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Taylor Swift × Red (Taylor’s Version)

Following the long-awaited release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift has yet again made history in the music industry. The ultimate version of her 2012 classic, Red (Taylor’s Version) has become Taylor’s 10th album to move over one million album equivalents during its release week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) consists of an astounding 30 songs, including nine unreleased tracks – “Better Man (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], “Babe (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Message in a Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton], “Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Run (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Ed Sheeran], “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” and “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [10 Minute Version].

Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted at #1 in the U.S. and marked the biggest album sales debut in the U.S. with 39k units, and the highest first week sales of any female artist in 2021. Total consumption reached an astonishing 605k units.

Taylor has become the only artist to successfully debut atop the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for a third time, and in less than 16 months. The new version of “All Too Well” celebrates Taylor’s fourth #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. “All Too Well” also became the longest song to enter and reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After going live, Red (Taylor’s Version) surpassed Spotify’s biggest opening day streams of all-time for a female with over 90 million streams, a record earlier held by Taylor herself. Red (Taylor’s Version) is Taylor’s fifth successive album to surpass 50 million Spotify streams in only 24 hours. The album has accomplished the greatest streaming week of 2021 for an album by a female artist, surpassing 300 million streams.

The album has also attained the leading vinyl album sales week since tracking first began in 1991. Red (Taylor’s Version) topped the past record that was also set by Taylor in 2021 with Evermore. With the release of this album, Taylor has also now locked in the record for fastest accumulation of four #1 albums by a solo artist in history.

To celebrate the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor wrote and directed the short film All Too Well The Short Film, inspired by the 10-minute-plus song of the same name. The 13-minute film stars Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Swift.

Taylor continued to launch a full-scale television takeover appearing on an array of shows. Taylor performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (watch HERE), Late Night With Seth Meyers (watch HERE), Good Morning America (watch HERE) and Saturday Night Live (watch HERE) with a performance of the 10 minute version of “All Too Well.”

Festivity revolving the release continued with the release of the official music video for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton]. The filmic release was directed and co-written by Blake Lively and stars actor Miles Teller and Taylor (watch HERE).

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LIL WAYNE & RICH THE KID RELEASE “TRUST FUND” MUSIC VIDEO 

ACCLAIMED COLLABORATIVE MIXTAPE TRUST FUND BABIES AVAILABLE ON CD IN INDIE RETAILERS NOVEMBER 26 AS RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE 

Today, the most dynamic new duo in the game Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid reveal the music video for “Trust Fund. It stands out as the latest single from their collaborative mixtape, Trust Fund Babies, out now via Young Money Records/Republic Records.

In the visual directed by Mooch [Iann Dior, Trippie Redd], Wayne and Rich The Kid take over a skate park. As halfpipe shredding moves abound, they trade head-turning and hypnotic bars with the airtight chemistry of lifelong friends. The clip jumps between footage of them superimposed on mini-bodies and video game avatars as the frenetic action never stops. 

It’s everything you’d hope for from this pair and more!

Next up, Trust Fund Babies will receive a limited physical CD release at independent record stores nationwide as part of Record Store Day 2021 on Black Friday November 26.

Meanwhile, Wayne continues to hold down the game. This fall, he released Tha Carter IV (Complete Edition) on streaming platforms in celebration of the critically acclaimed album’s 10th anniversary. Plus, he has shared a series of captivating visualizers for classic tracks, including “She Will” [feat. Drake], “Blunt Blowin,” “President Carter,” and “Nightmares of the Bottom.” Not to mention, he broke TikTok with his very first post for “Feelin’ Like Tunechi.

He recently unveiled “Tha Carter Singles Collection” 7” vinyl box set, featuring 19 of Wayne’s biggest “Tha Carter” series hits on 45 for the first time ever. To commemorate the launch, Wayne dropped the unreleased Tha Carter III era track “Ya Dig on streaming services via Young Money Records/Republic Records/UMe. The box set comes complete with liner notes and a booklet of rare photos. 

Wayne also launched the specialty Tha Carter IV Topps trading cards – making him the first rapper to have his own trading card collection.

Occupying rarified air, he now has the “3rd most Billboard Hot 100 hits of all time” with 175 entries, as reported by Forbes. Lighting up one banger after another, he joined Drake for “You Only Live Twice” with Rick Ross from the biggest-selling blockbuster album of the year, Certified Lover Boy, and appeared on “The Ritual” with Conway The Machine from AZ’s critically acclaimed Doe or Die II.

Be on the lookout for a whole lot more soon.

ABOUT LIL WAYNE:

Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time, tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100, logging a staggering 109 entries. With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history. Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5. It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length and fifth #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

ABOUT RICH THE KID:

Multiplatinum rap superstar Rich The Kid continues to deliver bold and blunt bangers propelled by razor sharp rhymes, clever ad-libs, and hypnotically hard-hitting hooks. The Atlanta phenomenon has landed two top five albums on the Billboard Top 200 with the platinum The World Is Yours [2018] and The World Is Yours 2 [2019]. Piling up platinum plaques and billions of streams and views, his catalog boasts fan favorites such as the double-platinum “b” [feat. Kendrick Lamar], triple-platinum “Plug Walk,” platinum “Talk To Me” with Tory Lanez, and platinum “Splashin.” He dropped his third album Boss Man in 2020 to widespread critical acclaim. As an entrepreneur, he has also broken other artists under his own Rich Forever Music, including Famous Dex and Jay Critch, to name a few. He kicks off his biggest chapter yet, teaming up with Lil Wayne on the 2021 single “Feelin’ Like Tunechi” and more to come.

DOJA CAT – ANOTHER FIRST

Global superstar Doja Cat snags another “first” – this time becoming the first rapper to have 3 records in the Top 10 at Top 40 radio this week. She also becomes the 2nd artist ever to achieve this Top 10 trifecta. “You Right” ft. The Weeknd lands at #6, followed by her unstoppable smash “Kiss Me More” ft. SZA at #7 and “Need To Know” breaks in at #10. This historic feat is unprecedented for a rapper and is just the latest in a string of massive accomplishments for Doja since Planet Her exploded into the world in June.

Doja Cat was recently celebrated for her star turning hosting debut and breathtaking performance at the MTV VMA’s followed by her incredible ACL debut.

About Doja Cat:

3-time GRAMMY nominee Doja Cat made her first upload to Soundcloud in 2013 at just 16-years-old. Having grown up in and around the LA area, 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 Kemosabe/RCA in 2014, she released her Purrr! EP and followed that with her debut album Amala in spring 2018but it was her August 2018 release of “Mooo!” which catapulted her into the mainstream and was met with critical acclaim.

Doja Cat released her sophomore album Hot Pink in November 2019 to mass critical acclaim, the album was a platinum success with over 14.5 billion streams worldwide. Hot Pink features “Juicy” which hit #1 at Rhythm radio, “Say So” her Grammy nominated #1 smash record and “Streets”, the viral sensation that soundtracked the ‘Silhouette Challenge,’ one of the biggest TikTok trends to date.

The success of “Say So” which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been RIAA certified 4x platinum and streamed over 6.7 billion times catapulted Doja into global superstardom. She has taken home the Best New Artist Award at the MTV VMAs, the MTV EMAs, the AMAs (where she also won the Best Female Soul/R&B Artist Award) and the iHeart Radio Awards. She has been nominated for countless awards including 3 GRAMMY Awards, 9 MTV VMA Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 2 BET Awards, and 2 People’s Choice Awards.  

Doja’s creativity and showmanship as a performer have been praised time and time again, she has delivered unique and show stopping performances on nearly all the major Award Show stages including the GRAMMY Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Awards, the iHeart Radio Awards and the MTV VMA and EMA Awards. Her last tour sold out in 10 minutes and she has played numerous festivals including Rap Caviar Live Miami, Posty Fest, Day n Vegas and Rolling Loud LA.

Doja Cat’s new album Planet Her came out in June 2021 and dominated the charts, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking Doja Cat’s career best and highest debut to date with 109K in total activity in the US alone. Spanning a range of genres Planet Her also generated the highest first day Spotify streams for an album by a female rapper, was the top Pop album upon release based on consumption according to MRC data, and marks both the biggest debut for female rapper and the top female R&B debut of 2021. “Kiss Me More” ft. SZA, the lead single off Planet Her is certified platinum by the RIAA and hit #1 at Top 40 and Rhythm radio with over 2.8 billion streams worldwide.

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Tom Walker × Masked Wolf – Something Beautiful

Today, Brit Award-winning singer/songwriter Tom Walker releases his first new music in two years with “Something Beautiful,” a rousing, heartfelt collaboration with chart-busting Australian rapper Masked Wolf. Listen here via Epic Records/Relentless. The biggest selling UK signed artist of 2019 is currently at work on his sophomore album.

Acoustic driven and flanked by a huge trap beat, the song was written by Tom, Masked Wolf & Steve Mac. It was also produced by Mac, who has collaborated with Tom throughout his career. Kicking off with Masked Wolf, Tom’s instantly recognizable voice soon enters the arena in fine form, to create a special standout moment on this exciting new release.

“I’d already been working on the song when I heard ‘Astronaut In The Ocean’ and we asked Masked Wolf if he would have a go,” explains Tom. “He sent back a verse after a few hours and it was exactly what the song needed. I’d been going around the houses on different verses, never landing the right thing, but as soon as we added Masked Wolf into the mix, the song just worked! It’s about being super grateful for what you do have. Finding ‘Something Beautiful’ in the dark times.”

Masked Wolf adds; “When I heard the song, I thought what in God’s name is this?! There was so much emotion, it gave me goosebumps – I had to jump on it straight away. I felt there was a connection with Tom’s lyrics because I love talking about emotions and topics that matter.”

Masked Wolf‘s fame grew exponentially last year with the re-release of his track “Astronaut in the Ocean.” The song quickly accrued more than 75 million streams in under a month, eventually peaking at number four in Australia and reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tom, whose global streams have passed two billion, was the biggest selling UK signed artist of 2019 and is now working on new material. Expect a new album next year. 360 Magazine is excited to do coverage on international artists.

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Lil Wayne × Rich the Kid – Trust Fund Babies

Ready to shake up the game with a blockbuster alliance, Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid join forces for the collaborative mixtape, Trust Fund Babies, arriving today via Young Money Records/Republic Records. Stream HERE.

To introduce the project, they served up a new joint single and video entitled “Feelin’ Like Tunechi.” Listen to “Feelin’ Like Tunechi”—HERE.  Watch the music video for “Feelin’ Like Tunechi”—HERE.

On the track, bass bumps beneath a dreamy loop. Rich the Kid comes through with a chantable chorus while Lil Wayne pulls up with a woozy and warbling melodic verse. Building on the momentum from previous collaborations such as “End of Discussion” on Rich the Kid’s chart-topping The World Is Yours, this latest banger illuminates their ironclad and inimitable chemistry together.

Stay tuned for more from Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid as Trust Fund Babies season begins. Check out the full tracklisting below.

The mixtape follows the release of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (Complete Edition) on streaming platforms in celebration of the critically acclaimed album’s 10th anniversary. Wayne also launched the specialty Tha Carter IV Topps trading cards – making him the first rapper to have his own trading card collection.

Get ready to feel like Tunechi…

Tracklist

  1. Feelin’ Like Tunechi
  2. Headlock
  3. Trust Fund
  4. Admit It
  5. Shh
  6. Big Boss
  7. Still
  8. Bleedin’
  9. Buzzin’ (with YG)
  10. Yeah Yeah

About Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time,” tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100,” logging a staggering 109 entries. With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history.” Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5.” It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length and fifth #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.

About Rich the Kid

Multi-platinum rap superstar Rich The Kid continues to deliver bold and blunt bangers propelled by razor sharp rhymes, clever ad-libs, and hypnotically hard-hitting hooks. The Atlanta phenomenon has landed two top five albums on the Billboard Top 200 with the platinum The World Is Yours [2018] and The World Is Yours 2 [2019]. Piling up platinum plaques and billions of streams and views, his catalog boasts fan favorites such as the double-platinum “b” [feat. Kendrick Lamar], triple-platinum “Plug Walk,” platinum “Talk To Me” with Tory Lanez, and platinum “Splashin.” He dropped his third album Boss Man in 2020 to widespread critical acclaim. As an entrepreneur, he has also broken other artists under his own Rich Forever Music, including Famous Dex and Jay Critch, to name a few. He kicks off his biggest chapter yet, teaming up with Lil Wayne on the 2021 single “Feelin’ Like Tunechi” and more to come.

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BTS × LOUIS VUITTON

BTS Generates Millions of Impressions for New Louis Vuitton Collection, K-Pop Stars Have Become Fashion’s Most Powerful Influencers

Louis Vuitton’s new partnership with K-Pop superstars BTS proves the band has a monumental impact on every brand they touch. Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Ablog surprised the world this morning with the release of a spin-off fashion walk film named “Hope,” dedicated to his fall/winter 2021 menswear collection modeled by the world’s biggest boyband. Earlier this year, BTS became LV house ambassadors and have been advocating for the monogrammed pieces ever since.

The film marks their first big showcase for the brand. Directed by Jeon Gowoon and Park Syeyoung, each member presents a new look designed by Abloh as they navigate through an industrial space filled with Vuitton models, and a seemingly endless maze of staircases. Because this is their first official high-fashion collaboration (previously only with athletic brands such as Puma and Fila), the BTS fanbase ARMY was absolutely geeking out on Twitter.

Thanks to their appearance in Louis Vuitton’s #LVMenFW21 fashion show in Seoul, where members of the group modelled the new collection, social media posts featuring BTS accounted for 9 of the top 10 most engaged fashion-related posts in the past week. BTS-related LV posts generated 5M interactions for the brand in just 7 days, compared to less than 400K mentions for all non-BTS mentions of LV in the same period.

Not to mention, with their ever-growing popularity; BTS bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at #1 with their new single “Permission to Dance.” The boyband supplants itself at the top spot, as their previous single “Butter” falls to #7 after seven consecutive weeks at #1.

The dominant influence of K-Pop is just one of many surprising trends that has changed the way consumers engage with fashion and beauty brands over the past year. The latest Fashion & Beauty Industry Report from consumer intelligence platform, Talkwalker, reveals how apparel and cosmetics brands are adapting to the latest changes in post-pandemic consumer behavior, from the rise of athleisure culture to the resilience of makeup tutorials as a content cornerstone even during the work-from-home era.

Whether people are working from home or in the office, how they look and feel remains a consistent topic of online conversation. What’s changed is who people look to for their sense of style and self,” said Todd Grossman, CEO of Talkwalker Americas. “K-Pop stars like BTS have shown a tremendous ability to excite fans to engage with brands on a seismic level, bringing far more attention to a legacy brand than it could otherwise generate on its own.

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Billie Eilish – NDA

Billie Eilish releases hair-raising, self-directed music video for her new song, NDA, from her upcoming album, Happier than Ever.

Billie Eilish has shared the official music video and her latest single NDA. Taken from her highly anticipated sophomore studio album Happier Than Ever – out worldwide on July 30 via Darkroom/Interscope Records – the track teases a darker side to her forthcoming full-length, and comes with a hair-raising, self-directed music video. In true Billie Eilish dare-devilish fashion, the video features Billie herself, and 25 professional (extremely rehearsed) stunt drivers, weaving at full-speed around Billie at night. The video was shot in one take, and used no stunt doubles or VFX for the cars. 

The seven-time GRAMMY® Award winning artist and songwriter has also confirmed she will be continuing her work with sustainability partner REVERB for her sold out 2022 tour, Happier Than Ever, The World Tour. The fan-facing Billie Eilish Action Village will be at each show and will focus on climate action and climate justice, hosting and supporting BIPOC and women-led environmental organizations as well as a comprehensive program via REVERB’s forthcoming Music Climate Revolution campaign. In addition to reducing the tour’s environmental footprint, the initiative will support projects that directly and measurably eliminate greenhouse gases. These collective efforts will make the tour Climate Positive; eliminating significantly more emissions than the tour creates.

2021 has already been quite the year for 19-year-old Eilish whose single Your Power debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, logging more than 150 Million streams in the first two weeks of release. Earlier this year, she took home two additional GRAMMY Awards; Record of the Year for everything i wanted, and Best Song Written For Visual Media for her James Bond song No Time To Die. In February, her groundbreaking documentary film, The World’s A Little Blurry — directed by R.J. Cutler — saw its Apple TV+ global release and received critical praise worldwide. Earlier this month, Billie Eilish made her book debut with BILLIE EILISH, a stunning visual narrative journey through her life. Published by Grand Central Publishing (GCP), the book features hundreds of never-before-seen photos, and captures the essence of Billie inside and out, offering readers personal glimpses into her childhood, her life on tour, and more. 

ABOUT BILLIE EILISH

As Billie Eilish prepares for the July 30th, 2021 release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Happier Than Ever, the 19-year-old Los Angeles native remains one of the biggest stars to emerge in the 21st century. Since the release of her debut single ocean eyes in 2015, Eilish continues to shatter the ceiling of music with her genre-defying sound. Fast forward from her humble breakout, her album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S as well as 17 additional countries around the world upon release in 2019, and was the most streamed album of that year. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was written, produced and recorded entirely by Billie Eilish and brother FINNEAS in their childhood home of Los Angeles. Billie Eilish went on to make history as the youngest artist to receive nominations and win in all the major categories at the 62nd GRAMMY® Awards, receiving an award for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Billie Eilish is also the youngest artist to write and record an official James Bond theme song, No Time To Die. Most recently, Billie Eilish was nominated for four additional awards at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2021, and took home both Record of the Year for everything i wanted, and Best Song Written For Visual Media for No Time To Die. Billie Eilish’s forthcoming album Happier Than Ever was written by Billie and her brother FINNEAS, who also produced the album.

HAPPIER THAN EVER TRACK LIST

  1. Getting Older
  2. I Didn’t Change My Number
  3. Billie Bossa Nova
  4. my future
  5. Oxytocin
  6. GOLDWING
  7. Lost Cause
  8. Halley’s Comet
  9. Not My Responsibility
  10. OverHeated
  11. Everybody Dies
  12. Your Power
  13. NDA
  14. Therefore I Am
  15. Happier Than Ever
  16. Male Fantasy
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AMERICAN AUTHORS – NICE AND EASY

AMERICAN AUTHORS PERFORM NEW SINGLE “NICE AND EASY” ON KELLY AND RYAN

For Kelly and Ryan‘s 4th of July weekend celebration, pop rock trio American Authors performed their brand new single Nice and Easy and were interviewed about what they’ve been up to since the pandemic stopped them from touring. The band divulged that there’s more new music and a full album on the way!

For the release of Nice and Easy, American Authors joined forces with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray to create the perfect summer BBQ soundtrack song. The laidback anthem takes a break from the chaos of the last year and reminds listeners to cut themselves some slack. “Its been a really hard year and Nice And Easy is a reminder to slow it down and get back to the basics of living life to your full potential,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Zac Barnett.

The new song is also a toast to new beginnings for the band, who are releasing the single independently and have begun producing their music on their own from top-to-bottom. After amassing 1 billion-plus streams, picking up multi-platinum and gold plaques, and selling out shows everywhere, the guys grabbed the reins and assumed dominion over their future in 2021. Composed of Zac, Dave Rublin (bass, keys), and Matt Sanchez (drums), American Authors are fully embracing their newfound independence and heading back to their roots. Zac shares, “Nice And Easy is the most ‘American Authors’ song weve released in a long time. Not only did we write and produce the song completely ourselves, but we really wanted to make something fun while keeping our signature message of hope.”

Since forming at Berklee College of Music in Boston during 2006, American Authors have become embedded in both popular music and culture. After grinding it out independently, they dropped their debut album, Oh, What A Life, in 2014 on Island Records. It eventually went gold and yielded the triple-platinum anthem Best Day of My Life. It not only soared to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it also became ubiquitous across film, television, video games, and sports. To date, they’ve landed over 600 syncs and counting. 2016’s What We Live For housed the Top 20 hit Go Big or Go Home.  In 2019, their third full-length, Seasons, picked up widespread acclaim. Earmilk raved, “Each track on the album is an energetic anthem of raw raspy rock bursting with heart and soul,” and Unclear Magazine attested,  This album lights the fire for a much more relatable listen that forces audiences to think about their own experiences in a new way.

In addition to headlining, they hit the road alongside the likes of Andy Grammer, OAR, OneRepublic, The Revivalists, and The Fray and graced the bills of festivals such as LollapaloozaFirefly Music FestivalBottleRock Napa ValleyReading & Leeds Festivals, and Warped Tour. 2020 marked various changes. Finishing up their tenure in the major label system, the band went independent. They also reconfigured as a trio and unlocked a different level of inspiration.

Theres a whole new energy we havent really felt in a long time,” Zac admits. “Weve not only written some of the best songs weve ever written, but we also feel like the music is the truest manifestation of the sound of American Authors. Whether its for the group or on solo projects, weve been working together on everything. It brings us back to what the band is supposed to be, which is a group of friends having fun.”

That spirit carries over to the single Nice & Easy. Entirely crafted by the band themselves, it kicks off their fresh chapter with boisterous horn-powered production, handclaps, and sunny inspiring lyrics. Zac trades verses with McGrath before the chantable chorus rings out with the ultimate upbeat mantra, “I’m gonna kick back, just relax, enjoy the summer breeze, and slow it down just for now, take it nice and easy.

Since we made it 100% ourselves, its completely American Authors”, grins Zac. “Last year was tough, so the general vibe is weve got to get back to basics, go one step at a time, not stress too much when were moving forward, take things as they come, and ease back into life. Were super big fans of Mark and grew up listening to him. We got to work on the song face-to-face, and hes literally the nicest and most energetic person.

In the end, American Authors are doing exactly what they were always meant to do.

“When you listen to us, the goal is for you to leave feeling hopeful and in a better mood, Zac insists. The main thing we want is for you to go out and have fun. After the past year, I can see how much this band represents friendship, compassion, and good vibes all around. It’s a message of hope, man.”

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LARRAY’S GIRLIESXO ANNOUNCES LATEST CAPSULE COLLECTION

On Sale Beginning 3 PM ET, JULY 2, 2021

Musician, influencer, streamer and clothing designer Larray has announced his latest GIRLIESXO capsule collection. Influenced by the star’s love for all things anime (Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, Pokemon) and designed by the multi-faceted creator himself, the capsule collection includes sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets and more. For the collection, Larray teamed up with his friends Bella Poarch, Vinnie Hacker, Valkyrae and more to model the latest drop and create an out-of-this world setting for the brand. GIRLIESXO’s latest capsule collection will be available for purchase here starting at 3 PM ET tomorrow (July 2nd) while supplies last. A full list of collaborators can be found below.

“I’m so excited that my latest GIRLIESXO capsule collection is finally available,” says Larray. “This was inspired by my love of anime and was created over the past year while in quarantine. It was so much fun collaborating with all my friends on the photoshoot for this drop and I’m thrilled with how everything turned out. Go get you some new clothes, girlies!”

Today’s collection follow’s Larray’s previous GIRLIESXO releases which have all sold out in under 24 hours from release. Order today’s collection soon before supplies run out. Today’s drop is guaranteed to be popping up on all of your favorite star’s social channels with Larray’s friends Bella Poarch, Valkyrae, Vinnie Hacker, Nailea Devora, Daniel Seavey (Why Don’t We), Vereena Sayed, Christian Plourde, Anna Shumate, Sir Carter, Santea, Gero Hanirias and Mason Ray Hilton appearing in the shoot.

Outside of GIRLIESXO, Larray is currently in the studio working on new music as a follow-up to his hit single “Cancelled” which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, Larray is working with acclaimed producers G6 (Cardi B “Up”), Z3N (YNW Melly, GO) and more. Earlier this month, Larray hosted Facebook Watch’s pride month special, Pride On! Alongside of GRAMMY Award-Winning superstar Kehlani.

Stay up-to-date on all things Larray by following him on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

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MAROON 5 ACHIEVES 15TH #1 AT HOT AC

MAROON 5 ACHIEVES 15TH #1 AT HOT AC EXTENDING THEIR RECORD FOR MOST #1s BY ANY ARTIST ALL-TIME

NEW ALBUM JORDI NOW CERTIFIED GOLD BY THE RIAA

UPCOMING 2021 HEADLINE TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA LAUNCHES AUGUST 10th

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 have made history once again. The group’s latest smash Beautiful Mistakes (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) has captured #1 at Hot AC, marking their 15th career #1 and extending their record for “most #1 entries by any artist at the format.” It also notably stands out as three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s first #1 at Hot AC. It is available on the band’s seventh full length album, JORDI, which also recently picked up a Gold Certification from the RIAA.

Beyond collecting millions of streams, JORDI has earned critical acclaim. Variety cited its “bangers and much-needed good vibes,” and Atwood Magazine attested, “Many of the ingredients that make ‘Beautiful Mistakes’ the enjoyable single that it is are included on much of the rest of JORDI.”

Additionally, the band just shared the music video for their new single Lost, which was directed by GRAMMY® Award winner and recent collaborator Sophie Muller, and also stars Adam Levine’s wife supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The track is set to impact radio on July 12.

The summer of Maroon 5 has only just begun. The band will embark on a full-scale North American Headline Tour in August following the postponement of their tour in 2020 (dates listed below). Tickets are on sale now. Canvasing the country for eight weeks, and produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on August 10 in Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre and stops at legendary venues such as Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on August 30 and Fenway Park in Boston, MA on September 12. Additionally, the group will play its biggest hometown headline show ever at the new Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on October 2 before the tour ends on October 8 at Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. blackbear will support on all dates. As part of their upcoming 2021 tour, Maroon 5 is set to be one of the headliners at the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas and the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta this September. Sophie Muller will also be serving as the tour’s creative director.

On their new album release, Maroon 5 welcomed GRAMMY® Award-nominated songwriter and producer J Kash as executive producer. Additionally, a bevy of legendary guests and high-profile friends join Maroon 5. The first release off the album, Beautiful Mistakes features Megan Thee Stallion. blackbear joins the band on Echo, while the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks teams up with the group for Remedy.

Next up, Academy® Award winner H.E.R. guests on Convince Me Otherwise, and the late Juice WRLD makes a posthumous appearance on Can’t Leave You Alone. The album also includes the band’s triple platinum hit Memories and a Memories remix featuring late legend Nipsey Hussle and superstar rapper YG. Up-and-coming Zimbabwean artist Bantu is also featured on One Light. The album is available in Standard and Deluxe configurations. The physical Deluxe is available exclusively at Target and includes Button (feat. Anuel AA, Tainy) and Jason Derulo’s Lifestyle (feat. Adam Levine). The Target version also boasts a limited-edition cover and poster. All deluxe formats (physical and digital) also include the original version of Memories. Check out the full tracklisting below.

To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards, over 75 million in album sales, 400 million singles worldwide and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. Maroon 5’s last studio album, Red Pill Blues featured the global hit single Girls Like You, ft. Cardi B which reached #1 at Top 40, #1 at Adult Pop, #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. The track accumulated over 1.2 billion Spotify streams and over 3 billion YouTube/VEVO views; notably becoming the most-watched video on VEVO in 2018. The band’s last #1 pop single Memories has also surpassed 1 billion Spotify streams and amassed over 725 million YouTube views. Maroon 5 has over 52 million monthly Spotify listeners, and have toured in 30+ countries selling over 6,750,000 tickets worldwide.

TOUR DATES

8/10 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre

8/12 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

8/14 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater

8/16 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion

8/18 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/19 Milwaukee, WI American Family Insurance Amphitheater

8/21 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

8/23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

8/25 Burgettstown, PA The Pavilion at Star Lake

8/26 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center

8/28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

8/30 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field

9/1 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater

9/2 Toronto, Ontario Budweiser Stage

9/4 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion

9/5 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium

9/7 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

9/8 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion

9/10 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

9/12 Boston, MA Fenway Park

9/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

9/15 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

9/23 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

9/24 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

9/27 Del Valle, TX Germania Insurance Amphitheater

9/28 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

10/1 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion

10/2 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium

10/5 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

10/7 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

10/8 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion