Zara Larsson performed her hit single “Never Forget You” on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. ‘Larsson looks and sounds like she belongs in front of a big audience’ – read the full story via SPIN AND watch the video Here!
Multiplatinum-certified rock quartet KONGOS release their brand new single, “Take It From Me,” at all digital retailers today. It’s available for purchase HERE!Take It From Me” can be streamed HERE.
In addition, the South Africa-born and Arizona-based band of brothers—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, & Danny — will premiere their music video on Friday, April 15 on MTV’s U.S. SnapChat Discover channel, making history as the first video to be unveiled worldwide on the platform. The worldwide broadcast premiere follows on MTV at 7:55p.m. ET/PT before going wide to all digital partners.
“Take It From Me” is the first new music to be released from the group’s forthcoming third full-length album, Egomaniac [Epic Records], available June 10, 2016. Album pre-order is live now.
“Take It From Me” riles up an immediately anthemic hook fueled by a clever call-and-response, their instantly recognizable accordion, and a slick slide guitar stomp. Nodding to an infamous hidden feature of the classic nineties video game NBA Jam, the music video features the brothers experiencing the “rockstar life” in “Big Head Mode.” The hilarious visual also continues what’s become a family tradition of directing, editing, and producing their own videos.
Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014’s breakout Lunatic, KONGOS returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios—their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac.
“We started to see this theme of egomania in everyone’s songs,” explains Dylan. “It came from recognizing egomania in every aspect of life and throughout our surroundings. If you have any inkling of self-awareness, you also notice it inside yourself. It’s so palpable in our world. By referencing another human condition in so many songs, we thought it was a nice follow-up to our last album Lunatic. If you’re going to name an album Egomaniac, you have to incorporate big sounds and songs. The chorus of ‘Take It From Me’ embodies the entire record’s theme perfectly.”
Egomaniac boasts 13 new tracks from the group. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of “I Don’t Mind,” which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on “Autocorrect” and the epic send-off at the heart of “Look At Me.” The full tracklisting is revealed below.
In 2014, “Come With Me Now” from Lunatic put KONGOS on the map. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock music’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. The song was heard everywhere with placements by The Expendables 3, Universal Studios, Dodge Ram, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, The Originals, MTV Movie Awards, HBO, FX, CNN, NBC Sports, ESPN, NFL, WWE, Playstation 4 and more. The video has been viewed over 45 million times. They’ve hit the stage at Late Night With Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Today Show and more and received acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, and many others.
The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny—have music in their blood. Their dad John Kongos landed multiple chart hits in the seventies, and the boys picked up instruments at a young age. Now, they’ve got a musical legacy all their own.
1. Take It From Me
2. The World Would Run Better
3. I Want It Free
6. Where I Belong
7. Birds Do It
8. 2 In The Morning
9. Look At Me
10. I Don’t Mind
11. Hey You, Yeah You
12. Repeat After Me
13. If You Could
“The Epic Records signee dropped his debut single “This Feeling,” a smooth, conservative groove about that feeling of falling in love and wanting to give his all.
Nothing like a man expressing his feelings! Bernard wrote the hook off the cuff, not even 10 seconds after hearing the beat.
“I write songs about my ideal woman, what I want in a woman. It’s kinda like a dream that comes to life when I go in the booth. I’m catering to the female crowd and cool guys. Every guy that loves women wants a girl that they can win over.”
With help from the show hosts hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, dick clark productions and ABC announced the finalists for the “2016 Billboard Music Awards,” honoring the year’s most successful artists in 43 categories. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. This year’s show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop culture moments. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.
Hosts Ludacris and Ciara appeared in the 8:00 a.m. ET hour of ABC’s “Good Morning America” today, to announce the finalists in six categories, including: Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top New Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Hot 100 Song. Immediately following the broadcast, five additional categories were exclusively announced live via Billboard Music Award’s Facebook and Periscope, followed by a live stream on ABC News of the remaining categories.
The Weeknd leads the finalist pack with nods in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Song. Justin Bieber follows as a finalist in 11 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist. Fetty Wap and Drake are tied with nods in 10 categories each, including Top Male Artist contenders for both musicians. Drake will compete against himself for Top Rap Album for “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and his collaboration with Future on “What A Time To Be Alive.” Leading the ladies, Adele and Taylor Swift are tied with eight nods each including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album, all of which Swift won last year. Other returning winners from 2015, who are also finalists this year, include One Direction, Romeo Santos, Coldplay, DJ Snake and Carrie Underwood.
This year, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth are finalists in six categories respectively. They received five each for their hit single “See You Again,” while Wiz Khalifa is also up for Top Rap Artist and Charlie is up for Top New Artist. The late David Bowie is honored posthumously as a finalist for Top Rock Album for “Blackstar.”
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