Here’s Why Upcoming Artist Joshy Jacksson “Swears” He’s The Next Star To Lookout For

Ladies and gents, meet Joshy Jacksson, another New York bred emcee who is ready to received the torch and run with it as the Big Apple’s next superstar.

Reigning out of Queens, this bright emcee possesses the ability to create an authentic content for the fans that they can easily connect with. Raised by his mother who is of Spanish descent, Joshhy have dealt with perseverance at a young age ever since he lost his father, Joshy stays trues to himself and his identity as a artist who talks about some of his life’s biggest battles he had to face growing up. The Source Magazine was able to catch up with Joshy to talk music, life goals and other future projects he has on deck.

The Source Magazine: Who was the individual who introduce you to the hip hop culture?

JJ: My dad was the person who introduce me to hip hop. My dad was considered the “black sheep” of his family. He was a Jew who was a big hip hop fan. In fact I remembered him bringing me an Eminem album which inspired me to get the game much serious.

The Source Magazine: What are some of things you do to help create new content for the streets?

JJ: I like to let the beat talk to me whenever I make a song. Whenever the beat is on, I basically discuss what’s on my mind or whatever I’m going through.

The Source Magazine: Are there any artists in the game would you like to work with?

JJ: There’s plenty of artists in the game right now that I enjoy but if I had to choose someone, it would have to be Dave East. I feel his flow and lyrical style is similar to mines.

The Source Magazine: What do you think will make you standout from your competition and rise as a superstar?

JJ: I am willing to trust the process in this game. I know all the legends had to put in work to get to where they at now. I’m willing to show how much I like and appreciate a strong body of work as far as music content. I want fans to look back at my catalog of music and to feel each moment whenever the beat drops. In addition I’m learning from people’s mistakes and use it to vibe with my fans.

Here’s a preview of why Joshy is the next one up with his latest track known as “Swears”. Joshy’s latest single “Swear” display his range in sounds juxtapose to his debuted release single, Issues. Joshy Jacksson menacingly calls out the fake, fraudulent and phony over a punchy trap percussion. Check it out below.

ACM Awards Provide Impressive Sales & Streaming Bump

52ndacmawards15 Million viewers tuned into the ACM Awards broadcast last weekend, according to new stats from Nielsen Music. Viewers responded to the performances by giving a huge lift in sales and streams. 

  • Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the year – Miranda Lambert.  Her album Weight of These Wings was up 946% and jumped from #110 to #6 in overall album rank and also reclaimed the #1 position on the Country album chart. Total volume (album + TEA + Audio SEA) was up 663% and ranked improved to #12 from #192 the prior week.  She also performed the song “Tin Man”, which resulted in a 14500% increase in the song’s sales and 406% increase in Audio Streams.
  • New Vocal Group or Duo of the year went to Brothers Osborne – their album Pawn Shop jumped 229% in sales and 157% in Total volume and reached #65 on the album chart and #91 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  They also performed “It Ain’t My Fault”, which resulted in a 290% increase in song sales and a 36% increase in Audio Streams.
  • Maren Morris continued her Award-season run by winning New Female Vocalist of the year.  Her album Hero, which has garnered significant attention in 2017, was up 146% in sales and 96% in total volume last week. Hero moved up to #39 on the Top 200 from #92 the week prior.  She also performed “I Could Use a Love Song”, which lifted 280% in sales, 31% in Audio Streams and 53% in radio plays.
  • Keith Urban had the most nominations and, despite not taking home any of the major awards, sales of his Ripcord album jumped by 87% and total volume increased by 83%. He also performed his songs “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and “The Fighter” with Carrie Underwood, which provided significant lifts to those titles.  “The Fighter” saw a sales increase of 99%, an increase in Audio Streams of 21% as well as a 13% increase in plays at radio.  “Blue Ain’t Your Color” had similar increases, with sales up 110% and Audio Streams up 8%.
  • Thomas Rhett was the winner of Male Vocalist of the Year and his album Tangled increased by 63% and total consumption volume was up 34%.  The single “Die a Happy Man” (which also won Song of the Year) also increased by 123% in sales, while streams are up 10% and radio plays are up 13%.
  • Little Big Town won the award for Vocal Group of the Year and performed their hit “Happy People”.  The song had a 330% increase in sales and up 5% in Audio streams, as well as a 57% increase in radio plays.
  • Kelsea Ballerini performed the song “Yeah Boy” and the song increased by 77% in sales, up 12% in Audio Streams and up 7% in radio plays.
  • Reba McEntire performed her song “Back to God” with Lauren Daigle and the sales of the song increased by 1481%, Audio streams were up 226% and radio plays were up 12%.  Sales of the album Sing it Now: Songs of Faith were up 72% and the album jumped to #43 from #112 on the Billboard top 200.

Best Promotional #Instagram #Hashtags For Artists And Bands

1Instagram has become one of the best social media platforms through which to reach profitable music fans, but a key part of marketing and promotion is the proper use of hashtags. Here we look at how determine which are most effective.


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According to Nielsen Research, if you want want to reach music lovers, Instagram is one of the best platforms to use for promotion. Why? Well first of all, Instagram users are huge music fans, and spend 42% more money on music and listen 30% more than the general population. In fact, the typical Instagram user spends a surprising $269 per year on music, which is about twice as much as the average music fan that subscribes to a streaming service. That’s what makes Instagram promotion so valuable.

Hashtags are an essential part of Instagram marketing and promotion, so it’s important that you’re familiar with how they work on the platform. Contrary to all other networks, on Instagram, the more hashtags you use, the better. That’s because hashtags are the primary way you build a community on the platform. Believe it or not, between 7 and 11 hashtags get the most engagement, according to most studies.

2That said, make sure you do some research as to which hashtags you’ll use. Hyper-focused hashtags will put your images in front of a more interested audience. That means that you should use hashtags relevant to music, and to your music and brand in particular.

Three ways to search for new hashtags include,, or Some of the most popular music related hashtags include:


The best hashtags for getting new followers are:

#tbt (Throwback Thursday)

Finally, don’t forget to include a custom hashtag of you or your band, if your following is large enough, and consistently use it on all your posts.

Hashtags constantly change in popularity depending upon the current trends, so make sure you do regularly searches just to be sure that you’re using the best ones for your posts so that your Instagram promotion remains viable.

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New York Governor Passes Free Tuition At Public Colleges For Low-Income Students

New York has just been cleared to become the first state offering free college tuition for families that earn no more than $100K per year. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced this plan back in January after analyzing the state’s budget with lawmakers.

The budget was approved this past Saturday [April 8th] by the Assembly and by the Senate on Sunday night. The plan is set for over the next three years for residents within the income range.

Students will not pay for tuition but they would have to cover their room and board cost if they decide to live on-campus. These eligible would also have to take at-least 30 credits excluding part-time students.

Additionally, in receiving this funding the graduate would have to live and work in New York after graduation for the same number of years they received the funding. For those who choose to leave will result in a loan payment.

It looks like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 design might be even more impressive than the iPhone 8 – BGR


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DAMN. By Kendrick Lamar Coming Soon; BBMA Nominations Are In | Source News Flash

Today in Source News Flash: Kendrick Lamar revealed early this morning a track list and artwork for upcoming album DAMN. The nominations for annual Billboard Music Awards are in, and Drake, The Weeknd, Rihanna and Beyonce lead the pack. See the full list here. Nicki Minaj teases new collaboration with DNCE “Kissing Strangers.”

10.DEEP reveals second delivery of Spring 2017 collection with bold colors and a multitude of juxtapositions. Adidas will be dropping a “Trace Khaki” Ultra Boost 3.0 this Summer.

Southern California man fatally shot his estranged wife inside an elementary school classroom attended by special needs children before killing himself on Monday, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said. Two students were injured in the murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, and one of those children later died at a hospital, Burguan said.

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Kendrick Lamar Shares Cover Art and Track List For “DAMN.”

Kendrick Lamar got his fans hopes up when initially after the drop of “The Heart Part 4”  rumors surfaced that album will be coming on April 7. Luckily we won’t have to wait much longer. The release for upcoming album from KDot is set for April 14. Early morning on Tuesday (April 11) Kendrick shared artwork and track list for highly anticipated DAMN.

Here’s the full track list:


2. DNA

3. YAH







10. LOVE

11. XXX FT. U2

12. FEAR

13. GOD