Kali Uchis' video for "Only Girl," featuring Vince Staples and The Internet's Steve Lacy and produced by Kaytranada, premieres today. Watch the video, directed by Uchis and co-directed by Valentine Street, here:
"I was inspired by fake love, Edie Sedgwick, Nancy Sinatra and Calle 13," says Uchis. "The video speaks on how disposable/replaceable 'lovers' are treated and the things we will say/do out of loneliness."
Uchis is currently in the studio finishing her debut album, following a whirlwind 2015 that found her touring North America with Leon Bridges, releasing her critically-acclaimed project Por Vida, starring in the Nick Knight-directed acoustic video for her song "Loner," directing videos for "Ridin Round," "Loner" and "Rush," starring in a campaign for British designer Sophia Webster and much more.
Twenty-two-year-old Uchis was born in Pereira, Colombia, raised in Alexandria, VA and is now based in Los Angeles, CA. Uchis has released two much-lauded projects, 2013's Drunken Babble and Por Vida, featuring production from Diplo, Tyler, The Creator, Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD and more. Further collaborations include work with Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg, Tory Lanez, Tyler, The Creator and more.
Beyoncé has recently announced the names of three charities as global partners for her 'Formation World' Tour. The alignment with the three organizations is designed to show fans how easy it is to give back, be involved in their communities, to be kind and at the core — to BeyGOOD.
United Way will have a presence on every tour stop, starting on the North American leg of the tour which kicks off on Wednesday, April 27 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. Chime For Change and Global Citizen will have their online activation program for fans in select tour markets, including Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and London. In addition, there are three signature charity events in three cities; Houston, TX, Compton, CA and Detroit, Michigan.
BeyGOOD was launched in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour as the charity umbrella for Beyoncé's global charity initiatives. Millions received tangible help, employment, shelter and more on tour stops in North America, Australia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean as a direct effect of BeyGOOD's efforts during this time.
Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy, runs BeyGOOD's day-to-day operatives through Parkwood Entertainment.
"The Formation World Tour creates another exciting global opportunity for people everywhere to BeyGOOD, pay it forward and lend support to those in need," said McGregor. "Through our collaborations with our strategic charity partners, we've created simple ways for everyone to participate. Because we believe together we can make the world better - standing, living and giving in Good Formation."
There are three simple ways fans can participate in helping others along The Formation World Tour: online, in-community and on-site.
(1) Online – CrowdRise is in partnership with United Way to support the Flint Water Crisis where fans can make a small donation and qualify for an opportunity to win VIP tickets.
(2) In Community - United Way to support issues specific to each local tour market.
(3) On-site – by signing up to become a Global Citizen, along with Chime For Change, fans will have a chance to win tickets and upgrades at select tour dates.
United Way Worldwide has aligned with Beyoncé's BeyGOOD initiative to inspire everyone through The Formation World Tour to get involved in building stronger communities. Fans coming together—in activities big and small—will make a difference in their communities throughout the course of the tour.
"We're grateful that Beyoncé is lending her voice and support to those in Flint whose lives have been impacted by this crisis," said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide.
Beyoncé has played a pivotal role as a Co-Founder of Gucci's Chime For Change campaign. Chime For Change, Global Citizen and BeyGOOD have joined forces to create a movement of Global Citizens who will pledge to #StandInFormation against poverty, injustice and gender inequality. Fans in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and London who sign up will be entered to win VIP tickets in their respective cities.
In 2015, Chime For Change joined Global Citizen in a multi-year partnership to support programs that effect change for girls and women around the world.
"Beyoncé is catalyzing a movement across the world that will both inspire and motivate," Said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen. "We are excited to have the opportunity - in partnership with Chime For Change - to channel this enthusiasm to programs and campaigns that will effect real change across the world."
"As a Co-Founder of Gucci's Chime For Change campaign, Beyoncé leads a global effort to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world," added Marco Bizzarri, Gucci President & CEO. "Chime For Change is honoured to partner with The Formation World Tour and Global Citizen to inspire a global audience to take action for gender equality."
Fans in Houston, Compton and Detroit will be able to attend special signature events and witness the power of giving for themselves. In Houston the event will be in support of Rudy Rasmus and his passionate work with Bread of Life to combat hunger in the city, and his partnership with the City of Houston on the initiative called TurnAround Houston to create jobs. In Compton the event with benefit Urban Education Institute and its work with youth through music and the arts. In Detroit, this event will serve as a celebration of the resourcefulness of the people of Flint and Detroit, Michigan.
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Emerging young Croydon (UK) star Raye has released the first track from her upcoming EP, ‘Distraction’.
Recently signed to Polydor Records, the upcoming hip hop flavoured, street EP gives a full flavour of Raye’s musical influences.
‘South London, I’m a South London girl’, Raye declares at the opening of this hauntingly soulful r’n’b track. Written by Raye with Fred Gibson, the song builds to an infectious chorus that more than hints at the great things to come from this very special artist.
She may only be 18 years old, but as a songwriter and collaborator Raye has already been making huge waves, working with the likes of Labrinth, Stormzy, Emeli Sande, Charli XCX, Illangelo, Wretch 32, Jimmy Napes, Two Inch Punch, MNEK and Alex Da Kid. This alongside co-writing Blonde’s recent Top 5 smash ‘All Cried Out’. A South London girl with big international prospects, Raye wants to “take over the world if I can. I’m young and I’ve been given a crazy opportunity and so I don’t see why not, if I work hard enough. I just want to give everything to my music, so it can stand next to the people I love, the music that inspires me every day.”
Raye uploaded her first EP, Welcome to the Winter, to Soundcloud last year, a brooding mix of deep electronica and Jazz Café attitude, all tightly bound to her clear eye for a gleaming pop hook, with the mid-paced kiss-off ‘Bet U Wish’ gaining 1.5million listens.
Raye has youth, talent, a cavalcade of amazing influences, peer group support and a dextrous songwriting talent on her side.
“As you’re developing as an artist”, she says, “you have to think what mark do I want to make? What story do I want to tell? What audience do I want to reach?” For Raye, there is only one answer to these issues. “I know that music for me is all about empowerment.”
BBC Sound Poll long-list and Brits Critics’ Choice finalist Izzy Bizu has released stunning single ‘Mad Behaviour’. First revealed during a breathtaking performance on Later..with Jools Holland last year, which Holland described as ‘wonderful’, the track is an overwhelmingly personal song for Izzy.
Watch the live video here
Being voted the ‘#1 Freshest Faces for 2016’ by the Evening Standard, and tipped as ‘One To Watch’ in the Guardian, Independent, The Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, Grazia, and Noisey, the 21-year-old South London born singer and songwriter is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of 2016. The anthemic White Tiger has now garnered over 4.4M Spotify streams and 800k video plays, with Izzy playing three sold out London headline shows and receiving a 4 star Guardian live review. This is certainly Izzy’s year as she is set to release her highly anticipated debut album ‘A Moment of Madness’ in June.
Born to an Ethiopian mother and English father, Izzy’s rich cultural tapestry has informed her soulful indie soundscape. Growing up on a diet of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Marvin Gaye, Izzy’s delicate acoustica threads those nostalgic funk-and-soul elements with a genuine indie spirit.
Becca B is kick-starting a promising career with her smooth R’n’B release ‘“Ready and Waiting” featuring rapper MceBisi.
Having honed her skills over the years by supporting acts such as Gareth Gates at Party In The Park and Stacey Solomon at The Ashfield Show, the exuberant singer from Nottinghamshire is now ready to embark upon a rosy future in the music industry with a repertoire of suave and laid-back pop beats.
Her new single “Ready and Waiting” is a sophisticated R’n’B track that, underpinned by a flawless production and additional rap interlude by the brilliant MceBisi, has got some definite hit potential. She says: “This song is also about new steps. It is about the flirtatious engagements between two new people wanting something more form each other.”
Becca B is not fussed about hiding behind an alter-ego. She believes in the principle of ‘What you see is what you get’ and wants the world to know what she is about. She feels that her music gives her a chance to be truly authentic. After having experimented with different styles in the past she has now found her sound and explains: “I feel R’n’B gives me a more intimate platform to put across my feelings, fantasies and loves of life.” With this approach her musical end-product draws upon inspiration from artists such as Pink, Jason Derulo and Rihanna.
During her time as a singer Becca has come across some important life lessons when it gets to making it in the music business. Having missed out on the chance to sign with a major label in the past due to the discouragement of her mentor at the time, she has started to learn more and more about how the industry works and taken on a warrior-like spirit in terms of her ambitions. Determination and eagerness are not only part of her musical career – Becca is also a football player for the local women’s team.
Her potential for fame doesn’t prevent the singer from staying close to her fan base. Being active on social media allows her to build a direct connection to her followers as a way to keep them updated and interested in her latest work.
The single “Ready and Waiting” is out on 12th February 2016.
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