Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, BTS – a South Korean boy band, Khalid, and Ariana Grande made the ‘Time’ ‘Most Influential’ List.
Celine Dion said about Lady Gaga: “She’s definitely one of the most inventive artists we’ve ever seen. Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries. When she first came on the scene with her outrageous style, she didn’t care what the critics said. She marched to the beat of her own drum, knowing that her message of individuality was a way to express her inner strength.”
Shawn Mendes on Swift: “Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that.”
Halsey on BTS: “Surely it takes remarkable talent, charm, kindness, altruism and dedication. But you’d still be missing a key component: a devoted community to uplift your efforts, soften your stumbles and shoot light from their eyes into the sky in your name every single night. By these parameters, BTS has reached the top.”
Electro-chill artist Becky releases the new track Oddball. The latest track is more playful pop than her previous releases. Becky tells Kings, “Oddball its all about being yourself. You don’t need to copy popular people to be cool. Being yourself instead it what makes you stand out.” The Bay Area artist released her debut single ‘Stay Strong‘ which clocked over 50k Spotify streams garnering praise from blogs including Vents Mag and Medium. Check it out.
New Zealand Bene released the track Soaked which led to her signing with Republic Records (Taylor Swift, Adriana Grande, Post Malone). The 19 year old came out nowhere. Supposably, she uploaded covers on SoundCloud catching the ear of a music producer. Her debut track landed on Spotify’s Viral Charts as well as Australia’s Triple J radio Hot 100, and New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100. Tastemakers such as Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats 1 radio quickly launched the pop singer to her first arena show opening for Lily Allen. Check it out.
Kings favorite Fly By Midnight releases the new track Waiting Tables. The duo made our 10 Artist You Need Know and first made waves with the track You Belong. Formed by former MTV’s Dream Bigger reality star and multi-instrumentalist, Justin Bryte, and producer- songwriter Slavo, the duo has been building accolades with each single dropped. Releasing their music via AWAL, they landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Apple Music’s Breaking Pop & A-List Pop, and Soundcloud’s Fresh Pressed. Give it a stream!
EDM-DJ Famba releases the anthemic track Swear to God. Think Avicii, Kygo, and Zedd. His previous track, Wish You Well, clocked over 3.5 million streams, reaching #14 on CHR in Canada. Famba says, “For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to make a song with a big chanting anthem-like chorus,” says Famba. “This song turned out exactly as I had first envisioned way back then.” Outside of producing and writing original material he also remixes tracks for other artists. He’s garnered praise from Chill Nation, The Vibe Guide and Aux London. Give it a listen!