His Sophomore album shows artwork displaying the iconic Arc De Triomphe building in Paris. A moment depicting freedom and power, it seemed to mirror the title of the album which translates to ‘the freedom to do whatever you want’.
Just days ahead of the release of her new album, III, BANKS shared the haunting track “Contaminated.” Zane Lowe debuted the song earlier today as a World First on Apple Music’s Beats 1. BANKS recorded “Contaminated” in Los Angeles, collaborating with producer BJ Burton(Bon Iver, Francis and the Lights). Download / stream “Contaminated”HERE.
“‘Contaminated’ is about being addicted to a toxic relationship. The more you give, the less of yourself you become,” says BANKS.
Harvest Records will release III on Friday, July 12. Tomorrow night, BANKS will preview material from the album during her sold-out show at House of Vans Chicago. The evening is the latest in the Vans House Parties series, which offers the headlining artist the opportunity to act as curator, hand-picking all supporting talent and creating a personalized visual art experience for fans.
BANKS will support III with an extensive world tour. Her two-night stand at Brooklyn Steel has already sold out and a third night (September 10) has been added. Other newly-added dates include SOMA in San Diego (October 2) and shows at House of Blues in Dallas (October 9) and Houston (October 10). The III Tour kicks off on September 3 at REBELin Toronto and includes an October 1 show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. See below for itinerary.
Tickets are on sale at LiveNation.com. BANKS will offer VIP packages for each show with options that include GA tickets with priority access, Meet & Greet, limited edition merchandise, and more. Fans can visit www.VIPNation.com for more information. She will also perform at such festivals as Music Midtown in Atlanta, Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Austin City Limits.
III, available for pre-order HERE, is BANKS’ most nuanced release yet. Coming after a self-imposed period of quiet and reflection, it exploresthemes of self-acceptance, letting go, forgiveness, and deep love. Fans who pre-order III in digital format will instantly receive “Contaminated”plus “Look What You’re Doing To Me” ft. Francis and The Lights and the first single, “Gimme,”
“Gimme” has already amassed over 11.5 million streams and was hailed by TIME Magazine as a song “You Need to Listen to.” Reviewingthe official video, Rolling Stone noted, “Banks creates an otherworldly club, where laser lights bend to her movement and will, slinky synth melodies flavor the moody setting and mesmerizing choreography beckons onlookers to join…the primal dance party.” “Look What You’re Doing To Me” has racked up over two million combined global streams to date and was featured on Spotify New Music Friday playlists in nearly every country. Billboard praised her “soaring, romantic vocals.” Substream observed, “Her powerhouse vocals sell each and every twist and turn as she processes all of the feelings flowing through her heart…If this is what the rest of III looks like, we’re in for a treat.”
BANKS has attained 1.3 billion global streams to date across all of her songs, including over 615 million cumulative streams in the U.S. alone. After the release of her breakout debut album, Goddess, she became the world’s most blogged about artist. The 2014 album included the RIAA-certified Platinum hit “Beggin For Thread” and the Gold single “Waiting Game.” The Altar, released in 2016, debuted in the Top 10 in over 30 countries on iTunes. BANKS has performed on such television shows as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Her songs have been heard in films (Divergent, The Longest Ride) and licensed by such television shows as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Power.”
Rising vocalist and songwriter Madison Ryann Ward reveals her debut EP, Beyond Me, out now.
LISTEN TO BEYOND ME HERE!
Beyond Me features Madison Ryann Ward’s lead single, “Beyond Me,” as well as three additional tracks: “The Key,” “Other Side” and “BRKN.”
The EP follows Ward’s 2018 breakout single, “Mirror,” which was featured on Jay-Z’s episode of the hit Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. The song, produced by the legendary Rick Rubin and recorded in his Malibu studio Shangri-La, has over 4 million streams to date and received praise from Billboard, Refinery29, Women’s Health, Music Connection and more. Earlier this year, Madison was also featured on Peter Cottontale’s hit track, “Forever Always,” also featuring Chance The Rapper, YEBBA and Daniel Caesar.
Ward will also appear in Episode 4 of Showtime Documentary Films’ new docu-series, SHANGRI-LA. The four-part docu-series is a collaboration from Academy Award® and Emmy® winner Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor, 20 Feet From Stardom), legendary music producer Rick Rubin and director Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol) and focuses on creative conversation and the emotional side of music-making.
Inspired by artists from many different genres, Madison Ryann Ward combines bluesy, soulful melodies with folk, rap and gospel influenced lyricism to create a classic sound that remains all her own. Having grown up in a creative family in Oklahoma, Ward was exposed to music at a young age, which would come to inform her distinct style. However, music was not always the path Madison had in mind. Having played sports all her life, excelling in volleyball, basketball, golf and track, she decided to play collegiate volleyball at Oklahoma University and planned to play professionally overseas after graduation. But when a group of athletes heard her singing Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools” in the cafeteria and posted a clip on Twitter, the video went viral after being picked up by WorldStarHipHop. The response Ward received prompted her to consider a shift towards making music professionally. Madison took songwriting trips to Nashville, eventually moving there for a year before splitting her time between the studio in New York and Los Angeles, where she signed a label deal with legendary producer Rick Rubin. Following her breakout hit, “Mirror,” and a scene in the Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Ward unveils her debut EP, Beyond Me, which sees her reach a new level as a lyricist and vocalist.
Fresh from his latest single ‘One Touch’ with Jess Glynne, two-time BRIT Award nominated DJ/producer Jax Jones is back with yet another collaboration in the form of ‘Harder’ with pop powerhouse Bebe Rexha. Out today via Polydor/Interscope Records, stream and download ‘Harder’ here.
In typical Bebe style the lyrics on ‘Harder’ showcase her sass and sharp wit underpinned by the infectious dance and pop beats Jax is synonymous for. ‘Harder’ offers an empowering and self-assured message on how to handle love that is frank but yet fun.
Collectively both Bebe and Jax have set the charts on fire with a succession of award-winning collaborations although ‘Harder’ is the pair’s first joint record. With both boasting an impressive back catalogue of hits, the release of ‘Harder’ is all set to bring their legions of loyal fans together providing the perfect soundtrack to summer.
Speaking of the single Jax said “Me and Camille have a great relationship and we’ve enjoyed a lot of success together – ‘All Day and Night’ and ‘Ring Ring’ – so to join forces with her and Steve Mac, who I’ve looked up to for a long time, was a great opportunity for me to try something different and flex my pop muscles. Bebe Rexha linking up with us on this record was the icing on the cake, she’s pretty iconic and is just a don. ‘All Day and Night’ was for the clubs, this one’s the daytime snack”.
Having just completed a SNACKS residency at Ibiza Rock last month, Jax Jones will be joining Zedd on his North American headlining “Orbit” tour, kicking off September 7 in Los Angeles at the LA Historic Park. See US tour dates below.
September 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ LA State Historic Park (Zedd in the Park)
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre (Supporting Zedd)
September 14 – Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum (Supporting Zedd)
September 17 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair (Supporting Zedd)
September 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Supporting Zedd)
September 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Supporting Zedd)
September 26 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Amphitheatre (Supporting Zedd)
September 27 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center (Supporting Zedd)
September 28 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory (Supporting Zedd)
October 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy (Supporting Zedd)
October 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House (Supporting Zedd)
October 4 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem (Supporting Zedd)
October 5 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre (Supporting Zedd)
October 8 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live (Supporting Zedd)
October 9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (Supporting Zedd)
October 11 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee (Supporting Zedd)
October 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Armory (Supporting Zedd)
Full tour dates are here.
Justin Love & GASHI have joined forces for one of the standout feel-good tracks of the summer: Get Out. Sitting in the sweet-spot of R&B and hip-hop, Justin and GASHI trade verses over a bouncy, sunshine-soaked beat. The playful production allows Love’s sultry vocals to take center stage, serenading his love interest throughout. GASHI’s verse adds additional energy and rounds out the infectious tune with his luscious vocals and raunchy lyrics.
Justin & GASHI had some words to share about the song:
“I wanted to create a song that made people feel good for the summer and when I heard this beat, I knew exactly what it took and who needed to be on it with me. Gashi was the perfect fit and the energy he brought was amazing; I’m happy we get to share it with the world!” – Justin
“This record is one of the greatest songs I’ve ever been a part of and I’m very excited for the world to hear this.” – GASHI
Justin Love is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, earning a nomination in the Best R&B Song category at this years’ awards for his writing credits on H.E.R.’s smash hit “Focus”. Love has earned a captivated fanbase with his heartfelt songwriting, flawless vocals and charismatic personality. Get Out is Justin’s third release of the year; following up Runaway and Bad Mind. With a slew of singles ready to roll out in the coming months, Love is slated for a big second half of 2019.
GASHI has had a huge year himself in 2019. The Africa-born, New York-based artist released My Year featuring G-Eazy in February, his second top 20 record (after Creep On Me feat French Montana & DJ Snake), later performing the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel. Having racked up millions of streams and show dates across the globe over the past decade, it’s fair to say GASHI has established himself at the forefront of the new generation of multi-purpose artists.
Get Out is available everywhere on streaming platforms.
The iconic artists are accompanied by Sting’s longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller and backing vocalists, Melissa Musique and Gene Noble to perform the first single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” off their GRAMMY® Award-winning album, 44/876, as well as Sting’s classic hit, “Englishman in New York,” and a mash-up of JuiceWRLD’s chart-topping song, “Lucid Dreams” and Sting’s “Shape of My Heart,“ which is sampled on the former.
Following their joint collaboration, which included a critically-acclaimed world tour, Sting & Shaggy, both managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, went on to release their own respective albums (Sting’s My Songs & Shaggy’s Wah Gwaan?!) and embarked on tour.
Award winning and multi-platinum pop iconoclast bülow has released a music video for her new single, “Get Stupid,” today via Wax Records /Republic Records/Universal Music Canada.
Watch the video for “Get Stupid” HERE.
The track is off the JUNO Award winner’s latest EP Crystalline released earlier this year and was produced by Mike Wise, who produced several songs on the EP. When discussing the accompanying video for the song whose concept was envisioned by the singer herself, bülow commented, “When I was younger, I wanted to be an inventor, to create things. I think everybody strives for the feeling of self importance, trying to find their ways to be remembered. My character created a flying device, it didn’t work out, but that wasn’t the end.”
The German-born Toronto-based artist, who made a name for herself with the smash hit, “Not A Love Song,” is set to take the stage at multiple festivals this summer including the iconic Lollapalooza in Chicago and Osheaga in Montreal, Canada. This summer’s festival run follows bülow’s SXSW, Bonnaroo and Bunbury Music Festival debuts earlier this year. In addition to finding success through her own musical endeavors bülow appears on the GRAMMY Award winning duo The Chainsmokers latest single, “Do You Mean,” and performed the track on The Today Show in New York City’s famed Rockefeller Plaza in June of this year. And while bülow’s summer is packed with festival performances, the singer-songwriter has no plans of stopping as she’ll be re-joining Lauv’s tour this fall after supporting the singers tour dates in Asia earlier this year.
Megan Thee Stallion made her late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night with a performance of her hit singles, “Realer” and “Big Ole Freak”. Megan is an Apple Music Up Next artist and has had a monumental year that includes a cover of The Fader’s Summer issue and being named as one of XXL Magazine’s 2019 Freshman. Her critically-acclaimed project Fever is currently the most-streamed release on Apple music and sits at #24 on the Billboard Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums chart.
After a string of sold-out European dates, Megan continues to make waves worldwide before heading out on tour with Meek Mill, Future, YG, and Mustard (full tour dates below). Watch Megan Thee Stallion perform “Realer” and “Big Ole Freak” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and stay tuned for more news to follow.
LEGENDARY NIGHTS TOUR DATES
Aug. 28 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+
Aug. 31 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 1 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre+
Sept. 3 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 4 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sept. 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion+
Sept. 8 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Sept. 10 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Sept. 11 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion
Sept. 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept. 15 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sept. 17 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
Sept. 19 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sept. 20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*
Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sept. 23 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 24 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sept. 27 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater+
Sept. 29 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Oct. 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Oct. 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center+
Two of dance music’s most revered acts, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and David Guetta, have teamed up with Afro Bros and two of the biggest Reggaeton names in the world, Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha, to bring together an absolutely smashing lineup on one of the biggest songs of the summer — ‘Instagram’. A dynamic official music video featuring the artists also accompanies the single, and brings high-energy summer fun.
Consistent chart-toppers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike continue to demonstrate their ability and diversity to work with a variety of styles. The pedigree of their collaborations is a testament to their genre-bending capabilities, having collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Gucci Mane, Paris Hilton, Ne-Yo, Hans Zimmer, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, and many more.
Dominating the festival scene worldwide as DJ Mag awarded ‘World’s #1 DJ Duo’ and ambassadors for the mammoth global festival Tomorrowland, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike productions are effortlessly catchy, and always create memorable main stage moments.
David Guetta has established himself as arguably the world’s biggest and most successful DJ of all time by colliding the worlds of dance music and hip-hop. By teaming up with some of the biggest names in hip hop, R&B and pop, and reinventing their sound for the electronic dance-floors, Guetta created pop alchemy. Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland, Akon, Rihanna, Sia, Lady Gaga, Usher, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Nicky Minaj, Guetta’s quality as a producer has set a new template for the sound of commercial radio. Guetta has amassed over 50 million album and single sales; over 10 billion YouTube and Spotify plays; numerous #1 singles and Platinum and Gold certifications across the globe; two Grammys for Best Remixed Recording and dozens of other accolades.
Afro Bros, famed for playing various music genres like Latin house, afro house, moombahton, house and urban, round up the electronic fusion on “Instagram” with their tailored studio sound. Dabbling in tropical flavors with their most recent single and collaboration with Jamaican Reggae/Pop Star, Sean Kingston titled ‘How Many Times’, the Afro Bro’s contribution on “Instagram” demonstrates their musical diversity once again.
Daddy Yankee remains one of the major influences in the music industry with more than 11 million albums and over 50 million followers through social media. Named as “One of the Most Influential Hispanics” globally by CNN and Time Magazine, Daddy Yankee made history in 2018 with 10 Guinness World Records with the title for his achievement as the First Latin artist to reach the number one on Spotify, as well as seven titles for the success of the hit song ‘Despacito’, performed alongside Luis Fonsi, and two additional titles for topping the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay lists. Currently the seventh most streamed artist on Spotify, he recently received the Icon Music Award by the Latin American Music Awards for his contribution to the music and the community.
Latin pop superstar Natti Natasha is an unstoppable force, with her music have grossed over one billion streams on Spotify. A multi-platinum and Billboard award winner, Natti was dubbed ‘most watched female on YouTube in late 2018 thanks to the music video (‘Criminal’) for her collaboration with Ozuna, which has received a staggering 1.8 billion+ YouTube views. As well as an impressive fan base on YouTube and Spotify, Natti also boasts 14.8 million followers on Instagram. And, as this new track states, is perhaps why Natti doesn’t “give a f**k about your Instagram”.