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‘NOW 61’, ‘NOW 90s Pop’ available Jan 27th

NOW 61 & NOW 90s Pop

NOW That’s What I Call Music!, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the simultaneous release of this year’s first two NOW collections — NOW That’s What I Call Music! 61 and NOW That’s What I Call 90s Pop — on Friday, January 27th.

With the release of NOW 60 in November 2016, US sales of NOW series albums breaks the 100 million copies mark.

NOW That’s What I Call Music! 61 features 16 major current hits from today’s hottest artists including Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar, Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj, DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber, The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, D.R.A.M featuring Lil Yachty, Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall, Fifth Harmony, Jon Bellion, Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha, Hey Violet, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and gnash featuring Olivia O’Brien.

The hit songs on NOW 61 were streamed more than 200 million times during the last week in December alone. 15 of the tracks on NOW 61 have achieved Top 20 status or better with eleven of those making the Top 10.

NOW 61 includes the #1 Hot 100 smash “Black Beatles” (Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane), “Broccoli” (D.R.A.M featuring Lil Yachty),”Juju On That Beat” (Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall), Ariana Grande (featuring Nicki Minaj) performing the #1 Mainstream Top 40 chart-topper “Side To Side,” Alessia Cara’s fast-rising “Scars To Your Beautiful” and more.

In addition to The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” a #1 track on iTunes, NOW 61 includes, exclusively available on this collection, the “clean” version of Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic” (also a #1 song on iTunes).

NOW 61 includes the latest installment of NOW’s enormously-popular “What’s Next” developing artist initiative, debuting six new music preview bonus tracks from up-and-coming stars including Citizen Four, Dagny, JoJo featuring Wiz Khalifa, Aanysa X Snakehips, Maggie Rogers and Urban Cone.

First launched as an added bonus feature on NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 32, “NOW Presents What’s Next” has introduced major developing artists to the enthusiastic and receptive NOW music audience. Previous “What’s Next” successes have included Walk The Moon, Hot Chelle Rae, Hunter Hayes, Capitol Cities, A Great Big World, Shawn Mendes and others.

NOW invites music fans to travel back in time with NOW 90s Pop, the ultimate celebration of the enduring classic sounds and artists that defined the ultimate pop party decade.

NOW That's What I Call Music 61

NOW 61

1. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
2. Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Wanna Know
3. Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful
4. Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj – Side To Side
5. DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
6. The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk – Starboy
7. Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane – Black Beatles
8. D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty – Broccoli
9. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)
10. Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
11. Jon Bellion – All Time Low
12. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
13. Hey Violet – Guys My Age
14. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
15. Niall Horan – This Town
16. gnash f/Olivia O’Brien – i hate u, i love u

NOW 61 / What’s Next
17. Citizen Four – Testify
18. Dagny – Fool’s Gold
19. JoJo featuring Wiz Khalifa – No Apologies
20. Aanysa X Snakehips – Burn Break Crash
21. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
22. Urban Cone – Old School

NOW! That's What I Cal Music 90s Pop

NOW 90s Pop

1. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
2. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
3. Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
4. Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine
5. TLC – Waterfalls
6. Salt-N-Pepa f/En Vogue – Whatta Man
7. Boyz II Men – Motownphilly
8. Bell Biv Devoe – Poison
9. Wreckx-N-Effect – Rumpshaker
10. Bobby Brown – Humpin’ Around
11. C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
12. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
13. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Remix)
14. Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
15. Hanson – MMMBop
16. Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
17. New Kids On The Block – Step By Step
18. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way

Erykah Badu honored at Essence Black Women in Music

Erykah Badu

Time Inc.’s Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will host its highly anticipated eighth annual “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY Week event—on Thursday, February 9th in Los Angeles. The invitation-only soiree will salute the year’s extraordinary GRAMMY nominees and fête four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, Baduizm. The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian singer songwriter making an indelible impact in the US.

“From the time that she first hit the scene with her album Baduizm, we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu. It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen, whose remarkable artistry still moves us 20 years later,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We congratulate Erykah on her incredible career, as well as all of this year’s GRAMMY nominees, who share their amazing gifts with the world.”

“Our collaboration with The Recording Academy underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Essence, like the GRAMMYs, has always been at the forefront of recognizing the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s rising stars, like Tiwa Savage. We also applaud our event sponsor, Lincoln, for returning once again to support the vision of this event.”

“We’re closely aligned with the inspiration behind the ‘Black Women in Music’ event that helps bring a highly talented group of artists together through the power of music,” said Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy. “The Recording Academy has always strived to recognize and celebrate diversity within the music industry.”

Established in 2010, Essence ‘Black Women in Music’ has heralded the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY week. Previous celebrants include GRAMMY Award winners Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monáe, GRAMMY Award nominees Solange and Andra Day, as well as music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone and singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sandé.

The 2017 ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ event is sponsored by Lincoln.

Weird Al details career-spanning box set

Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic, rock music’s legendary satirist, is partnering with Legacy Recordings and PledgeMusic for the release of Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic, a career-spanning box set.

The ultimate tribute to one of the most prolific musical careers of the last four decades, Squeeze Box features all 14 of Weird Al’s studio albums remastered on CD, 150-gram vinyl and digital, spanning from his debut album “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) to Mandatory Fun (2014). Mandatory Fun was not only the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart, but also the first to even reach that lofty position in over 50 years. Altogether, the albums included in Squeeze Box have earned multiple Grammy awards, as well as dozens of gold and platinum records in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Six of these albums will make their debut on vinyl as part of Squeeze Box. Each has been newly remastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mark Wilder and personally approved by Yankovic. An Al-curated 15th bonus disc, Medium Rarities, features specially selected non-album tracks from across his remarkable career.

Fans can pre-order the collection now on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s campaign page. The leaders in direct-to-fan platforms, PledgeMusic allows artists to get more personal with their fans, offering pledgers behind-the-scenes updates and items not available anywhere else. Pledgers who pre-order the Squeeze Box set will receive the AccessPass which offers access to exclusive artist updates, bonus content, and more.

Available in Fall 2017, Squeeze Box comes in a unique package worthy of Weird Al’s inimitable style: an amazing replica of his signature accordion, with each album stored in its bellows. An accompanying 100-page book will feature a trove of rare and unseen photos and memorabilia.

Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic will be sold through an exclusive partnership with Legacy Recordings, the Grammy Award-winning catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and PledgeMusic, a direct-to-fan music platform that will offer exclusive content and insight into the making of this one-of-a-kind set. Fans can purchase various bundles featuring signed test pressings and other merchandise available only through the PledgeMusic campaign. Upon pre-ordering the set, fans can check back for videos, images and updates on the project, from a trip to the mastering studio to early looks at the packaging and content.

Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic (1983)
“Weird Al” Yankovic In 3-D (1984)
Dare To Be Stupid (1985)
Polka Party! (1986)
Even Worse (1988)
UHF – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff (1989)
Off The Deep End (1992)
Alapalooza (1993)
Bad Hair Day (1996)
Running with Scissors (1999)
Poodle Hat (2003)
Straight Outta Lynwood (2006)
Alpocalypse (2011)
Mandatory Fun (2014)

The 1975 announce MSG performance

The 1975

The 1975 has announced that that they will headline New York City’s fabled Madison Square Garden on June 1st. An artist ticket pre-sale for the show begins January 10th at 10 am ET. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Saturday, January 14th at 10 am ET via their website.

Last month, the band wrapped its 2016 North American headlining arena tour, which included sold out shows at The Forum in Los Angeles and The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The British quartet has been touring in support of its second album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (Dirty Hit / Interscope Records), which debuted at No. 1 on both the UK and US chart. It was one of the top six shortlisted Albums of the Year at the prestigious Mercury Prize 2016, also winning the public vote. The latest single from the album, “Somebody Else,” is currently Top 10 at Modern Rock Radio, while its video has racked up more than 14 million views. The single was listed on Pitchfork’s Top 100 songs of 2016 and Consequence of Sound’s Top 50 of 2016.

I like it when you sleep… has been included on several year-end “Best of 2016” critics lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone (#1 Pop Album), Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Noisey, Idolator, Stereogum, Complex, and NPR, who also included the single “A Change of Heart” on its Top Songs of 2016 chart.


‘2017 Grammy Nominees’ album detailed

2017 Grammy Nominees

The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Recordings and Atlantic Records have revealed the track listing for the 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album. Set for release on January 20th in stores and via digital retailers, the latest installment of the best-selling series — now in its 23rd year — features a collection of GRAMMY-nominated music for the upcoming 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. A portion of album proceeds benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation and MusiCares Foundation — The Recording Academy-affiliated charitable organizations focused on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.

The 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album is highlighted by 21 hits from the world’s biggest superstars and hottest emerging talent, including Album Of The Year nominees Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson and Best New Artist nominees Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Anderson .Paak among others.

“The 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album provides a unique playlist, and showcases some of the greatest songs and talented artists that make up this year’s incredible nominees,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “We are pleased to collaborate with Atlantic Records on this project, which provides support for the invaluable programs and initiatives our charities produce throughout the year.”

“It has been a fantastic year for music, and we’re very happy to partner with the Recording Academy once again to release a tremendous collection of GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs,” said Julie Greenwald, Chairman & COO of Atlantic Records. “It’s great to have all these amazing and diverse performances together on one album, especially when it supports the wonderful work done by The Recording Academy’s charities.”

Music fans can log on to 2017GRAMMYAlbum.com or CBS.com/GRAMMYs through January 19th to pre-order the 2017 GRAMMY Nominees album, and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.


“Don’t Hurt Yourself” Feat. Jack White
Album Of The Year

“Stressed Out”
Record Of The Year
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

3. SIA
“Cheap Thrills” Feat. Sean Paul
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Hotline Bling”
Album Of The Year

Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album

“Love Yourself”
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album

“Closer” Feat. Halsey
Best New Artist
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Peter Pan”
Best New Artist

“My Church”
Best New Artist
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Song

“Brace For Impact (Live A Little)”
Album Of The Year

“Am I Wrong” Feat. ScHoolBoy Q
Best New Artist

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Dangerous Woman”
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album

“Piece By Piece (Idol Version) ”
Best Pop Solo Performance

“7 Years”
Record Of The Year
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Church Bells”
Best Country Solo Performance

“Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Song

“Love Can Go To Hell”
Best Country Solo Performance

“Die A Happy Man”
Best Country Song

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Song

“Humble And Kind”
Best Country Song

Ariana Grande joins cast of Final Fantasy mobile game

Ariana Grande

New Video Reveals Mobile Game Collaboration with Multi-Platinum Recording Artist

Fans of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the free-to-play Final Fantasy mobile game, are in for a surprise this month as internationally acclaimed recording artist and actress Ariana Grande will lend her likeness to the hit RPG. The collaboration with the superstar is further detailed in a new video, which can be viewed below.

As part of this collaboration, Grande’s hit song “Touch It” will be arranged as a Final Fantasy Brave Exvius–style remix, which can be listened on YouTube.

More details around the collaboration and limited-time in-game event will be revealed in the middle of January.

Square Enix also announced that Final Fantasy Brave Exvius has surpassed nine million downloads worldwide, excluding Japan. To celebrate this special milestone, for a limited time, players will receive a significant boost in daily log-in bonuses.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App store.

‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ remains at #1 on Billboard Top 200

Pentatonix - A Pentatonix Christmas

A Pentatonix Christmas, the third holiday album from the Grammy Award winning group Pentatonix, remains at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart. This is the second time the quintet has topped the chart (their self-titled album debuted #1 in 2015). The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA and is currently the 5th best-selling album of 2016. A Pentatonix Christmas has remained #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums Chart for nine weeks since its release (Pentatonix has held the Holiday Albums Chart’s #1 position for 29 consecutive weeks during the holiday season). 2014’s 2X platinum That’s Christmas to Me reaches #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.

The group’s cover of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” is currently #5 on Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart. The official music video has nearly 100 million views. Just before Christmas, Pentatonix released their performance of “Hallelujah” from A Pentatonix Christmas Special. The NBC special aired on both December 14th and December 17th, garnering nearly 13 million viewers across the two airings.

Cumulatively, the group’s holiday albums have sold over four million copies in the U.S. and their holiday videos have over 570 million views on YouTube.

Recently, the group received a 59th Annual Grammy Award nomination for Best Country/Duo or Group for their arrangement of “Jolene” with Dolly Parton.


Colony House announces ‘Only The Lonely’ for Jan 13th

Colony House - Only The Lonely

Nashville-based indie pop/rock band Colony House will be releasing their second album Only The Lonely on January 13th on Descendant/RCA Records on CD and LP. The band will be performing their single “You & I” on Late Night with Seth Meyers on January 11th and The TODAY Show on January 16th.

The band recently announced their headlining 37 city North American tour, kicking off on February 15th in St. Louis and will stop in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and more. Tickets, VIP packages and more, available at their website.

Elle Magazine calls the band’s sound “surf-poppy and anthemic” and Celeb Mix wrote of their recent tour with the Mowgli’s “…one of the best shows we’ve seen this year… With a setlist that include the eclectic styles of their first and second albums, the band really do have their eyes set on leaving their mark on the indie rock scene.” Volume wrote “Colony reminded fans of what a real rock show was. …they brought the party and the feel-good vibes.” And the Louisville Cardinal raved “Black Keys meets Death Cab For Cutie aesthetic…Colony House captivated.”

Colony House has released several tracks from their forthcoming album leading into release. “This Beautiful Life” premiered on Baeble Music, who raved, “Soaring vocal harmonies begin to join in to make for a chilling, almost spiritual hymn…‘This Beautiful Life’ is a stripped down acoustic song with little polish and a ton of authenticity… it’s looking like this [Only The Lonely] is going to be very raw, personal, and fun.” “This Beautiful Life” follows the release of album track “Lonely,” which premiered on Paste.

The video for “You & I,” co-directed by lead singer/guitarist Caleb Chapman premiered on noisey.com who wrote: “The video …descends into chaos, instant replay smacks, freeze frame moments, egos colliding, slapstick horseplay…musically the Tennessee boys work a bright brand of indie-pop that’s entirely at odds with the physical angst manifested in this video. But it’s this very juxtaposition that makes this video so amusing to watch.” Caleb also co-directed the video for “You Know It,” which premiered on Consequence of Sound who described the band’s sound as “twangy surf pop.” Fans that pre-order the album will receive all four tracks instantly.

Producer Peter Katis known for his work with Interpol, The National, Frightened Rabbit, and more worked with the band on many of the album tracks on Only The Lonely, as well as notable mixer Vance Powell (Jack White, Elle King, Beck).

Only The Lonely is the follow up to Colony House’s debut album When I Was Younger which featured their single “Silhouettes,” which has enjoyed over 10 million streams on Spotify and was the #1 most played track on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation for four months straight. The band has previously performed on CONAN, Late Night with Seth Meyers and VH1 Big Morning Buzz, and has been featured by NPR Music, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and Noisey, among many others.

Colony House is brothers Caleb Chapman and Will Chapman, Scott Mills, and Parke Avery.


2/15 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill – Duck Room
2/16 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Bar
2/17 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
2/18 Madison, WI The Frequency
2/19 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
2/21 Grand Rapids, MI The Stache
2/22 Pittsburgh, PA The Club at Stage AE
2/23 Columbus, OH The Basement
2/24 Detroit, MI The Shelter
2/25 Toronto, OH Horseshoe Tavern
2/27 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
2/28 Albany, NY Jupiter Hall at Lucky Strike Social
3/1 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at The Fillmore
3/2 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
3/4 Washington, D.C. U Street Music Hall
3/5 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
3/6 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
3/7 Charlotte, NC The Underground
3/9 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
3/11 Birmingham, AL Saturn
3/12 New Orleans, LA Parish @ House of Blues
3/14 Waco, TX Common Grounds
3/19 Houston, TX House of Blues – Bronze Peacock
3/20 Dallas, TX Club Dada
3/23 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
3/24 San Diego, CA House of Blues – Voodoo Room
3/25 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
3/27 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory – Constellation Room
3/28 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
3/30 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
3/31 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
4/1 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
4/4 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court Gallery
4/7 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
4/8 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
4/9 Tulsa, OK The Vanguard
4/11 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
4/12 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
4/13 Chattanooga, TN Revelry Room
4/14 Atlanta, GA Vinyl

Radiohead, Beyonce headline 2017 Coachella

Tickets go on sale January 4th at 11 am PST

Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar are set to headline 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The event takes place April 14-16 and April 21-23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

Radiohead will cap both Friday nights along with Travis Scott, Empire of the Sun, the XX, Father John Misty, Capital Cities and more.

Beyonce will headline both Saturday nights along with Bon Iver, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Bastille and more.

Kendrick Lamar will close both Sundays along with Lorde, Justice, New Order, Grouplove, Porter Robinson & Madeon, Future Islands and more.

2017 passes go on sale Wednesday, January 4th at 11 am PST starting at $399 per weekend at coachella.com.

Coachella 2017

SiriusXM announces George Michael Tribute Channel

George Michael

SiriusXM has announced that it will pay tribute to the groundbreaking artist George Michael. The limited-run channel, Faith, will feature music from the icon’s entire body of work.

Faith will feature music from the legendary artist’s earliest recordings with Wham!, his collaborations with Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Queen, plus his solo career starting with his 1987 album, Faith.

SiriusXM’s Faith will launch on Wednesday, January 4th at noon ET and will air through Tuesday, January 10th via satellite on channel 13. Faith will also be available online and through the SiriusXM app.