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Michael Jackson’s Thriller album turns 40 via 360 MAGAZINE

Four Decads of Thriller

Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson announced that it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The biggest selling album of all time.

The November 18 release of Michael Jackson Thriller 40 is a double CD set comprised of Michael’s original masterpiece Thriller. The second disc will be full of surprises for fans. It will include never-released tracks which were worked on by Michael for the Thriller album. To date, the album has amassed in excess of 100 million in sales worldwide.

In the US, Walmart will have an exclusive version of the original Thriller album with an alternate 40th anniversary cover, while Target will have an exclusive version of the original album with a commemorative Thriller 40 vinyl slip mat.  Both of these will also be available outside the US from various retailers.

Mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity will also make available the original Thriller album as a One-Step 180g 33RPM LP, pressed at RTI and strictly limited to 40,000 numbered copies as well as a hybrid SACD . (An UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Thriller will be released at a future date.)

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Several activations are planned between now and the end of the year to honor Michael’s epic creation which won a record setting 8 Grammys, smashed musical barriers and changed the frontiers of pop music and videos forever.  Michael Jackson’s Thriller has spent more than 500 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 100 million albums since its release on November 30, 1982. The first such activation is the first drop of new merchandise featuring the special Thriller 40 logo which is now available exclusively through the MichaelJackson.com Official Site.

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Thriller holds a modern-day record of 37 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the nearly four decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20X multi-Platinum (October 30, 1984) and became the first title ever to be certified more than RIAA 30X multi-Platinum in 2015 and since has been certified at 34x Multi-Platinum.  

Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa and remains the biggest selling album of all time with sales in excess of 100 million.  Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller, went No. 1. 

The music on Thriller was so singular for the time it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. Beat It was a new kind of pop-rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen’s incendiary guitar. On The Girl Is Mine, two men, one white and one Black, banter about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin and the rhythm and blues-based Billie Jean.   

Michael set out to revolutionize how to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale through film but faced roadblocks. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of Billie Jean, a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV’s ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. “He was MTV’s Jackie Robinson,” said cultural critic Touré.

Next, came the unforgettable short film for Beat It, which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was Thriller. Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention, such that 40 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Music from Thriller and other hit albums are featured in the Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater at Mandalay Bay as well as the acclaimed Broadway play MJ The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre in NYC, which was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil is an electrifying fusion of dance as well as acrobatics which wows audiences. Powered by his greatest hits in a state-of-the-art surround sound atmosphere. ONE takes the audience on a visual expedition–63 overly artistic dancers engaged in extensive choreography.

Michael has sold more than 1 billion records and remains one of the top streaming artists of all time.

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Doja cat rca records artist releases Vegas from Elvis Original Motion Picture Soundtrack via 360 magazine

DOJA CAT – VEGAS

RCA Records drops Doja Cat’s melodic, bouncy new single “Vegas” from the ELVIS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The soundtrack is set to be released the same date as Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming film ELVISJune 24, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. The track incorporates “Hound Dog” in a unique, singular way that only Doja Cat could ever do. Doja debuted the catchy single for the first time at Coachellathis year, where she received high praise for her set; UPROXX proclaimed “…we’ve definitely seen all the evidence we need to say that Doja should have headlined Coachella 2022.” She also brought out acclaimed Gospel artist, Shonka, who plays Big Mama Thornton in the film and will be on the upcoming soundtrack as well. 

Listen to Doja Cat’s “Vegas

ELVIS is an epic, big-screen spectacle from visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann that explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The soundtrack features Elvis’s extraordinary body of work spanning the 1950s, 60s and 70s, while also celebrating his diverse musical influences and enduring impact on popular artists today.

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Best Video Slots Based On Bands In The World

Take a look at the top video slots at the moment that are based on musical bands. Get your rock on with these fantastic video slots.

Best Slots Based on Bands

There are many different video slots currently on the market that are based solely around the music of iconic bands. It genuinely has one of the biggest selections out of any genre of video slots. With so many titles to choose from, it’s easy to find, and pick music-based slot games. We’ve looked at the best ones to help you enjoy the slot experience with your favorite musical icons.

Guns N’ Roses

Players all over the world love Guns N’ Roses. From players in Puerto Rico to online gambling in US, the most high-profile band in the world has a huge fanbase. This video slot is a great example of how to really make the most of what an artist has to offer. It uses some of the most famous songs in the back catalogue of the band, so fans will instantly be drawn in. Once they have started playing, the game relies on top-class visuals, as well as an array of amazing features to make sure that they stick around.

There are lots of licensed band slots on the market, but it’s safe to say that the Guns N’ Roses slot is one of the most sought out games.

Michael Jackson: King of Pop

You could argue that Michael Jackson is not a band, however he had a band playing as a backup for him on all of his albums and live tours, and he is arguably one of the biggest musical stars of all time. For those reasons, we’re willing to make an exception. The fact that this video slot is fantastic also plays a huge part.

Just like the Guns N’ Roses slot, there are some great tunes playing in the background. With such a top tier back catalogue to choose from, players are guaranteed to come across a great track once they enter game mode. It is highly exciting to play, and players will enjoy it too. The visuals are fantastic, and the features that are contained in the slot are absolutely mind blowing. If you love the king of pop, then this will be the game for you.

Kiss

It’s not a shock to see a Kiss game feature on this list. Kiss is well known for offering licenses to as many products as possible. While there have been a few Kiss pinball machines, video slots haven’t really been used to the same extent. This Kiss video slot makes sure that players can enjoy the make-up clad rockers, which are created to a very high level.

It has 100 pay lines in operation, which ensures that it gives players plenty of chances to win. On top of this, there are also several expanding symbols that come into play. Overall, it makes this an engaging game that really lives up to the Kiss name. It’s a lot better than the other attempts Kiss have made in the past at creating video games.

Slump6s – Origin

After piling up tens of millions of streams and views independently, 16-year-old Rochester, NY hip-hop artist Slump6s unleashes a new single and music video entitled “Origin” via Field Trip Recordings/Republic Records.

On the track, a string sample and a claustrophobic beat drive the frenetic production as his hyperactive delivery bursts with energy. It illuminates his ability to flip like a switchblade between punchy verses and a chantable hook. With its psychedelic filters and rapid cuts, the accompanying visual reflects this kinetic motion as he turns up outside in Los Angeles. It also arrives on the heels of his latest single “Moment,” which Elevator Magazine highlighted the rapper as “part of the new generation of soundcloud rappers who are taking the internet by storm,” and Our Generation Music noted his “melodic delivery is able to adapt as the instrumental starts with a wavy synth and leads into heavier 808s”. However, everything just sets the stage for more music to come from Slump6s. Be on the lookout.

About Slump6s
As the culture evolves, the boundaries of hip-hop continue to expand as well. However, Slump6s pushes those limits even farther. The 16-year-old Rochester, NY artist and rapper wields his voice like an instrument. Rather than gliding atop beats or charging against them, his vocals entangle with the production, moving in calculated harmonic bursts of emotion. Growing up in Rochester, he studied and memorized videos of Michael Jackson on YouTube. Dad owned a studio and often recorded friends. By six-years-old, Slump6s would sing over pop’s beats and record himself. Throughout school, he participated in band and learned clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and drums. In eighth grade, he started to upload music to Soundcloud as an escape. At the top of 2020, he dropped “Spark” and ignited palpable buzz. As he piled on streams with singles such as “Up It” and his independent 16 EP, he attracted a rabid audience on social media. He rode this momentum into 2021, meeting BabySantana on Discord and teaming up for the breakout single “Antisocial.” Right out of the gate, it generated 27.9 million Spotify streams and 1.3 million views on the music video championed by Wav Guide and more. Landing a deal with Field Trip Recordings/Republic Records, he sharpened his signature style as only a sophomore in high school. After racking up 20 million-plus streams independently, he masterfully leans into an ever-evolving melodic sensibility on a series of singles in 2021 led by “Moment.”

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Eighty 8 – Visual Mixtape

Buzzworthy Cash Money Records signee Eighty8 gives a glorifying glimpse to his budding star status with the release of his Visual Mixtape. The unique offering is made available to watch and experience on his YouTube channel Official Eighty8 HERE

The Northside Miami native, who also recently unveiled his widely popular debut single “Hit” a few weeks ago, delivers a tantalizing audio-visual experience that takes viewers to the emotive depths of his spirit, story, and artistic freedom as he rises to national notoriety. 

The Visual Mixtape is a conceptual presentation featuring snippets of  Eighty8’s new music and behind-the-scenes footage. While each track has a distinct style, they are all seamlessly interconnected to introduce the soundscape of the Haitian/Jamaican American artist’s sensational range comprised of tracks “Trilly Wonka,” “Heartless,” “Juvi” “Wild Child,” “Feel It In The Air” and “Hit.” 

Eighty8 showcases a taste for what’s to come as he solidifies status as 2022’s one to watch. 

About Eighty8

Roots can shape personality. Our lineage informs how we act and how we react to any given situation. Drawing on Jamaican and Haitian heritage, Eighty8 translates emotional extremes into an unpredictable and undeniable hybrid of R&B, hip-hop, pop, and island flavors. Generating nearly 3 million Spotify streams independently, receiving acclaim from Hip Hop DX, Hip Hop N More, On Smash and signing to Cash Money Records in 2020, he’s ready to formally introduce himself. He adopted his name during a period of self-discovery after learning that the number 8 represents a sense of power and exemplifies peace and unity. 

Born and raised on the North Side of Miami, at three-years-old, he realized he could sing and spent hours replaying an old Michael Jackson VHS as he obsessively studied the King of Pop. Throughout middle school, he sang to girls in the hallway and shutdown the stage with show-stopping performances at pep rallies and talent shows. As a teen, he joined the R&B group 4thand Ocean, recording music for Warner Bros. Records. Following the group’s split, he caught the attention of Balistic Beats and dropped the single “Pree.” Not only did it light up radio in Miami, the song amassed 1.6 million Spotify streams. On its heels, he maintained this momentum with “Trilly Wonka,” which accumulated another 561K Spotify streams. The music made its way to Cash Money Records and Eighty8 was signed to the roster in 2020.

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Denver Comes Alive – New Band

Denver Comes Alive will return to Mission Ballroom for its second annual event. Produced by Live For Live Music in partnership with AEG, Denver Comes Alive promises a full day of live sets and unique projects featuring an array of live music greats.

A limited number of $29.50 early bird tickets will be available via pre-sale starting Thursday, October 7 at 10 AM MT (code:liveforlivemusic). General on sale begins Friday, October 8 at 10 AM MT. Fans can elevate their Denver Comes Alive experience with a VIP package that includes exclusive access to a private lounge with a bar and food provided by Lou’s Italian Specialties in the West Balcony, as well as a private viewing area with seats.

Inspired by the vibrant live music culture of New Orleans, LA and its famed Jazz & Heritage Festival, Denver Comes Alive will offer up a mix of never-before-seen collaborations and nationally touring bands. In true Comes Alive fashion, the 2021 event will feature the world premiere of a new band, Ramble On Revival. The all-star ensemble features Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh & Friends), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Holly Bowling (Ghost Light), Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit), Skerik, and Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), who will pull from their interconnected musical lineages to deliver a performance steeped in the spirit of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, and more.

In addition to the debut of Ramble On Revival, the thoughtfully curated 2021 Denver Comes Alive lineup will feature Grammy-nominated New Orleans soul/funk/jazz/hip-hop/spoken word outfit Tank and the Bangas, beloved instrumental dance band Circles Around The Sun, former Prince and Michael Jackson collaborator Judith Hill, and more. The one-day event, hosted by SiriusXM’s Ari Fink, will also feature DJLogic performing between sets and a live painting exhibition/pop-up gallery by beloved New Orleans artist Frenchy.

“The last Denver Comes Alive took place a month before the pandemic hit and is my last memory of being at a sold-out, indoor show, dancing until my feet hurt without a care in the world,” says Kunj Shah, founder of Live For Live Music. “Over the course of the next year, we put on four virtual Comes Alive events and raised over $500,000 for charity, but we’ve been itching to get back to the live setting.”

Shah adds, This time around, we’re going to incorporate a bunch of incredible nonprofit organizations, various members of the Denver and New Orleans communities, and a truly diverse group of musicians to really make this event come alive.

Denver Comes Alive will donate a portion of proceeds to New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC), which provides comprehensive medical care and social services to local musicians, performing artists, cultural workers, and tradition bearers. In the wake of the devastating Hurricane Ida, the organization is actively working to provide immediate relief for its most vulnerable patients and clients.

In addition to NOMC, Live For Live Music and Denver Comes Alive are proud to partner with Conscious Alliance, a network of creatives using their time and talents to feed millions of hungry families across the US. In addition to a Conscious Alliance food drive at the event, all proceeds from sales of a unique Art That Feeds’ Denver Comes Alive 2021 poster will go toward sending a semi-truck filled with food to New Orleans to directly aid families struggling in Ida’s aftermath.

HeadCount and GrooveSafe will also have a presence on-site. HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. GrooveSafe aims to cultivate consent culture and create a no-tolerance environment for sexual misconduct.

Prepare for this year’s Denver Comes Alive by reliving 2020’s highlights here.

Get tickets for Denver Comes Alive 2021 starting this Friday here and find more information on the lineup below.

Ramble On Revival:

Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Ramble On Revival)

Steve Kimock (Phil Lesh & Friends)

Eric Krasno (Soulive)

Holly Bowling (Ghost Light)

Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit)

Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)

Plus performances by:

Tank and the Bangas

Circles Around the Sun

Judith Hill

+ DJ Logic Spinning Between Sets

Hosted by Ari Fink (SiriusXM)

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AZRA – SOLO

AZRA shares her upbeat and introspective new single, Solo. An anthem for independence, “Solo” celebrates not only self-empowerment, but also the journey we take to realize the powers that bind us and to break ourselves free from them.

“The process of creating this song was a mix of introspection and genuinely connecting with my listeners (aka Azradeities) about their own struggles in living their truth, finding self-worth, and dealing with societal expectations in the midst of all the external pressures,” shares AZRA“It’s an empowerment song claiming that we own our individuality and path through our lives.”

LA-based AZRA is an independent Korean American substance pop artist, performer, singer-songwriter, hip hop dancer, model, published author and motivational storyteller with a mission to inspire people to be their authentic selves and to empower others to live out their dreams unapologetically and boldly. Through bewitching music and memorable performances, she creates an experience toward a whole new state of mind: the 6th Dimension.

Audacious, spirited, and limitless, AZRA sees beyond what meets the eye. She grew up on musical theater, church choir as well as playing the piano, violin and hip-hop dancing and wrote the inspirational book The Cupcake Theory. This same fiery determination is what compelled her to reinvent herself to pursue her music career, no holds barred.

Her first single “Dimension” (2019) reached #1 on the Digital Radio Airplay Independent Chart, while her single “Dangerous” (2020) charted #1 on the Independent Digital Radio Airplay charts. She was selected as a ’20 and ’21 GRAMMY NEXT Artist by the Recording Academy and has garnered acclaim from publications such as Hollywood Life, LA Weekly, Celeb Mix and more.

Citing Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Cher, Madonna, and Michael Jackson as her influences, AZRA has collaborated with some of the best names in the industry. She has opened for Plain White T’s and has toured for Pride Festivals all over the country. Her magnetic stage presence and infectious energy undoubtedly captivate audiences wherever she performs.

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JONAH NILSSON — “DIAMOND RING”

Jonah Nilsson, lead vocalist for Dirty Loops, a major YouTube sensation, has teamed up with guitar legend Steve Vai the new single “Diamond Ring,” out today on Jammcard Records. “Diamond Ring” showcases Nilsson’s incomparable vocal range and stylings accompanied by an incredible guitar solo from Vai, the hero of shredding. Even music icon Quincy Jones, who is a huge fan and champion of Nilsson, makes an appearance in the music video. You can listen to “Diamond Ring” HERE.

“He’s different though, he’s got the perfect balance of right brain creativity and left brain music theory. It’s in his blood,” praises Quincy Jones. “He’s got soul, with one of the biggest ranges I’ve ever heard.”

Quincy discovered the Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist through his work with Dirty Loops, taking Jonah under the wing of his management team for a solo record, due out later this summer. “Diamond Ring” also features Kristian Kraftling (keys), Jesper the Creator (guitar), Kefa Figaro (drums) and Tobias Grenholm (bass).

“I’m so so excited to present this song that has been in the works for a long time!” Jonah shares. “It’s a very dance-friendly song with lots of fun musical elements with Steve Vai ending the song with a crazy solo! I thought to myself, this song needs the most epic, crazy, guitar-hero solo possible and there is only one person who could’ve delivered that. STEVE VAI!”

Jonah and Steve, both powerhouses in their respective talents, ran in similar circles in the music industry, and ultimately bonded over their common interest as master multi-instrumental musicians. They decided to work on “Diamond Ring” together, giving the song a genre-defying edge that blends rock, soul, R&B, funk and pop together under one roof.

“There’s a new breed of brilliant evolutionary musicians breaking onto the scene, and this track is the evidence,” Vai says. “It takes pop to another dimension of groove, musicality and overall bad-assery. It’s amazeballs.”

“Diamond Ring” follows Jonah’s recent cover of the Michael Jackson classic “Bad,” where he adds his own spin and signature technique to create a version that’s more powerful than ever. “Bad” features Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Anomalie and Justin Lee Schultz. Jonah’s take on “Bad” beams with all the elements of a worldwide pop star in the making, while paying homage to the soul and spirit that originally made the track a hit in 1987, and adding a modern flavor that gives this version an entire life of its own.

The funk-pop artist has come a long way since his childhood dreams of becoming an artist. Singing has been part of his life essentially since birth. Jonah started singing at his parent’s church choir at the tender age of one. Then, at the onset of his skyrocketing career, Jonah’s life changed overnight when he and a couple long-time friends uploaded their own covers of huge pop hits like Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to Youtube. The unique covers spread like wildfire in the music community, garnered them millions of views, and got them the attention of many acclaimed artists, namely 16x Grammy Award winning producer David Foster. David took them under his wing and signed the trio named Dirty Loops to their first record deal at Verve Records. And just like that, Jonah went from singing in his friend’s basement to becoming an international touring star.

Jonah has made a name for himself through his pop sensibilities and masterful knowledge of music theory from his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, which set him apart in this new democratized era in which almost anyone can call themselves an artist.

Since Jonah’s early rise to fame, he’s since got a few headliner world tours under his belt and has acquired a significant fanbase of high-profile musicians, including Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, Brian McKnight, Rodney Jerkins, Dallas Austin and the incredible Stevie Wonder. Even though that’s enough for some, Jonah’s humble demeanor continues to push him forward. His cheery outlook on life gives you the sense he’s unfazed and ready to continue giving the gift of music.

Jonah’s debut single, “Coffee Break,” featuring Richard Bona, was self-produced and released in 2018 one version which also features LUCAS from the massively popular K-pop group NCT and released by SM Entertainment. Since then, he has also released a cinematic single “Borrowed Time” and the jaw-dropping performance video of “Work Shit Out” with Dirty Loops. Jonah will continue to share new music, and when asked about how his music will differ from Dirty Loops, he says that the music will continue to have the flirtatious and cheeky sound that they were notorious for, but with more R&B and pop elements.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be here,” confesses Jonah. His piercing blue eyes and huge smile gives you the feeling that he’s wholeheartedly telling the truth. “Living in the present has kept my feet on the ground. I just want to create meaningful music… everything else that happens is extra.”

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LMB DG UNVEILS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO – PULL UP

Today, LMB DG shared the official video for his breakthrough hit “Pull Up.” Charged with a raw, ominous energy, the clip captures the sense of foreboding that hangs over those who ride the streets of Los Angeles at night and offers up an unexpected plea for grace. View the video, which was directed by Picture Perfect (A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, French Montana, Cardi B), here.

Released in late 2020, “Pull Up” went viral after a friend of DG’s shared the swaggering song to his 530,000 TikTok followers. By early 2021, DG had signed a record deal. Combined global streams of “Pull Up” have now surpassed 30 million.

Download/Stream “Pull Up” here.

LMB DG was born to deliver the ghetto gospel, music for survivors. Fueled by memories of his troubled Los Angeles neighborhood and the years he spent honing a powerful voice in his church choir, the West Coast artist freely spills his soul over solemn trap beats. He delivers tales of tragedy, triumph, romance and everything between, creating anthems that sit at the intersection of despair and inspiration. “I put a lot of passion behind my words,” says DG, and it’s clear.

Born DeGabriel Floyd to a mother from Trinidad and Tobago and a father from Illinois, DG remembers riding around in the car with his dad listening to Boyz II Men and Michael Jackson. Inspired by their melodies, he began singing in church with his sister – but his first love was football. When he was only nine, DG’s father died of lung cancer. Inspired by his dad’s love of the game, DG began to focus on making his own gridiron dreams a reality. By his senior year of high school, the inside linebacker had become a four-star recruit and earned a full scholarship to play at the University of Texas. While preparing for his freshman season, DG learned that he had a congenital condition that narrows the spine. He announced his retirement in December 2019.

“It was like my life shattered,” DG recalls. “But something erupted out of me saying it’s going to be better. A bigger purpose is there.”

DG returned to music and, after his brother was incarcerated, he tried his hand at rapping. The emotion, the depth, the attention to detail… it all poured out into the poignant song “Long Nights,” released in 2020. While he began making music as a way of dealing with the curves life had thrown him, he’s grateful to know that others can relate and find inspiration in his music.

“I want you to understand what I’ve dealt with and understand that I’ve still achieved success,” says DG. “Now I know I’m not alone, and other people can know they’re not alone, too.”

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Jonah Nilsson Covers Michael Jackson’s Bad

Jonah Nilsson, lead vocalist for Dirty Loops, a major YouTube sensation, shares his cover of the Michael Jackson classic “Bad”, adding his own spin and signature vocal range stylings to make a track that’s more powerful than ever. The track features Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Anomalie and Justin Lee Schultz. Music industry legend Quincy Jones has championed the Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist, taking him under the wing of his management team. Now, Nilsson has been added to the recently launched Jammcard Records roster to release his first full-length solo album Now or Never on July 29.

He’s different though, he’s got the perfect balance of right brain creativity and left brain music theory. It’s in his blood,” praises Quincy Jones. “He’s got soul, with one of the biggest ranges I’ve ever heard.”

Jonah’s take on “Bad” beams with all the elements of a worldwide pop star in the making, while paying homage to the soul and spirit that originally made the track a hit in 1987, and adding a modern flavor that gives this version an entire life of its own.

“The song takes me back to my childhood,” Jonah reminisces. “Playing video games, swimming, and running around outside of our country house, just being a kid. With my version, I wanted to keep the essence of the song as well as stretching the musical elements as far as I could without losing the original feel, which inspired many of those childhood memories.”

The funk-pop artist has come a long way since his childhood dreams of becoming an artist. Singing has been part of his life essentially since birth. Jonah started singing at his parent’s church choir at the tender age of one. Then, at the onset of his skyrocketing career, Jonah’s life changed overnight when he and a couple long-time friends uploaded their own covers of huge pop hits like Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to YouTube. The unique covers spread like wildfire in the music community, garnered them millions of views, and got them the attention of many acclaimed artists, namely 16x Grammy Award winning producer David Foster. David took them under his wing and signed the trio named Dirty Loops to their first record deal at Verve Records. And just like that, Jonah went from singing in his friend’s basement to becoming an international touring star.

Jonah has made a name for himself through his pop sensibilities and masterful knowledge of music theory from his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, which set him apart in this new democratized era in which almost anyone can call themselves an artist.

Since Jonah’s early rise to fame, he’s since got a few headliner world tours under his belt and has acquired a significant fanbase of high-profile musicians, including Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, Brian McKnight, Rodney Jerkins, Dallas Austin, and the incredible Stevie Wonder. Even though that’s enough for some, Jonah’s humble demeanor continues to push him forward. His cheery outlook on life gives you the sense he’s unphased and ready to continue giving the gift of music.

“It’s a little scary and wonderful at the same time because I have the chance to explore and share a new side of myself that my fans haven’t seen before. I’m really excited, and I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Jonah’s debut single, “Coffee Break”, featuring Richard Bona, was self-produced and released in 2018  one version which also features LUCAS from the massively popular K-pop group NCT and released by SM Entertainment. Since then, he has also released a cinematic single “Borrowed Time” and the jaw-dropping performance video of “Work Shit Out” with Dirty Loops. Jonah will continue to share new music, and when asked about how his music will differ from Dirty Loops, he says that the music will continue to have the flirtatious and cheeky sound that they were notorious for, but with more R&B and pop elements.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be here,” confesses Jonah. His piercing blue eyes and huge smile gives you the feeling that he’s wholeheartedly telling the truth. “Living in the present has kept my feet on the ground. I just want to create meaningful music… everything else that happens is extra.”