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Hey Look...it's Our First International Release!

Over the holiday we had some time to reflect on the last year and 2013 was truly amazing. Now we're heading into a new year and new territory....literally. Three months ago we signed our first UK artist. His name is Jamie YoungBlood Hardman and his new song "Immortal" is an absolute smash. It's kind of a rags to better rags story or perhaps tired but victorious. Either way you'll get it when you hear it. It's big...VERY big and we hope you love it as much as we do. Check it out NOW, download it on iTunes, and please share it with everyone you know!

It wouldn't be a PopRiot blog entry if that's all we had to tell you...we can be a little "yay us" sometimes but this is worth it. Last weekend we began the first of several shoots for JOR-G's "Frequency" video. If you haven't heard the song you're missing out and you should get on that ASAP.

This video marks our latest production and crew for any video we've ever done and the dailys of this thing look spectacular. Look for it in May because it is a game changer. That's it for now. Bobs your uncle...

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Happy Holidays…It's The Calm Before the Storm.

So here we are. It's less than five days until Christmas and everything feels like it's slowed down a bit. I've actually had time to do things like shop for gifts, call my dear mum, and I even got to take a shower. I know, right? It's like a little slice of Heaven.

I guess it's more like the calm before the storm because on the other side of December is a production schedule so ambitious it's bordering on ominous. 1 new EP, 2 new artists, 3 new videos, and 10 new singles,…all in less than 6 months. That's right…6 MONTHS! This means that we will more than double our output from last year in HALF the time. Given that this doesn't cover the the 2nd half of 2014 we may end up TRIPlILNG last years numbers by the time it's over…staggering. I think we all feel a combination of fright and excitement.

As I sign off I want to thank every one of you from all of us at PopRiot. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the label, the artists, and the music. We're not exactly backing up truckloads of cash just yet. This is 100% DIY and we do this because we love it and we love the people we work with. So *raises glass* here's to a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and amazing New Year to all of you…cheers!

***Download "Gift Wrapped Riot 2013" our VERY FIRST end of year sampler! 8 amazing songs for ONLY $5! Download it NOW and SHARE it with your friends!

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Press, Placements, Katy Perry…oh my!

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I know what you're thinking "...it's nearly 11:30pm on a Saturday and this guy is writing blog entires. What kind of sad lonely life is he leading anyway?" Ok…maybe it's only me that's thinking that but whatevs. Glad I'm here to report the PopRiot skinny.

Many of you know that we released "Frequency" by JOR-G and Erica Ashley yesterday and it was an absolute smash. People were emailing, texting, IM'ing, and all other "ings" you can imagine. The best part was that we picked up some amazing press around the song. Victor from Wordkrapht Magazine heard it and decided to feature the track in their Daily Krapht segment and gave it a glowing review! He's been a supporter of PopRiot and our artists before but this was a huge surprise and we appreciate everything he's said about our PopRiot family.

How can it get better than that you ask? Well we found out today that Erica Ashley's song "Where Are We Now?" will be featured with music from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Pink on the new Jammy Jams CD "Pop Goes the Lullaby 2". Release info is coming soon and If you don't know the song you should check out the video!

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I will end this with a quick hitter about the Playground Etiquette cd release show. This event was always going to be awesome but now that we've added Manon Mathews as the host of the event it's going to be phenomenal. She…is…hilarious...and one of the best comedians out there today. SNL should pick her up ASAP! If you're local to Baltimore you do NOT want to miss this show!

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You really need to hear this song…NOW!

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I'd like to introduce you to a phenomenal new track that we just released today. The song is called FREQUENCY and features two of our favourite artists - JOR-G and Erica Ashley. If you're a into JOR-G then you'll know him from classics like "Kennedy" and "Family" and if you're an Erica Ashley fan then you probably have "Hearts Collide" on your iPhone right now. Either way you haven't heard either of them like this. FREQUENCY is EPIC. It's an adventure…it's intense…it will instantly be the soundtrack to a movie playing in your head. The best news is that we're doing a pre-iTunes release and it's on sale for the throwback price of $0.99. Check it out and download it NOW!

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New Singles & Our First International Signing!

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I'm a little behind so this blog is chock full of news and updates. First let's start with new releases. About a week ago we launched the debut single from Emily K. The song is called "This Little City" and it's a legit smash. More people emailed me about this track than any of our other releases. You should got to Emily's page and listen now! Look out for a FREE download soon!

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There's another new release I've been talking about for a month and I can't tell you how excited our team is to release this song. The track is called "Frequency" and it features both JOR-G & Erica Ashley. I know somebody here is going to kill me but for some reason it reminds me of 30 Seconds to Mars…if 30 Seconds to Mars was a rapper from Miami and a 14 year old pop star. The song comes out 12/12/13 so check back then. Please support PopRiot and our artists by sharing the song on your social networks!

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The biggest news of the week is that we have signed our VERY FIRST international artist. Introducing Jamie "YoungBlood" Hardman from Blackpool, England. Please help us welcome YoungBlood by visiting his page, following him on Twitter, and subscribing on YouTube. His first single is scheduled for release the week of January 24th and we expect VERY big things for him. Stay tuned...

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28 Days Later

We are currently in the middle of a 28 day studio binge. Maybe 28 Days Later was actually about the music industry because I will definitely be a zombie at the end of this.

It all started with "This Little City" by Emily K. We huddled up for final writing sessions, tracked it out, got her into the booth, and out came 3:58 of magic. Beautiful song. Look for it this Thursday, 12/05/13 when it's released for streaming on her Facebook pageOn deck right now is "Frequency". It's a bit of a Rap/Pop hybrid and features both Jor-G and Erica Ashley. It promises to be a smash so check back right before Christmas for the big reveal.

We've talked a lot about the singles we're dropping this month but one of the most anticipated releases on our books comes just after the new year. Playground Etiquette releases its EPIC new album "La Marionnette" on January 18. Produced by PopRiot's own Athena Hiotis and mixed by the amazing Drew Mazurek (Linkin Park, Souls At Zero). If you're local, get your tickets for the CD RELEASE SHOW on the 18th and get a free copy of the CD at the event!

Signing off but can't wait to share some super secret news about Erica Ashely. All I can say now is that she's in a bit of a sticky situation. See ya!

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Being #1, One Direction, and the Best Week Ever

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I plan everything so my weeks have a mind-numbing rhythm. Wake up, read email, post a bunch of garbage on Facebook/Twitter, write music, and then repeat. I know...the glamour of it all right? THEN there are weeks like this one that start the same but blow up into a frenzy of insane happiness and joy.

The first thing I want to announce is that we now have TWO #1 artists. JOR-G has been holding down his position as #1 Hip Hop artist for months. He's pretty much the King of Miami at this point. Ok...that's a bit much. Lebron probably owns that crown but JOR-G would definitely be his right hand man. Joking aside, PopRiot is now home to another #1 artist - Erica Ashely! She's been a strong contender on the Pop Chart for months, bouncing up and down in the Top 10 but she finally did it. It's fitting that they're both #1 since they are collaborating on a new single called "Frequency" to be released near Christmas.

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As you can tell the week went from meh to awesome and we were all riding the high. Then awesome took a turn for out of control surprise, mayhem, and amazement. You've heard of that little boy band from England right? They're called One Direction...you may have seen pictures. While they were broadcasting their global 1DDay show, Harry Styles - OUT OF THE BLUE - gave a shout out to Erica Ashley on television! WHAT? No way! Yes...WAY! He and the band THEN followed her on Twitter and hundreds of their fans followed suit. It's been a flurry of activity ever since.

So...who's having the BEST WEEK EVER? We are!

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PopRiot Featured on A&R Tip Blog!

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These posts are typically reserved for our artists - what they're up to; where they're playing; who's talking about them. This time I'm giddy because I get to point the spotlight on PopRiot itself! The label was just featured on A&R tip blog I Think I Love It and we couldn't be more excited. The feature was written by Katie O'Halloran formerly of EMI Publishing and we're grateful for the press.

My favorite quote from the piece "...Athena Hiotis and Ian Kaine MacGregor have aspirations of not only starting a pop riot, but a pop empire." Sounds like she's been listening to our Chinese food dinner rants :) Check out the entire feature for yourself at www.ithinkiloveit.com and then have a listen to our artists on PopRiot radio! Cheers!

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Erica Ashley Live w/Travis Garland & Colby O'Donis

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The whole PopRiot team was really excited when we found out that Erica Would be joining the Fashionably Late Tour on 11/14 in VA. If you haven't heard of Travis Garland just know that you're going to. He was featured on Ryan Seacrest's "Artists to Watch in 2014" list and is on his way to big time success. Colby O'Donis is another story. If you don't recognize the name, you would certainly recognize his voice. Especially since he's that guy in Lady Gaga's "Just Dance". That's right...one of the biggest pop songs of the last 10 years. So yeah...when I said our team was excited, it was probably an understatement.

Both artists were very gracious headliners and Erica's set was immaculate. While she had a ton of fans at the show, the entire crowd LOVED her! They loved her so much that we ran out of EVERY single piece of merch we had - stickers, CDs, download cards, postcards...everything! Every minute from rehearsals to last nights show was amazing and we can't wait for the next one.

Thank you to Daniel Brindley from Jammin Java and Travis Garland for having us on board! Check out some pics and video from the show! Special thanks to her band - Athena Hiotis (Piano/Vox), Bryan Kimes (Bass), Scott Griffith (Guitar), Tito Perez (Drums) - for putting together a killer set.

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Oh...we'll just be over here watching all of the awesome.

I'll keep it short but sweet but there's is so much awesome it's hard to contain. My last post was all about charts but now I want to talk awards. JOR-G's video "Kennedy" was just awarded "Best Original Video" and "Best Original Song" by BEAT100. Not to mention the video is still holding as the #10 independent hip hop video in the world!

That by itself is awesome news but Erica Ashley is simply killing it. Having watched her come so far it's a proud moment to see her releasing her EP, performing with national acts, and playing amazing venues but next week she takes on the support role for Travis Garland and we couldn't be more proud!

Ck out both of these amazing artists and download their MP3's...we need you to help us make them household names!

 

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PopRiot Artists Are Charting!

I love our artists but I still get a little nervous when we release a record/video hoping that everyone else will love it as as much as I do. October proved to be a HUGE relief because you guys have responded in a VERY big way.

The first sign of success came when Erica Ashley shot up to #2 on the ReverbNation pop chart with the release of her single "Shine". On top of that her video "Where Are We Now?" was rated the #3 indie video in the world on Beat100.

As if that wasn't enough, Jor-G reclaimed his #1 position on ReverbNation's hip hop chart after releasing the video for his new single "Kennedy". Now the video is BLOWING UP on BEAT100 and our whole team is predicting #1 (crosses fingers). Make sure you Check out the "Kennedy" video and download the track!

Keep up with these two because there are big things coming their way! 

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Emily K and This Little City!

We made the long trek into Northern Maryland this weekend for a photo shoot with our newest artist Emily K. We met in her hometown (Bel Air, MD) and I was quite surprised. It's hard to find a place that reminds me of the Cape this far south. My favorite part of the trip was a tiny basement record store packed to the roof with old LPs...very cool. It seems fitting that the first single from her new EP is called "This Little City". Can't wait until you here this these songs. Be sure to add her on Facebook!

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