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Contest: Hey DJ, Play That Song

posted November 9, 2015, 9:42 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

If you’re a reader, then you know about our DIY indie contests, like Unsigned and Wound-up or it’s predecessor Indie of the Year. Now it’s your turn to share with the world… unsw12cover
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Press Release Roundup: November 2

posted November 6, 2015, 12:29 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

The Latin Grammys


Current Latin GRAMMY® nominees Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, Maluma, Ricky Martin, and Espinoza Paz added to stellar lineup for the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards™. In addition, Jamaican-American singer Omi and five-piece female group Fifth Harmony are scheduled to hit the Latin GRAMMY stage for the first time. Mexican actress Jacqueline Bracamontes and Puerto Rican singer/songwriter and actress Roselyn Sánchez will host, together for the first time, The Biggest Night in Latin Music®, which is scheduled to air live on the Univision Network Nov. 19 from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase via or

Six-time Latin GRAMMY winners Banda El Recodo De Don Cruz Lizárraga, reggaeton artist Maluma and regional Mexican singer Espinoza Paz each received one nomination. Banda El Recodo are nominated for Best Banda Album for Mi Vicio Más Grande. Maluma is up for Best Urban Performance for “El Tiki.” Paz is nominated for Best Regional Song for “Perdí La Pose.”

Three-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin received three nominations: Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Disparo Al Corazón” and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for A Quien Quiera Escuchar. Previously announced performers include Julión Álvarez, Bomba Estéreo with Will Smith, J Balvin, ChocQuibTown, Silvestre Dangond, Nicky Jam, Natalia Jiménez, Natalia Lafourcade, Juan Luis Guerra, Major Lazer and mØ, Matisse, and Raquel Sofía. Additionally, the telecast will feature a special performance by 2015 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Roberto Carlos.

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Interview: R5

posted October 29, 2015, 11:06 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


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Everyone’s going crazy for R5.At the beginning, it was just another teenager phenomenon, but then “Sometime Last Night” came out and the audience grew older. Music Emissions connected with R5 when they were in Italy recently for two shows (one in Rome and one in Milan) and they told us what do they think about this growth…. and they told us a lot of other things too. Read to believe!

What would have happened if your parents wouldn’t have moved to LA when they did?

R5: Very good question! Honestly, probably it would have been more or less the same thing; I think it would have happened just later in our life. We had the same interests growing up, but Riker had an interest in moving to LA, that’s why the whole family moved to LA!Our parents are so, so, so supportive! My mother told me “I will support you and what you want to do, but we gotta do it all together as a family!” When I started playing hockey then the whole family was playing hockey, we went to singing lessons together, to piano lessons… sticking together as a family! If we wouldn’t have moved in 2008, we would have done it when Ross was 18! We would have done the same things, maybe just a little bit later… and with some little differences!

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Review: Mika live in Milan

posted October 28, 2015, 11:00 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Mika_live In Italy Mika is not only a singer, he is one of the X Factor’s judges and appears in several TV spots too. He’s affiliated with Swatch and his artistic talents are almost infinite. He’s one of the most beloved artists here in Italy right now and we can easily understand why. Mika not only has a great voice and with a simple song can move someone to tears, but he is irresistible as a human being too. He’s lovely, knows very well what he wants and what he needs to stay in their fans’ hearts. His music has been the key to opening a lot of people’s hearts and uses his amazing smile and his amazing Italian live too.


On the 27th of September I went to his concert in Milan. Read more

Press Release Roundup: October 26

posted October 27, 2015, 1:23 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.




“My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make up record. I’m making up with myself. making up for lost time. making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

Adele is set to release “25” her highly anticipated new album, which will be available globally on Friday November 20th and is the first new music from her since her Oscar winning single ‘Skyfall’ in 2012. “Hello”,the debut single from “25” is available to buy and stream now. View the cinematic video for “Hello” below. It was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal and is directed by the celebrated young Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm).

1. Hello
2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
3. I Miss You
4. When We Were Young
5. Remedy
6. Water Under The Bridge
7. River Lea
8. Love In The Dark
9. Million Years Ago
10. All I Ask
11. Sweetest Devotion

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Interview: Emin

posted October 24, 2015, 4:20 pm by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Emin_liveOn the 13rd of October Take That arrived in Italy with their amazing tour and we had the chance to talk with the amazing artist who opened for them.
His name is Emin and get prepared, because you will hear his name very often in the near future. Read more

UNSW: UNSW12 Fan Picks

posted October 22, 2015, 11:39 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment

As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in our signature indie artist spotlight series, Unsigned and Wound Up*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.



Unsigned and Wound Up is a series of audio compilations highlighting emerging artists who may not be on your radar. Read more

Press Release Roundup: October 19

posted October 21, 2015, 3:07 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



The South by Southwest® Music Conference and Festival (SXSW®) is pleased to announce the first round of artists invited to perform as well as additional conference panel programming. This is just a small sample of the wide array of artists and conference sessions being presented to the attending global music community. SXSW Music’s 30th annual event takes place Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

The SXSW Music Conference will be presenting innovative and on-trend conference programming relying on the business acumen of notable industry insiders who have successfully navigated the music world for many years as well as up-and-coming industry professionals. Highlighted sessions taking place in the Austin Convention Center include: What It Means to Start a Label in the Digital Age with Talib Kweli and Jarret Myer (UPROXX); Radio Re-tuned for the Music Ecosystem with Phil Guerini (Radio Disney); No Basic Pitches: Publicity By The Journalists; You Can’t Pay Bills with Facebook Likes with Tim Quirk (Freeform); Data Analytics for the Indie Artist; Pop Music Production; From Vine To Signed: The Future of A&R; Making Music History: 50 Years of Ardent Studios; Making Streaming Royalties Fair(er) and High Res Audio in Every Earbud. Check out the latest additions to the conference programming at

The SXSW Music Festival staff is curating a one-of-a-kind music festival experience. The first round of artists invited to perform include:

3ballMty (Monterrey MEXICO)
Abjects (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Academic (Mullingar IRELAND)
Barry Adamson (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Adée (Kalmar SWEDEN)
Alex G (Philadelphia PA)
Alice on the roof (Brussels BELGIUM)
Aloa Input (Munich GERMANY)
Altimet & the Kawan Band (Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA)
Anamanaguchi (New York NY)
And The Kids (Northampton MA)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (San Francisco CA)
Astrid S (Berkak NORWAY)
Autobahn (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Avec Sans (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)
The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)
Bee’s Knees (Los Angeles CA)
Better Person (Berlin GERMANY)
Beverly (Brooklyn NY)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Bird Dog (Los Angeles CA)
Birdy Nam Nam (Paris FRANCE)
Birthmark (Brooklyn NY)
Black Asteroid (Brooklyn NY)
Bombino (Agadez NIGER)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Brass Bed (Lafayette LA)
Bye Bye Badman (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Laura Carbone (Mannheim GERMANY)
Rosie Carney (Donegal IRELAND)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Cash+David (London UK-ENGLAND)
Caveman (New York NY)
Ceasetone (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Chambao (Málaga SPAIN)
Chirkutt (Dhaka BANGLADESH)
Cirkus Funk (Cali COLOMBIA)
Cóndor Jet (Providencia CHILE)
Consulado Popular (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
The Crookes (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Crystal Castles (Toronto CANADA)
Dash Rip Rock (Slidell LA)
David Wax Museum (Charlottesville VA)
Demob Happy (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Élage Diouf (Montréal CANADA)
Dirty Fences (Brooklyn NY)
Dolce (Umeå SWEDEN)
Downtown Boys (Providence RI)
Dubioza Kolektiv (Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)
Eau Rouge (Stuttgart GERMANY)
Emufucka (Tokyo JAPAN)
Expert Alterations (Baltimore MD)
Sarah Farina (Berlin GERMANY)
Lena Fayre (Los Angeles CA)
Fear of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Few Bits (Antwerp BELGIUM)
Ian Fisher (Berlin GERMANY)
The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Andy Frasco & the U.N. (Los Angeles CA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Matt Gilmour’s Patient Wolf (Austin TX)
Gold Class (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)
William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)
Guerilla Toss (New York NY)
Haihm (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hanggai (Beijing CHINA)
Har Mar Superstar (Minneapolis MN)
Hinds (Madrid SPAIN)
Howardian (New York NY)
Hyperpotamus (Caranca SPAIN)
Illionaire Records (Dok2 & The Quiett) (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Silvana Imam (Stockholm SWEDEN)

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Introducing: Watzreal

posted October 21, 2015, 10:45 am by madelainej | Filed Under Introducing | comment Leave a Comment

The emergence of the hip-hop genre revolutionized the music industry, but for Watzreal, hip-hop is much more than a genre and a career choice. Watzreal is an independent artist and recent college graduate residing in San Francisco. He not only makes music, but uses it as therapy for himself and for others as well. Also known as Ben White, Watzreal currently works for Beats Rhymes And Life (BRL), Hip Hop For Change and Lyft. Programs like BRL implements alternative mental health therapy strategies with popular youth culture, such as hip-hop music, which promote engagement, healthy relationships, positive coping strategies and avenues for creative expression.

While radio waves are awash with hip-hop songs which discuss the mistreatment of women, chauvinism, drug use and violence, Watzreal is attempting to reshape the mold. WatzrealHis album retains the gritty realism and sharp lyrics associated with hip-hop but with a different message. Watzreal has a simplistic but deep request for his listeners to take away from his latest release.

“I want [listeners] to know that they can be true to themselves, be who they are, express themselves freely and still make good music. You don’t have to talk about misogyny, violence, excessive drug use and materialism to make a career out of music.”

While emotional trauma can often separate people, causing bitterness and resentment, Watzreal maintains music helps individuals reconcile these feelings and develop a sense of community. Read more

Interview: Jim Grey of Caligula’s Horse

posted October 15, 2015, 7:30 am by madelainej | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Recently, Music Emissions chatted with Jim Grey, the lead vocalist of Australian Progressive/Alternative Rock group Caligula’s Horse. We discussed, among other things, the music industry, mythology, dancing and the band’s latest album, “Bloom,” which will be released in Europe on October 16 and in the United States on October 30, 2015. Caligula’s Horse are renowned for their vibrant and energetic live shows. Their musical talent and charismatic stage presence has seen them join the likes of Opeth, Mastodon, The Ocean and Protest The Hero. “Bloom” is (according to the band’s website) “the perfect mission statement for an act blurring the line between power and reflection; a musical assertion with depth enough for the most dedicated of prog fans, and with fire enough to bring audiences in venues across the world to fury and their voices to unison.” After conducting this interview, we now look forward to “Bloom” with excited anticipation.

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