If John Lennon had only been one of the four members of the Beatles, his artistic immortality would already have been assured — but it was only after his marriage to artist Yoko Ono in 1969 that the figure the world now recognizes as "John Lennon" truly came into being.
“C.R.E.A.M.” is arguably the most iconic single from the Wu-Tang Clan's highly influential seminal 1993 debut, "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" — and an intrinsic staple of the American musical canon. It has inspired countless derivative works since its release, by everyone from fellow hip-hop legends to pop royalty.
From his arrival on the national scene in 1945 until his death in 1991, Miles Davis made music that grew from an uncanny talent for hearing the future and a headstrong desire to play it. From his beginnings in the circle of modern jazz, he came to intuit new worlds of sound — forever forging ahead.
Composed by George Gershwin and co-written by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward for the 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess," the jazz standard “Summertime” holds the Guinness world record for most recorded song — with versions by iconic talent spanning genres and generations, from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to Lana Del Rey and FKA Twigs.
Tori Amos is a Grammy-nominated legend with a celebrated 17-album catalog. She was named one of VH1’s “100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll” in 1999 and made history by becoming the first woman to have a top 10 album on the U.S. Billboard charts in the classical, alternative, and rock categories simultaneously.
Co-written by Downtown client Ryan Tedder, Beyoncé's critically-acclaimed hit single "Halo" from 2008's "I Am... Sasha Fierce" is one of the iconic singer's most culturally impactful songs. Besides topping the charts in multiple countries, it has won numerous awards — including a Grammy — and inspired several notable covers.
Known for experimentation and constant reinvention, The 1975 has captivated fans since the release of the band's 2013 self-titled debut through 2020's "Notes On A Conditional Form" — which topped the U.K. charts within its first week of release, becoming their fourth consecutive number one album.
Romano is a powerhouse producer and songwriter who has worked with a who's who of contemporary hip-hop and R&B — including Chris Brown, Lil Yachty, Quavo, August Alsina, Ski Mask The Slump God, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Ne-Yo, Mulatto, B.o.B, DaBaby, Lil Durk, Ty Dolla $ign, and DDG, among others.
A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, John Prine was among music's premier phrase-turners — before tragically passing some 50 years into a remarkable career that drew praise from Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.
Emily King is a three-time Grammy nominee whose 2020 single inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, "See Me," received a nod for Best R&B Performance. Celebrating her roots and pop, soul, and indie influences, she crafts compositions that compliment her polished, lush vocals.
Genre-bending singer-songwriter Yola, the self-described "Queen of Country Soul" and an honorary member of the Highwomen supergroup, released her critically acclaimed Dan Auerbach-produced debut album "Walk Through Fire" in 2019 — receiving four Grammy nods, including Best New Artist.
Bananarama's heartache anthem “Cruel Summer” was released in 1983, quickly reaching the top 10 in the U.K. and — following its inclusion in 1984's “The Karate Kid” — the U.S. as well. Named one of VH1's “100 Greatest Songs of the '80s," it also ranked number 13 on Billboard’s “100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.”
Kano is one of the most influential talents in U.K. hip-hop. After a three-year hiatus following 2016’s Mercury-nominated "Made In The Manor," the British lyricist released his sixth studio album "Hoodies All Summer" to rave reviews — earning the grime pioneer another Mercury nod.
Hailing from Western Australia, Stella Donnelly is a proud, self-proclaimed shit-stirrer. Her 2019 debut album “Beware of the Dogs” was delivered with a sarcastic wink and a full heart, showcasing an artist in command of her voice — with inviting charm, razor-sharp wit, and authentically raw songs.
Founder of the Foufoune Palace collective, Luidji is a French rapper and singer whose work transcends musical styles. He released his debut album "Tristesse Business: Saison 1" in 2019 and recently released a followup EP, "Boscolo Exedra," which was premiered with a COLORS performance.
Named after a local "love hotel," Otoboke Beaver is a quartet from Kyoto that describes themselves as "Japanese girls 'knock out or pound cake' band." Sonically, it’s deranged garage punk rock pop at breakneck speed. Their music has been featured in The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR, i-D, The Fader, and more.
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