M.I.A. releases “Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border” on Apple Music

My new song Swords was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls. There’s ten more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me. Warriorswas shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a YouTube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the Warriors track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.

Matahdatah Scroll 01 is available now via Apple Music.

Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time in Shaolin’ will go public in 88 Years

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As you know, Wu-Tang Clan only produced only one copy of their forthcoming 31-track LP, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Having been recorded in secret over a number of years, the highly-coveted album is set in a lavishly decorated container that was handcrafted by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose previous clients include royal families and other notables around the world. And now, the mysterious LP is apparently set for a public release; unfortunately, most of us won’t be alive to see this happening. According to Forbes, the project’s owner won’t be able to share the album for another 88 years, thanks to the sturdy copyright that was placed on the LP in regards to public and commercial rights.

It will still be [the owner’s] choice at that [point] to release it or not release it,” said Wu-Tang producer Cilvaringz. The number 88 is no random occurrence either; RZA sees strong symbolism in the number 8, as there are 8 members of Wu-Tang Clan, and the digits of the year this LP was sold, 2015, add up to make 8. The number laid on its side also resembles infinity which makes it more significant. A 13-minute compilation of the LP is now available at Paddle8.

We expect to see Internet leaks of this preview in the coming days.

 

Rachael Yamagata gets ready to release her new album

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The year was 2004 when a 20-something Rachael Yamagata released her first full-length studio album, Happenstance. It proclaimed to the music-listening world that a talented singer-songwriter had arrived, one who could compose and record simmering ballads, as well as slow-burning rockers, with her breathy vocals expressing emotionally truthful lyrics. It led to her songs being featured in films like Hope Springs and Definitely, Maybe and television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C. and How I Met Your Mother. Her tunes also caught the attention of other musicians and would result in collaborations with the likes of Jason Mraz, Conor Oberst and Rhett Miller.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her debut album, Yamagata performed Happenstance in its entirety on select stops on her recently completed fall tour. “It’s crazy. It’s almost like a double tour,” she says, a few hours before hitting the stage of the Bluebird Theater in Denver last October.

“When Happenstance came out, it was very much about the struggles of love and partnership, and being focused on another person,” says Yamagata, explaining the circumstances that fueled her early songs.

But now, a decade of experience behind her, and two more studio albums and four EPs later, her perspective has shifted towards the “internal battles that we are fighting with ourselves and the struggle to find balance and happiness,” she says. Her more recent lyrics — she’s finalizing her as-of-yet untitled album for release in spring 2015 — are “less about a love-centered partnership and more about an internal struggle.”

To get to this point, Yamagata had a relatively late start. At Northwestern University, she was studying acting, but one night she went out and saw a local funk band called Bumpus perform in Chicago, and it changed her life. Yamagata says, “I never went out to see people performing music before, and the whole experience got my attention.”

It went both ways, because Yamagata got the band’s attention, too. She ended up joining Bumpus, singing and helping to write songs. “I have always played piano or made up songs, but I never turned to music as my focus. I didn’t think I’d ever do it as a career,” she says.

She also discovered that songwriting came naturally to her. “It caught me in a way that reading a script or trying to understand acting hadn’t yet,” she says. For the self-described introvert, the process allowed her to express her vulnerability and to work out “a greater understanding of things.” She adds, “It’s easy for me in the music. It almost comes more naturally than daily life. The songs are always personal and intimate.”

So when she left Bumpus to embark on a solo career, she had gained the songwriting skills to cultivate a following. With her frequent and extensive touring across the U.S. and worldwide, her bold onstage persona captivated many a fan. And yet Yamagata believes she is “not a very outgoing person, naturally.” She says, “The performance part is a stretch for me, though I seem to know how to do it. People are surprised when I tell them that, but I’d be just as happy sitting in the woods writing songs.”

And that is literally where she calls home. Yamagata settled into a house she describes as a “cabin in the woods” about a year ago (she claims she’s “very good at yard work”). Located in Woodstock, New York, her mother’s hometown, the home-slash-studio is filled with musical instruments and some rambunctious cats. She divides her time between recording at home, still in various states of “DIY renovation,” she laughs, and a full studio in town. “We recorded some music to see if it could be done in the house,” she says. “There’s a looseness and a comfort about recording at home, and you know your surroundings.”

A younger Yamagata, who had grown up with a twin brother in the suburbs of Maryland, was less inclined to such domesticity. Dreaming of the world beyond, her travels took her across Europe, as well as living solo in the Dominican Republic. Her own family is a veritable United Nations. “My dad is third-generation Japanese. My mother is German-Italian. My stepmother, who’s since passed away, was the southern belle, and my stepfather, who is Jewish, was a music rebel who grew up in the streets of New Jersey,” Yamagata explains. “Growing up, I learned different cultural identities from each of them. The love was unconditional.”

Now, as she matures as a musician and songwriter — she says her aesthetic is “grittier, a bit darker, but still with romantic elements” — Yamagata’s also dealing with a quickly changing music business, working as an artist self-managing her career and running her own independent label. “I wouldn’t recommend it for everybody,” she says. “You really do have seven jobs. It’s time consuming and difficult on many levels.

“But for me, it works really well right now,” she continues. “I spent a number of years on major labels, and the record industry itself is so unpredictable. And it was taking four years between every record, which is crazy. To have to wait four years every time you want to put something new out is incredibly frustrating.”

Though she does miss having a team behind her (“When it works, it can be great”), “at the end of the day,” she says, “you’re going to care more than anyone else about your own art or your own career.”

These days, going independent necessitates getting creative to further musical goals. Yamagata is currently running a Pledge Music campaign, a crowd-funding program that will allow her to produce her next album as well as record a new acoustic version of Happenstance. “Pledge is a fan-based, connected platform to help artists show the behind-the-scenes process of making a record or going on tour, and the fans preorder the new album that they are helping to fund,” she explains. “You can offer different incentives and make it really cool with items that fans would enjoy but normally have no other way of getting. We’ve been running that simultaneously with the tour, and then, when I get back from tour, I’ll finish making the new record. So it’s a very busy time, that’s for sure.”

From major label complete with a “team” to independent running your own crowd-funding campaign, Yamagata’s definitely spent some time in the musical trenches. And yet her advice to up-and-coming musicians today is something she’s always done. “Play live, as much as possible,” she says. “Put yourself out there doing music, and build your fan base. Pay attention to your fans. The other stuff is unpredictable, but you can do great music that you love and other people will start loving it, too. It all starts with people who love your music.”

 

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Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda ready to release first solo album

 

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Arnel Pineda says he’s been putting together an album of his own compositions in his own voice to release this year, but he quashed rumors that he’s gearing up to leave the American rock band Journey.

The Filipino singer and Journey lead vocalist said he will stay as long as the band needs him. Pineda also dismissed talk of a possible band reunion with former lead singer Steve Perry.

The singer spoke in an interview Tuesday during the launch of his version of the song “Charity” in the animated children’s music video “Cha-Ching” on Cartoon Network.

The song about donating money or time to those in need can be purchased from iTunes to benefit Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

The singer has been involved in charity projects in the Philippines. Having risen from poverty, he said it was his obligation to help those who struggle with difficulties he experienced.

Pineda, now 46, was once a homeless teenager in Manila who at 15 started singing professionally with small bands. He found success after Journey guitarist Neal Schon discovered him in 2007 on YouTube singing hits of Perry and sounding strikingly like him.

“Even though I am still with (Journey) and we are touring, I am also working on my original materials and I am also recording them,” Pineda said, adding he aims to launch the album this year.

This year, Journey is touring the United States and Canada, and next year will tour South America. On rumors of a Journey reunion with Perry, he said he has not heard any talk of that.

If that happens, he said “I’d be more than happy to give way,” saying it would allow him more time with his family.

But Pineda said: “As long as they need me I will be there, I’m never gonna quit on them.”

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Tito Jackson and Chinese Star Ayi Jihu – Exclusive interview

Tito Jackson recently flew into London (Shlepp Records) to record and shoot a video with China‘s first true crossover independent star Ayi Jihu. Both Tito Jackson and Ayi Jihu are collaborating on a song written and also performed by Brazilian star Edu Casanova.

The track called Bola Vez is in Portuguese and English and will be released early in 2014. Ayi Jihu will become the first Chinese artist in history to perform at the Brazilian carnival along with Edu Casanova in February. Rumour has it Tito Jackson may well fly out to Brazil to perform with Edu Casanova and Ayi Jihu. Future collaborations are expected.

Ayi Jihu who was is Ethnic Yi Chinese grew up listening to Michael Jackson and credits him as her inspiration. For her meeting with and working with Tito Jackson was beyond a dream come true.

This exclusive and personal interview with Tito Jackson and Ayi Jihu was conducted by by the beautiful Joy Ogude for Shlepp Entertainment Ltd/Storz Media GMBH.

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M.I.A. releases Spotify-exclusive bonus track “Trouble Again”

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Almost exactly a month to the day after its official release, M.I.A. has delivered a Spotify-exclusive bonus track from her critically acclaimed LP, Matangi. Dubbed “Trouble Again,” the track is an extended remix of the album’s “Double Bubble Trouble” and includes a new verse in conjunction with a more electronically-inclined take on the original Partysquad-produced reggae beat. Enjoy the track below and head on over to iTunes now to download Matangi in its entirety.

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M.I.A. – Matangi (Album Stream)

 

 

One of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, M.I.A.‘s Matangi is now available to stream in its entirety ahead of next week’s official drop.

Featuring 15 tracks in all – including the likes of “Y.A.L.A.,” “Come Walk With Me,” “Bring The Noize” and “Bad Girls” – the new LP sees the acclaimed London-born polymath joined by The Weekend for both “Exodus” and “Sexodus” while production credits come courtesy of Switch, Illangelo, Hit-Boy and more. Enjoy the work above in its entirety and look for Matangi to be available November 5.

01. Karmageddon
02. MATANGI
03. Only 1 U
04. Warriors
05. Come Walk With Me
06. aTENTion
07. Exodus (featuring The Weeknd)
08. Bad Girls
09. Boom Skit
10. Double Bubble Trouble
11. Y.a.l.a
12. Bring The Noize
13. Lights
14. Know It Ain’t Right
15. Sexodus (featuring The Weeknd)