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GiGi Cesare

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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Data Security is a Major Issue for the Music Industry

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.

Chris Lake × Fisher

By Michelle Pisnoy × Vaughn Lowery

6,000 EDM-loving college students filed into the Shrine Expo Hall Thursday prepared to dance the night away. The floor and balcony were packed as Chris Lake and Fisher took to the stage at their sold out show. Throughout the evening, a horde of fans pulsed to every beat the B2B DJ’s created.

At 10:00 pm, the mob of music lovers got rambunctious in anticipation of their performance. Minutes afterwards, the lights were dimmed and the audience began to cheer. Bright lights flashed, the beat began to intensify and the EDM lovers got even rowdier. Fisher and Chris Lake came out and started to perform mixes of different songs. The duo kept the audience engaged by switching between different beats and songs like “Crowd Control.” As soon as the track commenced, the fans began jumping up and down as well as singing along to the lyrics.

Chris Lake then played hit song, “Turn Off the Lights,” featuring Alexis Roberts. The LED lighting technology was in succinct to every beat of the record. At times, almost blinded the hypersensitive congregation, but they didn’t appear to mind. The night came to a culmination when Fisher played “Losing It.” He added synthetic melodies which made it more enchanting than the studio version. The crowd absolutely lost it, singing at the top of their lungs until the lights turned back on.

Stanaj Returns With New Single

Today, vocal powerhouse Stanaj unveils his new single “Sweat.

Get it HERE via LAVA/Republic Records.

Produced by d.a. doman, “Sweat” illustrates the artist’s progression. Not only does it highlight his passion for throwback nineties R&B and soul, but it also shines a light on his slick signature style punctuated by sky-high falsetto. The track hints at more music to come very soon from the artist.

With the single out now, Stanaj announces a string of special shows on both coasts in April. He’ll perform at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, CA on April 4 and at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on April 9.

Stay tuned for more surprises and news soon.

For now, “Sweat” with Stanaj.

An insane journey brought New York-born and Los Angeles-based Albanian-American singer, songwriter, and producer Stanaj to the doorstep of superstardom. His first smash came in the form of “Romantic” (NOTD Remix), which racked up nearly 120 million Spotify streams and counting to date. Stanaj’s first two EPs—The Preview and From a Distance—hit the Top 10 of the iTunes Top Pop Albums Chart. He received the sought-after social media endorsement of Kim Kardashian West, NBA star Brandon Jennings, Drake, and Chris Brown. He canvassed the globe on tour alongside JoJo and Jessie J and shared the stage with other superstars like Dua Lipa.

Not to mention, he made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the night’s guest Justin Timberlake gave a coveted co-sign. 2018 saw him drop the slick and seductive “Dirty Mind” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] and lend his voice to Gryffin’s “You Remind Me, which he performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! In the summertime, he hit the studio with the likes of Tommy Brown [Ariana Grande] and d.a. doman [Kodak Black, Chris Brown, Tyga] and ultimately honed his signature style as evidenced by the slick and show-stopping “Sweat.

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Lewis Capaldi’s Debut Album

Lewis Capaldi will release his debut album — Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent – on May 17th via Capitol Records.  The 22-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter also announced plans for a U.S. June tour and recently shared the official video for his new single, “Someone You Loved,” which stars Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, who portrayed the Twelfth Doctor in the iconic British television show “Dr. Who” and is a distant cousin of Lewis. 

The video, which can be viewed HERE, amassed over one million views in four days and trended on YouTube, hitting #2. “Someone You Loved” and Peter Capaldi also trended on Twitter on the day of release.

In an open, heartfelt letter, Lewis Capaldi explains: 

I’m absolutely buzzing to finally be able to announce my debut album. I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d be able to release a proper album and I ABSOLUTELY never thought that when I did, I would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are.

Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring. The actual process of building the songs up I loved, but recording the same guitar parts over and over again to get them right and going back on mixes for weeks, I did not.

I hope people don’t think it’s shit. I mean don’t get me wrong there will be one or two stinkers on there, but I’m only human and we all make mistakes, but as a whole I think it’s pretty fucking good.

I’m excited for it to be released and have people finally be able to hear a full body of work from me for the first time. Should it bomb completely or receive an absolute critical lambasting, don’t worry, it’s just my life’s work up until this point….

His U.S. tour, which kicks off on June 1st at The Sinclair in Boston, will include a June 4th show at New York City’s Irving Plaza. It will wrap up at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on June 12th. Fans who make a purchase at Capaldi’s online store  http://shop.lewiscapaldi.com before 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 21st, will receive a code for an exclusive ticket pre-sale, which begins at 10:00 AM local time on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 22nd, at 10:00 AM local time at http://www.lewiscapaldi.com. See below for itinerary. Capaldi, who is currently opening for Bastille on the band’s European tour, will kick off his biggest U.K. headline tour to date on November 22nd.

Fans who pre-order Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, available at all digital partners, will instantly receive “Someone You Loved” plus the previously released “Grace,”  Bruises,” “Lost on You” and “Fade.” A CD box set featuring colored vinyl with metallic cover, sunglasses and Lewis calendar is now available exclusively at http://shop.lewiscapaldi.com

Worldwide streams of “Someone You Loved” have topped 60 million while cumulative global streams of all Capaldi’s songs now exceed 400 million. Idolator predicted, “Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ Is Going To Be Big…It goes without saying that he’s One To Watch.”  Directed by Phil Beastall – known for the short viral film Love is a Gift – the “Someone You Loved” video heightens awareness of the need for organ donors. For more information about organ donation, visit https://livelifegivelife.org.uk.

Recorded over an 18-month period in London, New York and Los Angeles, Capaldi co-wrote each of the 12 songs, working with Malay who also produced, (Frank Ocean, Lorde) Jamie Hartman (Calvin Harris, Rag N Bone Man) and TMS. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is an ironically titled, but charismatically defining album that’s lyrically candid and a realistic snapshot of the ups and downs of growing up. Lewis’ stunningly identifiable voice, coupled with its turbulent themes of love, loss and heartache, make it a debut album that is both poignant and unequivocally relatable.

Capaldi was hailed as a 2018 Vevo DSCVR Artist To Watch, longlisted for the BBC Sound Of 2018 Poll, and won Breakthrough Artist of the Year honors at the Scottish Music Awards. He is among the Top 350 most listened to artists on Spotify. Capaldi has toured with Rag’n’Bone ManNiall Horan, and Sam Smith, and performed at such festivals as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Splendour in the Grass, Fuji, and Osheaga. He was recently nominated for the BRIT Awards 2019 Critics’ Choice award and named an MTV UK PUSH Ones To Watch artist.  TIME said, “Lewis Capaldi has the kind of deep, textured voice that you could listen to for hours. He finds expressive rough edges, then smooths them out into the sweetest of notes.” 

Lewis Capaldi – U.S. Tour Dates

6/1 Boston, MA The Sinclair

6/2 Camden, NJ WRFF Birthday Celebration @ BB&T Pavilion

6/3 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall

6/4 New York, NY Irving Plaza

6/8 Seattle, WA Chop Suey

6/9 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

6/11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

6/12 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre

U.K./IRELAND TOUR DATES

3/27 – 31 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland (supporting Picture This)

Headline dates:

11/22 – Belfast, Ulster Hall

11/23 – Manchester, Academy

11/25 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

11/26 – Bristol, O2 Academy

11/28 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

11/29 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

11/30 – Norwich, UEA

12/2 – Nottingham, Rock City

12/3 – Sheffield, O2 Academy

12/5 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

12/7 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

12/8 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

UK FESTIVALS

5/9 – Brighton Dome @ The Great Escape – SOLD OUT

7/21 – Tramlines Festival, Hillsborough Park

7/26 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

7/27 – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle

7/28 – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire

8/2 – Indiependence, Cork

8/3 – Belladrum, Inverness

8/11 – Boardmasters, Newquay

8/24 – Victorious, Portsmouth

LANA SCOLARO

Lana Scolaro was born in London, UK, on Dec. 27, 1994. At a very young age, her parents had her in guitar lessons after school, virtually every day. Lana started out playing in school musicals, which eventually lead her to playing in the honors orchestra, at high school in London. That is where she found her love for writing music.

During the summer of 2012, Lana took a leap of faith and relocated to New York, where she would later attend Parsons the New School for Design. While attending the institute, she decided to pursue a full-time career in music. She cut her teeth doing open mics and showcases, which also helped to build up her local buzz. Shortly after returning back to Lon don, Lana dove head first into performing and displaying her new skills and songs, to her hometown.

After spending 4 months each year in Ibiza since the age of 12, Lana was always playing on her turntables as a hobby and surrounded by other notable DJs. Last summer 2018, Lana was approached by the managers of Luciano and David Guetta to play her first headline set in Mykonos, and since then has escalated into a well known DJ all over Europe and the United States. Lana is a unique artist and producer as she not only raps and has released songs with 808 Mafia, but also produces and plays Tech House out to her fans. Her first produced EP ‘Heartbreak High’ is set to release on Valentines Day 14th February 2019 on all platforms and she will also be playing it out to her fans at Ministry of Sound during the 20th Anniversary of Hed Kandi on February 23rd.

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RAJA KUMARI

Indian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and dancer Raja Kumari is a force of nature. She’s a fearless, charismatic personality and natural-born storyteller whose mission is to create art that blends her Indian roots with her American upbringing. Her music is a sonic bridge between East and West that fuses the rhythms she absorbed as a trained classical Indian dancer with her love for hip-hop. Through singles “Mute,” “City Slums” (featuring Mumbai rapper Divine), “Believe In You,” and her latest “I Did It,”as well as her debut EP, The Come Up (the cover features an image of Kumari with her head draped in both a gold tikka and an American flag), Kumari announces that this is the new face of America. “I want my fans to feel one hundred percent seen and to have a safe space to be themselves,” she says. “Because those were the onlydesires I had as a child.”

Born Svetha Rao in Claremont, Calif., to Indian parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the ’70s, Kumari was 13 when she had a vision that she calls “a memory of the future.” “I was in my room and I had this image of me standing on a stage,” she recalls. “I couldn’t see myself. I was looking out from my own eyes at a sea of 100,000 people and I could feel their energy. Suddenly I snapped out of it and said out loud, ‘How do I get there?’ My entire career has been about trying to answer that question, ‘How do I become that woman and how do I touch people?’ That became my life’s purpose.” Her answer is music and dance. “I feel like I’m a seed from the motherland that was sent across the world,” she says. “Culture is part of my identity because we, as Indian-Americans who grew up away from India, have to be the vessels of culture. We have to hold on because it’ll be lost within one generation. That’s why it so heavily influences my music and look. It’s not a gimmick to me. It’s an expression of a lifetime of trying to preserve it.”

Kumari set upon her artistic journey at age five when she began learning classical Indian dance, spending seven hours a day practicing with a dance guru who lived with her family for 10 years. Kumari studied several styles and, at age seven, made her debut in front of an audience that included Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, who declared her a child prodigy. By the time she was ten, Kumari was touring the U.S. and India, performing for massive audiences and raising substantial sums of money for charity, including enough to build a meditation hall and a new wing for a hospital in India.

Kumari listened to nothing but classical Indian music until she was nine, but then her older brother gave her a copy of The Fugees’ The Score, and her love for hip-hop was born. “That was the genesis of me as an artist,” she says. “Indian music is based on the mathematics of rhythm, so very quickly, as a little Indian kid who was not using her brain to be scientist, I used it to decipher the mathematics of hip-hop and realized that the rhythms of rap felt similar to the jathis and taals of Carnatic music. Hip-hop felt like a bridge.” Kumari also noted the large platforms that her favorite pop acts, like Britney Spears and *NSYNC, had to reach fans. “I was like, ‘How do I get my dance on that type of stage?’ And I realized that the only people who have stages like that are pop stars.”

At 14, Kumari recorded her first song professionally, started a hip-hop duo with a friend, and adopted her stage name, which means “princess” in Sanskrit. “That’s when I personified this strong, female goddess character called ‘Raja Kumari,’ the daughter of the king, and the king was God. So in my mind, I was the daughter of God.” She began writing her own songs as an act of rebellion. “I felt that everybody was expecting me to continue dancing and,like every other good Indian girl, marry a doctor,” saysKumari, whose father is a radiation oncologist. “I felt this path being set up for me and music became my way of doing something that was just for me.”

Kumari developed her writing skills and spent every day instudio sessions and attending songwriting camps all over the world. As she tried to crack the music industry code, she realized that the artists she looked up to started out as songwriters. “They had to prove they could sell millions of records, so that became my focus, too,” she says. “I put my artist project aside for two years to concentrate on learning.” As she found herself in in rooms with such heavyweights as Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, J.R. Rotem, and, at one point, Dr. Dre, Kumari soaked up everything she could about writing and vocal production. Her first placement came in 2012 when a song she co-wrote called “Change Your Life” wound up on Iggy Azalea’s Grammy-nominated album The New Classic. “Suddenly, I had credibility,” Kumari says.

Kumari signed with Pulse Recordings and went on to co-write hit songs for Fall Out Boy (the 4x-Platinum “Centuries,” which earned her a 2015 BMI Pop Award), Fifth Harmony, Twin Shadow, Knife Party, Dirty South, Lindsey Stirling, and Gwen Stefani (Kumari co-wrote six tracks on Stefani’s most recent album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like). Ironically, it was seeing Iggy Azalea wearing a gold kiritam in her “Bounce” video that fueledKumari’s determination to introduce authentic Indian culture to the masses. “To see my culture being put on as a costume — it woke me up,” she says. “I realized that if I didn’t do it, no one will.” Along the way, Kumari earned a degree in comparative religious studies at the University of California, Riverside.

In 2015, Kumari signed to Epic Records and released her debut single “Mute,” which addressed the challenges she faced when people in the industry advised her to tone down her ethnicity. (In the song’s opening line, she declares: “I had to put ‘em on mute / Thought that the curry was soup / I had to feed these fools / Had to go home and regroup.”)Kumari felt she had hit a roadblock in America and decided to decamp to Mumbai, where she was based for two years.

“I got there and everybody understood me,” says Kumari, who is also signed to Sony Music India. “I didn’t have to explain my bindi. I didn’t have to explain anything, really. People were so open to everything I was doing as an artist.I just wanted to prove that my music is worthy and that there are people who want to hear it. The validation from my people made me no longer crave validation from anyone else. When I walk into a room and someone tells me something can’t happen, I don’t even listen, because I already know what’s possible.”

Kumari wrote her latest single, “I Did It,” about that feeling. “It’s about me taking a leap,” she says. “It’s about how I didn’t do it the way everyone wanted, but I did it with integrity and that can’t be taken away from me. No one can tell me it won’t work, because it is working. I feel that the music is unstoppable now and that’s such a crazy feeling, because even today, my dad will say, ‘You know, you can just go back to medical school.’ They are still waiting for me to take the emergency exit. But I don’t feel like I’m allowed to quit because there are too many people, little girls like me, who didn’t see themselves represented in culture, who need it. I didn’t have anybody like me. I feel like I’m becoming the person I needed when I was growing up.

Quinn XCII Releases New Single

Singer/songwriter/producer Quinn XCII has released his new song “Tough” featuring Noah Kahan. The song, co-written and co-produced with Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers) is the third release from his forthcoming sophomore album From Michigan With Love, due early next year.

Quinn XCII will be embarking on his major headlining world tour early next year, under the bill “From Tour With Love.” The 39-show trek kicks off in Europe at the beginning of February. The North American dates of the tour, produced by Live Nation, kicks off February 19 in Indianapolis, IN and will stop in major markets including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more, before wrapping April 17 in Austin.

The genre-bending artist also recently released “Sad Still” and “Werewolf” ft. Yoshi Flower, which marked his first two releases since his debut album The Story of Us last year. Both “Sad Still” and “Werewolf” will also be featured on From Michigan With Love.

The rising artist has accumulated an impressive 600 Million streams on Spotify alone from his catalog, and over 75 Million combined views on YouTube.

QUINN XCII 2019 “FROM TOUR WITH LOVE” EUROPEAN DATES:

2/3/2019 Amsterdam, NL at Bitterzoet

2/5/2019 Copenhagen, DK at Ideal Bar

2/7/2019 Berlin, DE at Privatclub

2/9/2019 Munich, DE at Mila

2/11/2019 Cologne, DE at CBE

2/12/2019 Paris, FR at Nouveau Casino

2/14/2019 London, UK at O2 Islington Academy

QUINN XCII 2019 “FROM TOUR WITH LOVE” NORTH AMERICAN DATES:

2/19/2019 Indianapolis, IN at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

2/21/2019 Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore Philadelphia presented by Cricket Wireless

2/22/2019 New York, NY* at Terminal 5* — SOLD OUT

2/26/2019 Boston, MA at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless – SOLD OUT

2/27/2019 Boston, MA at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless

3/1/2019 Washington, DC at The Fillmore Silver Spring presented by Cricket Wireless

3/2/2019 Cleveland, OH at House of Blues Cleveland presented by Cricket Wireless – SOLD OUT

3/3/2019 Raleigh, NC at The Ritz

3/5/2019 Atlanta, GA at The Tabernacle presented by Cricket Wireless

3/7/2019 Orlando, FL at House of Blues Orlando

3/9/2019 Louisville, KY at Mercury Ballroom

3/12/2019 Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works

3/14/2019 Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live

3/15/2019 Detroit, MI at The Fillmore

3/17/2019 Toronto, ON at The Phoenix Concert Theatre

3/19/2019 St. Louis, MO at The Pageant

3/20/2019 Chicago, IL at Riviera Theater

3/21/2019 Minneapolis, MN at Myth

3/23/2019 Denver, CO at Fillmore Auditorium

3/25/2019 Salt Lake City, UT at The Complex

3/26/2019 Boise, ID at Revolution Concert House & Event Center

3/28/2019 Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom

3/29/2019 Seattle, WA at Showbox SODO

3/31/2019 Portland, OR at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

4/2/2019 Sacramento, CA at Ace of Spades –SOLD OUT

4/3/2019 San Francisco, CA at The Masonic

4/4/2019 Anaheim, CA at House of Blues

4/6/2019 Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern

4/9/2019 Phoenix, AZ at Comercia Theatre

4/11/2019 San Antonio, TX at Aztec Theater presented by Cricket Wireless

4/12/2019 Dallas, TX at South Side Ballroom

4/13/2019 Houston, TX at House of Blues presented by Cricket Wireless

4/17/2019 Austin, TX* at Stubb’s*

*not a Live Nation date

New Release by Tyga

Tyga – Girls Have Fun (Official Video) ft. Rich The Kid, G-Eazy

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Tyga has decided to continue riding his wave of momentum with yet another bawdy banger. This time, T-Raww has tapped a few likeminded rapscallions, namely Rich The Kid, G-Eazy, and DJ Snake for the endeavor.

The rapper took to Instagram to announce the video, “Girls Have Fun,” set to drop tonight, complete with suggestive, on-brand artwork.” –HotNewHipHop.com

In the midst of all the buzz Tyga has been receiving, Tyga will be dropped newest video, “Girls Have Fun” Today (2/8).

The up-beat party song features Rich The Kid & G-Eazy, and was produced by DJ Snake. Video, which will be released Grammy Weekend, will be directed by Arrad and Tyga.

Hook: “Stick out ya tongue girls wanna have fun, stick out ya tongue can a n-gga have some.”

It’s true – Tyga is having the biggest comeback year – and he is just getting started. Stay tuned for a huge 2019 for mister T-Rawww.

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Riles’s New Single ‘Marijuana’

After skyrocketing to popularity in France where he composed mixed and mastered 1 song per week for a year with his concept Rilèsundayz (+250m views /+220M streams), Rilès is back with a new single “Marijuana”, first track from his debut album and a stunning video featuring Snoop Dogg!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

With “Marijuana”, Rilès is showing us a new side of himself, more soulful and organic. It’s the first joint venture between 3 of the biggest international labels (Republic/Polydor UK/Capitol FR) in many years. Rilès is the artist to follow in 2019. Debut album to be out before the summer.

‘MARIJUANA’ talks about my relationship with cannabis and its counter-productive effects that goes against my habits/mentality. The chorus “Baby, you’ve been on my mind” introduces marijuana in an attractive way, which aims to trick the listener who might think I’m talking about a woman at the very beginning of the song. However, the further you go through the song, the more you’ll notice that I’m talking about the drug and its similarities with woman/sex/lust which are also a drug in a certain way. The video starts with a random work night at my desk when suddenly I’m struck by the need of marijuana. The video depicts the tribulations I go through to try to resist the drug before succumbing to it and ending up laying down in my bed. ‘ –  Rilès

MAKE SURE TO CATCH RILES DURING HIS WARM UP TOUR!

March 19 – Koln – CBE (DE)

March 21 – Berlin – Lido (DE)

March 23 – Budapest – A38 ship (HUN)

March 25 – London – Electric Brixton (UK)

March 30 – Amsterdam, Bitterzoet (NL)

April 1 – NYC, Rough Trade (USA)

April 2 – LA, Echo (USA)

April 3 – San Francisco, Independent (USA)

April 7 – Montreal, Corona (CA)