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ZUNE GETS HIP TO CHESTER FRENCH

Indie Pop band Chester French have been named Microsoft’s Zune Ignition artist for the month of May. As part of the Ignition program, Chester French will release a series of exclusive features on Zune Marketplace, Zune.net, MSN and Xbox LIVE. The exclusive features include a free track on the Zune Marketplace beginning May 5, a…

ARTOFFICIAL WINS FLORIDA GRAMMY SHOWCASE

ArtOfficial, Miami’s innovative jazz and hip hop hybrid, won the Florida Chapter of The Recording Academy’s annual Florida GRAMMY Showcase on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Hand-picked from a pool of nearly 400 hopefuls from across the state and Puerto Rico, ArtOfficial beat out five finalists, including Miami indie favorite Awesome New Republic. The band received…

CHARICE READY TO GET THE OPRAH BUZZ

Seventeen year old Filipino superstar Charice will be making her third appearance on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this Monday, May 18th, where she will be debuting “Note to God” – the first single from her upcoming CD, it was confirmed today by 143/Reprise Records.   The haunting and emotionally charged single “Note To God”…

AARON BARNHART NEW AUDIO & VIDEO FOR “DAY IN DAY OUT”

Check out the new video for Aaron Barnhart’s single “Day In Day Out” off his album Missing Pieces available on May 26th from Bonded Records/Fontana/Universal Music Group. In support of the album Barnhart will be on tour including west coast dates with JR Richards from Dishwalla.

NE-YO HOSTS “CLOSER” DANCE CONTEST

Ne-Yo has been tapped to perform at this year’s BET Awards ceremony and he’s looking for dancers to join him onstage. Yes, you could potentially show the world what you’ve got right alongside Ne-Yo! The “Closer” singer is teaming up with BET for the Bringing It to the Awards dance contest. Thirty dancers will be…

TICKETMASTER ERRS WITH SPRINGSTEEN AGAIN

Some Bruce Springsteen fans who shelled out big bucks for tickets to the Boss’ concert next week in Washington, D.C. are none too pleased.   That’s because TicketsNow, a subsidiary of Ticketmaster — which Bruce already had issues with, accidentally oversold its allotment of premium tickets.   The company is now calling thousands of buyers…

PETE WENTZ’S DREAMS COME TRUE WITH BLINK TOUR

How excited is Pete Wentz to be going on tour with Blink-182 this summer? The Fall Out Boy bassist told MTV News, “Pretty much since this band started, we had a list of bands that we wanted to meet and hang out with. Blink-182 was at the top of that list.” Wentz, who is now…

TAYLOR SWIFT WANTS TO COLLAB WITH LIL WAYNE / AUDIO

Taylor Swift recently talked to Channel 955’s Mojo In The Morning in Detroit.   She said that she loves collaborations, especially ones that cross different genres, adding that she would be thrilled to work with rapper Lil Wayne.   She also expressed how she would never again date someone whose management won’t let them be…

EMINEM TURNS TO ELTON JOHN AND T.I. FOR ADVICE

Eminem has recently been very open about his battle with drug addiction.   MTV News reports that in an interview with Detroit’s Metro Times, the rapper says he went to Elton John for advice.   Em explained the two “became friends” and he went to John when he was in need of career advice as…

QUOTED: PASTE MAGAZINE ASKS READERS FOR DONATIONS FOR SURVIVAL

“We write this letter with great appreciation for all you’ve done for Paste, as well as sorrow that we need to come to you and ask for further support. The economy has taken its toll on Paste, and we need your help to continue. As the global recession has continued, many of you have written…

Kaleo Futuristo, The Future Is Now

Kaleo stands for “The Voice, The Music and The Song” in the Hawaiian language.   This futuristic kat is bringin’ all three elements to this record and then some.   Futuristo’s unique brand of rock/hip-hop/pop appeals to both a national and international audience.   The Future Is Now not just for Kaleo Futuristo, but for…

COLIN MUNROE & JOELL ORTIZ LIVE IN NYC

Colin’s been slugging it out on the road for more than 6 weeks supporting Wale on his “Attention: Deficit” tour.  We wanted to take a second to share this footage from NYC at last Thursday’s show at Le Poisson Rouge. Brooklyn’s finest, Joell Ortiz, joined Colin onstage for their first ever live performance of “Piano…

NUMERO GROUP TO RELEASE PISCES FULL LENGTH ‘A LOVELY SIGHT’

The Numero Group takes a break from their stellar compilations to release a collection of tracks by Rockford, Illinois based psych-rockers, Pisces. Formed in the late 60’s in Rockford (a small city about 85 miles outside of Chicago whose most notable feature might be that it’s 85 miles outside of Chicago), the group consisted of…

STRANGE MUSIC NAMES DAVE WEINER VICE PRESIDENT OF STRANGE MUSIC WEST

While other labels struggle to stay relevant and profitable in today’s music industry, Strange Music continues to grow, secure bold, new opportunities and set the example for all other labels and musical entrepreneurs to follow. Signaling its presence and expansion on the West Coast, Dave Weiner has been named Vice President of Strange Music West.…

BRITTANY BOSCO “BLACK & WHITE” VIDEO TEASER

Here’s a video teaser from the incredible Brittany Bosco for her song “Black and White”. Haunting melodies, “Black and White”   evokes   the cool chaotic mood of Billie Holiday. Don’t take my word for it, watch the trailer below! Video Teaser for “Black and White”: [youtube yAOlm5hc4SI nolink]

CAGE THE ELEPHANT RELEASE “TINY LITTLE ROBOTS” MP3

Cage The Elephant left crowds staggering after outrageous performances on their latest US tour with stops at Coachella and Bamboozle.   Rolling Stone annointed the band to be the “Next Big Thing” and Entertainment Weekly describes the band’s live show as “…good clean spastic fun.”  

ATLANTIC CONFIRMS MEESE DEBUT ALBUM JUNE 30

Atlantic Records has announced the upcoming release of Meese’s full-length debut, Broadcast.   The Denver-based band’s anticipated album— which includes the single, “Next in Line“— will be available in stores and via all online retailers on June 30th.   Preorders of the album will be available beginning May 26 through the band’s website, www.meesemusic.com, and…

MARTIN SCORSESE TO DIRECT SINATRA BIOPIC

Universal Pictures has acquired the feature film project Sinatra from Mandalay Pictures for Academy Award ® winner Martin Scorsese to direct, it was announced today.   Oscar ® nominated screenwriter (Field of Dreams) Phil Alden Robinson is writing the screenplay for Sinatra based on the life of the iconic entertainer.   Universal Pictures and Mandalay…

MIIKE SNOW RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM EXCLUSIVELY ON iTUNES

Miike Snow, the Downtown Records trio hailing from Sweden and New York are releasing their self-titled debut album today May 12th exclusively on iTunes.   Miike Snow was chosen as one of 40 titles to be featured on Next Big Thing, iTunes’ selection of new artists that they think will have the most impact on…

EVANSCAPPS ALBUM HITS STORE SHELVES

EVANSCAPPS, the side project of Ean Evans (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Bobby Capps (keyboardist for .38 Special), released its album, “Last Time,” today, May 12th, via Rock Ridge Music.   As has been widely reported in the media, Evans passed away on May 6th after losing his battle with cancer.   He was 48.…

THE TOADIES RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SONG I HATE” / DATES

Last year The Toadies reunited after a 7-year absence, released a record entitled No Deliverance and played a US Tour that sold out in many major markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Seattle, Minneapolis and of course all over Texas including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.

CHRISETTE MICHELE’S EPIPHANY TOPS THE BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART

Chrisette Michele notches her first number one album on the Billboard chart with her second release, Epiphany, which debuts atop the list after selling over 83-thousand copies.   According to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, she edges out the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack by just one thousand units. Ciara’s third album, Fantasy Ride, bows at number…

BLINK TO TOUR FALL OUT BOY AND WEEZER

We know that Blink 182 are touring this summer, but according to a post on Mark Hoppus’ blog they’ll be out on the road with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Their label confirms   that the trek will start on July 24th and run through October with tickets starting at $20. Hoppus also uploaded a…

DRAKE PLANS COLLABS ON DEBUT ALBUM

Lil Wayne’s Young Money artist Drake is not taking the buzz from his Sooner Than Later mixtape for granted. The Canadian rapper is in the lab working on his debut album. The Toronto native is said to be teaming up with Jay-Z, Kanye West and of course Weezy. According to ConcreteLoop.com, Drizzy’s debut LP, Thank…

CITY HAZE GARNERS 36K+ DOWNLOADS WITH “ALL ABOUT YOU”

Produced by Up & Coming beat maker Jimba Frosty , The South Bronx/Brooklyn Native City Haze releases his first single “All About You Ft.LD & Jhoni” off of his soon to come sophomore street album ‘Star Of The City’. Only a week after its release with already landing on some of Hip Hop’s most popular…

THE HONEY BROTHERS TOUR DOC VIDEO HERE

The Honey Brothers turned heads with an impromptu “new wave folk” sing-a-long at truck-stop diner on a recent Northeast tour. The video clip below documents moments like this as well as performances of their new songs “Demonstration” and “Won’t Last Long,” showcasing the infectious live show that first captured the interest of now drummer Honey…

ASTRA SET TO ISSUE DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE WEIRDING’ / JPEG

San Diego based progressive rock band ASTRA has completed work on its hotly-anticipated debut album, entitled The Weirding.   The record will see a June 23 North American release date via Rise Above Records. View the album cover: SKOPE IT HERE! www.myspace.com/astrasound

MATT NATHANSON’S “COME ON GET HIGHER” GOES PLATINUM

“Come On Get Higher,” the second hit single from singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson’s current album, Some Mad Hope, has been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA for digital sales exceeding 1 million track downloads.    The single continues to sell 35,000 downloads a week, ranking it #33 on the Hot Digital Tracks Chart.   The single is…

CAZWELL OFFERS MP3 & VIDEO FOR “I SEEN BEYONCE AT BURGER KING”

Few new artists embody the spirit of downtown NYC more completely than Cazwell. A leading figure in the renaissance of New York City nightlife that has taken place over the last five years, Cazwell’s music a ridiculously fun mix of electrified dance music and old school hip hop–is the perfect example of the new spirit…

EPITAPH SIGNS SINGER-SONGWRITER FRANK TURNER

English punk turned folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has signed to Epitaph Records with plans to release his third studio album, Poetry of the Deed, in September.   The news comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the punk rock influenced bard will be performing his solo-acoustic act in front of his largest crowds…

MVD Visual, Kill The Record Labels

There is a war going and it is putting hip hop artists against the music industry. This newest DVD offering from MVD Visual explores a side of hip hop that most are not familiar with. Directors Charles Rand & T. Thomas set out to expose & research various issues that are hurting the hip hop…

DMB LIVE FROM THE BEACON THEATRE ON FUSE TV

Madison Square Garden’s national music network Fuse and MSG Entertainment today announced they will present Dave Matthews Band live at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, June 1. Fuse, the only national network dedicated to music, will also telecast “Fuse Presents Dave Matthews Band: Live from the Beacon Theatre” in high-definition and commercial-free on the eve…