► Maxine Ashley – Lobster

shockwebpic_maxineashley_lobsterNew music from Bronx native Puerto-Rican and Pharrell co-signee Maxine Ashley.

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► Alessia Cara – Here

shockwebpic_AlessiaCara_HereToronto teenager Alessia Cara has been building her internet fan base with her cover songs over the last few years and is now gearing up for her proper debut on Def Jam this fall. Check out her new track for an effortless performance and new twist on an old classic.

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► George Maple – Talk Talk

shockwebpic_georgemaplePulsating, chilled out, r&b flavored Talk Talk is the lead single from George Maple’s EP Vacant Space EP out now on the Sydney, Australia based Future Classic label. Video directed by Yeoseop Yoon.

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► Benjamin Clementine – Condolence

shockleewebpic_benjaminclementinecondolenceA picturesque new video for British singer/songwriter Benjamin Clementine’s Condolence, an artist we’re sure to be hearing more about for a time to come. The song is off the just released EP Glorious You with the video directed by Zack Spiger.

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► Kwabs – Wrong Or Right

shockleewebpic_kwabswrongorrightCheck out ‘Wrong or Right’ from distinctive new voice Kwabs, the title track from the newly released EP out now produced by SOHN.

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RIP Junior Murvin ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

shockleewebpic_juniormurvinripRIP Junior Murvin, Jamaican singer with a wicked falsetto who made some dubs that we will treasure forever. A pioneer who’s biggest foundation cut ‘Police And Thieves’ produced by Lee Scratch Perry was even covered by The Clash. A wonderful and historical, gentle middle-finger reminder that there is no need to be a genre hostage.

Run it!

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MRI Scans Show Singing & Beatboxing Skills Are Similar To Language Skills

The complexities of the human vocal range are an amazing thing. Take a listen to this segment from The World, and a rare look at what the mouths and throats of a beatboxer and soprano look like while they are performing, part of learned speech functions that as it turns out, are very similar to that of learning various language skills.

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ASCAP Launches ASCAP OnStage: Royalties For Live Performances

ASCAP [The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers] has just announced a new program that will allow ASCAP members to receive royalties when their music is performed live at venues throughout the U.S.

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Rest In Peace Whitney

Music royalty, Whitney Houston will be remembered by millions as one of the greatest voices of our time and an inspiration to many fans and singers alike. The daughter of Cissy Houston, cousin of Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick and Goddaughter of Aretha Franklin, Whitney debuted at the age of 11 in her church choir in New Jersey and was shortly after signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records. Whitney’s debut album sold over 13 million copes and she sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.

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▶ Emika – 3 Hours

Check out the new video just released for Emika’s ’3 Hours’, directed by Jimmy Edgar from her debut album ‘Emika’, released October 3, 2011.

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