Building momentum and excitement throughout the culture, rising East Tampa rapper Taleban Dooda serves up an emotionally charged new single entitled "I Didn't Know" today.
On "I Didn't Know," his melodic delivery twists around a glitchy beat accented by a contagious keyboard loop. He leans into the production with raw feeling as he laments, "I gave my heart away and they tossed it all around." Facing heartbreak head-on, he powers through the pain with a chantable chorus uplifted by his dynamic range.
11x Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and musician Brandy Clark's original Christmas song, "My Favorite Christmas," is debuting today alongside a new rendition of the classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas."
Of the songs, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Indigo Girls, KT Tunstall), Clark shares, "I love a classic Christmas song. That's what Shane McAnally and I were trying to write when we wrote 'My Favorite Christmas.' I hope it conveys that melancholy feeling that we can feel when we are missing someone around the holidays." Stream/purchase both songs here..
The new music follows Clark's acclaimed self-titled album, which was produced by 9x Grammy-winner Brandi Carlile and released earlier this year via Warner Records (stream/purchase HERE). The album consists of 11 vulnerable tracks, including "Dear Insecurity," her "stunning" (Rolling Stone) collaboration with Carlile. (continue)
The Cowsills, the hit family singing group of the '60s, have released A Christmas Offering From The Cowsills, a new digital-only Christmas EP featuring two originals, "Christmastime (Song For Marissa)" and "Some Good Years," plus a new acapella version of the holiday favorite "Winter Wonderland." The EP follows a very busy year for The Cowsills, who released their first album in 30 years, Rhythm Of The World (2022), and have been touring extensively the past 9 summers on the Turtles' annual Happy Together Tour.
Formed in 1965, The Cowsills would become a worldwide phenomenon when "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" spent two weeks at #2 in 1967 (blocked from the top of the charts by The Monkees' "Daydream Believer"). The Top 10 "Indian Lake" followed in 1968, and "Hair" matched their two weeks at #2 benchmark in 1969. The family band became the inspiration for The Partridge Family, and even recorded the theme to Love, American Style.
In the early '90s, the family regrouped to record a Christmas single "Christmastime (Song for Marissa)." The melody for "Christmastime (Song for Marissa)" was written in the late '70s and sat for years without lyrics as an instrumental. Once it was recognized as Christmas music, the lyrics were added in 1986 and a brand new Christmas carol was born. Joined by friends and admirers including The Bangles' Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele, as well as Peter Holsapple of The dB's, "Christmastime (Song For Marissa)" was finally recorded in the summer of 1992. Along with "Some Good Years," these two songs were actually released as a collector's 45 RPM single edition on Rockville Records in 1993. (continue)
Zara Larsson announces her new album VENUS, set for release on February 9, 2024, via Sommer House/Epic Records. Riding high on her current single "On My Love" with David Guetta, Zara has also confirmed details of a spring UK and European headlining tour. Dubbed The Venus Tour, tickets will be on-sale on November 3rd via www.zaralarssonofficial.com alongside dates for Zara's Swedish holiday specials, Honor The Light. It marks her first run of global headline shows since the pandemic. See full itinerary below and look out for North American live shows in the new year.
A pop album fit for a goddess, VENUS is Zara Larsson setting her own agenda, in part by looking back on where she's come from. First single "Can't Tame Her" was a fierce, female-forward anthem that spent over 16 weeks in the UK Top 40, reached number 3 on iTunes, and number 1 on US Dance Radio: a journey all the sweeter given it was also Larsson's first release on her own Sommer House label, following trailblazing deal with Sony which saw the still-just-25-year-old simultaneously take control of her entire recording catalogue. This summer Zara also dropped "End of Time," a cinematic visitation with your younger self and a reminder to always follow that inner drive.
Last month, Zara Larsson's latest single with David Guetta, "On My Love," was crowned the highest debuting record of 2023 at Dance Radio. Just four weeks later, the song has reached #1 on the chart, making it the country's biggest dance record. (see the tour dates)
The New Colossus Festival returns to New York City's Lower East Side March 6-10, 2024, delivering another highly curated lineup of emerging artists from around the world including: CLT DRP (UK), Crows (UK), Cucamaras (UK), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Housewife (CA), Human Colonies (IT), Lucy Kruger & the Lost Boys (DE), Luge (CA), Nobro (CA), Palomino Blond (US), Raue (US), Shelf Lives (UK), Spyres (UK), Subsonic Eye (SG), Sugar For The Pill (GR), The Tazers (ZA), Ugly (UK), Venus Girls (UK), Vox Rea (CA), WAN (PE), + More!
Kicking off on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, and running until Sunday, March 10, the showcase festival and industry conference is an opportunity to discover the next wave of artists across multiple independent NYC venues including Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Arlene's Grocery, Bowery Ballroom, Bowery Electric, Heaven Can Wait, Pianos, and more.
Started in 2019, The New Colossus Festival has established itself as the first stop in the US for many emerging international artists. Festival alumni include GIFT (US), Jaywood (CA), Kiwi Jr. (CA), Peel Dream Magazine (US), Penelope Isles (UK), Pom Poko (NO), Pom Pom Squad (US), Sid Simons (US), Sobs (SG), The Orielles (UK), Thus Love (US), Water From Your Eyes (US), and over 500 other artists. (continue)
Kevin Gates returns with the companion visual for his latest single "God Slippers." "God Slippers" tells the story of battling inner demons and turning to spirituality for strength and guidance.
Upon the single's initial release, it was accompanied by an official lyric video and coincided with the start of Kevin's 'Only The Generals' nation tour that kicked off in Portsmouth, VA on October 6.
Kevin is also gearing up to release his new album, The Ceremony, slated for release later this year. The album is centered around Kevin's spiritual growth and personal development through religious ceremony. (watch the video here)
Memphis-bred rap phenom NLE Choppa re-ups, recharges, and reignites his recent opus Cottonwood 2 with Cottonwood 2: Deluxe 2.0 out now via NLE Entertainment/Warner Records. He adds nine brand new tracks to the record, offering the definitive vision of this body of work.
Deluxe 2.0 begins in epic fashion with "Message from Weezy" [feat. Lil Wayne]. A lighter flickers and Weezy exhales and speaks, "Homie had to say nothing to me, I knew he was real. I knew he was genuine." Meanwhile, Choppa unloads on the single "We See You." He delivers an airtight verbal flurry over a chopped sample of "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc. Elsewhere, he locks into a lyrical crossfire with BigXThaPlug on "Pistol Paccin," and he stomps all over the beat of "Good Day." The soulful closer "Auntie Living Room" allows him to reflect and speak from the heart. Intensity seeps out of his verses, while the vocal sample booms, "Children are crying, people are dying." It ends the project on a powerful, provocative, and poetic note. Stream it here.
Deluxe 2.0 lands on the heels of "College Girls." It has already amassed 4.4 million streams and counting. He pulled up on Billboard for a candid interview. Simultaneously, Rap Radar applauded how "The Memphis rapper highlights both the hard work college girls put in and their shenanigans." (continue)
Alternative pop visionary Gia Ford has just released her captivating new single 'Falling in Love Again' via Chrysalis Records. 'Falling in Love Again' is an unusual but poignant depiction of how grief makes us behave in ways we wouldn't expect.
"This song is based on a story my friends told me about their dad and his late wife, and how for a while after her death, no one could replace her. He used to dress his new girlfriends in clothes like hers," GIA explains. "At first it sounds odd, and might make you feel uncomfortable. But really it's a love song, just told in a different way."
For GIA FORD, those figures on the fringes of society are by far the most fascinating. Her songs tell the stories of the downtrodden to the downright dangerous. Her haunting previous single 'Alligator' (released this past summer) perfectly illustrates this, and through her vivid storytelling, we begin to hear familiar, uncomfortable truths about ourselves. (continue)
Taylor Swift just captured #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Cruel Summer." With this achievement, she has once again made history and become "The First Female Artist To Score Ten #1 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and Ten #1 Albums on the Billboard 200."
Since its release over a year ago, Midnights has not left the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Notably, the standout track "Anti-Hero" held the #1 spot for eight weeks and is the longest charting song of her career. The track has not left the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a full year. This week with "Cruel Summer," Taylor claims her 30th week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Cruel Summer" has historically completed "The Longest Run For a Female Soloist From a Hot 100 Debut to #1 (Non-Holiday)," climbing to the top after four years and two months. This marks the "Longest Climb for a Non-Holiday Female Track from Release Date" and the "Second Longest Climb for a Non-Holiday Track in the Soundscan Era from Release Date." (continue)
Busta Rhymes, renowned for his lyrical brilliance and enduring contributions to the genre, has just unveiled a groundbreaking announcement in an exclusive in-studio film clip. The iconic MC is gearing up to release his long-anticipated new studio album, "BLOCKBUSTA," in partnership with an exceptional team who bring an unprecedented amount of star power as project curators. You can't get a mind squad with any more cultural equity than Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes himself. All serve as Executive Producers on "BLOCKBUSTA."
In the video, Swizz Beatz, proudly introduces the extraordinary alliance working with Busta Rhymes on "BLOCKBUSTA." There's Pharrell Williams, who he refers to as "The Pharaoh," Timbaland, who he calls "The King," and Swizz Beatz humbly refers to himself as "The Student." All three super producers also helm tracks on the album in addition to their executive duties. This collaboration of four of hip-hop's most prolific and celebrated heavyweights is poised to give rise to a dynamic masterpiece, destined to be embraced by fans across the globe. The LP is to be released on Friday November 24, 2023, by way of Busta Rhymes label, The Conglomerate Entertainment distributed by Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment. (continue)
Following the release of his latest album Lucid Dreams and recent face reveal, Platinum-Certified singer, songwriter, and producer BoyWithUke announces his 2024 Lucid Dreams Tour. Kicking off in Berlin on February 13th, the tour will see BoyWithUke perform in major cities across Europe, UK, US, and Canada through the spring-see the full list of tour dates below.
Tickets will go on-sale via artist presale tomorrow, October 24th at 10AM local time, via Spotify presale on Wednesday, October 25th at 10AM local time, and via general on-sale on Friday, October 27th at 10AM local time at https://www.boywithukemusic.com.
Last week, BoyWithUke gave his first performance without his mask for Genius Open Mic-watch his performance of "Before I Die" HERE. This followed the recent release of the music video for the track, as well as the music video for "King of Nothing," where fans saw Charley's true identity for the first time in a music video. (continue)
Speaking to his continued dominance and ever-expanding influence, multi-platinum sensation Lil Tecca just scored new RIAA certifications. His meteoric breakout smash "Ransom" has reached 7x-platinum status, "Did It Again" went 2x-platinum, and "Out Of Love" is now platinum. Thus far, he has impressively generated over 10 billion in streams worldwide.
Next up, he hits the road on a five-date East Coast pre-tour. This headline jaunt launches on November 12 in Stroudsburg, PA, visits major markets in the Northeast, and concludes on November 19 in Sayreville, NJ. (continue)
TALK announces an extensive North American headlining tour in 2024 to support his debut album, Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees, which released last Friday on Capitol Records. TALK performed his first of three shows opening for country queen Shania Twain last night in Toronto, where he flexed his powerful rock chops in front of a sold-out crowd.
It all comes on the heels of the release of Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees. Featuring hit singles "Run Away to Mars" and "A Little Bit Happy," the hard-hitting collection shoots for the stars-and stadiums-with inspirations from Meatloaf, Broadway, and '80s and '90s rock.
"The concept for 'Lord of the Flies & Birds & Bees' was dreamed up by my executive producer Justin Tranter and I," TALK explains. "I think what we created was almost exactly what was originally envisioned-an album that was made with love and heart, that I hope will put a smile on people's faces or be a warm hug to those who need one." (continue)
Renowned singer-songwriter Cat Power has announced a Valentine's Day performance at America's premiere concert hall, Carnegie Hall. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 27 at 11 AM ET. The show is a 15-song recreation of Dylan's 1966 acoustic and electric performance at Royal Albert Hall and is a companion to her album, Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert, out November 10 via Domino Recording Company. Set to take place on February 14, 2024, the Carnegie Hall show follows performances at London's Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Dylan himself hasn't headlined the venue performing this material since 1965.
To help celebrate the Carnegie Hall performance Cat Power is releasing two more songs from the soon-to-be-released album. Her distinct and evocative takes on "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Like A Rolling Stone" are available for streaming everywhere now.
Recorded November 5, 2022 at London's vaunted Royal Albert Hall, Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert sees Marshall paying tribute to Bob Dylan with a complete live reimagining of his legendary performance at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in May 1966. Long known as the "Royal Albert Hall Concert" due to a mislabeled bootleg, the original performance saw Dylan switching from acoustic to electric midway through the show, drawing the ire of folk purists and forever altering the course of rock 'n' roll. Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert both lovingly honors Dylan's imprint on history and brings a stunning new vitality to many of his most revered songs, including the recently released "She Belongs to Me" and "Ballad of a Thin Man," both available everywhere now. (continue)
V of 21st century pop icons BTS released "Slow Dancing (FRNK Remix)," and "Slow Dancing (Cautious Clay Remix)," two remixes of the focus track "Slow Dancing" off his solo album Layover. DJ FRNK and singer songwriter and producer Cautious Clay produced the newly-released remixes.
"Slow Dancing (FRNK Remix)" is an upbeat track using afro rhythm that will get you into the groove. "Slow Dancing (Cautious Clay Remix)" is an instrumental track that employs flute, keys, drums, adding a new layer to the vibrant and unique mood of the track
Additionally, V unveiled an official music video for "Slow Dancing (FRNK Remix)." It shows previously unreleased behind the scenes footage of the original track's music video shoot. The animation inserted in between the footage highlights the uplifting, joyous mood of the remix, while the video captures a variety of V's charms including scenes of him being serious and focused on set to being playful with his facial expressions. (continue)
Alt-pop singer-songwriter-producer Daniel Leggs is celebrating the coming apocalypse with his brand new triple single, "at the end of the world," available now via Overall Recordings/Atlantic Records. Eagerly awaited by Leggs' growing fan following of "feet" and already boasting over 100K collective impressions through his IG Reels and TikTok, the project includes "at the end of the world," "2050," and "high school love," together telling a three-song short story from what if? to well, then... and finally, remember back when?
"I've always been super afraid of little things like asking someone to dance," says Daniel. "But if the world were ending, would I finally have the courage? There's no way to change what I've missed out on in the past, but will there ever be a time where I can just live in the moment? That's what these three songs represent for me."
"at the end of the world" continues an ongoing run of new music from Daniel Leggs, including such recently released tracks as "part of the play," "the banker," and "good kid," all available everywhere now. This year also saw the arrival of Leggs' long-awaited debut EP, runaway, available everywhere now HERE. The final installment in a remarkable series of monthly song premieres, the EP collects warm-hearted tracks like "sausalito," "gatsby," "stay in my dreams," "ticket home" (co-written with 6x RIAA Platinum-certified singer-songwriter gnash), and the viral favorite, "crutches," the latter of which is joined by a whimsical animated music video. (continue)
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