SoMo

SoMo

On November 15, 2011, the same day Drake’s sophomore album Take Care hit stores, SoMo released a daunting Take Care Medley that combined select cuts from Drake’s album in an effortless succession of continuous covers. Since then that medley has surpassed 4 million views. SoMo (now signed to Republic Records) released his debut mixtape titled My Life and most recently released the music video for hit single Ride. SoMo is currently working on his debut album.

Check out Ride:

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Magic!

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Led by GRAMMY Award winning songwriter and producer Nasri, Magic! the LA based group (originally from Toronto)  offers up RUDE a summery Caribbean flavored pop song sure to do damage on the radio. Speaking of radio, whether you are aware of it or not you definitely know Nasri’s work. As one half of  The Messengers, Nasri has penned music for everybody from Justin Bieber, Pitbull to Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera. He garnered a GRAMMY Award in the category of “Best R&B Album” for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. in 2012 and one of his most recent productions is “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera. Needless to say Nasri knows what he’s doing and Magic! is a sure thing.

Check out Rude by Magic! below

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Justine Skye

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Today   Justine Skye a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Brooklyn that has built up a strong following online via her social networks, has signed a deal with Alpine Music Group / Atlantic Records. If you don’t know about Alpine Music Group yet, you should get familiar as it is also the home to August Rigo and Ginette Claudette  ( both who we previously featured HERE and HERE ). With over 2 million hits on her youtube page and the recent release of her mixtape Skye Highit was only a matter of time until the majors took notice.

Check out her song Everyday Living below!

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Interview: Zac Poor

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As some of our readers probably know, we recently featured singer / songwriter Zac Poor on our site. At the time of the post we mentioned that aside from the music we heard, we really didn’t know much about the man himself. Well, this brought us to the conclusion that we needed to start doing some interviews with artists and who better than Zac to be our first?!

Pop  Drop and Roll Interview Q’s and A’s

PDR:  First off, tell us a bit about yourself, how you got your start, where you live etc…

Zac: I grew up in Fairfield Montana. Moved to LA when I was 17 to pursue music. I went to school for a while, waited tables and did odds and ends jobs till I was discover by Adam Anders, the Executive Music Producer of “Glee”, after hearing one of my demo’s. I signed a development deal with him and we began working together. Been writing for other artists and working on my project over the past 4 years.

PDR:  Where does the name Zac Poor come from?

Zac: Haha! People always ask me that. I wish I could say I came up with it but it’s real. My Grandma gave me the name Zachary and Poor is my last name.

PDR:  Describe your style of music

Zac:  Pop. I enjoy me a good pop melody. Lyrically I’m influenced a lot by where I grew up. So it probably leans a little country at times. 

PDR:  Can you explain your songwriting process?

Zac:  It really all depends on whether I’m writing for myself or another artist. If I’m in with an artist I typically show up with an arsenal of concepts and melodies that I think might work for them. But if I’m writing for myself, I like to start from scratch. The melodies usually come first. And then the lyrics. Lyrics are a pain in my ass. haha! 

PDR:  What are your studio essentials?

Zac:  I have water with me at all times. I’m a big fan of Throat-Coat tea… which helps to combat the dehydration that my vocal chords experience due to my excessive consumption of coffee! I have also been known to polish of a bag of peanut M&M’s during recording sessions. The large bag.

PDR:    Are you working on a album right now? If so, Can you tell us a bit about it?

Zac:  I’m putting the finishing touches on an EP now. And planning on putting out a single digitally in April. I’m really excited to get new music out again and really proud of the direction it’s going. It feels very authentic. Very me. And my music has matured a lot since my 2010 release “Let’s Just Call It Heartbreak”.

PDR:   Who are you working with?

Zac:  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people over the past 2 years. I did the majority of my EP with Mason “MdL” Levy (Justin Bieber, Maroon Five, Mike Posner). And I’m currently working with the Fliptones (Jason Derulo, FloRida), and Johnny Severin (RedOne, Lady Gaga, Enrigue Iglesias) on songs for my LP. 

PDR:   Dream collaborations?

Zac:  So many! I’m a massive fan of Max Martin. I think he writes timeless pop hooks. Jonas Quant, who did the “Hurts” record. His production is crazy. Artist wise, I would love to collaborate with Kanye West, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift… just to name a few. I could talk for hours about all the people I would love to work with. 

PDR:  Tell us something that people don’t know about you

Zac:  I do photography. It’s a great creative outlet when I get burnt out on music. 

PDR:  If you could have any famous actor in a video of yours, who would it be and why?

Zac:  Will Ferrell. He’s so funny. He doesn’t have to say a word and I still laugh. 

PDR:   If you weren’t a singer, what would you be doing?

Zac:  I have a passion for music. So I think I would still be involved in it some how. Maybe as a manager. Or A&R. 

PDR:   Anything else you’d like to add?

Zac:  Just thank you for reaching out and showing interest in my project. Appreciate your support!

PDR:  Let people know where to find you!!

All those swaggy social media outlets. 

www.zacpoor.com

www.facebook.com/zacpoorfans

www.twitter.com/zacpoor

www.youtube.com/zacpoor

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August Rigo

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Toronto-bred Singer, songwriter, and producer August has had quite a successful passed few years penning such hit songs as “U Smile”,  “Stuck In A Moment” and “Kiss and Tell” for Justin Bieber and “Solo” for  Iyaz to name a few.  In 2010, August also linked up with Eric Nicks — former Senior VP of A&R at Universal Motown Records — in establishing production and publishing company Alpine Music Group.

On top of  songwriting and production August is also a recording artist himself recently signing with Def Jam.  Check out his latest video Satellites!!

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