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All You Need To Know K-POP

By: Conan Zhang, Elle Grant × Kai Yeo

Korean pop music, known as K-Pop is becoming a global force. With forceful sounds, charismatic performances, and colorful concepts, it is a maximalist’s dream perception of music. The fans are dedicated, if not overwhelming in their dedication to their favorite artists. Recently, the political successes of K-pop fans are making just as many headlines: fans crashed Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally and have been at the forefront of vocalizing issues related to Black Lives Matter. Who are the artists that inspire such loyalty and such action? Read into 360’s introduction to some of the twenty-first century mainstays below.

Seo Taiji And Boys

Debuted in 1992, Seo Taiji and Boys were and influential 3-member band and are known as the first “boy group” in K-pop industry consisting of Seo Taiji himself, alongside fellow members Yang Hyun Suk and Lee Juno. Their debut single, “Nan Arayo (I Know),” was an instantly catchy hit that topped the charts for a record-breaking, seventeen consecutive weeks and propelled the group to pop mega-stardom.

In April 2017 it was announced that Seo Taiji was assembling a group of modern K-Pop acts to cover songs from his past to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut with Seo Taiji and Boys. The first act announced for the project was BTS,  with other acts including Urban Zakapa and Younha. The first single from this project, a cover of “Come Back Home” (from Seo Taiji and Boys IV) recorded by BTS, was released with a music video on July 5, 2017.

In case you’re new to K-pop, it might be helpful to add that BTS was also invited by Seo Taiji to perform their rendition of Come Back Home and other acts at their 25th anniversary concert.

PSY

Heard of Gangnam Style? Born Park Jae-sang on December 31 1977, he is better known as the artist PSY. He is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. PSY is famous in Korea for his funny videos and stage performances. After releasing Gangnam Style on 15 July 2012, the video crossed over 2 billion views in less than two years (so many that it broke YouTube). This song can also arguably be named the first breakout Korean hit to become popular in the West. The song’s refrain was entered into The Yale Book of Quotations as one of the most famous quotations of 2012.

Since his international success, PSY has gone on to found his own record company P NATION and currently mentoring other artists.

Big Bang

No introduction needed, Big Bang is a South Korean boy band under YG Entertainment. The group consists of four members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung; They are named as “Kings of K-pop,” Bigbang have greatly helped spread the Korean Wave internationally. A fifth member, Seungri, left the group and the industry in disgrace following an the Burning Sun sex scandal, of which he was an organizer, a moment that blighted K-pop’s reputation at home.

Eighteen of Big Bang’s singles have been number one hits in South Korea and have remained atop the Melon charts for a record 51 weeks. The group has sold over 150 million records globally, which rank them among the best-selling boy bands in the world. Forbes Korea ranked them as one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea from 2009 to 2016 (placing 2nd in 2009, 2012 and 2014, and they were the first Korean artists to be included on the Forbes Celebrity 100 and 30 Under 30 list of most influential musicians in the world (2017).

Currently with 4 members discharged from military service, fans are eagerly waiting to see what happens next.

CL 

Lee Chae-rin, better known by her stage name CL, rose to fame as girl group 2NE1’s leader in 2009, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. As a solo artist, CL made her debut with “The Baddest Female” in 2013 and has continued to pursue her own career following the group’s hiatus in 2015. The release “Hello Bitches” (2015) led CL to become the first female Korean solo artist to place onto the Billboard Hot 100, and the third Korean artist to do so overall.

In November 2016, YG announced the disbandment of 2NE1 after nearly two years of hiatus, and CL subsequently remained under the label. Shortly after leaving YG in December 2019, she released her solo EP project In the Name of Love (2019), consisting of six tracks written during the three years since her previous single “Lifted.” Her debut studio album, Alpha, was released in October 2021.

BTS

BTS, an abbreviation for Bangtan Boys, was formed in 2010 while the group debuted in 2013. The team is made up of seven members including Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. The members co-write and co-produce almost every song that they perform, marking a shift in the K-Pop industry to including artists in the songs they sing and promote.

Originally intended to be a Korean hip-hop group, they are now producing music in a wide range of genres. Their songs often focused on personal and social hot topics, mentioning mental health, troubles of school-age teenagers.

Having sold over 20 million albums on the Gaon Music Chart, BTS is now the best-selling artist in South Korean history and holds the best-selling album in South Korea with the work Map of the Soul: 7. The group’s numerous accolades include six American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, 24 Golden Disc Awards, and nominations for a Grammy Award and a Brit Award. They are undoubtedly the current Kinds of K-Pop and have broken through to Western popularity unlike any other artist.

BLACKPINK

Blackpink is a girl group formed by YG Entertainment, featuring four team members: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. In August 2016, they debuted with their single album Square One, which is features the extremely popular songs “Whistle” and “Boombayah.”

Blackpink is ranked as the highest-charting female Korean act on the Billboard Hot 100 and they broke a huge number of online records since they released “Kill This Love” (2019) and “How You Like That” (2020), each become the most-viewed music video within the first 24 hours of release. Though this record was eventually broken by BTS, it is nonetheless just one of many examples proving the quartet’s impact on society.

IU

Lee Ji-eun is well known as IU. She is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. The name IU is a combination of the letters ‘I’ and ‘you’ which means “you and I become one through music.” She debuted as a singer when she was fifteen with her first mini album Lost and Found (2008). Her work “Good Day” won her five consecutive weeks at the top position of South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart. In the year of 2019, “Good Day” was ranked number one on Billboard’s “100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s” list.

NCT

NCT are a K-pop group created by SM Entertainment. NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology, and the idea is that they’re a group of infinite members who are constantly shifting into different sub-units in different cities around the world. Currently consisting of 5 sub-units – NCT U, NCT 127, NCT Dream, NCT 2018, WayV.

Currently, NCT is made up of 21 members – we know, it’s a handful! The members are: Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Kun, Doyoung, Ten, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Lucas, Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, Jisung, Xiao Jun, Yang Yang, and Hendery.

After debuting in 2016, they have won 7 awards from 19 nominations and are continuing their stardom today. Pionerring the “noise music” trend and have so far been the only ones that do it well – “Simon Says.” Find out more information about them through their show NCT Life streaming on YouTube for free.

TWICE

Like many of today’s K-pop acts, Twice originated from a reality competition show. The 2015 series Sixteen involved that many JYP entertainment “trainees” – the term used for aspiring idols-in-training, preparing for a potential debut. After a series of challenges and fighting for a place in the final lineup, the remaining nine formed a new ensemble, also known as Twice.

After the announcement of the label’s new girl group, founder and CEO of JYP explained that Twice refers to the act of making an impact “once through the ears and once through the eyes.” As so, the group’s fame has been propelled by hit after hit of vibrant sound through bright and colorful music videos. Their unique sound can be heard especially in “TT” and “Cheer Up.”

More on K-pop

These men and women are just of a few forcing open the door to K-Pop in the west after being mainstays in South Korean and Asian popular culture for years. This list features artists from the first to third generation of K-Pop stars, known as the generations to push international boundaries of popularity. In this new decade of the twenty-first century, K-Pop is more popular than ever. Stars of the fourth generation, coinciding with the Gen Z age group, are achieving international successes early on in their forebearers above could only dream of just years ago. A great deal of this success is owed to the listed artists, who have collectively decades breaking barriers and sharing music. New groups like ITZY, TXT, Ateez and Enhypen are achieving new heights, learning from the elders while paving the way for the future.

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Drake – Certified Lover Boy

DRAKE RETURNS TO #1 AROUND THE GLOBE WITH HIS TENTH #1 ALBUM DEBUT

CERTIFIED LOVER BOY ACHIEVES TOP CONSUMPTION & OVERALL STREAMING DEBUT OF 2021 WITH OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS IN ITS FIRST WEEK

CAPTURES #1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART, #1 ON TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS CHART, AND #1 ON TOP RAP ALBUMS CHART IN U.S.

DRAKE BECOMES FIRST ARTIST TO DEBUT WITH TOP 5 SONGS ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART

SETS ANOTHER RECORD WITH MOST FIRST-WEEK ENTRIES ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART AS “WAY 2 SEXY” FEATURING FUTURE & YOUNG THUG DEBUTS AT #1 WITH 9 ADDITIONAL SONGS DEBUTING SIMULTANEOUSLY IN THE TOP 10

Drake has notched his tenth #1 album and the biggest album debut in over a year with the release of Certified Lover Boy (OVO/Republic). The album has amassed an astounding 1 billion-plus streams within its first week with global consumption approaching 1 million units.

What’s more, it has bowed at #1 across multiple charts including #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and #1 on the Top Rap Albums Chart, with the #1 Consumption and Overall Streaming Debut for 2021.  Certified Lover Boy has smashed the record for most first-week entries on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug debuting at #1 and an unprecedented total of 9 simultaneous entries within the Top 10.  This marks the first time in history that an artist has ever debuted with the Top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.  It is also the first time an artist has ever debuted with 9 songs in the Top 10 and one of the rare and special occasions when an artist captures #1 on both the Billboard 200 Chart and Billboard Hot 100.

Drake has also set a “new record on Apple Music with the biggest album debut ever on the platform, surpassing his own record from 2018 when Scorpion opened with 170 million streams.  He became the service’s “most-streamed artist in a day for 2021.  Certified Lover Boy continues to break records on Apple Music, with three songs from the project “beating the record for most-streamed songs in 24 hours. “Girls Want Girls (feat. Lil Baby),” “Champagne Poetry,” and “Fair Trade” (featuring Travis Scott) are the three biggest song debuts ever on Apple Music, surpassing Drake’s “Nonstop” from his 2018 album Scorpion. On Spotify, Drake topped his own all-time record for single-day streams with Scorpion notching 132 million single-day streams with this release.

Other #1 debuts include the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, The Netherlands, and more. It emerges as his fourth #1 in the UK.

Toronto’s Drake remains one of the best-selling artists of all time and the most influential of his generation. The RIAA has recognized him as the highest-certified digital singles artist in the United States. Among dozens of honors, he has garnered four GRAMMY® Awards, six American Music Awards, a record 27 Billboard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards, and three Juno Awards. He has broken and achieved numerous records that are most likely to never be surpassed, including “the most Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “the most charted songs of any artist ever on the Hot 100” with 29, “the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week” with 27, “the most continuous time on the Hot 100” with 431 weeks, and “the most Hot 100 debuts in a week” with 22. He released his sixth full-length albums, Certified Lover Boy, in 2021.

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A GREAT BIG WORLD – GLOWING

A GREAT BIG WORLD ANNOUNCE AUGUST 27 RELEASE DATE FOR THIRD FULL-LENGTH ALBUM PARTICLES AND UNVEIL NEW SINGLE GLOWING 

PERFORMING TRACK ON LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN JULY 29

Today, GRAMMY award-winning multiplatinum duo A Great Big World have officially announced the August 27 release date of their third full-length album Particles and unveiled their new single “Glowing.” Album pre-orders begin July 29 with additional instant tracks made available in the weeks leading up to its release.

“Glowing,” which signals finding light in the darkest places, starts with tender piano keys before wrapping in a big orchestral moment with cinematic strings. When speaking about the track, A Great Big World vocalist and pianist Ian Axel revealed, “It started off as a lullaby I used to sing to my son when he was a newborn. I just wanted him to feel safe and loved. In a way, I was also singing it to myself. When writing it I always imagined a love shield of sorts surrounding us, getting brighter and brighter while deflecting the scary things around us. We wanted to capture that in the recording. The track starts off really simple, and ends with lush, sweeping orchestrations.”

The duo will perform the song for the very first time on nationally syndicated morning talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan July 29.

A Great Big World’s album title Particles came from wanting to explore the idea of the infinite the mirror image of the infinitely small with the infinitely large (Particles vs. A Great Big World). This process led to a collaboration with contemporary artist Kysa Johnson who created the artwork for the album, “Glowing” and their previous single “Boys In The Street.”

Axel shared, “We believe that the entire universe and all of its mysteries exist in every particle, and each of us is made up of tiny particles containing the whole. Kysas art is exactly that. By painting tiny subatomic particle decay patterns, she is able to illustrate enormous cosmic images. The instant we discovered her work, we knew it was exactly what we were looking for. Its been such an inspiring collaborative process, with countless Zoom calls, looking through Hubble space images, discussing ghosts and UFOs, and pondering our existence in the universe.

A Great Big World vocalist Chad King continued, “The songs on this album were written from an incredibly honest and vulnerable place. It was a cathartic and therapeutic process for us. Our hope is that by being vulnerable, others can connect with us, and we can all feel a little less alone in the universe.”

“Glowing” follows the release of “Boys In The Street,” a breathtaking rendition of Greg Holden’s song by the same title, and “Fall On Me“ with Christina Aguilera, both of which will be featured on Particles. The latter has generated more than 30 million streams worldwide and reunited A Great Big World with Aguilera following their 7x platinum GRAMMY award-winning hit “Say Something.” Aguilera invited Axel on stage at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil this past weekend (July 16 and 17) for an astounding surprise performance of “Say Something,” which Billboard described as “cinematic,” and Broadway World said “quietly stunned.”

Stay tuned for more news from A Great Big World soon.

About A Great Big World

A Great Big World find wonder and meaning in significant and small moments alike. The story of the GRAMMY award-winning multiplatinum New York duo Ian Axel and Chad King began in humble fashion. Ian and Chad first met during college in 2005. After years of writing songs, they resonated with listeners worldwide via the 2013 single “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. It went 7 times platinum and notably received a 2015 GRAMMY award in the category of “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” In its wake, their first full-length, Is There Anybody Out There?, bowed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, garnered a gold certification, and generated north of a billion streams. Between sold out gigs on multiple continents, they captivated audiences on dozens of television shows and released the fan favorite sophomore effort When The Morning Comes. Along the way, they also lent their songwriting to a myriad of artists, ranging from Ingrid Michaelson to Andrea Bocelli and Ellie Goulding. In 2019, A Great Big World set the stage for the next chapter with “Fall On Me” with Christina Aguilera. It gathered 30 million streams as they reunited with her for a powerful performance at the American Music Awards. Now, A Great Big World connect on the grandest scale yet through their third full-length album, Particles, coming August 27 via Ingrooves and led by singles “Boys In The Street” and “Glowing.”

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TWENTY ONE PILOTS – SCALED AND ICY

TWENTY ONE PILOTS RELEASE NEW ALBUM: SCALED AND ICY. STREAM IT HERE

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – LIVESTREAM EXPERIENCE BROADCASTS WORLDWIDE TONIGHT AT 8PM ET / 5PM PT

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

PERFORMING AT THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS ON MAY 23

GRAMMY Award winning duo Twenty One Pilots have released their widely anticipated new album, Scaled And Icy, which is available today on all streaming platforms and in a variety of formats including a special edition box set limited to 35,000 copies worldwide at this website.

Scaled And Icy, is highlighted by album standouts “Saturday,” “Choker“and lead single “Shy Away,”which is currently #1 at Alternative Radio for a fourth consecutive week. Having ascended to #1 at the format in just three weeks, “Shy Away” places the duo in an elite group of acts with multiple songs to rise to #1 at the format in three weeks or less including: U2, R.E.M., The Cure, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters.

Twenty One Pilots’ first-ever one night only global streaming event, Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience,” will broadcast worldwide tonight, May 21st An official pre-show for the event will kick-off at 5:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT with Twenty One Pilots’ live performance starting at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT ”Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience” promises to be an unforgettable live performance from the duo, with a catalog spanning setlist and the live debut of new material from Scaled And Icy. A Team Twenty One Pilots Production, the multi-dimensional live performance is being produced by longtime collaborators and creative partners: TNSN DVSN, Reel Bear Media, Element1, lili STUDIOS, and hosted on Maestro’s livestream platform Sponsored by Chipotle and Hot Topic, tickets for the groundbreaking global streaming event are available at this website, where ticket holders can access an interactive virtual experience and immerse themselves in exclusive merch, content, and more before the official performance.

Furthermore, Twenty One Pilots will follow their livestream with a special TV performance this coming Sunday, May 23rd at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards which will air at 8:00PM ET / 5:00PM PT on NBC.

Written and largely produced by Joseph in isolation over the course of the past year at his home studio, with Dun engineering the album’s drums from across the country, Scaled And Icy is the product of long-distance virtual sessions and finds the duo processing their upended routines along with the prevailing emotions of 2020 – anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and doubt. The duo had to forgo their normal studio sessions but reached a new of level of introspection in the process, adopting a more imaginative and bold approach to their songwriting. The result is a collection of songs that push forward through setbacks and focus on the possibilities worth remembering. Scaled And Icy is Twenty One Pilots’ first studio album in three years and follows their RIAA Platinum certified LP, Trench.

In 2020, Twenty One Pilots surprised fans with standalone singles “Level of Concern“ and “Christmas Saves The Year.” ”Level of Concern” reigned at Alternative Radio for 12 weeks straight and cracked the Top 25 on Billboard’s “Hot 100”chart, while also achieving RIAA Gold certification, and propelling the band to victory at last year’s American Music Awards where they took home the award for “Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock.” ”Christmas Saves The Year” arrived at the tail end of 2020 and debuted on Billboard’s “Alternative Airplay” chart, becoming the first holiday-themed song to make the list since 2012.

Twenty One Pilots scored one final accolade in the final moments of 2020, officially breaking the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the longest music video with their history-making regenerative visual for “Level of Concern.” Conceived by the band with interactive director Jason Nickel, and award-winning storyteller / director Jason Zada, the first-ever “Never-Ending Music Video” pulled in fan created content from over 162,000 user submissions, in real time, live on YouTube Powered by Imposium, every three minutes and forty seconds a new music video was created and streamed live to YouTube, containing brand new content from fans. Besting the previous record holder, Pharrell and his 24-hour long video for “Happy,” Twenty One Pilots’ “Never-Ending Music Video” for “Level of Concern” broadcasted for 177 days straight with a total run time of 4,264 hours, 10 mins, 25 seconds

Twenty One Pilots’ 2018 LP Trench ushered in a new era for the duo from Ohio Earning Platinum certification from the RIAA, the album was met with critical acclaim with Billboard declaring, “Trench revels in the confounding genre-blurring and cavernous conceptualism that has defined Twenty One Pilots.” A true global phenomenon having surpassed two billion streams worldwide, Trench is highlighted by the RIAA Gold and Platinum certified alternative hits “The Hype,”“Chlorine,”and “Jumpsuit.” “Jumpsuit” stands as the decade’s fastest rising song to reach #1 on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs”chart and earned the duo their fourth GRAMMY nomination (Best Rock Song). The acclaimed conceptual collection also features the RIAA Gold-certified “Nico And The Niners“ and the RIAA Platinum-certified single “My Blood.”

Twenty One Pilots

Scaled And Icy

1      Good Day

2      Choker

3      Shy Away

4      The Outside

5      Saturday

6      Never Take It

7      Mulberry Street

8      Formidable

9      Bounce Man

10  No Chances

11  Redecorate

“Twenty One Pilots Livestream Experience” Tickets HERE

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DADDY YANKEE – PROBLEMA

After building anticipation throughout the week, global superstar, music entrepreneur and Reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee unveils his new single and video “PROBLEMA” via El Cartel Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Group.

Since its release, the track has exploded with its release just under a week ago. Upon launch, it landed on all 48 New Music Friday Spotify playlists globally while the video was the #1 trending video worldwide on YouTube. The video already has over 13 million views and the song has dominated TikTok with thousands of viral videos.

Watch “PROBLEMA:” HERE

Listen to “PROBLEMA:” HERE

Once again, he delivers a banger with worldwide appeal. Powered by an unshakable beat, he serves up scorching verses before dropping an immediately chantable chorus, while the video continues a tradition of larger-than-life visuals for Daddy Yankee with a full marching band, show-stopping dance moves, wild high-fashion and nonstop action.

Recently, he ignited the stage at Premio Lo Nuestro when he joined forces with Marc Anthonyfor a showstopping performance of their collaboration “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta.” Watch it HERE.

Daddy Yankee is widely recognized for leading and elevating Reggaeton into a global cultural and musical phenomenon, which has fueled an explosion in popularity for Latin music around the world. With a career that transcends language, geography and demographics, Daddy Yankee is one of the most popular and followed artists in the world today, with more than 60 million followers across social media and more than 7 billion streams in the last 12 months alone on YouTube, where he is among the Top 20 Global Artists. He has additionally sold more than 17 million albums, charted 50 hit songs on Billboard charts and he is the only Latin Artist with four Spanish-language songs to reach the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100.

Daddy Yankee remains one of the most recognized and influential names in the Urbano Latino space. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine. He has sold over 17 million albums and over 60 million fans combined on his social networks. Daddy Yankee is considered the King of Reggaeton and one of the founders of the global movement. He continues to reign with the global success of “Despacito,” which was named the most streamed song and the most watched video of all time. In 2018, his single “Dura” was the 2nd Most Watched Video in 2018 and in 2019, “Con Calma” marked the number “Most Watched” video globally on YouTube. He was also named Billboard Magazine’s Top Latin Artist of 2017. Other global hits by Daddy Yankee are “Gasolina,” “Rompe,” “Limbo,” and most recently “Que Tire Pa’Lante.”

Yankee’s philanthropic work through “Daddy’s House” has been recognized by Billboard with the Spirit of Hope Award. Among his many accomplishments, Yankee has also received over 100 awards including Latin Music Billboard Awards, Latin GRAMMYs, American Music Awards, Latin American Music Awards, among others. In 2014 Daddy Yankee was also honored with the ASCAP “Voice of Music Award.”

DADDY YANKEE SCORES #1 ON BILLBOARD’S LATIN AIRPLAY CHART WITH ANOTHER GLOBAL HIT “PROBLEMA”

Over 250 million streams across digital music platforms, and generating 157 million views of Tik Tok videos, making it a viral phenomenon

#1 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm chart

Listen to “PROBLEMA” HERE

Global musical icon, Daddy Yankee, continues to establish trends and set records with massively successful and popular chart-topping hits. The global sensation that has become “PROBLEMA” has revolutionized all digital music platforms and reached No.1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, marking his 24th chart topping hit of his career. The song released via El Cartel Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Group already has garnered more than 250 million streams across all digital music platforms. It also reaches the #1 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm chart.

The reggaeton superstar conquered the ABC network with remarkable performances of “PROBLEMA” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America. Staying true to the original version of the song and the critical acclaim that it earned from music critics and fans, Yankee released an alternative version and music video for “PROBLEMA” exclusively through Facebook, surprising fans with a renewed version of the track produced by Luny Tunes. As of now, the video has more than 45 million views on Yankee’s Facebook page.

Last month, Yankee dropped a track especially made for fans, which quickly began to trend around the world, “El Pony”. The song, which was produced by Daddy Yankee, Chris Jedi, Gaby Music, and Dímelo Ninow, reached No.1 on Latin Urban Songs chart on iTunes in Australia, Ireland, Japan, UK, Italy, Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Russia, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Turkey. With “El Pony”, Yankee once again shows the influence and global reach he has earned across generation of fans around the world.

These recent releases continue to pave the way for more music to come from Daddy Yankee as he continues to heat up 2021.

Watch the official video for “PROBLEMA” HERE

Watch the official video for his latest single “EL PONY” HERE

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KATY PERRY – NTEOTW

After years of being mistaken for one another by fans, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel find that even extraterrestrials have trouble telling them apart in the official video for “Not the End of the World,” which premiered today on Vevo. While on maternity leave, Katy set the concept in motion, suggesting that the acclaimed actress-musician step in for her. Female directing duo Similar But Different (The Chainsmokers, Liam Payne) rose to the challenge, concocting a tale of mistaken identity with nods to sci-fi films and Katy’s “California Gurls” video. Acting on orders to abduct Katy, two aliens accidentally beam up Zooey instead. Can Zooey pull off a Katy Perry concert and save Planet Earth from self-destruction? Watch HERE to find out. 

“Not the End of the World” is a track from Katy’s new album, SMILE, which has sold over 1.25 million adjusted albums, with nearly two billion combined streams to date. Download / stream SMILE HERE

Katy performed a medley of “Never Really Over,” ”Not the End of the World” and ”Roar” at the T Mall Double 11 Gala and teamed up with Darius Rucker for a soulful rendition of “Only Love” at the American Music Awards. She also appeared in “The Disney Holiday Singalong,” which aired on ABC. View her segment, which features “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Cozy Little Christmas,” HERE

Katy recently came together with Coca-Cola to reimagine “Resilient” – a song from SMILE. Partnering with critically acclaimed DJ/producer Tiësto and introducing the vocal stylings of rising star Aitana, the remix is an uplifting, inclusive anthem for our times. Listen to “Resilient” feat. Aitana (Tiësto Remix) HERE.

The accompanying visual – “Resilient” feat. Aitana (Tiësto Remix) – Open To Better Film – reflects the positivity and optimism of the Coca-Cola ‘Open’ platform. View HERE

The Los Angeles Times hailed SMILE as “still quintessentially Perry: buoyant, playful, neon pop” in a recent Sunday Calendar cover story. Rolling Stone said, “Katy Perry gets back to basics” with Smile and, praising the title track, noted, “Over an upbeat, dance-driven groove to match the positive vibes of the lyrics, Perry extols the virtue of perseverance.” US Weekly said, “‘Only Love’ is a stunning, finger-snapping midtempo about moving on from mistakes.” USA Today observed, “Perry’s newfound joy and contentment come through on much of ‘Smile,’ which contains some of her catchiest and most carefree songs since 2013’s ‘Prism.’” RIFF Magazine declared, “Smile is the album that meets the moment of the age we live in. A fitting celebration of strength, pain and individuality under dire circumstances.” 

About Katy Perry

Since Katy Perry’s Capitol Records debut in 2008 with One of the Boys, she has racked up a cumulative 50 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 48 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks with her albums One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM and Witness. Her summer 2019 single, “Never Really Over,” off her latest album SMILE, is certified GOLD and was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s musical career. 2020’s SMILE release has sold over 1.25 million adjusted albums, with nearly 2 Billion combined streams to date. Views of her 2013 video “Roar” recently surpassed three billion views – making Katy the first female artist to reach this milestone, while “Dark Horse” is close behind with over 2.9 billion views. 

Katy was also the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.

Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016. Katy has also been a champion for LGBTQ+ equality. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Trevor Project’s Hero Award in 2012, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award in 2017, and amfAR’s Award of Courage in 2018. She has also performed at various events to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, including 2009’s Life Ball and 2016’s amfAR Cannes Gala. 

About Zooey Deschanel

Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy nominee and Critics’ Choice Award winner Zooey Deschanel has charmed big and small screen audiences through her nuanced leading performances in films like “(500) Days of Summer,” the Christmas classic “Elf,” “Yes Man,” “Almost Famous” and the hit television series,“New Girl”.  Her band, She & Him, has released six albums.

Doja Cat illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

DOJA CAT NOMINATED FOR 3 GRAMMY AWARDS

The artist, Doja Cat, is nominated for three Grammy Awards in the categories of Best New Artist, Record of the Year for “Say So,” and Best Pop Solo Performance, again for “Say So.”

DOJA WON TWO AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS  

BEST NEW ARTIST

 BEST FEMALE SOUL/R&B ARTIST

DOJA WON E! PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST NEW ARTIST

WON EMAS BEST NEW ARTIST

DOJA WON MTV VMAS PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST

 DOJA ANNOUNCES NEW RIAA CERTIFICATIONS

HOT PINK CERTIFIED GOLD

“SAY SO” CERTIFIED 3X PLATINUM

“JUICY” 2X PLATINUM

“RULES” CERTIFIED GOLD

“CYBER SEX” CERTIFIED GOLD

“CANDY” CERTIFIED GOLD (FROM AMALA ALBUM)

“GO TO TOWN” CERTIFIED GOLD (FROM AMALA ALBUM)

WATCH HER PERFORMANCES AT

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

EMAS

VMAS

AMAS WITH BEBE REXHA

About Doja Cat

Born and raised in L.A., Doja Cat made her first upload to Soundcloud in 2013 at just 16-years-old. She developed a knack for music by studying piano and dance as a kid and listening to the likes of Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and more. Soon, she went from obsessing over Catwoman (the Halle Berry version) to “crate digging” on YouTube. The budding talent taught herself Logic and how to compose on a midi controller.

Signed to RCA during 2014, she has released her Purrr! EP and followed with her debut album Amala in spring 2018, but it was her August 2018 release of “Mooo!” which catapulted her into the mainstream and was met with critical acclaim. With co-signs from Chance The Rapper, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and J.Cole among others.

2019 was a big year for Doja, proving she is a mainstay artist with the release of tracks like “Tia Tamera” ft. Rico Nasty and her breakout hit “Juicy” ft. Tyga which appears on her sophomore album Hot Pink, released in November. She made her late night debut performance of the track on Late Night with Seth Meyers. She was also named the iHeart Radio “On The Verge” artist, with “Juicy” reaching #1 on the Rhythm radio chart and top 10 at Urban. Hot Pink has received rave reviews in the press and continues to be recognized as her strongest work to date with over 2 billion streams and video views combined.

2020 kicked off another amazing year for the hybrid artist with the success of her single “Say So” continuing to climb the charts. She delivered electrifying performances of the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Voice and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The track is RIAA certified 3x platinum, reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 at Top 40 radio for 5 consecutive weeks, reached #1 at Rhythm radio, has over 216 million video views, and over 30 million Tik Tok videos created. The track has been streamed over 1 billion times worldwide. The follow up “Like That” ft. Gucci Mane is currently climbing the radio charts sitting inside the Top 15 at Top 40 radio and reached Top 5 at Rhythm. Doja was also the first Vevo LIFT artist to be announced for 2020.

Adding to her accolades, she was nominated for 2 BET Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 2 E! People’s Choice Awards and 4 American Music Awards this year. Most recently she delivered career defining performances at the Billboard Music Awards and the VMAs where she also took home the award for Best New Artist, her first major award win. Since then she has also won the Best New Artist Award at the 2020 EMAs where she performed a rock version of her hit “Say So.” Most recently she took him the AMAs for Best New Artist and Best Female Soul/R&B Artist.

Live, Doja has played numerous festivals and live shows including Rap Caviar Live Miami, Posty Fest, Day n Vegas, Rolling Loud LA.

Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album

MORGAN WALLEN UNLEASHES TRIPLE THREAT PREVIEW OF DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUM

HOTLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM PRE-ORDER LIVE NOW

Big Loud Records’ CMA New Artist of the Year Morgan Wallen barrels forward full speed ahead this week, launching the pre-order for his highly-anticipated sophomore album Dangerous: The Double Album and dropping a triple shot of brand-new music today.

The trio – “Somebody’s Problem” (writers: Wallen, Rodney Clawson, Jacob Durrett, Ernest Keith Smith), “Still Goin Down” (writers: Wallen, Michael Hardy, Ryan Vojtesak), and “Livin’ The Dream” (writers: Wallen, Ben Burgess, Jacob Durrett, Michael Hardy) – continues to crack open the broad range of Wallen’s 30-track double dip.

“Somebody’s Problem” is a twisty, deceptively sweet love song, where “Still Goin Down” adds to Wallen’s collection of signature, Tennessee-pride-riddled, hometown anthems, touting the lifestyle he knows from experience. “Livin’ The Dream” is Wallen’s most self-reflective slow burner to date, gripping from the start and brutally honest.

LISTEN TO “SOMEBODY’S PROBLEM,” “STILL GOIN DOWN,” AND “LIVIN’ THE DREAM

Following fan favorites “This Bar” and “Heartless,” and current singles “More Than My Hometown” and “7 Summers,” the Joey Moi-produced trifecta of new music builds on the sonic foundation laid by Wallen’s PLATINUM #1 debut album, If I Know Me, combining modern production styles with traditional Country lyricism and instrumentation, exuding “an authenticity fans can feel” (PEOPLE).

PRE-ORDER DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUM HERE

This weekend, Wallen is nominated for two American Music Awards, Favorite Male Artist – Country and Favorite Album Country (If I Know Me), and performed an exclusive version of his verging #1 single “More Than My Hometown” for Xfinity in celebration of the big night.

Releasing January 8, Dangerous: The Double Album is already becoming one of 2021’s most exciting new releases, with Billboard anticipating, “if Wallen’s sophomore LP sounds like ‘More Than My Hometown,’ country music is likely going to have a new superstar.”

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Billy Ray Cyrus × Lil Nas X

Billy Ray Cyrus continues touching audiences and all ages worldwide with the success of “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus Remix)” with Lil Nas X as the pair are honored with an American Music Award for Favorite Song Hip-Hop/Rap. Winners are voted on entirely by fans.

Cyrus and Lil Nas X are closing out the year with 3 nominations at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards for “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus Remix)” in the all genre Record Of The Year and Best Music Video categories, as well as Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which air January 26 on CBS. These latest nominations brings Cyrus’ total GRAMMY® nods to 7 over the course of his impressive career. 

The GRAMMY® nominations follow Cyrus and Lil Nas X’s win at the Country Music Association Awards for Musical Event of the Year. Already this year, Cyrus and Lil Nas X took home two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction, as well as two trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Collab, Duo or Group and Single of the Year.

This is all on the on the heels of the song being certified diamond by the RIAA. Not only is “Old Town Road (Billy Ray Cyrus remix)” the first song of 2019 to gain the diamond recognition, it is the first in the RIAA’s history to meet the minimum requirement of 10,000,000 units sold so quickly.

About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley. Recently, Cyrus has shattered records with Lil Nas X with the global smash, “Old Town Road,” which remained No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks.

*Photo by Derrek Kupish

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Axwell × Halsey

Acclaimed producer Axwell – of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell/Ingrosso – has remixed Halsey’s new single, “Graveyard.” Released today by Capitol Records, the track is available for download /streaming HERE. View the static video HERE.


Halsey performed “Graveyard” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” yesterday. View HERE She is nominated for three American Music Awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Music Video (“Without Me”) and Favorite Song – Pop/Rock (“Without Me”).


“Graveyard” is from Halsey’s new album, Manic, which is set for release on January 17, 2020. Fans who pre-order Manic in digital format will instantly receive “Graveyard” plus her 5x Platinum hit “Without Me” and “clementine.” Exclusive album/merchandise bundles are now available at Halsey’s online store.


Her 15th career Hot 100-charting hit, “Graveyard” has amassed more than 100 million combined global streams. Appearing on 41 New Music Friday playlists, “Graveyard” is the most added track of her career. It has topped Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist. The official video – directed by Anton Tammi (Lykke Li, JIL) and starring Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria,” Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) alongside Halsey – racked up more than four million views in the first 48 hours and now has more than 25 million combined views. PAPER likened the video to “a ‘Euphoria’ bonus episode.” Billboard said, “We all need an escape from reality sometimes, and in her new video, Halsey is taking us on the escape of a lifetime.” Check the clip out HERE.


Since 2015, Halsey has amassed over 23 billion streams worldwide and sold more than nine million adjusted albums globally. She has played sold out dates on five continents (including New York City’s Madison Square Garden), been nominated for a GRAMMY® and appeared on a wide variety of magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, NYLON, Forbes, Playboy and Billboard. Her 2015 debut album, BADLANDS, was certified Platinum by the RIAA within one year of its release. Halsey claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with 2017’s Platinum-certified hopeless fountain kingdom, which contained such hits as the 2x Platinum “Now or Never” and the 4x Platinum “Bad at Love.”


The success of “Without Me” has made Halsey the first and only female artist to have at least three songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for 50 weeks each. Rounding out the trio of songs are the 2x Platinum “Eastside,” her collaboration with Benny Blanco and Khalid, and The Chainsmokers’ 10x Platinum “Closer,” which she featured on. “Without Me” spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in early 2019, marking her first solo single to reach the top spot. It now ranks as the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit by a female artist of this century. She is the first artist to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Songs radio airplay chart. In March 2019, Halsey became the first artist in history to replace herself at No. 1 twice on the U.S. Pop Songs Airplay chart when “Without Me” returned to No. 1, bumping “Eastside” from the top spot. “Without Me” is the most-played song of 2019 at U.S. radio. She featured on BTS’ Platinum hit, “Boy With Luv,” and, more recently, alongside Future on “Die for Me,” a track from Post Malone’s new album.


Halsey continues to push creative boundaries, expanding her influence and impact beyond music. After making her film debut in the animated 2018 summer movie Teen Titans GO! as the voice of Wonder Woman, she was seen in A Star is Born, starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. She continues to use her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in, including disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health and the LGBTQ community. GLAAD honored her in 2018 as “Outstanding Music Artist.” She recently won the Hal David Starlight Award, presented by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, plus a VMA and two Teen Choice Awards.

 

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*Photo Credit: Aidan Cullen