LÉON RELEASES COMPELLING NEW TRACK “LIAR”

LÉON

(Columbia Records; New York, NY, December 16, 2016) Columbia Records singer/songwriter LÉON has released her compelling new track “Liar” today – listen HERE. The new song is a taste of what’s to come in LÉON’s debut album, due to release next year.

 

“I wrote this song about a year ago back home in Stockholm, and I’m really excited to now share it with people,” LÉON says. “The song is very close to me and it feels even more special since my mom and uncle are playing strings on it. I hope people will like it!”

 

LÉON will kick off her debut North American headline tour in February 2017. The tour starts in Boston on February 1, and will make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin before wrapping in Nashville on February 28 – see full list of tour dates below. Jacob Banks will support on all dates. For tickets and additional information please visit http://smarturl.it/LEONonTour.

LÉON first became known for her debut single “Tired of Talking” when it released last year. It went straight to #1 on Hype Machine and received critical praise from GLAMOUR, InStyle, Noisey, PAPER, NYLON and more. The song has since captured more than 40 million streams on Spotify, and also received a remix treatment from A-Trak & Cory Enemy, which FADER called “extremely catchy” and Entertainment Weekly named one of ’10 under-the-radar songs from emerging artists who deserve your attention.’ “Tired of Talking” is featured on her debut EP Treasure, along with “Nobody Cares,” “LÉON’s Lullaby” and the EP’s title track.

A standout vocalist with a natural gift for writing fresh, infectious pop that oozes soul, 23-year-old Lotta Lindgren aka LÉON is Sweden’s latest great pop export. She is a rarity as a young, self-contained, and grounded artist who has such a potent, authentic musical identity. Her rich, smoky vocal will strike a chord in fans from the first moment hearing it, not to mention her incredibly catchy, fresh honest songs.

TOUR DATES:
2/1/17           Cambridge, MA                        The Sinclair
2/2/17           Philadelphia, PA                       Boot & Saddle
2/3/17           Washington, DC                       Rock & Roll Hotel
2/4/17           New York, NY                            Bowery Ballroom
2/6/17           Montreal, WC                           Bar Le Ritz PDB
2/7/17           Toronto, ON                              The Garrison

2/9/17           Chicago, IL                  Schubas
2/10/17         Minneapolis, MN                    7th Street Entry
2/13/17         Portland, OR                              Doug Fir Lounge
2/14/17         Vancouver, BC                          Biltmore Cabaret
2/15/17         Seattle, WA                               Barboza
2/17/17         San Francisco, CA                    PopScene @ Rickshaw Stop
2/18/17         West Hollywood, CA              The Roxy Theater
2/19/17         Santa Ana, CA                           Constellation Room
2/20/17         San Diego, CA                           Casbah
2/23/17         Dallas, TX                                    Three Links
2/24/17         Austin, TX                                   Antone’s Nightclub
2/26/17         New Orleans, LA                      Gasa Gasa
2/27/17         Atlanta, GA                                Vinyl
2/28/17         Nashville, TN                             Mercy Lounge

RO JAMES TO EMBARK ON HEADLINING “XIX” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN 2017

RO JAMES

NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY® FOR BEST R&B PERFORMANCE FOR “PERMISSION” FROM DEBUT ALBUM ELDORADO

 

NOMINATED FOR 2017 NAACP IMAGE AWARD® FOR OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST

 

[New York, NY – December 15, 2016] On the heels of receiving his first ever Grammy® nomination for Best R&B Performance for his hit single, “Permission,” ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records recording artist Ro James announces his headlining “XIX” Tour.  The 23-city tour will kick off on February 3, 2017, stopping in major cities across North America including Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Philadelphia and more. On February 14th, James will perform a special Valentine’s Day show in Detroit with Joe, Chrisette and Vivan Greene. Tickets and VIP packages will be available for purchase at 10 am local time on Friday, December 16, 2016 at http://RoJamesXIX.com/. Click here to watch the Ro James “XIX Tour” trailer.

 

After touring with Maxwell and Mary J. Blige on their “King + Queen of Hearts” World Tour this fall, the “XIX” tour comes in support of Ro James’ debut album, ELDORADO. ELDORADO features James’ sultry hit single, “Permission,” which held the #1 spot on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Songs chart for 9 weeks and is described by Complex as a “…lustily, respectfully intimate jam.” Solange’s Saint Heron declares, “[‘Permission’] captures the fervent tenacity of Ro’s voice, while still captivating listeners with its undemanding sex appeal to create a sound that is easily winsome.” The track was also included on Billboard’s “10 Best R&B Songs of 2016: Critic’s Picks.”

 

James also recently stopped by the NPR offices to deliver a powerful and soulful performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. James performed his sultry “Permission,” his second single “Already Knew That” and “A.D.I.D.A.S,” from ELDORADO which NPR describes as “… a hazy ride that explores love, lust and other vices without the lovey-dovey clichés. The album always feels current, even as his slick wordplay and acoustic vibe could easily slide it into a ’70s or ’90s hit list.” Last month, James delivered an upbeat and exciting performance of “Already Knew That and “Permission” on the 2016 Soul Train Awards, where he also received a nomination for Best New Artist. Click here to watch. Ro James is also nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.

 

“XIX” Headlining Tour Dates:

February 3rd           Portland, OR                       Star Theater

February 4th        Seattle, WA                        Columbia City Theater

February 6th        Oakland, CA                        The New Parish

February 7th        Sacramento, CA                 Harlow’s

February 9th        Santa Ana, CA                     The Constellation Room @ The Observatory

February 13th      Los Angeles, CA                  The Roxy

February 14th      Detroit, MI                          Fox Theatre w/ Joe, Chrisette and Vivian Greene

February 15th      Houston, TX                        Studio @ Warehouse Live

February 16th      Dallas, TX                             South Side Music Hall

February 19th      Nashville, TN                       Basement East

February 22nd     Baton Rouge, LA                 The Varsity Theatre

February 23rd      Birmingham, AL                  Workplay Theatre

February 24th      Atlanta, GA                          Vinyl

February 25th      Raleigh, NC                          The Pour House Music Hall

February 26th      Philadelphia, PA                 The Foundry

February 28th      New York, NY                      Highline Ballroom

March 2nd            Washington, D.C.               The Howard Theatre

March 3rd            Baltimore, MD                     Soundstage

March 5th            Cambridge, MA                    The Middle East

March 7th            Toronto, ON                         Mod Club Theatre

March 8th            Cleveland, OH                      The Cambridge Room @ HOB

March 9th             Chicago, IL                                The Promontory

March 10th          Kansas City, MO                  Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino

March 11th           Memphis, TN                          1884 Lounge

 

BREAKOUT COUNTRY STAR KANE BROWN’S SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW

KANE BROWNS

Toronto, ON – RCA Nashville/Zone 4 breakout country artist Kane Brown’s self-titled debut album is now available for download here and stream here.
Brown’s studio release, produced by 2016 CMA Musician of the Year and two-time CMA Producer of the Year Dann Huff and Matthew McVaney, has been met with early praise from critics and fans alike. 
 
“One of country music’s most promising newcomers” – MusicRow
 
“A rich, honest collection of songs that introduces a country singer that’s going to be around for awhile” – Taste of Country
“With more than half of the songwriter credits on the project there is no denying his lyrics and storytelling abilities have a home in the country music community.” – Sounds Like Nashville 
 
“Brown shines when he’s telling his own stories. Yet somehow, his stories are easy to make your stories. Love songs, heartbreakers, stories of abuse and a pledge to do his friends and family proud — Brown masters them all.” – Taste of Country
Last week, Brown made his national television debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (view here), and continued the street week excitement with headlining tour dates on the Monster Energy Outbreak Presents: Kane Brown Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Tour in Asbury Park, NJ (12/2), New York City’s Irving Plaza (12/3), and Washington, DC (12/4) before heading back to New York for an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” on December 7th. Additional television appearances will be announced in January.
 
The “viral sensation” [Noisey] noted for “breaking country’s rules” [Billboard] co-wrote 7 of the 11 tracks on his debut album, including his autobiographical anthem recently featured by People, “Learning.”

 

MUNA RELEASES FIRST SINGLE “I KNOW A PLACE”

MUNA

(Toronto, ON)— Today, MUNA releases the first single, “I Know A Place”, off of their forthcoming debut album About U, which is set for release on February 3rd, 2017. The song is available at all digital retail providers now and fans who pre-order the album will receive “I Know a Place” instantly along with four other album tracks.

 

Earlier today, TIME Magazine posted an exclusive op-ed piece from the band about the track (Click HERE). TIME says about the song, “I Know a Place” is meant as a rallying cry and a reminder that safe spaces can exist, but its catchy, uplifting melody also makes it worthy of replaying over and over again.”

 

Click HERE to listen.

 

Last month, MUNA announced their first-ever North American headlining tour in support of their debut album, About U. The tour will be kicking off on February 1st in Los Angeles, and will be making stops in a number of cities including Toronto, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE. See full list of tour dates below.

 

Tour Dates

WED    2/1        Teragram Ballroom                     Los Angeles, CA

FRI       2/3        Popscene at Rickshaw Shop      San Francisco, CA

FRI       2/10      The Sunset Tavern                      Seattle, WA

SAT      2/11      Doug Fir Lounge                        Portland, OR

MON     2/13      Kilby Court                                Salt Lake City, UT

TUE      2/14      Larimer Lounge                          Denver, CO

THU      2/16      The Record Bar                          Kansas City, MO

FRI       2/17      Turf Club                                   St. Paul, MN

SAT      2/18      Subterranean                             Chicago, IL

MON     2/20      The Drake Hotel                         Toronto, ON

WED    2/22      Bowery Ballroom                        New York, NY

FRI       2/24      Brighton Music Hall                    Boston, MA

SAT      2/25      Johnny Brenda’s                        Philadelphia, PA

SUN     2/26      DC9                                           Washington, DC

 

Members of MUNA, Katie Gavin (lead vocals/production), Naomi McPherson (production/guitar/synths/vocals), and Josette Maskin (lead guitar/vocals), have written and self-produced all of their own music to date.  Following their outstanding performances at this year’s SXSW, they released their first-ever music video for “Winterbreak” (Click HERE), which is the first song off of their debut EP entitled The Loudspeaker EP, out now via RCA Records.  MUNA is set to release their highly anticipated debut album entitled About U on February 3rd and is available for pre-order now. The album pre-order includes five instant grat tracks. The band also just made their television debut performing “Loudspeaker” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Click HERE). Additionally, MUNA has been featured on NoiseyLadygunnNylonV Magazine, in Flood Magazine, and more.  They performed at this year’s Lollapalooza, and have previously toured with BØRNS, Miike Snow, Of Monsters and Men, St. Lucia, and recently wrapped up their tour with Grouplove.

RUN THE JEWELS RELEASE RTJ3 ALBUM ART

RUN THE JEWELS

Run The Jewels, the firebrand rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have announced their hugely anticipated third album RTJ3 will have a worldwide digital release date of January 13 with physical editions available on that date in North America and on January 20 internationally. The new full length will be self-released in partnership with RED Distribution. The album will be available in several formats, including free download (as always), CD, LP, and digital and is available for preorder now via www.runthejewels.com. The announcement arrives on the heels of the recently released new songs “2100 (ft. BOOTS)” and “Talk To Me”. The album features a cadre of talented guest performers, including Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Trina, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and more, but the new album is first and foremost about the explosion of creativity born from the unique collaboration between Mike and El, a partnership-turned-friendship that has pushed both rappers to new heights in their storied careers.  Full tracklist below.

 

On their 3rd offering, Run The Jewels have turned their iconic “pistol & fist” imagery (conceived by El-P & drawn by Nick Gazin) 3D, rendering the original album cover concept as a sculpture of the hands cast in metal, chromed, and gold-plated. The resulting statues were beautifully photographed & brought to life by frequent collaborator Tim Saccenti, and grace the new album cover. RTJ has this to say about the artwork:

 

For us, the RTJ1 hands were about ‘taking what’s yours’ – your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which for us represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel.”

 

In the two year span between albums, Run The Jewels have transformed from underground stalwarts to a global rap juggernaut, spawning an international art movement (Tag The Jewels), a radio show (WRTJ on Beats1), several Marvel comic cover variants (including issues of Deadpool and Luke Cage among others), characters in a video game (Gears of War 4), their own Virtual Reality initiative (VRTJ), multiple awards & accolades (including Pitchfork’s 2014 album of the year, NME’s “Best Festival Band” & “Best International Band”, four A2IM Libera Awards, two UK Music Video Awards, and more), multiple television appearances (including a hilarious Halloween-themed sketch with Stephen Colbert this October), plus a slate of sold out shows and high profile festival appearances. Their Run the World tour sets off on January 11th with a massive North American campaign, and worldwide dates to follow shortly after.

 

Last but not least, in celebration of the album announcement, the duo have dropped “Legend Has It”, the 3rd new song from RTJ3. The track showcases the relentless back & forth lyricism, indelible chemistry, humor & bombast that Killer Mike & El-P are known & loved for. The song, and the entire album, was produced by El-P, and co-produced by Little Shalimar & Wilder Zoby.

 

Run the Jewels will be also be performing at tonight’s Video Game Awards in Los Angeles, which you can live-stream here http://thegameawards.com/watch/

 

 

RTJ3 TRACK LIST

 

  1. Down (feat. Joi Gilliam)
  2. Talk To Me
  3. Legend Has It
  4. Call Ticketron
  5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) (feat. Danny Brown)
  6. Stay Gold
  7. Don’t Get Captured
  8. Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
  9. 2100 (feat. BOOTS)
  10. Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix) (feat. Trina)
  11. Everybody Stay Calm
  12. Oh Mama
  13. Thursday in the Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)
  14. Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters