This week is all about debuts. There is only one veteran artist among the albums listed, so get ready to get hip to some new faces. It’s a good thing that most of these debuts offer glimpses of artists that we could be talking about for the next 10 years — from brash R&B star K. Michelle to rhymer Terrace Martin.
Here are debuts from artists who seem to have distinct musical personas.
Let’s check out this week’s interesting new music releases…
The music industry isn’t the same as it used to be. The days of going platinum in the first week are basically all gone. Hell, the days of going platinum ever are almost all gone. Still, people can pull it together long enough to have a decent outing on their first weeks.
But not all artists are able to come out looking good when they drop an album. Some absolutely tank. They brick, even. Want some examples? Of course you do!
Man Opens Fire At Jack In The Box Drive Thru Worker Who Asked Him To Turn Down His Music
Another week, another shooting at a fastfood resturant over some ridiculousness…
via Fox News
Washington police are looking for a man who they say fired a shot into a fast food restaurant after an employee working the drive-through asked him to turn down the music blaring from his car.
The customer pulled up to a Jack in the Box in Auburn early Friday and gave his order, but the employee said he couldn’t hear it because of the music, SeattlePI.com reports.
When the man pulled up to the next window, he asked an employee for ranch dressing and fired into the store, police told Q13Fox.
The suspect sped away after shooting and is described as a heavyset black male in his mid-to-late 20s with a gap between his teeth.
No one was injured in the shooting, SeattlePI reports.
Ultra Music Festival Miami is the world’s premiere electronic music festival. It is like the Olympics for electronic dance music (EDM) and every year with Miami Music Week all the major EDM artists and fans from around the world collide in Miami for this ultimate experience in dance music.
CAN U FEEL IT is the UMF Experience on the big screen.
It’s a film about a new generation seen through the eyes of the world’s greatest DJ’s. Tiesto, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Afrojack, Fedde le Grand and Boys Noize will be the headlining superstars that will take you on an electrifying journey through Ultra Music Festival and the world of dance music. The film makes you feel like you are on the dance floor and in the DJ booth at the same time and has the pace and feel of a music video mixed with in-depth storylines on the artists, the event and especially the rise of dance music around the world.
At 19-years old, Porter Robinson is already among the most explosive, versatile DJ-producers in electronic dance music. With banging tracks that range from electro house to dubstep to moombahton, Porter has come a long way since MTV News first met the then-18-year-old high schooler from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with buddies Aero, Tommy Lee, Sofi and deadmau5 at Miami Music Week in March of this year. Since then, he’s dropped his stellar Spitfire EP and toured the U.S. with Tommy Lee, Aero and Skrillex. And when it came time for one of dance music’s biggest icons to hit college campuses across America this September, Porter was handpicked by Tiësto to join him on his "College Invasion Tour." Luckily for us, and you fans, Porter brought along a cameraman to document the last week of his history-making trek. Shot by Kaskade and Insomniac Events’ brilliant cameraman, Justin Nizer, MTV is proud to premiere Porter Robinson’s "The College Invasion Tour" mini-doc, featuring cameos by Tiësto and Diplo ... and MTV News, to name a few.
Check it out below!
Set mainly to joints off of Porter’s Spitfire EP, the short film takes fans through PR’s final west coast dates in September, ranging from an unannounced Santa Barbara show after-party at a house to his record-setting show in Carson before an audience of 26,000 people. Through the film, audiences are treated to the rollercoaster ride of life on the road of a superstar DJ. Wanna know what’s on PR’s rider? How he describes 2011 and his fans? Check out the video above, or tune in at 3:30 AM this Thursday on MTV Clubland (MTV’s block of electronic dance music videos airing Monday through Friday from 3-4 AM EST)! You won’t want to miss it.
Do you love Porter Robinson? What do you think of his documentary? Let us know in the comments below!
Unlike some posthumous musical careers, it appears that fans of Amy Winehouse won’t get to hear all of the unreleased songs the singer recorded before her untimely death. The Guardian reports that record execs intend to honor Amy’s wishes by not releasing around a dozen unfinished tracks that the singer did not want the public to hear.
While we highly anticipate the release of Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the upcoming posthumous collection from Winehouse, the disc will likely be the final material we get to hear from the singer. Island Records’ Darcus Beese discussed the matter with Music Week magazine, stating, “We’ve had to qualify [Lioness] in front of Amy’s family. Her mum, her dad, her brother – that’s her very vocal, protective brother – plus fiancés, stepfathers and more.”
Beese defends the release of the new 12-track album, explaining they are songs Amy wanted the public to hear, but says he will adhere to Winehouse’s wishes by leaving around a dozen other tracks in the Island vaults. He makes no mention of why exactly the singer didn’t want all of her material heard; however, the lock-up is certainly not due to a lack of quality.
“Everyone who hears [the song] ‘Procrastinate’ loves it,” claims label honcho Ted Cockle, but Beese reemphasized the song will never be released, saying, “If you ever hear ‘Procrastinate,’ you have my permission to come into my office here in Kensington and fire me.” The execs didn’t specify why exactly the singer did not want the material heard.
Apparently Beese is unaware that a version of “Procrastinate” leaked years ago. The mellow pop tune has been heard by over a million people through several available vids on YouTube – labeled “Procrastination” by Amy Winehouse.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures will see a stateside release on December 6.
Wale has been more than ambitious in the months leading up to his latest album release. The D.C. rapper’s sophomore LP, Ambition, has entered the music charts this week at the number two spot, with 164,062 copies sold. The number is a huge jump compared to his 2009 debut album, Attention: Deficit, which sold approximately 28,000 in its first week. The MMG rapper expressed his gratitude to his fans on twitter, writing, “163k! I love my fans .. I'm so grateful.. Thank you Thank you... I'm speechless hip hop for life.”
In February, Wale officially joined Rick Ross’ Maybach Music and since then things have been on the upswing for Mr. Folarin. Wale joined Sway on RapFix Live last week where he revealed that his mental state has been much improved since his last release, which was reportedly undershipped by former label Interscope Records.
Wale says that one of the most important factors for releasing a successful album was the support he got from his current label."I could call everybody at Warner Bros. whenever I want,” he says.
It’s a shame – but even Steve Angello will concede he doesn’t get to come to New York often. So you better believe the foundation has been laid for a knock-you-on-your-butt session of house music when Size Records hits Governor’s Island, NY, this weekend. In fact, when MTV News had the pleasure of linking with Angello earlier this summer, after revealing some Swedish House Mafia secrets, clearly his thoughts were already on the August 20 event and what he was planning on bringing to New York.
Tickets are sold out for the 5,000 capacity event being put on by our good friends at Pacha NY. But if fans come out the way they did to Miami Music Week earlier this year, expect to have fans lining the perimeter of the event just to catch a glimpse of the festivities. And while he may not be flanked by his Swedish House Mafia brethren, he’s bringing out Carl Louis & Martin Danielle, Thomas Gold and New York legend Junior Sanchez to help him deliver a heavy dose of dance music that New York will remember for months to come.
We can only hope Sanchez drops his current hit, “I Believe In” featuring vocals by Karmen, and that Angello peppers in some of the new material he’s cooked up for his new solo album. Of course, expect a teasing of a new SHM song or two as well. That’s just how Angello rolls!