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“Put a Little Love On Me” Asks Niall Horan in His New Single and Music Video

Irish singer-songwriter Niall Horan has unveiled a new track and video called “Put a Little Love On Me.” The Cameron Busby-directed video was filmed in Los Angeles, while the song was written with Jamie Scott and Daniel Bryer, who also produced, and Mike Needle. The new single is lifted from the artist’s upcoming new album due out soon via Capitol Records.

As previously announced, tickets are now on sale for the North American leg of Horan’s 2020 “Nice To Meet Ya” world tour which begins on April 20 in Nashville, TN at Bridgestone Arena. Online ticket purchases for U.S. shows come with one physical CD copy per ticket order.

“Nice To Meet Ya 2020 Tour” Dates:

4/20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
4/22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
4/24 – Miami, FL – BB&T Center
4/25 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
4/27 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
4/29 – New York, NY – Barclays Center
5/01 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
5/02 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
5/06 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
5/08 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
5/09 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
5/11 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
5/13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
5/15 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
5/16 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Garden Arena
5/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
5/20 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center

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Artwork for “Put a Little Love on Me” by Niall Horan

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Early James Confirms Debut Album ‘Singing For My Supper’; Stream Lead Single “Blue Pill Blues”

How’s this for an early holiday gift? Alabama’s Early James has confirmed a March 13th release of his debut album, Singing for My Supper, via Easy Eye Sound and Nonesuch Records. Accompany the album announcement is both tour news (dates below), and the lead single “Blue Pill Blues,” the video for which can be seen below. A blend of folk, blues, and pop crooning, James’ music is as rough as it is smooth, and even includes a touch of wry humour.

The ten-track Singing for My Supper was co-produced by Dan Auerbach (Easy Eye Sound founder) and David “Fergie” Ferguson, the former of which decided he had to produce the recording after watching but two seconds of one of James’ performance videos. Auerbach commented, “Some people are good singers, and some people are better than good singers; they just have this great form of expression.”

Signing for My Supper Track Listing:

01. Blue Pill Blues
02. Stockholm Syndrome
03. Way of the Dinosaur
04. Clockwork Town
05. Easter Egg
06. It Doesn’t Matter Now
07. High Horse
08. All Down Hill
09. Gone as a Ghost
10. Dishes in the Dark

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2020 Tour Dates:

January 31 – Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA*
February 6 – The Analog – Nashville, TN
February 13 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA&
February 15 – The Social – Orlando, FL&
February 26 – The Heights Theater – Houston, TX+
February 27 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX+
February 29 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX+
March 2 – Knuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO+
March 4 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO+
March 6 – The Commonwealth Room – Salt Lake City, UT+
March 7 – The Olympic Venue – Boise, ID+
March 9 – Imperial Vancouver – Vancouver CAN+
March 10 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA+
March 11 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR+
March 13 – The Filmore – San Francisco, CA+
March 14 – Pappy & Harriet’s – Pioneertown, CA+
April 2 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN+
April 3 – Majestic Theater – Madison, WI+
April 8 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA+
April 10 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC+
April 14 – The Opera House – Toronto, CAN+
April 15 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA+
April 16 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA+
April 17 – Webster Hall – New York, NY+

*The Marcus King Band
+ The Lone Bellow
& Shovels and Rope

Artwork for ‘Singing For My Supper’ by Early James
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James Vickery Unveils New Single “Tear It Apart” Produced by Kenny Beats

Written by James Vickery and Kenny Beats, and produced by Kenny Beats, the new single “Tear It Apart” is so warm, catchy, and addictive that repeated listens are unavoidable. Available now via TH3RD BRAIN Records, the song is yet another example why London’s James Vickery continues to amass praise for his strong voice and unique R&B style.

The track, which originally debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, follows “Pressure,” and is the second single lifted from a new EP set for an early 2020 release. Soul, pop. hip-hop and electronic elements can all be found on the new EP; going to be a solid listen.

Speaking of the song, Vickery commented, “I wrote ‘Tear it Apart’ with Kenny Beats in our first ever session. It was a song I didn’t know I needed until I made it with him. Kenny asked me, ‘what’s on your mind?’ and honestly I didn’t know the answer. But by following his famous philosophy, D.O.T.S (don’t overthink shit), I was able to tap into a time when I was at my lowest and remember the only thing holding me together was one person. I owe that person everything. I can’t wait for everybody to hear this song that means the world to me.”

U.S. Tour Dates:

Dec 17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Dec 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade

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Artwork for “Tear It Apart” by James Vickery

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First Acts Confirmed for Montreux Jazz Festival 2020

Montreux Jazz Festival has announced the return of two true musical icons to next year’s festival. International superstar Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz, one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, will be performing at the 54th edition of Montreux Jazz Festival.

Lionel Ritchie and Lenny Kravitz are the first artists announced for next year’s festival with many more yet to be announced. Lionel Ritchie will headline Auditorium Stravinski on Wednesday 8 July and Lenny Kravitz will headline on Monday 13 July, with tickets on general sale 29 November 2019 at https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/.

Both superstars are making their return to Montreal for the Jazz Festival. At his first performance at Montreux Jazz Festival in 2008, Kravitz confided that he was “intimidated by Montreux” and its legacy, before returning seven years later for a liberated, electrifying show in 2015. Kravitz returns to the Montreux Jazz Festival stage in 2020 for what is set to be a truly special night. After a sensational debut in 2000 and a phenomenal performance in 2015, which saw Quincy Jones join on stage, Lionel Richie will return to Montreux Jazz Festival next year. Richie’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere and fans will be able to enjoy timeless mega-hits such as Lady, Dancing on the Ceiling, Say You, Say Me, Hello and All Night Long.

Nestled in the shadows of the stunning Swiss alps alongside beautiful Lake Geneva, Montreux Jazz Festival will be taking place between July 3-18 2020. The festival will be taking place across 11 stages showcasing some of the most iconic performers and exciting new artists from around the globe.

In the spirit of Christmas and for a limited time only, Montreux Jazz Festival is offering the chance to experience the electricity of the Montreux Jazz Lab with the Lab Pass, giving access to all 16 Montreux Jazz Lab concerts for an incredible CHF 399. Montreux Jazz Festival have also announced a very special holiday discount on their All Music Pass, the perfect pass for a 16-day musical marathon at both Auditorium Stravinski and Montreux Jazz Lab with a reduced CHF 1299. All special Christmas Offers are available here.

Tickets for LIONEL RICHIE’s and LENNY KRAVITZ’s headline shows at the Auditorium Stavinski will be available from Wednesday, 27 November at www.montreuxjazzfestival.com.

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Hauser Unveils Spring 2020 Tour and New “River Flows In You” Single and Video

You already know him as one half of the global musical sensation 2Cellos, but cellist Hauser is also a solo musician who’s set to release his debut recording in early 2020 via Sony Classical. Well, soon after he confirmed his upcoming album, and released the lead single “Swan Lake,” Hauser returned with both 2020 tour dates and the new single “River Flows In You.”

The popular composition, originally by Yurima, is Hauer’s forthcoming album’s second single and sees him joined by the London Symphony Orchestra. Speaking of the song and gorgeous video, Hauser noted, “Summer is over but let’s enjoy the mellow tones of the autumn accompanied by the ‘River Flows In You.’ I shot this video on the stunning Istrian peninsula. Drifting on the boat through the scenery gave me time to reflect after a busy summer of recording. This seems to me the perfect visual accompaniment to this most graceful piece of music.”

More music and news to come, as well as additional tour dates.

2020 Tour Dates:

April 2 – Paris, France – Salle Pleyel
April 11 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
April 14 – London, UK – Barbican Centre
April 16 – Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatului
April 18 – Hurghada, Egypt – Soma Bay
April 22 – Talinn, Estonia – Saku Arena
April 28 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena
April 30 – Brussels, Belgium – Paleis 12
May 13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Hall
May 15 – Milan, Italy – Teatro degli Arcimboldi
May 24 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tipsport Arena
May 27 – Kiev, Ukraine – Ukrainia Palace Concert Hall

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Artwork for “River Flows in You” by Hauser

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José James Teases New Album ‘No Beginning No End 2’ with Lead Single “I Need Your Love”

New York singer-songwriter and producer José James recently confirmed that his new album, No Beginning No End 2, will see the light of day on March 6th, via his own label Rainbow Blonde Records. The exciting new twelve-track “future soul” recording blends elements of jazz, R&B, rap, pop and soul into a distinctive and addictive sound that few but James could concoct. Featuring guest musicians the likes of Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, and Aloe Blacc, the release’s announcement was accompanied by the lead single “I Need Your Love” (feat. Ledisi and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah).

The new acts as a sequel to 2012’s No Beginning No End. Get stoked with the audio and info below, plus some upcoming international tour dates.

James recently commented, “I read an interview with Billie Eilish where she was talking about, ‘I can’t believe people used to think genres existed.’ It’s like, oh man, that’s just so nice. It was such a struggle for my generation, and others before, to kick these doors down of this genre and that, and it’s so beautiful to know there are kids who can’t even think that way.”

No Beginning No End 2 Track Listing:

01. I Need Your Love (feat. Ledisi and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
02. You Know What it Do
03. Feels So Good (feat. Cecily)
04. Turn Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc)
05. Just The Way You Are
06. Baby Don’t Cry (feat. J. Hoard)
07. Nobody Knows My Name (feat. Laura Mvula and Kris Bowers)
08. Take Me Home (feat. Lizz Wright)
09. I Found a Love (feat. Taali)
10. Saint James
11. Miss Me When I’m Gone (feat. Marcus Machado)
12. Oracle (高尾山) (feat. Hindi Zahra and Erik Truffaz)

2020 Tour Dates:

2/12 – Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live
2/14 – Osaka, JP @ Billboard Live
3/21 – Denver, CO @ Dazzle Jazz
3/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
3/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
3/27 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Live
5/07 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE
5/08-09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota

Artwork for ‘No Beginning No End 2’ by José James
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Union Duke Share Live Video for New Single “Atlas of Love”

Union Duke, the Toronto, Canada-based folk fivesome featuring Matt Warry-Smith, Jim McDonald, Ethan Smith, Will Staunton and Rob McLaren, has unveiled a live video for their recently-released single, “Atlas Of Love.” The song, which also features organ and pedal steel, was produced by Jeff Hazin and recorded between his studio and Toronto’s Taurus Recording.

Commenting on the video, the band stated, “This video was recorded live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We first discovered the space at The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. It was used as an after-hours hang for musicians and festival workers. We drank and sang into the wee hours of the morning with Willie Stratton, Red Moon Road, and a number of other awesome musicians. So, this past year when we were back touring in the area, we thought it would be the perfect spot to pop in and shoot a few live videos for our new songs.”

Adding colour about the new single, Jim McDonald noted, “‘Atlas of Love’ is a song for those who haven’t quite figured out the nature of their love, much less themselves. Originally, I couldn’t even figure out which direction the song was going in. I toyed with ‘I’m the Atlas of Love, and you’re the weight on my back,’ but ultimately, I think the song works better when I’m the one who’s the burden. It’s less accusatory and I feel like it’s something most people have felt at some point in their life. I think just about everyone has struggled with trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into a relationship.”

Come 2020, Union Duke will be performing a showcase in the UK at Americanafest from January 28th to 30th.

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Artwork for ‘Atlas of Love’ by Union Duke

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M. Ward Announces New Album ‘Migration Stories,’ Lead Single, and 2020 Spring Tour

Portland, OR-based musician M. Ward has confirmed that his newest (and tenth) album, titled Migration Stories, will be released on April 3rd via Anti Records. Accompanying the album announcement is the lead single “Migration Of Souls,” and a spring 2020 North American tour. For his latest studio recording, the writer, producer and performer travelled to Quebec, Canada where he recorded eleven tracks inspired by tales of human migration. Ward worked on Migration Stories with Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire fame, and Teddy Impakt. Production and mixing were handled by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine).

Commenting on the new music and stories behind the songs, Ward noted, “Some time went by, the stories wove together and I remember them now closer to characters in a dream of how people could treat each other than any kind of front-page news realism. I think music subconsciously – whether writing or listening – is a filter for me. Helping to process all the bad news into something new to build from. Some records to me are like self-fulfilling prophecies – visualizing change to wish something into being. Those records inspired this one.”

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Migration Stories Track Listing:

01. Migration Of Souls
02. Heaven’s Nail and Hammer
03. Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show
04. Independent Man
05. Stevens’ Snow Man
06. Unreal City
07. Real Silence
08. Along the Santa Fe Trail #
09. Chamber Music
10. Torch
11. Rio Drone

# Al Dubin, Hugh Williams

2020 Tour Dates:

04/17/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/18/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
04/19/20 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
04/22/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/24/20 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
04/26/20 – Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
04/28/20 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
04/29/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
05/01/20 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
05/02/20 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
05/03/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/14/20 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
05/16/20 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
05/17/20 – Tacoma, WA @ Elks Temple
05/19/20 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Redwood Barn
05/20/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
05/22/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

Artwork for ‘Migration Stories’ by M. Ward
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Tamia Re-imagines Stevie Wonder’s Holiday Classic “Someday At Christmas”

Just in time for both the cold, winter weather and the warm, family and friend-filled holiday season, six-time Grammy nominee, Tamia has unveiled a cover of the Christmas classic “Someday At Christmas.” The soulful reimagining of the long-time holiday staple originally recorded and popularised by Stevie Wonder takes on new life with Tamia’s R&B/Soul-inspired version.

Considering the state of the world, there’s nothing wrong with a little more peace and love. “Someday At Christmas” is available on all digital platforms now.

Artwork for “Someday At Christmas” by Tamia
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Raphael Weinroth-Browne Confirms Debut Solo Album; Shares “From Within” Music Video

Canadian cellist and composer Raphael Weinroth-Browne (known for his work with The Visit, Musk Ox, and Kamancello) continues to tease his upcoming debut solo recording, Worlds Within, and has now shared a music video for the single “From Within.” Commenting on the gorgeous Andrew Robillard-filmed and directed video, which can be seen below, Weinroth-Browne noted:

“‘From Within’ is the second chapter or movement of the album. I’ve always felt this piece to be very evocative of nature, specifically the forest. The title ‘From Within’ suggests an inner world, the world we carry inside ourselves and the place where nascent ideas and thoughts take seed and eventually grow to tower over us. The piece opens with three melodic phrases which seem to pose questions that are left unanswered. The repeating groove that follows is akin to the inexorable passing of time and the cycles of nature, while the solo line that emerges and eventually takes center stage represents the more subjective viewpoint of a human being attempting to navigate life. The ascending and atmospheric arpeggios in the final section signify the dissolution of previously held beliefs and flight beyond the shelter of the forest in search of renewed purpose and deeper truths. This search is figuratively portrayed in the video by actor/dancer Heather Sita Black.”

The self-produced Worlds Within is due on January 24th, 2020, and was recorded and mixed by Dean Watson with mastering by Alan Douches. The forty-minute album boasts elements of contemporary classical minimalism, metal, post-rock, and even electronic; it is one single composition divided into ten tracks which play out like movements in a classical variation set.

Worlds Within Track Listing:

01. Unending I
02. From Within I
03. From Within II
04. From Above
05. Tumult I
06. Tumult II
07. Tumult III
08. Tumult IV
09. Fade (Afterglow)
10. Unending II

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Artwork for ‘Worlds Within’ by Raphael Weinroth-Browne

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