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Realizing some people may enter into your life for reasons or seasons, New York City-based rapper, singer and producer, Najeé Rayne packs a message of moving forward in her upcoming single “No Love.” A hip-hop and R&B styled track, “No Love” promotes the power of self-reflection and reprioritizing the roles that others play in our lives. Najeé Rayne rolls out “No Love” on all digital platforms on February 26, 2021.
‘WHAT’S THE POINT OF HAVING ARMS IF I CAN’T WRAP THEM AROUND YOU?’ | JACK NEWSOME ‘ARMS’ OUT NOW
Like most people, 24-year-old singer/songwriter Jack Newsome spent a large part of the world’s pandemic figuring things out. The New Jersey native lived in an air of uncertainty in his new home of Studio City, CA, trying to understand what was happening around him.
Queeva “Show Off”
“‘Show Off’ is definitely one of my favorite songs I have written so far and I’m so excited for everyone to finally hear it,” shares Queeva. “It means a lot to me because I want people to remember that they don’t have to change for anyone else. I hope those who listen to the song and its message love it as much as I do!”
Electro-Pop/Dance Artist Alarke Releases New Music Video for “Mystics”
Award-winning artist Alarke is a singer, songwriter, music producer, artist coach and entrepreneur with a career spanning over two decades. From singing opera in castles in Italy, to performing Gypsy jazz with Romani musicians in France, to creating a solo artist retreat and recording a Cuban jazz album in Havana, Cuba, to volunteering as a music director at a refugee camp in Greece, to headlining shows at New York City’s iconic Rainbow Room and the world-renowned Kennedy Center, Alarke has covered various genres throughout several countries.
Rising Country Artist Willie Lock Releases New Single “Bad THings”
“Bad Things” is featured in Apple Music’s Best New Songs for Country Music, NYCountry Swag’s New Music Friday Spotify Playlist, and many addiotnal editoral and playlists.
Willie was originally a part of the national touring acapella group Gentleman’s Rule. Their most acclaimed release was a cover of Rhianna’s “Four Five Seconds” which got coverage on Billboard & MTV. Additionally, Gentleman’s Rule joined Jake Owen for a cover of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”
Based out of Wisconsin, the budding bass talent is lining up the fourth single to officially surface on Heaven Sent—a hub for emotional dance music. Following on previous appearances for Ophelia, Gud Vibrations, Seekling Blue and Gud Vibrations, the emerging talent dives into the sinking feelings associated with dying romance with his new single, “Where Does Love Go,” linking up with Las Vegas singer Elle Vee to create a visceral melodic bass song about falling out of love.
Born in Mexico, Enrique Toussaint is a 28-year-old singer, musician, and producer whose world flourishes around soul / jazz / r&b. The project was formally born in 2016 when he returned from living in Asia; Enrique started what he calls “a sacred search for himself through music.” In 2017 Tuzeint met Wet Baes, with whom he has been working in the studio ever since.
King Yosef X Youth Code – “A Skeleton Key in the Doors of Depression”
This record was born purely from a desire to collaborate and mutual fandom. King Yosef and Youth Code started talking in August, 2019. After a lot of talk of working with each other on songs for each other’s records, the question was posed by Sara: “Why not just do an EP together?” The original idea was to just do a 4 song EP. After sending stems back and forth they quickly realized it made more sense to just keep writing since things meshed together so easily on the first four.
New Releases for February 26, 2021 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.
Music Icons Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Release Social Justice & Equality Anthem “Blackbird”
The album art further represents a tribute to black lives lost to violence, dedicated with names like Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, and Emmett Till.
“Why Blackbird? Why now? It is a reflection of the truth we are living today. We chose this date to release Blackbird in honor of the last week of Black History Month. When a blackbird leaves our mother’s nest, one day, it will not return. In 2021, mothers throughout our country live in the fear that our blackbirds may prematurely not be able to return
to the nest of home, because of bigotry and violence… Blackbird, is dedicated to the life and humanity of every blackbird, whether living now or lost in battle.” — Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
On Friday, February 26, 2021, San Francisco-based artist EMPRESS will premiere her latest single “SnowGlobe (Frank Pole Remix).” Remixed by Italian based producer Frank Pole, who began his career by remixing some of the biggest artists, such as Tinashe, Kelly Clarkson and Jain. The electronic dance music track features lyrics that reflect on finding inner happiness and relinquishing the need for control. Written a few years ago with the guidance of world-renowned writing partner, Alexandra Forbes (Nile Rogers, Craig David, Indra), the singles lyrics take on a whole new meaning during these unprecedented times. “SnowGlobe (Frank Pole Remix)” will be out on all digital platforms on February 26, 2021.
DEADHEAD DAISIES – NO RUSH
“NO RUSH,” the first official single from DEADHEAD DAISIES, is out now on streaming platforms everywhere. Links to the song below.
The new single “NO RUSH” from Deadhead Daisies is set for release everywhere Friday, Feb 26, 2021. The song is the first official single off the upcoming independent debut album from Toronto-based songwriters and producers Jordan and Justin Kahn.
Gohst states, “At 17 I was kicked out of home when my parents discovered I was a lesbian. Ashamed, angry and devastated, I poured everything I had into pursuing music as a career, playing western pop music in bars and clubs around Singapore to tourists and locals alike, eventually choosing to leave my hometown write rock music in America. Wandering Gohst reflects on a journey from east to west, past and present, that continues to chase a dream of freedom and expression.”
Today, NYC-based indie rocker Arsun shares the video for “Southern Winds.” i-D premiered the video, alongside an exclusive interview, praising it as “intimate, nature-filled.” The video was released with Dover Street Market as part of their Art Book Fair programming.
Dover Street Market has curated a series of virtual events with some of their closest collaborators, with special products made especially for this occasion.
Written in the early days of the pandemic, “Good Morning” was inspired by the daily press briefings and acts of resiliency New Yorkers showed their community while the city became the epicenter for COVID-19 midway through last year. Leckie hopes the song similarly inspire everyone to “continue the protocols of mask-wearing and social distancing, with unity against the virus.”
DADDY YANKEE RELEASES NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO “PROBLEMA”
Once again, he delivers a banger with worldwide appeal. Powered by an unshakable beat, he serves up scorching verses before dropping an immediately chantable chorus, while the video continues a tradition of larger-than-life visuals for Daddy Yankee with a full marching band, show-stopping dance moves, wild high-fashion and nonstop action.
CLINTON KANE RELEASES THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “CHICKEN TENDIES”
After teasing the track on socials, Clinton released “Chicken Tendies” on February 19 to much fan fervor. Featured in 28 New Music Friday playlists around the world, “Chicken Tendies” garnered nearly 2M streams worldwide on release day and has surpassed 6M streams in the US alone its first week. Furthermore, the track debuted at #27 on Spotify and reached #15 on iTunes. “Chicken Tendies” has received great support across DSPs and is currently the lead track on Spotify’s Pop Rising playlist with additional placements on Fresh & Chill, Chill Pop, and more. The song is also featured on Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Breaking Pop, Viral Hits, etc. as well as Amazon’s Fresh Pop, Feeling Blue, and Breakthrough Pop.
Out on February 26th from San Diego-based rock duo Bang Bang Jet Away, “Long for this World” resonates with timeless rock nostalgia. “Is there a secret that you can share?” the vocals open with inviting allure, amidst twangy guitars and lushly melodic backing vocal adornments. A bouncy hook emerges just prior to the one-minute mark, lyrically embracing themes of grappling with growing up.
Y!KES RELEASE LONG AWAITED NEW SINGLE “LONG GONE SILVER” WITH HIGH ENERGY MUSIC VIDEO
Following on from the success of their previous releases, EP!C & MASS!VE, Birmingham anti-pop quartet Y!KES announce the release of their first single in 2021, “Long Gone Silver”. Known for their bombastic drums, massive riffs and vocalist Oli Long’s unique vocal talents and persona, their latest single perfectly captures everything that the band stands for.
“For The Love Of Life”: Grammy & Juno Winning Artist CHIN INJETI Releases New Single with Teon Gibbs
Multi-GRAMMY and JUNO Award-winning artist Chin Injeti releases a rallying cry of self-love and reliance in this, his new single “For The Love Of Life” — available now!
And it wasn’t completed without some of Injeti’s tenured collaborative magic; he called upon fellow Vancouverite Teon Gibbs to feature on the track.
Born in Los Angeles, raised in Cleveland, now living in North Carolina. J. Cacao is a rapper, singer, and producer. Born hearing from deaf parents not only gave him a different way to view the world, it gave him a different purpose in life. He serves to respect and honor the deaf community by providing another means of entertainment through music. “VSOP (Vibes Save Our People)” is a smooth and sultry vibe, produced by iamthebighomie.
Ready for broadcast… Love Drunk from London based alternative R&B group Y.Q.S. Official
Young Queens aka Y.Q.S. Official are a three piece Alternative R&B girl group based in London, United Kingdom. They were formed in 2020 by fellow band member Von’Jai Johnson.
They are known for their unique vocal tones and angelic like harmonies, as well as their distinctive R&B sound which infuses Latin, Swing, Pop, Afro B, and Reggaetón music.
SOSEGADO is a solo guitar piece performed on nylon string guitar. It is a peaceful soundscape influenced by Classical and Flamenco music. The title is a Spanish word that means „restful” in English. Cover shows T-Rex having a cup of tea when listening to SOSEGADO (see cover attached).
Dominic Breen’s moving new single, ‘James Street Tonight’ out now
A song that somehow captures feelings of both yearning and acceptance, ‘James Street Tonight’ features a gorgeous mid-tempo melody that pulls at the heart strings. Breen’s introspective, wistful lyrics plead to keep the flame of connection alive, while at the same time accepting the futility of trying to rekindle lost passion.
Artist: Calling All Astronauts – Track: Resist
Calling All Astronauts release their sixth single of the Covid 19 pandemic. “Resist” (Single Version) on February 19th. Mixed by double Grammy winner Alan Branch (Nine Inch Nails, U2, Depeche Mode), Trump may have gone but the war on fascism is far from over, Resist charts the resurgence of ANTIFA as a broad spectrum of people say “enough is enough” and stand together against the rise of populism and far right politics determined that another Kristallnacht (Night of broken glass) can’t be allowed to happen.
OUT IN CARNATION, NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OF CEMMENT
The Japanese industrial death metal band CEMMENT is finally back with a brand new single along with a lyric video: In Carnation! The track is about spirituality and religion.The band says: “Will this theme reach you?”
“In Carnation” is available in every digital platform.
NEWS: Next generation of the Beach Boys family joins a few original members to re-record “Add Some Music to Your Day”
These lyrics are from the 1970 Beach Boys composition “Add Some Music to Your Day,” and they are the inspiration for a new Omnivore Recordings album, California Music Presents Add Some Music, due out April 23, 2021 on CD and Digital. Initiated by Beach Boys historian and documentarian David Beard, California Music Presents Add Some Music is an uplifting collection celebrating all that is good about one of California’s greatest exports … music!
STEVIERAY LATHUM – Releases Haunting New Single ‘Dionysus Blues’
A journey of profound philosophical thought and warped musical exploration, “Dionysus Blues” is the new single from STEVIERAY LATHAM (released 26th February 2021).
Landing somewhere between the daydreams of Neutral Milk Hotel and the nightmares of Nick Cave, “Dionysus Blues” is a sprawling 8 minute epic of gothic americana and grizzled alternative rock’n’roll.
Reading The Birth of Tragedy by Nietzsche at Art School some years back, Latham found himself drawn to the tension that unfolds between the two Greek gods: Dionysus and Apollo.