Friday, 30 April 2021

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)” – OUT NOW

The Weeknd unveils the much anticipated “Save Your Tears Remix” with Ariana Grande via XO/Republic Records. 

The diamond-selling superstar paired with Grammy winner Grande, continuing a tradition of epic collaborations together such as “Love Me Harder” and “off the table.”

The original “Save Your Tears” remains a standout from The Weeknd’s multi-platinum 2020 opus After Hours. The song not only went double platinum in the US and eclipsed 1 billion streams, but it also currently holds #1 at US Top 40 Radio.

The Weeknd is the Most Streamed R&B Artist of 2021 and After Hours remains the most streamed R&B album of this year continuing on from its release in early 2020. He has the 2 songs in the Top 5 Most Streamed Globally with “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears”.

Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist and international superstar, Ariana Grande, is the first artist to hold the top three Billboard Hot 100 spots since The Beatles in 1964 with “7 Rings,” “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored,” and “Thank U, Next.”  In 2020, she became the first and only artist to have 5 singles debut at #1 in the charts history.

Listen to “Save Your Tears (Remix)”HERE:  https://theweeknd.lnk.to/SYTRMX

Watch the official animated video with both stars directed by Jack Brown and produced by Blinkink

WATCH HERE:  https://TheWeeknd.lnk.to/SYTRMXvid

 

Friday, 23 April 2021

Mary Wilson’s Self-Titled Solo Album Makes Its Digital Debut with 8 Bonus Tracks Featuring Rare Remixes & more OUT NOW

In keeping with a promise made to the legendary artist/author and original and founding member of the Supremes, Mary Wilson, Motown/UMe release Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition, available now,  here. In time for what would have been Mary Wilson’s 77th Birthday, March 6, the project was announced to celebrate her birthday and honor her history and legacy with the first of her album projects.

Ms. Wilson, who retained ownership of her solo recordings, wanted to make the album – and much more - available to her many fans around the world. Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition is a newly compiled version of her solo album, originally released by Motown in 1979, that will now be available on all digital platforms for the first time. Added to the album are eight incredible bonus tracks, four of them unreleased, including the legendary tracks recorded as a follow-up to the album produced by Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, et al). Featured as the lead single is a brand-new song, “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” produced by Richard Davis and co-written with Angelo Bond, who previously had great success as a co-writer with General Johnson and Greg Perry for “Bring The Boys Home.”

 

Mary Wilson, who had many fond memories around recording her solo debut, was so excited about the release of this album that, after finalizing details with UMe, she created an impromptu “teaser,” posting what was to be her final YouTube video. “I finally decided how to work with Universal, and they are going to release new Mary Wilson recordings,” she said. “Yes! At last! At last,” adding that the expanded version of the album, known by her and to fans as “Red Hot,” referring to its lead single, will include the Dudgeon productions – and something new. “It was four wonderful songs that were never released… and I also have some other songs, some surprising new songs… Thank you Universal for chiming in with me and helping this come true. Hopefully some of that will be out on my birthday, March 6th...I’ve got my fingers crossed.”

 

Sadly, the world mourned the sudden passing of Mary Wilson on February 8th, which also marked the 56th anniversary of The Supremes’ #1 hit, “Stop! In the Name Of Love.” She was a world-renowned singer, best-selling author, a humanitarian, artist rights advocate, philanthropist, cultural ambassador for the U.S. appointed by Colin Powell, but she was best known as a “Supreme.” She was the co-founder of the original Supremes,along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, which signed to Motown in January 1961, making this year their 60th anniversary. The group broke down barriers by becoming the world’s most popular female singing trio, with an unprecedented string of 12 number one hits, 33 top 40 singles, a record breaking 5 consecutive number ones, and the first number one album for a female group. Mary Wilson is the only member with the group from their signing in 1961 to their disbanding in 1977. Their legendary history is the foundation for dozens of books, movies, and even three Broadway musicals.

 

But the often-overlooked history is of the solo careers of Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. Ballard had previously released an album on ABC Records while, upon leaving the Supremes, Mary Wilson released her self-titled solo album debut on Motown, her label for the previous 18 years. Mary Wilson had the potential of becoming a dance classic. Famed Motown Producer Hal Davis, known for #1 hits on the Jackson 5, Thelma Houston and Diana Ross crafted a lush disco album for Wilson, with six dance tracks and a mid-tempo ballad. Wilson recorded the album while pregnant with her youngest son, Raphael, and for the album’s cover shoot she was wrapped in a jacket to hide the pregnancy.

 

“Red Hot” was the obvious lead single. But just prior to the release of the album the infamous Disco Demolition Night took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago on July 12, 1979. The “Disco Sucks” movement impacted the release of Mary Wilson, and the single reached #85 on the dance chart and #95 on the R&B chart. This new collection retrieves for history the song’s rare 12” and 7” mixes, which were unique from the album’s version. Despite being loved by fans, and the release of a second single, “Pick Up the Pieces” in the U.K., the Mary Wilson album did not get the recognition it deserved.

 

In 1980, Mary Wilson headed to Europe to record with Elton John’s producer, Gus Dudgeon. The late Dudgeon, who started as Decca Records’ in-house recording engineer, became a key creative collaborator with Elton John, producing seven No. 1 albums, in addition to creating masterworks with David Bowie, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, and many more.

 

Wilson wrote in her second autobiography, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, “I was very excited about these four songs.  It wasn’t the formula disco of my first album. Two of the songs were big ballads. The other two were rock and roll in the style of Tina Turner’s mid-eighties hits; I was certainly ahead of the time.” Three of the four songs were never released. The fourth song, “You Dance My Heart Around the Stars,” first made available in 2015 on a collection of the co-writer’s, Steve Kalinich, a frequent collaborator of the Beach Boys, is considered one of Wilson’s finest performances.  

 

In 1986 Mary Wilson wrote her best-selling autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme, followed by two more books, Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together, and Supreme Glamour.  Although Mary continued to record and release music through the rest of her career, fans have continually requested to hear this music. These songs remain among the most requested items in the Motown catalog. 

While recording more music over the last 10 years, Mary Wilson reconnected with Richard Davis, executive of Gold Forever Music, a publishing company established by Eddie Holland after leaving Motown. In the early days of Motown, Holland-Dozier-Holland was the songwriting team responsible for The Supremes’ string of hit records.

 

While Mary continued to record, she kept a journal with her most personal thoughts, perspective, outlook, philosophy on life, beliefs based on her experiences and topics of the day.  Richard Davis discussed this song with Wilson. Mary told Davis and Bond that their lyrics were able to capture and articulate her feelings into song and help her tell her story. As she was watching and writing about her feelings about the political unrest and the division in the country, Mary felt strongly about releasing “Why Can’t We All Get Along,” now in the hopes of spreading a positive message through music. 

 

Mary Wilson’s Self-Titled Solo Album Makes Its Digital Debut

TRACKLISTING:

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition
1.   Red Hot (6:06)

2.   I've Got What You Need (5:08)

3.   You Make Me Feel So Good (5:51)

4.  (I Love A) Warm Summer Night  (4:07)

5.   Pick Up the Pieces * (5:01)

6.   You're the Light That Guides My Way (3:18)

7.   Midnight Dancer (3:08)

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#1-7: Produced by Hal Davis

* Co-Produced by Hal Davis & Bobby Belle

Originally issued as Motown M7-927 R1 (1979)

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Bonus Tracks
The Red Hot Singles 

8.   Red Hot 7” Single Version (3:53)

9.   Red Hot 12” Disco Version - Remixed by Rusty Garner(7:12)

10. Red Hot 12” B-Side Promo Version - Remixed by Rusty Garner (3:53) – previously unreleased commercially

 

The Gus Dudgeon Sessions – previously unreleased except **

11. You Dance My Heart Around the Stars** (4:34)

12. Love Talk (4:05)

13. Save Me (3:53)

14. Green River (3:36)

 

The Richard Davis Sessions – previously unreleased

15. Why Can’t We All Get Along Single version (4:50)

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Mary Wilson, Motown/UMe release Mary Wilson: Expanded Edition, available now,  here

Watch her final YouTube video

Thursday, 15 April 2021

MISS LAFAMILIA DROPS LIL BITCH VIDEO FT. SNOOCHIE SHY & FIRE IN THE BOOTH WITH CHARLIE SLOTH

Birmingham’s own rapper, singer Miss LaFamilia has dropped her new single, “Lil Bitch” and video featuring a cameo from BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Snoochie Shy

The video is available to watch HERE and track is available to stream/purchase to HERE.

This new gritty single release follows her ‘Fire In The Booth’ performance on BBC 1Xtra’s Rap Show with Charlie Sloth. In addition to her recent single release  “Dumb Flex” featuring Abra Cadabra and the remix that featured some of the best rising rap artists in the UK right now, Ivorian Doll, Poundz, Offica and Dbo. “Dumb Flex” has gained huge radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1, Kiss Fresh, Rinse FM, No Signal, Reprezent, Charlie Sloth’s Rap Show on Apple Music and many more. Plus DJ support from the likes of DJ Target, Kenny Allstar, Sian Anderson, Snoochie Shy, Jack Saunders and more.

Miss LaFamilia says about the new release “I can’t wait for everyone to hear this next single, I’m just continuing to grind hard to keep presenting new music that I hope everyone can just enjoy during these times that have been difficult for everyone. Big up to my girl Snoochie Shy for being involved in my video too, it’s been amazing having all this support so far!”

Miss LaFamilia is one of UK’s most exciting new female artists, with harmonious R&B vocals and strong self-possessed bars she has arrived this year with a bang. 2021 is all about showing the world what is real and authentic to her, in every aspect of her life.

MISS LAFAMILIA  RELEASES ‘LIL BITCH’ SINGLE & VIDEO

MISS LAFAMILIA
RELEASES ‘LIL BITCH’ SINGLE & VIDEO
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