Jessie Reyez Brings in 6lack for “Imported” Music Video

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Originally released in 2018, Toronto artist Jessie Reyez drops a new music video with an updated version of her song “Imported” with a feature from ATL singer-songwriter 6lack.

The flick contains images of identity crisis that balance with the lyrics of relationship with unrealistic standards. The updated version was released on Zane Lowe’s Beat 1 Radio Show on Tuesday.

You can view the music video below:

Reyez is also scheduled to perform a number of shows through out this Spring and Summer in support of her latest album soon to be released. You can follow her tour schedule below:

Jessie Reyez Tour Dates

April 27 – Sacramento, FL @ Sol Blume Festival
May 3 – College Park, MD @ University of Maryland
May 5 – Fresno, CA @ Grizzly Fest
May 31 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
June 2 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Ampitheatre w / Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
June 23 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
June 28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 3 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Smash! Festival
August 2 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

You can follow Jessie Reyez on: Twitter // Facebook // Instagram //

Anderson .Paak Announces New Album Along With Upcoming U.S. Tour

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California native Anderson .Paak is getting ready to release a new album, Ventura, this coming April. Following his previous album Oxnard, which was released last November, .Paak stated that he recorded both projects at the same time.

You can read .Paak’s press statement below:

“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth. The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to ‘Ventura'”

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Along with Ventura, .Paak announced on Twitter an upcoming tour titled “Best Teef In The Game Tour”. Beginning on May 17 in Nashville, TN, the tour is scheduled to have 21 showcases around North America. Producer and song-writer Thundercat will perform at all the show listings, along with special guests such as Earl Sweatshirt, Jessie Reyez, Noname, and Mac DeMarco on select dates and locations.

General public tickets will go on sale March 8th on Live Nation, with pre-sale select markets for American Express card members on March 5th. Each ticket purchase will include a CD or digital copy of Ventura.

You can see the “Best Teef In The Game Tour” dates and locations below:

May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
May 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 – Westbrook, ME (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
May 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 1 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
June 2 – Detroit, MI (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
June 12 – Dallas, TX (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
June 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
June 20 – Seattle WA @ WaMu Theater
June 22 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre
June 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

 

 

 

Kelly Rowland to host 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

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Essence announced on Tuesday that Kelly Rowland will be the 2019 host for the 12th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards later this month.

The two-time Grammy award winner and six-time nominee said in a statement, “I’m so honored to host this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.” According to Essence, Rowland can’t wait to join the celebration at one of the most anticipated Oscar-weekend events, saluting Black women in Hollywood.

During this years ceremony, Essence will be honoring Regina Hall (Black Monday), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), and Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). This years timely theme will be: The Power of Our Presence: Art & Activism.

Along with her role on Empire, Rowland will be starting off the year staring as Gladys Knight in BET’s new upcoming series, American Soul. The show is expected to give insight on the work done behind the scenes that went into creating the series, Soul Train.

The Awards ceremony will be held on February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

You can watch Kelly Rowland’s American Soul Exclusive below:

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!

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.