(May 28, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA) – Continuing a banner year marked by sold out arena shows, tens of millions of streams, and widespread critical acclaim, K-pop supergroup and worldwide phenomenon, Monsta X, sign to Epic Records for their English language recordings and worldwide distribution ex Korea.
“K-pop has indelibly impacted the global conversation and influenced culture everywhere. At the top of that conversation, you’ll find Monsta X. They’re ushering the genre into the future with an original style befitting of their experience, passion, and diverse influences. We’re honored to welcome them to the Epic Records family,” said Epic Records Chairman and C.E.O. Sylvia Rhone.
“We are thrilled to join the Epic Family alongside some of the artists we admire the most. This is like a dream come true and we still can’t believe that this is happening to us. We can’t thank our monbebe enough for their endless support and for making everything possible,” said Monsta X.
The big news precedes the launch of the group’s seventeen-date “we are here” world tour. After kicking off in Bangkok June 1, the boys jet-set from Australia to Europe before touching down stateside for six dates starting in Dallas, TX July 25 at Verizon Theatre. Fittingly, the jaunt concludes at one of the nation’s most hallowed venues, The Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 10. Check out the full itinerary below.
Right now, Monsta X are hard at work on new music—coming soon.
Inventively fusing K-Pop, wild hip-hop, rock energy, and universal pop power, Monsta X set the tone for the international sound. Averaging over 2.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the group boast a catalog of smashes, including “HERO” [31 million Spotify streams], “DRAMARAMA” [24 million Spotify streams], and “Beautiful” [14 million Spotify streams]. Most recently, their 2019 Steve Aoki collaboration, “Play It Cool,” put up over 9 million Spotify streams and staked out a spot on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart. Entertainment Tonight praised it, and Idolator described it as “a feast for the eyes and ears, and a reminder why Monsta X is one of the hottest acts on the planet right now.”
Their most recent offering, Take.2 We Are Here, bowed at #5 on the Billboard top World Albums Chart and garnered acclaim from Complex,Idolator,Billboard,Cosmopolitan, and NME. Paper Magazine put it best though, “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that Monsta X’s darkly textured but nonetheless high-energy music is the reason why they stand apart from other acts in the vibrant and constantly expanding K-Pop scene.” Not to mention, they also peaked at #4 on the coveted Social 50.
With new music on the way, the group makes history this fall as “the first K-pop group at the iHeartRadioMusic festival in Las Vegas” on September 21, 2019.
MONTSA X WORLD TOUR
June 1 Bangkok, TH Thunder Dome
June 5 Sydney, AU ICC Sydney Theatre
June 8 Melbourne, AU Margaret Court Arena
June 22 Kuala Lumpur, MY Stadium Malawati
June 29 Madrid, ES Palacia Vistalegre
July 3 Amsterdam, NL AFAS Live (Heineken Music Hall)
July 6 Paris, FR La Seine Musicale
July 9 London, UK The SSE Arena Wembley
July 13 Berlin, DE Mercedes-Benz Arena (O2 World Berlin)
July 19 São Paulo, BR Espaco das Americas
July 21 Mexico City, MX Teatro Metropolitan
July 25 Dallas, TX Verizon
July 27 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center
July 30 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
August 3 New York, NY Hulu Theater
August 6 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
August 10 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
ABOUT EPIC RECORDS
A Sony Music Entertainment Company, Epic Records has launched the careers of GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum artists and influential icons since its foundation back in 1953, building a storied history as home to game-changing superstars, including Michael Jackson, George Michael, Céline Dion, Boston, Pearl Jam, Gloria Estefan, Shakira and Sly & the Family Stone, to name a few. The 2019 roster encompasses various trend-setting legends like Mariah Carey, OutKast, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade, Fiona Apple, Rick Ross, Judas Priest, and more as well some of the 21st century’s biggest and most incomparable acts, namely Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Future, French Montana, 21 Savage, Sara Bareilles, Zara Larsson, and many others.
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(May 23, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA) –Continuing a prolific 2019 on stage and in the studio, Morgan Saint will support Dennis Lloyd on his upcoming North American tour this summer. It kicks off May 29 in New York, NY at Irving Plaza, plays major markets across the United States and Canada, and concludes three weeks later at Terminal West in Atlanta, GA on June 19.
Check out the full itinerary below and get tickets HERE.
The news comes on the heels of widespread acclaim for her recently released song “god bless our souls.” Get it HERE and watch the video HERE! Among a bevy of praise, Idolatorapplauded it as “a synth-pop treasure,” and Ones to Watch praised how she “blessed the world with a means to spiritual enlightenment.” Meanwhile, Paper Magazinetouted it on “Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Right.” The outlet enthusiastically added, “The song’s melodramatic edge and twisty melodies are what truly sell it.”
With magnetic presence, otherworldly energy, and dynamic performance, her live show unfolds as an equally unforgettable experience as well. She just wrapped up a successful run supporting LÉON on the You And I Tour in the direct support slot.
Ultimately, Morgan elevates pop to a new realm in 2019 on tour and beyond.
Morgan Saint unleashed her sophomore EP, ALIEN [Epic Records], last fall and continues to turn heads. In a recent piece, Ones To Watch just described her as “the Left-of-Center pop star of your dreams,” and Interviewconducted an in-depth profile. Idolator summed up ALIEN best as “an otherworldly, synth-pop adventure.” With a hypnotic vulnerable delivery, elevated presentation that defies gender and genre alike, and inimitable je ne sais quoi, she earned widespread acclaim from the New Yorker, Vogue, Pigeons & Planes, Time, NME, WWD, i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, Galore, and Paper who exalted her among “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop.” She ignited the stage at Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful in addition to captivating audiences with the likes of lovelytheband.
Born and raised on Long Island, Morgan Saint learned piano and taught herself guitar during her formative years. Graduating from Parsons New School for Design, she gravitated towards music and artists who weren’t afraid to be themselves. With all her songs self-penned, she’s also crafted stunning videos that expand her creative canvas and vividly complement her music iterations as evidenced by her debut EP 17 HERO and follow-up ALIEN.
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(Los Angeles, CA – May 17, 2019) After an emotional and monumental rollout, DJ Khaled unveils his twelfth full-length album and the music blockbuster of the summer, Father of Asahd, in stores and at all digital retailers today. Upon going live, it shot to the #1 of iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and #1 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart.
Get it HERE via We The Best Music Group/Epic Records.
On Wednesday, The GRAMMY® nominated multiplatinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer set the stage for the album’s arrival by sharing a heartfelt and personal open letter on Instagram in regards to the passing of friend, close collaborator, and Los Angeles hip-hop legend Nipsey Hussle. See the full letter below.
In the piece, Khaled, co-writers, producers and label partners are donating 100% of all of their proceeds from “Higher” to Nipsey’s children, Emani and Kross. As “vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul,” the song amplifies this vibration on the highest level possible.
Last night, he debuted the heavenly music video for the track. Threaded together by some of the West Coast icon’s boldest bars and a skyscraping refrain from the crooner, the song might just be the most powerful in Khaled’s catalog. The visual shares a heartstring-tugging story befitting of his legacy.
Khaled launched a full-scale media takeover on Wednesday. First up, he premiered the album cover art on the Times Square Jumbotron as chronicled by EXTRA TV!Tonight, he hits the couch on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for what promises to be an unforgettable chat. XXL launches a special-edition issue starring Khaled and We The Best Music Group today—available HERE.
Tomorrow night Saturday May 18, he shuts down Saturday Night Live as the musical guest for the Season Finale. Expect an unbelievable crew of surprise collaborators! Sunday May 19, he heads over to BRAVO to appear on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Wednesday May 22, he guests on Live With Kelly & Ryan and concludes this run Thursday May 23 with an appearance on CBS This Morning with Gayle King. It all feels like another new beginning though…
Khaled also continues his partnership with Viacom on his historic release. MTV Presents “KHALEDCON“, an immersive, pop up fan luv experience in their Times Square studios all day today. Khaled will be Livestreaming with Sway from the event at 4p on MTV’s YouTube and Facebook. MTV and BET will be airing all the videos on their world famous Times Sq digital billboards throughout the weekend. MTV Live and BET Jams will have Khaled video takeovers all day Monday May 20 at 12pm on MTV Live and Jams Tuesday May 21 at 6am.
Father of Asahd: The Album Experience will be screened before Khaled sits down with Elliott Wilson for an in-depth CRWN interview about the project. The streaming service will still be celebrating the highly anticipated album with an exclusive album release party in NYC on Friday, May 17. TIDAL members have the chance to celebrate with Khaled himself as he launches his 11th studio album.
Additionally, he joined forces with Amazon Music for a massive out of home campaign. The campaign started with billboards in New York City and Los Angeles showcasing some of the featured artists from the album in conjunction with a daily feature in Amazon Music’s program, “Today in Music.”. The campaign continues with nationwide out of home advertising in all 50 states booked through Milk Money, an on-demand media planning and buying platform. DJ Khaled is the first recording artist to utilize out of home media across 50 states to promote an album release.
DJ Khaled collaborated with ecommerce powerhouse SHOP.COM on Father of Asahd; this exclusive collaboration offers the album digital download plus a bundle of the album digital download with special DJ Khaled/Father of Asahd packaged & branded Isotonix® Essentials Turn Up energy supplement or Awake® Energy Shots in Grape. These products are available for purchase at www.SHOP.COM.
Father of Asahd extends Khaled’s legacy to new heights once more.
A trendsetting force, musical visionary, and icon of unparalleled influence, DJ Khaled sets the pace for the culture. To date, he has sold 18 million singles. His last two albums—the gold-certified Major Key and platinum-certified GRAMMY® Award-nominated Grateful —each bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and yielded an unmatched string of number one hits, including the quintuple-platinum “I’m The One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne], triple-platinum “Wild Thoughts” [feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller], double-platinum “For Free” [feat. Drake], and more. 2018 saw him assume the role of a judge on Fox’s top-rated smash The Four in addition to co-headlining a blockbuster spring tour with Demi Lovato. With everything he does, he changes and elevates the game and determines the path for all to follow. That continues now.
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(May 10, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA) – Play this on Sunday!
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Sara Bareilles sends a very special message to moms around the world.
Today, she unveils a new digital track entitled “Shiny,” and it serves as a sweet reminder about the importance of motherhood. These honest and heartfelt lyrics allow every mom to see just how special she is.
Following the chart-topping success of her new album Amidst the Chaos, the Grammy®, Tony® and Emmy® Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, and author once again teamed up with Academy® Award winner and producer T Bone Burnett for the song.
It doesn’t stop there. Next week, she drops the Official Remix of the single “Fire” by dance music powerhouse Dave Audé [Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna]. The Remixwill arrive on Friday May 17.
Bareilles’s fifth full-length and first collection of original material since 2013, Amidst the Chaos [Epic Records], landed in stores and online April 5. Upon release, it bowed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. To celebrate the record, she performed everywhere from Saturday Night Live and Good Morning America to The Late Late Show with James Corden, andThe Talk. Next up, she launches her much-anticipated return to the road this fall on The Amidst The Chaos Tour, which sees her grace hallowed stages of Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and below.
Check out the full itinerary enclosed.
Be on the lookout for more big news soon!
2018 marked yet another landmark year for Sara. Among numerous accolades, she co-hosted the Tony Awards®, received an Emmy® Award nomination for her role in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” as well as a GRAMMY® Award nomination for the “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” soundtrack and garnered the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award. She also teamed up with Apple as an executive producer for “Little Voice” a 10-episode series, which she will create the original music for. This continued an impressive run of music and creative projects. 2013’s Blessed Unrest would be nominated as “Album of the Year” at the GRAMMY® Awards. Shortly after, she penned the music for the Broadway hit, Waitress, for which she achieved her first Tony® Award nomination for “Best Score” and a 2017 GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Musical Theater Album.” She also made her Broadway acting debut in 2017 by stepping into the lead role in Waitress.