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October 2017

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NEW RELEASE: PICK OF THE MONTH

Beck, Colors     October 13

Beck’s last full-length album Morning Phase (2014) was a beautiful tapestry of melodies and introspection that earned him a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2015. His artistry and skill (he wrote, produced, and played every instrument on Morning Phase), affords him the ability to make any genre of music he wishes. His last single, Wow (2016), was an incredible hip-hop / R&B / pop track with a beat that can test the best audio systems.  If history is any indication, we have no idea what this album will sound like but we can't wait to find out. 

 
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NEW RELEASE: UNDER THE SURFACE PICK

NF, Perception     October 6

With his aggressive cadence, Detroit roots, and Caucasian skin tone, NF can't help the comparison to Eminem. Yet make no mistake, he is his own artist and has slowly gained an army of followers ready to push this MC to the top of the charts. While originally signed to Capitol CMG (Christian Music Group), his mainstream cred, 464 million  streams, and featured spots in shows like HBO's Ballers has propelled him into new circles of influence. Capitol Music is expecting Perception to move tens of thousands of albums in its first week. NF is embarking on a 3000+ seat headlining tour this fall. 

 

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Sam Smith, Too Good At Goodbyes 

It has been a while since we’ve heard anything from Sam Smith. After mistakenly taking credit for being the first openly gay person to receive an Oscar, he signed off social media and took a long break from the spotlight. 

He’s back with his new song Too Good At Goodbyes and any nervousness about how it would be received is now gone. In its first week, it saw 41m+ streams on Spotify and 24m+ streams on YouTube. The album release date has yet to be announced, but based on how the label (Capitol) released the single it could be any day now.