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Niykee Heaton EP “Starting Over”

Niykee Heaton returns with a new, three-song EP, Starting Over (Capitol Records), which – as the title suggests – marks a turning point for the young Chicago-born artist. Recorded with such producers as Charlie Handsome (Post Malone, Mac Miller, Young Thug), the EP’s hypnotic, sophisticated sound is perfectly suited to Niykee’s intimate lyrics. Download /stream Starting Over HERE.

Amid soulful guitar tones and smoldering R&B grooves, the emotional title track/lead single underscores the realization that a fresh start isn’t possible without putting an end to a relationship that’s been one long loop of break-ups and make-ups.

“Most of the time I sing in a sort of growl, but I wanted to make ‘Starting Over’ a full-on power ballad,” says Niykee. “I really pushed the boundaries of what I usually do and sang it in a totally different way.”

In the past, Niykee was quick to accept the blame, as she details in the dreamy slow-burner  “Bad Guy.” “It has been a theme in my life – accepting the role of being the bad guy, just because it makes it easier for other people,” she explains.

While “Bad Guy” unfolds with a heartfelt intensity, laying the song down made Niykee realize that she had finally moved on from that role. Recording the song was so cathartic, she decided to make a last-minute change to the name of the EP, originally titled Bad Guy. By naming it Starting Over, Niykee has marked a new era in her music and life, one that’s defined by true vulnerability and self-love.

She penned her first song at age 5 and soon discovered that music offered an escape from the difficulties she faced in childhood, including bullying at school, being taught to hate herself, abuse and the loss of an older sibling. Not long after teaching herself to play guitar – and giving herself vocal training by singing along to a Diana Ross greatest-hits CD – Niykee began creating her own material and posting covers on YouTube. Her acoustic rendition of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” wound up on WorldstarHipHop, and instantly drew interest from a host of record labels.

Niykee made her major label debut with the single “Bad Intentions,” which has since been certified Gold by the RIAA. Migos’ remix of the track appeared on her mixtape, The Bedroom Tour Playlist. Success has not made her immune to adversity, but she’s found a way to cope.

“When I feel like something might break me, it keeps me going to remind myself why I started making music in the first place – just remembering all the girls out there who had tough childhoods, too, and relate to what I’ve been through,” says Niykee. “I want to keep writing songs for those girls, so that they know that someone else understands exactly what they’re feeling.”

Track Listing – Starting Over
1. Mascara
2. Bad Guy
3. Starting Over

Jonas Blue’s “Polaroid”

Multi-Platinum global recording artist/producer Jonas Blue returns with “Polaroid”, a sparkling celebration of love at first sight that features vocals by Liam Payne and Lennon Stella. A slice of R&B pop replete with an anthemic chorus and an irresistible groove, the track was produced by Blue, who wrote it with JP Cooper, Sam Romans, and Ed Drewett. The song is from his debut album, which Astralwerks will release in November.

Download / stream “Polaroid” HERE and view the lyric video HERE. Stay tuned for the premiere of the official video, which Blue, Payne and Stella shot in Manhattan.

Liam Payne made his solo debut in 2016 with the single “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo. Now certified Platinum in five countries, it was one of the biggest selling singles of 2017, and the biggest selling solo single from any current member of One Direction. He recently released his debut EP, First Time.

Lennon Stella first gained national attention in 2012 when her and sister Maisy’s cover of Robyn’s “Call your Girlfriend” went viral. That same year, Lennon landed her starring role in the hit television show “Nashville” as Maddie Conrad. The acoustic version of her original song “Like Everybody Else” recently hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and Canada Spotify Viral Charts.

“Polaroid” follows Blue’s massive summer hit “Rise” featuring Jack & Jack, which has accrued more than 500 million global streams to date. He also contributed the end credits song to Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation “I See Love” featuring Joe Jonas.

A four-time BRIT Award nominee, Jonas Blue has achieved worldwide success with five billion cumulative streams, 30 million single sales and over 85 Platinum certifications from countries around the globe. “Fast Car,” his breakthrough single featuring Dakota, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and went Platinum in the U.S. Subsequent singles “Perfect Strangers” and “Mama” are both certified Gold in the States. Blue has also worked on remixes and collaborations for such artists as Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill, MK, James Bay and Sabrina Carpenter. He recently launched his own record label Blue Future.

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Duke Dumont “Runway”

GRAMMY-Nominated DJ and producer Duke Dumont has delivered a new club anthem “Runway,” a dynamic showcase of the Brit’s production prowess. Rumbling its way across club floors worldwide today, “Runway” is available for streaming and purchase via Astralwerks HERE.

Blessed with a thumping bassline, and high-energy synth stabs, the track uses classic samples from Robbie Tronco’s “Runway as a House” and “Walk 4 Me,” and follows Duke’s previous single “Inhale,” and massive 2017 Gorgon City collaboration “Real Life” – a soundtrack to the Ibiza summer season.

“Runway” marks the 5th release in his ‘For Club Play Only’ series, a range of tracks focusing on delivering huge club-ready floorfillers across the globe and is released on Duke’s own Blasé Boys Club label.

A true global superstar, Duke Dumont has amassed over 1 billion combined streams across his flurry of platinum-selling releases to date, scoring huge success with his platinum-selling UK number #1 singles “Need U (100%)” and “I Got U.”

Recently playing Creamfields, and a number of Ibiza shows, including appearances at Pacha’s ‘Paris By Night’ and ‘Tuesdays on Mars’ residencies, the release of “Runway” arrives on the eve of the UK producer’s eagerly anticipated headline set at San Diego’s CRSSD Festival, and his upcoming Australia performances this coming winter.

City Girls Music Video

City Girls taps into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring.

Watch City Girls’s newest music video “Millionaire Dick” HERE.

Klondike Blonde Releases “No Smoke”

Buzzing rapper and singer Klondike Blonde shares her new singleNo Smoke after its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1radio show. The single is now available at all digital retailers and the music video was released today via Complex. Click HERE to view!

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Klondike says of the song, “In a weird way, “No Smoke” is all about becoming the better version of yourself. I am the ex-girlfriend, and I am better than her.

Bright, bold, and brilliant colors practically pop off the screen in the visual, which reflects her vibrant and vivacious personality seamlessly. The technicolor dream also perfectly complements her half-blonde, half-pink hairstyle (highlighted by a dyed heart). Between charismatic and cocky bars, the artist’s attitude takes center stage with the intoxicating hookShe don’t want no smoke.However, Klondike is about to light up the game, deftly angling herself as an artist to watch in 2018 and beyond.

No Smokepaves the way for Klondike’s anxiously awaited debut EP, arriving very soon via L.A. Reid’s HITCO Entertainment. The single is the follow up to her track Dripwhich garnered over 2 million views on YouTube in under a month’s time.

ABOUT KLONDIKE BLONDE
Born in Raleigh and raised in the Bay Area, Klondike Blondes perspective has the power to reach listeners everywhere. Breaking boundaries with her sound, innovative sense of style, and Big Gang movement, she brings a much needed energy to hip-hop and pop culture. She began her musical career in high school as a way to escape a not-so positive experience she endured verbal bullying regularly. Shortly after graduating high school in 2017, Klondike relocated to Atlanta where she released her first two songs on Soundcloud, entitled “Big Gang Glocks” and “Love Letter.” The arrival of these two tracks built her a nice buzz and solid social following on Instagram. In 2018, she unveiled her first music video for “Drip,” which garnered 2 million views on YouTube in a month’s time. This caught the attention of established artist and producer Jazze Pha who quickly took her under his wing. Shortly after, she inked a deal with HITCOEntertainment, which she claims, felt like family. Now, she amps up the energy even more withNo Smoke.

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Phantoms And Vanessa Hudgens Release “Lay With Me”

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based electronic duo Phantoms (aka Kyle Kaplan and Vinnie Pergola) release their anticipated new single “Lay With Me” featuring superstar actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens today via Casablanca/Republic Records.  Listen HERE.

“Making this song was such a serendipitous experience.” Phantoms discuss the making of the single, “We grew up with Vanessa then weirdly ran into her at the airport last year and talked about working on music at some point. Then a few months later we got in the studio and recorded this song. It was a cool way to reconnect since the last time we all hung out we were around 16 years old. So happy this song is finally out, it’s one of our favorites.”

Vanessa Hudgens adds, “I’m so excited for this song and music video. I loved being in the studio again working with phantoms. Crazy we reconnected all these years later and got to create something we’re all very proud of.”

Phantoms announce a string of North American Tour dates that kicked off this month in Brooklyn and continues with stops around Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington D.C. through the end of the year. Tour includes key winter festival events, including Escape Psycho Circus, Contact, and others to be announced soon. See below for the duos tour itinerary.  Stay tuned for additional dates and tickets HERE.

In the past year, Phantoms have topped the charts with their single “Just A Feeling” [feat. VÉRITÉ] from the duo’s self-titled debut, Phantoms out via Casablanca/Republic Records.  “Just A Feeling” clinched the #1 spot on the Sirius/XM BPM Top 20 Countdown for over eight weeks and shattered the previous record in the process. It closed out 2017 as #1 on the Countdown and BPM’s “Breaker of the Year.” The single held the #1 spot at Dance Radio for 4 straight weeks in addition to peaking at #1 on the iTunes Top Electronic Songs Chart and clearing over 3 million Spotify streams.  This summer, Phantoms played Firefly Festival, Electric Forest, and Billboard Hot 100 Festival.  Applauded by NPR, Billboard, Dancing Astronaut, and more, Phantoms have cemented their status as electronic music’s hottest live act.

Shaylen Debut Single “El Dorado”

Los Angeles-based pop vocalist and songwriter Shaylen makes her debut with her single “El Dorado” out now via Republic Records.

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Inspired by the myth of Colombia’s Lost City Of Gold, Shaylen says “El Dorado” is “about a man in search of the city of gold. I am the gold.”

She continues, “Sometimes I need a reminder that I’m dope, so I wrote this song because we all need that. This song is about feeling like gold.”

Hailing from Dallas, TX, vocalist and songwriter Shaylen is both equal parts veteran and neophyte to the music industry. A former pop group member turned solo star, Shaylen became classically trained in piano and took master classes at the world renowned Septien Entertainment Group (home to other superstars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato); and after a short-lived stunt in a successful global touring group Shaylen found herself moving to Los Angeles to re-start her music career. While working multiple jobs and pushing out her music on social media, she began to create a sizable buzz in the industry. But it was through her songwriting and producing skills that she found her true identity, inking a publishing contract and collaborating with up and coming EDM producers on Soundcloud. Fast forward to a major deal with Republic Records, Shaylen’s debut single, “El Dorado,” is the story of a rising powerhouse who is back…for the very first time.

Jeremy Zucker “Summer” EP

Multi-talented, Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Zucker’s latest EP summer, is out now—listen HERE. summer, features Zucker’s latest tracks, “thinking 2 much” and “comethru.”

Zucker is currently on his first-ever North American headline tour, the “anything, anywhere tour,” which is completely sold out. See the remaining dates below.

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, 22-year-old singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Zucker has always been surrounded by music. As a child, he took piano and guitar lessons and formed a band with two friends from elementary school. By high school, he was writing lyrics and producing songs for other people. Eventually, Zucker recorded a rough demo, which became his first real release beach island in the summer of 2015. He followed it with breathe in the fall of that same year as a freshman at Colorado College pursuing a degree in Molecular Biology. He cranked out songs in his dorm room and released them over Soundcloud—one every week. He later transferred them over to Spotify, where breathe’s lead single “Bout It” became the catalyst, hitting Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist.

From there Zucker released motions in 2017 and performed at his first sold-out show at The Studio of Webster Hall that summer. Following the massive streaming success of his 2017 single “talk is overrated” featuring blackbear, 2018’s intensely personal EP glisten delivered the groundbreaking song “all the kids are depressed,” the first widespread glimpse into Zucker’s songwriting ethos. The track has over 30 million Spotify streams to date and its powerful video, directed by Drew Kirsch (Felix Jaehn, blackbear, Louis the Child, Quinn XCII), has over 5 million views to date. In May, he graduated from Colorado College and put his degree aside to finally pursue his dream of making music. As Zucker enters this next phase of his career, he brings a new love letter to life that fans will undoubtedly connect with.

Def Jam Recordings to Release The Hate U Give Official Movie Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings, the iconic label and global brand synonymous with hip-hop culture, partners with 20th Century Fox on Oct. 12th release of the Official Soundtrack to the highly-anticipated film The Hate U Give.

Def Jam Recordings’ next generation of stars, Arlissa and Bobby Sessions, join an all-star cast cast of contemporary and legendary artists including Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Logic, Jadakiss, and Tupac Shakur for the official soundtrack of The Hate U Give.

Arlissa and Bobby Sessions introduce new, previously unreleased songs on the soundtrack, which Variety raves, “cleverly mimics the film’s outlook by oscillating between snatches of 2Pac and modern R&B;” South London-bred, 25 year old siren Arlissa, who appeared in the August issue of Vogue, experienced her first real taste of success with her breakthrough track “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie.”

Arlissa’s defiant anthem “We Won’t Move” from The Hate U Give soundtrack garnered early buzz at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of T.H.U.G., with Toronto’s NOW exclaiming “the soulful ballad has got ‘Oscar nominee’ written all over it.”

Listen to it here!

“It’s been a true honor to be involved in something so significant and relevant to today’s social climate…I was one of the millions of people who were deeply touched by the book, so to be able to contribute to the movie, which shines such a strong light on inequality, has been a responsibility I’ve taken with such pride and care. This is not just a film, this is education,” says Arlissa.

Fiery Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions, who NPR raves, “confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring,” and whose debut EP “channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle is systematic racism” according to XXL, performs the eponymous title tune, “The Hate U Give.”

Shaping up as one of the fall season’s breakout movies, The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a teen who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. Amandla’s original song “Always” closes out the soundtrack.

The Hate U Give also stars Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common, and Anthony Mackie. The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. (NotoriousMen Of Honor), and produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr., Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey.  The Hate U Give, whose screenplay was written by Audrey Wells (A Dog’s PurposeUnder The Tuscan Sun), is a Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment production, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Arin Ray: “Old School”

ARIN RAY BRINGS “OLD SCHOOL” FLAVOR IN NEW VIDEO

Singer-Songwriter to embark on Platinum Fire Tour Part 1

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Singer-songwriter Arin Ray (Interscope Records) is bringing back the old school flavor with the release of his video “old school.” Directed by Lauren Dunn, the visual lends itself to a laid back, summer day as images, of sunny California, arcades, cars and beachfronts grace the screen. It is a vibe that Arin is sure to carry with him as he embarks on the Platinum Tour Part 1, named after his recently released album. Check out the video HERE.

With its electric blend of hip-hop, jazz, neo-jazzed influenced songs, the 14-track project features appearances by Childish Major, YG, Ty Dolla $ign and more. The Platinum Fire Tour Part 1 will kick off September 28 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. You can purchase tickets at www.arinraymusic.com/tour.

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