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What’s In A Name? Swedish Country Artist and Fitness Guru Miqael Persson Rebrands and Finds Healing with “Walking Medicine”

The chart-topping Swedish singer and songwriter known has Hicks has changed his stage name to miQa.El. His latest single drops on November 11th.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN –October 20th, 2022 – Chart topping Swedish country music icon Hicks (Miqael Persson) has made his way to international success with quintessential country songs that have received acclaim from listeners and music industry icons both. With more than 160K Spotify streams (over 60 million for songs he wrote!) and several #1 radio chart-toppers to his credit, as well as Gold and Platinum status for his songs at home, Hicks is no more…

Persson is starting a new era in his musical journey by rebranding to new stage name, ‘miQa.El’, while also releasing his lively new single, ‘Walking Medicine’. The song is a milestone for miQa.El, as it signifies his decision to start over in life and create new and meaningful experiences in all areas of life, which includes his music.

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“I felt it was time for a change,” says Persson. “It has been a lot of pain and a lot of decision making, but I decided to put Hicks on the shelf…despite all the chart success, awards and attention. It feels like I’m starting over with everything in life. Feels very exciting.”

“Walking Medicine” hits radio on October 24th, with retail to follow on November 11th.  A concept music video will drop the same day as the retail release.


With major chart success across US, UK and parts of EU, miQa.El is a unique artist with many awards and accolades. As Hicks, he was named Europe’s Best Country Artist at the British CMAs.  Additional awards included Best International Country Artist, Best Video, Best Song and many more. In addition to writing notable songs for his own discography, miQa.El has also written songs for many celebrated artists across the globe, including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, Giant (Dann Huff), W.E.T, Eclipse, Work Of Art, First Signal Grammy Nominee Toby Hitchcock, along with renowned Swedish artists such as Barbados, Magnus Carlsson, Dogge Doggelito, Micke “Syd” Andersson, Pernilla Wahlgren, Brandsta City Släckers and many more.

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More details about miQa.El and his new single ‘Walking Medicine’ can be seen at

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Meet Corey Cail: The Platinum Producer Who is Putting Long Beach On the Map

Corey Cail

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Corey Cail is a certified Platinum Producer who is most known for his production of GRAMMY Award-winning singer and songwriter Eric Bellinger’s hit single “Goat”(250 M+ Streams) and his production contribution on Young Dolph and Key Glock‘s Platinum-certified track “Major.”(1 Million units).

The 26-year-old producer’s career credits are widely-spread throughout the Hip Hop, R&B, and entertainment vicinities. He has graced his high energy and incredibly infectious melodies alongside Snoop Dogg, Bryson Tiller, Wale, VH1, BET, and EA Sports.

Additionally, Corey has recently worked on singles that were significantly pivotal to the careers of several rising artists.

In 2021, his production work on Empire signees – Los Angeles hip-hop group Baby Stone Gorillas’ debut project “BABYST5XNE GORILLAS” has proved Corey to be an exuberant force amongst the city’s most prevalent producers.

Their first collaborative track, “Flame Strangs” has now amassed over 1 million streams and nearing 700,000 views on the Youtube platform alone.

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Since the November 2021 release, the producer has produced multiple viral tracks for the group, including tracks “Body For Body,” “Baby Girl,” “Pause!”, “Back Up,” “Pop A Perk,” “You Got A Man Fa Dat,” featuring Joe Moses, and more.

Keep up with the producer on Instagram @CoreyCvil.

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22Gfay Unleashes First Album Under OTR Records with “Stay For A Lil”


San Diego, California-based artist 22Gfay has released his newest album, “Stay For A Lil.” The album serves as his official debut album under the independent record label OTR Records.

“Stay For A Lil” consists of 11 records and includes guest features such as MCM Raymond, Bravo The Bagchaser, EKillaOffDaBlock, and Gfeeni. Fan favorites on the album include “Sippin & Swervin'” (ft. Bravo The Bagchaser) and “FREEWHODOE.” 

2022 has seen 22Gfay evolve into one of San Diego’s most prevalent artists. The Filipino-American rapper’s melodic flair has provided him with a first-class ticket to the top with the helping hand of OTR Records.

Listen to “Stay For A Lil” below.

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