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Music Is: Universal Music Group News and Updates

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This is a page dedicated to news and releases from Universal Music Group that will be updating regularly.


New Releases

Eminem – Gnat

TWICE – Cry For Me

Fariz Jabba – Dari Sini

Yung Raja – Muneru Valiba

Zadon – Moonlight

New documentary film from award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler to premiere globally on Apple TV+ February 26, 2021

Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for the new documentary film, “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.” It will premiere globally on Apple TV+ February 26, 2021.

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the documentary offers a deeply intimate look at this extraordinary teenager’s journey, at just seventeen years old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”

The documentary film, featuring Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, Maggie Baird and Patrick O’Connell, is from Apple Original Films, in association with Interscope Films, The Darkroom, This Machine and Lighthouse Management & Media.


New Releases

Alexander 23 x Jeremy Zucker – Nothing’s The Same

Taylor Swift – Willow

Troye Sivan + Kacey Musgraves – Easy (ft. Mark Ronson)

Gwen Stefani – Let Me Re-Introduce Myself

keshi – right here (Snakehips Remix)

SYA – PrettyGirlBop (ft. Yung Raja)

Claire Rosinkranz – BeVerly Hills BoYfRiEnd (with ROLE MODEL)

Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello release music video for The Christmas Song


New Releases

Shawn Mendes – Teach Me How To Love

Juice WRLD x benny blanco – Real Shit

Lil Baby – Errbody

Yungblud – Acting Like That (ft. Machine Gun Kelly)

Bastille – Goosebumps

Weird Genius – Lathi (R3HAB Remix)

bulow – Lost

Rendy Pandugo – MR SUN

Shawn Mendes releases music video ‘Teach Me How To Love’


New Releases

Duncan Laurence – Arcade (ft. FLETCHER)

HRVY – Baby I Love Your Way

Public – Splash

Twocolors – Lovefool (ft. Pia Mia)

Ariana Grande dominates with music video for ’34+35′


New Releases

Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber – Monster

Gryffin – Safe With Me (ft. Audrey Mika)

Peach Tree Rascals – Fumari

iann dior – Holding On

Salem ilese – Coke & Mentos

Lana Del Rey – Summertime The Gershwin Version

Sam Smith – The Lighthouse Keeper

Alexa Ilacad – Love At First Sight

Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber release MV for ‘Monster’


New Releases

Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am

BENEE – kool

BBC Radio 2 Allstars – Stop Crying Your Heart Out

Katy Perry, Tiesto & Aitana – Resilient (Tiesto Remix)

Billie Eilish releases MV for ‘Therefore I Am’

Conan Gray Received RIAA Platinum Certification

Rounding out a banner year earmarked by runaway success, tastemaker applause, and the endorsements of icons such as Taylor Swift, Elton John, and more, pop-singer songwriter Conan Gray achieves yet another major milestone. He earns RIAA platinum certifications for both “Maniac” and “Heather.” These songs are available on his critically adored debut album, Kid Krow.

Speaking to Conan Gray’s impact, BillboardForbes, and OnesToWatch have pegged him among next year’s “Best New Artist” nominees for the 2021 GRAMMY® Awards. Both Billboard and Forbes named “Maniac” among “The 50 Best Songs of 2020 (So Far)” and also proclaimed Kid Krow as one of “The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far).And in Singapore, ‘Heather’ attains 4 x Platinum, crossing over 40,000 adjusted units and ‘Maniac’ achieves 3 x Platinum certification.


New Releases

Swae Lee x Tyga x Lil Mosey – Krabby Step

Crispie x Ilira – Ladida (My Heart Goes Boom)

Jannine Weigel – Passcode (BATE Remix)

Sam Smith releases MV for ‘Kids Again’


New Releases

Ariana Grande – 34 + 35

Sam Smith – Kids Again

Alesso x Charlotte Lawrence – The End

Meduza (ft Dermot Kennedy) – Paradise

BENEE (ft. Lily Allen & Flo Milli) – Plain

Static & Ben El (ft. Black Eyed Peas) – Shake Ya Boom Boom

 Crispie x Ilira release video for Ladida (My Heart Goes Boom)


New Releases

benny blanco & Justin Bieber – Lonely

Claire Rosinkranz – Backyard Boy Remix with – Jeremy Zucker

Demi Lovato – Commander In Chief

Sofia Carson – Guess I’m A Liar

Renee Dominique x Bloome – The Rose

ROLE MODEL – going out

Lana Del Rey – Let Me Love You Like A Woman

benny blanco & Justin Bieber release MV for ‘Lonely’


New Releases

Yung Raja – The Dance Song

Bea Miller – Wisdom Teeth

Alexander 23 –  Brainstorm

Yungblud – Cotton Candy

Jax Jones – I Miss You (ft. AU/RA)

Rendy Pandugo – Home


YUNG RAJA releases music video for ‘The Dance Song’

Jannine Weigel’s debut single ‘Passcode’ surpasses one million views on YouTube

The euphoric dance-pop anthem is connecting on a huge scale, also racking up an eye-popping number of streams since release. The single is accompanied by a dazzling video directed by Philip Rom Kulleh. Some of Malaysia and Thailand’s biggest TikTok influencers feature amongst the cast of the video, shot and produced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

‘Passcode’ marks a watershed moment for Asian pop music and Weigel is set to be A-Pop’s first megastar. As well as the success on YouTube, streaming numbers are also edging towards the million mark and ‘Passcode’ has featured on influential playlists across all of the majors-leading streaming partners in the region. A raft of notable TikTok users including Darren Espanto and Bertrand Tio have created videos using the song’s exhilarating sound and the #passcodechallenge hashtag has garnered 2.4 million views since release.

International success beckons for Weigel, who is a fresh breed of pop star. The 20-year-old is already huge in Thailand, where her infectious personality has converted into jaw-dropping social media numbers. She has 3.7 million subscribers on YouTube, 3.2 million followers on Facebook, 1.7 million on Instagram and more than 570,000 on TikTok. Born in Steinfurt, Germany, Weigel moved to Thailand when she was 10. She made her first musical waves when, as a teenager, she uploaded cover versions of her favourite songs to her YouTube channel. Weigel became the first Thai singer to receive YouTube’s highly-coveted Gold Button.2/10/20

New Releases

Shawn Mendes – Wonder

Halsey – I’m Not Mad

Demi Lovato – Still Have Me

Julia Michaels – Lie Like This

The Vamps – Better

LANY – Heart Won’t Let Me

Gary Barlow – Elita (ft. Michael Buble & Sebastian Yatra)

Billie Eilish Releases MV For ‘No Time To Die’

Def Jam Vietnam launches to further elevate hip-hop in South East Asia

Universal Music Vietnam (UMV), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced the launch of Def Jam Vietnam, a new domestic label dedicated to supporting the best Vietnamese hip-hop and rap talent. 

The rap scene in Vietnam has grown in popularity and influence in recent years and the launch of Def Jam Vietnam will further boost the country’s vibrant hip-hop community. Def Jam Vietnam becomes the sixth country from the region to join the global Def Jam family, alongside Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia as part of Def Jam Southeast Asia. The label, which launched in September 2019, follows the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years.

Since launch, Def Jam South East Asia has assembled a powerhouse line-up of rappers from across the continent, including some of the most revered artists in the region. Def Jam Vietnam is committed to lifting the genre to greater heights in the region and to helping introduce the next generation of local hip-hop talent to audiences worldwide. The label launches with the signing of three of Vietnam’s most influential and exciting young artists; Obito, SeaChains and Right.

“It’s an extremely exciting time for Hip-Hop in Vietnam, and we are committed to connect and contribute to the Hip-Hop community at large. I’m looking forward to working with all these amazing and talented artists as well as collaborations and tours. Big things to come, and once again on behalf of the fam, welcome to Def Jam SEA!” says Joe Flizzow, Managing Director, Def Jam SEA.

With more than 70 million views on YouTube and 150 million streams, Obito and SeaChains created a huge wave in the region at the end of 2019 with the singles, “Simple Love” and “When You Look at Me”. Right walked down a different path, emerging as the first season champion of the “Bạn Có Tài Mà!” Freestyle Battle. 

As part of the Def Jam Vietnam official launch, Obito premiered his brand new single and music video, “Lost” – produced by DBaola and the Hillus Production team. Following the wild success of his recent single, “Friendzone”, “Lost” sees the 19-year-old showcasing his trademark smooth vocals over a toned-down production.

The sound of hip-hop is growing in Vietnam – watch out for the next wave of future Def Jam stars to hit the airwaves in the coming months.

James Bay announces livestream concert

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist James Bay graces one of the most historic stages in the UK for a very special show in London entitled James Bay – Live At Shakespeare’s Globe which will be livestreamed worldwide on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Live At Shakespeare’s Globe is a very special, multi-camera event featuring James & his live band, and will be livestreamed to fans around the world, time-zoned to specific regions. The show will not be available on-demand after it has taken place, and with no audience in attendance, the only way to watch it will be to purchase tickets to the livestream broadcast.

 Tickets go on sale this Friday, 2nd October 2020 at 9am BST HERE.


New Releases

Jannine Weigel – Passcode

Justin Bieber – HOLY (ft. Chance The Rapper)

Sam Smith – Diamonds

Keith Urban – One Too Many (ft. P!nk)

keshi – drunk

Lady Gaga – 911

LANY – Cowboy In LA

Jannine Weigel releases music video for Passcode

Justin Bieber releases music video for HOLY (ft. Chance the Rapper)


New Releases

Daddy Yankee – Don Don (ft Anuel AA,Kendo Kaponi)

Marshmello x Demi Lovato – OK Not To Be OK

The Vamps – Chemicals

Johnny Orlando – Everybody Wants You

Daddy Yankee Anuel AA, Kendo Kaponi release music video for Don Don

The Rolling Stones to open World Exclusive flagship store on Carnaby Street

Rock ‘n’ roll legends the Rolling Stones will open a world-first flagship store, ‘RS No. 9 Carnaby’ at 9 Carnaby Street in London’s Soho. The new store, created in partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company, will feature all the hallmarks of the iconic band and include exclusive new fashion and merchandise under the ‘RS No. 9 Carnaby’ brand available in-store and online beginning 9th September 2020.

The Rolling Stones said: “Soho has always encapsulated Rock ’n’ Roll so Carnaby Street was the perfect spot for our own store. We are confident this exciting project that our friends at Bravado have created will be an unrivalled experience for everyone to come to London and enjoy.”

The collections include exclusive and contemporary collaboration pieces for fans of all ages, including men’s, women’s and children’s fashion and accessories. The store will also introduce ‘Stones Red,’ the official colour from Pantone which is established from the first use of the band’s iconic logo. A collection celebrating the Rolling Stones official Pantone colour along with exclusive limited-edition vinyl will also launch with the store.

The band’s continuing album and single releases will be at the heart of the shop’s pulse and Bowers & Wilkins speakers will play tracks from the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world including the upcoming release of the remastered Goats Head Soup album and Scarlet single. You can’t always get what you want, but you’ll definitely be able to get what you need. Jointly curated by the Rolling Stones and Bravado, the shop fit follows the brand colours of red and black and the glass floor features lyrics, while the fitting rooms are adorned with iconic album artwork.The store’s window also features a world first soundwave installation – taken from the opening to the 1966 hit track ‘Paint It Black’.


New Releases

Lele Pons – Se Te Nota (ft Guaynaa)

HRVY & Matoma – Good Vibes

Internet Money – Lemonade (ft Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV)

Sam Illese – Mad At Disney

SuperM releases music video for Tiger Inside

Vans opens global music competition

The Vans Global Music Competition is now open to artists of all genres, with prizes including Vans products, Fender Gear, an MV Produced by Universal Music Group (APAC exclusive) and a chance to share the stage with musician Anderson .Paak. Submit your original music now at, with APAC submissions open from 2nd to 30th September, while Americas and EMEA submissions open from 28th September to 11th October.


New Releases

Topic x A7S – Why Do You Lie To Me (ft Lil Baby)

GRACEY & Alexander 23 – Like That

Peach Tree Rascals – I’m Sorry

Christina Aguilera – Reflection (2020)

Surfaces – Sail Away

Yung Raja, ALYPH, Trifect – Amazing

Katy Perry releases MV for Smile, crossing over 13.4m views.

‘Music Is Universal Presents … Exclusive LIVE Showcase with Jeremy Zucker’ 

Jeremy Zucker performed a couple of his hits including ‘comethru’ and ‘supercuts’ to more than 100 lucky fans who attended the digital ‘Music Is Universal’ showcase.

Next week, ‘Music Is Universal Presents … Exclusive LIVE performances by Gracie Abrams, Trevor Daniel and Alexander 23’ on 5th Sept, 12 noon. Get the exclusive e-ticket here

Gracie Abrams and Violette Wautier host IG Live session for fans

Being on opposite time-zones (close to 12 hours apart) did not deter dream-pop singer-songwriters Gracie Abrams & Violette Wautier from getting on a highly anticipated IG Live session together. Fans all over the world were treated to deeply honest conversations between the two like-minded tastemakers. Having been a fan of Gracie since she started putting out music on Instagram in 2018, Violette knew all the right questions to ask – topics spanned a gamut from discussing about Gracie’s debut album minor (14 July) to her own debut album Glitter and Smoke (19 June), they also talked upcoming projects in the pipeline.

 The IG Live session which garnered close to 156k views in the span of a few hours definitely got fans clamouring for a collaboration between the two who are synonymous with poignant lyricism & melodic heartbreak ballads. They also gave fans a sneak preview of their upcoming Spotify collaborative playlist Heartbreak City which features 10 of their favourite songs from each artist, revolving around the theme of Heartbreak. Featuring personal musical inspirations such as Bon Iver, James Bay & LANY, give their playlist a listen here.

Only a screen separating Gracie and her fans, the first leg of her wildly successful minor Bedroom Shows gave fans in LA, London, Berlin & Sydney an intimate, yet soulful performance straight from her iconic bedroom. Nothing held her back from chatting with bright-eyed fans who were eager to show their love. Evidently excited during the IG Live session, Gracie shared that although she has never performed live before, she will be kicking off the second leg of her recently announced minor Bedroom Shows this Saturday in Thailand, followed with dates in Southeast Asia in mid-September. Preceding that, she will also be doing an exclusive Music is Universal virtual showcase with labelmates Alexander 23 & Trevor Daniel on 5th September – sign up here! 


New Releases

blackbear – If I were u (ft. Lauv)

twocolors – Lovefool

Claire Rosinkranz – Backyard Boy

YAØ – Morning Dance

Conan Gray releases MV for ‘Heather’

In just 12 hours, the music video received over a million views. Last week, Conan Gray also met up with several media partners for interviews followed by a Fan Meet Session with 30 lucky fans. And he surprised them with 2 songs ‘Maniac’ and ‘Heather’ from his ‘Kid Krow’ album.


New Releases

BENEE – Snail

LANY – you!

Yungblud x Denzel Curry – Lemonade

Machine Gun Kelly x blackbear – My Ex’s Best Friend

Becky Hill x Sigala – Heaven On My Mind (MYRNE Remix)

SuperM – 100

Drake x Lil Durk – Laugh Now Cry Later

Christina Aguilera – Loyal Brave True (from Disney’s Mulan OST)

SuperM releases MV for “100”

Fresh from the oven, SuperM, touted as K-Pop’s Avengers, released a brand new track ‘100’. The MV which premiered 2 hours ago, has already crossed over 1 million views!

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” posts an unprecedented 21st week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart as the hit single retains the top slot on the list dated Aug. 15. “Lights” overtakes a trio of tracks that shared the previous record of 20 weeks – Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, The Weeknd’s own “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” – since the ranking began in 2012.


New Releases

Lil Mosey (ft. Lunay) – Top Gone

Troye Sivan – Rager teenager!

Glass Animals – Heat Waves

The Weeknd x Juice WRLD – Smile


(G)I-DLE release MV for “DUMDi DUMDi”

Released last Monday, “DUMDi DUMDi” charted at #1 on iTunes in 40+ Markets (and counting)! The song broke the record for the group’s fastest number of viewers to its music video, breaking the 10-million-view threshold within 10 hours, and 30 million views in 40 hours. The song is at the 3rd position on Spotify’s “K-Pop Daebak” playlist with 2.58 million followers and also, at the 2nd position on Apple Music’s “The A-List: K-Pop” playlist.

Troye Sivan releases MV for “Rager teenager!”, in leadup to new EP

Troye Sivan will release ‘In A Dream’, a 6 song concept EP on 21st August. The ’Rager teenager’ MV which was launched on Wednesday and has crossed over 300K views.

This is a monumental moment for Pop Smoke‘s legacy as his posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, tops the Billboard 200 Chart with total consumption of 251,000 units and 268.4 million streams in the first week of its release.

The album which was released in mid-July has also topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway, debuted at #3 in France and Sweden, top ten in Germany and Italy, and became the highest charting debut rap album from an international artist in the UK following 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ released in 2003. The album also topped both the Apple Music and iTunes US Albums charts and was crowned one of the top 3 hip-hop debuts of 2020 by Billboard, the third biggest hip-hop debut of 2020, and the sixth biggest debut of 2020. The release also marks another major milestone, with “For The Night” becoming the first Pop Smoke song to debut inside the top ten of the Hot 100 chart and all 19 songs securing a place on the chart as well.

The album finds Pop’s voice in concert with collaborators both old and new. Staying true to his intention to use his debut album to show the breadth of his artistry, fans will discover a Pop Smoke that they had yet to see — one that is singing, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he helped bring to a global level and more, while also reuniting with familiar names like 808Melo, CashMoneyAP and Yamaica. It’s an album that only begins to scratch the surface of a talent who had so much more to show the world.

 The release follows breakout mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. Before his untimely passing, Pop Smoke was on his way to becoming a mainstream hip-hop giant.


New Releases

Billie EiIish – My Future

Sam Smith (feat. Burna Boy) – My Oasis

The Vamps – Married In Vegas

Bastille – What You Gonna Do???

Alexander 23 – Caught In The Middle

keshi – always

Surf Mesa (feat. Gus Dapperton) – Somewhere

cardigan (cabin in candlelight version) – Taylor Swift  

Following last week’s surprise full album drop, Taylor Swift has now released cardigan’ (cabin in candlelight version) and the accompanying music video, which crossed over 1 million views in less than 12 hours.

In addition,  folklore by Taylor Swift crossed over 1.3 million album consumption within 24 hours of release. folklore has now set Spotify’s global record for first day album streams by a female artist with over 80.6M streams, as well as a new record for most streamed Pop Album on Apple Music with 35.47M first day global streams. cardigan” charted as the #1 song on the global Spotify Chart with over 7.7M streams makes it the biggest Spotify debut since Travis Scott on 5th October 2020, and with over 97.87M Global streams on 24th July, Taylor Swift was the most streamed artist on Spotify on any day this year.

In partnership with TikTok and WAVE, XO and Republic Records are excited to bring The Weeknd Experience to life — the very first virtual experience of one of the biggest albums of 2020, After Hours.

 Through TikTok’s first-of-its-kind virtual musical experience, you’ll be captivated and suspended in space while The Weeknd invites you into the awesome madness of his world, as seen through his own eyes. 

In addition, fans will have the chance to interact with The Weeknd throughout as he takes viewers on an epic After Hours journey. The Weeknd Experience – an immersive XR experience on TikTok LIVE stream – will happen on Friday, August 7th at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET on the official @tiktok account. Read more about it here 


New Releases

Taylor Swift – cardigan

J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy –  Un Dia (One Day)

Jeremy Zucker – supercuts

Maroon 5 – Nobody’s Love

HRVY – Nevermind

Bea Miller – feel something

Sabrina Carpenter – Let Me Move You

Pia Mia – HOT

Music Video for Un Dia (One Day) released

In less than 7 hours since its premiere, more than 3.3 million fans have watched the official music video for Un Dia (One Day) by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, Tainy. The MV is directed by Stillz and featured the famous Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó (protagonist of the wildly popular Netflix series Money Heist).

Taylor Swift drops MV for ‘cardigan’, alongside 8th album ‘folklore’

In a surprise move, pop star Taylor Swift announced the release of her 16-track, 8th studio album ‘folklore’, alongside an MV for lead single ‘cardigan’.

Universal Music Philippines (UMP), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced the launch of Island Records Philippines, a new domestic label division dedicated to helping the best musical talent from the Philippines to achieve local success, whilst reaching new audiences worldwide.

The launch marks the beginning of a new chapter in the illustrious history of Island Records, which was founded 61 years ago in Jamaica by Chris Blackwell and has helped shape and influence global artist and music culture for more than six decades. Opening its first international division within Asia, Island Records Philippines will honour the historic legacy of the label, by celebrating the rich diversity of music produced throughout the country, which itself is an island nation, made up of 7641 individual islands.

Island Records Philippines launches with a flagship roster that includes some of the most popular and respected Filipino talent including; Juan Karlos; Over October and Lala Vinzon, alongside new label signings Zack Tabudlo; Fern. and One Click Straight.

The announcement was made today via a virtual live-streaming press conference from Manila by Enzo Valdez, MD, Universal Music Philippines.

In making the announcement, Valdez said, “We are excited to launch Island Records here in the Philippines and to build our own family of local artists, that can further extend the huge legacy of Island within the region and beyond. In the coming years, we will look to establish Island as a home to some of the most impactful and important artists from the Philippines, whilst introducing them to new audiences around the world through UMG’s unrivalled global network of companies around the world.”

Calvin Wong, CEO, Universal Music Southeast Asia & Senior Vice President, Asia Universal Music said, “In keeping with the traditions and values of the historic Island label, we are looking forward to creating a respected home for great artistry and talent from the Philippines.”


New Releases

Troye Sivan – Easy

BENEE (feat. Kenny Beats & Bakar) – Night Garden

Gracie Abrams – Friend

Keith Urban – Superman

Yungblud – Strawberry Lipstick

BANNERS – Someone To You

BTS – Your eyes tell

Kelvin Tan (feat.Nyukyung) – Xue Hua Piao Piao (Remix)

Troye Sivan releases MV for ‘Easy’

In less than 12 hours since its premiere, the official music video for Troye Sivan’s ‘Easy’ has been watched by more than 300,000 viewers! ‘Easy’ is the second track from his upcoming six-song concept EP ‘IN A DREAM’ which will be released on 21st August 2020.

James Bay performed live show in support of #SaveOurVenues – the UK crowd fundraiser to protect grassroots music venues at risk for permanent closure due to Covid-19.

Universal Music Singapore and Mode Entertainment release Reinvented version of global phenomenon ‘Xue Hua Piao Piao’ 

The classic hit, Yi Jian Mei, from the 1980s by retired artist Fei Yu Qing skyrocketed to a global meme and worldwide phenomenon after the video of a Chinese man spinning himself in the snow whilst singing was uploaded on Kuaishou. It quickly went viral on YouTube. The classic melody, infused with a hot Latino reggaeton beat, is topped with the surreal vocals of singer Kelvin Tan & an inspiring rap by Korean American rapper Nyukyung.

Def Jam leads the major labels in US in terms of social media reach 

The Universal Music Group label boasts the largest number of followers on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as well as the highest engagement rate of the major labels, according to analytics gathered by Def Jam, beating Atlantic, Interscope, Columbia, Warner and Republic, among others. Its latest conquest: TikTok, where the Def Jam account, which was launched at the end of February, has already amassed over 150,000 followers and two million likes. Read the full article here


New Releases

blackbear – Queen of Broken Hearts

James Bay – Chew On My Heart

Alok, Martin Jensen & Jason Derulo – Don’t Cry For Me

Juice WRLD x Halsey – Life’s A Mess

Juice WRLD x Marshmello – Come & Go

Katy Perry – Smile

Conan Gray – Heather

Gracie Abrams – i miss you, i’m sorry

Kid Cudi x Eminem – The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady

Avenue Beat – F2020


Red Velvet IRENE & SEULGI – Monster

EXO-SC, 10cm – Telephone

Sam Smith sings cover of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’

Originally taken from Sam Smith’s iHeart Radio Session performance, the song has recently been released across digital platforms alongside the cut video footage on YouTube.

Halsey and Magnum encourage everyone to be #truetopleasure

Magnum ice cream announced its latest collaboration and boldest campaign yet with international music sensation, creative and activist, Halsey.

Magnum has always believed that a day without pleasure is a day lost and that we should all be able to pursue whatever it is that brings us happiness.

A champion for creativity, Halsey has always believed that no one should be held back.

Having broken down barriers across music, art and culture, she uses her voice and platform to express herself, her pleasures and beliefs. In partnership with Halsey, Magnum wants to inspire and encourage everyone to be true to themselves.

Talking about the campaign with Magnum, Halsey said: “I have always pushed myself and those around me to fearlessly express themselves, and to do what makes them genuinely happy, without fear of judgement or critique. I’m so happy to be partnered with Magnum for this campaign that pushes people to embrace their uniqueness and explore what pleasure really means to them. My hope with this campaign is that it can inspire people to proudly flaunt their individuality, because without self-expression and the amplification of unique voices there is no art, and no artists.”


New Releases

Kungs – Dopamine

LANY – if this is the last time

Ellie Goulding (feat. Lauv) – Slow Grenade

Michele Morrone – Hard For Me

keshi – More

Kanye West (feat. Travis Scott) – Wash Us In The Blood

Disclosure (feat. Amine & slowthai) – My High

BTS release music video for ‘Stay Gold’

South Korea’s hottest boyband has released a new music video, and has already surpassed 53 million views on YouTube.

Official music video for Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ released

In observance of the late and legendary Bob Marley’s 75th Birthday,  and in honour of International Reggae Day celebrations, an official music video for Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry,” premiered on 1st July.

Shot in Jamaica and New York City, the powerful visual explores two tales of a family divided by country but connected by their love and want for a better life for their children.

We see a strong and loving Mother strive to look after her children in their homeland. At the same time, the Father works tirelessly, isolated in New York City, working as a taxi driver to better provide for his family back home.

The video shines a light on the importance of family and connection while confronting the genuine struggles many families face in the modern world, often forced apart due to poverty.


New Releases

Trevor Daniel (with Selena Gomez) – Past Life

Jonas Blue & MAX – Naked

Lil Mosey (feat. Lil Baby) – Back At It

Sheppard – Symphony

DJ Snake – Trust Nobody

Fariz Jabba – Nak Tak Nak

NEKO Highway – Summer Party

Fariz Jabba releases lyric video for ‘Nak Tak Nak’

Fariz Jabba releases his new single ‘Nak Tak Nak’ and opens up for the first time to share his journey of losing and finding himself again in his struggle with mental health. The rapper and singer hopes that by telling his story in Nak Tak Nak, others facing similar pain will feel empowered to step forward and seek help.

6lack releases 6pc Hot EP + AR Chicken Shop

6LACK serves up his newest EP 6 PC HOT for the world, and along with it, an augmented reality chicken shop (pictured on the EP cover) via Instagram to view merch, including the hot sauce, tied to the project. Enjoy a filter available HERE


New Releases

REMA – Ginger Me

The Killers – My Own Soul’s Warning

Violette Wautier – Glitter & Smoke

Matteo Bocelli releases MV for Can You Feel The Love Tonight (from ‘The Lion King’)

Listen to the soothing voice of Matteo Bocelli singing ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This release is part of ‘Disney Goes Classical’ album which is scheduled to be released in October 2020.

Lady Gaga releases trippy music video for Sour Candy


New Releases

Surfaces, Elton John – Learn To Fly

R3HAB, TINI, Reik – Bésame (I Need You)

Maximillian releases MV for ‘Beautiful Scars’

Danish newcomer, Maximillian, opened up about his past and faced his own flaws and mistakes on his new single ‘Beautiful Scars’.

Lady Gaga scores her 6th No.1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart with CHROMATICA!

The set starts with 274,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending 4th June, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2020.

Having performed at The 62nd GRAMMY® Awards in January as the first Korean act in the award show’s history and continues to stay at No. 1 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart for 152 consecutive weeks (182 in total), global superstars BTS will be releasing their first Japanese album in over 2 years, MAP OF THE SOUL : 7  THE JOURNEY ∼ digitally on 14th July.


New Releases



Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd – Tell Me U Luv Me

Violette Wautier – I’d Do It Again

Lady Gaga with BLACKPINK – Sour Candy

Violette Wautier releases MV for I’d Do It Again

Thai-Belgian artist Violette Wautier released her new single ‘I’d Do It Again’ from her upcoming album ‘Glitter And Smoke’ earlier this week, with the music video crossing over 480,000 views already.

Calum Scott performs ‘You Are The Reason’ on Good Morning Britain

Calum Scott did an emotional surprise performance of ‘You Are The Reason’ on Good Morning Britain, to mark the occasion of the reunion of a care worker and her severely asthmatic 7-year-old daughter after being forced to separate for 2 months in order to continue working to help others whilst maintaining her daughter’s safety.

Billie Eilish releases short film ‘NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY’


New Releases

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me

Ellie Goulding – Power

Taylor Swift – Cornelia Street (Live From Paris)


Ellie Goulding releases ‘Power’ MV

The new song, taken from Ellie’s forthcoming new album, showcases her knack for pop song-writing with earworm melodies and heavy synth-pop bass.

Speaking about the song, Ellie explains: “I wanted to release this song off my upcoming album as a preview into the world my new album is in! Power is about relationships in the 21st century, how they can now be dictated by social media, superficiality and material things. Dating can sometimes start out with lies or embellishments. The girl in the song is disillusioned by love and the cruel, good looking, self-obsessed people she keeps ending up with.”

Island Records is hosting the One Love COVID-19 Relief Auction in support of NHS Charities Together & Feeding America. The event is being hosted by Billy Porter, and broadcast live from 6pm BST on 21st May.


New Releases

Katy Perry – Daisies

Jonas Brothers – X (feat. KAROL G)


Loren Gray – Cake

(G)I-DLE – LATATA (Eng Version)

LANY – good guys

MIGOS – Racks 2 Skinny

Grey Daze – Soul Song

Katy Perry Releases ‘Daisies’ MV

Katy Perry’s latest single and music video ‘Daisies’ has dropped, crossing over 450,000 views within two hours of release. According to Katy, ‘Daisies’ is an exhilarating celebration of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cynicism and adversity. The anthemic song is a call to remain true to the course you’ve set for yourself, regardless of what others may think. 

In conjunction with the release of ‘Daisies’, Katy Perry has also launched a one-stop digital flower shop – ‘Katy’s Daisies’. Simply select a bouquet, leave a message on it and share on your favourite socials here

Hailee Steinfeld Holds First Virtual Promo Tour

Universal Music Singapore held its first virtual promo tour with Academy Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist, Hailee Steinfeld, last Tuesday. Partnering with radio station 987, 20 lucky fans attended this virtual meet and 8 of them had the opportunity to ask Hailee Steinfeld burning questions about their idol and her latest EP ‘Half Written Story’ including the hit single ‘I Love You’s’.


Want to know that particular songs you have been streaming during lockdown? Find out and share your results here


New Releases

Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande – Stuck With U

Hailee Steinfeld – END This (L.O.V.E)

PUBLIC – Honey In The Summer

Sheppard – Thank You

Gloria Jessica – Still Worth Loving

Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Release ‘Stuck With U’ MV

Here to get you through quarantine, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande have released new single ‘Stuck With U’. Net proceeds from the streams and sales of the single will be donated to First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, police officers and firefighters serving at the front lines during the global pandemic.

Lady Gaga Sets ‘Chromatica’ Release For 29th May

The sixth Lady Gaga album is set to see the pop superstar make a triumphant, extraterrestrial return with ‘Chromatica’. With collaborators ranging from Elton John to Ariana Grande to even BLACKPINK, you can be sure that mother monster is here to slay.

14 Local Acts Collaborate On ‘Stay Home’, Crosses 5.5M views on Facebook

Encouraging Singaporeans to stay home during the circuit breaker with a catchy tune and MV are artists ABANGSAPAU, Aisyah Aziz, Alif, Charlie Lim, Dee Kosh, Fariz Jabba, Hashy, Iman, ShiGGa Shay, Shye, Tosh Rock, YAØ, Yung Raja and  Zadon.


New Releases

Marshmello & Halsey – Be Kind

Peach Tree Rascals – Mariposa

Maximillian – Beautiful Scars

Juice WRLD – Righteous

DaBaby – ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Rich)

Selena Gomez Releases MV For ‘Boyfriend’ (Doll Version)

Selena Gomez released a version of ‘Boyfriend’ acted out by doll counterparts and directed by the popular Instagram doll account @selenagomez.doll, and even featuring a surprise doll cameo from BTS.

Queen and Adam Lambert Record New Version of ‘We Are The Champions’

Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert’s new version of Queen’s classic anthem ‘You Are The Champions’ (recorded on mobile phones) with the proceeds going towards Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organisation.

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