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Dru Chen takes us higher with R&B track, ‘Eiffel Tower’

Conjuring enchanting visions of Paris, France with its idyllic coffee shops & dreamy fashion, the R&B track is a special piece about laying one’s heart on the line for something which is never quite guaranteed. “It was written during a time of intense vulnerability, when life and love went through tumultuous ups and downs,” shares Dru.

Eiffel Tower was jointly written by Joel Tan of Gentle Bones and Dru Chen, and solely produced by Dru. Starting off slow and steady, the verses are quiet and intimate, a contrast to the bustling, explosive chorus that makes us feel like we’re in celebration of love, especially with Dru singing, “Pray you don’t let me go / ‘Cause who’s gonna catch me / When I fall for you”. The song speaks straight to the heart – encouraging us to let down our guard and let a lover or, l’amoreux, into our lives.

With the country still in a pandemic and our hopes of traveling dashed, Eiffel Tower also aims to transport its audience to its namesake and impart that high, giddy feeling you get when experiencing happy moments with a loved one. Eiffel Tower is about exploring relationships – whether romantic, platonic or familial, it ultimately displays the “intimacy of a lifetime of human connection”. It is about discovering the world through new lenses and constantly pushing one another to be better.

The song opens with the hook, “It’s all because of your love” and is peppered throughout the rest of the song – in varying degrees of emotion and melody. We also hear a satisfying electric guitar riff in the bridge, representing a culmination of the Pop/R&B track’s wonder and whimsy in this warm feeling we call love. Eiffel Tower shows maturity in both its production and lyrics – inspiring audiences to help each other pursue their dreams instead of tearing them down. “We can choose to come out stronger, more invigorated, and more alive than ever,” Dru observes, “That is the ultimate human experience.”

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Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, Sour — out now!

Multi-platinum, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Olivia Rodrigo, today released her highly anticipated debut album, SOUR, via Geffen Records. All throughout the LP, the 18-year-old musician displays her incredible talent for capturing complex emotions in high-impact, dynamic pop songs. The album, entirely co-written by Rodrigo, embodies a minimalist yet mesmerizing form of alt-pop, each song centered on the L.A.-based artist’s beautifully detailed storytelling, unforgettably original narrative voice, and undeniable boldness. SOUR is available to stream or download HERE.

For Rodrigo, one of the greatest joys in life comes from deliberately tapping into her deepest heartache. “There’s nothing like sitting at the piano in my bedroom and writing a really sad song,” she says. “It’s truly my favorite thing in the world; it’s so inspiring to see my music affect people and maybe help them to feel less alone too.”

“I’m also fascinated by the idea of a relationship going sour—how a person you loved so much and told all your secrets to can become the person you can’t stand,” Rodrigo explains about the album’s title. “For me, the goal of all music is to take these complicated feelings and externalize them in a way that makes people feel seen.”

On January 8, 2021, the arrival of Rodrigo’s record-breaking, triple-platinum, debut single, “drivers license,” revealed the tremendous power of her raw self-expression—and ultimately cemented her status as the most promising young artist to emerge this year. The song premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the top spot for eight consecutive weeks and becoming the first in 2021 to hit one billion total global streams. “drivers license” is also the first this year to be RIAA certified at Gold, Platinum, double and triple-Platinum, not to mention scoring the No. 1 spot at Top 40 radio for five consecutive weeks and having the quickest trip to the top spot for a first-time charting female artist.

On April 1, 2021, Rodrigo made music industry history again with the release of her incredible sophomore single, “deja vu” – becoming the first artist to debut her first two proper singles in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. On May 14, 2021, Rodrigo also shared the third-released track from SOUR, “good 4 u,” which has already amassed 70 million global audio streams and 40 million global video streams in its first week. She also performed the new song during her musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live on May 15, which Billboard praised, saying “Olivia Rodrigo crushed it during her SNL debut.”

SOUR Track Listing

  1. brutal
  2. traitor
  3. drivers license
  4. 1 step forward, 3 steps back
  5. deja vu
  6. good 4 u
  7. enough for you
  8. happier
  9. jealousy, jealousy
  10. favorite crime
  11. hope ur ok

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Patty Tiu and Owen Greyson Explore the Depths of Despair with Hanggang Kailan

For her debut release for O/C Records, songwriter, DJ, and producer Patty Tiu takes quite a detour from her usual progressive, powerful routine and goes to slow, brooding territory for her feature with Owen Greyson with Hanggang Kailan, made available on digital platforms for listening on May 21, 2021.

This isn’t your dance floor, power track with hard hitting beats that you will get wasted to while wriggling yourself away til the early morning hours. This song pretty much screams of loneliness and endless despair, tackling it in the most subdued and appropriate way possible. While some hints of Patty Tiu’s production are still there, the low humdrums and the melancholic tones are still the dominant force of this track, which is only further reinforced by Owen Greyson’s deep and subdued vocals.

While it may not be her usual power affair, it doesn’t mean that it skimps on having power talent on board. Both Patty and Owen composed this track of despair, with the former also acting as its producer and arranger and the latter doing recording engineering duties with Mark Thompson, who also acted as the tracks co-producer and mixing and mastering engineer.

Hanggang Kailan by Patty Tiu featuring Owen Greyson is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and other leading streaming platforms for those whose days have been nothing but an endless loop of loneliness and despair.

Lana Del Rey releases 3 brand new tracks

Following the success of her 7th studio album “Chemtrails Over The Country Club,” Lana Del Rey releases three new buzz tracks in anticipation of her upcoming 8th studio album. The three tracks titled “Blue Banisters,” “Texts Book” and “Wildflower Wildfire” are all written by Lana and recorded in Los Angeles.

‘Blue Banisters,” “Texts Book” and “Wildflower Wildfire” are the first tracks to be released following the success of her March 2021 album “Chemtrails Over The Country Club”. Additional information about each of the new tracks which are available now can be found below, along with the links to download and stream on all partners.

Additionally, Lana is scheduled to perform at the 20th anniversary of Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Sunday September 5th.

Stream and download ‘Blue Banisters,” “Texts Book” and “Wildflower Wildfire” below:

https://Lana.lnk.to/BlueBanistersPR

https://Lana.lnk.to/TextBookPR

https://Lana.lnk.to/WildflowerWildfirePR

Morissette reimagines “SHINE” to celebrate the song’s 25th Year

Asia’s Phoenix Morissette is finally releasing her official recording of “Shine” on Friday (May 21) in celebration of the song’s silver anniversary this year.

The timely release is a re-introduction of “Shine’s” original lyrics composed by multi-awarded songwriter Trina Belamide who has joined forces with Star Music to reproduce the well-loved composition originally sang by Ima Castro and later rendered by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

ABS-CBN Music creative director and OPM hitmaker Jonathan Manalo has teamed up with Filipino-American musical director Troy Laureta to give “Shine” a fresh gospel waltz vibe while retaining its overall feel.

Morissette’s own version happens after years of singing the OPM tune live on numerous occasions here and abroad. The Kapamilya artist’s YouTube performance video of “Shine” on the Wish Bus has garnered over 7.9 million views and has figured in numerous reaction videos of vocal coaches from different countries who were blown away by her rendition.

“Shine” was originally a Metropop entry first recorded by Ima and performed live by Sweet Plantado during the 1996 Metropop Song Festival held at the Araneta Coliseum where it won second place.

In 2004, the Asia’s Songbird recorded the song for a product commercial and has since then become part of her various shows’ repertoire.

Check out Morissette’s official version of “Shine,” which will be out on music streaming services starting Friday (May 21). The song’s music video will be out on May 30 (Sunday) on Morissette’s YouTube channel with a TV launch on “ASAP Natin ‘To” on the same day.

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (www.facebook.com/starmusicph) and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

PRE-SAVE SHINE BY MORISSETTE HERE: https://backl.ink/144559522

K-POP girl group Oh My Girl returns with yet another irresistible spring time music

Following their smash hit ‘Nonstop’ and their infectious B-side track ‘Dolphin’ last spring, OH MY GIRL brings yet another irresistible music through their 6-track EP, titled ‘Dear OHMYGIRL’, via Sony Music Entertainment Korea. Known for their compelling choreography formation and colorful storytelling, OH MY GIRL once again unravels their lyrical sensibility as they paint each of their stories in the new EP fronted by their lead track ‘Dun Dun Dance’.

Delivering a sweet Nu-disco sound with addictive the melody and lyrics, ‘Dun Dun Dance’ showcases OH MY GIRL’s signature Dance-pop as they continue to color their music with the group’s melodious harmony. The track is then followed by ‘Dear you’, ‘My doll’, ‘Quest’, ‘Who comes who knows’, and lastly ‘Swan’, which all layer into creating the perfect warm, cozy springtime sound.

The septet made their debut in 2015 and steadily climbed their way to become one of the biggest K-Pop girl groups. Six years into their career, OH MY GIRL charted #1 for the first time on Billboard K-Pop 100 with their

previous EP release ‘NONSTOP’. In 2020, ‘Dolphin’ has proven a greater success by ranking within the Top 10 for 21 weeks, surpassing BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ 17-week record for Billboard K-Pop 100 by 4 weeks. Even to this day, both ‘Nonstop’ and ‘Dolphin’ from the EP have been consistently charting on Billboard’s K-Pop 100 for 54 weeks.

LISTEN TO ‘Dear OHMYGIRL’ HERE

‘Dear OHMYGIRL’ TRACK LIST

  1. Dun Dun Dance
  2. Dear you
  3. My doll
  4. Quest
  5. Who comes who knows
  6. Swan

LISTEN TO OH MY GIRL’S “Dear OHMYGIRL” BELOW

Sam Fischer shares new track ‘Simple’

Fresh off the back of his duet with Demi Lovato on ‘What Other People Say’ and his hit single ‘This City’ comes fan track ‘Simple’ – an ode to overcoming difficulties in relationships to bring it back to simpler times.

He said: “I wrote this song through one of my lower points of the last year, but it’s one of my favourite songs. Relationships have their struggles, even in normal times – and this year has been anything but normal. It’s hard to be there for someone when you’re struggling to be there for yourself. I’m grateful to be with an amazing woman who is willing to fight through the hard times to get back to the simple love that started everything.”

Sam’s debut single ‘This City’ is currently sitting on over 500 million worldwide streams and was Top 20 in the UK for 11 weeks. The track has gone double platinum in Australia, platinum in the UK and Gold in the US, New Zealand and Switzerland. He’s also had some incredible US TV performances on Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Australian born Sam Fischer first introduced himself with his Not A Hobby EP and has garnered incredible attention through his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Touring North America with his friend Lewis Capaldi, he wowed crowds with his buoyant personality and pure love and talent for song-writing. Now based in LA, he not only has received acclaim for his own work, but he continues to solidify his spot as one of the hottest current writers, having worked with global pop superstars including Ciara, Lennon Stella, Louis Tomlinson, Elle King, Jessie J, Virginia To Vegas and many more.

However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Sam, who endured his own heartache to achieve his dreams. With the promise of a recording contract in the bag, he set off to LA only for the deal to be pulled away. After months of couch-surfing, he finally and deservedly received his break with This City and project Homework which has been just the amazing start of an exciting new chapter in Sam’s career.

LISTEN TO SAM FISCHER’S SIMPLE

SHAED’s Debut LP High Dive Out Now with New Single “High Dive Feat. Lewis Del Mar”

Multi-Platinum D.C. trio SHAED has released their debut album High Dive today via Photo Finish Records – STREAM HERE. The debut album drops with new single and special version of the title-track “High Dive Feat. Lewis Del Mar” and follows the band’s milestone of surpassing 2 BILLION streams across platform.


High Dive was produced by SHAED with additional production from GRAMMY Award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX) and producer Josh Fountain (BENEE) on several tracks. The album features strings by the FAME’s Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, directed over Zoom by the band and composer Jherek Bischoff (Angel Olsen, Brian Eno), guest appearances from ZAYN, Lewis Del Mar and Two Feet, and mastering by GRAMMY Award-winner Emily Lazar (Sia, David Bowie, Sleigh Bells).

SHAED’s debut album High Dive and new single “High Dive Feat. Lewis Del Mar” are out now and available to stream HERE via all DSPs. Tune-in to the band’s free livestream Twitch performance at Brooklyn Steel on May 27th HERE and for all up-to-date information on new music and performances, please visit www.SHAEDband.com.

Olivia Rodrigo shares new song, “Good 4 U” from her debut album, Sour

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Olivia Rodrigo, today unveiled her new original song, “good 4 u” – the third track released from her highly-anticipated debut album, SOUR, out Friday, May 21, 2021 via Geffen Records. On “good 4 u,” Rodrigo delivers a euphorically upbeat and dynamic pop-rock track, brilliantly undercut by the biting honesty of her lyrics. The stadium-ready song – co-produced by Alexander 23 and frequent collaborator, Dan Nigro – once again underscores why Rodrigo is the most promising young artist to emerge this year. Rodrigo will also make her musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live on May 15. Stream or download the new track HERE, and pre-order SOUR HERE.

The official music video for “good 4 u” is available to watch HERE. The new visual, directed by artist Petra Collins, pays homage to 90s/2000s cult horror and dark comedy films. The video also made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live and MTVU, as well as on the ViacomCBS Times Square billboard.

Rodrigo’s highly-anticipated debut album, SOUR, reveals the tremendous power of her raw self-expression, poetic specificity, and incredible talent at illustrating complex emotions in high-impact pop songs. Her mesmerizing, yet minimalist form alt-pop captured audiences worldwide on January 8, 2021 with the monumental launch of her original debut single, “drivers license.” The song premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the top spot for eight consecutive weeks and becoming the first in 2021 to hit one billion total global streams. The song is also the first this year to be RIAA certified at Gold, Platinum, double and triple-Platinum, not to mention scoring the No. 1 spot at Top 40 radio for five consecutive weeks and having the quickest trip to the top spot for a first-time charting female artist.

“drivers license” also broke the Spotify record for the most single-day streams for a non-holiday song (on January 12) and had the biggest weekly streaming debut for any song globally in Spotify history – beating Rodrigo’s own previously-held record for the most Spotify streams for a song in a week. On Amazon Music, “drivers license” amassed the most streams in a week for a song debut, the most on-demand streams in a single day, and the most voice requests ever via ‘Alexa’ for a song in one day worldwide.

On April 1, 2021, Rodrigo made music industry history again with the release of her incredible sophomore single, “deja vu” – becoming the first artist to debut her first two proper singles in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. Racking up critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, Stereogum, and more, the RIAA Gold certified track underscores Rodrigo’s unforgettably honest narrative voice and introspective, sophisticated songwriting.

SOUR Track Listing

brutal
traitor
drivers license
1 step forward, 3 steps back
deja vu
good 4 u
enough for you
happier
jealousy, jealousy
favorite crime
hope ur ok

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Joe Vince offers comfort & tranquility amidst the chaos with his latest single “Hilik”

As the old adage goes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” but in the case of rising singer/songwriter Joe Vince, music has always been such a driving force in his life, that it’s both evolution and re-invention that has kept him on his toes, and has him continually producing sure-fire singles that resonate with so many listeners who have a penchant for both honest lyricism and arresting melodies.

And he’s about to do it again this 2021, with his latest single “Hilik,” now available on all major digital music platforms and streaming services.

Melodically soaring and characteristically well-crafted and arranged, Joe Vince finds himself taking a different approach – in contrast to his previous R&B sensibilities – by leaning towards his strengths and talent for both delicate phrases and enchanting harmonies, and his current admiration for folk-sounding music.

“I wanted to be focused on telling a story, as opposed to just producing a song that would highlight vocal melodies,” shared Joe Vince, as he admitted that the project was his way of breaking into new ground, after being inspired by local Filipino folk artists like Johnoy Danao and Noel Cabangon a few years back in 2017. “When I was writing the song, there was also an attempt to structure chords in a way that they alone could convey emotions, instead of having the vocals do that,” he added, acknowledging the departure from his trademark, falsetto-laden singles he released previously.

When asked about the lyrical inspiration for the song, Joe Vince – a native Cebuano – shared: “I wrote it for someone I met online, who I talked-to for hours, and really connected-with…” he starts and continues: “she actually fell asleep… and I could hear her gently snoring on the other end of the line, and I felt it was because there was this overwhelming sense of comfort [we both felt] of not being alone… it was such a strong feeling, that I wrote this song in six hours and gave it to her. It’s as raw and emotional as it was when I wrote it, and I didn’t change much when I formally recorded it, so I’m pretty happy with how it turned-out,” he finishes.

And now listeners can experience that same powerful connection and enjoy the soothing single, and hopefully, find it to be the perfect lullaby that’ll offer both comfort and a much-needed sense of peace.

“Hilik” is available for streaming on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Deezer and other digital music platforms.

You can listen to his latest single, Hilik, here! Under Evosound