Scorsese and Jagger’s HBO Series on the Music Industry ‘Vinyl’ Coming Soon

HBO released a new trailer for its upcoming drama series from creators Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, titled Vinyl. Set in 70′s New York at the dawn of Punk, Disco and Hip-hop, the 10-part series follows the fictional American Century Records, a label struggling to reinvent itself and create a new sound. Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale plays the record executive, struggling to keep his music business afloat in the midst a new music revolution. Vinyl also stars Olivia Wilde (as Richie’s wife), Ray Romano (as a record-label exec) and Juno Temple (as a label employee).

Watch the trailer below, and anticipate the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to drop on HBO in January 2016.


ZHU Feat. Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony “Hold Up, Wait A Minute” Teaser

ZHU‘s Genesis Series has continued to keep the dance music world on their toes. In the span of two weeks, the mysterious musician has dropped four singles from his upcoming Generation Why project. ZHU continues to intrigue our interests with every move he makes as this fascinating video has us wondering what he could possibly have in store for us next given his recent collaborations with Alunageorge, Gallant, and A-Trak off his upcoming EP.

“Hold Up, Wait A Minute” features his collaboration with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and New Orleans based Jazz musician Trombone ShortyThis is yet another amazing track on our hands as he infuses Hip-hop undertones with chilled House vibes – not to mention the incredible 2.5D GTA inspired animated visuals. 

Rihanna Covers Vanity Fair; Talks Past Relationship With Chris Brown, Jay-Z & More

Rihanna is the latest star to grace the cover of Vanity Fair, along with a new interview where the Barbadian beauty was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in Havana, Cuba. The pop star chatted with VF about a variety of topics, including her love life, the qualities she looks for in men, her relationship with Chris Brown, her work relationship with JAY Z and more. 

Read Rihanna’s interview in full over at Vanity Fair.

On hooking up (or not)

“If I wanted to I would completely do that. I am going to do what makes me feel happy, what I feel like doing. But that would be empty for me; that to me is a hollow move. I would wake up the next day feeling like shit. When you love somebody, that’s different. Even if you don’t love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don’t disrespect you. And it’s about my own respect for myself. A hundred percent.”

On qualities she looks for in men

“I hope for the best, and I always look for that little bit of good, that potential, and I wait for it to blossom. You want them to feel good being a man, but now men are afraid to be men. They think being a real man is actually being a pussy, that if you take a chair out for a lady, or you’re nice or even affectionate to your girl in front of your boys, you’re less of a man. It’s so sick. They won’t be a gentleman because that makes them appear soft. That’s what we’re dealing with now, a hundred percent, and girls are settling for that, but I won’t. I will wait forever if I have to … but that’s O.K. You have to be screwed over enough times to know, but now I’m hoping for more than these guys can actually give. That’s why I haven’t been having sex or even really seeing anybody,” she says, “because I don’t want to wake up the next day feeling guilty. I mean I get horny, I’m human, I’m a woman, I want to have sex. But what am I going to do—just find the first random cute dude that I think is going to be a great ride for the night and then tomorrow I wake up feeling empty and hollow? He has a great story and I’m like … what am I doing? I can’t do it to myself. I cannot. It has a little bit to do with fame and a lot to do with the woman that I am. And that saves me.”

On Chris Brown

“I was that girl. That girl who felt that as much pain as this relationship is, maybe some people are built stronger than others. Maybe I’m one of those people built to handle shit like this. Maybe I’m the person who’s almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they’re not strong enough, when they’re not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after … But you know, you realize after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you—because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give. And if you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away. I don’t hate him. I will care about him until the day I die. We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”

JAY Z on Rihanna’s deal in owning all her masters

“What took me 15 or 20 years to get has taken her 10, and will take the next person 5 years. It’s great to be able to help fight that fight.”

Snoop Dogg Plays Funk & Soul DJ Set at Boiler Room (Tracklist)

Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg and the unprecedented underground persona of Boiler Room are two things you wouldn’t normally expect to hear in association with one another. However, as Snoop’s hand at reggae under Snoop Lion came to an end, his adoption of DJ Snoopadelic has begun.

His debut performance took place at an LA roller disco, so naturally the rapper-turned-DJ spun a mélange of soul and funk records from the late ’70s and ‘80s, with selections from Barry White, Faze-O, David Bowie, Bill Withers, and Tom Tom Club to name a few.

Snoop seemed to be at home behind the decks, hyping up the audience on the mic in between cuts. Smooth (and smokey) vibes were visibly maintained throughout the night, as live footage shows the crowd happily skating and dancing to the soulful set from start to finish.

Full tracklist of Snoop’s set at Boiler Room LA:

0:01 – “Easin’ In” – Edwin Starr

2:20 – “You Can’t Turn Me Away” – Sylvia Stripling

4:10 – “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” – Barry White

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Watch Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers redo Chic’s ‘I Want Your Love’

Lady Gaga and Chic frontman Nile Rodgers have teamed up in a revamped version of Chic’s 1978 hit ‘I Want Your Love‘, with Gaga providing the vocal track.

The song was produced to promote the esteemed Tom Ford‘s Spring/Summer 2016 fashion line, with the visuals (which also features Gaga) very much focused on the clothes along with models dancing down the runway like it was the Soul Train line.

The video is directed by Nick Knight, and designer Tom Ford has released a statement explaining the story behind the track and the video:

“Instead of having a traditional show this season, I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online,” he said. “I have always loved Soul Train which used to be on TV in the Seventies; as it was as much about the clothes as the music, I asked Nile Rodgers to collaborate on a new version of one of his great hits from that time, ‘I Want Your Love,’ and worked with Gaga to record the vocals. I then staged a full show in Los Angeles and filmed it with Gaga on the runway.”

Avant Garde Artisté : Sterling Fox

In music, the phrase “next big thing” gets tossed around a lot. With so many mediums to consume music and even more music to actually consume, what makes an artist actually worth listening to? In this weekly series Avant Garde Artisté, the staff at Pro Motion gives you the answer and more. We’re not genre bound, or label specific, the emerging recording artists you are about hear have captured our full attention through their music alone, and all you need to do is lend a curious ear.

Name: Sterling Fox
Hometown: Stoystown, Pennsylvania
Label: Silver Scream Records

While browsing through Avicii’s latest release Stories, one particular voice on the title track “Talk To Myself” stood above the rest, that voice was from singer-songwriter-producer Sterling Fox.

The evolution of songwriter to solo artist is more prevalent now than ever, and Sterling has already trail blazed a path of chart topping writing and producer credits. Responsible for cowriting and coproducing the 3x platinum “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes, featuring Adam Levine, as well as dance crossover hit “Take Me Home” by Cash Cash, which was certified gold in the US.

After the success of “Stereo Hearts,” Sterling continued to work with powerhouse artists’ Madonna, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, and recently Adam Lambert. Watch below as Sterling performs a live rendition of the Lambert’s lead single “Ghost Town,” which he co-wrote.

Sterling describes his sound as Psycho Pop on his Facebook page and that self defined genre resonates through originals posted on his SoundCloud. Emotional vocals and noisy drums reminiscent to early Portishead are heard in “Freak Caroline”.

Sterling perfectly exemplifies the dynamic reach of today’s songwriters – extremely talented enough to pen charting pop records like “Stereo Hearts”, while continually growing as artist and performer in their own realms.  I am sure we will continue to see some incredible songwriting credits in the months ahead, but hopefully more of Sterling Fox as solo artist.

Listen to Porter Robinson’s “World’s Remixed”

Porter Robinson‘s Worlds was one of the most influential electronic albums of 2014 and recently, the young Chapel Hill producer has released the remix album to the project.

World’s Remixed contains 13 powerful reworks by artists like ODESZA, Galimatias, Sleepy Tom, Matt Zo, San Holo, Electric Mantis, Deon Customs, Slumberjack and more, the remix LP is not one to be missed if you’re a fan of top-notch electronic music.

Stream World’s Remixed on Spotify and purchase the remixes on iTunes.

The Fourth Annual Global Spin Awards Continues To Celebrate DJ Culture

With a very limited number of formal award shows dedicated specifically for DJs and producers, the Global Spin Awards have continually paid respects to these unsung heroes and heroines of the modern music industry.

The Fourth Annual Global Spin Awards will be held at The Best Buy Theater in New York City, on November 17th, 2015 and will be broadcasted live by REVOLT TV. Although the award show is an invite only event, it will be preceded by several Global Spin Events, which will include showcases, Q&As, and technology demos open to the public.

With award categories ranging from “Mixshow DJ of the Year”, “Club DJ of the Year”,  to “Producer of the Year” separated into regions and genres, ensures every nominee is recognized for his or her contribution to DJ culture.

Notable awards from last year’s Global Spin Awards included DJ album of the year which went awarded to DJ Khaled for his album Suffering from Success and EDM DJ of the year, which went to Diplo.

More information on the Global Spin Awards can be found here

Follow Up To Lauryn Hill’s ‘Miseducation’ In The Works?

Lauryn Hill may be releasing a follow-up to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Finally. The 1998 record, featured classics such as “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Lost Ones”, and “Nothing Even Matters” went onto earn five Grammys, quickly solidifying Hill’s deserved place among music greats.

After her success with The Fugees and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the iconic soul/lyricist chose not to continue in the limelight, placing her family and privacy first, unfortunately financial and legal issues followed.  

However, her recent covers of Nina Simone proves that Hill still has the talent to carry a new album. Producer Phil Nicolo spoke with The Fader and revealed Hill’s recent work on Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone pushed the singer/rapper to make her formal musical comeback.

 “When she was first getting back into it, there were times when she wasn’t as positive,” stated Nicolo. “But I think she’s in the best place I’ve ever seen her. She seems happy and very centered. When I see her, her face lights up.”

Billboard Dance Chart [10.17.15]


PRO MOTION dances into October with a #1* Billboard chart single for Bob Sinclar featuring Dawn Tallman and exceptionally strong deejay support for Rob Thomas (#21*) Matthew Koma (#29*) Faithless (#38* Hot Shot debut) and Assia Ahhatt ft Chris Cox (Breakout) with Jane Badler (mixed by Tom Stephan) prepped to debut and ZHU ft AlunaGeorge released earlier this week! And for a complete listing of all singles on the newest Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Top 50 chart please below.

ASSIA AHHATT FT CHRIS COX  ‘6 O’Clock In The Morning

(Seize The Day Ent – Import)


Her third consecutive Billboard charter, the CHRIS COX remixes contribute to the Ukrainian dance pop artist’s #5 BREAKOUT position





Following in the foot steps of his successful vocal collaborations with Hardwell, Tiësto and Zedd, Matt’s debut solo single jumps from #48* to #37* to #29* c/o the TIM GUNTER + MOTI + THE KNOCKS remixes


(Big Beat / RCA)


20 years since their initial, worldwide success, the U.K. duo return with the AVICII + FEDDE LE GRAND + ARMAND VAN HELDEN remixes and this week’s #38* HOT SHOT DEBUT


(Me Jane Music Import – Australia)


From the land downunder and home grown artists’ Kylie Minogue, Sia, and Stereolove, our latest Australian import … with the TOM STEPHAN remixes … is slated for next week’s BREAKOUT slot



(SONY Music)


The highly anticipated follow up to ‘Faded’, the anonymous DJ/remixer/producer/artist returns with the first single from his Genesis Series EP


(Slaag Productions)


10 years since his first international hit. ‘Love Generation’, France’s biggest DJ/remixer/artist/label owner enjoys this week’s #1* Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart position!


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