SYLVAN ESSO UNVEIL ROOFTOP DANCING FROM NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE OUT SEPTEMBER 25 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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Toronto, ON – August 11, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has unveiled Rooftop Dancing, the second single from their forthcoming album, Free Love (out September 25 via Loma Vista Recordings). Rooftop Dancing captures the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn in a minimalist moment of intimacy. Listen here.

“Rooftop Dancing is about the excitement of being part of a collective humming whole - a city that contains multitudes – with your small story shining softly amidst it. Cheryl Dunn was a natural first choice to make the video since she has been so brilliantly capturing the spirit of NYC for years. We are so grateful to her for collaborating with us and giving us a beautiful slice of what the city feels like today,” Sylvan Esso says.  

The video was filmed and directed by celebrated NYC street photographer and filmmaker Cheryl Dunn. This kinetic, loving portrait of NYC in the summer of 2020 depicts an awakening - New Yorkers seeking open air to move, dance and breathe, even for a fleeting few moments. Watch the video here.

“To me this song reflects the social climate of NY right now, with its historical resilience to re-invent – to create new things from the discarded, to take back the streets, to not dwell on what you can’t do but to get excited about what you can do… like riding bikes en masse, making guerrilla art shows by the river, making more art and music – and yes – dancing on the roof tops!” Cheryl Dunn adds.  

Sylvan Esso announced Free Love with Ferris Wheel, stirring excitement and praise from Pitchfork and the Fader to Stereogum and Cool Hunting, along with Best Songs of the week nods from Variety, NPR, Paste, E! and others. Nick and Amelia spoke at length with Bob Boilen on NPR's All Songs Considered on the making of the song and video – and how Ferris Wheel is the “sassy summertime amusement park song” she’s always wanted to write. Watch the Ferris Wheel music video here.

Rooftop Dancing and Ferris Wheel represent the two sides of the new album: some of Sylvan Esso’s hardest driving and most dance-y songs yet, balanced with their most meditative.  Free Love is a 10-song collection that thrives on collaborative frisson. While their celebrated first two albums were born from a delineation in creative roles – Amelia the lyrics and melodies, Nick the chords and beats – Free Love is Sylvan Esso’s first true “band” record: two voices fused together.  It was written, recorded and produced at Sylvan Esso’s own studio, built in the woods in North Carolina.

Sylvan Esso has produced some of indie pop’s most enduring songs in recent years and just achieved a career milestone by crossing a half billion streams worldwide. Their last album, 2017’s What Now, debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned the group their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.

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AVI KAPLAN SHARES ALTERNATE VERSION OF FAN FAVOURITE CHAINS OFF UPCOMING LEAN ON ME EP OUT AUGUST 21

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“Since returning to music on his own terms, the songs have poured out of him with his vocals shifting from power-bass, to reveal a more nuanced voice, with extended range, rich, tender and abounding.” American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, shared, Chains, (Alt Version) off his upcoming new Lean On Me EP out August 21, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Listen here. Chains originally appeared on his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced EP, I’ll Get By released earlier this year.  

In addition to “Chains”, the 4-track Lean On Me EP features the previously released, It Knows Me, (Alt Version) (also from I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite track, Aberdeen and Avi’s recently released cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. Later this fall, the Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers.

Due to ongoing challenges faced by COVID-19, Avi announced last week his fall European tour has been postponed to 2021. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now. Updated routing is below and for tickets and more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

AVI KAPLAN FALL 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
10/27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                                  10/29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
10/30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
10/31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen              
11/2 – Munich, DE – Backstage
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
11/4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
11/6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
11/7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
11/8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                   
11/10 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vrendenburg Pandora
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
11/12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex                                                        11/18 – London, UK – Lafayette
11/20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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WEST COAST RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW VIDEO I NEED ALL THAT

SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY EP OUT AUGUST 14

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Rising Los Angeles-based Hip Hop/R&B artist, Steven G, releases a video for new track, I Need All That, today, from his soon-to-be-released EP, ShowGreat University, due out on August 14. Watch the video here.

Produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake), the track is a sexy invitation wrapped around a melodic groove. The video, directed by Richy Films, has Steven showing his Cali-pride at a classic sun-drenched pool party that pays homage to the early 2000s. 

I Need All That is a follow up to Steven G's single Handcuffs released earlier this year. The single garnered over 2.4 million streams on Soundcloud and over 3 million streams and climbing between Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

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Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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AVATAR RELEASE BOLD NEW ALBUM HUNTER GATHERER OUT NOW VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR COLOSSUS HERE

“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Even when the world is turned upside down, we can count on Avatar to churn out an opus of groovy, melodic metal that sings and soars.” Consequence of Sound

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World

“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

"Avatar continues to reinvent the wheel as they went from lighthearted humor with Avatar Country to dark and bleak with their upcoming album" Metal Insider

“If Avatar is out to do anything with its in-your-face music, it’s hoping to be true to its namesake as that not-so-subtle teacher, helping fans open up to another possible way of being.” – LiveKindly

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – The highly anticipated eighth full-length album from, Avatar, titled Hunter Gatherer arrived today via Entertainment One, marking their darkest and most insightful record of their near decade long career. The band has celebrated the monumental release by sharing new lyric videos for select songs from the album, including highlights such as A Secret Door which features, Corey Taylor, (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and the dizzyingly heavy album closer Wormhole. These new visuals follow the previously released tracks Colossus, God of Sick Dreams, and Silence in the Age of Apes – the latter of which is already named one of the best metal songs of the year so far by Loudwire – that revealed the band’s new wardrobes and unrelenting yet immersive new ideas piece by piece.

A striking and bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax), Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present. Hunter Gatherer is out now through Entertainment One and available here.

Avatar is:
Johannes Eckerström - Vocals / John Alfredsson – Drums
 Henrik Sandelin – Bass/
The King - Guitars / Tim Öhrström – Guitars

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DAWES DREAM OF ST. AUGUSTINE AT NIGHT

POWERFUL NEW SINGLE HERALDS EAGERLY AWAITED SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM

OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO STREAMING NOW AT YOUTUBE

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Veteran rockers, Dawes, have announced today’s premiere of their profound new single. St. Augustine at Night is available at all DSPs and streaming services; an official lyric video is streaming now via YouTube – watch here.

“St. Augustine at Night is a song about one’s relationship to their hometown,” says Dawes’ frontman Taylor Goldsmith, “but also is a song about the varying degrees in which we all watch our lives pass us by.”

St. Augustine at Night marks the latest single from the Los Angeles-based band’s eagerly awaited seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available now here.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded by last month’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?. The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Last month also saw Goldsmith nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song, Memorized, from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

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RISING R&B/POP ARTIST ANT SAUNDERS DROPS I HAD A LOVE SONG FEATURING VANJESS

LISTEN HERE AND
WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE

YELLOW HEARTS FROM BUBBLE EP
CERTIFIED PLATINUM IN CANADA

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
WITH OVER 400 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Today, rising R&B/pop artist, songwriter and musician, Ant Saunders, releases a new single called I Had A Love Song featuring critically acclaimed, Nigerian R&B duo and sisters, VanJess. Along with the track is an official music video which can be watched here.

Of the collab, Ant Saunders said, “VanJess sent me their first demo and used their phones singing over the instrumentals and I fell in love with what they had. Their voices sounded so cool over the instrumentals and I knew they were going to kill it when they recorded it.

It was weird with quarantine. I wish we could’ve met. I messaged them on Instagram and they were super nice. We were sending stuff back and forth to each other. They’d send me recordings, and I’d like everything they sent over. Originally, I was gonna do the intro and then realized it would be cool if they took over and they did. I also told them to do their thing with the chorus with adlibs and background vocals. I let them do their thing and that’s how we got IHALS.”

VanJess stated, "Ant reached out to us during the early times of quarantine, so it was a nice escape writing our verse for such a feel-good record. We loved the soulful positive vibes of ants music in general and we’re so happy he included us on this song."

2020 kickstarted with the release of Ant’s debut EP, Bubblevia Arista Records. Listen here. Ant was confirmed to perform as support for GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on her Romance Tour, which was slated for this fall.

A full DIY effort, the entire Bubble EP was written, recorded and produced by Ant Saunders. The impressive collection of songs includes viral hit, Yellow Hearts, which was created in his bedroom and released on the day of his high school graduation. The track is now certified platinum in Canada., with over 400 million streams, and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant’s Genius Verified video for Yellow Hearts has just about 1.5 million views. He was also profiled in Virgil Abloh’s RSVP Gallery website, wearing pieces from Off-White, Stone Island and Raf Simons. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the EP features lead single, MISCOMMUNICATIONS, with accompanying video, and a soul-stirring, gospel-inspired track titled It’s Over. The EP showcases Ant’s prodigious abilities as an artist, in both his vocal performance and songwriting.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound. 

ABOUT VANJESS
Growing up between Lagos, Nigeria and California, VanJess have brought an entirely new take to contemporary R&B, one that pays tribute to ’90s greats like TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah, while instinctually inciting an inimitable style. The sisters cut their teeth online with a string of viral covers, bursting onto the scene with their self-released debut album, 'Silk Canvas,' in 2018. The album was a definitive R&B statement, a smooth, seductive record establishing the sisters as ones to watch, to take the R&B world by storm. In addition to their debut, the girls most recently contributed shimmering vocals on Xavier Ömar‘s recent album via their feature on Just Get Here, and they connected again with KAYTRANADA on Taste. VanJess opened for TrapHouseJazz King Masego on his 2018 North American Lady, Lady tour, performed on SNL with Khalid in 2019, and just returned from opening for Gallant on tour. Currently, VanJess is prepping to release new singles in the spring, leading up to an album by the end of 2020.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE I GO TO MY HEART

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

SOLD-OUT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONCERT
WILL BE LIVESTREAMED ON AUGUST 29

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominees, The Avett Brothers, share I Go To My Heart, the second single from their highly-anticipated new album, The Third Gleam, out August 28 on American Recordings through Loma Vista Recordings. I Go To My Heart is both sonically and emotionally stripped-back, turning to love in moments of hardship and pleading for redemption. Listen to I Go To My Heart here and watch the video here.

I Go To My Heart, and previously released single, Victory, which Paste declared one of The Best Songs of July 2020, are available instantly upon preordering The Third Gleam here. The album will be released on CD and digitally August 28, with vinyl available September 18. While written and recorded ahead of the pandemic and most recent social reform movements, the eight song collection addresses themes of injustice, incarceration, and mortality, as well as resilience, love, and hope that resonate strongly today.

In the band’s album statement, Seth and Scott share that The Third Gleam is “merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time...sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

The Avett Brothers will celebrate the release of The Third Gleam with a sold-out hometown show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on August 29, performing new music live for the first time on the speedway’s backstretch. Fans will experience the concert socially distanced from their vehicles, and the stage will be broadcast on the speedway’s 16,000 square-foot television screen. For those unable to attend in person, the band will be livestreaming the event. For those unable to attend in person, the band has partnered with nugs.net to livestream the concert as a Pay-Per-View event. For more information, visit avettbrothersdrivein.com.

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BLUEFACE PREMIERES OFFICIAL NEW VISUAL FOR RESPECT MY CRYPPIN' (REMIX) FEATURING SNOOP DOGG TODAY

FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – August 5, 2020 – LA rapper, Blueface, releases the official video today for Respect My Cryppin' (Remix) featuring Snoop Dogg. Previously released as an animated video garnering over 2.9 Million views in a week, the new visual, directed by Aaron Green, has Blueface and the rap legend going head to head. Watch here.

Respect My Cryppin' (Remix) is featured on Blueface’s newly released Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of the album that launched his career into the stratosphere.  Famous Cryp was released in 2018 and featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone.  The album also features Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Rom Suno, 03 Greedo, and Tru Carr. Stream / buy Famous Cryp Reloaded here.

Blueface recently released videos for Yea Yea ft. Coyote, Traphouse ft. Flash Gottii and 03 Greedo, Finesse The Beat and First Mission

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Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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645AR TEAMS UP WITH FKA TWIGS FOR SUM BOUT U

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE & WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – August 4, 2020 – Today, rapper, 645AR, releases his new track, Sum Bout U with FKA twigs. Sum Bout U is more R&B leaning than his previous tracks Yoga and In Love With A Stripper and features high pitched vocal interplay between 645AR, affectionately dubbed the squeak rapper, and FKA twigs. Sum Bout U is produced by SenseiATL with co-production by El Guincho. Sum Bout U was featured as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available on all digital streaming platforms; listen here

Says 645AR, “I’m bringing real R&B back. Shout out to FKA twigs.” As both 645AR and FKA twigs are visual artists, unsurprisingly, they released the official music video for Sum Bout U in addition to the audio. Watch the video, directed by Aidan Zamiri, with concept by FKA twigs, here.  

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FABCOLLAB PRESENTS WOMEN IN SONG

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 FROM 12:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. EST

SEVEN OF TORONTO’S TOP FEMALE PERFORMING ARTISTS ONE FULL DAY OF LIVE MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2020TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2020 – On Sunday, August 9, FabCollab will launch its first live-streamed festival in partnership with the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, CBC Toronto and producing partner Small World Centre. Hosted by CBC Toronto Reporter Lisa Xing, the Women in Song Festival features Toronto’s top world music artists in six 30-minute live stream sets throughout the day, all completely free-of-charge.

This event will be live streamed only once and will never be re-broadcast. Viewers must tune in live from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m at fabcollab.ca, www.facebook.com/smallworldmusic or facebook.com/MusicPerformanceTrustFund to catch these once in a lifetime performances. See below for the full schedule and artist details.

"Toronto turns to live music as we strive to make sense of a rapidly changing world,” says organizer and musician, Tamar Ilana. “We live in an international, multicultural city, and the music of the world has the potential to weave disparate communities together and give voice to the marginalized. Now is the time to embrace this potential. One of the unexpected silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has brought the music community closer together. We’re picking up the phone to reach out to artists and friends and making new music, dance, and song, even while physically separated. We’ve joined in solidarity and are more open to collaboration and diversification than ever before. Toronto’s newest live music initiative, FabCollab, is a product of this spirit of collaboration."

All of the artists will be accompanied by the world musical ensemble, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas. The award-winning six-piece Toronto-based world music ensemble recently released their third album, MISTRĀL, and features the city’s finest world musicians.

FabCollab is Toronto’s newest live music initiative and is committed to amplifying minority and underrepresented groups, particularly BIPOC and female-identifying artists. Each set of this inaugural festival will feature an acclaimed Toronto female artist from a different musical background and genre, all backed by Tamar Ilana & Ventanas.

The Women in Song Festival is the first initiative of a new online platform: FabCollab. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on minority voices, at a time when unprecedented circumstances are keeping us physically apart. This festival kicks things off for FabCollab, but there’s a whole lot more in the works.

WOMEN IN SONG FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 9 – 12:00-10:30pm EST
Live streamed at: fabcollab.ca, www.facebook.com/smallworldmusic or
facebook.com/MusicPerformanceTrustFund
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. – Tamar Ilana feat. Lia Grainger (Flamenco/World)
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. – Nastasia Y (Slavic soul)
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. – Eliana Cuevas (Latin jazz)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. – Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian rhythms)
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Samidha Joglekar (Classical Indian)
10:00 - 10:30 p.m. – Lauren Barnett (Electro acoustic)

DOWNLOAD – August 9 Event Poster
DOWNLOAD – Artist Bios
Watch the event promo video here: youtu.be/Gn57ie6_HAc

For more interviews, high-res photos, links to music, or any further information on the festival and FabCollab, please contact:

Lia Grainger                           
Communications Director     
+1-647-768-5288                   
lia@fabcollab.ca                    

Tamar Ilana
Executive Director
+1-647-778-9793
tamar@fabcollab.ca

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JUICY J ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, LIL BABY, A$AP ROCKY, LOGIC, TY DOLLA $IGN, YOUNG DOLPH, RICO NASTY, JAY ROCK, 2 CHAINZ, CONWAY AND MORE

DROPS FIRST TRACK AND VISUAL FOR
GAH DAMN HIGH FT. WIZ KHALIFA


FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH GARY VEE AND CODY HUDSON TO LAUNCH NEW CANNABIS BRAND ASTERISK*

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Legendary rapper, producer, entrepreneur, Juicy Jhas announced his new album, The Hustle Continuesavailable October 14th via eOne. The album, which was produced / executive produced by Juicy J features many of the biggest names in the culture including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, NLE Choppa, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Logic, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Conway, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Nasty, Jay Rock, Lord Infamous and Project Pat. You can hear the first track off the album via a new video for GAH DAMN HIGH feat. Wiz Khalifa. The video, directed by Joe Weil, is a hilarious reality TV-styled production following a day in the life of a quarantining Juicy J and family. Featuring Wiz Khalifa, real-life business partner Gary Vee, along with Lena The Plug and Adam 22, watch to see Juicy paint, clean, grow cannabis, and more.

His first independent release since 2009’s Hustle Till I Die, the significance of signing to eOne for The Hustle Continues goes all the way back to the start of his career. Alan Grunblatt, eOne’s President of Urban Music, signed Three 6 Mafia to their first record deal stating, “I’m thrilled to be working with Juicy J again. I first worked with him back in the Three 6 Mafia days and I am so proud of his success. He is an amazing, multi-faceted artist, rapper, writer and producer.” Juicy adds, "Alan gave Three 6 Mafia our first deal, he believed in me then and he believes in what I'm doing today as an artist, and as a producer. It made the most sense to release 'The Hustle Continues' independently and eOne gave me the best deal where I own 100% of my masters."

Juicy J has also announced a partnership with Gary Vee, a four-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most famous public speakers alive and Cody Hudson, a museum-showing, contemporary fine artist with a Nike signature head-to-toe collection to launch the new cannabis brand Asterisk*. The brand lives under the Green Street umbrella - a company long known for creating innovative partnerships between artists and cannabis brands. “We’re assembling the Avengers for weed,” says Rama Mayo, Green Street co-founder. With more info to come on the company, they are debuting both cannabis and non-cannabis products, including 2 graphic t-shirts, 1 long sleeve & 2 sweatshirt designs, 2 snapback hats, a Nalgene water bottle, and 2 strains of Indica dominant flower, one being Juicy J’s signature strain, Wildflower. Green Street has also unveiled their newest project, a 7-story ‘cannabis businesses only’ office building in DTLA, complete with a 4-star restaurant, art gallery, weed social club, an open-air rooftop bar/performance area, and office space for Asterisk* and other cannabis-only brands. Asterisk* cannabis products are available now exclusively at MMD Dispensaries in Los Angeles and online at AsteriskGoods.com.

As one of the founding members of the legendary platinum-selling Memphis rap group, Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is credited as one of the founders of Southern rap. His contributions to the sound of the culture over the last three decades have made his influence omnipresent. Just last year he produced Megan Thee Stallion’s Platinum break out, Hot Girl Summer,  which went #1 on the Billboard Rhythmic charts and became the first female rap collab in history to reach #1 on Apple Music.

Stream GAH DAMN HIGH ft. Wiz Khalifalnk.to/GDH
The Hustle Continues Tracklisting
1.Best Group
2.Gah Damn High ft. Wiz Khalifa
3.Spend It ft. Lil Baby and 2 Chainz
4.Killa ft. Conway Shopping Spree ft. Young Dolph
5.Po Up ft. A$ap Rocky
6.1995 ft. Logic
7.What I Need
8.The Way It Goes ft. Key Glock
9.Shawty Bad ft. Logic
10.Load It Up ft. NLE Choppa
11.She Gon Pop It ft. Megan the Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign
12.Take It ft. Rico Nasty and Lord Infamous (Three 6 Mafia)
13.Memphis to LA ft. Jay Rock and Project Pat
14. In a Minute

By Edgar Daniel / VOTO


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LEXXICON VENTURES TO PARADISE IN NEW SINGLE

WATCH VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE I DON’T DESERVE YOU
 

FORTHCOMING EP TROPICAL R&B OUT AUGUST 14 - PRE-ORDER NOW

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS PROJECT BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE
Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Toronto artist Lexxicon continues to bring the summer vibes to audiences worldwide – this time, embracing an element of Paradise – the second single from his forthcoming EP, Tropical R&B, out on August 14. Premiering via Happy MagParadise highlights Lexxicon’s search for a place where he no longer has to feel shame, pain or manipulation, unveiling some of the layered themes within the project. Listen to the song here, which arrives with a lyric video here.

I don’t know if paradise really exists, but I know it would look and feel like a place where I wasn’t judged wasn’t mistreated due to difference but celebrated and loved,” Lexxicon says. “Everyone wants a place to belong, a place to call home, a place that will feel like their own personal paradise.”

The EP’s first single, I Don’t Deserve Youwas released on July 17, and arrived with a lyric visualizer. The official video for I Don’t Deserve You was directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenBoy, and reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. Watch it here.

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows Lexxicon’s acclaimedBashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B,  Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. 

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

The futuristic cover art seen below reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. Pre-order Tropical R&B here and stay tuned for the official Paradise video, out next week. 

 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond, and  Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon

Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

 

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

Photo by Chris Prince | @shotbyprince

Pre-order Tropical R&B

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House: fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

Listen to Paradise: fanlink.to/LexxiconParadise

Watch lyric video for Paradise: youtu.be/9eY5GSFeb9I

Listen to I Don’t Deserve Youfanlink.to/LexxiconIDontDeserveYou

Watch I Don’t Deserve You: youtu.be/b9EtZ6X4gUQ

Watch I Don’t Deserve You lyric video: bit.ly/2BXvxzz

Visuals:

Di Don Don 
Lonely

Superstar

Fatty Fatty

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DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Tropical R&B Artwork

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY RELEASES NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM B7 TODAY

POWERFUL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE BORDERLINE OUT NOW

STREAM/BUY B7 HERE

“[b7] … is a Brandy project that feels more ‘Brandy’ than ever, with
vocal production and arrangements that lean all the way into her instantly recognizable rich and smoky tone” – EW

Brandy was ahead of the curve she shaped herself, having spent the last 30 years perfecting and adapting — now she draws her own lines” – Exclaim!
 

 “’b7’… is classic Brandy… anchored by a voice still deep enough to swim in”  -The Guardian
 

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 –  Eight years seems like a lifetime to wait. Finally, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, releases her highly anticipated seventh studio album, b7, today via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One. Executive produced by Brandy along with DJ Camper and LaShawn Daniels, this 15-track confessional is her most personal to date as she was able to debut her writing skills for the first time in her career. With songs like the instant-grat track, Rather Be, and No Tomorrow, Brandy was able to take her life’s lessons and channel them into her first masterpiece as an independent artist. The album also features Daniel Caesar on the Grammy nominated single, Love Again, which has garnered over 85 Million streams worldwide, Chance The Rapper, and her daughter Sy-rai Smith who appears on the single High Heels, and background vocals for Baby Mama. Other featured producers and writers include Hit Boy, Cory Rooney, Victoria Monét, Antonio “Tony” Dixon, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk among others.  The album is available now at all physical and digital retailers. 

Also today, she releases the powerful video for her new single Borderline  The dark, edgy track has Brandy interrogating her relationship with love over a hypnotic, downtempo groove. The haunting video for Borderline was directed by Derek Blanks and illustrates the darker, emotional loneliness that can take over a romantic relationship. “This is my most personal album to date,” says Brandy. “Every song tells a story.” Watch the video for Borderline here.

Borderline 
is at radio now and follows her single, Baby Mama, which is currently Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart. Watch the video for Baby Mama, ft. Chance the Rapper, here.

b7 marries the silky, smooth vibe she established on Never Say Never with the ground-breaking experimentation of Full Moonalbums that are revered as R&B blueprints for their use of multi-layered harmonies, unconventional song structures and forward-thinking electro-soul beats. The album explores Brandy’s journey over the last few years, and how she came to be the resilient, spiritually grounded women she is today.

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www.4everbrandy.com

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Instagram: @brandy
Twitter: @4everbrandy
Facebook: @foreverbrandy
Tik Tok: @brandy
Snapchat: @TheNextBrandy

About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne)
 is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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LOST FREQUENCIES ANNOUNCES CUP OF BEATS EP

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Fresh from his spectacular performance live from the roof of Belgium’s Royal Palace in Brussels by invitation of His Royal Highness in his native country and following on from official remixes for Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and Martin Solveig, superstar DJ and multi-platinum producer, Lost Frequencies, is now set to unveil the release of his new EP, Cup Of Beats – listen to it here.

From his record-breaking release, Are You With Me, that saw Lost Frequencies spin Easton Cobin’s original, mellow country release into a Tropical-pop powerhouse, the enigmatic producer is pleased to collaborate with the Nashville native singer/songwriter, where it all started, for opener, One More Night. Taking a paired-back, guitar-flecked melody that evolves into a slowed yet sharp tropical take, when married with Corbin’s irresistible drawl it’s crystal clear that the duo are a match made in heaven.

Collaborating with Irish vocalist, Flynn, on You, a familiar name from their previous collaboration Recognise, sees Lost Frequencies take the track to a deeper strain of house complete with a wiggling, funk-reminiscent bassline that refreshes the ears, before Flynn’s soaring spin of a vocal explores young love and passion that is as revitalizing as a cool breeze on a hot Summers day. Uniting with French producer Mathieu Koss for the emotively-reaching Don’t Leave Me that instills a shining push-and-pull of instrumental backdrops that shimmer in propelling the falsetto vocal tones come the chorus, it’s a further reiteration of Lost Frequencies’ skills as both a renowned producer, but a top-tier collaborator of artists across a range of genres, styles and borders.

The now-fan favourite already for 2020 on Love To Go with Zonderling and Kelvin Jones shines out of the speakers with a positivity, laced with a sweetness that meets a surge of self-assured vulnerability, as Sick Of The Silence keeps one foot firmly in the club, flirting with an intensity that is begging to be played on sweaty dancefloors at 3am thanks to swelling synths and descending, progressive chords that dig to an almost bottomless level in its dance flavour. Bringing the EP full circle, Electrified, with Kye Sones, follows a chorial, multi-vocal method that unites and rises, layer after layer and fortified with soul for a finale unlike any other, as this collection of work from Lost Frequencies marries two sides of the artist we know and love, showcasing his unparalleled skill of multi-genre interpretations and broad productive scope.

Listen to/stream Cup Of Beats here

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www.lostfrequencies.com

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MIPSO ANNOUNCESELF-TITLED ROUNDER DEBUT SET FOR OCTOBER 16 RELEASE

FIRST TRACK RELEASE YOUR BODY AVAILABLE TODAY

WACTH YOUR BODY OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Mipso will release their eponymous debut for Rounder on October 16. Mipso, the highly anticipated follow-up to the North Carolina quartet’s acclaimed 2018 album Edges Run, furthers the band’s ever-growing reputation as a potent musical force.

Mipso arrives as the group’s most communally realized work to date – a triumph that’s especially remarkable considering they discussed breaking up after the release of Edges Run. But Mipso’s members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – doubled down on their commitment to each other.  

They emerged with the strongest artistic statement of their career thus far. As Sharp notes, “With this album we learned how to celebrate and amplify what’s different about each of us, rather than compromising in a way that just buries those differences.” 

Your Body is available today from all digital service providers. Listen here. The song, written by Rodenbough, conveys a subtle, powerful message. As she explains, “It’s a song about something I struggle with, which is how I want to present my body to the world, especially as the only woman onstage most nights in our band.” 

For Mipso, the band collaborated with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal - "like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence,” as Terrell puts it. To that end, the band formed Mipso’s resplendent textures by pushing the limits of their acoustic instruments, a feat that included Rodenbough’s expressive use of sweeping violin harmonics to generate synth-like tones, Terrell’s experimentation with foam to dampen acoustic guitars to produce the staccato warmth of a mbira, and more.

At the same time, Mipso got inventive in their use of percussion, sculpting the album’s kinetic rhythms with everything from congas to an old turtle shell. With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell, (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy), Mipso’s touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), the result is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song. 

Despite venturing into many new directions, Mipso preserves certain elements that have defined the band since their still-beloved 2013 debut Dark Holler Pop: their finely layered vocal harmonies, a shared fluency in and fascination with North Carolina’s timeless musical traditions, a near-telepathic musical connection and familiarity with each other’s strengths. 

In looking back on the making of Mipso, Terrell refers to the album as “a recommitment to the reasons we want to make music together,” a factor reflected in their decision to self-title the record. “These songs are full of frustration and alienation and wistfulness, but they don’t come from drowning out the noise of the world—they come from getting better at listening to it, and learning to translate it,” says Terrell. “I hope they can give people a bit of insight into the problems we’ve worked out among ourselves, and the love that we have for each other.”

TRACKLISTING:
1. Never Knew You Were Gone
2. Hey, Coyote
3. Hourglass
4. Your Body
5. Caroline
6. Just Want to Be Loved
7. Help
8. Big Star
9. Let a Little Light In
10. Like You Never
11. Shelter
12. Wallpaper Baby

DOWNLOAD – hi res album artwork

www.mipsomusic.com

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ZELLA DAY DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ONLY A DREAM

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO NOW
VIA FLAUNT MAGAZINE

NEW EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE
ARRIVING AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Today, maverick singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has released her mesmerizing new ballad, Only A Dream. The track marks the latest single from her upcoming five-song EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and due out August 28th in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Driven by Zella’s spell-binding vocals, the song reflects on all-consuming love and conquering the darkness that can come from within such an exploration.

Zella has also shared an equally breathtaking visual for Only A Dream, directed by Samuel Richard and Gianennio Salucci. The piece captures Zella at the forefront of an intimately-filmed and emotionally-charged love story. Filmed within the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA, and along the golden beaches and sun-soaked highways of the California coast, it’s a poetic ode to the sprawling, beautiful and sometimes tragic journey that is love. Earlier this morning, Flaunt Magazine premiered the video and spoke with Zella about the inspiration behind the track and video.

“There are times we must bury our broken hearts in the garden so that spring can do the work we cannot do ourselves,” said Zella about the song. “Living in the memory of what was eventually becomes a memory in itself. The years grow like flowers and the faint scent of love hangs low so that we may remember all of those we wish not to forget.”

Zella released her recent single, Purple Haze, earlier this month alongside a cosmic music video directed by famed artist, Neil Krug (Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey). The track was met with rave reviews, including Guitar World who hailed it “a psychedelic stoner anthem [that] would be right up Hendrix’s street.Purple Haze was preceded by the dazzling disco track, My Game, released in May alongside a cinematic music video directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) that pays homage to some of Zella’s favorite classic spy films of the 1960s, including Pink Panther and Casino Royale. Zella released People Are Strangers earlier this spring, a heart-on-its-sleeve song with a striking music video directed by Krug, with whom Zella also collaborated with to create the artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide.

The EP ignites a vivid new era for Zella and signals her evolution as both a musician and a visual auteur. The songs, music videos and artwork released to-date from Where Does The Devil Hide all share a cohesive vision; one that fuses the radiant sounds, aesthetics and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which Zella is deeply bonded. She comes from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer, Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound, in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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BLACK SOPRANO FAMILY (BENNY THE BUTCHER, RICK HYDE & HEEM) RELEASE NEW GANGSTA GRILLZ MIXTAPE

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS:
GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS
PROJECT NOW AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Benny The Butcher recently inked a new, global deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint and unveiled plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.

The first such project is Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which is now available. Purchase and stream at your preferred DSP.  The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy, FlexxBaby, Young World & DJ Shay. 

The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually; palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crews amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family-a fan-first imprint, was built brick by brick.  While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

Benny says, “As the best rapper alive, this is a dream come true to me.  A dream that started in my head in 2011 while I was in prison.  The seeds were planted while I was at Elmira correctional facility and when I was released in 2012, I’ve spent every day since working to bring this vision to fruition.”

Benny continues, “It’s been one of my dreams to do a label deal and put my homies in position to win. I want to expose the talent from my area and I want to expose the world to the talent they may not have heard unless I bring it to you.”

Two of those new talents Benny brought into the BSF fold are Heem and Rick Hyde, and both are predominantly featured on Da Respected Sopranos. 

“This Gangsta Grillz tape was a dope experience, I just wanted to show the world what I could do, and I got more left in the clip” Heem commented.  “I really came from the streets so I’m just telling my story.”

“Linking with Drama was fire, I just wanted to go in on every track, this is a competition for me and killing every track is my goal” an animated Rick Hyde lamented.  “Drama is legendary and BSF is synonymous with street music, the combination just makes sense.”

DOWNLOAD – cover artwork

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.


eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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ACTION BRONSON RELEASES FIRST NEW MUSIC OF 2020 LATIN GRAMMYS

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Action Bronson has unveiled his first new music of 2020 with the release of Latin Grammys (Loma Vista Recordings). Over a slinky brass and guitar loop, the Queens legend raps with gusto about swim trunks stuffed with cash, driving like Dale, Sr. (with his feet up), Dolph Lundgren and Derek Jeter. “It’s Young Baklava, you know me,” he reminds us. Listen here.

The video for Latin Grammys, directed, edited and produced by VIDEO CONNECTION, sees Action compete in 1995 World’s Strongest Man competition. Watch the video here.

Says Action: “It’s all about metamorphosing; this song is about coming of age. I love a good latin-jazz, upbeat vibe. It's got that funk, you know? You can do all kinds of dances to this song. You know a song is good when you can do all different types of dances to it, and you’re still on rhythm.”

Action discussed the new track with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s New Music Daily today. Last week he caught up with Seth Meyers on Last Night, calling in from his gym to talk about new music, fatherhood and losing 80 pounds over the past couple months.

The beat for Latin Grammys was created by Tommy Mas, who produced Action’s 2011 debut, Dr. Lecter. One day, Action was digging through old beats and discovered one labeled Ozersky, a nod to the beloved food writer Josh Ozersky, who tragically passed away in 2015. Ozersky and Action were close – Ozersky was the first person to put Action on television. Action knew he had to pay tribute to his old friend when he found the file.

In addition to the release of new music, Action Bronson continues to set the bar for rap renaissance man. He makes a special appearance in the Pete Davidson film, King of Staten Island, (Action made his acting debut in Scorsese’s, The Irishman). The season four finale of the food and travel show he hosts, F*ck, That’s Delicious, aired last week on VICE TV and will continue broadcasting and streaming this summer. He also hosts a bi-weekly musical variety show, Live From the Moon, on Beats1 / Apple Music, continues to create custom ice creams for Morgensterns, and raps over The Who’s Baba O’Riley in the trailer for EA’s UFC 4 game, in which he’s also a playable character. Bronson’s latest releases include 2019’s Lamb Over Rice EP and 2018’s White Bronco.

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www.actionbronson.com

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MULATTO RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO MUWOP FEATURING GUCCI MANE

FIRST OFFICIAL SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING MAJOR LABEL DEBUT MIXTAPE COMING THIS SUMMER VIA RCA RECORDS

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Today, rising Atlanta rapper, Mulatto, releases Muwop featuring Gucci Mane, the first official single and video from her forthcoming major label debut mixtape coming this summer via RCA Records.

On Muwop, Mulatto flipped Gucci Mane’s 2008 track, Freaky Gurl, and made a witty, female response in a way only Latto can. The video was shot in Miami and directed by ARRAD. Listen / Watch Muwop featuring Gucci Mane.

Leading up to the release of Muwop, Latto took to Instagram to pay homage to Gucci Mane by recreating the covers of his iconic albums and mixtapes. Latto talking about Muwop: “I flipped Gucci Mane’s Freaky Gurl for my project and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if he could get on it.’ When I got the text that Gucci recorded a verse for the song, I started screaming! Gucci is my favourite rapper of all time. Even when I was ten years old, in interviews I would say he was my favourite.”

Rapping since the age of 10, Mulatto is part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Flo Milli, City Girls, Saweetie and more, proving that women can also rule the rap scene with their unique styles, flows and verses. To date, Latto has garnered over 151 million streams WW on Spotify and Apple alone and her Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) video featuring Saweetie and Trina was viewed over 22 million times in just five months. Stay tuned for more exciting news on Mulatto’s forthcoming mixtape.

Raised in Atlanta, GA, 21-year-old rising rapper Mulatto has been making a name for herself since she was 10 years old. Along with writing all her own lyrics, her witty, sexual verses are unmatched. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music since 2016 and recently signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Mulatto released her EP Big Latto, which included her breakout hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina. Combined, both versions of Bitch From Da Souf has over 72 million streams on Spotify and Apple alone, along with recognition from Timberland, Demi Lovato and more. Prior to the aforementioned, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018).

Press outlets such as Complex and Okayplayer named her an Artist to Watch in 2020Complex states, “Mulatto’s musical ability is top notch, but the way she carries herself is almost as important. She exudes confidence.” Describing her style/delivery, the outlet explains, “She takes the tropes of Southern bounce and infuses them with Atlanta strip club swag, landing somewhere between City Girls and Rico Nasty.” Collectively, she has garnered over 151 million streams on Spotify and Apple to date. Recently, Mulatto released her Bitch From Da Souf (Remix)  video featuring Saweetie & Trina, her freestyle No Hook,  which showcased her lyrical prowess, along with an accompanying video and her most current track and video He Say She Say. Her major label debut mixtape will be released this summer via RCA Records.

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES THE TITLE TRACK FROM HER UPCOMING JYOTI ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET! OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

LISTEN TO MULDROW’S RECENT EPISODE OF
PLAY IT FORWARD ON NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

“No one sings a heavy love song like Georgia Anne Muldrow” – Pitchfork

“Over the years, this gifted Los Angeles singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Madlib, so it’s no surprise that her latest full-length is packed full of unflappable funk.” – Rolling Stone

“After years of being near the spotlight, it seems the world is finally ready for Muldrow’s music.” – The FADER

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Today acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow who NPR describes as an “R&B and astral-funk polymath” shares a new song from Mama, You Can Bet!, the third album from her solo-jazz project, Jyoti

The title track from Mama, You Can Bet! is now available as a single, ahead of the album’s August 28, 2020 release via eOne and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. The song is dedicated to her mother, Rickie Byars, who has a long musical history in jazz and spiritual music (Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Sir Roland Hanna's New York Jazz Quartet, and founder of the Agape International Choir). The song opens the album with an inspirational and encouraging tone, as emphatic piano and percussion introduce a choral layering of Georgia’s voice chanting “Hey, Mama” before a singular Georgia sings: “Mama, You Can Bet/There’s Many a Man/Who’d Love Your Hand.” As Georgia puts it “I wanted my mother to know that she deserves passionate love, that I see her as a beautiful woman.” The song is a moving testament to Georgia’s respect and admiration for her mother beyond her role as a maternal figure.

The Mama, You Can Bet! single follows Orgone, which was released in June and praised by Cool Hunting who called it “a minimal but stirring tune, with meandering piano and free-flowing vocals that trace the topic of displacement,” while Brooklyn Vegan proclaimed the song to be “a soaring dose of jazz-soul.” The May album announcement was accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which also features Muldrow’s singing voice, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow puts it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk “A timely song from a timeless artist," and added "'This Walk' is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz,  pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. This Walk b/w The Cowrie Waltz is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

Georgia recently performed versions of This Walk, and Orgone ,and took part in an extensive interview for the new VICE NEWS series, Receiver, which streamed live and aired on VICE TV. She also spoke with DownBeat for a feature available to read here. A beautifully animated lyric video for This Walk created by Charles Sicuso with Muldrow’s own illustrations is available to view here.  Pre-Order Mama, You Can Bet!, the album, here

Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the newly released singles, This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist, Lakecia Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise). The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album, Bemoanable Lady Geemix, and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which recently reaired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.
 

About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow
Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold. Jyoti is a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane.

The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few. 

Listen to Mama, You Can Bet! here
Pre-order the album here

DOWNLOAD – Mama, You Can Bet! Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

About SomeOthaShip Connect
SomeOthaShip is a record label & production company owned & operated by Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The company has operated since 2009 and specializes in rap, r&b, jazz, funk, electronic and instrumental music.

About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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TROY JUNKER DROPS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE THE JUICE

NEW EP THE PATH OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 29, 2020 – Following the release of his fresh new EP, The Path, which dropped July 20th, Canadian Métis rapper, Troy Junker, today releases the official video for his latest single, The Juice. Watch the video here.

“I wanted to start The Path off with a track that is a confidence boost about turning negatives into positives,” Troy says of the song. “The Juice is for the days where you feel like giving up, but you know you can't quit. It's about knowing yourself and not letting other people's opinions taint your vision. There are a lot of personal things I put in there that I feel my fans go through too, and I hope it can help somebody can relate.”

The Juice was created in collaboration with Internet Money producer, JR Hitmaker with the video being filmed by Goldenb0y in Toronto, ON. Due to the pandemic, Troy chose to shoot a performance video with more emphasis on the lyrics, versus risking crew members' health for the production.

The Path is Troy’s first album release since 2018 and has a new lyrical focus – positivity. With the EP's theme focusing on how people are capable of choosing the path they are meant to be on, Troy aims to appeal and inspire younger audiences, giving them uplifting messages and reminders to stay hopeful while going through tough times in their lives. There are also a number of collaborations included on the EP including Joey Stylez, Thea May, LUVR and Larisa Santiago. Almost every track features another musical artist – another new approach Troy is adding into his stand out musical creations.

It feels great to share The Path.” Troy reflects. “When I first thought about the project, it was important to me that I included songs my younger listeners could take positive messages away from. I know how it feels to be lost and I wanted to create a body of work that shows that sometimes you need to create your own path to go where you want to be. It's my first studio project since moving to Toronto and being independent, it was nice to have creative control while collaborating with my friends."

For the artwork, I wanted it to resemble where I come from, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I don't get to go home much anymore because I'm in Toronto but I wanted the artwork for, The Path to represent where I started. I wanted it to feel like I was in PA. It's the last city before all the Northern communities and everyone is used to the Northern lights. Now that I'm in Toronto, I don’t see them anymore, so it was something I wanted to incorporate into the artwork.”

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieved the honour-roll in the Music Business Management program – following his dreams in the music industry. Throughout his college years, Troy released two EPs (Time Capsule and Trilly Madison) and went on to play local events and campus house parties. He closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Songwriting camp, where he had a helping hand in creating So Close by Wolf Den – which charted at #5 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown.

Listen to The Path here
Watch The Juice video here

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www.troyjunker.com

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ACE FREHLEY ANNOUNCES ORIGINS VOL. 2 DETAILS

EXTENDS ALBUM DEAL WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE

SPACE TRUCKIN’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO AND TRACK OUT NOW

ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 28, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, announces the release of Origins Vol. 2, his highly-anticipated second collection of 11 rock 'n' roll covers, due out on September 18. Today, he also releases the first single, a flawless cover of Deep Purple's 1972 hit, Space Truckin' available now on all streaming platforms, and as an official music video. 

Recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, CA, Frehley recorded guitar, bass, and vocals on Space Truckin' with long-time studio drummer, Matt Star, and keyboard player, Rob Sabino (Peter Frampton,  Simon & Garfunkel). 

Ace offers, "Space Truckin' was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little. We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back."

The official video for Space Truckin’ was directed by eOne's, Ken Gullic (VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music), and animated by Chris Fequiere, the same team behind the Mission to Mars music video from Frehley's Spaceman album in 2018. 

Frehley has also re-signed with eOne for more new releases, which extends his original deal signed in 2013. During his tenure, he has released three albums worth of new material; Origins Vol. 2 is the fourth. A new studio album is planned for 2021 with two additional releases to follow.

eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music says, "I am thrilled to extend our partnership with Ace Frehley.  He is a core artist for eOne and I look forward to more continued success with him."

eOne’s Ken Gullic, VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music, offers, “We were warned, before our first meeting with Ace in 2014, that he’d never deliver an album or get on the plane for that very meeting. He showed up with an early version of Steve Miller’s The Joker in hand and then cranked out eleven brand new songs at lightning speed for his first top 10 solo album ever, Space Invader, just in time for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as a KISS member in 2014. With nine albums into his vibrant solo career, one that clearly stands on its own, it's time for Ace to be considered as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted solo performer too."

Frehley continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with this release of Origins Vol. 2. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as New York Groove, Do Ya and I Wanna Go Back throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

Origins Vol 2features some extraordinary guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole, and former KISS comrade, Bruce Kulick, on Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression. Origins Vol.1 alumnus, John5, also returns, playing on Cream's Politician, and The Beatles' I'm Down. Finally, the exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones' 1968 hit Jumpin' Jack Flash.

Origins Vol. 2 will be the follow-up to 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was his second highest-charting solo album and his 4th Top 40 album. 

Pre-orders are available today at www.acefrehleyorigins.com – which includes an exclusive 180g Opaque Gold Double LP variant (limited to 1000 copies + download card).

ORIGINS VOL. 2 TRACKLIST:
1. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
2. Never In My Life (Mountain)
3. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple)
4. I'm Down (The Beatles)
5. Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones) 
6. Politician (Cream) 
7. Lola (The Kinks)
8. 30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie)
9. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
10. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (The Animals)
12. She (KISS) [Bonus Track]

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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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MICHAEL GORMAN LAUNCHES STRAIGHT UP MANAGEMENT

WITH AN EXTRAORDINARLY TALENTED ROSTER
OF ARTISTS AND CREATORS

TORONTO, ON – Monday, July 27, 2020 – Michael Gorman's (he/him) influence on the music industry has been felt since his early days, with no sign of letting up. The Toronto-based artist manager has been at the forefront of launching the careers of some of Canada’s most decorated and acclaimed musicians, with an impassioned dedication to developing and championing artists.

Today, Michael is thrilled to announce the exciting next chapter in his own professional journey, with the launch of Straight Up Management. Born out of COVID-19, in a time of major uncertainty, he founded the management company to guide the careers of under-represented, yet extraordinarily talented artists.

With Straight Up Management, Michael is now priming a new group of stars to step into the spotlight, including world-class Drag superstar, Tynomi Banks (Canada’s Drag Race), and former OHL player, LGBTQ+ advocate and public speaker, Brock McGillis, the first professional hockey player to openly come out as gay. He also recently began working with major brands and influencers – including Miss Fiercalicious, Jada Hudson, and Devine Darlin – on high-profile campaigns for Bud LightAmazonCrestNyx CosmeticsSodaStream, and more.

Exclaims Michael, "I’m very excited about this new stage in my career and who better to launch Straight Up Management with than such a diverse, eclectic roster of talented and driven artists!”

About Michael Gorman:
Beginning with an internship at Chris Smith Management (Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson), Michael gained valuable experience before moving on to become General Manager of Last Gang Entertainment. During his four years at Last Gang, Michael was involved with launching the budding careers of Metric, Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979 and Mother Mother towards international and mainstream success.

In 2008, Michael brought this wealth of experience with him to Pandyamonium Management, where he joined industry veteran Sandy Pandya in guiding the multifaceted careers of JUNO Award winners Serena Ryder, Jully Black, and Dear Rouge.

These exciting ventures illustrate Michael’s ability to develop bourgeoning careers and manage high profile clients.  Demonstrating no boundaries or limits to his ability to persevere, Michael is determined to take his clients straight up to the top!

Website – straightupmgmt.com
Instagram – @straightupmgmt
For business inquiries please contact – michael@straightupmgmt.com

For more information please contact:
Amanda McCauley – amanda@indoorrecess.com

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HELLO MOTH UNLEASHES NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM WHEN THE SKY MELTED

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE STEREO

WATCH THE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR INSIDE

“…When the Sky Melted is full of provocative lyrics, showy vocals, abstract themes, flowing melodies and inventive musical excursions.”Calgary Herald

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Hello Moth is thrilled to release their third full-length album, When The Sky Melted. Featuring 12 new, original songs, the record showcases playful shape-shifting production, underpinned by vividly performed vocals that create a propulsive experience of sounds in motion. Listen to When The Sky Melted here and watch the brand new animated music video for Inside here.

Hello Moth – the Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist – creates unsettlingly inventive genre-fluid music inspired by artists like David Bowie, St. Vincent, and The Knife. Their songs span fragile love ballads and blacklight infused synth-pop as they explore themes of isolation, innocence, and identity.

Inspired by the relationship between inside and out, When the Sky Melted observes a changing world from the oppressive comfort of home. A shingled rooftop provides shelter from the melting heavens, and lonesome rooms are filled with midnight radio broadcasts. Smiling, we climb from our homes to wander a world turned upside down, tracing our paths back only to find that truly returning anywhere is impossible. Once again we are some-here new.

“Compared to the dark strangeness of my previous releases, this album is a little lighter, more hopeful, more fun,” reflects Hello Moth. “That’s not to say I haven’t still folded a few nightmares into the work, but I’ve enjoyed the chance to portray a more balanced picture of my creative moods on When the Sky Melted.”

They continue, "The world I imagined over a year ago for When the Sky Melted now feels eerily real in light of COVID-19. Loneliness and isolation, connection across distance, our relationships with our homes: the album's themes have always been part of the human experience, but also take on new meaning and immediacy in 2020. Artists everywhere are acknowledging new resonance in their work during lockdown, and it makes me believe all the more in the power of art to carry us through the wildest of times."

Hello Moth’s debut album, Infinitely Repeated, was nominated Best Electronic Album at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards, while CBC hailed the 2016 release, Slave In A Stone, as “Frenetic, weird and all kinds of exciting…the kind of innovative music-making that keeps the future of Canadian music looking bright.” Since then, Hello Moth has released a couple EPs – including the “unsettlingly inventive” (Prog Magazine UK) Nebula Songs – and has collaborated with numerous pop artists, after co-writing and producing Jocelyn Alice’s platinum-certified hit single, Jackpot. These experiences in the pop world influenced a new creative direction on When the Sky Melted, which retains all the weird and the strange of early Hello Moth and builds upon it to create something sweetly immediate with soulful depth.

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www.hellomoth.xyz

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BENNY THE BUTCHER & BSF RELEASE NEW VIDEO AND SINGLE IT’S OVER FEATURING RICK HYDE & HEEM

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS:
GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS PROJECT WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 31

IT’S OVER PREMIERES WITH COMPLEX

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Benny The Butcher recently inked a new, global deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint, and unveiled plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.

The first such project is Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which will be released on July 31. The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy & DJ Shay.  This project will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation where Benny will introduce additional members to the BSF roster.

The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually; palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crews amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family-a fan-first imprint, was built brick by brick.  While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

Benny, Rick Hyde & Heem debuted It’s Over with an Apple Music exclusive, and today they premiered the video for the project’s new single with ComplexIt’s Over is now available at all DSP’s. Watch the video here.

“This song right here!  I wasn’t originally on It’s Over, but when I realized how crazy it was I had to get on it.  The video turned out fire, only right Drama was a part of it!,“ Benny commented to Complex.  “I wanted that old school gangster feel and aesthetic and this shit is a movie.  We the real and respected Sopranos.”

DOWNLOADIt’s Over single artwork

 

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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POP EVIL DEBUTS ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE WORK

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Michigan's own, POP EVIL, debuted the music video for their newest hit single, Work, that was released earlier this spring in the midst of uncertain times. The track arrived alongside Let The Chaos Reign, one of the heaviest songs the band has released yet, while Work counterbalanced it with driving guitars atop a grooving rhythm with electronic flourishes. The new animated video brings Work to life, tackling the angst and emotions of being stuck in a rut; the monotony of daily life juxtaposed with constant communication as technology is fused with all parts of life. As heard this summer in ESPN’s UFC promotions, Work has jumped into the Top 10 Active Rock songs at US radio charts, tying for the band’s fastest Top 10 hit yet.

POP EVIL has been a staple at major festivals and in theatres and clubs for over a  decade, despite the group’s relative youth. As they’ve ruled the roost with No. 1 Billboard Rock singles like Trenches, Deal with the Devil, Torn to Pieces, Footsteps, and Waking Lions, they’ve taken their inspired message to the people, on tours with modern rock titans and veteran acts alike. The band bunkered down in Los Angeles in the winter of 2019 to put the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new album due out via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the uniquely varied aspects of the band’s sound.

As Let The Chaos Reign and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been stronger than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 that represent everything POP EVIL is about. This new effort will be the highly-anticipated follow up to their self-titled album that came out two years ago to high critical praise with outlets like Loudwire saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen." Collectively, the band’s previous five albums account for over 600 million worldwide streams.

Pop Evil is: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals) , Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar), Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Hayley Cramer (Drums)

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LOST FREQUENCIES RECONNECTS WITH EASTON CORBIN FOR ARE YOU WITH ME FOLLOW-UP ONE MORE NIGHT

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – It’s been about five years since Lost Frequencies took the world by storm with Are You With Me, his unique take on the original version of American county singer, Easton Corbin. Since then, the Belgian DJ, producer and label owner has been nothing short of a dance music superstar, churning out massive hits whilst seeing his streaming numbers run into the billions. And today, he traces back to the point where it all began and reconnects with Easton Corbin for their long-anticipated follow-up collab: One More Night.  Listen to One More Night here.

Included on Lost Frequencies’ Cup Of Beats EP (released next week), One More Night is a story of love and desire that expertly builds on the vibe of predecessor. With relatable lyrics, soft tones and a soulful touch tailored to Easton Corbin’s distinct vocal sound, this record fully harnesses that ultimate pop appeal and insane crossover potential we’ve come to know Lost Frequencies for.

 

Lost Frequencies: “I am super excited to share this new track with everybody. Having a collaboration with Easton Corbin is something people might not have expected, but makes so much sense. He was the original singer of 'Are You With Me', so we tried to blend the country and dance world once more into this track. I would also like to give a little shoutout to Terry McBride, with whom I got in contact on Instagram and worked on the first draft of the song. I hope everybody feels the vibe on this one.”

 

Easton Corbin: “Thinking back to what it was like when Felix released the remix for ‘Are You With Me’ was so interesting. I got to hear my song in a new light and that just proves that great music can transcend genres. ‘Are You With Me’ was able to launch incredible opportunities for Lost Frequencies and myself and getting to be a deeper part of this release now is an honor for me and what I’ve built with my own career.” Watch the video for One More Night feat. Easton Corbin here

 

Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies, is one of the most popular dance music artists of his generation. After selling multi-platinum and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries with Are You With Me, he became the first Belgian artist to secure five #1s in the official Belgian chart and hit #1 in the U.K., collected billions of plays across the most popular streaming platforms with global hits such as Are You With MeReality and Crazy (with Dutch duo Zonderling), and released numerous impressive collaborations with the likes of Zonderling, Netsky, James Blunt, Aloe Blacc and Mokita. And now, after unleashing his sophomore album ‘Alive And Feeling Fine’ at the end of 2019 and teaming up with Zonderling again for the unmistakably catchy Love To Go,  he cements his spot in the upper reaches of the dance music scene with One More Night, his long-anticipated second collab with Easton Corbin. 

Easton Corbin exudes country. His distinctive baritone has been gracing airwaves for the past decade as his chart-topping debut single, A Little More Country Than That, established Corbin as a mainstay on the country charts. Billboard’s 2010 Top New Country Artist would go on to garner another #1 hit with the feel-good Roll With It as well as seven top 10 singles, further distinguishing himself from other male vocalists as a tried-and-true country traditionalist who weaves timeless story songs together while tipping his hat to the classic country artists who have come before him.

Listen to/stream One More Night feat. Easton Corbin here

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www.lostfrequencies.com

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TORONTO AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE OKAN RELEASE TITLE TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ESPIRAL

LISTEN TO ESPIRAL

ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 9 VIA LULAWORLD RECORDS

JUNO-NOMINATED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC 
AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLEND HISTORY
HERITAGE, STORYTELLING AND SPIRITUALITY

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Toronto-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, OKAN, deliver a new song today. Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’) is  the title track from their forthcoming album, due October 9 via Lulaworld Records, blending sonic elements both classic and contemporary, while honouring their Cuban roots. Listen to Espiral here.

“The title track, Espiral, is an arrangement that we did of an Afro-Cuban chant we first heard in December of 2018. It’s not as well-known as many chants and comes from the Arará sect (or denomination or tribal tradition) of the Santeria religion, as opposed to the Lucumi sect of the religion,” OKAN says of the song’s inspiration. “We then decided to mix this Afro-Cuban chant with another genre called guajira from the Eastern countryside of Cuba. This hasn’t been done before, or at least we don’t know of.”

 

Following up on their Juno-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore album, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses these powerful elements with jazz, folk and global rhythms. The Santeria influences are most evident in the opening track, Espiral, which uniquely blends folk genres of Eastern Cuba with Santeria-derived chants.

Showcasing the stunning vocals, violin and percussion of co-leaders and composers, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

A highlight of the album, Águila, honours the strength of women who make sacrifices to better the lives of their families. Written for Elizabeth’s aunt, who had to leave her husband and daughter in Cuba while she immigrated to the U.S., the piece moves from sorrow to rediscovered strength that derives from family, faith and tradition. See below for a complete tracklistng. 

OKAN's music spans the worlds of jazz, folk and global roots. This is reflected in the group's touring activity with invitations from leading festivals such as Mariposa, Sunfest, Blue Skies, and Lotusfest as well as San Francisco, New Mexico, Jaipur and Toronto Jazz. Recent projects have included a live appearance with Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta and recording for the upcoming release of Colombian electro-cumbia superstars, Bomba Estereo.

 

About OKAN:

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are also Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members. 

Stay tuned as OKAN’s unwinds more music from Espiral, and join them for their upcoming performances below. 

 

Upcoming Performances

July 31 – Toronto Jazz Festival live stream via JAZZ.FM – Tune in here

August 8 – Livestream of Blue Curtain Concerts festival performance – Tune in here

August 14 – Livestream concert – co-presented by National Arts Centre, Lula Music and Arts Centre and Philadelphia Folk Festival – Tune in here

Espiral - Tracklisting

1.Espiral

2. Águila

3.Trocada

4.Besame Mucho

5.Boundaries

6.Mercedes

7.Cumba Cumba

8. Baila Canada

9.Pie de Photo

Buy/listen to Espiral: lnk.to/Epiral-by-OKAN

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www.okanmusica.com

OKAN acknowledges the generous support of FACTOR,
Canadian Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council:

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AVI KAPLAN ANNOUNCES LEAN ON ME EP OUT AUGUST 21

NEW FOUR-TRACK EP FEATURES EXPANSIVE ALTERNATE MIXES AND AVI’S COVER OF THE BILL WITHERS CLASSIC LEAN ON ME

LISTEN TO IT KNOWS ME (ALT VERSION) HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, announces the release of Lean On Me, a new four-track EP out August 21 via Fantasy Records. The set features three new expansive alternate mixes of It Knows Me, and Chains, (from his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite, Aberdeen and Avi’s recently released cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. Later this fall, the Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers. Listen to It Knows Me (Alt Version) here and pre-order the Lean On Me EP here.

Earlier this month, Avi shared the animated official music video for It Knows Me which Idolator described as “surreal” and “mind opening.” Avi is also featured in a brand-new edition of Fantasy Flashcards, their Q&A video series – watch here.

Due to ongoing challenges faced by COVID-19, Avi announced last week his fall European tour has been postponed to 2021. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now. Updated routing is below and for tickets and more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

LEAN ON ME EP TRACK LIST:
It Knows Me (Alt Version)
Chains (Alt Version)
Aberdeen (Alt Version)
Lean On Me

AVI KAPLAN FALL 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
10/27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                                   10/29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
10/30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
10/31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen               
11/2 – Munich, DE – Backstage
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
11/4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
11/6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
11/7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
11/8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                   
11/10 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVrendenburg Pandora
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
11/12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex
11/18 – London, UK – Lafayette
11/20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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MICHIGAN CROSSOVER DEATH THRASH UNIT PLAGUE YEARS PREMIERE INCANTATION VIDEO WITH REVOLVER

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 18 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

VIEW / SHARE INCANTATION VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Michigan-based crossover death thrashers, PLAGUE YEARS, today unveil their official new video for Incantation. Now playing at Revolver, the track comes by way of the band’s punishing, Circle Of Darkness, full-length, now set for release on September 18 via Entertainment One (eOne). Watch/share the video here and find the band’s previously released video for Play The Victim here. Circle Of Darkness will be released on CD, digital, and vinyl formats and is available for pre-order here.

Comments guitarist, Eric Lauder, of the track, “This song is about resurrecting the dead that were condemned by god. Corpses become masters of chaos, rising to become a part of hell’s army to destroy their land and all things divine. This is one of the hardest and most aggressive songs on the record, relentless with its speed in the beginning and crushing heaviness at the end.”

Revolver hails a "death thrash rager," adding, "PLAGUE YEARS channel early Sepultura on new ripper Incantation."

Like an icepick to the face, PLAGUE YEARS arrives with an electric surge of sudden pain. An unrelenting end of the world assault of the cataclysmic convergence of thrash and hardcore, with bits of blackened death and midtempo madness to spare, the Detroit master blasters are here to crash the crossover party. Summoning the primitive spirit of the singular moment when the heaviest of metal first smashed into a circle pit, PLAGUE YEARS reignites the flame with sharp fury.

Mining the subterranean depths once unearthed on classic Sepultura albums like Beneath The Remains and Arise, with the vicious bite of Germanic slabs like In The Sign Of Evil by Sodom, and the Hall of Fame ‘80s output of Slayer, the devilish and down-tuned death worship within PLAGUE YEARS serves as a demonic calling card for the foursome; a brutal counterbalance to their otherwise likeminded thrash revivalists. On Circle Of Darkness, the band’s full-length debut, PLAGUE YEARS reunites with engineer Arthur Rizk, whose work with Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Candy, and Cavalera Conspiracy has propelled him to the front of the horde amidst the resurgence of crossover thrash.

PLAGUE YEARS pays homage to Detroit forbearers, Negative Approach, and modern contemporaries, Hellmouth, in equal measure, while infusing the proceedings with a brutal spin of their own design. In terms of lyrical aggression, songs like Play The Victim and Paradox Of Death blend traditional death metal blood-and-gore fantasy with the unrestrained bravado of Detroit’s grittier contributions to rap, like LOM Rambo and Motown upstart Icewear Vezzo.

Plague Years is: Tim Engelhardt – vocals, Eric Lauder – guitar, Rian Staber – bass, Mike Jurysta – drums

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS TRACK LISTING:
1. Play The Victim
2. Witness Hell
3. Paradox Of Death
4. Eternal Fire
5. Circle Of Darkness
6. Evil One
7. Incantation
8. Nrftl
9.World In Blood
10. Urge To Kill

“…PLAGUE YEARS turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs.” — Decibel Magazine

“Just try not to bang your head. We dare you.” — Revolver

“Strap yourself in for a lightning ride.” — New Noise Magazine

“A damn fine example of how thrash is coming back with some fine hardcore-heavy crossover.” — Heavy Blog is Heavy

“Grab some friends, throw them around the room, and let the power swell of PLAGUE YEARS wash you free of all your rage and pain.” — Metal Wani

“They play mean and powerful thrash music. The kind that lets you release the day’s frustration with an eye bulging fist-clenching roar.” — Life In Michigan

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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. www.entertainmentone.com

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MONDO COZMO SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR KICKS (POSITIVELY MONTAUK)

NEW ALBUM NEW MEDICINE VIA LAST GANG RECORDS OUT NOW

PHYSICAL CD AND LP OF NEW MEDICINE AVAILABLE NOW

WATCH KICKS (POSITIVELY MONTAUK)

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter, Josh Ostrander – shares a new video for his track, Kicks (Positively Montauk), from latest album, NEW MEDICINE. Along with the release of the new video, Josh himself will be going live on Instagram today (Friday, July 24) to chat with fans, discuss the new video, the physical release of New Medicine, including CDs and vinyl, and play some songs as well. New Medicine is available on all streaming platforms and now physically available on CD and LP.

The video for Kicks (Positively Montauk) cost zero dollars to make, primarily made on Josh’s phone with an app to create animated graphics and comprised of parts shot by each musician individually during quarantine. “There are some [Bob] Dylan Easter eggs in the song and video; the ‘positively’ in the title was a lift from one of his tunes, the female I reference in the song is ‘Sweet Marie’, also a Dylan tune. I asked Drew to write Love Bomb on his chest for the video, when Dylan performed at the 98 Grammys a protestor stormed the stage with ‘Soy Bomb’ written on his chest,” shares Josh.

Mondo Cozmo’s latest album, NEW MEDICINE features highlights, Come OnBlack Cadillac, and Generator, which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor, and his latest single Upside Down. Each video is  joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here.  Along with the album release, a live performance of Upside Down has been shared by the band, watch here.

ABOUT MONDO COZMO:
Known for his work as producer, singer-songwriter, and bandleader, the Philadelphia-born and Los Angeles-based Ostrander unveiled Mondo Cozmo in 2017 and immediately proved a sensation with the project’s ecstatic debut single, Shine. The track fast ascended to #1 on Triple A charts nationwide, instantly propelling Mondo Cozmo into the pop spotlight. Tours alongside such like-minded artists as Bastille, Spoon, Vance Joy and The Revivalists followed, as did show-stealing performances at top festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and a high profile network TV debut performance of Shine on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (streaming here).

PLASTIC SOUL arrived that same year and was greeted by worldwide critical acclaim, withThe Guardian hailing the collection in a four-starred rave as “wonderfully infectious, with echoes of Spiritualized (the euphoric ‘Shine’), Bob Dylan’s vocal delivery (most notably on ‘Hold On To Me’) and ACHTUNG BABY-era U2 (‘Higher’), all while retaining a strong thread of individuality. Throughout, there’s a maximalist joy at play, ideas tumbling over one another, reaching their apotheosis on the bombastic and emotionally draining ‘Thunder.’”“An endearing listen with a strikingly eclectic production,” declared CLASH“Ostrander delivers off-kilter pop bursting with colour.” Perhaps The Independent said it best: “There's a pure energy that courses through the record…PLASTIC SOUL is superb.”

 

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www.mondocozmo.com

About Last Gang Records:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.
 

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BLUEFACE RELEASES FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED TODAY

PROJECT KICKS OFF WITH ANIMATED
RESPECT MY CRYPPIN' REMIX VIDEO FEAT. SNOOP DOGG

EXPANDED VERSION OF HIT 2018 ALBUM FEATURES ORIGINALS, REMIXES, AND UNRELEASED TRACKS FEATURING SNOOP DOGG, MONEYBAGG YO, YG, CARDI B, DJ KAY SLAY, A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, ASIAN DOLL, GLOKK 9, NLE CHOPPA, SADA BABY, KIDDO CURRY, COYOTE, FLASH GOTTII, ROM SUNO, 03 GREEDO, AND TRU CARR

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Today, LA rapper, Blueface, releases Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of the album that launched his career into the stratosphere.  Famous Cryp was released in 2018 and featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone.  

Blueface also releases the animated video for Respect My Cryppin’ Remix ft. Snoop Dogg today – watch here. The album features Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Rom Suno, 03 Greedo, and Tru Carr.

Blueface recently released videos for Yea Yea ft. Coyote, Traphouse ft. Flash Gottii and 03 Greedo, Finesse The Beat and First Mission

FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED TRACKLIST:
Outside Remix ft Tru Carr
First Mission
Dead Locs
Respect My Cryppin’ Remix ft. Snoop Dogg
Thotiana
Thotiana Remix ft. YG & Cardi B
Freak Bitch
Finesse The Beat
Only Fans
Dead Locs 2
Pinocchio remix ft Rom Suno
Fucced Em
Yea Yea ft. Coyote
Famous Cryp
Uncle Philips
Put It In Her Face
Tour ft. Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry
Traphouse ft Flash Gottii & 03 Greedo
Hocus Pocus ft DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo
Baby

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ZHEANI SHARES FAIRY TRAP FANTASY WORLD IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR LAVA

WATCH LAVA

THE ZHEANI SPARKES EP OUT NOW

“Existing somewhere amid the fluid, genre-smashing netherworlds of emo rap and trap metal, Australian artist Zheani is fearlessly pushing buttons and being her own goddamn self.” – Revolver

“A relentless bombardment of the senses.” BlackBook Magazine

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2020 – Today, Australian rapper, songwriter, and artist, Zheani, shared a whimsical look into her mind with the release of a music video for single, Lava. The clip, created in collaboration with artist, Mik Shida, finds Zheani in her own fantasy world split through states of zen and bursts of animated colour, as she summons a friend to cure her loneliness. Serving as the opener of The Zheani Sparkes EP, the song showcases a uniquely “Zheani” sound often described as “Fairy-Trap” combining trap motifs with elements of art-pop. The quirky beat found on Lava is sprinkled with autotuned affirmational lyrics painting a picture filled with tropical vibes and beautiful creatures.  

Speaking on the track  Zheani states: "Lava represents happiness. It is an anthem for going on a holiday in your mind. At this point in my life I am happy in my heart but with the current state of the world, expressing it outwardly feels performative. For me it’s comical watching myself trying to express “happiness” as a convincing performance for the camera. Lava itself was very much “fake happiness until you make happiness” and I hope like a placebo it has that effect on others during a time it’s probably needed the most.”

Zheani makes uncompromised art her raps are raw and unfiltered, her photos are censored by social media, and her music videos are performance art pieces that push both limits and buttons. On her latest offering, The Zheani Sparkes EP, she takes on an autobiographical perspective focusing on dark memories from her childhood but also a silver lining of melodic trap that drips with positivity and escapism upon the album’s open and close. The eight tracks on the EP feature a blend of industrial and acoustic rhythms, with the lyrical content driving home harsh realities that shaped her and formed the woman she is today. The visual element of the album is just as important as the songs themselves, depicted in videos for I Won’t Sell My Soul, DIRTBIKE, and Dirt On The Name Of Steven, created DIY in collaboration with artist, Mik Shida.  On The Zheani Sparkes EP, Zheani has been able to stake claim on her background and shine into her own, sharing a reflective and fantastical story that leads into the next chapter of her journey. You can stream The Zheani Sparkes EP here now.

Tracklisting:

1. Lava

2. Intro - Zheani Speaks to Steven

3. 2020 (The Hook is a Prayer)

4. Dirt on the Name of Steven

5. Angel Dust

6. Dirtbike

7. Skitz Cunt

8. I Won’t Sell My Soul

9. Outro - Steven Speaks to Zheani

10. Yippy-Ky-Yay

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About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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DAWES WISH EVERYONE GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU’RE TALKING TO?
SONG AND VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER
ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2020 – Veteran American rockers, Dawes, have announced the release of their extraordinary new album. The Los Angeles-based band’s seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER, arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available now. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit), at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER is heralded by today’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Listen here and watch the video here.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes also recently unveiled LIVE FROM RICHMOND, VA, a spectacular 11-track concert recording available exclusively as a digital download via Bandcamp; all proceeds will be divided between Reform LA Jails and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

TRACKLISTING:
Still Feel Like A Kid
Good Luck With Whatever
Between The Zero and The One
None Of My Business
St. Augustine At Night
Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?
Didn’t Fix Me
Free As We Want To Be
Me Especially

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TORONTO-BASED SINGER AND 2019/2020 ALLAN SLAIGHT JUNO MASTER CLASS WINNER AIZA RELEASES HER NEW SINGLE SIZZLIN’

SINGLE IS A TRAP-POP BOP REMINISCENT  OF OTHER FIERCE POP ARTISTS LIZZO AND CARDI B

BUY AND STREAM SIZZLIN’

“Soul-pop genius” – The Music Mermaid

“The confidence she exudes while crooning on this track [Turn to Gold] suggests she won’t be—can’t be—denied.” – Complex (The 10 Best Canadian Songs of January 2020)

“’Turn to Gold’ [is] a meditative, percussion-heavy track perfect for manifesting the best possible 2020.” – The FADER

“Soulful melodies, sublime vocals, groovy rhythms, and catchy hooks.”  – Le Future Wave (Netherlands)

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2020 – Today, Toronto-via-Montreal artist, Aiza, turns up the heat with her new single, Sizzlin’.The catchy, trap-pop bop is her fourth release of the year; a midsummer track following Show Up, which was dubbed SOCAN’s Song of the Week in late June. These 2020 releases follow a highly successful 2019, during which Aiza was declared the winner of the prestigious Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class in autumn.
Listen to Sizzlin’ here.

 

"Sizzlin' is the perfect summer bop. It's all about telling it like it is. Playing humble is cute and all, but sometimes you just need to say it loud and clear: I'm the bomb,” Aiza says.

 

Aiza wrote Sizzlin’ last summer in the midst of frequent travel between Toronto and Los Angeles, combining work for an upcoming acting role with songwriting sessions. Sizzlin’ sees platinum-certified producer, Mario Marchetti, at the production helm, with notable credits including co-writing Demi Lovato's Billboard Top 10 hit, Neon Lights. The song came together in just a few hours, as Aiza was tapped into a super playful side of herself, and the phrases kept flowing. Sizzlin’ is also featured in the July 27th episode of VH1's To Catch a Beautician, hosted by Tamar Braxton.

 

Aiza began 2019 with a performance at the 7th annual She Rocks Awards in California, accompanied by music heavyweights, Divinity Roxx (Beyoncé’s former musical director and bassist) and Kat Dyson (former guitarist in Prince's New Power Generation). She subsequently returned to Canada to receive the award for “Francophone Artist of the Year” at the 3rd  annual Dynasty Gala Awards in Montreal.
 

Alongside her blossoming music career, Aiza is a seasoned actor and can be seen on Season 4 of CBC's hit sitcom, Workin' Moms, as well as on Netflix's upcoming original superhero series, Jupiter's Legacy.

About Aiza
Born and raised in bilingual Montreal to Burundian parents, Toronto-based singer Aiza is the quintessential 21st Century Canadian pop artist. Her music is an equal mixture of throwback r&b and fresh afro rhythms, while her explosive live performances abound with positive energy and charisma.

In autumn 2019 Aiza was declared winner of the prestigious Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, and earlier in the year she won “Francophone Artist of the Year” at the 3rd annual Dynasty Gala Awards, in large part due to the critical success of her debut EP, Adieu.


Aiza’s music has been placed on numerous TV series including Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie, and CBC's Kim's Convenience. Alongside her music career, Aiza is a seasoned actor. She can be seen in the 2018 feature film On The Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones, and is a new series regular on both Netflix’s original superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy as well as CBC’s hit sitcom Workin’ Moms.

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR RELEASE NEW SINGLE DESERT WITH LYRIC VIDEO

WATCH LIVE-AT-HOME SERIES PERFORMANCES OF FEMME AND SILENZIO AND VIDEO FOR CONCORDE

NEW ALBUM CONCORDE SET FOR RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 11 VIA LISBON LUX RECORDS

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, share Désert – a stunning new single from their forthcoming album, Concorde. Premiering via Exclaim!, the song imagines lead vocalist, Laurence Giroux-Do, arriving on a film set in a sequined dress, discussing the desert, and death as a mirage ensnaring audiences in its net. The song is in two parts; first a sunny disco cruise, followed by a nostalgic ballad, which ends on a long guitar solo drawing from the dark and psychedelic side of the moon. Listen to Désertand watch the lyric video here.

Désert follows Le Couleur’s launch of their live-at-home performance series, including  for their singles, Femme and Silenzio. Concorde will arrive on September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records. 

On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot.  Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio.   It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one.  The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed.  She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."

Ariel Poupart,  who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125K views, here.

"I wanted to pay tribute to this mythical plane Concorde, by bringing it as a love break-up...These are the last moments of the plane, which remembers its memories, its image, its exploits,” says Laurence Giroux-Do. “Like the last discussion when you breakup, you remember our good times, trying everything to save the relationship but it ends and the name of this lover remains in our history, in our memory.”

About Le Couleur

The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, as more music will be released soon.

Listen to Désert: idol.lnk.to/Desert_LeCouleur
Watch lyric video for Désert: bit.ly/2DMTdqZ

Watch Silenzio (At Home): bit.ly/3g69tRU

Watch Femme (At Home): bit.ly/2ZLDboF

Listen to Silenzio idol.lnk.to/Silenzio

Watch Concorde: bit.ly/2YDtObI 
Listen to Silhouette: kuronekoMedia.lnk.to/Silhouette

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MULTI-PLATINUM, AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY READIES RELEASE OF NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM B7 FOR JULY 31

PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE NOW

BABY MAMA FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER
#7 ON ADULT R&B AIRPLAY CHART

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2020 – GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, is set to release her highly-anticipated new studio album, b7, on July 31, 2020 via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One. The album is available for pre-order/pre-save now at all DSPs and at brandyb7.shop.
 
In addition, her single Baby Mama, ft. Chance the Rapper, is currently at #7 at radio on the Adult R&B Chart.  Released around Mother’s Day, the track is an ode to raising her daughter Sy’rai and a larger anthem to all mothers working hard to support their family. Watch the video here.
 
b7 is Brandy’s first full-length release since 2012’s Two Eleven, and her most personal to date. She went back to basics for b7assembling a small core team she would write and produce the entirety of the project with, anchored by DJ Camper (H.E.R., Tamar Braxton) and the late LaShawn Daniels, who helped pen some of her biggest hits including, The Boy Is Mine and What About Us. Working with writers and producers that studied what she’d done in the past and could push her gave Brandy the confidence to completely shed herself.  “Because this was such a personal project for me, I wanted to make sure the music was right and the best for me—and it took a minute,” she says. “I was trying to find my sound … and get to a place where I could express myself as honestly as I could creatively.” 
 
b7 is a 15-track confessional exploring Brandy’s journey over the last few years, and how she came to be the resilient, spiritually grounded woman she is today. Brandy dominated pop music in the ‘90s with her blend of hip-hop soul and contemporary R&B paired with a richly unique tone that led to genre purists hailing her as the “Vocal Bible.” A generation of R&B fans can tell you exactly where they were the first time they heard I Wanna Be Down, or saw her Bankhead bouncing in the middle of Times Square in her iconic Baby video. By the time she was 19, Brandy was arguably a peerless pop star. Her groundbreaking sophomore album, Never Say Never, had catapulted her to higher heights as she was in our living rooms every week on Moesha. Brandy was the first Black artist to be the face of CoverGirl, had a line of Barbie dolls, and was the first Black woman to play Cinderella in a film—that she did all of this with micro braids down to her hips made her all the more inspirational for young Black women across the globe that had never seen this kind of Black girl magic. Brandy has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com.

B7 TRACKLISTING

1. Saving All My Love
2. Unconditional Oceans
3. Rather Be
4. All My Life, Pt. 1
5. Lucid Dreams
6. Borderline
7. No Tomorrow
8. Say Something
9. All My Life, Pt. 2
10. I am More
11. High Heels (Brandy & Sy’rai)
12. Baby Mama (feat. Chance the Rapper)
13. All My Life
14. Love Again (Brandy & Daniel Caesar)
15. Bye Bipolar 

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Instagram: @brandy
Twitter: @4everbrandy
Facebook: @foreverbrandy
Tik Tok: @brandy
Snapchat: @TheNextBrandy

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Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne)
 is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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FOSTER THE PEOPLE REWORKS MOBLEY SINGLE NOBODY’S FAVOURITE

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2020 – Austin musician/multimedia artist, Mobley, is excited to share Foster the People’s rework of Nobody’s Favourite, the first single off Mobley’s forthcoming EP.  His friends in the LA-based band were more than happy to offer their interpretation of a song described by Mobley as “the internal monologue of a powerful scumbag.” Premiering today at Flood, who stated, Foster the People have endowed him with a pumped-up [rework] of the single, veering a bit further from the underlying rock influence of the original,” you can listen to the track here. Watch the Nobody’s Favourite rework video here.

Isom Innis of Foster The People described the genesis of the new version: "I’ve been really inspired by Larry Levan at the moment. With Mobley’s track I was chasing a more archaic sequence based approach using the Arp 2600, Roland 707 drums and trying to make the baseline something that could have bumped at the Paradise Garage.” Mobley was delighted with the result. “I’ve been a fan of Foster since the first time I heard them and have always looked forward to their new releases. When I found out they were interested in reworking ‘Nobody’s Favourite’ I was thrilled, to say the least. I originally conceived of the song as kind of a dancepunk number. They really leaned into the dance aspect and got intricate with the rhythmic interplay.  I love it and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Nobody’s Favourite is featured on Mobley’s new EP, Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. The film major-turned-multi-instrumentalist also flexed his directorial skills on the original music video, part one of a larger film that will be released alongside the EP. The new Foster the People rework comes on the heels of last Friday’s debut of A Home Unfamiliar, a multimedia collaboration, helmed by Mobley, which brought together 30 artists to produce a visual album in 30 days. Created in social isolation with no direct coordination between the artists, the experimental visual album is available now at Alamo on Demand, with all proceeds benefiting COVID-19 relief. 

While the pandemic has temporarily grounded the charismatic live performer, you can catch Mobley on the Bandsintown livestream today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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SYLVAN ESSO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE SEPTEMBER 25 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

WATCH AND STREAM NEW SONG FERRIS WHEEL

PRE-ORDER FREE LOVE HERE

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2020 – Today, Sylvan Esso have announced the release of their third full-length album, Free Love, to be released September 25 via Loma Vista Recordings, and shared the music video for new song, Ferris Wheel.  The new 10-song collection thrives on collaborative frisson. Wielding power in delicacy, the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn push one another into new territories with shared assurance, resulting in the group’s finest work to date.

Watch the Ferris Wheel video – filmed during the pandemic at an abandoned amusement park – here. Sylvan Esso has also shared the visual for What If, the introduction to Free Love. Watch here.

“At the heart of Sylvan Esso is this really fun argument,” says Amelia.  “Nick wants things to sound unsettling, but I want you to take your shirt off and dance.  We’re trying to make pop songs that aren’t on the radio, because they’re too weird.  It’s a pop band, but we’re talking about complicated emotions.”

While their celebrated first two albums were born from a delineation in creative roles –  Amelia the lyrics and melodies, Nick the chords and beats – Free Love is Sylvan Esso’s first true “band” record: two voices fused together.  The album also represents, by turns, the duo’s hardest-driving (Train, Numb) and most meditative (Rooftop Dancing, Free) work yet, as it unfolds over two distinct sides.  It was written, recorded and produced at Sylvan Esso’s own studio, built in the woods in North Carolina after the release of 2017’s GRAMMY-nominated, What Now.

Free Love wouldn't exist without WITH – their tremendous fall 2019 tour that sold out NYC’s Beacon Theater twice, Disney Hall in Los Angeles twice, and hometown shows at Durham Performing Arts Center, also twice.  The tour scrambled and expanded the idea of Sylvan Esso, presenting the group as a 10-piece ensemble, featuring members of Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger and others, exploring their repertoire in wholly new ways.  Free Love was only half-written at that point, and it emboldened Nick and Amelia to double down on their creative impulses.  WITH was released in April as a feature length live concert film and album.  To celebrate the release, Sylvan Esso pushed the limits of remote performance with their version of Rewind for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, recorded an NPR Tiny Desk Concert (From Home) from their couch, and performed on one of the final episodes of Live From Here – all while in quarantine.

Sylvan Esso has produced some of indie pop’s most enduring songs in recent years and just achieved a career milestone by crossing a half billion streams worldwide.  Their last album, 2017’s What Now, debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned the group their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.  In a New York Times profile on the band, Jon Pareles noted that Sylvan Esso “keep electronic pop human.” 

FREE LOVE TRACKLIST:
What If
Frequency
Ring
Ferris Wheel
Train
Free
Numb
Runaway
Rooftop
Make It Easy

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL DEBUTS DISTANT AXIS

SERPENTINE PRISON DUE OCTOBER 2
ON BOOK RECORDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH
CONCORD RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – In anticipation of Serpentine Prison, the upcoming debut solo record from Matt Berninger — frontman of critically acclaimed group The National — Berninger is premiering the new track Distant Axis alongside a video which he directed with his brother, Tom Berninger, and Chris Sgroi. Stream/share the video here.

Berninger explains about the track, which he wrote with The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, “I met Walter Martin fifteen years ago when The National opened for The Walkmen on a tour of shitty clubs in the American Southeast. On that tour I learned a lot about how to be in a band without ruining your life. I also learned a lot about Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. Walt and I have stayed friends and about three years ago we started passing ideas back and forth. ‘Distant Axis’ started from a sketch Walt sent me named ‘Savannah.’ I think it’s about falling out of touch with someone or something you once thought would be there forever.”

Serpentine Prison is due October 2. The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, will be released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

Berninger recently debuted the album’s title track with a video directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi. Serpentine Prison continues to receive extensive critical acclaim:

“Producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox.”Pitchfork

“‘Don’t try to connect the dots anymore,’ Berninger croons over strummed guitar, subdued percussion and a single organ note. ‘Let ’em go, they’re gonna do it on their own.’”Rolling Stone

“The style will be familiar and pleasing to fans of [Berninger’s] main band, particularly the rootsy, less ornately produced sound of their early records.” – Stereogum

“It’s a classic-sounding Matt Berninger song (with a reference to Big Star’s cover of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’) but a little earthier and more stripped-back than the music The National usually makes. It’s a very promising first taste of the album.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Berninger’s signature baritone takes the center stage, underlined by careful guitar strums. Synths and a subdued brass section support the tender melody, as Berninger deadpans ‘Tell her I miss her/In a serpentine prison.’” – WXPN 88.5

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group, The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker El Vy for the 2015 release Return to the Moon. In 2019 Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song “Walking on a String” to the film’s soundtrack.

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SEETHER SHARES BRUISED AND BLOODIED A NEW TRACK FROM SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM​ (“IF YOU WANT PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR”)

FIRST ALBUM IN THREE YEARS FROM MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ROCK BAND TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 28TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

FIRST SINGLE DANGEROUS
MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT AT ROCK RADIO

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Multi-platinum selling band, SEETHER, rocked the music world in June announcing their highly anticipated return this summer with new album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”), due August 28th, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Today, the quartet releases a brand-new track from the upcoming record — their first new album in three years — with the bold rager, Bruised and Bloodied. Watch the visualizer for Bruised and Bloodied here.

Bruised and Bloodied is a strong representation of the dynamic push-pull on Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum with frontman, Shaun Morgan, bringing his intimate singer-songwriter sensibility to the band’s heavy rock grooves. 

"Bruised and Bloodied is a mix of self-deprecation and rage, neatly wrapped up in a sexy groove with a big shiny pop bow on top,” says Morgan. “Essentially, it is a combination of shame and sadness delivered in a cheerful way, as I've always enjoyed juxtaposing jaded lyrics with a jubilant melody."

Drawing on influences including the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate, Dale Stewart) grew up on, SEETHER’s sonic brew is unmistakable and timeless. 

 

The album’s lead single, Dangerous is another standout that has had an impressive impact at rock radio since being released June 24th. Already Top 10 at Active Rock radio in just three weeks, Dangerous has been the #1 most increased track at the format every week since its release. 

Revolver called Dangerous a “biting, anthemic lead single” while Loudwire said, “SEETHER take a step back from the battering riffs and lean into an alt-metal direction in this catchy albeit despondent anthem.”
 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album features 13 new tracks, a primal mix of euphoria and misery, undoubtedly some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Ansonia and Stuck Mojo) Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003.)

 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital download formats. 

Pre-order it here. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here 
 

About SEETHER:Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s Let You Down, 2014’s Words as Weapons, and 2011’s Tonight); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

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NEW YORK RAPPER MALIIBU MIITCH RELEASES NEW SINGLE LET’S BE HONEST

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE 

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Bronx rapper, Maliibu Miitch, releases her new single, Let's Be Honest, today.  The visual for the track, directed by Offjimmer, is also out today – watch here.

Maliibu Miitch stormed onto the scene with the release of her first EP, Hood Foreign, in 2013.  Since then, Maliibu has gone on to release several singles and mixtapes, including the highly celebrated, Top 5, which was an ode to her favorite rappers: Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Eve, and Missy Elliott. Maliibu has been featured in The Fader, I-D, Paper, and more.

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Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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ENTERPRISE EARTH RELEASES STUNNING QUARANTINE-FILMED VIDEO FOR THEIR ACOUSTIC RENDITION OF THERE IS NO TOMORROW

FOUNDATION OF BONES EP OUT NOW ON EONE

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Today, Enterprise Earth unveils a stunning quarantine style playthrough video of their acoustic interpretation of, There Is No Tomorrow, which appears on the band's Foundation Of Bones EP, out now on Entertainment One (eOne). 

Featuring one new song (the title track), two cover tunes - Necrophagist's, Fermented Offal Discharge, and Lamb Of God's, Now You've Got Something To Die For – the aforementioned acoustic version of There Is No Tomorrow from their Luciferous LP, and an instrumental edition of the new track, the surprise EP serves as a bridge piece from Luciferous into the work being laid down for their forthcoming LP. Foundation Of Bones also marks the band's first ever self-produced output.

Comments Enterprise Earth guitarist Gabriel Mangold of There Is No Tomorrow, "Doing the acoustic rendition of this song was a last-minute addition to the EP and, boy, are we glad we went for it as recording it was somewhat of a cathartic and eye-opening experience. It was inspired by bands that have done incredible acoustic renditions of their heavy tunes, namely Alice In Chains, The Contortionist, and I See Stars. Our sonic inspirations and musical expressions go much deeper than just being brutal and we wanted to express that sentiment and develop another facet of our sound. We love melody, peaks, and valleys within a song, acoustic jams that take you on a journey, and most importantly, we love writing music that resonates strongly within us. There Is No Tomorrow is easily the most melodic and emotional song from Luciferous. If any tune from that record deserved an acoustic rendition, it would be that one. Expect more of these acoustic renditions in the future."

View Enterprise Earth quarantine-filmed playthrough for There Is No Tomorrow as well as recently issued clips of the official title track and their Necrophagist and Lamb Of God covers below.

Purchase Foundation Of Bones here, where the EP can be streamed in full. Visit the Enterprise Earth webstore here.

Founded in 2014 by ex-Infant Annihilator vocalist Dan Watson and ex-Takeover guitarist BJ Sampson, Enterprise Earth takes its name from a confluence of Illuminati and other conspiracy theories. The band released their critically lauded Luciferous full-length last Spring via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Produced and mixed by Jason Suecof (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex), Luciferous showcases a band committed to the brutal audio onslaught and proficient excellence. The band's authentic death metal precision and technical might is unquestionable, as evidenced by their ravenous live delivery. True road warriors, ENTERPRISE EARTH has teamed with contemporaries like Dying Fetus, Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Oceano, and Winds Of Plague, and joined the Summer Slaughter Tour with iconic genre trailblazers like Cannibal Corpse, Nile, and Suffocation.

Watch There Is No Tomorrow (Acoustic)
Watch Foundation Of Bones
Watch Foundation Of Bones Playthrough (Instrumental)
Watch Now You’ve Got Something To Die For (Lamb Of God)
Watch Fermented Offal Discharge (Necrophagist)

Enterprise Earth’s Foundation Of Bones is out now digitally.
Preview and purchase the record here.


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LEXXICON RELEASES NEW SINGLE I DON’T DESERVE YOU

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NEW EP TROPICAL R&B OUT AUGUST 14 PRE-ORDER NOW

BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Following the successful launch of his album, Bashment Trap Housereleased earlier this year, Toronto’s sonic hybrid, Lexxicon, shares I Don’t Deserve YouThe track is the first single from his forthcoming EP, Tropical R&B, set to launch August 14. I Don’t Deserve You arrives with a lyric visualizer and official video here, which premiered via Imperfect Fifth

“This song is about finally finding someone to face the world with, who treats you with kindness, love and understanding,” Lexxicon says. “While grateful for finding this companionship there is still a part deep down where you still feel underserving of this type of affection. After spending so much time being emotionally manipulated, understanding and comfort feel strange. The lyrics ‘nothing’s guaranteed in a lonely, lonely world’ sums up the feelings of knowing that this kind of love is rare but also won’t last forever.”

Directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenBoy, the visual for I Don’t Deserve You reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. 

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B,  Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen below reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. Pre-order the album here.

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond, and  Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon
Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

Pre-order Tropical R&B

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House: fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

Listen to I Don’t Deserve Youfanlink.to/LexxiconIDontDeserveYou

Watch I Don’t Deserve You: youtu.be/b9EtZ6X4gUQ

Watch I Don’t Deserve You lyric video: bit.ly/2BXvxzz

Visuals:
Di Don Don 
Lonely
Superstar
Fatty Fatty

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RUSTON KELLY’S PRESSURE DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28 

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, new song, Pressure, is debuting today. Listen/share here. The track is the latest unveiled from Kelly’s anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, which will be released August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here).

Co-produced by Kelly and long-time collaborator Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across 13 new songs including previously released album tracks, Radio Cloud, Rubber and Brave. Of Brave, Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared it, “poignant.”

Continuing to receive widespread attention, Kelly was recently featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile at Entertainment Weekly, which praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

Reflecting on the album, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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ALICE IVY SHARES HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DON’T SLEEP VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LISTEN TO DON’T SLEEP WITH FEATURES FROM CADENCE WEAPON AND DIJAH SB

INCLUDING LATEST SINGLE
TICKET TO HEAVEN FT. THELMA PLUM

WATCH ALICE IVY’S LIVE INTERVIEW AND PERFORMANCE
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"Alice Ivy has evolved into one of the country’s strongest and most
arresting producers" - 
NME Australia

"The Melbourne artist delivers funky thrills" - Clash Magazine

"Alice Ivy knows how to get the best out of her collaborators" triple j

"Glorious new sunshine soul anthem" Gorilla Vs Bear

"At a time when positivity is much needed, Alice Ivy delivers with Don’t Sleep” 
- Riff Magazine 
 

Toronto, ON – July, 17 2020 – Today Alice Ivy releases her highly-anticipated second studio album, Don't Sleep via Last Gang Recrords. The record includes recent singles, In My Mind feat. Ecca VandalSunrise feat. Cadence Weaponand more recently the album's title track Don't Sleep featuring Imbi and BOI, and Better Man feat. Benjamin Joseph (SAFIA). Stream the full album here.

Written predominantly on the road, where pool houses and kitchen tables were made into impromptu studios, in making Don't Sleep, Ivy strove to write music that could soundtrack both feelings of pure elation and move listeners emotionally. Challenging herself to experiment with new songwriting methods, explore the rawness of sound and collaborate with a broader range of voices, the result is a colourful journey made all the more vibrant and tender with tales woven from some of Australia's most established and exciting upcoming voices.

Of the record, Alice Ivy shares, "Don't Sleep is a body of work that features an abundance of voices that need to be heard and are generally not heard from enough. Some of those voices belong to women, some are non-binary, some are people of colour and some identify as First Nations people, some are members of the LGBTQI+ community and all of them have important stories to tell. It’s been a privilege to create a platform where all of these voices can be heard through the medium of my music." 

Platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just taste-making for Alice Ivy, whose refined curatorial skills are on full display across Don't Sleep. Through her choice of collaborators, Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space. This cause moves forward again through her second LP where Ivy is equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to those thought to be well established, household names such as Montaigne and Bertie Blackman on Sweetest Love, and Ngaiire on All For You, as she is seeking out and breaking new ones including Thelma Plum on Ticket To Heaven,  Odette on I'll Find It, and more across thirteen tracks. 

Reflecting on Ticket To Heaven,  Alice Ivy reveals: "Ticket To Heaven is a very special song. I’d rented out an Air BnB in Sydney and set up a little makeshift studio in the living room. Although we have mutual friends, Thelma and I had never actually met prior to this session, so I was genuinely really nervous because I’m such a big fan of hers! Thankfully, we clicked! "Ticket To Heaven" is about bereavement, in part relating to the sudden loss of a close friend of Thelma’s and someone who was much-loved within the Australian music community. I can't think of a better way to honour someone's memory than this utterly beautiful song. When I was tracking Thelma's vocals I was almost tearing up due to the raw emotion in her voice." 

Thelma Plum shares, "Alice and I worked on this song shortly after the loss of a close friend, a musician I’d shared many stages with. I hope we’ve done his memory justice.”

In the years between the release of Ivy's Australian Music Prize nominated 2018 debut, I'm Dreaming, the curator has grown into one of Australian electronica's most prominent advocates for female producers, putting her instep with tireless voices such as GrimesAlison Wonderland and beyond. Now with the release of Don't Sleep, with all four singles added to high rotation on triple j, and the title track the #1 most played song on the station in April, Alice Ivy's position alongside respected contemporaries Mark Ronson, Jamie xx and KAYTRANADA is solidified, and her status as a revered collaborator confirmed. 

ALICE IVY TOUR DATES
September 17 - Enmore Theatre - Sydney
September 18 - Bar On The Hill - Newcastle
September 19 - Winter Wine Festival - Gerringong, NSW
September 30 - Canberra Theatre - Canberra
October 8 -  Fortitude Music Hall - Brisbane
October 9 - Moncrieff Entertainment Centre - Bundaberg
October 10 - Highfields Tavern - Toowoomba
October 15 - Forum - Melbourne
October 16 - Torquay Hotel - Torquay
October 17 - Wine Machine - Perth
October 24 - Splendour In The Grass - Byron Bay
October 30 - Gap View Hotel - Alice Springs
November 13 - The Gov - Adelaide
November 18 - Great Western - Rockhampton
November 19 - Seabreeze - Mackay
November 20 - Otherwise - Townsville
November 21 - Tanks Arts Centre - Cairns
November 25 - Riverlinks Westside - Shepparton
November 26 - Ulumbarra Theatre - Bendigo
November 27 - Beer Deluxe - Albury
December 3 - Altar - Hobart
December 4 - Altar - Hobart
December 5 - Saloon Bar - Launceston
December 6 - Forth Pub - Forth

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THE WAR AND TREATY WELCOME YOU TO HEARTS TOWN

ALBUM SLATED FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 PRE-ORDER HERE

DUO RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR FIVE MORE MINUTES

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2020 – On September 25, the husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – known to music aficionados as, The War And Treaty, will release Hearts Town, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2018's critically lauded Healing Tide.

The buoyant, uplifting single, Five More Minutes, is available today. Michael Trotter explains, "That song's saying, 'if I have five more minutes to love you, it's going to be the best damn five minutes of my life."

The video for Five More Minutes offers a nuanced take on the song's heartrending but ultimately redemptive origin story. Michael reflects, "After years of falling in and out of financial and mental depression, I had finally had enough. I was ready to take my own life. But in my darkest moment, where I was ready right then and there to end it all, my wife Tanya asked one last thing of me: 'Just give me five more minutes. Stay with me. Just five more minutes to love you.' And something in her eyes, something in her hands convinced me to give her that five more minutes."

Hearts Town arrives as the follow-up to 2018's, Healing Tide, a widely acclaimed effort that recently saw The War And Treaty named Emerging Act of the Year by Americana Music Association. Mainly recorded at Blackbird Studio and featuring such esteemed musicians as Jason Isbell, Jerry Douglas, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge, Hearts Town was produced by Michael and co-produced by Tanya and the duo's longtime music director Max Brown. And while the album unfailingly harnesses the thrilling vitality of their live set, each song spotlights The War And Treaty's heart-on-sleeve storytelling and poetic simplicity with greater impact than ever before.

When it came time to choose a title for the album, they quickly landed on Hearts Town-the Nashville duo's adoring nickname for their ardently devoted fanbase. "Hearts Town is a neighbourhood strictly made up of people who all share the same kind of heart: hearts that love, hearts that heal, hearts that don't see division," says Michael. "There's all different types of people within that neighbourhood, but they're still somehow all working together-which is exactly the kind of town we want to live in."

True to the unbridled spirit of The War And Treaty, Hearts Town opens on Yearning, a powerful introduction to the album's narrative of loving without limit.  In its tender reflection on life's most urgent questions, Hearts Town turns to the subject of death on the darkly charged but undeniably hopeful Beautiful. Graced with Tanya's operatic vocal work and a smoldering guitar solo from Jason Isbell, Beautiful looks back on the final days of Tanya's mother, Judith May Blount, and finding peace in her passing.

And though a lighthearted tone is evident on tracks like Jubilee, Hearts Town achieves a pensive complexity on its title track, partly sparked from Michael's experience as a wounded warrior who served in the Iraqi War.

On Take Me In, the final track to Hearts Town, The War And Treaty make an impassioned plea for unity in times of division.  "Right now a lot of people are feeling so deeply engulfed in pain and surrounded by negativity, and sometimes you just need to hear that you're good," says Tanya. "That's the whole idea behind Hearts Town: no one's trying to change what you think or how you talk or anything else about you. You're just fine the way you are."

Since forming in 2014, The War And Treaty have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself, a bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern soul, gospel, country, and rock-and-roll. Known for a live show nearly revival-like in intensity, the duo endlessly creates an exhilarating exchange of energy with their audience, a dynamic they've brought to the stage in opening for the legendary Al Green and touring with the likes of Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell.

With their debut EP Down to the River arriving in 2017, they released Healing Tide in August 2018 and earned immediate critical praise.  The following year, The War And Treaty bolstered their reputation as a phenomenal live act by appearing at leading festivals, in addition to inking their deal with Rounder. And at the start of 2020, the duo won over new fans by taking the stage at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, performing alongside icons like Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr., and Common.

As their fanbase continues to expand exponentially, The War And Treaty feel more and more inspired by the Hearts Town community and its boundless potential for mutual uplift. "This is a place where everything that is broken can be fixed," says Michael. "Hearts Town is a place where you can come broken and open, regardless of your past, and find love just like we have."

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THE 2020 POLARIS SHORT LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2020 Short List. 

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou - Suddenly
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
nêhiyawak - nipiy
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez - Before Love Came To Kill Us
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation

“Canadian music has a vast and vibrant spectrum. This year's Short List features a blend of exciting emerging voices and celebrated Polaris Prize winners. Now and forever, thank you to our jury for devoting their time and energy to crafting this list and continuing to champion the music of Canadian artists. I'd like to invite everyone to carve out some time to settle in with each of these very deserving albums. You'll be glad you did,” said Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent.

The new nominees were revealed during a Polaris Prize Short List radio special which aired earlier today across Canada via CBC Music and the CBC Listen app. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the special featured music from the Short List nominees as well as in-depth interviews with CBC personalities and Polaris jurors. 

Polaris will be celebrating the Short List with a special cinematic tribute happening October 19 to be broadcast in Canada on the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or
commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

Media Contacts: 

Polaris Music Prize media: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LA COURTE LISTE
DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020

TORONTO, ON – Mercredi 15 juillet 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé sa Courte liste de 2020 composée de 10 albums.

La Courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 est la suivante :

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

« Cette année, la Courte liste présente à la fois de nouvelles voix prometteuses et des artistes célèbres ayant déjà remporté le Polaris; un mélange représentatif de l’étendue et du dynamisme de la musique canadienne. Aujourd’hui et pour toujours, nous remercions notre jury d’avoir consacré son temps et son énergie à l’élaboration de cette liste et de continuer à défendre la musique des artistes canadiens. J’aimerais inviter tout le monde à prendre le temps d’écouter attentivement chacun de ces albums très méritants. Vous ne le regretterez pas », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, porte-parole du jury du Polaris.

Les artistes en nomination cette année ont été dévoilés plus tôt aujourd’hui lors d’une émission radio spéciale portant sur la Courte liste du Polaris diffusée partout au Canada via CBC Music et l’appli CBC Listen. Animée par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, l’émission spéciale présentait des chansons tirées des albums de la Courte liste et des entretiens approfondis avec des personnalités de CBC et des membres du jury du Polaris.

Le Polaris célébrera sa Courte liste le 19 octobre par le biais d’un hommage cinématographique spécial diffusé au Canada via le service de diffusion en continu Gem de CBC, les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music, et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes figurant dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi seront sélectionnés pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris – Québec
Magali Ould
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca

Prix Polaris – Canada
Amanda McCauley
Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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ONCE A TREE ESCAPE THE RUSH IN NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

WATCH THE SELF-PRODUCED VISUAL BY ONCE A TREE’S HAYDEN AND JAYLI WOLF HERE

NEW EP SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2020

Toronto, ON – July 14, 2020 – Today, Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo, Once A Tree, return with their introspective new single, Rush. While the title suggests a fast-paced energy, the vibe is meditative and reflective. The duo’s self-directed visual sees vocalist Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment. Watch and listen to Rush here.

“We live in a world where people want instant gratification. But sometimes, chasing after that can leave you feeling empty,” Once A Tree say of the track. “And the things that used to feel like magic lose their lustre.”

 

Once A Tree is a Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo comprised of BC-born Hayden and Jayli Wolf. They are multidisciplinary artists that combine an array of skills, vision and DIY work ethic to blaze their own path. They released their debut album, Phoenix, in November 2017 (winning Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards) and met while leaving the doomsday religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. 

The duo began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams. After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project, where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies.  To date, Once A Tree has released numerous singles received to critical acclaim, including  Whatever You Do KidWhat You Say,  RunWorth, Born For This, Coming Down and more. 

Whatever You Do Kid was released in October 2019. The liberating piece inspires listeners to reflect, take chances and live in their truth. Listen to the song here. Their previous single, What You Say, took them to Mexico to capture a sense of freedom. Hayden and Jayli self-directed the video, creating a piece as liberating as a vacation in a new place. Set against the vibrant backdrop of San Miguel de Allende, we see vocalist, Jayli Wolf, traversing the city streets with a model skeleton, symbolizing “dead weight.” Loosely following the story of someone in a dead-end relationship, the visual sees Jayli jumping in between the worlds of her imagination, culminating in her burying the burden she has been carrying in the relationship, ultimately setting herself free. Watch What You Say here.

What You Say followed Once A Tree’s previous song, Worth, another powerful piece highlighting the group’s intentional storytelling. They returned to their home province of British Columbia, filming in the southeastern region’s Lower Kootenay Band Territory with First Nations Youth from Yawa Nukiy School, honouring Jayli’s Indigenous roots and Saulteaux heritage. The music video follows a young girl resembling a monster. She feels neglected at home, invisible on social media and bullied at school. The end of the video reveals that the girl isn’t really a monster – it’s simply a visual representation of the inner belief system she carries and has built from exterior judgments, evolving into courage, compassion and understanding above all. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below, and continue following them on their journey as they prepare to release a new EP this fall.

About Jayli Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult. Forged in the wild. She lost everything and everyone for renouncing her childhood faith. That is when she discovered herself; began to heal through music; and started the work of reclaiming her indigenous heritage. Jayli Wolf is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. She works to be a role model in her community, speaking to indigenous youth about the entertainment industry and empowering them to follow their dreams. She started creating music, producing, and directing film with her partner and collaborator Hayden Wolf to fully execute their vision for their band’s music videos. Their debut releases and self-directed videos had them featured on platforms like Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, MTV, Billboard, and Nylon; This followed with them winning Best Electronic Music Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for their debut album, Phoenix. She now begins on a new journey to tell more personal tales from her past, and stories of reclamation, with a debut solo project on the way. 

About Hayden Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada - Hayden Wolf holds a unique perspective on life and philosophy. He is now a multi-faceted visual and sonic artist based out of Toronto. Over the recent years Wolf has lent his creative talents to Drake's clothing brand, October's Very Own - overseeing and executing their visual content creation.  He is known for his role in the Canadian electronic music duo Once A Tree, composed of himself and partner Jayli Wolf. Their self-directed music videos, records and stories have premiered and featured on platforms like Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Nylon, and MTV.

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES CELESTIAL NEW SINGLE PURPLE HAZE

FROM THE FORTHCOMING EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE ARRIVING AUGUST 28

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Maverick singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has officially debuted her new single, Purple Haze, today in conjunction with a music video directed by famed artist, Neil Krug (Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey). Featuring technicolour visions of Zella that warp and melt together like vivid hallucinations, the piece truly makes you feel as though you can taste outer space. Preceded by the sun-soaked ballad, People Are Strangers, and the dazzling disco track, My Game, Purple Haze channels sultry psychedelia and marks yet another imaginative sonic direction from the forthcoming EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, out August 28 in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound.

“Purple Haze is summer love for simple pleasures,” said Zella. “When I lived in downtown LA I would hum this melody while strolling to the market in the mood for something sweet. All of those perfect Saturdays with nothing to do but eat oranges and daydream.”

Zella’s previous single, My Game, was released in May alongside a cinematic music video directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) with creative direction spearheaded by Kaiman Kazazian and Zella herself. Filled with rich, selective coloring and stunning retro fashions, the piece is an homage to some of Zella’s favorite classic spy films of 1960s cinema including Pink Panther and Casino Royale. Earlier this spring, she released People Are Strangers, the first taste from Where Does The Devil Hide. It’s a vulnerable track with a striking music video directed by Krug, who Zella also collaborated with to create the EP artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide and the single artwork for People Are Strangers, My Game and Purple Haze.

Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Where Does The Devil Hide ignites a bold new era for Zella Day; one that promises to meld radiant sounds, aesthetics and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which she is deeply bonded. Zella comes from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer, Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound, in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES THAT’S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED

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THIS WEEKEND

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ON MONDAY, JULY 13

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today, Margo Price releases That’s How Rumors Get Started, an album Esquire says, “is, without question, one of the best sets of music that 2020 will witness.” Produced by Sturgill Simpson, co-produced by Price and David Ferguson, these ten new, original songs are about relationships and growing pains, motherhood and the mythologies of rock stardom, dissatisfactions and the defiance of expectations. 

Listen here, or live alongside Margo Price and Ann Powers during NPR Music’s Listening Party at 3 p.m. ET today on YouTube (RSVP), before she appears on All Things Considered this afternoon. 

Throughout the day, in an effort to support Grimey’s record store and three of Nashville’s independent restaurants, Margo’s Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner! initiative will deliver breakfast, lunch, dinner and vinyl LPs directly to fans, contact-free. Tonight, Spotify’s Indigo playlist presents Margo Price: Live at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, a full-band, audienceless performance from Margo’s favorite Nashville dive bar, streaming at 8 p.m. ET here. Afterwards, she will spin a special episode of her internet radio show Runaway Horses, devoted to songs and stories from the album.  

Tomorrow, Margo plays the Grand Ole Opry’s Saturday Night Opry showcase to an online and radio-only audience, and on Monday she’ll talk and perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. 

Over the past week Margo has been featured on the cover of Nashville Scene, and profiled by Vanity Fair, Esquire, The LA Times, and more. In naming That’s How Rumors Get Started the Album Of The Week, Stereogum called it, “a warm, grounded, enormously appealing record with the sort of expansive live-in-studio glow that’s proven so hard to capture in recent years.”

That’s How Rumors Get Started is Margo Price’s third solo album, and debut for Loma Vista Recordings. While it was originally supposed to come out in May, and Margo details its postponement in a personal essay for Vogue and an interview on CBS This Morning: Saturday, it was primarily recorded in December 2018 at LA’s EastWest Studios.

“Margo Price Is Ready to Save Rock and Roll”Vanity Fair 

“One of the best albums of the year...her most raucous, and rocking, work yet”Esquire

“…one of the year's strongest country releases.” – Exclaim!

“A shapeshifting disinclination to be pigeonholed, whether as a honky-tonk-friendly revivalist or a political protest singer...That’s How Rumors Get Started underlines that [Price] has got the talent to take on whatever the future holds” – The Guardian

“Even as she pushes out the edges of Americana and country music, flexing her funk and rock bona fides, Price remains true to her blunt-yet-tender songwriting.”NPR Music

"'Rumors' places private struggles in a broader social context; it’s a record about hitting the bottle and about staying too long in a dead-end relationship that’s also a record about sexism and income inequality...a polished but deeply felt sound” The LA Times 

“‘What Happened to Our Love?,’ which sounds like the great George Harrison-Gram Parsons collaboration that never was, is the most stirring and affecting thing [Margo Price] has ever written”Variety

"The lyrics are evocative, poetic and biting; the path is Price’s alone...Price has shown zero signs that success has changed her internal compass."Nashville Scene

"In many ways, Price is country music’s anti-star...but her boldness and honesty are just the icing on the cake of a well-rounded, badass artist."BUST

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NIKKI YANOFSKY’S INDEPENDENCE SHINES THROUGH ON HER THIRD STUDIO ALBUM TURN DOWN THE SOUND OUT TODAY

“‘Turn Down The Sound’ reveals the artist Yanofsky was always meant to be.” – American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today, Nikki Yanofsky releases her latest studio album, Turn Down The Sound (via eOne Music), a 10-track LP that showcases Nikki’s independence and marks a newfound departure for her career as a young musician. Written at Warner/Chappell’s studios in NYC and produced by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), Turn Down The Sound fuses Nikki’s jazz-pop proclivity with hip-hop and R&B, making for a dynamic and tasteful range of tracks. The album also features the last two songs that esteemed songwriter Rod Temperton (Thriller, Boogie Nights) wrote before his passing. Listen to Turn Down The Sound here.

Before her mentor and friend, Rod Temperton, passed away, it was discovered that Bubbles, the new single from Turn Down The Sound, was still loaded onto his music production software, indicating that it was the last song he ever worked on. Listen to Bubbles here

“This song is the most special one on the entire album,” says Nikki. “It means the most to me because Rod tailor made this song to fit my voice and attitude. It’s the best gift I’ve ever received. Also, it’s no coincidence that Bubbles sort of sounds like Wobbles, which is the nickname he had given me."

Nikki recently created a SiriusXM’s At-Home Music Tutorial for album cut, Loner. This fall, she will unveil an online masterclass at Berklee College of Music and release a mini masterclass at the GRAMMY Museum courtesy of the Experience Prudential Center. 

American Songwriter says Turn Down The Sound “reveals the artist Yanofsky was always meant to be” and Billboard described the single, Forget, as a “self-confident anthem.”

TURN DOWN THE SOUND TRACKLIST:
Loner
Turn Down The Sound
Sunshine
Forget
Nerve
High Note
Throwing Stones
Black Sheep
Bubbles
Owe It All

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ELVIS COSTELLO SHARES NEW TRACK HETTY O’HARA CONFIDENTIAL

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today marks the release of Hetty O’Hara Confidential by Elvis Costello – the tale of a tattler who outlives her time. The recording and new moving picture clip by Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow are both available now from Concord Records. Listen and watch.

Produced by Costello at Suomenlinnan Studio in Helsinki, Finland, the song was recorded and engineered by Eetü Seppälä and mixed in Los Angeles by Sebastian Krys. Costello is credited with: Mouth, Hammond Organ, Fender Jazzmaster, Upright Piano, Rhythm Ace & All Other Noises.

Look out for the next installment on August 14th.

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DJDS SHARES NEW SONG SIMPLE THINGS FEATURING TORY LANEZ AND REMA

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Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Today, production duo, DJDS, connect with Tory Lanez and Rema for a new single that bridges Los Angeles, Toronto and Lagos. Simple Things is quintessential DJDS; the duo seamlessly unites three worlds for a euphoric anthem that feels as unexpected as it is infectious. The track arrives on the heels of their recent No Trust / Feel Nice EP, which was conceived in Jamaica, and following DJDS spending much of 2019 collaborating with Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the collaborative EP Steel & Copper and Grammy-nominated African Giant. 

Tory Lanez' appearance on Simple Things continues his recent hot streak, following a #2 debut on the Billboard 200 for April's New Toronto 3 mixtape and the viral success of his Instagram Live series, Quarantine Radio. Rema, the breakout Nigerian artist on the cusp of global stardom, recently graced the covers of DAZED Magazine and The FADER. 

Speaking about the new single, DJDS says: "To usSimple Things sort of feels like the ultimate DJDS song because it sounds like what we've done and where we're going all at once. You hear the sample chops and that's old school DJDS but the collaborations represent the future. The work we put in with Burna Boy directly lead us to linking with Rema, and Tory is somebody we've been waiting years to get in the studio with. These guys are upper echelon so we really had to draw upon all our experience to give them something that felt undeniable."

Hear Simple Things featuring Tory Lanez and Rema above and stay tuned for more from DJDS coming soon.

About DJDS:
DJDS is the Grammy-nominated production duo of Sam Griesemer and Jerome Potter. Their most recent album, 2018's Big Wave More Fire, saw them applying the lessons learned from their extensive work on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. The artistic growth on Big Wave More Fire was immediately apparent, as was their ability to yield inspired performances from its collaborators, which included Khalid, Charlie Wilson, Empress Of, The-Dream, Amber Mark and more.

 

Opportunities borne from the success of Big Wave More Fire ushered in a new chapter for DJDS. Between producing platinum songs for Khalid and experimental R&B with Dijon and 6lack, they formed their strongest creative bond with the global superstar Burna Boy. After working on his album African Giant and their collaborative EP Steel & Copper, DJDS left LA for Jamaica, and set up shop in a Kingston studio to work with some of the city's most talented rising artists. Successfully walking between these different musical worlds is DJDS at their core. Their list of collaborators and achievements grow but the emotion and soul in their work stays firmly in place.

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POP SAVANT CHRISTIAN FRENCH TACKLES MISCOMMUNICATION WITH MESMERIZING NEW SINGLE MAKE OR BREAK UP

Toronto, ON – July 10, 2020 – Christian French, one of 2020s fastest-rising stars – with over 200 million Spotify streams under his belt – is back today with, make or break up, an entrancing track that finds him at the pivotal crossroads of a rocky relationship. The enrapturing, introspective track is the newest entry from the staggeringly successful star’s hotly anticipated, good things take time, EP (via Disruptor Records/RCA Records), which drops later this summer. Listen to and watch  here.

“make or break up is about miscommunication and misunderstanding within a relationship,” Christian says. I wrote this song from an experience I had with someone where we were in a big fight, and neither of us were willing to budge. In the end, we decided that wed always be transparent with each other no matter how badly it hurt, because honesty is synonymous with love and respect in a relationship. Its the only way a couple can continue to grow, and can make or break any relationship.”

The 23-year-old Christian French has already won support and acclaim from TIME Magazine (who named his song crowded room one of the best songs of the week), Billboard Magazine (mesmerizing”)Ones to Watch (dazzling), and more. make or break up follows the singers highly successful breakout track, head first, which has maintained astounding momentum since its 2019 release. Amassing more than 40 million global streams, and averaging over 200k daily streams thanks to features on Spotifys top playlists like Pop Rising and Young & Free, the hypnotic alt-pop gem continues to enchant fans and new listeners worldwide.

Christian has also just released the head first remix pack, featuring dazzling new interpretations of his hit single by Young Bombs, Halp, and Pink Slip & Inverness. All three new versions of the gripping song stay true to the original’s captivating core: Young Bombs (a fellow Disruptor Records artist) propels things “head first” into the night with a dramatic rendition, Halp lightens the mood with a fizzy and fresh take, and Pink Slip & Inverness take things to the (virtual) dance floor with a ensnaring remix. Listen here.

Be honest with those you love, including yourself,” Christian says of his must-hear new song. Say what you need to say so that you can free yourself from a million presumptuous thoughts running through your head and break through to truth and understanding.”

Later this summer, French will release the good things take time EP, on Disruptor Records/RCA Records, a collection which includes, i think too much, plus singles, crowded room and time of our lives, all songs that have surpassed millions of streams to date.

Two years ago, hockey lover and Fisher, Indiana native Christian French put his pre-med textbooks on the shelf forever to follow his true passion: using his music to share his unique perspective on life. Today, Christian has become one of Americas fastest-rising indie-pop princes. Starting out with covers on SoundCloud – emulating his favorite artists John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, and Adam Levine – Christian eventually dropped out of Indiana University and migrated to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. It was there in 2018, while sleeping on friendscouches, that he penned his first single, love ride, which has amassed over 19 million streams globally and helped him build a rabid fanbase, setting the tone for his bright future. Just a year later, Christian joined friend and fellow pop artist, Chelsea Cutler, on a nationwide, sold-out North American tour followed by another, even bigger tour with Quinn XCII. By the end of 2018, Christian spent all his savings on recording and releasing his independent debut EP, natural colors, which has amassed over 25 million streams to date. In 2019, Christian signed to Disruptor Records/Sony Music and released his bright side of the moon EP which features the biggest hit of his career, head first, which he followed by embarking on his debut headlining tour. With rock scope, pop palatability, and lyrical vulnerability his most recent singles,  i think too much, time of our lives, and crowded room showcase the nuances of his singular style and encompass pivotal thoughts about his ascendant journey thus far.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO VICTORY

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE AVETT BROTHERS AT RED ROCKS CONCERT SPECIAL STREAMING JULY 11 ON PBS.ORG

THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2020 – Following the announcement of The Third Gleam, their highly-anticipated new album out August 28 on Loma Vista Recordings, The Avett Brothers release lead single and video Victory. Directed by Crackerfarm and featuring Scott and Seth Avett, the black-and-white, stripped-down video echoes the vulnerability and intimacy of the track as they contemplate darkness and the power to persevere. Victory is available instantly upon pre-ordering The Third Gleam here, and its video can be watched here.

The Third Gleam sees the band returning to their roots, playing as a trio with longtime bassist Bob Crawford. Billboard has observed, “At their core, the brothers are artists and documentarians, sharing little pieces of what they see and feel by means of song,” and throughout the eight songs on the album, the band reflects on their personal experiences and perspectives on themes that are inevitably anchored in our current world: injustice, gun violence, and mortality, as well as resilience, redemption, and hope. Watch Seth and Scott’s statement about The Third Gleam here.

The Avett Brothers are renowned for their electric live shows, and their annual shows at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater have become a summer tradition looked forward to by the band and fans alike. Although this year’s shows were canceled due to the pandemic, the band will celebrate the weekend they would’ve played 3 sold-out nights at Red Rocks with an exclusive preview of The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks, this Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on PBS.org.  Fans will get a sneak peek of their forthcoming concert special with live favorites including Live and Die, Down with the Shine, Head Full of Doubt, and High Steppin’, recorded during the band’s 25th appearance at the venue last July. The full-length program will be available to PBS Stations beginning on August 29. Tune into the special preview of The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks this Saturday here (please note that link will go live at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST).

The Avett Brothers are 3x GRAMMY Award-nominees, earning nominations for Best Americana Album for 2013’s The Carpenter and 2016’s True Sadness, as well as Best American Roots Performance for Ain’t No Man. The band has been inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and the making of True Sadness was captured in their 2017 documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The Third Gleam follows their tenth studio album Closer Than Together, released in October 2019.

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AVATAR SHARE DARK OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE COLOSSUS

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“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Dark and aggressive.” – Consequence of Sound

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World


“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2020 – As Avatar steps closer to the highly-anticipated release of their eighth full-length, Hunter Gatherer, the band has delighted fans once again with the debut of their third single from the record, Colossus. Unsettling electronic instrumentation sets the tone as Johannes Eckerström provides the introduction to the track, from which the band bursts into chugging guitar lines, eerie verses and soaring choruses – culminating in one of the most dynamic tracks on the album.

The accompanying video for Colossus mirrors the dystopian reincarnation of the band as it explores humanity’s vicious and complex relationship with technology and control. Colossus serves as the dark counterpart to previously released singles from Hunter Gatherer – God of Sick Dreams and Silence in the Age of Apes – the latter of which is already named one of the best metal songs of the year so far by Loudwire.

Their bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. The forthcoming album is the darkest, most sinister version of the band yet, with deep studies of cruelty, technology, disdain, and deprivation. Already one of Metal Hammer’s most anticipated metal albums of the year, Hunter Gatherer is now available for pre-order here ahead of its official release on August 7.

Earlier this year the band marked the end of the Avatar Country storyline with the heartfelt thank you video A Farewell To Avatar Country, concluding the realm created by the band and actualized in their epic featurette Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey that blew past a $50,000  Kickstarter campaign goal in less than  90 minutes. Released in 2018, Avatar Country debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart and gathering support from Loudwire, Revolver, Metal Hammer, Metal Injection, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, New Noise and many more for their music and storytelling ability. 

In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Slipknot, Anthrax) at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on Hunter Gatherer was laid with the band performing altogether, as they'd done only once before, on Hail the Apocalypse (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present.

Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. 

PRE-ORDER: Hunter Gatherer

Avatar is:
Johannes Eckerström - Vocals / John Alfredsson – Drums
 Henrik Sandelin – Bass/
The King - Guitars / Tim Öhrström – Guitars

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OVERCOATS SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR FIRE & FURY (BEDROOM MIX)

THE FIGHT (CONTINUED) OUT JULY 9

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, today share the bedroom mix of their single, Fire & Fury, along with an accompanying music video. The song is taken from their The Fight (Continued) EP, which is comprised of five stripped down renditions of tracks from their sophomore album, The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings).  Fire & Fury (Bedroom Mix), like the rest of the EP, serves to reinforce themes of the album: avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope in the face of adversity. Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry to push through the ubiquitous feelings of fear, uncertainty, and restlessness during these difficult times.

The Fire & Fury (Bedroom Mix) music video depicts quarantine and living in isolation through the lens of dance and togetherness through social media. The video starts with shots of Hana and JJ in their respective homes, before moving to clips of friends, collaborators, and fans dancing in their homes, rooftops, and backyards, and finding release in the song's lyrics of "there’s a fire, there’s a fury, sky is falling but we’ll get through it.”

"This feeling of restlessness and being stuck in your room is common amongst all of us, so we wanted to make a video that made that frustration beautiful and made us feel like we were all together," Overcoats shares about the video.  "The dancers are friends, collaborators and fans that we have known and worked with from all five years as a band. Dancers in LA, NY, Minneapolis and elsewhere. Kate choreographed the dancers in the I Don't Believe In Us music video, which Ceci was a co-star in. Dani and Cam choreographed the routines for the original Fire & Fury music video, while Liam is a long time fan and friend whose movement has always inspired us. Quarantine actually provided a unique opportunity to get all of these amazing dancers from our circle together in one video...which never would have been possible in normal times because of where everyone is based."

Listen to/Watch Fire & Fury (Bedroom Mix) here
Listen to/Watch Fire & Fury (Local Natives Remix) here
Listen to The Fight (Reprise) here
Watch The Fight (Reprise) here
Listen to The Fight here

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR LAUNCH AT-HOME CONCERT SERIES

WATCH INTIMATE PERFORMANCES
OF 
FEMME AND SILENZIO

NEW ALBUM CONCORDE SET FOR RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 11 VIA LISBON LUX RECORDS

WATCH VIDEO FOR CONCORDE

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, unveil a new at-home performance for their latest single, Silenzio. The song is the third track from their forthcoming album, Concorde, out September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records, and follows a previously released set for Femme. Watch the group rock Silenzio in quarantine here

Silenzio is about "death on the prowl," depicted as a mafia betrayal that ends with "il bacio della morte" (the kiss of death). Life and death is a powerful duality, but try as hard as we might, there's no escaping the latter's inexorable victory. 

On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot.  Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio.   It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one.  The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed.  She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."

Ariel Poupart,  who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125 K views, here.

"I wanted to pay tribute to this mythical plane Concorde, by bringing it as a love break-up...These are the last moments of the plane, which remembers its memories, its image, its exploits,” says Laurence Giroux-Do. “Like the last discussion when you breakup, you remember our good times, trying everything to save the relationship but it ends and the name of this lover remains in our history, in our memory.”

About Le Couleur
The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, as more music will be released soon.

Watch Silenzio (At Home): bit.ly/3g69tRU
Watch Femme (At Home): bit.ly/2ZLDboF
Listen to Silenzio idol.lnk.to/Silenzio
Watch Concorde: bit.ly/2YDtObI 
Listen to Silhouette: kuronekoMedia.lnk.to/Silhouette 

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Silenzio Artwork DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork
 

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BREAKOUT WEST SHARES PLANS FOR 2020 EVENTS

ANNOUNCES BREAKOUT WEST: HOME EDITION

PASSES AVAILABLE HERE

WINNERS OF THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS
TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 25
DURING SPECIAL LIVESTREAMED EVENT

Toronto, ON – July 7, 2020 – BreakOut West is moving online for 2020! This year, the annual festival and conference was set to take place in Winnipeg, MB from September 30 to October 4. In response to the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BOW 2020 will be making the shift to a virtual event, bringing attendees a 15-day immersive online experience that provides artists and industry the opportunity to expand their careers through informative keynotes and panel discussions, mentorship meetings, networking mixers, wellness moments and new music discovery.

"The Western Canadian Music Association and our partner music industry associations are excited that this year’s BreakOut West will be coming safely into participants homes, studios, and offices, as we continue supporting artists and industry development through this difficult year,” says Sean McManus, President of the WCMA Board of Directors. “In keeping with the BreakOut West experience, our team is working to bring intimate engagements and broad industry connections to the online experience. We look forward to connecting virtually this fall."

After extensive artist and industry consultation, BreakOut West has decided to emphasize networking and professional development for the 2020 Home Edition. From September 25 to October 9, attendees will be provided with a unique and intimate online atmosphere, where they can build their event schedule and further their career within Canada, and internationally, by participating in a number of event elements. Industry Sessions will bring professionals together to discuss the most relevant topics in today’s music industry – from self-management strategies, to international market deep dives, to the future of music. Sessions will include break out rooms where attendees can engage in the conversation, contributing their thoughts and questions to the discussions.

Meanwhile, Network Mixers and Mentorship Conversations will give artists the opportunity to connect with influential industry professionals, in both casual online group settings, and private one-on-one meetings. BreakOut West: Home Edition will also include regular community wellness sessions, including group yoga, the BreakOut West run club, and meditation.

Attendees will also gain the opportunity to travel virtually to key international markets to learn strategies and insights for breaking out internationally. Artists will learn what is unique about each market, what industry and platforms are relevant, and how and when to engage, as well as gain insider information on what these markets will look like over the coming 6-24 months, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected opportunities. Focus markets will include The United Kingdom, South Korea, Latin America, Russia, The United States of America, Scandinavia, and Francophone markets in the EU including France, Belguim and Switzerland.

A juried selection of artists will be highlighted for industry delegates coming from every possible time zone, showcasing their work, videos and music, leading up to and during the online event. The BOW team have taken lead from the feedback of online surveys, industry discussions and technology research, leading to the best impact for artists being to focus on preparing everyone for the coming year with development and relationship building. Highlight artists for 2020 can be found here.

BreakOut West: Home Edition will kick off on September 25 with the Western Canadian Music Awards, the winners of the artistic and industry categories will be revealed during a special livestreamed event.

Passes for BreakOut West: Home Edition are available for $50 each, with discounts for members of the Western Canadian Music Industry Associations, SOCAN, CIMA and CLMA members. Visit breakoutwest.ca/registration to purchase passes.    

BreakOut West 2021 will pick up where 2020 initially left off – in Winnipeg, MB – taking place from October 13 to October 17, 2021.

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.  WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be held online, Sept 25 - Oct 9, 2021. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

www.breakoutwest.ca
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DAVID STRICKLAND CELEBRATES NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

LISTEN TO SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

ALBUM FEATURES EPMD, SAKURATES, KING REIGN SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SUPAMAN, JRDN, QUE ROCK JOEY STYLEZ, DREZUS, MAESTRO FRESH WES AND MORE

TUNE IN TO THE DAVID STRICKLAND SHOW ON INSTAGRAM THIS FRIDAY, JULY 10 AT 7 PM ET FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH  PROLIFIC RAPPER + PRODUCER ROCKWILDER

WATCH TURTLE ISLAND AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP

Together, these elements make Spirit of Hip Hop a spirited addition to both the rap canon and the string of protest songs soundtracking today's reckoning against police brutality and systemic racism” – Exclaim!

“Strickland succeeds as both a storyteller and a body mover. He has created a work of art which encompasses the times we are living in and is well worth a listen” – Ongoing History Of Protest Songs

“Strickland’s perspective that hip-hop and First Nations culture run parallel is a refreshing take and provides some insight as to why Indigenous hip-hop has become such a notable sensation in Canada and beyond” – BeatRoute

Toronto, ON – July 7, 2020 – Toronto-born and bred, Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, producer, engineer and DJ, David Strickland – known for his work on some of the most iconic Grammy and Juno-award winning records by Toronto artists and North American Hip-Hop progenitors alike – released his long awaited album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, on June 29 via Entertainment One. To celebrate, David highlights album track, Isn’t He Sumpthin’, featuring NYC’s iconic Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray). Check out the Isn’t He Sumpthin’ artwork below by 9thilly, The Comic Book Rapper, and listen to the album here

David welcomes all to dive deep into the music through his Instagram live series, The David Strickland Show. On Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. ET, David will interview prolific rapper and producer, Rockwilder. The series provides an opportunity for his audience to connect with artists and music industry leaders and share in their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from the state of Indigenous communities across North America, our current political climate, the importance of the arts and the power of Hip-Hop. Everything launched on June 19 with Ernie Paniccioli – David’s long-time mentor and revered Hip-Hop photographer – followed by an episode with Maestro Fresh Wes last week. Tune in here tomorrow, and watch the latest episodes here.

David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip-Hop, as he emerges from behind the boards to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Amongst an extensive collaboration roster, the album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, and more, while North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray), Maestro Fresh Wes, and a posthumous verse from King Reign, are brought into the fold. 


The build to launch Spirit Of Hip-Hop included three singles sampling the project’s sonic mosaic. The latest, Truthfeatures Rap Prime Minister, Maestro Fresh Wes, Que Rock, Leonard Sumner, and Soufy. David released Truth on his birthday, as a declaration of love and respect for his ancestors, all his relations and is one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings; Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage, Wisdom and Love. Second single, Featherswhich David callsa song about hope, journey, reflection, priorities, self-compassion, self-assessment, self-discovery, redemption and ripping flows with letters on some hip hop,” includes Toronto-based Anishinaabe rapper, Que Rock, and Chippewa Travellers. 

The album’s first single, Turtle Island, highlights prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrives during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here. The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip-Hopas narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s long-time mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. 

David has been sharing his story, with recent interviews and features in ComplexExclaim!, DJ BoothHip Hop CanadaET CanadaSidedoor MagazineCanadian BeatsHip Hop VancouverCBC MusicCBC My PlaylistCanadian Musician RadioCTV Your MorningeTalkNew Theory RadioBeatRouteV13The Strombo ShowCBC’s q, RX Music, a live chat and DJ set on CityTV Breakfast Television, an exclusive interview for SiriusXM’s Live @ Home series, with more on the way. 

Get into Spirit Of Hip-Hop below and stay tuned for more from David Strickland.

Listen to Spirit Of Hip Hop: ffm.to/spiritofhiphop 
Watch Turtle Islandbit.ly/3ejcqOV
Watch Spirit Of Hip-Hop: bit.ly/2VkckOY  

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Isn’t He Sumpthin’ Artwork

www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About David Strickland

David “Gordo” Strickland has been quietly lurking behind the scenes as an engineer, a mixer and a producer on Hip-Hop and R&B records for the past two decades. His work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man. Most crucially, he’s also been involved in records by almost every one of the ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Glenn Lewis, Choclair and Drake. Strickland, who was mentored alongside Noah “40” Shebib by Toronto production legend, Noel “Gadget” Campbell, was in on the ground floor for the OVO explosion, turning in Grammy-winning work behind the boards on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later, as well as its monster-hit successors, Take Care and Nothing Was the Same.

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and  French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip-Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective:  “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”

The teachings, the art, the traditions and the music are a beautiful mix all rooted in the Spirit of Hip-Hop. As David embarks on his first production project, he tinkers endlessly with the wealth of material at his disposal. The album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, is scheduled for release June 29, 2020 via Entertainment One, and matches some of the hungriest and most wildly talented Indigenous rappers from Canada and the U.S. like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus and Supaman with some of more established international hip-hop greats he’s had the good fortune of working with like Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad. David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect, stripped by an unconstitutional agreement, that removed and denied Indian status from thousands of people. The debut single from the album is Turtle Island, featuring Supaman, Artson, Spade, JRDN & Whitey Don. This song is a state of the union on modern daily life for Indigenous People across North America mixing traditional dancehall & hip-hop into a uniquely rich sound that’s rarely been heard like this before. What’s coming will be fresh, filled with sounds that force the listener to “open their eyes and listen”. A powerful message that gives a voice to the voiceless, that encourages Native youth to take hold of a music genre that’s revolutionized the world and use its power to heal, educate and unite. 

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About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. www.entertainmentone.com

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2020 POLARIS SHORT LIST COMING JULY 15

WINNER EVENT DETAILS ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – Friday, July 3, 2020

The 10 album Polaris Music Prize Short List will be unveiled live on a CBC Music nationwide radio broadcast on July 15.

The Polaris Prize Short List radio special will air from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET/CT/MT/PT (3 p.m. AT, 3:30 p.m. NT) across Canada via CBC Music and the CBC Listen app, and will be hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. The special will feature one Short List nominee revealed every 15 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors. 

For the safety and well-being of the Polaris community, Polaris has chosen to not host a winner Gala event this year. Instead, we will be celebrating the Short List with a special cinematic tribute happening October 19, to be broadcast in Canada on the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

For this special, Polaris will be actively considering Canadian filmmakers to create commissioned films honouring each Short List-nominated album. An application form for interested filmmakers along with more detailed information about this project can be found at the Polaris Music Prize website.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

Media Contacts: 
Polaris Music Prize media: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LA COURTE LISTE DU POLARIS 2020 SERA DÉVOILÉE LE 15 JUILLET

ANNONCE DES DÉTAILS SUR L’ÉVÉNEMENT DÉVOILANT LE GAGNANT OU LA GAGNANTE

TORONTO, ON – Vendredi 3 juillet 2020

La Courte liste de 10 albums du Prix de musique Polaris sera dévoilée en direct partout au pays lors d’une émission de radio de CBC Music le 15 juillet.

L’émission radio spéciale portant sur la Courte liste du Polaris sera diffusée de 14 h à 16 h 30 HE/HC/HR/HP (à 15 h HA et 15 h 30 HT) partout au Canada via CBC Music et l’application CBC Listen. Animée par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, elle présentera un.e artiste de la Courte liste à toutes les 15 minutes, aux côtés de musiques tirées des albums en nomination et de l’avis de membres du jury du Polaris.

Pour la sécurité et le bien-être de la communauté du Polaris, le Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala pour dévoiler le gagnant ou la gagnante cette année. Nous célébrerons plutôt la Courte liste avec un hommage cinématographique spécial qui aura lieu le 19 octobre et qui sera diffusé au Canada sur le service de diffusion en continu Gem de CBC, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris. L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Pour créer ce programme spécial, Polaris fera appel à des cinéastes du Canada pour créer des films commandés en l’honneur de chaque album mis en nomination sur la Courte liste. Un formulaire de candidature pour les cinéastes qui souhaitent participer ainsi que des renseignements plus détaillés sur ce projet sont disponibles sur le site web du Prix de musique Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes figurant dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi seront sélectionnés pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris – Québec
Magali Ould
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca

Prix Polaris – Canada
Amanda McCauley
Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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MEMPHIS RAPPER DEE MULA RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR BACK TO BACK

NEW MIXTAPE LET ME GET THAT: VOL. 3 OUT NOW

DEBUT ALBUM COMING SOON

Toronto, ON – July 3, 2020 – Memphis rapper, Dee Mula, released his new video Back to Back today. The single was produced by YC (Moneybagg Yo) and is featured on his new mixtape Let Me Get That: Vol. 3 via Nless Entertainment/Entertainment One. In its first week, the mixtape received 200K streams.  Dee Mula is currently in the studio putting his finishing touches on his new album which will be released later this summer.

Earlier this year, Dee Mula released his single The Weekend ft. Lil Baby, which launched during All-Star Weekend. Since its release, the single has already garnered over 1.5 million streams (Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora combined).

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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES FINAL SINGLES SERIES INSTALLMENT WITH COVERS FROM SOCCER MOMMY AND SASAMI

LISTEN TO SASAMI’S COVER OF SYSTEM OF A DOWN’S TOXICITY AND SOCCER MOMMY’S COVER OF DRIVE BY THE CARS

ALL NET PROFITS FROM BANDCAMP SALES TO
NATIONAL BAIL OUT AND OXFAM’S COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

TORONTO, ON – July 2, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-three year-old Sophie Allison – shares the final installment of her Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series today. Following incredible releases with Jay Som, Beabadoobee and Gentle Dom, a.k.a. Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, SASAMI and Soccer Mommy share covers today. Check out Soccer Mommy’s cover of The Cars’ Drive, and SASAMI’s cover of System of a Down’s Toxicity here.

The Bandcamp net profits from the​ Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series​will go to ​Oxfam's COVID-19 relief fund​ and ​National Bail Out​, to help combat both Coronavirus and the important fight against police brutality and systematic racism. Oxfam has an anonymous donor who will match every dollar raised for them by this series, up to $5000, which will double the impact of your purchase.

Sophie says of the release, “I’m really glad to get to release this cover of drive. It’s a song I’ve loved for a long time that I started covering pretty recently. It was nice to get to record one last thing in the studio before everything shut down.”

Los Angeles songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, SASAMI, released her self-titled debut album in March 2019. Ten tautly melodic rock tracks describing the surprising ways in which one’s relationships – with lovers, friends, oneself – can shift in a single year, SASAMI earned critical acclaim: “a powerful first effort” via Pitchfork, “impressive: finely crafted and introspective” via NPR, and “one of the best debut rock albums of the past few years…incessantly replayable” via FLOOD. Since then, SASAMI has toured internationally, curated an issue of the Yes Plz zine, released a holiday 3-track single, lil drmr bb, and a new track, Mess.

Soccer Mommy released her triumphant sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year via Loma Vista Recordings. What followed was mass critical acclaim, performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200. The album is already appearing on mid-year lists, from the likes of Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, Billboard and more.

With touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten a few weeks ago, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy has also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through, including Toronto, ON. See the rescheduled dates for Soccer Mommy’s UK/EU tour below.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS ANNOUNCE THE THIRD GLEAM

NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 2, 2020 – 3x GRAMMY Award-nominees, The Avett Brothers, announce The Third Gleam, the highly-anticipated third installment in their ongoing Gleam series, to be released August 28 on Loma Vista Recordings. The album marks a return to The Avett Brothers’ roots, both sonically and in form, with Seth and Scott Avett playing as a trio with longtime bassist, Bob Crawford, and follows in the band’s tradition of sharing what’s on their minds and in their hearts as their lives, and the world around them, continue to evolve.

In a poignant video shared with their fans, Seth and Scott express that while The Third Gleam was recorded ahead of the pandemic and social reform movements that have swept the nation, the new music captures their personal experiences and perspectives on themes that are undeniably universal and timely. Throughout the eight-song collection, the band delves into isolation, incarceration, and injustice, as well as resilience, redemption, and love, offering a gleam of hope in a dark and uncertain time (see track listing below). Watch the band’s video here.

“The Third Gleam was finished before a virus and its carnage swept through humankind in the spring of 2020,” share Scott and Seth. “It was finished before the most recent injustices against black lives inspired outrage and a much-needed call for social reform and revolution. Through the fever pitch of fear over the pandemic, outcry in the wake of widely observable bigotry, and mourning over the death caused by both, we are united in conflict...put to task in the arenas of our fortitude, our morality, indeed the strength of our own souls, individually and collectively. It is a time of heightened experience; heightened response; heightened resolve. If you are reading or hearing this statement now, you are a part of it.

And yet, neither of these massive fundamental concerns are entirely new to us. Sickness...in body and in mind are old news for our species, and in truth have found us susceptible throughout our complex history. And so our plagues, biological, behavioral and systemic, are intrinsically a part of us. We navigate them poorly at times and heroically at others.

To the point of this writing, as it pertains to the announcement of a record release, it barely warrants mentioning that an 8-song collection is a whisper of an offering in a time of blaring considerations. As I mentioned before, Scott and I finished this album just before these two fundamental concerns overtook nearly the entire planet. Consequently, as the timeline goes, the songs were not informed specifically by the urgent and pivotal concepts which are now center stage. However, as these factors have been and will remain a part of us as a whole, independent of a specific moment in history, the songs of this particular piece do connect somehow to this particular time. Our personal perspectives and experiences are inherently the common thread, which is an element we have found to be imperative in our process of making art. Even so, there are themes which have made their way into this chapter of songs that are undeniably universal, and anchored in our current world...Isolation, resilience, frustration, confusion, contemplation and hope are here, both in regards to our own lives and as a consideration of the human experience in general. There is humor and love, both for life itself and as it binds a pairing of people. We touch on historical prejudice, faith, economic disparity, gun violence, incarceration, redemption, and as is increasingly standard with our records, stark mortality. This is by no means a record defined by any specific social or cultural goal, nor is it informed by a singular challenge posed to humanity. It is merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time...sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

The Third Gleam follows The Avett Brothers’ tenth studio album, Closer Than Together, which was released in October 2019 to critical-acclaim with NPR’s All Songs Considered featuring it on their New Music Friday upon release, Forbes declaring it a “literate, eloquent, beautiful and passionate work,” and American Songwriter proclaiming, “all of it is worth hearing.” The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees rose to mainstream success with their 2009 major label debut, I and Love and You, and continued to climb the charts with 2012’s The Carpenter, 2013’s Magpie and the Dandelion, and 2016’s True Sadness, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In 2017, The Avett Brothers released their documentary, May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, which followed the band as they wrote True Sadness. The album earned the band their second GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album, and their performance of Ain’t No Man received a nomination for Best American Roots Performance.

THE THIRD GLEAM TRACK LIST:
1. Victory
2. I Should’ve Spent The Day With My Family
3. Prison To Heaven
4. Back Into The Light
5. Women Like You
6. Untitled #4
7. I Go To My Heart
8. The Fire

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY RELEASES POWERFUL NEW VIDEO FOR THIRTEEN

WATCH HAVIAH’S CANADA DAY PERFORMANCES FOR TORONTO CITY HALL LIVE AND CBC MUSIC

LISTEN TO POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR

"Thirteen speaks factually and candidly, to the painful journey of black people in North America. And it speaks to how that journey has morphed into continued racial prejudice. To get rid of white supremacy is to identify it at its root." – Haviah Mighty


"13th Floor captures the spark-plug energy of her live performances with ominous, bass-heavy beats and hard-nosed bars that could go toe-to-toe with any challenger." – Pitchfork

"13th Floor is the thrilling sound of a hungry newcomer who knows she has your attention and will play every card in her hand to keep it." – Complex

"Sounds like: The flow of Missy Elliott mixed with the soul of Destiny’s Child... There’s no telling how far she'll go.” – XXL

 “When Haviah released 13thFloor in May 2019, the discourse livened”– DJ Booth

 “With the release of 13thFloor, the world witnessed the coming of the next Canadian hip-hop titan in Haviah Mighty (real name, no gimmicks)” – Exclaim!

"Canada has had a lot of female artists step up their game in the past few years, after this release it would seem if Haviah has put herself ahead of the pack with an album that will stand the test of time.” – Lyrical Lemonade

Toronto, ON – July 1, 2020 – As the nation celebrates Canada Day, Polaris Music Prize-winning Hip-Hop artist, Haviah Mighty,  shares her powerful video for Thirteen,  standing in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and marginalized communities worldwide. Thirteen, a song about the painful journey of Black people in North America, is from her breakthrough, 2019 Polaris Music Prize-Winning album, 13th Floor. Referencing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, the lyrics and accompanying illustrated video by Toronto artist ,Theo Kapodistrias, expose the roots of systemic racism – watch it here.

On the message behind Thirteen, Haviah says: “I am a first-generation Canadian, born and raised. My father was born in Jamaica, and my mother is Bajan, born in England. I have locks, dark, beautiful skin, and a full nose and lips.  As a Canadian, I’ve been told countless times that I don’t know what racism is, that I’ve never experienced racism, and that racism doesn’t exist in Canada. Because of our reputation as a safe haven, Canadians can be quick to separate themselves from Americans when issues of bigotry arise. Racism is alive and well in Canada, it is simply more covert. The 13th Amendment may be specific to the US Constitution, but it is not specific to US ideologies. Racism is worldwide. The perception of Black people has been destroyed globally.

Thirteen speaks factually and candidly, to the painful journey of Black people in North America. And it speaks to how that journey has morphed into continued racial prejudice, using the media and using the law. To get rid of white supremacy is to identify it at its root. I hope when people watch Thirteen, they feel moved to do their part in reversing white supremacy. I hope we can begin to see one another as equal 
– a dream I've always hoped could one day be a reality. And I hope people realize that it's going to take WORK! Who is willing to work, to make change?"

Read Haviah's full statement on Thirteen here.

Based in Toronto, Haviah will rock two shows today, including City of Toronto’s Canada Day 2020 – watch between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET here, and CBC Canada Day Together – watch between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on CBC TV and SRC TV networks, and stream live via CBC and Canadian Heritage’s online platforms. You can find all details here. On August 1, Haviah will head to Gatineau, Quebec to perform at RBC Bluesfest Drive-In, followed by a return to the US in October for shows in Minneapolis and Chicago alongside Old Man Saxon. In June 2021, Haviah will support Arkells at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton, Ontario. See below for all details. 

Haviah started a new decade off with US headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, with Sway Calloway praising her throughout, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events.

Last year, Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist as well as the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman. Haviah's music has won fans at CBC Music, CBC’s q and The Strombo Show, EARMILK, eTalk, CTV, ELLE Canada, FLARE, DJ Booth, The Toronto Star, Exclaim!, NOW Magazine, The Canadian Press, Pitchfork, Complex, XXL, Fader, NPR Music, among others, and she is eagerly awaiting the moment she can get back on the stage to perform.

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.

Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist. 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. Mighty's Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), is her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first hip hop artist and the first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in Hip-Hop.

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.

Watch and share Thirteen here
Listen to 13th Floor
  here
Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

VISUALS:
Smoke (feat. Clairmont The Second)
Blame
Wishy Washy (feat. Omega Mighty), 
Waves (feat. Sean Leon) 
In Women Colour

UPCOMING VIRTUAL CONCERTS
July 1 –  City of Toronto Canada Day 2020 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET – tune in here
July 1 –  CBC Canada Day Together – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET – more info here
July 2 – Lilith FLARE Summer Concert Series – Info | FLARE on IGTV

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
August 1 – RBC Bluesfest Drive-In – Gatineau, QC – 7:00 p.m. 

October 7 – 7th Street Entry (with Old Man Saxon) – Minneapolis, MN
October 8 – Reggie’s Music Joint (with Old Man Saxon) – Chicago, IL
June 19, 2021 – Tim Horton’s Field (supporting Arkells) – Hamilton, ON 

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ZAAC PICK RELEASES NEW ALBUM PASSAGES TODAY

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Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Today marks the second album release for Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, with his new record, Passages. Having previously launched three singles leading up to today, fans are highly anticipating the full release, which can be streamed here now. Reflective and raw, the eight-song collection on Passages explores the ambiguities and complexities of desire, masculinity, mental health, disillusionment, and finding strength with a hopeful and often poetic honesty.

Zaac on Passages: “I decided to call this album 'Passages' while it was being recorded last summer, because the songs were all in some way to do with learning to navigate transitions — in myself, in relationships, and in the world around me. In the past, I've often struggled against the uncertainty and ambiguity of these seasons of change, even as I recognize they are part of a process.”   

He continues, “These songs are about learning to be more present to where I'm at, letting go, and taking responsibility, all themes that have taken on new meaning for me the past few months, as nearly everything has been turned upside down by a global pandemic and a much-needed civil rights movement.”

For Zaac, Passages builds on the songwriting strengths of his previous work, but leaves behind much of the folk simplicity of his earlier recordings, diving into more diverse musical landscapes — where danceable rhythms, pulsing guitars, sweeping 70s strings, and arpeggiating synthesizers are juxtaposed against heavier subject matter, held together by his reassuring timbre. Previously released singles Lighter Side Of Blue, Ladder To The Sun and Atmosphere touch on the varied subjects of; hopefulness in times of darkness, people changing as a result of a person’s success and the tension between the knowing, and mystery, in long-term relationships.

The album’s focus track titled Strong Enough appears third on the album and showcases Zaac’s acute lyricism highlighting a rumination on identity against the backdrop of gender stereotypes. “When I wrote Strong Enough, I was thinking about the things I've heard or seen in my life that reinforce unhealthy gender stereotypes. The song is about moving past the idea that strength and vulnerability are mutually exclusive and learning to embrace both,” shares Zaac.

Additionally, the album features contributions from a number of well-regarded fellow Vancouver singer-songwriters and instrumentalists, including Jordan Klassen, Taylor Swindells (The Tourist Company), Bre McDaniel, Skye Brooks (Co-Pilots, Fond Of Tigers), and string arrangements by sibling duo Brian and Caleb Chan (Dear Rouge, Holy Hum).

Based in Vancouver, BC, Pick originally moved from his native Medicine Hat, Alberta in the early 2000s, becoming immersed in the region's burgeoning indie-folk music community as guitar player and songwriting member of the band Doubting Paris. After being dropped from their US record label, Pick ventured out on his own, releasing a string of EPs and an LP that earned him regional songwriting awards and nominations, generous national radio (CBC) support, opening slots for the likes of The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, and Bahamas, and numerous features for his songs on major network television shows.

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RUSTON KELLY’S RADIO CLOUD DEBUTS TODAY

NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28 

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, new single, Radio Cloud, is debuting today. Listen/share here. The song is the latest unveiled from Kelly’s highly anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, which will be released August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here). Already receiving widespread attention, Kelly was featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile earlier this month at Entertainment Weekly, which praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

Co-produced by Kelly and longtime collaborator, Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across thirteen new songs including Brave, which premiered earlier this year to critical acclaim – Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared, “poignant.”

Reflecting on the album, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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ROBERT COUNTS DEBUTS WHAT DO I KNOW

NEW TRACK AVAILABLE NOW – LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Rising Arista Nashville singer/songwriter, Robert Counts, has debuted his new release, What Do I Know, today. Listen here.

Co-written with HARDY and Jake Mitchell, What Do I Know is a modern-day, southern blue-collar anthem, that Counts describes as inspired by “things you’re taught about growing up – hunting, fishing, living off the land – things that your dad tells you and his granddad told him.”

The blazing new track follows Counts’ “soulful-and-sophisticated” (Sounds Like Nashville) self-titled debut EP, which ranges from “heartfelt” (CMT) standout, Backseat Driver, to the sweet anticipation of Someone In My Someday, the take-you-as-you-are, Dress Up, the hopefulness of Better People, and the smouldering soul in a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.

Counts grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and started playing guitar and singing at his church, where he led worship throughout his teens, but it wasn’t until after he graduated from Lee University with a degree in Biochemistry that he committed to a career in music. After winning a songwriter’s round at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Downtown Franklin, he earned a cash price and his first publishing deal. Today, the artist continues to prolifically craft new tunes, pulling fresh inspiration from his life experiences in the tradition of true country music storytelling.

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RACHEL BECK SHARES STUNNING VISUAL FOR LATEST SINGLE DANCIN’

TRACK APPEARS ON SOPHOMORE ALBUM
STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW – OUT NOW

“A beautifully crafted electronic pop record with compelling rhythms, layers of piano and synthesizers and dreamy vocals that wash over you wave after wave, Stronger Than You Know is one of those records you just leave on replay. – The Guardian

Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Following the celebrated release of her sophomore record, Stronger Than You Know, Rachel Beck returns with the captivating visual accompaniment to her latest single, Dancin’. Created with acclaimed filmmaker and climate justice warrior, Millefiore Clarkes, the video juxtaposes images of dancing, colour and stunning natural beauty, with those of destruction, in a powerful way. Have a look here.

On the inspiration for Dancin’, Beck explains: “After a show in Fredericton one night, I had a long conversation with the presenter and his wife about the climate crisis. He told me the legend of the Roman emperor Nero – how he played his lyre on the roof of his palace as Rome burned to the ground around him. This resonated deeply with me. Sometimes it feels like we value comfort, convenience, and consumerism over climate action. We hear the cries for change, but we just turn up the music and keep dancin' while the earth burns around us. As a parent, I feel the weight of this. I want to do better.” 

She continues, We wanted to clearly convey the climate action message within the song, without being too ‘gloom and doom’. We shot the video in less than an hour, but Mille truly tells the story with her brilliant editing.”

Produced by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake in Nova Scotia, Stronger Than You Know is sonically decorated amidst compelling electronic rhythms and dreamy synth layers. Beck’s vocals float across the vivid, harmony-laden, ethereal soundscape for which she has become known.

The record follows Beck’s self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including a SOCAN #1 Award for lead single Reckless Heart after it topped the CBC Music Top 20 Chart. In 2019, Beck took home two Music PEI Awards (Pop Recording of the Year, New Artist of the Year) and earned two ECMA nominations (Pop Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording of the Year). Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages across Canada, from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.

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CAMELPHAT UNVEIL THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SINGLE HYPERCOLOUR FEATURING FOALS FRONTMAN YANNIS PHILIPPAKIS

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Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Grammy nominated and triple platinum selling producers, Camelphat, have unveiled their eagerly anticipated new single, Hypercolour, featuring Foals frontman, Yannis Philippakis. The track is a master-crafted display of Camelphat’s signature hypnotic sound topped with Yannis’ melancholic vocals. Hypercolour sees two musical powerhouses of the British music scene come together to create what is set to be one of 2020’s biggest crossover hits.

Never afraid to push the envelope, Camelphat’s collaboration with Foals’ frontman Yannis Philippakis has been eagerly anticipated by fans. Needing little introduction, from playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. They’ve earned critical acclaim winning Best Band at the BRIT Awards last year, as well as NME and Q Award wins. Not stopping there, the band have also been nominated for an Ivor Novello and have been nominated three times for a Mercury Prize, earning fan devotion with anthems such as My NumberInhaler and The Runner.

Liverpool duo Camelphat (Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala) have firmly established themselves as one of the most in-demand dance acts around. Making their mark with their 2017 Grammy nominated hitCola,the duo have continued to release huge hits such as BreathePanic Room feat. Au/Ra, Rabbit Hole, and Be Someone, alongside Jake Bugg. 

The pair have been hailed as the ‘hottest dance acts in the world’ and have consistently been supported by industry heavyweights including, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and Pete Tong. The pair are also firm favourites on the festival circuit playing some of the world’s biggest events such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Creamfields, Warehouse Project, and Parklife. This summer the pair were confirmed to headline their own residency  every Wednesday at Ushuaia, Ibiza, and are set to announce a huge UK headline tour in the next coming weeks, Camelphat and Yannis Philippakis’ hypnotic new single, Hypercolour, is out everywhere now.

CamelPhat on Spotify

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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS SHARE ANTHEMIC NEW SONG PINEBOX

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Toronto, ON – June 26, 2020 – Toronto alt-rock darlings, Birds of Bellwoods (Stevie Joffe, Adrian Morningstar, Chris Blades and Kintaro Akiyama), are thrilled to share their first new music of 2020, with the emotive and heartswelling song, Pinebox. An anthem for looking inward and letting go of the past, Pinebox is the first new music from the band since their stellar cross-Canada arena tour last fall with Rock The Rink. Have a listen here and check out the band’s socials for the Pinebox Challenge.

"Pinebox is an invitation to look yourself in the eyes, let go of who you have been, and move forward. It is a song about self-reflection in a time of stasis, and releasing the weight we carry with us from our early years,” the band reflects. “There is a mourning to it, but through that an explosion into hope. This track is also the first we’ve ever produced entirely ourselves, something we were always scared to do. We hope it can act as somewhat of a torch in the darkness. What can you forgive today, and what new world can that forgiveness lead you to?”

Pinebox began its creative roots about a year ago, but production was halted during the height of isolation in Toronto. Written, performed and produced by Birds of Bellwoods, the track was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Charlotte Day Wilson) and mastered by Noah Mintz. The track features additional instrumentation by Dylan Gowan, Alejandro Valdepenas, Josue Valdepenas, Jesse Morrison, Raha Javanfar.

Birds of Bellwoods made waves in 2018 with the release of their critically-acclaimed debut LP, Victoria. Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, with much of the attention to come their way stemming from their highly energetic and engaging live performances. Their highly-anticipated debut album, Victoria, was released in 2018, with the lead single, Let You Go, spending over 30 weeks in the Top 40 at Alternative Radio in Canada, hit #1 on SiriusXM’s The Verge chart, and was featured as CBC’s Song Of The Week. Their album Victoria has amassed over two million streams on Spotify alone, and has been featured on numerous Spotify and Apple Music Playlists, including Viral Hits Canada, Indie All Stars, Best Of The Week, and Breaking Rock.

The band has crossed North America on numerous dates, including a slew of high-profile Canadian music festivals, from CMW and NXNE to country juggernaut Boots & Hearts to the tastemaking haven of Osheaga. That’s in addition to packed shows supporting the likes of Arkells, Wintersleep, Virginia to Vegas and Scott Helman to name a few. In 2019, the band hit the road with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Rock The Rink Tour as the production’s special live musical act.

Stay tuned for more to come from Birds of Bellwoods this year!

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES NEW SINGLE ORGONE

GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES NEW SINGLE ORGONE

THE GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST
RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET!

UNDER SOLO JAZZ PROJECT, JYOTI

LISTEN TO SINGLES THIS WALK /THE COWRIE WALTZ HERE

NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA
 eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

 “No one sings a heavy love song like Georgia Anne Muldrow” – Pitchfork

“Over the years, this gifted Los Angeles singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Madlib, so it’s no surprise that her latest full-length is packed full of unflappable funk.” – Rolling Stone

“After years of being near the spotlight, it seems the world is finally ready for Muldrow’s music.” – The FADER

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2020 – Today, acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow who NPR describes as an “R&B and astral-funk polymath” shares Orgone, a new song from her solo-jazz project, Jyoti, a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane. On Orgone, Georgia sings “Maladjusted in this land/ the powers just/ just can’t end the plan” with pensive resonance over piano as she layers her rich voice over itself, swelling to an urgent cry from the heart. Listen here.

According to Georgia, the song is “a double entendre, ‘Orgone’ being a supposed device that helps to dampen extra low frequencies that come from electronics.” Muldrow adds that she hopes “this song can be a device for the extra low frequencies that occur to people in places, namely in the African Diaspora, in the way that the diaspora affects the people in places,” and that “the second part of the double entendre is "Orgone" meaning... repatriated back to the source of origin; gone from here. And the song is another poem, and it's my way of being able to get my feelings out. I just closed my eyes and played piano, and then I wrote to it, and then I orchestrated on it, and then at the end, I sang the blues on it.” 

Elaborating further, she says, “this is a song for all of us, in this transatlantic nightmare. And this is a song just to say ‘I know how you feel, and maybe you feel the way I feel,’ and maybe we can live in a place where being Black ain't such a big deal, because it's just normal. Because it's a natural thing. It ain't a result of... somebody else's story on our lives, we're just human beings, that are looked upon with a little bit more... Je ne sais... plain, you know? Even though we're not plain people, we're much more than that. We're beautiful people. We're ugly people. We're happy people. Sad people. Peaceful people... we're people just like everybody else.”

Orgone appears on the upcoming Jyoti album Mama, You Can Bet! due for release on August 28, 2020 via eOne and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. The album announcement was accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which also features Muldrow’s singing voice, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow puts it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk “A timely song from a timeless artist," and added, "This Walk is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. This Walk b/w The Cowrie Waltz is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

A beautifully animated lyric video for This Walk created by Charles Sicuso with Muldrow’s own illustrations has subsequently been made available to view here

Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the newly released singles This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise). The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album, Bemoanable Lady Geemix and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled, Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which recently re-aired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.

About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow
Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold.

The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album, Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few. 

Most recently, Georgia was featured on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on NPR’s All Things Considered, listen here.

TRACKLISTING
1.Mama, You Can Bet
2.Bop For Aneho
3.Zane, The Scribe
4.Our Joy (Mercedes)
5.Ra’s Noise (Thukubad)
6.Bemoanble Lady Geemix 
7.Orgone
8.Skippin And Trippin
9.Swing Kirikou, Swing
10.Quarrys, Queries
11.Ancestral Duckets
12.Hard Bap Duke
13.This Walk
14.Fabus Foo Geemix
15.The Cowrie Waltz

Listen to Orgone: ffm.to/orgone

DOWNLOAD – Orgone Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo

DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY HONOURS PRIDE MONTH WITH NEW SINGLE FOR NO ONE

FORTHCOMING EP INTERLUDE-19
SET FOR RELEASE LATER THIS YEAR

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE

2020 JUNO AWARD NOMINATION FOR 
REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2020 – As an artist that continues to champion all communities, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist,STORRY, shares a song in honour of Pride Month today. For No One – produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated Junia-T – is the songstress’ ode to celebrating that “love, sex and sexuality have no limits.” The song premiered via Addicted Magazine. Listen to it here.

 

On the song, STORRY says: “All communities that are minorities are always being misrepresented, underrepresented, and treated again as unidimensional human beings. We often create these boundaries, like we do with everything else, about who we are, what we like and what we’ll never do. I personally was never one to explore too much with my sexuality, because I experienced a lot of trauma and at one point saw no value in sex or a significant other. Things have changed. I now identify as pansexual (a term I admit I only learned recently, meaning ‘not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity’).

It’s an incredible journey and I hope to continue to explore my sexuality in a free space. I hope the world learns more about what it means to be part of the LGBTQ2+ community. The fluidity of love and sexuality. We’re always trying to control things, ourselves especially. Be free, my friends, and watch how assortments of all kinds of love spring up all over the place. This song is for all queer love.”

For No One is STORRY’s dynamic, swift return from her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020. It’s the first single from her forthcoming EP, INTERLUDE-19, set for release later this year; another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters, to be delivered as a visual album directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Issa (who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free).  

 

In March, STORRY launched her self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name from CH III: The Come Up. Up was set to launch at the postponed Toronto Short Film Festival. Nothing stopped STORRY from sharing the visual that depicts compassion, creativity and support, as Up has already screened at several film festivals, and continues to make waves as it is unveiled to the public. Watch Up here.
 

CH III: The Come Up, was released February 20, 2020. The project is based on a chapter of STORRY’s life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. Following the album launch, she rocked a packed room at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge, followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. You can listen to CH III: The Come Up here.

STORRY was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here. STORRY continues to share her STORY, with national features in The Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsNew Theory RadioStudio01, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more. 


About STORRY

STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year (the JUNOs have yet to be awarded, due to the COVID-19 pandemic) for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. 

 

Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face. 

Upcoming Livestream Concerts:

July 2 - Sofar Sounds Live Stream – 3:00 pm  ET

July 9 - Lilith FLARE Virtual Concert Series – Info

October 1 - Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

Listen to For No One: foundation-media.ffm.to/fornoone

Buy/stream CH III: The Come Up: foundation-media.ffm.to/thecomeup

Watch Up: bit.ly/33EfDno

Watch Money Ain’t Freeyoutu.be/9jrHqo4M9LI

Watch A Lost Find: youtu.be/xff7fjPWo_A

Upcoming Livestream Concerts:
July 2 - Sofar Sounds Live Stream – 3:00 pm  ET
July 9 - Lilith FLARE Virtual Concert Series – Info
October 1 - Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo  DOWNLOAD – For No One Artwork

www.storrymusic.com

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AMERICAN GRIM RELEASE SO SICK MUSIC VIDEO

ALL NEW LP ULTRA BLACK OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – June 25, 2020 – American Grim have released another new music video for their track, So Sick, today. Directed once again by vocalist, Ryan Grim, the video follows the eye-catching videos for NightmareGods and Kings, and Breathe, which were released over the last few couple of months.

Challenge the status quo. Shake up the culture of fake outrage. Break free from the bonds of self-defeating ignorance. There’s no reason to despair within this dystopia; we have the power to escape mindless obedience. This is the primal punk-style message at the heart of American Grim, a heavy music battalion whose sinister "shock rock" is aimed squarely at conformity.

American Grim stands against those who would exploit our insecurities and exacerbate our social media-driven hunger for validation. The New Jersey trio makes anthems for the downtrodden, the dismissed, and the dispossessed. They champion independent thought, individualism, and above all else, freedom of creative expression. Like Emma Goldman once famously said, “It’s not my revolution if I can't dance to it." Or in this case, smash shit to it. Music is their weapon. The stage is their battlefield. 

American Grim conjure the rich history of theatricality found in cinematic horror and dark literature, with the unrelenting energy of traditional hardcore, the massive propulsive hooks of post-industrial, and the unashamed weirdness of classic nü-metal. Devotees of Slipknot, Korn, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson have all found a home within American Grim’s music, while fans of groups like Hatebreed recognize something familiar about the delivery and aggression.

"Ultra Black'pushes the concept that evil persists through this world and universe but you can ALWAYS overcome and kill any demons that crawl inside your mind," Grim finished.

Watch the video for So Sick

Watch the video for Breathe

Listen to Ultra Black: lnk.to/ultrablack

www.americangrimmusic.com

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MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ROCK BAND SEETHER RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ALBUM IN THREE YEARS

SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM (“IF YOU WANT PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR”)

TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 28TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE DANGEROUS

PREMIERES TODAY VIA REVOLVER

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – June 24, 2020 – Three years after releasing their critically acclaimed record, Poison The Parish, multi-platinum selling rock band, SEETHER, announces their highly anticipated return with the new album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, out August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Translating to “If You Want Peace, Prepare For War,” the album features 13 new tracks, a primal mix of euphoria and misery, undoubtedly some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career, including the beautifully tormented first single, Dangerousreleased today alongside an animated music video created by noted Turkish director, Mertcan Mertbilek (Santana, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Elvis Costello). See the video for Dangerous here

 

These songs are carefully crafted to nestle in your ears like a tiny velvet rabbit clutching a switch-blade,” says front man, Shaun Morgan; his flair for vivid imagery on full display. That bold openness strikes a chord musically and lyrically on songs that explore and eviscerate demons both personal and cultural. “This whole album is kind of me going through that process. I’m exposing myself to a degree I’m not normally comfortable with,” he says. “But I think it’s OK. I’m proud to be a little bit more vulnerable on this album.”

 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, SEETHER’s eighth studio album, was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Ansonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan added. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003.)

 

The push-pull on Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is as dynamic as it is memorable as Morgan brings his intimate singer-songwriter sensibility to the band’s heavy rock grooves. Drawing on influences including the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and Stewart) grew up on, SEETHER’s sonic brew is unmistakable and timeless. 

 

The new album’s haunting, unforgettable Dangerous is an instant standout. While the band prefers to leave Dangerousopen to interpretation, lyrics like, “It’s so dangerous all this blamelessness / and I feel like I lost all the good I’ve known” are a passionate and pointed indictment of self and society at large. Beg, where Morgan snarls, “See hope fading out of your eyes / This time the pain is going to feel unreal,” is similarly unrelenting. The chorus’s point-blank demand, “beg, motherfucker!” is a primal rock rallying cry. Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’s brutal but beautiful lyrics infuse these songs with cathartic urgency like this from the track Failure“I live my life like a broken-hearted failure / I’m trying to shed some light on the scars left by the razors.”

 

With touring paused, the ever-active SEETHER has posted a series of on-line sessions via social media featuring band members at home, including livestream Q&As and acoustic performances from Shaun Morgan, cooking instructionals with Dale Stewart, crossfit workouts with Corey Lowery, and drumming playthroughs with John HumphreyThe “hanging at home” digital series can be seen at SEETHER’s FacebookYouTube Channel and Twitch.  

 

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital download formats.
Pre-order it here .

 

For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store.
 

SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM TRACKLISTING:

1.Dead And Done 

2.Bruised And Bloodied 

3.Wasteland 

4.Dangerous 

5.Liar 

6.Can’t Go Wrong 

7.Buried In The Sand 

8.Let It Go 

9. Failure 

10.Beg 

11.Drift Away

12. Pride Before The Fall 

13.Written In Stone

 

About SEETHER:

Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s Let You Down, 2014’s Words as Weapons, and 2011’s Tonight); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.seether.com

 

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS

MEMBER VOTING OPEN NOW
UNTIL MONDAY, JULY 6

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 25
DURING SPECIAL LIVESTREAMED EVENT

Toronto, ON – June 23, 2020 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is honoured to announce the outstanding artists and music industry professionals that have been nominated for 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards. The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in both the artistic and industry categories to be revealed on September 25 during a special livestreamed event.

“I am excited to be announcing and celebrating these incredible artists and industry nominees for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “This year has been and continues to be tough for our industry, but also has highlighted the importance of music in the mental wellness, celebration and day-to-day joy of our country, especially in times of struggle. I am thrilled now more than ever to shine a light on these talented artists and industry who have made an incredible impact on the industry in the past year.”

Now in their 18th year, the Western Canadian Music Awards annually honour and celebrate the best industry and artistic talent coming out of western Canada. This year once again saw representation from all seven Member Associations, with numerous artists and industry members earning multiple nominations, including four nods to the National Music Centre, three nominations each for Nuela Charles, William Prince, and the West End Cultural Centre, and a whopping 15 acts with double nominations. 

Voting is now open to members of all western Provincial and Territorial Music Industry Associations. All members will be sent an email regarding login information to vote (beginning today – Tuesday, June 23). If any members do not receive an email, please contact their Music Association. Voting will conclude at midnight, Pacific Time, on Monday, July 6.

Details on the format of the 2020 BreakOut West events will be announced in the coming weeks.

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC NOMINEES
Blues Artist of the Year                

Big Dave McLean - MB
Harpdog Brown - BC
Kat Danser & The Tall Tales - AB
Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - BC
Wide Mouth Mason - BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year                     
Alexandria Maillot - BC
Ariel Posen - MB
Begonia - MB
The Funk Hunters - BC
The Small Glories - MB

Children’s Artist of the Year                    
Beppie - AB
Ginalina - BC
The Kerplunks - BC
The Pianimals - MB
Will's Jams - BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year
Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Land's End Ensemble with Ben Reimer and Karl Hirzer - AB
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - MB
Margaret Carey - MB
Mark Takeshi McGregor - BC
The Vancouver Island Symphony - BC                       

Classical Composer of the Year               
Carmen Braden - NT
Dorothy Chang - BC
Marcus Goddard - BC
Stephen Chatman - BC
Vincent Ho - AB                       

Country Artist of the Year            
Dan Davidson - AB
Don Amero - MB
Hunter Brothers - SK
Jess Moskaluke - SK
The Dungarees - AB                       

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year                
Khanvict - BC
Miles Away - BC
RIELL - AB
Rumpus - SK
SkiiTour - BC                       

Francophone Artist of the Year              
Beauséjour - MB
Kelly Bado - MB
Loig Morin - BC
Ponteix - SK
Renelle Ray - AB                       

Global Artist of the Year (formerly World Artist of the Year)                      
Buckman Coe - BC
Casimiro Nhussi - MB
Mazacote - BC
Orchid Ensemble - BC
The Mariachi Ghost - MB                       

Indigenous Artist of the Year                  
Sponsored by  Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Blue Moon Marquee - BC
Burnstick - MB
Celeigh Cardinal - AB
Riit - NV
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC                       

Instrumental Artist of the Year              
Apollo Suns - MB
Christine Hanson - AB
Joe Porter - AB
Mike Morrisseau - AB
Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres - BC                       

Jazz Artist of the Year                   
Audrey Ochoa - AB
Karl Schwonik - AB
Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet - AB
Regina Jazz Society - SK
Sandro Dominelli - AB                       

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year               
CRNKSHFT - BC
Dizzy Mystics - MB
Hellrazer - AB
Neck of the Woods - BC
Sleepwraith - AB                       

Pop Artist of the Year                    
Alexandria Maillot - BC
Luca Fogale - BC
Martin Kerr - AB
Nuela Charles - AB
Riit - NV                       

Producer of the Year                     
deadmen - MB
John Paul Peters - MB
Ryan Dahle - BC
Ryan Worsley - BC
Steve Bays - BC                       

R&B Artist of the Year (formerly Urban Artist of the Year)             
Hooper Turnt Sanger - BC
Iamtheliving - BC
Josh Sahunta - AB
Krystle Dos Santos - BC
Sebastian Gaskin - MB

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year            
Bdice - BC
Kimmortal - BC
Moka Only - BC
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - BC
Super Duty Tough Work - MB                       

Recording of the Year                   
Frazey Ford - BC
Hunting - BC
Nuela Charles - AB
Royal Canoe - MB
William Prince - MB                       

Rock Artist of the Year
Sponsored by Torque Brewing                     
Joey Landreth - MB
Mise en Scene - MB
Mobina Galore - MB
The Jerry Cans - NV
The Radiant - SK                       

Roots Artist of the Year                
Del Barber - MB
Kacy & Clayton - SK
Leaf Rapids - MB
The Small Glories - MB
William Prince - MB                       

Songwriter(s) of the Year            
Sponsored by  The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
Celeigh Cardinal - AB
Del Barber - MB
Kacy Anderson & Clayton Linthicum - SK
Nuela Charles - AB
William Prince - MB                       

Spiritual Artist of the Year                       
Danielle Savard - MB
Dee Daniels - BC
Fresh IE - MB
Jay Semko - SK
Katrina Van Humbeck - MB                       

Video Director of the Year
Sponsored by Manitoba Film and Music       
Brock Davis Mitchell - Nuela Charles, Long Way Down - AB
Dustin Wilson, Zach Wilson - The Dead South, Diamond Ring - SK
Farhad Ghaderi - Jordan Klassen, Virtuous Circle - BC
Jorge Requena - The Mariachi Ghost, Cuerpo Mortal - MB
Travis Nesbitt - The Dungarees, Don't Make Em Like They Used To - AB                       

Visual Media Composer of the Year                   
Daniel Janke, Subconscious Password - YT
The Mariachi Ghost, Octavio is Dead! - MB
Tom Koroluk, Get Over It - MB
Wolf Willow, Etthén Heldeli: Caribou Eaters - SK

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY NOMINEES

Audio Engineering Award            
Ben Kaplan - BC
John Paul Peters - MB
Ryan Worsley - BC
Sheldon Zaharko - BC
Steve Bays - BC            

Community Excellence Award                
National Music Centre - AB
Red Tent - MB
The Vancouver Island Symphony - BC
West End Cultural Centre - MB
Winnipeg Music Project - MB                       

Excellence in Visual Design                     
Bronwin Parks, Feisty Creative - BC
Logan Tanner & Ron Baldoza, Trifecta Sound Co. - SK
Logan Thackray, Fallen Tree Records - AB
Shalom Toy, Cosmic Cavern Design - AB
Shan & Co. - AB                       

Impact in Artist Development                
Birthday Cake Media - MB
Chronograph Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Regina Jazz Society - SK
West End Cultural Centre - MB                       

Impact in Live Music                     
Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association
National Music Centre - AB
Squamish Constellation Festival - BC
West End Cultural Centre - MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB
Winterruption YEG - AB                       

Impact in Music Marketing                     
Chronograph Records - AB
National Music Centre - AB
Susan Busse - SK
The Village Idiots - MB
Winnipeg Folk Festival - MB

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music.  WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

www.breakoutwest.ca

Use #BREAKOUTWEST and join in the conversation!

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HELLO MOTH RETURNS WITH NEXT SET OF MUSIC FROM NEW FULL-LENGTH WHEN THE SKY MELTED

DOUBLE SINGLE CANYONS / WANTED TO TELL YOU

SEE THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR WANTED TO TELL YOU HERE

WHEN THE SKY MELTED OUT JULY 24

Toronto, ON – June 22, 2020 – Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist, Hello Moth, is gearing up to release their new full-length album, When The Sky Melted, on July 24th. Last month they shared the first taste of the new music with the double single, Times Like This / Inside, and now they have dropped another double single – Canyons / Wanted To Tell You. Have a listen to the new tracks here and sing along to Wanted To Tell You with the lyric video here.

“They’re two very different songs,” reflects Hello Moth. “Canyons (Acoustic) is soft and gentle, originally written as a poem to comfort a grieving friend. This acoustic version features multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Longman, who produced a gorgeous instrumental based on my live version of the song. The complementary song, Wanted to Tell You is loud and wild, written from the perspective of someone trying to tell their comatose companion about the strange changes in the world outside.”

Hello Moth creates unsettlingly inventive genre-fluid music inspired by artists like David Bowie, St. Vincent, and The Knife. Their songs span fragile love ballads and blacklight infused synth-pop as they explore themes of isolation, innocence, and identity. Inspired by the relationship between inside and out, When the Sky Melted observes a changing world from the oppressive comfort of home. A shingled roof provides shelter from the melting heavens, and lonesome rooms are filled with midnight radio broadcasts. We smile, climbing out from our homes to meet with a world turned upside down, tracing our paths back only to find that truly returning anywhere is impossible. Once again we are some-here new.

Sonically, the lo-fi blips and cinematic flourishes of Hello Moth’s previous releases now operate as one, blending into each other to form a digitally constructed orchestra of shadow and light. This playful shape-shifting production underpins vividly performed vocals to create a propulsive experience of sounds in motion.

Hello Moth’s debut album, Infinitely Repeated, was nominated Best Electronic Album at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards, while CBC hailed the 2016 release, Slave In A Stone, as “Frenetic, weird and all kinds of exciting…the kind of innovative music-making that keeps the future of Canadian music looking bright.” Since then, Hello Moth has released a couple EPs – including the “unsettlingly inventive” (Prog Magazine UK) Nebula Songs – and has collaborated with numerous pop artists, after co-writing and producing Jocelyn Alice’s platinum-certified hit single, Jackpot. These experiences in the pop world influenced a new creative direction on When the Sky Melted, which retains all the weird and the strange of early Hello Moth and builds upon it to create something sweetly immediate with soulful depth.

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND LAUNCHES THE DAVID STRICKLAND SHOW VIA INSTAGRAM LIVE ON JUNE 19 WITH ERNIE PANICCIOLI

LISTEN TO LATEST SINGLE TRUTH FEAT. MAESTRO FRESH WES, QUE ROCK, LEONARD SUMNER AND SOUFY

WATCH VIDEO FOR TURTLE ISLAND AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP

PRE-ORDER NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP DUE JUNE 29 VIA EONE

FEATURING TRACKS WITH EPMD, SAKURATES, DEF SQUAD, KING REIGN, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SUPAMAN, JOEY STYLEZ, DREZUS, MAESTRO FRESH WES AND MORE

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2020 – Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland – known for his work behind the scenes of some of Hip-Hop’s iconic records – is preparing to release his highly anticipated album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, on June 29. Today, David welcomes all to dive deep into the music as he launches a live interview series on Instagram called The David Strickland Show. Everything begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET, featuring first guest, Ernie Paniccioli – David’s long-time mentor and revered Hip-Hop photographer. Tune in hereand pre-order the album here.

Launching in alignment to acknowledge Juneteenth and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), The David Strickland Show provides an opportunity for David's audience to connect with artists and music industry leaders and share in their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from the state of Indigenous communities across North America, our current political climate, the importance of the arts and the power of Hip-Hop.  Audiences are invited to engage in storytelling, anecdotes and wisdom shared as David reflects on his career, and converses with colleagues.

Last month, David shared the album’s third single, Truthfeaturing Rap Prime Minister,  Maestro Fresh Wes, Que Rock, Leonard Sumner, and Soufy. Listen to it here. The cover art for Truth features a picture of David’s ancestors from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (Printed Matters Files). It was chosen, as it connects to David’s truth as an Indigenous person (whose existence and lineage is often mired in controversy) striving for truth hidden in plain sight. By releasing it on his birthday, it is a declaration of love and respect for his ancestors, all his relations and is one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings; Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage, Wisdom and Love.

Truth follows second single, Featherswhich David calls “a song about hope, journey, reflection, priorities, self-compassion, self-assessment, self-discovery, redemption and ripping flows with letters on some hip hop,” featuringToronto-based Anishinaabe rapper, Que Rock, and Chippewa Travellers. The album’s first single, Turtle Island, song features prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrives during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here. The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip-Hopas narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s long-time mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. 

Ahead of the album launch, David has been sharing his story, with recent features in ComplexHip Hop CanadaET CanadaSidedoor MagazineCanadian BeatsHip Hop VancouverCBC MusicCanadian Musician RadioThe Strombo ShowCTV Your MorningeTalkNew Theory Radio, a live chat with RX Music, and an exclusive interview for SiriusXM’s Live @ Home series.

David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip-Hop, as he emerges from behind the scenes to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. The album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, and more.  The album also features North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad, and a posthumous verse from King Reign. 
 

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About David Strickland

David “Gordo” Strickland has been quietly lurking behind the scenes as an engineer, a mixer and a producer on Hip-Hop and R&B records for the past two decades. His work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man. Most crucially, he’s also been involved in records by almost every one of the ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Glenn Lewis, Choclair and Drake. Strickland, who was mentored alongside Noah “40” Shebib by Toronto production legend, Noel “Gadget” Campbell, was in on the ground floor for the OVO explosion, turning in Grammy-winning work behind the boards on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later, as well as its monster-hit successors, Take Care and Nothing Was the Same.

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and  French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip-Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective:  “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”

The teachings, the art, the traditions and the music are a beautiful mix all rooted in the Spirit of Hip-Hop. As David embarks on his first production project, he tinkers endlessly with the wealth of material at his disposal. The album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, is scheduled for release June 29, 2020 via Entertainment One, and matches some of the hungriest and most wildly talented Indigenous rappers from Canada and the U.S. like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus and Supaman with some of more established international hip-hop greats he’s had the good fortune of working with like Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad. David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect, stripped by an unconstitutional agreement, that removed and denied Indian status from thousands of people. The debut single from the album is Turtle Island, featuring Supaman, Artson, Spade, JRDN & Whitey Don. This song is a state of the union on modern daily life for Indigenous People across North America mixing traditional dancehall & hip-hop into a uniquely rich sound that’s rarely been heard like this before. What’s coming will be fresh, filled with sounds that force the listener to “open their eyes and listen”. A powerful message that gives a voice to the voiceless, that encourages Native youth to take hold of a music genre that’s revolutionized the world and use its power to heal, educate and unite. 

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JUKE ROSS RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM CHAPTER 2 TODAY VIA PALM TREE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2020 –  Singer/songwriter, Juke Ross, releases his debut album, Chapter 2, today via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records (listen here).  The 20-track album features original music along with acoustic versions of some of the tracks. 

Juke says of the album, “Chapter 2 is the story of a fish leaving its pond (Guyana) in pursuit of a Dream. A fish out of fresh water in an ocean of many creatures; about crossing rivers against the tide, reaching the ocean and learning to swim in bigger waves. It’s about survival and freedom. It’s about dreamers. It encompasses the long hard road to being an artist. A road filled with beautiful instances of life if only you can perceive them. Plenty sunshine and of course a bit of rain. It is a sort of metamorphosis and its end places us right where we are now. At the end of a rainstorm and ready for summer.”

Earlier this year, Juke released his up-tempo ballad along with an accompanying music video for Amazing. Prior to that, Juke released his Drifting Apart EP, which featured the songs Burned By The Love, We Never Die and Trading Places. The EP has accumulated over 10 million streams to date.  The Deluxe Edition of the EP includes additional acoustic version of the original EP tracks.  His releases so far have garnered praise and features from the likes of EarmilkPopDust, Idolator and more.  Juke Ross also toured in support of the EP release, which saw him play shows in New York, sold out Toronto’s Velvet Underground, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more. Before which he opened for Mark Knopfler on his European leg of his Farewell tour.

Juke Ross currently resides in Brooklyn, New York by way of Guyana, South America. One of 14 siblings, the self-described “med school dropout,” singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist touched down stateside in 2016 after his independent single, Colour Me, caught fire on Spotify. Acoustic guitar in hand, his effortless take on pop soul organically emanated Caribbean flavour and quietly attracted upwards of 80 million cumulative streams and 2 million listeners on Spotify within two years. Written in his birthplace, the Grey EP detailed the initial phase as he went from a tiny country to one of the biggest cities in the world. 

In 2018, he enjoyed a series of firsts in North America. He sold out Arlene’s and tried his hand at composing in the States, delivering the one-offs Hey Lil’ Mama and Fresh Roses. The latter racked up 17.5 million Spotify streams in under six months.

Chapter 2 Tracklist:
1. Drifting Apart
2. Atlanta
3. We Never Die (Demo)
4. Wasted Time
5. Burned By The Love
6. Someone to Die For
7. Trading Places
8. Amazing
9. Life in The City
10. Tonight is Love
11. When Boys Cry, It Pours
12. Sophia
13. Alright
14. Higher
15. Drifting Apart (Acoustic)
16. We Never Die (Acoustic)
17. Burned By The Love (Acoustic)
18.Someone to Die For (Acoustic)
19. Trading Places (Acoustic)
20. Tonight is Love (Acoustic)

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ENTERPRISE EARTH UNLEASHES FOUNDATION OF BONES TODAY

SURPRISE EP INCLUDES NEW TRACK
LAMB OF GOD AND NECROPHASGIST COVERS AND MORE

NEW VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT REVOLVER

Toronto, ON – June 19, 2020 –  Foundation Of Bones is the new EP from death metal practitioners, ENTERPRISE EARTH. Released today via Entertainment One (eOne), the EP serves as a surprise bridge piece from their latest full-length effort, Luciferous, into the work being laid down for their forthcoming LP and also marks the band’s first self-produced output.

“Foundation Of Bones was a spur of the moment idea that quickly came to fruition,” elaborates ENTERPRISE EARTH guitarist, Gabriel Mangold. “After returning home from our canceled tour, we began writing and finishing up new material. While listening back to some new demos and being stoked on the quality of the mixes, we thought, ‘Fuck it. Let's give self-production a go and release an impromptu EP!’ Dan [Watson] tracked vocals at home in Indianapolis. Brandon [Zackey] recorded drums with our good friend/sound engineer, Chris Ghazel, in Los Angeles. I did guitars, bass, production, and handled mixing/mastering duties in my tiny home trailer studio rig in Taos, New Mexico. After several days of tweaking, we had a mix that we were all very stoked on and felt comfortable moving forward with our first self-produced release. I don't think we intended to accomplish anything specific with this EP other than releasing new music that we were very excited to show the world. However, throughout the process, we realized that we were attaining something vital in addition to releasing new music: the ability to self-produce. The sound we're developing is what we want to sound like, and we've all become that much more connected to our music now that we're at the reigns throughout the entire creative and production processes. We are very excited to continue developing our sound and have decided to self-produce our next LP.”

Foundation Of Bones features one new song from the band (the title track), two cover tunes - Lamb Of God’s iconic Now You’ve Got Something To Die For and Necrophagist’s Fermented Offal Discharge - an acoustic interpretation of There Is No Tomorrow from their Luciferous LP, and an instrumental version of the new track.

Notes Mangold, “The covers were something that we had in mind for some time, and the opportunity to do this EP prompted us to take action. Lamb Of God and Necrophagist are two huge inspirations on us, so covering these tunes was a no-brainer. We experienced a ton of electric energy tracking these as they are songs that we've loved since we were kids; hopefully, we did them justice!

The acoustic version of ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ was a cathartic experience,” he continues. “It was inspired by bands that have done incredible acoustic renditions of their heavy tunes, namely Alice In Chains, The Contortionist, and I See Stars. Our sonic inspirations and musical expressions go much deeper than just being brutal, and we wanted to express that sentiment and develop another facet of our sound. We love melody, peaks, and valleys within a song, acoustic jams that take you on a journey, and most importantly, we love writing music that resonates strongly within us. ‘There Is No Tomorrow’ is easily the most melodic and emotional song from Luciferous. If any tune from that record deserved an acoustic rendition, it would be that one. That it’s our collective favorite from that record, also made it an easy choice. Expect more of these acoustic renditions in the future.”

View ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Foundation Of Bones video alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the record, courtesy of Revolver Magazine, here. 

ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Foundation Of Bones is out now digitally. In observance of Juneteenth, the band will be donating 25% of all webstore sales made today, June 19, to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. eOne Heavy will be donating all Bandcamp revenue from Foundation Of Bones received on June 19 to the same fund.

ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Foundation Of Bones is out now digitally. Preview and purchase the record here.

Don’t miss ENTERPRISE EARTH’s live Q&A Tuesday June 23rd at soundrink.live at 8:30pm EST

Foundation Of Bones Track Listing:

1. Foundation Of Bones (New Track)

2. Now You’ve Got Something To Die For (Lamb Of God Cover)

3. Fermented Offal Discharge (Necrophagist Cover)

4. There Is No Tomorrow (Acoustic)

5. Foundation Of Bones (Instrumental)

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DAYSORMAY TEAM UP WITH TESSA VIOLET ON NEW SINGLE ROLE MODEL

SURPASS 200,000 STREAMS OUT OF THE GATE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ROLE MODEL HERE

SINGLE IS THE FIRST TASTE OF THE GROUP’S NEW EP
SET TO DROP IN 2021

“…perfect pop stylings…” – Alt Press

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2020 – On May 27th via Alt Press, daysormay debuted theirearworm single, Role Model, featuring rising indie-pop artist, Tessa Violet. The collaboration with Tessa gives way to a high-energy jam that is undeniably infectious – racking up over 200k streams to date, and landing on numerous playlists, including Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada, The New Alt, Indie Pop, It’s A Bop, and Apple’s Best New Music and Rising Alternative.  Today, the Vancouver-based alternative three-piece share the official music video for the track. Have a look here.

The video for Role Model was shot in Vancouver, on zero sleep. "We’d all been awake for 24 hours or more,” says daysormay. “The night before the video shoot we were in the studio working on Tessa’s part all night and ended up only going home to grab camera gear between the studio and the shoot."

Tessa adds, "We were like maniacs on that shoot day. We literally went straight from the studio at like 3 a.m. to shoot at dawn at 5 a.m. and were up for well over 24 hours. So much fun though to just be the four of us and our camera op running around Vancouver to put together this music video."

Role Model is a clear indication of how they are unsatisfied with churning out simple three-minute rock standards. Audiences will hear how daysormay has continued to challenge their craft by incorporating pulsing drums, enchanting synths and guitars, unforgettable melodies and sharp-witted lyrics.

With influences like Phoenix, Glass Animals and Portugal. The Man, singer Aidan Andrews and twin brothers / rhythm section Carson and Nolan Bassett are carving out a unique space in modern alternative music and they have the online fanship to show it. It was a member of that dedicated following that tweeted at Tessa Violet, and suggested daysormay as openers for her 2019 tour. After doing some quick online research about the band, Tessa was instantly hooked on the music, specifically their song Role Model. She brought daysormay out on the road and was so blown away that she subsequently introduced them to her team at T∆G Music, where Tessa herself holds a creative development position. Full-circle moment, daysormay will release their new EP (worldwide ex Canada) through T∆G Music’s label in early 2021.

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TROY JUNKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE 4U FT. LUVR PAIRED WITH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO

FORTHCOMING EP THE PATH SET FOR RELEASE JULY 20

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Toronto, ON – June 18, 2020 – Today, Canadian Métis rapper, Troy Junker, releases 4U ft. LUVR, the third single off his forthcoming EP, The Path – set for release on July 20. 4U is a love song with the official music video showcasing loving relationships between all kinds of people – truly making it a love song for everyone. The video highlights the innocent and touching moments in relationships, whether it be a series of important milestones shared, or simply spending time with the person you love. These scenes bring the lyrics to life making for an exceptionally relatable composition – especially because these couples are together in real time. Listen to 4U here and watch the video here.

Troy touches on his inspiration behind 4U: “Nearly everybody has a special someone who you'd do anything and everything for and that's what inspired me. I approached 4U like a love poem that can be played for years to come. In the music video, it was so important that we show love of various forms and to not be afraid of showing our softer sides.” 

The track also features vocals from LUVR, who Troy met during his time studying in the Music Business Management Program at Durham College. LUVR mentions, “4U is the kind of song that makes you want to fall in love. It holds a special place in my heart considering it allowed me to collaborate with my close friend, Troy. Having worked with Troy when I lived in Canada, we recorded this song and filmed the music video while on opposite sides of the world.”

The 4U video was directed by creative videographer, Darren Balgobin, aka The King Diverse (Saweetie, Saint Jhn, Riff Raff, Maxo Kream, Liane V), Toronto film maker now based in Los Angeles, California. He shot the scenes in Toronto, with the opening scene depicting the first couple with their newborn baby on his first birthday. The video then moves on to another couple moving into their first apartment together. Following these scenes, a new couple in a snow fight and the video concludes with a final couple who have been married for many years, and now reside in a nursing home together.

"My general objective with this project was to demonstrate the power of LOVE in the many different forms that it comes in,” shared The King Diverse. “I wanted to strategically cast our talent with the intention to display a range of diversity. I hope the universe is able to receive our message and help to inspire and produce MORE love within our world today. Love is the strongest force on the earth."

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieving honour-roll status in the Music Business Management program – following his dreams in the music industry. Throughout his college years, Troy released two EPs (Time Capsule and Trilly Madison) and went on to play local events and campus house parties. He closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Songwriting camp, where he had a helping hand in creating So Close by Wolf Den – which charted at #5 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown. 4U is the final single to be released off of The Path following previously released tracks, We Up Ft. Thea May and  Inhale Exhale ft. Joey Stylez.

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Listen to We Up here
Listen to Inhale Exhale here
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SOCCER MOMMY CONTINUES SOCCER MOMMY & FRIENDS SINGLES SERIES WITH MGMT’S ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN

LISTEN TO GENTLE DOM’S (ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN OF MGMT) CIRCLE THE DRAIN REMIX AND SOCCER MOMMY’S COVER OF INDIE ROKKERS

ALL NET PROFITS FROM BANDCAMP SALES TO
NATIONAL BAIL OUT AND OXFAM’S COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

TORONTO, ON – June 18, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-two year-old Sophie Allisoncontinues her Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series today with Gentle Dom, a.k.a. Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT. Following releases with Jay Som and Beabadoobee, Gentle Dom remixes Soccer Mommy’s circle the drain, while Sophie covers MGMT’s Indie Rokkers. Check out the releases now here, and stay tuned for the final installment of the series, featuring SASAMI, out on July 2nd.

“I love MGMT so it was hard to pick a song to cover,” says Allison. “They have so many great ones. I ended up choosing Indie Rokkers because I thought it would fit my voice and my style the best. I also just thought it’d be cool to do a deep cut since a lot of people have already covered some of the bigger MGMT songs.” VanWyngarden adds, “V psyched to try out adding some additional seasoning to the already tasteful sounds of Soccer Mommy. With the proceeds going to great organizations like Oxfam COVID relief and The National Bailout fund, it made it even more spicy"

The Bandcamp net profits from the​ Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series ​will go to ​Oxfam's COVID-19 relief fund​ and ​National Bail Out​, to help combat both Coronavirus and the important fight against police brutality and systematic racism. Oxfam has an anonymous donor who will match every dollar raised for them by this series, up to $5000, which will double the impact of your purchase.

Soccer Mommy released her triumphant sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year via Loma Vista Recordings. What followed was mass critical acclaim, performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200. The album is already appearing on mid-year lists, from the likes of Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Paste, Billboard and more.

With touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten a few weeks ago, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy has also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through, including Toronto, ON.

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2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – Monday, June 15, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 40 album Long List. This year’s Long List is presented by Canada Council for the Arts.

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

Allie X - Cape God
Anachnid - Dreamweaver
Aquakultre - Legacy
Marie-Pierre Arthur - Des feux pour voir
Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Badge Époque Ensemble - Badge Époque Ensemble
Begonia - Fear
P'tit Belliveau - Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Caribou - Suddenly
Daniel Caesar - CASE STUDY 01
Chocolat - Jazz engagé
Louis-Jean Cormier - Quand la nuit tombe
Corridor - Junior
dvsn - A Muse In Her Feelings
Jacques Greene - Dawn Chorus
Sarah Harmer - Are You Gone
Ice Cream - FED UP
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
Flore Laurentienne - Volume 1
Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity?
Men I Trust - Oncle Jazz
nêhiyawak - nipiy
OBUXUM - Re-Birth
Owen Pallett - Island
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Joel Plaskett - 44
William Prince - Reliever
Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Riit - ataataga
Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline
Super Duty Tough Work - Studies in Grey
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Leif Vollebekk - New Ways
Wares - Survival
The Weeknd - After Hours
WHOOP-Szo - Warrior Down
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation
Zen Bamboo - GLU

In total, 223 albums were considered for the Long List by the 201 member jury.

“This period of reflection is leading to the creation of strong new work by strong new voices in music. The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to associate itself with the Polaris Prize through the Council’s presentation of the Long List,” said Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division / Directrice générale, Division des programmes de subventions aux arts.

This year’s Long List was unveiled in a video broadcast via the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels. An exceptional cast of past Polaris nominees were enlisted to present each Long List album. These presenters included a l l i e, Tim Baker, Art Bergmann, Jean-Michel Blais, Bonjay’s Alanna Stuart, Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston, Cadence Weapon, Charlotte Cornfield, Le Couleur’s Laurence Giroux-Do, D-Sisive, Dilly Dally’s Katie Monks, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir, Kathleen Edwards, Elisapie, Eternia, Faith Healer’s Jessica Jalbert, Great Lake Swimmers’ Tony Dekker, Hannah Georgas, Haviah Mighty, Zaki Ibrahim, iskwē, B.A. Johnston, KEN mode’s Jesse and Shane Matthewson, Kimmortal, LAL, Lisa Leblanc, Greg MacPherson, Kalle Mattson, Milk & Bone, Safia Nolin, Partner, Klô Pelgag, PUP, Radio Radio’s Gabriel L.B. Malenfant, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Darren Metz, White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way, Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy, Hawskley Workman and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN’s Alaska B.

Additionally, new 2020 nominee, Anachnid, performed two songs from their Dreamweaver album as part of the reveal event.

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 15 on a CBC Music radio special. The 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed live on the CBC Gem streaming service and CBCMusic.ca/Polaris during a special cinematic event, scheduled to take place this fall. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder. The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments contribute to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and support its presence across Canada and abroad. The Council’s investments foster greater engagement in the arts among Canadians and international audiences. www.conseildesarts.ca

Media Contacts:
Polaris Music Prize media: 

Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LA LONGUE LISTE DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020!

TORONTO, ON – Lundi 15 juin 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé sa Longue liste de 40 albums. Cette année, la Longue liste est présentée par le Conseil des arts du Canada. 

La Longue liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 est la suivante :

Allie X – Cape God
Anachnid – Dreamweaver
Aquakultre – Legacy
Marie-Pierre Arthur – Des feux pour voir
Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Badge Époque Ensemble – Badge Époque Ensemble
Begonia – Fear
P'tit Belliveau – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Caribou – Suddenly
Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01
Chocolat – Jazz engagé
Louis-Jean Cormier – Quand la nuit tombe
Corridor – Junior
dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings
Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus
Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone
Ice Cream – FED UP
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
Flore Laurentienne – Volume 1
Cindy Lee – What's Tonight To Eternity?
Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz
Nêhiyawak – nipiy
OBUXUM – Re-Birth
Owen Pallett – Island
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Joel Plaskett – 44
William Prince – Reliever
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Riit – ataataga
Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline
Super Duty Tough Work – Studies in Grey
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Leif Vollebekk – New Ways
Wares – Survival
The Weeknd – After Hours
WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation
Zen Bamboo – GLU

Au total, 223 albums ont été pris en considération pour la Longue liste de 2020 par les 201 membres du jury.

« Cette période de réflexion conduit à la création de nouvelles œuvres fortes par de nouvelles voix musicales fortes. Le Conseil des arts du Canada est fier de s’associer au Prix Polaris en présentant la Longue liste », a déclaré Carolyn Warren, directrice générale de la Division des programmes de subventions aux arts.

La Longue liste de cette année a été dévoilée par le biais d’une vidéo diffusée en direct sur la page Facebook et la chaîne YouTube du Polaris. Un groupe exceptionnel d’anciens artistes en nomination pour le Polaris a été formé pour présenter chaque album de la Longue liste. Voici les artistes qui ont participé à la présentation : Tim Baker, Art Bergmann, Jean-Michel Blais, Alanna Stuart de Bonjay, Raphaelle Standell-Preston de Braids, Cadence Weapon, Charlotte Cornfield, Laurence Giroux-Do de Le Couleur, D-Sisive, Katie Monks de Dilly Dally, Rishi Dhir d’Elephant Stone, Kathleen Edwards, Elisapie, Eternia, Jessica Jalbert de Faith Healer, Tony Dekker des Great Lake Swimmers, Hannah Georgas, Haviah Mighty, Zaki Ibrahim, iskwē, B. A. Johnston, Jesse et Shane Matthewson de KEN mode, Kimmortal, LAL, Lisa Leblanc, Greg MacPherson, Kalle Mattson, Milk & Bone, Safia Nolin, Partner, Klô Pelgag, PUP, Gabriel L. B. Malenfant de Radio Radio, Shad, Darren Metz de Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Mish Barber-Way de White Lung, Paul Murphy de Wintersleep, Hawskley Workman et Alaska B de YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN.

De plus, la nouvelle artiste Anachnid, mise en nomination pour le Prix Polaris 2020, a interprété deux chansons de son album Dreamweaver dans le cadre de l’événement de dévoilement.

La Courte liste de 10 albums sera dévoilée en direct le 15 juillet dans le cadre d’une émission radio spéciale de CBC Music. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct sur le service de visionnement en ligne Gem de CBC et sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris lors d’un événement cinématographique spécial, prévu pour cet automne. Plus de détails à ce sujet seront annoncés dans les prochaines semaines. 

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes figurant dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi seront sélectionnés pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris. 

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

À propos du Conseil des arts du Canada
Le Conseil des arts du Canada est l’organisme public de soutien aux arts du Canada. Ses subventions, services, initiatives, prix et paiements contribuent au dynamisme d’une scène artistique et littéraire créative et diversifiée et à son rayonnement ici et dans le monde. Ses investissements favorisent ainsi un engagement sans cesse accru des Canadiennes et des Canadiens et du public international. www.conseildesarts.ca

Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris – Québec
Magali Ould
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca

Prix Polaris – Canada
Amanda McCauley
Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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MONDO COZMO SHARES NEW MEDICINE VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

LATEST SINGLE UPSIDE DOWN ON CURRENT ROTATION SIRIUS ALT NATION

LATEST EPISODE OF THE MONDO COZMO RADIO SHOW OUT NOW

LIVE VIDEO OF UPSIDE DOWN AVAILABLE NOW HERE

LISTEN TO NEW MEDICINE HERE

WATCH NEW MEDICINE ALBUM TRAILER HERE

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander – shares his new album, NEW MEDICINE, today via Last Gang Records. NEW MEDICINE features album highlights  Come OnBlack CadillacGeneratorwhich was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor and his latest single, Upside Downwhich is on current rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. Each video is  joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here.  Along with the album release, a live performance of Upside Down has been shared by the band, watch here.

“When Shine’ took off at radio, the next year was spent on the road,” Ostrander says. “Playing every show, doing every meet-n-greet, every morning radio show, every podcast, interview, and after party. And why not? It was the first time anyone wanted to talk to me about music. I loved it, but by the end of the year I was pretty beat down and tired. It came to head during a video shoot in which I just completely lost it. I found myself in a situation where I lost control, and in front of the band, label, management I punched a glass door and destroyed my hand. I would spend the night in the emergency room watching them put my hand back together.”

“But I began writing,” he continues. “The tunes just poured out. I was put on medication after the hand debacle. I assumed that’s where the songs were coming from. That’s where the NEW MEDICINE title came from. But I couldn’t play guitar, enter Peter Hayes from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. He guided me. He pushed me to get the record done. As did Butch Vig, who would help me make sense of the demos I was sending to him on the daily.”

This album sums up a lot for me. Coming to terms with the weird guilt of success, navigating a new American experience. With a numb hand.

Mondo Cozmo plans to celebrate NEW MEDICINE with a wide-ranging headline tour in 2021. In the meantime, Ostrander has just begun a series of home studio performances, dubbed the Live In Exile Sessions. The first installment – which sees him and members of his touring band linking together for a stirring rendition of the PLASTIC SOUL fan favourite, Chemical Dream – is streaming now via YouTube here

ABOUT MONDO COZMO:
Known for his work as producer, singer-songwriter, and bandleader, the Philadelphia-born and Los Angeles-based Ostrander unveiled Mondo Cozmo in 2017 and immediately proved a sensation with the project’s ecstatic debut single, Shine. The track fast ascended to #1 on Triple A charts nationwide, instantly propelling Mondo Cozmo into the pop spotlight. Tours alongside such like-minded artists as Bastille, Spoon, Vance Joy and The Revivalists followed, as did show-stealing performances at top festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and a high profile network TV debut performance of Shine on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (streaming here).

PLASTIC SOUL arrived that same year and was greeted by worldwide critical acclaim, with The Guardian hailing the collection in a four-starred rave as “wonderfully infectious, with echoes of Spiritualized (the euphoric Shine), Bob Dylan’s vocal delivery (most notably on Hold On To Me) and ACHTUNG BABY-era U2 Higher), all while retaining a strong thread of individuality. Throughout, there’s a maximalist joy at play, ideas tumbling over one another, reaching their apotheosis on the bombastic and emotionally draining Thunder.” “An endearing listen with a strikingly eclectic production,” declared CLASH. “Ostrander delivers off-kilter pop bursting with colour.” Perhaps The Independent said it best: “There's a pure energy that courses through the record…PLASTIC SOUL is superb.”

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www.mondocozmo.com

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About Last Gang Records:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.

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AVATAR SHARE NEW SINGLE GOD OF SICK DREAMS

WATCH GOD OF SICK DREAMS

NEW ALBUM HUNTER GATHERER

OUT AUGUST 7, 2020 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

NEW MERCH AND ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Dark and aggressive.” – Consequence of Sound

“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World

“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020 – Avatar has shared their latest single, God of Sick Dreams, with an accompanying visualizer from their highly anticipated full-length, Hunter Gatherer, due out August 7, 2020 via Entertainment One (eOne). The track finds the band with no shortage of chugging riffs that revolve around some of the band’s catchiest choruses and heaviest moments to date. God of Sick Dreams exemplifies how each song across Hunter Gatherer can stand on its own while carrying thematic threads throughout the album. The deliberate new track follows the widely praised thrashing leading single, Silence in the Age of Apes, which passed 100,000 views in under 24 hours and has gathered 1 million plays since its release.

Their bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. The forthcoming album is the darkest, most sinister version of the band yet, with deep studies of cruelty, technology, disdain, and deprivation. Hunter Gatherer is now available for pre-order here.

Earlier this year the band marked the end of the Avatar Country storyline with the heartfelt thank you video A Farewell To Avatar Country, concluding the realm created by the band and actualized in their epic featurette Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey that blew past a $50,000  Kickstarter campaign goal in less than  90 minutes. Released in 2018, Avatar Country debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart and gathering support from Loudwire, Revolver, Metal Hammer, Metal Injection, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, New Noise and many more for their music and storytelling ability. 

In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Slipknot, Anthrax) at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on Hunter Gatherer was laid with the band performing altogether, as they'd done only once before, on Hail the Apocalypse (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present.

Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. 

PRE-ORDER: Hunter Gatherer

Avatar is:
Johannes Eckerström - Vocals / John Alfredsson – Drums Henrik Sandelin – Bass/ The King - Guitars / Tim Öhrström – Guitars

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www.avatarmetal.com

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GRACE POTTER SHARES EACHOTHER VIDEO FEATURING JACKSON BROWNE, MARCUS KING AND LUCIUS

WATCH VIDEO HERE

NEW CLIP PREMIERED LAST FRIDAY ON THE LATE SHOW WTH STEPHEN COLBERT

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020– Today, acclaimed songwriter and performer, Grace Potter, shared the official music video for her affecting and timely new song, Eachother, featuring Jackson Browne, Marcus King, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. The all-star clip had its world premiere last Friday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as a part of their #PlayAtHome series. Watch the video for Eachother here.

Potter’s acclaimed weekly livestream series, Monday Night Twilight Hour with Grace Potter, continues every Monday evening at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT via Grace’s official YouTube channel and Facebook page. During a recent stream, Grace performed a stirring version of Bob Dylan’s, Blowin’ In The Wind, and encouraged viewers to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative and their work to end racial inequality in all aspects of the criminal justice system. You can watch the performance here.

www.gracepotter.com

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OG3THREE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR WHOA TODAY

THE APPETIZER MIXTAPE AND DOCUMENTARY
TO BE RELEASED IN JULY

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020 – OG3Three releases the new single and video, Whoa, today. The track will be featured on the mixtape The Appetizer, and in the accompanying documentary of the same name.  Both will be released next month via 38 Records/ Entertainment One (eOne).  

OG3Three and brother, Youngboy Never Broke Again ,witnessed challenging times growing up in Baton Rouge, triggering them to pursue music as a pathway to a more productive life. They launched the Never Broke Again movement, and it has proven to be a positive outlet for great music, with fans responding to their videos and song releases overwhelmingly. The full-length 20-minute documentary, The Appetizer, gives viewers a first-hand look into the Never Broke Again movement and how these two young men have worked their way to successful musical careers. Youngboy has played a pivotal role in OG3Three’s journey, and they have released countless songs together, most notably the track Murda, which has garnered over 22 million views to date on YouTube. They eventually founded their own label called 38 Records, and Youngboy's stardom has taken flight.  Now it's time for his older brother OG3Three to shine. Charismatic, humble and witty, OG3Three is exceptionally focused, hardworking and aggressive. He has released five videos via WorldStarHipHop just in the last few weeks:  Bitch House4 DOYou Ain’t Know,  Walk Down, and On Blood.  New Orleans legend Master P has taken notice and has become a mentor to OG3Three.

OG3Three releases the new single and video, Whoa, today. The track will be featured on the mixtape The Appetizer, and in the accompanying documentary of the same name.  Both will be released next month via 38 Records/ Entertainment One (eOne).  

Watch the video for Whoa and the trailer for the forthcoming documentary/mixtape The Appetizer here.

WATCH – You Ain’t Know
WATCH – Walk Down
WATCH – On Blood

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RACHEL BECK RELEASES NEW ALBUM STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW TODAY

WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF SINGLE DANCIN’

“Another graceful set from the P.E.I. singer-songwriter, with more of the electro-pop sheen courtesy of producer Daniel Ledwell. Beck’s rich, haunting vocals always deliver an emotional punch, something ethereal and uplifting and a tiny bit mystical. The songs range from empowering to romantic, with gorgeous, piano-based melodies.” – Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020 – Today, Canadian songwriter, Rachel Beck, releases her anticipated sophomore album, Stronger Than You Know. A celebration of strength and resilience, the record is a gentle call to action to stand up, to speak out, to be present and to love fiercely. Have a look at the live performance video of new single, Dancin’, here, and join Rachel Beck as she celebrates the release of the album tonight with a Facebook Live listening party, including special guests and a video premiere (7:00pm ADT / 6:00pm EDT).

Produced by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake in Nova Scotia, Stronger Than You Know is sonically decorated amidst compelling electronic rhythms and dreamy synth layers. Beck’s vocals float across the vivid, harmony-laden, ethereal soundscape for which she has become known.

“We are now living in a different world than we were when I wrote these songs and captured these sonic vibrations, these soul vibrations,” says Beck. “It has been a challenging year, yet all around me I see people stepping into their power, finding their voices, and discovering their strength.

Stronger Than You Know explores the strength it takes to be a woman, a partner, a parent, a protector of the earth. There is a deliberate absence of retrospection: the songs live in the present and look to the future with optimism, gentleness, and love.”

Stronger Than You Know follows Beck’s self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including a SOCAN #1 Award for lead single Reckless Heart after it topped the CBC Music Top 20 Chart. In 2019, Beck took home two Music PEI Awards (Pop Recording of the Year, New Artist of the Year) and earned two ECMA nominations (Pop Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording of the Year). Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages across Canada, from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.

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www.rachelbeckmusic.com

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FIVIO FOREIGN CATCHES A VIBE IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO

WATCH ISSA VIBE HERE
LISTEN TO 800 B.C. HERE


CATCH BIG DRIP IN THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND 
SOUNDTRACK OUT NOW

WATCH THE DRIVE BY MUSIC VIDEO
 HERE

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2020 – Following the success of his recently released EP, 800 B.C.Fivio Foreign returns with the new energetic visual for Issa Vibe. In true Fivio Foreign fashion, watch as he becomes the life of the party and turns up in the video here

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GEORGE ALICE SHARES NEW SINGLE STUCK IN A BUBBLE

WATCH STUCK IN A BUBBLE VIDEO HERE

BRAND NEW MUSIC FROM TRIPLE J HOMECOMING QUEEN

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2020 – Following on from her triple j Unearthed High-winning debut, 17-year-old singer/songwriter, George Alice, returns with highly-anticipated follow-up single, Stuck In a Bubble – out now via Concord/Caroline Australia. 

Produced by Reunion Island-born, NASAYA, and mixed by production powerhouse, Neal Pogue, (Tyler The Creator, PINK!, Anderson Paak, Robyn), Stuck In a Bubble showcases George’s unique vocal and artistry in just over two-and-a-half minutes.

“I’m hoping Stuck In a Bubble can be heard as an anthem for people young and old who feel like their ground isn’t steady, they don’t have plans, and ultimately are just a little confused about the world around them," George says. "I’m filled with questions I don’t think I will ever find answers to, but hopefully this is the arm of comfort reaching towards you to be on this journey together.”

The partnering music video features triple j Unearthed alumni Mali Jose, Debbies, Nick Ward, Tulliah, Matilda Pearl and Daniel Steinhart (TOWNS) – with George and co. teaming up with Melbourne-based professional dancers, Melissa Yvonne Pham, Jayden Wall, Martha Berhane, Steve Fernando to create a clip shot remotely by each performer and compiled completely of their self-shot footage.

"Originally planning visuals and ideas months ahead, like many others, we realized the reality of COVID-19 meant that we had to adapt,” George explains. “The shoot was really special having to plan, rehearse and film all through a phone in different places. Referencing the Brady Bunch and TV shows from over the years, the video has come together and fulfilled my expectations showing isolation in a fun positive light!”

George is proud to have enlisted an entirely female production team for the making of this video, including director Claudia Brand, choreographer Zoee Marsh, stylist Jam Baylon and producer Caroline Fanning. Watch it here.

Releasing her first song at the age of 15, George Alice’s debut track Circles took the triple j Unearthed High crown over 1500 high school-aged entrants – relive her crowning moment here. Since then, Circles has been streamed more than 5.5 million times and climbed to #1 on Australia’s viral charts; hit #31 on Spotify’s GLOBAL Discovery Chart and sat in the Top Ten of triple j’s Most Played. 

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the Adelaide local – playing to thousands of music fans at events and festivals including Laneway Festival, Rolling Sets, Twilight at Taronga and the Australian Open, as well as opening for Broods, Vera Blue and Tash Sultana. In addition to partnering with Concord on new single Stuck In a Bubble, George Alice has signed on with US live agent Tom Windish at Paradigm Talent Agency (Billie Eilish, Lorde), alongside Australian representation from WME.

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MARGO PRICE REVEALS NEW JULY 10 RELEASE DATE FOR THAT’S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE LETTING ME DOWN FILMED FROM HOME AND ABANDONED HOSPITAL

TUNE IN THIS WEEKEND FOR INTERVIEW AND
FULL-BAND PERFORMANCE ON CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2020 – “Everybody’s lonely, oh babe, just look around”: the belting opening chorus line of Margo Price’s new single, Letting Me Down, wasn’t meant to be a premonition when she recorded it – with Sturgill Simpson co-producing and contributing backing vocals – at Hollywood’s legendary EastWest Studios. But since postponing the release of the song and her album, That’s How Rumors Get Started (Loma Vista Recordings), those lyrics have taken on a new truth. Read more in the recent essay Margo wrote for Vogue here.

Now, rescheduled and resolute, Margo has announced a new July 10 release date for That’s How Rumors Get Started. On the album’s delay and the emotional decisions she’s faced these past three months, Margo says:

“Take me back to the day I started trying to paint my masterpiece so I could warn myself of what was ahead. Time has rearranged, it has slowed down, it has manipulated things like it always does...the words to some of these songs have changed meaning, they now carry heavier weight.

I’ve seen the streets set ablaze, the sky set on fire. I’ve been manic, heartbroken for the world, heartbroken for the country, heartbroken from being heartbroken again and again.

This album is a postcard of a landscape of a moment in time. It’s not political but maybe it will provide an escape or relief to someone who needs it. Sending love to everyone out there and hope I see you down the highway.

Today, Margo shares Letting Me Down with a music video directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch, who drove an RV from Los Angeles to Nashville to film in Margo’s home and an abandoned hospital where she performs a stunning dance sequence choreographed by her sister Kylie.  Kimberly says, “We bought a cheap '80s travel trailer with a bathroom, kitchen, and a propane powered refrigerator, so we wouldn't have to go inside anywhere for food or bathrooms. We were able to abide by the 6-feet social distance CDC recommendation as we set up a remote head for the camera that we operated from a closet outside of the room. We wore masks the entire time and Margo supplied us with multiple bottles of hand sanitizer and spiked seltzers. We parked our RV in her driveway and worked solely out of there and the room we were filming in. We wanted to speak to what was going on at that moment, to a world that was/is shut down, to the fear we all feel, and to the hope of breaking free.Watch Letting Me Down here.

Written by Margo and Jeremy Ivey to a pair of former high school friends, Letting Me Down is about two teenage runaways trying to escape a workaday life. The song follows Twinkle Twinkle, a “bold foot-stomper” (TIME) that found Margo sounding “looser and tarter than ever” (New York Times) as she tore down the illusions of fame; and Stone Me, the first track released from the new album, which Margo debuted with a performance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

This Saturday, June 13, Margo will perform Letting Me Down along with two other songs, and sit for an interview with Anthony Mason on CBS This Morning: Saturday. Tune in to see these special performances, which Margo and her bandmates captured from their Nashville porches, doorsteps, and stoops.

Despite the change of plans for That’s How Rumors Get Started, Margo Price has remained prolific during her time in self-isolation. Last month, she surprise-released Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman, a live album benefitting the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Recorded during her sold-out, three-night residency at the Nashville auditorium, NPR Music called it “a triumphant time capsule, marking Price’s arrival as a Nashville giant and one of Americana's brightest contemporary acts.” She also launched a New York Times-recommended radio show called Runaway Horses, and gave at-home performances for Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Luck Reunion and others.

That’s How Rumors Get Started was produced by Sturgill Simpson, and co-produced by Margo Price and David Ferguson. The ten new, original songs were primarily recorded at EastWest Studios (Pet Sounds, 9 to 5), during the week Margo received her Best New Artist GRAMMY nomination, in the middle of her pregnancy with daughter Ramona. The historic band heard on each of the tracks includes guitarist Matt Sweeney (Adele, Iggy Pop), bassist Pino Palladino (D'Angelo, John Mayer), drummer James Gadson (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye), and keyboardist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers). Background vocals were added by Simpson on Letting Me Down, and the Nashville Friends Gospel Choir on What Happened To Our Love? and Hey Child. The album is Margo Price’s debut for Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-order That’s How Rumors Get Started here.

TRACKLIST:
That's How Rumors Get Started
Letting Me Down
Twinkle Twinkle
Stone Me
Hey Child
Heartless Mind
What Happened To Our Love?
Gone To Stay
Prisoner Of The Highway
I'd Die For You

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RUSTON KELLY’S SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28

NEW SONG RUBBER DEBUTS TODAY

Toronto, ON – June 10, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly, will release his highly anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here). In advance of the release, Kelly’s new song, Rubber, is debuting today. Watch/share the official music video here.

Alongside the album announcement, Kelly is featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile today at Entertainment Weekly. Read the full article here. Of the album, Entertainment Weekly praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

Co-produced by Kelly and longtime collaborator, Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across thirteen new songs including Brave, which premiered earlier this year to critical acclaim – Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared, “poignant.”

Reflecting on the album, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

SHAPE & DESTROY TRACK LIST:
1. In The Blue
2. Radio Cloud
3. Alive
4. Changes
5. Mid-Morning Lament
6. Brave
7. Clean
8. Rubber
9. Jubilee
10. Closest Thing
11. Pressure
12. Under The Sun
13. Hallelujah Anyway

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MT. JOY RELEASE NEW ALBUM REARRANGE US

PERFORMED ON CBS THIS MORNING OVER THE WEEKEND

Mt. Joy avoid the sophomore slump on expansive 'Rearrange Us'a beautifully written record…” 8/10 – Exclaim!

TORONTO, ON – June 9, 2020Mt. Joy’s new album, Rearrange Us, is out now. Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Neko Case), and written during a period of personal struggle and romantic failures, the new album is a triumph of spirit and self-knowledge.

Packed with new musical ideas — three-part psych-folk suites, gospel singalongs, grooving road trip rock — and Matt Quinn’s philosophical musings about mental health struggles, loneliness, and the need to consciously fight for one’s own happiness, Rearrange Us is a highly personal and ambitious success for the young band.

Mt. Joy’s single Strangers just broke into the Top 10 on the Triple A Radio charts and has accumulated over 5 million streams worldwide. Watch the band’s performance for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee here, and their socially-distanced performances of album tracks, Strangers, Death, and My Vibe, on CBS This Morning from this past Saturday.

Get Rearrange Usavailable on vinyl, CD, and with virtual concert “meet & greet” experiences — here.

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SARAH JAROSZ’S NEW ALBUM WORLD ON THE GROUND OUT NOW VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

A “WISTFUL...TANTALIZING” (ROLLING STONE) LOOK AT THE PUSH AND PULL OF HOME

Toronto, ON – June 8, 2020 – Sarah Jarosz has released her first solo album in four years, World On The Ground (Rounder Records). The three-time GRAMMY winner’s new collection looks at the inner lives of small-town characters caught between their desire to escape and embrace home. Produced by fellow multi-GRAMMY winner John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello) and set against Jarosz’s own childhood on the tree-canopied banks of the Texas Hill Country, World On The Ground stands as a vivid portrait of tension and inertia in the artist’s pastoral hometown of Wimberley (population 2,626). Listen to World On The Ground here.

NPR Music recently shared Sarah’s new song Maggie. A regular on NPR’s Live From Here with Chris Thile, Sarah made a special appearance on the show this past weekend with a stunning at-home performance of World On The Ground's, Maggie; accompanied virtually by John Leventhal on guitar. Watch here. Sarah and John also shared their remote rendition of new track Orange and Blue via Garden & Gun, which called it a "gorgeous...vivid picture of the Texas Hill Country”.

Sarah recently chatted with Consequence of Sound about how high school reunions, first cars and Big Thief inspired the new album. And, while quarantining in Nashville, Sarah stopped by the hallowed stage of The Station Inn to perform four new songs from World On The Ground for Rounder Records’ The Roundup series, leading off with the album's radio single Johnny.

Only 29, Sarah Jarosz has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments, starting with her first GRAMMY nod at age 18 for her 2009 debut, Song Up in Her Head. Following the release of her most recent solo album, 2016’s Undercurrent, the Austin American-Statesman hailed Sarah as “poised and flawless...a heart-rending writer and the owner of a clarifying, powerful voice.” In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the GRAMMY-winning group I’m With Her.

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ELVIS COSTELLO RELEASES NO FLAG ON CONCORD RECORDS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – June 5, 2020 – Today, Elvis Costello releases his new song, No Flag – recorded in Helsinki, Finland. The song is also featured in a new illustrated clip by Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow. Listen here and watch the lyric video here – both available now from Concord Records by electrical wire.

Traveling alone to the Finnish capital on February 16th, Costello worked for three days at Suomenlinnan Studio, a recording facility a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Helsinki. The song was recorded by Eetu Seppälä – assisted by Tim Mikkkola – in Helsinki, and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles.

Asked about the choice of recording location, Costello, explained, "I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me."

The instrumental credits list only: Elvis Costello - Mouth, Drum, Fender Jazzmaster, Hammond Organ and Bass.

Look out for the next installment of this story on July 10th.

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2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONG LIST TO BE REVEALED JUNE 15 BY PAST NOMINEES

TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, will reveal its 40 album Long List on June 15 with a little help from our friends.

This year’s Long List will be presented by Canada Council for the Arts and will feature an array of past Polaris nominees revealing this year’s albums.

Past Polaris nominees currently confirmed to participate as presenters for this 15th edition of the prize include a l l i e, Art Bergmann, Jean-Michel Blais, Bonjay, Braids, Cadence Weapon, Charlotte Cornfield, Le Couleur, Dilly Dally, Elephant Stone, Elisapie, Eternia, Faith Healer, Great Lake Swimmers, Hannah Georgas, Haviah Mighty, Zaki Ibrahim, iskwē, B.A. Johnston, KEN mode, Kimmortal, LAL, Lisa Leblanc, Greg MacPherson, Milk & Bone, Safia Nolin, Partner, Klô Pelgag, PUP, Radio Radio, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, White Lung, Wintersleep, Hawskley Workman and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN.

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Long List will be revealed June 15 via live stream on the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels starting at 12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT.

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 15 on a CBC Music radio special. The 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed via CBCMusic.ca/Polaris at a later date. For more information visit CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca           

About Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder. The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments contribute to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and support its presence across Canada and abroad. The Council’s investments foster greater engagement in the arts among Canadians and international audiences. www.conseildesarts.ca

Media Contacts: 

Polaris Music Prize media: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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DÉVOILEMENT DE LA LONGUE LISTE 2020
DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS
LE 15 JUIN PAR DES NOMMÉ.E.S DES ÉDITIONS PRÉCÉDENTES

TORONTO, ON – Mercredi 3 juin 2020

Dévoilement de la Longue liste 2020 du Prix de musique Polaris le 15 juin par des nommé.e.s des éditions précédentes

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, dévoilera sa Longue liste de 40 albums le 15 juin avec l’aide d’artistes ami.e.s.

Cette année, le dévoilement de la Longue liste sera présenté par le Conseil des arts du Canada et mettra en vedette une panoplie d’artistes ayant reçu une nomination lors des éditions précédentes du Polaris, qui révéleront à leur tour les albums de cette année.

Parmi les ancien.ne.s nommé.e.s du Polaris ayant déjà confirmé leur participation pour présenter un album en lice pour le 15e Prix se trouvent : a l l i e, Art Bergmann, Jean-Michel Blais, Bonjay, Braids, Cadence Weapon, Charlotte Cornfield, Le Couleur, Dilly Dally, Elephant Stone, Elisapie, Eternia, Faith Healer, Great Lake Swimmers, Hannah Georgas, Haviah Mighty, Zaki Ibrahim, iskwē, B.A. Johnston, KEN mode, Kimmortal, LAL, Lisa Leblanc, Greg MacPherson, Milk & Bone, Safia Nolin, Partner, Klô Pelgag, PUP, Radio Radio, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, White Lung, Wintersleep, Hawskley Workman et YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN.

Le dévoilement de la Longue liste 2020 du Prix de musique Polaris sera diffusé en direct le 15 juin sur la page Facebook et la chaîne YouTube du Polaris à compter de midi HAE / 9 h HAP.

La Courte liste de 10 albums sera dévoilée en direct le 15 juillet lors d’une émission spéciale sur la radio de CBC Music. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 sera dévoilé sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris à une date ultérieure. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez visiter CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’Album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes figurant dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada déterminera la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi seront sélectionnés pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polairs.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

À propos du Conseil des arts du Canada
Le Conseil des arts du Canada est l’organisme public de soutien aux arts du Canada. Ses subventions, services, initiatives, prix et paiements contribuent au dynamisme d’une scène artistique et littéraire créative et diversifiée et à son rayonnement ici et dans le monde. Ses investissements favorisent ainsi un engagement sans cesse accru des Canadiennes et des Canadiens et du public international. www.conseildesarts.ca

Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris – Québec
Magali Ould
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca

Prix Polaris – Canada
Amanda McCauley
Indoor Recess
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG MY GAME

FROM THE FORTHCOMING EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE ARRIVING AUGUST 28

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Songstress, Zella Day, has officially released her brand new single, My Game, a hypnotic disco track from her forthcoming five-song EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. The maverick singer-songwriter has unveiled an accompanying music video for the song as well, directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) with creative direction spearheaded by Kaiman Kazazian and Zella herself. Filled with rich, selective colouring and dazzling retro fashions, the piece is a stylish homage to the classic spy films of 1960s cinema. Watch the video here and stream My Game here.

“My Game is feverish time travel into every dimension where the hustle is on the floor,” says Zella. “It’s a disco game board with a pair of cherry red dice rolling in my favor. I’m climbing up onto the table in my glitter platforms and I’m calling the shots.”

My Game marks the second offering from Where Does The Devil Hide, due out August 28. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the EP serves as Zella’s debut release in partnership with Easy Eye Sound and Concord Records. For complete track-listing information, please see below.

“Working with Zella at Easy Eye came as a creative partnership in so many ways,” says Dan Auerbach. “She’s such a free thinker. These songs showcase her in a way that is honest and self-realized.”

Last month, Zella released People Are Strangers, a vulnerable ballad; sun-soaked and possessing the aura of classic California. The stunning music video for the song was filmed in Los Angeles and directed by famed photographer, Neil Krug (Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala), who also shot the EP artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide and the single artwork for both People Are Strangers and My Game.

People are Strangers and My Game have ignited a confident new era for Zella Day; one that promises to meld vivid aesthetics, sounds and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which she is deeply bonded. Zella comes from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, a lush and lively single that marks the first chapter in her exciting new journey.

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DOWNLOAD – behind-the-scenes images from the My Game music video shoot

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RICKY MARTIN SURPRISES THE WORLD WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW EP PAUSA

AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL MUSIC PLATFORMS

THE SIX NEW SONGS INCLUDE COLLABORATIONS WITH
STING, RESIDENTE, BAD BUNNY, DIEGO EL CIGALA, PEDRO CAPÓ AND CARLA MORRISON

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Multiple GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® winner, Ricky Martin, surprises his fans around the world today with the release of his new EP, PAUSA (PAUSE), available now on all digital-music platforms. 

Martin notes that timing is what inspired him to deliver PAUSA unconventionally: “The moment I heard the songs finished, I knew that following the traditional process of releasing an album was not the right route for me. For the first time in my career, I wanted to share it my way and allow the element of ‘surprise’ to do its magic. What you are going to find on this EP is transparency, romanticism, nostalgia, and a lot of life.”

Silence has always been an important part of Ricky Martin’s creative process. Revealing his most vulnerable and thoughtful side without type casting a specific genre, he went through a highly introspective period of channeling his emotions and experiences to create PAUSA. 

These tracks take on their own identity as you listen, and feature duets with icons such as Sting, Residente, Bad Bunny, Diego El Cigala, Pedro Capó and Carla Morrison. The two hit singles released in advance of the EP, Cántalo (with Residente and Bad Bunny), and Tiburones (original version), revealed an evolution in Martin’s songwriting style.  He felt complete creative freedom to mix sounds that evoke joy and the vibrancy of his Latin roots, while maintaining his signature romance and nostalgia.

Seamlessly produced by Martin along with Julio Reyes Copello, Montana, Raúl Refree, Residente and Alejandro Jiménez, PAUSA features songwriting contributions by Residente, Bad Bunny, Pedro Capó, Carla Morrison, Sting, Beatriz Luengo, Yotuel, Danay Suárez, Ender Thomas, Pablo Preciado, Alejandro Jiménez and Rec 808 Second Tier. 

Without a doubt, PAUSA is a milestone in Ricky Martin’s remarkable career, and to our delight, this project features an upcoming second EP titled PLAY, comprised of more rhythmic songs to be announced soon.

Along with the release of PAUSA, the Ricky Martin Foundation continues its humanitarian efforts, currently focused on helping vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic that are at high risk for COVID-19. Learn more at CharityStars.com/RMF.

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HELLO MOTH RELEASES NEW DOUBLE SINGLE TIMES LIKE THIS / INSIDE

FROM FORTHCOMING FULL-LENGTH
WHEN THE SKY MELTED OUT JULY 24

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Today, Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist, Hello Moth, announces the July 24th release of their new full-lengh album, When The Sky Melted, along with a double single – Times Like This / Inside. Listen to the new tracks here.

Hello Moth creates unsettlingly inventive genre-fluid music inspired by artists like David Bowie, St. Vincent, and The Knife. Their songs span fragile love ballads and blacklight infused synth-pop as they explore themes of isolation, innocence, and identity. Inspired by the relationship between inside and out, When the Sky Melted observes a changing world from the oppressive comfort of home. A shingled roof provides shelter from the melting heavens, and lonesome rooms are filled with midnight radio broadcasts. We smile, climbing out from our homes to meet with a world turned upside down, tracing our paths back only to find that truly returning anywhere is impossible. Once again we are some-here new.

“The lyrical arc of the album is a fantasy after the idea of Inside vs Outside, loosely tied together with images of rooms, radios, and rooftops,” Hello Moth explains. “The songs were all written and recorded before the lockdowns of 2020, but it’s been cool to discover new ways to interpret my own lyrics in light of the pandemic.”

Sonically, the lo-fi blips and cinematic flourishes of Hello Moth’s previous releases now operate as one, blending into each other to form a digitally constructed orchestra of shadow and light. This playful shape-shifting production underpins vividly performed vocals to create a propulsive experience of sounds in motion.

Hello Moth continues, “Compared to the dark strangeness of my previous releases, this album is a little lighter, more hopeful, more fun. That’s not to say I haven’t still folded a few nightmares into the work, but I’ve enjoyed the chance to portray a more balanced picture of my creative moods on When the Sky Melted.”

While exploring new sonic and thematic avenues, Hello Moth also took a more collaborative approach to the creation of When The Sky Melted, welcoming prominent artists into the writing and performing process. Lead single, Inside, features Calgarian musicians, Spencer Cheyne (drums), Lisa Jacobs (bass guitar), and Darren Young (electric guitar), forming a live rock band – a new sound for Hello Moth. The acoustic instrumental for Canyons was produced, performed and recorded by Calgary’s, Benjamin Longman, while Lucid Dream was written with Toronto artist, Glass Apple Bonzai, whose original synth-wave version has been a crowd favourite live shows and DJ nights alike.

Hello Moth’s reputation was built on live shows. They provided direct support to St. Vincent at Sled Island 2014, and in 2016 Exclaim! called them “the weirdest, most underrated, most original and unashamedly true-to-self performer on the Rifflandia lineup, hands down.” Hello Moth’s debut album, Infinitely Repeated, was nominated Best Electronic Album at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards, while CBC hailed the 2016 release, Slave In A Stone, as “Frenetic, weird and all kinds of exciting…the kind of innovative music-making that keeps the future of Canadian music looking bright.”

Since then, Hello Moth has released a couple EPs – including the “unsettlingly inventive” (Prog Magazine UK) Nebula Songs – and has collaborated with numerous pop artists, after co-writing and producing Jocelyn Alice’s platinum-certified hit single, Jackpot. These experiences in the pop world influenced a new creative direction on When the Sky Melted, which retains all the weird and the strange of early Hello Moth and builds upon it to create something sweetly immediate with soulful depth.

WHEN THE SKY MELTED TRACKLIST:
1. Bury Me Beneath
2. Inside
3. Times Like This
4. Wanted To Tell You
5. Canyons (Acoustic)
6. All Day All Night
7. Midnight News
8. To Be Reached
9. Stereo
10. Stereo Out
11. Footprints
12. Lucid Dream (Mothapella Mix)

DOWNLOADTimes Like This / Inside single artwork 
DOWNLOAD – album cover art
DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo

www.hellomoth.xyz

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ANUEL RELEASES NEW ALBUM EMMANUEL FEATURING BAD BUNNY, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, J BALVIN, KAROL G, LIL WAYNE, OZUNA, TEGO CALDERÓN, TRAVIS BARKER AND MORE

DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR FÚTBOL Y RUMBA FT. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS WITH CAMEOS FROM LEO MESSI, SERGIO RAMOS, LUIS SUÁREZ, SHAQUILLE O’NEIL, J. BALVIN, ANITTA, JAMIE FOXX, MARSHMELLO, LUNAY, JAVY BÁEZ, REY MISTERIO, ALVIN KAMARA, EL ALFA AND RAUW ALEJANDRO

ALSO RELEASES VIDEO FOR HASTA QUE DIOS DIGA FT. BAD BUNNY

Toronto, ON – May 29, 2020 – Today, record-breaking trailblazer of Spanish trap, Anuel, releases his new double album, Emmanuel. The long-awaited sophomore album includes features from Bad Bunny, Enrique Iglesias, Tego Calderón, Karol G, Lil Wayne, Ozuna, J. Balvin, Travis Barker and more. Produced by Gaby Music, Ervin Quiroz, Luis "Wichie" Ortiz and Mostywill, the album is released via Sony Music Latin. Get Emmanuel here.

Anuel debuted a star-studded music video for Fútbol y Rumba ft. Enrique Iglesias. The quarantine-style video features at-home cameos from futbol stars such as Leo Messi, Sergio Ramos and Luis Suárez as well as other big names like Shaquille O’Neil, J. Balvin, Anitta, Jamie Foxx, Marshmello, Lunay, Javy Báez, Rey Misterio, Alvin Kamara, El Alfa and Rauw Alejandro. Watch Fútbol y Rumba here.

Anuel also dropped the music video for Hasta Que Dios Diga ft. Bad Bunny. The video was shot in Miami and Puerto Rico. Watch Hasta Que Dios Diga here.

Divided into parts A and B, Emmanuel boasts a variety of features to fuse Anuel’s urban-trap style with street hip-hop, ballad-pop and even Rock & Roll. After Anuel’s first solo album, Real Hasta la Muerte, the singer achieved world stardom, breaking sales records and positioning his songs on the top of every Billboard chart. His fans have been starving for new music, and today the wait ends with the world premiere of his newest project — the most anticipated urban album of 2020!

Anuel has been unstoppable since the release of his hit single, KEII, which has reached #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay and Latin Rhythm Charts. The official music video, which depicts Anuel as you’ve never seen him before, has garnered an astronomical 147 Million views — watch it here. KEII arrived hot on the heels of Me Gusta — his collaboration with multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter, philanthropist, and global recording artist, Shakira. The track quickly impacted airwaves worldwide, reaching the Top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs Chart in the U.S. The official music video released in March has clocked over 85 Million views — watch it here. Recently, Anuel released 3 de abril, a meaningful song reflecting on the day he was arrested, four years ago.

Earlier this year, Anuel received 11 mentions as Finalist for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards as follow: Social Artist of the Year, Hot Latin Song of the Year (Otro Trago), Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event (Otro Trago), Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Airplay Song of the Year (Baila Baila Baila), Airplay Song of the Year (China), Digital Song of the Year (Baila Baila Baila), Streaming Song of the Year (Otro Trago), Streaming Song of the Year (Ella Quiere Beber,) Latin Rhythm Song of the Year (Otro Trago), and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year (Baila Baila Baila).

Anuel has risen through the ranks as one of the biggest artists in the world since his emergence in 2011. Along the way, he generated billions of views and streams, broke records on YouTube, and garnered multiple platinum certifications. His undying grind paid off in 2019 when the Billboard Latin Music Awards named him New Artist of the Year.

EMMANUEL TRACKLIST:
CD A     

1. No llores mujer Ft. Travis Barker
2. Somos o no somos
3. Reggaetonera
4. Jangueo Ft. Tego Calderón
5. Hasta que Dios diga Ft. Bad Bunny
6. Narcos
7. Fútbol y Rumba Ft. Enrique Iglesias
8. Que se Joda Ft. Farruko & Zion
9. Ferrari Ft. Lil Wayne
10. El manual

CD B     
11. Estrés Postraumático
12. Los hombres no lloran?
13. Así soy yo Ft. Bad Bunny
14. El problema
15. Bandido Ft. Mariah
16. Rifles rusos Ft. Tego Calderón
17. Mi Vieja
18. Nubes negras
19. Tocándote
20. Antes y después Ft. Kendo Kaponi, Yandel & Ñengo flow  
21. Secreto Ft. Karol G
22. China Ft. Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J. Balvin

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROWTHE GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET! UNDER SOLO JAZZ PROJECT, JYOTI

SINGLES THIS WALK b/w COWRIE WALTZ PREMIERES VIA OKAYPLAYER - LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

LISTEN TO MULDROW’S EPISODE OF PLAY IT FORWARD

ON NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

“No one sings a heavy love song like Georgia Anne Muldrow” Pitchfork

“Over the years, this gifted Los Angeles singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Madlib, so it’s no surprise that her latest full-length is packed full of unflappable funk.”- Rolling Stone

“After years of being near the spotlight, it seems the world is finally ready for Muldrow’s music.” - The FADER

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2020 –  Acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Anne Muldrow, returns in 2020 with her solo jazz project, Jyoti, a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane. Mama, You Can Bet! is due for release on August 28, 2020 via eOne Music and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. 

With the announcement comes the release of lead single, This Walk, and b-side, The Cowrie Waltz. The single is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

Described by Muldrow as how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice,” This Walk blesses listeners with an unexpected instrument: Muldrow’s singing voice, accompanied by wistful piano and harp. Conversely, The Cowrie Waltz pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition.  

“The Cowrie Waltz is me taking some magic scalpel I found, slicing up a hard bop feel, and exposing its ribs and gut-meat to say: ‘This is where the blues is,’” Muldrow shares.

Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the newly released This Walk. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist, Lakeica Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise).  The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album,  Bemoanable Lady Geemix and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which aired on NPR.

About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow

Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold.

 

The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album, Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few. 

 

Most recently, Georgia was featured on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on NPR’s All Things Considered, listen here.

 

TRACKLISTING

1.Mama, You Can Bet

2.Bop For Aneho

3.Zane, The Scribe

4.Our Joy (Mercedes)

5.Ra’s Noise (Thukubad)

6.Bemoanble Lady Geemix 

7.Orgone

8.Skippin And Trippin

9.Swing Kirikou, Swing

10.Quarrys, Queries

11.Ancestral Duckets

12.Hard Bap Duke

13.This Walk

14.Fabus Foo Geemix
15.The Cowrie Waltz

DOWNLOAD – This Walk Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo

DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

About SomeOthaShip Connect

SomeOthaShip is a record label & production company owned & operated by Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The company has operated since 2009 and specializes in rap, r&b, jazz, funk, electronic and instrumental music.

About eOne

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

 

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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NUBYA GARCIA SHARES NEW SINGLE PACE OUT NOW ON CONCORD JAZZ

STREAM HERE / WATCH HERE

“History-making jazz in a London accent.” – The Guardian

“It’s time to make way for Nubya Garcia, London’s other major voice on the saxophone...” The New York Times

Toronto, ON – May 28, 2020 – Newly signed with Concord Records, under the Concord Jazz imprint, multi-award winning saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, shares a much-anticipated single, Pace. A purposeful composition, the track swings between spatial quietude and intense peaks. The track's relentlessness mimics the hustle of modern life, a mode of living that can leave us collectively “very isolated and disconnected from ourselves and each other,” Garcia says. Stream Pace here and watch the visualizer here.

As an antidote, Garcia sought to “think about what makes each of us joyful, what things we personally reach towards to feel grounded.” Moments of rest are present on the record, expressing the stillness that can be found within - a time to pause and recuperate – before you continue with one’s own individual journey. 

This single is produced by Garcia in collaboration with the celebrated producer, Kwes (Nerija, Bobby Womack, Solange). Garcia returns with Joe Armon-Jones (keys), Daniel Casimir (bass) and Sam Jones (drums).

The single follows her 2018 self-released EP, When We Are, the title track of which was described as “effervescent” by the New York Times and named one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2018. Her debut EP, Nubya’s 5ive, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by the Vinyl Factory and sold out on vinyl within 24 hours. In 2018, Garcia also featured on five of the nine tracks on We Out Here, the Brownswood compilation project celebrating London’s young and exciting jazz scene. She won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award that same year, and took home the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019. 

Garcia studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens and completed her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She is a member of the contemporary septet, Nerija, and has toured extensively internationally, playing venues and festivals across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Garcia’s reputation as a DJ is also burgeoning; she currently helms a hit radio residency on NTS and plays a growing number of live sets across Europe.

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER DAVID STRICKLAND TELLS THE TRUTH ON NEW SINGLE FEAT. MAESTRO FRESH WES, QUE ROCK, LEONARD SUMNER AND SOUFY

WATCH VIDEO FOR TURTLE ISLAND

AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP FEAT. ERNIE PANICCIOLI 

NEW ALBUM SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP DUE JUNE 29 VIA EONE FEATURING TRACKS WITH EPMD, SAKURATES, DEF SQUAD, KING REIGN, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SUPAMAN JOEY STYLEZ, DREZUS AND MORE

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2020 – As  Grammy and JUNO Award-winning Indigenous multidisciplinary artist and producer, David Strickland – known for his work behind the scenes of some of Hip-Hop’s iconic records – prepares to release his forthcoming album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, he shares Truthfeaturing Rap Prime Minister Maestro Fresh Wes, Que Rock, Leonard Sumner, and Soufy. The project’s third single arrives with strong messages and great timing, as David celebrates his birthday today. Listen to it here.

“Truth takes on a unique production structure, not present in the previous releases. I enlisted personnel consisting of the legendary Boogey The Beat on alternate drums, Forrest Eaglespeaker on acoustic guitar & bass, the Rap Prime Minister Maestro, whom I have an extensive history with, Que Rock of Ready 2 Rock, Soufy from Detroit (who’s verse speaks for me) and Leonard Sumner from Winnipeg, a legend in his own right, to jump on vocals,” David says of the song. “Resulting in an emotionally honest, raw, beautiful, reflective, and positive song; full of powerful energy. Being able to bring artists and musicians together from different walks of life who may otherwise never collaborated musically to create the meditation that is Truth.”

It was an honour to work with Gordo...his project is timely and heroic,” adds Maestro Fresh Wes, addressing David by nickname, proving their longstanding bond.  

The cover art features a picture of David’s ancestors from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (Printed Matters Files). It was chosen, as it connects to David’s truth as an Indigenous person (whose existence and lineage is often mired in controversy) striving for truth hidden in plain sight. By releasing it on his birthday, it is a declaration of love and respect for his ancestors, all his relations and is one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings; Respect, Honesty, Truth, Humility, Courage, Wisdom and Love.

Truth follows second single, Featherswhich David calls “a song about hope, journey, reflection, priorities, self-compassion, self-assessment, self-discovery, redemption and ripping flows with letters on some hip hop,” featuringToronto-based Anishinaabe rapper, Que Rock, and Chippewa Travellers. The album’s first single, Turtle Island, song features prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrives during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here. The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip-Hopas narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s longtime mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people. 

David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip-Hop, as he emerges from behind the scenes to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. The album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, and more.  The album also features North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad, and a posthumous verse from King Reign. See the complete tracklist below, and stay tuned for more. 

Spirit Of Hip-Hop Tracklist:

1. Spirit of Hip Hop (Feat. Ernie Paniccioli, Artson & Northern Eagle Singers)
2. Questions Last (Feat. Jon C, Charlie Fettah & Bubblz
3. Rise of Fall (Feat. Aspects, Nataanii Means & The Northwest Kid)
4. Helpless (Feat. Violent Ground & Chippewa Travelers)
5. Times Runnin Away (Feat. King Reign, Que Rock & Saukrates)
6. Turtle Island (Feat. Spade, Supaman, JRDN, Artson & Whitey Don)
6. Isn’t He Sumpthin (Feat. Def Squad – Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray)
8. Window (Feat. Drezus & Hakeem Roze)
9. Enemies (Feat. Sten Jodi & Snotty Nose Rez Kids)
10. Feathers (Feat. Que Rock & Chippewa Travelers)
11. Armed & Dangerous (Feat. EPMD & Saukrates)
Scratching performed by DJ Diverse
12. Truth (Feat. Maestro, Que Rock, Soufy & Leonard Sumner)
13. Thunderbirds (Feat. Joey Stylez & City Natives)
14. Cuanto Tu Cuenta (Whats Your Price) (Feat. Carabela301)
15. Whoa (Feat. Drezus, Joey Stylez, Que Rock, Chase Manhattan, Joey Stylez & Frankie Payne)
16. Rez Life (Feat. Violent Ground, Que Rock, Drezus, Joey Stylez & Hellnback)

Buy/stream Truth:  eone.ffm.to/truth

Buy/stream Feathers ffm.to/feathers

Watch Turtle Islandbit.ly/3ejcqOV

Pre-order Spirit Of Hip Hop: ffm.to/turtleisland

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Truth Art

www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About David Strickland

David “Gordo” Strickland has been quietly lurking behind the scenes as an engineer, a mixer and a producer on Hip-Hop and R&B records for the past two decades. His work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man. Most crucially, he’s also been involved in records by almost every one of the ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Glenn Lewis, Choclair and Drake. Strickland, who was mentored alongside Noah “40” Shebib by Toronto production legend, Noel “Gadget” Campbell, was in on the ground floor for the OVO explosion, turning in Grammy-winning work behind the boards on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later, as well as its monster-hit successors, Take Care and Nothing Was the Same.

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and  French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip-Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective:  “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”

The teachings, the art, the traditions and the music are a beautiful mix all rooted in the Spirit of Hip-Hop. As David embarks on his first production project, he tinkers endlessly with the wealth of material at his disposal. The album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, is scheduled for release June 29, 2020 via Entertainment One, and matches some of the hungriest and most wildly talented Indigenous rappers from Canada and the U.S. like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Drezus and Supaman with some of more established international hip-hop greats he’s had the good fortune of working with like Erick Sermon, EPMD and Def Squad. David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect, stripped by an unconstitutional agreement, that removed and denied Indian status from thousands of people. The debut single from the album is Turtle Island, featuring Supaman, Artson, Spade, JRDN & Whitey Don. This song is a state of the union on modern daily life for Indigenous People across North America mixing traditional dancehall & hip-hop into a uniquely rich sound that’s rarely been heard like this before. What’s coming will be fresh, filled with sounds that force the listener to “open their eyes and listen”. A powerful message that gives a voice to the voiceless, that encourages Native youth to take hold of a music genre that’s revolutionized the world and use its power to heal, educate and unite. 

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KENNY MASON SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR ANGELS CALLING

DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on an debut album." - Ones To Watch
Toronto, ON – May 27, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares another new video from his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat. The acoustic video for Angels Calling was directed by Nasser Boulaich and marks the fifth visual to be released from the album, which Hypebeast called "a bold proclamation full of originality,"following FirestarterHitAngelic Hoodrat, and a joint video for Chevron/PTSD.

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song G.O.A.T. featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria, and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Watch Angel's Calling and listen to Angelic Hoodrat above, see the album's tracklist below and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat 
Watch Chevron/PTSDsmarturl.it/Chevron_PTSD 
Watch Firestarter:
 smarturl.it/KM_Firestarter 
Watch Angel’s Calling: smarturl.it/KM_AngelsCalling

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ACCOMPLISHED AUSTRALIAN PRODUCER ALICE IVY SHARES NEW SINGLE BETTER MAN (FT. BENJAMIN JOSEPH) WITH DANCE VIDEO STARRING FORMER TRIPLE J RADIO PERSONALITY ALEX DYSON

SOPHOMORE ALBUM DON’T SLEEP
OUT JULY 17 ON LAST GANG RECORDS

“She brings those fleeting summer vibes to life beautifully.”
Gorilla Vs Bear

“The Melbourne artist delivers funky thrills… There are shades of ‘70s radio, even a bit of early hip-hop, all blended into this furiously original package.” – Clash Magazine

“Combining atmospheric layers with dreamy vocals, {“In My Mind}” has a sublime, buoyant quality.”Cool Hunting

“Irresistibly sunny and upbeat”Wonky Sensitive

“Fueled by a spontaneous, assured release of energy and soul.”
The Autumn Roses

“Alice Ivy knows how to get the best out of her collaborators”
triple j

“Easily one of the most talented in the game, layering samples, melodies and guest collaborators to give this woozy, Avalanches-comparable sound.” Pilerats

Toronto, ON – May 27, 2020 – Today marks the release of Better Man (ft. Benjamin Joseph) from Don’t Sleep, the sophomore album from Melbourne’s celebrated electronic pop producer, Alice Ivy. Don’t Sleep is due for release July 17 on Last Gang Records. Better Man was written in collaboration with Benjamin Joseph from popular Australian electronica act SAFIA. Pre-order Don’t Sleep here.

As Alice Ivy puts it: “I was super nervous going into because I’m unashamedly a massive SAFIA fan. I remixed them a couple years back but it never came out so when the opportunity came to write with Ben I jumped on it. Ben is an incredible writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He can literally play anything so we were moving around the room picking up as many different instruments as we could and putting them on the track. Ben’s writing style is different to mine, we focused A LOT on the groove and feel of the instrumental before even touching the vocals, I kind of like to focus on getting the song as vibey as possible including the vocals from the get go. When we were writing the hook we were listening to references and we got onto the Bee Gees and Ben goes 'I haven’t pushed my falsetto that high before', so we gave it a crack and it stuck! So this song is really special! There aren’t a lot of male voices on the album and while that wasn’t totally deliberate I’ve just found myself gravitating towards female and non-binary singers and songwriters in the past few years. But Ben’s voice is so singular, in my estimation he’s one of the only Australian male vocalists out there who can do justice to Soul.”

With the release of Better Man comes the video featuring Alex Dyson, a household name in Australia, having notably served as a triple j radio personality, and most recently, the host of chaotic ZOOMba classes during quarantine. The video for Better Man similarly showcases Dyson’s dancing chops, following him while he does a series of grandiose interpretive movements, reinventing himself as he solitarily moves throughout an empty building. Watch the video here.

Next up, Alice Ivy will be performing this Saturday, May 30 at 8 a.m. EDT / 10 p.m. AEST as part of Jägermeister Presents... Iso-Late festival streaming live at www.isolaidfestival.com.

Melbourne's Alice Ivy (aka Annika Schmarsel) sits at the intersection of producer and tastemaker. A revered collaborator, she’s equally adept at uncovering new dimensions to well established, household names as she is seeking out and helping to break new ones. For Alice Ivy, platforming new artists and helping new voices to break-through to the mainstream goes beyond just tastemaking. 

Between releases, Alice Ivy has grown into one of Australian electronica’s most prominent advocates. Through her choice of collaborators, many of whom are female-identified and non-binary, Alice Ivy is working to diversify the sound and look of the traditionally male-dominated studio space. Across Don’t Sleep, her refined curatorial skills are on full display, as Thelma Plum, Ecca Vandal, Ngaiire, Benjamin Joseph of SAFIA, Odette, Bertie Blackman, Imbi and many more come together within Alice’s creative orbit.

Don't Sleep is the follow-up to Alice Ivy's 2018 debut, I'm Dreaming, and her star has steadily risen in her native Australia, where her singles top triple j radio on a regular basis. Last year, Gorilla Vs. Bear premiered "the absurdly charming" video for her "glorious new sunshine soul anthem In My Mind," going on to call it "the feel-good summer jam we needed right now." The second single Sunrise featuring Cadence Weapon was released with a colorful animated video. Clash Magazine remarked on its "funky thrills" and further praised the track saying: "There are shades of ‘70s radio, even a bit of early hip-hop, all blended into this furiously original package."

Don’t Sleep was announced in early April with the title track as a single (created in collaboration with Imbi and BOI), along with a vibrant video featuring junior motocross riders. Alice Ivy shared: "Something special happened between us and I think it had a lot to do with how inspired we were feeling after a week at an all-female/non-binary camp. We came up with a super powerful song and it’s definitely one of my favorite collabs I’ve ever been a part of. The lyric, 'Our bodies are ours so keep your hands away' hits me every time I hear it. It’s an empowering song."

DON’T SLEEP TRACKLISTING:
1. Champagne Late Nights
2. Sunrise (feat. Cadence Weapon)
3. In My Mind (feat. Ecca Vandal)
4. Ticket To Heaven (feat. Thelma Plum)
5. Don't Sleep (feat. Imbi and BOI)
6. I'll Find It (feat. Odette)
7. Sweetest Love (feat. Montaigne and Bertie Blackman)
8. All Hit Radio (feat. Teef and TESSA)
9. Better Man (feat. Benjamin Joseph)
10. My Turn (feat. Swsh)
11. Money (feat. Dijah SB)
12. All In For You (feat. Ngaiire)
13. Gold (feat. Bertie Blackman)

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JUKE ROSS RELEASES NEW TRACK HIGHER

DEBUT ALBUM CHAPTER 2 TO BE RELEASED JUNE 19 VIA PALM TREE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 26, 2020 – Singer/songwriter, Juke Ross, releases his new track, Higher, today (listen here).  The track will be featured on Juke’s debut album, Chapter 2, which is set for release on June 19 via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records.  Juke says of the track, “Higher is about the end of a rainstorm with no rainbow.  It’s about being wet by the rain and the only way to get dry again is by running forward and upward. It’s about the return of happiness because the rainstorm though it made you feel small, reminded you of what it is to feel young at heart again.”

Just last month, Juke released another track from the album, Atlanta, which tells his story of how one dared to dream, dreamed to live and change his own world and how special Atlanta is to him after he moved there in 2016 from Guyana.

Earlier this year, Juke released his up-tempo ballad along with an accompanying music video for Amazing. Prior to that, Juke released his Drifting Apart EP, which featured the songs, Burned By The Love, We Never Die and Trading Places. The EP has accumulated over 10 million streams to date.  The Deluxe Edition of the EP includes additional acoustic version of the original EP tracks.  His releases so far have garnered praise and features from the likes of EarmilkPopDust, Idolator and more.  Juke Ross also toured in support of the EP release, which saw him play shows in New York, sold out Toronto’s Velvet Underground, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more. Before which he opened for Mark Knopfler on his European leg of his Farewell tour.

Juke Ross currently resides in Brooklyn, New York by way of Guyana, South America. One of 14 siblings, the self-described “med school dropout,” singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist touched down stateside in 2016 after his independent single, Colour Me, caught fire on Spotify. Acoustic guitar in hand, his effortless take on pop soul organically emanated Caribbean flavour and quietly attracted upwards of 80 million cumulative streams and 2 million listeners on Spotify within two years. Written in his birthplace, the Grey EP detailed the initial phase as he went from a tiny country to one of the biggest cities in the world. 

In 2018, he enjoyed a series of firsts in North America. He sold out Arlene’s and tried his hand at composing in the States, delivering the one-offs Hey Lil’ Mama and Fresh Roses. The latter racked up 17.5 million Spotify streams in under six months.

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ZAAC PICK ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING ALBUM PASSAGES SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 26

SHARES NEW SINLGE  ATMOSPHERE TODAY

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, releases the third song off his upcoming album, Passages. The eight-track record is a reflective and raw collection of songs that explore the ambiguities and complexities of desire, masculinity, mental health, disillusionment, and finding strength, with a hopeful and often poetic honesty. Today, Zaac releases Atmosphere – the third single off of Passages. Appearing as the album’s opener, this track explores the tension between the knowing, and mystery, in long-term relationships and is a solid introduction to the rest of the tracks to follow. Listen to Atmosphere  here.

A lot of love songs are about the before and after of a romantic relationship, but not as many are about what it's like in between, the space that exists between people in a long-term relationship. How that space expands and contracts, how the line between knowing and mystery blurs and comes into focus over time,” Zaac explains. “Atmosphere is an acknowledgement of the distance that can grow between two people in a relationship, but also of the desire or willingness to cross it and reconnect.”

For Zaac, Passages builds on the songwriting strengths of his previous work, but leaves behind much of the folk simplicity of his earlier recordings, diving into more diverse musical landscapes — where danceable rhythms, pulsing guitars, sweeping 70s strings, and arpeggiating synthesizers are juxtaposed against heavier subject matter, held together by his reassuring timbre.

“Passages is a record that is ultimately about transitions — the liminal seasons in life, that are often the most disorienting and ambiguous — and learning to embrace the uncertainty and the potential for growth found in them,” shares Zaac.

Additionally, the album features contributions from a number of well-regarded fellow Vancouver singer-songwriters and instrumentalists, including Jordan Klassen, Taylor Swindells (The Tourist Company), Bre McDaniel, Skye Brooks (Co-Pilots, Fond Of Tigers), and string arrangements by sibling duo Brian and Caleb Chan (Dear Rouge, Holy Hum).

Based in Vancouver, BC, Pick originally moved from his native Medicine Hat, Alberta in the early 2000s, becoming immersed in the region's burgeoning indie-folk music community as guitar player and songwriting member of the band Doubting Paris. After being dropped from their US record label, Pick ventured out on his own, releasing a string of EPs and an LP that earned him regional songwriting awards and nominations, generous national radio (CBC) support, opening slots for the likes of The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, and Bahamas, and numerous features for his songs on major network television shows.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Atmosphere
2. Dangerous
3. Strong Enough
4. Ladder To The Sun
5. Small Wonders
6. Play Pause Rewind
7. December
8. Lighter Side Of Blue

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www.zaacpick.com

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JESSE MAXWELL DROPS DEBUT ALBUM RADIO SILENCE

JESSE TO PERFORM IN SUPPORT OF THE CANADIAN MUSIC THERAPY FUNDS’ SONG SESSION FOR THE FRONTLINE LIVESTREAM SUNDAY, JUNE 7

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Today, multitalented Toronto breakthrough artist, Jesse Maxwell, releases his highly anticipated debut album, Radio Silence, via Trans Phatt Records.

"I am excited to be releasing my debut album, Radio Silence, an integrated compilation of multi-genre original work,” says Jesse. “This project has been a long time in the making and showcases some of my best early material as an artist. I am proud that I, along with the people who were instrumental in this process, worked tirelessly and harmoniously to create this immersive experience of an album. This album is very special to me and marks the first of many albums to come in the future. I hope you enjoy Radio Silence.”

Taking the lead on all of the album’s song writing, Jesse effortlessly blends his own brand of pop, RnB, neo-soul, jazz and blues into his music. The album digs deep and represents an internal dialogue that any listener can relate to in some way. The concept of the album title is derived from the idea of going "radio silent" to a person’s surroundings and reflecting on their thoughts – having those internal conversations with one’s self. Previously released single, Room In Hell, dives deep into his past inner struggles with addiction, and focuses on his time spent in rehab. The lyrics speak of the first time he called a rehab facility, sharing a raw description of how he felt and what he was going through at the time. This track is a prime example of Jesse’s ability to bring his experiences to life with his musical talents.

Recently, Jesse performed a physically distanced concert outside of the Cheltenham Care Community retirement home with the music being amplified and residents enjoyed listening through their windows. During this time, the residents have not been able to have visitors, making their quarantine experience increasingly lonely and Jesse expressed how he feels performing for these residents is incredibly important: “Music in general makes people feel good but especially at this time it is so important to make sure the people and the staff who are working so hard are given a moment to breathe and ground themselves through this.”  Watch a clip of the performance here.

On Sunday June 7 Jesse will be performing in support of the Canadian Music Therapy Fund’s Song Session For The Frontlines livestream hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. Artists will have the opportunity to share music and thoughts to connect and heal through the power of music virtually with this touching initiative.

Jesse began his relationship with music at age six when he was learning to play the piano and went on to complete 10 years of classical training and music theory at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Over his many years of experience, he has honed his skills as a writer, lyricist and musician. During his time spent in Brooklyn, NYC where he attended the Institute of Culinary Education, Jesse was the frontman of the band Queens County Roots and this was but one of his many musical journeys. Since returning to Toronto he has become part of the Trans Phatt Records label and released three tracks in 2019 with them including; BladeLife on the Rocks and Colossal – all while working on his nine track debut album Radio Silence.

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THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT RELEASE THEIR HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM HOLLYWOOD PARK TODAY

BAND TO CELEBRATE ALBUM RELEASE WITH
FREE LIVESTREAM TONIGHT AT 7:00 P.M. PACIFIC TIME

HOLLYWOOD PARK: A MEMOIR
THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED BOOK BY FRONTMAN
MIKEL JOLLETT COMES OUT TUESDAY, MAY 26

READ FINNEAS O’CONNELL’S INTERVIEW MAGAZINE DISCUSSION WITH MIKEL JOLLETT HERE

“This memoir, by the lead singer of the indie band the Airborne Toxic Event, is far from your standard rock autobiography, and no wonder: Jollett was born into a violent cult and overcame a chaotic youth.” – New York Times, New and Noteworthy

“A gen X this boy’s life, Hollywood Park is a triumph….”O The Oprah Magazine

“…an exquisitely deep and moving tale of transformation and the search for love.” – People Magazine Book Of The Week

“…towering, triumphant” Exclaim!

"Jollett was raised from childhood in a cult, brought up under the leaders of Synanon. With stunning clarity, he tells of his mother's escapes and the subsequent trials his family endured."
Newsweek 40 Must-Read Fiction And Nonfiction Books To Savor This Spring

“…feels designed for arena-sized singalongs and big ticket headlining slots." – Los Angeles Times 

“a transformative, impassioned outpouring of emotion… a renewed Jollett & Co..They hold nothing back…full of humanity and grace” – Atwood Magazine

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – The Airborne Toxic Event have released their eagerly awaited album, Hollywood Park, via Rounder Records. Next week, on Tuesday, May 26, the highly-acclaimed, Hollywood Park: A Memoir, by the band’s frontman, Mikel Jollett, will be released by Celadon Books. Together, the album and book represent a towering musical-literary achievement that shows both the breadth of Jollett’s talents and the powerful ways those talents intersect. 

To celebrate the album’s release, the band will perform songs from the new album in a live stream concert today at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The concert will stream live from the legendary Studio 1 at East West Studios in Los Angeles, where a vast array of iconic musicians including Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley have recorded. The live stream will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

Hollywood Park is easily the most ambitious album ever made by The Airborne Toxic Event; who are, with Jollet, original members Steven Chen (guitars, keyboards) and Darren Taylor (drums), and also bassist Adrian Rodriguez, who has played with the band since 2014. On the album, Jollett uses songs to give further depth to stories from the book. He has woven references ranging from shoegaze to Springsteen into a cohesive musical tapestry, and produced an unsparing memoir full of intimate, often painful personal details, that unlock universal coming-of-age themes. With these towering twin works, Jollett has channeled his artistry into a compelling and multi-layered pop-cultural milestone.  The album was produced and mixed by the band’s longtime collaborator, multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominee Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac).

Both album and memoir tell the story of Jolett’s traumatic early life. It begins with a four-year-old Mikel and his brother, Tony, being spirited out of Synanon, the notorious and violent Santa Monica, CA, cult, by their mother. Jollett spent his life to that point with no parents, and no idea of them, in what cult leaders called a school but which was, in reality, an orphanage meant to keep children from their families. On the run from Synanon with their dangerously narcissistic mom, Jollett and his brother embarked on a harrowing journey that eventually led them to Salem, OR where they lived in poverty. It’s his father (a former inmate at Chico State Penitentiary who Jollett didn’t really know until he was seven) who recognized young Mikel had special gifts and urged him not to be like any of the other Jollett men, but to aspire to something bigger and better. This put him on a course to getting a scholarship from Stanford (where he graduated with honours) and to starting the Airborne Toxic Event, which became an immediate sensation the moment they released their first single, Sometime Around Midnight.

While the album and book detail Mikel Jollett’s unlikely journey, one gets the sense that once both are consumed by the public, he and Airborne Toxic Event will be launched on yet another amazing adventure.

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GRACE POTTER SHARES EACHOTHER A NEW ORIGINAL SONG FEATURING JACKSON BROWNE, MARCUS KING AND LUCIUS

WRITTEN DURING QUARANTINE’S EARLY STAGES EACHOTHER IS A POWERFUL REMINDER

OF PERSEVERANCE AND CONNECTION

MONDAY NIGHT TWILIGHT HOUR WITH GRACE POTTER WEEKLY LIVESTREAM CONTINUES VIA YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020– Acclaimed songwriter and performer, Grace Potter, has released an affecting and timely new song called, Eachother. Written during the early days of quarantine, the poignant ballad features vocals from Jackson Browne, Marcus King, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, listen here. Eachother was produced by Daylight album producer (and Grace’s husband) Eric Valentine. To help underscore the song’s hopeful message, the couple looked to their network of talented friends with each artist recording their parts in isolation. In addition to the featured vocalists, the track also includes Eric Valentine, drums; Alex Proctor, bass; and Jonathan Wilson, Dylan Day, Marcus King and Grace on guitar. Eachother is a powerful reminder that even in separation, we are not alone.

Grace Potter on the inspiration behind Eachother: "The chorus of the song just kind of exploded out of my heart all at once. It was about five days into the quarantine, and I had just gotten off the phone with a friend who was having a really tough time with the isolation. I was in our living room, watching my son & husband fixing our broken train set and found myself flooded with an overwhelming sense of gratitude & contentment. The onset of COVID-19 was a shock to humanity's system and has brought on so many reality checks. We may not all be affected in the same ways, but we are all going through this pandemic together as a human race. It is incredibly humbling. It's invited me to really take account of the things that matter most, which aren't things at all...they're people."

Currently gracing the April/May cover of Relix Magazine, Potter also recently launched a weekly livestream series called Monday Night Twilight Hour with Grace Potter. Tune in Mondays at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT via Grace’s official YouTube channel and Facebook page for intimate, acoustic performances of new songs, deep cuts, special requests, and well-chosen covers, streamed live from her home in Topanga, CA.

Listen to/purchase Eachother here

www.gracepotter.com

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NEW YORK RAPPER MALIIBU MIITCH RELEASES NEW STREET SINGLE & VIDEO FOR DOUBLE O

SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT THE  #OURIDENTITY: PROJECT BLUE MARBLE  LIVE-STREAM BENEFIT ON SATURDAY, MAY 30 

Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Bronx Rapper, Maliibu Miitch, has found a new home at Entertainment One (eOne) and is excited to release her new street single, Double O, which was produced by TGUT. Along with the audio, Maliibu has released an accompanying video that was directed by Nimi Hendrix

For those who may not be familiar, Maliibu Miitch stormed onto the scene with the release of her first EP, Hood Foreign, in 2013.  Since then Maliibu has gone on to release several singles and mixtapes including the highly celebrated Top 5 which was an ode to her favorite rappers Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Lauryn Hill, Eve, and Missy Elliott. Maliibu has been featured in The Fader, I-D, Paper, and more. 

In addition, Maliibu Miitch has been confirmed to participate in the #OURIDENTITY: Project Blue Marble live-stream benefit presented by Transparent Arts, Gold House, Amazon Music, Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation and XRM Media to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It will stream on Amazon Music's Twitch channel on May 30 beginning at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET for eight hours as part of an effort to help unite Asian artists and leaders from around the world for the fight against COVID-19 and the xenophobia affecting Asian communities. Funds raised will benefit the United Way Worldwide and its COVID-19 relief efforts. Co-organized by the Far East Movement, Project Blue Marble will feature musical performances from Yuna, Raja Kumari, Jay Park and H1GHR Music, M-Flo and guitarist Miyavi, James Reid, P-Lo, Shawn Wasabi, Yultron, MILCK, Raisa, ØZI, and more.

Buy/stream Double O: lnk.to/DoubleO
Watch Double O: bit.ly/2zkgIpq

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RHYE PRESENTS ALLURING NEW VIDEO FOR BEAUTIFUL

“While it can be hard to stop and enjoy the everyday moments right now, a song like Beautiful — with its gorgeous strings, an understated, funky rhythm and Rhye's trademark smooth falsetto — makes it a little easier” – CBC Music

“Rhye is bringing a little love into our lives” – Exclaim!

"[‘Beautiful’] starts with a throb of strings before cohering around a sharp beat and muscular bass line, distantly echoing solo Bryan Ferry tracks from the early Eighties.” – Rolling Stone

 “[Beautiful’] slots nicely into the subtly funky Rhye oeuvre” – Uproxx

"Plenty has changed in the last 12 months, and anxieties are at an all-time high, but Rhye is intent on finding and relishing the brightest spots in his life.” – Consequence of Sound

Toronto, ON — May 21, 2020 — Rhye — the project of LA-based musician Michael Milosh — presents a new video for his “slinky, understated” (Stereogum) Beautiful, released earlier this month on Last Gang Records in Canada. Rhye debuted the track with a hypnotic 72-hour back-to-back stream hosted on his YouTube channel. The video was directed and produced by Milosh and filmed using telephoto lenses to ensure social distancing. Watch Beautiful here.

Featuring intertwining clips of people moving throughout a vibrant desert landscape, it evokes the song’s message - finding beauty in everyday life. As with the single art created by Milosh, the Beautiful video, awashed in a gauzy filter, maintains Rhye’s distinctive, dreamlike aesthetic. Milosh discussed the creation of the video,  other Rhye visuals, and more with Vanity Fair. Read the article here.


While staying home, Milosh has been performing livestreams as part of the LA based creative community Secular Sabbath, including morning ambient performances and a sunrise serenade with Joseph August, as well as the Corona Sabbath with Diplo. Secular Sabbath initially focused on live ambient music events, but has expanded with a range of offerings in quarantine.

Watch Beautiful: found.ee/Rhye_BeautifulYouTube
Listen to Beautiful: ffm.to/rhye-beautiful

DOWNLOAD – Hi-Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi-Res Beautiful Art

www.rhyemusic.com

About Last Gang:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com   

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW SHARES THE VIDEO FOR HIS NEW SINGLE HEADLIGHTS

FIRST SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM
VIA SONY MUSIC U.K./RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2020 – James Vincent McMorrow has returned with his first new music in three years, and now shares the video for his new track, Headlights (available on Sony Music U.K. / RCA Records). A platinum-selling artist who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams, reached #1 in his home of Ireland, and seen his music travel everywhere from Drake's Views to Game Of Thrones, Headlights acts as the first preview of McMorrow's upcoming fifth studio album. Having been announced for Latitude and as a headliner at this year's Somerset House series – James has formerly sold out the likes of The Roundhouse, Sydney Opera House, and a residency at Dublin's National Concert Hall – revised touring plans will also follow soon. Watch the video for Headlights here.

An always-unpredictable, multi-faceted talent, Headlights nonetheless has the feel of a brand new chapter for James Vincent McMorrow. From its arresting opening ("who's there for you / laying in the dark?") to the track's propulsive beats and soaring, gospel melodies, it's the sound of an artist and producer making the boldest yet most direct music of his career. “I wanted Headlights to start in a plaintive humble place and finish in this huge place,” says James, who also adapted the community-in-chaos theme of his latest material for the track's visuals.

Speaking of the Headlights video, James says, “When it became impossible to create our original idea for the Headlights video, we embraced the chaos. No grand plans or aspirations, simply capture life in as natural and unforced a way as possible. We shot what we wanted when we wanted, and because Emma was on the other end of the camera, what we captured was a genuine representation of me coming back, for probably the first time. Unadorned and honest, not curated or edited to present any vision I think you might have of me. For people who might think me opaque, you know my music but you might not know me or what I am, this video is for you. Thank you to Tom Speers and his team at Smugglers for helping create this video.

Thank you to Emma for shooting it. Thank you to my daughter Margot for making me interesting to watch on camera.”

Over the last decade, James Vincent McMorrow has established himself as an artist of signature style. On his own intuitive terms, James' bigger-picture approach to each project may vary, but the idea of doing exactly what you need to do (and at exactly the right time) remains a constant. He has emerged that rare modern act who's as integral to the worlds of hip-hop and textured R&B as he is the singer-songwriter roots of his early days. Behind McMorrow's instantly-identifiable voice was a heartfelt, sometimes-cryptic storyteller – who, on Headlights, also appears to have come to understand himself on a deeper level. Produced by James alongside the likes of Paul Epworth, Lil Silva, Kenny Beats and Patrick Wimberley (Chairlift), songs for his forthcoming album were recorded between McMorrow's home of Dublin, LA, and London. An eclectic, deliberately-chaotic modern pop record began to take shape, around which James also became a dad. “I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person,” he says. “But I don’t feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18-years-old. This record is about embracing the idea that it’s okay to not have things figured out."

For an artist who resists easy categorisation, Headlights is not about life suddenly making sense. It's about making peace with the fact that nothing does, and finding what you need (the joy, the fearlessness, and the creative freedom) in even the glare of the Headlights.

www.jamesvmcmorrow.com

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES PERFECTLY IMPERFECT AT THE RYMAN NEW LIVE ALBUM FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS EMMYLOU HARRIS, STURGILL SIMPSON AND JACK WHITE

BANDCAMP EXCLUSIVE TO BENEFIT MUSICARES COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

RECORDINGS CAPTURED DURING THE THREE-NIGHT

SOLD- OUT RUN THAT “CEMENTED (MARGO PRICE’S) STATUS AS A BONAFIDE STAR” – ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2020 – Two years ago this week, Margo Price, claimed her rock star status at the Mother Church of Country Music. She was headlining the Ryman Auditorium for the first time ever, in a sold-out run of three nights that she had admittedly spent more time planning than her wedding. It was during those shows that the Nashville Scene said, “We got to see Price's hopes and dreams for the future being realized before our eyes.” 

Today, Margo revisits the career-changing residency with the release of a new live album, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman. Out exclusively on Bandcamp, all proceeds benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, and while Margo has been working on putting the energy of those gigs back out into the world ever since they happened, she couldn’t wait any longer. Listen here.

“I am so excited that we are releasing it today,” she explains. “The recordings are rough and the performances are raw, but there was a magic there and the band was on fire. We played unreleased songs, alternative album versions and had lots of special guests. I hope it moves you.”

Watch the live video for All American Made, which Rolling Stone named one of the 10 Best Moments of Margo’s Ryman run calling it “a vigil not for some version of the country we once had, but for hope that our sometimes faulty all-American tendencies can see a better, brighter day.”  

The album features Emmylou Harris on Margo’s song, Wild Women, Sturgill Simpson on a rip-roaring rendition of Rodney Crowell’s, Ain’t Livin Long Like This, and Jack White on a duet of The White Stripes’, Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap. At its core, though, the record showcases Margo Price’s versatility as a bandleader and performer. Playing drums, guitar, piano, and even jumping offstage to join the crowd, CMT said, “Price lit up the stage throughout the two-hour show in an electric display of the musicianship she’s honed since arriving in town 15 years ago.” Find full credits and track listing below. 

Margo Price’s third studio LP, That’s How Rumors Get Started (which she co-produced with Simpson) is due out this summer on Loma Vista Recordings. For more on her decision to postpone its release and all that she’s experienced since its announcement, read her personal essay at Vogue, “A Life in Quarantine, Not on the Road.”

TRACK LISTING:
1. A Little Pain Waltz
2. Weekender (Funk Version)
3. Wild Women (feat. Emmylou Harris)
4. Ain’t Livin Long Like This (feat. Sturgill Simpson)
5. Revelations
6. Worthless Gold
7. Hurtin’ (On the Bottle) Medley
8. Proud Mary
9.  All American Made
10. Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap (feat. Jack White)
11. World’s Greatest Loser

Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman Credits 
Produced by Margo Price
Recorded and mixed by Evan Donahue 

Band
Margo Price - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano 
Jeremy Ivey - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica
Jamie Davis - Vocals, Electric Guitar
Micah Hulscher - Piano, Hammond, Wurlitzer, Juno 6 
Luke Schneider - Pedal Steel, Dobro 
Kevin Black - Bass
Dillon Napier - Drums

Special Guests
Emmylou Harris - Vocals
Sturgill Simpson - Electric Guitar
Jack White - Vocals, Lead Guitar

Strings
Larissa Maestro - Cello
Eleonore Denig - Violin
Kristin Weber - Violin

Background Vocals
Gale Mayes’ Nashville Friends Choir
Larissa Maestro 
Eleonore Denig 
Kristin Weber 
Ashley Wilcoxson 
Tristen Gaspadarek 
Caitlin Rose 
Erin Rae 
Kate Cunningham

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www.margoprice.net

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE DARK DAYS (FEAT. SYLVAN ESSO)

WATCH THEIR 2020 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! 
OUTDOOR STAGE PERFORMANCE OF DARK DAYS HERE 

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – May 21, 2020 – Today, Local Natives share their revamped classic Dark Days, now featuring Sylvan Esso’s ​Amelia Meath​,​ from their beloved 2016 album, Sunlit YouthIn early​ ​March 2020, the band performed the song accompanied by Amelia on Jimmy Kimmel​ Live!’s outdoor stage - one of the last outdoor performances before the shelter-in-place order. The new version of the song is mixed by the illustrious ​Spike Stent​ ​(Madonna, Bjork, Grimes). Listen to Dark Days (feat. Sylvan Esso) here, and watch the band’s performance of the song on Jimmy Kimmel​ Live! here

Local Natives on Dark Days (Feat. Sylvan Esso) – Dark Days is a loose homage to growing up in Southern California: “first loves, sneaking out, finding your our own way —all while trying to outrun religious guilt.  The song has become integral to our band and our live shows. We last played it live on Kimmel a little over two months ago, which now feels like a distant memory from a bizarre alternate reality. Despite the looming anxiety of those final pre-quarantine days, that performance felt especially cathartic for us and was made all the more poignant by having Amelia on stage with us. She not only lent us her incredible voice but she wrote a beautiful new verse that taps into the nostalgia and the longing we all feel for a different time.”

​Amelia Meath​ says, “It was a joy to dip into summertime with Local Natives- Dark Days is a beautiful illustration of being young, riding bikes, and trying to figure out how to love on and be vulnerable with someone. It was an honor to be asked to write a new verse and lend my voice to the story." 

Last year, Local Natives released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Violet Street via Loma Vista Recordings. The blissful and introspective new album features singles including “lush and searching” (Stereogum) When Am I Gonna Lose You, whose cinematic video starred Kate Mara and was performed by the band on Ellen; Café Amarillo, which FADER hailed for “illustrating a sort of emotional purgatory;” and Tap Dancer that Brooklyn Vegan praised for its “elegiac ache.”The band wrapped their nearly sold out cross-country North American tour with Austin American Statesman praising their “unadulterated energy” at one show. When Am I Gonna Lose You - their Violet Street single that hit #3 on AAA and #6 for Alternative. 

Praise for Violet Street:

“Emotional” - Rolling Stone

"The follow-up to 2016’s fashionably yearning Sunlit Youth sounds both 
more personal and more timeless" 
- Pitchfork 

“Shimmering” - Stereogum

“Illustrates a sort of emotional purgatory” - FADER

“Elegiac ache” - Brooklyn Vegan

“Writing some of the finest songs, brimming with emotion" - Line of Best Fit

“Artistic” - Billboard

“Gleaming, stadium-friendly tunes” - Relix 

“Lush...expansive” - Consequence of Sound

"Signature vocal harmonies and heartfelt songwriting" - The Ringer

“Amazing” - Under the Radar

"Some of Local Natives’ most memorable earworms yet" - Austin American Statesman

"A driving beat and features Local Natives’ gorgeous harmonies" - AXS 

“Buoyant ...their breezy and open sound is more energetic than ever” - Exclaim.CA

"Few bands do romance, and the yearning for it, better than Local Natives"
 - 
Buzzbands.LA       

“A tumultuously buoyant collection" - EARMILK 

"Refine their evolution with Violet Street" - RIFF

 DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Artwork – Dark Days (feat. Sylvan Esso)

DOWNLOAD –  Hi Res Press Photos

Webstore: found.ee/LN_DDMerch

www.thelocalnatives.com

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SOCCER MOMMY LAUNCHES SOCCER MOMMY & FRIENDS SINGLES SERIES FT. JAY SOM, BEABADOOBEE, MGMT’S ANDREW VANWYNGARDEN + BEACH BUNNY

FIRST SINGLES SERIES KICKS OFF TODAY WITH JAY SOM STREAM/DOWNLOAD/PURCHASE HERE

ALL NET PROFITS FROM BANDCAMP SALES
GO TO OXFAM’S COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – May 21, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-two year-old Sophie Allison – launches Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series today. The singles series will see contributions from the likes of MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, Beabadoobee and Beach Bunny, with new releases every two weeks, and kicks off today with Jay Som. Check out Jay Som’s cover of Soccer Mommy’s song, lucy, and Soccer Mommy’s cover of Jay Som’s, I Think You’re Alright. Stream, purchase or download now via Bandcamp.

“I had an extremely fun time recording the lucy cover,” says Jay Som. “Sophie has such a special way of entwining catchy melodies and sometimes dark chord progressions. I feel very lucky to be a part of this comp!” Soccer Mommy continues, “I’m super excited to kick things off with this Jay Som collab because Melina really made such an awesome new version of lucy. I have also always loved her song I Think You’re Alright, so it was great to get a chance to cover it. It has such a sweet tenderness to it that just makes you feel warm inside.”

All net profits from Bandcamp sales from this series will be donated to Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief fund. Oxfam is working with partners to reach more than 14 million people in nearly 50 countries and the US to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in vulnerable communities and support people’s basic food needs and livelihoods. Women and girls usually bear a disproportionate burden of care in a crisis like this one, and Oxfam has a proven record of helping women cope during and recover after these crises in ways that allow them to be safer and stronger than ever.

Oxfam has an anonymous donor who will match every dollar raised by this series, up to $5000, which will double the impact of your purchase.

Soccer Mommy released her triumphant sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year via Loma Vista Recordings. What followed was mass critical acclaim, performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made its AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.

With touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten a few weeks ago, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy has also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through, including Toronto, ON.

Purchase color theory on duo-tone vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

“Sturdy, imaginative guitar figures entwine with strings, keyboards, drum machines and samples — the sound of a newly confident world-builder let loose in the studio.”Exclaim! Magazine

"Her most fully realized work yet, the next step in her steady journey toward budding indie-rock stardom." – The New York TImes

"her biggest album yet" Vanity Fair

"On Color Theory, Allison...sets herself apart as one of her generation’s most interesting and affecting songwriters." The FADER

"Indie rock prodigy Sophie Allison delves into darkness and vulnerability while maintaining the same dreamy, melodic drive that made her 2018 debut, Clean, so memorable." Rolling Stone

DOWNLOADhi-res Soccer Mommy + Jay Som photo
DOWNLOADSoccer Mommy + Jay Som Singles Series cover artwork
DOWNLOAD – hi-res Soccer Mommy photo
DOWNLOAD – color theory cover artwork

www.soccermommyband.com

 

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL SETS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

SERPENTINE PRISON DUE OCTOBER 2
ON BOOK RECORDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH
CONCORD RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

TITLE TRACK PREMIERES ALONGSIDE VIDEO

Toronto, ON – May 20, 2020 – Serpentine Prison, the debut solo record from Matt Berninger – frontman of critically acclaimed group, The National – is due October 2. The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, will be released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. In celebration of the upcoming release – the first on the new imprint – Berninger is premiering the video for the album’s title track today; listen to/purchase the track here and stream/share the video here. Directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi, the video was filmed at Earthstar Creation Center, Venice, CA.

The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

Berninger, known for his distinctive voice and expansive live performances, has won praise from NPR Music for his “whiskey-soaked baritone” while Uproxx hails Berninger as “a master class in how to front a band.” According to The New Yorker, “fans of The National have had plenty of time to acclimate to Berninger’s voice, a heady, lumbering baritone, yet it’s worth reiterating its singularity. Listening to it, I often think of a deep-sea diver, weights slung low on his hips, being tugged toward the ocean floor. Berninger uses his instrument in artful and elegant ways.”

“The song Serpentine Prison was written in December 2018 about a week after recording The National’s I Am Easy to Find,” Berninger explains about the new track. “For a long time I had been writing songs for movies and musicals and other projects where I needed to get inside someone else’s head and convey another person’s feelings. I liked doing that but I was ready to dig back into my own garbage and this was the first thing that came out.”

Berninger continues, “The title is from a twisting sewer pipe that drains into the ocean near LAX. There’s a cage on the pipe to keep people from climbing out to sea. I worked on the song with Sean O’Brien and Harrison Whitford and recorded it about six months later with Booker T. Jones producing. It feels like an epilogue so I named the record after it and put it last.”

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group, The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s, Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker, El Vy, for the 2015 release, Return to the Moon. In 2019, Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie, and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song, Walking on a String, to the film’s soundtrack.

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TROY JUNKER ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING EP THE PATH SET FOR RELEASE JULY 20

SHARES NEW SINGLE WE UP FT. THEA MAY

PRE-ORDER THE PATH HERE

Toronto, ON – May 19, 2020 – Troy Junker is a rapper who, by looks, won’t give you what you expect. A high school dropout-turned Uranium miner – who left it all and moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto to follow his dreams – now has his feet firmly planted in the music industry. When it comes to lyrical flow, Troy shape-shifts between theme and tone, delivering uplifting bangers for fun and slower tracks with thoughtful messages. Today, the Canadian Métis rapper drops We Up, the new single off his forthcoming EP, The Path – set for release on July 20. Drawing from Troy’s own personal experiences, We Up examines themes of hard work and perseverance, and Troy’s drive to steer himself in a positive direction to fulfill his musical passion. The track features vocals from Sudbury, ON Indigenous artist, Thea May, and was produced by Harmon1x (Thea’s producer). Listen to / share We Up here, and pre-order The Path here.

Troy and Thea May first met at an Indigenous songwriting camp in Toronto, hosted by Music Ontario. Following the camp, Troy travelled to Thea's home – Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, near Sudbury, Ontario – to work on a new set of tracks with her and her producer, Harmon1x.

“Since we're in different cities, a lot of communication happened over the phone. Thea had Harmon1x on speakerphone playing keys and when I heard the melodies, I knew we had to fire it up. Then we'd get together in person to record vocals and catch a vibe,” explains Troy.

“The music we make comes naturally like our friendship. It's like we met by chance and became such good friends,” adds Thea. In tandem with the release of We Up, Troy appears on Thea May’s new track, Colours, which dropped today.

The Path will be Troy’s first album release since 2018 and has a new lyrical focus – positivity. With the album’s theme focusing on how people are capable of choosing the path they are meant to be on, Troy aims to appeal and inspire younger audiences, giving them uplifting messages and reminders to stay hopeful while going through tough times in their lives.

“The Path, is a figure of speech for the journey we're all on in life. The music is hip-hop and electronic influenced with lyrics about growth,” says Troy. “It features production and vocals from a lot of dope musicians that I respect and when I kick back and listen to it, The Path is a project that a young me needed to hear to know things are possible.”

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieving honour-roll status in the Music Business Management program – following his dreams in the music industry. Throughout his college years, Troy released two EPs (Time Capsule and Trilly Madison) and went on to play local events and campus house parties.  

Troy closed out 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Song writing camp, where he had a helping hand in creating So Close by Wolf Den – which charted at #5 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown – and released his own animalistic banger, In The Jungle. We Up follows The Path’s lead single, Inhale Exhale, which dropped last month and features Joey Stylez.

Stay tuned for more news to come from Troy Junker, with the release of The Path on the horizon!

THE PATH TRACKLISTING:
1. The Juice (Prod. JR Hitmaker)
2. Inhale Exhale Ft. Joey Stylez (Prod. My Best Friend Jacob)
3. We Up Ft. Thea May (Prod. Harmon1x)
4. 4U Ft. LUVR (Prod. LUVR)
5. Waves Ft. Larisa Santiago (Prod. My Best Friend Jacob & Big Joe)

Listen to We Up here
Listen to Inhale Exhale here
Pre-order The Path here

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www.troyjunker.com

 

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OH SUSANNA TO RELEASE SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR – DELUXE EDITION SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 ON MVKA

LISTEN TO ACOUSTIC RECORDING
OF THE ALBUM’S TITLE TRACK HERE

TORONTO, ON – May 19, 2020 – Americana singer-songwriter, Oh Susanna, announces the deluxe edition of her stunning, critically acclaimed album, Sleepy Little Sailor, on MVKA. Set for release on September 4, 2020, the album will be available on CD, digital and, for the first time, on vinyl. The original 11 songs are accompanied by acoustic recordings of five of the songs from the album, including the title track, which is shared today. Listen here

Born in Massachusetts, and raised in western Canada, Suzie Ungerleider began performing under the name Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s; winning instant praise for her debut album, Johnstown, which she remastered and reissued last year to mark its 20th anniversary. Suzie had been quietly working as a clerk at a Vancouver library in 1996 when she self-released a cassette tape of seven songs, recorded for just $200, and found herself besieged by music industry executives and agents after performing a tiny set at a local club.

With her gloriously emotive, crystalline voice and folk-noir balladry that have drawn comparisons with Gillian Welch, Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, Suzie drew support from “Whispering” Bob Harris who championed her on BBC Radio after receiving Johnstown in the post. “I immediately loved it,” he said later, raving about the “heart-tugging emotive quality” of her voice. Van Dyke Parks, Jim White and Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje have all declared themselves fans; Suzie has supported White as well as Wilco and Whiskeytown.

Sleepy Little Sailor brought her considerable critical acclaim two years later, in 2001. After her intense, concept-style debut album – inspired by the 1889 flood that ravaged the steel city of Johnstown, and redolent of old Appalachian ballads – her captivating follow-up bared all in dreamy late-night rootsy songs showing off a voice that was alternately gutsy and fragile.

For every track belted out with gusto, such as "Ted’s So Wasted", or her heartfelt country-soul version of Otis Redding’s, "I’ve Got Dreams to Remember", there were yet more vulnerable songs telling of obsessive love and loss: "Forever at Your Feet", "Sacrifice", "Beauty Boy" and "River Blue".

Some of these songs are given a beautiful reworking on the reissue which contains six previously unreleased acoustic recordings alongside the original album. "River Blue" and "Kings Road" are newly recorded, with producer Jim Bryson, while "Sleepy Little Sailor", "Sacrifice" and "Beauty Boy" are taken from the original demo sessions with her producer, Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards). 

These pared-back acoustic versions highlight both the effortless strength of her bewitching voice and her immense songwriting talent, bringing their haunting power to the fore. Confessional songs such as "Beauty Boy" and “Sacrifice" burn with pure intensity.  “The idea of violence and hate being intertwined with passionate love was something that I was experiencing so much in my late teens and twenties,” she reflects on the former. “It is hard to love someone and be loved by someone who wants to hurt you. I needed to sing about that to get through the pain and leave it behind.” On the latter, she recalls being chastised by a lover for not making sacrifices for him. “This declaration scared me because it made me feel like I was supposed to martyr myself in order to keep his love. I wrote the song to express those passionate feelings of wanting someone and longing for them, all the while knowing that you have to give them up for your self-preservation.”

Stripping away the electric guitar and Hammond organ, "Kings Road" is imbued with lovelorn tenderness. This reissue shines a light, too, on her compelling storytelling of rich characters, and the finely told darkness within. "River Blue" tells of the long-lasting effect of child abuse on close relationships. 

“The song is a plea for reconciliation and forgiveness by an older sister who as a kid tried to save herself at the cost of her sister’s safety. Over two decades later, it still is one of the most requested songs that I have ever written,” says the singer-songwriter and guitarist, twice nominated for a JUNO Award. Suzie also holds a Genie Award for Best Original Song, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Songwriter and three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for her 2017 release, A Girl in Teen City.

These are songs just as powerful today as they were 20 years ago, and they hold new resonance in today’s world. Take the evocative title track, about which Suzie says: “Who is the sleepy sailor? I think we have all been the Sleepy Little Sailor at some point in our lives, trying to save our dreams in the face of greater forces of nature.” 

Sleepy Little Sailor was recorded with producer Colin Cripps at The Bathouse studio outside Kingston, ON in the summer of 2000.  “I was really intense and so were my songs,” the artist recalls. “I had really strong ideas about what I was communicating, and I wasn’t going to veer away from my vision.”

Colin had envisaged making the album in the style of fellow Canadian songwriter/producer, Daniel Lanois, who, on producing albums for the likes of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, would record the band playing live onto two-inch analogue tape, with minimal edits and overdubs. With the exception of "River Blue", all the vocals for Sleepy Little Sailor were recorded live off the floor. 

“Everything was done very delicately,” Suzie explains. “I was singing softly in a way I had never really sung before. I was searching for something dreamy and introverted. I remember that there was this feeling that the whole process was fragile. We had to capture the performance. The emotions had to be palpable. It had to give you a feeling of transcendence.”

Suzie had set the scene by replacing copies of lads’ magazine, Maxim, on the coffee table with books on The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. “I wanted to tap those dreams and get them to come out in our performances,” she says. “I think it worked. We all felt that it was a magical recording session. I don’t think it took any hindsight to know that this experience was dreamy and blissful. We knew it right there and then.      

Every musician knows that the way a recording sounds is all about who was there, how and what they played and the vibe of the studio as much as it is about gear and equipment. It is about the humans who are in the room, how they interact together and how they interpret the song. It is like a party where someone decides where to hold the gathering, who will be invited, what food will be served, what kind of drinks will be there, what the atmosphere will be. You set the stage, welcome your guests and then watch the night unfold.”

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SARAH JAROSZ’S TEN-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION INSPIRES MAGGIE FROM HER NEW ALBUM WORLD ON THE GROUND

MAGGIE HIGHLIGHTED THIS WEEK ON NPR’S DAILY BREATHER AND CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND ORIGINS

LISTEN/SHARE HERE

WORLD ON THE GROUND OUT JUNE 5 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2020 – Sarah Jarosz has shared Maggie from her forthcoming album, World On The Ground, and the last preview of the album before its June 5 release on Rounder Records. Inspired by Sarah’s recent return to her Texas hometown of Wimberley (pop. 2,626) for her ten-year high school reunion, Maggie explores a conversation she had with an old friend that night, who confessed that despite feeling stuck in Wimberley, she just couldn’t seem to find a way out. Slow-burning and soul-stirring, Maggie conveys a profound message of empathy and courage from the three-time GRAMMY winner. Listen to Maggie and pre-order World On The Ground here.  

"The song kind of poured out of me after that experience,” Jarosz told Consequence of Sound’s Ben Kaye. “Towards the tail end of the reunion, I wandered outside to a back patio and found an old childhood friend, Maggie, who I hadn’t seen since 8th grade. She was asking about my travels as a musician, and I was probably complaining about the fact that I’m never in one place for very long, and she said something like ‘That’s all I want. I want to travel. I want to see the world.’ It stuck with me. This song is about having compassion for someone who doesn't have the means to get out of their circumstances but still has the dreams."

Maggie is the third advance track from the upcoming album, World On The Ground, produced by multi-time GRAMMY winner, John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello). It follows the “timely and tantalizing” (Rolling Stone) lead single, Johnny, and the “gorgeous, pitch-perfect” (American Songwriter), Orange and Blue.

Read more about the Origins of Maggie via Consequence of Sound. Sarah is also the latest contributor to NPR Music’s Daily Breather series, where artists discuss what’s helping them get through these days of isolation.

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LONER IS NIKKI YANOFSKY’S ANTHEM FOR THE OUTSIDERS

LISTEN TO LONER HERE

NEW ALBUM BLACK SHEEP
SET FOR RELEASE ON JULY 10 VIA EONE MUSIC

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2020 – Today, Nikki Yanofsky releases her latest single, Loner, from her forthcoming album, Black Sheep, out July 10 on eOne Music. An anthem for the outsiders, Loner is a celebration of the power in choosing how one socializes. Listen to Loner here.

“There’s a power in being selective with the things you do or the company you keep,” Nikki says of the single. “I socialize on my terms. I don’t feel pressure to do things I don’t want to do or hang with people who don’t get me, and I own that. I also really enjoy being alone. With all the social distancing we've been practicing, this song is especially relatable.”

Produced and co-written by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), and featuring the last two songs that Thriller and Boogie Nights writer, Rod Temperon, ever wrote, Black Sheep – which Billboard has called “charming” and “self-confident” – reveals Nikki as an artist not afraid to defy expectations.

“This is the first album where I’ve written lyrics that speak to my life experiences, and I’m not just trying to please everyone around me,” says Nikki. “It’s different than anything I’ve ever done before, but feels the most me. I feel evolved.”

Nikki recently released a tutorial teaching fans how she recorded the Loner chorus, for SiriusXM’s new At-Home Music Tutorials series. Watch it here. On Monday (May 18), Nikki will go live on American Songwriter’s Facebook for a performance where she will debut songs off the new album, followed by a fan Q&A. Tune in here.

Buy/Stream Loner here

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW RELEASES NEW TRACK HEADLIGHTS

FIRST NEW MUSIC IN THREE YEARS

FROM UPCOMING ALBUM
VIA SONY MUSIC U.K./RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 15, 2020 – James Vincent McMorrow returns today with his first new music in three years; his new track Headlights is available now, along with an official lyric video, via Sony Music U.K./RCA Records. A platinum-selling artist who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams and has seen his music travel everywhere from Drake's Views, to Game Of Thrones, Headlights acts as the first preview of McMorrow's upcoming fifth studio album and first with Sony Music U.K./RCA Records. Listen to Headlights here.

An always-unpredictable, multifaceted talent, Headlights nonetheless has the feel of a brand new chapter for McMorrow. From its arresting opening ("who's there for you / laying in the dark?") to the track's propulsive beats and soaring, gospel melodies, it's the sound of an artist and producer making the boldest yet most direct music of his career. “I wanted Headlights to start in a plaintive humble place and finish in this huge place,” says McMorrow, who also adapted the community-in-chaos theme of his latest material for the track's visuals. After the original filming plans had to be scrapped due to lockdown, a video is currently in the works between McMorrow and his fans, who were given the lyrics and tempo of Headlights before being invited to film their own interpretation without hearing it. 

Over the last decade, James Vincent McMorrow has established himself as an artist of signature style. On his own intuitive terms, McMorrow's bigger-picture approach to each project may vary, but the idea of doing exactly what you need to do, and at exactly the right time, remains a constant. He has emerged as that rare modern act as integral to the worlds of hip-hop and textured R&B as he is the singer-songwriter roots of his early days. Behind his instantly-identifiable voice was a heartfelt, sometimes-cryptic storyteller – who, on Headlights, also appears to have come to understand himself on a deeper level. 

Produced by McMorrow alongside the likes of Paul Epworth, Lil Silva, Kenny Beats and Patrick Wimberley (Chairlift), songs for his forthcoming album were recorded between McMorrow's home of Dublin, LA, and London. An eclectic, deliberately-chaotic modern pop record began to take shape, around which McMorrow also became a dad. “I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person,” he says. “But I don’t feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18 years old. This record is about embracing the idea that it’s okay to not have things figured out."

For an artist who resists easy categorization, Headlights is not about life suddenly making sense; it's about making peace with the fact that nothing does, and finding what you need (the joy, the fearlessness, and the creative freedom) in even the glare of the Headlights

McMorrow most recently visited North America this past fall, playing thrilling stripped back sets in intimate settings in Toronto, as well as NYC and LA. Stay tuned for news about his upcoming North American touring plans.

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KENNY MASON SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR FIRESTARTER

DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on an debut album." - Ones To Watch
Toronto, ON – May 12, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares a new video from his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat.  Firestarter is co-directed by Nasser Boulaich and Aditya Pamidi and is the fourth visual from the album, which Hypebeast called "a bold proclamation full of originality," following HitAngelic Hoodrat, and a joint video for Chevron/PTSD.

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show Euphoria and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Watch Firestarter, and listen to Angelic Hoodrat above, and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat 
Watch Chevron/PTSDsmarturl.it/Chevron_PTSD 
Watch Firestarter:
 smarturl.it/KM_Firestarter

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NBA OG3THREE RELEASES THREE VIDEOS AND THE APPETIZER TRAILER VIA WORLD STAR HIP HOP THIS WEEK

Toronto, ON – May 12, 2020 – Baton Rouge-rapper, NBA OG3Three, simultaneously released three videos and a trailer to his forthcoming documentary/mixtape via World Star Hip Hop.

You Ain’t KnowWalk Down, and On Blood are available now, along with the trailer for OG3THree's forthcoming documentary/mixtape The Appetizer, due out next month via 38 Records/Entertainment One (eOne). Each video received over 1.2 Million views on the World Star site in just 24 hours.

Alan Grunblatt, eOne's President or Urban Music says, "Get ready for the NBA OGThree tsunami!" Watch the videos below.

WATCH – You Ain’t Know
WATCH – Walk Down
WATCH – On Blood

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RHYE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE BEAUTIFUL

Toronto, ON — May 8, 2020 — JUNO Award-winning and Polaris Music Prize nominee, Rhye, the project of Toronto-born LA-based musician, Michael Miloshreturns with Beautiful via Last Gang Records today. Known for his “reserved, understated and brilliant soul” (NPR Music), Beautiful is Rhye’s first proper single since the release of  JUNO-Award winning, Blood. It’s sophisticated in its subtlety, opening with a flurry of strings and a taut percussive beat. Throughout, the song gently surges with humming organ and piano. Milosh’s voice shimmers over a mellow bass line and is instantly recognizable as he advocates for finding beauty in everyday life. This idea is being  presented via A Beautiful Weekend on the Rhye website, where the song is paired with accompanying visuals of beauty. 

As we all share in this collective crazy moment that is quarantine, there are many ways to deal with the isolation, many ways we can truly fall into ourselves,” says Milosh. “For me, celebrating the beauty that is my partner has been a huge inspiration for me and a saving grace. Beauty is something we truly need to be open to in this moment. Find it in music, art, your loved ones, or yourself.

Milosh has been filling his isolation time recording new music and performing livestreams as part of Secular Sabbath, including a morning ambient performance with Joseph August and the Corona Sabbath with Diplo. Secular Sabbath, the LA based creative community founded by his partner Genevieve Medow Jenkins, initially focused on live ambient music events. During quarantine, it has blossomed with a range of offerings.

In conjunction with the Beautiful single release, Rhye is offering a limited edition Box of Beautiful care package which includes a tote bag, a custom scented candle by Joia, a vegan leather embossed notebook and pen, a postcard, engraved selenite, and a bandana. This custom box is available via the Rhye webstore. There will be more Rhye news in the coming weeks.

Listen to Beautiful: ffm.to/rhye-beautiful

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www.rhyemusic.com


About Last Gang:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com   

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ASTROCOLOR RELEASE NEW ALBUM HUE TODAY

TUNE IN TODAY TO WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH RX MUSIC ON INSTAGRAM LIVE AT 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET 

Toronto, ON – May 8, 2020 – Astrocolor released their third studio album, Hue, today via Entertainment One. A highly anticipated release, Hue is the dynamic Victoria, BC-based electronica group’s first full-length since 2018’s Astrocolor III. Frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin, will be joining Master T from RX Music Live for an interview today at 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET via Instagram Live to discuss the project. Tune in here to watch the interview, and listen to Hue here.

"With Hue, we tried to create an album that would cross multiple genres, emotions, and colours on the spectrum,” Frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin shares. Some tracks were made for the club, others for a quiet night at home with a glass of wine. We’re excited to send this music out into world, even though it’s a very different world than we imagined when we recorded it!”

To celebrate the release, Astrocolor are inviting fans to match Neil’s legendary high kick to include in their forthcoming video for new single, Gold. Audiences are invited to film their best high kicks during quarantine and submit a video by May 11. What makes a great high kick? Height, flexibility, number of kicks in sequence, balance, music syncopation, outfit choice, and general creativity are all metrics that need to be very seriously considered in order to compete with the best! All details can be found here.

Leading up to the full release of Hue, Astrocolor dropped three singles to give fans a taste of what they could look forward to. The latest single is Gold, which takes a Moby-inspired original vocal by Adrian Chalifour, and sets it within an Exit Planet Dust-era Chemical Brothers production. Laughter features the highly recognizable, timeless Stax Record sample of Wendy Rene’s 1964 song, After Laughter (Comes Tears) and received CBC support from Afterdark, The Strombo Show, q, and a feature on Spotify Outliers. Watch the video for Laughter, filmed on location at the Surf Motel, an iconic motel and attraction in Victoria, BC,  here. Renegade is a banging old school rave anthem, featuring a sample from widely-recognized track, Renegade Master, made famous in the '90s by Hip Hop artist, A.D.O.R.

Recorded at Burning Rainbow Studios in Victoria BC, Hue stands as a testament to a band of diverse talents. Production, mixing, and engineering duties are primarily handled by frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin. Saxophonist, Anand Greenwell, also boasts a studio background, adding his considerable muscle to the audio equation by working collaboratively with Mr. Cooke-Dallin. From dancefloor anthems to ambient instrumentals, Hue moves the listener across a landscape of emotions and colours, under the curated guidance of six old friends who happen to also be accomplished studio vets.

Based in western Canada, and formed in 2015, Astrocolor perform and record live electronic music, recalling The Chemical Brothers, Air, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, Balearic, breakbeat, and ambient, becoming a regular staple on national radio in Canada (CBC Afterdark, CBC q, and The Strombo Show).

Astrocolor has brought its celebratory live show to west coast music festivals including Burning Man, Rifflandia, Center of Gravity, Golden Sound, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, while also making appearances in Toronto, Seattle, Vancouver, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Chicago, and Costa Rica. Nominated for Electronic Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, the group’s catalogue of original material has over 3.5 million streams on major platforms, and a loyal following of regular listeners globally. Stay tuned for more Astrocolor news, and the video for Gold, in the coming weeks!

Listen to Hue: ffm.to/astrocolor-hue
Watch Laughter: bit.ly/30JnM8j
Watch Renegade: bit.ly/2YEHX8t
Astrocolor on Spotify: www.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

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MONDO COZMO ANNOUNCES PRE-ORDER FOR UPCOMING ALBUM NEW MEDICINE OUT JUNE 12

LATEST SINGLE UPSIDE DOWN ON 
CURRENT ROTATION SIRIUS ALT NATION

LIVE IN EXILE SESSIONS WITH FULL-BAND PERFORMANCE
OF UPSIDE DOWN STREAMING HERE

WATCH NEW MEDICINE ALBUM TRAILER HERE

PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE

Toronto, ON – May 8, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter, Josh Ostrander – has announced the pre-order and track listing of his upcoming album, NEW MEDICINE, out June 12 via Last Gang Records. NEW MEDICINE features album highlights,  Come OnBlack CadillacGenerator, which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor and his latest single, Upside Down, which is on current rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. Each video is  joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here, and you can stream/download Upside Down here.

“When Shine took off at radio, the next year was spent on the road,” Ostrander says. “Playing every show, doing every meet-n-greet, every morning radio show, every podcast, interview, and after party. And why not? It was the first time anyone wanted to talk to me about music. I loved it, but by the end of the year I was pretty beat down and tired. It came to head during a video shoot in which I just completely lost it. I found myself in a situation where I lost control, and in front of the band, label, management I punched a glass door and destroyed my hand. I would spend the night in the emergency room watching them put my hand back together.”

“But I began writing,” he continues. “The tunes just poured out. I was put on medication after the hand debacle. I assumed that’s where the songs were coming from. That’s where the NEW MEDICINE title came from. But I couldn’t play guitar, enter Peter Hayes from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. He guided me. He pushed me to get the record done. As did Butch Vig, who would help me make sense of the demos I was sending to him on the daily.”

“This album sums up a lot for me. Coming to terms with the weird guilt of success, navigating a new American experience. With a numb hand.”

MONDO COZMO - NEW MEDICINE TRACKLIST:

1.Black Cadillac
2.Upside Down (Album Mix)
3.Like a Bird
4.Come On
5.Drown in Love
6.Generator
7.Kicks (Positively Montauk)
8.Mercy
9.It Fills The Room
10.Cigarette (Age of Innocence)

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www.mondocozmo.com

About Last Gang Records:
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.

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RACHEL BECK TO RELEASE CAPTIVATING SOPHOMORE RECORD STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW ON JUNE 12

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE HERE

LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK
AND LEAD SINGLE WARRIOR NOW

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals have been captivating audiences across Canada. Today, she announces the anticipated release of her sophomore offering, Stronger Than You Know, set to drop on June 12.  Produced by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake in Nova Scotia, the record is a celebration of strength and resilience – a gentle call to action, to stand up, to speak out, to be present, and to love fiercely. The album is available for pre-order here, with the uplifting title track, and powerful lead single, Warrior, available now.

"This record is a celebration of strength,” says Beck. “The strength it takes to be a woman, a partner, a parent, a protector of the earth. There is a deliberate absence of retrospection: the songs live in the present and look to the future with optimism, gentleness, and love."

Intimate and close, the six-track EP is sonically decorated amidst compelling electronic rhythms and dreamy synth layers. Beck’s vocals float across the harmony-laden, ethereal soundscape for which she has become known.

Stronger Than You Know follows Beck’s self-titled debut, which garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including two 2019 Music PEI Awards for Pop Recording of the Year, and New Artist of the Year, as well as two 2019 ECMA nominations for Pop Recording of the Year, and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The album’s lead single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in 2018, earning Beck a SOCAN #1 Award. Tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, BC to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Warrior
2. Dancin’
3. Stronger Than You Know
4. At First Glance
5. Things I Should Keep
6. Tonight

“Another graceful set from the P.E.I. singer-songwriter, with more of the electro-pop sheen courtesy of producer Daniel Ledwell. Beck’s rich, haunting vocals always deliver an emotional punch, something ethereal and uplifting and a tiny bit mystical. The songs range from empowering to romantic, with gorgeous, piano-based melodies. Lead single Warrior is a showcase for Beck’s subtle songwriting skills – danceable, beautiful, but filled with strength – a modern feminist anthem.”
Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian

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Listen to / Watch Warrior

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SOCCER MOMMY LAUNCHES DIGITAL 8-BIT MUSIC VIDEO TOUR WATCH CRAWLING IN MY SKIN NOW

TORONTO TOUR STOP PREMIERES WITH NOW MAGAZINE TAKES PLACE IN THE ABANDONED LOWER BAY TTC STATION

SOPHOMORE ALBUM COLOR THEORY OUT NOW

VINYL AVAILABLE AT SONIC BOOM

TORONTO, ON – May 7, 2020Soccer Mommy – twenty-two-year-old, Sophie Allisonreleased her triumphant sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year. What followed was mass critical acclaim, performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline tour dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Now, with touring currently at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has decided to get creative.

Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform, Club Penguin Rewritten, a few weeks ago, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images.

Today, Soccer Mommy will embark on another tour, of sorts – an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through: Toronto Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle and Austin. In true Soccer Mommy fashion, video director, Bella Clark, eschewed the more traditional tourist locations in each city, instead placing Sophie and Co. in an abandoned subway station in Toronto, a haunted hotel in Chicago, a bat-filled Austin bridge, and more. Watch as Soccer Mommy, ahem, ‘performs’ in Toronto with the 8-bit video for crawling in my skin – as premiered today with NOW Magazine – and check out all of the tour stops here.

color theory is out now via Loma Vista Recordings. As of last week, the album made its AAA Top 20 debut. Upon release, it was #1 NACC Top 200 for 4-weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200. color theory is available on duo-tone vinyl with exclusive poster + sticker sheet, CD, cassette, and digital download here.

Listen/Watch circle the drain here
Listen/Watch lucy here
Listen/Watch yellow is the color of her eyes here
Listen/Watch bloodstream here

“Sturdy, imaginative guitar figures entwine with strings, keyboards, drum machines and samples — the sound of a newly confident world-builder let loose in the studio.”Exclaim! Magazine

"Her most fully realized work yet, the next step in her steady journey toward budding indie-rock stardom." – The New York TImes

"her biggest album yet" Vanity Fair

"On Color Theory, Allison...sets herself apart as one of her generation’s most interesting and affecting songwriters." The FADER

"Indie rock prodigy Sophie Allison delves into darkness and vulnerability while maintaining the same dreamy, melodic drive that made her 2018 debut, Clean, so memorable." Rolling Stone

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OVERCOATS RELEASE LOCAL NATIVES REMIX OF FIRE AND FURY

SOPHOMORE ALBUM THE FIGHT OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – Critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo, Overcoats, share Local Natives’ remix of Fire & Fury today. The cross-country collaboration sees the California outfit add synth-spangled flair to the Overcoats original. Local Natives’ take on the track opts for an upbeat and propulsive tempo, giving weight to the song’s lyrics and overall hopeful message. “There’s a fire, there’s a fury, sky is falling but we’ll get through it.”

"We are such fans of Local Natives," Overcoats share. "We’re thrilled to be on a label with them and to be remixing each other’s songs! We love what they added to Fire & Fury, it really feels like it combines both of our vibes perfectly.” ​​​​​​​

Overcoats previously collaborated with Local Natives on a remix of their 2019 Violet Street album single, When Am I Gonna Lose You.

Fire & Fury comes from Overcoats’ recently released sophomore album, The Fight (Loma Vista Recordings). The 10-track album speaks to the ubiquitous feeling of anxiety when looking at the current chaos around us, and has become an almost prescient document for getting through the times we have found ourselves in. The Fight’s linked themes of overcoming adversity, avowing friendship, striving for loyalty, and seeking hope are needed more than ever. As people are currently starved for a light at the end of a tunnel and meaningful interaction, Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats offer a rallying cry and an antidote to these trying times. 

Listen to/Watch Fire & Fury (Local Natives Remix) here
Listen to The Fight (Reprise) here
Watch The Fight (Reprise) here
Listen to The Fight here

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TAES LEAVITT FROM SPLASH'N BOOTS LAUNCHES THE BIG HEART JOURNEY'S CORONAVIRUS TOOLKIT

AN EMPOWERING MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION TOOLKIT FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES – INCLUDING A SPECIAL MEDITATION FOR MOMS JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY!

PARTNERS WITH AUTISM CANADA ON WEEKLY
BIG HEART JOURNEY LIVESTREAM SHOW

FOLLOW ALONG AT THE BIG HEART JOURNEY WEBSITE
ON INSTAGRAM AND YOUTUBE

Toronto, ON – May 7, 2020 – JUNO Award-winning children’s music super-duo, Splash’N Boots, continue to make a BIG splash for families during these unprecedented times. The duo created The Big Heart Morning Show – a live, interactive show, featuring dress-up, singing, dancing, ‘big heart’ awards for children doing amazing things during this time, and more. Now, Splash’N Boots are thrilled to announce the launch of The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit, which includes a collection of dynamic meditations and ‘Heart Hugs’ designed to help children and their families navigate this incredibly uncertain (and sometimes scary) time of life. The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit is available now on the official Big Heart Journey website, Instagram @bigheartjourney, and YouTube.

“Our world has been turned upside down. Children have been forced to adapt to an unprecedented new space, where outside support from school, friends and extended family is no longer available,” says Taes Leavitt (Boots). “This is the most important time for us, as artists and performers, to unite and provide emotional support that every child and family so desperately needs. This is a time, when every child needs somewhere to go to feel safe, to feel loved and to just know that they are going to be ok. We want to provide that place.”

To minimize the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of children, it is crucial they learn tools and strategies to help them cope. The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit gives children and families access to ‘Heart Hugs’, which are not your typical lie-on-the-floor meditations; they are mindfulness moments for children that are dynamic, fun and empowering. Showing children that they have everything they will ever need inside of them, the ‘Heart Hugs’ in this toolkit will leave kids feeling stronger and prepared to take on anything, while helping them feel safe and loved no matter what. Since parents have been working double-time these days, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, there will also be a special meditation just for moms, to help provide a moment of calm in their days.

The Coronavirus Toolkit will help children and their caregivers deal with topics such as: missing the people you love, connecting when you are physically apart, managing uncertainty and anxiety, and much more.

In addition to The Big Heart Morning Show, and The Big Heart Journey’s Coronavirus Toolkit, Leavitt will also bring the toolkit and ‘Heart Hugs’ to life with a weekly intimate live-stream show, called The Big Heart Journey, which aims to engage and empower children by helping them navigate all of their feelings, big and small. Every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET, the show will teach mindfulness and working through emotions using dance, music and art. Leavitt has joined forces with Autism Canada to incorporate ‘Heart Hugs’ as part of a healthy bedtime routine in a time of great uncertainty for children. The weekly program can be livestreamed at Splash’N Boots’ Facebook, and on the Big Heart Journey YouTube Channel.

About Autism Canada
The only Canadian organization with a national perspective on the issues currently facing those with ASD, their families and other stakeholders, Autism Canada has been the hub of knowledge and understanding about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada since 1976. Autism Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and affiliated with a Professional Advisors Committee, an ASD Advisors Committee and a Provincial and Territorial network that span the entire country and work collaboratively to share best practices, build consensus and help inform public health policy.

About Splash’N Boots
Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows and television. Their music creates family dance parties; it is a soundtrack to bedtimes, mealtime and all moments in between. Since their inception, Splash’N Boots have released twelve original music albums, resulting in five consecutive JUNO Award nominations for Children’s Album of the Year between 2014 and 2018. Their album, You, Me and the Sea, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle, won the 2019 JUNO Award for Children’s Album of the Year.

On television, they appear daily in over 8.5 million homes across Canada with their number one TV show, which is broadcast daily on Canada’s top children’s television networks, Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada, as well as the worldwide streaming platform Kidoodle, garnering over 1 million views in the first 6 months on the platform. Splash’N Boots are committed to using their voice to raise awareness for important causes. They are the first children's act to partner with PLUS1 - $1 from every ticket sold in their cross-Canada 2018 tour went to support access to music education and adaptive instruments for young children via MusiCounts.

About Taes Leavitt, Writer & Performer
Known as the Boots half of Splash’N Boots, Taes has created a career she loves based on her love for children and desire to foster connection through music. What started as a class project at Queens University has developed into a platform where Taes is now committed to raising awareness for important causes and giving a voice to vulnerable children. Most recently she has released a dynamic meditation album for families called The Big Heart Journey, designed to connect children to their feelings and help them feel safe, heard and loved.

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR SHARE NEW SINGLE SILENZIO

NEW ALBUM CONCORDE SET FOR RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 11 VIA LISBON LUX RECORDS

WATCH VIDEO FOR CONCORDE

Toronto, ON – May 5, 2020 – Today, Montreal trio, Le Couleur, release a new single, Silenzio. The song is the third from their forthcoming album, Concorde, out September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records. Listen to Silenzio here, and stay tuned for a music video to follow in the coming weeks. 

"The track Silenzio is about the death that lurks and holds us in a duel, already lost,” Le Couleur says on the song’s inspiration. “It deals with the rivalry between life and death. The latter being put into image by a betrayal, and ending with the kiss of  death (il bacio della morte). She wins again and we witness her executions."

Last year, Le Couleur released Silhouettethe first single from Concorde. On February 7, the group shared the album’s title track, Concorde, with a stunning visual directed by Ariel Poupart in their hometown of Montreal. Poupart connected Concorde to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video here.

"I wanted to pay tribute to this mythical plane Concorde, by bringing it as a love break-up...These are the last moments of the plane, which remembers its memories, its image, its exploits,” says Laurence Giroux-Do. “Like the last discussion when you breakup, you remember our good times, trying everything to save the relationship but it ends and the name of this lover remains in our history, in our memory.”

The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances.

Le Couleur polished their sound until it shined as bright as the late Studio 54's spotlights with Eps, Voyage Love (2013) and Dolce Désir (2015), and then P.O.P. (2016), their critically acclaimed debut album.

Thanks to precious advice from Giorgio Moroder, with whom the band had the opportunity of sharing the stage, Le Couleur recorded their new album adopting a completely different approach.

Concorde takes its name from the legendary Franco-British airplane from 1965, nicknamed the "beautiful white bird" for its sleek and modern design. This avant-garde project that ended in tragedy has always held a certain fascination for Laurence Giroux-do; a deadly "crash" that inspired in her a sense of macabre sensuality.

 In the album's music we find vintage influences, recalling the faded charm of 70s erotica, warm tones also rooted in psychedelia, disco, yéyé, and French chanson.

Listen to Silenziobit.ly/3fwZNR0
Watch Concorde: bit.ly/2YDtObI 
Listen to Silhouette: kuronekoMedia.lnk.to/Silhouette 
Pre-order Concordeidol.lnk.to/Concorde

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KENNY MASON SHARES DOUBLE VIDEO FOR CHEVRON/PTSD

DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" - NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex 

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth 

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on an debut album." - Ones To Watch

Toronto, ON – May 5, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares a new video from his debut album, Angelic Hoodrat. Directed by Nasser Boulaich, the joint video for Chevron/PTSD opens up with Mason in a parking lot for Chevron, before jumpstarting into a frenetic black-and-white cut for PTSD. The video is the third visual from the album, which Hypebeast called "a bold proclamation full of originality," following Hit and Angelic Hoodrat.

Part of a burgeoning new wave of Atlanta musicians, Kenny Mason is redefining popular notions of the city's sound. Displaying versatility as a rapper with a wide spectrum of influences spanning from hip-hop to alt-rock, Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront and showcases his distinct and singular vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show, Euphoria, and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

Watch Chevron/PTSD, and listen to Angelic Hoodrat above, and stay tuned for more from Kenny Mason coming soon.

Listen to Angelic Hoodrat: smarturl.it/KM_AngelicHoodrat 
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BRANDY PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BABY MAMA FEATURING CHANCE THE RAPPER ON BETher, BET SOUL & BET JAMS TODAY

NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2020

Toronto, ON – May 4, 2020 – GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, releases the official video for her new single, Baby Mama, featuring Chance The Rapper, today.  The video premiered exclusively with BETher, BET JAMS, BET SOUL, and BET.com.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy.  Watch it here.

 

On Friday, May 4, Brandy released the single, Baby Mama, to overwhelming excitement from fans via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One (“eOne”). Produced by Hit-Boy and Brandy, the horn-laden track is an ode to raising her daughter, Sy’rai, and a larger anthem to all mothers working hard to support their family. The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and is impacting at radio today. Stream and buy Baby Mama here.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves...This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah...Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama...I’m every woman and a baby mama.” Brandy says. “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood but in life.  I am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

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About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne)
 is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

 

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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SARAH JAROSZ RELEASES ORANGE AND BLUE ODE TO HER SMALL-TOWN TEXAS UPBRINGING: LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM WORLD ON THE GROUND OUT JUNE 5 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Multiple GRAMMY-winner, Sarah Jarosz, has shared Orange and Blue from her eagerly-anticipated new album World On The Ground, out June 5 on Rounder Records.  Orange and Blue was co-written by Jarosz and producer, John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello), a pair that has amassed eight GRAMMY Awards between them.  As with much of World On The Ground, the new song illuminates the inner lives of small-town characters caught between the desire to escape and embrace home. Listen to Orange and Blue and pre-order World On The Ground here.

Orange and Blue is an impressionistic reflection on Jarosz’s childhood home, nestled against the tree-canopied banks of Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Texas (pop. 2.626). Led by a dreamlike piano, the song conjures a vivid portrait of digging into the earth to “find a heart that’s so buried it’s almost impossible to find.” Jarosz’s novelistic attention to detail and spare, elegant arrangements make Orange and Blue a prime example of Texas songwriting at its finest.

World On The Ground’s lead single, Johnny was released last month and praised by Rolling Stone as a “timely and tantalizing … inner battle with the forces of wanderlust and inertia, freedom and stability.” Other fans include Brooklyn Vegan, which called it “a lovely piece of literate folk-pop,”  and Paste, which named Johnny its Song of the Week. 

Sarah Jarosz is a three-time GRAMMY winner, as a solo artist and as a member of I’m With Her.  The 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist was first nominated for a GRAMMY at age 18 for her 2009 debut and has released three solo records since, the most recent being 2016’s Undercurrent.  

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CAROLINE SPENCE REIMAGINES JIMMY EAT WORLD’S 2001 SMASH THE MIDDLE

SPENCE’S STUNNING MINT CONDITION TURNS ONE

TUNE IN TO SEE CAROLINE SPENCE ON THE ROUNDUP SUNDAY MAY 3

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Caroline Spence's wistfully reimagined take on Jimmy Eat World's 2001 smash, The Middle is available today. Spence first started performing the song last fall while on tour in support of her album, Mint Condition, and was happily surprised to realize how deeply it resonated with audiences. Listen to The Middle here (electric and acoustic versions).

Spence recalls, "I first covered The Middle on a whim one night this past fall on tour opening for another band. During a long tour drive, I had rediscovered my love for Jimmy Eat World, this song, and the whole Bleed American album. Upon hearing The Middle for the first time in a long time, it still felt relevant to me even all these years later and just as wonderful to remind myself that I was still 'in the middle of the ride.'"

She continues, "This past January, I decided to make The Middle the last song of my opening set for another tour. I think it's always good to have a cover in your back pocket as an opener, but I didn't expect this cover to be my favorite part of the set. I've always known that this song meant a lot to me growing up, but it wasn't until I played it every night for a month with the audience singing along did I realize just how much it was an anthem for the millennial generation when we felt like awkward middle schoolers and misfit high schoolers. I would play it just me and my guitar and without all the rock band production, the lyrics hold up as one of the sweetest and wisest songs out there. It reads like Wild World by Cat Stevens or Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It brings a smile to my face to sing it; to sing it feels like I'm comforting both myself and those in the audience. I decided to record it as a way to keep that feeling going."

Mint Condition, Spence's debut recording for Rounder, was released exactly one year ago on May 3, 2019. The album was warmly embraced by critics, who lauded Mint Condition as a "stunning journey through self-discovery" (Uncut) and "one of the best country releases of the year." (Paste).  NPR Music hailed her as a "fantastic lyricist" and praised her knack for coining "the sharpest little turns of phrase," while Rolling Stone declared, "The album establishes Spence as a writer somewhere between Kathleen Edwards and Guy Clark in her deft chronicles of interpersonal complexity."

Mint Condition landed on Best of 2019 lists in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Paste, AllMusic, Garden & Gun, and Folk Alley, among others.

Caroline Spence will commemorate the album's anniversary with a pair of livestreaming concerts: today, Spence will do a live set on her Instagram channel at 12:00 pm CT. This Sunday, May 3, Spence will appear on The Roundup, Rounder Records' weekly live performance showcase, which airs at 1:30 EDT on Rounder's YouTube channel.

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MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY CELEBRATES MOTHERHOOD WORLDWIDE WITH NEW SINGLE

BABY MAMA FEATURING CHANCE THE RAPPER OUT TODAY  WITH OFFICIAL VIDEO PREMIERING ON BET MONDAY, MAY 4 

NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2020

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 –  Just in time for Mother’s Day, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, is back with a very special tribute for all mothers across the globe.  Brandy releases her long-awaited, empowering new single, Baby Mama, featuring Chance The Rapper, today via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One (“eOne”). Produced by Hit-Boy & Brandy, the horn-laden track is an ode to raising her daughter, Sy’rai, and a larger anthem to all mothers working hard to support their family. The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and will be impact radio on May 4. The song premiered this morning via iHeart Media stations across the country, and will be played every hour on the hour today until 10 PM local time. Stream and buy Baby Mama here.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves...This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah...Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama...I’m every woman and a baby mama.”

Brandy says, “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood, but in life.  I’m am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

Following the single’s release BET will premiere the official Baby Mama video on Monday, May 4 via, BET JAMS, and BET SOUL, and BET.com beginning at 12 noon ET.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy. Watch the Baby Mama lyric video here.

Baby Mama is the follow-up to Brandy’s GRAMMY-nominated, hit single with Daniel Caesar, Love Again, which soared to #1 on the Urban AC chart late last year.

Since emerging with her 4x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 - Never Say Never (1998), Full Moon (2002) Afrodisiac (2004), Human, and 2012 - Two Eleven (2012). Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and four BMI Awards.

Baby Mama will be featured on Brandy’s highly anticipated forthcoming album out later this year.  Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com

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About eOne
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne)
 is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

 

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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half•alive RELEASE IN FLORESCENCE EP

THIRD TRACK AND VIDEO FOR
CREATURE (W/ORCHESTRA) OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Today, Long Beach-based trio, half•alive, release their EP in Florescence via RCA Records. Listen here. in Florescence is an audio and visual project that includes orchestral arrangements of four tracks off the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Now, Not Yet, as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them. The third track and video for creature (w/Orchestra) is out today. Watch here. Earlier this week, the band released the first track and video, RUNAWAY (w/Orchestra), followed by still feel. (w/Orchestra).

Recorded earlier this year, this was a one day feat of creativity and talent as band, composer, orchestra ensemble, video director and crew, dancers, recording engineer, live painters, etc., all came together to live record and film a whole project over the course of 12 hours at Capitol Studios without having any advanced rehearsal. The EP was arranged by arranger/composer, Miguel Atwood Ferguson (Ray Charles, Flying Lotus, Thundercat), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Frank Ocean, Adele, Arcade Fire). The videos were directed by Mimi Cave (Sylvan Esso, Vance Joy), and choreographed by JA collective.

Says half•alive, “in Florescence is an invitation to experience songs from half•alive’s full length debut Now, Not Yet with both the familiar and new. We wanted to reconstruct the music; exploring where it could bend & flow. We partnered with composer Miguel Atwood Ferguson to help the songs breathe with new energy. In florescence means ‘in the process of flowering’, which we thought adequately described two themes we are very passionate about in our art – the surface level being these songs in particular, in their finding new ways to bloom.  And second, on a deeper level, to every human being’s continual transformation and longing for The Beautiful; in both conscious and subconscious pursuit.”

The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. Encompassing R&B, funk, pop, rock, soul, and more under a glow of disco ball bliss, the experience iterates in a fresh form every time. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 3 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became the 2018 breakout still feel. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. still feel. took off, and the band’s profile burgeoned as they inked a deal with RCA Records to help grow their vision.

Launching 2019 with a bang, the trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour, which included two sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. They saw still feel. reach new heights as it rocketed into the Top 10 at Alternative radio with over 37 million video views and over 53 million global streams to date. Known for their incredibly creative videos and live shows, the band made their late-night television debut last year with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed “Runaway” on The Late Late Show with James Corden last September.  In August, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 158 million worldwide audio streams. half•alive’s live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow are out now and they were also named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise. They also delivered landmark performances at last year’s Lollapalooza and Outside Lands festivals as well as selling out clubs and theaters on their debut album’s headline tour across North America, Australia, UK, and Europe.

In Florescence Tracklist:
1. RUNAWAY (w/Orchestra)
2. still feel. (w/Orchestra)
3. creature (w/Orchestra)
4. BREAKFAST (w/Orchestra)

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INDIGO GIRLS SHARE NEW SONG COUNTRY RADIO

LIVESTREAM CONCERT SERIES MAY 7, 14 AND 21

NEW ALBUM LOOK LONG OUT MAY 22

PRE ORDER HERE

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Inspired by the response to their March 19 livestream – around 80,000 viewers – Indigo Girls have confirmed a concert and Q&A livestream series for every Thursday in May (7, 14, and 21) at 7:00 pm ET (Facebook Live and Instagram Live).  The May 14 concert will include an optional donation with all proceeds to charity.  

“We were amazed and honoured to have so many folks tuning in the last time we did a livestream,” says Amy Ray. “Especially cool is the way the community comments to each other and gets super connected and engaged. We need that kind of connection in this world and we feel so lucky to have all y’all! So glad Emily and I can do this and have access to some internet :-)”

Indigo Girls are also sharing Country Radio from their upcoming album, Look Long (May 22, Rounder). Written by Saliers, the song had been added to the set on recent tours, including a full-band performance on Live from Here with Chris Thile. “I can tell it’s resonating with people,” says Emily. “When I get to that line, ‘I’m just a gay kid who loves country radio,’ there’s an audible verbal response from the audience.”

"This song is the way I felt doing those four-hour drives from Nashville to Atlanta, listening to country music radio,” Saliers remembers. “I could almost put my own life story in these songs, but I can’t. There are gender divisions and heteronormative realities. There’s a lot of self-homophobia that I’ve had to work on in my own life that plays into this as well.”  

Country Radio is out now, alongside Shit Kickin’, Change My Heart and When We Were Writers.  

Produced by, John Reynolds, at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Bath, England, Look Long was born from a need for Saliers and Amy Ray to sing songs and bolster each other. “People can feel lost in these times,” Saliers explains. "Let’s lament our limitations, but let’s also look beyond what’s right in front of us, take the long view of things, and strive to do better.” 

In 1999, Reynolds produced Indigo Girls’ beloved album, Come On Now Social, a time described by Ray as “one of the most important moments in our musical growth.” 

The power of unity has always been an Indigo Girls calling card, and maybe because of it, they’ve been having a resurgence:  Their audience has become more expansive and diverse, and they have a new generation of devoted peers, like Brandi Carlile and Justin Vernon, who recently said on the Broken Record podcast how he, “…adored them more and more—the more they had strength in the face of their adversity,” says Vernon.  “They’re my favourite group ever.” 

Since their 1989 self-titled, breakout album, the Grammy award-winning duo has racked up a slew of gold and platinum certifications and sold-out tours around the world, all while engaging in committed and uncompromising social and political activism, including immigration reform (El Refugio), LGBTQ rights, education (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library), death penalty reform, and sustainability in Native communities. They are co-founders of Honor the Earth, a non-profit dedicated to Indigenous environmental justice and green energy solutions. They have granted over three million dollars to Native-led grassroots groups and campaigns fighting against bad energy projects but also funding sustainable ones.

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JUKE ROSS RELEASES NEW TRACK ATLANTA VIA PALM TREE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

Toronto, ON – May 1, 2020 – Juke Ross releases his new track Atlanta today via Palm Tree Records/RCA Records (listen here).  The track which was co-written by Juke and Ido Zmishlany tells his story of how one dared to dream, dreamed to live and change his own world and how special Atlanta is to him after he moved there in 2016 from Guyana.

Earlier this year, Juke released his up-tempo ballad along with an accompanying music video for Amazing. Prior to that, Juke released his Drifting Apart EP, which featured the songs Burned By The Love, We Never Die and Trading Places. The EP has accumulated over 10 million streams to date.  The Deluxe Edition of the EP includes additional acoustic version of the original EP tracks.  His releases so far have garnered praise and features from the likes of EarmilkPopDust, Idolator and more.  Juke Ross also toured in support of the EP release, which saw him play shows in New York, sold out Toronto’s Velvet Underground, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more. Before which he opened for Mark Knopfler on his European leg of his Farewell tour.

Juke Ross currently resides in Brooklyn, New York by way of Guyana, South America. One of 14 siblings, the self-described “med school dropout,” singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist touched down stateside in 2016 after his independent single, Colour Me, caught fire on Spotify. Acoustic guitar in hand, his effortless take on pop soul organically emanated Caribbean flavor and quietly attracted upwards of 80 million cumulative streams and 2 million listeners on Spotify within two years. Written in his birthplace, the Grey EP detailed the initial phase as he went from a tiny country to one of the biggest cities in the world. 

In 2018, he enjoyed a series of firsts in North America. He sold out Arlene’s and tried his hand at composing in the States, delivering the one-offs Hey Lil’ Mama and Fresh Roses. The latter racked up 17.5 million Spotify streams in under six months.

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LAILA BIALI LAUNCHES NEW QUARANTUNES VIDEO SERIES FOR INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

WATCH THE FIRST INSTALLMENT
FOR THE SONG SUGAR HERE

NEW ALBUM OUT OF DUST OUT NOW

"Out of Dust sparkles like a soundtrack for spring."The Vancouver Sun

"... moving, inspiring, and life-affirming songs."SOCAN Words and Music

"This is a wholly confident record from the Juno winner, who continues to be one of the most talented and compelling artists in Canada. Out of Dust is another big step toward global stardom." –  JAZZ.FM

Toronto, ON – April 30, 2020 – In celebration of International Jazz Day, JUNO Award winner, Laila Biali, has launched her new Quarantunes video series with a “live” performance of her single, Sugar. For this project, Biali invited some of the musicians she would ordinarily be on tour with right now to film and record themselves performing at home. Each individual track was then collated into one performance by Biali’s husband and co-producer, Ben Wittman. None of the performances were altered or overdubbed after the fact, and in this way, Biali and her fellow musicians formed a virtual band, on a virtual stage, to brighten these quarantine days! Watch the lead Quarantunes video for Sugar here.

"It's tough to not be on the road right now," says Biali. "Live performances bring the music to life and connection with audiences is what motivates me as an artist. So here we are, in this new space, creating a Quarantunes virtual stage where we can do that in a new way."

Biali's new album, Out of Dust, released on March 27 and was to include 3+ months of global tour dates, covering Canada, the US, and Europe. Because she can no longer bring this music to physical stages around the world, Biali went for the next best thing, which even has its advantages. For example, she wouldn't typically be able to tour with a group this size; but, this new "virtual reality" enables her to involve a larger circle of musicians and peers based in different cities – Toronto, Ontario; Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and Brooklyn, NY.

The Quarantunes video for Sugar features an all-star lineup of musicians: JUNO-nominated electric bassist, Rich Brown, who has performed with Steve Coleman, Angelique Kidjo, and Kurt Elling, to name a few; Larnell Lewis (electronic drums), who has earned multiple GRAMMY Award wins for his work with Snarky Puppy and recently collaborated with the legendary producer, Quincy Jones; Ben Wittman (percussion), who has supported pop icons, Sting and Paul Simon;  Glenn Patscha (organ), who has toured with Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and others;  Rob Christian (tenor saxophone) – one of Canada's premiere multi-instrumentalists; current Sky Trails Band member, Michelle Willis (backing vocals); and Snarky Puppy founding member, Mike "Maz" Maher (backing vocals). The performance video compilation was created by Nick Collingwood & Halla Creative.

Stay tuned for more installments of Laila Biali’s Quarantunes series coming soon!

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www.lailabiali.com

About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award win, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.

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MT. JOY SHARE NEW SINGLE DEATH FROM NEW ALBUM REARRANGE US

FOLLOWS LAST WEEK’S PERFORMANCE
ON FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE
WHILE PERFORMING IN HER SHED


REARRANGE US OUT JUNE 5 ON DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – April 30, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy share Death from their forthcoming album Rearrange Us, out June 5th on Dualtone Records. The track finds singer/songwriter, Matt Quinn, finding solace among the living as his bandmates create a bar-band rattle that transforms into the most fraught “ooh la la las” you’ll hear all week. Listen to Death and pre-order Rearrange Us here.

Says Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) of the new track: "I’m not suicidal, but I think we’re constantly being reminded of our mortality and at times I’m at least aware of the peace that comes with death. I was hoping this song would remind people and myself that there are so many family members/friends here on earth that want to help us find our peace, and there really is so much beauty here, especially when you let people help you.”

Last week, the band appeared on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to perform their hit single, Strangers – which has gained over 5M streams and is rising quickly on the Triple A Radio charts. Take a trip into the woods with Samantha Bee and discover Mt. Joy performing in her shed here.

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www.mtjoyband.com

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POP EVIL RELEASE TWO NEW SINGLES LET THE CHAOS REIGN AND WORK

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR 2020

Toronto, ON – April 30, 2020 – Michigan's own, POP EVIL, have released two new singles, Let The Chaos Reign,  and Work, marking the first taste of new music from the band since their Pop Evil full-length in 2018. The new tracks arrive as a twin assault of invigorating, readymade hits for 2020, from a forthcoming album filled to the brim with a dozen tracks each worthy of a dedicated spotlight. Let the Chaos Reign is the heaviest single the band has ever dropped, a rousing fight song of self-determination about rising to meet any challenge with courage and strength. By contrast, Work puts its heavy guitars atop a grooving rhythmic punch, as it champions the working-class heroes struggling to persevere across all industries today. 

Speaking on the new singles and upcoming album, frontman and band founder Leigh Kakaty stated:

“We won’t bore people with the same song over and over. When you come to our live show, we feel like there should be an ebb and flow, peaks and valleys, that are similar to real life. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. We like to take people on a journey when they listen to our music or come to see us live.” 

POP EVIL has been a staple at major festivals and in theaters and clubs for over a  decade, despite the group’s relative youth. As they’ve ruled the roost with No. 1 Billboard Rock singles like Trenches, Deal with the DevilTorn to Pieces,Footsteps, and Waking Lions, they’ve taken their inspired message to the people, on tours with modern rock titans and veteran acts alike. The band bunkered down in Los Angeles in the winter of 2019 to put the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new album due out later this year via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the uniquely varied aspects of the band’s sound. As Let The Chaos Reign and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been stronger than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 that represent everything POP EVIL is about. This new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled album that came out two years ago to high critical praise with outlets like Loudwire saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen." Collectively, the band’s previous five albums account for over 600 million worldwide streams. 

Earlier this month, POP EVIL also shared the news that their North American Versatile Tour is postponed with details to follow regarding new dates. 

Listen – Let The Chaos Reignlnk.to/popevilletthechaosreign

Listen – Worklnk.to/popevilwork

POP EVIL is: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals) , Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar), Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Hayley Cramer (Drums)

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Single Art | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.popevil.com

 

About Entertainment One:
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution, and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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ANIMATED & LYRIC VIDEOS FOR THE GAME'S WELCOME HOME FEAT. NIPSEY HUSSLE AND THE CODE FEAT. 21 SAVAGE OUT TODAY

BOTH TRACKS ON THE GAME’S LATEST ALBUM BORN 2 RAP

Toronto, ON – April 29, 2020 – Watch the LA-centric, animated video for The Game's Welcome Homefeaturing Nipsey Hussle, and the lyric video for The Code featuring 21 Savage.  The tracks are featured on The Game’s latest album, Born 2 Rap, which was released on November 29, 2019 via Entertainment One/5th Amendment/Prolific Records.  The album features an all-star line-up including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Travis Barker, Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, 21 Savage, Bryson Tiller, Anderson .Paak, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Masego, D Smoke and more.

 

Critics have raved about Born 2 Rap, said by the rapper to be his last. Variety wrote that Born 2 Rap is "chock full of hard-hitting bars, aggressive punchlines, timeless samples, and vivid lyrical storytelling, it’s the hip-hop album we’ve been waiting for," while NME wrote that "...it’s a bit of a punch in the gut to learn that ‘Born 2 Rap’ is – allegedly – to be his last album. Luckily it’s a contender for one of his best."  Hot New Hip Hop said, "[Born 2 Rap]...remains one of the finest projects Jayceon Terrell Taylor has delivered in recent memory."

ABOUT THE GAME:
Born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Compton rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, and entrepreneur The Game locked down a place in the pantheon alongside greats of both coasts by a combination of bar-for-bar bravado, provocative observation, hard-hitting hooks, and sharp introspection. On November 29th, 2019 the Prolific rapper delivered his 9th album fittingly titled, Born 2 Rap.

The Game’s prior album 1992 debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums Chart and tied Drake for most #1 album debuts since the chart began in 2004. Also, the album gave The Game his eighth #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, tying him for third with 2Pac and Lil Wayne amongst all acts. He started this impressive legacy with double-platinum 2005 full-length debut, The Documentary. It not only bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered GRAMMY® nods in the categories of Best Rap Song and “Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group,” but it also emerged as a classic avowed by Pitchfork among the Top 50 Albums of 2005 and chosen on Complex’s Classic Albums of the Last Decade. The 2006 follow-up Doctor’s Advocate retained his spot at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and went platinum. Maintaining positions in the Top 10, he ignited a prolific string of blockbuster releases—L.A.X. [2008], The R.E.D. Album [2011], Jesus Piece [2012], Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf [2014], The Documentary 2 [2015], The Documentary 2.5. [2015], and 1992 [2016].
 

2018 saw a trio of recent singles achieve RIAA certifications with 100 [feat. Drake] platinum and El Chapo with Skrillex and All Eyez [feat. Jeremih] both gold as his total stream tally exceeded 3 Billion across platforms. Television and film credits span everything from Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and Larry King to Hell’s Kitchen and the upcoming All-Star Weekend directed by Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx and co-starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Benicio del Toro. Not to mention, he sparked successful ventures in the world of legal cannabis with his Trees by Game brand, The Reserve dispensaries and partnerships with GFarmaBrands, among other launches.

The 2019 powerhouse lives up to the promise of his forthcoming album’s name especially on the street single West Side, and Anderson .Paak featured Stainless, where his rapping remains as on point as ever.

DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.comptongame.com

About Entertainment One
 Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world. 

Entertainment One’s robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location. 

www.entertainmentone.com

 

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF PREMIERES VIDEO FOR WILLIE’S BIRTHDAY SONG TO CELEBRATE WILLIE NELSON’S BIRTHDAY

FEATURES BOBBIE NELSON, LUKAS NELSON,
MICAH NELSON, MICKEY RAPHAEL, NIKKI LANE,
MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ, COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS AS WELL AS MULTIPLE NIGHT SWEATS

LISTEN HERE | WATCH HERE

TORONTO, ON – April 29, 2020 – To celebrate Willie Nelson’s birthday, acclaimed musician, Nathaniel Rateliff, premieres the Rett Rogers-directed video for Willie’s Birthday Song today. Shot in isolation, the video features performances from Willie’s sister, Bobbie Nelson, on piano, his famed harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, The Night Sweats’ Patrick Meese, Mark Shusterman and Jeff Dazey, Jonathan Tyler, Matt Pynn, as well as background vocals by Willie’s sons, Lukas and Micah, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Nikki Lane and Courtney Marie Andrews. Watch/share the video here

On Friday, Rateliff debuted Willie’s Birthday Song, which Rolling Stone praised as “joyful” and Consequence of Sound called “A swinging country ditty.” The track is also the latest installment of The Marigold Singles, which is an ongoing project to raise money for Rateliff’s foundation, The Marigold Project, supporting community and non-profit organizations working for economic and social justice. 

Willie’s Birthday Song will appear on the B-side of a limited edition 7” that will be released this summer exclusively at shop.nathanielrateliff.com. The A-side will be a duet by Rateliff and Willie, which will at that time be available digitally. Proceeds will support Farm Aid, whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land, and StrongHearts Native Helpline, which confronts issues of domestic violence in the Native American community.

“Farm Aid is honored to be a beneficiary of this song Farm Aid’s founder, Willie Nelson. We’re grateful that Nathaniel Rateliff and his foundation, The Marigold Project, are part of the Farm Aid family. The work they do to support so many communities and advance racial and social justice is critical, especially in these times” said Farm Aid’s executive director Carolyn Mugar.

StrongHearts is a culturally appropriate, anonymous, confidential service dedicated to serving Native American survivors of domestic violence and concerned family members and friends. “We are honored to be chosen as a beneficiary of this special project,” said StrongHearts Director Lori Jump.

The band initially met Willie through their work with Farm Aid and over the years developed a friendship, connecting on the agricultural benefits of sustainable family farming. Last year, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats released a special edition cannabis collection under Willie’s Reserve. As part of this collaboration, the band hoped to bring attention to the positive impacts legalization has had on local economies and opportunities in agriculture. Further product information can be found here.

In December 2019, The Marigold Singles series debuted featuring Rateliff and John Prine performing Prine’s Sam Stone, as well as a cover of Prine’s Summer’s End with Courtney Marie Andrews. Future releases of The Marigold Singles will feature more collaborations and the beneficiaries will be chosen based on the artists’ common beliefs and the subject matter of the songs. All Marigold Singles are released on 7” vinyl and digitally.

Rateliff established The Marigold Project in 2017. In 2018, The Marigold Project hosted a day of workshops and a rally focused on gun violence prevention, and in December the foundation hosted a summit in Denver concentrated on community and coalition building. Attendees learned from activists and advocates across the country with decades of experience in community building for positive and lasting change.

The foundation also offers grants to organizations working on income inequality, voter registration, food access, gun violence prevention and indigenous rights, among many others. Grant recipients include Mauna Kea/Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Volunteers of America’s Veterans Homeless Services, Denver Urban Gardens, American Agriculture Movement and Texas Gun Sense.

DOWNLOAD – And It’s Still Alright album artwork
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www.nathanielrateliff.com
www.the-marigold-project.org

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JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER RELEASES VIDEO FOR CLENCH

LIVESTREAM CONCERT FOR MUSICTOGETHER ON APRIL 30

CLENCH FILMED DURING TOUR FOR NEW ALBUM LOSS

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR WRECK

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2020 – Multifarious artist, instrumentalist and producer, Jean-Paul De Roover, shares a new music video for his song, Clench, today. The visual, filmed by Adrien Harpelle, was captured as Jesn-Paul rocked Ottawa’s Cinqhole in March with his band, The Bandaid Solution, before the venue shut down due to Covid-19. The show was the latest Jean-Paul performed before the global pandemic, while on tour supporting his new project, LOSS (released February 21). Nothing is stopping Jean-Paul from sharing the fresh tunes, and he’s doing so this Thursday, April 30 through an exclusive livestreamed concert for MusicTogether – the live stream will be happening via MusicTogether’s website at 7:30 pm ET. See below for more details, and watch Clench here to preview Jean-Paul’s incredible stage presence. 

On LOSS, Jean-Paul covers the devastating hardships experienced by his friends and family. Lyrically, the songs are about different types of losses that he has either experienced or been very close to. Highlighting his extensive career as an artist, always experimenting with sound and structure, LOSS is a brilliant display of Jean-Paul’s work to date. Listen to the album here.

“Sure, it still has a lot of elements that still sound like me, but many are very fresh. The heavy progressive lean, the anti-looping composition, the added orchestral instrumentation and the fact that I’m literally screaming on more than one song instead of relying on my most recognizable asset (my singing voice) means that I’m intentionally making myself very vulnerable and very uncomfortable,” Jean-Paul says of creating LOSS. “Make no mistake, there is strength and determination behind my conviction to release this album under my name instead of a pseudonym/side project, but that doesn’t make this type of risk any less scary on the inside.”

Jean-Paul shared insight on the making of LOSS, highlighted in features with Canadian BeatsPure Grain Audio, V13FYI Music NewsSoo TodayThe Sudbury StarThe Sault StarSt. Catharines StandardRogers Ottawa – DaytimeRX MusicThe Creative Imbalance PodcastApt613, an addition to Exclaim!’s The Eh! List on Spotify, and interviews on CBC Radio One Points North, CHUO, and CKCU. Jean-Paul was recently featured in a national news story by The Canadian Press, where he shares his thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting artists. 

Touring with a live band for the first time in 13 years, Jean-Paul hit the road with The Bandaid Solution, kicking things off with a hometown release show in Thunder Bay, Ontario at Black Pirates’ Pub, followed by performances in Marathon, Guelph, Windsor, Sarnia, Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. 

LOSS is a sibling project to his 2019 album, LOVE (released May 31, 2019). Jean-Paul started a new decade with the album’s first single, Wreck, a highly collaborative song with personal depth and connection to Jean-Paul’s community. It features group vocalists that contributed to the Indiegogo campaign that helped fund the album, and voices from those that attended the LOVE album release at Cambrian Players Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON and participated in the live group chants. The strings are comprised of layers of multiple violin parts performed by Adam Iredale-Gray (of Aerialists and Fish & Bird), with additional orchestration and arrangements by Jean-Paul. Watch the lyric video for Wreck here.

On LOSS, Jean-Paul shares a deep facet of the human experience. Songs include the loss of a close friendship (Clench), the closing of a friends’ recording studio (Holes), loss of sanity (Wreck), the divorce of his parents (I Need), and the tragic passing of some extended family members (There’s Been An Accident). Musically, this album falls somewhere between alternative/rock/progressive featuring typical instruments (electric guitars, bass, drums) and vocals (everything from distorted metal screams to pristine choirs), but with additional instrumentation including harp, organ, electronics and orchestral arrangements for string and horn sections. 

About Jean-Paul De Roover: 
Jean-Paul De Roover’s musical upbringing was anything short of ordinary. Inspired to play music after reading a book about a child violinist, he begged his parents to learn to play violin where he was promptly coerced into piano lessons. After two years, he was given the chance to learn violin in Pakistan where he was immediately disappointed with his progress and stopped. Moving forward to his early teens, he was gifted a handmade Bolivian guitar from the local market and self-taught himself how to play his first Beatles song. A smattering of lessons with a Brazilian jazz bass player, Dutch singer-songwriter and Chilean vocal coach encouraged Jean-Paul to continue pursuing music, but following his own inspirations. Upon returning to Canada in 2001 he explored everything from concert band to barbershop while forming his first rock and punk bands before studying theory, composition and orchestration at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON where he graduated in 2009.   

Since then this Belgian-Canadian has toured across North America and Europe, sharing stages with artists such as the Beach Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Said The Whale, Beardyman and more, and showcasing his work at multiple international music festivals (including Canadian Music Week and NXNE). His music and videos have also been featured on CBC, MuchMusic, reviewed in Exclaim, Earshot! and The Georgia Straight and charted on campus radio stations nationwide.

Jean-Paul’s early career was defined by his innovative approach to music using live looping, where he used his voice and a wide range of musical instruments to construct his songs piece by piece in front of an audience. But his constantly evolving palate has seen him exploring his earnest acoustic singer-songwriter side on LOVE (2019) as well as his passion for emotionally and aurally heavy alternative and progressive rock on LOSS (2020), the two of which are sister albums. Jean-Paul continues to push his own musical limits both in form and substance, daring others to try and categorize him. Because of this, Jean-Paul’s music retains a distinct identity whether he is playing solo, with a band or even a 30-piece orchestra.

Even when he’s not on-stage he’s active in the music and arts communities. For over eight years, he created and coordinated festivals and events for the City of Thunder Bay, and is currently the Artistic Director for the Live From The Rock Folk Festival in Red Rock, ON. He is also a long-standing member of the three-person team at TBShows that promotes and presents music in Thunder Bay. But when he’s not performing live or parenting his toddler, Jean-Paul can be found in his studio, Blueprints, where he not only recorded his latest two albums but also works with the music, film, and television industries as a producer, composer and engineer. 

Upcoming Livestream Concert – MusicTogether:
Thursday, April 30 – 7:30 pm ET – MusicTogether – Tune In Here

Buy and stream LOSSsmarturl.it/jpdrloss

Watch video for Clench: youtu.be/z8bC8wwuKsQ

Watch video for Wreck: youtu.be/3rhjYoMSv2o

DOWNLOAD – LOSS Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Clench Live Photo|  DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.jeanpaulderoover.com

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KIITA RELEASES NEW BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND EP

FEATURES THE SINGLE THINKING ABOUT YOU

Toronto, ON – April 27, 2020 – On the heels of glowing acclaim from The FADER, Clash, and more, buzzing 17-year-old Columbus, OH alternative pop songstress, KIITA, unleashes her new EP, BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND. Get it here via Young Forever/Epic Records, and be on the lookout for the music video for Thinking About You.

The opener and first single, Thinking About You, illuminates the depth of her dynamic style with its fusion of ethereal guitars, thick drums, and glitchy production. Plunging into this lovestruck dreamscape, she assures, “If you want to break down right here, I don’t mind. It’s alright,” before promising, “You’ll be thinking about what I’m thinking about you now. Elsewhere, her delivery barely inches above a whisper on the cavernous, Love Lakes, as she asks, “Lost in a fairytale, but where the fuck did you go?”  The three-track trip culminates on the majestically magical and manic, Straight 2 Hell, where she wishes an ex would “talk to the devil and say you’re sorry for the things you did.

KIITA quietly cultivated her own wonderland out of the Midwest. Inspired by everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Nirvana to Madonna and Selena Gomez, she started to upload early compositions to Soundcloud and Instagram at just 15-years-old. Utilizing music as a portal to purge dark thoughts, she tapped into unbridled emotion via powerhouse vocals above off-kilter production. She caught the attention of Young Forever Founder Chris Anokute who immediately signed her in 2019. Dropping the Let’s Commit A Robbery EP and ANTHEMOESSA EP, the artist attracted widespread acclaim right out of the gate. Drumming up early buzz, The FADER urged, “Listen to KIITA’s perfect pop now so you can feel smart when she’s famous, and CLASH wrote, “KIITA is still only 16 years old yet she tackles her art with the honesty of songwriters twice her age. The Interns summed it up best, “She has the chops to go big.” 

Named after a character in Alice in Wonderland, her 2020 EP BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND welcomes everyone into her world now.

Get ready for more from KIITA very soon!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Thinking About You
2. Love Lakes
3. Straight 2 Hell

www.kiitaofficial.com

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ASTROCOLOR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM HUE OUT MAY 8

LATEST SINGLE GOLD OUT TODAY

WATCH VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE LAUGHTER

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, dynamic Victoria, BC-based electronica group, Astrocolor, return with a shiny new single, Gold. It is the third from Astrocolor’s forthcoming album, Hue, set for release May 8 via Entertainment One. The song features Victoria, BC-based vocalist, Adrian Chalifour. You can stream Gold here, and listen via YouTube here.

Gold follows previous singles, Laughter, and Renegade. Laughter features the highly recognizable, timeless Stax Record sample of Wendy Rene’s 1964 song, After Laughter (Comes Tears) and received CBC support from Afterdark, The Strombo Show, q, and Spotify Outliers. Renegade is a banging old school rave anthem, featuring the Renegade Master sample made famous in the '90s by Hip Hop artist, A.D.O.R. – a widely recognised track. Gold takes a Moby-inspired original vocal by Adrian Chalifour, and sets it within an Exit Planet Dust-era Chemical Brothers production. Says producer/Saxophone player, Anand Greenwell, on Gold:

“Gold takes me back to my time living in London UK in the late 90s when big beat was everywhere – clubs and parties and festivals, a really vibrant electronic music scene that eventually spilled over into the mainstream. It was a unique time with artists like Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers influencing pop culture, and with Gold we tried to capture some of that vibe and put our own spin on it."

Recorded at Burning Rainbow Studios in Victoria BC, Hue stands as a testament to a band of diverse talents. Production, mixing, and engineering duties are primarily handled by frontman/DJ, Neil James Cooke-Dallin. Saxophonist, Anand Greenwell, also boasts a studio background, adding his considerable muscle to the audio equation by working collaboratively with Mr. Cooke-Dallin. From dancefloor anthems to ambient instrumentals, Hue moves the listener across a landscape of emotions and colors, under the curated guidance of six old friends who happen to also be accomplished studio vets.

Based in western Canada, and formed in 2015, Astrocolor perform and record live electronic music, recalling The Chemical Brothers, Air, and St. Germain. The band plays on the edges of funky house, Balearic, breakbeat, and ambient, becoming a regular staple on national radio in Canada (CBC Afterdark, CBC q The Strombo Show).

Astrocolor has brought its celebratory live show to west coast music festivals including Burning Man, Rifflandia, Center of Gravity, Golden Sound, Song & Surf, Tall Tree, and Atmosphere Gathering, while also making appearances in Toronto, Seattle, Vancouver, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Chicago, and Costa Rica. Nominated for Electronic Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, the group’s catalogue of original material has over 3.5 million streams on the major platforms and a loyal following of regular listeners globally. Stay tuned for more to come from Astrocolor in the coming weeks!

HUE TRACKLISTING:
1. Laughter
2. Dance
3. Gold
4. Birds
5. Out
6. Yacht
7. Machines
8. Renegade
9. Needs
10. Want

Listen to Gold: eone.ffm.to/gold
Watch Laughter: bit.ly/30JnM8j
Watch Renegade: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rOP0EtIXMI
Astrocolor on Spotify: www.spoti.fi/2HVe8oL

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SYLVAN ESSO’S WITH OUT NOW ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE

60-MINUTE LIVE CONCERT FILM
DEBUTED AS A YOUTUBE PREMIERE LAST NIGHT
WATCH HERE

16-TRACK LIVE ALBUM SURPRISE-RELEASED TODAY

"As a live force with few equals…a Sylvan Esso concert film is exactly what we're needing right now" – PASTE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has released WITH, their debut live concert film and its corresponding 16-track live album, on Loma Vista Recordings.  WITH captures a transformative moment in the band’s history, when Sylvan Esso expanded from its core duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, to encompass a magical and musically ambitious ten-piece ensemble featuring musicians who perform with Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mr. Twin Sister, Hand Habits, Mountain Man and Mandolin Orange.

Last night, Sylvan Esso debuted the 60-minute live concert film via YouTube Premiere, and hundreds of fan-hosted viewing parties.  Watch WITH here. Following the premiere, Sylvan Esso surprise-released a corresponding 16-track live album.  Listen here.

The fall 2019 WITH tour found Sylvan Esso and friends playing a limited run of historic stages, including two sold-out shows at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and culminating with two hometown concerts at Durham Performing Arts Center, where the live footage and album were recorded. 

Orchestrated with an army of synths, saxophone, two drummers and intricate three-part vocals provided by Amelia with her Mountain Man bandmates, WITH showcases several of Sylvan Esso’s most beloved songs from their studio two albums, Sylvan Esso and What Now: Die Young, Coffee, Radio, Rewind and more.  The WITH band transformed these tracks into an interactive and ever-changing experience that opened up the very idea of what a Sylvan Esso song can be. The film also captures the intense two weeks of preparation and rehearsals that preceded the tour, a home movie of sorts for this newly united creative family.     

Sylvan Esso fans can continue to host WITH viewing parties throughout the day today and this weekend. Learn more on at: www.sylvanesso.com  

Sylvan Esso is Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, both from Durham, NC. They’ve released two albums, 2014’s self-titled debut and 2017’s What Now, both of which entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The GRAMMY-nominated group has performed on Fallon, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and top festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Eaux Claires. Paste named Hey Mami the No. 1 song of 2014, and a 2017 New York Times feature declared: “Sylvan Esso Keeps Electronic Pop Human.” In 2015, they recorded Jaime’s Song for NPR’s Radiolab as a way to explore and understand bipolar disorder.

WITH TRACKLIST:

  1. Come Down
  2. Wolf
  3. Dress
  4. Die Young
  5. Signal
  6. Dreamy Bruises
  7. PARAD(w/m)E
  8. The Glow
  9. Radio
  10.  Uncatena
  11.  Slack Jaw
  12.  Coffee 
  13.  HSKT
  14.  Rewind
  15.  Play It Right
  16.  Sound

Sylvan Esso’s WITH 
Filmed November 2019 at Durham Performing Arts Center
Filmed/Directed by Josh Sliffe

Featuring:
Meg Duffy (Hand Habits): Guitar
Dev Gupta (Mr. Twin Sister): Synths, Keys, Electronics
Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger): Drums, Electronics
Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso): Lead Vocals
Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso): Bass, Synths, Keys, Electronics, Vocals
Molly Sarlé (Mountain Man): Vocals
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Mountain Man, Daughter of Swords): Vocals
Adam Schatz (Landlady): Woodwinds, Electronics, Vocals
Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak): Bass, Synths, Keys, Vocals
Joe Westerlund (Mandolin Orange): Drums, Percussion

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FIVIO FOREIGN RELEASES THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MIXTAPE800 B.C. TODAY VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS

WATCH THE DRIVE BY MUSIC VIDEO HERE
LISTEN TO 800 B.C. HERE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Following weeks of anticipation, Fivio Foreign, one of 2020's artists to watch releases the long awaited mixtape 800 B.C. today via Columbia Records. The accompanying reminiscent visual for Drive Bydirected by JLShotThat is live here.

With features from Meek Mill, Lil Tjay, Quavo and Lil Baby, 800 B.C. previews what's to come from Fivio Foreign's upcoming debut album. Frequent collaborator AXL Beats assists on the production end as well as 808 Melo, Yamaica & more. Following a year of successful momentum, the Brooklyn drill sound that took over the East Coast alongside Fivio's energetic and contagious rhymes is what sets the rising rapper apart from the pack. After receiving many notable co-signs from his peers and landing on multiple Artists To Watch lists including BillboardComplexHotNewHipHop & more, Fivio Foreign is solidifying his space in music. 

ABOUT FIVIO FOREIGN 

A quintessential part of living in New York City’s largest borough, Brooklyn, especially for those with sharp ears, is witnessing the speed at which an infectious song can travel. From brownstone stoops to car stereos, Brooklyn blocks are the ultimate lab for testing the mad science of a hit record. Every summer, a slew of tracks face off to claim the season’s title, and one of 2019’s hottest contenders, rapper Fivio Foreign’s Big Drip took the city by storm. Released in June, the song boasts millions of streams across platforms and its accompanying video surpassing 25 million views on YouTube.

Fivio is New York born and bred, raised in and around Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and East Flatbush neighborhoods. He’s been rapping all his life— “We used to rap in the room with a computer, me, my cousin Nate, we was always lit.”Charming and confident, the telltale signs of a New York hustler - it wasn’t until 2018, following the death of his mother and after years of recording and putting songs out casually, that Fivio began to take his craft seriously. Now a major player in Brooklyn’s burgeoning drill music scene, Fivio has collaborated most with UK producer AXL Beats, who also lent his talents to WettyJumpin and Rich The Kid-assisted, Richer Than Ever“I feel like my music is like me,” Fivio says about his growing catalog of party-ready heat. “It’s fun, turnt up, and loud, but serious at the same time.”

Fivio was coined his name due to an innocent miscommunication: “My son Dot named me. He was like ‘You remind me of Fabio’, but I thought he said Fivio because I don’t know Fabio,” he admits. “I actually like the number 6 better,” he says, adding that his name has nothing to do with numerology. The story of Fivio’s name is emblematic of his easy going nature and his will to have fun as often as possible. In the video for Big Drip, a raucous crew takes over ice cream trucks and cocks nerf water guns while women twerk along to the summer anthem. But as lighthearted as he is in person and in his music, Fivio’s life hasn’t been a walk in the park. To the contrary, it’s the joy he finds in making music that keeps him going.

Still, he considers the moments leading up to the launch of his career as divinely calculated. “I got signed on my mother’s birthday, and I got the keys to my first house on the day that she died,” he says with conviction. On where’s he’s headed, Fivio is wide-eyed with big dreams: “I’m ushering in a new wave. I know for a fact that I’m here to do something bigger than me. I want everyone to start knowing my face like how they know my music.” It doesn’t get more New York than that.

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JESSE MAXWELL RELEASES NEW SINGLE ROOM IN HELL TODAY

TRACK APPEARS ON DEBUT ALBUM RADIO SILENCE SET FOR RELEASE MAY 22 VIA TRANS PHATT RECORDS

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ALBUM’S LEAD SINGLE AVERAGE HERE

JESSE TO GIVE SPECIAL PHYSICALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES AT LOCAL TORONTO RETIREMENT HOMES

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, multitalented Toronto breakthrough artist, Jesse Maxwell, releases Room In Hell. This is the second track to be shared from his upcoming debut album, Radio Silence, and follows previously released single, Average. Radio Silence is now set to drop on May 22 via Trans Phatt Records.

Room in Hell was written by Jesse and dives deep into his past inner struggles with addiction, and focuses on his time spent in rehab. The lyrics speak of the first time he called a rehab facility, sharing a raw description of how he felt and what he was going through at the time.

"As I open myself up emotionally, in the most transparent way I can, I present to you Room In Hell. A moment captured of the first time I called a rehab facility during my dark years of drug addiction – a moment of peak vulnerability and introspection in my life. "Helpless" to me, was where I was at.” Jesse explains. “I was broken and lacked a fundamental self-love, that I filled with drugs and toxicity. I was changed, sick, dark, with burned bridges and disconnected. It was only after several stints of rehab that I developed a love for myself, to know that my life was valuable and redeemable. So as cliché as it may sound, that one call changed my life. Today I live a clean and serene life which I never take for granted, but I wrote this song to reflect on where I have come from and it keeps me humble. Addiction gets the best of many people in this world, and you have to really be lucky to make it out the other side, so I remind myself of that and I remain grateful that I did.”

Along with the new single, Jesse is thrilled to share that he will be performing a series of physically distanced concerts for the residents of local retirement homes around Toronto. Kicking off on Thursday, April 30 at Cheltenham Care Community, Jesse will perform songs from outside of the homes, with the music being amplified so the residents are able to listen and enjoy through their windows.

"I felt this was an important thing to do right now and my job as an entertainer,” Jesse begins. “People are struggling, isolated from their families and dying from this awful disease and my role comes in by providing these people with a moment of distraction, love and relief from the situation temporarily. Music in general makes people feel good but especially at this time it is so important to make sure the people and the staff who are working so hard are given a moment to breathe and ground themselves through this."

Radio Silence was produced by Jesse and fellow Trans Phatt Records label artists, Astral22 and TopNachBeats. Jesse wrote every song that appears on the album and as a whole it is a perfect example of how he blends his own brand of pop, RnB, neo-soul, jazz and blues into his music. The album digs deep and represents an internal dialogue that any listener can relate to in some way. The concept of the album title is derived from the idea of going "radio silent" to a person’s surroundings and reflecting on their thoughts – having those internal conversations with one’s self.

Jesse began his relationship with music at age six when he was learning to play the piano and went on to complete 10 years of classical training and music theory at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Over his many years of experience, he has honed his skills as a writer, lyricist and musician. During his time spent in Brooklyn, NYC where he attended the Institute of Culinary Education, Jesse was the frontman of the band Queens County Roots and this was but one of his many musical journeys. Since returning to Toronto he has become part of the Trans Phatt Records label and released three tracks in 2019 with them including; BladeLife on the Rocks and Colossal – all while working on his nine track debut album Radio Silence, set for release on May 22. Stay tuned for more on Jesse in the next few weeks!

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ZAAC PICK SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR LADDER TO THE SUN

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

FORTHCOMING ALBUM PASSAGES TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, releases the second song off his upcoming album, Passages. The track is titled Ladder To The Sun and follows the release of lead single, Lighter Side Of Blue. Ladder To The Sun revolves around the theme of how people can change throughout their lives and become a different person from what others may have known them to originally be.  Zaac touches on how different circumstances can steer people in a not-so-positive direction – causing them to drift away from those who they were once close with. Listen to Ladder To The Sun  here and watch the official video here.

“I was trying to capture the conflicted feeling when you're happy for someone's success, but at the same time there's a sense of loss because you used to know them well but that friendship is gone,” Zaac explains. “The song is really me asking some questions about the usefulness of ambition. Is it inevitable that people change for the worse in some way to become successful? Is it worth losing relationships over?”

Ladder To The Sun’s upbeat rhythm is lead by Zaac on acoustic guitar and ramps up even more in the chorus with added instrumentals to catch a listeners’ ear. Jon Anderson produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered it at his rural studio in Maple Ridge, BC last summer,” shares Zaac. “Skye Brooks (Copilots, Fond Of Tigers) played drums, and Taylor Swindells (frontman of the band Tourist Company) sang BGVs and played the moog parts. I wrote it, sang, and played guitars, bass, and piano – and by played piano I mean Jon graciously let me clamp all kinds of studio spare parts to his piano strings because I wanted to play a piano that sounded more like a synth.”

Directed by Kasey Lum – a friend of Zaac’s – the music video follows the song’s theme and tells a story about the drifting-apart of childhood friendships, as a group of teens get up to a night of mischief, exposing some deeper divisions between them. The video was shot on film in Vancouver last December (2019), with a crew and cast of friends in real time, truly bringing the story to life. Zaac makes appearances throughout the video – the most notable being near the end of the track before the group steals his car and takes off. 

Based in Vancouver, BC, Pick originally moved from his native Medicine Hat, Alberta in the early 2000s, becoming immersed in the region's burgeoning indie-folk music community as guitar player and songwriting member of the band, Doubting Paris. After being dropped from their US record label, Pick ventured out on his own, releasing a string of EPs and an LP that earned him regional songwriting awards and nominations, generous national radio (CBC) support, opening slots for the likes of The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, and Bahamas, and numerous features for his songs on major network television shows.

With the full-length album set for release later this year, fans can look forward to more singles rolling out in the coming months. Stay tuned for more coming from Zaac in 2020!

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DJDS RELEASE NEW EP FEATURING BIBI BOURELLY, KIAH VICTORIA, PROJEXX & ARTIKAL

NO TRUST / FEEL NICE OUT NOW
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – After spending much of 2019 joining forces with Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy, on their collaborative EP, Steel & Copper, and the Grammy-nominated, African Giant, DJDS return today with a new EP of their own – No Trust / Feel Nice. Listen here and stay tuned for more from DJDS coming soon.

The A-side, No Trust, features two breathtaking vocal performances from singer/songwriter, Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna's Bitch Better Have My Money and Higher) and rising R&B singer, Kiah Victoria. Built around Bibi's standout soul on the hook, "you don't express yourself, you don't got no trust," the track as a whole brims with energy and emotion, evolving from heartbreaking intimacy to communal catharsis in only the way truly great dance music can. 

Track two, No Trust (Projexx Version) features the rising Jamaican artist, Projexx, telling his own story around the song’s framework. Reminiscent of a young Popcaan, his silky tenor glides effortlessly around the production, weaving in tales of young love and betrayal in Kingston City. 

The EP's B-Side, Feel Nice, features Artikal – another rising Jamaican artist who DJDS worked with during their recent trip to Kingston. Over hypnotic production – sounding somewhere between Arthur Russel and Tony Kelly – Artikal delivers a jubilant and gravely performance highlighting the joys of hitting the club with friends. Embodying what they do best here, DJDS deftly pull musical references from the seemingly disparate to create an entirely unique feeling.  

DJDS is the GRAMMY-nominated production duo of Sam Griesemer and Jerome Potter. Their most recent album – 2018's, Big Wave More Fire saw them applying the lessons learned from their extensive work on Kanye West's, The Life of Pablo. The artistic growth on BWMF was immediately apparent, as was their ability to yield inspired performances from its collaborators, which included Khalid, Charlie Wilson, Empress Of, The-Dream, Amber Mark and more.

Opportunities borne from the success of Big Wave More Fire ushered in a new chapter for DJDS. Between producing platinum songs for Khalid and experimental R&B with Dijon and 6lack, they formed their strongest creative bond with the global superstar, Burna Boy. After working on his album, African Giant, and their collaborative EP, Steel & Copper, DJDS left LA for Jamaica, and set up shop in a Kingston studio to work with some of the city's most talented rising artists. Successfully walking between these different musical worlds is DJDS at their core. Their list of collaborators and achievements grow but the emotion and soul in their work stays firmly in place.

EP TRACKLISTING:
1. No Trust feat. Bibi Bourelly & Kiah Victoria
2. No Trust (Projexx version)
3. Feel Nice feat. Artikal

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND BENNY THE BUTCHER COMPLETE GLOBAL LABEL DEAL FOR BENNY’S BLACK SOPRANO FAMILY IMPRINT

NEW SINGLE DA MOB FEATURING 
RICK HYDE & HEEM OUT TODAY 

PREMIERES AT COMPLEX

STREAM/BUY DA MOB

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Benny The Butcher announce a new, global label deal with Benny’s Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint and unveil plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.  Under this new deal, BSF artists, Heem and Rick Hyde, will release new albums this later this year, and today see the official release of the new single, Da Mob, which features Benny, Heem & Rick Hyde.  Da Mob is taken from the forthcoming, Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, scheduled to be released in June.  This will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation project where Benny will introduce the rest of his BSF roster.
 

The Griselda collective (featuring Benny, Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually, palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a nonplussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crew’s amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family- and fan-first imprint, was built, brick by brick. While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will sign to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.  
 

Sean Stevenson, eOne’s EVP and GM, Music, says, “What Benny has done to keep his work in the forefront since 2009 has been incredible. eOne is driven by great talent and having BSF in the family only adds to the what we can do now. This first track is the start of more big things to come from Benny, Rick Hyde and Heem, and we are proud to be playing a part in it.”
 

Benny says, “This is a dream come true to me.  A dream that started in my head in 2011 while I was in prison. The seeds were planted while I was at Elmira correctional facility and when I was released in 2012, I’ve spent every day since working to bring this vision to fruition.” 
 

He continues, “It’s been one of my dreams to do a label deal and put my homies in position to win. I want to expose the talent from my area and I want to expose the world to the talent they may not have heard unless it was brought to you by Black Soprano Family. “I see us as leaders; I’m cut from that cloth.” 
 

To commemorate BSF’s new deal with eOne, Benny sat down with Complex to discuss the announcement, the forthcoming label compilation and what to expect from BSF in the future.  Purchase & Stream BSF’s Da Mob here. Checkout the Complex premiere here.

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About eOne

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.


eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST LONR. RELEASES DEBUT EP LAND OF NOTHING REAL

ACCLAIMED SINGLE MAKE THE MOST
FEATURING H.E.R. HIS FASTEST RISING SONG YET

LONR. TO CELEBRATE RELEASE
WITH A SLEW OF LIVE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES ACROSS THE LIKES OF MTV, YOUTUBE MUSIC, VEVO, AND BET

NAMED BET AMPLIFIED ARTIST FOR THE MONTH OF MAY

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, rising genre-disrupting multi-hyphenate artist, Lonr., releases his highly-anticipated debut EP, Land of Nothing Real. Get it here via Epic Records.

The seven-track project includes collaborations with H.E.R. and 24kGoldn, and finds the budding star coming completely into his own. A self-titled affair (Lonr. = Land of Nothing Real), the GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, rapper, songwriter and producer expertly weaves together introspective ruminations on songs like Make The Most, featuring H.E.R., Time and Jump, next to turn-up refuge anthems on songs like Lit, featuring 24kGoldn, and his break-out single, A.M. All of this is delivered with a singular style, entrancing vocals, and soul-baring lyricism.

Released earlier this month, lead single Make the Most, featuring H.E.R., has received a wave of acclaim and attention. The FADER dubbed the song and video “beautifully sad”, while Ones to Watch called it “dreamlike”. HotNewHipHop proclaimed, “once again, Lonr. proves his ability to develop a catchy hook,” while Variance Magazine called it “a shimmering delight” and The Wild Honey Pie said that “there's an earnestness in Lonr.'s lyrics and affectation that make him a natural…” Watch the official music video here.

Additionally, the song is Lonr.’s fastest-rising yet, with over 1.5 million streams to-date. It has appeared in over 32 New Music Friday playlists globally, and has been included in additional playlists such as Apple Music’s Mood., Breaking R&B and Brown Sugar, along with Spotify’s R&B Slow Jams, Mellow Bars and B.A.E. The song also recently officially impacted at Urban AC radio.

Make the Most follows previous singles, A.M. and Safe Zone, which were released at the end of 2019. A.M. sparked the “A.M. Challenge”, which saw the track hit the top 5 on the Spotify Viral Chart and accumulated over 2 million user-generated videos on TikTok, including clips from names like Kendall Jenner and Charli D’Amelio. With that, Lonr. now amasses over 1 million listeners per month on Spotify and has accumulated close to 36 million streams across all platforms, world-wide.

Celebrating the release of the EP, Lonr. is set to go live across a number of platforms. He kicked things off this morning, joining Audiomack for an #OpenForum EP listening event, followed by an exclusive performance on MTV’s #ALONETOGETHER Live Jam Session at 7:00 p.m. ET (@MTV). He will follow this with performances on YouTube Music’s #STAYHOME Livestream on April 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET (Lonr.’s official YouTube channel), VEVO At Home on April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET (@VEVO), and BET’s 106 & PARK Couchside Concerts on April 29 at 4:00 p.m. ET (@BET). Additionally, we are proud to announce that Lonr. has been selected as the BET AMPLIFIED artist for the month of May. BET AMPLIFIED is their new emerging artist initiative and the network’s seal of approval on who’s the next big thing in music.

Quickly making a name for himself as one of today’s most exciting new live performers, Lonr. recently concluded a sold-out tour supporting YBN Cordae across North America. Check out his recent performance for NPR’s WGBH here and watch him perform A.M. and Safe Zone as part of VEVO’s coveted DSCVR program here.

Now, he brings fans inside the Land of Nothing Real. Welcome to Lonr.’s world.

About Lonr.:
Emerging from under a quiet shroud of mystery, Lonr. arrives as a singular and cinematic talent whose vital and vibrant vision piques fascination as it blurs the lines between soul, soundtracks, and simmering Hip-Hop. After being uprooted from Los Angeles as a child and moving to Cape Cod, MA, Lonr. grew up feeling like the odd one out. Upon installing music software in high school, he entrenched himself in beat-making, creating his own universe to exist in. Inspired by the likes of Pharrell, OutKast, and Tyler, The Creator as well as film scores for Star Wars, Interstellar, and The Pursuit of Happyness, he developed his production chops and songwriting talents through countless hours by himself in front of the computer. On his way up, he became a sought-after songwriter, crafting hits and building worlds alongside other artists. By 2019, he found himself up for multiple GRAMMY® Awards for contributions to H.E.R.’s discography, winning two. At the same time, he began to quietly assemble what would become Lonr.’s own project, Land of Nothing Real.

“I always zone out and go into my own little world,” Lonr. explains. “That’s the Land of Nothing Real. If you don’t like where you are, you can escape into another realm. This project is really about love, longing, and desire. Those topics are always on people’s minds. I’m examining them with melodic and dreamy songs.”

Capturing palpable and relatable emotion, Lonr. might just make you feel a little less alone: “I want listeners to feel like this is something new,” he says. “Most of all, I hope they resonate with me and feel like they’re being heard and not so alone in this world.”

LAND OF NOTHING REAL TRACKLIST:
1. Time
2. A.M.
3. Safe Zone
4. Lit featuring 24kGoldn
5. Unruly
6. Make the Most featuring H.E.R.
7. Jump

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MALUMA RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ADMV

Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Global Latin music idol, MALUMA, has just released his new single, ADMV, along with its music video. ADMV is a romantic ballad in which Maluma's voice is simply accompanied by an acoustic guitar. The name the song stands for Amor De Mi Vida, which means Love Of My Life, and it was born in the heart of the artist. Listen to ADMV here, and watch the music video here. Maluma recently became the first and only male Latin artist to reach 50 million followers on Instagram.

"This song is very special for me, this is something that comes from the heart, it has made me realize the reason I started my career and it makes me think about what will happen in the future - if we are going to take the time to love one another, hug one another - Today I release it so that we can dedicate it to all the people we love before they are gone," expressed Maluma.

It was written on a January songwriting trip to Jamaica by Maluma, Edgar Barrera and Vicente Barco, and was produced by Barrera and Maluma. The feeling behind ADMV is reminiscent of the singer's previous ballads, Vuelo Hacia El Olvido,(Pretty Boy Dirty Boy) and Marinero (F.A.M.E.).

The lyrics say (in Spanish): "When our memory fails and only the photographs remain, may I forget everything except that you are mine, when the years weigh on us and our legs can no longer walk, our eyes close and our skin doesn't stretch anymore, when the only thing that matters is what we did in life, and even if none of this happens, you are the love of my life."

Nuno Gomez directed the video that originally was slated to shoot in Greece during the Maluma World Tour but due to the global pandemic was moved to Miami, where it was shot in early March.
 

About MALUMA:
At only twenty-six years of age, Maluma is widely considered one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister.

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 50 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to reach 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has garnered over 9 billion views and has more than 23 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

With his Maluma World Tour he has achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and becoming the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world. In 2018 and 2019, he broke records achieving full houses in all of his shows throughout the United States and Europe selling out the Madison Square Garden arena (New York), the American Airlines Arena (Miami) and two The Forums (Los Angeles), among others. With his 11:11 World Tour he also sold out Israel's largest venue, Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv (60,000+ audience); made history at the 18th annual Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, setting an all-time attendance record with his headlining concert in front of 200,000 people; and performed for the first time ever in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of 25,000. 

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful and authentic look, and style. He has been named a “Menswear Icon in the Making” and “Men’s Fashion Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was named GQ’s “Man of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and many more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour.  Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of these global brand with Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.

Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released three albums, all of which have debuted at #1 on Billboard's Latin Albums chartPretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018) and 11:11 (2019)Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart (with Sin Contrato and Chantaje) and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat. To date Maluma has had fifteen #1 singles according to Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.
 

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE PEOPLE ARE STRANGERS

THE FIRST TASTE FROM HER FORTHCOMING EP
WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE

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Toronto, ON – April 24, 2020 – Today, songstress Zella Day has released her