Today, Katy Perry shared her first music video for the holidays – “Cozy Little Christmas.” View the clip, which was helmed by directing duo WATTS (Steve Aoki, Noah Cyrus), HERE. The song is now available at all DSPs after being released last year as an Amazon Original. “Cozy Little Christmas” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart in December 2018.
On “Cozy Little Christmas,” Katy sings about her favorite time of year, reflecting on a holiday season spent with family in Denmark. She co-wrote and co-produced the track with Greg Wells, who produced “Waking Up In Vegas,” and Ferras Alqaisi, who co-wrote several songs on WITNESS.
People said, “Bust out the mistletoe and pour a cup of eggnog – now that Katy Perry has released a Christmas ditty, the holiday season has officially begun.” MTV noted, “this festive little tune will be a crowd-pleaser all around.” Idolator observed, “the perky bop is as irreverent and fun as you would expect…It also boasts the kind of sing-along chorus that gets stuck in your head from the first listen.”
Over the past six months, Katy has released a trio of new songs – “Harleys in Hawaii,” “Small Talk,” and the Gold-certified hit “Never Really Over.” Billboard declared, “the Katy Perry Renaissance…is here, undeniably and spectacularly…Perry is making her most exciting music in years, and within the span of a few months, she has completely shifted expectations for her next project among pop junkies.”
Oh Wonder drops a surprise Christmas song “This Christmas”—listen HERE! The duo recently confirmed details of their third album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown, which will be released on February 7th, 2020 and includes recent tracks “Hallelujah,” “Better Now” and “I Wish I Never Met You.” The duo has also confirmed international dates for the “Wear Your Crown Tour,” which is on sale now at www.ohwondermusic.com. See a full list of dates below.
“This Christmas” is an affecting Christmas gift (with a twist) from Oh Wonder, setting cinematic strings and seasonal sleigh-bells to those moments when the “festive” period feels anything but. Oh Wonder says, “We understand that the holidays can be a tough time for some people because they don’t necessarily have the ones they love around them. We wrote ‘This Christmas’ to acknowledge that it can be difficult and lonely, and hope it provides some comfort to anyone who is missing someone.”
Tackling dark topics with a lightness of touch – whether at Christmas, or all-year-round – is intrinsic to the appeal of Oh Wonder. The duo has amassed a huge global following along the way, with a top 10 album, a billion streams and global sold-out tours with over 300,000 tickets sold. It’s a personal and creative journey that scales new heights on Oh Wonder’s third album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown, which was written and self-produced in the band’s home studio before being co-mixed with Cenzo Townshend (Bat For Lashes, Christine & The Queens, Jungle).
Oh Wonder has proved themselves a band able to capture those extreme highs and lows of everyday life. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown tackles everything from cheating exes (“I Wish I Never Met You”), self-doubt (“Hallelujah”) and the hospital waiting room (“Better Now”) to the realities of modern-day relationships (the band’s own included). It’s difficult not to leave feeling uplifted and entirely convinced of the quiet power of Oh Wonder. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown is a candid, restorative set that offers a welcome antidote to our turbulent times, from a band firmly writing their own bright future. For now though – Merry Christmas from Oh Wonder.
The Chainsmokers returned to their home of Los Angeles to shake down Inglewood at the legendary Forum. With over 40 shows on their World War Joy Tour, the duo (Drew Taggart and Alex Pall) didn’t stop short to show LA why they’re one of the world’s leading EDM acts.
The evening began with acts Lennon Stella and 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) warming up the nearly sold-out 18,000 capacity arena. The Australian pop-rock band, whom hail from Sydney, during their riveting performance, reminded the crowd that they are not your conventional ‘opening act.’ After belting hit after hit, it was apparent that this group could pack a stadium on their own accord with ease.
Production for each Chainsmokers’ song kept the crowd enticed and on their toes – i.e. tranced with lasers, motorcycles, pyro sticks and special guest appearances. Blink-182 made a surprise entrance to help preview a new single dropping on the anticipated Chainsmokers’ album, “World War Joy,” set to release on December 6th.
The group continued with smash hits like the Grammy award winning, ‘Don’t Let Me Down,’ along with favorites ‘Closer,’ and ‘Takeaway.’ Bass heavy mixes paralleled with Drew’s angelic vocals was a sweet spot for dance music fanatics. The live performance truly made you a fan if you weren’t already.
The wait is over! Today Yung Miami and JT – together known as City Girls – release their first single together since JT was freed from prison: “You Tried It.” Listen HERE. The internet exploded when JT got out on October 8, 2019, with City Girls holding eight of the top 25 trending topics on twitter – not just trending but trending under eight different topics! (#2 JT FREE; #6 JT HOME; #11 JT IS FREE; #15 JT IS HOME; #16 Caresha; #19 Yung Miami; #20 JT OUT; #23 SO JT).
Even with JT incarcerated, the girls have racked up 1.2 BILLION streams within two years, with City Girls’ hit records “Act Up” and “Twerk (feat Cardi B)” both RIAA Certified platinum. Separated after JT turned herself in for credit card fraud charges in July, 2018, the same day Drake’s “In My Feelings (featuring City Girls)” was released, Yung Miami has been holding it down: touring, performing, recording videos and features as City Girls. But last month JT was not only released, but Yung Miami pushed out her bundle of joy, Summer. Both got new chains: JT a ‘City Girls’ chain from Miami; Yung Miami a small fries chain celebrating her new small fry – and favorite food – from McDonalds “YOU B**CHES IN TROUBLE!! MY B**CH [IS] HOME!” Yung Miami tweeted, announcing JT’s freedom. And on her first day out, City Girls released the record “First Day Out,” with JT citing “Stop with all the rumors, and tell your nigga I’m home / And it’s on / Period.” JT and Young Miami are uncensored, unapologetic, sharing a commitment to their hood roots and a bold insistence that the culture they come from shouldn’t stop them from getting a piece of the cash pie. One of the most provocative female hip-hop duos in years, JT and Yung Miami are trailblazers of the next generation of female who speak out as raw and confident — and with as much swagger as the boys.
“History Repeats,” From Howard’s Debut Solo Album, Jaime, Nominated For Two GRAMMY Awards – Best Rock Performance And Best Rock Song
Howard Will Also Perform On “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
On December 4 And “TODAY Show” On December 5
Brittany Howard will celebrate her two new GRAMMY nominations with a trio of television performances. Tune in tonight to see her perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” She’ll visit “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Wednesday, December 4. On Thursday, December 5, Howard will perform on “TODAY Show” in the 8:00 AM hour and also during “3rd Hour TODAY.”
“History Repeats” – from her debut solo album, Jaime – has been nominated in two GRAMMY categories: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, bringing her total career nominations to 11. She has won four GRAMMY Awards in her role as lead vocalist/guitarist for the chart-topping band Alabama Shakes. View Howard performing “History Repeats” on “Later…With Jools Holland” HERE.
The New York Times observed, “‘History Repeats,’ the densely layered funk song that opens the album, links personal neuroses – recurring kinds of self-destructive relationships – and societal patterns.” NPR praised the track as “a swirling, punch-drunk and funk rumination on the ways repeated mistakes can hold us back.” Afropunk hailed it as “an instant anthem….and a metaphor for the human condition.”
Jaime, available HERE, was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, MOJO and Q. “Stay High,” the album’s first single, spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Views of the official video, which stars Terry Crews (“Everybody Hates Chris,” The Expendables films, Deadpool 2), have surpassed seven million.
Howard –who has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney at his invitation – wrapped up her North American headline tour last week with performances at The Fillmore in San Francisco and the Fox Theater in Oakland. She spoke with the San Francisco Examiner about the genesis of Jaime in this feature. Her confirmed 2020 dates include a trio of UK shows and performances at the Highwater and Shaky Knees festivals. Additional dates will be announced soon.
Today, multi-platinum Canton, OH, rapper and singer Trippie Redd releases A Love Letter To You 4 (10k Projects/Caroline), the highly-anticipated fourth installment of his A Love Letter To You mixtape series. The release includes collaborations with DaBaby, Juice WRLD, Lil Yachty, Smokepurpp, YNW Melly, Tory Lanez, Young Boy Never Broke Again and more.
Trippie also announces his Love Me More Tour hitting the US and Europe in 2020 with dates in LA, NY, Chicago, Atlanta and more cities.
The 20-year-old has achieved multiple gold and platinum singles and racked up a staggering 5 billion streams since he hit the scene two years ago, and he has also notched two Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 (in just five months) with 2018’s A Love Letter To You 3 debuting at #3 and 2018’s LIFE’S A TRIP debuting at #4. His latest project ! also debuted at #3.
Since the release of his initial EP, Awakening My InnerBeast in 2016, Trippie Redd has become one of hip-hop’s most coveted workhorses releasing seven EPs, four mixtapes, and two studio albums. album, !, which reached the third spot on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart.
A different kind of superstar, Trippie Redd continually defies convention, breaks rules, and bucks the system with his conjuration of lovelorn melodies, bulletproof rapping, and insidious infectiousness. Everyone from Spotify and Rolling Stone to XXL have touted his rapid rise.
Kaash Paige is an 18 year old buzzing artist from Dallas, Texas, making waves with dreamy viral hit, “Love Songs.” “Love Songs” reached #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart and US Viral Chart and reached #3 on Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Trending Chart. Kaash is an acronym for Kill All Arrogance Stop Hatred.
WATCH KAASH PAIGE BREAK DOWN THE MEANING OF “LOVE SONGS” ON GENIUS
A passion to create what will impact tomorrow. Creative Director/Founder Sean McDonagh debuts his perspective with the proclamation of the new American menswear line, Willem. The FW 2019 collection, “Pavement Preacher,” uniquely combines the New Yorker aesthetic and cowboy-esque silhouettes derived from Clint Eastwood‘s Pale Rider. Willem is rich in emotion. Each Willem season will be seen through the lens of a significant cultural person, place and/or event.
“We’ve all gone out, is today the day I put on the jacket? Are people looking at the jacket?” – Sean McDonagh
Inspired by NYC’s Lower East Side “outlaw artist” Dash Snow as well as the 1850’s California gold rush era. The capsule made up of modernized vintage garments made to reflect today’s city uniform. To artfully create, Willem partners with renowned mills such as Loro Piana and Lamonta from Italy; Toko Shoji from Japan and Cone Denim from the United States. Materials meticulously chosen based on a New York City urban palette: charcoal greys, midnight navy’s, rich camels and deep indigos. A pallet flexible from day-to-night with a range of outerwear, shirting, and knitwear. Easily layered and mixed with untraditional styling for fashion forward appeal and interchangeable from work to a night on the town.
“Style is a mindset.” – Sean McDonagh
360 previewed the gender fluid collection: posh overcoats and varsity jackets; a tactical vest; button-up shirts; sweatshirts; tees; chinos; jeans and a limited-edition cowboy chap (an absolute show stopper).
This holiday season visit their pop-up shop for a month long residency located in NYC SoHo at 426 West Broadway.
Internationally-Acclaimed DJ Marshmello; Mike Tierney, founder of Stuffed Puffs®, Richard Thompson Managing Partner of Factory LLC, and Elected Officials Join in the Celebration.
“The texture and taste are a pure marriage. You can tell that Mike Tierney, CEO of Stuffed Puffs put some time into the conception of these bad boys because they are “MMM MMM good!” – Tyler Jacob, 360 MAGAZINE
During a formal ceremony held today, Stuffed Puffs, the chocolate-filled marshmallow that took the summer S’mores season by storm, becomes the Lehigh Valley’s sweetest new employer. Stuffed Puffs Founder and CEO Mike Tierney, Richard Thompson, Managing Partner of Factory LLC, DJ Marshmello and his manager Moe Shalizi joined by Jim Petrucci, Founder and President of J.G Petrucci Co., Inc., Don Cunningham, CEO of Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, and Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development, cut the 30’ ribbon on a the new 150,000 square foot plant in Bethlehem, PA.
“Stuffed Puffs will be available at retailers across the U.S. in the next year. The Lehigh Valley offers great incentives for companies to build here,” said Tierney. “With my partners, Richard Thompson and Marshmello, our plan is to have this new plant up and running quickly to meet demand. Meanwhile, Stuffed Puffs’ existing plant in Wisconsin is running 24/7 to satisfy America’s new-found craving for S’mores Indoors™.”
Stuffed Puffs received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
“Food processing is one of Pennsylvania’s most robust and vibrant industries, supporting thousands of jobs and generating more than $5 billion in sales annually,” said Dennis M. Davin, Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development. “It is only fitting that Stuffed Puffs, a new, innovative food company, would make the Lehigh Valley in our commonwealth its new home, and we are proud to have helped.”
The building, located at 3900 Burgess Place in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania was formerly home to Guardian Life Insurance. J.G. Petrucci, began demolition and construction at the site in Q1 2019. “We are very excited to welcome Stuffed Puffs to Lehigh Valley Flex Center,” said Petrucci. “Stuffed Puffs is a dynamic innovator in the food industry and perfect fit for this project.”
“The decision of Stuffed Puffs to expand its production operations to the Lehigh Valley is an example of the region becoming a national leader in food and beverage innovation and production,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
The Stuffed Puffs brand is part of Factory LLC located in the dynamic southside of Bethlehem, Pa. “At Factory LLC we seek innovation and we know Stuffed Puffs is a big winner and the new plant will support our continued growth, because we can’t make it fast enough.” said Richard Thompson, Managing Partner at Factory LLC. “We are looking for the top100 employees to join our Stuffed Puffs team.”
Stuffed Puffs is a confectionery manufacturer that uses a custom designed and highly secretive manufacturing process to make a chocolate-filled marshmallow. The company also has the ability to make multiple shapes and flavors of marshmallows with various fillings. Stuffed Puffs initially launched its product exclusively at Walmart stores and will be expanding to other retailers in 2020.
About Factory LLC
Factory is a team of experienced operators with $250M of investable capital who acquire meaningful equity stakes in high potential food, beverage and pet health companies, and partner with them to rapidly build value. Factory’s 31 team members have expertise in sales, marketing, product development, food science, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, logistics, package engineering, food safety, consumer insights, social media, finance, and legal. Factory is based in a one-of-a kind, custom-built, 40,000 sq. ft. innovation and scale-up facility in Bethlehem PA, where the team is able to provide partner companies with support and resources so invested capital can be used for growth, not SG&A.
About J.G Petrucci
J.G. Petrucci is a privately held development and design/build construction firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1987, the firm has completed over 600 design/build projects for a diverse group of local, regional, and national corporations. The company’s design/build portfolio includes commercial, industrial, healthcare, mixed-use, residential, urban revitalization, and brownfield redevelopment projects.
The mission of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation is to market the economic assets of the Lehigh Valley and to create partnerships to lead the recruitment, growth and retention of employers. Our vision is of a diverse Lehigh Valley economy that provides economic growth and opportunity for people of all skills and education and strengthens all our cities, boroughs and townships.
The Department of Community and Economic Development’s mission is to encourage the shared prosperity of all Pennsylvanians by supporting good stewardship and sustainable development initiatives across our commonwealth. With a keen eye toward diversity and inclusiveness, we act as advisors and advocates, providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.
Today, award winning and multi-platinum selling artist bülow unveils the official music video for “Boys Will Be Boys” from her latest body of work, an EP titled, The Contender via Wax Records /Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. Watch the official music video HERE. Listen to The Contender HERE.
“I love creating with people that have a unique eye.” bülow comments on the making of the video, “The process needs to be fun, so being inspired by each other’s work is important, and I found that with James [director James DeFina].”
“Boys Will Be Boys” is the first single off The Contender EP, written by the JUNO Award winning artist and produced by Michael Wise [Ellie Goulding, James Blunt]. The brand new EP follows Crystalline released earlier this year.
About bülow German-born and Toronto-based pop-iconoclast, bülow, first burst onto the music scene with the release of EPs Damaged Vol. 1 & Damaged Vol. 2, each instantly resonating with critics and new fans alike. Damaged Vol. 1 included fan favorite and global hit “Not A Love Song” which earned praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes). Damaged Vol. 2 included “You & Jennifer, “Honor Roll,” and buzzworthy “SAD AND BORED,” praised by PAPER as, “the perfect pop study in contrasts, and further confirms bülow as an artist to watch with razor-sharp wit to boot.” As well as HillyDilly calling her “one of the brightest new talents in pop.” Since then, bülow made a splash on the international festival circuit, appearing at both the Electric Picnic and Reading Leeds festivals in Europe, as well as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and SXSW in North America. 2019 has been a busy year, with bülow accepting her first JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, joining The Chainsmokers as a feature on “Do You Mean” with Ty Dolla Sign, performing on The Today Show, and releasing two EPs, Crystalline and The Contender. Most recently, bülow has been on the road with Lauv during the Asian and North American legs of his how I’m feeling Tour. Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey, her accomplishments stand tall as an impressive flag-bearer of things to come.
Tour Dates November 22, 2019 – London, ON – London Music Hall
November 26, 2019 – Hamilton, ON – The Studio at First Ontario Concert Hall
November 27, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall