MUSIC NEWS

Dua Lipa Passes 1 Billion Views on YouTube with “New Rules”

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New rules indeed, Dua Lipa becomes the youngest pop artist to pass the 1 billion view mark on YouTube.

Seven months after the music video for Dua Lipa’s smash single “New Rules” went live on YouTube, it surpassed 1 billion views. Yowza, that’s a lot of listens and streams for a single video and an incredible… read more

Migos Break A Billboard Record Set By The Beatles in 1964

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54 years and thousands of artists and songs later, new wave rappers Migos, set a new record.

Migos set a new record for the most singles in the Billboard Top 100 at one time. Then they broke their own record two weeks later.

The digital streaming age along with YouTube, combined with traditional album sales and radio play… read more

Balanced Breakfast is a New Way for Artists and Industry to Connect

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Founder Stefan Aronsen shares why he opted to talk shop over coffee to create a new kind of social network for musicians.

The Bay Area music scene has evolved over the years and is home to some of the most influential artists in the world and pop culture, including Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Metallica,  G-Eazy… read more

Get your Indie Label off the Ground with AVL Digital Group

AVL Digital Group Acquires AudioMicro, AdRev, and DashGo: CD Baby’s Parent Company Expands Music B2B Services for Labels and Publishers.

AVL Digital Group, the parent company of CD Baby and Disc Makers, already one of the largest distributors and service providers to independent artists, has made a major step into B2B services with the acquisition of LA-based… read more

Diddy and DJ Khaled Join ‘The Four’

Fox and Sean “Diddy” Combs kick-off a new music competition The Four: Battle for Stardom.

 

The Four airing on Fox takes the rap battle style format and spins into a new singing competition pitting artists from all genres of music against each other for a winner take all record deal.

“This show is going to disrupt the… read more

Facebook and Universal Music Group Inked a New Licensing Deal

After years of artists, songwriters and publishers not getting paid for songs being used in videos posted to Facebook, the ship is starting to right itself.

 

It’s not a perfect licensing agreement, but it’s a start. The full details weren’t disclosed in Facebook’s press release but EVP of Digital Strategy for Universal Music Group, Michael Nash… read more

Ty Dolla $ign Drops A New Album

Hip-Hop and R&B king, Ty Dolla $ign drops a new studio album Beach House 3.

Since emerging under the Taylor Gang umbrella backed by Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign has been pouring out the hits with smooth R&B vocals, exceptional style, and poignant flows.

His new album Beach House 3 optimizes the artist’s progression in songwriting, wordplay, and catchy… read more

Top 5 Tom Petty Songs

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Tom Petty passes away at the age of 67 and leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

The LAPD confirmed on Tuesday evening October 2nd that rock n’ roll artist Tom Petty died after going into cardiac arrest in the early morning hours.

He clung to life throughout the day as reports filed in that… read more

Kendrick’s Music Matters

Kendrick Lamar’s Performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards was absolute fire.

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Further cementing himself as one of the greatest MC’s of this generation if not all time. Compton, CA native Kendrick Lamar once again proved his lyrical dominance.

Lamar performed “DNA” and “Humble” as dancers literally became human torches matching the napalm of… read more

Will SoundCloud Survive?

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SoundCloud was on its deathbed before being bailed out over the past week.

What is going on and what does this mean for the millions of artists who share their music on the streaming platform? Here is the nuts and bolts of the challenges and opportunity as reported by TechCrunch.com

“SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the… read more

The Defiant Ones Inspires Possibility

HBO’s The Defiant Ones sheds light on the lives of music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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I knew after catching a glimpse of the trailer that this four part documentary would be compelling but I didn’t realize the raw emotions I’d experience while watching it.

The show kicks off at the pinnacle of Iovine… read more

Kendrick Lamar Stays Humble

The best lyricist in the game, Kendrick Lamar is set to release his latest Album on April 14th.

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No graphic art, no photos, just a blank canvas graces the cover of Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming LP which is simply titled Album at the moment. Pay attention to the message not the aesthetic.  *Update: Kendrick Lamar changes album title to… read more

Beats Headphones Review – Are They the Best on the Market?

Dr. Dre and his team continue to innovate Beats headphones.

 

Since their debut in 2008, Beats headphones have been dubbed the best headphones by Beats reviews from around the world.

Other than being associated with major music producer Dr. Dre, Beats have also been endorsed by celebrities including superstar Lady Gaga and NBA athlete Lebron James.

Beats by… read more

10 Songs To Help You Kick-Start 2017

With reckless disregard for regard or genre, here are 10 songs to help you kick-start 2017.

 

Some old, some new. These songs will make you head bang and circle up a mosh pit, while others will have you ante-up and take on the new year and make it your bitch!

After your adrenaline’s rolling and you’re ready… read more

Tupac Inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

“COMPLEX.  PERSONAL. FEARLESS. TUPAC IS AUTHENTIC AND LARGER THAN LIFE.” – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Tupac Shakur will officially be immortalized along side Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Journey, Nile Rodgers, YES and the Electric Light Orchestra on April 7th, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. 

One of the most influential artists and icons… read more

SF Music Tech Summit Drums Up Innovation

The SF Music Tech Summit is a melting pot of musical minds, innovation and cutting edge technology.

Now in its 18th year, the SF Music Tech Summit took place at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA on Monday.

The summit brought together thought leaders from around the industry from companies like Pandora, Smule, TAG Strategic, Warner Music… read more

Chance The Rapper Continues To Elevate His Game

Chicago hip-hop artist, Chance The Rapper continues to evolve as an artist and redefine the ever changing music landscape.  After being photo bombed during an interview by super star Beyonce’  at The MTV Music Awards, Chance aptly uttered, “This is my life right now.” Indeed it is.

After rising to fame after his sophomore mixtape Acid… read more

Long Live Vans Warped Tour!

The 2016 Vans Warped Tour is a wrap and left a wake of memorable music moments in its path.  For over 20 years the annual traveling music festival has been a collision of major and emerging artists, breakout bands, punk rock culture and SoCal style.

Throw back bands from Warped Tour yesteryear like Atreyu, Good Charlotte,… read more

Jack White Plays First Vinyl Record in Space

Just when we thought Jack White, the rock n’ roll icon and front man of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather couldn’t get any cooler, he launches a vinyl record into space to commemorate the 7th anniversary of his indie label Third Man Records.  If you’re going to go big, why not be the… read more

Coachella Is More Than Music, It’s Nourishment For The Soul

The annual Coachella Arts & Music Festival wrapped up this past weekend in Coachella Valley, CA  in the middle of the desert just outside of Palm Springs.  We hopped in an RV with a Go Pro and drove down from our HQ in San Francisco, CA to take in the first weekend.


 

Coachella has become… read more

South by Southwest 2016 is a Wrap!

Rockstardreams.com was a proud sponsor and media partner to a showcase hosted by our friends at The Catalyst Publicity Group and Third String Productions this past week at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.

The Aquariam Bar on 6th Street was our home for the day and featured some killer performances from emerging artists  including Night… read more

Wiz Khalifa “Khalifa” Album Review

Wiz Khalifa dropped his highly anticipated sixth studio album, Khalifa on February 5th, 2016 

Reviewer: Joseph Nelson 

Khalifa in a way is a return to form for Wiz Khalifa, not to take away from his earlier releases.  The album has many of the topics and themes we have grown accustomed to; drugs (primarily weed), women, money, love, pain and Wiz’s admiration… read more

The NAMM Show Should Be On Everyone’s Bucket List

The NAMM Show 2016 wrapped up this past weekend in Anaheim, CA and it was a vibrant circus of music, people and culture  

The top gear manufacturers and mom and pops from around the world including Fender, Les Paul, NORD keyboards, Ernie Ball, Pioneer and SJC Custom Drums showcased their latest and greatest music tech… read more

Artist Relations Gear Preview 2016

 

Every year Artist Relations holds a private gear preview just before The NAMM Show

Artist Relations is one of the premier endorsement specialists connecting gear manufacturers with the hottest artists in the music industry.

Brands like Lewitt Audio, Klotz Cables, Big Joe Stomp Box Company, Artesia, Tectonic Audio Labs, ASPRI, Relish Guitars and more are featured just… read more

EST19XX – Meet the Brotherhood and Band Behind Machine Gun Kelly

Ohio natives, Machine Gun Kelly and his crew EST19XX go hard! Mix in punk rock with hip-hop and this band delivers a killer live performance that is laced with vicious lyrics, heavy guitars, sick beats and drummer who is just nasty behind the kit. We caught up with the talented mix of musicians who make… read more

Lil Wayne Can Finally Release The Carter V

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Lil Wayne has settled his lawsuit with Universal Music Group and Cash Money Records.

After years of on-again, off-again feuding with Baby and Cash Money Records, rapper Lil Wayne can finally put the past behind him and release Tha Carter V.

Lil Wayne and his attorney have reached an agreement with parent company Universal Music Group for over $10… read more

Cane Hill & King 810 Announce Summer Tour

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CANE HILL AND KING 810 ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE SUMMER TOUR

KING 810 and Cane Hill will embark on a co-headline tour this summer. The Last Ten Seconds of Life will serve as support on all dates. The trek kicks off on July 26 in Indianapolis and runs through August 11 in Joliet, Illinois. Cane Hill have dropped the video for “It Follows.” Watch it here.

The song appears on… read more

Summer Sessions Music Series presented by RSD Magazine

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RSD Magazine is excited to announce that we are kicking-off the Summer Sessions Music Series filming in Los Angeles, CA.

We will be interviewing and filming live performances of major and emerging artists from all genres of music on rooftops, in warehouses and garages, and by pool sides in L.A. and Hollywood all summer long from June 2nd –… read more

Roland #TotallyDrums 2018 Review

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Roland debuted their latest lineup of electronic V-Drums.

The TD-17 series of Roland’s electronic V-Drums are just as much fun to play as they are to listen to.

We knew it was going to be a good day and an even better night as we watched super producer Terry Lewis (Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Rod Stewart) back… read more

gP. Destroy, So As To Build

gP. continue to build their fan base on a foundation of intricate arrangements and stellar songwriting.

We’ve been a fan of alternative trip rock artists gP. for quite some time now and have been rooting for a breakthrough. With each release, they are close, very close.

We invited the now 4-piece to showcase at the San Francisco Music… read more

Elohim Shined at The Fonda Theatre

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Emerging pop and electronic artist Elohim dropped her self-titled debut album on Friday to a mesmerized L.A. crowd.

Vivacious chills ran through the audience as the curtains lifted, lights dimmed and violins echoed throughout The Fonda Theatre in anticipation of Elohim.

Cool, calm, and stylish she walked onto the stage in a hooded trench coach to screams and… read more

J. Cole Drops ‘KOD’

J. Cole refuses to bow down to new wave rappers on KOD.

The 33-year old MC and his smooth, articulate delivery take shots at the new wave of rappers climbing the charts. Perplexed by hyper-inflated egos, face tats, and cartoon character hair colors, J. Cole is not impressed with the Lil Pump’s of the world on… read more

Aviici Dies at 28

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Music producer and DJ, Aviici has died at 28 years-old.

It’s another sad day in music as it was announced and confirmed on Billboard that one of the most talented music producers and DJs in the world, Avicii has died. The last two years have taken away some of the greatest artists in music and the bad… read more