Willie Jones is a Louisiana native who first turned heads while on the X Factor at the age of 17 and wanted to break ground for limited representation of African-Americans in country music. Now 24, Jones recently released an acoustic mixtape, Road Waves as he continues to work in his eagerly-awaited debut album. The mixtape follows the release of his anthemic debut single, “Runs In Our Blood” earlier this summer. In between releasing new projects, Jones has been writing and recording in Nashville, touring, and recently hit the road with the massively popular Magcon tour along side Cameron Dallas. With his own burgeoning fan base, Jones has quietly turned into a phenomenon.
Buzzworthy young Bay Area rapper and SOBxRBE affiliate Sneakk – the newest addition to the Undisputed lineup of next generation hip-hop stars being introduced by Def Jam Recordings – makes his major label debut with today’s release of “Spray” featuring fellow Cali MCs and Compton natives Tyga and YG.
“Spray” sets the stage for UNDISPUTED, the explosive new compilation from Def Jam, coming early 2019. In addition to Sneakk, UNDISPUTED will feature tracks from next-gen stars Fetty Luciano, YFL Kelvin, Bernard Jabs, TJ Porter, and some 20+ other new Def Jam signings from around the country.
Sneakk was raised in the deep family gospel roots of his grandfather in the College Park neighborhood of North Vallejo outside San Francisco. “That’s where I get my soul from,” he says. “My family makes me want to go 100% hard every single day.” Legends like Mac Dre and E-40 influenced Sneakk, but it was Tupac who showed him the path, “the way he carried himself, his demeanor, and all that. I’m very thankful for Tupac.”
Sneakk’s friendship with the Vallejo rap group SOBxRBE (Strictly Only Brothers x Real Boi Entertainment), convinced him to roll the dice on his fast-food drive-thru gig and get into the studio. His breakout indie single, “Humble Pie” was the result. After SOBxRBE’s “Paramedici” became the centerpiece of the Black Panther movie soundtrack, Sneakk was signed to Def Jam in 2018, by EVP & Head of A&R Steven Victor and newly appointed A&R VP Anthony ‘AE’ Edwards.
His goals for the future are as uncomplicated as they are unpretentious. “I want to be able to help and put on for the people around me,” Sneakk says. “I want to see my team on top because we deserve it.”
Critically acclaimed Irish international phenomenon Picture This release their brand-new song and music video for “Everything or Nothing” from upcoming sophomore full length album MDRN LV, co-produced by Jayson Dezuzio [Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors], arriving February 15,2019 via Republic Records.
The release of the new song comes on the recent success from the albums lead single “One Drink”. The single is currently the #1 played song on radio in Ireland, and continues to climb up the radio charts at both Alternative and Hot AC formats in the U.S. Watch the official music video for “One Drink” HERE.
The biggest selling Irish act in both 2017 and 2018, and the nation’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut, Picture This. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 spot Overall in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it remained in the Top 5 since release. Two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 300K tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin. This summer marked their first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. During late 2018, they teamed up with super producer Jayson Dezuzio to record the 2019 follow-up, MDRN LV.
Singer/songwriter Allan Rayman has released the official music video for “Crush,” the latest track off his new album, Harry Hard-On, released last month via Republic Records/KIDindaKorner/
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “CRUSH” HERE!
“Crush” has received praise from music fans and critics alike, Time Magazine recently featured the track, noting, “Rayman’s voice contains multitudes: a rough ache, a smooth hum, a rock star’s confidence.” The video for the critically acclaimed song was directed by Steph Verschuren, who most recently collaborated with Rayman on the video for his current single, “Rose” as well as the videos for his 2017 hit “Word of Mouth” and “Go My Way.”
“Crush” is Rayman’s latest song off his musical project, Harry Hard-On which mixes elements of 80’s rock and that familiar 90’s grunge sound Rayman utilized throughout his earlier projects; Courtney EP and Roadhouse 01 long-player, with R&B and hip-hop influence present throughout the album. The 9-track body of work weaves in and out of anthems and ballads alike, with the lead single, “Rose”, shaping the storyline by exploring the dark side of fandom with the idea that no matter how big or small an artist is, you never know who is in the audience.
Tickets to Rayman’s headlining European tour can be purchased HERE.
Bill Anderson’s clever new holiday music video, “Waffle House Christmas,” features a cast of characters only Anderson could corral into a Waffle House. The music video, premiering on USATODAY.com, tells the story of a family whose Christmas dinner goes awry so they head to their nearest Waffle House for a family feast where some of music’s most notable personalities fill the restaurant.
“The offer of ‘food and fun’ was all it took to entice Kid Rock, Tanya Tucker, Gretchen Wilson, Jeannie Seely, Joe Denim and a Waffle House restaurant full of ‘brand new friends’ to join us for the recent filming of our new video, “Waffle House Christmas,” Anderson shares. “We dined on Waffle House staples…’grits and eggs and raisin bread’ along with ‘hash browns covered and smothered’….and we laughed ourselves silly portraying the take-over of a Waffle House restaurant by a rookie cook and a displaced family on Christmas Day. My thanks to everyone involved. I just hope you will enjoy watching the madness as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
“Waffle House Christmas” is off Anderson’s latest release, Anderson, which marked his 72nd album release.
“I’ve never had this much fun at a Waffle House! Bill Anderson is one of my heroes and he’s written some of the greatest songs of all time. Of course, only he could come up with such a clever song like ‘Waffle House Christmas!’ And we had such a blast behind the scenes with Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson and Jeannie Seely,” Tanya Tucker added.
“I am so grateful that I was asked to be involved in something like this. I’ve been such a fan of Bill Anderson for so long. And I get to hang out with my heroes! I also had a Waffle House uniform in my closet from a television special we did several years ago, so it’s been a lot of fun being part of this music video,” said Gretchen Wilson.
“This has been an amazing experience!” exclaimed Jeannie Seely. “Bill Anderson is always coming up with great ideas. And corralling me, Tanya, Gretchen and Kid Rock all together for a music video at Waffle House has got to be one of the silliest, most fun things I’ve done in a long time!”
Anderson was produced by Bill Anderson, Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper, recorded and mixed by Jutz at TJ Tunes with assistant engineer Andy Kern and mastered by Alex Mccullough at True East Mastering. Three of the tracks were penned solely by Anderson, who has written charted songs in each of the past seven consecutive decades, while the additional tracks feature venerable singer-songwriters including John Paul White of The Civil Wars and country music outlaw Jamey Johnson.
This holiday season, country music icon and lifestyle influencer, Martina McBride, has been busy helping spread a little Christmas magic to her fans. Whether it be by setting the mood for your annual holiday party with her recently released jazz influenced and symphony orchestra backed album, It’s The Holiday Season, or by helping craft perfect recipes for your family and friends with her new cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life and current show on Food Network, “Martina’s Table” (airing Sundays at 12pm ET/PT), McBride has all your holiday entertaining needs covered!
Most recently, McBride has been on the road with her The Joy of Christmas Tour 2018, which just had a stellar sold-out three night run at Nashville’s own Schermerhorn Symphony over the weekend. Each stop on the tour has incorporated the amazing talents of local orchestras as McBride delivers her jazzy take on everyone’s favorite holiday standards and her classic hits.
McBride also treated viewers of the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to her rendition of “Most Wonderful Time of Year” atop the Balsam Hill float. She was also on hand at this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting event where she performed “Winter Wonderland” standing in front of the New York spectacle that draws thousands of visitors to the city from across the globe.
Up next, fans can catch McBride on “Live! with Kelly and Ryan” on Tuesday, December 11th where she will be in the kitchen showing the hosts a few of her favorite recipes that are perfect for holiday entertaining. She will return to the show on Monday, December 24th for their special Christmas show where she will perform.
Over resounding piano, the MC slides from soulful singing into airtight verses highlighted by his ironclad rhyming and clever bars. His impressive vocals soar over production courtesy of producer Oogie Mane of Working On Dying [Drake, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD] as Chaz French turns up with hypnotic heat on Caliente.
This latest anthem follows up his 2018 track Can’t Stop Us. Not only did the song earn acclaim from XXL, Respect, and more, but it also fueled the trailer for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which has racked up over 30 million views to date.
Right now, Chaz French is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on music for his next project due in 2019.
Stay tuned for more heat!
Today, rising R&B/Soul vocalist, songwriter and producer STEFAN JAMES unveils his debut EP, Nights Like.
Get it HERE via Republic Records!
Nights Like follows the release of his debut single, “Situation.” The video premiered exclusively via COMPLEX. The EP also features three additional tracks, “Temptation,” “God Damn” and “He’ll Never Know.” Beyond “Situation,” the singer’s mesmerizing falsetto powers the likes of “God Damn” and the sultry “He’ll Never Know.” A tryst between soul and alternative, STEFAN’s emotive delivery and confessional lyricism bring honesty and heart to R&B.
Of the EP, STEFAN says, “The EP is about nights without self-control, loving the moment and then hating myself after. The songs were inspired by the internal struggle of leaving one addiction for another. Searching for the poison that makes the antidote.”
21-year-old STEFAN JAMES’ music and lyrics pull from a life marred by tragic events, including battles with addiction and substance abuse, as well as the tragic loss of his older brother. Stefan turned to music to lead him on his road to recovery. Creating music enabled him to share this pain productively and poetically. “I’ve been there,” Stefan says, speaking to all who are dealing with depression, loss or addiction. “When you’re feeling down, just put a couple of my songs on and cry or smile. Whatever you have to do to get through that moment. You’re not alone.”
Today Urban Legends/UMe and Def Jam Recordings have released Jeremih’s 2015 album Late Nights: The Album on 2LP standard black vinyl. There is also a limited edition, exclusive translucent blue vinyl only available through Urban Legends. Both can be purchased at: https://UrbanLegends.lnk.to/JeremihLateNights.
Originally released in December of 2015, Late Nights established Jeremih as one of contemporary R&B’s greatest. The album features guest appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Migos, Juicy J, YG, Twista, Future, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Feather.
“I was traveling, up late nights, recording all the time,” he told XXL before the album release. “It just felt like every record was catering to… I imagined if it was a big bed in the club, everybody would be in one big ass orgy off of all the songs.”
Producers including London on da Track, The Mekanics, Soundz, DJ Mustard, Needlz, Vinylz and Frank Dukes contributed to the now Platinum certified album which includes the singles “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “Planez” featuring J. Cole, and “Oui.”
1 “Planez” feat. J. Cole
2 “Pass Dat”
3 “Impatient” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
2 “Giv No Fucks” feat. Migos
3 “Feel Like Phil”
4 “Royalty” feat. Future & Big Sean
1 “I Did” feat. Feather
2 “Actin’ Up”
3 “Remember Me”
4 “Don’t Tell ‘Em” feat. YG
1 “Woosah” feat. Juicy J & Twista
2 “Worthy” feat. Jhene Aiko
Standard black vinyl and limited edition translucent blue color vinyl.