The emerging indie rock band, May the Sky [MTS], is based in Dayton, OH. Their exclusive, “Won” from the new EP Discoveries is an anthemic masterpiece which is reminiscent of the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody and some of their mantras. Hard hitting melodies alongside of dramatic drums and rhythmic guitar riffs. Brilliant lyrics coupled with effortless vocals and orchestration make this alternative ensemble ooze marketability. It’s been a long time since we have tripped upon a gem like MTS. Both epic and spellbinding.
GRAMMY-winning, certified diamond-selling music icon Shaggy kicks into high gear in anticipation of his new studio album Wah Gwaan?! – out next Friday, May 10 via The Cherrytree Music Company, Brooklyn Knights Entertainment and 300 Entertainment. Pre-order is available this Friday, May 3.
Today (May 2), Shaggy will debut the album’s latest single “You” featuring the 19-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter Alexander Stewart with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. Next week, the duo will grace the stage of ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, May 8 followed by performances on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, May 14 and Strahan & Sara on Friday, May 17. Tune in to hear the song that Billboard calls an “irresistibly upbeat EDM/dancehall fusion.”
Wah Gwaan?! is Shaggy’s most personal album to date and an emblematic display of his rich sound influenced by all styles of music. He embodies his Jamaican roots on dancehall tracks like “Caribbean Way,” “Frenemy,” “Ketch Mi Up” and “Money Up” ft. Noah Powa. Shaggy balances the seductive energy of rising dancehall superstar Shenseea and GRAMMY-nominated R&B powerhouse vocalist Stacy Barthe on “Super Natural.” His musical worlds collide on “Body Good” ft. Nicky Jam, one of the biggest acts out of the urban Latino scene. Shaggy continues to spread his contagious joy on “Use Me” and “Makeup Sex” ft. Nyanda and reveals his introspective side on “Wrong Room,” an ode about his mother. The artist expands his global reach with the irresistible smash “You” ft. Alexander Stewart and “When She Loves Me” ft. Rayvon. Shaggy and Rayvon have a long hit-making history, spawning ‘90s & ‘00s mega anthems “In The Summertime,” “Angel” and “Big Up.” Shaggy also taps a diverse range of producers including the legendary dancehall brothers Tony CD Kelly and Dave Kelly, Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Lady Gaga), iLLWayno (Nicki Minaj, Nas, 2 Chainz), Kizzo and Costi Official. Wah Gwaan?! represents a robust musical journey by a musician/songwriter/entertainer/armed forces veteran that invites the listener in with vibrancy, urgency and hope. Most of all, it captures the Caribbean-forged, energy-infused, adventure-informed musical impulses of a one-of-kind original: Shaggy.
Shaggy will tour throughout the spring and summer. He will also join Sting for a series of shows spanning across the UK in late May performing songs off their recent GRAMMY winner for Best Reggae Album, entitled 44/876, as well as their own respective greatest hits, together. See full list of Shaggy’s tour dates.
As of late, 360 Magazine interviewed the 24-year-old British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He spoke to us about performing Weekend 1 and was ecstatic that the Mojave tent was at capacity during his performance.
In 2016, Lewis performed at Coachella and was excited to see the upgraded platforms. “The Yuma tent has really quadrupled in size,” he states. “I played a DJ set at the Yuma Tent in 2016, and now it’s like a full-blown Berlin club in there.”
SG Lewis just released his second song with Clairo, “Throwaway,” which now boasts 5 million+ streams on Spotify. “She is one of my favorite people to work with and a genuine friend of mine,” Lewis recites. “The second song wasn’t premeditated. We were just in the studio and ‘Throwaway’ happened naturally and it fit perfectly into Dawn.”
The following single collaboration is set to feature RUEL. “RUEL is a 17-year-old Australian guy who is hugely talented,” SG says. “He has a really soulful voice,” he added.
For the first time, Lewis played the new track “Flame” for Weekend 2 concertgoers.
With over 230,000 Spotify streams on his single, ‘Are You Down,’ the people of Los Angeles keep buzzing around a fresh urban vibe named Austin Eldred.
The Orange County native is a show-stopping recording artist paving a name in the music world. Eldred has officially been releasing music for two years with hits featuring the noteworthy likes of Eric Bellinger and Problem. Eldred draws inspiration from his eclectic childhood upbringing in Southern California where he infuses R&B and Hip-Hop into a unique sound. His upcoming debut album, “1997” (executively produced by Ned Cameron) is soon to release and will showcase new sides of the performer. With ten new hand-written tracks, Eldred looks to put a permanent imprint on the industry.
Today sees the release of THE GHOST OF OHIO (Lava/Republic), the much-anticipated new album from singer-songwriter Andy Black – click HERE to listen. Upon release, the album immediately debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart.
Black’s been giving fans glimpses of the album over the course of the past few weeks by releasing tracks such as “The Promise,” lead single “Westwood Road” (which has amassed over 1.7 million YouTube views) and title track “The Ghost Of Ohio.”
The Ghost Of Ohio sees Black re-teaming with Grammy nominated producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! at the Disco), who helmed 2016’s acclaimed debut The Shadow Side.
The album marries melancholy themes with upbeat rock and pop, mining the underreported haunted history of Black’s hometown to tell a story in allegory and grandeur that explores his childhood anxieties and obsessions. “I’ve always liked the idea of building worlds, making a character for myself, in very heightened and stylized dimensions I could live in,” he says. “It’s about expressing myself creatively, while making something that didn’t exist before.”
The unabashed anthem-making of Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, and U2 collide with darker undertones alongside an all-new haunted folklore, mixing boyhood dreams with otherworldly wonder. Quite literally, The Ghost of Ohio is the tale of someone who died young, whose spirit inhabits an area for a hundred years, looking for ways to connect, feeling forgotten, fighting an overwhelming disassociation. But it’s also less straightforward story and more “songs inspired by” the specifics.
Black, who’s always had a reverence for the magical convergence of sight and sound, created the diverse album to also serve as a soundtrack for its graphic novel counterpart, marrying melancholy themes with upbeat rock and pop to tell the tale of someone who died young and whose spirit inhabits an area for a hundred years looking for ways to connect. The album’s artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor (Iced Earth, Testament).
Black discussed the album during a recent interview with NME, which can be viewed HERE.
He’s performing select songs from the album on his current Ghost of North America Tour, a headlining run that kicked off last week in Sacramento, CA (see itinerary below). The fact that Black can perform at all is a miracle, as he had an emergency appendectomy less than a week before the tour kicked off.
Don’t miss your chance to experience Andy Black’s The Ghost of North America Tour.
Today, Justin Roberts drops his new single and video entitled, Way Too Much. It features Justin alongside of influencer Jordyn Woods as well as model Sofia Jamora. In the video, the trio plays life-sized dolls being assembled and packaged in a toy factory.
Justin is managed by Post Malone’s manager, Austin Rosen.
In case you are unfamiliar, Adé is a Nigerian/Grenadian-American artist known for effortless lyrics and ability to smoothly transition between rapping and singing. He has previously worked with artists such as Logic and Mac Miller, and his new six-track EP features collaborations with Lil Baby, Rich The Kidand Wale. Adé has previously caught the attention of publications such as Billboard, Complex, XXL, HypeBeast, Hot New Hip Hop and more. Beginning a new chapter in his career with a new name and unique sound, Adé is on his way to rap stardom and a chance for his reinvention to inspire on a massive scale. He recently freestyled over Jay-Z’s “Threat” on L.A. Leakers which can be seen HERE.
Adé is the true voice of the DMV hip-hop scene and has fueled a new wave of D.C. rap. His global perspective can be seen on his diverse new EP featuring undeniable anthems and powerful lyrics. As an artist, he is able to deliver music with something for everyone as he combines live instrumentation, hip-hop, rapping, and singing. Ade’s songs focus on the positives in his life and showcase the newfound confidence he has achieved while introducing himself as a new leader in the DMV hip-hop movement.
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In between, growth occurs. Silver Spring, Maryland rapper, producer, and artist Adé (born Phil Adetumbi) underwent such evolution. Under the name Phil Adé, he delivered a string of independent mixtapes, singles, and appearances in addition to collaborations with everyone from Logic and Mac Miller to Raekwon and Bootsy Collins. Starting in 2013, he dove into honing his craft, writing in the studio with a variety of artists, perfecting his own sound as well as his live performance. He ultimately developed his voice immensely. During this time, he made extensive contributions as a writer and featured act to Wale’s #1 opus The Album About Nothing  and Shine , in addition to working with Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, Mýa, Trevor Jackson, Serayah, 9th Wonder and Bink , while gracing the stage on the sold out SHIN3 Tour. In 2017, he shared the solo single “No Fear” [feat. Tate Kobang and Saba Abraha], which soundtracked WWE NXT and clocked half-a-million streams. Upon the latter’s arrival,Billboard described him as “ready to seize his opportunity at rap stardom.”
However, he changed everything for 2019. He opted to go by simply Adé, signed to Epic Records, and cooked up his first EP of the label, Always Something.
“I spent a long time recording and figuring out what I wanted my sound to be like,” he admits. “I feel like I’m there now. I was able to watch Wale and see a lot of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of being an artist on a major label and how to behave in different situations. Everything got me to my comfort zone. I’ve found a happy medium between singing and rapping. It’s a new era in my life. That’s why I felt the need to reintroduce myself. I’m definitely more experienced. I’m more comfortable with what I’m doing. Since I wanted to start fresh, I changed my name. This is a clean slate. I’m a new artist.”
At the same time, he still kept his heritage and hometown close. Born to a Nigerian father and Grenadian mother, he grew up with a global mindset when it came to music, going from singing in church to rapping in high school. Coming up in the DMV scene, he also developed an appreciation for the live instrumentation intrinsic to the region’s “Go-go” movement before eventually galvanizing the first wave of D.C. rap.
His perspective informs the diversity of Always Something. The six-track project kicks off with the sharp and fiery flow of “Play Something.” Backed by live drums and wailing synths, he properly makes his introduction by “rapping continuously in freestyle fashion about who I am, where I’m from, and where I’m at,” as he puts it.
Immediately after, “Something New” [feat. Lil Baby] coasts along on an airy beat as he locks into a laidback and confident cadence punctuated by a magnetic turn from Lil Baby.
“I made the song one night after coming home from the club,” he goes on. “My art always needs to be fun. It’s all about seeing what’s going on around me, how people move, and staying focused. Lil Baby killed it.”
Elsewhere, “Something from Nothing” [feat. Rich The Kid] stretches from hypnotic verses into a hard-hitting hook. Another highlight, “Something Real” [feat. GoldLink & Wale], unites three DMV titans on one seismic collaboration. As all of the songs feature “Something” in their titles, the project maintains a true cohesion.
“As I was recording, I kept thinking about the phrase ‘Always Something’,” he elaborates. “I found a deeper meaning. In life, you’re met with negatives, and you’re met with positives. From my experience, I’ve always been able to have more peace and progress when I am focused on whatever good is going on in my life. When it seems like everything going on is negative, it’s easier to move forward when you are focused on the upside. There’s Always Something to remain positive about.”
In the end, Adé’s reinvention paves the way to inspire on a massive scale.
“No matter what’s happening, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” he leaves off. “Stay positive. I want everyone to know that.”
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Attitude. The debut single from Aaron Carpenter, is out now and available for download / streaming HERE The Neptunes, Chad Hugo, and London-based electronic musician SG Lewis produced the club-ready track, which captures the pure rush of instant attraction. Carpenter penned Attitude with the producers and Scott Harris (Julia Michaels, The Chainsmokers). The song showcases his soul-pop sensibilities, pairing Carpenters dreamy falsetto and brightly soaring vocals with slinky grooves and funky saxophone work. View the visualizer for Attitude HERE. Watch for the official video to premiere soon.
As announced earlier this week in Billboard, Carpenter has signed to Capitol Records. In this interview, the 20-year-old self-taught musician talks about how his social media success paved the way for him to move from Shreveport, Louisiana to Los Angeles to pursue his musical ambitions. Carpenter co-founded the MAGCON tour, which took him and other social media influencers across the U.S. to meet their fans. He has more than 7.5 million followers across his socials.
“Where I’m from, pursuing music is much more difficult than it is in a lot of other places,” says Aaron Carpenter. “For a long time, I kept my music secret from everyone, but at some point, I realized I had to just go for it.”
In 2015, he shared a video in which he performed a cover of Jason Mrazs ‘I’m Yours’ on ukulele. From there, Carpenter continued posting covers, with each video spotlighting the powerful vocal presence he’d honed partly by singing in the church choir and in school musicals. The videos received an overwhelmingly positive response, but Carpenter wanted to push much further with his music. “I didn’t want to get attention for singing other people’s songs” he explains. “I wanted to share my own songs and make it something really personal.”
Soon after that realization, Carpenter packed up and moved to L.A., where he immersed himself in writing songs and learning guitar and piano. After a chance meeting at a party, Carpenter connected with his managers, who were impressed by his demos and scheduled him for a songwriting session. Collaborating with other writers and producers helped him refine his musical vision, shaping an immensely catchy R&B-pop sound informed by his lifelong appreciation of artists like Marvin Gaye and Al Green.
“I love how some music can just take you right back to a specific moment in your life and bring up all these really happy memories that wouldn’t come up otherwise,” he says. “I’d love to do that for other people with my music: to take them to a place where nothing else matters in the world, and they can just have a good time.”
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GiGi, is a passionate award-winning actress and recording artist with multicultural roots. She is currently in the studio recording her debut tracks with hopes to emerge as the first teen EDM Trap Pop recording artist. GiGi’s sound is unique and captivating and her stunning vocals are just as intuitive. Influenced by pop stars as diverse as Lil Miquela, Post Malone and George Michael, GiGi has conceived a unique blend of R&B, soul and trap pop music with a twist. Even at the young age of 13, she is already making headlines, not only as a musician, but also as an actress. Last year, she received an unprecedented nomination at the Imagen Awards for Best Actress in a feature film competing against fellow nominees Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria. She plays principal roles in two films currently in post production, a dramatic comedy Space Captain and Callista and comedy, Go With The Flow. Learn more about GiGi, and do not miss out on her upcoming releases.
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In 2013, Grammy nominated producer Ryan Leslie made the headlines for being ordered to pay a public $1.2 million reward after a laptop containing his music collection was lost, but returned without the musical files. This is one glaring example of how poor data security practices can have a devastating effect for creators in the music industry. But there are many other data breach and security issues the music industry has to adapt to, and many solutions are being proposed to reduce the probability of important data breaches that could compromise artists’ intellectual property.
Digital Distribution Platforms Are at Risk
Not all digital distribution platforms are as rigorous when it comes to data security. And smaller, newer platforms are especially at risk, as we learned after music distribution platform Tunecore was hacked.
What’s scarier is that music is not the only information that can be compromised, as personal payment information and other sensitive information about artists is at risk as well. In the Tunecore case, it was revealed that billing addresses, bank routing and bank account numbers, as well as credit card digits were breached too.
That’s why it’s essential for artists to make sure that they check if the service they are intending to use has been hacked before, and if so, what were the actions taken to make sure the situation doesn’t repeat itself?
The Importance of Data Security Compliance
Making sure that the distribution service encrypts user data correctly and that their network is secure should be the very first step before choosing one. While distribution platforms don’t necessarily have to have a security expert on staff full time, they should at least have consulted with experts to make sure that their network security is up to par. Artists also have to make sure that they use best practices on their end to prevent data breaches.
What Music Creators Can Do to Protect Their Locally Stored Data
Music creators need to have a clear data security plan to make sure that there are no important breaches and that music isn’t leaked. That starts with making sure that unfinished tracks are sent through secure networks. And keeping a tight and cohesive team is ultimately the only way to reduce the chances of malicious leaks.
In the case of data loss, making sure that data is backed up regularly is the bare minimum. But even in those cases, hard drives can suffer irreversible damage during or in between sessions. A backup hard drive could also suffer from physical failure.
In those case, only the services of specialized data recovery services might help. Data recovery services like those offered by Secure Data Recovery will be able to completely recover files from damaged or failing hard drives and also make sure that the data remains secure and that the artist’s intellectual property isn’t in jeopardy.
Data security will continue to be a pressing issue for the music industry, and one that could mean millions of dollars in lost record sales if it isn’t addressed. Thankfully, more is being done to tighten up controls and make sure that creators are protected.