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Paul McCartney × Rupert

“Congratulations to Rupert on his 100th birthday. The great thing is he never looks a day older. Having been a fan of his since my early days in Liverpool, I know what he means to generations of young and old kids. In his character and attitudes to the world, he sums up the best of British tradition and reminds us of an innocence we would all love to cherish. So, congratulations, my little bear. Your fans are celebrating your 100th birthday, and I, for one, think you deserve a telegram from the Queen.” Paul McCartney

36 years since its release and also celebrating the 40th anniversary of when Paul recorded the song at AIR Studios, London, We All Stand Together is being made available on limited edition picture disc vinyl on November 6th via MPL/Capitol/UMe – the vinyl is specially shaped, exactly the same as the 1984 release. The 2020 version also comes with a poster.

We All Stand Together has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton along with the B-side instrumental We All Stand Together (Humming Version), which was included on the original release.

Produced by George Martin and featuring The King’s Singers and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, We All Stand Together (also known as The Frog Song) was a huge hit upon release, remaining in the charts for 13 weeks, becoming a classic and a much -loved song by every school child in the 80s.

The song was the focal point of Rupert and The Frog Song – a short animated film that Paul began work on in 1981 with animator Geoff Dunbar. The film has now been fully restored in 4k as well as getting a new audio mix. Written and produced by Paul and directed by Geoff, Rupert and The Frog Song was eventually released in 1984. The film saw Paul voice the character of Rupert and featured the voices of the beloved British TV icons June Whitfield (as Rupert’s mother) and Windsor Davies (Father Frog). Released simultaneously with We All Stand Together, the film went on to become the biggest selling video of 1985 in the UK, earning Paul a Grammy nomination in the process as well as seeing him win a revered Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Soundtrack and picking up a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.

The film, along with the amphibian anthem, were inspired by Paul’s childhood love of Rupert and a specific drawing Paul remembered from the 1958 Rupert Bear Annual.

“I’ve always loved animation. It started with Disney cartoons and went on from there. As a kid, I would always get the Rupert Annual at Christmas. I remember getting the idea for a film project when looking through one of them. There was a standout image in color, and when I saw it, I could imagine a concert of frogs with them all doing different parts, a choir, and an orchestra, and I could almost hear the music.”

The project had been in the making for a long time. Paul’s original idea had been to make a feature-length film, and he set about work for this in the 70s, recording songs and writing stories that, to this day, remain unreleased with one of the unreleased songs dating back to The Beatles Let It Be sessions in 1969.

“I had wanted to make a Rupert feature film for a while but didn’t realize what a difficult task it actually was. I remember telling John Lennon about it, and he encouraged me to have a go, which was great, but you need more than that to make a film. There were so many different things to think about, things like securing the rights. It was all too much. Eventually, I had the idea to make a short film with an animator I admired, Geoff Dunbar.”

Like Paul, Geoff Dunbar had grown up on Rupert, and unlike other animators who were suggesting some kind of Rupert reboot, Geoff, sharing Paul’s vision, believed that Rupert shouldn’t change. Geoff took inspiration from the demo of We All Stand Together, and just as Paul had heard what the song might be years before when looking at the annual, Geoff started to visualize the film based on Paul’s music, and he and Paul would back and forth ideas on the project as it started to come to life. Rupert and The Frog Song was made in a pre-digital age, all handcrafted, and this year has undergone a painstaking and serious restoration process in which the film has been regraded and restored frame by frame.

Watching the new film, Geoff says: “It’s delightful and absolutely thrilling. I’m totally blown away by it and the sound quality too. I’ve always maintained what a marvelous piece of work it was. It was seriously adored and a massive hit all over the world.”

The magic can be recaptured once again for existing fans and new audiences on November 6th when the new version will be made available on YouTube.

Album Artwork for "Broken" by Gavin Magnus

Gavin Magnus Debut EP

Gavin Magnus, the 13-year-old social media mogul, has released his debut EP entitled “Broken.”

The EP features one original song, “Hearts on a Pendant,” and covers of Justin Bieber’s “Fall” and Lil Tjay’s “20/20.”

Magnus also released a music video for “Hearts on a Pendant,” which trended at No. 7 on YouTube with over 1 million views.

He has more than 3 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 1 million followers on TikTok, and his music videos and vlogs have amassed more than 100 million views.

Magnus also appeared in “When Sports Collide,” a television series from Dreamworks, and in the Denise Richards-led “Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate’s Cove.”

To see the new video for “Hearts on a Pendant,” you can click right here, and to listen to “Broken,” you can click right here.

DreamWorks Water Park

THE WORLD’S FIRST DREAMWORKS ANIMATION WATER PARK WILL OPEN ON MARCH 19

The largest indoor water park in North America will open at American Dream on March 19, along with the beginning of retail

American Dream, the unrivaled destination for style and play, is set to usher in its next chapter on March 19, 2020, with the highly anticipated opening of the world’s first and only DreamWorks Animation Water Park, and the celebration of American Dream’s first retail offerings. March will provide guests with endless opportunities to discover and explore American Dream.

“We can’t wait for guests to visit DreamWorks Animation Water Park and experience the completely unique, jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring destination that we have created,” said Don Ghermezian, Co-CEO of American Dream. “We also look forward to welcoming a new audience to the property with the introduction of retail, opening some of the largest flagship stores globally.”

The world’s first and only DreamWorks Animation Water Park will begin to preview its unmatched experiences on March 19. Guests will be introduced to this over-the-top water park, where the worlds of DreamWorks Animation’s most adored franchises are brought to life.

Swirl through your favorite ogre’s swamp on Shrek’s Sinkhole Slammer; find your inner champion with the Dragon Warrior Po at Kung Fu Panda’s Temple of Awesomeness; be among the first to hang-ten in the world’s largest indoor wave pool, the 1.5 acres of Far Far a Bay, inspired by Shrek’s magical kingdom . Whether you prefer to challenge the waves on one of two themed Surf’s Up Surf Riders, relax meeting more of your DreamWorks Animation friends on the Bubbly Lazy River or discover your own secret operation at the Penguins of Madagascar Play Zone, you can do it 365 days a year at American Dream. Not to be missed experiences coming later this year include luxury cabanas designed by Jonathan Adler, private party rooms, and so much more. Tickets for DreamWorks Animation Water Park will go on-sale Thursday, February 27, 2020 at www.americandream.com, with limited quantities available.

Fashion’s leading brands and a revolving, always-fresh collective of new shopping experiences will begin to open on March 19. The world’s largest retailers will open immersive flagship and specialty locations, including Aritzia, Zara, Sephora, H&M, UNIQLO, Primark, Ulta Beatuy, Old Navy, Morphe and much more. Retail will continue to open at American Dream throughout 2020, with The Collections, American Dream’s luxury atrium, opening in September 2020.

Fresh and exciting family entertainment will also join American Dream throughout Spring. Challenge your loved ones to a round of 18-holes at North America’s first and only Angry Birds Mini Golf course, experience ‘the city under the sea’ at New Jersey SEA LIFE® Aquarium or build to your heart’s content at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center New Jersey.

While March 19 is the next landmark chapter in American Dream’s ever-evolving story, the world-class destination ignites a sense of discovery and exploration, encouraging guests to return over and over again, delivering new and memorable experiences with each visit.

ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM
American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unrivaled destination for fantasy, fashion, food, family, and fun. For more information visit www.americandream.com or follow on Instagram @americandream.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 25 Emmy awards since inception in 2013.

KUNG FU PANDA SPECTACULAR LIVE

to Hold Global Premiere at 
The Venetian Theatre in Macao
 

Five-Time Tony Award® Winner Susan Stroman Leads 
Star-studded Global Creative Team

Broadway Asia, one of the largest production, management and distribution companies in the global markets, led by Executive Producers Simone Genatt and Marc Routh, and DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of Universal Theatrical Group, today announced the launch of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live – a thrilling new live action entertainment at The Venetian Theatre in Macao. It combines the best of Hollywood, Broadway and circus. The five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman will bring her legendary talents to one of the most successful animated films of all time, Kung Fu Panda.
 
DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Spectacular Live is set to transform the entertainment landscape in Macao. Building on the globally successful franchise of the beloved Kung Fu Panda films, the production has the wisdom, heart and humor of the world-renowned franchise, combined with the high-level design and impact of a major live action immersive spectacular resident show. “The production will be an exciting new experience for audiences of all ages – as it incorporates storytelling, state-of-the art projection mapping and video design, immersive aerial and acrobatics as well as extraordinary puppetry and martial arts,” said director and choreographer Susan Stroman. “The hilarious and heart-warming characters from the films will come to life in an extraordinary action filled live performance.”
 
Award-winning artist Susan Stroman has assembled a brilliant creative team including some of the most sought-after and acclaimed live entertainment artists around the globe. Co-conceived by Susan Stroman and David Thompson (the writer of Broadway’s longest running revival, Chicago), the live action show features character costumes and puppetry designed by the renowned Michael Curry (Broadway’s The Lion King and Frozen, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Super Bowl XLVI), and six-time Tony Award® winning costumer designer William Ivey Long. The large-scale attraction incorporates the best scenic design by STUFISH/Ray Winkler (Las Vegas installation of Ka, the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, and many famous concert tours including Madonna and the Rolling Stones), lighting design by Ken Billington (designer of over 100 Broadway productions), and projection and video design by 59 Productions (Tony Awards® and Olivier Award Winners for An American in Paris and War Horse). The production also features the original film score composed by GRAMMY® and OSCAR® Winner Hans Zimmer.
 
Performances are scheduled to commence in late December 2019 at The Venetian Theatre in Macao, with casting information and ticket details to be announced soon. Be first in the line for tickets – register at: www.kungfupandaspectacular.com

About Broadway Asia
Broadway Asia is among the largest production, management, distribution and licensing companies of live entertainment in the global market, and its founders Simone Genatt and Marc Routh are two of the most active commercial Broadway producers throughout the global market. Over the last 20 years, theatrical productions by Broadway Asia partners have played in over 400 cities in more than 40 countries on five continents and have garnered in excess of 50 global theatrical awards. Select international productions include many Broadway Tony Award-winning musicals and other live entertainment attractions: An American in Paris; The Sound of Music; The Producers; Hairspray; Amelie, Legally Blonde; Cinderella; Rock of Ages; Stomp; Cookin’/Nanta; The Great Comet; Fuerzabruta; Jay Chou’s The Secret; Ice Age Live, A Mammoth Adventure; and currently on Broadway, Anastasia. 
 
About DreamWorks Theatricals
DreamWorks Theatricals, a division of Universal Theatrical Group, was established to develop and produce live stage productions inspired by the studio’s acclaimed animated films, including Shrek The MusicalMadagascar Live!, and The Prince of Egypt. UTG, the live theatre division of Universal Pictures, is currently represented by the musical phenomenon Wicked, which has been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time. Universal’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Billy Elliot, which won four Olivier Awards and ten Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, concluded its 11 year run in the West End and continues to play worldwide. Recently, Universal produced the Broadway premiere of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn with Roundabout Theatre Company and the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Bring It On: The Musical.
 
About Susan Stroman
As the most celebrated director/choreographer working on Broadway today, Susan Stroman holds the distinction of winning five Tony Awards® for her direction and choreography, two Laurence Olivier Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, eight Outer Critic Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and a record five Astaire Awards. She is the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater. Stroman is the first choice for Broadway producers because of her inventive choreography, her terrific sense of comedy, and her story-telling genius. She led The Producers to its own record of receiving the most Tony Awards® in Broadway history, and created the brilliant dance piece Contact which won three Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Other career highlights include directing and choreographing the 10-year run of A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, choreographing Liza With a Z for Radio City Music Hall, collaborating with the legendary Kander and Ebb on The Scottsboro Boys, and creating major new ballets for New York City Ballet and the Martha Graham Dance Company and helping to re-invent the classics Show Boat and Oklahoma! with exciting new choreography. Her frequent collaborators include significant talent from Hollywood (Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Liza Minelli) and Broadway (Harold Prince, Kander & Ebb and Nathan Lane). Additional credits include Crazy For You, BigThe Music Man, Young Frankenstein, Big Fish and Bullets Over Broadway. She is a distinguished member of the Theater Hall Of Fame.

DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION TELEVISION ANNOUNCES GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S RETURN TO NEW YORK COMIC CON WITH NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES DREAMWORKS TALES OF ARCADIA: 3BELOW

DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below to debut at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 5, at 4pm

DreamWorks Animation Television has added a panel for OSCAR® winner Guillermo del Toro’s highly-anticipated Netflix original series DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below to the studio’s exciting New York Comic Con 2018 line up.

Creator and executive producer del Toro, alongside series star Diego Luna, and fellow executive producers Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes, are set to provide a first look inside the upcoming Netflix original series DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below, the second chapter in the DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia trilogy. Fans of the 7 time Emmy®-winning Trollhunters can expect to find several familiar faces in 3Below when two royal teenage aliens, Krel (Luna) and Aja, and their bodyguard flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia.

The series is set to debut in 2018. DreamWorks previously announced the series will feature Luna and Tatiana Maslany in the lead roles of Krel and Aja. Additional details for the panel can be found below (talent appearances subject to change):

Friday, October 5

DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 4:00-5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Guillermo del Toro offers a first look inside his upcoming Netflix original series DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below, the second chapter in the Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The panel will also include executive producers Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes, and actor Diego Luna. The series follows two royal teenage aliens, and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.

Previously announced DreamWorks Animation Television panels:

Thursday, October 4

DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 3:00-4:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

She-Ra is back! Inspired by the popular ‘80s series, DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tells the epic story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Join executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes), Aimee Carrero (voice of Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (voice of Glimmer) and more as they offer a first look at the highly-anticipated series.

In addition to the panels, DreamWorks will also offer an immersive fan experience inspired by the imaginative world of the highly-anticipated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power at Booth #502. The activation will include a larger-than-life She-Ra statue, as well as interactive photo opportunities that will transport guests straight to Etheria, the Whispering Woods and Hordak’s lair. Reservations are required to attend the fan experience. Please look out for more information on New York Comic Con’s social channels.

Friday, October 5

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 10:30-11:30 AM

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

Join executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, story editor Josh Hamilton and voice actors Bex Taylor-Klaus, Josh Keaton, Jeremy Shada, Kimberly Brooks and more as they look back on seven seasons of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender and offer a sneak peek at the final chapter arriving on Netflix later this year.

About the DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia trilogy:

On the surface, Arcadia appears to be a slice of timeless Americana, but it is no ordinary town. It lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that will make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens and wizards. DreamWorks Trollhunters, the first installment in the DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia trilogy, will be followed by two additional series 3Below in 2018 and a final chapter Wizards set to debut in 2019.

About DreamWorks Animation Television

DreamWorks Animation Television is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 22 Emmy Awards since inception in 2013 and is home to such beloved series as DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters, Spirit Riding Free, Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Voltron Legendary Defender, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Harvey Street Kids, Dragons: Race to the Edge, All Hail King Julien, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and the upcoming She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny and 3Below. DreamWorks is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

NY Comic Con 2018

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION TELEVISION ANNOUNCES 2018 NEW YORK COMIC CON LINE UP.

Highly-anticipated DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power to lead with panel and Q&A on Thursday, Oct 4, at 3pm.

Fan favorite DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender to return to NYCC with panel on Friday, Oct 5, at 10:30am.

Glendale, CA — DreamWorks Animation Television is set to present several jam-packed panels at New York Comic Con 2018, with executive producers and voice talent on hand from its upcoming Netflix original series DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, as well as the fan favorite Voltron Legendary Defender. Each series will offer sneak peaks, panel discussions and fan Q&A’s.

In addition to the panels, DreamWorks will also offer an immersive fan experience inspired by the imaginative world of the highly-anticipated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power at Booth #502. The activation will include a larger-than-life She-Ra statue, as well as interactive photo opportunities that will transport guests straight to Etheria, the Whispering Woods and Hordak’s lair. Reservations are required to attend the fan experience. Please loot out for more information on New York Comic Con’s social channels.

Voltron Legendary Defender fans can pick up a New York Comic Con exclusive vinyl, co-produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and MONDO, which will include music from the entire series, and original cover artwork by the show’s creative team. Stay tuned for further details on availability at New York Comic Con.

Lion Forge Comics is releasing a special comic book variant for Voltron Legendary Defender at Booth #1936. Co-writer Mitch Iverson will be participating in multiple signings at the Lion Forge booth on Friday, October 5 from 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm and Saturday, October 6 from 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm.

Additional details DreamWorks’ panels can be found below (talent appearances subject to change):

Thursday, October 4

DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

She-Ra is back! Inspired by the popular ’80s series, DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tells the epic story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Join executive producer Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes), Aimee Carrero (voice of Adora/She-Ra), Karen Fukuhara (voice of Glimmer) and more as they offer first look at the highly-anticipated series.

Friday, October 5

DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series

Panel 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center

Join executive producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montegomery, story editor Josh Hamilton and voice actors Bex Taylor-Klaus, Josh Keaton, Jeremy Shada, Kimberly Brooks and more as they look back on seven seasons of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender and after a sneak peak at the final chapter arriving on Netflix later this year.

‘Champagne’

Champagne, the brand-new track from singer, actress, and YouTube creator Lia Marie Johnson, is out today and available via all digital service providers. The yearning, trip-hop-laced break-up ballad was co-written by Johnson and producer Nick Ruth, Brittany Amaradio, and Koko LaRoo. LISTEN HERE.

Named one of V Magazine’s Artists To Watch, Johnson has released two previous tracks, DNAa deeply personal song about her father’s battle with addiction that is fast-approaching 50 million streams worldwide, and Cold Heart Killerwhich has over 7 million streams. She is also featured on DJ-producer R3HAB’s latest single The Wave, of which Billboard says, “Lia Marie Johnson has a voice that drips with depth and beauty. She breathes like smoke over the deep blue sound, and before you know it, you’re drawn in head-to-toe, jerkin’ your shoulders to the suddenly plunky synths.

Of Cold Heart Killer, V Magazine declares, Musically, Johnson has taken a huge step forward. The electronic ballad showcases a mature sound that will no doubt transport its listeners to Johnson’s steamy and conflicted subconscious Nylon says, Johnson has managed to add a flair of pop to the sparsely agro-electronic R&B sound for Cold Heart Killer. Where DNA showcased her willingness to go there emotionally, ‘Cold Heart Killer’ explores the numbing side of love.” Teen Vogue raves, (DNA is) without a doubt the kind of song that you won’t be able to get out of your head. It’s guaranteed to haunt you, thanks to its compelling music and powerful lyrics.

Johnson first became known via her YouTube channel, followed by roles in the Emmy-winning web series REACT, which is the most successful web series in history with close to one billion views. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world with over 1.7 million subscribers. The 21-year-old San Diego native also has an actively engaged 1.5 million Instagram followers. Johnson starred in the AwesomenessTV/Dreamworks Animation film Expelled opposite Cameron Dallas, American Wrestler: The Wizard with Jon Voight, the TV series T@gged, and the YouTube Red thriller The Thinning. She will appear this fall in the Cuba Gooding Jr.-directed film Louisiana Caviar, alongside Gooding Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, and Famke Janssen, and executive-produced by Oscar winner Paul Haggis.

CHAMPAGNE

“Champagne,” the brand-new track from singer, actress, and YouTube creator Lia Marie Johnson, is out today and available via all digital service providers. The yearning, trip-hop-laced break-up ballad was co-written by Johnson and producer Nick Ruth, Brittany Amaradio, and Koko LaRoo. LISTEN HERE.

Named one of V Magazine’s Artists To Watch, Johnson has released two previous tracks, DNA,” a deeply personal song about her father’s battle with addiction that is fast-approaching 50 million streams worldwide, and Cold Heart Killer,” which has over 7 million streams.  She is also featured on DJ-producer R3HAB’s latest single The Wave,” of which Billboard says, “Lia Marie Johnson has a voice that drips with depth and beauty. She breathes like smoke over the deep blue sound, and before you know it, you’re drawn in head-to-toe, jerkin’ your shoulders to the suddenly plunky synths.“

Of “Cold Heart Killer,” V Magazine declares, “Musically, Johnson has taken a huge step forward. The electronic ballad showcases a mature sound that will no doubt transport its listeners to Johnson’s steamy and conflicted subconscious…” Nylon says, “Johnson has managed to add a flair of pop to the sparsely agro-electronic R&B sound for ‘Cold Heart Killer.  Where ‘DNA’ showcased her willingness to go there emotionally, ‘Cold Heart Killer’ explores the numbing side of love.” Teen Vogue raves, “(‘DNA’ is) without a doubt the kind of song that you won’t be able to get out of your head. It’s guaranteed to haunt you, thanks to its compelling music and powerful lyrics.”

Johnson first became known via her YouTube channel, followed by roles in the Emmy-winning web series REACT, which is the most successful web series in history with close to one billion views. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world with over 1.7 million subscribers. The 21-year-old San Diego native also has an actively engaged 1.5 million Instagram followers. Johnson starred in the AwesomenessTV/Dreamworks Animation film Expelled opposite Cameron Dallas, American Wrestler: The Wizard with Jon Voight, the TV series T@gged, and the YouTube Red thriller The Thinning. She will appear this fall in the Cuba Gooding Jr.-directed film Louisiana Caviar, alongside Gooding Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, and Famke Janssen, and executive-produced by Oscar winner Paul Haggis.