Shawn Mendes – “Wonder”

Today, GRAMMY nominated multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated fourth studio album, Wonder, via Island Records. Get it here. Shawn previously released “Wonder” and “Monster (Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber)” from the album.

The highly anticipated album has already received rave reviews.

“On his 14-track fourth album, Shawn Mendes is airy, grand, intense and rapturous. It is the sound of a man totally and hopelessly in love.” – AP

“With its earnest take on love and fame, “Wonder” reminds listeners that Mendes is still a 22-year-old figuring it all out and that, despite his young age, he’s making nuanced songs that pull on your heartstrings. Mendes lays himself bare on the album, leaving fans to wonder only what’s next.” USA Today

“A compelling mix of youthful passion and coming-of-age agony.” – Rolling Stone

“Shawn Mendes grows up, glows up on the love-struck Wonder” – Entertainment Weekly

“Wonder feels like a cinematic experience rather than just another album on a shelf. It’s tangible evidence that Mendes was born to create music” – US Weekly

On December 6th, Shawn will perform a livestream benefit concert, Wonder: The Experience, to celebrate the release of Wonder. The virtual storyteller event is the final performance of Shawn’s Wonder Residencies, which also included performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. RSVP for the storyteller benefit concert, donate to the Shawn Mendes Foundation (SMF), or buy Amex Card Member packages, including behind-the-scenes content and limited edition merch here. As part of the experience, fans can use the Postmates code* WONDEREXPERIENCE for free delivery in the U.S. For every Postmates customer that uses the free delivery code, $1 will be donated to The Shawn Mendes Foundation up to one million dollars.* The Shawn Mendes Foundation is a sponsored program of the Social Impact Fund (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization).

Most recently, Shawn and his longtime manager, Andrew Gertler, partnered with Netflix to release “IN WONDER” globally on November 23rd. The debut feature length documentary, a TIFF special event selection, from acclaimed music video director Grant Singer (The Weeknd, Lorde, Sam Smith), is a portrait of Mendes’ life, chronicling the past few years of his rise and journey. Executive produced by Andrew Gertler, Shawn Mendes, & Ben Winston; produced by Saul Germaine, p.g.a and James Haygood. Mendes and Gertler produced the film under their newly announced film and television production company Permanent Content, which will develop scripted and documentary projects “focused on issues that impact or are important to today’s youth.” Shawn, in partnership with SMF, also announced an official annual TIFF award at the festival, given to an emerging or young filmmaker for excellence in creating a film that focuses on world issues important to the youth of today.

Wonder Track List:

Intro
Wonder
Higher
24 Hours
Teach Me How To Love
Call My Friends
Dream
Song For No One
Monster w/Justin Bieber
305
Always Been You
Piece Of You
Look Up At The Stars
Can’t Imagine

About Shawn Mendes:

GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated self-titled third album in May 2018. The certified platinum album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart as well as multiple additional worldwide markets. It shot to #1 on iTunes in more than 80 countries immediately upon release. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums. Shawn was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual GRAMMY® Awards, including “Song of the Year” for “In My Blood” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for SHAWN MENDES. Most recently, Shawn was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for his single with Camila Cabello, “Señorita.” The song debuted at #1 on iTunes worldwide and broke Spotify’s record for the biggest debut from a male/female duet in its history, going on to become the most streamed song on Spotify in 2019. The hit nabbed the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart as well as #1 at Top 40 & Hot AC Radio. Last summer Shawn debuted his certified platinum single, “If I Can’t Have You,” at #1 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With “Señorita” at #1 and “If I Can’t Have You” at #2, Shawn is the first male solo artist ever to simultaneously hold the #1 and #2 place on the Top 40 chart. In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x platinum hit “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining his 7x platinum single “Stitches.” Throughout his career, Shawn has achieved 3 consecutive #1 album debuts, 3 platinum albums, and 11+ consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles. Worldwide, he has sold over 27 million albums, 242 million singles, and has amassed over 50 billion global streams and over 9 billion YouTube views. Shawn has completed two sold-out world tours with over one million tickets sold, selling out legendary stadiums and arenas including NYC’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena in minutes. On his most recent tour, he sold out his first ever stadium show in minutes at Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. The tour began in March 2019, with over 100 dates across the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Shawn has nearly 50 Billion global streams and 8.6 billion video views. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.

In 2019 Shawn launched The Shawn Mendes Foundation, which seeks to inspire Shawn’s audience, the youth generation of today-to learn about those causes that they are passionate about, and help empower them to use the voice they have to bring change to the world by taking action & giving back. As part of its ongoing mission, the Foundation provides resources and support to amplify the voices, messages, and platforms of young leaders driving positive change.

EVANESCENCE – YEAH RIGHT

“YEAH RIGHT” is the fourth tack to be released from The Bitter Truth, Evanescence’s forthcoming new album and first containing all new material in nearly a decade. The Bitter Truth promises fans more of the heavy, vocal-driven, and expertly-orchestrated rock & roll for which Evanescence is known.

The Bitter Truth takes its foundation in the epic, signature sound that has earned Evanescence two GRAMMY awards and more than 23 million album sales worldwide beginning with their landmark debut ‘Fallen,’ and blends it with the thought-provoking lyrics, musical sophistication, and heavy themes that Amy Lee has become known for. Producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Deftones) has been tracking with the band in Nashville since late January. In a break from the past, the band will be rolling out a series of songs from the album incrementally, culminating in the release of the full album.

About Evanescence:

Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Evanescence has made an impact on people around the world. The group’s 2003 landmark debut album Fallen laid the foundation; spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10 and selling more than 17 million copies worldwide, including a #1 debut on the Australian Aria charts. Debut single and global hit “Bring Me To Life,” reached #1 on the Australian Aria charts, reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as marking their first U.K. #1 hit single. The equally popular “My Immortal” peaked at #4 on the Australian Aria charts, #7 in the U.S. and U.K. Following multiple worldwide tours, The Open Door came next, securing the band their 2nd Aria #1 album and went on to sell more than five million copies globally, followed by the self-titled Evanescence which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Evanescence lead singer-songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist Troy McLawhorn , and guitarist Jen Majura, went down both very new and familiar paths for their fourth and most ambitious release to date, Synthesis , in 2017 via Sony Music Australia. The symphonic effort scored four Billboard #1s, debuting atop the Independent, Alternative, Rock, and Classical Album Charts. Evanescence launched their worldwide “Synthesis Live” tour in October 2017 combining their intense live performances and timeless songwriting with a powerful live orchestra.

Aimee Hannan – Invisible

At one point or another most of us have had that feeling from a loved one, friend or even maybe a co-worker, that we may not be seen for who or what we truly are. That we’re not good enough, that we are invisible.

Determined and inspiring sums up the way Sydney based singer-songwriter Aimee Hannan lives her life. Aimee found her love of country music at age ten, joining the local country music club. Soon after, Aimee was selected to open Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Hat Town’ tour in Gladstone Queensland. She then travelled the countryside competing in many festivals throughout Queensland and NSW with great success, as well as graduating from both the Junior and Senior programs at the CMAA Academy of Country Music.

Singing is a major part of Aimee’s life, but it became increasingly difficult to perform as she was struggling with a rare medical condition that was causing her heart to fail and soon became necessary for Aimee to have her leg amputated. Staying true to herself, Aimee was back on stage months later performing from her wheelchair until her prosthetic was made, then nothing could stop her.

After competing in Today’s Country Brand New Star competition, she connected with fellow artists Gina Jeffreys and Max Jackson and with their help co-wrote a collection of songs, some of which Aimee recorded on her debut album ‘Stronger’, recorded at Hillbilly Hut Studios with Simon Johnson.

Royal South – You Weren’t Made for Me

Individual artists in their own right, SaraBeth and Glen Mitchell have come together to form the harmony powerhouse Royal South. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Texas and London natives have attracted the attention of renowned producer, Paul Worley, who brought us the The Chicks, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, and Martina McBride. Royal South has built a strong international fan base touring heavily across the United States, Europe, and beyond. Their new single, “You Weren’t Made for Me” is ready for radio today!

Beverley Knight – A Christmas Wish

We’ve got the latest release from world-renowned Beverly Knight, The Queen of British Soul.

An original Christmas single, created for the soundtrack of The Loss Adjuster, the film features a star-studded cast of Dame Joan Collins, Martin Kemp, Luke Goss – Out December 1st

Queen of British Soul Beverly Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for over two decades, highlighted by gold and platinum-selling albums, 14 Top 40 hits, sold-out tours, 3 MOBO Awards, several Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominations plus even an Olivier Award nomination for her more recent formidable parallel career in musical theatre.

Ash The Kid, Ford Miskin – “Lonely Love”

These two brothers from Byron Bay and Sydney have jointly collaborated on “Lonely Love”, a song that is the first of potential future joint productions.

Cody Miskin a.k.a. Ash the Kid is a 17 year old singer/multi-instrumentalist out of Byron Bay. He is a classically trained pianist, drummer and guitarist. Taking Influence from a wide variety of Artists such as Radiohead, The Kid LAROI, and The Weeknd, he has quickly developed his own sound.

Ford Miskin

Ford has spent the year of 2018 in Los Angeles producing with artists such as TY$, Lil Mosey, Whethan and Bipolar Sunshine. His sound takes many forms in Future Pop, R&B and Hip Hop. During the last year, his sound has evolved into a fusion of Rock, Dancehall, Hip-hop and R&B. After writing with many singers through the years he has honed in on his songwriting and began singing for himself. Since lock down he has been working almost exclusively with his brother Cody on the project ‘Ash the Kid’.”

MILEY CYRUS – PLASTIC HEARTS

Artist and trailblazer Miley Cyrus’ highly anticipated new album PLASTIC HEARTS is out now via RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

Miley’s seventh studio album features collaborations with Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Dua Lipa.

Miley has already released two singles from the album – ‘Prisoner’ feat. Dua Lipa, which was accompanied by a shamelessly campy rock video featuring the dynamic duo, and directed by Alana Oherlihy and Miley, plus Miley’ s summer hit ‘Midnight Sky’.

Iconic Rock & Roll photographer Mick Rock shot Miley’s cover art, which embodies the music and exemplifies Miley’ s sound, adding her to the list of legends Mick has photographed over the years including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry.

SAMPA THE GREAT WINS BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE, BEST HIP HOP RELEASE AND BEST FEMALE ARTIST AT ARIA AWARDS 2020 FOR DEBUT LP, THE RETURN

Last night from the 2020 ARIA Awards, Sampa The Great took home three awards, Best Independent Release, Best Female Artist and Best Hip Hop Release for her 2019 debut album, The Return, culminating in a thrilling live performance from Botswana.

Filmed at dusk from a stone rooftop, Sampa The Great is joined by her live band and team of enigmatic dancers for a raw and stunningly choreographed performance of “Final Form”, the debut single from The Return LP. Zambian-born, Botswana-raised and now Melbourne-based, Sampa opened the performance with a powerful spoken word set to the introductory bars of album track “Freedom”, as the rapper and poet addressed notions of equality and representation within ARIA itself and the wider music industry. Not to be missed, replay the live performance here.

Sampa The Great was nominated for 6 x ARIA Awards including Best Video, Best Australian Live Act, Album Of The Year, Best Female Artist, Best Hip Hop Release and Best Independent Release for her 2019 album, The Return. “This award means a lot to me, because Hip Hop has been redefined in the past five, ten years in Australia. Young black artists, young people of colour, keep doing what you’re doing, keep bringing the stories to the forefront, because now we get to see a side of Australia that was never shown.” Sampa stated upon accepting her second title for Best Hip Hop Release. “I’m sending all my love to Black women who are in Hip Hop. It often feels isolated and masculine. You can step into whatever genre, and be you. You can define genres.” Taking out her final award of the night for Best Female Artist, Sampa said, “As someone who is wholeheartedly supported by some amazing women, it’s an honour to receive this award. I’ve done my best to represent who I am and who I’m growing to be, and show the beauty of where I’m from. Women deserve to be applauded, of different shapes, sizes and race, and I am honoured to be able to be applauded as well.”

In 2019, Sampa took home Best Hip Hop Release for “Final Form” at the 2019 ARIA Awards, alongside multiple other wins at the annual J Awards, including Video of the Year and Double J’s Artist of the Year, Best Hip Hop Act at the Music Victoria Music Awards and broke industry records by winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize twice in her career. The Return LP was made triple j packet Feature Album, Feature Album at Double J, FBi, Triple R, PBS, SYN, Radio Adelaide, RTR and 2SER, and received praise from the likes of The Guardian, NPR, Pitchfork, The FADER, Billboard, OkayAfrica, Michelle Obama and countless others. “Final Form” has since gathered over 11 million streams to date.
Last night’s 2020 ARIA Awards arrive after a momentous year for Sampa, which includes becoming the first solo artist and female musician to win Best Live Act at the National Live Music Awards and becoming BET Amplified first-ever global artist. Alongside a remix of The Return track, “Time’s Up” with new verses from New York rapper Junglepussy, Sampa appeared on The Avalanches’ recently released single “Take Care In Your Dreaming” alongside Denzel Curry & Tricky, as well as Baker Boy & Dallas Woods on “Better Days”. Entertaining audiences across the globe by playing festivals like Glastonbury, Splendour in the Grass and Laneway, Sampa has performed virtually for AFROPUNK, Black August and the Roots Picnic and consistently keeps in the company of greatness, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Ms Lauryn Hill.

Re-live a historic moment for Sampa The Great today, as she commemorates her 3 x ARIA Award titles, taken from 6 x nominations, with a show-stopping live performance that reaffirms her powerful message and creative vision for a music industry that celebrates all artists in years to come.

Silver Sphere – Football Game

Indie pop darling Silver Sphere is releasing her new track “Football Game” on Wednesday, November 25th, along with an official video.

Speaking on the track she says:

“I actually wrote the chorus of this song in high school. Originally titled ‘dark long drive’ the working title changed to “football game’ when I was reworking the song with Dylan Brady. I felt like I had to pay homage to my Friday night-football game high school days and the drama they brought with them. This is a coming of age song while also being satirical toward the idea of all American high school life.”

She hails from a planet called The Silversphere and fell in love with an “earth-boy” around which her recent EP “all my boyfriends” is based. At 21 years old Silver Sphere has garnered over 13M Spotify streams as well as having performed at the Lavapalooza online festival earlier this year and supporting Omar Apollo on his North American tour.

Nicole Millar – Boring!

Edgy pop chanteuse Nicole Millar today releases her hypnotic new single, ‘Boring!’. Equal parts sweet and sassy, the track was created with Juno-Award winning Canadian artist bülow and song writing collective The Six (Charli XCX, Clean Bandit, Marshmello & Anne Marie)

Speaking of the track, Nicole says : “Boring! is about searching for thrills in different places – needing something more, something exciting. During lockdown, I needed to think of new ways to write songs – I usually collaborate with artists in the studio, but this year I have been going back to my roots of writing with artists online, and to beats.”

“Boring! is a bit more bouncy and fun than some of the tracks I have put out, but in a time of darkness I think people need something fun… and with summer being in Australia I’m really excited to pump this in the car on the way to the beach.”

Watch the visualiser for ‘Boring!’ created by Tiffany Williams (Kota Banks, Ninajirachi, CXLOE) HERE

‘Boring!’ is the fourth release in a collection of new output from Millar marked by its shift into an increasingly captivating, defined and mature sound. Millar’s 2018 debut album ‘Excuse Me’ spawned the viral hit ‘Blindfolded’ (8 million+ combined streams) and ARIA Gold-accredited single ‘Tremble’ (11 million+ combined streams).