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Thao Nguyen, a veteran touring and recording artist and leader of the indie-rock band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, has launched a groundbreaking multimedia publication that could reshape how musicians and their audiences connect. Titled For The Record, Nguyen’s Substack publication will offer both free and subscriber-only content every week, with exclusive recordings, written pieces, video performances, interactive forums and more. For the Record is a brave, bold, utterly original venture that pushes the artist into new creative territory—inviting Nguyen’s audience into the room to experience the challenges and triumphs of the creative process firsthand.
Queen V releases new video, “Alone”
New York rocker, Queen V’s latest video, “Alone” is now available on Youtube. The song, written by Queen V and multiple Grammy-winner Chad Carlson will be available on her upcoming release, Bridges Vol. 3. In addition to songwriting credit, Carlson also co-produced the track with Queen V. “Alone” will be released on Royal Noise, LLC later this year.
The Columbian house producer MOSKA has been blowing up the house space with a gripping output that has caught the attention of A-listers around the world, with releases previously on Musical Freedom, Mad Decent, Confession, Mixmash, Cr2 and more. Henao is a Houston-based, Columbian artist who has been making moves with an intoxicating blend of Latin flavors with modern R&B. Her song “Paraiso” is about finding trouble in paradise, getting caught in a love triangle that feels impossible to escape. MOSKA gives the tune a heavenly melodic remake.
Rising Texas Rap Queen Big Jade Doesn’t Have Time for “Groupies”
Fiercely delivering brash bars in her authoritative drawl, Big Jade is the next to blow from East Texas. Taking time to address her haters, Big Jade shares “Groupies” (Freestyle), her latest video. Unleashing a muscular flow atop blooping synths and active 808s, Jade packs an avalanche of effortlessly fly punchlines into a 70-second verse, talking down to all the men and women who couldn’t possibly reach her level: “Got out the cellar and got me a deal/Forgive if I do not care how you feel.” In the video, Jade addresses her subjects from the studio, her designer shades blocking anyone who’d stop her shine. “Groupies” is Jade’s latest effort since her recent single “Gucci Bag,” produced by DJ Chose.
“Conflicted,” the first single from Kitt Wakeley’s upcoming album, Symphony of Sinners and Saints (to be released on May 21, 2021), has debuted on three Billboard charts, including at No. 1 on the “Hard Rock Digital Song Sales” chart, No. 6 on the “Rock Digital Song Sales” chart, and No. 18 on the “Hot Hard Rock Songs” chart.
Jeff Carson Premieres New “God Save The World” Music Video
Country music standout Jeff Carson transports fans back to the early 2000s with his classic sound and an exclusive new music video for his current single “God Save The World” which premiered on Newsmax’s National Report. This single is more relevant now than ever, igniting hope for the future in a world longing for change and healing. “God Save The World” premiered on Newsmax today and digitally with The Music Universe and is available to stream and download on all digital platforms now!
KINGS OF LEON BREAK NEW GROUND WITH PIONEERING NFT DROP WITH YELLOWHEART
One of the new Pioneers of the NFT album and music movement, Kings of Leon alongside technology partners YellowHeart and longtime creative partners Night After Night are breaking ground for the music industry with the release of Kings of Leon’s eighth studio album, When You See Yourself, as an NFT. In a first of it’s kind launch, GRAMMY Award winning Kings of Leon dropped the first ever new album released in NFT format quickly becoming one of the most successful wide-scale use of NFTs within the music industry to date. The unprecedented move has in affect created an entirely new template for releasing music and content to fans. At the forefront of this new wave, Kings of Leon has set the bar for innovation in this high-tech world. The drop has raked in over 2 million dollars with $600,000 directly benefiting Live Nation’s Crew Nation.
BERES HAMMOND AND POPCAAN “GOD IS LOVE”
On the heels of the hugely successful Love From A Distance virtual concert, reggae legend Beres Hammond teams up with dancehall star Popcaan for the release of the new single and music video “God is Love,” just two weeks after its debut during the livestream broadcast. Beres and Popcaan premiered “God Is Love” to cap the February 28th event with an inspired performance and the tremendous popular response has prompted the rush release of the collaboration, the first between these two top stars of the reggae genre.
Robyn Sherwell Is Back With Pulsating Single ‘To Give Up’, Announces New Allbum ‘Unfold’ On June 18th
Written by Robyn herself, and co-produced with long term friend and collaborator Jonas Jalhay – whose credits include artists such as DJ Khaled, RagnBone Man and James Blake – the new cut serves a pulsating slice of electronic alt-pop. Lyrically empowering, Robyn reflects on the challenge of leaving a dysfunctional situation. With almost relentless propulsion, cycling percussive rhythms tick away through the song like a time-bomb waiting to blow, and when it does, the chorus explodes like a howl for freedom and release.
Tamaraebi – ‘Brown Angel’, the new single released today
‘Brown Angel’ is the brilliant new single and video from Tamaraebi, the first track to be lifted from the London-based musician’s new EP ‘Spectrum’, which will be released May 19 via Believe. ‘Spectrum’ is a set of six classy and sensual songs that suggest Prince, Miguel and The Weeknd as kindred musical spirits, while revealing Tamaraebi’s voice as a warm, soulful instrument with a modern edge and an effortless, knockout falsetto.
Jane Inc (member of U.S. Girls ffo: Sorry, Melody’s Echo Chamber) | Shares “Obliterated”
Written and produced by Bezic, the new project is unlike anything she has been part of previously. Beginning as a one-woman show, Carlyn wrote and produced the early songs for Number One by layering multiple instruments on top of samples and drum breaks. She later recruited recording engineer, Steve Chahley to co-produce and record drum and drum machine with Toronto drummer, Evan J. Cartwright (Tasseomancy, U.S Girls, Eucalyptus), adding saxophone by Nick Dourado (BUDi Band, Aquakultre, Fiver) and Wurlitzer by Scott Harwood (Scott Hardware).
CASSYETTE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DEAR GOTH”
Rock music is about to get a shot in the arm from Cassyette, a no-holds-barred musician from Essex who is loudly and unashamedly reclaiming her rock roots. Her journey has taken her through a mix of genres and the result is a chest thumping mix of pop, rock and metal, addressing everything from feminism to trauma. Dear Goth is full of religious imagery, a gut-punch of a song about where we find spirituality and belonging in a godless society (Cassyette herself is an atheist). It follows winding melodies with guttural screams, like a hymn sung by the devil. It’s clear that Cassyette is loud, proud and taking absolutely no shit from anyone.
Introducing WHO WE ARE – A Creative Collaboration Between Music, Film and Dance
Who We Are is an eight-minute artistic collaboration between well-known musicians, film-makers and dancers. Blurring the lines between musical, visual and choreographed expression, Who We Are looks at the everyday heartbreak of being a parent and the deep, complex emotions that swell beneath the surface.
Graham Costello shares new single “Circularity” | New album “Second Lives” out 7th May via Gearbox Records
Today, Glasgow-based drummer and composer Graham Costello has announced his new single “Circularity”. The single is taken from Graham’s much-anticipated album “Second Lives”, which features his ensemble STRATA, and is due out 7th May via London analogue specialists Gearbox Records.
BSÍ – Icelandic DIY pop duo preview forthcoming split debut LP with contrasting singles ’25Lue’ & ‘Dónakallalagið’
While it’s still unclear if this band is named after Iceland’s most miserable location – Reykjavík’s grey and dull central bus terminal BSÍ –, or an acronym for ‘Brussels Sprouts Intl.’, it’s clear that the duo of Silla Thorarensen (drums & vocals) & Julius Pollux Rothlaender (bass guitar & toe-synths) are one of the most unconventional bands emerging from Iceland’s flourishing DIY/DIT (=do-it-together) scene these days.
SILVER TALON Unveil ‘As The World Burns’ Music Video
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Kardashian handing a Pepsi to a riot cop – forever”, says Guitarist Bryce VanHoosen. “Brock Grossl went the distance on this one. His vision fully captured the spirit of the song and reflects back a society that trivializes human tragedy in the name of consumption. Welcome to the Brave New World.”
With March Madness less than a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its March Madness Stats & Facts infographic, as well as its report on 2021’s Best Cities for College Basketball Fans and accompanying videos, to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year.
Music Video: Australian artist LANKS releases “The Silence” visuals
Prolific Brooklyn-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist LANKS releases mesmerising visuals for “The Silence”, co-written with RY X.
“The Silence” tells the story of two people in a slowly disintegrating relationship. Their love for each other is so all consuming that they must break away from each other to ‘save themselves’.
Ballaké Sissoko | new single feat. Camille
Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko today releases a new single and video, ‘Kora’, which sees the virtuoso duet with the French singer Camille (also of Nouvelle Vague). The track is lifted from Sissoko’s forthcoming 11th album, ‘Djourou’, now due for release on April 9, 2021 via Parisian label Nø Førmat! (Oumou Sangaré, Blick Bassy, Mélissa Laveaux). Having previously partnered on projects with Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal and Ludovic Einaudi, the new album draws together solo compositions alongside thoughtful collaborations with African legend Salif Keita, French rapper Oxmo Puccino and French cellist Vincent Segal (with whom Sissoko has released two albums for Nø Førmat!) amongst others. The video and audio for ‘Kora’ are now streaming across all platforms from here.
Ray Lansing delivers his razor-sharp flow over a club shaking beat on new track ‘Perfect Timin’
Following worldwide acclaim from his recent single ‘Sulfur’, North Carolina native rapper Ray Lansing is back with another big track. ‘Perfect Timin’, produced by Taylormadebeats, introduces a club shaking beat with overlaid flutes, allowing Ray to cut through with his crisp, razor-sharp flow.
SLENDERBODIES & TIM ATLAS CONNECT ON STUNNING NEW SINGLE ‘FOCUS’
‘Writing this song with Max & Benji was one of the first remote sessions I ever had. We were each in our own studios, but it felt like an unfamiliar creative space at the time. I think that situation forced me to be a little out of my comfort zone as a writer & this song is a result of that. So it was refreshing to write “Focus” in this environment & with two guys I really admire as artists and people.’
PIZZAGIRL announces new album ‘softcore mourn’ for July 16th via Heist or Hit
Pizzagirl announces new album ‘softcore mourn’ for July 16th via Heist or Hit, following acclaimed 2019 debut ‘first timer’. The first taste of the new record is ‘car freshener aftershave’ – out March 10th.
Emerging with hypnotic textures and stirring electronic crescendos, “Blindside” encapsulates the melancholic and poetic nature of Nathan’s songwriting. With an innate ability to curate soundscapes in line with his surroundings whilst continuously pushing sonic boundaries, his efforts have seen him garner acclaim from THE INDEPENDENT, GQ, THE LINE OF BEST FIT and HUNGER.
Today, Norwegian musician Ola Village releases his new single “Love To Cry”. A raw, honest examination of his own emotional stability, the track follows the release of his 2020 debut single “A Ok”.
Hailing from Ålesund in Norway, Ola Village (real name Jon Olav) is quietly building a reputation for his emotionally charged indie-pop. He gained plaudits from tastemakers including Early Rising, The Line Of Best Fit, EARMILK and Clash Magazine for his debut single “A Ok”; aligning him with artists including Rex Orange County and Glass Animals.
Nous Alpha share oscillating “Fox Hollow”
Nous Alpha, a collaboration between composers and producers Christopher Bono (Ghost Against Ghost, Bardo, Nous) and Gareth Jones (Spiritual Friendship, Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode, WIRE), is a partnership almost five years in the making, beginning when Christopher asked Gareth to help mix two tracks for his project Ghost Against Ghost in 2015.
PAYSAGE D’HIVER release video for second single “Äschä”
Fast rising underground black metal legends PAYSAGE D’HIVER have released a frost-ridden video for the track ‘Äschä’ as the second single taken from their forthcoming album “Geister” (“Ghosts”), which is scheduled for release on April 23, 2021. Please view the full-length’s details below.
Janita NEW Video Premiere | “Timeless.” –Billboard
Janita’s stunning new video––her electrifying take on the Peter Gabriel classic “Digging In The Dirt” (ECR Music Group/SONY)––premieres today. Directed by acclaimed fashion photographer and artist Anthony Friend, and shot at legendary Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, the video features a riveting performance by Janita and the A-list band she’s made her forthcoming new record with.
MUSICIAN MANI KHAIRA’S VIDEO COLLABORATION WITH NETFLIX ACTOR BRENNAN CLOST FOR SINGLE “MACHINE” OUT TODAY
Canadian singer/songwriter Mani Khaira is a keyboardist whose music evokes raw vulnerability combined with unexpected vocal power. Mani’s captivating sense of confessional storytelling takes listeners on a sonic journey of self-love and acceptance on his most recent release, Face First.
Netflix star Brennan Clost from “Tiny Pretty Things” is the featured dancer and choreographer for Machine, the first music video release from Face First. Blurring awareness of unity and individuation into automatic response, Machine explores automated emotion. Directed by award-winning queer Canadian filmmaker Meeshelle Neal, Brennan perfectly captures the song in movement.