Buzz Track: Run
18 Year old singer Alus has released a new video for the song Run. She is currently finishing her EP with producer Shaun Bless of the Soul Diggas who has worked with Missy Elliott, Diddy, Beyonce, and Keyshia Cole.
From a suburban town in New Jersey, Alus grew up with a strong connection to music. Her musical bloodline runs deep. Her grandmother, a Juilliard graduate, was once a renowned musician in the Violinaires, a group of violinists that regularly performed with Frank Sinatra’s The Rat Pack. Alus has sung the national anthem for nationally televised professional boxing matches and for the prosoccer team D.C. United. She lists influences as Billie Holiday, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin, Elton Jon, and Mariah Carey.
Buzz Track: Hearts
The Mean Season, a female fronted indie rock trio that hails from DC just self released an EP that consists of catchy indie rock songs that will no doubt find themselves on TV episodes. My favorite track is Hearts while Black Tie Affair gets second. The band will be performing the east coast the next several days:
8/9 Philadelphia, PA @ The Level Room
8/10 Red Bank, NJ @ Jack’s Music Shop
8/10 Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads
8/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
On August 3, 1987, Def Leppard put out an album that took three years, three producers and an estimated $5 million to complete. Oh, and their drummer lost his arm. Behold, the miraculous story of “Hysteria.” (Billboard)
Billboard gives a breakdown of each track as Def Leppard, ‘Hysteria’ turns 25, when rock ruled the world. Even though pop is on the top of charts today, still, very few records deliver single after single. But Hysteria did, and the band grew in popularity after each single released. Read more here.
Buzz Track: Ur Place Or Mine
Roz Bell, a pop singer from Toronto just self released a new single ‘Ur Place Or Mine’, in the vein of Carly Rae Jepsen. His last record ‘The First Sunbeams’ was released on Universal which spawned two hit singles including ‘Yesterday Man’ and ‘Papercut’. Roz was also nominated for a Canadian Music Radio Award in 2008 and has shared the stage with Robin Thicke, Plain White T’s and many others. Roz has recently had music placed in films and TV shows including Being Erica and Van Wilder 3.
Young Guns who Kings featured as a UK buzz act last year has signed to Wind- Up Records. The song bones just debuted on the rock charts and the video can be viewed here. Over the course of the past few years, the band garnered heavy radio play and UK chart success, while playing to packed-house crowds all across Europe, including a main stage performance at the Reading Festival, a lineup that included Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Guns N’ Roses and Modest Mouse.