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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.”

More on BTS: 

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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.” 

More on Big Hit Entertainment: 

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360 Magazine, Tomorrow x Together

Tomorrow x Together Releases New Album

TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI) released their new EP, The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY and the music video for its title track, “Can’t You See Me?” on May 18, 2020, 6 PM KST.

The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY carries on the story from the band’s debut album, The Dream Chapter: STAR and their first studio album, The Dream Chapter: MAGIC. The new EP sees the boys continue their journey of growth, encountering conflicts in reality and within friendships, all the while holding on to the wish that the moments they have spent together will remain for eternity.  

The title, “Can’t You See Me?” is a trendy pop track about the end of magical moments shared with friends, a reality described as an “incinerated night” that triggers turbulent and confusing emotions from the group of boys. Unique sounds exude a contradictory charm that is simultaneously rough and delicate.

The music video for “Can’t You See Me?” continues where the video for “Run Away” from The Dream Chapter: MAGIC left off.

The members who visited SOOBIN’s house spend a good time together, but their relationship soon goes sour as their minor instances of mischief begin to build up. In the midst of a tense atmosphere, the five members’ delicate portrayal of contrasting emotions stand out.

The music video added a dramatic effect by illustrating the cracks between friendships through a house on fire. The sensational performances by the members that utilize a burning house as a background and vibrantly colored props, such as strawberries and tomatoes, together provide ample attractions.

Other tracks from the EP include “Drama” which draws on relatable struggles in friendship for teenagers in school, and “Fairy of Shampoo” which is TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s first remake with fairytale-like lyrics and rap written by YEONJUN. “Maze in the Mirror” delivers loneliness and earnestness during troubled times, and “PUMA”  compares a boy who meets a strange world to a puma that has escaped the zoo. “Eternally” sings of chaos and reminiscence on the search to find memories from the past. The EP contains a total of six tracks.

Particularly noteworthy is the fourth track of the album. “Maze in the Mirror” is the first song to be released that has been co-written by all five members. This track provides listeners with a glimpse into TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s growth as an artist with infinite potential.

It combines tracks of various genres including Funk Pop, Dream Pop, Trap Hip hop, and Alternative R&B, complemented by unique lyrics in a show of TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s colorful musical style. The title track’s powerful performance also demands attention, expressing abstract emotions with great depth.

The five members have attracted global fans with a variety of contents, trending worldwide on platforms such as Twitter and YouTube. The contents include concept trailers, two versions of concept photos, and seven music video teasers.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER released The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY and the music video for its title track, “Can’t You See Me?” at 6 PM KST. A live performance of “Can’t You See Me?” will be revealed at 7 PM KST through ‘TOMORROW X TOGETHER Comeback Show Presented by Mnet.’

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER
TOMORROW X TOGETHER read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy. In just two months of their debut, TOMORROW X TOGETHER successfully sold out their first US showcase tour in 6 cities with their debut album, The Dream Chapter: STAR. Emerging as one of K-pop’s most highly acclaimed acts, the global super rookies have already cultivated Best New Artist accolades on various award shows, and received a nomination in 2019 MTV Video Music Awards’ Best K-Pop category.

About Big Hit Entertainment
Founded in February 2005 in South Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management, and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global superstars BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of ‘Music & Artist for Healing’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

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)

NYC-Based Band “All Types of Kinds”

Mixing A Unique Blend of Influences From Rock to Blues, Folk, and Hip-Hop – The Bands Unique Multi-Genre Approach Lends A New Perspective to Alternative Music

 

In a city often oversaturated with musicians of every genre constantly performing and creating, it takes a special group of artists to truly stand out amongst the crowd that produce a truly unique sound, and New York City’s All Types of Kinds truly live up to the namesake.

All Types of Kinds (or ATOK) plays a wide variety of music ranging from rock to pop, folk, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, and country – even sometimes all at once. The members come from diverse backgrounds that make for an amalgamation of musical textures and vibes. Their EP, “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” debuted on Valentine’s Day 2018 and they are currently gearing for dates all over the country.

The band consist of Ray Rubio (Guitar), Billy Conahan (Guitar), Berk 0 (Percussion), and Rocco Stroker (Guitar) – all of whom have unique musical backgrounds. Ray, 20, a multi genre artist and singer/songwriter, hails from Harlem NY and has also been on stage from young age, mainly theater productions. Ray attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014, and since then has been performing his music in the New York Metro Area and Richmond, Virginia. Billy, 25, is a queens native whose been on the stage since his early teens as a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter folk artist playing his own folk tunes as well as cover tunes. Berk O, singer and percussionist, is from Brooklyn and also contributes to the band’s songwriting process, while Rocco is the newest member of the band – playing bass, guitar and as an incredible vocalist. He hails from New Fairfield, Connecticut.

WATCH: All Types of Kinds – Keep In Touch (Official Music Video)

WATCH: All Types of Kinds – Colorblind (Official Music Video)

With the goal of becoming a full-time, self-sufficient, self-produced band, able to tour and create their own audio and video products on a regular basis, they plan to soon follow up their debut with a sophomore effort in late 2018. Unlike other bands who strive for major-label greatness, ATOK shys away from fitting into an industry mold, and often scoff at the idea of being referred to as a ‘boy band’.

Believers in finding a way to share their music while remaining firmly in the driver’s seat, they continue to write, practice, and enjoy playing their music for any crowd that will have them. Making friends from all over the world by busking on the NYC streets has even allowed them to meet and collaborate with like-minded musicians.

These recent “Your Big Break” contest winners who’ve been praised for their “polished precision, sweet harmony, musicianship, artistry, versatility and originality in their smart lyrics” are ready for the big time. That time is now.

To Purchase All Types of Kind’s “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” via iTunes, VISIT: http://apple.co/2MN7W5o

LISTEN: ATOK “Love Songs” via Spotify

For More Information on All Types of Kinds, VISIT: Facebook.com/ATOKMusic

Reverbnation.com/AllTypesofKinds

ATOK’s YouTube Channel

5 Seconds of Summer Premiere of “YOUNGBLOOD” Video

Open up your YouTube app because the heartthrob boy band 5 Seconds of Summer just released their video for new song Youngblood.

The track has a relentless thumping rhythm where the members are shown to switch from a delicate verses to a booming chorus that will have you singing at the top of your lungs. Their new song is a mixture between pop and EDM–getting the best of both worlds.

Their new album is out now on Capitol Records. The video, directed by Frank Borin, was filmed in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Tokyo. Check out this masterpiece of a video right here.

Not only do the band members find Japan aesthetically pleasing, but it has a much deeper meaning to them spiritually:

“There are many wonderful, interesting, and captivating subcultures all over the world. In every corner of this earth there are groups of inventors, visionaries, thrill seekers, and boundary pushers…The Japanese Rockabilly culture is that of a renaissance and a beautiful flare of passion for everything old and new and that makes this particular subculture so interesting and amazing to us. We hope you enjoy this video. Thank you for allowing us to be explorative with the concepts we choose to visually express our songs to you. Thank you to everyone that brought this video to life,” says the band’s vocal artist and drummer, Ashton Irwin.

Along with Irwin, the video’s director, Borin, shares:

“About 10 years ago I was shooting in Tokyo and was walking through Yoyogi park when I came upon this huge group of Japanese rockabilly guys and girls. Every Sunday, they were dressed to the nines in full rockabilly gear, doing their hair out in public, taping up their decades old boots, and dancing the day away to 50’s music blasting on their boombox. Flash forward to 10 years later, 5SOS was releasing Youngblood and the band and I were collaborating on another video together. The band were really into the ideas of highlighting the rockabilly crew and we hung out with them for a couple days. They took us around Tokyo and gave us a peak into their world which really lent itself to the spirit of the song and ultimately became the video.”

You can order tickets for 5SOS’s Meet You There Tour here as they are on sale now at LiveNation.com. It will be a 25-city North American headline outing that launches August 27 in Toronto, ON. The full itinerary can be found here.

Already, Youngblood is recorded to have debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. What’s cooler is that 5SOS is now the only band in chart history to see its first three-length studio albums enter the chart at No. 1.

 

Jimmy Fallon & Backstreet Boys Sing “I Want It That Way”

Jimmy Fallon, Backstreet Boys & The Roots Sing “I Want It That Way” (Classroom Instruments)

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMFsCqrJqwI

“The Tonight Show” airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.

LOVE, PEACE × PRINCETON PEREZ

Recently, Jacob “Princeton” Perez (former member of boy band Mindless Behavior) conducted a cover and photo shoot with 360 MAGAZINE. Shot by one of the most acclaimed fashion and beauty photographers in LA, Tyren Redd. Since it’s 4/3/2017 release during #MCM via 360’s Instagram, his pictorial has garnered tons of exposure and praise from 1000’s of fans. According to Princeton, “this was my first solo photo shoot for a magazine [since his departure from the group].” View his s/o to 360 via YouTube.

In Real Life 

IN REAL LIFE DEBUTS THEIR MUSIC VIDEO FOR “EYES CLOSED”

WATCH IT HERE

In Real Life has released the music video for their debut single, “Eyes Closed.” The band celebrated with hundreds of fans today in New York City, where they premiered the music video in Times Square.

 

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TWITTER: @InRealLife

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