MUSIC RELEASE BUZZ WEEK

Universal music’s latest releases feature artists Kanye West, Becky Hill, Lilly Papas and Tiana Major9. The new tracks are some of Universal Music’s top picks showcasing the exciting work of old and new artists alike. The new singles are sure to be hits and will keep fans wanting more.

KANYE WEST RELEASES “WASH US IN THE BLOOD” FEAT. TRAVIS SCOTT NEW SINGLE & VIDEO FROM UPCOMING 10TH STUDIO ALBUM GOD’S COUNTRY

KANYE WEST has released a new track and video “Wash Us In the Blood” featuring Travis Scott. “Wash Us In The Blood” was mixed by Dr. Dre. Artist Arthur Jafa created the artwork and directed the video. “Wash Us In The Blood” is the first track from West’s upcoming tenth solo studio album God’s Country. LISTEN TO “WASH US IN THE BLOOD” HERE

“Wash Us In The Blood” is being offered for pre-order on shop.kanyewest.com in a variety of different formats including a 12 inch picture disc, 7 inch red vinyl, red cassette, CD and a standalone digital single; all featuring artwork by Arthur Jafa.

Kanye West‘s 2019 album JESUS IS KING debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart and Billboard 200 album chart, surpassing the Beatles and once again tying Eminem for the most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history, with nine.

JESUS IS KING, also made history with #1 debuts on both the Rap Album and Gospel Album charts.
On the JESUS IS KING album, New York Magazine wrote “There comes a time, when musicians devote themselves to big questions, where the biggest question of them all comes calling, the question of what, if anything, orders the universe…Jesus Is King is the man coming full circle.”

On Kanye West, NBC News offered: “It is not hyperbole to call West a genius.”

BECKY HILL RELEASES NEW SINGLE IN COLLABORATION WITH SIGALA ‘HEAVEN ON MY MIND’

Hitmaking singer-songwriter Becky Hill has released her brand new single ‘Heaven On My Mind’ in collaboration with Sigala.

‘Heaven On My Mind’, which is written by Becky Hill and produced by Sigala, is the second single to be lifted from Becky’s upcoming debut album release. It sees Becky reunite with Sigala, who she collaborated with last year on hit, ‘Wish You Well’.

“‘Heaven on my mind’ has had a different journey and creative process from my other songs I’ve released.” Says Becky. “When Sigala first sent me ideas for the song, it was during a dark time for me last year, and so it wasn’t a track that I would have ever started writing myself – it was so pure and carefree… But that actually made me want to work on it and make it as personal as possible and release it. And after having big success with Sigala on our track ‘Wish you Well’, I had such a high respect and love for him and was over the moon he wanted to collaborate with me again!”

The second single to be lifted from Becky’s forthcoming debut album, it follows the release of ‘Better Off Without You’ (ft Shift K3Y), which has accumulated over 75 million global streams to date.

‘Heaven On My Mind’, is set to cement Becky’s reputation as one of Britain’s most in-demand musical exports of the moment. With an irrefutable aptitude for writing chart smashing pop songs and an impressive string of hits to her name, Becky has now garnered over 1.6 billion combined global streams and with 18 million monthly listeners she is currently the 156th most listened to artist on Spotify.

LILY PAPAS UNVEILS HER SOPHOMORE RELEASE ‘JACKSON’

Australian singer-songwriter Lily Papas unveils her sophomore release ‘Jackson’. Written by Lily ‘Jackson’ is the second track to be lifted from her debut album ‘Encore’, due in late 2020.

The track opens with Lily’s instantly recognisable vocals. Stunningly, they accompany a slowly plucked guitar and dream-like pop chords. The track reaches its euphoric peak in its chorus where low lit drums give space for pristine vocal arrangement. The track is a crisp sonic journey which draws listeners closer to the whimsical charm of Lily Papas. Sentiment wise the track touches on the themes of infatuation, loss and attachment.

On the themes of the track, Lily states ‘Jackson came from a feeling of wanting to move on from a hurtful place I had trapped myself in for a long time. It’s about a relationship that began with lies and distrust and how the deceit consumed me. We fell in love and have this beautiful relationship, but the pain of the dishonesty is still haunting me. ‘Jackson’ is about my own inner battle but also about the feelings of the relationship.’

‘Jackson’ meets the high benchmark set by Lily Papas’ debut single ‘Wild’. The track now sitting at close to half a million streams on Spotify cemented Lily as an unmistakably standalone voice in a world increasingly geared towards homogeneity. Off the back of it, she performed with a full band at the AO LIVE Stage at the Australian Open and featured on Channel 9’s The Today Show. Other highlights include support by Who Magazine, Brisbane’s Courier Mail and Women In Pop.

Lily Papas has a transportive sound with tinges of London Grammar with the grittiness and rasp of The Pretenders’ Chrissy Hunde. Lily Papas prefers to trade on her passion rather than what’s in fashion, with her unique standalone sound undeniable. With ‘Jackson’ she cements herself as more than just one to watch in Australia’s pop sphere.

TIANA MAJOR9 SHARES NEW TRACK FROM HER FORTHCOMING EP ‘LUCKY’

Tiana Major9 has released her latest single ‘Lucky’ through Motown Records. A warm, soulful celebration of winning at love, ‘Lucky’ is from her forthcoming EP. Tiana wrote the song with Jeff “Gitty” Gitelman (J. Cole, H.E.R., Anderson .Paak), who also produced, and PRGRSHN (WSTRN, Stormzy, Wizkid).

Tiana Major9 says, “I’m so excited to share ‘Lucky’ with the world. It’s taken from my upcoming EP and was made to make you feel good!”

‘Lucky’ follows the breakout artist’s Motown solo debut, “Think About You” (Notion Mix) – a song that reveals her classic influences yet feels very “right now.” Tiana, who has been named a Vevo DSCVR artist, roots her bold blend of future-facing R&B, enduring soul, and hip-hop attitude in boundless jazz eloquence twisted up with saucy East London inflection and a touch of Jamaican spirit.

‘Collide’ her collaboration with EARTHGANG, has amassed nearly 20 million combined global streams to date. It was the lead single from the acclaimed Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack. Naming it as one of the Best R&B Songs of 2019, VIBE, said, “‘Collide’ is an intoxicating duet that delicately intertwines neo-soul tranquility with harrowing emotion…pure gold.” Tiana and EARTHGANG performed the track on ​The Late Show with Stephen Colbert​, at the ​Soul Train Awards ’19​ and at ​Billboard Women In Music​ 2019.

Earlier this year, Tiana featured on ‘Rainfall,’ a track from Stormzy’s new album, Heavy Is The Head, which topped the Official Albums chart in the U.K. VICE has hailed Tiana as “a singular voice in British black soul” and Billboard declared, “Tiana Major9 is one to watch in 2020.”

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