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Michelle Cadreau x “Dominate”

Hip-hop lyricist Michelle Cadreau has developed a writing and rapping style with both subtlety and introspection to reflect her Native Canadian Indian and Polish ancestry. With four CDs to her credit, the Hamilton, Ontario melds hypnotic and soulful beats with her trademark urban poetry to create a performance style that is equally juxtaposed and complementary.

 

Given the native Indian name Blue Sky at birth by her grandmother (who was born on a reserve in northern Ontario), Cadreau has a tattoo on her back of blue zebra stripes in the shape of an eye with the inscription ‘Blue Sky.’ It is a physical reminder of her spiritual relationship to the earth and heavens and her family.

 

With musical influences that include Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, Cadreau proudly emulates their style. Her ideas often come from a word or phrase that sparks inspiration and builds from there.  She also credits her parents for her love of music. Both played in bands most of their lives – her mother (a nurse by profession) is a vocalist and drummer and her father a vocalist and bass guitarist.

 

Like her mother, Cadreau also plays drums, having begun lessons at age five. She is also an accomplished painter and jewelry designer and has a degree in interior design. Her connection to the visual arts has been a foundation for her lyrics, which paint pictures of the joy and pain of life.

 

Among her releases is the breakout number, “Precipitation,” an articulate and explicit song that boldly details a rapper giving a slam performance for fans; “Like a Killer,” uses boxing to symbolize violence; and “Hip Hop Clerk” is a commentary on making it in the music industry.

 

Also included is “Ineffable,” a look at fan adulation; “Give Me The Prize,” a nod to intelligence and the rewards it can provide; and “Tallest Mountain,” a heartfelt look at making your way up the hip hop ladder. Her strongest response by far from both fans and critics online has been for the song “Ghetto Survival,” which equates creating powerful rap music with persistence and success.

 

Cadreau is using her lyrical deftness and distinct vantage point to create music that is true to her while paying homage to the complex backstory of rap and hip hop.

 

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Isaac Gracie’s Debut Album

Isaac Gracie’s highly anticipated, self-titled debut album is out now via Virgin EMI/Republic Records. 

 

The album was largely produced by Markus Dravs at RAK Studios in London and features eleven tracks, including Gracie’s recent tracks, “Last Words,” “Terrified” and “The Death of You & I.” See the full tracklisting below.

 

Of his debut album, Gracie says, “Over the course of the two years it took to complete this record, I learnt more about myself and about music than I had in the entirety of my prior life. It was the biggest test I’ve ever undertaken and a winding journey that I won’t forget. To now have the record as a physical representation of a heavy and formative time in my life, that can be traced and re-remembered through listening to it, is an awesome and unique reward for the time and effort and love that was spent.”

 

In celebration of the album, Gracie is set to embark on a UK tour throughout April, followed by a European tour throughout May. See the full list of show dates below. Tickets are available now here.

 

23-year-old London-raised singer-songwriter Isaac Gracie has been finding his feet, working out who he is and discovering what he wants since the industry spotlight fell on him. The fuss was caused by a dusty-sounding, careworn home recording of “Last Words” that was uploaded online without expectation and any anticipation of what was to follow. The voice behind it was completely new to the premise of where writing a great song might lead him. Even now he’d tell you that he’s still slowly working it all out, but this debut collection sounds as fully-realized and confident as any of recent memory. Isaac Gracie is a new British voice, poetic in his placement of words and accomplished in their delivery.

 

Listen to Isaac Gracie here

 

Watch a live Mahogany session recording of “Last Words” here

 

Isaac Gracie Tracklisting:

1. “Terrified”

2. “Last Words”

3. “The Death of You & I”

4. “Running on Empty”

5. “Telescope”

6. “That Was Then”

7. “When You Go”

8. “Silhouettes of You”

9. “All In My Mind”

10. “Hollow Crown”

11. “Reverie”

 

Isaac Gracie Live:

April 13th – The Mash House, Edinburgh

April 15th – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

April 16th – The Crescent, York

April 17th – Leadmill 2, Sheffield

April 18th – The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

April 20th – O2 Institute2, Birmingham

April 21st – O2 Academy2, Oxford

April 22nd – Arts Centre, Norwich

April 23rd – Thekla, Bristol

April 25th – The Haunt, Brighton

April 26th – Hackney Empire, London

April 28th – Le Printemps de Bourges Festival, Bourges

April 29th – Le Petit Bulletin Festival, Lyon

April 30th – Papiersaal, Zurich

May 2nd – Café de la Danse, Paris

May 4th – YUCA, Cologne

May 5th – Kranhalle, Munich

May 6th – ISC, Bern

May 8th – Bi Nuu, Berlin

May 9th – Lille Vega, Copenhagen

May 11th – Gleis 22, Munster

May 12th – Molotow, Hamburg

May 13th – De Oosterpoort, Groningen

May 15th – Club Nine,Groningen

May 16th – Doornroosje, Nijmegen

May 17th – Muziekgieterij, Maastricht

May 18th – AB Club, Brussels

 

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Ryan Destiny & Quavo x “Lifetime”

Today, Republic Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television released “Lifetime” ft. Ryan Destiny & Quavo and “Spotlight”— special new tracks from FOX’s hit drama, STARBillboard premiered the “Lifetime” lyric video yesterday, which sees Quavo and Destiny laying down the track in the studio. “Lifetime” is to be featured in next week’s episode on Wednesday April 11th.

 

Watch “Lifetime” lyric video HERE

 

This week’s episode of STAR saw two songs enter the Top 20 on iTunes soundtrack chart, including “Oh Lord” featuring Queen Latifah, Patti Labelle and Brandy, and “My Love” performed by Jude Demorest.

 

Earlier this year, “Bossy” was released—a brand-new single performed by actress and singer Keke Palmer—who guest stars in season two of the show.  “Bossy” entered the Top 20 on the iTunes Top Soundtrack Songs chart and was the second “most added song” at Urban radio last week. Since its release last week, the “Bossy” companion video has been viewed nearly 3 million times across the artist’s and network’s social channels.

 

Watch Keke Palmer perform “Bossy” on STAR HERE (Post & Share)

 

Created by Academy® Award and Golden Globe® nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”), STAR features original music and stunning performances from an all-star cast and impressive group of rising young talent. The series features Queen LatifahBenjamin BrattJude DemorestRyan DestinyBrittany O’GradyAmiyah Scott and Quincy Brown.

 

The second season of STAR airs Wednesdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

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GALLANT x GENTLEMAN

GRAMMY Award-nominated critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and R&B iconoclast GALLANT returns with a preview track entitled “Gentleman” today. Get it HERE via Mind of A Genius/Warner Bros. Records. Watch the video HERE.

 

Representing a palpable and powerful evolution, the track conjures the spirits of late nineties and early two-thousands R&B within a sphere of cinematic production cooked up by frequent collaborator and producer Stint [Banks, Santigold]. Over a minimalist hum, the artist’s seductive and show-stopping falsetto blazes brightly and brilliantly.

 

Additionally, he unveiled a stunning music video awash in dark blue hues for “Gentleman.” Built around tight angles and extreme close-ups, the physicality of the clip evokes the single’s energy and showcases what he calls, “My take on a nineties bedroom jam.”

 

“Gentleman” is Gallant’s first release since 2016’s full-length debut, Ology, which earned a GRAMMY Award nod in the category of “Best Urban Contemporary Album” at the 2017 ceremony. Most importantly, it heralds the arrival of his anxiously awaited sophomore album, coming very soon. Keeping things personal, he even personally shared what’s to come with a fan on Twitter, allowing her to break the news.

 

Tonight, he headlines an intimate sold out performance at Public Arts in New York followed by shows at National Sawdust April 5 and the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Cemetery April 17. 

 

Within the next weeks, he’ll uncover his first single “Doesn’t Matter,” from his forthcoming album. Stay tuned.

 

Balancing vulnerability and vitality as well as sentimentality and seduction, Gallant proved himself to be an iconoclastic presence for R&B upon emerging in 2014. His breakout debut Ology landed a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Urban Contemporary Album,” bowed in the Top 25 of the BillboardTop 200, placed on Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Best Albums of 2016 (So Far),” garnered a coveted 7.5/10 score courtesy of Pitchfork, and incited applause from The Guardian, Q, and more. Between touring with John Legend and gracing the stage at Coachella, he delivered unforgettable performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Later with Jools Holland, and NBC’s Today, to name a few. Impressively, the single clocked over 33 million Spotify streams and counting. With all of these accolades, he laid the foundation to make a big and bold statement with his forthcoming second offering.

My Name Is Mars x Capital Cities

As March draws to a close, Capital Cities return with a single that takes the point of view of the Roman god the month was named for. Released today by Lazy Hooks/Capitol Records, “My Name Is Mars” blends an operatic chant with funky beats and a vocal appearance by Los Angeles-based rapper Sacha. The track is available for download and streaming HERE.

 

While making no apologies for his violent nature, the god of war exhibits an unexpected sense of humor with lyrics like: “Bulletproof vest, I’m well-dressed/I start the car and I start a war/I throw my spear sincerely/You come near, you pay dearly. »

 

Image remixes for the “My Name is Mars” lyric video, which can be seen HERE, were provided by the PicsArt global community. PicsArt is the world’s largest photo editing and sharing platform with a community of 100 million+ monthly active users and influencers. Learn more or download the app.

 

Hovhannes Avoyan, CEO and Founder of PicsArt, says, “We’re excited to announce our first-ever lyric video collaboration with Capitol Records and Capital Cities. We asked the PicsArt community to create god and galaxy-themed edits inspired by the lyrics of Capital Cities’ new track, ‘My Name is Mars.’ What we received was truly amazing – over 2,000 submissions and 200+ images were chosen for the video. PicsArt enables collaborative and entertaining fan engagement from any mobile device. It’s a brand new way to drive awesome content creation like that produced for Capital Cities. »

 

Capital Cities will bring their dazzling show to such summer festivals as SandJam and Arroyo Seco. See below for itinerary. Founded and fronted by Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant, the band offers a bright and groove-heavy take on alt-pop, drawing their infectious energy from the endless juxtapositions within each song: genre-bending production meets indelible melody, high-concept artistry meets classic pop sensibility, clever lyricism meets raw emotion.

 

The L.A.-based band first unveiled that aesthetic with the breakout hit “Safe and Sound,” which went multi-Platinum around the world, topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and entered the Top 10 of the Hot 100. It has sold more than 12 million adjusted tracks globally. The “Safe and Sound” video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects and was nominated for a GRAMMY. Cumulative streams of Capital Cities’ songs now surpass 1.2 billion while video views exceed 420 million globally. The band’s 2013 debut album, In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery, has sold 1.7 million adjusted albums worldwide.

 

Capital Cities – U.S. Tour Dates

4/26 – Panama City Beach, FL @. SandJam

6/6 – Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Fairgrounds

6/23-6/24 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend

 

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PicsArt is the world’s largest photo editing and sharing platform with a community of 100 million+ monthly active users and influencers. PicsArt users create and share over 850 million images every month. PicsArt has built one of the largest open-source collections of content in the world, where users can make content free-to-edit giving others the ability to use that content in their creations. With more than 500 million installs, PicsArt spans the globe, is available in 30 languages and is free on iOS, Android and Windows devices. PicsArt is backed by world class investors including Sequoia Capital, DCM Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, and Siguler Guff and Company.

 

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NEW CITY x GETTING CLOSER

Today, Genre-blending Toronto-based trio NEW CITY release a brand new single, “Getting Closer,” along with its lyric video: WATCH HERE. This the band’s first release since signing with Mosely Music Group/Capitol Records.

 

This release follows the exciting news that the band will make their U.S. live debut with a School Night show at Bardot in Los Angeles on April 9. 

 

“Getting Closer” comes at a crucial time for NEW CITY in their evolution, reflecting on where they came from and looking towards where they are headed. A declaration of empowerment for the band and anyone else working towards their dreams. « It’s about breaking yourself down and putting everything on the table, but still feeling lost,” lead-singer Adrian Mitchell explains about the new song, “It reflects the ways we’ve found ourselves as a band and can talk about bigger topics. At first, we wrote about the things we wanted and desired, but now our writing is starting to reflect what our purpose actually is and what we’re looking for in the future. “The track was written and co-produced by the band themselves, alongside longtime collaborator, Fede Vindver, who produced “Dirty Secrets” and co-produced “Coachella.”

 

Just last year, NEW CITY released their first-ever song, « Coachella,” a summertime anthem about the Indio, California music festival. The track has since amassed almost two million streams, with Clash magazine declaring it a “perfect pop confection.” The music video for the track, sees the band channeling party atmosphere of the desert festival – despite never having been. The follow-up, deep house-inflected “Dirty Secrets,” was the #1 Most Added single at Canadian Pop Radio. The song entered the Canadian radio chart at number 22, jumping seven spots in just two weeks and clearing four million streams, “With the irresistible pop sensibilities of New City,” wrote Billboard, “they are a secret you’ll want to share.”

 

Shortly after the release of “Dirty Secrets, “NEW CITY’s hybrid-pop sound borrowing from pop, rhythmic and EDM influences caught the attention of Grammy-winning multiplatinum super producer, Timbaland, and his manager Gary Marella who inked the band to Mosley Music Group imprint alongside Capitol Records stateside. “These guys are incredibly talented and have what it takes to be superstars,” Timbaland states. Stay tuned for more to come from NEW CITY.”

 

 

ABOUT NEW CITY:

NEW CITY – made up of Adrian Mitchell (vocals), Jed Webster (guitar, programming) and Nathan Brown (drums, programming) -are unapologetic about being young, free, and in pursuit of a good time. Formed in 2017, out of two separate projects. Webster and Brown are lifelong friends who grew up together in the small farming community of Sussex, New Brunswick; Webster’s dad fed him a steady diet of blues guitar heroes (Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Muddy Waters), while Brown was more focused on rock groups before discovering electronic music in high school. The pair took a big leap and moved to Toronto, sleeping on a basement floor for two years and working on music every day. They met R&B fan Mitchell, who was born in Oro-Medonte in central Ontario, trying to make it as a solo artist, at a hotel party and quickly joined forces.

 

 

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ANDREW LLOYD: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

In celebration of his 70th birthday, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION was recently released through UMe / Polydor.

 

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock). Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera, and his musicals have grossed more than $13.6  billion and have been watched by 302 million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says: “I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career. This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita), Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats) and Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey says, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Of being on the album, Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist… It’s hard for me to fathom that I’m a part of one of Andrew’s career defining albums. That is in itself career defining for me. It’s a dream, and a lifelong accomplishment.”

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with tributes from Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Lloyd Webber‘s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. The Phantom of the Opera original cast album is the No. 1 Broadway album of all time in the U.S. and the #175 biggest seller among ALL albums of the SoundScan era in the U.S.  In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 
“Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” airs TODAY –  Wednesday, March 28 on NBC


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT – airs Sunday, April 1 on NBC


Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, was released by HarperCollins on March 6th.

 

RICH HOMIE QUAN x 34

RICH HOMIE QUAN RELEASES VIDEO FOR « 34″

 

Listen to Rich Homie Quan’s Debut Album, Rich As In Spirit, Here

 

“Quan’s official debut is a triumph of willpower and talent, a detail-oriented collection with immaculate production that rightfully reestablishes his place in rap.”Pitchfork

 

“Iillustrates what it was that made Quan so undeniable in the first place”  –The Ringer

 

“His strongest release to date, sounding very much like the culmination of refining his craft”Complex

 

On March 16th, Following years of anticipation, countless mixtapes, and numerous multiplatinum singles, the rapper delivered his biggest and boldest body of work to date befitting of a storied reputation as one of Atlanta’s preeminent voices. He introduced the record with the one-two punch of singles “Changed” and “The Author.” Most recently, Quan turned up with more masterful melodies on “Understood.” Over production from Nard & B, he delivers pensive and powerful bars like “When my teacher was gone, she said I wouldn’t be shit, but see my teacher was wrong ».

 

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JAGUAR I-PACE × ANSEL ELGORT

Ansel Elgort Tests ‘Baby Driver’ Skills in Jaguar’s Electric I-PACE

All-new Jaguar I-PACE set to make North American debut at the New York Auto Show

Hollywood actor Ansel Elgort has put his driving skills to the test behind the wheel of the all-electric I-PACE to take-on the Jaguar Smart Cone Challenge.

Proving his driving skill was more than a camera trick, the Baby Driver star got a taste of the all-wheel drive agility and instant torque of Jaguar’s first electric vehicle (EV).

Filmed at Seret Studios in Brooklyn, ahead of the I-PACE’s North American debut at the New York International Auto Show (30 March to 8 April), the industrial, dock-side location was the ideal place to demonstrate the speed and flexibility of the performance SUV.

For his role in Baby Driver, as a highly skilled heist getaway driver, Ansel was taught by some of the best stunt drivers in Hollywood and performed a number of stunts himself making him the perfect choice for the Jaguar Smart Cone challenge.

Ansel said:

“In Baby Driver I did approximately five of the stunts myself, mainly the ones where people weren’t in the car with me so I learned a lot of tricks on set. This challenge was completely different, it looked simple at first but once you’re out there it’s hard to anticipate where to go next. I’ve driven a lot of fast cars on set but the speed of the I-PACE really took me by surprise, it took off as soon as I hit the pedal which made the whole challenge more interesting. I could have driven on there all day trying to beat my own times!”

The Smart Cone course, likened to the sports agility training game Batak, uses wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time. With millions of different potential options taking place in real time, the technology provides a unique test of driving skill, precision and reactions.

Ansel follows in the footsteps of fellow actor Nicholas Hoult and Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, who have previously taken on the twists and turns of the Smart Cone Challenge in the Jaguar XF AWD R-Sport and XF, respectively.