AMTC BLOG

06 June 2018

Eos New Artist: Emma Elisabeth

Emma Elisabeth wowed us with Soul Traveller at SXSW. We had a pleasure of hearing her perform it twice, at the Barracuda Backyard and at Esther’s Follies.

Her jangle pop sound is filled with contrast. It’s soulful and contemplative, but feels loud and elegantly messy at the same time. She was born and lived in Sweden, and is not based in Berlin. This may be where the contrast in her music is coming from. Her soothing vocal over a sound inspired by country rock, along to analog synthesizers with a minimalistic touch is the very definition of Emma Elisabeth. As Cute and Dangerous put it, she is “Somewhere between The Bangles, Patti Smith and Nots”.

Her lyrics are authentic and heartfelt with a pinch of melancholia. While listening to her words you can feel the mixture of the 90s and the 70s. Emma’s songwriting is seamlessly blending the Swedish coast with Berlin’s nightlife, influenced by the American lifestyle.

Her smooth and harmonious nature is the essence of her debut album. It’s a 6 track EP called We Gotta Talk. The album was released last spring under and it was produced by Victor Van Vugt. Clash Magazine wrote that it’s “Unfurling with a gentle jangle, the crisp, spring-fresh songwriting can't fail to get under your skin”.

As Soul Traveller implies, she does take your soul on a journey. If you feel like travelling, listen to Soul Traveller on Eos Perk and BSP Medium.
Evgenija Trajkoska, Eos Music Supervisor

About Evgenija:

Originally from Macedonia, Evgenija sometimes feels like she’s spent most of her life at University. She boasts a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics at FON University in Skopje and a Master's degree in International Business from the Faculty of Economics at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is new to Eos, but is already working with high-profile retail clients across Europe to curate the perfect business music for their store environments. In her free time Evgenija enjoys live music, reading (especially Balkan history) and hanging out with friends.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
01 May 2018

Eos New Artist: Kaela Sinclair

During SXSW, we heard Kaela Sinclair perform her new single I Cry Too and knew we’d make her one of our monthly Eos New Artists. I Cry Too conveys heartfelt emotions, and empathetically reminds that the people who we look up to are same as us, and they cry too.

Kaela started her career midway through her studies. She was handpicked by Anthony Gonzales to join his electro-pop band M83. It seems like it happened to her seemingly effortlessly, and this is what she says about it: “I’m very convinced that you invite it all in; tell people around you that this is what you want, and it happens.”

Driven by these thoughts, she moved to LA, surrounded her with people who are her “creative support system” and started creating music. Her music is influenced by a colorful palette of artists, ranging from Björk, Rufus Wainwright and Regina Spektor, to classical composers. She gives away a vibe that she is living in a world of her own, but still she is very welcoming and sharing of it. Kaela has a knack for writing lyrics that are reflective and enigmatic. Along with the gorgeous melodies, her music is something to contemplate to.

She is working on four singles, that will be released as a ‘mini album’. Until her ‘mini album’ drops you can listen to her music on Eos Perk and BSP Mild, and let us know if you like her music as much as we do.
Aleksandr Laali, Eos Chief Music Supervisor

About Alek:

Hailing from Talinn, Estonia, Alek says music seems to be in his DNA. His mother has a VHS tape of him as a toddler drumming to music using kitchen utensils. He spent a couple of years at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, but dropped out to tour Europe with his band Jätku Leiba. He finally had to “grow up and get a real job”, holding programming jobs at several Eastern European radio stations. He was Eos’ first Music Supervisor, and as we’ve grown, he’s added others to his team who share his passion for music. Outside of music, Alek enjoys spending time with his wife Trini and their cat Kalju.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
10 April 2018

Eos New Artist: Arlo

If you’re a fan of Eos Alt Buzz, Campus or BSP Hot, you’ve no doubt heard Homecoming by our Eos New Artist for April, Arlo. No less a luminary than Sir Elton John has praised Arlo as a new British talent before playing Homecoming on his Beats 1 radio show.

Homecoming may be confused as an EDM song or even a pop ballad. However, on second take, you begin to appreciate the distinct balance that Homecoming offers. Arlo’s soft voice is a perfect match to the underlying beats of the song, a combo that makes you feel all sorts of feelings. Homecoming is a raw plea for his lover to come back home.

Arlo has explained the track’s inspiration: “It's me admitting the truth to myself and promising myself to get better. It's me saying come home, we love you, we won't judge you. No one will ever love you more than your family and friends, so why not surround yourself around them?”.

And if you can’t get enough of his soulful music, check out Settle. It’s an ambient, indie-pop track, perfect for your heartbreak. Arlo maintains emotional integrity while reflecting on our desire for love and the consequences of being denied the love we think we deserve.

Settle is about doing everything in your power to be loved or wanted. It’s full of desperation and hopelessness. It’s my most vulnerable moment on record. We all want to be loved by somebody one day. This is real heartbreak filled with real rejection, something I think most people can relate to.
Kiki Tamm, Eos Music Supervisor

About Kiki
A native of Talinn, Estonia, you could say Kiki has music in her blood, literally. Both of Kiki’s parents were members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the leading orchestra in Estonia. A classically-trained pianist, Kiki loves that her knowledge and love of music can be the basis for her career, and takes pride that her work is enjoyed by consumers visiting businesses served by Eos Music. In her free time Kiki enjoys canoeing, hiking, sailing, and cycling.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
31 March 2018

Now and Then – The Week’s Billboard Number One Single

During this last week of March, Drake’s God’s Plan is still going strong. It’s been the number one single for nine weeks straight, and continues to break records. It joined the exclusive group which includes Hello by Adele, I’ll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy, Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight and One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey. If it holds its position it can beat the record of 16 weeks as the number one hot single set by One Sweet Day.

In 2008, Love in This Club by Usher had been number one three consecutive weeks. It rose to the top three weeks after its debut and gained the Airplay Gainer honor the same week. Internationally it made top ten charts in many countries, including Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand. Obviously, his producer made the right move and helped Usher to consolidate his reputation among the female audience.

Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It was still at the number one position in 1998. It was one of the best received songs on the Will Smith’s debut album. The song won Smith a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1999. The following year it was ranked the 68th greatest song of the 1990s. By contrast, AOL Radio ranked it as one of the 100 Worst Songs Ever in 2010. Even Pitchfork Media’s 2017 list of the worst U.S. number one singles of the 90s has included it. We kinda’ like it. Decide for yourself. You can hear it on Eos on 90s Hits and Throwback.

Michael Jackson topped the chart in 1988 with his hit single Man in the Mirror. Michael dedicated the song to Yoshiaki Ogiwara, a five year old boy from Japan who was kidnapped and murdered in September 1987. Michael was touring Japan at that time and found the event inhuman and traumatic. He dedicated the concerts in Osaka and Yokohama to the boy.

In 1978 the Bee Gees were continuing their reign on the charts with their single Night Fever. It’s a single that represents the essence of “disco fever” that swept the U.S. at the time. Put on your platform shoes and dance your heart out; we play it on Dance Party, Yesteryear and 70s Hits.
Evgenija Trajkoska, Eos Music Supervisor

About Evgenija:

Originally from Macedonia, Evgenija sometimes feels like she’s spent most of her life at University. She boasts a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics at FON University in Skopje and a Master's degree in International Business from the Faculty of Economics at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is new to Eos, but is already working with high-profile retail clients across Europe to curate the perfect business music for their store environments. In her free time Evgenija enjoys live music, reading (especially Balkan history) and hanging out with friends.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
28 March 2018

SXSW Journal Pt. 1 – Live Show Highlights

The Eos team works relentlessly to keep our music fresh. Live shows at events like SXSW give us the chance to discover new artists, and hear new material from artists we already follow. Only somewhat recovered from the grueling journey home, I wanted to share a few notes from the trip.

I caught Canadian DJ Ludo playing at The Bungalow on Monday, March 12, so it was not a regular start of the week. His set started at 12:30am and lasted until 1:50am. Hey, I can sleep when I’m dead. Over the years, Ludo has developed a specific style influenced by the internationally renowned artists he has performed with. Some of those include big names, such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, EDX, Hardwell, Showtek and Tiësto. I play Ludo’s Love Me Dead on BSP Hot, Alt Buzz and 2K.

That night The Bungalow also hosted Canadian electronic duo Wake Island. Their set lasted only 40 minutes, but it was electrifying. Philippe Manasseh and Nadim Maghzal are both Lebanese immigrants who met in Montreal and started creating music together. Their music is a connection between their Arab roots and current Western lives. The cultural blend represents dance music accompanied by the lyrical skills of veteran songwriters. They are working on their third album, and until it drops, listen to Never Entirely There on Eos BSP Hot, Indie Pop and The Campus.

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is the glorious fifth album by the band Wye Oak. They have performed four times at SXSW, and frankly, our team still can’t get enough of them. Our favorite performance was the one at the Lustre Pearl, and their music perfectly suited the casual bar. The music is unapologetic, written without doubts and second-guessing, resulting in typical Wye Oak. You can hear their Before on AAA and The Campus, and Glory on The Campus and BSP Hot.

Superchunk says that the demoralizing election of 2016 encouraged them to release an album after four years of silence. The band has been together for nearly three decades, and it seemed to many that they lost their momentum. They’ve proven otherwise. They performed twice during SXSW, once at Mohawk Outdoor, and once at The Main. They said “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” What A Time To Be Alive is a record about a dire and depressing situation, but it’s not dire and depressing to listen to. Check it out on The Campus.
Aleksandr Laali, Eos Chief Music Supervisor

About Alek:

Hailing from Talinn, Estonia, Alek says music seems to be in his DNA. His mother has a VHS tape of him as a toddler drumming to music using kitchen utensils. He spent a couple of years at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, but dropped out to tour Europe with his band Jätku Leiba. He finally had to “grow up and get a real job”, holding programming jobs at several Eastern European radio stations. He was Eos’ first Music Supervisor, and as we’ve grown, he’s added others to his team who share his passion for music. Outside of music, Alek enjoys spending time with his wife Trini and their cat Kalju.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
17 March 2018

Now and Then – The Week’s Billboard Number One Single

Ever since it was released, Drake’s God’s Plan has been a giant, and now it’s proving to be an even bigger one. It has been the number one hit on the Billboard 100 for 8 weeks now. God’s Plan is dominating the streaming platforms. It has logged seven of the top 10 streaming weeks ever, with over 82 million U.S. streams.

In 2008, the reign of Low by Flo Rida was ended by Love in This Club by Usher featuring Young Jeezy. The song debuted at number 83 on March 1, 2008, the following week it moved to number 51, and topped the chart this week 10 years ago. The song was produced by Polow da Don, during his weekend stay in Las Vegas for the MTV Video Music Awards. He said “If you listen to the beat, the synths and everything has a [Las] Vegas feel to it. Making love in the club, people in [Las] Vegas are kinda wild.” Sadly, we can’t play Love in This Club on Eos due to the subject matter, but it’s a good song none the less.

Will Smith’s Getting’ Jiggy Wit It topped the chart in 1998. The catchphrase “getting jiggy wit it” originated from this song. Will said in an interview that “jiggy” is associated with “jigaboo”, which is a derogatory term for African-Americans. Therefore, its literal meaning is “getting African-American with it” and is referencing the innate sense of rhythm in people of color. We get jiggy with the song on our 90s and Throwback channels.

40 years ago, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley was the number one hit. The song is the first single from Rick’s debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. The album was released in 1987 and the song was number one hit for five consecutive weeks in the singer’s native United Kingdom. Eventually, it topped the charts in 25 countries. Never Gonna Give You Up is definitely popular on Eos, played on BSP Smile, BSP Medium, 80s and Throwback.

In 1978, the Bee Gees topped the chart with Night Fever. The group put the drums and the acoustic guitar first and locked the feel of the song. Then they put the piano, the bass, and at last the heavy guitar parts. The thunder sound they used completed the song, which can be heard on Eos’ Dance Party, Yesteryear and 70s channels.
Evgenija Trajkoska, Eos Music Supervisor

About Evgenija:

Originally from Macedonia, Evgenija sometimes feels like she’s spent most of her life at University. She boasts a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics at FON University in Skopje and a Master's degree in International Business from the Faculty of Economics at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is new to Eos, but is already working with high-profile retail clients across Europe to curate the perfect business music for their store environments. In her free time Evgenija enjoys live music, reading (especially Balkan history) and hanging out with friends.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
10 March 2018

Now and Then – The Week’s Billboard Number One Single

If I was a lazy blogger I really could have just reposted last week’s Now and Then. Drake’s God’s Plan debuted as number one and has maintained its top position for the sixth week in a row. Drake is the first male artist since Elton John whose single has spent its first six weeks as number one. Even before, God’s Plan was one of the most dominant number one singles for 2018, but it continues to strengthen its position. The single is already eligible for to be four times platinum, and it seems that multiple is about to increase.

In 2008, Flo Rida’s single Low had remained number one for ten consecutive weeks, but this would be its last week ruling the charts. Low has been downloaded over 6 million times, which makes it the most downloaded single of that decade. It earned the third position on the Billboard 100 Songs of the Decade.

My Heart Will Go On was number one single for a second week in a row in 1998. Even though it lost its peak position the next week, My Heart Will Go On has been Celine Dion’s biggest hit, and is considered to be her signature song. Its worldwide sales estimate is 18 million copies, which makes it the eighth best-selling single ever, and second best-selling single by a female artist. Last year, Celine Dion performed the song at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards to honor the 20th Anniversary of ,i>Titanic.

40 years ago, George Michael’s ‘Father Figure’ was number one single for a second consecutive week. The music video for the song won Best Direction of a Video at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards. It portrays the relationship between a cab driver, played by Michael in the video, and a high-fashion model. Check it out here.

Keeping things consistent, 40 years ago in 1978 the number one single was still (Love Is) Thicker Than Water. According to Billboard magazine, the song is "a midtempo ballad that changes pace from a lushly romantic and soft [Andy] Gibb vocal to an uptempo instrumental drive. Plenty of melody and another catchy hook".
Evgenija Trajkoska, Eos Music Supervisor

About Evgenija:

Originally from Macedonia, Evgenija sometimes feels like she’s spent most of her life at University. She boasts a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics at FON University in Skopje and a Master's degree in International Business from the Faculty of Economics at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is new to Eos, but is already working with high-profile retail clients across Europe to curate the perfect business music for their store environments. In her free time Evgenija enjoys live music, reading (especially Balkan history) and hanging out with friends.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
08 March 2018

Eos New Artist: Samantha LaPorta

One of the best feelings in the world is discovering music you love by an artist you have never heard before. That is why I am sharing my latest discovery with you: the young artist Samantha LaPorta. Just 16 years old, Samantha has been captivating audiences in local beach venues in her hometown of Boca Raton, FL. Her vocal skills, accompanied with the soulful guitar playing, caught the eyes of local TV stations. She started doing televised shows, gaining an even wider audience.

Part of the audience were the multi-platinum selling producer/songwriter Jason Nevins and the hit-selling singer/songwriter Lucas Prata. They instantly recognized the potential in her talent and flew her to New York to record her first singles. In a press release, Prata says “Samantha has the vocal chops of a seasoned singer - not someone just getting started. That made us believe she has what it takes.”

She released her debut single Summertime Hold On Me in the summer of 2016. A national coffee franchise picked up the single and that summer it was heard from coast to coast. She completed the year with a holiday single Santa’s Back In Business, which was played on Radio Disney.

Her latest release, the single Own the Night, is getting heavy play on Eos, with spots on BSP Medium and Hot as well as Pop Nation and Premier Pop. The rising star posted on her Instagram account that she’s about to drop a new single. I’m sure it’ll be awesome and we’ll give it lots of love on Eos!
Kiki Tamm, Eos Music Supervisor

About Kiki
A native of Talinn, Estonia, you could say Kiki has music in her blood, literally. Both of Kiki’s parents were members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the leading orchestra in Estonia. A classically-trained pianist, Kiki loves that her knowledge and love of music can be the basis for her career, and takes pride that her work is enjoyed by consumers visiting businesses served by Eos Music. In her free time Kiki enjoys canoeing, hiking, sailing, and cycling.

Reposted by permission from eosmusic.com.
05 March 2018

Drake’s God’s Plan video is more than a PR stunt and here’s why

Drake just surprised his fans with the heartwarming video for his hit single God’s Plan. It is a beautifully-lensed video directed by Karena Evans, who followed the star around Miami as he gave away the money set aside to pay for the production of the video.

It’s an emotional rollercoaster, and you can’t help but feel overwhelmed by feelings of happiness. On the other hand, it’s reasonable to argue that the most genuine and charitable gestures are made off-camera, and some accuse Drake of being self-serving. I mean, really? Judging by the lyrics of God’s Plan I would say this is a genuine example of an artist putting his label’s money where his mouth is.

Over the years, the goofy memes and dad-dancing made Drake an easy target for rap beef. Although he has been calm and graceful about it, on God’s Plan, he states that he is tired of it: “I been movin’ calm, don’t start no trouble with me / Tryna keep it peaceful is a struggle for me.”

God’s Plan is Drake’s personal diary entry. The video is dedicated to his fans, but really is about him, and the way he wants to be even when the conditions are not optimal. That is why Drake is at his most sincere in the video. He is doing good deeds for his fans, but ultimately is reminding himself and the world that it is who he is. Because of this, the video feels natural and not contrived. He is interacting with his fans not as an artist, but as a person. He is really there and he’s into it. Check out this behind the scenes video and see it for yourself. Eos is spinning God’s Plan on The Block, Pop Nation and BSP Hot. Enjoy! ☺
Kiki Tamm, Eos Music Supervisor

About Kiki
A native of Talinn, Estonia, you could say Kiki has music in her blood, literally. Both of Kiki’s parents were members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the leading orchestra in Estonia. A classically-trained pianist, Kiki loves that her knowledge and love of music can be the basis for her career, and takes pride that her work is enjoyed by consumers visiting businesses served by Eos Music. In her free time Kiki enjoys canoeing, hiking, sailing, and cycling.

Reposted by permission from www.eosmusic.com.