Friday, March 15, 2019

SELENA IS "SUPER SUPER HAPPY"!


After a kidney transplant in 2017 and spending a few months in a treatment center back in October Selena Gomez appears to be lovin’ life, saying she is “super, super happy”. Selena’s latest collab “I Can’t Get Enough” with Benny BlancoTainy and J Balvin is hitting the charts and the video just dropped. She’s been busy in the studio and says her new album is going really well and coming very soon.

I’ll tell you what else is coming soon…this weekend’s smokin’ HOT In The Mix with HK™. I’ve got Selena and Benny’s new track on deck plus custom HK remixes on hits from Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Ellie Goulding & DiploThe Chainsmokers featuring Five Seconds Of SummerThe Jonas Brothers, Fletcher, Sabrina Carpenter, Zedd & Katy Perry! New beats from P!nkAlly Brooke featuring Tyga and so much more! Plus a few unexpected sonic surprises, mashups and throwbacks that will have you up on your feet.

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

DEAN LEWIS WILL "BE ALRIGHT"


I’d say Dean Lewis is more than alright. This week the Australian singer-songwriter tops the Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for the very first time on the strength of his breakout single “Be Alright”. Lewis’s hit also reaches a new high on the Hot 100 climbing to an impressive No. 29. His first album, A Place We Knew, is due to drop March 22nd and he’s proud and excited about it. Lewis said “I’ve been able to write this album from what feels right.” On getting down to the 12 songs that made it on the final album he says, “I actually did about 60 songs, but…there were always ones that held their hand up.”

This weekend I’ve got the tunes to keep everybody’s hands up…and they’ll stay there! I’ll be kicking things off with a custom HK remix of Dean Lewis’s smash plus turning up the wattage on hits from Imagine DragonsPanic! At The DiscoAriana GrandeWhy Don’t WeSam Smith & NormaniThe Chainsmokers and 5SOSMarshmello featuring BastilleBenny Blanco with Halsey and KhalidDua Lipa and so much more! I’m packing new jams from The Jonas BrothersH.E.R.Mabel and Bebe Rexha that you just gotta hear.

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Friday, March 1, 2019

WHO IS FLETCHER



Cari Fletcher, known by her surname Fletcher, is a budding singer/songwriter from the Jersey shore whose songs have been streamed nearly 100 million times on Spotify. At the age of five she started taking classical vocal lessons and by seventeen competed on the first season of X Factor (US). She’s a graduate from NYU’s famed Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music  and just dropped her first single with Capitol Records, “Undrunk”.  Fletcher says the track is about “Wishing you could undo hooking up with somebody (and) undo loving somebody.” 

One thing I don’t wannna “undo” is the sick remix of “Undrunk” that I’m working on for this weekend’s In The Mix with HK™. And that’s just getting the party started…I’m stirring up custom HK remixes on Zedd with Katy PerryCamila CabelloMark Ronson featuring Miley CyrusAva MaxEllie Golding with DiploCalvin Harris & Rag n’ Bone Man! Plus new beats from Drax Project with Hailee Steinfeld, a mashup with Usher that will blow your speakers away and So Much More!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Friday, February 22, 2019

THIS WEEK ON IN THE MIX WITH HK™


I don’t know about you, but I am Sooooo ready for the weekend and I’ve got your party mix all cued up. Get set to jam out to exclusive HK remixes on Dean Lewis, The Chainsmokers featuring Five Seconds Of SummerSam Smith & NormaniMadison BeerPost MaloneAriana Grande and more chart breakers. I’m packing new bangers from Cardi B & Bruno MarsFletcher, George Ezra and Dua Lipa that you just gotta hear. Plus a few classics and mashups that you won’t see comin’ but you’ll be glad they did!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK.

Friday, February 15, 2019

DUA LIPA'S BREAKOUT YEAR


Dua Lipa the 23 year old London pop phenom has blown up with her hits “New Rules” , which went platinum in 17 countries, and “IDGAF”.  She’s spent the past year touring around the globe and zealously working on her second album. Now Lipa has two Grammys (Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording) in tow and has absolutely no plans of slowing down. SPECIAL NOTE: She was an In The Mix with HK™ Pick to Hit™ back in April of 2017.

I’m taking a tip from Dua and revving up for this weekend’s In The Mix with HK™! I can’t wait to play with her new single “Swan Song” and sprinkle some HK custom remix flava on tracks from Imagine DragonsAva MaxNFLauren DaigleRita OraDan + ShayPost MaloneWhy Don’t We and so much more! Get ready for new beats, mashups and a couple classics that are turn up the volume sick. I’m dropin’ the needle on an explosive weekend party soundtrack and it’s all goin’ down this weekend.

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Friday, February 8, 2019

GRAMMY WEEKEND ON IN THE MIX WITH HK™



This Sunday is music’s biggest night - The 61st 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 another tuff one this year. This recently expanded category includes a song form all genres. Big hits like ZedMaren Morris and Grey’s “The Middle” and Drake’s “Gods Plan”, Cardi BBad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It” and Post Malone and 21 Savag’s “Rockstar” are all nominated. Plus there are songs from film soundtracks like Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” from Black Panther and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born standing with social commentary tracks like Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and Brandi Carlile's “The Joke”. Not an easy decision to make but for me there is one standout. Who would you vote for? Seriously, I want to know, hit me up at @HowardHKKessler on twitter with your thoughts.

From the performance list for the show, which reads like a who’s who of the music industry, to the surprising speeches, historic fashion and tributes to Dolly Parton and Diana Ross with “Diamond Diana” preforming - DAMN! I love Grammy night!

Even better than Grammy night is Grammy weekend! I'm kicking it off on In The Mix with HK™! We’ll be talking Grammy gossip, what to expect on music's biggest night and I’ll be throwin’ down brand spankin' new custom HK remixes on hits from Ariana GrandePanic! At The DiscoDua Lipa, HalseyMark Ronson featuring Miley CyrusSabrina Carpenter and many more faves. Plus new tracks from Imagine DragonsLivviaThe Struts and mixed in classic surprises. So don't miss a single beat!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

SUPER BOWL WEEKEND - SUPER MUSIC ON IN THE MIX WITH HK™


We all love the BIG GAME, but don’t underestimate the entertainment for heating up the field! First, there’s the singing of the National Anthem. Music legend, Atlanta native and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will do the honors this year. Gladys Knight may be the first to musically score but three time Grammy winners Maroon 5 are set to be the halftime MVP with Travis Scott as guest! If you don’t have a horse in the race the game is an opening act to the headlining halftime show. A no holds barred extravaganza, not to mention a virtual album seller as well as pressure cooker for the artists invited to the party. Performing for one of the world’s biggest audiences for twelve minutes, all the while trying to make a memorable and definitive statement…no worries right? With the killer halftime show, commercials you actually might want to watch, fun food and oh yeah…the championship football game of the year too, you gotta love Super Bowl Sunday!

I’ll give you another reason to love Super Bowl weekend. I’ve got possession of the perfect soundtrack to kick things off! It’s gonna be a party blitz with exclusive HK remixes on HalseySam Smith & Normani, Zara Larsson, BazziDJ Snake with Selena Gomez & Cardi BRita OraKhalidBenny Blanco & Calvin HarrisThe ChainsmokersTravis Scott featuring Drake and so much more! I’ll be punting new beats from NFElla Mai and Livvia. You never know how the big game will turn out but I know we’re gonna be turnin’ it out this weekend on In The Mix with HK™!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

JORDAN FISHER GETS IN THE MIX WITH HK™


Jordan Fisher is starring in the highly anticipated live musical production of the Tony award winning musical Rent airing this Sunday on FOX television. Jordan’s career runs the gamut from recording artist to actor to dancer and more. He won the 25th season of Dancing with The Stars, has been in a slew of movies, a couple of years ago his EP debuted at No. 18 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart, he joined the cast of Hamilton on Broadway as well as collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on Your Welcome from Mona, co-starred in Emmy-winning Grease: Live and currently co-hosts Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. This weekend Jordan, aside from doing the televised Rent live thing, will be on In The Mix with HK™ talking about his obsession with creativity, his first crush and always striving for perfection! 

Meanwhile, I’ll be striving for party music perfection when I throw down custom HK exclusive remixes on 5 Seconds of SummerMark Ronson with Miley CyrusDan & ShayAriana GrandePost MaloneMadison BeerBenny Blanco with Halsey and KhalidShawn Mendes & Zedd. Plus new tracks from Lauren DaigleDean LewisTiesto and so much more! Call the crew and breakout the chips!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

SO WHO IS BENNY BLANCO?


Benny Blanco’s been ridiculously successful as a producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist for years. He’s crafted a crazy amount of hit tracks including Ed Sheeran – Castle On The HillJustin Beiber - Love YourselfMaroon 5 – Moves Like JaggerJulia Michaels – Issues, Major Lazer – Cold WaterKaty Perry- California GurlsRihanna – DiamondsKesha – Tick Tok and more. Now for the first time under his own name Benny Blanco has a top 10 hit with his new single; Eastside featuring Khalid and Halsey. Although Blanco doesn’t like being in the spotlight he started thinking about becoming a solo artist to have more creative control. Benny told Rolling Stone… I remember asking all my friends and peers: “Hey, should I do this? Kind of hoping they’d be like, Dude, shut the **** up and just do what you’re supposed to do and produce the songs!” But every single person was like, “Oh my God, I can’t believe you haven’t done it yet!”  

This weekend I’m doing an exclusive HK custom remix on Benny’s hit; Eastside plus chart topping bangers from Ariana GrandeTwenty One PilotsEllie GouldingZara LarssonThe ChainsmokersTravis ScottLady Gaga & Bradley Cooper. I’ll be droppin’ fresh beats from Chvrches and Foster The People, spinning reimagined classics and so much more!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Friday, January 11, 2019

THIS WEEK ON IN THE MIX WITH HK™


Oh yeah!!! It’s a party over here! I’m kicking off this weekend’s festivities with exclusive HK remixes on hot tracks from Selena GomezDJ SnakeOzuna & Cardi BAva MaxThe Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea BalleriniDan & ShayMadison BeerBenny Blanco Calvin Harris. Plus new beats from Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus and Zayne feat. Nicki Minaj, a twist on a classic you won’t see coming, the #1 song in country by Halsey and So-Much-More! Keep your seatbelts fastened cause this show is filled with non-stop bangers!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

THINGS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019


2019 is here and there’s so much great stuff coming at us this year, so here’s my 2019 “looking forward to list” in no logical order… Beyoncé starring in The Lion King live action remake, new albums from RihannaAriana Grande, Hozier and Cardi B. Plus a new album and movie from Sia. A foldable cell phone from Samsung, Lady Gaga at the Oscars, tours from Alessia CaraShawn MendesBackstreet BoysAriana, Spice Girls, and Kelly Clarkson (plus her new talk show), A Star Wars themed park/land at Disney WorldTaylor Swift in the movie version of Cats (I mean she’s a natural), and FINALLY finding out who will be sitting on that Game Of Thrones throne!

This weekend I’m looking forward to taking my rightful place on the throne (a little bathroom humor) and on the decks with custom HK remixes of all the current hits - Panic! At The DiscoFive Seconds Of SummerZara LarssonShawn Mendes & ZeddBazziAriana GrandeLady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, Halsey and So Much More! It’s the first weekend of 2019 so tune us in and turn it up!

Remember…if it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.