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Press Release Roundup: December 7

posted December 11, 2015, 4:22 pm 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 Grammys

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The Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in all 83 categories this morning. Reflecting a diverse blend of talented music makers, this year’s nominees were selected from more than 21,000 submissions entered. As the only peer-based music award, the GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Academy’s membership body of creators across all disciplines of music, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Final-round GRAMMY® ballots will be mailed Dec. 16 and the preeminent award for excellence in music will be presented Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

This year, Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 11, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, who each earn seven. Additionally, music producer/songwriter Max Martin receives six nominations and mastering engineer Tom Coyne, rapper Drake, and engineers/mixers Serban Ghenea and John Hanes each earn five nominations.

GENERAL FIELD
Album Of The Year:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

Record Of The Year:
“Really Love” — D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

Song Of The Year:
“Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist:
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
Best Dance Recording:
“We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go” — The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
“Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura — Björk
The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
Currents — Tame Impala
Star Wars — Wilco

R&B FIELD
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Ego Death — The Internet
You Should Be Here — Kehlani
Blood — Lianne La Havas
Wildheart — Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

RAP FIELD
Best Rap Album:
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM
Best Music Film:
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
The Wall — Roger Waters
Amy — Amy Winehouse

Above is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields and 83 categories. For a complete nominations list, visit www.grammy.com. Congratulate nominees and catch exclusive videos and content on Facebook. Join @theGRAMMYs Twitter Moments conversation using #GRAMMYs.

Run The Jewels

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Run The Jewels made the live debut of their song “Crown” (from 2014’s Run The Jewels 2) in front of an fervent crowd on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night – check the video for that below.

Cartel

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After a triumphant year celebrating 10 years of their beloved record, Chroma, the band is excited to announce, Bare Essentials, an 11-track acoustic album featuring some of the band’s most well-known tracks. The record was recorded by the band’s long-time friends and producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, who recorded Chroma and the band’s self-titled records. The record will be available for pre-order on iTunes this coming Sunday, 12/13 for $7.99 and will include an instant download of “If I Fail.” The full record will be available for sale on iTunes on Monday, 12/21, for $9.99 along with matching acoustic videos for each song which will be available for purchase and download on www.zkproductions.com.

BARE ESSENTIALS – TRACKLISTING
1. Say Anything (Else)
2. If I Fail
3. Faster Ride
4. Deep South
5. American Dreams
6. I Will Hide Myself Away
7. Only You
8. Honestly
9. Run Away
10. Take Me With You
11. Minstrel’s Prayer

Atlanta friends, get into the holiday spirit and celebrate a very merry Christmas this year with Cartel! Just last month the band announced a special acoustic show in Atlanta at Eddie’s Attic on December 23, 2015. Following a string of sold-out shows in their hometown, Cartel can’t wait to be performing a variety of tunes spanning their entire catalogue to a smaller, more intimate crowd. Tickets are on sale now at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/986119?utm_medium=api

The show will mark the band’s final performance of 2015, a momentous year that celebrated their 10th anniversary of the classic 2005 album, Chroma. Throughout their time on the road, the groupperformed the record in its entirety across the US, Canada and UK and were awarded Gold status on their mega-hit “Honestly.” The band was joined by Hit The Lights,TEAM*, and Driver Friendly. In addition, their long-awaited band-approved edition Chroma on vinyl via Field Day Records was released to popular demand. The official release features include 180g double vinyl, a first pressing of white vinyl, and a gate fold in die-cast slip. Only 1000 copies were made for the initial pressing. Head to CartelChroma.com to purchase your vinyl today!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
12/23 – Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA

Like Moths to Flames

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Rising metalcore stars Like Moths To Flames have unleashed a vicious new video for for their song “Wither” today. “Pleased to announce our new video for “Wither”,” says frontman Chris Roetter. “This is one of our favorite songs from the album so it’s nice to have some extra push behind it. The video captures a more cinematic feel than the last few that we’ve done and I think it fits great with the tone of the song.”

“Wither” is the latest breakout track from Like Moths To Flames’ newly released, critically heralded record, The Dying Things We Live For, which is out now on Rise Records. Fans can purchase the album now at iTunes and riserecordsstore.com.

Stream The Dying Things We Live For HERE!

Camille Trust

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Florida native Camille Trzcinski is now based in New York City and goes by her stage name Camille Trust. Her first single is called “Wake Your Body Up” which is a catchy indie pop song filled with soulful vocals combined with R&B harmonies and funk beats.

Her musical style is heavily influenced by the retro sounds of Motown and her musical inspirations include Etta James, Janis Joplin and the legend Stevie Wonder. Camille’s goal for a live show is simple: “For everybody to have good time and all can share that spiritual moment of letting ALL the cares and worries go out the window. Let us all let our freak flags fly and be the truest versions of ourselves!” Camille says, “I want to serve as a catalyst of energy and confidence that can radiate throughout the crowd. Our days are already consumed with enough heartache, fear, frustration and anxiety. Why not leave your troubles at the door and feel your souls vibrate with me?”

Camille Trust is a newer project started back in 2014 as a result of being tired of performing covers and wanting to send her own message. “I never even thought I COULD ever write a song- then one day I sat down with a friend at the piano and never stopped” comments Camille. “Wake Your Body Up” is an amazing introduction to this energetic, funky new artist from NYC who is here to spread her upbeat tunes and positive message of loving yourself and letting go!

Don’t miss Camille Trust performing live at The Bitter End in NYC on December 18th!

NAACP Image Awards

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The nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards were announced today during a press conference from The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. The categories and nominees were announced by Guillermo Díaz (Scandal), Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots), Danielle Nicolet (Born Again Virgin), Marsai Martin (Black-ish), and Miles Brown ( Black-ish). In addition, the event was live streamed and special commentary was provided by Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight).

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.

“The Image Awards celebrates individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance, and community empowerment and with the announcement of this year’s nominees the NAACP continues to spotlight the achievements of those in our community,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “We have enjoyed a great collaboration with TV One and look forward to working with them again this year to create a memorable evening of entertainment.”

“The NAACP Image Awards has become more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice warriors of color to be recognized and celebrated,” stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. “As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice will remain at its core.”

Outstanding New Artist-Andra Day, Judith Hill, Jussie Smollett, Yazz, The Weeknd

Outstanding Male Artist- Charlie Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Tyrese Gibson, The Weekend

Outstanding Female Artist- Janet Jackson, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Lauryn Hill

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration-Empire Cast and Estelle, Hamilton Cast Recording, Janet Jackson and J.Cole, Big Sean, Kanye West and John Legend, Alabama Shakes

For more details on nominees, visit HERE!

Ra Ra Riot

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Ra Ra Riot are excited to reveal the video for “Water,” from their recently announced forthcoming album, Need Your Light out February 19, 2016 on Barsuk Records. “Water” premiered last month to rave reviews and was spun immediately by Zane Lowe on Beats1, as well as on KCRW’s “Morning Become’s Eclectic”, Sirius XMU, KEXP, WFPK and WXPN. The single also charted on Spotify’s Viral Chart and was quickly picked up by many press outlets including NME, which named it one of it’s Best New Tracks. Vampire Weekend’s Rostam, who conceived of the video, co-directed “Water” with Josh Goleman (Alabama Shakes, Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr).

“It was shot anamorphic in one day in Joshua Tree and L.A.,” says lead-singer Wes Miles. “The concept came from Rostam, co-writer and producer of the song. We actually started talking about this video as we were still imagining and writing the story in the song. The concept of a weary hitchhiker coming out of the desert toward Los Angeles informed the final lyrics, so it really feels like an extension of the song.”

Lefti

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Brooklyn’s LEFTI (Alex Suarez) has quickly made a name for himself as a favorite among the industry with his richly layered productions that tread the line between house, funk and indie dance. His depth-defying repertoire has been tested through official remixes for the likes of Big Data, ASTR, AVAN LAVA, and Solidisco.

A former member of the recently split up Cobra Starship, LEFTI today he shares his second original single “On & On” featuring rising NY based vocalist Prince Terrence ahead of his debut EP “Somebody” release early next year. Grab it now as a free download!

“Working on this track with Prince Terrence was a great experience,” LEFTI says. “His vocals really drove the evolution of the song’s sound. To complement his voice, I created a blend of live guitars and percussion that build up to contrasting synths. It all really took a turn for the better from the original demo.”

Tyga

TYGA just shared his new single “Baller Alert” [feat. Rick Ross & 2 Chainz] via his social media. You can check it out HERE. The song is fresh from his much-anticipated new mixtape, ‘Rawwest Alive’, out Friday December 18, 2015. Following up the bouncy “Happy Birthday,” “Baller Alert” is another big and bold anthem from the Los Angeles Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum hip-hop superstar and television personality. TYGA carries an instantly infectious hook between quick, calculated bars and fiery guest spots from Rick Ross and 2 Chainz.

TRACKLISTING

10 Million $ Mortgage
Dope’d Up
$ervin That Raw
Everybody Eat$ [feat. Goapele]
Know Urself
Juicy
GCU$I
Rumorz [feat. Chris Brown]
Happy Birthday
Interlude: Peanut Heads
Baller Alert [feat. 2 Chainz & Rick Ross]
$yrup
Interlude: Missed Call
The Feelin
4Life

A-Trak

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A-TRAK’S “WE ALL FALL DOWN” REMIXES EP OUT TODAY

REMIXES BY STFU, JAYKODE, CORY ENEMY & SYRE, DOMBRESKY, WILLY JOY, eSQUIRE

“We All Fall Down” picked up where A-Trak’s previous single “Push” left off, exceeding it in both sales and streaming (now at 6 million streams on Spotify – pointed out by Forbes). With already strong radio support (iHeartRadio’s Evolution, SiriusXM BPM, BBC Radio1) the song is continuing to establish the sound of A-Trak’s solo material.

This is the second batch of remixes for the release, with frequent A-Trak collaborator Cory Enemy’s Remix premiering on Noisey, early support on the STFU Remix on NEST HQ, JayKode’s Remix quickly blowing up YouTube with 225,000 views in one week and the Dombresky Remix on Thump where he briefly mentioned his forthcoming EP Reaching Perfection out on A-Trak’s own Fool’s Gold Records in early 2016.

Listen to those and the other new remixes from Willy Joy and eSQUIRE here – https://FoolsGoldRecs.lnk.to/WAFDRemixes

Buy all the new “We All Fall Down” Remixes EP here – http://smarturl.it/WAFDRemixes

Also, don’t miss A-Trak at NYC’s Terminal 5 this Saturday night w/ AraabMuzik & Falcons. Tickets here – smarturl.it/ATrakT5

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