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TAYLOR SWIFT

Vevo confirmed that Taylor Swift’s “ME!” had broken the record for most views in 24 hours. Today, Vevo can confirm that “ME!” is now the fastest video to reach 100 million views.
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The video for “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco eclipses records formerly set by Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” and Taylor’s very own “Look What you Made Me Do.” This feat was managed in 79 hours following the release of the video on Friday, April 26th.
JP Evangelista, Vevo SVP of Content, Programing & Marketing said, “Taylor has consistently demonstrated the ability to break records on Vevo. She continues to expand upon a deep history of incredibly striking audio-visual work. Likewise, director Dave Meyers continues a storied career as one of the premier music video directors in our industry. On behalf of the Vevo family, we congratulate Taylor Swift & Republic Records on yet another historic accomplishment.”

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SHAGGY

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.

Dennis Quaid is “Mr. Lonely”

MIDLAND TAPS DENNIS QUAID AS “MR. LONELY”

Acclaimed actor and singer/songwriter, Dennis Quaid, joins GRAMMY®-nominated trio MIDLAND for his most intriguing role to date – “Mr. Lonely.” Starring in the chart-topping Texans’ music video, it highlights their sense of humor and effortless vintage country style. “Mr. Lonely” marks the first release off the band’s highly-anticipated second album (Big Machine Records). Earlier this month, Variety exclusively premiered a trailer showing Quaid’s Mr. Lonely getting a little roughed up encountering some of the women from his past.

CLICK HERE to watch “Mr. Lonely”

As a singer/songwriter, Quaid has hundreds of thousands of miles under his belt as a touring musician and continues to receive stellar reviews displaying equal ease with both originals and country standards with his all-star band, Dennis Quaid & The Sharks.

During a recent packed crowd at Billy Bob’s Texas, one reviewer noted how Quaid “delivered a memorable two-hour, 19-song set. The 64-year-old Quaid rushed onto the stage like a 20-year-old, and leapt into the crowd with his guitar during the second song to share some high fives, all without missing a note on his six string” (ILoveFTW.com).

Recently, Dennis Quaid & The Sharks celebrated Record Store Day by releasing their first-ever album, Out of the Box, on vinyl via Omnivore Records. Described by Quaid as “a junkyard of American music,” the A-side includes the original title track “Out of the Box” while the B-side features a rousing cover of Larry Williams’ hit “Slow Down.” Recorded at the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles, the band’s debut album was released on CD and Digital last November to rave reviews.

On May 25, Dennis Quaid & The Sharks will open for Midland at their show in Westside Pavilion in Tuolumme, Calif.

DENNIS QUAID & THE SHARKS ON TOUR

April 27 The Backyard at Fritztown – Fredericksburg, Texas

May 11 The Barbershop @ Cosmopolitan Hotel – Las Vegas, Nev.

May 25 Westside Pavilion – Tuolumme, Calif. *

June 01 Belly Up – Solana Beach, Calif.  

Sept. 14 Tubac Golf Resort & Spa – Tubac, Ariz.

*Special Guest to Midland

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OTR Releases “Heart”

OTR MAKES HIS ASTRALWERKS DEBUT WITH NEW SINGLE “HEART” FT. SHALLOU OUT TODAY

“OTR produces complex summer tinged pop that begs to be danced to”

The Line of Best Fit

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View Visualizer HERE

Indie artist OTR has signed to Astralwerks, who released his new single, “Heart” ft. Shallou, today. Shallou’s searing vocals paired with OTR’s evocative piano create a poignant yet ultimately transcendent track with the indelible refrain “We get out alive/in your heart.”

Download / stream “Heart” HERE. View the visualizer HERE.

Shallou an independent artist who has earned SiriusXM #1 spots with tracks like “Lie” and “Begin” and landed on the Billboard Dance charts played “Heart” live for the massive crowd that gathered in the Sahara Tent for his set at both weekends of Coachella 2019.

Ryan, the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR, uncovered his passion for music in 2012, when he began tinkering on a dusty, run-down piano in his college dorm lobby to break up the routine of classes and studying. Shortly thereafter, he picked up a guitar and began experimenting with Logic on his MacBook Pro. Taking an internship in Japan in 2014, he found himself living in the small town of in Kurashiki, with no friends and a major language barrier. To combat the isolation, he purchased a keyboard and a train pass and spent all his free time making music and traveling to bigger cities. When he returned to the States, Ryan moved into a neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati known as “Over-the-Rhine” or OTR. The once-neglected area had undergone a renaissance that mirrored his own journey of discovery as music went from hobby to career goal, so it became the ideal name for his project.

As an independent artist, OTR has released a series of singles and the 2018 EP Unfold, racking up more than 7 million cumulative streams across DSPs. The Line of Best Fit observed, “OTR produces complex summer tinged pop that begs to be danced to.” NYLON noted, “A song called Bliss has a lot to live up to. Luckily [it] achieves just that-tenfold.” Praising his 2018 collaboration with Blondage, “Cold Facts,” Ones To Watch said, “we’re confident with just one push of the play button, you will become an instant devotee.” Last week, Thissongissick premiered OTR’s remix of RKCB’s “Know Love”, and noted, “he has really outdone himself another incredible release.”

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS

Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as I Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

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GASHI & G-Eazy – “My Year” (Video)

Generating over 150 million streams across all platforms, Brooklyn’s own crossover superstar GASHI returns with a video for the track “My Year” ft. G-Eazy via Honesty Saves Time/RCA Records. Click here to view.

“My Year” marks GASHI’s first time collaborating with multi-platinum selling and artist/producer label mate, G-Eazy. The track is produced by Australian producer Wax Motif and Judge (Migos, Marshmello) and has already charted top 40 on Rhythmic radio and Top 25 on Billboard Rhythmic Charts.

“My Year” follows GASHI’s massive success of his latest single, “Creep On Me” ft. French Montana and DJ Snake which is currently climbing the Billboard Rhythmic and radio charts at #31. The track has been streamed over 80 million times worldwide and was featured on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist as well as met with great critical praise from the likes of Billboard, Complex, Highsnobiety, and more. Click HERE to watch the official video.

 

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LAUV UNVEILS NEW TRACK & VIDEO “DRUGS & THE INTERNET”

MARKS FIRST SONG TO BE RELEASED FROM HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM ~HOW I’M FEELING~

“~HOW I’M FEELING~ (AUTUMN TOUR, 2019)” DATES SET TO KICK OFF IN US ON OCTOBER 5 & HIT CITIES IN UK, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

HIT SINGLE “I’M SO TIRED” WITH TROYE SIVAN SURPASSES OVER 225 MILLION STREAMS & CURRENTLY #25 ON TOP 40 RADIO AND RISING

PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv unveils new track and music video for “Drugs & The Internet” today! The song marks the first release from the singers highly anticipated debut album titled ~how i’m feeling~, which will see him continuously rolling out singles before its release. The video, directed by Jenna Marsh (Nicki Minaj, Kanye West) sees Lauv getting pulled from reality into a digital universe. He gets trapped and loses himself to the overwhelming stimulus of a world where the internet gets brought to life. Click HERE to watch!

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Speaking about the meaning behind the song and video, Lauv said, “I wrote Drugs & The Internet at a time I was struggling with feelings of extreme emptiness and depression. I wrote it as a sort of self-analysis for my obsession with the way I wanted present myself to the world ; a commentary on the world we live today. It is as much self-deprecating as it is serious and sad. It flew out of me in an hour. It felt more therapeutic than any song I’d written before. As the first song off of my album ~how i’m feeling~, it is the perfect entrance into the next phase of my life and music. I am more proud of this song and video than anything i have ever created in my life, and I’m so excited that it’s yours now.”

Earlier this month, Lauv announced his “~how i’m feeling~ (autumn tour, 2019)” and due to overwhelming demand and quick sellouts, he added a 3rd date in Los Angeles, a second date in NYC, Boston and Oakland. The 19-city run is set to kick off on October 5th in Washington, DC, and hit cities across US, UK, Europe, Australia and wrap on November 11th in New Zealand. Opening on select dates are low, Chelsea Cutler and Carlie Hanson. See routing below and click HERE for more info!

Lauv’s current hit single “i’m so tired” with Troye Sivan has accumulated over 225 million streams and is currently 25 at Top 40 Radio in the US and rising. Click HERE to view the video directed by DAD (Camila Cabello, Major Lazer, Alina Baraz) and HERE to view the recently released stripped video of the single. The pair also performed the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

TOUR DATES

October 5 Washington, DC The Anthem*

October 6 Philadelphia, PA Fillmore*

October 7 Boston, MA House of Blues*

October 8 Boston, MA House of Blues*

October 10 New York, NY Terminal 5*

October 11 New York, NY Terminal 5*

October 13 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre*

October 16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater*

October 17 Oakland, CA Fox Theater;*

October 19 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*

October 20 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*

October 21 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*

October 25 Berlin, DE Tempodrom#

October 26 Cologne, DE Palladium#

October 28 Hamburg, DE Docks#

October 30 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique#

October 31 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso#

November 1 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso#

November 2 Paris, FR Le Trianon#

November 4 London, UK O2 Forum Kentish Town#

November 5 London, UK O2 Forum Kentish Town#

November 20 Auckland, NZ Shed 10^

November 22 Brisbane, AUS The Tivoli^

November 23 Sydney, AUS Enmore Theatre^

November 24 Melbourne, AUS Forum Theatre^

November 26 Perth, AUS Astor Theatre^

*low opening

# Chelsea Cutler opening

^Carlie Hanson opening

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SG Lewis at Coachella

By Michelle Pisnoy × Vaughn Lowery

Electro artist SG Lewis had quite the weekend at Coachella.

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.

Julia Michaels Announces Second Tour Leg

JULIA MICHAELS ANNOUNCES SECOND LEG OF THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR

DATES KICK OFF OCTOBER 16 IN TEMPE, AZ AND RUN THOUGH NOVEMBER 2019

CURRENTLY ON THE BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR WITH P!NK THROUGH MAY 2019

Listen to Inner Monologue Part I HERE

On the heels of multiple sold out shows, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi platinum singer and songwriter JULIA MICHAELS will extend her first-ever headline show—THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR—with a month of dates this fall. Given the widespread fan demand, she will once again canvas North America with headline gigs coast-to-coast. The next leg kicks off October 16 in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theatre and concludes November 16 at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Tickets go on-sale this Friday!

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In March, THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR showcased her power as a live performer and solidified her as an impressive concert draw. She sold out venues in Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Boulder, and Tulsa, to name a few. MICHAELS is also currently supporting P!NK on the U.S. installment of The Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

On a nightly basis, she’s bringing her debut, INNER MONOLOGUE PART I, to life on stage—and bringing fans closer than ever.

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 single “Issues”.  In 2018, she garnered GRAMMY® Awards nominations in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” for “Issues,” which amassed nearly 2 billion streams worldwide. Continuing that success, “Issues” notably became “the top-selling debut single by an artist in 2017,” and placed as the only solo female composition on Variety’s “30 Most Consumed Songs of 2017.”

As a songwriter, MICHAELS has co-written 21 titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eleven of which have hit the Top 40, including “Issues.”  Those songwriting credits include smashes like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” [feat. A$AP Rocky] & “Hands To Myself,” and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself.”  She’s also written titles for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, P!NK, Maroon 5, Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes and more.

Since her debut as a solo artist, MICHAELS has built an enviable touring resume, joining artists like Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK- who she is currently touring the U.S. with through May 2019, around the globe.

MICHAELS most recently surprised fans with the release of INNER MONOLOGUE PART I.  Upon arrival, the EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 Overall iTunes Albums Chart. The success of the EP prompted MICHAELS first-ever headline tour, “The Inner Monologue Tour,” which has sold out dates across the country.

THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR DATES

10/16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

10/18 Austin, TX – Emo’s

10/19 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas

10/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston

10/22 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

10/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts

10/26 Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

10/27 Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club

10/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall

11/2 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

11/5 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

11/6 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

11/8 Englewood, CO (Denver) – Gothic Theatre

11/9 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

11/13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

11/15 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

11/16 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

P!NK’s BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR DATES

4/26 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

4/27 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

4/30 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

5/2 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

5/4 Fargo, ND – FargoDome

5/5 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

5/7 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

5/9 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena

5/11 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

5/13 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

5/14 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

5/17 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

5/18 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

5/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

5/22 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

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Justin Love Drops New Single

Justin Love Drops New Single: Bad Mind

2nd Release of 2019 for the Grammy-nominated Songwriter

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Justin Love has today unveiled a new song, Bad Mind, a moody R&B track and his second release of 2019. Bad Mind revolves around Love’s sensual vocals, channeling his affection and reflective attitude with sweet melodies over the dark and hazy production. The single takes an intuitive approach to ‘Bad Minds’ discussing a past relationship, and the tumultuous state he’s experienced through their endeavors. Never one to bite his tongue when it comes to expressing his feelings on wax, Love creates a sensible composition that fully embraces his vulnerability.

“My love wasn’t enough, so she decided to search for love elsewhere. She rather the night life.” – remarks Justin Love about Bad Mind

Justin Love was born and raised in New Jersey; with Puerto Rican, Cuban and Chinese roots. Having picked up a local buzz in his hometown, where he honed his performance skills by singing to onlookers at his local mall, Love has developed a rabid following since his early busking days as an adolescent. Love has since earned a Grammy nomination for a songwriting credit on H.E.R.’s smash hit Focus and has amassed millions of streams as an artist in his own right. He’s been lauded by industry heavyweights like Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys and Jermaine Dupri, propelling Love into the top tier of emerging artists to watch in 2019.

Bad Mind is one of a string of singles that Love plans to release over the coming months, gearing up for a big year ahead. Check out the music video for his previous single – Runaway.

Bad Mind was produced by Source (who has also produced for Fetty Wap, NBA Youngboy, Kirko Bangz among others).

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Latinidad in American Festivals

Until recently, urbane Latin music has been scarce in mainstream American music festivals. Thus, the 2019 Coachella latino lineup is a huge deal because it’s the largest and most profitable one on the planet.

In the past, only a few latin artists have performed at the prestigious venue – Cafe Tacvba and The Mars Volta. In 2010, Calle 13 was the first urbano latino artist to hit the stage. In 2018, there were a total of 11 latin artists such as Helado Negro, Ibeyi, Los Angeles Azules, Kali Uchis and Cuco. Fast forward to the present, there’s 17 latin artists slated to perform at this year’s Coachella – a total win for the culture! As we all know, this roster will and has already attracted a much more diverse audience.

As of late, J Balvin brought reggeaton and latin urbano back to the stage. His performance included reggeaton classics like “Oye Mi Canto” by N.O.R.E featuring Nina Sky and “Rakata” by Wisin y Yandel. Bad Bunny took to the stage on April 14th and returns again on the 21st to make a second iconic show. Los Tucanes de Tijuana (popular group from the late 80’s) graced the stage playing “La Chona” and other hits.

Chilean singer, Mon Laferte, has sold over a half of a million albums in Latin America and is also listed on this year’s lineup. Her career began on a singing competition show in Chile, Rojo.

In short, the amount of Latin as well as minority artists added to major festival lineups will continue to develop, namely due to Beyoncé’s Homecoming.