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Visionary Band Starset Break 1 Billion On YouTube

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Multi-media, modern rock band, Starset, recently passed the 1 billion milestone total views on YouTube with their official videos and User Generated Content (UGC) videos combined. The band’s cinematic sound and rabid fan-base have driven huge numbers at the video streaming service with fans uploading an unprecedented amount of their own videos using the band’s music, giving the band, led by singer, Dustin Bates, an unparalleled digital foothold. Starset’s stronghold at radio has added to this ascension with the band’s first single from new album, Vessels, Monster, currently the #2 most played song of the year at mainstream rock.

Starset tapped into powerful YouTube communities including anime and gaming, which are much larger than that of music on the platform. Many fan-uploaded Starset videos have hit multi-million views and YouTube data shows Starset videos gaining nearly two million new views per day. With only two albums released to date, Starset has exceeded the total view counts of most other contemporary rock bands and have views in the same league as the Foo Fighters, Muse, Bring Me the Horizon and AWOLNATION.

Severn Records Announces October 6 Release Date for New CD from The Original Blues Brothers Band

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Severn Records announces an October 6 release date for The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, the new album from the legendary Original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitarist Steve Cropper and sax player “Blue Lou” Marini, with special guests Eddie Floyd, Joe Louis Walker, Paul Shaffer, Dr. John, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Joe Morton.

“Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds,” says “Blue Lou” Marini. “But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.

“We also have Tom ‘Bones’ Malone playing and arranging, and cameos from Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy and Joe Morton, a star from our second movie. We are also thrilled to have former members David Spinozza on guitar, Birch Johnson on trombone, and my steady sub, Baron Raymonde on alto sax.”

The Last Shade of Blue Before Black was produced by Lou Marini, Steve Cropper and The Original Blues Brothers Band and recorded at IWII Studios in Hoboken, NJ, by Jay Messina.

Open Road Recordings Drive the Hits with Five New Albums Now Certified Gold

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Music Canada has recently unveiled new updates to their Album Award protocol, which will now include digital song sales and stream count equivalents towards new certifications. This new development has had huge implications towards Open Road Recording’s overall roster, deeming five albums certified Gold, and one album has become certified Triple Platinum.

“It’s exciting to see digital analytics now taken into account, and the numbers overall speak to the success of the country genre when it comes to streaming and downloads. We are so proud to see Dean add 3 Gold Albums to his long list of accolades, as well as Tim Hicks, High Valley and Johnny Reid,” said Ron Kitchener, Founder of RGK Entertainment.

The following albums have been added to the overall totals:

GOLD:
· Dean Brody – Trail In Life
· Dean Brody – Crop Circles
· Dean Brody – Gypsy Road
· Tim Hicks – Throw Down
· High Valley – County Line

TRIPLE PLATINUM:
· Johnny Reid – Dance With Me

In addition, Open Road Recordings / RGK Entertainment are collectively up for 22 CCMA awards across all categories. In previous years, RGK has won CCMA Management Company of the Year 13 years in a row, and ORR has won Record Company of the Year nine times total.

JAMBANATM One World Festival, Reveals Official Lineup

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As fans eagerly followed weeks of speculation of exciting artist announcements, Jones & Jones Productions Ltd has revealed the full lineup for JAMBANATM One World Festival 2017. Returning to the Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Road in Markham, ON, Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7, Canada’s festival devoted to reggae and world music will feature two days of music from over 35 globally acclaimed music, comedy and dance acts.

This year's legendary roster welcomes a diverse range of fan favorites and newcomers, including Wayne Wonder, Culture, 5-time JUNO Award winner Exco Levi, Leroy Sibbles, Half Pint, Dancehall giant Assassin and more.

Tickets for the 8th annual gathering are on sale now and at the door - $20 advance, $25 at the door, children under 5 are free, and children 5-10 years of age are $5. VIP tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. Children’s VIP are $35. Services charges apply

Descendents Share Video For “Without Love”

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Just released - legendary punk band Descendents share their video for “Without Love.” The emotionally charged track appears on 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate—the band’s first album in 12 years.

Watch the video for “Without Love” here: https://youtu.be/NlA3HrmnNGM

Partially animated—and co-starring the classic Milo cartoon—“Without Love” captures moments from Descendents’ kinetic live show. The video also features behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s recent tours, complete with backstage badminton.

“Without Love” is the first proper video from Hypercaffium Spazzinate, which was released in July 2016. The heavy-hearted but anthemic song was mainly written by drummer Bill Stevenson, with its lyrics alluding to some major health troubles he suffered years ago.

Featuring Stevenson along with bassist Karl Alvarez, vocalist Milo Aukerman, and guitarist Stephen Egerton, Descendents formed in 1978. After delivering their iconic full-length debut—1982’s Milo Goes to College—the band released five more studio albums before going on an extended hiatus. In 2013, Descendents’ complete story was chronicled in the acclaimed feature-length documentary Filmage.

Earlier this year, Descendents embarked on a headline tour of North America. Tickets are on sale now, with dates scheduled through the end of 2017.

The Wild ! Release New Video Release and Announce Summer Tour

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Canadian wild boys, The Wild!, debuted another wild and crazy music video for their track, Livin' Free, off their new LP, Wild At Heart, exclusively via Alternative Press Magazine. Directed by longtime collaborator Stuey Kubrick, this is the second video we've seen from the band off this release. Their first video for Ready to Roll can be watched here.

"This song is basically a huge cheers to the best years of your life," says frontman, Dylan Villain. "The lyrics in the chorus say it all, 'One for the sun comin' up in the streets. And for the nights we never sleep. Here's to the ones still livin' free.' What a time we had making this one, man. Straight up livin' hard... and LIVIN' FREE!" 

The Wild! released Wild At Heart back in February via Entertainment One (eOne). Villain adds, "This record is a big one for me. All of us, man. I really had to go through some shit to get things right on this one. I can honestly sit here today & tell you that we made the best record we possibly could. I'm proud as hell of it and I can't wait for all of you to hear it. It's everything I wanted it to be." The tracklist and artwork are also available below.

National Music Centre Launches Special Exhibition Dedicated to k.d. lang

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The National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to launch a new temporary exhibition honouring iconic Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang.

The exhibition, called Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage, will be in the National Bank Private Banking 1859 Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 5 of Studio Bell, and trace the versatile performer’s evolution as one of Canada’s most-loved artists.

“Working on this exhibition with NMC made me look back a bit on my life as a performance artist challenging norms, and how my evolving style became just as important as the performance itself,” said k.d. lang. “I hope the public enjoys the exhibition as much as I’ve enjoyed performing in those pieces and playing those instruments over my career. I can’t think of a place more suited than Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, to preserve those memories and share them with my fans.”

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Ruthie Foster @ Hugh’s Room Live

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In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.

If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself dueting with Bonnie Raitt or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.

There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

The small rural town of Gause, Texas had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound which is unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career - marching to the beat of her own drum.

Joining the Navy was one way for Ruthie to stake out her own path. It was during her time singing for the Navy band Pride that her love for performing became apparent. After leaving the service, Ruthie signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.

Country Roads Nashville Meets London

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London is gearing up for the return of the Nashville Meets London Music Festival at Canary Wharf. The festival that brings the sounds of the south will once again fill the air at Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park, Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23. The two-day event is open to the public and free for all to come and enjoy.
Nashville Meets London is on its way to becoming a firm fixture in London’s music calendar and this July will showcase established and exciting new talent from the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee and the UK.

This year’s talent lineup will feature US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, alongside UK-based acts Flats & Sharps, Wildwood Kin, Kevin McGuire, and Raintown.

Country music lovers can make the most of Canary Wharf’s wide variety of bars and restaurants nearby, including numerous American dining options such as American-inspired and London favorites The Big Easy, Shake Shack and The Breakfast Club.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys To Release New Studio Version Of "Do It Again"

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Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Winner, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Co-Founder of The Beach Boys, Mom e Love, is set to release a new studio version of the 1968 Beach Boys classic, "Do It Again," featuring the vocals of Mark McGrath of rock band Sugar Ray and honorary Beach Boy John Stamos on drums. "Do it Again" is streaming and available for download worldwide beginning today, July 4th on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and more. To listen to the song, click here: http://smarturl.it/MikeLove-DoItAgain.

The single is set for release via BMG as The Beach Boys headline a special Fourth of July concert on the West Lawn of U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. McGrath and Stamos will join the concert which will be broadcast on PBS as part of the annual "A Capitol Fourth" special also featuring The Blues Brothers, The Four Tops and Sam Moore.

"Do It Again has been a staple of our live shows since 1969- it evokes memories of past summers while looking forward to new beginnings. I think we capture that feeling in this recording with the multi-talented Mark McGrath, and our honorary Beach Boy, John Stamos," said Love.

Currently, Mike Love is on the Wild Honey World Tour with The Beach Boys. The band now features lead singer Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenberger, Tim Bonhomme, and John Cowsill. The band continues to perform over 150 sold-out shows year-round across the globe.

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