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Katy Perry Rises This Week On In The Mix With HKâ„¢

    Katy Perry recently released Rise, it’s her first new single in two years and she also wrote it! Here’s what the Grammy nominee said in a statement about her latest track – “This is a song that’s been brewing inside m...
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“This Girl” Is This Weeks Pick To Hit™

    This Girl is Kungs reworking of a Cookin’ On 3 Burners song. The track has gone #1 on the French and German charts, #2 on the UK Singles Chart and this week it’s the Pick To Hit™ on In The Mix with HK™. Kungs, born Va...
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    John Adams wrote that Independence Day … ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward and forever more. If President Adams were alive today...
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Pop Stars Are Selling More Than Music

    Pop stars upped their multiple revenue streams years ago when record sales started to tank. Merch used to be a T-shirt. Now it’s jewelry, shoes, hats, hand bags, even nail polish. Today stars are more serious than ever with their non-music endeavors. Kanye West, J Lo andSelena Gomez&nb...
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Tryon Gets In The Mix With HKâ„¢

  Tryon is a pop duo consisting of brothers Stephen and Justin Kirk. They Grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both learned to sing and play multiple instruments. Justin recalls “We’d play and sing for anyone who would listen”. These days the duo is living in Nashville, have opened up for national acts like Carrie Underwoo...
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Will Zayn Do It Again?

  Zayn has been busy since exiting One Direction a year ago, saying “I wasn't 100% behind the music. It wasn't me.” Since then his music is all about him, even naming his recently released first solo album Mind of Mine. The first single of that LP, Pillow Talk,  ...
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Meghan, Selena, Bebe & Daya Are Killing it On In The Mix With HK!

    The ladies have been blowin’ up the airwaves and charts. Any artist will tell you that getting a song on the radio is no piece of Cake By The Ocean. For an artist to have two or three tracks rocking the airwaves at the same time is a crazy accomplishment. This week on In The Mix with HK™ I&...
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HK Talks With Daya - This Week on In The Mix With HKâ„¢

    Daya may be only 17 but she has the pipes and writing skills of a seasoned artist. Billboard described her as a cross betweenTaylor Swift and Meghan Trainor with a hint of Avril Lavigne. I describe her as the next big thing.   ...
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Ruth B Found A Hit With Lost Boy

  Ruth B’s song Lost Boy got its start in a fairytale kinda way! Just two years ago Ruth was a teenager playing piano and singing covers, then uploading them to Vine from her childhood bedroom. But it was the day that the Canadian singer/songwriter and college student had finished binge watching the TV show&nbs...
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Couples Mix Biz With Pleasure On In The Mix With HK!

Music and love go hand in hand and over the years there’ve been many a famous musical couple making hits together. FromSonny & Cher to Johnny Cash & June Carter musical romances have turned out great tunes and great tabloids. Katy Perry & ...
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A Powerhouse Week on In The Mix With HKâ„¢!

What a week it has been! Miley Cyrus has a new tat and her space knowledge may be in question. Beyoncé always one to surprise, dropped her sixth solo album paired with a one-hour visual accompaniment. I mean who does that??? Fans continue to pay tribute to the one and only Prince with two of his albums in...
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HK Talks With Shawn Hook - This Week on In The Mix With HKâ„¢

Hot off appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Entertainment Tonight  Shawn Hook joins me this weekend to chat about Canadian fans vs U.S. fans, the long road to success and so much more! His current track Sound Of Your Heart (clicking over 30,000,000 streams on Spotify) introduced him to Am...
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HK Remixes A Quincy Jones Remake

Grace is the 19 year old Australian, singer songwriter who is making noise with her rendition of You Don’t Know Me, the 60’s hit that was originally produced by Quincy Jones for Lesley Gore. After meeting Grace at a charity benefit and hearing her sultry moody voice, Jones suggested the two hit t...
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Rihanna And Drake Are Workin’ It - This Week On In The Mix With HK

Rihanna’s track Work featuring Drake has captured the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 7 weeks in a row! When those two get together two things always happen, the music is on point and the romance rumors fly. Their on again off again relationship always has us guessing. One thing that is with...
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Lukas Graham lived in Buenos Aires and New York after high school but eventually moved back to his home of Denmark to start the band which bears his name. After the unexpected loss of his father, Graham began channeling his grief through songwriting. The result of that process is 7 Years. Graham says in an interview with USA TODAY- &ldqu...
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Charlie Puth Is An Artist Who We Will See Again And Again

  Although Charlie Puth released his first album just months ago, I think we can safely say, in his words, “We will see you again” and for a long time to come. For artist staying power - luck, blind determination, timing and it factor are all good but mad skills are better and Charlie’s got ‘em. He’s a multi-talented mu...
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Fall Out Boy is out on tour supporting their latest #1 smash album American Beauty/American Psycho. This, their sixth album has already delivered the hit tracks Centuries, Uma Thurman and Irresistible with a remix featuring Demi Lovato. This weekend I’ll be catching up wit...
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Panic! At The Disco is Victorious As This Weeks Pick To Hitâ„¢

After four studio albums Panic! At The Disco had its first No. 1 album early this year with Death Of A Bachelor. From that set comes this weeks In The Mix with HK™ Pick To Hit™: Victorious. This American band from Las Vegas has changed a lot since its beginnings in 2004. What starte...
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By now you've heard of them all. Companies like Spotify, Pandora and Deezer. Streaming services who constantly throw around subscriber numbers, streaming numbers and Wall St. numbers. And, we keep hearing how "streaming" is "the thing" now versus actual downloading.   Wel...
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Naughty By Nature, the legendary Platinum selling and Grammy award winning group that crossed over to mainstream audiences with anthems like Hip Hop Hooray and OPP are once again on the road and in the studio! They just dropped a fresh track with Queen Lat...
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Twenty One Pilots are Flying High

Twenty One Pilots have come a long way from going door to door in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio handing out tickets to their gigs. When that got to be a bit much the duo consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun would meet their fans at a local mall’s food court. Even Joseph’s mother got into the grassro...
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This Monday is music’s biggest night - The 58th Grammy® Awards!   Being a long time voting member of the Academy plus a previous Grammy® nominee I take the awards very seriously. Record of the Year is anoth...
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We all love the game but don’t underestimate the entertainment for heating up the field! First, there’s the singing of the National Anthem. Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga will do the honors this year. The Star Spangled Banner is no easy song to belt out, but if Gaga nails it, like she did her...
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Fast Car Gets Redesigned And Is This Weeks Pick To Hitâ„¢!

Jonas Blue the young, up and coming London producer gets his musical cues from pop and classic dance music. But his latest single, Fast Car, came from reimagining one of his mother’s favorite songs. Jonas says he remembered hearing Tracy Chapman’s classic Fast Car on repeat as a child. Jonas traded ...
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Can Sia Strike Gold With Rejection?

Sia, the highly prolific hit maker, vocalist and songwriter is dropping her latest album This Is Acting next week! It’scomprised of songs she wrote for - and were rejected by - such stars as Katy Perry, Rihanna and Adele. With Sia’s incredible talent an...
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IN THE MIX WITH HK™ PICK TO HIT™ – SHAWN HOOK   This week’s Pick To Hit™ comes from Shawn Hook. He may not be a household name in America yet but his latest single,Sound of Your Heart, has already gone platinum in his native Canada and recently broke 10,000,000 ...
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DJ’s Rule The World Including Coachella!

Music festival season is just around the corner. The world’s highest grossing festival which is also known for being a premier music tastemaker is the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Last year it set records by grossing over $84 million in ticket sales. 2016 will mark another milestone for the festival as Calvin Harris...
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Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga Are Great Gift Givers and Getters!

Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga Are Great Gift Givers and Getters!   I try to get creative with my gift giving but Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga have me beat. Ed bought his folks a million-dollar flat right across the street from his home. Plus a new car. Well every house need...
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The holiday season brings many a party and lots of joy. But anxiety can also creep in with finals, travel, buying gifts that burn a hole in the pocket and the much talked about and oh so special “Family Stress”. Don't worry though, cause In The Mix with HK™ is gonna kick that holiday stress to the curb. I me...
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The Chainsmokers Get In The Mix with HKâ„¢

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers join me this weekend on In The Mix with HK™. The New York based DJ/Production duo began creating tracks together after graduating college. Their work incudes remixes of Ellie Goulding, The Wanted&n...
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My Night With Janet Jackson!

My Night With Janet Jackson!   I caught up with Miss Jackson in the middle of her Unbreakable World Tour and to say that Janet Jackson is a legend is an understatement. The tour is in support of Janet’s long awaited album of the same name (her first release in seven years). It is also her 7th&nbs...
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OMI Drops “Hula Hoop” While “Cheerleader” Still Reigns

Hanging at #1 for six weeks in a row, and currently at #2, OMI’s smash hit Cheerleader is a contender for song of the summer. The Jamaican-born singer/songwriter began work on Cheerleader in 2008 and had a hit with it in Jamaica in 2012 but it was the 2014 remix by Felix Jaehn (gotta love the remix) ...
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Carly Rae Jepsen Gets In The Mix With HKâ„¢

It has been three years since Carly Rae Jepson ruled the airwaves with her pop phenomenon single Call Me Maybe. Just thinking about that song insures that I will undoubtable be singing it in my head for the rest of the day. That track was Carly’s first foray into the music scene and what an amazing first release it was. Call Me Maybe...
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Mariah Carey Continues To Make It Happen

    Over an astounding 25 year career Mimi has had her share of ups and downs. There’s been talk of diva behavior (no surprise there), vocal acrobatics gone wrong and being off key. But love her or hate her there’s no denying Mariah Carey is an icon with staying power. Her residency at Cesar’s Palace...
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I Can’t Feel My Face This Weekend!

Is it just me or does every day now feel like The Weekend! Let me explain, Abel Tesfaye the singer, songwriter and producer better known as The Weeknd is a young Canadian of Ethiopian decent. He entered the scene with his modern soul music in 2011 with a trilogy of free (gotta love that) mix tapes. Back in 2013 Tesfaye released ...
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Nico & Vinz Get In The Mix with HKâ„¢

Last summer Nico & Vinz and Taylor Swift ruled the airwaves with their hits Am I Wrong and Shake It Off. This week they ruled the stage together when the Nordic duo joined Taylor on her HUGE 1989 World Tour for a performance of their break through smash. The boys from Oslo ...
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Seems Like Everyone’s A DJ Today!

For me DJing is a sacred creative art form. I keep it pure and mix manually, not by software or computer assist. Don't get me wrong, I'm a tech head. In the studio I'll use whatever it takes to make a track sound the way I want it too. But when I’m spinning it’s all about my hands and ears and the thrill of holding a great beat mix manually without the ...
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