GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum international icon, and newly anointed recipient of a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pitbull unveils a brand new single entitled “Greenlight” feat. Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis.
CLICK HERE to listen now to “Greenlight.”
“Greenlight” feat. Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis was co-written by Pitbull, Dr, Luke, Cirkut, LunchMoney Lewis and Flo Rida, and produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut.
“Greenlight” follows the release of Pitbull’s latest single “Messin’ Around” feat Enrique Iglesias, both tracks will be featured on Pitbull’s forthcoming album CLIMATE CHANGE.
Pitbull is currently on a massive North American summer tour with Latin megastar, singer-songwriter Prince Royce entitled THE BADMAN TOUR, promoted by Live Nation, with special guest Farruko. For all the latest news and updates on the tour, visit www.thebadmantour.com.
Click Here to Watch the Lyric Video for “Greenlight”: http://smarturl.it/GREENLIGHTlv
BUY/STREAM “GREENLIGHT feat. Flo Rida & LunchMoney Lewis”:
Apple Music- http://smarturl.it/GREENLIGHTa
BUY/STREAM “Messin’ Around feat.Enrique Iglesias”:
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Today, 26-year-old California rapper and singer, Brooke Candy, unveils the music video for her new track, “Paper or Plastic”, described by Noisey as “a pure shot of sparkling pop”. The video, directed by Darren Craig, and creatively directed by Brooke herself, tells a story of patriarchal oppression with stylistic innovation and panache. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
Brooke says about the video,
“This video was scheduled to be released last week, but after the numerous terrible tragedies involving gun use in America escalated, putting it momentarily on hold felt like the right thing to do. I have always been a strong believer that art should not be subject to censorship, and so after much thought; I have decided to release the video this week, in its original unedited form. I have been working on this video and this concept for over 2 years. It is very important that it be understood that this is an ARTISTIC STATEMENT that was conceived as a satire on oppression and the current state of the world.”
Following the release of Brooke Candy’s “Happy Days”, “Changes”, and most recently, “Nasty”, “Paper or Plastic” is the latest track from her upcoming debut album, which is exclusively produced by her mentor and label-mate, SIA. “Paper or Plastic” is now available to buy or stream at all digital retail providers.
To Buy or Stream “Paper or Plastic”:
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/BCPaperOrPlastic
Amazon Music: http://smarturl.it/PaperOrPlasticAmz
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/PaperOrPlasticGP
Following the critical success of Twenty88, a musical collaboration with R&B artist Jhené Aiko, global superstar Big Sean will be joining Rihanna and DJ Mustard on a live tour across Europe and performing at festivals including V, Pukkelpop and Wireless over Summer.
Big Sean has an undisputed reputation as one of the best performers and artists of his generation, blending pop and hip hop seamlessly to create chart topping hits with the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
Big Sean released his third album 'Dark Sky Paradise' last year. The release debuted at #1 and is registered platinum, with an incredible 7.5million singles sold worldwide.
The Anti Tour with Rihanna
17th June - Amsterdam, Netherlands
21st June - Dublin, Ireland
24th June - London, UK
25th June - Coventry, UK
27th June - Glasgow, UK
29th June - Manchester, UK
2nd July - Oslo, Norway
4th July - Stockholm, Sweden
7th July - Hamburg, Germany
13th July - Milan, Italy
15th July - Nice, France
17th July - Frankfurt, Germany
19th July - Lyon, France
21st July - Barcelona, Spain
23rd July - Lille, France
26th July - Prague, Czech Republic
28th July - Cologne, Germany
30th July - Paris, France
2nd August - Malmo, Sweden
5th August - Warsaw, Poland
7th August - Munich, Germany
9th August - Vienna, Austria
12th August - Zurich, Switzerland
16th August - Berlin, Germany
10th July - Wireless Festival, London, UK
18th August - Pukkelpop, Hasselt, Belgium
19th August - Blockfest, Tampere, Finland
20th August - V Festival, Stafford, UK
21st August - V Festival, Chelmsford, UK
UEFA and Pepsi® are excited to announce that for the first time ever, the UEFA Champions League Final will feature a global live music headline performance as part of the opening ceremony pageantry. Taking place on May 28th at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy, the "UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi" will feature Alicia Keys as the inaugural artist to usher in a new live entertainment era for the UEFA Champions League Final.
Airing in more than 220 countries, the UEFA Champions League Final is the most watched annual sporting event in the world.
"I'm extremely excited to share my new music at the UEFA Champions League Final, an event that is celebrated in every corner of the world," said Alicia Keys. "This is going to be a powerful moment in history and one that represents the spirit of all the similarities we share no matter where we live and who we are. I'm honoured to be a special part of such a beloved experience."
This year's "UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi" will merge the worlds of world-class music, entertainment and sports, as well as celebrate design and fashion as a nod to the host city, Milan.
"Music, entertainment and sports have always been a vital part of the Pepsi DNA. We are the brand that invented entertainment marketing and continue to push creative boundaries," said Carla Hassan, SVP, Global Brand Management, Global Beverage Group, PepsiCo. "By creating a global stage as part of the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time, Pepsi will produce an epic, memorable moment that will draw an even broader global fan base to the pitch, elevate the excitement of the 2016 final, and establish a new tradition for one of the world's most beloved sport spectacles."
The revived opening ceremony marks an expansion of PepsiCo's existing partnership with the UEFA Champions League, bringing one of the world's most passionate musicians to a massive global audience and further heightens the excitement and grandeur of the world's most watched annual sporting event. PepsiCo initially joined forces with the UEFA Champions League in 2015, announcing a partnership with the prestigious European club football tournament where Lay's, Gatorade and Pepsi MAX / Pepsi serve as lead brands for the competition.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Marketing Director, commented, "With an iconic and storied history in music, Pepsi was the ideal partner to bring an epic music performance to the world's most watched annual sporting event for the first time, and UEFA is delighted that Alicia Keys will be performing in Milan. The UEFA Champions League Final is the ultimate stage in European football, bringing together the two best teams on the continent. With such a highly respected and truly global artist performing ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final, it heightens even further the appeal of the match and consequently will reach a broader audience demographic, which ultimately further strengthens the global status of UCL."
In addition to the "UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi" performance, Keys – who recently joined Season 11 of NBC's hit show The Voice in the United States and will release her 8th album this year – will be featured in a variety of integrated campaign elements leading up to the performance.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/uefachampionsleague.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to have a microphone in front of them, so if you have the chance to talk, you have to say something important”
Music and activism have strong connections and Serge Martin Bambara — aka "Smockey", meaning “se moquer”, or “to mock” – is the one of the most exciting performers merging the two today.
13th April marked the day Smockey became the inaugural Music in Exile fellow at the annual Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards at the Unicorn Theatre in London, with a live performance of his popular tracks. The award was presented by Martyn Ware, founder member of the Human League and Heaven 17.
The hip-hop artist may be little known outside his home country, but he has had an impressive impact on political and social development in Burkina Faso, both through his music and campaigning. He has also suffered the destruction of his recording studio, the acclaimed Studio Abazon, which was firebombed during the attempted coup in September 2015. Soldiers fired two anti-tank rockets into the building, according to reports.
Smockey combines rap with traditional Burkinabé music and humour to “spread truth”. “Knowledge is important, and I write as a way of presenting it to the people,” he told Index on Censorship.
“Musicians often put their heads above the parapet to speak about issues that governments would rather ignore,” said Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship. “Smockey has used his music to expose endemic corruption and fight for democracy. We are delighted to have him as the inaugural Music in Exile fellow.”
The crowd-funded Music in Exile fellowship was launched in partnership with the team behind the new award-winning documentary covering threats to music in Mali, They Will Have To Kill Us First. The fellowship recognises musicians who perform despite enormous threats to their freedom.
"We are so proud that Smockey has been announced as the first winner of the Music in Exile Fellowship. We started the Music in Exile Fund with Index on Censorship in order to empower other musicians who wanted their voices heard against oppression. The fund was possible due to the support of the audiences internationally who have donated generously after watching They Will Have To Kill Us First. We look forward to seeing Smockey grow further as an artist thanks to the support and guidance of the fellowship," said Sarah Mosses, producer of the film.
Smockey first became interested in hip-hop music after listening to American artists like Public Enemy, Afrika Bambaataa and LL Cool J. He began rapping in Burkina Faso in 1988, before moving to France in 1991 to study. While there, he signed to the record label EMI, but it wasn’t until he returned to his country of birth on a holiday in 1999 that his music took on the political dimension it is famed for today.
“It was around the time of the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, who was assassinated following investigations into the activist by president Blaise Compaoré,” he said. “Student demonstrators were being beaten by police. It was very disturbing to me.”
Smockey soon packed up his computer and keyboard in France and moved back home to Burkina Faso in 2001. “Seeing the things going on in my country, I had to do something,” he said. “At the time, I didn’t know exactly what, but I knew it would involve music.”
“Not everyone is lucky enough to have a microphone in front of them, so if you have the chance to talk, you have to say something important,” Smockey said. This is the thinking behind subversive songs like Votez Pour Moi (about democracy), Tomber la Lame (FGM) and A Qui Profite le Crime (government corruption).
In the summer of 2013, Smockey co-founded Le Balai Citoyen (The Citizen Broom) with reggae artist Sams’K Le Jah. The grass-roots movement was set up in opposition to then president Blaise Compaoré. Le Balai Citoyen played a big part in the ousting of Compaoré. It urged the people of Burkina Faso to organise and take to the streets. Following mass demonstrations in late 2014, Compaoré resigned on 31 October after 27 years in power. A transition government, led by the military, was established. However, a military coup saw General Gilbert Diendéré — leader of the Regiment of Presidential Security (RSP), Compaoré’s former secret service — seized power in September 2015.
The Music in Exile Fund is a joint project launched by Index on Censorship and the producers of the award-winning They Will Have To Kill Us First, a documentary about musicians in Mali where music was banned.
The Music in Exile Fund will contribute towards Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship, which is a year-long structured assistance programme to support those facing censorship. The money raised will be used to support at least one musician or group per year, beginning with Smockey.
As the Music in Exile fellow, Smockey will receive training and opportunities to connect with other free speech heroes around the world. Index supports these activists with training on digital activism and other tools to stand up to the pressure of censorship and continue their battle for free expression around the world.
The Index Freedom of Expression Awards recognise those individuals and groups making the greatest impact in tackling censorship worldwide. Established 16 years ago, the awards shine a light on work being undertaken in defence of free expression globally. All too often these stories go unnoticed or are ignored by the mainstream press.
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