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TAYLOR SWIFT NEW ALBUM MIDNIGHTS NO.1 IN UK VIA 360 Magazine.

TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS UK CHARTS

TAYLOR SWIFT SCORES NUMBER 1 ON THE UK OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHART WITH MIDNIGHTS 

 “ANTI-HERO” TOPS THE UK OFFICIAL SINGLES CHART

MIDNIGHTS IS THE UK’S FASTEST SELLING ALBUM OF 2022 AND ACCUMULATES THE BIGGEST FIRST WEEK VINYL SALES IN MODERN UK CHART HISTORY

“ANTI-HERO” IS THE BIGGEST SPOTIFY UK DEBUT FROM AN INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

TAYLOR BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE ARTIST IN ALMOST A DECADE TO DEBUT AT NUMBER 1 ON BOTH UK CHARTS SIMULTANEOUSLY

 Following a record-breaking week for Taylor Swift, her critically acclaimed tenth studio album Midnights tops the UK Official Albums Chart, while lead single “Anti-Hero” tops the UK Official Singles Chart.

Taylor’s Midnights is the fast-selling album of 2022 in the UK, with 204,000 sales, more than doubling her previous biggest opening week in the UK (with 1989 in 2014). Meanwhile, “Anti-Hero” is the Biggest Spotify UK debut from an international artist in history. Taylor is the first female artist to debut at Number 1 on both the UK Singles and Albums Charts simultaneously since Miley Cyrus in 2013.

Taylor also rewrites UK Official Charts history this week as Midnights accumulates the biggest first week vinyl sales since modern chart records began (in 1994). Midnights was certified gold in the UK after just two days of its release.

With nine consecutive Number 1 albums now under her belt, Taylor Swift sets a new all-time Official Chart record, generating the fastest succession of nine UK Number 1 albums of any female artist.  

Earlier this week Taylor broke records across all the major music streaming platforms. She became Spotify’s “Most Streamed Artist in a Single Day”, while Midnights became Spotify’s “Most Streamed Album in a Single Day” (with 185M+ Streams). Taylor Swift now holds the top 5 biggest streaming debuts in Spotify’s global chart history. Midnights also broke the record for the biggest pop album of all time on Apple Music by first-day streams. On Amazon Music, Taylor received globally the most first day album streams, the most first week album streams and the most Alexa requests of any artist ever.

Globally, Taylor’s Midnights has accumulated over 2.5 million album equivalents that includes over 1 billion streams, after scoring 67 #1’s on iTunes.

In the U.S., Midnights is already the best-selling album of 2022. It has sold over 1.4 million overall and over 1 million physical albums, with 500,000+ of that sum attributed to Vinyl sales. It has also accumulated the highest week 1 sales since Taylor’s Reputation in 2017 and is the biggest week 1 seller on vinyl since the ‘90s. While “Anti-Hero” became Taylor’s 55th #1 hit on iTunes singles – the most of any artist in history.

Midnights also marks a first for Taylor in Europe, as it sees her score her first ever Number 1 debut in the album charts of both France and Germany.

Right out of the gate, Midnights earned 5 star reviews from The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Independent and more. It has already gathered some of the most enthusiastic and unanimous praise of her career to date from critics and fans alike.

Listen to Midnights HERE.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT Midnights

“5 Stars” – The Guardian, Alexis Petridis
 
“With its confident songwriting and understated synth-pop, Swift’s sophisticated 10th album indicates that she no longer feels she has to compete with her peers.” – The Guardian, Alexis Petridis
 
“5 Stars” – The Independent, Helen Brown 
 
“Midnights will make you feel as though you’re sleeping over at her house while she spills secrets and settles scores into the night.” – The Independent, Helen Brown
 
“5 Stars” – Rolling Stone, Brittany Spanos
 
“Her tenth album returns to the dazzling synth-pop of records like ‘1989’ and ‘Reputation,’ with lyrics caught between a love story and a revenge plot” – Rolling Stone, Brittany Spanos
 
“‘Midnights’ heralds the return of a pop-music mastermind.” – Los Angeles Times, Mikael Wood

“4 Stars” – The Sunday Times, Dan Cairns

“Swift’s leaning-in vocals and neat lyrical twists elevate her songs far above the pretenders that crowd round her.” – The Sunday Times, Dan Cairns
 

“4 Stars” – Rolling Stone UK, Mark Sutherland

“The latest remarkable album in Swift’s current white-hot streak gently presents itself as a sort of greatest hits composed of songs you’ve never heard before.” – Rolling Stone UK, Mark Sutherland

“4 Stars” – The Times, Will Hodgkinson

“Midnights appeals because, for all its modern touches, it is essentially an old-fashioned singer-songwriter album about human weakness.” – The Times, Will Hodgkinson

“4 Stars” – NME, Hannah Mylrea

“A shimmering return to pure pop.” – NME, Hannah Mylrea

“4 Stars” – The Telegraph, Neil McCormick

“The songs are strong. Indeed, I’d go as far as to say that Swift has never written a bad song…” – The Telegraph, Neil McCormick

“8/10” – Clash, Matthew Neale
 
“It may reasonably go on to be recognized as her best album to date, a reminder that magic prevails beyond the frustrations, fantasies and damnations she casts across her latest near-perfect body of work.” – Clash, Matthew Neale


“4.5 Stars” – American Songwriter, Alex Hopper
 
“Taylor Swift Delivers Her Dreamiest and Most Introspective Album to Date with ‘Midnights’” – American Songwriter, Alex Hopper
 
“The superstar has delivered a focused, legacy-extending new project” – Jason Lipshutz 
Billboard
 
“You’d be beyond cynical not to realize that there’s a real heart being exposed here, amid an adroitness for honest self-revelation that’s as canny as anything we’ve gotten out of a reigning superstar since John Lennon told us he didn’t believe in Beatles.” – Variety, Chris Willman
 
“Midnights is the mastermind’s ultimate power move” – Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield
 

“4 Stars” – The Irish Times, Ed Power


“Swift has, with Midnights, made a tangled, twisting tour de force…” – The Irish Times, Ed Power

“8/10” – Esquire, Alex Bilmes


“’Midnights’ Is an Instant Classic.” – Esquire, Alex Bilmes
 
“4 Stars” – Metro, David Bennun
 
“She’s back – and boy does she deliver…” – Metro, David Bennun
 
“4 Stars” – The i Newspaper, Kate Solomon
 
“On one of her most personally revealing albums yet, Taylor Swift invites us into a woozy, soft-focus world of self doubt and moonlit conversations. Midnights sounds and feels like a grown-up sequel to the synthy, ‘80s pop world of 1989; she is no longer the wide-eyed ingenue twirling onto the New York streets but a hardened adult with all the self-awareness (and liberal swearing) that goes with it.” – The i Newspaper, Kate Solomon 

“5 Stars” – Dork, Abigail Firth

She’s consistently confessional, but ‘Midnights’ finds Taylor Swift at her most human.” – Dork, Abigail Firth

“4 Stars” – The Mail On Sunday, Tim De Lisle

“It’s breathy, twitchy and thoroughly catchy”– The Mail On Sunday, Tim De Lisle

“4 Stars”  The Observer, Kitty Empire

Poised between self-flagellation and pure bliss, Pastoral phase behind her, Swift is back in the city with an album of fascinating small-hours contemplation.”  The Observer, Kitty Empire

“4.5 Stars” – The Sun, Jacqui Swift

“The singer-songwriter knows just how to make her millions of fans happy” – The Sun, Jacqui Swift

“5 Stars” – Daily Star, James Cabooter


“Back to her confessional best, Taylor Swift’s 10th album Midnights is her crowning glory.” –  Daily Star, James Cabooter

“10/10” – Gigwise, Lucy Harbron
 
“The strongest reinvention we’ve seen from Taylor Swift in the most honest way.” – Gigwise, Lucy Harbron

“5 Stars” – The Sunday Mirror, James Cabooter

“This is as close as you get to pop perfection” – The Sunday Mirror, James Cabooter

“In the loneliness of the dark, Taylor is just as exposed, flawed and anxious as the rest of us. You can’t help but wonder what else might be keeping her up at night — here’s hoping she’ll tell us about it soon.” – i-D, Alim Kheraj
 

“4 Stars” – DIY Magazine, Ben Tipple


“In keeping with the record’s theme – thirteen tales of individual sleepless nights – it’s arguably her most candid release to date.” – DIY Magazine, Ben Tipple
 
“This makes Midnights the closest thing to a concept album Taylor Swift has ever created, and also lends a dreamlike, transient quality to the record as a whole.”- Consequence of Sound , Mary Siroky

“Despite the restless-slumber concept that drifts through its songs, a serene acceptance lurks beneath the singer’s 10th studio album.” – Entertainment Weekly, Marc Hirsh
 

“Atmospheric. Subtle. Introspective. Painful. Triumphant.” – HITS, Holly Gleason


“Swift uses Midnights as a way to rethink the sonic rhetoric of first-person storytelling and shake off habits that have served her artistically and commercially for more than a decade.” – NPR, Ann Powers

“8/10”  Hot Press, Paul Nolan

“Midnights sees Swift comfortably retain her status as one of modern pop’s most fascinating and compelling artists.” – Hot Press, Paul Nolan


“Taylor Swift releases the record of the year with ‘Midnights’” – Marie Claire, Bree Player

“Midnights might be her most relatable album yet, and it comes at a time where we all feel so disconnected. Politics has become farcical, the cost of living crisis means stress levels have never been higher, and we’re all healing from the fact we literally just came out of a pandemic. In a world of change, Taylor is my continuity, despite the fact she always surprises us.” – Stylist, Chloe Laws
 
“Much like 1989 before it, this album will stand the test of time, and will be enjoyed increasingly in the years to come.” – AV Club, Saloni Gajjar
 
“The new album finds the superstar bringing together the best of Folklore with the best of what came before.” – Slate, Carl Wilson
“She’s not only offering us her most personal reflections – a high bar in Swift’s world – but imparting them with poetic grace and an elevated level of storytelling.” – USA Today, Melissa Ruggieri
 
“Swift at her best, reminding you of her unparalleled ability to make any emotion feel universal.” – AP News, Elise Ryan
 
“Midnights is perhaps her most self-aware work to date (with some of her best writing to boot)…” – Paste, Ellen Johnson
 
“Midnights is Swift at her finest, using her quill/fountain/gel pens to write some of her most vulnerable lyrics, screaming at the top of her lungs even through whispers.” – Alternative Press, Ilana Kaplan
 
“4 Stars” – Sydney Morning Herald, Giselle Au-Nhien
 
“There’s a self-discovery within this record that feels incredibly satisfying to bear witness to, and it doesn’t hurt that the songs, clever and eclectic, get more addictive with each listen.” – Sydney Morning Herald, Giselle Au-Nhien
 
“Midnights” is Taylor Swift’s best album. Midnights has the confessional, diaristic elements of Debut, Fearless, and Speak Now; it has the storytelling prowess of Folklore and Evermore; it has the sonic multiplicity of Red; it has the synth-laden bops of 1989 and Lover; and it has the no-fucks-given attitude of Reputation.” – Buzzfeed, Ryan Schocket


“Impressively finding yet another new way to reinvent herself as an artist, Taylor Swift has crafted an intoxicating concept album shimmering with honesty and creative experimentation.” – The Forty Five, Cordelia Lam
 
Taylor Swift opens her long-awaited album Midnights by inviting listeners to “Meet me at midnight.” And goddamn it, we will be there, ma’am. We will be there with 13 bells on.” – Pedestrian, Matt Galea
 
“She is one of pop’s most distinctive vocal melodicists, able to sound conversational and highly tuneful at the same time, with a wonderfully deft use of tone and phrasing.” – Financial Times, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

“On Midnights, Taylor Swift sounds more herself than ever” – New Statesman, Emily Bootle


“As is Swift’s creative fingerprint, Midnights is as lyrically taut, literary and tongue-twisting as any of her projects.” – SPIN, Bobby Oliver
 
“Midnights is something brand new, while still ultimately encapsulating all that Taylor Swift is known for – songwriting that leaves her listener feel comforted, understood, and content, in the most beautiful way.” – Notion, Rachel Martin
 
“I’ve really come to admire and respect Taylor Swift’s approach, both to music and to celebrity.
After all the shit she’s copped, she’s decidedly removed herself from the minutia that comes with being a celeb and only engages with the public on her own terms: every few years through her albums.” –Matt Galea, Pedestrian

 
“4 Stars” – Toronto Star, Aisling Murphy
 
“Midnights might be the best album of Swift’s discography.” – Toronto Star, Aisling Murphy
 
“[Midnights] a return to sleek pop.” – The Australian, Andrew McMillen
 
The album is like a confession uttered in the depths of night: It’s honest and authentic in a way that bares the soul.” – Harper’s Bazaar, Dani Maher

Gustavo Cadile speaks to Vaughn Lowery about fashion industry, pandemic and Miami swim week via 360 MAGAZINE

FASHION DESIGNER GUSTAVO CADILE

Listen to Gustavo Cadile speak to Vaughn Lowery on 360 MAG Apple/Spotify podcast HERE.

Gustavo Cadile is an Argentinian-born fashion designer of Italian descent. Recently, he relocated from New York City to Miami to launch a new showroom and continue designing as well as launching stunning couture fashion collections. He combines Italian artistry with Argentinian imagery to create beautiful fashion designs, bridal gowns and swimwear. 

Additionly, Gustavo earned an Associate’s degree in Fashion Design from Miami International University of Art & Design; and he is excited to return to his alma mater to debut a new swimwear collection at 2022 Miami Swim Week.

Cadile has built a noteworthy name in the fashion industry as a highly sought-after fashion designer having dressed influential celebrities including Gina Rodriguez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Walsh and January Jones among others; both on the red carpet and in editorial pages. 

Gustavo Cadile has also been recognized for his craftsmanship and quality, earning him the New Emerging Designer Award in 2007 at the Gold Coast Awards in Chicago. He was nominated in 2008 and 2009 for the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award; and in 2013, Gustavo was awarded the Fashion Group International Award in Miami.

In addition, Gustavo’s noteworthy fashion looks have been featured in prominent media outlets including Elle Magazine, Vogue, Los Angeles Times, Ocean Drive Magazine, WWD and L’ People Magazine. To learn more about Gustavo Cadile, please visit his website HERE.

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BAUHAUS ANNOUNCES LA SHOW

Following two electrifying sets at Cruel World Festival that took place in Pasadena, CA, BAUHAUS will be returning to the Los Angeles area for a show at The Greek Theatre, Thursday, September 29th. Presales begin Wednesday, June 15th with sales to the general public on Friday, June 17th 10:00am PT. Tickets are available via AXS.com.

  • Cruel World Presale: Wed, June 15 @ 10am PT
  • Golden Voice Presale: Thurs, June 16 @ 10am PT
  • General Public: Fri, 6/17 @ 10am PT

In addition, Denver, CO show at The Mission Ballroom which was originally scheduled for May 25th that had been postponed has now been rescheduled for September 26th. Tickets for the May 25th show will be honored and will be available at HERE.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bauhaus is unable to reschedule the Tempe, AZ show and the show is officially canceled. Refunds will be processed at point of purchase.

“Shadows of the band swayed in the strobe lights while Murphy’s spindly arms were outstretched in the starched position of a crucifix. It was the height of haunted heaven for those looking for their fix of the dark side.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Singer Peter Murphy often retreated to the shadows while guitarist Daniel Ash pulled harsh shards of sound from his guitar. ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead,’ the band’s signature song, let Murphy and Ash continue in that manner, which bassist David J and drummer Kevin Haskins kept the night rumbling on.” – LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS

“Bauhaus epitomized the spirit of Cruel World…. Under a nearly full moon – appropriately, a lunar eclipse coincided with the festival – but often in shadow, Bauhaus’ potent set had moments of sheer macabre magic.” – VARIETY

“Goth rock pioneers Bauhaus delivered a chilling rendition of their debut single, ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ at their first live show in 13 years Sunday. The gig took place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, capturing the band in fine form as they effortlessly moved from the song’s abstract, spine-tingling intro into its eerily serene guitar jangle. Frontman Peter Murphy expertly navigated the song’s steady build as well, unleashing a mighty, reverb-soaked howl toward the end as he sang,

‘Oh Bela, Bela’s undead’.” – ROLLING STONE

“Unlike most bands of their vintage, Bauhaus have retained a thrillingly raw, visceral, experimental edge. While Murphy’s still-powerful voice careened between strangulated croak and feral howl on high-drama songs such as In the Flat Field and The Passion of Lovers, Daniel Ash’s guitar was all jagged scrapes, disruptive shudders and coffin-lid creaks. One of the band’s biggest hits, She’s in Parties, opened out into an enjoyably rambling avant-rock instrumental..Bauhaus put the disco into discordant.” – THE TIMES (UK)

“Anticipation was electric for their return – a line stretched around the block before doors, a queue that only rivaled that to the merch table – and fans came out dressed to the nines. The band did not disappoint.” – BROOKLYN VEGAN

“Those who expected to see an iconic band were not disappointed..it was clear that Bauhaus were back with a vengeance.” – BUZZBANDS.LA

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J. Balvin × Mae Miller × Neiked × Polo G. – Better Days

Colombian superstar J. Balvin has joined NEIKED, Mae Muller, and Polo G for an irresistible update of “Better Days”—the smash single that shot to #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this month, with nearly 300 million streams worldwide. Hailed as one of the “best songs of 2021” by the Los Angeles Times, “Better Days” is the brainchild of artist duo NEIKED and centers on an intoxicating vocal performance from Mae, the fast-rising British singer/songwriter recently named a Billboard Chartbreaker. Listen to by NEIKED x Mae Muller x J Balvin (feat. Polo G) HERE.

On the dynamic new version of “Better Days,” J Balvin drops in after the first chorus and delivers a swaggering verse in Spanish. Flaunting his super-smooth flow and undeniable charisma, Reggaeton’s Global Ambassador adds a powerful new energy to the dance-ready track. With its carefree collision of bouncy beats and shimmering grooves, “Better Days” features production from NEIKED (the Swedish artist duo whose hit single “Sexual” has surpassed 600 million streams globally and cracked the Top 10 in 11 countries).

“J Balvin is a true renaissance artist, and our records are always about finding that fresh nuance,” says NEIKED.” His style melts perfectly together with the uniqueness of Mae and Polo and we were thrilled to have him join the song. This is just one of the many pieces fans can expect from the coming NEIKED puzzle.”

Says Mae Muller, “I’m a huge J Balvin fan and he killed this! I went to Primavera Sound in 2019 and saw him live so it’s just a stunning full circle moment for me to have him be a part of “Better Days.'”

Released in September, the original version of “Better Days” debuted at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, amassed over 65 million streams in just five days, earned Top 10 charting across Spotify and Apple Music, emerged as a Top 5 trending sound on both TikTok and Snap, and recently held steady as the #1 most added song on Pop radio for two consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, its fantastically retro video has garnered over 12 million views to date.

“Better Days” is the first of NEIKED’s highly anticipated releases that follow the duo’s long seen success. Already well recognized hit-makers who have collaborated with Nile Rodgers, EARTHGANG, Muni Long, 24kGoldn, X Ambassadors, and writers Freddy Wexler (Justin Bieber, Kanye West), Jason Evigan (Dua Lipa, Madonna), Justin Tranter (Ariana Grande, Julia Michaels) and Albin Nedler (Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato) 2022 will see the multi-instrumentalists perform on their biggest stages to date.

About J Balvin

“Reggaeton’s Global Ambassador”—5-time LATIN GRAMMY winner J Balvin is now one of the Top 10 streaming artists globally on Spotify, regardless of language, and has developed a legion of fans worldwide. Hailed by Billboard as “the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years” and Pitchfork as “the face of modern Reggaeton,” Balvin is leading a second generation of Musica Urbana stars that have propelled Latin music to an unprecedented global embrace. His latest album, JOSE, arrived on the heels of an eventful summer, following the release of chart-dominating singles “Que Mas Pues?” featuring Argentinian singer Maria Becerra, “Que Locura,” and “In Da Getto” featuring Skrillex. With his song “Un Nota” with Sech recently topping the Latin airplay charts, J Balvin officially landed his 33rd #1 at Latin Airplay, more than anyone else in history, cementing him as Latin music’s biggest success story of the decade. With his music and impact on the culture, Balvin has secured himself as not only a leader of Reggaeton but as a torchbearer of the new state of Latin music by continuously expanding the limits of the genre and paving the way for “la nueva escuela.”

About Mae Muller

The “Better Days” update arrives as Mae gears up for her highly anticipated debut U.S. shows, a three-date run with stops in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles this March (see below for the full list of dates and venues, and purchase tickets HERE. Featuring special guests, Mae’s first-ever U.S. performances will be followed by a rescheduled U.K. tour in April. Known for her intimate yet high-energy live set, Mae has previously sold out a U.K. headlining tour and performed for massive crowds at festivals like Reading & Leeds, Latitude, and Sundown Festival.

Recently named a YouTube Trending Artist on the Rise, Mae made her U.S. primetime television debut by performing “Better Days” on The Voice in November, then took the stage at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” the following month. With her radiant vocals and magnetic presence, she made major waves in 2020 with her much-acclaimed Capitol Records debut EP, no one else, not even you: an eight-track project built on her fearlessly honest yet free-spirited approach to songwriting. Created with producers/co-writers like Rick Nowels (Madonna, Lana Del Rey), Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Alicia Keys), Skyler Stonestreet (Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa), and Kenny Beats (FKA twigs, Ed Sheeran), the EP brings Mae’s raw vulnerability to an immaculately composed but unpredictable brand of pop music.

Mae Muller U.S. tour dates 2022

March 16 – New York City – Mercury Lounge

March 17 – Chicago – Schubas Tavern

March 23 – Los Angeles – Moroccan Lounge

ANTHONY HAMILTON NEW ALBUM – LOVE IS THE NEW BLACK.

After teasing more music for the past year and building anticipation among fans worldwide, GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, Anthony Hamilton returns with his anxiously awaited tenth full-length and first album in five years, Love Is The New Black., on September, 24th 2021. Billboard made the exclusive announcement. It notably will be the flagship release under his own label My Music Box in partnership with BMG. Pre-order Love Is The New Black. – Here.

The 14-track R&B opus boasts a bevy of A-list friends and collaborators such as Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson on the powerhouse “Superstar,” rap powerhouse Rick Ross on “Real Love,” and crunk king himself Lil’ Jon on “I’m Ready.” Other standouts include the smooth “White Hennessy” where his vocals simply intoxicate, the confessional “Mercy,” and one of the most emotionally charged tunes in his storied catalog, the George Floyd-inspired finale “Mama Don’t Cry.”

Check out the full track listing below.

Hamilton literally poured blood, sweat, and tears into Love Is the New Black. After initially pursuing a more political-leaning direction, he shifted focus to speak to this hefty emotional need, while also covering the full spectrum of human emotions.

“Going through the Pandemic, we were faced with challenges, in general,” he states. “Then, we were attacked, slaughtered, and slain. In the beginning, the music was really for people who wanted to stand up in honor of Black Lives Matter. It was initially geared towards those souls, hearts, and the people we had lost. There were some really heavy and strong songs on there. As the world started to open, I wanted to lessen the heavy load and allow everyone to celebrate again. We still got a little bit of that, because it’s not going away, and we’ve gone through a lot. That side will be heard, but we’re taking from a bunch of experiences now, getting through it, and taking a turn. I feel like that’s what people need right now.”

He elaborates, “When creating this album, I wanted people to feel. I’m going into a new era and mindset expecting greatness, love, and peace. I wanted this album to feel like what was missing throughout the pandemic. This is the restoration. We’re making this thing called life, sexy, beautiful, and powerful again.”

His most recent single “You Made A Fool Of Me” has amassed more than one million streams to date. Rolling Stone called it a “pour-salt-in-the-wound ballad.” Soul Bounce called Hamilton “the modern king of churchy, soulful crooners,” and The House That Soul Built hailed the single as “crisp contemporary soul.” The Musical Hype wrote that Hamilton “can do no wrong,” adding that the track “is lushly produced, sounding idiomatic of both the neo-soul and adult contemporary vein of R&B.”

The accompanying video, directed by Terrence Crowley, premiered exclusively on BET Soul and brings back a familiar character with Charlene, reprising her role as the love interest.

It arrives on the heels of last year’s powerful and poignant “Mercy” [feat. Tamika D. Mallory], which Rated R&B praised as an “urgent soul track,” and his electrifying performance at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

Love Is The New Black. in 2021.

Track-listing:

  1. Love is the New Black.
  2. Threw It All Away
  3. Real Love feat. Rick Ross
  4. I’m Ready feat. Lil Jon
  5. White Hennessy
  6. Coming Home
  7. You Made a Fool of Me
  8. I Thought We Were in Love
  9. Superstar duet with Jennifer Hudson
  10. Pillows
  11. I’m Sorry
  12. Mercy
  13. Safe
  14. Mama Don’t Cry

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About Anthony Hamilton:

With over 50 million albums globally and proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hamilton’s voice will resonate louder than ever in 2021 with more music and performances on the horizon.

GRAMMY Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in the history books as the “narrator of love.” Introduced by way of the iconic 2003 smash “Charlene,” his raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He made his film debut in the critically acclaimed American Gangster, and lent his vocals to the song “Freedom” from the Academy Award-nominated film Django Unchained. Hamilton now adds author and publisher to his list of accomplishments with the unveiling of his first self-published book, Cornbread, Fish ‘n Collard Greens, where he shares the inspiration for some of the iconic songs in his illustrious career and his love of southern food. Hamilton recently starred as Kyle Kirby in the feature film Carl Weber’s Influence, now streaming on BET+.

Clairo Sling Artwork from Nicole Hajjar, Universal Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

CLAIRO’S NEW ALBUM SLING DEBUTS AT #1

Clairo’s critically acclaimed sophomore album Sling, released on July 16th via FADER Label/Republic Records, debuted at #1 on Billboard Alternative Albums Chart, #2 on Top Rock Albums Chart, and Top 20 on Top 200 Chart. This is the highest album charting debut for the 22-year-old American artist, songwriter, and producer. Listen to Sling here.

Co-produced with Grammy® Award winning producer Jack Antonoff, Sling was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York and features 12-tracks including “Blouse,” which the 22-year-old performed live on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. Watch the breath-taking performance here.

In celebration of the widely adored record, Clairo recently announced her 2022 headlining North American tour dates, which are quickly selling out. Tickets are on sale now at here.

Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Her growing catalog includes the platinum-certified “Pretty Girl” and gold-certified “4Ever” and “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” in addition to “Are You Bored Yet?”—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Slingout everywhere now.

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About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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Zhu × John the Blind – Monster

Zhu unveils new single, Monster, in collaboration with John the Blind. 

Grammy-nominated artist Zhu teams up with acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer John The Blind on the new single, Monster, released today via Astralwerks. A stunning departure from Zhu’s dusky signature sound, the track is a sparkling, straight-up celebration of unconditional love.

“I fell in love when you recognized my darkness/Made friends with all my monsters/And you still wanna stay, still wanna stay,” sings John, who takes the lead on vocals, with harmonies and a soulful falsetto closing from Zhu. The two artists produced and performed the track together, with Zhu on bass and John on guitar. 

“I wanted to create a summer anthem for the kids who are finally able to go out,” says Zhu.

John The Blind – also known as John Ryan – released isolation, his first full-length album, earlier this year. His vocals have been heard on tracks by Pitbull, Brass Knuckles, and DJ Snake. A multi-Platinum songwriter and producer, he is also known for his work with One Direction, Maroon 5, John Legend, and others.

Tickets go on sale today for Zhu’s October 10 and 11 shows at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and his November 24 and 26 dates at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn. Zhu will perform a unique show each night. Shiba San will join as a special guest on all dates. Zhu will also be performing at numerous 2021 festivals, including ARC, III Points, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Outside Lands. 

In May, ZHU played an unprecedented sold-out, six-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Westword said, “dancing came easy to the beats of Zhu, who is as ultra-cool as musicians get and wildly talented, bringing in house music that could score a buzzed drive down Sunset Boulevard.” EDM.com praised his “epic, snow-covered return to Red Rocks,” while HITS Daily Double praised Zhu’s performance as “equal parts mesmerizing and invigorating – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Fresh off the release of his third studio album, Dreamland 2021, Zhu is featured on the cover of the July issue of DJ Mag. Hailing Dreamland 2021 as among the “50 Best Albums of 2021 So Far,” Billboard said, “oscillating between fuzzy, pulsing house (Sweet Like Honey) and spooky, ultra-low BPM, piano-laden meanders through the underworld (I Need That) the sonics are varied but the ambiance is consistently shadowy, falling also into the aural lineage of Zhu’s two previous LPs.” The Los Angeles Times observed, “it’s a record about profoundly missing the club and the shot at connection it offers.” 

In an interview with the Times’ August Brown, Zhu talks about the album, the return to live entertainment and his experience as one of the most prominent Asian American musicians working today.

Alongside his music, Zhu has passionately pursued his interest in fashion, playing an essential part in the design of his fashion-forward merch. He is dropping new merchandise from his highly anticipated SUMMER OF DREAMLAND series each Thursday at 10:00 AM PT. The collection includes slides, kimonos, a sequined bomber, a tactical vest and a wrench pendant in addition to bucket hats, t-shirts, socks and hoodies – all in Zhu’s trademark colors, black and orange. 

TOUR DATES

8/1 – Las Vegas, NV @AYU Dayclub

8/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Gateway Plaza

8/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ AYU Dayclub

9/4 – Chicago, IL @ ARC Music Festival 2021

9/5 – El Paso, TX @ Freakazoid Robots 2021

9/25 – San Diego, CA – CRSSD Festival

10/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ AYU Dayclub

10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre*

10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre*

10/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Electric Daisy Carnival 2021

10/23 – Miami, FL @ III Points 2021

10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival 2021

11/24 – New York, NY @ Avant Gardner*

11/26 – New York, NY @ Avant Gardner*

12/3 – Riviera Maya, Mexico @ Holy Ship! Wrecked 2021

* with special guest Shiba San

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Clairo Announces North American Tour

On the heels of her sophomore album, Sling, Clairo announces her 2022 headlining North American Tour.

Following the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album, Sling, 22-year-old American artist, songwriter, and producer Clairo has announced her 2022 headlining North American tour dates today. Produced by Live Nation, the 28-date tour will kick off on February 16 in Charlotte, NC at The Fillmore Charlotte with stops in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more before wrapping April 16 in Atlanta, GA at Tabernacle.

Joining her on the road is British singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks supporting Clairo for the majority of the tour, with Brooklyn indie-rockers Widowspeak joining for the three remaining tour dates. Clairo has partnered with SafeTour and Calling All Crows to provide a safe and harassment-free concert experience. Clairo is integrating a dedicated representative from Calling All Crows into her touring team who will respond to requests for support through a text helpline and proactive canvassing of each concert, and provide messaging and educational support so that attendees can take part in making these shows and their own communities safer. Together, SafeTour and Calling All Crows will provide sexual harassment prevention and response training to the full band, crew, and interested venue staff to create a safe and inclusive environment on the road.

“Now that shows are starting to come back into our everyday lives, it’s important to prioritize everyone’s experience to the fullest,” Clairo shared. “Everyone deserves a resource, and everyone deserves to enjoy the show in peace. I want the audience to know that there is someone who will listen and believe them at every show.”

The tour announcement comes on the heels of last Friday, when Clairo released her highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Sling, via FADER Label/Republic Records. Co-produced with Grammy® Award-winning producer Jack Antonoff, Sling was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York and features 12-tracks including Blouse, which the 22-year-old performed live on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. 

Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold-out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Her growing catalog includes the platinum-certified Pretty Girl and gold-certified 4Ever and Flaming Hot Cheetos, in addition to Are You Bored Yet?—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Sling.

TOUR DATES

02/16 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

02/17 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN            

02/19 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Washington, D.C          

02/22 – The National – Richmond, VA           

02/24 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY          

02/26 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA        

02/27 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA                       

03/02 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC                   

03/04 – HISTORY – Toronto, ON                   

03/07 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH       

03/08 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI                  

03/10 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL                        

03/18 – The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN        

03/20 -The Fillmore – Denver, CO                 

03/23 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA                 

03/25 – Arlene Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR                        

03/28 – The Orpheum – Vancouver, BC        

03/30 -The Masonic – San Francisco, CA     

03/31 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA               

04/02 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA         

04/03 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA                    

04/05 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ                     

04/07- South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX

04/09 – ACL @ Moody Theater – Austin, TX

04/10 – Bayou Music Center (fka Revention) – Houston, TX

04/13 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami, FL

04/14 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

04/16 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

Clairo album cover via Nicole Hajjar for use by 360 Magazine

Clairo Releases Sophomore Album Sling

Clairo has released her highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Sling, today via FADER Label/Republic Records.

Co-produced with Grammy® Award-winning producer Jack Antonoff, Sling was recorded at Allaire Studios in Upstate New York and features 12 tracks, including her critically acclaimed track, Blouse, which the 22-year-old performed live on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month. 

“I’m so excited for you to hear this record, I hope you enjoy it,” Clairo reveals. “It’s for mom, for Joanie, for me and for you.”

Claire Elizabeth Cottrill, known professionally as Clairo, began her love affair with music in her hometown of Carlisle, Massachusetts. When she was 13, she started posting covers of popular songs to her YouTube channel and Bandcamp. Her song Pretty Girl went viral on YouTube in 2017, just a few months before she was signed with her first talent agency. Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity (FADER Label). The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many more. Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Her growing catalog includes the platinum-certified Pretty Girl and gold-certified 4Ever and Flaming Hot Cheetos, in addition to Are You Bored Yet?—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Slingout everywhere now.

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KARL KANI REINVENTS HIMSELF… AGAIN

By: Clara Guthrie

At the junction of fashion and hip-hop lies the iconic and immortalized designs of Karl Kani. Coined the Godfather of Streetwear, the brand’s designer, born Carl Williams, first developed an interest in fashion when he watched his father, a Panamanian immigrant, have his clothing personally made by a tailor. In a conversation with Flaunt, Williams said, “Watching him make his own clothing inspired me to understand how easy it is to make clothing. […] so I decided I wanted to make my own outfits with my dad’s tailor.” This endeavor quickly became a small business of its own as friends would ask Williams to make them replicas of whatever styles he was wearing. But the real turning point moment was when an incredulous friend refused to believe that a certain jacket had actually been made by Williams, asking why his name was not emblazoned on the piece’s tag. The “street revolution”—as Williams calls it—then began, and every new design proudly had Williams’ name on it.

In 1989, at just 17 years old, Williams moved to Los Angeles to pursue fashion more seriously. He opened a store on Crenshaw Boulevard and continued to design, but this time under a new moniker, Karl Kani. According to the official Karl Kani website, the name came to being as the brand grew in recognition and demand, and consequently, Williams would always ask himself, “Can I do this?” It was with this incessant question in mind that he rose to his own challenge and legally changed his name to Karl Kani, an alternative spelling of both his birth name and “Can I?”

Since the brand’s electric inception, Karl Kani filled a void in the world of fashion and revolutionized the concept of streetwear. In the Flaunt interview mentioned above, Kani said, “Hip-hop needed a clothing brand; Karl Kani needed an industry, so we [could] combine together and [were] able to create success for everyone.” Karl Kani quickly became the “it” brand for the Golden Age of hip-hop that emerged in the late 1980s and commanded the music and pop culture scene through the 1990s.

The eternally cool streetwear brand became the paragon of and blueprint for a distinctive revolution in the world of fashion. In a white-dominated industry, Karl Kani clothing was unapologetically designed with black people, and specifically black creatives, in mind. “The only thing that really kept me striving was seeing black people being successful in the music industry,” Kani told The Los Angeles Times in 1994. “I wanted to be a part of that, but I knew I couldn’t sing or dance or rap. I couldn’t do all that, but I could provide clothing for the people who were out there, who could make me famous at the same time.”

Kani formed poignant and lucrative bonds with many of these black performers, most notably Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. In 1994, Kani approached Tupac about shooting a campaign for the fashion company since the rapper often sported his clothing and asked how much he would charge for the favor. As Kani remembers it, Tupac responded, “No, I’m not charging you for nothing. You’re my people, you’re black. I got you.” His only request was that Kani put his song, “Thug Life” in the background of some of his advertisements. The Karl Kani × Tupac collaboration became iconic: a moment in which two art forms came together and the world stood by to watch.

Kani’s relationship with Biggie was solidified when the artist shouted out the brand in his song, “One More Chance,” rapping: “I got the funk flow to make your drawers drop slow, so recognize the dick size in these Karl Kani jeans. I wear thirteens, know what I mean?” (And by the way, Biggie really did wear a size thirteen in Karl Kani jeans. Kani consciously made clothing for men of bigger sizes who fashion largely ignored at the time.)

You can check out Tupac, Biggie and a collection of other celebrities wearing Karl Kani HERE.

One of Kani’s most resonant, popular and withstanding designs was the wide-leg jeans. The design came to being as Kani noticed that people would size up when purchasing jeans to achieve a baggier aesthetic but the waists would then be far too large on them. He ingeniously bypassed this problem by increasing only the size of the pant legs and never altering the waist.

If there is anything that defines Kani, though, it is his adaptable, trendsetting and forward-thinking mind. When his signature wide-leg jeans were co-opted by other brands, and as the streetwear look evolved past its earlier days, Kani ensured that his designs pioneered stylistic change, never to be left behind. “A lot of people are doing a lot of the things we used to do, and we want to look different,” Kani said in 1994. “By staying real and staying focused and always changing your style, you’re always going to stay ahead of the marketplace.”

Recently, Karl Kani has made a striking resurgence in the world of streetwear due to its on-point designs—including an entire collection of unisex pieces—and the rise of nostalgia fashion, now making the brand a multi-generational and inclusive powerhouse. This new wave of Karl Kani designs has been accompanied with a new troupe of black artists advertising the brand. For example, the rap group, Migos, formed a relationship with Karl Kani starting in 2015. “They wore it in all their videos and press and they were able to reintroduce my brand to a whole new young generation which was really cool because they were on top of their game,” Kani said to INDIE Magazine in 2019. Kani also told Wonderland Magazine that he sees artists like “Rihanna, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky [and] Keith Powers” as dream collaborations and models for the brand: artists that represent the eternal spirit and vibe of Karl Kani.

It is safe to say that no matter who takes over the hip-hop scene next, or however the world of street fashion reinvents itself, Karl Kani will be a part of it.

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Karl Kani Reinvents Himself... Again from Winnie StaCkz for use by 360 Magazine

Photo Credit: Tony Photo

Karl Kani Reinvents Himself... Again from Winnie StaCkz for use by 360 Magazine

Photo Credit: Tony Photo

Karl Kani Reinvents Himself... Again from Winnie StaCkz for use by 360 Magazine

Photo Credit: Tony Photo