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POST MALONE DROPS THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE "COOPED UP" WITH RODDY RICCH - >WATCH VIDEO HERE
Fri, 20 May 2022 11:35:00 +0000
Gearing up for yet another landmark season, GRAMMY® Award-nominated RIAA diamond-certified Dallas, TX artist Post Malone has just dropped the video for his new single "Cooped Up" [with Roddy Ricch] via Mercury Records/Republic Records.

It heralds the arrival of his fourth full-length offering and the summer's most-anticipated record, Twelve Carat Toothache, on June 3, 2022. Pre-order/pre-save Twelve Carat Toothache. It stands out as his first full-length in three years since the triple-platinum Hollywood's Bleeding crashed the Billboard Top 200 at #1.

To kick off the album campaign, Post performed on Saturday Night Live at the weekend, the artists first appearance on the celebrated show.
POST MALONE DROPS THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE "COOPED UP" WITH RODDY RICCH - WATCH VIDEO HERE

POST MALONE DROPS THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE "COOPED UP" WITH RODDY RICCH - WATCH VIDEO HERE

BLOCKBUSTER FOURTH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM & THE SUMMER'S MOST-ANTICIPATED RELEASE TWELVE CARAT TOOTHACHE ARRIVES JUNE 3, 2022

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POST MALONE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE "COOPED UP" WITH RODDY RICCH
Mon, 16 May 2022 12:18:00 +0000

Gearing up for yet another landmark season, GRAMMY® Award-nominated RIAA diamond-certified Dallas, TX artist Post Malone returns with a brand new single entitled "Cooped Up" [with Roddy Ricch] today via Mercury Records/Republic Records.

It heralds the arrival of his fourth full-length offering and the summer's most-anticipated record, Twelve Carat Toothache, on June 3, 2022. Pre-order/pre-save Twelve Carat Toothache. It stands out as his first full-length in three years since the triple-platinum Hollywood's Bleeding crashed the Billboard Top 200 at #1.

To kick off the album campaign, Post performed on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, May 14th, the artists first appearance on the celebrated show.

"Cooped Up" notably marks the second collaboration between Post and Roddy. In 2019, the GRAMMY® Award-winning RIAA diamond-certified Compton rapper appeared on the remix of Post's quintuple-platinum anthem "wow.".

Late last year, Post tested the waters with the explosive "One Right Now" with The Weeknd. It vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and drummed up over 1 billion streams in a few months' time.
POST MALONE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE "COOPED UP" WITH RODDY RICCH
POST MALONE RETURNS WITH 
NEW SINGLE "COOPED UP" WITH RODDY RICCH

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ISLAND RECORDS COLLABORATES WITH UKRANIAN ARTIST ALEXEY KONDAKOV ON CHARITY NFT CAMPAIGN
Thu, 28 Apr 2022 15:50:00 +0000
Ukrainian artist, Alexey Kondakov, is auctioning a collection of five digital artwork NFTs via Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers, London between 2nd and 12th May. 100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that is providing fresh, nourishing meals to people in Ukraine and those displaced in neighbouring countries. WCK is focused on providing meals for as many people as possible at border crossings, shelters, and other locations along the journey by working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. One of the organisation's restaurant partners, Yaposhka, was recently destroyed when a missile hit Kharkiv, injuring four of the restaurant

Following the auction, underlying NFT technology will be used to ensure that a portion of all secondary sales revenue also goes to World Central Kitchen, creating a perpetual donation route to char

The "Reverberate Ukraine" collection is composed of beautiful yet sobering reflections of life before the war and the current escalating situation in Kondakov's home city, Kyiv, which has been under Russian invasion since the 24th February 2022. Much like the artist's previous works, each artwork tells a surreal, powerful story and contrasts classical paintings with everyday life as captured on his mobile phone.

"Reverberate Ukraine is me showing the world what it's like living in a war. It's the only thing I can do right now, living in Kyiv. I hope people can support by sharing these works." describes Alexey.

"We knew nothing about war until it came to our house.There is no war if it does not touch you. We know about WWI and WWII but we fail to truly recognise other wars around the world. If we don't see war we are in peace. Is humanity civilized enough to not start wars? I'm not sure. But I think humanity has the ability to end wars, by sharing love and support. This is the only path to peace. Love can heal. Care and support can melt the coldest of hearts."

The project, conceived by Island Records UK following a collaboration between the label and Kondakov in 2019, is supported by Bonhams, World Central Kitchen and The Giving Block.

Alongside the auction, 1,000 limited edition prints of 'Peaceful evening in Kyiv' will be sold via www.reverberateukraine.io for £100 each, with 100% proceeds donated to World Central Kitchen's Chefs for Ukraine. Once the limited editions are sold out, a blue 'open edition' of the artwork will become available, from which all net proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen, echoing the ongoing charitable donation route enabled through the NFTs.

For more information go to www.reverberateukraine.io

Bonhams have waived fees and commission to ensure this project can deliver 100% of primary sale proceeds to charity.

Artworks to be sold include:

'You Can't Even Imagine It'
Це важко уявити
Features Lord Frederic Leighton "Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon" 1869

"This artwork is about understanding and feeling war in your home. It's hard to imagine it. No one wants to think about it, everyone thinks that they have a lucky ticket in life. And it's easy to stay away if you don't know what war is and you just get tired of seeing the news.

Unfortunately, only those who have seen the war can truly understand."

 Photograph was taken near Lukyanivska metro station, which is near the center of Kyiv.

A Russian missile hit the civilian house early morning on March 15."

'Behind 3 Walls'
За трома стінами
Features Jules Frédéric Adolphe Loewe-Marchand "Myrrha" 1892

"The guide for how to stay alive during bombing states that there should be at least 3 walls between the outer wall of the building and the windows, preferably near a lift shaft or stairs which are less likely to be destroyed after bombing. In this case people sleep in common corridors of high-rise buildings because outside their flats there are no bomb shelters nearby.

 Photo taken at my parents' home, we had to move there and sleep on air mattresses outside the flat. Only in this case we have 3 walls to save us from missile attacks nearby"

 'Panic'
Паніка
Features Guillaume Seignac "Belgium, France and England before the German invasion" 1914

"Since the beginning of the war, the shelves in supermarkets began to empty. Each day is like a survival game, you wake up and plan to get something that can be stored for a long time: yeast to be able to bake bread by yourself, milk for you kids, medicines for diabetics. What will you be missing tomorrow or the day after? Are you ready to be helpless? Are you really prepared for the siege of your city?

Photograph was taken nearby at Silpo supermarket, luckily not all the shelves were empty. People are doing everything to try and avoid a full-scale humanitarian crisis".

'Sleepless nights in Chernihiv'
Безсонна ніч у Чернігові
Features Lord Frederick Leighton "Lachrymae" 1894 -1895

"Air raid alerts go off several times during the night, so people have to wake up and run to the shelter. That is the pressure that Ukrainians face each day and night. War exhausts us. The idea of being killed at any moment sucks all the energy from people, this is a new weight we carry with us every day.

Photograph taken on random yard of Chernihiv streets. I visited it for the first time 3 days before the war started. Now this part of the city is nearly destroyed by Russian forces".

'Peaceful evening in Kyiv'
Мирний вечір у Києві
Features Herbert James Draper "Lamia" 1909

"Each day and each moment there is a dream inside all Ukrainians: 'what if war ends in one moment, right now or very soon? What a great life it would be! A different life, a life that we all did not have before. We will not waste a single moment of this peaceful life!"

Photograph taken during a visit to a friend's place in the center of Kyiv, autumn 2021".

ISLAND RECORDS COLLABORATES WITH UKRANIAN ARTIST ALEXEY KONDAKOV ON CHARITY NFT CAMPAIGN

About Alexey Kondakov:

Kyiv-based artist Alexey Kondakov uses surrealistic documentary photography to superimpose figures from classical artwork into everyday scenes of modern life. He is renowned for his collage series in which Kyiv, Ukraine served as the backdrop for characters from old world masterpieces. The artist merges the past and the present, showing with a deft eye how classical figures fit seamlessly into contemporary situations that, in themselves, are timeless. His work has been featured by Hypebeast, CNN, It's Nice That and the Independent amongst others.

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About World Central Kitchen's and WCK's Chefs for Ukraine Response:

World Central Kitchen is a non-profit organisation that provides fresh meals in response to crises while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions.

WCK began serving hot meals within hours of the initial invasion of Ukraine, and quickly set up at the eight border crossings with Poland. WCK's Chefs for Ukraine response has grown rapidly, and is distributing nourishing food and fresh meals across the region, including Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain. In addition to WCK's field kitchen, WCK is working with local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to provide fresh and comforting meals at border crossings, shelters, and other locations along their journey. In addition to hot meals, WCK is distributing bulk food product including produce and dry goods to restaurant partners in Ukraine to supplement the strained food supply chain.

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About Island Records UK:

Over 60 years on from its birth in Jamaica, Island Records, founded by Chris Blackwell,  remains one of the most revered and respected labels in the world. The Island label has been responsible for the careers of some of the biggest stars in music including U2, Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Cat Stevens, Traffic, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Toots & The Maytals, Marianne Faithfull, Aswad, Tom Waits, King Sunny Ade, Robert Palmer, Sly & Robbie, PJ Harvey, The Slits, Tom Tom Club, Pulp, Tricky and Talvin Singh. More recently Island has continued to shape culture with artists including Amy Winehouse, DJ Shadow, Keane, Mumford & Sons, Paul Weller, Hozier, Florence + The Machine, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sean Paul, Disclosure, Ray Blk, The Specials, The Streets, Billy Porter, M Huncho, Unknown T, Dermot Kennedy, Arrdee, Yard Act,  Sigrid, and Giggs.

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About Bonhams:

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and luxury. It operates globally from flagship salerooms in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong, with additional sales in Edinburgh and Sydney and has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries. Through its recent acquisition of Bukowskis in Stockholm, Skinner in Boston, US and Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen Bonhams also has a presence in those regions. This year Bonhams will hold more than 400 specialist sales across 53 different categories.

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About The Giving Block

The Giving Block is an industry leading crypto donation solution, which provides an ecosystem for nonprofits and charities to fundraise Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, be found by crypto donors, receive funds instantly, and become part of a network of crypto media partners to support their missions. Now supporting over 1400 nonprofits internationally, The Giving Block is enabling crypto holders to maximize their social impact and show that crypto is a force for good. This year The Giving Block plans to process over $500 million in cryptocurrency donations and has joined the Shift4 family of companies to help bring crypto giving mainstream. 

"Reverberate Ukraine" by Ukrainian and Kyiv-based artist Alexey Kondakov to be auctioned via Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers, London on May 2nd with perpetual donation to World Central Kitchen's Chefs for Ukraine response providing nourishing food and fresh meals across the region.

For more information go to www.reverberateukraine.io

Sean Paul releases new single “No Fear" + special performance at The Novo in Los Angeles in May
Sat, 23 Apr 2022 16:40:00 +0000
Multi-award-winning international superstar Sean Paul releases new single “No Fear,” featuring legendary artists Nicky Jam and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The song marks his latest release from his forthcoming eighth full-length album, Scorcha, out May 27 via Island Records. In celebration of Scorcha’s release, Sean will host a special performance at The Novo in Los Angeles on May 27th.
 
In his familiar infectious sound, Sean Paul delivers another anthem. “No Fear” is an uninhibited track about embracing everything life throws at you. With a power-packed verse from Damian Marley and catchy reggaeton chorus from Nicky Jam, it’s the perfect track to usher in warm weather and good times!

No Fear,” follows on the heels of smash singles “How We Do It” ft. Pia Mia and “Dynamite” ft. Sia which each caught fire right out of the gate.

Sean also announced 2022 U.S. Scorcha headline tour dates and will hit the road with Pitbull on his 2022 North American Tour. Returning to the stage following two years since touring due to the pandemic, he is eager and excited to reconnect with his fans live and in person. See full tour routing below. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.

Throughout his career, Sean Paul has carved a home for himself while championing dancehall, as being an artist with a unique sound, look and passion. His ability to show the power and unity in music through various collaborations, across many genres has catapulted his career over the years on various charts, awards and with an enormous fanbase. Effectively Sean has brought that same concept back to his own genre and collaborated with some of his colleagues in reggae and dancehall, highlighting that together we can also make great music. Most recently, Sean earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album for his 7th studio album Live N Livin, which was released in 2021.
Sean Paul releases new single “No Fear"

Listen to “No FearHERE

Pre-order/pre-saveScorcha HERE.

Special performance at The Novo in Los Angeles on May 27th. Tickets available HERE

Sean Paul U.S. Dates:

04/22/22 Boston Massachusetts – House of Blues (Boston)

04/23/22 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

04/25/22 Brooklyn New York – Elsewhere

04/26/22 Brooklyn New York – Elsewhere

05/14/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/15/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/27/22 Los Angeles California – The Novo

05/29/22 Monterey California – Monterey Fairgrounds

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PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE  NEW ALBUM SCORCHA May 27th  HERE

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About Sean Paul
It’s rare for an artist to become the personification of their genre. For just a word or phrase from their mouth to conjure the entire artform. Sean Paul is one of those artists. Let him say “shake dat ting” in his commanding voice, and you’ll hear the embodiment of dancehall. Across seven studio albums and counting, Sean Paul has taken the genre global, from its origin in clubs in Kingston, Jamaica to the top of the charts, packing some of the biggest venues in more than 120 countries. Only Sean has the distinction of being the first Jamaican to play shows in Kazakhstan and Madagascar.

The Grammy Award-winning, international superstar has ignited stages in over 120 other countries, performing for huge audiences in some of the biggest venues around the world. Sean Paul has earned several Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations and is the recipient of an American Music Award, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Music Awards, ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, a Source Award and a BET Award. He is the only Jamaican artist to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favorite Pop/Rock Male artist.

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Sean Paul drops new single and music video “How We Do It” with Pia Mia
Sat, 12 Mar 2022 12:43:00 +0000

Ready for another scorching season, multi-award-winning Billboard chart topper Sean Paul returns with a brand new single and music video entitled “How We Do It” featuring multi-platinum artist Pia Mia via Island Records. Listen to it HERE. Watch the music videoHERE.

Of the release, Sean shared “This new single “How We Do It” is our way to show the listeners, how we dance, how we enjoy life, and how we stay fresh. Big up to Pia Mia, when we started recording this track we knew right away we wanted her on this single and she hit it out the park.”

The track pops off as an international anthem. Its energy dips in and out of island-inflected dancehall beats, slick R&B, and swaggering pop. Sean Paul leans into the production with a smooth and slick flow before multiplatinum artist, actress, and presence Pia Mia counters with an instantly unforgettable chorus. The accompanying visual, directed by Briana Gonzales, seamlessly translates this vibe to the screen as their chemistry instantly sizzles. Bathed in colorful spotlights, a gang of dancers surrounds Sean Paul and Pia Mia in a shallow pool. As water splashes, one showstopping dance routine after another transfixes. It notably serves as a reunion since Sean Paul appeared on the remix of Pia Mia’s “Hot” two years ago. Once again, he has ignited a genre-breaking global banger of epic proportions.

Most importantly, it sets the stage for more music and surprises from Sean Paul in 2022. For now, rock to “How We Do It!

Meanwhile, his single “Dynamite” ft. Sia has eclipsed 26.8 million Spotify streams and 6 million YouTube views on the futuristic music video“Dynamite” marked a highly anticipated follow-up collaboration between the genre-bending artists since their smash hit “Cheap Thrills,” also produced by Greg Kurstin, which has generated over 1.6 billion YouTube views since its 2016 release.

SEAN PAUL TEAMS UP WITH PIA MIA FOR "HOW WE DO IT"

LISTEN & WATCH “DYNAMITE”HERE.

👀Sean recently earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album for his 7th studio album Live N Livin, which was released earlier this year. The album is a collaborative celebration of his Jamaican heritage and dancehall roots in which Sean trades the mic with Buju Banton and Damian Marley. Dancehall can be stereotyped as a competitive, macho space where sound clashes are king, but Live N Livin set out to emphasize what’s possible when unity is the goal. “We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams,” Sean says. “I hold this album very dear to my heart because it shows the effort of collaboration over confrontation.”

👀Last week, Sean announced 2022 U.S. Scorcha tour dates that will include features from his 8th studio album set to release later in the year. Returning to the stage following two years since touring due to the pandemic, he is eager and excited to reconnect with his fans live and in person. See full tour routing below. 

Throughout his career, the international superstar has carved a home for himself while championing dancehall, as being an artist with a unique sound, look and passion. His ability to show the power and unity in music through various collaborations, across many genres has catapulted his career over the years on various charts, awards and with an enormous fanbase. Effectively Sean has brought that same concept back to his own genre and collaborated with some of his colleagues in reggae and dancehall, highlighting that together we can also make great music.

Stay tuned for more from Sean Paul soon.

Sean Paul U.S. Dates:

03/11/22 Tampa Florida – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

04/22/22 Boston Massachusetts – House of Blues (Boston)

04/25/22 Brooklyn New York – Elsewhere

04/26/22 Brooklyn New York – Elsewhere

05/14/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/15/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/27/22 Los Angeles California – The Novo

05/29/22 Monterey California – Monterey Fairgrounds

Sean Paul Socials:

 Listen to it HERE. Watch the music videoHERE.

About Sean Paul

It’s rare for an artist to become the personification of their genre. For just a word or phrase from their mouth to conjure the entire artform. Sean Paul is one of those artists. Let him say “shake dat ting” in his commanding voice, and you’ll hear the embodiment of dancehall. Across seven studio albums and counting, Sean Paul has taken the genre global, from its origin in clubs in Kingston, Jamaica to the top of the charts, packing some of the biggest venues in more than 120 countries. Only Sean has the distinction of being the first Jamaican to play shows in Kazakhstan and Madagascar.

The Grammy Award-winning, international superstar has ignited stages in over 120 other countries, performing for huge audiences in some of the biggest venues around the world. Sean Paul has earned several Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations and is the recipient of an American Music Award, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Music Awards, ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, a Source Award and a BET Award. He is the only Jamaican artist to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favorite Pop/Rock Male artist.

 

NICKI MINAJ DROPS LIL BABY ASSISTED NEW SINGLE "BUSSIN"
Tue, 15 Feb 2022 12:49:00 +0000

NICKI MINAJ DROPS LIL BABY ASSISTED NEW SINGLE "BUSSIN"

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NICKI MINAJ RETURNS WITH "DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM?"
Wed, 09 Feb 2022 14:34:00 +0000

Today, the most successful female rapper of all time, diamond-selling hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj returns with her mega-anticipated new single and music video “Do We Have a Problem?” [feat. Lil Baby].

Directed by Benny Boom, the cinematic video sees Joseph Sikora and Cory Hardrict co-star alongside Minaj and Lil Baby. The clip centers around a high-octane bank heist with big screen-worthy production.

In celebration of the release, Nicki took over the Clipper’s game tonight at Crypto.com Arena, painting it pink and giving unsuspecting fans a first listen of the new single. The Clippers Spirit welcomed the icon with a performance to her RIAA certified diamond selling single “Super Bass” and bestowed her with her own personalized jersey.  Continuing her cultural infiltration, she also stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden.

NICKI MINAJ RETURNS WITH "DO WE HAVE A PROBLEM?"

NEW YORK, NY (February 2022) – The queen is back…

"Do We Have a Problem?” only hints at a whole lot more to come.

Nicki Minaj is back, and it’s the best kind of problem

 Listen to “Do We Have a Problem?” HERE

Watch the music video for “Do We Have a Problem?” HERE

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JAZMINE FLOWERS DROPS KARIM NAAS REMIX FOR ‘NOT LIKE MY FRIENDS’
Mon, 07 Feb 2022 15:09:00 +0000

Alt-R&B rising artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, JAZMINE FLOWERS dropped the remix for her single, ‘Not Like My Friends’ on Friday 4th February 2022 by DJ and producer, Karim Naas, who has racked up over 5 million streams, 1.2 million video views with his remixes and production credits for likes of Sean Paul, Kesha, M.I.A and Black Eyed Peas.

After discovering Jazmine Flowers on TikTok where she has built a big following over 122k followers and 1 million likes, Karim Naas decided to the remix the thought-provoking leftfield track toprovides us with an up-tempo dance party version, a perfect anthem to kick off the New Year.

In addition to the remix, a new visualiser is available TAP HERE TO WATCH 'Not Like My Friends’ single  

‘Not Like My Friends’ which Jazmine produced herself is one of five eclectic tracks available to listen to on her debut EP ‘adulting’. Further tracks include her catchy single ‘Darth Vader’, which is a chilled R&B song with a big hook chorus about not knowing her birth father co-written with Grammy Award winning songwriter Kimberly Kaydence Krysiuk, who won a Grammy for her co-write of Beyoncés ‘Black Parade’. Further production credits for the EP include Maths Time Joy (Gallant, Mahalia), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, Pink, Santana) and Craigie Dodds (One Eskimo, Amy Winehouse, Sugababes). TAP HERE - Listen to the full EP 

Jazmine had a tremendous 2021 from dropping her debut single ‘Awkward’which gained over 300K streams and radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Introducing, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Introducing Oxford and many more. Alongside critical acclaim from the likes of Guap magazine, Clash, Daily Mirror, Equate, Sistem Magazine. Plus, podcast opportunities on the likes of the award-winning Anthems podcast where she wrote her own monologue about what the word fluid means to her, as part oftheir LGBTQI+ Pride series and mental health podcast, Insane In The Fem Brain. Not to forget her moving acoustic session for her second single release ‘This Isn’t Happiness’ on Mahogany’s new session format, LAGOON.

With an impeccable talent of being able to move her listeners both on and offstage, Jazmine Flowers is set to have a bright future with lots more music to come in 2022. 

JAZMINE FLOWERS  DROPS KARIM NAAS REMIX FOR  ‘NOT LIKE MY FRIENDS’

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LIL WAYNE RELEASES CLASSIC MIXTAPE SORRY 4 THE WAIT
Tue, 18 Jan 2022 18:36:00 +0000
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music mogul Lil Wayne releases his critically acclaimed 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait on digital streaming platforms

In addition to the original twelve tracks, it boasts four brand new tracks. The lead single “CAMERAS” [feat. Allan Cubas] finds Weezy firing on all cylinders with extraterrestrial cadences and incendiary wordplay uplifted by a hypnotic hook.

It also serves as a showcase for the talents of Cubas who represents the impending next era of Wayne’s legendary Young Money Entertainment—stay tuned for more on that!

In 2011, Sorry 4 The Wait shook the culture upon arrival as an appetizer for the blockbuster Tha Carter IV. Earning widespread acclaim, Pitchfork raved, “Wayne has plenty of insanity left in him,” and it earned “4-out-of-5 stars” from XXL, while Rolling Stone hailed it as “the kind of quickie that put him on top back in 2006 and 2007.” On the project, he notably reignited popular singles by Beyoncé, Adele, Miguel, Meek Mill, Drake, Waka Flocka Flame, Big Sean, and more.

Right now, Wayne is prepping more music for 2022. Get ready!

The release comes on the heels of another incredibly prolific year from Lil Wayne. The music icon dropped the Tha Carter IV (Complete Edition) on streaming platforms in celebration of the critically acclaimed album's 10th anniversary, as well as kicked off the Tha Carter IV visual album. Wayne also launched the specialty Tha Carter IV Topps trading cards - making him the first rapper to have his own trading card collection. He teamed up with rap star Rich The Kid on their blockbuster collaborative mixtape, Trust Fund Babies (listen HERE). Wayne closed out the year with “Tha Carter Singles Collection” 7” vinyl box set, which features 19 of Wayne’s biggest “Tha Carter” series hits on 45 for the first time ever

To date, Lil Wayne has gathered five GRAMMY® Awards, sold 120 million records worldwide, notched 25 Top 10 singles, logged five #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, and scored 62 gold, platinum, and multiplatinum certifications. The “greatest rapper alive”is back and better than ever.
 
Be on the lookout for a whole lot more soon.

Lil Wayne has released his critically acclaimed 2011 mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait on all DSPs, featuring four new tracks!

SORRY 4 THE WAIT LISTEN HERE

The lead single is “CAMERAS” featuring new Young Money signee Allan Cubas.

WATCH the “CAMERAS” visualiser HERE

 TRACKLISTING:

  1. Cameras (feat. Allan Cubas)
  2. Lil Romeo
  3. Anti-Hero (feat. Lil Tecca)
  4. Bleu Snappin’
  5. Tunechi’s Back
  6. Tunechi Rollin’
  7. Throwed (feat. Gudda Gudda)
  8. One Big Room
  9. Tunechi’s Room
  10. Twist Made Me
  11. Grove Party (feat. Lil B)
  12. Rax
  13. Hands Up (My Last)
  14. Sorry 4 The Wait
  15. YM Inkredible (feat. Thugga, Raw Dizzy, Flow, & T@)
  16. IDK

LIL WAYNE RELEASES CLASSIC MIXTAPE SORRY 4 THE WAIT

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Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time, tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100, logging a staggering 109 entries. With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history. Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5. It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length and fifth #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

 

THE WEEKND RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM 'DAWN FM'
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:34:00 +0000
The Weeknd has officially dropped his latest album, Dawn FM (XO/Republic Records). (Friday, January 7, 2022 New York, NY). The surprise release began with a compelling trailer for the project and the reveal of the album cover and track list earlier in the week. The album, deemed a “sonic experience” by The Weeknd, showcases a unique cast of features from Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jim Carrey.

As a part of the rollout, The Weeknd appeared in “103.5 Dawn FM”, a live stream experience which aired exclusively on the Amazon Music channel on Twitch and in the Amazon Music app. Exclusive merchandise for the evening, including a limited-edition hoodie, t-shirt, and sweatshirt commemorating the live stream, is available now at amazon.com/theweeknd and in the Amazon Music app. Fans will be able to purchase the merch for the next 48 hours.

Listen to Dawn FM here

Dawn FM Track Listing:

Dawn FM
Gasoline
How Do I Make You Love Me?
Take My Breath
Sacrifice
A Tale By Quincy (feat. Quincy Jones)
Out of Time
Here We Go…Again (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
Best Friends
Is There Someone Else?
Starry Eyes
Every Angel is Terrifying
Don’t Break My Heart
I Heard You’re Married (feat. Lil Wayne)
Less Than Zero
Phantom Regret (feat. Jim Carrey)

THE WEEKND RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM  'DAWN FM'

THE WEEKND  ALBUM DAWN FM

FEATURES INCLUDE TYLER, THE CREATOR, LIL WAYNE, QUINCY JONES, ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER AND JIM CARREY

Listen to Dawn FM here

MIRAA MAY DROPS NEW SINGLE ‘IN MY FEELINGS’
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 18:21:00 +0000

Algerian born, Tottenham raised, Miraa May, one of the fiercest, most prodigiously talented and highly rated artists in UK released her new single ‘In My Feelings’. on 1st December.

The raw and honest R&B track showcases Miraa’s silky smooth vocals and is the second release off her eagerly awaited TBA debut album.

Speaking about ‘In My Feelings’ Miraa says: Sometimes I get so deep in my feelings I can’t see a way out and as soon as someone has the looking glass to see that in me, I’m done out here. Always being the one who tries to work it out despite how angry you are is such a vulnerable yet peaceful state of mind to be in. To have unconditional love and empathy for everyone around us and ourselves is to truly be free of hate. This song is about having patience with the ones we love and most importantly, ourselves.”

‘In My Feelings’ follows her recent release ‘Go Girl’, which is an uplifting track celebrating female excellence featuring best friend RAYE. The single gained huge support, with over 843k streams and playlist additions on Radio 1,1Xtra, Kiss and Kiss Fresh.

As well as, critical acclaim from the likes of Notion, Music Week, Daily Star, The Line of Best Fit , GRM Daily, Link Up TV , Mixtape Madness and more. 

During the last 18 months, Miraa May had the life changing experience of becoming a first-time mum at the beginning of the pandemic. She began working on what would become her debut album, working almost entirely with a female team. Recently Miraa has been enjoying performing live with various festival appearances at TRNSMT, Tokyo World, Strawberries and Creem, Sound City and the Super Bock Festival in Lisbon.

Miraa May is a lynchpin in the UK music industry, since being discovered by Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, The Fugees) she’s been prolific in her output and racked up collaborations with everyone from JME, Col3trane, WSTRN and more. When not making her own music she can be found writing for some of the hottest names in the game, her cuts include the top 10 hit ‘Be Honest’ by Jorja Smith and Burna Boy as well as ‘Jealous’ by Mahalia and Rico Nasty – and her prowess as a writer saw her invited to an all-star writing camp in Jamaica alongside Cadenza, Amine, Proteje, Dre Skull, and Guilty Beatz to name a few (the sessions were filmed by The Face and turned into their ‘Voices of Jamaica’ documentary). She also starred in the video for Little Simz’ ‘Woman’ alongside other major female industry players such as ZeZe Millz, Jourdan Dunn and Joy Crookes. Her connections speak volumes about the high regard in which she’s held by her peers and contemporaries – a vital voice, artist and personality.

Miraa May is an unstoppable force who continues to share with the world her undeniable talents, with 2022 shaping up as her most exciting yet.

MIRAA MAY  DROPS NEW SINGLE  ‘IN MY FEELINGS’
Ever feel yourself needing a reminder that you are, in fact, a bad bitch? If so, listen to Miraa May.”The Face

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The Weeknd 'Blinding Lights' Is the New No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Song of ALL TIME !
Fri, 26 Nov 2021 12:22:00 +0000

The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" shines brightest among the nearly 30,000 titles ever to hit the Billboard Hot 100 over the chart's 63-year history, as the single, released in November 2019, is the newly crowned No. 1 on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs recap.

  The Weeknd  'Blinding Lights' Is the New No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Song of ALL TIME !

Meanwhile, The Beatles remain the leading act in the Hot 100's archives, topping Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists retrospective.

Both 100-position charts, based on historical performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, are updated as of today (Nov. 23) in the Greatest of All Time section of the charts menu on Billboard.com. (See both all-time surveys' methodologies below; the all-time chart was first revealed in 2008, for the Hot 100's 50th anniversary, and refreshed in both 2013 and 2018.) 

Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs, Top 10:

 1, "Blinding Lights," The Weeknd 

2, "The Twist," Chubby Checker 

3, "Smooth," Santana feat. Rob Thomas 

4, "Mack the Knife," Bobby Darin 

5, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 

6, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes 

7, "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock 

8, "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas 

9, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio 

10, "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran 

"Blinding Lights" rules Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs chart after it logged a record-shattering run on the weekly Hot 100. After topping the chart for four weeks in April and May 2020, it went on to rewrite the marks for the most weeks spent in the top five (43), top 10 (57) and top 40 (86) and on the chart overall (90).

"I don't think [it] has hit me yet," The Weeknd told Billboard upon learning of the song's reigning all-time Hot 100 status. "I try not to dwell on it too much. I just count my blessings, and I'm just grateful."


"Blinding Lights" succeeds Chubby Checker's classic "The Twist" as the Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs' No. 1 hit, with the latter having led the Hot 100 for a week in September 1960 and again for two frames in January 1962. The transformative hit, now at No. 2, ruled the first recap in 2008 and retained the title through updates five and 10 years later. 

Rounding out the top five of the new Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs chart, Santana's 12-week No. 1 in 1999-2000, "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas, ranks at No. 3, followed by Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" (nine weeks, 1959) at No. 3 and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, at No. 5 (14 weeks, 2015). 

"Blinding Lights" is one of three songs to peak in the 2020s on the Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs survey, with Dua Lipa's "Levitating" at No. 32 and 24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, at No. 49. 

Plus, the longest-leading No. 1 on the Hot 100's history ranks at No. 41 on Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs: Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, which dominated for 19 weeks in 2019.

Four other songs are new to the all-time chart since the 2018 edition: Post Malone's "Circles" (No. 19, from 2019); Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B (No. 30, 2018); Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" (No. 75, 2019); and Drake's "God's Plan" (No. 83, 2018). 

Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists, Top 10:

 1, The Beatles 

2, Madonna 

3, Elton John 

4, Elvis Presley 

5, Mariah Carey 

6, Stevie Wonder 

7, Janet Jackson 

8, Michael Jackson 

9, Whitney Houston 

10, Rihanna 

While the Greatest of All-Time Hot 100 Artists recap's top 10 mirrors that of the 2018 tabulation, Drake jumps to within the edge of the tier, bounding from No. 22 to No. 11. His top 10 count on the weekly Hot 100 stands at a record 54, while he also holds the marks for the most top 40 hits (144) and entries on the chart overall (259). He has notched nine No. 1s, through "Way 2 Sexy," featuring Future and Young Thug, this September.

Among other acts who made their Hot 100 debuts since 2000 and rank higher on the latest Greatest of All-Time Hot 100 Artists chart than on the 2018 tally: Taylor Swift (No. 21, up from No. 24); Maroon 5 (No. 24, up from No. 37); Bruno Mars (No. 29, up from No. 34); and Justin Bieber (No. 38, soaring from No. 93, driven by 12 more top 10s, including three No. 1s, since the 2018 ranking).

The Weeknd is additionally the top artist on the Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs recap that did not place on the 2018 list, at No. 43. He's one of four acts who first appeared on the weekly Hot 100 in the 2010s making the historical chart for the first time, alongside Post Malone (No. 77), Ariana Grande (No. 78) and Ed Sheeran (No. 87).

Methodology: Billboard's Greatest of All-Time Hot 100 Songs and Artists rankings are based on weekly performance on the Hot 100 (from its inception on Aug. 4, 1958, through Nov. 6, 2021). Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their Hot 100 chart entries.

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SEAN PAUL & SIA JOIN FORCES ON NEW SINGLE "DYNAMITE"
Tue, 26 Oct 2021 12:15:00 +0000

The multi-award-winning and Billboard chart topping, Sean Paul reunites with Sia to release their club anthem “Dynamite” – an indisputable pop banger to round out the year. Produced by Banx & Ranx and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Pink, The Foo Fighters), the upbeat single relies on dancehall-centric beats, Sia’s trademark quavering voice as she belts “Light me up and set me free,” and Sean’s undeniable dance inducing riffs

 Sean Paul reunites with Sia to release their club anthem “Dynamite”

LISTEN TO “DYNAMITE” HERE.

The track marks a highly anticipated follow-up collaboration between the genre-bending artists since their smash hit “Cheap Thrills,” also produced by Greg Kurstin, which has racked up over 1.6 billion YouTube views since its 2016 release.

Of the song, Sean Paul says, “’Dynamite’ started out as just a good vibe song. After recording ‘Cheap Thrills’ Sia and I knew we would record another single and ‘Dynamite’ is the second installment.” He adds “Banx and Ranx, Greg Kurstin, myself and Sia, worked on this single and I hope people gravitate towards it like our first single. ‘Dynamite’ is another feel good record for me and I just want to thank Sia and her entire team, my team Duttyrock, my management team and big up my mom who introduced me to Sia’s music.”

 Sean Paul reunites with Sia to release their club anthem “Dynamite”

Sean Paul reunites with Sia to release their club anthem “Dynamite Empowering women who creatively earn their living, “Only Fanz” garnered acclaim from Vibe hailing it a “tropical banger,” while Hot New Hip Hop declared it “one of the most fun songs of the summer.

LISTEN & WATCH “ONLY FANZ” HERE.

Throughout his career, the international superstar has carved a home for himself while championing dancehall, as being an artist with a unique sound, look and passion. His ability to show the power and unity in music through various collaborations, across many genres has catapulted his career over the years on various charts, awards and with an enormous fanbase. Effectively Sean has brought that same concept back to his own genre and collaborated with some of his colleagues in reggae and dancehall, highlighting that together we can also make great music.

Earlier this year Sean released Live N Livin, a collaborative celebration of his Jamaican heritage and dancehall roots in which Sean trades the mic with Buju Banton and Mavado. Dancehall can be stereotyped as a competitive, macho space where sound clashes are king, but Live N Livin is meant to emphasize what’s possible when unity is the goal. “We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams,” Sean says. “I hold this album very dear to my heart because it shows the effort of collaboration over confrontation.”

He’ll bring that spirit to the rest of his 2021 releases, too. Stay tuned for more from Sean Paul soon.

SEAN PAUL  NEW SINGLE “DYNAMITE” FEATURING SIA
LISTEN TO “DYNAMITE” HERE

“The universe is held together by gravity, electromagnetism, and a worldwide adoration for the music of Sean Paul.” – The FADER

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It’s rare for an artist to become the personification of their genre. For just a word or phrase from their mouth to conjure the entire artform. Sean Paul is one of those artists. Let him say “shake dat ting” in his commanding voice, and you’ll hear the embodiment of dancehall. Across seven studio albums and counting, Sean Paul has taken the genre global, from its origin in clubs in Kingston, Jamaica to the top of the charts, packing some of the biggest venues in more than 120 countries. Only Sean has the distinction of being the first Jamaican to play shows in Kazakhstan and Madagascar.

The Grammy Award-winning, international superstar has ignited stages in over 120 other countries, performing for huge audiences in some of the biggest venues around the world. Sean Paul has earned several Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations and is the recipient of an American Music Award, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Music Awards, ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, a Source Award and a BET Award. He is the only Jamaican artist to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favorite Pop/Rock Male artist.

BILLY PORTER SIGNS TO ISLAND RECORDS & RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE "CHILDREN" - OUT TODAY
Fri, 15 Oct 2021 11:39:00 +0000

GRAMMY®, EMMY®, and Tony® Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright, and author Billy Porter unveils a brand new single entitled “Children” today. The single marks Billy’s debut under his newly minted joint partnership with Island UK and Republic Records. NEW YORK, NY (October 15, 2021)

BILLY PORTER SIGNS TO ISLAND RECORDS & RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE "CHILDREN"


“Children” is a high-energy dancefloor anthem co-written with GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter MNEK [H.E.R., Dua Lipa] and Little Mix’s Jade Thirwell. Speaking about the inspiration behind the track Billy says, “It’s a song that is inspired by my life and everything I’ve gone through to get here.”

The song begins wistfully, with Porter empathizing:

See I know times are hard, Yeah I mean it from the heart
You’re not losing the fight, love will make it alright
Cos i’ve been there, done that, worn that dress, so you know mama knows it best

A beat drop follows, kicking into a propulsive disco groove as Porter triumphantly promises: a change starts today, better wipe those tears away.

“Music is my first love,” says Porter. “I grew up singing in the church. When I first put out commercial music in 1997, the industry was not ready for all this Black Boy Joy! But luckily the world has caught up. I could not be more thrilled to entrust this next chapter of my music career to the Island/Republic team. Make way children! Daddy’s back.”

Porter delivers the song’s show-stopping hook, “Gotta let these children know what time it is,” punctuated by his jaw-dropping range.

“For the first time, my music is what I want it to be, what I want it to say, which is hope, love,” said Porter. “We have to choose it every day so we can fight the evil that is so pervasive. We can only fight it with love and I am so excited for my music for that.”

 BILLY PORTER SIGNS TO ISLAND RECORDS & RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE "CHILDREN" - (Photo credit: Meredith Truax)

Photo credit: Meredith Truax

BILLY PORTER SETS STAGE FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE “CHILDREN”  AND MAKES DEBUT UNDER JOINT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN  
ISLAND UK & REPUBLIC RECORDS

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ABOUT BILLY PORTER: Billy Porter is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning. Porter began his music career in 1997 with the release of his self-titled (aka Untitled) debut album which spawned the Top 10 “Bubbling Under” single, “Show Me,” and the monster ballad, “Love Is On The Way,” which also appeared at the pivotal moment in the film, “First Wives Club.” He went on to release “At the Corner of Broadway + Soul” (2005), “Billy’s Back on Broadway” (2014), and “The Soul of Richard Rodgers” (2017) featuring Pentatonix, India.Arie, Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo, among others. Porter scored his first #1 with “Love Yourself” in 2019 on the US Dance Club Songs Chart. He followed that up with his 2020 reimagining of the legendary Buffalo Springfield anthem, “For What It’s Worth,” and a fierce collab with The Shapeshifters on “Finally Ready.” 2021 saw Porter covering Juliet Roberts club classic “Caught in The Middle” for Red Hot + Free, which supports underserved communities afflicted with HIV/AIDS. He was also enlisted by multiplatinum international superstar Jessie J for “I Want Love.” And he delivered a fierce turn on Earth, Wind, and Fire’s iconic “Shining Star” as Fab G, the Fairy Godmuva, in the new remake of “Cinderella.” Porter is a veteran of the theater (Miss Saigon, Angels in America, Grease). He won a Tony® in the category of “Best Leading Actor in a Musical” for Kinky Boots in 2013, and a GRAMMY® for the latter’s Official Soundtrack in the category of “Best Musical Theater Album” in 2014. Porter took home the EMMY® Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” in 2019 for his work as Pray Tell on Pose, making history in being the first openly gay man to do so. Time Magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People” of 2020. This October, Billy will release his highly anticipated memoir, “Unprotected.” His directorial film debut, “What If,” is set to drop in 2022. Billy kicks off his next chapter in music, his first love, with a new album coming soon.
Miraa May teams up with RAYE for R&B anthem "Go Girl" - Read all about it here
Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:56:00 +0000

Algerian born, Tottenham raised, Miraa May one of the fiercest, most prodigiously talented and highly rated artists in UK music teams up with best friend RAYE on the unmissable R&B anthem “Go Girl”. The song celebrates female excellence and the unbreakable bond Miraa shares with her female friends and gives us the first taste of what’s to come on her eagerly awaited TBA debut album.

Speaking about Go Girl Miraa says:“I’m so excited for my first release in a whole year! More crazy that it’s the first drop off my debut album, and to top that off I got to write it with the incredible RAYE, couldn’t have asked for more”

‘Go Girl’ launcheD on 6th October at 7.30pm with a ‘Targo Embargo’ on 1Xtra’s DJ Target show, as well as a ‘Just Dropped’ play on Radio 1’s Clara Amfo show. Listen here

The accompanying video, creatively directed by Miraa May alongside Ghanaian-British director Sheena Brobbey, drops at 8pm on 6th October. It’s a non-stop party that features Miraa, RAYE and their girls in staycation mode, celebrating friendship and having fun, in a powerful and joyous display of female empowerment.

‘Go Girl’ marks the full return of Miraa May who during the last 18 months, had the life changing experience of becoming a first-time mum at the beginning of the pandemic. During that time   she began working on what would become her debut album, working almost entirely with a female team. The release of the single follows Miraa’s recent festival appearances at TRNSMT, Tokyo World, Strawberries and Creem, and Sound City, as well as a feature on fast rising midlands rapper Sainté’s latest track ‘No Love’.

Miraa May is a lynchpin in the UK music industry, since being discovered by Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, The Fugees) she’s been prolific in her output and racked up collaborations with everyone from JME, Col3trane, WSTRN and more. When not making her own music she can be found writing for some of the hottest names in the game, her cuts include the top 10 hit ‘Be Honest’ by Jorja Smith and Burna Boy as well as ‘Jealous’ by Mahalia and Rico Nasty – and her prowess as a writer saw her invited to an all-star writing camp in Jamaica alongside Cadenza, Amine, Proteje, Dre Skull, and Guilty Beatz to name a few (the sessions were filmed by The Face and turned into their ‘Voices of Jamaica’ documentary). She also starred in the video for Little Simz’ ‘Woman’ alongside other major female industry players such as ZeZe Millz, Jourdan Dunn and Joy Crookes. Her connections speak volumes about the high regard in which she’s held by her peers and contemporaries – a vital voice, artist and personality.

Miraa May is an unstoppable force who continues to share with the world her undeniable talents, with 2022 shaping up as her most exciting yet.  

MIRAA MAY Feat. RAYE  ‘GO GIRL’ - Photo credit Sheena Brobbey

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MIRAA MAY Feat. RAYE

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“Ever feel yourself needing a reminder that you are, in fact, a bad bitch? If so, listen to Miraa May.” – The Face

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Marvin Gaye What’s Going On - 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition. Read all about it here>
Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:37:00 +0000

Throughout 2021, the world has been celebrating the life and legacy of R&B pioneer Marvin Gaye to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking record What’s Going On. After half a century, the wisdom behind R&B’s first seamless concept album, What’s Going On, continues to ring true: a poignant plea that we might organize to address often-overlooked issues of inequality and ecological distress.

Closing out the year, Motown and UMe are continuing the celebration with the release of What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition on December 3, 2021. This premium vinyl release features direct-to-analog mastering from the original primary album tape reels by acclaimed engineer Kevin Gray, one of the first times this has been done since 1971, offering an undeniably authentic listening experience.

What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition bonus LP opens up the album’s writing and production palette. Featured are four rare cuts making their vinyl debut, highlighted by a previously unreleased “stripped” version of the title song, plus all six original mono single mixes and their B-sides, with all of those 7” versions on vinyl for the first time since their original releases. Among them are alternate versions of “God Is Love” and “Flying High (In The Friendly Sky),” the latter issued on 45 as “Sad Tomorrows.” Full track listing below.

With two 180gm records, a tip-on heavy stock jacket, original gatefold with complete lyrics, this formidable release also includes printed sleeves with track details, a rare image from the cover sessions, and a brief essay honoring arranger David Van De Pitte. Highlighted is a main essay by acclaimed author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib who was just named one of the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur “genius” grantAn e-commerce edition will also include three exclusive lithographs from the What’s Going On photo sessions. CLICK HERE to Purchase the What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition.

In addition to What’s Going On 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition, Motown/UMe is releasing a four-track remix suite from GRAMMY®-nominated producer Salaam Remi, known for his work with countless hip hop, pop, and R&B icons. The suite includes remixes of What’s Going On tracks, which includes “No Need,” an unreleased instrumental from the “Sad Tomorrows” sessions, as well as a reinterpretation of the holiday release “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” originally recorded in 1972 and thematically tied to What’s Going On as a tribute to the Vietnam troops yearning to be with their families for the holidays.

With a vulnerable depth and complexity, Marvin Gaye opened the door musically, culturally, and politically for countless musicians over the last five decades to address the injustices of our world. Sitting at the No. 1 spot on Rolling Stone’s 2020 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time,”What’s Going On has proven its evergreen relevance and its legacy will continue to influence and shape the music of future generations.

TRACK LISTS 

What’s Going On 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition: 

LP 1: Original LP

SIDE 1

1. What’s Going On 3:53

2. What’s Happening Brother 2:44

3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) 3:50

4. Save The Children 4:03

5. God Is Love 1:42

6. Mercy Mercy Me 3:13

SIDE 2

1. Right On 7:32

2. Wholy Holy 3:08

3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:27

LP 2: Bonus Tracks

SIDE 3

1. What’s Going On stripped version *  3:57

2. What’s Going On  mix 1/no strings or horns 3:54 

3. What’s Going On rhythm & strings instrumental mix 3:50

4. Symphony demo version 2:49

SIDE 4 - Original Mono Single Mixes

1. What’s Going On 3:54

2. God Is Love 2:51

3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 2:30

4. Sad Tomorrows 2:22

5. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 2:58

6. Wholy Holy 3:09

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Produced by Marvin Gaye
Album Arranged and Orchestra Conducted by David Van DePitte
*Previously Unreleased

And

Marvin Gaye x Salaam Remi: The Remix Suite:

1. Save the Children (Salaam Remi Mix)

2. Sad Tomorrows (Salaam Remi Mix)

3. No Need (Salaam Remi Mix)

4. I Want To Come Home For Christmas (Salaam Remi Mix)
Marvin Gaye What’s Going On - 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition

Marvin Gaye What’s Going On - 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition
An e-commerce edition will also include three exclusive lithographs from the What’s Going On photo sessions. 
  • The No. 1 Album of All Time from Original Analog Tapes
  • Plus Bonus Material Out December 3, 2021
  • Remixes from Acclaimed Producer Salaam Remi out November 19th
RAY BLK HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘ACCESS DENIED’ OUT TODAY ON ISLAND RECORDS
Fri, 01 Oct 2021 09:18:00 +0000

 RAY BLK HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘ACCESS DENIED’ OUT OCTOBER 1 ON ISLAND RECORDS

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RAY BLK ANNOUNCES NEW DATE FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ‘ACCESS DENIED’ OUT NOW

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“Although the album is called ‘Access Denied’, Ray BLK has granted us the first glimpse into her rebirth, and we’re ready for the ride.”  NME *****

“The debut studio album from Ray Blk   should already be on your list of things to look forward to” – Complex

‘Access Denied’ has proven itself every bit worth the wait.” DIY **** 

“When you can switch between soulful vocals and biting verses as seamlessly as Ray BLK does here, this debut deserves to be more than a mere platform for her talents: it should be a podium.” Loud & Quiet 7/10

 “An inheritor to Lauryn Hill’s soulful crown” The Times
The Specials eagerly awaited new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”, OUT NOW
Fri, 01 Oct 2021 08:45:00 +0000

The Specials eagerly awaited new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”, conceived and recorded during lockdown, during a time when the world was in a state of social, existential and political flux, is out now. The already critically-acclaimed record, follows a triumphant 2019 for Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter, who celebrated their first ever number 1 album “Encore” 40 years after they exploded onto the music scene and launched the 2 Tone movement. Released via new label Island Records, “Protest Songs 1924 – 2012” features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows that The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!

The Specials emerged in the late 1970s as the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, and sang of racism, unemployment and injustice making a very clear political statement every time they stepped on stage. It's fitting, then, that in 2021, at a time when the world is riven with social, racial and political unrest, that the Specials have made this album of Protest Songs and are once again reflecting the society we live in and taking a stand against all forms of injustice. A typically unpredictable collection of unique takes from folk to post-punk, righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama, the album is a powerful reminder that there are no fixed rules to what makes a protest song. All that’s required is the combination of something that needs to be said with music that needs to be heard. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” says bass-player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.”

In February 2020, Horace, Terry, Lynval and co-producer Nikolaj Torp Larsen gathered to begin work on a reggae record, the follow up to Encore. Then Covid hit and plans were put on hold. During the first lockdown and following the murder of George Floyd and the waves of protest that grew around the world, Terry suggested that they make a different kind of record as a response to recent events.

The trio started by picking some personal favourites. The Mothers of Invention’s Trouble Every Day (Horace), Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows (Terry) while Lynval was keen to sing Bob Marley’s classic rebel song Get Up, Stand Up. Other favourites included Talking Heads’ Listening Wind and “Trouble Every Day” which was about the Watts riots in 1965. Spending months combing YouTube and books for songs they had never heard before, they discovered or rediscovered Big Bill Broonzy’s angry 1938 blues Black, Brown and White and the Staple Singers’ stirring Freedom Highway, written for the marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The Dixie Jubilee Singers first recorded the spiritual Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around in 1924 but it was the civil rights movement that tweaked the lyrics and made it an anthem.

Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes is another example of a song that found its true calling after the fact. Written by the poet Rod McKuen in 1963, it was rerecorded three years later, during the dog days of the Vietnam war.

Folk singer Malvina Reynolds, best known for Little Boxes, provides two spiky odes to the contributions of ordinary people: I Live in a City and I Don’t Mind Failing in This World: And because the Specials have always had a taste for black comedy, they’ve chosen two songs by bluesman Jerry McCain (My Next Door Neighbor) and Wild Thing writer Chip Taylor (Fuck All the Perfect People). “Terry said, ‘I’ve found this song, listen to this,’” Horace remembers. “We all sat there open-mouthed.” 

The album was recorded in a studio in West London in May of this year with regular bandmates Nikolaj Torp Larsen on keyboards, Kenrick Rowe on drums and Steve Cradock on guitar. Hannah Hu, a young singer from Bradford, fronts Listening Wind and sings back-up on Freedom Highway and Everybody Knows.

The Specials remain one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time and this new record and the success of Encore proves that they are every bit as relevant and vital as they were in 1979.   
The Specials eagerly awaited new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”, OUT NOW.
The Specials eagerly awaited new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”, OUT NOW.
THE SPECIALS "PROTEST SONGS 1924 – 2012" OUT NOW
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The anger still burnshis (Terry Hall) spirit of glum idealism may make him the most quintessentially British protest singer ever. And that is special.” **** Daily Telegraph

“The Specials are so much more than relevant. In times like these, they might just be essential” The Big Issue

“Protest Songs 1924–2012 feels like the right album at the right time by the right band”UNCUT - 8/10

“More than a covers album, this is a cathartic reminder of pop’s revolutionary power” The Wire

“40 years on it’s The Specials, once more, fashioning a compelling soundtrack to troubled times past and present” **** Record Collector

RAY BLK TEAMS UP WITH STEFFLON DON FOR "OVER YOU"
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 09:36:00 +0000

Ahead of the release on October 1st of her eagerly awaited debut album “Access Denied”, Ray Blk, one of the most powerful and important voices in music, drops her new single “Over You" Listen to “Over You” here: 

The track featuring the one and only Stefflon Don, was produced by Fred Ball  (Beyonce, Jay Z, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Eminem) and Rymez (Stefflon Don, D Block Europe, Ms Banks) and the accompanying video will launch on September 20th.

“Over you is about enjoying the feeling of healing from a breakup. That sudden realisation that you no longer care about something that was making you constantly sad. You wake up one day and you don’t think about that person anymore or care to entertain them. I wanted to make a song about overcoming a break-up and for it to be upbeat so you could hear it in a club or in a party, as that’s where we usually end up when going through a break-up to distract yourself. I want the people who are going through that to hear the words in that moment and start to, or continue to, move on.” 

Ray Blk

The new single is only one of the standout tracks on Ray’s long-awaited 14-song debut album which features special guests including Giggs, Kojey Radical, Suburban Plaza, Kaash Paige and of course Stefflon Don. The album has been a couple of years in the making and Ray is thrilled that she will be able to share her artistry, heart and soul with her fans. Fans can pre-order the album from: https://RAYBLK.lnk.to/AccessDeniedPRAlso keep an eye out for a special announcement on Ray’s socials regarding her official merch store where fans will be able to purchase exclusive tees, hoodies, vinyl and CD’s! 

Alongside the single release, Ray has teamed up with Tommy Jeans and Vevo on their “Less Buzz More Music” campaign. The campaign aims to nurture positivity and looks to offer an alternative, through the power of music, to today’s hyper-connected world – from the news to social media. The campaign spotlights Ray through live video performances created for Vevo’s original content series, ROUNDS, a series of live performances by emerging and established musicians, using a 360-degree portraiture effect.

Ray has also been announced as an Ambassador for National Album Day which returns on Saturday 16th October, and spotlights women artists and their huge contribution to music and culture through the art of the album. Revisiting iconic and influential albums by women artists, from the earliest pioneers to present-day legends, and pointing towards exciting new and future talent, the 2021 event will also highlight the integral role women play within the wider music community, not only as recording artists, but as songwriters, producers, and cultural influencers.

Ray has spent lockdown writing and recording her long-awaited debut album which promises to be one of the cultural highlights of the year, reminding everyone what a truly special and unique artist she is. She also wrote and performed “Warriors”, the lead track from the hugely acclaimed 8 times BAFTA nominated film “Rocks”, which was also nominated for Sync Of The Year at this year’s Music Week Awards.

Proving that she has other strings to her bow Ray hosted a 12-week run of the Apple Agenda Show with Mabel, Mahalia, Ghetts and many more. As well as this, she fronted a special Black History Blackout Radio show for Apple music which showcased her passion and knowledge about black women in music including interviews with legends Ms Dynamite and Estelle.

Following her highly acclaimed Oxford University and Ted talks, Ray was also invited by Cambridge University to discuss what Black History Month means to her and share her experience as a black woman in the entertainment industry with the Cambridge Union.

 RAY BLK TEAMS UP WITH STEFFLON DON FOR "OVER YOU"

RAY BLK feat. STEFFLON DON

>LISTEN TO “OVER YOU”

“The UK star has made a name for herself with brilliant, socially conscious R&B” NME
“The debut studio album from Ray Blk 
should already be on your list of things to look forward to” – Complex
“An inheritor to Lauryn Hill’s soulful crown” The Times

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