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SMITH/KOTZEN – ADRIAN SMITH And RICHIE KOTZEN Debut Album To Be Released March 26th As Transatlantic Rock Icons Join Forces

BMG is proud to announce the worldwide release of the debut album Smith/Kotzen by Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen on March 26th. The announcement comes on the back of the release of the video for the album’s first single, “Taking My Chances.”

DEAD REGISTER: Atlanta, Georgia-Based Post-Rock/Doom Trio To Release Don’t Fail Me EP In Late February

Atlanta, Georgia-based post-rock/avant doom trio DEAD REGISTER presents a special new EP, Don’t Fail Me, at the end of February. The band this week offers a brief
foretaste of the audiovisual creativity of the release with a teaser and more.


Singer, songwriter, actress, and designer, Sabrina Carpenter, signs with Island Records and makes waves with stunning new single “Skin” – out now!

“Sabrina Carpenter is a star,” Island Records President / CEO Darcus Beese states on the signing of the artist. He continues, “Her powerful vocals, infectious personality, and successful career as a singer, songwriter and actress attest to that. We are thrilled to welcome such a talented young woman to the Island Records family.”

New-wave duo NOPRISM is something for Skope Magazine

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.


NYC by way of Orlando artist 454 (aka Willie Wilson) has announced his debut mixtape 4 REAL via Honeymoon (Rejjie Snow, ARTHUR) and ARTHUR’s new imprint MATH for March 16th. Today you can watch the video for “FACE TIME”. Growing up in Orlando, 454 was surrounded by music while his passion for skating, which landed him features in Transworld Magazine as a teenager, defined his love for 90s New York hip hop and would eventually inspire his move to NYC three years ago.

Maggie Rose and Micky Guyton discuss uplifting women in music on new podcast

Osiris Media announces the release of the fourth episode of Salute the Songbird, a new podcast hosted by rock and soul singer Maggie Rose. The episode drops today, with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton. Salute the Songbird is the latest addition to Osiris Artist Spotlight podcasts and was developed in partnership with Rose and her manager, Austin Marshall of Starstruck Entertainment.

In this episode, Rose and Guyton discuss how Guyton got her start and the epiphany moment she had watching LeAnn Rimes perform the National Anthem that led her on the path to country music. Guyton discusses growing up in an era when women reigned supreme on country radio, the pivotal moment that changed the course of her career, and why she’s determined to create opportunities for others in the music community.

Mickey Guyton

The Imaginaries’ Finally Release Debut Album Mar 26 | “Revival” At Radio Feb 22

Their single “Revival,” a spiritual swampy roots song about finding hope and salvation, will be impacting Americana, AAA, and college radio on February 22, 2021. Listen to it on Spotify HERE. “It came to be as a merging of three separate song ideas,” says Maggie. “Our faith certainly has an impact on our lives and therefore our songwriting, so the themes of the song are complete with biblical references from ‘not storing up treasures on earth’ to the warnings of ‘the love of money’ with an adventurous undertone of spreading the good news.” The video / short film has received a lot of attention on the film festival circuit with its O Brother, Where Art Thou? meets Bonnie and Clyde theme.

How Artists Can Ensure They Are Paid When Recording Remotely

Whether musicians are in a studio or sitting on the sofa at home during the pandemic, they need to make sure careful documentation is kept of what they write and record, and that the documentation is safely stored.

Efforts to store recording files and credit notes can be haphazard, leaving some musicians and songwriters to learn too late that their hard work went unrecognized and uncredited, says Deborah Fairchild, president of Nashville-based VEVA Sound (vevasound.com), which verifies and archives projects for clients in the music industry. “The bottom line is that without accurate credits, you cannot be paid for your participation in any project,” she says.

“As the industry evolves in this new normal, remote recording has become more of a trend,” Fairchild says. “That makes it perhaps more important than ever that everyone who creates music should have a streamlined way to ensure that their credits are accurate and their files are safe at every stage of the creative process.”

“We believe the best way to manage the nightmare of file and credit management is to collect the information at the time you are creating, whether you are writing a song or making a recording,” she says. “If there is a process in place to easily collect files and credits from the beginning of a project, the chances of inaccurate credits or missing files decreases drastically.”

Electronic-Indie Duo DECOUPLR release Kaleidoscopic Video for “Changes”

Philadelphia electronic-indie duo DECOUPLR (Bailey Walker and Adam Laub) are premiering the video for their brand new single “Changes,” off their upcoming debut full-length DIGITAL BONFIRE (Out February 19th).


Atlanta-based full-service talent, artist management, label and music distribution powerhouse The Blueprint Group and Tsū Inc., the “Social That Pays,” today announces a landmark partnership rooted in a shared commitment to content creators and artists.

Tsū, which now shares advertising and affiliate revenue with creators, has teamed up with The Blueprint Group in an initiative to distribute $5 million in company equity among creators who most actively support the Tsū platform. The partnership will not only boost Tsū’s mission to cultivate great content and expand its creator community, but it will also expand the media presence of artists like those managed and distributed by The Blueprint Group.

Tim Atlas x honeywhip Shares Official Music Video For “Peace At Last”     

Out today, Oakland-born, L.A.-based DIY writer/producer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Atlas and honeywhip, newcomer dream-pop indie duo that started in Tokyo share “Peace At Last,” an upbeat, jangly song that reflects on the pandemic and protests but also celebrates diversity and the social movements spurred by an upending year. Of the song, Tim says, “we’re all made up of a sum of experiences, and while those experiences shape who we are & how we perceive the world, it’s a breath of fresh air when you feel like you have a chance to make some changes.” Conceived, directed, and edited by Atlas, the official music video features user-generated video from friends and family expressing themselves to the song in response to different political, climate, social, and personal crises that have taken center stage after nearly a year in quarantine.

Meron T & Sey G Return With R&B-Tinged ‘Dailyy/ Crazy out of Love’

Love and heartbreak, it’s a moment in time many of us can relate to. Meron T’s ‘Dailyy’ and ‘Crazy out of Love’ were made at a time of transitioning out of a romantic relationship into a platonic friendship instead – and speaks on the emotional battles of adjusting, and that friendship not working out. Produced by Sey G, the soulful release was Meron T’s prominent thoughts, a freestyle of feelings and emotions present at the time. “They were a big part of my healing, giving me not only a release but also strength and perspective to deal with my heartbreak,” the artist explains. “I hope for it to resonate with any listeners going through a similar emotional experience, to draw parallels to and heal through.”

Kuwait/Syria-Born, Now Toronto-Based Metal Prog-Rockers DEREV Deliver Debut Single That’s Anything But “Futile”

In a release that’s anything but “Futile,” Canadian rockers Derev harness the intensity of metal with atmospheric progressive sounds, all while incorporating elements of their Arabic and Armenian heritage in this, their propulsive new single — available now!

Paydro | “Feel Like The Bank” | Music Video

Exla Music supports Cincinnati’s street native Paydro as he starts 2021 with “Feel Like The Bank”. Living his life feeling like the bank, Paydro hopes to gives his fans something to motivate them to get to the bank. Continue to support Paydro and his future endeavors.

Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) Shares “What” Video Via Brooklyn Vegan, ‘Born Stupid’ Out February 12th On Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise

Today, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) shares “What Are You Gonna Do,” the second single following up on “Born Stupid” from earlier this month. Brooklyn Vegan premiered the track, praising it as “the kind of wigged-out genre-blender you’d expect from Leary, with elements of metal, industrial, psych-rock, and synthpop meeting at what sounds like the mouth of hell.” After nearly 30 years on hiatus, Leary is back with a new second solo LP Born Stupid, out February 12th on Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise.

Declan McKenna shares new live performance of “Rapture” with Vevo

Vevo announces the release of Declan McKenna’s live performance of “Rapture.” “Rapture” comes off of McKenna’s new album Zeros, the first since his critically acclaimed debut, What Do You Think About The Car? in 2017.

Said McKenna about Zeros:
“In terms of my artistic development, it feels a major step on from my first record. With this album, if I’m performing as a character, I wanted it to give it everything- all the artists that I love like Dylan, Nick Cave or Bowie, are great storytellers because they give their characters really intense, sometimes strange voices.”

Experimental pop duo Vákoum share breathtaking “Airotic” video, speak to Audiofemme about anxiety attacks, relationships & their new album; ‘Linchpin’ out 2/19/21

Vákoum is an experimental pop duo founded in NYC in 2014 by instrumentalists, composers and producers, Natalia Padilla and Kelli Rudick. Their humble 20 year foundation of virtuosic guitar playing and multi effect processing and synthesis, brought them together at “The End” —Greenpoint’s hub for creatives in Brooklyn during a guitar clinic. Since then their craft has evolved through subconscious intuition, creating a sonic

Vákoum Unpack an Anxious Mind to Become One with the Body in “Airotic” Video Premiere

Young Clancy Drops New Track “MIGHT COULD”

I made the initial instrumental with Gray Rowan at his studio. I remember it was the night we found out that the NBA season was cancelled because of COVID… probably the last time I would be in the studio with someone else for several months… Just before or after the proper lockdown started, I sent Chris the instrumental with a few vocal ideas. It took him a while, understandably, to get back. I was so happy when he did. As with everyone on the project, it was special to see him for the video shoot after only communicating virtually for the last six months or so. The timing worked so we were able to come by a week or two before Toronto went into lockdown again. He has one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen.

Marie-Clo – «At Ease» music video

“At Ease” speaks of absolute freedom and emancipation, written specifically to empower womxn to fully let go and take risks. With its retro musical feel, let’s be inspired to have fun, be confident, dance, and most importantly not bite our tongues. Listen today on your preferred platform.

Shell(e) Pt III, out February 12, is the last piece of my trilogy before the release of my full-length album Shell(e) in March. Produced by Polaris shortlisted producer Olivier Fairfield (Fet Nat, Timber Timbre, Leif Vollebek), this third EP represents feeling bold, free, and unabashedly sensual.

Watch Real Numbers’ “In The End” video via Week In Pop

Regarding the backstory of the song & video, Eli stated: As some of you may know there have been zero Real Numbers songs not written by me. This one right here was co-written with Cameron Soojian so it’s a first and I am very proud and excited that you get to hear it today. Its inception was a demo Cam recorded at home that was almost lost forever, featuring the chords, vocal melody and “In The End” lyric which I then arranged and added the rest of the words. Lead guitar is also Cam with Ian moving to bass guitar. The video was shot “pandemic-safe,” in separate locations at different times, tied together with Gordon Byrd’s expert editing and production. Key (to the shoot) was an old rotating Christmas light meant to illuminate a metallic tree purchased a few Christmases ago in Milwaukee, WI.

Charlotte Jacobs announces new EP “The Shape of Wandering”, out April 9th, 2021

Brooklyn-by-Belgium vocalist Charlotte Jacobs transposes her world into music. Sights, movements, sounds and places coalesce, reflecting the artist’s surroundings in lush electronic unison. Born and raised in her parents’ art gallery in a small village in the Flanders countryside, Jacobs’ dense avant-pop arrangements pull influence from visual art, poetry and contemporary dance, converting one artistic medium into another. After spending several years performing in Belgian electronic trio SEIREN while studying jazz vocals at The Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Jacobs began writing her own material, experimenting with vocal manipulation and unorthodox song structure.

LIZZARD: Metal Injection Debuts “Blue Moon” Video From French Power Trio

French power trio LIZZARD is pleased to reveal their captivating new video for “Blue Moon.” Now playing at Metal Injection, the mesmerizing track is featured on the band’s impending new full-length, Eroded, set for release next month via Pelagic Records.

Writes Metal Injection, “Featuring prog elements, hypnotic riffs, and impassioned vocals, combined with elements of grunge, LIZZARD creates a sound that’s a little bit familiar and classic, but still a whole lot of new.”

LIZZARD's Proggy New Single "Blue Moon" Will Hypnotize You

Zuli Jr. Releases New Single “How to Feel”

Rising indie R&B-pop artist Zuli Jr. has announced the details for his new studio album Stop it God. and has dropped his new single “How to Feel” along with an accompanying music video. Set for release Friday, May 14th via Nurtured Ideas, Stop it God. marks the sophomore full-length from Zuli Jr., who was named an “Artist You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone on the heels of his 2017 debut. The New York-born and based singer-songwriter introduces the 12-track collection with the funky new single “How to Feel.” Sunny production and a steady beat strut underneath his dynamic vocal performance, fluttering from intimate verses into fiery falsetto.

Artist: PAPI AQ – Track: Keys To My City

Faced with challenges most would consider insurmountable, Papi AQ has sought to unite his family and fans through his music. Inspired by hardships he and his family faced back home in Mexico, Papi AQ has tirelessly built his catalogue stressing the importance of perseverance and ambition, while developing a strong Latin- Canadian connection. Not one to only focus on personal success, Papi AQ is making inroads for the Latino community through his music and initiatives in Toronto.

OCEANA: Italian prog/melodic death metallers featuring Novembre’s Massimiliano Pagliuso premiere debut album “The Pattern” 

Italian progressive/melodic death metallers OCEANA, featuring Novembre’s guitarist Massimiliano Pagliuso, will release their new album “The Pattern” on CD, 2LP and digital formats on January 29th 2021 via Time To Kill Records.


Venus Furs Shares Inspirational New Video

Venus Furs is the moniker of Montreal’s Paul Kasner, a multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. In preceding years the act has taken many forms, supporting the likes of The Horrors and The Twilight Sad as he worked on refining and determining exactly what Venus Furs was meant to be. After years of hard work and hurdles, Kasner released the Venus Furs LP, a rigorously crafted set of songs that voyage heedlessly through sonic and mental terrain in a way that could only be the product of a single idiosyncratic mind.

HELL-BORN – “Natas Liah” Full album premiere

Hell-Born returns 12 years after their last album. The band was started in 1996 by Behemoth co-founder Baal and Les, also a former Behemoth musician as well as a member of Damnation. There are IX songs on “Natas Liah” – old school, black death metal with a bit of melodies typical for the group. There were also some guests during the recording session, including Adam Nergal Darski. The band confirms that it is by far definitely the best album in their career.


International supermodel, activist and philanthropist Naomi Campbell welcomes singer, songwriter and actress Andra Day for an entertaining conversation on “No Filter with Naomi”, she will also speak about her character as Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday movie. – a limited-time series under her highly popular “Being Naomi” YouTube channel. With more than 500,000 views ,the web series has invited fans to #stayhome during this unprecedented era to save lives and has focused on intimate conversations conquering multiple topics between Naomi and a diverse collection of her friends, including a variety of designers, musicians, actors, beauty gurus and media personalities.

DEAD REGISTER: Atlanta, Georgia-Based Post-Rock/Doom Trio To Release Don’t Fail Me EP In Late February

Atlanta, Georgia-based post-rock/avant doom trio DEAD REGISTER presents a special new EP, Don’t Fail Me, at the end of February. The band this week offers a brief foretaste of the audiovisual creativity of the release with a teaser and more.

Nique Got-It | “All My” | Music Service

Nique Got-It delivers another street banger, “All My.” With his confident demeanor, clever lyricism and wordplay Nique Got-It & CMC Entertainment LLC continue to set the bar for the MidWest.


The new EP by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds on In The Red Records celebrates a dreamlike bridge between life and memory. Recorded and mixed with Jim Waters (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Sonic Youth etc.) at Waterworks Recording this past year in Tucson AZ, “Sean DeLear”, is a tribute to the late, magical, non-binary, African American singer Sean De Lear, a ubiquitous, Los Angeles underground institution. The rocking first song on the EP uses the metaphor of those passed on as swinging from a chandelier, a festive image we all hope is true!