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  • November13th

    Earlier last week, an unknown source leaked an image of a Beyonce Album Part 2 release confirmation for mid November. The snapshot revealed a tracklist and release dates as well as a number of features from Frank Ocean to Rihanna to Blue Ivy. Needless to say, this image  roused much excitement; however it also met its share of skepticism, mainly surrounding the fact that this surprise album was listed for release on Monday, Nov 25 2014, when Nov. 25 in fact falls on a Tuesday this year.

    It turns out the skeptics were right. The speculation that an entire new surprise album would be released later this month turns out to be invalid; rather, the singer is releasing a platinum box set for her self-titled album which debuted earlier this year. The set will include a live performance DVD and six additional songs. The set will include six extra songs, two of which have never been heard, a live DVD, a music video DVD, a photo booklet, and an official 2015 Beyonce mini calendar.

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  • October24th

    Steven Ellison, better known by his stage name Flying Lotus is the prodigious Los Angeles producer known for his dynamic experimental jazz influenced beats. The artist has released five albums and six EPs since 2006, not to mention releasing a visual album as a rapper under the moniker Captain Murphy. He is the nephew of famous jazz pianist Alice Coltrane (and her husband John Coltrane) who he cites as a major influence on his style and sound. Though he himself is signed to Warp Records, he also has his own label Brainfeeder which houses Thundercat, Daedelus, Mr. Oizo, and more. In more recent years, Flying Lotus has also produced a number of tracks for various rappers.

    Flying Lotus’ latest album You’re Dead! was released October 7th, and features guests such as Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Herbie Hancock. You’re Dead! is arguably Flying Lotus’ most experimental album yet, as it jumps back and forth between chaotic jazz sequences of racing drums, bass, and keyboards and relaxed, flowing dream-like sequences of light keyboards, airy vocals, and almost extraterrestrial droning synths. All album artwork, including the cover and an image for every track was contributed by Japanese guro manga artist Shintaro Kago. Ellison commented on the album in terms of its title, “it’s the one experience we have in common. I wanted to make something that captures death from different angles—from the sad moments, to the confusing moments, to maybe even the blissful and silly ones.”

    Flying Lotus is currently on tour in North America (with a single show in London) promoting You’re Dead! and will head to Europe in April 2015. Here are the upcoming dates:

    10-23 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Hall
    10-24 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
    11-07 London, England – The Roundhouse
    11-09 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
    11-11 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
    11-15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Club
    11-17 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
    11-18 Seattle, WA – Neptune
    11-19 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
    11-21 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
    11-22 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

    Watch the video for “Never Catch Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar

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  • October24th

    Pop queen Lady Gaga and jazz and show tune veteran Tony Bennett’s collaborative album Cheek to Cheek was released last month, September 19th. Lady Gaga is a five time Grammy winner and 13 time MTV VMA winner. The performer is known also for her flamboyant statement costumes which she wears everywhere from walking red carpets to walking her dog on an ordinary day. Tony Bennett on the other hand, is known for his long history of traditional pop standards and jazz music, as well as his contribution to the visual art world as a painter. He has won 17 Grammys and 2 Emmys.

    Cheek to Cheek debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The success of the album marks Lady Gaga’s 3rd number one album, and Tony Bennett’s second. It also sets a record for Tony Bennett as the oldest living act (88) to release a number one debut. The album covers eleven jazz standards by the likes of Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.

     

    Listen to “Anything Goes,” the first single off of Cheek to Cheek.

    Tony Bennett Official Site | Lady Gaga Official Site

  • October6th

    23 year old British singer-songwriter, actress, and fashionista Rita Ora has announced that she will be joining the U.K.’s version of The Voice as a host for its 2015 series. Ora will be replacing Kylie Minogue and joining Sir Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

    Ora is best known for her success as a singer in the UK where her self-titled debut album “Ora” (2012) debuted at number one and produced two number one singles “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party).” Her latest hit is her feature on Australian rapper Iggy Azaelia’s “Black Widow,” which reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is now certified platinum in the US and Australia. The singer is also well-loved in the fashion world for her progressive bold style and has done endorsements for brands such as DKNY, Superga, Calvin Klein, Madonna’s “Material Girl Collection,” Rimmel, and most recently Adidas.

    Ora took to Twitter late September to express her enthusiasm for the freshly announced news, “So excited to be part of; and for my team to win The Voice this series!! Let’s have some fun Will, Tom and Ricki!!” The fourth series of the show just began filming its blind auditions in Manchester, and is set to air early next year.

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  • October6th

    The first single off of Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated third studio album, “I” has finally arrived. Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment, shared the song via Soundcloud on September 21st, just over a year and a half after the rapper’s last single. His last album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City was met by rave reviews across the board as well as a vast positive public reception upon its October 2012 release, setting high expectations for its follow up.

    “I” poses a slightly happier, upbeat but perhaps less aggressive sound thus unheard from the rapper, whose previous work was marked by noisier driving beats tucked between a trove of laidback West Coast grooves. The latest single samples the Isley Brothers’ funk song “Who’s That Lady,” and consists of cheery piano progressions with upbeat percussion calling resemblance to some Outkast hits such as Hey Ya and B.o.B. The self-love topic of “I” (whose hook sings “I love myself” four times over) is also new for Kendrick, as his previous album mainly explored growing up in and escaping the hood and his consequential love and hate for the city and the system respectively. “I” is a step perhaps in a more mainstream direction in accordance with Lamar’s public success, but does not take away from the authenticity that has made his music so widely appreciated thus far.

    Click here to listen to “I” on Soundcloud

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  • September30th

    British singer-songwriter and producer Sampha Sisay, who goes mononymously by Sampha may currently be best known for his features on hit songs by Drake, Solange, Jessie Ware, and SBTRKT. To date, Sampha has only released two EPs of his own on the indie label Young Turks (also home to The xx and Jessie Ware). However, with talks of a debut album in the coming future, the already infamous songster is set to shoot amongst the ranks of those whose work he’s been featured on.

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    Sampha’s music combines the rich soulfulness of his voice with floaty and often dissonant electronic beats, producing a distinctive electro meets R&B sound. Though he’s not touring currently (and reportedly doesn’t plan to anytime soon), he has been playing various smaller gigs in England. His last American appearance was with Drake performing “Too Much” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in September 2013.

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  • September19th

    Taliah Barnett, otherwise known as FKA Twigs is transfixing the music world with her debut album LP1, released earlier in August. The English-born dancer turned singer/songwriter released her first work as a musician as recently as 2012, and became known not only for her unique sound which combines elements of indie jazz-rock, R&B, and trip-hop, but also for the striking visuals featured in her music videos. Like her music, her visuals are hypnotically slow but powerful, reminiscent of a minimalist Bjork.

    LP1 has gained critical acclaim from Metacritic, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone with its airy vocals which dance between a dynamic mixture of pulsing, droning synthesizers and subtly poppy progressions, as well as its hard-hitting, intimate topics such as beauty ideals, sex, and love. The album also features major credits such as Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, Coldplay), Emile Haynie (Eminem, Lana Del Ray), and Devonte Hynes (of Blood Orange).

    FKA Twigs is currently on an international tour to promote LP1 and will play shows in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Poland, and more.

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  • September15th

    After a whirlwind year, Jess Glynne has become one of the UK’s most talked-about talented new artists. She began 2014 by collaborating on two number one tracks; “My Love” with Route 94 and “Rather Be” with Clean Bandit – the fastest-selling single of the year so far.

    Described as the new queen of house music, Glynne released her own debut single “Right Here” which charted in the Top Ten. She performed at Wireless and Glastonbury and has received praise by fellow British singers, Adele and Lilly Allen. With her debut album on the horizon and a tour commencing in October, Glynne is one of the British singers to watch out for!

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  • September15th

    *The following is a selection of brand associations & campaigns from around the industry*

    Paloma Faith/”Nights Like This”
    Target
    Agency: Deutsch, Inc.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FJUSftHfKY

    The Newday/“Wait a Minute Girl”
    Gap
    Agency: Wieden + Kennedy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FJUSftHfKY

    2 Chainz/”Black Unicorn”
    Beats by Dre
    Agency: R/GA London
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTD79N5PUN0

    Diplo/“Biggie Bounce”
    Fiat
    Agency: The Richards Group
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvC627T3Vck

    Heard City/“You’re My Love”
    Snickers
    Agency: BBDO
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0_aBMgBo_k

    Whitesnake/”Here I Go Again”
    Honda
    Agency: A2F Pictures
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qctWX5h2csE

    Deep Purple/”Smoke on the Water”
    Comcast
    Agency: The Martin Agency
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOcvFeNtq2I

    Maroon 5/”Animals”
    Kia
    Agency: David&Goliath
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYWHsOeDf3M

    Kool G. Rap & Wu-Tang Clan/”Rivers of Blood”
    Nike
    Agency: Wieden + Kennedy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXre3xWsmro

    Usher/”She Came To Give It To You”
    Cheerios
    Agency: Bromley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2M50L3p400

     

  • August14th

    The biggest and most highly anticipated event of the summer is about to take stage. Nothing tops off the end of the summer with more shock and excitement than the infamous MTV Video Music Awards. Last years award show will be hard to top after Miley Cyrus shocked audiences worldwide with the “twerk” performance along side Robin Thicke or the fulfillment of every 90’s kids dream with Timberlake’s
    performance including N’YSNC. But then again its a new year for music and fi you take all of todays hottest performers and entertainers and put them under one roof .. you’re bound to witness history in the making.

    This years music awards will be broadcasted live from ‘Fabulous Forum’ in Southern California. Expect numerous performances by artists such as Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, Maroon 5, Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande. If those performances don’t leave you impressed get ready to be blown away because this years Video Vanguard Award will be presented to none other than Queen Bey. Beyonce holds the place at the top of the period this year with a whopping 8 nominations. Quickly behind her is breakthrough artist Iggy Azelea and all time favorite rapper Eminem.

    This year has been groundbreaking for music so this years moon man will be a tough one to snag. Most of the voting categories are closed, but some will remain open until the live show so go help support your favorites, and make sure to tune in Sunday, August 28th for this years MTV Video Music Awards.

    MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS WEBSITE