Bryson Tiller Hits #1 On Billboard Top 200 Charts

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Bryson Tiller’s latest studio album True To Self lands his first #1 spot.

Distributed a month earlier than its expected date of June 23rd, True To Self dropped on May 26th through Tiller’s Twitter account. The album was a follow-up to Tiller’s debut Trapsoul. Both have been released through TrapSoul/RCA Records. 

The Billboard charts rank the most popular albums of the week coming out of the U.S.  based off aspects like traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. True To Self earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. 47,000 of that sum was in traditional album sales.

Tiller’s No.1 spot will be posted on the new June 17, 2017-dated chart in full on the Billboard website on June 6th.

Listen to True To Self here!

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Gorillaz Long-Awaited New Album “Humanz” To Be Released This Friday

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The wait has been crucial, but the time is finally here, well, almost at least.

It was on March 23rd when Gorillaz announced their new album to be released through Parlophone and Warner Bros. on the band’s official Instagram. Ever since then, material has been dropped. Maybe to keep the public satisfied, but what it’s really done is make everyone anticipate “Humanz” even more.

Singles from the album have been released over the course of a few weeks with features like D.R.A.M. and Vince Staples on “Andromeda” and “Ascension“. “Saturnz Barz” ft. Popcaan and “We Got The Power” ft. Jehnny Beth sum up all four tracks that were released on March 23rd along with the Instagram post.

Other tracks that are already out for pre-order on iTunes are “Let Me Out” ft. Pusha T & Mavis Staples, as of April 6th; “The Apprentice” ft. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK released today; and “Hallelujah Money” ft. Benjamin Clementine which was released back in January with an official video.

The biggest so far is the announcement of their North American Tour. Taking place in July through October with shows in Boston, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, and many more. Big names from their album are expected to make guest appearances in different cities as well.

Once again, “Humanz” is expected to be released this coming Friday on April 28th. Hope you’re as excited as I am.

You can now pre-order the Deluxe Edition through iTunes!

Here’s the track list below in alphabetical order:

Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
Busted And Blue Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
Circle of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)
Halfway to the Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
Interlude: Elevator Going Up
Interlude: New World
Interlude: Penthouse
Interlude: Talk Radio
Interlude: The Elephant
Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana)
Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
The Apprentice (feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)
Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

Pharrell To Produce A Musical Inspired By His Life

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Pharrell Williams plans to team with Fox Studios for an upcoming musical film based off his childhood in Virginia Beach.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, William’s film “Atlantis” is stated to be produced through the company of Williams and Miami Valdes, “I Am Other”; and directed by Broadway veteran, Michael Mayer.

Atlantis is apparently described as a love story that’s inspired by his childhood in Virginia Beach. This won’t be Pharrell’s first time working with Fox either. He was also a producer and co-composer the film “Hidden Figures”, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Artists Unite and Concur at SXSW

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During the course of this past week, Austin, Texas hosted yet another blow-out experience of the annual SXSW.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of music, film, and interactive media conferences and festivals usually taking place during the middle of March on Spring Break. It is a chance to come out and see your favorite artists perform and even get the chance to take a pic with them on the streets of Austin, but for those looking to network in the industry, SXSW would be right up your alley.

SXSW may be able to attract many heads with its headline artists, but the best thing about the festival in my experience is the opportunities it gives up-and-coming artists to perform, connect, or even sign to a label if the time is right (Palm Beach rapper Wifisfuneral signed to Interscope/Alamo Records at SXSW)!

Throughout the week you can see different artists from every genre coming out to the city using the excitement to promote their art, networking with others doing the same. Countless billboards and posters are placed all over the city, live performances on the street can be heard just walking by, promotional gifts handed out for completing social following tasks, interviews are held from bloggers and freelance writers; the whole thing makes you wonder why you’ve never attended sooner.

So if your an industry cat, or an artist looking for a chance at that next step in your career, I’d recommend to make sure your present for the festival next year. You can find the link to the SXSW website along with their complete Music Bloggers Guide below.

Official SXSW Website.

Music Bloggers guide here.

Girl Ultra and Jesse Baez are Mexico’s New R&B Reawakening

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Guatemalan artist Jesse Baez and Mexican artist Nan de Miguel (Girl Ultra) are two new R&B singers signed to Finesse Record coming out of Monterrey, Mexico; a new addition to their other genres including electronica and trap mixes.

The romantic groove their music carries holds dense beats and Latin rhythms, giving the impression of a long time collaboration between the two, but they’ve only been working together for about a year. Baez states in an interview conducted with FADER, “With the first song we collaborated on, we took so long that at one point I thought it wasn’t going to happen.”

Influenced from multiple artists like Mariah Carey, Juan Luis Guerra, and OV7, Baez and Ultra explain more in the interview how the connection through the label and their friendship helped them discover their sound.

The duo are expected to perform at the NRMAL food, arts, and community festival going on this weekend in Mexico City. You can get tickets here.

In the meantime, you can check out their music through the Finesse Records SoundCloud below.

 

EMP Drops Video for “Pink Nights”

Toronto trio EMP got their latest single “Pink Nights” featured on Noisey’s Beats 1 radio show, and now the video’s been released for public.

Consisting of Eestbound as the producer, Milly Manson as the rapper, and Pree as the vocalist, EMP is on their way to becoming a well recognized name in the underground scene of Toronto. According to Highsnobiety , work that’s already gained attention from Eestbound is his production of Young Thug’s “Freaky” and Travis Scott’s “Antidote“.

EMP’s currently prepping for their debut EP which is set to release in late 2017. You can visit their website to check out more of their work, along with the video posted above.

Harriet Brown Announces Debut LP With New Single “Obsession”

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California-based funk man Harriet Brown has released a new track off his upcoming LP “Contact”.

According to EARMILK, since after 2015 Brown has been hosting his own show on LA’s NTS Radio platform where he’s been preparing his debut project along with mastering his live show presence. The single, Obsession, opens up with string harmonies, synth melodies, and drum hits coming out of the 80s. When Brown’s vocals hit, the track resonates a tribute to the late Prince.

“Contact” is said to release April 21st via Innovative Leisure, Make sure to cop! Follow Harriet Brown on: Twitter / Facebook / SoundCloud.

You can listen to the single below.