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Jeff Bhasker: Best known for his award-winning work with alternative group fun. on their smash breakthrough Some Nights – which netted him the Grammy for Song of the Year for “We Are Young” – Bhasker is credited as the executive producer on Styles’ album.

The frequent Kanye West collaborator, who has more Academy hardware on his shelf thanks to his Best Rap Song wins for Ye’s “All of the Lights” and the Jay Z/Rihanna/West tune “Run This Town,” has also written and produced tracks and albums for Alicia Keys, Goapele, Robin Thicke, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson. He took home yet more Grammy gold in 2016 as one of the producers on the Record of the Year winning Ronson smash “Uptown Funk.”

Bhasker also released Born on the Fourth of July, a bold, experimental solo concept album under the name Billy Kraven, in 2013.

Alex Salibian: Salibian is part of Bhasker’s production crew. He provided guitar, piano and backing vocals for Young the Giant’s 2016 album Home of the Strange, and (along with Bhasker) co-produced the record. He has also lent a production/engineering and musical hand on songs by Cam, Mikky Ekko and Elle King and is credited as a co-writer and co-producer on Styles’ “Sign of the Times.”

Tyler Johnson: Another frequent Bhasker associate, Johnson was also part of the team behind the 2012 Bhasker-produced Pink hit “Just Give Me a Reason” (he engineered it), as well as providing sampling advice on fun.’s Some Nights, and producing and engineering songs for All American Rejects, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran and Mikky Ekko. He also lent songwriting expertise to songs by Miley Cyrus, SonReal and John Legend on the singer’s 2016 Darkness and Light album.Johnson has also dabbled in the country world, helping write Cam’s breakthrough single “Burning House” and its follow-up, “Mayday” (in addition to playing guitar, keyboards and programming the drums), as well as co-writing and co-producing Keith Urban’s “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” from the star’s Ripcord album.

Kid Harpoon: The English singer/songwriter born Thomas Hull released the critically acclaimed folk-punk single “The River, the Ocean, The Pearl” in 2006, followed by a pair of EPs and his full-length debut, Young Turks, in 2009. He’s since co-written songs for Florence + the Machine (“Shake it out,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Leave My Body” from Ceremonials), collaborated with Florence and Calvin Harris on Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” single, and co-wrote and co-produced a handful of songs for Jessie Ware’s 2012 debut, Devotion.

Hull also has production and writing credits on tracks by Mayer Hawthorne, Haim (“Days are Gone”), Shakira (“Can’t Remember to Forget You”), Christina Perri (“Burning Gold”), Shawn Mendes (“Roses”) and Skrillex (“Fire Away”). - Billboard

Harry Styles pulled back the curtain just a bit on his new album on Thursday (Apr. 13) with the news that the self-titled, 10-song solo debut will drop on May 12. And while the announcement still leaves plenty of questions – why is Harry face-down and shirtless in a pool of pink water on the cover? Who helped him write the songs? – one thing we do know is which producers helped the former One Direction star craft the tunes.

Styles has already served notice that he’s willing to go a bit off the beaten path for his solo bow, starting with the Bowie-meets-Pink-Floyd, Coldplay-meets-Eric-Carmen sound of the first single, “Sign of the Times.” But his choice of producers is also a signal that he’s not content to play by the rules. A look at Harry’s collaborators:

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MONSTA X Scores First No. 1 on World Albums Chart With 'Beautiful' LP

Monsta X marks the top spot by sending their first full-length album and its lead single to new heights on multiple Billboard charts this week.

The hip-hop-focused boy band see their The Clan, Pt. 2.5 [Beautiful] full-length debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. With more than 1,000 copies sold, Beautiful marks the band’s best sales week in America to date.

Since last year, the group has been on a steady rise up the charts. Previously, the group had sent two iterations of their Clan releases to World Albums including the Part 1 (Lost) EP (which peaked at No. 5) and their Part 2 Guilty EP (No. 3).

Monsta X also makes their first appearance in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, which sees many less K-pop acts. Beautiful debuts at the No. 10 slot on the chart marking only the third K-pop album to make the Top 10 after NCT 127’s Limitless (No. 4) and GOT7’s Flight Log: Arrival (No. 3). The septet’s first appearance on the ranking was with The Clan 2.5 Pt. 2 Guilty EP that debuted at No. 16.

Furthermore, Monsta X’s new title track “Beautiful” debuts at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. The powerful, electronic/hip-hop cut marks the band’s best showing on this tally too.

Yoooo its so crazy how time flew my last release of music was in 2013!!??

This year ill be dropping a beat tape as well as my full length debut album. I feel very blessed and very excited and kinda nervous for the world to hear the music I have been obsessing over the past few years. 

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MONSTA X marks the top spot by sending their first full-length album and its lead single to new heights on multiple Billboard charts this week.

The hip-hop-focused boy band see their The Clan, Pt. 2.5 [Beautiful] full-length debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. With more than 1,000 copies sold, Beautiful marks the band’s best sales week in America to date.

Since last year, the group has been on a steady rise up the charts. Previously, the group had sent two iterations of their The Clan releases to World Albums including the Part. 1 (Lost) EP (which peaked at No. 5) and their Part. 2 Guilty EP (No. 3).

MONSTA X also makes their first appearance in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, which sees many less K-pop acts. ‘Beautiful’ debuts at the No. 10 slot on the chart marking only the third K-pop album to make the Top 10 after NCT 127′s Limitless (No. 4) and GOT7′s Flight Log: Arrival (No. 3). The septet’s first appearance on the ranking was with The Clan 2.5 Pt. 2 Guilty EP that debuted at No. 16.

MONSTA X reigns supreme over a competitive week filled with loads of new debuts. The group’s new title track ‘Beautiful’ also debuts at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. The powerful, electronic/hip-hop cut marks the band’s best showing on this tally too.

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On this day in music history: May 1, 1984 - “Close (To The Edit)” by The Art Of Noise is released (UK release date is in October 1984). Written by Anne Dudley, Gary Langan, J.J. Jeczalik, Paul Morley and Trevor Horn , it is the second single release (third UK) for the avant-garde synth pop band from London, UK. Following the success of the EP “Into Battle With The Art Of Noise” and singles “Beat Box” and “Moments In Love”, the band return with the first taste of their full length debut album “Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise”. Also referred to as “Diversion Two”, “Close (To The Edit)” is a continuation of the original version of “Beat Box”, with its title being a word play on the title of the Yes album “Close To The Edge”. Recorded at Trevor Horn’s Sarm Studios in London in March of 1984, the track features sounds sampled using a Fairlight CMI sampling synthesizer, including the persisent samples of a Volkswagen Golf starting and stalling (belonging to Jeczalik’s neighbor). It also samples portions of Yes’ then recent single “Leave It” and “Close To The Edge”. Released six weeks ahead of the album, “Close (To The Edit)” is supported by a quirky and bizarre music video directed by Academy Award winning Polish filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczynski. The clip featuring a young girl dressed in semi punk gear and heavy make up, accompanied by three men destroying a grand piano and numerous other instruments in an abandoned railway station, receives significant airplay on MTV and other video channels. The videos striking use of jump cutting and other editing effects wins Rybczynski an MTV VMA award for Best Editing in 1985.  "Close (To The Edit)“ peaks at #4 on the Billboard Club Play chart, #23 on the R&B singles chart, and Bubbles Under the Hot 100 at #102.

anonymous asked:

Can u teach me how to tell bangtan boys (BTS) apart. I'm only new to kpop, so I hope I'm not offending anyone!

TO ANYONE READING THIS: THIS POST IS OUTDATED, I’VE MADE A NEWER ONE HERE!

Yes of course I can teach you!!! You’re not offending anyone, we’re all very happy to get new fans so don’t worry about asking questions we’re all here to help!

Since you’re new to kpop, I’ll teach you under the assumption that you know very little about them so please bear with me if I’m telling you thing you already know :)

Bangtan Boys aka 방탄소년단 (bangtan sonyeondan) aka BTS (aka these guys have too many names) is a relatively new group, but they’ve been doing very well for rookies. They have had a debut mini album, two full length comeback albums, and two follow-up promotions (meaning they promoted one song from their debut/comeback and after that they promoted a second track from that mini/full album). They’ve also done a lot of pre-debut stuff and some unofficial MVs and mix-tapes and things, but they only have FIVE official MVs:

No More Dream (official debut)

(left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope)

We Are Bulletproof pt. 2 (follow up track)

(Left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope)

N.O (first comeback)

(left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope)

(wow they’re in the same order I never noticed that)

Boys In Luv (second comeback)

(left to right: Jin, Suga, Jimin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, V, J-Hope)

Just One Day (currently on-going follow up track)

(left to right: Jimin, Suga, Jungkook, Jin, Rap Monster, V, J-Hope)

Okay, now that we have the eras clear, the members!

Rap Monster (real name Namjoon)

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You can most easily recognize Rap Monster’s older pictures by his sunglasses and afro-fohawk-what-ever-you-call-it hair. He literally NEVER took off his sunglasses until their first comeback, and then for Boy In Luv he went blonde. I’d also say he’s probably got the tannest skin color. He’s the leader, and one of the rappers of BTS. He also produces/writes most of their songs (if not then he assisted) and writes all of his own raps. He taught himself english too :)

Suga (real name Yoongi)

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Suga is also one of the rappers, he writes and produces as well. You can identify him from older eras because he would usually wear some kind of weird hat, but for later comebacks not so much. He’s got this really adorable gummy smile that’s easy to spot, and reddish brown hair most recently, tho other members have similar colors so don’t learn him by that.

Jin (real name Seokjin)

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Jin is one of the vocalists, and also the ‘face’ of the group meaning he’s the prettiest. He honestly hasn’t changed much since their debut image wise…. you can identify him by his lip tbh because they’re so freaking plump which sounds really awkward but srsly look at them….

J-Hope (real name Hoseok)

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J-Hope is the final rapper/writer as well as one of the main dancers of BTS. He’s also the cutest (debatable). He’s always acting ridiculous, but actually ALL of them act pretty crazy so… that won’t help you…. For their early on promotions he would wear either a hat and bandanna underneath or a weird mask type thingy.

Jimin (that’s his real name)

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Jimin is another vocalist and dancer of BTS. He’s the one who does the abs flash in No More Dream. You can recognize him by his kinda squishy face under his eyes that makes him look a little sleepy all the time. Though he has lost a lot of that recently….

(real name Taehyung)

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V is another vocalist in BTS. The fans call him the alien because he does really weird things at really random times and no can ever seem to figure out what goes on inside his head…. that last picture is the darkest his hair has ever been and it was taken like a couple days ago. He was the secret member of BTS up until their debut, so you won’t find anything of him from their pre-debut videos. The fans were really surprised when his debut teaser image came out

Jungkook (that’s his real name)

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And last but not least~ Jungkook! Jungkook is the last vocalist of BTS. He’s also the youngest member (with Jin being the oldest) born in 1997. He’s really young for an idol >~< He used to have this adorable baby face in their early promotions but as of Boy in Luv he’s looks SO MUCH OLDER it’s rather startling actually how much he’s grown up….

So that’s BTS! I can’t tell you much about their personalities because they all act really crazy and ridiculous. You’ll know what I mean if you watch their Bangtan Bombs which is just videos of them doing random stuff backstage and what not. You can watch them on their official channel here

As for learning them, it’s understandable that you’ll get them mixed up. It’s hard to keep any kpop idols straight unless you REALLY know their face. Just study their features and their videos and you’ll find your own way of telling them apart over time :)

Some tips:

NEVER LEARN AN IDOL BY THEIR HAIR COLOR. They dye their hair ALL THE TIME. Don’t do it find something else.

DON’T TRUST GOOGLE IMAGES. If you search a group member you’ll find that ~75% are of that member and the rest are of other members and it’ll be impossible to tell who you actually are looking for if you don’t already know them.

WATCH LOTS OF SUBBED VIDEOS. You’ll learn them faster if you watch a lot of interviews and backstage footage :)

Thanks for asking anon, and welcome to kpop!!! Sorry for the super long post, I just really wanted to help you out >~<

I’ve been waiting till today for this video to drop for a new Wake Up, a new single from an exciting hip hop artist named NF. Gorgeous, melting melodies start up the 23 year old Michigan native’s stellar tune, but Wake Up quickly launches into solemn, dramatic intensity. Transfixing and fierce, the song quickly convinced me that Nate Feuerstein is an up and comer to watch. There’s an alt quality to his music that evokes Linkin Park and a raw energy that reminds me of Eminem. Wake Up is off NF’s self titled EP from last summer. A debut full length is in the works for spring, and Wake Up is its new single. Watch the video below, then listen to another superb, engrossing NF song, All I Have below it.

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Vans Girls Music Crushes: Sierra Kay

Sierra Kay is giving us our new anthem for the year with Neaux’s single, “Somewhere Up North.” If you need to let go of the past and find your inner badass, this song is definitely for you. We’re getting inside Sierra’s head to find out what inspired this mega liberating video. Plus, preorder Neaux’s full-length debut vinyl, Fell Off The Deep End!

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Marvel's Defenders Stand Tall In New Netflix Set Photos
New photos for the Netflix miniseries showcase casual and tense moments between the Defenders' cast of superheroes.

A collection of new photos for Marvel Television and Netflix’s “Defenders” feature the show’s primary cast of street-level heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), along with supporting characters Stick, Misty Knight, Clair Temple and series antagonist Alexandra.

RELATED: Defenders: Breaking Down the Trailer’s Biggest Moments

The photos consist of casual and tense moments of the group, as we see the foursome sitting down for a relaxing dinner; standing together with the enigmatic Stick as they prepare for a fight with a threat off-camera; Luke and Matt Murdock on what looks like a stakeout, staring out of an office window; Matt showing up at a police station to notify Misty that he will be Jessica’s attorney; Clair and Luke with a concerned look on her face; “best buds” Luke and Danny squaring off with one another; and Alexandra gazing off into the distance.

RELATED: Netflix Debuts First Full-Length Defenders Trailer

Executive produced by Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez, Drew Goddard and Jeph Loeb, “Marvel’s Defenders” arrives on Netflix August 18 2017 and stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Simone Missick, Elodie Yung, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rosario Dawson, Rachael Taylor, Scott Glenn, Jessica Henwick and Sigourney Weaver.

Every plucky strum on Twin Cabins’ Painfully Obvious is like a nimble caress of my own heart. The song is the latest from the Los Angeles based project created by Nacho Cano, who was born in Mexico. It’s a charming form of light and agile indie pop he offers up on Painfully Obvious, a murky, droopy, yet spry reverie lined with reflective saxophone by Cheyne Bush and bass by Ben Levinson. Not quite bedroom pop or dream pop, and not quite dance pop, Painfully Obvious stands in a grey area of its own, intoxicating and captivating with a lush teeter. The song is the first single from Twin Cabins’ debut full length, Harmless Fantasies, out now on Sunset & Hyperion.

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in other news, female fronted pop rock band jule vera announced the debut of their first full length album so y'all should check that out 😘😘😘

Pop Rockers Jule Vera Premiere Cheery Single 'Something Good,' Announce Debut LP on Sony Imprint Weekday Records

Get to know Jule Vera, an Alabama-based quintet set to take their-clean hooks across North America on the Warped Tour this summer, despite not sounding much like anything else on the bill. Today they’re announcing their debut full-length and premiering a new track – a track that positively does not sound like metalcore, skate punk or post-hardcore. Music you can take home to mom and dad-core is probably more like it.

There’s an air of ‘60s Motown and classic Broadway musicals to “Something Good,” but the song’s giddy piano licks and bass groove are so winsome and familiar, the whole thing’s tough to place in any particular setting. Simply put, it’s a pop song, in a very classic sense.

“[It’s] a song that started from worry, confusion about the future, and struggling for self-worth,” vocalist Ansley Newman tells Billboard. “The stress of constantly waiting for good things to happen really helped inspire the lyrics." 

Check it out below, streaming exclusively on Billboard.

"Something Good” is the second track on Waiting for the Sun, Jule Vera’s debut album due June 16 on Weekday Records (pre-orders available here). The whole thing was produced by Frequency, the New York City-based musician best known for co-producing Rihanna and Eminem’s No. 1 hit “The Monster.”  

Along with Arizona indie rockers Lydia, Jule Vera are the charter signees of Weekday, an imprint launched earlier this year by Sony Music in conjunction with Jake Round, who founded the Pasadena, Cali.-based pop-punk label Pure Noise Records. Pure Noise, home to Warped-friendly bands like State Champs and Four Year Strong, released Jule Vera’s debut EP Friendly Enemies back in 2015. Now, the band appears poised for strong looks both inside and outside of the scene from which they came. 

For the summer, their plans are set; Jule Vera is on the 2017 Warped Tour through its entirety – June 16 through Aug. 6.   

Mila J - “Real Love”

Mila J appears slated to hav an impactful 2016. After staying relatively low-key throughout the earlier parts of 2015 with her collaborative project with BC Kingdom Press Start, the Los Angeles-reared songstress re-emerged with the well-received The Waiting Game mixtape which featured her rendition of some of today’s hit records. Now she is slated to lead off the forthcoming mixtape from production maestro Timbaland, King Stays King, and Timbo will be the executive producer for her forthcoming full-length debut album. Mila now returns with a her unique take on another artist’s banger, “Real Love.” Despite its Mary J Blige-sounding title (she even interpolates the hook of Blige’s single), the song is actually a take on J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive offering “No Role Modelz.” Essentially the lady’s equivalent of Cole’s catchy “don’t save her, she don’t wanna be saved” chant, Mila instead curves the no-goodnik and isn’t the one to be played in her version. Clearly in higher spirits than the gloomy nature of Press Start, Mila isn’t about to let a little thing like a dog dull her shine.

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Artists to Jam With: Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez is one-of-a-kind. She can be compared to Marina & the Diamonds, but what she does is her own. That shines through on her full-length debut. She isn’t really happy on the album. On “Dollhouse,” she tells the tale of a family (Cry Baby’s) torn apart by addiction and infidelity. On “Mrs. Potato Head,” she tears apart society’s beauty stereotypes (“little girls are learning to… pucker up their lips until they suffocate”). And on “Pity Party” (the highlight for me), she samples Leslie Gore’s breakout hit and sings about a birthday party for herself at which she is the only guest.

The instruments aren’t the highlight (most of the songs are stripped-down instrument-wise, possible exceptions being percussion and sound samples) – it’s her voice and lyrics. And with this much talent, there’s no need to “cry.”

Admirably ambitious, refreshingly original, highly conceptual, deeply personal and irresistibly catchy, “Cry Baby” blends infections beats, beautiful melodies, catchy hooks and razor-sharp lyrics layered underneath Martinez’s signature sweetly haunting femme-fatale vocals. The result? A dark, whimsical, seductive, melancholic and highly addictive collection of songs, amounting to one of the most impressive debut pop albums in recent memory.

Her wretched desire to emote her wretched pain is a colorful strife for love and acceptance. She has a real sense of belonging in a world that does not see her as a genuine fit. Her struggles for love and acceptance surrounded by the thud of chaos marries the trials and tribulations. She longs to be your love, whether it’s by the force of a childlike persona or by the realness of her womanly presence. Martinez brings forth her cinematic darkness in tones and colors it with a lightness and openness that is both frank and honest in its melodies.

Artists the Muses Want to Jam with: Melanie Martinez

We have a very special artist that’s starting to make his own waves slowly but surely, Information Flash, a diverse 21 year old producer coming straight outta Toulouse, France. Whose inspiration of genres ranging from jungle, ghettotech, acid techno and house has led him to have his first full length debut release coming very soon to Kudatah, with 50 tapes that will be available on release day. Stay safe y'all and check out the links for more on Information Flash.
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1. Dynamo Dreesen & SVN & A Made Up Sound - Untitled A
2. Igor Tipura - Dwarms
3. Orson Wells - Red Planet
4. D.O.D - 1,2,3,4 (Remix)
5. Mantra - Access 2 Excess
6. The Railway Raver - My Lacoste (577 n mix)
7. Blake Baxter - Fuck You Up (Blake Fuck Mix)
8. Unit Moebius - The Hum
9. Yaleesa Hall - Second Lucas
10. Jovonn - Back to House (Ians new dub)
11. D.Futers - I Care
12. Silent Breed - Acid Fucker
13. Information Flash - Pill Poppin Animal
14. Antonio - $$$
15. Stacy Kidd - Swing it (Love beat Mix)
16. Mantra - Worked Up
17. Stratton - ???  [forthcoming on Of Paradise]
18. Unknown Artist (ATLANTIKWALL 003)
19. Sweely - NTM
20. Information Flash - Control
21. DJ Boneyard - Our Houz
22. Kriss Dior - KD Machinery
23. X - Untitled
24. Ress 93 - Easy Grip

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That’s right, The Knocks have unleashed yet another sweet collaborative track off their debut album 55. This time, the Brooklynites have teamed up with red hot Cincinnati power poppers Walk The Moon on a surprisingly sleek and simmering tune named Best For Last. It should be obvious by now from the past months that The Knocks are music chameleons, a fact so easily apparent from the songs they’ve put together for their long awaited full length debut. They’re sexy as ever on glamorous Best For Last, which fuses a drum and bass like groove with some subtly nuanced electro house gloss. Debut album 55 arrives on March 4th. Pre-order on iTunes.

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