Posts tagged with "Lizzo"

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Tanisha Scott × Lizzo

World-renowned creative director/choreographer Tanisha Scott (Rihanna, Drake) makes a very special guest appearance on Amazon Prime’s anxiously awaited new series, LIzzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, set to premiere April 14th. She teams up with legend and host Lizzo in order to uncover the best and brightest new dancers for her upcoming tour. Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is a new unscripted series following global superstar and icon Lizzo, who is on the hunt for confident, bad-ass women to join the elite ranks of the Big Grrrls and join her world tour. With 10 hopeful women moving into the Big Grrrls House, they must prove they have what it takes to make it to the end and join Lizzo in front of a global audience on the center stage. In this search for dynamic dancers, Lizzo leans on Scott as well as fellow legendary choreographers and O.G. Big Grrrls Chawnta’ Marie Van, Shirlene Quigley, and Grace Holden, as well as several special guests, including choreographer Charm La’Donna, body movement expert Rashida KhanBey Miller, and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter SZA. In addition to appearing in the series, Lizzo will also serve as executive producer alongside Makiah Green, Kevin Beisler, Julie Pizzi, Farnaz Farjam, Myiea Coy, Kimberly Goodman and Glenda Cox. The series is directed by Nneka Onuorah and produced by Amazon Studios, Bunim-Murray Productions and Lizzo’s production company, Lizzo Bangers. Stay tuned for more and to also see how Scott expands her influence yet again in the upcoming season of the series Legendary on HBO Max.

About Tanisha Scott 

Like culture itself, Scott continues to evolve over time. She has remained not only relevant but at the forefront of the industry, with recent clients including, H.E.R., Bryson Tiller, SZA, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, Da Baby and Juice WRLD. She has been named by Billboard Magazine and Italian Vogue as one of the top 30 under 30 artists in the entertainment industry and has earned multiple MTV and Billboard Music awards and nominations. Scott’s work has been featured in various award-winning videos, including Rihanna’s “Found Love,” Cardi B’s “Money” and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”—which won the 2012 MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, the 2019 VMA for “Best Hip Hop Video” and the 2020 Grammy award for “Best Music Video,” respectively. Tanisha Scott has evolved from a dancer and choreographer to an innovation-leading and industry-crossing creative director, movement coach, and artist developer. As for what’s next, Scott aspires to take her talents to Broadway. Like her idol, Debbie Allen, Scott aims to leave a legacy of innovation and storytelling through the universal language of movement and dance.

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Sam Nelson Harris × Villa Creek Cellars

X Ambassadors’ lead singer/songwriter Sam Nelson Harris will be performing an intimate set at Villa Creek Cellars | MAHA Estate in Paso Robles, CA on May 14, 2022.  Produced by 88 Vines Entertainment and sponsored by FlyWithWine, the early evening event will include a live acoustic performance by Harris, a wine reception, an artist meet and greet, and farm-to-table supper with celebrated chef Clark Staub of Full of Life Flatbread. Tickets for the new date will be on sale February 28th HERE and HERE.

This special event will take place rain or shine at the winery tasting room and the beautiful garden area surrounded by vineyards. Transportation to the event from downtown Paso Robles will be available, as will valet parking at the winery. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MUST! Charities.

About Sam Nelson Harris

Sam Nelson Harris is the lead singer/songwriter for multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors who made their full-length debut with VHS, a 2015 release that saw the band transition from Ithaca alt-rockers and Brooklyn-indie-scene outsiders to Billboard stalwarts. Now certified platinum, VHS provided an intimate look at Harris and his brother Casey Harris’s youth, delivering the genre-defying hits “Unsteady” and “Renegades” and leading to a three-year global touring odyssey as well as a string of high-profile festival performances. VHS was followed by X Ambassadors’ 2019 sophomore album ORION, which they supported with an extensive headline tour of the U.S.  New songs “Adrenaline,” “Okay,” and “My Own Monster,” from their recently released third studio album, The Beautiful Liar, marked the start of a compelling new lyrical direction for X Ambassadors and is the first new music from the band since their hyper-creative multi-part project (Eg). A three-song effort released in early 2021, (Eg) found the band collaborating with a series of similarly forward-thinking artists, including Earl St. Clair, Terrell Hines, and Jensen McRae. The (Eg) project was a natural progression for the highly collaborative band, whose output includes producing and writing for global superstars like Rihanna and working extensively with Lizzo on her massively successful 2019 album Cuz I Love You (including co-writing and producing tracks like “Jerome,” winner of Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards).

About Villa Creek Winery/MAHA Estate

Villa Creek Winery was founded by Cris and JoAnn Cherry in 2001 and has since played an important role in the growth of the Paso Robles wine industry. They are a leader in organic and regenerative farming and are passionate about presenting wines that are a genuine reflection of the vineyards they represent. Their estate vineyard and namesake wine brand, MAHA, is comprised of the best barrels from their organic and biodynamic vineyard, while Villa Creek Wines represent Paso Robles best west side organically farmed vineyards. Their newest brand, Cherry House, brings wine made with organic grapes with a more approachable price point to the wholesale market.

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Universal Standard – Squad Goals

Beginning the morning of Sunday, February 13, 2022, the world’s most size-inclusive fashion brand Universal Standard kicked off “Squad Goals”—a surprise and delight stunt disrupting Big Game tailgate parties all over Los Angeles.

Offering a refreshing and unexpected take on the Big Game’s typical entertainment, Universal Standard organized an impressive cheer squad to hype up tailgate parties with over-the-top flash mob performances that celebrate inclusivity in fashion and beyond. The brand tapped Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed choreographer Jemel McWilliams, best known for his work with Lizzo, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, and more, to lead the cheer squad, which featured the Nae Nae Twins, and other renowned celebrity dancers—all of whom were outfitted in custom Universal Standard styles, which ranged in sizes 00-40. 

This accomplished talent roster moved around the SoFi stadium tailgate, as well as other tailgates and watch parties throughout the city, performing for fans gearing up for the Big Game. Specific performances included grand choreographed dances set to an upbeat mashup of iconic 80s hits, cheers, and chants encouraging inclusivity, inspiring signage, and more. 

In line with the brand’s mission to democratize the fashion industry, Squad Goals celebrates all of us, as we are, whether a size 2 or a size 20.

“Joining forces with Universal Standard has been an honor, a privilege, and a no-brainer. I am thrilled to expand Universal Standard’s inclusive mission to the world of football through celebration, dance, and positivity,” said Jemel McWilliams. “It means so much to me to be a part of this revolutionary performance, which I hope sets the stage for how brands show up in sports, fashion, and all other industries in the future. As a working professional in entertainment, it has always been so heartbreaking to see some of my dancers and artists feel underrepresented or underappreciated when it comes to wardrobe, casting, and the industry in general. Universal Standard and I are aligned with the idea that there is room for all of us. Everyone should feel included.” 

“We are so excited to dance alongside Universal Standard with an amazing cheer squad that actually feels representative of the world we live in, said the Nae Nae Twins. “Football has never seen a cheer squad like this before! We can’t wait to dance with fans all across the city and celebrate them for who they are.”

“At Universal Standard, we know that in order to spark change, our promise to revolutionize the shopping experience must extend beyond the four walls of our showroom. This year, it took us to the Big Game, where we joined forces with the entertainment industry’s most talented to celebrate fans and hopefully inspire important conversations about equality in fashion,” said Alex Waldman, Universal Standard Co-Founder.

All events were open-air, and all talent and participants were required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test result dated within 72 hours. Through city and county guidelines, the activation ensured a COVID-19 safe and compliant consumer experience.

Cyb’Air NFTs

SHOES 53045 is continuing its invasion of the metaverse—by dropping its first-ever virtual shoe (and a unique virtual experience) in partnership with MetaJuice the blockchain company unlocking the metaverse. Buyers can click HERE starting February 3, 2022 and purchase the limited edition Cyb’Air NFTs and then bring them into the IMVU Metaverse and showcase them in a specially-designed room.

Also, Cyb’Air—a virtual platform-heeled bubble air sneaker boot with supernatural powers—launches as an NFT on virtual fashion platform THE DEMATERIALISED (DMAT) and can be imported and worn on the metaverse platform IMVU on February 3, 2022 at 3p.m. Paris, 6a.m. LA. Three NFTs—Thunder, Lava, and Ice—will be available with varying levels of scarcity : 

  • Cyb’Air Thunder: Limited edition of 150 units at 200 euros each
  • Cyb’Air Lava: Limited edition of 150 units at 200 euros each
  • Cyb’Air Ice: 1 unit, auction beginning at 1000 euros

Cyb’Air’s design sets a new bar for shoe design in the metaverse. The futuristic boot introduces a new bubble air sole into the brand’s family of styles: a double-decker platform with a triple-decker heel. Inspired by motocross footwear and superhero boots, Cyb’Air have built-in superpower effects: Thunder has a stormy thunder effect, Lava erupts like a molten volcano, and Ice freezes and shatters.

“Our brand has been digital since day one. We’ve always been creating digital art and building a digital community, so this is a natural playground for us,” says SHOES 53045 CEO Aurelia Ammour. “People dare to wear more extreme styles in the metaverse, and it’s exciting to bring that to them.”

“When you’re designing for the metaverse, there is no limit to creativity—no constraints around what is possible to produce or fit to the human foot,” adds SHOES 53045 Chief Creative Officer David Tourniaire. “This is thrilling to us.”  

Karinna Grant, Co-CEO of DMAT, explains that “on partnering with Shoes53045 again we wanted to be even more progressive than our last NFT launch together. Therefore this time we focused on enabling authentic NFT utility through the seamless integration for owners to wear their shoes Direct to Avatar (DTA) in IMVU via our MetaJuice NFT partnership. We strive to offer added value with our NFTs and we can’t wait to see the owners styling their new boots in the metaverse!” 

Through THE DEMATERIALISED, owners can showcase the NFT on their Universal Profile, wear and capture them in AR, and for the very first time, owners are able to port their new shoes into IMVU. 

“MetaJuice unlocks the full value of the metaverse for users and we are one of the few platforms enabling users to import NFTs and showcase them,” said Nancy Beaton, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for MetaJuice. “The IMVU platform has 1,000,000 daily active users and we are offering each of them a unique experience where they can own,  style and wear NFTs and Cyb’air shoes in an immersive SHOES 53045 environment.”  

As part of the launch, NFT owners are invited to participate in SHOES 53045’S first meta-film =—an interactive, community-based art project that will screen in a live event and exhibition on Spatial.io starting February 25. Owners and influencers will be encouraged to create content in the IMVU experience, and to share videos, images, and mixed-media montages featuring the shoes in action in their digital life with hashtag #cybair. The results will be edited into a meta-film that will be part of the final exhibition.

Last but not least, simultaneous with the meta-film, there will be a SHOES 53045 Instagram selfie challenge for the IMVU community, complete with a Shoes 53045 digital shoe giveaway and chances to win a Shoes 53045 NFT and VCOIN.

The 3-D Cyb’Air campaign, by digital artist Gabrielle Rosenstein and Virtual Rags, displays the shoes and their superpowers in close-up to a soundtrack by New York-based hyperpop band Frost Children.

About SHOES 53045

SHOES 53045 is a next-gen unisex vegan footwear brand designed in Paris by footwear legend David Tourniaire (ex-Margiela and co-designer of the iconic Balenciaga Triple S.) Known for its futuristic style with bubble air soles and a deep connection to emerging digital culture, SHOES 53045 is the first emerging direct-to-consumer sneaker brand to be a player in the metaverse. The brand is uniquely positioned to shape the culture of this nascent space and become an iconic metaverse brand. (The numbers 53045 spell SHOES upside down.)

SHOES 53045 has been worn and Instagrammed by some of the globe’s most stylish influencers, including supermodels Gigi Hadid and Liu Wen; music icons like Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rita Ora, Nessa Barrett, Rico Nasty, Chris Lee, CL, M.I.A., Jhené Aiko, Lil Gotit, Kim Petras, Dorian Electra, Tommy Genesis, Lil Mariko, and Pussy Riot; actors Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things, Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, and Sasha Lane of American Honey; street style icons Yu Masui, Josephine Lee, Liron Eini and Ryon Wu; and designer Bajowoo of 99 Percentis. See more on SHOES 53045’s Instagram.

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BIA × G HERBO

BIA RELEASES NEW SONG AND MUSIC VIDEO BESITO FEAT. G HERBO

Multi-platinum-certified Boston-born and Los Angeles-based artist BIA released her new song and music video “Besito” featuring Chicago rapper G Herbo.

Besito” is a track that features BIA’s signature sound and distinctive voice, with her usual girl empowerment theme, encouraging her female listeners to think they’re all that because they are, as she exposes her accomplishments to inspire girls and women while motivating them to never settle.

This time around, BIA opted to give us a deeper look into her universe as an Afro-Puerto Rican and Italian artist raised in Massachusetts switching from Spanish to English with sharp and witty verses in a new, contemporary hip-hop style that reflects how global her music is.

Meanwhile, in the music video, directed by Nigerian-born, British director Daps, we see BIA basking in Puerto Rico, the land of her grandparents, interacting with the people, embracing the culture, and enjoying the idyllic beaches, while looking strong and confident, aligned with the message of “Besito.”

“Besito” featuring G Herbo comes after “Whole Lotta Money Remix” featuring Nicki Minaj. The remix, which has garnered 18 million views on YouTube, came to be after Minaj fell in love with BIA’s “fresh” hip-hop and wanted to jump on the track. The original song became a viral sensation thanks to TikTok with over 275,000 streams on the platform and attracting star support from Cardi BKylie JennerKendall JennerLizzoLil Nas X, and many more.

Premiering today is also the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 where BIA is one of Rihanna’s special guests performing at the event. The iconic fashion show was filmed at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles, and it’s available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. BIA will be wearing a very bright set that matches her fun and vibrant personality that will be available for purchase after the show, and her act will not only catch your attention, but leave you wanting more.

Presave For Certain Deluxe Album here.

BIA is currently on tour as Don Toliver’s special guest.

Tour Dates:

Sept. 24 – Milwaukee, WI

Sept. 25 – Chicago, IL

Sept. 28 – Cleveland, OH

Sept. 29 – Detroit, MI

Oct. 2 – New York City, NY

Oct. 3 – Montclair, NJ

Oct. 4 – Boston, MA

Oct. 6 – Wallingford, CT

Oct. 7 – Philadelphia, PA

Oct. 8 –  Brooklyn, NY

Oct. 10 – Washington, D.C.

Oct. 12 –  Raleigh, NC

Oct. 13 – Charlotte, NC

Oct. 15 – Miami, FL

Oct. 17 – Atlanta, GA

Oct. 20 – Houston, TX

Oct. 22 – Dallas, TX

Oct. 24 – Denver, CO

Oct. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT

Oct. 27 – San Francisco, CA

Oct. 28 – Oakland, CA

Oct. 30 – Los Angeles, CA

Oct. 31 – Los Angeles, CA

Festival Performances:

Oct. 29 – Rolling Loud New York

Nov. 12 – Day N Vegas Festival

Dec. 10 – Rolling Loud California Festival

ABOUT BIA

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist BIA is known for music that possesses both biting wit and boldly authentic swag that stems from BIA’s years traveling through the Boston rap scene, later moving over to Miami, Los Angeles, and then taking over the world. With every mixtape, collaboration, and guest appearance, BIA has only amplified her reach. She dominated 2020 with a fresh new perspective: she inked a deal with Epic Records, dropped the hard-hitting “Free BIA (1st Day Out)” and the intoxicating “COVERGIRL”, as well as dove further into the fashion world with a feature in Good American’s Spring 2020 campaign and Missguided x Sean John Fall 2020 capsule collection.

By the end of 2020, she dropped her For Certain EP, armed with the hit single “Whole Lotta Money” — a song with a central message that unlimited currency can be both mental and physical. The EP reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, and “Whole Lotta Money” became an undeniable force, due in part to its continuous viral success on TikTok. The track has jumped right off the platform and into streaming stardom, marking its territory in the Spotify Viral 50 Chart as well as the Global Spotify Charts and earning her a nomination for “Best Breakthrough Song” at the 2021 MTV VMAs. In addition, BIA’s reimagined version of her hit song “Skate” was featured in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs tune-in promos on NHLNetwork, NBC and NBCSN in the U.S., Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and across the NHL’s social and digital platforms.

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LIZZO – RUMORS

LIZZO ANNOUNCES HER HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED RETURN

PLATINUM-SELLING, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SUPERSTAR TO RELEASE “RUMORS” ON AUGUST 13 

PRE-SAVE “RUMORS” NOW

3x Grammy award-winning, Platinum-selling superstar Lizzo has announced her highly-anticipated return. With anthemic smash hits like the 7x Platinum “Truth Hurts,” the 3x Platinum “Good As Hell,” the 2x Platinum “Juice,” and the Platinum “Tempo (Feat. Missy Elliott)” already under her belt, Lizzo is set for yet another smash with the upcoming “Rumors.” “Rumors” is out on August 13, and pre-saves are available now HERE.

Along with her first new music of the year, Lizzo is making her comeback even stronger with a number of festival appearances. The songstress makes history as the first woman to ever headline Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. As well as her September 4 appearance at Bonnaroo, Lizzo will also perform for Global Citizen Live on September 25, Firefly Music Festival on September 26, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on October 10, and Outside Lands on October 30. Lizzo will also make her eagerly awaited return to her home state of Minnesota for a headline show at Welch, MN’s Treasure Island Amphitheater on September 11. For more details, visit HERE.

Lizzo has become a household name with well over 5 billion global streams and a Platinum selling debut album to date. Lizzo released her Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU on April 19, 2019, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and spending 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10. “Truth Hurts” also became the longest running #1 by a solo female rap artist in history after spending seven weeks atop the charts.

Since the release of the meteoric CUZ I LOVE YOU, Lizzo has been named both TIME Magazine and Entertainment Weekly‘s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, as well as gracing the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard’s GRAMMY Preview Issue, British Vogue, Elle’s Women In Music Issue, and many others.  Additionally, Lizzo kicked off 2020 with a showstopping opening performance at the 62 Annual GRAMMY awards and took home three big wins, in addition to being the most-nominated artist of the year. 2020 also saw her win the awards for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the 2020 B.E.T Awards and both “Entertainer of the Year” and “Outstanding Video” at the 2020 NAACP Awards.  Her list of high-profile TV performances also include the 2019 American Music Awards, VMAs, B.E.T Awards and Saturday Night Live, in addition to in depth profiles on CBS This Morning’s GRAMMY primetime special and CBS Sunday Morning.

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DALLASK × LAUV — “TRY AGAIN”

Today, acclaimed producer/songwriter/artist DallasK unveiled his summery new single, “Try Again,” which features longtime friend and collaborator Lauv on vocals. With a wistful look back and a hopeful eye to the future, the track builds into an infectious, exhilarating plea to rekindle a romance that was perhaps never really over. You can download and stream “Try Again,” which was released today via Astralwerks, HERE. You can watch the lyric video HERE.

“Try Again” continues the collaboration that began when DallasK co-produced and co-wrote Lauv’s 2016 single “Breathe.” DallasK also co-produced and co-wrote “Sad Forever,” a single from Lauv’s 2020 debut album, ~how i’m feeling~, and collaborated on Lauv’s 2020 EP, Without You. The pair co-wrote “Try Again” with Michael Pollack (Lizzo, Zedd, Justin Bieber). In addition to producing, DallasK played all the instruments on the song.

DallasK, who is also known for his work with such artists as Tiësto, Fifth Harmony, BTS, Chromeo and KSHMR, says, “‘Try Again’ is actually the first dance record Lauv and I made together and it was super fun to create a unique record that encompasses both of our styles and influences.”

Lauv added, “Me and Dally made this song a couple years ago and we came back to it during quarantine and now we ready to put ‘er out into the world.”

Like the unforgettable ex in the song, the artists couldn’t resist returning to “Try Again,” a song that dates back to an informal 2016 recording session. Lauv and Michael Pollack joined Dallas at a lake house he’d rented in his hometown of Orlando, FL and there they created over a dozen songs.

“Several months later, Lauv’s artist project started to grow rapidly and he was suddenly on tour with Ed Sheeran and playing all around the world,” recalls DallasK. “We continued to work on his albums but ‘Try Again’ was always a favorite of ours that had gotten seemingly lost in the shuffle.”

After they rediscovered the track last year, Dallas FaceTimed Lauv with an idea for a more dance-focused version. Lauv loved it so much, he immediately re-recorded the vocals.

“Then we finished the record on a trip to Mexico for New Year’s and that’s the version you hear today!” says DallasK.

About DallasK:

Based in Los Angeles, DallasK (Dallas Koehlke) has released a string of acclaimed singles, including “All My Life,” “Self Control,” “I Know” and “Sometimes.” Praising the “relatable story” told on “Sometimes,” Billboard asked, “Does true love ever die? […] ‘Sometimes,’ the ghost of the past never really goes away. That’s the kind of love DallasK, Nicky Romero and XYLO wrote about on their summer heartbreak sing-along.”

DallasK is also known for his collaborations with such artists as Tiësto (“Show Me,” “Your Love”), Hardwell (“Area 51”) and KSHMR (“Burn”). He co-wrote and produced Fifth Harmony’s 5x Platinum single, “Work From Home” feat. Ty Dolla Sign as well as their singles “Down” and “He Like That.” He’s also remixed singles for such artists as Martin Garrix/Bebe Rexha, The Chainsmokers, MGMT, A-Trak/Andrew Wyatt, Skrillex and T.I./Pharrell/Robin Thicke.

Popdust observed, “It’s impossible to escape his influence. From Ariana Grande and Kesha to Lauv, Katy Perry and Fifth Harmony, Koehlke has curated a staggering number of today’s hits, whether behind the scenes or in the production chair.”

About Lauv:

Lauv has quietly and steadily become one of pop’s brightest rising stars. He has released his music completely independently with billions of streams to his name. He has written for some of the biggest stars in the world, performed on late night talk shows, played stadiums opening for Ed Sheeran, and sold out shows in 20+ countries as a headliner. And he did all of this without releasing an album.

That changed in early 2020, with Lauv’s official debut, ~how i’m feeling~. A 21-song tour de force, the project marks a breakthrough, a real moment of arrival, from a young singer/songwriter/producer who Rolling Stone called “Pop’s Up-and-Coming Heartbreak King.” The album released as a Top 20 album in 10 territories, including #9 in UK and #5 in AU, with over 1.5 billion combined streams to date.

Since then, Lauv has released a surprise new EP titled Without You, created during quarantine, and joined forces with rising global pop superstar Conan Gray on the new single “Fake.” Lauv has been open about his own struggles with anxiety and depression and has taken action on the issue with his Blue Boy Foundation, which supports programs that help young people feel more comfortable reaching out for help with mental health.

About Astralwerks:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 6x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”

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Tay Money Releases New Single Shake

Dallas MC Tay Money is back today with an energetic new single, “Shake,” continuing a red-hot run for the D-Town darling. Over an infectious, colorful instrumental, Tay spits about some of her favorite hobbies: laughing at her haters and shaking the goods she was given.
“Shake” is available now at all digital retailers. Listen HERE.
This new single finds Tay leaning into a more hypnotic sound, trading in rim-rattling bass for clubby drum rhythms and synth stabs. She stretches out and expresses herself via dizzy bars that feel electric and off-the-cuff. Of course, she’s still quintessentially Tay Money, as she spits a lyric that might as well be the basis of her entire philosophy: “Don’t compare me to nobody ‘cuz bitch I’m one of one.” This new track is further proof that there’s nobody else quite like her.
“Shake” continues a thrilling run for Tay, who dropped summer anthem “Walk” earlier this month. That followed a string of hits, including the hard-hitting “PB&J” and the Flo Milli-assisted “Asthma Pump.” That latter track has been buzzing on TikTok for a while, catching the attention of artists and influencers including Lizzo and Sienna Mae. Tay also released her acclaimed Blockedt set at the end of 2020, and the smash “Work Witcha” back in March.
These latest hits feature the unfiltered lyrics and attitude that have made the Dallas artist one to watch. Having been featured on the digital cover of ELEVATOR, and hailed by FLAUNT as “one of the hardest female rappers of our generation,” Tay’s in the midst of a hot streak that stretches back to the release of Blockedt. She made that EP with heavyweights like Derrick Milano (a co-writer on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer”) and Bankroll Got It (producers of hits like “DO DAT” by Stunna 4 Vegas featuring DaBaby & Lil Baby) — collaborations that fed into the boundary-pushing energy of her tracks since. “Shake” showcases an exciting new side of Tay’s style, highlighting her ability to craft emotionally stirring songs while still sticking to her favorite topics―shaking her assets and making more money than her haters.
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The Unsung Heroes Behind Your Favorite Songs

By Deborah Fairchild

Maybe you commute to work listening to The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears,” or you make chores around the house more palatable with a little assistance from the sounds of Drake or Billie Eilish.

If you follow popular music at all, you almost certainly are aware of those performers as well as many other big names in the business, such as Post Malone, Lizzo and Ariana Grande.

And when you think of their songs, you likely think of them.

But recorded music is not the work of just one person, no matter how talented and charismatic that person is on stage. Backup musicians, producers, songwriters, engineers and others also play significant if often unheralded roles in coaxing into existence those tunes that, as some have said, become the soundtracks for our lives.

To get an idea of the plethora of people whose efforts go into your cherished songs, take a journey through the credits for country singer Luke Combs’ album “What You See is What You Get.” Roughly 40 people earn a mention, from drummer Jerry Roe to engineer Alex Gilson to mastering assistant Megan Peterson. Luke may be the focus for country music fans who listen to the album’s songs, but it becomes clear pretty quickly that he is not doing it all by himself, as he likely would tell you.

That list of names connected to the album is more than just a formal acknowledgement to those who lend their talents to the final product. In the music industry, credits are part of the resume, so building an accurate record of who contributed to what is crucial for everyone involved. If, for example, you do digital editing, you want to be able to say you worked on Luke Combs’ album – or Drake’s or Taylor Swift’s – and you want to have the credit listed to prove it. That will help pave the way for more job opportunities down the line.

And, of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of the paycheck. Most people are drawn to the music industry because it’s something they enjoy, but they need to pay bills like anyone else. Yet, unless someone is keeping an accurate record of who contributed to the work, that pay might not make its way to the correct and deserving person’s bank account.

So, credits are important on many levels and they are something I take seriously, as you might imagine since my company, VEVA Sound, helps musicians store and organize their projects through our VEVA Collect digital platform.

But I’m also confident that the average music fan doesn’t spend as much time as I do contemplating the many, many people who deserve some credit for popular – or even obscure – songs. In fairness, the tendency to overlook behind-the-scenes people is probably true in a lot of other industries as well.

Books often include an acknowledgements page, or pages, where the author names editors, researchers, literary agents, librarians or anyone else who helped make the book a reality. Many readers, though, just skim the acknowledgments or skip them altogether. Movies end with not just a cast list, but an extensive cataloging of anyone who remotely had a hand in creating the movie, from key grips to gaffers. Unfortunately, moviegoers often mosey toward the exit as the credits begin to roll rather than stick around to check out all the names. That is, they leave unless they suspect the director included a bonus post-credits scene, as the Marvel movies tend to do, and even then they may pay little attention to the names.

Such realities may leave people thinking, “Who cares about credits anyway?”

Plenty of folks, that’s who.

But it was thinking along those lines that got those of us at VEVA Sound to begin wondering if there was something we might be able to do to create more awareness around music credits to make sure they – and the people behind them – don’t get overlooked.

What came out of that was a Credits Are Cool™ campaign that raises money for charity while at the same time emphasizing just how important those people behind the scenes are to the songs that keep music lovers humming, dancing and smiling.

To pull off the Credits Are Cool effort, we collaborated with a number of musical artists to create hoodies, t-shirts and sweatshirts with the name and image of a song on the front. On the back is a list of people who contributed to the song. In a sense, we are trying to create a movement, proclaiming that we should celebrate everyone who was involved in making music – not just the performers whose names are on a marquee.

Artists whose songs appear on the Credits Are Cool clothing include Sam Tinnesz, Wendy Moten, Sonia Leigh, Hailey Steele, Right Said Fred, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, Shelly Fairchild, Teke Teke, Whiskey Wolves of the West, and Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of Loretta Lynn.

Maybe through this initiative, in some small way, those who listen to music will take a moment to think about the fact that recorded music is a much more collaborative effort than they might ever have imagined. It could even open up career ideas for young people who love music and would like to work in the industry, but didn’t realize that there’s room for people other than the talented vocalist and the guitar hero.

Yes, credits really are cool because they are not just about seeing your name in lights. They are about how you get work in the ever-competitive music industry.

About Deborah Fairchild

Deborah Fairchild, president of VEVA Sound, started her career with the company as an archival engineer in 2004. In the past 16 years she has risen to lead the company in all facets of the business. She has grown VEVA into a global entity servicing major labels in North America and Europe, establishing offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London in addition to the company’s headquarters in Nashville. Fairchild has kept VEVA at the forefront of technology and continues to evolve and adapt VEVA’s services and technology to assist the needs of their extensive client base. She advises many label executives, producers, engineers and artists seeking archival and asset management solutions.

Heather Skovlund Music illustration for 360 Magazine

Stunna Girl – 10 Times

Heating up summer to a boiling point, buzzing Sacramento, California rapper and #RunwayChallenge queen Stunna Girl reveals the music video for “10 Times” today. Watch it here. It stands out as the latest single from her 2021 mixtape, Stunna This Stunna That, out now. Get it here via Epic Records.

Once again, she delivers another striking visual. Donning a series of colorful looks and upping her fashion game (as always), she raps with a combination of undeniable charisma and formidable presence, lighting up the camera. Each line hits hard as she commands, “If you gonna talk to me, then talk dirty,” before reminding, “10 times out of 10, I’m that bitch…10 times out of 10, I look better than my pics.” Of course, a trio of judges rank her performance with “10’s” across the board! The video directed by Azzie Scott, is the perfect kick off to summer as it intercuts one captivating colorful vignette after another.

Right out of the gate, Stunna This Stunna That earned critical acclaim. HotNewHipHop raved, “It’s a 12-track project filled with bangers from top to bottom,” and she sat down with Hip Hop Wired for an extensive interview. LA Weekly predicted Stunna This Stunna That “should see Stunna Girl’s already blossoming profile go up another level in 2021.”

Get ready for more soon!

Her rapid-fire flows, head-turning bars, and endless attitude drive Stunna This Stunna That at high speed. On the project, “Ask About Me” couples an unshakable chant with punchy verses over throwback production. She lives up to the title of “Unfuckwittable” by tearing through a bass-y beat with no apologies. “No Real Bitches Left” affirms her outlier status, while the melodic conclusion “Where You Belong” illuminates her vocal range.

Check out the full track listing below.

She capped off a breakout 2020 with “Rotation.” Not only did it generate just shy of 1 million total streams and views, but it also received critical acclaim. FLAUNT Magazine raved, “Stunna Girl is the definition of a bad bitch who’s ready to take over the rap game single-handedly.”

She dropped a succession of bangers last year. “Runway” clocked 31 million Spotify streams and sparked the #RUNWAYCHALLENGE with nearly 4 million Tik Tok creates. “Like I Said Tho” and “Lil Boy Cash” increased her momentum, while “Rotation (Game Mix)” graced the Madden 2K21 Official Soundtrack.

Stay tuned for a lot more from Stunna Girl.

Track Listing:

 Still Smoke

Ask About Me

Fucking Up The Game

Ride

Unfuckwittable

10 Times

Can’t Choose

Catch Me At The Bank

Two Tone

Stunna This Stunna That

No Real Bitches Left

Where You Belong

About Stunna Girl:

Dripping with attitude and ready to inspire confidence, Stunna Girl is ready for her close-up. “I want you to get off the wall. Don’t just stand there to stand there!” The singer created a viral frenzy for her 2019 style anthem, “Runway.” After releasing a project independently and inking a deal with Epic Records, she is inevitably poised to be one of Hip-Hop’s most anticipated voices of the new decade. “I’m a threat!” she promises.

Born and raised in Northern California, music offered a refuge from a tragic home life. After dealing with a tough upbringing, which saw her having to balance family problems with her own, she knew that she could draw upon her life experiences as creative fuel. Stunna Girl came out of the other side with a newfound sense of confidence and focus, diving headfirst into fulfilling her long standing musical dream. In 2019, she became a major player in the local Sacramento music scene and made waves with her independent debut album, YKWTFGO. When the #RunwayChallenge organically exploded on TikTok, she inspired a viral movement facilitated by millions of videos by fans and influencers such as Nikita Dragun, and more. The song proved so gripping that by the end of the year, TikTok proclaimed her as the fourth top artist on the platform for the year, behind only Lil Nas X, Mariah Carey and Lizzo.

Her nimble raps, fearless rhymes, and unapologetic spirit went on to receive attention from TIME, BuzzFeed, The New Yorker, Teen Vogue and more with Pitchfork saying that there is “no question that women especially may find her confidence genuinely empowering.”

As she told Genius for their coveted Verified series, she free-styled “Runway” in 30 minutes with the intention of creating a motivational anthem. “When I was in the studio, that’s how I felt. Like, ‘Bitch, you look like you’re fresh off the runway. I really just wanted to keep making music that got people to move.” Now, with her major label debut EP on the way, she’s about to shine like never before in 2020.