(MAY 12, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY) Today marks the release of COMMON SENSE, the debut album by J Hus via Black Butter Records. A diverse body of work, the album features tracks with Burna Boy, MIST, MoStack and Tiggs Da Author. Full track listing below. The title track from the album was recently premiered via MistaJam as his ‘Hottest Record’ and its already blowing up a storm.
New track “Common Sense”, co-produced with The Compozers and Mark Crown of Rudimental features live drums as a self-assured Hus starts as he means to go on. “I wanted to start the album very confidently, 100%. People often think of me as a singer, and I wanted to reaffirm myself as a rapper. I’ve got bars!” As for the title of the album and Hus’s answer is similarly self-assured. “It’s common sense to listen to J Hus,” he laughs, “Why would you listen to anything else?”
Boasting an ebullient blend of Dancehall, Afrobeat, Grime, Rap, Garage and R&B, ‘Common Sense’ is a musical revelation, an emotional rollercoaster ride into the inner musings of an inner-city musician. As well as his signature sound – some say UK Afrobeats, others AfroGrime – there are nods to others influences too. Production over the entire album comes from Hus and long-term collaborator JAE5, with additional production on select tracks by Tiggs, Show & Prove, The Compozers, Mark Crown, TSB and iO.
His explosive first single “Did You See” (Top 15 Official Charts, Radio 1 A-List) has already clocked upwards of 12m views on Youtube thanks to the ridiculously popular, meme-worthy refrain, ‘Did you see what I done? I came in the black Benz, left in the white one’. Boasting African inflections and Jamaican patterns, the melody-heavy bounce picks up where 15th Day left off. Bouff Daddy is a similarly straight-up Afrobeats banger, as Hus leans and bops over JAE5’s playful beat. “In my area, bouff means money, so whenever I go back to my area, everyone’s like ‘the bouff man, the bouff Daddy’,” explains Hus of the title. “A lot of the words I use, people might not know what they mean, so you have to listen to the music to catch on, to work it out. To me, it’s normal, it’s just how we’ve always spoken in east London.”
The love-soaked Closed Doors features sax and piano. “I could be talking the most mad crud, but when you have live instruments it just makes me more emotional. I don’t know why, it’s mad,” Hus points out. “I feel more spiritual; I really feel the music.” The track ruminates on Hus’s prowess with women – I’m a bad-man lipser, he brags.
Clartin’ is the album’s angry moment as Hus takes on the haters; Plottin’ takes the tempo all the way up as JAE5 delivers a shimmery summer anthem that harks back to the late nineties. “I wanted that UKG sound. At that moment in time I was thinking about the Streets. I was really into him, very influenced by him, so I wanted something that sounded like Original Pirate Material. I liked that he didn’t really care – the way he rapped was like he was just speaking to the listener. I saw that as so sick.” The mischievous Like Your Style was inspired by a trip to Ireland and features Hus’s attempt at the Dublin brogue – ‘What’s the craic, what’s the storehh’. “It’s very cheeky, that one, but you know the girls in Ireland are crazy, man. There’s something about that place that gave me so much inspiration, even though I’ve only been once.” An album highlight sees Hus team up with Burna Boy on the upbeat Good Time. The pair met first in Nigeria, before teaming up at a London studio when Burna was in town. “Burna Boy is a wavy, wavy, wavy artist from Nigeria, he’s very big out there,” Hus explains. “He’s a cool brudda. I’ve been a fan of him for a very long time. And he’s very cool when I’ve met him. He’s a proper guy.”
On Spirit, Hus digs deeper into himself to discuss his past life when he took the path less righteous. ‘They can take away my freedom, they can’t take my spirit,’ he sings of his time spent in prison back in 2015. “When I was inside, I used to listen to a lot of radio. I thought if I could make a tune that would go on radio that could then be heard in prison, then I could almost talk to myself, myself in prison. I wanted a song that could really resonate with people in that situation. So if any of my tunes get played on radio, it’s great, but if that one gets played on radio then I’m going to be so happy. I made this one to try to keep everyone’s head up. It’s a purely positive message.”
DJ KHALED’s “I’M THE ONE” DEBUTS #1 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART
DJ KHALED’s “I’M THE ONE” DEBUTS #1 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART,
DIGITAL SALES CHART, SONG CONSUMPTION CHART, AND OVERALL SALES CHART!
DJ KHALED ALSO EARNED SEVERAL FIRST-WEEK PERSONAL BESTS WITH “I’M THE ONE”
(FEATURING JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER, & LIL WAYNE),
INCLUDING KHALED’S BIGGEST SONG SALES DEBUT AND BIGGEST STREAMING DEBUT
“I’M THE ONE” HITS #1 ON ITUNES IN 53 COUNTRIES
AND CAPTURED #1 ON SPOTIFY GLOBAL AND VIRAL CHART
DJ KHALED’S NEW ALBUM GRATEFUL COMING SOON
(Los Angeles, CA – May 8, 2017) Making history once more, GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum artist, producer, entrepreneur, author, and music guru DJ KHALED scores his first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I’m the One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, & Lil Wayne]. “I’m the One” signals the arrival of what promises to be one of the year’s most important albums, GRATEFUL [We The Best Music Group/Epic Records].
“I’m the One” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Digital Songs Chart, Song Consumption Chart, and Overall Song Streaming Chart. It enjoyed many first-week personal bests, including Khaled’s Biggest Song Sales Debut and Biggest Streaming Debut with close to 400k in overall consumption. “I’m the One” hit #1 in 53 countries, and in just under a week, the blockbuster music video for “I’m the One” generated an unbelievable 83 million YouTube/VEVO views. Watch the video HERE.
As “I’m the One” continues to make history, GRATEFUL’s lead single “Shining” [feat. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z] concurrently seizes #1 at Urban Radio and Rhythm Radio.
It’s Grateful season, and 2017 belongs to Khaled and his son, Asahd, who at 6-months old is the youngest album executive producer in history.
CHART-BUSTING “SHINING” FEATURING BEYONCÉ & JAY Z TOPS URBAN RADIO AT #1
KHALED & 6-MONTH-OLD SON ASAHD COVER XXL MAGAZINE
CLOSES OUT COACHELLA WITH FIERY HEADLINING PERFORMANCE
GRATEFUL NEW ALBUM COMING SOON
(Los Angeles, CA – April 28, 2017) Another one…GRAMMY® nominated, chart-topping multiplatinum-certified artist, producer, entrepreneur, author, and music guru DJ KHALED uncovers his brand new single, “I’m The One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne] today. Get it HERE. The song sets the stage for his forthcoming tenth full-length album and what’s bound to be the hip-hop blockbuster event of 2017, GRATEFUL [We The Best Music/Epic Records]—landing very soon.
As soon as “I’m The One” went live, fans made it go straight up to the top on iTunes and Spotify. Again, Khaled carefully assembled a handpicked powerhouse of guests for this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration. In between a skyscraper-size hook from Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne ignite raw and raucous lyrical fireworks. In addition, the music video for “I’m The One” premiered on VEVO.
Shot in Los Angeles, this legendary team goes wild in the stunning and striking cinematic visual that further amplifies excitement for the new album and features a cameo from none other than Khaled’s six-month-old son and the Executive Producer Asahd Khaled.
Meanwhile, Grateful’s first single “Shining” [feat. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z] has skyrocketed to #1 at Urban Radio. It already generated an impressive 24.3 million Spotify streams and counting.
“The Anthem King” is literally everywhere right now. DJ Khaled and Asahd Khaled currently grace the coveted cover of XXL’s Spring 2017 issue. He also just made his Coachella debut with a star-studded and show-stopping headline performance. Like only he could, Khaled shut down the year’s biggest festival, inviting Migos, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Wale, A$AP Ferg and Kent Jones to deliver a seismic set that practically shook the desert with its star power.
Grateful signals what’s bound to be Khaled’s biggest moment yet in 2017.
CRITICALLY BUZZING UK SENSATION TOM WALKER TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “BLESSINGS” ON EPIC RECORDS TODAY
FOLLOWS BREAKOUT “JUST YOU AND I”
DEBUT BLESSINGS EP ARRIVING MAY 12
NAMED ELVIS DURAN’S TODAY SHOW MARCH “ARTIST OF THE MONTH”
(April 28, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Critically acclaimed UK multi-instrumentalist and singer Tom Walker will release his new single “Blessings” on April 28, 2017 via Epic Records. He’s already turning heads around the world with his impressive songwriting, hybrid of hip-hop beats and bluesy soul folk, undeniable vocal prowess, and inimitable charm. His international hit “Just You And I” is also available now. Listen to “Just You and I” here.
In March, Walker received the prestigious honor of being named Elvis Duran’s “Artist of the Month” on NBC’s Today Show. Formally arriving stateside and making his first appearance on U.S. television, he delivered a powerful performance of “Just You And I” and chatted with Elvis about music, his background, and so much more in an exclusive interview.
Driven by delicate acoustic guitars, immersive production, soulful delivery, and the intoxicatingly chantable line “Let’s get drunk,” “Just You And I” has amassed over 12 million Spotify streams and counting to date, while he averages a staggering 1.8 million monthly plays on the platform.
Following the arrival of “Blessings,” Walker will release the five-track Blessings EP on May 12. It boasts another fan favorite “Play Dead” as well as the title track “Blessings,” “Karma,” and “Rapture.” Walker also just touched down stateside for a series of shows in Los Angeles and New York, further stirring up a critical buzz across mainstream.
Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester, Walker became obsessed with his father’s record collection at a young age, finding inspiration in Ray Charles, The Police, and Bob Marley, to name a few. By 2016, the troubadour uncovered his own sound through layering rap-style production, electronic shine, and traditional acoustic power fueled by dynamic powerhouse pipes. As songs such as “Fly Away With Me” took off, Walker earned the praise of Pigeons & Planes, Clash, Sunday Times, BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Beats 1, Earmilk, Complex UK, Source UK, Eargasm, and more. Simultaneously, he’s enchanted crowds on tour alongside the likes of Gallant, Jake Bugg, and more in addition to selling out a run of dates in early 2017.
Signed to Epic Records in the U.S., Tom Walker remains poised to be one of 2017’s most talked about new talents.