ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MEGAN THEE STALLION

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion started writing her own rhymes by the age of 16, but didn't make serious moves until she posted a series of video clips on social media a few years later. She gained attention in 2016, first with a standout verse on various-artists rap showcases and when videos of her freestyling became popular online. Her first official single was 2016's "Like a Stallion," and her presence in the Houston rap circuit was solidified by decimating all opponents in local freestyle competitions.Megan's first studio album, Fever, arrived on May 2019, complete with features from Juicy J and DaBaby. The album hit number ten on the Billboard 200, further cementing Megan's rise. She landed a pair of hits with the attitude-driven "B.I.T.C.H." and "Savage," both of which appeared on the EP Suga. Throughout her career, Megan Thee Stallion has received several accolades, including two BET Awards, five BET Hip Hop Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Women in Music Award, and four nominations at the Grammys.With her smash hit “Savage,” taking off initially on TikTok before going global with a remix featuring Beyoncé and “WAP,” her chart-topping raunch-a-thon duet with Cardi B, Megan created a smart, rowdy forum for complex ideas about gender, race and sexuality. In November 2020, Megan Thee Stallion released her debut studio album Good News. The release of the album also coincided with its fourth single "Body" as well as its music video.Stream Megan Thee Stallion's GOOD NEWS here.

A TRAVIS SCOTT-BRANDED PS5 GAME MIGHT BE ON THE WAY!

PlayStation recently signed a creative partnership deal with Travis Scott. Earlier this year, Travis sent waves throughout the gaming industry with his virtual concert in Fortnite. That digital event broke Fortnite records, with over 12.3 million concurrent players tuning into the online event. During the virtual concert, Scott also debuted a new song, 'The Scotts' featuring Kid Cudi. This, consequently, attracted lucrative deals from many top brands, including PlayStation.A recent Forbes profile of Scott claims that a co-branded PS5 system between the rapper and Sony might be in the works, as part of his recent "strategic creative partnership" with the gaming company.However, Scott has remained tight-lipped about the potential releases, telling Forbes that “it’s all going to roll out in the next couple of weeks”.Recently, PlayStation posted a blog regarding its creative partnership with the artist and hinted at what fans can expect.“Travis is an artist who is incredibly innovative, constantly surprising, and continues to push boundaries, very much like the PlayStation brand – so we think this is a perfect fit. When we embarked on this collaboration, the most important thing was to keep it as open as possible, to allow space to explore interesting, creative ideas.”There might be an underlying hint in Travis’ response to this.“I’m really looking forward to being able to showcase everything that Cactus Jack has worked on with Sony and the PlayStation team. Most importantly, I’m excited to see how the PlayStation fans and family respond, and I look forward to running some games with everybody very soon!”Last month, the rapper dropped a pair of Playstation-branded shoes with Nike, which he also has a partnership with. The shoes were the first launch after he was announced as a Strategic Creative Partner for Sony. Earlier this year, Scott also launched his own McDonald’s meal. The Cactus Jack meal, named after the his record label, was available until October 4 and included a Quarter Pounder with cheese, bacon and lettuce, fries with BBQ sauce and a Sprite.

MEGAN THEE STALLION'S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM GOOD NEWS IS OUT!

The Hot Girl from Houston is wrapping up her headline-making 2020 with "Good News"!Megan Thee Stallion's highly-anticipated album focuses on the power of writing your own story and sends a message about the necessity of listening to Black women's voices. The visuals from the rollout stands with headlines all around her while holding a newspaper – are a nod to the constant swirl of news surrounding her, that in the midst of everything negative going on in the world, we all have the ability to make and become our own good news. "I want Black women to be louder. I want us to be sassier. I want us to demand more, be more outspoken, keep speaking and just keep demanding what you deserve," the rapper told GQ in an interview published this week. "Don't change – just get better. Grow from these situations. Don't be beating yourself up about these situations, because that'd be a lot of problems too."Good News is packed with incredible collaborations, as well as numerous solo tracks from the rapper, including the gold-certified smash hit ‘Girls in the Hood’, which has garnered over 152 million streams to date. Check out Meg’s Good News track list below.The announcement of Good News follows Megan’s five BET Awards, including Hip Hop Artist Of The Year as well as an MTV VMA Award for ‘Savage’, GQ’s Rapper of the Year and an honor by TIME in the TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News is here to inspire listeners everywhere and to bring fun back into the everyday. Stream the album now.

LISTEN TO HIP-HOP ARTIST NOBRVND'S NEW SINGLE “SINAYANG”

Some artists choose to slow down and take this time to recharge, but others like Nobrvnd, choose to hustle. Formerly known as the vocalist of indie pop band Caffeine and Taurine, 24-year-old artist/producer Brandon Garcia a.k.a. Nobrvnd (no-br?hnd) continues to create heat for the airwaves with his latest single "Sinayang". NoBrvnd contacted CHELLY if he wanted to do a collab, sent him a demo of the track and got his recorded vocals the day after. The song was finished last December 2019 and was set to release last February but it got delayed because of the pandemic."I usually write about past life events and add in some of my imaginations to make things exciting. But in this case, we thought about this song as a sequel from one of my singles called “Bakit," on how NoBrvnd went about writing the song.According also to him, "Sinayang is an upbeat hip hop track combined with exciting and arpeggiating sounds. The track talks about waking up with no worries as you moved on from your relationship as they wasted their chances on you." GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NOBRVND HERE.NoBrvnd started writing/producing when he was 14 years old. He used to play around with a software called Mixcraft. He has been around in the local music scene since 2014 and was a part of a post-hardcore band and broke up in 2015 to create an Indie pop band called Caffeine and Taurine. During his time in the band he has explored more on the production side and it fueled his passion on doing solo projects. 2018 was the start of him being as Nobrvnd and it was a successful debut for a side project and it turned into a full-time thing. His influences play a big role in making his sound distinct. He listens to music almost every day and subconsciously, he picks up sounds that he'd like to hear on his next record. "Generally speaking, I don’t like the gatekeeping mindset in the music scene. Music is created to connect/vibe with people, not divide them. Music is supposed to be open to everyone regardless of your social status, gender, or race," when asked about his least favorite thing about rap.Nobrvnd sheds nothing but pure emotion onto his music. As an independent artist, with Caffeine and Taurine and his recent solo work, he's already put out dozens of songs which showcases his talent. With everything in his growing discography, Nobrvnd is undoubtedly set to take the music scene by storm!Prior to signing with Warner Music Philippines, he already got people’s attention with hits like “Sabihin Mo”, “Bakit”, and “Langit”. His music currently enjoys more than two million streams on Spotify, plus a million views and 7,000 subscribers on Youtube. How’s that for breaking through? You can now stream Nobrvnd new single "Sinayang" on your favorite music platforms. Follow Nobrvnd and Warner Music Philippines for more music updates.

DIONELA JOINS ACCLAIMED HIP-HOP ARTISTS FLICT-G AND DELLO ON “AGAW” REMIX

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Dionela teams up with rappers Flict-G and Dello on the remix of his smash hit, “Agaw.”The original version, which has racked up more than a million streams on Spotify, recounts the soulful pop persona’s devastating experience of being left behind in a breakup. The song has built a reputation for its wounded sentimentality and heartfelt chorus, and easily stands out among the pack—thanks to  Dionela’s expressive R&B vocals.With Flict-G and Dello hopping on the remix, “Agaw” delivers the punch with a more in-your-face approach. Both hip-hop acts aid in dropping verses that swing between despair and helplessness, complementing the track’s skittering, atmospheric beats and cinematic production.According to Dionela, “Agaw” remix is far more emotionally tugging than its previous iteration, and owes its magic to the impressive contributions of his collaborators. “I’ve been a fan of Flict-G and Dello even before I started making music,” the budding star said. “It’s an honor to work with artists whose creativity inspires me to be better. Their infectious and razor-sharp lyricism not only adds depth to the song’s overall appeal, but also takes everything up a notch in all artistic and emotional fronts.”Both Flict-G and Dello express excitement in working with the young singer-songwriter, with the latter feeling motivated in putting a different flavor to the track. Dello adds, “It still has the same feels, but rap listeners would find comfort in this particular bop because our verses slap. It has crossed genres and explored a different vibe.”Flict-G on the hand, reveals that working remotely on the project during the pandemic proved to be challenging to all parties, but somehow managed to bring out the best in them. “The remix is labor of passion and love. We’ve all worked hard to finish this collaboration despite the limitations and circumstances.”“Agaw” remix is now available on all digital platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines.

ARIANA GRANDE'S "POSITIONS" (THE ALBUM) IS OUT NOW!

positions is Ariana Grande's sixth studio album. After weeks of teasing, fans can now enjoy the pop star's first album in more than a year and a half since 2019's Thank U, Next— and her first big release since K Bye for Now (SWT Live) after wrapping her massive Sweetener World Tour in Dec. 2019, as well as high-profile collaborations with Justin Bieber ("Stuck With U"), Lady Gaga ("Rain On Me") and more."This project is my favorite for many reasons and i really can’t wait for it to be yours. thank u for your love and excitement, it means the world to me," she tweeted on Saturday (Oct. 24) while sharing the album's 14-song track listing in the lead-up to its release. The album features guest appearances from Doja Cat, the Weeknd and Ty Dolla Sign, among the LP's 14 tracks, as well as collaborating once again with The Weeknd ("Off the Table") for their second duet following My Everything-era smash single "Love Me Harder."Ahead of the long-awaited full-length's release, Ari surprised the world with lead single (and title track) "Positions," a smitten love song about, ahem, her flexibility in making a new relationship work. Hours later, she also dropped the track's White House-set music video, which reimagines what life would be like with Ariana as commander in chief and features cameos by the likes of Tayla Parx, Victoria Monet, Nija Charles and the pop star's beloved mother, Joan Grande.Stream the full album now.
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