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ITZY – CHECKMATE

ITZY’S FIFTH EP, CHECKMATE, TAKES #8 SPOT ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART, MARKING THE GROUP’S FIRST TOP-10 EFFORT ON THE CHART

WATCH THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT’S “LATE SHOW ME MUSIC” PERFORMANCE OF  “SNEAKERS” HERE

GROUP EARNS FIRST MTV VMA NOMINATION FOR “BEST K-POP” FOR “LOCO” MUSIC VIDEO

Critically acclaimed K-Pop superstars ITZY returned with their highly anticipated EP, CHECKMATE, which took the #8 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week, marking the group’s first top-10 ranking on the chart. Further, the group has become the 4th K-pop girl group to achieve a top 10 ranking on the Billboard 200.
 
ITZY recently performed the EP’s lead single, “SNEAKERS,” on both MTV’s Fresh Out Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show Me Music.” The track’s music video has already amassed over 78 million views since release and currently holds the #5 ranking on YouTube’s Top 100 Global Music Videos.
 
Quickly following this achievement, it was announced today that the group has been nominated for their first MTV VMA in the category of “Best K-Pop” for their “LOCO” music video. Next up, ITZY will be embarking on their first world tour, the CHECKMATE tour, beginning with back-to-back shows in Seoul in August before heading to the United States in October. The group will be visiting eight cities through November including Los Angeles’ YouTube Theater and New York’s Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
 
CHECKMATE follows a momentous 2021 for ITZY, as the group broke numerous personal records on both the charts and with streams and helped solidify ITZY as one of K-Pop’s dominating forces thus far. With the release of their first full-length studio album, CRAZY IN LOVE, in September, the group took the #1 spot across multiple Billboard charts upon debut, including Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales, World Albums, Tastemaker Albums, and Independent Albums charts. The release also made a strong debut on Billboard’s Top 200-album chart where it reached #11, making ITZY only the third female K-pop group that scored within the chart’s top 15. This release followed their spring EP release of GUESS WHO, which marked the group’s debut on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, peaking at #148.
 
ITZY
continues to elevate their star power stateside making their first national US broadcast appearance with MTV’s Fresh Out Live in January 2021, racking in the largest performance views MTV had received for the platform. They followed that up with a performance of CRAZY IN LOVE’s lead track, “LOCO,” on The Kelly Clarkson Show in September. Some recent features for the group include Rolling Stone, who featured the group in their June 2021 “The Future of Music” Issue, TIME Magazine, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue, to name a few.
 
CHECKMATE is out now via all digital and streaming platforms. Get the full album HERE

Wednesday, October 26th – United States / Los Angeles / YouTube Theater
Saturday, October 29th – United States / Phoenix / Arizona Federal Theatre
Tuesday, November 1st – United States / Dallas / The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Thursday, November 3rd – United States / Sugar Land / Smart Financial Centre
Saturday, November 5th – United States / Atlanta / Fox Theatre
Monday, November 7th – United States / Chicago / Rosemont Theatre
Thursday, November 10th – United States / Boston / MGM Music Fall at Fenway
Sunday, November 13th – United States / New York / Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

About ITZY:
ITZY first rose to prominence in 2019 with their debut single “DALLA DALLA” that ranked #3 on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. The song pulled in a registered 17.1 million “day-of” music video views on YouTube. At that time, the song both broke breaking the record for the most viewed K-pop debut music video in history and held the record for the fastest K-pop debut music video to reach 100 million views. Their follow up single “WANNABE” charted at #4 on the Song Sales chart and is one of the top 10 K-pop song to trend globally on Spotify, while also ranking on the Emerging Artists chart, where it hit #31 for their third week in a row.  Billboard Magazine ranked “DALLA DALLA” at #20 on the “25 Best K-pop Songs of 2019: Critics’ Picks” and Dazed Magazine ranked the track at #8 for “50 Best K-pop Songs of 2019.” The group recently took home the Best New Artist Award at the 2020 Korean Music Awards; and has been included in the TIME, PAPER, Buzzfeed, Dazed, Teen Vogue and HypeBae 2020 roundups for best K-pop songs of 2020. ITZY’s third album, Not Shy, peaked on the Billboard Social 50 chart at #11 and World Album chart at #8; plus their past albums, IT’z ICY and IT’z ME have both entered the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. In May 2021, ITZY made their debut on the Billboard 200 album chart with their six-track EP GUESS WHO.

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Julia Wolf – Girls in Purgatory

One of the most sought-after independent artists Julia Wolf (aka WOLF) has released her highly-anticipated debut EP Girls In Purgatory. A prolific lyricist with a unique and captivating tone, WOLF, who hails from Queens, NY, crafted her first body of work with co-writer and producer Jackson Foote of Loote (Demi Lovato, Zara Larsson, Jonas Blue). 

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Filled with empowering, no nonsense anthems that puts “shy girls” at the forefront, Girls In Purgatory sees WOLF drawing from her own experiences of feeling in limbo. On the inspiration for the 8-track record, she said:

“This name comes from constantly having to choose between being the good guy vs. being the bad guy. Since I grew up such a shy kid, I always felt the need to put others’ feelings before my own so as not to step on toes or cause issues that would then lead to confrontation. It was practically ingrained in me to feel guilty when I put myself first, which is why I never did. But as I’ve gotten older and have found my voice through music, the decisions have started to get less clear, placing me in my own sort of purgatory where I slowly weigh out my options. Each song on this EP is a reflection of times where the road to take has either been crystal clear, or extremely blurry. There are moments of empowerment and moments of doubt, but ultimately a collection of moments I think people will be able to relate to.”

Girls In Purgatory has already seen strong support across DSPs with early singles “Resting B*tch Face: Part 2” and “Falling In Love” landing on several of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Tidal’s top pop and new music playlists, and her songs have been used in nearly 5 million videos on Snapchat, an incredible feat for an emerging independent artist. WOLF now has over 20 million streams across all DSPs before releasing her first body of work, proving her to be an artist to watch in 2021. 

WOLF will celebrate the release of Girls In Purgatory with a bi-coastal run of her first-ever headline shows (see dates below). Kicking things off in her home state of New York, she sold out her first show at the city’s Mercury Lounge in just three days. 

Girls in Purgatory Track List

  1. Falling In Love
  2. Nikes
  3. In My Way
  4. Gigi Hadid (Interlude)
  5. Resting B*itch Face: Part 2
  6. Checkmate
  7. Goodnight (Interlude)
  8. Girls In Purgatory

Upcoming Julia Wolf Live Shows 

Sat, Oct 16 – New York City, NY – Mercury Lounge

Sun, Oct 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere 

Mon, Oct 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Moroccan Lounge

About Julia Wolf  

Julia Wolf (aka WOLF) is an Italian-American indie-pop artist from Queens, NY. A prolific lyricist with a unique and captivating tone, WOLF began releasing freestyles and snippets of her music on social media in September 2019 and almost immediately garnered heavy buzz from both early adopter fans and industry professionals alike, amassing over 18 million streams all within the walls of her bedroom. A true DIY artist, WOLF writes her own lyrics in both English and Italian, co-produces her own music, and creates her own bold and eye-catching visuals and artwork. In May 2021, she was chosen as one of the first independent artists to be featured in Spotify’s Fresh Finds program, which focuses on helping developing artists learn, collaborate, and grow, by giving them the tools for long-term, sustained career success. As part of the partnership, she released an exclusive Spotify Singles track titled “RBF: Part 1.” Now, all eyes are on WOLF as she releases her first full body of work Girls In Purgatory.

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JENA ROSE LIFESIZE CHESS MUSIC VIDEO – CHECKMATE

Cuban-American gen-Z artist Jena Rose hit a 5-week streak on MTV’s Friday Livestream with Kevan Kenney, joining a-list artists including Harry Styles and Zayn in the fan-voted Top 10 rankings. The larger-than-life music video, “Checkmate”, released via Gem Street Music and Sweety High, was inspired by “The Queen’s Gambit” and her lifelong fascination with chess. The pop track visually follows Jena as she takes the power back in a toxic relationship. Watch here.

Since releasing “Checkmate” in June, Rose has experienced tremendous momentum across social media and DSPs. By the numbers, “Checkmate” has generated 4.65M total views and streams, 450K monthly Spotify listeners and 70K new TikTok followers. Additionally, the “Checkmate” sound has been used in 8.3K videos.

The single kicks off an exciting new chapter for Jena Rose and prepares listeners for her forthcoming debut EP Baby, Maybe. The project is slated for release later this year and will feature collaborations with all-star co-writers/producers including Nick Furlong and John Feldmann (Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco).

Christened a “tour de force” by American Songwriter, Jena has toured with Aly & AJ, Echosmith and Why Don’t We, attended NYFW (dressed in Alice+Olivia, Anna Sui, Tom Ford, etc), and worked on brand partnerships with Tommy Hillfiger, FabFitFun and MAC.

About Jena Rose

Growing up with a father who immigrated from Cuba and a mom raised in Chicago, Jena was inspired by a wide array of musical influences from a very young age. Displaying a precocious talent early on, she started playing her own songs on tour with AJR, Echosmith and Why Don’t We when she was only 17-years-old. Trained as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer, with over 1M social followers and 10M likes, she is an artist to watch in 2021. Gearing up for a slate of releases, fashion week, and her debut EP, Rose will be back on tour just as soon as the world allows.

About Gem Street Music

Gem Street Music, based in LA and Nashville, was created as a solution to a new music market that requires artists to drive continual growth across their digital platforms. Their core business, spanning from A&R and content production to growth and distribution, delivers the cultural scale essential to building real fan bases and driving positive ROI. Owning one of the largest Gen Z platforms and growth networks in the U.S. (Sweety High and Social Impact), they leverage their diverse audiences and employ innovative, collateralized strategies for both established stars and promising newcomers.

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Jena Rose – Checkmate

INDEPENDENT ARTIST JENA ROSE HITS 5-WEEK STREAK WITH LIFESIZE CHESS MUSIC VIDEO

CHECKMATE IN THE TOP 10 ON MTV

THE RISING SINGER/SONGWRITER JOINS HARRY STYLES, CNCO, ZAYN AND MORE IN THE FAN-VOTED RANKINGS FOR THE 5TH CONSECUTIVE WEEK

Watch the video HERE

Cuban-American gen-Z artist Jena Rose hit a 5-week streak on MTV’s Friday Livestream with Kevan Kenney, joining a-list artists including Harry Styles and Zayn in the fan-voted Top 10 rankings. The larger-than-life music video, Checkmate, released via Gem Street Music and Sweety High, was inspired by The Queen’s Gambit and her lifelong fascination with chess. The pop track visually follows Jena as she takes the power back in a toxic relationship. Watch HERE

Since releasing Checkmate in June, Rose has experienced tremendous momentum across social media and DSPs. By the numbers, Checkmate has generated 4.65M total views and streams, 450K monthly Spotify listeners and 70K new TikTok followers. Additionally, the Checkmate sound has been used in 8.3K videos and her TikTok audience has increased by 70K followers. 

The single kicks off an exciting new chapter for Jena Rose and prepares listeners for her forthcoming debut EP Baby, Maybe. The project is slated for release later this year and will feature collaborations with all-star co-writers/producers including Nick Furlong and John Feldmann (Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco). 

Christened a tour de force by American Songwriter, Jena has toured with Aly & AJ, Echosmith and Why Don’t We, attended NYFW (dressed in Alice+Olivia, Anna Sui, Tom Ford, etc), and worked on brand partnerships with Tommy Hillfiger, FabFitFun and MAC. 

ABOUT JENA ROSE

Growing up with a father who immigrated from Cuba and a mom raised in Chicago, Jena was inspired by a wide array of musical influences from a very young age. Displaying a precocious talent early on, she started playing her own songs on tour with AJR, Echosmith and Why Don’t We when she was only 17-years-old. Trained as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer, with over 1M social followers and 10M likes, she is an artist to watch in 2021. Gearing up for a slate of releases, fashion week, and her debut EP, Rose will be back on tour just as soon as the world allows.

For more information on Jena Rose please visit her website, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and TikTok.

ABOUT GEM STREET MUSIC

Gem Street Music, based in LA and Nashville, was created as a solution to a new music market that requires artists to drive continual growth across their digital platforms. Their core business, spanning from A&R and content production to growth and distribution, delivers the cultural scale essential to building real fan bases and driving positive ROI. Owning one of the largest Gen Z platforms and growth networks in the U.S. (Sweety High and Social Impact), they leverage their diverse audiences and employ innovative, collateralized strategies for both established stars and promising newcomers.

Jena Rose — Checkmate from Jenn Kelleher at Rogers & Cowan PMK for use by 360 Magazine

JENA ROSE — CHECKMATE

JENA ROSE’S “CHECKMATE” DEBUTS IN TOP 10 ON MTV

The larger-than-life music video has amassed just shy of 1M views since dropping on Friday

‘Jena Rose is entering the race for song of the summer with her latest single, “Checkmate”’ – US WEEKLY

Following its release on Friday, Jena Rose debuted her latest music video “Checkmate” in the Top 10 on MTV’s Friday Live show with Kevan Kenney. The larger-than-life music video is quickly approaching 1M views since dropping on Friday. You can watch the video HERE.

Featured by Entertainment Tonight, US Weekly, BELLO Magazine, Just Jared and more, Jena’s latest track, released via Gem Street Music and Sweety High, was inspired by “The Queen’s Gambit” and her lifelong fascination with chess. “Checkmate” visually follows Jena as she takes the power back in a toxic relationship.

Christened a “tour de force” by American Songwriter, Jena broke down the new track saying: “Relationships and chess have a lot more in common than I ever considered, until I had one that woke me up… ‘Checkmate’ is a homage to all the girls who’ve had to act strategically to protect their hearts.”

Written with Nick Furlong (Machine Gun Kelly, 5 Seconds of Summer) and produced by Chapters (Simon Jay and Luke Shrestha), the high-energy track features Jena’s signature brand of pop with nods to 80s influences Duran Duran and Depeche Mode.

“Checkmate” kicks off an exciting new chapter for Jena Rose and previews her forthcoming debut EP “Baby, Maybe.” The project is slated for release later this year and will feature collaborations with all-star co-writers/producers including Furlong and John Feldmann (Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco). The new track follows her 2020 release, “Forever Yours (ft. Casper Magico)” which earned global recognition, over 6M streams, and was featured on the soundtrack for the 2020 Netflix film Work It.

ABOUT JENA ROSE:

Growing up with a father who immigrated from Cuba and a mom raised in Chicago, Jena was inspired by a wide array of musical influences from a very young age. Displaying a precocious talent early on, she started playing her own songs on tour with AJR, Echosmith and Why Don’t We when she was only 17-years-old. Trained as a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer, with over 1M social followers and 10M likes, she is an artist to watch in 2021. Gearing up for a slate of releases, fashion week, and her debut EP, Rose will be back on tour just as soon as the world allows.

ABOUT GEM STREET MUSIC:

Gem Street Music, based in LA and Nashville, was created as a solution to a new music market that requires artists to drive continual growth across their digital platforms. Their core business, spanning from A&R and content production to growth and distribution, delivers the cultural scale essential to building real fan bases and driving positive ROI. Owning one of the largest Gen Z platforms and growth networks in the U.S. (Sweety High and Social Impact), they leverage their diverse audiences and employ innovative, collateralized strategies for both established stars and promising newcomers.

Conan Gray “Checkmate” Music Video

Beyond buzzing 20-year-old pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray has released the official music video for his infectious single “Checkmate” today!
 
Check out the official music video for “Checkmate
 here!
 
On the video Conan Gray said:
 “In the “Checkmate” music video, I finally get revenge for all the times I got played with in a relationship. If you wanna treat love like a game, I’m gonna win it. If you wanna cheat on me with my best friend, I’m gonna trick you into thinking I don’t know, then kidnap you both and send you to starve on a deserted island so you can spend the rest of you short lives alone together (just like you wanted). Cheers!”
 
On writing the song he also mentioned:
 “‘Checkmate’ is a song that spewed out of me while alone in my bedroom. It took me about four minutes, and I just ugly cried out a whole song about this person I liked who was always playing games with my heart. They’d call me super drunk in the middle of the night telling me they loved me, then they’d spend the next week cold and ignoring me. “Checkmate” was my last draw; my way of saying “I’m done with these games. If you wanna play this game, I’m gonna win.’”
 
This fall he returns to the road for his next North American headline,
 “The Comfort Crowd” Tour. The six-week run kicks off October 29 at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, performs in major markets across the country including New York’s Terminal 5 on November 12th, and concludes with a three-night stand at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA December 11-13th(third date recently added!). Not to mention he’ll be making his festival debut this year at Lollapalooza and Life is Beautiful Festival.
 
www.conangray.com/tour.
 
“The Comfort Crowd”
 Tour follows his recent sold out European tour, and a momentous North American spring headline tour that saw him perform to sold out crowds in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Toronto, to name a few.
 
Gray
 continues to make major waves on his own terms. A string of hits has vaulted him to the forefront of modern pop. “Checkmate” has already reached nearly 3 Spotify streams in the first two weeks and counting. Meanwhile, his Sunset Season EP put up impressive numbers, generating a staggering 80 million streams as he averages over 2.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify. No wonder, i-D crowned him “gen z’s ascendant king of sad boy pop,”, MTV called him its new “Prince of Pop”, and Paper praised his, “unprovoked honesty.”
 
Every online ticket purchased comes with one (1) CD of Conan Gray’s upcoming album. Ticket buyers will receive an additional email with redemption instructions to receive their albums. US/Canadian residents only.
 
Armed with nothing more than Garageband and a cheap microphone taped to a lamp, Conan Gray released his song “Idle Town” on his YouTube channel as an ode to his hometown of Georgetown, TX. The song went viral, and he later joined forces with LA based producer 
Dan Nigro to finalize his Sunset Season EP, featuring singles “Generation Why” and “Crush Culture”. The EP debuted in November, 2018 to widespread critical acclaim from The Fader, Billboard, and Ones To Watch, amongst others. In January, 2019, Conan made his television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, before opening for Panic at the Disco! for several shows on their arena tour. Conan has sold out two North American headline tours as well as his most recent May, 2019  European tour.  Recently called the ‘Prince of Pop’ by MTV, he will be performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago and Life is Beautiful this summer before headlining his next North American tour in the fall. Conan has been featured in Paper Magazine, I-D Magazine, and the Sunday Times.