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TAYLOR FINAL
Another record, another record broken. (11/18a)
TIM & FAITH AND TAYLOR, OH MY
The supercouple are due to debut with... (11/18a)
THE FOUR: CW TO GET HIS CLOSE-UP (UPDATE)
Charlie is ready for prime time. (11/17a)
GERSON ON BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING
The trailblazer talks. (11/17a)
THE GRAMMY TELECAST WILL HONOR THE DEPARTED (BUT PLEASE, GOD, NO MORE)
Who will get a special tribute on the telecast? (11/17a)
GRAMMY SHOCKERS
You just wait.
WHAT WAS ON THAT PIZZA?
I think I'm hallucinating.
WHO WILL DOMINATE THE HOLIDAYS?
Stockings await.
MAJOR EXEC SHUFFLE
The deals aren't done yet, but when they are? Hoo-boy.
THE B-SIDE
FINDING EQUILIBRIUM WITH DEVI
11/17/17

The 19-year-old up-and-coming U.K. producer DEVI just released his latest track, "Librium." He's putting it out via his own label, Illusiv, in conjunction with Access Records. The track, which you can listen to below, features vocals from emerging singer/songwriter Y.a.s. 

DEVI has produced remixes of Aaliyah and Drake cuts that have picked up more than 3m SoundCloud streams (and 2.5m on Spotify). Official remixes for ZAYN, Rudimental, Lion Babe and more have since followed. He's also seen some BBC Radio 1 airplay from high profile names including Danny Howard and Annie Nightingale

"Librium" follows two releases on Illusiv and a collection of official remixes and bootlegs, including a rendition of Calvin Harris  "Bounce," which garnered 8.5m+ streams. Expect to see more original releases from DEVI come 2018, and check out his current stuff here

GO NUMB WITH "NOVOCAINE"
11/16/17

Seattle-born duo Crater has released the premier single off their forthcoming sophomore album, Unearth. "Novocaine" is the first taste of new music from Kessiah Gordon and Ceci Gomez since the trance-y ode to feminism "My Body" came out via SoundCloud in April. You're encouraged to check it out below. 

The women of Crater have been known to do West Coast tours that are a treat for those of us stationed in Los Angeles, but they don't have anything currently on the docket. They did, however, just play the KEXP stage at Bumbershoot and have received plenty of accolades since forming. You can look forward to the release of Unearth, which they're dropping independently on 1/12/18.

ICYMI: TROPICALIA'S INAUGURAL RUN
11/13/17

The debut of Tropicalia Festival in Long Beach, CA went off with next to no hitches. With plenty of free tacos to gorge upon, a diverse lineup and a sold-out venue, set against the legendary retired RMS Queen Mary ocean liner, it’s safe to say the inaugural event was a success.

Hosted by The Observatory—the folks behind Day N Night and One Love Fest—the event, appreciated for its intimate and easygoing vibe, took place on 11/11 at the Queen Mary Event Park. While the lineup leaned heavily on Latin acts, such as Chicano Batman and Kali Uchis, the festival also featured local experimentalists like Cuco and Madlib, as well as acts from the hip-hop and urban contemporary corners of mainstream music. With minimal lineup scheduling conflicts, HITS' own Ranya Khoury hit up as many performances as she could between tortilla-filled breaks.

In a bittersweet turn of events, Squaaash Club's GoldLink, whose single “Crew” is certified platinum, had to cancel his set to welcome a newborn son into the world. Meanwhile Mom+Pop's Alina Baraz had a characteristically smokey set, featuring songs from her & Galamatias' collaborative EP, Urban Flora, as well as the debut of her new single, “High.” She also covered an acoustic version of Drake’s "Passionfruit," that left the crowd speechless. Jhene Aiko closed down the festival with vibrant energy and songs off her latest album, Trip (Def Jam), plus earlier standard “The Worst,” making for a perfect end to Tropicalia.

Patrick Wolf of Wolf Pack Industries—an entertainment lifestyle company in charge of the festival’s execution—commented on the ideology behind the festival’s creation. “For us, it’s all about creating a community of people that share a common love for music,” he noted. “No matter what genre you identify with, you’ll find a band that matches it here.” And especially in that aim, the festival was a success.

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