Friday, July 10, 2015

Worldwide Groove Corporation's New EDM Release Is Innovative and Diverse

In one of the most enterprising moves in EDM, Worldwide Groove Corporation are ending their "Year of the Groove" with a sonic bang. Their final installment in the 12 month series is a heterogeneous maxi-single of their new song "Make Me Free". But this isn't your typical remix project where various producers rework track elements from an original release. Four of the 5 completely unique mixes were actually done by the very busy hands of Worldwide Groove Corporation themselves, and the 5th version was programmed by emerging EDM producer Portarius. The only common element between the mixes is the vocal performance by Ellen Tift, songwriter and producer for WGC.

"It can be challenging to reinvent something that you've become so familiar with in one form,” says Kurt Goebel, programmer and producer for Worldwide Groove Corporation. "But early on we felt this song could both exist as an upbeat electronic track, and also at half tempo in a chillout style, and from there we branched off into other interpretations."

Reinvention is something Worldwide Groove Corporation became known for with their reconstructions of well loved jazz standards on their debut downtempo electronic album "Chillodesiac Lounge, vol.1: Fever,” which topped the charts on the XM Chill channel after its release. They also showcased this skill in their imaginative chillout remixes of classic country songs like "Ring of Fire".

Worldwide Groove Corporation's own renditions of "Make Me Free" are the "Black Orchid Deep House Mix", "Hot Azalea Electro Mix", "Water Lily Chillout Mix", and contrastingly the "Sweet Jasmine Acoustic Mix" featuring a unique vocal performance over piano and solo cello. Rounding out the collection, up and coming EDM producer Portarius adds the "Portarius Melodic Dubstep Mix".

"The Year of the Groove has been a monumental challenge for us," says Ellen Tift. "We've been constantly busy, always preparing the next release and promoting the last one on top of our regular music production work we do for clients, so I feel a tremendous sense of both accomplishment and relief to be at this point." As well they should. In all, Worldwide Groove Corporation put out 22 new tracks in the Year of the Groove, much to the delight of their growing fan base. "It's been a satisfyling labor of love," says Tift. "I'd do it all again in a heartbeat."

For more information about Worldwide Groove Corporation, go to their website at and join the mailing list to stay updated.

ABOUT WGC: Worldwide Groove Corporation are Kurt Goebel and Ellen Tift, specializing in electronic pop and downtempo chillout music production, string arranging, and remixes. Their music has been featured on national television shows, in independent films, and used in major brand advertising campaigns in the U.S. and Europe. Both members of WGC have a Master of Music degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. See their full bios on their website.

UK Band 'Fast Boyfriends' Release Second Album & Announce Gig

Released through their Tickle the Trout label this month, Fast Boyfriend's follow-up to 2013's Derelict Aquarium, 'Eyes, Ears & Nose' is available on CD through Amazon on Demand and for download from iTunes and other download sites.

With the bare bones of the album being recorded over an intense two days in a barn in Kent and the meat being applied afterwards in various sessions around South London and Kent, the album maintains Fast Boyfriend's stalwart D.I.Y. ethic and was completely written, recorded, produced, engineered, mastered and even used as coasters by the band themselves.

Embarking on a more adventurous sonic journey this time round, the 11 tracks on Eyes, Ears & Nose veer from soulful meandering on the trappings of pornography in 'Cold Erotica', to groovy psychedelia mapping the birth and death of rock 'n' roll in the raucous 'Ancient History'; it passes by some mellow country-rock in 'Same Old' and the single-worthy indie pop of 'Sweet Mechanics' before segueing into the epic Procul-Harum-meets-Hieronymus-Bosch progressive rock of 'No Last Judgements Here' which brings the album to a close. It's a lovingly crafted and well executed album which holds plenty of surprises in its just over 30 minute length.

To promote the album, Fast Boyfriends have announced a solitary London gig on Friday, July 10th at the legendary 93 Feet East venue at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London E1. It's usually a busy Friday night event run by London promoters Symptomatic in an iconic venue in the heart of trendy East London, so go catch Fast Boyfriend's unhinged and incendiary live show while you can as they don't play that often. Plus, there's a total of 5 bands playing which is not bad for the £6 advanced ticket price tag. Get there early to catch them all; doors open at 7pm.

If you're interested in going along, Fast Boyfriends have offered you the chance to go on their 'Fans' guestlist which allows entry on the door at the same knock-down advanced ticket price of £6 – simply email to be included on their list, or visit their Facebook page for the latest updates and news.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The 12th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Kicks Off

The 12th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) kicks off. IAMA is the preeminent musician awards for up-and-coming music artists. It promotes excellence in Acoustic Music performance and artistry, it is geared towards today's best up-and-coming music acts. Together for an exclusive, once-in-a-year event. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Win a Top Prize of US$11,000 worth of Prizes.

Entrants come from all over the world: Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, USA, South Africa, etc. Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition/song choice, music production and originality/artistry. You can enter in a number of categories such as: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group, Folk, Alternative, AOG (Open Category), etc.

Past years' winners include: Meghan Trainor, Carl Wockner, Kelley James, AJ Croce, Maddy Rodriguez(Canada), David Francey (Canada), Liz Longley, Charlie Dore (Hit Singer-Songwriter from UK), The Refugees (USA), Kate Lush (Australia), Wayne Southards (USA), Larry Pattis (USA), Omega (Uganda), El McMeen, etc. Last year’s winner went to Australian singer-songwriter Carl Wockner (see pictured) who won the overall grand prize as well as the Best AAA/Alternative Song.

"I am blown away with this huge win. When you are so passionate about the music you create, it's hard not to live it, but to know that others love it as much as me feels ninja amazing" said an elated Carl Wockner, who became the first Australian to win the top award at IAMA.

"I am very excited and surprised to win", said Meghan Trainor, 6th Annual IAMA Best Female Artist Winner, who stunned the music industry by hitting #1 with a debut single and album on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Album charts respectively last year. Her debut single "All About That Bass" became a mega hit and Meghan has become an international household name, her hit single sold over 12 million copies in the first 6 months.

IAMA is sponsored by: D'Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Lewitt Microphones, Aspri Reverb, Music Industry Blueprint, Sirius XM Radio, Acoustic Café Radio Show,, Kari Estrin Management & Consulting,, and

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo, Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open and Country/Bluegrass. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Winning songs will be heard on radio! Winners and runner-ups will be featured on our CD compilation. Also, we feature up to 10 different artists get featured and promoted on IAMA website every month, which provides a review, ratings, CD information and more.

Judging is based on excellence in music performance, songwriting/composition and originality. Winners are selected by a panel of established artists and industry professionals. Winners and finalists of the Awards will be featured in the IAMA website and e-newsletters, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry insiders. All songs submitted must be submitted must be original and submitted online or via CD, the artist may also perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. Cover songs are permitted. Deadline to enter is November 6th. Information:

Dicestarr Awaken EP + 1st Single "I Hope They Get It"

Today we present to you a brand new EP from Brooklyn's Dicestarr.

With a recent performance at SXSW to his name, Dicestarr gives us news of his forthcoming timeless EP: Awaken and its first single 'I Hope They Get It'. Merging sounds of Hip Hop & R&B, Dicestarr introduces you to his infectious versatile smooth sound.

Dicestarr remarks, "With this project I want to Awake the world with new sounds and emotions through my music. Showing my growth and versatility. Getting everyone on board that might still be asleep and haven't heard the name Dicestarr yet!."

Get ready to start your weekend in style with this one. Thank you for your continual support.

Xprnc Media Working With Eagle Rock On National Promotion Of Rolling Stones Release

The June 23rd, 2015 release of Eagle Rock Entertainment's title The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee - Live in 1971, on DVD, Blu-Ray CD/DVD, DVD/LP and digitally, will be supported by 11 key indie retailers in 10 major markets across the country via the digital screen platform of Xprnc Media (

This rare, compelling, classic show had been missing for decades. It will now be available after careful restoration including a 5.1 surround mix on the DVD and Blu-Ray formats.

The new record includes the live debuts of Sticky Fingers songs "Brown Sugar," "Dead Flowers," "Bitch" and "I Got the Blues"; there are also five bonus cuts, as well as a performance of "Brown Sugar" from Top of the Pops in 1971.

The promotion with Xprnc Media will include a special showing of the entire film on their 55" HD screens in all 11 stores on Friday, June 26th at 7:00. Every day leading up to the event, the screens will broadcast a static ad every 5 minutes for 15 seconds promoting the release and another separate ad promoting the June 26th event. After the event, an ad promoting the release will run for two weeks.

In addition, leading up to the event and for two weeks after it, there will be signage in the stores as well as handbills passed out to customers that will promote the event and the release. As well, the stores will have product on hand to support the release, and, to make this event even more exciting and enticing for customers, the label will provide product for a give-away to some lucky attendees.

The stores will also be working their email lists and their social media networks in order to maximize attendance and encourage online sales.

ABOUT XPRNC MEDIA: Xprnc Media is a Detroit based digital-out-of-home (DOOH) advertising platform founded in 2014. Its network of 55" HD screens in 11 top retail entertainment stores in 10 large markets across the country provides advertisers with a new, unique and exciting way to engage consumers.

ABOUT EAGLE ROCK: Eagle Rock Entertainment is a London based producer and distributor of music, films and programming for movies, TV, DVD/Blu-ray and digital media. Its films and programs feature many great acts such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, , Nirvana, U2, Metallica, the Talking Heads and many others.


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TMA Signs SHANE MATHIS To Management

The Management Agency (TMA), Jacksonville, FL, has signed Southern Gospel recording artist SHANE MATHIS to a development/management deal.

Shane Mathis (Atlanta, GA) has always had a passion for the art of music. He grew up in a musically-inclined family. His great-grandfather was a professional opera singer while at the same time, he and Shane's great-grandmother performed in churches all around the Atlanta area. Shane's grandmother was also an established Gospel singer, played piano and tenor saxophone, and has sung in choirs all her life. You could say music is intrinsically part of Shane's DNA!

At the age of thirteen Shane was heavily influenced by his grandmother's gospel trio, New Day, and from there a love of all things Gospel music was born. It was at this age he decided to embark on the journey of becoming a successful Gospel singer. While performing full time in his high school's performing arts program, Shane balanced a life fully devoted to the call of sharing God's word through singing Gospel music. During his high school years Shane produced three professional CDs with singles airing live on gospel radio, and was a guest star on Don Frost's TV show "Music City Gospel Showcase" in Atlanta.

Shane currently attends Toccoa Falls College (GA) where he majors in Ministry Leadership with a minor in Business. This will further his education in the areas to which he was called to share God's word through his musical gifts.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Singer/Songwriter Meredith Kinleigh Signs With INOV8

INOV8 Music Group has signed emerging singer/songwriter Meredith Kinleigh for label representation. The new artist currently is working on her debut project, with the first single set to be released on July 31, 2015.

"My hope is that, through my music, I can deliver an honest message to my generation that is both relevant and transparent," Meredith Kinleigh said. "I have a heart for people who are searching for truth - both believers and non-believers - and my desire is to share how a daily relationship with Christ can be life-giving."

Meredith Kinleigh, who has been involved with music ministry since she was young, currently leads worship each week at her father's church. Her music career has included singing the National Anthem at minor league baseball games, co-directing and acting in local theatrical productions and singing as a soloist for weddings and other events.

To learn more about Kinleigh, visit

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ike Rhythm Set To Release "Victorious 2" July 1st, 2015

Gospel Hip Hop recording artist Ike Rhythm releases Victorious 2 on July 1st, 2015. The concept behind "Victorious 2" is Ike telling the story of his unique Christian journey with the lord through this crazy, upside down world. Through all of his ups, downs, and imperfections he gives hope to the world by spreading the Gospel of his lord and savior Jesus Christ. His message is centered around the word of God and wants his listeners to always remember that God accepts everyone that calls on his name. He wants them to remember that they don't have to be perfect to be saved and that they too can be Victorious through Christ. Through God (and God alone) Christ is who makes Ike Rhythm Victorious. This album is one you'll enjoy with your entire family and is perfect for Hip Hop heads and those searching for a refreshing, positive album to vibe to. Make sure you get the album July 1st, 2015 and check out his latest video "Army" on Youtube. "Victorious 2" will be available world-wide July 1st, 2015 digitally on GooglePlay and iTunes.

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