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Givēon Announced as Apple Music Up Next Artist Yahoo / Inbox

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Apple Music today announced Epic Records R&B singer-songwriter Givēon as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.

Givēon’s voice is undeniable and uniquely his own with a distinct baritone and thoughtful approach to songwriting. The Long Beach, California, native’s deeply personal lyrics and elegant production choices have made his 2020 Take Time EP one of the most critically acclaimed R&B projects of the year, and a perfect lead-in to his newly released When It’s All Said And Done EP. The latter was released on October 2 and currently #1 on Apple Music’s top R&B albums chart in 7 countries. Across Apple Music, Givēon has over 70 million worldwide streams since first appearing in 2019 across major tentpole playlists like R&B NowFuture HitsBreaking R&B, Mood.Brown SugarSmooth & EasyMe & BaeUp NextTearjerkersDate Night and New Music Daily. In February 2020, Givēon got the official Drake co-sign after appearing on “Chicago Freestyle (feat. Givēon)” and peaked at No. 144 worldwide on the global Shazam charts.

“This is my first time I truly spoke about my journey in detail so the fact that it’s with Apple is unbelievable,” said Givēon. “I never would’ve thought it would happen this way. This is a dream come true and it makes me extremely excited for the future.”

“Givēon’s unique baritone voice and his ability to craft relatable songs about love and heartbreak make it easy to get lost in his music,’ said Apple Music host Nadeska. “On his second EP, When It’s All Said and Done, the Long Beach singer once again showcases his strength for storytelling by taking us through the emotional progression of a relationship gone wrong.”

In his Up Next short out today, Givēon traces his journey from singing “Happy Birthday” at family gatherings and working in a Bubba Gump shrimp suit to a million streams, which was simply a humble wish at the beginning of 2020. In his quest to find a way to use his silky voice to make magic, he’s emerged as one of R&B’s most striking voices. “Now I know someone likes my music and my voice, they actually like it,” he says. “It’s an acquired taste. That’s when I realized I’ll have real, genuine fans.”

Additional Up Next campaign moments include a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on November 2 and a FaceTime interview with Apple Music’s Nadeska also airing today, where he discusses his inspirations, how far he’s come, and where he still wants to go.

Watch Givēon’s Up Next short film HERE

Check out his Apple Music 1 interview with Nadeska HERE

Listen to Giveon’s newest EP, When It’s All Said and Done (Apple Music Up Next Film Edition), along with selections from the rest of the artists in the Up Next series HERE

About Apple Music’s Up Next Program

Up Next is Apple Music’s monthly artist program geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising star talent. Each month, Apple Music’s editorial team selects an artist to promote, utilizing the full force of the platform to raise awareness of the artist to its growing global audience of music fans. The program includes an Apple Music short film shot entirely on iPhone 11 Pro introducing the artist, an interview with one of our Beats 1 anchors, a late night TV performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more.  The vast Up Next roster of past talent includes Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent like 6lack, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Greta Van Fleet, Khalid, Amy Shark, Billie Eilish, Sabrina Claudio, Sigrid, Mr Eazi, Stefflon Don, Bad Bunny, Juice WLRD, Bazzi, Jax Jones, NCT 127, Summer Walker, Tierra Whack, Dean Lewis, Pink Sweat$, Koffee, Megan Thee Stallion, Burna Boy, Clairo, Lunay, Jessie Reyez, Orville Peck, Victoria Monét, Ingrid Andress, Conan Gray, Don Toliver, Rema, BENEE, Holly Humberstone and Natanael Cano.

In 2020, Apple Music’s Up Next artist program has expanded into its fourth year and includes a curated companion Up Next playlist featuring a dynamic class of new and emerging artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from around the world. The playlist is genre and country agnostic and represents a line-up of artists our global editors are passionate about and eager to expose to a larger audience. As the newest induction into Apple Music’s Up Next roster, Givēon joins some of today’s most exciting and promising artists and will serve as the official Up Next playlist cover star to be spotlighted throughout the month. Add the Apple Music Up Next Playlist into your listening rotation today

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Marina Distribution partners Adinkra Lounge to provide happy hour services to passengers

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Adinkra Lounge, providers of lounging experience to First, Business and Executive passengers inside Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport, has partnered with Marina Distribution Company Limited, distributors of Bacardi to provide passengers with premium happy hour experience. (more…)

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Young ladies are demanding, I prefer older ones – Lasmid

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MTN hitmaker winner and “Sika” Singer Lasmid had revealed that he is more interested in dating older women than young ladies.

In an interview with Multicdb, he revealed his preference for the former since their experience and maturity can help mold one’s life.
He claimed that young ladies are demanding which put extra pressure on their partners.

Lasmid entreated women, especially older ones to have no issues approaching him and he will welcome them with open arms.

Source – Multicdb

Watch Full Interview here

 

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Africa Rising Music Conference Announces International Artist Showcase Line-up

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Anticipation for the Africa Rising Music Conference (ARMC) is at an all-time high as the countdown to the conference and its unprecedented artist showcase. ARMC attendees are primed to enjoy world-class performances from the exceptional line-up that boasts artists from various countries, including focus territory, The Netherlands.

The pivotal talents of Eritrea-born vocalist Rimon, Ghanaian artist based in the South East of Amsterdam, BnnyHunna and South African-Dutch singer-songwriter Joya Mooi are set to ignite the stage, highlighting their musical style, genre and impeccable skillset.

This cohort of Global musical aptitude will also feature Producers Spanker (one of the biggest Dutch Hip-Hop producers), Yung Dada (a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked with prominent artists and is now working on a solo project), and esteemed artist Frenna (a vocalist and one of the most renowned artists in the Netherlands).

ARMC 2022 themes: Women’s Voices: Amplifying them in the music business
Building Bridges: Exchange between Africa and the world
Independent Africa: Developing, understanding and creating new opportunities

Heavily music-focused, ARMC sets itself apart by bringing a cocktail of international artists to merge with the South African market, focusing on ambassadors, panels, and podcasts.

The showcase format will see local acts and acts perform over two nights across the electronic & urban genres from The Netherlands, Germany, and Austria perform.

Says DME: “We as the Dutch Music Export are truly proud to create such a versatile space for connecting, learning and building within the music industry.”

Buy your ticket now online via Howler.
Tickets are limited.

ARMC By Night – 24th May 2022

-Bnnyhunna
-Joya Mooi
-Rimon

A reminder of the unique, all-female ambassador lineup:

Tumi Mogapi (South Africa) Women In Music South Africa
Money Ba Doo (South Africa) Artist / Songwriter
Anyiko Owoko (Kenya) Anyiko PR
JAMIIE (Germany) Artist, Producer, Afrohouse Beatport Curator
Dieuwertje Heuvelings (Netherlands) – Dutch Music Export

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Stonebwoy inks Def Jam Africa deal?

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It looks like Ghanaian reggae/dancehall star Stonebwoy is the latest African artiste to join Def Jam Africa music label. (more…)

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Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie marries and welcomes a child with another actress; wife curses

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Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie has welcomed a child with actress Judy Austin Muoghalu and his wife is making it clear that she isn’t happy about it. (more…)

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‘France Ambassador to Ghana is working harder than our Creative and tourism ministry’ – Guru

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Ghanaian rapper Guru has called out the creative arts ministry in a recent tweet. (more…)

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