Y’akoto – Mermaid Blues (Album)


The new album “Mermaid Blues” by Y’akoto is here!

 Inspired by the life stories of Muhammad Ali and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. People who, despite great oppositions, were not afraid to voice their own opinions and ideas. The new album Mermaid Blues is set to hit stores on the 31st of March 2017 and is the follow up for Y’akoto’s sophomore album “Moody Blues” which was released in 2014.

Y’akoto, daughter of a Ghanaian father and a German mother has grown, not only musically, but also as a person. “I focus on those who get me”, says Y’akoto. “Make no mistake: sincere artistic expression is difficult, challenging and exhausting, no matter the approach you choose. That’s soul.”

Alternating between blues, neo-soul and ambient pop, the new album Mermaid Blues is more than just music. It’s an attitude about life, the defiant force behind Y’akoto’s “soul seeking music”.

In the melancholic piano ballad “Fool Me Once”, Y’akoto bewails the painful holding-on to a bygone love. Yet she knows that she will go have to go her own way: “We walk the line from point to point/ and if we’ll fall, we will fly…”, she sings in “We Walk The Line”. It is only befitting that her musician-dad – “he’s the best lyricist and singer in the world” – helped her out on the bridge with this song. Whenever she’s at her wits’ end in the studio, she calls him – it’s just so much more helpful than listening to some random MP3’s, she says. Y’akoto delivers soulful music.

Tracklist:

01 – Fool Me Once
02 – Take Him Back
03 – All I Want (Comme Ci, Comme Ca)
04 – Love Me Harder
05 – Maggie
06 – Reception
07 – We Walk The Line
08 – Drink My Friend
09 – Who I Am
10 – Sunday
11 – King Of The Dark

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SAARA “Superpowers” (Video Premiere)


Finnish singer, songwriter, YouTube personality, fashion designer, model, actress, comedian, television presenter, multi-instrumentalist, and impersonator SAARA is about to impact the music scene with some new music.

The next official single is called “Superpowers” and it arrives after the promotion of her debut EP “Hello I’m Saara”, launched last year.

This new track was released on digital retailers and streaming services on March 17th. It was written by Saara herself with Teemu Brunila and Hank Solo, who is also responsible for the production.

The official music video, which was directed by Samu Amunét, was finally premiered through Vevo on Friday, March 31st.

 

Syria “Lontana da te” (Single Premiere)


Italian singer and entertainer Cecilia Cipressi, best known as Syria, has finally returned to the music scene with a brand new single called “Lontana da te” (English: Away From You).

The emotional mid-tempo pop ballad shows her beautiful vocals. It was written by Lorenzo Cilembrini with a production signed by Davide Ferrario and Pier Paolo Peroni.

It’s confirmed as the first taste of Syria’s upcoming eleventh album, the follow-up to 2014’s “Syria 10“. The single was released on digital retailers and streaming services on March 31st via Universal Music.

The same day, the singer also debuted the official music video, which was directed by Marco Salom, through Vevo.

 

Ruth B. “Safe Haven” (Official Album Cover + Tracklist)


Safe Haven” is the upcoming full-length debut studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Ruth Berhe, known a just Ruth B.. It’s scheduled to be released on digital retailers and streaming services on May 5th via Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment.

It includes the previously released singles: “Lost Boy” and “In My Dreams”, plus a new version of “Superficial Love”, which is the proper lead single from the project.

All the tracks on the album were written by Ruth herself.

 

Tracklist:

 

  1. Mixed Signals
  2. Dandelions
  3. Unrighteous
  4. Superficial Love
  5. If This is Love
  6. Lost Boy
  7. Young
  8. If By Chance
  9. World War 3
  10. Safe Haven
  11. In My Dreams
  12. First Time

 

Louisa Johnson “Best Behaviour” (Video Premiere)


The X Factor UK winner Louisa Johnson goes ahead with the promotion of her anticipated full-length debut album, which is expected to be released sometime this year via Simco Limited.

After the impact achieved with her debut single “So Good”, the singer is ready to impact the music scene with her next shot which is called “Best Behaviour“.

The single was launched on digital retailers and streaming services on March 10th and about the song, she shared:

It’s a really, really cool song. It’s very radio friendly and I think a lot of people will like it. It’s very sexy

Best Behaviour” was written by Ben Kohn, Danny Parker, Shungudzo Kuyimba, Tom Barnes and Pete Kelleher. The official music video was premiered through Vevo on March 31st.

 

Michelle Branch “Fault Line” (Official Single Cover)


American recording artist Michelle Branch goes ahead with the promotion of her awaited fourth studio album “Hopeless Romantic“, which is scheduled to be released on digital retailers and streaming services on April 7th via Verve Label Group.

The next and third official single from the project is the song “Fault Line“, which was launched as instant grat along the pre-order of the album on March 31st.

The single was written by Branch herself along Morgan Kibby and Dan Nigro.

 

Kat Graham “Sometimes” (Video Premiere)


American recording artist, singer-songwriter and actress Kat Graham has finally returned to the music scene with some new music and we must be ready.

The new track is called “Sometimes” and becomes her first proper release this year and another taste taken from her forthcoming second full-length project, rumored to be called “Love Music Funk Magic“, which is expected to be launched sometime this year.

The track is an instant radio-ready pop piece infused with some funk-tastic vibes and retro cool synths. It was released on digital retailers and streaming services on March 31st via Sound Zoo.

The music video, which was directed by Marc Cleary and Oskar Rodriguez, was also premiered the same day of the single’s release through Vevo.

 

ZZ Ward “Help Me Mama” (Single Premiere)


American recording artist, singer-songwriter ZZ Ward continues working on her second studio album called “This Means War“, which is expected to be released sometime this year via Hollywood Records as follow-up to 2012’s “Til the Casket Drops”.

The second promotional single of this project is the song “Help Me Mama“, which was launched on digital retailers and streaming services on March 31st.

The country-flavored song was written by Ward herself along Priscilla Renea, E. Kidd Bogart and Theron “Neff-U” Feemster.

 

Mary J. Blige “Strength of a Woman” (Official Album Tracklist)


Strength of a Woman” is the upcoming thirteenth studio album by American recording artist, singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige. It’s scheduled to be released on April 28th via Capitol Records.

It arrives after the success with her experimental project “The London Sessions“, released back in 2014. The 45-year-old R&B diva has been working in the studio with a lot of interesting producers (once again), this time focused on a more urban sound with producers like Hit-Boy, Kanye West, DJ Camper or B.A.M.

During an interview with the Arbiters of A&R podcast, Blige’s A&R Eddie Fourcell revealed that this new project is done and is currently in the mixing phase.

A buzz single “American Skin (41 Shots)” with the collaboration of Kendrick Lamar was premiered back in October. The lead single “Thick of It“ was released officially on October 7th.

U + Me (Love Lesson)“ was launched as the album’s second single on February 17th. The anticipated Kanye West-assisted track “Love Yourself“ was released as instant grat with the pre-order of the album on March 31st.

 

Tracklist:

 

  1. Love Yourself (feat. Kanye West) | Darhyl Camper Jr., Charles Hinshaw, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, David D. Brown & I. Andrews
  2. Thick of It | John Kenneth Goodison, Mary J. Blige, J. Sullivan, Darhyl “DJ” Camper & Phil Wainman
  3. Set Me Free
  4. It’s Me
  5. Glow Up (feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy)
  6. U + Me (Love Lesson) | David D. Brown, Mary J. Blige, Charles Hinshaw & Brandon Hodge
  7. Indestructible
  8. Thank You
  9. Survivor
  10. Find the Love
  11. Smile (feat. Prince Charlez)
  12. Telling the Truth (feat. KAYTRANADA)
  13. Strength of a Woman
  14. Hello Father

 

Recorded/Registered/Leaked tracks:

 

  • American Skin (41 Shots) [feat. Kendrick Lamar] LEAKED

 

Mary J. Blige “Love Yourself” (featuring Kanye West) [Single Premiere]


American recording artist, singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige continues with the promotion of her anticipated thirteenth studio album “Strength of a Woman“, which is scheduled to be released on April 28th via Capitol Records.

The next and third official single is the opening track “Love Yourself“, her anticipated collaboration with Kanye West which was launched as instant grat with the pre-order of the album on March 31st.

The song was written by Blige and West along Darhyl Camper Jr., Charles Hinshaw, David D. Brown and I. Andrews.