Today, in celebration of the first-ever live session at KCRW’s brand-new Annenberg Performance Studio, James Blake performed a seven-song live set, and spoke with KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, on the station’s tastemaker music program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Joined by bandmates Rob McAndrews and Ben Assiter, Blake’s live performance featured songs from his latest album, Assume Form, including the title track, “Barefoot In The Park,” “I’ll Come Too,” and “Don’t Miss It.” Blake also treated listeners and a live in-studio audience to his hit song “Retrograde,” as well as an encore of a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.”
Blake’s gorgeous live version of “I’ll Come Too” can be seen and heard HERE.
The critically acclaimed Assume Form features collaborations with Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, André 3000, Moses Sumney, and Rosalía. Blake, a founding member of the 1-800 Dinosaur label collective, was first introduced to the world with his self-titled debut in 2010. In 2013, he released his follow up, Overgrown, which earned him a Best New Artist Grammy nomination. His 2016 album The Colour in Anything was a bracing continuation of his work that bent the borders between electronic music, R&B, and U.K. soul. Throughout his career, Blake has established himself as both a highly respected solo artist and one of the music industry’s most influential collaborators, working alongside everyone from Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mount Kimbie among others.
Los Angeles’ premier public radio station, KCRW, recently moved into its new headquarters, the KCRW Media Center on Santa Monica College’s CMD Campus. The 34,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility acts as both a media hub and a cultural one, servicing the greater Los Angeles community, and beyond.
Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, is the station’s signature daily music program (9:00 a.m. – Noon) featuring new releases from emerging and established artists, underappreciated gems, live performances and interviews.
Later that day–, YG will host a 4REAL 4REAL album listening and release event in partnership with fashion e-tailer Revolve.com, at the NOVO, located in downtown L.A. YG’s D2C store is now live (https://4real.4hunnid.com/) and consumers purchasing an item from the D2C store will receive a code for early access to purchase tickets for the NOVO event. Tickets are priced at $4 and are limited to two per person. Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, May 22nd.
With “Go Loko” featuring Tyga and Jon Z, YG is looking at one of the biggest records of his career, as the single has topped over 40 million streams in its first two weeks out. The viral “Go Loko” video has over 20 million views to date.
The countdown to the release of 4REAL 4REAL kicked into high gear the night after Cinco de Mayo, at the outdoor stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, where YG performed “Go Loko” with Tyga and Jon Z. Watch their live performance HERE (which has earned almost 2 million views). YG then brought it to Miami, where he stole the show at last weekend’s Rolling Loud Festival. On Friday June 21st, YG is confirmed to perform at the BETX Experience alongside Meek Mill, as part of the 19th annual BET Awards.
YG recently made his ‘Boachella’ performance debut, as second bill headliner, over both weekends of the fest with guests 2 Chainz, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tyga, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “…One of the fest’s finest rap sets to date.”
The arrival of 4REAL 4REAL builds on the extraordinary year that YG experienced in 2018, centering on the August release of his third album, Stay Dangerous, Top 5 follow-up to his critically acclaimed Still Brazy (2016), hailed by the New York Times as “an artisanal, proletarian Los Angeles gangster rap record.” The certified gold album Stay Dangerous was preceded by its first official single release in June, the triple-platinum #1 smash “Big Bank” featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Big Sean, one of the biggest single successes of YG’s entire career.
Nick Cannon is back with a hot new visual for his latest musical effort Nobody Else, an infectious R&B record produced by Grammy Award-winning super producer Hitmaka. Never one to shy away from creatively expressing himself, Nobody Else is Nick Cannon’s debut into the R&B music world. Inspired by the hit 1987 film Three Men & A Baby, watch below as Nick enlists the help of Ty Dolla Sign & Jacquees for his re-imagined version appropriately titled Three Playas & A Baby.
Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist Logic officially locks up his third #1 debut on the US albums chart as CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, his brand new fifth studio album via Def Jam Recordings/Visionary Music Group (released May 10th) weighs in with first week sales of 80,000 album-equivalent units. CONFESSIONS contains the viral worldwide #1 streaming smash “Homicide” featuring Eminem, as well as guest appearance collaborations with G-Eazy, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Will Smith, and others.
Tickets went up for sale last Friday for Logic’s Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Tour, presented by Live Nation. The 26-city tour of the U.S. and Canada will open October 5th at Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver, and wrap up at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum in Madison, WI on November 16th. Logic will be joined on most dates by special guests J.I.D. and CONFESSIONS collaborator YBN Cordae.
CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND follows up the March 26threlease of SUPERMARKET, the dazzling debut novel by Bobby Hall (akaLogic), which entered the New York Times Paperback Fiction list at #1, making him the first-ever hip-hop MC to author a New York Times fiction bestseller. The same day marked the simultaneous release of Logic’s accompanying SUPERMARKET “soundtrack” album via Def Jam/Visionary. The album’s Top 10 debut on the Billboard Alternative Album chart was an ‘Alt’ chart first for Logic.
Prior to CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND and SUPERMARKET, the ever-prolific Logic released four Top 10 albums: YSIV in September 2018; Bobby Tarantino II in March 2018 (#1 debut); Everybody in May 2017 (#1 debut); and the Incredible True Story in November 2015.
City Girls drop the music video for “Careless.” Watch HERE
Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated, Def Jam Recordings/Visionary Music Group artist Logic announced a new North American tour kicking off this fall, “The Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour”. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will visit 26 cities across North America, making stops in Portland, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, Brooklyn, Chicago and more. Logic will be joined by special guests J.I.D and YBN Cordae.
Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 17 at 10am local time at Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 14 at 10am local time through Thursday, May 16 at 10pm local time.
Logic will also offer VIP packages for the tour that will be available at www.VIPNation.com.
Logic catapulted to fame with his now 5x platinum “1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. The song garnered two Grammy nominations, including “Song of the Year,” was a Billboard Hot 100 hit, Top 10 at Pop Radio, #1 on Spotify, and #5 on Spotify Global. His most recent release, “Homicide” featuring Eminem, garnered over 30 million streams in one week and debuted at #1 on the Spotify US Charts upon release.
The track, which samples the vocals of late disco and house legend Loleatta Holloway, is released via the Australian artist’s own Catch & Release label and Astralwerks. The track evoked a particularly strong reaction when dropped in the midst of FISHER’s massively well-received set at Coachella last month.
“You Little Beauty” marks the larger-than-life character’s first release of 2019, following on from last years “Losing It.” An instant hit, the track has now racked up more than 66 million Spotify streams.
This preceded a sold out Catch & Release party at Miami Music Week, and FISHER’s summer is shaping up to be just as busy. With slots at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Movement Detroit before the end of the month, he will then embark on an extensive European tour, taking in Parklife, Lovebox, Leeds & Reading, and more.
FISHER is also set to partner with Solardo and Camelphat for a brand-new weekly Ibiza residency. Titled Bodyworks, they will take over Hï Ibiza every Tuesday from June 25th to September 24th.
Known for his wild sense of humor and energetic DJing style, FISHER first burst onto the US electronic scene with tracks “Stop It” and “Ya Kidding” and has since become one of the scene’s most in- demand talents.
Arriving just in time for summer, “You Little Beauty” has all the makings of a track set to take both charts and dance floors by storm.