[By: Travon Bracey]
She is back and ready to blow our edges off.
The singer-songwriter has been throwing hints at us about her upcoming project for the longest. But, now she has announced her brand new forthcoming album, A Seat At The Table, set to release digitally on September 30th via Saint Records/Columbia Records.
Back in June, Solange stated that she completed her album 72 hours prior to her birthday on June 24th. Since then, fans have been waiting patiently on what's to come for her. During the process of the album's production, Solange has been sharing snippets of the different tracks that could possibly be on the album via Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. On September 21st, Solange encouraged fans to sign up on her website, solangemusic.com, where 86 of her fans would received something in the mail. It turned out that it was a 112-page photo book. This past Tuesday, Solange released the digital book, album cover and tracklist of the album and announced that it would be released this Friday.
We are super excited about Solange's new album. Check out the digital book here.
[By: Travon Bracey]
Corinne Bailey Rae is back with another amazing visual with her single entitled "The Skies Will Break" from her latest LP The Heart Speaks In Whispers.
Like "Been To The Moon", the video highlights an abstract of nature and landscape where Corinne adapts to singing her heart own about love and life.
Watch the video below.
[By: Travon Bracey]
Welcome to 2016. ArtREV is so happy to be sharing the most amazing news ever this year. We promise to make sure that our readers are always satisfied with the most incredible news on our online magazine. Each month, we will be showcasing different artists and music that we discover that we would like to share with you. This month, January, we are showcasing artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Ibeyi, Petite Noir, and Lion Babe. Check out our exclusive playlist of the month!
Lion Babe 'Impossible'
Petite Noir 'La Vie Est Belle'
Ibeyi 'River' (Live)
Haitus Kaiyote 'Breathing Underwater'
[By: Travon Bracey]
There's a new group in town and they are funky & retro all at the same time. Lion Babe is an alternative R&B duo made up of a singer and a producer ... something that the music industry doesn't do much anymore ... yep, what a great collaboration. The singer, Julian Hervey (aka Vanessa Williams' daughter), is the spotlight of the duo. With her big hair and amazing dancing skills, she makes Lion Babe the purpose of why it is looked at as a "lion" visually. The producer and musician, Lucas Goodman, is the brains of the amazing sound that Lion Babe carries. The group first got recognize for their song 'Treat Me Like Fire' in 2014 in UK and their popularity was then drown over to the US and gained them a recording label deal with Interscope Records. Since their release of Lion Babe EP, their platform has been more and more bright for them.
Below, look at their 3 music videos "Impossible", "Treat Me Like Fire", and "Wonder Woman" (which was produced by Pharrell Williams):
[By: Travon Bracey]
There is something different about Petite Noir's music and harmonic sounds. When you listen to his music, you feel that you are in a mysterious world where the most deepest instincts are telling you so much that you want to eliminate everything that is going around you and escape into peace. That's the feel that I get when I listen to Petite Noir. I first heard of him when Solange Knowles released her record label's first debut project and compilation album Saint Heron in November 2013. Since then, I have been listening to those variety of artists that have been featured on the album and by far, Petite Noir is my favorite. This South African singer and songwriter takes his audience into the African cultural world of beauty, war, and love on his new debut album La Vie Est Belle/ Life Is Beautiful that released this past September.
But, what's so appealing about this artist is his debut single off the new album entitled 'Best'. The song, itself, gives such a dynamic sound of Afrobeat and pop that is unforgettable to sustain. However, the video visualizes the message that Petite Noir is trying to give through the song and through the objective of the album itself. The artistic direction is so damn good that it continuously thrives you to want to see more and more of its color and actions.
We, here at ArtREV, could probably rate the video 9.5 out of 10. Check out the video below.
[By: Travon Bracey]
The wait is finally over. Even though, Lana Del Rey doesn't leave us in the dust for a long period of time, fans couldn't wait to see what was next on the radar. After her third released album, Ultraviolence, took a more turn of creativity to see the 'gangsta diva' side of her, fans couldn't wait to hear what was next for her. Now, she has release a date for her forthcoming album entitled Honeymoon, which will release in September. We are just so happy to hear that she is releasing another creative platform for herself. Can she win a GRAMMY already, though?!
For more information on Lana Del Rey, visit her website at http://www.lanadelrey.com and watch her video called 'Summertime Sadness' from her sophomore album Born To Die below.
[By: Travon Bracey]
While R&B tends to be the topic of discussion among black culture today being that people would say it is dying and becoming misunderstood, Dawn Richard, originally known as former member of Sean Combs-produced groups: Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money, is making it perfectly clear that she is capable to go beyond the art of music than what most people expect a black artist to do. With her latest sophomore installation, Blackheart, she has created a cultural movement that fades herself away from the mainstream popularity that she was once part of.
In 2011, after the departure from Bad Boy Records, Dawn went independent and develop her own solo career. It was never a clue to the public if she was going to do a R&B album or not, but Dawn proved us wrong. In 2013, she released her first installment, Goldenheart. Though, this album didn't get much attention to the public, Dawn still maintain to perform and show the world that she was different what she originally came from.
Early this year, she released her second installment, Blackheart, which received more attention and began a musical movement. She performs at festivals, museums, and small music venues that her fans are able to interact with her more. In interviews, Dawn has made a valid point that she doesn't care about how much the music sells or how it performs on the charts. As long as the music is being recognized and that her fans are completely satisfied and understand her music, she will continued to show the mainstream world how much of a threat her talent is to touch.
For more information on Dawn Richard, visit her website at www.dawnrichardblog.com.
Watch her two latest videos below: "Calypso" and "Blow".
Indie Pop/R&B Singer Nevi Brandan
More than just known for his great looks, artistic visions, and style, Nevi Brandan is an artist in Atlanta that everyone needs to be listening to. Originally from, Mason, Tennessee, Nevi grow up with music and art, make him the artist that he is today. Learn about how his experience as a musician, his obsessive love from Brandy, and why he feels that R&B has not died.
Travon: What is the message behind your music that you want your audience and fans to hear?
Nevi: I don’t really have a message. Music to me should be very relative. When it comes straight from the heart it reaches the heart. My music will reach someone that is going through similar life experiences. So, I guess the message is that everyone goes through the same life experiences. We just deal with them differently - whether you’re going out to party or falling in love.
Travon: What makes you stand out the most out of every, other independently-known artist in the music scene of Atlanta?
Nevi: I try to be Nevi. I have inspiration but, as an artist, I do my own thing. That is what makes me stand out. I’m not afraid to take a risk and always looking for a way to reinvent myself.
Travon: I like the fact that you are your own “creator”. I like that fact that you know how you want your image to look like and that fashion is one of the artistic visuals that you have within your artistry. Have you always been a good dresser? Describe your style and why it sets you apart from other musicians in the industry.
Nevi: I would say that I grew up around very artistic people. I got teased a lot about the way I dressed. I grew up in Mason,Tennessee [Tipton County], everyone wears T-shirts and jeans. Fashion does not play an important role there. I have just always had a eye for fashion. Photography enhanced it. Studying trends and magazines really pushed me to be out the box. When I moved to Atlanta, I got to exercise what I teased about. Retail jobs also allowed me to be more hands on. Styling at work [and] pulling wardrobe for shoots - this reminded me how visual I was as a person and that it’s okay to be artistically different with fashion. A lot of artist in the industry don’t set trends. Most of them look like the last Pop or R&B artist. I like to set trends.
Travon: Growing up, what type of music, such as different genres and/or artists were you into and what artists influences your music today?
Nevi: Growing up, I listened to R&B. I did not know about love or heartbreak growing up. But, I know it made my soul feel warm. It was not something I really could escape from. I have a huge love for it. I am a huge Brandy fan. Back at home, folks [would] go, 'Why Brandy"? But, in Atlanta, they have nothing but love for [Brandy]. I started singing because of her. She is my biggest musical influence. Brandy helped me escape. She taught me that it was okay to just be you. She is the reason I fell in love with R&B. Her passion for music sustained my love for it. Hearing her story restored my confidence and self-esteem growing up. She plays a big role in why I’m so confident, outgoing and headstrong.
Travon: What’s your favorite part about being a solo artist?
Nevi: I get this question a lot. I can say being a solo artist for me is therapeutic. In groups, you are not allowed to divulge yourself. It’s mainly about compromise. Solo allows you to express who you are. It also allows you to grow as an artist.
Travon: If you could choose one record label to sign with in the future, who would it be and why?
Nevi: Colombia! They give artists a chance to take risk. Their artists have longevity within the music industry. They create icons.
Travon: Alongside music, what other interests do you have on the day-to-day basics?
Nevi: Well, that's really all I do. It's [music that I am] always involved [in]. However, I’m very skilled in the arts. I sing, draw, I'm a photographer, I’d modeled, and I can design. So, if it artsy, I'm interested.
Travon: Describe to me what is the ‘Nevi’ life like.
Nevi: I am a very optimistic person. I have to take RISK! People would define me as insane because my life looks very up and down. But, I'm very balanced. I also listen to my heart. I never doubt myself. The Nevi life is about always jumping and landing on my feet. If I happen to fall, I get back up.
Travon: Tell us about your new single ‘Moonlight’ and how the song came about.
Nevi: Moonlight is about a party life and one night stands. Something I am too familiar with. I am very sexual. Moonlight was written about four years ago. When I was ready, I recorded it. There was a debate with this song. But, I decided to release it.
Travon: FKA Twigs said to ‘The Fader’ magazine that the genre ‘alternative R&B’ should die, considering that the music industry indicates that if you are “black”, on an independent route and have hints of pop and/or electronica influences within your music that you are entitled to be known as an ‘alternative R&B’ artist. Other artists such as The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Banks, Solange, and Kelela have all been indicated as this category in music. Though, you are a pop singer, what is your intake on this statement that FKA Twigs mentioned?
Nevi: R&B can never die in my opinion. It’s a force of sound that gets you through a break up [and] a long day. It puts you in the mood and calms you. You are able to express yourself. Everyone is so hooked on the partying nowadays. It's not that R&B is dead, it's very much alive. People are just not buying music anymore. This happens in the black community often. You have people on corners, in stores with an album or a mix tape. Every song is on the radio or they download it for free. Sales start to drop then labels start to fear signing R&B artists and the numbers slowly fade. This makes artists [transform into] pop or Alternative. Just to hold on to what they fell in love with. So, I say if you want the genre to last, buy the music. Support artists.
Travon: What makes you inspired by ‘Pop’ music the most versus other genres?
Nevi: Pop is my lane. It is what comes natural to me. Took me a long time to except that. I can sing anything but, it always makes me feel amazing. I also love to see people's reaction when they hear my music - whether upbeat or a ballad.
Travon: What is your biggest fear in life?
Nevi: My biggest fears were conquered when I realized that being fearful would stop me from growth. No fears here.
Travon: Congratulations on making the #1 spot on the Reverbnation charts. I am sure that you are extremely proud of this accomplishment.
Nevi: Thank you!
Travon: How would you describe your personality, characteristics, and interest? Would you say you’re normal or would you say you’re artistically different?
Nevi: I always hear how humble I am. But I'm just very quiet and very cautious. I used to stay shy. Far from it now, I’m cautious. I have to observe everything and everyone. When I'm comfortable I began to reveal. I'm a goofy and loving person that would give my last. I thank my family for that. So, I guess you can say it’s all I know. I think I'm normal but, clearly I am artistically different. That is something I’m proud of and will never change.
Travon: Are you working on any new projects? Please share with us.
Nevi: I am [smiles gracefully]. There will be a music video for 'Moonlight', followed by more. As for the other news, you’ll have to just wait and see.
For more information on Nevi, check out his IG page @nevibrandan. You can also check out his Soundcloud profile @ soundcloud.com/nevibrandan and his Reverbnation page @ reverbnation/nevibrandan.
LISTEN to his new single 'Moonlight', below.