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It's gathering strength and preparing for phase 2... jump on board peeps....

sickickarmy phase 2—Canadian EDM artist, producer and vocalist has been wowing fans with his dark remixes of established artists' songs, since 2012

The Sickick army has been gathering strength—there's already 150,000 subscribers to the Sickick Music YouTube channel.

But, Sickick's about to take it to the next level.

Get ready peeps.

Brace yourselves.

The masked Canadian EDM artist, producer and vocalist that is Sickick has been wowing fans with his dark remixes of established artists' songs, since 2012.

Sickick's remix of ILoveMakonnen's Tuesday ft. Drake racked up more than 1.25 million views in just seven months.

Pretty pretty good, right?

But, he's about to ramp it up to a whole new level after partnering with Much Digital Studios.

Sickick shares his plan for world domination on his YouTube channel, where he posted his latest musical masterpiece, a cover of Kent Jones' Don't Mind.

This will be my last loose cover/rendition for a long time.
Tag all your friends, tag everyone you know who loves music.
We've come all this way together to get to this point, lets celebrate this last Sickick Cover of KENT JONES' - DON'T MIND.
After this, phase 2 of SICKICK begins.
Sickick Army we're heading straight to the realm of originals.
As you see in the video, my new original single entitled, ROLL THRU gets released in 7 days (Sep 9th 2016) as well.
So again, brace yourself for much more content to come.
And as always.... #SpreadTheSickness

Indeed.

Join the #SickickArmy and #SpreadTheSickness peeps.

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canadian rapper pryde profile—Canadian rapper from Brampton, Ontario, has been releasing tracks since the age of 14

Pryde, real name Russell Llantino, is about to blow the F up.

Take our word for it.

The 22-year-old dropped a new track, Pour, earlier this week, and it's DOPE.

Capital D dope.

The Canadian rapper from Brampton, Ontario, has been releasing tracks since the age of 14, previously under the name of D-Pryde.

But he changed his name last year, explaining:

[I feel] D-Pryde wasn't hitting well and didn't sound easy to remember, nor did it sound as cool as [I] thought it did 3 years ago.

So with that being said, [I'm] dropping the unreasonable and unnecessary D from [my] name.

And, it seems he's finally hit his stride, as Pour checks all the boxes—the perfect mix of angst, artistic expression and turmoil, brought together in a 4.46 minute rap.

Then there's the video.

Rad.

In 2010, when he was 16, Pryde was signed to the underground record label, Mars Music Group, but went on to switch to the more mainstream label, BMG in 2012.

In 2011 he embarked on his first major tour, performing all over Canada alongside fellow rapper, J Cole.

Llantino is of Fillipino descent, and says his Asian roots have made him a target of ridicule in the rap world.

But, like any true rapper, Llantino OWNS it, frequently referencing his Asian heritage in his lyrics.

Asian descent aside, there's no doubting Llantino has had to battle the hardships and adversity that any other good rapper out there has.

When Llantino was 3, his father went to the Philippines to look for work and never returned.

He was raised by his mom, Rosalie, in a neighborhood he describes as "low-income and underprivileged."

Sadly, Rosalie died from cancer last year after a three year battle—and, Llantino did what any musician would, he turned the tragedy into a song.

Llantino released Rest of My Life in memory of Rosalie.

R.I.P. Rosalie Llantino, something tells us you'd be very proud of your son.

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The fabulous Diana Espir is gearing up to take over America.

For those who haven’t heard of Espir yet, trust us, you are going to be hearing a whole lot about her—the former Voice France contestant is about to take the U.S. by storm with the release of her new single Tomboy, featuring Nelly.

As part of the 23-year-old's plan for world domination, the up-and-coming artist is Vlogging from Los Angeles—and you can watch the premiere right here on Popdust!

Diana started her career writing and singing ballads. At 15, she made her debut with Je dessine mon destin (I Design My Own Destiny).

“My music was geared towards a younger audience,” says Diana, who, at the time, appropriately specialized in teen-oriented fare. “What I’m doing now takes my music to the next level.”

Tomboy promises to the exact right vehicle to take her there—energetic and upbeat, with just the right mix of playful and edgy, the track hits the perfect note.

“It’s a playful song about a girl who likes to have a plain old good time hanging out in cars with her homeboys doing doughnuts in the parking lot,” Espir explains. “It’s about me realizing that sometimes I’d rather have fun around boys.”

Check out the video for Tomboy, and watch Diana Espir’s Vlog premiere below—then vote here for Diana to become Macy's and iHeart's Rising Star (First round of voting ends on April 26 2015)

As Popdust's One to Watch, Cody Lovaas will soon be a name on everyone's lips. Spinning in the pop galaxy somewhere between Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz, this talented 16-year-old has spent the past couple years sharpening his musicianship and vocal skills, positioning himself as music's next shining superstar. Despite having not yet released an album, he has already garnered attention from much of the industry, Mraz included. The singer-songwriter titan enlisted Lovaas as the opener on numerous shows earlier this year, taking him under his wing and showing him the (musical) ropes. As Lovaas continues to define himself (both personally and professionally), he's quick to understand the implications of the spotlight and what it means to change lives.

On his YouTube channel, he has covered everyone from Amos Lee and Passenger to Maroon 5 and John Lennon. His talent speaks for itself. You can check out a slew of videos right here.

Popdust recently caught up with the budding singer about his upcoming new music, how his friends are handling his fame, what it's like to build a fan base and so much more!

 

Check out our exclusive Q&A-style session below:

 

Having support from someone like Jason Mraz must be really surreal.

Yea, it’s amazing. He actually discovered me in a coffee shop. He was playing some songs. I got to play some after him. It was one of those nights that doesn’t happen twice, you know? It was so special. Everything just came together. He basically said ‘I love your stuff. I wanna help you in whatever way I can.’ He kept his promise. I opened up six of his U.S. shows. I got to have the full touring experience, which is incredible. It was a blast.

 

What’s the reaction been like from your friends?

I’ve always chosen my friends who wouldn’t care if I was performing in front of a billion people or never picked up a guitar. We still do the same things. They have always been super supportive of my music. It’s amazing to have people like that. When I was on tour, they were at the shows. Nothing’s changed [between us]. We still go out and surf and have fun.

 

How have you been working on developing your own sound?

Every artist has their own sound. Even if I were to go into the studio with the same songs as any other artist and the same intentions, the songs would come out completely different. I don’t believe you can duplicate music. Finding out who you are as a musician and what you love, everyone has their own opinion. Everyone’s gonna like something different. I had an important show, and a guy came up to my dad after and said ‘are you Cody’s dad?’ And he was like ‘yea.’ He went, ‘I just wanted to give Cody some critique. I didn’t like the show because of this and this and this.’ My dad was really upset, and he told me. I said ‘that’s awesome. I love that!’ [I said that] because everyone is an expert of music. Everyone has their own ears. You can’t say, ‘oh I’m writing this song and you’ll like it.’ You can’t predict that.

 

What styles of music have you toyed around with?

I’ve always been into singer-songwriter stuff. Growing up, I was always attracted to that kind of music. Mraz, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Ben Howard, Ray LaMontagne, all those guys. I love that kind of music. Picking up the guitar, I started playing covers and writing my own stuff like that.

 

Throughout history, there have been a ton of singers who started out really young and then had major personal problems later on. Why does the entertainment industry carry such a heavy weight?

The people I’ve surrounded myself with, my family and friends, have been so amazing. They keep me grounded. I think any industry can ruin someone. Anything can change anyone. Maybe that’s just how that person is. If they get ruined, how can you say it’s the music industry? I try to stay away from that side of things. I just write my music and have a good time.

 

How do you make sure you take time to be a normal teenager?

I was home schooled for the last two years. I basically fast-tracked it, too, and did double-time. I finished three years of work in a year and a half and graduated early at 16. That has definitely freed my schedule up. If I were going to school, I’d be doing all my work for eight hours, go home do homework for two and then maybe get to see my friends. Now, I work on my music 24/7 unless I’m with my friends. I surf everyday, too. I’m doing everything I used to do, just more music now.

 

When did you start surfing?

I started surfing when I was probably six or seven. That was just long-boarding every summer on and off. I really started getting into it about six years ago. Ever since then, I do a ton of short-boarding. Surfing has been something that’s changed my life completely. It just clears my mind. It goes hand in hand with my music.

 

 

You recently posted a quote that said: “Write down every song idea you have, or else it’ll float away.” Is that something you live by daily?

Ideas are always coming. You can never shut it off or say ‘I’m going to set aside an hour to write at 3 pm tomorrow.’ It won’t happen. It comes when it wants to come. I have a notepad in my phone that has pages and pages and pages of ideas. Most of [my notes] are complete crap but some are good. [laughs] Jason actually told me ‘write down everything or you’ll forget it.’ I woke up the other night, I think at two in the morning, with this idea and I knew it was bad. I was like ‘I’m not gonna write it down.’ So, I started to go back to sleep. It was like Jason was hovering over me, ‘you have to write it down!’ I had to get up and write it down. The worse thing ever is when you’re out in the water and you don’t have a pen or paper or a phone or anything to write down on. You’re car is parked far away. You have to get out, go run all the way to your car and then write it down and then go back in. Whenever you have one idea, it comes to five, so you have to keep going to your car.

Writing is my favorite thing in the world. If I had to pick my favorite thing about music, it would be songwriting. It’s the most incredible feeling to create something out of nothing.

 

You play a ton of instruments already (including mandolin and piano). I hear you are learning to play the bass.

I’m trying. That one’s slower. I don’t have a bass. I’m learning whenever I can grab a bass and play.

 

Do you find yourself having a ton of control over your career?

Everyone has an opinion, and I love hearing opinions. It all comes down to what I like. It’s my music, and it’s what I feel and what I see. I don’t really let anyone else have a say in what I’m going to do, as in ‘you will do this.’ With my creating music, I have a good hold on whatever I do or envision for a song. I love people’s input, though, and critique. My management team has been amazing to me. They’re giving me enough time to really develop my sound and figure out what I love exactly. I’m really grateful for that.

 

What’s been the hardest part of building a fan base?

The hardest part is probably when people see a picture of a young kid with blonde hair and guitar, they think Justin Bieber. A lot of older people have told me ‘my granddaughter dragged me to this concert. I did not wanna go, but then when I heard you, I was so excited. I thought you’d be some sort of other musician.’ A lot of people think my music is not for them, and afterward, they enjoyed it. I’ve had five-year-olds to 90-year-olds love my music. That gap is amazing. If I can touch people with what I create, that’s incredible.

 

When are you expecting to release a single to radio?

I’m getting in the studio pretty soon. Right now, I’m looking for a producer and hashing all that out. I’m hoping to get out an LP or just a single. We do not know yet. That’s in the works.

 

What else are you excited about this year?

I’m doing a ton of shows all around the country. Dallas, Santa Barbara, a bunch of other places. I’m really focusing and learning as much as possible. I just got a taste of the touring life, and I love that. I’d love to keep doing that more and more this year.

 

Find out more about Cody Lovaas on his official website.

[PHOTO CREDIT: Sparks Fly Images]

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Meet J Chris Newberg—The comic who famously put Piers Morgan in his place on America’s Got Talent, got a standing ovation on Jay Leno, and takes comfort in knowing that secretly all five members of One Direction hate each other.

Popdust sat down for an exclusive interview with the leader of TheChrisArmy, to discuss, amongst other things, boobs, butts, Kim Kardashian, who let the dogs out, and the most important lesson gleaned from 80s' Hip Hop lyrics.

Word!

Popdust: What joke gets the biggest laughs?

JCN: I think it's weird that I can always hear my downstairs neighbors having sex and that they can never hear me underneath their bed.

Popdust: Which jokes are you most proud of? Give us 3:

JCN:

1) Don't you hate it when the Amber Alert is your vehicle description?

2) I used to have sex with my fans, but I kept cutting myself on the rotating blades.

3) I don't even understand why they have a sex offender registry, it's not like anyone is going to buy them anything.

Popdust: Is the best thing about rising fame getting to bang hot chicks?

JCN: I will let you know when it happens.

Popdust: You get 30 minutes with Kim Kardashian. Are you going to bang her or yell at her?

JCD: I would talk to her. She's kinda fascinating to me.

Popdust: Who is your dream woman?

JCN: Rachel Bilson or Shannyn Sossamon

Popdust: Butts or Boobs? Why?

JCN: Both. Because.

Popdust: Who do you hate the most?

JCN: I don't hate anyone, but there is a comic I used to work with that is a huge creep. I try not to give him any energy.

Popdust: Who let the dogs out?

JCN: Rachel Bilson, or Shannyn Sossamon

Popdust: If you could go back to high school and beat the shit out of someone, who would it be and why?

JCN: Myself, because I think I had a "Tail."

Popdust: Funniest TV Show of all time?

JCN: 30 Rock

Popdust: Is comedy tragedy plus time?

JCN: It can be, but it can also be Princess Diana plus 3:30

Popdust: Too soon.

Popdust: Why you buggin’?

JCN: Because there is a show on MTV called Slednecks and I can't stop watching it.

Popdust: Which of the 7 deadly sins are you most guilty of?

JCN: Lust

 Popdust: Craziest thing a fan has done?

JCN:  Me

Popdust: What's your ultimate goal?

JCN: I will win two Emmys and own my own production company with a stable of TV shows

Popdust: Best lesson gleaned from 80s' hip hop lyrics?

JCN: We don't need no water...  let the mutherfucker burn..

Follow J Chris Newberg on Twitter and head to TheChrisArmy to check out upcoming tour dates..

Get your freak on!

This sexy new re-mix from Room8 is the perfect jam to kick off your week. The LA based duo re-imagined Just Kiddin's Thinking About It and the track makes me want to flee my desk and find my tribe. Or find some hot dude and totally french him.

The beats are deep and soothing with just enough push to get your groove going. But don't take my word for it, just listen.

If you love what you hear keep an eye out for Room8 aka Ezra Reich and Nic Johns.They're currently collaborating with UK diva Little Boots on material due out in a few months.