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DOU3LE 3AK – WSTRN Music Tips New Music New Releases 

DOU3LE 3AK – WSTRN

WSTRN, named to acknowledge the members’ West London, England roots, is a pop-rap/R&B group. The trio originally uploaded their first single, “In2,” billed as Akelle Charles, Louis Rei, and Haile, but they opted to take on a collective name once it was sensed that they might have a significant hit on their hands. The U.K. wing of major label Atlantic... Read More
NCT #127 Regular-Irregular – The 1st Album – NCT 127 Music Tips New Music New Releases 

NCT #127 Regular-Irregular – The 1st Album – NCT 127

Created by S.M. Entertainment, K-pop group NCT (“Neo Culture Technology”) boasts an unlimited number of members that populate multiple “sub-units” based in various international locales like Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Bangkok. The original group was composed of members of SM Rookies. The first spinoff, NCT U, was announced in April 2016. They released a pair of singles before a second... Read More
Piano Odyssey – Rick Wakeman Music Tips New Music New Releases 

Piano Odyssey – Rick Wakeman

One of the premier rock keyboardists of the progressive era, Rick Wakeman was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England, in 1949. His interest in music manifested itself very early, and from the age of seven he studied classical piano. At the age of 14, he joined a local band, Atlantic Blues, the same year he left school to enroll in the... Read More
“A” – Usher & Zaytoven Music Tips New Music New Releases 

“A” – Usher & Zaytoven

One of the most successful pop-R&B artists of the late 20th century and the early 21st century, Usher debuted during the mid-’90s as a fresh-faced teenager. As part of the thriving LaFace label roster, he made an instant impact in R&B’s post-new jack swing era. He successfully rode mainstream songwriting and production trends across three decades and peaked artistically and... Read More
Ella Mai – Ella Mai Music Tips New Music New Releases 

Ella Mai – Ella Mai

U.K. native Ella Mai, an R&B singer and songwriter with a casually commanding voice, wasn’t exactly an unknown artist before DJ Mustard signed her to his 10 Summers label. Originally raised in southwest London, Mai moved to New York at the age of 12, then returned to England after she graduated from high school. In 2014, during her second stint... Read More
QUAVO HUNCHO – Quavo Music Tips New Music New Releases 

QUAVO HUNCHO – Quavo

EDITORS’ NOTES It was sometime in 2016 when an informal campaign for a Quavo solo project first emerged on social media. The rapper was already the undeniable anchor for Atlanta trio Migos and was then basking in the adulation from a string of moment-making features, including Travis Scott’s “Pick Up The Phone,” YFN Lucci’s “Key To The Streets” and 2... Read More
A Star Is Born Soundtrack – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Music Tips New Music New Releases 

A Star Is Born Soundtrack – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

Glamorously gaudy, a self-made postmodern diva stitched together from elements of Madonna, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga was the first true millennial superstar. Mastering the constant connection of the Internet era, Gaga generated countless mini-sensations through her style, her videos, and her music, cultivating a devoted audience she dubbed “Little Monsters.” But it wasn’t just a cult that... Read More