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I.M, Rapper of K-pop group Monsta X, has released his highly anticipated Solo Digital Mini Album, DUALITY, today; which Metro UK referred to as “…a chill, trap-inspired five-track record best listened to on a long night time drive.” This release comes about two years after his solo mixtape, HORIZON. Not only did I.M contribute to composing and arranging on DUALITY, but he also wrote the lyrics for all five tracks. The release of DUALITY is meant to solidify his musicality as a member of Monsta X, but also expand his own world of music on a solo level. Accompanying the Mini Album, I.M has also released the music video for “God Damn,” the focus track.

Art d’Ecco shares new single “Head Rush” w/official video; new album out April 23

“It’s a song about the head rush of our youth – nostalgia is a powerful drug, it distorts and reframes the past, often reconciling our memories into one place for easy access and to better suit our current disposition or state of mind,” d’Ecco explains. “I wanted all the hallmarks of a classic rock song – the kind of music that used to blast from the kitchen radio at the summer jobs I’d worked at as a teen. Guitar solo? Check. Drum solo? Check. Big horns and sparkly synths? Check.”


BRIT-Awards nominee and diamond-selling DJ/Producer, Alan Walker teams up with the impeccable “Mad at Disney” hitmaker Salem Ilese for their captivating new collaboration “Fake A Smile.” The hypnotic track further develops Alan Walker’s unique production style, which, in combination with Ilese’s honest and vulnerable vocals, showcases why they are two of the most sought after musical acts in the game. Click HERE to listen.

Elena Tonra Releases Shares Ex:Re with 12 Ensemble

Ex:Re with 12 Ensemble, released digitally on 19th February 2021, is a collaboration between Tonra, classical composer Josephine Stephenson and one of the UK’s leading string orchestras, 12 Ensemble.

Originally released in 2018, Ex:Re (pronounced “Ex Ray” and meaning “regarding Ex”) laid bare Tonra’s unfiltered internal monologue after the end of a relationship. Containing her most personal lyrics to date and brought into being with the help of Stephenson and producer/drummer Fabian Prynn, Ex:Re struck a chord with the broken-hearted and brought closure to a chapter in Tonra’s life.

Taleban Dooda Shares “No Eater,” A Candy-Coated Trap Banger

Taleban Dooda captivates with his elastic melodies and pure, piercing tenor. With his new video single “No Eater,” Dooda demonstrates the fluid and playful cadences that have him rapidly rising in Florida and beyond. Bouncing atop a dancing guitar lick courtesy of producers Ayo Bleu (Lil Durk, NBA YoungBoy), MalikOTB (Rod Wave, Lil Durk), and Monique Winning (NLE Choppa, Jackboy), Taleban embraces his womanizing ways, but assures the opps that his luck with the ladies does not make him soft.

Lonesome River Band releases the clever “Love Songs”

Though it’s known as a genre filled with sad, lonesome songs — “plumb pitiful” is a phrase often heard — it’s nonetheless true that bluegrass music, like classic country, has room for the occasional wry, self-deprecating song about lost love, too. And when an artist like the award-winning Lonesome River Band gets hold of a deftly written one from the pen of a favorite writer, what emerges is a song that can bring a rueful smile to the face of a listener, even as their foot surrenders to an irresistibly feel-good beat.

Love Songs coming from Lonesome River Band

DijahSB announces ‘Head Above The Waters’ album; “supremely fresh and fun” (NPR)

Quick-witted, agile, inspirational without being preachy, DijahSB’s music is a raw look into the mind of a Black non-binary artist rapping their way through hope, heartbreak, and breakthroughs.

On “By Myself,” Dijah shares, “‘By Myself’ gives you a little bit of insight on what my album ‘Head Above The Waters’ tries to tackle. I also wanted to slow it down and show people that I’m not always about sh*t that can make you dance; I got bars too. Harrison is like a brother to me and i haven’t even met him yet. He really blessed me with a hot ass beat.”

BUDDERSIDE Uncage New Single/Music Video “Wide Awake” filmed at Abandoned Old L.A. Zoo

Los Angeles-based quintet BUDDERSIDE conjure high-energy alt-rock anthems which bridge the gap between the sexy swagger of the Sunset Strip and the soulful depths of Seattle on their forthcoming sophomore release SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE out March 26 via Motörhead Music/Silver Lining Music. The band have now unveiled a third single from the album with the striking track “Wide Awake” out today, February 19, across all digital platforms. The music video for “Wide Awake”—seen streaming below–was filmed at the abandoned Old L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park and shares an important story correlated to the single and album’s concept art.

GRiZ Releases First Single of 2021 – “Vibe Check”

Today, multi-instrumentalist, producer, philanthropist, and LGBTQ advocate, GRiZ, has dropped his newest single “Vibe Check”. Equal parts soul and bass, “Vibe Check” is built on a foundation of energetic saxophone melodies and wonky bass drops that put GRiZ’s iconic sound design and production prowess on display.

Kalie Shorr’s new song “Amy” debuts today

Produced by Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Green Day), “Amy” was written by Shorr, Candi Carpenter and John Caldwell and is the first track released from Shorr’s forthcoming EP, set for release later this year. Additional details to be announced soon.

L’FREAQ is back with new dark synth-pop single “Make Me Move” about deep yearning in quarantine

NYC-based, dark synth-pop artist, L’FREAQ, is back with her first release in two years and it’s all about the burn of yearning. “Make Me Move” is out now and drenched in steamy longing. With her jaw-dropping range on full display, the sensual and personal lyrics are taken from the bellows of her lower range to mystic heights and back again. Describing the single, L’FREAQ says:

“I wrote this song before quarantine about deep yearning for my long-distance partner. It was my challenge to strip everything away to primal instincts. When quarantine hit, it forbid us from seeing each other and the relationship ended, causing a spiral into craving and a deep dive into intimate voicemails that have been sampled on the song.”

East London’s LukeNovember stays loyal to his truth on new drill banger ‘Walking Disciple’

Luke November is one of East London’s most promising up and coming urban acts. He has become renowned for great music with a positive message. “Walking Disciple is a song that I use to express what I want my life to represent. It’s about living and surviving in a culture where many aspects of it require you to compromise your faith and belief, but regardless of where I go and what I get into, I will always bring my faith with me and remain as dedicated and loyal to my truth as can be”. The track was produced by eighteen year-old female UK producer Lois Elisa – watch the video here.

THE MERCURY RIOTS Release Lyric Video For New Single ‘Save Me A Drink’

THE MERCURY RIOTS is a healthy combination of loud, fast, jet-fuel powered rock n roll and Save Me A Drink has all the elements of the classic rock n roll songs we all grew up with, but retooled with a modern twist.

Wallows release deluxe version of ‘Remote’ EP featuring 3 new songs

Wallows released the Remote EP last year, which they made entirely separate in qarantine. Connecting and sharing through FaceTime and voice memos, all songs on ‘Remote’ were produced by Sachi DiSerafino, John DeBold, and Wallows, except for “Nobody Gets Me (Like You)” which was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Adele).

Rock Duo, Tarah Who? Deliver Another Electric Single, “Manners”

Tarah Who? have just released their new single “Manners”! It’s taken from their album, Exposed, and influenced by true-life events.

“Manners” was inspired by the story of Tarah’s mom, Mimi, who was abandoned as a child, raised in a foster home, and went to Catholic school. “Manners” sheds light on the pressures Mimi grew up with to be a good civilian and to always be well-mannered and behaved.

Watch Lael Neale’s official video for “Acquainted With Night,” the title track from hew new album out today on Sub Pop

Lael Neale directs and stars in the official video for “Acquainted With Night,” the title track from her new album, which is available today worldwide from Sub Pop.

Neale says: “‘Acquainted With Night’ is another homemade video that explores my complex relationship with technology. I am drawn to archaic machines, but that doesn’t mean I want to slip backwards into some idealized past. I’m more interested in stepping out of time entirely.”

SAGA: Fans star in video for new single “Always There”; Album “Symmetry” out 12 March on earMUSIC

Today, on February 19th, Canadian prog-rock-band SAGA release a brand-new single from their upcoming album “Symmetry”, out on March 12th, 2021, on earMUSIC.

With the release of “Always There”, SAGA strike a different, very emotional note as “Always There” is not only the name of this single but also the big and omnipresent motto that accompanies this special release.

Hail The Sun get heavy on new single “Parasitic Cleanse”

Chico, CA genre-benders Hail The Sun are back with new single “Parasitic Cleanse” and accompanying music video out today via Equal Vision Records. The song marks the second preview from their upcoming Kris Crummett produced album, New Age Filth, out April 16th. “Parasitic Cleanse” is an expressive blast of energy, winding through rapid guitar lines and bombarding drums. Donovan Melero gives a serious vocal attack right off the bat, perfecting his mix of screaming and singing akin to greats like Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw) and Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die). You can watch the video for “Parasitic Cleanse” here now and stream the song here.

Andrekza Releases Debut EP “Cassette – Lado A” + Focus Track “Tuve” Feat. Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Venezuelan artist and creative director Andrekza, releases highly anticipated debut EP Cassette – Lado A today via Steve Aoki’s Latin imprint – Dim Mak En Fuego. The flirtatious and catchy focus track, “Tuve,” features critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano and serves as a reminder to love freely and enjoy the beginning stages of a relationship without holding back. “Tuve” was produced by LUYO (J Balvin, De La Ghetto, Lele Pons) and composed alongside Venezuelan artist and songwriter Natural Nell.

Sarah Proctor Releases New Single “The Breaks” Song and Video Out Now

Sarah Proctor says about the single, “It’s similar to trying to find the stillness in the ocean in between the crashing waves that can make you feel like you’re drowning. ‘The Breaks’ symbolizes the need to know when to take a break for yourself from the stressful parts of life and working towards finding some peace.”


“Transitions has been a collection of songs from 2019 and early 2020,” Ben shared. “I’m always trying to progress with my music, and the process of this project has honestly been a huge learning experience and stepping stone for me as an artist. It feels like my first transitioning phase into becoming the artist I’ve wanted to be.”

Rising Nashville songwriter MUNN releases a reimagined version of his hit single “I Lost Myself” as a duet with Anna Clendening

Nashville’s always been a town known for its rich history of songwriting and musicianship but it was blindsided by the recent arrival of MUNN, a native Midwest singer/songwriter with a heartbreakingly beautiful voice, and musicianship to match. After catching the attention of Atlantic Records thanks to the original self-release of his delicate 2019 single “I Lost Myself”, MUNN has teamed up on a reimagined duet of “I Lost Myself” with Anna Clendening, an acclaimed rising singer-songwriter and fellow Atlantic Records artist. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling version of “I Lost Myself” than MUNN’s original tearjerker, but the combined star power on this duet and its endearing lyric video are sure to pull at your heart strings –

MYD – Announces debut album: ‘Born A Loser’ – 30 April || Watch video for title-track

The single’s fantastically weird video, also out now, features Myd being chased by his own double around his apartment: he is calling himself a loser. Myd says:

“The song is an anthem dedicated to all the people who think they are losers. This feeling should give them the strength they need to go and achieve great things.”

The Strumbellas Share Anthemic New Track “Greatest Enemy”

The single is the first release since their fourth studio album, Rattlesnake, in 2019. Amidst a slew of tour dates and festival performances all over the globe, lead singer Simon Ward came to the realization that the depression he had been dealing with for the past 15 years was no longer something he could deal with on his own. Ward was hospitalized and placed under doctor supervision. The group collectively decided to cancel its highly anticipated Canadian tour in early 2020, intent on giving its frontman the time and space to heal. We’ve all had some extra time with ourselves this year, leaving few distractions from our own demons.

Miesha & The Spanks Are Back with Hot New Single

Miesha & The Spanks offer a dynamic mixture of punk, garage and hard rock embellished with straightforward lyrics, gritty production and hard hitting performances.


Chevrolet today released a rebooted music video of the hit song “My Truck,” written and performed by the platinum-selling artist BRELAND. Marking the vehicle brand’s TikTok debut, “My Truck” features revamped song lyrics highlighting the Chevy Trucks lineup and dynamic visuals that feature Silverado in a starring role.