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GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT

GLAAD × GEORGE MICHAEL

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, along with Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing, presented a new clip from the upcoming autobiographical feature documentary GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUTAdditionally, GLAAD.org has posted an in-depth interview with the co-director and producer of the film, George Michael’s songwriting partner and long-time collaborator, David Austin. View the clip and the interview HERE.

David Austin said, “We are very proud to Partner with GLAAD – George was proud of his sexuality and campaigned throughout his life for everyone to have the freedom to be who they wanted to be and love who they wanted to love.”

Anthony Allen Ramos, Vice President of Communications & Talent of GLAAD, said, “Pride Month is a perfect opportunity to remember the trailblazing legacy of George Michael within the music industry and beyond. The release of GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT will help audiences learn so much about the performer’s extraordinary life. It is truly special to see the film’s never before seen footage and personal stories about his touching love story with Anselmo Feleppa, who unfortunately left us far too early.”

A poignant and moving tribute to the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest performers, in his final work George Michael reclaims the narrative of his career, personal life, and controversies. Throughout the film, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to the making of this documentary before his tragic passing in 2016, making GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT an incredibly special posthumous release and a poignant and moving tribute to his legacy.

Narrated by the late Grammy® Award winner himself, GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT delves into the turbulent period after “Faith” leading up to, during, and after the making of Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1” album in 1990. At this pivotal time, Michael can fight for his artistic freedom and lead the way for others. As the film clip posted at GLAAD beautifully illustrates, it was at this period of his life when Michael meets his first real love, Anselmo Feleppa, and nothing is ever the same for him. The moving film later explores how the legendary singer navigates both the heartbreak of Anselmo’s early tragic passing and the devastating loss of his mother.

The documentary features numerous celebrities, with contributors including Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, Tracey Emin, Liam Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Jean-Paul Gaultier, James Corden, Tony Bennett, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT is produced by Big Geoff Overseas Limited in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment and distributed theatrically worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing.

In celebration of George Michael’s iconic album Older, Sony Music will release a deluxe, limited-edition box set in July. The set will also be available in digital/CD/2LP formats. Older was George’s third album as a solo artist and would see him experimenting with new musical styles and expanding his artistic horizons. Hailed by critics as a triumph, it told the story of an extraordinary period in the life of the man who wrote, recorded, and produced it, as he journeyed through one of the most turbulent periods of his professional and personal life.

Tickets on Sale for June 22 Worldwide Cinema Event at HERE.

Mary J Blige tour announced via 360 Magazine

MARY J. BLIGE TOUR

One of Time Magazine’s icons listed in “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022” and the recipient of the 2022 “Billboard ICON Award,” the undisputed Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, announces her Good Morning Gorgeous tour presented by Hologic in partnership with The Black Promoters Collective (BPC). GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Blige will perform in 23 cities with special guests, platinum-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Ella Mai and platinum-selling rising star Queen Naija beginning on Saturday, September 17, in Greensboro, NC, and ending on Saturday, October 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. The tour also stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.

Before offering to the general public, the Good Morning Gorgeous tour tickets go on presale today with The American Express Card Members beginning June 15 at 10 am local time through June 16 at 10 pm local time. Tickets will be available to the general public on June 17 at 10 am local and range from $69.50 to $189.50. Tickets can be purchased here.

“Mary J. Blige has been one of a select handful of artists at the top of our desired list to partner with since the initial construction of The BPC. Having her support in our mission so early in the process is a testament to the hard work we have put in to bring superior cultural experiences powered by black business to the masses. We firmly believe this is a match made in heaven and are honored to partner with the Queen,” states The BPC Co-Founder and President Shelby Joyner.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Mary J. Blige as the presenting sponsor for her Good Morning Gorgeous tour,” said Steve MacMillan, Hologic’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “As a global leader in women’s health, we’re committed to emphasizing the lifesaving importance of preventive screenings and the annual Well Woman exam, and Mary’s voice is a powerful way to reach millions of women.”

In addition to the previously stated accolades, the tour follows Blige’s early 2022 album release of Good Morning Gorgeous. The album was released leading into her energetic Super Bowl Halftime performance. The title track rose to #1 at R&B radio for 9 weeks and the song became a viral backdrop for many expressing self-love, with over 40,000 users creating videos using the song on TikTok. A deluxe version was dropped just ahead of her wildly successful Strength of a Woman Woman festival that took place last month in Atlanta.

For more information, go HERE.

George Michael documentary announcement via 360 MAGAZINE

FREEDOM UNCUT

Sony Music Entertainment and Trafalgar Releasing just released a new clip from GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUTwith the full version released on June 22, 2022, a deeply autobiographical feature documentary narrated by the late Grammy Award winner. This documentary was co-directed and produced by David Austin and features a slew of famous faces and contributors include George MichaelStevie WonderSir Elton JohnRicky GervaisNile RodgersMark RonsonTracey EminLiam GallagherMary J. BligeJean Paul GaultierJames CordenTony BennettCindy Crawford, Naomi CampbellChristy TurlingtonLinda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.

GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT is a poignant and moving tribute to the legacy of one of Britain’s greatest performers. In his final work, George Michael reclaims the narrative of his career, personal life, and controversies. Throughout the film, Michael reveals openly and honestly the two distinct sides of his life: his very public music career and his private personal life that cameras never truly saw. Michael was heavily involved in and dedicated to making of this documentary before his tragic passing in 2016, making GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM UNCUT an incredibly special posthumous release.

The newly released clip shows the story behind creating one of George Michael’s iconic pieces “Freedom! ’90,” To view the clip with the song and video discussed by Sir Elton John, Mark Ronson, John Paul GaultierNaomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and more, click HERE.

In the clip, Sir Elton John sums up the pioneering spirit of the video, “It changed the whole face of how videos were done. The video said everything. It was genius and it was a revolutionary thing,” with Naomi Campbell adds, “George pitched it to me in L.A. and his exact words were, ‘You’re the leader of the gang and unless you say yes, the rest of the girls won’t.’”

“Freedom! ’90,” directed by Oscar nominated David Fincher, has been recently remastered in 4K and will screen in full ahead of the main feature in cinemas worldwide. For local listings for the global cinema event, visit georgemichaelfreedomuncut.com

Meanwhile, in celebration of George Michael’s iconic album Older, Sony Music will release a deluxe, limited-edition box set on July 8. The set will also be available in digital/CD/2LP formats. Older was George’s third album as a solo artist and would see him experimenting with new musical styles and expanding his artistic horizons. Hailed by critics as a triumph, it told the story of an extraordinary period in the life of the man who wrote, recorded, and produced it, as he journeyed through one of the most turbulent periods of his professional and personal life.

DIDDY KILLED BBMAs

ICON SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS KILLED THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS DELIVERING A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE MEDLEY INCLUDING THE DEBUT OF HIS NEW SINGLE “GOTTA MOVE ON” FEATURING BRYSON TILLER PRE-ORDER HERE

“GOTTA MOVE ON” IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-PURCHASE HERE

COMBS ALSO PERFORMED “FIRST CLASS” AND “MO MONEY, MO PROBLEMS” 

On the heels of announcing his new R&B label Love Records and a new album with Motown Records, Billboard Music Awards Host, Executive Producer and Performer Sean “Diddy” Combs AKA LOVE opens the show with a surprise performance and special guests.

Moreover, Combs performed his brand-new single “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller, “First Class” with Jack Harlow, and “Mo Money, Mo Problems” with son Christian King Combs alongside of Teyana Taylor.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs AKA LOVE announces his official return to music and first single as a lead solo artist with his debut performance of “Gotta Move On” featuring Bryson Tiller. The single available now for pre-order. Diddy’s role as Host, Executive Producer and Performer at the Billboard Music Awards sets the stage of what’s to come in his new era of LOVE. He hits the stage 25 years after winning his first Billboard Music Award.

“Gotta Move On” is via his new R&B record label ‘LOVE RECORDS’ on his upcoming album in partnership with Motown Records.

Not only is Diddy one of the highest-selling artists in history, he is also one of the most accomplished music producers of all time. LOVE RECORDS represents Combs’ triumphant return to R&B as an Executive Producer, Curator and A&R of his forthcoming album. Combs will continue his oversight on his successful Bad Boy Entertainment label. He is a cultural icon, innovator and mogul. In addition to his catalog of hit records, Diddy has produced and creatively shaped the sound for superstars Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Boyz II Men, Britney Spears, Kanye West and many more.

LOVE RECORDS will be dedicated to R&B music and will release singles and collaborative projects from a collective of world-class artists, producers and songwriters. 

Get ready for the year of LOVE.

Diddy launches new Love Records via 360 MAGAZINE

Diddy Launches Love Records

Making history again, Sean “Diddy” Combs AKA Love announced today the launch of his new R & B record label ‘LOVE RECORDS’ and simultaneously signed a one time album deal with Motown Records. The new label will be dedicated to R & B music and will release singles and collaborative projects from a collective of world-class artists, producers and songwriters. The announcement marks Combs’ official return to music.

Diddy’s Album is the first project under the LOVE RECORDS imprint set to be released this summer in partnership with Motown Records, uniting the three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning executive with Motown for the first time in his decorated 30-year career.

“Music has always been my first love, LOVE RECORDS is the next chapter about getting back to the love and making the best music of my life,” said Sean “DIDDY” Combs. “For the Label I’m focused on creating timeless R&B music with the next generation of artists and producers. Motown is the perfect partner for my album and I’m excited to add to its legacy.”

Motown Records C.E.O. and Chairwoman Ethiopia Habtemariam stated, “This is a major moment for Motown, as Diddy is one of this century’s most important voices in music and culture; To be a part of his next evolution and album is nothing short of monumental.”

Not only is Diddy one of the highest-selling artists in history, he is also one of the most accomplished music producers of all time. LOVE RECORDS represents Combs’ triumphant return to R&B as an Executive Producer, Curator and A&R of his forthcoming album. Combs will continue his oversight on his successful Bad Boy Entertainment label.

He is a cultural icon, innovator and mogul. In addition to his catalog of hit records, Diddy has produced and creatively shaped the sound for superstars Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Boyz II Men, Britney Spears, Kanye West and many more.

Stay tuned for the release of new music coming and tune in to the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on May 15 as Combs will serve as host and Executive Producer.

DAVE EAST IN 360 MAGAZINE

DAVE EAST – HDIGH

By: Vaughn Lowery

Harlem’s Dave East invited 360 MAGAZINE to a private listing experience for his highly anticipated release of HDIGH – How Did I Get Here. We locked ourselves in small private rooms while we listened with Urban Fetes headphones. Soon after, we washed down bites from BK Lobster with specialty cocktails by Jack Daniels and Tres Generaciones Tequila shots.

Around 10 PM, The rapper now actor (Wu Tang: An American Saga) surfaced on the 13th floor at Dropp TV for the celebration.  A sea of supporters showed mad love for the story told by David Lawrence Brewster Jr.

HDIGH is an anthem for young people struggling in the streets of New York. With provocative lyricism and exceptional musical production, this EP is solid. Dave East will become an international artist. No wonder Super Bowl half-time acts as Mary J. Blige recruited him as a collaborator for Rent Money.

Another highlight of the evening was a spotting of filmmaker Coodie Simmons from Kanye’s Jeen-Yuhs inside a Hot 97 interview booth.

FEATURED artists on his EP: Method Man, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton, Benny The Butcher, OnlyIfWeVibe and Kalan FrFr

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Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show

By: Skyler Johnson

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is always a performance to remember and is oftentimes defining for an artist. Audiences are consistently provided with top-of-the-line choreography, special effects, and artistic direction. This year was no different, with performances by five legendary hip hop artists, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg.

Unlike other past performances, Super Bowl LVI’s didn’t include a ton of huge, fancy getups and expensive sets. And, this is one of the few performances where there weren’t dramatic changes to the set and outfits throughout. No one performed on a chariot like Madonna, or on a metallic lion, like Katy Perry. Instead, the entire set was five white stages that looked like buildings, placed in a row, on top of a large, overhead shot of Compton that carpeted the field.

This Half Time performance made history as it was the first time there were five headliners and the first time the artists were predominantly hip hop/rap artists. Rappers have performed during the event beforehand (including Puff Daddy and Nelly) but never have there been that many at a time.

Another unique aspect of this Super Bowl was the color scheme. Most of the performers wore dark or earthy tones, save for Mary J Blige and Snoop Dogg. The former wore a striking, silvery-white outfit and the latter wore a regal blue suit.

 There were sequences of intense choreography but not from the performing artists. The result is that the music shined through. And the track list was legendary. “The Next Episode” and “Lose Yourself” are just examples of some of the great, classic music that was played during this show. Unforgettable moments included a sequence where 50 Cent rapped “In Da Club” upside down, reminiscent of the iconic original music video. Eminem performed “Lose Yourself” with Anderson Paak on drums.

Kendrick Lamar delivered an intoxicating and beautifully choreographed performance of his hit songs “M.A.A.D. City” and “Alright.” For many, they saw their childhood compiled into one performance given how many artists and songs were represented.

At the center of it all is Dr. Dre, who produced many of the songs, and discovered many of the artists that were represented here. The artist who founded Dre Beats and other iconic brands was celebrated during this performance.

This performance came at a very interesting time for rapper and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg. The rapper is known as both a Billboard no. 1 artist and an actor (Beach Bum, Soul Plane), who also hosts a cooking show with Martha Stewart. He has now purchased Death Row Records, a record label founded by Dr. Dre. 

Overall, this Half Time Show, while not flashy or extravagant, was certainly one for the books.

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DG Fur Free

Dolce&Gabbana has chosen to discontinue the use of animal fur in all its Collections starting in 2022. With a view to preserving the work and professionalism of the master furriers, guardians of specific knowledge and skills with an indispensable added value, Dolce&Gabbana will continue to collaborate with these artisans in the creation of eco-fur garments and accessories, a sustainable faux fur alternative that uses recycled and recyclable materials. The new policy is supported by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, in accordance with the guidelines of the Fur Free Alliance. “Dolce&Gabbana is working towards a more sustainable future that can’t contemplate the use of animal fur. The entire fashion system has a significant social responsibility role that must be promoted and encouraged: we will integrate innovative materials into our Collections and develop environmentally friendly production processes, while at the same time preserve artisans’ jobs and know-how otherwise in danger of fading,” says Fedele Usai, Group Communication & Marketing Officer at Dolce&Gabbana 

“We applaud Dolce&Gabbana’s decision to stop using animal fur. Ending the use of fur creates a higher standard for what is acceptable in fashion, and we’re so excited to have Dolce&Gabbana, and so many others, embrace a better, more innovative path forward,” says PJ Smith, Fashion Policy Director at Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. 

About Dolce&Gabbana

Dolce&Gabbana is an Italian luxury fashion house founded by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. They won the Woolmark Award in 1991, and the Perfume Academy’s “Most Feminine Flavor of the Year” in 1993 and are most known for designing clothes for Madonna. They have also created outfits for Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, and for Romeo + Juliet.

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INDOGGO Long Beach Lemonade

Hip-hop legend, Grammy Award-winning rapper and founder of INDOGGO® Gin, Snoop Dogg will be performing at this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show and INDOGGO®’s Long Beach Lemonade is the perfect game day cocktail!

Ready, Set, Drink! All of America will be tuned in to watch the big game—but this year’s halftime performance is going to be one of the best of all time, and we have the perfect cocktail to enjoy this Superbowl Sunday! A star-studded lineup of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and none other than the California legend himself, Snoop Dogg, will hit the stage on February 13th for a show like no other. The Long Beach native created his premium flavored Gin right here in the Golden State so it’s only fitting that you celebrate with the king of Cali’s Gin ‘n Juice… Snoop Dogg style!

After maintaining his place in the public spotlight for over 25 years, the entertainment mogul ventured out into creating his own spirits brand with the mission of making a gin that exemplifies a laidback California lifestyle that is easy to mix, easy to drink, and hard to forget. Combine the strawberry flavored Gin with fresh lemonade, ice cubes, and lemon garnishes to kick off your Super Bowl Sunday and watch the Doggfather perform his greatest hits alongside some of the most legendary names in music!

Long Beach Lemonade

  • 2 oz. INDOGGO®
  • 6 oz. Fresh Lemonade
  • Ice Cubes
  • Lemon Slices

Add INDOGGO and lemonade to a glass and stir to combine. Top with ice and lemon slices.  

RESPECT – Starring Jennifer Hudson

Own it on Digital Now, Blu-Ray and DVD Release November 9, 2021

Jennifer Hudson stuns with her performance Brian Truitt, USA Today

Experience the cinematic music event of the year featuring Oscar and Grammy Award winner and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the inspiring true story RESPECT, available to own for the first time on Digital now and on Blu-ray and DVD November 9, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as electrifying (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) and extraordinary (Pete Hammond, Deadline), MGMs musical biopic gives an authentic inside look at the life and legacy of one of the greatest, most influential recording artists of all time.

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, ”RESPECT” is the remarkable journey of the music icons path to find her voice. Directed by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy (Insecure, The Walking Dead) from a screenplay written by Emmy Award nominee Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse,Verdon, The Americans) and story by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), ”RESPECT” is the biggest female-led musical drama in recent history and a must own film with extraordinary show stopping performances to watch over and over in spectacular Dolby Atmos quality sound, available exclusively on Blu-ray.

Hand selected by Aretha herself, Hudson leads an all-star ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (Black PantherThe Butler), Marlon Wayans (SextupletsFifty Shades of Black), six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and The Beast, Private Practice), Marc Maron (JokerGlow), five-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Addams Family), and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige (MudboundRock of Ages) along with Tony Award nominees Saycon Sengbloh (The Wonder Years Delilah) and Haley Kilgore (Amazing Stories).

The ”RESPECT” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features Jennifer Hudson’s uplifting vocal performances of 17 Aretha Franklin classic songs along with the original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),”  which Hudson wrote alongside four-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera]. The soundtrack is now available to own on digital/streaming services, CD and vinyl from Epic Records.

BLU-RAYTM & DVD EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of ”RESPECT” – Explore the unique telling of this Aretha Franklin story, what the project meant to all involved and how music played a pivotal role in crafting this film.
  • Becoming Aretha – Take a behind the scenes look at Jennifer Hudsons incredible transformation into the Queen of Soul including her commitment to the character, her connection with the late singer, and why inhabiting the legendary artist felt more like destiny than anything else.
  • Capturing a Legacy – A celebration of director Liesl Tommy’s artistry and professionalism as the cast and crew express their appreciation and admiration for her and her process.
  • From Muscle Shoals – Sit-down with the cast, crew and some of the original musicians that recorded with Aretha at Muscle Shoals to learn about this crucial time period in Aretha’s life and how it helped propel her evolution.
  • Exploring the Design of ”RESPECT”– Production designer Ina Mayhew and costume designer Clint Ramos discuss the research they conducted in order to create the beautiful sets in the film as well as the various custom-made wardrobes that span three decades of style.

“RESPECT” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

  • Blu-ray – unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital – lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly buy or rent.