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This month we are awarding prizes of $100 to winners of the competition finals. In the future there will be prizes to help your musical career. Check back to find out.

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Watch Ellie Goulding Live On Jimmy Fallon

After breaking into the US with “Lights,” Ellie Goulding has been keeping the US in constant anticipation of her next hit. With the Oct. 9 release of Halcyon, and her recent performance of “Anything Could Happen” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, I think we may just have it.

Looking remarkably comfortable as she dances around the stage, exchanging smiles with band mates in between husky notes, we’d say Goulding is most certainly within reach of another US hit.

You can watch Goulding performing the track right here.

If you like Ellie Goulding check out OurStage artist Jillian Grutta.

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OWSLA Announces First Label Tour, Will Be Brining The Noise To A Town Near You

It pay to be friends with Skrillex, assuming of course that every artist signed to OWSLA, The Undercut One’s imprint record label, is friends with him. The producer/DJ has effectively reshaped the pop and electronic landscape ever since he broke through with his second EP Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites nearly two years ago. Since that time American audiences have become much more receptive to EDM, especially EDM performed by artists that slot well into the sonic mold that Sonny Moore helped popularize.

So it’s about time that the coterie of artists that make up OWSLA’s roster (and a couple of their closest musically inclined friends) hit the road together. And that’s exactly what they’re doing this fall.

Continue reading ‘OWSLA Announces First Label Tour, Will Be Brining The Noise To A Town Near You’

“Watch This!” Wednesday: Jitta On The Track, P!nk, And Matt & Kim

We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. Here’s this week’s freshest new clips!

Jitta On The Track – “Smoke Signals”

As we anxiously wait for his upcoming Alphabet Soup mixtape, OurStage artist Jitta On The Track has dropped his new music video for “Smoke Signals.” The song features a sample from the Ellie Goulding hit “Lights.” Since winning the Rise Competition and opening for Drake on the Club Paradise Tour, Jitta’s star continues to rise. Most recently, the rapper (and originator of the term “Lumber Life”) has opened for the likes of Big Sean and Wale.

Continue reading ‘“Watch This!” Wednesday: Jitta On The Track, P!nk, And Matt & Kim’

Kelly Clarkson Releases New Single “Catch My Breath”

There’s a lot to be said about music industry “role models” now a days. But one artist that’s managed to keep her head above water and prove stronger by the day is none other than American Idol sweetheart, Kelly Clarkson.

Winding down her international Stronger tour, Clarkson is back with a brand new single called “Catch My Breath,” off her upcoming release Greatest Hits – Chapter 1. The song is true Kelly Clarkson style all the way, with strong vocals, catchy beats, and as always, empowering messages.

“To celebrate the strength and longevity that my fans, friends, and family have supported me with I wrote this song ‘Catch my Breath’ with one of my best friends that has seen me through everything,” Clarkson shared with fans on her website. “This song represents who I’ve been, what I’ve felt, and where I’m headed as not only an artist but as a 30 year old that is now smart enough to know that it’s time to stop, catch my breath, and be proud of not only what has been accomplished but of all the people that have helped me become the woman I am today.”

Listen to “Catch My Breath” right here and keep an eye out for Greatest Hits-Chapter 1, which drops Nov. 19.

 

If you like Kelly Clarkson check out OurStage artist Lauren Light.

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Sell-Out: Is Music Licensing The Saving Grace For Artist Income?

Let me just bypass the whole “record industry is failing” and “illegal downloading is on the rise” introduction. We all know that professional musicians need to get paid, but this means finding new means of doing so other than record sales and royalties. Over the past 5 to 10 years it has become increasingly apparent that music can be used as a marketing tool—one that can help sell products by adding a coolness factor or a down-to-earth credibility to advertisements that says “hey, we know what you like.” In the past, allowing your music to be used in advertisements or by big corporations for financial gain was known as “selling out.” Now it seems like this might just be survival. Continue reading ‘Sell-Out: Is Music Licensing The Saving Grace For Artist Income?’

Relient K Finishing New Album

Although it may seem like Relient K have been hanging in the background for a while, it turns out it’s been for good reason. The band recently announced that they’re finally putting the finishing touches on their album, with a little help from producer Paul Moak (House of Heroes, Mat Kearney).

You can check out a message from the band below, and get hyped! It’s been a long time coming, and we for one can’t wait to hear the new tunes.

Finally getting around to finishing our record with @paulmoak. The missing ingredient – more cowbell!!! instagr.am/p/QlFwtdqw1c/

— Relient K (@relientK) October 9, 2012

Riffs, Rants & Rumors: Justin Rice Jumps Between Bishop Allen and The Last Names

First you hear the hazy, languid tones of a young woman whose voice falls somewhere in the ethereal zone between Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and Cat Power. At times, a male vocal partner’s warm pipes waft into the mix. Soon you’re sucked into a mood that’s somewhere between the last, evanescent rays of summer sunshine softly receding from view and an evocative, autumnal flickering of gossamer guitars and diaphanous keyboard lines. You’re listening to Wilderness, the debut album by The Last Names, a married couple who became a band by accident. Continue reading ‘Riffs, Rants & Rumors: Justin Rice Jumps Between Bishop Allen and The Last Names’

Taylor Swift Drops New Track: “I Knew You Were Trouble”

On the latest cut released from her upcoming Red album, Taylor Swift continues her journey from idiosyncratic country songstress to sanitized pop megastar. While her twangy accent and southern charm have reappeared in small glimpses in other recent preview tracks, such as “Begin Again,” and “Red,” they are nowhere to be found on this most recent album cut. Instead, Swift dishes out generic pop phrases about a failed relationship over a track that sounds like an unholy mixture of “Hey Soul Sister” and a Skrillex B-side that didn’t have enough “whomp” to make it onto the album. Though we love Taylor, and this track is sure to be a smash, it sounds like Max Martin should have given her a bit more control over the faders on this one.

 

Taylor Swift fans should check out OurStage’s own Devin Belle!

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Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Streams Debut Solo Album

Indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie‘s frontman Ben Gibbard has recorded his first official solo album entitled Former Lives. According to Rolling Stone, the singer/songwriter says that hese songs span from the past eight years of his life and that “they’re a side story, not a new chapter.” So don’t worry; Gibbard isn’t leaving Death Cab for a solo career. In fact, “I’m doubtful I’ll have another solo album for another 10 years because the health of Death Cab for Cutie has never been better,” he says. So get your fill on this new folksy album, because you may not have another one like it for quite some time. Click here to stream Former Lives, which is due out on November 12th.

If you like Death Cab For Cutie and/or Ben Gibbard, then you might also like OurStage’s own The Tyler Steele Co.

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Ke$ha To Release Illustrated Memoir “My Crazy Beautiful Life”

Ke$ha is not a pop star known for her autobiographical songwriting, unless she really did brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack. But that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t got a story to tell.

Exploring heretofore unknown literary ambitions Ke$ha will be sharing her life story in her new autobiography My Crazy Beautiful Life. As the life story of the 25 year old pop star, born Kesha Rose Sebert, will be told with photographic and artist accompaniment, the book is being billed as an illustrated memoir (which, to clarify, is not a picture book or a graphic novel).

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