We Know Your Name - Howard Anderson

We Know Your Name – Howard Anderson

We Know Your Name – Howard Anderson

 

 

We Know Your Name - Howard Anderson

We Know Your Name – Howard Anderson

 

 

 

Song – We Know Your Name

 

Songwriter – Howard Anderson

 

 

 

We Know Your Name – Howard Anderson

 

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

I have been writing poems for years and one day I decided to try converting them to songs but I discovered you will write better songs if you just write about events and feelings that everyone can relate to. Let poems be poems. Everyone has a story or message or an imagination. I choose to write songs because they can move you one way or another – make you laugh – cry – feel love – heal. There is a song for every emotion – We can all write songs.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

First I go with the flow and just start writing and at any point I stop and read the lyrics again and see if the story is confusing or misleading, going back and forth, missing details that might be needed so the listener doesn’t walk away with a bunch of unanswered questions. When I am done I send the song to very smart people in the industry like Jason Blume, Rick Chudacoff and others to have them critique my song.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

I am just an average person. I have worked in warehouses, factories, sewing machine mechanic, and auto mechanic. I enjoy designing and working with inventions.

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Discuss your music career.

I really enjoy song writing and I hope I get the opportunity to show more of my songs I have written.

We Know Your Name

 

I Bring Flowers

 

Oh Girl

 

Santa Beeboppin

 

More coming.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

Michael Jackson – Thriller – The amount of creativity in the video was so great, the song was so catchy, made 1983 a memorable year. The kind of song we wish we all wrote.

 

 

Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry – This is an amazing video with a lot of creativity and how wonderful is her voice. It does not hurt to have a friend like Max Martin involved.

 

 

 

Katy Perry – Roar – I like this video because it is so colorful with all the jungle look. Very creative as it draws you in with excitement with the perfect song choice. Beautiful voice.

 

 

Ariana Grande God Is A Woman – This video has so many graphic pictures all through it. Constantly giving you new images to view. It looks so expensive to make. It all comes together when you hear her voice all throughout the video.

 

 

 

Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty – Wow, this video not only shows what a talented singer she is but how she can put her emotions into the song with sad facial expressions and tears coming down. It makes you want to run up to her and give comfort by putting your arms around her and telling her it will be alright. She has the skills to draw you into the scene.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

My inspiration comes from life experiences about myself and others. My inspiration can also come from my imagination on what it would be like if I was put into a situation. My inspiration could come from a thought of how can I make you laugh, jump up and dance. Inspiration and imagination is everywhere.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

This is the most exciting part when I hire an artist to sing my song. This is the time I will know how it will actually sound and do I need to modify. May have to record it a few times to get it right. Then I can put music to it and it will sound great.

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Tell us your future projects.

I am working on four songs, two are done. Two will be soon. I have a killer Christmas song that is amazing. My music producer right now is working on the background music.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

Of course my family, also my music producer and the talented artists that sing my songs give me their opinions when they think it is necessary. I get help, advice, and support from the professionals that critique my songs.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

Yes we want quantity, the more sales the better. But- if we don’t have quality then we won’t have quantity.  Quality should not be over looked. There is no reason why we can’t have both.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

A music career can be the most fun and rewarding career as long as you love it more than anything else.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

There are 1,264 micro-genres that have been identified.  41 categories and 337 subsets of musical genres. I think it should be easier for the public to find an artist. I think we should find a way to reduce the system as the numbers are too large and confusing.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

First I want to say I like mainstream (Popular) music on the Billboard charts. There are so many genres of songs out there I will never hear in my lifetime, many I am sure I would despise because it goes against what my ear has been trained to like.

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List your favourite movies with reasons.

Shutter Island – This movie had so many twists and turns. Filled with excitement and entertainment.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Title: We Know Your Name…Name is Cancer. This song was written on behalf of my mother who died of Breast Cancer. This song is for everyone who lost a loved one to this disease. Someday It will be our time for cheers and we will wipe away all the tears.

 

Jennifer Cameron - Tell Me

Jennifer Cameron – Tell Me

Jennifer Cameron – Tell Me

 

 

Jennifer Cameron - Tell Me

Jennifer Cameron – Tell Me

 

 

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Jennifer Cameron – Tell Me

 

 

 

Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.

The music I write comes from deep within my heart and soul. That is why my music is unique.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

Good on them! Hopefully if they have talent then the talent will shine through. Money can buy lots of things, but it can’t make one a talented musician/singer/songwriter. The artist’s talent will speak for itself and eventually shine through if it is real.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’m not famous. And I don’t want to be.  I would love my music to speak for itself and hopefully reach out to people and make them feel something, depending on what they are going through. I would like to touch people on a deeper level with my music.

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

I think it’s brilliant! It allows indie musicians (like me) to be heard on a bigger platform. The possibilities are endless. As an artist I do not currently have the capacity to tour etc., but this platform enables my music to be heard around the world; and I am grateful for that.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

To be known as a musical artist who has conviction.

 

For my music to be heard around the world and to touch listeners around the word.

 

To develop a strong catalogue of original music; (and to be remembered for my music).

 

To make a full-length album (hopefully one day – but no one buys full length albums anymore, do they?).

 

To hopefully get some reimbursement at some point for my musical endeavours (but that is not my motivation – I just want to get my tracks out there).

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

I like unique artists who write their own music and/or lyrics; who have conviction, who don’t try to be what others expect them to be (no flashy sideshow) and who are proud of the music they make that will stand the test of time!

Janis Joplin

 

 

Aretha

 

 

Van Morrison

 

 

Amy Shark

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Tell us your best song up to date.

My best song to date is Tell Me.

Followed closely by “Livin’ Without You”.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

To become an established singer/songwriter/instrumentalist. And for my music to be known and appreciated on a global level.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

Increased opportunities such as what you are doing to allow indie artists to be heard on a broader scale and to discover untapped talent. What you are doing to get music heard is brilliant!

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Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.

It sucks!  Some of the best songs ever written have not yet been heard!

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle it.

Lack of money to finance producers/publishers etc.; who have the excellent contacts. It seems to be about who you know and that’s not fair because there is real untapped talent just waiting for an opportunity. The way to tackle it is by doing exactly what you are doing and you are awesome! Giving artists who have talent an opportunity and platform on which they can be heard!

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

Yes! It is basically all I have got in terms of advertising and promoting my music.

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Tell us about your music career.

It is not a career. It is about the love of music. And I reckon I have some pretty darn good songs!

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.

I write music that (hopefully) makes people feel! It certainly makes me feel to write it. I write from the heart. And I want to touch people’s souls!

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Tell us about you as a person.

I am a laid back, honest Aussie girl.

Brik - B4

Brik – B4

Brik – B4

 

 

 

Brik - B4

Brik – B4

 

 

Brik – B4

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Brik

 

SONG TITLE: B4

 

ALBUM TITLE: You Know Me

 

GENRE: Hip Hop / Rap

 

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Brik – B4

 

Located in the home city of Bone Thugs & Harmony, Eddy & Gerald Levert, Kid Cudi, Avant, Halle Berry, MGK and hundreds of other celebrities. Brik brings a unique style which tickles the ears of listeners all over the world. Brik was founded in the city of Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 

Performing Venues – Tri – C, Script Night Club, Alchemy, Club Bentley’s, King and Queens, Sea Level, The Gotcha Inn, Club E, Hip Hop Work Shop, Buckeye Festival, Lee Harvard Festival, Peabody’s Down Under, Rock Star, Symposium, The Alchemy, Ward 1 Festival, 21 Lounge, OPN Community Center, Puckers, Premiers, House of Blues, Illusionz, Sweet Hearts, Life Changers Family Life center, The Call and Post, Max S. Hayes High School.

 

 

 

Press – Reverbnation Press, Hip Hop National Internet Radio Station, Hip Hop Work Shop, WTR Television, Tim Katent BlogSpot, Will Smith Turn Up Radio Station, 107.9 Home Jamz.

 

 

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS – Best Hip Hop Performance Trophy (Club Bentley’s) Headliner event -Peabody’s Down Under, CLUB HIFI, Gorillaz Production, Spit Boxing Tuesdays, Hip Hop work shop.  Photo Designs and logo awarded by Gorillaz Production.

 

PROFESSION – Writer, Promoter, Poet, Manager, Artist, Rapper, Singer, etc.

 

NETWORK– Northern Starz Network, Dave Tolliver, Al Porter, L.O.L., Mo Thugs (Devotion Ent.), UGK, Dream, D.J. Blazita, Canvas magazine, Midwest Leak magazine, Winks magazine, Thug Food Production, D.J. Lou, Hand to Hand Records …

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State your favourite genre of music and your reason.

Rock, Rap, R&B, Pop…. anything that sound goods. I love any music that sounds great.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

Producing, editing, writing and promoting.

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Tell us the theme of your song.

Vengeance, energetic and body rocking.

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Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.

Too many to name…. you know who you are! Thank you.

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Tell us your future goals.

More music, live shows and videos coming soon.

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Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.

Singing, dancing, smiling and vibing.

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Analyze the transformations you have discovered so far in the music industry.

I have seen many transformations from tapes to CD’s, from CD’s to mini discs and back to CD’s, and finally from CD’s to digital.

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Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.

I developed my lyrics from listening to other artists.

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Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.

I love collaborating.

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Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people to dance or making the music with a genuine message that inspires them.

It comes from the heart …

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Explain copyright.

It saves my music from being illegally claimed.

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Discuss the impact of a Performance Rights Organization.

Helps the artist with resources including getting paid. But the main reason is to protect the artist’s rights.

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Go into detail on the recording of this song.

Past experience for all artists who thrive to make it happen.

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Discuss your music performance.

Professional performances.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Brik is a street name given to me years ago. It’s so much pain and gain behind this name. I wouldn’t know how to start. Maybe I should write a book about it.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

B4 / before / I rub shoulders with many celebs. This song is for the many terrible celebrities I’ve encounter not the good ones.

Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee - Made For Now

Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee – Made For Now

Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee – Made For Now

 

 

 

 

Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee - Made For Now

Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee – Made For Now

 

 

Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee – Made For Now

 

 

NY, NY – (Monday, August 13) – Janet Jackson is back with new music! The global icon will release her highly anticipated new single and video for, “Made For Now” in collaboration with Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee this Friday, August 17.

 

 

Also on August 17, she will perform the song for the first time live with Daddy Yankee on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. EST.

 

 

She set off social media frenzy among her fans when she posted the single’s artwork on her Instagram page late last night. This marks her first new music since her eleventh studio album and seventh #1 album, ‘Unbreakable,’ released in October 2015.

 

 

“Made For Now” is inspired by Janet’s personal love of music from around the globe and is produced by Harmony Samuels, who has crafted tracks for Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, and Jennifer Lopez. The song is meant to move people to enjoy their lives and seize opportunities today, not worry or wait until tomorrow. Shot in Brooklyn, New York, the music video was produced by her longtime collaborator; and Grammy-Award winning Director, Dave Myers and will transport fans to a neighborhood dance party filled with cameos from a contingent of international dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada, Trinidad and the U.S. who were hand selected by Janet and her longtime Creative Director Gil Duldulao.

 

 

“Made For Now” caps an incredible summer for Janet who headlined major festivals including Essence Festival in New Orleans, the largest crowd in its 24-year history. She had press and fans buzzing about her first ever New York festival performance at Panorama, where Billboard said, “Turning out flawlessly executed choreography for over an hour and a half… Jackson is an unstoppable dynamo on stage,” and Vibe said, “We were not only mystified by her presence, but also her dedication to her craft.” It was also recently announced that she would headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 29 in Central Park.

 

 

About Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.

 

 

About Daddy Yankee

DADDY YANKEE remains one of the most recognized and influential names in urban music and Latin dance. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine. He has sold over 17 million albums and over 60 million fans combined on his social networks. Daddy Yankee is considered the King of Reggaeton and continues to reign with the recent global success of “Despacito”, which was named the most streamed song and the most watched video of all time and most recently “Dura” the 2nd Most Watched Video in 2018. He was also named Billboard Magazine’s Top Latin Artist of 2017. Other global hits by Daddy Yankee are “Gasolina”, “Rompe”, “Limbo”, among others.

 

 

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Prince - Prince Anthology 1995-2010

Prince – Prince Anthology 1995-2010

Prince – Prince Anthology 1995-2010

 

 

Prince - Prince Anthology 1995-2010

Prince – Prince Anthology 1995-2010

 

 

LEGACY RECORDINGS AND THE PRINCE ESTATE LAUNCH FIRST WAVE OF PRINCE CATALOGUE DIGITAL RELEASES

 

 

 

 

23 CATALOGUE TITLES (INCLUDING RARE AND OUT-OF-PRINT RECORDINGS) + NEWLY CURATED 37-TRACK PRINCE ANTHOLOGY: 1995-2010 AVAILABLE NOW ON STREAMING SERVICES AND DSPS

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2018-New York, NY-Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is launching its first round of Prince catalogue digital releases today, August 17.

 

 

 

 

Prince – Prince Anthology 1995-2010

 

The first wave of Prince catalogue titles to be released through an exclusive agreement struck in June between Sony Music Entertainment and The Prince Estate focuses on 1995-2010, a crucial epoch in Prince history. 23 highly-collectible Prince catalogue titles (many of them hard-to-find or out-of-print) and PRINCE ANTHOLOGY: 1995-2010 (a newly-curated anthology of 37 essential tracks from the era) are now available across all major streaming services and digital service providers.

Many of these albums, long sought-after by fans and collectors, are available for the first time for streaming and download, adding more than 300 essential Prince songs to the artist’s online in-print catalogue.

 

 

For Prince, 1995-2010 was an unprecedented period of sustained and prolific creativity. Releasing fresh recordings at a rapid-fire pace through a variety of distribution strategies including his own online NPG Music Club, Prince was making some of the most provocative, experimental and soulful music of his career. Freed from major label demands and expectations, Prince was able to write, record and release his own music on his own terms.

 

 

Assembled and curated under the auspices of The Prince Estate, PRINCE ANTHOLOGY: 1995-2010 brings together 37 key recordings from the era. Opening with the title track from EMANCIPATION (“This is my most important record,” said Prince when the album was released in 1996) and closing with the anthemic “We March” (from 1995’s THE GOLD EXPERIENCE), this new compilation provides a coherent musical chronicle of Prince‘s artistic and spiritual evolution through the late 20th and early 21st centuries in songs that continue to resonant in the culture.

 

 

 PRINCE ANTHOLOGY: 1995- 2010 draws spotlight tracks from THE GOLD EXPERIENCE, EMANCIPATION, CHAOS AND DISORDER, CRYSTAL BALL, THE TRUTH, RAVE UN2 THE JOY FANTASTIC, RAVE IN2 THE JOY FANTASTIC, THE RAINBOW CHILDREN, ONE NITE ALONE…, C-NOTE, N.E.W.S., XPECTATION, MUSICOLOGY (includes 2005 Best Male R&B Performance Grammy winner ‘Call My Name’), THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE, THE CHOCOLATE INVASION, 3121 (the first Prince album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200), PLANET EARTH, LOTUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND and 20Ten.

 

 

Prince catalogue titles newly available digitally via Sony Music Entertainment/Legacy are:

  1. The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)

  2. Chaos and Disorder (1996)

  3. Emancipation (1996)

  4. Crystal Ball (1998)

  5. The Truth (1998)

  6. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)

  7.    Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)

  8. The Rainbow Children (2001)

  9. One Nite Alone… (2002)

  10. One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)

  11.  One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)

  12. Xpectation (2003)

  13. N.E.W.S. (2003)

  14. C-Note (2004)

  15. Musicology (2004)

  16. The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)

  17. The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)

  18. 3121 (2006)

  19. Planet Earth (2007)

  20. Indigo Nights (2008)

  21. LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)

  22. MPLSoUND (2009)

  23. 20Ten (2010)

  1. Prince Anthology: 1995-2010

 

 

PRINCE ANTHOLOGY: 1995-2010

  1. Emancipation (from Emancipation, 1996)

  2. Black Sweat (from 3121, 2006)

  3. P. Control (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

  4. Crucial (from Crystal Ball, 1998)

  5. The Love We Make (from Emancipation, 1996)

  6. Eye Hate U (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

  7. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)

  8. Eye Love U, But Eye Don’t Trust U (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)

  9. Gold (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

  10. Guitar (from Planet Earth, 2007)

  11. Dream Factory (from Crystal Ball, 1998)

  12. The Work Part 1 (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)

  13. Call My Name (from Musicology, 2004)

  14. Strays of The World (from Crystal Ball, 1998)

  15. Shhh (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

  16. Dreamer (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)

  17. Chaos and Disorder (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)

  18. Endorphinmachine (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

  19. Musicology (from Musicology, 2004)

  20. Northside (from The Slaughterhouse, 2004)

  21. When Eye Lay My Hands on U (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)

  22. Beautiful Strange (from Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, 2001)

  23. Future Soul Song (from 20Ten, 2010)

  24. Empty Room (from C-Note, 2004)

  25. 3rd Eye (from The Truth, 1998)

  26. U’re Gonna C Me (from One Nite Alone…, 2002)

  27. Dinner With Delores (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)

  28. Ol’ Skool Company (from MPLSoUND, 2009)

  29. 4ever (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)

  30. West (from N.E.W.S., 2003)

  31. Xpedition (from Xpectation, 2003)

  32. Muse 2 The Pharaoh (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)

  33. Somewhere Here On Earth (from Planet Earth, 2007)

  34. U Make My Sun Shine (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)

  35. 1+1+1 Is 3 (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)

  36. Chelsea Rodgers (from Planet Earth, 2007)

  37. We March (from The Gold Experience, 1995)

 

 

About Legacy Recordings

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world’s foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most significant musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label has revolutionized the catalog market, offering contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

 

 

About The Prince Estate:

The Prince Estate passionately presents Prince’s life and work, and cultivates opportunities to further his legacy. As the singular, authoritative source on all things Prince, The Prince Estate inspires and educates fans, celebrates Prince in his totality, and stewards Prince’s legacy into the future.

 

 

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leo irsara

leo irsara – A Flower for a Mountain Sailer

leo irsara – A Flower for a Mountain Sailer

 

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Song – The End of the Road

 

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leo irsara – A Flower for a Mountain Sailer

 

 

I was born in Brunico, Italy. I’m the second of four children (3 daughters and 1 son – me). My first musical experience was in a local church choir around the age of 13. I later picked up guitar and became member of various school bands between 14 and 16. I wasn’t able to continue with music for around 15 years, since I had to focus on my job in the catering sector. I restarted playing around the age of 32 with a classic rock band named Burnout, which I remained in for 5 years. I then had to stop again for 3 years to focus on my hotel. I restarted again when I hit 40, and in the last year and a half I’ve worked on my current album.

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Tell us how you develop your sound and style to make it different from other musicians.

I started experimenting in my home with two good mics, two good amplifiers and two good guitars, seeking a sound I enjoyed.

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Tell us your opinion on the way new artists are coming up and the frequent release of songs.

I think that releasing too many songs often puts quantity above quality and can reduce the worth of an artist’s music. It’s better to have a few good songs than many low quality ones.

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Tell us your experience as a musician.

I’m a self-taught guitarist, bassist and singer. I was the bassist of a classic rock for 5 years, and later I started an alternative One-Man Band, producing music in my mother tongue, Ladin (a minority language spoken in certain parts of Italy and Switzerland).

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Tell us your opinion on streaming and digital download of songs.

I think it’s a great way for independent artists to distribute their music around the world, giving everybody the chance to have success with their music even without a label backing them up.

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Tell us your goals and plans.

The main goal I’m working towards is touring in America.

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Tell us five current artists that are your favourite.

JJ Cale, Pink Floyd, Morrisey, Noel Gallagher and Bruce Springsteen.

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Tell us your best song up to date.

The End of The Road.

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Tell us your dream and hope for the future.

I hope I’ll always have the inspiration to continue to make positive music in the future.

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Tell us what has changed in the music industry.

The internet has radically changed music distribution, making it harder to sell lots of albums and forcing artists to rely more and more on live events for a constant revenue, which isn’t always easy (at least here in Europe). It’s also true that, as previously stated it’s much easier for independent artists to distribute their music today than it was 20/30 years ago.

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Tell us your opinion on television/radio stations playing the same songs from established artists and giving little chances to independent artists.

I think it’s unjust; however TV/radio stations are almost forced to give the spotlight to established artists because of royalties.

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Tell us the challenges independent artists are facing and how to tackle it.

The main challenge for independent artists today is emerging from the highly saturated mass of music that the internet age has created. My way of tackling this is through my poetic approach to my lyrics, that I think makes me stand out from the rest.

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Tell us your opinion on using social media to promote music online.

I think that while social media are certainly useful for promotion, they shouldn’t be abused, because your music might come off as overly pushed, making people shy away from it and see it as useless information.

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Tell us what still motivates you to go on with your music career.

My music brings happiness to my life, and that’s all I need.

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Tell us about you as a person.

I’m honest, trustworthy, altruistic and tenacious. My hobbies are skiing and cycling.

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Elaborate on the story behind the album.

This concept album talks about a man who made many mistakes in his life and has just come out of prison. He seeks solace traveling through the clouds (representing the mountains), and there he meets a flower (metaphor for a woman) that he falls in love with, and through her he learns that even those like him have a chance at redemption.

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Tell us the process involved in making this album.

I wrote the songs and the lyrics, while my friend and drummer Giuliano arranged it. We recorded it half at my place and half at his.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

It is my legal name.

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State the title of the album and the meaning.

A Flower for a Mountain Sailor – It means that that through love (the flower) even a scoundrel (the sailor) can climb the mountain of redemption.

Dead Defined - I Fear Nothing

Dead Defined – I Fear Nothing

Dead Defined – I Fear Nothing

 

 

Dead Defined - I Fear Nothing

Dead Defined – I Fear Nothing

 

 

Dead Defined – I Fear Nothing

 

Discuss your existence.

My name is Craig Ewan from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I am a recording artist affiliated with Voodoo Records Canada. I’m a self-taught Vocalist/Songwriter/Composer and I would like to quickly tell you a bit about myself and introduce to you my debut solo project ‘Dead Defined’.

 

I have been part of the Toronto Alternative/Rock’n Roll music scene for over 15 years and in this time have developed a solid following of fans, friends and fellow musicians. I’ve played countless live shows at some of Toronto’s finest live rock venues such as The Opera House, The Phoenix, The Horseshoe Tavern, Tattoo Rock Parlour and The Hard Rock Cafe to name a few. I have spent an immense amount of time in various studios writing, co-writing and composing with fellow indie artists and a handful of signed artists in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).

 

My home base for writing, recording and composing is Voodoo Records Canada in Scarborough, Ontario and INEO Studios in Uxbridge, Ontario. ‘Dead Defined’ is a debut solo project written and composed by myself (Craig Ewan) and Producer/Engineer -Mike Dmitrovic of Voodoo Records Canada. My debut single for 2018 is titled ‘I Fear Nothing’.

 

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RAY BLK - Run Run

RAY BLK – Run Run

RAY BLK – Run Run

 

 

RAY BLK - Run Run

RAY BLK – Run Run

 

 

RAY BLK – Run Run

 

 

Hailing from Catford, South-East London, Ray BLK (real name Rita Ekwere) is an R&B singer/songwriter known for her introspective and socio-political lyrics. She grew up heavily influenced by music, having grown fond of Timbaland and Missy Elliot performances on music channels such as MTV Base, and grime artists on Channel U. Having decided that her dream was to pursue a career in music, she set the wheels in motion at the age of ten, penning her own lyrics in her school notebooks, which led her teachers to put her in a music program for talented young individuals. She continued to explore her creativity throughout her teens; when she was 13 she worked on some of her earliest material with fellow school pupil and future record producer and songwriter MNEK, in a group the two had created called New Found Content. Although the project’s end results never saw the light of day, it proved a significant cornerstone in the young creative’s journey. It wasn’t until the final days of her University studies in English Literature that she felt ready to put her voice out into the world, and delved through the lyrics, songs, and assorted instrumentals that she had kept over the years. It didn’t take long for some cohesive material to come together, and she ultimately decided upon the stage name of BLK, which stands for “Building, Living, Knowing,” and put together some finished material. Inspired by the character of Ms. Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, she described the character’s journey as being “like a lot of women around me, who got their heart broken” and put together her first EP, Havisham. It was the public’s first real introduction to the young singer/songwriter and had an instant impact. Alongside her impressive collaborations with artists such as Dream Koala and SELVSSE, her verses evaded the surefire rap-influenced vocals of her youth and moved closer to an area that combined elements of hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul. The release led to an ever-increasing fan base for the young singer beyond the fringes of her native Catford. She released the single “50/50” in 2015 – a woozy, languid, and magnetic R&B piece consisting of mordant lyrics directed at an old flame. The track earned her a high spot on BBC 1Xtra’s playlist as well as the honorable “Record of the Week” from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.

 

2016 saw more success for Ray BLK. Generally considered her “breakthrough track,” “My Hood” featured grime heavyweight Stormzy. The song was appealing because it was a bittersweet ode to its author’s hometown, and it also highlighted the struggles and stresses of living in gentrified parts of the city. This way of reminiscing about her youth and growing up earned her a comparison to Stateside R&B legend Lauryn Hill, as well as other soul artists such as Amy Winehouse, and exemplified BLK’s ability to combine a myriad of influences without being consumed by a single particular style. Both “50/50” and “My Hood” were featured on BLK’s second release, the mini-album Durt. Alongside Stormzy, the effort also featured collaborations with Wretch 32 and SG Lewis. Ray BLK’s status among both fans of urban music and music industry critics earned her widespread praise and a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2017. She won the award in January 2017 and continued to write more material.

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Claire Richards - On My Own

Claire Richards – On My Own

Claire Richards – On My Own

 

 

 

Claire Richards - On My Own

Claire Richards – On My Own

 

 

 

 

Claire Richards – On My Own

 

 

The first solo single from Claire Richards ‘On My Own’.

 

Claire Richards is excited to announce that she has signed to Sony Music and will release her debut, solo album on 2nd November.

 

My Wildest Dreams is the first time that Claire Richards has branched off alone. As 1/5 of Steps, who stormed the charts last year with their #1 single Scared of the Dark and #2 album Tears On The Dancefloor, Claire has achieved a huge amount of success around the world. While the band take a well-earned break from touring before starting on a new album in 2019, Claire has jumped at the chance to pursue one of her lifelong ambitions and work on an album of her own. Speaking of the record, Claire adds “This album is literally beyond my wildest dreams – it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was very young. I am so proud of this album – it was important to me that every song tells a story and is filled with real emotion and I think we’ve achieved that. Being in Steps means so much to me, I love every minute, and I am beyond lucky to be a part of Steps and also to be able to do a project of my own.”

 

The first taster of Claire’s new music is the brilliant On My Own, and it beautifully showcases Claire’s phenomenal voice. A very special one to Claire, she comments “On My Own feels very fitting as my first solo single. It’s empowering and really tells the story of the ups and downs I’ve experienced over the years both growing up feeling a bit insecure to the pressures of being in the public eye.”

 

Claire has worked with some of the world’s biggest songwriters and producers on My Wildest Dreams including Diane Warren (Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Cher), Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Girls Aloud) and Biff Stannard (U2, Ellie Goulding).

The rest of the year is certain to be a busy but exciting one for Claire. Next week, she announces some intimate UK dates and she already has a slew of promotional appearances lined up.

 

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All Saints - After All

All Saints – After All

All Saints – After All

 

 

All Saints - After All

All Saints – After All

 

 

 

All Saints – After All

 

When they debuted in the early ’90s, All Saints were part of the popular British girl group wave kicked off by Spice Girls. While Spice Girls were all about girl power and character image, the All Saints were music aficionados with a softer, more sophisticated brand tied less to their looks and more to their music.

 

The group came together in 1993 when Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis began recording and writing at a studio on All Saints Road in London’s Ladbroke Grove. The duo hooked up with R&B vocalist Simone Rainford and released a single for ZTT Records in 1995 before they parted ways with Rainford and were dumped by the label. Undeterred, Blatt and Lewis recruited native Canadian Nicole Appleton and, later, her big sister Natalie, to make All Saints a quartet.

 

With the help of friend Karl Gordon (formerly part of the British rap ensemble Outlaw Posse), All Saints recorded a demo of the song “I Know Where It’s At.” New manager John Benson signed the girls to London Records and connected them with top-flight producers Nellee Hooper (Massive Attack, Björk) and Cameron McVey (Neneh Cherry). Once finished, “I Know Where It’s At” hit number four on the British charts and crossed over throughout Europe and Asia.

 

By 1997, All Saints had reached the top spot with their second single, “Never Ever.” The quartet released their self-titled debut album in November 1997, and began to grow in America as well, hitting the Top 40 with “I Know Where It’s At.” By 1998, All Saints was certified platinum in the U.S. and five-times platinum in the U.K., but rumors of a split in the group started to brew. Blatt was expecting her first child with Jamiroquai’s Stuart Zender and gossip claimed she was leaving All Saints. Appleton was also rumored to have walked out on the band after the group failed to show up for the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ celebration that year.

 

In early 2000, their William Orbit-produced single “Pure Shores” was included on the soundtrack to the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. Countless festival shows across the U.K. also redefined All Saints’ staying power despite their shaky unit. The long-awaited sophomore effort, Saints & Sinners, was finally issued in October 2000, boosting second single “Black Coffee” into the charts, but trouble still loomed ahead. By the start of 2001, tours of Japan and Australia were canceled. Jealousy appeared to be the culprit because Lewis and Blatt were ill-disposed to the Appleton sisters’ celebrity status, especially Natalie’s relationship with the Prodigy’s Liam Howlett and Nicole’s with Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher. In February 2001, the split was finalized. Blatt released her first single, “Twentyfourseven,” in the summer and Shaznay Lewis was writing with All Saints producer K Gee. The Appletons were cutting material and making plans for a tell-all book. All Hits, a greatest-hits collection of singles and a limited-edition DVD, was issued in fall 2001, seemingly marking a bitter end for the All Saints.

 

In January 2006, it was revealed that the quartet had reunited and signed with Parlophone. All Saints’ first single in over five years, “Rock Steady,” was released that November and hit number three on the U.K. singles chart. The band’s third studio LP, Studio 1, was released just days later and debuted at number 40 in the U.K. The following year, the women parted ways with Parlophone and canceled another planned tour. Bolstering rumors of another split, the compilation Pure Shores: The Very Best of All Saints appeared in September 2010.

 

After four years of silence, news of another reunion emerged when the band announced plans for a brief 2014 tour in support of the Backstreet Boys, as well as festival appearances. Reinvigorated, they quietly planned for a full comeback a couple years later. Still exhibiting a refined brand of dance-pop, the single “One Strike” arrived in February 2016. Written and recorded without the involvement of a record label, the full-length Red Flag was released in April.

~ John Bush

 

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