(November 16, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Brother Leo—the alter ego of GRAMMY® Award-nominated Swedish singer, songwriter, and producer Ola Svensson—returns with a new single entitled “Push Up” today. Get it HERE via Epic Records.
A bold, brazen, and boisterous anthem, it struts forward on a thick beat and hypnotic horns before his show-stopping delivery takes the spotlight. The chant, “Push up on me,” feels like the ultimate invitation to cut loose and party with the buzzing talent.
Watch out for the music video’s premiere very soon!
The song arrives on the heels of his Fatboy Slim-produced summer single “Strangers On An Island.” Within a few months’ time, it clocked 2 million-plus streams and 1.7 million views and counting. Additionally, it inspired the adoration of tastemakers. NME described it as “A gorgeous, laid-back slice of pop magic,” and Wonderland claimed, “You’ll be wanting to direct your attention to the surreal, but mesmerizing visuals for Brother Leo’s Strangers On An Island.”
Both songs precede the release of his forthcoming debut EP, coming very soon.
“Push Up” on Brother Leo now!
Named after Svensson’s more confident and free childhood imaginary twin, Brother Leo officially made his worldwide debut in 2018. The dynamic nature of the music aligns with his rather unbelievable story. Long before his emergence as Brother Leo, mom forced her son born Ola to participate in boys’ choir and take piano lessons when all he “really cared about was football.” At only 17, he played professional soccer for former UEFA-cup team Trelleborgs FF. After singing during a school function, friends clamored for him to audition for Pop Idol. Despite his reluctance, he ended up landing a deal in his native Sweden as a result. Unlocking a quirky, clever, and catchy signature style, Ola achieved a string of number ones off the back of his Swedish debut before making his bones as an in-demand songwriter with cuts for gnash, Hailee Steinfeld, Akon, and more under his given name. He assumed the identity of Brother Leo in 2018 and began writing and recording with Mark Ralph [Clean Bandit, Years & Years, Jax Jones], Coffee [Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber], Dan Grech [Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher, George Ezra], and more.
The pop pair—Chad King and Ian Axel—craft a Christmas anthem ready to be unpacked by the cackling fire. With its boisterous horn section and upbeat swing, the track builds towards the immediately irresistible chant, “Wrap me up under the Christmas tree.” With its heartwarming holiday spirit, it proves perfect for any party playlist this season.
Watch out for the music video soon!
“Wrap Me Up Under The Christmas Tree” concludes yet another milestone year for A Great Big World as they prep the upcoming arrival of their self-titled third full-length album, A Great Big World. Preceding the release, the single “Younger” quickly cracked 5.7 million streams. Meanwhile, last month’s “You”leapt past the 2.7 million-mark with Idolator praising how it “hits all the right chords and is a beautiful testament to the power of love.” The record will arrive in early 2019.
For now, unwrap A Great Big World’s latest musical gift!
Chad King and Ian Axel met while both attending NYU and have since released two previous albums, Is There Anybody Out There? (featuring their GRAMMY® Award-winning Top 5 collaborativeBillboard hit with Christina Aguilera“Say Something”) and When the Morning Comes.
“The 15-track LP illuminates a wide creative palette, showing a musical evolution for the starlet that has earned her praise as one of the most exciting new artist today.” – Hypebeast
“…her animated personality shines on single “Sing to Her” – Pitchfork
“The mischievous edge that lives in Kodie Shane’s flow effectively bumps the sensual factor of ‘Sing to Her’ up a thousand notches, and I can’t get enough!” – The FADER
“Kodie is poised for a breakout 2018” – Highsnobiety
“…one of 2018’s most promising young artists.” – VIBE
“…convention-shattering…” – Paper Magazine
“Kodie is one of Atlanta’s finest out right now.” – Complex
(November 16, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Today, Epic Records recording artist and entertainer, Kodie Shane, is pleased to announce the first round of dates for the Young HeartThrob Tour, in support of her debut studio album Young HeartThrob.
The multi-continent trek is set to kick off on February 2, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden with stops planned throughout Europe. The North American leg is set to begin on February 22 in Santa Ana, CA and will see the budding superstar bring her live show to cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Atlanta and more before wrapping in Houston on March 20th. Fans can go to www.kodieshane.com orwww.ticketmaster.comto purchase tickets, which are on sale now. With more dates to be announced soon, full, official tour dates can be found below.
Young HeartThrob was released last week via Epic Records and can be purchased and streamed at all DSPs HERE. The 15 tracks illuminate Kodie’s diverse musical gifts, blending moments of pop bliss, hip-hop grit, and future-facing alternative ambience – every flawless track revealing an emotional maturity well beyond her 20 years of age. Showcasing features from TK Kravitz and Trippie Redd, the album includes production work from frequent collaborator Matty P, as well as names like Dallas Austin, OZ, Reske, Mark Murrille and more. In celebration of the release, she shared an acoustic version of the track “Shut Up” earlier this week and today she releases a live version of album highlight, the Wundagirl-produced “End Like That,” to announce the tour. Watch the Young HeartThrob Tour Announcement (“End Like That”) HERE on Youtube or HERE on Instagram.
Known for her energetic live shows, the R&B Rockstar has recently toured with the likes of Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, Jhene Aiko, Lil Yachty and more. She has also performed as festivals around the world, from Rolling Loud to most recently at ComplexOn. Now, with Young HeartThrob, Kodie Shane’s live show is poised to take her to a whole new level.
Official 2019 Tour Dates:
2/2 Stockholm, Sweden – Obaren
2/6 Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
2/8 Berlin, Germany – Berghain Kantine
2/9 Cologne, Germany – Cub Bahnhof Ehrenfeld (Hush Hush Party)
One of Atlanta’s freshest and fiercest voices, Kodie Shane has quickly become a unanimous fan and critical favorite. She offers a fresh take on Hip Hop and Pop, with tightly-wound rhymes, clever lyrics and ear-worm melodies over buoyant, genre-blurring beats that have become her calling card. Across 2016 and 2017, she made a name for herself by serving up a series of hits and critically adored projects. 2016’s debut EP Zero Gravity includes the fan-favorite “Sad” [feat. Lil Yachty], which generated millions of Spotify streams, followed by the runaway success of “Drip On My Walk.” Shane spent 2017 creating even more music, with the ten-track Big Trouble Little Jupiter mixtape and seven-track Back From The Future EP.
Across her releases, the artist has garnered praise from The Fader, Pitchfork, Complex, Noisey, Vogue, Pigeons and Planes, Paper, Nylon, W Magazine, Interview Magazine, Mass Appeal and more, with Billboard recently calling her one of 2018’s biggest Pop Stars to watch. Most recently, she covered Teen Vogue’s coveted 21 Under 21 Most Influential issue and Galore’s Spring 2018 Music issue. The budding star has also drawn rave reviews on the stage, having spent much of the past few years on the road, headlining shows around the world as well as opening for the likes of Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, The Internet, Jhené Aiko, Snakehips, Billie Eilish and more. With Young HeartThrob, Kodie Shane has become the most exciting new artist to watch in 2018.
Widows, from Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films, is a feature-length adaptation of the UK television series of the same name. It opened in theatres across the UK on 6th November 2018.
Sade wrote “The Big Unknown” specifically for Widows’ final scene. Over a series of conversations with Sade, Steve McQueen encouraged her to dig deep within to write a song about loss and survival. The song “The Big Unknown” speaks to the film’s spirit, but upholds the classic hallmarks of her sound, and stands out as another bold and brilliant work from the legendary songstress.
In a recent Los Angeles Times interview McQueen was quoted: “It was an honour to work with such a legend. Sade is an incomparable talent and incredible artist who so rarely releases new material, but luckily the original series of Widows had deeply resonated with her.”
“The Big Unknown” lyric video features McQueen’s cool contemporary Chicago scenes as a beautiful backdrop to lead character Veronica’s (Viola Davis) contemplation of a future unknown, and the dark times that led to that moment.
The Widows’ Original Motion Picture soundtrack album features Sade’s “The Big Unknown” and Nina Simone’s “Wild Is The Wind” alongside an intimate score by Academy® Award winner Hans Zimmer. The Widows’ soundtrack is on sale digitally on 9 November worldwide, in stores on CD on 30 November, and premium vinyl on 28 December 2018 on Milan Records.
Commanding high praise from all genres of the global musical landscape, Sade continues to redefine and remain culturally relevant.
Sade’s six studio albums have amassed a cool 70 million worldwide sales. Sade’s last album “Soldier of Love” charted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and the title track garnered a GRAMMY® Award, earning countless critical plaudits and accolades.
“The Big Unknown” was composed by Sade Adu and Ben Travers, and produced by Sade, Ben Travers and Aaron Taylor Dean.
UK Release: 6 November 2018
USA Release: 16 November 2018
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan
Written by: Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen – Based on the Television Series entitled “Widows”, produced by Euston Films, Ltd., Written by Lynda Laplante
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, with Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson
From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. WIDOWS is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. WIDOWS also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas, and Brian Tyree Henry.