Posts tagged with "Long Beach"

Hive's Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE.

HIVE’S FASHION TAKEOVER

*Featured image by Lynn Rossi

The month of September is a yearly indicator for change. It’s mostly for the seasons, but for fashion, it’s brought something extra. The advent of NFT, a digital fashion, has transformed the retail industry in recent times. Shows like HIVEMIND, inspired by purveyors SAIbysai and This Man’s Brand, provided a visual depiction of this phygital trend. Featuring innovative NFT drops in tandem with a live catwalk, the production catapulted spectators into a new age of style.

Hive's Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE. Photography by Danica Robinson.
Hive’s Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE. Photography by Danica Robinson.

SAlbysai’s phygital NFT collection with art by Danica Robinson, dropped during her first runway show on September 16 in NYC. The NFT project was produced by Hive and is available on the foundation marketplace.  The event sponsored by Hive and Satoshi’s Closet included a tangible fashion presentation by SAIbysai. Lastly, we held a pilot screening of HIVEMIND by Hive–which recently won “Best NFT Film/Video” at the iHollywood Film Festival. Subsequently, Hive released their WLT skin which permitted access to additonal NFTs and upcoming exclusive events.

The fusion of fashion and technology was groundbreaking. It sparked a deeply rooted conversation from an acclaimed panel of professionals: the founder of Satoshi’s Closet, Michael Pastko; founder of Hive, Bee Davies; and designer of Made by Mena, Chris Mena. Both participants and guests tremendously benefited from this mind-blowing presentation.

Another spectacular event was Holotopia. It’s a new XR fashion event which took place September 24 in Long Beach at Thunder Studios. Of late, This Man’s Brand, powered by Hive, dropped a phygital NFT collection with art fabricated by Chris Arvan. Lastly, cutting-edge AR technology was exhibited from NFT Marketplace DRESSX while XR production was showcased from Holotopia’s team at Metajax, form-u.la and Thunder Studios. The show was streamed live on Decentralland and Twitch, allowing attendees a whimsical behind the scenes peek into the new world order.

For those who missed out on this avant affair go HERE.

Bee Davies' Hive's Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE
Hive’s Fashion Takeover featured in 360 MAGAZINE. Photography by AndrezLiguz.

Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery of 360 MAGAZINE attend Formula 1 DRIFT in Long Beach, CALIFORNIA

GR COROLLA UNVEILED

Toyota newly announced the release of their showstopping 2023 GR Corolla, a hot hatch model perfect for drivers in search of a stylish yet high-performance vehicle. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to attend the official vehicle reveal in Long Beach, California to soak up the opulence of the new style.

360, too, sat down with Thomas Sondej and Paul Hogard from Toyota to chat about what went into the planning and design process for such an elevated model on 360’s very own podcast, 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation.

The reveal of the brand new 2023 GR Corolla launched on March 31, where 360 was invited to attend the Toyota Performance Vehicle Reveal and Dinner. On-site, prototypes of the two grades of the GR Corolla were shown off and tested to reveal a few of the vehicle’s capabilities.

Beautifully designed, the space emulated the rich supersonic red and sleek silver aspects showcased in the new Toyota styles. Lights sparkled over the GR Corolla as it drifted and drove for the audience to awe in the model’s glory.

During 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation, 360’s President Vaughn Lowery and Creative Director Armon Hayes conversed on-site at Thunder Studios located in Long Beach with Sondej and Hogard to discuss all things Toyota GR Corolla.

Sondej works in the product education/marketing department, while Hogard specializes in product PR for Toyota. Lowery and Hayes learned that this specific, advanced hot hatch model has been in the works for quite some time, dating all the way back to 2018.

The 2023 GR Corolla was designed to appeal to a well-versed demographic. Allowing for a heightened driving experience with customizable design features, the GR Corolla appeals to several ages and aesthetic points of views. The high-performance aspects of the vehicle were constructed with a specific person in mind, though: adrenaline junkies. If you enjoy partaking in heart pumping activities like skateboarding or sky diving in your free time, the GR Corolla was crafted with the thrill seekers in mind.

Equipped with manual transmission, the hot hatch is built with a 1.6 L turbo engine that generates a whopping 300 horsepower. The GR force system of the GR Corolla allows for a selection of three settings of torque. You can switch from 60/40 for everyday driving, to 30/70 while traveling down windy roads, or to the 50/50 track utilized for needed stability when moving through snow/gravel.

A well-versed model, the GR Corolla allows for differing customizability’s to match your desired aesthetic. Between the two grades of core and circuit, there is a selection of colors to choose from ranging from red, white, black and silver. With impeccable styling showcased through the eye-catching exterior, the GR Corolla reminds us of top high-performance vehicles across the globe, guaranteed to match your vibes.

Some of the most noteworthy and unique elements of the hot hatch stem from its interior. Inside, the GR Corolla sports a Toyota multi-media system that is entirely touch screen while allowing for great device connectivity. The system allows utilization of your favorite methods like Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but you’ll be stunned with your very own “Ask Toyota” functionality. You can easily ask your Toyota a question by stating, “Hey Toyota,” and the car will be there to assist.

The climate of the inside of the car can, too, be controlled through the touch screen or “Ask Toyota” feature. Showing off a fully digital interior system, the speedometer display is also digitized, and shifts design format depending on the selected drive mode. That’s right, as you switch from sport, normal and eco functions, the color/design of the digital dashboard changes also.

Crafted out of the Toyota GR Factory in Japan, the GR Corolla was created with a hand-built approach to ensure the finest quality for consumers. Guaranteeing a modern build and design methodology for the latest hot hatch from Toyota, you’ll want to get your hands on the GR Corolla when it drops later this year.

Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

Article: McKinley Franklin, Armon Hayes, Vaughn Lowery

ComplexCon is Back!

By: Krishan Narsinghani

ComplexCon returns to Long Beach, CA this November 6-7 for two unforgettable days of shopping, performances, drops, food and reconnecting safely.

ComplexCon is the largest pop culture festival and exhibition in the world! A place that brings together music, lifestyle, art, sports, innovation, activism, and education. The two-day festival is the epicenter for tens of thousands of the world’s most active, influential, and engaged individuals. Guests in attendance will be able to shop hundreds of exclusive releases from the most sought after brands such as, Adidas, Kerwin Frosts, and Hello Kitty.

This year’s hosts are J Balvin and Kristen Noel Crawley, and the weekend will close with a live performance by ASAP Rocky

Over the weekend there will be in-depth conversations led by influencers and celebrities, art exhibits, food, brand activations, interactive technology, and much more. 

ComplexCon is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together creators and audiences to celebrate culture, spark creativity, and foster community. We look forward to having you here.  

ComplexCon 2021 Recap Day 1

Day 1 was led with in-depth conversations, led by influencers and celebrities, art exhibits, food, brand activations, interactive technology, and much more. The day featured appearances by celebrities such as J Balvin, Lil Yachty and Gunna. Crowds flooded the floor for DJ sets by Zack Bia, Kitty Cash and Siobhan Bell. 

Adidas had an impactful start to the weekend with multiple activations and giveaways on the floor with top brands and talent. Adidas in collaboration with Prada constructed a interactive cube, which they are raffling off 10 pairs of their Adidas x Prada Re-Nylon. The multi-hyphenate talent Kerwin Frost, who has created “Kerwin’s Castle,” had a slew of celebrity appearances and raffle giveaways. 

J Balvin at ComplexCon covered by 360 MAGAZINE photographed by Armen Kelechian
Photographed by: Armen Kelechian

ComplexCon 2021 Recap Day 2

Day two of ComplexCon was nothing short of entertaining. With appearances from former NBA star, Dwayne Wade (at Lining), podcast sessions, a lagoon of food trucks and more. 

Hip-hop artist, Trinidad James, promoted his shoe collection in collaboration with Saucony. His brand Hommewrk is also spotlighted alongside the new crimson painted sneaker. Streetwear brand Babylon hosted a roulette table for attendees to play on in addition to a slot machine and pinwheel for prizes. Hello Kitty seemed to have a large presence at the event with multiple carnival inspired attractions including a ferris wheel perfect for a Fall day.

A$AP Rocky performed his iconic debut album LIVE. LOVE. A$AP for the first time, celebrating ten years since its release, as well as recent hits. With Rihanna cheering him on next to the stage, Rocky closed out the convention reminiscing through his career over the years and climbing a twenty-five foot pillar to top it off. 

Full lineup.

Hello Kitty
sublime 25 for use by 360 magazine

SUBLIME – BEHIND THE COVER

SUBLIME CELEBRATES 25th ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC SELF-TITLED ALBUM WITH BEHIND THE ALBUM COVER EPISODE

TRAVIS BARKER-PRODUCED SONGS, “PAWN SHOP” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO, GRAPHIC NOVEL, LIMITED EDITION SUBLIME MEXICAN LAGER, NEW MERCH DROP AND MORE PLANNED TO COMMEMORATE 25th ANNIVERSARY

25 years ago today, Sublime’s self-titled album was released after the untimely passing of lead singer Bradley Nowell, spawning timeless hits like “What I Got,” “Santeria,” and “Wrong Way.” The iconic album continues to connect with fans and live on a quarter-century after its initial release, as the music endures, and new generations discover Sublime. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, the band’s management Surfdog/DKM in conjunction with UMe have arranged several special releases and events, plus new merch with Live Nation and other partners to commemorate the milestone.

Sublime 25th Anniversary Highlights:

‘Behind The Album Cover’ Episode: An in-depth conversation with Sublime art legend Opie Ortiz as he explains the history of the legendary ‘Sublime’ album cover and how it came to be. Fans can check out the episode here.

Virtual Plaque Presentation: Plaques have been presented to Sublime members drummer Bud Gaugh, bassist Eric Wilson and vocalist Bradley Nowell, accepted on his behalf by widow Troy DenDekker and son Jakob Nowell, to commemorate over 18 million in album consumption in the U.S. according to MRC. Bud and Eric recently spoke to The World Famous KROQ about this milestone, fans can check out the interview here.

Sublime Graphic Novel ‘$5 At The Door’:  Sublime partnered with Z2 Comics to create SUBLIME: $5 AT THE DOOR, a graphic novel that will be released in standard soft and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike in June 2021. Featuring brand-new cover artwork by SUBLIME family membersOPIE ORTIZ and DJ PRODUCT ©1969,a special deluxe edition and highly limited super deluxe edition are available for preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website. Deluxe and super deluxe editions include a special first-time vinyl edition of the “Doin’ Time” EP, unavailable elsewhere, as well as exclusive prints, Lou-Dog toy and more! SUBLIME: $5 AT THE DOOR will be available on August 3.

$5 At The Door Comic Book Signing: Saturday August 14 fans are invited to attend an exclusive book signing featuring Sublime art legends Opie Ortiz and DJ PRODUCT ©1969 at Atomic Basement Comics in Long Beach, CA.

AleSmith Sublime Mexican Lager Limited Edition 19.2oz Beer Cans: AleSmith Brewing Company has released a batch of limited-edition cans of Sublime Mexican Lager featuring the new artwork from the band’s OG sun artist, Opie Ortiz that’s also featured on the cover of the graphic novel. Fans can get their hands on these limited-release 19.2oz. cans at the AleSmith Tasting Room and select retailers in California. In addition to the slim cans, a new limited run of 40 oz. bottles featuring Opie’s artwork will be available to pre-order in mid-August. Fans can use AleSmith’s beerfinder to check local availability.

“Garden Grove” and “Pawn Shop” Official Music Videos: The official music video for fan favorite “Pawn Shop” will be released in the coming weeks and is animated in the style of psychedelic-surfer-punk-graffiti, inspired by late-night edgy animations with Sublime’s iconography morphing throughout. The “Garden Grove” video was shot as a “love letter” to the Long Beach lifestyle and was released earlier this year.

Travis Barker ProjectTravis Barker is currently in the studio producing covers, remixes and collaborating with artists of all genres to reimagine various Sublime songs from the iconic self-titled album.

“We’re not trying to write punk rock. We’re not trying to write reggae. We’re not trying to write ska,” Sublime‘s Bradley Nowell told KROQ in 1995. “We’re just trying to write a good song.” They did exactly that—time and time again. “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Wrong Way,” and “Doin’ Time” remain innovative staples from the ’90s alternative boom. But they accomplished even more: In less than a decade within the national limelightthe laid-back Long Beach trio spawned an entire genre—fusing reggae grooves, punk grittiness, ska energy, back porch folk introspection, and hip-hop swagger. Decades after the tragic death of singer-songwriter Bradley Nowell, Sublime remain an institution: With over 18 million in album consumption in the U.S. according to MRC; and their merchandise, emblazoned with the iconic sun logo, dominates sales at retailers including Target, Urban Outfitters and Spencer Gifts. Most importantly, the music remains timeless—a rite of passage for misfit listeners who refuse to color within the lines of conventional genre.

About Sublime

Sublime, the Long Beach, CA, reggae-punk/alternative rock trio, was founded in 1988 by Eric Wilson, Bud Gaugh and Bradley Nowell. Their first self-produced album, 40oz. to Freedom, was released in 1992 via the band’s label Skunk Records. The success of that album and heavy radio exposure by Southern California’s KROQ (two years after its initial release) secured Sublime signing to MCA Records in time for the band’s 1994 sophomore album, Robbin’ the Hood, which revealed an experimental ethic more in keeping with cut-and-paste dub than the well-tuned rage of the Cali punk revival. The album performed well at college radio and set the stage for the breakout success of their self-titled third album. On May 25, 1996, however, lead vocalist and guitarist Nowell tragically passed away and the band collapsed, but the eponymous SUBLIME was still slated for a July 1996 release. On the strength of the chart-topping alternative radio hit “What I Got,” the album was certified gold by the end of 1996. “Santeria” and “Wrong Way” followed and enjoyed heavy airplay, and their self-titled album eventually sold more than seven million copies, making it one of the most popular reggae-punk albums in history. Such success spread to the band’s earlier albums too, leading 40oz. to Freedom to double-platinum sales and Robbin’ the Hood to gold certification. Sublime have gone on to sell millions of albums in the US, and their genre-defining music and their cultural influence is stronger today than ever before.

Image via Big Hassle Media for 360 Magazine

Delta Nove – Beyond

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S WORLD-FUNK PIONEERS, DELTA NOVE, RELEASE 8TH FULL-LENGTH ALBUM BEYOND; FIRST NEW MUSIC IN TEN YEARS, HONORING THE BAND’S CO-VOCALIST/SONGWRITER/DRUMMER DOMINIC FEEDAM AFTER HIS HARD-FOUGHT BATTLE WITH CANCER

FEATURING FUNK LEGEND FRED WESLEY (JAMES BROWN, THE JB’S, PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC), JIRO YAMAGUCHI (OZOMATLI), JASON HANN (THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT), ADRYON DELEON (ORGONE)

PURCHASE/STREAM BEYOND

Today, Delta Nove has released their eighth studio album, a 16-song double LP titled Beyond. Relix exclusively premiered the full album earlier this week.

For Delta Nove, the past decade has been both transformational and tragic. Following their last record, Imaginary Conversations, the former Jambase Road Warriors of the Year chose to slow down their once-relentless touring schedule to stay closer to home, focusing on their families and their individual careers while continuing to collaborate as Delta Nove.

With a recording studio in Long Beach, California to call home and a core of seven musicians that had evolved into the band’s most cohesive unit, Delta Nove was poised to record and tour in support of a much-anticipated new album in 2018. Sadly, this plan came crashing down shortly after basic tracking on the album was completed when drummer, co-vocalist, and major contributing songwriter Dominic Feedam was diagnosed with cancer. After a hard-fought battle with the disease, Dominic lost his life in 2019.

Delta Nove called upon their most loyal fans to collaborate with them on a music video for their song Big Sky, a Dominic Feedam composition that has become a staple of the band’s live shows over the years. This video serves as both a tribute to Dominic’s memory as well as a love letter between the band and their fans.

After the initial shock and grief passed, Dominic’s musical family decided to honor their fallen brother by completing the album that they had worked closely together to write. So, in 2020, the surviving members regrouped to pick up the pieces, return to the studio, and finish the record; But no sooner than they started, the entire world shut down due to COVID. Despite the challenges that a pandemic posed, the band pressed on, holding sessions with one or two masked musicians until all overdubs and production were completed. With the album finally finished despite all the obstacles, but with many questions remaining as to what comes next, Delta Nove named the album Beyond.

Delta Nove’s eighth album, Beyond, is a passionate expression of a band at their most evolved level. The double-LP exemplifies the distinctly diverse world-funk sound that Delta Nove honed through more than two decades of playing together. Delta Nove’s live performances, affectionately dubbed the D-No Show by fans, are legendary in circles for taking dancers on a musical journey of globetrotting styles. This 16-song, 80-minute offering takes its inspiration from these live sets, seamlessly blending heavy funk, roots rock, reggae, Brazilian rhythms, afrobeat, and improvised psychedelic explorations.

To add even more depth to the album, the band calls on some of the friends they’ve made throughout two decades of touring; These world-class guest artists include funk legend Fred Wesley (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic), whose signature sound is on display during the classic-sounding instrumental jam Money Funk. Several guest percussionists are present on the record, including Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli), whose syncopated tabla rhythms bring a world-music flavor to the modern go-go track Feet on the Ground, and Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident, EOTO), who takes up his djembe to solo over a massive Brazilian percussion ensemble on the rootsy samba-reggae original Samambaia. Also featured is vocal powerhouse Adryon DeLeon (Orgone), who contributes her soulful harmonies to four songs. And finally, Delta Nove’s original sax player and fan-favorite Rob Covacevich reunites with his old musical brothers for a guest feature on the band’s re-imagination of Fela Kuti’s Upside Down; aptly titled Downside Up.

Thankfully, the basic tracking for Beyond was all completed before Dominic Feedam became too ill to play and sing. So, Dominic is present on all sixteen songs, and his performance is nothing short of inspired; almost as if he was aware that this album would be his parting gift to his musical family. While many questions remain about what lies beyond for Delta Nove, the band hopes that this album serves to honor the memory of their beloved brother Dominic, and as a testament to the never-ending pursuit to always go Beyond.

About Delta Nove

Born in a garage in Long Beach, California, Delta Nove has put in some serious work since their first independent release in 1998, leaving a trail of deep funk, thunderous Brazilian drums, greasy horns, and psychedelic exploration wherever they go. After over well over 1000 shows across the United States, 8 independent releases, and years of musical evolution, the band has truly developed into a singular powerhouse of sound and rhythm.

The live show is where the band shines, connecting with their energy to the audience, never failing to whip them into a full-on dance party. Each show features a unique set drawn from a huge catalog of original material and unique covers, sprinkled with lots of improvisation and on the spot creativity.

Delta Nove continues to make their uniquely original music year after year, and have done their part to help define the sound of Southern Californian music and culture, as well as international cross-cultural pollination. With a long and storied trip across many years through cities, states, festivals, benefits, and beyond, Delta Nove has no plans to stop firing up crowds with their patented form of world funk.

Follow Delta Nove via their official website.

illustration by Symara for use by 360 Magazine

Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration

Long Beach Hosts Largest Juneteenth Celebration in City’s History

On Saturday, June 19th, Long Beach will host its largest Juneteenth event ever. The Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Historic Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach, between 4th and 5th Streets, from 11AM – 4PM. The city of Long Beach officially designated Juneteenth a “Day of Celebration,” and they will advocate for it to become a state and federal holiday through their City Council legislative affairs committees.

We are excited to celebrate the best of Black culture with our people and allies,” said event organizer Carl Kemp. “I chose to do this event in response to a call from God, and it has been blessed with volunteers, supporters and sponsors who also believe in the vision of celebrating Black freedom, culture, achievement and unity.”

This free event will feature an array of performances from the main stage, including R&B superstar Eric Benét, MAJOR., the Antioch Mass Choir, African drum and dance, jazz poetry and more! There will also be vendors and fun activities for the entire family.

The Long Beach Juneteenth celebration allows our community to reflect on progress we’ve made, while recognizing with clear eyes how far we have to go. Black people worldwide still suffer under the oppression of systemic racism and injustice,” said Cameron Onumah, Amazon Policy Manager. Amazon is the Presenting Sponsor and made a major contribution toward the event. “We have a lot of work to do as a society, and, as a company, we want to listen, engage and take action, together.”

I am overjoyed and elated to sponsor the Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration,” said Wayne Chaney Jr., Lead Pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach, which is just steps away from the event. “I know Carl’s personal journey and commitment to making this vision from God a reality, and I believe with all my heart that this is the start of something big for our city for years to come.

The DLBA is proud to sponsor this important celebration to honor Black history and culture. We remain committed to recognizing and supporting our Black community not only through Juneteenth, but throughout the year. This is an important part of building cultural and social awareness while embracing the broader conversation of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO, Downtown Long Beach Alliance. “We look forward to everyone coming together for an afternoon of uplifting celebration in our Downtown to support the celebration and our community.”

We are honored to be one of the inaugural sponsors of this year’s Long Beach Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is an important part of history that should be recognized and celebrated in the community, and it’s exciting to see the entire city come together for such an important cause,” said Tamika Lang, Boeing Global Engagement Senior Manager.

Please visit the official website for complete event details.

Arts in the Plaza illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Arts In The Plaza

Long Beach Local Arts Festival Arts In The Plaza Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Beginning May 29th through October 30th in Kennedy Plaza

This year on opening day, Saturday, May 29th, 2021 (rain date June 5, 2021), marks the 10th anniversary of Arts In The Plaza, a weekly arts festival located at Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach, NY.

“With regulations lifting, we are excited to continue our 10th full season of Arts In The Plaza,” says Arts In The Plaza Director Sammi Metzger. “It is so important now more than ever to shop local and support small businesses, and we look forward to having that opportunity this year.”

Beginning at 10am until 3pm, attendees can shop from over 30 different local artisans. Of special note, Long Beach city officials will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30am and former American Idol contestant Evan Kuriga will perform live on opening day at noon. Additionally, the Long Beach Photo Bus, 1971 VW bus that has been converted into a traveling photo booth, will serve as a photo opportunity for attendees to capture and share their experiences on opening day through social media using the hashtag #AITPturns10.

Who: Arts in the Plaza

What: 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: Saturday, May 29th from 10am-3pm (rain date Sat, June 5th)

*10:30am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Long Beach City Officials

Where: Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach, NY

Conveniently located an hour from New York City by car or train and within walking distance of the public beach, Arts In The Plaza is a weekly outdoors festival that features local handcrafted art including photography, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, clothing, accessories, home décor and live music.

About Arts In The Plaza

Arts In The Plaza is a weekly, outdoor arts festival in Long Beach, NY that features handcrafted art by Long Island artists, live music and cultural performances. Located in the center of town at Kennedy Plaza, Arts In The Plaza takes place every Saturday from 10am to 3pm beginning Memorial Day weekend through Halloween. Each week, local artists showcase a diverse assortment of products and services in various mediums including photography, jewelry, fine art, mixed media, clothing, accessories and home decor.  All artists involved in Arts In The Plaza are also members of local arts organizations including the Artists in Partnership, West End Arts Visual Artists Guild, and the Long Beach Art League. Arts In The Plaza is built on love – love of art, love of music, love of community, love of Long Beach. Follow Arts In The Plaza on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Giveon – Like I Want You & Untitled

Critically acclaimed Long Beach singer/songwriter Giveon releases the first-ever Are & Be Spotify Singles, which coincides with the new look and feel of the Are & Be flagship playlist.

Exclusive to Spotify, “Like I Want You” (Side A) is a reworking of Giveon’s original song which charted at #25 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, and “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (Side B), is a cover of D’Angelo’s iconic 20-year-old hit.

Coincidentally, Giveon’s recordings were mixed at Electric Lady Studios, the same place that D’Angelo recorded “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” twenty years ago.

“Really excited to share this version of ‘Like I Want You,’’ says Giveon. “It’s a very personal piece, so stripping it down allows the vocal to be the star of the show. Also, covering an R&B Classic is the icing on the cake. Working on these two songs were a beautiful time for me. “ 

ABOUT GIVEON

GIVEON infuses Rat Pack-style classiness into modern R&B. Developing his own baritone delivery, he caught the attention of another Long Beach local and multiplatinum singer and songwriter AUGUST 08 [DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber] who served as an initial mentor. In 2018, GIVEON independently made his debut with “Garden Kisses” (2.7M Spotify streams to date) and “Fields,” clocking 1.5M Spotify streams so far.

A year later, he joined forces with producer Sevn Thomas [Drake, Rihanna, Travis Scott] and further honed a signature style of his own. In 2019, he also performed “Giveon Unplugged” to a packed crowd at Soho House in addition to leading a songwriting camp sponsored by Remy Martin and Asics alongside top producers and songwriters such as boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Sevn Thomas, WondaGurl, Charlie Handsome, and more. Afterwards Snoh Aalegra personally invited him on her headline tour.

Giveon’s vocals, which have already provided him with a banner moment in 2020 singing the hook on Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle,” are a force to be reckoned with.

His debut EP Take Time was released in March 2020 and has received widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike including Billboard, Elle, V Man, Teen VOGUE, Hypebeast, and more. The project has amassed 20M + US streams across Spotify platforms since its release and his rapidly-expanding fanbase is already clamoring for a follow-up project across social media. With more music on the horizon, Giveon ignites a new era for his hometown and a sound unlike anything out there.

FOLLOW GIVEON ON TWITTER / FOLLOW GIVEON ON INSTAGRAM

MOST INSTAWORTHY LOCATIONS

The Most Hashtagged Places In America
  • PlayPicks reveal that Disneyland in Anaheim is the USA’s favourite place to pap an Instaworthy photograph
  • Miami Beach has been shared 8,673,724 times on Instagram, making it the most hashtagged beach and second most hashtagged place overall in America
  • New study shows men have a more active social (media) life, admitting to sharing online multiple times a day whilst on holiday

 In 2019, if you don’t take a photo it’s like it never happened. Social platforms like Instagram act as outlets which let us explore places we’ve never seen before – one search of a hashtag and you’ll have everything at your fingertips. But where are the most tagged places in America?

New research from entertainment experts PlayPicks uncovers the most shared locations in the USA, delving into categories from beaches to arenas and festivals, to uncover the most Instagrammable hotspots in the US. Alongside this, PlayPicks ran a survey of the US public to reveal just how reliant the nation is on social media, in particular when it comes to travelling.

Top 5 Most Hashtagged Places in the U.S

Playpicks have scoured Instagram to find the top 20 hashtagged places spanning over nine different categories. These are the top five most hashtagged locations overall in the U.S for Instagrammers: 

  • Disneyland Anaheim – Not just where dreams come true, but also where hashtags are made. Disneyland was built in 1955 and has since received 19,783,733 Insta shares. Considering the fact that they had an estimated attendance last year of 18.3 million, it’s of no surprise that it’s the most hashtagged location in America. It’s sister park in Florida, Disneyland Magic Kingdom, takes the second spot on the most hashtagged list at 9,400,298 posts.
  • Miami Beach – This man-made beach has 8,673,724 shares on Instagram, making it the most Instagrammed beach in the US – and with 15.22 square miles of beautiful, golden sand and relaxation, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but take one for your grid.
  • Central Park – One of two of New York’s offerings in the top 10 list (the other being Times Square) is its first major landscape park. The park’s construction started in 1857 and upon its completion, it became one of the most popular tourist destinations – having approximately 40 million visitors a year and 6,104,544 shares on Instagram.

The Influence of Influencers 

In the age of the influencer, Instagram has a more direct effect on our everyday choices. PlayPicks surveyed the US public to uncover how much of an influence social media really has on our travel decisions and experiences:

  • The majority of male respondents (45%) admitted to taking holiday inspiration solely from influencer posts on social media rather than their friends. Only 22% of women said they would listen to just an influencer, instead 50% would balance their decision based on both friends and influencers.
  • Men care the most about getting the perfect snap for the ‘gram – on average, men spend 20.28 minutes getting a picture just right before uploading it, while women spend only 14.67 minutes.
  • Although 49% of respondents said they solely take photos for themselves, 26% said they do it for social media – this was preferred over taking snaps for family and friends, which only 24% claimed was their primary reason for documenting their trips.

To explore the rest of America’s favourite social media destinations, search the interactive tool and find the most hashtagged places in America here.