Next2Shine.com http://next2shine.com A&R Music Blog - Discover Unsigned Raw & Unique Talent Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tess Henley Is Caught Up In Love's 'Boomerang'http://next2shine.com/tess-henley-is-caught-up-in-loves-boomerang http://next2shine.com/tess-henley-is-caught-up-in-loves-boomerang#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:58:44 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=65598 Longtime fans of Washington-native Tess Henley's soulful sophistication and sweetly beautiful voice, it has been...

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Longtime fans of Washington-native Tess Henley's soulful sophistication and sweetly beautiful voice, it has been of little surprise to us to see her career blossom over the last few years. From winning the Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter III competition - and going on to record her 'Wonderland' EP with the legendary Don Was - to Billboard nods and performing on Jimmy Kimmel, Henley has consistently showcased her supreme instinct for crafting a feel-good brand of engaging, uplifting and soul-infused r&b. Currently in the midst of her 2015 summer tour, here Henley gives a prime example of just why she is winning over an ever growing fan base with the lush keys, tender groove and moving harmonies of 'Boomerang''s tale of love's powerful draw.

 

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Music Video: Eryn Allen Kane - Slippinghttp://next2shine.com/music-video-eryn-allen-kane-slipping http://next2shine.com/music-video-eryn-allen-kane-slipping#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:08:26 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=65595 With noted vocal features and a co-sign from Prince himself - including praise for her...

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With noted vocal features and a co-sign from Prince himself - including praise for her debut and being asked to guest on his recent 'Baltimore' track - it is safe to say that Chicago-based Eryn Allen Kane has proved that she has that special something. Her voice a beautiful blend of subtle, soulful articulations and genuinely intuitive emotional expression, Kane is blessed with an effortlessly arresting instinct for infusing her maturely observant lyricism with an  emotionally authentic sincerity that is most rare indeed. Perfectly encapsulating this sensibility with her new, co-directed visuals for the poignant guitar, swelling harmonies and emotive vulnerability of 'Slipping', Kane showcases her captivating ability to compel the observer with little more than her voice and force of personality with a powerful, single-take vignette.

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Kehlani & Charlie Puth Revamp "Hotline Bling"http://next2shine.com/kehlani-charlie-puth-revamp-hotline-bling http://next2shine.com/kehlani-charlie-puth-revamp-hotline-bling#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 05:53:55 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=65585 If you somehow missed the buzz, Drake put out yet another catchy hip-hop track, Hotline Bling, via...

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If you somehow missed the buzz, Drake put out yet another catchy hip-hop track, Hotline Blingvia Beats 1 Radio. Ever since the mid summer release, the song has held a strong spot on the Top 100, diving into the top 30's. Well-known acts have shown admiration towards the song and picked it up, including Alessia Cara, Rita Ora.... and now Kehlani and Charlie Puth.

The untimely pair, who are soaring high within Atlantic Records, took the upbeat track and slowed it down with straight up piano and wild vocals, both melody and harmony flooding with beauty. Safe to say Kehlani is getting good at transforming Drake's music, and this release will be high competition to other artists willing to give the Drake hit a shot themselves.

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Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard Unleashes Side Project “Thunderbitch”http://next2shine.com/alabama-shakes-brittany-howard-unleashes-side-project-thunderbitch http://next2shine.com/alabama-shakes-brittany-howard-unleashes-side-project-thunderbitch#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:58:00 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=65576 It’s fair to say that Brittany Howard is a certified badass. Not only does she...

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It’s fair to say that Brittany Howard is a certified badass. Not only does she have one of the best voices on the radio today, but she is also a machine in the studio. Just after months of Alabama Shakes’ second critically acclaimed album coming out, Howard is releasing a brand new EP under a name that could possibly be the best band name ever created: Thunderbitch.

Thunderbitch is a complete 180 from the work Howard did on the marvelous album Sound & Color. While Alabama Shakes second record was genre bending and a bit out there, Thunderbitch is raw, punk, and in your face. Take a look at the album teaser below (grab your Ray Bans and Harleys) and witness just how badass Brittany Howard, aka Thunderbitch, truly is.

Thunderbitch is available to stream in full on the band’s website, and you can purchase a vinyl copy at Alabama Shakes’ website. Want a digital copy? The album is available on iTunes as well.

Howard and the rest of Alabama Shakes return to touring this fall after they spent much of the spring and summer playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and touring North America and Europe in support of Sound & Color. The band will tour North America this month and then in November a stint in Europe.

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Converse Rubber Tracks Give Back To Music Community With Studio Takeoverhttp://next2shine.com/converse-rubber-tracks-give-back-to-music-community-with-studio-takeover http://next2shine.com/converse-rubber-tracks-give-back-to-music-community-with-studio-takeover#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:35:57 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=65559 If you already loved Converse for their dope kicks and street swag, get ready to...

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If you already loved Converse for their dope kicks and street swag, get ready to fall in love even more. Converse Rubber Tracks, a branch dedicated to getting artists where they need to be and giving back to the music community, has recently unveiled the musical artists from 28 countries they will be hosting for recording sessions in 12 diverse, legendary recording studios around the world.... For free. Over 9,000 acts applied to grab the opportunity and 84 were chosen for this unique studio experience.

Participating studio spaces include Abbey Road Studios in London, England; Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California; Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany; Tuff Gong in Kingston, Jamaica; Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík, Iceland; Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada; Avast! Recording Company in Seattle, Washington; Stankonia in Atlanta, Georgia;, Studios 301 in Sydney, Australia; Toca do Bandido in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; the original brick-and-mortar Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn, New York; and the newly-developed Converse Rubber Tracks in Boston, Massachusetts, slated to open this summer.

The Converse Rubber Tracks studio takeover will allow chosen artists to work side by side with highly regarded producers and audio engineers for the duration of their 1-2 day sessions. And, of course, all rights to the music will go directly to the artist.

“This Converse Rubber Tracks studio takeover is the biggest thing we've done for the platform to date, and we’re thrilled to have reached so many local music communities worldwide in just the registration period alone,” said Jed Lewis, Converse Global Music Marketing Director. “We received an incredible response from such a vast pool of talent, and we look forward to providing this unique platform to new, diverse acts from all over the globe within these twelve iconic studios."

Check out the full roster of chosen acts and read more about this very special movement that Converse Music has provided for artists around the globe.

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白举纲 - Chengdu, China
A.J. Crew – Los Angeles, California, USA
A2 – London, England, UK
Abreact – Melbourne, Australia
Arima Ederra – Inglewood, California, USA
AZEKEL – London, England, UK
Aziz – Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Baco Krisi and Nasty Lime – Milano, Italy
Barf Troop – Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA
Beach Youth – Caen, France
BESTiE – Vancouver, Canada
Big Eyes – Long Beach, New York, USA
Cândido – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
ChaCha / in3 – Shanghai / Beijing, China
Chico Unicornio – Lima, Peru
coconuts 椰子 – New Taipei City, Taiwan
Coldworm – Bry Sur Marne, France
Coro Mc – Fortaleza, Brasil
DAP – Providence, Rhode Island, USA
dBURNZ & The FlashMob – Kingston, Jamaica
Denai Moore – London, England, UK
Diamond Thug – Cape Town, South Africa
Down and Outlaws – San Francisco, California, USA
Dreamr Digital – Marietta, Georgia, USA
Dude York – Seattle, Washington USA
Fever Charm – Oakland, California, USA
Flame – Santiago, Chile
Frida – Gravataí, Brasil
Gemini – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Glass Tunnels – Seattle, Washington, USA
Grand Prize Winners From Last Year – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Gurr – Berlin, Germany
Heatmark 热斑 – Beijing, China
Heroes For Sale – Auckland, New Zealand
Howling Giant – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Indische Party – Jakarta, Indonesia
Indiscipline – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Jermaine Blake and The One Drop Routz – Kingston, Jamaica
JÓGA – Będzin, Poland
jONNY CALiFORNiA – Los Angeles, California, USA
Les Passagers – Montreal, Canada
los tiros – Quilmes, Argentina
Lume – Chicago, Illinois, USA
Magaly Fields – Santiago, Chile
Mental Bend – Berlin, Germany
Motor City Madness – Porto Alegre, Brasil
murmur – Hong Kong
NOAH SLEE – Berlin, Germany
Noise Nebula – Madrid, Spain
Noonwraith – Moscow, Russia
Paperwhite – Brooklyn, New York, USA
Phobophobes – London, England, UK
Planta Carnívora – Santiago, Chile
Prateek Kuhad – New Delhi, India
Pumpkins 小南瓜乐队 – Xinxiang City, China
Reptiles - Melbourne, Australia
Ring of Gyges – Reykjavík, Iceland
Shandy Mandies – Berlin, Germany
Smash Boom Pow – Vancouver, Canada
Smokey Brights – Seattle, Washington, USA
Sound Bullet – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Sparhawks – Hudson, Massachusetts, USA
Stxnga – St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
The Attics – Melbourne, Australia
The Belle Game – Vancouver, Canada
The Bluffs – Costa Mesa, California, USA
The Extraordinaires – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Lytics – Winnipeg, Canada
The Magic Gang – Brighton, United Kingdom
THE MAKONNEN SOUL – Bogota, Colombia
The Plastics – Cape Town, South Africa
the superglasses ska ensemble – Samut Prakan, Thailand
The Veggers – Uiwang, South Korea
The Wizard – Toluca, Mexico
Toneron – Vogar, Iceland
Vaya Futuro – Mexico City, Mexico
Via Audio – Los Angeles, California, USA
VIGILANTES – Sydney, Australia
Von Spar – Cologne, Germany
Water Rats – São Paulo, Brasil
Whiskey Bitches – Brooklyn, New York, USA
WILDE – Toronto, Canada
Worshipper – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Zanillya – Almere, Netherlands

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Nile Rodgers, Universal Music & DJ Mustard Win Big At 2015 BMI Awardshttp://next2shine.com/nile-rodgers-universal-music-dj-mustard-win-big-at-2015-bmi-awards http://next2shine.com/nile-rodgers-universal-music-dj-mustard-win-big-at-2015-bmi-awards#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:35:50 +0000 http://next2shine.com/?p=65533 This past weekend, Broadcast Music Inc. (popularly known as BMI) held their annual Hip-Hop/R&B Award...

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This past weekend, Broadcast Music Inc. (popularly known as BMI) held their annual Hip-Hop/R&B Award Show on a beautiful night in Beverly Hills, California. As the universal leader in music rights management and distribution, the awards highlighted the latest and greatest in these genres, gathering singers, songwriters, rappers, producers, and publishers from all over the globe.

The BMI Awards have been showcasing and honoring talents for over 75 years. Yearly, the organization hosts a handful of events to award most played BMI artists of all genres for their hard work and spectacular creations.

Amongst all the individuals present at this year's Hip-Hop/R&B awards, BMI crowned Grammy Award-winning Nile Rodgers as BMI Icon - celebrating his talents and position as a music legend.

"The first time I heard someone playing back a song I wrote -- and it wasn't me -- was the most amazing day of my life."

Joining Rodgers in receiving praise include DJ Mustard (bringing home a whopping 12 BMI awards), John Legend, Kanye West, and J. Cole to name a few. Along with these honorees, ever-so prosperous, producing-extraordinaire Polow Da Don took home a BMI Award for Nicki Minaj's Anaconda off his Zone 4 imprint (which found a new home at Epic Records), while also being awarded a VMA for this release the next day.

Universal Music Publishing Group (Ethiopia Habtemariam and Jody Gerson) received praise for Publisher of the Year for having 18 "most-performed songs". Voted and chosen by fans on socials, singer/songwriter SoMo was granted the BMI Social Star Award.

Hosting the evening was vice president of BMI (writer/publisher relations) Catherine Brewton alongside R&B vocalist Ray J.

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