WORLD PREMIERE of STRANGER The New Music Video by The Absence Project

Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music and the Liquid Music Group are pleased to announce the release of STRANGER The New Music Video by The Absence Project. The live format music video was released in support of the bands new 5 song EP Into The Unknown.


Now Available Worldwide


The New 5 Song EP






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CONQUEST Launch Their Latest Single NEW AUGUST onto Sirius XM Satellite Radio

Dark Star Records artist CONQUEST are pleased to announce that they have just launched their latest single NEW AUGUST onto Sirius XM Satellite Radio, as well as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and all available digital retailers.


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This song is one of the bands most radio friendly tracks and it has already been received very well by fans and critics alike. The song follows up the bands mega selling tribute to the Metal Gods album UNDER THE INFLUENCE. And, the band is currently in the studio working on their next full length album due out by the end of the year.





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Dark Star Records Signs International Pop Star Akçay Karaazmak to the Label

Available Worldwide 06/03/16

Akcay Karaazmak

Dark Star Records is pleased to announce that they have signed International Pop Star Akçay Karaazmak to the Label. Akçay’s first album was distributed in more than ten countries, and he followed up with three more albums in the following years. Akçay is very popular in his home country of Turkey, and is now crossing over borders to bring us his new album PARANOID STAR. Akçay Karaazmak is also a Film Producer and Director, and had just released his Sci-fi Horror Film REMINISCENCE: THE BEGINNING in the USA and Canada this last year via SGL Entertainment, MVD Visual and Indie Rights Movies. The new album PARANOID STAR will be Available Worldwide on 06/03/16 via Dark Star Records and Sony Music Entertainment.


Paranoid Star by Akcay Karaazmak


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DARK STAR RECORDS is Part of the the New Worldwide Release of YouTube Music Key

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Dark Star Records is Pleased to Announce that all of our Artists on our Label will be included in the Launch of
“YouTube Music Key” the much anticipated music streaming subscription service

CBS NEWS: Google is remixing the music on its YouTube video site with the addition of ad-free subscription service “Music Key” and a new format designed to make it easier to find millions of songs that can still be played for free. The subscription service is part of Google’s effort to mine more revenue from YouTube as the video site approaches the 10th anniversary of its inception. Music Key has been speculated about for months while Google Inc. wrangled over the licensing terms with recording labels. The service, priced initially at $8 a month, is comparable in cost to other digital music subscription services sold by Spotify, Apple Inc.’s Beats and Google’s own 18-month-old streaming service tied to its Android “Play” store. But Music Key subscribers will be able to stream through the Google Play service at no additional charge, too. “YouTube is the number one place where people go for their music, especially with young people,” CNET’s Bridget Carey told CBS News. “What would make this different is you don’t have advertisements. And there’s kind of this sense that you can watch whatever you want, unlimited, make your own playlists. It could easily take over things like Spotify.” YouTube also is unveiling a new tab devoted exclusively to music on its mobile apps and website. This option is meant to make it easier for the video site’s 1 billion users to find specific songs and entire albums, even if they aren’t subscribers.

Youtube Music Key and Dark Star Records

Most music subscription services own the rights to the same catalogues, making their ability to learn listeners’ preference to create appealing playlists particularly important. Music Key, though, will offer the unique distinction of being able to show artists performing their songs too. That difference could help lure listeners away from Spotify, which says it has about 50 million users, including 12.5 million subscribers, said Mark Mulligan, a longtime industry analyst with Midia Research. And YouTube’s redesigned library of free music could do even more damage to Spotify and other services, such as video site Vevo, where people flock to check out songs at no cost. Expanding the audience that listens to free music would be profitable for Google because that would yield more opportunities to show ads – the main way that the Mountain View, California, company makes its money anyway. “A cynic might say that Google is only doing this subscription service on YouTube so it would get the rights to do what it always wanted to do with the free service,” Mulligan said. Google’s main goal “is to make the music experience better on YouTube,” said Christophe Muller, who oversees the company’s music partnerships. Music Key initially will be offered on an invitation-only basis in the U.S., United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Finland. The first batch of offers will be sent out next week to YouTube viewers with a history of watching a lot of music clips. Anyone interested in an invitation can request one on the Music Key website. After a free six-month trial period, Music Key will temporarily cost $8 per month before escalating to its standard price of $10 per month.

Besides removing all ads, Music Key also gives subscribers two other perks: the ability to continue playing songs while the screens of mobile devices are locked and the option to download tracks so they can be played without an Internet connection. The offline music can only be played in Music Key’s mobile app. Google Inc. bought YouTube for $1.76 billion in 2006, a price that some analysts questioned at the time of the deal because the service barely had any revenue and was drowning in copyright complaints about pirated clips of music videos, television shows and movies. After Google took over, YouTube set up a more stringent system for blocking pirated content to placate copyright owners. Recording labels now use the video site to help promote new songs and artists. The ads running within those music clips have generated more than $1 billion for the performers and recording labels, according to Google. The world’s three largest music labels – Universal, Sony and Warner – all have reached licensing deals with YouTube as part of the new subscription services including Dark Star Records who are under the Sony Music Umbrella. Hundreds of independent labels, including some that had been holding out for better terms, also are on board. Financial details haven’t been disclosed. YouTube is expected to sell $7.2 billion in advertising this year, based on estimates from the research firm eMarketer. Google has never disclosed how much revenue flows through YouTube. Music Key will be doing well if it attracts enough subscribers to generate $500 million in revenue after its first year in business, said Midia’s Mulligan. ~CBS NEWS

“Betrayed With A Kiss” Ink a Two Album Deal with Dark Star Records

Dark Star Records is pleased to announce that they have just signed a two album deal with the Indianapolis based metal band “Betrayed With A Kiss.” Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music will be re releasing a special edition of “Salvation and Ascension” which includes two killer bonus tracks. Then later in 2014 the band will be heading into the studio to lay down tracks for the bands sixth album, yet to be titled.

Betrayed With A Kiss

About the band: “Travis “Wrath” Crider and Rob “Lust” Mason formed Betrayed With A Kiss in late 2004. Both were members of a thrash metal band that was signed to Germany’s Modern Music Label at the time. Recalls Mason, “We felt very boxed in stylistically in that particular project because we were unable to write anything too technical or not considered extremely aggressive.” It was fine for the eight years I was in the band, but both Travis and I wanted to expand on our style to include more technical riffs and more melodic songs as time went on. When the band dissolved in 2004, we decided to move forward with Betrayed With A Kiss.

Betrayed With A Kiss

“Salvation and Ascension is a very deep and detailed album” quotes Jeffrey A. Swanson President of Dark Star Records “You can hear every ounce of sweat and blood that was poured into this metal masterpiece. “This is what a metal band should sound like.” Look for “Salvation and Ascension” the Special Edition to be available worldwide via Dark Star Records and Sony Music Entertainment on January 28th 2014.

Betrayed With A Kiss Is:

Pride – Vocals
Lust – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Greed – Lead Guitar
Envy – Bass
Sloth – Drums and Percussion

Betrayed With A Kiss

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“Not Human” World Premiere Music Video Featuring Jeff Swan and Slave Driver Featured at NME Magazine

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Jeff Swan from the band Slave Driver

Jeff Swan from the band Slave Driver

The World Premiere of “Not Human” a new music video featuring Jeff Swan and Slave Driver is featured at NME Magazine. NME Magazine is one of the most popular and successful rock magazines in the world, and has featured some of the Biggest Platinum Artists on it’s covers. The song Not Human was originaly featured in The Day of the Dead, a horror film Written, Directed and Produced by Ricardo Islas. The bands original lineup featured Jeff Swan, John Babila and Bill Gingrich. The song Not Human is featured on the Resurrection in Black Album. For this Album the Musicians included Jeff Swan, Blair Lehman, Phil Di Maso and Bill Gingrich. Check out the new music video NOT HUMAN at NME MAGAZINE. Click on the Link Below to Watch:

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The Music Video “NOT HUMAN” was released by Dark Star Records and Sony Music Entertainment on
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6519 Worldwide and Dark Star Records Release “Strangers” by The Blushing Gun

The Blushing Gun

Dark Star Records in Association with Sony Music Entertainment have signed a deal with 6519 Worldwide to distribute the hot new single “Strangers” by The Blushing Gun. The new “Strangers” Single will include two killer Remixes that will go straight to Radio.


The Blushing Gun is comprised of Ian Moore, Nicholas McClelland and Athan Mireles. Ian leads the band with his unique and captivating voice, and mature acoustic and electric guitar stylings. Nick gives the music a great foundation with his mixing and big bass lines. The smooth yet powerful beats from Athan on drums rounds out this trio. The band’s diversity has allowed them to share the stage with national acts such as Papa Roach, Chevelle, Hinder, In this Moment, Black Stone Cherry, The Venetia Fair, Boy Hits Car, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, and many more.

World Premiere Video Release of “Ballbreaker” by Metal Trio “Two Ton Anvil”

We are pleased to announce the world premiere video release of “Ballbreaker” from metal trio Two Ton Anvil. The band has been on a non stop rollercoaster ride for this last year, touring non stop in support of their sophomore release “Coming Home” now available worldwide on Dark Star Records and Sony Music Entertainment… The video was directed and produced by Mario Salazar who also directed Two Ton Anvil’s two previous videos “Corruption” and “Victims”… The song Ballbreaker will also be featured in the movie Jezebeth 2 Hour of the Gun, Directed by Damien Dante and starring Ana Santos.

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Reed McCallister

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Glenn Christon

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Naked and Stoned Music Videos Featuring Jeff Swan and Slam Bang Featured at NME Magazine

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Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Dark Star Records recently released two music videos for the song Naked and Stoned by Slam Bang. The two music videos feature Ashley UWish Stewart in a sexy photo shoot and have been receiving a lot of press. Both videos can now be seen on the NME Magazine Website.

Naked and Stoned on NME
(Band Version)

Naked and Stoned on NME
(Photography Mix)

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

Photo by Jimmy Barnes Photography

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World Premiere of “Naked and Stoned” The New Music Video by Slam Bang Featuring Ashley UWish Stewart

Dark Star Records and SGL Entertainment are pleased to announce the release of not “one” but “two” music videos for the song Naked and Stoned performed by Slam Bang and featuring actress model Ashley UWish Stewart.

The song was written about the Hot Summer Nights in Chicago Illinois, and the music video features actress model Ashley UWish Stewart in a Sexy Hot Photo Shoot. The first video is with Slam Bang and includes live footage from their classic lineup: Jeff Swan, Frankie Lee, Bob Cozza, and Bill Gingrich. The New Album Everyday is a Party Featuring Naked and Stoned is Now Available on iTunes via Dark Star Records and Sony Music.



The second video is a photo shoot montage. Ashley UWish Stewart was hired as a model for the new Slam Bang Album Cover. “We wanted this Album Cover to be Wild and Sexy” Quotes Photographer Jeffrey A. Swanson “and I think we achieved that”. “Ashley UWish stewart did an amazing job”. She is on both the Album Cover for “Everyday is a Party” and the Single “Naked and Stoned”. Ashley has since signed with SGL Entertainment and makes a cameo appearance in the movie “Jezebeth 2 Hour of the Gun” Written and Directed by Damien Dante and Produced by Damien Dante and Jeffrey A. Swanson.


Ashley UWish Stewart

Ashley UWish Stewart

Photography by Jeffrey A. Swanson