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Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic

An Evening With Silk Sonic

    Most recently, Silk Sonic graced the cover of Rolling Stone’s September issue, where fans got an inside look at Mars and .Paak’s deep friendship and quest for the perfect “feel good” record. The duo coasted into the release of “Skate” on the wave of success from their debut single “Leave the Door Open,” which earned them Best Group at the 2021 BET Awards. It became the group’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two non-consecutive weeks at #1 and 18 consecutive weeks in the top 10. They released the live version “Leave The Door Open (Live)” and serenaded audiences three times over at the GRAMMY® Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and the BET Awards.

    Silk Sonic introduced “Leave The Door Open” alongside an official music video directed by Mars and Florent Déchard with over 346 million views and counting. The track was followed by a hugely popular social media campaign, #LetSilkSonicThrive and was immediately welcomed by unprecedented critical acclaim. “What’s new, smooth as silk on the ears, and features two stars of R&B?” wrote Billboard, praising Silk Sonic as “a groovy duo” and the single as “lounge at its heart.” Consequence of Sound enthused, “Mars has a voice like a liquid whip, while .Paak raps and sings through a foggy haze. They sound like smoke on the water.”

    ABOUT SILK SONIC:

    The seeds of the collaboration were planted in 2017 when Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars toured together on the European leg of his 24K Magic World Tour. One late-night jam session on the road unlocked immediate chemistry. Just before the world slipped into quarantine, Bruno called Anderson: “Remember that idea we had back in 2017? Let’s do it.” One studio session grew into to a months-long collaboration, culminating the “setlist of doom.” Legendary Bootsy Collins christened Silk Sonic and came in as the “special guest host” for An Evening With Silk Sonic, their debut album.

    Silk Sonic was finally set free on March 5th, 2021. Within less than a month, their debut single “Leave The Door Open” cracked over 230 million streams, and currently sits at 1.2 billion streams with over 346 million official video views. It reeled in rave reviews, including Variety who noted it “could be a Best R&B Song GRAMMY® winner from 1974.” After petitioning the GRAMMY® Awards to #LetSilkSonicThrive, they made their debut performance with “Leave The Door Open” and served up a powerful tribute to Little Richard.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Silk Sonic Intro
    2. Leave The Door Open
    3. Track 3
    4. Track 4
    5. Track 5
    6. Track 6
    7. Track 7
    8. Skate
    9. Track 9

    Anderson .Paak

    Ventura

      In his relatively short career, the prolific Anderson .Paak has self-published over 100 songs to market. .Paak has acquired an impressive list of collaborations including acts such as Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, Rapsody, A Tribe Called Quest, and his band The Free Nationals; a steady stream of requests to work with some of the industry’s most renowned artists, and an instant hit "Til It’s Over", heard in the Spike Jonze directed commercial 'Welcome Home' for Apple’s HomePod starring FKA Twigs. In 2018, his monster single "Bubblin" saw a Jimmy Kimmel Live! Performance and won him his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance in 2019.

      .Paak also made his debut SNL appearance performing "Tints" as well as "Who R U?" off his recent album "Oxnard", his third LP and first on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. The album marked a career high for him debuting as the #1 Independent album in the US according to Billboard as well as debuting at #5 on the Rap chart, #6 on the hip-hop / R&B chart and #11 on the Top 200. The phenomenal album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and features the likes of hip-hop legends Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Q-Tip, and Pusha T. Following the album’s release, .Paak has been on a sold-out tour in both the US and Europe, with fans anxious to see his energetic and captivating live performances.

      Only five months after Oxnard’s release, Anderson .Paak’s latest project Ventura switches gears to soul from the grit and urgency that Oxnard brought acting as a juxtaposition to the two towns where .Paak grew up. Anderson explains:
      'Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth. The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to "Ventura".'


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: An absolutely killer new outing from senior .Paak here, brilliantly displaying a refracted rainbow of R&B influences, brought together with his forward thinking lyrical content and staggeringly effective rhythmic flow.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Come Home (feat. André 3000)
      2. Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson) 
      3. Reachin' 2 Much (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
      4. Winners Circle 
      5. Good Heels (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
      6. Yada Yada
      7. King James
      8. Chosen One (feat. Sonyae Elise)
      9. Jet Black (feat. Brandy)
      10. Twilight
      11. What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)

      More than just a detail, the “.” in Aftermath’s Anderson .Paak’s name is a shot fired, putting the world on notice of an artist unlike anything the twenty-first century has ever seen. With a soulful essence harkening back to the iconic voices of the seventies, yet embodying a raw uniqueness fully present in the now, the acclaimed singer/rapper/drummer/producer has successfully alchemized a cross-section of musical styles – R&B, hip-hop, and dance – into a solid, undeniable, irresistible “genre-less sound.” A rabid worldwide fan base, praise from critics at outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, New York Times, and Pitchfork, and electrifying appearances on talk shows including Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at festivals around the globe have all cemented .Paak’s place as one of the most premier artists on the music scene today.
       
      Born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, his extraordinary talent was fully realized under the name Anderson .Paak with his debut Venice and a stellar six-song run on Dr. Dre’s certified Gold COMPTON album, culminating in the perfect storm of his sophomore release, 2016’s Malibu. A seamless tsunami of soul-stirring, body-shaking, infectious and deeply-personal songs with features by artists such as ScHoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli and power producers including 9th Wonder, Robert Glasper, Kaytranada and more, Malibu was met with universal rave reviews, major nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album Grammy nods, and a hail of award wins. In late 2016, .Paak and producer Knxwledge – as the duo NxWorries - released the album Yes Lawd!, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

      With impressive collaborations with acts such as Mac Miller (whose song Dang! featuring .Paak was certified Gold), a stream of requests to work with renowned artists, and instantly recognizable hits in national ad campaigns, popular television shows, and on the big screen, .Paak is now ready for his next major move with the release of his highly-anticipated first album on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label.

      The world can hardly wait...


      TRACK LISTING

      1. The Chase (feat. Kadhja Bonet)
      2. Headlow (feat. Norelle)
      3. Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
      4. Who R U?
      5. 6 Summers
      6. Saviers Road
      7. Smile/Petty
      8. Mansa Musa (feat. Dr. Dre & Cocoa Sarai)
      9. Brother's Keeper (feat. Pusha T)
      10. Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg & The Last Artful, Dodgr)
      11. Trippy (feat. J. Cole)
      12. Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)
      13. Sweet Chick (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
      14. Left To Right

      NxWorries (Knxwledge & Anderson .Paak)

      Yes Lawd! Remixes

        Yes Lawd! Remixes, is a new reworking of the critically acclaimed debut album from NxWorries. Knxwledge continues a Stones Throw tradition started by Madlib, by remixing his own album, adding a new interpretation to the tracks featuring Anderson .Paak’s vocals. “Two artists working at the absolute height of their talents” – Pitchfork “One of the best albums of 2016” – Complex “Yes Lawd! is an album that feels alive, a living and breathing object that nods to the past while staying in the present” - The FADER “The inspired combo of Paak’s soulful rasp and Knxwledge’s cratedigging sample...makes this album something special in a year that’s already filled with strong R&B LPs”

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Alltype
        2. Livvin
        3. Wngs
        4. Best 1
        5. Kutless
        6. Lyk Dis
        7. Idntrembrwell
        8. HAN
        9. $cared
        10. Best 2
        11. Suede
        12. Reali(the)nd

        This new album by the rap / hip-hop / nu-soul wunderkind Anderson .Paak. It features production from 9th Wonder, DJ Khalil, Madlib, Kaytranada, Pomo, Dem Jointz, Callum Conner, Hi-Tek, Anderson .Paak and The FreeNationals. Featured vocalists include ScHoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rhapsody and The Game.

        This is the second album by rap's newest sensation, who has been tipped for big things since featuring on 6 tracks on 'Compton' by Dr Dre earlier in 2015. 'Malibu' is the maturation of .Paak's journey from soul and R&B over into hip-hop and even soulful house / disco, all the while giving listeners a deep look into his personal experience.

        First focus song, the disco funky 'Am I Wrong', has already picked up 30+ plays on Radio 1/1Xtra since mid-November, including a Jam Hot 'Record of the Week' slot from Mistajam. 'Am In Wrong' and the soulful confessional 'The Season/Carry Me' (premiered by Dr Dre on his Beats1 show) have racked up 350K plays each on Soundcloud since mid-November.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 The Bird 3:38
        2 Heart Don't Stand A Chance 5:12
        3 The Waters (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) 2:54
        4 The Season | Carry Me 5:29
        5 Put Me Thru 2:41
        6 Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q) 4:14
        7 Without You (feat. Rapsody) 3:19
        8 Parking Lot 3:54
        9 Light Weight (feat. The Free Nationals United Fellowship Choir) 3:26
        10 Room In Here (feat. The Game) 3:59
        11 Water Fall (Interluuube) 1:58
        12 Your Prime 3:57
        13 Come Down 2:57
        14 Silicon Valley 4:05
        15 Celebrate 3:46
        16 The Dreamer (feat. Talib Kweli & Timan Family Choir) 5:40


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