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NOEL: A Christmas Album from Leon Ware

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The Estate of Singer/Songwriter Extraordinaire Leon Ware Gifts the World with His Unreleased Christmas EP, Noel


Collection includes 4 Christmas classics plus the original “Be Like Christmas”


On February 23, 2017, mere days after his 77th birthday, legendary songwriter Leon Ware departed this earth. The man had gifted the world with 13 albums of his own plus scores of timeless classic songs for others including “I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Michael Jackson), “I Want You” (Marvin Gaye), “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” (Quincy Jones / AWB), “Rolling Down a Mountainside” (Isaac Hayes / The Main Ingredient), “I Know It’s You” (Donny Hathaway) and “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” (Maxwell). And yet, he left behind even more gifts to give…the first being a heart-stilling 5-song EP of Christmas songs titled, Noel (Leon spelled backwards as well as the French origin word for Christmas).


Noel is an intimate, one-from-the-heart musical gift of love that Leon Ware had been working on in his home studio workshop over the years, during holiday times, along with engineer Gerry Brown. The project is comprised of Leon’s singular renditions of “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bells” (sung as a duet with Taura Stinson), plus the original composition “Be Like Christmas” that he composed with longtime friend/collaborator Richard Rudolph (Minnie Riperton) lovingly sung by dear friend Nikki Grier (often a featured singer in Leon’s live shows). All of the material was arranged by Leon with his singular bent for tropical rhythms, sensual tempos and tastefully lush harmonic sophistication. Leon handled all of the keyboards and programming, joined solely by guitarist Rob Bacon and some added programming by Darien Dorsey.


Noel’s artwork is derived from a painting of Leon’s creation.


The music of Noel is offered with love from Leon and to those we love. It is a testament to the spirit of the holiday and a uniquely felt expression of a timeless message in song that the world needs to hear.


Leon Ware’s Noel is a special holiday teaser leading up to the 2019 release of his final 12-song album, Rainbow Deux. Stay tuned. `Til then, have yourself a mellow little Christmas.

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“Jingle Bells” Featuring Taura Stinson



JINGLE BELLS…like you’ve never heard it before !  This outstanding duet with TAURA STINSON is featured on LEON WARE’s EP  entitled NOEL which was just released to all streaming services.  It is also available as a digital download at CD Baby and iTunes.


Taura brings her unique talent and spirit to the track,  as she has to many of Leon’s works over the years.  Her talent as a songwriter were recognized by both the Golden Globes and Academy of Motion Pictures among others.  She lovingly refers to Leon as her “musical father” and only she could bring this vibe to something he had not completed before his passing.  Their seamless energy is evident.


Please enjoy and “jingle all the way”!

Princess Nokia’s Reissue of Debut ‘Metallic Butterfly’ with additional Bonus Tracks


Princess Nokia just re-released a remastered and expanded version of her 2014 debut full length Metallic Butterfly via Rough Trade Records, featuring three bonus tracks from the era. Before the rapper/actor/model/intersectional feminist became the icon she is today, Destiny Frasqueri was a young trip-hop and Bjork-obsessed NYC raver kid. The album showcases all sides of what we’ve now come to know as the definitive multi-faceted artist Princess Nokia: music lover, philosopher, activist and anime nerd. The music was composed entirely with hip-hop producer OWWWLS, who also worked closely with her on 1992 Deluxe and has been her live DJ.


When the album was originally released, Vice called it “one of the most exciting and ambitious independently released albums to come out of the New York underground in a long time” and Complex adds, “we’re treated to her raw, but emotionally-rich talent as a vocalist on Butterfly… It’s clear this girl’s talents are vast.” See the intimate handwritten letter that Destiny wrote on the day of the record’s original release below.


Metallic Butterfly (Remastered & Expanded) features some of the enduring hits that are part of her live show, such as the pumped-up, drum-n-bass love song “Dragons,” the Afro-Latina pride anthem “Corazon En Afrika,” and the empowering mantra “Young Girls.” These fan favorites and more are finally available on streaming services for the first time here:


Princess Nokia notes via Twitter:


Watch a mashup of the Metallic Butterfly videos HERE.


The shape-shifting emcee has been releasing music via YouTube and Soundcloud since she was in high school and catapulted herself to the next level with 1992 Deluxe—selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. Earlier this year, she released A Girl Cried Red–her mixtape showcasing another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia.


After touring non-stop behind 1992 Deluxe and A Girl Cried Red for the better part of two years, Princess Nokia is currently taking some much-earned time off and working on new material, but look for her to bring her dynamic live show to San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound in 2019, with additional dates to be announced soon.




March 2 – Berkeley, CA – Noise Pop Festival


May 30 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound




01. Dimensia
02. Hands Up
03. Seraphims
04. Young Girls
05. Biohazard Butterfly
06. Cybiko
07. Dragons
08. Felicity Island
09. Bikini Weather / Corazón En Afrika
10. Anomaly (Bonus Track)
11. Earth Is My Playground (Bonus Track)

12. Versace Hottie (Bonus Track)

VIDEO: Grammy Nominated Kumar’s “It’s Alright”


Singer/Songwriter Kumar has released his single It’s Alright. The track is the first single from his forthcoming full-length album on VP Records. Produced by Robert Livingston and Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown and written by Kumar, the pop infused reggae track is a perfect introduction to the artist. Listen here


Kumar first captured the spotlight as the lead singer for acclaimed roots reggae band Raging Fyah. With distinctive haunting vocals, Kumar picked up a 2017 Grammy Nomination for his work on Raging Fyah’s ‘Everlasting’ as well as millions of streams across Spotify and YouTube. With extensive touring in Europe and the States, Kumar has shared the stage with artists such as UB40, Tribal Seeds, and The Green, to name a few.




In the studio Kumar has put out a steady stream of collaborations including recent duet alongside Alborosie (still with Raging Fyah), the re-imagined Metallica classic “The Unforgiven” in a reggae style, receiving millions of streams across Spotify and Youtube and mainstream radio support in the states. In late 2018 after lengthy deliberation and meditation, Kumar made the decision to leave Raging Fyah and pursue a career as a solo artist focused on pursuing his own artistic vision.


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Movement Festival Reveals 2019 Lineup Teaser







MAY 25 – 27


“The annual Memorial Day weekend marathon is a necessary pilgrimage for fans of Detroit music and those looking to get a grip on the bubbling US underground.” Billboard


“Movement is techno history in the making.” Dancing Astronaut


3-Day Weekend and Daily Passes for both GA and VIP 


are Now On Sale at


Paxahau is pleased to announce a special lineup preview for the 2019 Movement Music Festival, taking place on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27 inside Detroit’s legendary Hart Plaza. 


The lineup teaser features UK dance music pioneers Orbital for their first live appearance in Detroit in almost 20 years. This also marks the duo’s first-ever performance at Movement. Orbital have laid the groundwork for today’s live shows by performing such anthems as “Halcyon”, “Belfast” and “Chime” on a cadre of studio gear in epic fashion. There is no better platform to expose a new generation of electronic music fans to the historical relevance of this incredible act than at Movement. 


Today’s lineup reveal also features Detroit’s very own Danny Brown, DJ Bone as well as Detroit Techno legend Robert Hood performing as Floorplan – live. British House sensation Hot Since 82 will also take the stage. 


Other notable first-time Movement performances include: Amelie Lens, Chris Lake, DJ Nobu, Heiko Laux and Stephan Bodzin – live. More names will be announced in early 2019 on Movement’s official website and social media channels. 


The 10 performances announced as of December 13th, in alphabetical order, are as follows:




















Since its inception, Movement has been deeply dedicated to bringing a completely original experience to Detroit, the place where it all began for Techno music. Festival organizers are hyper focused on showcasing authentic talent for the event, which in turn provides an experience that is purely about the music. Movement fans will find themselves immersed with the best of the best, seasoned vets and up and comers within Techno and other dance music genres. 


Movement 2019 3-Day Weekend and Daily Passes for both GA and VIP are now available for purchase at Payment Plan options are also available.


To learn more, visit
Instagram: @movementdetroit
Snapchat: @movementdetroit

TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS S2 E7: Morris Day and the Time on Cinemax




Episode #207 (season 2, episode 7): “Morris Day and the Time”


Fridays on Cinemax @ 10 PM and On Demand












Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; Directed by Mike Judge


Synopsis: One of the biggest characters in funk history, Morris Day was an aspiring drummer who became the embodiment of cool. The iconic frontman might have had a different life altogether, if not for childhood friend Prince Rogers Nelson, but he made a Faustian bargain with the future superstar, and the result was Morris Day and The Time. Though the band skyrocketed to the top with hits like “Jungle Love,” resentment festered and the rivalry between the two singers reached a breaking point. Years later, a reunion show at Prince’s Minnesota mansion brought The Time back to the stage, allowing Day and Prince to make peace before the latter’s untimely death.


Photos: Courtesy of Cinemax




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Questlove Supreme Debuts Special Episode ft. Michelle Obama Exclusively on Pandora


Questlove Supreme debuts special episode featuring Michelle Obama. In the one-on-one interview with host, Questlove, the two touch on the former first lady’s current book tour for her memoir BECOMING, as well as her affinity for music and culture and her formative years in the White House.

Click HERE to listen to the episode, exclusively on Pandora.

This episode comes on the heels of release of the Questlove created soundtrack for the BECOMING book tour. The 3-volume playlist titled, Michelle Obama’s Musiaqualogy Vol 1. 1964-1979, Vol 2. 1980-1997, Vol 3. 1997-2018 features decades of music from artists including Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and D’Angelo. Questlove’s curated soundtrack is being played live in venues across 10 cities on the BECOMING book tour and can be streamed on Spotify and Pandora.

Like a trip to your favorite independent record store or as the iconic founder once described it, “a black nerd version of NPR,Questlove Supreme has enlightened, enriched, and engaged millions with smart, slick, and sharp commentary on all things music, pop culture, and beyond since it launched on Pandora in 2016. The format spans personal musical selections courtesy of the show’s namesake, provocative conversations, and in-depth and intimate interviews.

To date, more than 5 million Pandora listeners have added the Questlove Supreme station. Listeners can access the program in a chapter format, allowing them to revisit and pause favorite segments on


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SoundCloud’s Year in Review & 2019 Artists to Watch


It’s been an exciting year at SoundCloud! From our groundbreaking DJ tools announcement to integration with Instagram and the expansion of SoundCloud Premier, has rolled out over 12 big updates to the platform in 2018 to continue supporting and empowering our community of creators – the largest in the world!


Taking a look back to celebrate creators across the platform over the past 12 months, many of whom got their start first on SoundCloud (#SCFIRST), the 2018 SoundCloudPlayback covers 9 categories and rounds out with a look at the 2019 Artists to Watch, and they are launching playlists to accompany each!


Juice WRLD, who released his first track on SoundCloud back in 2015, claims the titles of ‘Top Artist’ and ‘Top Track’, The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” claims ‘Top Remix’ and Two Friends. tops out the year with the ‘Top DJ Set’ for the 2nd year in a row.


SoundCloud’s 2019 Artists to Watch list includes: mobilegirlThutmoseDuenditaOctavianLeafJEVONAshnikkoPink $weat$Chloe LilacRosalíaTierra WhackClairoTeflon SegaRuuthLil MoseyAma Lou, Pardison FontaineGunna and Yaeji.



GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW Shares Video for Album Title Track “Overload” Out Now On Brainfeeder


Georgia Anne Muldrow unveils the video for “Overload” directed by Capricorn Clark of Harun Creative. Addressing “the process of building loving relationships in spite of the malfunctions of Western society”, it’s the title track from her new album – widely regarded as her finest work to date.


Released on October 26, 2018 via Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint (a record label deeply embedded in her birthplace Los Angeles, with a ton of shared history, shared beliefs and a united vision of the future). It was justly acclaimed by Pitchfork (8.0) who paid tribute to her eclecticism, experimentation and individuality: “The restless avant-garde soul singer is still reinventing rhythm and blues for the future.. the epic scope of Muldrow’s body of work forms the funkiest of odysseys.”


“Overload felt like such a contrast between chaos and control that I wanted to find a subtle way to relay – in a way that allowed the non-core fans to meet her and gave the core a champion,” explains Capricorn Clark. “Aretha Franklin kept coming to mind, and an image of her in her dressing room kept coming back to me, so I built a world around that. Georgia is a huge being. She emotes this light, but she isn’t aiming for the spotlight, so I had to bring the light to her.”

Watch the video for “Overload” HERE.

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(October 26, 2018 - Brainfeeder)
01. I.O.T.A. (Instrument Of The Ancestors)
02. Play It Up
03. Overload
04. Blam
05. Williehook (Skit)
06. Aerosol
07. Vital Transformation
08. You Can Always Count On Me (feat. Shana Jenson)
09. These Are The Things I Really Like About You (feat. Dudley Perkins)
10. Canadian Hillbilly
11. Conmigo (Reprise)
12. Bobbie’s Dittie
13. Ciao


Follow Georgia Anne Muldrow online:
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify / Apple Music / Brainfeeder


H.E.R., Launching A Live Experiential Musical Event Series by MWP Entertainment

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MWP Entertainment Group is launching a live interactive concert series, “WANTED,” and will hold its inaugural event performed by platinum R&B Artist H.E.R. on December 14, 2018 in Los Angeles. Shot in front of a LIVE audience the series will feature interactive displays, holograms & multi-camera media players, and behind the scenes (BTS) footage, allowing artists to reveal everything they aspire to share with fans, and enable fans to engage at unprecedented levels. With over one billion combined streams to date, the release of the breakthrough H.E.R. Vol. 1, H.E.R. Vol. 2 – The B Sides, and I Used To Know Her: The Prelude, singer/songwriter/musician H.E.R. has quickly established herself as one of modern music’s most fascinating new voices.


The premiere “WANTED” concert featuring H.E.R. will be held at The NOVO Theater in Los Angeles, CA on December 14, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. – TICKETS.  The concert will also be available via live stream on multiple platforms, allowing the concert to be anywhere and everywhere, at your fingertips.


The “WANTED” concert series was born from a collaboration between MWP Entertainment Group and MBK Entertainment, both are leading music labels & production companies. Through this new series, the producers envision leading the evolution of the LIVE music experience for those in the venue while extending it in a new and innovative way via live interactive stream for fans around the world.

H.E.R. on TOUR