10 Summers and Interscope Records’ breakout star Ella Mai will be joining the esteemed Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour. Ella Mai will appear on seven of the tour’s October dates, kicking off her run in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. The announcement marks yet another accomplishment for the UK songstress whose debut single, “Boo’d Up” is now RIAA Certified Double-Platinum.
Ella Mai’s latest single, “Trip,” is also being met with high praise, with SPIN describing it as, “a bouncy R&B jam with another earworm hook so infectious you can’t help but put your hands up.” As the 23-year old embraces her sweeping success, she has made a point of documenting her journey on YouTube in the form vlogs titled Ellasodes. The first episode highlights her BET Awards experience, while the latest video will detail her Essence Festival performance. Ella Mai is currently on the road, headlining her own sold out Boo’d Up tour.
The music video premiered on Fader.com and showcases Marco’s creativity as he was very hands own in the making of the video. “CPR” sets the tone for Marco’s re-entry into the music space. It highlights his impressive vocal range and stark sense of soul and sets the mood for what he has in store for the future.
Marco has quietly risen to the forefront of R&B’s buzzing new vanguard. He stood out as the only feature on Rex Orange County’s universally lauded Apricot Princess, and he lent his powerhouse voice to two anthems from Big Wave More Fire by electronic duo DJDS—known for their production on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo. Those vocals come to life on stage as evidenced by recent touring alongside Luke James and Yeek.
Today, Virginia-born R&B artist Marco McKinnis reveals his new single “CPR”. Get it HERE via Republic Records.
The track sets the tone for Marco’s re-entry into the music space. It highlights his impressive vocal range and stark sense of soul and sets the mood for what he has in store for the future. The music video will make its debut very soon!
Marco has quietly risen to the forefront of R&B’s buzzing new vanguard. He stood out as the only feature on Rex Orange County’s universally lauded Apricot Princess, and he lent his powerhouse voice to two anthems from Big Wave More Fire by electronic duoDJDS—known for their production on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo. Those vocals come to life on stage as evidenced by recent touring alongside Luke James and Yeek.
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When the end of Summer hits, the desire to rewind time kicks in, reliving every magical moment from the season’s past. It’s a vibe that newcomer DaniLeigh has managed to encapsulate in her debut EP Summer With Friends, coming soon. The 22-year-old singing and dancing phenomenon cut her teeth in the business when she directed a music video for her late mentor, Prince. She enhanced her buzz with back-to-back jams “Play” (featuring Kap G) and “Lurkin’”, and is here to continue her mission of making music that both sounds and feels good.
The South Florida native had music in her blood, singing from a young age. As an early teen, DaniLeigh recorded YouTube covers of songs like Musiq Soulchild’s “So Beautiful,” though she wasn’t quite ready for the big time. “I was really shy,” she admits, “and I didn’t realize the unique sound of my voice until later on.” It wasn’t until a few years later when she moved to Los Angeles at 16 that DaniLeigh began harnessing her craft. In LA she found her footing in the music industry, starting with dancing. “I was dancing in music videos, commercials, you name it,” she recalls. “From there, I met a lot of producers onset and just networked.” Singing became the secret weapon, as DaniLeigh would reveal her chops and be invited to studios for recording sessions. However, a life-changing encounter with the legendary Prince would be the real catalyst.
After learning of DaniLeigh’s talents as a dancer (through a one-minute video clip), the Purple One reached out to have her direct his video for “Breakfast Can Wait” at just 18 years old. The video hit worldwide, appearing on networks like MTV, BET, and REVOLT. Prince ultimately took DaniLeigh under his wing, mentoring her budding singing career. His untimely death in 2016 left a void in DaniLeigh’s life, though his presence is still felt as DaniLeigh’s star is only getting brighter.
“Play” truly kicked things off. The high-energy single is described by DaniLeigh as an empowering anthem for women. “It’s a bold statement,” she says of the cut, which carries a message of “making a play” in all areas of life. “I’m a very positive person and this song I feel can help motivate people to put in that work,” she says. Bringing Kap G (who is of Mexican descent) into the fold as a feature was her way of uniting more Latinos in music, as DaniLeigh’s Dominican heritage is evident in both her style and sound. The single “Lurkin’” immediately followed, as a slick nod to social those stalkers who don’t congratulate moves, yet look on from the social media sidelines. The song even made its way to the HBO hit series Insecure. The stage is now set for DaniLeigh to show the diverse angles of her talent on a grander scale.
Aptly titled Summer With Friends, the upcoming EP sums up DaniLeigh’s past few months, which she lightheartedly describes as “just having fun and working.” The relatable nature of the project brings forth the aforementioned singles, along with feel good songs that channel the young artist’s inspirations including Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, and Drake while showing her ability to fuse hip-hop and R&B with poppier electronic-driven vibes. Songs like “Questions” playfully target those relationship interrogation sessions (Where were you? Who were you with?), while “Ex” is a self-explanatory track about the now-single artist’s previous romance. “He got one song,” she jokes. Other cuts like the infectious “On” and “All I Know” show DaniLeigh’s versatility within the pop-urban landscape, while “All Day” highlights her Dominican roots. “That’s a bachata beat underneath [the production],” she proudly points out. “The time right now is in alignment, showing that things are going the right way.” As DaniLeigh unveils her debut Summer With Friends and the projects that follow, she maintains her goal of positive music, though has one wish involving one important angel by her side. “I always say I wish Prince was here to see all of this happening with me right now,” she says. “It’s okay though. I know he’s watching.”
After stunning fans with her sultry debut single, “Black Truck,” Mereba (Interscope) has returned with an equally gripping visual. The 9th Wonder-produced song is a poetic depiction of the triumphs and trials of life and love; and the video complements the lyric’s abstract quality. Directed by Mereba and renowned photographers Durimel (twin brothers Jalan and Jibril), the video features a collage of raw and soulful shots, staged in Miami, Florida. James Laxton, director of cinematography for Moonlight, contributed to the production as well. You can view the video HERE.
Prior to the release of the “Black Truck,” Mereba was best known for her collaborations with Grammy nominated 6LACK and Dreamville newcomers J.I.D and Earthgang. Mereba’s unique voice and style lends itself to its own distinct genre of alternative R&B, and the rising star is also credited as a songwriter, rapper, guitarist and producer. Having spent her formative years living across the east coast as well as in her father’s native country, Ethiopia, Mereba further developed her artistry after moving to Atlanta. She credits Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Joni Mitchell as her greatest influences.
In his new release after the most recent hit “Date Night (Same Time)” with Chris Brown, Kirko Bangz is joining forces with R&B leading men, Tory Lanez and Jacquees for a hot new single “Work Sumn.”
On a roll, the Houston native is eager to share his chill sound; Kirko even previewed a clip of the song on his instagram in November, 2017 with the caption “Sumn like a anthem OTW ..jus know… @torylanez @jacquees….” “Work Sumn” will definitely keep his fans feelin’ themselves all summer. Listeners will be excited to learn this new slow-jam track brings out only the best vibes in the club.
Ever since his most popular rhythmic single “Drank In My Cup” in 2011, Kirko has never failed to capture his fans with unforgettable production and witty lyrics. With Kirko and Jacquees trading verses, and Tory on the hook, “Work Sumn” is a guaranteed R&B hit record!
Take a listen to the intimate, highly-anticipated single below and watch out for more new music in the near future from Kirko Bangz!
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Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, honors the legacy of the late great Bronx emcee Big Pun with the release of a special 20th Anniversary Picture Disc Vinyl edition of Capital Punishment which is available now. Click HERE to purchase.
Atlanta native, Paper Lovee just debuted his first EP, Waiting to Exhale. The exciting new talent called on a few friends and music’s hottest acts, Lil Baby, Yung Bans, YNW Melly, and Dae Daeto assist him on the 15 track project. Paper Lovee first splashed on the scene with his hit record “Here 4 Ya,” which featured a brilliant sample of KC & JoJo‘s “All My Life.” Soon after announcing his signing to 300 Ent via Billboard, the rapper/singer dropped his second single “No Socks” featuring Lil Baby. Alongside with the latest single release, “Set,” Waiting to Exhale‘s standout track “Relationship Goals” showcases Paper’s wildly versatile musical abilities. Take a listen to the debut project from Paper Lovee below and keep an eye out for the “No Socks Ft. Lil Baby” video coming soon.
Today, Arizona-born, multi-cultural singer, songwriter, producer, and actress KIANA LEDÈ releases her much-anticipated, soulful debut EP, Selfless, at all digital retailers via Republic Records/The Heavy Group
Get it HERE.
The eight-song set illuminates her penchant for slick, sharp, smart, and soulful urban/R&B music. Punctuated by her strong female voice of empowerment, and brutally honest, truly self-aware lyrics, Kiana’s EP is a warning shot that a new star is on the rise. Among its tracklisting, the EP boasts her radio single “Fairplay” [feat. A$AP Ferg]— Which has already garnered over 10 million streams.
Meanwhile, she teams up with label mate Blackway for the instantly infectious “Shame.” Produced by Rice N Peas (Bazzi “Mine”) “Wicked Games,” takes flight on her dynamic delivery over cinematic and stunning production that is reminiscent at once of both The Weeknd and Maxwell. It’s a great way to get to know KIANA. “Show Love,” produced by 7 time Grammy Winning producer/Engineer/writer DURO, is a bouncy modern R&B Jam with slick word-play and a super catchy hook calling on her man to at least “show up and show love.”
This past year is shaping up to be her major breakthrough moment as a musical force. She contributed “Big Spender” (co-written with label mate “Amine” to the chart-dominating Official Soundtrack for 50 Shades Freed, and it clocked over 10 million Spotify streams. Additionally, she garnered widespread praise from Refinery29, Baeble Music, Complex, stupidDOPE, is and more.
Now, Selfless positions her for big things on the horizon.
After spending years quietly developing her skills as a songwriter and singer, KIANA became a veritable sensation. To date, she has generated 50 million-plus views across her YouTube/Vevo channels. In addition to her music, she recently landed a co-starring role on Rev Run’s new Netflix series set to air in 2018 and starred in season 2 of MTV’s hit show “Scream”.
1 “Get In The Way”
2 “Shame” [feat. Blackway]
3 “Show Love”
5 “Wicked Games”
6 “Take It All”
7 “Fairplay” [feat. A$AP Ferg]