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"No Guidance" scores Top Hip-Hop/R&B & Rap Song; "Follow God" wins Top Gospel Song; Universal Music Publishing Group takes Publisher of the Year

ASCAP reveals the winners of its prestigious 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards today through Thursday, June 24 on @ASCAP & @ASCAPUrban social media. The 34th annual event returns in ASCAP’s innovative virtual format for a second year, to recognize the distinguished songwriters, producers and publishers behind hip-hop, R&B and gospel music’s biggest hits.

Rapper Lil Baby is named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, an honor most recently held by Cardi B, Quavo and Gucci Mane, for his songs including “Baby,” “The Bigger Picture,” “Emotionally Scarred,” “For the Night” and more. The Grammy-nominated songwriter and artist has been one of the most dominant and critically-acclaimed names in rap since his first release in 2017. His 2020 solo album My Turn debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Lil Baby was also named to Time Magazine’s 2021 “100 Next” List and earlier this month released a collaborative album The Voice of the Heroes with Lil Durk.

Grammy-winning songwriter-producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz; and rapper and DJ D-Nice will receive ASCAP’s Voice of the Culture Award, presented to ASCAP members who have had a major influence on music and culture. The award celebrates the music legends for their success as creators of Verzuz and Club Quarantine, respectively, two virtual events that became touchstones of empowerment for the community during the pandemic. Immediately following the award presentation today at 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on @ASCAP YouTube, the trio will participate in a special 2021 ASCAP Experience conversation, Voices of the Culture: How Swizz Beatz, Timbaland & D-Nice United the World Through Music.

The Top Hip-Hop/R&B & Rap Song award is presented to writers Anderson “Vinylz” Hernandez, Che…

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Sony Music Publishing and Jimmie Allen Partner to Sign Tate Howell to Global Deal
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Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Jimmie Allen’s Bettie James Music Publishing today announced their partnership to sign rising songwriter Tate Howell to a worldwide agreement. Howell is the first songwriter to sign with Allen’s newly launched publishing company.

Tate Howell gained prominence as a songwriter and musician through his work…

Singer-Songwriter Cynthia Erivo Announces Debut Album Ch. 1 Vs. 1 Set for Release September 17, 2021
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Grammy and TONY Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo announces her debut album of original music as a recording artist Ch. 1 Vs. 1 set for release on September 17 on Verve Records. Today, she releases her anthemic pop-soul debut single “The Good” – which she co-wrote –…

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A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity is here with the release of CRASH OF THE CROWN, STYX’s new studio album, which was written pre-pandemic and recorded during the trying times of the pandemic.

The legendary rockers–James “JY” Young (lead vocals, guitars), Tommy Shaw (lead vocals, guitars), Chuck Panozzo (bass, vocals), Todd Sucherman (drums, percussion), Lawrence Gowan (lead vocals, keyboards) and Ricky Phillips (bass, guitar, vocals)–released their 17th album today on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, which is available as clear vinyl, black vinyl, CD, and on digital platforms and at Styxworld.com.

They’ve already released two singles from the new album: the title track which premiered exclusively during Eddie Trunk’s “Trunk Nation” program on SiriusXM Satellite Radio last month, and “Reveries” which dropped June 4.

In early reviews, Vintage Guitar raved, “Returning to their guitar/keyboard-fueled ’70s style, the band takes prog’s grandest elements and condenses them into punchy songs – no question, that classic STYX crunch is present.” While SonicPerspectives.com praised the album’s “…fantastic three part harmonies, widdly, bombastic synths, blue-collar working man electric guitar solos and memorable melodic rock songs that flirt with prog elements just enough to have a little…

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Deal includes exciting upcoming projects, with new single in July, 2021

David Guetta, one of the biggest figures in global music, with some 50 million record sales and more than 14 billion streams to his name, has entered into a career-spanning, groundbreaking new agreement with Warner Music. The worldwide pact sees Warner Music acquire Guetta’s legendary recorded music catalog from the last two decades, as well as ink a new deal for future recordings.

Guetta has been one of the defining influences in electronic music and dance culture since the beginning of the millennium, as both a game-changing recording artist and record-breaking live performer. He has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world, including Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, J Balvin, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, Martin Garrix, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Saweetie, Sia, and many more. His award-winning career includes two prestigious Grammy Awards. As of today, Guetta is the eighth-most listened-to artist in the world (by monthly listeners on Spotify).

Even during the global pandemic, Guetta has had an extraordinarily busy year, with recent hit singles including ‘Bed’ with Joel Corry and Raye, and ‘Heartbreak Anthem’ with Galantis and Little Mix, both of which have been Top 10 hits around the world. He’s also just released ‘Shine Your Light’ with…

Peter Lake, the Anonymous Singer and Songwriter, Comes Out of the Dark With Hit Single, Black Corridor
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The Beach Boys Release ‘Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971’ Box Set
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In honor of 50 years of The Beach Boys’ timeless and often underappreciated albums, Capitol/UMe will release an expansive 5CD and digital box set titled Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 on July 30 that chronicles and explores in depth this metamorphic and highly influential…

Alexander James Rodriguez Performs His Song, ‘California’ to Senator Bob Archuleta
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This Memorial Weekend rising star Alexander James Rodriguez attended Senator Bob Archuleta’s Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff and gave a belting performance of his high-energy single, ‘California’, which is part of the teens efforts to support Governor Gavin Newsom in his “California Come Back” campaign.

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Vanilla Ice Invites Fans to Appear in His Sizzling New Bar-S Take on “Baby Got Back”
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Ice is back with a brand new flavor, and he’s leading the way for the mashup of the summer. Bringing together one of the biggest stars and biggest songs of the 90s, this throwback tune will receive the Bar-S treatment, and one lucky winner and a friend will star…

‘Nelly Furtado x Quarterhead’ Remix EP Out Now
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Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado signaled a new era in pop music by fusing her multicultural musical heritage and unabashedly honest lyrical style with trip-hop for a bold approach that resonates to this day. Today, “All Good Things (Come To An End),” the fifth single from her third studio album,…

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Jessica Lynn enlists StraxAR for groundbreaking, immersive ar content embedded in debut solo album
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Emerging country music sensation, Jessica Lynn (“Run To”; “Let’s Don’t”; “Crazy Idea”) today announced that her upcoming new album, Lone Rider, will be completely embedded with immersive AR video content created by StraxAR™ – the augmented reality (AR) distribution platform that delivers custom content to the hands of consumers everywhere. The album, which Daydreamer Records will be releasing soon allows the emerging artist’s fans to utilize StraxAR to unlock custom programming on all 13 songs featured on Lone Rider – including videos, liner notes and additional original content Lynn created with StraxAR — to bring her fanbase even closer than ever through immersive programming.

Lynn, whose three nationwide concert television specials and pairings with country music legends including Loretta Lynn and Keith Urban cemented her status as bona fide sensation, enlisted StraxAR during the global pandemic as she turned her focus from live performances to cultivating AR content for her growing, international fan base. Lynn’s fans can now utilize the StraxAR app to “Strax” words inside from the album’s sleeve, front or back cover to gain instant access to each song’s AR video programming in which Lynn takes listeners behind the scenes to learn more about each song’s origin and other relevant information. Earlier collaborations with Lynn and Strax included immersive audience participation, livestreams, and custom AR in Lynn’s online store, which helped expand ticket and merchandise sales while routing increased traffic to her Spotify and YouTube content.

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