Mark Ronson “Uptown Funk” 41,134 downloads
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud” 27,576 downloads
Rihanna & Paul McCartney “FourFiveSeconds” 19,286 downloads
Maroon 3 “Sugar” 15,064
Imagine Dragons “Shots” 14,531
Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do” 12,272
Hozier “Take Me To Church” 12,272
Taylor Swift “Blank Space” 11,996
Meghan Trainor “Lips Are Movin” 10,484
Fall Out Boy “Centuries” 10,474
Taylor Swift “Style” 9,043
The Weekend “Earned It” 7,627
Ella Henderson “Ghost” 7,055
Sam Smith “I’m Not The Only One” 7,020
Grammy nominated R&B/Soul artist Teedra Moses recently signed a recording agreement with Shanachie Entertainment to release her new album “Cognac & Conversations”. Moses has written songs for artists including Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and a host of others. She is a Grammy-Nominated Songwriter and BMI Songwriter of the year, for 2 consecutive years. Moses is currently on “Family Ties” from Rick Ross’ Hood Billionaire album as well as the ambiance vocals on Rick Ross’ previous projects “Nobody” featuring Diddy and French Montana from the Mastermind album, and “Amsterdam” from one of the most anticipated albums of 2012, Rick Ross’ God Forgives I Don’t. With over 10 years of live performance, selling out intimate venues around the world, and a stream of mixtapes, Moses will release only her second commercial release in a decade. Check out the track California Vibes.
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Indie pop rock group A Lion Named Roar who we named an “artist to watch” has won American Songwriter and Martin Guitar’s “The Pub Deal,” a year-long publishing contract with LA-based publisher Secret Road Music. The Louisville-based group has been building a strong, loyal following across the Southeast and Midwest with their emotive, driving brand of indie-pop. They’re hard at work writing for an upcoming full length they expect to release in 2015. The band has upcoming Louisville performances in January. Check out the track Riches Or Gold.
“The Best Emerging Artists of 2014″
Justin Kump, the singer-songwriter has begun to make a mark. His album debuted on the U.S. iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart earning him solid press, and Sirius XM invited him to perform on at their studios in NYC. This ability to craft catchy but sincere songs has garnered comparisons to James Taylor, Phillip Phillips, and Damien Rice since his arrival on the scene in 2006. He’s a musician’s musician (having once recorded and mixed a full album in a makeshift studio of blankets and a ping-pong table in his brother’s family room), and is an engaging performer whose songs are the perfect soundtrack for sun-drenched picnic days and shared starry nights. But Justin’s complete mastery of the guitar is the cornerstone of his ability to connect with any audience, and is at the foundation of his Spring 2014 release, The Night is Young. Check out his track The Night is Young.
Emmy Bachmann is a brand new artist on the scene yet has already been dubbed a blond bombshell singer-songwriter by PopWrapped. Her new 6 song EP is a collection of songs that tells a different part of her life story. They are honest, personal and versatile similar to the music styles of Adele, Alanis Morissette, Christina Perry and Lana Del Rey. Our favorite tracks are I Don’t Love Him and Rescue Yourself.
Vava Voom created a buzz with her song Supersonic featuring Sean Kingston. Chasing those dreams while on a holiday trip to America in 2010 changed her life. A chance meeting with a like-minded producer and songwriter would make it possible for her to live the dream of working on her music outside of Switzerland. Compiling a host of trips and experiences in New York City, Vava Voom’s music and style would start to take on a new look, shape and sound. Pop music that she thought was fun, sexy and cool, with no boundaries, and the imagery to accompany that. From electro and indy-pop, to house and genre bending traces of rock and urban, nothing was off limits. “It sounds like a uniquely directed, cool iTunes radio station. Lots of stuff that you like all in one.” With this newly found confidence, she got her bearings as a songwriter, guitarist, piano player and a powerhouse singer, “at the same !@#$%^&* time”! CONTINUE READING
Wind-up Records has long been known as the house that Creed built. Although they are an independent label, they’ve been home to many chart toppers in the Active Rock and Alternative genres. Over the last few years, Wind-up has been branching out, picking up artists that seem out of place on a roster that once included Drowning Pool and Evanescence. Kings of A&R caught up with Wind-Up A&R director, Shawn Cohen, to find out more about their new eclectic roster that includes bands such as The Griswolds and SPEAK and how they are transitioning into new genres.
Wind-up has been picking up some surprising new bands. Where is all that coming from?
We have been known as the house of active rock for a very long time and we’re trying to be creative and showing the world that we can do mainstream, alternative, pop…we’re not just rock. We want to work with music that we love, no matter the genre.
What’s your favorite artist that you’re working right now?
Hands down, The Griswolds. Not just because I signed them, but they are just from fans to music the most intriguing, fun, exciting people and it shows all around. Their social media, their recorded music, their live shows, they are a very dynamic band.
How’d you find them?
I found The Griswolds in the blog scene. They had posted their first song , Heart of the Lion. It was under the radar when I heard the song and I was really into them. I did some homework and saw they were doing well on Triple J (Australian Radio). I listened to their other songs and I thought it was very creative and refreshing so I reached out to them. CONTINUE READING