Grammy-winning songstress Ella Mai releases a brand new Ellasode video. Ellasode: The Debut Tour (Asia) invites fans to look behind the scenes of her tour in Asia where she stops in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Recently, Ella Mai celebrated the anniversary of her debut album which has sold more than any R&B female debut in over 5 years and currently has 5 RIAA Platinum and Gold certifications for her hit singles. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter is also up for 4 American Music Awards, where you can vote for here.
Last night, Grammy® Award-nominated multiplatinum artist JULIA MICHAELS brought out close friend SELENA GOMEZ for a surprise performance of her song “Anxiety,” at The Fonda Theatre in LA during JULIA’S Inner Monologue Tour. Watch the performance HERE.
“Anxiety” was originally featured on JULIA’S critically acclaimed EP Inner Monologue Part 1, which she released earlier this year. The performance marked the first time the duo performed the song for a live audience, and comes on the heels of Selena scoring her first #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart with “Lose You To Love Me,” which she co-wrote with Julia, and Justin Tranter. “Lose You To Love Me,” marks Julia’s second #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a songwriter.
ABOUT JULIA MICHAELS
GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has transformed the pop music landscape not only from behind-the-scenes as one of the most in-demand songwriters, but in the spotlight as a solo artist as well. Her rapid rise can be attributed to identifiable honesty in every lyric, as exemplified in her triple-platinum selling debut and 2019 Grammy nominated single “Issues.” As a songwriter, Julia has co-written 22 titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including two that rose to number 1, and twelve that have hit the Top 40.
This year, Michaels released Inner Monologue Part 1 and Inner Monologue Part 2, a series of critically acclaimed EP’s. Upon arrival, Inner Monologue Part 1 debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 Overall iTunes Albums Chart. An enviable touring resume, she has joined artists like Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK, around the globe. MICHAELS is currently on the second leg of her first-ever headline tour, The Inner Monologue Tour, with dates throughout the U.S.
Most recently, Michaels once again joined forces with Selena Gomez co-writing her new singles “Lose You To Love Me”-which just went #1 on The Billboard Hot 100, and “Look At Her Now.” She also co-wrote and features on JP Saxes’ single “If The World Was Ending,” and Jordan Davis for a new collaboration titled “Cool Anymore.”
Inner Monologue Part 1 HERE
Inner Monologue Part 2 HERE
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In the latest episode of ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, hosts Cori Murray and Charli Penn talk to Whitney Houston’s confidante Robyn Crawford—who reveals a side of the iconic singer that only ESSENCE can share.
While at the height of a whirlwind tour promoting her book, A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston, Crawford shares her own truth with the Yes, Girl! team on life with Houston—weighing in on everything from their bond, the first time they met, their friendship after Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown came on the scene and more. She shares with ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! (time codes included):
- ON WHAT WHITNEY WOULD WANT [12:09-12:35]: “…I asked myself that question, what would Whitney want? What would Whitney want? So my intent is to raise my friend’s legacy, honor our friendship because that’s what she deserves. That’s how I feel…”
- ON BEING YOUNG, FEARLESS AND FREE WITH WHITNEY [15:06-15:36]: “…We were young, fearless, and ready, and I was a believer. It was happening. Everything she said was happening. She didn’t talk like, ‘I’m going to have a hit record and we’re going to…’ It was none of that. It was like, ‘I’m a singer. I sing. I’m going to get a recording contract, and stick with me and I’ll take you all around the world.’ And that’s exactly what happened…”
- ON THE FIRST TIME THEY MET [17:20-17:50]: “…It all happened at that first meeting when I walked in and we met that day. It just clicked, something happened, and it was just a friendship that developed and it kept growing and growing. And it was deep because we were open, we were bare, we were naked. And when I mean naked, with our feelings and we didn’t think about what we were saying, we just said it…”
- ON ROBYN’S BOND WITH WHITNEY [26:52 – 27:46]: “It was the bond, and the deepness, and the connection that we had. And it was beautiful. Those moments…I know I am very free when I express it in the book. And that’s because that’s what that moment felt like. Whitney used to always say, if you want a friend, you have to be one. If you love me, love me unconditionally. And that was something else for me to strive for, understanding what the word unconditional meant. And the love that I had for her was really deep. And that love she had for me was the same…”
- ON HER FRIENDSHIP WITH WHITNEY AFTER SHE MARRIED BOBBY [35:42 – 38:04]: “…I did not know Bobby before the wedding. We never really got a chance to know each other. And, when they became a couple, I still really didn’t get to spend any quality time with both of them. But, while I will say about Bobby is she told me she loved him. And his behavior and the way I saw him treat her… let’s just say this about Bobby, Bobby’s behaviors played out in the press. And he and I were not squaring off in Everlast shorts and boxing gloves. That never happened. I was still in the same spot that Whitney always wanted me to be. Bobby never approached me personally and said anything to me about the rumors of our relationship. Not once. But I watched him make a mess of her trail. Bobby was funny. He had a way of shifting the attention to him anywhere, any place, at any time. That was Bobby’s talent….But I wasn’t competing for anything. I had her friendship. I was her friend. And he could have been a better friend too…”
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‘Sultry singer performs with perfection.’ – 360 MAGAZINE
Ben Zaidi‘s music combines the lyrical sharpness of spoken-word poetry with the soft lushness of electronica. Written and produced by himeslf in his bedroom, his songs bleed with the intimacy of a private journal.
Growing up in Seattle, Zaidi was surrounded by the natural serenity of the Pacific Northwest. While still in high school he began writing songs that caught the attention of local record labels and, ultimately, Harvard University, where he enrolled to study music and poetry. In his dorm room he honed an individual sound that blended the confessional songwriting of Blue-period Joni Mitchell with the sonic minimalism of James Blake.
He developed a following online, relocated to New York City, and within months had sold out back-to-back shows at Rockwood Music Hall. The independently released single ‘Like It Was Nothing’ soon followed and shot to #2 on the iTunes Electronic Charts. Doors began opening, and Zaidi soon found himself in the studio with artists and producers he’d dreamed of working with, and headlining a packed show at Baby’s All Right.
As his music has expanded outward, Zaidi’s pen has turned inward––examining the self and its relationship to the outside world with unflinching honesty. His meditations on love, loss, and solitude in the digital age often point to the paradox that the more connected we have become, the more isolated and lonely we can feel. But, whether listening on headphones or at one of his intimate live shows, it is the familiarity of these feelings that pulls us right into the bedroom alongside him.
LISTEN TO “MAKE IT TO CHRISTMAS” HERE
ALESSIA CARA WILL PERFORM HER SINGLE “ROOTING FOR YOU” AT THE E! PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
SHE WILL ALSO PERFORM HER SMASH HIT “QUERER MEJOR” WITH JUANES AT THE LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS ON NOVEMBER 14TH AIRING LIVE ON UNIVISION
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “ROOTING FOR YOU” HERE
LISTEN TO THIS SUMMER HERE
Buzzing 21-year-old New Orleans rapper and singer Deemic unveils his debut single for Cash Money Records entitled “Late Night” today. Get it HERE.
Over piano, strings, finger-snaps, and strains of choir, his smooth flow captivates on vibrant verses before he croons out a hypnotic hook. The track illuminates his ability to seamlessly drop in and out of hip-hop and R&B vibes with confidence and charisma. As such, he introduces himself as an inimitable and infectious voice. Next up, he uncovers a cinematic video for the track, placing viewers in the heart of his New Orleans neighborhood.
“Late Night” will officially impacts at Urban Radio on November 19th.
It also proudly kicks off the artist’s signing to Cash Money Records.
Label Co-Founder and Chief Executive Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams commented, “Deemic doesn’t sound like anybody else I’ve ever heard. He’s got his own voice, and it’s really exciting. You know it’s him right away. That’s the mark of a superstar.”
Tallying over 2 million streams independently on Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube for the Top Shotta EP and landing a deal with Cash Money Records in 2019, Deemic brings a new fire to the game in his upcoming music—which he appropriately describes as “a gumbo.” His style is New Orleans homegrown. He went from mimicking Usher videos on BET to singing in the school and the church choir at just seven-years-old. It was also around this time that he also started discovering other artists like John Legend, Lil Wayne, and Juvenile. Uploading music throughout college, A cover of Drake’s “Pound Cake” generated an initial buzz before 2018’s “Homicide” took off virally. In under just six months, it had up to nearly half-a-million plays on Soundcloud and 100K YouTube views. In its wake, Deemic’s independent Top Shotta EP added to this momentum. Shortly after, Cash Money Records saw a video on Instagram, reached out. With his debut project in the works and with talent as a vocalist & a rapper, he’s bound to pop off.
Rising superstar and multi-platinum singer Jacquees will release his second full-length R&B album, King of R&B, today on Cash Money Records.
Get it HERE.
For the album, he attracted an A-list crop of collaborators, including Atlanta royalty T.I. who delivers an unforgettable verse on the aptly titled “King,”Tory Lanez who lends his unmistakable vocals to “Risk It All.” While Bluff City and Migos front-man Quavo appear on the heartfelt “All You Need.” Not to mention, the current single “Verify” boasts bars from Young Thug and Gunna. The latter amassed over 4.1 million Spotify streams and 6.9 million YouTube views to date in addition to receiving looks from Rolling Stone, Hypebeast, Rap-Up, and more.
Additionally, the visual for the next single off the album, “Fact or Fiction” premieres on both BET and MTV today. Beginning at 8am, the video will broadcast at the top of each video block on MTVU, MTV Live, BET Jams, and BET Soul as well as TRL’s Fresh Out Friday with Sway. Moreover, it also plays on the legendary Times Square ViacomBillboard at 12 noon and 5pm, taking over New York city in the process. Watch the video HERE.
Jacquees’ single “You,” from his debut album 4275 was Certified RIAA Platinum earlier this year. The song also appeared on the Documentary Soundtrack for Before Anythang in addition to gracing the track-listing of Lost At Sea II—his recent collaborative project with Birdman. This is his second single to be certified by the RIAA following on the heels of the platinum “B.E.D.” In addition, he sold out shows coast to coast on his 4275 Tour.
Multi-platinum producer DJ Snake has shared the animated video for “When the Lights Go Down” — a track from his chart-topping sophomore album Carte Blanche. The high-energy visual was directed by Zac Wong, a filmmaker/artist/animator who’s also created videos for artists like Imagine Dragons.
Check out the animated video for “When the Lights Go Down” by DJ Snake HERE
With its radiant colors and nonstop action, the video for “When the Lights Go Down” reimagines DJ Snake as a superhero-like figure. Fueled by the same explosive intensity found in the song, the surreal and spectacular visual culminates with a triumphant live set from the superstar DJ.
Earlier this year, Wong created the animated video for DJ Snake’s star-studded single “Enzo” (a collaboration with Sheck Wes, featuring Offset, 21 Savage & Gucci Mane). Check it out HERE.
Along with “When the Lights Go Down” and “Enzo,” Carte Blanche includes the triple-platinum single “Taki Taki” ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B (DJ Snake’s second global #1 record), the bilingual summer anthem “Loco Contigo” (with J. Balvin & Tyga), the reggaeton powerhouse “Fuego” (with Sean Paul & Anitta ft. Tainy), and the India-inspired club smash “Magenta Riddim.” Released in July, Carte Blanche hit #1 on Billboard’s US Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
Selena Gomez’s first single, “Lose You To Love Me,” from her highly anticipated third solo album, marks a historic moment for the singer as she lands her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Gomez co-wrote the song with Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and Mattias Larsson with additional production from FINNEAS. “Lose You To Love Me,” available via Interscope Records, immediately dominated and shot to No.1 at Global Spotify, Apple Music and US iTunes. In the US the song, with 38.8 million streams this week, has over 58.5 million cumulative streams. The accompanying music video shot by the acclaimed Sophie Muller has nearly 110 million views on YouTube. Watch the video shot entirely on the new iPhone 11 Pro HERE.
On the heels of “Lose You To Love Me,” Gomez surprised fans 24 hours later with the release of a brand-new song, “Look At Her Now,” which debuts today at No. 27 on the chart. Upon release, Selena said it was a “special gift to all of her fans” and thanked them for “pushing her to be her best.” Gomez co-wrote the song with Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter as well as Ian Kirkpatrick. Watch the Sophie Muller directed video also shot entirely on the new iPhone 11 Pro HERE.
“Lose You To Love Me” is Gomez’s 28th song on the Billboard Hot 100 with 14 of the songs going Top 20. Gomez has had a total of seven Top 10 Hits on the Hot 100 and previously reached No.5 with “Same Old Love” and “Good For You.” Selena’s “Bad Liar” was named No. 1 on Billboard’s “100 Best Songs of 2017.”
Later this month, Selena will return to the stage at the “American Music Awards.” This will mark her first live televised performance in two years. The “2019 American Music Awards” will broadcast live on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.
Earlier this year, Gomez was featured on “I Can’t Get Enough” with Benny Blanco, J Balvin and Tainy. In 2018, she collaborated with DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B on the global hit “Taki Taki,” which became one of the fastest videos to reach over 100 million views. Her previous seventeen singles including “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo, “Bad Liar,” “Fetish,” “Wolves” x Marshmello and “Back to You” all have been certified by the RIAA. As a solo artist Gomez has accumulated over 20 billion global streams.
Gomez most recently executive produced the critically acclaimed Netflix docu-series “Living Undocumented” which created much buzz and discussion regarding the polarizing issue of undocumented people living in the United States. Earlier this year, she starred in Jim Jarmusch’s film THE DEAD DON’T DIE opposite Bill Murray and Adam Driver, which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
*Photo by Sophie Muller
VOLBEAT DEBUTS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “DIE TO LIVE (FEAT. NEIL FALLON)”
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Today, multi-platinum Danish rock band Volbeat debut their new music video for “Die To Live (feat. Neil Fallon)” directed by Adam Rothlein at Ghost Atomic Pictures and taped at Futura Studio in Roslindale, MA. The song and video both feature appearances by Clutch’s lead singer Neil Fallon, as well as Raynier Jacob Jacildo and Doug Corcoran of JD McPherson’s band. Said Neil Fallon about taping the video “A couple of months ago I flew up to Boston to meet up with Volbeat to film the video for their new single, Die to Live. It was a breeze to make, maybe four hours. It’s a catchy straight-ahead rocker of a song and I am flattered to have been asked to participate.” Michael Poulsen, lead singer of Volbeat, added: “We were thrilled to be able to get Neil, Raynier and Doug together with us in the same room to shoot this video, and we’re really proud of how it came out. We hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it!” Watch the music video for “Die To Live (feat. Neil Fallon)” here.
The second leg of the band’s Rewind, Rebound, Replay World Tour began this past Wednesday in Warsaw, and fans who attended last night’s show at Berlin’s Mercedes Benz Arena got an early first look at the video. The band will close out 2019 with sold out shows across Europe, and have recently announced new dates in early 2020. Full info and tickets for remaining dates can be found here.
The band recently released their seventh studio album Rewind, Replay, Rebound. For the album, Volbeat— Michael Poulsen (guitars/vocals), Rob Caggiano (guitars), Kaspar Boye Larsen (bass), and Jon Larsen (drums) —build upon the distinct, psychobilly, punk-tinged rock ‘n’ roll sound they are known for, while reaching for new creative summits. “The whole point for us going into the studio, is because you still have something to prove — not just for the fans, but mostly for yourself,” says Poulsen. “We would not be able to do this record if it wasn’t for the work we have done in the past. No matter how old the band gets or how many records we do, there is always going to be that signature sound.” Rewind, Replay, Rebound is available on all formats here, including a 2 CD deluxe edition, a special deluxe edition box set, and transparent and blue colored vinyl, numbered and limited to 1,000 copies each.
At this point in their already storied career, Volbeat have opened for Metallica, Motorhead and Slipknot, garnered a 2014 Best Metal Performance Grammy nomination for “Room 24” and won multiple Danish Music Awards. For this album, they mine their own personal histories and that of their genre. The song “When We Were Kids” finds Volbeat ruminating on immortality and innocence we all naively experience in our youth, while “Rewind the Exit” and “Die to Live” both explore how the pursuit of perfection can be a hollow goal.
Rewind, Replay, Rebound was produced by long-time collaborator Jacob Hansen and co-produced by Rob Caggiano and Michael Poulsen. This marks the first studio album with Kaspar Boye Larsen on bass. To achieve the album’s sound the band also drew upon a myriad of guests including backing vocalist Mia Maja and the Harlem Gospel Choir, who both return after appearing on 2016’s Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie. Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon is featured on “Die to Live,” a collaboration that is the result of the bands touring together and a love for the singer’s gruff and powerful style. Raynier Jacob Jacildo (piano) and Doug Corocran (saxophone) of JD McPherson’s band also lend their talents to the song.
Ultimately, Volbeat have not lost their passion to create and progress. It’s that which keeps them hungry — and musically honest on the new album.
VOLBEAT emerged from Copenhagen in 2001. Since then, they’ve tirelessly clawed their way to hard rock’s upper echelon with endless touring and a string of six beloved full-length albums. Recently, their 2010 album Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, which features hit singles “A Warrior’s Call” and “Heaven Nor Hell,” received RIAA Gold Certification. 2013’s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies bowed at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release marking the highest U.S. chart entry for a Danish Act since 1997 until the band’s 2016 album Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie topped it by debuting at #4. Most recently the band released Let’s Boogie! Live At Telia Parken, a concert film and album documenting their landmark 2017 Copenhagen show in front of 48,250 fans, the largest show a Danish band has ever performed in Denmark.
*Photo by Ross Halfin