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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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Is Music Important in The Gaming Industry?

When you consider the video game industry and the work that goes into developing these games, your first thoughts might go towards the actual game developers. While these are arguably the most important cog in the process, many more people are involved in the entire production of a game.

Most people don’t realise it, but music is actually very important when it comes to video games and how they feel. In this article, we will look at the importance of music in the gaming industry. Keep reading to hear more about this.

Why Is It Important?

There are many reasons why music is important in the gaming industry including the fact that it helps to immerse players in the game. If you have played a game before and not noticed the music or the soundtrack then the game developers have probably done a great job. The point of the music is not to distract from the game but to tie the entire thing together. For this reason, a lot of importance is placed on the musical elements of a game.

Which Kinds of Games Use Music?

While you will find certain games don’t come with any music at all, just sound effects, there are plenty that have carefully curated soundtracks. Some developers will have music composed specifically for the game while others will utilise existing tracks that have been licensed to them for use in the game. Whether you are playing a game on your Xbox or a casino game like those described at bestcasinobetting.vip, you’ll find music in the game somewhere. 

Typically, the big budget games made by companies like Nintendo will have a special focus on music.

Does This Affect the Industry?

For those interested in how this affects the music industry, you’ll find that it certainly has a large impact. With huge numbers of people around the world playing games every single day, you can expect a few of them to listen to a song and want to hear it again. This has meant that many artists have benefited from their songs which feature in soundtracks, as have the composers who create songs specially for certain games.

Artists like Toto, Ariana Grande and Michael Jackson have all had their songs feature in some video games and this has opened them up to brand new audiences. Over time, video game fans start to enjoy listening to these songs that are often in the background.

Conclusion

The music industry and the gaming industry have their crossovers and many top songs appear in famous video games. With artists in the music industry benefiting from their songs being played over and over, this is often a mutually beneficial deal. Some fans prefer to hear music that has been composed for a video game, but this can be costly and take much longer. 

It is clear from what we have discussed that music is very important in the video game industry. Make sure to listen a bit closer to your favourite video game to see what is going on. 

TJ Jackson Goes Solo with “Last Night”

TJ Jackson set to release his first solo single “Last Night” in May

TJ Jackson, member of R&B group 3T will be making his solo debut in late May with the release of his new single “Last Night” along with its music video featuring Beyonce’s dance captain, Ashley Everett.

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New Brian Justin Crum Video

BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM DROPS NEW VIDEO “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” ON THE HEELS OF HIS BIG AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS WIN  

Brian Justin Crum, best known as the powerhouse vocalist from America’s Got Talent (Season 11) and now America’s Got Talent: Champions, has just dropped a new video “We Are The Champions,” fresh on the heels of his big win. Check out his winning performance of “Your Songhere.

The show-stopping talent, who garnered millions of views from his performances of Queen, Michael Jackson, Radiohead and Phil Collins –generated some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s talent. He also won the hearts of the audience who resonated with his story of being an overweight, bullied, gay teen. He strongly supports anti-bullying and LGBT efforts.   

Check out “We Are The Championshere.

Crum also appears in the Queen musical ballet “Somebody To Love on February 14.

He will be releasing singles, video and a new album this year. Follow @brianjustincrum

 

Brian Justin Crum Returns to America’s Got Talent

Vocalist/entertainer extraordinaire Brian Justin Crum impressed millions of fans on America’s Got Talent Season 11, earning a 4th place finish with his impassioned renditions of “Somebody To Love” (Queen), “Creep” (Radiohead), “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins) and “Man In The Mirror” (Michael Jackson). He’s been invited to return to the show’s Champion’s segment, featuring the best of the best, with a big, debut appearance on January 28. He is among the most talked about AGT performers, garnering millions of views from his performances – which went viral and generated some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s talent. Additionally, his personal story of being a bullied, gay youth also touched the hearts of many. Check out his performance and backstory here.

The singer/songwriter who soared to #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts with a cover of Robyn’s “Show Me Love,” and whose Broadway credentials include “Wicked,” “Grease,” “Altar Boyz,” “Next To Normal” and “We Will Rock You,” will also return to his theatrical roots appearing in the “Somebody To Love” Queen musical and ballet on February 14 at the Music Box in San Diego. Crum’s appearance as Galileo Figaro in Queen’s rock theatrical “We Will Rock You” was a pivotal role, leading to celebratory reviews and earning him a handful of awards for Best Actor. His growing fan base has led to demand for live performances all over the U.S., Australia and the Middle East. Crum will be releasing new music and content in the coming weeks.

Check out Brian’s upcoming Queen musical ballet “Somebody To Love.”

VIRGIL ABLOH × LOUIS VUITTON SS19

On Thursday, January 17, Louis Vuitton celebrated the launch of their Men’s Spring/Summer 2019 collectionVirgil Abloh’s debut with the house. 

 

The Miami Design District store hosted a private launch preview event of the highly-anticipated collection where guests were given an exclusive look at Virgil’s first collection before it was made available in 30 select stores globally on Friday, January 18. Drawing inspiration from “The Wizard of Oz”, the unique design of a yellow pathway led up to the entrance of the boutique, perfectly in tune with the vibrant colors from the collection. 

 

Notable attendees included: Founder of IPC Nathan Browning, Founder of Del Toro Shoes/Co-Founder of @TheOfficeMIA Matthew Chevallard, Tommy Cabrerizo, Christiaan De La Fe & Model Melody De La Fe, DJ Brendan Fallis, CEO & President of DACRA Craig Robins, Art Curator Vito Schnabel, Influencer Aureta Thomollari, Artist Typoe, Influencer Sandy Meyer Woelden, and more. 

The pop-up will be open to the public from January 18 – February 10, 2019 at the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District boutique

Jacquees Proclaims Himself “King Of R&B”

In a viral social media post last week, platinum-certified Atlanta singer Jacquees confidently crowned himself the “King of R&B”…

of His Generation.

He continually gives props to the genre forbearers and his formative inspirations such as JodeciK-Ci & JoJo, Jagged Edge, Michael Jackson, Boys II Men and more, but he’s holding it down for his era.

Clarifying his ambition, he went so far as to tell Vibe“It’s no disrespect to nobody because they’re all my friends, but I still wanna be number one. If we’re playing the game and I lose, I’ll be mad as hell, but I’m still a good person. I just want to win.

Now, this claim sparked an internet-wide debate, inciting responses by everyone from John Legend and R. Kelly to TankUsherTyrese, and countless others. As a result, the newly minted royal star dominated the conversation and headlines.

He backs up that claim with “Presidential”—the latest single from his collaborative album alongside Birdman, Lost At Sea 2, out now. The music video for “Presidential” lives up to its title as a regal display of high-class and high-level flash. It has already generated 1.5 million YouTube/VEVO views in addition to racking up 1 million-plus Spotify streams. Watch it HERE.

2018 closes as a banner year for Jacquees. Vibe described his full-length debut, 4275, as “glowing,” while its latest single “You” just eclipsed 10 million Spotify streams and 10 million YouTube/VEVO views. Not to mention, the album banger remains a Top 10 hit at Urban Radio. In November, he  took over the stage at the Soul Train Awards and delivered a show-stopping performance of “You” and the multiplatinum hit “B.E.D.” Check out a re-cap from OkayPlayer.

Jacquees is gearing up to release his new album at the top of 2019. Be on the lookout for more from ‘King Jacquees’

OTR II

By Vaughn Lowery

Last night concluded the Los Angeles leg of OTRII tour, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

DJ Khaled opened up for the Carters alongside of special guests – Tyga, Tank, YG and Ella Mai. With thousands of screaming fans, Bey and her husband transformed the Rose Bowl into an iconic night to commemorate. Massive LED screens, scores of dancers coupled with pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art sound system commanded one of the most powerful performances of our lifetime. No wonder the show (earlier this year) has been decorated by both Michelle and Barack Obama’s presence as well as the Kardashians and Oprah. ‘Apeshit‘ off of their latest collaboration Everything is Love was a crowd favorite as Bey spits some serious bars with her epic flow which rivals some of today’s top lyricists.

With less than 8 shows left, you may want to consider making arrangements to see this landmark presentation at on of its last stops.

If anything to witness the bright smiles of 11 high school students who will receive one $100,000 scholarships (per city) from both the BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter foundations.

Remaining OTR II tour dates.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

*Photos courtesy of Frank Micellotta

Lenny Kravitz New Album ‘Raise Vibration’

Lenny Kravitz releases his eleventh studio album Raise Vibration.

His new song elevates the union of rock and roll, funk, blues, and soul. Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work-befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.

Previously released off of this album, Kravitz debut track It’s Enough stands out as one of the most powerful compositions in his catalog and is a tense, decisive rumination on the global sate of affairs today. His single Low is a pulsating introspective composition dealing with the issue of preconceptions in the beginning of a relationship. It is a funky cinematic groove layered with horns, strings, and multi-layered vocals with help from the late great Michael Jackson.

In conjunction with the release of his album, Kravitz will kick off the third leg of his 2018 world tour, which kicked off in Mexico, then into Europe he played a series of arena and stadium shows. The U.S. leg will begin in Atlanta, GA. Tickets are on sale now and additional information can be found here.

RJ Word

As an American pop-artist and Latin sensation, RJ Word is quickly rising to the top of full-fledged international stardom. Growing up in the heart of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles, RJ took inspiration from local legends Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Quincy Jones. By the age of five, RJ developed a passion for singing/songwriting, and at just 10 years old he kicked off his music career performing on stage in musical theater – flourishing under the spotlight. Now, at 21 years old and with a handful of hit original singles, RJ has garnered 1M+ Instagram followers and 17.8M+ YouTube views. Most recently, RJ was featured alongside Pitbull and Rich The Kid on Juan Magan’s new Latin-pop single “Echa Pa’ Acá” (August 2018), with an accompanying animated music video. The video amassed over 14M views on YouTube alone in the first two weeks following its release.

Stream “Echa Pa’ Acá” by Juan Magan, ft. Pitbull, Rich The Kid & RJ Word:
MUSIC VIDEO | SPOTIFY | ITUNES/APPLE MUSIC

RJ was discovered by renowned voice coach Roger Love (The Beach Boys, Eminem) in the 6th grade, and has since honed his craft over a decade as a singer, songwriter and producer. In 2016, RJ’s single “Here Today” premiered on NBC Universo, which was followed by the release of “I’m Gone” that clocked 1M+ YouTube views in the first week alone. Last year, RJ released his hit single “Hold Tight”, which topped charts in over 14 countries and has since reached 3M+ YouTube views. RJ’s worldwide fanbase has led him to perform around the globe, including at Navi Fest 2016 at Arena Monterrey, Mexico, and at the EXA Festival in Puebla, Mexico, House of Exile 2017 in NYC.

Most recently, RJ released his latest original single “What You Need” with an accompanying music video (April 2018). The funk-inspired dance anthem is brought to life by live horns, and carried by RJ’s lyrics and falsetto-laced melodies that truly make it a smash hit. The music video, which has since garnered 7M+ views on YouTube alone, highlights the brass backing while showing that RJ’s moves are nearly as smooth as his silky vocals. With this single, and many more to come from the young recording artist, RJ continues to break through the mold of monotonous tracks that dominate radio airplay today and shape the future of music.

Stream RJ Word’s latest single “What You Need”:
MUSIC VIDEO | SPOTIFY | ITUNES/APPLE MUSIC

Connect with RJ:

YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Spotify | iTunes/Apple Music