Warner Records Introduces R&B Songstress Laya Drops New Single”Brag”

Warner Records proudly introduces R&B singer, songwriter, and creative force LAYA as one of the newest artists to join its iconic, history-making roster. The Staten Island savant unleashes “Brag,” a track packed with bounce and attitude, featuring Brooklyn drill rap star Fivio Foreign. The song finds LAYA humbly letting friends and foes know where she stands and arrives alongside a clever visualizer conceived and created by LAYA herself.

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Credit – Gerron “Soul Vision” Caldwell 

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Alternative R&B Outlier Raveena Signs To Warner Records And Drops New Single “Rush”

Raveena returns today to share the new single “Rush,” her first release with Warner Records. The upbeat single is a layered track introducing listeners to a new sonic world from Raveena inspired by Indian drums and 80s Bollywood soundtracks juxtaposed with modern R&B and hip hop. “Rush” was conceived by Raveena after experiencing a psychedelic acid trip while visiting an Eastern sound installation at the Rubin Museum. Raveenaco-directed the accompanying visual with Munachi Osegbu. The video features Raveena dancing in a technicolor space with iridescent figures, floating in crystal clear water and swaying in lush greenery while wearing traditional Indian-inspired clothing.

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TNT’S “CLAWS” PARTNERS With Warner Records Star DreamDoll For “CLAWS” -Themed Original Single, “Oh Shhh”

Bronx rap star and social media juggernaut DreamDoll, in partnership with TNT, is debuting an original “Claws”-themed single, “Oh Shhh,” from her forthcoming project (District 18/Warner Records), along with a new “Claws” music video. This collaboration sets the world of “Claws” into a song that embodies the series’ boundary-pushing female characters and amplifies the show themes of women finding their power, boss ladies taking charge and – of course – fierce nails.

DreamDoll shared, “This was truly an honor considering how much I love Claws. Like me, these bad-ass-boss-bitches understand sometimes you have to make certain sacrifices to achieve your dream.” On creating the new single, she mentioned, “I wanted it to sound familiar yet new, with a feel-good vibe. After going through a couple of potential tracks, I landed on this beat which samples Fergie’s “London Bridge.” I’m so excited that I can finally talk about it. It’s been so hard to hold it in. I hope my fans and fans of the show will love it.

Warner Records Releases First All-Female Hip-Hop Album For “Bruised”

Warner Records in association with The Blueprint Group, Roc Nation, and Saloon Music presents the Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film). Listen to the Soundtrack HERE

It serves as the musical companion to NETFLIX’s Bruised—which is notably the directorial debut of Academy® Award-winning actress Halle Berry who also produced and stars in the film. The film is now in select theaters, and it begins streaming on November 24. 

Baby Tate Shares “Dungarees” Video From “Bruised” Soundtrack On Warner Records

Warner Records in association with The Blueprint Group, Roc Nation, and Saloon Music unveils Baby Tate’s “Dungarees” music video from the Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film). The album arrives on Friday, November 19. 

“Dungarees” hinges on hard-hitting production driven by pulsing 808s. Meanwhile, Baby Tate tears through the beat with a one-two punch of lyrical ferocity and unbreakable spirit. Her hard-hitting bars crash right into the chantable chorus, “Bitch put on some dungarees and like a kangaroo do a jump for me.

Warner Records Announces “Bruised” By Netflix Soundtrack Out November 19

Warner Records in association with The Blueprint Group, Roc Nation, and Saloon Music announces the release of Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film) on Friday, November 19. It serves as the musical companion to NETFLIX’s Bruised—which is notably the directorial debut of Academy® Award-winning actress Halle Berry who also produced and stars in the film. The soundtrack features all-female artists including H.E.R, Cardi B., City Girls, Saweetie, Latto, Erica Banks, Flo Milli, Baby Tate, Young M.A., DreamDoll, and Roc Nation’s Rapsody, Big Bottle Wyanna, and Ambre. The film opens in select theaters on November 17 and begins streaming on November 24.

To herald the arrival of the album, City Girls set the tone with the first single “Scared” today. Recorded specifically for the film and featured during a key sequence on-screen, this new original sees the Miami duo of Yung Miami and JT gritty as they hit one punch after another before a knockout hook. Listen to “Scared” HERE.

Hand-selected by Executive Producers Halle Berry and Cardi B, the Soundtrack exclusively assembles a cohort of authentic and fiery female stars, contributing unreleased tracks and serving up what promises to be one of the fall’s hottest releases. Stay tuned for more on Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film) soon.

Baby Tate Kicks Off Warner Records Signing With Proud And Petty New Single “Pedi”

Atlanta rapper/singer/actress Baby Tate celebrates her signing to Warner Records with “Pedi,” her equally fierce and playful major label debut. The high-energy, fast-talking single comes with a fittingly hilarious video. Listen to “Pedi” HERE.

Powered by a beat that mixes ’80s electro-rap drums with modern production flourishes, the track is colorful and loud, featuring Baby Tate (formerly Yung Baby Tate) proudly embracing her status as a “petty ass bitch.” It’s a winning, genuinely funny ode to clapping back at haters. In the video, the Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star interrupts quiet moments—a yoga session, a chess match—to flaunt her moves and belt her rallying cry: “I might be crazy, but at least I’m authentic.” As the video reveals, Baby Tate is standing in for the petty in all of us.

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Staten Island Rapper CJ Signs To Warner Records

Today, rising Staten Island rapper CJ has announced his signing to Warner RecordsBillboard highlighted the news saying, “With his first Warner EP, executive produced by French Montana, set to be released soon, CJ now looks to solidify his status beyond his breakthrough hit.” It’s a major statement from an artist who is well on his way to a spot among rap’s elite. After an explosive 2020 for CJ, which saw the release of his breakout drill anthem “Whoopty,” Warner Records are understandably excited to bring him into the fold. 

Co-chairman and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck said, “We first reached out to CJ after hearing ‘Whoopty,’ which we loved instantly, but more importantly, upon meeting him, his star power was obvious as was his ambition to be an artist at the highest level. The depth of CJ’s debut project will surprise people. Not only is the quality high top to bottom, but it feels urgent. He does an amazing job showing his dedication to NY drill music, while simultaneously emphasizing he’s more than just what you are hearing on ‘Whoopty.’” 

The label’s co-chairman and COO Tom Corson added, “I love CJ! He’s got a point of view, reps a great island and city, and has a brand building vibe. CJ’s definitely NEXT UP!” 

Label vet James Cruz (CJ’s uncle and manager) said, “CJ is the sum of all parts of my career and industry experience. Expect the unexpected from this young Jedi and the amazing team at Warner.”

CJ’s rise over the past year has been astronomical. “Whoopty,” full of breathless flows and haunting choirs, hit NY radio in the late summer and bloomed into a national smash through its success on TikTok, where it quickly accumulated over 200 million views. Since then, “Whoopty” has garnered over 280 million streams across platforms, earned coveted slots on Spotify’s RapCaviar and Apple Music’s Today’s Hits playlists, and catapulted up the Billboard charts. The track is currently #27 on the Hot 100, as well as #9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. CJ also hit #1 on the Billboard Emerging Artist chart and is #10 on the Global 200 chart. “Whoopty” is a Top 10 Global Spotify smash, is already certified Platinum in Canada, and is the #1 song at YouTube UK. 

CJ’s peers loved “Whoopty” just as much as fans did. He got co-signs from a slew of big names including Cardi BFrench MontanaWiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes, The Heavy Hitters, and Hot97Complex and The New York Times each named “Whoopty” one of the best songs of 2020. His new partnership with Warner will surely mean more plaques, groundbreaking records, and praise for NYC rap worldwide.

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“Fell Too Far” Singer Nick Bonin Signs To Masked Records / Warner Records

 19-year-old North Carolina singer Nick Bonin, responsible for the viral smash “Fell Too Far,” which is spiking online with over 30 million streams across platforms globally, announces his signing to Roger Gengo’s Masked Records in partnership with Warner Records. To commemorate the news, Nick Bonin shares the anticipated video for the surging track. Watch it HERE. The emotional video depicts the turmoil of a rocky relationship. It’s a heartbreak anthem that’s anchored not only to Nick’s emotional maturation, but his musical evolution. The young creative had been tinkering with music production for quite some time, making music for others before his own and teaching himself to engineer vocals by the time he was a freshman in high school. 

“Fell Too Far” actually sat dormant online for months until it organically started to spin up when it was championed by the online  Fortnite community after FaZe Clan used the track in one of their YouTube montages, racking up 1 million-plus streams and leading to thousands of fans creating their own YouTube and TikTok videos synced to the song. Roger Gengo said, “‘Fell Too Far’ slapped me across the face five seconds into playing it for the first time. It’s inconceivable to think Nick made this song in his bedroom. After meeting Nick and hearing that his unreleased music is somehow even better, I knew I wanted to work with Nick to take his music from his bedroom to reach across the globe.”

Now the universe has brought it full circle with Nick tapping young gamer-on-the-rise Rose Ruland to star alongside him in the video. Rose is an up-and-coming streamer and content creator who started amassing a following on Twitch earlier this year at the beginning of quarantine, known for holding her own while playing Call of Duty: Warzone with pro players. Follow Rose on TwitchInstagramTwitter and TikTok

The video starring Nick and Rose was produced by FaZe Clan’s production team and is set in a FaZe Clan fan’s dream bedroom, complete with neon signage, limited edition merch collaborations with Juice WRLD and Manchester City and more FaZe Clan easter eggs. Check it out now and stay tuned for more from the emerging artist.

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Donel, UK Voice Star, Signs To Warner Records Over Zoom

Donel, 18-year-old star of The Voice UK, has signed a major U.S. record deal with c and also a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Donel signed both deals over Zoom, signaling an exciting new chapter in his young career.

Donel captivated the nation when he first appeared on The Voice UK at just 16-years-old. Coached by Will.i.am, he received a hand written letter from Prince Harry, inviting him to perform for Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday at The Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Prince Harry on stage as ‘a star of the future,’ Donel went on to write & release debut single ‘Bang Like A Drum’ through Polydor Records. He then spent the next 18 months developing his artistry, songwriting and social media following (clocking up over a million combined social followers, and 16m+ likes on TikTok). 

Raised in Zimbabwe, Donel blends afrobeat with modern pop & R&B, weaving his native ‘Ndebele’ into his lyrics. He has written and collaborated with MNEK, Guilty Beatz, Pip Kembo, 2FVDED, Alan Sampson, Rymez, Daecolm, Dr Vades, The Writers Block, Dantae Johnson & many more. Sending his toplines over Instagram to any artist that would listen, he caught the attention of both Major Lazer & Nigerian singer/songwriter, Mr Eazi, who included Donel’s latest single ‘Wish You Well’ in his African incubator program emPAWA. 

After meeting Donel in a London session, Max Gousse, Founder & CEO, Artistry Records (Beyoncé, Saweetie) was so blown away by his talent he offered to sign both his publishing and record deal there and then. The partnership was born, and JV deals were soon signed through Max to both Warner Records & Sony/ATV out of the US. 

Donel Signing his Deal with Warner Records via Zoom.Top row– Donel, Richard Griffiths (Director, Modest! Management), Tom Corson (COO & Co-Chairman, Warner Records), Sarah Gallagher (Manager, Modest! Management), Middle row – Monica Payne (EVP, Artist Management & development, Artistry Group), Monee Perry (Co-President, Artistry Records), Chris Atlas (EVP Urban Music & Marketing, Warner Records), KeyzBaby (Producer) & Max Gousse (CEO, Artistry Records), Bottom Row – Aaron Bay-Schuck (CEO & Co-Chairman, Warner Records), Adam Small (Co-President, Artistry Records), Miriam Camara (Business Affairs, Warner Records)

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