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Published on April 23rd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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First Look: “Goner” Singer Souly Had On Signing With Island Records, COVID-19 & Future Plans

After scoring tens of millions of streams of his music as an independent artist, Souly Had scored a major-label record deal with Island Records. Now signed to Island Records — the label that helped launch the American careers of Bob Marley & The Wailers, U2, Janet Jackson, Mumford & Sons, Amy Winehouse, Keane and Demi Lovato — Souly Had released a new single called “Goner,” as featuring Audrey Mika, earlier this month. “Goner” is the singer’s explosive return to the R&B/hip-hop landscape, and the high-energy music video’s kaleidoscopic chaos serves as an unforgettable ode to partying.

Today, Souly Had dropped the remix to his hit song “Crush,” featuring rapper and songstress Melii. To celebrate, the pair dropped a video to thank fans for making this a favorite online. Set in the world-famous Dylan’s Candy Bar, the track’s music video shows the duo alone in a candy store.

Undeniably one of the artists to watch in 2020, more new music is slotted for Souly Had this year. To learn more about that, along with his past and present, I had the pleasure of speaking with the artist based in Duanesburg, New York — a suburb of Albany — by phone on April 20, 2020. The full interview with Souly Had is embedded for your listening pleasure, as is the music video for “Goner.”

More on all things Souly Had can be found by visiting him via Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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