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Xavier Toscano Gets You Off Your Feet With “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) vs Vogue”

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Dubbed the “Queen of Atlanta,” V will also be releasing behind the scenes footage to give listeners a glimpse at her highly anticipated banger. Decked out with deft bars and a powerhouse hook, it’s another bold anthem with a royal proclamation worthy of her name. She teased out a snippet on Instagram to her 813K-plus followers and increased anticipation for the track’s arrival.

phonewifey welcome 2021 with their new mind-boggling 6-track EP ‘HARD YEAR’

Shortly after the release of their ‘Phoneveryone’ mixtape in 2019, which featured Adamn Killa, Ava Akira, Roma Radz and heartcoregirl (to name a few), London based artist & producer phonewifey kicks off 2021 with ‘HARD YEAR’ a mind-boggling 6-track EP perfectly summing 2020 as it was experienced… A hard year.

2ndBorn | Ain’t Graduate

Wreck Yard Productions rapper and recording artist 2ndborn drops off the feature single “Ain’t Graduate” from the street’s most demanded project, “Scam Likely.” This monster of a track produced by Arkay delivers everything about the Houston sound and Southwest Houston Texas swag you’ve come to expect from the Lonestar Native, 2ndborn. Bragging and Boasting come naturally to a man with a taste for the finer things in life that he will acquire with or without a degree.

DJ Scheme Shares “Buck 50” Ft. Juice WRLD & Carlton

An influential figure in hi-hop, DJ Scheme is a quintessential connector. Releasing a highly-anticipated collaboration with one of his closest friends, Scheme shares “Buck 50,” a new song featuring Juice WRLD and Carlton. Originally meeting in 2017, Juice WRLD and DJ Scheme were constant companions, with Scheme spending time as Juice’s tour DJ and Juice validating Scheme’s ambitions to branch out and become an artist and producer. A brilliant showcase for the late rapper’s mastery of melody and rhymes, the DJ Scheme & Carlton McDowell-produced “Buck 50” is an effortlessly fly banger about Juice’s world-conquering ambitions. A fitting companion piece to “Conversations,” the Scheme-co-produced song from Juice’s posthumous album Legends Never Die, “Buck 50” ends with a poignant guitar solo, putting a fine point on Juice’s words.

The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites Releases Solo Debut Album ‘Piano Piano’ // Out Now Via Dualtone Records

The Lumineers’ co-founder, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites released today his anticipated solo debut album Piano Piano. Available everywhere through Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company) in the U.S./Canada and Mercury KX for the rest of the world, it’s an achingly gorgeous collection of intimate, piano-centric instrumental songs that Fraites has been working on for the better part of a decade.


Silk City returns with “New Love” featuring Ellie Goulding

“I’m always stoked to get back in the studio with Mark,” says Diplo. “We’ve been constantly trading ideas since the start of Silk City and finally found the time to bring some of them to life. We came out with this classic house record and Ellie was kind enough to lend her voice to it.”

“I love the music that comes out when Wes and I get together,” says Ronson. “It has a joy to it that’s different from everything else I work on. I’ve known Ellie for over
ten years, and it’s great to finally get to make something together. Her voice has such a pure tone that cuts through everything.”

Olivia Kaplan shares song of encouragement, “Wrong” featuring Buck Meek

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Olivia Kaplan came to music through the American folk and jazz standards swimming throughout her childhood. At 13 she started writing songs on her dad’s Guild acoustic and has dedicated herself to the craft with ever growing acuity since. After pursuing a formal vocal and music education in high school and college, she left a conservatory level jazz program at McGill University in Montreal and made her way back home to record her own songs, while getting her degree in ethnomusicology at UCLA.

Chloe Tang unveils new single, “Sad About Me,” from forthcoming EP

Rising pop songstress Chloe Tang has announced today’s premiere of a powerful new single. “Sad About Me“ is available now at all DSPs and streaming services along with a visualizer, streaming now on Chloe’s official YouTube channel.

TrueMendous – ‘Cause A Scene’

2021 is set to be a massive year for TrueMendous and she has already set the standards high with her powerful single ‘Cause A Scene’. Her sound merges an eclectic soundscape fulled by elements of Hip Hop with Neo-soul, Jazz and Pop.


NEWS: Son of the Velvet Rat readies new album ‘Solitary Company,’ from Austria to Joshua Tree, Calif.

Son of the Velvet Rat is the solo musical endeavor and masked identity of Georg Altziebler and his wife, Heike Binder. In 2013 the duo left their hometown of Graz, Austria for the endless highways of America, finally settling along the edge of California’s Mojave Desert, in Joshua Tree. Their new album, Solitary Company, will debut internationally on March 19, 2021, released in the U.S. by tastemaker indie Fluff & Gravy Records.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Son of the Velvet Rat Embrace Uncertainty with Folk-Soul Noir on “Beautiful Disarray”

From Singer/Songwriter Emily James – New Single ‘the list’ Released Today

James shares that creating the list was truly a therapeutic process. “I wrote and produced it myself at a time when I was weighed down with a literal list of things I had to get off my mind. Sometimes we can’t bring ourselves to say everything that we wish we could say directly, and this song was my alternative.” She continues, “It was a little terrifying to unearth feelings I tried to hide and put them under a magnifying glass to stare at for a while. Ultimately, doing so gave me this song, and allowed me to resurface a little lighter.”

Ai Bendr’s “Love Me Low” in HBO’s Euophoria + Official Video Out Now!

Australian born, Michigan raised Ai Bendr is excited to share the official music video for her track “Love Me Low.” The song will make its television debut tonight (HBO Max) and Sunday (HBO) on ‘Euphoria.’ Written and recorded by Ai Bendr last year in the boiler room of her family home, the song is a pensive ballad about separating from her highschool love. The song and video are both out now, watch above or visit:

Matt Rollings and Kristin Wilkinson Release Benefit Single “America The Beautiful” feat. Amy Grant, Keb’ Mo’

Today, GRAMMY award-winning producer and piano virtuoso Matt Rollings released a stunning rendition of “America The Beautiful” to benefit Nashville symphonic musicians, who were furloughed without pay for over 6 months due to the pandemic. The song was produced and arranged by Rollings and Kristin Wilkinson, and features performances by Rollings, Amy Grant, Keb’ Mo’, Trisha Yearwood and The War And Treaty.

Country Music Artist, Ken Wilber, Releases “Freedom Song” to Radio

New York native and Country Music artist, Ken Wilber, has announced the release of “Freedom Song” to radio via CDX distribution services whose service reaches not only all key radio programming decision makers, but also the major streaming platforms, labels, publishing companies, and more in the Country Music business community. “Freedom Song” was penned by Sonny LeMaire, Clay Mills, Jimmy Ritchey and recorded by Ryan Younts at Oceanway Nashville, engineered and mixed by Tony Cottrill at The DAWg Houze in Hendersonville, TN and mastered by Benny Quinn.

Multi-genre artist, daydream Masi Delivers New Track “Night Like This” Today

Akron, OH artist, daydream Masi shares a new track, ” Night Like This” today via Interscope Records. On the guitar driven track Masi sings about the peace his partner brings him amid the madness that can occur in the matter of one wild night. On the entrancing song he sings lyrics that speaks to the hypnosis we’re under while in love, “you can bring your cloud and I will bring my tea, I don’t give a fuck I want you here with me.”

YSB Tril Battles with Heartbreak in New Song “Ain’t The Same”

Throughout 2020, the rising rookie showcased his versatility and rock-solid work ethic. Anchored by his electric single “Feel It,” which sits at nearly two million streams on Spotify, Tril’s standout year earned him a performance slot for NBA #2KFest celebration. Last April, GrungeCake also lauded the young hyphenate for his “undeniably catchy, singsongy hook and fast-paced verses” on “Do It Most.” Then, in December, Flaunt Magazine highlighted Tril’s action-packed video “All Da Action” and dubbed him “a force to be reckoned with.” To cap off his strong run, Tril finished the year strong with his visual “Workin.”

WARDRUNA ‘Kvitravn’ Out Worldwide Today (January 22) via BY NORSE MUSIC and SONY MUSIC/COLUMBIA RECORDS

“We are very happy to finally share this long-overdue album with you all,” shares founding member and composer EINAR SELVIK. “In the period leading up to the release, it has been truly overwhelming to see how well you have received the songs we have shared so far. We sincerely hope you will enjoy the rest! For me personally, this album represents a natural continuation and development of everything we have done so far. Through experience, reflection and hungry curiosity, we potentially continue to grow as humans, scholars and musicians and with this constant movement, our ability to dive deeper into our work also grows. More clearly than before, this album and its songs address us as humans in our own time. Even though the songs convey ways and words originating from a distant past, they are still just as much ways and words for the ‘now.’ They are ideas born out of the very grounds we still tread, which is also what gives them the ability to speak to and resonate within us still. Let us listen carefully and sow or reaffirm the idea or attitude that nature is something sacred.”

Dylan Cartlidge Shares New Single “Molasses (Walk the Walk)”

Premiered last night by Annie Mac on the UK’s BBC Radio 1, “Molasses (Walk The Walk)” is the new single from North Yorkshire genre defying singer-songwriter, Dylan Cartlidge, out today on Glassnote Records.

Grammy winner Judith Hill’s soul/funk Baby, I’m Hollywood

“‘Baby, I’m Hollywood!’ personifies Hollywood as a woman,” Hill explains. “The music captures her free spirit, yet lyrically, it underlines the pain she has endured. It is very much a reflection of my life and how it has been growing up in the entertainment business. The show must always go on and yet you learn how to put your pain in the songs…. that is what makes the stage so visceral and alive. Beyond the lights and glamour, there is depth. I wanted to show that side of Hollywood and give the word a different feeling.”


The six-song EP will feature songs recorded by Dango between 2008 and 2009. Only three hundred copies were printed and handed out to family and friends at the time.

“It is with gratitude and appreciation that I offer these songs to you. Banjo Poems reminds me of a sweet time in life. It was a simpler time, too,” Dango explains. “Most of these pieces were written in the autumn and recorded during the longest night of winter. The banjo, being an heirloom of the Civil War, maintained a sweet spot in between the key of B and C, falling naturally into a 432hz tuning.”

Lele Pons and Yandel Release New Single & Music Video “Bubble Gum”

Featuring production by Yandel’s oldest son Sour alongside Izzy and Wassily, the track proves instantly infectious from top-to-bottom. Over thick bass and a scorching beat, Yandel and Lele bridge eras and styles with a chewy chorus and sticky hook. These two stars also join forces for the music video where they wild out in a bright and colorful bubblegum land. Cruising together in a classic pink convertible, their chemistry simply pops on “Bubble Gum.”


The ‘Lento’ (Brabo Remix) featuring Brazilian megastar Pabllo Vittar follows the release of the latest remix of ‘Lento’ featuring Latin-GRAMMY nominated breakout star Rauw Alejandro, produced by two-time GRAMMY Award winning Tainy.

ICYMI- “Literally life-affirming and self-compassionate”- BEAMS Share “Born To Win”

‘You can hear that fear in “Born to Win,” but you can also hear that courage and determination. There’s something literally life-affirming—and self-compassionate—in Mērnieks-Duffield’s repeated insistence, in the song’s bridge, that “I was born.” It’s one of those reckonings that begets further reckonings.’ -American Songwriter


Lil Skies makes every move with his family in mind. His very moniker nods to his dad’s rap alias “Dark Skies. Before his career took off, he ducked out of college and started making moves to support everyone. Minted as a rising star, Skies named his 2019 chart-topping debut, Shelby, after his mother. As a father himself now, the multiplatinum Waynesboro, PA rapper goes harder than ever in 2021 on his second full-length offering, Unbothered, out today via Atlantic Records/All We Got Ent.

Xavier Toscano Gets You Off Your Feet With “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) vs Vogue”