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STUNNA GAMBINO – VULTURES DON’T KRY

On August 18, 2022, 20-year-old rising star from Washington Heights, Stunna Gambino, releases his new album Vultures Don’t Kry  via RCA Records. The release arrives alongside a music video for “Everyday Struggles.” On Vultures Don’t Kry, Stunna merges expressive vocals with unfiltered honesty. The album plays like a motivational street survival guide laced with melody, menace and the lessons he learned from the streets of Washington Heights. Listen to Vultures Don’t Kry HERE and watch the music video for “Everyday Struggles” HERE.

Vulture’s Don’t Kry includes previously released singles “Warzone” featuring A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, “Demons”, “Man Down” and “Frozen.” The 15-track album also features 2KBABY on “Ghetto,” Lil Perco on “Self Worth” and another collaboration with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie on “Demons.” With each track on Vultures Don’t Kry, Stunna’s rhymes are reflective and cathartic, diving into his classic pained melodies as he raps about guarded love and the unspoken truths of his surroundings. See full tracklist below.

Vultures Don’t Kry tracklist:

  1. Everyday Struggles
  2. PTSD
  3. Warzone feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  4. Dying 2 Live
  5. Frozen
  6. 4Real
  7. Ghetto feat. 2KBABY
  8. Man Down
  9. Demons feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  10. Jodeci
  11. What If
  12. Self Worth feat. Lil Perco
  13. Konfident
  14. Save Yo Tears
  15. Bad Guy

About Stunna Gambino:

Stunna Gambino’s made a career out of speaking up. Merging expressive vocals with unfiltered honesty, the 20-year-old rapper creates gripping trench tales of triumph and heartbreak to explore his emotions, and in the process, he’s giving others the courage to raise their voice, too. Raised on the sounds of Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Green Day, Mariah Carey, and more, Gambino wrote his first rhymes at around the age of 9. By age 12, he began saving money to hit up a recording studio in Harlem and record his first solo tracks. When he was 14, the  songs he uploaded to SoundCloud regularly eclipsed 80,000 streams. In 2021, after releasing his glittering Underrated project in 2019, he continued building his buzz when he tapped in with The Kid Laroi and Polo G for “Not Sober,” a melodic rumination on escaping pain through self-medication. With spurts of emotional transparency and slurred crooning, the track earned over 105 million Spotify streams, making it his biggest appearance yet. Riding the momentum of Vultures Don’t Cry, Gambino wants to collect platinum plaques while diving into the worlds of art and acting. From there, who knows? “There’s so much shit I wanna do, and I got one foot in the door right now,” he reveals. “This isn’t even the beginning.”

Khalid – Last Call

Multiplatinum selling global superstar Khalid released his new track “Last Call” via Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. Written by Khalid and produced by Digi, “Last Call” comes alongside a new music video directed by Levi Turner and Cody Laplan, where he pays homage to his growth from American Teen to now. Watch HERE

On the song, Khalid shared “I’m really excited to share “Last Call” with all my fans. It’s important to me to commemorate this day and look back at everything that has happened. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already. I hope you guys enjoy it and celebrate with me and all we’ve done together.”

March 3 marked the 5th anniversary of Khalid’s GRAMMY nominated debut album American Teen, featuring smash hit singles “Location” and “Young, Dumb and Broke.”  Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrated the milestone with the launch of American Teen: The Yearbook, a high school-themed virtual hub for fans to revisit the groundbreaking album through various content. The site serves as a 2017 time-capsule that includes music videos, archival photos, a superlative generator, a quiz, and access to an exclusive American Teen merch collection highlighting the album iconography. American Teen is now available as a lyric video/ visual playlist and in spatial hi-res audio formats (Dolby Atmos and 360RA).

American Teen is now RIAA certified 4x platinum in the United States with Khalid’s debut single “Location” earning a rare, certified diamond status (10x platinum). “Young, Dumb and Broke” is certified 9x platinum, “8TEEN” is certified 3x platinum and “Coaster” is certified 2x platinum. 

Visit American Teen: The Yearbook HERE. Find the American Teen exclusive merch collection HERE.

Khalid recently released his Scenic Drive tape which features collaborations from critically acclaimed stars such as Alicia Keys, Ari Lennox, 6LACK, Lucky Daye, JID, Smino, Majid Jordan, Kiana Ledé, and QUIN. Check it out HERE

About Khalid

Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the certified diamond “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the 4x platinum-certified, American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019, was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy-nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”. Free Spirit has garnered over 11 billion streams worldwide. Khalid, who has been called a “pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone has been streamed over 30 billion times worldwide across all partners, has been nominated for 7 Grammys and has won numerous awards including 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Video Music Award and an MTV Woodie Award. Khalid has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including his #1 singles “Love Lies” (with Normani), “Eastside” (with Halsey and Benny Blanco) as well as hits with artists Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Marshmello, and more. The Mayor and Council of the City of El Paso honored Khalid with a “Key To The City” marking September 13th, 2018 “Khalid Day.” Khalid, alongside his mother, launched The Great Khalid Foundation, which is committed to helping families by alleviating a burden of need.

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Universal Standard – Squad Goals

Beginning the morning of Sunday, February 13, 2022, the world’s most size-inclusive fashion brand Universal Standard kicked off “Squad Goals”—a surprise and delight stunt disrupting Big Game tailgate parties all over Los Angeles.

Offering a refreshing and unexpected take on the Big Game’s typical entertainment, Universal Standard organized an impressive cheer squad to hype up tailgate parties with over-the-top flash mob performances that celebrate inclusivity in fashion and beyond. The brand tapped Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed choreographer Jemel McWilliams, best known for his work with Lizzo, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, and more, to lead the cheer squad, which featured the Nae Nae Twins, and other renowned celebrity dancers—all of whom were outfitted in custom Universal Standard styles, which ranged in sizes 00-40. 

This accomplished talent roster moved around the SoFi stadium tailgate, as well as other tailgates and watch parties throughout the city, performing for fans gearing up for the Big Game. Specific performances included grand choreographed dances set to an upbeat mashup of iconic 80s hits, cheers, and chants encouraging inclusivity, inspiring signage, and more. 

In line with the brand’s mission to democratize the fashion industry, Squad Goals celebrates all of us, as we are, whether a size 2 or a size 20.

“Joining forces with Universal Standard has been an honor, a privilege, and a no-brainer. I am thrilled to expand Universal Standard’s inclusive mission to the world of football through celebration, dance, and positivity,” said Jemel McWilliams. “It means so much to me to be a part of this revolutionary performance, which I hope sets the stage for how brands show up in sports, fashion, and all other industries in the future. As a working professional in entertainment, it has always been so heartbreaking to see some of my dancers and artists feel underrepresented or underappreciated when it comes to wardrobe, casting, and the industry in general. Universal Standard and I are aligned with the idea that there is room for all of us. Everyone should feel included.” 

“We are so excited to dance alongside Universal Standard with an amazing cheer squad that actually feels representative of the world we live in, said the Nae Nae Twins. “Football has never seen a cheer squad like this before! We can’t wait to dance with fans all across the city and celebrate them for who they are.”

“At Universal Standard, we know that in order to spark change, our promise to revolutionize the shopping experience must extend beyond the four walls of our showroom. This year, it took us to the Big Game, where we joined forces with the entertainment industry’s most talented to celebrate fans and hopefully inspire important conversations about equality in fashion,” said Alex Waldman, Universal Standard Co-Founder.

All events were open-air, and all talent and participants were required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test result dated within 72 hours. Through city and county guidelines, the activation ensured a COVID-19 safe and compliant consumer experience.

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The Voice Season Finale

Season 21 of NBC’s four-time Emmy Award-winning competition series The Voice will be a night of stargazing when Carrie Underwood and John Legend, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Walker Hayes, Keke Palmer, and Tori Kelly take the stage during the two-hour live season finale on Tuesday, Dec. 14 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT).

One of the five finalists–Girl Named Tom and Hailey Mia from Team Kelly, Jershika Maple from Team Legend, and Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham from Team Blake – will be crowned the winner on the live telecast. Superstar coaches will also perform with their final artists.

Grammy Award winners Carrie Underwood and John Legend will perform their holiday duet, “Hallelujah,” which appears on Underwood’s Christmas album, “My Gift (Special Edition).” The original song was written by Legend and Toby Gad (“All of Me”) and the music video for “Hallelujah” was directed by acclaimed director and photographer Randee St. Nicholas and was honored as CMT’s 2020 Video of the Year.

Coldplay will perform a very special performance of “My Universe,” their collaboration with BTS, which debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart and was streamed more than 100 million times in its first week of release.

Global superstar and Season 21 Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran will be performing “Shivers,” the latest single off of his new album ‘=’ which debuted at #1 on Billboard 200, marking the 4x-Grammy winner’s fourth consecutive full-length release to top the chart. ‘=’ also features the chart-topping lead single “Bad Habits,” which recently received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. Continuing his chart dominance, Sheeran’s “Shivers” and “Bad Habits” are simultaneously sitting in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Artist, singer, songwriter, musician, entrepreneur and former coach, Alicia Keys returns to “The Voice” for a special performance of her new song, “Old Memories.” Keys will perform her instant classic from her new album “KEYS (Original and Unlocked),” a double album out Dec. 10. The album takes a unique approach as it showcases two versions: “Original,” which highlights Keys’ signature musicality and “Unlocked,” which explores the music through a sampled experience.

Walker Hayes makes his debut performance on “The Voice” with recent smash hit “Fancy Like.” Stereogum calls it “the biggest country crossover hit of 2021,” and it marks the Monument Records artist’s second #1 single and the first from his forthcoming album, set for release in January. “Fancy Like” has been atop every country streaming and sales chart since its release in June. The track has spent a whopping 16 weeks and counting at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, is among the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs, top 5 at Country Radio, top 5 at Pop Radio and is the fastest RIAA Double Platinum Certified Country song of the year.

Don’t miss Keke Palmer and Tori Kelly performing a duet of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” the latest single from the “Sing 2” original motion picture soundtrack. This season’s Top 13 artists will join them and the performance will be introduced by Matthew McConaughey and Nick Kroll from “Sing 2.”

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Reyanna Maria – Used Two

19-year-old Melbourne-based Filipino pop/R&B singer and songwriter Reyanna Maria serves up a sizzling new single: “Used 2”.

Get it HERE via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records.

On the track, an airy beat brushes up against her smooth delivery as she warns, “I might throw it back on your man like you used to.” With attitude and swagger, she continues to flex with a flirty promise, “Your man coming home with me, because I know he don’t like the way you do.” The track highlights her dynamic vocals, provocative lyrics, and undeniable energy. 

It arrives on the heels of “What’s Ur Sign?” The latter has amassed over 1 million streams to date in addition to reeling in critical acclaim.  Billboard named it among the “R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week,” and claimed: “the track is catchy and confident, setting the laid-back singer up for an equally lovable follow-up release.” Bongmines Entertainment attested, “‘What’s Ur Sign?’ contains a relatable narrative, flirtatious lyrics, and an ear-pleasing vocal flow.”

Reyanna exploded with the buzzing single “So Pretty” and its Tyga-assisted Official Remix. Right out of the gate, HIGHSNOBIETY named her among “Creators to Watch Right Now” and raved, “Reyanna Maria is the face of a new league of home-grown artists who are using social media to take the reigns of their careers and cultivating their presence in the music industry on their own terms.” Meanwhile, she also picked up plugs from Forbes, HotNewHipHop, and more.

“So Pretty” initially came to life when Reyanna sang on a duet challenge on TikTok. The spur-of-the-moment sound that was created from the video exploded with over 20 million views and 1 million-plus TikTok videos. On its heels, the original track posted up 45 million-plus streams and counting to date. Videos using “So Pretty” were created by Chrissy Teigen (34M Followers), Bella Poarch (56.4M Followers), Alicia Keys (20.7M Followers), Vanessa Bryant (14.3M Followers) and many more!

Even when clutching the tiny microphone of her wired earbuds and serenading a smartphone camera, Reyanna Maria exudes the kind of charisma and attitude meant for the global spotlight. Within a few months’ time, the 19-year-old Melbourne-based Filipino songstress has already inspired 1 million-plus TikTok videos and racked up over 12 million streams. By the age of fourteen, she started to fill a notebook with lyrics and song ideas. She posted covers online and mimicked idols such as Ariana Grande and Jhené Aiko. As part of an online challenge, she went live on TikTok to sing on a beat. The initial clip of “So Pretty” exploded with nearly 10 million views as they finished the song together in two more successive posts, totaling 22 million views. Victor Victor Worldwide founder Steven Victor signed Reyanna on the spot once he found out about her video. Now, the official release of “So Pretty” [feat. Tyga] formally introduces Reyanna Maria as a fiery force for pop and R&B.

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INTERVIEW WITH SHERI MILLER

Singer-songwriter Sheri Miller releases her new single “Born To Love,” a tender, instant classic from her 6-song collection, Waking Up To This Miracle Life, out November 19. Recorded with GRAMMY-winning producer Jeff Bova, Miller’s timeless collection is at once ecstatic and incisive, brimming with joy even as it reckons with struggle and heartache.

The songs here are radical acts of self-love and empowerment fueled by raw emotion and explosive energy, and Miller’s mesmerizing performances are utterly transcendent to match, her voice shifting from hushed intimacy to soaring grandeur with the preternatural ease of Ann Wilson or Brandi Carlile. Add it all up and you’ve got a rich, cinematic masterpiece about embracing the beauty and magic of being alive, a celebratory ode to love itself from an artist who passionately lives to create. I got the opportunity to speak with Sheri Miller about her upcoming EP.

  1. What inspired this album?

When writing this record, ‘Waking Up To This Miracle Life,’ I felt inspired how it’s a miracle to be alive; especially at this time. To wake up every morning with a heart beating of its own independent accord, lungs breathing oxygen without us turning on a power switch, seeing beautiful blue skies with our open eyes, smelling delicious fragrances of trees, roses, jasmine, freshly-baked soft chocolate chip cookies, hearing glorious notes resounding from orchestras, brass bands or finely crafted pianos, guitars, drums, listening to golden-throated voices, touching luxurious silk fabrics, and feeling magnificent emotions of love, appreciation, happiness, fun, exhilaration!

How being alive in our physical bodies is such a gift; what an extraordinary miracle we have our genius cells working symbiotically in mysterious harmony. Though I don’t understand electricity or the miracle of being born, I’m glad to be here! This record celebrates life passionately. Especially after pandemic, it feels so good to focus on the magnificence of being alive. We did it! We made it. How blessed and lucky we are. No matter what struggles you’ve gone through (we all have), there’s always hope, fun, and even joy waiting closely; You’re never alone. If you believe in yourself, trusting there’s unseen help available to us- closed doors open, our timing gets good, and avalanches of beautiful opportunities flow like rivers into our experience. Your tiny extra bit of optimism cracks the door open to success, love, and more of your dreams realized. I choose to keep waking up to this miracle life.

  1. When did you start making music?

I started making music at eight, taking classical piano lessons with a strict teacher. My free, wild, creative spirit rebelled against the boring confines of practicing already written music, when I wanted to compose and paint new melodies, paired with new words and lyrics, creating new musical paintings. So, I spent much of my practice time composing dozens of new songs, pouring out complete melodies, lyrics, chords. Anthems about rocking the nation, songs about eternal, everlasting, pure love and world peace, love songs to my mother, and “The Lost Tribe,” a song about a wandering tribe in the desert, buffalo and surviving. I still have these handwritten 8-year-old songbooks, and I’ve written hundreds of songs since age 8. I consider myself a ‘music lifer,’ writing songs and performing for the sheer feeling of joy and pleasure; as I evolve as a human, so does my music, songs, and art. I am my best masterpiece.

  1. Who are your musical inspirations? 

My musical inspirations started with my mom, who’s a magnificent opera singer, classical pianist, composer, and storyteller. I love the Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Paul Simon, Rodger & Hart, Duke Ellington, Beach Boys, Rickie Lee Jones, Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Mozart, Tchaichovsky, Piazolla, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Prince, Queen, Freddy Mercury, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, James Brown, Gershwins, Rumi, and brilliant musicians I work with Jeff Bova, Kate Baker, Will Lee, Tim Pierce, Chris Lord-Alge, Frank Filipetti, Joe Zook, Dave Eggar, Paul Shaffer, Steve Cropper. There are endless musicians who inspire me, flowing through every time I create. I appreciate all who’ve come before, paving this golden trail of delights.

  1. Did any of these musical influences specifically inspire this album?

Writing “Gold Hearted Man” on my big acoustic-electric 1969 sunburst Guild hollow body guitar, I felt the presence of blues legend John Lee Hooker. It almost felt like he was guiding my hands and heart to new undiscovered places within me, creating a song ship sailing to unchartered territories in my musical landscape. There are traces of Joni Mitchell in “Empty Sky” and hints of the Beatles in “Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes.” Honestly, I believe every note, sound, visual, smell, every idea that’s ever touched us, is interwoven into the gorgeous colorful, rainbow fabric quilt of art, we create.

  1. What made you decide to become a singer songwriter?

I never made a conscious decision to ‘become’ a singer-songwriter. Thank God, for me it was a natural, easy, gradual, ‘gentle push’ of spirit; my soul led me to this choice. It chose me, I chose it, I decided to answer the calling. I believe we are all called to something, and it’s never too late, no matter what age, circumstances, to answer this calling, following your bliss. My story is magical, powerful synchronicity at work. While in college, I was secretly writing lyrics in my bedroom and taking jazz piano lessons 20 minutes away. I started receiving the thought ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have a little keyboard in my bedroom, so I could write songs easily? I can’t fit a piano, I don’t have lots of money, wouldn’t a little keyboard be nice?’

I started dreaming up this idea for months, until it exploded vividly one Sunday morning. I woke up in a surreal, groggy state, having passionately dreamt of owning a little Casio keyboard the night before. Instead of walking to the library, taking the faster, straight-shot city street path, I felt magnetically drawn, with a strong impulse, to take the longer, beautiful, winding path across campus. While on this scenic route, I passed a one-day church sale, selling the exact Casio keyboard I dreamt the night before!  It was $20, and ecstatic by this little miracle, I began joyfully composing songs in my bedroom on this Casio keyboard. It felt like my soul gave me the gentlest, loving push and wink, to trust myself; sometimes the longer, winding path has magic. Faster isn’t always more rewarding or satisfying. From that day forward, I’ve been composing and performing. The Casio keyboard manifesting was a tiny miracle of magic. Miracles exist everywhere, if you choose to open your eyes, and allow yourself to dream.

  1. Are there any special moments you’d like to share while making this EP?

For “Gold Hearted Man” basking in the afterglow of a soulful kiss, inspiration poured through me, and I composed this song in a hurricane flood of emotion. Initially I felt uncomfortable channeling this sensuality in the studio, but when the recording light blinked, BOOM, we cut vocals lightning speed. I’m proud of how we captured the passionate feeling in this recording.

For “Born To Love,” Day 1, I thought we had the “perfect” vocal after comping. The next day, after singing for 5 hours, the producer asked me to sing one last take. I said “sure” to humor him, though thinking “there’s no way we can use it, I’m too tired.” So I let go, singing effortlessly, easily, naturally, without trying. I got out of my own way, allowing the song to speak, my soul to speak. When I opened my eyes, thinking everyone would say it’s a throwaway vocal, instead they said “that was a Grammy-Award winning performance!” Stunned, I listened back, and realized MAGIC HAD FLOWED, when I surrendered, letting go of getting an “amazing vocal.” This live vocal became our “final vocal.” I learned sometimes “magic” is better than “perfect.” I trust the magic now.

  1. Is there a specific flow/genre to this EP that you’d like the audience to follow?

However your heart and soul calls you to listen. Follow your instincts.

  1. If you had to describe the “story of this release” in one paragraph, what would you say?

“Luminous, passionate, triumphant, love-filled collection of artistic songs inspires the hearts, connects with the souls of many, to remember and awaken to the brilliant, magnificent miracles in their own lives.”

  1. What’s next for you?

I’m thrilled with the new, inspired songs I’ve been composing and writing. I have endless new records in me, and I am happily, eagerly anticipating recording the new songs, and performing them. What’s next? More fun. More joy. More treasure chests of glittering new songs. More inspired new records. More exhilarating live performances. More artistic discoveries of wonder. More magnificent miracles revealing themselves, as we keep waking up to this miracle life.

Presave Waking Up To This Miracle Life here.

Tracklist
1. Gold Hearted Man
2. Waking Up To This Miracle Life
3. Born To Love
4. Joyful Love
5. Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes
6. Empty Sky
7. Gold Hearted Man (Chris Lord-Alge Radio Edit)
8. Gold Hearted Man (Joe Zook Radio Edit)
9. Waking Up To This Miracle Life (Chris Lord-Alge Radio Edit)
10. Empty Sky (Radio Edit)

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Keys Untold Stories

YouTube Originals premieres “Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories” – the new documentary series filled with breathtaking, introspective moments and visual displays, while following the 15-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist and worldwide-celebrated music icon, Alicia Keys expose it all in her four- part becoming story. Available now to stream for free now only on Alicia Keys’ official YouTube Channel.

Fresh off of her AK20 celebration of her smash debut album Songs In A Minor and putting the finishing touches on her eighth and most exciting album to date, Keys captured it all for an intimate performance docuseries. Informed by life defining memories and meaningful conversations with artists and loved ones, Keys brings viewers into a whole new experience combining the documentary and performance worlds in a way fans never have seen before.

“Noted” comes at a very exciting time for Keys as she released her new single “LALA” this month featuring Swae Lee (stream HERE). “LALA” demonstrates Keys at her best, owning her lane as only the musical genius can, and fans can watch Alicia being her best and boldest and rawest she’s ever been in “Noted.” Following the release of “LALA,” Keys returned to the MTV VMAs stage for the debut live performance of the song with her hometown, New York City, shining behind her. The next day, Alicia radiated beauty and elegance as she stepped onto the carpet at the 2021 MET Gala wearing AZ Factory and Van Cleef & Arpels. Watch as she prepares behind the scenes Getting Ready with Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys “The Untold Stories” joins a robust slate of music-focused YouTube Originals including “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil,” “Ice Cold: The Untold Story of Hip-Hop Jewelry,” “K-Pop Evolution,” “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert,” “BRAVAS,” “Justin Bieber: Seasons” and “Justin Bieber: Next Chapter,” “The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash,” “MALUMA: Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Seré” and “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries.”

The music icon stars and serves as executive producer of “Noted: The series was directed by TT The Artist and also produced by Jason Bergh and Westbrook Media’s Lukas Kaiser, Brad Haugen and Jae Trevits. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, and Nicole Emanuele, Development Lead for YouTube Originals, oversee the project for the global platform.

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SAM RYDER — “JULY”

Sam Ryder has debuted his stunning new single “July,” which is available now via Parlophone Records/Elektra Records.

“July” sees Ryder reunited with his “Tiny Riot” writing partners Amy Wadge (Grammy-award winning writer for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”) and Max Wolfgang. The stripped-back piano intro perfectly showcases the full range of Sam’s powerful voice, which soars throughout the song.

Sam says of the track, “July is all about seeing the light after a period of darkness. Whether we’re watching the blooms waking up outside in nature or experiencing an inner awakening after the longest year, I think we’re all ready to say hello, July.

“July” follows the success of Sam’s previous singles “Whirlwind” and “Tiny Riot,” which topped iTunes charts worldwide and have racked up tens of millions of global streams and over 4.5 million YouTube views. He recently performed his debut show from London’s York Hall to an online audience of nearly 50,000 viewers.

Sam has spent much of his adult life touring, writing and performing in bands before embarking on this new chapter as a solo artist. As the world was being put into lockdown in March, he uploaded the first of his now infamous covers. They quickly caught the attention of some famous fans (think Justin Bieber, Sia, Alicia Keys and Elton John) with compilations of his videos appearing on The Ellen Show, BBC’s Newsbeat and more. As the videos kept coming, so did the fans—with his socials standing at over 13 million followers to date and hundreds of thousands of comments. Sam rounded-off his incredible year with TikTok crowning his account as the most popular UK artist account of 2020.

Sam has spent the last few months writing and recording original songs with some of the finest writers and producers from around the world as he prepares to release his debut EP, which is set to continue his meteoric rise.

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Robert Ector Releases Luxury Greeting Cards

Luxury fashion photographer Robert Ector has recently launched his exclusive collection of luxury greeting cards. The selection consists of 25, 5” x 7” custom greeting cards, which feature Ector’s incredible eye for photography and design. Black, offset envelopes are included to encase each salutation. Ornate gold foil stamping encases the stationary, and the meme-worthy verbiage makes for a memorable address. The assortment also comes with laminated art paper. Make your statement with a statement using these high-end greetings.

Last year, Ector released his photo book, “DETAILS: City Streets Are The Real Runways.” The text features over 400 full color photographs of some of the most expensive fashion pieces in the world, luxury street wear, and street photography. Ector, famous for his creative direction for A-list celebrities such as Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, Lala Anthony and Mary J. Blige, showcases incredible individuals donned in even more fabulous fashion on every page. Readers are sure to become enthralled and won’t be able to stop flipping through mesmerizing 650 pages.

Fashion iconoclast and multi-talented artist Mary J Blige wrote the foreword for the text, as well as attended its NYFW launch. The two have shared an artistic relationship for years. Recently, Ector was also the promotional shoot photographer for Blige’s Netflix docu-series, “My Life.” The documentary series was named after Blige’s earlier album which has the same title. Alongside Ector’s stunning photography, the series features executive production from Puff Daddy (aka, Sean “Puffy” Combs) and executive music production from Quincy Jones. Commentary from Diddy, Taraji P. Henson, and Alicia Keys is also included in “My Life.”

Another of Ector’s previous photo projects includes shooting our magazine’s cover of Tamar Braxton. As Ector continues his artistic endeavors, we look forward to seeing what is next to come from the accomplished artist.

*All photos provided by Robert Ector

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MBK ENTERTAINMENT — MBK THE NEXT GENERATION

BROADCAST WEEKLY ON CLUBHOUSE

The team responsible for developing and launching the careers of everyone from the legendary Alicia Keys to Academy Award winner H.E.R. and more, MBK Entertainment, will identify, elevate and break the hottest superstars of tomorrow via its new reality competition series, MBK The Next Generation. The show provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to vie for a combination grand prize of a management deal with MBK Entertainment and a recording contract with MBK/RCA Records.

As a trusted artist management company and multimedia firm, MBK Entertainment filled a void during the Global Pandemic. Even with the world shutdown, they launched a series of artist showcases across Instagram and Clubhouse last year, eliciting a fervent response from audiences and giving new artists a stage when they needed it the most. This concept evolved into MBK The Next Generation. The series airs weekly on Clubhouse. For the first round, artists enter by auditioning on social media. If they advance, the second round happens in-person for a panel of industry visionaries, including MBK Entertainment C.E.O./Chairman Jeff Robinson, UMPG Senior VP Walter Jones, GRAMMY and Academy Award-winning singer and songwriter Tiara Thomas, MBK Entertainment Artist Manager Jason Hobdy, MBK Entertainment Artist A&R Jordan Chatman, Epic Records artist LONR., RCA Records artist Tone Stith, and Roc Nation artist Maeta.

Each entrant receives maximum visibility by simply appearing on what promises to be one of music’s hottest new series. The victor lands a life-changing deal.

MBK Entertainment remains committed to artist development in its truest form. The company ignited and galvanized the careers of roster alumni such as Alicia Keys, Elle Varner, Tyrese, Keyshia Cole and more. Meanwhile, current clients include H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, LONR., Maeta, Jourden Cox, Abigail Furr and Tone Stith. Recently, H.E.R. took home an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Song for “Fight For You” in addition to picking up “Song of the Year” for “I Can’t Breathe” and “Best R&B Song” for “Better Than I Imagine” [with Robert Glasper & Meshell Ndegeocello] at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards.

MBK Entertainment also continues to make headlines. Rolling Stone featured President/Managing Partner Jeanine McLean-Williams, while Billboard named Jeff Robinson Executive of the Week” earlier this spring.

Get ready for MBK Entertainment to introduce The Next Generation in 2021.

Stay tuned for more soon!