

Tyler Shaw (Creator of ArtistsCAN ft. Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé + more) Releases Video For New Single “When You’re Home” via Sony Music

Already jumpstarting the new year, multi-platinum artist, producer, and singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw serenades on his breathtaking ballad “When You’re Home” out now via Sony Music.

At a time where love and security is needed more than ever, Tyler Shaw delivers on his most romantic track to date. Through sultry vocals and subtle guitar plucking, “When You’re Home” opens softly but as the track progresses it is cascaded by triumphant percussion, serene strings, and Tyler’s captivating vocals all culminating into a passionate performance on how the power of love moves us.

Passenger Releases Ed Sheeran-Produced “Sword From The Stone (Gingerbread Mix)”       

Written during lockdown, “Sword from the Stone” is instantly relatable as Rosenberg struggles with feelings of loneliness during these isolating times and reflects on a past love. The song juxtaposes simple conversation in the verses with an out pour of raw emotion in the chorus.

Sawyer Fredericks Releases Single and Video for “What A Wonderful World” in Advance of Inauguration

Sawyer Fredericks released a rendition of the iconic “What A Wonderful World” along with a video today. His somber interpretation and emotion-filled delivery acknowledge the difficulties of the past year while emphasizing the hopeful feeling of the lyrics, leaving us with an optimistic feeling about the future. Fredericks explains, “In my last year of touring, and the many livestreams during this pandemic, I have found myself wanting to end my sets with this iconic song by Louis Armstrong. Many of my original songs deal with a lot of sadness and emotional struggles. I’ve started closing my shows with my rendition of this timeless song, as a hopeful reminder of all the good in our world.”

KSHMR Drops First Release of 2021 ‘The World We Left Behind’

Critically-acclaimed producer, DJ and label head KSHMR kicks-off 2021 with a new single ‘The World We Left Behind’ (feat. Karra) and reveals his new album Harmonica Andromeda set to debut in March. Out January 15th via his label Dharma Worldwide, ‘The World We Left Behind’ marks the first release from KSHMR’s forthcoming album and follows his single ‘One More Round’ with Jeremy Oceans, which premiered in fall of 2019 as part of KSHMR’s partnership with gaming platform Freefire.

Lunarette share the retro pop cruiser “Lucky One” from their debut EP, Clair de Lunarette

What seemed like the end for the band Gingerlys in 2018 was the fresh start for Lunarette. Members Kevin Doxsey, Brian Alvarez, Colin O’Neill, and Jackie Mendoza chose to start anew and return to the studio with Connor Hanwick (prod. Gingerlys LP) to record their shimmering debut EP Clair de Lunarette.

Striving for release, both personal and communal, Lunarette lean into the pop sensuality of their polished, electronic world. Lush, swirling guitar layered over dynamic, jingling synth melodies fill the atmosphere of their debut EP, out via Babe City and Topshelf Records on March 26, 2021.

Global Superstars Giolì & Assia Release “Your Lullaby” Today!

Global breakout superstars, Giolì & Assia, release their first new single of 2021, “Your Lullaby” via Ultra Records. “Your Lullaby” is the duo’s latest release to join an impressive arsenal of pioneering genre-bending underground pop songs set to appear on their forthcoming EP, MOON FACES, which has earned critical acclaim from tastemaker music press including L.A. Weekly, Flaunt, Spin, 1883 Magazine, Mixmag, Paper, TIME and TMRW Magazine.

This late-night anthem is the perfect blend of melodic techno and pop to start the new year. “Our fourth release ‘Your Lullaby’ is a song inspired by classic house music. The melody of the vocals sounds like a real lullaby, romantic but at the same time obsessive,” the duo states. “To complete the track, we imprinted our signature sound of the electric handpan and live instrumentation. We hope our fans love it!”

Balsam Range releases the powerful “Rivers, Rains and Runaway Trains”

Even with all the awards, the #1 hits and more than a decade of steady success, for Balsam Range what matters most is a song, a message, a distinctive sound and a compelling performance. And though the western North Carolina quintet is known as a bluegrass band par excellence, they’ve always escaped easy categorization; just when you think you’ve got them pegged, they’ll surprise you once again. So it is that, after two chart-topping hits (“Richest Man,” “Grit And Grace”) in a philosophical and inspirational vein, the group’s latest effort for Mountain Home Music Company turns to a love song — and, as always, Balsam Range makes it into one that’s unmistakably, irrevocably theirs.

Emile Mosseri scores acclaimed A24 film ‘Minari’, shares “Rain Song”

Making its debut today alongside album preorder is the soundtrack’s lead single “Rain Song,” a hauntingly beautiful and moving piece featuring vocals from actress Yeri Han, who stars in the film as Monica. Performed by Yeri Han as a lullaby, “Rain Song” came together as a collaborative effort between Mosseri and Korean translator and lyricist Stefanie Hong, who worked with Mosseri to adapt his original English lyrics into the Korean language (lyrics with English translation can be found here). Listen to it here, and check out the Origins piece on the song by Mosseri at Consequence of Sound.

Minari Composer Emile Mosseri Shares the Origins of “Rain Song” with Yeri Han: Stream

Introducing Joy Oladokun, new song “wish you the best” feat. Jensen McRae out today

The new release is just the latest in a series of significant milestones for Oladokun, who, earlier this week, was selected as a member of the inaugural #YouTubeBlack Voices Class of 2021—a new global program created to help amplify black artists and creators across the platform. Oladokun is also one of NPR Music/Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch, a Billboard LGBTQ Artist of the Month, Spotify’s RADAR US: Artists to Watch 2021 and Vogue’s #1 New LGBTQ Artists To Listen to Now.

KITTEN Releases New Song “Do U Still Love Me?” Today

The fourth single from KITTEN’s forthcoming full-length record due this spring, “Do U Still Love Me?” is a return to the emotional, bass-driven pop-rock of fan-favorite “Memphis”.

Originally demoed by singer Chloe Chaidez as an apology to KITTEN guitarist David Stagno, her boyfriend at the time, “Do U Still Love Me?” captures Chloe’s idiosyncrasy as a writer like few KITTEN songs have before. In a stream of heartfelt, occasionally comedic lyrics Chloe lays bare her shortcomings and hopes that her honesty will be rewarded with love.

Krankhead kickstart 2021 with a new crisp, drill inspired banger ‘Hadouken’

Based out of Northampton and London, Krankhead is the new project by producer Mio Flux and vocalist Patchy, The Rockstar. With just two singles under their belt and support already from DJ Target, BBC Introducing and Kiss FM, UK rap duo Krankhead kick off 2021 with ‘Hadouken’, a crisp drill inspired banger showcasing all their best moves.


Today, A&M/UMe celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Sting’s stirring third album, The Soul Cages, by releasing a digital-only expanded edition.

Originally released in January 1991, the Expanded Edition features the original nine-song Soul Cages album plus 13 bonus tracks that consist of remixes, extended mixes, and a pair of songs sung in Spanish and Italian incarnations. Seven of these bonus tracks have not been previously available for digital download or streaming.

PRACTICE premieres timely, affectionately-themed “Failure of Imagination” & “I Don’t Need Love” via Under The Radar

With Valentine’s Day approaching and the mixture of emotions that it often brings in tow, NYC-based indie electro pop artist Practice has teamed up with Under The Radar to premiere two yin/yang singles centering around the almighty feelings of affection: the sentimental ode to his wife “Failure of Imagination” and the more playful, tongue-in-cheek “I Don’t Need Love.” The two tracks are off his debut solo album Not A Game which will be released on February 19, 2021.