KENDRICK RETURNS WITH "HEART"
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Insiders whisper over an exec's potential new deal. (3/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
Rotana—a compelling and currently unsigned Saudi Arabian songstress—is playing the Hotel Cafe tomorrow night, and if you give a shit about supporting strong new music, you should be there.
In an apt manner, given the current social and political climate of the United States (particularly in regard to issues pertaining to women and immigrants), the young artist released a commanding and invigorating song called "Daddy."
As she explains on YouTube,"#Daddy is the oppressor. The Bully. Daddy is anybody that requires you to dilute yourself to make them feel more comfortable. #Daddy is societal boundaries and cultural restrictions. Daddy is the obsession with celebrity and wealth. Most of all, Daddy is the voice in your head that tells you you can't .This song is the moment you step into your power. In that moment you're not scared. It's all heat and #whachugondo #daddy? In that moment you are fully sensually unapologetically you. Let #Daddy deal."
A little over a week ago, ATO artist Benjamin Booker dished out the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore album, Witness, with the set's title track, and I just can't stop listening. Check it out for yourself right here.
The politically charged track, which features the iconic Mavis Staples (who also sounded killer on that Arcade Fire ditty), is delectable. It shows Booker moving in a much more soulful direction than his self-titled 2014 debut that showcased a grittier punk sound (and is fantastic in its own right).
With Benjamin Booker, the New Orleans-based musician kicked down the door of his career. His entrance was powerful and purposefully erratic like a Pollock painting. If the rest of Witness follows the just-released song's lead, it's bound to be tighter, more mature and groovier than the former, while remaining rebellious, relatively untethered and arguably cheeky in nature. It's due out on 6/2, and if you can't tell, I'm salivating slightly (and by slightly, I mean profusely).
With poetic intelligence, Booker, who seems remarkably able to pull art from his unsettled heart, describes the birth of the featured song in a personal statement, presented below. Keep doin' you, dude. The world needs more of it.
WHAT IT IS: The Brooklyn-based alternative electro-pop duo is comprised of Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol(vocals/songwriting). After being featured in the latest Apple AirPods campaign, single “Down,” shot up to #1 on Shazam’s U.S. chart and hit #5 globally. It flew to #1 on the iTunes Electronic Singles Chart and #3 overall. Their debut album, ACT ONE, soared to #1 on the Electronic Album Chart and peaked at #8 overall.
ALBUM: ACT ONE
RELEASE DATE: 6/24/16
TV: Fallon 1/20; “Down” sync in Apple ad launched 1/14
LIVE: Headlining U.S. tour this May through June
INTERNET: Quadruple-digit social growth since January; won Musical.ly’s NextWaveFebruary campaign with 1m+ new videos created; Top 10 at Pandora; #1 Viral track at Spotify and Top 50 overall; Top 75 on Apple Music, #1 most streamed electronic song; national Shazam peak #1, Top 5 worldwide; went #1 on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 & Top 20 on Global Viral 50; went #1 Amazon.MP3’s song chart; went Top 10 Google Play/Digital Tracks; went #7 Soundscan Top Digital Tracks
RADIO: Charting at four formats now; 52m+ audience (+9m TW); Top 40 panel almost closed out, Top 15 and racing toward Top 10; Top 20 at Rhythm; Top 25 at Hot AC and Alternative.
PRESS: Coverage includes Indie Shuffle, Refinery 29, Just Jared, Yahoo, Teen Vogue, PopCrush, High Snobiety, Mashable, Business Insider, Baeble, TechCrunch, Idolator, more
BOOKING: Mike Marquis/Paradigm
MANAGEMENT: Ardie Farhadieh/Wick Management