Multi-talented Dominican-Cambodian singer, songwriter, and dancer Tai’Aysha is back with her sweltering hot new single, “Sorry,” available now via Icon Music Group / Atlantic Records. Produced by female songwriting duo Nova Wav (Beyonce, Pop Smoke, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj) the instantly infectious track is joined by a tropical and sultry visual directed by Cameron Dean.
Paramore are back with their first new music since 2017. The beloved Nashville-based trio of Zac Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York have returned from their hiatus – and the global pandemic – with “This Is Why”, one of the best songs of their already impressive repertoire. In what’s widely recognized as one of the most exciting musical returns of the year, the band have also announced the release of their long awaited sixth studio album, This is Why, for February 10th 2023 on Atlantic Records. Recorded in Los Angeles, California with long-time collaborator Carlos de la Garza, the album features 10 new Paramore songs with cover art shot by Zachary Gray.
Entering back into a world – and cultural landscape – very different from the one they last participated in, Paramore have returned with a song about exactly that. “This Is Why” is a deliciously infectious Paramore ear-worm for the post-truth world. Of the song, Williams says, “This Is Why was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last 3 or 4 years. You’d think after a global pandemic of fucking biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.”
The video was directed by Turnstile’s Brendan Yates and filmed in Malibu, California last month. Speaking on the video and collaboration, Williams says, “It was so rad working with Brendan. I’ve known the Turnstile guys for a little while and was so psyched to have our worlds collide in this way. There’s a cool kinship between the way our bands do things… Hopefully we will get to play shows with them at some point,”
PARAMORE SHOW DATES
October 2, 2022 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Theater # SOLD OUT
October 4, 2022 – Magna, UT – The Great SaltAir # SOLD OUT
October 6, 2022 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater Omaha # SOLD OUT
October 8, 2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion # SOLD OUT
October 9, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
October 11, 2022 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory # SOLD OUT
October 14, 2022 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater* & SOLD OUT
October 16, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits^
October 20, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern ~ SOLD OUT
October 22, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^
October 23, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^
October 27, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco % SOLD OUT
October 29, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^
November 7, 2022 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY = SOLD OUT
November 9, 2022 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre = SOLD OUT
November 11, 2022 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center = SOLD OUT
November 13, 2022 – New York City, NY – The Beacon Theatre SOLD OUT
November 15, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle = SOLD OUT
November 16, 2022 – St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre =SOLD OUT
November 19, 2022 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Festival^
Pop renegade Noga Erez and partner ROUSSO have teamed up with one of the most significant artists in contemporary music history, Missy Elliott, who is featured on the newest version of Noga’s hit single “NAILS (feat. Missy Elliott)”
The track stays true to Noga’s trademark swagger, gritty lyrics, and slick production, with Missy bringing her avant-garde stardom and her innovative and inventive songwriting. As one of Noga’s key musical influences, the two blend their voices and unique sounds to create a fiery track.
“Missy Elliott was one of the first artists to pull me into the world of hip hop as a young teen,” shares Noga. “She’s since been a go-to inspiration for me and always symbolizes an artist who is true to herself, who goes far with her visions. I am shocked and humbled by this beautiful perspective that she added on NAILS, and it’s still beyond my ability to comprehend.”
“Julie Greenwald at Atlantic is the one who put me on to Noga Erez. I remember when Julie reached out to me about this new signing, who was a fan of mine, and hearing how hyped and excited she was about her. She shared Noga’s ‘End of the Road’ video with me and I was like ‘oh, I like this!’” Missy shares. ”Noga owns her own lane and has a quirky style like me, so when they sent me ‘Nails’ I hopped on it. I remember listening back to it and reflecting on how both of our styles meshed perfectly! I am always happy to work with talented new artists who aren’t afraid to be uniquely themselves. Noga Erez is definitely one to keep an eye on!”
International icon Dolly Parton and global superstar Kelly Clarkson collaborate on a compellingly inspired duet version of “9 to 5,” arriving today via SMACKSongs/Atlantic Records ahead of the highly anticipated Still Working 9 to 5documentary (premiering September 16th).
The GRAMMY Award-winning artists teamed up with the film’s executive producer Shane McAnally, Sasha Sloan & King Henry to reimagine the classic song into a melancholic yet inspirational anthem over 40 years after the original’s release as the fight for workplace equality persists.
Written and recorded by Dolly Parton and produced by Gregg Berry, the original “9 to 5” debuted in 1980 in tandem with the film of the same name starring Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The song went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Original Song and four GRAMMY Award nominations – winning two of the latter for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
“Nobody sings like Kelly Clarkson. She makes any song come alive. I love her voice on 9 to 5 and I am so proud I got to sing with her on it. I’m equally as proud of the wonderful arrangement and production by Shane McAnally.” – Dolly Parton
“I am so honored that Dolly asked me to reimagine this iconic song, ‘9 to 5,’ with her! She is so talented, an inspiration to all women, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! I hope y’all like what we did, but even if you don’t, remember I got to sing a duet with the magical Dolly Parton and now have bragging rights til the end of time!” – Kelly Clarkson
“It is a wildest dream scenario to work with 2 of the world’s greatest singers on one of the all-time greatest songs. Co-produced and rearranged with my friends Sasha Sloan and King Henry, this classic has taken on a brand new life 40 years after its original chart run, and I am so grateful to be a part of the first time Dolly and Kelly have recorded together. I have a feeling it won’t be the last.” – Shane McAnally
Multi-platinum pop singer-songwriter GAYLE has shared new track “god has a sense of humor,” available now via Atlantic Records/Arthouse Records.
Produced by Ryan Linvall (Olivia Rodrigo, Hinds, Chloe Moriondo) and Noah Conrad (Kelsea Ballerini, Tai Verdes) and co-written by GAYLE with Linvall and Sarah Solovay (Shawn Mendes, Jason Derulo), the gripping song reveals the growing power of GAYLE’s songcraft – introspective, irreverent, and irresistible.
avoiding college tour
26 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival *
28 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival *
3 – Madrid, Spain – Coca-Cola Music Experience 2022 *
22 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival *
1 – Concord, NC – Breakaway *
7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival *
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Anna Clendening has shared “I Don’t Even Like You Anymore,” available now via Atlantic Records.
Already a fan favorite after a viral series of online teases, “I Don’t Even Like You Anymore” heralds the upcoming arrival of Clendening’s eagerly awaited new EP, UNTITLED X’S, arriving everywhere on Friday, September 9.
UNTITLED X’S follows an 18-month hiatus that found Clendening relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville where she fully embraced herself as an artist and songwriter, a period of deep personal growth which led to an outpouring of introspection and creativity.
“I wanted to write about the past five relationships I’ve had just to get it all out there,” Clendening says. “Being a spiteful human sometimes, I thought it would be cool to name each song after a guy. My manager said it wouldn’t be cool to get sued—he was right. That’s how we came up with UNTITLED X’S. Every song is very much about a specific person.”
Tiësto joined forces with pop superstar Charli XCX on certified song of the summer “Hot in It” which has been taking over since its release last month. The sizzling hot official music video directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato) is out everywhere via Atlantic Records
“It’s been incredible to see how much everyone is loving the song, and I couldn’t be more excited to share this unique and super fun music video!” said Tiësto. “Charli absolutely kills it!”
Rising multi-platinum pop singer-songwriter GAYLE is continuing her momentous 2022 with her biggest North American headline tour to date.
The “avoiding college tour” announcement comes on the heels of GAYLE’s debut EP a study of the human experience volume one and precedes volume 2 due later this year, with more details to be revealed in the following weeks. The tour is the latest in an extensive international live schedule that has already seen GAYLE traveling on her own sold-out show run, as well as with tours supporting Tate McRae and AJR, and a two-night stand alongside My Chemical Romance in Dublin, Ireland.
GAYLE is supporting the release of her vulnerable debut EP, a study of the human experience volume one, available everywhere via Atlantic Records/Arthouse Records. A study of the human experience volume one includes such fan favorites as “ur just horny,” “luv starved,” “sleeping with my friends,” “kiddie pool,” “e-z (feat. UPSAHL & Blu DeTiger),” and “abcdefu.”
30 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza *
17 – St. Pölten, Austria – FM4 Frequency *
20 – Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop *
21 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival *
26 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival *
28 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival *
22-25 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival *
30-October 1 – Concord, NC – Breakaway *
7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival *
Unstoppable singer-songwriter/producer KILLBOY has shared her new single, “LOSER,” available now via Atlantic Records. Produced by John Feldmann (Avril Lavigne, blink-182), the track is joined by an official lyric video.
KILLBOY – who recently debuted “LOSER” while performing on jxdn’s “Tell Me About Tomorrow” tour – will join RIAA certified singer/producer Sueco on his upcoming “It Was Fun While It Lasted Tour,” with North American dates getting underway September 13 at Dallas, TX’s Trees and then traveling through late October.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I enjoy,” she says. “That’s what being KILLBOY is all about. I love the music I’m making and I hope it gives people the freedom to do whatever the fuck they want at all times.”
KILLBOY LIVE DATES
13 – Dallas, TX – Trees
15 – Houston, TX – Studio @ Warehouse Live
16 – New Orleans, LA – Toulouse Theatre
19 – Orlando, FL – Abbey
21 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall
25 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
27 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
29 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
30 – Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s
1 – Detroit, MI – El Club
2 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
4 – Madison, WI – High Noon
5 – Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam
7 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
8 – Kansas City, MO – recordBar
13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
14 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues Voodoo Room
16 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
21 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Hall
22 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
23 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
25 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
29 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune
ALL DATES WITH SUECO “IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED TOUR”
Flowing with her trademark swaggering attitude, gritty lyrics and slick production, pop renegade Noga Erez has returned with her razor sharp new single, “NAILS.”
“‘NAILS’ is a song about jealousy, and how being jealous of people, in this particular case another woman, makes you idealize that person in a very weird and dark way,” Erez comments. This is something that Erez explores in the track’s accompanying video, directed by Indy Hait.
Along with the new single, Erez has announced her signing to Neon Gold/Atlantic Records, revealed exclusively on Billboard. Of the new partnership, Erez said, “I’m super excited to begin to work with the people of Atlantic/Neon Gold. This partnership is a big step for me. We’ve already started to get the ball rolling creatively and we have some big plans ahead of us.”
Neon Gold Co-Founder Derek Davies shared, “Neon Gold has long been defined by iconoclastic international pop talents — from Charli XCX and MARINA to Tove Lo and Christine And The Queens — and we are thrilled to welcome the genreless and borderless Noga Erez to the fold as one of the most visionary artists we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Atlantic Records SVP, A&R Jeff Levin & A&R Director Madison Vickery added, “Noga Erez breaks down the barriers of genre with a unique creative vision that plays with elements of pop, alternative, R&B and rap. Erez represents another leap forward for the label and for music. Their live show brings stadium level energy to every room. We’re proud to welcome her to our roster and provide a platform for her creative vision.”
Trailblazing pop star Hayley Kiyoko has released her bass-boosted new single “For The Girls” off her highly anticipated sophomore album, Panorama, out July 29 via Atlantic Records. Produced by German (Justin Bieber, Katy Perry) and co-written by Kiyoko, Marc Lomax (Justin Bieber, Ava Max) and Michelle Buzz (Kylie Minogue, Bebe Rexha).
“I love being a woman, and women have always been a massive influence on my life,” says Hayley. “‘For The Girls’ is an anthem celebrating that love, highlighting our strength, beauty, and vulnerability. The music video is meant to reflect that celebration with a sense of humor and an expansive take on whose romantic story gets told. It was so much fun to direct, especially since it’s a nod to one of my favorite reality shows of all time. I wanted the music video to give representation to all of us searching for love while not taking ourselves too seriously. Being surrounded by queer people of many different gender identities and making art that feels relevant to us was the greatest gift. It was a reminder of how resilient this community is and how strong and confident we feel being our authentic selves together. No matter how you identify or who you love, I hope this summer bop makes you feel sexy and empowered.”
HAYLEY KIYOKO ON TOUR 2022
4 – London, UK – Proud and Loud: Celebrating 50 Years Of Pride – Royal Albert Hall
11 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
12 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
13 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook
15 – Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
16 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell
17 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
21 – Cincinnati, OH – ICON (Rockstar Energy Drink Stage at Smale Park)
23 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
25 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
26 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
27 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
28 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
30 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
31 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
1 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
3 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
4 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
6 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
7 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Amphitheater
9 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
11 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
12 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
15 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre @ UC Berkeley
17 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Ahead of the official release of her debut album, Hypnos, due this Friday via Atlantic Records, Chicago-born Ravyn Lenae shares a final taste of the project with “Xtasy.” The new song arrives alongside animated artwork co-directed by London-based visual artist Zongbo Jiang.
Speaking about the project, Ravyn shares, “When you listen to the music, I hope you have a better understanding of me and even catch a better understanding of yourself… As artists, we make music as a pathway to help other people understand certain aspects of their lives. I’ve gone through the tunnels and seen the light on the other side. I’m finding my way. I’m clearer on who I am and my power through music and lyricism. I’m pouring more into me, friendships, family, and music. Through all of that, I’m fulfilled.”
In support of the forthcoming project’s release, Ravyn Lenae will also embark on her headlining North American and EU/UK tour dates kicking off later this month.
Chicago-born Ravyn Lenae officially announces her debut album, Hypnos, due May 20th via Atlantic Records. Alongside the announcement, she shares the project’s newest single, “M.I.A” which finds Ravyn at home of a bouncy, infectious Sango production that stands in stark contrast to the album’s previously released tracks “Light Me Up” and “Skin Tight” sonically while still retaining her signature vocal style and a seductive refrain.
Speaking about the song, Ravyn shares, “M.I.A is about feeling free and comfortable in your skin. It’s a peak into my world – the duality of knowing the energy you bring to the world but also being confident in riding dolo.”
Atlantic Records, in partnership with Icon Music Group, is pleased to introduce Dominican-Cambodian singer, songwriter, and dancer Tai’Aysha as one of the newest multitalented artists to its history-making roster. The Boston-born, Miami-based starlet is celebrating with today’s video premiere of her infectious debut single, “One Night Ting (ft. Saweetie).”
“One Night Ting”, co-written by and co-produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor [Drake, Burna Boy, John Legend], alongside hit-making duo, Money Well Spent—comprised of Verse Simmonds [Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Justin Bieber] & Akil “Fresh” King [Brandy, Beyoncé, Teyana Taylor]—features a scorching verse from multi-platinum artist/entrepreneur Saweetie and was born to light up dancefloors in a massive way. It’s an ideal embodiment of Tai’Aysha’s effortless confidence and sensuality. The track, which interpolates a sample of Shabba Ranks’ 1992 dancehall classic, “Ting A Ling”, is joined by an equally hot music visual, directed by Cameron Dean.
“It’s about cutting loose, letting go, and throwing yourself into the night,” Tai’Aysha reveals. “…but I’ve never actually had a one-night stand. I’ve tried, but they come to my house the next day or send me flowers.”
“Had hella fun making this record and we really tried to capture that feeling in the video,” says Saweetie. “Tai’Aysha’s fly so it was only right we link up on a song.”
Atlantic Records/Arthouse Records recording artist GAYLE has announced a full headline tour. After revealing a short run of intimate headline dates that were met with such high demand they sold out immediately, the 17-year-old singer songwriter has announced a run of tour dates that includes her very first overseas performance.
GAYLE also recently shared her eagerly anticipated new single. “ur just horny.”
“ur just horny” marks a spirited follow-up to GAYLE’s breakthrough hit single, “abcdefu,” and precedes an upcoming EP due this spring.
9 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
10 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
14 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
21 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
25 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*
27 – Washington DC – 9:30 PM Club*
28 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts*
30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
31 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
1 – Boston, MA – Royale*
3 – Toronto, ON – Drake Underground
5 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
7 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
9 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
12 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
13 – Portland, OR – Holocene
15 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene/Rickshaw Stop
28 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory%
29 – Austin, TX – Germania Amphitheater%
30 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Pavilion%
3 – Orlando, FL – Addition Financial Arena%
4 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre%
6 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre%
7 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater%
8 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion%
10 – Cincinnati, OH – ICON Music Center%
11 – Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center @ CSU%
13 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein%
14 – Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion%
15 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann%
18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Peterson Events Center%
20 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center%
21 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium%
30 – London, UK – Omeara
*Opening for Tate McRae
%Opening for AJR
MARINA has announced today’s release of the expanded deluxe edition of her acclaimed new album, Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land, available now via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.
Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land (Deluxe Edition) adds five additional tracks to the original 10-song album, including the brand new “Happy Loner,”; an official music video, directed by Brendan Walter (Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Panic! At The Disco) with animation by visual artist Leah Putnam is out.
MARINA is currently preparing to embark on her epic Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land Tour, set to get underway February 2nd, 2022 at San Francisco, CA’s The Masonic and then travel through early March (see itinerary below). Special guests include Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Styrke (February 2nd- February 25th) and protest art group Pussy Riot (February 26th-March 9th). Highlights include performances at such iconic venues as New York City’s Terminal 5 (February 25th and 26th) and Nashville, TN’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (March 1st).
2 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
5 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
7 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
11 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
14 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
17 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
18 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
21 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
22 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House
24 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
26 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
28 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
1 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
3 – Houston, TX – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
4 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
5 – Dallas, TX – The Factory In Deep Ellum
9 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theatre
18 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Lollapalooza 2022
19 – Santiago, Chile – Lollapalooza 2022
25 – São Paulo, Brazil – Lollapalooza 2022
9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
12 – The Hague, Netherlands – Amare
14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Madeleine
15 – Paris, France – Bataclan
17 – Edinburgh, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Edinburgh
20 – Manchester, United Kingdom – O2 Apollo (SOLD OUT)
21 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Refectory
22 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Brixton Academy (SOLD OUT)
Ella Henderson today announces details of her long-awaited second album, Everything I Didn’t Say – a diaristic, 16-track record and first since the extraordinary breakthrough success of her Platinum-selling, UK No. 1 debut album, Chapter One.
Arriving on March 11th via Atlantic Records/Major Toms/Asylum, Everything I Didn’t Say will include Ella’s fifth UK Top 10, ‘Let’s Go Home Together’ with Tom Grennan, and new single ‘Brave’ – a powerful track about shaking the stigma of needing help and embracing someone’s support for you when you need them most. Written by Ella, alongside GRAMMY® Award-nominee Jennifer Decilveo (Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, MARINA) and producer Jordan Riley (Mabel, RAY BLK, Sigrid), the song arrives accompanied by a heartfelt official video – directed by Plum Stupple-Harris – in which the poignant lyrics accompany the story of a single mother struggling to cope with the rigors of everyday life.
Ella says: “I’m so excited to finally share the news that my second album Everything I Didn’t Say is coming in March! I know it’s been a long time coming but I wanted to take the time to really follow my heart and vision, to create something that fully represented me, who I am today and what I stand for. I am so ready to finally share this body of work! It’s all here… the good, the bad, the ugly! This record means absolutely everything to me.”
Rising 19yo Australian artist, MAY-A, announced her signing to Atlantic Records for the US & UK along with the announcement of her debut EP, Don’t Kiss Ur Friends, coming out August 6th, 2021. She also shares a new version of her latest anthem “Swing Of Things” featuring verses from breakout lo-fi Canadian rapper, Powfu.
Threading together recent breakout singles, ‘Time I Love To Waste’, ‘Apricots’ and ‘Green’, MAY-A’s Don’t Kiss Ur Friends EP is a years-in-the-making debut from an artist who has been writing since the age of 12, but only publicly releasing music since 2020.
At that time she’d just graduated Harvard and was releasing her EP Time Of Our Lives. The EP featured singles “Miss You”, “Internet You”, “Tongue Tied” and “Might Not Like Me.” Elliott toured extensively after the EP came out.
In February Elliott launch her “Tell Me I’m Pretty” Scholarship. Today she releases her new EP Can I Be Real? The new EP includes singles “Tell Me I’m Pretty”, “Letter to a Girl”, and “Without You.” She is releasing the single “Can I Be Real” today.
Elliott worked with a different team on the album including producer Monarch, and songwriter Michelle Buzz (who is executive producer of the EP). The new EP presents a calmer, more confident Elliott asking questions of herself and the world, and looking for a genuine truth.
FEMMUSIC: What was the biggest challenge making the Can I Be Real EP?
BE: The biggest challenge in making Can I Be Real? Was figuring out what I wanted the theme of the EP to be. My first EP was easy in terms of finding things to write about because I wrote it during my time in college and the songs followed almost subconsciously. For this EP it was different. I really thought about what I wanted to say and the experiences I had since the last EP. And I realized that I lived in this state of performance and people-pleasing for two years promoting my first project. So when I sat down to write the second I wanted to make sure that what I was saying was real and authentic to me, and to what it means to be human. And that ended up being the main theme of the EP.
FEMMUSIC: What lessons did you learn making your first EP that helped making the Can I Be Real EP?
BE: When I was making the first EP I learned to be very specific with what I wanted each song to sound like. Finalizing the production of the project was just as involved as writing it. And so I knew I wanted to take that same mentality with this EP – not just telling a lyrical story, but a sonic story as well.
FEMMUSIC: What was your goal for making the Can I Be Real EP?
BE: I think I started this EP by saying “I want to make an EP of hit songs” which is a very silly thing to say. I am not sure I at all succeeded in that goal but what I did do once I started writing was really surrender to what needed to come out of me in my songwriting. I don’t know if these songs are hits, but I know they are songs I needed to write and there’s a lot of satisfaction in that.
FEMMUSIC: Tell me about The Monarch? How did you meet? What did they bring to the project?
BE: I met the Monarch in one of my first sessions with Michelle Buzz in Los Angeles back in 2019. They bring this perfect balance between ease and intensity to songwriting sessions. They are both very relaxed but will speak up if they think we could write a better verse or chorus. That’s such an art in and of itself and I think the creative environment they foster really made me feel like I could trust them. So when it came to producing the EP I knew I wanted them to be very involved. I think they are geniuses at production and I am very honored to have worked with them on this project.
FEMMUSIC: Tell me about Michelle Buzz? How did you meet? How was she to work with? What did she bring to the project?
BE: I met Michelle Buzz for a session for the first time in 2019. It was honestly the most magical thing when we met. We sort of look similar and so we had to take a moment and make sure we were not part of some kind of Parent Trap situation – twins separated at birth. And then we just started writing that day and it was so exciting for me to write with someone who was at the very same stage of life as me. We related so much that first day and became fast friends. I hope to write songs with her for many years to come.
FEMMUSIC: FEMMUSIC featured the “Tell Me I’m Pretty” Scholarship. You’ve spoken before about how you got into Harvard. What was your goal in setting up a scholarship?
BE: My goal in setting up the scholarship was to do (in an extremely small way) what the people who have loved me most in my life did for me: they encouraged me to pursue my dream and calling. I hope that my music encourages women to live the life they are meant to live and the scholarship was a more practical way for me to engage with women in that way.
FEMMUSIC: “Letter to A Girl” is a letter to your younger self. Tell me how that song developed?
BE: “Letter to a Gir”l was the first song I wrote when I started writing again after being on tour for those two years. I opened for Why Don’t We. They have the most incredible fan base, the majority of whom are teenage girls. I remember wanting to write a song for them and for my younger self – because I saw so much of my younger self in those girls every night on the tour. So the song is really all of those things I wish I had known then with the main theme being about beauty. I wanted this song to encourage people to know that beauty is so much more than physical appearance. Beauty is a broader concept about stewarding a good and true life and that’s what I say in the song. You are beautiful because you are human. Beautiful is created in your mind and your outlook on this precious life.
FEMMUSIC: Touring is returning post-COVID. You toured extensively with Time Of Our Lives. What are you most look forward to in touring? What do you dread?
BE: Touring is my absolute favorite thing to do. I look forward to every aspect of touring in this post-COVID world. I think we are all longing to be together again. I really can’t say that I am dreading anything regarding getting back on the road.
FEMMUSIC: What has changed about you & for you during COVID?
BE: I have experienced a lot of loss during this covid season. I lost my dad and my grandpa. I think the biggest thing that has changed for me is that I want to make the most of my life. With covid, we were all faced with the preciousness of life. So that fact has just fueled me and encouraged me to fight harder in this life and keep going.
FEMMUSIC: What one thing would you like to change about the music industry?
BE: I would love to see the music industry continue to give opportunities to women. The industry has come a long way in this regard and I feel very grateful to have a majority female team. But there’s always more work to be done allowing those historically underrepresented to have a seat at the table and I look forward to that work continuing.