K-pop group BTS (Aka Bangtan Sonyeondan, or Bangtan Boys) has broken records with their latest MV reaching an outstanding number of views within just 24 hours. The South Korean group released their MV “Fake Love” as the title track for their Love Yourself: Tear album on May 18 at 6pm KST. Within the first 6 hours of their release, they gained a staggering 14 million+ views. Now after a full 24 hours has passed, the video reached 40,961,289 views, but an official count from Youtube is currently being anticipated. With this number, BTS has set a new record for the highest views of a K-pop MV seen within the first 24 hours.
The seven-member boy group was formed by Big Hit Entertainment and they debuted on June 12, 2013. They have come a long way since then, becoming one of South Korea’s influential celebrities. Pre-orders of their newest album became available on April 18, and they sold an outstanding 1.44 million copies in South Korea within the first 6 days of the pre-order period.
Congratulations to BTS! They will be performing at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20 along with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and many more. BTS will also be returning to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the second time on May 25 and perform “Fake Love.”
See their “Fake Love” MV here: https://youtu.be/7C2z4GqqS5E
JAMES BAY RELEASES NEW TRACK & VIDEO FOR “SLIDE”
PERFORMING ON ELLEN MAY 16TH
OPENING UP FOR THE ROLLING STONES ON TOUR
NEW ALBUM ELECTRIC LIGHT OUT MAY 18
“(Us) emotional, soul-tinged ballad” – Rolling Stone
“smooth lyrics and sultry notes” – Entertainment Weekly
“It’s moving, raw and promises big things for Electric Light.” – Idolator
Following its release on Monday, three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer-songwriter James Bay shares the music video for his latest track “Slide.” Check out the “Slide” here and the video here!
On “Slide” and its beautiful video Bay said: “Slide was the last song written for the new album and it felt like a natural closer. Although it’s tone is sad and heavy, it’s essentially about connection – a theme which, with hindsight, this album is really hinged on – and hope, despite the fact it doesn’t always work out. I guess it goes back to the nature of why I love songwriting – because a song promises the possibility of connection with other people – so we chase those flashes of creativity even when they sometimes lead us astray.”
The outro to the song and video feature a reading of one of Bay’s favorite Allen Ginsberg’s poems: “Song” which begins with “…the weight of the world is love” and is read by musician David Ryan Harris who Bay brought on tour this spring.
“Slide” was featured as a World Record by Apple Music/Beats1 with Zane Lowe and proceeds the arrival of his anxiously awaited second full-length, Electric Light [Republic Records]—finally available everywhere next Friday, May 18, 2018. Pre-order HERE to receive instant grat downloads of “Slide” and the previously released hits “Us,” “Pink Lemonade,” and “Wild Love.”
In addition to new music, Bay will be making his return to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 16th. Be sure to tune in!
As a way to give back to his fans and fellow artists, Bay just teamed up with Spotify for a special fan event in honor of the new music entitled, #ElectricLightVisualized. Fans can submit their own artwork inspired by the new album and top submissions will be displayed at a private gallery in Los Angeles on May 11th, Meanwhile, one winning submission will be turned into a new merch item to be sold on his upcoming fall tour with proceeds benefiting the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Fans can submit HERE.
Recently, BAY has been anointed by music industry legends as he was asked by The Rolling Stones to directly open for them for their stadium show on June 19th at London’s Twickenham Stadium. He is in good company as openers on other dates include Liam Gallagher, Florence and the Machine, Elbow, The Vaccines and more. In addition, BAY will be featured on blues legend Buddy Guy’s upcoming album The Blues Is Alive And Well on the new song “Blue No More.” Others featured on the album include Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
Captivating venues everywhere, he revs up the “Electric Light” Tour this May following the record release. See full dates below and at www.jamesbay.com.
Composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, Bay co-wrote and co-produced Electric Light with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green and brought onboard Paul Epworth [Adele, Florence and The Machine] to add final production elements to the record. “Wild Love” has already reached nearly 19 million Spotify streams and its official music video co-stars Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things. Watch the “Wild Love” music video here. “Pink Lemonade” has also raised its hand as a standout with over 6.1 million streams and features an “almost” intergalactic music video with a heartwarming twist. See the official “Pink Lemonade” music video here! In addition, his anthem of unity “Us” has touched hearts across the country and its beautiful video has already reached over 13 million views. Check out the music video here! Across the globe Bay has earned widespread critical acclaim from NME, Forbes, Harpers Bazaar, Time, GQ UK, Rolling Stone, People, Clash, Billboard, and performed on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Be on the lookout for more news from BAY and pre-order Electric Light HERE via Republic Records.
Electric Light Tracklist
2. Wasted On Each Other
3. Pink Lemonade
4. Wild Love
6. In My Head
8. Just For Tonight
10. I Found You
11. Sugar Drunk High
12. Stand Up
13. Fade Out
JAMES BAY ELECTRIC LIGHT 2018 TOUR DATES:
May 27th SWANSEA Radio 1 Biggest Weekend+
May 29th London The Roundhouse+ SOLD OUT
May 30th Manchester Albert Hall+ SOLD OUT
June 1st Sheffield O2 Academy+ SOLD OUT
June 2nd Bristol Colston Hall+ SOLD OUT
June 3rd Cambridge Corn Exchange+ SOLD OUT
June 5th Newcastle 02 Academy+
June 6th Leicester De Montfort Hall+
June 8th Paris Elysee Montmartre+
June 11th Amsterdam Melkweg+
June 12th Berlin Huxleys+
June 23rd Newcastle Isle of Wight Festival+
June 27th Corke The Marquee+
June 29th Glasgow TRNSMT Festival+
August 17th RIZE Festival Chelmsford- Hyland Park+
September 13th Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy Theatre+
September 14th Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater+
September 15th Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center +
September 18th New York, NY Beacon Theater+
September 19th New York, NY Beacon Theater+
September 20th Washington, DC The Anthem+
September 25th Philadelphia, PA Penn’s Landing – Festival Pier+
September 26th Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion+
September 28th Toronto, ON Woodbine Park+
September 29th Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre+
October 1st Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom+
October 2nd Minneapolis, MN State Theatre+
October 5th Salt Lake City, UT Union event Center+
October 7th Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre+
October 11th Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre+
October 13th Vancouver, BC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre+
October 14th Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre+
October 15th Portland, OR Rose Garden – Theater of the Clouds+
*Previously Announced Tour
+ New Tour Dates
For Tickets for all shows, please go to www.jamesbay.com
James Bay is the definition of a modern-day rock star. With the upcoming release of his sophomore album Electric Light, Bay has once again won the world over with the album’s standout tracks “Wild Love,” “Pink Lemonade” and “Us.” Bay co-wrote and produced a majority of the album with his longtime songwriting partner John Green and Paul Epworth (Rihanna, Adele) came on to add the final production elements. In addition, this year he made his Saturday Night Live debut performance and sold out shows across the globe. This summer he will open for The Rolling Stones as direct support on June 19th show at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Following the release of his debut album Chaos And The Calm, featuring—“Hold Back The River” and “Let It Go”— BAY was nominated for “Best Rock Album,” Best Rock Song,” and “Best New Artist” at the 2016 Grammy Awards. In the UK, the record became the “Biggest New Artist Album Release” that year and has been certified Gold in the United States, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, platinum in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, double platinum in the UK and has sold nearly 3.5 million albums in global consumption, and 2.7 billion streams worldwide. Receiving the BRIT’s Critics Choice award in 2015, BAY has gone on to receive a win for “Best Male Solo Artist” at the BRITS, International Newcomer at the ECHO Awards, “Best New Act” & “Best Solo Artist” at the Q Awards, “Most Performed Work” at the Ivor Novello Awards and was nominated for “Best New” & “Best PUSH” at the MTV EMA’s and a MTV VMA for “Best New Act.” On the other side of the globe, he has received a nod for “Best International Artist” at the ARIA Awards in Australia. In addition to selling out shows and performing at festivals across the globe, BAY lent a new version of his song “Running” for the 2016 Sports Relief charity, is an advocate for the international non-profit Wateraid, designed his own signature line for Topman, and Epiphone created the Limited Edition James Bay Signature “1966 Century” Guitar in his name.
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Today, BRIT Award-nominated UK platinum-selling singer, songwriter, performer, and vocal powerhouse JOHN NEWMAN ignites his new single “Fire In Me.” Get it HERE via Republic Records.
NEWMAN co-produced the new single with Mark Ralph [Clean Bandit, Jax Jones, Alma], “Fire In Me” stands out as a dancefloor-ready anthem with festival ambition and enough power to soundtrack 2018.
NEWMAN’s previous single “Olé” co-written and produced by electronic dance music leader Calvin Harris. It eventually clocked over 9 million Spotify streams and counting. Additionally, he hit the main stage at Coachella to join Rihanna to perform “Blame” during Harris’s headlining set.
JOHN NEWMAN first rose to global superstardom with the RIAA platinum smash “Love Me Again.” His 2015 opus, Revolve, boasted diverse cameos from the likes of Idris Elba and Charlie Wilson and garnered widespread international praise. Along the way, he’s captivated audiences with TV performances on Ellen and alongside Taylor Swift and at the European Games Closing Ceremony. Moreover, the artist has received the endorsement of The New York Times, USA Today, and more. To date, he has earned three #1 singles with cumulative streams and views approach the 1 billion-mark with over 6 million global single sales.