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Music has a new artist bubbling on the scene and her name is Janine The Machine. Hailing from Detroit, MI, Janine recently released her debut EP High Places produced by Tricky Stewart. We recently caught up with JTM as she talked about her start in music, being signed to Tricky Stewart’s RedZone Entertainment and more.

YMMW: You recently released your debut EP High Places, as a new artist what does this EP mean to you and what will new fans learn most about you after listening to High Places?

JTM: High Places is my introduction to the world! I love it because it shows so many different sides of my personality. Women are complex…multifaceted. We’re not just the sexy girl or the tomboy, or the boss chick…we can be all three. There are like 5 personalities inside me at any given time, so on this project, I really got to be myself and let all those characters out! I want new fans to know that I am authentic. I write my own songs so when you hear my music, you’re really hearing me.

YMMW: Not only are you a singer but you also own the studio from writing, engineering, and mixing your own vocals. With having those skills do you feel they have helped you better craft your own sound as a new artist and knowing what you want when collaborating with other producers and artists?

JTM: Absolutely! If you don’t take control of your life, someone else will do it for you. That applies to music as well. You have to be the master of your sound.

YMMW: You’re also signed with Tricky Stewart’s imprint RedZone Entertainment. How did you guys meet and what was it like working someone who’s produced songs with big names such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, work with you on your debut EP.

JTM: Working with Tricky is amazing! We met through my good friend Raja Kumari. Raja’s a really dope artist signed to Epic. I flew to Atlanta to write with her for her project…that’s where I met Tricky. We immediately connected on a musical level and next on a business level- which is why we decided to create a partnership!

YMMW: High Places has a lot of summertime bops on it such as Origami, Classy, Manana, and Gully. Which song would you say is your favorite from your debut EP.

JTM: All of them are my favorites! They’re like my babies…you wouldn’t choose one kid over the other, would you? I’m kidding! I think I have a different favorite depending on the mood I’m in. I’ve been playing “Origami” a lot lately.

YMMW: A few weeks ago, you released the video for Manana, can fans expect to see any more videos coming out soon? If not which song from your debut EP would you love to make a video for?

JTM: I’m creating a visual for every song from the project. I have so many cool ideas swirling around in my head, I can’t wait to share them with the world!

YMMW: Now that your debut EP is out, what else can we expect to see and hear from Janine The Machine in the future?

JTM: You can expect creativity and innovation…but most of all, you can expect greatness!

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Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, brothers Ayleo and Mateo Bowles (a.k.a. AYO and TEO) have been dancing and competing at dance since elementary school. Influenced by greats such as Michael Jackson, Usher, Missy Elliot and Chris Brown, the duo quickly developed their own unique brand of dancing and began to upload Youtube videos from their basement and living room. With zero promotion, and strictly through the power of social media, they began to gain mass appeal by creating and having their “dance challenges” reposted to some of Instagram’s most popular dance pages.

Recognizing this as their main outlet, the youngest brother (Teo) created what has become a instant phenomenon and their moniker – “THE REVERSE”. Simply reversing the steps to some of world’s best dance crazes, their Reverse of the “Nae Nae” went viral overnight, on every posted outlet, and received over 150 MILLION VIEWS! Kicked off by with a number of pics and vids reposted by Chris Brown, the two are now rubbing elbows and sharing stages with the very people that influenced them the most. Most recently being invited and flown out to perform by Usher himself, the boys shared the 2016 BET Awards stage with the r&b phenom.

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As the year is coming to an end we all are celebrating the holidays with our friends and families. Some of us make those New Year’s resolutions that most people never keep. Myself, on the other hand, take this time to look back on the music of the year and which songs stood out the most to me. I don’t pick my stand out songs based on how many views the song has on Youtube, what number it is currently sitting on the Billboard charts or how many times we’ve all heard the same song on the radio. Nope! This list is just based off the love I have for music. Every artist I am about mention impacted my musical journey of 2015. Check out part 1 below.

1. Bryson Tiller – Don’t
Before this song became the huge radio hit that is today, I remember hearing Don’t on apple music R&B station. It was something about this song that was so different from the music on my phone and the radio. When I flipped my phone over I was introduced to Bryson Tiller. Don’t began to rise up the charts and brought more listeners wanting to know more about this young singer from Louisville, Kentucky. On October 2nd Bryson released debut solo album Trap soul, if you want to know what Bryson has to offer besides Don’t, check out his other stand out tracks like Exchange and Right My Wrongs.

2. Erykah Badu – Cel U Lar Device (HotLine Bling Remix)
Not just anybody can remix a song that was remixed from another song and still make a hot and unique song out of it? Erykah Badu did exactly just that when released Cel U Lar her version of Drake’s hotline Bling. Infusing the song with her signature Baduizm and recruiting her son to co-write the song, Erykah made is all forget this song was even a booty call anthem.

3. Kehlani – You Should Be Here
2015 was a huge year for singer/songwriter Kehlani, as she released her second mixtape “You Should Be Here,” which had lot of people opening their eyes and ears to this young singer from Oakland California. We can expect a lot from Kehlani in 2016 as her mixtape was nominated for a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album and the singer’s debut album, is also slated to be released early next year as well.

4. Sevyn Streeter – Don’t Kill The Fun
If there is one artist out there that’s doing it all from singing, dancing and writing a hit songs, Sevyn Streeter definitely comes to mind. Since releasing her debut single I Like It back in 2012, Sevyn Streeter has been on a roll, establishing herself as an artist and behind the scenes as a songwriter. At the top of 2015 Sevyn released Don’t Kill The Fun, and when I first heart the full single I instantly feel in love with the song. What I love most about this song was that Sevyn was not afraid of bringing a different sound to mainstream music. Don’t Kill The Fun proved that Sevyn has a lot to offer musically and I cannot wait to see what she has to offer in 2016.

5. Dawn – Dance
Since Danity Kane disbanded for a second time in 2014, Dawn has not looked back since. The singer/songwriter got right back to her solo career and she did not disappoint. While wasting no time Dawn Released her sophomore album BlackHeart. A few months after releasing the album, Dawn was ready to start working on the final chapter of her Heart themed trilogy album. In September of 2015 Dawn unleashed her Ester Dean penned single “Dance,” which is a little more mainstream than what we are used to from Dawn’s solo music, but it works. Dawn did not stray to far away from the sound that fans love her for. If Dance is any indication of what we can expect to hear on Redemption Heart, this might be one of Dawn’s best album from the trilogy.

 

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The annual 2015 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®, , now among the largest consumer live events in the country with more than 550,000 attendees, today revealed the first round of its all-star line-up of performers for the nighttime concerts at the 21st annual celebration, taking place in New Orleans, LA, from July 2-5.

“On the heels of the ESSENCE Festival’s® epic 20th anniversary celebration in 2014, we’re delighted to announce a selection of the best artists and biggest names in entertainment who will take the stage at the Superdome this summer,’ said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival® offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE Festival® community every Fourth of July weekend.”

Artists confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE® Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include:

Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Floetry, Common, Erykah Badu, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Nico & Vinz, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Esperanza Spalding, SZA, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Kelly Price, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred The Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw, Bilal, Tank & The Bangas and more to be announced soon.

Plus ESSENCE® Now Playing presents Kevin Hart’s WHAT NOW? Tour, Thursday, July 2. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, February 25.

Comedians Nephew Tommy from The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Luenell to host Festival weekend.

To Celebrate the 2015 Essence Festival® we are giving away tickets to this year’s concert. The prize will be for pair of tickets for the Thursday night show (Kevin Hart, Lecrae, Trey Songz), for one winner and a friend. *Travel or lodging is not provided* All you have to do is write in the comments below or simply tweet us @YrMusicMyWorld using the hashtag  #ESSENCEFEST winners for this contest will be selected by June 26.

 

 

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45284Last week Elliott Wilson took his CRWN interview series to Austin Texas for the SXSW music festival, this time it was Big Sean who joined Elliott as he talked about his first #1 album Dark Sky Paradise and emotional process behind his new album. Always repping his hometown of Detroit, Big Sean talked about  the culture  and struggles from his birthplace. Check out part one and two of the interview as  Sean talks about  his hit “IDFWU”  and working with legends like Hov, Ye and Wayne.

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44521El Seven/Republic recording artist Adrian Marcel sang the National Anthem at the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game. Last year Adrian Marcel released his Weak After Next mixtape executive produced by Raphael Saadiq, featured appearances by Kelly Rowland, Casey Veggies & Snoop Dogg. The rising singer debut album is expected to debut in early 2015.

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FRI 2/13 Atlanta, GA The Loft
SUN 2/15 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
MON 2/16 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
WED 2/18 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
THU 2/19 Montreal, QC Le Belmont
FRI 2/20 Toronto, ON Tattoo Queen West
SAT 2/21 Detroit, MI The Shelter
MON 2/23 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
TUE 2/24 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
THU 2/26 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
SUN 3/1 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
MON 3/2 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
TUE 3/3 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
WED 3/4 San Francisco, CA The Independent
FRI 3/6 Portland, OR Star Theater
SAT 3/7 Seattle, WA Neumos

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NUP_155881_2083.jpgJust a few moments ago the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced. New comer Iggy Azalea came in big again as she was nominated for Best new artist,Record of the Year and Rap artist. Beyonce also scored a lot of nominations for her self titled album released last year, and Sam Smith who is also nominated for best new artist record and song of the year The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Check out the nominees below.

57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

See a partial list below and check back for updates throughout the day.

Record of the Year

“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year

“All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)” – Sam Smith
“Take Me to Church” – Hozier

Best New Artist

Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
HAIM
Sam Smith

Best Rap Album

The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Because the Internet – Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling – Common
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem
Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa
Oxymoron – ScHoolboy Q

Best Rap Song:
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kanye West – “Bound 2″
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”

Best Rap Performance:
Donald Glover – “3005”
Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Kendrick Lamar -“i”
Lecrae – “All I Need Is You”

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Sail Out – Jhené Aiko
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
X – Chris Brown
Mali Is… – Mali Music
G I R L – Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories – Coldplay
Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
My Everything – Ariana Grande
Prism – Katy Perry
x – Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

“All of Me” – John Legend
“Chandelier” – Sia
“Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
“Say Something” – A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
“Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Cheek To Cheek – Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga
Nostalgia – Annie Lennox
Night Songs – Barry Manilow
Sending You A Little Christmas – Johnny Mathis
Partners – Barbra Streisand with Various Artists

Best Country Album

Riser – Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders – Eric Church
12 Stories – Brandy Clark
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
The Way I’m Livin’ – Lee Ann Womack

Best Country Song

“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney
“Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill

Best Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore
“Blue Moon” – Beck
“Fever” – The Black Keys
“Gimme Something Good” – Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto” – Jack White

Best Rock Album

Ryan Adam – Ryan Adams
Morning Phase – Beck
Turn Blue – The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence – U2

Best Rap Performance

“3005″ – Childish Gambino
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” – Drake
“Rap God” – Eminem
“i” – Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You” – Lecrae

Best Alternative Music Album

This Is All Yours – Alt-J
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
Melophobia – Cage The Elephant
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Lazaretto – Jack White

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Dawn-Richards-Meteors1-600x450-600x450In 2013 we saw Danity Kane`s front woman, Dawn Richard make her first mark as a solo artist the release of her highly impressive debut album titled “GoldenHeart” which allowed her to showcase her creativity on such a great level – displaying a very refreshing sound and also showcase her vocal growth with so much confidence.

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As we were two weeks away from the end of 2013, Beyonce shocked the entire world when she release her long awaited fifth album which came in a form of an self-titled album that served up the popular singles “Drunk In Love”, “Partition”, “Flawless”. She has surprised us once again with news of releasing a 4-disc platinum edition of her current album and it will feature 10 brand new tracks including the “Flawless” remix featuring Nicki Minaj and collaboration with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and has done another track with Minaj.

Just out the tracklist below.