The New Now
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now23 hrs ago
Demetria McKinney may be best known for her television credits – six years on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and recent roles on The Rickey Smiley Show and Devious Maids – but expect this to change with release of her chart-bound R&B smash, "100" featuring Da Brat. Demetria gets sassy in the video for the club-ready women's anthem produced by The Good Guys, showing off a series of couture styles. Grammy award winning rapper Da Brat adds a fiery cameo to the visual. Yahoo Music is pleased to offer the exclusive first look at the clip. "100" is the first single from Demetria's upcoming EP Officially Yours . "The song came out of a real conversation with the producers, just talking about some of the things I wanted represented on the album,” McKinney says in a statement about the RTD Entertainment release. "I love the song as a first single because it’s very far removed from what people may think they know about me, and it’s a song that I had fun recording – especially with Da Brat, who was so cool and down to earth. It was really amazing watching her create in the studio." Last year, the NAACP Award nominated actress released "Work With Me" and "Still Believe in Love" with Musiq Soulchild.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now9 days ago
Bobby DeBarge Jr. hails from one of music's most talented families. His late father was the lead singer of Motown's gold-certified 1970s R&B group Switch, and his aunt and uncles formed the legendary act DeBarge. Bobby Jr. has been following in his family's footsteps for years and Yahoo Music has the exclusive first look at his music video for his brand-new single "Drippin' in Gold." In the music video, Bobby struggles to resist cheating with a woman in another relationship.
@billyjohnsonjr the over all message I think is be careful what you wish for money fortune & power isn't worth your soul
Bobby sings about having a "heart covered in stone." "So many times I tried to step out the darkness into the light," he says. "All the diamonds, and all the gold can't save our ratchet soul." Bobby's soulful pop vocals compliment the song's booming, hip-hop production. Bobby is prepping an album to be released in 2015.
- Dave DiMartino at The New Now9 days ago
Though they don’t have a plethora of live gigs under their belt, or a frenzied following of manic fans trading performance tapes and videos, Bootstraps, still a very young band, are positioned enviably nonetheless.
They are very good and only getting better.
The L.A.-based group, who recently released their self-titled debut album on the revamped (and consistently tasteful) Harvest Records label, aren’t actually starting from scratch. Like many of today’s more interesting artists, they’ve been getting prime exposure via placement on TV and film song placements ( Parenthood , Elementary , Grey’s Anatomy , Private Practice , etc.), a route that allows them much more artistic freedom than the confines of 2014 radio and also nets them a wider berth of potential fans.
And if just a fraction of those who heard their music via those TV and film placements pick up the new Bootstraps album, everyone wins.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now15 days ago
Richie Luna is using the power of music to promote peace. The world music artist, who made his debut in 2012 with "Lighting the Way," has taken a year to produce a compelling long-form video for his song "Celebrate! (The Call to Light)." Yahoo Music is excited to offer the exclusive premiere for the first in a series of mini-movies. In the epic short, Luna portrays a superhero character that descends from the moon to combat the evil forces that have wreaked havoc on earth during a post-apocalyptic state. Using his music to save those plagued by homelessness, drug addiction, depression, and socially unacceptable working conditions, Luna sparks conflict with the film's Shadow villain. "The message behind 'Celebrate!' is that life is not always happy," Richie said in a statement. "It is difficult and filled with obstacles that must be overcome. Each of us has a choice to defeat the darkness inside of us and become the Luna (light). If you decide to become a Luna, you defeat your darkness, and you inevitably let your light shine through celebration.” On Wednesday, June 25, the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, Luna thanked the King of Pop for inspiring him to make empowering music. "Together we will continue to #DefeatTheDark," Luna said in a post on his Facebook page. "You were a true beacon of light for everyone to follow." The trailer for "Celebrate!" released on the independent recording artist's YouTube channel in May 2013 amassed 5 million views and landed in the No. 1 position on the YouTube Charts for "Most Popular Video Around the Web."
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now16 days ago
New Jersey-bred SZA was raised on a healthy music diet of Wu-Tang Clan and jazz, hence her stage name is fashioned after the Wu frontman RZA. Since being recruited to be the first lady of Kendrick Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment, the artist born Solana Rowe has generated a buzz with her EPs, See.SZA.Run , S , and Z , the latter released last April. In May, TDE celebrated Z with a live event at the Red Bull Studios LA where SZA performed the entire set, bringing two special guests on stage with her, K. Dot and Mac Miller. Like everyone in the house that night, Yahoo Music was mesmerized, watching SZA bring her songs to life through her carefree presence so welcoming that she invited the audience to make themselves at home and sit on the floor if they wanted. Yahoo Music is privileged to premiere two songs from the show, "Babylon" featuring Kendrick, and "U R" featuring Mac on guitar.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now16 days ago
Toronto's reggae-fusion band Magic! has indeed cast a spell on music lovers. Seemingly right out of the box, their debut single "Rude" steadily etches itself up the charts. Lead singer Nasri Atweh, guitarist Mark Pellizzer, bassist Ben Spivak, and drummer Alex Tanas recently stopped by Yahoo to play stripped-down renditions of two of their songs, "Rude" and "Let Your Hair Down," and while they were in the Yahoo Music studio, they received the call that "Rude" had reached No. 1 on iTunes. "Rude" exemplifies why Magic! don't mind comparisons to the Police. Their instrumentation falls right into place with a fun, ska groove remisniscent of Sting's classic '80s material... but it's also perfect for summer 2014.
- Wendy Geller at The New Now16 days ago
Looking for something fresh to liven up your summer playlist? Australia's Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes may be just the ticket, as this nine-piece band's mix of old-school R&B and soul with a modern spin is receiving oodles of critical acclaim.
Yahoo Music is excited to premiere their new video for "Jenny," off the band's forthcoming EP, Love Cliques , set to hit the streets August 5. Enjoy!
If you like what you hear, why not catch them live? Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes are currently embarking on a U.S. tour, including a 3-day residency at the ultra-hip Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas July 17-19. For a complete list of tour dates, check here.
- Dave DiMartino at The New Now20 days ago
Sharp, creative and bringing a commendable freshness to the sometimes drearily derivative world of contemporary rock, Empires are a remarkably good rock ‘n’ roll band.
In a world full of faceless, regurgitated rhythms and emotion-by-numbers, the band’s music is strikingly compact, precise and non-excessive: There is a there there, and there are no wasted notes anywhere.
In Yahoo’s neck of the woods shortly before the release of their new EP How Good Does It Feel —out this week and fine indeed—Empires gave us all a taste of some of the music that will later be populating their major label debut Orphan , out later this year on the Chop Shop/Island Records label. Though they’ve been around in some form or another for a few brief years, the Chicago-based band has never had so much momentum, and this will likely be their year. This week they made their national television debut on , and they’ve made friends galore on the festival circuit , as their recent Bonnaroo appearance amply proved. They’ll be around in lots more places, so watch for them.
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at The New Now21 days ago
Justin Bieber has a knack for picking talent. After hearing then-13-year-old Madison Beer's YouTube cover of Etta James's "At Last" in 2012, Bieber gave her props on Twitter and tweeted a link to her performance. Beer has shown tremendous growth over the past two years, appearing on a mix of Cody Simpson's "Valentine," remaking John Legend's "All of Me," and releasing an original track and video for "Melodies" that includes a cameo from the Biebs himself
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- Jeremy Blacklow at The New Now22 days ago
Talk about hot in Cleveland! SomeKindaWonderful is an up-and-coming neo-soul rock band from Ohio whose first single, "Reverse," has been steaming up the charts in the months since its release. The backwards love story — which was recorded in less than three hours after the band met in a Cleveland bar — just broke the Top 20 on the Alternative Radio Chart and recently became the No. 1 most-played song on SiriusXM's Alt Nation. Capitalizing on all that momentum, the group is getting ready to release their self-titled debut album on June 23, and Yahoo Music has the first listen for one of the best new tracks from it — "Amaretto" — a song which lead singer Jordy Towers says is about a universal human struggle to persevere. "We just really love telling stories as a band and we believe that the whole album is one incredible story based on our life experiences," Jordy tells Yahoo. "We're singing about love and lust and fighting and fear and happiness and it's just a story about all those feelings and emotions rolled into one. It's based on experiences that every human being goes through in their lifetime." "We really feel like we're just keeping it real as a band and singing about things that everybody can relate to," he adds regarding their music's wide appeal. "Everybody can relate to the honeymoon period ('Honeymoon') or feeling like you're in a situation that holds you down ('In Chains') or what it's like to be beautiful and strong and survive just to put food on the table ('Amaretto')." In fact, Jordy says that thematically, "Amaretto" is actually the prequel to "Reverse." "'Amaretto' is really about survival and what people have to go through just to get by," he adds. "It's about infatuation that only lasts for a moment." SomeKinda Wonderful is currently touring in support of their big debut release. You can catch them June 24 in Chicago at the House of Blues, June 26 in L.A. at Bootleg, June 28 in Santa Ana, California, at the Constellation Room, and June 30 in L.A. at School Night.