RUSS UNVEILS NEW TRACK “CHERRY HILL” FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM THERE’S REALLY A WOLF

RUSS

“WHAT THEY WANT” OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED PLATINUM

 

In anticipation of his major label debut album There’s Really A Wolf, Atlanta-based DIY rapper and producer Russ has released new track “Cherry Hill” today – check it out here. The song is the first taste of what’s to come from his 20-song album, which is set to release both physically and digitally on May 5 via Columbia Records. Russ produced, mixed, mastered, engineered and wrote the entire album completely on his own, and it’s available for pre-order now. The album also features both of Russ’ Billboard Hot 100-charting breakthrough tracks, including the recently certified Platinum hit “What They Want” and “Losin Control,” which is currently Top 10 on Shazam in nearly 200 markets. See full track list below.

 

Acknowledged as one of the top artists to watch in 2017, Russ will embark on The Wake Up Tour next month, playing shows in over 30 cities across North America. Following five previous sold-out tours, The Wake Up Tour kicks off on May 16 in Baton Rouge, LA with additional stops including Winnipeg, Calgary, Philadelphia, his hometown Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles, before wrapping up in Chicago at Lollapolooza on August 5. Ticket bundles for the tour are available now here. Russ is also confirmed for other major summer festivals including Bonnaroo, Wayhome, Boston Calling, FVDED in the Park and Osheaga.

 

For 10 years, Russ has been doing it all himself.  A self-proclaimed “DIY pioneer,” Russ produces, mixes, masters, engineers and writes all of his own music.  His strong vision and self-belief has resulted in two Top 15 radio hits, 175 million total Youtube views to date, 3.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and over 225 million plays of his vast catalog, all sung word for word by his dedicated fan base at sold-out shows across the globe.

 

TOUR DATES

MAY 16           BATON ROUGE, LA               VARSITY

MAY 17           NEW ORLEANS, LA               HOWLIN WOLF

MAY 19           GULF SHORES, AL                HANGOUT FEST

MAY 20           ORLANDO, FL                        VENUE 578

MAY 21           MIAMI, FL                               FILMORE

MAY 23           NORFOLK, VA                        NORVA

MAY 24           WASHINGTON, D.C.              FILMORE

MAY 26           WALLINGFORD, CT               THE DOME

MAY 27           BOSTON, MA                         BOSTON CALLING FESTIVAL

MAY 28           PORTLAND, ME                     ASYLUM

MAY 30           PHILADELPHIA, PA               UNION TRANSFER

MAY 31           NEW YORK, NY                     TERMINAL 5

JUNE 3            BALTIMORE, MD                    SOUNDSTAGE

JUNE 4            RALEIGH, NC                         THE RITZ

JUNE 6            ATLANTA, GA             TABERNACLE

JUNE 9            MANCHESTER, TN                BONAROO

JUNE 10          CINCINNATI, OH                    BOGARTS

JUNE 11          PITTSBURGH, PA                  AE

JUNE 13          DETROIT, MI                          FILMORE

JUNE 14          COLUMBUS, OH                    EXPRESS LIVE

JUNE 18          MINNEAPOLIS, MN                MYTH

JUNE 19          ST. LOUIS, MO                       PAGENT

JUNE 20          MEMPHIS, TN            NEW DAISY

JUNE 22          DALLAS, TX                            SOUTHSIDE ROOM

JUNE 23          HOUSTON, TX –                     REVENTION

JUNE 24          SAN ANTONIO, TX                 TOBIN CENTER

JUNE 26          DENVER, CO                          FILMORE

JUNE 27          SALT LAKE CITY, UT SALT AIR

JUNE 29          PHOENIX, AZ                         RAWHIDE

JUNE 30          LOS ANGELES, CA                SHRINE

JULY 1            SACRAMENTO, CA                MEMORIAL AUD.

JULY 3            WINNIPEG, CAN                    RBC C.C.

JULY 4            CALGARY, CAN                     GREY EAGLE

JULY 5            EDMONTON, CAN                 SHAW C.C.

JULY 8            EUGENE, OR                         CUTHBERT AMP.

JULY 7            VANCOUVER, CAN                FVDED IN THE PARK

JULY 9            SEATTLE, WA            MAYMOORE PARK

JULY 29          TORONTO, CAN                    WAYHOME FESTIVAL

AUGUST 4      MONTREAL, CAN                  OSHEAGA FESTIVAL

AUGUST 5      CHICAGO, IL                          LOLLAPALOOZA FESTIVAL

LEGENDARY 1980 DIANA ROSS ALBUM, DIANA – THE ORIGINAL CHIC MIX, DEBUTS ON VINYL TODAY

DIANA ROSS

FIRST-EVER VINYL RELEASE ON TWO 45RPM DISCS

Rare Tracks Previously Appeared On 2003 diana: deluxe edition CD Release

21 APRIL 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Sought after by collectors and considered the rarest of Motown’s rare grooves, Diana Ross’ diana – the original CHIC mix, will make its long-awaited debut on vinyl today, April 21, via Motown/UMe/UMGI/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, with a twist: it will be a double-LP set on pink vinyl at 45rpm for maximum fidelity. This edition of diana includes alternate-mix versions of such classics as Upside Down and I’m Coming Out, as envisioned by Chic’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards.

Following 1979’s collaboration with Ashford & Simpson, which produced her hit The Boss, Diana Ross sought a new sound and hired the hot Chic team of Rodgers and Edwards to compose, play on, and produce her next release. But she and Motown were dissatisfied with the too-Chic-like results, a feeling supported by influential disc jockey Frankie Crocker, who warned Ross the record might fall prey to the disco backlash at the time. Ross turned to Motown’s house engineer, Russ Terrana, the man behind her Supremes and solo hits and much more, and he proceeded to remix the entire album, using alternate vocals or placing her vocals more upfront, creating overall a smoother, “commercial” mix. “Our concept was to make it more avant-garde,” Nile Rodgers later told writer Brian Chin, “and their concept was to make it a little bit more accessible.” The revised diana, her tenth studio album, was released – with a striking, now iconic cover image – on May 22, 1980.

Rodgers and Edwards were not informed and, protesting publicly, wished to take their names off the record. But they cooled off and saw Upside Down – Ross’ own description to Rodgers and Edwards as to what she wanted to do to her career – emerge a #1 smash hit.

Subsequent singles included I’m Coming Out, which went to #5 in the U.S. and became a LGBTQ anthem, while My Old Piano, was a Top 5 hit in the U.K. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling nine million albums worldwide. Soon after Ross moved on to RCA Records in a then-record $20 million deal before returning to Motown in 1989.

Fans now get to hear for the first time on vinyl those original Chic mixes of diana, one of four albums the duo of Rodgers and Edwards produced that year, including Sister Sledge’s Love Somebody Today, Sheila and B. Devotion’s King of the World and their own studio album, Real People. Available on two pink vinyl 45rpm discs, diana – the original CHIC mix, incorporates tracks first heard on diana: deluxe edition, originally issued July 29, 2003.

diana – the original CHIC mix vinyl track listing Side One

  1. “Upside Down”
  2. “Tenderness”

Side Two

  1. “Friend to Friend”
  2. “I’m Coming Out”

Side Three

  1. “Have Fun (Again)”
  2. “My Old Piano”

Side Four

  1. “Now That You’re Gone”
  2. “Give Up”

NORAH JONES RELEASES POWERFUL NEW VIDEO FOR “FLIPSIDE”

Nora Jones

17 APRIL 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Norah Jones has released a powerful new video for “Flipside” from her acclaimed album Day Break, which was released last fall via Blue Note Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

The video was directed by Sam Kuhn and pays homage to the vital role of protest throughout American history. The most rhythmically charged song on the album it also has a pointed socio-political charge to it. Norah sets a driving bass line with her left hand and Dr. Lonnie Smith’s organ swirls overhead while her vocal builds to a shout at the chorus: “I can’t stand when you tell me to get back / If we’re all free, then why does it seem / We can’t just be

“I was really inspired by the news and the stuff that’s been going on in the world and in this country the last couple years,” Norah says. “It’s been really volatile and crazy, and I was listening to that Les McCann song ‘Compared to What’ and very much influenced by how just grooving and amazing it is but it’s also very political and it’s just from the gut.”

Norah Jones returns to the piano and her jazz roots on her remarkable new album Day Breaks, which once again proves Jones to be her generation’s quintessential American artist, the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: country, folk, rock, soul, jazz. Day Breaks is a kindred spirit to Come Away With Me, though it is unquestionably the work of a mature artist who has lived life and grown immensely in her craft. The album features jazz luminaries including her Blue Note label mates saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young.

NORAH JONES – 2017 CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
5/26/17 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
5/27/17 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
5/28/17 – Place des Arts – Montreal, QC

SERENA RYDER’S MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM UTOPIA OUT MAY 26

Serena Ryder

NEW VIDEO FOR “ELECTRIC LOVE” PREMIERE ON PEOPLE.COM 

Ryder to kick-off festival season headlining CBC Music Fest on May 27

13 April 2017 (TORONTO, ON) – Multi-award winning songstress, Serena Ryder will release of her new record, UTOPIA, on May 26 via Serenader Source/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The lead single “Electric Love” hits radio waves today and you can view the flashy new video that premiered on people.com. The track will be available to download and stream tomorrow and fans can pre-order the album and limited edition bundles here.

“Electric Love is a song about feeling the magnetic energy between two people.” Serena describes, “It goes beyond race, religion and sexual identity. Whether you like it or not, the force is out of your control and it’s up to the individuals to decide if they should to act on it or not…but I would.”

For this new album, Ryder was inspired by the Cherokee parable of the Two Wolves. The story states we all have a fight inside us between good and evil, light and dark; the “two wolves.” Ryder found personal resonance in this duality and during the songwriting process explored both sides to create a balance, her UTOPIA.

“I found in a lot of the songs there was that dynamic when I looked back,” Ryder reflects. “So many people, when they put out a record, it’s all dark or it’s all light and happy. But on this record there’s a lot of juxtaposition of both those things – the light and the dark. I was wondering what if you married the two. “

Ryder’s genre-defying songwriting is showcased on UTOPIA. She has found the fine balance of blending her singer-songwriter sensibilities, her rock intuition while effortlessly lacing in the undeniable catchiness of what makes a song pop.

UTOPIA follows the critical and commercial hit, Harmony (double platinum certified). Harmonyproduced the unstoppable, triple-platinum single, “Stompa” and platinum, “What I wouldn’t Do” and garnered three Juno Awards plus a 2014 MuchMusic Video Award. Ryder was also awarded a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music for her original song for “It’s No Mistake” from the movie The Right Kind of Wrong.

Serena Ryder and her band will perform at multiple festival dates this summer, including CBC Music Fest on May 27 in Toronto with a headlining tour to come this fall. For full list of tour dates, please visit serenryder.com.

UTOPIA TRACKLISTING

  1. Got Your Number
  2. Electric Love
  3. Sanctuary
  4. Me and You
  5. Firewater
  6. Killing Time
  7. Ice Age
  8. Hands
  9. Wild and Free
  10. It’s No Mistake
  11. Wolves
  12. Utopia

Deluxe Only Tracks

  1. Rollercoaster
  2. Saying Hello
  3. Hurts
  4. Fire Escape
  5. The Flame

DECLAN MCKENNA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM

Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna releases his debut album ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ on the 28th July 2017 through Columbia Records.

 

The record was recorded in London and LA alongside producer James Ford, except Listen To Your Friends, which was produced by Rostam Batmanglij, Paracetamol, produced by Neil Comber, and Brazil, produced by Max Marlow.

 

To coincide with the album’s announcement, Brazil, the track that kick-started Declan’s career at the age of fifteen, is announced as his new single and launches with a Taz Tron Delix directed video.

 

Watch the video to Brazil here: https://www.vevo.com/watch/declan-mckenna/brazil-(official-video)/GB1101600138

 

British musician Declan McKenna is a pertinent example of why the future might not be quite so bleak after all. That isn’t specifically ‘our’ future per se, for that, sadly, remains under a heavy raincloud, but for a new generation light bulbs are switching on, emphatically. Green shoots, fresh interpretations, young minds that won’t/can’t sit back and suck it all up. These guys are apparently smarter than that. They’ve got notions of their own, questions to be answered, and maybe even some answers to questions. Answers. Imagine. No pressure.

 

Global politics and millennial futures aside for the moment, and eighteen-year-old Declan McKenna is becoming a comparatively wisened hand at this music industry game. A solitary track he posted to Bandcamp at the age of fifteen brought with it all the attention that the industry could at once foist. Legend has it that young Declan would finish school mid-afternoon in Hertfordshire, and schlep up to Liverpool Street on the train whilst still in his school uniform to meet with dozens of artist managers to determine who he could trust, and who could look beyond that track and gauge the bigger picture.  Whilst that circus was in play, he was selected by Michael Eavis to perform at Glastonbury Unsigned, (the acceptable face of Battle of the Bands, if you squint a bit), winning said battle by a landslide, and performing twice at the Glastonbury Festival that same Summer. Tick.

 

The song in question was called Brazil. It called out the heads of FIFA (topical of the time), and focused on the body’s innate corruption. That rolling stone continued to gather its moss, and if you search “Declan McKenna Brazil Sky News” on YouTube, you’ll find a bemused sixteen year old Declan discussing the song under the heat of Sky’s studio lights. He wears a big grin on his face for the most part. Not over-awed. He wrote a great song, and he’ll talk about it. Simple.

 

Inevitably a record deal soon arrived, and Declan started to piece together a live band (and what a band they’ve since become). He had a clutch of songs in various states of undress, one of which, Paracetamol, immediately stood out.  Alongside the colourful Casio squiggles and a melody-heavy chorus, was a story being told inspired by the tragic case of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager in the US who committed suicide and posted her reasons for doing so on Tumblr. From the perspective of the media, Declan wrote Paracetamol to address the misunderstood reporting of transgender teens that regularly minimise the characters to their trauma alone. He explained it all in greater detail in a blog for The Guardian and the song’s eventual video provides a telling, crucial narrative to the song.

 

The introductory singles that followed kept true to Declan’s USP, each with their own socially aware story to tell. Bethlehem, for example, was written about religion being used to justify hate crime, and the instant, infectious Isombard focused on a US newsreader’s misinterpretation of the story he is trying to tell – as the propaganda rolls, said newsreader gets more and more confused by what he’s trying to say. It’s inspired by a poem by E. E Cummings, and is a fascinatingly complex narrative. Complex narratives are almost integral to what Declan does.

 

Watch Declan perform Isombard on Later with Jools Holland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlVZMUFAa00

 

So, in a short period of time, Declan has become synonymous with wrapping his fizzing alt-pop songs in smart, engaged lyrical content. Crucially perhaps, none of the activist in Declan comes at the expense of his ear for a melody, and on the current single, The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home, we have the song that perfectly encapsulates who Declan is and what he’s trying to do. It’s an absolute corker.

 

The song was inspired by a series of events that occurred over the span of 2015, and was still a work-in-progress until the attack that took place in Paris on the 13th of November left him with a very real sense of fear and vulnerability he had yet to experience. Upon leaving Paris in the early hours of the morning, Declan realised that he had just experienced first-hand what he’d tried to express before in the song – the powerlessness of a young person in today’s world, experiencing the shock and the terror, and helplessly watching those in positions of power cause so much uncertainty for the future.

 

Kids… is Declan’s rally against the widespread assumption that the younger generation are self-obsessed and merely glued to their mobile phones. In reality, Declan argues, he and his friends are more politically engaged than ever, and care about things such as conflict, the economy, and climate change. The frustration that they were, until very recently, too young to vote on something that directly affects their futures. Despite those very real frustrations, The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home is a song that elicits a feeling of hope, and how ultimately the youth want to positively fight for change through both art and conversation.

 

Amen to that. To the future.

 

There will be stories behind each and every one of the tracks that make up ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’, but you’d need to ask him. Ultimately though, it’s a record of fantastic, smart tunes written by a young, inspiring and inspired musician.

 

Album Tracklisting:

Humongous / Brazil / The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home / Mind / Make Me Your Queen / Isombard / I Am Everyone Else / Bethlehem / Why Do You Feel So Down / Paracetamol / Listen To Your Friends

 

Declan McKenna Live:

21st March – O2 Academy 2, Oxford

22nd March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

23rd March – The Garage, London SOLD OUT

15th May – Thekla, Bristol

16th May – Junction 2, Cambridge

17th May – Gorilla, Manchester

19th May – Academy 2, Dublin

20th May – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

21st May – King Tuts, Glasgow SOLD OUT

23rd May – Heaven, London

24th May – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham

26th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

27th May – Sound City Festival, Liverpool

30th May – Concorde 2, Brighton

15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

25th August – Reading Festival

26th August – Leeds Festival

ARKELLS RELEASE BRAND NEW SONG, “KNOCKING AT THE DOOR” TODAY

Arkells

07 April 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Less than a week after performing at the 2017 JUNO Awards, gold-selling alt-rockers Arkells release “Knocking At The Door”, an upbeat and empowering track written while on their most recent tour. The band teased the release of the brand new single earlier this week on their socials with visual teasers titled “Knocking,” “At,” “The” and finally “Door” late last night. “Knocking At The Door” is available digitally now and will be featured on a Deluxe Edition of the band’s most recent album, Morning Report. The Deluxe Edition of the album will be released later this spring via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

“We kicked off this year with a tour across North America. The top of 2017 proved to be an inspiring time to travel the continent, and the experience of playing for different communities began to inform new musical ideas,” said frontman, Max Kerman. “Every night on stage, new melodies, words and arrangements began percolating throughout the band. When we came home we got right to work on this song. We didn’t want to wait around to release it. We wanted you to hear it now.”

Listen to “Knocking At The Door”.

With no shortage of new music for fans, Arkells released a “My Heart’s Always Yours” remix EP last month featuring remixes by alt-pop phenom Lights and indie darlings The Darcys. Also last month, Arkells and Québec musician Anik Jean released “Alive”, the first single taken from the BON COP, BAD COP 2 soundtrack, scheduled for release on April 28. Sung in both English and French, Anik Jean collaborated with Arkells frontman Max Kerman and drummer Tim Oxford for the song, as well as with Antoine Gratton for the orchestration direction.

Since the release of Morning Report, Arkells have spent much of the year touring, playing some of the biggest festivals in the U.S., including Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo; building their audience and solidifying their reputation as a passionate, high-energy, live-rock authority. In addition to performing at the 2017 JUNO Awards this past weekend, they were nominated for Group of The Year and Rock Album of The Year. This summer, Arkells are slated to play a host of marquee festivals including Coachella, Shaky Knees, Osheaga and Festival d’été de Québec, and they have a sold-out show with July Talk at Budweiser stage in Toronto on June 24.

THE CHAINSMOKERS’ DEBUT ALBUM MEMORIES…DO NOT OPEN OUT TODAY

The Chainsmokers

ALBUM FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH COLDPLAY,

JHENE AIKO, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AND MORE

 CONFIRMED AS MUSICAL GUEST ON NBC’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TOMORROW NIGHT

(April 7, 2017) Grammy Award-winning artist/producer duo  release their debut album Memories…Do Not Open today. Alex and Drew celebrated the release last night at a special event with Samsung in New York City and will continue today with the launch of their pop-up box activation. From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. today only, fans can visit the pop-up at the corner of Houston St. & Lafayette St. in Lower Manhattan and experience the album in a very special way as the album’s cover art comes to life.

 

Memories…Do Not Open includes both of the duo’s current singles, “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay — which is certified Platinum in Canada and has received over 175 million streams on Spotify — as well as the Top 5 radio hit and 2x Platinum-certified single “Paris”— whose official videos have surpassed 265 million combined views to date. The 12-track album also features exciting collaborations with Jhene Aiko, Florida Georgia Line, Emily Warren and Louane. Check out a special letter from Alex and Drew explaining the meaning behind each track HERE. Full track list is below.

 

The Chainsmokers will embark on their 40-city Memories…Do Not Open North American arena tour next week. The tour will stop in major cities across the U.S. and Canada before concluding in June and features brand new production elements with part DJ set and part live band performances. Every ticket purchased online for the tour includes a copy of Memories…Do Not Open. For tour and ticket information visit http://www.thechainsmokers.com/shows.

 

Alex and Drew are set to perform tomorrow night on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

 

Track List:

  1. The One
  2. Break Up Every Night
  3. Bloodstream
  4. Don’t Say (ft. Emily Warren)
  5. Something Just Like This (with Coldplay)
  6. My Type (ft. Emily Warren)
  7. It Won’t Kill Ya (ft. Louane)
  8. Paris
  9. Honest
  10. Wake Up Alone (ft. Jhene Aiko)
  11. Young
  12. Last Day Alive (ft. Florida Georgia Line)

 

HALSEY RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “NOW OR NEVER”

halsey

05 APRIL 2017 (TORONTO, ON) – GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum, alternative pop maverick Halsey has returned with her brand new single “Now Or Never”. The video, which was shot in Mexico City and co-directed by Halsey and Sing J Lee [CHVRCHES, Muse, Years & Years], vividly comes to life as a gritty, cinematic reflection of the song. Watch it HERE.

The track is the first taste of her anxiously awaited second full-length album, hopeless fountain kingdom which Halsey executive produced alongside Benny Blanco, Greg Kurstin, Lido and Ricky Reed. Set for release on June 2, 2017 via Astralwerks/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, the album is now available to preorder. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of “Now Or Never”.

“The video for “Now Or Never” (my directorial debut!) is one part in the center of a long narrative that tells the story of two people in love despite the forces trying to keep them apart,” says Halsey. “On its own the song is about two impatient young lovers, but in the context of the hopeless fountain kingdom universe, the stakes are much higher for these two star-crossed lovers.” 

Produced by Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and Happy Perez, “Now Or Never” rattles with a soulful refrain over dystopic, shuddering synths. The vocals segue from a delicate croon into an R&B-style bridge, highlighting her impressive range. Listen to it HERE.

Halsey catapulted onto the scene in 2015, with her full-length Gold selling debut BADLANDS. She quickly followed her amazing debut success with sold-out arena tours and received a 2017 GRAMMY® nomination in the category of “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for “Closer,” her double-platinum megahit with The Chainsmokers. Prepare to leave BADLANDS. Welcome to hopeless fountain kingdom.

 

MARY J. BLIGE TO RELEASE STRENGTH OF A WOMAN

Mary J. Blige

31 MARCH 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winner, Golden Globe® Award nominee and multiplatinum R&B legend Mary J. Blige will release her 13th studio album, STRENGTH OF A WOMAN, on April 28 via Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  Produced by DJ Camper, Bam, Hit-Boy, and KAYTRANADA, the highly anticipated release will feature collaborations with Kanye West, Quavo (of Migos), DJ Khaled and Missy Elliot amongst others. Pre-order the album HERE.

Available today, the album’s latest single, “Love Yourself”, features vocals from Kanye West and production by DJ Camper.  Listen to the track HERE.  The single proves Blige remains at the top of her game, displaying the soulful songstress’ signature R&B sound, delivered with yet another powerful vocal performance.  Watch the lyric video HERE.

“Love Yourself” follows the successful tracks “U + Me (Love Lesson)” and “Thick of it”. The latter marks a career milestone for Blige.  Co-written by MJB along with Jazmine Sullivan, the song earned global recognition when it topped the Urban AC charts for over 15 weeks.

LADY ANTEBELLUM SHARES THE PULSE BEHIND SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM

Lady Antebellum

30 March 2017 (TORONTO, ON) – With a new sense of history and possibilities, Lady Antebellum reveals the cover art and track listing behind their sixth studio album HEART BREAK, out June 9 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Fans can now pre-order the ACM-nominated trio’s upcoming release at www.ladyantebellum.com.

Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott had a new mission — setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavours with no distractions. They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the creative process proved successful, the trio set up a second retreat in southern California.

“When we started working on this record, the goal was to give ourselves some space from the day to day,” said Scott. “Surrounding ourselves in a new environment with sunny beaches and warm weather really helped free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and other writers we hadn’t worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the journey. And it was on our first trip in Florida when we wrote ‘Heart Break’ that we felt it all click.”

Alongside producer busbee, their desire to shake things up was made evident by their current Top 20 single “You Look Good”, complete with a funky horn arrangement. Elsewhere, HEART BREAK ranges from the sweet melancholy of “Somebody Else’s Heart” to the dramatic, surging ballad “Hurt”, which is a powerful vehicle for Scott’s voice as she soars over a spare rhythm section and classic string arrangement. With the clever extended metaphor of its lyrics and percolating groove, “Army” has a feel that’s a throwback to ‘70s pop, while the bright, breezy lift-off of “Think About You,” with an R&B-style guitar bouncing off of a banjo lick, is entirely of the moment.

“Being together every day, living in a house together, that was the special ingredient this time,” continued Haywood, “And then in the studio, busbee added a whole new layer. He’s such an integral part of this new chapter for us.”

The trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. As Lady A gears up to get back on the road, the group is excited to add this new range of sounds and colors into a set already packed with a familiar arsenal of hits.

“This record is really our story,” adds Kelley. “They have a universal feel to them, but there’s a lot of our personal stories here.”

 

HEART BREAK TRACK LIST:

  1. Heart Break (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jesse Frasure, Nicolle Galyon)
  1. You Look Good (busbee, Ryan Hurd, Hillary Lindsey)
  1. Somebody Else’s Heart  (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee, Shane McAnally)
  1. This City (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Sarah Haze, Will Weatherly)
  1. Hurt (Jon Green, Melissa Peirce, Ben West)
  1. Army (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee, Nicolle Galyon)
  1. Think About You (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Sara Haze, Will Weatherly)
  1. Good Time To Be Alive (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee, Will Weatherly, Emily Weisband)
  1. Big Love in a Small Town (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds)
  1. Stars (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee)
  1. Teenage Heart (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jon Green)
  1. Home (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, busbee)
  1. Famous (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Eric Paslay)

 

After taking time to pursue solo projects last year, Lady Antebellum’s “renewed energy” (People) follows more than 18 million units, nine Number One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row, and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

Lady A will hit more than 65 shows in six countries including Toronto on June 27 at the Budweiser Stage, on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR presented by NABISCO, with special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young.

For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.