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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P-Lo Drops Single “Always” From Up-And-Coming Project ‘More Than Anything’

Pinole, California native P-Lo is proving his talents as a rapper and vocalist with up-coming full length project More Than Anything.

Already known as the go-to producer for the HBK music group with members like Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and Kehlani; P-Lo is no bystander in this game. Providing back tracks for big name artists throughout the West Coast, along with out-of-town attributes in the past, P-Lo wants to now make a name for himself as a full fledged artist.

More Than Anything is expected to show a whole new side to his image. Coming off with his new single, “Always” is a catchy tune reflecting on the ups and downs of relationships. Fellow Bay Area talent Rexx Life Raj is featured along with CAL-A.

According to Fader, More Than Anything is supposed to show all the layers P-Lo carries as a human and an artist. Though the project is on the way, it has no release date; but stay tuned for more information.

You can listen to “Always” below.

 

 

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.