Chron - Beyoncé and Jay-Z have officially deemed their New Orleans home replaceable. The 13,300 square-foot historic mansion known as La Casa de Castille linked to the couple is on the real estate market for $4.45 million. But all does not seem right in the former church-turned-ballet-school-turned-mansion.
The home's Zillow listing directs viewers to a broken or nonexistent website. Images of La Casa de Castille are completely blurred out on Google Maps. The phone number of the supposed owner is actually registered to a Mississippi-based immigration attorney. And the photos included in the home's Zillow listing are apparently from 2015 when the house was last sold, according to real estate site Dirt.
But this makes sense given that the house was damaged in a possible arson attempt in July that burned for two hours and required 22 firefighters to extinguish, according to NOLA.com.
So why is a presumably damaged mansion worth $4.45 million just a week after it was initially listed for $3.5 million?
Zillow's description for the 1920s home may show clues. La Casa de Castille has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, high ceilings, a main residence with three 1,000 square-foot apartments, "all kinds of nooks and crannies to hide with a book" and a rooftop garden. The sellers have also offered to paint the house to any color the buyer chooses before the deal closes.
Well this will dispel all those Jay-z and Beyonce Illuminati rumors.
This old Mansion that almost burned down but firefighters went crazy trying to put out, listed at 7 beds, 8 baths, 13,292 Square Feet yet only showing 3 or 4 beds, and 2 bathrooms because of all the secret passages accessible via bookshelf just like in the movies
Blurred out on google Earth?
Sounds like your normal listing right?
Even listed on Zillow for all of Beyonce's soccer mom friends to look up, screenshot, and send around their gossip chat threads (the one's she's not on) to talk shit behind her back.
And in New Orleans? Ground Zero of the occult in America to boot.
If you have no clue wtf I'm talking about with Jay-Z, Beyonce, and the Illuminati, read a book for me one time.
Did you ever wonder how a guy went from slinging crack in the Marcy Projects to the first billionaire hip-hop artist in a mere 25 years timespan? Sure you can believe it was from Ace of Spades but to that I would ask you, who's being naive Kay?
Jigga man has been flaunting the symbols in our face from the second his ascension began.
For those asking what the fuck is the Illuminati here's the cliffs notes-
source - The group was formed in 1776 by a young Bavarian professor named Adam Weishaupt. Historian John Roberts described Weishaupt as equal parts lofty idealist and petty narcissist. On one hand, Weishaupt really did want to bring about a less religious, more egalitarian, rational society. On the other, he also really wanted to be head honcho of a spooky secret boy’s club. His Illuminati was designed to scratch both itches. He developed a convoluted hierarchy for his Order, gave recruits codenames (taking Spartacus for himself), and had them infiltrate local branches of the Freemasons and pick off their members.
Over nine years, the Illuminati grew to a few hundred members. But Weishaupt’s personality rubbed some members the wrong way, and they spilled the beans. Rumors about the secret society spread, getting embellished along the way into ever more sordid allegations. By the mid-1780s it had caught the attention of the Bavarian government, which put an end to Weishaupt’s fun by banning Illuminati activity under penalty of death. Weishaupt fled and gave up the secret shenanigans; there’s no evidence that he or anyone else tried to keep the organization going.
That likely would have been the last anyone heard of the Illuminati, if not for the French Revolution, which kicked off a few years later. Searching for an explanation for the unprecedented social upheavals taking place around them, some European authors suggested the Illuminati was pulling the strings. Sensational theories spread around Europe and America alleging that the Illuminati was still operating in secret, more powerful than ever, and that it aimed to overthrow all the governments of Europe.
How did the Illuminati go from orchestrating revolutions to promoting pop stars? The panic of the late 18th century died down quickly. For almost 200 years, the Illuminati took a back seat in conspiracists’ imaginations to other groups like Freemasons, Jews, Catholics, communists, business tycoons, and government bureaucrats.
Until it was revived by mid-’90s hip-hop.
If you want to watch a CRAZY doc on just how prevalent Illuminati speech, symbolism, and references are in hip hop music, watch this. These guys cover every single instance pretty much from AZ, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Goodie Mob, Canibus, Ras Kass, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Dr. Dre up to today's biggest "members" Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Drake.
If you think it's all just a wacky conspiracy theory, several artists themselves have gone on the record to acknowledge the situation.
So yah, it's a real thing.
Jay-z's massive success, the conspiracists theorized, couldn’t have been earned through talent, hard work, or luck. He must have sold his soul to the Illuminati. Like Pres.
One of the first and most vocal proponents of this theory was none other than the late, great, Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
Jay had sampled Prodigy’s line about the Illuminati on “D’Evils” from his 1996 debut album.
But by 2008, Prodigy was convinced. In a letter penned from prison, he accused Jay Z himself of being a puppet—wittingly or unwittingly—of the Illuminati, writing “J.Z. conceals the truth from the black community and the world and promotes the lifestyle of the beast instead.”
The accusations spread far and wide, first to Kanye West and Rihanna when they appeared in the video for “Run This Town” with Jay—which had a distinctly spooky secret-society vibe, to be fair—
(If you wanna watch some real fucked up symbolic shit, watch this video)
Aside from all the weird shit going on in here, he's pictured wearing a sweatshirt with the phrase "do what thou wilt" printed across the chest.
Why does that phrase have very deep roots in modern occult culture? Because the full expression is "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." THE key maxim of the British occultist Aleister Crowley.
Who is Aleister Crowley?
The Michael Jordan of Satanism.
and then to Nas, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nikki Minaj, and virtually every major hip-hop figure. The rumors have transcended genre—Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Justin Bieber are all alleged to be card-carrying members of the Illuminati.
Another fucked up one is the video for Jay-Z's 2009 single “On to the Next One”
This is another masterpiece of symbolism. Jay Z stands in the center of the frame, haloed by a circle of dim lights behind him. Throughout the video, frame after frame of flashing images, is a well-dressed man in skull-like makeup reminiscent of the Joker; a white-gowned ninja battling the air with batons; a jewel-studded skull; smoke swirling into Rorschach test patterns; a crucifix; thick red lips dripping blood; and goat skulls with massive horns.
This is Baphomet, believed by some to be the hidden god of the Freemasons revealed during the 33rd degree ritual, who paves the way for the initiate to become part of an even greater fraternity known as the Illuminati. Jay Z raps that he is in control of his own destiny but, studied from another angle, he might be merely a pawn in a sinister game of control.
I just wanted to listen to Hova ride a sick Swizz beat. Not be exposed to the anti-Christ.
So where does Jay'z queen B fit into this whole thing?
Glad you asked.
Rolling Stone produced a whole diversion video "explaining"
Believe it or not, but the one person perhaps most outspoken and on point with all this shit is Kanye.
Kanye addressed the Illuminati's control in hip hop theory in an interview with Paper magazine.
“If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies—not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world. I’m tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That’s ridiculous. We don’t run anything; we’re celebrities. We’re the face of brands. We have to compromise what we say in lyrics so we don’t lose money on a contract.”
I'm getting freaked out just writing about this stuff and don't want it with ANY of these people so I'm going to end there.
Maybe Chief and I will do a deep dive on Free Swim in a few weeks if people are interested in more.
Thanks for reading, here's everything new that happened in music the past two weeks
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On this weeks “On The Guest List” Robbie Fox, Colin, and I broke down one of our favorite albums ever, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory”
- Ed Sheeran dropped his new album.https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0uFhZpiffd4h8fcBgw42i1?referral=labelaffiliate&utm_source=1100liwAjHs7&utm_medium=Warner_Atlantic_UK&utm_campaign=labelaffiliatehttps://music.apple.com/album/1581087024?at=1l3vpUI&lId=23654165&cId=none&sr=2&src=Linkfire&itscg=30440&itsct=catchall_p2&app=music&ct=LFV_2a5add4fb58a739c41f2afd6334ccc05&ls=1
“‘=’ (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
Multiple-GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter ED SHEERAN has released his much anticipated new album ‘=’ today via Atlantic Records. (DOWNLOAD/STREAM HERE).
On the heels of the arrival of ‘=,’ Sheeran is set to premiere the official music video for “Overpass Graffiti,” today at 9am EST. Written and produced by Sheeran, Johnny McDaid and Fred Gibson, “Overpass Graffiti’ is a heady, synth-rich ode to '80s pop. The official video - directed by previous collaborator, Jason Koenig (“Shape Of You” and “Perfect”) – explores the romanticism of living in the moment as we find Ed stranded in the desert, before he embarks on an adventure with a newfound set of friends who he meets after hitching a ride.
Sheeran is set to return to the famed Saturday Night Live stage on November 6th, marking his 3rd time serving as musical guest for the legendary show. Sheeran will be performing his hit singles “Bad Habits” and “Shivers,” both of which are simultaneously sitting in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The tracks were also featured in his recent NPR “Tiny Desk Concert,” streaming online now (WATCH HERE). On November 1st, Sheeran will wrap up a three-night stand as this season’s Mega-Mentor on The Voice.
- We have new music from ABBA!
Following what was one of the biggest and most anticipated comebacks in history last month, ABBA released the new single ‘Just A Notion’ last week.
‘Just A Notion’ is the third single from ABBA’s new studio album Voyage, which is out Friday November 5th on Capitol Records. The album, recorded at Benny’s studio Riksmixningsverket in Stockholm, includes the previously released singles ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’.
- Today, Sia announces Everyday is Christmas (Snowman Deluxe Edition) out November 5th via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic. The hit holiday album adds three new songs: “Pin Drop,” “Santa Visits Everyone” and “Snowman (Slowed Down and Snowed In Remix)”. The original “Snowman,” certified Gold by the RIAA, has become a holiday classic and even won the Bronze Clio for the music video. The remix, out today, is inspired by the TikTok trend which has garnered over 1 million videos to date.https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm_b_3MG3rA&feature=share
- In honor of the 15th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s iconic ‘Back to Black’ album, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe connects with Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi to discuss her continuing impact on their lives and the lives of millions. Salaam Remi, close friend and collaborator of Amy’s, explains that Amy had a humor that she carried with her throughout her career and private life, which is something he particularly misses about her. Mark Ronson displays the piece of scrap paper that Amy used to write “Back to Black,” while they were in the studio together, and discusses the major impact she had on him in the early days of his career. They both express that producing ‘Back to Black’ feels like just yesterday, but Amy’s tragic passing feels like long ago.
- DJ Snake has released his latest single “SG,” an all-star collaboration with Ozuna, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lisa of BLACKPINK.
- Neil Young and Crazy Horse have released the new single “Heading West” via Reprise Records.
Produced by Young and Niko Bolas as The Volume Dealers, the song is the latest taste of the songwriting icon and his band’s upcoming album BARN, which they recorded over the summer in a fully-restored 19th century cabin tucked deep in the Rocky Mountains. “Good old days, good old days/ Heading west to find the good old days/ Riding with mommy in her little car/ Sometimes it feels all right/ Livin’ in a western town/ Mommy got me my first guitar,” he croons on the chorus and bridge. .
- Just in time to ring in autumn, The War on Drugs return with their new album. I Don’t Live Here Anymore, the rock band’s first record in four years and fifth overall, arrives today via Atlantic.
- Acclaimed alternative-pop band The Marías has today unveiled their inaugural Spotify Singles recordings, including a maximalist, sped-up and beat-driven rework of the band’s downtempo single “Hush” (Side A) – lifted off their debut album Cinema + boasting over 10M Spotify streams to date – as well as a raw and haunting rendition of Bad Bunny’s futuristic reggaeton hit, “DAKITI” (Side B).
- Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have announced a new album, 4, and shared video for the lead single “The River Is Rising” ahead of the February 11th release date. The band has also unveiled dates for an early 2022 tour.
The song marks the first new music in three years from Slash and his band, and it doesn’t disappoint. There’s a definite metallic stomp to the track, which opens with a tremolo riff that would be at home in a black metal song.
- Emerging ART@WAR/Taylor Gang singer SK8 is back with his new song, “Pages,” a pop-punk rager and the fourth single from SK8 this year
- Sir Elton John has released his collaborative album The Lockdown Sessions.
- Lana Del Rey has unveiled her new studio album Blue Banisters via Interscope Records.
- Rise Against have announced the Nowhere Sessions live EP and shared the opening track “Talking to Ourselves.” The six-song EP arrives November 12th.
- James Blunt today releases the hilarious video for his uplifting new song ‘Unstoppable’ - taken from his forthcoming greatest hits album, 'The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)’ - out November 19th on Atlantic Records.
- Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Vance Joy has today released a cover of The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” arriving via Atlantic Records’ annual holiday compilation. Joy’s rendition of the English punk band’s 1987 Christmas classic was originally released to his YouTube channel last year, instantly becoming a fan favorite
- CHVRCHES have released a deluxe edition of their latest album Screen Violence via Glassnote Records.
Screen Violence: Director’s Cut features three new tracks “originally intended to be included on the release” of the original LP, the band revealed in a tweet ahead of the unveiling. They’re titled: “Killer,” “Bitter End,” and “Screaming.”
- RIAA certified singer/producer Sueco continues to break new musical ground with today’s premiere of a powerful new single, “Sober/Hungover (Feat. Arizona Zervas),”
- Today, fast-rising singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Amelia Moore makes her Capitol Records debut with “sweet and sour” — a bold new single built on her forward-thinking and emotionally transparent brand of alt-pop. Along with showcasing her magnetic vocal presence, “sweet and sour” reveals the raw charisma that’s already earned the 20-year-old Georgia native a devoted fanbase – including more than 50,000 followers on Spotify prior to the release of her first official single.
- Elvis Costello & The Imposters have announced a new album titled, The Boy Named If, out January 14th via EMI/Capitol Records. As the first preview, they’ve shared the first single, “Magnificent Hurt.”
- There’s no doubting the genius of The Beatles or just how expansive their catalog is, which explains why it’s a rite of passage for other bands to cover them. Joining that list today is Wilco, who just shared their own covers of “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Dig a Pony.”
- Fueled By Ramen is continuing its FBR25 25th anniversary celebration with a reissue of Cobra Starship’s newly RIAA Gold certified third album, HOT MESS, which will be joined by two “Tracks to the Future” – a pair of long lost songs from the band’s personal archive, including the previously unreleased “Beautiful Life,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Produced by Oh, Hush! (Weezer, Jason Derulo) and Seann Bowe (Wiz Khalifa, All That Remains, Ty Dolla $ign), the track is accompanied by an official music video premiering today via YouTube
- Alice Cooper co-hosted Rock Classics Radio with Jenn on Apple Music Hit for a Halloween special, including tracks from The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Who, who all had an impact on him growing up. He also talks about his current tour, that he’ll be cutting a new record in Nashville over Halloween, how he always wanted to be “the villain’ in rock and roll, and what he wants his tombstone to say.
- Keith Richards joined Strombo on Apple Music Hits to reflect on The Rolling Stones' album 'Tattoo You' that turned 40 earlier this year. He talks about the Super Deluxe re-issue, the loss of Charlie, their latest tour, his relationship with Mick, and the need for flexibility in life.
- Tim Heidecker has unveiled his new single “Dark Days.”
The track finds the comedian-turned-musician reflecting on life through the COVID-19 pandemic over country-leaning instrumentation. “Well the stores are all closed/ Everything good shut down/ So many people had to move out of town/ Some people are taking to praying/ But I ain’t there yet/ Hope is the last thing I hope to forget,” he sings before the chorus kicks in.
- Spoon will return in February 2022 with their first album in five years. Entitled Lucifer on the Sofa, the 10-track LP is described the band as their “purest rock ‘n’ roll record to date.” To accompany today’s announcement, Spoon has shared the first single, “The Hardest Cut.”
- Duran Duran have released their new album FUTURE PAST via Tape Modern/BMG.
- With the new Netflix Western The Harder They Fall cocked and loaded for next week, executive producer JAY-Z is dropping the official soundtrack today, October 29th. One of the early standouts is “Guns Go Bang,” which sees Hov shooting from his lyrical hip as Kid Cudi brings some literal bang to the hook.
“My guns go bang!” Cudi sings, “I can make the guns go bang!” For his part, JAY-Z promises death to whoever dares stand against him. “Bullet’s what your name’s drew,” he spits, “Cock back, aim, shoot.” Check it out below.
- GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum superstar Lil Uzi Vert is back with “Demon High” – which marks Uzi’s first solo track since last year’s chart-topping, RIAA platinum certified album, ETERNAL ATAKE
- Christmas has come early, Hotties! Megan Thee Stallion has dropped her new mixtape Something for Thee Hotties via 300 Entertainment.
On the 21-track project, Meg delivers multiple freestyles (“Tuned In Freestyle,” “Megan Monday Freestyle,” “Southside Forever Freestyle,” etc.) while peppering the tracklist with skits (“Trippy Skit” with Juicy J), interludes (“Tina Snow Interlude”), and certified bangers (the power couple name-dropping “Bae Goals”) from her archives.
- Aminé is back with “Charmander,” his first new music of 2021. To accompany the single, the rapper released a music video that he co-directed with frequent collaborator Jack Begert.
- Acclaimed modern R&B sensation Pink Sweat$ has shared the first single from his much anticipated new project, PINK MOON. “Nothing Feels Better”
- Though they previously collaborated together on past fan favorite’s Cigarette Boats, The Stage, The Marina & The OutRunners (and its companion piece The Directors Cut) Curren$y and Harry Fraud have reunited once again to cap off what has been very prolific and tremendous years for both artists with their new collaborative project Regatta.
- There is no question Vado’s talent is respected. From his early aughts(ish) mixtape run with Cam’ron and the U.N. Crew, highlighted by mixtape staples like Slime Flu and Boss Of All Bosses and their collaborative album Gunz n’ Butta, all of which were released under the Diplomat Records umbrella, to eventually signing with Interscope and later Cash Money Records/We The Best Music.
After recently taking center stage at the DJ Kay Slay hosted New World Order III rap event in Atlanta, where he battled Saigon, Vado will return with a new installment of his Long Run series, Long Run Vol. 2, which will be released on 12-10-21. Vado shared the project’s first single, “Respect The Jux,” featuring Lloyd Banks and Dave East with Complex.
- After reeling in tens of millions of streams and earning acclaim from American Songwriter, FLAUNT Magazine, and more, rising Camden, New Jersey, R&B/hip-hop artist 3Breezy unveils a new single and music video entitled “Can’t FWU,” out now on Capitol Records.
- A long-time affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan, Remedy first appeared on, Wu-Tang Killa Bees: The Swarm, album. While the project went Gold and experienced great success, his contribution, “Never Again,” remains a high-water mark from the album. “Never Again” is a Holocaust education in four minutes, and it has been added to high-school and college curriculums. The verses were personal, inspired by the murdered and the survivors, including members of Remedy’s family. He presented more truth than most college textbooks and made a song that reached millions, moving many of them to tears.
- A$AP Rocky has unveiled the new song “Sandman.” The track appears as a bonus cut on the new digital edition of his 2011 breakout mixtape Live. Love. A$AP,
- Baby Keem joined Ebro Darden in-studio on Rap Life Radio on Apple Music 1 to dissect his smash hit debut album, ’The Melodic Blue’. He tells Apple Music about being self taught and discusses various songs on the album, including “family ties” and “range brothers” with Kendrick Lamar, “south africa”, and adding “hooligan” and “no sense” to the deluxe version of the album. He also dives into how his unique upbringing and influence of friends like Kendrick Lamar, Don Toliver, and Lil Uzi Vert are all pillars of his recent hits.
- Livin It Up By Young Thug (with Post Malone & A$AP Rocky)
Livin It Up By Young Thug (with Post Malone & A$AP Rocky) off Young Thug's new Album Punk is the combination we never knew we needed, and we need more of as soon as possible. Within the first twenty seconds of this song, you know you are being blessed with an absolute classic. The ever-amazing vocals from Post Malone paired with the smooth lyrics of Young Thug and A$AP Rocky blend for one of the best things your ears have ever seen. This is something new from Young Thug that we have not heard before, so before you listen to this song, drop all expectations you have about Young Thug and get ready to hear something new. We know you will all love this one. I can personally guarantee it.
- Megan Thee Stallion joined Zane Lowe on New Music Daily on Apple Music 1 to discuss her brand new mixtape ’Something For Thee Hotties’. She tells Apple Music about how the project came together and that it’s a holiday gift for her fans and reveals that a new album is coming next year. She also discusses songs on the project, collaborators, wanting to work across genres, why she’s proud she graduated college, dealing with the pressures of social media, and more.
- Cypress Hill are gearing up to release their as-yet-unnamed tenth studio album at the top of 2022, but the hip-hop legends couldn’t close out 2021 without another preview for patient fans: Today, they’ve shared the groovy new single “Open Ya Mind.”
- We've got new music from Afrojack, who teamed up on "To The Floor" with Miami-based duo - Black V Neck.
It just dropped on Saudi label MDLBEAST Records, and I wanted to see if you'd be interested in supporting it on Barstool Sports. While Afrojack needs no introduction, Black V Neck's previous tracks were released by Nervous, DIRTYBIRD, Defected, Night Bass, and more. The duo also remixed the likes of Tommy Trash, David Guetta, John Summit, to name a few. For MDLBEAST it's the next big release after Steve Aoki's "Aurora," and earlier from Salvatore Ganacci, Butch, R3HAB, among others, getting closer to the release of the label's first album.
- 2x GRAMMY® Award-winning DJ/producer/songwriter David Guetta is back with a star-studded new single, “Family (Feat. Bebe Rexha, Ty Dolla $ign, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)”
- GRAMMY-nominated producer and dance artist Alesso and Marshmello share the stripped version of their recent single “Chasing Stars” (a much-buzzed-about collaboration featuring GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter/guitarist James Bay). Released via 10:22PM/Astralwerks
- RÜFÜS DU SOL have returned with their fourth studio album, Surrender.
- In Summer 2022, Swedish House Mafia will embark on their first tour in a decade.
The 46-date jaunt kicks off in April with an appearance at Coachella. The tour really gets into motion starting in late July as the Swedish electronic trio plays arenas shows across the US and Canada through the middle of September. Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso will then embark on a UK/European leg.
In anticipation, they’ve shared a new single, “Moth to Flame,” featuring The Weeknd.
- As with all of the live music industry, the last 18 months have seen a halt in live touring for Brisbane-based, touring DJs Mashd N Kutcher. In their career so far they’ve already achieved 2 platinum records, 3 Aria Certified Gold Records and have played over 1000 live shows. Now as the tides turn and the world seems to reopen, the duo is unleashing their massive new hit, ‘On My Mind’.
- Following “See You In Tears” with Illira and most recently the dance floor banger “Touch”, the multi-talented Amber Van Day is back with her new single “Uh Oh” and presents the finest upbeat pop sounds. With "Uh Oh," Amber Van Day shows once again her talent for irresistible pop anthems with power, melody and edgy beats.
- Chart-topping, genre-bending artist Oliver Tree has recruited GRAMMY award winning trio Clean Bandit for a new remix of his viral hit “Life Goes On”
- Multi-BRIT Award nominated, RIAA Platinum-certified DJ/producer Joel Corry is back with new single, ‘I Wish’ – a first ever collaboration with powerhouse pop star, Mabel
Our Viceroy from Indiana helped send in some of his picks for new EDM heaters -
- Guilty Conscience (Tame Impala Remix) by 070 Shake & Tame Impala
The weather is changing down here in Bloomington, Indiana, and so is my music taste we hope you will feel the same. As we move away from the dance hits and club bangers that dominated the summer, we move into that fall alternative music. Slow things down a little, grab some friends, and enjoy the time we have outside until we descend into the winter, gross right?. Guilty Conscience by 070 Shake & Tame Impala is the embodiment of the changing seasons for us. This song is the perfect vibe for staying in on a Friday night with some close friends. It is the ideal song for background music or blasting it as loud as you can and just letting the music take over. This is one of those songs you just can't seem to get out of your head after that first listen. These alternative remixes have a special place in my heart, and I always know how to make any mood instantly better. My rating is 8.4/10 a certified slapper
-Tokyo Drifting by Glass Animals & Denzel Curry
Something about these alternative songs with a twist on them: keeping on with the same theme as Guilt Conscience, we give you Tokyo Drifting by Glass Animals & Denzel Curry. Slightly more upbeat than our last song, but nonetheless, it gives off those same vibes. I like to listen to this one while driving to the gym; it is a great song to get the day going. The singing from Glass Animals combined with the rapping from Denzel Curry creates something unique that we haven't seen replicated in a way that works so well. The slightly upbeat EDM style beat in the background combines for that perfect fall-sounding pump-up song. Give this one a listen on the way to your next workout or during your next workout; it will not disappoint. My rating is 7.9/10, a certified slapper
- Pink Skies (Demo) by Wiley From Atlanta
Back to slowing things down. Pink Skies by Wiley From Atlanta gives off those same feelings you will get from listening to Guilty Conscience. Pink Skies is slightly a throwback from 2018 but hits the same in 2021 as it did when I first heard it back in the day. Wiley from Atlanta has an unforgettable voice; something about it sticks with you. His voice is soothing yet cuts through simultaneously, which works perfectly for this type of music. Something about the songs I picked today just makes me picture friends coming together on a night in, and this song embodies that idea perfectly. I know I already said that about Guilty Conscience, but I want to hammer the point home because I believe this is the type of music everyone needs in their life from time to time. Something slower that allows you to be in the moment with the people you love. My rating 6.8/10
- Triple Double by Jean Dawson & A$AP Rocky
Triple Double by Jean Dawson & A$AP Rocky is the combination we never expected to hear but are incredibly happy it happened. You know those songs you hear, and you feel like they belong in a movie; well, this is one of those. Listening to this while on a drive will instantly transport you to that feeling. I hate that I am even saying this, but you feel like you are the main character when you listen to this song. It is another of those alternative hits combined with a rapper that everyone knows and loves, A$AP Rocky. Side note do not forget to check out Live Love A$AP, which is now streaming on all platforms ten years after its initial release. Get in the car, throw this song on, and let me know how you feel because I love this one, and I know you will too. My rating 6.5/10
- Sleeping Alone by Higgo & Poppy Baskcomb
Sleeping Alone by Higgo & Poppy Baskcomb is an absolute bop. Every week we try to have at least one dance track to keep things exciting, and this week's dance track most defiantly does not disappoint. The vocals of this track, paired with the beat, make something your body will move to no matter your mood. Every time I listen to this track, all I can picture is the movie We Are Your Friends, one of my favorite movies of all time; let me add that. If you are DJ'ing or just running the aux cord at your next party, keep this one in your back pocket when the night gets going, trust us. Our rating 6.9/10
- Something About You by Hayden James
Something about You by Hayden James is personally one of my all-time favorite tracks. There are so many remixes of this track out there, and many of them are fantastic, but for me, nothing hits quite like the original. This was one of those songs for me. I heard it, and I knew within the first 5 seconds I was going to love it. There is something about this song that sits right with me. Its vibey beat is just something that allows me to step out of my head and enjoy being in the moment to enjoy the people I am with and the place I am at. Give it a listen, and let us know what you think. My rating 9.2/10, a certified hit
- Better (RAC Mix)
Do you want to start your Friday with some feel-good music? This is the one for you. Better (RAC Mix) is a nice change of pace compared to most of the music we have discussed the last few weeks. It is a change of pace in the best way possible. The mix of the electronic vibes and the alternative mix give us one of those classic feel-good songs we all know and love. The song may come off slightly repetitive but give it a chance before you count it out. Better is one of those songs that the situation you are in will significantly affect how you feel about the song. You know what I'm talking about. One of those songs you might think is average if you hear it in passing, but when I first listened to this one, I was taking a drive through my college town with some friends, just having a good time. So my recommendation to you is to put yourself somewhere you are happy to play this song and enjoy. My rating 6.3/10
- Chase Rice tried to make the most out of the abundance of free time he found himself with during the COVID-19 pandemic. As he filled his time with writing, the singer says he went down a path of self-reflection and evaluation that, in turn, delivered him to a more vulnerable place then he's used to.
These emotions shine though in Rice's his latest single, "If I Were Rock & Roll." The reflective, yet feel-good, song finds the singer recounting the people he's met, things he's seen and experiences that have led him to where he is today. Listeners will hear Rice shout out NASCAR legends, football teams and the armed forces.
(Chase also announced he's opening his first bar with Forward Hospitality Group in Cleveland's East Bank of the Flats.)
- Kelly Clarkson and Chris Stapleton have teamed up for a brand-new Christmas song, “Glow." The stunning, ebullient tune spotlights the powerhouse vocalists’ strong deliveries and complementary harmonies.
- Dierks Bentley, Hardy and Breland bring their promise of free booze in the music video for their collaborative single, “Beers on Me.”
- Keb' Mo' and Darius Rucker go back to their roots with "Good Strong Woman," a new single with an accompanying music video out now.
The song reflects on the importance of finding meaningful, steady relationships, with a heavy emphasis on family. Rucker features as a vocalist, and the lighthearted music video shows the two artists enjoying some quality time together in the studio while recording.
- Chris Stapleton and Rage Against the Machine frontman Tom Morello have joined forces for a roots-rock epic, "The War Inside." A sunset-tinged, animated music video, which follows a couple driving backward in time across a disaster-ravaged American landscape, accompanies the song.
- The late Glen Campbell's final song finds new life on Elton John's new album, The Lockdown Sessions. Hear the new, collaborative version of "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
- Brandi Carlile joins Elton John to celebrate the "Simple Things" in a new collaboration. The song features the two in jubilant, knowledge-dispensing harmony over a jaunty, piano-driven melody.
"Simple things / Hard to learn / Fire's hot / Burn, burn, burn," goes the song's chorus. "Simple truths / Hard to see / Not what you want, but what you need."
John co-wrote "Simple Things," produced by Andrew Watt, with Roman Campolo and Andrew Wotman. Carlile's bandmates, twins Phil and Tim Hanseroth, as well as Derek Trucks play on the song, too.
- Lee Brice's new single "Soul" isn't a reinvention. It might even amount to a simple vacation from the more urgent, emotional style he's made his signature for a decade — but everyone needs a vacation.
The singer has tilted left before with great success. "A Woman Like You" was a lighter vocal for him, and it became his first No. 1 hit — the first of three straight. "Drinking Class" was a Springsteen-esque stomper that elevated his live show. With "Soul," he recalls Sam Hunt's light and mellifluous patter, but adds his own old school stamp with a Motown-esque group of backing singers.
This track bounces along to a sweet melody and sexy sentiment — any description may be a lot of wasted words, because the only thing that's going to determine how you feel about it comes at the end of the pre-chorus.
- Zac Brown Band deliver some much-needed feel-good energy in the music video for the title track of their just-released new album, The Comeback.
- In his new music video for "Heart on Fire," Eric Church travels back in time for a journey through his own impressive career.
Directed by Reid Long, the clip shows Church inserting a VHS tape labeled "2006-2019," which then flashes a warning that reads: "DO NOT MANIPULATE COPYRIGHTED MUSIC VIDEOS."
As the video progresses, fans can see that those words were a cheeky nod to the 'deep fake' technology used to edit Church's previous music videos, including those for “Two Pink Lines,” “Mr. Misunderstood” and “Springsteen.”
- Miranda Lambert is longing for life in the wild West in her new single, "If I Was a Cowboy." The country star dropped the track on Friday (Oct. 15), proclaiming, "If I was a cowboy, I'd be the queen."
- Apple Music today announced Texas singer/songwriter, and one of my current favorite artists right now, Parker McCollum as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music's monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.
Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015's The Limestone Kid. The album track "Meet You in The Middle" became a hit on Texas' regional radio chart, but it was the album's widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Bridging the gap between Texas' homegrown music scene and Nashville's country-industry headquarters, Parker’s songwriting earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville in May 2018 and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in June 2019. In 2020, Parker released Hollywood Gold, the highest-selling debut country EP of 2020, which includes debut No.1 hit single “Pretty Heart,” and was certified Platinum, as well as playlisted across Apple Music top tier playlists, Today’s Country, and Don’t Mess With Texas. Parker followed with his 2021 major label debut, Gold Chain Cowboy, which was the top Country album in 17 countries on Apple Music, including the US, since its release. Earlier this summer, Parker played his first sold-out show at the Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion to a crowd of 20K fans and this fall he played the famed Woodlands (The Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion) in Woodlands, TX, to a sold out crowd which broke attendance records for the venue.
“All I ever wanted was a real shot in country music. To be an Apple Music Up Next artist is an incredible honor and it means so much to me to have a platform like Apple believe in me,” says Parker McCollum. "I always try to keep my head down and earn every little thing so to have this spotlight for a little while is nice. I do not take it for granted. Now back to work. Mad love.”
Here's my "New New" playlist