PLUS | Franke, Me Not You, and more are featured in our top picks for this week
A slew of new in albums and EPs this week, plus some must-hear singles.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.
⭐️ PREMIERE ⭐️ | SAGE | "Not Really"
This 15 year-old musician is telling it how she sees it to create music full of attitude, angst, and an amazingly danceable beat. With her latest single, written with famously-rumored "actual Britney Spears vocalist," Myah Marie Langston, SAGE is channeling her seductive qualities into a track that will leave you wanting more.
Best Bits: "...Well what's the point if we're just wasting time? You and I keep committing perfect crimes. So, I'm coming right back..."
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⭐️ PREMIERE ⭐️ | Ashlee Keating | "Hurt Me So Good"
This New Jersey native is lighting up our radar this week with her latest release about a complicated relationship and how addicting they can be. Ashlee has been creating music since childhood, but she's been working most recently on evolving her sound with the help of Timbaland's producer/songwriters, Doug Makuta. We are definitely looking forward to her full-length EP coming soon.
Best Bits: "...Say 'bye to the haters it'll be just us..."
⭐️ FEATURE ⭐️ | Franke | "Italy"
This pop star is looking for a little love in what starts out as an early morning call to a gal and evolves into a plan to run away to Italy together. He already has more than 135K followers across his social media platforms as he looks to redefine the genre. Get ready to get down to this jam.
Best Bits: "...I've been stuck in this moment and losing all sense of my life..."
DAANI | "Two Hands"
This jazz-trained vocalist is now based in Nashville and creating pop songs to dazzle you. Her music's been featured in The Hunger Games and TLC's Dance Moms, but it stands strongly as a the perfect track for getting ready with your girls on a Friday night, too. Happy to be showing one of our favorite a little more love.
Best Bits: "...What am I supposed to be when it's all about you..."
Lucy Neville | "Ransom"
This songwriter got her start as a member of the Australian Girls Choir before branching into writing her own songs that blend elements of electronic, indie, and pop sounds. Neville explains that her latest single is about, "falling in lust and then falling in love." It's about now or never, but there's definitely no decision to be made about when to listen.
Best Bits: "...I can't give you love if your heart's on lock..."
⭐️ PREMIERE ⭐️ | Danielle Cormier | "Fire & Ice"
This songstress is also debuting her full-length album today, and this title track video from the project shows exactly why the Nashville native perked the interest of a guitarist for Peter Frampton. Moody lighting and minimalist details allow for Cormier's voice to shine through and gives us a nice taste for everything her offers on her first record.
Best Bits: The limited lighting and blurry symbolism.
Not for the faint of heart, this video from the up and coming alt pop band focuses on the struggles with addiction that inflict people across this country (something the band wanted to highlight). The band released the following statement regarding their inspiration for the video:
"Our hope is that this song will help others through their internal struggles making them aware that they not alone and to encourage them to open up and talk to someone."
Best Bits: The emotional impact of the various addictions portrayed by the actors.
:PM | "Feel Like A Fool"
These English lads are putting their latest single to video as they croon about the troubles of wanting someone who simply wants someone else. If you were feeling bummed out about the last round of the Vans Warped Tour being announced, watch them and feel assured that the pop-punk vibe is not dead, it's just evolving.
Best Bits: The guys wandering around with the heart red balloons (so cute!).
ALBUMS + EPs...
Mt. Joy | Mt. Joy
These folk-rockers are back with new music and we are already feeling those vibes of an intense summer night at a music festival, grooving with our best friends. They are revamping the Americana genre and getting us ready for a soulful time.
Best Bits: "Julia" is the love song you didn't know you were missing, all about loving a waitress in your favorite watering hole.
Me Not You | Reckoning 2 - EP
This alt-indie band comes out with some powerful new tracks on this short and strong release. It's got the sweetness in the vocals of the underground, emotional scene and the roaring accompaniment of rocker roots, making it a delightful blend for the ears.
Best Bits: Lead single "Everafter" is the essential blend of electronic, indie, and rock worlds.
Cut Chemist | Die Cut
Get ready to get down this weekend with some new tracks from this acclaimed DJ that will help put you in the mood. If you're a fan for collaborations, this is also the place to find them. The album features Laura Darlington, Dntel, and more working their magic on this pumping beats.
Best Bits: "Working my Mind" is going to be your jam in the club this weekend, I promise.
Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. Visit her website for more. If you have an artist you'd like included in an upcoming #ReleaseRadar Column, send emails here.
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Now that Banksy's "Flower Thrower" trademark has been revoked, anyone can profit off his work.
This week anonymous street artist Banksy officially lost the European trademark to his "Flower Thrower" mural.
The guerrilla graffiti artist had engaged in a prolonged legal battle with the small greeting card company Full Colour Black—which was selling products featuring the image of a Palestinian man throwing a bouquet of flowers. But now a panel at the European Union Intellectual Property Office has announced their decision to revoke the artist's trademark on the grounds that he could not definitively prove himself to be the mural's creator.
With social media giants like Facebook and Instagram woven into our daily lives, does a boycott have real weight?
Kim Kardashian has nearly 190 million followers on Instagram, where she's in the habit of posting at least once a day.
If her followers were a nation, they would be the 8th most populous on the planet. But the citizens of Kardashia (Kimeroon? The United Kimdom?) will not be receiving any diplomatic news or thirst traps from their dear leader on Wednesday.
As she announced on Instagram on Tuesday, she is taking part in the one-day boycott of Instagram and Facebook organized by Stop Hate for Profit and promoted by other celebrities, from Katy Perry to Leonardo DiCaprio.