Featuring three global superstars from around the world and uniting their diverse cultures through one smash hit song, today, FIFA confirms Nicki Minaj, Maluma, and Myriam Fares will release their new single “Tukoh Taka” on November 18 via Universal Arabic Music / Universal Music Group / Republic Records. “Tukoh Taka” is the official song of the FIFA Fan Festival and a single from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Official Soundtrack. Fans have been eagerly speculating and anticipating the collaboration over the past week, as snippets of the track have been teased online.
“Tukoh Taka” makes history as “the first FIFA World Cup™ song featuring English, Spanish, and Arabic.” This cross-continental banger features a high-energy collaboration between Nicki Minaj, Maluma, and Myriam Fares, as they rap and sing about uniting fans all over the world and celebrating together. “Tukoh Taka” brings cultures together for one undeniable global anthem. Stay tuned for the premiere of a cinematic music video to accompany the track on November 18, as “Tukoh Taka” soundtracks victory in 2022.
Maluma is one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father, and sister. The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 25 million Facebook fans, 8 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 63 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 28.1 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award. With his Maluma World Tour, he has achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and becoming the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world. In 2018 and 2019, he broke records achieving full houses in all of his shows throughout the United States and Europe selling out Madison Square Garden (New York), the American Airlines Arena (Miami), and two The Forums (Los Angeles), among others. With his 11:11 World Tour, he also sold out Israel’s largest venue, Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv (60,000+ audience); made history at the 18th annual Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, setting an all-time attendance record with his headlining concert in front of 200,000 people; and performed for the first time ever in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of 25,000. He continued to take over throughout 2021 and 2022 with sold-outs in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released seven albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019), Papi Juancho (2020), 7DJ (2021), The Love & Sex Tape and The Love & Sex Tape Deluxe (2022). Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat he has now repeated three times. To date, Maluma has had twenty-two #1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.
ABOUT MYRIAM FARES:
Myriam Fares is a Lebanese singer, producer, entertainer, and actress. She first appeared on the Arabic music scene with her debut album Myriam in 2003, and she has since become one of the icons of the Arabic world, with her concerts becoming celebrations and her title of “Queen of Stage.” Myriam Fares is renowned for her unique art, which has combined all Arabic cultures and dialects with a modern and unique style. Google appointed Myriam Fares as their only ambassador in the Middle East and North Africa area due to her popularity and her ranking as the most searched celebrity per Google’s search engine. She has appeared in several movies and TV shows, and in 2021, Netflix published a documentary about her life. In May 2022, Myriam’s dance challenge on her famous song “Goumi” surpassed 10 billion views on TikTok alone, making it the most viewed dance challenge globally.
(Artwork Courtesy of AREA15/Bright Light Digital Art)
AREA15 ANNOUNCES IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES, PROMOTIONS
FOR NOVEMBER 2022
AREA15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, invites guests to enjoy an array of brand-new events, promotions and experiences this November.
When the Lights Go: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Live in the Portal
Date: Friday, Nov. 4
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $22.95 per person. VIP table packages for up to eight guests are also available. Must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to consume alcohol. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Attendees are invited to immerse themselves in 360-degree projections and the sounds and rhythms of Grammy-nominated producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs during the When the Lights Go Tour inside AREA15’s projection-mapped Portal.
LMF Las Vegas – Episode 1
Dates: Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: To attend the event, guests can donate a dollar amount of their choice. Money raised from ticket sales will benefit global humanitarian organization In Place of War. Must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to consume alcohol. Click here to secure your space.
Description: Following a successful kick-off event a few years ago, LMF returns to the United States at AREA15. Known for its electronic music festivals across the globe, guests are invited to the first U.S. season of LMF in Las Vegas. Guests can look forward to performances by 15 iconic DJs from Croatia, including Dallerium, Damir Ludvig, Dancelectric, DJ Jock, Elena Mikac, Joe 2 Shine, Kosta Radman, Kraundler, Marina Karamarko, Tom Bug, Tomo In Der Mühlen, Vedran Car, Wekingz and Yakka.
Satori & the Band From Space: Live in the Portal
Date: Thursday, Nov. 10
Time: Doors open at 8 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $17.95 per person. Money raised from ticket sales will benefit global humanitarian organization In Place of War. Must be 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Prepare for an immersive experience as Satori & the Band From Space create an evening of dance euphoria for a one-night show in AREA15’s projection-mapped Portal. Satori treats each performance as a blank canvas, making his performances dynamic and eclectic. Now, Satori continues his latest endeavor where he is joined by the Band from Space to give his music a new approach and a new life. This event is also the launch of international music charity In Place of War’s Around The World in 80 Raves global tour. Funds raised from the concert will benefit the work In Place of War does within the community of violence-stricken Medellín, Colombia.
Mr. Carmack: Live in the Portal
Date: Friday, Nov. 11
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $15 per person. VIP table packages for groups of eight or more are also available. Must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to
consume alcohol. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Mr. Carmack will bring the bass to the projection-mapped Portal for the Forward Thinkers 10-Year Anniversary Tour this fall. Constantly translating personal experience into his craft, Carmack finds inspiration from a range of sources, including his friends, fellow musicians, travels and numerous sold out tours. These influences, combined with a hunger for discovering the newest, most cutting-edge sounds on sites such as Soundcloud, are some of the elements in the Los Angeles-based producer’s distinctive creative process.
Triloka Three Worlds Tour
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $19.95 per person. Must 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Guests are invited to awaken their third eye and prepare for a transcendental experience with the Triloka Three Worlds Tour featuring Desert Dwellers, Random Rab and Bluetech. The ethereal experience will take place in AREA15’s projection-mapped Portal to offer psychedelic visuals along with captivating performances.
East Forest Ceremony Presented by Numinus LV
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 15
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: General admission begins at $75. Must be 18 or older to attend. To purchase tickets, click here.
Description: AREA15 invites visitors to the East Forest Ceremony presented by Numinus LV. This multi-level experience, where concert meets ritual, merges live music and guided meditation. This unique event allows participants to sit or lay down on blankets and yoga mats to experience a deep dive into the rich sonic landscapes of East Forest for a truly immersive experience.
Two Feet: Live in the Portal
Date: Friday, Nov. 18
Time: Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $19.95 per person. Must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to consume alcohol. To purchase tickets, click here.
Description: After a multi-year hiatus from Sin City, Two Feet brings his soulful atmosphere to the Portal, a 360-degree projection mapped theater. Two Feet’s hazy and mellow sound provides a nod to contemporary artists such as Chet Faker, but the core of his new EP is inspired by Harlem influences. Tracks such as “Quick Musical Doodles and Sex” bleed with an unabashed blues heart with flitters of guitar provocatively stacked against an unrelenting electronic backbone.
Little Miss Nasty: Rock and Roll Burlesque in the Portal
Date: Saturday, Nov. 19
Time: Doors open at 9 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: Tickets start at $24.95 per person. Must 21 or older to enter. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: In true Vegas fashion, guests can prepare for an evening “off the leash” with the seductive, rock and roll burlesque show Little Miss Nasty. The evening will feature an electrifying spectacle of dancers, performers and over-the-top visuals in the 360-degree projection-mapped Portal.
2022 FIFA World Cup Live Viewing Parties
Date: Nov. 21, 25, 29
Time: Doors open at 10 a.m.; viewings begin at 11 a.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: $99 World Cup Explorer Pass (includes drink in The Portal and Explorer Pass to AREA15)
Description: Bundle this 360-degree viewing experience of the 2022 Qatar World Cup matches with AREA15’s best attractions and receive a complimentary drink at the sPortal bar. Fans are invited to catch all the action during immersive viewings of the USMNT 2022 FIFA World Cup matches in the sPortal, where they will enjoy this immersive viewing experience on three 23-foot-tall walls with state-of-the-art sound as well as a full bar with specials and a restaurant menu from The Beast by Todd English. Guests are invited to come early to grab the best seats and great food ahead of each game.
Immersive Movie Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Date: Thursday, November 24 through Thursday, December 29
Time: M-F at 8 p.m. Sat/Sun at 12, 2, 4, 6, & 8 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: $40 for adults (includes one specialty cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage); $20 for children (ages 12 and under).
Description: Returning for the second year in a row is the immersive, projection-mapped screening of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Guests can enjoy the timeless holiday classic enhanced with choreographed light and sound elements synced to the cult classic movie. While the experience is suitable for all ages, the 8 p.m. showings on Thursdays and Saturdays are reserved for guests 21+. Refreshments and themed souvenirs are available for purchase during every show.
AREA15’S RADIANCE WELLNESS PROGRAM INSIDE THE PORTAL:
Guests are invited to explore mind, body and soul at Radiance, AREA15’s new wellness program featuring a variety of ongoing programs including:
Date: Nov. 22
Time: Class begins at 7 p.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: $35 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Guests are invited to a guided conscious breathwork experience by Frequency Breathwork inside The Portal, AREA15’s 3D projection-mapped room. Attendees can immerse themselves in this deep psychedelic experience through the power and safety of their own oxygen supply. While practicing breathwork, guests will be surrounded by immersive visuals wrapping around the space to round out the experience.
Yoga and Wellness with Dray
Dates: Nov. 12 and 26
Time: Class begins at 11 a.m.
Location: The Portal
Cost: $25 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.
Description: Tap into a higher version of yourself with an immersive yoga class taught by Dray Gardner in The Portal. Build strength, create awareness and bring your mind and body connection to a new level. Enjoy a class experience like no other, surrounded by state-of-the-art sound and 360-degree projections that will envelop participants during the session. Participants are required to bring their own mats.
Dray Gardner was once crippled by a life-threatening automobile accident and his doctor suggested back surgery, however, Gardner insisted on a more holistic approach. Yoga allowed his mind and body to have brand-new experiences – teaching him balance, discipline, focus, determination, strength, flexibility and peace of mind through meditation.
AREA15 “AL1V5” Beverage Menu at Oddwood Bar and Sanctuary Lounge
Dates: Tuesdays and Saturdays following AREA15 Radiance events
Location: Oddwood Bar and Sanctuary Lounge
Cost: Price varies
Description: Following every Radiance Wellness Program event, attendees can mix and mingle underneath the twinkling branches at Oddwood Bar and Sanctuary Lounge, located in the heart of AREA15. The AL1V5 (pronounced “alive”) menu features wellness-inspired beverages and craft mocktails designed to replenish nutrients and refreshment after class. Guests can try a variety of options including the Ginger Cooler made with orange and lemon juice, almond syrup, egg whites and ginger beer or stay hydrated with the wellness shots such as the Stay Golden made with pineapple, turmeric, lemon and coconut water.
ONGOING EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND PACKAGES:
“O’Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers”
Dates: Select dates and times will be available throughout November
Location: The Portal
Cost: Click here to purchase tickets.
- General admission tickets for guests 13 and older are $30.
- Discounted tickets for children under 13, seniors, Nevada locals and military are $23.
Description: “O’Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers” is a timed digital art exhibition encompassing 35 minutes and mapped specifically to fit the nearly 7,000-square-foot Portal. In this vividly immersive experience, O’Keeffe’s paintings come to life in a virtual garden revealing her most celebrated pieces – including a few which are not publicly displayed. Set to an anthemic 12-song soundtrack of notable all-female artists, including Nina Simone, Cyndi Lauper and Andra Day, guests can experience the art as if looking through a magnifying glass.
AREA15 Industry Mondays
Dates: Every Monday throughout November
Location: Select venues throughout AREA15
Time: 8 p.m. to closing
Description: Guests are invited to the recently relaunched Industry Mondays at AREA15. Feel the beats from a variety of DJs on the decks and underneath the glow of Oddwood Bar. Locals will enjoy a 25 percent discount on select activations, experiences and libations inside AREA15 with a local ID every Monday night. Discounts during Industry Night apply to “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite,” Museum Fiasco, Five Iron Golf and Dueling Axes, as well as food and drinks at The Beast by Todd English and Oddwood Bar. More information at www.AREA15.com/events. After 10 p.m., AREA15 is 21 years or older only.
“Leaves of Light” Drink Specials at Oddwood Bar
Dates: Every Thursday throughout November
Location: Oddwood Bar
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. to closing
Description: Every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Oddwood Bar, guests can enjoy $5 rotating select cocktails. Later in the evening from 10 p.m., reverse happy hour specials are available and include 50 percent off wine, draft beers and house cocktails, $5 bottled beer and 25 percent off specialty cocktails. Live DJs will also be spinning tunes throughout the evening.
AREA15 Block Party Weekends
Dates: Every Friday and Saturday throughout November
Location: LIFTOFF Bar and Ride
Time: 8 p.m.
Description: Every weekend, guests are invited to enjoy LIFTOFF Bar and Ride’s Block Party. The Block Party includes drink specials, food trucks, outdoor games, rides on LIFTOFF, a panoramic skyline experience, and sounds provided by live DJs. Drink specials include $20 buckets of beer and Casamigos tequila flights. Additionally, AREA15’s Block Party will transform into a winter wonderland beginning on Friday, Nov. 25. Guests can look forward to a winterized experience, including fire pits, photo moments and festive décor for the new season.
The most exclusive way to explore AREA15 is through the Insider Package. AREA15’s Insider Package must be booked at least three days in advance. This three hour package is available for four to 16 guests. Additional tickets, upgrades and add-ons are available upon request at an additional cost. The Insider Package can be booked here.
AREA15’s Insider Package includes:
- Expedited entry into AREA15
- AREA15 Ambassador greeting and welcome
- Admission to LIFTOFF and LIFTOFF Lounge
- One 20-ounce AREA15-branded souvenir Pathwater per person and one 24-ounce premium specialty beverage per person
- Family-style meal at The Beast by Todd English
- One premium cocktail or beverage per person included during meal
- Expedited admission into Wink World: Portals to the Infinite
- Expedited admission into Museum Fiasco
For guests seeking to enter other dimensions, touch the sky, fly like a bird, discover alternate realities and transport into portals beyond their imagination all in one day, AREA15 offers three exclusive Experience Passes, including the Seeker, Explorer and Voyager Pass bundles.
AREA15’s Seeker Pass includes entry to four experiences, including Birdly, Brainstorm, Particle Quest and Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite. The Explorer Pass offers admission to seven experiences, including Birdly, Brainstorm, LIFTOFF, Museum Fiasco, OZ Ride, Particle Quest and Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite. AREA15’s Voyager Pass includes access to Army of the Dead, Birdly, Brainstorm, Illuminarium, LIFTOFF, Museum Fiasco, OZ Ride, Particle Quest and Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite.
Experience Passes can be redeemed daily from noon to 9:30 p.m. For bundle pricing and to purchase tickets, click here.
ABOUT AREA15 LAS VEGAS
AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, represents the world’s first purpose-built immersive entertainment district offering live events, distinctive attractions, interactive art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. AREA15’s curated mix of dynamic destinations—including Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, Lost Spirits Distillery, Illuminarium, Dueling Axes, Five Iron Golf, The Beast by Todd English, Wink World: Portals Into the Infinite, Museum Fiasco, Virtualis VR, Emporium Arcade Bar and many more—represents what’s next in experiential entertainment. With a robust, ever-changing roster of concerts, events, immersive art exhibitions, out-of-this-world nightlife and boundary-pushing production shows, AREA15 attracts visitors of all ages.
AREA15 has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Immersive Art Experience” by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, one of “The 10 Most Innovative Urban Development and Real Estate Companies of 2020” by Fast Company, “Best Place for Your Instagram Shot” as well as “Best Attraction” for two consecutive years by Las Vegas Weekly Readers’ Choice Best of Vegas Awards, “Best Arts Hub” by Vegas Magazine, claiming the No. 1 spot in Blooloop’s “World’s Top 11 Immersive Art Experiences” and being included in Las Vegas Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
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DAVIDO & LIVE NATION URBAN LAUNCH ARE WE AFRICAN YET? (A.W.A.Y)
MUSIC FESTIVAL TO PROMOTE CULTURAL EXPLORATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN AFRICA AND THE WORLD
DAVIDO, KIZZ DANIEL, PHEELZ, LOJAY, VICTONY, OXLADE, BNXN, FOCALISTIC, AND MORE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2022
STATE FARM ARENA, ATLANTA
TICKETS AT TICKETMASTER.COM
General ticket on-sale begins for Afrobeats superstar, recording artist, producer, and philanthropist, Davido‘s ARE WE AFRICAN YET? (A.W.A.Y) Festival, a one-day music festival and cultural experience taking place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on November 18, 2022. The festival was conceived to promote and foster cultural exportation and collaboration between Africa and the world. Davido’s level of collaboration with U.S based artists over the years has positioned him as a unique bridge between Africa and the world, a mantle that he has carried proudly.
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The demand for African music, fashion, and culture worldwide has restored a sense of pride to Africans everywhere with most yearning for a deeper connection with home, Davido reflectingly asks ‘Are we African Yet?‘, are we willing to claim our heritage and our culture? The A.W.A.Y Festival is an opportunity that urges the African diaspora and non-Africans around the world to find and celebrate each other roots and experience African culture like never before.
Afrobeats music is currently one of the fastest growing music genres, gaining global recognition and some of Africa’s finest artists will grace the stage alongside some of the hottest stars stateside, with headline performances by DAVIDO, KIZZ DANIEL, PHEELZ, LOJAY, VICTONY, OXLADE, BNXN, FOCALISTIC, AND MORE.
“Growing up, we were often made to feel unworthy as Africans, so many of us didn’t want to claim where we were from and in some cases denied our heritage. That’s not the case anymore, we are proud Africans, and we want to invite people to enjoy our culture our music, food, and art. That’s what The A.W.A.Y Festival is all about.” said, A.W.A.Y Festival Founder, Davido.
ARE WE AFRICAN YET?‘s mission is to unite communities, promote collaboration and celebrate the diversity and magic of African music and culture. It is an opportunity to build coalition between Africa and the world. Through the power of music, A.W.A.Y seeks to celebrate our shared parallels in culture, dance, clothing and provide an opportunity to empower everyone to build pride and claim their heritage proudly.
2022 has been a busy year for Afrobeat’s icon Davido. The American-born, Nigerian-raised superstar saw his music streaming surpass +2 Billion and his social media footprint exceed +50M, making him the most followed Afrobeat artist in the world. In April 2022, Davido released new projects including the multi-million streaming Stand Strong ft. Sunday Service Choir, the first single off his highly anticipated forthcoming album and his collaboration with FIFA on their 2022 World Cup Soundtrack “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)“. Davido recently finished performing his sold-out, We Rise By Lifting Others World Tour.
Davido (born David Adedeji Adeleke) has cemented his position as a global force within the music scene, capped off by several milestones for the platinum artist including his second sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena and the release of his third studio album, 2020’s A Better Time, the critically acclaimed follow up to his 1.2 billion streaming 2019 release, A Good Time. Released at the end of 2020, A Better Time debuted on Billboard 200 album chart garnering over 560 million streams and producing certified hits High featuring Adekunle Gold, Holy Ground Ft. Nicki Minaj and Shopping Spree ft. Chris Brown & Young Thug. Shopping Spree marked Davido’s 10th entry on Billboard’s World Digital Song Chart, it was highlighted by millions of video views and attracted the praise of Rolling Stone, HighSnobiety, and Complex. In addition to both fan and critical acclaim, Davido’s U.S. visibility continues to soar with thrilling national television appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and magazine covers of Billboard, Flaunt, Dazed, L’Officiel to name a few. Davido has also been recognized with Billboard Music Award, BET Award, as well as several Grammy Nominations.
About Live Nation Entertainment
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Lil Baby Drops New Single “The World Is Yours To Take” To Be Featured on Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack
The Grammy-nominated rapper partners with Budweiser to release inspiring anthem for the upcoming FIFA World Cup
Today, Grammy-nominated rapper, mogul, and philanthropist Lil Baby is partnering with Budweiser to release “The World Is Yours To Take,” a new single that will be featured on the first-ever Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Soundtrack and in campaign content from Budweiser, The Official Beer of the FIFA World Cup. The high-energy anthem samples the iconic chorus from the hit song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears, inspiring fans to begin their journey towards greatness. The pop song transcends generations and geography, punctuating the go-getter energy Budweiser and Lil Baby were after for the collaborative track.
Four years ago, sports fans around the world were gathering for the 2018 FIFA World Cup just as Lil Baby began on his path to superstardom with the release of his first album. Now, the Atlanta native and globally recognized rap phenomenon is using the global stage of the FIFA World Cup and partnership with Budweiser to reflect on his journey and inspire fans to go for it.
“My new track with Budweiser for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack is a special one for me. It is about the journey we’ve all been on over the last few years and celebrating what’s next. When I started in music in 2017, I went all in on a dream that brought me to where I am now, and that’s what I want fans to feel when they hear the song. I hope it makes you feel like you’re walking out onto the pitch at the World Cup making moves toward your own dreams, whatever that means to you,” said Lil Baby.
One of only eight singles featured on the Official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack, “The World Is Yours To Take” will be celebrated on Lil Baby’s 28 birthday with a live performance at the Budweiser Hotel at the tournament. Budweiser and Lil Baby aren’t stopping at a global hit single; the pair will team up with amazing artists around the world to release new versions of the song and shoot the music video at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar that will take place from November 20 until December 18, 2022.
ABOUT LIL BABY
Some artists define a genre, but Lil Baby defines a generation. The GRAMMY Award-winning rapper has smashed records, made history, and impacted the course of modern hip-hop with his instantly identifiable and inimitable style. He has garnered dozens of multi platinum certifications and tens of billions of streams as arguably the biggest new rapper to emerge this decade. Following the success of his platinum full-length debut Harder Than Ever in 2018, he seized #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with 2020’s My Turn, becoming “the year’s #1 selling and #1 streaming album in the US.” At first, it cemented him as “2020’s first and only artist to go double-platinum,” but it has since gone quadruple-platinum and has logged 85 weeks in the top 10 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking the longest top-tier run in the chart’s history.
He notably tied Prince and Paul McCartney for Billboard Hot 100 hits and Taylor Swift for “most weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 in 2020” with a total of 6. Out of eight nominations, he scored his first GRAMMY Award in 2022. He has appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone and the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Issue in addition to receiving honors from VEVO, Rap Caviar, the Apple Music Awards, and more. He teamed up with Lil Durk for The Voice of the Heroes, marking his second #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200. It’s just the beginning though. He’s bound to revolutionize the culture again with his third album in 2022. Most recently, he released “Right On” and “In A Minute” which both songs debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. This feat puts Lil Baby in rare territory, making him the youngest of only 12 artists to have ever landed 100 or more songs on the Hot 100. This generation belongs to Lil Baby.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine features death, destruction, a refugee crisis reminiscent of World War II and worldwide condemnation. But beyond the bombs and acts of inhumanity lay multiple levels of lesser significance than the human toll, including the desire for reprisals and boycotts of all things Russian.
Included in that discussion are matters from the world of sports, and a Seton Hall Sports Poll has found that a clear majority of Americans say that governing bodies around the world should use their platforms to sanction national governments and their athletes for hostile actions against other nations and/or human right violations.
The Poll found that by a margin of 61 to 17 percent the general population of the U.S. supports such sanctions, with 67 percent of sports fans and 71 percent of avid fans in agreement. Those who said no to sanctions numbered just 16 percent of sports fans and 15 percent of avid fans. The remainder did not know or held no opinion.
The Seton Hall Sports Poll was conducted on March 11-14 across the United States using a national representative sample weighted according to gender, age, ethnicity, education, income and geography, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. The Poll featured 1,528 adult respondents with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.
Daniil Medvedev and Grand Slam Tennis
Asked specifically whether Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev should be banned from upcoming Grand Slam tournaments, the general population said yes by a 43-30 percent margin (27 percent “don’t know/no opinion”). Among sports fans, the margin for banning him was 44-33 percent (23 percent don’t know/no opinion) and among avid fans, it was 48-30 percent in favor of a ban, with 22 percent saying “don’t know/no opinion”. Medvedev has been ranked number one in the world, but will lose that position when the new rankings are issued on Monday.
“What is happening in Ukraine is a human tragedy that is significantly more important than sports,” said Professor Charles Grantham, Director of the Center for Sport Management within Seton Hall’s Stillman School of Business, which sponsors the Poll. “Banning one of tennis’ top players from a Grand Slam tournament may seem punitive but not compared to Russia’s actions on the world stage.”
The support for banishment grew even stronger when respondents were asked whether the International Skating Union (ISU) got it right in excluding Russia from the World Figure Skating Championships later this month. That action bars, among the team, Olympic gold medalist Anna Shcherbakova and 15-year old Kamila Valieva, who made headlines earlier this year after a doping controversy. Among the general population, 54 percent supported the ban with only 20 percent opposing it (26 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”). Among sports fans, the ban was supported by a 59-21 percent margin (20 percent “don’t know/no opinion”), and among avid fans, support was 63-20 percent with 17 percent in the “don’t know/no opinion” category.
World Cup Soccer
FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, has banned Russia from the 2022 World Cup competition, and this too was heavily supported by the American public. The general population favored the ban by 64-15 percent, a greater than 4 to 1 margin (21 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”). Among sports fans, support for the ban was even greater, with 69-16 percent favoring sanctions (15 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”). Among avid fans, support rose again to 71-15 percent (14 percent said “don’t know/no opinion”).
Moving Soccer Championship from Russia
Support was similarly overwhelming for UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, for dropping St. Petersburg, Russia as the site of its Champions League final (relocating it to Paris). The general population of the U.S. approved of this move and sanctions by 69-10 percent. Among sports fans, that approval rose to 74-10 percent (a greater than 7 to 1 margin). Among avid fans, an even greater margin approved of these sanctions, with 79-8 percent (nearly 10 to 1) in favor. The “don’t know/no opinion” on this was 21, 16 and 13 percent respectively.
“Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and FIFA’s World Cup and UEFA’s Champions League are its prestigious tournaments,” said Seton Hall Marketing Professor and Poll Methodologist Daniel Ladik. “The exclusion of Russian athletes, teams, and venues sends a small but important message that the world does not approve and will not abide the actions of the Russian state.”
GLASS ANIMALS RELEASES NEW VERSION OF “HEAT WAVES” FEATURING IANN DIOR
“HEAT WAVES” HOLDS #1 AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO AND #1 ON BILLBOARD ALTERNATIVE CHART FOR SECOND WEEK
“HEAT WAVES” CONTINUES TO CLIMB SINGLES CHARTS – HOLDS #1 IN AUSTRALIA AND #36 ON SPOTIFY GLOBAL TOP 50
LISTEN TO “HEAT WAVES” FEATURING IANN DIOR HERE
“Heat Waves” by UK band Glass Animals was first released in June 2020, ahead of their third album Dreamland, which was put out later that summer. An instant hit with the established fan base, “Heat Waves” paved the way for the album. But this new version, which features rap star iann dior, is the tipping point of a song that has been on a serious journey of growth these last eight months. Listen to “Heat Waves” featuring iann dior HERE.
Since its initial release, “Heat Waves” has experienced a global rise in support that shows no signs of stopping. Having originally resonated with their fans, word of the song quickly spread, and the track started getting healthy traction on radio stations globally. Next came a sync placement on FIFA, which opened up a whole new audience for the band and helped the track begin to climb charts all over the world. “Heat Waves” was then notably crowned number 1 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 – an accolade not given to a UK band since 2009, with previous winners including Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish. A third surge in attention came more recently with an organic Minecraft affiliation. YouTuber LoverFella (2.3M subscribers) rebuilt a Glass Animals fan’s base and surprised her with a meet-and-greet with the band, who were waiting inside. Watch it HERE and the Extended BTS HERE. Dave Bayley recently sat down to chat about the track’s creation with Hrishikesh Hirway on the coveted Song Exploder Podcast. Listen to the interview HERE.
“Heat Waves” currently sits at #1 on the Alternative Radio Chart for the second consecutive week, a first for the band in their career. The song also climbed to #1 on Mediabase, #1 on Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart and #1 on Apple Music’s Alternative Genre Chart. The track continues to grow in popularity on the Top 40 Radio Chart (currently sitting at #23) and made its debut on Apple Music All Genres Chart.
Currently “Heat Waves” holds the #1 spot on the ARIA Official Singles Chart in Australia for the fourth consecutive week (the second longest positioned #1 song in 2021 for Australia after Olivia Rodrigo) and is holding strong on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart. It has over 2 million global adjusted single sales and 310 million global combined streams (200M on Spotify / 80M in the US). To date, “Heat Waves” peaked at 1.88 million daily streams and has received 14 million views of the video on YouTube. Glass Animals recently hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 16.3 million, surpassing the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, The 1975 and The Strokes.
Bursting with all the wonderful tricks that we have come to expect from Glass Animals’ enigmatic front man and producer Dave Bayley, “Heat Waves” is a scorching, bass-heavy pop-trip hit, and the addition of iann dior brings a refreshing new dynamic to the track.
iann dior was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas. He found instant success with the first song he ever wrote. In early 2019, he signed a deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and established himself as a lo-fi hip hop artist to watch, with early songs like “cutthroat” and “emotions.” iann went on to release “gone girl,” featuring fellow 10K Projects signee Trippie Redd, which provided a perfect lead up to his debut album Industry Plant. In mid-2020, iann dior featured on 24KGoldn’s “Mood,” and the single immediately began to climb the charts, becoming both 24KGoldn and iann dior’s first #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.
Glass Animals’ album Dreamland entered UK charts on its opening week at #2 (their highest ever scoring chart position, a massive 21 spots above their last album, the Mercury Prize-nominated How To Be A Human Being) and charted inside the top 10 in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The album clocked up 160 million streams in its first week of release.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.
Available on iOS and Google Play, Game+ provides a safe and secure marketplace for gamers to play for money
Today, Game+, the app that enables skill-based head-to-head gaming competition for money, officially launched. Available now to download on iOS and Google Play, Game+ offers members a secure marketplace where they can create or accept gaming challenges for money and have their winnings automatically transferred to their account.
“Video games have always been a passion of mine, are surging in popularity, and are inextricably woven into the very fabric of our culture,” said Karim Sanford, Co-Founder and President of Game+. “We built Game+ to bring a secure, on-demand, competitive marketplace to the category that enables gamers to test each other’s skills for money while removing barriers to access any winnings.”
To use the Game+ platform, upon successful identification verification, gamers will create an account and receive a Game+ Discover® prepaid card that can be used everywhere Discover is accepted – at stores, online, or to get cash at ATMs nationwide. Members who sign up can receive 5% cashback on purchases, subject to terms and conditions.
Once members’ accounts are set up, they will be able to use the app to send challenges to friends, choose from a library of over 50 games, select the gaming console or mobile device they want to compete on, and set the amount of money they want to put on the line for the game. The game is then played and the winner reports the results to the app, which automatically transfers funds to the winners’ account. Game+ members can participate in competitions across a variety of device formats including Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iPhone and Android.
In addition to facilitating competitive skill-based head-to-head challenges amongst friends, Game+ enables users to compete in challenges with the broader community for money. The platform currently supports dozens of popular games including FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K, Call of Duty, Fortnite, Halo, Tekken, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., and Rocket League. Members will be able to join hubs for their favorite games and create challenges. In the same way they’d challenge a friend, their game will then be shared with the community, providing industry defining, on-demand competition.
Game+ solves two of the thorniest problems in facilitating gaming for money. First, it provides a bank-level financial backend that enables payments to move quickly and safely to winners’ accounts, without excessive delays or hidden fees. And just as importantly, Game+ ensures fairness by vetting all users much as a bank would, and by creating a dispute resolution system in which judges review evidence from disputed matches to determine the winner. Game+ is a clean, trusted community where members’ funds are safe and their matches are fairly decided.
The Game+ app is certified compliant with the age verification and geolocation mandate under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). The certification was completed earlier this year by a leading independent lab – establishing a new standard for legitimacy and trust in the space.
The Game+ app is available to download on iOS or Google Play (standard data rates may apply). You must be 18 years of age or older to create an account on Game+. Game+ is not available in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, or Tennessee.
Nightmarchers – Alpha Preview Invitation
Wyrmbyte Studios invites you to join us in paradise! Well, sort of… Nightmarchers will be hosting interviews and previews in the coming days. We’d love to get you into an early build of the game, connect you to Wyrmbyte for a tour, and see what you think of our Hawaiian epic.
Nightmarchers is an open world RPG shooter which crosses the glory of Hawaiian mysticism with the post-apocalypse of destruction. In this Moana meets Mad Max RPG you will explore the island paradise to rid the land of deadly raiders and unlock the secrets of the gods. Using weapons and abilities to build your character, play through the story and explore our vast world. Resources, weapons, and choices make Nightmarchers exciting for players who want action mixed with an in-depth storyline.
Take a look at what the game has to offer below:
OPEN WORLD HAWAIIAN RPG NIGHTMARCHERS COMES TO FIG
Its like Moana meets Mad Max in a sprawling 3rd person shoot
Wyrmbyte today announces that its post-apocalyptic Hawaiian RPG is coming to Fig. A open world hybrid RPG shooter that plays a bit like Far Cry meets Zelda, Nightmarchers is set on the island of Oahu after a cataclysmic event leaves the archipelago cut off from the rest of the world. You play as Kai, a man blessed (or cursed) by the forgotten gods of Hawaii to take back the island from the ravenous Kamapua’a.
Nightmarchers kicks off today on Fig (www.fig.co) offering both equity and rewards opportunities, with an overall goal of $100K. Backers can support by investing in Fig Game Shares that pay a return based on the game’s future sales. Stretch goals add additional features, quest lines, powers, and more.
Nightmarchers has been a passion project of ours for years now, said Wyrmbyte CEO Scott Brown. Hawaii means a lot to all of us at Wyrmbyte, both as a place we love to visit and as a culture. Weߣre thrilled to explore the mythology of Hawaii and reimaging it as part of our world in this sprawling shooter RPG.
As Kai, you’ll wield real world weapons and the powers of gods like Maui and Pele to make Oahu a safe place for its people once more. Take to the skies as an owl and scout ahead or identify new mission opportunities. Take to the sea as a Shark and find hidden items on the ocean floor. Craft and customize dozens of weapons, or use your Uhane powers to strike silently from the bushes with your bow. There are dozens of outposts to reclaim, hundreds of missions to undertake, and six rival factions to work with to retake Oahu from Kamapua’a. His corrupted Nightmarchers and possessed islanders and wildlife will be gunning for you, so you’d better make good use of the factions knowledge and expertise if you hope to survive.
For more information on Nightmarchers, and its campaign visit http://www.fig.co/campaigns/nightmarchers
Established in 2013, Wyrmbyte LLC was formed by a group of experienced developers all passionate about building amazing game experiences. Wyrmbyte’s first title, Dragons and Titans, brought short session social gaming to the MOBA space with over 1 million players worldwide. Wyrmbyte has also built a VR experience in DragonWingsVR. Wyrmbyte’s extensive MMO experience worked for years helping Star Citizen to improve its backend services and the networking layer. Now the team exclusively focused on bringing Nightmarchers to market in 2018