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Vaughn Hebron QxA

The Oval,” the hit BET show from Tyler Perry, will return to homes for its second season in Oct., and Vaughn Hebron is front and center.

Playing Barry, a man whose daughter was kidnapped by his ex-girlfriend, Hebron finds himself in the middle of a show about an interracial family living in the White House. Perfect on the outside but full of lies on the inside, the family brings some of the best drama to television.

Hebron was born in Baltimore and attended Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College on a Division 1 football scholarship. At Lafayette College, he joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business and minor in Africana Studies.

He began a career in pharmaceuticals but eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Early on he booked commercials, and he’ll appear in the Will Smith-led “King Richard” in 2021.

Hebron answered a few questions for 360 MAGAZINE regarding “The Oval,” the entertainment industry and his future.

360: Tell us about “The Oval” and your character and what we can look forward to in season 2.

Hebron: “The Oval” is a Tyler Perry soap, set in the White House, that centers around the First Family and their staff. Well, at least it did in the first season. The series has expanded and plunged into the personal and dramatic lives of each individual and is now a whirlwind of dramatics and juicy story lines. I play Barry Hallsen on the show, the son of the White House Head Butler. Barry is a young man in his early 20s trying to establish himself while providing for his daughter, Callie. In the first season, he faces extreme challenges in and out of the White House, namely having his daughter kidnapped by his baby mother, Ruth, who is part of a vicious cult. The first season follows his journey to finding his daughter and the many problems he creates for himself in doing so. What viewers can look forward to in the second season is Barry getting closer to finding his daughter but also getting closer to the imminent danger that surrounds her.

360: Before you became an actor, you were in pharmaceutical sales. How was the transition, and are you excited about the career change?

Hebron: The transition was a big adjustment, going from a steady, regular paycheck and working every day to not knowing when the next time I’ll be working but still getting paid for it. Basically, I had to start all over from square one and figure things out each step of the way. It was intimidating and uncertain, but it’s also been very fulfilling. It feels like I am being driven by something that I never felt in my corporate career: a new sense of purpose. The unknowingness was both scary and exciting.

360: What has been your biggest challenge thus far in the industry?

Hebron: Coming from a corporate background, I was used to a lot of structure. There were always deadlines, expectations that would be met, structured and upkept working conditions, and if there were any questions, someone there to help. There’s almost none of that in the industry. There are no set timelines on when we book jobs, no set path on how to be successful and reach a certain level in your career and no formal performance evaluations. Even asking for help could be just as bad as not asking for help. The biggest challenge for me was adjusting to this space of having to completely trust in the process and letting God take the wheel. I had to surrender to the journey and have faith that the things I was doing were going to work out the way they were meant to. I really had to believe that everything would happen for a reason. It was a complete mindset shift; a completely different life. I still struggle with it at times.

360: Where do you see your career in 5 years? 10 years?

Hebron: Well, one of the first lessons I learned in this industry is that you can’t put a timeline on things. At all. They could happen way sooner, or way later than you think, so just be open and ready when the time comes. My ultimate goal in this industry is to become an A-list storyteller. That’s the level I want to be at. However, storytelling comes in many different forms. Obviously acting is the main form of storytelling that I’m doing right now, but I’ve also written and pitched TV shows and see myself dabbing in that. I also see myself directing and producing one day as well. Additionally, I have a lot of ideas outside of the industry for my fitness and business, and of course I want to have a family one day.

360: Do you have any future projects that you’re allowed to talk about?

Hebron: Yes, I will be in the upcoming feature film “King Richard” starring Will Smith, as one of the main antagonists, hitting theaters Nov. 2021. We are working a couple other projects that are under wrap right now.

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WurlD illustration by Mina Tocalini

WurlD – WAYO

As he continues to put up numbers across DSPs and receive critical acclaim worldwide, Nigerian singer, songwriter, and phenomenon WurlD reveals the music video for his latest single “WAYO (KPE LE WU)” today. The song remains a standout from his tastemaker-approved AFROSOUL EP—out now via Platoon. 

In the cinematic visual, WurlD takes over a smoky nightclub reminiscent of classy speakeasies of the twenties and thirties. Donning a dapper reflective vest, his endless charisma shines on stage as he catches the attention of one special audience member. The proceedings take an otherworldly turn as the performance gets downright heavenly. “WAYO is a blend of Afrobeat with soul music. This song shines light on the idea of wanting assurance of commitment from a lover “no do me WAYO” which means “don’t play games with me”. The video focuses more on the imaginary love connection between Me and a fan at a show. This describes special and intimate moments with me and fans at my shows, like it’s just us alone at the concert. “

Right out of the gate, AFROSOUL made waves worldwide. In addition to plugs from The Guardian Life, Red Bull, and more, CLASH claimed, “From beginning to end, we are in WurlD’s universe, watching an urgent transformation from caterpillar to butterfly in real-time.” Not to mention, “WAYO (KPE LE WU)” gathered over 472K Spotify streams followed by “GHOST TOWN” with 313K Spotify streams. WurlD has all the makings of an international icon. 

WurlD, born Sadiq Onifade, began his career writing for notable artists such as B.o.B., Trinidad James, Akon, Mario, and many more. In 2016, WurlD collaborated with Shizzi & Walshy Fire of Major Lazer to deliver the Afro pop hit “Show You Off”. In 2019, he released his Love Is Contagious EP. He also co-wrote the hit song “Blow My Mind” by Davido featuring Chris Brown and also released the critically acclaimed collaborative project ‘ILGWT’ (I Love Girls with Trobul) with award winning Nigerian producer Sarz. Praised by Vice, OKayAfrica, E!, and MTV, his unique style and eclectic sound has garnered him a dedicated global fan base.  

Follow WurlD: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

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ALEX SAMPSON – Take Me Upstairs

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Canadian based singer/songwriter Alex Sampson releases single and lyric video titled “Take Me Upstairs”. The Upbeat and groovy song is the second release off of forthcoming EP, Let There Be Light, coming fall 2020.
  
“When I heard it I loved the beat and the lyrics. The vibe of the song is great, and it makes me want to dance whenever I hear it! I hope people feel the same way!” – Alex Sampson.
 
Following the release of the EP, Alex plans to embark on a nationwide tour, when safety permits, to perform his music live – alongside some of music’s biggest acts.
 
Up next for Alex, he plans to collaborate with acts such as Owl City, Jeremy Zucker, and TateMcrae. His end goal is to have a number one album – which if he continues on the path he is on – will certainly happen. 
 
When Alex isn’t busy going to school, writing music, or traveling LA to curate his career – he spends his time hanging out with family and friends.
 
For more information, follow Alex here:
 
IG: @itsalexsampson
TikTok:  @alexsampson
Twitter: @alexsampson
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Isaac Dunbar – scorton’s creek

Trailblazing new artist Isaac Dunbar releases the music video for “scorton’s creek” via RCA Records. The video is directed by Jasper Soloff and the song, which was released last week, is written by Isaac and produced by Drew Pearson. Watch HERE. Isaac’s forthcoming EP is set to be released this spring.

E! News included Isaac in their Next-Gen of Pop article calling him an artist you need to know and he was included in Idolator’s 40 Artists To Watch In 2020. “scorton’s creek” follows Isaac’s previously released tracks “makeup drawer” which PAPER exclusively premiered the video, “isaac’s insects” where Billboard called him “the real deal”, “onion boy”  and “body” which led TIME magazine to call his voice “lovely” and stated that he has “a keen ear — and intuition — for turning pop into relatable confessions.”

About Isaac Dunbar

The 16-year-old budding artist supported girl in red on her North American and European run of show dates last fall and released his highly anticipated EP balloons don’t float here last summer. It garnered the attention of notable tastemakers like Zane LoweThe FADEROnes To Watch, and Hillydilly, which stated: “it’s only a matter of time until he gets worldwide recognition.” Hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Isaac’s EP melds complex sounds and atmospheric, beat-driven production to create melodic and introspective tracks. The unique brand of distorted ballads combined with lush, multilayered dream-pop harmonies and malleable, heady synth drops creates a genre-bending EP. Isaac is looking forward to releasing his new EP under RCA Records this spring and will hit the road on his first headlining tour later this year.

To Buy/Watch/Stream “scorton’s creek”:

Multi – http://smarturl.it/scortonscreekx

YouTube (Official Video): http://smarturl.it/scortonscreekx/youtube

HRVY, 360 MAGAZINE, Capitol Music Group

HRVY – Me Because Of You

HRVY released his new single, “Me Because Of You,” and the accompanying video. The internationally renowned, Platinum-selling pop artist recorded the song in Oslo, Norway with producer Earwulf (Jason Derulo). HRVY co-wrote “Me Because Of You” with his fans in mind, crediting them for making him the artist he is today. Download / stream “Me Because Of You” HERE

The official video was helmed by filmmaker Matthias Hoene. In a nod to Hoene’s 2016 film, The Warriors Gate,  HRVY ducks into an antique shop to avoid being mugged and finds a glowing red orb that changes the direction of his life. It opens a portal to a world that, while futuristic, also evokes the joyous sense of adventure and belonging HRVY’s global travels have brought him. View “Me Because Of You” HERE.

“I’ve never felt more connected to music that I’ve created. The last couple of years have been a huge learning curve and have helped me write much more emotive songs as I’ve actually been able to experience real life events,” says HRVY. “This song is super important to me. It came from a fan’s comment on Instagram, which is mad to say that it’s now become its own song. I remember sitting on a plane on the way back from Asia and thinking of a way to represent this new music and new me. I drew a really terrible sketch on my phone of the world that me and my music lives in.“ 

Combined streams of HRVY’s songs now exceed one billion – with more than 250,000 streams in the U.S. alone – and he has 13 million followers across his socials. “Me Because Of You” is the follow-up to  “Million Ways.” Released in November 2019, the single amassed over one million global streams in its first week and four million video views in the first four days. Hailing “Million Ways” as “a synth-laden anthem,“ Wonderland said, “HRVY is undoubtedly one to watch.” A BBC Radio 1 Brit List artist, HRVY’s 2019 collaborations included “So Good” with Danna Paola, “I Miss Myself” with NOTD, “Don’t Need Your Love” with NCT Dream and “Younger” with Jonas Blue. His 2017 viral hit, “Personal,” has attained 12 global certifications, including Gold in the U.S. He visited over 23 countries and played to over 300,000 people last year across a European headline tour, supporting slot on The Vamps U.K. arena tour and festival performances.

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Liam Payne – LP1

Today, Liam Payne has released his highly anticipated debut album LP1, listen HERE.
 
Available now in CD, vinyl and digital formats, the record features all of Liam’s global smash hit singles, as well as new original unheard material.
 
Hit singles featured on the album include Liam’s debut “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo, which has sold a huge 11.5 million copies worldwide and has been streamed over 1.8 billion times, and most recent singles “Stack It Up” featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie and “All I Want (For Christmas)” – his first ever solo festive track. The video for new single “Live Forever” will be released later today.
 
Other previous singles included are “Bedroom Floor”, “Get Low”, “Familiar” with J Balvin, which reached over 110 million streams on Spotify alone, and “For You”, his duet with Rita Ora which was featured on the Fifty Shades Freed official soundtrack.
 
Recorded in a variety of locations across the globe including London, New York and LA, the album has Liam’s signature urban pop sound throughout plus some more stripped back tracks. The record sees him collaborating with a host of A-list producers and writers including Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Zedd, Jonas Blue, Steve Mac, Joe London, and The Monsters and the Strangerz.
 
Platinum-selling Liam has sold more than 18 million singles in just two years as a solo artist since One Direction. He has been streamed a total of 3.7 billion times.

WES PERIOD – NU SHOES

West Coast rapper/alt-pop artist Wes Period returns today with a new song “NU SHOES”, along with an accompanying video shot by Logan Meis (Trippie Red, NLE Choppa, Lil Tecca). “NU SHOES” is the third release this year from the Orange County-born and bred artist-songwriter-producer, following, “Beautifully Broken,” and “My Benz”, which was released in September and whose video has over 600,000 views. A full-length album will follow in 2020. Check out the video for “NU SHOES” HERE.

In 2017, Wes caught the attention of GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons, Yungblud, Camila Cabello) who saw a video of Wes performing at a pizza shop. Justin quickly signed Wes to his label Facet Records. Last year, Wes toured arenas across North America in support of Kesha and Macklemore, and released his debut album Pretty Words on Facet Records / Interscope Records.

Wes Period – “Nu Shoes”
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Thomas Guttman, 360 MAGAZINE

Artist To Watch: NYC’s Finding Thomas Releases Debut EP

There is a new artist on the rise in NYC, and they go by the name of Finding Thomas. Founded by singer/songwriter Thomas Guttman, the band has just released its debut EP, which you can listen to now via HERE.

Distinguished like a Rolex GMT Master II, Thomas Guttman creates music which hovers above genres, marked by a refusal to be pigeonholed. Born and raised in New York City, Finding Thomas performs regularly at downtown clubs like The Standard, East Village, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Bowery Electric, where the fresh sound of the new never fails to surprise. With deep roots in the past, and a sensibility finely to the present, one hears the lingering roar of the previous century colliding with the madness of the current century – yet it’s still fundamentally rooted in bass, guitar, drums, and laced with a biting, lyrical poetry. 

Finding Thomas’ EP is cohesive and complex, with each track showcasing a different side of the band. Influences are as varied as they are nuanced, resulting in a timeless suite of songs. The international ensemble of musicians on the recording conjures a surprisingly straight up rock & roll record, with enticing hooks and brutally honest lyrics.

The EP opens with “Better On My Own,” which was recorded during a summer session with Israeli-based producer Eran Tabib. Featuring a tender guitar hook, paired with a tale of a heart shattered into pieces so sharp that they cut, Thomas sings with an intimacy that feels like he’s confiding in the listener.

“It was amazing to be working with Eran in Israel,” said Guttman. “We had been working together for a few years in New York, as a vocal coach. Luckily the stars aligned and we were able to set up a session very last minute in Tel-Aviv . The timing was perfect, as I had just written ‘Better On My Own’ after a rough breakup in December and the fresher the better.”

Watch the music video for “Better On My Own” via YouTube HERE.

Taken as a whole, the EP presents a fresh, personal, authentic new voice, marked by a taut, musical tension – between loose and tight rhythms, romantic and caustic tones, and past and the future sensibilities.

For more information on Finding Thomas please visit HERE.

Anthony Ramos, Hamilton, Vogue, Republic Records, 360 MAGAZINE

Anthony Ramos Debut Album

Anthony’s debut sizzles like his looks and lyrics.‘ – 360 MAGAZINE

Anthony Ramos (Rah-mos) unveils his anxiously awaited debut album, The Good & The Bad.
 
Get The Good & The Bad HERE via Republic Records.
 
To celebrate the album dropping, RAMOS released a brand-new live performance video for fans of one of the standouts from the album, “Relationship.”
 
Watch “Relationship” Live from OMEARA London HERE.
 
RAMOS kicked off the arrival of the release earlier this week with a dynamic performance of his single “Mind Over Matter” on The Late Late Show with James Corden [Watch HERE]. He also received early press acclaim with high-profile features in Vogue, Elle, and more, with Billboard and People both proclaiming him among their “Ones To Watch.”  Additionally, he joined Elvis Duran and The Morning Show on-air to listen to his song played on the radio for the first time.  Duran praised the artist’s vulnerability and storytelling, culminating in an emotional on-air moment that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.  
 
Check out the Elvis Duran and The Morning Show interview HERE.
 
RAMOS also dropped by the YouTube Space this week where he gave a live performance and participated in a Q&A moderated by celebrated director Jon M Chu [Crazy Rich Asians]—who directed Ramos alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the upcoming 2020 film In the Heights.
 
In support of the album release, RAMOS will kick off his first ever headline run, “The Good & The Bad Tour” on November 1 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL. The tour rolls through major markets across North America, including New York, Miami and Los Angeles, until its conclusion at Imperial in Vancouver November 19. Check out the full itinerary and details below.
 
Experience The Good & The Bad now.
 
Get tickets HERE.
 
Born and raised in Bushwick and of Puerto Rican descent, Anthony Ramos first made his mark originating the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the TONY® and GRAMMY® Award-winning Broadway smash Hamilton.  In 2018, Ramos ignited his music career as an independent solo artist on his own terms. Not only did he lend his voice to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” benefit single, but he also began architecting a sharp and soulful signature take on contemporary music. He teamed up with producer Will Wells [Logic, Pentatonix] for The Freedom EP, which garnered acclaim from Billboard and many others.
 
In 2018, Ramos appeared in the Academy Award-winning film A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring Lady Gaga where he played ‘Ally’s’ (GaGa) best friend. Most recently, he starred in the critically-acclaimed Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, created by Spike Lee, based on his 1986 film.
 
Next up, Ramos will grace the screen once again as the lead role in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly-anticipated ‘In the Heights’ movie directed by Jon M. Chu for Warner Bros to be released in June 2020.

Anthony Ramos The Good & The Bad | ALBUM
 
Anthony Ramos “Mind Over Matter” Video

Anthony Ramos – The Good & The Bad – Video Link

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EDEN’S NEW ALBUM

Vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist EDEN announces the forthcoming release of his new album, no future. Due out via Astralwerks on February 14, no future marks the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 full-length debut, vertigo. Also today, the Dublin-bred artist born Jonathon Ng premieres no future’s lead single “projector,” available now for purchase and streaming from all digital partners HERE. The track is accompanied by a beautifully haunting video directed by EDEN’s frequent collaborators Zhang + Knight. Watch the “projector” video HERE.  


As with all of his music to date, “projector” was recorded and produced by EDEN at his home studio. With its dreamlike textures and heady drum-machine rhythms, the song finds EDEN’s graceful vocal work channeling a heavy-hearted surrender.


“‘projector’ is about appreciating all the ebbs and flows and accepting how things really are instead of wishing they were some other way,” Ng explains. “It started out as a very no-man’s-land kind of song, and then the lyrics ended up reflecting the concept of the death of the universe into a very personal space: this idea that no matter what’s going on in your life right now, everything eventually runs its course.”


Filmed in Bulgaria, the “projector” video perfectly captures the tension between the track’s airy sonic palette and the profound sense of loneliness within its lyrics. As Zhang + Knight explain, the video took shape from a concept based on “trapping EDEN inside a vividly saturated and beautiful prison, watching him trying to escape to the outside world…only to find that the outside world is just as lonely and bleak as the room he has just left behind.”


To achieve the “projector” video’s surrealist quality, Zhang + Knight enlisted a team of painters who spent a week creating an enormous scenic painting of the sky. Throughout the video-making process, the directors drew inspiration from mid-century painters like John Register and Edward Hopper and their tendency toward “images which are extremely bright and colorful but also very sad and evocative.”


“projector” follows the recent release of “untitled,” another track set to appear on no future. Since premiering on October 8th, “untitled” has surpassed 1.5 million global streams, including over 1.2 million streams on Spotify. In addition, the song landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 12 countries, including the U.S., UK, Japan, and Australia/New Zealand.


Released in January 2018, EDEN’s debut album vertigo shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart in 12 countries, racking up over 200 million streams globally thanks in part to the singles “start//end,” which Billboard deemed, “striking… a nostalgically cast reflection on youth and all-too-relatable feelings of desperation and hope,” “gold” and “crash.” To date, EDEN has amassed over one billion streams for vertigo and his two EPs: 2015’s End Credits and 2016’s i think you think too much of me which features the Lorde-supported lead single “sex.” With the vertigo World Tour selling out across the globe, spring 2019 saw the premiere of “909” – a stand-alone track and the final song released in the vertigo era. “


V Magazine said, “both [EDEN’s] music and his persona seem reflective of his overall goal— to make something grand and magical out of something that seems much smaller… Given the captivating and utterly intriguing output he’s given us so far, the task should be easily doable.” L’Officiel said, “EDEN has come a long way from producing music from the bedroom of his childhood home” and Ladygunn said, EDEN “(walks) the line between stirring beats and subdued lyrics…earnest emotion and ingenuity.”  

*Photo by Drew Escriva