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JAGMAC – We Found Love

Multi-talented sibling pop group JAGMAC has released their new single, “We Found Love,” via Unitas Entertainment/ONErpm. The bright, effervescent track captures the feeling of falling in love and was inspired by the beauty and lifestyle of Miami. Press HERE to listen/stream. Co-written with 3-time Grammy nominated songwriter Lord Afrixana (Beyonce, Pharrell Williams) and produced by Mike Molina (Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Lopez), “We Found Love” creates an unforgettable atmosphere leaving listeners enchanted with its infectious pop hook and rhythmic, uplifting melodies.

“Our new single ‘We Found Love’ was written and produced in the heart of South Florida,” shares JAGMAC. “We were inspired by beautiful tropical weather, people, and the culture of Miami. ‘We Found Love’ is a love story that everyone can relate to!”

JAGMAC has also announced their return to the west coast when they perform on Saturday, October 30th at The Mint LA in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are on sale now. Press HERE to purchase.

About JAGMAC

Growing up in a large, lively Filipino-Polish-American household, the six-piece, whose name comes from the first initial of its members’ names from youngest to oldest: Jared, Angelique, Gabriel, Manjo, Alyssa and CJ, discovered the shared power of their talents and bright personalities as a unit and began bringing their vision as a musical group to life, delivering music with the power to resonate in every corner of the globe. By integrating sounds, styles, and spirits from around the world, JAGMAC inspires culture and music to move as one. To date, the group has tallied over 3 million YouTube views, 2.6 million Spotify streams, and received media acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Hollywood Life, KTLA, Just Jared Jr, J-14, Tiger Beat, AXS, and Substream Magazine among others. Recognizing a collective power to unite even the most seemingly disparate of vibes, the siblings have also garnered an incredible following on TikTok, accumulating over 71 million views and 740K followers.

Combining their love for pop, dance music, hip-hop, and rap, JAGMAC’s explosive, upbeat songs are impossible to categorize as any single genre. Instead, the group’s music is connected by a simple mission: to spread positivity. They’ve been successful in this mission with their hit, feel-good songs taking them to arenas and stadiums around the globe, sharing the stage with the likes of The Chainsmokers, CNCO, Becky G, and Ava Max, in addition to performing at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open, Times Square for Wonderama hosted by David Osmond (nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond) and co-hosted by Coco and Breezy, and London’s iconic O2 Arena opening for Little Mix on their U.K. tour.

Since forming the band in 2014, one performance after another paved the way for JAGMAC’s quiet rise independently. Upon release, their single “Soldiers” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Breakout Chart for Dance Club Songs, peaked at #15 on the Dance Club Songs Chart, and #5 on the Commercial Pop Chart. In 2018, JAGMAC released their debut EP featuring title track Right Back With You” which shot to #6 on the Commercial Pop Top 30 in the UK and #3 on the Upfront CLUB Top 30 UK. That same year, the band was crowned Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing placing them in good company with alumni such as Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Alessia Cara, and Why Don’t We. They soon returned with their sophomore EP, Like A Band, featuring lead single and title track “Like A Band” which launched to over 1 million streams and received support from Sirius XM and Spotify on the Pop Remix, Happy Beats, and Dance Rising playlists. “We Found Love” is the latest in a string of singles from the band joining “MASARAP” which pays tribute to their Filipino heritage and “Motivation” as it speaks to the moments that inspire the band to continue chasing their dreams.

For JAGMAC, 2022 is looking to be their biggest year yet, thanks to a new management partnership with Jeffery David of Cranberry Management, who guided multi-platinum band Echosmith to worldwide status. “I am so excited about all things JAGMAC and what they are about. The songs are so good and what they stand for is something the world really needs right now which is LOVE,” shares David.

It’s safe to say, JAGMAC shows no signs of slowing down. Stay tuned for even more new music from the band coming soon!

Beyoncé - Black is King illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

A Gift From Beyoncé

‘Superb. Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time!’Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

By Mina Tocalini

Beyoncé’s new film “Black is King,” a celebration of the “breadth and beauty of Black ancestry”, released on Disney+ today. Similar to Beyoncé’s 2016 film, “Lemonade,” “Black is King” acts as a visual album to her soundtrack, “The Lion King: The Gift.” Black Is King” explores the “timeless lessons” from Lion King in a visually rich modern journey of Black empowerment and resilience.

Beyoncé announced her excitement for the film’s release via Instagram, while further acknowledging the impact of its release and message: “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey… I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history.”

Beyoncé’s prideful film explores the Black experience and history through a young king’s story of “betrayal, love and self-identity.” Additionally, given the timing of its release, the film presents the necessity of honoring and telling stories from the Black perspective and that of any underrepresented community.

Simply put, the film is a celebratory visual journey of the Black experience. Initially the flow of the story seems interrupted and fast paced, but further on, it becomes clear that instead of following a linear narrative, it challenges the audience to find the connections within the short moments that frame each message.

Reiterating the same story we know and love is unnecessary, so rather, “Black is King” reinvents the Lion King through thematic experimentation intended to ignite pride in the Black identity. In a stunning collage of Afro-Soul music, narrative driven reflections and strikingly beautiful imagery, the film successfully expresses inspirational messages of hope, growth, love and community.

Some have critiqued the lavish presentation of Blackness via art, dance and fashion to be excessive and fast paced. Yet, this film’s message is focused on individuality and self love derived from the appreciation of Black culture. A culture of an entire continent and of Black communities around the world, it is anything but simple.

The immense detail in this film celebrates the complexity of Black beauty and the fast paced editing can not only be considered a reference to music video styles. It may originate from there, but can we not interpret it as being part of the overwhelming journey of defining your identity while struggling with the racial tensions in society.

Beyoncé did not create this to simply further enhance her image in a display of wealth, popular culture already associates her persona this way, we expect it and should not disregard the artistry for embracing it. She is simply using her power as a superstar to lead the unifying celebration, as should be done by those who can.

Additionally, Beyoncé is not the only star in “Black is King”, although American audiences may mainly recognize her. Emerging African artists such as Wizkid, Busiswa, Shatta Wale, Salatiel, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tekno, Moonchild Sanelly and Lord Afrixana were part of the album and in some in the film. Black American artists also include Kelly Rowland, 070 Shake, Childish Gambino, Jessie Reyez, Pharrell Williams, Nija, and Tierra Whack. The presence of these Black American legends establishes the familiarity necessary to create an alliance between both Black cultures and induce a movement of African diaspora celebration.

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