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Jarry Lee Q×A

360 MAGAZINE was lucky enough to sit down with Jarry Lee, a model, actress, musician and influencer from the UK. Lee has over 700,000 followers on Instagram, 30,000 TikTok followers and more than 700,000 Spotify streams.

She has also been seen in VOGUE Italia, POPSUGAR, Mic, Elite Daily, NY Daily News, AM New York, Women Fitness Magazine, Cliché Magazine, The New York Times, Thrive Global and more. She will also be featured in two upcoming books, “Tell Her She Can’t” by Kelly Lewis and “The Little Things” by Oliver Charles.

Authority Magazine named her one of 2020’s “Inspirational Women in Hollywood” while StarCentral Magazine called Lee a “rising star to watch in 2020.” You can click right here to see everywhere she has been featured.

360: How did you find a creative outlet in journalism?

Jarry Lee: I’ve always loved writing (everything from poetry to screenplays), and it was my childhood dream to write professionally. I feel lucky that I was able to do so as a paid, full-time job and that I was able to pitch and take on stories I was personally interested in. Writing is a cathartic process for me.

360: What was the biggest hurdle transitioning from writing for BuzzFeed to being in front of the camera?

Jarry Lee: I didn’t have much prior experience beyond taking some acting classes in the past in school and performing in a playwriting festival in prep school that I wrote for, so I did dozens of test shoots with photographers to practice and learn my best angles and posing. Speaking on camera felt natural, but I had to learn how to pose more naturally.

360: How has your experience in telling stories as a journalist and analyzing stories as the Deputy Books Editor helped you to tell the stories of others as an actress and model?

Jarry Lee: It has definitely helped me with more easily imagining the inner lives and motivations of my characters. Every time I interviewed sources for an in-depth piece, I felt that I gained insight into how other people’s minds worked. When I was writing a feature about Instagram in 2017, for example, I interviewed over 30 individuals and a few businesses, and their stories were really fascinating and completely changed my understanding of how people interact with social media.

360: How has being an influencer and online personality changed through the pandemic?

Jarry Lee: There are almost no in-person events, so in that aspect it’s become less interactive, but there are also more people online since everyone’s bored indoors. I’ve adapted to become a lot more self-sufficient — I rarely work with outside photographers anymore and instead have learned to shoot myself. Earlier this year I bought professional lighting and photography equipment, and recently even purchased a green screen! I’ve really enjoyed honing my video production and editing skills this year. Maybe that’s one small silver lining to the pandemic.

360: What is your favorite platform for creating content and why?

Jarry Lee: I love Instagram for being so curated and aesthetic-focused, but Twitter is my favorite platform for sharing thoughts and seeing others’ (as well as for really silly memes). I originally joined Twitter in 2009, way before I joined Instagram (in 2013).

360: How does your time as a model help you as an actress?

Jarry Lee: I think acting helps more with modeling than vice versa, but becoming more comfortable on-camera as a model has definitely helped me act more naturally, as well. Both require drawing your inner emotions out, onto your facial expressions and how you hold yourself generally.

360: How do you use your platform and large reach to influence ideas and actions of your audience?

Jarry Lee: Three topics I try to bring more awareness to via my platform are: Asian representation in entertainment, bisexual/LGBTQ+ representation and anxiety/mental health. All three are still not spoken about enough, so I think it’s important to share my experiences with my audience. I still frequently receive messages about how I came out as bisexual on the Netflix show “Dating Around,” for example, and it has really resonated with some of my followers when I’ve shared my past experiences with panic attacks and anxiety. I try to show the behind-the-scenes of my entertainment career, in part because there were very few Asian public figures in the entertainment industry when I was growing up. I hope that my non-traditional career path inspires others to take a risk and pursue their passions.

You can learn more about Jarry Lee by clicking right here. You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and Spotify.

Bts illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine.

BTS – Be

Written by Thais Jacomassi 

Illustration by Kaelen Felix 

The wait is over. BTS’ fifth studio album, Be, is out now featuring the record-breaking, hit single “Dynamite.” This is the band’s second album release of 2020 – following their release of Map of the Soul: 7 in February — marking the latest comeback for their already historic career. While live concerts and events came to a halt and BTS’ Map of the Soul Tour was canceled due to the pandemic, the band took this opportunity to spur their creativity. The end result was a sentimental and thoughtful eight-track album, including a spoken skit, that reflected on what the past year has been like for them. 

As many sections in the US are entering a new state of crisis with rising Covid-19 cases, Be sends a reassuring message for fans to stay upbeat and hopeful with good-humored, singalongs to keep us afloat from the stress and fear that the pandemic has brought out of everyone. 

Be opens with the band’s newest single, “Life Goes On.” The song’s theme revolved around the pandemic which is made clear in its music video — directed by band member Jeon Jungkook — that features various shots of the members reminiscing on their lives prior to Covid-19 beginning with the line “One day the world stopped.” Despite its melancholic tone, the lyrics are sweet with the promise that one day life will return back to normal, but until then it is important to find positivity among other things. Watch/Listen to “Life Goes On” Here. 

Accompanying the single are more somber and vulnerable songs like “Blue & Grey” and “Fly To My Room” which explore the loneliness that many people have claimed to experience from the confinement of quarantine, especially in the beginning months of the pandemic. In an article by Time Magazine, public health experts stated that coronavirus has amplified the already rising problem of loneliness in the US and across the globe. These two songs not only demonstrate how these negative thoughts have been plaguing so many of us, but it also shows the close and understanding relationship between the band and its millions of fans worldwide. 

“Skit” is a spoken word interlude placed right in the middle of the album which was originally recorded at the same moment that the group was celebrating becoming the first all-Korean group to rise to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August with their single “Dynamite.” It serves as the perfect tool to transition the mood of the album from emotional to cheerful with songs like “Telepathy” and “Dis-ease.” 

Tracklist: 

  1. Life Goes On
  2. Fly To My Room 
  3. Blue & Grey 
  4. Skit 
  5. Telepathy 
  6. Dis-ease 
  7. Stay 
  8. Dynamite 

Listen to Be Here

Listen/Watch “Life Goes On” Here

Listen/Watch “Dynamite” Here

About BTS:

Otherwise known as Bangtan Boys, BTS is a South Korean boy band that was originally formed in 2010 but only debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. The seven members — RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook– co-write and co-produce their own music whose style ranges over a wide variety of genres including pop, R&B, hip-hop, and rap. 

BTS crossed borders into the global market by becoming the first Korean group to receive an RIAA for their single, “Mic Drop,” as well as the first Korean group to top the US Billboard 200 chart with their album, Love Yourself: Tear. Since then, they have continued to lead K-pop’s global phenomenon and break records by being the first all-South Korean group to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 with their single “Dynamite” and their remix of Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love.”

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About Big Hit Entertainment:

Big Hit Entertainment is a South Korean entertainment company that was founded on February 1, 2005, by Bang Si-hyuk. It currently manages idol groups like BTS and TXT and soloists like Lee Hyun. Big Hit Entertainment continues to make new innovations to the music industry business model and according to their website, “Big Hit strives to become the world’s best music-based entertainment lifestyle platform company.” 

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Shogun illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Shogun – Lalaland

Without missing a beat, Shogun wraps up the month with another lush, feel-good single under his belt. In “Lalaland”, Shogun steps out of his comfort zone as trance royalty to continue his exploration into the pop sphere.”Lalaland” is out now across all streaming platforms via Sony Music

Shogun is known to most for his unparalleled big-room trance productions. Seeking a challenge, he decided to try his hand at creating catchy, upbeat tracks that accomplish one goal: to get people dancing. “Lalaland” follows his early July release, “Fuck Up The Party“, which caught the eyes and ears of dance music fans worldwide and launched him into the dance-pop category. The California based DJ/producer is just getting started, as he prepares for a string of releases that touch upon his trance roots and pave the way for the next chapter in his musical biography. 

“Lalaland” boasts hypnotizing brassy synths and glistening radio-ready vocals with a hook that packs a punch. Never taking himself too seriously, the Asian American dance music mainstay hopes to make isolation a little less painful with his releases. An energetic dance cut from beginning to end, “Lalaland” is bound to snag a spot in numerous ‘Summer Anthems’ playlists across the board.

Shogun is a 4-time DJ Mag Top 100, International DJ and Producer. Shogun has headlined at all the major festivals worldwide, including Tomorrowland,TomorrowWorld, EDC, ULTRA, and A State Of Trance. He has produced for multiple Grammy-nominated and winning acts, and there hasn’t been a track of his that’s not landed in the Beatport and iTunes Top 10, all smashing the charts.

Shogun is the first Asian American on the internationally known Armada Record Label, and he is also signed to Blackhole, Sony, Universal, and CMC music. He has also been nominated twice for the World Music Award’s – World’s Best Electronic Dance Music Artist. With the DJ skills to rock the best clubs and festivals in the world, the future is already written for Shogun

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Octavia Spencer illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Octavia Spencer × Ruderman Family Foundation

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer today joined the Ruderman Family Foundation in calling on the entertainment industry to increase the casting of people with disabilities, including in on-screen roles that portray characters with disabilities.

“Casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive, unjust, and deprives an entire community of people from opportunities,” Octavia Spencer says in a new public service announcement with the Ruderman Family Foundation

Appearing in a newly released public service announcement, Spencer recounts Hollywood’s long history of inauthentic representation and exclusion of marginalized populations — from men playing women until 1660; to white actors playing Black, Asian, and Native American characters; to LGBTQ stories getting left out of film and television until the last two decades.

“All of these communities of people had to endure not only their stories being told inauthentically, but also seeing themselves portrayed inauthentically,” says Spencer in a message filmed for the Ruderman Family Foundation. “But nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation. That’s why it’s imperative that we cast the appropriate actor for the appropriate role, and that means people with disabilities as well. Casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive, unjust, and deprives an entire community of people from opportunities.”

She continues, “I am joining with the Ruderman Family Foundation to call on the entertainment industry to increase casting of people with disabilities. There is no reason that we should continue to repeat the same mistakes of the past. Together, we should and can do better.”

Spencer’s call amplifies the Foundation’s series of initiatives to foster greater inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Last December, the organization circulated an open letter calling on studio, production, and network executives to pledge to create more opportunities for people with disabilities, and to make more inclusive casting decisions. Among those who signed the pledge were Oscar winners George Clooney and Joaquin Phoenix, Oscar nominees Ed Norton, Bryan Cranston and Mark Ruffalo, Golden Globe winner Glenn Close, Oscar-winning director Peter Farrelly, accomplished actress Eva Longoria, and acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Farrelly.

A separate Foundation-initiated pledge to commit to auditioning more actors with disabilities was signed by CBS, while the BBC pledged to implement more authentic and distinctive representation of people with disabilities on screen. The Foundation also released a white paper showing that half of U.S. households want accurate portrayals of characters with disabilities, and despite that only 22% of characters with disabilities are authentically portrayed on television.

“As an Oscar-winning actor, Octavia Spencer embodies Hollywood’s vast potential to serve as a powerful catalyst for positive social change if studio, production, and network executives commit to more inclusive and authentic representation,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “We are gratified that Ms. Spencer has joined our call and we look forward to have other actors and actresses, filmmakers, producers and studios continue to create unprecedented momentum that brings about greater casting of people with disabilities.”

To view Octavia Spencer’s video message in full, please see here.

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DYU S2 E-Bike

Good news to DYU fans, the upgraded DYU S2 is coming soon. DYU S1 is famous for its beautiful appearance &15kg lightweight that can be lifted up by an arm easily. And DYU S2 electric bike continues the style of S1 meanwhile making it more powerful. 

So what are the advantages of DYU S2? First, DYU S2 comes with a powerful 10AH large capacity + 18650 lithium battery, it ensures a 40 km mileage. Second, the high-speed brushless motor is upgraded to 350W from 250W. Third, APP free just like cars. Use a remote key to start, stop, or lock the bike conveniently. Moreover, it comes with adjustable seats for different height, built-in suspension system for comfortable riding experience, front and rear dual disc brakes for safe travel, LED headlights and brake tail lights for reassuring riding at night. In conclusion, DYU S2 will be a perfect travel tool for your daily life. 

Maintenance tips to charge your DYU electric bike the right way in summer. Do not expose batteries to the sunshine If the battery is charged in the sun, the high temperature and the temperature rise during charging will cause the surface temperature of the battery to be very high, and the battery protective case may be hot, which may cause battery damage. Therefore, when we charge electric bikes, we must put them in a cool, ventilated place to prevent high-temperature environments. Avoid hidden dangers In the summer, many folks choose to charge the e-bike the whole night for convenience, which is very dangerous. Because the temperature in summer is relatively high, the temperature of the electric bike will increase during charging, and this charging time is too long, which will damage the battery and may affect the life of the battery. 

The correct approach is: Regardless of whether the charger is turned on or off, the charging time is controlled within 8 hours. Use the original charger because different types of batteries match different chargers. Mixed use in summer can easily cause a short circuit or insufficient charging, thereby damaging battery life and affecting travel. Therefore, the correct choice is to use the original charger, which extends the battery life while safely charging.

The F-wheel & DYU project was launched in 2012. F-wheel company is a high-tech enterprise made up by former staff from well-known international enterprises like Huawei, Baidu, Mindray etc, represented by Liu Shasha, the China billiards champion and was specially reported by CCTV1 News Broadcast, one of the most famous news media in the world. DYU Ebike and e scooter brand is the most important brand created by F-wheel. This project targets on the researching and marketing of intelligent commuting vehicle products, like smart city short trip self-balancing scooter and travel robots. Its products have several main conceptions like fashionable, portable and environmentally friendly. Its top-selling products include F-wheel series somatosensory vehicles and DYU mini E-bike series. F-wheel products have won nearly 40 domestic & international patents and awards so far and exported to more than 50 countries, receiving around 20 million RMB of the capital investment from famous investment institutions. And now its valuation has exceeded 100 Million RMB. F-Wheel strives to build an intelligent short-distance travel ecosystem in 5 years and enter the GEM IPO market with the value exceeding 5 billion RMB. 

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Jhene Aiko – CHILOMBO

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JHENÉ RELEASES A VISUAL FOR HER TRACK “MAGIC HOUR” 

WATCH MAGIC HOUR VISUAL HERE

Jhene Aiko’s CHILOMBO debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B album charts with the biggest debut from a female R&B artist since Beyonce’s Lemonade.  The biggest R&B album of 2020 finds new life with a deluxe version dropping 5/22. CHILOMBO proclaims the artist’s full name, Jhené Aiko Efuru CHILOMBO, as it celebrates her coming into her own personal power.  The initial jam sessions where she freestyled the lyrics to each song, took place on The Big Island of Hawaii where Jhené’s great grandmother was born. Jhené was inspired by the beauty and power of the island’s volcanoes, having visited throughout the years. Chilombo means wild beast. The volcano is symbolic of the beautiful, yet powerful beast. Jhené Aiko is Chilombo. In contrast to her 2017 album, Trip, which intricately detailed the process of grieving, CHILOMBO finds Jhené embracing her strength and power, and coming into her confidence as a woman, a creator and a healer. She has always embraced magic in her particular brand of soulful, trippy, ethereal R&B, but now on CHILOMBO she has taken it all to another level.

About Jhené Aiko:
Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko was already more than a decade deep in the music game when she arrived at Def Jam in 2011; having been featured on singles, albums and mix tapes by A-listers Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Big Sean, Logic, J. Cole, Drake, and many more.  Jhené made history when Sail Out, her phenomenal #1 debut EP of 2013, became the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history.  The EP’s success was propelled by her sizzling BET Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated #1 platinum crossover hit “The Worst” (over 117 million combined YouTube views to date). The EP also included “Bed Peace” featur­ing Childish Gambino (over 37 million combined YouTube views); “3:16am” (over 14 million combined YouTube views); plus collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. The momentum kept up when Jhené joined Drake on his 39-city North American Would You Like A Tour?  She appeared with him on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which led to her own solo dates on ConanThe Late Show with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Jhené’s brilliant debut album of 2014, Souled Out entered the Soundscan R&B chart at #1, containing “The Pressure,” described by Billboard as “an otherworldly neck-snapper” (over 14 million YouTube views to date). The release of Souled Out was celebrated on NBC’s The Today Show.  In 2016, Jhené collaborated with fellow multi-platinum Def Jam superstar Big Sean on their debut duo project, TWENTY88. The duo made their tv debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Jhené’s critically hailed second album, Trip, was released September 2017, entering the Soundscan R&B chart at #1.  Her third album, CHILOMBO (March 2020) acknowledged her full name, Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, and contained the singles “Triggered” (RIAA platinum), “None Of Your Concern,” “Pu$$y Fairy (OTW),” “Happi­ness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” (featuring Future, Miguel), and “B.S.” (featuring H.E.R.).
 

NCT 127 – KICK IT

Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 released the remix bundle iScreaM Vol. 1: ‘Kick It’ Remixes, featuring three remixes of their recent single “Kick It,” via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd.’s EDM label ScreaM Records with Capitol Music Group/ Caroline. 

Available HERE, the remix bundle showcases different perspectives on “Kick It”—whose music video, praised by Billboard as “fierce, inspirational,” has over 43 million views on YouTube alone—from critically acclaimed DJs Valentino Khan, MINIMONSTER, and Hitchhiker. “The original was so catchy and full of energy. I wanted to inject some trap and bass to turn it into a full-on banger,” said DJ Valentino Khan about the project – listen to his remix HERE

The lead single from their recently-released The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone,’ “Kick It” is the first song chosen for a new monthly series called iScreaM, which will feature remixed versions of singles from SM’s artists. This collection of “Kick It” remixes kicks off, fittingly, a project that will highlight the diverse personalities of both domestic and foreign DJs and producers. The entire series will be released via ScreaM Records, which was launched in 2016 as a sub-label of SM Entertainment specialized in the EDM genre. 

According to Forbes, the varied elements of “Kick It” make it “undoubtedly the most impactful” song from The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone.’  MTV News hailed the single as “an in-your-face banger,” and Consequence of Sound praised the track’s “melodic, buttery vocals” and “hard-hitting rap verses,” noting as well its “many genre twists and turns.” 

The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone’ debuted on March 6 at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and quickly made its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Albums chart and the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart. “Kick It” stands out among an album “…full of tracks that showcase NCT 127’s diverse skillset, shining a spotlight on each of the members’ artistic strengths as performers and songwriters,” according to Billboard. “Neo Zone is NCT 127 at its best. It checks off all the boxes,” said Consequence of Sound. 

Coming up next, NCT 127 will release The 2nd Album Repackage ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round,’ a deluxe repackage of Neo Zone, featuring 4 new tracks—including their upcoming single “Punch”—alongside the album’s original 13. Physical albums will be released June 12 in the U.S. via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. with Capitol Music Group/ Caroline. The album will be available digitally on May 19 worldwide. Fans can pre-order the physical deluxe repackage HERE ahead of the release. 

NCT 127 will also perform a livestreamed concert on May 16 at 11 pm PT via Beyond LIVE, the world’s first online exclusive concert series from SM Entertainment and Naver. Following the group’s completely sold-out 2019 arena tour, viewers can look forward to an outstanding performance showcasing unparalleled camera work, AR technology, 3D graphics augmented in real-time, and a variety of virtual, colorful backdrops. 

(Photo courtesy of SM ENTERTAINMENT)

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Shawn Wasabi – Animal Crossing

LISTEN: Shawn Wasabi Releases Video Game-Inspired “ANIMAL CROSSING” Track In Celebration of Nintendo Switch ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Launch

Featuring Lauded Pop and R&B Artist Sophia Black

Listen to “ANIMAL CROSSING” HERE

Check out the “ANIMAL CROSSING” Visualizer HERE

As a life-long video game enthusiast and master-controllerist, Shawn Wasabi’s newest track “ANIMAL CROSSING” is inspired by the interactive Nintendo game of the same name. Featuring pop-infused vocals from hit-maker Sophia Black, the track arrives uncoincidentally on the same day as the debut of ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ for Nintendo Switch. 

http://shawnwasabi.lnk.to/ANIMALCROSSING“ANIMAL CROSSING” is a rush of sweet melodies and infectious hooks, transporting listeners into the idyllic paradise that awaits in the game. Incorporating 8-bit sound effects and lyrics that reference in-game relics like, ‘peaches by the pool,’ it’s the perfect soundtrack for any gamer to build their tropical island escape. Whether fans are familiar with the game or not, the sentimental nature of “ANIMAL CROSSING” makes it the love song we all need right now. 
Listen to “ANIMAL CROSSING” here.

“ANIMAL CROSSING” drops just a week after Shawn’s latest original tune “HOME RUN,” a flavorful food-inspired collaboration with Raychel Jay, Hollis and Brandon Colbein. Reminiscent of his prior singles like “SNACK” and “MARBLE TEA,” it’s an appetizing blend of Shawn’s expert electronic production and Facet House co-founder Justin Tranter’s polished pop touch. Listen to “HOME RUN,” here

Last month, Shawn created a Midi-Fighter version of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” from his own bathroom. The video immediately took off on TikTok, reaching 500k views on the first day. Within 24 hours, former World of Dance competitor & current TikTok sensation BDash discovered the video and used the beat to kick off a dance challenge on the platform. From Twitch to Jessica Alba, it wasn’t long before the impromptu bathroom beat hit the radar of some of the internet’s most influential personalities. Watch here.

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WENGIE × EILL

POP STAR WENGIE RETURNS WITH A VIBRANT REMAKE OF “TALK TALK” AND DRIVES FANS WILD WITH HER REVAMPED MUSIC VIDEO

Teams up with J-pop artist eill
Just when you thought you couldn’t love a song any more, YouTube sensation turned music artist Wengie revives her K-pop bop “Talk Talk” featuring J-pop artist eill with a colorful music video. The new and improved single will make fans dance like nobody’s watching between the vivacious beats and vibrant background in the music video. This version of the music video is completely new and reshot fully on location in Japan featuring a lively aesthetic that sparks a mystical take between the two artists.
 

eill has an increasing influence in the J-pop world collaborating on the song “721” with Korean hip-hop artists Rheehab and Ocean. Rolling Stone Japan magazine picked eill as “the top 20 artists to pay attention to internationally and domestically”.  She released her debut album “SPOTLIGHT” last month to rave reviews and her music has been on a rotation at more than 30 different radio stations across Japan since the release. The recent music video was also featured and played on “POWER PUSH” by Space Shower TV and “Recommend”  by M-ON! With outstanding feedback, the hit reached number 1 for two weeks in a row on the All Japan Radio On-Air chart. eill also participated as a composer/lyricist in a popular Korean girl’s group EXID’s 2nd single with Taku Takahashi (m-flo).
 

David Amber, the songwriter and producer for global superstars like TWICE, SF9 and NCT, who originally wrote “Talk Talk” makes a cameo in the new music video showcasing his guitar skills.
 

Wengie: “I loved J-pop music when I was younger so to be able to collaborate with such a talented Japanese artist named eill was such an experience she really added a unique twist to ‘Talk Talk’ that I was surprised with and loved! She’s so cute and fun, just really down to earth and having David be part of the music video was really the icing on the cake.”
 

eill: “Working with Wengie felt so surreal. She is so wholehearted and does everything with passion. There are not enough people like her in the world. She is a great artist and really loves her fans.”
 

Creating a channel back in 2010, Wengie has amassed a loyal YouTube following of over 19 million subscribers across her channels, over 25 million combined followers among all social channels and over 2.1 billion views total on YouTube. Since then, she has released seven singles and music videos, each of which have seen huge success and she will continue releasing new music this summer.
 
ABOUT WENGIE

As one of the most influential YouTube stars and personalities, Wengie’s unique ability to deliver vibrant, informative, and highly-relatable content (including her wildly popular life “hacks” series) to a global audience—with signature quirk and humor—keeps her zealous ‘Wengiecorns’ wanting more. This unparalleled closeness and trust with her fans has cemented Wengie’s power as a leading content collaborator for both high-profile and emerging brands. Wengie has leveraged her prominence on YouTube to tackle other creative realms—she recorded her first music album in China in 2017 and is the voice of the fourth “Powerpuff Girl” on the Cartoon Network. With Wengie’s single ‘Oh I Do’, hitting #5 on the Honggebang charts in China, her music career continues to blossom with each music release skyrocketing to the top of international music charts. She has accumulated over 26 million views on YouTube with her first three releases of “Oh I Do,” “Cake,” and “Déjà vu,” which continues to grow daily. Following those, Wengie dropped her holiday anthem “Ugly Christmas Sweater” song, which hit the #1 spot on YouTube’s trending list and garnered nearly two million views in its first day, and 8.8 million to date. Wengie’s first collaboration “Mr. Nice Guy” features Filipino star musician Iñigo Pascual, which reached #1 on the OPM Top 10 Chart in the Philippines! Wengie’s single “Empire” featuring k-pop superstar Minnie of (G)I-DLE debuted at number 22 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart week of November 2, 2019. Wengie’s music channel “Wengie Music” has over 75 million total views (as of December 2019). For the majority of her life, she has had multicultural musical taste, listening to mainly J-pop, C-pop, and K-pop. Wengie’s main goal in music is to create fun music that is “East meets West” / K-Pop-fused-with-American-pop, which is essentially all the things she loves. Her musical influences include BLACKPINK, TWICE, ITZY, HyunA, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Wengie is managed by RARE Global, music by Asian Agent, and her agency is UTA.

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Miyagi Prefecture

From its dramatic coastline cliffs to its picturesque mountain ranges, Japan’s lesser-known Miyagi Prefecture boasts some of the country’s best terrain and natural environments for adventure travel and fitness aficionados.

As the cherry blossoms begin to bloom across Japan this spring, Miyagi will get ready to host two of the biggest marathons in the country. The Tohoku Food Marathon in Tome City is one of the biggest events in the region with hundreds of participants, including many from overseas. Inspired by France’s whimsical Marathon du Medoc, the multifaceted event features participants in costumes from their favorite shows and video games. The marathon events begin on April 25, 2020 with a relay marathon, followed by a full marathon, half marathon and several smaller races for teenagers and children on the April 26, 2020. Multiple food festivals are held in conjunction with the races, allowing runners and spectators to sample regional delicacies including over a hundred varieties of sake.
For those looking for more of a challenge, the Sendai International Half Marathon will be held in Miyagi’s capital on May 10, 2020. The annual marathon hosts over 10,000 runners from around the world. The route begins in Kohshin Rubber Athlete Park, traversing the city’s parks, lush avenues and stadiums. The race has several divisions, including 5K and 2K races, and is accessible to those in wheelchairs.

From the big cities to the picturesque landscapes of mountains and forests, Miyagi’s title as the “Land of Contrasts” comes from the prefecture’s incredibly varied environments. One of the best way to experience its diversity is by hiking the Michinoku Coast Trail, one of Japan’s longest hiking trails. This 560-plus-mile trek runs from Fukushima to the Aomori Prefecture, passing through four of Miyagi’s inner regions. The most sought-after hiking location is the Northern Kesennuma Section on the Sanriku Coast, which features a scenic rocky coastline and the Ogama Hanzo Monolith and Dairiseki Coast, a shore composed of natural marble. 

Along the trail, hikers can take a break at Matsushima Bay, one of the great views of Japan, and paraglide along the bay’s iconic islands. At Shobutahama Beach, Takeshige Yamaya, a three-time paragliding national champion, offers tandem paragliding experiences. These experiences last around twenty minutes and offer incredible bird’s eye views of Matsushima Bay and, at higher heights, the city of Sendai and Mount Zao.

While the Michinoku Coast Trail and Matsushima Bay provide the best views along the coast, the Zao Hill Climb Eco event on May 24, 2020 is one of the best ways to see Mount Zao. Every spring, Miyagi Prefecture hosts this mountain biking tournament on two of Mount Zao’s roads: the Zao Echo Line and the Zao High Line. The challenging courses reach an altitude of 43,000 feet and a total length of 11.6 miles, starting from green terrain and ending at the snowy mountaintop. While many participants race, others go at their own pace to admire the incredible landscapes of Miyagi, including a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and the Asahi Mountain Range (only accessible from the peak).

North of Mount Zao, the Onikobe Ski Resort offers the best ski runs with a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes and boasts the longest ungroomed powder run in Miyagi. Skiers can also hit the slopes after dark, as night skiing is offered on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Many of the lodges feature on-site onsens – a cozy way to unwind after an eventful day of skiing.

For more information on Miyagi, please visit http://www.visitmiyagi.com