Today, after her dedicated fan base mobilized on social media, Madison Beer released “Stained Glass” via Sing It Loud/First Access Entertainment on exclusive license to Epic Records. Upon hearing the song in an Instagram Live session last week, which had over 350,000 unique viewers, fans flocked to Epic’s most recent Instagram post leaving over 2,000 comments demanding the song be released.
“I wrote Stained Glass at a time where I was really struggling mentally,” stated Madison. “This song was my message, not only to the public, but to those around me, to be more gentle on people and not judge them so hard, because you never know what someone’s been through. People sometimes assume that I’m ok, when I’m not; people don’t really see the parts of me that are the ugly, sad or depressed, they only see the sides they want to see, or the sides I feel comfortable to show because of the scrutiny that I’ve been under in my life.” She continued, “The stones lyric in the chorus refer to the traditional metaphor for people’s words and the lyric saying ‘I just might break’ is where I have finally shown my vulnerability in its absolute form.”
Madison’s debut album, a strong personal and artistic statement, is slated for release later this year. This unique project sees Madison where she thrives – commanding complete creative control through writing her own songs, producing and creating her own visuals. The album will feature previous releases “Good In Goodbye” and “Selfish,” which have a combined total stream count of over 45 million.
Prior to signing with Epic Recordslate last year, Madison Beer achieved unprecedented success as an independent artist with her partner First Access Entertainment. Her debut EP As She Pleases boasts over 700 million streams and made her the first independent female solo artist to break into the Top 20 radio charts, after having debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes in 18 countries and in the Top 10 in 42 countries worldwide. Globally, Beer has over 1 billion streams across her catalogue.
She’s attracted the endorsement of Time, Complex, NME, The Guardian and Billboard who named her among its coveted “21 Under 21” list and has a social following that reaches an audience of over 16.2 million on Instagram, 2.6 million on Twitter and 5.3 million on Tik Tok.
(March 20, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA) – Accumulating over 5 million streams and attracting acclaim from Pitchfork and more, buzzing Brooklyn hip-hop prodigy Melvoni uncovers his debut Who TF is MelvoniEP today.
To celebrate the arrival of the project, he shared the music video for his new single “Days of the Week.” Watch it HERE. Directed by LOUIEKNOWS [Rich The Kid, Famous Dex, Juicy J], the clip intercuts footage of Melvoni and his boys with psychedelic solo shots highlighted by pops of handcrafted animation. In between sparse resounding piano chords, the MC tells his story through nimble bars and a hypnotic hook. He admits, “Growing up, I didn’t know I was poor, because my momma made it work” before leading up to the promise, “One day we gonna be rich, that’s exactly what I told her.” Meanwhile, the song culminates on a soaring screech, illuminating his range and penchant for unpredictably.
In addition to “Days of the Week,”Who TF is Melvoni boasts the previously released “No Man’s Land” [2.5 million Spotify streams, 3.8 million YouTube views] and “Big Rocks” [1.1 million Spotify streams]. Check out the full tracklisting below.
“No Man’s Land”
“Days of the Week”
When Melvoni screams, “I’m from New York,” it tells you everything you need to know. The 16-year-old Brooklyn wunderkind represents the toughest spirit of New York through and through. Born to Jamaican parents, he spent his childhood back-and-forth between the States and Jamaica. Facing hardship growing up, he ditched his first part-time job after being robbed and turned to the streets. Yet, he took that hustle to the studio as soon as possible, recording music and catching the attention of his manager outside of a concert. In the aftermath, he found himself in an L.A. studio recording “No Man’s Land”—which originally might’ve featured the late and great Pop Smoke.
Rapping with fire and fury, he bodies minimalist production upheld by organic instrumentation. He quietly clawed his way to the forefront of the Borough’s 21st century vanguard with nearly 8 million views and 5 million streams. As “Memories” caught on, Pitchfork claimed, “It’s only a matter of time until “Memories” is playing from every Bluetooth speaker as New York City high schools dismiss.” Touted by Genius, Lyrical Lemonade, Elevator Magazine, Fashionably Early, and more, he inked a deal with Epic Records and emerged as a voice for his city in 2020. He’s ready to go worldwide.
LAMB OF GOD RELEASE “MOMENTO MORI” TRACK AND MUSIC VIDEO
“If all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look.” – D. Randall Blythe
First New Album in Five Years, “Lamb Of God,” Due Out May 8
(Los Angeles, CA – March 17, 2020) – LAMB OF GOD has released the music video for “Memento Mori,” the opening track on their forthcoming self-titled album due May 8 via Epic Records. Fans were able to unlock a 10 second teaser of the song through an eerie Instagram Story filter released by the band over the weekend.
Executed from a narrative treatment written by vocalist D. Randall Blythe, the “Memento Mori” video features the band (guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, drummer Art Cruz, and Blythe) performing the unrelenting album opener, from their upcoming self-titled new album (due May 8 worldwide). Lyrically and visually, the message of both the song and video are extremely topical, offering hope at a time of societal and personal upheaval.
“There is a vast amount of indisputably real and depressingly negative occurrences happening across the globe,” Blythe explains. “Currently, at the forefront of everyone’s mind is the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very real concern, and proper precautions need to be taken by EVERYONE in order to protect those most at risk – the elderly, infirm, and immunocompromised. It is indeed a scary time, but in this hyper-connected age with its 24/7 never-ending news cycle of atrocity, outrage and lurid click-bait headlines (not to mention ill-informed lunatics running amok and spreading misinformation and panic on social media), it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that life is still carrying on, and good things do in fact still happen.”
“Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to not be consumed by the omnipresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us – cellphones, computers, and television screens. While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality. I wrote the narrative music video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality – if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look. The actual monsters we used in the video are Sinisteria, a local Richmond, Virginia haunted house/dark performance troupe I met on the street at our annual Krampus Nacht parade. Richmond has a strong tradition of loud music and weird costumed monsters working hand in hand to make salient points (we are the birthplace of GWAR, after all), and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Music has always been there for me, raising my spirits during hard times, and it is my hope that this song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond. The release date for the tune was set a good while ago, but the timing seems eerily prescient to me now. So enjoy the song and video, and then remember to step away from the screens for a bit – real life is waiting for you. We only get one shot, so don’t waste this day. Everyone be well, keep a cool head, take care of yourselves, and take care of EACH OTHER.”
Regarding the music, guitarist Mark Morton adds, “I had been sitting with the music for the intro and the post chorus for quite a while. I was trying to develop those two parts as separate songs altogether and was a little bit stumped, particularly with the intro piece. Me, Willie and Josh Wilbur (producer) were doing demos in the studio and the idea came up to try to mash those parts into the same tune and everything just took off. It was one of those times where once I knew what we were trying to do, the riffs just kind of fell out of me like they were writing themselves. It’s always a crazy feeling when that happens. Vocally, Randy heard the intro and said he instantly got a throwback Sisters Of Mercytype vibe from it and he took off from there.”
The music video for “Memento Mori” follows fast on the heels of “Checkmate,” the first new music from LAMB OF GOD in roughly five years. Both songs are set to appear on the band’s eighth studio album, which was produced by longtime collaborator Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Korn, Megadeth, Trivium). Lamb of God will be the band’s first record with Cruz, who sat behind the kit with LAMB OF GOD in 2018 and became an official member the following year. The new album also features guest appearances from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament).
LAMB OF GOD propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with their genre-defining New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake (2004) was the firstLAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, followed by Sacrament (2006), which debuted inBillboard’s Top 10. Wrath (2009) earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts and was No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Those No. 1 positions were repeated with Resolution (2012). VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) debuted at No. 3 in North America and in the Top 5 in several countries.
The new album features guest appearances from Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament). Blythe sounds more driven and insightful than ever on Lamb Of God, offering up the angriest and most comprehensive diatribes, addressing modern life in the current landscape, of his storied career thus far.
“There is a vast amount of indisputably real and depressingly negative occurrences happening across the globe,” he acknowledges. “But in today’s hyper-connected age, with its 24-7 never-ending news cycle of atrocity and outrage, it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that good things do still happen.”
The band is scheduled to make their live return at Welcome to Rockville in Daytona Beach, Florida, followed by a massive co-headlining tour with Megadeth, featuring support from Trivium and In Flames.
(March 13, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA) – Cementing a creative union of unparalleled proportions, platinum-certified artist, producer, A&R visionary, and “The COOLest DJ In The World”DJ ESCO and critically acclaimed Cleveland rapper Doe Boy join forces to present 56 BIRDZ [Freebandz/Epic Records] today. This marks the very first joint project between these two titans and arrives on the fifth anniversary of DJ Esco’s storied 56 Nights mixtape with Future.
They previewed its arrival last week by sharing the single “PRIMETIME.” Powered by skittering hi hats, icy hooks, and airtight rhymes, it’s already closing in on 1 million total streams. Elsewhere on the project, “POP IT” grinds on a skittering slick beat before snapping into an instantly infectious chant, “Pull up and pop my shit.” Then, there’s “Bankroll.”Counting up bars over ESCO’s hummable production, it flips through a woozy melodic chorus. “You Tried It” spotlights Doe Boy’s laidback flows as it bleeds into another hypnotic hook. Everything culminates on “Him 4Real” and one final midwest rap masterclass from Doe Boy.
Check out the full tracklisting below.
Emerging as the coldest spitter out of C-Town, Doe Boy maintains the momentum from his 2019 opus Streetz Need Me 2. Between cuts like “Grave Digger” [feat. Young Thug], “Walk Down” [feat. YG], and “Too Playa” [feat. Gunna] and skits from none other than Mike Epps, he impressively put up over 20 million cumulative streams. Beyond acclaim from HYPEBEASTand Karen Civil, Lyrical Lemonade pondered, “I would not be surprised at all if Doe Boy begins to enter the class of mainstream rap stars because of it.”Streetz Need Me 2 rounded out a breakout year also highlighted by his appearance on Future’s “100 Shooters” also featuring Meek Mill.
Meanwhile, this serves as ESCO’s first project since 2018’s KOLORBLIND. The latter touted the smash “Chek” [feat. Future] and “Xotic” [feat. Rich The Kid, Future, & Young Thug]. Earning critical plaudits, HipHopDX wrote, “DJ ESCO earns himself a ‘W’ in the album column,” and Billboard added, “The project shows off the ATLien’s curation ability, which puts Future Hendrix in position to succeed on a broad range of tracks, boasting the duo’s strong rapport and versatility to play ball in any arena.”
Hear DJ ESCO and DOE BOY take flight with 56 BIRDZ now!
When it comes to hip-hop, there may be no one colder than DJ ESCO. He has served as Future’s official DJ since 2008 and shepherded countless game-changing releases alongside the Atlanta star. He acted as executive producer of the rapper’s biggest album to date the multi-platinum DS2 in 2015. Plus, he executive produced the 2017 back-to-back Billboard Top 200 #1 platinum powerhouses, Future and Hndrxx. In addition to dropping underground favorites such as Ball Like Me in 2012 and No Sleep in 2014, his 56-night stay in a Dubai prison infamously inspired Future’s 2015 classic mixtape, 56 Nights. Between endless touring, 2016 saw DJ Esco drop Project E.T. The latter yielded the smash “Too Much Sauce,” which racked up over 103.1 million Spotify streams to date and garnered a platinum plaque.