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ELHAE illustration by Siwoo Lee and Motown Records for 360 Magazine

ELHAE – SEPARATED

WATCH THE VISUAL FOR “SEPARATED” HERE

STREAM “SEPARATED” HERE

Emerging as a melodic force of nature, rare groove enthusiast, singer and lyricist, Elhae releases his music video for “Separated“ out now. A follow up to his infectious “Fun Fact“ single featuring Rick Ross, “Separated” showcases a more complex side of Elhae that his fans have yet to experience. The beautifully shot visual, directed by Loris Russier, captures the emotional dynamic between two lovers who are desperately trying to hold on to their union, but ultimately realize that they’re better off apart. The visual portrays raw imagery with emotional highs and lows as Elhae painfully sings of heartbreak and love lost. Watch it HERE.

Praised by XXL as being “the next R&B sensation that’s about to make a huge wave in the industry,” the visual encompasses all the elements of a classic period piece tied into a modern-day love story, proving that Elhae’s creativity and talent are both layered and timeless. “Choosing “Separated” as a single was a no-brainer for me. I just think it’s such a relatable song in the sense that everyone’s been there before, in that heartbroken space, that disappointed space.” Elhae continues, “It’s not an easy topic for most, but on the other side of it usually comes growth and wisdom.”

“I was really stoked to have Loris Russier direct the video. My creative director Siwoo Lee really put me on to his work and I just loved the colors he was using, the shots and angles he used to convey emotion.” Elhae continues “I knew he’d be the right guy for the job. Although it’s impossible to show a whole relationship in 3 minutes, the goal was to try to show how good things can be and then instantly not be with someone you love. The song is really emotional, and I just wanted to pair that with something just as emotional visually. I love how everything came out and excited to work on more projects with Loris in the future.”

Known for his creativity and incredible attention to detail, Elhae’s vision for the single’s cover art was inspired by the parable of Samson & Delilah, a story of man who lost his strength due to putting his trust into the wrong woman. Produced by P2J (Beyonce’s Brown Skin Girl) and co-written by Ari PenSmith (Doja Cat, Snoh Aalegra) “Separated” showcases Elhae in rare form as he boldly sings “I’m man enough to take the blame for my mistakes, it’s unfortunate you wanna try again, I can’t relate.”

In addition to XXL, Elhae has garnered glowing praise from The FaderBillboardVibeThe Source, and more. His 2016 album All Have Fallen produced hits like “Doesn’t Matter” (feat. Kehlani) and “Needs,” which has over 19M Spotify streams. 2017’s Aura II EP boasted the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Bang Your Line,” which adds to its 24M Spotify streams every day. Outside his solo work, Elhae has collaborated with stars like Lecrae and Eric Bellinger. Following his 2018 Coachella performance, he released his conceptual album Trouble in Paradise (2019).

About Elhae:

North Dakota-born and Georgia-raised singer, artist, and visionary ELHAE approaches R&B like a film director would, choosing every element carefully, ensuring an intricate level of cohesion, and building his own world. Since catching fire in 2015 on the independent Aura EP, he worked towards eventually architecting such a world. The follow-up All Have Fallen yielded fan favorites such as “Doesn’t Matter” [feat Kehlani] and “Needs,” which clocked 19 million-plus Spotify streams. In between, he garnered glowing praise from the likes of The FaderBillboardVibeThe Source, and more as Sprite named him among its P.O.U.R. (Purveyors of Urban Reality) program. The 2017 sequel to Aura, the Aura II EP, boasted “Drama,” “Something,” and the popular “Bang Your Line” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. The latter ignited 24 million Spotify streams and counting. Meanwhile, he lent his voice to high-profile collaborations with Lecrae, Eric Bellinger, and many others in addition to supporting blackbear on tour.

2018 saw him grace the stage of Coachella for the first time in front of 40,000 fans as he diligently worked on new tunes in Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta. Inspired by childhood favorite albums such as Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, and Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, he developed an airtight vision with a detailed plotline for his next release. In 2019, the vision unfolds over the course of his twelve-track conceptual project, Trouble In Paradise [Atlantic Records], introduced by the intoxicating first single “Hennessy.” His sound is about to blow up on the biggest canvas possible now.

ELHAE image Siwoo Lee by Motown Records for 360 Magazine

ELHAE still image by Loris Russier and by Motown Records for 360 Magazine

Image of nothing, nowhere. by Dan Brown via Elektra Music Group

NOTHING,NOWHERE. SHARES NEW SONG: UPSIDE DOWN

Fueled By Ramen artist nothing,nowhere. has shared a brand-new single, upside down, which is featured on his widely anticipated new album TRAUMA FACTORY due out February 19th. Available now on all streaming platforms, “upside down” pulses with a duality of hypnotic rhythms as nothing,nowhere. traces the slow and painful dissolution of a relationship from his past.

nothing,nowhere. elaborated on the new track remarking, “We’ve all had our fair share of unhealthy relationships. ‘upside down’ is about a lost love and the inability to accept the new and painful circumstances.”

“upside down” arrives as nothing,nowhere’s recent single fake friend continues to climb Billboard’s “Alternative Airplay” chart, reaching Top 25 at the format this week. Also featured on TRAUMA FACTORY, “fake friend” is joined by a Mason Mercer directed official music video which spirals over nothing,nowhere.’s seamless alchemy of alternative, pop, rap, and punk.

Pre-orders for TRAUMA FACTORY are available at www.nothingnowhere.net featuring exclusive limited-edition vinyl and merch. Each pre-order will receive instant grat downloads of “upside down” and “fake friend” as well as previously released singles: lights (4444), pretend, DEATH, nightmare, and blood (Feat. KennyHoopla & JUDGE).

Over the course of 15 tracks, TRAUMA FACTORY cuts deep and finds nothing,nowhere. once again emerging from darkness, shedding external expectation, and moving forward into the glow of pure creation. Whether it be the anesthetized beats and intoxicating lull of “love or chemistry,” the cold piano-laden longing of “crave,” or the emotional immediacy of “upside down,” nothing,nowhere. paints from a wide palette of pain.

“TRAUMA FACTORY is an accumulation of songs written during a confusing time. it is about accepting the present and following your true north through the pain and suffering of human life,” nothing,nowhere. revealed He added, “I wanted to make an album that was truly genreless and inspire others to challenge themselves artistically. I believe the most inspiring art is unpredictable and unrestrictive. to me thatߣs what TRAUMA FACTORY is.”

Last year, The New York Times hailed “DEATH” as a “Scabrous, immensely satisfying emotional expurgation from Joe Mulherin that deploys early Beastie Boys drums and Rage Against the Machine bark-rapping in service of a rap-rock revival bathed in righteousness.”

Last year, he teamed up with Travis Barker for the collaborative EP, bloodlust. bloodlust was highlighted by lead single destruction, which debuted via The FADER with Kerrang! declaring “bloodlust feels like another world. From start to finish it envelops you in its hazy, muted soundscapes.” bloodlust followed a prolific string of singles from nothing,nowhere. –call back, dread, and ornament, and arrived just a year after the release of his acclaimed 2018 LP, ruiner. The sophomore LP features album standouts ruiner and rejecter, which Pigeons&Planes declared, “perfectly exemplify why nothing,nowhere.’s music is so exciting he’s crafted a world of sound that’s both fresh and recognizable.”

The FADER remarked, “The new record is a stimulating blend of singing, hip-hop, and live instrumentation, all fused together with emo and alternative stylings.” nothing,nowhere.’s 2017 debut album, reaper, was met with critical praise led by the singles hopes up (Ft. Dashboard Confessional) and skully.

The album made a massive impact upon its DCD2/Equal Vision release with The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica placing it at #1 on his list of 2017’s best. reaper “synthesizes the second-wave emo of the early to mid-2000s with the rattling hip-hop low end of the last few years,” he wrote. “(reaper) is one of the most promising pop albums of the year,” Rolling Stone declared, “reaper finds him tonally evoking the glory years of 2000s emo-punk without necessarily replicating it.”

nothing,nowhere. is the musical endeavor of Vermont songwriter, singer and guitarist Joe Mulherin. For Mulherin, nothing,nowhere. is about a connection. It’s one he finds with fans around the world, who gather to see him play on tour and to listen to his songs online. It’s that connection that urges the singer to place his fears aside and step onstage each night to share his art. He sees the potential to help, to make a change, however small it may be and that is why he brings his music out of the Vermont wildness.

Trauma Factory by nothing, nowhere. cover art via  Elektra Music Group

Trauma Factory available February 19th:

01. trauma factory

02. lights (4444)

03. buck

04. love or chemistry

05. exile

06. upside down

07. pain place (feat. MISOGI)

08. fake friend

09. death

10. pretend

11. blood (feat. KennyHoopla & JUDGE)

12. nightmare

13. crave

14. real

15. barely breathing

Stream upside down here. Preorder Trauma Factory here.

Lucky Daye Table For Two shot by Mark Peaced

LUCKY DAYE’S NEW EP: TABLE FOR TWO

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lucky Daye shares his latest EP, Table For Two, out now on Keep Cool/RCA Records. The EP follows his 2019 highly acclaimed debut album,Painted and comes off the heels of standout new single “On Read” with Grammy-nominated East London prodigy Tiana Major9. The release, timed perfectly for Valentine’s Day, features powerful contributions from Ari Lennox, YEBBA, Mahalia, Queen Naija, and Joyce Wrice making this a mandatory listen for any and all music lovers across eras and genres.

Early on in life, Lucky Daye discovered his love of music and natural gift for singing and songwriting in the musical melting pot that is New Orleans, where he was born. Ultimately Lucky knew he wanted to pursue music as a career so he moved to Atlanta for a brief stint and eventually ventured to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. He was shortly thereafter picked up by Keep Cool under RCA Records, where he recorded his 2019 breakthrough hit “Roll Some Mo” which has aggregated over 60 million streams worldwide. Earning first ever GRAMMY nominations that same year, Lucky Daye raked in a grand total of four nominations for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. This widespread acclaim also came in from his selective feature choices with KAYTRANADA, Buddy, SG Lewis, Big Freedia, Kehlani, Kiana Lede, Babyface, Victoria Monet, and more. His critically acclaimed work has received unanimous praise from Rolling Stone, NPR,Noisey, Billboard, The FADER, and Daye has found himself in 2021 with his dreams being manifested. With praise such as:

“…Far ahead of his competition in the genre. Daye’s forlorn vocal manipulation has drawn comparison to Frank Ocean, but his versatility and strategic fusions of funk and jazz nod to how he might set himself apart…”– NPR

“Lucky Daye can do it all. The versatility of his music makes him hard to box in one genre [and] shows elements of his skillfulness with songs full of strings, funk and tempo.” – HYPEBEAST

TABLE FOR TWO TRACKLISTING:

How Much Can The Heart Take feat. YEBBA

On Read with Tiana Major9

My Window feat. Mahalia

Access Denied feat. Ari Lennox

Falling in Love feat. Joyce Wrice

Dream feat. Queen Naija

Stream it now here.

Teddy Swims Album Image

Teddy Swims – “My Bad”

Newly minted Artist To Watch” by Rolling Stone, ace Atlanta singer/songwriter Teddy Swims is back with his first new single and music video of 2021 entitled “My Bad” today. Get it HERE and watch the video HERE.

Once again, his rich vocals take center stage on the track, simmering with soul, spirit, and swagger. In the accompanying music video, he steps into the squared circle as wrestler “Magic Dirty.” 

About the song, he said, “We wrote this song about my fear of commitment. The video was a real dream come true, and I was able to set foot in an actual ring for the first time in my life. I hope people enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it!” 

It’s a big day for Teddy. In addition to the single dropping, he makes his national television debut on NBC’s The Kelly Clarkson Show where he’ll perform “My Bad.” 

Teddy recently appeared on the latest episode of Allen Stone’s “Live At The Lodge” on Stone’s YouTube channel. The two teamed up to cover the Hall & Oats classic “Sara Smile. Watch it HERE. Teddy will also appear on Allen’s special Valentine’s Day virtual concert on February 12th.

To cap off a breakthrough 2020, Teddy enlisted Country star Thomas Rhett to feature on a new version of “Broke.Inciting critical applause, Billboard described it as “Guaranteed to make you smile and tap your toes at the same time. A winning combination.The original “Broke”—Teddy’s second original release—earned raves from the likes of Idolator, Flaunt, and American Songwriter, the latter of which praised Teddy’s “honest, emotional” sentiments. Music critic Bob Lefsetz was similarly wowed by “Broke,” writing, “I’d say it’s a one listen smash, but that’s not an accurate description, IT’S A FIFTEEN SECOND SMASH!”).  Teddy got his start by posting covers on YouTube out of his bedroom. His bold voice immediately resonated as he impressively attracted an audience of 1.7 million through a steady stream of both hilarious and heartfelt moments.

About Teddy Swims

Teddy Swims contains multitudes. It’s right there in his name— “Swims” is an acronym for “Someone Who Isn’t Me Sometimes,” and it’s a kind of shorthand for everything he stands for. There’s the fact that his voice sounds cozy and rich over any of the many genres he loves to mix up, from the pop and soul most have heard, on to gospel, hip-hop, and hard rock. But it’s even bigger than the Atlanta singer and songwriter’s rich baritone. To Teddy, the concept goes beyond his art, it means empathy, connection, using music to serve a greater good, and staying true to your people—in his case, a core group of about a dozen buds, bandmates, producers, and other various visionaries who knew him well before he became Teddy Swims.

“I’m too hard on myself,” says Teddy, though you wouldn’t know it from his bright, boisterous presence in his songs and videos. “I’m always in my head. You gotta have the guy behind you who says, ‘Man, this is great!’ Well, I’ve got 12 of those guys, and they’re the best people I know.” 

Today, of course, Teddy has a following of millions who’ve gravitated to him on the strength of his funk-laced originals and unexpected covers (like his version of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One,” which Twain herself has praised). But getting here has been a wild journey. The man born Jaten Dimsdale grew up in Georgia, a preacher’s grandson with a powerful voice of his own. He played football and a handful of roles in high school musicals, but it was a particularly active time in Atlanta’s metal, punk, and rap scenes—music called to him. Teddy being Teddy though, it was all of the music. Taking his place behind the mic in a handful of acts, he rapped, screamed, and even cooed cover songs at wedding receptions. By 2018, he was in multiple bands including a progressive jam crew called Elefvnts.  

By 2019, Teddy was out of a job and a home, crashing with his dad while hoping for a lifeline. He unwittingly made one for himself when, on a whim, he shared a video of him singing Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” on YouTube. “It was the 10-year anniversary of his death,” Teddy recalls, “and we just thought we’d pay homage. Within a few days, it was going crazy.” As it turns out, that clip was Teddy’s first step in making his way from broke to “Broke.” More covers followed—spanning Marvin Gaye to Billie Eilish—showcasing his talent, humor, style, and ease in the studio, and garnering more and more fans in the process. Teddy upgraded his situation, but not in the way most burgeoning stars would. That core team of his have been with him night and day ever since, quite literally. They live in the same house; they share the same dreams. 

“I wasn’t willing to give up the people around me who keep me sane and safe,” Teddy says. “We figured if we all put our heads together and focused on this, we wouldn’t need anybody else.”

But Teddy knows there’s always room for more under his roof. After signing to Warner Records in early 2020, he released his first original song—the frisky, funked-up “Picky”—and took off on a sold-out cross-country headlining tour. Then came “Broke,” a raucous clap-along anthem about the joys of (finally) making and spending mad cash, produced by Julian Bunetta (One Direction) and reworked version featuring Grammy-nominated superstar Thomas Rhett.  The tracks and their accompanying videos comprise a glorious celebration of excess that’s plenty justified by all of the reverent nods to James Brown and Teddy’s goofily sweet sense of humor. “Girl, whatchu want? Go pick it out,” he sings slyly. “My wallet lookin’ bigger than my belly now.” 

And for all his talk about pop-star excess, Teddy is a man who makes every cent count. After releasing his timely cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” in June, he donated all royalties to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He also pays his crew members a salary, plus bought his Dad a new truck. All of which is to say: he puts his money where his mouth is, and wears his heart on his sleeve. As for what’s next, Teddy’s expanded his family to include folks like Dallas Davidson (Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan), Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, John Prine), and Boy Matthews (Keith Urban, Duke Dumont). And he’s counting down the days until the world is able to hear the wide-ranging sound he’s crafting: “Everything from straight hip-hop to R&B to ’80s metal,” he says. Sure, that doesn’t help us predict what Teddy Swims is going to do next, but if there’s one thing his moniker doesn’t quite convey, it’s that no matter what or how or who he’s singing, Teddy is always Teddy—and bringing all his influences and experiences and inspirations into glorious harmony is exactly what Teddy does best.

Mota Cover

Viernes de Música Nueva

Sael

Sael es un talentoso intérprete, compositor y productor argentino, quien forma parte del sello discográfico ​Black Koi Entertainment​. Actualmente suma todos sus esfuerzos para conquistar el mercado americano con su flow urbano, y su nuevo sencillo promocional que lleva el nombre de “Mota”, está disponible en todas las plataformas digitales.

Antes de ser descubierto por Black Koi Entertainment, Sael siempre se destacó por su gran talento para interpretar y componer. El tema “Rompe el Party Remix” de Sael junto a El Villano y Mozthaza, lo posicionó como una gran promesa del género urbano, que hasta la fecha suma más de 16 millones de visualizaciones en YouTube.

Hoy, Sael continúa con una línea musical de reggaetón clásico para bailar y disfrutar a “todo volumen”, y se trata del lanzamiento de “Mota”, una canción con un ritmo contagioso que promete convertirse en el próximo éxito viral del cantante argentino. Anteriormente, sus temas “Anoche”, “Hace rato” y “Pase lo que pase”, habían sido su “bandera”, pero, el “pibe”, como cariñosamente le apodan, sabe que tiene mucho más que darles a sus fanáticos.

Luego del gran éxito de “Pase lo que pase” versión remix junto a Manuel Turizo, Feid y Andy Rivera, las expectativas de “Mota” son aún mayores. Este nuevo sencillo fue escrito por el mismo Sael con la producción de Johan Esteban Espinosa alias “Jowan”.

“Me siento muy emocionado por compartir este tema con el mundo. Tengo muchas expectativas al respecto, porque además de gustarme, siento que tiene todos los elementos para enamorar al público”, afirmó Sael.

Durante casi 3 minutos de canción, el artista se muestra fiestero y a la vez vulnerable y su videoclip oficial así lo demuestra. “Mota” se estrena con su video musical oficial, el cual contó con la dirección de FILMBYDAVE, y el mismo, se encuentra también disponible a través de YouTube.

Olga Tanon & Jay Wheeler

A principios del año 2005, Olga Tañón lanzó un tema que se convirtió en un himno en su carrera artística a nivel internacional, y se llamó “Cómo olvidar”. Hoy, la aclamada cantante boricua se une a la sensación urbana Jay Wheeler, al pionero del reguetón DJ Nelson y al productor Musical Eliot Feliciano “Mago D Oz”,para crear una nueva versión de este icónico tema, producido al estilo de la Tañón 2021.

Olga Tañón, quien ha establecido récords con 27 singles en el Top 10 de las carteleras Billboard Tropical Airplay, ha ganado 2 Premios Grammy, 4 Latin Grammy, siendo además, la máxima ganadora de Premio Lo Nuestro con más de 30 estatuillas en su haber,  crea una nueva faceta tal y como nos tiene acostumbrados en su trayectoria musical. “Como Olvidar Versión 2021”, el tema toma un nuevo “color” con la adición de la sutil y contagiosa voz de Jay Wheeler y la experiencia y legado musical de DJ Nelson y Mago D Oz.

Ambos intérpretes, boricuas y representantes de géneros completamente distintos, lograron crear una combinación perfecta, bajo la exquisita e impecable  producción de Mago D Oz.

Por su parte, Jay Wheeler, uno de los nuevos talentos con más consumo digital  del momento, por su estilo sin igual y su versatilidad como  intérprete, se une a la cantante femenina, en un género prácticamente inexplorado por Wheeler: el merengue, pero en el que pudo pasearse como todo un experto.

De esta manera, Olga Tañón marca el inicio de esta nueva etapa, en la que re- lanzará nuevas versiones de los más grandes éxitos de su carrera artística. “Como Olvidar version 2021”,  contará con  un impecable y excitante videoclip oficial, grabado magistralmente, bajo la dirección del experimentado Héctor “Flaco” Figueroa, creador de un sin número de éxitos, la producción ejecutiva de Billy Denizard, y la co-producción del mismo DJ Nelson. El video ya está disponible en el canal oficial de YouTube de “La Tañón”.

Tañón presentará al mercado proximamente su nuevo album digital al estilo romántico.

“Cómo olvidar versión 2021” está disponible a partir de hoy en todas las plataformas digitales.

NJOMZA shot by MacKenzie Reynolds and Capitol Music Group for 360 Magazine

NJOMZA X “LUCKY”

Los Angeles-based singer, NJOMZA, has released the live version of Lucky via SinceThe80s/Motown. In the heartfelt single, NJOMZA’s songwriting prowess reflects on the relationships in her life while reminding others to cherish and love the people close to them. In December, she released a black-and-white video directed by herself and Griffin Olis that incorporated home-video footage and other shots, but today is back with a visual in the comfort of her home with a live band.

“Lucky” is the latest release for NJOMZA where uDiscover Music said it’s “a return to the melodic form that caught the attention of NJOMZA’s listeners early in her career.” It follows the gauzy, sensual single “Bite,” which has garnered over 2.5 million total streams and press from MTV, Refinery 29, Flaunt, Dujour, and more. With incredibly strong vocals and melodies, she effortlessly flows between both soulful R&B and alternative pop music and racked up over 50 million global streams to date with releases like 2019’s “No One Is Spared” and her Vacation and Sad For You EPs. The Kosovo-Albanian singer has made quite an imprint in music having been signed to the late Mac Miller’s REMember Music label when she was a teen to co-writing several of the biggest pop records of the last decade.

Stay tuned for more to come from NJOMZA this year…

“NJOMZA’s music is poignant, haunting, and ethereal.” – 360 Magazine

“NJOMZA is pop’s best-kept secret that is bound to not be a secret for much longer.” –Ones To Watch    

“The singer-songwriter has transcended genres with her smooth, buttery vocals.” – Flaunt

“…an authentic groove that can only come from NJOMZA” – Du Jour    

“The sultry songstress…has been solidifying her sound which features hints of the sonics and neo-soul beats directly found in ’90s R&B.” – HYPEBAE    

“NJOMZA sets the tone of romanticized escapism.”- Billboard

About NJOMZA:

It is NJOMZA’s diverse background that allows her to shine bright. She was born in Germany to Kosovar-Albanian parents and grew up in Chicago. NJOMZA gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded YouTube covers, promptly signing her to his REMember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, NJOMZA unveiled her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, in 2017 which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. In 2018, NJOMZA inked a deal with Motown Records and released her second EP, Vacation. 2019 saw NJOMZA embark on her first-ever U.S. headline tour, in addition to touring with “3 Nights” hitmaker Dominic Fike overseas. She also made her festival debut at New York City’s famed Governor’s Ball, performing on both the Honda Stage and the Bud Light Dive Bar Sessions Stage, followed by a performance at Albania’s Sunny Hill Festival. Most recently, NJOMZA is recognized for her songwriting work on Ariana Grande’s GRAMMY-nominated thank u, next album. NJOMZA’s total career streams have surpassed 50 million. She is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her full-length debut album.

About Since The 80s:

You don’t have to be a baby of the ‘80s to understand how the special time period changed music forever; not only in Hip-Hop but the entertainment industry as a whole. As an artist first label, management and publishing company, Since the 80s serves to help creatives & manifest their destiny and bring to fruition their wildest visions. Known for launching the career of 21 Savage, Since The 80’s currently represents a wide range of artists such as Asiahn, JID, Earthgang, NJOMZA, Metro Marrs, Christo, Benji, and more. Since The 80’s prides themselves on taking the lessons from those who came before them and using them to evolve the game -1 artist and 1 fan at a time. Since the 80s doesn’t exist to repeat history but to make new history while paying homage and recognizing the efforts and achievements of those before them.

DBYB Fest Promotional Poster

The Don’t Block Your Blessings Festival

Out of loss and adversity emerges an uplifting global project and festival, led by Erez Safar (who produces under the name h2the), in honor of his late mother, “Frida Levona bat Shalom”.

“I lost my mom to cancer two months ago,” Safar shared, “and the pain was so intense, I knew I had to do something with it. My mom had an incredible light inside her and navigated the world with hope and positivity. I realized the best way to honor her memory would be to turn that pain and darkness I was feeling into a light that I could share with others. So I put together this project called ‘Don’t Block Your Blessings’ (DBYB), and I hope it can become a space for people to share wisdom for leading better, happier lives.”  

Safar comes off as warm, playful, and relaxed as he speaks with me over video chat, from his LA apartment. He tells me he looks at the DBYB platform as a form of “Cheat Codes To Happiness,” where people can trade stories as they navigate the ups and downs of life, and share how they have been able to bring more blessings into their lives via perspective, faith and gratitude. In addition to live-stream festivals (the next of which will take place this month), the project also lives on the site here, as well as an active discussion and healing space on the new and wildly popular mobile app, Clubhouse. 

Don’t Block Your Blessings (DBYB) first launched two months ago, with a one of a kind live-stream festival by the same name, featuring musicians, artists, and some of the most innovative minds in self-growth and healing. The DBYB Festival is hosted on an exclusive virtual platform, which boasts three interactive rooms and allows festival-goers to easily move from room to room, as then explore various talks, musical performances, and the creation of visual art, live in real-time.

This is not the first time Safar has wowed with his creative approach to online events. His first live-stream festival, Lo-Freq Fest, was featured in Billboard and shared around the globe. The debut DBYB festival featured over 40+ world-wide presenters with 25,774 viewers.

The next festival will be free to attend virtually and is set to take place on Valentine’s (Sunday, February 14th), between 6-9 pm PST.

The festival will feature contemporary artists, musicians, and teachers in the fields of self-growth and healing. Presenters include: 

Alicia Dunams

The founder of Bestseller in a Weekend, Dunams has helped more than 1500 leaders write books. She is also a leadership trainer, executive coach and certified peacemaker. She will be presenting in the healing room “The Slippery Slope vs. The Conscious Climb – Managing Our Unconscious Bias.”

Dr. Aparajita (AJ)

A social psychologist, a diversity and inclusion consultant, a certified life and executive coach, an author, a speaker, an immigrant, and a two-time traumatic brain injury survivor. She will be presenting in the healing room “Making Your Invisible Visible for Happiness.”

The Boom Bap Kids

Purveyors of funk and hip hop, founders Woes Martin, Silent John, and Mike Steel will be bringing their fabric puppetry and beats to the festival.

Shantala

Founders Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001. They are known for their special gift of bringing audiences into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices accompanied by instruments of India and the west. In 2020 alone, their music has garnered over 14 million streams.

Bomani X

The face of Clubhouse and the host of its #CottonClub, Bomani X is an artist in every sense of the word, a guitarist, singer songwriter, and a celebrity digital strategist who has worked with Jill Scott, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Wyclef, and more.

B Hill

A lifelong passionate artist and designer. Native to Harlem-New York City, Hill now exhibits and paints live, showcasing her nine-year figurative subject matter: “A Woman’s perspective.” In conjunction with her exhibitions, she directs an international art education foundation, “Art Education with B. Hill”, which brings art curriculum to underserved schools and communities. She will be joining the festival’s Live Art room. 

See below for the full list of presenters at the multi-room DBYB festival:

Featured Musicians:

Ada Pasternak, Adam Cola, Caitlin Jemma, Deborah Stokol, DJ Beatific, Drew Angus, Eko Zu, Eli Lev, Gattison, Gentleman Brawlers, Gerle, h2the, Kevin Daniel, Kindred Melodies, Kirsten Collins, Klezmer Juice, Latch Key Kid, Louii King, Lucinda Belle, Luke Kohen, Mikey Pauker, My Silent Bravery, Nina Grae, Psychic Twin, R E L, Ray Bean, RYNO, Shantala, Talia Dalton, Willow Stephens

Featured Healers:

Alexis Ware, Alicia Dunams, Casilda Zackhariyas, Danielle Grozavu, David Sacks, Dr. Aparajita Jeedigunta, Emi Ollin, Hard Charlie, Jen The Rainmaker, Kimberly Ariella, Krystal Aranyani, Lisa Stuart, Melissa Drake, Mendi Baron, Rhyanna Watson, Robyn Stern, Sara Mandel, Sarah BL, Sovereign University, The Breathe Center, Yoni Temple School

Featured Painters:

Abreesha*, B Hill, Domogee, Meira Batya, Sey x Yes, Shlome

In a time where so many of us have been confined to our homes and have lost our outlets for social connection and engagement, the DBYB festival promises to lift us up and create a community where we can come together, feel inspired and discover our own cheat codes to happiness.
Festival Producer: Erez Safar
Healer: Alicia Dunams
Musician: Bomani X
Madison Beer BOYSHIT for 360 Magazine by Epic Records, Permanent Press, Kathy Reilly, Chloe Cardio

Madison Beer x “BOYSHIT”

Today, Madison Beer releases the official video for her latest single “BOYSHIT.” The single is taken from Madison’s forthcoming debut album, Life Support. You can watch the “BOYSHIT” video here on VEVO/YouTube.

“Here at 360 Magazine, we listened to BOYSHIT and agreed it was the ultimate girl-power anthem. Beer completely possesses herself and every scene of her music video with elegance and ferocity. Her sweet necklace of pearls is perfectly juxtaposed with the savage cheers of the divine feminine. Cheers for Beer!”

Drawing inspiration from David Lynch’s glamorized scenes of Americana, the “BOYSHIT” video finds Madison portraying the perfect girl next door who teaches a group of young women how to deal with their relationship troubles. Directed by Lauren Dunn, the video premiered on YouTube after a livestream chat with eager fans, waiting to see the rising pop star deliver another glimpse into the world of Life Support.

“I wanted this video to be a tongue-in-cheek nod to dealing with toxic masculinity while playing with the aesthetics of cult films ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘The Heathers,’” says Madison. “At its core, ‘BOYSHIT’ is about knowing your worth and taking back your power in a relationship that clearly has its problems. I’ve been there and that isn’t always an easy thing to do, so I hope this song serves as a reminder for any of my fans out there who need it. You’re worth so much more than someone’s BS.”

Upon release, Billboard said “BOYSHIT,” “makes a late case for one of the best pop chorus openings of 2020.”  The track is the latest single from Madison’s highly anticipated debut album, Life Support, out February 26th. The album features previous releases “Good In Goodbye,” “Selfish,” “Stained Glass” and “Baby” which have a combined total stream count of 500 million. Globally, Madison has over 3 billion streams across her catalogue.

Madison has attracted the endorsement of Billboard, V MagazinePaper and Rolling Stone who hailed her as a “rising pop star.” Most recently, Madison was tapped as a VEVO Lift artist, joining the likes of Billie Eilish, Jorja Smith, and SZA. You can find the campaign performances of “BOYSHIT” and “Selfish” as well as the “Dreams Look Different in the Distance” short film on Madison’s YouTube channel.

Prior to signing with Epic Records in late 2019, Madison achieved unprecedented success as an independent artist with her partner, First Access Entertainment. Her EP As She Pleases boasts nearly 1 billion streams and made her the first independent female solo artist to break into the Top 20 radio charts. Madison’s debut album Life Support is a strong personal and artistic statement that sees Madison where she thrives – commanding creative control through writing her own songs, producing and creating her own visuals.

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Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” Breaks Global Records

Olivia Rodrigo has made a monumental debut with her new original single, drivers license” available via Geffen Records. The stunning and emotive piano-driven track debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified Gold. In the song’s first week of release, “drivers license,” has amassed over 107M global streams with over 76M streams in the U.S. alone, which is the second largest U.S. audio streaming ever and the largest audio streaming in three years. 

On January 11, Rodrigo’s “drivers license” set the Spotify record for most streams in a day for a non-holiday song with over 15.17M global streams. On January 12, the song beat its own record with over 17.01M streams. Additionally, “drivers license” had the biggest weekly streaming debut for any song globally in Spotify history.

“drivers license” also set Global Amazon Music records for the most streams in a week for a song debut and the most on-demand streams in a single day. “drivers license” also scored the most voice requests ever via ‘Alexa’ on Amazon Music for a song in one day worldwide.

In the first week of “drivers license” release, the song debuted at No. 1 across major streaming platforms including the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart, the Spotify U.S. Top 50 Chart, the Apple Music Global Chart, and the Amazon Music Overall Top Songs Chart. The single went to No. 1 at Apple Music in 48 countries, at Spotify in 31 countries, and at YouTube in 14 countries. 

“drivers license” is also the U.K.’s official No. 1 song, breaking the Official Chart Company’s record for the highest number of single-day streams ever for a non-holiday track, not to mention racking up widespread critical acclaim and over 46 million music video views.

Written by Rodrigo, “drivers license” underscores her songwriting prowess and knack at creating immediately powerful music. Complete with radiant harmonies, kinetic percussion, and Rodrigo’s soaring vocals, the Dan Nigro-produced song is a brilliant balance of unfiltered outpouring and graceful specificity articulated by a talented young artist wise beyond her years.

Named to Variety’s “Power of Young Hollywood List 2020,” Rodrigo currently stars as the lead ‘Nini Salazar-Roberts’ in Disney+’s hit show, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which is filming its second season. 

OLIVIA RODRIGO “drivers license”

Retail: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense
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Apple Music: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/applemusic
Deezer: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/deezer
iTunes: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/itunes
Spotify: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/spotify
Tidal: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/tidal
YouTube Music: https://smarturl.it/driverslicense/youtubemusic

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J.I. Releases Spotify Singles

Last summer Spotify announced their newest RADAR partnership with Brooklyn’s own, J.I. Launched in March 2020, RADAR has served as the platform for Spotify’s Global Emerging Artist Program, encompassing over 20 global sister programs, and represents Spotify’s commitment to supporting artists across all stages of their development across all genres. Today, the rising artist to watch releases his inaugural Spotify Singles. Recorded in his NYC hometown last fall, Side A is a stripped-back, piano-driven version of J.I.’s single “Letter 2 U,” off his recently released Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3 EP and  Side B is a gorgeous cover of Drake’s iconic “Marvins Room.” Of the tracks he shares “The reasons why I picked these tracks are because ‘Letter 2 U’ was the first single off HLK V.3 and was very well received.  I picked to cover Drake because he is a prolific staple for Generation Z.  ‘Marvin’s Room’ is a vibe so recreating this song made sense.”

J.I. – Dual eSingle “Spotify Singles” (Spotify Exclusive)

“Letter 2 U” Acoustic: HERE

“Marvins Room”: HERE

The exclusive Spotify singles arrive fresh off the heels of the latest installment of his mixtape trilogy, Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3 which features 7-tracks including a solo Reggaetón single, “Suficiente” (Sufficient) as well as the highly anticipated collaboration, “R&B Shit” featuring fellow NYC rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (which XXL listed as on of their 13 best news songs of the week). Released via G*Starr Ent./Geffen Records the project garnered attention from Complex (“has quickly grown to become one of the brightest acts out right now”), Billboard (“J.I. looks to bearhug the NY rap scene once more with his third installment.”), HotNewHipHop (the young emcee did not disappoint on the new project”) and more. He was also named one of Rolling Stone’s “Biggest Breakthrough Artists of 2020” and landed a spot on The New York Times “Best Songs of 2020 Playlist.” At 19-years-old, J.I. continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

Driving more than four billion streams since the program began in 2017, Spotify Singles was created to give artists an opportunity to record new versions of their own songs, and the songs of the artists they love. The Singles scope includes a unique version of each artist’s own song (Side A) and a cover song of their choosing (Side B). To date, there have been over 300 Singles recorded as part of the program.

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