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Playground Etiquette


Big Tings...

Big tings indeed! Unless you're involved in the music industry you probably don't think about how fans interact with the music we write. Most people only ever interact with a song. They hear it on the radio and if they like it enough, they learn the lyrics and maybe they even download an mp3. Others like it so much they buy the album and watch the videos on YouTube. Then you have the dedicated few that love the song and artist so much that they go above and beyond and buy tickets to a show.

While I love all of the people that interact with our music, this third group is where the magic happens. When an artist is able to interact with its fans, it becomes a relationship. You can't get that through any other medium including social media. There is nothing like an artist performing for the people that love their music. With that in mind, we've got some pretty amazing show announcements.

09/19 - Playground Etiquette Live @ Chapala Rock Bar: If you're new to Playground Etiquette then you are in for a big surprise. If there is one word to describe them it would be cinematic. Every song provides a mood, texture, and a visual...almost like a soundtrack to whatever you might be going through. On top of that their live show is intense. See this show at ALL COSTS!

10/17 - JOR-G Live @ The Nest: You've heard the music and you've seen the videos. Now JOR-G is bringing his brand of hip hop to Downtown Miami and you should find your way to the show because it is going to be insane. Tickets are available at

11/10 - Erica Ashley Live w/Aaron Carter: Erica has been picking up steam since the release of her first single/video. It landed her on CBS TV and performed as direct support to Travis Garland & Colby O'Donnis on the the Fashionably Late tour. Now she's back with Aaron Carter and it's going to be phenomenal.

If you've only been a casual listener in the past I hope you take the leap and get to one of these live shows. I promise that you'll hear so much more in the music. Bobs your uncle...see you at the shows!



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Press, Placements, Katy Perry…oh my!


I know what you're thinking "'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!


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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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!