Posts tagged with "pop"

BET Presents: Next Town Down

Join BET Networks and the multitalented R&B vocal group Next Town Down for an intimate showcase this Tuesday, October 16th at the E&C (Esther & Carol) Studio in New York City and Thursday, October 18th at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, CA.

The group will be performing some fan favorites mixed with a few of their newest singles like “KISSIN ON” from their debut EP set for release later this month.

NICKI MINAJ × HARPER’S BAZAAR VIETNAM

Nicki Minaj wears Phillip Plein and Cory Couture

 

Photographed by Greg Swales

 

Styled by KC Jones

PETE YORN x SCARLETT JOHANSSON

Today, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson share the music video for their latest single “Iguana Bird.” Watch it HERE.

Directed by actress, producer, and filmmaker Bonnie Wright (best known for her role as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series), the clip serves as the perfect visual companion to the song. “Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s new single ‘Iguana Bird’ evoked for me that new loneliness you feel in the wake of a break up, having spent every moment with someone you now have to create new memories that feel forced and out of touch with what you know,” Wright told PAPER about the track. “I was inspired by the dance scene in Jean Luc-Godard’s film ‘Bande å part’, most particularly Anna Karina’s character, and the vulnerable beauty often explored in French cinema during the 60s. I have been an admirer of LA-based choreographer and dancer Nicola Collie for a while and it was such a joy to direct her in this enclosed world we created for the music video.”

“I have been a fan of Bonnie’s work,” Yorn says about working with Wright. “She came to us with a visual concept that really captured the emotion behind the song in an original way.”

The song remains a standout from the pair’s critically acclaimed Apart EP, available at all digital retailers now via Capitol Records. Forbes praised the “fun” track, while High Snobiety called it a “charming duet carried by a wave of crashing guitars.”

Last month, Yorn launched An Evening with Pete Yorn, the You and Me Tour. The critically acclaimed gold-certified singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist performs along the East Coast and Midwest on the intimate run. Tickets for the remaining dates, including limited edition options to purchase VIP backstage experiences where fans can meet Pete, watch soundcheck and even attend a pre-show performance of a song in the dressing room, are on sale now. Full routing can be found below and visit PeteYorn.com for more details.

Apart continues to incite applause from fans and critics alike. In an extensive feature, Entertainment Weekly claimed, “The dreamy alt-pop on the new EP demonstrates that the creative kinship between the troubadour and the movie star is much closer than you might expect.”

Pete Yorn U.S. Tour Dates:

10/15 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
10/16 Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI Indy
10/18 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
10/20 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
10/21 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
10/23 Chicago, IL @ Park West
10/24 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Marc E. Bassy Drops “Postmodern Depression”

Bay-area pop/R&B powerhouse Marc E. Bassy returns today with his new five-song EP, Postmodern Depression, which features lead single “Love Her Too” with fellow Bay-area rapper G-Eazy.

Of the song, Bassy says “‘Love Her Too’ was that end of the session jam that turned into a real song—it was me waking the guys up and convincing them this last jam of the day was something special.” He continues, “Postmodern Depression is me battling with culture. It’s about trying to grow up in a scene that glorifies the opposite of what it is to be a wholesome individual. It’s about me always coming back to music and being forever saved by songwriting.”

Singer, songwriter and producer Marc E. Bassy made waves with his critically acclaimed 2016 debut Groovy People EP. Among a tracklisting of hits such as “Morning” and “Dirty Water,” it vaulted “You & Me” [feat. G-Eazy] onto the Billboard Hot 100 as the track generated 260 million-plus Spotify streams and achieved a platinum certification from the RIAA within two years. Hot on its heels, he dropped his first full-length, Gossip Columns, and landed yet another smash in the form of “Plot Twist” featuring Kyle. In the album’s wake, he co-headlined the Bebe & Bassy Tour alongside Bebe Rexha and launched his Gossip Columns Tour, selling out venues coast to coast. Along the way, the artist received widespread praise from Billboard, Complex, Hypebeast, XXL, Hot New Hip Hop, The FADER, Spin and many more. Positioned for pop supremacy with his forthcoming second full-length set for 2019, Bassy’s rise to the top is just beginning.

Jonas Blue’s “Polaroid”

Multi-Platinum global recording artist/producer Jonas Blue returns with “Polaroid”, a sparkling celebration of love at first sight that features vocals by Liam Payne and Lennon Stella. A slice of R&B pop replete with an anthemic chorus and an irresistible groove, the track was produced by Blue, who wrote it with JP Cooper, Sam Romans, and Ed Drewett. The song is from his debut album, which Astralwerks will release in November.

Download / stream “Polaroid” HERE and view the lyric video HERE. Stay tuned for the premiere of the official video, which Blue, Payne and Stella shot in Manhattan.

Liam Payne made his solo debut in 2016 with the single “Strip That Down”, featuring Quavo. Now certified Platinum in five countries, it was one of the biggest selling singles of 2017, and the biggest selling solo single from any current member of One Direction. He recently released his debut EP, First Time.

Lennon Stella first gained national attention in 2012 when her and sister Maisy’s cover of Robyn’s “Call your Girlfriend” went viral. That same year, Lennon landed her starring role in the hit television show “Nashville” as Maddie Conrad. The acoustic version of her original song “Like Everybody Else” recently hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and Canada Spotify Viral Charts.

“Polaroid” follows Blue’s massive summer hit “Rise” featuring Jack & Jack, which has accrued more than 500 million global streams to date. He also contributed the end credits song to Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation “I See Love” featuring Joe Jonas.

A four-time BRIT Award nominee, Jonas Blue has achieved worldwide success with five billion cumulative streams, 30 million single sales and over 85 Platinum certifications from countries around the globe. “Fast Car,” his breakthrough single featuring Dakota, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and went Platinum in the U.S. Subsequent singles “Perfect Strangers” and “Mama” are both certified Gold in the States. Blue has also worked on remixes and collaborations for such artists as Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill, MK, James Bay and Sabrina Carpenter. He recently launched his own record label Blue Future.

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Conan Gray “Generation Why”

Today, buzzing 19-year-old bedroom pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray shares his new single and music video for “Generation Why” via new partnership with Republic Records.  Listen HERE.  Watch HERE.

Backed by sweeping electronic-tinged production, Gray serves up a millennial call-to-arms swathed in hashtaggable double entendre and clever hooks. The music video translates this lyrical vision to life with a visual narrative befitting of his expansive vision.

Conan instantly SOLD OUT his debut headline tour, kicking off October 28 Houston, TX before rolling through major markets coast-to-coast and closing out on November 20 in New York, NY. Check out the full itinerary below.

Additionally, he will unveil his debut Sunset Season EP later this Fall.

Armed with nothing more than Garageband and a cheap microphone taped to a lamp, Conan Gray rose out of the small-town community of Georgetown, TX to widespread fan praise in 2017.  An ode to his humble beginnings, Conan’s debut single “Idle Town” clocked 10 million-plus YouTube views and 13 million-plus Spotify streams in under a year as he earned acclaim with a massive online following, and landed a deal with Republic Records. Joining forces with producer Dan Nigro [Carly Rae Jepsen, Sky Ferreira], he crafted the Sunset Season EP introduced by undeniable lead single “Generation Why.”

Her Returns With “Neighborhood”

Today, Her unveils the live video for “Neighborhood” filmed at Studio La Fabrique in Paris—watch and share HERE! The video, directed by Rodrigue Huart, is part of the upcoming film “Are You Still Here” set for release this November.

“Neighborhood” is taken from Her’s critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album released earlier this year, which also features the band’s hit tracks, “We Choose,” “On & On” (feat. AnnenMayKantereit & Roméo Elvis) and “Icarus.” Listen to Her here.

While still in school, the half-German Victor Solf and the French Simon Carpentier met in 2007, bonded like long lost brothers, started making music together equally informed by old school soul a la Otis Redding and post-Yeezus hip-hop and formed Her in 2015. Success followed as the breakout “Five Minutes” soundtracked Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign and eventually generated over 12 million Spotify streams. The duo released a pair of EPs Her Tape #1 and Her Tape #2, spawning fan favorites such as “Quite Like,” “Union,” “Her” and amassing over 20 million cumulative Spotify streams. Merging artfully seductive and provocative visuals and dreamy newer wave pop with a jazz undercurrent, the boys crisscrossed the globe in support of the EPs, including making waves stateside. In the middle of it all, unbeknownst to anyone but those closest to him, Simon lost a long, quiet and arduous battle with cancer in August 2017. With his friend’s spirit always close by, Victor worked on what would become the duo’s 2018 major label full-length debut, Her [Republic Records].

Stefan James’s “Situation”

R&B/Soul vocalist, songwriter and producer STEFAN JAMES debuted the video for his debut single, “Situation,” exclusively via Complex today.  The single is out now via Republic Records—watch and share HERE!

Written as a reflection on the trials and tribulations of addiction, “Situation” contrasts delicate instrumentation against STEFAN’S entrancing falsetto.

Of the song, STEFAN says, “‘Situation’ is about feeling helpless after finding the one you thought you loved, a complete stranger. That type of pain brings out the worst in you. Two lost souls find each other in that same situation, feeding off the comfort and salvation in each other’s pain.”

20-year-old Stefan James’ music and lyrics pull from a life marred by tragic events, including battles with addiction and substance abuse, as well as the tragic loss of his older brother. Stefan turned to music to lead him on his road to recovery. Creating music enabled him to share this pain productively and poetically. “I’ve been there,” Stefan says, speaking to all who are dealing with depression, loss or addiction. “When you’re feeling down, just put a couple of my songs on and cry or smile. Whatever you have to do to get through that moment. You’re not alone.”

Further music from Stefan James is set to be released this fall.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “SITUATION” HERE

LISTEN TO “SITUATION” HERE

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The Hate U Give Soundtrack

Def Jam Recordings – the iconic label and global brand synonymous with hip-hop culture – has partnered with 20th Century Fox on the October 12th release of the Official Soundtrack to the highly-anticipated film The Hate U Give, based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas.

Def Jam Recordings’ next generation of stars, Arlissa and Bobby Sessions, join an all-star cast of contemporary and legendary artists including Kendrick LamarPusha TLogicJadakiss, and Tupac Shakur for the official movie soundtrack of THE HATE U GIVE, October 12th.

Arlissa and Bobby Sessions introduce new, previously unreleased songs on the soundtrack, which Variety raves “cleverly mimics the film’s outlook by oscillating between snatches of 2Pac and modern R&B;” South London-bred, 25-year old siren Arlissa, who recently appeared in the August issue Vogue, experienced her first real taste of success with her breakthrough track “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie.”  Arlissa’s defiant anthem “We Won’t Move” from THE HATE U GIVE soundtrack garnered early buzz at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of T.H.U.G., with Toronto’s NOW exclaiming “the soulful ballad has got ‘Oscar nominee’ written all over it.”

LISTEN HERE: https://Arlissa.lnk.to/WeWontMove

“It’s been a true honor to be involved in something so significant and relevant to today’s social climate,” Arlissa said. “I was one of the millions of people who were deeply touched by the book, so to be able to contribute to the movie, which shines such a strong light on inequality, has been a responsibility I’ve taken with such pride and care. This is not just a film, this is education”

Fiery Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions, who NPR raves “confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring,” and whose debut EP channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle of systemic racism” according to XXL, performs the eponymous title tune, “The Hate U Give.”

Shaping up as one of the fall season’s breakout movies, The Hate U Give stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, a teen who is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. Amandla’s original song “Always” closes out the soundtrack.

The Hate U Give also stars Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common, and Anthony Mackie. The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. (NotoriousMen Of Honor), and produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr., Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey.  The Hate U Give, whose screenplay was written by Audrey Wells (A Dog’s PurposeUnder The Tuscan Sun), is a Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment production, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

THE HATE U GIVE movie soundtrack:
1.  Pusha T “Hold On”
2.  Kendrick Lamar – “DNA”
3.  Jadakiss “Hold You Down”
4.  2 Pac “Only God Can Judge Me”
5.  Arlissa “We Won’t Move”
6.  Travis Scott “Goosebumps”
7.  Bobby Sessions “The Hate U Give”
8.  2 Pac “Keep Ya Head Up”
9.  Logic “Everybody”
10. Beau Young Prince “Kill Moe”
11.  21 Savage, Offset, & Metro Boomin “Ghostfact Killers”
12.  NBA Youngboy “Left Hand Right Hand”
13.  Billie Eilish “Ocean Eyes”
14. Amandla Stenberg “Always”

The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox):
THE HATE U GIVE Website
Twitter: @TheHateUGive
Instagram: @TheHateUGiveMovie
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City Girls Music Video

City Girls taps into the same enterprising spirit applauded in male rappers when they wax poetic about selling drugs or pimping to escape bleak financial circumstance. This female version is just as inspiring.

Watch City Girls’s newest music video “Millionaire Dick” HERE.