As one of the most beloved destinations on the planet, it’s no surprise it took a global collaboration of artists born in three countries, on two continents, to produce an electrifying anthem, with one of the great cities of the modern era as its “heart and soul”. Fusing the talents of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Luke McMaster, U.S. based singer-songwriter Bek Phillips and Chilean DJ/Producer Titus1, “NYC” stands tall in the dance music skyline as one of the hottest tracks of twenty thirteen.
With lyrics and a blue-eyed soul lead vocal by Canadian icon Luke McMaster, a soaring counterpoint by singer Bek Phillips and infectious propulsive beats by Titus1, “NYC” blasts out of speakers with a captivating groove that’s igniting immediate and lasting reactions. First to feel the flame was Mix 97 (CIGL), a Hot AC radio station in Ontario, Canada, which added the single into rotation at the end of September and was subsequently flooded with requests, catapulting the song to #12 in only two weeks.
Signed to Universal Records as a songwriter, McMaster has helped pen a host of multi-platinum hits including Rihanna “A Girl Like Me,” Nick Lachey ‘”What’s Left Of Me,” Kalan Porter “219 days,” Rex Goudie “Under the Lights,” Ryan Malcolm “Home” and Marc Jordan “Falling Man”. Luke has also achieved critical acclaim and commercial success as a solo artist, charting his single “Good Morning Beautiful” and touring as direct support for Christina Aguilera, among others.
With an impressive string of hit songs to his credit, McMaster knows when something feels right and felt from the get-go that his collaboration with Phillips would be something really special. “I was thrilled when we were paired up to do a duet for the Celebration of the 70’s TV special. It was just the two of us with piano but it was so powerful. I was struck by how, even with just an acoustic guitar Bek’s voice projected right to the back of the room. Such a natural, emotive sound, I kept thinking how much I’d love to hear her on a big, bumpin’ track, so I wrote NYC, with her in mind. And with Bek being from New York, telling the story of the Canadian boy getting on a jet plane to go find love in the bright lights of the big city couldn’t have been more perfect or serendipitous.”
Drawing comparisons to Sara Bareilles, Alanis Morissette, Natasha Bedingfield and Kelly Clarkson, tri-coastal singer Bek Phillips (LA/Miami/Hartford) has mesmerized audiences for the past ten years, landing opening slots for The Backstreet Boys, Paula Deanda and Paper Tongues. Most recently, Phillips was a featured singer during the nationally syndicated TV special Celebration of the 70’s that included Romantic Piano Sensation Jim Brickman, singers Rita Coolidge, David Cassidy & Stephen Bishop, Motown legend, Thelma Houston, and ‘70s pop-icon, Yvonne Elliman.
Phillips recalls meeting McMaster for the first time, “Luke is an incredibly talented singer and songwriter who I met while taping Jim Brickman’s Celebration of the 70’s TV special. Luke and I performed a duet of Brickman’s song ‘The Gift‘. I felt like our voices blended beautifully and we kept in touch. When I heard his newest track ‘NYC,’ I was floored. Being an East coast girl from CT, New York City brings up the most wonderful memories for me. The arts there are so rich. I’m never disappointed hearing the untapped talent of some unknown artist in an underground club…it’s electric, romantic and inspiring. I absolutely love it and am thrilled to have the opportunity to sing on a song that honors ‘NYC’.”
In addition to working with McMaster on “NYC,” Phillips has written and recorded with musicians Jimmy McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Cassadee Pope, Cher, Shakira) and Brad Fernquist (Goo Goo Dolls, Bonnie McKee, Hilary Duff) and recently collaborated with on a song with producer Enoch Jensen (The Acacia Strain, Dead By Wednesday) and drummer Miles McPherson (Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, Bo Bice).
Titus1, born Tito Rodriguez in Santiago, Chile is an Internationally renown and respected DJ, performing at events such as Ministry of Sound NYE, Fashion Television’s Encore, Ministry of Sound REDD, San Francisco’s Love Parade, MTV Lovefestand Children of Energy. Over the past 10 years, he’s played hundreds of gigs, performing with a who’s who in the dance music community, including Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, Calvin Harris, Mstrkrft, ATB, Steve Angello, Chuckie, Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, Tommy Trash, Dirty South, Patrick Haagenaar, Axwell, Stupid Fresh, Hook N Sling, Eddie Halliwell, Marcel Woods, Dash Berlin and the Guru Josh Project.
Currently based in Calgary, Canada, Rodriguez plays an ongoing residency at The Bank Night Club and produces music for his Orphan Music imprint.
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It’s Turbo Time! Some days you just gotta dig deep, tap Into your inner Arnold Schwarzenegger and brave the masses to hunt down the elusive TurboMan figure! The hottest toy of 1996! #JingleAllTheWay #arnoldschwarzenegger #sinbad #movies #funko #christmasmovies #blackfriday #theholidays #itsturbotime #retro #popculture
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Listen up! — If you've lived on Planet Earth at any point over the last 21 years, you've most certainly heard “My Own Worst Enemy.” For the last two decades, the song has been inescapable. You’ve heard it on the radio, in the supermarket, at restaurants, weddings, and most definitely, karaoke bars. It's the song that everybody can sing along to, sometimes even if they don't know the name of the band. But how and why did My Own Worst Enemy become permanently woven into our pop culture consciousness? 'My Own Worst Enemy, The Podcast’ explores that question and many more! A four part documentary style podcast about the seminal track produced for Round Hill Music by Osiris Media just launched is definitely worth your time! New episodes running weekly through December 7th.
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THE WRAITH turns 35 years old today! Written and directed by Mike Marvin, this cult classic stars Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, and Clint Howard. Here’s the breakdown: “When four glowing orbs crash into each other over the Arizona desert, they leave in their wake a badass Dodge Turbo Interceptor — and its enigmatic, helmeted driver. The next day, the mysterious Jake appears in the town of Brooks, catching the eye of Keri and the ire of Packard, the ruthless leader of a gang of street racers. When gang members start losing races — and lives — to the Interceptor, the recent death of Keri’s boyfriend suddenly seems connected to the arrival of Jake, the unbeatable car…and an avenging entity called The Wraith.” #TheWraith #CharlieSheen #nickcassavetes #sherilynfenn #clinthoward #randyquaid #movies #cultmovies #cultfilm #dodgeinterceptor
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of crossing paths with @d.sawa for an awesome interview. One of the most down-to-earth creatives I’ve ever had a chance to speak with, he offered an awesome glimpse into his unique career, his creative process, and his passion for his craft. Along the way he offers insight into the making of @caseypatricktebo’s “Black Friday,” and what the future holds for him as he looks to the year ahead! “Black Friday” is in theaters and On Demand today! It’s a fun ride with a terrific cast! Most importantly, it’s the perfect way to ease into the holiday season! #DevonSawa #BlackFriday #CaseyTebo #horrorcomedy #horrormovies #BlackFridayMovie #Chucky #FinalDestination #IdleHands #theholidays #scifi #sciencefiction #brucecampbell #ivanabaquero #stephenpeck #ryanlee 🔥 Interview Link: https://bit.ly/3nwmhHO 🔥
RIP Mick Rock 🌹— The legendary British photographer Mick Rock, best known as “the man who shot the 70s” while working with greats like David Bowie and Queen, has passed away at the age of 72. #MickRock #rockphotography #iconicphotographers #rockandroll #outlaw #renegade #davidbowie #Queen #Madonna #RIP #legend
At long last, @cdogg22 has announced an all-new box set titled Love Left 2.1, a celebration of the early years of his music career (1986-1994). Showcased throughout four CDs, two DVDs, and more, the stunning box set features unreleased music, a remixed and remastered version of his debut album Love Left, and Love Left 2: Arm Me with Love, a sequel to his debut album and his first full length studio album of all new music in six years.
Available for pre-orders on Monday, November 22nd, the box set will be officially released just in time for the holidays on December 11th. In celebration of the 30thanniversary of his debut album Love Left, this compilation will only be available in physical formats and will not be released digitally. To pre-order the Love Left 2.1 Box Set, please visit www.coreyfeldman.net.
Get all the details here: https://www.iconvsicon.com/2021/11/18/corey-feldman-announces-long-awaited-love-left-2-1-box-set-celebrating-35-years-of-music/
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