Victory Music Buzz and Heart Songs Artists Earn “Best of 2017” Nods – Music Update Central

Heart Songs and Victory Buzz Music Artists were recognized on Music Update Centrals Best of 2017 Series: 

Victory Music Buzz: Sleep Nation, Brothers Footman, Cory Singer, Rob Carona

Heart Songs Artists: Shaniah Paige, BJ Wilbanks

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Best of 2017: Alternative/Pop & EDM

December 19, 2017|

Music Update Central

Music Update Central proudly presents our ‘Best of 2017: Alternative/Pop & EDM’ List. This year has been filled with talent, amazing songs/albums, and so much hard work from all genres.Congratulations to all of the artists who grace our magazine and we wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!

Blew Our Speakers in 2017:

 Cobi- With making his debut on Jimmy Fallon, Multi-dimensional artist, Cobi showcases stellar guitar skills and soulful vocals.

Niall Horan- Taking his own path on his career, Nail Horan releases his debut album ‘Flicker’. With 2018 upon us, we’re dying to hear some life changes that her perseus to find his sound.

Ed Sheeran- Pulezzze.  Ed took us on a new ride this year with Shape of Youand we did not see it coming. Did you catch him on the BBC covering Christina Aguilera’s “Dirty”.  He makes us feel dirty and we like it.

 Taylor Swift- Because her fans love her and no matter what she does they are going to be with Taylor on her ride.  The woman can sell out an arena years in advance!

 The Chainsmokers- What an amazing year for this group! With their single ‘Closer’, fans quickly jumped aboard and discovered the talent.

 Bruno Mars- Bruno makes us fall in love every time he sings.  We can’t get enough of him.

 Pink-  Is there any question?  The woman sings amazing songs while swinging off the sides of high rise buildings suspended in mid-air. She leaves us breathless every time.

 Jake Miller- This heartthrob just announced his ‘Hit and Run Tour’ with insider details of an upcoming album in 2018. With his recent release of ‘2:00AM in LA’ caught our attention and we’re dying for more.

 Demi Lovato- There’s literally no words to describe how talented Demi Lovato showcases. With the release of ‘Tell Me You Love Me’, Demi delivers emotional, but also catchy lyrics that will leave you speechless.

 Underestimated Artists 2017:

 Sara Bareilles- Sara Bareilles proved that her ultra-catchy piano-pop anthems showcase talent and dedication.

 James Blunt- We love this guy and we’re in love with ‘The Afterlove’.

Andy Grammar- With his new album ‘The Good Parts’, Andy Grammar showcases his talents and relives his past hits that we all love.

 CeCe- This singer/songwriter shined bright throughout The X Factor with Alex and Sierra and Fifth Harmony. However, she’s discovering her voice with the release of her single ‘Broke AF’.

 LUX- Not only an amazing songwriter, but an amazing vocalist. With the debut release of her single, she showcases vulnerability along with sass to make her a badass independent artist in Nashville, TN.

 Cat Parks- Leading  by example Cat Parks not only contributes back to the underprivileged, she is also leading the charge in empowering women through her music.  Meow….the woman can sing.

 COIN- Finishing up a world tour in London, England COIN is on a fast track to becoming  a Pop/Alternative juggernaut. They recently played sold out shows all over the United Kingdom, but not before headlining their own US tour. Cha-Ching!

New & Noteworthy 2017:

 Dua Lipa- With 744 million views English born Dua Lipa is slowly taking over the Pop scene with her Sia-esque vocals.  The woman throws it down on the stage at her live shows.  We dare you!

 The XX- Another great English pop band the XX is gaining popularity quickly. Say Something Loving was released back in March and has already been viewed more than 6 million times.  There is something familiar but also excitingly new about XX.

 kaite MAC- With the debut release of ‘Nice Guys’, katie MAC showcases her vocals and songwriting abilities.

 Benjamin Poss- WHAT A YEAR FOR HIM! This independent artist in Nashville, TN isn’t afraid to showcase his true colors. With the release of his debut album, Benjamin continues to amaze for many ears to come.

 Jack & Jack- With their recent single ‘Beg’, Omaha, NE natives showcases their talents with continuing to work on new projects.

 Brit Daniels- Well we are not sure how to explain this one besides saying stay tuned she is amazing.

 Keaton Stromberg- You may remember Keaton Stomberg from Emblem3, however he’s venturing through his own path and discovering his own sound. With his debut album release, fans get an inside look on talent from himself.

Artists to Watch in 2018:

 James Arthur- With his hit single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, James Arthur digs up brand new fans that love him more and more. Let’s just say we won’t let go of this artist!

 Shaniah Paige- This midwest powerhouse is a true indie popster!  She twirls her hair and enchants us with her vulnerable charm in her latest single and video “Mysterious Boy”.  Sometimes less is more, she delivers her lyrics in a smooth and minimalistic manner and straight to the point…This is Shaniah Paige.  Raw, real and adorable.

 Jay Putty- This singer/songwriter achieved a huge milestone with the release of his single ‘Sunday Morning’. With upcoming projects releasing, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting for more.

 LANY- They showcased their talents across the board with a debut album that was addicting.

 Haim- Sister trio Haim from Los Angeles have built a devoted following. They’ve netted over 9 million views in the 5 months since their recent release of Want You Back was uploaded to YouTube. Haim is worth keeping an eye on in 2018.

 Penny & Sparrow- From moving music videos to a new album ‘Wendigo’, they present a brand new sound that we love.

 Zara Larsson- Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson mixes edm/trap beats with a pop/hip hop undertone. Her latest video Don’t Let Me Be Yours released back in June, and has already hit well over 12 million views since. Her views continue to skyrocket as her fan base grows.

 CL- CL is a KPop artist that has begun making a name for herself in the United States, so much that some of her videos feature well known hip hop artists such as Method Man who made a cameo in the remake of the popular Wu-Tang hit Get Lifted by CL.

Indie Rock/Pop – Rob Carona (Victory Music Buzz), Cory Singer (Victory Music Buzz)  & Brothers Footman (Victory Music Buzz) Artists to Watch 2018

Best of 2017: Indie & Rock Artists

 December 19, 2017

|Music Update Central

 We are pleased to present our 2017 Best of Indie & Rock artists.  There are so many talented artists across the music genre platform and we congratulate all of you.  To all of the artists who debuted in our magazine we look forward to supporting your music.

 Blew Our Speakers in 2017:

 Langhorne Slim (Folk/Soul/Rock):  It’s Impossible to resist their charming nod to Rock and Folk on their latest album Lost At Last Vol. 1.  This Nashville band bravely ventured into a new sound from their previously country punk sound.

 Blitzen Trapper: (Rock): Portland Oregon is home to this band who melds their folksy story telling into rock songs that strike chords of familiarity to fans of original rock.  Their new release Wild and Reckless is a good spend… do it.

 Billy Raffoul: (Singer-Songwriter) Ontario native Billy Raffoul is just cool.  His vocals are cool, his songs are real life and he captures the simplicity of a good well written song.  Check out Billy’s Debut single “Driver” with it’s bluesy – rock sounds.

 The White Buffalo: (Blues/Rock)  One of the best covers of the legendary “Highwayman”.  SO Cal Jake Smith has a way of crossing genres seamlessly through his bluesy song delivery.  Jake’s latest story telling adventure is Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights and he does not disappoint.  If your a Sons of Anarchy fan you will recognize his voice and music.

 LANY: (Electric Pop) LA Based Trio LANY debuts with their self titled album and Front Man Paul Klein leaves us with a love hangover on this solid release. They were met with mixed reviews but it doesn’t resonate on the road, they are selling out venues world wide.  They get our nod for wanting more.

 Judah & The Lion: (Folk Hop)  This Nashville genre bending group spent the year on the road opening for Twenty One Pilots.  They jumped this year with new music incorporating synthesized sounds that appeal to the Mumford and Sons crowds.  Take it All Back spent time at the top of the Alternative Charts early 2017.

 Thirty Second to Mars: (Rock)  Come on.. we are always going to Walk on Water for Thirty Seconds to Mars,  they never disappoint.  We are addicted.

 Underestimated Artists 2017:

 Jet Black Alley Cat: (Pop/Rock/EDM)  Nashville is their hometown.  They are part of the bringing 80’s back to our ears with their rock/pop sounds.  Easy to listen to music and easy on our eyes this talented group utilizes vintage harmonies to bring their current sound together with their throwback mash up music.

 Sleep Nation: (Rock) One of the best live rock bands period. Talk about leaving it out there on the stage, they came out with their debut album swinging  with good old fashioned rock n roll.  This Nashville Group led by Front man Bran Wyatt Merritt delivered a more than solid self titled debut album.  Their single “Girl Fight” released to Video on VEVO this past fall and we cannot get enough.  No bells and whistles they bring it with their musical delivery and strong lyrics.  

 Johnnyswim:  (Soul/Pop) Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez are continuing to put out phenomenal music that brings their vast influences to the turn table.  They make the music their own and their production is perfection.  A little Lauryn and a little John Legend rolled into a package that appeals to Winehouse, Mayer, and Stevie Wonder Fans.  They call home Nashville today but they are still bringing their Southern California to the music which keeps them fresh and inventive.

 Jack Berry: (Rock/Blues) By way of Reno, NV this sultry and raw blues rocker who made his move to Music City has reeled us in with his rock crooning styles and we are still listening to Mean Machine.  Don’t make us beg Jack, we want more.

 BJ Wilbanks: (Americana/Soul).  He calls his music Back Porch Soul.  His 2017 debut self titled album was worth the wait.  Every chord, lyric and strum was created in a masterful manner.  This Atlanta native is never going to disappoint if he continues to deliver this high caliber of music.  He has a rare voice and we LOVE his Motown vibe mixed with rock and blues. 

 Artists to Watch in 2018:

 Cory Singer (Singer-Songwriter):  This NJ native delivered his tongue and cheek debut single and video “Goodbye Felicia” with clever songwriting and a powerful vocal delivery that leaves you wondering… is he a long lost Fall Out Boy?.. or did Bob Dylan give birth to a son who can write & sing?  Stay tuned, he releases more music this winter and we cannot wait to see what Mr. Singer delivers.  Yes that is his real name and it is ironically perfect. 

 The Brothers Footman (Soul/Blues/Country/Rock):  They don’t really belong in one genre of music, that would be a crime.  This Indiana based band of brothers, Dikembe, Gerald, Josh aka Bubby and Micah wowed us with their harmonies on Clear Country Sky due to officially release winter of 2018.  They are teasing us with fresh covers and originals that make us drool. We think 2018 will be a break out year for this very original band. 

 Defy The Tide (Metal): This Pittsburgh based heavy metal melodic  band defies us with their female Front Woman Carly Simon-Warneke who lends warm tones to their music.  Their newest EP Soteria deserves a look and listen for all Metal Fans.

Alaina Cross (Pop):  Former Front Woman for the hard rock band The Resolute has crossed into her solo career with  powerful vocals that many have called “haunting”.  Ironic that she released a single called “Haunted” this past Halloween.  She is consistent with an authenticity that cannot be duplicated.  She is in the studio (Nashville)  and we cannot wait for her new music.

Ben Rector (Singer-Songwriter): Oh you know…he just opens for Tim and Faith occasionally while hitting the top 20 on Billboard.  But who is Ben Rector?  He is the backdrop of your home videos because he is that good.  Millions of youtube views..But who is Ben Rector?  Make it your business to know because he is so underestimated and we almost made a category just for him!

 Rob Carona (Singer-Songwriter):  Rob is poised to release new music in 2018. His last EP release of Drive was one of the best EP’s  of 2016 and received mass industry acclaim.  Hailing from Southern California his new music is more his truth because Carona is tapping into his pop and soulful sounds with song lyrics that are destined to make you fall in love with his vocals.   Carona moved to Nashville in 2017 and has been working with the ASCAP GPS program this past year. 

 Greta Van Fleet (Rock):  Yes we do think they sound like Zeppelin.  WHO CARES?  Anyone who can pull off that kind of 70’s classic rock styling has our vote for ones to watch. They are a solid band that gives you a return on your investment.  They are on a world tour (haters must hate) and their shows sell out faster than we can put down a miniature snickers bar.