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Lunay article illustration for 360 MAGAZINE by Heather Skovlund

Pull&Bear × LUNAY

Pull&Bear Announces A March 5th Launch Of

“Lu-lu Athletics Club” with LUNAY

The basketball-inspired capsule collection is the second drop of Pull&Bear’s collaboration with the Fast-Rising Latin Music Star

“Breakout Artist Lunay Showcases How Latinx Music Has Lent New Vision to Fashion”

WWD (LUNAY Cover Feature)

The Past Week Has Also Seen LUNAY UnveilHis First Single of 2021,

“SIN ROPA” – From His Upcoming El Niño Project And Named As The Premiere Episode Performer For The Second Season Of HBO’s “Tiny Audience” Series

Pull&Bear and the singer Lunay will launch “Lu-Lu Athletics Club”, a basketball-inspired capsule collection, on Friday, March 5th. Continuing the brand’s devotion to the latest trends in music and fashion, this limited edition collection is the second drop of the collaboration with the new generation reggaeton star Lunay.

The first part was introduced in September and showed the brand’s consumers the Puerto Rican singer’s fashion vision.

This time, “Lu-Lu Athletics Club”, on which Lunay has closely collaborated, is the reflection of the archetypal basketball aesthetic of the 2000s.

The collection highlights colours such as lime green and blue and is made up of leading garments like the iconic varsity jacket, dungarees and basketball-inspired total look in blue and mesh fabric. Moreover, the “Lu-Lu” picture prints and graphics cover hoodies, short and long sleeve T-shirts, ombré T-shirt and jogging shorts twin sets and accessories.

As far as accessories go, you can also find classic basketball caps as well as wristbands, socks and trending garments like an ombré-effect lime green and blue bucket hat.

Beginning March 5th, Check out the campaign at: www.pullandbear.com

https://press.pullandbear.com  – @pullandbear

“Pull&Bear pulled out all the stops, collaborating with Reggaeton major player Lunay. The Puerto Rican artist’s stock is rapidly rising…already chock full of a slew of ‘new and breakout’ artist awards.” – Highsnobiety

“Aimed at younger audiences seeking the leading edge on trends… the collection has launched in collaboration with Latin music star Lunay” – HYPEBEAST

ABOUT PULL&BEAR

Pull&Bear was founded in 1991 with a clear international focus and intent to create fashion for young people who are connected to their surroundings, who avoid stereotypes and live and mix in their community. For these young people, Pull&Bear brings together the latest international trends and mixes them with street style and fashionable club influences, reinterpreting them to make comfortable, easy-to-wear garments, incorporating best practices when it comes to sustainability. Pull&Bear has evolved alongside its customers, and is always up-to-date with new technologies, social movements and the latest artistic and musical trends. The brand has a commercial network of more than 940 stores and sells online in more than 140 markets via www.pullandbear.com.

ABOUT THE INDITEX GROUP

Pull&Bear is part of the Inditex Group (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe), one of the world’s largest fashion retailers with more than 7,300 stores in 96 markets, 50 of them with integrated platforms across physical and online stores, and global online stores reaching over 200 markets.

ABOUT LUNAY

While a large number of new Latin music artists are looking to continue the surge in global success of Reggaeton, Latin Trap and other Rhythmic music styles in Spanish, it has become clearly evident that Puerto Rico’s dynamic, still only 20, musical “wunderkind” (RS), LUNAY is the genre’s undisputed new generation superstar.  After bursting into the playlists and video streams of fans across the world with “Soltera” and it’s soon to follow, and widely regarded ‘Song of Summer’ remix with Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, LUNAY’s credits were quickly boasting two #1 Latin Airplay singles, a rare #1 full album debut with the 14-track ‘ÉPICO,’ and over a Billion views quickly collected on YouTube.  With the support of super-producers Chris Jedi, Gaby Music, and their Star Island label,  Lunay’s rapid rise has already resulted in a trophy case full of  breakthrough artist award recognition including: the 2019 LATIN AMA’S “NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR, 2019 BILLBOARD “ARTIST ON THE RISE” recognition, SPOTIFY TOP 3 “BREAKOUT ARTISTS OF YEAR, 2019 APPLE MUSIC “UP NEXT ARTIST” and FOUR PREMIOS JUVENTUD victories: “ON THE RISE ARTIST” & ”REMIX OF THE YEAR” (2019) and most recently “BREAKING THE INTERNET” &  NEW GENERATION – MALE (2020). Following a few quiet months due to the Covid pandemic postponing a series of highly anticipated concert appearances, LUNAY resumed his ascent to the upper reaches of the genre with features alongside Lil Mosey and Jhay Cortez, and the standout single “Relaciones” – which Rolling Stone hailed as the week’s best new Latin music track upon its release.  LUNAY’s visibility continued to grow across the Fall of 2020 with a WWD cover profile spotlighting his first fashion collaboration with Pull & Bear,” a nationally broadcast Halloween concert, and selection to Billboard’s prestigious “21 under 21” list of the music industry’s top young artists.

Herbalife article illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 magazine

The Entrepreneurs Top Tech Tools

Rhonda VetereChief Information Officer, Herbalife Nutrition

When the world shut down due to the pandemic, everything changed, especially for small businesses. Suddenly, the ability to connect to customers became even more critical, and the safe way to do so is through technology. While companies have long relied on email or text messaging to communicate, many entrepreneurs found they needed to expand their technology toolkit, becoming more creative and resourceful with how they conduct business and compete effectively. As a technology expert who advises more than 3.4 million entrepreneurs around the world on technology solutions that can help them serve their customers and manage their business, I recommend the following tech tips to help you power your business. 

Customer service 

We are living during a time of tremendous technology transformation. Gone are the days when people waited for what seemed an eternity to send or receive a message. Time has sped up, and with it is the demand from customers for immediate attention. According to recent research, 82% of consumers expect a quick response from brands. Keeping up or ahead of customers requires staying on top of technology trends and ensuring that you have the tools to compete in the digital age.  

For website support, many entrepreneurs use a live chat tool that can help customers with basic questions. Many of these tools can be used on social media as well. If paid chat options are price prohibitive, there are also useful and free tools, including Zoho Desk.

Communication and collaboration 

Video conferencing and video chat applications grew exponentially during the pandemic. In March, video conferencing apps saw 62 million downloads. Entrepreneurs are using video apps for connecting with customers, partners and vendors. While these tools are excellent for meetings, they are also useful for maintaining connections with industry organizations and networking groups. Many of the tools allow break-out rooms for a small meeting within a session, creating an intimate and collaborative space. 

As you continue to build your reputation as an expert in your industry, video conferencing can also be used to host a webinar for existing and potential customers. Many entrepreneurs are hosting panel discussions, bringing in other partners and collaborators. These sessions can be taped and repurposed as content for your social media channels, website and email marketing. There are many video conferencing options, including, Joinme, which has a free plan that lets you invite up to 10 video participants 

Social media 

Social media is not just for sharing videos and memes – it is a top business tool. Your customers are on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, and Instagram. Once you identify which channels you want to use, you need to post engaging content. These can range from news about products, sales and impactful information. Posting across several channels every week can be daunting. Thankfully, many social media tools help you schedule and publish your content that can be calendared and posted automatically. These tools range from Hootsuite (which has a free option) to Zoho Social to Buffer

Slack  

More and more brands, companies and entrepreneurs use Slack to communicate with their customers. It’s a great place to provide relevant updates, tips and advisement, and new product announcements. It also gives your customers a place away from social media to share stories and entrepreneurs a place to connect with their team more visibly easily. 

Storage  

There is a lot of discussion about the term “the cloud.” Think of the cloud as an off-site storage locker, where all your critical information is safe and secure – and easily sharable. Google DriveDropbox, or Microsoft Sharepoint safeguard your backups and allow users access from any location. Moving your work to the cloud not only benefits you to work from anywhere and any device, but it also makes it easy to share content with your customers.  

Email Marketing 

Your marketing toolkit may contain a variety of options – one of which is email marketing. Sending professionally designed, informative newsletters to your customers is a great way to keep in touch. One of the most popular companies in the business is Mailchimp. Even better, If your company sends fewer than 12,000 email messages per month to fewer than 2,000 subscribers, you can take advantage of Mailchimp’s Forever Free plan. 

E-commerce 

The pandemic has changed how we shop. Overnight, people began to purchase everything from groceries to furniture online and in record numbers. Customers now expect to buy their products online. They expect the experience to be easy and fast. There are many great e-commerce platforms out there, such as Shopify, a one-stop-shop for setting up your e-commerce store, to Amazon’s beyond popular platform. Shopify offers a 14-day free trial, and you can use it to chat with customers online, track orders and send invoices.  

One final note. As a technologist, I remind everyone that interaction with your customers is up to you. Nothing supplants human interaction and connection. With limits on our in-person meetings, it is even more essential to find ways to build businesses. Mix up how you connect with others – pick up the phone, or schedule a Zoom, to call a handful of customers every day. Don’t forego a personal email that is not meant to sell a customer or colleague – but to check-in with them and see how they are doing. Technology is a fantastic tool that helps small businesses act big. The challenge is to make the technology connections feel more three-dimensional vs two-dimensional. Technology can help us be more efficient and productive, and while it can enhance our communication, it will never replace the incredible power of the human relationship. That part is up to you.  

RUF × MOTUL

Two icons of performance join forces to test and develop high tech lubricants on the latest RUF-built cars and engines, pushing the boundaries of performance for both brands.

RUF Automobile, manufacturer of bespoke supercars and restomod classics, has announced a strategic partnership with Motul, producer of market-leading superior quality engine oils.
 
RUF has been engineering, manufacturing, and modifying its own engines at its Pfaffenhausen, Germany headquarters for decades. The new partnership provides Motul’s engineers and RUF’s engineers with two-way access to critical engineering data that will be used to create performance engine oils and engines.
 
“Thousands of man-hours are poured into our engine development and manufacture, so it made sense to team up with Motul to get the most from them,” said Director of RUF Automobile Alois Ruf. “We can engineer more performance, more reliability, and ultimately more enjoyment into our engines with Motul on our team.”
 
Motul has previously partnered with motorsports teams and series for lubricant testing and development, including extensive testing work at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and with teams competing in the IMSA endurance racing series. Motul products are designed with performance engines in mind, making them a natural fit for RUF.
 
“Motul is excited to join forces with RUF in developing the next generation of performance engine oils and to maintain and protect their current generation of cars with our best product,” said Motul Chief Value Officer Nicolas Zaugg. “We like to push boundaries and work with the best in each field. When it comes to sports cars, RUF is one of the best.”
 
All current RUF models built and maintained at the company’s facilities will now use Motul engine oil. Next-generation RUF engines are being designed in conjunction with Motul for optimal performance and reliability.ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GMBH
In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. formed his company, AUTO RUF, as a general service garage. The company grew, and in 1949, he added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr. vowed to continue when he assumed directorship of the company in 1974. In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut. RUF remains a family business run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.

music note illustration by 360 magazine

CHEAT CODES X AJ MITCHELL: “HATE YOU + LOVE YOU”

Joining forces for an event-level collaboration from their forthcoming debut album, Hellraisers Pt. 1, multiplatinum DJ trio Cheat Codes teams up with Gold-certified rising pop maverick AJ Mitchell for a brand new single entitled “Hate You + Love You”.

Simultaneously trafficking in electronic, pop, hip-hop, and alternative at the same high speed, the Los Angeles trio Cheat Codes remains an inescapable force throughout popular culture. AJ Mitchell has set his sights on pop domination with every move as he gears up to release his highly anticipated debut full-length album Skyview.

“I think we’ve all had that experience with a friend, family member, girlfriend or boyfriend where you just have that feeling: I hate you but I love you at the same time. AJ Mitchellcaptures that every and we were so stoked to have him jump on this with us,” said Cheat Codes. “Big love to Bryn Christopher, KODA and Henrik for sharing their magic with us on this. It was a true pleasure to work with them.”

For the track, Cheat Codes cooked up a glistening soundscape topped off by glitchy 808s and a laidback bass line. This backdrop really allows Mitchell’s voice to soar. Reflecting the song’s thematic push-and-pull, he delivers intimate verses before the high register hook takes hold with heavenly vocal echoes as he admits, “I hate you, love you, the rest of my life.

As they embark on what is slated to be their biggest year yet fueled by their debut album release, Cheat Codes have already made waves and built momentum through a series of single releases.  Most recently, “No Chill” featuring breakout TikTok star and musician Lil XXEL lead the radio airwaves in January 2021. With three legs leading into the album, each ‘part’ will personify the individual members of the trio and give you a deeper look at each group member.

The Los Angeles-based group consisting of KEVI, Trevor Dahl and Matt Russell have skyrocketed to fame since they first came together in 214. Over the course of the last six years, they’ve amassed over 6 billion total streams, with 12 million listeners tuning in each month to their music via Spotify. Pivotal points in their career include collaborations with artists such as Liam Payne, Fetty Wap, Demi Lovato, Little Mix, Wiz Khalifa and more.

In other news, AJ Mitchell recently picked up his first gold plaque for the single “Slow Dance” [feat. Ava Max], which has amassed over 215 million streams to-date. Included in Variety’s Young Hollywood 2020 list, he continues to captivate listeners everywhere, recently achieving over 1 billion total streams and views. He capped off last year with the incendiary single “Burn” before diving back into the studio to put the finishing touches on his full-length debut album, Skyview—coming soon.

Get “Hate You + Love You” HERE.

Photo of Larry Namer curtesy of Nicole Goesseringer Muj

QxA With Larry Namer

An entertainment industry veteran with close to 50 years of professional experience in cable television, live events and new media, Larry Namer is a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (MGEG), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad. In 2018, the company launched the MGEG Film Fund I and serves as a managing partner.  He is also the executive producer of the recently announced feature film “EMPRESS,” a new travel series for the China audience titled “Explore The World,” and an executive producer of the new crime series “Nova Vita.”  He is a co-founder of the recently launched lifestyle platform BeautyKween. Most recently, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of FanVestor.

Mr. Namer is the co-founder of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over four billion USD, and the creator of several successful companies in the United States and overseas. Among those companies are Comspan Communications that pioneered Western forms of entertainment in the former Soviet Union and Steeplechase Media that served as the primary consultant to Microsoft’s MiTV for developing interactive TV applications.  

Early on, he was named the youngest general manager of a major cable system at Valley Cable TV (VCTV) in Los Angeles. His vision and direction garnered VCTV several Emmy and Cable ACE award nominations, as well as recognition by Forbes magazine as the national model for local cable television programming. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award from the National Cable Television Association. He was honored with the “Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Award” at the 19th Asian Television Awards in Singapore and received the International Media Legacy Award at the 2017 Elite Awards Foundation Gala. He was the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2018 Hollywood Tribute Awards and the 2019 Hollywood China Night, presented by the American-Chinese CEO Society, both in celebration of the Academy Awards®.  In July 2019, he was awarded The Tribeca Disruptor Award at the Novus Summit, held at the United Nations, and in September 2020, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the French Riviera Film Festival. 

We sat down with Mr. Namer to ask him a few questions about the recent collaboration between the companies FanVestor and Cre8or Global. The companies are working together to connect celebrities with their fans. The companies want to deliver future investment opportunities, exclusive perks and experiences, as well as fan-focused sweepstakes, eCommerce exclusives and charity offerings to fans. 

What made FanVestor interested in partnering with Cre8or Global? 

We felt that Cre8or had a unique business model as well as all the resources to execute that plan. They already had some major celebrities and sports figures working with them on beauty, make-up, and wellness products which would fit perfectly into the FanVestor systems. We already had certain celebrities who were looking for strong partners who could take them into those spheres and develop and distribute the products. So, it was a clear and good match for both companies.

What are some things the public can look forward to as a result of this collaboration? 

Very quickly you will see a few major celebrities launch their new product lines directly to their fans via FanVestor. These will be special editions that come with some nice perks which can be collectibles or even unique dream experiences. After first exposing these to hardcore fans, then the products will be made available to the general public. Then a little further down the road, you will see that fans will have the opportunity not only to acquire products, but they will be able to invest in those very same companies

What lead you to become the chief operating officer for FanVestor? 

Well, I was on the advisory board at first because I was intrigued with the concept, but as time went on I learned a lot more and felt that with what FanVestor had accomplished so far coupled with my skills and connections, there was a great opportunity to make FanVestor a market leader and game-changer.

Are there any celebrities that FanVestor and Cre8or Global want to work with that you haven’t yet?

Yes, I would say there are hundreds of celebs that this makes sense for. FanVestor’s targets are sports, esports, fashion, art, film, TV and music stars, and influencers. Just take a dozen from each group and you are over 100. Then there are so many areas that are of interest to us and to celebrities, beyond unique products. There are securities, bonds, experiences and perks, charity fundraising, auctions, sweepstakes, and so on. Over the career of a celebrity, he or she might want to engage in projects within several of those activities.

Does FanVestor have any ideas for the future for other companies you would like to partner with? 

I think the concept of fans wanting to engage with their heroes and celebrities wanting to have a closer, more intimate relationship with their fans is universal. I can see us doing localized versions of FanVestor in other countries and other languages (other than English). I’m a strong believer in finding good, experienced, local partners whenever I engage in business outside the United States.

What advice would you give fans that want to invest in celebrities through FanVestor? 

While return on investment is certainly something to consider, think beyond just the monetary measures and of the intangibles that come with it. For example, the Green Bay Packers are owned by fans and they have special shareholder days and even a merchandise catalog of things only available to shareholders. Besides the monetary reward, they relish in having that stock certificate framed and hanging on the wall for all their friends to see. There is a pleasure to be had in supporting your team that way. So, it’s not just money that is part of the ROI. Choose the things you feel passionate about, whether it be a sports team or a celebrity doing great charity work.

How can the public get involved in this partnership between FanVestor and Cre8or Global? 

Starting next month, you will begin to see the Website and mobile apps populated with the first of a wave of fan opportunities. You can go on right now and register to be kept apprised of all the news

Since you are using the celebrities’ own fanbases, do you see any major problems occurring with promoting the product line?

Not at all. There will be some very clear communication between the celeb and the fans, so everyone knows what is being offered. When it comes to securities, everything is regulated on a federal level, so there is consistency in what and how opportunities are offered to fans.

Where do you see this partnership going in the future? Will the companies continue to work together to connect celebrities and their fans?

Yes, FanVestor and Cre8or are perfectly aligned. Crea8or knows how to develop and market new products with celebrity tie-ins. FanVestor knows how to monetize fandom. Today with the world-changing the way it has, celebrities and their managers, are looking for new ways, to connect to their fanbases and monetize those connections. FanVestor and Cre8or provide a one-stop shop for them.

Ice cream illustration by Kaelen Felix for Ben and Jerry's story inside 360 magazine

Ben & Jerry’s “PUNCH LINE”

“What did the bourbon say to the almonds? Am I drunk or are you nuts?” 

That is just one of the many jokes Wanda Sykes riffed when she learned about Punch Line, the newest Ben & Jerry’s flavor in partnership with Netflix’s comedy brand Netflix Is A Joke. Good for the belly and good for a belly laugh, the new flavor is a comedic duo of brown butter bourbon and almond ice creams with roasted almonds and chuckles of cherries. That’s a mouthful of mirth.

1-866-PUNCHLINE – CALL NOW FOR YUMMY JOKES AND FUNNY ICE CREAM! 

In addition to delicious ice cream, Netflix and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up to provide some much-needed humor through a new Punch Line hotline. Netflix’s hottest heckle-proof headliners, including comedians Wanda Sykes, Fortune Feimster and Aparna Nancherla, will have people doubled over with laughter when they call 1-866-PUNCHLINE. Some lucky fans may even discover a way to get a free pint of Punch Line – now that’s a call to action!

This fourth Ben & Jerry’s/Netflix flavor in 2020 continues to provide fans with something to look forward to. To hear more hilariousness from Wanda, Fortune and Aparna, you can find all three stand-ups on Netflix or the Netflix Is A Joke YouTube channel. Start planning which Netflix comedy special you’ll pair with a pint of Punch Line and in no time, you’ll be licking and laughing!

Punch Line is headlining store shelves across the country now with a suggested MSRP of $4.99-$5.49, but don’t dally! As a Limited Batch, when it’s gone, it’s gone! To learn more about Ben & Jerry’s, visit: benjerry.com

Serge Ibaka collabs with Nobis on new outwear line as announced by 360 MAGAINE

Nobis x Serge Ibaka

Today, premium Canadian outerwear brand Nobis launched its first capsule collection designed in collaboration with Toronto Raptors centre and NBA champion Serge Ibaka. Known for his #BigScarfEnergy, Ibaka teamed up with Nobis to help create a genderless collection that features nine limited-edition pieces, including a parka, anorak, bomber jacket, vests, hats and, of course, scarves. The highly anticipated capsule collection is available in store and online starting November 19, 2020.

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Nobis on my first fashion collection. Nobis is very simple and chic, which made me really fall in love with the brand, making them the perfect partner,” says Ibaka. “Getting dressed to me is an art, and I wanted to express myself through this collection and share it with my fans.”

Michael Kerr, Senior Design Director at Nobis, worked directly with Ibaka to bring a shared vision to life. “When your first project on a brand includes a design partnership with Serge Ibaka, you can’t imagine the level of excitement,” says Kerr. “Our collaboration was a balancing act of style and performance. During our design meetings together, we strove to find the right line between fashion and function with the goal being ‘functional beauty’. Starting with the idea of leaning into the new direction of functionally adaptive layers, we came up with designs that also have a modern aesthetic, with a colour palette and several style elements inspired by Serge’s own wardrobe.”

The collection ranges in price from $50 to $850 and each piece is home launderable. Nobis fans can expect the same premium quality, style elements and technical components: The genderless hooded anorak features a modern high-low cut and front pouch, while both the anorak and bomber jacket have a water-repellent nylon shell and breathable Primaloft insulation for fast-drying warmth. The collection’s parka is crafted from Nobis’ patented membrane lamination, seam-sealed construction and insulated with Canadian origin white duck down. The lightweight tactical vest, with multiple exterior pockets, is windproof and breathable – ideal for transitional weather and mild winter days. Reflective trims and iridescent logos on most pieces provide an accent to the neutral palette, in addition to visibility after dark. Accessories have been given the same attention to detail, with options such as a solid nylon ripstop bucket hat that’s reversible to Nobis’ signature printed polyester crosshatch, featuring a tonal “S” logo on the front and an iridescent limited-edition collection label on the back. It reverses to reveal a camouflage print and Serge’s signature “Mafuzzy” catchphrase on the rim.

“We couldn’t be prouder to take our partnership with Serge Ibaka, one of our Global Brand Ambassadors, to the next level with the release of this collaborative collection,” says Nobis Co-founder and Vice President Robin Yates. “Serge represents the best of professional sport and international fashion and we are absolutely delighted to be working together in bringing his vision of Nobis x Ibaka to life.”

The Nobis x Serge Ibaka capsule collection is available starting November 19, 2020 online at Nobis.com and in-store. For updates on Nobis, visit Nobis.com or follow the conversation on social media at @nobis and #NobisxSergeIbaka.

ABOUT NOBIS 
In 2007, “Nobis”– which is Latin for “us” – was launched. Nobis is a globally renowned Canadian premium outerwear and accessory brand that embraces the conviction that trends may come and go but style, function and quality will remain forever timeless. Collections are designed for the ever-changing global winters, unpredictable seasonal conditions and the growing need for fashionable and functional outerwear. Under InnoVision Holdings Corporation, Nobis continues to test new boundaries in the fashion outerwear and accessories markets at a rapidly growing rate. In 2010, Nobis was selected as one of the three finalists of the Markham Board of Trade Global Business Excellence Award. Nobis is currently available in over 35 countries, in North America, Europe and Asia including US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan, Korea, and of course, our home Canada.

ABOUT SERGE IBAKA
Born in the Republic of the Congo to parents who were both basketball players, Ibaka developed a love for the game from an early age and turned to it as an outlet during the Second Congo War. He played at home during his youth and then in Barcelona, Spain, where he was first drafted by the NBA to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and later the Orlando Magic. He was eventually traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2017, later signing a three-year contract and winning the NBA Championship in 2019. Outside of basketball, Serge Ibaka is committed to helping those in need through the Serge Ibaka Foundation, whose projects focus on health and education for orphans in the Congo (working with UNICEF to renovate orphanages, providing healthcare supplies and medical devices such as hearing aids). When he’s not on the court or working for those in need, he enjoys playing Congolese music with friends and developing his personal style.

Image courtesy of White Sneaker Consulting

Champion x Super Mario Bros.

Champion® Athleticwear and Super Mario Bros.™ Level Up with Limited-Edition Anniversary Collection

The New Collection Brings Rare Super Mario Bros. Graphics to Life to Commemorate 35 Years of the Iconic Video Game

Today, Champion Athleticwear, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919, launched a limited-edition capsule collection in partnership with Nintendo® to celebrate the  35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Available to shop globally, the new Champion x Super Mario Bros. collaboration features unique Super Mario Bros. graphics playfully displayed on classic Champion apparel.

The Champion x Super Mario Bros. collection uses some of the Japanese box art created for the original Super Mario Bros. and utilizes the vintage prints, reinventing them through a Champion lens. Using the authentic apparel brand’s products as the canvas, the collection puts a new twist on classic characters. From a monochrome Toad jumping atop Champion’s Cloud Dye Tee to Fire Mario bouncing fireballs across Champion’s Reverse WeaveTMHoodie, each apparel item taps into nostalgic facets of the popular video game. Plus, there’s even a nod to Mario’s well-known outfit with a super-limited quantity of red Super Fleece 3.0 Overalls, emblazoned with Champion’s script logo.

Champion celebrates teams across all facets of sports, redefining what ‘team’ looks like in today’s culture. While staying connected to one’s squad proves more important, albeit challenging, than ever this year, Champion wanted to reinforce the value of team with this playful collection. To commemorate the whole squad of beloved characters in Super Mario Bros., Champion utilized unique graphics including Mario, Princess Peach, Toad, and Bowser throughout the product assortment, all against a Champion backdrop.

“As a brand that celebrated its centennial anniversary last year, Champion was thrilled to commemorate another iconic brand’s milestone,” said David Robertson, Director Champion Global Brand Marketing. “From the beginning, Super Mario Bros. has represented teamwork by introducing many beloved characters who work together for the greater good. Champion is a brand that celebrates teams, in any shape or form, and we’re excited to welcome the whole Super Mario Bros. crew to ours.”

Featuring notable Champion apparel items, the collection includes a variety of Reverse WeaveTM hoodies, crews, joggers, anoraks, and t-shirts, offering a unique play on beloved fan-favorite characters and items. Spanning men, women, and youth apparel, items range in price from $30 to $150. Starting November 18th, assorted pieces can be shopped in the U.S. on Champion.com and in various retail partners, including Finish Line, PacSun, Jimmy Jazz, Tilly’s, Zumiez, and Shiekh Shoes, before it’s game over for this collection.

To learn more about the Champion x Super Mario Bros. collection, visit Champion.com and follow the brand on Instagram, TikTokTwitter, and Facebook.

About Champion® 

Since 1919, Champion Athleticwear has offered a full line of innovative athletic apparel for men and women including activewear, sweats, tees, sports bras, team uniforms, and accessories. Champion uses innovative design and state-of-the-art product testing to ensure uncompromised quality and innovative apparel for its consumers. Champion Athleticwear can be purchased at department stores, sporting goods, specialty retailers, and at Champion.com.

For more information, please contact us at 1-800-315-0563 or at Facebook.com/Champion, follow us on Twitter @Championusa or on Instagram @Champion. Champion is a brand of Hanesbrands Inc.

DJ Mike Mago – On Repeat

DUTCH DJ MIKE MAGO RELEASES IRRESISTIBLE ON REPEAT EP

EP Includes New Track Eyes On Me (with TCTS) Featuring Anabel Englund

Listen to On Repeat HERE

Watch Eyes On Me Visualizer HERE

Today, Dutch DJ and producer Mike Magoreleases his new EP, On Repeat, an infectious collection of intricately arranged dance tracks via Astralwerks. Listen HERE. New single Eyes on Me, with English producer TCTS and singer Anabel Englund, brings dizzying sizzle to the diverse set, which includes known heaters Recognise, Sun Keeps Rising Up, and On Repeat. Watch Eyes On Me visualizer HERE. Eyes on Me wraps Englund’s dreamy vocals in a shimmery instrumental and an insistent bassline the song feels like it’s floating, but at high speed. On Repeat’s previously released tracks are similarly adventurous and have collectively amassed over 4 million combined global streams across DSPs. Recognise winds swirling synths around a powerful vocal about the ways people change. Sun Keeps Rising Up is a soulful, ecstatic house cut built around the emotive Jodie Abacus’s emotive coo. On Repeat is a love song about a crush you just canߣt get out of your head. As the title suggests, the EP invites repeated listens. Mike Mago says, I’m super proud and happy with how this EP turned out, especially with the new track ‘Eyes On Me. When TCTS and I made the track, we knew it was a heater, but Anabel’s take on it gave it a whole new dimension and the track really leveled up.

On Repeat is a typically irresistible release for Mago, who’s built a career treading the line between underground dance sounds and pop’s sugary bliss. Earlier this year, he shared a remix of Halsey’s You Should Be Sad, which joins a robust collection of reworks for artists as varied as Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Clean Bandit, Bastille, Tiesto, and Charli XCX. The singles collected via On Repeat, which have come out over the course of the last few months, have garnered placements on a number of beloved Spotify playlists including New Dance Revolution and the UK’s New Music Friday. Mike Mago’s stayed busy over the course of 2020, and, if On Repeat is any indication, there’s only more dance floor brilliance to come.

ON REPEAT TRACKLIST:

1. On Repeat (with Kelli-Leigh)

2. Recognise

3. Sun Keeps Rising Up (ft. Jodie Abacus)

4. Eyes On Me (with TCTS) ft. Anabel Englund

ABOUT MIKE MAGO:

As dance music continues to evolve, Mike Mago is one of the best examples of how diverse its artists can be. His feet planted in both underground house music and mainstream sounds, he has earned worldwide support from DJs and radio alike. Outlines, his 2014 breakthrough collaboration with Dragonette, has racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify and over 12 million YouTube views. It is 2x Platinum in The Netherlands and has been certified Gold in Italy and Canada. His follow-up hits have included Deeper Love, Secret Stash (with Dragonette), One In A Trillion (with DIRTY RADIO) and Feels So Good. Billboard said, Feels So Good is a funky house tune with more groove than a vinyl record. With over 32 million Spotify streams, Remedy (with Tom Ferry, ILY) is his biggest track to date. Mago’s massive remix of Halsey’s You Should Be Sad was just released last month. Listen HERE.

He has also done official remixes for Ellie Goulding, Avicii, Clean Bandit, Bastille, Charli XCX and many others. Equally at ease at working an underground dancefloor and rocking a mainstage, Mago has played festivals such as Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld, the Ibiza isle and clubs around the world.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Happier by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s Losing It.

For more information on Mike Mago visit: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Zhu – I Admit It

ZHU UNLEASHES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO, I ADMIT IT FT. 24kGoldn

I Admit It Fashion Show On Luminosity Gaming Stream On November 13

Watch Official Video Here

Download / Stream I Admit It Here

ZHU explores an eerie, enticing sonic landscape with characteristic cool, flitting from the ethereal to the visceral, on his new single, I Admit It featuring 24kGoldn, who contributes a scintillating verse. 24kGoldn currently tops Billboard’s Hot 100 with his Platinum single Mood featuring Iann Dior. Released today by Astralwerks, I Admit It is available HERE.

The accompanying video unfolds on the production floor of a factory where the machinery has been repurposed to produce ZHU’s fashion line, which exudes an erotic, industrial sensibility. The unexpected combination of plastic, lingerie, work boots, kimonos, protective gear and faux fur, in shades of orange and black, is informed by hazmat imagery, filtered through a sensual, futuristic lens. After the robotic assembly line wraps up production for the day, the workers slip into pieces from the stunning, forward-thinking collection and take to the improvised factory floor catwalk ZHU and 24kGoldn perform. View the video, which was directed by Joey Vitalari, HERE.

Today, ZHU announced his November 13 fan exclusive I Admit It fashion show advance screening, which will take place in downtown Los Angeles. The event will also include a never before seen Blacklizt set. A limited number of passes are available for the advance screening. Attendees will be selected in a random drawing. Fans can submit their names HERE and can find all COVID protocols that will be enforced at the event. The I Admit It fashion show and Blacklizt set will premiere on Luminosity Gaming’s live Twitch stream later that night. The stream can be seen at https://twitch.tv/lgloyal. Additionally, ZHU will be the music director for EGLX 2020, along with hosting the rising stars each day of the four day extravaganza.

Adrian Montgomery, CEO of Enthusiast Gaming, the parent company of Luminosity Gaming, commented, This is our 2nd collaboration with ZHU. There is a natural fit between his music and our gaming audience, and we look forward to continue to partner on unique content experiences. After debuting on Luminosity Gaming’s Twitch channel, the fashion show will be available for viewing on ZHU’s YouTube channel.

ZHU gave fans a preview of the I Admit It merchandise collection, which features designs seen in the video. Items that will be available for purchase are faux fur coats, plastic duffle bags, plastic perforated hazmat suits, airbrushed sweaters, trench coats, a cape with accent orange stitching, and many graphic tees and long sleeves. ZHU worked alongside his creative director, Emmy Slattery, to create a peerless array of merchandise. Get a glimpse HERE. The Fall/Winter 2020 line will be available for a limited time in ZHUߣs online store beginning November 16 and at his pop-up store in downtown Los Angeles from November 17-21. Reserve a spot at the pop-up HERE.

I Admit It is the follow-up ZHU’s Risky Business. Flaunt, which premiered the official video, said, [ZHU] is a creative force and an effortlessly cool tastemakerߪaligning with ZHU’s whole image, [Risky Business’] is mysterious and raises curiosity in every sense. Dancing Astronautpraised it as another example of ZHU’s mastery over his craft. View the video HERE. ZHU has been livestreaming from locations like his own CLUB ZHUM, streaming from the Zhudio, to Sand Dunes Park in Utah (as part of Virtual Lollapalooza) to Billings, Montana (Tito’s Made To Order Festival).

About ZHU:

Since emerging from the underground in 2014, ZHU has brought a cinematic sense of world-building to his music. Born Steven Zhu and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he began playing piano at a young age. After making his debut with Moves Like Ms. Jackson a 2014 release that drew widespread attention despite ZHU’s deliberately concealing his identity ZHU dropped his debut EP The Nightday and soon earned a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Dance Recording for his breakthrough single Faded. Arriving in 2016, his debut album Generationwhy found ZHU illuminating his emotional life to a greater degree, in part by adding more of his lithe vocal work to the album’s channeling of desert psychedelia. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronics Albums chart. ZHU continued that sonic exploration on his sophomore album Ringos Desert, a 2018 effort featuring guests like TOKiMONSTA and Tame Impala. He has recently collaborated with Kito (Follow ft. Jeremih), Tinashe (ONLY), partywithray (CAME FOR THE LOW) and Bob Moses(Desire).

As his profile has risen over the past few years, ZHU has passionately pursued his interest in fashion, playing an essential part in the design of his fashion-forward merch. With ambitions of including a runaway at upcoming live shows, ZHU aspires to shed light on the left-of-center sensibilities of the more daring corners of the electronic-music world in all aspects of his artistry. ZHU has recently launched partnerships with Luminosity Gaming and Leica.

About 24kGoldn:

San Francisco native and 2020 XXL Freshman 24kGoldn broke into the scene late 2019 with his Platinum debut single, Valentino after signing to RECORDS/Columbia Records. Led by an initial burst on TikTok and surpassing 400 million total global audio streams, the 19-year-old showed the world his sound was universal, with the track appearing on over 40 Spotify Viral 50 lists internationally. 24kGoldn wrapped 2019 with the release of his genre-bending 8 track EP, Dropped Outta College, which had a multiple week run at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and was executive produced by Platinum producer, D.A. Doman. The EP includes his certified-Gold single City Of Angels, which also appeared on over 40 Spotify Viral 50 charts and has over 375+ million global streams to date. Goldn legitimately dropped outta college, which he attended for Business, astutely knowing that now was the time to chase his dream. Fast forward to today, Goldn’s latest single Mood currently stands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, has topped the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart and earned a Platinum plaque with almost 500+ million streams in under 10 weeks. He has received praise from the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Variety, Complex and Rolling Stone, as well as being named one of YouTube’s Artists on the Rise. Pre-COVID, he was on the road opening for Landon Cube and YBN Cordae, and performed at Rolling Loud.

About Astralwerks:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum Happier by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s Losing It.

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