Taken from his recently released and critically acclaimed sophomore album Cosmic, which was released in September last year to rave reviews, Teddy Riley protégé, former Blackstreet member, and New Jersey R&B singer and songwriter LENNY HAROLD is excited to kickstart his 2019 with the release of his highly anticipated music video for fan-favourite Cosmic album track ‘MORE’, which has just been premiered by Soultracks.
Produced by three time Grammy Award nominee Armando ‘Mandobeats’ Colon, who has previously worked with the likes of Shaggy, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Cam’ron and Fat Joe, with live bass and guitar arrangements from Ralph B. Stacy (Luther Vandross, SWV, Dru Hill), ‘More’ stands out as a timeless R&B slow jam, which is held together by Lenny Harold’s striking tenor and smooth vibrato, and honest and relatable songwriting about wanting more for and from a love interest.
The ‘More’ visuals see Lenny Harold collaborating with fast-rising cinematographer and photographer Richard ‘Parlay’ Copier of OneiPhotography, to create a storytelling masterpiece, which not only brings the ‘More’ record, which is already a timeless R&B offering all by itself, further to life, but tells its own story of a woman stuck between trying to leave a life of pain and abuse behind, and the fear of leaping into the unknown with someone new.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the ‘More’ video, Lenny Harold says, “we wanted to create a visual that could tell several stories, with the main focus on our leading lady having to make a decision that’s often vital to the heart for all of us. You’re not sure if she did, if she wants to, or if she’s just thinking about it, and ultimately, we don’t know. We wanted the video to have the ability to connect with everyone regardless of the scenario, and I hope it does just that”.
Counting the likes of Quincy Jones, Marsha Ambrosius and Jamie Fox as fans, and with three critically acclaimed R&B projects already under his belt, before he released last year’s well received Cosmic album, Lenny Harold is coming into 2019 as one of the best pure R&B talents out of America today. The rest of the year will see the New Jersey native embark on a short run ‘Cosmic’ tour across the US, along with the release of more visuals from the album, starting with ‘Heat’ in February.
Coline Creuzot debuted the video for her soulful single, “Dead End”. Written by Coline and Troy “R8dio” Johnson (Solange, Chris Brown) the Motown inspired song finds Coline crooning against a Los Angeles skyline.
“Dead End was inspired by relationships, the failure of them and how hard it is to feel complete again once it’s on a one-way road,” says Coline. “This song talks about the disappointment and the heartbreak of realizing in that moment, forever doesn’t always last. You have to learn how to move forward.”
Toronto by-way-of Paris, Steven Vidal aka STWO has teamed up with Roy Woods, one of OVO Sound’s key players, to release “You, World, or Myself via Ultra Records - LISTEN HERE. STWOs ambient, sleek production and melancholy tone of Woods’ vocals build off each other to create a track that is minimal in composition, but deep in emotion. “You, World, or Myself,” is a strong follow-up on STWO’s continued collaborations with the community who shaped today’s hip-hop and R&B sound.
After ‘Neither do I Feat. Jeremih’, I wanted to make something more light and when I made the beat I thought of Roy Woods right away, really happy with it, it worked out perfectly,” shares STWO.
Stwo (pronounced "stew") has come a long way since initially garnering the attention of many when he released his track "Loving U" in 2014, which has amassed over 40 million streams on SoundCloud and Spotify in the years since then. Stwo’s past work has also brought the best out of some of hip-hop’s most formative acts. Earlier this year, Stwo collaborated with hip-hop artist 6lack on records from his East Atlanta Love Letter album which debuted at #3 on The Billboard Hot 100. Prior to 2018, the French producer and DJ has collaborated with artists such as Drake, Frank Ocean, Jeremih, Sevdaliza, Daniel Ceasar, Majid Jordan, and more industry heavyweights. Aside from Stwo’s work in hip-hop and R&B, he’s also made his mark on the dance music industry. “You, World, or Myself,” is out now, stay tuned for more from STWO in 2019.
Following a slew of releases in 2018, Toronto-bred artist benny mayne unveils a new music video from latest collab with Atlanta lyricist 24hrson their track “strangers”.
The edgy video opens with his enraged and barebacked ex-girlfriend banging on the front door of his house. Both benny and 24hrs avoid letting her in knowing they’d “just crash and burn”in her fury. They then fall back into a dream-like state as they go on with their day, trying hard to get this girl off their mind.
benny had a breakout year, emerging onto the scene with his hit track “bounce”in January, and stayed on a consistent flow of sensual R&B-infused Pop records. After returning to the studio to experiment and evolve his sound, benny debuts an evolved version of his darkpop-infused-RnB sound with his new track “Strangers” ft. 24hrs.
Self-described “Afro-tina” Reiana Fernandez – known to the world as Simply Rayne – didn’t come out of the womb singing. This 20-year-old’s journey to success has been steeped in hard work and self-possession. She was raised on classics like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Diana Ross and Etta James, and on her own explored modern icons like Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Prince, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige, and Lauryn Hill. But her number one influence is none other than the queen herself: Beyoncé.
Simply Rayne hit the ground running with her career: her 2013 debut single earned her radio play in Australia, and in 2016 she began a working relationship with the production duo The KlubJumpers, who have 80 Billboard-charting songs and numerous Gold and Platinum Records to their name. She’s shared the stage with such diverse artists as G-Eazy, Steve Aoki, Lil Wayne, Migos, funk icons Lakeside, and Khalid, and performed two years in a row at the Mala Luna Music Festival. She’s made numerous live TV appearances and appears as herself in the upcoming independent romantic comedy film The Margarita Man. With faith-based ethos and unflinching optimism, Rayne strives to set a positive example as a multi-cultural young woman, and has earned the title of “Teen Vogue Ambassador”; had cover features in ReFocused Magazine and ChicaGirl; being a Bold Favor Award Honoree, in recognition of amazing leadership in the entertainment field, and being named a City of San Antonio Youth Ambassador.
Following the empowering urban anthem “How We Do” and the smoldering, soulful ballad “Need To Know”, Simply Rayne’s latest offering is the irresistible tropical soul-pop single “Don’t Stop”, which likens the bliss of dancing to the carefree purity of new love. Produced by the KlubJumpers, it’s a balmy, sun-kissed track bursting with urban swagger. While her love of hip-hop and R&B shines, the featured verse by Baby Bash also adds a hint of Latin flavor. In the “Don’t Stop” video, Rayne takes influence from Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Shakira, and of course Beyoncé in her moves, as she encourages her love interest to never stop dancing. She says of the song and video, “The meaning of my song ‘Don’t Stop’refers to keeping the flame in a relationship alive- don’t stop loving and caring for me. The concept of the video incorporates my multicultural background, strong sisterhood, and of course a love interest with an underlying theme of sassy female empowerment. I would describe the making of the video as enthusiastically fun and uplifting.”
Look into the roots of strong R&B vocalists, and you may find they spent time singing in church. The modern soul approach of Queen Naija, which can be heard on tracks such as "Bad Boy," "Mama's Hand" and "Medicine," is partially due to getting schooled early on - she was part of a choir as a child in her native Detroit. That was way before she became a YouTube hero, of course. For the last few years, she's been pleasing fans by inviting them into her all aspects of her life as a wildly popular vlogger. Boasting three million subscribers, her YT channel has focused on delivering personal candor to an ever-growing fan base. When she and her husband split last year, it prompted her to hit the studio and not only vent some frustration but stand up for women everywhere. "Medicine" busted the the 23-year-old to the next-level success that she's riding right now. Her follow-up track on the same subject, "Karma," is just as revealing, with a message attached. "I'm just letting him know, 'I might be sad right now, you might be happy, but the table's gonna turn.'" She really brought the drama, and a little bit of that church vibe, when she stopped by to perform it, and explained her feelings on its double-edged sword effect. "While it makes me feel good that other women can relate to what i'm writing, it makes me feel bad that they have to go through it."
Director: Micah Bickham
Editor: Colton Fordyce
Compton native Chris O'Bannon has released the new video for "Raise The Price," which premiered on Rosecrans Ave. The song is from his latest offering Sauce Meets World, which finds Chris employing each of his many skills including producing, songwriting, singing and rapping. The project features fellow rising stars Kalan.FrFr and AZChike. Most recently, Chris was featured on Nef the Pharaoh & 03 Greedo's "Choosy" alongside AllBlack.
Sauce Meets World Buy/Stream Link: http://bit.ly/SauceMeetsWorld
“Last year I took a trip to London for 3 weeks to chase a girl I barely knew…I thought I was in love with this girl I had never even met in person.
Long story short…I realized she was fake and that it wasn’t gonna work out. This was only a week into the trip…I was stuck. I didn’t want to be there. And even though I was the one who ended it with the girl, I still walked around for the next two weeks in a state of heartbreak and in a drunken stooper.
The strange thing about traveling the world is you feel like you could almost be anywhere. You look at time zones and see how its only 5am at home as you’re eating a late lunch. Or how, if you were in Hong Kong, the sun would have long gone down. Time becomes lucid.
This song is about being trapped in “the in-between.” This song is about going across the world to break your own heart. It’s about being a ghost in a faraway place that doesn’t seem real.”
“GOLD RUSH” arrives at all music retailers and streaming services on Friday, October 5th. Max hits the road shortly after the release to embark on “The Gold Rush Tour.” The North American headline tour begins October 9th in Santa Cruz, CA and continues through mid-November. “GOLD RUSH” was executive produced by Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (Fitz and the Tantrums) and mainly produced by Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih, YG). Earlier in the year, Max made his national TV debut with a performance of breakout single “Good Morning” on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Max Frost has also become an in-demand collaborator in his own right, including DJ Snake’s hit single, “Broken Summer (Feat. Max Frost).” Most recently, Frost had a once in a lifetime experience working with Elton John in a London studio for an upcoming collaboration with DJ Mustard.
One More Time is Moxie's R&B rendition of the nostalgia that follows an obsessive yet tainted intimate relationship filled with imbalance and lust.
Some predictions require crystal balls. Others can be made using more tangible things, like ears, a heart, a rump, and a devotion to righteous grooves. That’s all anyone needs to know that “Pull Up (Skrrt),” the electrifying new single from fast-rising Ottawa R&B singer/songwriter Mandia, is poised to be the break-out smash of the summer… if not the year.
The slinky and decidedly after-dark “Pull Up (Skrrt)” juxtaposes superstar American singer/producer Eric Bellinger’s soulful voice against Mandia’s, as expressive and gravity-defying an instrument as those of her spiritual sisters Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Seriously, girl could start fires with that thing!
Canadian based duo Garçons (singer/songwriter Deelo and record producer/director Julian Strangelove) first met in 2014, but didn't start working together until last summer when they dove into writing and recording. Inspired by the bohemian rap lyricism of Pharrell and Q-Tip, Nigerian born Deelo found a perfect collaborator with Strangelove, whose Soul meets Reggaeton beats provided the perfect vehicle for Deelo's vocals.
Their forthcoming debut EP "Body Language" was written over the course of a month in Strangelove's Ottawa apartment. "There wasn't a goal, we just wanted to make good music," Strangelove says of the experience. "At the end of the day, the music is really all about embracing uniqueness and the things that make us human - love, nostalgia, euphoria, insecurities, lust, boredom, etc."
Garçons' fusion experimentalism comes through in their debut single "Numba One," which comes with a rainbow pastel music video. Directed by Strangelove, the clip was filmed in Ottawa and pays homage to Quentin Tarantino through highly stylized characters and lush visual acrobatics, with Deelo taking a page from Andre 3000's style donning bright pink mink body duster and plaid pants, toying around with a '90s boom box and bright green vintage car, as the duo visits some local haunts including an arcade and the famed ice cream (aka "creme glacée") joint Lois n' Frima's. 'With the music & the visuals, it's always been about telling stories and creating this colorful world for people to get lost in."
“My Tata,” the breakout single from rising guitarist, songwriter and producer Mike11 showcases the special chemistry between Mike11 and his collaborator on the track, American singer Jeremih. “I’ve never ran across someone who played any guitar so skillfully. I knew then that he was special, and could match any vocal attempt that I would sing,” says Jeremih about first meeting Mike11.
Jeremih goes on to recall, “Tata” was created in a breeze after I finish watching the season of Narcos before coming to the studio. I was just watching Narcos before I came over, so it was fresh on my mind to see Tata hold him [Pablo Escobar] down every episode. I feel like as a man, we all need someone to hold us down in this crazy world. The song was written to be inspiring to anybody that could relate to the first time they laid eyes on their “Tata”. No matter where it is you meet her. However, in song, I was singing I felt like I found my Tata meeting a girl while out dancing in love at first sight.”
The music video for “My Tata” follows Jeremih’s inspiration for the track. Set at a party, beautiful guests dance and drink. Mike11 sits with three stunning women, but it is obvious they are not his ‘Tata’ and he is not interested in them at all. When ‘Tata’ finally makes her appearance, she brings an element of conflict and danger with her in the form of two uninvited party guests. Producer Scott Storch makes an appearance in the video, playing a sharp-eyed bodyguard with impeccable aim. Jeremih finds his ‘Tata’ as well, a talented dancer in a red dress.
“My Tata” was directed by visionary Arrad Rahgoshay and produced by Riveting Entertainment. The video is available on Mike11’s official YouTube Channel.
“My Tata” has launched an amazing ongoing collaboration between Jeremih and Mike11. Jeremih has nothing but admiration for Mike11. “Since we created Tata, I actually had him [Mike11] come by my studio a few more time. We constructed some more dope songs, he’s that good. If you like Carlos Santana, you’ll love Mike11,” Jeremih says.
Official Website: www.mike11world.com
YouTube Channel: youtube.com/mike11world
Jussie Smollett is a singer/songwriter/performer/actor/director and artist currently starring in the hit FOX television show Empire. "Freedom" is the first release from his upcoming album due out later this spring.
The video stars critically acclaimed actress Tika Sumpter (Southside With You, Ride Along) and Tony and Grammy award winner, Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple). This magical visual truly is a celebration of love.
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