New Music

0 108

As the release date for Kevin’s upcoming album Drive 2 nears, the singer/songwriter is back with his new single “Sweet Release.” If you haven’t check out yet, we recently caught up with Kevin as he talked about his new album Drive 2, and what fans can expect. Check it out here

0 87

Global superstar Adele returns with the release of her brand new single and video “Easy On Me.” “Easy On Me” precedes the November 19th release of Adele’s newest album 30, on Columbia Records. Earlier this week Adele shared the news of her new album release date and inspiration with a personal note to her fans letting them know she was “finally ready to put this album out.” The video for “Easy On Me,” shot last month in Quebec, finds Adele once again collaborating with Cannes Grand Prix winning director Xavier Dolan. “I was honestly hoping for this to happen,” noted Dolan. “For me, there’s nothing stronger than artists reconnecting after years apart. I’ve changed. Adele’s changed. And this is an opportunity to celebrate how we’ve both evolved, and how we’ve also both remained faithful to our dearest themes. It’s all the same, but different.” The video begins in the same house the pair used to shoot the video for Adele’s 2015 smash single “Hello.”

30 is the first new music from Adele since the release of her third studio album 25 in November 2015. The album is produced with former collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Shellback and Tobias Jesso Jr as well as new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Göransson. 30 is available for preorder at all physical and digital retailers globally.

0 81

Today, singer and songwriter KIRBY releases new EP “Sis. He wasn’t the one”. The 10-song EP is dedicated to documenting the thorny and complex side of relationships for women struggling with unequal partnerships, unrequited love and complex feelings of self-worth.

KIRBY shares candid stories of lows in modern love based off of her own experiences, songs that she would detail in private for therapeutic means, rather than shun those experiences, KIRBY delicately encourages us to bring our hurt into the open, rather than conceal out of shame. “I guess it was just on my heart to tell those stories and not just start with how it ended.” The EP’s 6th track, “Lately”, is one of the best examples of the artist’s “commitment to soul”, a standout featuring acclaimed artist BJ The Chicago Kid. The track is underscored by backing containing plucking guitar strings, choral-esque harmonies and xylophone taps of the oldies, KIRBY gives name to moments of weakness in relationships. ‘I get lonely /that’s when you call me/ I see it so clearly/ All that I want for me is you” she sings, tapping into the vocals and song structure of musical predecessors like D’Angelo.

BJ The Chicago Kid’s melodic voice beautifully compliments KIRBY’s, creating a luxurious soundscape that’s as smooth as honey. The exhilarating, elastic funk of the previously released “Coconut Oil” and the anthemic, retro R&B of “Boyz II Men” showcase the breadth and scope, and another highlight is the EP’s opening track, “Love Song”. The song is a delicate ballad and a whisper of a track just shy of 2 minutes. Still, KIRBY manages to pack a swelling, affecting instrumental into a track that communicates its mournful tone, sprinkling in piano notes amongst orchestral strings, transporting the listener.

We recently caught up with singer/songwriter Kevin Ross who is celebrating the success of his first indie single Looking For Love, which was the #1 added song on Adult R&B radio and continues to rise. In our new interview with Kevin, we talk to him about his recent change with going the Indie route, surviving the pandemic, and what he has in store for the future.

YMMW: Last year the world took a pause due to the global pandemic, being an artist and songwriter what were some of the challenges you’ve experienced with staying in a creative and metal headspace?

Kevin Ross: Honestly, when It hit I had taken a month or two to figure out what the hell was going on, so I wasn’t doing much creating. I was calling people checking in. What I will say what it allowed me to do was to be more vulnerable and connect more once I understood that we were going to be shut down for a while so, it allowed me to engage with people a lot more.

YMMW: Nowadays being an indie artist have more opportunities with getting their music out than it was before the social media and streaming days. Talk to us about what being an indie artist means to you? And what advice would you give an up-and-coming artist who’s going in the indie artist?

Kevin Ross: I would think the biggest thing being indie means for me is artistic freedom, being able to understand your brand and your business, understanding your worth, and understanding how to monetize it as well. That would also be my biggest advice to any up-and-coming artist is to understand your worth, before you partner up with anybody. You have to understand the power you have before you give it away, so that would be my advice.

YMMW: Your new single Looking for Love was the #1 added song on Adult R&B continues to rise on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay charts. With going the indie route tell us How are you feeling about the success this single is doing, and what was the inspiration for this single?

Kevin Ross : It’s expensive (Laughs) but no, it feels great! We’re competitors with major labels who have the major label dollars, but the power of music and the power of belief within my team and being able to go after the things we desire because we understand it’s a bigger picture. You know I say this all the time to my team “For the things that we can’t control and the things we can’t handle for the rooms we can be in God will speak on our behalf and I truly believe in that and I stand in that because it’s just certain things that are just out of our hands. People are going to come around when they come around but at the end of the day it’s all about divine alignment and once you get that alignment in place that’s when you start to see things change in your life and the product of Looking for love is an example of that.  The inspiration for this single the core of it is accountability. It’s a temporary love story and it’s just saying whether it’s a male or female it’s like you can’t ask for something you’re not ready for. If you say you want a man that’s this and that or a woman that is like this and that, and you’re still out here in these streets. So when that man or woman approaches you, you’re not even ready mentally or physically ready for what you asked for. So this song is a story about a man who is actually ready to commit and his woman is not, she pretending like she is. So he’s holding her accountable.

YMMW: I like that, a lot of people sing about love either it’s about a love gone wrong or being in love you never hear a song where someone is not really ready for the type of love they ask for so I love the direction you took that song. With looking for love out single and video out and having its success, do you have a follow-up single planned? If so what can you tell us about this new single?

Kevin Ross: Oh yea we have a collaboration coming soon, it’s called Wave Runner featuring Rotimi and Afro B, so it will be my first R&B/Afrobeat song. I’m grateful to these brothers for hopping on this record and really bringing it to life. I’m truly excited about it. Drive 2 comes out on October 29th right at the end of October. I’m excited for everybody to get it into these vibes. It’s been a lot of growth for me as an artist and a businessman.

YMMW: Speaking of Drive 2 . Tell us more about this project and what fans can expect.

Kevin Ross: Drive 2 it’s more of an all-purpose kind of record meaning, you can wake up in the morning and play it straight through or you can go to sleep at night and play it straight through. You can play this record at any time, you know you have those records where you’re like Ah I’ll only play this when I go to the club or when it’s sleepy time or whatever. This record is truly an all-purpose kind of vibe so I’m very excited for people to take it in just to see what they think and to see where I’m at. The beauty of music is subjective so everybody’s not going to like it but for the people who are into it, I just hope that it serves their lifestyle and they have a couple of songs to add to the soundtrack of whatever at in life.

YMMW: You mentioned your song Waverunner with Rotimi will you have any other collaborations on the album or are you keeping that a secret for now?

Kevin Ross: You know what honestly, I was grateful to get those two, It’s interesting when you reach out to other artists sometimes when you reach out to other artists it can get a little tricky. Everybody’s either releasing around the same time or whatever the case may be but, as It stands because this record is being mastered now but as it stands it’s just Rotimi and Afro B on there, which is fine because I don’t do too many features so to get these two it’s awesome, but I’m looking to collaborate with whoever wants to work.

YMMW: You’ve worked with a lot of legends such as Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, SWV, Toni Braxton, and Johnny Gill who have had longevity in the music industry. As an artist what were some of the things you’ve learned from them that you’ve used in your own career?

Kevin Ross: Trey’s work ethic is on another level in the sense of his ability to balance, to be able to live life but also to work extremely hard. With an OG like Johnny Gill he’s a comedian he is funny as hell honestly so for him it’s like not take life too seriously while you’re still grinding you can still have fun and you can laugh even when things aren’t all the way right. SWV those are three incredibly independent songwriting women who know what they want and understand why they’re successful and the reason why their legacy works is because of the fact they understand each other and understand what role they pay as far as keeping the group together and I think that’s very important, I’m not in a group for as far as a team everybody understanding their role. With Tank his resilience in a sense of despite everything the narrative of his career in the sense of him catching his biggest record 15 years into the business says a lot of him being patient waiting. Of course, he’s written number one records and classics but to have written your own that’s just a sign of resilience. Each artist I have worked with possesses something truly successful.

 

YMMW: You’re the owner of your own label Art Society Music Group, tell us more about what having ownership over your music means to you, and What are some of the advantages and struggles that you’ve experienced with running your own label?

Kevin Ross: I’ll start with the struggles first, the struggle is that now you have to delegate your power to other people you have to trust other people to get things done, it’s like these are my babies take care of them you know? Also, when it’s time for you to release an album and you’re doing production agreements and signing off on writer splits all that stuff you really get to see people’s characters as well. It’s like are you going to stick to what we agreed to over the phone or are you going to switch up once your lawyer is involved. With major labels, you’re just like I wrote the record and perform it y’all take care of the rest but, being the Owner you have to make sure taking care of the well-being of that. Usually, with major labels, they take care of all of that stuff, with being the owner you have to make sure every step of the process is being taken care of so that you can take care of the people that are there for you. The great success and the positive of it is you get to see what you’re actually making I noticed I was making more than what I was told. You also get to learn more beyond streams you get to know more about licensing and you get to know how s Terrestrial radio and satellite radio it’s so many different avenues where the masters of your records can go and that’s the major positive it’s like when you’re making this money are you investing back into yourself are you betting on yourself are you doing the things that need to be done to grow and to prosper cause as in indie you wait to be able to sail and to grow into a sizable company. That’s where it all starts the master and the investment and investing back into yourself when you see a great return, so I think it’s a lot of upsides more than it is the negative that you can enjoy as an indie artist. It’s a grind it’s work but if it’s working that encourages you to push forward.

YMMW: With working with the great artist, you have worked with so far, who are some artists that you would love to collaborate with or write for that you haven’t yet?

Kevin Ross:  I’m down to work, it doesn’t necessarily matter who it is or I just love the process of collaborating.

YMMW: I would say my favorite coloration you’ve done is the one with you and Jade Novah for the song Bulletproof.  I love that song

Kevin Ross: Ah yes, I remember that day I remember that day more than I do recording the song to be quite honest all kudos and love to Jade and her husband Devin they already had the song done so when they asked me It wasn’t like I had to write anything I just had to come in and sing. We recorded out in California, they brought me into the vegan lifestyle, we had vegan tacos and a whole lot of tequila. That’s the thing I look forward to not the tequila (laughs) more so the collaboration the memories that you make getting to know these people on a different level. It allowed me to have a greater appreciation for your fellow artist, your peers.

YMMW: With the world slowly opening up again will you be heading on the road to tour anytime soon to promote Drive 2?

Kevin Ross: My ass is on the road now! I just got off-road like two or three days ago, I was in Chicago we did a show out there in City winery. We have a show in Oakland on October 13th. We have a show in Houston on October 15th. We have a show in Wilmington Delaware on October 29th. Then we have a show in DC on November 5th and then we have a show in Atlanta on November 20th. It’s certain dates that we are filling out and making it make sense, but we are back on the road already we just getting prepared for 2022. All these shows we are doing we are working out the kinks while we are on stage.

YMMW: With covid going on have you seen any differences doing shows pre-covid to now?

Kevin Ross: Its big differences especially in the market that I serve I’m doing 300-500 seaters so it’s a lot more intimate than festivals, so for these things it’s a lot of covid restrictions so you got to be vaccinated or you have to have a test that you can prove you are covid free. It’s a different kind of energy going into it where you may not keep everybody coming out because of their personal preference about how they want to handle the vaccine or how they want to handle anything when it pertains to their bodies when it comes to the pandemic, so you have to respect that. Also making sure that you’re one of the front runners as an artist despite however I may feel or whatever my thoughts are, as an artist it is my duty to be vaccinated it’s my duty to get the boosters. I may not necessarily completely agree but if I’m going to be traveling city to city I don’t want to pose myself as a super spreader. If someone’s auntie or grandma comes to see me I don’t want to be the reason If I sing to them or touch their hand that they are In the hospital because of me. We have to as artists and performers we are in the service industry and not in a bad way, but we are here to serve the people. We get paid to be of service. We are people that move around quite a lot and we can be high risk to anyone, so we have to do what we need to do and think about the people we are around and think about their families. We just have to change our mindset as artists and forget all that conspiracy theory stuff. I’ve lost people to covid and so have others. These strains are real and it’s up to us about where we are going to do about it.

 

 

0 126

As ABC gets ready to premiere their new musical TV show Queens starring Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez, the fictional 90s group, Nasty B*tches, has dropped the official video for “Nasty Girl” giving us a little more of what we can expect from the anticipated new television show.

“As artists who came up in the ’90s, ‘Nasty Girl’ is our love letter to the groundbreaking music and hip-hop culture of the era,” the show’s four stars said in a joint statement. “To still be in the game today and supporting each other along the way is what our show Queens is all about.” Producer Swizz Beatz, will serve as the show’s executive music producer. Each episode will premiere new, original music from the cast as well. Check out the trailer for the new show below.

Queens premieres Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

0 158

Singer, Songwriter, Jade Novah has returned with her latest single “I Just Wanna Know.” The song couples a throwback melody with dreamy production as her voice soars and swoons on the hook. It illuminates her traffic-stopping range front-and-center and reflects the aura countless fans have fallen head over heels for.

Teasing out the track, she said the following: “‘I Just Wanna Know’ is about that point in a relationship when desire & love are in perfect harmony. When you’re in that honeymoon haze, you look at everything through the lens of love. Even the harmonies and vintage instrumentation in the music feel like a dreamy escape from reality. Visually, I’m fusing my passion for comedy and music into a series of one-woman sketches that tackle love, loss, and mental health that will ultimately lead up to the music video!”

0 172

Singer/songwriter Asiahn is back with her brand new sultry single “Fall Back” In the new single Asiahn sings about what happens when falling too hard and too fast in a relationship. On “Fall Back” she boldly takes the reins and sounds more convincing than ever. “I just want to drive you crazy,” she teases, over sizzling synth, bursts of sax, and glistening harp. But she’s not here to seduce—not yet.

New music isn’t the only thing Asiahn has in store, will also be playing the title character in the upcoming Netflix animated series, Karma’s World, created by Ludacris. The show tells “the story of a girl finding her voice and using it to change the world.”

0 153

Givēon continues to make a name for himself, after collaborating with Justin Bieber for the #1 song Peaches and his most recent feature on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy LP, Givēon has returned with his new single and video “For Tonight.” Givēon announced the single in a social media teaser on Monday; a press release says it’ll appear on his debut album later this year.

Along with the announcement of his new single, Givēon will be hitting the road this fall with his 14 city tour that will kick off in Detroit on Nov. 28. Check out the tour dates below.

0 149

GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, Anthony Hamilton releases his anxiously awaited tenth full-length and first album in five years, Love Is The New Black. It notably will be the flagship release under his own label My Music Box in partnership with BMG.

Hamilton’s influence courses through popular culture, and his voice continues to resound louder than ever. Drake recently sampled him on “The Remorse” the finale of his blockbuster new album, Certified Lover Boy. The 14-track R&B opus boasts a bevy of A-list friends and collaborators such as Academy® Award winner Jennifer Hudson on the powerhouse duet “Superstar,” Rick Ross on “Real Love,” and crunk king himself Lil’ Jon on “I’m Ready.” To pave the way for the album, he also took the stage in Brooklyn at Club Quarantine last week and will host a livestream performance of Love Is The New Black on Facebook Live on Monday, September 27 at 12pm PST // 3pm EST.

0 132

As her new EP “Sis, He Wasn’t the One”  is set to be released next week, Kirby shares her new single Can We Be Friends? I think lately I’ve been having a hard time letting go. Because of the pandemic, my relationships feel less disposable to me. I recently fell into a situation that’s teaching me that every love story isn’t a forever story. And though I feel the relationship ending, a part of me wants to still hold on to the person. I can’t help but ask myself if I can do this one differently, that maybe my next ex isn’t my ex at all. We’re more than that; we’re friends. I guess we’ll see how that goes on the next album…”

This new single follows the exhilarating, elastic funk of “Coconut Oil” and the anthemic, retro R&B of “Boyz II Men”,  and further showcases the breadth and scope across the 10 tracks on the “Sis, He Wasn’t the One” EP, which also features a collaboration with BJ The Chicago Kid.

 

 

he “Sis, He Wasn’t the One” EP is just the latest step in KIRBY’s ever-expanding catalogue, and her newest foray into showing listeners her original sound as the “granddaughter of soul.”  With a coveted support slot on the John Legend’s forthcoming US tour this autumn (live dates here) expect to hear much more in the coming months.

Sis, He Wasn’t The One” EP tracklist

1) Love Song
2) Leon Pt. 2
3) Break Her Heart For Me
4) Coconut Oil
5) Boyz II Men
6) Lately ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
7) Wish I Loved
8) Blame The Internet
9) First
10) Can We Be Friends?