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Jessie Villa Releases Sweetly Sinister New Single “Thriller”

Jessie Villa first encountered the music scene by winning multiple songwriting competitions in New Jersey and working with a NYC-based manager, who started setting writing sessions up for the artist in Nashville, TN. After winning Simon Cowell’s “The You Generation” live covers competition, Villa transferred to Belmont University, and in her first month living in Nashville, she opened for Kris Allen and Boyce Avenue at Cannery Ballroom on their No Limits tour. Shortly after, she had her first songwriting cut with popular YouTube cover artist Alice Kristiansen with her song “Twilight Blue” (co-written with Mark Conklin and Jessica Cayne).

Jessie Villa’s Sweetly Sinister ‘Thriller’ Will Take You On a Tantalizing Joyride

The fin. release their atmospheric single ‘Deepest Ocean’, out 22nd January

After “Over The Hill” and “Sapphire”, indie project The fin. starts 2021 by dropping the 3rd single from their new album to be released this year. In “Deepest Ocean”, composer and self-producer Yuto Uchino adds a refined funky side to his creative blend of dream-pop and psychedelic synth-pop, cleverly playing with the track progression and every sound of his layered composition. Mastered by Mike Bozzi, Grammy award winning engineer based in LA, The fin.’s elegant soundscape has reached a new level of quality.

Seattle electronic artist Leandrul announces new single “Interim”

Leandrul is Crosby Morgan, a female electronic artist whose work largely focuses on mental health. As a fan of Grimes, Nine Inch Nails, and Pink Floyd, Crosby produces music that is heavy with carefully chosen lyrics and choral scapes, as well as synth and percussive textures found in modern industrial and pop genres.

Yung Stakks | “Freaky Bih” | Official Music Video

Chine Music’s Yung Stakks is having a wild time with a chick and her best friend in his new single “Freaky Bih”. The Chicago artist is having his way with his ladies and everything else on this track. Follow Yung Stakks on all platforms to stay up to date with him and his campaign.

CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE Debut EP, ‘Ten High,’ Out Today Via Carry On Music

Blood, sweat, and guts. These are three of the core elements required of artists who set out to make music that’s steadfast, honest, and true. And if you’re going to make the kind of music that’s embedded in the finest, deepest-rooted Southern rock traditions, then you better be ready, willing, and able to deliver the goods straight up, no chaser.

Wais P Is Somewhere Between Nirvana And Pain With New Video “Mama Say” Prod. By Stu Bangas

Wais P (pronounced Wise P) formerly of the Team ROC’s Da Ranjahz has established his own lane of pimp infused east coast lyricism dubbed “Pimp-Hop”. Since entering the rap game he has worked with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, DJ Premier, CeeLo Green, Swizz Beats, Statik Selektah and countless others. After becoming a solo artist in 2007, he then toured with Method Man & Redman on The Smokers Club Tour and also with Dj Premier & Statik Selektah. Born in St. Croix and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, his surroundings influenced and constructed his sound immensely. “My music is shaped by lifestyle and what I see in my area. It is based around what I myself have lived through not necessarily influenced by other musicians” says Wais.

Southern charmer, BRS Kash Releases Debut Mixtape “Kash Only”

Today marks the release of Atlanta’s hottest bubbling act, singer/songwriter/rapper, BRS Kash’s label debut mixtape, KASH ONLY released via Team Litty/LVRN/Interscope Records. His introductory project features 12 fresh songs with studded collaborations including Toosi, Mulatto, City Girls and DaBaby. The highly anticipated project kicks off with “No Manners,” a smooth joint about the give-and-take in a relationship, a true Atlanta romance; “Shake,” a sensual stripper-anthem produced by JetsonMade and DJ Tonee, “Feel Better” with Toosii, a slowed-down melodic record where the two recall their feelings on helping restore their partners “I just might take you out the country to make you feel better” and more.


BEFORE I SPILL MYSELF was met with critical acclaim from the likes of Complex, OkayPlayer, NPR and more. “At the heart of TeaMarrr’s music, there’s a deep desire and urgency for healing that flows from her blending of pop, hip-hop, and R&B,” notes Grimy Goods. “That altruism takes shape and is given power in her songs, and especially her new EP BEFORE I SPILL MYSELF, in the form of her ability to weave in and out of typical genre barriers–not just in melody and cadence, but in pure aesthetic and production as well.” BEFORE I SPILL MYSELF released alongside the official music video for “Chasing Amy” (1.5m views), directed by James Bland (creator of Issa Rae Presents’ Daytime EMMY® Award-nominated GIANTS).

The White Stripes share “Seven Nation Army” Bonnaroo performance video

The White Stripes have shared a video of the band’s pummeling performance of “Seven Nation Army” from their legendary Bonnaroo set. The Sunday, June 17, 2007 show closed out the festival’s Which Stage, making it one of Bonnaroo’s last sets for that year.

Revelry Gang “Transcend” from Hollywood on new alt-metal single

From the streets of Hollywood, alternative metal outfit Revelry Gang is back with their biggest banger to date, “Transcend.” The riff-laden track, mixed and mastered by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Sleeping With Sirens, The Word Alive), combines dueling guitar leads and lush production with huge choruses filled with titanic vocals.

Kaniva recruits Love Island’s Mike Boateng & Priscilla Anyabu for heartwarming short story “Unstable”

In a minimalistic sleek fashion, the video portrays a couple receiving therapy – notably played by Love Island’s Mike Boateng & Priscilla Anyabu, with creative direction driven from the concept of Ying and Yang to elaborate on the ongoing complexities of the relationship.


Five years on from Birdy’s last studio album ‘Beautiful Lies’, it may sound like a long break between albums but for Birdy, taking time to stop, experience the world and find out who she really is, was a necessary circuit break. Travelling to Nashville, home to the greatest heartache songs ever written and visiting LA drawing from classic artists Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake was the perfect way to seek inspiration. These gorgeous surroundings and collaborators seemed to know, instinctively, how to draw the words out from Birdy imbued Young Heart with strokes of the artists who had gone before.


GRAMMY® Award-nominated activists FEVER 333 have shared an official music video for “WRONG GENERATION,” the title track off their acclaimed new EP. The video, which was directed by Djay Brawner, sees Travis Barker joining in on drums and is streaming now on the band’s official YouTube channel.

FEVER 333 vocalist Jason Aalon Butler elaborated on the video telling REVOLVER, “We were hoping to make a video that offered a similar energy and excitement to the live element of this FEVER 333 project. I also wanted to give a nod to ‘Song 2’ one of the coolest music videos ever made. Put these vibes together and we ended up with this.”

Ann Wilson returns with “Tender Heart”

Legendary rock singer and songwriter Ann Wilson has announced today’s premiere of a powerful new single. “Tender Heart” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

“‘Tender Heart’ came out of a personal struggle,” says Wilson, “but quickly evolved into a greater, more universal meaning. We as the human race are coming to realize realities we never dreamed we’d have to face – environmentally, culturally, financially, and health-wise. Humanity is coming to terms with uncomfortable, heartbreaking, terrifying truths. This song is for the soul whose heart is blindsided by reality, but is still soft and innocent. I hope people will identify with this song and feel they are not alone.”

Legendary Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist BILL CHAMPLIN (Formerly of Chicago) New Album Livin’ For Love Releases TODAY!

According to Bill and some of the awesome players on the album, they all think that this music is as good as it gets. If you think you know what this album sounds like based on past albums you’ve heard of Bill’s, you’re wrong. This thing is really raising the bar for any singer/player/producer/songwriter albums, even Bill’s past albums. Bill Champlin has a long career of great music and Livin’ For Love is the cherry on the cupcake.

PnB Rock honors late friend King Von on their last collaboration, “Rose Gold,” official video out today

The 2 artists built a friendship and in early 2020, connected to record the melodic street anthem shortly before Von’s untimely passing. There were also plans to make a video for the single featuring Rock and Von. In “Rose Gold,” Rock raps about his friends that have passed away: “Two tone rose gold, Cartier skeleton. I ride with my dogs whether right or wrong. I got all these scars cuz my ni**as gone. Tat em on my back and put em in my songs.”

Justin Moses Releases Fall Like Rain

or the last three-quarters of a century, in the world of bluegrass music, one thing has always been certain; the cream rises to the top. And it didn’t take long for International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winner Justin Moses to rise to his now prestigious status as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in acoustic music. Available today, Moses’s pickin’ prowess and songwriting skills are on full display with his release of Fall Like Rain, a new self-produced full-length album on Mountain Fever Records. Featuring Moses on vocals and a slew of stringed instruments—from flat-top six-string and Weissenborn guitar to mandolin and banjo—Fall Like Rain not only sheds light on his many talents, but on the skill and perseverance it takes to piece them all together to create the final product.

Birdy Releases Stunning New Single “Surrender”

Today sees Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Birdy release a brand new single “Surrender,” the first to be lifted from her highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Young Heart,’ out April 30, 2021 via Atlantic Records. The track arrives alongside a stunning official music video, directed by Grammy Award-winning director Sophie Mueller.

Anna Akana Shares “Run” Single/Video Via Forbes, ‘No Longer Yours’ EP Out February 19th, 2021

Today, Anna Akana shares “Run,” her second single following November’s “Pink.” Both singles are leading up to Akana’s upcoming EP No Longer Yours, out February 19th, 2021. Alongside “Run,” Akana shares a cinematic music video directed by Auden Bui. Forbes premiered the track and video, detailing the backstory of how “Akana was inspired by the relief one feels after finally getting over a relationship.”

Oakland’s Laney Keyz Links With Lil Keed for “360

A master of conversational, easygoing melodies, Laney Keyz is the next to blow in the Bay. Continuing to bring his East Oakland attitude to the Southern trap sound, Laney Keyz shares “360,” his latest single. Tip-toeing atop distorted vocal samples and stuttering 808s, Laney shares tuneful anecdotes about his boss life and warns his competition that he’s coming for them: “We heard ’em talkin’, we takin’ em down/I ain’t patrolling, I’m making the rounds.”

Makena Resonates With Mental Health Battles in New Single ‘A War Within’

Makena’s distinct intense and melodic instrumentation matched with powerful vocals and lyrics that hit close to home is heavily showcased in ‘A War Within’, a song about going through a psychotic episode and dealing with mania as a whole. The band have been known to share their deeply rooted emotional and personal thoughts through their music. In ‘A War Within’, Makena wants to remind us that we’re not alone in our struggles.

Toronto sibling duo The Bramantes share new music video

Toronto sibling duo The Bramantes have unveiled their latest single “Calling”, the second offering of their much anticipated debut EP.

The Bramantes create a pulsing mix of electro-house and neo soul music with their hypnotic new single “Calling”. This second offering from their upcoming debut EP hearkens on an irresistible rhythm section reminiscent of GoldLink’s 2017 hit “Meditation” while rich vocal harmonies give the track unique jazzy undertones.

First Listen: The Bramantes – Calling + Video

Indie Electronic Duo NEIL FRANCES Announce New EP; Share “Falling For You”       

Los Angeles duo Neil Frances (Jordan Feller and Marc Gilfry) are excited to announce they will release their new 6-track EP, Stay Strong Play Long, on March 12th. It includes their viral single, “Music Sounds Better With You,” which has been streamed over 40 million times, along with recent releases, “Tuesday” and “On The Lookout,” and their latest single, the disco-tinged danceable love song, “Falling For You,” out today.

Nova Rose Drops New Track “Need Me”

Born in the city of Montreal, QC, Nova Rose was first introduced to music by her Egyptian-born father who would play the guitar as she sang along every night before bed. This routine quickly developed into a passion leading her to learn the violin, guitar and piano. By the time she graduated university, Nova was writing songs with artists from around the world, performing at different venues throughout Canada and reached a #1 spot on Quebec radio stations, all the while embracing modern pop sounds.

The Mylars Release Their High Energy Cover of the 1970’s Pilot Smash Hit, “Magic”

The Mylars are a super charged power pop rock band founded by vocalist/ guitarist Danny Roselle and long time collaborator, vocalist/bassist Quig.

With a band mission of “It is what it used to be”, The Mylars are a combination punch of late seventies power pop rock infused with their own modern day twist. Big sing along choruses, huge guitar riffs, and action packed live shows bring back everything that defined an amazing generation of music.

Vancouver Punks REST EASY (Feat. Members of Daggermouth, Shook Ones) Release New Single “Get Busy Dyin'” Off Upcoming ‘Sick Day EP’ 7″

Vancouver punk rock 4-piece Rest Easy consists of members of Daggermouth and Shook Ones. The band has just released “Get Busy Dyin’,” the first single off their upcoming ‘Sick Day EP’ 7″ vinyl, out February 12 via Mutant League Records.

#ATLTop20 #Certified !!! – Slip-n-Slide Records x Loc Vision Ent. Presents: Jai – “12:30”

NIVO + Rexx Life Raj Team Up On “Runnin’ It Up”

NIVO has today released a new single “Runnin’ It Up”, featuring fellow Bay Area rapper + EMPIRE label mate Rexx Life Raj. This is NIVO’s first song release of 2021.

NIVO has released music sporadically over the past couple years, impressively balancing a music career with a 60+ hour workweek as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He has worked extensively with sobhhï – a childhood friend who’s now the #1 hip-hop/R&B artist in Dubai – releasing a joint EP Luxury Casual together in 2019, a project that charted in 10+ countries.

MARIAH CAREY’s official remixes/unreleased songs made available for the first time to stream

Award-winning international superstar, songwriter, singer and best-selling author Mariah Carey is continuing the celebration of her 30th Anniversary (#MC30) as a recording artist with the release of numerous digital EPs from her groundbreaking album catalogs from UMe, a division of Universal Music Group. The EPs consist of remixes and bonus materials from various albums including Charmbracelet, The Emancipation of Mimi, E=MC2, Memoirs of an imperfect Angel and Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, will be released according to the album they were originally recorded for. The first EPs released will be from Charmbracelet on January 22.

Otira Modernizes the Hardcore Sounds of Yesterday on “Take Kontrol”

Masterfully weaving jolting bass stabs and euphoric melodies, Otira modernizes the hardcore sounds of yesterday on his anthemic Dim Mak single “Take Kontrol.” Spinning his signature sound onto a familiar era, the young producer pulls listeners to the dance floor with this happy and pulsating production.

Boston’s Jennifer Tefft proves herself a powerful force with new song

Today, Boston-based songwriter and alt-rocker Jennifer Tefft shares a powerful new song + video. “Better Days” is a hopeful anthem that aims to cut through the noise. It’s a deeply personal song for Tefft who has endured many hardships in life and had no choice but to rise above.

After surviving breast cancer, she aims to put the focus back on her music career. With an affinity for the darker side of alternative rock, “Better Days” juxtaposes the hopeful message with ominous undertones showing that there are always two sides to life, the dark, and the light. It’s a fitting message for the start of 2021.

Roots of Creation Releases New Video for “Light It Up” Ft. Mighty Mystic!

“Light it Up” is the anthem we all need right now! The new song features Mighty Mystic, best known as one of the leaders in the modern reggae revival. “Light It Up” reminds us that sometimes an anthem is all we need to reconnect to the here-and-now. Although RoC is known for diverse dynamics and sounds ranging from dub to hard rock, here the band settles into a propulsive rhythm that doesn’t break for the track’s 4:20 run time. Leave it to Brett Wilson’s chorus “Damn, it feels good to be alive” to ring like medicine for a 2020 blight. And with Mighty Mystic providing slinky verses like “Yeah it’s a party yo/ spliff and Bacardi yo/ kick like karate yo/ sweat like a cardio” we have something fun, triumphant, and true to Reggae roots.

(Skope Magazine) Championed by Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon; 80’s new-wave electronic outfit NOPRISM kickstart the year with new euphoric bop

+ NOPRISM is the stage name for Newcastle based indie innovators Andrew Young and Mark Nelson. Channeling electronica-infused pop with hints of 80’s new wave; the pair return with their highly anticipated new single and music video ‘Pantherbeat’. The duo are already ahead of the game, having reached over 150K Spotify Streams combined, and their previous release ‘Happiness’ was championed by Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon, and featured on E4’s Made in Chelsea.


H-Town rapper Yung Pooda is on the up-and-up as he makes significant wins with his buzzing sophomore single “Chicken ‘N Grits” featuring Dreamdoll. Today, the Cool & Dre produced track is 4th most added record in the country on Urban Radio with 33 adds. The official “Chicken ‘N Grits” music video has garnered over 28 million views on Tik Tok after weeks of trending on the widely-popular social media platform.

Last year, the rising star received attention and accolades with his first release “Repeat Dat.” Rolling Out magazine declared, that the “Texas rapper Yung Pooda is winning the battle between life and art.” Respect Magazine called the track “a bona-fide hit,” “Repeat Dat” went on to chart on the Top 50 Urban and Rhythmic radio charts and has +2M YouTube views.

Fretland shares new song ‘One More Try’

Today, Fretland released the song “One More Try” from their forthcoming sophomore album Could Have Loved You via Soundly Music due out on March 26.
The release of “One More Try” follows previously released songs “Could Have Loved You,” which premiered via Kelly McCartney’s Southern Craft Radio on Apple Music, and “Do You Think of Me,” which premiered exclusively via Atwood Magazine.

Hillary Grace Fretland, founder of the band spoke about “One More Try” saying: “This song is one of my favorites on the album. I did something I never do and recycled some lyrics off a dusty but romantic short song. I haven’t had the opportunity to try and get someone back in my life at this capacity but imagine I would try something like this. Lots of tears, wine and avoiding but longing to match their gaze. Hoping that I’d be able to read how much love or fight is left in the conversation.”