I love stumbling upon a new artist that releases a really good first single. The newest find is Devon based singer-songwriter Elly J Devon. She has a passion for soul & jazz music and just dropped her first single Phoenix. It’s a cool track that has elements of her influences. Sarah Gosling played the debut single on her BBC Music Introducing show in late September. Devon will perform her first full band show in Totnes, Devon in mid December.
Heads-up on the twenty-year-old Kean Farrar. He dropped a new track Windowshopping which follows his debut single Heartthrob that clocked 300k Spotify streams. The up and coming Berlin based R&B singer has garnered support from tastemakers including Complex and Wonderland Magazine. Give the video a watch here.
When Kanye is back, he is back. He just wrapped up a Sunday Service at packed crowd of 16,000 people at Lakewood Church and now he updated us that he is in the studio with Dre working on Jesus is King Part II. Kanye will also release Jesus Is Born, a Sunday Service album, on Christmas. His latest album ‘Jesus Is King’ has topped the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the Christian charts.
Is Maryland the new hotbed for music? The viral Spotify artist Arizona Zervas who just inked a deal with Columbia is from the Chesapeake Bay State, as well as REI AMI, the next artist breaking on Spotify. The majors are pursuing the South Korea native after her tracks landed on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Anti Pop Playlist. Now, she is #5 on New Music Friday. If REI AMI strikes a deal with a major she will mark the third Spotify viral artist this month following Arizona Zervas and Ant Saunders to have conquered the playlists as an indie artist.
Big Machine Records’ Nashville headquarters was forced to shut down after employees received death threats amid Taylor Swift controversy. According to sources some of her fans have been trying to ‘to leak personal contact information and addresses of company employees including Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta. Swift claimed that the label owners have banned her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards this month while her former label says her allegations are a fabrication.