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Making Hip Hop A Better Place with Jidenna

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The engaging genre known as hip hop might seem all too crowded since there has been a plethora of artists within its territory. The jumpy, energetic beats and the idealistic lyrics have always been the key reasons why people have been addicted to this genre.

Booming in the 1990s, hip hop typically involves dance moves, catchy words and a merry aura which many have come to adore. Amid the danger of falling off a cliff due to the fact that the stage is already crowded with mainstream hip hop artists, a man named Jidenna transcended the fear of oblivion is slowly cementing his name as someone to look forward to.

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Born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, this skilled and passionate hip hop artist is like a tidal wave washing up all our conventional notions of how hip hop should be. Jidenna first came to love music when he was younger, residing in a small paradise called Tamai in Italy. When he first set foot in mainstream music in 2012, he seemed to be unstoppable and definitely worthy of being heard.

We can easily remember Jidenna as the artist behind one of 2015’s greatest hip hop tracks entitled ‘Gentleman’ and we can all deduce that the singer is up for more surprises. Now that Jidenna is tied-up with the esteemed Epic Records and Wonderland, it is definite that this musical prodigy will be exposed more, making him realize the dream.

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A jack of all trades, the Nigerian-American recording artist is also a known composer, songwriter and small-time producer for singers who spawned from the bottom of the food chain. Jidenna was born from parents who are professionals, an accountant and an academician to be precise.

Jidenna’s family then moved to Milton, Massachusetts and this is where he first discovered his talent in singing and music. It was within the halls of Stanford University where he strengthened his affinity with songs, lyrics and beats by joining a rap group in high school.

Furthermore, Jidenna initially enrolled into sound engineering in college, but graduated with a degree in ritualistic arts, a very blatant move for a kid who wanted to stretch his creativity.

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Jidenna has successfully collaborated with various artists like Roman Gian Arthur, Janelle Monae, Deep Cotton and St. Beauty. His first official project was with Monae when they glued their talents together to produce an extended play entitled ‘The Eephus’.

Jidenna’s major single ‘Classic Man’ made rounds in different American charts and easily caught fire when it debuted on the US Billboard’s Hip-Hop Airplay at the 49th spot. This single also made it big when it was nominated at the 58th Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

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Jidenna Bio | Jidenna Career | MTV
http://www.mtv.com/artists/jidenna/biography/

Jidenna Biography, Discography, Chart History
http://top40-charts.com/artist.php?aid=16567

Paul Intalan

Fifth Harmony sets the mood in new vid ‘Work from Home’

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Girl band Fifth Harmony is back with another exciting song paired with a sassy video that will definitely catch the attention of their growing fan base. This group proved that the voice of each member is certainly golden. Why, each lady can belt a good high note as we can hear from their past songs. Their music may be upbeat, but we can clearly hear the diva-like tone each members possesses though the diverse quality of their voices.

Just before we get over the collaboration between Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendez on hit single ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, the band is clearly not taking a break as their new video shows how to make a construction site steamy and sexy as seen in their dance moves that complement this energetic song.

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Hot from the pan, this newly released video should debunk rumors of them going separate ways. To stress that they will stick together for a long time, the single ‘Work from Home’ can actually be found on their second album entitled 7/27, set to be released by this five piece group in May. The name of their sophomore album is a tribute to the day they were formed on hit talent seeking show X Factor, where they originally came from.

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The beat and the overall vibe of the song sticks to the nature of Fifth Harmony’s music: urban mixed with pop. Catchy as it is, the tradition of the band when it comes to delivering an over the top performance be it live or on record is undeniably reminiscent as this new single serves as a part of an uninterrupted cycle of party songs from Fifth Harmony.

The video also features rapper Ty Dolla. Watch him as his rap blends well with the girls showing how to work it through their exceptional song and dance number exhibited throughout the video.

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Sexiest Construction Site Ever in the “Work From Home’ Video:

http://www.mtv.com/news/2745980/fifth-harmony-work-from-home/

 

Fifth Harmony Is Back With ‘Work From Home’:

http://www.vulture.com/2016/01/how-6-of-this-years-oscar-movies-were-cast.html

 

Aira Algado

Equipped and Driven On Her Way to Stardom – Maren Morris

 

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We can all remember Taylor Swift singing to her heart’s content with her single ‘Teardrops On My Guitar’ and we have all been glued to her as she strolled her way to stardom. While many have expected her to boom like the supernova that she is now, there are still people who are shocked to see this country girl climb up the ranks.

That’s the glory of music and fame combined; everyone should start from the bottom until you get to experience the feeling of being on top. With this philosophy at hand, another budding country girl is bound to start her journey this 2016, and Maren Morris isn’t scared of what’s ahead.

 

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Now reverberating through the halls of famous music institutions such as the US Billboard, Maren Morris has been viewed by many to be the next Taylor Swift. With her angelic voice and charisma that’s just difficult to resist, Morris has the potential to be a gargantuan pop diva.

Just at 25 and hailing from the merry town of Nashville, Tennessee, Maren Morris started going beyond the bounds of her reservations by exposing herself and her unmistakable talent to the rest of the world.

Maren Morris is a devout follower of the county pop and folk rock genres, and many of those who have heard her gave their approval that yes, this youngster can really entertain. Her race to fame started out in 2005 when she re-leased her song ‘Walk On’, establishing her vocal prowess with dignity.

Two years after, she crafted another release named ‘All That It Takes’ which was handled by Smith Entertainment, and was described as coy and tasty in terms of approach and musical vibe.

 

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After a long four year hiatus, the genius in Maren Morris was awakened again and she translated all of her bottled up thoughts through her third studio product under the title ‘Live Wire’ with Mozzi Blozzi Music. Maren Morris al-most let go of her American dream, but the aforementioned release garnered the attention she deserved and accolades were thrown at her as if she’s been with the industry for a very long time.

In 2015, Maren Morris made it big when she offered a self-entitled extended play with the illustrious Columbia Nashville. This extended play earned her a sizzling entry into the US Billboard Charts, copping two lists namely Country Albums where she debuted at No. 27 and Heatseekers Album Charts grabbing the top spot.

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Maren Morris’ 2015 extended play easily careened to fame as it snatched a total of 2,400 purchased copies just on its first week. Just recently, Maren Morris was able to enhance her popularity again with the single ‘My Church’, peaking on several charts such as the US, Country Airplay and Canadian. This feisty young country star is believed to set off with a 2016 tour as the opening act for Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour.

 

See More:

Is Maren Morris Nashville’s Next Breakout Pop Star

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/magazine-feature/6836002/maren-morris-80s-mercedes-country-success

 

Maren Morris – Rolling Stone

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-new-country-artists-you-need-to-know-november-2015-20151102/maren-morris-20151102

 

Paul Intalan

Dream Wife is not your ordinary girl band

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The London-based girl band Dream Wife will give you a new flavor of music through ‘edge’; a genre which is not typical for the mainstream girl groups we’ve seen in mainstream media. While others sing the same music they do, most choose to play underground and in small crowds.

Treat these three belles differently because their band wants nothing to do with any music mogul or talent scout who will push them to work on a package that the usual listeners will pick up. Their style was derived from a school project, where the band was formed within the university they go to.

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Bella, Alice and Icelander Rakel got together right within the grounds of one of the schools in Brighton England. Their supposed project prospered into a fully functional band. Thanks to their first their performance, bookings for numbers of gigs came pouring right at the doorstep.

Their first single was called ‘Believe’. The song is young and the video can pass for a classic trend that we usually go for whenever we need a reference to a specific fashion era. With a slow disco vibe, the band was able to establish a message that they are in for the real deal.

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The success of their first song is now followed by their newest single entitled ‘Hey Heartbreaker’. Not letting go of their signature pop rock style, hear these three as they reverberate with this catchy tune that bars and pubs can definitely use for a fun and carefree atmosphere.

Cool indeed, it’s been a while since we’ve heard this kind of music in an all-girl group. Do not get it wrong, these ladies are rocking it spot on.

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Dream wife drop hey heartbreaker and announce debut ep:

https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/dream-wife-drop-hey-heartbreaker-and-announce-debut-ep

 

Dream Wife Demos:

https://dreamwife.bandcamp.com/

 

Aira Algado

DeJ Loaf Taking Rap and Hip-Hop by Storm

 

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The world of rap has been dominated by men. The tongue-twisting lyrics, the jumpy beats and the rather liberating words injected into each track have been channeled well by brusque men over the past couple of years.

We have been awe-stricken when the likes of Missy Elliott and Macy Gray came up bravely to the spotlight and let the world know that women can also progress in this male-dominated music genre. The machismo and bravado that rap exudes have been vanquished by female artists who put forth their talents and proved that music is for everyone.

It has been rather a long time after Nicki Minaj popped out rap antics letting us miss the power of women doing rap on stage. Sating this craving is a budding artist named DeJ Loaf, making us love the rapping female species even better.

Born as Deja Trimble, this 24-year old American artist has been reverberating through the halls of mainstream music for the last couple of weeks. Slowly etching her name on the pedestal of female rap artists, DeJ Loaf’s exposure to the world is definitely expanding her market and career.

Coming from the musically-inclined city of Detroit, Michigan, DeJ Loaf is certainly talented; a breath of fresh air after female singers flooded the pop and ballad era in 2015. This year, this brilliant musician is trampling her way to become one of the best in her chosen genre.

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Life has never been easy for DeJ Loaf and the struggles that she faced made her stronger and more passionate to fulfill her Hollywood dream. Growing up on the East Side, she was acquainted with a variety of music through singers such as Rakim, Miley Davis and 2PAC; a musical blanket so diverse that she was easily attracted.

As early as nine years old, DeJ Loaf crafted songs out of her disturbed youth, a strong motivating force to chase the dream of becoming a famous artist when she grows up. DeJ Loaf continued normal her life, even taking up nursing for three years in college, then went back to the path she first loved: music.

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Starting out her venture in 2011, DeJ Loaf inched herself into the life she has always wanted. She used her talents and channeled her innermost thoughts into the hop hop genre, coming-up with a screen name inspired by her love for Air Jordans. In 2013, she braved the demands of the music industry and released her first mixtape entitled Just Do It, which soon gained the attention of Detroit rap artist SAYITAINTTONE.

The newfound talent in DeJ Loaf escalated quickly, making her sign with her first ever music firm, IBGM. Her career has rolled out smoothly until 2014, when she managed to publicize her single ‘Try Me’. Her rise to stardom caught fire, with even well-known artist Drake citing some of her track’s lyrics in an Instagram post. Shortly afterwards, DeJ Loaf signed with Colombia Records, with the mixtape Sell Sole as her first studio project.

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In 2014, DeJ Loaf also gained more popularity when she was featured on Eminem’s Shady XV album for the track Detroit vs. Everybody. This female rap prodigy is also known as a fantastic opening act for Nicki Minaj’s recent Pinkprint Tour.

DeJ Loaf’s third mixtape entitled …And That’s The Thing soared high on numerous charts in the United States, placing 8th on the US R&B / Hip-Hop list. Some of the other singles released by DeJ Loaf include We Be On It, Back-Up, Hey There and Me U & Hennessy.

 

See More:

DeJ Loaf – Official Site

http://www.dejloafmusic.com

 

Who Is Dej Loaf? 5 Things To Know About Rapper Accused

http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/10/15/who-is-dej-loaf-rapper-gay-dating-lil-durk-aye-redd/

 

Paul Intalan

Corinne Bailey Rae is back with a new song

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Those who know the chill song ‘Put Your Records On’ released in 2006 will surely find themselves missing the singer behind this single. Whatever happened to Corrine Bailey Rae, the voice behind the song, we wish she would one day return and grace our playlists with another laid back song that will serve as a background for long drives or lazy days.

Well, the wait is over for the British singer slash songwriter because she has once again stepped into the limelight with a new single called ‘Been to the Moon’. The long hiatus must have been good for the singer because she looks exceptionally stunning as seen in the video for the said song. Six years of rest may be long, but the effect on the singer is exquisitely noticeable.

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The single serves as a sneak peak for the upcoming album entitled ‘The Heart Speaks in Whispers’ that is scheduled for release in May. Hearing this news will make her waiting fans excited as the singer was surely missed during that period when she was away. There is no denying that the soul singer has matured and returned with a positive vibe upon her shoulders.

Her followers were saddened after knowing about her former husband’s passing due to drug overdose. Stronger and standing taller, the remarried Corrine definitely channels her beautiful the disposition through the happy-meaning music she will release in the future.

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Stunning as she already is, the singer is adorned in gold and a flashy diamond suit that surprisingly blended well with the desert vibe of the video’s location. Neat and classy, the video doesn’t have much of a buzz as it focuses on simplicity that made the singer and her lyrics stand out. ‘Been to the Moon’ is just the beginning and we can expect for things to get even better.

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Corinne Bailey Rae new album details and video:

http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/95691/Corinne-Bailey-Rae-new-album-details-and-video

 

Corinne Bailey Rae Returns With the Stunning Video for “Been to the Moon”:

http://www.complex.com/music/2016/02/corinne-bailey-rae-new-video-been-to-the-moon

 

Aira Algado

Take Me Back in a Dream will lull you to sleep

 

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Christina Martin is back with another soulful track which is so calm and soothing that listeners can’t help but yawn and crave for their beds while listening to her song.

The Canadian singer returns with the second single from her fifth studio album entitled ‘Take me Back in a Dream’ as a follow up to ‘It’ll be Alright’ released earlier this year. Clearly, there is no stopping this songstress as she continues to flourish not only in her home land, but in most parts of Europe as well.

The music video for her current track has a Sia vibe to it, where lyrical dance and impressionist movements are present. The video has drama in it. More than just a visual representation of the song, the music video is boastful on its own. Choreographed by Corey Bowles, the touch of cinematic appeal is successfully incorporated with the lyrical message of the track itself.

See Martin do her moves in a graceful kind of way as she combines well with back up dancers to complete the whole video. “It was a privilege for me to work with choreographer Corey Bowles to incorporate expression through dance in this video. Apart from recollecting difficult memories, the video brings light to empowering tones of resilience,” – Martin said on one of her interviews.

(Cited: http://mysocalledgaylife.co.uk/pub/2015/08/31/christina-martin-take-me-back-in-a-dream/)

True to how she defines it, the song is about the struggles of a person. It shows those dark days when hope is the only thing to hold on to amid challenges. It is like a quick look back on hard times with a message of being strong and getting back on your

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feet no matter how seemingly hard the situation is.

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 Offiicial Site:

http://www.christinamartin.net/

 

Premiere: Christina Martin – ‘Take Me Back In A Dream’

http://clashmusic.com/news/premiere-christina-martin-take-me-back-in-a-dream

 

Aira Algado

For the broken hearted: Gwen Stefani’s ‘Used to Love You’

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The No Doubt songstress seems to wear her heart on her sleeves as she introduced her current single entitled ‘Used to Love You’. The heart-felt ballad appeals especially to those who are suffering from heartbreak sealed and delivered by a thing called love.

The singer admitted that the new single is close to her heart. Personally written, it seems like the X Factor judge has gotten inspiration out her recent Gavin Rossdale divorce. The two were together for thirteen years and the separation news broke the hearts of many who looked up to their unity for more than a decade.

The song was first heard during Stefani’s performance at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. “I just want to share a song that I wrote recently,” she introduced before singing the track. (Cited: http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/10/18/gwen-stefani-breakup-song-used-to-love-you-gavin-rossdale-watch/)

The public performance was immediately followed by a music video that was directed by Sophie Muller who also directed some of No Doubt’s hit songs like of No Doubt and Simple life.

The video is downright simple and even personal as it only shows the singer’s emotion all throughout the four-minute length. The knowledge that the song was a brainchild of the singer herself makes us believe that the emotions she showed in the span of the video is everything straight from the heart and true.

Plans for an upcoming album have been wiped into neat sheets even though some of the tracks are already lined up, including collaborations with Pharrell Williams. As admitted by the singer herself, the earlier plans for album didn’t feel right because of the situation she went through. “”I needed to go through what I needed to go through to write the record that I needed to write. There was a lot of prayer and meditating in the sense of trying to be open and grateful with this record,” (Cited: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-gwen-stefanis-wistful-used-to-love-you-video-20151020).

Back from scratch and armed with post-divorce experience, expect the birth of other songs that accounts the singer’s first-hand story of what she feels. Should these replace the album Gwen was originally making, no one is complaining. After all, we have missed her music. Hearing her on record again is definitely a welcomed thought.

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Gwen Stefani debuts new song ‘Used to Love You’ two months after split from Gavin Rossdale

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/gwen-stefani-debuts-new-song-love-article-1.2402083

 

Gwen Stefani Debuts New Breakup Song Following Split From Gavin Rossdale

http://www.etonline.com/music/174245_gwen_stefani_debuts_new_breakup_song_following_split_from_gavin_rossdale/

 

 

Aira Algado

Little Mix’s Secret Love Song feat Jason Derulo will hit straight to your core

 

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The Holiday season is supposed to be about big smiles and the elated vibe due to celebrations that are set to happen here and there. However, hearing the newest single from Little Mix will make us feel otherwise – thanks to the surprise performance they did during the Jingle Bell Ball in London with none other than Jason Derulo.

Derulo and Little Mix’s collaboration was something unexpected, especially from the live audience that attended the said event. What is even more surprising is the melancholic song that was impressively interpreted by the heartfelt voices of one of the hottest British girl bands together with the most exciting male artist.

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The single is going to be the newest offering from their album in ‘United Kingdom and Ireland’, as confirmed on Twitter. Needless to say, the said team up left the audience and those who watched the video in awe. The blending of high notes that lingered flawlessly with the words moved the listeners exactly how they intended.

Secret Love Song appeals to the senses through its soulful rhythm and powerful lyrics. Let this be a warning that this is a heartbreak song. If you put the powerhouse Little Mix together with the brilliant Derulo, expect nothing but a performance that would reach straight to the very core.

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Lines I wish that it could be like that / Why can’t it be like that? / Cause I’m yours are already giveaways that the song is an ode for a love that could have been. Continue clicking on that replay button and the song will just get better the more you listen to it.

 

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Little Mix & Jason Derulo Perform ‘Secret Love Song’ Together for the First Time: Watch

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/6785927/little-mix-secret-love-song-jason-derulo-jingle-bell-ball-2015

 

Watch Little Mix Debut “Secret Love Song”

http://www.refinery29.com/2015/12/98950/little-mix-secret-love-song-live

 

 

Aira Algado

Let Passion Pit Take You to the Height of Music

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A group of talented boys compelled to make relevant music is a great gift to humanity. As if one is not enough, the quintet hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts never failed to give their humongous fan base a treat through the music they create. Passion Pit truly åchanneled their skills and talents worthy of a concert.

At this moment, the  minds and hearts of Chris Hartz (drums), Aaron Harrison Folb (bass/synthesizers), Giuliano Pizzulo (guitar/synthesizers), Ray Suen (guitar/synthesizers) and Michael Angelakos (lead vocals/keyboards) are now intertwined to comprise the  popular name of Passion Pit, and with how they are rolling  in the mainstream industry, they are definitely here to stay. Currently, the fate of this very talented band is tied up with an equally gifted music outfit: Frenchkiss and Columbia Records, and Passion Pit is sure to make the crowd run to where they choose to go.

Focusing on genres such as alternative dance, indietronica, synthpop, neo-psychedelia and indie pop, Passion Pit is now making rounds to several radio stations in the United States and United Kingdom. Passion Pit’s strongest ace in retaining their fame is through their alluring looks and heartfelt tracks that are meant to reach the younger audience.

They decided to flip their usual gigs in underground bars to something official when they released their debut album, ‘Chunk of Change’, in September 2008. This initial dish on the plate that Passion Pit offered can be remembered via the tracks Sleepyhead and Better Things, and four of the tracks that are included in Chunk of Change are written by lead vocalist Angelakos as a form of endearment to his former girlfriend.

Passion Pit’s initial immersion to the music industry was successfully accepted and even earned them the Best New Local Act for that year title in the Boston-Phoenix music poll. Following up Chunk of Change is the full-length album entitled ‘Manners’, which was released in May of 2009. ‘Manners’ was spearheaded by three tracks entitled ‘The Reeling’, ‘Let Your Love Grow Tall’ and ‘Little Secrets’.

Most of the tracks on this LP have been used  in  different US shows and advertisements, such as ‘Let Your Love Grow Tall’ used in the US TV Series Ugly Betty, the track ‘To Kingdom Come’ for an iPhone application advertisement and the song ‘Moth Wings’ used in the teenage drama show Gossip Girl.

Due to the positive patronage garnered by the band, they have found exposure via several music festivals such as in Glastonbury 2009 where they played as a major act, and in Lollapalooza 2012 where they have announced their third album entitled Gossamer. Gossamer even paved the way for them to reach greater heights, such as being included in the first ever Coastline Festival and new opportunities for publicity in the online music store, Spotify.

Just recently, Passion Pit released their latest album entitled ‘Kindred’, which focuses on a more specified set of lyrics and extensive reach via several social media sites. True to their promise of making their minions happy, they have simultaneously released music videos on YouTube a month after their fourth album’s release, which pleases both the eyes and the ears. Currently, the band members are very much active in connecting to their followers via their website, www.passionpitmusic.com.

 

See More:

 

Passion Pit Announce New Album

http://pitchfork.com/news/58267-passion-pit-announce-new-album/

 

Passion Pit News – NME.com

http://www.nme.com/news/passion-pit

 

Paul Intalan