Today, Troye Sivan shared another new song, “The Good Side.” Available for download and streaming HERE, it follows last week’s release of hisnew single, “My My My!” Both songs are from his forthcoming album, which will be out this spring on Capitol Records.

Tune in to “Saturday Night Live” on January 20 to see Troye perform as this week’s musical guest.

Troye Sivan     Photo Credit: Hedi Slimane

“My My My!” was the top trending topic worldwide after its release last week and the official video, directed by Grant Singer (Lorde, The Weeknd), became the #1 trending clip on YouTube. After only six days, cumulative worldwide streams surpassed 25 million.

Pitchfork named it the “Best New Track” and observed, “With his throbbing new single “My My My!” – one of the first great songs of this young year – Sivan is celebrating pure joy, the feeling of being swept up and rendered invincible by new love.” TIME placed it on its list of “5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week” and Rolling Stone hailed it as “a joyous preview of his upcoming album.” Idolator noted, “the searing track has all the makings of a major hit.”

OUT said, “Gone are the emotionally pure days of the heart-wrenching Blue Neighbourhood trilogy of videos or his house party sleepover visuals for ‘Youth.’ In their place, the Australian singer has a sensual, swaggering new video…” NPR Music observed, “It’s an infectious celebration of sexual desire.”

Troye was recently selected by designer Pierpaolo Piccioli to be the face of the Valentino Spring 2018 menswear advertising campaign. His 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood(Capitol Records), topped the iTunes charts in 66 countries. It has sold more than two million adjusted albums worldwide and is certified Gold in the U.S. Streams across all platforms exceed 1.5 billion while video views have surpassed 500 million.

The New York Times hailed Troye as a “prototype for tomorrow’s global pop star” and he appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Out and V Magazine. Associated Press named Blue Neighbourhoodas the No. 1 album of 2015 and Rolling Stone awarded it four stars.The single “Youth” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Club Play chart and has been certified Platinum in the U.S. His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy and two GLAAD Media wins.


Ultimate 2018 Festival Guide

The world of festivals and consumer events has evolved. Today, people travel far and wide to come together and celebrate more unique interests, hobbies and passions. Hertz Europe has put together the ultimate European road trip festival guide for 2018 as festivals are a great way to experience a destination in a unique and different way. Hertz Europe has paired preferred vehicles for each festival based on the destination as an added bonus to explore the road less traveled.

Venice Carnival – Italy 

January 27 – February 8, 2018

Head to the world famous festival known for its elaborate masks, Venice Carnival, while exploring the city’s backroads via Hertz Europe recommended Fiat 500 Cabrio with its ability to navigate large crowds. Throughout the festival experience a water performance on the canals, best mask contest, parade, street shows, extravagant ball and more.

St. Patrick’s Festival – Ireland 

March 15-19, 2018

Looking for some Irish luck to last you throughout 2018? Head to Dublin for the annual St. Patrick’s Festival where leperchon’s and pots of gold aren’t the main attraction as the climax to the four-day carousing spree is the parade held on March 17th. The event is as much about participation as it is about spectacle. Traditional Irish dancing spills into the streets, green-clad revelers cheer through the pubs, annual boat races and a massive exhibition of Gaelic football and hurling cap off the festival in high spirits. It is highly advised to rent a car for airport transportation in Dublin and of course to explore Ireland’s countryside- Hertz Europe recommends a VW Touareg for it’s smooth ride throughout the windy countryside.

Isle of Wight Festival – UK

June 21-14, 2018

Rock out this summer at one of the UK’s most famous music festivals- dating back to its debut in 1968. It’s hall of fame includes a rock-tactic, pop-filled, dance-ackee lineup such as David Bowie, Jay Z, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and more. Since there are no direct commercial flights to the Isle of Wight the best way to get to the island is via car and ferry that way once you arrive on the island you have transportation to explore the wonders of Isle of Wight. Hertz Europe recommends cursing around in Ferrari California to feel the wind in your hair and smells the sweet sea breeze of the island.

Running of the Bulls – Spain

July 6 – 14, 2018

Run with a heard of bulls for a once in a lifetime experience at the nine-day festival of Sanfermines in honor of Saint Fermin in Pamplona. The best way to experience this city in Spain is via car where Hertz Europe recommends a Mini Cooper Cabrio– small enough to squeeze through the city streets with a convertible option to see and smell the city of Pamplona. The first 24 hours of the San Fermin festival is quite the celebration where the city doesn’t sleep and guests follow suit. Towards the closing of the festival, the city calms down with an intimate candlelight ceremony capped by fireworks and marching bands.

Oktoberfest – Germany 

September 22 – October 7, 2018

Prost! Wear your finest lederhosen while sipping on a stein filled with German beer at Munich’s annual Oktoberfest- think Disneyland for adults. As Germany is known for having some of the best scenic roads and highways, skip taking the train from the airport into downtown Munich and rent a Hertz Europe recommended Range Rover Sport for fast and easy accessibility into the city center with an added bonus of experiencing the road less traveled along the way. Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events and the world’s largest fair with six million people attending everyone year filled with Bavarian traditions and feasts.

Find your sound with RZA

A music-making Today at Apple session is available at your local Apple Store from none other than the grandmaster of Wu Tang Clan: RZA. You’ll learn how to develop your sound using iPad Pro with a Lightpad Block, GarageBand, and other music creation tools from ROLI. It’s totally free and open to all!

To celebrate the launch of this Music Lab at Apple Stores around the world, RZA will personally lead a session on Developing Your Sound at the Apple Union Square in San Francisco on January 27. Sign-up here.

No problem if you can’t make the event. You can explore RZA’s techniques in the best possible way — first-hand — when you develop your own sound in a Music Lab at an Apple Store near you.

The sessions will be led by Apple’s Creatives but will start with a video introduction from RZA. Then participants will hands-on with “Wu-Tang: the Saga Continues,” the exclusive collection of Wu-Tang sounds in the NOISE app. The Developing Your Sound with RZA is part of the Today at Apple Music Lab programming offered in all Apple Stores. Music Labs help people build their musical skills by focusing on new techniques.

The Music Lab with RZA is an amazing way to discover your sound with GarageBand and NOISE on iPads Pros working with Seaboard Blocks, Lightpad Blocks, and Beats Pill speakers. Together, they’re a full-blown music studio that fits in a backpack.

Sign up for a Music Lab through the Today at Apple page of your local Apple Store. They’ve already started, and they’re free and open to everyone.

Learn more about the wider Today at Apple program here.

Harry Hudson x Yellow Lights

Los Angeles singer/songwriter Harry Hudson releases his new song “Yellow Lights.” The vulnerable piano-led ballad was written by Hudson, and co-produced by fellow MSFTSmusic artist ¿Téo? and platinum recording artist gnash. “Yellow Lights” is a raw and sincere confession of unrequited love. “Yellow Lights” follows “Cry For Love” as Hudson’s second official release on the MSFTSmusic/Roc Nation label through their Interscope Records partnership.

“There are so many yellow light moments in a relationship. It represents the point in time when you’re forced to go all in or stop everything completely,” says Harry.

His upcoming LP is a musical memoir that ties together his folk-rock and pop influences with his personal journey of self-discovery after recovering from cancer treatment. For more information about Harry Hudson check out www.harryhudsonmusic.com.

Yellow Lights” is now available at all digital retailers, you can take a listen HERE.

Post Malone Breaks Records

Post Malone shatters the record for “Longest #1 Run on the Spotify Global Chart” with “rockstar” [feat. 21 Savage]. The RIAA double-platinum smash now holds the top spot on the chart for an unprecedented and unmatched 108 days and counting with no signs of slowing or stopping either. It’s the perfect milestone for “the 21st century’s biggest rockstar” to kick off the new year.

Get it HERE via Republic Records.

The song’s achievements continue mounting at a rapid pace. Quickly achieving a RIAA double-Platinum certification, it has spent eight consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the longest stay atop the chart for a rap song in 2017. It also made history as “The first U.S. Hip-Hop Song to be #1 for Consecutive Weeks in the UK since Run D.M.C.’s ‘It’s Like That’ in 1998” and set Canada’s record for “All Time Streams in One Week.” With over 650+ million worldwide streams, global consumption exceeds 6 million and it currently clinched the #1 on the Global Spotify Chart for 108 days in a row and counting.

Check out the “rockstar” remix featuring Nicky Jam and Ozuna HERE!