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Kash Doll × Thumbin

KASH DOLL RELEASES NEW TRACK “THUMBIN”

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“Kash Doll is sharp, headstrong and savvy” – Billboard

“One of the most promising acts of female rap’s current class” – Nylon

“Kash Doll has established herself as a pioneering force in the industry.”– MTV

“Kash Doll has established herself as one of hip-hop’s leading female voices.” – XXL

Stars in 50 Cent’s New Starz Series ‘Black Mafia Family’ Due Out Later This Year

Emerging as one of the culture’s most undeniable voices, gold-selling Detroit rapper, entrepreneur, and actress Kash Doll unleashes her new track “Thumbin” today via Republic Records.

Listen to “Thumbin:” HERE

On this bag-chasing anthem, Kash Doll rips through bars as fast as she counts cash over simmering trap hi-hats and a sample of crisp dollar bills flapping. Flexing without apology, she flosses on the immediately irresistible hook.

It arrives on the heels of her knockout collaboration with DJ Famous “Bad Azz” feat. Mulatto & Benny The Butcher, which has amassed 9 million streams and counting. Beyond features from REVOLTPitchforkBrooklyn Vegan and more, UPROXX claimed, Kash DollDJ InfamousMulatto, and Benny The Butcher show why the competition is mad with ‘Bad Azz’.

She also asserts herself as a 360-degree entertainer in 2021 by joining the cast of 50 Cent’s new series ‘Black Mafia Family’ on Starz later this year.

Kash Doll continues to make waves. Receiving critical acclaim from Vultureand Marie ClaireEssence praised, “If there’s one rapper who can teach us a thing or two about remaining confident, it’s Kash Doll. Meanwhile, she guested on “Friday Night Cypher” from Big Sean’s chart-dominating Detroit 2 and joined forces with HoodCelebrityy for “So Pretty.

Detroit native Kash Doll has impacted the music industry with a commanding force, dropping street-earned truths with her throwback wordplay and powerful bars. The one-two combination of spirit and sass announced her as fiery female force in 2019 after quietly amassing 30 million-plus on-demand streams, garnering the BMI Social Star Award and “Issa Wave Award” at the BET Social Awards, securing a new management deal with Title 9 Productions and inking a recording contract with Republic Records. An unbelievable story brought her to this point. Losing her dad on just her first birthday, she always held down multiple jobs to support her mom and siblings. And at 18, she started investing in herself eventually opening two beauty bars and funding her own music career. She made waves on the 2014 independent debut mixtape, Keisha Vs. Kash Doll. Following 2016’s Trapped In The Dollhouse, she developed a presence as a touring force and earned coveted co-signs from Drake, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Remy Ma, and many more. The 2018 The Vault mixtape captured #1 on multiple mixtape sites as her debut single for Republic Records “Ice Me Out” and its 2 Chainz-assisted official remix clocked 85 million-plus total streams. Last year, Kash Doll also released a project solely for her fans titled Brat Mail to thank them for all their continued support. The project garnered over 30 million global streams and features the breakout single “Check.” Shortly before Brat Mail, Kash released one of her biggest singles to date, “For Everybody,” which racked up over 101 million YouTube/VEVO views independently. Outside of music, this boss runs Kash Doll Enterprises and does charity work around her hometown. Her city bestowed the “Spirit of Detroit” Award upon her. Additionally, in 2019, Kash Doll released her debut album Stacked, received a 2019 BET Award nomination for “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist,” garnered critical acclaim for her album from BillboardMTV, UPROXX, BETForbes, Nylon and more and toured with Meek Mill. This year will be full of brand-new music, acting and more from the Detroit star.

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Njomza’s New Limbo EP

NJOMZA ANNOUNCES NEW ‘LIMBO’ EP COMING JUNE 18. FIRST SINGLE, WINTER IN ATLANTA FT. RUSS OUT NOW

Los Angeles-based singer Njomza, (pronounced Nee-YOM-ZAH), known for seamlessly blending modern pop with R&B intimacy, has announced her brand new EP Limbo available June 18 via Since the 80s / Motown Records. You can hear the first single for “winter in atlanta” featuring multi-Platinum selling artist Russ as the two exchange verses detailing a poignant relationship. Njomza’s seductive, yet powerful manifestation over the smooth beat, coupled with Russ’ lyrics tell a story of undeniable attraction and honesty. Listen HERE. Watch the visualizer HERE.

Translated as something new that has just been created, like a new flower, Njomza synonymously mirrors her innate drive for pushing forward & her journey of self-discovery in forging her own path of omnific artistry. The Kosovo-Albanian singer has already made an imprint in music, signed as a teenager to Mac Miller’s REMember Music label then co-writing several of the biggest pop records of the last decade. She’s solidified her place in music with fans and critics alike, racking up over 50 million global streams to date and press praise from Us Weekly, MTV, Refinery 29, Flaunt, SPIN, and more. More to come from Njomza as we head into Limbo

About Njomza

With inspiration stemming from artists like Amy Winehouse, The Weeknd, & Frank Ocean, Njomza is continuously evolving & thriving, metamorphosing into her own being: an uniquely innovative artist with a creative vision who knows what she wants. As she gears up to drop her long-awaited debut album, Njomza continues to grow, evolve & keep it real, carving out artistic visions as she creates her own path. “I like to switch it up,” affirms Njomza. “I don’t want to have a recognizable sound. [I’d rather be] fresh every time I do something. My music will evolve just as I do [with] each project representing a different chapter and time in my life.”

About Since The 80s

You don’t have to be a baby of the 80’s to understand how the special time period changed music forever; not only in Hip-Hop but the entertainment industry as a whole. As an artist first label, management, and publishing company, Since the 80s serves to help creatives & manifest their destiny and bring to fruition their wildest visions. Known for launching the career of 21 Savage, Since The 80s currently represents a wide range of artists such as Asiahn, JID, Earthgang, Njomza, Metro Marrs, Christo, Benji, and more. Since The 80s pride themselves on taking the lessons from those who came before them and using them to evolve the game – 1 artist and 1 fan at a time. Since the 80s doesn’t exist to repeat history but to make new history while paying homage and recognizing the efforts and achievements of those before them.

“The singer-songwriter has transcended genres with her smooth, buttery vocals” – FLAUNT

Njomza is pop’s best-kept secret that is bound to not be a secret for much longer” – Ones To Watch

‘The sultry songstress…has been solidifying her sound which features hints of the sonics and neo-soul beats directly found in 90’s R&B.” – HYPEBAE

“Njomza is one to be noticed.” – US WEEKLY

Make sure to follow Njomza on her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Indie artist Kailee Spark recently released her song, “Passageways” and is set to release her debut album Savor This come June 2021. The rising starlet’s poignant lyricism and angelic voice are highlighted on her most recent release, earning her nearly 200k followers online and comparisons to Taylor Swift and Jewel. However, Spark’s music is emotive, sensitive, visceral, and completely her own. Here at 360 Magazine, we spoke with Kailee Spark to discuss her background as a musician, inspiration behind “Passageways”, her future musical bucket list, and more.

Who is someone that doesn’t listen to your music that you think should?

So, I’d say my music could be liked by anyone who enjoys poppy radio stations. I think my music is very uplifting for the most part and that younger people would enjoy it.

 What’s your ideal press headline 12 months from now?

Something that talks about my unique style and that it’s playing all over the radio.

 What’s your background?

I grew up in the Bay Area, raised Mormon, left the church at age 22 and moved to Big Island Hawaii shortly after, where I’ve lived since. Finished my bachelor’s degree in anthropology at UH-Hilo, then decided to get my MA just for the hell of it [and] applied cultural anthropology at Humboldt State University in Northern California.

I’ve been primarily self-employed since living in Hawaii. I used to sell crystals at the farmer’s market and then got into the car rental business with an ex-boyfriend.

I love traveling and have spent a lot of time in India and can speak a little bit of Hindi.

What motivates you to get up everyday to do what you do?

Having fun and constantly learning new things. I like thinking that through my music or entertainment I inspire others.  

How has your family inspired you and your music?

My parents are big into classic rock and stuff like Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, etc. So, I grew up listening to a lot of music. I started piano lessons around age 8 and wrote my first real song at age 12 which I performed at school functions. At age 15, a random man from my church brought over a guitar on Christmas morning for me. I had wanted a guitar for a long time and I was stoked, I began teaching myself right away and writing songs.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in San Jose, CA. My sister and I spent a lot of time in the backyard climbing trees, or riding our rollerblades around the neighborhood.

What made you move to Hawaii?

I wanted to learn about permaculture and raw food diets and on a forum somewhere I read about a community on the Big Island. So, I first came here to do an internship at this bizarre community for three months – it was clothing optional kind of hippie commune. I decided on my third day in Hawaii I would be moving here – it just felt right.

How does Hawaii inspire your music?

Yes, it definitely inspires a lot of nature themes. Many of my songs include some element of nature in them. I live in a really peaceful setting, and my house is on an acre of mostly jungle. I wake up in the mornings to the sound of birds singing and I fall asleep to a chorus of frogs and crickets. Sometimes the stars are so magnificent and bright, and the lava, the ocean, and the aloha 

Who inspired you to make music?

I can’t think of a specific person, but I just always loved music. At one point I was obsessed with this CD my parents had called “Wacky favorites” which had songs like “The auctioneer boy” and “Tie me kangaroo down sport”. I’d listen to it over and over. I remember sitting on the floor listening to this CD when I decided that I wanted to do music someday, I must have been around 6 or 7.

What or who inspired your song “Passageways”?

When I first started writing the song it wasn’t about anyone specific, just a feeling I had like I knew that someone was out there that I’d feel that way about. A bit later I met someone and I said oh that’s who this song was for, let me finish it.

Talk about your producer on this song?

Bub Pratt is a talented musician and our styles vibe together. I was confident he could produce my song and record with the sound I wanted. The engineer Keli’i is also very talented.

Talk about the lyrics to this song?

This song is about that intense curiosity you get when falling in love with someone. You want to know everything about them, everything that made them who they are today. Who are they? What are the pains they experienced? Wanting to feel them fully and surrender yourself to loving them. The beginning of the song refers to me having traveled around a lot. I’ve traveled and done so many things, but now I want to explore this person and who they are.  

Where do you get your ideas for song writing?

I don’t usually ever think okay today I’m going to write a song about…. Sometimes I’m able to get into a flow and words just come to me. I usually start by messing around with the guitar and humming out melodies, until I come up with something I like. Then I feel the vibe of the song and wait for some words to float into my consciousness while I play it over and over. Sometimes I’ll just record guitar on its own and listen to it while I drive or whatever and come up with words and themes that way.

What’s your ultimate message to your fans?

That you are powerful and can create the life you want for yourself. Don’t take life so seriously.

What charities are you aligned with?

I used to actually work at a nonprofit here on the island that assisted the homeless in finding housing. Wow I had some crazy experiences there!

I was pretty interested in an organization that helps build squat compost toilets in rural parts of India (open defecation is a big issue which ends up resulting in babies with malnutrition and being stunted), but I don’t know if that’s a glamorous thing to talk about.

What projects will you be involved with in the future? 

Would love to write some more songs and start working on another album at the end of the year or next year.

 Who are your biggest influences?

Jewel, Laura Veirs, Bright Eyes, Emily Wells. I love Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst, his songwriting is splendid. He’s a good example of someone who doesn’t really have a great voice, but people love his music because of the emotion and depth to his songs. I love his lyrics “I could’ve been a famous singer if I had someone else’s voice. But failures always sounded better, let’s live it up boys, make some noise!”

How have you developed your career?

As a musician…well, I just only recently started making money off it. I wasn’t really trying to be a musician for a while, and went through some wild depression and didn’t pick up the guitar for long stretches of time.  But recently in the past year I started playing a little bit and was surprised to find that people loved it. People kept asking me to play, and then I kept getting asked where they could download my music. This led to me searching for a place to record and that’s when I found Kukuau Studio (May 2020).

What kind of singer would you classify yourself as?

Not quite sure how to classify it. I have a soprano voice, but I sing kind of like Bob Dylan/Conor Oberst but female. I have my first voice lessons tomorrow, so let’s see what my instructor says. I wouldn’t really call myself a singer, more of a musician singer/songwriter. I don’t have a super great voice.  But I kind of think my unique voice is an asset to me rather than a hindrance, because I don’t sound like everyone else. I try to really convey emotions through my voice, and I think that’s why people like my voice. Oh, but I do love yodeling. Maybe call me a yodeler.

What skills have you learned that will help you in your singing career?

To relax, it’s okay to not be perfect.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

I’d say that the fun really is in the journey, not the destination…That’s where my idea for the album name came, “Savor This”, it’s like savor the moment. Right now is where all the fun is. The destination is fun too, for a little while. But then I’ll want the next thing…happiness is an inside job.

What advice would you give to a singer starting out?

Keep practicing and writing but don’t be too hard on yourself, it should be fun.

How did you get started with your manager?

It just kind of worked out…he offered to help me by being project manager for my album release. I know I need help with other things too, so I’m like why not just [have a] manager? We get along really well, and he is very good with people.

Which famous musicians do you admire?

Jewel, Katy Perry, Bright Eyes, KT Tunstall, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Laura Veirs, Dolly Parton, and Eminem. 

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Writing, I like to write about my travels and what not.

Do you like that you’re being compared to Taylor Swift?

Sure, she is a talented songwriter.

What’s next for you in 2021?

My album release, making some cool music videos, and I’d like to do some traveling if possible, too.

How do you take care of your voice?

I try not to overdo it; I went through a phase where I was singing and playing online like 4-6 hours a day most days, and I think it strained my voice. I try to give it time to rest and don’t push it if my voice is just not feeling good that day. I also stopped eating dairy for the most part.

What’s your health regime?

I eat pretty healthy and go on regular walks and do stretching and weightlifting a couple times a week. I got my yoga teacher training certificate at a training center in India, but I’ve never taught yoga.

If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

Conor Oberst, Laura Veirs, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 What’s the one take away you want your fans to feel after they listen to your music?

Feel self-empowered and playful.  

What is on your playlist right now?

Bub Pratt’s latest album, I love it, also been listening to Emily Wells.

When did you know you wanted to be an entertainer?

When I was a kid.

What’s on your musical bucket list?

Would love to be on billboard charts, nominated for Grammy someday, would be sweet. Have a song on the radio. It should be pretty cool to get my “Universe at your fingertips” song into an iPad commercial or something.

Any plans for future touring?

Not immediate plans, but it would be great if I had the opportunity to do so. I love traveling. Traveling and music combined sounds awesome.

What is your first musical memory as a child?

A church song “Popcorn popping on the apricot tree”

Do you play any instruments?

Guitar, piano, and kind of drums (haven’t played regularly for a few years). I want to add some more to the list soon.

What’s your typical day like?

Wake up around 8am, have some tea and coffee, listen to inspirational YouTube videos or music, go for a walk with a dog, write in a journal and a to-do list.

What’s your fashion style?

Kind of neutral colors and reds, I love leather boots and my converse sneakers. I don’t know how to describe my style. Sometimes skirts but mostly jeans or leggings.

What do you do to relax?

Take a bubble bath, meditate, listen to self-hypnosis, go on walks, and massage.

What are your hobbies?

Playing instruments, reading about all kinds of things, especially travel memoirs and funny stuff like David Sedaris, hiking, spending time in nature, and traveling.

What’s your favorite type of food? Do you cook?

Thai, Mexican, Japanese, and Korean. I do cook; I like to make a lot of soups and simple but tasty and healthy things.

How has the pandemic impacted your life?

Started making more money. Had to cancel some big travel plans to go to India with a good friend to go shopping for her wedding saree.

 What’s the one thing you think everyone could do to make the world a more positive place?

To not hold anyone else responsible for their happiness, also to follow your passions.

If there was one recording artist you wanted to meet, who would that be?

Dolly Parton seems cool…or Jewel.

What is the best part about being famous?

I’m not famous yet, but I do enjoy having an audience of fans who resonate with my music, and hearing from them how I have positively impacted their lives feels really good.

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Kiss U Right Now

DUCKWRTH RELEASES NEW VIDEO “KISS U RIGHT NOW”

­CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM SUPERGOOD AVAILABLE NOW 

“…Duckwrth will be an inspirational artist for years to come.” – Essence
 
SuperGood channels the soulful pop of Pharrell, the funk of Anderson Paak and Thundercat and the stylishness of Outkast to come up with an essential summer sound” – The Evening Standard

“Duckwrth makes shimmy-inducing, heart-pounding, soul-smiling music. His style is distinct, high fashion without the barriers to entry.” – DJBooth
 
“…showcases just how versatile he is in an optimistic sonic landscape of warmth, nostalgia and soul.” – HYPEBEAST

“Duckwrth keeps hitting the mark with his eclectic blend of alternative hip-hop.” – Earmilk
 
“Duckwrth has been proving himself to be one of the more unique artists in hip-hop right now and if there is one hyphenated word to describe his sound, it would be “genre-bending.” – HotNewHipHop

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rapper Duckwrth returns with yet another cinematic visual for “Kiss U Right Now.

Watch “Kiss U Right Now”HERE

Capturing quarantine vibes, he sanitizes his entire crib in the clip directed by Alex “Grizz Lee” Loucas. He’s armed with Windex and toilet paper and a whole lot of shrink wrap as he chats with a girl played by Arlissa over video. What ensues is both hilarious and timely as a virtual rendezvous just doesn’t compare to the real thing, so he dons a full Hazmat suit, hops on his bike, and visits her in real life. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens next!

“Kiss U Right Now” remains just the latest standout from his critically acclaimed label debut album SuperGood—out now.

Listen to SuperGoodHERE

Duckwrth will be performing on October 27th for his “A SuperGood Night” global live interactive experience in partnership with Headliner.Live who have hosted events for artist like Pink Sweat$, Free Nationals and more. Tickets are on sale now. 

SuperGood has generated feverish tastemaker praise. In a four-out-of-five-star review, NME called it, “a tireless exercise in versatility and positivity from the West Coast,” and The Guardian described it as “easy listening funk with the occasional clever twist. Meanwhile, FLAUNT put it best, Duckwrth is here to make sure you’re feeling SuperGood.

Over the last five years, LA-based wunderkind Duckwrth has quickly risen up the ranks as a promising star of the future of music. His collection of critically acclaimed projects including Nowhere (2015,) I’m Uugly (2016), Xtra Uugly (2017) and The Falling Man EP (2019), have transcended streaming platforms and landed in films, TV series, and brand ad campaigns and have received critical acclaim from a vast number of outlets including NPR, The FADER, Complex, XXL and more. This cumulation has led the rapper to become an international touring staple, headlining shows globally and performing at Austin City Limits and opening for superstars Billie Eilish and Anderson. Paak. Duckwrth’s music has appeared on shows like CW’s All American, HBO’s Insecure and Real Time with Bill Maher and his song “Start A Riot” was featured on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. His music has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Cadillac, Microsoft, Peloton, Amazon and Apple Music, and he’s worked with fashion legacies like Levi’s, Vans and Fila, as well as high fashion men’s suit designer Paul Smith.

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Songs to Save Them All

Emmylou Harris, Two Feet, SYML, Wrabel and more to perform in “Songs to Save Them All” livestream concert on May 6 to benefit Best Friends Animal Society 

Tune in at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on YouTube, Tiltify, Twitch, and Facebook 

Numerous musicians are set to appear in “Songs to Save Them All: A Benefit Concert for Homeless Pets,” a three-hour benefit concert for Best Friends Animal Society streaming on May 6, 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.  

Recording artists expected to perform include country music legend Emmylou Harris, as well as Aunty SocialBaker Grace, Brandon Jenner, Canyon City, Chappell Roan, Davis John PattonDylan DunlapGeographerJoshua Radin, Laura Jean AndersonMunnPryor & LeeSammy RaeSYMLThe Joy FormidableTim AtlasTwo FeetVictoria AnthonyWILD, Wild Rivers, WOLF and Wrabel.  

In addition to the musical talent, celebrities including Lauren Ash, Mayim Bialik, author W. Bruce Cameron, TikTok influencer Caitlyn Cohen, Abbie Cornish, Kat Dennings, Josh Gad, Tricia Helfer, Thomas Lennon, Zosia Mamet, Natalie Morales, Kevin Nealon, Alison Pill, Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Katee Sackhoff, Reid Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Brittany Snow, Katie Stevens, Cecily Strong, Holly Taylor, Ashley Williams, Bellamy Young, and others are also expected to make appearances to support the cause. 

 “Music is a universal language and brings so much joy to the world,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer at Best Friends Animal Society. “This concert will celebrate how music and our love of animals unite us and show how we can all come together to support each other, our communities and homeless pets.” 

The free event will livestream on Tiltify, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, as well as at Best Friends website. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate to Best Friends Animal Society via Tiltify to support making America no-kill by 2025. 

All proceeds will support Best Friends’ work across the country, including lifesaving collaboration with thousands of shelters and animal welfare groups.  There will also be a spotlight on the organization’s recent No-Kill Los Angeles initiative achievement, which reached a 90.49% save rate in the City of Los Angeles for 2020.  

“Everyone at Best Friends sends our gratitude to the musicians, singers, and songwriters who are sharing their time and talent for this awesome event,” Castle said. “We hope animal lovers everywhere will tune in, enjoy the music, and learn more about how everyone can make a different for homeless pets.”  

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 625,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All. For more information, visit Best Friends website

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Rising Singaporean Artist Yung Raja

RISING SINGAPOREAN ARTIST YUNG RAJA RELEASES NEW FREESTYLE MIXING ENGLISH AND TAMIL — LISTEN NOW

NEW SONG “MAMI” IS YASSER’S TRACK OF THE WEEK ON BBC ASIAN NETWORK — LISTEN HERE

INCLUDED ON ‘NME 100’ LIST — FIRST SINGAPOREAN ARTIST TO APPEAR ON THE LIST

LYRICS + TRANSLATIONS HERE

Praise for Yung Raja:

“Singaporean hip-hop star sparks joy with dizzying Tamil and English raps” — NME

“Yung Raja has flown onto the hip-hop scene over the past year, commanding a riotous audience across South East Asia” — HYPEBEAST

“Within a year, [Yung Raja] has grown to become one of South East Asia’s popular hip-hop artists” — Rolling Stone

Yung Raja has been dubbed as Southeast Asia’s next avant-garde bilingual hip hop artist known for his tasteful unification of English and Tamil lyricism. Over the weekend Yung Raja released another installment of a freestyle that showcases just this. Raja is a master wordsmith and elegantly switches between the languages backed against a trap beat that begs hitting the replay button. The dizzying freestyle comes off the back of his recently released single “Mami” which is also the Track of The Week by Yasser for BBC Asian Network. The video for the song has already surpassed over 100,000 views on YouTube and rising. Check out the song and technicolor video, here.

Alongside the freestyle, Yung Raja also uploaded an informational video “Shtambi Shterminology” where breaks down his everyday slang and Tamil phrases— one of the world’s oldest surviving languages

About Yung Raja:

Named one of NME’s 100 artist of 2021, breakthrough rapper Yung Raja has been dubbed as Southeast Asia’s next avant-garde bilingual hip hop artist. Known for his tasteful unification of English and Tamil culture in his lyrics. He found viral success in Asia after releasing a string of singles including “Poori Gang,” “Mustafa” and “Mad Blessings”  — the latter of which received cosigns by the likes of Lupe Fiasco and M.I.A.. Raja went on to amass over 11 million plays, a record deal with Def Jam SEA and a whirlwind run that saw him play shows across the continent and a stint in India recording for the famous Kollywood industry. His blend of references combined with natural lyrical ability garnered him critical praise with the likes of NME, Hypebeast, ELLE (Singapore), VICE/Noisey, Rolling Stone (India). While his fashion sensibilities and unwavering experimentation with style has landed him the covers of Esquire and ELLE Singapore as well as brand partnerships with BVLGARI, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Adidas. Born and raised in Singapore, Yung Raja aims to reinvent societal views in and out of his homeland, inspire the next generation of cultural conservators, and elevate Southeast Asian hip hop to world class stages through his music. Last year, Yung Raja signed to Alamo Records in hopes to continue confronting the industry with his addictive bilingual delivery and amalgamation of cultural references.

Discover more Yung Raja via:

INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

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Rainbow Dreamland Tour

VALLEY TO JOIN COIN ON RAINBOW DREAMLAND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN FALL 2021, TICKETS ON SALE NOW

LISTEN TO LIKE 1999 BY VALLEY HERE

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

JUNO nominated, Canadian indie-pop band, VALLEY has announced their Fall 2021 North American tour in support of COIN. The 17-date tour run will begin on October 26 in Birmingham, AL, and go through November 21 in Houston, TX. The Rainbow Dreamland tour will be VALLEY’s return to the stage, bringing new music directly to their fans.

Most recently, VALLEY released their charmingly nostalgic single Like 1999 along with a video featuring TikTok star Boman. Fittingly, the track first gained momentum when the band posted a teaser of the song on their own TikTok. Since then, Like 1999 has garnered over 10 million global streams and become a form of escapism to fans waiting out the pandemic. Don’t miss your chance to see VALLEY live when shows return this Fall.

High-profile, high-octane – PAPER

A buoyant pop anthem full of emotion and fun, clever references, Like 1999 taps a sentimental vein Atwood Magazine

Taking the shape of a time capsule, the new track is an ode to the 1990s, shimmering with kaleidoscopic textures, sun-kissed melodies, and lush vocals that create an irresistible and dreamy sound. –  Gig Goer

In a world where, especially for artists, everything has been uncertain- VALLEY has cemented themselves as timeless. –  Unfiltered Zine

Tour Dates

October 26 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City Music Hall

October 27- Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

October 29 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

October 30 – St. Louis, MO – Del Mar

November 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

November 3 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman

November 5 – Denver, CO – The Summit

November 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

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November 15 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

November 17 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

November 19 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom

November 20 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

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How Important Are First Impressions in Modern Entertainment?

Artistic design has become one of the most crucially important features in the modern entertainment industry. This is thanks to the rise of online libraries for everything from television to games. People are likely to make snap judgments about the pictures they see on the thumbnails in front of them and, if these designs don’t immediately grab the attention, the entertainment choice stands to lose out to a rival. Online entertainment providers need to be aware of just how important first impressions are, and design their offerings accordingly.

Audience Attention is More Discriminating Than Ever

There has been a vast amount of research into whether people’s attention spans are getting shorter, with some studies suggesting that the average human is nine seconds. However, others have been quick to point out that it is a vague statistic and something that isn’t perfectly measurable anyway.

Perhaps what is more likely is that the modern generation of internet users have much more selective attention than those who existed twenty years ago. What all researchers can agree on, though, is that online businesses and entertainment options only have a limited amount of time to grab someone’s attention before they move on to something else.

Users Know They Have an Abundance of Choice

The fact that there is just so much out there to choose from has led to this need for online businesses to capture audience attention instantly. Users are well aware of the abundance of choice in every industry. One of the biggest factors towards this has been the library model in entertainment, which was made famous by Netflix. This involves users scrolling through long lists of films and television shows, looking for one that catches their eye. The picture used here is so important, as it needs to stand out from all the others on the list.

Netflix has inspired numerous other streaming services, and the concept has also spilt over to gaming as well. Online casinos have been using this model for some time, as it is the best way to display the vast lists of games on offer. This is especially true for slots, where abundant choice is the best way to pull in players. At Vegasslotsonline there are hundreds of games to choose from, and developers probably have less than a second to capture players’ attention. This is why the thumbnails need to be bright, colourful, and instantly appealing. Some examples of this can be seen with offerings like Starburst, which has large font and multiple colours, and Mega Moolah, which also has bold writing and a scattering of gold coins in the image.

The library model is set to become ubiquitous in other sections of the gaming industry in the years ahead. This is thanks to the rise of cloud-based subscription services on consoles and PC. Options like Google Stadia allow players to pay a monthly fee to have access to a wealth of games, rather than having to buy individual titles. This means that players will spend less time deliberating on what they are going to play, knowing that they are not making a large investment for that game. With this in mind, developers need their titles to stand out, and this will all come down to the design of the thumbnails shown on screen.

How Important is The Design of The Thumbnail?

Because of the seemingly endless options on offer in the entertainment industry, the design of the thumbnail of a film, television series, game, or YouTube video is so important. It needs to serve multiple purposes if possible. This includes an image that is going to catch the eye of users immediately, a brief description in some cases, the name, and something that conveys the genre.

Going back to the slot game example, it seems that developers here have managed to master the art of incorporating these things into a tiny square on a screen. Book of Dead, for instance, shows a picture of a rugged explorer, a striking gold artefact, and a background of ancient tombs. It also has the name of the game in large, visible writing. From this, players can easily gather that it is an adventure offering set in Ancient Egypt.

Film posters need to give viewers the facts they need to sway their decision as to whether they want to watch. This includes names of popular actors or directors or a reference to a famous title from the same filmmaker. When it comes to thumbnails on streaming platforms, however, there is even less room available for these things. Therefore, designers need to be selective in what they show. Superhero offerings on Netflix are a good example of making use of limited space. For example, the Spider-man titles show the hero pitted against the main villain in each film.

There is no doubt that first impressions count when it comes to modern entertainment. Designers of thumbnails have a split second to capture the attention of users, who are well aware that they have a lot of options to choose from. Those who can master these designs will enjoy success in the modern age.

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Cliff Walkers

WATCH CLIFF WALKERS TRAILER ONE AND TRAILER TWO

Here at 360 Magazine, we had the opportunity to screen Cliff Walkers. The film was without a doubt wonderfully written. From the very beginning of the movie, you could see that it would be an action-packed film. The storyline will keep viewers in suspense on what happens next along with questions that do not get answered until the very ending. The acting was impeccable! Each actor played their character perfectly – from the villains to the spies leading towards two very well written plot twists. This film will appeal to anyone wanting to watch an action filled and, at times, emotional movie.  

Based on the script by Quan Yongxian, CLIFF WALKERS, is director Zhang Yimou’s first foray into the spy genre. Set the puppet state of Manchukuo in the 1930s, the film follows four Communist party special agents who return to China after receiving training in the Soviet Union. Together, they embark on a secret mission code-named “Utrennya.” After being sold out by a traitor, the team find themselves surrounded by threats on all sides from the moment they parachute into the mission. Will the agents break the impasse and complete their mission? On the snowy grounds of Manchukuo, the team will be tested to their limit.

  • CLIFF WALKERS is Zhang Yimou’s first spy thriller in his over 40-year career.
  • Zhang Yimou is a master of using cinematography and color to support the themes, emotions and plots of his films, and audiences can easily identify key colors in each of his films. CLIFF WALKERS presents a visual feast of beautiful snow-white scenes, presented in different ways to support the twists and turns of the storyline. For example, snowy moments include an avalanche during a gunfight, falling snow as danger approached, snow on the ground and covering the entire street during a car chase, snow shaking down from the tree during an explosion, etc.
  • CLIFF WALKERS showcases Zhang Yimou’s trademark artistic cinematography and vivid color as well as a stellar cast of actors who are well known and highly acclaimed in China.
  • The film was shot on location in Harbin, in -40 degrees Celsius snowy weather. Historical locations in Harbin were 100% rebuilt just for the film, such as the city’s central street, Asia Cinema and Martyr Hotel which were completely recreated in 1930s style. 
  • Lead actor Zhang Yi grew up in Harbin and in fact lived on a street that was one of the rebuilt filming locations. During filming, he was able to find his parents’ old house there and video chatted them to show them how accurately recreated it was!
  • The film has already had very positive pre-screening responses in China, including strong ticket presales leading into their Labor Day weekend (this weekend – a major holiday when many tentpole titles are released)

Actor/character credits:

Zhang Xianchen played by Zhang Yi

Zhou Yi played by Yu Hewei

Wang Chuliang played by Zhu Yawen

Wang Yu played by Qin Hailu

Gao Bin played by Ni Dahong

Zhang Lan played by Liu Haocun

Lu Ming played by Li Naiwen

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Meduza × Museum Fiasco

Electronic Group, Meduza, to Release Single as Audio-Visual Immersive Experience in Partnership with Playmodes Studio at Museum Fiasco in Las Vegas

Single Debut will be First Major Music Launch at a Contemporary Museum

Electronic music artists, Meduza, in collaboration with Playmodes Studio and Insomniac Records, will release an immersive song launch and experience as the first music launch in a contemporary museum at Museum Fiasco, located inside AREA15 at 3215 S. Rancho Dr. The award-wining trio will be on-site for the launch event starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

The track, titled “Headrush,” will play in sync with a lightshow produced by Playmodes Studio, the group behind the concept and audiovisual contents of Museum Fiasco’s current Cluster exhibitions, “Kernel,” “Railwave” and “Stellar.” The “Headrush” experience will play from 10 p.m. – midnight from Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 30. “The debut of this incredible track from Meduza will serve as the first time a single has been released in a contemporary art museum as part of its launch,” said Ryan Doherty, museum curator.

Grammy 2020 nominees for “Best Dance Music Recording,” for their 2019 release ‘Piece of your Heart’, Meduza has spent the last two years leading the charge in returning house music to daytime radio. Meduza is the “Most Listened to” Italian artist on Apple Music and Spotify in history and the fastest growing Italian artists on YouTube, with over one million subscribers. Their debut release, “Piece of Your Heart,” featuring Goodboys, has over two billion streams globally, reaching the top 10 charts in more than 20 countries. In late 2020, Meduza released their third single “Paradise,” featuring Dermot Kennedy, which has accumulated over 500 million streams. The track entered the “Global Top 50” playlist on Spotify and has remained there for 15 weeks straight.

“We’re thrilled to have Meduza and Playmodes collaborate to make music and art accessible and interchangeable at Museum Fiasco,” said Doherty. “The music interacting with the sound and light features creates an unforgettable experience, and we can’t wait to welcome the public to this unprecedented show.”

“As techno music lovers, we feel inspired by the rhythms and sounds of Meduza’s new song, “Headrush,” said Eloi Maduell and Santi Villanova, founders of Playmodes Studio. “It is visual and emotive music which will shine at its best with the perfect companion of light, and we’re passionate to premiere this new experience for the Museum Fiasco and AREA15 audience.”

Museum Fiasco is located on the mezzanine of AREA15, the new immersive art, event and entertainment district. Conceptualized and designed by Doherty, the 5,000-square-foot gallery showcases futuristic exhibits, audio-visual experiences and immersive mixed media in a space that fosters a sense of connectivity.

Museum Fiasco is open Monday to Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Advance reservations are highly encouraged. Tickets for the “Headrush” experience are available at Museum Fiasco. More information is available on the website, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Located in the heart of Las Vegas and minutes from the Strip, AREA15 offers immersive activations, monumental art installations, socially distanced events, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, groundbreaking technology, bars, eateries and much more. The complex also offers nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

AREA15 follows the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And true to the insatiable hunger for all things inventive and groundbreaking, AREA15 is using cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to help implement these recommendations, including an AI-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met.