Big Sean’s Collab-Crammed ‘Detroit 2′ Is Here: Stream It Now

Everything is big about Big Sean’s new LP, Detroit 2.

Stretching across 21 tracks, it’s one big album. And at 70-minute’s plus… that’s big, too. He’s also brought some big names along for the ride, including Post Malone, Dave Chappelle, Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, Lil Wayne and many more. Detroit 2 also features the previously-released “Deep Reverence”.

Big Sean is on something of a streak. The Detroit rapper’s album Dark Sky Paradise hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 back in 2015. I Decided from 2017 also went to the top.

Yep, Detroit 2 is something of a big deal.

Stream it in full below.

Vallis Alps’ Davey Strikes New Deal With The Orchard, Drops ‘Not Me’: Stream It Now

He goes by a regular name. But Davey’s music is anything but.

The Australian artist, one half of Sydney electronic duo Vallis Alps, sets out on his own with a new project and a fresh deal with The Orchard, Billboard can exclusively reveal.

“I’m stoked to have signed with The Orchard,” enthuses Davey, known to family and friends as David Ansari. “I had a chance to meet up with them in Sydney this past January and we hit it off really well.”

The new arrangement coincides with the release of Davey’s “Not Me,” featuring Seattle rapper Sol.

It’s the first track from the producer’s debut EP, which sonically fuses deconstructed rap with industrial house and a touch of hip-hop.

“We met David during the early days of Vallis Alps and quickly realized that his attention to production detail and mastery of song-form was world-class,” recounts Blake Rayner, General Manager of The Orchard in Australia & New Zealand. “Nothing prepared us though for the volume of creative ideas on the Davey EP. This music stuns. It is immediate, as it is beautiful. We are thrilled to be working together.”

Ansari and his manager Melody Forghani of Twnty Three presented The Orchard’s domestic team with a finished copy. A few months later, the music distributor and label services company jumped on board, which “surprised” Ansari “given how clangy and avant-garde some of these songs are,” he tells Billboard. “They’re really supportive of me getting weird with it, and I’m looking forward to putting out more music alongside them.”

Ansari cut the forthcoming Davey EP in New York during some downtime between touring for Vallis and recording the duo’s debut album.

Slated for release later this year, the project was hewn from shock treatment, from exposure to America’s current social dynamics. The result is something off-beat, eclectic and a light-year from Vallis Alps.

“Not Me” captures the sound of drama, it rolls in nuggety beats and leaves no stone unturned.

Stream Davey’s “Not Me” featuring Sol below.

 

G-Eazy Teams Up With Mulatto for ‘Down’: Watch

G-Eazy has called on Mulatto for his latest collaboration, and the duo slayed on “Down,” which dropped just after midnight ET on Friday (Sept. 4).

The song was released along with a fun new music video, which finds G as a young hotel bellhop that serves as Mulatto’s “gigolo.”

“Down” is the latest of a slew of G-Eazy collaborations this year, including “Share That Love” with Lukas Graham, “Bounce Back” with Rexx Life Raj and Jay Anthony, “Pass It” with MK xyz and “Love Is Gone” with Drew Love and JAHMED, among others.

He also released a full-length album, Everything’s Strange Here, in June.

Watch the official video for “Down” and stream the new single below.

Sech Drops ‘Relacion’ Remix With Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko & Rosalia

In the midst of the pandemic, Sech dropped his reggaeton-dancehall track “Relacion,” about a person who has moved on from a toxic relationship and is living his or her best life.

Now, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, and Rosalia have hopped on the track, taking it to another whole level.

With an empowering chorus: “everything changed now, it’s her turn/ a party and a bottle/ thanks to the abuse, she got more beautiful/ now you want her but she doesn’t want you,” “Relacion” celebrates self-worth and self-love.

“The remix was born out of an idea that I had all of a sudden,” Sech tells Billboard, “and at the same time, I heard that many of my colleagues liked the song.” The first person to jump on the track was Balvin, followed by Yankee, Farruko, and finally Rosalia. “This is truly something beautiful for me,” he adds.

On the remix, produced by Dimelo Flow and Slow Mike, all four artists elaborate on the song’s essence. “Your princess is gone,” chants Yankee. “You thought you had me but you never did because I’m la Rosalia,” sings the Spanish songstress.

“Ever since this song came out I haven’t stopped listening to it and I love it,” Rosalia tells Billboard. “I also celebrate the message of power for women who are or have been in a toxic relationship and I hope that when they get out of it, they can sing it very loud!”

The out-of-this-world music video was directed by Fernando Lugo in Miami, Fla. and shows all the artists from the remix.

“Some of us filmed the video together and others separately,” Sech says. “I’m very proud of sharing this collaboration of dreams with all of my fans.”

On TikTok, “Relacion” is a hit, garnering over four million videos from people all over the world showing their transformation before and after a relationship. On the Billboard charts, it marks Sech’s fourth top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs.

Both Sech and Rosalia are confirmed to speak at Billboard’s 2020 virtual Latin Music Week taking place from Oct. 20th to 23rd. To RSVP, click here.

Watch the “Relacion” remix below.

Nick Cave’s ‘Idiot Prayer’ One-Man Show Set for Live Album and Cinema Release

Nick Cave’s Idiot Prayer virtual concert will enjoy a second life as an album release and cinematic experience.

The Australian alternative rock icon’s solo show at Alexandra Palace will be issued as a 22-track double album, from Nov. 20. The live set will be available on vinyl, CD and streaming services worldwide.

Before that, the Idiot Prayer concert film will hit cinemas globally on Nov. 5 through a collaboration with Trafalgar Releasing. Movie-goers will be treated to an extended cut, with four previously-unseen performances.

Until now, the Cave’s all-alone gig was available as an online-only, ticketed event.

For the special performance, Cave played a stripped-back set at the piano, returning to early Bad Seeds works, and more recent songs from his Grinderman project and the Australian Music Prize-nominated Ghosteen album.

Reflecting on recent months, Cave says the silence of the lockdown sparked “the idea of not only recording the songs, but also filming them.”

On June 19, he recounts, “surrounded by Covid officers with tape measures and thermometers, masked-up gaffers and camera operators, nervous looking technicians and buckets of hand gel, we created something very strange and very beautiful that spoke into this uncertain time, but was in no way bowed by it.”

Cave continues, “This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void – alone at Alexandra Palace – a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.”

Recorded in Ally Pally’s cavernous West Hall during the lockdown, Cave’s set was captured on film by cinematographer Robbie Ryan, edited by Nick Emerson, and the audio was recorded by Dom Monks.

Tickets for the film go on sale Sept. 10, excluding the U.S. where the details will be announced in due course.

The ARIA Hall of Famer and his Bad Seeds will take their show on the road for a pan-European tour in Spring and Summer 2021, due to kick off April 10 at Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster Move Forward With New Round of Furloughs

Live Nation Entertainment has begun a second round of companywide furloughs through its U.S. venues and Ticketmaster North America divisions. The cuts affects hundreds of staff members as the concert business continues to grapple with the human costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019, Live Nation generated $11.6 billion in revenue, but the publicly-traded company is now less than a month away from beginning its third quarter with virtually no revenue and a $185 million in monthly expenses. The touring giant pulled its tours from the road on March 13 and has since only dabbled in pandemic-safe productions, such as drive-in concerts. While Billboard doesn’t have an exact number, sources estimate that hundreds of employees have been affected by the latest round of cost reductions, which were first reported by Pollstar.

The reductions included deep cuts to some of Live Nation’s regional offices like Cleveland and Detroit, while offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles were also affected.

“It’s brutal,” said one agent as the news trickled across social media. A company spokesperson acknowledged the furloughs took place, but was unable to comment further. In April the company furloughed and laid off hundreds of employees as a result of the pandemic, followed a series of cuts in May that affected 2,100 of its 10,500 employees across multiple divisions at the company to reduce costs by $600 million.

Live entertainment companies including AEG, Paradigm, the Agency for the Performing Arts, Stubhub, CAA and WME have all had to make staffing cuts and job reductions as a result of the pandemic.

Venues have been particularly hard hit — for Live Nation, the Fillmore in San Francisco and the House of Blues in Anaheim saw more than 325 full-time and part-time employees furloughed or laid off, according to the California Employment Development Department, while 71 positions were affected at the Observatory in Santa Ana and the Wiltern in L.A. shed nearly 700 positions.

 

Gary Clark Jr., Tones and I to Headline The Surf Lodge Virtual Concert Benefit

This weekend, The Surf Lodge will close out its summer programming schedule with a two-night concert event.

In partnership with Bumble and The Governors Ball, the virtual celebration will feature Australian breakthrough artist Tones and I on Saturday evening with opener Oli Benz at 7:30 p.m. EST. On Sunday night, Gary Clark Jr. will close out the weekend with opener Blackillac, also at 7:30 p.m. EST. One of Clark’s previous performances at The Surf Lodge has been viewed 5.6 million times on YouTube.

The events serve as fundraisers for Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality. One-hundred percent of sales from the Jacquelyn Jablonski-designed event capsule collection will also be donated to the cause.

Like so many gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, The Surf Lodge has pivoted to make its programming virtual with an eye on safety. To that end, the concerts will be available to stream on YouTube via The Surf Lodge channel as well as Facebook and Instagram Live.

This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.