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Chart-Topping Singer-Songwriter Opens Up About His Personal Battle With COVID-related Chronic Pain On Latest Single

Sarantos has released his new single, “LOOKing UP (at the world).” The Chicago-based artist has struggled with chronic back pain since his bout with COVID.

I did everything I could and still had nonstop debilitating pain. It was only better when I laid down flat. All I could do was look up at the world as life passed me by…”— Sarantos

On his 2021 album release, “Covid Survivor,” Chicago-based singer-songwriter Sarantos revealed his diagnosis and struggle with the Coronavirus. The album pulled back the veil with iTunes chart-topping singles, “I Never Catch the Train,” “911 & The Fallen,” “I Just Don’t Care,” and more. Now, the prolific artist is opening up about his personal battle with chronic back pain, following his COVID ordeal. His new single, “Looking Up at the World” is the autobiographical tale of his fight to regain his health.


“This sad rock song was inspired by my chronic struggle with thoracic back pain, which I got after a bout with coronavirus way before the vaccine was available,” He reveals how bad it got. “It was bad, even requiring surgery. I used the brace, did rehab, worked out, stopped working out and took it easy – I did everything I could and still had nonstop debilitating pain. It was only better when I laid down flat. All I could do was look up at the world as life passed me by…”

“Looking Up at the World” is out now.
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ABOUT SARANTOS: Sarantos is a DIY international award-winning solo music artist, #1 iTunes UK Charting singer-songwriter, #1 iTunes South Africa Charting Folk & Country artist, proud nerd, multi-instrumentalist, book author, comic book nut, radio show host, poet and part time spy. His music is a cross between Justin Bieber, Queen, Journey & Ed Sheeran. He’s an alien who landed here to infect the human race and spread the disease of music. 2022 is Year #9 of his journey as he continues to release a new song, lyric video, music video, book chapter and poem every month bringing his music to life! In 8 years, he has released 16 albums with 202 original tracks as well as 8 fiction/fantasy books that parallel the songs! He has had numerous media placements for his songs, instrumentals & cues.


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Drake Gets Nostalgic, Sings Along to Classic Hit in Hilarious Close-Up Video


Drake, the global music sensation known for his chart-topping hits, isn’t afraid to show his goofy side. In a recent video making waves on the internet, the megastar was caught in a candid moment singing along to one of his old classics, “Feel No Ways” from the iconic Views album. The twist? The video was shot at an uncomfortably close angle, giving fans a hilarious and up-close look at the rapper’s impromptu performance.

Despite being one of the biggest names in the music industry, Drake has always maintained his sense of humor. Known for his associations with funny friends like Lil Yachty, the artist seems to enjoy a good laugh, even at his own expense. The video sparked a flurry of jokes and comments from fans, with some playfully poking fun at the close-up perspective.


While some fans defended Drake’s right to celebrate his own music, acknowledging his journey since entering the scene in 2008, others reminisced about the Views era and expressed love for the featured track, “Feel No Ways.” Comments flooded in, highlighting the diverse opinions on the rapper’s playful moment of nostalgia.

Drake’s musical journey in 2023 has been nothing short of impressive. Following the release of his Scary Hours 3 EP, an extension of the acclaimed For All The Dogs album, Drake reclaimed the top spot on the Billboard 200. The EP not only showcased his musical prowess but also reignited some longstanding beefs, including subtle jabs at Joe Budden, Pusha T, and former ally turned foe, Kanye West.


The EP’s tracks dominated the Hot 100 charts, with “You Broke My Heart” holding steady at number 58. Drake’s Spotify Wrapped numbers for the year further solidified his musical dominance, boasting over 11 billion streams from a whopping 195 million fans.

As fans continue to marvel at Drake’s achievements in 2023, the question lingers: What’s your take on Drake sharing a video of himself jamming out to his own throwback? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below and join the conversation!

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Ciara Sets Sights on Chart-Topping Glory, Aiming for Another R&B Triumph


In the dynamic world of R&B, Ciara stands as a beacon of success, continually etching milestones into the industry’s rich history. Flashback to a pivotal moment 17 years ago when Ciara unleashed her sophomore masterpiece, “The Evolution.” Recently, the songstress took to Twitter to bask in the album’s glory, setting off a tidal wave of nostalgia among fans worldwide. Rated RNB chimed in, encapsulating the sentiments of admirers who fondly remembered the album’s profound impact on the R&B scene.

Amidst the celebration, Ciara herself added a personal touch, dropping a bombshell revelation: “Fun fact: This was my first #1 Album.” A symbolic milestone, underscoring the album’s role in propelling her career to new heights. “The Evolution” wasn’t just a compilation of songs; it was a sonic odyssey, a testament to Ciara’s artistic evolution both lyrically and musically. Far from a mere sequel, it was a bold statement, showcasing her maturity as an artist. The album seamlessly weaved R&B, hip-hop, and pop influences, captivating a diverse audience with hits like “Promise” and “Like a Boy,” demonstrating Ciara’s prowess in navigating varied musical styles while maintaining her distinct signature.


Yet, Ciara’s tweet wasn’t confined to reliving past glories; it held a promise for the future. “My mission is to do it again,” she declared, unveiling her unyielding commitment to achieving another #1 album. This declaration speaks volumes about Ciara’s unwavering pursuit of excellence and her refusal to be bound by past achievements. A mindset resonating with both long-standing fans and those newly discovering her music.

As we commemorate the 17th anniversary of “The Evolution,” Ciara’s impact on the R&B genre proves timeless. Her ability to reinvent herself while staying true to her roots solidifies her status as a trailblazer. With a new mission on the horizon, fans eagerly anticipate the next chapter in her musical journey—one poised to be as groundbreaking as the album that started it all. Share your thoughts on Ciara’s musical evolution with us on Honk Magazine!

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