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This Week in Music: 22 July 2021

A weekly update on all things music, advertising, and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MUSTAFA “STAY ALIVE” The stillness roars. A quiet, restrained delivery of surprising beauty packs a punch and begs his listeners to do one simple thing: stay alive. Mustafa Ahmed, better known by his stage names Mustafa the Poet and Mustafa, is a Canadian poet, singer, and rapper. Born to Sudanese parents, Mustafa got an early start at the age of 12, his powerful poetry and growing popularity leading to guest spots on Canadian TV, songwriting credits on music from fellow … Continue reading This Week in Music: 22 July 2021

This Week in Music: 15 July 2021

A weekly update on all things music, advertising, and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM ARTIST OF THE WEEK: BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD What do you do when the music press says you’re “the best band in the world” and you have only put out a couple of tracks? For London’s Black Country, New Road, its strategy has been to hunker down during the pandemic and patiently wait to unveil its music to the world. When the album “For the First Time” finally arrived, it seemed like it had never gone away. The record feels urgent … Continue reading This Week in Music: 15 July 2021

This Week in Music: 1st July 2021

A weekly update on all things music, advertising, and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THE ACADEMIC Never escaping your hometown or amounting to anything – a common teenage fear amplified during lockdown. The Academic have taken this angst and distilled it into a super catchy rock song ‘Kids (Don’t end up like me)’ that may catapult the band into the mainstream. With hooky vocal lines and an infectious beat, the Irish rock band borrows from early 2k NYC rock revival, Talking Heads and Elvis Costello and reinvents the mix for … Continue reading This Week in Music: 1st July 2021

This Week in Music: 24th June 2021

A weekly update on all things music, advertising, and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM ARTIST OF THE WEEK: JOEL CULPEPPER It’s that time. The time when an artist can see the crack in the door, with the light beyond, the light that leads to stardom. South-East London soul man Joel Culpepper is at that inflection point. His latest track, Tears of a Crown, was just given the Abbey Road treatment on Later…with Jools Holland. Imagine a muscle-bound, half-naked version of Al Green mixed with Horace Andy (Massive Attack) and you get a sense of Culpepper’s … Continue reading This Week in Music: 24th June 2021

This Week in Music: 17th June 2021

A weekly update on all things music, advertising, and technology coming straight to you from Anthony Vanger at MassiveMusic. #TWIM ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ROZZI Does the world need another soul-pop singer? According to Rozzi, an LA-based artist who has opened for Maroon 5 and collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, the answer is an emphatic yes. Championed by KCRW, LA’s premier indie radio station, the songbird’s popularity is rising fast mainly due to her latest release, “I Can’t Go to the Party” from the EP Hymn For Tomorrow. The song is a classic soul track with a big chorus that showcases Rozzi’s impressive pipes. Like … Continue reading This Week in Music: 17th June 2021