MIGUEL’S FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM “WAR & LEISURE” BRILLIANTLY IMAGINATIVE

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The Force is most definitely with Miguel. The new album is stuffed with Killer hooks, bouncing rhythms and breezy production. The first single from this brilliantly imaginative album, Sky Walker, featuring Travis Scott racked up more that 28 Million Youtube Views.

War & Leisure is a sexy album, Miguel found a near perfect match between that slippery slickness and craftsmanship that we’ve come to love from the R&B crooner.

Even better is sunny standout ‘Pineapple Skies’, which offers an excellent homage to a musical hero: “Don’t forget to hold on tight / While we Stevie Wonder through the night”. The languid ‘Come Through And Chill,’ featuring J. Cole, is another crisp highlight. These are masterful pop songs constructed to sound effortless.

War & Leisure ‘Tracklist’:

Criminal Ft Rick Ross

Pineapple skies

Sky Walker Featuring Travis Scott

Banana Clip

Would featuring Quin

Harem

Told You So

City of Angels

Caramelo Duri featuring Kali Uchis

Come through and Chill featuring J Cole and Salaam Remi

Now

STREAM/DOWNLOAD IT HERE: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/WarAndLeisure

 

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BRENDEN PRAISE PREMIERS LOVE COMES EASY MUSIC VIDEO ON VEVO

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South African R&B/Soul singer, pianist, composer and producer, Brenden Praise premiers the music video for his single titled Love Comes Easy which is available now across all streaming and download platforms worldwide.

Brenden’s single Love Comes Easy depicts his authentic vocal style and blend of soul with a pop sensibility.

Listen to Love Comes Easy here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LOVECOMESEASY

The music video for Love Comes Easy which was exclusively played on Msanzi Magic Music yesterday, premieres on VEVO and all other major TV channels today.

“I am excited for people to see this as it brings life to the song and people can see first-hand what inspired it” says Brenden Praise.

Speaking on the release of his music video, Brenden Praise says, “the music video was directed by Brian from RB Films and shot by Ryan Uysin. Shooting this video we tried to depict a real love story, so we decided, what better way than to actually tell my own story, so the video is starring myself and my wife in everyday settings as we enjoy the beauty of love. In 2018 fans can expect an album, more music and more videos,”said the vocalist proudly.

With the knowledge of contemporary music and professional training, Brenden is well-versed in studio production and writes his own songs. Since breaking into the music industry in 2013, Brenden has enjoyed a monumental rise and is paving his way to solidifying his place as one of the most respected R&B/Soul musicians of our time.

Brenden’s single Love Comes Easy is available to stream or download here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/LOVECOMESEASY

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DJ MAPHORISA TAKES GQOM TO THE US

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Hot off the back of DJ Maphorisa’s global GQOM WAVE release on 17 November – which saw the compilation debut on the US iTunes and Apple charts – today marks the release of the smash hit single Midnight Starring in the US and Canada through premier dance label, Ultra Records.

The accomplished producer who also contributed to the creation of the recently launched Gqom Wave documentary, states the significance of taking Gqom to a global audience.

“I am really excited about the release of Midnight Starring in the US today. For me this signifies how SA is one step closer to taking Gqom to the rest of the world. Our music is authentic and people gravitate towards it because of the way it makes them feel. I am grateful that I am supported by many in the movement that will see Gqom become a global phenomenon”.

DJ Maphorisa was recently selected to present an exclusive mix on Apple Music’s Beats One which coincided with the release of the compilation, GQOM WAVE. If you missed it, you can listen to his Beats One mix here – http://apple.co/onemixaod

GQOM WAVE is the first release through the recently announced joint venture with DJ Maphorisa’s Blaqboy Music and Sony Music Africa.

DJ Maphorisa’s passion and mission is to unearth new talent through the Blaqboy Music JV as is evident on GQOM WAVE where he has collaborated with a number of producers from around the country. The compilation features a stellar line-up of some of the greatest names making waves in the Gqom scene right now along with up and coming producers.

DOWNLOAD OR STREAM MIDNIGHT STARRING HERE: HTTPS://SONYMUSICAFRICA.LNK.TO/MIDNIGHTSTARRING

DOWNLOAD/ STREAM COMPILATION NOW: HTTPS://SONYMUSICAFRICA.LNK.TO/GQOMWAVE

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DJ CAPITAL DABS TO SKEBE DEP DEP FEAT KWESTA, KID X & REASON

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Multitalented Club DJ, radio and television host, DJ Capital has surprised us with yet another hit single Skebe Dep Dep today. The party track features rap royalty Reason, KiD X and Kwesta. True to DJ Capital’s style, today he drops Skebe Dep Dep together with the music video.

“Skebe Dep Dep is an old school reference to a dance that was done in Sophiatown. After Kwesta had used the words “Skebe Dep Dep” we found it catchy and decided to name the song after that”, explained DJ Capital.

For the On Me hit-maker, the visuals for Skebe Dep Dep had to reflect the neighbourhood he grew up in.

“We shot the video in Katlehong. It was important to shoot in the East Rand because all of us are from there. We decided to shoot the video documentary style and show love to the hood,” said DJ Capital.

Releasing a song at this time of the year is never an easy feat but DJ Capital is not new to the game.

“Working with Kwesta and KiD X at this time of the year is incredible for me especially because Kwesta has had a fire two years with the recent hit being Spirit. KiD X had been quiet for some time but he’s now out with a banger of a track called Aunty. They have both been friends of mine for years. It just made sense to work with them,” explained the versatile DJ.

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THOLWANA RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEO ‘FLOAT’

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Float is the first single taken her upcoming Album ‘2.0.1.5’ which is set for release in 2018. “2.0.1.5.” sees a matured Tholwana whose lyrical and musical prowess is matched by the urban leaning pop production of dynamic electronic duo Future Kings.

Born in Steinkopf Tholwana Mohale, is a seventeen year old singer and songwriter who took the crown as South Africa’s Got Talent winner in 2014. Tholwana started singing in 2011, her school offered guitar classes and her mom signed her up for the lessons. She realised then, that her was her talent and started developing it further from then. She started singing at the age of two, but her whole act got off the ground when she turned 11 years old. Tholwana is a whole packaged entertainer. She enjoys being on stage and doing what she feels passionate about. 2014 was a breakthrough year for the young talent. She entered eTV’s SA’s Got Talent and was a clear frontrunner and fan favourite to win the competition right on the offset. Her performances left the crowds on their feet, but most notably so during the finals, where her rendition of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” resulted in a standing ovation. That night, she was crowned as the overall winner, taking home a cash prize and a recording contract with Sony Music Africa. In 2017 Tholwana released her debut EP “Warrior” which received strong critical acclaim and saw Tholwana feature as Apple Music Artist Spotlight for 2017.

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WORLDS COLLIDE AT 2017 MTV EMAS FOR THE YEAR’S BIGGEST NIGHT IN GLOBAL MUSIC

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The 2017 MTV EMAs opened with Best Hip Hop winner Eminem doing a thrilling orchestra-backed performance, along with guest artist Skylar Grey, of his newly dropped track “Walk on Water,” taking the mic in a London pub before joining the EMA stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Following, the audience saw global pop star and hometown hostess Rita Ora run through London’s streets to get to the show, with UK radio crew Kurupt FM of British sitcom “People Just Do Nothing” and a cameo from the Mayor of London himself.

Proving they’re the biggest band in the world, U2 performed “Get Out Of Your Own Way” from London’s historic Trafalgar Square and was honored with the night’s prestigious milestone award, Global Icon.

Best Pop winner Camila Cabello’s captivating and elaborate musical production featured a hugely choreographed routine that moved through three scenes and incorporated soaring overhead shots, ending in a Havana-style swimming pool.

Liam Payne got hearts racing with a steamy performance of “Strip That Down” featuring dancers in streetwear moving across an LED disco floor, while perched on hydraulics set to a spectacular LED light show.

Bold entrances were the theme for the night with Travis Scott flying in on the back of an animatronic bird over the audience for his performance of “Butterfly Effect,” while Stormzy arrived in a police car for his smash grime track “Big For Your Boots.”

The Killers performed “The Man” via a stripped down, stirring classic rock performance.

Shawn Mendes was crowned Best Artist and rocked his Best Song-winning track “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” in an ever-evolving light box.

Host Rita Ora’s performance featured more than 50 dancers in an over-the-top medley of songs from her new album, “Your Song” and “Anywhere.”

Other artists delivering a mix of fan favorite tracks included Demi Lovato with her performance of “Sorry Not Sorry” and “Tell Me You Love Me,” and Kesha’s moving rendition of “Learn to Let Go.”

David Guetta closed the show with an electrifying performance of his new single “Dirty, Sexy, Money” with guests French Montana, and Charli XCX.

Later, Rita Ora was presented with the first-ever “MTV EMA Power of Music Award” honoring the charitable efforts on behalf of all the artists who responded to Grenfell.

Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Spain, The Netherlands, Japan and Nigeria. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2017. They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.

At the close of show, Ora announced that the 2018 MTV EMAs would be held in Bilbao, Spain.

See complete list of winners and performances below.

 

FULL LIST OF 2017 MTV EMA WINNERS

BEST SONG: Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back

BEST ARTIST: Shawn Mendes

BEST LOOK: ZAYN

BEST NEW: Dua Lipa

BEST POP: Camila Cabello

BEST VIDEO: Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE

BEST LIVE: Ed Sheeran

BEST ELECTRONIC: David Guetta

BEST ROCK: Coldplay

BEST HIP HOP: Eminem

BEST ALTERNATIVE: Thirty Seconds To Mars

BIGGEST FANS: Shawn Mendes

BEST PUSH: Hailee Steinfeld

BEST WORLD STAGE: The Chainsmokers – Live from Isle of MTV Malta 2017

 

FULL PERFORMANCE LIST

Rita Ora – “Your Song,” “Anywhere”

Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry,” “Tell Me You Love Me”

Kesha – “Learn to Let Go”

Shawn Mendes – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

The Killers – “The Man”

Clean Bandit – “Miss You” ft. Julia Michaels, “Symphony” ft. Zara Larsson, “Rockabye” ft. Anne-Marie

Stormzy – “Big For Your Boots”

Camila Cabello – “Havana”

U2 – “Get Out of Your Own Way,” remote from Trafalgar Square

Eminem – “Walk on Water” ft. Skylar Grey

French Montana – “Unforgettable” ft. Swae Lee

Travis Scott – “Butterfly Effect”

David Guetta ft. Charli XCX, French Montana –“Dirty Sexy Money”

Liam Payne – “Strip That Down”

 

WORLDWIDE ACT WINNERS

Lil’ Kleine – The Netherlands

Tangana – Spain

BabyMetal – Japan

ALMA – Finland

DaVido – Nigeria

Stormzy – UK & Ireland

Lali – Argentina

 

Worldwide Act category language:

Worldwide Act recognises those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2017. They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.

 

REGIONAL LOCAL ACT WINNERS:

Best UK & Ireland Act – Louis Tomlinson

Best Spanish Act – Miguel Bosé

Best Swiss Act – Mimiks

Best Swedish Act – Zara Larsson

Best MTV Russia Act – Ivan Dorn

Best Portuguese Act – Overule

Best Norwegian Act – Alan Walker

Best New Zealand Act – TAPZ

Best Polish Act – Dawid Kwiatkowski

Best LatAm Central Act – J Balvin

Best LatAm South Act – Lali

Best LatAm North Act – Mon Laferte

Best Dutch Act – Lil’ Kleine

Best Japan Act – BABYMETAL

Best Italian Act – Ermal Meta

Best Israeli Act – Noa Kirel

Best German Act – Wincent Weiss

Best Greater China Act – Huo Zun

Best India Act – Hard Kaur

Best Brasilian Act – Anitta

Best Danish Act – Christopher

Best French Act – Amir

Best Australian Act – Jessica Mauboy

Best Adria Act – Nicim Izazvan

Best African Act – DaVido

Best Hungarian Act – Magdolna Rúzsa

Best US Act – Fifth Harmony

Best Finnish Act – ALMA

Best Belgian Act – Loic Noittet

Best Canadian Act – Shawn Mendes

Best Korea Act – GFRIEND

Best SE Asia Act – James Reid

 

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EMINEM RETURNS TO THE MTV EMA STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS TO PERFORM THE FIRST GLOBAL PERFORMANCE OF NEW SINGLE “WALK ON WATER”

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Fifteen-time MTV EMA winner Eminem will make a highly anticipated return to the EMA stage for the first global performance of his new single “Walk on Water” LIVE at the 2017 MTV EMAs.

This marks Eminem’s fourth EMA performance as he returns to the show in London, following his surprise performances of “Berzerk” and “Rap God” that dominated the night at the 2013 MTV EMAs in Amsterdam where he was honored with the night’s esteemed Global Icon Award and also took home the title for “Best Hip Hop” artist.

Eminem is nominated for two categories at the 2017 MTV EMAs, “Best Hip Hop” and “Best Live.”

He has sold more than 155 million albums worldwide.

“With 35 EMA nominations and 15 wins under his belt, Eminem is no stranger to the EMAs and we’re thrilled to announce his highly anticipated debut will take place at our biggest night in music,” said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom and executive producer of the 2017 MTV EMAs.

Eminem joins a star-studded performer lineup including Global Icon honorees U2, Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello, Kesha, The Killers, Stormzy, Travis Scott, French Montana, David Guetta and Clean Bandit with featured artists Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie and Julia Michaels, and this year’s 2017 MTV EMA host Rita Ora, who will be performing her highly-anticipated new single.

James Bay, Jared Leto, Daya, Natalie Dormer, Madison Beer and Sabrina Carpenter will present awards at the show.

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