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EMINEM × SPIDER-MAN via 360 MAGAZINE.

EMINEM × SPIDER-MAN

HIP HOP ICON EMINEM AND MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN SQUARE OFF ON AN EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER CELEBRATING THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 COMIC BOOK RELEASE

hustl. introduces another exclusive variant cover in their line of rare collectibles featuring world class athletes and entertainers alongside iconic Marvel characters on official Marvel Comics releases 

hustl. announced today that Hip Hop Icon Eminem and Marvel’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will partake in an epic rap battle on a limited-edition variant cover to celebrate the previous release of THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN #1, which debuted in stores this past April. 

This limited edition 5,000 print run features art from Salvador Larroca and will be available for purchase today at Eminem.com

An additional 1,000 limited print run of the spotlight version of the original variant comic cover from hustl. will be available for purchase Tuesday, November 29th at TheHaul.com

Critically acclaimed as one of the most influential artists of all time, Eminem takes the stage for his latest appearance on a Marvel comic cover. Throughout his illustrious career, Eminem has won 15 Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, an Academy Award, and an MTV Europe Music Global Icon Award. Amongst other incredible accolades, Eminem has also been featured on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. 

“I’ve always been a huge Spider-Man fan since I was a kid- he’s definitely in my top 5…. so being on a cover battling Spider-Man is such a thrill and an honor,” said Eminem.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 marked the launch of a brand new series by Emmy and Annie Award-winning writer Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken) and one of Marvel’s most famous Spider-Man artists John Romita Jr. In this all-new ongoing series, Spider-Man is on the outs with the Fantastic Four, Avengers and Aunt May! No one wants to see Spider-Man- except for Doctor Octopus. Ock’s on Spider-Man’s tail and the Master Planner has something truly terrible planned for when he gets in tentacles on the Web-Slinger. While Eminem is not in the story or series, he will appear on this special variant cover as a limited edition collectible to celebrate Spider-Man’s 60th Anniversary. Eminem has been featured on previous Marvel covers including Punisher and Iron Man, and wrote the song “Venom” for the film Venom

“It’s truly an honor to be able to bring Eminem and Spider-Man to fans slinging raps on this official Marvel variant cover. There is no doubt that fans lucky enough to find themselves holding one of these will possess a highly sought-after collectible,” said Keri Harris, COO hustl.

DJ KHALED - GOD DID via 360 MAGAZINE.

DJ KHALED – GOD DID

GLOBAL ICON DJ KHALED NOMINATED FOR SIX 2023 GRAMMY® AWARDS

IN TOP CATEGORIES SUCH AS “BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR, “BEST RAP ALBUM,” & MORE

NEW ALBUM GOD DID OUT NOW

Another one! Global mega-star DJ Khaled has once again risen to the top of the game with six nominations at the 2023 GRAMMY® Awards. He has earned a total of 10 nominations throughout his career to date. The 2023 GRAMMY® Awards airs live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA on February 5! He has also notably tied Future for most rap category nominations this year.

Leading across categories, he picked up three nods for “GOD DID” [feat. JAY-ZFridayy, Lil WayneRick Ross, & John Legend], including “Song of the Year,” “Best Rap Song,” and “Best Rap Performance.” His most lauded work to date, GOD DID, also snags a nomination for “Best Rap Album. He scored a nod in the category “Best Melodic Rap Performance” for “Beautiful” [feat. SZA & Future]. Plus, he emerges in the biggest category of the night, garnering a nomination for “Best Album of the Year” for his contribution to Mary J Blige’s Good Morning Gorgeous [Deluxe].

Stay tuned for more from DJ Khaled as always!

Earlier this year, Khaled captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with his thirteenth full-length studio album, GOD DID [We The Best Music Group/Epic Records]. It stood out as his fourth career #1 debut on the Top 200 and fifth straight #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.

 Get GOD DIDHERE.

The album has arrived as a cultural milestone in its own right. Stretching past the eight-minute mark, the title track “GOD DID” [feat. Rick RossLil WayneJAY-ZJohn Legend, & Fridayy] has sparked an important conversation. As part of a special report for MSNBC, Ari Melber host of The Beat broke down JAY-Z’s four-minute verse as a cogent and cohesive analysis on the failures of the prolonged generational drug war framed through the icon’s own journey embodied in the rhyme, “cocaína into champagne. However, it didn’t stop there. KhaledJAY-Z, Melber, and journalist Rob Markman engaged in this discourse publicly on Twitter SpacesJAY-Z went one step further and uploaded Melber’s initial report as “HOV DID” on all streaming platforms. Rolling Stone and People have chronicled this chain of events, and the conversation continues. However, it all started on “GOD DID.

Meanwhile, “Use This Gospel (Remix) [feat. Kanye WestEmimen (prod. by Dr. Dre The ICU)] bowed at #1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart and Hot Christian Songs Chart—Khaled’s first #1 entries on the respective charts. Additionally, he notched 10 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including “God Did” at #17, “Staying Alive,” which is now RIAA Certified Gold, at #21 (Greatest Gainer/Streaming), “Beautiful” at #29, “Big Time” at #31, “Use This Gospel (Remix)”at #49, “Juice WRLD Did” at #55, “Keep Going” at #57 “Party” at #66, “It Ain’t Safe” at #77 “No Secret” at #78 and “Let’s Pray” at #86.

Beyond posting up over 800 million cumulative streams and views, GOD DID finds Khaled everywhere. GQ spoke to him as part of an in-depth profile and proclaimed, “Sixteen years after his star-studded debut, 2006’s Listennn… the Album, many of its same guests showed up for God Did, and getting these now-giants to answer the call today is even more of an impressive feat.” Meanwhile, Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller of Rap Radar chatted with him for an all-encompassing podcast. Plus, he took the stage at the MTV VMA to present the award for “Best Collaboration” to Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow for Industry Baby.

He celebrated the rollout with an unprecedented deluge of videos, including, “Big Time” [feat. Future Lil Baby], “It Ain’t Safe”[feat. Nardo Wick & Kodak Black],“Party All The Time”[feat. Quavo Takeoff], “These Streets Know My Name”[feat. SkillibengBuju BantonCapletonBounty Killer, & Sizzla], “Keep Going” [feat. Lil Durk21 Savage, & Roddy Ricch], “Beautiful” [feat. SZA Future],  “Way Past Luck” [feat. 21 Savage], and “Jadakiss Interlude” [feat. Jadakiss].

Delivering the hip-hop event of the summer, he welcomed an A-list cohort of friends to join him for his latest magnum opus. For the first time ever, he collaborates with none other than Dr. Dre and The ICU in addition to joining forces with EminemFutureKanye WestSZA21 Savage, Lil WayneLil DurkRoddy RicchTravis ScottLattoCity GirlsKodak BlackQuavoTakeoffGunnaBounty KillerSizzlaBuju BantonSkillibengCapeltonFridayyDon ToliverJadakiss, Nardo Wick, Vory, John Legend, and the late Juice WRLD. Of course, he also reunites with longtime brothers DrakeJAY-Z, and Rick Ross, while his sons Asahd and Aalam guest and co-Executive Produce once more. Check out the full tracklisting below.

He notably set the stage for the album with “Staying Alive” [feat. Drake Lil Baby]. It has already amassed over 185 Million audio streams and 50M views for the music video. Plus, it bowed at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, holding strong on the chart.

The anthem king has returned with GOD DID, and he delivers his biggest, boldest, and best body of work to date.

Last year, Khaled unleashed his twelfth full-length album, KHALEDKHALED [We The Best Music Group/Epic Records]. It arrived as his third #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200, sixth #1 on the Top Rap Albums Chart, and fourth #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It also reached platinum status.

Two words say it all, GOD DID.

Eminem curtain call 2 via 360 magazine

Eminem – Curtain Call 2

Rap legend Eminem announces his second greatest hits collection, Curtain Call 2, set to be released on August 5 via Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records. The news comes on the heels of the just released From the D 2 the LBC,” an epic new single featuring fellow icon Snoop Dogg. The song – and it’s accompanying James Larese-directed video — made its global premiere on June 23 at Ape Fest, the Bored Ape NFT event at NFT.NYC.

The song is the lead single from Curtain Call 2, a hits collection comprised of the inimitable Detroit MC’s creative output since the 2005 release of Curtain Call: The Hits. Curtain Call 2 will include music from all Eminem projects from Relapse forward, including side-projects, guest appearances, film soundtrack songs, and of course selections from his solo albums. 

In addition to the standard release, there will be a limited edition box set and a limited quantity of autographed vinyl available on Eminem.com – sign up for first access to these offerings here.

The Eminem/Snoop Dogg collaboration follows the June 16th release of “The King and I,” a CeeLo Green-assisted song Eminem contributed to the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, which is also included on Curtain Call 2. 

Along with the two recently released songs above, there will be one additional previously unreleased track on the collection, to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Watch the official video for “From the D 2 the LBC” HERE.  And check out a behind-the-scenes image gallery HERE

Known for his acerbic wit, rapid flows, and endlessly personal songwriting, Eminem’s presence continues to loom large over both hip-hop and pop culture itself. Since releasing his debut album, The Slim Shady LP in 1999, he’s gone on to become the best-selling rap artist in history, having recently been certified with six diamond awards from the RIAA, and is now the most certified artist for gold and platinum singles in history.

In addition to the standard release, there will be a limited edition box set made available which can be ordered HERE.

ABOUT EMINEM:

Over the course of his career, Eminem has sold over 130 million albums and 389 million singles worldwide. He was Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of the 2000s with 32.2 million albums sold in that decade in the U.S. alone. In addition, Eminem was also named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the same period, 2000 through 2009. Eminem has won 15 GRAMMY Awards and an Academy Award. His 2010 album, “Recovery,” was the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum digitally. In March of 2021 his greatest hits album, “Curtain Call: The Hits,” became the first hip-hop album to spend a full decade on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.  His most recent album, “Music To Be Murdered By” was released January 17th, 2020 and was his ninth straight studio album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 279,000 units. “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B” is an expanded version of the album which was released in December 2020.  Its release brought the album back to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, breaking a 50-year record for biggest chart leap.

For more info on Eminem:

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Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show

By: Skyler Johnson

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is always a performance to remember and is oftentimes defining for an artist. Audiences are consistently provided with top-of-the-line choreography, special effects, and artistic direction. This year was no different, with performances by five legendary hip hop artists, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg.

Unlike other past performances, Super Bowl LVI’s didn’t include a ton of huge, fancy getups and expensive sets. And, this is one of the few performances where there weren’t dramatic changes to the set and outfits throughout. No one performed on a chariot like Madonna, or on a metallic lion, like Katy Perry. Instead, the entire set was five white stages that looked like buildings, placed in a row, on top of a large, overhead shot of Compton that carpeted the field.

This Half Time performance made history as it was the first time there were five headliners and the first time the artists were predominantly hip hop/rap artists. Rappers have performed during the event beforehand (including Puff Daddy and Nelly) but never have there been that many at a time.

Another unique aspect of this Super Bowl was the color scheme. Most of the performers wore dark or earthy tones, save for Mary J Blige and Snoop Dogg. The former wore a striking, silvery-white outfit and the latter wore a regal blue suit.

 There were sequences of intense choreography but not from the performing artists. The result is that the music shined through. And the track list was legendary. “The Next Episode” and “Lose Yourself” are just examples of some of the great, classic music that was played during this show. Unforgettable moments included a sequence where 50 Cent rapped “In Da Club” upside down, reminiscent of the iconic original music video. Eminem performed “Lose Yourself” with Anderson Paak on drums.

Kendrick Lamar delivered an intoxicating and beautifully choreographed performance of his hit songs “M.A.A.D. City” and “Alright.” For many, they saw their childhood compiled into one performance given how many artists and songs were represented.

At the center of it all is Dr. Dre, who produced many of the songs, and discovered many of the artists that were represented here. The artist who founded Dre Beats and other iconic brands was celebrated during this performance.

This performance came at a very interesting time for rapper and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg. The rapper is known as both a Billboard no. 1 artist and an actor (Beach Bum, Soul Plane), who also hosts a cooking show with Martha Stewart. He has now purchased Death Row Records, a record label founded by Dr. Dre. 

Overall, this Half Time Show, while not flashy or extravagant, was certainly one for the books.

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INDOGGO Long Beach Lemonade

Hip-hop legend, Grammy Award-winning rapper and founder of INDOGGO® Gin, Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show and INDOGGO®’s Long Beach Lemonade is the perfect game day cocktail!

Ready, Set, Drink! All of America will be tuned in to watch the big game—but this year’s halftime performance is going to be one of the best of all time, and we have the perfect cocktail to enjoy this Superbowl Sunday! A star-studded lineup of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and none other than the California legend himself, Snoop Dogg, will hit the stage on February 13th for a show like no other. The Long Beach native created his premium flavored Gin right here in the Golden State so it’s only fitting that you celebrate with the king of Cali’s Gin ‘n Juice… Snoop Dogg style!

After maintaining his place in the public spotlight for over 25 years, the entertainment mogul ventured out into creating his own spirits brand with the mission of making a gin that exemplifies a laidback California lifestyle that is easy to mix, easy to drink, and hard to forget. Combine the strawberry flavored Gin with fresh lemonade, ice cubes, and lemon garnishes to kick off your Super Bowl Sunday and watch the Doggfather perform his greatest hits alongside some of the most legendary names in music!

Long Beach Lemonade

  • 2 oz. INDOGGO®
  • 6 oz. Fresh Lemonade
  • Ice Cubes
  • Lemon Slices

Add INDOGGO and lemonade to a glass and stir to combine. Top with ice and lemon slices.  

Lil Pump Collabs with Ronny J

LIL PUMP PARTNERS WITH RENOWNED HIP-HOP PRODUCER RONNY J ON FORTHCOMING FULL-LENGTH ALBUM TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 19TH

Multi-platinum hip-hop megastar and Florida force of nature Lil Pump is teaming up with frequent collaborator Ronny J [Eminem, Kanye West, XXXTentacion] on his highly anticipated, third studio album – slated to be released November 19th. Pump’s unstoppable energy paired with Ronny J’s signature, evocative production will give fans the record they have been waiting for.
The album will be released via Pump’s new partnership with ONErpm.
The announcement follows the release of their collaboration on the club banger “Racks to the Ceiling” feat. Tory Lanez.
Listen HERE
Watch the outrageously turned-up video HERE.
Lil Pump said “Ronny and I made history with Kanye West and “I Love it” and we plan to do it again. This music is what you have been waiting for.”
Ronny J said, “Pump and I are brothers and this was our chance to make more music together. So glad to be sharing it.”
Previously, Ronny J and Pump collaborated on the platinum worldwide smash “I LOVE IT” with Kanye West, which captured #1 in Canada and New Zealand and catapulted into the Top 5 in the U.S., UK, Ireland, and Australia. It is nearing 1 billion streams and counting.

Eminem illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Mom’s Spaghetti Opening in Detroit

Mom’s Spaghetti–the concept restaurant featuring menu items centered around the legendary lyric from Eminem’s iconic “Lose Yourself”–will be opening a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Detroit. The restaurant, located within the newly-opened Union Assembly restaurant at 2131 Woodward Avenue “in the alley between Union Assembly and The Fillmore,” opens for business at 5:00 pm on September 29.
Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg partnered with Union Joints restaurant group–with whom they worked on the original project–to create the permanent location. Stans are likely already familiar with Mom’s Spaghetti; the concept was launched in 2017 as a pop-up at The Shelter, the iconic music venue at legendary St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, in conjunction with the release of Eminem’s “Revival” album. The pasta pop-up then made intermittent appearances at various Eminem live festival performances and events over the course of the following year including Coachella, Firefly and Governor’s Ball. During the pandemic, Shady Records contracted Union Joints to deliver Mom’s Spaghetti to frontline caregivers at eight hospitals and to those administering Covid-19 vaccinations at the TCF Center (formerly Cobo Hall) garage in Detroit. Now, Detroiters and those visiting downtown can get their fix of the spaghetti-based menu whenever they are in the area.
“We’ve had a lot of fun putting this project together with the folks at Union Joints, and the response from fans has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Paul Rosenberg, manager for Eminem. “The previous pop-ups were really a test for us to determine whether there was enthusiasm for a regularly-occurring Mom’s Spaghetti spot that would be open all year long. We are really pleased to announce the arrival of the walk-up restaurant and adjacent upstairs store, called The Trailer, where fans can experience a uniquely-curated environment and obtain merch and other items from Eminem and his new pasta operation.”
Curt Catallo, co-owner of Union Joints, added, “When we were first tapped to create the pop-ups it was an honor for all of us involved. The opportunity to build a permanent location based on an incredibly meta reference was one that everyone at Union Joints, as a Metro Detroit restaurant group, took very seriously. We’re proud of the fact that we created a scratch sauce that tastes like it’s straight from the jar, and wok-firing the noodles gives it that leftover pasta snap. The walk-up window and small diner-like spot for people to eat add to the feeling that this is a homegrown, DIY experience. And The Trailer retail space that Ann (Stevenson) designed is a nod to Eminem’s character in 8 Mile…it’s something that belongs in Detroit, and it feels right at home in this space.”
Keen-eyed Detroiters may have noticed that Mom’s Spaghetti was initially teased with a commercial that ran throughout this past weekend on local television; you can view the spot HERE. Mom’s Spaghetti occupies a small bodega space within Union Assembly. Designed by Ann Stevenson, the space feels as though the rest of the restaurant was built around it… like a longstanding neighborhood holdout that wouldn’t budge. Mom’s is ordered and served via a walk-up window in the alley with limited customer seating inside next to the bodega space.
September 29 also sees the opening of The Trailer, a dedicated Eminem retail space that’s located above the Mom’s Spaghetti kitchen. A nod to B. Rabbit’s trailer from 8 Mile, the space features Mom’s Spaghetti merch, items from the Eminem retail collection (including limited editions and coveted dead stock) and memorabilia from the Eminem archives. Expect drops and rotating stock in this retail space, which is limited to eight Stans at a time.
For more information on Mom’s Spaghetti, click HERE.

About Eminem
Over the course of his career, Eminem has sold over 130 million albums and 389 million singles worldwide. He was Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of the 2000s with 32.2 million albums sold in that decade in the U.S. alone. In addition, Eminem was also named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the same period, 2000 through 2009. Eminem has won 15 GRAMMY® Awards and an Academy Award®. His 2010 album, “Recovery,” was the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum digitally. In March of 2021 his greatest hits album, “Curtain Call: The Hits,” became the first hip-hop album to spend a full decade on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. His most recent album, “Music To Be Murdered By” was released January 17th, 2020 and was his ninth straight studio album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 279,000 units. “Music To Be Murdered By – Side B” is an expanded version of the album which was released in December 2020. Its release brought the album back to No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, breaking a 50-year record for biggest chart leap.

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Mass Appeal Announces Two New Executive Hires

MASS APPEAL ANNOUNCES TWO NEW TRAILBLAZING EXECUTIVE HIRES

JESSICA RIVERA NAMED GENERAL MANAGER & JENYA MEGGS NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CONTENT

FEMALE EXECUTIVES TO HELP LEAD THE CHARGE OF MASS APPEAL’S MONUMENTAL #HIPHOP50 PROGRAM

Mass Appeal has announced two new key executive hires – two trailblazing women who will play a pivotal role in elevating and expanding the entertainment company’s presence. Multi-faceted executive Jessica Rivera will serve as the General Manager, Music. In this role, Rivera will oversee creative and day-to-day operations of Mass Appeal’s music division; label, publishing and contributing across Mass Appeal’s other two divisions in content and creative services. Seasoned music and entertainment executive Jenya Meggs will serve as the Senior Vice President of Content where alongside Mass Appeal’s Chief Creative Officer Sacha Jenkins, she will spearhead programming strategies and partnerships of Mass Appeal’s growing content slate.

Over the past year, Mass Appeal has been quietly working to develop the platform, #HipHop50, aimed at celebrating Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary in the most authentic and globally impactful way possible. With #HipHop50, Mass Appeal’s mission is to ensure that Hip Hop’s historic milestone will be celebrated in a way befitting of its massive influence, as well as engage fans across the globe. Mass Appeal partner Nas says, “This is the biggest birthday in the world!” Over the next six months, Mass Appeal will be announcing various partnerships for their #HipHop50 platform with best-in-class companies in verticals ranging from original music, content, podcasts, live experiential, products, education, publishing and more – along with a charitable component attached to everything.

Both Rivera and Meggs will help lead the charge for Mass Appeal’s expansive #HipHop50 program. Rivera will work with Nas to oversee multiple original music projects aimed at celebrating Hip Hop’s incredible history. Meanwhile, Meggs will spearhead the content partnership with Showtime/ViacomCBS, which will encompass unscripted series and features, podcasts, and digital shorts by and about some of the foremost names in the genre.

In her former role as head of artist relations for YouTube’s West Coast territory, Rivera’s achievements included heading up a livestream-based marketing campaign that helped catapult Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever. Recognized as one of Billboard’s 2020 R&B/Hip Hop Power Players, Rivera spent 11 years at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), where she held the position of Executive Vice President/Head of East Coast Operations and Creative, as well as curated or identified the songwriters/producers behind more than 25 chart-topping singles, including the 12-times-platinum  “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem ft Rihanna, the 11-times-platinum “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars;  and the certified-diamond “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons (one of the best-selling songs in music history). Before joining Universal, Rivera signed Rihanna at 16-years-old to her first publishing deal EMI.

“It’s an inspiring time to join Mass Appeal and continue to build the music division and elevate the artist’s narrative through the synergy of Music and media,” said Rivera. “Hip Hop 50 will uniquely bring together these worlds of creativity, all to celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary!”

Before joining the Mass Appeal team, Meggs served as the original content producer for Apple Music, where she developed the streaming platform’s innovative Up Next New Artist Program. Additionally, Meggs sold and produced the BET Web Series Brooklyn Blue Sky (2017), as well as executive produced the BET George Floyd Special (2020). Prior to working in production & development, Meggs began her career working in the video marketing department at Universal Music Group and later Warner Music Group. She’s led the video marketing campaigns for GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists, such as JAY-Z, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Kanye West, Common and Jill Scott.

“I’m excited to use my talents and join Mass Appeal on this journey, to expand the narrative of film and TV, while creating exceptional content,” said Meggs.  “Mass Appeal has brilliantly created a path for authentic storytelling journeys. Hip-Hop 50 will bring together the best we have to offer to serve the culture the most defining celebration it deserves.”

Both Rivera and Meggs will work closely with the company’s CEO Peter Bittenbender and co-founder, Hip Hop legend Nas.

“Great moment as the team expands with the hiring of Jessica and Jenya, both of whom I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for years. I look forward to working with Jessica as the GM of the label, Jenya as the SVP of content and together as a team as we scale our #HipHop50 program and Mass Appeal’s overall business” – Nasir “Nas” Jones

“Both Jessica and Jenya bring a tremendous amount of experience, passion and relationships to the company at a time that could not be more exciting. Having leadership of their level around #HipHop50 is a dream come true and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.” – Peter Bittenbender

About Mass Appeal
Mass Appeal is an entertainment company dedicated to telling stories from the perspective of those who shape and shift culture. Since 1996, we have documented the emerging movements that influence popular ideas. Today, Mass Appeal is the elevated voice of Hip Hop and its ever-expanding sphere of influence. Integrated offerings in content, music and creative services stoke Mass Appeal’s ability to maximize the impact of our output. Our diverse school of thought separates us from friends and foes alike.

by Jason Davis for use by 360 Magazine

ED SHEERAN – BAD HABITS

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR ED SHEERAN RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE BAD HABITS ALONGSIDE CINEMATIC DAVE MEYERS-DIRECTED OFFICIAL VIDEO

ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER SET FOR WEEK-LONG RESIDENCY ON THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN BEGINNING THIS MONDAY, JUNE 28

Global superstar Ed Sheeran officially returns with his new single Bad Habitsalongside the Dave Meyers-directed official video.

Spending the last few years out of the spotlight following his record-breaking two-year Divide tour and the arrival of his first daughter, Ed Sheeran marks his official return with the euphoric, song-of-summer contender, Bad Habits. Sheeran is an artist who motors on nonconformity, with Bad Habits; landing as something unexpected yet wholly his; a testament to a forward-thinking artist who continues to push his art into new dimensions. Deploying an up-tempo, guitar-laced summer anthem, Bad Habits is a song that channels escapist energy and most importantly makes you want to dance. Ed co-wrote and co-produced Bad Habits with long-time collaborators, Johnny McDaid (Shape of You) and FRED (No.6 Collaborations Project).

In the accompanying official video – directed by Dave Meyers (Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar) – we see Ed as we’ve never seen him before as he depicts an alter-ego vampire character. Trading his distinct ginger hair for bleached white and his teeth for fangs, the dark-humor narrative serves as a metaphor for “bad habits” as Ed embarks on a wild night out alongside his crew of ghouls, before morphing back to his real self the next morning, ginger hair intact, as the sun rises over him. The official video made its global broadcast premiere on MTV Live/MTVU/MTV’s global network of channels today, as was also trailed on ViacomCBS Times Square billboard.

Ed Sheeran says, “Feels great to be back with my new single. I wanted the video for Bad Habits to play on the nature of habits in a fantastical way, so I decided on vampires. It was mega fun getting into character except for the heights (that wasn’t so fun). Enjoy x

To celebrate the release of Bad Habits, Ed will be performing live today from Ipswich Town’s Portman Road, his home team’s football stadium in Suffolk, England – for TikTok’s UEFA Euro 2020 show, streaming globally on TikTok starting at 4pm EST today. Directed by long-time collaborator, Emil Nava, today’s performance will see Sheeran performing Bad Habits live, for the first time ever, as well as fan favorites.

Adding to all this excitement, Sheeran is set for a week-long residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden, starting this Monday, June 28th (check local listings). During his residency, Sheeran will not only perform some of his biggest hits, live in-studio, each night, kicking off with the television debut of Bad Habits, but will also sit down for a chat with Corden and feature in the show’s comedy segments throughout the week.

Furthermore, Sheeran will deliver an all-new, live performance for the 2021 iHeartRadio KIIS FM Wango Tango, hosted by Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday, June 30 at 7pm PT/10pm ET. The virtual event will stream exclusively on LiveXLive.com and broadcast on more than 95 iHeartRadio stations across the country.

Bad Habits marks Sheeran’s first official release since 2019’s Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-nominated No.6 Collaborations Project, which includes the multi-platinum, chart-topping hits I Don’t Care (with Justin Bieber) and Beautiful People (feat. Khalid), and features guest appearances from 22 of his favorite artists including Travis Scott, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Camila Cabello, just to name a few.

Ed Sheeran is currently recording his new album.

Katastro photo via Bari Lieberman for use by 360 Magazine

Katastro × Droptop

Katastro releases a new single, Droptop, as well as a new album, Sucker.

As they gear up for the release of their new album Sucker next month, emerging alt-rock/hip-hop hybrid Katastro has released their new single, Droptop. The positive, floaty track features background vocals from longtime friend Micah Brown of Iration. Sucker, the Phoenix-based quartet’s sixth full-length album, also features their buzzy summer anthem, The Way I Feel, which is currently featured on a variety of top Spotify playlists including The New Alt, New Noise, PopRox and Beach Vibes.

Sucker, due out Friday, July 16th via Silverback Music’s Controlled Substance Sound Labs, is available for pre-order now at all DSPs, and each digital pre-save will include an instant download of Droptop and The Way I Feel, as well as the singles, One Day, 100 Rips, and Way Too High.

Katastro will celebrate the release of Sucker with a string of West Coast headlining tour dates, beginning July 23rd with a hometown show in Tempe, Arizona. The Sucker Summer Run will also take over The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on August 13th and stop in Denver, San Diego, Sacramento, and Albuquerque, among other cities.

“Droptop is one of the smoother flowing songs on the album,” shares bassist Ryan Weddle. “Featuring backup vocals from Micah Brown of Iration, we take you on a late-night ride through parties and endless summer nights, which is fitting as weߣre gearing up for our first tour since Covid. We can’t wait to get back out there and perform these new songs for everyone!”

Sucker represents a notably more mature sound for Katastro: Andy Chaves [vocals], Andrew Stravers [drums], Tanner Riccio [guitar], and Ryan Weddle [bass], while showcasing their unique melting pot stew of rock, hip-hop, funk, blues, pop, and reggae. The band’s fully collaborative creative approach, and unexpected time off in 2020, allowed for limitless possibilities. The result is a 12-song collection, produced by Matt Keller (Lydia, Anarbor, Redlands), about the constant loop of life, love, hate, and wanting to break the pattern. Sucker brings its listeners along on a ride, providing a summary soundtrack and something a little more positive to look forward to when everything feels off. Opening track The Way I Feel is an upbeat ode to getting over a bad breakup. Recent single One Day is a feel-good track about coming to terms with a broken relationship and finding yourself in the loop of partying to forget about it. Way Too High pays homage to their desert roots with its unique Western vibe and accompanying music video, while 100 Rips truly sets the tone and direction for Sucker. The catchy cruisin’ down the highway escapade features psychedelic guitar solos pumping through a mix of hip-hop and reggae set against an intoxicating chorus. The previously released songs off Sucker have already accumulated nearly half a million plays and are growing daily.

Formed nearly a decade and a half ago, Katastro, who cite Eminem and Red Hot Chili Peppers as early influences, dropped their first EP, The Wonderful Daze, in 2008 and quickly followed with their debut full-length album, Poking Holes In A Pattern, the following year. The group issued a steady stream of releases over the next ten years, mostly all independently, alternating full-lengths with EPs and acoustic Bones sessions. 2011’s Gentle Predator marked a live album zenith for the band and, in 2016, they garnered a national hit with the Strange Nights record. As their songwriting strengthened and became more revealing, Katastro followed with the albums Washed [2018] and Tropical Heartbreak [2019]. Throughout their growing career, Katastro has amassed over 80 million career streams from fans worldwide as well as media support from Alternative Press, The Noise, Substream Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Variance Magazine and more. The four-piece has also been making an impact as a powerful live act, headlining national tours and supporting the likes of Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Iration, 311, Pepper, The Expendables, and gracing festival stages such as the One Love Cali Reggae Fest and Reggae Rise Up Festival.

SUCKER TRACKLIST

  1. The Way I Feel
  2. 100 Rips
  3. Droptop
  4. Pocket Fulla
  5. One Day
  6. Sucker
  7. Hotel Lobby
  8. Naked
  9. Too $hort
  10. Way Too High
  11. John T.
  12. Last Call

KATASTRO 2021 TOUR DATES

The Sucker Summer Run

Friday, July 23 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre ~

Friday, July 30 – Denver, CO @ Cervantes’ Other Side

Saturday, July 31 – Pueblo, CO @ Brues Alehouse

Thursday, August 12 – San Diego, CA @ MusicBox *

Friday, August 13 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy *

Saturday, August 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver *

Friday, August 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad +

Festival Appearance

Sunday, October 24 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Reggae Rise Up Music Festival

~ Kash’d Out and Barefoot

* Tunnel Vision and The Irie

+ The Irie and local support