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Check out the track That Nice by Vallé. I was hooked quickly. Hip hop fans could take a liking.  Enjalas Jenkinson (his real name) takes inspiration Van Morrison, Chris Brown, Russ, J.Cole, and Kendrick lamar. Based in New Zealand, he’s opened for JessB and UnchainedX.  Check out the track on the Indie Invaders Playlist.

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Although many artists have cancelled or postponed tours, Justin Bieber has not. His upcoming Changes tour is set to kick off in May.  This is a big game of chance. First, promoters need several months of lead up time. It’s around the clock promo for big arena tours – weeks, days, and seconds matter. Promoters lost those weeks . Insiders claim the 26 year old isn’t canceling the tour…yet.  As with other artists, Bieber and team are taking this minute by minute.

According to sources: “He knows that some spots might have to be cancelled or postponed and right now he is taking it minute by minute and case by case. His people are keeping him up on everything and he will act appropriately when needed. If he can go out, he will. If cities and venues tell him he can’t, then he will abide by everything that is brought to him. It is touch and go right now but he is hoping for the best. He is around people he loves and who loves him so he is going to ride it out and see what happens.”

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The Canadian streaming king seems to be immune to COV19. The Weeknd is looking to have an explosive week despite around the clock media coverage on the pandemic.  His new album After Hours (Republic)  projected to move 400k+ units.

It worked for The Weeknd but it may not work for everybody. One may think it’s easy to go unnoticed when the media has grasped the public’s attention with social distancing and self-quarantine measures. For instance, French singer Thomas Dutronc, who has Iggy Pop on his new album has delayed the release.

Ok, to release or not to release? Established artists with expectations should probably wait until the seas calm down. They certainly won’t get the eyeballs they are looking for. Plus, people in times of a crisis tend want to venture into new territory and leave the familiar. Lesser known artists may benefit from a difficult time. A new artist tends to offer new solutions. New artists should continue to release new music now. Artists are living through history. This history will produce a new crop of artists that will spark generational change.

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The COV19 pandemic will begin a whole new chapter of music.

Music will become a vehicle for social change, and will become soundtrack for a new era. Yes, we just a hit new era.

Artists are living through history. This history will produce a new crop of artists that will spark generational change.

Music and art has become formulaic but the new artists will break this formula. New music styles will be developed just like in the 1960’s.

While the contemporary artists are moving backwards, the new artists will move forward developing a new sound. Music thrives in times of crisis. In fact, we get the most authentic music in hard times.

The decade of the 1960s witnessed profound change in the established world order. This decade will be no different.

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The Academy of Country Music Awards scheduled for April 5 has been shuttered. It’s been re-scheduled for the fall now. Keith Urban was set to host the show with Dan + Shay and Maren Morris.

“The ACM Awards is a tentpole event for our Country Music industry, and the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions went to great lengths to find a safe solution for the show to go on so that we can honor our artist community,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said in a statement Sunday.

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