Saturday, February 17, 2018

Boy/Girl Songs By A Chinese Woman And An American Man...

The singer-songwriting team of Todd and Jingyu are sharing their music by giving away all the songs for free at their website: The songs took over 10 years to write and record. The title of this digital-release album is "Find Me Find You: A Story".

The songs can be enjoyed individually but if one listens in order they tell a fully-integrated narrative on the theme of romantic love...

The album parallels the artists' own story: both were love-wrecked... then breakdown... reboot... meeting and falling in love... navigating the Chinese/American cultural divide... embracing commitment and exploring universal ideas on relationship... aiming to go deeper.

Todd Lerner has worked for Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and his previous album of songs was played worldwide and positively reviewed... from The Detroit News: "12 Finely polished pop-rock tunes" and from Nights and Weekends: "Every single tune is as good as the last." Jingyu Yao is from China and has been living in America.

2 of the songs for you to hear:
"Boy and Girl" Hear it on Spotify: On SoundCloud:
"Find You" Hear it on Spotify: On SoundCloud:

All the songs (free for everyone):
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Don Dawil's Valentine's Day Debut Latin Single "Necesito Verte"

"Necesito Verte," on sale February 14th in time for Valentine's Day, breathes fresh air into Latin Pop music. Don Dawil, it's performer, writer, and producer, delivers lyrics that are thoughtful and personal. It's introduction with smooth piano and lush, airy pads, clears the air for the listener and allows you to envision the song's lyrics. It's a song about being distant but loving strongly, it's about longing to be with someone you love.

If you've ever woken up one day and the first thing that you've desired is to see someone who you haven't seen for along time, this song is about you. If you've ever hesitated to answer your calls because the distance between you and the person on the other side has become such a wall, this song is for you.

This song will make you pick-up the phone and call your mom.

Don Dawil, who currently serves in the U.S. Military, would know such a feeling. He was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic but has lived in the U.S. since he was 13. He has been singing and performing for many years and has entered the world of song and is here to stay. This is a personal song that connects with listeners that have ever been apart from loved ones or that long to be with the one they love. This is a dreamy song about needing to communicate with a special someone.

It's sound is mysterious but it's lyrics are revealing. It's like a ballad put to a Latin, Tropical mix. It's sound is reminiscent of slow Merengues from the 80's and 90's but with the style of Latin Pop today.

Don Dawil, is an Urban Latino artist that generally performs in the style of Reggaeton and Hip-Hop, but make no mistake ladies and gentleman, this man can write a lasting pop song.

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Raquel Aurilia To Debut New Single "Pretty Roses" Live on 'Today In Nashville' TV Show February 8th

Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia announced today she has a new single "Pretty Roses" set to release on Valentine's Day. To kick off the new release she will debut the new single with a live performance on "TODAY IN NASHVILLE" TV program on WSMV-TV on February 8th at 11am CT.

"I'm so excited about the new music I have coming out in 2018," says Raquel Aurilia. "It's a great way to kick off the new year and I am so proud of the first new single ‘Pretty Roses'."

Raquel co-wrote "Pretty Roses" with songwriter Jennifer Adan (co-writer of Blake Shelton's #1 song "She Wouldn't Be Gone"), and Jonathan Hamby (keyboard player for Carrie Underwood). Producer / Engineer Mike Lattanzi collaborated with Raquel recording and mastering the song at the exclusive Lattitude Studio South in Leiper's Fork in the Greater Nashville area.

Raquel Aurilia is a singer-songwriter who has toured opening 25 U.S. cities for John Waite - including an upcoming concert scheduled January 19 in Phoenix, AZ. Aurilia has opened for B.B. King, Gin Blossoms, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Lisa Loeb, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, and Riders in the Sky. Aurilia has worked with Grammy Award winning producer Tony Papa (James Brown, Willie Nelson, John Denver) and Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jodi Whatley), as well as Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Bebe and Cece Winans, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash) in Nashville. Aurilia's music has been featured in MTV's hit series "The Hills," "The City" and "Taking the Stage."

Musicians on "Pretty Roses":
Drums - Tommy Harden
Bass - David Roe Rorick
Guitars - Kenny Vaughan
Cello - Jenny Lynn Young
Background vocals - Randall Thomas, Ana Hudgins
Keyboards, programming and additional guitars - Michael Lattanzi

Upcoming Tour Dates - Raquel Aurilia
January 19 - Phoenix - BLK LIVE (opening for John Waite)
February TBD - Nashville

Raquel's live TV performance debut of "Pretty Roses" will be broadcast in Nashville on WSMV-TV NBC4's "TODAY IN NASHVILLE" which airs locally at 11am CT. The show can also be viewed online at "Pretty Roses" single will be available for purchase on iTunes on February 14, 2018.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VidaPrimo Debuts Latin Music Channel On XUMO

VidaPrimo, the premier Latin music video network, has partnered with live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service, XUMO, to launch the first Latin music video channel available on the platform. The new channel is now available direct to consumers through smart TV, mobile and other streaming device integrations.

XUMO brings viewers more than 120 premium digital channels on its free platform and is available on several smart TV brands such as LG Electronics, Hisense, VIZIO, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips and Sanyo as well as Roku, iOS and Android devices.

"Our partnership with XUMO is an important one for VidaPrimo," said Stephen Brooks, Executive Vice President and General Manager at VidaPrimo. "With millions of users across devices, XUMO expands our network footprint into the smart TV space, strengthening the connection from our artists to their fans in the living room."

The VidaPrimo channel on XUMO (channel 288) will feature content from its library of over 8,000 music videos as well as its original programs. It is featured in XUMO's new music vertical, and expands the company's channel offerings to Spanish speaking audiences.

"VidaPrimo's addition to XUMO's diverse channel lineup invites our viewers to access the largest Latin music destination and engaging content focused on Hispanic culture," said Stefan Van Engen, Senior Vice President, Content Programming and Acquisitions at XUMO. "We're thrilled to work with VidaPrimo as they extend their services into an OTT environment and believe the partnership aligns with XUMO's goal to offer premium entertainment to all music fans on the biggest screen in the home."

XUMO also powers LG's Channel Plus service, a 24-hour linear experience on LG Smart TVs that delivers both live and on-demand streaming content to users through an innovative interface that presents over-the-air broadcast channels alongside over the top-streaming-channels.

"Channel Plus is an excellent way to enjoy music video content. Even in an on-demand world, most viewers still crave a lean-back experience in the home," said Brooks. "Music videos are the perfect product for that experience, and XUMO executes it very well."

For more information or to view a list of XUMO's 120+ free, premium digital channels, please visit To learn more about VidaPrimo and experience the best of Latin music videos and artists, visit the channel.

About VidaPrimo
VidaPrimo is a global media company that provides advertisers access to Millennial consumers in the US and Latin America, through culturally relevant Latin Music video content and agreements with more than 120 of the hottest Latin Rhythm artists. VidaPrimo is the largest independent Latin Music Multi-platform network with presence on YouTube and over 15 web, mobile, subscription streaming, smart television, connected streaming device and broadcast platforms. With over 1 billion monthly views across the US and Latin America, the VidaPrimo platform connects its massive reach of engaged Latin Millennials to global brands through high quality in-stream video advertising in front of premium content, in-video product placement, custom production, social influence and fan activation.

About XUMO
A streaming television company based in Irvine, California, XUMO delivers over-the-top (OTT) video-on-demand (VOD) and LIVE digital channels direct to consumers through smart TV, mobile and other streaming device integrations. Through strategic partnerships with LG Electronics, Hisense Company, Ltd., VIZIO and Panasonic, XUMO has developed one-click access for consumers to stream over 100 free channels. Channel Plus, exclusively powered by XUMO, for 2012 to 2017 LG smart TVs with Netcast 3.0 to 4.5 or webOS 1.0 to 3.5 presents consumers with OTT content in both linear and VOD formats. XUMO for Hisense, will be available as a virtual input in Q4 2017, the first of its kind, on 2017 Hisense and Sharp smart TVs. A step above standard OTT companies, XUMO is also available as a button on the remote control for 2016-2017 VIZIO D-Series and SmartCast smart TVs, the Chromecast build in VIZIO smart TVs.

XUMO brings consumers over 100 premium digital channels via applications that are fully equipped with content recommendations, curated programs and dynamic ad insertion capabilities. XUMO is also available on several other smart TV brands such as Samsung and Funai Electric Co., Ltd. who manufactures and sells Magnavox, Philips and Sanyo in North America as well as iOS, Android and Roku devices. Learn more about XUMO at and follow @XumoTV on Twitter.


Monday, February 12, 2018

"Mountain Songs" Music From The Heart Of The Mountains

Andorran bass player Landry Riba (Principality of Andorra, 1975) releases is third album under the title "Mountain Songs"! This 5 tracks album was recorded live in 5 different locations in the Principality of Andorra, one piece each 2 days, by Pere Revert (, and mixed and mastered at Störung Studio ( in Badalona (Spain) by Alex Gámez.

The recipe stills being nearly the same as for Landry's previous albums: They were trapped in the dream of a dog (2014) and Tales from behind the mirror (2015) and is clearly in a modern classical style. Listeners will find:
- Some field recordings performed in the woods, near a river or during a snowy day in the Pyrenean Mountains...
- A bass base, giving the harmonic line of the pieces, playing chords or arpeggios
- Classical strings (violin, viola and violoncello), going on with the melodies
- Piano, guitars or synths, played by special local guests, providing some extra sounds in some tracks
- Some electronic samplers, providing a particular background and blending all the other ingredients together...

This album is a very special journey in the Andorran mountains! Each piece was recorded in historical locations, using one day to install the studio and set all the gear and one day to record the song and the video. Ten days were needed to complete the entire journey! All the videos were directed by Andorran filmmaker Eric Rossell ( and will be a fantastic opportunity for viewers to enter some awesome places usually closed to visitors. All the mixing and mastering process of the album was ran using analog gear to keep on with the warm and organic atmosphere reached during the recordings!

The album will be distributed via TuneCore and Bandcamp on its digital and CD + DVD versions. Official release is scheduled on December 29th 2017. All videos will be released on Landry's YouTube channel. The video from the track "Oblits" is yet available.

The whole album will be available for streaming listening at Pre-order of the album is yet possible at


Blachawk Records Signs Direct Deal With Warner Music Group (Philippines)

Blachawk Records signs new direct deal with mega company Warner Music Group (Philippines) for distribution. Under the new deal, Blachawk Records artist Ace Drucci is set to release his new single "Instagram Model" featuring ATL's own Yung Fatt on December 15th. The single caught a buzz when it was premiered on 98.7 The Beat in West Virginia. Blachawk Records is a label in Northern Virginia that's no stranger to big moves, their artist Ace Drucci received a gold record for his debut single "Down to Ride" and has acquired over 8 million streams online with other releases.

About Ace Drucci:

Ace Drucci is an artist/producer from Washington, DC whose long history and roots began as a musician in various bands throughout the DC Metro area at age 15. Ace Drucci has worked as a producer on songs with 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo and Yo Gotti to name a few. Ace Drucci's music has over 8 million streams on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal & Apple Music. Ace Drucci is also a verified artist on Spotify, Apple Music Shazam and is currently performing in various venues in the south-east region. His music has Over 2000 BDS Radio Spins over 600 Mediabase Spins in the US, in 2017 his single "Frankie Lymon" made the Top 40 Independent Charts and his single "Put That Thang On Me" went number 38 on the Mediabase charts.

About Warner Music Group (Philippines):

Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire, operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Philippines is the Phil. affiliate of Warner Music International. Not only is it home to Warner Music's international superstars, but it is also home to premiere domestic artists.

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IG: @blachawkrecords
Media Contact: Lena Vann


Mike Shannon & Big Bus Dream's MY DREAM MY FANTASY is one of my top 3 album picks of 2017: Russell A Trunk, Exclusive Magazine

For those not in the know, Mike Shannon is not only the founder of 4th Ward (2000) and Big Bus Dream (2006), but a product of CBGB's post-punk scene.

Indeed, 4th Ward's self-titled release debuted at #20 on CMJ's Top 200 National Charts whilst Big Bus Dream's debut album (2006), and The Jesters of Xmas Town (2008) both topped several European music charts, and were even featured in MTV's Pimp My Ride.

Now 4th Ward announces Mike Shannon's debut solo effort, My Dream My Fantasy. Encompassing his 18 years as founder and primary writer with 4th Ward and Big Bus Dream, it blends both his acoustic roots, as well as a more powerful electric arrangement.

Someone we here at Exclusive Magazine have worked with for a decade or so now, Shannon is one of those rare breeds of musician within the business: He knows and understands lyrics, their aspect of storytelling, creating visuals in the listener's minds, and so creates songs that tell tales whilst dutifully lingering within us thereafter.

And that's just what is laid bare here in front of us now with My Dream My Fantasy for Shannon's stories include subjects from drug addiction, Alzheimer's Disease, aging and gun violence, to name but a few.

Produced by Shannon, along with Eddie Z, Jamie Hoover and Ray Henderson, My Dream My Fantasy includes new tunes, along with hand-picked prior tunes re-tracked and re-mastered.

As Shannon himself has said, "All of my time, heart and energy over the last 18 years has led to this new release...because, in the end that's really what it's passion and my dream. Though often felt more like a fantasy".

1. 'Just A Tear'
2. 'Really Tired'
3. 'See It In Her Eyes'
4. 'Jones Is In The House'
5. 'Smoking Guns and Jesus'
6. 'Maybe This Time'
7. 'Already Gone'
8. 'Private Ghetto'
9. 'Sweet Kisses'
10. 'Lies'
11. 'Feel The Pain'
12. 'Growing Old With Me'
13. 'No Valentine For You'
14. 'Real Love'

We begin with the upbeat, finger-snappin', toe-tappin' 'Just A Tear', which he backs up seamlessly with both 'Really Tired' and one of my own personal favorites on this debut solo album, 'See It In Her Eyes.' The psychedelic vibe to 'Jones Is In The House' makes for a fantastic flashback to an era where no music of that ilk was ever seemingly unjust, and that's followed by the pop country-stacked-entities within jangling guitar work of 'Smoking Guns And Jesus'.

The piano ballad 'Maybe This Time' is yet another stand out, heartfelt track that will definitely resonate with all of us that have loved and lost (whether it was our fault or not), and that's followed by 'Already Gone' and the Dylanesque raw warmth of 'Private Ghetto.' The upbeat, flowery 'Sweet Kisses' is delightful in its simplicity, 'Lies' is a pretty song every which way, and the gentle drum and guitar funk of 'Feel The Pain' is a nice turn of pace.

Another stirring piano ballad comes in the form of 'Growing Old With Me', before the album rounds out with the ragtag, old school semi-punk roustabout of 'No Valentine For You,' and then 'Real Love.' A track that bookends this album perfectly, give that it also features the same finger-snappin', foot-tappin' vibe and melody as the opener, My Dream My Fantasy is, quite easily, one of my top 3 albums of 2017. Buy it today as I'm sure, once listened to, that you will all wholeheartedly agree.