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BANKS “Contaminated”

Just days ahead of the release of her new album, IIIBANKS shared the haunting track “Contaminated.” Zane Lowe debuted the song earlier today as a World First on Apple Music’s Beats 1. BANKS recorded “Contaminated” in Los Angeles, collaborating with producer BJ Burton(Bon Iver, Francis and the Lights). Download / stream “Contaminated”HERE.

 

“‘Contaminated’ is about being addicted to a toxic relationship. The more you give, the less of yourself you become,” says BANKS.

 

Harvest Records will release III on Friday, July 12. Tomorrow night, BANKS will preview material from the album during her sold-out show at House of Vans Chicago. The evening is the latest in the Vans House Parties series, which offers the headlining artist the opportunity to act as curator, hand-picking all supporting talent and creating a personalized visual art experience for fans. 

 

BANKS will support III with an extensive world tour. Her two-night stand at Brooklyn Steel has already sold out and a third night (September 10) has been added. Other newly-added dates include SOMA in San Diego (October 2) and shows at House of Blues in Dallas (October 9) and Houston (October 10). The III Tour kicks off on September 3 at REBELin Toronto and includes an October 1 show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. See below for itinerary. 

 

Tickets are on sale at LiveNation.com. BANKS will offer VIP packages for each show with options that include GA tickets with priority access, Meet & Greet, limited edition merchandise, and more. Fans can visit www.VIPNation.com for more information. She will also perform at such festivals as Music Midtown in Atlanta, Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Austin City Limits. 

 

III, available for pre-order HERE, is BANKS’ most nuanced release yet. Coming after a self-imposed period of quiet and reflection, it exploresthemes of self-acceptance, letting go, forgiveness, and deep love. Fans who pre-order III in digital format will instantly receive “Contaminated”plus “Look What You’re Doing To Me” ft. Francis and The Lights and the first single, “Gimme,”

 

“Gimme” has already amassed over 11.5 million streams and was hailed by TIME Magazine as a song “You Need to Listen to.” Reviewingthe official videoRolling Stone noted, “Banks creates an otherworldly club, where laser lights bend to her movement and will, slinky synth melodies flavor the moody setting and mesmerizing choreography beckons onlookers to join…the primal dance party.” “Look What You’re Doing To Me” has racked up over two million combined global streams to date and was featured on Spotify New Music Friday playlists in nearly every country. Billboard praised her “soaring, romantic vocals.” Substream observed, “Her powerhouse vocals sell each and every twist and turn as she processes all of the feelings flowing through her heart…If this is what the rest of III looks like, we’re in for a treat.” 

 

BANKS has attained 1.3 billion global streams to date across all of her songs, including over 615 million cumulative streams in the U.S. alone. After the release of her breakout debut album, Goddess, she became the world’s most blogged about artist. The 2014 album included the RIAA-certified Platinum hit “Beggin For Thread” and the Gold single “Waiting Game.” The Altar, released in 2016, debuted in the Top 10 in over 30 countries on iTunes. BANKS has performed on such television shows as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Her songs have been heard in films (Divergent, The Longest Ride) and licensed by such television shows as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Power.”

COMMON TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LET LOVE

GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper COMMON will release his new album Let Love on August 30, 2019, his debut for Loma Vista Recordings.

Pre-order it HERE.

In tandem with this announcement, he shared his latest single and music video entitled “Hercules” [feat. Swizz Beatz]. On the track, he serves up his sharp signature wordplay between soulful backing vocals from Swizz Beatz. Meanwhile, the music video directed by Carrick [Weezer] sees Common thwart a convenience store robbery caught on surveillance camera—in between rapping into his iPhone. Vince Staples makes a cameo as the cashier.

Watch the action unfold HERE.

“Hercules” follows on the heels of the recent single “HER Love” featuring Daniel Caesar, special guest Dwele, and an unreleased beat from J Dilla. Not only did the song amass over 1 million cumulative streams and 339K views on the Savanah Leaf-directed music video within a week, but it also received widespread critical acclaim. VIBE called the song “a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years.” Rolling Stone added that it was “Common’s homage to hip-hop”, and OkayPlayer professed that it’s “his most impactful body of work yet.”

Download “Hercules” HERE.

About the album, he shared, “This album is inspired by the book, “Let Love Have The Last Word” which gave me a path to write about things I had never written about before. It forced me to go deeper and because I opened up about so many things in the book, I was charged to go to raw, personal and spiritual places in the music. Production-wise, I knew that the music had to have depth, soul and dimension to it. I wanted the musicianship and the spirit of what live music brings, but it also had to have something raw and basement about it. When my team said, “You should do some music revolving around the book,” I just took that energy and went running into my artistry without focusing on anything else. No movies, no commercials, no parties (well, I don’t do that too much anyway) and I just worked on music. So this album is the culmination of this journey, this passion and this Divine Love that I have for one of GOD’s greatest gifts – MUSIC.”

COMMON will kick off his Let Love Tour, which starts in Denver, Colorado at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom tonight, and continues through marquee venues in the US and Canada before touring Europe for the first time since 2014. Special guests include Nicole Bus, July 11 –July 26, and Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, August 7 – August 29. Each pair of tickets on the second leg of tour dates will come with new music—details to be emailed to ticket holders.

Get tickets HERE.

Be on the lookout for more soon!

The official digital and CD release date is August 30, 2019, with vinyl to follow on October 11, 2019.

Let Love Track List:

1. Good Morning Love feat. Samora Pinderhughes

2. HER Love feat. Daniel Caesar w/special guest Dwele

3. Dwele’s Interlude

4. Hercules feat. Swizz Beatz

5. Fifth Story feat. Leikeli47

6. Forever Your Love feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

7. Leaders (Crib Love) feat. A-Trak

8. Memories of Home feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Samora Pinderhughes

9. Show Me That You Love feat. Jill Scott and Samora Pinderhughes

10. My Fancy Free Future Love

11. God Is Love feat. Leon Bridges and Jonathan McReynolds

Let Love First Leg Tour Dates: 

7/11 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

7/12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Gallivan Center

7/14 – Seattle, WA – The Moore

7/16 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

7/17 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield

7/18 – Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery

7/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center

7/21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

7/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

7/26 – Newport Beach, CA – The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Let Love Second Leg Tour Dates: 

8/7 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

8/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit

8/9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

8/10 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater*

8/11 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater

8/14 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

8/15 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre

8/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia

8/20 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium

8/22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

8/23 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater

8/27 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater*

8/28 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

8/29 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

*No Maimouna Youssef aka Fresh

9/7 – Oslo Norway – Sentrum Scene

9/8 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA

9/10 – London, England – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

9/12 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz

9/14 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre

9/15 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk

9/16 – Berlin, Germany – Astra

9/18 – Utrecht, Holland – Ronda

9/19 – Belgium, Gent – Vooriut

For more information and the latest on COMMON, visit:

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ABOUT COMMON:

COMMON is an artist, actor, activist and, most recently, a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his latest memoir, “Let Love Have The Last Word.” With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, an Emmy® Award, a Golden Globe®, and an Academy® Award for the song “Glory,” which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend. He recently finished work on a new album, Let Love, which is slated for release on August 30, 2019.

Chris Stewart, 360 MAGAZINE

May the Sky

By Vaughn Lowery

The emerging indie rock band, May the Sky [MTS], is based in Dayton, OH. Their exclusive, “Won” from the new EP Discoveries is an anthemic masterpiece which is reminiscent of the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody and some of their mantras. Hard hitting melodies alongside of dramatic drums and rhythmic guitar riffs. Brilliant lyrics coupled with effortless vocals and orchestration make this alternative ensemble ooze marketability. It’s been a long time since we have tripped upon a gem like MTS. Both epic and spellbinding.

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ALMA “Lonely Night” Music Video

Finnish pop powerhouse ALMA releases the video for ‘Lonely Night’, which is directed by Deni Cheng and produced by Tiistai.

The evocative visual tells the story of a young woman anticipating the arrival of her crush to a party, followed by the chaos and heartbreak that can come from caring for someone more than they care for you.

You can watch it here.

“The ‘Lonely Night’ music video was a super important project for me” Alma explains. “I told my story in the song and I wanted someone to make almost like a short movie out of it! I think we did great! My own character in the video is more like my own brain in real life telling me the reality but I always go with my heart end of the day! And sometimes we get hurt by it!”

 ‘Lonely Night’ is the next instalment from her highly anticipated debut album ‘Have You Seen Her?’ set for release in September 2019. The track is produced and written by ALMA and HitImpulse (Kygo, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki) who collaborated with her before for ‘Chasing Highs’ platinum single.

Part of a new wave of female powerhouses that have something to say, ALMA is forward thinking, engaged and opinionated on issues from women’s rights to body positivity and sexuality. Having worked extensively with her friends Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Zara Larson, Dua Lipa, and Halsey, ALMA  has spent the last few months writing and recording with Miley Cyrus. She has co-written two songs for Miley’s latest EP ‘She is Coming’, including female empowerment anthem ‘Mothers Daughter’ and ‘Cattitude’ ft. RuPaul. 

She says of the experience: “Working with Miley has been a dream! The first time when we met we just clicked it was super easy and real!  It’s crazy how two people with such different backgrounds can have so many of the same thoughts and feelings. Sure we like to party but we also talk about the deep stuff and then we put all our experiences good and bad into songs together. I can’t wait for people to hear all the tracks we’ve made!”

ALMA is a force to be reckoned with, following her critically acclaimed EP “Dye My Hair” with platinum single “Chasing Highs”, smash track “Phases” FT French Montana (including an exclusive Charli XCX directed video) and her 2018 mixtape “Heavy Rules”; she has garnered over 350 million combined Spotify plays and topped iTunes charts around the world.

Debut album ‘Have You Seen Her?’ is set for release in September 2019 and is on track to continue her rise on the international pop stage.

After an incredible performance in Glastonbury last weekend (where she caught up with Miley Cyrus) Alma continues this summer with lots of festival appearances as well as with a headline European tour in autumn!

HipHop artist AK Releases New Single

HipHop artist AK gets emotional on self-produced “Ignorance Is Bliss”

On “Ignorance Is Bliss,” AK gets real and reveals the all-too-relatable truth behind the feelings of the rise to success – claiming it to be ‘a gift and a curse.’ The single sonically mimics the peaks and valleys of this emotional journey. While his quick-witted verses reiterate the raw emotional battle of figuring out who can and cannot be trusted on the rise to the top; AK’s aching chorus evokes the intense desire to remain ignorant to the deterrents discovered along the way in the people and places in life that once felt safe and secure.

With lyrics ‘blessings around me / still feel like I’m sinking,’ AK takes a deep dive into the reality of the rarely touched on emotional side effects that come along with a fast track to success – a track that AK can definitely relate to as he has become quite the chart topper in a mere couple of years since first releasing music.

AK’s series of original singles have garnered the #1 spot on the U.S. iTunes Hip Hop Chart, the U.S. Top 20 iTunes Hip Hop Chart, graced the Top 25 iTunes Charts in four other countries, and landed on YouTube Music’s ‘Flow Superior’ Playlist. With his recent releases “Why Would I?,” “Déjà Vu” and “Like I Got It,” AK has hit a sweet spot of blending Hip Hop and R&B genres that pack the perfect punch of his versatility as an artist in terms of tone, lyrics and vocal range.

While his single “Broken” strikes an emotionally raw chord, with an accompanying music video to match. The single perfectly portrays AK’s masterful vocal ability, carried by a chorus of his raw and emotive vocals. While the dark and dreary music video for “Broken” mirrors the tormented tongue-twister verses and pained falsetto-laced vocals evoked by the feeling of a purely broken heart and the one who broke it. With each music release bigger than the last, it goes to show that AK is the next big thing in Hip Hop.

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VALEE RELEASES “RUNNIN RICH” EP

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KETCHUP – LISTEN HERE

TRACKLIST

1. YOPPIE

2. ICE ATTACK PREQUEL

3. ABOVE AVERAGE FT. G HERBO

4. PEPSI

5. JOHN DOE

6. BOXING

7. CLEVER FT. KING LOUIE

8. SLEEP NUMBER FT. VIC MENSA

“Valee is a quiet rapper making a lot of noise.” ——RollingStone

“Valee’s innovative style makes it impossible to predict what might come next.”  ——-Pitchfork

“Valee doesn’t sound like anything happening in Chicago hip-hop right now.” ——-Noisey

ABOUT VALEE:

In an era when aspiring public figures broadcast constantly in an effort to maximize their brand value, Valee’s coolly laconic stands apart. With short songs and a soft-spoken style, his unpredictable raps sketch subjects with a droll eye for detail over a bass-heavy canvas. This is trap music for the connoisseur, for fans of clever lyrics and effortless style. Valee grew up on Chicago’s South Side. When he received toys as a child, he would break them apart to figure out how they worked, a method he applies to his own process with music today:  “Sometimes I rap and cut and copy and paste and move parts around and it changes the whole song, for the better.” His music career began when, intent on buying a gaming system, he stopped at Guitar Center instead. “I just wanted to make beats better than what I hear on my mixtapes or on the radio, and I wanted to rap on it. I wasn’t thinking about anyone else at all.” His counterintuitive approach across five mixtapes and his G.O.O.D. Music debut EP, GOOD job, You Found Me, has captured the ears of artists and music aficionados alike, drawn to his unorthodox approach.

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TJ Porter Releases Debut Album

From Harlem, for Harlem, TJ Porter has established his undisputed street cred with a streak of uncompromising singles and videos – highlighted by “Glowin’ Up,” “Tricky,” “Harder Than Ever,” “Do You Care?,” and of course his hometown celebration “Harlem” – all setting the stage for the release today of VOICE OF THE TRENCHES, his debut album via Def Jam Recordings.

LISTEN TO VOICE OF THE TRENCHES HERE

 With the release of VOICE OF THE TRENCHES, TJ drops the gritty new video for “Harlem,” which COMPLEX hails as “one of the best songs of the year, so far.”

WATCH “HARLEM” MUSIC VIDEO HERE

 “Porter’s bravado bleeds New York,” wrote Billboard passionately this week of the former high school basketball star, whose closest friends include future NBA draft prospects Cole Anthony and Julian Newman. There but for fortune, TJ’s career might have been on the court with them, instead of in the recording studio and onstage. As TJ showed during the recent NBA All-Star Weekend, however, at the Coca-Cola stage performance and then at a special 3-on-3 matchup game, the two driving forces of his life will probably always co-exist. 

 “I’m not a basketball player who makes music, I’m an artist who plays basketball, sometimes,” he told the Billboard reporter. “I make music. I want people to take me seriously as an artist. I’m cool with all the rappers and stuff like Meek [Mill] and all, but I need them to take me serious with the music. I want that longevity. I ain’t trying to go to the NBA.”

KYGO & WHITNEY HOUSTON RELEASE “HIGHER LOVE”

Following a string of current successes, global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a. Kygo releases new single “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston, the most awarded female artist of all time, via RCA Records.  The single marks the first new Whitney Houston music released in a decade, since 2009’s “I Look To You.” Both Kygo and Pat Houston spoke to Rolling Stone to explain the collaboration HERE.

Pat Houston said of the single, “The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and our new partner Primary Wave are delighted with the collaboration between KYGO and WHITNEY. We knew KYGO would be the right producer to enhance Whitney’s powerful vocal performance on ‘Higher Love,’  to the standards and expectations that Whitney’s fans have recognized for over three decades.

The resurgence of this precious archival performance will carry Whitney’s musical legacy on to a younger generation for years to come.   Everyone should be ready to dance to this uplifting and inspiring record – a testament to KYGO’s incredible talent, and a reminder of why we fell in love with Whitney from the very beginning!!!” 

Kygo added, “I was honored when the Whitney Houston estate reached out and presented me with the opportunity to work with one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. I reworked the song from scratch and am really happy with how it turned out!”

“Higher Love” is a cover of the 1986 Steve Winwood classic, which celebrated its 33rd anniversary on June 20th. The Whitney Houston estate presented Kygo with the archival recording of Whitney’s version, which was previously released as a Japan-only bonus track on her I’m Your Baby Tonight physical album in 1990. Upon hearing the Whitney track, Kygo raced into the studio, thrilled to be given the opportunity to make music with one of the greatest female vocalists of all time.

“Higher Love” was written by Steve Winwood, Will Jennings and produced by Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll and Narada Michael Walden. Kygo is set to perform this song for the first time this Sunday, June 30th, at PrideFestival Utopia in New York City.

Local Natives Concert Review

On Saturday night, a five-piece-indie-rock band, Local Natives brought the energy to the Palladium with their symphonic tones, unique instrumentals, and airy soft lyrics. The LA native band played multiple songs throughout the night from their new album Violet Streets. This album explores adulthood, love, and friendships.

The band opened the show with a piece called “Vogue” from their album Violet Streets. The band then quickly livened up the audience by singing one of their older songs, “Sun Hands” in which lead singer, Taylor Rice jumped into the sea of screaming fans to crowd surf. 

The fans continued screaming throughout the show, especially once the band played the song, “Fountains of Youth”, which was a song released in November of 2016, right before the elections took place. 

The group finished their set with the song “When Am I Gonna Lose You”, which lead singer, Rice, explained was an ode to love. As the LA native boy band announced their last song, the crowd was in tears. The phrase “encore” could be heard from miles away. The band came back on to perform a few more songs until they had to say their last goodbye.

Complete with stunning light shows, seamless transitions, and phenomenal vocals, the Local Natives seemed to impress the crowd.

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Pi’erre Bourne “The Life of Pi’erre 4”

One of the most innovative forces in the rap game today, Pi’erre Bourne takes his artistry to whole new heights on his long-awaited new project The Life of Pi’erre 4, out now on SossHouse/ Interscope Records. With every song written, produced, engineered, and arranged all on his own, the album again shows the uncompromising originality he’s revealed in producing Billboard Hot 100 hits like Playboi Carti’s double-platinum smash “Magnolia,” and Travis Scott’s “Watch” ft. Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West. Praised by Complex for “redefining trap music,” the 25-year-old artist/producer now brings his creative integrity to a lo-fi yet high-energy sound that’s emotionally powerful and entirely unpredictable.

Check out Drake showing love for Pi’erre’s new project below:  

Tomorrow, Pi’erre will be hosting a show live on NTS Radio at 12pm PST. Listen here: https://www.nts.live

Born in Kansas under the name Jordan Jenks, Pi’erre lived between the Carolinas and Belize during his childhood. He also spent a great deal of time in Queens, New York, where an uncle taught him to use FruityLoops and encouraged him to start making his own music while Pi’erre was still in elementary school. Pi’erre later studied music engineering at the SAE Institute in Atlanta, and soon earned significant cash by recording for local artists. After making his name as a producer, he landed an engineering job at Epic Records, where he quickly found himself in high demand among fast-rising artists like Young Nudy.

During his time at Epic, Pi’erre dedicated his off-hours to working on his own projects, dropping the first installment of his Life of Pi’erre series in September 2016. With both The Life of Pi’erre 2 and The Life of Pi’erre 3 arriving in the next few months, he left Epic at the end of that year in order to devote more time to his own music. As he continued producing for artists like Jay Critch, Big Sean, and Playboi Carti, Pi’erre moved forward with the making of The Life of Pi’erre 4, and in late 2017 scored an artist deal with Interscope Records. 

Since signing with Interscope, Pi’erre has toured with the likes of Drake, Nudy, and Carti, in addition to launching SossHouse (his own Interscope imprint,) and generating buzz with recent singles like “Hacked My Instagram” and “Marie Curie.” In the midst of bringing The Life of Pi’erre 4 to life, he also teamed up with Nudy for the critically acclaimed album Sli’merre—a May 2019 release named one of the year’s best rapper/producer collaborations by Pitchfork, who hailed Pi’erre as “one of the most interesting contemporary rap producers.”