Out Now!! The Acclaimed New Album From JUDAH & THE LION ‘Pep Talks’

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THE ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM
PEP TALKS
ON CD & VINYL IN THE UK
VIA CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL / CLETUS THE VAN

STREAM IT HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR KICKED OFF ON JULY 16TH 
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Nashville’s award winning, genre-bending trio Judah & The Lion release their acclaimed new album Pep Talks physically in the UK tomorrow via Caroline / Cletus The Van.

Pep Talks has already received high acclaim in the US from the likes of Flood Magazine, Rolling Stone, DuJour, NPR and more and has already clocked up streams in their millions, globally across Spotify alone.

Pulling together the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll and the punch of pop this album is a brilliantly eclectic, musical journey shaped around vocalist Judah Akers’ experience of life when, during the time the band were sharing stages with heroes, touring the world and hitting new chart highs, behind the scenes his family was falling apart in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce.

There’s mandolins and banjos mixed with modern electronics and personal lyrics and it features hit tracks including the Top 10 US Alternative Radio chart hit ‘Over My Head’, the critically-acclaimed single ‘Pictures’, featuring country star Kacey Musgraves as well as fan-favourites ‘Why Did You Run?’, ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ and ’Alright (Frick It)’.

First rising to prominence with their US Alternative Radio No.1 hit ‘Take It All Back’ from their second album Folk Hop N Roll in 2016, Judah & The Lion have taken the US and beyond  by storm and have appeared on Good Morning America, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as played various festivals and toured across the globe with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, and more.

With a non-stop schedule, they are set to return to the UK as part of their headline Pep Talks World tour this summer, where they will be playing in Glasgow, Ireland and London before performing at Latitude Festival.

UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
16th July – Glasgow, King Tuts
17th July – Dublin, Ireland
19th July – London, Oslo
20th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
21st July – Lollapalooza, Paris
24th July – Paradiso (upstairs), Amsterdam
25th July – Knust, Hamburg
26th July – Lido, Berlin
26th September – Kollektivet Hvitan, Falkenberg
27th September – Fåfängan, Stockholm

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PEP TALKS ACCLAIM

“…building, storming, banjos flying… the key ingredient is just – pep! There’s so much energy and velocity to these songs…” – NPR

“Over an arena-sized arrangement of acoustic strums, processed vocal samples and booming electronics, frontman Judah Akers reflects on family crises and feeling like a ‘lost kid looking for a home.’” – Rolling Stone

“Relatable and beautifully performed, the evocative release has no shortage of crossover appeal.” – Idolator

“Who thought adding some synth and a banjo would sound so good?” – Alternative Press

“…their most optimistic and hopeful record to date…” – Substream Magazine

“…a pop-folk foray into yearning, loss and the pain of moving on, distilled perfectly…” – Consequence of Sound

“The ability to narrate the human experience so sincerely is one few artists have mastered, but Judah hits on this state of mind, and in doing so, he breaks his own heart as well as ours.”– Ones to Watch

“…couldn’t be better.” – FLOOD

“Ripe with emotions and vulnerability… the song offers a more textured sound than we’ve heard from Judah & the Lion before… but with the sound of the mandolin in the background, you never lose sight of the band’s beloved roots.” – Du Jour Magazine

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ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Beautiful New Single ‘Wonderful’

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‘WONDERFUL’
NEW SINGLE RELEASED
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

UK HEADLINE TOUR STARTS TOMORROW (APRIL 13th)

Archie Faulks has released his brand new single ‘Wonderful’ ahead of starting his debut UK headline tour starting April 13th. Kicking off at The Jacaranda in Liverpool, Archie will play a further six dates across the country, finishing with a headline show at London’s Camden Assembly on April 23rd. Tickets are available via Music Glue.

The new single ‘Wonderful’ is a beautifully melancholic love song, displaying Archie’s alluring vocals and guitar alongside a stunning string section.

Regarding the song Archie says, “‘Wonderful’ is a song inspired by the melancholy associated with the inevitable passing of time and the effect of it on the relationship of two people. A once glorious thing that, due to different paths chosen in life, could never come to fruition but is maintained through the thought of what could have been. 

“It stemmed from the realization that although there was still something strong there between us, it would never grow into anything more than it had been in the fleeting months at the start of the relationship. When lonely or in pain we can seek refuge in the glory days of our pasts and perhaps dream of a time when we can recapture these moments; however in reality we know that things, no matter how hard we want them, will never be what they once were. Before you realize what you have it is gone only remaining in the memory of feelings, places and song.”

‘Wonderful’ is the latest in a string of singles released since Archie emerged last year. It follows the release of the acclaimed songs ‘Hung Up’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘It Rains’. The singles have proved radio hits with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X and they have also clocked up over 2 million streams across Apple Music and Spotify.

The songs are a taste of Archie’s forthcoming debut album which fans have been treated to a sneak preview of during his touring last year. Archie played his first shows in the US, toured Europe with Isaac Gracie and Rue Royale, and sold out his headline shows at London’s St Pancras Old Church & Servant Jazz Quarters.

Archie kicks off his debut UK headline tour tomorrow and has also been announced to play a number of festivals in May including The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Wood Festival. Full tour dates can be found below:

ARCHIE FAULKS TOUR DATES

APRIL
13th – Liverpool, The Jacaranda
16th – Glasgow, Glad Café
17th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18th – Newcastle, Surf Café
19th – Sheffield, Café Totem
20th – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
23rd – London, Camden Assembly

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4th –  Live At Leeds, Leeds
10th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
17th – Wood Festival, Oxfordshire

Pop Rock Band SWIM Drops New Single “The Chase”

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NY-based indie pop rock band SWIM have released their new single “The Chase,” out on all digital platforms NOW. The track, a fun and energetic piece written collectively by the band, blends together various elements of mainstream pop, rock, and indie. “The Chase” is quite nostalgic, speaking of personal doubt in a relationship, while also piecing together each band members’ instrumentation to create a sleek, cool fusion. About the single, the band states:

The Chase was written by all members of the band, slowly coming together as they wrote each section of the song. The song speaks to uncertainty and doubt that one may feel in a relationship, while struggling to make it through. What started as a simple chord progression would be recorded and polished over the course of the year to become the version that is released today.

SWIM is an indie pop-rock band established in Stony Brook, New York. Voted one of the Top 10 bands on Long Island during the summer of 2017 in Newsday’s Band Battle, SWIM has been active at venues across Long Island since 2015, following the release of their first, self-titled EP, even performing at notable local venues like 89 North (Patchogue), Revolution (Amityville), and the Rainbow Stage at Heckscher State Park. Friends since high school, SWIM has steadily grown their fan-base performing from local Long Island venues to national stages such as SXSW in Austin, TX. 2017 saw the release of Finally, Someone, SWIM’s sophomore effort. Debuting a fine-tuned, focused bid at powerful, alternative rock laced with heavy pop overtones, the record features six tracks which promise to deliver a non-stop groove and revolve around the themes of love lost, love found, and love longed-for. The album has been premiered on local radio stations like 90.1 WUSB, and several online stations. Their last single “Heartbeat Connection” has earned over 200,000 listens on Spotify. SWIM’s thought lyrics, pop melodies, and rhythmic guitar and bass accompaniments tip their hat to indie rock influences like The Strokes and The Kooks, while staying true to the group’s unique brand of pop, heavily influenced by the likes of The Lumineers, Bleachers, and Coldplay. “The Chase” is available on all digital music platforms NOW.

 

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ARCHIE FAULKS Shares Video For New Single ‘Hung Up’

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SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
‘HUNG UP’
WATCH HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR IN APRIL

“A serious talent” – Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1)
“This is great” – John Kennedy (Radio X)
“His work has a sparkling melodic touch” – Clash Magazine

Archie Faulks has shared the video for his new single, ‘Hung Up’, following the announcement of his first headline tour this April.

The video premiered with CelebMix who said, “He has become renowned for his ability to plough a unique pop sound into his captivating song-writing and this is no different with ‘Hung Up’ – we absolutely love the track! The music video for the single mirrors the nature of the track, with its infectiously catchy and upbeat and up-tempo beat throughout, in both the track and music video. The video has a relatively chilled, relaxed nature to it, depicting ‘the making of a music video’, with Archie’s personality shining through in the video.”

The video sees Archie throwing himself into uninhibited exuberance, dancing through the buoyant melodies of the track and showing a brand new side of himself as a tongue-in-cheek pop star.“The video for ‘Hung Up’ was a fun idea me and Frederick Wilkinson had whilst on a photoshoot: a music video about the making of a music video,” says Archie “The video cuts between me trying to be cool, and failing, dancing in an over the top style while Fred tells the stage hands to play out his vision for the video, a ludicrous combination of balloons and capes. It was a hell of a lot of fun to shoot and edit hopefully it captured the fun essence of the song; while also depicting the ‘Hung Up’ side of it with me getting more and more pissed off/diva-ish as the video continues.”

‘Hung Up’ sees Archie deliver his brightest sound yet, channeling a pop sensibility into his enthralling songwriting. The new single follows the release of his debut single ‘It Rains’ and ‘Blackout’ in 2018. Both songs proved hits at radio with support coming from Radio 1 and Radio X, while they clocked up almost two million streams & counting across Apple Music & Spotify.

The songs are a taste of Archie’s forthcoming debut album which fans have been treated to a sneak preview of during his touring last year. Archie played his first shows in the US, toured Europe with Isaac Gracie and Rue Royale, and sold out his headline shows at London’s St Pancras Old Church & Servant Jazz Quarters.

He’s hitting the road again in April for his first ever headline tour and will play seven dates across the country, starting at The Jacaranda, Liverpool on April 13th, finishing at London’s Camden Assembly on April 23rd.

Archie has also been announced to play The Great Escape Festival & Live At Leeds festivals.

ARCHIE FAULKS TOUR DATES
APRIL
13th – Liverpool, The Jacaranda
16th – Glasgow, Glad Café
17th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
18th – Newcastle, Surf Café
19th – Sheffield, Café Totem
20th – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
23rd – London, Camden Assembly

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4th –  Live At Leeds, Leeds
10th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

 

 

Weekend Vibes | My Music Recommendations for the Weekend: Peter Manos, PRETTYMUCH and Backstreet Boys

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Hello there, music lovers! 💚

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick of every third song on the radio being an Ariana Grande song. Nothing against her, I think she’s great, BUT I need some variety!

So here I am, offering my weekend music recommendations. Does my opinion count? Probably not, but here’s to hoping I can spread the music love and offer some variety to your music-loving ears.

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First up, I stumbled across a video on IG last night where three dancers were dancing to a song I’d never heard before. I couldn’t get the song out of my head, so I ended up adding it to my playlist on Apple Music.

The song is aptly titled “In My Head” by Peter Manos. While I don’t know much about him, I do know that he has three songs available to stream on Apple Music and you should definitely check them out. Those other songs are new releases (2019), titled “Out of Love” and “You Don’t Know Me.” He has this mellow, calming voice that makes you want to just light some candles and let all the stress of the day melt away. His songs are a mix of R&B with an acoustic vibe to it. Just trust me. Listen to them!

 


 

Another recommendation is from a band my niece introduced me to. PRETTYMUCH just wrapped up their FUNKTION TOUR, which I had the pleasure of going to with the niece last October here in Ft. Lauderdale. They recently released a song titled “Jello,” but my weekend recommendation is for a track they released at midnight last night/this morning called “Blind.” I mean, let me be honest, you should be listening to ALL of their songs, but I digress. These guys are hard working, talented and extremely underestimated (for now). They remind me of the old school boy bands, which is why I would even call myself a fan in my thirties lol. Their songs are so catchy, they’re incredible dancers and they put on a great show. Plus, I’ve seen first hand how much they love and appreciate their fans. Check out the new track, then check out all their other tracks and then you can catch some of the videos I recorded for my niece at their show here in Ft. Lauderdale (link below the video). 2019 better be their year!

 

Are you watching the video again?? You should be lol!

Here’s a link to my YouTube Channel, where you can find the videos I took from their show in October 2019.

 


 

My last recommendation for the weekend hurts my heart a little. Anyone who knows me knows that Justin Timberlake is my No. 1 and has been since I was 14 (that’s 20 years, people). I was that person who had NSYNC posters and articles plastered on my walls — like it was literally my wallpaper. With that being said, I feel the need to inform you that I was not that person who cried whenever I saw them or stalked their bus lol. Back then, you had to make a choice . . . NSYNC or Backstreet Boys. You already know what my choice was, which is why this recommendation hurts so bad haha. Backstreet Boys released their latest album, DNA, at midnight and it is fan-fucking-tastic! Excuse my French. I’ve been listening to it all morning and I haven’t found a song I didn’t like. I even texted my BSB-loving bestie and told her I might have to go with her to see them live for once in my NSYNC-loving life! All you Howie and Kevin lovers out there, hold onto your hats because they seem to have way more parts on this album than they ever have before. Don’t fact check me on that because if you’ve read this paragraph, you know that BSB was not my choice! I have to give credit where credit is due, and BSB definitely deserve it on this one. Congrats, boys men Backstreet Boys! (See what I did there?)

Check out the album DNA on Apple Music and Spotify, and you can check dates for their upcoming DNA World Tour HERE.

 

If there’s something you want me to check out, let me know in the comments! I’m always eager to hear new music, so feel free to send me YOUR recommendations!

 

ZAYN Releases New Album ‘Icarus Falls’

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Good morning, music lovers!

We were blessed with a new album, Icarus Falls, this morning from former One Direction member Zayn Malik and I am not mad at it. The album is double the length of a regular album, which means you get extra songs to listen to this weekend!

Have you listened to the album yet? What are your favorite tracks so far? Let me know in the comments OR you can comment on my IG post HERE.

Here is the track list for Icarus Falls:

  1. Let Me
  2. Natural
  3. Back to Life
  4. Common
  5. Imprint
  6. Stand Still
  7. Tonight
  8. Flight of the Stars
  9. If I Got You
  10. Talk to Me
  11. There You Are
  12. I Don’t Mind
  13. Icarus Interlude
  14. Good Guy
  15. You Wish You Knew
  16. Sour Diesel
  17. Satisfaction
  18. Scripted
  19. Entertainer
  20. All That
  21. Good Years
  22. Fresh Air
  23. Rainberry
  24. Insomnia
  25. No Candle No Light (ft. Nicki Minaj)
  26. Fingers
  27. Too Much (ft. Timbaland)

 

You can listen to the album on Apple Music Preview HERE.

ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Beautiful ‘Blackout’ Video

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‘BLACKOUT’
VIDEO RELEASED
WATCH HERE

Archie Faulks has shared the video for his new single ‘Blackout.’

A succession of beautifully shot abstract clips, the video conveys a surreal dreamlike ambience that simultaneously straddles both the romantic and unnerving; an ethereal visual journey into the fantastic and unsettling mind-set of an individual plagued by lonely, obsessive desire.

The song premiered on the Radio 1 ‘Chillest Show’ with Jamz Supernova in for Phil Taggart. A strong supporter of Archie, Phil previously called him “a serious talent”.
‘Blackout’ follows the release of Archie’s debut single ‘It Rains’ earlier this year. The song received support from Radio 1 and Radio X and has clocked up almost a million streams across Apple Music & Spotify.

The release led Archie to sell out his debut headline show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters, and also saw him taken out on European tours with Rue Royale where he played three shows in Holland & Isaac Gracie where he performed four dates in Germany. He has also just played his very first live dates in the US and played two sold out shows in New York last week.

Archie will be announcing further live performances soon.

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ARCHIE FAULKS Releases Brand New Single ‘Blackout’

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‘BLACKOUT’
NEW SINGLE OUT NOW
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

PREMIERED ON RADIO 1
CHILLEST SHOW

NOVEMBER LONDON & NEW YORK SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Archie Faulks has released his released his brand new single ‘Blackout’. The song premiered on the Radio 1 ‘Chillest Show’ with Jamz Supernova in for Phil Taggart last night. A strong supporter of Archie, Phil previously called him, “a serious talent”.

‘Blackout’ is a beautiful ballad influenced by love, as Archie explains, “‘Blackout’ is a song for all the dreamers and fantasists out there – when falling in love seems almost a weekly occurrence (on the tube, brief exchange in the smoking area, dare I say it… Instagram) closing your eyes and ‘blacking out’ makes these fleeting fancies romantic and just a touch from reality.”

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The release led Archie to sell out his debut headline show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters, and also saw him taken out on European tours with Rue Royale where he played three shows in Holland & Isaac Gracie where he performed four dates in Germany.

Archie will be playing his next London headline show at St Pancras Old Church on November 12th. He has also just announced his first ever US show where he will play at Communion’s ‘Candle Light Sessions’ in New York on November 8th as he proves himself an enticing live draw on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

GEORGE GLEW Releases Atmospheric New Single ‘Higher’

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RELEASES NEW SINGLE
‘HIGHER’
SPOTIFY / SOUNDCLOUD

NEW EP – VOL. 2
DUE FOR RELEASE IN SPRING 2019

Bristol-based artist George Glew has released his new single, ‘Higher’, the first to be taken from his upcoming EP, Vol. 2, and the follow up to this year’s Vol. 1.

The track premiered with Clash, who called it “a deft fusion of emotive songwriting and dappled electronics… a confident step forward, rooted in that broad, affecting vocal, and the sparse, subtle arrangement.” A delicate blend of minimalist guitars and vocal harmonies, ‘Higher’ builds from subtle fragility to soaring crescendos, an uplifting and transcendent sonic journey taking in soulful vocals, captivating production and infectious, stirring choruses.

“Through the past couple of years I’ve been through some of the biggest challenges personally,” explains George. “The song is about togetherness and how, through bonds in friends and family, we can really face and take on that adversity.”

The track is the first in a series of releases that will form his new EP, Vol. 2, due for release in Spring 2019. It finds George exploring collaboration more than his previous releases, seeing him writing and producing with friends rather than writing alone, seeking to share the moment created in the music.

“I changed my approach to writing by just wanting the music to make me feel something rather than it being a well-crafted song,” says George.

This new approach has become a muse for his musical progression; a catalyst for finding a new sound which permeates his upcoming releases.

The new track follows the release of his latest EP, Vol. 1, which has over 2.2 million plays on Spotify alone. George has supported the likes of Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi, Marsicans, Sea Girls and Dennis Lloyd, and his previous releases have seen acclaim from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Dork and Clash, as well as radio support from Annie Mac, John Kennedy, Elton John and a feature on Apple Music’s A-List.

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IMAGINE DRAGONS Write/Record End-Credit Song “Zero” For RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

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IMAGINE DRAGONS WRITE AND RECORD END-CREDIT SONG “ZERO” FOR “RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET”

“Zero” Available Today from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records

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Imagine Dragons, the GRAMMY®-winning band behind recent hits “Natural” and “Whatever It Takes,” wrote and recorded the end-credit song “Zero” for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The song, which will be featured on the upcoming Walt Disney Records soundtrack album, is available today from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. Listen HERE. It was just featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1. The “Zero” lyric video also debuts today—check it out HERE. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

In the movie, video-game bad guy Ralph struggles with his evolving friendship with fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. According to Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds, the film’s emotional themes are reflected in the song “Zero.” “It’s a pretty timely movie in a lot of ways in that it addresses some of the issues of identity and loneliness unique to this internet generation,” says Reynolds. “Ralph’s internal struggle for self-acceptance really resonated with us, and this song speaks to that.”

Adds Moore, “It’s a bold choice for an end-credit song because it’s about someone who feels like a zero, someone who hasn’t always felt worthy, someone who’s allowed his entire sense of self to rely on a single friendship. When that friendship is threatened, there’s a lot of insecurity.”

“We can all relate to that feeling,” adds Johnston. “But the song tells us we’re not alone. They nailed the theme of the movie in a way that also makes you want to dance.”

Says Reynolds, “The song is a dichotomy in some ways, with sometimes heavy lyrics over pretty upbeat instrumentation. The result is a tone that is somewhat bittersweet, which felt appropriate given the complexity of Ralph as a character.”

“Zero” is now available from KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records:

Retail: http://smarturl.it/IDZero
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/IDZero/amazonunlimited
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/IDZero/applemusic
Google: http://smarturl.it/IDZero/googleplay
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/IDZero/itunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/IDZero/spotify

“Zero” will be featured on the “Ralph Breaks the Internet” soundtrack, available from Walt Disney Records Nov. 16. Stay tuned for more information about the soundtrack.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of the arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

ABOUT IMAGINE DRAGONS:

Formed in 2009 and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots-following by independently releasing a series of EPs. After Alex Da Kid signed them to his KIDinaKORNER/ Interscope label, the band made its major-label debut with the release of Continued Silence, a 2012 EP featuring the 2x platinum breakthrough single ”It’s Time.” Night Visions arrived later that year and Imagine Dragons found themselves on a skyward trajectory that saw the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and became the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. Night Visions has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. The album’s second single, the 10x-platinum ”Radioactive,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 GRAMMY for best rock performance. The third single, ”Demons,” hit No. 1 on Alternative and Top 40 radio, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. Imagine Dragons’ platinum-selling second album, Smoke + Mirrors, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has sold 1.1 million copies worldwide. The band’s third studio album, Evolve, was released June 2017 and went double platinum within a year of its release. The first single “Believer” topped the alternative radio chart for 12 weeks and the follow-up, “Thunder,” hit No.1 at alternative and top 40 radio.

PASSENGER | Release New Single ‘Heart To Love’

PASSENGER – ‘HEART TO LOVE’

THE NEW SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW
LISTEN HERE

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FROM ‘RUNAWAY’ THE NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 31ST
ALSO CONTAINS RADIO 2 PLAYLISTED LEAD SINGLE ‘HELL OR HIGH WATER’

PRE-ORDER

‘Heart To Love’ is the stunning new single from Passenger, available to stream today and as an instant grat with pre-orders of the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter’s new album ‘Runaway’, which is released on August 31st on Black Crow Records via Cooking Vinyl.

“’Heart to Love’ is a song I’ve tried to record a few times and for whatever reason it just wouldn’t work,” says Passenger, aka Brighton’s Mike Rosenberg. “Finally we’ve recorded it in a way that it sounds exciting and how I always imagined it. It’s a simple song really, about trying to find the right person, which is probably something that everyone can relate to.”

The song’s evocative video was shot on Las Vegas’ famous Strip by long-time collaborator Jarrad Seng during a three-week road trip the pair undertook earlier this year, filming promos for every track on ‘Runaway’.

‘Heart To Love’ is the second single to be lifted from ‘Runway’, and follows the Radio 2 playlisted lead single ‘Hell Or High Water’, which has received over 14 million streams across Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

‘Runaway’ is released on CD, Vinyl LP and download with Deluxe 2CD, 2LP and Deluxe Digital formats available that include Live Acoustic versions of the album recorded across North America. Pre-order the album now and instantly receive four tracks – both singles plus title track ‘Runaway’ and ‘Why I Can’t Change.’

Passenger’s 2016 album, ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ entered the UK charts at No.1, ahead of Bruce Springsteen, and the subsequent tour saw Rosenberg play his largest headline tour to date with a total audience of over 1.4 million across 29 countries, including playing to over 13,500 people at Amsterdam’s ZiggoDome. Passenger will support the release of ‘Runaway’ with an extensive world tour, beginning in Edinburgh on August 29th with a sold-out show at Queens Hall. His dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Brighton are also sold-out. Support on all UK dates comes from Lucy Rose.

Passenger is one of the most successful UK artists of this decade, a streaming phenomenon who has had well in excess of a billion streams on Spotify. The video for his Ivor Novello Award-winning single ‘Let Her Go’ has been viewed almost two billion times. The single reached No.1 in 19 countries, with the accompanying album ‘All The Little Lights’ achieving platinum or multi-platinum status in 11 countries.

‘Runaway’ finds Passenger embracing the epic: the melodies are unforgettable, the choruses colossal. The album, Rosenberg’s tenth in 11 years, was recorded between the UK and Australia with his co-producer, Chris Vallejo, but its aesthetic is North American.  “My dad is American,” Rosenberg explains, “and we used to go over every other summer when we were kids. I always loved it. I guess I was seduced by it a little bit. It was such a culture shock coming from England.”

As well as the Las Vegas-set promo for ‘Heart To Love’, three other ‘Runaway’ videos are available to view now: lead single ‘Hell Or High Water’, shot in the epic landscapes of a series of National Parks; the sublime ‘Why I Can’t Change’, which is seeped in influences such as the Traveling Wilburys and early Fleetwood Mac; and album title track ‘Runaway’, which features Rosenberg running through spectacular locations including Death Valley and Monument Valley, Lombard Street in San Francisco, and New York’s High Line. All tracks are also available as instant grats with album pre-orders.

PASSENGER LIVE:

Festival dates:

July 26              Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Canada
July 28              LL Bean Summer Series, Freeport, ME, USA
July 29              Newport Folk Festival, Newport – RI, USA
Aug 2               A Summers Tale, Luhmühlen, Germany
Aug 4               Ronquières Festival, Ronquières, Belgium
Aug 5               Dranouter Festival, Belgium

 

Headline European Tour:

Aug 29              Edinburgh, Queens Hall (SOLD OUT)
Aug 30              Glasgow, Barrowlands*
Sept 1              Dublin, Vicar Street
Sept 2              Belfast, Ulster Hall
Sept 4              Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sept 5              Birmingham, O2 Institute (SOLD OUT)
Sept 8              London, Roundhouse (SOLD OUT)
Sept 9              Brighton, Dome (SOLD OUT)
Sept 15             Munich, Tonhalle
Sept 17             Zurich, Volkshaus
Sept 18             Milan, Alcatraz
Sept 21             Copenhagen, VEGA
Sep 22              Stockholm, Göta Lejon
Sept 24             Berlin, Astra
Sept 26             Amsterdam, AFAS Live (SOLD OUT)
Sept 27             Cologne, Live Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
Sept 29             Antwerp, Trix (SOLD OUT)
Sept 30             Paris, YOYO

*Moved from O2 ABC Glasgow

 

Headline North America Tour:

Oct 13              Nashville Cannery Ballroom
Oct 14              Atlanta Buckhead Theatre
Oct 16              Washington 9.30 Club
Oct 18              New York Brooklyn Steel
Oct 19              Boston Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT)
Oct 21              Montreal Corona Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Oct 23              Toronto Phoenix Concert Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Oct 25              Minneapolis First Avenue
Oct 27              Denver Gothic Theatre
Oct 30              Vancouver Vogue Theatre
Oct 31              Seattle Showbox @ The Market
Nov 2               Portland Crystal Ballroom
Nov 4               San Francisco The Fillmore
Nov 6               Los Angeles The Belaboo

X AMBASSADORS Release Brand New Track ‘Don’t Stay’

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RELEASE NEW SONG
‘DON’T STAY’
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY / YOUTUBE

NEW ALBUM OUT SPRING 2018
VIA KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE RECORDS
PLAYING LONDON’S BRIXTON ELECTRIC
MARCH 19TH

Multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors have released ‘Don’t Stay’, the second of two new songs following the powerful ‘Joyful’ which they launched last week. Both tracks will be featured on X Ambassadors’ new album, JOYFUL, which is set for release this spring on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records.

The band have also announced details of their JOYFUL spring headline tour, which finds the band joined by a number of different and exciting artists along the way including Jacob Banks, Misterwives, Mondo Cozmo, Now Now, Son Little and The Aces among others during dates in the US and Europe.

The massive three-month trek will see the band come to the UK on March the 19th for a show at London’s Brixton Electric, forming part of the European leg of the tour.

X Ambassadors will be showcasing new material from JOYFUL along with fan favourites such as their double-platinum single ‘Unsteady’ and platinum hit ‘Renegades’ – which spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 at Alternative Radio in the US.

Tickets for the tour are on sale – www.xambassadors.com/tour

JOYFUL EUROPEAN TOUR 2018
Mar. 19 | Electric Brixton | London, UK
Mar. 20 | Alhambra | Paris, FR
Mar. 22 | Melkweg | Amsterdam, NL
Mar. 23 | Kantine | Cologne, GER
Mar. 24 | Grunspan | Hamburg, GER
Mar. 26 | Columbia Theater | Berlin, GER
Mar. 27 | Klub Stodola | Warsaw, POL

X Ambassadors “Don’t Stay” Single
Retail: http://smarturl.it/DontStay
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/amazonmusicbuy
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/applemusic Google: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/googleplay
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/itunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/DontStay/spotify

 

Stay Connected with X Ambassadors: www.xambassadors.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

ARTIST TO WATCH: @XAMBASSADORS

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If you think you haven’t heard of this band yet, chances are you’re wrong.  Some of their songs have been featured in video games, commercials, TV show promos and movies.  If, by some odd chance, you haven’t heard said songs, I can guarantee you will soon.

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X Ambassadors consists of members Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.  They’re an alternative band from Ithaca, New York who have an amazing, authentic sound to them.  Blending rock, soul and hip hop vibes that create an unconventional sound is what draws you in, and their lyrics get you hooked.  Thankfully (for us), they were discovered by Imagine Dragons lead singer, Dan Reynolds, after he heard an acoustic version of “Unconsolable” on the radio.  What makes them extra unique is that lead singer, Sam, and pianist, Casey, are brothers and Casey was born blind.  This didn’t stop him from living the dream…

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X AMBASSADORS Release New Single ‘JOYFUL’

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RELEASE POWERFUL AND REDEMPTIVE NEW SINGLE
‘JOYFUL’ 
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

ADDED TO SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK

NEW ALBUM COMING SPRING 2018
ON KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

MARCH EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Including Brixton Electric, London on the 19th

 

Multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors release their powerful and redemptive new single ‘Joyful’ today via all digital retailers. The song is an emotionally raw and impassioned reminder to take a deep breath when the world is crashing down and do the hardest thing – simply appreciate being alive. ‘Joyful’ will appear on the band’s new album by the same name which is set for release this spring on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records.

‘Joyful’ is accompanied by a moving music video that was directed by award winning filmmaker and actress Tess Harrison and visually picks up where the video for the last single ‘Ahead of Myself’ left off.  The video was shot at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA and once again X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris has opted to sing live for the filming and ‘Joyful’ finds him joined by the band – his brother Casey Harris and Adam Levin – and a gospel choir, all of whom were all captured live as well.

The new single continues a narrative for X Ambassadors, who endeavor to find their voice in these chaotic and uncertain times.  Last March they released the inspirational song ‘Hoping’ and donated the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘Joyful’ is more personal than ‘Hoping’, however the message is as universal.

About the song, Sam Harris explains, “I wrote this song as a reminder to myself and to try and learn how to forgive someone. Heartbreak never fails to pull the rug out from under your feet. The pain is always unrecognisable, no matter what shape or form it takes. But heartbreak can be strangely comforting, and can bring a certain clarity to things. You start to recognise what you can and can’t control – to forgive yourself a little, and to take in the beauty of the world around you.

’Joyful’ was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album. We’d just gotten off 2 years of touring – my body was fragile, my mind was a mess, and my heart had just been broken by someone I cared about very much. So I got lost in my work, looking for something to help ground me.”

When writing ‘Joyful’, Sam, drew inspiration from his brother Casey, who is legally blind and manages to find the light and joy in everyday life, as well as his personal experiences such as writing a song with Yemen artist Methal for Spotify’s ‘I’m with the banned’. For Sam, the realisation that we live in a country where we are free to express our ideas in and of itself is something to be grateful for.

‘Joyful’ was written and produced by X Ambassadors, mixed by Manny Marroquin (Rihanna, Sia, Bastille) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Calle 13).

X Ambassadors are excited to share ‘Joyful’ live on their upcoming March European tour, with the LA based band playing Brixton Electric in London on 19th March. The band will also be playing songs from their gold certified debut album VHS which was released June 30th 2016, debuting at #7 on Billboard’s 200 chart and spawning multi-platinum singles ‘Renegades’ and ‘Unsteady’ as well as platinum single ‘Jungle’.

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
MARCH
19th – London, Brixton Electric
20th – Paris, Alhambra
22nd – Amsterdam, Melkweg Max
23rd – Cologne, Luxor
24th – Hamburg, Gruenspan
26th – Berlin, Columbia Theater
27th – Warsaw, Stodola
29th – Moscow, Glav Club
31st – Kiev, Carribbean Club

X Ambassadors ‘Joyful’ single available here:
http://smarturl.it/Joyful

Stay Connected with X Ambassadors:
www.xambassadors.com | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

X AMBASSADORS Announce UK and European Headline Tour | @xambassadors #music

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ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR

BRAND NEW ALBUM DUE SPRING 2018   ‘AHEAD OF MYSELF’ THE SINGLE – WATCH VIDEO HERE

FEATURING ON THE SMASH HIT SINGLE ‘HOME’ WITH MACHINE GUN KELLY & BEBE REXHA    

FEATURING ON EMINEM’S NEW ALBUM ‘REVIVAL’

Multi-platinum selling three-piece X Ambassadors have announced their UK and European headline tour in March 2018. The nine-date run will be kicking off at London’s Electric Brixton on March 19th.

The tour comes ahead of their eagerly anticipated new album, co-written with American multi-platinum selling songwriter, producer and musician Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, Chainsmokers) and due for release in Spring 2018.

The album’s lead single ‘Ahead Of Myself’ was released this summer to great acclaim, and the official video has clocked up over 3 million views on YouTube. The band also sold out their headline show at London’s ULU, and pulled in one of the biggest crowds on the Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

2015 saw the launch of the US trio onto the music scene across the globe. Their debut album VHS spawned the breakthrough platinum selling #1 Alternative radio track ‘Renegades’ and hits ‘Unsteady’ and ‘Jungle’ and debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. VHS has since been gold certified and saw the band embark on a nearly two-year touring odyssey, winning over fans around the world.

X Ambassadors are currently tearing up the US charts with ‘Home’ a collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly and Bebe Rexha, which features on the soundtrack to the new Will Smith Netflix movie ‘Bright’. The track currently holds the #3 spot on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits – with over 18 million streams – and is at #10 on US iTunes.

The band also feature on the track ‘Bad Husband’ on Eminem’s brand-new album Revival which will be released this Friday (Dec 15th).

They have collaborated with a number of prolific artists such as Tom Morello on the track ‘Collider’, Elle King, A$AP Ferg, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem and labelmates Imagine Dragons and have earlier this year released music for the trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruise film American Made, Transformers: The Last Knight, and the inspirational track ‘Hoping’, which came about following the US presidential election and saw proceeds got to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is fighting Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

X AMBASSADORS MARCH TOUR DATES

Mon 19th – London, Brixton Electric UK
Tue 20th – Paris, Alhambra FR
Thu 22nd – Amsterdam, Melkweg Max NL
Fri 23rd – Cologne, Luxor GER
Sat 24th – Hamburg, Gruenspan GER
Mon 26th – Berlin, Columbia Theater GER
Tue 27th – Warsaw, Stodola POL
Thu 29th – Moscow, Glav Club RUS
Sat 31st – Kiev, Atlas UKR

 

“One of rock’s hottest new bands”The Independent

“Triumphant, euphoric, immensely uplifting”Clash Magazine

“Bombastic rock that’s as stomping as it is diaristic, leavened by big-tent pop hooks and a hint of hip-hop swagger”Rolling Stone

 

FIND X AMBASSADORS ON; WEBSITE / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / YOUTUBE

THE STRUTS upgrade London show due to overwhelming demand | #thestruts #music

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LIVE IN LONDON ‘FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY’

**VENUE UPGRADE** DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND ELECTRIC BALLROOM

Monday 18th September **Tickets on sale NOW** https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/the-struts-tickets?omq=the%20struts

BRAND NEW LYRIC VIDEO ‘ONE NIGHT ONLY’ WATCH HERE

ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
“OUR FAVOURITE SONGS RIGHT NOW!”
“Like the Strokes reborn as Queen super-fans – right down to singer Luke Spiller’s amazingly spot-on Freddie Mercury impression.”

Due to overwhelming demand, The Struts’ exclusive UK headline show on Monday 18th September – announced last week for The Garage, Islington – will now be at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

Already proving to be the hottest ticket in town, the flamboyant four-piece stride back across the Atlantic to play in London in celebration of their brand new single ‘One Night Only’, ahead of their massive US tour with Foo Fighters in October.

The recently-released lyric video captures the band in true rock’n’roll style, and is the perfect taster for their hugely anticipated second album, due next year. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2016 debut Everybody Wants.

WATCH ‘ONE NIGHT ONLY’ HERE

Having recently played to over 60,000 fans supporting The Who in Quebec to a rapturous reception, and being included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s Playlist alongside the likes of NIN, Chance The Rapper and St Vincent, The Struts’ meteoric rise continues a-pace. ‘One Night Only’ has set fire to American radio and looks set to be the breakout hit of the summer.

The single has been greeted with rave reviews in the UK with Kerrang magazine devoting two pages to the band’s magnificent return and The Sun declaring, “’One Night Only’ is an anthemic and bombastic tune inspired by the glory days of British glam rock.”

Classic Rock claim, “The Struts continue their inexorable march to world domination with [their] effervescent new song… a typically huge chorus and bits that sound like Queen and little bits that sound a bit like Coldplay, machined-tooled for swaying audiences and drunken, communal singalongs”, whilst music blogs across the spectrum have been hailing the genius of the new single.

The Struts are Luke Spiller, Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).

‘ONE NIGHT ONLY’ SPOTIFY / GOOGLE PLAY / APPLE / AMAZON LINK HERE

 

Official Site | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Snapchat: TheStrutsSnap

 

ARTIST TO WATCH: WENS | “Bones” @wensmusic #music

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If you know me at all, you know how much I LOVE finding new artists to listen to. Thankfully, I also have great taste in TV shows that introduce me to a plethora of amazing new music every week!

Last week was no exception, as I learned about a new artist, WENS. Her track, “Bones,” was featured on an episode of Teen Wolf and it’s been stuck in my head ever since!

To the left is the track artwork featured on Apple Music and below is the audio for the song on YouTube. This song has a blend of R&B and almost alternative vocals on top of a hip-hop influenced track. It’s a creative fusion of incredible sounds and I can’t wait to hear more from this Los Angeles native.

You can find WENS on Twitter HERE and you can check out the song below:

April: Days Seven & Eight | Playlists & Plans

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Hey everyone!

I’m sorry for falling behind a bit on these daily posts, but last weekend was my birthday! Never fear, I’m in catch-up mode and will try to combine some days so I don’t bombard you with my rambling lol.

For Day Seven, I wanted to talk about Playlists!

I’m a HUGE music lover and I absolutely love finding new artists. I get tired of hearing the same 5 songs in rotation on the radio, so any time I can Shazam a song from a TV show or movie I’m a happy camper! I’m always taking suggestions too, so if you know of anyone I should check out, comment on this post and let me know!

I have a few playlists going on Apple Music right now, but the one I use the most is eclectic to say the least! I have Hailee Steinfeld, ZAYN, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Syml, Muse, Lady Gaga, The Chainsmokers, Ruelle and Amber Run. Ruelle is featured a lot on one of my favorite shows, The Originals, and they’re absolutely incredible! I usually add a lot of my Shazam tags to that playlist as well so it’s always growing.

I also have a Justin Timberlake playlist, OneRepublic, The Script and Imagine Dragons. Those four are probably my favorite artists/bands.

How about you? What are you listening to? Is there anyone I should check out?


 
Day Eight is about highlighting what Plans are on my to-do list . . . and there’s a lot! I won’t bore you with everything, but here are the essentials:

  1. Definitely need to hit the gym. In the past year I moved from my home of 29 years to a cute little apartment. For some reason during the chaos of moving and working full-time, I decided it would be a “good idea” to also take 5 online classes. I haven’t had much time within the past year, but now that school has slowed down and I’m almost done, I plan on being at the gym every day.
  2. This past week I started looking for apartments to rent in Georgia, New York and New Jersey. During my search, I stumbled upon a GORGEOUS new home for about half of what it would cost if it were here in Miami. This really made me smarten up about spending/saving money, so saving is definitely on my list of plans.
  3. I graduated high school in 2002 (yes, I’m old) and have been taking college courses here and there ever since. I’ve worked full-time since I was 18 so it wasn’t always easy to put time aside for school. Trying to find online classes or classes that coincide with your work schedule is a bitch! I’ve already received my Associates Degree and Liberal Arts and am about to finish my Bachelors Degree in English – Creative Writing, so now it’s time to think and plan for the possibility of grad school. Am I crazy for considering it? Probably!

 

That’s all I’ll bore you with for now, but let me know what plans you have for the rest of the year!