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Reggae Superstar Mighty Mystic (@MightyMystic) Releases New Album ‘Enter the Mystic’ Feb. 1, 2019...

Reggae Superstar Mighty Mystic (@MightyMystic) Releases New Album ‘Enter the Mystic’ Feb. 1, 2019...

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Fans have long-awaited the release of new material from Reggae superstar Mighty Mystic! The much buzzed about album Enter the Mystic drops on February 1, 2019. Led by the popular single ‘Salt’, Enter the Mystic is an extraordinary album filled with powerful and captivating songs made by one of the most talented artists around.

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Kicking off the release, which to date is his fourth, Mighty Mystic has upcoming shows at:

Aura in Portland, ME on Friday, February 1, 2019

Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

About Mighty Mystic

Mighty Mystic is an impressive musical talent in the reggae scene nationally and internationally as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, and entertainer. Kevin Mark Holness, better known as reggae star Mighty Mystic is the younger brother of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Mighty Mystic is a soulful singer, has a magnificent musical range, and exudes strong vocal chops throughout his music. He is set to release his fourth album Enter the Mystic on February 1, 2019. He has achieved international and national stardom with his third album The Art of Balance and the preceding album Concrete World that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number six and his breakout album Wake Up World with "Revolution," to "Riding on the Clouds" and "Original Love" and "Slipped Away" with appearances from Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. All three albums reached the Billboard Top 10 Reggae Chart. Mighty Mystic's music has captured the attention of a wide range of fans nationwide and internationally including a rare opportunity to perform at Rebel Salute, one of the greatest festivals in Jamaica and is listed in Billboard Magazine's top festivals in the Caribbean capturing the heart of thousands of reggae lovers and music fans from around the world. Mighty Mystic has shared the stage with reggae's biggest names such as Steel Pulse, Damian Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Lee Scratch Perry, Barrington Levy, Buju Banton, The Wailers, Shaggy, Collie Buddz, Sean Paul, Badfish, Dirty Heads, SOJA, John Brown's Body, Luciano, Third World, Freddie McGregor, and Capleton. Mighty Mystic and his music exudes peace, love, struggle, perseverance, and harmony. Mighty Mystic's 2016 release of The Art of Balance album garnered international and national success. Jamaican born, Massachusetts-based reggae star Mighty Mystic has been featured in international and national media including radio and TV.

Visit Mighty Mystic at www.mightymystic.com and follow @MightyMystic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Reggae Queen Etana (@EtanaStrongOne) Receives Grammy Nod for ‘Reggae Forever’...

Reggae Queen Etana (@EtanaStrongOne) Receives Grammy Nod for ‘Reggae Forever’...

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Reggae queen Etana is breaking records again, with her 5th studio effort, "Reggae Forever." The smash album is being recognized with a Grammy nomination.

Etana stands as the first African American female in 21 years to be nominated in the Best Album category for Reggae. Her standout sound blends Roots Reggae with flavors of Folk, Soul, and Jazz. The Reggae Forever album is distributed by Tad's Records.

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 “Reggae Forever” debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Charts, and has achieved both international and national success since it’s release. Etana is one of those artists who stands out in all areas. She continues to grow and be innovative with each release of her music.

Etana also breaks the record as the first female with back-to-back top albums on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The last time a female artist was nominated in the category was in 1997 when Sister Carol received a nomination.

“Reggae Forever” is available at digital retailers including iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reggae-forever/1337551717

Check out the music video from Etana's single "Spread Love" from the Reggae Forever album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZftuxaI8b8

For more information on Etana, visit www.etanathestrongone.com and Facebook @OneEtana and Instagram @EtanaStrongOne and Twitter @EtanaStrongOne

NEWS: Singer & Songwriter @Ameriie Returns With Not One, But TWO New Albums....

NEWS: Singer & Songwriter @Ameriie Returns With Not One, But TWO New Albums....

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It’s been 9 long years since we last heard a full-length project from singer & songwriter Ameriie. Well wait no more; Ameriie, best known for her uber-successful single “1 Thing” from the motion picture Hitch starring Will Smith & Kevin James, has released two new projects. After posting a message via social media hinting to new music on October 17, 4AM Mulholland & After 4AM, packaged as a double LP, was released October 19.

This release also marks Ameriie’s second independent project; the first being her 2016 EP Drive. This new project is now available for download via Apple Music, itunes Google Play Music, Spotify, and all other streaming outlets.

NEWS: Mya Drops New Video; G.M.O. [Got My Own]... @myaplanet9

NEWS: Mya Drops New Video; G.M.O. [Got My Own]... @myaplanet9

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On the heels of her successful eighth album, T.K.O., singer & songwriter Mya has dropped a new video for her latest single, “G.M.O. [Got My Own]”. Released officially as a single (and not featured on T.K.O.) August 31, the song has been steadily climbing to the top of the list in terms of fan-favorites. Featuring Tink and produced by MyGuyMars, the single is available for purchase via itunes and Google Play Music, and streamable via Spotify. Check the video out below…

Mya | G.M.O. [Got My Own]

@ARIKAKANE Releases Chains....

@ARIKAKANE Releases Chains....

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Check out the hot new single #Chains from R&B songstress Arika Kane!!!  

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Arika is no stranger to the music and entertainment worlds. She is known to many as  the  VH1 Songstress. She has had over 80 synchronization placements within the Viacom network on various shows that include VH1, BET and MTV with multiple features on shows like “Love and Hip Hop”, “Basketball Wives” and “Single Ladies”. Kane scored 2 major theme songs on television with her song “Make It” that you heard on VH1’s TV series “Hollywood Exes” and “Atlanta Exes”.


In 2014, Arika Kane lit up international radio with her song “It’s There”, an epic collaboration with the legendary Brian McKnight. This timeless ballad climbed the U.S. sales charts reaching #1 in R&B. It also climbed the Billboard charts reaching #8 in Billboard Sales and was quickly cherished by music fans of all-genres worldwide.


In 2016 Kane released “The Remix Album” which took over the U.S. sales charts climbing to the #1 position and staying the #1 Dance Album in the country for 10 weeks. “The Remix Album” also charted in Billboard in both the Heat-seekers chart and the Top 25 Dance charts for 8 weeks straight.  Kane’s chops and her music cross all-genres. Her message is liberating, inspirational and positive. Kane takes pride in creating music that empowers everyone especially women. Her songwriting and producing skills make her a triple threat. With having over 10 songs that reached #1 in U.S. best sellers in both the R&B and Pop genres, Kane has shown and proved that she is a force to be reckoned with.

 https://soundcloud.com/arikakane/arika-kane-chains

Swizz Beatz Drops Visual for New Single, “Pistol On My Side” feat. @liltunechi ...

Swizz Beatz Drops Visual for New Single, “Pistol On My Side” feat. @liltunechi ...

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Just as Swizz Beatz promised, he’s released a video for the new single, “Pistol On My Side“, featuring Lil’ Wayne. The single is set to appear on Swizz’ long-awaited album, “Poison”, which should be dropping soon! With Wayne lacing the track, and Alicia on keys (you just need to see it...), it’s cerrtainly a sign of greatness to come in this new release. Check it out below, and post your thoughts...

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NEW MUSIC: @Tinashe : Joyride

NEW MUSIC: @Tinashe : Joyride

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R&B songstress Tinashe is back with a new album for all you music fans! We'll just say this album is bangin'! 

Check out the iTunes stream below, and be sure to download your copy today! You won't be sorry!

 

NEW MUSIC: Nicki Minaj is Back With Two New Singles...

NEW MUSIC: Nicki Minaj is Back With Two New Singles...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - New York - Rap star Nicki Minaj has been out of the limelight for the last few months, as she's been working diligently on new material for her fans. The rap queen has stepped out of the darkness with two new singles. Listen below to "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz", and comment back on what you think of the new singles....

 

NEWS: @IAmCardiB Breaks Apple Music Streaming Record....

NEWS: @IAmCardiB Breaks Apple Music Streaming Record....

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Friday, April 13, 2018 - New York, NY - It's looking like Cardi B has got the world of hip-hop fans in the palms of her hands. Just a week beyond the release of her new album, "Invasion of Privacy", the New York rapper has broken yet another record, this time with Apple Music. The album, since it's release, has streamed more than 100 million times, besting Taylor Swift for the "most first-week streams by a female". "Invasion of Privacy is expected to top the Billboard 200. Cardi B's popularity has soared throughout the past year with release of her music, and the climb shows no sign of slowing any time soon. 

If you haven't had an opportunity to hear the album, you're in luck! We've got a stream below for you. Check it out now!

 

NEW MUSIC: @Iamchantemoore .. "1 of 4"

NEW MUSIC: @Iamchantemoore .. "1 of 4"

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Chanté Moore is back with an all-new bangin' EP, titled "1 of 4". Chanté is delivering some serious heat with this offering, picking right up where she left off with last year's "The Rise of the Phoenix". Check it out below! 

 

NEW MUSIC: @PorcelanMusic ... #LoisLane

NEW MUSIC: @PorcelanMusic ... #LoisLane

Memphis, TN has long been known for its rich musical history. The city has bred a new star in chanteuse @PorcelanMusic, and we’ve got the new single, “Lois Lane”, right here for your ears!

In this gem, Porcelan sings of her ideal beau... 

"Every woman wants a strong man in their lives that makes them feel secure," mentions Porcelan. "The ideal fancy is to be swept off your feet and protected by a strong man who will rescue you from anything that can bring you harm, and Superman's love for Lois Lane, symbolizes that," she adds.

PORCELAN is currently on her national promotional tour and has just been confirmed to perform at "Center Stage" at the 2018 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this upcoming 4th of July weekend.

Check out the new single below, and be sure to follow Porcelan on social media at @PorcelanMusic

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ROGER ORTEGA [@RnBPoPWrytr]: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

ROGER ORTEGA [@RnBPoPWrytr]: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

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We recently had to catch up with writer and musical superstar Roger Ortega, and the conversation was amazing. We get to hear all about his most recent project, The Lottery, and what else he has in store now that the music is pumping out consistently again. Check out the exclusive below!

 

Thank you so much. You have so much going on. Obviously, your progression is something to be noted. I love what you’re doing. This is especially good because we work to promote and push independent acts, so in that respect, there’s so much to talk about. It would be good to start with what brought you into music. I know you’ve been here…

 

It’s funny man. Long story short, I was born into a musical family. I didn’t want to do what my dad’s band was doing, but I listened to them practice. I knew this was what I wanted. At 14, I put together a group with my cousin and another guy. We changed members and names, but maintained the R&B and Pop feel. Eventually, we got a record deal. 

 

Almost like a new edition…lol

 

Right. And New Kids on the Block played a big factor. One morning I saw them on TV, and was like who are these guys. Being a solo artists as a kid, I felt like I’d have more support with a couple other guys on stage. Eventually, some faded away, and I found more guys. We got a deal in Kansas and moved to New York. Universal was buying out everybody. We got locked into this deal where they just wouldn’t do anything with us. We eventually got out of that deal. By age 24, I said I was done. I went on about my life, but would write more for the love of it. Through a random series of events, at 37 I got a deal. I started off as a writer, and eventually they wanted a record. I quit at age 24 because I thought I was too old. How would it be at 37? I reluctantly said yes, and it ended up being number 62 on iTunes. I kept at it, and worked on a second album. The Lottery came out last year, and hit number 8. There’s so many good songs on the album, and you learn from your mistakes. You put all this work into an album, and you are to let it breathe. With the new single, The Worst Hangover, it’s actually a remix to the album’s first single. It’s doing pretty well. Not the same rules as an independent artist. You don’t necessarily have to do something new every year. You can work with what you have. 

 

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Now that you’re independent, how does it feel, having been with a major before? I see a lot of artists who don’t do well in the transition. Many artists don’t realize the level of work. How has it been for you?

 

I hate being told what to do, and am a lot less motivated when I am told what to do. So it’s one of those things where I’m in control. Failure or success comes back to me. My team is amazing, but they’re name is not the brand. If it doesn’t work out, it’s on me. I can sit with a little more pride when things go good. 

 

I think it’s cool. What you have is hot and in so many ways, you break the stereotypes, and break the color lines. What has been your experience with connecting with other artists? I turn 40 this year, so I appreciate the fact that you pay respect to the artists before you of our era. I find it so funny that because of this new edition movie, our kids know all about New Edition now. My son is ten and is so enamored with Cool it Now like it just dropped yesterday…lol. 

 

I think that has driven the direction of my music and where it comes from. Like you, I grew up on all that. It’s infused in my DNA. The Lottery album pays homage to a lot of those artists, and has a 90s appeal. That was one of the biggest things. I definitely wanted to be taken serious with this, but I knew my fanbase was 28+, and people who knew that era. That’s what was so cool. 

 

I also think it’s cool because a big part of me misses that era. I make it a point to look back and connect with artists of that era now with the magazine. I like to be able to show what these artists are doing now, and how they impacted music. The blessing is I get to connect with my favorites, the ones who don’t get the respect. As far as shows go, what have your shows and tours looked like? Are you doing a lot of shows?

 

Yea, I have been. My last show will be in New Mexico. The last few months, I’ve had shows in New York, Miami, and so on. The shows have been great. One of my favorite shows was a tribute to George Michael. 

 

Awesome. I grew up listening to him in Wham, and so much of his music. 

 

He was one of the first to really cross over to R&B and radio play. I can remember hearing him on Hot 97. He had a lot of respect for R&B and Soul, and vice versa. I respect how he rode that line, and was one of the first major stars to cross over. I released a cover of Father Figure a few months ago along with a video. The video was to tie into the next video. That and The Worst Hangover is like a series. It was a cool concept. 

 

I saw the father figure video, and I heard the single first on reverbnation. What are your plans moving forward and progressing?

 

What I feel like right now; someone asked me when the third album was coming. I don’t think I’m in a place emotionally to do a third album. I’m just writing right now. When something hits me emotionally, I’ll do a third album. With The Lottery, it was a lot of start and stop. I immediately went to work on the second album, but the owner of my independent label passed away and the label shut down. I lost a lot with that first album. All the stuff I had before was good, but not as good as this album. My dad developed cancer in the process and passed away as I started on the second half of the album. That gave me a lot for the album. I wrote three songs on the plane back from his funeral. One of those is Never Forget, which was a tribute for my dad. I also wrote The Worst Hangover, which is about losing someone and how you feel. I changed it to be more about losing a girl, but I pulled the pain from losing my dad. I also wrote a song called Put It On Me. Through darkness comes light and that’s where that came from. My plan moving forward is to work on singles and get as many people to hear my projects. 

 

What else is to come for people to look out for?

 

There’s a song I’ll be working on for a project that my fans had been inquiring about. I can’t say much about it yet. I’m working on a song with another guy which will eat up a lot of time. Two guys from my group joined me for the George Michael show. I put up a video of us practicing Careless Whispers, and they agreed to do an album. That’s down the road, but right now, I’m focusing on me. I have to get to the Grammys, one way or another, even if I got to work the door [laughing].

 

Where can people check you out online?

 

Everything is at rogerortega.com. I’m on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. 

 

I look forward to your upcoming projects. You clearly love the music so much that you’re still here. I appreciate having the opportunity to connect with you. I feel like you’re breaking barriers. Thank you. 

 

Thank you. I appreciate telling my story.

[EXCLUSIVE] @IAMCHANTEMOORE : THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX

[EXCLUSIVE] @IAMCHANTEMOORE : THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX

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I can’t begin to speak on how excited we are for the release of Chanté Moore’s new album, The Rise of the Phoenix. It’s one thing that she’s releasing a new project. Sure, there’s a certain level of anticipation that’s already there, yet, there’s something different about this project. This truly is a rising for Chanté. Her life has taken her in so many different directions. She’s had an amazing career, but like any other artists she’s experience some good and definitely some bad. This album represents her new beginning. She has truly risen to the top again, and the result is a beautiful project that the world can enjoy in it’s entirety. She also has a bonus coming in the form of a Christmas album that all release two weeks after The Rise of the Phoenix. It was an absolute blessing to connect with Chanté to talk about the new projects and what we can all expect. If you’ve heard the new singles ‘Real One” and “Something to Remember”, then you know she ain’t playing no games with this album. So enough talking on our end. Let’s jump right into the exclusive….

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Ms. Chanté Moore! How are you?

Chanté Moore: I’m great and you?

U.G. Digital Mag: I’m doing great. I have to thank you for doing everything you are to keep good R&B music alive. You are absolutely killing it right now. 

Chanté Moore: I’m trying so hard, so thank you [laughing].

U.G. Digital Mag: You make it look effortless. I was at Essence Fest, and you were so beautiful, professional, and I could see this beaming happiness on your face when you spoke about the project. Obviously, at that time, I hadn’t heard any of the songs yet, but I’ll tell you .. with Real One, I have absolutely driven that song into the ground with my wife and she thinks I’m crazy. I love the song, and love the video. With the pre-download, you also get “Something to Remember”, and you get the Intro. What went into putting this together, because it’s almost like a new artist who comes in and kills the game. 

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Chanté Moore: You know, I just feel renewed. I really do. The Rise of the Phoenix is purposeful. The title is very purposeful. I feel like I have been through a lot of ups and downs, some good stuff, negative and positive, and it all worked together for the good. I’m just trying to give it my best. I feel like it’s time to be authentic, as usual, but what I love is the new producers I work with on this album are people like Lil’ Ronnie. I’m sure you know who he is, with songs from Usher’s “Same Girl” with R. Kelly, and the new song with K. Michelle, and he’s been doing very well. I love that he understands the music. It’s like adding chemistry. It’s like adding one thing with another and it doesn’t cease to just be one. All the elements are still present, but it becomes something new. That’s what I think happened with the music. With the writers, Felly the Voice is amazing; I love singing his words and writing with him. The melodies he comes up with are so beautiful. A new guy, @Sickpen, @beats4thestars is lil’ Ronnie, and we had so much fun making this record. We had so much fun that we did a Christmas album as well. So that’s pretty exciting, and we had so much fun. It has been work, but good work. We had the best time. 

U.G. Digital Mag: I was going to ask about the Christmas album, and still will, but I have to say that the producers and writers you’re connecting with stand as a testament to the type of person you are as an artist. These people see how genuine you are, and they want to work with your caliber. It speaks volumes. It’s people like you, and I also credit Faith Evans because she is amazing, but going back to the songs, I always say if they have a good intro, they got me. I interviewed Faith as well, and every single interlude and intro she does to me should be a full song. 

Chanté Moore: She is so incredible. I love her so much. She’s so funny and talented. Every time she sings, it’s like dang, I want to do that. Ooh, that’s a nice run. Just the way she soulfully approaches every song, I love her too, so you got my praises on that.

U.G. Digital Mag: But it’s the same thing with you. With “Real One”, for someone like me who can not sing a lick, I can admit that I go to town in the car on that song. My wife and son are so sick of me right now, but I love it [laughing]. 

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Chanté Moore: It’s funny about “Real One”. It seems like a really easy song to sing, but that sucker is hard. When I sing live, and this song is new for me. We just wrote the album, finished it and mastered it. It comes out in two weeks, so these are new to me. Singing them live is a new experience for me. I sang “Real One”, and “Something to Remember” back to back; oh that’s never going to happen again [laughing]. That made me so tired. Then I did “Chante’s Got a Man” after that? I was worn out. It was form, but it wore me out. I was like, OK, enough. 

U.G. Digital Mag: Why was it important to bare your soul with this? I feel like you give us your life with this album?

Chanté Moore: Absolutely. That’s been something I have done from the beginning. The songs I sing come from the heart. When I do it for my own learning and growing experience, I also do it for others. So many times, people come up to me on the road, and after the show there are tears for both of us. They say things like “if it wasn’t for your music, I wouldn’t have made it through this breakup”, or “I wouldn’t have made it through losing my mother”, or “if I didn’t know you were alone like that, I wouldn’t have felt like I could deal with it too”. Everyone always makes this thing of who they think you are and that regular stuff doesn’t happen to you, but it happens to everybody. We all get our hearts broken. We’re all get let own sometimes. We let other people down. We’re not exempt and we have that human life experience, so that’s what I endeavor; for people to know they are not alone. I’m not alone either. I put on my music sometimes and sing it to myself. 

U.G. Digital Mag: The Christmas album. It’s amazing, but my biggest question is why it’s so close to this album?

Chanté Moore: Stuff kept happening over and over to push it back. We’ve been trying to release this project for like six months. My fans on Instagram and Twitter are like yelling at me like, Chante, really? If you push this back one more time, we are coming after you. It’s been for different reasons, and I don’t know exactly why because I really wanted it to be released February 17, 2017. It’s the 7th album release for me. 2/17 is my birthday. Then it was pushed back. I don’t know what happened, but I do know at the end of making this, and finishing up and adding new songs, we still wanted to keep working. We said let’s do a Christmas album. We had no idea it would happen so quickly. We said let’s just put it out. Radio just plays the radio stuff, and they don’t play a lot of R&B and the other genres. We’ll be in the middle of that, and then next year, we’ll add another, and another the following year. What’s beautiful is it keeps living on. We were excited about making more music, and it made sense to capture the holiday spirit because I love Christmas so much. 

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U.G. Digital Mag: I like the concept of adding a new song each year so you don’t get the same thing over and over. 

Chanté Moore: This CD is so unique that I can’t wait for the world to hear it. I play both all the time, and put them on shuffle. That’s how I know this is music I love and I’m happy about singing it because I’m playing it. Usually, I finish a record and want to take a break from myself. Listening is work, singing it is work, and performing it live is work and making sure people get it, and there’s so many aspects that can be tiring and draining. I find that these two CDS are my favorite listen right now. 

U.G. Digital Mag: Any last words or comments that you want to get out, and what can we look forward to in the next couple weeks?

Chanté Moore: I’m trying to do as much press as I can. I’m going on tour. I can’t give you the exact dates, and if I did, I’d be wrong [laughing]. Go to chantemoore.com, where we will put up the calendar. Please come see these LIVE. We’ll be performing the Christmas stuff as well as the new album. I’m having a great time. The band is amazing; I have a new band. The dancers are there when I have room on the stage. I’m giving my all like it’s my last.

 

VIDEOS: REAL ONE & SOMETHING TO REMEMBER...

DISCOVERY with CVSS HAMILTON [ @CvssOfficial ]

DISCOVERY with CVSS HAMILTON [ @CvssOfficial ]

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Discovery has become quite a popular section here at U.G. Digital Magazine. One of the things we try to do is introduce you to hot new talent who blaze trails in the industry through their craft. This month and issue, we lead with Canadian hip-hop artist Cvss [pronounved Cass] Hamilton. Only a few projects in, he’s already building a strong name for himself through a mixtape and album that he’s released over the past year or so. Now, with a new album, and single in the forefront, he’s ready to take his brand to an even higher level. In our feature, we talk about his new single, “Bang”, with Karl Wolf, his new album to come, and the career he’s striving to build in this industry. 

 

Meet Cvss Hamilton!

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Your story is one of inspiration for a lot of people who follow. You’ve dealt with the triggers and blows of life in terms of being in trouble, and living the street life. What took you in a different direction?

 

Cvss Hmilton: I always had music, but the thing that pushed me to get away from the streets was the birth of my daughter. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: That’s what up. That’s real to so many people when they want to have something better for their kids. 

 

Cvss Hmilton: Right. I’ve seen it so many times with friends of mine. They either get shot or are in prison, and then their kids don’t have a father. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Now realistically, this is a business that takes time when it comes to cultivating your craft and building a proper presence. Money usually doesn’t roll in immediately. Now having a daughter and obviously needing a steady flow of income, what motivated you to continue as you got started?

 

Cvss Hamilton: I was always more than an artist. I did a lot in the background, from design to doing my own mixtape covers. Once I established myself, I used my own name to get business. I was generating income through it all. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Let’s talk influences. Who were the artists who really inspired you to pursue this?

 

Cvss Hamilton: Growing up, definitely Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Eminem, Royce Da 5’9”, Ludacris, Jeezy, and Jadakiss. All those guys were big influences for me. Even recently, I have to give a shout out to Kevin Gates. He has really influenced me a lot. A lot of his songs, I relate to. If I had to decide to do a feature with someone, that’s who it would be. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Who were the people in your ear in real life, who influenced and inspired you to turn the page for a better life?

 

Cvss Hamilton: I would say people that I bumped into in the streets because for a while I wasn’t really putting out music. Once I started doing music, people would recognize me out in the streets. They would stop me and say “hey, you’re that guy, keep doing it”. Others weren’t always my biggest influence. They were into the streets too, and would say things more like don’t waste your time. I was really doing it for me, so I didn’t pay much attention to people’s negative opinions. 

 

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U.G. Digital Mag: You’re dropping “Bang”, your collaboration with Karl Wolf, in just a couple days. Talk to me about that single and the direction you went for?

 

Cvss Hmilton: So, I was invited to do the Canadian Urban Television Awards this year, and I was still fairly new. I had just dropped the album “Selfish Ways” and it was kinda popping. I was at the rehearsal, and Karl Wolf was doing some a capella work. I walked over and started beat-boxing, and we started talking. Kardinal Offishall was supposed to be with him, but couldn’t make it. He asked if I could freestyle for him when he performed, and while I thought about it, I didn’t really feel I was prepared for it. I did it anyway, and we established a connection. I hit him up with a beat and some ideas, and was hoping it would make for something a little different to help build a presence. I want to touch a different type of audience and show versatility. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: The collaboration is definitely dope. How does it feel to be getting so much love and respect for your craft and the way you do things musically? You have to be in a good place with that, right?

 

Cvss Hmilton: It’s a good feeling. I’ve always been humble about it. I try to stay that way. I love progress in anything, be it music or anything else. I love good music. Anything with progress is wonderful. How can it be denied?

 

U.G. Digital Mag: What can we look for in a full length project for you?

 

Cvss Hmilton: I was introducing myself with “Selfish Ways”. This time around, I want to make people dance. I’m trying to focus on radio distribution, and things that can play in the club. I want more energy, and want to keep people moving. I want to show I have more style. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: That’s dope. I love to see when artists are truly having a good time. Ultimately, it makes for better music. It’s all about escaping from the everyday madness of life that you may experience. People can appreciate that from you. It’ll be a dope turnout and people will surely see that versatility. 

 

Cvss Hmilton: I can’t wait. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Talk about your goals as an artist? How do you contribute something lasting to this industry that helps the next artist coming in?

 

Cvss Hmilton: That’s pretty much the plan. More artists should be that way. Once I have the power and can help, I want to build a team. It’s not about being the best. I just want to do what I love and be happy doing it. I want to have a good team, and want them to work the same way. Having the power to be that guy that everyone respects, and being humble to let others in is what I’m trying to do. 

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Where can everyone find you online?

 

Cvss Hmilton: They can find me at www.cvssmusic.com. You can find the social media links, mixtapes and albums there. My videos are there as well.

 

U.G. Digital Mag: Do you have any final comments?

 

Cvss Hmilton: I just want to give a shout out to everyone watching my progress. I really appreciate it. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m loving it.

Soul Crooner @OfficiaALEX Releases Music Video To His Debut Powerful Single,  "WORDLESS"

Soul Crooner @OfficiaALEX Releases Music Video To His Debut Powerful Single, "WORDLESS"

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 ALEX HARRIS a Soul/R&B vocalist and actor is no stranger to the entertainment scene. Having started his entertainment career at the tender age of 7 years old, he toured throughout the southeast region with his siblings. ALEX HARRIS has a growing following world-wide because of his #1 hit singles, "Hope for Us" and #1 hit "Love Line", Top 20 Billboard success, "Don’t Walk Away", with his brothers, A7, and his electrifying soulful and engaging performances. His polished lyrical styling and dynamic energy is a breath of fresh air with a very earthy twist that transcends multiple audiences everywhere he performs including 2 of the Presidential Inaugural Galas, Premier of Bermuda Gala, Premier of Ireland Gala and many other prestigious galas, schools, colleges, corporate events, and festivals world-wide.

 

ALEX HARRIS has not only headlined his own shows, but has graced stages with entertainers and actors, such as Al Green, Bobby Rush, Eric Benet, John LegendKirk Franklin, Lamman Rucker, Leon and many others.

 

Take a moment to check out Alex’s new single, Wordless, right here at UGDigital. 

Be sure to connect with Alex Harris on Social Media!

Website: www.AlexHarrisOfficial.com

Twitter: @OfficiaALEX

Instagram: @AlexHarrisOfficial

Facebook: /OfficialAlexHarrisMusic

Snapchat: @AlexHarrisOfficial

[NEWS] @REALDJPREMIER Brings A New Life To NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ By Rocking Their First Ever DJ Set

[NEWS] @REALDJPREMIER Brings A New Life To NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ By Rocking Their First Ever DJ Set

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Three-time Grammy winner DJ Premier, one of the definitive architects of New York hip-hop, brought a new type of life to NPR’s Tiny Desk: their first concert helmed by a DJ.

 

A packed house of head-nodding journalists grooved through their lunch hour to a nine-song medley of iconic Premier productions while decompressing from the unrelenting grind of the news cycle. The set list rested on the undeniable footprint of Preemo’s classics, but this was more than just another DJ mix. His touring outfit, The Badder Band, overlaid Premier’s blends with an undulating electric bass courtesy of Brady Watt, a steady accent on the one from drummer Lenny Reece and boisterous horns from Mark Williams and Jonathan Powell.

 

But it was Premier who remained front-and-center, commanding the crowd like a true party rocker. With throwbacks ranging from Gangstarr’s “Step into the Arena” to an amped rendition of Jeru The Damaja’s “Da Bitches,” embellished by The Badder’s jazzy horns, Preemo concluded the set with a “Moment of Truth,” featuring the exalted rhymes of his posthumous Gangstarr partner, Guru.

 

Tiny Desk concerts are short by design, so naturally the format could barely scratch the surface of Premier’s vault of street anthems, done for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., JAY-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Big L, M.O.P., Mos Def, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, AZ, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Even after a career spanning almost three decades, the man born Christopher Martin has managed to stay authentic to his analog grit and sample-chopping integrity, as if he were still an underdog.

Watch DJ Premier & The Badder Band’s NPR ‘Tiny Desk’ Performance: http://www.npr.org/event/music/543717146/dj-premier-the-badder-band-tiny-desk-concert

Check out the new single, “Free,” from DJ Premier’s New Artist Torii Wolf featuring Macklemore & DJ Premier.

Listen to Torii Wolf f/ Macklemore & DJ Premier “Free” (Produced by King Of Chill): 

https://soundcloud.com/dj_premier/torii-wolf-feat-macklemore-dj-premier-free-produced-by-king-of-chill 

[NEWS] @IAmChanteMoore Releases New Video for “Something to Remember”, “The Rise of the Phoenix” on the way....

[NEWS] @IAmChanteMoore Releases New Video for “Something to Remember”, “The Rise of the Phoenix” on the way....

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You’ve heard the debut single, Real One, from Chanté Moore’s upcoming album; now its time to peep the video for the latest masterpiece to come from “The Rise of the Phoenix”, titled “Something to Remember”!

"Something to Remember" was written by Chante' Moore and Felly The Voice and produced by Lil Ronnie for Beats 4 The Stars. "Being on the road as much as I am, staying connected to the one you love is vitally important. In those times when saying "I love you" is not enough... you've got to give them something to remember you by," says Chante'.

The music video was creatively directed by the one and only Frank Gatson Jr. "My goal with Chante' was to create a stripped down visual that concentrated on real black love as being very simple.... "Something to Remember," adds Frank.

Check the video out below, right here at UGDigital Online!

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CHANTE' MOORE has been dominating the R&B charts for decades and this time is no different. She is currently enjoying the success of the smash mid-tempo love anthem, "Real One", presently charting as the #10 Top R&B song in the country. The world will experience the first collection from the master songstress in nearly four years!

Moore's most personal album yet, "The Rise of the Phoenix" is rich with emotion and personal revelations about Chanté's life and feelings. Infectious dance tracks, sensual ballads and anthems of heart-and-soul capture Moore's impressive vocal dexterity, songwriting skills and production ingenuity to thrill her legion of avid fans and quench the soul music lovers longing for real R&B."This album reflects where I am now in my life. I am perfecting myself. I continue to learn how to burn away the old mindset, the negativity that weighed me down so I can become the best me. I am the Phoenix rising and I'm living my life again!"

CHANTE' MOOREis currently on a national promotional tour in support of the single and upcoming album; cities include:Cincinnati, Birmingham, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York andNew Orleans, just to name a few.

R&B SONGSTRESS @IAmChanteMoore REVEALS THE COVER TO 7th STUDIO ALBUM, "THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX"

R&B SONGSTRESS @IAmChanteMoore REVEALS THE COVER TO 7th STUDIO ALBUM, "THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX"

Below, you'll find the cover artwork and album tracklisting from the upcoming 7th studio album, "The Rise Of The Phoenix" from R&B Songstress CHANTE' MOORE.  The anticipated album will be available worldwide on September 15th, 2017 and pre-orders will be available on Friday, August 11th. itmss://itunes.apple.com/album/id1267111727?ls=1&app=itunes&ign-mscache=1

 

"The Phoenix is a powerful mythological symbol of renewal," she says. "It lives a long life, burns to ashes, but reemerges more beautiful and more powerful than ever. I relate to that."

 

CHANTE' MOORE has been dominating the R&B charts for decades and this time is no different.  She is currently enjoying the success of the smash mid-tempo love anthem, "Real One", presently charting as the #10 Top R&B song in the country. 

 

Check out the video for "Real One" here:

 

 

The world will experience the first collection from the master songstress in nearly four years!

 

Moore's most personal album yet, "The Rise of the Phoenix" is rich with emotion and personal revelations about Chanté's life and feelings. Infectious dance tracks, sensual ballads and anthems of heart-and-soul capture Moore's impressive vocal dexterity, songwriting skills and production ingenuity to thrill her legion of avid fans and quench the soul music lovers longing for real R&B.

 

"This album reflects where I am now in my life. I am perfecting myself. I continue to learn how to burn away the old mindset, the negativity that weighed me down so I can become the best me. I am the Phoenix rising and I'm living my life again!"

 

CHANTE' MOORE is currently on a national promotional tour in support of the single and upcoming album; cities include: Cincinnati, Birmingham, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans, just to name a few. 

 

"THE RISE OF THE PHOENIX" TRACKLISTING:

Standard Album

  1. Welcome to the Journey -Interlude 
  2. Chasin
  3. On His Mind 
  4. I’d be a Fool
  5. Pray
  6. Real One
  7. SuperLover
  8. The Journey -Interlude 
  9. Saving Grace
  10. Breath
  11. I Know
  12. OffaU
  13. Something to Remember 
  14. We Up
  15. Pressure 

  16. Back to Life

  17. Thank you for the Journey - Interlude