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Dua Lipa is “Levitating” at #1

“Levitating” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia. The song was written by Lipa, Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson and Stephen Kozmeniuk, with the image of Mike Myers in Austin Powers in mind. The production was handled by Koz and Stuart Price, and stemmed from a Roland VP-330 synthesizer sample played by the former. The song is an electro-disco and nu-disco song with several disco tropes. It incorporates elements of dance-pop, pop-funk, power pop and space rock, as well as 1970s, 1980s and 1990s pop and R&B styles. The lyrics describe the idea of “levitating” when falling in love, with several outer space references.

“You want me, I want you, baby
My sugarboo, I’m levitating
The Milky Way, we’re renegading
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I got you, moonlight, you’re my starlight
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating
You, moonlight, you’re my starlight (You’re the moonlight)
I need you all night, come on, dance with me
I’m levitating”

“Levitating” has so far reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lipa’s third top 10 single in the US. It has also reached number 7 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. The song was awarded a gold certification in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry.

Watch the music video, featuring Da Baby, here.


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Learn the Lyrics to Be A Light by Thomas Rhett

“Be a Light” is a song recorded by American country music singer Thomas Rhett and featuring guest vocals from Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban. The track was released on March 30th, 2020.

Rhett said that he wrote the song in 2019, but chose to release it because he thought its message would be well-received in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. He told a publication that the song “was really just about being a light in a dark place; being an encouragement to people.” He co-wrote the song with Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson, and Josh Miller.

“In a world full of hate, be a light
When you do somebody wrong, make it right
Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine
In a world full of hate, be a light
(La-la-la, la, la, la, la)
In a place that needs change, make a difference
In a time full of noise, just listen
‘Cause life is but a breeze, better live it
In a place that needs a change, make a difference”

The song was sent to country radio on March 30, 2020. On April 5, 2020, he performed it on ACM Presents: Our Country, a television special put on by the Academy of Country Music. Rhett also announced that proceeds from the song will be donated to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Listen to the chart topping track below:


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Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and More to Headline Made In America

Made in America, the ground-breaking JAY-Z curated two-day music festival and staple of Labor Day Weekend, returns to Philadelphia for a 10th year on Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th. 2021 features a stellar lineup of headliners poised to be the artists of the decade and the next era of icons, all changing the game in their own way.

Produced by Roc Nation, this year’s festival will benefit the ACLU of Pennsylvania as its official charity partner. A portion of net proceeds will also support The Reform Alliance.

Since the inaugural two-day concert in 2012, the event has generated over $135 million in economic impact for the city of Philadelphia.

The festival not only honors artists and music lovers, but it also benefits organizations that are vital to accomplishing much needed positive work through Cause Village.

Justin Bieber and Lil Baby headlining, with additional performances from Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda, Baby Keem, Lil Durk, A$AP Ferg, Moneybagg Yo, Freddie Gibbs, Tinashe, Morray, 42 Dugg, EST Gee and more to be announced.


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Spice Girls Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘Wannabe’ with Limited Edition EP

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want! The biggest selling girl band of all time, the Spice Girls, are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut hit single “Wannabe” in style, by launching the ‘#IAmASpiceGirl’ campaign and releasing an all-new limited edition EP – ‘Wannabe25’ which will be available to stream from July 9th and physically on July 23rd.

Putting the band’s much-loved and dedicated fans at the heart of the action, the campaign will be a global celebration of the pioneers of people power. The band are inviting all fans to take a trip down memory lane and share their stories to be featured on the Spice Girls website and socials as part of the celebration. There is a Spice Girl within all of us, and their rise to fame was a story lived by millions of us around the world…it’s time for those stories to be told. Fans can send in their videos and messages via socials using the #IAMASPICEGIRL or send to spicegirls@umusic.com

The band say, “The Spice Girls belong to everyone and that’s why we want to mark 25 years of “Wannabe” by celebrating our incredible fans”.

“Wannabe”, originally released on July 8th 1996, catapulted the Spice Girls to global stardom. A song that embodies empowerment, it is the most emblematic song of the band’s People Power philosophy and a song that continues to be treasured through the generations. “Wannabe” has broken numerous records. It is the seventh best-selling debut single of all time, with over 1.3 million CD singles and download sales, as well as the longest-reigning Number 1 by a girl group.

Alongside the #IAmASpiceGirl campaign, there will be a ‘Wannabe25′ EP, released on vinyl and cassette on July 23rd. The new EP will include the original single, an in-demand remix by Junior Vasquez (originally a bonus track on the 1996 “2 Become 1” CD Single), the original demo recording, and “Feed Your Love”, a demo of a previously unreleased ballad written by Spice Girls and “Wannabe” co-writers Richard “Biff” Stannard and Matt Rowe.

HERE’S THE STORY FROM A-Z…After their iconic 1996 debut single “Wannabe” topped the charts in 37 countries, Spice Girls’ debut album ‘Spice’ went on to sell more than 31 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album of all time by a female group. The girls have gone on to sell more than 90 million records around the globe, releasing three studio albums and 11 singles and winning a host of awards including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.


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Maroon 5 Drops NFT Series

YellowHeart has announced the launch of the first ever Fan Community Decentralized Autonomous Organization as part of an NFT series released alongside Maroon 5’s latest album titled “JORDI.” In addition to the DAO, YellowHeart will be minting open edition animated album artwork and drawn portraits of Maroon 5 band members. The drop kicked off on Friday, June 11 at 12 PM PT and will wrap on Friday, June 18 at 12 PM PT.

The NFT series that will go toward funding the DAO will be available in three phases. The first part of the series acts as an entryway into the community and the artwork for the NFT resembles a seed. Throughout the next two phases, the NFT will sprout and grow to become a “living” NFT that will be reflective of the changing carbon index. To bring the NFT to life, YellowHeart has integrated an API from Carbon Monitor, an academic research project that monitors daily carbon dioxide output worldwide, which will prompt the NFT artwork to change based on the carbon index level at any given moment. When the carbon level is low, the image will flourish with growing flowers and when it is high, the image will change to include things that do well in high carbon environments such as mushrooms. The DAO will officially launch during the final phase of the series and all funds raised will be applied toward social and environmental impact issues presented by the band and voted on by the DAO community.

“Sage is a longtime friend that we go back with before we were Maroon 5,” said Maroon 5. “We all love his artistic creative style, as did our manager Jordan. As a result, it made perfect sense to do this NFT with Sage in connection with the album JORDI. We’re so excited to invite our fans from all around the world to take part in this brand new form of interactive climate change activism with this living digital art DAO.”

The Maroon 5 DAO and open edition NFTs are the latest instances of YellowHeart empowering artists to market and sell directly to fans. Most recently, YellowHeart powered the technology behind the first ever NFT album from Kings of Leon, as well as the first live NFT concert experience for electronic music artist Zhu.


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