This Sunday, Sofia Carson will be hosting the American Music Award’s pre-show, “AMA’s Red Carpet Live.” This year’s pre-show will live stream from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT exclusively on Twitter HERE.
Today, fast-rising British singer/songwriter/producer Ama Lou makes her major-label debut with a new EP titled Ama, who? Released via Interscope Records, the five-track project showcases the thought-provoking sounds and visuals that have earned her praise from the likes of Drake, in addition to drawing acclaim from such outlets as VOGUE, Complex, The FADER, and Paper. Produced by Ama, along with Che Pope, Frank Dukes, Murda Beatz, Hi-Tek, and Foster, Ama, who? is a collection of songs that sees Ama reflecting on what she’s accomplished so far, and asserting the direction in which she’s headed. It’s another step forward in her artistic world and confirmation of who Ama is as an artist.
The follow-up to Ama Lou’s critically lauded 2018 debut EP DDD, Ama, who? features her recent single “NORTHSIDE” — a stripped-back and bouncy track that’s amassed over a million streams on Spotify and, close to 2 million views on YouTube. Directed by Ama and shot by her sister and creative visual partner Mahalia John, the video for “NORTHSIDE” features cameos from A$AP Nast, Taco from Odd Future, Fai Khadra, and more of Ama’s west coast friends. Watch the video HERE.
Track list for Ama, who?:
1. Far Out
3. We tried, we tried
4. This Town
Originally from North London, Ama Lou is a classically trained musician who got her start playing guitar at the age of 10, began writing her own songs at 11, and took up piano at 14. Now 21, she introduced the world to her dynamic songwriting with two back-to-back, politically charged singles: “Tbc” (an October 2016 release penned in response to the killing of Eric Garner by New York police) and “Not Always” (a layered meditation on gender, released in December 2016). With its sound described by The Guardian as “husky soul, feathery trap and skittering, downcast R&B,” “Tbc” soon caught the attention of Drake, who later named Ama Lou among the artists who inspired the making of his 2018 album Scorpion.
Arriving in early 2018, DDD was hailed as “brimming with her signature minimalism” by Billboard, who also noted that the EP “blends colorful synths and snappy drums with her powerful voice.” The three-track project was accompanied by a short-film directed by Ama and shot by her sister Mahalia John. The short film starred Ama Lou as a member of a fictional L.A. crime ring.
Shortly after the release of DDD, Ama Lou headed out on tour with fellow British phenom Jorja Smith. In a review of their May 2018 stop at Brooklyn Steel, Billboard stated that Ama Lou’s “sweeping vocals were powerful yet polished and melted seamlessly into her self-produced, atmospheric melodies.”
Ama Lou Ama, who? EP
Apple Music: https://smarturl.it/Amawho/applemusic
Google Play: https://smarturl.it/Amawho/googleplay
YouTube Music: https://smarturl.it/Amawho/youtubemusic
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INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR MARSHMELLO RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HERE WITH ME” FEAT. CHVRCHES
History-making international superstar Marshmello shares his new single “Here With Me” featuring CHVRCHES today. Get it HERE via Republic Records.
Amplifying excitement for more music, “Here With Me” upholds a tradition of chart-dominating smashes for Marshmello. With smash hit singles featuring collaborations with Migos, Khalid, Selena Gomez and Logic to name a few Mello recently joined forces with Bastille for “Happier.” The song not only toppled charts around the globe, but it also garnered a platinum certification from the RIAA, held #1 on the Top 40 Radio Airplay Chart, and conquered Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Streaming Chart and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales Chart. Not to mention, it’s closing in on one billion cumulative streams. Additionally, he teamed up with rising bass sensation Svdden Death for the recent “Sell Out.”
Beyond billions of streams and multiple gold and platinum certifications, Marshmello continues to make history at every turn. During 2019 alone, he played “the first-ever in-game concert” inside of Fortnite. Rolling Stone called Marshmello’s concert “revolutionary for the music industry” and Forbes dubbed it “a triumph” as millions of players tuned in to watch it at the game’s Pleasant Park. Marshmello also just landed a historic residency deal in Las Vegas for an exclusive two-year engagement at KAOS Dayclub and Nighclub at the Palms Casino Resort. Marshmello has graced the cover of the coveted Forbes “30 Under 30” issue and received nods for six iHeartRadio Music Awards, including “Best New Pop Artist,” “Best Dance Artist,” and “Best Producer.” He took home “Best Electronic Artist” at both the 2018 American Music Awards and MTV EMA’s. He regularly occupies a spot in the Top 5 of Spotify’s “Most Listened To Artists in the World.” Additionally, he sells out dates in every corner of the globe.
CHVRCHES are Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Formed in Glasgow in 2011, they released their breakout debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, in 2013, followed by 2015’s critically acclaimed Every Open Eye. With the soaring success of their first two albums propelling CHVRCHES into new worlds of fame and acclaim, they released their third album, Love is Dead in 2018, and are currently on a massive world tour.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.
Drops New Video for Bluesy R&B Hit
“Time For Deliverance”
Off His Latest LP “Little Boat”, The Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter Who Recently Won “Best Album of the Year” at the 36th Annual German Rock & Pop Awards Has Released Latest Fan Video Collaboration
Following his last release ‘My Wallet is a House of Cards’ off the 2018 album “Little Boat”, Singer/Songwriter Ajay Mathur has debuted his latest collaborative fan video effort of 2019 – “Time For Deliverance”!
Crafted from the vibrant art and design of director/animator Mertcan Mertbilek from Istanbul (who previously worked on the video for Mathur’s “Little Boat” single), the video is a uniquely visual. Portraying animated paintings from Mathur singing to beautifully enlivened surfers riding waves, palm trees, beach and boardwalk scenes which beautifully counter the bluesy feel of the song and lyrical refrain “It’s my time for deliverance no I ain’t giving up on love” with vibrant color.
“Time For Deliverance is a beautifully crafted tune. This time Mathur pulls in some R&B and jazz influences, weaving a soulful sax with backing vocals. Both play off his clear and straightforward vocals. The song fulfills the theme of Little Boat, ‘It’s time for my deliverance, I ain’t giving up on love.’ Very nicely done.” – Kath Galasso, Onstage Magazine
“Time For Deliverance is an epic jam laced with some amazingly sweet brass which puts on full display Ajay’s ability to seamlessly switch genres while staying true to his core sound.” -Joshua “J.SMo” Smotherman, Mid Tennessee Music
“Time for Deliverance blends soul and R&B elements into an oozing, sticky tune smoldering with dark sensuality.” – Randall Radic, Blogcritics
Little Boat, Ajay Mathur’s newest album, was launched on its maiden voyage in the usual way in spring of this year. Quickly picked up by playlists and fans, the music and the album’s message of resilience has resonated with listeners and critics alike. Unlike previous projects, though, Little Boat has taken on a life of its own, picking up unexpected passengers along the way.
Independent of each other, diverse digital artists from around the globe including from Istanbul and Warsaw as well as an Argentinean in Los Angeles, heard a call and felt compelled to add some valuable cargo to Little Boat’s journey. The result is a colourful, complex and highly-imaginative work of animated accompaniments to Ajay’s songs.
The first of these, released earlier this year, is a quirky psychedelic and vibrant tribute to the title song ‘Little Boat’, composed by the young Turkish artist Mertcan Mertbilek. The next to be released was a provocative animated video to the stomping blues rocker ‘My Wallet is a House of Cards’. The images were inspired by the rebellious spirit of the song and depict a ruthless caricature of consumption and an increasingly indebted society. This stunning video was created by Argentine artist Ciro Ayala, who lives and works in Los Angeles. More videos are in the works and will hit the waves in the coming months.
Video artists are not the only passengers that have hopped on Little Boat’s journey. Besides the digital treasures, an illustrated children’s book by a writer in Delhi, India as well as a full-length novel weaving through the themes in Little Boat by an American living in Switzerland are in the works.
It is plain to see that Little Boat has left ripples in its wake, touching people at every port along the way. Rarely does an album inspire this kind of organic response and like any true adventure on the open seas, it is impossible to tell which way the winds will blow next. This music has opened up a whole new route on unchartered waters. Batten down the hatches because this Little Boat is on course to explore new and uncharted worlds.
Having recently won “Best Album of the Year” at Germany’s 36th Annual Rock & Pop Awards 2018, it’s no wonder fans and critics alike are craving more unique collaborative works from Ajay Mathur. And with his latest video for “Time For Deliverance”, they get just that.
Little Boat, which was given its final touches at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, is available in digital formats for download and streaming, as well as physical vinyl and compact disc album formats.
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More About Ajay Mathur:
Ajay Mathur is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and a citizen of the world. Born and raised in India and residing in Switzerland, Ajay Mathur’s talent as a singer-songwriter and seasoned musician blends both pop and rock genres with Americana and traditional Indian instruments into something radically new and genre-bending. His music has held its own on the U.S. and European charts and has repeatedly received positive accolades from the press and industry professionals.
Ajay Mathur’s album Little Boat (2018) follows on his previously released and highly successful ‘9 to 3’ (2015) that earned him a Grammy nomination in 2017, ‘Come See Conquer’ (2013), and ‘A Matter of Time’ (2011). All of the albums have enjoyed excellent reviews and acknowledgements in the international media. They have maintained top chart rankings on U.S. Top 50 Rock, U.S. Top 80 Independent, U.S. Top 50 AC and Americana (AMA) airplay charts as well as a continuous 128-week ranking on the European Indie Music chart. Ajay’s music continues to attract a large and growing community of listeners worldwide. MacEagon Voyce of AXS Media calls his music “a master class on consummate songwriting”.
Southern Halo is comprised of three young ladies who hail from Cleveland, Mississippi. Endorsed by Gibson Guitars, the multitalented Morris sisters can all sing, play instruments and write most of their songs. Their latest country album, JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES, showcases their passion for life and all things in between. Natalia (guitar), Christina (drums) and Hannah (bass) have been influenced by artists like Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. With powerful harmonies, top-notch production and instrumentation, this trio is nearly unstoppable. Many of their songs contain strong lyrical content which is extremely current in today’s march for gender equality. One of our favorite tracks is “I Think Too Much.” It’s an ode to second guessing your initial instincts in any given situation. Another anthemic track is “Anything Is Possible,” a motivational piece of art that’s about breaking glass ceilings in order to progress to the next level.
In short, Southern Halo is an intellectually sophisticated group of youthful women who know what they want and are determined to get it.
The heart-warming, uplifting video was directed by award-winning director Colin Tilley (DJ Khaled & Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Future’s “Mask Off”), who also shot DJ Snake’s video for his single “Middle.” Tilley’s involvement in the video brings the journey of “A Different Way” full circle, as the director also captured DJ Snake’s journey in September through the streets of Paris that culminated in a historic performance atop the Arc De Triomphe where he originally premiered the track. The event was broadcast to over three million fans on Facebook and Instagram Live. Tilley also shot the Beats By Dre short film featuring DJ Snake’s story to his rise as part of its #AboveTheNoise global campaign for the newly launched Beats Studio3 Wireless headphone. Watch it here.
Shot in Los Angeles, the video for “A Different Way” prominently features Sheadan Gabriel, a young dancer and actor most known for his work with Justin Bieber, as well as singer, actress, and dancer Internet personality Montana Tucker.
DJ Snake has been nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Artist in Electronic Dance Music. The awards will be handed out live this Sunday, November 19th, at 8/7c on ABC.
DJ Snake (AKA William Grigahcine) has had an incredible year since releasing his debut album, Encore, last August. The album hit No. 1 on the Dance chart and Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and debuted in the Top 10 around the world, including at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. DJ Snake also scored his first No. 1 record last year with “Let Me Love You,” featuring Justin Bieber, which has been certified 4x-platinum. He has since amassed over 3.5 billion streams, thanks to the success of his additional hits “Turn Down For What,” “Get Low,” “You Know You Like It,” “Lean On,” and “Middle.” In addition, DJ Snake spent the year headlining festivals worldwide including Lollapalooza Paris and Chicago, HARD Summer, Ultra Miami, and Tomorrowland, and closing out Coachella’s Outdoor Stage in April.
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