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Drea Pizziconi premieres “Let Us Dance”

Musician/activist Drea Pizziconi will premiere her new global empowerment anthem “Let Us Dance” featuring Maimouna Youssef and The Dap-Kings Horns, with a live performance at the CAMFED 25 Gala honoring singer-songwriter, social activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox on May 9. The gala’s theme is Education Changes Everything.

“Let Us Dance,” which was written and produced by Pizziconi, with a rousing rap by Youssef, releases worldwide on May 10.  All 2019 profits from the track will support the Campaign For Female Education’s (CAMFED) work to educate girls in Africa.

“Education is a basic human right and there is no better investment in our world’s future, than the investment in a girl’s education,” says Pizziconi. “But the barrier for women to reach their potential remains high. I wrote this song for all the girls out there who won’t give up and want to tell the world ‘Get ready…we’re coming.’”

Youssef comments: “It’s time that we have an affirming women’s empowerment anthem that’s not reactionary, but powerfully proactive and fiercely feminine.”

Pizziconi is a multi-hyphenate: composer/ lyricist/ producer/director and serial social entrepreneur. She founded The Christie Company and subsequently Africa Integras, one of Africa’s largest education infrastructure development companies, dedicated to the empowerment and education of youth and especially girls.

She challenges standard convention by straddling the creative and financial sectors, trailblazing representation for women to support youth empowerment. A Gates scholar and graduate of Yale and Cambridge University, she has dedicated her life to expanding education access for youth around the world, ensuring she “pays forward” her own privileged educational experience.

The multi-faceted musician is an award-winning music director, producer and arranger, who is classically-trained as a vocalist and percussionist, having toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a recitalist and featured artist.

Her global exposure as a musician inspired her early social and entrepreneurial activism and reignited her storyteller musical roots. She felt compelled to write music that would give a voice to those without a platform, so these critical stories of survival would be told.

Pizziconi’s recent credits include co-writer and co-producer of “Running” (aka Refugee Song), featuring Grammy-Award winning artists Gregory Porter and Common, which Billboard named the top single to inspire hope and change in 2016.

She is also the co-founder of Compositions For A Cause, which has released several critically acclaimed records with trumpeter Keyon Harrold, including the protest anthem she wrote “Circus Show,” featuring Gary Clark, Jr.  Additionally, she executive produced and served as a collaborating producer and songwriter on Harrold’s 2017 Sony Legacy album “The Mugician.”

“Let Us Dance” is the first of several new singles Pizziconi will be releasing in the coming months in support of her social justice activism. Through this work she will continue to champion the right for women to speak up and share their stories of survival, beginning with her own.  Follow her on social media @dreapizziconi. For more information, please visit www.dreapizziconi.com

The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. CAMFED invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential.

 

Tom Burr at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Portraits by Tom Burr Propel MATRIX Exhibition Series at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Connecticut-born sculptor Tom Burr’s expansive body of portraiture takes a different approach to the relationship between the built environment, material, subjectivity, and historical personalities. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the museum’s presentation of two other portrait centered exhibitions, Tom Burr / MATRIX 182 / Hinged Figures unites a selection of the artist’s reclining figures, several of which are portraits of individuals from queer history and American Modernism. Burr began the series in 2005, and MATRIX 182 constitutes the largest museum presentation of the reclining figures to date. The sculptures will be shown both within the MATRIX Gallery and around the museum, in dialogue with specific artists and architectural spaces, and also at the Austin House.

“I wanted to see the figures spread throughout the different spaces in the museum–spaces that resonate with the history of 20th-century art being shown–but also in other, less expected settings, such as Chick Austin’s house,” says Tom Burr. “I wanted to create a constellation of figures and sites that would engage, in a sense, the museum and the house as a total stage set.”

Burr’s sculptures combine Minimalist forms with figures and material attributes, such as books, magazine pages, notecards, tinsel, and a Chanel dress. He is interested in the way certain figures shape and are shaped by the spaces they inhabit. In this MATRIX project, Burr directly addresses the Wadsworth’s prominent role in the history of Modernism in several portrait subjects, including former director A. Everett ‘Chick’ Austin, and two creatives, writer Gertrude Stein and composer Virgil Thomson. They were commissioned in the 1930s to make the opera Four Saints in Three Acts to inaugurate the newly completed Avery Memorial and its purpose-built theater. Two 33 rpm records of the opera and are featured in Burr’s Chicks, 2008

One foot in the grave (reclining), 2010 references photographer Robert Mapplethorpe whose career is embedded in the Wadsworth’s history.A MATRIX artist in 1984, Mapplethorpe’s work has also been presented in exhibitions in 1990, 2015 and will be included in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall opening June 22, 2019. Burr’s portrait of Mapplethorpe (below) includes a postcard featuring one of the photographer’s black-and-white flower images and a small pile of soil evoking a meditation on illness and the AIDS epidemic.

“Tom Burr’s continual engagement with queer historical figures and modernism identified him as a strong choice for an expanded MATRIX project for the summer of Stonewall 50,” says Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth. “Although most of these sculptures were made some years ago, the personas

they evoke resonate with the Wadsworth’s history in terms of collections, exhibitions, and programming. Burr has remarked on the noteworthy inversion of these departed figures’ ‘return’ to the Wadsworth as memories in the form of sculptures.”

Artist Biography

Tom Burr was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut. Burr has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the world since 1988, in institutions and museums including the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France; SculptureCenter, New York, NY; Skulptur Projekte, Münster, Germany; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; The New Museum, New York, NY, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. The works of Tom Burr are included in numerous private & public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Related Programs

Tom Burr / MATRIX 182 / Hinged Figures opens during Art After Dark, Thursday, June 6 from 5-8pm, and the artist will give a Gallery Talk at 6:30pm. A docent-led Art In Focus tour of Tom Burr’s Chicks (2008) will take place on Friday, August 21 at noon. Curator Patricia Hickson will lead a Gallery Talk on Thursday, August 29 at noon.

About MATRIX

Inaugurated in 1975, MATRIX is the Wadsworth’s groundbreaking contemporary art exhibition series featuring works by artists from around the world. From its inception, MATRIX has been a forum for art that is challenging, current, and sometimes controversial. Through clear explanation and thoughtful engagement with the viewer, MATRIX exhibitions call into question preconceptions about art and increase understanding of its possibilities. Many MATRIX artists, such as Christo, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems are now considered seminal figures in contemporary art.

Exhibition and Program Support

MATRIX 182 is generously supported by the Howard Fromson Exhibition Fund.

The MATRIX program is supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition. Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum is provided by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Founded in 1842 with a vision for infusing art into the American experience, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years and encompassing European art from antiquity through contemporary as well as American art from the 1600s to today. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings–representing architectural styles including Gothic Revival, modern International Style, and 1960s Brutalism–are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm Admission: $5-15; discounts for members, students, and seniors. Free admission for Hartford residents with Wadsworth Welcome registration. Free “happy hour” admission 4-5pm. Public phone: (860) 278-2670; website: thewadsworth.org.

 Image:

Tom Burr, Chick, 2008. Plywood, paint, steel hinges, canvas medical straitjacket, white rubber, steel drafting lamp, steel ashtray. Installation view. SculptureCenter, 2008. Collection of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons. © Tom Burr.

Gryffin Announces Fall Tour

Los Angeles-based artist/producer Gryffin has announced a North American headlining tour for fall 2019. Kicking off on October 11 at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A., the 29-date Gravity II Tour will wrap up on December 3 at El Rey in Albuquerque.

Tickets for all Gravity II Tour dates go on sale this Thursday at https://gryffinofficial.com. See below for Gryffin’s full itinerary.

 

DATES FOR GRYFFIN’S GRAVITY II TOUR:

October 11 – Los Angeles, CA –  Shrine Auditorium

October 18 –  Avila Beach, CA –  Avila Beach

October 19 – San Jose, CA –  Event Center SJSU

October 22 – Boise, ID –  Knitting Factory

October 25 – Denver, CO –  Mission Ballroom

October 26 – Kansas City, MO – Truman

October 27 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

October 29 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s

October 30 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird

October 31 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak

November 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

November 2 – Cleveland, OH – Agora

November 5 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe

November 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts

November 7 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

November 9 – Columbus, OH – Express Live

November 12 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva

November 13 – Richmond, VA – The National

November 14 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

November 15 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

November 16 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore

November 17 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz

November 19 – Greenville, SC – Firmament

November 20 – Charleston, SC – The Senate

November 21 – Tallahassee, FL – Moon Theatre

November 22 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live

November 23 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live

November 26 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theatre

 

Having recently completed The Gravity Tour — his biggest North American headlining run yet, in which he sold out the 5,000-capacity Brooklyn Mirage in New York more than three months in advance — Gryffin is also gearing up for a number of major festival dates this spring and summer. See below for those additional tour dates.

 

GRYFFIN SPRING + SUMMER TOUR DATES:

May 25 – My Life Everyday USA @ San Diego, CA

May 27 – Maya Day + Nightclub @ Scottsdale, AZ

May 31 – OMNIA SD @ San Diego, CA

June 21 – Camp Nowhere @ Houston, TX

June 22 – Camp Nowhere @ Dallas, TX

June 23 – Camp Nowhere @ Austin, TX

June 25 – Omnia @ Las Vegas, NV

June 28-30 – BOMFEST! @ Edmonton, CA

July 3 – Time Nightclub @ Costa Mesa, CA

July 12 – Hakkasan Las Vegas @ Las Vegas, NV

July 25 – Hakkasan Las Vegas @ Las Vegas, NV

August 3-4 – Veld Music Festival @ Toronto, CA

August 3 – Lollapalooza @ Chicago, IL

August 10 – 11 – Moonrise Festival @ Baltimore, MD

August 16 – Brooklyn Mirage @ Brooklyn, NY

August 17 – Boat Cruise Summer Series @ Boston, MA

August 18 – Summer of Sound @ Winnipeg, CA

August 31 – EDC Korea @ Seoul, South Korea

 

In the midst of his jam-packed touring schedule, Gryffin is finishing up his highly anticipated debut album Gravity (due out later this year via Darkroom/Geffen Records). Over the past two months, he’s shared the first two singles from Gravity: “All You Need to Know” with SLANDER ft. Calle Lehmann (a #12 hit on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic chart) and “Hurt People” with Aloe Blacc (a just-released track written by Bastille frontman Dan Smith). During Gryffin’s much-buzzed-about set at Coachella Weekend 2, Blacc joined his collaborator onstage for a glorious debut performance of “Hurt People.”

 

Listen to “Hurt People” with Aloe Blacc HERE.

More on Gryffin:

Born Dan Griffith, Gryffin got his start in music as a classically trained pianist and guitarist and also played in several bands. After receiving an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, he pursued a path in music production, drawing equally from his carefully honed musicality and edgy ingenuity. Gryffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with two singles showcasing his melodic take on dance music: “Heading Home” ft. Josef Salvat (which shot to #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral charts) and the Bipolar Sunshine collaboration “Whole Heart.” In addition, his 2017 smash single “Feel Good” — with Illenium and featuring Daya — peaked at #18 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Gryffin’s recent triumphs include “Tie Me Down” ft. Elley Duhé (an August release that hit #2 on the Spotify US Viral Chart and #9 on the Global Viral Chart, with over 80 million streams to date) and “Remember” ft. Zohara (a November release that garnered 6.5 million streams in its first few weeks and earned support from Tiesto, who featured the track on an Instagram story).

 

For more information on Gryffin:

www.facebook.com/gryffinofficial
www.twitter.com/gryffinofficial
www.soundcloud.com/gryffinofficial
www.instagram.com/gryffinofficial

Contact for Gryffin:

Rebecca Marlis
Rebecca.marlis@umusic.com

Top Health Tips for Women

Taking care of mental health is as important as taking care of physical health. There are various factors playing a vital role in staying healthy. In turn, good health can minimize the risk of developing certain medical conditions.

Women face a number of medical problems because of a lack of vital nutrients and minerals in the body. Vitamins in the body help in the proper functioning of the organs. They also strengthen their defense mechanisms, slow down the aging process in the women, and enhance the energy levels in the body.

Though a gynecologist can provide better guidance, listed below are some simple fitness and health tips for women to maintain a sound mind and sound body.

1. Genetic testing: A general testing helps to diagnose a family history of breast

2. Stay active throughout the day: Walk and talk as much as possible

3. Avoid Excessive Consumption of Calcium: Excessive level of calcium in the body poses the risk of heart diseases and renal stones. It the age of the person is under 50, it is advisable to add 1,000 mg (milligrams) of calcium in the diet per day. Women under 50 years must include 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day in three-servings.

4. Reduce Stress Level: The biggest problem in most of the people is that they have too much on plate and desire to jiggle it all. Stress affects health in various ways, from a higher risk of depression to infertility, heart disease to anxiety.

5. Healthy snacks: Follow healthy snacking as it will rescue instead of harming the health. Keep various healthy lifestyle diseases at bay with healthy munching.

6. Good sex: Sex helps to reduce stress and decreases the complication of chronic disease. It is advisable to consult a doctor if the person experiences pain or dryness.

7. Do more than Cardio: An amalgamation of weight-bearing exercise and/or cardio 3 to 5 times in seven days may aid in the prevention of ailments such as heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes. Exercising regularly also boosts psychologically and helps in developing good physic.

8. Get a regular check-up: It is good to go for an annual check-up. No one knows which virus or bacteria are conspiring against the health.

9. Drink lots of water: Water is essential for the proper functioning of a human body. It is always better to drink water at regular intervals to avoid dehydration.

10. An effective exercise pattern: According to convenience follow an exercise pattern. An individual can follow simple exercises like walking or running. It will help to shape the body.

11. Sound Sleep: An individual should get a good sleep of minimum 7-hour sleep. If a woman faces any difficulty in sleeping or gets tired easily then she is more likely to be insomniac.

12. Stop overdoing anything: It is enough to practice for an hour for a woman’s body. Therefore, the focus should be on limited exercises within a certain interval of time to make the training effective.

13. Good breakfast: It is very important for a woman to maintain a good diet to stay fit and healthy. The inclusion of fresh fruits in the breakfast routine will provide the body with enough amounts of glucose and fiber to retain energy in the body throughout the day.

14. Reduce intake of carbs: Limit the consumption of carbs rich food like chocolates, cookies, white rice, and honey. Following a carb-rich diet will dope the blood sugar level, and aid to create enough amount of insulin. It also increases the quantity of fat in the body.

15. Treadmill and Dumbbell: A 10 minutes treadmill session along with a session with 3-5 dumbbells will tone the upper body. It will also help the heart to function smoothly.

16. Be happy: ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ and it is fairly true. When a person laughs out loud or is blissful, the body helps relieve the stress hormones and in turn secrete good hormones.

Women should maintain a healthy lifestyle to cater to their individual needs as well as the needs of the family. By following the above-mentioned steps it’s very easy to maintain a healthy life. A person might face few difficulties while following these steps. All that will work is hard work and patience to get reliable results.

Read More: Role of Gynecologists in Women’s Health Care

The Most Exciting Fighters in UFC 2019

By 2019, almost everybody knows the big names in UFC like Conor McGregor and Rhonda Rousey. McGregor became infamous across the globe when he stepped into the ring with pro boxer Floyd Mayweather and stayed in the public eye due to his character, charm and fearless conduct in the octagon. Rousey is known as the best female athlete of our time for her career, which spans not only UFC, but also Olympic judo and, most recently, WWE. But with McGregor, Rousey and other champions retired from the sport, who are the up-and-coming faces to watch out for in UFC today?

UFC’s growing popularity across the globe means that everybody wants a piece of the action; fans of different competitive sports are getting on board, drawn by the excitement and fast pace of the fights. Here we’ve put together a list of some of the most exciting fighters to keep an eye on in 2019 and beyond, so that you, too, can partake in the experience.

Paulo Costa

Brazilian bullet Costa is on the up and up this year, with his fight against ‘Soldier of God’ Yoel Romero penned in for the 17th of August. He currently stands undefeated with a 12-strong pro fight win streak, although it remains to be seen whether he can maintain this strong stance at what will be his fifth fight in the UFC. After some controversy about the intravenous use of permitted substances led to a 6-month ban in 2018, he must be ready and raring to get back into the octagon later this year.

Tatiana Suarez

Another undefeated fighter, Suarez is poised to snatch the crown sometime soon. She is one tough cookie; having survived the thyroid cancer that put a stop to her Olympic wrestling career, she has since gone on to have an impressive UFC career thus far. Her next fight will happen in June, and it will be against experienced fellow strawweight division fighter, Nina Ansaroff. Suarez’s defining feature is her awesome strength, and it looks like this rare ability is set to carry her far in the UFC. One thing’s for sure: She’s got the great stats to back her up.

Israel Adesanya

It’s safe to say that all eyes are currently on Adesanya for the middleweight title. This powerful contender is enjoying an unbroken 16-win run and is showing no signs of slowing down. His kickboxing background serves him well, highlighted by his brutal victory over Kelvin Gastelum just a few weeks ago. Fans wait with bated breath to see just how far Adesanya can carry this winning streak—will it be all the way to the top? Many say that ‘The Last Stylebender’ has this in the bag already.

Molly McCann

Brand newcomer McCann enjoyed a hard-won victory earlier this year when she went up against Priscila Cachoeira and walked away a winner. Despite a nasty-looking eye injury, McCann persevered to become the first English female fighter to see success at the UFC. Soon she’ll head stateside to go up against the ‘Violence Queen’ Ariane Lipski in a chance to show us all what she’s really made of away from her home turf. So far, she certainly has the personal determination and the loyal backing from fellow Liverpudlians that could be what she needs to succeed.

Dominick Reyes

Light heavyweight contender Reyes is here to shake things up. He has an 11-fight win streak at the moment and looks confident heading into his next bout of training. Nicknamed ‘The Devastator’ due to the monumental force of his kicks, Reyes’ sunny demeanour belies a hidden beast that could challenge the title. With his aggressive approach inside the octagon, it’s clear to see that Reyes is here to make himself known and take home the belt. It will certainly be interesting to see which direction this fresh-faced fighter takes as his star grows brighter.

SACHI shares new anthem featuring Roe

With over twenty-five million cumulative streams and a pair of gold plaques back home, rising New Zealand duo SACHI share a brand new single entitled “Sparking My Fire” [feat. ROE]today.

Get it HERE via Casablanca Records.

Once again, the twosome ignites a fresh flame for electronic dance music. Weaving together live choir, strings, and a horn section, they craft a warm and wondrous sonic background that builds towards a shimmering climax. Over this soundscape, Los Angeles songstress ROE carries heavenly and hypnotic verses towards an anthemic refrain, “You’re sparking my fire.

Most importantly, the single lights the fuse for the group’s upcoming EP—due out July 27, 2019. Be on the lookout for more music and big news from SACHI very soon.

Smashing boundaries between electro, pop, and house, SACHI harness unabashed, unfiltered, and undeniable energy in their music. By 2019, they notched over 25 million cumulative streams and earned two gold singles back in their native New Zealand—“No More” and “Shelter.” Recently, “Hollywood Angel” [feat. E^ST]and “Worst Behaviour” [feat. Sam DeRosa] ignited excitement for the arrival of new music this year.

DJ Scandalous

In an age where boundaries and barriers increasingly divide us, DJ Scandalous is an artist whose diverse musical influences inspire and bring us together. As he likes to explain it, “I’m a fan of all genres, but a prisoner of no single one.” His following around the world attests to his Pop Without Limits tapestry that includes Hip Hop, R&B, EDM, and Pop, infused with subtle classical influences – from rock to the great international masters. Expect a musical journey where each track is an opportunity to explore our hearts and minds, uniting us and inspiring us, with a heart-to-heart conversation reminding us how art tears down barriers and rejects limits. His Pop without Limits approach shines ever-brighter in his latest track Move On, a song defying labels and refusing to be pigeon-holed.

Born and raised in Chicago, his family’s musical heritage shaped his musical journey at an early age. For over a decade he’s honed his craft writing, producing, and promoting the work of both independent and major artists in Europe and United States worldwide, Stevie Wonder and Raynard Miner, Cyndi Lauper, Matt Houston (Sony Music France), Fabrice Sioul (Sony Music UK), the LOX, Trina and Red Cafe to name a few.  Always pushing limits at each stop along the way, creating his own unique style that honors the best of our musical past and incorporates today’s innovation, with a creative vision of great musical discovery yet to come. Today, the Windy City is home, but the musical art of DJ Scandalous is a track-by-track journey of discovery where a unique heart-to-heart musical conversation awaits each of us, everywhere, as part of the soundtracks of our lives.

ANANYA BIRLA

Ananya Birla has released her much-anticipated debut EP ‘Fingerprint’ via UMG and Island Records UK. Just in time for summer, the four-song set boasts an ebullient blend of pop, electro and R&B, showcasing Ananya’s upbeat sound and dynamic vocals. The EP release marks the culmination of a ground-breaking 12 months for Ananya, in which the 24 year old has firmly established herself as one of the most striking artists on the international pop scene. Since her debut single in 2016, the multi-platinum singer-songwriter has leapt from low-key gigs around London to hitting over 160m streams, performing at some of Asia’s biggest music festivals like Global Citizen and Sunburn, and featuring on major playlists around the world including Apple’s Best of 2018.

Fingerprint contains recent hit single ‘Blackout’, which features two of Nigeria’s biggest music stars Vector and Wurld, as well as ‘All Night Long’, ‘Disappear’ and the anthemic ‘Love Suicide’. Recorded over a 12-month period in London, Los Angeles and Mumbai, Ananya teamed up with some of the hottest production and writing talent on the scene, including hitmaker DJ Buddha (Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Afrojack), pop guru Nick Atkinson (Lewis Capaldi, Little Mix), Empire State of Mind writer Angela Hunte, Edd Holloway (Gabrielle Aplin, Dean Lewis) and long-time collaborator Grammy-nominated Mood Melodies.

contains recent hit single ‘Blackout’, which features two of Nigeria’s biggest music stars Vector and Wurld, as well as ‘All Night Long’, ‘Disappear’ and the anthemic ‘Love Suicide’. Recorded over a 12-month period in London, Los Angeles and Mumbai, Ananya teamed up with some of the hottest production and writing talent on the scene, including hitmaker DJ Buddha (Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Afrojack), pop guru Nick Atkinson (Lewis Capaldi, Little Mix), Empire State of Mind writer Angela Hunte, Edd Holloway (Gabrielle Aplin, Dean Lewis) and long-time collaborator Grammy-nominated Mood Melodies.

Speaking on the deeply personal collection of songs, Ananya commented “It’s called Fingerprint because it is really authentic to me and my own experiences.

It’s mostly about love – the beautiful bits and the challenges too. Each song explores love from a different perspective; the diversity of emotions that we experience in relationships, in good times and bad.”

Ananya has already made waves in India and last year became the first homegrown artist to go platinum with an English language track. Taking full advantage of globalising music trends, Ananya, who was recently listed as one of GQ’s Most Influential Young Indians and a Forbes Woman to Watch, has a number of exciting projects lined up including a collaboration with Jamaican star Sean Kingston and live performances in the UK and US to be announced soon.

Track listing

Blackout

All Night Long

Love Suicide

Disappear
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Of Monsters and Men Perform Television Debut of “Alligator”

Multiplatinum Icelandic quintet OF MONSTERS AND MEN performed their return single Alligator” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch HERE.

The performance follows the announcement of their North American fall FEVER DREAM Tour in support of their new album FEVER DREAM out July 26th.  Every online ticket purchased comes with one (1) CD of Of Monsters and Men’s new album, FEVER DREAM. Ticket purchasers will receive an email with additional instructions on how to redeem the album. US/Canadian residents only. One (1) CD per ticket. Not valid for Fan to Fan Resale.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN went from the talk of Iceland to the top of the global conversation on their 2011 debut, My Head Is An Animal. Not only did the record go platinum, but it also produced an international smash in the form of “Little Talks. The breakthrough single earned a quintuple-platinum certification from the RIAA, made history as “the first song by an Icelandic band to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify, and landed the band performance on Saturday Night Live. The group appeared on official soundtracks for franchises such asThe Hunger GamesThe Walking Dead, and Beat Bugs, to name a few.

In addition to performing at festivals such as CoachellaLollapaloozaFirefly, and beyond, they supported Florence + the Machine on a high-profile arena tour. In the midst of this rapid rise, 2015’s Beneath The Skin bowed in the Top 3 of the Billboard Top 200 and the band starred in an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the same year.

Pre-order FEVER DREAM here and check out tickets here.

Check out tour dates here

**album bundle not included

Brytiago announces “La Mentira Remix”

Brytiago and Rafa Pabon invite their urban collective crew Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Sech and Cazzu to join in on an explosive remix of “La Mentira”

The international star of the urban genre Brytiago, announces the release of “La Mentira Remix” with his partners in crime Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Sech and Cazzu.

“La Mentira Remix” is a collaboration of Brytiago and Rafa Pabón. The remix was produced by Roberto L. Figueroa, better known in the industry as Nekzum, Business Music. The remix is joined by the urban collective crew Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Sech and Cazzugiving this remix a new edge and vibe.

The video was shot in Puerto Rico, themed around the uncovering and toxicness of lies and attraction. All done under the production of Ivan Joel and the art direction of innovator Abner Maldonado, better known as Abez.

“I spent a lot of time planning this remix. I personally called my colleagues and the truth is that the song exceeded all my expectations,” Brytiago.

Recently, Brytiago has been touring through Europe visiting cities such as Madrid and Milan, representing Puerto Rico to its fullest and creating growth and expansion of the urban genre beyond the Latin audience and onto the international market. As of May 2nd Brytiago has started a tour with Darell thru the US that will go thru the month of June.