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{ NEW MUSIC } No Tears Left to Cry by @ArianaGrande

Sunday, April 22

{ NEW MUSIC } No Tears Left to Cry by @ArianaGrande

 Ariana Grande: No Tears Left to Cry

To all the Ariana fans out there, she's baaaaack!!! And not to mention, she came back in a major way with a major hit--or at least, those are my thoughts.

No Tears Left to Cry is her first single since the Manchester attack May 22, 2017. Reportedly there were 500 injured and 22 actually killed. Reports stated Ariana 'cried for days'. And I can't go on without first noting her phenomenal philanthropy as she hosted the One Love Manchester benefit concert on June 4, 2017 with other stars like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber & others. Tickets sold out within 6 days of the event notifications and all proceeds went to the families of the victims.

The last song performed was her single, One Last Time, & the entire crowd was moved to tears. Even Ari was crying by the end of the performance. Raising over $13 million in proceeds, I'd say the mission was accomplished. Either way, I'd like to take a moment to recognize those effected & give my deepest condolences to the victims & their families.

Moving onward, apparently she has 'no tears left to cry' and I, for one, am extremely excited for her & her upcoming album. Actual release date isn't noted; but, nonetheless, she still graced us with the first single from the new album and I am IN LOVE with it.

No Tears Left to Cry starts off as if she's about to give us a ballad and then the beat drops & it turns into the pop sound we're used to hearing from her as in the songs The Way, Side to Side & Love Me Harder

Not to mention, this new album is produced by none other than Pharrell & Max Martin. Martin has worked with artists like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and many, many more. And Pharrell, well...I don't think there's a need for an intro. 

Keeping it going, this song debuted on 4/20 & has over 20 million views on YouTube so far. The video is #8 on the YouTube trending list. I think it's safe to say she's made a major comeback with this song. There's numerous reaction videos to this single & the results are all the same: everyone loves it.

And let me just say this about the video...it's a masterpiece. The effects are like those from a movie with Ari seemingly defying gravity and walking on ceilings to falling from the top of a building to her literally taking off her face. It's almost as if she's saying she's tired of the tears & the pain and is ready to start anew. And I completely agree with her. But you can view the video below & come to your own conclusions. And be sure to support Ari & get her new song from iTunes here & from Amazon here


If you're feeling this song, drop your comments below to let me know what you think. Also, let me know what you think about the video. The effects? How cool are they? Let me know in the comments & I'd love to hear if you enjoyed the song, if you're looking forward to her 4th album, which doesn't have an official release date, yet, but I will let you know when it does!

As always, thanks for visiting, reading, supporting. I love you guys & I hope you enjoyed the content.

Until next time...

Enjoy the music?
Support the artist.

Follow Ariana Grande

xoxo,
Rachel Marie

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Monday, April 16

{ NEW ALBUM } @JColeNC Announces #KOD Releases THIS FRIDAY!

J. Cole Announces his new Album, "K.O.D" Release

I honestly believe every J. Cole fan has been waiting in limbo for a new album since his 2016 release of "4 Your Eyez Only"...all while keeping the latter on repeat & spreading his tracks throughout numerous mixes & playlists, just so you won't go through withdrawals.

Well, if you're one of those fans, fret not any longer...

J. Cole officially announced his new album is dropping THIS FRIDAY {4/20} titled "K.O.D". Now, what the acronym stands for, right now, I do not know but I'm sure we'll know by the end of the week. Are you not excited, though?!?! You guys! I was like WHAT?!?! And I literally just got this news TONIGHT {4/16}.

Rumors have been emerging about J. Cole releasing a new album earlier today {4/16} when he unexpectedly wiped his IG account & then replaced all his social accounts with a lavender shaded image. Then he announced on Twitter to his fans (right) & proceeded to hold an impromptu performance --basically an album listening-- for NYC fans & those in proximity. With the flyer being as discreet & to-the-point as possible, fans were in for a treat as he performed ALL 12 songs that are going to be on the K.O.D. album.

With his social accounts coming up with the mysterious purple shade of artwork, fans were on edge trying to see what J. Cole was up to. Well, now we know.
Because just hours later, he tweets:
And within minutes, there were thousands of retweets & likes...and as you can see, this was around 6:30, so I'm pretty sure there's more than that now.

Not to mention, it's been stated that this album took only 2 weeks to make. That takes pure talent you guys! You cannot deny that.

Nonetheless, be on the lookout for an update as soon as the album drops, I'll do a full review & give you a chance to listen to a few of my favorites off the album...which will probably be every...single...song! But, hey! If you're a J. Cole fan, you won't mind.

But that's all I've got for you right now & I hope you enjoyed the update you guys; like I said, come back later for the update. I'll check in with y'all again later this week. Thanks for reading!

Follow J. Cole on Twitter @JColeNC 

xoxo,
Rachel Marie
The Underground Artistry

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Wednesday, April 11

{ NEW MUSIC } "BANKROLL" by @BCole206

B. Cole's New Single "Bankroll" Sets the Bar

Photo Cred: JennThePR
B. Cole dropped his latest single, "Bankroll", on April 8th. And even before he released the full song, fans & supporters were retweeting, regramming, reposting everything "B. Cole" & his new song, "Bankroll". This single is definitely one to be in your hip-hop playlists & is getting more traction by the second. With over 10k plays on SoundCloud, it's setting the bar for upcoming hip-hop releases. With one of the lines from his new song: "If you fuck with us, you fuckin' with the winnin' team" being an absolute statement, B. Cole's "Bankroll" is defining how you 'win'. 

Following the release of his prior single, "F'N Wit You"--which, by the way, is still getting major play, the popularity of "Bankroll" is growing rapidly & if you haven't heard it then you're definitely missing out on one of the hottest releases to date. 

Nonetheless, I'm pretty sure it won't be long before you do with so many people sharing it, for one of your friends is probably already adding it to their mp3 playlists as I type. But I'm going to help you out a lot, for you can listen to it on SoundCloud below:




You can follow the journey below:
B. Cole on:

And don't forget to follow his #SoundCloud when you get there.

As always, I hope you enjoyed the content. Be sure to follow the artist & support their grind; and in doing so, you help the underground become the new mainstream! And be sure to follow the 'photo cred' link under the photo to read the another post on B. Cole written by JennThePR. And be sure to leave a comment & let me know what you think about the new song.

#SupportTheUnderground

Enjoy the music?
Support the artist.



xoxo,
Rachel Marie
The Underground Artistry

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Saturday, April 7

{NEW MUSIC} Alone by @halsey {ft. @BigSean & @stefflondon}

Photo cred: Directlyrics
So, do you guys remember the "You Need to Know Artist", Halsey, post from January?

[you can check that post out here]

Well, she's one of the electrifying artists whose music just sticks with you. And she's finally released her new single, "Alone" off her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album.

There's the original: which I love...and then there's the remix that features Big Sean and
Photo cred: w3livenews
Stefflon Don, which I love even more. I'm not 100% sure if I entirely love the addition of Stefflon Don's part, but I absolutely love that Big Sean was featured. I'll allow y'all to make up your own minds on that because I'll post the video for both the original and the remix and you can leave your comments as to which one you prefer.

Alone: ORIGINAL 
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom on iTunes & Amazon

Alone: REMIX: Official video with Big Sean & Stefflon Don:
Get the single: "Alone" on iTunes & Amazon

Halsey has been very active with having songs with The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy and then her current world tour, which by the way has her in Nashville on July 18th at the Ascend Amphitheater along with Jessie Reyez at 8pm. If you're in or around the area & want tickets, go here


And don't forget that Halsey will be at the Summerfest artist showcase in Milwaukee on June 29th along with Logic & numerous others. You can get your tickets for that show here. These tickets will sell out so be sure to get them early!

Photo cred: HipHop24x7

So, which one do you like the most? The original? Or the remix? I have encountered on numerous occasions where the remix was actually better than the original. I'm not 100% sold on this remix. I don't exactly know if adding the other artists was a good idea, however it's getting a lot of traction thus far because the video is already over 140k views and it was just released on April 6th.

But you can leave your ideas in the comments & let me know what you think. Also, be sure to click the 'photo cred' links to check out the other articles on Halsey's "Alone" remix with Big Sean & Stefflon Don & leave a comment stating you got there from here. 

As always, I love you guys. I'll be back with the Hip-Hop Isn't Dead Pt. 2 post tomorrow, so be sure to come back & check that out. [Check out Pt 1 here

And I'm now hosting a morning radio show called Rise And Shine With Rae on Platinum Radio [click the names to be directed to the FB pages] in which you can listen through the TuneIn radio app, available from iTunes & Amazon as well.

And be sure to follow Halsey on Twitter & Facebook to stay updated. Subscribe to her YouTube channel & click the 'bell' to get the updates for new videos.

Enjoy the music? 
Support the artist.

xoxo,
Rachel Marie
The Underground Artistry

If you want more from this writer, visit her official Facebook page: Rachel Marie, the Writer. And be sure to like The Underground Artistry on Facebook as well & you can also follow this writer on Twitter .

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Tuesday, March 13

{ARTIST SPOTLIGHT} Hip-Hop Isn't Dead Pt. 1 #SupportFlintMI

There's a notion that hip-hop is dead...and with the mumble rappers getting all the hype right now, I see where that thought may creep into one's mind. However, over the past few months I've been searching for --and have came across-- some of the hottest hip-hop artists that will change your mind. This is not a top-anything...this is a spotlight on the artists keeping hip-hop alive & bringing back the lyricism that first made me--and I'm sure millions of others--a fan in the first place.

Hip-Hop isn't dead...

Allow these artists below to assist you in reviving your love for the genre.
Let me know what you think in the comments.


Jon Connor...the hip-hop artist from Flint, MI..."Judge & Jury" :

Get the single, "Judge & Jury" on iTunes or Amazon

King Los...hailing from Baltimore, MD..."God Money War":
Get the single, "God Money War" on  iTunes or Amazon

Mark Battles...hails from Indianapolis, IN...here's his single: "Chicken"
Get his single, "Chicken", from iTunes or Amazon

Jarren Benton...one of Atlanta's own...here's his single "You Don't Me" (ft. Hemi):
Get his single, "You Don't Know Me" on iTunes or Amazon

Kydd...beginning & ending with Flint, MI artists...here's his single "End Game" (ft. Jarren Benton):
Get this single, "End Game" on iTunes or Amazon


That rounds of this part one's artist spotlight...now go update your playlists! 
Visit the iTunes & Amazon links to support the artists.

Want more? Click the names below to be directed to my favorite track by the following artists: 
#Go
  1. CyHi the Prynce
  2. Big K.R.I.T
  3. NF
  4. Cozz
  5. Euroz
  6. Casey Veggies
  7. Stalley
I know your playlists should be on FIRE right now!! With these tracks ALONE...you'll have people asking you "Who's that?!"...Drop your thoughts in the comments. Any suggestions for artists for PART 2? (They have to have music on iTunes & Amazon) List them in the comments below! 

As always, thanks for stopping by...reading...commenting...sharing. You guys are awesome! Thank you for your continued support of the blog...and those that know me, my writing in general. 

Being that I began & ended PART 1 with Flint, MI artists, I want my readers, fellow bloggers and other supporters to take a moment & find a way to support the city of Flint, MI. As you may recall, in 2014, then-Gov. Snyder replaced Flint's water supply with water from the Flint River. This caused an extreme spike in lead in their water supply. Though pipes from 'over 6,200 homes have been replaced & they are receiving clean water, there's still over 12,000 homes without clean water'. ♦(Redlener, We Still Haven't Made, 2018) 

Ways you can help:
Donate water
Monetary donations
Volunteer your time

Just go to the website for the city of Flint, MI here ♦ and scroll down until you see "Donate Water" and you'll be able to get all the details you need to find ways you, too, can help.

I want to say THANK YOU once again & be sure to drop your comments below.




xoxo,
Rachel Marie
The Underground Artistry

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Resources
♦ We still haven't made things right in Flint by Irwin Redlener at https://goo.gl/f95B4R
♦ How can I help? City of Flint, MI at https://goo.gl/unqVw2

Tuesday, January 30

{ YOU READ IT HERE FIRST } Coach Snoop: New Netflix Exclusive Begins 2/02/18

Snoop...the D-O-double G...the coolest west coast hip-hop artist to ever hit the scene. Well, in this new documentary that airs on February 2nd on Netflix, you'll get to see a different side to the nationally acclaimed & accomplished rapper. Adding to his repertoire of greatness, he's mentoring young athletes to allow them an opportunity to reach their goals despite the odds against them.

Coach Snoop New Netflix Exclusive You Read It Here First
Coach Snoop: New Netflix Exclusive Begins 2/02/2018



Hailing from Long Beach, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. on October 20th, 1971, Snoop emerged under Dr. Dre in the early 90s. With infamous platinum selling albums such as "The Doggfather" & "Doggystyle", he quickly became a household favorite in the world of hip-hop. He was, along with artists like Dre, Biggie, 2Pac-- among a vast majority of others-- the face of the hip-hop industry. His music captivated hip-hop heads and the like ridiculously fast as his songs topped charts and won him numerous accolades, including --but certainly not limited to-- Best Video award for "Drop it like it's Hot" (featuring Pharell) and more Grammy nominations than I have space to write about. His music was --and still is-- on everyone's hip-hop playlists. Undoubtedly a legend that paved the way for many of today's artists, including --but not only, the ever so talented Kendrick Lamar, whom featured Snoop on his album To Pimp a Butterfly

Coach Snoop New Netflix Exclusive begins 2/02/18
Coach Snoop airs February 2nd!
Moving into a new era and expanding on a new endeavor, Snoop moves from your stereos to your television sets this February as a mentor & football coach for at-risk youth athletes. 
Add Snoop being a Steelers fan and Snoop's business partner being a Pamona, California native, and it gives a nice ring to the name of the team: the Pamona Steelers
Drawing upon his own childhood struggles, he is striving to make a difference in the lives of these kids. The daily struggles of some of these athletes range from deceased parents (one or both), incarcerated fathers (or mothers), recent gang activity, and more. 

Just to touch on some of the success Snoop has had as a youth football coach for going on 15 years, I cannot fail to mention the fact that one of Snoop's former players currently plays for the Denver Broncos --Ronnie Hillman-- and went on to assist his team in winning the Super Bowl in February 2016. Not to mention, his own son, Cordell Broadus, actually plays for UCLA.

Coach Snoop New Netflix exclusive
A Boss on the field displaying leadership
Going from a cheering parent in the bleachers & selling out multiple football stadiums, to coaching on the sidelines, Snoop has definitely made an impact on and off the field. This show is going to touch all the heart strings. And I am so here for this. I love seeing people with statuses such as his make a difference and give back. There is nothing more genuine. And Snoop has always given us the real. So tune in THIS FRIDAY to the exclusive premiere of Coach Snoop on Netflix and then come back and drop your comments and thoughts below. I'd love to hear what you think about the show. Don't be the only one not watching. You can watch the trailer for the series below. Want to learn more? Follow the links to his social media accounts to stay updated on this show & more. 

 
FOLLOW SNOOP DOGG

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Until next time...

xoxo,
Rachel Marie


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Saturday, January 20

{ YOU NEED TO KNOW ARTIST } H.E.R. @HERMusicx

Who is H.E.R.? 

Despite how grammatically incorrect that sounds, if you were like me when first hearing this artist, you did not know who it was. You knew you liked the songs. You knew you were addicted to her voice. You knew you couldn't live without one or all of her songs on a playlist. You knew you had to have her album. You knew you wanted to hear more. You knew all of that. Except her name.

She literally took over the world with her first self-titled EPs, H.E.R.: Vol 1 and now she's stealing new hearts and making old fans fall in love all over again with H.E.R. Vol 2: The B Sides. Named in Forbes list of 30 Under 30: Class of 2018 & named "Artist to Watch" from Pandora, she definitely is leaving her mark on the industry...and the world. Her tours are sold out. Her singles are being downloaded at alarming rates. Her EPs are outselling some of the biggest albums of the year. Not to mention, there's a lot of people who still do not know H.E.R. name.

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Ready to learn about the artist behind the moniker? Gabi Wilson is the name behind the silhouette you see on her covers. There was speculation after a few weeks. The vocals were similar, the vibes were remembered, sooner or later true fans were bound to put one with the other and find out who this mysteriously talented beauty was and how to let the world know just whom they were listening to.
H.E.R.'s debut project bolted to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes R&B chart. Not to mention, it's been streamed more than 12 million times on Soundcloud. Spotify? Up to 1.6 million MONTHLY listeners. All this without any real promotion of her project or pushing it to radio.
In earlier interviews, the woman behind the acronym said that music isn't listened to "for what it is" anymore and people are always so worried about who the artist is, what they're doing, what they're wearing, who they're friends with, etc...she said she just wants to let people judge the music for what it is without having to deal with the other part of the industry, which is the ever so annoying paparazzi wanting to record and photograph your every move. Nonetheless, she covers her face in photos to keep the mystery going & allows people who listen to H.E.R. to feel the emotions behind the music.

With her velvety tones, dynamic harmonies, soul snatching lyrics, and heart stealing melodies, this artist--whether you know her real name or not--will be the force that awakens real R&B and brings back the music we used to love.

Her latest: "My Song" off Vol. 2: The B Sides, released January the 2nd, is climbing the R&B charts and ever so gracefully showcasing her beloved talent. {audio video below}

Follow H.E.R. by visiting the Links Below:


You can purchase your copy of the album {both old & new} as well as her latest single by following the links below:

iTunes: H.E.R. Vol 1 :Amazon
iTunes: H.E.R. Vol 2: The B Sides :Amazon
iTunes: My Song {the single} :Amazon


Well, as usual I appreciate you visiting the blog and reading the content. I hope you enjoyed this week's You Need To Know Artist. Leave your comments below to let me know what you think about the artist and the music.

And...as you know:

Enjoy the music?
Support the artist.

Until next time....

xoxo,
Rachel Marie
The Underground Artistry

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