Discover: Nico & Vinz

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There’s this amazing song I’ve been hearing lately from a new incredible duo! I’m talking about Nico & Vinz 🙂

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These guys started singing together back in 2009 and they hail from Oslo!

Norway has great music fans and I’m sure they have a loyal following!

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The duo started out as “Envy” and they made their debut performance at Emergenza Festival in 2011. They went on to win first place at the Taubertal Open Air Festival World’s “Emergenza Final” for new emerging artists!!! 😀

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They released a mixtape together entitled “Dreamworks: Why Not Me” under the name Envy and in June 2011 their debut single “One Song” was released. That song went to #19 on the Norwegian Singles Chart!

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Take a listen to “One Song” here:

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“The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces” was released on April 27th, 2012 as the duo’s debut studio album! The album peaked at #37 on the Norwegian Albums Chart 🙂

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In January 2014, the duo changed their name from Envy to Nico & Vinz, to avoid being compared to other artists with that name as they signed Warner Bros. Records in the US!

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Then in April 2013 they released the song “Am I Wrong” and it went all the way to #2 on the Norwegian Singles Chart, the Danish Singles Chart, and the Swedish Singles Chart!

The song is so amazing! I love their voices!!! Take a listen…

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Their next release: “In Your Arms” also charted in Norway, Denmark, & Sweden!

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When “Am I Wrong” made its debut on US radio in April 2014, it was the #1 most added record at the Top 40/mainstream format with 90 adds, a rarity in first-week airplay for a new artist! 😀 Congratulations Nico & Vinz!!!

“Am I Wrong” is the 11th most “Shazamed” song worldwide…which means…it’s a song that people want to know what it is so they use the Shazam app to find out! 🙂

As it stands, “Am I Wrong” is one of the Top 5 songs in the US!

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I’m so proud of Nico & Vinz and I just realized that I love them so much because I have a soft spot for amazing vocals like Akon has…and these guys have that Akon quality that I look for in a male voice 😀

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Nico & Vinz are a new act to grace the music airwaves & I’m rooting for them! 🙂

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NEW Michael Jackson Album: “Xscape”

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Michael Jackson. The King of Pop. The man who invented the moonwalk.

michael-jackson-moonwalk-1983-oHe’s back in the spotlight today with the official announcement from Epic Records and Michael’s estate that a new album of unreleased tracks will be released in May!!!

Can you even stand it?!  I’m so excited right now that I could do this…

michaelI really can’t do that exactly like MJ…but I’m still excited!!! 😀

This isn’t the first album to be released since that somber day of June 25th that Michael left us nearly 5 years ago this summer! 😦 Oh no! This will be the second project of unreleased tracks released from the King of Pop!!!

The first Michael Jackson project of unreleased tracks called: Michael  was officially released by his estate on December 14, 2010, only a mere year & 1/2 after his tragic death.

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I have that album in the best version of all-time: iTunes LP and it is amazing!!! My special edition LP is a digital player that includes a full-screen view where I can view lyrics, song credits, and special pictures 😀

The album has great collaborations with Akon50 Cent, & even Lenny Kravitz!

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Akon, 50 Cent (pronounced ‘fiddy’), & Lenny Kravitz

Here is my favorite song from that collection:

I love the beginning where Michael is describing how he wants the song to sound! 😀 It’s such an intimate look into the mind of my favorite musical genius!!!

As far as Michael’s soon to be released album “Xscape” goes…it will be an 8-song collection of previously unreleased tracks.

michael-jackson-xscape-cover-650-430The official release date for this baby is going to be: May 13th

L.A. Reid, the executive producer of the project, took the lead in scowering for Michael Jackson recordings in which his vocals were completed. From there, he went on to “contemporizing” each by bringing in incredible producer (my personal favorite) Timbaland.

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Timbo also enlisted the help of his talented friends & producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon.

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L.A. Reid  released this official statement: “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

Well I’m extremely excited to hear it!!!

By this rare photo of Rodney Jerkins & MJ, we know that he was lucky enough to work with Michael Jackson  himself!!!

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The title track “Xscape” was written, produced, and originally recorded in the studio by Michael and Rodney! 😀

Epic Records is set to release a deluxe edition of the album Xscape  which includes all the recordings in their original form! You’ve got purchaser #1 right here guys! HAHA 🙂

Both versions will be available on tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1st, for pre-order on iTunes! And I’ll have you know that a global campaign will ensue shortly for this album!

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More information for Michael super fans is said to be released soon included the coveted track listing!!! 😀

Here is the leaked demo of the album’s title track, Xscape:

GOSH! HAHA I absolutely love it! 😀

The song just got taken down 😦 So I hope you heard it!!!

Michael was a tortured soul, yet one of the most beautiful human beings this world has ever seen, and certainly one of the most talented!

michael-smiles-captain-eo-gifIf you don’t know what I mean, watch his movie This Is It!  😀

I hope that many people will purchase his album Xscape  in May! I can’t wait to hear the other tracks and I’m excited for the vision of L.A. Reid and Timbaland come to life!