Hailing from Moscow, Russia, I.L.Y.A. (I Leave You Amazed) isn’t exactly a stranger to the music industry. Having first started producing back in 2008, his debut release in 2014 “Talk To Me” and subsequent EP Music For You saw him gain considerable attention in his home country. Thinking and dreaming big, last year’s move to New York helped his creativity thrive and he’s since been championed by the likes of KALTBLUT Magazine, and seen his fan-base grow considerably.

Having released his new EP Hybrid earlier this month, his star is undoubtedly on the rise and ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere the video for his latest single “Can’t Wait Forever.” Asked about why he chose the song for a release and how the video ties in, I.L.Y.A. says:

“This is my most dynamic song so far that will make you jump from your seat and start doing right. A little push like what we all need sometimes. And these Bloomy Californian shots will only emphasize that desire.”

Check out “Can’t Wait Forever” below and for more information on I.L.Y.A., visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. His EP Hybrid is available now.

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Already a renowned LA singer, dancer and producer, Shyra Sanchez has been a name on the lips and in the ears of dance music fans since the release of her single “DJ Love Song”, but it’s her latest track that’s starting to REALLY create a buzz about and around her. In support of World Pride, she’s created and just shared a new anthem titled “Universal Love” and with the song and the video racking up the listens and views, Shyra spoke to ThisIsTheLatest to tell all about the powerful message behind the piece and what we all can do to make the world a better and more harmonious place for us all, and for future generations.

TITL: Where did the idea for “Universal Love” come from? Is it something you’d been working on or had set aside for some time or is a fairly new project piece for you? 

Shyra Sanchez: The idea of “Universal Love” came from my understanding of knowing that the universe loves everyone unconditionally. It was on purpose the creator wanted us to understand in this time we are on this journey to teach and know love, that is what reflects the beauty in all humanity. For instance, the beauty of a rose and the equal beauty of a sunflower both different in their own right and collectively flowers. Nothing in creation was by mistake. We are collectively the human race. It’s the diversity that makes us beautiful…we are connected. 

TITL: How did you get Traig involved on the track and what would you say he brings/adds to the piece?

SS: We collaborated together to discuss what could be an impactful message of what we could share and promote that emphasis unity and love. 

TITL: With countries around the world celebrating Pride and encouraging others to support those in LGBTQ communities, what do you most want people to take from “Universal Love” when they hear it? 

SS: We are all one love. We share the same journey as we travel through this lifetime. The honor is purely mine when given at the highest respect. We all must support the spirit of humanity through love. Trust me when I say, the power of the universe is elevated by just one act of kindness. The goodness and the intention empowers all things. Greatness is in everyone. So, from the bottom of my heart, it is a privilege to have each and every one of you to share in my life. I am inspired by you all to see the great things you are doing!

TITL: Where did the idea/concept for the video come from?  

SS: The idea and video concept came from when consulting with my manager, John Singleton – he said that you should tell the truth in the message of the song so the video could relate to it. 

TITL: Your track and video follow hot on the heels of Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down”, the video for which also focuses heavily on the LGBTQ communities and the vitriol many individuals have faced and continue to as well as the generalised hate that’s often directed at people across social media. Would you like to see more artists speaking about about the mistreatment of such people, and working to encourage everyone to be accepting of one another in this way? Why do you think many don’t? 

Everyone has a freedom of speech. They can all use a platform to speak out against all injustice, against the world and humanity. 

TITL: Finally then, there’s so much violence and sadness in the world, do you honestly believe that universal love might one day be possible? What will it take, from each and every one of us, to help bring that day closer to a reality? 

SS: Each one of us has ability to practice Universal Love on a daily basis. Starting with loving ourselves if we learn to love ourselves then we will know how to treat one another. Live life on purpose! Do everything with intention. It is about being connected. Synchronize yourself with the energy of the universe bringing beauty to the presence of others. Spread joy, love, and kindness.

Check out the video for “Universal Love” below and for more information on Shyra, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook  or follow her on Twitter. Header photo credit: Rachel Richard.


Here, we presents the full list of nominations for the Inside Soap Awards 2019:

Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne, Coronation Street)
Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)
Jack P. Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell, EastEnders)
Zack Morris (Keegan Baker, EastEnders)
Mark Charnock (Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale)
Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle, Emmerdale)
Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe, Emmerdale)
Rishi Nair (Sami Maalik, Hollyoaks)
Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay, Hollyoaks)
Adam Woodward (Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)

Alison King (Carla Connor, Coronation Street)
Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker, Coronation Street)
Tina O’Brien(Sarah Platt, Coronation Street)
Louisa Lytton (Ruby Allen, EastEnders)
Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Gillian Wright (Jean Slater, EastEnders)
Isabel Hodgins (Victoria Barton, Emmerdale)
Lucy Pargeter (Chas Dingle, Emmerdale)
Roxy Shahidi (Leyla Harding, Emmerdale)
Stephanie Davis (Sinead Shelby, Hollyoaks)
Jessica Fox (Nancy Osborne, Hollyoaks)
Harvey Virdi (Misbah Maalik, Hollyoaks)

Mikey North (Gary Windass, Coronation Street)
Ben Price (Nick Tilsley, Coronation Street)
Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway, EastEnders)
Dean Andrews (Will Taylor, Emmerdale)
Andrew Scarborough (Graham Foster, Emmerdale)
Jude Monk McGowan (Liam Donovan, Hollyoaks)
Kyle Pryor (Laurie Shelby, Hollyoaks)

Sally Ann Matthews (Natalie Watkins, Coronation Street)
Katherine Pearce (Lolly, Coronation Street)
Tanya Franks (Rainie Branning, EastEnders)
Tamzin Outhwaite (Melanie Owen, EastEnders)
Louisa Clein (Maya Stepney, Emmerdale)
Claire King (Kim Tate, Emmerdale)
Moya Brady (Breda McQueen, Hollyoaks)
Jennifer Metcalfe (Mercedes McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
Andrew Whyment (Kirk Sutherland, Coronation Street)
Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders)
Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, EastEnders)
Paddy Kirk (Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)
Nick Miles (Jimmy King, Emmerdale)
Luke Jerdy (Jesse Donovan, Hollyoaks)
Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne, Hollyoaks)

Patti Clare (Mary Cole, Coronation Street)
Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
Tameka Empson (Kim Fox-Hubbard, EastEnders)
Lorraine Stanley (Karen Taylor, EastEnders)
Sally Dexter (Faith Dingle, Emmerdale)
Samantha Giles (Bernice Blackstock, Emmerdale)
Lysette Anthony (Marnie Nightingale, Hollyoaks)
Chelsee Healey (Goldie McQueen, Hollyoaks)

BEST NEWCOMER (First appearance on or after July 24, 2018)
Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street)
Ruxandra Porojnicu (Alina Pop, Coronation Street)
Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell, EastEnders)
Jessica Plummer (Chantelle Atkins, EastEnders)
Jurell Carter (Nate Robinson, Emmerdale)
Asan N’Jie (Ellis Chapman, Emmerdale)
Niamh Blackshaw (Juliet Quinn, Hollyoaks)
Jude Monk McGowan (Liam Donovan, Hollyoaks)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR (Aged 18 or under on July 1, 2019)
Kyran Bowes (Jack Webster, Coronation Street)
Elle Mulvaney (Amy Barlow, Coronation Street)
Kara-Leah Fernandes (Bailey Baker, EastEnders)
Bleu Landau (Dennis Rickman, EastEnders)
Amelia Flanagan (April Windsor, Emmerdale)
Joe-Warren Plant (Jacob Gallagher, Emmerdale)
Aedan Duckworth (Ollie Morgan, Hollyoaks)
Talia Grant (Brooke Hathaway, Hollyoaks)

BEST PARTNERSHIP (Awarded to either a romantic pairing or on-screen double act)
Sally Dynevor and Joe Duttine (Sally and Tim Metcalfe, Coronation Street)
Alison King and Chris Gascoyne (Carla Connor andPeter Barlow, Coronation Street)
Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer (Linda and Mick Carter, EastEnders)
Kara-Leah Fernandes and Roger Griffiths (Bailey andMitch Baker, EastEnders)
Emma Atkins and Michelle Hardwick (Charity Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield, Emmerdale)
Lucy Pargeter and Dominic Brunt (Chas Dingle and Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale)
Anna Passey and Adam Woodward (Sienna Blake and Brody Hudson, Hollyoaks)
Lysette Anthony and Niamh Blackshaw (Marnie Nightingale and Juliet Quinn, Hollyoaks)

BEST SHOW-STOPPER (Awarded to a specific scene or episode that had the audience gripped)
Carla’s mental health episode (Coronation Street)
The factory collapse (Coronation Street)
The consent episode (EastEnders)
Sean’s story (EastEnders)
Tracy, Leyla and Priya kidnap Maya (Emmerdale)
Victoria’s rape (Emmerdale)
Russ murdered on his wedding day (Hollyoaks)
The diversity episode and Mandy’s choice (Hollyoaks)

BEST SHOCK TWIST (Awarded to a plot reveal or revelation that had the audience gasping)
Gary is the factory killer! (Coronation Street)
Gemma and Chesney’s quads! (Coronation Street)
Linda double-crosses Stuart! (EastEnders)
Lust for Callum and Ben! (EastEnders)
Flashbacks to the Big Night Out! (Emmerdale)
Joe Tate ‘dies’!(Emmerdale)
Breda is a serial killer! (Hollyoaks)
Cleo’s wedding day heart attack! (Hollyoaks)

Nigel Havers (Lewis Archer, Coronation Street)
Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Connor, Coronation Street)
Bonnie Langford (Carmel Kazemi, EastEnders)
Sean Mahon (Ray Kelly, EastEnders)
Jane Cox (Lisa Dingle, Emmerdale)
Ned Porteous (Joe Tate, Emmerdale)
Karl Collins (Louis Loveday, Hollyoaks)
Lauren McQueen (Lily McQueen, Hollyoaks)

Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)
Cathy Shipton (Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, Casualty)
Michael Stevenson (Iain Dean, Casualty)
Charles Venn (Jacob Masters, Casualty)
David Ames (Dominic Copeland, Holby City)
Bob Barrett (Sacha Levy, Holby City)
Rosie Marcel (Jac Naylor, Holby City)
Dawn Steele (Ange Godard, Holby City)

Connie’s PTSD (Casualty)
Duffy’s dementia (Casualty)
Iain’s depression (Casualty)
Dom finds out that Ange is his birth mother (Holby City)
Sacha’s depression (Holby City)
The Holby cyber-attack (Holby City)

Home and Away

Matthew Chambers (Daniel Granger, Doctors)
Ian Midlane(Al Haskey, Doctors)
Sarah Moyle(Valerie Pitman, Doctors)
Bharti Patel (Ruhma Carter, Doctors)
Sophie Dillman(Ziggy Astoni, Home and Away)
Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart, Home and Away)
Lukas Radovich(Ryder Jackson, Home and Away)
Emily Symons (Marilyn Chambers, Home and Away)
Jodi Anasta (Elly Brennan, Neighbours)
Rob Mills (Finn Kelly, Neighbours)
Ryan Moloney (Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, Neighbours)
April Rose Pengilly (Chloe Brennan, Neighbours)

Coronation Street

Voting will open on the Inside Soap official website today (July 2) at 11am and then closes at 11am on Tuesday, August 27.

All of this year’s winners will be announced on Monday, October 7 at the annual Inside Soap Awards event in central London.