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BLACK FRIDAY DISCOUNTS

ALBUMS

Spirit in the Dark
Dreamelt

SINGLES

Stuck
Too Young to Die
Hollywood Signs
Desaprovação
Warmest Wind
Escort
The Ninth Cloud
Heresy
Lethal You
Red Room
Red Room Remix

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@Ronlop thought the song limit was 10, so I'll add 5 more discounted songs here: "Pleasure", "Hold You in My Arms", "Back of the Bus", "Not Yet The End" and "Violet"

 

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SHAWN MENDES ON AUSTRALIAN IDOL

 

 

Shawn Mendes is currently on his first ever promotional tour of Australia! He's out right now supporting his impressively successful single "Mysterious Skin" which has returned Shawn back to the top 20! The song has officially ignited a brand new era and a brand new incarnation of the 20 year old hitmaker. Abandoning the largely pop influenced sound of his debut record The Resistance, Shawn has moved to a harder, rock driven sound. With that he has also gone through a lyrical reinvention, focusing intensely on himself and allowing the world to see directly into his mind in order to break down the traditional barrier between artist and audience. The song has endlessly captivated fans and is gaining Shawn some new fans as well. For the song's first live performance outside of the US, Shawn played the song on Australian Idol!

 

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The performance begins with a single spotlight on Shawn's guitar center stage sitting on a stand. From the back of the stage, the main screen comes to life showing a long, seemingly endless road winding through the desert. We see the shape of someone walking down this road. As this person comes closer into focus on the screen we see that it is Shawn. He walks straight at the camera all the way to the point where he's right at the lens. The real Shawn then walks onto the stage from the back matching the stride of the virtual Shawn, as if Shawn was still walking along that road. He picks up his guitar and immediately, the introduction to "Mysterious Skin" begins, the atmospheric sound effects being played from a tape.

Shawn and the band then come in live as the song proper begins. From his first word at the start of the first verse, Shawn's voice is immediately chilling in it's quality. He injects the mood of the song into his vocals, carrying that mystic quality present in the song with each word. The musical components of the verses are much lighter so Shawn and the band's playing is almost of an airy quality, not at all hammering their instruments, rather they are brushing against them but with just enough force that each note starts with a pop of strength before being absorbed in the echo. The screen continues to show the road visual through the first two verses and pre-chorus. We see on the visual another virtual Shawn appearing along the road, coming from the other direction out of camera frame and walking in the other direction. However he turns and looks directly at the camera. 

As the chorus comes crashing in, Shawn and his band really let it out, nailing the aggressive rock arrangement with power and strength. Shawn's voice matches that intensity, carrying a powerful booming quality. He hits the notes effortlessly, giving a mesmerizing vocal performance. The virtual Shawn on the side of the road stands motionless on the road however his shadow being casted on the ground below him appears to be running in frantic circles around him. This slides us back into the verses. Shawn and the band go back into the more restrained verses however they aren't as restrained as the first two verses and carry a little bit of an edge to them. Shawn's vocals continue to remain haunting and strong. On the screen, the Shawn on the road is joined by another Shawn who's come from off camera.

As the chorus returns, those two Shawn's hug each other however their shadows are shown aggressively fighting each other. Shawn an the band are once bringing the power back for the chorus. Shawn is really giving it all he's got, his vocals stronger than ever. As the instrumental bridge that proceeds the sung bridge comes in, the footage on the screen completely freezes as does Shawn's band. Since this instrumental passage is orchestral and there's no orchestra present so it's played from a tape. As the footage and Shawn's band remains frozen, Shawn removes his guitar and walks off of the stage and to a very small platform set up in the audience that's just big enough for Shawn and a mic stand. He's handed another guitar as the band unfreezes for the sung bridge. The screen footage unfreezes as well and we now see four Shawn's standing along the road all in a line holding hands, however their shadows show what look to be hundreds of Shawn's in an all out brawl. Shawn and the band bring the final powerful chorus home, Shawn reaching up to his surprisingly powerful upper register for the close. As the song ends, all of the Shawn's on the screen suddenly disappear. For the first time, the real Shawn breaks his concentration and smiles at the crowd and throws his guitar pic to a fan in the audience as the performance comes to an end.

 

HOST: "Shawn's new song 'Mysterious Skin' is available now worldwide at a special Black Friday discount! The song can also be streamed for FREE on Encore so make sure to stream it and all of Shawn's music and be sure to also subscribe to be the first to get new Shawn music!"

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SHAWN MENDES ON KIIS 106.5 SYDNEY

 

 

Shawn Mendes is currently on his first ever promotional tour of Australia! He's out right now supporting his impressively successful single "Mysterious Skin" which has returned Shawn back to the top 20! The song has officially ignited a brand new era and a brand new incarnation of the 20 year old hitmaker. Abandoning the largely pop influenced sound of his debut record The Resistance, Shawn has moved to a harder, rock driven sound. With that he has also gone through a lyrical reinvention, focusing intensely on himself and allowing the world to see directly into his mind in order to break down the traditional barrier between artist and audience. The song has endlessly captivated fans and is gaining Shawn some new fans as well. Shawn's also handed out an early Christmas gift to fans in his first Christmas song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" which details Shawn rushing to get home to spend the holidays with his family. The song has also been successful, debuting at #6 on the holiday charts. As part of his promotional tour Down Under, Shawn appeared in studio at KIIS 106.5 in Sydney!

 

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  • ON THE WARM RECEPTION OF "MYSTERIOUS SKIN"

"I've had a hit on the charts twice but with this song, it feels so different. This song is on a completely different level for me because of how personal it is to me. I wrote this track as a sort of self therapy to work through my own stress and confusion at the new situation I found myself in the best way I knew how. I never in a million years anticipated when I was writing the song that I'd ever release it. But I felt a pull to do it. The day the song came out, I was the most nervous I've ever been for a release. But immediately I saw the fans falling in love with it and within a few days, it had been adopted by all of them so beautifully. And seeing people that weren't previous fans getting into the track is a really beautiful feeling. Putting out something that close to my heart was a hard decision for me to make but I'm so glad I did. I was looking on Connect the other day and seeing how people were reacting to the song and it was beautiful. I'm so grateful for the love to the song. More than I can ever put into words."

 

  • ON "IT ALL COMES BACK TO THIS" TURNING 1 YEAR OLD

"Time flies when you're living your dreams!" (Laughs) "I never could've imagined how much that song would change my life. When I was signed, the word on social media was that I wasn't going to amount to much, that I was doomed to make meaningless music that never did anything. But those voices weren't strong enough to match those who supported me. The fans are so devoted and they've made all this happen just as much, if not more than I have. When I look back on 'It All Comes Back to This', I remember exactly writing it. When I got signed, my parents and I split the cost of a studio apartment in New York where I stayed for 4 months writing the album. I wrote the song in that apartment in one afternoon. The idea came from, of all places, a news report I saw on a TV at a coffee place about a teen who shot a classmate in the city. Hearing that report opened up my own thoughts about the world around me and I sat down and wrote what I saw and thought. I wrote about us reacting in horror to things like that but then never doing anything about it. It was one of the most important moments career wise for me because it was the first song that I felt like a true songwriter on. A year later, I'm out here doing what I love for the people I love. It's a song that will always mean the world to me."

 

  • ON #SM2

"I love how hungry everyone is for info on it! It's very exciting! The album is coming along better than I ever thought. The band and I are really, really in love with the new material so when we get into the studio, we're getting through the tracks with such intent and purpose. I set a pace for myself for the album. I want to have at least two songs completely recorded every three weeks. And so far we're following that schedule exactly. We'll be done recording in a week or two and then start the mixing process soon. The album is incredibly different from The Resistance. The point this time around is to completely break down the usual boundary wall between myself as an artist and the audience. I feel like it's time to introduce everyone to who I am behind the fame and success. Every song is personal. There are a lot of confessions, you'll be learning things about me that you never knew before. I'm incredibly excited for everyone to hear it!"

 

HOST: "Shawn's new song 'Mysterious Skin' and his Christmas track 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' are both available now on a big discount for Black Friday along with some other Shawn goodies. Remember Encore is free today so stream Shawn's music and subscribe to his Encore channel to be the first to get new Shawn music! Now sit back because here's 'Mysterious Skin' by Shawn Mendes!"

 

 

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Hey guys,

I’m very sorry & sad to say these, but I think I have to quit...my computer isn’t working at all, I really have to repair it or buy another one, but I simply don’t have the money at this point. I’m so so so so so sorry. :( I hope everybody understands and maybe I will join again in the future.

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1 hour ago, Royalty said:

Hey guys,

I’m very sorry & sad to say these, but I think I have to quit...my computer isn’t working at all, I really have to repair it or buy another one, but I simply don’t have the money at this point. I’m so so so so so sorry. :( I hope everybody understands and maybe I will join again in the future.

Oh no! That's awful! I'm so sorry to hear that. 

But I totally understand! And I know that everyone will agree when I say we'll miss you and if/when you can come back, we will be MORE than happy to have you back! 

Love you sis <3 

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Janelle Monáe on James Corden

 

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Janelle Monáe has finally released her standalone single entitled “Night Dreamer”. The ferocious track is accompanied by an introduction and a narrative about having a tumultuous relationship with winter. The organized chaos of Janelle Monáe’s music may owe some debt to her wide-ranging art historical and cultural influences. Her fondness for ambiguity reveals itself in cryptic strings of text and fractured bodies with mismatched parts askew. “I really appreciate being able to talk directly to the artists I work with, for the artist to be able to challenge me and push back on things” in reference to Béla Tarr in her film slated to be released in 2019. Janelle Monáe is a keen mind and a dazzling performer with a sense of her place not only in the world at large, but in the continuum of popular music. As an artist, she explore themes of African post-coloniality, the political uses of music in Africa, and musical and cultural interchange between cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. With “Night Dreamer”, she chronicles the lives of migrants approaching the shores of America during the winter. 


Dance has always been aware of death: it lingers just off to the side of the stage, waiting for the performance to end. The danse macabre, or death dance, another medieval invention, was an allegorical way of resisting as well as respecting the force of death. Visuals of Janelle Monáe gyrating around horrific surroundings has circulated around the streets of New York. Each of the images wanders aimlessly through tangents, spiraling into moments where one word or phrase is repeated continuously as Monáe contemplates something indirectly related to the narrative. In one of the images, she discerns and frequently states the line “Conjured in another winter dream”. The words have only shreds of syntax to hang onto, so they connect to each other through sound—delivered in a rhythmic recitative punctuated by occasional melodic flourishes. A pulsating, syncopated rhythm can be heard echoing from a distance as each of the teasers ended. The artist turns mundane aspects of life in the region into parables with unclear lessons, carrying her metaphors through beyond rationality. Today, Janelle Monáe released “Night Dreamer” and the song is conceived to be an output with a storyline of its own. There’s a palpable social justice undercurrent bubbling beneath the surface. She was assisted by Paul Epworth and Devonté Hynes throughout the development of the song. She performed “Night Dreamer” after a brief interview with James Corden.

How does it feel to finally be releasing a single?

It feels so surreal. [Night Dreamer] is just a track that is indicative of the music I typically make. I decided to release “Night Dreamer” because it is sinister and despondent, yet it perfectly describes the sentiments I often feel during this time of year. I never push everything I’m doing at the same time, however I felt as if releasing it seemed ideal. When I was writing it, it was still a very sincere process of wanting and needing to make music. I don't make music in order to make a living. But I do make music, and I have to figure out how to make a living. So I'm not complaining, I know that's just reality.

You can hear the dulled urgency of a siren and the promise of more sirens, and errant screeches. How did that come about?

Usually when you're feeling dispirited, there are barriers upon obstructions. I wanted to include that in the interludes because it is indicative that eventually, everything would turn out just fine. 

You're a director, a producer, an actress, and now a singer. What made you want to pursue music?

My mother, she encouraged me by obtaining music lessons when we were young. That was considered part of our education. I wanted to have two instruments, but I was only allowed to have one because that was the budget that we had. She owned a small record company in Kansas City. If she didn’t sell a record he would try to find out what was wrong with the music and he would take it home and listen to it—and I followed along. We had country and western music, we had jazz music, we had band music, we had marching-band music, we had classical music, we had operas. The versatility and the dynamics of music at its core was what initially intrigued me in eventually pursuing it as a career. Initially, it seemed provincial and becalmed attending the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. As I grew older, I cherish the morals and pedagogy I've learned while studying ethnomusicology. In terms of music school you don’t really learn about that kind of a world being the predominant industry that we have now, however. It is hard to believe you’re at a certain level or your ideas are worthwhile. Regarding the progression of becoming a more proficient musician, individuals including myself can not assume ourselves as prolific innovators especially because jazz and other genres has this history of boundary-pushing limitless constant progression, eight hours a day of practice. I listen to Coltrane and Sun Ra and all these progressives, but for me because of the internet and the advancements in technology I prefer to study everything. 

Is there anything in particular that made you want to release “Night Dreamer”?

I always feel that the strongest stories resonate with the times we live in. So my stories will always be a bit social — they’ll have an edge in a way. The song is inherently political and I've always admired that about certain artists. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. Essentially I’m creating a metaphor about the feeling of being tired of being outraged, and tired of being angry, and tired of fighting, all those things. Because we're being overlooked, we've also been left to our devices. We only get to do it for the love, you know? Working with Devonté Hynes was so inspirational as an artist. It’s so crazy how things can turn and move and go to a different place that I alone could never, ever create. The track is rooted in family, and when you create a record with someone, they become family, too. We live our lives with the conviction that our personal connection runs deepest.

After the interview, James Corden held a physical copy of Night Dreamer. “Purchase Night Dreamer today and preorder the vinyls as well. Each and every person in the audience is getting a physical copy of the release! And now, please welcome Janelle Monáe to the stage." 

 

Janelle Monáe stood on a translucent platform while being surrounded by background vocalists and dancers. The only visible part of each performer is their head, piercing through the fabric, whilst their hidden bodies jointly move along public space. The enormous fabric reflects the subjectivity of the performers involved who struggle between individualism and solidarity with the collective experience. They swayed correspondingly while almost becoming an orchestra for Monáe. As she signaled towards an area in the background, the performers would become defiant and escape. Gradually, the fabric slowly diverged and was used by acrobats to poignantly gyrate themselves onstage. Eventually, everyone—including Monáe—were floating onstage and synchronized the word “Dreamers” using the fabric, lighting, and sporadic positions. The acrobats intertwined amongst each other as Monáe held onto the fabric while twirling beautifully. Whilst her dancers practiced the dance macabre themselves, Monáe stood still, portraying death. Crimson red lights flashed as flames ignited around the once translucent platform. 

 

I've frolicked and saw a spector 
Blasphemy fades and ignites another flame

 

 

 

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