SET TO APPEAR ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW SEPTEMBER 25
(September 20, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA) – In the midst of making history and breaking records, K-pop super group and worldwide phenomenon Monsta X share a new song entitled “LOVE U” and a powerhouse remix of their recent international hit “WHO DO U LOVE?” featuring French Montana by none other than the legendary will.i.am of TheBlack Eyed Peas.
“LOVE U” highlights the inimitable vocal interplay between the group’s members as hypnotic harmonies bounce over buoyant production. Everything builds towards the cheeky, clever, and catchy chorus, “I really wanna love you, but I can’t say the word I want to, because they won’t play it on the radio, but I know you know.” Meanwhile, will.i.am adds a new dimension altogether to “WHO DO U LOVE?” Not only does he flip the beat, but he provides his own slick and swaggering verse.In addition to clocking a cumulative total of 22 million streams, the original has been rising the chart at Top 40 Radio heading towards Top 25. This achievement cemented Monsta X as “only the second K-Pop group ever to enter the Top 40 Airplay Chart.”
Alongside the two new tracks, Monsta X has a monumental weekend ahead as they become “the first male K-Pop group to perform at a major music festival in the United States,” gracing the Fremont Stage of Life Is Beautifulin Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, September 21. They will also be the first K-pop group ever at Life Is Beautiful and will also be the first K-pop group in history to hit the stage at iHeartRadio Music Festival the same day.
On September 25, they perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Stay tuned for an unforgettable performance!
These shows also follow a sold-out U.S. tour that concluded with pandemonium during a triumphant headline show at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
They have also just been announced as official TogetherBand ambassadors. #TOGETHERBAND champions the UNITED NATION’s 17 Goals for a sustainable future. To learn more, visit https://togetherband.org/.
MONSTA X (From left to right: Hyungwon, Shownu, Kihyun, I.M, Joohoney, Minhyuk, & Wonho)
After emerging as a phenomenon around the world, Monsta X formally landed in America and translated this momentum stateside throughout a massive 2019. Right out of the gate, they joined forces with Steve Aoki for the English-language collaboration “Play It Cool,” which tallied 30 million-plus total streams, held a prominent spot on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart, and earned critical praise as Idolator proclaimed, “It’s a feast for the eyes and ears, and a reminder why Monsta X is one of the hottest acts on the planet right now.”
The red-hot single preceded the release of Take.2 ‘We Are Here.’ The record not only bowed at #5 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, but it also received acclaim from Complex,Idolator,Billboard,Cosmopolitan, andNME who stated the album “features some giant leaps forward for the band.” On its heels, they signed to Epic Records for English recordings and worldwide distribution ex. Korea and ramped up an incredible crossover campaign. The single “WHO DO U LOVE?” [feat. French Montana] clocked upwards of 22 million-plus total streams as they made history multiple times. At radio, they became the 2nd K-pop group ever to enter the Top 40 Airplay Chart while, in the wake of a sold out North American arena tour culminating at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the band became the “first K-pop group to perform on the Teen Choice Awards” and will be the “first K-pop group to perform at iHeartRadio Music Festivaland Life is Beautiful Festival” Additionally, they made their United States television debut on Good Morning America, followed by an electric performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Not to mention, Monsta X charted on the Billboard Social 50 for over a year, remaining one of the biggest social media bands in the world.
With more music and touring on the horizon, the Monsta X phenomenon continues to grow globally.
Over the past month, “Darkside” and “I know” offered a glimpse at the scope of the artist’s vision, with the visual for “Darkside” being released earlier this week. That vision now fully crystallizes on the six-track project. “super sad” blurs the lines between emotive transmissions and buoyant grooves, while “You don’t wanna know me” tempers lush guitar and a hauntingly hypnotic hook. The finale “Darker” serves up a powerful and poetic denouement punctuated by synth nuances and vocal fireworks. Ultimately, Fall 2019 introduces Rence’s boundary breaking at the height of its power and provocation thus far.
Check out the full tracklisting below!
He summed up Fall 2019 best by sharing, “The mood is darker—not necessarily because I’ve become darker, but because I have a dark side, and it’s been hanging around a lot lately. Basically, these songs are me going a little crazy. They were created while lost in myself and the world…feeling the weight of the world while still trying to keep a positive outlook that so many want from me.”
Fall 2019 is officially here.
Right out of the gate, Rence’s 2019 single “Expensive” [feat. Noah Cyrus] made waves and turned heads. The song has over 3.5 million global streams, while the music video has amassed over 675K YouTube/VEVO views. Of the latter, Billboard wrote, “Though the beat is quite dynamic, with synths and a toe-tapping bass line, the clip takes a darker turn, following closely with the lyrical meaning.” He also recently spoke at length on this current chapter and more to come with Substream Magazine in addition to sitting down with ONS, The Knockturnal, and ECHO around his sold out live debut at Baby’s Alright in New York.
Sharing real life snapshots in song, Rence magnifies his personal perspective through a genre-less palette, bordering pop, alternative, electro, indie and hip-hop all at once, yet never dipping into one for too long. The Los Angeles-based artist, who was born in D.C., spent his formative teen years in Seattle and then moved to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, first allowed listeners to hear this irresistible inner monologue on his breakthrough independent project, Pink. The project’s lead single “Baby Blue” racked up over 4 million Spotify streams as his total tally approached 8 million. Along the way, peers such as Chelsea Cutler and FLETCHER lent support as critical acclaim came from Hilly Dilly, Lyrical Lemonade, Ones To Watch, Elevator Magazine, and more. Tastemaker Zane Lowe handpicked “Ways To Go” as his “World Record” on Apple Music’s Beats 1.
Last week, he primed fans for the arrival of the full-length with the single “Malice” [feat. Ben Zaidi]. Fortified by airy keys and acrobatic wordplay, the track staked out a spot on Spotify’s coveted “New Music Friday” as HotNewHipHop declared it “new heat.” It remains just one of many standouts on Reckless Endangerment though. Watch the cinematic visual for the song HERE.
The album commences with the plink of an out-of-tune piano that bleeds into church organ on“Duality” as Travis raps with focus, flair, and fire. It follows a personal thread as he examines depression and darkness on the somber, yet soulful “Mad Mad World.” Meanwhile, he delivers one of the most intriguing and inimitable collaborations of the year by way of “Glass Ceiling”[feat. Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, & Prometheus Brown]. Over ominous production, these four MC’s initiate a head-spinning lyrical crossfire. He gets confessional on “Pray For Me” before delivering tightly wound rhymes over stark and simple scoring on “Don’t Run” [feat. A-Trak]. Everything culminates on the title track “Reckless Endangerment” where his delicate delivery echoes above acoustic guitar and horns before the powerful refrain, “Maybe one day we can live again.”
To celebrate the release, tonight Travis will take the stage at the Showbox in Seattle, WA, giving die-hard fans the first live taste of the album. ADÉ and Nyles Davis are set to join as special guests. Recently, he revealed the details for a pair of headline gigs across coasts: he takes the stage at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on October 6 and Kitting Factory in Brooklyn, NYon October 17. Tickets can be purchased at ambaumblvd.com.
Reckless Endangerment follows up his RUNAWAYS EP, which tallied over 20 million Spotify streams and garnered tastemaker praise. Earmilk wrote, “Thompson is confident in his sound and rightfully so, this young rising rapper strapped with verbal dexterity, wide-ranging vocal control, and multisyllabic rhyme schemes. Sonically, he can be compared to a more aggressive, quirkyChance the Rapper; lyrically, he toys with a poetic variety of subjects.”
Get caught up in Reckless Endangerment with Travis Thompson—out now.
Hailing from the suburbs of Burien, WA, buzzing rapper Travis Thompson threads together emotionally charged and evocative stories with each and every rhyme. He blasted onto the mainstream radar during 2017 after earning the endorsement of fellow Pacific Northwest titanMacklemore who invited him to open up a sold-out North American tour and duet on a seminal performance during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Capitalizing on this momentum, he rolled tape on his 13-track independent full-length YOUGOOD? and accompanying feature-length film. Appropriately, it premiered at a sold-out movie theater in his hometown. Along the way,“Need You” eclipsed 5 million Spotify streams with numerous other songs crossing the one-million mark. 2019 sees him positioned for stardom with a new deal for Epic Records, his RUNAWAYS EP and full-length debut, Reckless Endangerment.
Reckless Endangerment Tracklisting:
2. Dropped Babies
3. WE GOOD! Feat. Ade
4. God’s Favorite
5. The Move feat. Parialexa
6. Malice Feat. Ben Zaidi
7. Mad Mad World
8. Knew Better Feat. Reason
9. Glass Ceiling Feat. Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Prometheus Brown
10. Kube (skit)
11. Pray For Me
12. Inebriated M4A
13. Don’t Run Feat. A-Trak
14. Enough Today Feat. Sylvan LaCue
15. Reckless Endangerment
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JEZ DIOR ANNOUNCES DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM HANDLE WITH CARE DUE OCTOBER 4 ON EPIC RECORDS
“…the LA-based up-and-comer continues to make impacts with every new song…” – HYPEBEAST
“…[a] soul-bearing lyricist with a bright future and an interesting backstory.” – NYLON
[September 13, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA] On the heels of crossing 50 million-plus streams, Los Angeles-based genre-bursting songwriter, singer and rapper Jez Dior uncovers two new tracks—”Don’t You Worry” and “Please Don’t Go”—today.
Get “Don’t You Worry”HEREand “Please Don’t Go” HERE.
The songs set the stage for the impending arrival of his anticipated full-length studio debut album, Handle With Care [Epic Records], arrivingOctober 4, 2019.
Bright guitar gives way to handclaps and a sweeping choir on the uplifting and undeniable “Don’t You Worry.” Between a six-string lead, an empowering hook exudes stadium-size ambition as Jez reassures, “No, I won’t let go. Through the highs and low, don’t you worry, no.”
On “Please Don’t Go,” his cadence slides from intense raps into a singalong chant backed by acoustic strumming. Be on the lookout for visuals to accompany both songs in the near future.
The two tracks follow a slew of previously released tracks over the past year, including “Cocaine,” which Billboard referred to as “intoxicating,” and “Nobody Knows (ft. Jackson Guthy),” which became a Top 40 record at Rhythmic Radio earlier this year. Both are set to appear on the album.
Handle With Care hinges on an honest and cathartic thematic thread from top to bottom.
About the record, he commented, “I’ve always used music as a form of therapy and writing Handle With Care saved my life. This album is the story of the first 27 years of my life and the difference between me joining ‘The 27 club’ and living. The name comes from the fact that this project is my entire life up until this point bundled up into something very fragile and delicate—just like me. I wrote these songs while battling depression and overwhelming anxiety, while dealing with heartbreak, death, and psychological trauma. I know that this music will speak to and help anyone going through similar situations. I can’t wait to share it with the world.”
As such, Jez Dior tells his story like never before and urges you to Handle With Care.
Reflecting grunge songcraft, hip-hop adventurousness, and disruptive pop charm, Jez Dior lifts heartache into hypnotic genre-mashing. He ignited an ever-growing following on independent projects like Scarlett Sage, The Funeral, and Youthanasia. Moreover, he quietly racked up over 50 million total streams across anthems such as “Lucky Enough” [18.4 million streams], “Old No. 7” [feat. G-Eazy] [16.1 million streams],“Heroin” [9.7 million streams], and “Long Sun” [8.5 million streams] in addition to collaborating with everyone from ROME of Sublime to G-Eazyto Jackson Guthy. Beyond endorsements from Complex, Nylon, Hypebeast, and XXL, he earned the praise of TIME, Clash, Alternative Press, and more in addition to gracing stages with Chance The Rapper, B.o.B, Kanye West, and J Cole. The son of iconic guitarist Steve Dior, he resurrects rock in rap’s image with a confessional call-to-action. Leading the Funeral Crew movement and imprint, Jez Dior’s uprising has just begun.