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“Coochie Man” YN Jay and Fellow Flint Native Louie Ray are the “Mafia”

YN Jay is a restless creative, constantly feeding his fans highly-quotable songs and engaging music videos. This weekend, Jay teamed up with his regular collaborator Louie Ray to share “The Mafia,” a new music video. A highlight from Jay & Ray’s 2020 collab album The Scouts, “The Mafia” samples Nino Rota’s legendary soundtrack from The Godfather as the two Flint natives show off their inimitable chemistry and wild lyricism. Directed by SPRK, the deliberately lo-fi video for “The Mafia” is a testament to the two rappers’ bond and their devotion to their hometown. “The Mafia” was the second video that YN Jay shared over the weekend, after the video for his 2020 viral hit “Coochie Growl” ft. Rio Da Yung OG, both following the new single “Drunk When I Made This,” produced by ENRGY

First Nations indiepop artist Madisyn Whajne presents title track off debut ‘Save Our Hearts’ LP

Toronto-based First Nations singer-songwriter Madisyn Whajne presents the title track from her debut record ‘Save Our Hearts’. The accompanying video was produced by Bobby Bulat. Both invigorating and bittersweet, Whajne demonstrates resilience and survival in the face of pain and heartbreak.

This long-player was recorded live to tape with Montreal super-producer Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, The Barr Brothers) and Shae Brossard (Bahamas, The Dears)at Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango Studio. Inspired by The Go-Go’s, this album is upbeat and loaded with positive energy.

Blood Cultures Release Newest Single from Forthcoming Project LUNO, ‘When The Night Calls’

Today, experimental indie pop outfit Blood Cultures have released ‘When The Night Calls’, the newest track from their forthcoming project LUNO, out now on Pack Records. LUNO centralizes around themes of change and self-discovery, presenting listeners with Blood Cultures’ most personal, global-facing work yet as they continue to fully redefine the messaging their art communicates.

Apple Music Unveils City Charts and Several New Product Features

Apple Music will unveil City Charts today, becoming one of the first streaming platforms to spotlight the music making waves in over 100 cities around the world. While standard charts rank music based simply on number of plays, Apple Music’s City Charts combine plays and additional signs of local popularity to rank the top 25 songs gaining momentum with listeners locally, truly highlighting the local culture and individual music scenes of the cities they represent. With City Charts, Apple Music brings both global and local artists to the forefront of a new destination for music discovery.

Updated daily, City Charts are featured in Apple Music’s Charts page and are accessible via the Browse or Search pages, or by asking Siri to play a local city chart – for Lagos’ chart, simply say “Hey Siri, play the Top 25: Lagos.” Users can also add their favorite City Charts to their library, download them, and share them with friends.

Apple Music adding new ‘City Charts’ daily playlists with iOS 14.5


This time around, she takes aim at a dishonest ex with unapologetic bars, incisive verses, and a hard-hitting hook. Her lyrics practically explode on impact as she blasts this “Clown” and asserts herself as a confident boss through and through. In the accompanying video, she raps right into her cell phone as the visual brings the lyrics to life.

Sufjan Stevens debuts “Celebration VIII” today

Convocations, a two-and-a-half-hour, 49 track reflection on present times, is out May 6 via Asthmatic Kitty. Revelations follows the first three volumes, Meditations, Lamentations and Revelations. Further volumes are to be released weekly.

Stevens wrote and recorded Convocations in the fall of 2020 in homage to the life of his father and in response to his death in September, two days after the release of The Ascension. Each volume replicates and reflects a stage of mourning—five sonic cycles exploring loss, isolation and anxiety.

#ATLTop20 #Certified !!! BREAK’EM OFF Records Presents: Asianae – “Period Pooh” [NEW VIDEO]

DIGITAL NEGATIVE: Electronic/Industrial Duo Formed By Members Of Drugs Of Faith, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, And More To Release Debut EP

Formed over the past year in quarantine, DIGITAL NEGATIVE is the new project from Richard Johnson (Drugs Of Faith, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, ex-Enemy Soil) and Daniel Euphrat (Person918x, Timmy Sells His Soul). Their Digital Negative EP features five glitched-out experiments in frigid tension, explosive outcomes, and cerebral terror. The record was produced remotely in Virginia, with Johnson recording his vocals and handing them over to Euphrat who mixed and manipulated them into his collage of samples, electronic percussion, and guitar.

Reggae Singer Activist Commemorates Nina Simone “Four Women” on the 52nd Anniversary of ‘Live At Berkley’ Album Recording

As we commemorate the anniversary of the iconic Nina Simone, ‘Live at Berkley’ the words to her single “Four Women” are as potent today as they were 52 years ago. All over the world, women are facing gender-based violence, unfairly treated, financial oppression, while facing stereotypes within society based on their race and the damaging legacy of slavery. Yet they continue to be the pillars of our society. Jamaica is in the throes of a disturbing wave of crimes against women that have motivated many to speak out, but none more relevant than that of Reggae’s own Queen Ifrica. Courtesy of the Marley’s Ghetto Youths International label, Ifrica gives us a glimpse into her own inner thoughts on the tragedy.


Today, multi-hyphenate artist Dove Cameron has shared an acoustic performance of her explosive new single “LazyBaby” – watch HERE.

Donta Glo | “Go Hard” | Music Video

Legacy Media presents Chicago mogul, Donta Glo as he delivers an offering for the streets, “Go Hard.” As he explains the struggles he faced and obstacles he has overcome with his day one guys, he also reminds us to never stop going hard for ourselves and our people.

Escape With John Smith Into The Ethereal Welsh Countryside In His New Video For “Hold On”

Amongst a series of gorgeously framed shots of a foggy Welsh countryside, singer, songwriter, and revered guitarist John Smith materializes into view just in time to sing the first lines of his song “Hold On.” Directed by Chris “MUG5″ Maguire and Nastassja Simone—with Richard Shelton at the helm as Director of Photography—the video was dreamt up as an ode to “Hiraeth,” a Welsh word without a direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter likens it to “a homesickness tinged with grief and sadness over the lost or departed”—an unparalleled companion to Smith’s words and music. “Their concept of an ode to ‘Hiraeth’ married perfectly with the message of the song,” he says of the video team from riot.nyc. “I was delighted to get out into the peaks of North Wales for the day. Late in the afternoon, the mist crept over the mountaintop, enshrouding us completely; it was as though Mother Nature herself had decided to direct the shoot.”

Carlos Santana Returns to the House of Blues Las Vegas

As Las Vegas reopens, one of the hottest tickets in town announces its return. Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana’s An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live will return to the House of Blues stage inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino this summer, marking Santana’s ninth year at the intimate venue. Tickets for the 2021 dates go on sale Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m. All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Photo by ©Roberto Finizio

2021 Performances:
Aug. 25, 27-29
Sept. 1-4
Nov. 3, 5-7, 10, 12-14
Dec. 1, 3-5, 8, 10-12

Singer/Songwriter, Rich O’Toole, Releases “17 Wild Horses,” Single and Video

Country singer/songwriter, Rich O’Toole, is celebrating the release of his new single and video, “17 Wild Horses,” which premiered on TasteofCountry.com on Friday, April 23, 2021, and was added to Whiskey Riff’s “New Music Friday” playlist. Written by O’Toole and produced by Mack Damon, the broadcast premiere of “17 Wild Horses” starts today on The Country Network.

Fatal Conceit – New Single “Takin Back the Name”

Martuch says, “This song is a defiant, anthematic declaration that seeks to make clear that no one gets to determine who or what you are. In a somewhat abstract manner, “The name” that’s being referred to in this song is a stand-in for a title that’s been stolen/lost or a word that’s been used to hurt you or others. It’s something you should feel empowered to seize back for you. Take it. Own it.”

Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Yasuke, a New Anime Series

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.

Out today: J.PERIOD ft. Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Legendary DJ/Producer J.PERIOD (Brooklyn-based) has announced a trail-blazing new adventure: his debut album, Story To Tell. Today, fans are treated to an early taste of Chapter One with the Animated Album Trailer featuring guests: Dave Chappelle, Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Roots’ Black Thought, Jemele Hill, and more. A musical journey narrated by comedic mastermind Dave Chappelle and delivered in three acts, Chapter One is due out this Friday, April 30.

Video Submission: FreeVibe – ‘Let’s Fly (Lyrics Video)’