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Red Rocks you never cease to amaze me. Thank you for another incredible show pic.twitter.com/izO3JI88dU— Flume (@flumemusic) July 10, 2017
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Press Play On GRAMMY U Mixtape: New Year, It’s Poppin'! Monthly Member Playlist
The GRAMMY U Mixtape is a monthly, genre-spanning playlist to quench your thirst for new tunes, all from student members. GRAMMY U celebrates new beginnings with fresh pop tunes that will kickstart 2023.
Did you know that among all of the students in GRAMMY U, songwriting and performance is one of the most sought after fields of study? We want to create a space to hear what these students are creating today!
The GRAMMY U Mixtape, now available for your listening pleasure, highlights the creations and fresh ideas that students are bringing to this industry directly on the Recording Academy's Spotify and Apple Music pages. Our goal is to celebrate GRAMMY U members, as well as the time and effort they put into making original music — from the songwriting process to the final production of the track.
Each month, we accept submissions and feature 20 to 25 songs that match that month’s theme. This month we're ringing in 2023 with our New Year, It's Poppin'! playlist, which features fresh pop songs that bring new year, new you vibes. Showcasing talented members from our various chapters, we felt these songs represented the positivity and hopefulness that GRAMMY U members embody as they tackle this upcoming year of exciting possibilities.
So, what’s stopping you? Press play on GRAMMY U’s Mixtape and listen now on Spotify below and Apple Music.
Want to be featured on the next playlist? Submit your songs today! We are currently accepting submissions for songs of all genres for consideration for our February playlist. Whether you write pop, rock, hip hop, jazz, or classical, we want to hear from you. Music must be written and/or produced by the student member (an original song) and you must be able to submit a Spotify and/or Apple Music link to the song. Students must be a GRAMMY U member to submit.
About GRAMMY U:
GRAMMY U is a program that connects college students with the industry's brightest and most talented minds and provides those aspiring professionals with the tools and opportunities necessary to start a career in music.
Throughout each semester, events and special programs touch on all facets of the industry, including the business, technology, and the creative process.
As part of the Recording Academy's mission to ensure the recorded arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, GRAMMY U establishes the necessary foundation for music’s next generation to flourish.
Not a member, but want to submit to our playlist? Apply for GRAMMY U Membership here.
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Listen: Get Jolly With New Holiday Music From Dolly Parton, Phoebe Bridgers, Pentatonix, Alicia Keys & More
This year saw several new holiday albums and singles from artists of all genres, from Backstreet Boys to Gloria Estefan. Get in the spirit with this festive 30-song playlist.
As we're all stringing up colorful lights and scrambling to buy last-minute gifts, music shines as the one constant in our lives amid the rush of the holiday season.
Some playlists have been bursting with holiday music since early autumn, with releases such as Dolly Parton's "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" dropping back in August and Joss Stone's Merry Christmas, Love releasing in September. Since then, several more holiday albums arrived, whether they were new projects from artists such as Alicia Keys and Thomas Rhett or polished deluxe editions from the likes of Reba McEntire and Norah Jones.
Beyond releasing albums, many artists have also found their holiday spirit by releasing festive singles. Remi Wolf brings her bubbly personality to warm covers of "Last Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland," Dan + Shay remind us to throw a "Holiday Party" with loved ones, and Phoebe Bridgers shares her annual holiday cover, this year a rendition of the Handsome Family's "So Much Wine." And even stars such as RuPaul, Jimmy Fallon and Ryan Reynolds surprised with holiday singles this season.
Groups such as Pentatonix and Backstreet Boys joined in on the fun with their own cheery holiday albums, and Gloria Estefan and her family capture the joys of love in a snowglobe on Estefan Family Christmas. Collaborations sparkle with holiday magic as well; Ingrid Michaelson and A Great Big World team up for "It's Almost Christmas," and Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande perform "Santa, Can't You Hear Me" in a thrilling live version.
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Everything We Know About Lana Del Rey’s New Album 'Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd'
The pop chanteuse surprised fans by announcing her ninth studio album is on its way. GRAMMY.com has put together everything we know about the project.
Christmas came early for Lana Del Rey fans on Dec. 7, when the pop singer unveiled her upcoming ninth studio album, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard.
Set to drop March 10, 2023 via Interscope Records, the new collection of songs comes more than a year after Del Rey’s incredibly busy 2021, which saw her release two albums: the spare, intimate Chemtrails Over the Country Club, and its moody sibling Blue Banisters.
Though she’s no longer on Instagram or Twitter, the enigmatic pop sensation born Elizabeth Grant shared a personal, type-written note along with the announcement: "What can I say! I’m so grateful to be present and feeling effervescent today. With a mind full of violets and a forehead warmed by the sun as I pray in the garden."
After taking a moment to thank all of her collaborators, friends and other people who made the forthcoming body of work possible, Del Rey closed the note with a message to her fans. "Thank you to you guys for listening!" she wrote, adding, "The music is for fun and for you and for me and not always free unless you’re streaming ha -but spirited with the best of intentions."
The Album Cover Exudes Brooding Hollywood Glamour
Del Rey channels vintage glam on the ‘70s-esque cover art for Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. With her chin resting in her closed hand and a giant satin bow in her hair, the superstar poses for a grayscale portrait shot by photographer Neil Krug that’s equal parts pouty and alluring.
Balancing out the close-up, the singer follows recent collaborator Taylor Swift’s lead by including not only the aureolin yellow album title on the cover, but also the list of guest features, producers and other information. The whole affair exudes a nostalgic, throwback feeling.
The Title Track Is Also The Album’s Lead Single
Del Rey saunters into her newest era by asking the very question at the heart of the album’s title. "Mosaic ceiling, painted tiles on the wall," she teases, painting a picture of the hidden, underground space (possibly) beneath Long Island’s Ocean Boulevard before likening its depths to the beauty of her own secret spaces.
All the hallmarks of Lana’s classic oeuvre are thankfully present and accounted for: her mournful, quavering soprano; a torchy, orchestral sonic palette; a sun-baked California setting (with a shoutout to Camarillo), crystalline nods to 1970s touchstones — this time Eagles’ "Hotel California" and an unnamed song by Harry Nilsson; carnality as a mask for pain and yearning and more.
"When’s it gonna be my turn?/ Don’t forget me/ When’s it gonna be my turn?" the singer-songwriter pleads over slow-burning piano as the song’s narrative builds to a gospel finish, replete with a spectral choir backing up her plaintive cries to be remembered.
The Tracklist Is Stacked With Guest Features
Though Del Rey hasn’t revealed a single track besides the first single, the studio set’s vintage-style cover art promises a plethora of collaborations including Jon Batiste, Bleachers, Father John Misty and SYML, the solo project of former Barcelona frontman Brian Fennell.
Interestingly, the list also includes appearances by more off-beat — and seemingly disparate — figures like Hillsong Church pastor Judah Smith and hyper-sexual rapper Tommy Genesis.
She’s Reuniting With Jack Antonoff
After being entirely absent in the credits for 2021’s Blue Banisters — which was largely helmed by Drew Erickson, Kassidy’s Barrie-James O’Neill and others — Jack Antonoff is back as a producer. Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard reunites Del Rey with the superproducer after working together on "Snow on the Beach" — the singer’s fan favorite, Janet Jackson-referencing contribution to Swift’s Midnights.
Antonoff previously oversaw production on a string of Del Rey projects that included 2019’s GRAMMY-nominated Norman F—ing Rockwell!, the 2020 spoken world album Violets Bent Backwards over the Grass and 2021’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club.
However, Antonoff isn’t the sole producer on Lana’s upcoming LP. The credits on the front cover reveal she’s also bringing past collaborators Erickson and Zach Dawes back into her musical sandbox along with film director Mike Hermosa and the cryptically mononymous Benji.
There Will Be Multiple Vinyl Editions Of The Album
Shortly after unveiling the studio set’s cover art, Del Rey dropped another surprise on her unsuspecting fans: there would be four additional versions of the album available on vinyl, complete with unique covers, sleeves, gatefolds and photos.
The news is certainly great for collectors and superfans, but they’ll have to put in quite a bit of work to round up the LP’s many variations. The cherry red version will be exclusively available at retailers like Target and HMV, while indie record stores will receive a mint green vinyl with a saturated color photograph on the cover. The Amazon exclusive is light pink with the singer in a dark green cardigan and her exclusive web store is selling a white LP with an entirely text-free cover.
The Album Is Available For Pre-Order Now
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A Guide To Modern Funk For The Dance Floor: L'Imperatrice, Shiro Schwarz, Franc Moody, Say She She & Moniquea
James Brown changed the sound of popular music when he found the power of the one and unleashed the funk with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." Today, funk lives on in many forms, including these exciting bands from across the world.
It's rare that a genre can be traced back to a single artist or group, but for funk, that was James Brown. The Godfather of Soul coined the phrase and style of playing known as "on the one," where the first downbeat is emphasized, instead of the typical second and fourth beats in pop, soul and other styles. As David Cheal eloquently explains, playing on the one "left space for phrases and riffs, often syncopated around the beat, creating an intricate, interlocking grid which could go on and on." You know a funky bassline when you hear it; its fat chords beg your body to get up and groove.
Brown's 1965 classic, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," became one of the first funk hits, and has been endlessly sampled and covered over the years, along with his other groovy tracks. Of course, many other funk acts followed in the '60s, and the genre thrived in the '70s and '80s as the disco craze came and went, and the originators of hip-hop and house music created new music from funk and disco's strong, flexible bones built for dancing.
Legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins learned the power of the one from playing in Brown's band, and brought it to George Clinton, who created P-funk, an expansive, Afrofuturistic, psychedelic exploration of funk with his various bands and projects, including Parliament-Funkadelic. Both Collins and Clinton remain active and funkin', and have offered their timeless grooves to collabs with younger artists, including Kali Uchis, Silk Sonic, and Omar Apollo; and Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Thundercat, respectively.
In the 1980s, electro-funk was born when artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Man Parrish, and Egyptian Lover began making futuristic beats with the Roland TR-808 drum machine — often with robotic vocals distorted through a talk box. A key distinguishing factor of electro-funk is a de-emphasis on vocals, with more phrases than choruses and verses. The sound influenced contemporaneous hip-hop, funk and electronica, along with acts around the globe, while current acts like Chromeo, DJ Stingray, and even Egyptian Lover himself keep electro-funk alive and well.
Today, funk lives in many places, with its heavy bass and syncopated grooves finding way into many nooks and crannies of music. There's nu-disco and boogie funk, nodding back to disco bands with soaring vocals and dance floor-designed instrumentation. G-funk continues to influence Los Angeles hip-hop, with innovative artists like Dam-Funk and Channel Tres bringing the funk and G-funk, into electro territory. Funk and disco-centered '70s revival is definitely having a moment, with acts like Ghost Funk Orchestra and Parcels, while its sparkly sprinklings can be heard in pop from Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and, in full "Soul Train" character, Silk Sonic. There are also acts making dreamy, atmospheric music with a solid dose of funk, such as Khruangbin’s global sonic collage.
There are many bands that play heavily with funk, creating lush grooves designed to get you moving. Read on for a taste of five current modern funk and nu-disco artists making band-led uptempo funk built for the dance floor. Be sure to press play on the Spotify playlist above, and check out GRAMMY.com's playlist on Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora.
Say She She
Aptly self-described as "discodelic soul," Brooklyn-based seven-piece Say She She make dreamy, operatic funk, led by singer-songwriters Nya Gazelle Brown, Piya Malik and Sabrina Mileo Cunningham. Their '70s girl group-inspired vocal harmonies echo, sooth and enchant as they cover poignant topics with feminist flair.
While they’ve been active in the New York scene for a few years, they’ve gained wider acclaim for the irresistible music they began releasing this year, including their debut album, Prism. Their 2022 debut single "Forget Me Not" is an ode to ground-breaking New York art collective Guerilla Girls, and "Norma" is their protest anthem in response to the news that Roe vs. Wade could be (and was) overturned. The band name is a nod to funk legend Nile Rodgers, from the "Le freak, c'est chi" exclamation in Chic's legendary tune "Le Freak."
Moniquea's unique voice oozes confidence, yet invites you in to dance with her to the super funky boogie rhythms. The Pasadena, California artist was raised on funk music; her mom was in a cover band that would play classics like Aretha Franklin’s "Get It Right" and Gladys Knight’s "Love Overboard." Moniquea released her first boogie funk track at 20 and, in 2011, met local producer XL Middelton — a bonafide purveyor of funk. She's been a star artist on his MoFunk Records ever since, and they've collabed on countless tracks, channeling West Coast energy with a heavy dose of G-funk, sunny lyrics and upbeat, roller disco-ready rhythms.
Her latest release is an upbeat nod to classic West Coast funk, produced by Middleton, and follows her February 2022 groovy, collab-filled album, On Repeat.
Shiro Schwarz is a Mexico City-based duo, consisting of Pammela Rojas and Rafael Marfil, who helped establish a modern funk scene in the richly creative Mexican metropolis. On "Electrify" — originally released in 2016 on Fat Beats Records and reissued in 2021 by MoFunk — Shiro Schwarz's vocals playfully contrast each other, floating over an insistent, upbeat bassline and an '80s throwback electro-funk rhythm with synth flourishes.
Their music manages to be both nostalgic and futuristic — and impossible to sit still to. 2021 single "Be Kind" is sweet, mellow and groovy, perfect chic lounge funk. Shiro Schwarz’s latest track, the joyfully nostalgic "Hey DJ," is a collab with funkstress Saucy Lady and U-Key.
L'Impératrice (the empress in French) are a six-piece Parisian group serving an infectiously joyful blend of French pop, nu-disco, funk and psychedelia. Flore Benguigui's vocals are light and dreamy, yet commanding of your attention, while lyrics have a feminist touch.
During their energetic live sets, L'Impératrice members Charles de Boisseguin and Hagni Gwon (keys), David Gaugué (bass), Achille Trocellier (guitar), and Tom Daveau (drums) deliver extended instrumental jam sessions to expand and connect their music. Gaugué emphasizes the thick funky bass, and Benguigui jumps around the stage while sounding like an angel. L’Impératrice’s latest album, 2021’s Tako Tsubo, is a sunny, playful French disco journey.
Franc Moody's bio fittingly describes their music as "a soul funk and cosmic disco sound." The London outfit was birthed by friends Ned Franc and Jon Moody in the early 2010s, when they were living together and throwing parties in North London's warehouse scene. In 2017, the group grew to six members, including singer and multi-instrumentalist Amber-Simone.
Their music feels at home with other electro-pop bands like fellow Londoners Jungle and Aussie act Parcels. While much of it is upbeat and euphoric, Franc Moody also dips into the more chilled, dreamy realm, such as the vibey, sultry title track from their recently released Into the Ether.