Teyana Taylor premieres “Issues / Hold On” music video

17 Mar

Teyana Taylor has premiered the music video for her new single online.

The visual clip for “Issues / Hold On” – featuring appearances from A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Tyler The Creator, and models Kristen Crawley and Lori Harvey – was posted to the American singer/songwriter’s Vevo channel on Friday (March 15, 2019).

The track was co-written by Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney of Nova Wav, who are also responsible for  Kelly Rowland’s “Kelly,” Monica’s “Commitment,” The Carters’ “LoveHappy,” Kehlani’s “Crzy,” Britney Spears’s “Hard to Forget Ya,” and Tinashe’s “Ooh La La.”

Production duties on “Issues/Hold On” were collectively handled by Kanye West (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson), Mike Dean (Madonna, The Weeknd), Plain Pat (Dido, Kid Kudi) and Boogz Da Beast (Nas, John Legend).

Taylor’s latest studio collection K.T.S.E. (an initialism of Keep That Same Energy) – featuring previous singles “WTP” and “Gonna Love Me” – is now available via GOOD Music / Def Jam Recordings.

Watch the music video for “Issues / Hold On” below.

JGrrey unleashes debut mini-album “Grreydaze”

15 Mar

British singer/songwriter JGrrey has unleashed her debut EP online.

“Grreydaze” – featuring productions from Linden Jay, Kadiata, Douvelle, Engine Earz, Trebor Llams, Duncan Boyce – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Besides previously released promotional singles “Pretty Insane” and “Notice,” the highly-anticipated project also features three new songs in the shape of “Feelings,” “God’s House” and “Something.”

Stream “Grreydaze” below.

RuthAnne delivers new promotional single “Love Again”

15 Mar

Irish singer/songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham, known professionally as RuthAnne, has delivered her new promotional single online.

“Love Again” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was collectively produced by Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalola of Future Cut alongside George Moore, who is also responsible for Kwabs’s “Perfect Ruin,” Yebba Smith’s “Evergreen,” and All Saints’ “Who Do You Love?”.

RuthAnne’s upcoming debut album – featuring previous promotional singles “It Is What It Is,” “Liquid,” “The Vow” and “Take My Place” – is expected to arrive later this year via The Other Songs.

As a songwriter, RuthAnne has penned songs for Jojo (“Too Little, Too Late”), Katharine McPhee (“Over It”), Leona Lewis (“Perfection”), Britney Spears (“Work Bitch”) and Niall Horan (“Slow Hands”).

Stream the audio clip for “Love Again” below.

Arlissa hits the studio with Fredro for new collaboration

15 Mar

American-German singer/songwriter Arlissa Ruppert, known mononymously as Arlissa, has teamed up with Fredro for a new collaboration.

The Swedish record producer and songwriter (born Fredrik Odesjo) has recently helmed the entirety of Ehlia Luna’s EP “Black Girl Music,” which is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

Fredro’s extensive resume boasts further works with Christina Milian (“When You Look at Me”), Mya (“Fabulous Life”), Vitamin C (“Busted”), Sugababes (“Supernatural”), Cheri Dennis (“Ooh Ooh”), Shontelle (“Ghetto Lullabye”), Jessica Mauboy (“Can Anybody Tell Me”) and Melodi Brown (“Skin”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Arlissa’s upcoming project – featuring current promotional single “Let This Go” – is expected to arrive later this year via Universal Music Group / Def Jam Recordings.

The still-untitled collection reportedly delivers alliances with Malay, Jesse Shatkin, Anita Blay, RyKeyz, Geoffrey Warburton, Sinai Tedross, Martin Sjolie, Andre Harris, MoZella, Jonny Hockings, Lostboy, Sidnie Tipton, Martin Terefe, T-Collar, Pip Kembo, Stint, Kameron Grae, Wrabel, and Jeff Kleinman.

Stream the acoustic version of “Let This Go” below.

Alx Luke releases new promotional single “Wasted”

15 Mar

American singer, songwriter, and Circus Aerial Artist Luke has released his new promotional single online.

“Wasted” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was co-written by fellow recording artist Jaden Michaels, whose other credits include Jojo (“I Am”), Jessica Mauboy (“To the End of the Earth”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Drive”), Candice Glover (“I Am Beautiful”), Jessica Sanchez (“Change Nothing”) and Lea Michele (“Louder”).

Production duties on “Wasted” were handled by RyKeyz, who is also responsible for Fantasia’s “Man of the House,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Got Everything,” Little Mix’s “Mr. Loverboy,” and Rak-Su’s “I Want You to Freak.”

Luke’s upcoming yet-to-be-titled debut project – featuring previous promotional single Tainted Love” – is expected to arrive later this year.

Stream the audio clip for “Wasted” below.

Kara Marni releases new promotional single “Lose My Love”

14 Mar

British singer/songwriter Kara Marni has released her new promotional single online.

“Lose My Love” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was co-written and produced by regular collaborators The Invisible Men (composed of Jonathan Shave, George Astasio, and Jason Pebworth), who have also worked with Rita Ora (“Hot Right Now”), Charli XCX (“Playboy Style”), Madison Beer (“Hurts Like Hell”) and Anne-Marie (“Heavy”).

Marni’s upcoming project – featuring previous promotional single “Move” (which was co-written by Roc Nation signee and fellow recording artist Harloe) – is expected to arrive later this year via Access Records.

Stream the audio clip for “Lose My Love” below.

Is Guns N’ Roses’ Comeback A Formula For Others?

13 Mar

In December, Guns N’ Roses wrapped up a tour that had stunned the music world. From a Coachella reunion show to a full-fledged trek around North America and Europe, the hard rock group unexpectedly erupted into a full resurgence, reigniting fans’ passions, roping in a lucrative amount of money, and leading up to inevitable teases of new material. For anyone with even a remote interest in the band, or in classic music in general, it made for a wild couple of years.

Now that the “Not In This Lifetime” tour is finally over though, music lovers may have a simple question on their minds: Will any other older or “classic” groups follow GNR’s lead and launch full-blown resurgences? Can any other group do it? It’s really a game of pure speculation, but we can at least look at some bands with some similar potential to follow something approximating the Guns N’ Roses model.


AC/DC

AC/DC is the first band that will come to mind for a lot of people, even though it hasn’t had the sort of prolonged core hiatus that Guns N’ Roses had before 2016. That is to say there is no dramatic reunion between members to use as a launch point for a comeback (as there was with Axl Rose and Slash of Guns N’ Roses). That said, AC/DC does appear to have some renewed energy, in large part thanks to Rose. The Guns N’ Roses frontman has replaced Brian Johnson in the AC/DC lineup and appears to be ready for full-fledged membership in the rival group. He has both toured and worked on new material with the band. It still feels somewhat temporary – but less so as time moves along.


Black Sabbath

Call this one wishful thinking, perhaps. Many people may not even realize that Black Sabbath was still playing shows until recently, Ozzy and all. In fact, the band was active on the stage for nearly 50 years by the time they confirmed their split a little over a year ago. The final show in Birmingham marked the 49-year mark for the band, which appears to have stepped away from the spotlight in peace. That said, guitarist Tony Iommi indicated they could still make more music together, and this is definitely a group that could conceivably be inspired by Guns N’ Roses’ success. That is to say, we could see an effect by which other supposedly over-the-hill groups take a look at what happened with GNR (or even the ongoing success of a tireless band like U2) and decide to give it another shot. Let’s not count Black Sabbath out until they’re actually out for a few years.


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are significantly older, and likely don’t have the energy for a two-year international tour. That said, they have a clear desire to retain popularity. One of the earliest hints of Guns N’ Roses’ comeback two years ago in fact was a band-themed slot game online. Ironically many Americans may not have noticed the game, save for in New Jersey where some of the modern slots that have incorporated pop culture themes are available to play. However, the game did subtly get GNR back in front of people, and more significantly hinted that they were active in pushing their image once more. The Rolling Stones are one of the few classic groups that’s still active and which has also put out a game of this kind, indicating a similar interest in expanding visibility. That doesn’t mean everything else will work out the same, but it does show the Stones employing similarly innovative approaches to staying relevant. We also know that the group is still very much interested in touring. There’s at least a chance that, inspired by a group like GNR’s renewed energy, the Stones get rolling once more.

Rage Against the Machine 

This would actually make for one of the more shocking and exciting reunions we could think of in the music industry. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 18 years, but Rage Against The Machine disbanded all the way back in 2000. They were mentioned in a piece on 10 bands that should make comebacks, wherein it was noted that they did have brief reunions in 2007 and 2011, though there’s never been a hint of a full-fledged comeback. The only thing that makes this seem at least somewhat possible has nothing to do with Guns N’ Roses or other comeback groups though. It’s simply that RATM was a very political group, and these are turbulent political times. If there’s ever been an environment ripe for a Rage return, this is probably it.