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Marshmello, Kaskade and... Gronk? A Guide to Relentless Beats' Super Bowl LVII Parties

Phoenix's 2023 Big Game Weekend lineup also includes some of the biggest names in hip-hop, like Cardi B, Ludacris and Rick Ross.

They say any boredom you might have in Arizona will evaporate in the heat. That rings especially true for Relentless Beats, who is bringing the sizzle to the Phoenix metropolitan area for Super Bowl LVII.

A stalwart of Arizona's flourishing EDM scene, the leading promoter has helped curate a staggering slate of parties and experiences around the Valley of the Sun. In fact, Relentless Beats was "handpicked" to develop a number of these can't-miss events, including the BetMGM West Fest at Westgate Entertainment District.

"We are thrilled to have experts on our side that understand the local market through their omni-channel approach in the music and entertainment industry," said Jessica Kubicki, Director of Marketing for YAM Properties, an organizer of the outdoor concert.

The parties begin on Wednesday, February 8th, when iconic rapper Rick Ross takes the stage at the W Scottsdale for a unique event with a runway show powered by Phoenix Fashion Week. From there, Relentless Beats has tapped Marshmello, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Alesso, Dillon Francis, HoneyLuv and more electronic music stars to perform throughout the week leading up to the Super Bowl showdown between the Eagles and Chiefs.

One of the week's biggest parties, "Super Weird & Wonderful," will come on Saturday at Sunbar, where Relentless Beats will present a can't-miss B2B DJ set from Diplo and Guy Gerber. It's one of the biggest cogs in a concerted effort to amplify Arizona's nightlife sector, according to the company's founder, Thomas Turner.

"Phoenix is our hometown, where we have been organizing events for over 20 years. We helped develop the Arizona nightlife culture, working with the best venues and operators all over the state to program in-demand, internationally recognized artists," Turner said. "That history and pedigree has allowed Relentless Beats to be an instrumental force in aligning talent and brands for the upcoming Big Game weekend. We are beyond excited to see all of the curated events and bookings come to life, and offer highly coveted experiences to our guests."

Read on to discover Phoenix's 2023 Big Game Weekend lineup.

2023 Big Game Weekend Events Lineup2/8: Suits & Sneakers feat. Rick Ross

Presented: W Scottsdale in collaboration with Elevee Lifestyle
Featuring: Rick Ross
Venue: W Scottsdale
Address: 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 8PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/9: G-Eazy

Presented: W Scottsdale & Pepsi Zero Sugar
Featuring: G-Eazy
Venue: W Scottsdale
Address: 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/9: Dillon Francis

Presented: Cake Nightclub
Featuring: Dillon Francis
Venue: Cake Nightclub
Address: 4405 N Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/9: DJ Pauly D

Presented: Salt Tacos y Tequila
Featuring: Pauly D
Venue: Salt: Tacos y Tequila - Westgate
Address: 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/9: Tyga

Presented: Maya & E11even Miami
Featuring: Tyga
Venue: Maya Dayclub
Address: 7333 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/9: Superzona Kick-Off Party feat. Steve Aoki

Presented: Talking Stick Resort
Featuring: Steve Aoki & Lost Kings
Venue: Salt: Talking Stick Resort
Address: 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Ages: 21+
Times: 7PM-10:30PM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/10: Shaq’s Fun House

Presented: Netspend, Medium Rare & Authentic
Featuring: Diplo, Snoop Dogg, DJ Diesel, & Miles O’Neal
Venue: Talking Stick Resort
Address: 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Ages: 21+
Times: 8PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/10: Alesso

Presented: Maya & E11even Miami
Featuring: Alesso
Venue: Maya Dayclub
Address: 7333 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/10: Cardi B

Presented: W Scottsdale and powered by E11even Miami
Featuring: Cardi B
Venue: W Scottsdale
Address: 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/10: HoneyLuv

Presented: Relentless Beats
Featuring: HoneyLuv
Venue: Darkstar
Address: 526 S Mill Ave #201, Tempe, AZ 85281
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/10: Super Weird & Wonderful feat. Ghastly

Presented: Relentless Beats
Featuring: Ghastly
Venue: Sunbar Tempe
Address: 24 W 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM-2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: Gronk Beach

Presented: The Beast Unleashed & Medium Rare
Featuring: 21 Savage, Diplo, Lil Jon, BIJOU, DJ Irie, Sommer Ray
Venue: Talking Stick Resort
Address: 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Ages: 21+
Times: 12PM - 6PM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: Sports Illustrated: The Party

Presented: Captain Morgan, Medium Rare & Authentic
Featuring: The Chainsmokers, Machine Gun Kelly, Chantel Jeffries, & DJ Irie
Venue: Talking Stick Resort
Address: 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Ages: 21+
Times: 8PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: West Fest feat. Marshmello

Presented: BetMGM
Featuring: Marshmello & more TBA
Venue: Westgate Entertainment District
Address: 6770 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: Super Weird & Wonderful feat. Diplo b2b Guy Gerber

Presented: Relentless Beats
Featuring: Diplo b2b Guy Gerber
Venue: Sunbar
Address: 24 W 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: Kaskade

Presented: Maya & E11even Miami
Featuring: Kaskade
Venue: Maya Dayclub
Address: 7333 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: West Fest feat. Tim McGraw

Presented: BetMGM
Featuring: Tim McGraw & Bailey Zimmerman
Venue: Westgate Entertainment District
Address: 6770 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85305
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: Playboy @ W Scottsdale feat. Ludacris

Presented: W Scottsdale & Playboy
Featuring: Ludacris
Venue: W Scottsdale
Address: 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM - 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

2/11: DNMO

Presented: Relentless Beats
Featuring: DNMO
Venue: Darkstar
Address: 526 S Mill Ave #201, Tempe, AZ 85281
Ages: 21+
Times: 9PM – 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

Relentless Beats

- Mikala Lugen
Skrillex, Carl Cox, The Prodigy and More to Perform at Parklife Festival 2023

Wu-Tang Clan, Rudimental, Fred again.. and more have also been confirmed.

The organizers of Manchester's Parklife Festival have revealed the event's 2023 lineup, which boasts an incredible selection of headlining artists.

Returning to Heaton Park June 10th and 11th, this year’s fest will feature over 70 artists across 10 stages. And it features a gigantic lineup of major artists from the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, indie and practically everything in between.

Skrillex, Carl Cox, The Prodigy, Charlotte de Witte, Honey Dijon, Rudimental, Gorgon City, FISHER and Fred Again.. have all been confirmed to perform, among other electronic music stars. Parklife 2023 will also feature Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Slowthai, Aitch, JPEGMAFIA and many more.

This year's festival also features stage takeovers from BBC Radio01Dance, Casa Bacardi, DND All Stars, Glitterbox, Metropolis and more. Organizers released pre-sale passes yesterday, which sold out in record time. A limited number of general admission tickets are still available on the Parklife's website.

Check out the full Parklife Festival 2023 lineup below.

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- Mikala Lugen
Listen to Fred again..'s Infectious Production On P!NK's New Single, "TRUSTFALL"

Fred again.. co-produced the titular track from P!NK's upcoming ninth studio album, "TRUSTFALL."

Fred again.. is yet again surprising us at every corner.

As he continues to sweep fans off their feet with a seemingly nonstop stream of releases—including the long-awaited Skrillex collab "Rumble"—the breakout U.K. producer has now joined forces with P!NK.

Fred, who was recently named to EDM.com's "Best Music Producers of 2022" list, co-produced the titular track from P!NK's upcoming ninth studio album, TRUSTFALL. No one could've seen this coming—but it's something we didn’t know we needed.

"TRUSTFALL" sees the globally acclaimed pop superstar digging her heels into electronic dance music, tapping Fred again.. to produce a chest-thumping house-pop arrangement. His infectious production swirls beneath a typically powerful vocal performance from P!NK, who belts about opening up your heart to someone to love.

Check out the "TRUSTFALL" music video below.

P!NK joining forces with Fred again.. should come as no surprise as the industry's biggest contemporary artists experiment with house music. Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion and Drake and Akon are just a few major artists who are working with the genre at the moment.

Fans of P!NK can pre-save her upcoming TRUSTFALL album here.

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- Mikala Lugen
Marshmello Drops New "Joytime IV" Single, "Unity"

Mello also released an official music video for "Unity," the third single from "Joytime IV."

Marshmello has dropped a new single from Joytime IV, the fourth installment of his long-running album series.

It's the masked DJ's third single from the album after last year’s future-trap track "BeFoRe U" and "Party Jumpin'," a collab with Jamie Brown that released in early 2023. Now, fans can sink their teeth into "Unity," which sees Mello dig deep into his electronic roots by way of a soaring, saccharine future bass drop.

It seems like a lifetime ago when Marshmello released the first Joytime, his debut album, which dropped back in 2016. The record was a breakthrough for the not-so-mysterious producer, who recently garnered his first Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Dance/Electronic album for Shockwave.

Mello has not yet announced a release date for Joytime IV, which he's been teasing since as early as 2019.

You can check out the official "Unity" music video below.

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- Mikala Lugen
Above & Beyond's Paavo Siljamäki Announces Debut Solo Album, "Deeper Tales"

Siljamäki also released the album's first single, a beautiful progressive house remix of Kyan’s "Lonely River" produced alongside fellow Anjunabeats artists anamē.

Paavo Siljamäki has announced his debut solo album, Deeper Tales.

Siljamäki, one of the founding members of the iconic trance music group Above & Beyond, produces music under the moniker P.O.S. He recently took to social media to open up about his forthcoming album, which he says was inspired by the healing powers of nature.

"I found that over the past few years, I really found myself in nature. There's something about being closer with nature that is really healing, and very inspiring," Siljamäki wrote. "The whole P.O.S project is about allowing this fertile ground for creativity. Doing something that doesn't have any rules or have to fit into anything. Through that, I'm expecting and hoping that good things come out."

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Siljamäki also added that Deeper Tales "will lead to more good stuff" for Above & Beyond as well. He's currently gearing up to take this album on tour, which you can find tickets to here.

As a sneak peek of what’s to come, Siljamäki has released the album's first single, a beautiful progressive house remix of Kyan’s "Lonely River" produced alongside fellow Anjunabeats artists anamē. Take a listen below.

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Instagram: instagram.com/p.o.s.music/
Twitter: twitter.com/paavo_s
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- Nick Yopko
Flume Spotted In the Studio With Tinashe and JPEGMAFIA

JPEGMAFIA shared a picture of the three artists on Twitter with the caption "AI GIRLFRIEND."

A gargantuan collaboration is on the horizon.

For the past few weeks, renowned hip-hop artist JPEGMAFIA has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos of himself in the studio working on new music. This time around, he's teased a new high-profile collab with Flume and Tinashe, taking to Twitter to post a series of images showing the three artists in a studio.

"AI GIRLFRIEND," JPEGMAFIA wrote. Whether or not that caption refers to the name of a new track remains to be seen.

At the time of writing, neither JPEGMAFIA, Flume nor Tinashe have announced any further details, including a release date. Fans of the trio will have to remain patient since they shared nothing more than the photos.

In the meantime, you can listen to JPEGMAFIA and Flume's collaboration, "How To Build A Relationship," from 2019's Grammy-nominated Hi This Is Flume mixtape below.

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Twitter: twitter.com/jpegmafia
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Facebook: facebook.com/flumemusic
Instagram: instagram.com/flumemusic
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Twitter: twitter.com/tinashe
Instagram: instagram.com/tinashenow
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- Konstantinos Karakolis
Independent Label Cafe De Anatolia Is Paving the Way for Spiritual Electronic Music

The organic house music tastemaker is breaking new ground for independent electronic music labels.

"To be spiritual is to be musical, and to be musical is to be spiritual."

That's one of the core tenets of Cafe De Anatolia, an independent record label that has risen from humble beginnings and grown into an electronic music powerhouse in less than six years.

Cafe De Anatolia was founded by Monika Ilieva, Nikola Iliev (Nickarth / Rialians On Earth) and Zoran Iliev (Billy Esteban) in the North Macedonian city of Vinica. The imprint's primary goal is to emphasize the connection between dance music and spirituality—and to introduce new ways for both to intertwine.

"Our goal is not only to produce music and promote independent music and artists but also to present a new way of living, more spiritual and connected one," the label tells EDM.com. "Cafe De Anatolia is focused on building a community where all the cultures, nations and differences are respected mutually and where through music people can understand and connect with each other on a deeper spiritual level, something near to the Divine understanding of living."

With a catalog of over 2,000 releases from roughly 900 artists across the world, the label has platformed trailblazing artists within the electronica, organic house and downtempo genres, among them Armen Miran, Nikko Sunset, Tebra, Andre Rizo, Zuma Dyonys, Nickarth, Billy Esteban, Rialians On Earth and Nora Projekt. 

Cafe De Anatolia's A&R direction is extremely curated and meticulous, with the objective of bridging the gap between spirituality and music by signing records with ethnic melodies and long-forgotten, Middle Eastern instruments. It's a unique and holistic approach that executes their belief that there's more to music than just its surface-level sounds.

At the end of the day, they simply want to unite people from all walks of life. And as a bona fide tastemaker, they're making it happen.

"Our music is included into spiritual activities to enhance the transpersonal elements of worship, meditation and ritual," the Cafe De Anatolia team explains. "In a similar vein, musical interactions are imbued with spiritually based ideas and practices to offer people connections with themselves and others in distinctive powerful ways."

Fostering deep and ageless connections by way of musical experiences is no easy task, but Cafe De Anatolia is up for the challenge. They're constantly fueling a dominant digital presence en route to establishing themselves as one of the world's leading imprints for organic house music, controlling over 20 YouTube channels with a collective subscriber count of over four million, promoting different genres and sub-brands under their label. Among some of the sub-brands under Cafe De Anatolia are CDA Magazine, media and news agency Camelmove, and YouTube channels Playlista, Desert Rose and AODION. 

But their influence extends far beyond the confines of the web. Cafe De Anatolia has produced and broadcast countless live sets from some of the genre’s leading artists to showcase their customs and rituals. A notable highlight is Billy Esteban’s sultry DJ set from the Radisson Blu Palace in Djerba, which offers viewers an intimate glimpse into local Tunisian sounds and culture.

Collectively, Cafe De Anatolia is working hard to precipitate a spiritual revolution in the music industry and provide us with a soundtrack for our most personal and metaphysical moments.

You can check out Cafe De Anatolia's latest compilation, Unda, here.

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- Rachel Freeman
A "Baby Rave" In Pennsylvania Has a Dancefloor for VIC's—"Very Important Crawlers"

Pint-sized partiers and parents alike will dance along to an all-vinyl set of disco and old-school house music, courtesy of DJ Elbow Knee Knee.

Calling all raver kiddos—it's ap-parent this "baby rave" is the place to be.

A new event in Pennsylvania invites toddlers to "dance [their] diapers off in a secure environment," according to its organizers, local arts collective 3 Dots. They say kids will be able to dance and take in colorful lights, as well as a variety of interactive installations.

Some pint-sized partiers will even get down in special dancefloor sections for VIC's, or "Very Important Crawlers." All will boogie to the sounds of DJ Elbow Knee Knee, who will be spinning an all-vinyl set of disco and old-school house music. 3 Dots says the volume will be at a decibel-level suitable for youngsters, but parents may bring baby earmuffs.

“As an avid crate-digger, I’m convinced that enjoying great dance music isn’t affected by your age,” DJ Elbow Knee Knee said in a statement. "The opportunity to play music that parents, friends and kids of all ages can dance to is such a satisfying vision to bring to life."

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The "baby rave" is scheduled for Saturday, February 4th in State College, home to Penn State University's main campus. The event will also cater parents, who can sip on non-alcoholic drinks like mocktails or coffee.

"As an organization, we’re always in search of new ways to share the arts with all in our community,” added Erica Quinn, 3 Dots' Executive Director. "The event is as much for the adults as it is for the kids—for caregivers of young children to find new ways to connect and build community is critical. This is one of the great powers of the arts."

Find out more about the event here.

- Nick Yopko
Watch Shaq's Monster DJ Set From Lost Lands 2022

DJ Diesel, the only person to perform on the Lost Lands mainstage and win the NBA Finals, threw down at last year's edition of the prehistoric-themed festival.

The biggest DJ in the world taking the stage at the biggest bass music festival in the world—what more could you ask for?

Last year's awe-inspiring Lost Lands festival hosted a laundry list of stars from around the bass music world, including ILLENIUM, Rezz, Subtronics, SVDDEN DEATH, Rusko and of course the festival's founder, Excision. While they all can certainly rock the house, none of them can dunk hard enough to bring down a regulation-sized basketball rim or shatter a backboard (as far as we know).

Towering over his Lost Lands peers is none other than Shaquille O'Neal, affectionally known in electronic music circles as DJ Diesel. He's the only person to perform on the Lost Lands mainstage and win the NBA Finals.

DJ Diesel performs at Lost Lands 2022.

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This may come as a shock to those who don't follow bass music, but those in the community are very familiar with O'Neal's legacy. After making his Lost Lands debut as a surprise guest in 2018, he returned to the prehistoric-themed festival in 2021 and 2022.

In case you missed out on his most recent performance, Diesel has uploaded his full set from the recent "Couch Lands" livestream to his YouTube channel for all to enjoy. Check out the full set below.

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- Nick Yopko
Adventure Club, Zomboy, Flux Pavilion Announced for Global Dub Festival 2023 at Red Rocks

Andy C, FuntCase and Steller round out a killer lineup for the festival's return to Red Rocks.

After three consecutive cancellations of Global Dub Festival from 2020 to 2022, its organizers have announced plans for a big return in 2023.

At the start of the week, the team behind Denver's Global Dance Festival announced the next chapter in their bass-forward spinoff event. Returning to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the single-day , Global Dub Festival outing features a lineup comprising almost entirely veteran dubstep and bass music stars.

Attendees will be able to take in the sounds of U.K. dubstep, drum & bass and more as this year's lineup includes headlining performances from Adventure Club and Zomboy alongside Flux Pavilion, Andy C, FuntCase and Steller.

Global Dub Festival 2023 is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre. You can purchase tickets here.

- Carlie Belbin
Blanke and helloworld Drop Illuminating Heartache Anthem, "Used to Losing You"

The emotive tune, which features Luma and JT Roach, marks Blanke's debut release on Monstercat.

Perhaps the toughest pill to swallow when it comes to breakups is that you're essentially mourning the loss of someone who didn't pass. And no matter the circumstances of the separation, it's never easy to forge a new path in the aftermath of a loss.

Exploring the feelings of heartache inspired by a breakup, Blanke has teamed up with breakout producer and singer-songwriter helloworld for a new Monstercat record, "Used to Losing You."

The single is a delicate mix of Blanke's signature melodic bass, which blends seamlessly with helloworld's ethereal style. The arrangement consists of intense builds and dynamic midtempo drops, complemented by an emotive and powerful topline courtesy of Luma and JT Roach.

Take a listen to "Used to Losing You" below.

"The process of letting go is strange because it’s a process," Luma tells EDM.com. "We can't lose somebody we love or walk away from something familiar and instantly forget or forgive or detach. I think writing this song was so special because it speaks to how difficult it is to begin to let yourself let go—something every human knows something about."

Luma has always had a penchant for singing, songwriting and poetry. Over the years, the Jersey-born artist has become an in-demand vocalist in the electronic music space, having collaborated with the likes of Adventure Club, ARMNHMR and Bear Grillz in addition to projects with both Blanke and helloworld. 

“So happy to be collaborating with so many friends on this song," Blanke added. "Brit, JT and Drew are all incredible artists and friends of mine. Luma and JT portray such a vulnerable story. I think we’ve put together something truly moving, beautiful, and unique."

You can find "Used to Losing You" on streaming platforms here.

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- Nick Yopko
Excision and Wooli Battle In Heavyweight Bass House Track, "Titans"

The new single follows the release of Excision and Wooli's collaboration from last summer, "Name Drop."

The dino and mammoth have left a trail of destruction in their wake.

After sharing news of a new collaborative EP last summer, fans of Excision and Wooli have been counting down the days until the follow-up to "Name Drop" was released. To the delight of those impatiently waiting, the countdown is finally over and "Titans" has crashed into Earth.

If you're familiar with their recently-released collaboration or 2019's joint EP, Evolution, you know that both of these goliath producers like to push each other to their respective limits

On their latest, Wooli and Excision jump between a relentless bass house beat and a heavy-hitting halftime drop that one might expect from the duo. And the final product will almost certainly be featured this weekend at Excision's special three-day event, The Thunderdome, where both he and Wooli will headline.

"Titans" is out now on Excision's Subsidia Records. Take a listen below and find the track on streaming platforms here.

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- Rachel Freeman
Watch John Summit's Sultry Sunrise DJ Set at Tulum's Zamna Festival

The final hour of John Summit’s Zamna Festival set is available to stream, and it’ll take you on an audiovisual journey packed with jungle-infused energy.

Picture it: it's the wee hours of the morning at Zamna Festival and John Summit is controlling the energy with the precision of a conductor. Lasers pan across the jungle as fists pump and the sun peeks over the horizon.

That was the scene at Summit’s recent sunrise DJ set in Tulum, where he served up a heaping portion of sultry tech and Afro House beats in a performance for the books. He rinsed tracks from Joshwa, Audiojack, Diplo, RÜFÜS DU SOL and more, grinning from ear to ear behind the decks and exuding unbridled, palpable joy.

It was all sunglasses and smiles for Summit in the Tulum jungle, where he took fans to house music heaven. The final hour of his Zamna set is now available to stream, and it’ll take you on an audiovisual journey packed with jungle-infused energy. Check out the footage below.

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- Rachel Freeman
RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Sundream Baja Festival Expands to Two Weekends

After the boutique festival sold out, RÜFÜS DU SOL added another and tapped Dixon, Cassian, WhoMadeWho and more.

Sundream Baja, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s curated festival in San José del Cabo, has expanded to two weekends.

The four-day closing weekend of the destination event will include performances by Astra Club (DJ Tennis B2B Carlita), WhoMadeWho, Dixon, Yulia Niko, Cassian and many more. Attendees can also expect two RÜFÜS sets during the closing weekend—one live performance and one DJ set.

Sundream Baja is much more than just a concert. The boutique festival will also feature a variety of recovery and wellness activities, as well as art installations. The experience will reflect "the immersive, transcendental ethos that has become synonymous with RÜFÜS DU SOL and their global community," per a press release.

The Sundream Baja venue, El Ganzo Sculpture Gardens, is located in-between the beach and the desert. Spanning over 12 acres, the gardens house an expansive collection of sculptures and plants, and are "designed to honor cactus in all its forms, in the tradition of the indigenous people of Mexico."

Attendees will also enjoy intimate performances at Crania, which is located adjacent to the Sculpture Gardens and is known for hosting “experiences centered around art, music, food, sustainability, innovation and creation.”

For tickets and more information, head here.

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- Jason Heffler
Hamdi Announces First U.S. Headlining Show

As legions of stateside producers feed into the resurgent 140 BPM trend—and turn back the clock to the golden days of dubstep—Hamdi is leading the charge.

Furiously rising from the U.K. underground, Hamdi is strapped into a rocket to stardom.

Gliding on the distorted wings of his breakthrough hit "Skanka," the surging DJ and producer is making quite an impact on the global bass music scene. Supported by Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Baauer, Fred again.. and many more, Hamdi's gritty music isn't poetry in motion, but poetry in mayhem.

Filthy U.K. grime and deep dubstep comprise the bedrock of Hamdi's raw sound, which will soon become inescapable after his upcoming foray into the U.S. club market. And as legions of stateside producers feed into the resurgent 140 BPM trend—turning back the clock to the golden days of dubstep—Hamdi's breakout is all but a foregone conclusion.

He has now announced his first-ever U.S. headlining show, a gig in Washington, DC alongside fellow bass music virtuoso Jon Casey. The momentous performance is scheduled for April 6th, a month ahead of a show in Portland supporting dubstep stars Dirt Monkey and Jantsen. After that, he'll head to the Bay Area for a landmark festival performance at Lightning in a Bottle's 20th anniversary.

"Many many more shows to be announced for my debut US run," Hamdi said in an announcement posted to Instagram. 

You can purchase tickets to Hamdi's headlining U.S. debut here.

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- Carlie Belbin
Listen to Boye & Sigvardt's "Apollo" an Entrancing Progressive House Expedition

Boye & Sigvardt's stunning new track marks one of two that have been in the pipeline for quite some time.

Hailing from Denmark, Boye & Sigvardt are a DJ and production duo who have been making waves since 2017. And ever since, they've caused quite a ripple.

At the beginning of 2022, Boye & Sigvardt signed with One Seven Music. Over the course of the year, they released three crossover hits and are now keeping their feet on the gas with "Apollo," a stunning progressive house tune.

Out now via GL Music, "Apollo" begins softly as spacey vocal chops slice through an ethereal soundscape. Before long, the track takes a nosedive into the unknown as an entrancing four-on-the-floor beat takes over. Boye & Sigvardt showcase their production prowess with the intricate layering of hypnotic synths and pulsing bass.

Take a listen to "Apollo" below.

"Apollo was a song we started in our old studio on a street called 'Apollovej,' which made the name feel natural. The word also represents taking a chance for us, due to the beautiful history of what Apollo originally stands for," explained Boye & Sigvardt, who handled every element of the track's production and development. "The song focuses on the identity aspect of our artist project and is special and personal to us."

According to Boye & Sigvardt, "Apollo" is the first of two big tracks they've been meticulously working on over the past two years. The second single, "Voyage," will release on Friday, February 3rd.

"Apollo is the first of two songs where we get to experiment with the sound design we've been developing over the years," the duo continued. "It was important to us that everything in these songs, from vocal samples to percussions and synths, was self-made. We've spent over two years making these songs, and for some reason, they don't feel outdated to us, which is why we felt the need to share them."

You can find "Apollo" on your preferred streaming platform here

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- Mikala Lugen
All Aboard Groove Cruise 2023: The 5 Craziest Things We Saw

Onstage proposals and raining dollar bills were just two of the wild sights from Groove Cruise 2023, a floating festival for the books.

Whet Travel's flagship floating festival, Groove Cruise, returned to the seas for its 35th sail last weekend, gathering an astounding 2,500 ravers aboard the Celebrity Summit for four days of nonstop eating, sleeping, raving and repeating.

The once-in-a-lifetime festival experience featured nine stages across 12 floors, providing attendees—also known as "captains"—with a curated lineup of 96 hours of techno and house music from over 50 artists. The "floating magical rave camp" also featured 80 artist-hosted activities to raise money for the nonprofit Whet Foundation.

EDM.com was onboard Groove Cruise, where we saw seven different marriage proposals, breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, and an all-day adventure to a private Haitian peninsula, among many other sights and sounds.

Here are five of the craziest things we saw aboard Groove Cruise 2023.

A sparkly onstage proposal during Markus Schulz's six-hour DJ set in The Theatre. Markus Schulz performing his six-hour set in The Theatre Thursday night.

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Who better to perform a marathon DJ set the first night of Groove Cruise than Markus Schulz? Beloved for his signature open-to-close NYE sets, the prolific trance producer opened up the ship's mid-floor theatre on Thursday night with a stunning six-hour set that wrapped at 4am.

Schulz effortlessly cycled through his unique blend of trance and progressive house, winding up the energy in what became a rollicking three-tiered theatre. The theatre was filled with glittering hues and laser-reflecting bubbles that floated among the thousand or so fans raging in the crowd, including a woman who received a shiny engagement ring presented onstage by her beau.

The mind-blowing Martian Circus 5D experience in the Cellar Masters all weekend long. Martian Circus performing their signature late-night performance.

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Martian Circus took us into the intergalactic depths of their minds through their nightly immersive 5D performances. Fronted by husband-and-wife duo Marz5d and Zara5d and featuring drummer Cameron Wisch and bassist David Amaya, the collective transformed the fifth floor Cellar Masters into a psychedelic den.

Blasting off at 11:11pm for three nights, the troupe led us through improvised sets of live instrumental electronic jams until 5am. Once aboard their spacecraft, it was hard to leave, especially after being given a pair of Martian Circus 5D glasses for a heightened visual experience. Random fans rapping and playing the trumpet onstage and a surprise group of multi-colored inflatable friends dancing throughout the crowd were just two surprises of this living, breathing circus, which was something straight out of the most imaginative psyche.

The group also leveled out each frenzied performance with a meditative sound healing experience from 5am to 7am to land safely back on 3D Earth. "We like to help people make contact with their inner being and bring out their extraordinary terrestrial nature,” Marz5d told EDM.com.

Floating in the Caribbean Sea as Nora En Pure threw down on a private Haitian island. Nora En Pure laying down melodic house island vibes on Saturday in Labadee.

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After sailing the Caribbean Sea for two days, we were greeted with a beautiful island oasis in Labadee on Saturday. For eight hours, 2,400 guests took over the private Haitian peninsula to get down to Nora En Pure's melodic house sounds under the sweet and salty Caribbean sunshine.

Having flown in directly to the island after playing a show in Miami the night prior, the Swiss-South African DJ played out her signature cinematic soundscapes, ethereal deep house rhythms and tropical sound design to the largest crowd on Labadee. The experience was surreal, as her organic production and enchanting melodies breezed through the air and rumbled through the ocean's waves, offering a breathtaking experience for anyone floating in the water.

Casmalia and Zof getting rained on with money in the Casino. Casmalia b2b Zof in The Casino on Saturday night.

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If you weren’t in the Casino on Saturday night, you missed out on some big money vibes. Decked out in disco attire and teeming with Saturday Night Fever energy, Casmalia and Zof took the stage at 1am on the ship’s fourth-floor gambling hub. While Casmalia had three separate DJ sets throughout the weekend, her B2B with Zof truly hit home for both new and diehard fans.

Although the two producers had interacted and collaborated virtually over the years, it would be the first time they came together in-person, resulting in a rare, magnetic collaborative performance. The two effortlessly flowed between heavy-hitting bass, funky techno and four-on-the-floor weapons as dollar bills filled the air, ending with the live debut of their forthcoming collab, “Right Thing," set to be released on Noizu's Techne Records in March.

“The Casino is my favorite place to play on the ship,” Casmalia told EDM.com. “What happens in the casino, stays in the Casino. I have really found a family with Groove Cruise. It’s really encouraging to have a team of people believing in you and your music and have an artist space that makes you feel comfortable, where you can call home. I want to be 90 years old ripping up the stage. Groove Cruise believes in my vision as an artist and I’m so thankful for that.”

A huge onstage dance party during Jauz's “Off The Deep End” performance. JAUZ closing out The Theatre on Sunday night with his two-hour "Off The Deep End" set.

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Staying true to his motto of “music has no boundaries,” Jauz's "Off The Deep End" performance saw him summon the craziest crowd of the weekend, rippling with future garage, bass house and dark techno from midnight to 2am.

Less than five minutes into his performance, the stage swarmed with fans and Groove Cruise staff to dance alongside Jauz. "I came here to play some cool ass records and songs that I love," he proclaimed. "If you’re backstage, you don’t need to be backstage! I wanna have a motherf***in’ house party, so get on the stage!”

And a house party it was. Jauz's performance closing out the theatre will go down in Groove Cruise history as one of the biggest DJ sets the event has ever seen. 

Honorable Mentions:Nathan Bliss taking us back through the decades with some big remixes of punk and rock anthems in the Casino.Over 2,000 ravers blasting music on the porting dock to get back onto the ship after partying all day on Labadee.A proposal and birthday celebration as Autograf threw down on the Main Pool Deck.Spirit Motel laying down beautiful live vocals alongside his live performance in the Casino. Paraleven shooting off some soaring synths into the depths of the ocean from the Main Pool Deck.

Groove Cruise will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and will set sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from January 24-28. To celebrate the milestone, the 2024 festival will be hosted on the award-winning Norwegian Encore, the largest Groove Cruise ship to date. More information and tickets can be found here.

Check out a gallery of photos from this year's Groove Cruise below. 

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- Jarett Lopez
Rejuvenate Yourself Between Shows and Parties In Tulum's Tranquil Nerea Hotel

The luxurious hotel and resort offers an experience rooted on wellness, which is perfect for those recharging from Tulum's flourishing nightlife sector.

If you’re partying in Tulum and looking for a place to recharge during the day, look no further than Nerea Hotel.

An intimate and scenic resort, Nerea is nestled in Tankah Bay between the calm sea and the lush jungle. Offering a beautiful natural setting ideal for relaxation, Nerea’s location transports visitors to a paradisiacal setting, while its amenities make for the perfect way to rejuvenate before hitting Tulum’s flourishing nightlife sector.

Nerea Hotel Tulum.

Nerea Hotel Tulum

Nerea offers the ideal atmosphere and amenities for relaxation before and after exploring Tulum’s vibrant electronic music scene. With wellness at its core, the hotel aims to instill calmness in its guests and help them reconnect with nature. Its architecture, design and amenities are all catered toward this tenet, offering a tranquil respite.

Made up of three hexagonal buildings, Nerea offers excellent views regardless of suite category and location, while also featuring a pool that extends from its lobby to the beach.

Nerea Hotel Tulum.

Nerea Hotel Tulum

Nerea features 22 rooms and suites, many of which provide access to private balconies and pools, while equipped with all necessary amenities for a relaxing stay. The boutique hotel also offers lots of outdoor activities free of charge, among them kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, biking and more.

Nerea’s Kiin-Uh Spa is also available for guests who are looking for the ultimate revitalization, and the hotel's Umbal Restaurant—directed by executive chef Carlos Peregrina—features fantastic gourmet cuisine.

Nerea Hotel Tulum.

Nerea Hotel Tulum

EDM.com readers can save 10% off with the code EDM23NEREA when making a booking reservation at Nerea Hotel from February 1st to April 30th, 202. For more information, visit Nerea’s website.

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- Carlie Belbin
Bass Coast Taps CloZee, Justin Martin, The Funk Hunters, More for 2023 Festival

"Each of the artists in this first wave has made a unique contribution to the evolution of electronic music."

With 2022 in the rearview, Bass Coast Festival is setting their sights on summer. 

Known for showcasing innovative international artists alongside emerging Canadian talent, the boutique music and arts festival has now unveiled the first wave of artists for year’s event, which is slated for July 7th to 10th in celebration of their 15th year.

The first wave of Bass Coast's 2023 lineup features world-renowned French producer CloZee and German electronic music star Christian Löffler, as well as house and techno artists Move D, Delano Smith, Marcellus Pittman and Justin Martin. The festival will also feature Canadian tastemakers The Funk Hunters and of course, Bass Coast's beloved co-founder The Librarian.

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"Each of the artists in this first wave has made a unique contribution to the evolution of electronic music," explained Bass Coast co-founder and Musical Director Andrea Graham. "We curate our lineups with the sounds of tomorrow in mind, always striving to balance familiarity with innovation.”

Keep in mind, this is only the first wave. Future announcements from the festival's organizers will reveal additional artists and performances, plus what to expect in terms of interactive art installations, workshops, yoga and movement classes, and much more to look forward to this summer in Merrit, BC.

Tickets to Bass Coast 2023 are on sale now. For more information, navigate here.

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- Lennon Cihak
Fred again.. Slows Down With Rejuvenating EP of "Actual Life 3" Acoustic Piano Covers

Fred again.. switches it up with beautiful piano covers of tracks from "Actual Life 3."

Fred again..'s new acoustic rendition of Actual Life 3 is more of a purr than a rumble.

The breakout U.K. producer, who was recently named to EDM.com's "Best Music Producer of 2022" list, has released an EP of beautiful piano covers of tracks from his third studio album. Slowing things down, Fred deconstructed five of the album's tracks and subtly sprinkled in soft pads, bells and ambient textures through each.

Last December, Fred set up shop on a rooftop to perform the tranquil AL3 covers before they hit streaming platforms and shared a video with aerial footage directed by LOOSE.

Check out the footage below and find the new EP on streaming platforms here.

In early January, Fred joined Four Tet and Skrillex for a string of empowering performances. The last-minute shows were booked after the "Rumble" collaborators took to social media in search of a venue to host a pop-up performance. They quickly found one and went on to perform three more shows in the U.K. for a limited number of fans.

However, that certainly wasn't the first time Fred had performed with Four Tet. In October 2022, the two DJs took over a New York City waffle truck for an impromptu performance for the books. 

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Radio royalty proposals reintroduced in US Congress

Car radio

The US record industry has welcomed the reintroduction of the American Music Fairness Act in Congress, it being the legislation that would introduce a radio royalty for sound recordings for the first time in the country.

Artist and labels have been campaigning for decades to get US law amended to end a quirk of the American copyright system that says AM/FM radio stations only have to secure licences covering song rights, not recording rights. As a result American radio stations can play music without getting a licence from or paying any royalties to artists and labels.

Most recently that campaigning has been based around the American Music Fairness Act which, the music community argues, provides “a balanced solution that would require large broadcast corporations to finally pay performance royalties to artists and music creators for AM/FM radio airplay, while also protecting small radio stations by allowing them to play all the music they need to thrive for an affordable, predictable cost of less than $2 per day”.

The radio industry – and especially the big broadcasters – continue to lobby against any new royalty obligations. They have been very successful in those efforts in the past, although the American Music Fairness Act has been gaining some momentum in the last year or so.

As a result, last year it was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. With a new session of Congress convening itself last month, the proposals needed reintroducing. Which is what happened yesterday, in both the House Of Representatives and the Senate.

Welcoming that move, the Chair of campaign group musicFIRST, Joe Crowley, said: “It’s clear that the movement for music fairness continues to gain momentum, bringing us closer than ever before to ending big radio’s ability to deny artists the fair pay they deserve. This week’s House and Senate introductions of the American Music Fairness Act is evidence of that”.

The proposals continue to enjoy cross-party support. The AMFA was reintroduced in the House by Republican Darrell Issa and Democrat Jerry Nadler, and in the Senate by Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Alex Padilla.

In his statement, Crowley thanked all four of them “for their leadership in the effort to secure economic justice for our nation’s music artists and creators, and [we] look forward to working together to drive continued progress in the coming months”.

Also welcoming the reintroducion of the proposals, Michael Huppe, CEO of US collecting society SoundExchange, added: “Music creators have been forced to give away their work for far too long. It is time for Congress to demonstrate that they stand behind the hard-working Americans that provide the music we all love by finally passing the AMFA”.

“This bill has the broad support of artists, labels, small broadcasters, unions, and others because it strikes a fair balance by respecting creators for their work and protecting truly local broadcasters”, he went on. “No more excuses, no more waiting in line for their turn. Music creators demand the economic justice AMFA provides”.

- Chris Cooke
US Senator calls on Apple and Google to block TikTok

TikTok

The political pressure continues to build against TikTok in the US. Now a Senator has written to Apple boss Tim Cook and Google chief Sundar Pichai urging them to remove TikTok from their respective app stores because of national security concerns.

In his letter, Senator Michael Bennet – who last year proposed a Digital Platform Commission Act which would create a federal agency to oversee and regulate the big digital platforms – states that TikTok poses “an unacceptable threat to the national security of the United States”.

The big concern about TikTok in political circles, of course, is its ownership by China’s Bytedance, and allegations that the Chinese government has access to the social media app’s global userbase and user data.

Bennet writes in his letter: “Like most social media platforms, TikTok collects vast and sophisticated data from its users, including faceprints and voiceprints. Unlike most social media platforms, TikTok poses a unique concern because Chinese law obligates Bytedance, its Beijing-based parent company, to ‘support, assist, and cooperate with state intelligence work'”.

“Beijing’s requirement raises the obvious risk that the Chinese Communist Party could weaponise TikTok against the United States”, he goes on, “specifically, by forcing Bytedance to surrender Americans’ sensitive data or manipulate the content Americans receive to advance China’s interests”.

“These obvious risks render TikTok, in its current form, an unacceptable threat to the national security of the United States”, he adds. “No company subject to CCP dictates should have the power to accumulate such extensive data on the American people or curate content to nearly a third of our population. Given these risks, I urge you to remove TikTok from your respective app stores immediately”.

Bennet’s letter is similar to one sent to the Apple and Google bosses last year by Brendan Carr, a commissioner at US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission. He wrote his letter following a BuzzFeed report about how Bytedance employees in China can access data about TikTok’s American users.

That report is also cited in Bennet’s letter. “Concern about TikTok’s data sharing is not theoretical”, he writes. “Last year, BuzzFeed News revealed that China-based employees repeatedly accessed nonpublic information about US users, contradicting sworn testimony from a TikTok executive to the US Senate. According to a member of TikTok’s Trust And Safety department, cited by BuzzFeed, ‘everything is seen in China'”.

For its part, TikTok continues to deny the allegations made about data security on its platform, with spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter saying yesterday that “Senator Bennet’s letter relies almost exclusively on misleading reporting about TikTok, the data we collect, and our data security controls”.

“It also ignores the considerable investment we have made through Project Texas – a plan negotiated with our country’s top national security experts – to provide additional assurances to our community about their data security and the integrity of the TikTok platform”, she added.

Statements such of those have done little to placate TikTok’s critics in the political community so far, including those in US Congress who last year made proposals that would effectively ban use of the app within the US.

The social media firm’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, is next month due to answer questions in Congress in a session instigated by the Energy And Commerce Committee in the House Of Representatives. It remains to be seen if that results in any allaying of concerns.

- Chris Cooke
Coachella owner sues Moechella for trademark infringement

Coachella logo

AEG’s Goldenvoice is back in litigation mode to stop other events from using Chella in their name, it owning the original Chella event of course, ie California’s Coachella festival. This time a lawsuit has been filed against the organisers of the Washington DC-based Moechella.

First staged in 2019, this event describes itself as “an advocacy festival that is the intersection of culture and politics in DC”. It’s organised by a group called Long Live GoGo, a “collective of liberators” built around the funk sub-genre GoGo, which originated in the US capital.

Moechella organisers Justin Johnson and Kelsye Adams, Goldenvoice says in its new lawsuit, are “intentionally trading on the goodwill of plaintiffs and the well-known Coachella and Chella trademarks by using the confusingly similar mark ‘Moechella’ in connection with [their] own music and cultural events, entertainment services, and associated apparel”.

And that, the AEG company reckons, is trademark infringement.

If Coachella getting pissed off with Moechella sounds familiar, that’s because last year Goldenvoice formally objected to Johnson’s bid to trademark the Moechella brand. That resulted in Johnson withdrawing his trademark registration.

But, says the new lawsuit, “despite withdrawing the Moechella application, defendants have stated that they intend to continue using the Moechella marks. For example, defendant Johnson stated in an interview with one media outlet: “I’m not going to stop using the name. It’s a protest'”.

As in its complaint last year to the US Trademark Trial And Appeal Board, the new lawsuit also cites a shooting that occurred alongside last year’s Moechella event which resulted in the death of a fifteen year old.

“Plaintiffs contend that incidents such as the shooting death and melee cause harm to plaintiffs, particularly given defendants’ infringing use of similar looking and sounding Moechella marks, which cause confusion as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of defendants’ events with those of plaintiffs, resulting in reputational harm to plaintiffs”.

With all that in mind Goldenvoice wants the court to order Johnson and Adams to stop using any Chella brand for their event activities, and – of course – to pay the Coachella owner some lovely damages.

- Andy Malt
Unknown Mortal Orchestra announce new album

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced that they will release a new album, titled ‘V’, next month. They will also be in the UK for tour dates in May.

The album was several years in the making, Ruban Nielson having begun work on a new set of tracks with his brother Kody in the early days of the pandemic.

But when an uncle in Hawaii fell ill, he, his mother and another uncle moved over there to care for him. When he returned to California to record again, he found that his outlook on the sound of the record had fundamentally changed.

“In Hawaii, everything shifted off of me and my music”, Nielson explains. “Suddenly, I was spending more time figuring out what others need and what my role is within my family. I also learned that things I thought were true of myself are bigger than I thought. My way of making mischief – that’s not just me – that’s my whole Polynesian side. I thought I was walking away from music to focus on family, but the two ended up connecting”.

‘V’ is set for release on 17 Mar. First single ‘Layla’ is out now. Watch the video for that here:

The band will arrive for UK shows in May. Here are the dates:

30 May: Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
31 May: London, Brixton Academy
15 Jun: Manchester, Albert Hall
16 Jun: Leeds, Stylus
17 Jun: Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanizers

- Andy Malt
Slowthai to head out on £1 tour later this month

Slowthai

Slowthai has announced a tour of UK pubs kicking off later this month to promote his upcoming new album ‘UGLY’. Tickets will cost just £1 – an increase from his 99p tour in early 2019, but down from the £5 entry he was charging later that same year.

Anyway, there ends the analysis of Slowthai ticket prices. This whole thing is being underwritten by Jägermeister, so you need not worry that Slowthai is going to be out of pocket.

“I make music for myself but I wouldn’t be where I am without my fans”, he says. “It’s important to me that people can have access to me and my music so I wanted to go to some new places and play this album first. Times are tough for a lot of people and working with Jägermeister has helped me keep tickets to only a quid”.

Tickets will go on sale to people who have pre-ordered Slowthai’s album via his website on 13 Feb, before being made available to everyone else on 15 Feb. You’ll need to be quick though. Six 150 cap gigs doesn’t make for a lot of tickets. Here are the dates:

23 Feb: Sunderland, Independent
24 Feb: Blackpool, Bootleg Social
25 Feb: Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
1 Mar: London, The George Tavern
2 Mar: Bath, Moles Club
3 Mar: Northampton, The Black Prince

‘UGLY’ is set for release on 3 Mar. Here’s new single ‘Selfish’:

- Chris Cooke
More artists announced for The Great Escape

The Great Escape 2023

The Great Escape yesterday added a stack more artists to the line-up for this year’s festival, which takes place in Brighton in May.

Among the artists newly announced for the 2023 edition of the big old showcase festival are The Big Moon, Sad Night Dynamite, Willie J Healey, James Ellis Ford, Stone, Lime Garden, English Teacher, Billie Martin, Caity Baser, Yunè Pinku, Deki Alem and Mestizo Collective.

In addition to the line-up announcement, the festival’s organisers have also revealed that a show will take place in Liverpool on 2 Mar as part of the TGE Presents programme, a series of gigs presented by the TGE team in the run up to the festival in May.

TGE is partnering with Licks Magazine and Ticketmaster New Music to stage that gig, which will be headlined by Lime Garden, with supports to be announced.

As for May, the TGE festival is obviously accompanied by the TGE Conference for music industry delegates, which includes the CMU+TGE Sessions that this year will put the spotlight on music and education, music and deals, and music and the creator economy.

You can find our more information about that here.

- Andy Malt
One Liners: Slipknot, JP Saxe, The Damned, more

Slipknot

APPOINTMENTS

Jim Berkus is stepping down as Chair of talent agency UTAaccording to Billboard. The company is also adding two new directors, Paul Wachter of investment firm Main Street Advisors and Ceci Kurzman of Nexus Management Group. Wachter will also become Chair.

Defected Records has hired Jess Nash as Head Of Sync and Deniz Hilmi as Head Of Events And Talent. They join from Budde Music and Ministry Of Sound respectively. “I am delighted to welcome Jess Nash and Deniz Hilmi to Defected”, says CEO Wez Saunders, who acquired the company last year. “Since the acquisition, we have been working on restructuring and strengthening the squad across the board as we continue to grow and develop”.

New Sony Music-owned services company Santa Anna has hired Dave Anderson as General Manager, Carlos Ogando as VP Promotion and Derek Lee as CFO. “Dave and Los have great skill and talent to work creatively and successfully with artists”, says Santa Anna founder Todd Moscowitz. “I look forward to working with them as they develop incredible opportunities and experiences for our roster, to reach new fans and consumers. I also am THRILLED to have Derek join Santa Anna”.

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RELEASES

Slipknot has dropped surprise new single ‘Bone Church’. “On the road, we have a ‘jam room’ set up backstage at every show, where we play, practice, warm up and sometimes try out new ideas”, says percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan. “’Bone Church’ started life in a jam room on the ‘5: The Gray Chapter’ tour. We’ve been bringing it closer and closer to life ever since, and finally, here it is. This one is for the fans – a further vision deeper into Slipknot’s history, which is still being written”.

JP Saxe has released a new collaboration with Colombian singer Camilo called ‘Moderación’. “Camilo is one of my favourite artists on Earth and my brother”, says Saxe. “Doing this song together is a dream and I’m grateful I get to sing a song I love with a human I love”.

The Damned have announced that they will release new album ‘Darkadelic’ on 28 Apr. Here’s new single ‘Invisible Man’.

Alexander Tucker has released another track from his posthumous collaboration with Keith Collins, titled ‘The Spring Room 2’. The album, ‘Fifth Continent’, is out on 24 Feb, and Tucker will host a launch event at Cafe Oto in London on 7 Feb.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

- Chris Cooke
Lizzo gets to trademark ‘100% that bitch’

Lizzo

Ladies and gentlemen, Lizzo is officially 100% that bitch. Legally speaking, I mean. Not scientifically. I’m still not convinced by that DNA test thing. To the best of my knowledge, that test still hasn’t been peer reviewed. Which is very suspicious. Very suspicious indeed.

But fuck the science, all that really matters is the law. And Lizzo is now the owner of the ‘100% that bitch’ trademark in the US in the category of fashion. So only she can sell clothing with that line printed on it.

Now, you might be thinking, so what, Lizzo got her people to fill out a trademark application form to turn the key lyric from her song ‘Truth Hurts’ into a protected mark under US law, why’s that news?

Well, because it took quite a lot of effort. The application was initially rejected on the basis ‘100% that bitch’ is “a commonplace expression widely used by a variety of sources to convey an ordinary, familiar, well-recognised sentiment”.

“The evidence of record indicates that consumers will not view applicant’s mark as a trademark indicating the source of the clothing only sold by applicant, but instead as a message of self-confidence and female empowerment used by many different entities in a variety of settings”, the official who did the rejecting noted.

That official also honed in on the fact that Lizzo’s full lyric – “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100% that bitch” – wasn’t original, it being influenced by a meme on social media that began with a tweet by British singer Mina Lioness.

Lizzo herself has talked about being influenced by the social media meme when writing ‘Truth Hurts’. And the fact the line came from Lioness’s tweet became a talking point online and was raised during a dispute between Lizzo and some of her former songwriting collaborators over the copyright in ‘Truth Hurts’. Along the way, Lioness got a co-write credit on the song.

The trademark official stated: “Lizzo is quoted that after seeing the meme containing the phrase it made her feel empowered, ie the phrase ‘made her feel like 100% that bitch'”.

“By applicant’s own acknowledgment”, he went on, “she adopted these lyrics because of the message of female empowerment, and the party claiming prior use of the full lyric was given a co-ownership to the copyright of the lyrics”.

“Accordingly”, he concluded, “the phrase ‘100% that bitch’, as used by applicant, originated as a derivation of the popular phrase ‘that bitch’, which was widely shared throughout social media by internet users”.

But worry not bitches, because the US Trademark Trial And Appeal Board has concluded that – while Lizzo may not have come up with the line ‘100% that bitch’ – it was ‘Truth Hurts’ that made it super popular, and – as a result – plenty of consumers would associate clothing featuring the phrase with the musician. That latter point is key here.

“The evidence here does not show that consumers recognise ‘100% that bitch’ merely as a lyric in one of Lizzo’s popular songs”, the board has ruled. “Rather, we find that the evidence of record shows that consumers encountering ‘100% that bitch’ on the specific types of clothing identified in the application – even when offered by third parties – associate the term with Lizzo and her music”.

“We acknowledge that to some degree consumers and potential consumers have been exposed to use of the proposed mark ‘100% that bitch’ in a non-source-identifying (ie ornamental) manner on the same and similar goods to those of applicant. We find, however, that that circumstance is outweighed by references in most of those uses to Lizzo and/or her music”.

As a result, “the record as a whole does not establish that the proposed mark is a common expression in such widespread use that it fails to function as a mark for the goods identified in this application. So the refusals to register are reversed”.

And hurrah for that. Well done to 100% that bitch.

- Chris Cooke
Joe Biden calls for regulation of ‘junk fees’ in ticketing

The White House

Political pressure on the US ticketing market continues to build with President Joe Biden now calling for new laws to regulate “excessive online concert, sporting event and other entertainment ticket fees”.

In a statement yesterday, the Biden administration said: “Many online ticket sellers impose massive service fees at check-out that are not disclosed when consumers are choosing their tickets”.

“In a review of 31 different sporting events across five ticket sellers’ websites”, it went on, “service charges averaged more than 20% of the ticket’s face value, and total fees – like processing fees, delivery fees, and facility fees – reached up to more than half the cost of the ticket itself. A family of four attending a show could end up paying far more than $100 in fees above and beyond the cost of the tickets”.

The ticketing sector – and Live Nation’s Ticketmaster in particular – was in the spotlight in US Congress last week at a hearing instigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

That was prompted by all the issues that occurred when tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour went on pre-sale via Ticketmaster’s Verified Fans system last year. However, it also provided a forum for those who have long been critical of the ticketing sector in general or, more specifically, the market dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster since they became one company in 2010.

Various issues with the ticketing business – and the live entertainment industry more generally – were raised during last week’s hearing. However, the issue that generally gets the most attention in political circles – because it’s the thing that most annoys consumers and therefore voters – is the fees charged by ticketing platforms on top of the face value of any one ticket.

People obviously get annoyed by the size of those fees in relation to the cost of the ticket. But another issue is the common practice – except in countries where industry regulators or consumer protection laws don’t allow it – of ticketing platforms only declaring all the add-on fees at the end of the ticket buying process, not upfront where a ticket is initially listed. That initial listing will usually only state the face value of the ticket.

There has long been a debate about why the add-on fees on a ticket purchase aren’t just bundled into the face value of the ticket. The argument against that practice normally goes something like this: “The supermarket doesn’t add its cut onto the price of a loaf of bread at the checkout, so why does a ticketing firm only add its cut at that final stage”.

There are two reasons for declaring and charging the ticketing firm’s fees separately. First, where tickets for a show are available via multiple primary ticketing platforms, different platforms can charge different fees and the customer can choose which platform to go with.

Maybe one platform charges a slightly higher fee, but the customer support and consumer experience is better. And with each platform setting its own fees, they are encouraged to compete with each other and provide the best value.

That said, that reason doesn’t really stand if the vast majority of tickets for any one show – maybe even 100% – are being sold by a single primary ticketing platform, meaning the consumer has no choice, and there is no competition between platforms on fees.

“Often, if Americans want to attend a particular concert or sporting event, they only have one online option for making the initial ticket purchase”, the Biden government’s statement continued yesterday.

“That means that even if consumers knew they might have to pay a large fee on top of the ticket cost, they would have no way to avoid it if they wanted to attend a particular show. One company has exclusive partnerships with a reported 80 of the top 100 arenas in the United States, allowing it to charge fees to attend events at those leading venues without fear of competition”.

The other reason for the ticketing fees being managed separately is to do with the way the live sector does its own deals.

The box office, so all the money generated by the face value of the ticket, is shared with the performers, plus a small cut goes to the music industry collecting societies to license the songs that are being performed.

In many cases a majority of the box office ends up with the performers. The ticketing company then covers its costs via the add-on fees, and the venue and promoter may also be supplementing their incomes by taking a cut of that extra cash.

But, critics would say, why are consumers having to deal with a shoddy and annoying ticket buying experience because of deal conventions within the live sector?

Plus, they might add, a shoddy consumer experience on the primary ticketing sites makes it harder to hold the secondary ticketing platforms to account for the tactics they sometimes employ to confuse and trick the customer.

Biden’s statement yesterday noted that where it is the market dominance of certain players that are causing the problem – by which it presumably means Live Nation and Ticketmaster – then competition regulators, principally the US Department Of Justice, should intervene.

However, “the President urges Congress to act now to reduce these fees through legislation. Specifically, the President is calling on Congress to prohibit excessive fees [and] require the fees to be disclosed in the ticket price”.

This is all part of wider proposals from Biden for a Junk Fee Prevention Act. These proposals, the President’s office says, will “provide millions of Americans with fast relief from these frustrating and costly fees”.

“This will not only save Americans billions a year, but make our markets more competitive – creating a more even playing field so that businesses that price in a fair and transparent manner no longer lose sales to companies that disguise their actual prices with hidden fees”.

“In the coming weeks and months”, the statement added, “the Biden-Harris Administration looks forward to working with Congress to crack down not only on these fees, but also other junk fees that take cash out of Americans’ pockets and hide the true cost of products”.

The proposals from Biden were welcomed by Bill Pascrell, a long-time critic of the US ticketing market who has proposed his own legal reforms via a thing called the BOSS Act. He said yesterday: “Today President Biden announces one of the most consumer-friendly platforms ever uttered by an American leader”.

“For decades”, he added, “American fans have cried out for help, cried out for regulation of a marketplace that has become more larcenous than a Wild West saloon. This is something all Americans – Democrats, Republicans and independents – agree on: fees are strangling Americans and at long last they must be stopped”.

“President Biden supporting our cause the week after industry reforms were also demanded by a bipartisan Senate panel proves that the time for action is now”, he concluded. “We can institute many of these reforms by enacting my BOSS ACT, longstanding legislation I’ve put forward to reform the ticketing marketplace”.

- Chris Cooke
US government publishes its latest Notorious Markets list of piracy sites

Internet

The office of the United States Trade Representative published its latest Notorious Markets Report earlier this week. It’s the annual report that outlines the websites and physical market places that cause the most concern for America intellectual property owners, who all make submissions to the USTR before the big Notorious Markets list is published.

The list includes online platforms that mainly exist to facilitate copyright infringement, as well as otherwise legitimate platforms – including social networks, messaging platforms and online marketplaces – which are nevertheless used to share copyright protected works without licence or to sell counterfeit goods.

Plenty of the usual suspects appear again, including stream-ripping sites like FLVTO and MP3juices. Plus the good old Pirate Bay still gets itself a listing.

“As one of the first bittorrent indexing websites and one of the most vocal in openly promoting piracy, The Pirate Bay reportedly remains the most frequently visited bittorrent index site in the world”, the report notes. “The Pirate Bay is available in 35 languages and serves a global market, and it has historically had multiple alternative domains hosted globally”.

The site continues to operate despite web-blocking orders being secured against it by copyright owners in many countries. The USTR report notes that “authorities in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK have issued orders blocking access to this site”.

This year’s edition of the report also has a section discussing “the impact of online piracy on US workers”. It states: “Online piracy has real consequences and harms the economic security of workers in the entertainment, media and other creative industries. Pirating of digital media can result in lowered revenues and wages across the industry, impairing workers’ benefits and job security”.

A key aim of the report is to inform governments and regulators around the world about the websites and marketplaces which the US reckons are damaging its IP interests, and which should therefore be subject to regulation or action by relevant agencies in other countries.

The Recording Industry Association Of America was among those welcoming the latest edition of the report earlier this week.

Its CEO Mitch Glazier says: “This year’s Notorious Markets Report shines a much-needed spotlight on the devastating impact of copyright theft on American creators. The core message of today’s report is clear: when creative content is stolen, it not only harms the economy and businesses, it hurts real people. Copyright enforcement is necessary to protect livelihoods”.

You can download the report here.

- Chris Cooke
UK Music welcomes government decision to abandon new data mining copyright exception

UK Music

UK Music has welcomed a statement from intellectual property minister George Freeman to the effect that the UK government will not be proceeding with a proposed new copyright exception covering text and data mining by AI companies.

That exception was proposed after the UK’s Intellectual Property Office undertook a consultation on how British copyright law should deal with new AI technologies, and especially those AI tools that create and produce content, usually by processing and scrutinising data relating to existing content.

The proposed new exception was widely criticised by the copyright industries including the music industry. They argued that AI tools mining data related to existing copyright protected works should have to secure licences from the owners of those works.

When it was first proposed, cross-sector trade group UK Music called the proposed exception “dangerous and damaging”, adding that it would allow AI companies to “launder” music in order to generate new content.

Freeman confirmed that the government is not now planning to introduce the new exception into UK copyright law during a debate in Parliament yesterday.

He said that when he returned for a second stint as IP minister in October he and Julia Lopez – the minister overseeing media, data and digital infrastructure – wrote to all their relevant colleagues in government to state that the copyright exception proposals “were not correct”.

They also added in their communication to other ministers that the proposals had received a significant push back “which should have been picked up in the pre-consultation before the proposals were announced”, and that therefore “we are looking to stop them”.

He added that he and Lopez now intend to have “deeper conversations” with those in Parliament with an interest in this area – as well as creators, platforms, publishers, broadcasters and digital intermediaries – in order to “ensure that we do not rush precipitately into a knee-jerk move that is wrong”.

Welcoming Freeman’s statement, UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin says: “UK Music warmly welcomes the minister’s decision to scrap plans for a catastrophic blanket copyright exception. The whole music industry has been united in its opposition to these proposals, which would have paved the way for music laundering and opened up our brilliant creators and rightsholders to gross exploitation”.

“We are delighted to see the back of a policy that risked irreparable damage to the global success story that is the UK music industry”, he adds. “We now look forward to working with the government to ensure any future plans are evidence-based and allow artificial intelligence and our world-leading creative industries to grow in tandem”.

Debates continue around the world about what copyright law does and should say about creative AI, both in terms of whether works created by AI technologies should enjoy copyright protection, and what licences are required – or not – when an AI tool mines data linked to existing copyright protected works.

A lawsuit recently filed in the UK courts by Getty Images could prove to be an interesting test case regarding what UK law currently says in this domain.

It is suing Stability AI – creators of the popular prompt-based text-to-image generative AI tool Stable Diffusion – which, it claims, “unlawfully copied and processed millions of images protected by copyright to benefit Stability AI’s commercial interests and to the detriment of the content creators”.

- Chris Cooke
TikTok Sounds Library restricted in Australia to test music usage by creators

TikTok

TikTok is limiting the number of songs available within its app for some of its users in Australia to help it better understand how people creating and posting videos on the social media platform interact with and utilise the music that’s in its audio clips library.

The experiment comes as the music industry seeks to boost the value of its licensing deals with TikTok, in part by shifting those deals from the current lump sum arrangements to a revenue share model more akin to YouTube.

Although TikTok is a revenue generator for the music industry, not to mention a key marketing platform, most people in the music community reckon that the video-sharing app is not currently paying enough for the music which, they believe, is central to the video-sharing app’s overall experience.

Needless to say, TikTok is pushing back on the music industry’s demands for more cash. Because it makes audio clips available within its app, TikTok can’t rely on the copyright safe harbour as a negotiating tactic, like user-generated content platforms did in the past.

However, everyone is aware of the marketing power of TikTok, which can drive streams of both new and catalogue tracks over on the subscription streaming services where the record industry currently makes the most money.

This means that the latest licensing deal negotiations between TikTok and the music companies are built upon the key question: “Who needs who more?”

With that in mind, according to Bloomberg, those music companies fear that the current experiment in Australia will be used by TikTok to argue that music isn’t so crucial to its operations as the record labels and music publishers claim.

Reports Bloomberg: “TikTok and the labels disagree over the value of music in the app’s overall popularity. Music rightsholders argue that their songs are core to TikTok’s appeal, while TikTok sees music as just one part of a broader entertainment experience”.

“If usage of the app remains steady with less music”, it adds, “TikTok could argue it doesn’t need to pay music rightsholders as much. If usage falls, it will help music companies make their claims”.

Commenting on the experiment in Australia, a TikTok spokesperson says: “Some of our community in Australia will not be able to access our full TikTok Sounds Library at the moment. This will only affect certain music and is scheduled work while we analyse how sounds are accessed and added to videos, as well as looking to improve and enhance the wider Sounds Library.

“We appreciate it’s disappointing if a certain track is unavailable or if a sound is muted on a previous video”, they add. “This change will not be in place for long and not all music is affected. We look forward to restoring our full catalogue soon”.

- Andy Malt
Approved: Polinski

Polinski

Polinski – aka 65daysofstatic’s Paul Wolinski – is set to release his new solo album ‘Telex From MIDI City’ next month. Employing a variety of ageing electronic music sounds and styles – such as analogue synths, MIDI, 90s IDM beats and more – he has attempted to create something that sounds up to date and free of the nostalgia with which they are usually imbued.

“I have an increasingly conflicted relationship with technology”, he says. “I love working with computers. The way I can use them to make music and glitch things feels like an extension of myself and makes me able to articulate things that I could not otherwise express. But I am deeply uneasy about technology as contemporary socio-political force”.

“I don’t believe technology is going to save us”, he goes on. “I think the internet is getting increasingly worse and the social media platforms are alienating us from each other and turning us into free labour for their advertising algorithms. I think that AI and a lot of machine learning devalues and misunderstands the creative process, and will alienate artists ever further in its quest to reduce art into endless, ephemeral content for the churn of the internet”.

“The late, great anthropologist David Graeber said ‘the ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently’”, he continues. “And so that’s what this record is. Not sci-fi escapism or nostalgia for a world that used to be, but an imagining of this world we are in right now, just done differently. Or a soundtrack to this other world. Or perhaps a soundtrack to a map that points toward it”.

“I wanted to re-appropriate old technologies – MIDI, 90s IDM beats, 80s synths – reclaim them from the retro, lazy, desperate nostalgia that the internet is drowning in, and point them toward a future that isn’t in front of us, but rather blooms out of us in some better, non-linear way”, he explains. “Or at least demonstrates that progress is a lie. That there is no future in the way that we are told that there is. And that this can be a hopeful thing”.

‘Telex From MIDI City’ is set for release on 24 Feb. Watch the video for opening track ‘Distant Friend, I Love You’ here:

- Andy Malt
Jake Shears announces new solo album, with Kylie Minogue, Jane Fonda and Iggy Pop as guests

Jake Shears

Former Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has announced that he will release a new solo album this summer, titled ‘Last Man Dancing’. Guests on the record include Kylie Minogue, Jane Fonda and Iggy Pop. What a sentence to be able to write.

“’Last Man Dancing’ is my ultimate house party”, says Shears. “Presented in two distinct halves, it chronicles a night’s journey from sing-along dance anthems into the deeper, darker corners of my living room”.

“Electro-pop, tech-house, poppers-fueled disco, it’s MY afters and YOU just got the address” he adds. “We can be as loud and late as we want… and while not everyone might make it to the end, it’s the last ones dancing who are rewarded with the most magical moments of the evening”.

Other guests on the album are Le Chev, Amber Martin and Big Freedia. The first single from the album, ‘Too Much Music’, sees Shears without any collaborators at all though, so you’ll have to wait and see what their contributions sound like.

Watch the video for ‘Too Much Music’ here:



The album is out on 2 Jun, and Shears will also be touring the UK around the release date. Tickets go on general sale on 10 Feb. Here are the dates:

30 May: Glasgow, SWG3 Warehouse
1 Jun: Brighton, Concorde 2
2 Jun: London, Village Underground
4 Jun: London, Mighty Hoopla

- Andy Malt
Ozzy Osbourne announces retirement from touring

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne has announced that he is retiring from touring as his body is “still physically weak” after four years of treatment for a spine injury.

The Black Sabbath frontman originally announced his ‘No More Tours 2’ farewell tour in 2018, but following his injury in 2019 was forced to postpone dates in the UK and Europe several times. A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2020 further delayed his return.

Yesterday he told fans in a statement on social media that the shows would now not go ahead at all. “This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to share with my loyal fans”, he wrote. “As you may all know, four years ago this month I had a major accident where I damaged my spine”.

“My one and only purpose during this time has been to get back on stage”, he went on. “My singing voice is fine. However, after three operations, stem cell treatments, endless physical therapy sessions, and most recently groundbreaking cybernics treatment, my body is still physically weak”.

“I am honestly humbled by the way you’ve all patiently held onto your tickets for all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realisation that I’m not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required”, he continued.

“Believe me when I say that the thought of disappointing my fans really fucks me up more than you will ever know. Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way”.

He added that there is still hope that he will be able to perform again in some capacity, saying: “My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country”.

Osbourne’s last UK performance was at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham last summer. He appeared on stage with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi to perform a medley of Sabbath songs ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Paranoid’.

- Andy Malt
One Liners: Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Orbital, more

Beyonce

DEALS

BandLab Technologies has acquired beat marketplace Airbit. “We are THRILLED to bring Airbit’s community to BandLab”, says BandLab CEO Meng Ru Kuok. “We are continually looking for opportunities to support BandLab artists in their creative process, and this has been one of our communities’ most requested features. Thanks to companies like Airbit, self-serve beat marketplaces have become an exciting route for creators to find and purchase high-quality beats to kickstart their creative process. We’re excited to improve the user experience for our creators and introduce new ways for them to earn a living”.

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APPOINTMENTS

Dee Ford has announced that she will step down as Group Managing Director of Bauer Media Audio UK later this year. “I will miss Dee’s wise counsel, optimism and entrepreneurship, but am pleased to confirm that Dee will stay with us to ensure a smooth and extensive handover to her successor once they are appointed”, says Richard Dawkins, President of Audio at Bauer Media Group.

Marketing agency WMA has announced the appointment of Martin Kandja Kabamba as Director Of Social & Digital Marketing and Charlie Pollard as Director Of Social. “We are THRILLED to welcome Martin and Charlie to the agency to lead, drive forward and grow our expanding UK and Europe social and digital marketing team”, says WMA’s Erika Thomas.

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RELEASES

Ellie Goulding has released new single ‘Like A Saviour’. Her new album ‘Higher Than Heaven’ is out on 24 Mar. “[Higher Than Heaven is] about being passionately in love”, she says of the record. “But it’s a hyper form of love, almost like a drug induced feeling. It feels almost artificial and there’s the potential for a crash”.

Orbital have released new single ‘Are You Alive?’, featuring Penelope Isles. “’Are You Alive?’ came about when I had the instrumental and felt it could do with a delicate vocal”, says Paul Hartnoll. “Enter Penelope Isles! They took it away and [the duo’s] Lily [Wolter] came up with some killer hooks, we spent a day rearranging the song and Hey presto! ‘Are You Alive?’ was born. But don’t be fooled by the sweetness of the sound, the lyrics have some bite. It’s a dog-eat-dog world”. New album ‘Optical Delusion’ is out on 17 Feb.

Rachel Chinouriri has released new single ‘Maybe I’m Lonely’. “I wrote this from the perspective of not knowing what I want”, she says. “When you are in a long term relationship and know nothing else, it’s hard navigating the dating world. It’s about how I don’t want a relationship but struggle to not attach feelings to more casual situations. I hope other people know the feeling because I have struggled with it recently but I’m getting better”. Chinouriri will headline Hoxton Hall in London over four nights on 9-12 May.

La Luz’s Shana Cleveland has released new solo single ‘A Ghost’. “I never really gave pregnancy and childbirth very much thought, and when I did become pregnant I was surprised by how much of a psychedelic experience it was”, she says of the inspiration for the song. “When I sat outside the house looking out across the field, the chemistry and shape of my body constantly changing, I understood that I was no different than the plants and animals around me”. Her new album ‘Manzanita’ is out on 10 Mar.

Petite Noir will release new album ‘MotherFather’ on 14 Apr – his first LP since 2015. Here’s new single ‘Blurry’, featuring Sampa The Great. “’Blurry’ is a song about growth in love”, he says. “Being ready to take that next step whether it means being together or apart. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just move forward with your life solo. Choosing you above all. Being the best you, because no one will! It was super special to work with my sister Sampa. She is one of a kind and our energy’s gravitate towards each other! Naturally!”

Girl Ray have released new single ‘Everybody’s Saying That’.

Hundred Reasons have released new single ‘So So Soon’. Their new album ‘Glorious Sunset’ is out on 24 Feb.

Esben And The Witch have announced that they will release new album ‘Hold Sacred’ on 12 May. Out now is new single ‘The Well’. “It touches upon a spiritual strength, an enlightenment of sorts and a will to clamber out of despair and follow the light”, says vocalist Rachel Davies of the track.

Jen Cloher has released new single ‘My Witch’. Her new album ‘I Am The River, The River Is Me’ is out on 3 Mar.

M(h)aol have released new single ‘Period Sex’ ahead of their debut album ‘Attachment Styles’, which is out on Friday. “Prior to writing the track I’d had a lot of eye-opening conversations around period shame with people of all genders and from all walks of life, and I wanted to write almost an anthem for everyone who had ever had a period or loved someone who had one”, says singer Róisín Nic Ghearailt. “It felt like a hugely powerful thing to be in a position to create a song as a band that was unequivocally sexy”.

Debby Friday has released new single ‘I Got It’. “This track is a ‘get in the Uber, bitch!’ ode to nightlife, purgatory, and club rats everywhere”, she says. Her debut album ‘Good Luck’ is out on 24 Mar.

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GIGS & TOURS

Beyonce has announced UK tour dates in May, including two nights at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on 29-30 May. Tickets go on general sale on 7 Feb.

Alewya will play The Scala in London on 22 Feb. Tickets are on sale now.

The Chills have announced UK and Ireland tour dates in June, including a show at EartH in London on 16 Jun. The band will also release a new seven-inch featuring three tracks that didn’t make the final tracklist of 2021 album ‘Scatterbrain’. Download one of them – ‘The Dragon With The Sapphire Eyes’ – for free on Bandcamp now.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

- Andy Malt
OK Go respond to cereal brand’s lawsuit against them

OK Go cereal

OK Go have responded publicly to a lawsuit brought against them by US food brand Post Foods over a new cereal product that shares the band’s name. The slightly confusing element of this (or one of them at least) is that it’s Post Foods suing the band over its decision to use their name. The band think it’s a problem, see, and the food maker disagrees.

“Have you ever had your name stolen by a multi-billion-dollar food processing Goliath?” asked the band’s Damian Kulash on Instagram. “Here’s how it goes down: 1. They apply for a trademark on the name you’ve been using for 25 years. 2. You send a letter asking them to pick a different name, please. 3. They SUE YOU IN FEDERAL COURT”.

Post launched new individual pots containing a variety of its cereals earlier this month – including Fruity Pebbles and Honey Bunches Of Oats – under the name OK Go! As noted by Kulash, in September the band quickly sent Post a cease and desist letter, after Post applied for the trademark.

The band argued that the new product name infringed on their trademarks as a band. They also said that there was likely to be consumer confusion – with the probable assumption that the band were somehow directly involved in the new products, as they are known for collaborating with brands on their viral music videos. Brands such as – checks notes – Post Foods – the band having made a number of promotional videos for Honey Bunches Of Oats in 2011.

Responding to that letter, Post said that it disagreed with OK Go’s objections, arguing that music and cereals have nothing in common, so there has been no trademark infringement. As for the band’s other claims about consumer confusion, the company said that 2011 was bloody ages ago and who can even remember that far back? I’m paraphrasing slightly.

In its legal filing earlier this month, Post added that since that initial exchange it has been attempting to resolve the matter with the band to no avail.

It also explained that it offered to settle the matter monetarily, but when the band rejected that offer without any other proposed solution, it was left with no option but to sue in order to gain court clarification that it had done nothing wrong.

In a statement to Billboard at the time, the band said that they saw the litigation as an effort by the food brand to “bully us out of our own name” under the assumption that the band’s members would not be able to spend enough on lawyers to properly fight the case.

And it is perhaps a lack of food company scale legal resources that has now led Kulash to take the fight onto social media – also encouraging fans of his band to repost what he has shared.

As well as laying out his view on what was going on with the case, he noted that the blurb for the cereal pots states that they are “ready to rock”.

It’s probably worth noting that this phrase only appears in the blurb for one of the four pots available, that being OK Go! Cocoa Pebbles. So the ‘rock’ there is probably more a reference to the name of the cereal than the genre of the band. At least, that’s what Post will likely say in court. If this ever gets to court.

- CMU Advertising
Job ad: ASM Global – Programming Administrator (London / Manchester / Remote)

ASM Global

JOB TITLE: Programming Administrator
DEPARTMENT: Programming
HOURS: 37.5 hours per week
LOCATION: London OR Manchester + Remote Working
REPORTING TO: Programming Director
THE ROLE: To provide administration support to the ASM Global UK Programming department, responsible for booking live events in seven venues across the UK – AO Arena Manchester, OVO Arena Wembley, First Direct Arena Leeds, Utilita Arena Newcastle, P&J Live Aberdeen, Bonus Arena Hull and York Barbican.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:
• With input from the Programming Director, Sales Director and Programming Managers, to create, raise and send all venue hire agreements and terms and conditions documents to clients.
• To monitor the status of all sent venue hire agreements, ensuring documents are returned in a timely manner.
• Create and provide regular status update reports on hire agreements, to be shared with venue teams and internal stakeholders.
• Manage, maintain and update the Diary Management system, creating and sharing reports with the venue teams.
• Liaise with the corporate and venue finance teams to monitor hire payments and deposits, ensuring contractual schedules are met.
• As part of the team, work with all venue departments such as the General Manager, Box Office, Marketing, Events and Finance to ensure an efficient communication system is in place and maintained.
• Compiling and maintaining reports on events occurring across the wider UK touring market to help identify potential future events.
• Assist the Programming team with developing and maintaining productive relationships with all potential clients through regular and timely contact.
• To undertake office administrative tasks as required.

Skills and Competencies Required:
• 1-2 years experience in an administrative role, ideally within a live events or wider music & entertainment industry
• Be well organised with previous administrative experience, preferably within a fast paced environment
• High attention to detail
• Ability to multitask
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• High resilience in dealing with promoters, agents and managers ensuring the right result for the business whilst maintaining a positive relationship with the client
• High degree of familiarity with computer and report systems
• Informed interest in the music and entertainment industry
• Good Microsoft Excel skills

General information:
The requirements of the business are such that a degree of flexibility is necessary and some evening and weekend work may be required.
There may be a requirement to travel to other ASM Global Venues.

Closing date: Sunday 19 February 2023
To apply for this job: Please send your application to recruitment@eu.asmglobal.com

- CMU Advertising
Job ad: ASM Global – Senior Programming Manager (London/Remote)

ASM Global

JOB TITLE: Senior Programming Manager
DEPARTMENT: Programming
HOURS: 37.5 hours per week
LOCATION: London + Remote Working
REPORTING TO: Programming Director
THE ROLE: To secure and maximise bookings for ASM’s portfolio of arena venues in the UK as part of the Programming team, working across AO Arena Manchester, OVO Arena Wembley, First Direct Arena Leeds, Utilita Arena Newcastle, P&J Live Aberdeen and Bonus Arena Hull.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:
• To build, develop and maintain successful relationships with promoters, agents and event producers.
• To act as an account manager for a number of high value clients, delivering exceptional service whilst serving the interest of the business.
• Maximise event bookings through efficient diary management, maintaining accurate, up-to-date records for prospective and confirmed events.
• Secure the maximum number of events per tour for ASM’s venues.
• Identify and target artists and events suitable for future arena shows.
• Work with external partners to develop new arena content and identify and evaluate opportunities for shared risk, joint ventures or investment.
• Deliver maximum revenues through the effective application of new and established sales techniques and negotiating on both a case-by-case basis and on long term contracts in line with agreed targets.
• With the Programming Director, to develop and deliver strategies to help attract new content to each venue.
• Generate additional income through protecting revenue streams and up-selling the facilities, maintaining and where possible increasing the overall profitability of the specific event types.
• Provide regular, accurate updates to venue General Managers, the Senior Leadership Team and other stakeholders as required.
• Record and maintain accurate, up-to-date records for all events, from initial enquiry stage, to negotiation, confirmation, and maturation.
• Be aware of market trends and competitive elements within the industry, including other venues and potential clients and to utilise this knowledge to develop the appropriate sales strategy proactively securing future business.
• Work with all venue departments such as the General Manager, Box Office, Marketing, Events and Finance to ensure an efficient communication system is in place and maintained.
• Build and maintain relationships with other ASM and ASM-affilated venues worldwide, to share and gather business intelligence and develop best practices.

Skills and Competencies Required:
• Previous experience within an entertainment sales environment which can be demonstrated by a track record of securing quality content.
• An established network of contacts within UK live touring
• Experience of routing tours across the UK.
• Experience of costing and budgeting new events.
• Strong influencing and negotiating skills
• High standards of professionalism and integrity
• Team player who enjoys working in a high achieving environment
• High attention to detail
• Ability to multitask
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• High resilience in dealing with promoters, agents and managers ensuring the right result for the business whilst maintaining a positive relationship with the client
• High degree of familiarity with computer and report systems
• Informed interest in the music and entertainment industry
• Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Office and Diary Management systems

General information:
The requirements of the business are such that a degree of flexibility is necessary and some evening and weekend work will be required.
There may be a requirement to travel to other ASM Global Venues from to time, as well as representing ASM Global at industry events.

Closing date: Sunday 19 February 2023
To apply for this job: Please send your application to recruitment@eu.asmglobal.com

- Chris Cooke
Universal Music announces alliance with Tidal to shake up the streaming business model

Universal Music

Following Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge’s recent memo calling for a shake up of the way music streaming works, the mega-major has announced a new partnership with Tidal which will see the two companies collaborate on figuring out how that shaking might go. Which is to say, they will “explore an innovative new economic model for music streaming that might better reward the value provided by artists”.

Confirming the partnership yesterday, the two companies said they will consider how “by harnessing fan engagement, digital music services and platforms can generate greater commercial value for every type of artist. The research will extend to how different economic models could accelerate subscriber growth, deepen retention, and better monetise fandom to the benefit of artists and the broader music community”.

So, quite a wide remit, with no real specifics. Maybe Grainge will just lock himself and Team Tidal in a big old box and they’ll all shake around until a workable new approach falls out of someone’s pocket.

But will it be a black box hidden in a secret location, so no one else knows what’s going on in side, nor what model is ultimately shaken out? You know, like normal. Or maybe this time it will be a glass box on full view, like that time David Blaine was dangled above the Thames in a transparent container. I think can we all agree that would be a much better approach. I mean, if nothing else, at least we could all throw things at them.

There has been plenty of debate about the economic model employed by the music streaming services of course, especially here in the UK since the headline-grabbing inquiry by Parliament’s culture select committee into how streaming works and how streaming income is shared out.

Currently, streaming is a revenue share based on consumption share business. From an artist perspective, there are three steps to getting paid.

First, the streaming service allocates the money it made in any one month to all the tracks on its system, based on what percentage of total consumption each track accounted for. So, for each track, what matters is what percentage of total plays on the service were plays of that track – a play being counted if a user listens for more than 30 seconds.

Then secondly, whatever money is allocated to a track is shared with the label or distributor that provided it, and the publisher or collecting society that licences the song contained in the recording. The label, distributor, publisher and society gets whatever share of the allocation it has negotiated in its licensing deals with the streaming service.

And finally, the label, distributor or publisher pays a portion of what it receives to the artist or songwriter, subject to the terms of the relevant record, distribution or publishing deal. If the money flows through a collecting society on the songs side, it is paid on to the songwriter subject to the society’s distribution rules, with any admin costs deducted.

Issues have been raised about what happens at each of those three steps. Though Grainge’s memo last month was focused on step one and was mainly concerned with the fact that all the mood music and background noise that has been uploaded to services like Spotify is treated the same as more conventional music releases when money is being allocated based on consumption share.

This is annoying for Grainge – and others in the music industry – because this content is arguably easier and cheaper to create; often serves a functional rather than artistic role which can result in relatively high consumption; plus it can be easier to slice this content into short tracks, which boosts the total number of plays when a play is counted at 30 seconds.

Grainge wrote in his memo: “The current environment has attracted players who see an economic opportunity in flooding platforms with all sorts of irrelevant content that deprives both artists and labels from the compensation they deserve”.

With that in mind, he went on, “what’s become clear to us, and to so many artists and songwriters – developing and established ones alike – is that the economic model for streaming needs to evolve. As technology advances and platforms evolve, it’s not surprising that there’s also a need for business model innovation to keep pace with change”.

But how could the model evolve to address the specific issues Grainge wrote about? According to the FT, Universal execs have floated the idea of banning 31 second tracks or at least factoring track length into the consumption metrics. Another option is applying a premium at the track allocation stage to artists who specifically drive engagement in some way.

Alongside that is the proposal that services allow artists to offer extra content and experiences through the streaming apps accessible to users who pay a premium, with that add-on payment shared with the artist and their label.

These are all tweaks to the system that have been discussed before. For example, in the white paper on streaming it published in 2021, IMPALA – the pan-European group for the independent community – proposed factoring in track length, rewarding artist-led engagement and offering functionality where artists can generate extra revenue from the fan relationship.

Some services have already dabbled with the latter proposal, integrating some direct-to-fan tools into the system. There are some complexities there though, partly over the respective role of a label and an artist in offering such extras, and partly because successful direct-to-fan upsell tools require a super simple in-app payment mechanism on mobile, and currently that would mean Apple or Google taking 30% of any money.

Of course, the other way the allocation stage of the streaming model could be altered is to simply segment the catalogue and prioritise one segment over another. So put all the mood music and background noise into its own segment and allocate it less of the money. Though, once you’re segmenting the catalogue, how long is it before some people at one end of the industry start proposing you similarly segment off all the DIY artist releases?

So, fun times. But where does Tidal fit into all of this? It, of course, has always liked to position itself as the “artist-friendly” streaming service, certainly since Jay-Z got himself involved in the business and staged that all-star press conference you’ve all tried very hard to block from your memories.

And that “artist-friendly” positioning has actually often worked. Even though, really, Tidal has always operated pretty much operated the same business model as everyone else. But you know, with some sneaky data-meddling to be extra friendly to Beyonce. Maybe. Possibly. Allegedly, allegedly.

That said, it was Tidal – in its previous iteration as WiMP – that had the idea of trying to persuade users that they might want to pay extra for higher quality audio, in doing so increasing the amount of money to be allocated to each track.

It was an interesting idea. Possibly slightly flawed due to the fact that the 857 people interested in higher quality audio all work in the music industry. And definitely flawed due to the fact that Apple decided that higher quality audio should come as standard because, you know, there were headphones to sell.

More recently, in late 2021, Tidal announced that two other innovations were in the pipeline. First, bonus payments for each subscriber’s favourite artists. And secondly, a shift to user-centric track allocation – or ‘fan-powered royalties’ if you prefer – on its top tier subscription package.

Plenty of people in the artist community support a total shift to user-centric, so that rather than money being allocated to tracks based on what percentage of total listening in any one country any one track accounts for, instead each subscriber’s monthly payment would be allocated to the specific tracks they listened to.

Some reckon that user-centric would deal with some of the issues raised by Grainge. It would certainly stop some of the outright scams that exploit the current system and grab a share of the money each month. Though – while most labels are officially agnostic on user-centric – it’s fair to say that the label community has not readily embraced the approach.

And, it seems, Tidal will put its user-centric plans on hold so that it can invest more time into shaking things up with Lucian Grainge. Which seems to suggest that a post-it note containing a scrawled message to the effect of “move to user-centric you fucking idiots” won’t be falling out of anyone’s pocket when Grainge and his Tidal buds start shaking around in that big old box.

“From day one, Tidal has stood out as artist-first, leading with a premium subscription tier to pay artists more and experimenting with new ideas like fan-centred royalties to see if there are fairer and more equitable ways to get artists paid”, Tidal’s Jesse Dorogusker said yesterday when announcing the new model shaking alliance with Universal.

“We are setting aside our current fan-centred royalties investigation to focus on this opportunity for more impact”, he went on. “We’re THRILLED to partner and learn along the way about the possibilities for more innovative streaming economics. This partnership will enable us to rethink how we can sustainably improve royalties’ distribution for the breadth of artists on our platform”.

“As the digital landscape continues to evolve, it’s become increasingly clear that music streaming’s economic model needs innovation to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future”, added Universal’s Chief Digital Officer Michael Nash.

“Tidal’s embrace of this transformational opportunity is especially exciting because the music ecosystem can work better – for every type of artist and fan – but only through dedicated, thoughtful collaboration”, he went on. “Built on deeply held, shared principles about the value of artistry and the importance of the artist-fan relationship, this strategic initiative will explore how to enhance and advance the model in keeping with our collective objectives”.

Lovely stuff. Though, so many questions remain unanswered. What will Grainge and Tidal come up with after all that shaking around? How will they make it a reality with so many stakeholders with different interests wanting a say? Will it actually result in any short-term changes? If so, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Who will even be allowed to know how the new model works? And is there a model that will make everybody happy? Oh, actually, I can answer that one. No.

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Nicky Romero has officially dropped “Turn Off The Lights,” a pure festival banger that he’s been teasing in his sets over the past few months to a raving response from the enthusiastic crowds. “Turn Off The Lights” follows the sonic style of his recent releases like “Techtronic,” “Myriad” and “Back To Where We Started” with Afrojack from last […]

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Coming up strong with her new single, SKIY is flying “HIGH” on waves of smooth tech house beats and warm progressive chords. Out now on Spinnin’ Deep. Already turning heads since her claim-to-fame tune “Who Got The Keys” (released on Oliver Heldens’ Heldeep label), the German DJ/producer has kept crowds on their toes with fierce […]

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Born and raised in the cultural hub of Istanbul, Turkish producer Elif is rapidly earning her rightful place among dance music’s elite. Laying claim to an abundance of internationally celebrated releases on the likes of Stil vor Talent, Anjunadeep, Kindisch and Gardens of Babylon over the past few years, the prolific Barcelona-based talent has managed […]

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Sometimes you can be having too much fun! ‘Chapter One’ of Cosmic Gate’s ‘MOSAIIK’ album series touched off a post-lockdown tour, bigger and more extensive than anyone (not least Nic & Bossi!) could’ve imagined. A subsequent pinch on studio time, and … well … you can guess the rest! Promise is a promise is a […]

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One of the most dynamic live acts in electronic music today, the musical creativity and artistic vision that embodies GHEIST is quite remarkable. Following the global success of their opening two singles on Embassy One in 2022 – Losing Game and Only – the inexhaustible German trio now continues its prolific run of form on […]

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Federico Fenu, commonly known as OverSky started mixing music when he was only 12 and has been mixing music ever since. Music is a universal language and that is why he started creating music when he was 17 because he knew he had something to communicate; positive vibes, hope, and love. His passion for all […]

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It wouldn’t be Miami Music Week without the Dim Mak Records Miami Music Week showcase. The label has been an integral part of the Ultra Music Festival week surrounding celebrations since 2009.  From South Beach to Wynwood, the event has historically been represented by artists including Benny Benassi, Slushii, 4B, Carnage, Dada Life, Deorro, 3 […]

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Adding an exciting chapter to its ever expanding touring schedule, Spinnin’ Sessions is about to touch ground in Cambodia. The world famed dance party will join the ambitious XCAM Music Festival on Friday 10 February, presenting some of Spinnin’s most renowned names, including 22Bullets, Blasterjaxx, KURA and Timmy Trumpet. Tickets for this unique and brand […]

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ELUOZO releases the sparkling and uplifting dance-pop single “FLY AWAY ANTHEM” via 3 Shots Productions, which is the perfect feel-good tonic as we approach the warmer months, just in time for this summer pool parties ! Released a few days ago the vibrant “FLY AWAY ANTHEM” proves why ELUOZO clearly deserves the “one to watch” upcoming talent. Infused with elements of […]

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The countdown to the summer festival season is on! Tomorrowland now releases the full line-up for the 17th edition of the iconic Belgian festival, which will revolve around this year’s theme ‘Adscendo’. Set to welcome more than 600 of the world’s best electronic music artists across 14 mesmerizing stages during two weekends of magic in De […]

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Kip Moore Returns To The U.K. and Europe in 2023


Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore announced a string of headlining shows in The U.K. and Europe slated for 2023 today. Moore whose electric live show “draws sold-out audiences around the world” (CMT) will return to major cities across the pond, as well as play some cities for the first time, kicking off in Hamburg, DE on 5/13. Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 9 at 10am GMT at kipmoore.net.

As part of the international trek Moore will also headline the inaugural Country and Americana festival, Highways, taking place at London’s historic and iconic Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, May 20. The evening’s stacked lineup also includes Morgan Wade who Moore recently collaborated with on his track “If I Was Your Lover,” as well as Jackson Dean and Stephen Wilson Jr.. Tickets go on sale 10am GMT on Friday, December 9 at LiveNation.co.uk and RoyalAlbertHall.com.

“We’ve made it a big priority of ours to keep coming back to The U.K. and Europe over the years. We feel a very genuine connection with the fans there and I’m looking forward to playing some new cities for the first time too,” shared Moore. “To get to headline Royal Albert Hall and launch Highways festival is a true bucket list moment for me. Royal Albert Hall is so legendary, I feel very grateful to get to play there.” 

KIP MOORE LIVE: OFFICIAL 2023 UK AND EUROPEAN DATES:
5/13 Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit 36
5/14 Cologne, DE – Die Kantine
5/17 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg/ The Max
5/19 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute Birmingham
5/20 London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
5/21 Leeds, UK – O2 Leeds Academy
5/24 Gateshead, UK – Sage-Gateshead
5/25 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz Manchester
5/26 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
5/27 Belfast, UK – Botanic Gardens 

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Parmalee Celebrates #1 Spot on Billboard’s Year-End Country Airplay Chart with “Take My Name”

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Multi-Platinum-selling Country music group Parmalee took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Year-End Country Airplay Chart for their hit single “Take My Name.” The beloved track, co-written by the band’s lead singer, Matt Thomas, alongside Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and David Fanning, has been described as a “musical marriage proposal” (Taste of Country) and captures the palpably affirming emotion of finding the person you want to spend forever with.

“Take My Name” (which has amassed 259 million on-demand streams to date) remained in the Top 10 for 21 weeks – the fourth longest run in the list’s upper tier in the almost 23-year history of the Billboard Country Chart. The song is currently positioned at #22 on Mediabase Hot AC Chart and is #23 on the Billboard Adult Pop Airplay Chart.

“Take My Name” proceeds the band’s current single “Girl In Mine,” which has hit the Top 40 on both the Mediabase and Billboard charts. The song perfectly follows the thematic tone of “Take My Name” by doubling-down on the idea of finding true love – a love that is undeniable and committed.

Up next, Parmalee will open for multi-genre phenomenon Jelly Roll for his sold-out hometown show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena next Friday, December 9. 

LISTEN TO “GIRL IN MINE”

LISTEN TO “TAKE MY NAME”

For additional information on Parmalee, including upcoming show dates, please visit ParmaleeMusic.com.

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Russell Dickerson’s Self-Titled Third Studio Album Available Now

Multi-platinum Triple Tigers Records recording artist Russell Dickerson’s third studio album, RUSSELL DICKERSON, is available now. The 15 track self-titled album features the already PLATINUM certified hit “She Likes It” ft. Jake Scott, serving as the fastest rising song of his career to date.

Billboard notes that “Dickerson is also building upon a unique career moment — an intersection that highlights his range of musical abilities.”

To stream the album, click HERE.

“An ace songwriter who can hold his own in the writing room” (Billboard), Dickerson had a hands-on approach when creating his new album as a co-writer on all 15 tracks as well as co-producer alongside Dann Huff, Zach Crowell, Casey Brown, Josh Kerr, Ben Johnson and Alysa Vanderheym.

Chest-thumping tracks like “I Remember,” “Blame It On Being Young,” “All the Same Friends” and “Beers to the Summer” capture forever-young fun like a country-pop polaroid, while “Big Wheels” revs up a gravel road guarantee that he’ll never get beyond his raising. Likewise, passion still courses through the veins of Dickerson’s love songs, feeling just as tactile and adventurous as ever. “She’s Why” captures the playful side of a mature relationship, and with “18,” Dickerson taps into pulsating ‘80s pop, using the throwback energy to imagine going back in romantic time. But for as much fun as Dickerson has, his straightforward honesty shines brightest in tracks like “God Gave Me a Girl” follow the same blood-rushing arteries as his heart-pounding breakout hits.

Now three albums in, it’s proof positive that Dickerson has found his mark, and hearts-on-fire authenticity is the name of his game.

The full track list for RUSSELL DICKERSON includes:
1. Blame It On Being Young – Russell Dickerson, Josh Kerr, Parker Welling
2. Sorry – Russell Dickerson, Hunter Phelps, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson
3. She Likes It (Feat. Jake Scott) – Russell Dickerson, Jake Scott, Josh Kerr
4. I Still Believe – Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling, Matt Jenkins, Zach Crowell
5. Big Wheels – Russell Dickerson, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson
6. I Remember – Russell Dickerson, Alysa Vanderheym, Chris Ryan, Logan Turner, Matt McGinn
7. I Wonder – Russell Dickerson, Jon Nite, Casey Brown
8. God Gave Me A Girl – Russell Dickerson, Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill, Zach Crowell
9. All The Same Friends – Russell Dickerson, Ashley Gorley, Chase McGill, Zach Crowell
10. Beers To The Summer – Russell Dickerson, Matt Jenkins, Mark Holman
11. She’s Why – Russell Dickerson, Josh Kerr, Sean Douglas
12. 18 – Russell Dickerson, Josh Kerr, Illsey Juber, Ashley Gorley
13. Over And Over – Russell Dickerson, Josh Kerr, Parker Welling, Jordan Reynolds
14. Drink To This – Russell Dickerson, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley, Parker Welling
15. Just Like Your Mama – Russell Dickerson, Lori McKenna, Casey Brown

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Whiskey Meyers Set To Embark On 2023 Tour


Having sold over 298,000-and-counting tickets year to date, with recent milestones including a single-day sellout of their Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut and back-to-back nights at the Ryman Auditorium (with the second show added after night one sold out in just 30 minutes), plus a headlining arena show in front of more than 10,000 fans at Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena last month, multi-Platinum independent band Whiskey Myers are ready to continue that momentum into the new year with today’s announcement of their Whiskey Myers 2023 Tour.

With 12 dates spanning the country throughout the months of February and March on sale to the general public beginning this Thursday, Nov. 11, via WhiskeyMyers.com, the tour serves as a launching pad for a full year to follow, with major festivals including Carolina Country Music Fest, Hwy 30 Music Fest, Country Jam Colorado and Country Jam USA already on the books, plus more tour dates to be announced in the coming months. Joining the genre-bending band for the run are Giovannie & The Hired GunsRival Sons and The Weathered Souls.

“An outlier of alt-country with more thrust, Southern cousin of the Black Keys or spiritual grandchild of Waylon and Willie’s Outlaw Country, Whiskey Myers is currently taking a regional movement global,” noted POLLSTAR in their recent cover story on the band, adding “Whiskey Myers offers sobering pieces of broken lives that go unseen.”

Fans will have a chance to see that authentic musical storytelling live on the upcoming tour, including songs off the band’s latest critically acclaimed album, Tornillo, recorded during a 21-day period of isolation at the Sonic Ranch studio just miles from the U.S./Mexico border and praised by American Songwriter for putting Whiskey Myers “in a league of their own with their signature hard-rocking sound on full display” with Nashville Lifestyles declaring, “Southern rock is alive and well on Whiskey Myers’ Tornillo – and it comes with a brassy border-town swagger… Equal parts train songs, tenacious energy, and Tabasco… their lawless musicality burns like the sun.”

For more information and to purchase tickets to upcoming shows, visit WhiskeyMyers.com and follow on social media @WhiskeyMyers.

Remaining Tornillo Tour Dates
November 11        San Francisco, Calif.  |  The Warfield
November 12        San Jose, Calif.  |  San Jose Civic
November 13        Santa Barbara, Calif.  |  Arlington Theatre
November 15        Pomona, Calif.  |  The Fox Theater Pomona
November 17        Los Angeles, Calif.  |  The Novo
November 18        San Diego, Calif.  |  Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
November 19        Las Vegas, Nev.  |  The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
December 8           Jonesboro, Ark.  |  First National Bank Arena
December 9           Tupelo, Miss.  |  Cadence Bank Arena
December 10         Huntsville, Ala.  |  Von Braun Center Arena
December 11         Macon, Ga.  |  Macon Coliseum

Whiskey Myers 2023 Tour Dates
*Toledo date on sale Nov. 14; all others on sale Nov. 11
February 16           Knoxville, Tenn.  |  Knoxville Civic Coliseum
February 17           Tallahassee, Fla.  |  Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
February 18           Augusta, Ga.  |  James Brown Arena
February 19           Savannah, Ga.  |  Enmarket Arena
February 22           Kalamazoo, Mich.  |  Wings Event Center
February 24*         Toledo, Ohio  |  Huntington Center
February 25           Johnstown, Pa.  |  1st Summit Arena
February 26           Saginaw, Mich.  |  Dow Event Center Arena
March 16               Albuquerque, N.M.  |  Revel
March 17               Phoenix, Ariz.  |  Arizona Financial Theatre
March 18               Laughlin, Nev.  |  Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater at Harrah’s
March 31               Midland, Texas  |  Midland County Horseshoe Amphitheater

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Complete List of Winners for the 56th Annual CMA Awards


“The 56th Annual CMA Awards” made its grand return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night, honoring musical legends, showcasing emerging artists, and highlighting unforgettable collaborations, all while celebrating excellence within Country Music. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ delivered extraordinary performances and heartwarming moments, shining a light on a community like no other.

With a touching tribute to the iconic Loretta Lynn, Country Music superstars Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood opened “The 56th Annual CMA Awards,” performing a medley of Lynn’s classics that included “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind),” and “You’re Looking At Country,” before concluding with all three artists coming together to perform “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Carly Pearce later took the stage, first speaking to how Lynn inspired and mirrored her own musical journey before being joined by Musician of the Year winner Jenee Fleenor, Sonya Isaacs, and Ricky Skaggs to perform Pearce’s original song, “Dear Miss Loretta.”

A thunderous roar echoed throughout Bridgestone Arena the moment Country Music legend Alan Jackson surprised the crowd by performing his hit “Don’t Rock the Jukebox.” Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson and Underwood were on hand to honor the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient with exceptional performances of Jackson’s greatest hits including “Remember When,” “Chattahoochee,” “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.”

Known for its once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, the CMA Awards also brought Brothers Osborne together with The War And Treaty for a show-stopping performance of the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It),” while Chris Stapleton and Patty Loveless performed a stirring rendition of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Ashley McBryde welcomed friends Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti, and John Osborne to the stage for a powerhouse performance of Linda Ronstadt’s classic “When Will I Be Loved,” while Kelsea Ballerini was joined by friends Kelly Clarkson and Pearce for a cheeky performance of their new song “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME.” Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry came together to perform their heartfelt new single, “Where We Started,” while HARDY and Wilson performed a deeply powerful version of their collaboration “wait in the truck.”

For a second consecutive year, Luke Combs took home Entertainer of the Year. First-time winner tonight, Wilson took home New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, joining Alison Krauss and Underwood as the only other artist to win both Female Vocalist and New Artist in a single year. Stapleton becomes the fifth most-winning artist in CMA Awards history with tonight’s Male Vocalist of the Year win, behind Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Jackson and George Strait. Stapleton also becomes the most-winning artist in the Male Vocalist category.

Additional artists taking the CMA Awards stage tonight included Bryan, Combs, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Marcus King, Jo Dee Messina, Cole Swindell, The Black Keys, Morgan Wallen, and Zac Brown Band. Watch the evening’s biggest performances now at YouTube. Starting later tonight, catch the full show on Hulu.

See below for the complete list of winners from “The 56th Annual CMA Awards.”

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Combs

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist, Producer and Mix Engineer
“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
Producer: Trent Willmon
Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist, Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews

SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriter(s)
“Buy Dirt”
Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins and Matt Jenkins

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Lainey Wilson

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Old Dominion

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s)
“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
Producers: Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist and Director
“’Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
Director: Dustin Haney

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lainey Wilson

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Multi-Platinum entertainer Thomas Rhett will join the Home Teams of 40 cities next summer, today revealing US tour dates for his HOME TEAM TOUR 23, produced by Live Nation, presented by Dos Primos Tequila and Fueled by Marathon. Known for his “bombastic, good time energy” (Esquire), after kicking off 2023 in Canada, the summer tour will begin May 4 in Des Moines, IA at Wells Fargo Arena with Cole Swindell and Nate Smith, and end at Thomas Rhett’s hometown Nashville, TN, at Bridgestone Arena on September 23, 2023.

Pre-sale tickets first go on sale to Home Team Members and Citi cardmembers on Tuesday, November 8th. Citi is the official card of the tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday at 12pm local time until Thursday, November 10th at 10pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program at www.citientertainment.com. The general public will have access to tickets beginning Friday, November 11th at 10am local time at ThomasRhett.com.

“Being on the road is one of my favorite places to be,” said Thomas Rhett. “I can’t wait to see the joy on y’alls faces next year and with my buddies Cole Swindell and Nate Smith. We’re definitely gonna have a good time.”

For the announcement, Thomas Rhett shared a light-hearted video revealing jerseys to celebrate the many tour destinations during a mock press conference. To watch, click HERE.

HOME TEAM TOUR 23 Dates Include:
5/4/2023 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
5/5/2023 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/6/2023 – Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse
5/18/2023 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
5/19/2023 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
5/20/2023 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
6/8/2023 – Albany, NY – MVP Arena
6/9/2023 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
6/10/2023 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
6/15/2023 – Tupelo, MS – Cadence Bank Arena
6/16/2023 – Lafayette, LA – CAJUNDOME
6/17/2023 – Bossier City, LA – Brookshire Grocery Arena
6/22/2023 -Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
6/23/2023 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum
7/6/2023 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
7/7/2023 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena
7/8/2023 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
7/13/2023 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
7/14/2023 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
7/15/2023 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
7/20/2023 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
7/21/2023 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena
7/22/2023 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
7/27/2023 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
7/28/2023 – Chicago, IL – United Center
7/29/2023 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
8/3/2023 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
8/4/2023 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
8/5/2023 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
8/17/2023 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
8/18/2023 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
8/19/2023 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
9/14/2023 – Estero, FL – Hertz Arena
9/15/2023 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
9/16/2023 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
9/21/2023 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
9/22/2023 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
9/23/2023 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
9/28/2023 – Birmingham, AL – The Legacy Arena at The BJCC
9/29/2023 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

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Brantley Gilbert Set To Release New Album ‘So Help Me God’

Photo Credit: Alexa Campbell

Multi-Platinum country star Brantley Gilbert is the first to admit he’s meticulous when it comes to writing and releasing new music, tinkering and tweaking things until he feels he’s found the best way to serve the song and the project.

“I’ve always taken a little longer than most artists, especially in this genre, to put an album out and that’s partly to do with me being a perfectionist,” Gilbert prefaces. “But we’ve been looking forward to getting this album out for a long time. I’ve been blessed to sit down with some of the best writers in the country, and I feel like we’ve written some wonderful stuff.”

Armed with a 10-track collection that meets the Georgia-native’s standards, Gilbert announces his long-awaited new album So Help Me God via The Valory Music Co., set for digital release Thursday, November 10. Pre-save the album HERE.

“In the past, my albums were almost direct reflections, direct chapters of my life,” shares Gilbert. “Whatever I’d gone through since I wrote the last record would make its way onto the new album. There’s still some of that with So Help Me God since I’m a co-writer on all the songs – it’s been three years since the last release and a lot of life lived. But I feel like this album is more of a mixtape of great songs.

“We wanted to put songs that sounded good together, but also songs that covered a wide variety of genre influences,” Gilbert elaborates. “There’s a lot of different songwriting styles on the album. We’re super excited about it, and I can’t wait for BG Nation to hear what we’ve been working on.”

With the release of So Help Me God also comes Gilbert’s newest single headed to Country radio on November 14, “Heaven By Then” with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill. Co-written with Brock Berryhill, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell, Randy Montana, Hunger Phelps and Taylor Phillips, the album opener highlights a way of life that can often feel like it’s disappearing, as the pace of everyday life continues to speed up.

When they pave all the dirt roads
And John Deeres are dinosaurs
When the last back 40 gets sold
And young boys don’t open doors
When you can’t hunt a white tail
And keep what you reel in
Well, I hope I’m in heaven by then

No, I don’t wanna go today but I don’t wanna live
Down here at a place that thinks that that place don’t exist
There comes a day this country’s somewhere country don’t fit in
Hell, I hope I’m in heaven by then

“We were on a writing retreat in Texas that we do every year, and everybody was out on the porch. I don’t remember who threw a word in here or there and who didn’t, so we ended up with a bunch of writers on ‘Heaven By Then,’” Gilbert notes. “And I love songs like that. It came out of a conversation. A guitar ended up in HARDY’s lap, which is usually a good sign that it’s about to turn into something special. I think we all knew that as it was being written. It came to life that night.

“To have Blake Shelton and Vince Gill on the song meant so much to me. Those two brought so much to the table and gave it a voice I didn’t have. We were all in separate places when we recorded, but it was a cool way for everyone to put their spin on it. They just did what felt natural and sonically you hear that,” he concludes.

As the Son Of The Dirty South Tour with “Son Of The Dirty South” collaborator Jelly Roll continues tonight, Gilbert’s co-headlining tour with Five Finger Death Punch kicks off November 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and continues through December 17, wrapping in Las Vegas, Nevada. For tickets and more information, visit BrantleyGilbert.com.

As a longtime supporter and advocate for service men and women, Gilbert continues championing veterans through his latest partnership with Nine Line Apparel for an exclusive shirt design, which will benefit Nine Line Foundation.

Nine Line Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to meeting the financial and specialized needs of severely injured soldiers and their families. In combat, Nine Line is an emergency medevac request and is often the difference between life and death for the most severely wounded soldiers. Since 2013, Nine Line Foundation’s mission has been to serve in a similar manner, offering a lifeline once wounded veterans return stateside.

The exclusive design can be purchased on a t-shirt for $25.99, long sleeve for $29.99 or hoodie for $42.99. For more information, visit NineLineApparel.com.


So Help Me God Track List:
Heaven By Then with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell, Randy Montana, Hunger Phelps, Taylor Phillips)
Rolex® On A Redneck featuring Jason Aldean (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Michael Hardy, Randy Montana, Taylor Phillips)
Miles of Memories (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Josh Phillips)
She’s The One (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Taylor Phillips)
The Worst Country Song Of All Time featuring Toby Keith and HARDY (Brantley Gilbert, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Will Weatherly)
Son Of The Dirty South featuring Jelly Roll (Brantley Gilbert, Andrew Baylis, Jason Bradley DeFord)
How To Talk To Girls (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Brian Wayne Davis, Brandon Day, Chase McGill, Josh Phillips, Taylor Phillips, Michael Ray)
Little Piece of Heaven (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Greylan James, Taylor Phillips, Cole Taylor)
Gone But Not Forgotten (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Jason Blaine, Jay Brunswick)
So Help Me God (Brantley Gilbert, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Will Weatherly)

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LoCash, Copper Alan and Runaway June Among Performers for the 2nd Annual ‘Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye’ Benefit Gala


The Joseph Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization rooted in authenticity, compassion, optimism, and morality in seeking opportunities to enrich and encourage the prosperity of people, places, and ultimately those in need across the United States and globally, has proudly announced the launch of their 2nd Annual ‘Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye (KBCG) Benefit Gala’ to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proceeds from the Gala will again this year support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, notably the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as through research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives, in order to make the biggest impact against the disease.

The 2nd Annual ‘Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye (KBCG) Benefit Gala’ will take place on Sunday, October 23rd at 6:00pm (Central) at the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame; an event held in memory of those we have lost, in support of those still fighting, and in honor of those who have survived.

Headlined by American country music duo LOCASH, attendees can also expect to hear performances from Award-winning country music sensations such as Victoria Shaw, the sensational Cooper Alan and trio Runaway June; just a few of the celebrity performers and guests to appear at the 2nd Annual ‘Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye (KBCG)’ Benefit Gala. Attendees will also participate in an elite silent auction taking place throughout the event, while hearing in first person from breast cancer survivors, thrivers, and caretakers, experiencing love and healing through the art of music.

Tara Joseph, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Big Plan Holdings (BPH) and The Joseph Family Foundation, stated that, “On behalf of all of us at The Joseph Family Foundation, I could not be more excited to host this event, working alongside a team of incredible women, two of whom are breast cancer survivors, as we put on yet another stellar event in support of such a great cause and such an acclaimed organization – The Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Last year’s event was headlined by Dolly Parton and was simply phenomenal. We look forward to carrying on that tradition annually.”

“With unrivaled energy, excitement and today a cosmopolitan hub and travel destination renowned the world over, what is also undeniable is the serious heart and soul of Nashville – We are excited to make this city home to such an impactful cause moving forward.”

What started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names, The Susan G. Komen Foundation has today grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, the organization has invested more than $3.3 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy, and programs in more than sixty countries.

Joshua Daniel, a Development Director at the Susan G. Komen Foundation, stated that, “The Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye Gala showcases some of Nashville’s greatest upcoming talent and world-renowned headliners. I look forward to this night all year long and encourage anyone interested in attending to get their tickets now before it sells out.”

To learn more about the 2nd Annual Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye Benefit Gala or to donate, please visit https://www.kissbreastcancergoodbye.org/.

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Carly Pearce Shares Music Video for Latest Single “What He Didn’t Do”

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Reigning ACM/CMA Awards Female Artist/Vocalist of The Year Carly Pearce delivers a reflective new music video for her latest GOLD-certified single “What He Didn’t Do.”  Deeming the song “one of many diary-like anthems that embodies Pearce’s strength and pure storytelling soul,” CMT premiered the stunning visual ahead of her Artist of the Year honor on Friday (10/14) at 9:00P ET / 8:00P CT on CMT.

Filmed just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, director Alexa Campbell helped Pearce close a significant, final chapter in her ‘29’ story that “brought her country music career to new heights” (CMT).

Watch the official music video for “What He Didn’t Do” here.

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Hardy Reveals Details for Sophomore Album the mockingbird & The Crow


HARDY’s 2020 debut album A ROCK proved a declarative introduction. American Songwriter applauded its “lyrical genius,” Billboard called it “one of the most self-assured full-length debut albums in years,” joining The New York Times in naming the project to best-of-the-year lists. Earning a billion on-demand album streams, spending over 106 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart including a top five debut, certified gold by the RIAA, and scoring a chart-winning single or two, fans and critics alike quickly took notice of a wave of momentum as strong and singular as the artist it was lifting.

Now, just over two years later, HARDY is introducing the next chapter of his critically acclaimed catalog. On his second full-length LP, the mockingbird & THE CROW out January 20 via Big Loud Records, he soars into uncharted territory, marrying country and rock in a two-part, 17-track duality showcase. The “promising purveyor of keeping the spirit of classic heavy Southern rock alive” (American Songwriter) masterfully hones the sounds and themes of both the influences he grew up listening to and the life he grew up living on an album unlike anything our format has seen before.

“the mockingbird & THE CROW is, in my opinion, the best thing I’ve made so far,” HARDY shares. “I had a lot of time to get in the weeds making this record with some of my favorite people in Nashville, and it truly captures every part of who I am as an artist. I’m honored that I get to share it with you next year; can’t wait to hear what you think about it.”

The double-edged project was recorded between Ocean Way and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, entirely produced by Joey Moi with co-production by HARDY and Derek Wells, and co-production on select tracks by David Garcia, Jordan Schmidt, Ben Johnson, Andrew Wade, Jeremy McKinnon, and Cody Quistad. Completely co-written by HARDY with a rolodex of Music Row’s finest – Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins, Hillary Lindsey, Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and more – the ACM Songwriter of the Year’s “fearless…distinctive ear” (CMT) is on full display across the 17-song sophomore effort.

Pre-order / pre-save the mockingbird & THE CROW here.

The country rocker took to social media to surprise fans, announcing a miniature album preview available immediately, releasing three brand new songs – “here lies country music,” “the mockingbird & THE CROW,” and “TRUCK BED.”

“here lies country music” name drops genre tropes, staple hit singles, and stereotypical pass times to create a fictional world where country music has played its last gig. The title track transitions the record from the mockingbird to THE CROW, balancing country and rock sensibilities and pinpointing the essence of the project. Jacked up and ready to stay stuck in your head, “TRUCK BED” is an addictive, twisty, rock/pop-infused banger anchored by a chorus as clever as it is catchy: “I woke up on the wrong side of the truck bed this morning.”

The trio of new releases join current Top 35 single “wait in the truck” feat. Lainey Wilson and just-dropped rock single “JACK” across all platforms. Listen here.

HARDY has never been just one thing; not just country, not just rock. Not just a songwriter, not just an artist. He’s a myriad talent with a gift for “synthesizing biography with imagination to create real storytelling” (Rolling Stone). And on the mockingbird & THE CROW, he proves it.

the mockingbird & THE CROW Track List
1. beer (Michael Hardy, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Hunter Phelps)
2. red feat. Morgan Wallen (Michael Hardy, Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, Jacob Rice)
3. wait in the truck feat. Lainey Wilson (Michael Hardy, Renee Blair, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt) ^
4. drink one for me (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hunter Phelps)
5. i in country (Michael Hardy, Smith Ahnquist, Nick Donley, Jake Mitchell, Hunter Phelps)
6. screen (Michael Hardy, Jessie Jo Dillon, Matt Dragstrem, Hunter Phelps)
7. happy (Michael Hardy)
8. here lies country music (Michael Hardy, Cole Taylor, Brett Tyler, Will Weatherly)
9. the mockingbird & THE CROW (Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt, Brett Tyler) ^
10. SOLD OUT (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hunter Phelps) *
11. JACK (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey) *
12. TRUCK BED (Michael Hardy, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Hunter Phelps) +
13. .30-06 (Michael Hardy, Cameron Montgomery, Hunter Phelps)
14. I AIN’T IN THE COUNTRY NO MORE (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey) *
15. RADIO SONG feat. Jeremy McKinnon (Michael Hardy, Zach Abend, Nick Donley, Jeremy McKinnon, Cody Quistad)~
16. KILL SH!T TILL I DIE (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hunter Phelps) *
17. THE REDNECK SONG (Michael Hardy, Andy Albert, Nick Donley)
All songs produced by Joey Moi
All songs co-produced by Derek Wells and HARDY
* co-produced by David Garcia
^ co-produced by Jordan Schmidt
+ co-produced by Ben Johnson
~ co-produced by Andrew Wade, Jeremy McKinnon, and Cody Quistad

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Stream a study of the human experience volume two EP by viral star GAYLE

Pop sensation GAYLE has just received her first Grammy nod courtesy of her viral hit, “abcdefu“. That record was nominated in the Song of the Year category.

Well, it’s a great time to share her recently released sophomore EP, a study of the human experience volume two. Her debut EP was released earlier this year.

This new EP was released together with the music video for “ALEX” which is one of the six tracks on the project.

Watch “Alex” video, stream the whole EP and follow GAYLE on Instagram.

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Alexa Cappelli joins Arista Records, shares “Could’ve Just Left Me Alone”

The last couple of years has seen Alexa Cappelli evolve from a talented singer-songwriter to a princess in the pop scene. The 22-year-old recently signed to Sony Music’s Arista Records, the label on which her latest single was released.

The song is called “Could’ve Just Left Me Alone”.

It delves into toxic relationships, with the artist saying, “‘Could’ve Just Left Me Alone’ is a song about realizing how much energy was spent on the ways you were treated in a relationship, friendship, or anything like it, when that person really could’ve just not.”

Despite the moody lyrics, the track sounds enjoyably bouncy.

Listen and follow Alexa Cappelli on Instagram.

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NGAIIRE drops new album titled 3, signs publishing deal

NGAIIRE has today released her third album which is aptly titled 3 via Majestic Casual Records. Ten tracks long, the LP arrives with “Moonshine”, an upbeat song which still still retains the album’s overall emotional feel.

I wrote this (‘Moonshine’) while I was high on Opioids. I just desperately wanted to feel like a whole human again. Most days I’d be writhing in pain on the floor screaming, or throwing whatever I could find near me at the walls because I was just so frustrated at how I felt. The neighbours must have worried. The painkillers helped sometimes but mostly never even touched the sides as my body had grown immune to the drugs. As a result I was mostly just in a constant state of stupor on top of the excruciating pain…,” NGAIIRE explains in unsettling detail.

3 was preceded by singles like “Him“, “Closer” and “Boom“. Alongside the album’s release, the Papa New Guinea-born, Sydney-based future-soul artist has also announced her signing to Wise Music Australia (a publishing deal).

Stream the album and keep up with NGAIIRE on Instagram.

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Born Allah features Rakaa of Dilated Peoples in new song, “Jabril (Let the Horns Blow)”

Los Angeles emcee Born Allah enlisted German producer Zpu Zilla for a new EP, Analog Baby. Carrying 6 tracks of hardcore hip-hop, the project drops January 7.

The first single “Jabril (Let the Horns Blow)” is already out (listen above). The boom-bap cut features fellow LA veteran Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples). It captures both rappers in their elements as the deliver heavy-hitting bars.

Analog Baby will be released via The Church of Hip Hop & Financial Prosperity. You can pre-order the EP here.

Find Born Allah on Instagram.

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Darkim Be Allah & Endemic Emerald presents “God of the Universe” featuring Planet Asia

New York hip-hop duo made up of emcee Darkim Be Allah and producer Endemic Emerald recently shared their new song “God of the Universe” featuring rapper Planet Asia. It was billed as the first single off of their planned new album titled Antediluvian King.

The song is packed with raw, intelligent lyricism and is delivered over a beat that Emerald crafted specially to activate Darkim and Planet Asia’s knack for storytelling. The rappers paint vivid pictures with their rhymes, easily complementing each other.

Musically, “God of the Universe” is a boom-bap piece packed with beautiful samples and bluesy strings and melodies.

Find the three artists on Instagram:

Darkim Be Allah || Endemic Emerald || Planet Asia

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J.R.Clark shares video for “The 757” featuring Buddah

Here’s “The 757”, a new single from Virginia rapper J.R.Clark. It’s characterized by a lovely blend of melodic rap and boombap hip-hop, with hard-hitting lyricism to boot.

Featuring Budda, it’s the first third track on the artist’s 11-track, upcoming album, When Muzik Was Good (due January 15). J.R.Clark paired it with a nice black-and-white visuals directed by Tommy Trill. The clip captures the gritty streets of Tidewater region of Virginia.

J.R.’s full names is Jerry Clark Juneau. He started out as a studio engineer. Connect with him on Instagram.

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Peter Katz drops “KMOTM” and “Everything Is Different” in readiness for his new album

Canadian pop artist Peter Katz is getting ready to unveil his new album City Of Our Lives on November 25. His two new singles “KMOTM” and “Everything Is Different” are, therefore, just hints of what to expect.

Interestingly, City Of Our Lives has bits of misfortune to it; Peter’s accidental drop off a cliff got him tied to a hospital bed for six months. Against the odds, he survived but ended up losing his house and partner. The album therefore finds in an honest frame, putting things into perspective.

“KMOTM”, for example, is a dark and moody expression of the desperation and solitude Katz experienced.

Connect with Peter Katz on Instagram.

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Dagny drops new single, “It’s Only A Heartbreak”

Norwegian pop singer-songwriter Dagny has just announced the release date for her much-anticipated, two-part debut album, Strangers / Lovers. It will arrive on October 2 via her own label Little Daggers Records. Alongside the announcement, the artist has shared a new single, “It’s Only A Heartbreak”, which is the first single on the album’s Side-B (its Side-A arrived back in May, led by the singles “Somebody” and “Come Over”).

About the dynamic, synth-driven pop song, Dagny says: “‘It’s Only A Heartbreak is actually partly inspired by the classic movie ‘Casablanca’ from 1942, and Humphrey Bogart’s famous quote: ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’. Like the movie, the song is about knowing that you will never get someone back, but you can secretly still look at, and admire, that certain someone. The song carries a nonchalant expression, but the undertone makes it pretty obvious that you’re not over that person yet.”

Find Dagny on Instagram.

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Chronixx releases new single & video “Dela Move”, announces second album

Jamaican reggae primer mover Chronixx storms into 2020 with a raging new single “Dela Move”. The song which finds him professing his love for his hometown (De La Vega in Spanish Town) is accompanied by an equally cinematic clip directed by Nabil Elderkin. It’s the first single from the “Skankin’ Sweet” singer’s forthcoming second album Dela Splash.

“Dela Move” takes Chronixx into new territory musically as it incorporates elements of trap. His delivery also edges closer to contemporary rap.

The musician recently disclosed that he’ll be headlining a concert at London’s Eventim Apollo on 12th October 2020.

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6ixviewsii8k mixtape by Boutross drops 8th November

Nairobi-based Kenyan rapper Boutross‘ forthcoming double-CD mixtape, 6ixviewsii8k, has been scheduled for a November 8 release. The project’s corresponding launch party will go down the next day, 9th Nov, at Nairobi’s Deepwest Lounge, with artists such as Karun, Nviiri The Storyteller, TNT, EA Wave, Xenia Manasseh, Barak Jacuzzi, among others, slated to grace the stage. 6ixviewsii8k is the latest compilation project from the fast-rising musician, who identifies himself prominently with the shrap movement, a sub-genre of rap emerging out of Nairobi.

“I am bringing together my friends in music and some of your favorite Kenyan artists who I have also collaborated with on the mixtape for the event. I can’t wait to see all my fans at the launch, we have prepared a musical performance like no other.”

Boutross says about the launch concert

Being a member of Homeboyz Radio’s 2015 Jumpoff Freshmen class, Boutross has been experiencing a meteoric rise. This tape will help him further etch his name within the country’s urban music scene.

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Gang Starr announces new album, unveils another single “Bad Name”

After DJ Premier dropped new Gang Starr material — the single and video, “Family And Loyalty” which features J. Cole — he appeared to deny most fan’s suspicion that a new full-length project was probably in the offing. Well, it turns out he was just preparing us for the news: it’s now been confirmed that One Of The Best Yet, the duo’s first album in 16 years, will drop on November 1. Alongside the announcement, a new single “Bad Name” has been shared.

Diving into the state of hip-hop, “Bad Name” carries the late emcee Guru’s enlightening lyrics and DJ Premier’s nostalgia-inducing production. There’s something so angelic about the song!

Tracklist (all songs produced by DJ Premier)

“The Sure Shot” (Intro) “Lights Out” feat. M.O.P. “Bad Name” “Hit Man” feat. Q-Tip “What’s Real” feat. Group Home & Royce Da 5’9” “Keith Casim Elam” (Interlude) “From A Distance” feat. Jeru The Damaja “Family and Loyalty” feat. J. Cole “Get Together” feat. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott “NYGz/GS 183rd” (Interlude) “So Many Rappers “Business Or Art” feat. Talib Kweli “Bring It Back Here “One Of The Best Yet” (Big Shug Interlude) “Take Flight” (Militia Pt. 4) feat. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx “Bless The Mic”

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Krept & Konan’s Revenge Is Sweet album imminent, watch new Krept freestyle

November 1st has been confirmed as the release date for grime-rap duo Krept & Konan‘s new album, Revenge Is Sweet. The UK group had previously shared “I Spy”, the album’s first single which features Headie One and K Trap. Corresponding with the news, Krept (one half of the duo) has now shared a freestyle that’s building anticipation for the project. The track comes alongside a clip, which you can see below.

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Irene Ntalé signs to Universal Music Group, shares new single “Nyamba”

Celebrated Ugandan singer/songwriter Irene Ntalé is now officially a Universal Music Group Nigeria artist. This exciting news arrives alongside a new single which has been released on the West African division of Universal Music Group. This new Afro-pop song is titled “Nyamba”, which in her local Luganda dialect translates to ‘help me’. Making use of her soft and sultry voice, Irene delivers a romantic ballad.

Ntalé remarks, “I want all my fans to fall in love, dance, and be unafraid to express themselves when they listen to this song

The largest of the three major record labels, Universal Music Group’s forray into the African music space has been something of a phenomenon. With the addition of top musicians like Irene Ntalé to their roster, UMG is further underscoring its interest in the African market.

Listen to “Nyamba” below via Spotify

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Quinn Lewis unveils new single “Hurt Me Now”, music video coming soon

Nashville-based Australian pop singer/songwriter Quinn Lewis makes an exciting return to our stereos with the single, “Hurt Me Now”. Covered in an electro-pop track, this heartrending piece was written as an vulnerable appeal to a love interest — it beseechingly asks them that, if any of their actions is to be hurtful in the future, then it should rather come sooner. “Hurt Me Now” was released via Arista Records, a Sony Music company.

“When I wrote ‘Hurt Me Now,’ it was very much about one specific person. Now that I’ve had time to look at the song with a little more perspective, I’ve realized it’s not just about that one person, but actually, a thread that runs through all of my relationships. If I have a feeling that I’m going to get hurt it a relationship, I’d rather get it done with than end up further down the road and getting hurt ten times more.”

Quinn Lewis

Besides “Hurt Me Now”, the musician has, in the past, shared beautiful songs like “In Between“, “Weekend Luv“, “Only Everything”, “Pushing All My Friends Away”, “Hanging On”, among others which you can check out on streaming platforms. Also, do watch out for the music video for “Hurt Me Now”.

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Jay-Z becomes the first billionaire rapper, according to Forbes

Jay Z billionaire

For quite sometime, the question of who would become the first hip-hop artist to enter the billionaire’s club was something only left to time. Well, it now seems the issue is settled as Forbes has just reported that Shawn Carter, popularly known as Jay-Z, has achieved that feat, ahead of P Diddy and Dr. Dre (Dre entered the race after selling his Beats By Dre Headphone brand for $3 billion to Apple).

Although Forbes states that the 10-figure-sum is conservative, they’ve gone ahead to break down this number. According to the magazine, the value of Jay-Z’s stakes in the companies and assets he (co)own amount to:

Armand de Brignac ($310 million 

This is a luxury champagne brand that produces the famous Ace of Spades, a bottle of which goes for $300.

D’Ussé ($100 million)

This cognac brand is a partnership between Jay-Z and Bacardi, a large beverage company.

Roc Nation ($75 million)

Jay-Z founded Roc Nation years ago as a joint venture with Live Nation. The company is currently involved in recordings, artist management, music publishing and sports management. Some of the stars on the Roc Nation label include: Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, J Cole and Kevin Durant.

Tidal ($100 million)

Purchasing the streaming service back in 2015, Jay-Z relaunched Tidal, announcing other top artists (Madonna, Beyoncé, West, etc) as co-owners.

Cash & Investments ($220 million)

Jay’s impressive investment portfolio includes a decent stake in Uber.

Music catalog ($75 million 

Jay-Z’s ‘I own my own masters’ is an iconic and revolutionary statement that has inspired many new acts to rethink signing away rights to their master recordings. Although Jay-Z did sign to Def Jam, he later reached an agreement with them to buy back his rights (he also retained his publishing rights from EMI).

Art collection ($70 million)

He owns an expensive collection of paintings and other valuable pieces of art.

Real estate ($50 million) 

Jay Z owns a number of real estate properties.

 

For sure, Jay-Z is a business, man; not a businessman.

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Boomplay to invest $1 million into Kenyan music industry, the company announces

Africa’s top music streaming platform Boomplay on Tuesday hosted its first Music Forum. During the event that was held at Nairobi’s Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel, the company announced that it would invest $1 Million towards production and distribution of Kenyan music. According to the head of Boomplay operations in Kenya, the investment is to further fast-track and facilitate collaborations between Kenyan artists and other African acts.

Artistes are an integral part of our business and we delight in every opportunity we can create and get to educate and promote them. Over the past years, Kenyan artistes have been churning out unique sounds but with very low listenership from our people here and in other countries – this is obvious from our weekly and monthly data based Boomplay charts. There’s so much work to be done on our part and we hope that by the way of education through forums like these, we are able to eventually get Kenyans to play songs by Kenyan artistes more.” ~ Martha Huro (General Manager, Boomplay Kenya)

Hosted by radio personality Willy M. TUVA, this conference kickstarted a series of events that would be organized across the country. In attendance were key industry stakeholders, including Boomplay executives.

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Burna Boy and DJDS release collaborative EP, Steel & Copper.

High-riding Nigerian star Burna Boy has teamed up DJDS, an LA-based production duo to release a new collaborative EP titled Steel & Copper. Released on Atlantic Records, the project carries four, awesome, trap-infused tracks, including “34” and “Darko”. These records that are, as expected, furnished with the rapper/singer’s gritty vocals.

Boomplay inks deal with Warner Music Group to have WMG’s songs available on their app

It’s only a few months since we reported that African streaming platform Boomplay Music got to bring music from Universal Music Group to the streaming service. Now, Warner Music, the second of the 3 major labels, has also agreed to upload songs by artists such as Wale, Cold Play, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Sia, Missy Elliot, Kranium, Notorius B.I.G, Janelle Monae , Cardi B, Jason Derulo, Bruno Mars and Gucci Mane to Boomplay. These songs will be available to the service’s users in Kenya, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Seyi Shay is in Nairobi to promote her new single with Harmonize

Seyi Shay is currently in Nairobi, Kenya to promote “Koma Roll”, her latest single which features Tanzanian crooner Harmonize. While in the city, the Nigerian songstress will be performing at B Club today (22nd). This is Shay’s second time in East Africa and about the relationship with the fans in the region, she says:  “It’s so amazing for me to be back to Nairobi for a second time. I am always in disbelief at how many fans I have here and who love my music. I’ve been in talks with Harmonize who has already invited me to Tanzania, so we are planning to head over too.

DJ Fita premieres new music on African Moves podcast

Ahead of the release his debut solo EP, Kenyan electronic DJ/producer DJ Fita got to premiere a new song on African Moves podcast. The show, which is hosted by DJ OneDown, airs on Drums Radio (UK). Listen to the episode (for that new Afro Tech  song by Fita, skip to around the 9th minute).

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Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66

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Zimbabwean legendary musician Oliver Mtukudzi has just past on, at the age of 66. With his very many albums, the singer has, over the years, been entertaining fans with raspy-yet-gripping.vocals. May his Soul rest in Eternal Peace.

Listen/Watch to “Todii”.

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Boomplay users to stream songs by Universal Music Group artists, new deal signed

boomplay

Boomplay, Africa’s fast-rising streaming service, has sealed a license deal with Universal Music Group and soon, the platform’s users will get to stream music by the major label’s artists on the Boomplay app, MusicBusinessWorldwide reports. Boomplay is owned by Transsnet Music Limited, a joint venture between two Chinese firms: Transsion Holdings (Owner of Tecno, itel, Infinix, Spice and oraimo mobile phones) and NetEase Inc. The streaming service now has more than 36 million users and over 2 millions songs, including thousands of music videos. It operates an Android app, desktop version and will soon be available to iOS users.

Months after launching UMG Nigeria division, it seems Universal Music is increasing their interest in the African market. UMG is already the largest music company in the world and its roster includes artists like: Eminem, Tekno, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Lady Zamar, Lil Wayne, Bob Marley, Brenda Fassie, Wurld, J.Cole, Dr. Tumi, Nasty C, 6lack, Diana Ross, Hugh Masekela, Jon Bellion, Larry Gaaga, Tamia, Maroon 5, Aka & Anatii, TJAN, Jah Prayzah, Nonso Bassey, Mafikizolo, Cina Soul, Ella Mai,and Mr. Eazi. This means that music fans in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia will soon be streaming the above artists on their Boomplay Apps.

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Tetu Shani announces new album Heartbreak Amnesia, reveals artwork

Exciting developments in the Nu Nairobi scene as singer and performer Tetu Shani announces he is releasing a new album to be titled Heartbreak Amnesia. He has gone further to reveal the LP’s official artwork. He made the pronouncement via a tweet.

So I’m super excited to report that my upcoming album has been submitted for mixing and I’d like to reveal its name… HEARTBREAK AMNESIA! Every song will represent the journey from heartbreak to healing and I present to you the official album art. pic.twitter.com/R1yacAItSy

— AfricaSun (@tetushani) September 26, 2018

We can only anticipate. Meanwhile stream his songs on Soundcloud.

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Maxwell on 'Rigorous, Rewarding' 2018 Tour, New Album Plans
Nearing the end of his latest round of dates, Maxwell looks forward to completing a decade-long trilogy project. Continue reading…
- Trent Fitzgerald
5 Reasons LL Cool J Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Boombox lists five reasons why LL Cool J should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
5 Reasons Janet Jackson Belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
When you list the artists who've been snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one of the most jaw-dropping has to be Janet Jackson. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
The Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Buys a Really Green House for $1.7M
Adam Horovitz paid more than the asking price for a more than 100-year-old house in Southern California. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
Eazy-E Clowns Dr. Dre: Oct. 19 in Hip-Hop History
Black Moon debuts, Erick Sermon goes solo, Eazy-E releases a scathing Dr. Dre diss, MeShell Ndegeocello creates a new soul standard, U-God and Pharoahe Monch make their solo debuts. Continue reading…
- Trent Fitzgerald
Digable Planets Drop 'Blowout Comb': Oct. 18 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Digable Planets released their landmark album 'Blowout Comb.' In addition, Scarface and Bun B dropped their solo projects. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
How the Beastie Boys Wasted ‘So. Much. F---ing. Money’
After taking forever to make their 1989 second album, the Beastie Boys got pushed aside for Donny Osmond. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
Gilbert ‘Toker’ Izquierdo of Eazy-E's Group Brownside Dies
Gilbert "Toker" Izquierdo, one of the original members of Ruthless Records' Brownside, has passed away. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
Ludacris Becomes a Star: Oct. 17 in Hip-Hop History
Whodini becomes the first hip-hop act to chart in the Top 40, Deltron 3030 visits the dystopian future, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek team up, Ludacris drops his major label debut, and Eminem and Wyclef Jean are born. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
5 Reasons Chaka Khan Belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Chaka Khan is one of the most important singers of the past 50 years - so how can she be kept out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Continue reading…
- Trent Fitzgerald
Masta Ace Saves His Career: October 16 in Hip-Hop History
On this day, Masta Ace and Angie Stone delivered career-defining albums, and 'Black Dynamite' proved he was a bad mother...shut your mouth! Continue reading…
- Trent Fitzgerald
Digital Underground Board the Mothership: Oct. 15 Hip-Hop History
On this day, West Coast icons Digital Underground and Xzibit released noteworthy albums. Also, Eric Benet, Keyshia Cole and Ginuwine celebrate birthdays. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
Prince's 'Controversy': A Guide to Every Track
'Controversy' is an important title in Prince's vast catalog, showing glimpses of the crossover superstardom that would greet him just three years later. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
Mase Scores a Hit for the 'Shiny Suit' Era: Oct. 14 in History
On this day, Prince released Controversy, LL Cool J dropped Phenomenon, Gravediggaz delivered their second album and Mase scored a major hit for Bad Boy's shiny suit era with "Feels So Good." Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
Mos Def Drops a Hip-Hop Classic: Oct. 12 in Hip-Hop History
George Clinton paints the white house black, Spice 1 is 'Immortalized,' Warren G wants it all, Salt-N-Pepa continue to prove they're 'Very Necessary.' Continue reading…
- Dave Lifton
Tupac Bailed Out of Jail: October 11 in Hip- Hop History
On this day in hip-hop history, Tupac Shakur got his freedom and Warren G put out In the Mid-Nite Hour. Continue reading…
- Corey Irwin
2Pac Scores a Posthumous Hit: Oct. 13 in Hip-Hop History
2Pac proves eternal, Prince becomes an emoji, Jurassic 5 say hello, and Freddie Foxxx makes his debut. Continue reading…
- Jacinta Howard
A Tribe Called Quest Albums, Ranked Worst to Best
One of the most respected, influential groups in hip-hop history, ATCQ's legacy continues to thrive. Continue reading…
- Matthew Strauss
Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, and More to Perform “God Did” at the 2023 Grammys
Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend, and Fridayy will also take the stage to play the Grammy-nominated song
- Eric Torres
PinkPantheress and Ice Spice Share New “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”: Listen
The British singer and Bronx rapper join forces on the new remix
- Madison Bloom
8 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Young Fathers, the Men, Raye, and More
Stream new releases from Young Fathers, the Men, Raye, Sunny War, Loscil & Lawrence English, Kassem Mosse, Toumba, and Robert Forster
- Allison Hussey
Glorilla Shares Video for New Song “Internet Trolls”: Watch
A fresh single ahead of an appearance at the Grammys this weekend
- Alphonse Pierre
Lil Keed’s New Song “Long Way to Go” Released: Listen
The first posthumous single from the Atlanta rapper, who died in May 2022 at the age of 24
- Allison Hussey
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Score New David Fincher Film The Killer
The  movie is based on a French comic book series and it arrives on Netflix in November
- Madison Bloom
Caroline Announce Spring 2023 U.S. Tour Dates
The British band will play in Philadelphia, Knoxville, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn
- Rob Arcand
Future, Missy Elliott, the Roots, Glorilla, and More to Perform During 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop Celebration at 2023 Grammys
The segment will also feature Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Run-D.M.C., De La Soul, Method Man, and many others
- Madison Bloom
Fatima Al Qadiri Announces New Gumar EP, Shares New Song “Mojik (Your Waves)”: Listen
The producer worked with a Kuwaiti vocalist named Gumar on the four-track release
- Madison Bloom
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Detail New Album V, Share Video for New Song “Layla”: Watch
The double album arrives in March
- Madison Bloom
Duval Timothy Shares New Video for “First Rain”: Watch
Timothy’s performance was filmed in Freetown, Sierra Leone
- Madison Bloom
Redveil Announces Spring 2023 Tour Dates
The teenage rapper is playing North American shows with Femdot and D’mari Harris in April and May
- Pitchfork
New Music Releases and Upcoming Albums in 2023
A regularly updated guide to the new albums, EPs, mixtapes, and projects getting released in the coming weeks and months
- Matthew Ismael Ruiz
ANOHNI Announces New Blacklips Performance Cult Compilation and Book, Shares Songs: Listen
The musician co-founded the Blacklips Performance Cult in New York in the 1990s
- Matthew Ismael Ruiz
Petite Noir Announces New Album MotherFather, Shares Video for New Song: Watch
“Blurry,” featuring Sampa the Great, is the third offering from the Congolese musician’s first full-length since 2015
- Alphonse Pierre
Boldy James Shares New Video for “Another Bando”: Watch
The track, featuring Jai Imani and produced by RichGains, appears on Indiana Jones, released just weeks after James was involved in a serious car accident in Detroit
- Nina Corcoran
Ozzy Osbourne Cancels European Tour Dates: “Never Would I Have Imagined That My Touring Days Would Have Ended This Way”
“My team is currently coming up with ideas for where I will be able to perform without having to travel from city to city and country to country,” the iconic Black Sabbath singer promised
- Matthew Ismael Ruiz
The Tallest Man on Earth Announces New Album Henry St., Shares Video for New Song: Watch
“Every Little Heart” leads Kristian Matsson’s first album of originals since 2019
- Rob Arcand
Westerman Announces New Album, Shares New Song “CSI: Petralona”: Listen
The singer-songwriter’s second album, An Inbuilt Fault, arrives in May via Partisan
- Evan Minsker, Allison Hussey
Beyoncé Announces Renaissance World Tour
She’ll embark on an extensive run through Europe and North America that stretches from May to September
- Alex Young
Public Image Ltd. Will Not Represent Ireland at Eurovision After Losing in Qualifying Round

Public Image Ltd. will not represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision after losing in a qualifying round held on RTE’s The Late Late Show on Friday. The band finished in fourth place. For their entry, PiL performed “Hawaii,” a new song described by frontman John Lydon as a “love letter”…

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Public Image Ltd. Will Not Represent Ireland at Eurovision After Losing in Qualifying Round
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- Wren Graves
Melinda Dillon, Star of A Christmas Story and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dead at 83

Melinda Dillon, the Oscar-nominated actor who sought the truth in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and battled a leg lamp in A Christmas Story, is dead at 83. Dillon passed away January 9th, her family announced in an obituary. No cause of death was revealed. Born October 13thth, 1939, Dillon burst onto…

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Melinda Dillon, Star of A Christmas Story and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dead at 83
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- Spencer Kaufman
Stranger Things’ Eddie Munson “Master of Puppets” Scene Gets the Funko Pop! Treatment

The now-famous Stranger Things scene in which the heroic character Eddie Munson shreds Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” is getting immortalized as a newly announced Funko Pop! collectible. The Season 4 scene, which premiered on Netflix last summer, proved to be a pop-culture phenomenon, as Eddie (played by Joseph Quinn) and…

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Stranger Things’ Eddie Munson “Master of Puppets” Scene Gets the Funko Pop! Treatment
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- Abby Jones
George R. Robertson, Henry Hurst in Police Academy Films, Dead at 89

George R. Robertson, the Canadian actor best known for playing police chief and later police commissioner Henry Hurst in the first six films of the Police Academy franchise, died on January 29th. He was 89. “Husband, father, grandfather, actor, writer, painter, humanitarian George bid this world goodbye, surrounded by his…

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George R. Robertson, Henry Hurst in Police Academy Films, Dead at 89
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- Abby Jones
Senate Judiciary Committee “Watching” Ticketmaster Ahead of Beyoncé Ticket Sales

Before tickets go on sale for Beyoncé‘s “The Renaissance World Tour,” the Senate Judiciary Committee has today warned Ticketmaster not to make the same mistakes they did regarding Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” earlier this year. “We’re watching, @Ticketmaster,” Senator Dick Durbin tweeted from the committee’s official Twitter account Friday, quote-tweeting…

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Senate Judiciary Committee “Watching” Ticketmaster Ahead of Beyoncé Ticket Sales
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- Anne Erickson
Korn Surprise Release New Requiem Mass EP: Stream

Korn’s latest studio album, Requiem, dropped one year ago on Saturday (February 4th), and in honor of the milestone, the guys have surprise-released a new EP. The five-song EP, called Requiem Mass, features recordings from the celebrated nu-metal group’s February 3rd, 2022, live-streamed 300-person performance honoring “souls that had passed.”…

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Korn Surprise Release New Requiem Mass EP: Stream
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- Paolo Ragusa and Consequence Staff
Song of the Week: Caroline Polachek Lets the Sun Shine with “Blood and Butter”

Song of the Week breaks down and talks about the song we just can’t get out of our head each week. Find these songs and more on our Spotify Top Songs playlist. For our favorite new songs from emerging artists, check out our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Caroline Polachek digs into sun-soaked desire…

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Song of the Week: Caroline Polachek Lets the Sun Shine with “Blood and Butter”
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- Anne Erickson
Mötley Crüe Unveil First Official Band Photo Featuring New Guitarist John 5

Back in October 2022, founding Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars announced he was retiring from the road, and the Crüe subsequently named Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 as his replacement. Now, the Crüe have unveiled the first official band photo featuring John 5 in the lineup (view the Ross Halfin…

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Mötley Crüe Unveil First Official Band Photo Featuring New Guitarist John 5
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- Wren Graves
That ’90s Show Renewed for Season 2

As warm as a hug from Kitty and as dependable as Red’s foot up your ass, That ’90s Show quickly connected with audiences and has now been renewed for Season 2 by Netflix. “We here in Point Place realize you have many options for entertainment and we’re thrilled you chose us,” said…

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That ’90s Show Renewed for Season 2
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- Wren Graves
“You’re Dying, Brother”: Steve-O Pleads with Bam Margera to “Choose Recovery”

Steve-O pleaded with Bam Margera to “choose recovery” in the comments of an Instagram post, telling his longtime Jackass collaborator, “You’re dying, brother.” Steve-O had invited Margera to accompany him on tour, calling Margera the “Britney Spears of Jackass” and frankly telling audiences that he hoped the shows would help Margera clean up…

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“You’re Dying, Brother”: Steve-O Pleads with Bam Margera to “Choose Recovery”
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- Spencer Kaufman
Iggy & The Stooges’ Raw Power Gets New 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition: Stream It Now

Iggy & The Stooges’ iconic 1973 album Raw Power turns 50 years old on Tuesday (February 7th). To mark the occasion, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings have unveiled an expanded “50th Anniversary Legacy Edition” available to stream on DSPs starting today (February 3rd). The digital-exclusive release (stream below) expands on…

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Iggy & The Stooges’ Raw Power Gets New 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition: Stream It Now
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- Cady Siregar
Skinamarink Review: Great Experimental Horror That May Leave You Unsatisfied

The Pitch: It’s a nightmare we’ve all experienced: We wake up in the middle of the night in our stuffed animal-filled beds, only to discover that our parents are nowhere to be found. In their stead is a monster that hides in the darkness, dwells under the beds, and hibernates…

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Skinamarink Review: Great Experimental Horror That May Leave You Unsatisfied
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- Liz Shannon Miller
Knock at the Cabin Ending Explained: Your Questions About M. Night Shyamalan’s Latest, Answered

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest high-concept horror film, Knock at the Cabin, pulls together a compelling ensemble cast for an extremely tense ethical debate: What would you do, if the only way to save the world was to kill someone you love? The film, based on the novel by Paul Tremblay,…

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Knock at the Cabin Ending Explained: Your Questions About M. Night Shyamalan’s Latest, Answered
Liz Shannon Miller

- Wren Graves
Creed III Soundtrack Comes Out Swinging with JID and Lute’s “Ma Boy”: Stream

Dreamville is executive producing the soundtrack to Creed III, and J. Cole’s label landed a haymaker with the first single “Ma Boy” from JID and Lute. Over a slamming beat from Bass Charity, Ben10k, Christo, and Pluss, JID unspools a rope-a-dope flow, speeding up and slowing down as he shifts the…

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Creed III Soundtrack Comes Out Swinging with JID and Lute’s “Ma Boy”: Stream
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- Consequence Staff
Taylor Schilling on Dear Edward and Seeing Bob Dylan as Her First Concert

Listen via Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Amazon Podcasts | Stitcher | Pocket Casts | Radio Public | RSS Taylor Schilling drops by to talk with Kyle Meredith about Dear Edward, Apple TV+’s new series based on Ann Napolitano’s bestselling and acclaimed novel about a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight,…

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Taylor Schilling on Dear Edward and Seeing Bob Dylan as Her First Concert
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- Max Chung
LISTEN: Gian Varela Teams Up w/ Damon Sharpe in Catchy “Faces” House Single feat. Matluck

Rising artist Gian Varela is back better than ever on Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records with “Faces,” a catchy new progressive house collaboration with producer Damon Sharpe and singer/songwriter Matluck. As you’ll hear below, we’re treated to an incredibly well-produced dance-pop heater that boasts a groovy bassline and memorable vocals. Already, 2023 is looking like a breakout year for Gian and we can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for us moving forward. Stream the track below via Spotify and read what the artist himself has to say about the inspiration behind this release as well.

Faces,’ is one of the deepest records I’ve ever made. It’s a metaphor for how artists and people nowadays can get caught up in being people they’re not without even realizing it. But there’s a beauty and a solemn feeling of catching this moment where you evolve, and this is what ‘Faces‘ for us is! Then instrumentally speaking, Damon & I merged our styles together with that LA/USA feeling and certain Brazilian bass/Latin percussions to make a unique groove to the instrumental side of the track.” – Gian Varela

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- Max Chung
LISTEN: DVBBS & Wiz Khalifa Link in Stacked “SH SH SH (Hit That)” Single w/ urfavexboyfriend & Goldsoul

Canadian brother duo DVBSS are back with more genre-bending madness in “SH SH SH (Hit That),” a captivating new single featuring none other than Wiz Khalifa. As you’ll hear below, the record seamlessly blends bass and hip-hop with the result being nothing short of mind-bending. We can totally see this track going viral and the infused sample from rapper urfavxboyfriend is also a great element of the song. Hear what we mean by streaming the track via Spotify below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section as well.

DVBBS – SH SH SH (Hit That) | Stream

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- Nick Isasi
LISTEN: Skrillex Unleashes Highly-Anticipated 5th Single of 2023, “XENA” feat. Nai Barghouti

It’s February 2nd, 2023 – and we are deeper into Skrillex Season than we have been the last three years combined. And it seems that the wait has been more than worth it. After a slew of releases already, it looks like we are finally getting our hands on the hard-hitting “XENA.” If you’ve been listening to any leaks or Skrillex sets you will no doubt recognize this absolute weapon of a track. It’s packed with Skrill’s high octane tribal sounding drums he’s been fond of lately, with a drop that will nno doubt be intertwined seamlessly into his sets.

Bring on the Skrillex season. We’re ready.

Skrillex – XENA | Stream

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- Hunter Thompson
Volaris Steps Into 2023 with “I’m So Weak” via Armada

Rising talent Volaris (real name Nathan Cozzetto) is jumping headfirst into 2023 with brand new music and show support to match. The UK talent released “I’m So Weak” ft. Cammie Robinson, and follows it up this weekend with a direct support slot at Kx5’s massive Printworks show.

Enlisting Cammie Robinson’s effervescent vocal charm, the pair deliver a lush composition swathed in charming synths on “I’m So Weak.” The track’s progressive nature is indicative of Volaris’ style. Both hypnotic and driving, Volaris’ “I’m So Weak” is a standout track to kick off a new year.

2023 is set to be a monumental year for Volaris, with a jam-packed release schedule and major show announcements on the way. Check out “I’m So Weak” below on Spotify, or stream it wherever you find your music here.

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- Hunter Thompson
Valentino Khan and Deorro Deliver Highly Anticipated Collaboration “¡MAS CRAZY!”

Since they first crossed paths on a virtual live stream for EDC during the pandemic, Deorro and Valentino Khan began working on “¡MAS CRAZY!”, a track that perfectly matches their styles.

Escape Halloween 2022 proved the perfect stage for Deorro and Valentino to reunite and bring their high-energy chemistry to the live audience. The set was highly anticipated and went viral on TikTok, and the premiere of “¡MAS CRAZY!” during their packed back-to-back set at the festival did not disappoint.

The release of “¡MAS CRAZY!” sets the tone for an exceptional year in the music careers of Valentino Khan and Deorro, both of whom have been long requested to collaborate by their fans. A powerhouse of a rhythmic melody, tuneful electric bliss, and full of energy and fire, “¡MAS CRAZY!” will take listeners on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In this euphoria, the two emerging talents of the American music industry meet to deliver a groundbreaking track.

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- Max Chung
LISTEN: Sikdope Unleashes High-Octane New Bass House Single, “I Got Lost In Berlin”

Sikdope is back with another captivating new single, this time arriving as a fresh new bass house heater via Spinnin’ Records. As you’ll hear below, “I Got Lost In Berlin” is nothing short of an underground-influenced banger that pays homage to both nostalgic techno and the artist’s first trip to the capital city of Germany. Everything about this tune sounds crafted for a dark club at 3 AM and is another testament to Sikdope’s impressive versatility as a producer. Hear what we mean by streaming the record via Spotify below and read what the artist himself has to say about the inspiration behind this release.

Berlin is one of my favorite European cities. I’m living really close, so naturally, I visit a lot. With the tune, I wanted to showcase my first experience of being there. Getting lost in the local music scene, architecture, and food. The main drop sound and whistle fillers have been inspired by the old school music festival ‘Love Parade‘ I think that many people who are clubbing in Berlin are getting lost in music because time passes slowly there.” – Sikdope

Sikdope – I Got Lost in Berlin | Stream

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- Max Chung
LISTEN: Rising Label LABRNTH Unveils Debut Release with “Darkness” Single from Fancy Inc & Chemical Surf

If you haven’t heard of LABRNTH, it’s time to get familiar. The newly-formed record label was created by a small group of artists and industry professionals, who collectively possess over 50 years of experience in the music industry. With that kind of resumé, it’s hard not to get excited about what this new force in the scene is going to offer. Today, we’re treated to the label’s debut release in “Darkness,” a captivating collaboration from rising Brazilian duos Fancy Inc and Chemical Surf. As you’ll hear below, we’re treated to a record boasting haunting vocals and undulating melodies, all over a progressive bassline making for quite the dance floor appeal. Hear what we mean by streaming the track below via Spotify and let us know your thoughts in the comments section as well.

Fancy Inc, Chemical Surf – Darkness | Stream

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- Max Chung
LISTEN: Rising Producer Nahvi Flips Ludacris’s “Stand Up” into Catchy Jersey Club Remix

Rising producer Nahvi has certainly hit the ground running after debuting his genre-bending project just last summer. Now, the Indianapolis artist is back with another impressive release, this time coming in the form a wild new jersey club-esque remix of Ludacris’s “Stand Up.” The record arrives as Nahvi’s first of many club edits he plans on dropping this year and, already, we can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us next as this Ludacris remix is just plain fun and creative. Hear what we mean by streaming the tune via Soundcloud below and be sure to turn your speakers up for this one.

Ludacris – Stand Up (Nahvi Remix) | Stream

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- Peach Gallagher
LISTEN: Knock2 Turns Up The Heat With Sophomore EP ‘ROOM202’

If you’ve been looking for an artist with the drive to change the shape of dance music, look no further than Knock2. His infamous Brownies and Lemonade hosted show ROOM202 (Live from Los Angeles) showed off his ability to throw down a non-stop party with crazy energy levels that the crowd couldn’t get enough of, and today we’ve been blessed with his ROOM202 EP. Inspired by the electro era of the 2010s, Knock2 captures the same infectious energy of his live shows and manages to create an infectious sonic wonderland of bangers that hit harder with each listen.

pls pls listen no skips or pauses. go in order. fully immerse urself in the listening experience. my main focus was creating the atmosphere and world thru the song writing and arrangement. i care about dance music way too much to just make drops. ok im done, love y’all. rock out

— Knock2 (@Knock2Music) January 26, 2023

Take Knock2’s advice and listen to his ROOM202 EP to enjoy the absolute magic his EP brings below.

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- Hunter Thompson
LISTEN: Jaron Enlists Jedwill for New Single “ONCE”

Kicking the year off with another quality production, emerging producer and songwriter Jaron is back with “ONCE” feat. Jedwill, out now via his very own Modern Art imprint. 

Jaron is no stranger to the spotlight. Despite being only a tender 20 years of age, he has established a name for himself as one of the more respected rising talents in the game. “ONCE” is a wild ride, refusing to be pigeonholed into a singular style or genre and highlighting the dynamic vision that drives Jaron’s limitless creativity. There’s a slightly emo/punk rock twinge to “ONCE,” buoyed by glitchy breaks that highlight a euphoric energy encapsulated in a single track. Never afraid to test the boundaries of his creativity, there seems to be no limit to what Jaron can come up with in the studio. Stay tuned for the biggest year of his career to date. 

“I wrote ONCE around the time I had just released my debut album – I felt like I had nothing to prove. I stumbled onto something that felt deeply important to me – these 3 chords resolving the same way they start, weaving through this melody I had written. It felt pure; like speaking through something bigger than myself. Like a dance with the brightest light. I showed it to Jedwill, who without hesitation sent back an mp3 including him adlibbing ‘JUMP’ over the chorus. His energy brought this song to a whole different level. It felt electric.” – Jaron

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Bob Boilen's Favorite Music of 2022

The host of All Songs Considered listens for the moments when the poetry of a song's lyrics seem woven into its sound. This year, his playlists overflowed.

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- Robin Hilton
Vote for the best albums of 2022
Vote for your favorite albums of 2022!

This has been a year packed with great albums, some highly anticipated and some out of the blue. Share your favorites with us and we'll reveal the results on an episode of All Songs Considered.

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- Robin Hilton
All Songs Considered for the holidays, 2021
Our first holiday adventure, in 2012, landed us at a tiny cabin in the woods, where we hosted a party for the ages.

Hear our collection of now-classic holiday misadventures featuring All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, with guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, William Shatner and more.

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- Bob Boilen
Bob Boilen's Favorite Music of 2021 Is...
Bob Boilen at his Tiny Desk.

Bob Boilen's favorite music of 2021 includes a 100-song playlist and his top 10 albums. It's music filled with great stories and sonic adventures.

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- Lars Gotrich
Viking's Choice Holiday Special

Bubbly pop songs sidle up to filthy headbangers and dreamy ambient in a six-hour playlist of unexpected holiday music.

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- Raina Douris
The Best New Artists & Breakthroughs of 2021

Across genre, styles and borders, these artists were all about connecting in a disconnected world.

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- Robin Hilton
Vote for the best albums of 2021
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In another unpredictable year of ups and downs, music once again came to the rescue. As we near the end of 2021, we want to know what albums (or EPs) resonated the most with you.

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- Lars Gotrich
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss joined NPR Music's Listening Party for 'Raise the Roof'
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Join us in an online listening party for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' first album together in 14 years, Raise the Roof.

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- Scott Simon
Tiny Desk Contest entrant Zhalarina on the paternal bond that inspired 'Lala'
Zhalarina entered the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Lala."

Judges for the Tiny Desk Contest watched thousands of videos, and Weekend Edition is highlighting some of the standouts — this week: rapper Zhalarina's "Lala."

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- Lars Gotrich
Watch NPR Music's film screening of 'Karen Dalton: In My Own Time'
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Director Robert Yapkowitz and singer-songwriter Margo Price join Bob Boilen in a live conversation about this new documentary on the folk singer.

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- Lars Gotrich
NPR Music's Listening Party for Snail Mail's 'Valentine'

Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan and singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco joined WPLN News' Paige Pfleger in a live conversation about the album.

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- Asma Khalid
Tiny Desk Contest entrant Oh He Dead on newfound motherhood and love
The Washington, D.C.-based band Oh He Dead entered its song "The Foreigner" into the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest.

Judges for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest watched thousands of videos, and here on Weekend Edition we're highlighting some of the standouts — this week: C.J. Johnson from Oh He Dead.

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- Lars Gotrich
NPR Music's Listening Party for John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle'
John Coltrane on the cover of A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle.

WBGO's Nate Chinen was joined by saxophonist Branford Marsalis and harpist Brandee Younger in a live conversation about this recently unearthed live recording.

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- Scott Simon
Meet Z The Author, a standout artist from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of impressive unsigned artists from across the country — including Z The Author, who sent in a song inspired by 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.

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- Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Tiny Desk Contest entrant Yosmel Montejo has a message for his community: 'Go for it'

Every year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of unsigned musicians from across the country. Yosmel Montejo impressed the judges with "La Caliente," a song that reflects on life in Cuba.

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- Matt Simeone
‘50 Years of Bruce Springsteen’: Relive Top Moments from Bruce Springsteen’s Career
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SiriusXM’s E Street Radio (Ch. 20) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., with 50 Years of Bruce Springsteen.

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Join E Street Radio host Greg Drew as he takes you through 50 great Bruce moments from the past 50 years. 50 Years of Bruce Springsteen will feature five episodes, each centering on 10 moments from specific eras of Bruce’s storied career, and airing live on E Street Radio different days of the week (see broadcast schedule below). All five episodes will also be available on the SXM App by searching “Bruce 50” starting Monday, February 6.

Some of the moments highlighted in 50 Years of Bruce Springsteen will include Bruce’s successful audition with legendary Columbia Records producer John Hammond, meeting his longtime manager Jon Landau, iconic releases from the 1970s through today, unforgettable tours, and much more.

E Street Radio’s special 50 Years of Bruce Springsteen celebration follows the recent launch of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s 2023 world tour. For more information about the tour, visit brucespringsteen.net.

Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)

bruce springsteen's top momentsMonday, February 6, at 9am and 5pm

bruce springsteen's top momentsTuesday, February 7, at 9am and 5pm

bruce springsteen's top momentsWednesday, February 8, at 9am and 5pm

bruce springsteen's top momentsThursday, February 9, at 9am and 5pm

bruce springsteen's top momentsFriday, February 10, at 9am and 5pm

E Street Radio brings you the music of Bruce Springsteen, including studio outtakes, concert recordings, rarities, and more. For more information about the channel, click here.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Hear from Top NFL Players at the Pro Bowl Games Ahead of the Super Bowl
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SiriusXM NFL Radio (Ch. 88) will be on the ground in Las Vegas for this year’s Pro Bowl Games, speaking with the league’s top players in between skills challenges and before the 7v7 AFC vs. NFC flag football game. Listen from 7–9pm ET Friday and Saturday nights (February 3–4) to hear from SiriusXM NFL Radio hosts and some of the biggest talent in the game, just a week ahead of Super Bowl LVII.

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Related: Catch the Super Bowl, Halftime Show, Luke Combs Concert & More on SiriusXM

Coached by Peyton and Eli Manning, the AFC team and the NFC team will face off in skills challenges and a newly reimagined game of flag football. This year’s skills challenges are Best Catch, Precision Passing, Longest Drive, Lightning Round, Dodgeball, Kick Tac Toe, Gridiron Gauntlet, and Move The Chains.

SiriusXM NFL Radio delivers hard-hitting analysis and up-to-the minute NFL news that true football fanatics need — 24/7/365. From the annual Training Camp Tour from all 32 teams, to Super Bowl Week broadcasts, to the Scouting Combine remotes, to live coverage of every pick of the NFL Draft, an all-pro lineup of hosts and special guests from around the league keep you in the know. Learn more about SiriusXM NFL Radio.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
8 Songs a Week: In Honor of George Harrison’s Birthday, Vote for Your Favorite Beatles & Solo Songs with George on Lead Vocals (Poll Closes 2/17/2023)
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Here on The Beatles Channel (Ch. 18), we ain’t got nothing but love for our listeners, eight days a week. That’s why we’ve created a show where your votes determine the playlist.

Welcome to 8 Songs A Week! Each week, listeners can vote for their favorites from a list of songs by John, Paul, George, and Ringo — sometimes by the band, sometimes it’s their solo work. Every Friday, after the votes are tallied, we’ll air the top eight vote-getters from that list.

Check back weekly at siriusxm.com/8songs for the next poll!

This week we count down your 16 favorite Beatles and solo songs with George on lead vocals in celebration of his birthday. It’s 8 Songs a Week… times two!

Directions: Select five songs from the list below. You may vote once between 02/03/2023 at 2pm ET and 02/17/2023 at 2pm ET.

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Tune in on February 24 at 2pm ET on The Beatles Channel to hear the results of this poll.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Dance with Somebody All Month Long with The Whitney Channel
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Widely considered The Voice — and the most-awarded female artist of all time — the incomparable Whitney Houston continues to inspire and amaze with her signature ballads and upbeat dance songs on The Whitney Channel, airing on channel 14 and the SXM App for 30 days starting February 3.

Click here to stream The Whitney Channel on SiriusXM

whitney houston channel: i wanna dance with somebodyThe Whitney Channel will feature her many pop and R&B classics, along with remixes and live performances. You’ll also hear from celebrities and fellow artists who had the pleasure of knowing and working with Whitney.

During Black History Month, fans can also watch the new biopic, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, on digital (2/7) and Blu-Ray (2/28), a powerful and triumphant celebration of the incomparable Whitney Houston.

For more information about Whitney Houston, click here.

Black History Month on SiriusXM

Throughout February, SiriusXM listeners will find a collection of limited-run channels and special events that spotlight the artists and other influential figures who have transformed Black communities and shaped society, art, and more.

In addition to The Whitney Channel, other Black History Month channels include Notorious Radio, Black Music Forever, and The Apollo Theater Channel.

SiriusXM’s existing music channels will also include a variety of content celebrating Black artists. Black athletes and leaders will be honored through a variety of special rebroadcasts across SiriusXM’s sports channels. SiriusXM’s comedy programming will take a look at some of the biggest names in standup, past and present, celebrating Black excellence in comedy, and SiriusXM will also spotlight special talk programming to amplify Black voices in politics, health, and business.

Check out more of SiriusXM’s Black History Month programming here.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Get Hypnotized by Notorious Radio, Biggie Smalls’ Exclusive Channel
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Find out why Rolling Stone calls B.I.G. “the greatest rapper that ever lived” when Notorious Radio returns to SiriusXM for one week starting February 8 on channel 105 and 30 days starting February 3 on the SXM App in celebration of Black History Month.

Click here to stream Notorious Radio on SiriusXM

Inspired by Brooklyn-born rapper Notorious B.I.G., the Notorious Radio channel will feature his entire catalog of music, along with music of other hip-hop artists and luminaries paying tribute to the rap legend gone far too soon. Notorious B.I.G. changed hip-hop forever when he burst onto the rap scene in the early ’90s, and his laid-back lyrical delivery tells the tales of celebration and strife.

Black History Month on SiriusXM

Throughout February, SiriusXM listeners will find a collection of limited-run channels and special events that spotlight the artists and other influential figures who have transformed Black communities and shaped society, art, and more.

In addition to Notorious Radio, other Black History Month channels include The Whitney Channel, Black Music Forever, and The Apollo Theater Channel.

SiriusXM’s existing music channels will also include a variety of content celebrating Black artists. Black athletes and leaders will be honored through a variety of special rebroadcasts across SiriusXM’s sports channels. SiriusXM’s comedy programming will take a look at some of the biggest names in standup, past and present, celebrating Black excellence in comedy, and SiriusXM will also spotlight special talk programming to amplify Black voices in politics, health, and business.

Check out more of SiriusXM’s Black History Month programming here.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Catch the Super Bowl, Halftime Show, Radio Row Exclusives, Luke Combs and More
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SiriusXM is bringing listeners extensive programming for Super Bowl LVII Week (February 6-12) with multiple broadcasts of the game, a dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel, and a variety of exclusive sports and entertainment programming live from Phoenix, AZ.

Super Bowl LVII Radio

Super Bowl LVII Radio (Ch. 104) will launch as a special week-long pop-up channel on Monday, February 6. The channel features SiriusXM’s Amber Theoharis conducting interviews with players and personalities throughout the week and is the home for highlights from the best programming happening across several SiriusXM channels during Super Bowl Week.

Throughout the week, the channel will also be a source for fans who want info on the NFL activities happening in Phoenix, including Super Bowl Experience and GameDay Fan Plaza, and game-day specifics on transportation, parking, stadium security and more.

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Super Bowl Sunday The Big Game

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 12 at 6:30pm ET), SiriusXM will offer multiple live broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII from State Farm Stadium. Listeners can tune in to the Kansas City Chiefs team broadcast, the Philadelphia Eagles team broadcast, the Westwood One national radio broadcast, and a Spanish-language broadcast.

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The Halftime Show

During the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, SiriusXM will offer listeners the broadcast of the on-field musical performance by Rihanna. Listeners can hear it live on SiriusXM Hits 1 (Ch. 2), The Heat (Ch. 46), and Super Bowl LVII Radio (Ch. 104).

Super Bowl Week Radio Row

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SiriusXM NFL Radio (Ch. 88) will broadcast live from Radio Row at the Phoenix Convention Center each day of Super Bowl Week starting at 9am ET/7am MT on February 6. SiriusXM NFL Radio hosts in Phoenix will include Tim Brown, Rich Gannon, Torry Holt, Pat Kirwan, Ryan Leaf, Ed McCaffrey, Jim Miller, Kirk Morrison, Torrey Smith, Max Starks, Robert Turbin, Shane Vereen, Solomon Wilcots, Howard Balzer, Alex Marvez, and Bruce Murray.

Mad Dog Sports Radio

Mad Dog Sports Radio (Ch. 82) will broadcast live from SiriusXM’s Radio Row set throughout the week, featuring shows hosted by Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre.

Former NFL All-Pro Brandon Marshall will host the Mad Dog Sports Radio show, I Am Athlete Tonight, alongside other I Am Athlete teammates from the SiriusXM set on Radio Row Wednesday through Friday at 7pm ET/5pm MT.

SiriusXM College Sports Radio

Dvoracek and Kanell will also host their college sports show, Dusty and Danny, heard on SiriusXM College Sports Radio (Ch. 84), from Radio Row weekdays at 5pm ET/3pm MT. Dvoracek and Kanell will be joined by fellow SiriusXM college sports hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks for multiple shows that week.

Super Bowl LVII Radio

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Katie Austin and Christen Harper will host a special SiriusXM broadcast on Radio Row on Friday at 1 pm ET/11 am MT that will feature several special guests. The show will air on Super Bowl LVII Radio that night at 8pm ET.

SXM Fantasy Sports Radio

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans will host the SXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Ch. 87) show Elite Sports live from Radio Row each weekday at 3pm ET/1pm MT.

SportsGrid Radio

On SportsGrid Radio (Ch. 159), Ferrall Coast to Coast, hosted by Scott Ferrall, will originate from Radio Row each weekday at 12pm ET/10am MT.

Huuuge Fan

LaChina Robinson will be on Radio Row on Thursday to tape a new episode of the SiriusXM original podcast, Huuuge Fan, where stars share their love of their favorite sports teams.

Faction Talk

This Is Happening with Mark Zito and Ryan Sampson, on Faction Talk (Ch. 103), will originate from Radio Row throughout the week.

Luke Combs Concert

SiriusXM announced last month that reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs will perform an exclusive concert on February 9 at the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix. The special concert, hosted by The Highway’s Storme Warren, will feature Combs performing songs from his latest album, Growin’ Up, as well as fan favorites. Ahead of the concert, Warren will sit down with Combs for an exclusive interview to discuss his new music, touring, becoming a father and more.

The special performance will air live on The Highway (Ch. 56) on February 9 at 11pm ET/9pm MT and will be available to stream on the SXM App.

NFL Honors

On February 9, SiriusXM NFL Radio (Ch. 88) will have live interviews from the red carpet before the annual NFL Honors event that salutes the top players and performers of the 2022 season, including the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide, the AP Most Valuable Player, the AP Coach of the Year, and more. Listeners will also hear live coverage of the announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 and interviews with the future inductees.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Black Music Forever: Hear Hip-Hop Hits, Afropop Anthems and More
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Hear the tracks that currently move The Culture, and discover the music that’s on the come-up. If it’s hip-hop and R&B that’s killin’ it in the clubs, or emerging Afropop and Caribbean vibes, you can hear it all on Black Music Forever, airing on Channel 105 for one week starting February 15 and for 30 days on the SXM App starting February 3.

Click here to stream Black Music Forever Radio

Black History Month on SiriusXM

Throughout February, SiriusXM listeners will find a collection of limited-run channels and special events that spotlight the artists and other influential figures who have transformed Black communities and shaped society, art, and more.

In addition to Black Music Forever, other Black History Month channels include The Whitney Channel, Notorious Radio, and The Apollo Theater Channel.

SiriusXM’s existing music channels will also include a variety of content celebrating Black artists. Black athletes and leaders will be honored through a variety of special rebroadcasts across SiriusXM’s sports channels. SiriusXM’s comedy programming will take a look at some of the biggest names in standup, past and present, celebrating Black excellence in comedy, and SiriusXM will also spotlight special talk programming to amplify Black voices in politics, health, and business.

Learn more about Black History Month on SiriusXM.

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- Matt Simeone
Alan Cumming on How He Could Get OBE Back and Piers Morgan Feud
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To Alan Cumming, “pissing off” TV personality Piers Morgan is a “good thing.”

During Cumming’s appearance on Andy Cohen Live today (February 2), the acclaimed actor dished on his recent Twitter feud with Morgan over his decision to return his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) award from 2009. Cumming’s walked Andy Cohen through the viral story and his back-and-forth with Morgan, then shared he thinks the reaction from the public, overall, has been “positive.” Check out a clip from Cumming’s appearance below and listen to the full interview on the SXM App here now.Click here to stream Radio Andy on SiriusXM“The good thing about it is: A) I didn’t think it was going to be this big [of] a deal. B) I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive; people understanding why I did it, and getting it…What I think is really positive about it is that it has engendered a lot of conversation.”

Cumming, who returned his OBE several months ago, made the announcement on his 58th birthday last week (January 27). The actor said he sent back the award, given to him by Queen Elizabeth II, in an effort to sever his association with the “toxicity” of the British Empire. The OBE is awarded to individuals who make a positive impact in their field.

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Cumming received the honor in recognition of his services to film, theater and the arts. Throughout his four-decade career, Cumming has starred in numerous stage and movies roles, including in Annie, X-Men 2, the Spy Kids franchise and The Good Wife. He took home a Best Actor Tony award for his performance as the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret from 1998.

In his sit-down with Cohen, Cumming also explained what he had to do in order to return his OBE — which he did by mail — and mentioned he can get it back any time, if he changes his mind.

For more pop-culture news, listen to Cohen’s weekday show, Andy Cohen Live, on his SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy (Ch. 102), live at 10am ET, or stream episodes after they air on the SXM App.

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- SiriusXM Editors
8 Genre-Spanning New Albums Dropping in February 2023
New Music This Month: February's Most Anticipated Albums

There’s a truly eclectic mix of music releasing this February, with something for everyone whether you’re into pop, punk, pop-punk, or EDM. From RAYE’s debut studio album to Shania Twain’s first album since 2017, there’s a whole host of exciting music coming your way.

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Of course, a new album often comes hand-in-hand with a new tour. So if you want to see which artists will be touring their new albums, check out our recent tour round-ups from December and January.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at just some of what’s coming up in the world of music in the next few weeks!

RAYE My 21st Century Blues February 3

Singer-songwriter RAYE’s debut studio album is hotly anticipated. Having previously co-written songs with the likes of Beyoncé, Quavo, and Ellie Goulding, RAYE is no stranger to creating high-quality music across genres. My 21st Century Blues promises a mix of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and more. For a taste of what’s to come, here’s a look at “Escapism,” the viral single that you can hear on TikTok Radio (Ch. 4).

 

Shania Twain — Queen of Me February 3

After a seven-year wait, Shania Twain fans will finally be able to get their hands on a new album. Her recent all-singing, all-dancing single “Giddy Up” showed that she’s still the one when it comes to releasing songs you want to go totally crazy for. To hear some of Shania’s smash hits from the ’90s, head to Prime Country (Ch. 58). Here’s a look at when Shania opened up to Lori Majewski about body image in the country music industry.

 

Paramore — This Is Why February 10

On hiatus since 2017, Paramore returned in 2022 with a new single, “This Is Why,” from their upcoming album of the same name. The band’s sixth studio album looks to bring with it a distinctive post-punk sound. To hear to more of Paramore’s hits, listen to Alt Nation (Ch. 36). You can also check out lead vocalist Hayley Williams’s visit to SiriusXM, where she spoke about the lengths she’d go to for Billie Eilish.

 

P!nk — Trustfall February 17

Raise your glass because singer, icon, and roundtable host P!nk is only weeks away from releasing her ninth studio album! To listen to some of P!nk’s 2000s throwback hits in anticipation, head over to Mosaic (Ch. 15). If you want a peek of what’s to come in TRUSTFALL, check out the brand-new single of the same name.

 

Logic — College Park February 24

College Park will be the eighth studio album from Logic. Featuring a host of popular artists, including RZA and Norah Jones, College Park looks to encompass the rapper’s unique and instantly-recognizable brand of hip-hop that you can regularly hear on The Heat (Ch. 46). Logic’s music has undoubtedly evolved and grown over the years, but his freestyle rapping has remained a high calibre. To get you ready for the release, here’s a look at the official trailer, written and directed by the man himself!

 

Gorillaz — Cracker Island February 24

Fresh off of their 2022 world tour, virtual band Gorillaz is only weeks away from releasing their eighth studio album. Featuring an eclectic mix of alternative rock, hip-hop, and indie music, Gorillaz bring a distinctive style that has so far led to the sale of over 27 million albums. Cracker Island includes some all-star collaborations with artists such as Stevie Nicks, Beck, Bad Bunny, and Adeleye Omotayo.

 

Adam Lambert — High Drama February 24

Adam Lambert’s illustrious career has gone from strength to strength. From being an American Idol finalist back in 2009 to doing extensive work with Queen, all while selling over 3 million albums along the way, Lambert has achieved a lot — and there’s more to come. This month, Lambert releases his fifth studio album, consisting of a diverse collection of covers, including his take on Bonnie Tyler’s classic 1984 hit “Holding Out for a Hero.” For more from Lambert, tune into The 10s Spot (Ch. 11).

 

Tiësto — DRIVE February 24

Widely regarded as one of the greatest modern DJs, Tiësto’s name is synonymous with various genres and subgenres of dance music, including EDM, trance, and deep house. Featuring music with Ava Max, Charlie XCX, and the Black Eyed Peas, Tiësto’s eighth studio album looks to DRIVE you to start dancing. For the latest and greatest in dance hits, check out BPM (Ch. 51). And, for a sample of what’s to come with DRIVE, here’s the official music video of the single “10:35” ft. Tate McRae.

These are just some of the hotly anticipated albums heading your way this month. Make sure to check out SiriusXM for more music, entertainment, and news!

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- SiriusXM Editors
Songs You Can Listen to on Repeat
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This year, Groundhog Day is February 2, 2023! Today in Punxsutawney, PA, a very important groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil appeared from his burrow to provide his annual weather forecast, where if Phil sees his shadow, we have to endure the bitter chill of winter for six more weeks, and if a cloudy sky forbids Phil a shadow, we can expect the spring sun to arrive earlier this year.

Unfortunately for most, this year Phil saw his shadow.

However, since the film Groundhog Day was released in 1993, the holiday is less associated with seasonal change as it is with the narrative of being stuck in a loop and repeating the same day again and again. So, in honor of this special day, we’ve compiled a list of songs that you can listen to over and over and over and over and over (you get the drift) again!

“Anti-Hero” — Taylor Swift (2022)

Honestly, we could’ve picked any song from Taylor Swift’s latest record-breaking, chart-dominating, pop culture-defining album, Midnights, to listen to on repeat. But the lead single, “Anti-Hero,” set the tone for Taylor’s tenth album. Its retro synths and introspective lyrics prepared us for a journey through bittersweet bops that would have us dancing and crying all at the same time. And, yes, maybe we’re hoping that after our one thousandth listen, we’ll finally wrap our heads around the line, “Did you hear my covert narcissism I disguise as altruism, like some kind of congressman?”

For more pop than you can handle, head on over to Hits 1 (Ch. 2).

“Best Of You” — Foo Fighters (2005)

We’ve got a confession to make: We’ve listened to this song way too many times. We can’t resist replaying this rock anthem every time the last chord is struck. Dave Grohl himself might’ve been stuck in a similar loop when singing the line, “Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?” It’s his passionate vocal performance that has been essential to the song’s success. How could anyone not shout at the top of their lungs alongside this legendary frontman? Yeah, this song definitely got the best of us.

Listen to more of Foo Fighters and their influences on Spectrum (Ch. 28), where classic rock meets new rock.

“OMG” — NewJeans (2023)

Like its predecessors “Hype Boy,” “Attention,” and “Ditto,” the latest single from NewJeans (K-Pop’s coolest group on the scene) “OMG” is all over TikTok. Naturally, it’s also been on constant replay in our heads since its release. “OMG” stays loyal to the band’s characteristic style of simple production and laid-back, breezy vocals. These traits have allowed the group to stand out in an industry that favors a maximalist approach, while fans can easily sing along to their favorite songs without straining their vocal cords. However, the accompanying dance to “OMG” still follows K-Pop’s expected level of difficulty (i.e., very difficult). Luckily, if the complex choreography is too tricky to follow, we can always revert to head-bopping.

“Seven Nation Army” — The White Stripes (2003)

Once you’ve heard it, it’s difficult to get the simple yet addictive guitar riff of this signature song from The White Stripes out of your head. Initially envisioned as a James Bond theme by Jack White, he instead included it in the Detroit duo’s fourth studio album, Elephant, after deciding they had little chance of such an opportunity coming their way at the time. As a result, the success of the song and album launched the band to an extreme level of fame and accolade. Interestingly, sports fans around the world have claimed “Seven Nation Army” as their anthem. You can’t watch or attend any game without hearing the crowd enthusiastically chant along to it — not even a seven nation army could hold them back.

Expand your rock ‘n’ roll vocabulary with classic and contemporary tracks on Underground Garage (Ch. 21).

“Time” — Hans Zimmer (2010)

Like most Christopher Nolan films, Inception demands countless rewatches. And with every rewatch, Hans Zimmer’s epic brass-heavy soundtrack for this dream-heist movie seeps further and further into our subconscious. In particular, the track “Time,” played over the movie’s dramatic end scene, has left a strong impression on movie lovers with its slow crescendo and sweeping strings. Whether you’re in the mood for some cinematic daydreaming, or maybe you need to concentrate on an impending writing deadline (totally not calling ourselves out here), a 10-hour loop of Hans Zimmer’s magnum opus will do wonders.

Head to SiriusXM for all things music, entertainment, and sports-related, and check out our full list of channels here!

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- SiriusXM Editor
boygenius Joins a New Episode of Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘Saddest Factory Radio’
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Phoebe Bridgers and her drummer, Marshall Vore, are back with an all-new edition of Saddest Factory Radio with Phoebe Bridgers — and this time they’re joined by Phoebe’s boygenius bandmates: Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker.

Throughout the show, listen as they play and talk about songs that served as inspirations during the recording of their new album (due out March 31). You’ll hear songs by Thin Lizzy, The National, Mineral, Iron & Wine, The Click Five, boygenius (of course), and more. Hear the new episode on SiriusXMU (Ch. 35) during the times below, or anytime on the SXM App here now.Click here to stream SiriusXMU

Related: Hear Phoebe Bridgers’ New Holiday Cover, “So Much Wine”

Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)

Saturday, February 4 at 3pm

Sunday, February 5 at 6pm

Tuesday, February 7 at 12am

About Saddest Factory Radio

The show, which serves up “outside-of-the-box thinking and audio trust falls,” features Phoebe at the helm guiding listeners through artist-to-artist conversations and, of course, her favorite songs. In the debut episode, the GRAMMY nominee shared song recommendations for fans’ questions — from soundtracking a stolen toothbrush with underscores’ “Everybody’s Dead!” to a drive through the Italian countryside set to “Dead End Street” by Blake Mills.

“I wanted to make a playlist based on when music feels the best … and one of the times music feels the best is when I’m miserable,” Bridgers explained. “When I’m down bad, and I want to be more down and more bad, these are the songs that I listen to.”

Related: Phoebe Bridgers & 14 more progressive guitarists pushing boundaries

Learn more about SiriusXMU and its shows.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
The Apollo Theater Channel: Hear Music by Artists Who’ve Performed at the Historic Theater
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From the early days of jazz through decades of R&B and hip-hop to today, The Apollo Theater has been — and continues to be — the mecca of Black culture. Now, SiriusXM is spotlighting the music and artists that have graced the stage and been influenced by the legendary organization when The Apollo Theater Channel airs starting February 14 for two weeks on Channel 104 and for 30 days on the SXM App.

The Apollo Theater Channel features SiriusXM Apollo shows (including Alicia Keys and H.E.R), those who’ve been inspired by The Apollo, and classic performances from the iconic Apollo stage. You’ll hear songs by James Brown, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Marvin Gaye, Jazmine Sullivan, Keith Sweat, H.E.R., Ray Charles, D’Angelo, and many more.

For more information on the Apollo, including tickets and events, visit www.apollotheater.org.

Black History Month on SiriusXM

Throughout February, SiriusXM listeners will find a collection of limited-run channels and special events that spotlight the artists and other influential figures who have transformed Black communities and shaped society, art, and more.

In addition to The Apollo Theater Channel, other Black History Month channels include The Whitney Channel, Notorious Radio, and Black Music Forever.

SiriusXM’s existing music channels will also include a variety of content celebrating Black artists. Black athletes and leaders will be honored through a variety of special rebroadcasts across SiriusXM’s sports channels. SiriusXM’s comedy programming will take a look at some of the biggest names in standup, past and present, celebrating Black excellence in comedy, and SiriusXM will also spotlight special talk programming to amplify Black voices in politics, health, and business.

Learn more about Black History Month on SiriusXM.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
SiriusXM Congratulates Tom Brady on His Retirement from the NFL
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Following Tom Brady’s announcement this morning that he is officially retiring from football, SiriusXM congratulates the future Hall of Famer on an unmatched, record-breaking career after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady leaves the NFL with seven Super Bowl victories.

Alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray, Brady is the co-host of Let’s Go!, an exclusive SiriusXM podcast in which listeners hear from the two NFL greats and legendary sports broadcaster each week as they discuss all of the trending stories that are happening on and off the football field. Watch clips from previous episodes of Let’s Go! below, and listen on the SXM App or download and subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts.

Tune in to Mad Dog Sports Radio (Ch. 82) and SiriusXM NFL Radio (Ch. 88) to hear hosts and special guests reflect on Brady’s historic career live on air.

Brady’s 23-season career wraps up with 335 regular-season games played with 7,753 regular-season completions, having thrown for 89,214 yards and 649 touchdowns. A 14-time Pro Bowler, Brady won three MVP awards and five Super Bowl MVP awards.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Beyoncé Confirms Renaissance World Tour 2023
Entertainer Beyonce performs onstage during "The Formation World Tour" at the Rose Bowl on May 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

Beyoncé took to Instagram this morning to tell her 293 million followers that she’ll be embarking on the Renaissance World Tour 2023 in support of her Renaissance album, which dropped on July 29, 2022.

Listen to Beyoncé and more of this year’s GRAMMY® nominees on The GRAMMY® Channel

According to the singer’s website, the tour will kick off May 10 in Sweden, continuing around Europe and the U.K. through June before touching down in North America on July 8. She’ll headline stadiums across the U.S. and Canada until late September, including Met Life Stadium, SoFi Stadium, and Gillette Stadium.

Registration for three Verified Fan presales are open now via Live Nation.

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Her previous worldwide tour, On the Run II in 2018, featured Beyoncé sharing the stage with husband Jay-Z on 48 dates across Europe and North America.

Renaissance was Beyoncé seventh studio album, her first release since Lemonade in 2016. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and has already been certified Platinum. “Break My Soul,” the album’s lead single, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It has a 91/100 score from Metacritic and is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronic Album at this year’s GRAMMYs.

Renaissance World Tour 2023 Dates

EUROPE

May 10, 2023 – Stockholm, SE – Friends Arena

May 14, 2023 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium

May 17, 2023 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff Principality Stadium

May 20, 2023 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murray Field Stadium

May 23, 2023 – Sunderland, UK – Stadium of Light

May 26, 2023 – Paris, FR – Stade de France

May 29, 2023 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

May 30, 2023 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

June 08, 2023 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium

June 11, 2023 – Marseille, FR – Orange Velodrome

June 15, 2023 – Cologne, DE – Rhein Energie Stadion

June 17, 2023 – Amsterdam, NL – Johan Crujff Arena

June 21, 2023 – Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion

June 24, 2023 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park

June 27, 2023 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy

NORTH AMERICA

July 8, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre

July 12, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

July 15, 2023 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium

July 17, 2023 – Louisville, KY – L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium

July 20, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN – Huntington Bank Stadium

July 22, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field Stadium

July 26, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

July 29, 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Aug. 01, 2023 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium

Aug. 03, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA – Acrisure Stadium

Aug. 05, 2023 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field

Aug. 09, 2023 – Charlotte, SC – Bank of America Stadium

Aug. 11, 2023 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Aug. 16, 2023 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium

Aug. 18, 2023 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium

Aug. 21, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – Dome at America’s Center

Aug. 24, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium

Aug. 26, 2023 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium

Aug. 30, 2023 – San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium

Sept. 02, 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium

Sept. 11, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place

Sept. 13, 2023 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Sept. 18, 2023 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium

Sept. 21, 2023 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium

Sept. 23, 2023 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium

Sept. 27, 2023 – New Orleans, LA – Caesars Superdome

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees for 2023 Induction on SiriusXM
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation revealed today (February 1) the following Nominees for 2023 Induction: Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, The White Stripes, and Warren Zevon.

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This year’s Nominees were announced on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310) and VOLUME on the SXM App. Check out exclusive SiriusXM programming about the Nominees below. Plus, watch Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum President Greg Harris announce the Nominees here:

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Related: Watch Rock Hall Inductee Dolly Parton Perform ‘Jolene’ with Sheryl Crow & More

SiriusXM Programming

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Reveal Show:

SiriusXM’s 2023 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Reveal Show, hosted by Mark Goodman and Alan Light, will feature Joel Peresman President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation plus other special guests.

Listen live now (morning of February 1) on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310) and VOLUME on the SXM App. The entire show will also be available anytime on the SXM App.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Radio Nominee Week:

Hear the classic catalogs of the new Rock Hall Nominees, plus insight from them, their musical peers and Rock Hall curators, spotlighted several times an hour throughout the week.

Listen from February1 at 10a ET through February 7 on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310).

Nomination & Induction Selection Process

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. Eight out of 14 of the Nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, The White Stripes, and Warren Zevon. This is the first year of eligibility for Missy Elliott and The White Stripes.

Fans around the world participate in the Induction selection process through the Fan Vote. Through April 28, fans can vote online every day at vote.rockhall.com or in person at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2023 Inductees.

The 2023 Inductees will be announced in May. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall with date, venue, and on-sale information to be announced.

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Celebrate Harry Styles’ Birthday with His Best Music Videos
Harry Styles attends the "My Policeman" Premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario.

Today is Harry Styles’ 29th birthday, so let’s celebrate this Aquarian’s greatest moments on the small screen!

Styles has steadily become one of the biggest names in music today after starting in One Direction in 2010, before going on to be an astronomically successful solo career. Not content with merely slaying the pop scene, he’s even founded a beauty brand and tried his hand at film roles. Is there anything he can’t do?

In honor of his birthday, we thought we’d party it up by taking a look at some of his biggest, most-viewed solo music videos so far. Get ready to have these hits stuck in your head all week!

You can hear Harry Styles on SiriusXM Hits 1 (Ch. 2).

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Harry Styles’ Best Music Videos “Golden” (2020)

Running along the streets of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Styles’ charisma has never been so magnetic. Managing to make driving gloves look trendy and amassing 211 million views, this video is a masterclass in cool. After all, who wouldn’t want to frolic around Italy with Harry Styles?

 

“Watermelon Sugar” (2020)

With parts of the video shot on an Arri SR3 camera to give it a more authentic vintage look, Styles’ team really committed to the throwback vibe for this one. In 2021, “Watermelon Sugar” won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Solo Performance, and Styles gave us a live rendition of the song at a SiriusXM Secret Session back in 2020. The sun-drenched video captures this song’s summery vibe, and the visuals are a heavy-handed nod to the double entendre at the heart of the lyrics.

 

“Music For A Sushi Restaurant” (2022)

Styles took a turn to the absurd for this video. It features the singer as a mermaid-like creature who performs in the titular restaurant to avoid meeting a gruesome end. This visually striking comment on the nature of fame is probably the most out-there of Styles’ work so far, and thoroughly entertaining.

 

“Adore You” (2020)

The second single to be released from Fine Line, “Adore You” has racked up its 350 million views with the help of a particularly interesting — and peculiar — video. Narrated by Rosalía, the video sees Styles rescue and befriend a fish out of water. He cares for it until it has outgrown his help, leaving Styles to pop it back into the sea to find its friends again. Another unusual, marine-themed video that we can’t get enough of!

You can watch the live performance of this track at the SiriusXM studios on our YouTube channel.

 

“As It Was” (2022)

The first single from Harry’s House crashed into our lives in April 2022, along with excitement for his third solo album. The matching outfits, the choreography, that heartbreaking look into the camera? Though the song itself is filled with melancholy, the exuberant joy in the video from 2:18 onwards is incredible — so much so that it won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Pop Video and Best Cinematography!

 

“Sign of the Times” (2017)

This is Styles’ most-viewed video so far, with an enormous 1 billion views. “Sign of the Times” was the first single from his self-titled debut album, and it started his solo career off on a high. Filmed on the Isle of Skye, Styles’ stunts reportedly involved him flying higher than 470 meters off the ground, and his career has been soaring ever since!

Want to see more of Harry? Check out the SiriusXM Harry Styles YouTube playlist for some exclusive interview clips and performances and tune in to SiriusXM Hits 1 to hear more of the biggest pop stars around. Happy birthday, Harry!

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SiriusXM Big Ten Radio’s Basketball Power Rankings

Pete Pistone and the rest of the SiriusXM Big Ten Radio team will unveil Power Rankings each week of the college basketball season. Check out this week’s edition of basketball Power Rankings below, and listen to SiriusXM Big Ten Radio (Ch. 372) on the SXM App now.

The calendar is turning to February and Purdue continues to roll. Here’s this week’s edition of the “Power Rankings:”

1. PURDUE @BoilerBall

A pair of wins over Michigan on the road and at home versus Michigan State has the Boilermakers at 21-1 entering the new week.

2. INDIANA @IndianaMBB 

Things going in a much better direction in Bloomington for the Hoosiers who knocked off Minnesota and Ohio State last week.

3. ILLINOIS @IlliniMBB

Not always pretty but the Fighting Illini have been effective and Illinois put up a pair of wins last week versus Ohio State and Wisconsin.

4. RUTGERS @RutgersMBB

The Scarlett Knights are just 3-3 over their last six games splitting a pair last week beating Penn State but then losing to Iowa for the second time.

5. NORTHWESTERN @NUMensBBall

The Wildcats got two wins they needed to put on the board and took care of business against Minnesota and Nebraska to move to 6-3 in the conference.

6. MICHIGAN STATE @MSU_Basketball

A couple of tough opponents last week for the Spartans ended up with Michigan State splitting things beating Iowa before losing to Purdue.

7. IOWA @IowaHoops

The Hawkeyes started last week bowing to Michigan State before bouncing back to topple Rutgers giving them two wins this season against the Scarlett Knights.

8. MARYLAND @TerrapinHoops

A nice week for the Terps who went 2-0 getting great play from Jahmir Young in particular.

9. PENN STATE @PennStateMBB

After losing to Rutgers to kick off the week Penn State came back to defeat Michigan to remain on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

10. OHIO STATE @OhioStateHoops

Tough sledding in Columbus for the Buckeyes with two road losses against Illinois and Indiana.

11. WISCONSIN @BadgerMBB

A three loss week is not what the Badgers needed as they fight to remain in the picture for a tournament bid.

12. MICHIGAN @umichbball

A 22-point loss to Penn State and a loss to Purdue was the story of a very bad week for the Wolverines.

13. NEBRASKA @HuskerHoops

Northwestern and Maryland beat Nebraska last week who now must try to rebound in the coming days against Illinois and Penn State.

14. MINNESOTA @GopherMBB

The Gophers fell to 1-9 in conference play after a week losing to both Indiana and Northwestern.

 

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Coldplay, Billy Idol, Madonna and More Announce Tours
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs on stage at Wembley Stadium during the 'Music of the Spheres' World Tour on August 12, 2022 in London, England.

The music is loud, the atmosphere is electric, and the stage in front of you is full of energy. For many fans, there’s nothing more exciting than the experience of going to a gig, whether you’re seeing an artist for the first time or the fiftieth.

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With new tours announced regularly, it can be hard to keep your finger on the pulse — especially if you have multiple artists you want to see. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of this month’s biggest tour announcements, so read on to discover the concerts making their way to North America in the near future.

Madonna The Celebration Tour

Fans were delighted by the announcement of Madonna’s The Celebration Tour. As the name would suggest, the show is a celebration of the past four decades of Madonna’s incredible career and will commemorate her success by playing 37 global shows (25 of those in the US and Canada). Special guest Bob the Drag Queen will join the singer, promising fans an exhilarating concert. The North American leg of the tour begins in Vancouver in July 2023 and closes in Las Vegas in October.

If you’re a fan of the ’80s icon that is Madonna, tune in to ’80s on 8 (Ch. 8) for more hits from the decade!

Pop star Madonna goes into a frenzy before a full Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid on July 27, 1990 during the first of three performances in Spain. (AP Photo/Jimmy Rubio)

Stevie Nicks Live in Concert

This year, the one and only Stevie Nicks will embark on a 15-date solo tour, with 14 shows across the US and one show in Toronto. The tour kicks off in March in Seattle and concludes in Louisville in June. The Fleetwood Mac star’s tour will run concurrently with her eight-date joint tour with Billy Joel — titled Two Icons, One Night for good reason!

For more ’70s rock than you can handle, listen to The Bridge (Ch. 17), and check out The Billy Joel Channel (Ch. 14) for more from the man himself.

Coldplay Music of the Spheres Tour

Coldplay recently announced seven dates for their Music of the Spheres 2023 West Coast Tour. This September and October, the band will visit Seattle, Vancouver, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

In 2022, they broke records when they sold more concert tickets than any other artist — over six million! Excitingly, this time round, the band has pledged to cut tour emissions by 50% through a number of initiatives, such as powering their stage with renewable energy and giving 10% of their profits to environmental projects and charities. Sounds like a great idea to us!

Can’t wait until September? Fill your head with Coldplay and more bands just like them with Alt Nation (Ch. 36).

Billy Idol Idol Live!

Joined by guitarist Steve Stevens, who co-penned the original Top Gun theme, Billy Idol will be embarking on a 16-date tour between March and May 2023. The tour will conclude at the Cruel World festival in Pasadena, where Idol will perform alongside other giants of the industry, including Iggy Pop, The Human League, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Love ’70s punk rock? Check out Marky Ramone’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg (Ch. 712)!

Don’t forget to check out SiriusXM for more music, entertainment, and news!

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Vote for the Best Country Love Songs, Hear Storme and Allie Warren Count Them Down
Storme and Allie Warren's Valentine's Day Countdown The Highway

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Storme Warren and his wife, Allie, are counting down a list of Highway Love Songs — created by you, our listeners! Vote in the poll below now for up to five of your favorites. Then, listen to The Highway (Ch. 56) on February 14 at 12pm and 8pm ET to hear Storme and Allie present the results in order.Click here to stream The Highway on SiriusXMDirections: Vote once before February 7 for up to five of your favorite songs.

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- Jackie Kolgraf
Join Janet Alvarez for a Roundup of Business News on Her Daily Show
Janet Alvarez: SiriusXM The Business Briefing

Start your days with insight into the biggest business headlines and trends of the day with The Business Briefing show, hosted by Janet Alvarez on Business Radio (Ch. 132).

Starting February 6, new episodes of The Business Briefing will air weekdays from 9–10am ET, covering the top business news of the day. Guests include Kevin O’Leary, star of Shark TankLiz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab; Anthony Scaramucci, Founder of SkyBridge; Chris Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire; and many more.Janet Alvarez is the Executive Editor at WiseBread, a CNBC & Telemundo contributor, and a Harvard Visiting Nieman Fellow. Alvarez is a formidable consumer advocate and veteran bilingual financial journalist. In her over 15 years in financial journalism, Janet has served as Director of News & Social Media for Univision; Contributing Editor & Video Host for TheStreet.com; podcast host for TIME Inc. and Charles Schwab’s Insights & Ideas podcast; Managing Editor of Mint.com and Quicken; US News Editor for Reuters-BreakingViews; and an anchor/reporter for the nationally syndicated news program First Business. She was also Director of Communications at PEAK6 Investments, a major options trading firm, where she was instrumental in the launch of WeSeed.com and OptionsHouse brokerage.

Alvarez has interviewed countless Fortune 1000 CEOs and CFOs, political luminaries and major fund managers, and has written on everything from derivatives and corporate finance to basic budgeting and savings techniques. She is a sought-after commentator who is regularly quoted by most major financial publications, appears regularly on radio and television programming and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on personal finance and investing topics at universities, conferences and roundtables.

Alvarez holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, an MBA from the Thunderbird School at Arizona State University and a certificate from the Wharton Business School’s Business Journalism Seminars.

Special Guests Include:

First Month:

Matt Murray – Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal

Michael Santoli – CNBC Senior Markets Commentator

Helene Meisler – Columnist at Real Money

Ben Armstrong – Investor, YouTuber and Crypto Influencer

John Bollinger – President of Bollinger Capital Management, Creator of Bollinger Bands

Shane Parrish – Bestselling Author and Founder of The Knowledge Project

John Herbst – Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Senior Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center

Andy Slavitt – Administrator of Medicare and Medicaid under Obama, Biden COVID Advisor, Host of In The Bubble Podcast

Eric Topol – Founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute

Brad Feld – Co-Founder of Foundry

Maelle Gavet – CEO of Techstars

Thomas Lee – Co-Founder and Head of Research at FS Insight

Tom Frieden – President and CEO of Resolve To Save Lives, Former CDC Director and NYC Health Commissioner

Kevin O’Leary – Star of Shark Tank, Founder of O’Leary Funds

Howard Lindzon – General Partner at Social Leverage, Co-Founder of Stocktwits, Seed Funder of Robinhood

Benedict Evans – Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First and Mosaic Ventures

Jurrien Timmer – Global Head of Macro at Fidelity

Aswath Damodaran – Professor at Stern School of Business at New York University

Brian Feroldi – Founder of Long Term Mindset

Samantha LaDuc – Founder of Laduc Trading

Lisa Abramowicz – Host of Bloomberg Surveillance on Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio

Jonah Lupton – Founder of Lupton Capital

Sven Henrich – Founder of Northman Trader

Don Graves – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce

Miguel Cardona – U.S. Secretary of Education

Jim Justice – Governor of West Virginia

Chris Sununu – Governor of New Hampshire

Andy Beshear – Governor of Kentucky

Dick Durbin – U.S. Senate Majority Whip

Aaron Levie – CEO of Box

Grant Cardone – Author, Entrepreneur, Host of the Cardone Zone on SiriusXM

Darren Rovell – Leading Sports Business Reporter at The Action Network

Anthony Scaramucci – Founder of SkyBridge

Regular:

Danielle DiMartino Booth – CEO of Quill Intelligence

Fred Kempe – President and CEO of the Atlantic Council

Michael Sonnenschein – CEO of Grayscale Investments

Steve Hanke – Economist at Johns Hopkins, Director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute, Former Member of Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers

Liz Ann Sonders – Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab

Eric Garland – Geopolitical Analyst, Advisor to Governments and Corporations

Michael Gayed – Founder of the Lead Lag Report

Felix Salmon – Chief Financial Correspondent on Axios

Scott Redler – Chief Strategist T3Live and T3TradingGroup

Stephanie Link – Chief Investment Strategist and Portfolio Manager at Hightower

Ryan Detrick – Chief Market Strategist at Carson Group

Adam Ozimek – Chief Economist at the Economic Innovation Group

Josh Young – Chief Investment Officer & Founder of Bison Interests, top-trading Oil and Gas firm

Robin Wigglesworth – Editor at Financial Times

Dave Sekera – Morningstar Chief Market Strategist

Dr. Adam Posen – President of Peterson Institute for International Economics

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23 New Songs Out Today
Listen to new songs by GloRilla, PinkPantheress/Ice Spice, Storefront Church (Evan Dando cover ft. Deafheaven's George Clarke), Dying Fetus, JID, Lil Keed, and more... Continue reading…
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Our favorite songs of the week (playlist)
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Russkaja break up, saying the war in Ukraine makes it “impossible” to have an image and style using Soviet symbols
”We tried to do statements, position ourselves publicly for what we stand and that's peace and unity. But we can feel that it's not enough and also it will not change anymore. We realized that this war will not stop soon and even if it would, the Soviet imagery and style is forever damaged now.” Continue reading…
- Andrew Sacher
LI metalcore band Blood Runs Cold (Koyo, Sanction) share debut two-song single
Blood Runs Cold is a new Long Island metallic hardcore/metalcore band fronted by Koyo vocalist Joey Chiarmonte and also featuring members of Sanction, The Fight, Separated, and Missing Link... Continue reading…
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Dry Cleaning wrapped up their tour in Brooklyn w/ Spirit of the Beehive & more (pics, setlist)
UK band Dry Cleaning wrapped up their North American tour in support of their terrific second album, ‘Stumpwork,‘ in Brooklyn on Thursday night at the cavernous Pioneer Works... Continue reading…
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Quicksand’s ‘Slip’ at 30: members of Thursday, Thrice, Cave In, Rise Against & more reflect
Our variant is on limited-to-1000 red with black and yellow marble vinyl and is available for pre-order in the BV shop. Continue reading…
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Quicksand’s ‘Slip’ gets 30th anniversary vinyl reissue (pre-order our exclusive multi-color variant!)
Our latest exclusive vinyl variant is a 30th anniversary reissue of Quicksand's classic debut LP 'Slip' on ”red with black and yellow marble” vinyl. Continue reading…
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The Reds, Pinks & Purples prep new LP (stream 2 tracks), touring with Destroyer
‘The Town That Cursed Your Name‘ will be out in March via Slumberland and the tour with Destroyer is in May. Continue reading…
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.gif from god announce new EP ‘Digital Red,’ share “A Kiss For Every Hornet”
Richmond screamo-mathcore band .gif from god have shared the chaotic lead single from their first release in four years. Continue reading…
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The Damned announce new album ‘Darkdelic,’ share “The Invisible Man” video
’Darkdelic’ is out in April, and The Damned will be in the US to play Las Vegas fest Punk Rock Bowling over Memorial Day Weekend Continue reading…
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Jerry Seinfeld adds new Beacon Theatre dates to tour; AI-generated ‘Seinfeld’ spoof streaming
AI-generated Seinfeld spoof ’Nothing, Forever’ has been streaming since December, but began making headlines only more recently... Continue reading…
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Crocodiles announce new album (watch the “Degeneration” video)
‘Upside Down In Heaven‘ will be out April 7 via Lolipop Records. Continue reading…
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Graham Coxon & Rose Elinor Dougall discuss the inspirations behind The WAEVE’s debut LP
The WAEVE‘s self-titled debut is out now and Graham and Rose's influences for it include Talk Talk, Fairport Convention, Broadcast, Gong, Young Marble Giants and more. Continue reading…
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Punk Island 2023 applications open now for bands, vendors, and volunteers
NYC's free, all ages, DIY punk festival Punk Island is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, better known as its Quincañera. Continue reading…
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TWIABP’s David F. Bello releases new solo album ‘Almost Heaven (Not Yet)’
TWIABP singer David F. Bello has released his first solo album in a long time, and it's a gorgeous record. Continue reading…
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Kommand announce new LP ‘Death Age’ for 20 Buck Spin, share “Chimera Soldiers”
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4 New Year’s Resolutions to Transform Your Music Career in 2023

1) Go on Offense ASAP (While everyone else is slacking)
4 New Year’s Resolutions to Transform Your Music Career in 2023

At the beginning of the year, you have the opportunity to go on offense while most artists are procrastinating in the aftermath of the holidays. While they repeat the crucial mistake of waiting to take action, you can be off and running - getting a big head start.

We see it every year, savvy artists & musicians enter January with a release schedule, budget, and promotion plan dialed. Meanwhile, their competition spends January and February moving at a snail's pace.

At Playlist Push, the artists that launch campaigns in January often see a major surge in traction as there’s simply less competition, while listeners are starving for new music to start their year.

If you feel a bit unprepared, it’s all good, just get moving now. And if you won't have new music for a while, remember the benefits of promoting a previous release.

2) Plan out Your Year and Set Your Goals

Split the year up into quarters. Q1-Q4. Set your quarterly goals, keep them realistic but challenging, and push yourself to stretch this year.

Answer big guiding questions (examples below):

Where do I want my music career to be by end of 2023?

Have a full-time manager and booking agentIncrease my streaming income by 3xLaunch a new merch lineRelease 15 new songs

How can I be on offense all-year long?

Release new music every monthExecute a marketing plan for each releasePrioritize time and headspace for writing/recordingLeverage tools & software to automate and streamlineLeverage my team, delegate (or build a team)

In addition to creating an outline of your year with a recording schedule and release schedule, now is the time to set timelines for career goals like getting a manager and booking agent.

The key is to chunk everything down into smaller pieces and timelines that are actionable.

Goal and Action Plan Example

Goal: Sign with an experienced Artist Manager or Management Team by end of March 2023.

Action Plan:

January:

Research potential managers/companies and compile a list of candidatesAsk other artists and industry connects for recommendations, contacts, and introductionsPrepare 1-sheet and email outreach template with accomplishments, stats, and links

February:

Execute outreach - full-court press (emails, calls, text, dm's)Schedule as many relevant phone calls and in-person meetings as possibleDetermine top candidates

March:

Do deep dive evaluation of top candidatesEngage in 2nd and 3rd round talks to fully vet top candidatesDetermine details of the agreement, legal review of the agreementLaunch a full-time or trial agreement3) Streamline Your Social Media

Social media can easily consume too much of your time and energy as an artist and take you away from your craft. It’s far too easy to let it become a black hole that ends up hurting your career.

But let’s be real, you need it, and when used well - and efficiently it can have a huge impact.

The key is to make your life easy and get days or weeks ahead of your posts. This is how you avoid social media stress and burnout.

You want to avoid wasting a ton of time thinking about social posts on the fly and using your mental bandwidth on coming up with something new each time.

Tip #1: Determine your repeatable formats and build a schedule:

Share song snippets on IG posts/stories, TikTok in the weeks leading up to a releaseMake videos of you in the studio - share the processBuild a collection of high-quality photos of you or your band by working with a photographer, then create a social media release schedule of posts with quotes from your lyricsShare posts that your fans tag you in on IG storiesShare acoustic versions of your songs or covers

Tip #2: Prioritize what works and feels authentic:

In a perfect world, you'd be crushing it on every social platform, but without a team in place to manage this, it’s going to be hard to pull off without burning out.

If you’re managing your own social media, focus on the channels where you get the most engagement and where feel like the medium matches your strengths. Doing what feels good, organic, and authentic is going to yield the highest return.

There’s a lot of pressure for artists to be active on TikTok, and for good reason, but if you’ve tried it or decided it’s really not for you, then skip it. Instead, promote your music on TikTok through other creators.

4) Invest in Real Music Promotion

You can follow all of the steps above, but you’ll be missing out on the key ingredient to make your 2023 plan take off without a promotion plan.

You gotta build the fire with a strong foundation (steps 1-3) but then set it ablaze by pouring the gasoline on (marketing & promotion).

What are the best music promotion strategies in 2023?

Without question, the answer is still Spotify Playlist Promotion and TikTok Music Promotion. This continues to be where the most successful artists, managers, and labels are focused.

Getting your music on high-quality relevant playlists remains the top strategy for building your streaming presence.

Meanwhile, TikTok's impact is growing stronger, continuing to drive label deals for independent artists.

What makes Playlist Push Different?

We are the most experienced company in playlist promotion - working with over 20,000 artists since 2017.

In an industry where authenticity and trust are critical we place the highest priority on working only with high-quality, organic playlists & creators with real listeners & followers.

Our tech-forward approach allows you to run highly targeted campaigns at scale, driving long-term results.

Looking to Promote your Music?

Use our TikTok Music Promotion and Spotify Playlists Promotion service.

- Ben C
How To Get Your Music On The Billboard Charts in 2023
How To Get Your Music On The Billboard Charts in 2023

Whether you’re an artist, producer, singer, manager, or label, it’s a pretty special accolade to gain traction in the upward ranks of the famous Billboard Charts. Anywhere from the mainstream “Hot 100” to the “Global 200” charts, it is something heavily recognized in the music industry, and even more so today with how much music has become a digital metric-based form of sonic consumption and business. In essence, the Billboard Charts are a weekly ranked list of songs and albums based on their popularity, driven by streams, sales, and airplay. These factors determine the chart placement of either a single or whole album’s success and can move up or down the charts in relation to the metrics and/or performance of other competing music. They are published in the iconic Billboard Magazine among other places, and have been a golden target for all musical successes since their inception in 1913…over a century ago!

So the big question is, how do you get your music on the Billboard Charts? It is actually quite simple, and you don’t need to be signed with a major record label to do so. In fact, you can register your songs into the Billboard Charts as an independent artist, and with a good business plan and promotional campaign, you may even take over the mainstream Billboard successes of today with a hit record. So without further ado, let’s get to the top of those charts.

Step One: Get Your Assets Ready

The first step to getting your music registered and ready to blast to the top of the Billboard Charts is to gather your assets, both on the single and album level. Through your distributor, you should be able to get the ISRC code for each individual single track. ISRC stands for “International Recording Standard Code” and is a unique assigned code to each single musical track that allows the rightsholder to identify and track their recording in perpetuity. In addition, you’ll need the UPC code for the album as well (even if it is still a one-song single recording). A UPC code, or “Universal Product Code” is like a barcode for tracking the sales and data of a whole album unit. So in short, collect the ISRC and UPC codes via your distributor and have them ready for launch.

Step Two: Register Your Song Information on Luminate (Formerly Nielsen Soundscan)

For the next step, once you have your ISRC and UPC codes ready just head to Luminate. This site will then give you two options that generate two forms to fill out.

One is for your “ISRC” information on the single-record level (view form).

The next is for the “Title/EAN/UPC Registration” (view form).

This process is pretty self-explanatory just as long as you then enter all of the information correctly regarding the music to be registered - and don’t forget to do both - on the ISRC level and Title/EAN/UPC level.

Step Three: Timing of Registration

In the previous step, you’ll notice that you input release dates, price, etc. - this is important to be aware of because you can enter this information (which we at Playlist Push recommend) before your music is released and once ingested into the DSPs/stores. This all depends on your release strategy and promotional campaign around the record, but generally 1-2 months out is ideal - very similar to how you want to make sure to pitch your Spotify release in Spotify for Artists with enough time before the actual public release day. Here is where you and your strategy can get a bit of a leg up on the charts, by pushing pre-saves, pre-orders, and all-around buzz and excitement before your release.

Step Four: Promote Your Release

The final and most fun step is getting your music out. Before and after you release your record, it’s critical to have a strong marketing and promo strategy and plan of attack. As mentioned above, the Billboard Charts gather metrics to rank singles and albums based on streams, sales, and airplay, so the more push you have from all avenues of listening audiences, the more they will have a chance to rise up the charts. Playlist Push can give you that sharp edge for success with both Spotify streams and Tik Tok metrics, helping your chances of climbing the charts and captivating the world with your music.

Looking to Promote your Music?

Use our TikTok Music Promotion and Spotify Playlists Promotion service.

- Ben C
Three Music Marketing Strategies To Focus On In 2023
Three Music Marketing Strategies To Focus On In 2023

As the year 2022 comes to a near close and the majority of the music industry slows its roll, we now begin to set our sights on what’s to come in 2023. Each new year gives us a fresh perspective and the rebirth of yearly and monthly goals to boot. While in today’s wild west of making it as a musical artist has unlimited options and resources for success, here we breakdown three strategies or ideas to focus on for the year to come.

1. Rev Up Your Output

Although we’d like to recommend a quality over quantity mindset, the short-lived shelf life of music and engagement in the digital space is a truth that needs to be addressed. With so much of music marketing and brand success adhering to data trends and analytics, it’s no mistake that those who release and post on a constant and consistent schedule are rewarded most. This is not to stay to put out low quality work or ideas, but don’t go overboard on your perfectionism - the world is spinning too fast in 2022 and you can guarantee it will be spinning even faster in 2023 - and not every release or post is always going to be your biggest hit. In regards to the notion of output for your music brand or artist project, this is referring to a higher volume release schedule, and an even higher social media post and engagement schedule. For example, the way modern algorithms work regarding social media marketing on say Tik Tok, is that if you spend too much time perfecting one post every now and then, and don’t just blast off constant content, you won’t be rewarded with getting into new viewers and audiences that are outside of your current sphere. A great way to reach new fans on TikTok is to setup a TikTok Sound Campaign with Playlist Push, get started here.  The same goes with releasing music on the streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music  - the more you put out, the more opportunities and digital momentum you gain to find new fans and listeners. Everything in the digital music space is connected, and if you can bridge all of your qualities and strategies together with a rapid-fire upbeat business tactic, you’ll be sure to find some great success in 2023 and beyond.


2. Crush It Live

As we move full force into 2023 one thing is for sure: live shows are back. With the COVID-19 pandemic in our rearview mirror for the most part, the music world has seen a surge of live shows, concerts, performances, festivals, and any other in-person musical experience you can imagine. Although you can still grow and push your business through digital streaming and online performances, nothing has and nothing will ever replace the true live music experience. With that being said, make sure you take every opportunity you have when performing live to have a good show. That means practice, rehearsals, capturing content, interviews, meet & greets, etc. So much gain can come from having a good show and the fans who are there supporting you are your lifeblood, as well as attracting new fans and listeners that may have never seen or heard of you before. The impact live music has from an artist to fan relationship view, is unmatched via the digital space, so make sure you prioritize making these opportunities the best and most memorable they can be.

3. A Strong Brand Is Everything

One of the most common issues today with developing artists and musicians is their lack of brand awareness. An inconsistent brand presence can really confuse anyone who comes across your music or project, and it’s vital to hit that first impression strongly and keep up with the overall vibe. You want to make sure your business is branded around something consistent that doesn’t scatter too much into random or unrelated ideas. For example, are you going to use your Instagram business account to randomly post comedic memes that have nothing to do with your music, and then also post a video of your live show playing emotional downtempo beats? Be sure to have some separation and accuracy on your specific artist or musical project, and anything else unrelated. This idea goes for all of your artist platforms, not just social media. Another example would be, if you are self-releasing or creating your own artwork for your Spotify albums, is to keep the art branding consistent and compatible with your sound and direction. You want to remain consistent with the branding side of your business anywhere someone can see you, find you, engage with you, and ultimately listen to you.  


Although these are just a few brief strategies we think will be important in the coming year, there are limitless opportunities and ideas to be successful with how fast things are changing and moving. We wish you nothing but success and happiness for 2023 and can’t wait to see the heights you go. We are here to help you get on playlists and start reaching new fans on Spotify today, click here to get started.

- George Goodrich
How to promote your new Christmas song
How to promote your new Christmas song

Christmas songs or “Holiday Music” can be an excellent way to not only spread holiday cheer to the world around, but to gain streams and new fans. Every year, Christmas playlists crank millions of streams, and if you are lucky enough to get on one of these lists they can provide more than enough shopping money, and then some. Getting on these seasonal playlists can also be a great way to maintain monthly listeners on Spotify, as it’s no doubt there is a typical lull in attention during the months of November/December. In this article, we cover the best promotional methods for your Christmas or Holiday inspired release.

1) How to get your song on Christmas playlists

This is by far one of the best ways to promote your holiday song. Specifically, Spotify playlists are the most lucrative and easiest to access for artists. While you can most definitely do your own research and try to hunt down curators, it is common for them to be targeted by hundreds, if not thousands of artists. Running a Spotify campaign with Playlist Push is a great way to reach playlists that are specific to Christmas and Holiday music, and it’s also a great way to reach playlist curators who have a range of playlists that could feature such music. This will also boost the Spotify algorithm to trigger more discovery for your song across Spotify.

Just use our Playlist Promotion service to set up a campaign, add genres that fit your song, and be sure to add the genre “Christmas” or “Holidays”. We would also recommend adding other specific genres (Indie, Country, Pop, etc) for the song as many curators who run playlists would be open to adding Christmas themed music to their playlists.

When it comes to getting on playlists there really is no better service than Playlist Push.

How to promote your new Christmas song2) Connect with YouTube playlists

YouTube is a great place to get your song on Christmas and Holiday playlists, but it does require a little bit of extra detective work - just search for a relevant playlist for your song and compile a hit list. For example, if you search for “Indie Christmas Music”, click on the playlist, then click on the channel name to see their contact info. Here you can most likely contact them directly. See the example below:

How to promote your new Christmas songExample of Playlist Push curator College Music on YouTube

Now you’ll want to craft a very short request and be sure to give all relevant links to your music so that the curator can easily add your song. Most serious YouTube playlist curators will have an email or a specific link to submit your music to. These curators can easily get overloaded with submissions so be sure to follow up.

3) Timing of your Christmas song.

It is important to start doing this work for the holiday season as soon as you can. Early to mid-November is a great time to start tracking down these curators since they will be getting bogged down as we get closer to Christmas and the end of the calendar year. You can always get on a Spotify playlist a few days before Christmas, but as you can imagine as soon as December 25th passes, Christmas and Holiday music consumption drops to nearly zero.

4) Spread the cheer on TikTok.

Creating a TikTok with your Christmas music is a great way to engage a massive audience. Massive amounts of people are home with their families scrolling on their phones! You can request or tell the TikTok community to add your song to their own Christmas or Holiday playlists. Also, another great way to promote your Christmas sound on TikTok is to create a video that is fun to engage with and will lead to people creating more videos. Hiring Playlist Push to send your song to TikTok influencers is a fantastic way to get TikTokers to use your song, which of course can lead to more streams on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Learn more about our TikTok campaigns visit our TikTok Promotion Page.

5. Local shops and restaurants.

Most coffee shops, restaurants, and retail stores are always looking for new and relevant music to keep their patrons happy. You can either create a Holiday playlist for a specific venue and share the link with their manager, or simply ask them to add the song to their Spotify playlist if they use Spotify for Brands. These businesses should be using a properly licensed overhead music company, but you can be sure that many of them are not.

6. Perform at holiday events


If you're a live performer, take advantage of the many holiday events happening in your community this time of year. From tree lighting ceremonies to office parties, there are plenty of opportunities to get your Christmas song out there. And who knows, maybe you'll even land yourself a gig performing at Santa's workshop!

Conclusion

When it comes to online music promotion it can be hard to find just anyone who can help with Christmas and Holiday promo. Hopefully, these strategies will give you a leg up to spread that holiday cheer. Also, remember that having a Christmas song in your catalog is excellent and can be continuously promoted each year!

Looking to Promote your Christmas Music?

Check out our Spotify Playlists Promotion or TikTok Music Promotion service.

- William Duvall
Indie Artist F.N. Shares The Importance of Embracing Your Sound & Not Following Trends
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Currently Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Hobby: Playing basketball & sim racing
Favorite Artist(s): The 1975, Christian Kuria, Omar ApolloWho is F.N.? Indie Artist F.N. Shares The Importance of Embracing Your Sound & Not Following Trends


I make music under the name F.N. but I go by Yifan in my real life. I’m an independent artist that writes, produces, and mixes my own music and I also make all my visuals (sometimes with some help from friends).

I try my best to make music that only I could make, and that happens to be mostly inspired by pop, indie rock, and R&B.

What is the story behind your artist name?


I read something a few years back that said that BTS was a great name for a band because it’s easy to spell, easy to say, and letters are something that translates across all cultures and continents for the most part.

So obviously I ripped them off and picked some letters that could sound like my real name if you say it in just the right way.

How did you “discover” your sound?


I’ve been getting closer lately but I think I’m still looking for my sound. When I first started this project, I was looking for ways to shoehorn influences into my music that I thought would make me look cool.

But listening back to earlier songs, it feels a bit unnatural like I was trying to be something I wasn’t. These days I think less about how my music appears to an audience and instead I create sounds and textures that feel good to me personally.

Every single artist has their own unique set of influences and I think that’s something beautiful to showcase without any reservations.

What are your immediate music career goals?


There are three main areas that I want to focus on in the next few years: playing live, releasing solo music, and writing/producing for other artists.

I haven’t performed in front of a crowd at all since I sang in my university’s a cappella group so that’s definitely a muscle I want to flex again to eventually book opening slots for artists I admire.

Obviously, I want to keep releasing better and better music as F.N. and hopefully build enough demand for a full-length album.

I find it extremely fulfilling to work with other musicians, so I want to spend more time doing that to help them achieve goals and reach milestones of their own.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?


Don’t be afraid to suck. Very few people are good at making music when they first start out.

For most people, it takes tons of repetitions of writing awful songs and producing awful instrumentals, and making awful mixes before you can start to see the sliver of something good.

It’s difficult to put in the work consistently while maintaining a critical ear but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

What does your creative process look like?


Guitar is my main instrument, so I’ll normally improvise there until I find a melody or chord progression, or groove that really inspires me. Once I have that initial spark, I’ll be off to the races.

I generally try to write the whole song on acoustic guitar because it ensures that the core song is still exciting in its most bare-bones state. But sometimes I get too excited about production so in that case, I’ll make the full instrumental and then write to that.

@musicbyfn

"must be nice" by F.N. out everywhere!

♬ Must Be Nice - F.N. What song best represents you, or your attitude to life?


Make Me Fall in Love” is the best song I’ve written yet, in my opinion. My favorite artists are the ones that are able to make classic/retro sounds feel new again, and that was the whole thesis for that song.

I wanted to write a song that felt like it could belong in the 1960s but then manipulate it like a sample to make it feel weird and new and fresh.

What is something you think artists do wrong?


I think some artists latch on too tightly to trends and they try to sound like other artists. In my opinion, the best artists are the ones that push boundaries and those are the artists that withstand the test of time.

What are your fondest musical memories?


Throughout university, I was a part of my university’s all-male a cappella group. Every year we would compete at the International Competition for Collegiate A cappella (ICCA) in the first round (the quarter-finals) but we never advanced to the next round.

That’s okay, it was still fun. But one year, not only did our minds get blown when we did well in the quarter-finals and made it to the semi-finals, but we also made it to the finals!

We were one of ten groups in the world to perform to a sold-out crowd at the Beacon Theatre on Broadway in New York City. It was an incredible experience to perform in front of literally thousands of people with 15 other guys that had become my closest friends.

What fictional character do you identify with the most and why?


Squidward, because my friends are idiots and I act like I hate them but I actually love them.

Indie Artist F.N. Shares The Importance of Embracing Your Sound & Not Following TrendsHow has Playlist Push contributed to your growth as an artist?


As an artist with a limited budget and virtually no connections, Playlist Push allows me to get my music in front of listeners that wouldn’t have had a chance to find out about me otherwise.

Placements on Playlist Push have gotten my releases large spikes in streams that have triggered some algorithmic playlist love on Spotify (from Radio, Release Radar, and Discover Weekly).

Some of those releases are still growing on algorithmic playlists years after my Playlist Push campaign.

Looking to Promote your own Music?

Use our Spotify Playlist Promotion or TikTok Music Promotion service.

- Alex Mitchell-Hardt
5 Reasons You Should Promote Your Older Songs & How to Do It
5 Reasons You Should Promote Your Older Songs & How to Do It

Why are the most successful artists and managers investing so much time and money into promoting their previous releases instead of just new singles?

In this article, we’ll answer this question by looking at the data behind this shift and how promoting your older music is one of the most intelligent strategies for streaming success.

Part 1: The Reasons to Promote Your Older Songs
1) Older releases are more popular than ever and starting to dominate the streaming charts

Older releases now make up 33% of the Spotify Global Weekly Top Songs Chart, more than doubling since 2020 (Spotify Fan Study).

5 Reasons You Should Promote Your Older Songs & How to Do ItSource: spotify.com2) Fans are more likely to listen to your previous releases than your latest singles


64% of artist profile streams on Spotify are people listening to tracks older than 18 months tracks (Spotify Fan Study).

5 Reasons You Should Promote Your Older Songs & How to Do ItSource: Spotify.com3) Promoting previous tracks keeps your streaming momentum going in between releases.

If you have a lull in new releases, you may notice your streaming numbers begin to stagnate. This is the perfect time to promote a track from your catalog.

This will stoke your streaming presence activating new and current listeners. Ultimately this boosts the Spotify algorithm in your favor while you prepare new music.

4) A great song is a great song, regardless of release date

The mindset that only new singles are worth promoting is shortsighted. The data shows that listeners don’t care when a song was released. They just want to hear a great song. A great song will always connect.

Keep in mind, this is also true for playlist curators. When curators are reviewing a submission for placement, they're focusing on the music, not the release date.

5) Introduce a new audience to your best work

There is no doubt some songs in your catalog deserve to get more exposure. Maybe you released the song before playlist or TikTok promo was available or you didn’t have the budget when it was released.

Whatever the reason, marketing one of these songs is a powerful way to reach new listeners and bring them into your ecosystem. Choosing to submit your song to curators or influencers is perfect for this.

Part 2: How to Promote Your Older Tracks

1) Which previous release should you promote?


Method 1: Choose a track that is a proven performer.
Look at the most popular songs in your catalog that never received a proper promotional push. These songs have huge upside potential for playlisting and TikTok promotion.

Method 2: Choose a sleeper hit that has been flying under the radar.
Some of your best work may be buried in your catalog and lost in the sauce on Spotify. These tracks are begging for a boost to stoke the algorithm and are a great choice for pitching to playlist curators and TikTok creators.

Method 3: Choose a song that was ahead of its time.
Have you put out a song in the past where the style/genre was just a bit too niche at the time of release? Does it now fit into a genre or style that is currently trending? These present a great opportunity.

2) When should you promote a previous release?

No matter which of the options below fits you, your Spotify presence can likely benefit from promoting an older track now.

Method 1: Fill the gaps between recording new music
Everyone’s recording cycles are different, if it’s going to be a while before you have new music ready, this doesn’t mean you should be inactive in the music promotion game.

Method 2: Warm up and boost your fanbase before a new release
If you are planning to drop a new record in the next 1-3 months, right now can be the perfect time to bring in new listeners and boost your Spotify presence. You’re essentially priming your account for the next big release.

Method 3: Keep your streaming momentum stoked
With this method, you can really try it anytime. The goal here is to realize that you are sitting on an arsenal of music that can be leveraged for a promotion that will keep your streaming presence burning. For each artist, you can test and learn what works best for you.

Looking to Promote your Music?

Try our Spotify Playlist Pitching and TikTok Music Promotion services.

- Alex Mitchell-Hardt
Independent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022
Independent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022

It's no secret that TikTok has become the most popular place for A&Rs to discover new talent.

These days, if you find your name on the TikTok Emerging Artists Chart you can rest assured every label is now aware of you.

A recent Vox report found that of the 125 emerging artists they tracked, over 45% of them signed a major label record deal after going viral on TikTok.

In this post, we'll share 5 emerging artists that have broken through in 2022 and landed one of those coveted deals.

1) Katie Gregson-MacLeod | Signed with Columbia RecordsIndependent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022source: spotify.com

Most Viral TikTok Sound: "Complex (demo)"

Story: The Scotland-native signed to Columbia Records after posting a 45 second clip of her song “Complex”. Since being released on Spotify, the song has racked up over 10 million streams. More details via NME.

Must See Video:

@katiegregsonmacleod here’s my saviour complex song #fyp #originalsong #singersongwriter ♬ complex (demo) - Katie Gregson-MacLeod 2) Armani White | Signed with Def JamIndependent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022source: spotify.com

Most Viral TikTok Sound: "Billie Eilish"

Story: Signed by DefJam in July 2022 after his single "Billie Eilish" took over TikTok. The single is now closing in on 100 Million Spotify streams. More details via Billboard.

Must See Video:

@armaniblanco IM REALLY THE GOAT NOW 😤🐐 #fyp #phillytiktok #blacktiktok #billieeilish #goated ♬ original sound - Armani White 3) Ktlyn | Signed with Diemon RecordsIndependent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022source: spotify.com

Most Viral TikTok Sound: "Big Mad"

Story: Ktlyn was discovered on TikTok by independent rap icon Russ. After delivering the goods on his “Handsomer” open verse challenge on TikTok, she was chosen to be on the official remix for the song - boasting over 40 million streams on Spotify.  More Details via Billboard.

Must See Video:

@ktlynraps I won’t lie that extra coin don’t hurt 🤣 @russ eng @brendangone #handsomer #russ #rap ♬ HANDSOMER (Remix) (Feat. Ktlyn) - Russ 4) Warren Zeiders | Signed with Warner RecordsIndependent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022source: spotify.com

Most Viral TikTok Sound: "Ride The Lightning"

Story: The Hershey, PA native signed with Warner Records after amassing a huge TikTok following and having this track "Ride the lightning" take off on the platform. The song is now certified Gold. More via Billboard

Must See Video:

@warrenzeiders Can Y’all Blow This Up 2x ⁉️⚡️#fyp #countrymusic #country #warrenzeiders #singing #viral #xyzbca ♬ original sound - Warren Zeiders 5) Lehla Samia | Signed with CMG RecordsIndependent Artists Signing Record Deals after TikTok Success in 2022source: spotify.com

Most Viral TikTok Sound: "Call on Me"

Story: The R&B artist turned TikTok star was signed by Yo Gotti to his CMG Record Label. Along with the record deal, Yo Gotti handed her the keys to a pink Lamborghini. More Details via Complex.

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@lehlasamia 👑 of CMG💕 , I’m making so many amazing memories. This is only the beginning #fyp #lehnation 🫶🏽 #family ♬ Call On Me - Lehla Samia Looking to Promote your Music on TikTok?

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- TJ Jones
The Fall of FN Meka and The Rise of The Virtual Influencer
The Fall of FN Meka and The Rise of The Virtual Influencer

FN Meka was created in 2019 by Factory New Records as what appeared to be a run-of-the-mill virtual influencer. The avatar quickly gained notoriety on TikTok for posting videos featuring Gucci Tesla Cybertrucks, Lamborghini gaming chairs, and other (now deleted) Artificial Reality powered content, amassing millions of followers on the platform.

The virtual influencer was also heavily involved in the NFT Marketplace and has been known to “auction off” things like the virtual Lamborghini-styled “SUPER TOLIET” porta-potty which earned its creators $6,432 in cryptocurrency and promoted “AR sneakers” on the RTFKT Marketplace.

AI RAPPERS UP NEXT‼️

One of Capitol Records’ newest signees is @fnmeka, a rapper created from artificial intelligence pic.twitter.com/RX8XolmFNw

— RemixdMag (@RemixdMag) August 21, 2022

Although Meka did release 2 songs that year that made their way around TikTok, the CGI avatar seemed more like a Grand Theft Auto NPC than a signable music artist.

Perhaps this internet buzz was used as a proof of concept by the co-founder of Factory New Records and former artist manager Anthony Martini when the avatar FN Meka was signed to Capitol Records 3 years later.

Dubbed as the “world’s first AR artist to sign with a major label”, FN Meka has sparked quite a bit of controversy over the past few weeks and is a peak at what’s to come for the future of the music industry.

The Fall

Ironically, FN Meka is voiced by an actual person, not A.I. Co-founder Martini has stated that the A.I. technology is only used was for creating lyrical content, chords, melody [and] tempo.

When allegations emerged that the FN Meka project is a racist caricature that appropriates black art and culture, Martini defended the project in the New York Times stressing that the anonymous rapper that voices FN Meka is “a black guy”, and his team was “actually one of the most diverse teams you can get”.

Have you lost your FN minds? @capitolrecords @capitolmusic pic.twitter.com/TxbqDhJmv0

— Industry Blackout #IndustryBlackout (@industryblkout) August 23, 2022

The rapper Kyle the Hooligan has alleged he was one of the multiple artists whose voices were used for FN Meka’s tracks and that he was promised equity in the company for his role in voicing the avatar rapper.

He also states that he was “ghosted” by the founders, never received any funds, or had any control over the likeness of the avatar which received major backlash after an image trivializing police brutality resurfaced.

The Fall of FN Meka and The Rise of The Virtual Influencer

In his interview with Vice, Kyle the Hooligan further alleges he wrote the song himself and all Factory New did was pitch up the vocals and told him to write in the style of 6ix9ine.

Factory New essentially created an avatar, used the talents of Kyle the Hooligan, kept him anonymous and failed to compensate him (and potentially other artists) for his work all while pushing the narrative that this was some new Artificial Intelligence break through.

To make matters worse, Gunna of Young Thug’s YSL Records is currently incarcerated for lyrics identical to the ones the robot is mimicking.

Martini argued in the NYT that FN Meka was “not this malicious plan of white [music industry] executives” but when black artists aren’t getting paid for their art, Martini and his label use avatars to perpetuate harmful stereotypes and face no consequences for what can land a black artists in prison, it seems pretty malicious. Or at the very least, a continuation of a long history of music labels exploiting Black artists.

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The Future of Virtual Artistry

Martini’s vision of the future of the music industry and the role virtual artists play in that have been contradictory to say the least.

In a 2021 interview with Music Business Worldwide, Martini posed the question How many [Artists] are just vessels for commercial endeavors?”.

He then references the fallout between Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift and how those situations wouldn’t happen if Taylor Swift was an avatar or “Basically a corporately-owned video game character.”  before touting that creating characters “using thousands of data points compiled from video games and social media” would save record labels money and increase “success” rates.

Seemingly arguing that it’s more efficient to eliminate real musicians and replace them with robots that don’t complain or ask to be compensated for their work.

However, after FN Meka was dropped from Capitol Records and Martini decided to leave the project all together, he released a new statement with a different outlook.

“Too many artists never realize their dreams because of the labels put on them by society. The music industry is full of talented singers, rappers and producers who never get a shot because a corporation doesn’t think they have “right look” or are “too old” or not “marketable enough.” Whether it’s prejudices they face or simply the artist not feeling comfortable with the body they were born in, virtual characters have the potential to be a true equalizer and the next frontier in representation in the arts. That is how virtual avatars can and should enable MORE artists to have a platform, not fewer.”

While this is a much less dystopian view on the future of the music industry, this is not what Factory New originally presented as the intent with the project nor does it reflect their actual experiences working with artists.

This contradiction does however bring up an interesting point.

Will virtual artistry be the great equalizer for musicians and create a more meritocratic system or will it further corporate reliance on algorithms and data models to decide what gets heard and promoted, even if that means eliminating the human element entirely ?

The only thing that’s certain is that virtual influencers aren’t going anywhere.

Lil Miquela first appeared on Instagram in 2016 as a 19 year old model / social justice activist living in Los Angeles, seemingly out of nowhere.

The Fall of FN Meka and The Rise of The Virtual Influencer

The novelty of Miquela helped the online character gain over a million Instagram followers that same year and it wasn't until 2 years later that the LA based startup Brud announced that they'd created Miquela and received $125 Million Dollars in VC funding the following year.

Lil Miquela has since been sponsored by numerous notable brands including Prada and Calvin Klien, signed with talented agency CAA and (you guessed it) has released dozens of tracks, many of which have over 1 million streams on Spotify.

The person behind the vocals for Miquela's music is anonymous.

While FN Meka may have failed miserably, it seems this is only the beginning for the "Virtual" "Artist".

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- William Duvall
Why Kid Travis Stays Independent and His Tips For Being a Successful Artist
Why Kid Travis Stays Independent and His Tips For Being a Successful Artist

Hometown: Bristol
Currently Based In: Philadelphia
Favorite Hobby: Playing video games and hanging with friends
Favorite Artist(s): Drake, Jon Bellion, & Post Malone
Who is Kid Travis?


I'm a multi genre artist that cannot be put in a box, but is always working on your next favorite song.

Most of my day is spent on making music. The music and I are one. I live breathe and sweat making music in my bedroom/office.

It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and it’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed.

So you're a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & producer. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?


Someone wanting to follow in my footsteps HAS TO LOVE WHAT THEY DO. If you love what you do, work is easy, so do good work.

Create what you think is great music. Make A LOT of that music. Release A LOT of that music. Stay independent. And most importantly, do not be afraid to learn new ways and perspectives.

In fact, I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t research some of the best who’s ever done music in this industry.

How do you measure success as an independent musician?


Because I’m independent, I have a lot more choices regarding my music than others who may be signed to a label.

I have full creative control, I have no exclusivity to any distribution, meaning I can upload anywhere at anytime, and I get to keep my MASTERS, which means I can also collect any radio play revenue.

By avoiding contractual traps and staying focused on your mission, it puts me in a place where I can have more OPTIONS and more FREEDOM.

What does your creative process look like?


I do A LOT of freestyling for melodic parts and then structuring to simplify the music.

Sometimes it takes me only a few hours to write a song when I am really invested.

Who are the biggest influences in your life that have contributed to your success?


My father and mother. They’ve been my rock.

My music teacher in highschool, Mrs. Ruiz

My AV teacher in highschool, CJ Mills

@kidtravis The hard work will pay off #hardwork #independentartist #foryoupage #viral #rnb #neyo ♬ Strawberry Skies - Kid Travis What keeps you motivated in your day-to-day life?


The excitement of life, because no one knows what the next day will bring.

What is the story behind your artist name?


My mother and father sang at restaurants and lounges when they were young and my father’s stage name became “Travis”.

What fictional character do you identify with the most and why?


This may sound funny, but sometimes I feel like iron man because of the many
screens I look at a day.

If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?


I would like my fans to remember that I was giving them music that I thoroughly enjoyed and made with care and caution.

They need to know that not only was I making this selfishly but I was, writing these songs to try and make them the most addictive they could possibly be!

Most importantly, I want my fans to be incapable of putting the song down or turning it off.

i swear my fans are the best idgaf
i’m feeding y’all next month
✌🏽

— kidtravis.com (@kidtravis) April 20, 2022
How has Playlist Push contributed to your growth as an artist?

It’s helped me capitalize on particular songs that have proven themselves to
work with a larger audience.

How did you discover Playlist Push?


We were looking into different ways to market the music I make and stumbled across this site and a few others, and we’ve been very satisfied ever since.

Looking to Promote your own Music?

Use our Spotify Playlist Promotion or TikTok Music Promotion service.

- William Duvall
Austin Native Kydd Jones Shares His Tips For Breaking Into The Music Industry
Hometown: Austin, TX
Currently Based: Austin, TX
Favorite Artist: Smino
Favorite Hobby: BasketballWho is Kydd Jones?Austin Native Kydd Jones Shares His Tips For Breaking Into The Music Industry


I’m a singer-songwriter, producer, emcee, artist, designer, director and creative from Austin, Texas.

How much of an influence has the city of Austin been on your music?


Well, I was born and raised here so I grew up hearing all kinds of music downtown and in the streets. It taught me to listen to a lot of different stuff and be well-rounded.

I’ve also lived in Brooklyn and in the Houston and Atlanta areas… those places also influenced me by driving me to figure out how to better market my music and stand out more.

What is your favorite song from your newest album Onyx d'Or (No More Waiting Deluxe) and why?

Crispy Sprite because it’s just a vibe! It’s definitely one of the more personal songs on the album, just talking about my life, what I’ve been through, and where I’m at right now.

How did you “discover” your sound?


I guess the things I listened to when I was growing up helped influence my style and sound. The stuff my mom and dad played in the house always stuck with me.

My mom is from Texas, so she listened to a lot of R&B like Mary J Blige but would also jam stuff from people like Snoop Dogg.

My dad is from New York so he would play stuff like DMX and Nas that a lot of people from Texas didn’t really care for at the time. Being in a rap group with my older brother definitely helped me hone my craft as well.

What is something you think artists do wrong?


Sometimes artists think too much. There’s a difference between doing your research or homework and overthinking something.

When I was signed to a record label as part of a group at 15 and things went sideways for the group, I didn’t look at it as the end of my career or let it stop my momentum the way some of the other members did.

I just kept on working in the studio and creating.

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What are your immediate music career goals?


To create generational wealth off of my talents and become a household name.

I’ve done a lot of crazy dope things in my music career so far, but having a son definitely changed my perspectives and priorities on how to get to where I need to go in order to put him in the best position possible.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?


To be free, whatever that means to myself or the listener. To have a voice that can overcome.

If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?


That he was the coldest in anything he did and in any genre!

As a singer-songwriter, emcee, producer, fashion designer, director… man, even when it comes to putting barbecue sauce on some brisket! What did Birdman say?

Put some respect on my name!

What music did you listen to when you were a kid?


Hiphop and R&B but mostly R&B.

How has Playlist Push contributed to your growth as an artist?


Playlist Push has been dope because it helps introduce artists to more fans across the world that are down to help spread the word to people about us and our music.

Looking to Promote your own Music?
Use our Spotify Playlist Promotion or TikTok Music Promotion service.

- Alex Mitchell-Hardt
How TikTok videos launch music careers on Spotify: 5 Steps
How TikTok videos launch music careers on Spotify: 5 Steps

Vox recently conducted a "data investigation into how TikTok is shaping the music industry" and shared their findings in this insight-filled video:

During the project, the researchers uncovered “The TikTok-to-Spotify Pipeline", perhaps the most impactful phenomenon in the modern music industry.

1) What is the TikTok-To-Spotify Pipeline?

The 'TikTok-to-Spotify Pipeline' is the connection between a song going viral on TikTok and its impact on that artist's Spotify streaming success.

How TikTok videos launch music careers on Spotify: 5 StepsSource: Vox YouTube

According to Vox's analysis, it is this TikTok-Spotify connection that's leading to so many new breakout stars and record deals.

Here are couple quotes from the video that explain why TikTok is so special for music promotion.

Elias Leight (Sr. Writer @Billboard):

“The two big differences are how many viral moments [TikTok] creates and then how directly that virality correlates with streaming increase...which is why the labels are so obsessed with it.”

L. Dre (Viral TikTok Artist):

“TikTok is one of the main platforms where people actually leave the app to go and add music to their library.” 2) TikTok virality leads to sustained Spotify success 🙌

When a song takes off on TikTok and goes viral, this creates a short-term craze that eventually fades.

However, this momentary TikTok virality can actually generate sustained long-term Spotify streaming behavior.

For example, take a look at the chart below showing JVKE's peak TikTok virality.

How TikTok videos launch music careers on Spotify: 5 StepsSource: Vox YouTube

You'll notice that the moment of peak virality aligns with the start of his rapid growth on Spotify, which carried on for months after the TikTok buzz had cooled down.

For JVKE, TikTok was his primary music marketing and promo platform. The results speak for themselves.

TikTok launched a whole new lifecycle for JVKE's song on Spotify.

3) TikTok success leads to getting on Spotify playlists 🚀

Put simply, going viral on TikTok leads to a surge of listeners, which leads to getting on Spotify playlists and generates cycles of triggering the Spotify algorithm.

It creates a concentrated drove of streams on Spotify that begin to activate the platform. Algorithmic, user-generated, and editorial playlist placements follow.

The chart below from Vox shows how after "Upside Down" by Jake went viral on TikTok it began getting added to Spotify editorial playlists at a rapid rate.

How TikTok videos launch music careers on Spotify: 5 StepsSource: Vox YouTube

The effect becomes a self-sustaining streaming ecosystem within Spotify that continues to support & promote the song.


4) TikTok virality leads to record deals & leverage 💸

In Vox's report they found that about 46% of the 125 emerging artists they tracked signed major label deals after going viral on TikTok...and the rests of the artists likely turned their offers down to stay independent (source). So what's happening here?

Elias Leight (Sr. Writer @Billboard):

In a way, TikTok is great for the labels. They basically sit on top of it, watch everything come up and if they get it at the right time they can probably make their money back on pretty much one track.

The intensity of these bidding wars around viral songs is pretty wild.

How do the labels make their money back? This comes from all of the streaming royalties that are generated by the viral artists on Spotify, Apple Music, and Streaming platforms. They'll also make some money from TikTok royalties.

How TikTok videos launch music careers on Spotify: 5 StepsSource: Vox YouTube5) How to take advantage of the TikTok-To-Spotify Pipeline 🤫

The key is to get creators on TikTok to use your music in their videos. You can try to do this organically by starting your own trend or asking your followers, but the most effective way is to submit your music to influencers and creators with big followings.

What's the easiest way to pitch your music to TikTok creators? You can reachout directly and DM them, however this can be hard to get responses and negotiate rates.

Playlist Push campaigns simplify TikTok music promotion. It takes less than 3 minutes to set up a campaign and connect with hundreds of creators.

- TJ Jones
How Kai Crushed Youtube Music and Became a 5 Star Spotify Curator
How Kai Crushed Youtube Music and Became a 5 Star Spotify Curator

Kai has helped 36 of our artists reach over 600,000 new listeners!

Hometown: Brighton, United Kingdom
Top Genres: slowed & reverb / dance pop
Favorite Artist: xxxtentacion & playboi carti
Favorite Hobby: Thrifting / Fashion

1) How did you get into curating playlists?

I've always had a big influence in music from a young age with my uncle Chad Jackson who is a DMC world champion DJ who helped my find creativity within music & always supported my interest in the industry. I started out creating random songs & noise on daw's like reason & logic as a child which lead me into creating my first youtube channel where i'd learnt how to produce instrumental versions of popular music. Since then over the span of the following 10 years i'd gone from learning production to being a manager of multiple successful artists, creating my own alias, curating music as one of the pioneers in the YouTube music scene & to where I am today. My passion for music stems from my inspiration but also the way it allows myself & others to express ourselves, I believe in music therapy & always helping others so it's allowed me to share something I value a lot for my own health but to also connect hundreds of thousands of people & hopefully help them too.


2) What’s the story behind your greatest playlist?

One of my most recent projects on YouTube I began around in 2020 was a now more popular known edit of audio known as "slowed + reverb", i'd seen the impact this had in the community & how so many people connected to it on a more emotional level compared to normal. Unfortunately due to personal reasons I wasn't able to continue this channel on myself & left it in the hands of a friend in 2021 but it had quickly grown to almost 700,000 subscribers in that time. I knew the impact it had in the community & how it helped & I didn't want to  leave that behind so later on curated a playlist on Spotify in the same aspect. By this time a lot of artists were releasing their own edits on their songs & many artists took to making covers of their favourite songs & recreating the same editing style which allowed me to curate & share more music in this style on Spotify.


3) What's your primary method for discovering new music?

I feel like discovering new music can be very difficult now, with most new music being discovered through AI generated playlists or trending music via TikTok it's hard to find emerging artists. As someone who's been in the industry so long I discover a lot of new artists through word of mouth & suggestions from other friends, labels or managers. TikTok has allowed a lot of artists to be discovered but it's certainly difficult for other artists to get heard amongst all this.


4) What makes an artist or song stand out?

As my passion for me is predominantly based around music therapy I want a song to really connect with me. I want to be able to hear the passion & emotion an artist has put into that record & for it to resonate with me when i'm listening. Whether that be within the production, writing or topline I want to be able to feel that passion myself & feel those goosebumps listening to it.


5) How do you decide on your playlist order and length?

It can vary but more recently i've adopted a shorter style playlist length, I used to go by the industry standard of 100 but from a user perspective felt like that would be too long so reduced it to around 60 - 80 songs. I've seen more success since this change & think it's more approachable than a playlist with say 500 songs which could be more daunting & have a lot more music that people aren't actually interested in hearing. I like my playlists to tell more of a story, for example my Summer Songs playlist represents the start, middle & end of a night & can be listened to in order to resemble that narrative.


6) Favorite artist you’ve discovered on Playlist Push?

Kid Travis for sure, actually being one of my favorite emerging artists for the past few years. I originally discovered his covers on YouTube & continued to discover more of his music through Playlist Push when he started to release his own music. I've actually since worked personally with him & his manager to help more people discovered his music & only wish the best for him in the future!


7) What tips do you have for growing playlists?

It can be as hard for someone to discover your playlist now as it is finding new music with the huge amount of saturation. I believe if you can really connect with someone on an emotional level & almost have a personality behind your playlist you'll succeed much better. Keywords are the biggest part of Spotify SEO so using those big search terms is important but make it unique to you & stand out from the rest of people doing the same thing. Putting your playlist in front of new people is the next step so word of mouth & plugging your playlist on social media through platforms like Instagram, Tiktok, Snapchat & possibly even Twitter is a great way to get that initial leverage, remember to be creative!


8) How has using TikTok impacted your playlist growth?  

I've managed to grow a large audience on TikTok myself the last year & being a musically driven app it's allowed me to put my playlist in front of many people sharing the same taste in music & have curated multiple playlists around the style of audios I use in my own videos.

@fvckhunter

i put the playlist in my b!o

♬ original sound - Sp3d._.s0ngz
- William Duvall
How To Build A Personalized Curator Network
How To Build A Personalized Curator Network

Finding Spotify curators who want to place your music can be a challenge so when you find one you definitely don't want to let them go.

In this article, we'll discuss why favoriting playlists will help you build a personal curator network and set future campaigns up for success.

What Are "Favorites" & Why Should You Use Them?


After you've run your first Playlist Push Spotify campaign you'll be able to respond to positive reviews in a variety of helpful ways, including thanking a curator or adding their playlist as a favorite.

Why exactly is this important?

Since your goal here is to get on as many playlists as possible, it's important to "favorite" the playlists who have placed your track previously.

Doing this will put each of your "favorite" playlists into a list which you can use on any future campaign to specifically choose who you want to send your next song to first.

Given that the curator has already shown interest in your past music, it's likely they will want to place your music again should it be a similar vibe.

How Do You Add A Playlist As A "Favorite"?


To do this, all you need to do is rate a positive review 4 - 5 stars and click on "Show Options".

How To Build A Personalized Curator Network

From there, you'll see 5 options with one of them being "Add To Favorites".

How To Build A Personalized Curator Network

Once you add a playlist as a favorite, you can go ahead and set up a new campaign.

Setting Up A New Campaign With Favorites


During a new campaign setup, you'll get to a point where you can view your "favorites" and individually select the playlists you want to target.

How To Build A Personalized Curator Network

After you've selected the "favorites" you'd like to target, all you need to do is review your targeting/budget to finalize your campaign.

How To Build A Personalized Curator NetworkFinal Thoughts


While most campaigns lead to playlist adds, targeting your "favorites" increases your chance of getting placed and the artists we've seen take advantage of this feature have increased their placement by over 200%.

Don't wait any longer to do this, build that curator network now.

If you haven't run a campaign yet, check out the link below.

Apply For A Spotify Playlist Promotion Campaign

- Alex Mitchell-Hardt
Spotify’s ‘In Focus’ gives you a free manager?
Spotify’s ‘In Focus’ gives you a free manager?

Spotify recently released a new platform that could be a game-changer for artists.

It’s called In Focus and here's the elevator pitch:

“It’s like an artist manager in your pocket that arms you with the tools and guidance you need to nail each of your career goals." -SpotifySo what is ‘In Focus’?

In Focus is a new digital platform that gives you access to a huge swath of tools and resources designed to help you across the key areas of your career:

Create musicPromote your workConnect with FansEarn revenue as an artistLearn and get inspired
Let’s look at a quick example of how it works.

1) Select your focus. We’ll use “Promote your work” for this example

Spotify’s ‘In Focus’ gives you a free manager?source: infocus.byspotify.com

2) Next, you’ll see a subset of areas to focus on within “Promote your work”.

As you can see in the screenshot below there are 4 within the “Promote Your Work” category.

We’ll select “Reach new audiences” for this example.

Spotify’s ‘In Focus’ gives you a free manager?source: infocus.byspotify.com

3) On the “Reach New Audiences page”, Spotify offers an assortment of actionable and helpful resources (8 in total).

This is the real value of In Focus. It’s these actionable items.

Spotify’s ‘In Focus’ gives you a free manager?source: infocus.byspotify.com

With 8 top-level categories and 21 total areas of focus, you can see that there is an enormous amount offered within In Focus as a whole.

So, should you use In Focus?

The easy answer is yes. Absolutely. It’s free and has a ton of free content, tools, and tips.

Will it be the game changer they promise?

As is the case with most tools, the value is going to be in your ability to use these resources to your benefit.

So get in there and start playing with it. It’s pretty cool.

Try In Focus here.

Looking to Promote your Music on Spotify?

Use our Spotify Playlist Pitching or TikTok Promotion services.

- Brandon Eggleston
How Spotify Saved the Pre-Save
How Spotify Saved the Pre-Save

Pre-saves are one of the most common tools for music marketing in the DSP age. Over the past few years, marketers have found innovative ways to utilize pre-save campaigns to maximize reach and engagement for new releases.

On Spotify, however, there is no in-app feature for pre-saving releases. For this reason, labels, distributors and marketing companies have stepped in to offer pre-saves in exchange for connection to your Spotify account.

The Problem with Third-Party Pre-Saves

This has been problematic for a few reasons. First, you have to grant these third party organizations permission to make changes to your Spotify account that can include favoriting tracks and following playlists on your behalf.

How Spotify Saved the Pre-SaveAn example of a third-party pre-save asking for permissions.

While marketers would likely not abuse their permissions too greatly, the capabilities here can easily dissuade cautious fans from pre-saving.

Additionally, the pre-save requires multiple steps on the user’s behalf from start to finish. This is less than ideal because each additional step in the process makes users less likely to convert.

These problems are unfortunate because pre-saves are an otherwise lucrative opportunity to capture more listeners and streams on release day and send favorable engagement data about you and your release to Spotify.

Spotify's Native Pre-Save Test Drive

Luckily for us, Spotify has just started testing its own in-app pre-saves.

Around May 4, it was discovered that Florence + The Machine’s new album ‘Dance Fever’ was available for pre-save directly on the Spotify iOS mobile app.

How Spotify Saved the Pre-SaveA still-active link asking for your phone number in order to download the Spotify app and pre-save the album here.

A Spotify spokesperson confirmed that the platform was testing a new native pre-save feature and would continue to work on it with new test in the near future.

In the Spotify mobile app, the album could be seen under a new section called "Upcoming releases." Clicking on the album led to a page that featured a pre-save button, a live countdown timer for the release and a Tracklist Preview (Mike Warner caught this new page in a screen recording uploaded to Youtube Shorts here).

Why It Matters

There are three reasons that this is significant and deserves the music industry’s attention.

1. Privacy

It looks like we may no longer have to give a third party permission to make changes to our account in order to pre-save a release. If this action is in Spotify’s hands then we can better trust that actions will not be taken without our knowledge.

2. Less Steps to Conversion

A native pre-save feature is incredibly convenient and eliminates some of the steps that make the action less likely to complete. Native pre-saves mean that users can both discover that the upcoming release exists and have the opportunity to easily save it for release all at the same time and the same place.

3.  A New Potential Signal to Spotify's Algorithm

We know already that streams, follows and playlist adds are important when a song is first realeased. With Spotify now gaining control of the Pre-Save strategy, this could mean that Pre-Saves might become an additional factor in deciding which tracks to promote via Discover Weekly, Release Radar, Spotify Radio, and other of the platform's native discovery channels.

Final Thoughts

Along with the benefits mentioned above, having a Spotify pre-save feature looks like it can be a gamechanger for getting your upcoming releases discovered. Personally, I frequently find myself scanning across a newly-discovered artist's Spotify artist page once I've heard a song or two that I really like, and it would be incredibly easy for me to find out that they have a new release coming up right from the platform itself which I can conveniently pre-save with the click of a button.

If Spotify can improve and scale this function out to more artists, it will be interesting to see the impact it has on streaming and discoverability in the future. As an independent artist, it's more important to stay up to date on all the latest tools that have been added to your disposal, and the Spotify in-app pre-save is sure to be one of them.

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- Christopher Smith
AOC Blasts GOP On House Floor Over Racism & Xenophobia
House Oversight Committee Holds Organizational Meeting

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned her Republican colleagues in a fiery speech on the House of Representatives floor over their hypocrisy and racism.
On Thursday (February 2nd), the Republican majority prepared to vote to remove Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Their reasoning was tied to claims that Ms. Omar was over comments that she made in the past that they deemed antisemitic.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took to the House floor to call out the GOP members’ hypocrisy as she defended her Democratic colleague. “Now as also as a fellow New Yorker, I think one of the things we should talk about here is also one of the disgusting legacies of 9/11 has been the targeting and racism against Muslim Americans throughout the United States of America. And this is an extension of that legacy,” she began.

"This about targeting women of color!" — AOC's impassioned defense of Ilhan Omar pic.twitter.com/8vqr5tNy6z

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 2, 2023

Her voice rising, Ocasio-Cortez referenced her treatment by far-right Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who had previously attacked her with an offensive tweet. “I had a member of the Republican caucus threaten my life,” she said. “And the Republican caucus rewarded him with one of the most prestigious committee assignments. Don’t tell me this is about consistency.”

She would go on to attack Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for her racism & conspiracy theories including “Jewish space lasers”, remarking that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has already rewarded her with plum committee assignments for her support of his speakership. Ocasio-Cortez finished her speech, punctuating it by slapping her book on the podium: “This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America. Don’t tell me, because I didn’t get a single apology when my life was threatened. Thank you.”

Rep. Omar, who is one of two women Muslim representatives elected to the House along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in 2018, has been a constant target of right-wingers. Before the 218-211 vote to remove her, she spoke on the floor, saying: “I am Muslim. I am an immigrant. And interestingly, from Africa,” Ms. Omar said. “Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted?” She concluded amid the applause of her Democratic colleagues: “Take your vote or not — I am here to stay.”

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- D.L. Chandler
Miami Police Goes Super Performative, Unveils New Black History Month Cruiser
Police Line Do Not Cross Tape At The Scene Of A Violent Crime

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Black History Month should be a moment of celebration for Black people in the United States and around the world, but there is always some company or brand that makes massive missteps annually. The Miami Police Department added its name to the Struggle Olympics by unveiling a police cruiser designed to honor BHM and Twitter is having a field day tearing down the moment.

Just three days into Black History Month, we’re already seeing some brands making the most ham-handed attempts in catering to Black folks in the clumsiest of ways. As noted by local Miami outlet WSVN, the Miami Police rolled out the cruiser for BHM on Thursday (Feb. 20) with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Miami Police Chief Manuel Morales on hand for the ceremony.

“This is a beautiful collaboration to commemorate Black history and Black History Month and the history of African Americans and our police department and our city,” Mayor Suarez said. “This is Black history.”

Is it, now?

Along with a red, black, and green design scheme, there is also a design of the continent of Africa on the vehicle, along with stripes of kente cloth, all of the things one would associate the City of Miami Police Department with, naturally.

The Columbus Police Department in Ohio also made a similar move although it’s shockingly less over the top than the Miami Police deal.

Introducing ‘History 1’ – our newest cruiser to celebrate the achievements of African Americans & recognize their roles in our history. Be on the lookout for ‘History 1’ in your neighborhood & at community events during February. #BlackHistoryMonth #ColumbusPolice #ColumbusOhio pic.twitter.com/o7y9UuOSPy

— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) February 1, 2023

We don’t need to dump on the silliness of this latest Black History Month gaffe because Twitter handled our light work for us. Keep scrolling for those comments below.

#BREAKING: In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth Miami Mayor Ponzi Postalita Francis Suarez just unveiled a Black History police cruiser with images of Africa all over it. #BecauseMiami pic.twitter.com/Mo5QYHeUVU

— Because Miami (@BecauseMiami) February 2, 2023

Today we honor and celebrate Miami Police Black History with unveiling of our new Black History vehicle. Among all of the officers who were in attendance to commemorate the unveiling were some of our very first black police officers. #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/Vi6blGVYha

— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 2, 2023

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At the Historic Negro Police Precinct and Courthouse, the City of Miami unveiled their "Black History Cruiser" with (maps of Africa all around it) to remind us that they are still kidnapping and enslaving Africans just like they did our Ancestors.
F*ck White Supremacy... pic.twitter.com/fuXFcqgbTq

— Kalonji Changa (@Kalonjichanga) February 2, 2023 2.

Now Miami police can remind people it's black history month while harassing, robing, imprisoning, and beating them! pic.twitter.com/xzwjkJEaH2

🥀_Imposter_🕸 (@Imposter_Edits) February 2, 2023 3.

Wow. This is a…Black History Month themed police vehicle in Miami. I…it’s so… https://t.co/yMZocJrO8p

— Demetria Wambia (Formerly Irwin) (@Love_Is_Dope) February 2, 2023 4.

Thank you Miami for this amazing contribution to #BHM😒 A black history month police car is just what we wanted. Racism has been resolved. pic.twitter.com/M0dn43kXUB

— D’Wayne, Wayne (@waynes_ambition) February 3, 2023 5.

Ummm…This Miami mayor needs to read the room because a police cruiser with black history month printed on it is barbaric behavior🤦🏽‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/2uc13eBi3q

— TheCaptionKing (@ThaCaptionKing) February 2, 2023 6.

Miami officials unveiled a new police cruiser for #BlackHistoryMonth    ... and I'm wondering if this would have been covered in Florida's AP Black history classes. https://t.co/e1TnzLW38m

— Imaeyen Ibanga (@iiwrites) February 2, 2023 7.

I get the idea, but maybe the Miami police should work on not making so many folks feel like they'll BECOME black history pic.twitter.com/7jV3R6rMwm

— Brendan C Kennedy (@BrenKennedy) February 3, 2023 8.

Miami is wild 😂🤣😂 all that African shit on that police car and Black history month is about African AMERICANS not Africans. Who’s idea was that 😂🤣 they trying to arrest niggas in the Black-mobile 🤦🏾‍♂️

— Syeve (@SYVLDNR) February 3, 2023 9.

Miami Police department getting a black history month themed truck, to harass and arrest black people more than likely, is really wild.

But not really. It symbolizes how out of touch most government and public organizations are when it comes to black people in the U.S.

— Stig / Snack King Cole 🏁 (@Stiggs__) February 3, 2023 10.

They can ban black history from schools but Miami PD will decorate a police cruiser in Kente patterns and Africa cutouts

— Tyger Backwoods (@TLongtoss) February 3, 2023

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- O Mazariego
Questlove Tapped To Produce & Direct Hip-Hop Tribute At 65th Annual Grammy Awards
2023 Whitney Art Party

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For the upcoming 65th annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy is looking to give Hip-Hop a proper tribute (finally) for 50 years of excellence. And to ensure its segment is properly curated they’ve assigned the legendary drummer known as Questlove to oversee the production. We couldn’t be happier with choice.

Taking to their website to announce the exciting news, the Recording Academy plans on showcasing the culture that’s dominated the music scene for decades now. Feature performances from rap stars, legends and icons include: Rakim, Busta Rhymes (and Spliff Star), Method Man, Big Boi, Missy Elliott, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, The Lox, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, RUN-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz and Too $hort.

That’s a helluva lineup. We can’t wait to see exactly how this tribute with all these artists plays out.

LL Cool J is set to introduce the segment. Questlove will produce and direct the segment which will be narrated by another Hip-Hop legend, Black Thought. Sounds like it’s going to be quite the show, and it only took five decades for us to get here.

This GRAMMYs segment is produced by Questlove, Jesse Collins, Patrick Menton of Fulwell 73, Creative Producer Fatima Robinson, and Questlove’s manager and President of LNU, Shawn Gee.

“For five decades, hip-hop has not only been a defining force in music, but a major influence on our culture,” said Harvey Mason jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “Its contributions to art, fashion, sport, politics, and society cannot be overstated. I’m so proud that we are honoring it in such a spectacular way on the GRAMMY stage. It is just the beginning of our year-long celebration of this essential genre of music.”

Essential genre of music indeed, sir.

The 65th annual Grammy Awards is set to air Sunday (Feb. 5) on CBS at 8 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Trevor Noah. Will you be tuning in? Let us know in the comments section below.

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- bibacadams
Bodies Found in Abandoned Michigan Apartment Building May Be Missing Memphis Rappers
Three Killed, Multiple Wounded In Shooting In Detroit

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The search for three Michigan rappers who have been missing for over a week after their show in Detroit was canceled may have come to a tragic end.

Armani Kelly, Dante Wicker and Montoya Givens, went missing over a week ago after their show in Detroit was canceled due to technical problems. According to the New York Times, the men have not been heard from since Jan. 21. Both missing persons and homicide units with the Detroit Police Department and other police agencies are participating in the investigation. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, “multiple” bodies have been found in an abandoned apartment building in the city of Highland Park–an enclave near Detroit. Per the Free Press, Antoine Woods, who identified himself as Wicker’s cousin, said police had not told his family whether Wicker was among the victims found, but that “we think it’s my cousin in there.”

Taylor Perrin, the fiancée of Oscoda rap artist Armani Kelly, said that she was notified that the bodies had been found. Though there had not been a positive identification she had been told to make the trip from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Detroit. 

Wicker and Givens, both 31, were supposed to join Kelly, 27, who was performing at only his second show in his career. Kelly is from Oscoda, Mich. approximately three hours away from Detroit. He drove down for the show at a club called Lounge 31. 

Woods said his cousin “was excited about making music.”

According to the New York Times report, Kelly met Wicker and Givens while they were all in prison. While the police said that all three were to be at Lounge 31 on Jan. 21 for a rap event, it is still being determined if Wicker and Givens were also supposed to perform. The car that Kelly was driving which belonged to his mother was found in Warren, Mich., a Detroit suburb. 

The Free Press spoke to Darnell Williams, the owner of Lounge 31. The performances were canceled the night the men went missing because of technical failures with DJ equipment. He said there were too many people in the crowd to know whether or when the missing men arrived at the venue, but police were reviewing video footage.

Detroit police says there has been no activity on any of the men’s phones since Jan. 21. “What was the most concerning, candidly, was the fact that there’s been no activity on their phones since they’ve been reported missing,” James E. White, the Detroit police chief, said at a news conference on Tuesday. “And that’s very, very concerning. That’s an unusual circumstance.”

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- O Mazariego
Nike Unveils Official Images Of Ja Morant’s “Ja 1” Sneaker
Nike Ja 1

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Ja Morant seems poised to become the next must-see TV superstar for the NBA. So naturally Nike locked him up for the foreseeable future and are ready to drop his first signature sneaker to cash in on his growing popularity.

Nike has now released official images of the upcoming “Nike Ja 1” which were tailor-made for the explosive game that Ja Morant brings with him to the court on a nightly basis. The “Ja 1” boasts features that support “dynamic lockdown, responsive ride and support for landing.” Yeah, that sounds about right given Ja’s talents.

Incorporating tech such as the Nike Zoom Bag for quicker response time underneath the foot and a raised sidewall guardrail to ensure support when taking off and landing on two feet (like Ja is known to do), the silhouette is sure to be a hit among ballers who play above the rim on a regular basis. Still, the Ja 1’s weren’t totally Nike’s doing as they let their new superstar put his own creative stamp on his first official sneaker that give it a more personal touch than we’re used to seeing from previous signature lines.

Morant’s hands-on approach in the creative process shows up throughout several design elements on the Nike Ja 1. These details include personal handwritten notes across the colorways acknowledging his family, friends and community, who have affectionately become known as Team Morant. Nike designers also collaborated with Morant to create a signature light blue color, speaking to the blue-collar mentality that fuels him in everything he does. 

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The Nike Ja 1’s are set to drop this Spring (right around NBA Playoffs time) and will retail for $110. Will you be checking for these when they release? Let us know in the comments section below.

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- Lance Strong
Smokey Robinson Readies New GASMS LP, Twitter Says Pops Is Deep In His Nasty Bag

Smokey Robinson In Concert - Nashville, TN

Smokey Robinson is an amazing talent and still going strong as he approaches the age of 83 later this month. However, the legendary singer and songwriter got some folks scratching their heads after prepping a new album titled GASMS and the song titles alone truly has Twitter saying Robinson is deep in his nasty bag.

Smokey Robinson, 82, hasn’t dropped a new project in nearly a decade according to a press release and GASMS is definitely not an acronym as far as we can tell. We’re petty certain the name is short for orgasms based on the aforementioned titles that we’re about to share below.

TRACKLIST:

01. Gasms
02. How You Make Me Feel
03. I Wanna Know Your Body
04. I Keep Callin’ You
05. Roll Around
06. Besides
07. If We Don’t Have Each Other
08. You Fill Me Up
09. I Fit In There

Currently, one of GASM’s tamer song titles, “If We Don’t Have Each Other,” is the current single ahead of the nine-track LP’s release on April 28. We don’t need to do any guesswork on songs like “I Fit In There” and “Roll Around” but we’re not mad at the living legend for getting his sexy man swag all the way up.

On Twitter, folks aren’t trying to let Smokey Robinson live and have lots to say about the upcoming GASMS and the song titles. Check out those reactions and the single, “If We Don’t Have Each Other,” below.

 

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honestly Smokey Robinson wrote Shop Around, My Guy, My Girl, Who's Loving You, Don't Mess With Bill, etc etc -- and if I wrote even ONE of those songs, you would not be able to tell me shit for the rest of my natural life & so I hope he had a great time making the sex record

— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) February 1, 2023 2.

I was really hoping GASMS was an acronym for "Grown And Sexy Music…Something," but it really is just 'Gasms. 'Gasms 'gasms. pic.twitter.com/JMdWzNfdb0

— the type of guy that says the pudding is delicious (@UrkelMoeDee) February 1, 2023 3.

Smokey Robinson during the Gasms World Tour: pic.twitter.com/piAlrduGME

— charlie wilson fan club president. (@travisfromdabk_) February 1, 2023 4.

I need to understand why our Brother in Christ named that album GASMS. It being all in caps was also a choice.

— karliehustle.nah (@THEkarliehustle) February 2, 2023 5.

This is their LIFE & passion. You have to understand drive to know money isn’t a motivating factor for everyone. It’s why Tom Brady wouldn’t stay in the house, & why Smokey is giving us GASMS. https://t.co/Jy8faPvfst

— KoRilla (@kokupuff) February 3, 2023 6.

D’Fuck 😂 pic.twitter.com/TkgMEINJge

— Big 🐰 (@FreddieGibbs) January 28, 2023 7.

We not talkin bout this? Unc said push them depends to the side a lil bit l😭😭

Smokey Robinson has announced a new project, ‘GASMS’ coming out 4/28#SmokeyRobinson #Gasms pic.twitter.com/A4IxXtfSpd

— A Gent. (@AiYoNick) January 31, 2023 8.

When you see Smokey Robinson named one of his songs ‘I Fit In There”. #Gasms pic.twitter.com/lyZrTwuX93

— Quinta Brunson Stan Account (@dirtywhiteups) February 1, 2023 9.

Here’s a little preview of what track 9 sounds like lol https://t.co/eAVg471mZT pic.twitter.com/8IZuGUNqwV

— Malik (@mwking1997) February 1, 2023 10.

Smokey Robinson is 82 years old and just wrote maybe the horniest album of all time pic.twitter.com/f0bKrU6nhX

— Bindz (@BindzBrain) January 28, 2023

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- Martin Berrios
adidas Announces Jenna Ortega As Newest Global Ambassador
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adidas announce Jenna Ortega as the latest addition to its family, as the face of a soon-to-be-unveiled label, its first in 50 years.

Coming together with a shared commitment to moving through the heart of culture with style, passion, and purpose, Jenna Ortega is who adidas has chosen to embody how the next generation is showing up in the world and who this new label is designed to represent. An innovative on-screen icon, avid soccer fan, and yogi, who harnesses her power to voice what she truly believes in and stands for, Jenna Ortega’s progressive persona and relentless pursuit of creativity seems to be what made her a no brainer to be the face of the new label.

The Wednesday star expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunity in a formal statement. “My love for adidas is one that goes back years. It’s always had such a presence in sport, music and culture and continues to be an innovator in so many ways” she said. “Growing up for me it always had to be adidas sneakers and tees as the go-to, to this day so much of my wardrobe is made up of the iconic three stripes. I feel so honored to become a part of this legendary family of changemakers and be the face of its all-new label. Can’t wait to show you guys.”

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Brian Grevy, adidas Executive Board Member, made it clear the apparel giant is ecstatic to her representing the three stripes. “At adidas, we are constantly looking at ways we can push the boundaries in both sport and culture, which is why it’s so exciting that we can announce Jenna Ortega has joined us, to launch our first new label in 50 years. A progressive and passionate next generation pioneer that is making waves across the globe, her fresh and creative way of thinking is what we, as a brand, found ourselves on and continue to be inspired by. We can’t wait to unveil what’s to come from this special partnership, very soon!”

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- O Mazariego
Lil Yachty “sAy sOMETHINg,” Blueface & Chrisean Rock “Dear Rock” & More | Daily Visuals 2.2.23
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Lil Yachty went from the face of the hated “mumble rap” era to being heralded as one of the best rappers in the game thanks to his latest album, Let’s Start Here. With the buzz and praise that his latest LP has been garnering since its release last week, Yachty is striking while the iron’s hot and dropping off some visuals to accompany his latest project.

Linking up with directors Crowns & Owls for his video to “sAy sOMETHINg,” Lil Yachty finds himself dangerously falling in love with a young women to the point where he puts a gun to his head to tell her he loves her. Things just get wilder from there, b.

Continuing in the vein of the whole toxic love vibe, Blueface and ChriseanRock get together for their clip to “Dear Rock” in which the domestic abusive lovers get married in a private ceremony consisting of close family and friends. We wouldn’t be surprised if things popped off during the reception knowing these two.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Icewear Vezzo, Lance Skiiiwalker and more.

LIL YACHTY – “SAY SOMETHING”

BLUEFACE FT. CHRISEANROCK – “DEAR ROCK”

ICEWEAR VEZZO – “ROB WHO”

LANCE SKIIIWALKER – “BEANTOWN”

BOLDY JAMES & RICH GAINS FT. JAI IMANI – “ANOTHER BANDO”

KARI FAUX – “ME FIRST”

JORDAN WARD & RYAN TREY – “WHITE CROCS”

BKTHERULA – “TAN”

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- Bernard "Beanz" Smalls
HHW Gaming: Derek Jeter Dons Yankee Pinstripes Again For MLB The Show 23: The Captain Edition
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Earlier this week, it was announced Miami Marlins’ electric All-Star Jazz Chisholm is the new cover athlete for the 2023 edition of The Show. New York Yankees fans rejoice. Derek Jeter is gracing the cover of the MLB The Show 23: The Captain Edition.

The announcement of the Captain Edition of MLB The Show 23 came last night during the World Series-winning/ Hall-of-Fame shortstop’s visit to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Show.

The 14x All-Star, 5x World Series Champion, 5x Silver Slugger, 2000 World Series MVP, and former CEO of the Miami Marlins is the latest MLB pro to grab a collector’s edition cover of the game, and honestly is a fantastic choice.

It has to be epic when putting someone of Derek Jeter’s stature on the cover of a game. PlayStation Studios contracted visual artist Sanford Greene to envision the larger-than-life athlete on the cover to make that happen.

On the cover, Jeter is drawn jumping out of Yankee Stadium, aka The House That Jeter built, flanked by tons of easter eggs for New York Yankees and MLB fans to spot.

Along with The Captain’s Edition, a Digital Deluxe Edition was also announced. Anyone who purchases the Collector’s Editions, The Digital Deluxe Edition, or The Captain Edition of MLB The Show 23 will get early access to the game.

The Captain Edition of MLB, The Show 23 on PlayStation consoles, includes both a PS4 (disc) and a PS5 (voucher download code) entitlement.

If you purchase the digital version of The Standard Edition on PlayStation or Xbox, you can upgrade for $10. The option is not available for copies of the physical Standard Edition.

The Digital Deluxe Edition Includes: Full Game for PS4 and PS5* [4] Days Early Access Double Daily Login Rewards (For the life cycle of MLB The Show 23)

Additional Digital Items

[1] Captain’s Choice Pack [1] To Be Announced Choice Pack [1] To Be Announced Uniform Choice Pack [5] Gold Choice Packs  [20] Show Packs [1] Ballplayer Pack [1] Derek Jeter Cover art bat Skin [30,000] Stubs™ for MLB The Show 23 MLB The Show 23 The Captain Edition is $99.99 & Includes: Full Game for PS4 and PS5 New Era MLB The Show 9FIFTY Limited Edition Cap Limited Edition Steel Book [4] Days Early Access Double Daily Login Rewards** (For the life cycle of MLB The Show 23)

Additional Digital Items

[1] Captain’s Choice Pack [1] To be announced Choice Pack [1] To be announced Uniform Choice Pack [2] Gold Choice Packs  [5] Show Packs [1] Ballplayer Pack [1] Derek Jeter Cover art bat Skin [10,000] Stubs™ for MLB The Show 23

Also announced was the MLB The Show 23 Technical Test, which will begin on February 15 around 10 am PST and ends at 10 am PST on February 21.

The game launches on March 28, 2023. The standard edition on PlayStation 4 is $59.99, and $69.99 on the PlayStation 5. The game will also launch on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

The game will also be on Xbox Game Pass.

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- Zack Linly
Billy Porter Hosts 1st Episode Of 4-Part BET Docuseries ‘Black + Iconic’
Celebratory Event For FOX's "Accused" - Arrivals

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BET has announced that it will be airing a four-part docuseries to highlight the legacies and accomplishments of Black creatives across several mediums including dance, fashion, music and film. And who better to host the first episode of the series than actor, writer, director, singer and frequent red carpet slayer Billy Porter?

Can we all agree that @theebillyporter is 100% THAT bitch! 💙 #billyporter #GrammyAward2020 pic.twitter.com/c4AGftX8KU

— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) January 27, 2020

According to Variety, Porter will kick off the new series, titled Black + Iconic, by narrating, hosting and executive producing the first part, Black + Iconic: Style Gods, which will be directed by producer, director and CEO of Black Robin Media, Lynne Robinson. The series was developed by showrunners Connie Orlando and Jason Samuels and supervising producer Steven Ramey.

“We’re thrilled to be working with BET again after the success of our first project together, ‘Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama,’” said Stanley Nelson, a Firelight Films co-founder who will produce the series. “I couldn’t think of a better home for this series celebrating Black icons via the numerous mediums through which Black creatives have made an indelible mark on the culture.”

The first episode of the series, which has a two-hour run time, will premiere Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. on BET+, BET, BET Her and VH1.

We’re here for any programming that celebrates the Black excellence of Black creatives, and Billy Porter deserves all the shine he can get. So, this is definitely a good look from BET. One can only wonder what other Black icons will be featured in the series.

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- Martin Berrios
Dame Dash Says Jay-Z Only Offered Him $1.5M For His Stake Of Roc-A-Fella
Damon Dash

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It seems Dame Dash and Jay-Z are still not on good terms; even professionally. He says Hov only offered him 1.5 million for his stake of Roc-A-Fella Records. 

As spotted Complex the outspoken mogul continues to be vocal as ever regarding all the ups and downs of bossing up. Recently the Harlem, New York native was as a guest on VEUIT TV. While he and the host discussed a variety of topics Dame’s reveal regarding his piece of the iconic record label quickly went viral. “When I was offered a certain amount of money for my interest in Roc-A-Fella Inc., which owns Reasonable Doubt, they offered me, like, a million and a half dollars—Jay-Z. And I was like, ‘That’s some disrespectful sh*t. So, I guess I have to sell it someplace else.’”

In 2022 Dash decided to take his percentage of the brand and sell it as a NFT as per his cousin and legal eagle Ronald Sweeney. The sale was quickly halted as Roc-A-Fella claimed Dame could not legally move forward with the sale. “The bottom line is simple: Dash can’t sell what he doesn’t own,” the company responded, as per by Rolling Stone. “By attempting such a sale, Dash has converted a corporate asset and has breached his fiduciary duties. His planned auction of Reasonable Doubt would result in irreparable harm. The Court should stop Dash from attempting to sell the copyright to Reasonable Doubt, require Dash to return the NFT of Reasonable Doubt to RAF, Inc., and hold him accountable for this brazen theft of RAF, Inc.’s most prized asset.”

Dash claims the lawsuit was based on inaccurate information saying “I got the lawsuit, ’cause again, I got accused of doing something I didn’t, to stop me from doing it, and then everybody just went missing,” he explained. “So I had to deal with the lawsuit on my own.” Luckily, the parties came to the agreement  where he could sell his portion of Roc-A-Fella Records but “dispose of any property interest in Reasonable Doubt.”

You can watch Dash discuss things below starting at the matter below.

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- Tron Snow
Greta Thunberg’s Punching Bag Andrew Tate Denied Bail By Romanian Appeals Court
Andrew Tate Denied Bail By Romanian Appeals Court

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A Romanian appeals court has hit alt-right clown Andrew Tate with some bad news.

Call it a bad case of karma, but immediately after he tried to come for Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, he not only got dunked on by the teen, he was arrested in Romania on December 29.

A Romanian appeals court will not allow him to be released on bail, so he will continue sitting in a jail cell.

Per Raw Story:

A Romanian appeals court rejected Wednesday a new bail request by Andrew Tate, the controversial influencer being investigated along with his brother for alleged human trafficking and rape.

A Bucharest court on January 21 had extended the two men’s detention for 30 days as the inquiry proceeds into alleged coercement of women into prostitution as part of an organized criminal gang.

Tate, 36, and his brother Tristan, 34, have denied the charges since their arrest in late December.

“Ask them for evidence and they will give you none. Because it doesn’t exist. You’ll find out the truth of this case soon,” Andrew Tate told journalists as he was escorted from the appeals court.

Tina Glandian, Tates’ American attorney, claims it’s a direct violation of the two men’s rights to be held in jail without any charges being filed.

Tate and his brother, Tristan, moved to Romania several years ago, and Tristan just had a baby. She also told the press at a news conference that she doesn’t “believe they are a flight risk.”

“They’ve known since April that there’s an investigation, and if they intended to flee… they could have left Romania. They have not, they have ties here to the country,” she continued.

Life Came At Andrew Tate Very Fast

Tate, his brother, and two other Romanian men were thrown in jail for alleged trafficking, recruiting, and exploiting women and forcing them to do”pornographic acts with a view to producing and disseminating such material.”

Properties connected to Tate and his brother were the subject of raids by Romanian police with many of his assets, including his collection of 15 luxury vehicles he bragged about, 14 watches, and different “sums of money” in other currencies seized by authorities.

When you Google the term “life comes at you fast,” a picture of Andrew Tate and his brother should be under it.

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- Christopher Smith
Known Liar Donald Trump Repeatedly Pleads The Fifth In Deposition Video
Former U.S. President Donald Trump's top strategist Steve Bannon turns himself in

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The deposition video of former President Donald Trump was released, showing him repeatedly invoking the Fifth Amendment before New York Attorney General Letitia James – an action he previously belittled as something for “the mob”.
The video, released on Tuesday (January 31st) by CBS News, is from his appearance before New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office last August. James is heard introducing herself at the outset of the video before Trump delivers a rambling opening statement lasting seven minutes. “Anyone in my position not taking the Fifth Amendment would be a fool – an absolute fool,” he began.

Trump continued: “I once asked, ‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?’” – a reference to his infamous 2016 presidential campaign speech where he bashed attorneys for opponent Hilary Clinton. “Now I know the answer to that question. When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become the targets of an unfounded politically motivated witch hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and even the fake news media, you really have no choice.” He’d go on to trash the attorney general repeatedly as well.

Afterward, he stated: “Under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I respectfully decline to answer the questions under the rights afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution.” Kevin Wallace, the senior enforcement counsel in James’ office asked if that included the Fifth Amendment. “Yes,” Trump answered.

Trump would go on to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights more than 400 times during the four hours of questioning in the deposition. Journalist Shawn Peirce highlighted a montage created by BBC News which compiled the multiple times that the former president invoked the Fifth Amendment.

A great quick montage from @BBCNews showing a brief example of how many times Trump pled the Fifth. pic.twitter.com/mUKsGT08tQ

— Shawn Peirce (@_silversmith) February 1, 2023

The release of the video adds more trouble to Trump’s plate. It coincided with attorneys for James’ office requesting the judge overseeing the $250 million lawsuit filed against Trump, his children, and his business for committing “staggering” financial fraud last September to place sanctions on them for making frivolous arguments in their written responses to the suit.

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- O Mazariego
Adidas Shuts Down Their Yeezy Supply Website

Kanye West Talks Yeezy in NYC

It’s official, adidas has completely cut ties with Kanye West as the grand closing of the Yeezy Supply website has put the rubber stamp on their very public and controversial divorce.

Months after adidas announced that they’d be terminating their business contract with Kanye West over his antisemitic comments, adidas has finally shutdown the Yeezy Supply website. Sneakerheads would frequently flock to the site whenever a hyped up Yeezy sneaker or slide would release.