Loren Gray Releases video for “Queen.” The empowering track produced by Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey, The Chainsmokers) underscores the importance of knowing your worth in all the different types of relationships you have in life, including your relationship with yourself.
Ahead of the release of his eagerly-awaited fourth album Assume Form tomorrow via Republic Records, James Blake debuts brand-new track “Mile High (ft. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)” on Beats1 as Zane Lowe’s World Record. Combining Blake’s ethereal cals and Scott’s lyrical prowess, the track offers a refreshing take on love, masking its underlying vulnerability with Metro Boomin’s pulsing beats. Zane Lowe played the song three times back-to-back, raving “James Blake, you’ve done it again,” and assuring his listeners that Assume Form is “going to connect to you, it’s going to touch you no matter where you are and what you’re doing.” Listen to “Mile High” here, and pre-order Assume Form here.
Following the announcement of its release last week, Assume Form trended worldwide on Twitter, with Blake experiencing a massive 33% uplift in streaming of his catalogue. Over the past few years, Blake has become one of the most sought-after producers, singers, and songwriters in the music industry, working with top talent including Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, andJay-Z, co-writing and touring with Kendrick Lamar, performing with Travis Scott on the MTV Video Music Awards, and collaborating on the record-shattering Black Panther soundtrack. It is no surprise, then, that Assume Form features an all-star roster that reflects Blake’s continual sonic evolution and blurring of genre boundaries: André 3000, Moses Sumney, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, and ROSALÍA. Throughout Assume Form, Blake proves himself yet again as one of our generation’s most gifted and influential artists, both as an essential collaborator and as a solo artist at the height of his career.
Blake will tour in support of Assume Form on his recently announced headlining North American tour, kicking off in Atlanta on February 18. The 17-date tour will make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Montreal, and 2 nights in New York City, before wrapping in Los Angeles on March 16 (see full list of dates below). Tickets are available for purchase now via http://www.jamesblakemusic.com/.
Just recently, Los Angeles-based artist and producer Gryffin has released a new single titled “Bye Bye” ft. Ivy Adara. Released via Darkroom/Geffen Records, the track is available now through all digital retailers.
Gryffin has also just announced a December 14th release date for part one of his long-awaited full-length debut, Gravity Pt. 1. The first part of the album will include a sixth single, “Bye Bye,” and previously released singles like “Remember” ft. Zohara, “Just For A Moment” ft. Iselin, “Winnebago” ft. Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson, and “Tie Me Down” ft. Elley Duhe.
“Bye Bye” arrives as the follow-up to “Remember,” an October release praised for its “energetic, funky club floor feeling” by Billboard. With its brilliant balance of massive drums and delicate textures, “Bye Bye” draws a deep emotional power from Ivy Adara’s magnetic vocals. An Australian singer-songwriter, Adara penned “Bye Bye” and has also written for artists like Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bebe Rexha.
Next month, Gryffin will embark on The Gravity Tour, a highly anticipated North American run. Kicking off on December 28 in Pomona, California, the tour also includes stops in Washington D.C., Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, and more. Tickets are on sale at www.gryffinofficial.com. See the full list of shows below.
Ahead of The Gravity Tour, Gryffin is geared up for a sold-out show at the Hollywood Palladium just not too long ago–livestreamed by LiveXLive.
Dates for The Gravity Tour:
- December 28: Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre
- January 25: Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
- January 26: Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
- January 31: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
- February 1: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
- February 5: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
- February 6: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
- February 7: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
- February 8: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
- February 9: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
- February 10: Madison, WI @Majestic Theatre
- February 15: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
- February 16: Setattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
- February 17: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
- February 20: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
- February 21: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
- February 23: San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
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Born Dan Griffith, Gryffin got his start in music as a classically trained pianist and guitarist, and played in several bands. After receiving an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, he pursused a path in music production, drawing equally from his carefully honed musicality and edgy ingenuity. Gryffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with two singles showcasing his melodic take on dance music: “Heading Home” ft. Josef Salvat (which shot to #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral charts) and the Bipolar Sunshine collaboration “Whole Heart.” In addition, his 2017 smash single “Feel Good”– with Illenium and featuring Daya–peaked at #18 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Gryffin’s recent triumphs include “Tie Me Down” ft. Elley Duhe, an August 2018 release that hit #2 on the Spotify US Viral Chart and #9 on the Global Viral Chart. He’s not at work on Gravity Pt. 2, which is due out next year.
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Adding to the excitement for his upcoming mix-tape, Icewear Vezzo celebrates this moment with a music video for European–check it out here!
Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337 EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet abalze with the brash and blunt banger Drank God Back Freestyle. Mass Appeal predicted, Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo, and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of Contemporary Detroit Rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.
With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.
“Bobby Sessions has a lot to say and it’s often about the condition of Black America. With an elastic flow and impassioned lyrics, the 20-something Dallas native acts as a self-contained Black Lives Matter rally as he channels the anger and despair that accompany the cycle of systematic racism.” –XXL
“Sessions is not afraid of the reactions that may come from those who feel the content is too much. It’s an audacious attempt but in a genre that glorifies the money and clout, the message that Sessions is spreading is a much needed statement.” – BILLBOARD
“Sessions confronts racism with a captivating flow that’s both acrimonious and awe-inspiring.” –NPR Music
Revolutionary Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions–the firebrand Def Jam MC hot off the title track from the buzzworthy film and soundtrack The Hate U Give–drops his second EP RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance via Def Jam Recordings.
The Art of Renaissance follows RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), Sessions’ debut EP, which included his first two Def Jam single and video releases of earlier this year, “Like Me” and “Pick A Side.” With hard-hitting production on The Art of Resistance PicnicTyme, Audio Anthem, and RC Williams, Sessions’ aggressive, authentic, soulful sound harkens back to the roots and origins of classic hip-hop.
On The Art of Resistance, Sessions continues to rip open the ongoing oppression of African-Americans in our society sand gets to the root of race issues in our country. Throughout both EPs, he has worked toward his self-possessed goal of “taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.”
“My RVLTN EP series,” Sessions has said, “is about taking the politically incorrect conversations from the barbershop and expressing them through music.” He went on to explain that Chapter 1 highlights the root of race issues in this country. It addresses while supremacy, systematic oppression, as well as introspective realizations about the responsibility of becoming a leader. RVLTN will continue to unfold and evolve throughout upcoming chapters in my quest for viable solutions, black empowerment, and justice.
In October-November, Sessions was part of the powerful roster of next-generation Def Jam stars–also including Beau Young Prince, Casanova, DaniLeigh, Fetty Luciano, and YK Osiris–presented by Def Jam Recordings in collaboration with DTLR VILLA and Levi Strauss & Co., on DTLR’s 5th annual HBCU tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
RVLTN–Chapter 2: The Art of Resistance track list;
- On Your Face
- Same Oh
- Material Lies
- Gold Shackles (Interlude)
- Dirt On Your Trophies
- Lights featuring ZYAH
About Bobby Sessions:
On December 31, 2014, Bobby Sessions quit his job to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist full-time. Exactly one year later, he released his debut indie album the Law of Attraction (LOA), a passionate and fiery project influenced by the artists he grew up on as a kid from Dallas, Texas–from Jay-Z to James Brown to N.E.R.D. The hunger he has for motivating people through his words can’t be ignored: it’s in each and every song, interview, and performance. A blistering, concentrated lyricist and speaker, Sessions is constantly focused and determined to attract the energy of those around him–whether onstage performing for fans or in the studio focused on his craft. LOA was followed by a second album, grateful, a jazzy, self-aware reminder to be thankful. “Every freedom, every privilege, every great thing happening in our lives, down to your eyesight, each breath…we should put 100% of our energy into being grateful for that,” Sessions said.
His 2018 signing to Def Jam Recordings, and the arrival of “Like Me” and “Pick A Side” early in the year, set the stage for RVLTN-Chapter 1: The Divided States of AmeriKKKa (released in July), and RVLTN-Chapter 2: The Art Of Resistance (November).
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez will embark on a 14-city tour, kicking off October 17 in Los Angeles, CA in support of his new single and video, “Preacher,” set to release in partnership with BroadbandTV (BBTV) on all digital streaming platforms October 19. Select dates are in support of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammar’s national “The Good Parts” tour. Tickets are now available at www.leroysanchez.com.
“I have never felt so strongly about a song or the vision for it. It shows a very personal side of me that I’ve never shown before. It’s not easy to be vulnerable in front of an audience, but being honest and facing our weaknesses is what makes us stronger,” says Sanchez.
Sanchez’s 2017 debut EP “Elevated” has garnered over 10 million digital streams (and growing), earning him two Teen Choice Award nominations and an opportunity to perform with Clean Bandit on the 2017 broadcast. The release of his debut single Man Of The Year received praise from Billboard and People.
In addition to having over 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube, Sanchez’s accolades include two Platinum-certified singles in Spain – Blas Canto’s “El No Soy” and Malu’s “Invisible.”
Over the past 18 months Leroy has grown a devoted fan base performing 100+ showsin over 20 countries, including sold out headline shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Cologne, Madrid, and San Diego. Additionally, he has toured and worked with many notable industry hit makers, including Machine Gun Kelly, where he’s featured on the rapper’s track “Gone”, and now multi-platinum recording pop artist Andy Grammar.
*supporting Andy Grammar’s “The Good Parts” tour
10.17 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe
10.27 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall*
10.28 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly*
10.30 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown*
11.01 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House*
11.03 – Stateline, NV – South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe*
11.05 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades*
11.06 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas*
11.08 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim*
11.09 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater*
11.10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas*
11.13 – Austin, TX – Emo’s*
11.14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston*
Next year, there will be just three P Zero colors at each race. These will always be the same – white, yellow and red – denoting the hard, medium and soft tire choices respectively at every Grand Prix. But that doesn’t mean that there will be only three tire compounds.
Instead, the hard, medium and soft tire compounds will continue to vary to suit the different characteristics of each track. For instance, a Red soft tire for Monaco will differ substantially from a Red soft tire for Silverstone or Suzuka. The precise number of tire compounds available, covering a wide spectrum from soft to hard, will be communicated in December after homologation from the FIA. Before every race next year, Pirelli will reveal which exact tire compounds form the hard, medium and soft choices for the weekend. This new system makes it easy for the casual fan to tell the difference between the tires, yet still allows people who want more detail to know which of the specific tire compounds available are being used.
The colors for the Cinturato intermediate tire and full wet tires remain unchanged next year – green and blue respectively. Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing – “We’ve been talking about this with the Teams, FIA and Formula 1 for a while. The idea behind the change is to make all the tires more easily recognizable and explainable – especially for television – while still clearly denoting which specific tire compounds are being used at each race”.
The sleek, soulful track was written by NAWAS and produced by Grammy Producer of the Year nominee John Hill (Portugal, The Man, Demi Lovato)
“She Knows” is the first new music from NAWAS since the band released its debut EP Trouble last year, which followed in the wake of their well-received singles “Wrong,” “So Low,” “Make It Work,” and “Who Are You.”
“‘She Knows’ is a new direction for us as a band. After touring last year and receiving so much encouragement and support from fans and listeners, we were excited to get back in the studio and work with John Hill, who brought out new musical elements in us that fit our desires perfectly,” says front man Jake Nawas.
Brilliantly mashing up elements of electronic music, hip-hop, and R&B, NAWAS sound is built around Jake Nawas, shape-shifting vocals, Ben McDaniel’s crystalling guitar work, and Joey Gonzales powerful yet minimalist drumming. Bringing rule-breaking originality to their silken production, NAWAS push the limits of pop with daring and darkly charged lyrics that lend each track an unforgettable depth.
A video for “She Knows” will be released in the coming weeks, followed by more new music throughout the fall.
What critics are saying about NAWAS:
“‘So Low’ is beautifully produced with smooth beats and an R&B-esque tempo. The direct, contemplative lyrics are delivered in (Jake Nawas) bewitchingly androgynous falsetto” – FADER
“(NAWAS is) primed and ready to rattle speaker systems.” –EARMILK
“‘Wrong’ is a dense, sparkly track featuring heavy bass and fluid guitar riffs that find the medium & between Prince’s androgynous melodies and Calvin Harris’ euphoric bangers.” –SPIN
“‘Who Are You’ is as inspired as it is excitingly new. Front-man Jake Nawas’ androgynous singing is on fire on this track, and the instrumentals backing him up are as epic as they are illustrious. ‘Who Are You’ is exactly what you’d want from a fun summer song.” –BAEBLE
His new song elevates the union of rock and roll, funk, blues, and soul. Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work-befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.
Previously released off of this album, Kravitz debut track It’s Enough stands out as one of the most powerful compositions in his catalog and is a tense, decisive rumination on the global sate of affairs today. His single Low is a pulsating introspective composition dealing with the issue of preconceptions in the beginning of a relationship. It is a funky cinematic groove layered with horns, strings, and multi-layered vocals with help from the late great Michael Jackson.
In conjunction with the release of his album, Kravitz will kick off the third leg of his 2018 world tour, which kicked off in Mexico, then into Europe he played a series of arena and stadium shows. The U.S. leg will begin in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are on sale now and additional information can be found here.
Today marks the release of Ebenezer’s new track “53 Sundays”. Listen HERE. The song is a statement in itself, showcasing not only Ebenezer’s musical talent but also his lyrical, storytelling abilities. He’s not afraid of sharing his views and reflecting on the reality of the world he grew up in.Ebenezer’s distinctive sound shines through the track – despite hailing from London it’s uniquely universal, taking listeners on a poignant journey.
“Sometimes we must acknowledge that in order to do something good we might have to do something bad. Religion wasn’t going to put food on the table and money in the pockets of those I cared about, so I had to get it by an ‘any means necessary’ attitude. So excuse me if I miss the corruption that goes on in the churches – I’ve got some hustling to do,” says Ebenezer.
“53 Sundays” follows Ebenezer’s recent single “When I Call Em” featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Listen . Ebenezer has been steadily making a name for himself, working with artists such as ADP, B Young, Stefflon Don, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign andCraig David. In 2017, he ushered in new fans through a string of releases: “F**K IT”,“Survival” and “Cliché”. He followed up in February 2018 with the release of his debut EP Bad Romantic. The record put Ebenezeragainst himself, uncovering both his romantic and “savage” tendencies and proving that his creative artistry is as intense as his delivery. Ebenezer’s forthcoming project is due out this summer.
Ebenezer “53 Sundays” eSingle
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