We at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.
We’ve been fans of Irie Love since hearing her early tracks in our music channels back as far as 2010. Then in November last year, we talked about her vibrant crossover single “Mahalo.” Now, that song is included as part of her brand new album We Rise. As with the single, We Rise veers seamlessly from deep, soulful reggae to thumping pop to silky R&B. The album was created in collaboration with musicians, writers, and producers across multiple continents, and it features guest spots from J Boog, Peetah Morgan, and Fiji.
Irie Love, who has backed and toured with P!nk and Morgan Heritage, has long been an established voice in Hawaii as well as the international reggae community. With this new album, she’s poised to take her unique, genre-defying sound to an even larger audience. Get in on it now and check our her profile on NextNext.com.
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.
Irie Love‘s new single “Mahalo” bridges the divide between pop and reggae to offer a triumphant, gear-shifting ride that ends up remarkably smooth. This kind of genre sampling is appropriate for a former backup singer for both Pink and Morgan Heritage, the latter of whom signed Irie Love (her for-real given name) to their production company and took her on tour as an opening act.
“Mahalo” is the first shot from Love in advance of a new album We Rise, funded by her fans and expected in 2016, and coming after the success of her 2012 debut This Is Irie Love. The song is a bold artistic step forward, recontextualizing traditional elements of reggae and dub into a modern production, inspired by artists like Major Lazer, Jah Cure, Chronixx, and Alina Baraz, and created in collaboration with writers and producers across four continents. “My first album was created while I was on tour, backing other artists, over a span of 7 years across several countries,” Love says of her new music. “Hawai’i is my root, but I am a multi-cultural multi-ethnic woman and it’s my goal to have that come across in this album. I represent humanity.”
Listen to “Mahalo” below:
All you City And Colour fans out there, get ready for Dallas Green’s next installment of folksy sorrow through soulful singing. According to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Instagram, recording for the new album is finally done “right before the final #alexisonfire tour!” For those of you who don’t know, Green’s former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who broke up last year, are about to embark on a long overdue farewell tour starting on December 2nd in London, UK. While it is sad to see them go, the world has a lot to look forward to with City And Colour’s newest release.
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Living up to her name, P!nk rocked a high end gala dinner to benefit breast cancer this past Monday. On Nov. 12, P!nk took the stage, performing hit after hit including Family Portrait and Who Knew, while regaling the audience with jokes and family anecdotes to keep the mood light.
Kicking things off with Just Like a Pill, and filling her set with a mixture of the old and the new, P!nk played two songs off her latest album, The Truth About Love, including “How Come You’re Not Here and Try.
P!nk ended the night with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” and “So What,” before giving thanks to her surgeon, Dr. Maggie DiNome also the host of the event, and to all in attendance.
“Thank you all for being part of such a special night. Thank you Maggie for taking out my body parts and keeping me healthy!”
All proceeds from the dinner will go towards a breast cancer research fund at the Margie Petersen Breast Center at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.
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P!nk is known for having badass pop chicks (or chick-fronted bands) open for her, like VV Brown, Nikka Costa, and The Ting Tings. Today, she surprised us all by announcing that the bands supporting her on her upcoming The Truth About Love Tour would be acoustic/folk solo artist City and Colour and Swedish garage rockers The Hives. While we’re still scratching our heads at the choices, we have to admit that P!nk has some pretty great taste in music.
Known for her stellar live vocals and acrobatic stage antics, P!nk is one of the most impressive performers out there. Make sure you check out The Truth About Love Tour when it comes to your hometown! Find your local tour date here.
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