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REVENUE CHART:
RAINING CATS & DOGS
Starring Doja Cat, Nipper and Ms. Larry David (5/13a)
NEAR TRUTHS: TURN UP THAT VICTROLA
Speaking of Nipper... (5/13a)
TIME TRAVELING
WITH CLIVE (UPDATE)
Beam us up, Uncle Clive. (5/13a)
ROCK HALL INDUCTEES:
NEW & OVERDUE
Todd gets in. Finally. (5/13a)
KG's HOT ALT SUMMER
She also reviews the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers. (5/13a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
THE B-SIDE
HYPED UP FOR GRACE MCKAGAN
5/10/21

Grace McKagan is all about the hype in her latest single, “So Hyper.” Embracing her rock n’ roll roots, the 60s inspired garage rock track arrives alongside a Kristen Jan Wong-directed music.

"'So Hyper' is a really fun song about the excitement of wanting to be with somebody and knowing they wanna be with you too. The video was filmed where we write all of our music and shows our process with writing,” said McKagan.

The daughter of Guns N’ Roses’ bassist Duff McKagan, Grace spent the last two years cutting her teeth with synth-pop-punk band, The Pink Slips, and is now gearing up for a new solo chapter with a string of releases, including “So Lucky” and “Surrender.”

The 23-year-old is also set to perform at Leeds Festival later this year and was recently featured in the No Agency x Heaven campaign by Marc Jacobs Show Package and a SKIMS campaign.

Stream “So Hyper” here and feast your eyes on the vid below.

DOCUMENTING A CRIME ON THE BAYOU
5/6/21

John Legend and his production company, Get Lifted Film Co., are documenting the true story of Black teenager Gary Duncan from New Orleans and his stance against the racist legal system in the film, A Crime on the Bayou.

Alongside Legend, the film is executive produced by Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Austyn Biggers of Get Lifted Film Co., as well as Regina K. Scully, Geralyn Dreyfous, Harlene Freezer, Jules Horowitz, Felicia Horowitz, Brenda Robinson, Amy Tiemann, Mark Trustin and Jamie Wolf.

Written and directed by ​Nancy Buirski​, the doc first premiered at the 2020 DOC NYC Film Festival and is the third film in director’s trilogy to profile individuals who fought for justice in and around the Civil Rights era. 

The film will also feature a new original song, “My Path,” written and performed by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq.

Saadiq was previously nominated for the Best Original Song Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2017 for Mary J. Blige’s “Mighty River” from Mudbound and recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Andra Day’s “Tigress & Tweed” this year from The United States vs. Billie Holiday. He’s also composed music for HBO’s Insecure.

“Our film is about institutional racism. It is also about allyship, the coming together of Black and white activists who worked throughout history to demolish it. It is a complicated notion, one receiving new scrutiny in the current climate,” said Buirski.

The documentary, which was acquired by Shout! Studios, is a production of Augusta Films in association with Get Lifted Film Co. and Artemis Rising Foundation, and will open in select theatres nationwide on 6/18.

BELLE MT. GETS GROOVY
5/3/21

London-based trio Belle Mt. are bringing the groovy vibes on their first release of the year, “Famous Son.” The single arrived via Warner on 4/30 and was released alongside a music video.

The new track follows the alt-pop band’s 2020 debut Warner EP, The Water, and features Matt Belmont on vocals and acoustic guitars with Chris Burgess on drums, Ben Worsley on electric guitars, Jamie Sierota on bass and keys and production by Femke, who also provides additional keys and guitars.

“‘Famous Son’ comes from that moment in the artist’s journey when you choose to really bet on yourself, to chase the dream in spite of all the risks and unpredictability,” said Belmont.

Additionally, the three-piece recently performed a free “live” event in a unique 3D experience and hosted an exclusive fan meet and greet via Microsoft’s Altspace VR. The band is gearing up for more new music this year as well as upcoming tour plans.

Until then, stream “Famous Son” here and check out the music video below.