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Village Voice × Goldco

Founded in 1955, the Village Voice was the nation’s first alternative newsweekly and maintains their high-spirited, and passionate journalism today to give its readers the latest local, national and entertainment news.

Village Voice’s mix of in-depth newswriting and reporting provides readers with a unique look at New York’s vibrant culture and this indispensable perspective has earned them three Pulitzer Prizes, along with many other notable awards.

They have now published a detailed Goldco review, which highlights how the gold IRA company has earned its reputation as the best overall precious metals company, due to its great customer service, low fees and large selection of highly rated customer reviews.

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At the Village Voice you can find their Goldco Precious Metals review which not only features the company’s important pros and cons that you should consider, but also provides you with what investing in a gold IRA (Investment Retirement Account) entails, including the minimum investment cost and the selection of other precious metals (such as, silver, platinum and palladium) that you can invest in.

Goldco was founded in 2006 and is a very well-established, full-service gold and precious metals company based in Woodland Hills, California. They specialize in precious metals IRAs and are an excellent company if you are considering a gold IRA rollover or want to establish a new gold IRA.

With their business model and relationships built wholly on trust, as well as the rapport between their gold and silver experts and their clients, you can be assured that you will receive expert advice, including videos and e-books, to help you build up the perfect precious metals portfolio to reach your financial goals.

As shown in the in-depth review by the Village Voice at https://www.villagevoice.com/2022/05/10/goldco-review/, Goldco has received an A+ BBB rating with the Better Business Bureau and a Triple A rating from the Business Consumer Alliance that are based on positive reviews from customers regarding ethical business practices and reliability. On top of these impressive ratings, Goldco also has over 600 reviews and 4.8/5 stars on Trustpilot that supports their excellent customer service and commitment to protect your IRA for a long time.

Investing in gold and other precious metals can diversify and stabilize your portfolio, help protect your income when you retire and safeguard your investment capital from stock market volatility and runaway government spending.

Along with these positives in precious metal investing, there are several key benefits in choosing Goldco as your gold IRA company, such as:

  • Client Focused – Compared to other precious metal IRA companies, Goldco places emphasis on educating their clients on precious metal investment by supplying educational materials and professional advice, so that you can make an informed decision. Not only this, but their knowledgeable team will listen to your financial goals and work together with you to help select the best investment to suit your specific needs.
  • Wide Range of Precious Metals – By offering a wide range of different precious metals, from gold, silver, palladium to platinum, Goldco can advise you on which will be the most advantageous metal to maximize your investment.
  • Experience – Goldco has been working with gold and silver IRAs for over 15 years and use this experience to stay on top of market trends and offer reliable and expert advice to their clients.

Mariah Carey Makes History

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” continues to make pop music history this year as the artist’s perennial yuletide standard (cowritten and coproduced by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff in 1994) keeps breaking new records while lighting up the 2021 holiday season.

This December, “All I Want for Christmas is You” became the first and only holiday single to take home the RIAA’s coveted Diamond Award (in recognition of ten million sales and streaming units in the United States).

Listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” here.

“The continued love for my song never ceases to amaze me and fill my heart with a multitude of emotions,” said Mariah. “It blows my mind that ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ has endured different eras of the music industry. The RIAA DIAMOND award?! Wowww! I’m so fortunate to have the greatest fans on Earth, my Lambily, who continue to support my legacy. I love you.”

“Mariah is the Queen of Christmas,” said President of the Commercial Music Group at Sony Music Entertainment, Richard Story. “Her Sony Music family congratulates her on breaking yet another record, and continuing to make history as the first and only artist to achieve this incredible milestone.”

“Mariah Carey is one of the top Gold & Platinum awarded artists of all time, and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ becoming the only holiday song to achieve Diamond is a remarkable milestone forever etched in music history. Congratulations and happy holidays to Mariah and her amazing Sony team,” said Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.

Carey also spotlights the global fan-favorite “All I Want for Christmas is You” in the Apple TV+ smash-hit, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, with a show-stopping performance of the record-breaking song, along with her twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe. On the heels of this exciting news, Carey debuts her all-new holiday extravaganza Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues, premiering globally today and available now on Apple TV+.

On Tuesday, December 7, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) will make two Mariah Carey films, Live at the Tokyo Dome and First Vision, available for digital purchase and rental for the first time in the United States. Showcasing more than 80 minutes of music, including a stunning live version of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey: Live at the Tokyo Dome captures the artist’s historic first concert in Japan, lensed during her 1996 Daydream World Tour. Mariah Carey: First Vision gives viewers an inside look at Mariah on the cusp of her meteoric rise to superstardom; this 1991 film contains early music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, an interview and songs from her very first live performance at New York’s intimate Tatou Club in 1990. Currently available in the US only, four additional Mariah Carey films–Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden, Here is Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey Around the World and Mariah Carey: MTV Unplugged +3–will be released worldwide via SPE on December 7.

Billboard recently named Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” as the #1 record on their Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs list. The song first cracked the Top 10 of the Hot 100 in December 2017 and, in December 2019, 25 years after its original release, became the second holiday single ever to hit #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for longest span from release date to #1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit #1 again in 2020, giving it a five week total in the top slot, a new milestone for a holiday recording.

Recorded in August 1994 at The Hit Factory in New York, “All I Want for Christmas is You” was originally released in October 1994 as the first single from Mariah’s Merry Christmas album, a showcase for Mariah’s interpretations of familiar holiday songs alongside the new material she’d composed with co-writer Walter Walter Afanasieff. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” went on to become one of the best-selling singles (of any genre) of all time and the best-selling holiday ringtone in the United States for several years running.

When “All I Want for Christmas is You” hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 2019, it was Mariah’s 19th claim on the top spot, a record for a solo recording artist; when her holiday single hit #1 the following year, Mariah became the first artist to have a Hot 100 # 1 in four separate decades (the 1990s, the 2000s, the 2010s and the 2020s).

Having charted every holiday season since its original release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”–which The New Yorker called “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon”–has become an essential seasonal standard that continues to bring the spirit of Christmas to the hearts of music lovers the world over.

“All I Want for Christmas is You” is Carey’s biggest international success, topping the charts in twenty-six countries including Australia, Canada, France, and Germany. In 2020, the holiday classic topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in the UK Top 40 before reaching #1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the all-time best-selling Christmas single by a female artist and one of the top-selling physical singles in music history. It’s the first holiday ringtone to be certified double platinum by the RIAA.

As of December 20, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” makes an unprecedented return to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, rising from No. 2. The carol logs its sixth total week atop the Hot 100 and becomes the first song in the chart’s history to have led in three distinct runs on the ranking (2019, 2020, 2021). Additionally, the record tops both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. The two global charts rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories, as compiled by MRC Data.

The song was first released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994 and, as streaming has grown and holiday music has become more prominent on streaming services’ seasonal playlists, it hit the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time in December 2017, before ascending to No. 1 in both December 2019 (for three weeks) and December 2020 (two).

Carey’s gift that keeps on giving (and leading) paces six holiday classics in the Hot 100’s top 10, with Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” rising to No. 2 and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” returning to the tier at No. 9.

A deeper look at Carey’s latest Hot 100 coronation with “Christmas,” on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings:

Airplay, streams & sales: Carey’s “Christmas” drew 37.6 million U.S. streams (up 16%) and 26.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 7%) and sold 7,400 downloads (up 7%) in the Dec. 10-16 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

The song spends a 13th total week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and rises 9-7 on Digital Song Sales; and 24-23 on Radio Songs. It also leads the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 49th week, of the chart’s 54 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 34 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season, and dominates as the top title on the recently-revealed Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs chart.

Since its release, the song has upped its U.S. totals to 4.3 billion in radio audience, 1.4 billion streams and 3.7 million in download sales.

No. 1 in a third separate chart run: Carey’s “Christmas” first topped the Hot 100 dated Dec. 21, 2019, and led again on the next two lists, dated Dec. 28, 2019, and Jan. 4, 2020.

The following holiday season, it returned to No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 19, 2020, and, after a week at No. 2 (below Taylor Swift’s “Willow”), topped the Jan. 2, 2021, dated tally.

As “Christmas” rules the latest, Dec. 25, 2021-dated chart, it claims its sixth total week at No. 1 in its third seasonal run at the summit, becoming the first song in the Hot 100’s 63-year history to lead in three distinct chart runs. The track has re-entered the survey each November or December dating to 2012.

(As “Christmas” has made four interrupted climbs to the top of the Hot 100, on charts dated Dec. 21, 2019, Dec. 19, 2020, Jan. 2, 2021, and now Dec. 25, 2021, it ties 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, beginning in October 2020, and Drake’s “Nice for What,” in 2018, as the only songs with four separate ascents to No. 1; unlike “Christmas,” the latter two tracks logged their four distinct rises to No. 1 over unbroken chart stays.)

Longest span atop the Hot 100: Carey’s “Christmas” now boasts the longest span from a song’s first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to its latest: two years and four days (Dec. 21, 2019-Dec. 25, 2021).

It passes the only other song to lead the Hot 100 over multiple runs: Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” which topped the tally dated Sept. 19, 1960, before, thanks to new popularity among adult audiences, leading the lists dated Jan. 13 and 20, 1962, ruling again after a gap of a year, three months and three weeks. (Still, that break remains the longest between Hot 100 reigns.)

Most weeks at No. 1 for a holiday hit: With its sixth week atop the Hot 100, Carey’s “Christmas” extends its record for the most time at No. 1 among holiday songs. The only other seasonal single to jingle to the apex, “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville & the Chipmunks, spent four weeks on top beginning in December 1958.

Carey’s record 85th week atop Hot 100: With “Christmas,” Carey claims her record-extending 85th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
85, Mariah Carey

60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
52, Drake
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
41, Beyoncé
37, Michael Jackson
34, Elton John
34, Bruno Mars

“Christmas” became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and one away from The Beatles’ overall record 20. It also made Carey the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades, dating to her first week on top with her debut single, “Vision of Love,” in 1990.

Further, “Christmas” is Carey’s record fifth Hot 100 No. 1 to rule for six weeks or more. She one-ups Boyz II Men, Drake and Usher, each with four such leaders.

Plus, it’s not only fitting that “Christmas” leads the Hot 100 dated Dec. 25, 2021, but Carey is the only artist to top the chart on multiple rankings dated Dec. 25: her “Hero” began a four-week stay at No. 1 on the Dec. 25, 1993, Hot 100. (This week’s chart is the 10th dated Dec. 25 in the list’s history.)

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SATW – Bill Muster Photo Awards

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) has awarded Blaine Harrington III top honors as the 2022 Photographer of the Year in the prestigious SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards. Eric Lindberg and Eric Stoen also scored high marks as the Silver and Bronze Photographers of the Year respectively.

Named for the late Bill Muster, a renowned photographer, and SATW member, the SATW Muster Photo Awards recognize excellence in travel photography featuring nature, people, and cultures. These awards are presented each year at SATW’s annual convention which took place in Milwaukee this year. The images are taken between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2021, and entrants must be SATW members.

“This award has become one of the most highly sought after in travel journalism,” said SATW President Larry Bleiberg, ”which is a testament to the extraordinarily high standard of excellence that the contestants, year in and year out, bring to their work. SATW’s Board of Directors values the Muster family’s passion for capturing the world’s monuments and people, its natural landscapes and culture, through the lens of a camera, and for their support of SATW’s photographers.”

After serving in WWII, Bill Muster graduated from the University of Illinois and devoted his life to capturing images for newspapers and media companies. He was a venerated member of the SATW community. Since 1981, SATW has presented the Muster Awards and cash prizes for travel photography in a range of categories awarded at the annual convention. After Bill Muster died in 1989, his children Nori and Bill Jr., have generously continued their father’s legacy with an annual gift that funds the cash prizes awarded for individual photos as well as portfolios.

The Winners of the 2022 SATW Bill Muster Photo Awards Are:

Photographer of the Year: Gold – Blaine Harrington III; Silver – Eric Lindberg; Bronze – Eric Stoen

Single Subject: Gold: – Gary Crall; Silver – Ellen Clark; Bronze – Art Meripol

Action/Adventure: Gold – Mark Downey; Silver – Bob Holmes; Bronze – Marlene Goldman

Animal: Gold – Paul Rubio; Silver – Greg Vaughn; Bronze – Karen Leperi; HM – Michael Snell

Culture: Gold – Lina Stock; Silver – Donnie Sexton; Bronze – Jim Ferri; HM – Stuart Dee

Natural Scenic: Gold – Greg Vaughn; Silver – Stuart Dee; Bronze – Mark Downey

People General: Gold – Dino Vournas; Silver – Sandra Foyt; Bronze – Marlene Goldman

People Portrait: Gold – Bob Holmes; Silver – Mark Downey; Bronze – Karen Leperi

Founded in 1955, SATW and its members have adapted continually to meet an-ever changing media landscape. Today, SATW remains the nationߣs premier professional travel media organization comprising 1,000 of the travel industryߣs most experienced journalists, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website owners, media relations experts, and hospitality industry representatives from the United States, Canada and beyond. All members must meet and maintain the industry’s highest standards of productivity, ethics, and conduct, and support SATW’s mission of  “Inspiring Travel through Responsible Journalism.”  360 Magazine is excited to see people getting recognition for their work, especially for photography. 

SATW is a vibrant resource in and to the travel industry for bringing travel media and destinations together. Importantly it has become a community where professionals can network, learn through professional development, share peer-to-peer best practices and experiences, and build relationships. At its annual convention, SATW also presents the Phoenix Awards, given to destinations for cultural and natural preservation, and the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, the industry’s highest honors in travel journalism.

SATW also champions the ongoing struggle for racial equality with formal statements of diversity, equity, and inclusion publicly welcoming all races, religions, ethnicities, physical abilities, and the LBGTQ community. This initiative is supported by an active Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Committee, which presents programs on diversity and seeks to ensure the membership is inclusive and welcoming to all professionals.

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Giveon – For Tonight

GRAMMY NOMINATED ARTIST GIVĒON’S NEW SINGLE “FOR TONIGHT” DEBUTS AT #91 ON BILLBOARD 100 MARKING HIS HIGHEST WEEK ONE DEBUT EVER!

GIVĒON’S SINGLES “FAVORITE MISTAKE”, “STUCK ON YOU” AND “STILL YOUR BEST” OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED GOLD BY RIAA

GIVĒON NOW HAS THREE SINGLES ON THE BILLBOARD 100 CHART INCLUDING

“IN THE BIBLE” – DRAKE FT. LIL DURK & GIVĒON

“PEACHES” – JUSTIN BIEBER FT. DANIEL CAESAR & GIVĒON

Listen to “For Tonight” HERE via Epic Records/Not So Fast. Watch the official music video HERE!

Check out GIVĒON performing his new single “For Tonight” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.  WATCH HERE

GIVĒON recently announced his “Timeless Tour”! The 14-city tour went on sale September 17th and sold out in a matter of minutes. The tour will kick off on November 28th in Detroit, MI. Additional dates below:

About GIVĒON

GIVĒON has made himself one of music’s brightest stars by bringing vivid color, depth, and soul to songs that capture the intensity of life’s twists and turns. After coming to fame via Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle,” the CA native became a force in his own right. GIVĒON had a whirlwind 2020 after releasing his Platinum-certified “Like I Want You” (230 million cross-platform streams in the US). He kept the momentum with “Heartbreak Anniversary,” a gauzy ballad that peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, garnered over 684 million streams, and earned 2X Platinum status. In March 2020, GIVĒON’s debut EP, Take Time, confirmed his evocative songwriting prowess and would be nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2021 Grammys. His fall When It’s All Said and Done EP further explored the peaks and valleys of love and, when re-packaged with its predecessor in 2021, hit #5 on the Billboard 200. After being nominated for a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, he won BET’s 2021 Best New Artist, and his audience is growing—to the tune of over 1.7 billion streams globally. He even hit #1 on the Hot 100 in March on Justin Bieber’s “Peaches.” That hit helped him win award for Best Pop Song at the 2021 MTV VMA‘s where he was nominated for seven awards including Best New Artist, Best R&B and Best Pop Song. Drake then invited GIVĒON back into his world, this time for a sizzling verse on Certified Lover Boy’s “In the Bible” with Lil Durk—one of a guaranteed run of thrilling collabs to come. And at his festival debut, Lollapalooza 2021, he found a sea of voices who knew his lyrics. But success has never really been a goal— GIVĒON just wants to bear his soul.

“Timeless Tour” Dates

Nov 28 2021 – El Club – Detroit, MI, USA

Nov 29 2021 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON, Canada

Nov 30 2021 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL, USA

Dec 02 2021 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY, USA

Dec 04 2021 – Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) – Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dec 05 2021 – Union Stage – Washington, DC, USA

Dec 07 2021 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA, USA

Dec 08 2021 – Republic – New Orleans, LA, USA

Dec 10 2021 – Trees – Dallas, TX, USA

Dec 11 2021 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX, USA

Dec 15 2021 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dec 17 2021 – 24 Oxford – Las Vegas, NV, USA

Dec 19 2021 – The New Parish – Oakland, CA, USA

Dec 22 2021 – Neumos – Seattle, WA, USA

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How Much is an Olympic Medal Worth?

This year, one of the world’s largest precious metals wholesale trading firms, Dillon Gage Metals, is sharing secrets behind the globally recognized Olympic medals athletes train so hard to obtain. The value of an Olympic medal is said to be worth quite a bit, and with the major sporting event just around the corner—beginning July 23 through August 8, in Tokyo, Japan—all eyes will be glued to the television wondering who is going home with a precious piece of history. 

The design of the Tokyo medals, designed by Junichi Kawanishi, reflects the ideology that athletes must always strive to achieve glory and victory daily. The design incorporates light and brilliance in the shape of polished stones, symbolically mirroring the warm glow of friendship, diversity, and representation, and the athletes’ energy and those who continue to uplift them.

“The value of gold is a curious inquiry we receive all the time, especially around the time of the Olympics,” said Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals. “It’s one of the most discernible medals in the world, and it’s only natural for individuals to be curious about what it’s made of and its true value. Most medals awarded during the sporting event aren’t worth much because they aren’t solid gold but rather silver with gold plating.” 

So, the question resides, how much is an Olympic medal actually worth? Every gold medal that athletes receive for their accomplishments is comprised of 99.9 percent silver and 6 grams of plated gold, weighing about 556 grams. Subtracting the gold from the silver brings the medal down to 550 grams in weight, while silver and bronze are a lesser metal weight at 550 grams and 450 grams respectively. 

Considering it takes 31.1033 grams to equal a troy ounce, and if the silver is truly pure silver, it takes some simple mathematics to discover the true value of the Olympic medals. Taking these numbers plus the current trade price of silver, approximately $26.00, and utilizing a common equation, the estimated value of gold can be calculated. 

The equation includes grams divided by troy ounce, then multiplying by trade price to find the dollar amount. In practical terms to solve for the total dollar amount in silver, use 550g/31 x $26.00 to equal $461.29.

In addition to the previous calculation, then add in 6 grams to account for the gold plating. In today’s currency, an ounce of gold is trading approximately for $1,808. Using the same equation to solve the gold composition: 6g/31 x $1,817 = $350.75. 

Combined, the gold and silver composition’s value for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medal is approximately worth $812.04. And the value for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics silver medal is approximately worth $461.29. 

But no matter the actual value of all these medals, to compete on the world stage of the Olympics, one of the most prestigious sports competitions, is truly priceless. Dillon Gage Metals wishes every Olympian luck and sends their support to each nation’s competitors during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Cardi B x Reebok Introduce Classic Leather Cardi product image via Vicki Scarfone at M&C SAATACHI Sports and Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

Cardi B × Reebok – Classic Leather Cardi

Today, Reebok and Cardi B reveal their newest product collaboration: Classic Leather Cardi. The new women’s-only model will be available to buy exclusively on Reebok’s website starting July 16 at 12pm EST. 

Inspired by Cardi‘s love of gold and its timeless value, the lavish gold silhouette was designed to be the go-to statement sneaker of every woman’s closet. Like all Cardi B x Reebok product, the shoes reflect Cardi’s personality, which influenced the transformation of the classic Reebok silhouette. The result: a bold, glamorous over-the-top shoe just like Cardi. 

The new silhouette takes Reebok‘s biggest icon, the Classic Leather, and merges it with the midsole of the well-known Reebok Legacy 83 to create a feminine, fashion-forward sneaker. The sleek upper combines soft leathers with suede overlays that have a satin-like sheen deboss effect finished with a velvet accent tongue. 

The Classic Leather Cardi will be available to purchase in women’s sizes 5-12 exclusively on Reebok’s website starting July 16 at 12pm EST.

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Mereba Prepares For Motherhood

Fresh off the release of her new project AZEB, singer/songwriter Mereba returns with her new video “Go(l)d.” Directed by Sean Frank, a radiant Mereba sings of hope and change while having a bright gold light shining on her face. “I still believe in gold,” she sings at the latter part of the record. Later in the clip, Mereba displays her baby bump, which is held and supported by the hands of different people. Facebook premiered the ethereal video, which Aiden Magarian also produced. Watch HERE.

Last month, Mereba performed her standout song “Rider” at the 2021 BET Awards. Singing on the Amplified Stage, Mereba showcased her tenacity and artistic prowess, especially after giving birth to her first child weeks prior. Along with her latest project AZEB, Mereba provided fans live performances of various tracks, including “Rider” and “Aye,” with the latter honoring Juneteenth.

In April, she and Vince Staples interviewed each other for Interview Magazine, as they each spoke candidly on their journeys and life’s directions. She also took part in an enlightening interview/performance for Klipsch Audio’s newest series, Out Loud. There, she performed a unique medley and incorporated her standout record, “Planet U.”

In 2018, Mereba released her first singles through major-label Interscope. A 9th Wonder collaboration titled “Black Truck” marked her official debut that February and was followed by the release of “Planet U,” which she produced herself with co-production from Ayo Olatunji and Sam Hoffman.

Both tracks were included on her groundbreaking debut album The Jungle Is the Only Way Out, which arrived in February 2019 and featured appearances from 6LACK and J.I.D. The acclaimed project earned praise from Vogue, Pitchfork, Billboard, Earmilk, Hypebeast, and Ones to Watch, who noted that “Mereba has pushed the boundaries of R&B and established herself as a voice of the future.” She also appeared on Dreamville’s now-platinum Revenge of the Dreamers III in 2019, which earned her her first Grammy nomination in 2020.

Cheerleading illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Cheerleading × Patrick Avard Music

Competitive Cheerleading Music Producer Patrick Avard (CheerMusicPro) Congratulates Teams of the 2021 USASF Worlds Competition

Patrick Avard – competitive cheer’s most sought-after music producer and the artist behind CheerMusicPro – is happy to congratulate all participants and winning teams in the 2021 USASF Cheerleading Worlds. Working to produce his signature custom-mixed tracks for team showcasings, Avard helped contribute to 24 medals for this season’s ultimate cheerleading competition, with his production company New Level Music producing a total of 41 medaling tracks.

Music producer Patrick Avard, known as cheerleading’s top production artist CheerMusicPro, extends his congratulations to all of the participating and medaling teams at this year’s USASF Cheerleading Worlds competition.

The Cheerleading Worlds competition is the final and most anticipated competition of the season for the world’s premier competitive cheer programs. The competition took place over three days in Orlando, Florida, with 63 teams taking home medals for incredible performances in gold, silver or bronze.

Producing high-energy mix tracks that are custom designed and scored along to routines of individual programs, CheerMusicPro contributed to 24 separate medals across a broad range of divisions, including gold winnings such as:

  • Small Senior 6: Cheer Extreme SSX
  • Large Senior Coed 6: TGLC
  • International Open 6: Fame Super Seniors
  • International All-Girl NT: CCS Lady Aurora
  • Medium Coed 6: Woodlands Extreme Black Ops
  • Senior Small Open Coed 6: Rockstar Beatles
  • IOC 6: Top Gun OO

Adding to the impressive lists of medaling tracks are music production companies Cheer Freqs and Royal Custom Music, who create custom mixes for cheerleading programs through Patrick Avard’s music production company New Level Music. Combined, Avard, and his company produced tracks for 41 medaling teams, a groundbreaking record for New Level Music.

“After the cancellation of last year’s Worlds due to public safety concerns, it was inspiring to see all of these teams return with such renewed passion and incredible skill – we were all very impressed,” said music producer Patrick Avard (CheerMusicPro).

“I am especially proud of the work that Andy, Teighlyr and the rest of the New Level Music team have contributed to get such amazing results at this year’s competition. Working with these dedicated and talented music producers is a true joy and I am appreciative for all that they bring to this genre of music,” Patrick Avard added.

Entering music production in 2004 under the signature name of CheerMusicPro, Avard is known for producing premium custom mixes for cheer programs and having pioneered cheer music to become its own distinct genre. Patrick Avard has cultivated a large following of music fans by consistently producing new releases, working with many of the world’s top level cheer teams, and with his work appearing on the popular Netflix docuseries “Cheer.”

Characterized by fast tempos, trap interludes, and a steady beat appropriate for the cadence and pace of cheer routines, New Level Music has become the leading production company for custom cheer tracks.

To learn more about the unique sound and work of Patrick Avard, please visit his website.

To keep up to date on all-things-CheerMusicPro, visitors can also visit the producer’s official page.

About Patrick Avard

Patrick Avard is an entrepreneur and top music producer for the competitive cheerleading industry. Known by his producer name, CheerMusicPro Avard has helped establish cheer music as its own genre and has popularized the music of the sport to an outside market. With his team at New Level Music in Atlanta, Georgia, Patrick Avard continues to expand the footprint of music production in the cheer industry and crafts custom-tailored mix tracks for the largest cheer programs in the United States.

Six-Time World Champ Comes out of Retirement

A former six-time World Boxing champion from Miami is making a highly anticipated comeback to the sport at the ripe age of 40 years old, as part of a mission to reclaim the title once hers and raise the caliber of women’s professional boxing.

Puerto Rico-born Melissa Hernandez has been living in Miami for the last nine years, building a name for herself as one of the region’s most reputable boxing instructors—teaching a hardened class of fitness enthusiasts at the Continuum on South Beach Sporting Club for the last three years. As someone who is self-confessed as Married to Boxing, Hernandez now yearns for gold again, since retiring from the sport in 2016 and while keeping a watchful eye on the women rising up the ranks with utmost contempt for whom she considers as not that great.”

Last year, Melissa re-laced her gloves and returned to her New York gym to resume training at Gleason’s in Brooklyn, where she sparred at the height of her career. While considering Miami her home, she regularly travels to New York to train with her eye on the prize, after recently becoming the number one contender for the World WBC Welterweight Title, currently held by American fighter, Jessica McCaskill. With her new Las Vegas-based manager and promotor in New York behind her, Melissa is determined to de-throne the reigning champion when boxing resumes in the wake of COVID-19.

I decided to retire in 2016 after winning all the titles in my weight class because the purse that came with the glory was ridiculously low says Melissa when asked why she threw in the towel. “I decided to return to the sport because I’ve seen how competitively weak the field has now become and I want to change that. I love working with my classes at the Continuum Sporting Club in Miami Beach and I’ve seen the passion and hard-working talent that comes from Miami as a city with a strong boxing history. I like pushing the envelope and my body and mind feels just as able as I was ten years ago.”

Melissa moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx in New York with her family in 1984. Melissa’s mother was as scientist and father a psychologist and she attended the Bronx Community College, but dropped out to pursue her love for the arts and a career in film, video and photography after an internship at the Whitney Museum at the age of 15 years old. Melissa wanted to be an editor in film but ended up in the fashion business working for the likes of Patagonia and The GAP in New York City for four years until she was 22 years old.

Melissa admired fellow Puerto Rican boxer, Héctor Camacho, and began hanging-out with friends at a local boxing gym in the Bronx. In 2002 at 22 years old, Melissa started sparring with a trainer who saw tremendous potential and encouraged her to train for participation in the prestigious New York Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Madison Square Garden where she lost in the final. Melissa grew to enjoy her time in the ring and realized she was made for boxing.

After fighting at the USA Boxing Nationals as an amateur, Melissa became certified by USA Boxing in 2003 to train amateur boxers, but was determined to continue with her own career in Florida where she was scouted by a number of trainers. Melissa continued to hone her boxing skills for a year before moving back to New York City, where she continued her training in the Bronx at The Webster Police Athletic League Center. Melissa won the New York Golden Gloves tournament over two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005 and turned pro in the winter of 2005 under the mentorship of trainer Belinda Laracuente. Melissa began training as a professional at the renowned Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn and fought her first WBA Junior Welterweight World Title fight against Kelsey Jeffries in 2006. In the same year, Melissa claimed her first title and became the WIBA Super Bantamweight World Champion after beating Lisa Brown in Edmonton, Canada. By 2008, Melissa became the top ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and would travel the globe defending her titles and claiming many more along the way, before moving to Florida in 2011 where she would train at the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.

After winning six World Boxing titles over a ten-year period, Melissa decided to hang up her gloves in 2016, citing how female boxers were financially being treated unfairly. Over the next several years, Melissa would concentrate on being a successful boxing instructor, teaching at local gyms throughout Miami and building her individual client base for one-on-one instruction. Melissa’s elite talent as a boxing instructor was spotted by a fellow trainer who introduced her to the Continuum Sporting Club in Miami Beach, where Melissa would become immensely popular among the residents and homeowners at the luxury beachfront community.

Last year, Melissa resumed her training at Gleason’s Gym in New York City in her quest to reclaim the WBC Welterweight title that she hopes will be planned for later this year, after winning her first comeback fight in Louisiana in 2019. Known as Melissa “HuracanShark” Hernandez, her previous titles include: WIBA Super Bantamweight, GBU Lightweight World Title, WIBA Lightweight World Title, WIBA Super Featherweight World Title, WBA Intercontinental Featherweight Title, WIBA Interim Lightweight Title, IBS Light Welterweight World Title, WBC Featherweight World Title and UBF Super Lightweight World Title.

While age 40 is considered old for women’s boxing, this doesn’t deter Melissa, who wants to continue fighting for another two years until she claims the one or more titles she vows to bring home to Miami. Her long-term plans are to open her own boxing studio while continuing to paint and discover new art galleries in her spare time. Melissa lives in Miami Beach, Florida and is currently single.