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DUA LIPA'S FIRST U.S. SINGLE
ENTERS TOP 40 AT U.S. POP RADIO
U.S. TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF TROYE SIVAN
KICK OFF NOVEMBER 3rd
DEBUT ALBUM OUT FEBRUARY 10th
VIA WARNER BROS. RECORDS
Rising U.K. pop sensation Dua Lipa achieves a major milestone this week with her first official U.S. single, "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)," entering the Top 40 at U.S. Pop Radio. Having jumped six spots in just the last week, the track is currently 37 on the Top 40 chart and is also the highest new entry on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
The top 40 track was released ahead of Dua's eagerly awaited self-titled debut album, available February 10th via Warner Bros. Records. Since its release, the single has been streamed over 25 million times on Spotify, and its video already has over 12 million views on YouTube. Watch "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nydxbGhgv8 .
Dua's building success this year includes amassing over 134 million total views on YouTube. The premiere video-sharing website recently partnered with Dua for a multidimensional promotional program that includes several pieces of original content launching later this year on her channel. FADER, who were the first to introduce Dua to the U.S. last year with her debut video "New Love'" will produce a short video documentary as part of this program.
Dua is set to return to the U.S. for select tour dates in support of Troye Sivan, kicking off November 3rd in Cleveland, OH and running through November 18th in Atlanta, GA, including two nights at New York City's 3000-capacity Terminal 5 (see full list of dates below).
Recently, in a special print edition of SPIN, the magazine predicts that concert goers are "about to find out just how far the singer's distinctively husky voice and take-no-guff attitude will propel her." From Rolling Stone, to Elle and toEntertainment Weekly and all the places in between, the press have all confirmed Marie Claire's claim that "Dua Lipa is about to become the music industry's newest obsession."
Dua Lipa Troye Sivan Support Dates
FRANKIE COSMOS ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION COVERS CASSETTE TAPE
DROPS COVER OF KRILL'S "FRESH POND" ON SOUNDCLOUD
ON TOUR NOW WITH BIG THIEF
NEXT THING OUT NOW ON BAYONET RECORDS
1. Feelin' Like A Bean - Baby Mollusk
2. Fresh Pond - Krill
3. Thought For - Cameron Wisch
4. May Poem - DC Schneider
5. Random Nostalgia - Rivergazer
6. Sea of Gin - Aaron Maine
7. Stalemate - Whatever, Dad
Frankie Cosmos, the band led by singer-songwriter Greta Kline, will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape featuring cover songs this fall. The tape will be available for the first time at Webster Hall on November 13th, the biggest New York headline play to date and a perfect homecoming to round out what has been a huge year for the band.
Kline told us how the collection of songs came about, saying, "whenever I'm really excited about a song I want to learn it, and it becomes the first thing I play every time I pick up an instrument. These are all songs by people I know and have seen perform a lot and have been inspired by. I recorded these covers last winter in my bedroom."
It's been non stop for Frankie Cosmos, playing shows around North America and the UK and Europe, the band is currently on the road here in the US and will be returning to Europe for a much anticipated stop at Iceland Airwaves festival before. All tour dates are listed below.
Next Thing has received critical acclaim across the board from everyone including The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork and is sure to feature on several Best Of 2016 End Of Year Lists. If you haven't yet experienced world of Frankie Cosmos, now is the time, you can download or stream the album in full.
Acclaim for Next Thing:
"Next Thing shows that as the group continues to grow up, Kline's clear-eyed observation and youthful disaffection only feel more vital." Rolling Stone
"Frankie Cosmos, led by singer Greta Kline, makes wonderfully light, breezy, sweet songs that are just delightful." NPR
"Frankie Cosmos manages to be both devastating and uplifting. The young indie musician's greatest talents lie in her lyrics; she's a wordsmith who's brevity hints at suppressed emotions beneath the surface...Next Thing is a gem that speaks to the soul." BUST
"Kline has created a perfectly insular work, one whose songs display a newfound textual richness while retaining their unkempt edges." Under The Radar
"Kline recalls the legible confessionals of Colleen Green or Kimya Dawson and the bright-eyed melancholy of Beat Happening or Cub, all while building from her greatest strength: being immediately and deliberately herself." SPIN
"This patchwork of tracks makes for an album that doesn't have much of a thematic through-line beyond the anxiety-ridden adolescence that Kline's songwriting naturally gravitates towards, but it does result in 15 songs worth of the sharpest, most accomplished Frankie Cosmos material to date." Stereogum
"On Next Thing, Frankie Cosmos stands tall as an individual in a sea of bland lo-fi dudes, unfolding 15 songs in the palms of her hands that are endlessly re-playable." Consequence of Sound
World Tour Dates
10.25.16 - Mahall's - Cleveland, OH *
10.26.16 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL *
10.27.16 - Loving Touch - Detroit, MI *
10.28.16 - Adelaide Hall - Toronto, ON *
10.29.16 - The Haunt - Ithaca, NY *
10.30.16 - Rock n Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *
11.1.16 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA *
11.2 - 11.6.16 - Reykjavik Iceland Airwaves - Iceland
11.7.16 - Space Gallery - Portland, ME *
11.9.16 - 3S Artspace - Portsmouth, NH *
11.10.16 - ArtsRiot - Burlington, VT *
11.11.16 - SUNY Binghampton - Binghampton, NY *
11.12.16 - Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA *
11.13.16 - Webster Hall - New York, NY *#
* w/ Big Thief
# w/ Vagabon
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS' COMPLETE CATALOG OF EIGHT STUDIO ALBUMS TO BE AVAILABLEON VINYL
Pre-order Underway For Limited Edition Color Vinyl Of First Seven Albums, Available December 9, With Standard Black Vinyl To Follow December 23
Eighth Album, Born In The Echoes, Out On Vinyl Now
The Chemical Brothers' entire catalog of eight studio albums will soon be available in the U.S. on double LP vinyl. The influential U.K. band's first seven albums have been unavailable on vinyl for some time, but today Astralwerks announced plans to release limited edition colored vinyl of each on December 9, followed by standard black vinyl on December 23. The hand-numbered, limited edition colored vinyl will be available exclusively at U.S. indie retailers. These are available for pre-order now at Amoeba and at local record stores.Born In The Echoes (2015), The Chemical Brothers' most recent album, is already available on vinyl.
The seven albums to be reissued are listed below along with the colors
of the limited edition vinyl.
Exit Planet Dust (1995) - Clear Vinyl
Dig Your Own Hole (1997) - Solid White Vinyl
Surrender (1999) - Solid Blue Vinyl
Come With Us (2002) - Solid Red Vinyl
Push The Button (2005) - Transparent Blue Vinyl
We Are The Night (2007) - Soda Bottle Clear Vinyl
Further (2010) - Transparent Green Vinyl
Each comes repackaged in the original sleeve artwork that the first pressings came in. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and fully approved byThe Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands. See below for track listings.
The Chemical Brothers have sold 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY® Award, winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for "Block Rockin' Beats." The song, which appeared on 1997's RIAA Gold-certified album Dig Your Own Hole, was the first track by an electronic artist to chart at Alternative radio, where The Chemical Brothers have continued to receive strong support. 2005's "Galvanize" featuring Q-Tiptook the GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording while the albums Push the Button (2005) and We Are the Night (2007) won in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category. Further(2010), the 2012 live album, Don't Think, and 2015's Born In The Echoes were each nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album and the 2015 single "Go" featuring Q-Tip was nominated for Best Dance Recording. The Chemical Brothers have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K.
TELE NOVELLA PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR
"EVEN STEVEN" VIA ROOKIE
WEST COAST TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
HOUSE OF SOULSOUT NOW ON YELLOW YEAR RECORDS
Photo Credit: Angel Ceballos
Tele Novella today release their video for "Even Steven" off of their latest album House of Souls. Rookie, who recently chatted with front woman Natalie Ribbons about the band's love of horror movies and being a "Halloween band", premiered the video today.
Tele Novella has also announced a run of west coast dates kicking off next month. The tour will see them making stops in Phoenix, LA, Seattle, Denver and more. See below for a full run down of dates.
NPR All Songs Considered first premiered single "Heavy Balloon" off of House of Souls and noted, "Inspired by the classic Velvet Underground song "Caroline Says," this track by the Austin-based band Tele Novella is going to make you so happy." Lenny Letter went on to premiere the video for the track which stars Lorelei Linklater of Boyhood. They wrote,"Tele Novella have a bittersweet sound, satisfyingly reminiscent of 1960s girl groups and crestfallen twee. Awash in tambourine and harmonies, their songs reveal the drama of figuring out what it means to be alive."
Upcoming North American Tour Dates:
11.26.16 - The Monarch - El Paso, TX
11.27.16 - Sister Bar - Albuquerque, NM
11.28.16 - Firecreek Coffee Co. - Flagstaff, AZ
11.29.16 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
11.30.16 - Hotel Congress - Tucson, AZ
12.1.16 - Blonde Bar - San Diego, CA
12.3.16 - Hillgrass - Temecula, CA
12.4.16 - Hi Hat - Los Angeles, CA
12.11.16 - Sunset Lounge - Seattle, WA
12.12.16 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
12.13.16 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
12.14.16 - High Dive - Denver, CO
12.16.16 - The Deli - Norman, OK