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Ama Lou Debut Album

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
2. NORTHSIDE
3. We tried, we tried
4. This Town
5. Better 

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.”

 
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Kanye is King

Billionaire Kanye West returns to the top of the album charts in historic fashion again this week, as his ninth solo studio album, JESUS IS KING, debuts at #1 on the US album chart, surpassing the Beatles and once again tying Eminem for the most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history, with nine.
 
JESUS IS KING, which arrived in stores on October 25th via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, immediately went to #1 on Apple Music in more than 90 countries, #1 on Spotify, #1 on Amazon, and was the #1 Trending Album on Twitter. JESUS IS KING becomes the most streamed first week in Kanye’s entire career in the US and the UK. 

This week, JESUS IS KING tops the Rap Albums chart, the Christian Albums chart, and the Gospel Albums chart simultaneously. In addition, all eleven tracks on JESUS IS KING debuted on the Hot 100, led by “Follow God” at #7 – giving Kanye over 100 career entries on the Hot 100 songs chart.
 
The October 25th release of JESUS IS KING coincided with the global opening of the IMAX film of the same name. Kanye premiered the album and film experience at a special listening and screening event at the Los Angeles Forum. 
 
The onslaught of release-week activities included JESUS IS KING merch pop-up, a live-streamed JESUS IS KING Sunday Service Experoence at the Forum in LA, and a special performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live from the Oculus in New York City. Kanye also joined CBS Late Late Show host James Corden for a 20-minute episode of ‘Airpool Karaoke’ that trended at #2 on YouTube and has been viewed over 11 million times in less than a week. 
 
JESUS IS KING is available in a variety of formats, including limited edition blue vinyl and cassette, along with exclusive merchandise offerings at shop.kanyewest.com.

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MCID – New Album


3x Grammy Nominated HIGHLY SUSPECT release third studio album MCID 

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Today 3x Grammy Award-nominated rock band Highly Suspect release their long awaited third album MCID via 300 Entertainment. The genre-defying sixteen song LP is an experience that blends rock, rap, hip-hop, pop, heavy metal and just about everything in between and includes features from Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, Gojira, and Conor Mason of Nothing But Thieves.

MCID is a family meeting and an apology from lead singer Johnny Stevens whose lyrics demand accountability from himself and urge him to be more honest to conquer the demons that made him who he is. The album dives head first into personal experiences and topics like paternity surprises, insecurities, heartbreak, hope, false social media worship, substance abuse, and anti-trump lyrics. Tracks “Canals” and “Silk Road” express animosity towards the political landscape through fiery sound and hard hitting lyrics. Opening track “Fly” grapples with hard hitting issues like self-realization, suicide, and trying to change with an addictive chorus ringing out “Dear Johnny be honest / You can change if you want it.”

First single off album MCID“16,” has reached #1 on Rock Radio in the country, making this the third #1 song for Highly Suspect at #1 on Rock Radio. “16” is a song about love and heartbreak, unique to the rock scene with not a single guitar on the track. No other song has reached #1 on Rock Radio void of guitars in the last 30 years. Other notable acts to hit #1 on Rock Radio since that date include Pearl Jam, Green Day, and Soundgarden. 

Highly Suspect is in the midst of their US headline tour with support from Slothrust and recently announced their 27 city North American Headlining Tourkicking off on February 1. Tickets go on sale today, November 1, at 10am local time. Highly Suspect will also be embarking on a major Global Tour in 2019 and 2020 with underplays sold out in a matter of hours. As the #41 touring band in the worldaccording to Pollstar’s Top 75 live and in the top #100 for US Shazams, Highly Suspect is turning rock music on its head.   

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MCID. This is the slogan tattooed on bodies across the world, four letters that hold so much meaning, a mystery to anyone who is not in the know. Highly Suspect members Johnny Stevens and twins Rich and Ryan Meyer had not only been playing music for eight years before topping radio charts, garnering Grammy nominations, and selling out tours- but they also had been gradually accruing a cast of comrades that orbited their star, friends and chosen family that would travel the world with them, move cross country with them, and become pet parents with them. The growing community of companions have a name, and it is MCID.

Originally from Cape Cod, the three band members played covers in dive bars and moved to a studio apartment in Brooklyn together. In 2015, they gained national recognition after the release of their debut album Mister Asylum on 300 Entertainment and their singles “Lydia” and “Bloodfeather” topped the rock radio charts. The next year they performed at the Grammy Ceremony, receiving two nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song. In 2016 the band traveled to Bogota, Colombia to record their second album, The Boy Who Died Wolf. It was released in November 2016 and the success of hits “Little One” and “My Name Is Human,” earned the band a third Grammy nominationfor Best Rock Song. And now the band is releasing album three, a manifesto full of lead singer Johnny Steven’s private confessions.

SHECK WES RELEASES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “YKTS”

Harlem rapper Sheck Wes has premiered his long-awaited new single “YKTS. Released via Cactus Jack/ G.O.O.D. Music/ Interscope Records and accompanied by a wildly outlandish video, “YKTS” showcases the raw intensity and lo-fi but hard-hitting aesthetic that made Sheck a breakout star with his viral hit “Mo Bamba.

Watch the video for “YKTS” HERE.

Directed by White Trash Tyler (a filmmaker known for his work with Travis ScottKanye West, and Kodak Black) and shot on both coasts, the “YKTS” visual finds Sheck in a variety of outrageous scenarios: racing foreign cars through the California desert, buried in an avalanche of sneakers, donning crystal chandeliers as headwear. The starkly potent track’s title phrase stands for “You Know the Scouts” — a term that Sheck coined himself and quickly made essential to the cultural lexicon.

A 21-year-old first-generation American, Sheck broke through with his triple-platinum single “Mo Bamba”: a tribute to his childhood friend and Orlando Magic draft pick Mo Bamba, and a powerful portrait of survival in the inner city. Originally released in June 2017, the song went viral in early 2018, eventually reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and amassing over 527 million streams on Spotify to date. In addition, the New York Times featured “Mo Bamba” in its “Diary of a Song” series, with Sheck appearing alongside his collaborators 16yrold and Take A Daytrip. Check it out HERE.

“Mo Bamba” appears on Sheck’s widely acclaimed full-length debut MUDBOY, which arrived in October of last year. Along with hitting the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, MUDBOY landed on the Top 50 Albums of 2018 list from on Pitchfork (who also hailed it as a “a strong and holistic statement” and “the rare project from an über-hyped rap prospect that actually delivers on its promise”).
 

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MGK × Halloween

Machine Gun Kelly (EST 19XX/Interscope Records) presents the haunting video for his emotional song, “Glass House.” The riveting track showcases a spiraling MGK, who pays homage to everything from his life trials to late industry peers; including, Mac Miller, Nipsey Hussle and Chester Bennington. Director Jordan Wozy follows the dark lyrics with haunting visuals of MGK and Naomi trapped in a burning car; leaving the viewer to contemplate whether the incident is an accident or wildly premeditated. “Glass House” appears on MGK’s latest studio album, Hotel Diablo, alongside tracks “Candy” featuring Trippie Redd, “el diablo” and “I Think I’m OKAY” featuring Yungblud and Blink 182’s Travis Barker. Watch the video for “Glass House” HERE.

MGK has spent the year serving fans with a slew of new releases. He recently invited viewers on an intense journey with the visual for his track “5:3666” featuring Phem. He has brought his high, charismatic energy on the road, during performances his widely praised Hotel Diablo World Tour; a two-part endeavor which recently wrapped in Moscow, in late September. He also gained much recognition during his annual EST Fest, which took place in Butler, OH this August. Machine Gun Kelly is currently on tour with Young Thug, co-headlining the Justin Bieber Big Tour which is set to wrap in Los Angeles on November 18.

For more information visit www.machinegunkelly.com 
 

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NUE – DREAMCAST

Today, rapper NUE returns with new single “Dreamcast” produced by Lex Luger [Prod credits include Lil Yatchy, Quavo, Waka Flocka etc.]. True to his genre bending approach to hip-hop and  alternative twist to R&B, “Dreamcast” is the perfect vibe. In Nue’s words, “It’s what you put on when you’re lit at 2 AM and not ready for your night to be over. You just feel the energy — it hits right from the jump and keeps up throughout the song.”


ABOUT NUE

Nobody does brooding, moody, rap/R&B hybrid quite like Toronto, and NUE is the latest in a string of artists taking the “Toronto sound” and adding to its legacy with his own unique brand of the city’s greatest export. NUE made waves in 2017 with his critically-acclaimed mixtape, Iroquois and more recently with his latest EP U Met Me At A Strange Time. NUE just finished up the Canadian tour with Grammy-nominated hitmaker, Fetty Wap. His dark style and unpredictable social media has garnered Nue the attention of Hypebeast, PAPER, Noisey, Complex, The Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Earmilk, and more.    

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Dave East × Godfather 4

Meteoric Harlem rapper, model and actor Dave East drops “Godfather 4” today, newest advance track from SURVIVAL, his long-awaited debut album set to arrive on November 8th via Def Jam Record­­ings/Mass Appeal Records. “Godfather 4,” features Nas, production by Green Lantern and also features celebrated New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels, and equally famed jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold. The new single follows up “Alone” featuring Jacquees, which was released earlier this month.
WATCH THE SURVIVAL ALBUM TRAILER HERE
LISTEN TO “GODFATHER 4” HERE
LISTEN TO “ALONE” FEATURING JACQUEES HERE
Coinciding with the release of “Godfather 4,” Dave East’s D2C store is also launching today.  Items purchased online at the store, including hoodies, tees, shorts, cellphone cases, and so on, will include a digital download of SURVIVAL. Go to: https://shop.daveeastmusic.com

As the 14-day countdown to the release of SURVIVAL gets underway, tickets continue to sell-out quickly to the first leg of U.S. and European dates on the Dave East Survival Tour Part 1, opening November 22nd at the Masquerade in Atlanta.  After one week of U.S. shows, the tour moves to the UK and Europe. (Please see tour dates below.)

SURVIVAL follows up Survival Pacc,’ Dave East’s two-song summer EP, which comprised “Wanna be a G” featuring Max B, and “Everyday” featuring Gunna.  The menacing video for “Everyday,” directed by Andrew Sandler, features Dave East at a high stakes poker game, intercut with Gunna trading bars with East in a dimly lit room – watch it HERE.

Dave East’s Def Jam/Mass Appeal saga took off in August 2017 with the release of his lauded mixtape,Paranoia: A True Story. The 13-track mixtape gained traction behind Dave’s Def Jam debut single“Perfect” featuring Chris Brown, whose VIDEO boasts more than 40 million combined YouTube views of to date.

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Markie × Lil Durk

Louisville, KY rapper, Markie, has released a video for his new song, “In My Flesh” ft. Lil Durk, on Interscope Records. Directed by Marc Diamond and shot in Atlanta, check out the video HERE.

“In My Flesh” will feature on Markie’s debut EP, ‘Right My Wrongs,’ out this winter on Interscope Records.

“In My Flesh” is Markie’s third release on Interscope Records since his signing at the start of the year; “Repent,” his debut song, dropped in August and the second single, “Ugly Places” came at the end of September. Markie has been on the road with Roddy Ricch, opening for select dates on the east coast leg of his tour. His last show will be November 22 in Cincinnati, OH at the Roselawn Live.

A 19-year-old rapper with a lifetime of stories to tell, Markie hails from the East End of Louisville, Kentucky—a place that inevitably pours into each song he creates. “Where I come from is the gutter, it’s the trenches,” says Markie. “People have their ideas of what life is like in Louisville, so I wanted to use my music to tell them what’s really going on.” Markie’s forthcoming debut project brings his magnetic charisma and melodic flow to that purposely unfiltered truth-telling.

Markie first discovered his gift with words as a little kid, finding early recognition by winning third place in a statewide short-story contest in sixth grade. Naming Lil Wayne and Boosie Badazz among his longtime influences, he got his start in music at age 18, teaming up with his cousin and recording his first song in a closet studio. He soon caught the ear of local producers, who offered him free studio time at a recording spot in his neighborhood. Before he’d even released any of his songs, Markie landed a management deal and quickly drew the attention of Interscope Records, who signed him in early 2019.

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TYGA’s MAMACITA OF THE DEAD

TYGA LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER HALLOWEEN EVENT “MAMACITA OF THE DEAD” AT YAMASHIRO OCTOBER 29-30

‘Mamacita packs quite a slug at the iconic Yamashiro in Hollywood. With an immersive haunted maze, surprise celebrity sightings, handcrafted cocktails as well as live musical interludes throughout the evening which will leave you spooked for days.’ – 360 MAGAZINE

Celebrating his favorite season in style, Tyga’s “Mamacita of the Dead” takes over the Hollywood Hills on October 29 and 30 at the iconic Yamashiro restaurant overlooking Hollywood Blvd. This marks the first-ever Halloween event hosted and produced by the GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum modern hip-hop icon and also celebrates the imminent arrival of music with his new Columbia Records partnership. VIP admission tickets are available now with general admission on sale later this week via www.Mamacitaofthedead.com.

As legend has it, “Mamacita” ran Hollywood’s most notorious brothel as Queen Madame. For the first time in a century, Tyga invites those brave enough to explore the hidden catacombs of her haunted bordello in order to validate once and for all if the Madame was a Santeria witch who beheaded women whose beauty dwarfed hers, or if she was a vampire who transformed the Bordello into a feeding ground for beautiful blood-sucking sirens, or if she gave birth to the ghost rider’s baby whose cries still ring out in the hills…The only way to know is to visit “Mamacita of the Dead.”

About the launch, Tyga commented, “This is something I always wanted to do. I love Halloween and wanted the opportunity to present my vision for it. Dare to Enter. You may never want to leave Mamacita’s embrace.”

“Mamacita of the Dead” invites attendees to explore a Haunted Hell House in the basement of Yamashiro, while upstairs offers a post-maze experience (if they make it out alive).

ABOUT TYGA:
As a rapper, entrepreneur, and influential force, Tyga maintains his place at the forefront of hip-hop and the culture. Since emerging in 2008, his influence consistently grew year after year to affect nearly every facet of the mainstream. Throughout his career, he earned dozens of multiplatinum certifications around the world, including the quadruple-platinum “Rack City,” triple-platinum “Faded,”and double-platinum “Ayo” with Chris Brown, to name a few. In 2018, he turned up with his most successful single to date “Taste” [feat. Offset]. Not only did it go six-times platinum and clinch #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it generated over 1 billion cumulative streams. It also paved the way for his 2019 opus, Legendary, released via his own Last Kings Records / Empire Distribution. Legendary crashed the Top 20 on the Top 200 chart, scored a gold certification release week, and accumulated 5 billion streams in under a year. Tyga perennially holds a place in the Top 30 of the “Most Streamed Artists on Spotify.” His influence continues to grow with each subsequent album.

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Young Thug × Kevin Liles

Young Thug and Kevin Liles have announced today, the “Hot” Battle of The Bands Challenge. The digital campaign invites all historically black colleges and university (HBCU) marching bands to produce a short video posted to TikTok and shared on social media (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook) showcasing their school spirit and talent with their best marching band rendition of Young Thug’s “Hot”. The contest comes fresh off the heel of Young Thug’s performance of “Hot” ft. Gunna and Wheezy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sunday night. The performance also featured members from Temple University’s Diamond Marching Band. Click HERE to view.


In order to enter fans will need to follow campaign rules use official hashtags:

Campaign Rules

-Participating school bands and/or student band members must create a Tik TokAccount  

-For valid entry, participating School Bands must post video to School’s Tik Tok  using valid Hashtags. (Schools can share Tik Tok video to additional social media platforms)

-Campaign reward of $25,000 open only to HBCUs

-Campaign Start: October 22nd

-Campaign Deadline for Entry: December 1st

 

Official Hashtags

#HotBOTBChallenge

#HBCUBattleofTheBands

#HBCUHotChallenge

#EverythingLitty

 

The school that receives the highest engagement on their video will receive a $25,000 donation total to the winning school’s music department/Band Program from Young Thug’s record label Young Stoner Life Records & Kevin Liles and 300 Entertainment. 

 

Said Kevin Liles, Co-Founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment, “I come from an HBCU, I started out at the school of engineering at Morgan State University and there would be no me without my experience at MSU. Homecomings and the power of their marching bands have always been at the core of an HBCU’s school spirit. Our commitment from Young Thug and 300 is to support those very creatives who give their all and inspire us to build upon the HBCU communities. On behalf of Young Thug and I we will always commit to putting the arts at the front of our philanthropic efforts.” 

 

Young Thug defies categorization and is a true iconoclast. Emerging on Atlanta’s hip hop scene with his 2011 mixtape series, he launched into the mainstream with his knack for melodicism and unique vocal style. Thug’s highly anticipated new album So Much Fun was released earlier this fall. Thug was awarded with a 2019 Grammy for his work and songwriting on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – named Song of the Year. He recently earned his highest chart placement on the Billboard Hot 100 with his latest single “The London” ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott and produced by T-Minus. “The London” also earned a spot on Spotify’s 2019 Summer Song Predictions list. Thug was recently featured on Ed Sheeran’s song “Feels” on Sheeran’s collaboration album, No.6 Collaborations Project, as well as Post Malone’s new single “Goodbyes” and on Lil Nas X’s new remix of “Old Town Road (Remix)”. In addition to his music, Young Thug recently launched his fashion brand SPIDER which premiered during Wireless week in London earlier this year. Young Thug is currently on ‘The Justin Bieber Big’ Tour across North America with chart-topping rapper Machine Gun Kelly. The tour kicked off Monday, September 30th, in Toronto, CA and wraps on November 18th in Los Angeles, CA. To check out tour dates click HERE.