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New Music Drop: Mila J - "June 2018" - EP

R&B singer Mila J, has dropped her latest monthly EP.  She's been releasing a new project every month since the beginning of the year. The latest one, "June 2018," includes five tracks; "I See You Lookin," "Without You," "Somehow Someway," "Crash," and "Did This to Myself," (feat. MIGH-X). The tracks, each on a smooth beat, follow the ups and downs of relationships. You can find the new release on digital platforms here , and a preview from Apple Music below. Mila J's birth name is Jamila Chilombo, and the Los Angeles native is of black, Japanese, and Native American descent. She's the older sister of R&B singer Jhéne Aiko, and has been active on and off in the music industry since the 90s, with her appearance (as a little girl) in Prince's "Diamond and Pearls" video in 1991. Check out the latest music from Mila J now. May I ? A post shared by 𝕸 𝖎 𝖑 𝖆 𝕵 🎌 (@milaj)

Female Rapper Celebrates Driving in Saudi Arabia - with a Hip-Hop Video

by Nefertiti Jenkins Leesa A is a hip-hop artist in Saudi Arabia, and she's celebrating the fact, that she can now legally drive a car in her home country. According to BBC News , the law officially changed on June 24, ending the decades-old ban, in which women in Saudi Arabia could not drive, and "families had to hire private chauffeurs for female relatives." The change was announced last September, and the first licenses were issued earlier this month, according to the BBC. Soon after the ban was lifted, Leesa uploaded a rap video to Instagram and YouTube, showing the young woman, behind the wheel of a car spitting bars. The video has been shared extensively on social media, including by actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who also included the lyrics translated in English, under her caption for her post on Instagram. According to the BBC, when Leesa refers to the tenth, that's a reference to the date of June 24, in the lunar-based Islamic calendar. Check out t

Jay Park Releasing "SOJU" Remix this Sunday (featuring Simon Dominic, CHANGMO and Woodie Gochild)

With a second audio teaser, we now know who will be featured on Jay Park's "SOJU" Remix. The entertainer announced on June 29, that the remix will include his AOMG co-CEO, Simon Dominic, as well as rapper Woodie Gochild (from Park's H1GHR MUSIC label) and also on the track, South Korean rapper CHANGMO. The remix is slated to drop on Sunday, July 1st at 6PM (KST), and according to Jay Park (on social media), a "SOJU" Remix Release Party will be held somewhere in Seoul. The original version of "SOJU," featuring 2 Chainz, dropped on May 25, under Roc Nation, as part of Jay Park's official American debut and upcoming album. The music video for it, was released on June 14. Park says the debut album (for Roc Nation) will be out on July 20. [박재범 (Jay Park)] 박재범 - 'SOJU Remix (Feat. 사이먼 도미닉, 창모, Woodie Gochild)' Jay Park - 'SOJU Remix (Feat. Simon Dominic, CHANGMO, Woodie Gochild)' 2018. 07. 01. SUN. 6PM (18:00) (KST) -

NEW MUSIC DROP: Tiffany Young - U.S. Debut - with "Over My Skin"

American singer, Tiffany Young, from kpop group Girls' Generation, has officially made her solo U.S. debut, with the release of her new single "Over My Skin." The California native dropped the audio for the sultry upbeat tempo track on June 28. Produced by Far East Movement and Khwezi, for the Transparent Arts label, the lyrics for the first verse include... I got this vision in my mind. You got me sinning with desire. You got my heart on double time. And I'm not putting out my fire. In the single, you can hear heavy influences of other American producers/artists like Timbaland and Pharrell. In a Rolling Stone interview, Young indicates that their sound is part of her goal... I was thinking more about how can I bring what I am as a K-Pop artist, but also bring in the elements of pop that I love and grew up with – that Pharrell, Britney, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland era. Tiffany Young is the stage name for 28-year-old Stephanie Young Hwang. Born in San Fran

Bruno Mars shares Behind the Scenes clip from the Making of "24K Magic"

Bruno Mars has shared a never before seen clip of the making of "24K Magic," the title track and lead single from his third studio album (of the same name). On June 27, the singer uploaded video on Twitter and Instagram, and wrote that he found it in his cell phone.  The video shows producer Brody Brown and Mars trying to figure out the groove for "24k Magic" in 2015. According to Bruno Mars, they tried nearly 100 different patterns and pockets to finally land what we hear today (a Zapp & Roger inspired track). Check out the clip and also the official music video on YouTube for the single, below. Found this video in my phone. This is @therealbrodybrown and I trying to figure out the groove for 24k Magic in 2015. We must’ve tried 100 different patterns and pockets to finally land what y’all hear today. #nevergiveup #dontlosehope #InspirationalHashtags&Shit A post shared by Bruno Mars (@brunomars) on Jun 27, 2018 at 6:39am PDT

New Music Drop: RAVI 3rd Mixtape "K1TCHEN" - Listen To The Preview

Flexin a strong flow, South Korean rapper RAVI (from kpop group VIXX), dropped his third mixtape "K1TCHEN," on June 26, and it has some heavy hip-hop hitters as collaborators. The album features Coogie, Double K, Microdot, Cold Bay and Basick. Preview the EP with Apple Music below. You can also find the mixtape on MELON and GENIE. "K1TCHEN" Tracklist 1. PAYBACK (Feat. Coogie) Composed & Arranged by RAVI(GTCK), YUTH(GTCK) Lyrics by RAVI(GTCK), Coogie 2. SPARRING Composed & Arranged by RAVI(GTCK), YUTH(GTCK) Lyrics by RAVI(GTCK) 3. FRYPAN (Feat. Double K, Microdot) Composed & Arranged by RAVI(GTCK), Holymoley! Lyrics by RAVI(GTCK), Double K, Microdot 4. 파블로프의 개 (Feat. Cold Bay, Basick) Composed & Arranged by RAVI(GTCK), YUTH(GTCK) Lyrics by RAVI(GTCK), Cold Bay, Basick 5. SCARYNIGHTT Composed & Arranged by RAVI(GTCK), PUFF(GTCK) Lyrics by RAVI(GTCK) 6. (Bonus Track) SHOT Composed & Arranged by RAVI(GTC

New Music On The Way: EPIK HIGH To Drop Collaboration with End of the World (SEKAI NO OWARI)

A collaboration between South Korean alternative hip-hop group EPIK HIGH and End of the World (SEKAI NO OWARI), a Japanese rock band, is on the way. According to the two groups (on Sunday, June 24), the new collaboration single "SLEEPING BEAUTY," will be released on Friday, June 29. Check out the joint-announcement below. Tablo from EPIK HIGH, teased the announcement for the work, on June 23 on social media. The rapper also recently collaborated with his former HIGHGRND Producer, Code Kunst (who is now a member of AOMG), on the song   "Rain Bird," with singer Colde (from offonoff). Big announcement from Epik High to you, coming on Monday. #EPIKHIGH #에픽하이 — 타블로 | Tablo of Epik High (@blobyblo) June 23, 2018

Rapper Keith Ape to drop his first EP this Summer with 88rising

His rise to fame came with the controversial trap track "It G Ma," (feat. JayAllDay, Loota, Okasian and Kohh). Formerly from Hi-Lite Records, South Korean rapper Keith Ape, has announced that his first EP will be dropping in August with 88rising. The Cohort (crew) member, former viral sensation, is now back on social media, after deleting his posts in 2017. On June 23, 2018, he tweeted on Twitter and posted on Instagram, the announcement about the August release, and also shared a picture taken with Nas and A$AP Ferg at the Valentino SS19 Fashion Show in Paris, France. Per media reports, Rapper Nas was one of Keith Ape's inspirations for getting into the rap game years ago (with the 20th-anniversary re-release of "Illmatic"), and he's worked with A$AP Ferg in the past, for the remix of "It G Ma," which the original version, was controversial when it dropped back in 2015, because of its likeness to OG Maco's "U Guessed It.&quo

Jay Park drops a Demo on SoundCloud and it's a Slow Jam

An unexpected slow jam from Jay Park. The singer/rapper uploaded a track titled "2016 Demo," on SoundCloud on June 21. The song, produced by Woogie from H1GHR MUSIC, has that 90s R&B vibe, as Park sings about the mistakes he made with a former love. You can listen to it below. Jay Park is the co-CEO of two labels (AOMG & H1GHR MUSIC), and he is also signed to Roc Nation. He dropped his debut single under Roc Nation, "Soju," (feat. 2 Chainz) on May 25. The official music video for it was released on June 14. Park is expected to release his debut album under Roc Nation in July. just because — JAY BUM PARK (@JAYBUMAOM) June 21, 2018

Former 'K-pop Star 5' Singer - Lexie Liu - Now Signed with 88rising

U.S. media company, 88rising, announced a new addition to their label on June 19, with a tweet that read, "Introducing Lexie Liu Boxin to the 88rising gang." The tweet included a link to Lexie Liu's new video, "Like A Mercedes," which dropped on the 88rising YouTube channel. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter from China, might be a familiar face for some kpop fans. According to media reports, in 2015, she participated in K-pop Star 5 , a South Korean competition show, where agencies hold auditions to find potential kpop stars. She came in fourth place, and was offered a deal with one of the largest entertainment companies in South Korea, YG Entertainment, but she later declined. The singer's debut single and mv for 88rising, "Like A Mercedes," centers around a cyberpunk virtual reality storyline, with R&B and melodic hip-hop sounds in English and Chinese. It premiered first with i-D magazine. Check out the visual below, and purchase

Now Listening To: Simon Dominic - "Darkroom: Roommates Only" - an Album On Repeat

In the 'Behind The Scene' video for the song "Demolition Man," uploaded to the AOMG YouTube channel, AOMG co-CEO, Simon Dominic, says he had been going through a hard time for a while, but working on that track was a "healing time" for him.  You can never feel my pain. You can never feel my pain. The powerful song, "Demolition Man," featuring Kim Jong-Seo, ends on a jazzy note, and is a track on the new studio album, "Darkroom: Roommates Only," which hit online streaming platforms in a surprise move for fans, on June 15. The album is the first for the artist in three years, since the release of the hip-hop EP "Won & Only" in 2015.  This new work of art, is mellow and groovy. Beginning with the dreamy psychedelic funk beats on the first track, "Roommates Only." Throughout the entire album, we hear Simon D's smooth flow. The South Korean rapper is from the city of Busan, and when he spits bars, yo

CONCERT WATCH: '88 Degrees & Rising' Tour - Rich Brian, Joji, Keith Ape, Higher Brothers, KOHH, NIKI, AUGUST 08, Don Krez and More

Following the announcement of their upcoming Head In The Clouds Festival , taking place in September, in Los Angeles, CA -- 88rising announced on June 18, that it will also be taking its artists on the road. The label's '88 Degrees & Rising Tour' will feature hip-hop and R&B artists Rich Brian, Joji, Keith Ape, Higher Brothers, KOHH, NIKI, AUGUST 08, Don Krez and more. The tour, including Los Angeles, includes stops this fall, in Philadelphia, Canada, New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago for a total right now, of 17 North American cities. Presale starts June 19, at 10 a.m. local time. You can find more information on the 88rising Facebook events page here. The tour announcement comes after the release of singer, NIKI's official music video for "Spell," (on June 13), a track off her debut EP, "ZEPHYR" (which is out now),  and the release of the official music video for "Midsummer Madness," which includes Joji, Rich Brian,

New Music and Video Drop: Beyoncé and Jay-Z - 'Everything Is Love' album & MV - "APES**T"

A surprise double release from music's power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z. On June 16, the Carters dropped their new joint album,  Everything Is Love , along with a mv for one of its tracks, "APES**T," which was filmed at the Louvre art museum, in Paris, France. According to fans, Beyoncé announced the drop, with a countdown, during the couple's concert in London, which is part of the duo's European and North American,  On the Run II Tour . You can find the album streaming now on Tidal, and the music video on YouTube. Check it out below. ALBUM OUT NOW — Roc Nation (@RocNation) June 16, 2018 A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Jun 16, 2018 at 2:37pm PDT

New Video Drop: KATIE's Soulful Vocals in new - DF LIVE visual - for "Remember"

Korean-American singer KATIE, has hit the golden couch with Dingo FreeStyle, performing an intoxicating DF LIVE version of her debut single "Remember." The new visual dropped on June 15, on the Dingo FreeStyle YouTube channel, with KATIE's sultry soulful vocals over a sensual display of numbered memories. The singer originally released "Remember" on June 6, with an official music video, which includes beautifully produced animations, and scenes with popular South Korean Hip-Hop artists. That video was uploaded to the YG Entertainment YouTube channel. KATIE (aka Katie Kim), first hit the spotlight in 2015 as winner of  K-pop Star 4 , which led her to YG, but according to online reports, she left the label three years later, to join AXIS (in 2018), a company founded by former YG creative director SINXITY. Her 2nd single is expected to be released in August, and a full album project is in the works for later in the year. Check out both of her videos for

NEW VIDEO DROP: Jay Park - Releases Official Music Video for "SOJU" ft. 2 Chainz

Bridging cultures with alcohol. Jay Park has released the official music video for his new single "SOJU," featuring Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz. The singer/rapper from Seattle and South Korea, uploaded the mv to his YouTube channel on June 14 (after it premiered first with The Fader ). Jay Park is signed with Roc Nation, and is co-CEO of two other labels (H1GHR MUSIC and AOMG). He first introduced the song to fans back in March at South by Southwest. The single then dropped on May 25th . The official music video starts with guys hanging outside a liquor store, and then follows Park as he purchases bottles of Soju inside. He joins 2 Chainz later, at a Korean restaurant. From pictures and videos released months ago, we know that the shoot for this took place someplace in or around Atlanta. Soju is a traditional Korean alcoholic drink usually made from rice or sweet potatoes. Check out the new video below. Picture Of The Day: Jay Park outside a liquor store. &quo

CONCERT WATCH: Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up" Tour

The song "Boo'd Up," has that old school, R&B vibe, that when played, makes you want to grab a partner to slow grind with.  It's currently No. 6, on the Billboard Hot 100, and the singer behind the throwback sounding track, Ella Mai, will soon be performing her hit, live in concert, across the U.S. and Canada. On June 13, the crooner from London, England, released dates for a summer tour. Her first stop is Dallas, TX on August 6th. And then she moves on to Houston, Atlanta, and at least a dozen more cities. Tickets go on sale, Friday, June 15. You can find more information at .

NEW MUSIC DROP: Remix Audio - Khalid & Normani - "Love Lies" ft. Rick Ross

by Nefertiti Jenkins Just as addictive as the original, R&B singers Normani (from Fifth Harmony) and Khalid, have dropped a remix to their hit song "Love Lies." The new version features rapper Rick Ross. "Love Lies" was first released earlier this year, as a single on the "Love, Simon" movie soundtrack. In February, the pair dropped a sexy music video for their collaboration. And in May, performed a mesmerizing number of the song, on the Billboard Music Awards . The remix was uploaded on YouTube on June 12. Listen to the audio below. I’m still not over this night. Thank you @thegr8khalid and @bbmas LOVE YOU HARRRRD. A post shared by Normani (@normani) on May 22, 2018 at 2:39pm PDT

NEW VIDEO DROP: Kris Wu Releases Beautiful MV for -- "Tian Di"

Melodic hip-hop rapper Kris Wu, is delivering up a beautifully shot cinematic official music video for his new track "Tian Di," which dropped on YouTube on June 11. In the description box, it says the visual, was directed by the artist himself. The mv opens with Kris dressed in traditional clothing, in the middle of a bamboo forest. The actual track for it, was released in Asia, on June 6. Kris Wu, the former EXO, kpop boy band member, originally from China, but raised in Canada -- gained stardom in South Korea, and is now signed with  Universal Music Group . In May, under UMG, he debuted the single and mv for  "Like That" in English, which now has more than 13 million views. The new single, "Tian Di" is in Chinese. Online resources show that Tian means heaven and Di means earth. Check out the new mv below. [LYRICS TRANSLATION] Kris Wu 吴亦凡 - Heaven and Earth 天地 — Meigeni Express (@meigeniexpress) June 6, 2018

New Music and Video Drop: CHANGMO - "DNSG" Mixtape Album - with a MV for The Track - "Holy God"

by Nefertiti Jenkins The latest mixtape from Korean hip-hop artist Changmo, includes nine tracks, with a visual for its fifth track "Holy God."  The "underground rockstar" rapper is from Ambition Musik (of Illionaire Records), and released "DNSG," on June 11.  The "Intro" kicks off his album, with instrumentals. The third track, "Touch," was pre-released a week earlier on SoundCloud . A lot of people are talking about the fifth track, "Holy God," and the music video for it (which currently does not have subtitles). Rapped in Korean, the mv is laden with religious symbolism, explicit images of women, and has a cameo appearance from Illionaire Records co-founder, The Quiett. Preview/Purchase the album on iTunes/Apple Music. The music video, from the Ambition Musik 1llionaire YouTube channel, is below.

The Newest Member of AOMG - CODE KUNST - Drops Emotional Track & MV - "Rain Bird" feat. Tablo & Colde

Former HIGHGRND Producer, Code Kunst, is now the newest member of AOMG -- the Korean hip-hop (and R&B) label run by Jay Park and Simon Dominic.  AOMG revealed the news to fans on June 10, with the release of Code Kunst's new single and music video, "Rain Bird," featuring his former YG Entertainment- HIGHGRND sub-labelmates, Tablo (of Epik High) and Colde (from offonoff). HIGHGRND was founded by Tablo in 2015. He stepped down from his position in 2017. According to Soompi magazine, HIGHGRND is now a part of YG Entertainment’s subsidiary, YGX, with BIGBANG’s Seungri as the CEO. Colde is now with WAVY. The new release from Code Kunst, "Rain Bird," includes vocals from Colde, and Tablo rapping on an emotional ballad, which includes the lyrics... Clouds dominate the weather forecast. When tears of depression fall like rain. Not even an umbrella could save me.  On Instagram the producer writes... "Hope my new music makes you rest." T

New Video Drop: from new KHip-Hop Artist - Kobel - "Don't Hit My Line" MV

A debut music video for a rising hip-hop star in Korea. Recording artist and producer (Johnny) Kobel, dropped his first mv on June 2nd. Called "Don't Hit My Line," Kobel writes on social media, that it was his first time acting in front of a camera during the shoot for it. The visual gives viewers a full view of the young singer /rapper as he delivers a message for a troubled love... Please don't hit my line, pretending that you're fine. I know that you been crying. I can see it in your eyes. During an Instagram Live recently, Kobel told fans that he was born in Belgium, studied in the U.S. for ten years, and lived in Chile for three years. He's now making moves in South Korea. Check out his music on SoundCloud and his new video on YouTube below. How is a khh artist this pretty? It was his first live we 42 people who watched kobel need to unite — KQ Fellaz promoter✨ (@GodSangbin) June 7, 2018

New Video Drop: The Flavr Blue - "365" - feat. Jay Park & Cha Cha Malone

"365" -- The Flavr Blue track featuring Jay Park and (produced by) Cha Cha Malone, originally dropped seven months ago, in October of 2017. In the official music video, out on June 6, The Flavr Blue is showing, just exactly how you can move forward, if you want to, after a breakup. The Flavr Blue wrote on Instagram, that their song "is about celebrating your independence." And as they sing on the track's electric soulful beat, with Jay Park, viewers get to see how Jay deals with a breakup, as he hits the club with H1GHR MUSIC label partner Cha Cha Malone, and two members of The Flavr Blue trio, Lace Cadence and Parker Joe, before checking out the third member of the group, at the club, Hollis Wong-Wear. All five are from Seattle, WA. "365" is off the album "Blue Dream." The visual was directed by Jon Jon 'JJ' Augustavo, with Nate Barr as Executive Producer, and is powered by Lute Media. Check it out below. We lin

South Korean Hip-Hop Artist Sik-K Nominated for BET Award

Known for his trap swag, rapper Sik-K from South Korea, is nominated for a 2018 BET Award. The category-- Viewers' Choice: Best New International Act. Fans can vote through June 19, on the BET website,  and also on Instagram with the hashtag #IPICKSIKK18. The BET Awards Show will be held on June 24, in Los Angeles, CA. The BET International Awards can be viewed in the UK, Ireland and Africa on June 26. Sik-K is with hip-hop label H1GHR MUSIC, and is one of the artists featured on the viral track, "EUNG FREESTYLE," which was tweeted out by model superstar Tyra Banks, in September of 2016. Since then he's had numerous other hits, which receive millions of views on YouTube, including the song "Party (Shut Down)," with R&B singer Crush. Ok, so who has seen Eung Freestyle? Their flow is bananas!!! — Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) September 3, 2016 Sik-K will be up against nine other international stars, including MC Soffia (Brazil), Nailah Blackman (

Avatar Darko Officially Signs With H1GHR MUSIC

Seattle Rapper Avatar Darko, has officially signed with hip-hop label H1GHR MUSIC. The CEOs, Jay Park and Cha Cha Malone, posted the official video on June 5th, to social media of Avatar signing the contract, and receiving his H1GHR MUSIC gold chain.  The new signee is fresh off a U.S. tour with his H1GHR MUSIC labelmates (which wrapped on May 8th in Seattle). He also hit the stage with them back in March, for South by Southwest. Photos From H1GHR MUSIC Tour - Seattle According to his Facebook page , Avatar Darko, was born in Estonia to Ukrainian/Russian parents, and then later moved to Seattle with his family when he was young. On Facebook, his music is labeled as Grunge Trap.  Many global fans were introduced to him back in June of 2017, with the release of his collaboration with co-CEO Jay Park, of the track, "All My Crew."   Both CEOs say new music will be released on June 8, 2018.  It’s official 📝.. my childhood dream has always been to sign a reco

New Music Drop: MRSHLL - Debut Album - "Breathe"

Need something to get you in the mood for summer love? Check out the debut EP "Breathe," from Korean label, Feel Ghood Music's artist MRSHLL. The easy listening, smooth R&B, six track album, dropped on June 5, and includes features with popular artists like pH-1, Lydia Paek, Ja Mezz and Sumin, and titles for the tracks as "Come Over," "OK," "Hold Me," "Wanna Be," "Nahonza" and "Pose." You can find a preview of the EP on Apple Music/ iTunes below.