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Kaelen Felix illustrates Nas for 360 Magazine

BET’s New Documentary

Illustration by Kaelen Felix

BET PRESENTS NEW ORIGINAL GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY “SMOKE: MARIJUANA + BLACK AMERICA” EXECUTIVE PRODUCED AND NARRATED BY MULTI-PLATINUM RAPPER AND ENTREPRENEUR
NASIR “NAS” JONES

The Two-Hour Original Documentary Explores Black America’s Complex Relationship with Marijuana and the Current Fight to Reap the Benefits of Legalization. “SMOKE” Will Premiere
Wednesday, November 18 at 10 PM ET/PT

Produced by Swirl Films, “SMOKE” Features Sit-Down Interviews with Senator Kamala D. Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney
Kim Foxx, Representative Barbara Lee, Former NBA Player Al Harrington, WNBA Star Cheyenne Parker, Former NFL Player Ricky Williams, Rapper B Real, Singer/Producer Ty Dolla $ign, Son of Notorious B.I.G. C.J. Wallace and others

Watch The Trailer Here

BET has announced a new original documentary titled “Smoke: Marijuana + Black America,” set to premiere onWednesday, November 18th at 10pm ET/PT. Narrated and executive produced by multi-platinum rapper and entrepreneur, Nasir Nas” Jones, the two-hour special examines marijuana’s cultural, social, economic and legal impact on American society and the Black community. Told through the lens of aficionados, policy makers, advocates and innovators in the booming legal cannabis industry, SMOKE features testimony from a range of notable individuals including Senator Kamala D. Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Representative Barbara Lee, former NBA player and cannabis investor Al Harrington, WNBA star Cheyenne Parker, former NFL star Ricky Williams, rapper B-Real (Cypress Hill), award-winning music artist Ty Dolla $ign, son of Notorious B.I.G. C.J. Wallace, Columbia University PhD Professor Carl Hart and others.

Watch The “Smoke” Trailer Here“SMOKE” traces the fascinating and complex legacy of marijuana in the Black community. Early usage was recreational in nature, but political and racial dynamics led to the criminalization of cannabis and eventually its prohibition. America’s unjust war on drugs systematically targeted marijuana use in the Black community, resulting in racially disproportionate numbers of arrests and convictions. “SMOKE” features the voices of high-profile lawmakers, including the potential Vice President of the United States Senator Kamala D. Harris, Senator Cory Booker and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who are fighting to bring restorative justice to those incarcerated and others saddled with felony convictions. SMOKE also spotlights the tragic story of Corvain Cooper, a father, who is serving a life sentence for selling marijuana in the same neighborhood where legal dispensaries now operate in the open.

While the legal cannabis industry is expected to generate $30 billion in sales by 2025, only 4.3 percent of dispensaries are currently Black owned. “SMOKE” spotlights the hypocrisy of the system, highlighting the stories of pioneering African American entrepreneurs across the country, including former NBA player Al Harrington, who are fighting to own a piece of the booming legal cannabis industry currently dominated by White owned conglomerates and entrepreneurs.

“SMOKE” also dives into the controversy and stories of brave African American athletes, including former NFL star Ricky Williams, and WNBA star Cheyenne Parker, who have risked their careers by openly embracing their use of Cannabis.

“Smoke: Marijuana + Black America” is produced by Swirl Films. Nasir “Nas” Jones, Jason Samuels from BET, and Eric Tomosunas from Swirl Films serve as executive producers. Erik Parker serves as director for the documentary and Swirl Films’ Tony L. Strickland serves as co-executive producer.

For more information, go to BET.com and follow us @bet and @betnews across social media.

ABOUT BET
BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT SWIRL FILMS
Swirl Films is one of the leading independent TV & Urban Film Production companies in the country, based out of Atlanta, Georgia and founded by Eric Tomosunas in 2001. Swirls project slate includes the wildly popular original drama series, Saints & Sinners, and as well as high-quality films and series produced for BET, TV One, Bounce, Lifetime, Hallmark, Reel One, Netflix & Up TV. Swirl Films provides services and content across various areas of production spanning from script to screen, for movies, biopics, scripted series, award shows and documentaries. Purchased in 2019, Swirl Films owns and operates its own 100,000 square foot film studio in Atlanta.

Ruel – Bright Lights, Red Eyes

RUEL RELEASES NEW EP

BRIGHT LIGHTS, RED EYES OUT NOW VIA RCA RECORDS

WATCH HIS 24 HOUR TV NETWORK RUELVISION HERE

LISTEN: Bright Lights, Red Eyes

WATCH: “courage

Ruel releases his new EP Bright Lights, Red Eyes via RCA Records. Written entirely in Paris, the EP includes his previously-released singles “as long as you care” and “say it over” featuring Cautious Clay, which PAPER said “delivers the soulful sound Ruel has come to be known for.” The EP also arrives alongside a 60’s mod-themed visualizer for “courage.” Watch it here.

Bright Lights, Red Eyes is the third release from Ruel following last year’s Free Time, which MTV described as “an accomplished reflection of Ruel’s stated influences, contemporary touchstones, and his own, growing voice,” and arrives after his collaboration with Omar Apollo released last week, “Want U Around,” which is featured on Apollo’s debut project Apolonio.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the EP, Ruel says: “I want to get across that this project is another step forward in maturity for me. Free Time was a step up from Ready, and this Bright Lights, Red Eyes EP is a step up again. This project was a stream of consciousness when I was writing it at the time, and I feel like that’s the way all projects and songs are for me. They are moments in time. This project isn’t who I am right now as I wrote these songs last year, but it’s the most mature you’ve ever heard me and it was me, in that moment in time. The songs I’m writing now will be more mature again, and I love that my fans can come on this journey with me as I grow.” 

Ruel also shot over 70 pieces of content for his recently launched RuelVision, a 24-hour online television network featuring unique and fun programs starring himself, from music, cooking and karaoke, to news and lifestyle. The ambitious venture is the largest content-driven artist campaign of 2020, and a testament to Ruel’s continual drive to push creative boundaries and offer fun and unexpected content for his fans. The network is live now here.

Following that, Ruel has grand plans for his highly-anticipated debut album. He’s working closely with M-Phazes and THIEF (both of whom have nurtured Ruel since his debut single), ensuring that the full-length will be an organic affair. “It’s a lot more layered, I want each project to have more meaning and purpose,” Ruel says. “I want to reflect on something important in my life, and give across a message that if people are feeling the same way that I am, it’s okay.” It’s hard to believe, but Ruel’s story is just beginning – and the next chapter looks brighter than ever.

Listen to Bright Lights, Red Eyes and watch the visualizer for “courage” above, see EP details below, and stay tuned for more from Ruel coming soon.

Ruel

Bright Lights, Red Eyes

RCA Records

October 23, 2020

1.as long as you care

2.distance

3.courage

4.say it over feat. Cautious Clay

5.up to something

About Ruel:

At a young age, Ruel’s resume reads like that of a seasoned global superstar, and the Sydney-bred, London-born vocalist is quickly becoming one of this generation’s most influential artists. With half a billion streams, over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, three sold-out world tours and five Platinum plaques under his belt, Ruel is a trailblazer who’s far exceeded the omnipresent hype and overwhelming fan frenzy that surrounds him globally. Ever since his rustic demos landed in the ears of M-Phazes back in 2015, Ruel’s ascension has been impossible to ignore, as he continues to push boundaries. 

Ruel made his official debut in 2017 with “Golden Years” alongside M-Phazes, and just three months later, he became the youngest artist to ever appear on triple j’s Like A Version. His stunning reinterpretation of Jack Garratt’s “Weathered” went viral, an early indication of his cult-like fanbase and runaway success. His next single “Don’t Tell Me” further highlighted his rich vocals and defiant lyricism, catching the attention of Elton John who praised Ruel as “the most amazing voice that I’ve ever heard from a male singer at 14 years of age.”

“Don’t Tell Me” was later certified Gold, and featured on Ruel’s debut EP Ready in 2018. The project earned widespread praise from tastemaker publications including Vogue and NYLON, also producing Platinum singles “Younger” and “Dazed & Confused.” Reflecting on romance, friendship and homesickness, Ready was a display of Ruel’s instantly accessible penmanship, and a formative step in his tight-knit relationship with listeners. Ruel describes it as “a very conceptual, youthful EP. When I wrote it, I was going through the same things as my fans and I think that made it super relatable.”

Ruel was invited to perform alongside world-class talents like Khalid, also becoming the second ever Australian billed performer on Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival. Proving his ability to wow audiences in an eclectic range of environments, Ruel also performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, streaming to 1.4 billion viewers worldwide. Singing on these grandiose stages primed Ruel for his own headline tours: He’s sold out 3 world tours across America, Europe and Australia in a matter of minutes; further evidence of the profound bond he’s established with millions through music.

At the tail end of 2018, Ruel also won the Breakout Artist award at the ARIAs, becoming the youngest artist to do so. He quickly re-emerged in 2019 with single “Painkiller,” which went 2x Platinum before recruiting Denzel Curry on the remix. It served as the first taste of his sophomore EP Free Time, which showed Ruel’s progression as a sophisticated and intricate songwriter. Subsequent singles “Real Thing” and “Face To Face” also went Platinum, while Ruel spent 2019 further solidifying his live portfolio. In his hometown, he became the youngest artist to sell out the Sydney Opera House, twice.

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Young Bombs & Darius Rucker – Wrong Side of Love

YOUNG BOMBS TEAM WITH SUPERSTAR DARIUS RUCKER ON COUNTRY-TINGED NEW SINGLE WRONG SIDE OF LOVE FROM DEBUT EP

The Young Bombs Show EP collects five recent heaters and the new Rucker-blessed single, listen HERE

Today, Young Bombs return with a wistful, country-tinged single featuring three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker called Wrong Side of Love. Built around Rucker’s honeyed croon, the story of lost love is the final single from the duo’s debut EP, The Young Bombs Show, also out now on Astralwerks. Listen to the song HEREand the EP HERE. The set gathers a string of singles that have established the duo as among the dance-pop world’s most vibrant and versatile producers, including the openhearted Better Day with Aloe Blacc and the swooning, optimistic Starry Eyes.

Wrong Side of Love shows off Young Bombs at their most emotional, lending a textured arrangement to Rucker’s poignant pining for a lover who’s fallen right back in somebody else’s arms. The song starts with roiling pianos and other homey instrumentation that might feel familiar to fans of Rucker’s country singles, but from there the song soars. Rucker moves beyond his pain into anthemic whoa-ohs as the track ascends into a synthy daydream.

It’s a different look for the duo, but Wrong Side of Love is a brilliant capstone to the run of singles that make up The Young Bombs Show. Young Bombs first came to widespread acclaim as esteemed remixers, sharing upwards of 50 beloved reworks of tracks for artists like Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish, among others. Since 2019, they’ve applied the same lively production to their own original tracks, which has resulted in the colorful singles on their new EP, spanning from heavenly bangers like Starry Eyes to more sensitive, stirring tracks like the Robinson-featuring High Road.

So far, the tracks on The Young Bombs Show have amassed over 65 million streams. As these songs have traveled, so has the duo. In recent years, they’ve played Lollapalooza, Ultra, Firefly Music Festival, and the Billboard Hot 100 Festival. They’ve also shared the stage with dance music luminaries like the Chainsmokers, Alesso, Galantis, and Diplo.

In just a couple of weeks, Young Bombswill be back with a video for Wrong Side of Love, a sign that even though The Young Bombs Show is a culmination of years of hard work, they won’t be stopping anytime soon.

About Young Bombs:

In 2019, Young Bombs make the bold leap from sought-after remixers to artists. That leap remains driven by a personal and creative chemistry forged way back in the Vancouver high school where they became best friends. With nearly 100 million streams in four years, the duo of Martin and Tristan cooked up 53 remixes by 2018. Along the way, they lent their talents to everyone from Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, and Lady Gaga to Billie Eilish, Alessia Cara, Post Malone, Khalid, and Bazzi. In addition, they attracted the support of Kygo and Don Diablo. Simultaneously, they graced the stages of blockbuster festivals such as Lollapalooza, Ultra, Firefly Music Festival, and the Billboard Hot 100 Festival. Not to mention, Young Bombs supported The Chainsmokers, Galantis, Diplo, and Alesso on tour around the globe and launched a coveted residency at Drai’s Beachclub in Vancouver. The upbeat and undeniable anthem Starry Eyes, their debut Astralwerks single, introduced a musicianship-centric style reliant on real instrumentation and genre-less creativity, shining a bright light on the future.

About Darius Rucker:

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus nine No. 1 singles at Country radio. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel. His latest single, “Beers And Sunshine,” was written via a Zoom session earlier this year and calls for slowing down to enjoy the simple things in life when the world feels out of control. As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a constant supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. He has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. Rucker spent 2019 on the road with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for the Group Therapy Tour as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of generation-defining smash Cracked Rear View in addition to the November 1 release of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years.

Parson James Releases Single with Visual – ‘High Tide, Low Tide’

Multi-platinum selling artist Parson James has returned today with his brand new single ‘High Tide, Low Tide,’ also marking the first release since signing to his new record label 12Tone Music.

WATCH | LISTEN
‘HIGH TIDE, LOW TIDE’

“‘High Tide, Low Tide’ actually came about during the throes of quarantine. It’s clearly been an exceptionally odd year for everyone and personally it’s forced me to look inward and face things about myself in a way that I had never done before.” Parson James confesses. “As always, a hunter for silver linings, I am thankful for what I’ve learned during this time. The opening line of the song is “my empathy is killing me” & what I mean by that is that my empathy is always getting the best of me. I’m always trying to help others before ever helping myself and more often than not this does not work in my favor.” Read Parson James’ full interview and learn more about the inspiration behind the song in V Magazine HERE.

Listen to ‘High Tide, Low Tide’ HERE

Watch the visual for ‘High Tide, Low Tide’ HERE

With his cathedral-size vocal range, confessional lyricism, sharp sense of soul, and pop ambition, South Carolina-born and Los Angeles-based platinum-certified singer and songwriter Parson James transmutes trials and tribulations into inspiration.

Now, with a new label deal and single out titled “High Tide, Low Tide,” Parson James is ready to wear his heart on his sleeve yet again, as he embarks on this next chapter. His rhythmically soulful way of storytelling permeates throughout his new music, setting the stage for Parson James to return with a style that is finally his own.

“It’s a focus on me, now. I’m at this point in my life, where I’m back at a place of total belief in myself,” he says. “I’m stoked to be able to have creative control, clarity and freedom to continue telling my story.”

Parson’s personal journey could be worthy of a novel or screenplay in and of itself. As an openly gay, bi-racial son of the South, who experienced a rocky childhood marked by racism, religion-based homophobia, addiction, and domestic abuse, James has frequently found himself drawn to trying to make sense of his past and how it has shaped his identity. Born to an African American father and Caucasian teen mom in poverty, the music of Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley became something of a refuge throughout his childhood.

Following a whirlwind few years starting in 2015 when Parson James catapulted to the top of the charts and gained instant global fame having penned and sang on Kygo’s major hit “Stole The Show,” he simultaneously inked a major label deal, began releasing his own critically acclaimed solo music, landing on the cover of magazine’s and touring all over the world. “Stole The Show” went on to earn RIAA multi-platinum certification in North America and multi-platinum in 15 other countries, clocking more than a billion combined global streams.

Also, a staunch and outspoken advocate, he capitalized on the opportunity to give back within the LGBTQ+ community and became a board member for the LOVELOUD Foundation, and has been a regular contributor to organizations such as GLAAD, The Trevor Project and AmFAR.

Now, Parson James is back, with more experience, a new perspective and the best music he’s written to date.

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Jasmine Thompson and Zedd illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Jasmine Thompson × Zedd

Grammy award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd and Atlantic pop singer-songwriter Jasmine Thompson have announced today’s release of “Funny,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE an official companion video (directed by Jack Karaszweski) is streaming now via YouTube HERE. “Funny” marks the first new music from Zedd this year and the latest in a stunning series of new releases from Thompson.

“When I first heard Jasmine’s voice on this song, I was blown away by it and knew I wanted to work with her on ‘Funny,'” says Zedd. “There’s so much emotion and energy in this song and Jasmine’s voice captures it perfectly.”

“After a relationship people always seem to come back and want to try again and pay you more attention and say they miss you. I had been through a relationship that wasn’t working and as soon as we ended it, they wanted to spend more time with me,” says Jasmine Thompson of “Funny.” “That’s what this song is about, and collaborating with Zedd was an amazing experience – his approach was unique, gave the song an incredible energy, and really brought it to life.”

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd made his debut with “Clarity” after signing with Interscope in 2012 and has been breaking down barriers surrounding music genres ever since. Throughout his career, Zedd has worked with a diverse range of artists to create hits, including Foxes on “Clarity” (which earned Zedd a 2014 Grammy “Best Dance Recording”), Hayley Williams on RIAA platinum-certified hit, “Stay The Night” (which racked up more than 400 million streams), and Selena Gomez on the platinum-certified track, “I Want You To Know,” which spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Dance/Electronic Songs” chart. He’s also collaborated with Alessia Cara on their hit single “Stay” which held the #1 spot at Top 40 radio for six consecutive weeks and earned Zedd his second Grammy Award nomination, and with Maren Morris and Grey on the monster hit “The Middle,” which earned Zedd is second #1 at Top 40 radio. Digitally, the song has amassed over 1 billion streams and earned Zedd three Grammy nominations including “Record Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” and “Best Pop Duo or Group Performance.”

Jasmine Thompson grew up in central London where her family of four lived in a modest two bedroom flat. After her parents divorced, Jasmine saw her mother working as many as four jobs at a time but always prioritizing her kids’ creative development, even buying a second-hand green screen for Jasmine to record videos of herself singing, that unsurprisingly ended up on YouTube where she now boasts over 630 million YouTube views and more than 3.5 million subscribers. Jasmine’s booming YouTube presence and captivating vocals lead to a major label deal with Atlantic Records at the age of just 13. Now 19, the singer-songwriter has enjoyed a musical growth that’s taken her from viral covers to her own ADORE, WONDERLAND and COLOUR EPs while also establishing a global fan following with featured appearances on internationally successful recordings, collectively earning more than 3 billion global streams.  She has made chart-topping appearances on a pair of global blockbuster hit singles, including her collaboration with German DJ/producer Robin Schulz on “Sun Goes Down (Feat. Jasmine Thompson)” that’s earned 1 billion worldwide streams along with a slew of international gold and platinum certifications and over 404 million views on YouTube. German DJ Felix Jaehn’s “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)” remix was another undeniable smash, earning gold and platinum certifications in a range of countries and drawing over 1 billion global streams and over 378 million individual views on YouTube.

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Lil West Give It All Up visual

Lil West – “Give It All Up”

LIL WEST ADDS “GIVE IT ALL UP” TO ALL DIGITAL STREAMING PLATFORMS

STREAM “GIVE IT ALL UP” HERE 

MORE MUSIC COMING SOON

Today, genre-blurring boundary breaker Lil West shares “Give It All Up” with all streaming platforms via Republic Records.

Produced by Take A Daytrip [Lil Nas X, Sheck Wes, Travis Scott] and Russ Chell [Lil Nas X], the track unfolds like a hazy daydream. Echoing guitar by Chell reverberates over a sparse beat from Take A Daytrip. Meanwhile, Lil West dips in and out of woozy verses before a heartfelt hook. Waving goodbye, he croons, “I’ll feel better when I reach all my goals. Things ain’t lookin’ too good for me and you. And I’m here to lift you up and brighten your soul. And I should give it all up.”

Originally debuted on Soundcloud, the track quietly emerged as a fan favorite with over 186K plays. Now, it finally receives an official release spurned by audience demand.

Earlier this year, Lil West joined forces with Brevin Kim for the Metallic Body Language EP. Complex touted the single “Bleach” on its “Best New Music This Week.” The project also garnered looks from HotNewHipHop, Banger of the Day, Hip Hop Spirit, and more. Meanwhile, the Delaware disruptor continues to post up nearly 450K monthly Spotify listeners.

Last year, Lil West flipped the game upside down with his EP series, Vex Part 1 and Vex Part 2. He put up over 20 million streams with highlights such as “Somedays” [3.7 million Spotify streams] and “Not Sure” [2.5 million Spotify streams] from the first installment and the second installment’s “Want Love” [1.6 million Spotify streams], “Hot Sauce” [1.3 million Spotify streams], and “Bad” [1 million Spotify streams]. Meanwhile, upon the release of Part 2, HotNewHipHop claimed, “The Delaware rapper establishes himself as one of the best up and coming artists in the game.”

Follow Lil West on Instagram HERE

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, 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, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, 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, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Karol G) and Hollywood Records (Zendaya).

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), Lionsgate (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) 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 during 2017 in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production is the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

The Weeknd, 360 MAGAZINE

The Weeknd × MusiCares

The Weeknd has donated $500,000 to Musicares®. The multi-platinum selling artist brought back popular XO facemasks and matched every dollar to raise money to aid those afflicted because of COVID-19.
The Weeknd has given back to the members of the music community with a $500k donation to MusiCares® to aid those afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Recording Academy and MusiCares established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events and the creative community behind it all. To date, the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised more than $20 million and provided thousands of music creators and industry professionals with emergency assistance.

About MusiCares
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs. For more information, visit these pages: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

About The Weeknd
Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award winner is the #1 most listened artist in the world on Spotify and is a top 10 artist of all time for RIAA singles. His 2020 album After Hours is the #1 most streamed R&B album of all time, followed by his 2016 album Starboy at #2. Alongside his gilded musical career, he’s graced the covers of Time Magazine, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ along with the late-night stages with heralded performances with the likes of Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
In recent times he has made acting appearances in TV and film with 2019’s film Uncut Gems as well as starring in and co-writing an episode of the hit show American Dad in 2020.
He generously shares with donations in 2020 already near $1.5 million dollars to various charities.
The continuous record-breaking of charts, sales, and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever-mysterious public persona combined solidify The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.

Follow The Weeknd: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube | Spotify | Website | Wikipedia

(Photo: Pari Dukovic)

BÜLOW, republic records, 360 MAGAZINE

BÜLOW – Boys Will Be Boys

Today, award winning and multi-platinum selling artist bülow unveils the official music video for “Boys Will Be Boys” from her latest body of work, an EP titled, The Contender via Wax Records /Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. Watch the official music video HERE.  Listen to The Contender HERE.
 
“I love creating with people that have a unique eye.” bülow comments on the making of the video, “The process needs to be fun, so being inspired by each other’s work is important, and I found that with James [director James DeFina].”
 
“Boys Will Be Boys” is the first single off The Contender EP, written by the JUNO Award winning artist and produced by Michael Wise [Ellie Goulding, James Blunt]. The brand new EP follows Crystalline released earlier this year.

About bülow
German-born and Toronto-based pop-iconoclast, bülow, first burst onto the music scene with the release of EPs Damaged Vol. 1 & Damaged Vol. 2, each instantly resonating with critics and new fans alike.  Damaged Vol. 1 included fan favorite and global hit “Not A Love Song” which earned praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes).  Damaged Vol. 2 included “You & Jennifer, “Honor Roll,” and buzzworthy “SAD AND BORED,” praised by PAPER as, “the perfect pop study in contrasts, and further confirms bülow as an artist to watch with razor-sharp wit to boot.” As well as HillyDilly calling her “one of the brightest new talents in pop.” Since then, bülow made a splash on the international festival circuit, appearing at both the Electric Picnic and Reading Leeds festivals in Europe, as well as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and SXSW in North America. 2019 has been a busy year, with bülow accepting her first JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, joining The Chainsmokers as a feature on “Do You Mean” with Ty Dolla Sign, performing on The Today Show, and releasing two EPs, Crystalline and The Contender.  Most recently, bülow has been on the road with Lauv during the Asian and North American legs of his how I’m feeling Tour.  Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey, her accomplishments stand tall as an impressive flag-bearer of things to come.
 
Tour Dates
November 22, 2019 – London, ON – London Music Hall

November 26, 2019 – Hamilton, ON – The Studio at First Ontario Concert Hall

November 27, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

BÜLOW RELEASES NEW EP CRYSTALLINE OUT NOW

LISTEN HERE:

SET TO JOIN LAUV ON TOUR IN MAY

Award winning and multi-platinum pop iconoclast bülow has released a new EP, Crystalline, out today via Wax Records /Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. Listen to Crystalline HERE.  The new EP will also be available on vinyl and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Crystalline is made up on 7 songs and includes the hit single, “Sweet Little Lies”produced by Mike Wise who previously produced bülow’s smash-hit “Not A Love Song.”The song was written by the 19 year old artist about the the idea of creating false realities and escapes. The EP features multiple producers, including bülow herself who produced the interlude track “Back OFF”. On the new EP Crsytalline, bülow commented, “Through this album I get to relive feelings and emotions I won’t forget even if I want to. They’re out there now for the world to see . I’m proud of this moment and co-creators.”

Watch the video for “Sweet Little Lies” here.

Its been an exciting start to 2019 for bülow who picked up the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards in London, ON. In addition to accepting her first JUNO Award bülow performed a captivating medley of her hit tracks, “Two Punks In Love” and “Not A Love Song” at the annual ceremony. Watch the performance, here.  Bülow made her SXSW debut this year and is set to perform at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago this summer. Before she takes the stage at the famed music festival, bülow will join Lauv on the Asian leg of his tour this May.

About bülow German-born and Toronto-based pop-iconoclast, bülow, first burst onto the music scene with the release of EPs Damaged Vol. 1 & Damaged Vol. 2, each instantly resonating with critics and new fans alike.  Damaged Vol. 1 included fan favorite and global hit “Not A Love Song” which to date has clocked over 90 million streams and earned praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes).  Damaged Vol. 2 included “You & Jennifer, “Honor Roll, and buzzworthy “SAD AND BORED, praised by PAPER as, “the perfect pop study in contrasts, and further confirms bülow as an artist to watch with razor-sharp wit to boot.” As well as HillyDilly calling her “one of the brightest new talents in pop.”  Last year, bülow made a splash on the international festival circuit, appearing at both the Electric Picnic and Reading Leeds festivals in Europe.  Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey her accomplishments stand tall as an impressive flag-bearer of things to come.

JEREMIH X TY DOLLA $IGN

Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated Def Jam icon Jeremih and prolific multi-platinum Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ty Dolla $ign announce the release of their eagerly anticipated album, Mih-Ty featuring French Montana, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa. Listen to the album HERE.

Mih-Ty tracklisting:
The Light
Goin Thru Some Thangz
FYT feat. French Montana
Perfect Timing
New Level
Take Your Time
These Days
Surrounded feat. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa
Lie 2 Me
Ride It
Imitate

Jeremih’s 2015 release, Late Nights (December 2015) was his third Def Jam album, which contained a trio of double-platinum R&B/hip-hop/pop crossover hits: “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG), “Planes” (featuring J. Cole), and “Oui.”  Jeremih, whose combined YouTube views have passed the 730 million mark has the distinction of charting 17 RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum smash singles, most recently co-writing French Montana’s 5x platinum “Unforgettable”. Jeremih was featured on Kanye West’s Ye (“Wouldn’t Leave”), Valee’s “Womp Womp”, and other releases from DJ Khaled, Chance The Rapper, and more.

Los Angeles-bred singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, TY DOLLA $IGN has been one of the most acclaimed singers and in-demand writers, producers, and featured artists since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It.” 2014’s BEACH HOUSE EP introduced the 4x platinum “Or Nah ft. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd” and the 2x platinum “Paranoid ft. B.o.B” His now Gold-certified debut album, FREE TC, which features the multi-platinum hits “Blasé ft. Future & Rae Sremmurd” and “Saved ft. E-40.” Ty’s second studio album, BEACH HOUSE 3, was released in October 2017 followed by the deluxe release in May of this year. Ty undoubtedly took over Summer 2018 as both a writer and featured artist. In addition to receiving his first Billboard Hot 100 #1 with Post Malone’s “Psycho,” the Grammy-nominated phenom’s talents are featured on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s EVERYTHING IS LOVE (“Boss”,) Drake’s SCORPION (“Jaded” and “After Dark”), Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s KIDS SEE GHOSTS (“Freee Ghost Town Pt. 2”,) Mariah Carey (“The Distance”,) Christina Aguilera (“Accelerate”,) Teyana Taylor (“3way”) and Kanye West’s ye, where Ty is featured on 3 out of 7 songs (“All Mine,” “Wouldn’t Leave,” Violent Crimes”.) Following what many critics have called “The Year of the $ign,” Ty is currently working on his highly-anticipated third studio album.