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Lil Nas X illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine

Lil Nas X × Vevo

Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Nas X and director Christian Bresauer have partnered exclusively with Vevo for the latest installment of Vevo Footnotes, revealing every hidden reference and new information about the making of their iconic Industry Baby music video.

WATCH THE MAKING OF INDUSTRY BABY | VEVO FOOTNOTES

In the visual for the now Platinum-certified hit song, Lil Nas X discusses the inspiration and controversy surrounding the making of the video. He also talks about personal items he used on the set, improvised choreography and the most uncomfortable scenes to film with co-star Jack Harlow. The song appears on Lil Nas X’s chart-topping album MONTERO out now.

Below is a complete outline of The Making of Industry Baby | Vevo Footnotes, including key insight from the music video’s executive director and more from Lil Nas X himself.

FOOTNOTES OUTLINE:

0:10 Narration: The Grammy’s in Nas’s jail cell are his actual Grammys.

0:18 Narration: The poster in his cell is an image from the BET Awards show he performed at three days prior to shooting the music video.

0:35 – 0:41 Lil Nas X: I wanted to go to a place people would least expect me to go in a music video. An overly masculine place and make it gay asf. I also wanted to visualize the theme of breaking free from the shackles society places on you.

0:54 – 0:59 Christian Breslauer: This Visual is essentially a giant metaphor to represent Nas’s unwillingness to conform to the industry standards or be caged in because of his beliefs. No matter the scenario he will be who he is and no prison is strong enough to contain him.

1:08 Narration: Nas improvised this choreography on the spot.

1:27 Lil Nas X: I think Shawshank Redemption is a great movie, but it was in no way the main inspiration of the video. Although, it is responsible for the hole in the wall scene.

1:54 Narration: The security guard getting punched by Nas is Colton Haynes, the star of Teen Wolf.

2:22 -2:42 Lil Nas X: The hardest part of making this music video? Honestly? Twerking in front of Jack Harlow. Very uncomfortable lmao. I felt like Jack was in a very similar situation that I was in — having a super huge song and having people counting you out. That’s how I knew he would be perfect for this song.

2:56 – 3:03 Lil Nas X: My favorite scene is where we’re all dancing in the courtyard, but I’m proud of the entire video. I knew the controversy was inevitable, but I thought the video would be super fun, which it was.

3:10 – 3:15 Christian Breslauer: The prison location was our most ambitious day of the two. Choreography scenes in general take the most time to shoot and we only had an hour to shoot each one. We made it happen though, thanks to an Allstar crew.

3:22 – 3:29 Lil Nas X: The song felt like a victory lap but also an underdog anthem, and that’s what I wanted the lyrics to reflect. I wanted a song to remind people I’m not going anywhere.

Eighty8 via The Thom Brand for use by 360 Magazine

Eighty 8 – Visual Mixtape

Buzzworthy Cash Money Records signee Eighty8 gives a glorifying glimpse to his budding star status with the release of his Visual Mixtape. The unique offering is made available to watch and experience on his YouTube channel Official Eighty8 HERE

The Northside Miami native, who also recently unveiled his widely popular debut single “Hit” a few weeks ago, delivers a tantalizing audio-visual experience that takes viewers to the emotive depths of his spirit, story, and artistic freedom as he rises to national notoriety. 

The Visual Mixtape is a conceptual presentation featuring snippets of  Eighty8’s new music and behind-the-scenes footage. While each track has a distinct style, they are all seamlessly interconnected to introduce the soundscape of the Haitian/Jamaican American artist’s sensational range comprised of tracks “Trilly Wonka,” “Heartless,” “Juvi” “Wild Child,” “Feel It In The Air” and “Hit.” 

Eighty8 showcases a taste for what’s to come as he solidifies status as 2022’s one to watch. 

About Eighty8

Roots can shape personality. Our lineage informs how we act and how we react to any given situation. Drawing on Jamaican and Haitian heritage, Eighty8 translates emotional extremes into an unpredictable and undeniable hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, pop, and island flavors. Generating nearly 3 million Spotify streams independently, receiving acclaim from Hip Hop DX, Hip Hop N More, On Smash and signing to Cash Money Records in 2020, he’s ready to formally introduce himself. He adopted his name during a period of self-discovery after learning that the number 8 represents a sense of power and exemplifies peace and unity. 

Born and raised on the North Side of Miami, at three-years-old, he realized he could sing and spent hours replaying an old Michael Jackson VHS as he obsessively studied the King of Pop. Throughout middle school, he sang to girls in the hallway and shutdown the stage with show-stopping performances at pep rallies and talent shows. As a teen, he joined the R&B group 4thand Ocean, recording music for Warner Bros. Records. Following the group’s split, he caught the attention of Balistic Beats and dropped the single “Pree.” Not only did it light up radio in Miami, the song amassed 1.6 million Spotify streams. On its heels, he maintained this momentum with “Trilly Wonka,” which accumulated another 561K Spotify streams. The music made its way to Cash Money Records and Eighty8 was signed to the roster in 2020.

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Katastro – Sucker

Katastro Releases Music Video For The Way I Feel WATCH HERE, New Album Sucker Out July 16th via Silverback Musicߣs Controlled Substance Sound Labs, Official Album Release Show Set for July 23rd at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ, Tickets On Sale Now

Emerging alt-rock/hip-hop hybrid Katastro has released the official music video for their new single The Way I Feel, the lead track off their forthcoming album Sucker, out Friday, July 16th via Silverback Music’s Controlled Substance Sound Labs. The Way I Feel, already being hailed as a summer anthem, is an upbeat ode to getting over a bad breakup. Watch the colorful music video here, directed by Brian Dunham and shot in the bandߣs home of Phoenix, and check out the first look with Variance Magazine. Download/stream The Way I Feel here, which is currently featured on a variety of top Spotify rock playlists including The New Alt, New Noise and PopRox.

The Way I Feel’s video was shot in one house that was staged by the owner with various retro themes, shares Katastro. We wanted to make this one more fun while playing with the albumߣs theme of situations constantly looping and getting pulled into the same crazy relationships. We also wanted to keep it all in one house to mimic the line, it’s the same shit every day and add a little quarantine vibe, since the whole album was recorded while back home adopting to Covid life after all our tours had been cancelled.

Katastro will return to the live stage and officially celebrate the release of Sucker with a hometown show on Friday, July 23rd at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe featuring support from Kash’d Out and Barefoot. Tickets are on sale now and available here

Sucker, the band’s sixth full-length studio album, represents a notably more mature sound for Katastro, Andy Chaves [vocals], Andrew Stravers [drums], Tanner Riccio [guitar] and Ryan Weddle [bass] while showcasing their unique melting pot stew of rock, hip-hop, funk, blues, pop, and reggae. The band’s fully collaborative creative approach, and unexpected time off in 2020, allowed for limitless possibilities. The result is a 12-song collection, produced by Matt Keller (Lydia, Anarbor, Redlands), about the constant loop of life, love, hate and wanting to break the pattern. Sucker brings its listeners along on a ride, providing a summery soundtrack and something a little more positive to look forward to when everything feels off. Sucker is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and each digital pre-save will include an instant download of The Way I Feel as well as their previously released tracks 100 Rips and Way Too High available here

Katastro, who has independently amassed over 80 million career streams, first introduced this new era in their growing career with Way Too High, which pays homage to their desert roots with its unique Western vibe and accompanying music video. 100 Rips truly sets the tone and direction for Sucker. The catchy cruisin’ down the highway escapade features psychedelic guitar solos pumping through a mix of hip-hop and reggae set against an intoxicating chorus. Katastro’s irrepressible brand of timely, good-time music is on full display throughout Sucker as evidenced by One Day, a feel-good track about coming to terms with a broken relationship, and the positive, floaty vibe of Droptop, which features background vocals from longtime friend Micah Brown of Iration.

Formed nearly a decade and a half ago, Katastro, who cite Eminem and Red Hot Chili Peppers as early influences, dropped their first EP, The Wonderful Daze, in 2008 and quickly followed with their debut full-length album, Poking Holes In A Pattern, the following year. The quartet issued a steady stream of releases over the next ten years, mostly all independently, alternating full-lengths with EPs and acoustic Bones sessions. 2011ߣs Gentle Predator marked a live album zenith for the band and, in 2016, they garnered a national hit with the Strange Nights record. Katastro’s youthful party vibe started to dim as personal growth and change crept into their songwriting. Internal challenges influenced the bandߣs output as it turned conspicuously darker and more revealing; first with Washed [2018], then with the follow-up, Tropical Heartbreak [2019]. Along the way, Katastro has racked up tens of millions of streams from fans worldwide as well as media support from Alternative Press, The Noise, Substream Magazine, Phoenix New Times and more. The four-piece has also been making an impact as a powerful live act, headlining national tours and supporting the likes of Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Iration, 311, Pepper, The Expendables and gracing festival stages such as the One Love Cali Reggae Fest and Reggae Rise Up Festival.

For fans of Shwayze and Dirty Heads, this carefree anthem will light you up for summertime fun, no matter your relationship status Top Shelf Music

Blending some of the best elements of modern pop hits, including chill vocal delivery reminiscent of blackbear and a kaleidoscopic intro comparable to that of Olivia Rodrigo’s deja vu, The Way I Feel is a fun, light track thatߣs guaranteed to become a staple on your playlist this summer. TREMG

For more information on Katastro, follow their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud and their website.

Wes Nelson illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Wes Nelson New Single

WES NELSON RELEASES NEW SINGLE “NICE TO MEET YA” FEAT. YXNG BANE

FOLLOWS THE GOLD CERTIFIED TOP 3 DEBUT SINGLE “SEE NOBODY”

Following his massive breakthrough debut single last year, Wes Nelson returns with another monster hit “Nice To Meet Ya” featuring Yxng Bane.

Listen and watch “Nice To Meet Ya”

With its moody blend of Afrobeats, smooth R&B production and Wes’ infectious melodies, “Nice To Meet Ya” feels like an instant classic; confident, effortless and ridiculously catchy. Written by Wes and produced once again by rising beatmaker, Ayo Beatz (Fredo, Young M.A.), the track delivers on Wes’s promise both as a talented songwriter and vocalist. Featuring Yxng Bane, the East London star had written and recorded his parts within a day of hearing the track.
 
Wes says, “I wanted people to sing ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ and just feel good about themselves, like 3 minutes of escapism! Especially with lockdowns, we’re all feeling a bit trapped, and people are down, I just want people to get up and feel good.”
 
One of 2020’s biggest singles, “See Nobody” was written and produced during lockdown from Wes’ makeshift bedroom studio. A Gold-certified hit in the UK and double Platinum in Ireland, the top 3 debut single has accumulated over 70 million streams globally, with over 38 million streams on Spotify and over 13 million video views. It also became an instant favorite amongst cultural commentators, musicians and attracted notable fans such as the likes of Anthony Joshua, Idris Elba, Stevo The Madman, Chip, Krept & Konan, Jay1, S1mba, Jae5, SL and many more.
 
A former undefeated champion Muay Thai kickboxer, semi-professional footballer and Nuclear System Design Engineer, music has always been Wes’ first love and his greatest ambition. After being gifted with a red plastic karaoke machine at age 3, he would perform for his family every Friday night and sing along to the Top of The Pops’ hits of the day. As he grew into his teen years, he lacked the confidence to be open about his passion for music and instead focused on other interests. Last year, quarantine became an opportunity for Wes to return to his artistic craving: while others baked banana bread and binge-watched Selling Sunset, he took the discipline he learned from Muay Thai and applied it to music.
 
With his focus now fully on music, who knows where the next chapter could lead. He has the desire – and potential to be one of the UK’s most successful R&B/Pop artists. Wes not only has the talent, but the focus, drive and discipline that such ambition takes.
 
“I know it’s not going to happen overnight, but consistency is key. The best artists are the ones who stay true to themselves; authenticity is everything to me and that’’s what will take me all the way.”
 
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Gorgon City – Burning

Gorgon City, a UK and Chicago-based DJ duo of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson Scott, released a brand new video for their song “Burning,” which features EVAN GIIA.

The release of this video follows their recent drop of the Terrace Dub remixed version of the song.

You can see the video by clicking right here.

Shot in Wyoming and directed by Eric Maldin, two young women find love in Laramie. They share an attraction to each other, but they only show it in public with slight gestures, like pinky touches.

A heart made of flames finally represents burning love and desire, allowing the two to reconcile and embrace.

The Terrace Dub Remix is a rework of the song with more driving energy, hypnotizing filters, slow beautiful builds and solid sharp drops while still featuring EVAN GIIA’s vocals.

You can hear the Terrace Dub Remix of “Burning” by clicking right here.

Gorgon City has amassed more than 1.4 billion global streams and 9 million singles sold throughout their career. They’ve also topped international radio station charts and landed the No. 1 spot on US Dance Radio.

To learn more about Gorgon City, you can click right here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Younk

A little over a month ago the world witnessed an unprecedented event – the Open Beta launch of the first community-based music label – Younk.com. The new platform connects artists, community, and music experts and aims to make the music industry more accessible and equitable for both artists and music enthusiasts. Younk, a decentralized community music platform using blockchain technology, is open to everyone, everywhere.

Younk’s mission is to establish the first community music label where artists gain recognition and support directly from the community in exchange for bonuses.

According to its founder, Andrey Dahkovskyy, Younk’s foremost goal is to modernize the music industry by facilitating direct artist access to the public. This ensures better compensation and community involvement in the funding of up-and-coming artists. Music fans also benefit through a unique opportunity to support their favorite artists and become co-producers of the artist’s tracks and earn YNK Bucks – internal currency of Younk ecosystem. YNK is an instrument that may be used to fund a Hit, get bonuses and purchase merchandise, services and goods on the Younk platform.

Don Grierson, the legendary music industry executive and Younk co-founder shared the platform’s vision as an accessible global marketplace where artists and HitHunting music enthusiasts can connect and support each other while mutually benefiting from the synergy and compounded contribution of the community – whether from a creative point or business wise. “We are entering a new era of making a Hit,” said Mr. Grierson, “the Younk platform is here to make it happen. In almost no time you will be able to listen to a tune that has been supported and directly funded by a community – by active listeners and those who want to make a change in the music industry. Our platform is open to Artists from all over the world, even if they’re not professional musicians. Everyone has a chance now to upload his or her original tune onto the platform and compete with other artists for community support and, further down the road, for their own place on some of the top music charts in the world.”

Unlike regular crowdfunding, which is called Hit Funding in Younk terminology, the new platform gives artists an opportunity to receive first-hand guidance from the professional music experts. It also provides the music fan community the option to be actively involved in creating music charts, to vote, and become co-producers of the the tracks they fund which may become Hits later. All of this helps us all make better music together.

The platform is designed to be user friendly. The process looks like this: an artist uploads a track; the community listens and votes, three tracks go to Hit Funding (two most voted on by the community and one selected by the experts) where YNK Bucks are used to support the community’s favorite tracks. The ones that reach a certain amount of YNK Bucks – soft cap – are then professionally produced by music industry experts. Once the final creative product is

released it gets promoted on approximately 150 digital music platforms. When a track generates revenue, artists receive royalty share in real money equivalent and the track supporters in YNK Bucks equivalent.

By employing innovative technology, Younk provides advanced features and allows for the transparent and decentralized distribution of royalty shares to artists through blockchain’s smart contracts.

“So far, Younk has 5 tracks in the production stage,” said Andrey Dakhovskyy, “ Every day we receive positive feedback from people in the music industry and beyond. This means we’re on the right track. Our platform opens up endless opportunities for both artists and fans – they can create better music together and this is awesome! Welcome to the universe of Younk!”

ELLA MAI’S “BOO’D UP” REACHES PLATINUM

(June 21, 2018 — Los Angeles, CA) The accolades keep rolling in for singer-songwriter Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records), whose single “Boo’d Up” is now RIAA certified platinum. Produced by Mustard, the infectious R&B jam has crept up the charts, quietly catapulting into the Top 10 of Billboard’s prestigious Hot 100 while also peaking at #1 on Urban Radio. The song and accompanying music video is currently #1 on YouTube’s US Top song and music video charts, totaling over 88 million views.

The single’s chart-topping success has earned Ella Mai attention from several major platforms. The half Jamaican-half Irish songstress will grace the BET Experience Main Stage on June 22 before joining a star-studded lineup of performers at the 2018 BET Awards on June 24. This is a major accomplishment for the artist who recently made her television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!; re-airing Monday, June 25. As a treat to fans everywhere, Ella Mai will be kicking off her sold out Boo’d Up tour on August 6 in Dallas, Texas.

Singer Will Perform At The 2018 BET Awards On Sunday June 24

Ella Mai READY EP

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Calum Scott 

CALUM SCOTT PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE“YOU ARE THE REASON” TODAY ON VEVO

 

DEBUT ALBUM, ONLY HUMAN, OUT MARCH 9TH ON CAPITOL RECORDS –  NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER


Today, breakout U.K. artist Calum Scott debuts the video for his new single, “You Are The Reason.” The video was directed by Frank Borin- watch it HERE.   “You Are The Reason” is available now for download and streaming at all digital partners and is the first single from Scott’s debut album, Only Human, out March 9th on Capitol Records.  The single is fast approaching 20 million worldwide streams combined, while the lyric video garnered over one million views within a few days- watch it here.  Written by Scott, Jon Maguire and Corey James Sanders, the emotionally resonant piano ballad is one of numerous songs produced by Fraser T Smith (AdeleEllie Goulding) for the album. Scott also worked with producers Jayson DeZuzio, Oak Felder, Oscar Gorres and Phil Paul.  The pre-order for Only Human is underway now at http://calumscott.lnk.to/onlyhumanFans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive “You Are The Reason”and Scott’s two previous singles – his poignant version of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,”which charted at No. 1 on iTunes in 11 countries and“Rhythm Inside,” which has over 25 million streams worldwide – along with Tiësto’s remix of “Dancing On My Own.” In addition to 11 original tracks, the album also includes Scott’s haunting acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet.” See below for full track listing.  “Dancing On My Own” quickly charted in over 34 countries on Spotify, peaking at No. 1 on the Viral chart in six, including the U.S. Now certified Platinum in four countries, it was the best-selling U.K. single of 2016 by a British solo artist and was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single. The song has over 550 million streams worldwide, while views of the video are approaching 235 million.  Scott‘s first U.S. headlining tour in 2017 included sold out shows across the country and while in the States, he performed “Dancing On My Own” on Late Night with Seth MeyersThe Ellen DeGeneres ShowGood Morning America and Dancing With The Stars.  


Only Human – Track listing:


1. If Our Love Is Wrong

2. Give Me Something

3. Rhythm Inside

4. You Are The Reason

5. Come Back Home

6. Stop Myself (Only Human)

7. Dancing On My Own

8. Only You

9. Won’t Let You Down

10. What I Miss Most

11. Hotel Room

12. Good To You

13. Not Dark Yet

14. Dancing On My Own (Tiësto Remix)

For more information on Calum Scott:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Soundcloud

Zaytoven x Wake Up & Cook Up

ZAYTOVEN RELEASES NEW TRACK “WAKE UP & COOK UP” FEATURING QUAVO AND 2 CHAINZ

Debut Album Out In 2018

Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven releases his new track “Wake Up & Cook Up” [feat. Quavo and 2 Chainz] at all digital retailers today. Get it HERE. It’s the second release under the partnership between his Familiar Territory Records and Motown.

“Wake Up & Cook Up” draws heavily on the signature trap production that made Zaytoven a household name and with the help of Atlanta rap heavyweights Quavo and 2 Chainz delivers a powerful second single. “Wake Up & Cook Up.” sets the stage for the arrival of more new music very soon. Listen to it HERE.

Between cooking up beats for hip-hop’s elite, Zaytoven remains immersed in the creative process behind his forthcoming full-length debut-out in 2018.

A true trendsetter, Zaytoven proved integral to the sonic architecture of the Atlanta scene with which he stands synonymous. His influence can easily be felt in nearly every corner of hip-hop and R&B. 2011 saw him win his first GRAMMY® for co-producing and writing “Papers” on Usher‘s Raymond v. Raymond. Among countless multiplatinum productions for the likes of Gucci Mane and Migos, he teamed up with Future for seminal 2015 collaborative mixtape, Beast Mode. Everybody from Drake and Nicki Minaj to Rick Ross and Lil Yachty has sought him out.

Unsurprisingly, his musical acumen encompasses more than just beat-making. Born in Germany, raised in San Francisco, and based in Atlanta, Zaytoven‘s nickname pays homage to his piano virtuosity. VIBE has hailed him as “Atlanta’s true trap music pioneer” while Complex praised his “singular blend of layered, oscillating synth melodies, ominous organ chords, and booming low-end bass.” Founding Familiar Territory Records, he’s becoming a cultural tastemaker and entrepreneur in 2017 as well.

Seal x Standards

SEAL’S STANDARDS DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD JAZZ ALBUM CHART

ADDITIONALLY #1 ON SOUNDSCAN TOP CURRENT JAZZ ALBUMS & TOP TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUMS CHARTS

The new record from British soul legend Seal, Standards [Republic Records], is the #1 jazz album in the country!  Today, Standards debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Album Chart, while the new album also claimed the #1 spot on both the Top Current Jazz Albums & Top Traditional Jazz Albums SoundScan Charts! Get it HERE.

Next up, he launches a full-scale television takeover. Kicking off on November 29th he will perform a holiday classic on NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller special.  On December 5, he performs classics from Standards on ABC’s Good Morning America followed by LIVE with Kelly & Ryan December 6, and The Wendy Williams Show December 7. Expect one unforgettable performance after another with a holiday surprise or two courtesy of the icon.

Seal recently captured a live performance of these classic songs for public television’s Front and Center which will air early 2018.  Check out a sneak peak of the captivating night with Seal’s performance of “Luck Be A Lady” HERE.  Also, be on the lookout for a very special episode of Speakeasy featuring an insightful storytelling conversation between Seal and his longtime friend and manager Amy Thomson, to air on public television early next year.

Standards sees Seal breathe signature soul into seminal classics such as “Luck Be A Lady,” “I Put A Spell On You,” “Autumn Leaves,” and many more. The deluxe version of Standards also includes bonus holiday tracks “Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting),” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” just in time for the season.

For Standards, Seal reimagines the classics that shaped his formative years. Recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, he takes a step back in time only to make a giant artistic leap forward. It’s a record he was always meant to make.