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Eleven-time Grammy nominee, Charlie Wilson, announced that his upcoming national tour will kick off on February 8, 2017 in Norfolk, VA.  The tour, In It To Win It is the title of Wilson’s new album, slated for release February, 2017 featuring music guests Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, and TI.    “For information on presale tickets, VIP packages or to purchase tickets visit charliewilsonmusic.com”  “2017 is going to be an epic year for Charlie Wilson.  In addition to his upcoming arena tour, we have a great new album that includes some of today’s top musical artists,” stated Michael Paran, Wilson’s manager and CEO of P Music Group.  “The new album represents some of the best music Charlie has recorded in his career thus far.  He has a very diverse fan base and there is something on this album for everyone.”   Charlie Wilson has received numerous awards during his critically-acclaimed career including eleven Grammy nominations and a 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award which included performances by Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx and India Arie. 
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According to no less an authority than the RIAA, Boyz II Men are the most commercially successful R&B group of all time. They've sold ludicrous numbers of records and been involved in three of the longest-running number one pop singles in history, and they've done it as a unit of equals. In fact, their four-part harmonies blend so smoothly that most of the general public would be hard pressed to name any of the group's individual members. And that's no reflection on their skill as singers; Boyz II Men were among the first male urban soul artists to adopt the sort of hyper-technical melodic embellishments that were popularized by virtuosic divas like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Their early music was indebted to new jack swing, but the group quickly found their fort in lush, soulful ballads, where their harmonies could be showcased to greatest effect. Boyz II Men may never duplicate their incredible run of success during the first half of the '90s, but that's a near-impossible task for anyone, even with the broad-based appeal of their clean-cut romantic image.
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Ali Gatie knows the way to your heart is through your ears.   Over the course of 2018, the 22 year old singer-songwriter from the Toronto suburb of Mississauga self-released a string of projects that took him from square one of his career to a global fan base, racking up millions of streams of unexpected hits like the acoustic-tinged ballad “Moonlight.” In the process he revealed himself to have not only the single-minded focus and work ethic of a 21st century hustler but the heart of a classic songsmith. The numbers are impressive (over 13 million streams of “Moonlight” on Spotify–with nearly 15 million views of its lyric video on YouTube–and two other singles breaking 5 million streams), especially when you consider that he did it all himself, without any professional support or industry connections. You can credit some of that success to Ali’s social media hustle–he once responded to over 2000 fan messages on Snapchat in a single day. But numbers only tell part of the story. It’s nothing special to rack up millions of viewer impressions with social media stunts, but Ali’s looking beyond that kind of shallow, fleeting fame. He’s building something deeper with his fans, based on timeless ideas.   Ali doesn’t shy away from writing about the big subjects that have always consumed great artists, concepts like love and devotion that many young artists these days shy away from. His sound mines the fertile area where R&B and contemporary pop overlap–although from a brighter side of the spectrum than you might associate with crooners from the 6–but it’s delivered with openness and honesty, mixing the timeless songwriting of contemporary icons like Ed Sheeran with the next-generation sounds of Post Malone, Juice Wrld, and Charlie Puth.   Some of Ali’s ability to find common ground with any listener he comes across must have something to do with how much of the world he’s seen, starting from a young age. Ali was born in Yemen to Iraqi parents, then spent part of his childhood in Dubai before his family moved to the culturally and economically diverse city of Mississauga. And certainly a lot of it comes from the way he was brought up–he credits a lot of his music-making philosophy to the traditional Arab values of hospitality and generosity that his parents raised him with.   But Ali’s also just a natural-born relationship builder. Musically, he’s the kind of performer who makes everyone who hears him feel like they’re the only person he’s singing to. He’s the type of creator who understands the power of an intimate gesture like a musician singing along to his own song in the car (a clip that helped drive “Moonlight” to its breakthrough), or the way viewers can’t help but get caught up in the first-person love story of his “Can’t Lie” video. At a time where the pop landscape seems more splintered than ever, Ali Gatie is dreaming big and making music the whole world can love.
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On a primal level, we react to music through movement. A head-nod, a foot-tap, or a handclap certainly shows appreciation, but dancing seals the eternal bond between audience and musician. Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of unpredictable and virtuosic improvisation, Boston-based seven-piece Ripe consistently bring people to their feet. Most importantly, they prove that “dance music” in its purest form doesn’t have to come from computers and synthesizers. It can be an unstoppable groove or an extended moment of ecstatic release. Like those bodies moving on the floor, it’s the result of the energy, friction, and communication between living and breathing people. An inimitable and indefinable chemistry has separated and singled out Ripe since day one. Subverting any and all standard genre boundaries once again, their latest offering confidently continues that tradition. These seven musical soulmates —Robbie Wulfsohn [vocals], Tory Geismar [guitar], Jon Becker [guitar], Sampson Hellerman [drums], Josh Shpak [trumpet], Calvin Barthel [trombone], and Nadav Shapira [bass]—once again incite listeners to move on their independent full-length debut, Joy In The Wild Unknown. “What we make is music you can dance to,” affirms Robbie. “We’re drawn to the peak of a song—the emotional catharsis when everything comes out. It’s all about reaching that moment. The revelation comes back to us when bodies shake with joy.” “Every time we play, something unique happens,” adds Jon. “You’ll never see the same show twice. We want to bring that unexpected element into the pop sphere.” Ripe brings the swagger of funk filtered through a rock anthem, a musical journey that somehow gets as stuck in your head as your favorite pop banger. “We’re gap bridgers,” adds Tory. “If you’ve never heard us, I like to describe our music as, ‘If Maroon 5 and Earth, Wind, & Fire had a baby.’” Formed during their Berklee College of Music days in 2011, the boys have built a rabid fan base through tireless gigging and a steady stream of music. Following 2013’s Produce The Juice EP, the 2015 Hey Hello EP yielded fan favorites like “Brother Sky,” “Talk To The Moon,” and “Goon Squad,” which clocked over 1 million Spotify streams. Averaging over 100K monthly listeners on Spotify, the group landed looks from the likes of WXPN, Huffington Post, Verge Campus, Boston Globe and Hype Machine love from sites like Ear to the Ground and Indie Obsessive. Along the way, they also hit the stage at festivals such as SweetWater, Levitate, The Rock Boat, High Sierra, LaureLive, Brooklyn Comes Alive, Audiotree, and Summer Camp. The common thread would always be the translation of their individual interplay to their audience, one that Ripe views as not just fans, but old and new friends; an extended family that is rapidly growing as their sound spreads and their world deepens. “The community is so important,” says Robbie. “We’ve got amazing fans who really show up for us. We want to integrate the camaraderie into everything we do. Now, the goal is to communicate our vision to a much wider demographic.” Joy In The Wild Unknown represents a creative culmination of a six-year journey. The band tapped the talents of producer Cory Wong of Vulfpeck behind the board. Additionally, five-time GRAMMY® Award winner Joe Visciano [Mark Ronson, Adele, Beck, Coldplay] mixed the music, while mastering came courtesy of Randy Merrill [Lady Gaga, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift]. Over the course of twelve songs, it finds the elusive sweet spot between jaw-dropping technicality and airtight songcraft as Ripe collectively kick off a fresh, focused, and fiery next phase. “It took us a long time to get to this album,” Sampson admits. “It never felt right to do a full-length until now. Everything finally locked into place. Just prior, we’d been on the road for a year-and-a-half. So much was happening, growing, and changing. It was the moment to make the record.” “Simultaneously, this was the ending of a lot of things and the start of something new,” adds Robbie. “This serves as our transition from a band that brings the party towards a band that brings an edge to the party.” Ripe introduced this body of work with the simmering bass line and wild wallop of the single “Little Lighter,” which quickly shuffles into funked-up guitars and a swooning refrain—“I feel a little lighter.” Meanwhile, finger-picked acoustic guitar and a delicate beat drive “Downward” as everything climaxes on another festival-ready chant, “This love keeps pulling me downward.” A chorus of horns fuels “Flipside” before Robbie’s dynamic delivery instantly hypnotizes. Throughout the verses, he shares “the crazy miasma of emotional ups and downs with touring.” Fittingly, the latter spawned the title, Joy In The Wild Unknown. “Personally, I’m at the point where every day seems a little bit surreal, because I’m doing the thing I want to do more than anything else with my best friends,” smiles Robbie. “Music is what defines us. It’s what we get to put out into the world. I want to share this deep excitement and happiness. The phrase, ‘Joy In The Wild Unknown,’ spoke to all seven of us.” Ripe gives the same weight to happiness as is often given to sadness. Their music signifies more than just a distraction from your troubles for a few hours - it’s an experience of connection and acceptance; a warm welcome into their world. In the end, this Joy is shared by an ever-growing community that’ll be dancing every time Ripe roll through town. It’s an extension of the bond between these seven. “If you’ve never seen us, I want you to feel like you’ve stumbled on a real family upon introduction and get excited and curious about how to get deeper into this world,” Robbie leaves off. “It’s been about building this thing since day one. I hope you leave exhausted from dancing and feel excited to be a part of something. If you feel that way after seeing us, we’ve done our jobs.”
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Though Derek and Scott have been perfecting their craft since 2010, SLANDER has entered the dance music scene with the feel of an overnight success story. Veteran DJs and skilled producers, SLANDER has crafted their own genre dubbed "Heaven Trap" with a devout following. Despite their rapid rise, they are no stranger to the industry's top producers, including Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, Snails, and Carnage. Their Nuclear Bonds EP was a stand-out release from dance music’s top underground label, Mad Decent. After dozens of remixes, their first big vocal hit, a Heaven Trap original entitled “Love Again” featuring vocalist WAVZ, garnered over one million listens on Soundcloud and was also championed by Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. With past performances at EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, Something Wicked, Sun City Music Festival, Contact Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Ilesoniq, Moonrise, LifeInColor, and Global Dance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater primarily on the main stage, SLANDER has had the opportunity to show that their tracks are festival worthy.  They went on the Gud Vibrations tour with best friend NGHTMRE and played historical venues such as the Hollywood Palladium, The Rave, Concord Music Hall, Ogden Theater, Stereolive, Ram’s Head Live, The Observatory, Playstation Theater, The Fillmore and many more. They did this all while holding down a monthly residency at the #1 nightclub in the United States, XS, whose other DJs include megaclub juggernauts Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and Zedd.  Besides the top clubs and festivals in the U.S., they've headlined in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Athens, and other European cities as well as performed at Europe’s premiere dance festival - Tomorrowland. They’ve now hit Australia, New Zealand, India, and Asia on multiple headline tours and their international profile grows daily.
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R&B vanguard Brent Faiyaz, released his highly-anticipated debut full-length project Sonder Son on October 13. The project marks a return to form for Faiyaz, serving as his first solo release since last year's A.M. Paradox EP, and proves to be an amalgamation of Faiyaz’s introspective yet relatable lyrics and authentically crafted productions. The Maryland native plans on living forever through his music. Crafting a musical identity that slinks between the hero and the villain, the heartbreaker and the lovesick, the bold and the vulnerable, he walks a long and twisted path of multi-faceted complexity. Faiyaz has a supple, gentle tenor, with his distinct falsetto recalling the ballads of the ‘90s in technical ability and softness. Possessing a variety of influences from Frank Sinatra to Marvin Gaye, authenticity in his music is key. Releasing his EP A.M. Paradox in 2016, Faiyaz quickly drew attention through noted singles including “Poison” and the EP’s centerpiece “Invite Me.” A warm, rich, layered and soulful release, A.M. Paradox placed Faiyaz’s gifts as a skilled vocalist, writer and R&B stylist at the forefront. Faiyaz’s vocal collaboration with Goldlink on “Crew" earned RIAA Platinum certification. The single hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Emerging Artists Chart, reached #16 on Rap Airplay, and at 15-weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart holds #45 and climbing. A member of trio Sonder alongside producers Atu and Dpat, the group delivered a proper introduction with the release of their first single “Too Fast” ahead of their debut EP INTO - dubbed by Complex as one of 2017’s Best Albums. Faiyaz's release of Sonder Son follows the INTO North American Tour with his band Sonder, where he performed in noted cities including Atlanta, D.C., NYC, and LA alongside bandmates and producers Atu and Dpat.
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Though Derek and Scott have been perfecting their craft since 2010, SLANDER has entered the dance music scene with the feel of an overnight success story. Veteran DJs and skilled producers, SLANDER has crafted their own genre dubbed "Heaven Trap" with a devout following. Despite their rapid rise, they are no stranger to the industry's top producers, including Skrillex, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Diplo, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Yellow Claw, Bro Safari, Snails, and Carnage. Their Nuclear Bonds EP was a stand-out release from dance music’s top underground label, Mad Decent. After dozens of remixes, their first big vocal hit, a Heaven Trap original entitled “Love Again” featuring vocalist WAVZ, garnered over one million listens on Soundcloud and was also championed by Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. With past performances at EDC Las Vegas, Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, EDC Orlando, EDC Mexico, Something Wicked, Sun City Music Festival, Contact Music Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Ilesoniq, Moonrise, LifeInColor, and Global Dance at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater primarily on the main stage, SLANDER has had the opportunity to show that their tracks are festival worthy.  They went on the Gud Vibrations tour with best friend NGHTMRE and played historical venues such as the Hollywood Palladium, The Rave, Concord Music Hall, Ogden Theater, Stereolive, Ram’s Head Live, The Observatory, Playstation Theater, The Fillmore and many more. They did this all while holding down a monthly residency at the #1 nightclub in the United States, XS, whose other DJs include megaclub juggernauts Avicii, Deadmau5, David Guetta, and Zedd.  Besides the top clubs and festivals in the U.S., they've headlined in Paris, Geneva, Milan, Athens, and other European cities as well as performed at Europe’s premiere dance festival - Tomorrowland. They’ve now hit Australia, New Zealand, India, and Asia on multiple headline tours and their international profile grows daily.
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