SOPHIE has three more long form projects she wants to release in 2018

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SOPHIE has three more long form projects she wants to release in 2018Debut Sophie

SOPHIE released her debut album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, earlier this year in June, to widespread critical acclaim. Since the record’s release, she’s been looking forward to new music, including a confirmed collaboration with Lady Gaga. In a recent interview with Spanish-language media outlet Mondosonoro, the Scottish singer/songwriter and producer said she has enough music to release – count it – three more long form releases, all of which she hopes to deliver sometime in 2018. But as to whether they’ll be albums or EPs, SOPHIE elaborates,

“A mix. I do not know what a damn album is! The barrier between the EP and the LP is becoming more diffuse, that’s why I can not define it. It is not something that I care about. It will be four releases. This is what I want to do right now.”

SOPHIE is perhaps on one of the most prolific streaks of her career thus far, hot off the heels of a collaboration with GAIKA, “Immigrant Sons (Pesos & Gas).” Beyond that, in an interview with Lenny Letter , SOPHIE also reveals to have work with Bibi Bourelly, Charli XCX, and more on the way.

Rihanna’s team reportedly has close to 500 records ready for upcoming dancehall album, including material from Skrillex and Boi-1da

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Rihanna’s team reportedly has close to 500 records ready for upcoming dancehall album, including material from Skrillex and Boi-1daSkrille Rihanna White 2

Rihanna and her label, Roc Nation, are in the midst of completing an album devoted to singer’s Caribbean roots. Sources close to the project have also suggested she’s also working on a different pop-oriented album. For the last year, team RiRi has been searching for beats, collecting what sources say is close to 500 records from different producers for the dancehall album alone. One producer whose asked to remain anonymous told Rolling Stone, “They’re only choosing 10 records. They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project.” Apparently the Barbados-born pop queen’s A&R is still asking for records.

Many of the singers and producer’s who’ve contributed to the project believe Jamaican artists will benefit from the high-profile release. Producers listed as potential collaborators include Drake affiliates Supa Dups and Boi-1da, reggae artist Chronixx, electronic pop royalty Skrillex, and an army of others. The “Work” singer has been enlisting demos from top-tier Jamaican talent to further penetrate the American market. Dancehall may be seeing a steep rise in representation in pop music currently, though Rihanna’s upcoming work looks to seal that envelope. Nearly half of Spotify’s most played songs ever have a soca inspired rhythm — from Drake to Dillon Francis. With Rihanna’s team hard at work intentionally highlighting Jamaican producers, fans might be introduced to a whole new genre of popular music soon.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Chance The Rapper announces purchase of local news site ‘’ along with four Lido-produced new singles

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Chance The Rapper announces purchase of local news site ‘’ along with four Lido-produced new singlesChance The Rapper By Mike Lavin @thehomelesspimp

Chance The Rapper is having perhaps the most memorable summer of his career. One might even say the 25-year-old Chicago-born rhymer and activist is out here living his best life. He’s in the studio with his lifelong hero, Kanye West, working on a joint LP, he’s slated to headline the Special Olympics 50th anniversary event in his hometown, and now he’s even engaged to be married to his longtime significant other, Kirsten Corley. Amid a packed summer itinerary, rumors broke that a Chance record was imminent, and while the Same Drugs” rapper batted down early reports, he soon followed up with four fresh new singles, crafted courtesy of Norwegian beatsmith Lido.

Brand new cuts, “Wala Cam,” “65th & Ingleside,” and “Work Out” mark the first time Lido and Chance have reconnected since 2016’s Grammy-winning Coloring Book mixtape. The fourth new piece from Chano comes by way of “I Might Need Security,” in which the Windy City-native reveals he’s purchased local news site which has sat dormant since late 2017, when the outlet’s staffers voted to join the Writers Guild of America East. As a result, Joe Ricketts, billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the site, shut down Chicagoist as well as associated sites, Gothamist, LAist, and others. Now the local Chicago media outlet is relaunching in the hands of Chicago’s favorite son, and we’ve got four new singles to celebrate with.

Cardi B announces her feature on DJ Snake’s forthcoming album

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Cardi B announces her feature on DJ Snake’s forthcoming albumCardiB Press Shot2

DJ Snake posted a video of Cardi B on his Facebook July 10 to announce a collaboration between the two. The rapper mentions on the video she’s doing a song with Puerto Rican/Dominican reggaeton singer, Ozuna, and a “special artist” for DJ Snake’s upcoming album.

The French producer announced a couple months ago that his sophomore album was underway. From then, it’s been shrouded in mystery, aside from this recent little clue. “Okurrr!”

Recent releases of his include “Public Enemy” with Yellow Claw and “Let’s Get Ill” with Mercer. The forthcoming album will follow 2016’s Encore LP, which was packed with hits like “Middle” and “Let Me Love You.”

John Digweed treats fans with another new album, ‘Live In Tokyo’

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John Digweed treats fans with another new album, ‘Live In Tokyo’John Digweed Live In Tokyo Mi June 2018

John Digweed has had quite the momentous year. In addition to his usual headlining appearances at several global festivals and his continued touring alongside his former partner Sasha, the legend is already celebrating the 20th anniversary of his label Bedrock. He recently put out a special edition Bedrock XX, which included a fresh batch of exclusives from artists he likes working with most.

Bedrock XX isn’t the only special release Digweed has in store, though — in fact, he just announced ANOTHER album set to release on Bedrock, and a fan favorite at that.

Live In Tokyo will be available digitally on July 27, and will also come in vinyl and its usual 5-disc format — it also marks the 10th edition of this series. Following suit with previous Live In… compilations, Live In Tokyo comes as a revival of an extended set at the club Contact recorded back in April. If his past track record of this series proves anything, then we’re certainly in for a treat.



01. Mono Electric Orchestra – Louder Than Silence
02. Stelios Vassiloudis & Sahar Z – The Day The Sky Fell In
03. Estroe – Murk (Brendon Moeller Dub)
04. Verlk – The Roxy – Toms Mix
05. Yunus Guvenen – K’Aisha
06. Audiofly – Don’t Explain
07. Frankey & Sandrino – Alya
08. Boghosian – Esta Vida
09. Abstraxion – Spazieren (Ripperton Remix 2)
10. Apollonia – June (Charles Webster November Mix)
11. DJ Hell – Anything, Anytime (Dubspeeka Remix)
12. Trikk – Devila

01. Eagles & Butterflies – The Last Dance (Mano Le Tough Remix)
02. Marc Romboy – Cosmo
03. Tuff City Kids – R-Mancer (Roman Flügel’s K-Lauer Mix)
04. Pastaboys – Abbassa (Rebolledo’s Mixed Pasta)
05. Fluida – We’re So Far (Audiofly Remix)
06. Robert Solheim – Ferga (D-phrag & Toppy Remix)
07. Steve Bug & Langenberg – NGC 6240 (Tim Engelhardt Remix)
08. Claudio Ricci – Warschauer Strasse (Timo Maas & Basti Grub Strolling Around Warschauer Mix)
09. Frankey & Sandrino – The Great Attractor
10. Eagles & Butterflies, John Digweed & Nick Muir – Crazy Diamond
11. Kiki & Alessio Pagliaroli – Neverending Now (Dubspeeka Remix)
12. Honey Dijon & Tim K featuring John Mendelsohn – Thunda (Rampa Remix)

01. Internacional Electrical Rhythms – Furia
02. Architectural – Poisonous Cocktail
03. Marc Romboy – Asteroids
04. Eagles & Butterflies – Comet
05. Super Flu – Ark
06. Eagles & Butterflies, John Digweed & Nick Muir – Divenire
07. Robert Babicz – Space Disco
08. SCB – Precision Incision
09. Ruede Hagelstein – Chromapark
10. Denis Horvat – Guilty Pleasure
11. Fairmont – Parrish
12. Jos & Eli – Time Chase

01. Monkey Safari – Xelerator
02. Carlo Ruetz – Obscure
03. Alex Preda – Abut (The Drifter Remix)
04. Pascal FEOS – Dual Structure
05. Applescal – Morpheus
06. Ceili – Waiting (One Track Brain Dub)
07. Edit Select – Above Ground
08. Feral – East Slope
09. Garry Todd – Wait For Me (Dubspeeka Remix)
10. Super Flu – Doppt
11. Uakoz – Disappeared
12. L.S.G. – When It’s Dark Outside (Oliver Lieb Remix)
13. Sam Paganini – Endless feat. Zøe

01. Popof – Vapourizer
02. Renato Cohen – Sauna
03. Lee Van Dowski – Ironclad
04. Johannes Volk – A Little Story About Time And Space
05. Jimmy Van M & Juan Hansen – Madin (Gala Dub)
06. Circle Sky – The Light (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
07. Oliver Lieb – Osyris
08. Molécule – Sila (Madben Remix)
09. Kerb Staller – Tell Lies (Audion Remix)
10. Luke Brancaccio & Simon Berry Versus John Digweed & Nick Muir – Close Your Eyes VS Luke Brancaccio & Simon Berry – Close Your Eyes feat. JJD

Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ went platinum the day it dropped

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ went platinum the day it droppedDrake Live

Popular consensus is that Drake took the L in his highly publicized beef with Pusha T. In the grand scheme, perhaps he lost that battle, but less than one week after The Boy’s massive fifth studio album, Scorpionit’s becoming increasingly safe to say he’s won the war. That’s because after not only shattering Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon’s single day streaming records, Drizzy also broke the previously standing first week streaming record in a mere 72 hours with over 430 million rinses. The numbers continue to roll in though, and it appears the “Talk Up” rapper’s double-sided album also went platinum in a single day too. According to stats from the RIAA, the 25-track LP release raked in over one million album equivalent units on June 29 — the day it was released.

Drake’s numbers are only bound to keep inflating, with physical copies of Scorpion expected to hit shelves in the coming weeks. In a recent interview, DJ Premier, who contributed to Scorpion on arguably the record’s strongest piece “Sandra’s Rose,” reveals that Drake’s team still has new material in the chamber, including more from Primo himself. Rap beef and viral moments aside, Drake is dominating the charts and the history books at the same time and he could potentially have more music on the way.

Chance The Rapper confirms Kanye West-produced album and joint Childish Gambino project underway

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Chance The Rapper confirms Kanye West-produced album and joint Childish Gambino project underwayChance The Rapper Dancingastronaut

Chance The Rapper fans will be kissing the sky after the “Good Ass Job” rhymer’s revealing interview with Peter Rosenberg via Complex‘s ‘Open Late.’ Chance discussed a number of topics across the interview, though the conversation largely centered around music, and Chance didn’t spare any details in dishing on his upcoming plans. Chance doubled down on huge confirmations, revealing plans to deliver a seven-track Kanye West-produced LP that’s slated for studio time in July, along with an exciting update on his long-mythologized joint project with Childish Gambino, which is shaping up to be quite the endeavor.

“We got six songs that are all fire. But I think the album’s gonna be more than 14 songs. I think it’s gonna be a full thing.”

Chance waxes poetic on his newfound, Kanye-taught ability to multitask creatively, the influential role Dave Chappelle plays in his life, Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, and the early mentoring Donald Glover gave him as his career began to bud. On the current state of affairs in the rap world, Chano expresses his hesitation with diss rapping, though he mentions he “has hella music” sheepishly wishing some of it was out. Despite Chance not having anything currently dominating the airwaves, it sounds like that’s all about to change. Watch Chance The Rapper’s full interview with Peter Rosenberg above.

Via Complex

Drake reveals lengthy ‘Scorpion’ tracklist, featuring JAY-Z, Michael Jackson and more

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Drake reveals lengthy ‘Scorpion’ tracklist, featuring JAY-Z, Michael Jackson and moreDrake Scorpion Artwork

Drake‘s revealed the tracklist for his forthcoming album Scorpion, which is slated for a June 29 release via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records. The tracklist, Drake’s most extensive to date, boasts 25 tracks in total including the Pusha T diss  “I’m Upset,” as well as “Nice for What,” and “God’s Plan.” The album, largely featureless, does include contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, JAY-Z, and a posthumous Michael Jackson collaboration appears to be on the way as well.

Scorpion is a long overdue deliverance from Drake, not to mention it’s a double-sided album with a song called “Ratchet Happy Birthday”  — really what more could a Drake fan ask for.


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Is Kanye West producing a seven-track album for Chance The Rapper?

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Is Kanye West producing a seven-track album for Chance The Rapper?Chance The Rapper Lost Lake Fest Quinsey Sablan

Tonight (June 28), Chance The Rapper is sitting down with Peter Rosenberg on the season finale of Complex‘s ‘Open Late.’ In the feature’s teaser trailer, released ahead of the interview, the first question Rosenberg asked Chance is, “do you have any timeline for the seven song Kanye album?” Since then, social media has all but confirmed the hype, with additional sources close to the situation seemingly corroborating the yet-to-be-confirmed news.

The rumors were backed up by media personality Kazeem Famuyide who is slated for the episode as well.

Chance and Kanye’s frequent collaborator, Francis and the Lights, also hinted to the rumors on Twitter.

Although this is speculation as of now, the stars seem to be aligning. The two Chicago rap stalwarts have worked together before, trading verses on each other’s respective 2016 albums. First Chance delivered his legendary breakout verse on Kanye’s seminal “Ultralight Beam,” and shortly after the pair reunited with Kanye boosting Chano’s Coloring Book opener “All We Got.” Chance has also discussed working on a collaborative album, Good Ass Job, with Kanye on The Crewz Show. Mr. West is pumping out productions, hinting at another seven track album with CyHi The Prynce and telling Jon Caramanica of the New York Times he’s contemplating making 52 records in as many weeks. Among all of that, we may find the old and the new guard of Chicago’s rap ranks together once again, which would certainly cement West’s rap-packed summer as one of the most memorable in recent history.

H/T: Genius

Marshmello releases highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘Joytime II’

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Marshmello releases highly-anticipated sophomore album 'Joytime II'

Marshmello‘s positive energy and love everything aesthetic has yielded the producer one of the steepest ascensions to fame in the industry. On top of his own accomplishments, Marshmello has largely aided in EDM’s marriage to pop culture at large with genre-hopping collaborations that feature some of the world’s top pop stars matched with impeccable brand exposure on a global scale.

Today the producer possesses an impressive catalog of original works that follow his 2016 debut album Joytime. He’s made tracks with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Selena Gomez, Khalid, and Migos, to name just a few, and yielded an increasingly inescapable production apparatus along the way. Now, following the critical reception of his debut album, over two billion collective streams, and a slew of No. 1’s to write home about, Marshemello has finally delivered his debut album’s follow up — Joytime II. Contempt from electronic purists aside, Mello has undeniably reached a level of success and cultural ubiquity that is unmatched by many of today’s most venerated DJs and producers.

Marshmello’s success has also maintained his own preferences — saccharine vocals, melodic beats, pop punk — and his EDM production paradigm, too.

Save for the vocals on “Rooftops” and “Paralyzed,” Joytime II is a featureless album. In just ten tracks, he harkens back to the days spent behind a computer screen, where it all began, though on the new LP, Listeners get a much more detailed look at the “FRIENDS” producer is fully capable of. Joytime II leans heavily on the theme of Mello’s growth, but more importantly relies on his joy and passion for the craft which began long before he was a masked producer playing the biggest stages in the world.