DT: AUGUST 20, 2019
FR: MITCH SCHNEIDER/KELLY WALSH
RELEASE TRAILER FOR THIRD SINGLE/VIDEO,
“THE GREAT CHINGISS KHAAN,” OUT FRIDAY, AUG. 23
FIRST OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE OF 2019
FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM
BAND ACCEPT ROLE AS CULTURAL ENVOY OF MONGOLIA
IN ADVANCE OF FIRST-EVER N. AMERICAN TOUR THIS FALL
ANNOUNCE VENUE UPGRADES (MILWAUKEE, DENVER) AND SOLD-OUT SHOW (SAN FRANCISCO)
Photo Credit: E. Altankhuyag
Things are heating up for THE HU as they prepare to make their way to North America this fall for their first-ever tour of the continent in support of their upcoming debut album, THE GEREG, due September 13 via Eleven Seven Music. The Mongolian phenomenon, who adventurously combine traditional Mongolian instrumentation and throat-singing with modern American heavy rock to create their own style of music they call “hunnu rock,” have announced the Friday, August 23 launch of the third single and music video for the epic track “The Great Chingiss Khan.”
Following the viral online success of their previous videos for “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” in December 2018—which combined have over 40 million views to date–“The Great Chingiss Khan” marks the first official video release from the band in 2019. Filmed at Burkhan Khalduun, the birthplace of Chinggis Khaan, in February of this year in minus 30 degree weather, the cinematic video shares the story of Chinggis Khaan as he is portrayed in Mongolian culture as an inventor and a founding father of the country rather than the worldly view of him as a warrior and conqueror. Watch a message from THE HU along with a teaser of “The Great Chingiss Khaan” in the video below:
THE HU were recently heralded as Cultural Envoy of Mongolia by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia in a special ceremony live streamed on MNB World, which can be seen here. “Representing Mongolian artists, we have become a Cultural Envoy of Mongolia,” commented band member Jaya (jaw harp, Tsuur, Flute & Throat Singer). “It is a great moment for us. We are very happy. We understand that as an envoy, we are responsible for sharing our cultural heritage with the world.”
THE HU already began their work as envoys with their inaugural performance in their Ulaanbaatar hometown in June 2019. The group then traveled to Europe and the UK for a sold-out 15-date summer tour in addition to performances at several major festivals including Download Festival, Rock im Park, Rock Am Ring, Tons of Rock and more.
They will next embark on their inaugural North American tour over the course of three months from September 11 to December 7 which includes stops at Aftershock Festival (Sacramento), Riot Fest (Chicago) and Las Rageous (Las Vegas). The anticipation for the upcoming shows has received an astounding response with two shows having been immediately moved to higher capacity venues (Milwaukee, Denver) and a sold-out show in San Francisco. Dates can be found below and tickets are on sale now at www.thehuofficial.com. Watch a message from THE HU to U.S. fans here:
Early Critical Praise:
“[The HU] are not just taking elements from Western music… Instead, they’re using some of these elements and making their own authentic music. So it’s not rock music performed by Mongolians. It’s Mongolian rock music.”- January 5, 2019
“You know when you find an artist you’re so enraptured and excited about that you want to tell anyone and everyone who’ll listen about them? That’s how I feel right now about The HU.” – June 7, 2019
“Hunnu rock has undoubtedly captured a global audience, spreading their transcultural sound across borders.” – May 27, 2019
“The Hu is the first act since Bad Wolves in February 2018 to top Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with its first charting song.” –April 18, 2019
“The HU wound up with nine cinematic songs that seamlessly meld their influences, often highlighting the areas where the two overlap… Given the global platform they earned via YouTube, The HU have an entire nation rooting for them with The Gereg.” – August 5, 2019
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ABOUT THE HU:
THE HU stands for the Mongolian root word for human being, inspiring their original style of music that they call “Hunnu Rock.” The band pull Inspiration from the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire better known as The Huns in western culture. Their music is deeply embedded with their ancient culture, even integrating old Mongolian war cries and poetry into their lyrics.
The group was founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by their producer Dashka, along with band members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush. Together they create rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation such as the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp), guttural throat singing built around the pillars of heavy rock: distorted guitars, bombastic drums, and aggressive rhythms. All four members have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees in classical music and have gained several years of touring experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.
THE HU is:
Gala: Lead Throat Singer and Morin Khuur
Enkush: Lead Morin Khuur and Throat Singer
Jaya: Jaw Harp, Tsuur, Flute, and Throat Singer
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DATE: AUGUST 14, 2019
FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/MARCEE RONDAN/KELLY WALSH
DAVE NAVARRO AND BILLY MORRISON
ANNOUNCE STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP
FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL
“ABOVE GROUND” CONCERT
ACTOR JOE MANGANIELLO
TO HOST EVENING OF PERFORMANCES FROM
NAVARRO AND MORRISON,
PERRY FARRELL AND ETTY LAU FARRELL (KIND HEAVEN ORCHESTRA),
GAVIN ROSSDALE (BUSH), STEVE STEVENS,
JULIETTE LEWIS, STEVE VAI, BILLY DUFFY (THE CULT),
WAYNE KRAMER (MC5) AND MIKE GARSON (DAVID BOWIE)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 EVENT
AT THE FONDA THEATRE
THE VINYL ALBUM AS AN ART FORM
WHILE ALSO RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS
FOR THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Guitarists Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) have confirmed the star-studded line-up for the second annual “ABOVE GROUND” benefit concert on Monday, September 16 at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
Navarro and Morrison have announced the initial guests joining them for the night, which include host (actor) Joe Manganiello and musicians
Billy Idol, Perry Farrell and Etty Lau Farrell (Kind Heaven Orchestra), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Steve Stevens, Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mike Garson (the legendary and longtime keyboardist for David Bowie, including his role in the Spiders From Mars line-up), with more to be announced. The performers will tip their hats to two of the greatest albums of all time: David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and the Stooges’ self-titled debut album (celebrating its 50th anniversary this month), on which the world was introduced to Iggy Pop.
As with last year’s successful event, this immersive evening of art and music will celebrate the vinyl album as an art form, and at the same time raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health, with the profits being donated to MusiCares®, a charity of the Recording Academy™. View a trailer for the event here and read an interview with Navarro and Morrison here.
Tickets for the event are on sale now. Click here to buy tickets. “ABOVE GROUND” is being produced with assistance from Law Rocks, which promotes music education programs. During the intermission between performances, there will be speeches from people in the mental health field along with art items for auction, live graffiti from prominent street artists including @Teachr1, @PlasticJesus, @VYALone and @MegZany, and information booths.
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Law Rocks’ mission is to promote music education for underprivileged youth and raise funds for local nonprofit organizations by combining the power of music and the generosity of the global legal community. Law Rocks accomplishes this mission through epic battle of the band fundraising concerts in cities across the globe that star legal professionals-turned-rockstars. Since its 2009 founding, Law Rocks has toured to 21 cities around the world, held more than 100 concerts, and raised 3.2 million dollars. For more information, visit https://lawrocks.org/ and follow Law Rocks on Instagram
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DT: AUGUST 13, 2019
FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER, KELLY WALSH/SRO PR
LAUNCHES NEW MARKETING TOOL
CEO + ENTREPREUNEUR/MUSICIAN
SINGLE MUSIC was designed by musician and CEO Tommy Stalknecht to empower artists and labels to directly sell their merch and music with ease while making the most revenue. To further help artists achieve success, the company has developed a new marketing tool to drive follows, subscribes and pre-saves called BoostLinks. The tool allows artists to create a customizable landing page that combines their physical merch with pre-adds, saves and streaming links to increase fan engagement, follows and subscribes. With every purchase, the fan receives an email further ‘boosting’ whichever various channels they choose to promote. Further details can be found here: sn.gl/boost-launch.
Find out more about BoostLinks in the below Q&A with Stalknecht:
SINGLE MUSIC continues to keep growing and is now offering a new marketing tool, BoostLinks, which drives follows, subscribes and shares. Can you talk about how this will benefit both the fans, record labels and the artists who use SINGLE MUSIC?
“As the industry shifts to a streaming-first model, it’s important to update familiar tools like bundling for the new paradigm. Unlike iTunes’ halcyon days where one store carried 80% of the market, streaming has many major & minor players. Fans need a simple way to save or add music to whichever service they prefer.
What inspired SINGLE MUSIC to come up with Boostlinks? Was it something your clients were asking for?
“Looking at trends in the industry, it’s clear that current initiatives center around pre-adds/saves of singles and albums. While d2c digital distribution & bundling remain a core service of Single, our mission is to create tools that benefit artists and their bottom line. We saw a gap in the market around a very common promotional tactic, and thought about ways it could be updated for the streaming-era.”
You are truly making it easier for musicians, who use SINGLE MUSIC, to create and tour by streamlining the process of selling music and merch to their fans. Since you are a musician yourself, can you shed some light on how musicians can benefit from this?
“It’s no secret that the majority of revenue an artist makes comes from touring and merchandise sales. While it’s unfortunate that artists are making less from their art, new technologies are stepping in–like Single & Shopify–to help artists maximize other revenue streams. Unlike platforms that take 10% of physical revenue in perpetuity, Shopify supports merch sales with a flat monthly fee –and Single monetizes direct-to-fan digital sales at less than half the cost of iTunes. Not only do artists keep drastically more money with this model, they have access to an incredible amount of data to help inform things like tour locations & sales strategies.”
Aligned with Shopify, SINGLE MUSIC continues to expand boundaries with their innovative app that allows direct-to-consumer sales as well as being the first and only Shopify app to offer BuzzAngle reporting–a new daily sales reporting system that is utilized by the new Rolling Stone Charts. The feature will be included at no additional cost with all digital and physical sales reporting which already includes instant reporting to Nielsen for official Billboard chart tallying.
SINGLE MUSIC now has over 900 artists currently signed up for their service, including Lil Peep, Sheck Wes, Toro Y Moi, Chromeo and newcomers T-Pain, Aaron Lewis and Lil Pump. They have also aligned themselves with many top merchandising companies such as Live Nation Merch, Futureshirts, The Hyv, Absolute Merch, Top Drawer Merch and more.
SINGLE MUSIC has confirmed over 150,000 digital albums purchased and 275,000 total sales reported to Soundscan including Gillian Welch‘s Oscar nominated single “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” along with Billboard #1 albums from Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kacey Musgraves, Peter Hollens, For King & Country and John Prine.
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