After two jam-packed days, NFT-VIP proved to be a major success. Thanks to its close-knit team of organizers, professionals, involved in press groups and discussions about the impact an NFT, many had an enjoyable experience.
Below are some of our intimate conversations with some of the speakers as well as participants at NFT-VIP.
Listen to ‘NFTs for Impact’ on 360 MAG Podcast HERE.
After law school, he organized the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU).
Today, Darryl is a proud father to twins and happily married to his beautiful wife Erika. Over the past few years, he established the Newark Chess Club — a youth advisership platform which teaches life skills for future milestones by applying the game’s rulesets. Lastly, he helms a boutique real estate and contracts law firm Downtown Newark.
Adam Anderson, the author of Fire Yourself, the Entrepreneurial Endgame and co-host of the Two Stones, One Bird podcast, is a cyber security and space entrepreneur who has been the advisor, founder and/or primary investor in over 30 startups.
As a cybersecurity venture, Adam is responsible for the cyber economy by reporting cybercrime and researching companies to ensure they are trustworthy.
He is also a venture capital walking alongside startups from the beginning stage of the business to the final launch and production. He is now serving as the Chair of the Board for Hook Security and as Managing General Partner for Ansuz Capital.
Listen to Wayne Scot Lukas on 360 MAG PodcastHERE.
Ms. NFTy, also known as Carrie Taylor, is an Asian American who attended the Harvard Business School for Disruptive Marketing. As an NFT architect, she wants to continue to create a space for underprivileged young people to learn about cryptocurrency with unique digital identifiers. Last week, she served as a keynote speaker at the NFT-VIP and NFT.NYC.
From Nashville to Memphis to Bristol, Tennessee is known for its music significance and contributions across the world. From the music legends of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton to the young music stars of today such as Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, and Justin Timberlake, seven genres of music call Tennessee home–Country, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Blues, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Soul, and Gospel. The state’s rich musical heritage offers a musical oasis for all generations through a broad array of events, locations and stories that are all made uniquely in Tennessee.
Tennessee Music Pathways: The Tennessee Music Pathways connects visitors to the people, places and events that made Tennessee the international music mecca it has become. Throughout the 95 counties of the state, you can see legendary artists’ hometowns, famous music venues, museums dedicated to sharing this rich music history in interactive ways and much more. You can also travel the Ken Burns Country Music Pathways featuring the locations spotlighted in Ken Burns’ documentary Country Music.
Tennessee Songwriters Week: Tennessee Songwriters Week (Feb. 20-26, 2022) supports music venues, generates awareness of songwriters’ contributions to Tennessee, paves the way for future artists and inspires travelers to experience the state’s music stories, history, attractions and venues.
Explore the Historical Sites
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum: It was in 1927 in Northeast Tennessee where Ralph Peer conducted recording in which country music foundation artists, the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, were discovered. Johnny Cash would go on to say these sessions were “the single most important event in the history of country music,” and now guests can learn about these sessions and the story at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol. Visit Bristol in September to attend the award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion where the roots of traditional Appalachian music are brought to life through talented musicians.
Ryman Auditorium: Head to Nashville to walk on the hallowed ground of the Ryman Auditorium as you tour this historical icon. The Mother Church was the original site of the Grand Ole Opry, “the show that made country music famous.” It is a culture engine for Nashville and continues to bring music and fans together for over 128 years through concerts and behind-the-scenes tours.
Graceland: Second only to the White House, Graceland is the most-visited residence in the country. Purchased by Elvis Presley in 1957, it was his home until his death 20 years later. In 1982, it opened to the public and more than 20 million people have visited since. In 2017, it expanded to include Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a 200,000-square-foot-square exhibition space, museum and automobile collection, all in Memphis, Tennessee.
Find more of Tennessee’s Music History Destinations HERE.
Feel the Sounds
The Caverns: They say bluegrass is mountain music, but sometimes you need to go down below. Descend more than 300 feet underground to a stone amphitheater in The Caverns, situated at the base of Monteagle Mountain near Pelham, where Bluegrass Underground has hosted countless music greats. Visitors to the Volunteer state will not want to miss the chance to get down in such an unforgettable place.
Bluebird Café: If you’re looking for the next Garth Brooks, take in a show at The Bluebird Café, a singer-songwriter haven in Nashville. The tiny venue always sells out, regardless who’s playing, so get tickets in advance or come early to wait in line to make sure you get a seat to one of the hottest writers’ rounds in Nashville. Afterwards, head to the Broadway Historic District: Honky Tonk Highway where visitors can hop around to the numerous famous bars where many music legends first got their start such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge where Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings were all regular customers. Every year in June mark your calendars for CMA Music Festival where country music biggest, brightest and upcoming stars takeover downtown Nashville.
Beale Street Historic District: Declared by an act of Congress as “Home of Blues,” Beale Street in Memphis is a historic center for jazz, blues and rock enthusiasts. Here, relive some of the musical greats such as B.B. King and Louis Armstrong while exploring more than 25 bars, cubs and restaurants that line the district. Plan a trip this April 29- May 1 for the popular Beale Street Music Festival where the 2022 lineup is filled with some of the hottest stars including Foo Fighters, Van Morrison, Weezer, and many more.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Learn about all the country music greats at the world’s largest music museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. Walk through 350,000 square feet of galleries, educational centers, ever-changing exhibits and much more.
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center: While in West Tennessee, make a trip to the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center where you can find the home of Sleepy John Estes, and the one-room schoolhouse Tine Turner attended which now houses memorabilia including costumers, posters, videos and much more at the only Tina Turner museum in the world.
National Museum of African American Music: The first of its kind in the world, the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville celebrates and honors the vast music contributions of African Americans. Step inside to see interactive exhibits, videos, photos and more of famous artists from B.B. King to Beyonce, Fisk Jubilee Singers and Aretha Franklin. Learn about the history and music greats who birthed genres like R&B, jazz, blues and hip hop.
Stax Museum of American Soul: In Soulsville U.S.A, Memphis, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music presents the story of Stax, from early hits from music icons such as Booker T. & the MG’s and Isaac Hayes. Next door is Stax Music Academy, where students can learn about soul and tour the world playing it. Just around the corner from the museum is Royal Studios where current soul artists such as Bruno Mars cut their recent hits such as “Uptown Funk.”
Museum Center of 5ive Points: Cleveland is in the heart of the Ocoee Region, an area rich in traditional crafts and music. The Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland’s Five Points neighborhood includes regional crafts on exhibit and for sale together with live music events and maintains a permanent exhibit called “The Red Back: America’s Best-Loved Hymnal.” These famous hymnal books and their signature red covers lived in the pew-back pockets of churches around the U.S. and were printed in Cleveland using a Linotype, which is also on display.
About Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll— delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Join other Tennessee travelers by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Insurance.com’s survey of the year’s most popular driving songs shows that most people get in touch with their inner disco dancer—with or without bell bottoms and platform shoes—while they’re on the road. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA shimmied its way into the top spot this year, knocking last year’s favorite, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, to fourth place.
This one-stop destination for expert advice on health, life and auto insurance asked drivers to name the best and worst road trip tunes, the genres most suited for driving, and the artists they’d rather not admit are on their playlist.
Find the complete survey results and detailed analysis on each category HERE.
Songs topping driving playlists this year include:
ABBA – Dancing Queen – 26%
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 25%
AC/DC – Highway to Hell – 23%
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 23%
Carrie Underwood – Jesus Take the Wheel – 20%
Not surprisingly, “Dancing Queen” was most popular among drivers aged 45-54, who may be nostalgic about boogying the night away to the song years ago.
Survey participants also made predictions about what the next great classic road trip songs will be:
Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk – 34%
Taylor Swift – Shake it off – 27%
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling – 26%
Florida Georgia Line – Cruise – 25%
Billie Eilish – Bad guy – 20%
Although a disco song topped the list, the genre itself did not rank among drivers’ favorites for road trips. Instead, they prefer classic rock (15%), followed by country (12%) and ‘80s music (11%). Those who want to let Jesus take the wheel reported Christian gospel music is their favorite road trip genre (8%). Among the least popular genres—all with 1% popularity—were heavy metal, Latin, K-pop and indie/folk. Punk rock was dead last with 0%.
Survey respondents also listed some tunes and recording artists that they are unlikely to listen to with their windows down.
Some of the most popular artists in the “guilty pleasures” category are:
Britney Spears – 16%
Adele – 15%
Bon Jovi – 12%
Justin Bieber – 12%
Celine Dion – 12%
“This is the third year we’ve conducted this light-hearted study,” explains Les Masterson, managing editor for Insurance.com. “It’s an opportunity to remind consumers that we spend a lot of time in our cars and it’s important to have the best possible car insurance coverage in the event that anything goes wrong.”
“While background music can be a nice way to help pass the time, it’s important that people maintain full attention on the road and avoid distracted driving,” Masterson adds.
This survey explores who controls the music during a road trip, how parents handle their children’s music choices, and what solo drivers are most likely to do when their favorite song comes on.
To gather these results, Insurance.com commissioned a survey of 1,000 drivers and asked them to choose the best and worst songs for driving, what song will be the next road-trip favorite, and which artists represent the biggest guilty driving pleasures.
Holkenborg, also known as Junkie XL, will compose a +20 minute musical score based on an interview with the winner to be the “Soundtrack of Your Life.”
Holkenborg will release a new single ‘Despite All That Was’ alongside an NFT drop featuring three original art pieces from Space Renders on NFT platform AmplifyX, built on the energy efficient Tezos blockchain. 10% of the auction gross will be donated to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance charity.
Holkenborg is a world-renowned film composer for Hollywood blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Justice League and more; Grammy-nominated electronic music producer known for collaborations with Britney Spears, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and more; and legendary video game soundtrack composer for Need for Speed, The Matrix, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and more.
Tom Holkenborg, one of Hollywood’s most coveted composers, has announced he will be minting a truly one-of-a-kind offering, by creating the score to someone’s life. Holkenborg is a blockbuster composer, whose credits include Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool and Godzilla vs Kong. He has built a reputation for pushing the envelope as a full-contact composer, and has worked with directors including Peter Jackson, Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron, Tim Miller and Zack Snyder among others. The ‘Soundtrack to Your Life’ Auction Begins Noon EST on June 16, 2021 on AmplifyX, an NFT platform built on the energy efficient Tezos blockchain.
The ‘Soundtrack Of Your Life’ NFT concept was developed by Holkenborg to be an offering that would push the boundaries of what is possible with NFTs. Holkenborg will create a 20+ minute original score, based on an interview with the winner, that encapsulates the unique victories, heartbreaks, memories and emotions that make up their lives. The NFT auction is a chance to have one of Hollywood’s singular composers write a truly personalized audio odyssey for you or a loved one. Institutional entrants are also welcome to participate in the bidding.
“This is my first real exploration of the blockchain, I am definitely curious to experiment more, drawn to its transparency and decentralized approach,” said Tom Holkenborg. “Beneath the hype, it still feels quite punk rock and DIY, and I believe that major possibilities exist within the blockchain to help empower creators. It’s always good to think about expanding the limits of how and where music can go, and to collaborate with artists in other mediums. I’m certainly not first in the NFT space, but I thought the Soundtrack Of Your Life was my chance to add something different and make something totally unique. It’s going to be fun!”
The NFT Open Collection will include the first original non-film related work from Tom since 2012, the single “Despite All That Was” and three original pieces of artwork in collaboration with visual artist Space Renders (Juan Piana) who has previously worked with creators like Camila Cabello, Machine Gun Kelly, Jake Paul and others.
“We’re building the toolkit to help creators raise capital, create additive revenue streams and engage with their fan bases in new ways,” says AmplifyX CEO Adam Cowherd.
The auction will take place on AmplifyX, a FINRA and SEC registered platform reinventing the intersection of NFTs and securities to transform digital ownership and monetization across technology, finance and popular culture. AmplifyX is built on the Tezos blockchain, an energy efficient Proof of Stake blockchain network that uses 2 million times less energy than Proof of Work blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. 10% of the auction gross will be donated to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance charity.
Auction Begins Noon EST on June 16, 2021 on AmplifyX, built on Tezos.
AmplifyX is a FINRA and SEC registered platform reinventing the intersection of NFTs and securities to transform digital ownership and monetization across technology, finance and popular culture. AmplifyX was created to bring transparency, equity and artist ownership to the music industry. We believe artists have the right to own their masters, control their creative journey and keep a majority of their royalties.
Tezos is smart money, redefining what it means to hold and exchange value in a digitally connected world. A self-upgradable and energy-efficient blockchain with a proven track record, Tezos seamlessly adopts tomorrow’s innovations without network disruptions today.
Catch Tom speaking about the NFT on Clubhouse today at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.
Today the California Chanteuse, R&B sensation, singer/songwriter Paloma Ford announces August 7th as the official release date for her highly anticipated, new body-of-work X Tapes. The rapturous announcement is backed with the unveiling of the project’s official cover art, creatively directed by Paloma, as she channels nostalgic sentiments tied to the direction of the overall project.
More on this theme for X Tapes, Paloma says: “Being an R&B artist in today’s climate you feel the pressure to switch up your sound to make it fit the market. But X Tapes was all about staying true to myself. I try to keep it as raw as possible. You’re going to feel those familiar R&B influences that inspire me, as well as fresh sounds and tempos that are Paloma Ford”.
X Tapes is heralded by the heartfelt R&B ballad “Nights I Cry,” and the accompanying official visual, praised by LA Weekly, ThisisRnB, HNHH, and more, capturing a smooth, laid-back California vibe to match the single’s sultry sound. Her track “Rain,” which premiered on Complex, and led as the introduction track for X Tapes, as well as the emotive live acoustic performance experience for “’Chome’ In My Feelings Version” will also feature on the project. X Tapes serves as follow up to Paloma’s 2016 Nearly Civilized EP, supported by an array of standout singles: “W.E.T.” [2.4 million Spotify streams], “Hit Of You” [1.6 million Spotify streams], and “Jada” [1.6 Million Spotify streams].
WATCH ‘CHROME’ ‘IN MY FEELINGS LIVE’ OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE
About Paloma Ford
Born in Los Angeles, Paloma Ford—singer, songwriter, designer, and mother exemplifies the feminine ideal from multiple angles. On the microphone, her sultry and soulful delivery consistently captivates listeners, while her relatable stories of love, passion, and heartbreak keep us coming back for more. It should be no surprise Paloma cites her primary influences as Aaliyah, Sade, and Janet Jackson, as she also bends R&B to fit and express her individual style.
Off the mic, Paloma describes herself as simply, “A mother and a girl from Los Angeles who has been through a lot of relatable experiences.” “I’m very optimistic, I try to see the good in others. I love being able to help and heal people. I’m a private person, so I don’t show everything on my social media. In my music, you can recognize moments of sensuality and strength. It’s all part of being a woman. That’s the message. It’s important for me to talk about other situations I’ve been in that other women can relate to.”
In 2006, she serendipitously met Macy Gray before a House of Blues gig. As it turned out, a background singer fell ill, so Macy asked Paloma to step in. Numerous live performances followed as Paloma also contributed vocals to three tracks from the star’s 2007 release Big—joining an esteemed cast of collaborators such as Justin Timberlake and will.i.am. As she built a following on YouTube via independent tracks “Dollars,” “Ménage à Trois,” and “Hit of You,” Meek Mill enlisted her for his 2014 single “I Don’t Know,” which rose fast on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Charts. During 2017, she unveiled her Nearly Civilized EP powered by a series of standout singles: “W.E.T.” [2.4 million Spotify streams], “Hit Of You” [1.6 million Spotify streams], and “Jada” [1.6 Million Spotify streams]. She appeared alongside Fabolous and Davo on “Connection” from Tory Lanez’s chart-topping Memories Don’t Die in 2018. At the same time, she carefully assembled what would become her 2020 independent EP, X Tapes.
FROM TROLLS WORLD TOUR (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
“DON’T SLACK” WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY ANDERSON .PAAK, LUDWIG GÖRANSSON, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED TODAY VIA RCA RECORDS – ORDER NOW
TIMBERLAKE RETURNS AS EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S TROLLS WORLD TOUR THE FILM ARRIVES IN THEATERS APRIL 17TH
Trolls World Tour (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Track List
1. The Other Side – SZA & Justin Timberlake
2. Trolls Wanna Have Good Times – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake James Corden, Ester Dean, Icona Pop, Kenan Thompson & the Pop Trolls
3. Don’t Slack – Anderson .Paak & Justin Timberlake
4. It’s All Love – Anderson .Paak, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige & George Clinton
5. Just Sing – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak & Kenan Thompson
6. One More Time – Anthony Ramos
7. Atomic Dog World Tour Remix – George Clinton and Parliament, Funkadelic, Anderson .Paak
Mary J. Blige
8. Rainbows, Unicorns, Everything Nice – Walt Dohrn & Joseph Shirley
9. Rock N Roll Rules – HAIM & Ludwig Göransson
10. Leaving Lonesome Flats – Dierks Bentley
11. Born to Die – Kelly Clarkson
12. Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Icona Pop & the Pop Trolls
13. Barracuda – Rachel Bloom
14. Yodel Beat – Ludwig Göransson
15. Crazy Train – Rachel Bloom
16. I Fall to Pieces – Sam Rockwell
17. Perfect for Me – Justin Timberlake
18. Rock You Like a Hurricane – Rachel Bloom
19. It’s All Love (History of Funk) – Anderson .Paak, Mary J. Blige & George Clinton
20. Just Sing (Trolls World Tour) – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Ramos, Red Velvet, Icona Pop & Sam Rockwell
SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED MARCH 13TH VIA RCA RECORDS – AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW HERE
TIMBERLAKE RETURNS AS EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S TROLLS WORLD TOUR THE FILM ARRIVES IN THEATERS APRIL 17TH
Nine-time Grammy® Award nominee, Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee SZA and ten-time Grammy® winner, four-time Emmy® winner, and Academy Award® nominee Justin Timberlake team up to release the track and music video for “The Other Side” The track was written specifically for the film by Justin Timberlake, Ludwig Göransson, Max Martin, Sarah Aarons and Solana Rowe (SZA) and produced by Timberlake and Göransson. “The Other Side” is the first single to be released from the upcoming Trolls World Tour (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), which will be available on March 13th via RCA Records and is available for pre-order here now. The full video premiered first today on MTV Live, MTV U and BET Soul as well as on ViacomCBS’s Time Square billboards.
Timberlake will return as the executive music producer alongside Grammy® and Academy Award® winning composer/producer Ludwig Göransson. Timberlake wrote and performed new original music for the film, which also includes music from the cast and some of today’s top artists including Kelly Clarkson, Anderson .Paak, Mary J. Blige, Anna Kendrick, George Clinton, Dierks Bentley, Anthony Ramos and more (full track list below). The visuals for “The Other Side” pay homage to Hip-Hop videos of the 90’s and finds SZA and Timberlake dancing and playful in front of a fisheye lens.
“I was so thrilled to be invited to participate in this project with Justin,” said SZA. “The creative process of working with him and the team was filled with such excitement. It’s an energy you can feel in both the song and music video. I can’t wait for people to check it out.”
“It has been such a fun process writing and executive producing for this project,” said Timberlake. “Being able to bring together different creatives from various disciplines and genres has been the most rewarding part. Creating something that serves the movie while still being able to exist apart from it has been a fun challenge that was made even more exciting by working with the other amazing artists that helped us put this together.”
Trolls World Tour Original Motion Picture Soundtrack follows the highly successful #1 children’s soundtrack for DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit Trolls, which was also produced by Timberlake. The soundtrack featured the 4X platinum selling song, “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!,” which became the best-selling song of 2016, debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, won the Grammy® Award for Best Song For Visual Media and secured multiple nominations including an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and many more.
Trolls World Tour (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Track List 1. The Other Side – SZA & Justin Timberlake 2. Trolls Wanna Have Good Times – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Ester Dean, Icona Pop, Kenan Thompson & the Pop Trolls 3. Don’t Slack – Anderson .Paak & Justin Timberlake 4. It’s All Love – Anderson .Paak, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige & George Clinton 5. Just Sing – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak & Kenan Thompson 6. One More Time – Anthony Ramos 7. Atomic Dog World Tour Remix – George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Anderson .Paak & Mary J. Blige 8. Rainbows, Unicorns, Everything Nice – Walt Dohrn & Joseph Shirley 9. Rock N Roll Rules – HAIM & Ludwig Göransson 10. Leaving Lonesome Flats – Dierks Bentley 11. Born to Die – Kelly Clarkson 12. Trolls 2 Many Hits Mashup – Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Icona Pop & the Pop Trolls 13. Barracuda – Rachel Bloom 14. Yodel Beat – Ludwig Göransson 15. Crazy Train – Rachel Bloom 16. I Fall to Pieces – Sam Rockwell 17. Perfect for Me – Justin Timberlake 18. Rock You Like a Hurricane – Rachel Bloom 19. It’s All Love (History of Funk) – Anderson .Paak, Mary J. Blige & George Clinton 20. Just Sing (Trolls World Tour) – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak, Rachel Bloom, Kenan Thompson, Anthony Ramos, Red Velvet, Icona Pop & Sam Rockwell
About Trolls World Tour Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in Trolls World Tour, an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Trolls tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.
A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.
Cast as members of the different musical tribes is one of the largest, and most acclaimed, groups of musical talent ever assembled for an animated film. From the land of Funk are Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and Anderson .Paak. Representing Country is Kelly Clarkson as Delta Dawn, with Sam Rockwell as Hickory and Flula Borg as Dickory. J Balvin brings Reggaeton, while Ester Dean adds to the Pop tribe. Anthony Ramos brings the beat in Techno and Jamie Dornan covers smooth jazz. World-renowned conductor and violinist Gustavo Dudamel appears as Trollzart and Charlyne Yi as Pennywhistle from the land of Classical. And Kenan Thompson raps as a newborn Troll named Tiny Diamond.
Trolls World Tour is directed by Walt Dohrn, who served as co-director on Trolls, and is produced by returning producer Gina Shay. The film is co-directed by David P. Smith and co-produced by Kelly Cooney Cilella, both of whom worked on the first Trolls.
About SZA Born in St. Louis and raised in Maplewood, NJ, Top Dawg Entertainment artist SZA, a nine-time Grammy nominee, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, released her major label debut album Ctrl (TDE/RCA) in 2017. Revered for its raw and honest lyrics, it landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen Music. Pitchfork proclaims it “an opulent, raw R&B album that constantly tests the borders of the genre.” The now RIAA-certified Platinum album received five Grammy nominations in 2018 and more than half the songs on Ctrl are now RIAA certified Gold or higher as well. Her hit song “All the Stars” with Kendrick Lamar from Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By, earned her another four Grammy nominations along with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for “Best Original Song” in 2019. SZA has won various awards since the release of Ctrl including Billboard Music Awards’ Top R&B Female Artist, BET Awards’ Best New Artist, Soul Train Music Awards’ Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and Best New Artist, MTV Video Music Awards’ Best Visual Effects for the “All The Stars” with Kendrick Lamar and NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding New Artist in 2018. In 2019, she won NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Duo or Group for “All The Stars” with Kendrick Lamar and Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation for the Black Panther Soundtrack. SZA also received Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Rule Breaker award.
About Justin Timberlake Multi-talented actor and musician Justin Timberlake has sold more than 32 million albums worldwide, sold out arenas across the globe, received numerous awards and nominations and has become one of the most highly respected entertainers in the business. He released the four-time platinum-selling song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film Trolls, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was ultimately the best-selling U.S. single in 2016. The single marked Timberlake’s 10th Grammy and garnered a nomination for an Academy Award and Golden Globe. In February 2018, Timberlake released his fourth solo album, Man of The Woods, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and he recently wrapped his sold-out world tour in support of the project. A gifted actor, he has appeared in a diverse slate of films including Alpha Dog, Bad Teacher, and Shrek the Third. He also earned strong reviews for his performance in the Academy Award-nominated The Social Network. Named “one of the 100 most influential people in the world” by Time in 2007 and 2013, Timberlake is a four-time Emmy Award winner for his appearances on Saturday Night Live, and recently added author to his resume with the autobiographical book Hindsight & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me.
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.
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.
As an American pop-artist and Latin sensation, RJ Word is quickly rising to the top of full-fledged international stardom. Growing up in the heart of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles, RJ took inspiration from local legends Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Quincy Jones. By the age of five, RJ developed a passion for singing/songwriting, and at just 10 years old he kicked off his music career performing on stage in musical theater – flourishing under the spotlight. Now, at 21 years old and with a handful of hit original singles, RJ has garnered 1M+ Instagram followers and 17.8M+ YouTube views. Most recently, RJ was featured alongside Pitbull and Rich The Kid on Juan Magan’s new Latin-pop single “Echa Pa’ Acá” (August 2018), with an accompanying animated music video. The video amassed over 14M views on YouTube alone in the first two weeks following its release.
RJ was discovered by renowned voice coach Roger Love (The Beach Boys, Eminem) in the 6thgrade, and has since honed his craft over a decade as a singer, songwriter and producer. In 2016, RJ’s single “Here Today” premiered on NBC Universo, which was followed by the release of “I’m Gone” that clocked 1M+ YouTube views in the first week alone. Last year, RJ released his hit single “Hold Tight”, which topped charts in over 14 countries and has since reached 3M+ YouTube views. RJ’s worldwide fanbase has led him to perform around the globe, including at Navi Fest 2016 at Arena Monterrey, Mexico, and at the EXA Festival in Puebla, Mexico, House of Exile 2017 in NYC.
Most recently, RJ released his latest original single “What You Need” with an accompanying music video (April 2018). The funk-inspired dance anthem is brought to life by live horns, and carried by RJ’s lyrics and falsetto-laced melodies that truly make it a smash hit. The music video, which has since garnered 7M+ views on YouTube alone, highlights the brass backing while showing that RJ’s moves are nearly as smooth as his silky vocals. With this single, and many more to come from the young recording artist, RJ continues to break through the mold of monotonous tracks that dominate radio airplay today and shape the future of music.
Southern Halo is comprised of three young ladies who hail from Cleveland, Mississippi. Endorsed by Gibson Guitars, the multitalented Morris sisters can all sing, play instruments and write most of their songs. Their latest country album, JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIES, showcases their passion for life and all things in between. Natalia (guitar), Christina (drums) and Hannah (bass) have been influenced by artists like Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. With powerful harmonies, top-notch production and instrumentation, this trio is nearly unstoppable. Many of their songs contain strong lyrical content which is extremely current in today’s march for gender equality. One of our favorite tracks is “I Think Too Much.” It’s an ode to second guessing your initial instincts in any given situation. Another anthemic track is “Anything Is Possible,” a motivational piece of art that’s about breaking glass ceilings in order to progress to the next level.
In short, Southern Halo is an intellectually sophisticated group of youthful women who know what they want and are determined to get it.
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