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MNEK “Girlfriend”

As anticipation builds for his first-ever U.S. headline tour, today MNEK brings us the biting new video for his single “Girlfriend.” Directed by MNEK in collaboration with up-coming director, Jordan Rossi, the video for “Girlfriend” can be viewed HERE.

 Following the release of his critically acclaimed full-length debut album, Language, [Capitol Records],

MNEK is switching up the well-worn cliché of the “cheating boyfriend” music video narrative for the 21st century, contrasting one interpretation of what a conventional relationship should or could be and what it actually is.

 The visual is a collage of both narrative and performance setups reminiscent of old school 1990s music videos that inspired both MNEK and Jordan. “Building the aesthetic was one of my favourite parts of the process.” Jordan explains. “Uzo had a really clear idea of what he wanted going in, so it was great to build on that and develop it further. I grew up on those old school 90s videos that everyone remembers from George Michael and Usher to Kelis and Destiny’s Child. It was really fun going back and forth with all these references and seeing how we could use them to elevate our video to the next level.”

 MNEK’s U.S. headline tour sees him touch down stateside for shows in six major markets across the country, beginning February 19 at Bowery Ballroom in New York City, a night at the famed Troubadourin Los Angeles, CA on February 26, and concluding February 27 at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA. Tickets are be available HERE. Tayla Parx, Raja Kumari, and MAAD will join MNEK on select dates, see the full itinerary below for details.

 Known for his inimitable voice, undeniable charisma, and magnetic presence, MNEK truly comes to life on stage. Don’t miss him on this intimate first tour. 

 Language boasts fan favorite singles such as “Colour” [feat. Hailee Steinfeld], “Tongue”, and “Correct”. Thus far, these tracks have tallied over 100 million cumulative streams within a few months’ time. NME and both awarded the album four stars, and NPR Music touted it as an “Album You Should Hear Now.

 MNEK signed his first publishing deal at age 14. “Never Forget You,” his duet with Zara Larsson, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and has been certified 3x Platinum in the U.S. He featured on Duke Dumont’s “Need You (100%),” which earned a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Dance Recording. The list of artists MNEK has written and produced for includes Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Madonna, Diplo, MØ, Rudimental, Julia Michaels and Stormzy, to name but a few.

 MNEK 2019 U.S. TOUR DATES:
For Tickets: www.mnekofficial.com

2/19New York, NYBowery Ballroom (with MAAD)

2/20Washington, DCUnion Stage (with Raja Kumari)

2/23Toronto, ONVelvet Underground (with Raja Kumari)

2/25Chicago, ILLincoln Hall (with Tayla Parx & Raja Kumari)

2/26Los Angeles, CATroubadour(with Raja Kumari)

2/27San Francisco CARickshaw Stop (with Tayla Parx & Raja Kumari)

 

MNEK’S SINGLE ‘TOUNGE’

MNEK’S NEW SINGLE, TONGUE IS OUT NOW

23-Year-Old U.K. Artist Has Racked Up A Cumulative One Billion Streams

Across His Own Releases And Numerous Collaborations

MNEK’s new single, Tongue, is now available for download and streaming HERE. Sounding like Bobby Brown’s creative peak reinterpreted through the technicolor glow and wit of Rupaul’s Drag Race Tongue is the mark of MNEK planting his own flag firmly in the sand as an important artist to watch. The track received its world premiere last night on the BBC’s Radio 1 as Annie Macs Hottest Record.

‘Tongue’ is a highly-sexed electronic banger about something really quite sweet, falling in love and being too nervous to say it out loud, said FADER, which premiered the lyric video. View the video HERE. Check out MNEK’S Facebook to see the new 3D interactive model for Tongue; the first one used by a music artist globally on the platform.

The U.K. artist signed his first publishing deal at age 14. At 23, MNEK now has one billion streams to his name, between his early material and wider collaborations. Capitol Records will release his solo debut album later this year.

NPR Music observed, While MNEK’s a triple threat [singer/songwriter/producer], it’s his voice that locks you in Never Forget You, his duet with Zara Larsson, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and has been certified 3x Platinum in the U.S. The list of artists MNEK has written and produced for includes: Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Little Mix, Madonna, Diplo, Rudimental, Julia Michaels and Stormzy to name but a few.

MNEK Photo Credit: Charlotte Rutherford

Download artwork and press photo HERE.

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DEV Q×A

DEV SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
I ONLY SEE YOU WHEN I’M DREAMIN’

ON SEPTEMBER 8!

 

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

(iTunes | Amazon | Google Play)

 

STREAM NEW SONGS “ALL I WANNA DO” & “COME AT ME”

(SPOTIFY | APPLE MUSIC)

 

 

Multi-platinum recording artist, DEV is set to release her sophomore album, I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’ (IOSYWID) September 8, which is available for pre-order now HERE! Fans who pre-order the album will receive two new songs, the sassy-sweet “All I Wanna Do,” and the female anthem “Come At Me.” This will mark DEV’s first album to be released simultaneously to retail and streaming platforms. With a crew of collaborators that include Sarah Hudson (Katy Perry, Halsey, Rita Ora), MNDR, Marko Penn and producers Sam Sumser, Ritual, Isaac Valens and Mike Mac, the album finds Dev reclaiming her bass-heavy hip-pop beats that shot her to chart stardom, but with a reinvigorated sense of singer-songwriter swagger.
 

(Album artwork; Photo Credit: Maezee Tailes)

“All I Wanna Do” prompts the familiar Dev-like bounce, while lyrically the track ventures into Minaj-worthy raunch, but it’s Dev’s vocals and harmonies that shine through the sass. “The balance of how bouncy it is, but with how sexy and girly the lyrics and melody are fit really well,” Dev says of the track. “Usually a lot of male driven songs will usually be like ‘I wanna F you!’ so this will be so fun to perform from my point of view.” The additional release, “Come at Me” is somewhat of a yin to “All I Wanna Do”’s yang. Lyrically, Dev urges a “don’t-take-any-BS” attitude over a highly catchy melody.

In it’s entirety, IOSYWID, serves as ode to Dev’s past—the good, the bad, the fun and the sad. Inspired by dreams and thoughts about those who she has since lost touch with, the vibe of the album radiates a theme of self-reflection from her current perspective. Dev takes listeners on a full-circle journey from late night sexting (“Drunk Texting” – OUT Thursday 8/4!) to piano-laden heartbreak (“Alone Again”)

This full-length album follows Dev’s break-out 2012 debut album, The Night the Sun Came Up, which features the platinum “In the Dark,” and landed her critical acclaim, spots on influential end-of-year lists, numerous brand syncs and commercial success. In 2013 and 2014 she released two complimenting EPs, Bittersweet July Part I and Bittersweet July Part II. 2016 saw the release and success of “#1” f/ Nef the Pharoah, which peaked at #15 on the rhythmic radio chart. With over 350M video views, a Billboard #1 hit, multi-platinum & gold certified song successes, and countless collaborations, IOSYWID promises to propel Dev as the sleek, speak-sing, pop pioneer of her generation.

 

 

I ONLY SEE YOU WHEN I’M DREAMIN’ Track Listing:

 

1. Have it All

2. 209

3. All I Wanna Do

4. Trouble

5. Come at Me

6. Cloud9

7. Bad Mouth

8. Drunk Texting

9. Bouncy

10. Skinny Dippin’

11. My Way

12. Alone Again

13. ELG
 

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Q&A’s

 

Tell us about your new album. How did it come together? Who did you work with?

  • My new album! It’s called I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’ and I had an awesome opportunity to work with a bunch of different people on this project. Amazing artists, writers and producers. Everyone involved in this album helped to push me out of my comfort zones and create everything I could’ve wanted. I had such a specific vision for this project. I was having vivid dreams of someone who I no longer speak to and these songs reflect that person and specific moments of my past. I’m so happy with the overall outcome and I’m so excited for everyone to listen!! Shout out to Marko Penn, Isaac Valens, The 87’s, MNDR & Rey Reel

—Do you have a favorite track or tracks on the album? Why?

I love them all for different reasons! There’s some slaps, some with more emotional vibes and even a couple voice notes from people close to me. It was a process of gathering these songs over the course of two years so they’re all special to me. 

 

—It’s been 5 years since your debut album. Since then you’ve put out some mixtape EPs and singles. Why the long gap in between LPs?   

  • Honestly, the timing never felt right to release album 2 until now. I had been through a lawsuit for a year and a half where I couldn’t release music, my daughter was born with a gnarly birth defect that had us living in and out of the hospital, I never stopped touring and I was in the studio a bunch, so everything felt very intense for a few years. I needed to keep living, experiencing and finally come around to putting together songs that felt right. I had the opportunity coming off of having successful songs in the past to be true to myself and be patient. And one day the list of songs came together, the title and I knew it was right!

—How have you changed since your debut album? Musically and personally?

  • I’ve grown up a bit since my first project. I’ve grown more aware and appreciative of life and opportunity. I still love to pop bottles though lol! But I think the lessons I’ve learned in the past 5 years have been crucial to me becoming the BEST ME & I’m getting there. 

—How do you think your fans will react to this new body of music? And do you feel like it’s different from the previous music you’ve put out?    

  • I hope they’ll love it! I hope it makes them happy and want to have a good time! I think this project isn’t as “dancey” if you will – as my first project, but the core of who I am is still very present. Times have changed and music continues to change, so there’s obvious differences, but it’s still allllllll me!

 

—Can fans expect to see you on tour soon?

  • Yes! I’ll be announcing dates very soon! I can’t wait to get back on the road. 

 
—Any fun stories from the studio you can share?

  • So many fun times recording this project! I’ll never forget the night I was working on ‘come at me’ and when I was finished we opened all the doors to the outside are and played it super loud and I remember feeling infinite. All of a sudden all the crazy shit I went through in the past 5 years didn’t matter/we’re okay. I felt strong. I’m sure the neighbors hated that I played it 100 times haha but I couldn’t help it. It was awesome. That feeling is why I make music, it’s pretty indescribable. 

—What are the most important lessons you have learned on your journey in the music industry?

  • The most important lessons: stay true to yourself, no one else can ever be you even if they try! Surround yourself with the right people, people who believe in you even when you might slightly question yourself. Work hard and then work even harder. And live in the moment! Music is a magical thing. 

—Any particular people you’d like to collaborate with in the future?  

  • Robyn. Karen O. Nelly Furtado. Gwen Stefani. Flume. Mnek. Mo. I don’t know I’m a fan of so many people! 

—Describe the sound of the new album.

  •  It’s light. Wild. Fun. Top down on an unexpected road trip type album. 

MNEK SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “PARADISE”

WATCH HERE:

GRAMMY-nominated British singer, songwriter and producer MNEK has returned with an official video for his powerful and emotive new single, “Paradise.”The striking visuals take you on a man’s isolated journey through pyramids, brutalist buildings and a dystopian landscape of other metaphorical images. Watch The FADERpremiere HERE.
 
“Paradise,” which features the iconic guitar riff from Ultra Nate’s iconic 1997 dance smash “Free, sees MNEK venture into new territory both as a songwriter and as a vocalist. An evocative, vital and lyrically thought-provoking R&B song comprised of ominous throbbing bassline and skittish beats, “Paradise” allows the singer to exhibit his distinct and majestic vocals, as he explores a newfound fragility with his falsetto on the song’s dark and emotionally stirring chorus.
 
The 22-year-old explains, the track is about how – with all that’s going on in society today – sometimes escaping the harsh realities of the world can be a freeing and cathartic experience, with the use of the sample coming about in response to the current trend in commercial dance music. MNEK says:
 
“Around the time I wrote ‘Paradise’, so much dance music was coming out and doing well with literally any 90s R&B song as the main topline, of the whole song. It really bothered me!” he explains. “So, I decided to sample a dance song for an R&B track. I’ve always loved ‘Free’ by Ultra Nate, so it was such an honour to have the blessing of the writers of the song to sample it for ‘Paradise’.” 
 
Director, Ciaran Lyons elaborates –
 
“I think the themes of MNEK’s track will resonate with a lot of people. What grabbed me was the underlying idea of the different responses elicited by the chaos of the modern world – the desire to escape from the real world into a fantasy paradise vs the possibility of standing strong and separate from all the madness and cruelty, in the hope of preserving something better. We have this beautiful human walking through a fantasy landscape made from symbols of growth and decay, never stopping, never getting involved, but coming out the other end still intact, and still beautiful.”
 
MNEK     Photo Credit: Dexter Lander
“Paradise” follows 2016’s infectious single “At Night (I Think About You)”, as well as global smash hit and multi-million selling single “Never Forget You,” featuring Zara Larsson.
 

 

MNEK SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SONG “PARADISE”

GRAMMY-nominated British singer, songwriter and producer MNEK has returned with an official video for his powerful and emotive new single, “Paradise.” The striking visuals take you on a man’s isolated journey through pyramids, brutalist buildings and a dystopian landscape of other metaphorical images. Watch The FADER premiere HERE.

“Paradise,” which features the iconic guitar riff from Ultra Nate’s iconic 1997 dance smash “Free, sees MNEK venture into new territory both as a songwriter and as a vocalist. An evocative, vital and lyrically thought-provoking R&B song comprised of ominous throbbing bassline and skittish beats, “Paradise” allows the singer to exhibit his distinct and majestic vocals, as he explores a newfound fragility with his falsetto on the song’s dark and emotionally stirring chorus.

The 22-year-old explains, the track is about how – with all that’s going on in society today – sometimes escaping the harsh realities of the world can be a freeing and cathartic experience, with the use of the sample coming about in response to the current trend in commercial dance music. MNEK says:

“Around the time I wrote ‘Paradise’, so much dance music was coming out and doing well with literally any 90s R&B song as the main topline, of the whole song. It really bothered me!” he explains. “So, I decided to sample a dance song for an R&B track. I’ve always loved ‘Free’ by Ultra Nate, so it was such an honour to have the blessing of the writers of the song to sample it for ‘Paradise’.” 

Director, Ciaran Lyons elaborates –

I think the themes of MNEK’s track will resonate with a lot of people. What grabbed me was the underlying idea of the different responses elicited by the chaos of the modern world – the desire to escape from the real world into a fantasy paradise vs the possibility of standing strong and separate from all the madness and cruelty, in the hope of preserving something better. We have this beautiful human walking through a fantasy landscape made from symbols of growth and decay, never stopping, never getting involved, but coming out the other end still intact, and still beautiful.”

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“Paradise” follows 2016’s infectious single “At Night (I Think About You)”, as well as global smash hit and multi-million selling single “Never Forget You,” featuring Zara Larsson.

 

A keen collaborator, MNEK has also been involved with 11 UK Top 20 singles, and worked on tracks with global and breakout stars such as BeyoncéMadonnaKylie MinogueClean BanditStormzyDua Lipa and Little Mix.  Check out the MNEK Collection, on Spotify which is created by the man himself and includes all of these brilliant tracks – listen here 

 

“Paradise” is a perfect example of an uncompromising artist who has cemented his position as one of the most innovative, respected and unique talents in British music today.

 

Check out MNEK’s fantastic performance of “Paradise” on Mistajam’s 1Xtra show. Click here to watch it back in full!