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NYC legendary promoter Frank Watson, William Allen, B-Hen via 360 MAGAZINE.

RIP FRANK WATSON

Frank Watson, a popular NYC LGBTQIA+ party promoter and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member, will always be remembered.



“I first met Frank Watson in Harlem in the early days of the 2010s, I can’t recall exactly the year, but I do recall his and others like him, an ambition trending group that would change how thousands would see themselves and attempt to define a new world, even for me. It was the breaking days of the New Harlem — young energy and freedom rushed in like a tsunami.

Frank had ideas about parties and asked me a lot of questions on how to do it in Harlem and NYCwide. I had spent a few years serving as a development advisor to an emerging magazine that expressed fashion freedom and black gay pride as well as help to create the first major black comedy club in the 1990s, located in Harlem, that created substantial new opportunities that formerly was only open to a few blacks at a time. More of my story later in another article.

In the pic above, it was at one of a handful of people at Frank’s first party venture that happened to take place in Harlem, the DJ Brian Henry, on my right, a mentee who had invited me, was a recent college graduate working at Verizon and living in Harlem. Brian is now the famous B-Hen, hosting amazing block parties all across the nation and performing abroad. Back to Frank. I’ll never forget that conversation that night and the countless others, his humility, charm, and drive to make other people enjoy their lives was evident. He had a soul that couldn’t be broken and was a strong architect of much needed ventures and events that made pride beyond one day, month, or a season. He gave life to a new generation that chose to be dominant in popular culture and not in the shadows. May God grant him peace. He was a king.” — William Allen


Frank Watson #1 NYC LGBT party promoter dies via 360 MAGAZINE.
Frank Watson #1 NYC LGBT party promoter memorialized via 360 MAGAZINE.
360 MAGAZINE remembers No.1 NYC Promoter Frank Watson.
No.1 NYC LGBT party promoter, Frank Watson, memorialized via 360 MAGAZINE.


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Sam Smith released news song Gloria via 360 MAGAZINE.

SAM SMITH – GLORIA

Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY®, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar winning artist/songwriter Sam Smith will release Gloria, their fourth studio album, on January 27, 2023 via Capitol Records. Made with longtime collaborators Jimmy Napes, Stargate and Max Martin stablemate ILYA, Gloria is not only a creative revelation but something of a personal revolution for the celebrated artist. Lyrically, the subjects dive deep and wide, into contemporary narratives around sex, lies, passion, self-expression and imperfection.

Sam Smith says, “It feels like emotional, sexual and spiritual liberation. It was beautiful, with this album, to sing freely again. Oddly, it feels like my first-ever record. And it feels like a coming of age.”

Recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles and London, Gloria is the dazzling, sumptuous, sophisticated, unexpected and at times thrilling, edgy sound of Sam’s creative heart today. The sound of constricting shackles crashing to the floor, of boundaries joyfully breached, of a still-searching talent discovering what it means to be truly free.

The album is now available for pre-order HERE. Fans who pre-order the digital edition of Gloria will instantly receive the chart-topping lead single, “Unholy” ft. Kim Petras plus “Love Me More.”

Since its release last month, “Unholy” has become a global smash, amassing over 300 million combined global streams. The single has already captured the No. 1 spot on three Billboard charts – Global 200, Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales – and topped the U.S. Shazam chart. “Unholy” has spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the UK Official Singles Chart, marking Sam’s eighth song to top the tally. The track also hit No. 1 worldwide on Apple Music and Spotify. Within the first 24 hours of release, the song ranked among the Top 10 Spotify debuts of all time. “Unholy” gave Universal Music Group its biggest streaming debut of 2022. TikTok creations are averaging 100,000 daily.

The official video for “Unholy” follows a john who ducks out on his wife and sneaks off to his favorite sex club cabaret, only to find his guilty pleasures revealed in a very public manner. It was directed by Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways film, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera) and choreographed by French dance collective (LA)HORDE. Look for cameos by Gottmik and Violet Chachki from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and porn star Paddy O’Brian. Watch “Unholy” HERE.

Billboard observed, “‘Unholy’…not only unites two of the most prominent artists in the past decade of queer pop music, but does so without sonic reservation…a grinding, amorous new single.” Rolling Stone said, “Girls, gays, theys: this one is for you.” V Magazine praised the track as “blazing, wild, feral.” NYLON noted, “Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ hedonistic club banger is finally here – and it is criminally catchy.”

Gloria builds on the 35 million adjusted album sales, 250 million single sales and the 45 billion career streams Sam has amassed with the global success of their previous three studio albums, In the Lonely Hour, The Thrill of It All and Love Goes.

A four-time GRAMMY® winner, Sam also holds two Guinness World Records – for the most consecutive weeks in the U.K .Top 10 Album Chart (for their 2014 debut, In The Lonely Hour) and for having the first James Bond Theme to reach No.1 on the U.K. charts (for the Oscar and Golden Globe winning “Writing’s on the Wall”). With the release of Gloria in January and an exciting live plot in motion, it’s going to be an undeniable 2023 for Sam.

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Saucy Santana new music announcement via 360 MAGAZINE

Saucy Santana – I’m Too Much

Rapper and hitmaker Saucy Santana releases his latest single, “I’m Too Much,” out now via RCA Records.

Initially teased to fans during his performance at the 2022 MTV VMAs Pre-Show, “I’m Too Much” is a playful clapback at haters and an ode to being extra. Set to bouncing basslines and a bursting chorus of horns, “I’m Too Much” showcases Santana’s quick-witted lyricism as he boasts his accomplishments with his signature flair.

The release of “I’m Too Much” follows an undeniable winning streak for Santana this past summer, gracing the covers of Teen Vogue, PAPER, V Magazine, and XXL as part of their 2022 Freshman Class list. Supporting Latto on her nationwide 777 Tour and Lizzo for select dates on her Special Tour, Santana also collaborated with Madonna for a special remix of “Material Girl,” which they performed during Pride Month in NYC, in addition to a breakout performance at the 2022 BET Awards Pre-Show

This past June, Santana also released his hit single “Booty” featuring Latto, which earned critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, and more. 

About Saucy Santana

Saucy Santana is a vibrant artist with a bold personality from Perry, Florida. Santana’s first-ever song, “Walk Em Like A Dog,” was a viral hit with tens of millions of streams. In January 2020, he released his first mixtape, Imma Celebrity, which contained the standout track “Material Girl,” which has charted on Spotify and surged on TikTok with millions of video creates. In July 2020, Santana released Pretty Little Gangsta, featuring “Up & Down” with Latto. Santana’s 2020 single “Walk” went viral in 2021 through YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok after being highlighted in the popular multi-platform #WalkChallenge. 

Santana has since collaborated with artists including Madonna, City Girls, Kali, Ivorian Doll, and star EDM DJ R3HAB. Santana’s most recent album, Keep It Playa, features a new hit, “Shisha,” which is poised to be another classic in Saucy Santana’s young and growing career. His strong presence in the LGBTQ+ community, co-signs from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lizzo, and his infectious personality have combined to rapidly expand his fanbase and worldwide following on social media. In 2022, Saucy Santana signed with RCA Records and released his major label debut single “Booty” featuring Latto in June.

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Lil Nas X and vitaminwater via 360 MAGAZINE

Vitaminwater × Lil Nas X

Vitaminwater and Lil Nas X just dropped the latest video for their ‘nourish every you’ campaign. This installment focus on vitaminwater ‘shine’ – infused with biotin and vitamin b to help support normal hair and skin health

See HERE the latest spot where Lil Nas X sparkles bright with the help of vitaminwater shine. Listen carefully- the spot features previously unreleased music from Lil Nas X with the single, Give Me One Chance.

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RAINBOW KEY AWARDS 2022

Since 1993, the City of West Hollywood has presented Rainbow Key Awards to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. This year, the founding team of Revry will be recognized for their fantastic work for the LGBTQ+ communityDamian PelliccioneLaShawn McGheeAlia Daniels, and Chris Rodriguez are equal co-founders of the only LGBTQ-first streaming platform. 

Since its inception, more than 155 Rainbow Key Awards have been presented. Previous honorees include activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, and many more. Contributions worthy of the Rainbow Key Award come in many forms, such as community or humanitarian action, the arts, sports, or medicine that benefits the global gay and lesbian community.

The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. The event is free to attend for all, and those interested can RSVP here.

MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE

MARVEL PRIDE

Marvel’s newest celebration of LGBTQIA+ talent and characters arrives tomorrow! Honoring Pride Month, MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 will include seven uplifting and thrilling adventures, including a Young Avengers reunion, Asgard’s first Pride, and the debut of a brand-new mutant hero—ESCAPADE! Fans can get their first look at these stories and more in the all-new MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

In the Marvel’s Voices tradition, this diverse collection of tales is brought together by a lineup of new and established talent. It showcases characters from all walks of life and every corner of the Marvel Universe! Here’s a complete list of the stories fans can look forward to this year:

Artist duo and Eisner-nominated cartoonists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt continue this tradition with the debut of ESCAPADE! Readers will meet this all-new trans mutant superhero in a 20-page adventure that will introduce her career as a super thief and set the stage for her exciting future.    

Join the celebration with some of Marvel’s greatest LGBTQIA+ heroes by picking up MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 digitally or at your local comic shop tomorrow! For more information, visit Marvel.

Trans woman, actress, entertainer, TV personality Monroe Alise shot Corey Fletcher speaks to Vaughn Lowery via 360 Magazine podcast

Monroe Alise

Listen to Monroe Alise’s full conversation with Vaughn Lowery on the 360 MAG Podcast HERE

Monroe Alise is an actress, LGBTQIA+ advocate, model and comedienne. As a transgender woman, she has fulfilled her childhood dream of working in the entertainment industry. Her philosophy on life is described in her mantra, “If you can’t laugh at life, you will never find a reason to live it.”

Born and raised in Washington DC, Monroe grew up passionate and inspired by media and entertainment. Her admiration for her father’s successful career as a DJ ignited her insatiable desire to entertain. Thus, she began singing in church, propelling her into the world of artistic expression. 

For Monroe, a great singer consists of emulating your favorite idols while taking advantage of the potential of one’s own voice. As a child, she recalls being compared to artists like John Legend and Luther Vandross because of her tonality and courage. Another favorite is Nina Simone, whom she references while belting evangelical hymns. 

As a youth, Monroe was a very active and social child. She studied sports public relations but fancied theatre. These disciplines were conducive to her discovery of sexuality. Further, she began to notice a direct correlation with her mother’s maternal responsibilites, rather than her father and two brother’s machismo profile. 

According to Monroe, “While they were playing games and sports, I was in the kitchen doing my mom’s hair.” In addition, her openly gay aunt was influential in her gender transformation due to her immense pride and confidence.

Monroe’s gender bender was painstakingly challenging but became easier over time. For instance, while preparing for an acting role as a Trans woman, she became comfortable in this new skin. After the audition, she gave herself permission to continue to live within this newfound reality.

A year later, Monroe made the decision to come out, “I was like, well this is who I am, so I socially reinvented myself and this is the girl you see.” Eventhough the transition embraced authenticity, it was extremely taxing on her family as well as father’s religious convictions.

Lacking legit representation and management, Monroe began to utilize social media to seek opportunities within the realms of fashion and Hollywood. As a thespian, Monroe became enthralled by the portrayal of becoming another homosepian while subsequently having an impact on the world. This year’s main objective is New York City’s Broadway. Her short-term is to star in a sci-fi like Star Trek or Star Wars as well as a fantasy film similar in type to Harry Potter and Twilight. Longterm, Monroe aspires to host a namesake talk show directed and produced by herself.

As an emerging Trans Community activist, Monroe is deeply concerned about the increasing rate of violence against her people. She hopes to alleviate the suffering of her collective, especially at the hands and ignorance of the narrow-minded. 

Monroe’s Five Principles:

1.) Adequate preparation;

2.) prevention of underachievement;

3.) working while you wait without worry;

4.) preparing for your mission;

5.) and continuing to work because you know you’ve been doing the best you could.

Credits:

Article: Andrea Esteban, McKinley Franklin, Armon Hayes, Vaughn Lowery

Photo: Corey Fletcher

Resources:

Trans Lifeline

Human Rights Campaign

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Elton John and Bernie Taupin pose for a portrait for a DJM records publicity shot, 1971 via 360 MAGAZINE

Elton John – MATW

Madman Across The Water

50th Anniversary Reissue Announced

Pre Order Here

Featuring Live Rarities, Demos & Outtakes, Including Previously Unheard Tiny Dancer Piano Demo Unveiled Today: Listen Here

Madman Across The Water available on four different formats:

  • Super Deluxe box set 3-CD, 1-Blu-ray also featuring 18 previously unreleased tracks, also containing 1971 reproduction poster and 104-page book, photos and essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive. Blu-ray features 5.1 mix, and 1971 Sounds For Saturday and 1971 Old Grey Whistle Test performances
  • 4-LP, 180g vinyl box set, includes a 40-page booklet with introductions by Elton and Bernie, photos and essay featuring interviews with many who helped make Madman Across The Water, plus a reproduction 1971 reproduction poster, as well as memorabilia and artwork from the Rocket Archive
  • 2-CD set with original album, rarities and demos, includes a 40-page booklet with introductions by Elton and Bernie, plus essay highlights featuring interviews with many who helped make Madman Across The Water, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive
  • 1-LP limited edition remaster of Madman Across The Water, in blue and white-colored 180g vinyl

UMe today announces the 50th-anniversary reissue of Elton John’s Madman Across The Water. Available to pre-order now on stunning 3-CD and 1 Blu-ray Super Deluxe Box Set, 4-LP, 1-LP Limited Edition colored vinyl, and 2-CD formats, the album will be released on June 10. Pre-order here.

Spawning the hits “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon,” Madman Across The Water was Elton’s fourth studio album, released only two years after his debut. Recorded in 1971, it was a foundation stone of what was to become a dazzlingly prolific decade for the global-icon-in-waiting. Madman Across The Water was largely written after Elton had made his initial foray to America, offering the opportunity for lyricist Bernie Taupin to witness first-hand the landscapes and people he’d only seen on a screen or on the page. Recorded at Trident Studios in Central London in February and August 1971, it was the first album where all five players of Elton’s fabled band lineup (Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone, and Ray Cooper) were featured. The album also featured Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who plays Hammond organ on three songs.

A newly unveiled Piano Demo of “Tiny Dancer,” taken from the archives and previously unheard, will be available to stream in full later today Here. Watch a preview of the track now Here. Recorded at Dick James Studios in central London in Spring 1971, it is an intimate performance of the song with Elton alone at the piano as a guide for the band later to follow.

While the UK’s love affair with Elton was on the precipice of exploding upon Madman’s release at the start of the ‘70s, these nine tracks immediately struck a chord with US audiences, reaching the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts. It also spawned two hit singles, “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer,” both reaching the US Top 50. After years as a best-kept secret to Elton’s fans, “Tiny Dancer” has gone on to become one of his most loved songs with his worldwide fanbase, third only to “Rocket Man” and “Your Song” in global streaming numbers. Capturing the headiness of California at the time of Elton’s first US concerts, the song was used to phenomenal effect in Cameron Crowe’s classic 2000 film Almost Famous. Both “Levon” and “Tiny Dancer” remain live favorites to this day, taking pride of place in the setlist for Elton’s record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

The celebration of Madman Across The Water comes in four different formats. All formats contain Bob Ludwig’s 2016 remaster of the main album. There are 18 previously unreleased tracks across the Super Deluxe 3-CD/1-Blu-ray box set, which also contains rare, restored material from the era, piano demos of the album, and the audio of the BBC Sounds For Saturday concert, broadcast in 1972. The Blu-Ray contains a 5.1 mix by Greg Penny, plus the Sounds For Saturday and his 1971 Old Grey Whistle Test performance. The audio of the Super Deluxe CD/Blu-ray set will also be available on a 4-LP set. The box set includes photos, an essay with interviews with those who helped make the album, as well as memorabilia and artwork taken from the Rocket Archive. The album will also be available as a limited edition blue and white-colored 180g LP.

Photo credit: Ed Caraeff / Iconic Images

3-CD / 1-Blu-ray Super Deluxe Box Set

CD 1

  1. Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  2. Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  3. Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  4. Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  5. Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  6. Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  7. Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  8. All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  9. Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  10. Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast)
  11. Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)
  12. Rock Me When He’s Gone
  13. Levon (Mono Single Version)
  14. Razor Face (Extended Version)

CD 2

  1. Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo)
  2. Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)
  3. Levon (Piano Demo)
  4. Razor Face (Piano Demo)
  5. Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo)
  6. Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)
  7. Holiday Inn (Piano Demo)
  8. Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo)
  9. All The Nasties (Piano Demo)
  10. Goodbye (Piano Demo)
  11. Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo)
  12. Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version)

CD 3

  1. Tiny Dancer (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  2. Rotten Peaches (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  3. Razor Face (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  4. Holiday Inn (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  5. Indian Sunset (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  6. Levon (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  7. Madman Across The Water (BBC Sounds For Saturday)
  8. Goodbye (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

Taped November 11, 1971 / transmitted April 29, 1972

Blu-ray

Audio

Greg Penny 5.1 mix of Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)

Greg Penny 5.1 mix of Madman Across The Water

Audio-Visual

Sounds For Saturday (Taped November 11, 1971 / transmitted April 29, 1972)

Old Grey Whistle Test (Transmitted on December 7, 1971)

4-LP Set

LP1

A1 Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

A2 Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

A3 Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

A4 Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B1 Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B2 Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B3 Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B4 All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B5 Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

LP2

A1 Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast)

A2 Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)

A3 Rock Me When He’s Gone

A4 Levon (Mono Single Version)

B1 Razor Face (Extended Version)

B2 Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo)

B3 Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version)

LP3

A1 Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo)

A2 Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)

A3 Levon (Piano Demo)

A4 Razor Face (Piano Demo)

A5 Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo)

B1 Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)

B2 Holiday Inn (Piano Demo)

B3 Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo)

B4 All The Nasties (Piano Demo)   

B5 Goodbye (Piano Demo)

LP4

A1 Tiny Dancer (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

A2 Rotten Peaches (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

A3 Razor Face (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

A4 Holiday Inn (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

B1 Indian Sunset (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

B2 Levon (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

B3 Madman Across The Water (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

B4 Goodbye (BBC Sounds For Saturday)

Taped November 11, 1971 / transmitted April 29, 1972

2-CD SET

CD 1

  1. Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  2. Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  3. Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  4. Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  5. Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  6. Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  7. Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  8. All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  9. Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)
  10. Indian Sunset (Live Radio Broadcast)
  11. Madman Across The Water (Original Version, featuring Mick Ronson)
  12. Rock Me When He’s Gone
  13. Levon (Mono Single Version)
  14. Razor Face (Extended Version)

CD 2

  1. Madman Across The Water (1970 Piano Demo)
  2. Tiny Dancer (Piano Demo)
  3. Levon (Piano Demo)
  4. Razor Face (Piano Demo)
  5. Madman Across The Water (1971 Piano Demo)
  6. Indian Sunset (Piano Demo)
  7. Holiday Inn (Piano Demo)
  8. Rotten Peaches (Piano Demo)
  9. All The Nasties (Piano Demo)
  10. Goodbye (Piano Demo)
  11. Rock Me When He’s Gone (Piano Demo)
  12. Rock Me When He’s Gone (Full Version)

1-LP Limited Edition Blue & White Vinyl

A1 Tiny Dancer (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

A2 Levon (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

A3 Razor Face (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

A4 Madman Across The Water (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B1 Indian Sunset (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B2 Holiday Inn (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B3 Rotten Peaches (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B4 All The Nasties (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

B5 Goodbye (2016 Bob Ludwig Remaster)

George Michael documentary announcement via 360 MAGAZINE

FREEDOM UNCUT

Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing just released a new clip from GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUTwith the full version released on June 22, 2022, a deeply autobiographical feature documentary narrated by the late Grammy Award winner. This documentary was co-directed and produced by David Austin and features a slew of famous faces and contributors include George MichaelStevie WonderSir Elton JohnRicky GervaisNile RodgersMark RonsonTracey EminLiam GallagherMary J. BligeJean Paul GaultierJames CordenTony BennettCindy Crawford, Naomi CampbellChristy TurlingtonLinda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT is a poignant and moving tribute to the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest performers. In his final work, George Michael reclaims the narrative of his career, personal life, and controversies. Throughout the film, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to making of this documentary before his tragic passing in 2016, making GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT an incredibly special posthumous release.

The newly released clip shows the story behind creating one of George Michael’s iconic pieces “Freedom! ’90,” To view the clip with the song and video discussed by Sir Elton John, Mark Ronson, John Paul GaultierNaomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and more, click HERE.

In the clip, Sir Elton John sums up the pioneering spirit of the video, “It changed the whole face of how videos were done. The video said everything. It was genius and it was a revolutionary thing,” with Naomi Campbell adds, “George pitched it to me in L.A. and his exact words were, ‘You’re the leader of the gang and unless you say yes, the rest of the girls won’t.’”

“Freedom! ’90,” directed by Oscar nominated David Fincher, has been recently remastered in 4K and will screen in full ahead of the main feature in cinemas worldwide. For local listings for the global cinema event, visit georgemichaelfreedomuncut.com

Meanwhile, in celebration of George Michael’s iconic album Older, Sony Music will release a deluxe, limited-edition box set on July 8. The set will also be available in digital/CD/2LP formats. Older was George’s third album as a solo artist and would see him experimenting with new musical styles and expanding his artistic horizons. Hailed by critics as a triumph, it told the story of an extraordinary period in the life of the man who wrote, recorded, and produced it, as he journeyed through one of the most turbulent periods of his professional and personal life.

Saucy Santana and Latto Booty song release via 360 Magazine

Saucy Santana × Latto

Today, viral rapper and hitmaker Saucy Santana releases his anticipated new single “Booty.” Stream it HERE.

His first release since signing to RCA Records, Santana teams up with labelmate Latto on this early song of the summer contender. Saucy also recently supported Latto on her nationwide 777 Tour. Immediately trending online following Santana’s initial tease of the track, the song carries an upbeat, dance-worthy production and bouncing bassline, as Santana and Latto both flex instantly catchy flows.

Known for breakout singles such as “Material Girl,” “Walk,” and“Walk Em Like a Dog,” the Florida-born hip-hop artist has steered the sound of social media. His boisterous rap sound and memorable hooks have only solidified his influence in today’s music landscape, with Billboard praising him for “playing a key role in the expansion of hip-hop’s current sound and style.” With the release of “Booty” and more music on the way, as Forbes succinctly puts it, “2022 belongs to Saucy Santana.”

About Saucy Santana

Saucy Santana is a vibrant artist with a bold personality from Perry, Florida. Santana’s first-ever song, “Walk Em Like A Dog,” was a viral hit with tens of millions of streams. In January 2020, he released his first mixtape, Imma Celebrity, which contained the standout track “Material Girl,” which has charted on Spotify and surged on TikTok with millions of video creates. In July 2020, Santana released Pretty Little Gangsta, featuring “Up & Down” with Latto. Santana’s 2020 single “Walk” went viral in 2021 through YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok after being highlighted in the popular multi-platform #WalkChallenge. 

Santana has since collaborated with artists including City Girls, Kali, Ivorian Doll, and star EDM DJ R3HAB. Santana’s most recent album, Keep It Playa, features a new hit, “Shisha,” which is poised to be another classic in Saucy Santana’s young and growing career. His strong presence in the LGBTQ+ community, co-signs from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and Lizzo, and his infectious personality have combined to rapidly expand his fanbase and worldwide following on social media.

*Photo by Blair Caldwell

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About Latto

Breakout Queen of Da Souf rapper Latto has been making a name for herself since she was eight years old and hasn’t stopped since. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music and in 2020, it landed the ATL-based artist a deal with RCA Records. In the past two and a half years, the 23-year-old released her project Queen of Da Souf followed her most recent album 777 while continuing to elevate and garner accolade after accolade. To name a few – she’s the first female rapper to ever have a #1 record at Pop, Rhythm and Urban Radio with the same single (“Big Energy”), the first solo female rapper from Atlanta to receive an RIAA-certification (both Gold and Platinum) and amassed her first top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Big Energy” (peak #3). She’s also performed on various late night television shows and televised award shows including the 2022 Billboard Music AwardsThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, BET Hip-Hop Awards and more. Latto’s embracing this new phase in her career – manifesting good fortune and hitting bar after bar with witty, captivating lyrics, but staying true to herself and her roots. Big Latto’s ‘got that real big energy’ and shows no signs of stopping.