Electro-pop singer Kelly Sweet, a Kings favorite, recorded a remake of the Phil Collins song “In the Air Tonight“, which is featured in the promos for a new J.J. Abrams-produced NBC TV show called “Believe”. She also hit #5 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart. In other news Kelly has also been doing top-line co-writing and featured vocals on tracks for a handful of buzzworthy EDM acts, including Dash Berlin (DJ Magazine’s “#10 biggest DJ in the world”), Punk Party, Kevin Wild, Michael Badal, and others.
Skyllas is a brand new artist and project fronted and lead by Alex Hansson. He worked with songwriter-producer Mats Valentin (Carpark North, Kelly Clarkson) on the recent material, aiming to finish a full album. You can find him performing around the venues in Stockholm. Check out the lead off song “Heartbeats“.
Buzz Track: Cinnamon (Featuring Rachel Lampa)
Kenny Hass has become a Kings favorite. He released a new EP “Hey Girl”, with songs co-written and produced by Dean Sams of Lonestar and Megan Conner. Hass falls along the line of Ed Sheeran and John Mayer and he can found performing at various venues in Chicago. His track “Cinnamon” features Rachael Lampa while his song Butterfly features Jessica Harp of the Wreckers.
Buzz Track: Point Blank
The Vim Dicta, a kings favorite will perform the Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles) this coming Thursday, March 27 at 10pm. The band is making noise, becoming media darlings with their indie signature sound. The trio have released 2 EPs and 2 digital singles helmed by producer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Fiona Apple, Keith Richards). Their song “Your Man” was featured on the Season 5 Premier of “Sons of Anarchy”. Check out their full Kings profile here.
Kings favorite Beth Spangler has released a new single Bigger Than Love. She just made the “popular artist list” on MTV and is currently recording her project in Atlanta with production team MATRAX (R. Kelly) and producer Chris “Deep” Henderson (“Blame It” – Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain). She captured the eyes and ears of songwriters and producers after building a name for herself through a vocal competition and she peaked at #12 on MTV’s popular artist list.
Check out her full Kings of A&R profile.
The recording industry is making more money from fan-made mashups, lip-syncs and tributes on YouTube than from official music videos.
“It’s a massive growth area. We’re very excited about the creativity of consumers using our repertoire and creating their own versions of our videos,” said Francis Keeling, the global head of digital business for Universal Music Group.
For example, a video of American comedian Steve Kardynal wearing a bikini and lip-synching Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” for unsuspecting viewers on Chatroulette racked up more than 14 million views, which earned ad dollars for the record label behind Jepsen’s hit single.
User-generated content, which includes mashups and fan-made music videos, are actually generating more money for record labels than the official music videos posted by record labels, Keeling said.
“A lot of that is due to consumers putting more and more repertoire and new versions up there, but also it’s YouTube getting better at advertising,” he said. (The Star)
Brother-sister, singer-songwriter duo The Native Sibling from Santa Cruz are building an organic following. Their new EP was just featured as “New and Noteworthy” on iTunes and Noisetrade.com. The song “Carry You” is also an “Editor’s Choice” at iTunes. Their latest release which will be released this spring was produced by Daniel Mendez (Noah Gundersen, Dashboard Confessional, Heart). For fans of The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart, and Noah Gundersen. Check out the track Carry You.