ALESSIA CARA MAKES HER LOS ANGELES DEBUT @ THE TROUBADOUR

Canadian Alessia Cara made her highly anticipated Los Angeles debut at The Troubadour. Signed to Def Jam records based on her Soundcloud page that included covers of Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Sam Smith and Justin Bieber, this show marked Alessia's first headlining gig.

PINS ANNOUNCE U.S. SUMMER TOUR

Ahead of their June 9th release of their upcoming album Wild Nights, UK's PINS have released their new single "Young Girls." Also, they just announced their U.S. summer toiur which kicks off June 13rh in New York.

ZELLA DAY @ THE TROUBADOUR

Zella Day has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA SHINES IN ITS 8TH YEAR

Last Saturday, over 150 bands made their journey to downtown Pasadena to take part in Make Music Pasadena (MMP), billed as the largest free, all-day music festival on the West Coast.

WINTER @ THE ECHO

Winter's new album Supreme Blue Dream is the ideal soundtrack to your summer..

Friday, November 4, 2016

Alessia Cara - How Far I'll Go (Official Video) from Disney's MOANA


"How Far I'll Go" is an upcoming song from the 2016 Disney feature film, Moana and was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It will be sung by Moana, the title character. In this new official video, "How Far Will I Go"  is performed by Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam recording artist Alessia Cara.  Her gold-certified album Know-It-All includes the multi-platinum singles “Here” and “Wild Things,” plus the critically-acclaimed single “Scars to Your Beautiful.”  Cara is a Juno Award winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is a 2016 America Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year.  She recently completed a tour with Coldplay.   

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

PLAYBOY UNVEILS 'RENEGADES' COVER FEATURING SKY FERREIRA




PLAYBOY MAGAZINE UNVEILS ITS OCTOBER 2016 "THE RENEGADES ISSUE" 
FEATURING SKY FERREIRA

Check out the new issue of Playboy featuring renegade superstar Sky Ferreira in its appropriately titled “The Renegades Issue.”  Ferreira, an actress and musician, will grace two different covers – one a more traditional style Playboy look and the other a more modern day look.  

Sky Ferreira leads a group of eight unconventional men and women who aren't afraid to break the rules in Playboy's first-ever "Renegades" issue. Among the cultural trendsetters are retired pro skateboarder Jason Dill on surviving near-death; Stoya, a ballerina turned porn star; Against Me! founder Laura Jane Grace who reveals the challenges of being transgender in punk rock; comedian and Fresh Off the Boat writer Ali Wong on  motherhood; Paul Beatty, one of America's most daring writers who's known to push societal boundaries; Noor Tagouri, a 22-year-old Hijabi Muslim activist and journalist determined to break down stereotypes; and Sean Murray, founder of Hello Games and its ambitious video game No Man's Sky, that delivers on the promise of endless exploration and adventure.

A sneak peak is now available online HERE and will be available on newsstands on Sept. 27th.  
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Friday, June 24, 2016

KELLY CLARKSON SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS; NEW MUSIC TO BE RELEASED IN 2017


Multi-Grammy winning singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson has signed a long-term, worldwide deal with Atlantic Records it was announced today. Clarkson, who has sold over 25 million albums and 36 million singles worldwide since the launch of her recording career in 2002, is slated to release her first album for Atlantic in 2017. The album will draw from the inspiration of soul and R&B as the foundation of her endearing lyrics and powerhouse vocals. 

Every day this week, Clarkson has been teasing her announcement by performing a classic song from the Atlantic catalog on Facebook Live, including Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine,” Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Aretha Franklin’s “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Clarkson into the Atlantic family,” said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. “She is one of the greatest artists of our generation, a musical icon with an extraordinary, soul-inspired voice that has captivated millions of fans around the world. We are honored to be partnering with Kelly as she embarks on this exciting new phase of her record-breaking career.”

"After winning American Idol there was an arranged marriage that occurred that sometimes worked out and sometimes resulted in the hardest experiences of my life,” commented Kelly Clarkson. “As an artist, American Idol gave me something that was incredible, an audience and a platform before even releasing music. Although I am extremely thankful to the amazing people that I've had the chance to work with, I cannot describe the excitement of working with Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, and their team at Atlantic Records. The loyalty, innovation, and creativeness that Atlantic Records has been consistently bringing to the music industry is incredibly exciting for any artist to be a part of! We have already started creating a record that I have been wanting to make since I was a little girl, and a record that fans have been asking me to make for years. Here's to the future!"

It was also announced today that as a gift for her fans, not only will Clarkson release a live version video for “Tightrope” but she has put four fan-requested cover songs on her website (www.kellyclarksonlive.com) that are now available for instant download. Included are her unique takes on Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” Etta James’s “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and India Arie’s “Ready For Love.” In addition, moving forward fans can visit www.kellyclarksonlive.com on the last Friday of every month to have the opportunity to receive new and exclusive content.  

Clarkson rose to fame as the winner of the first season of American Idol, followed by the release of her debut single, “A Moment Like This,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became the best-selling single of 2002 in the U.S. With the release of her multi-platinum, No. 1 debut album, Thankful, in 2003, she established herself as a bona fide superstar, going on to release a string of smash studio albums, including the RIAA 6X platinum Breakaway (2004), My December (2007), All I Ever Wanted (2009), Stronger (2011), Wrapped In Red (2013), and last year’s Piece By Piece, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 

Clarkson has scored 17 multi-platinum, platinum, and/or gold singles across the globe, among them “Miss Independent,” “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” “Because Of You,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (with Jason Aldean), “My Life Would Suck Without You” (which holds the record for the biggest leap in a single week on the Billboard Hot 100, from No. 97 to No. 1), “Mr. Know It All,” “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” and “Heartbeat Song.”

In addition to her three Grammy Awards, Clarkson has won twelve Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and two American Country Awards. She is the only artist to date to win the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album more than once. Alongside her musical career, Clarkson has ventured into television and film, including playing musical legend Brenda Lee on the NBC-TV series American Dreams. This fall, Clarkson will make her debut as an author with the publication of her children’s picture book, River Rose And The Magical Lullaby.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

IGGY AZALEA CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT AS D'ANGELO RUSSELL POKES FUN AT LEAK SCANDAL

Iggy Azalea

Last March, Laker Nick Young, fiance to Iggy Azalea, was caught on tape by teammate D'Angelo Russell, allegedly admitting to affairs last summer.

After that video got leaked,  the Grammy winner tweeted "Hmmm I see D Angelo Russell is trending..I Actually liked his film. Thanks Bro."

Today, news broke that Iggy and Nick called off their engagement.  Azalea confirming on Instagram "Unfortunately although I love Nick and have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him - It's become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to.  I genuinely wish Nick the best.  It's never easy to part ways with the person you planned you're entire future with, but futures can be rewritten and as of today mine is a blank page.

Also today,  D'Angelo Russell, who reportedly shot the secret video, was featured in a new Foot Locker ad making light of the scandal giving advice to rookie Ben Simmons by throwing his cell into the ocean.  Watch the commercial below.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

RITA ORA SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH ATLANTIC RECORDS

Rita Ora

Today, multiplatinum recording artist Rita Ora signed a worldwide recording contract with Atlantic Records UK. Having enjoyed several #1 successes with her previous album and a number of smash hit singles around the world, Rita will be returning to the studio and working on new material for release later this year.

Rita Ora said "Music is my first love and I am looking forward to getting my new songs released. I'm thankful to my new Atlantic Records family for all their support and encouragement. The next chapter is going to be incredible."

President of Atlantic Records UK Ben Cook commented, "Rita is a rare talent and a true global star. First and foremost she's a great singer who's hugely passionate about music and I'm delighted to welcome her to Atlantic Records. We look forward to getting in the studio with her and making an incredible album."

Rita rose to prominence in 2012 when her single "Hot Right Now" debuted at #1 in her native UK.  Since then Rita has become one of the most globally recognized and successful women in entertainment. In addition to her music success Rita's impressive resume includes acting in several major motion pictures such as Fifty Shades of Grey, Southpaw, Fast and Furious 6, runs on television as a judge on the UK's The Voice and later the country's most popular TV show X-Factor, plus partnerships representing some of the biggest fashion and beauty brands including Adidas, Rimmel and Tezenis.  As one of the most successful contemporary British female artists, Rita achieved four #1 singles in the UK with her songs reaching the top of the charts across Europe. Rita also sang the global smash hit "Black Widow" which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In February 2015 Rita delivered a stirring performance of her Diane Warren penned song "Grateful" on the 87th annual Academy Awards, which was seen by many millions of people all over the world.  
  
Rita has toured extensively in Europe, the U.S and Asia. As a live performer she has performed on some of the most prestigious stages around the world from Glastonbury to the White House. 

With her broad social media footprint of avid fans and this new partnership with Atlantic Records, Rita is poised for a new era of chart success.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

DRAGONETTE RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR "LONELY HEART"

DRAGONETTE


Canadian electro-pop trio Dragonette just unveiled their new lyric video for their single  "Lonely Heart."  Wtih marching band beats and sun-drenched melodies laced over carribbean synth sounds, "Lonely Heart"  may be the song of the summer, perfect for drinking Mai Tai's or Margaritas while relaxing on the beach.  You can check out the Canadian electro-pop trio when they play a slew of festivals in the coming weeks.  Listen to the track below. 


Tour Dates:
6/18: Glowfair Festival - Ottawa, ON, Canada
6/25: Aboriginal Day Live - Winnipeg, MB, Canada
7/29: OSHEAGA Festival - Montreal, QC, Canada
8/20: Center of Gravity Festival - Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada

HINDS MAKES U.S. NETWORK TV DEBUT


HINDS made their network television debut last night during a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Playing a mellowed-out version of "Garden" off their debut album Leave Me Alone, the Madrid-based band later tweeted "We might have been the first Spanish band to play an American late night show ever. In the history."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

MAKE MUSIC PASADENA 2016 GETS WET AND WILD


Light drizzle didn't dampen the 9th Annual Make Music Pasadena last weekend.  An expected 50,000 were expected to show up to this free all day music fest held in 30 venues with 150 performances but judging by the crowds, it seemed like business as usual as fans came out to see their favorite bands and discover new ones as well.



The Old Pasadena Colorado Main Stage hosted a healthy mix of electric, pop, rock and new wave.  Australia's Atlas Genius headlined the festival with a bustling set and even got the crowds dancing and hopping up and down towards the end of their set while The Mowgli's pop-rock-folk added the sunshine this festival needed with their style of pop-rock. When they played, it's as though everyone forgot that Pasadena was experiencing rain throughout the day.  


What makes Make Music Pasadena great is the many genres of music played throughout the many venues around downtown Pasadena such as psych-pop played by LA based James Supercave and electronica by Pr0files - both on the main stage.

Dead Ships, who recently was hand-picked to play this year's Coachella, brought  their indie garage sound to the main stage.  Named by music tastemakers as one of  LA's best live bands, Dead Ships, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Devlin McCluskey, drummer Christopher Spindelilus, and bassist Alex Moore proved that with their rousing performance on Pasadena's Main Stage. Dead Ships are readying the release of their debut studio album CITYCIDE which was produced by Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning and drops June 24th via the Nevado Music label.

L.A. Girlfriend post-punk electric homecoming complete with dancing cheerleaders brought out some edge and fun during this June gloom day.  


The morning began with a wake up call in the form of Evol Walks at the Playhouse District Main Stage.  Like a starter gun, their hard rock was a great opening to the annual festival in downtown Pasadena while Papa's  indie-rock and singing-drummer Darren Weiss performed an intense and raucous show in front of a large crowd.  

Over a the outdoor mall at the  Paseo Colorado Main Stage was Los Angeles locals The Dutch Party and The Fontaines - both performing some of my favorite sets of the day.  The Fontaines' vintage self-branded new-wop sound was my favorite find of the day. Fontaines, the  Los Angeles band made up of siblings Hank and Charlotte Fontaine was my favorite find of the day with their self-branded new-wop sound.  

With the day's mostly silver, grey skies, Dutch Party seized the day with the sun-kissed, warm indie-pop to an otherwise willing crowd ready to dance and have fun.  

My day ended at The Shoppes at STATS Stage right a few blocks south of the Main Stage where I got to relax to the soothing tunes of Zach + Bridget.  Performing under a soft glow amid a music crowd sipping wine with cheese, Zach and Bridget delivered a soft yet modern Americana style that's both refreshing and classic.  Not only did they perform, Zach + Bridget curated an all acoustic schedule at the STATS Stage where they invited friends such as The Americans, The Lemon Trees, Valley Queen, Laura Jean Anderson and Austin McCutchen to name a few.  


Photo Gallery - To see more pics from check out our Make Music Pasadena photo gallery on her Flickr page HEREhttp://bit.ly/1UTchzj

ALSO CHECK OUT - 
Make Music Pasadena 2011 - http://bit.ly/25WMO3v
Make Music Pasadena 2012 - http://bit.ly/1PsYpKI
Make Music Pasadena 2013 - http://bit.ly/1WNcOZZ
Make Music Pasadena 2015 - http://bit.ly/1tpSgtS
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BETTY WHO COVERS DONNA LEWIS' "I LOVE YOU ALWAYS FOREVER"


Gearing up for her sophomore album, Betty Who (aka: Jessica Anne Newham) recently released a new song.  It's a cover of Donna Lewis' 1996 hit song "I Love You Always Forever" and since it's release, it has risen to no. 7 on Spotify's Global Viral 50 chart.  

Betty Who tells Spin Magazine that she started writing last July and has written about 40 tracks for her upcoming album has about a month left for more writing and hopes to wrap by August.  

Check out the track below.

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LE BUTCHERETTES COVERS MILEY CYRUS' "WRECKING BALL"


Check out Le Butcherettes cover version Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" which premiered on The A.V. Club today.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

NEW VIDEO: MØ's WANTS YOU TO CONNECT TO YOUR INNER STRENGTH IN "FINAL SONG"


MØ



MØ new summer hit "Final Song" has the potential to be the song of the summer.  She's no stranger to summer hits; working on last year's Major Lazer and DJ Snake's smash "Lean On." 

‘Final Song’ is about reconnecting with your inner strength. With your inner glow, passion, spirit animal, whatever—the force that keeps us going and doing what we love," MØ says. "We all need to feel empowered from within to be the best version of ourself, but it’s not always easy and that’s what inspired me to write these lyrics. When you’re united with your inner glow you can beat the fears and fly towards your dreams."

"Final Song" was co-written by MNEK and Noonie Bao and could be part of her upcoming album since her 2014 debut No Mythologies to Follow


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CHVRCHES AND HAYLEY WILLIAMS TEAM-UP ON "BURY IT" REMIX

Paramore's Hayley WilliamsChvrches

In March, CHVRCHES took part in Paramore's  "Parahoy!" an annual cruise that takes fans from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico where bands including New Found Glory and Lights perform for their fans.  During this four-day cruise, Chvrches brought Hayley Williams on stage during their set to sing "Bury It."  

Yesterday, Chvrches premieres a new remixed version of "Bury It" with Williams on Annie Mac's BBC1 Radio Show.

Chvrches are planning to re-release an extended version of their sophomore record  Every Open Eye featuring this new version of "Bury It" with Hayley Williams next month.  

Listen to the track below.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

KREWELLA NEWS: RELEASE SOPHOMORE EP AND ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR


After almost two years since their debut album and platinum hit 'Alive,' Chicago-bred duo Krewella (singer/songwriter sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf) have officially released their highly-anticipated sophomore Ammunition EP last week. The siblings return with a collection of 6 brand new tracks including the cathartic, punk-infused “Beggars,” and the fresh, reflective “Broken Record.” A major departure from their former dubstep heavy sound, this body of work spans multiple genres, exploring sounds from alternative rock to drum and bass. With a wider range of vocals and songwriting styles, Ammunition presents the unique talents of Jahan and Yasmine in a light never seen before. The evolution of their music is a glimpse into the two years of development and previews what the future direction of the group may be. The EP is available for purchase HERE and to stream HERE.

Krewella also recently announced The Sweatbox North American headlining tour, to take place this fall. The tour was announced as a return to the intimate venues that defined the beginning of Krewella’s career - the manic energy, the mosh pits, and the steam rooms. The 16-date run kicks off in Austin, TX on September 1 and features stops in major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal and more before wrapping with a hometown show in Chicago on October 8. See full list of dates below, and please visit Krewella.com for more information and tickets for The Sweatbox tour. General on-sale starts on Friday, 5/20 at 6am PT / 9am ET.

THE SWEATBOX TOUR DATES:
9/1/2016 - Austin, TX - The Parish
9/2/2016 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues - The Cambridge Room
9/3/2016 - Houston, TX - House of Blues - The Bronze Peacock Room
9/8/2016 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
9/9/2016 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
9/10/2016 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
9/15/2016 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
9/16/2016 - Boston, MA - Wonder Bar
9/17/2016 - New York, NY - Good Room
9/22/2016 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
9/23/2016 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
9/30/2016 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10/1/2016 - Montreal, QC - Fairmount Theatre
10/6/2016 - Miami, FL - Churchill's Pub
10/7/2016 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10/8/2016 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NEW VIDEO: ANGEL OLSEN DROPS NEW MYSTERY TRACK


Angel Olsen



Today, Angel Olsen released a music video for a new mystery track.  In platinum silver, glitter wig, Angel sings through a headset in this dark, moody piece until it stops and cuts to color bars and tone.  According to Pitchfork, the track is called "Intern"  from an album titled My Woman.  

Can we expect a new album soon?  Her last album came two years ago. It was her second studio album called Burn Your Fire for No Witness, released in February of 2014.

Watch the video below. 

SHURA RE-ENACTS CLASSIC FILMS FOR NEW VIDEO


Last week, UK singer/songwriter Shura released her 80's inspired track "What's It Gonna Be" off her debut LP Nothing's Real.

Today, she released the video for the song that looks like it came straight out of a John Hughes movie.  In it, Shura spotlights young LGBTQ relationships while re-enacting classic '80s films like E.T. and The Breakfast Club.  The video stars her real-life brother Nick and is directed by Chloe Wallace.  Her debut album Nothing's Real drops July 8th.  

Check out the video below.

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