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Joan Armatrading "Already There" image shot by Laura Bruneau (BMG) via Leo Lavoro (BMG) for use by 360 Magazine

JOAN ARMATRADING – ALREADY THERE

Celebrated singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading has released a stunning video for her new single “Already There,” directed by David Lopez-Edwards. 

WATCH THE “ALREADY THERE” VIDEO HERE, LISTEN TO “ALREADY THERE” HERE

STREAM/DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE HERE 

NEW ALBUM CONSEQUENCES OUT JUNE 18, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

The song deals with the familiar concept of two lovers– one has already fallen in love and is waiting for the other lover to catch up. As David Lopez-Edwards says: Joan is a great story teller through her music, and when I first heard the track I had this image of her sat in an old armchair telling the beautiful love story that is ‘Already There.’

I really wanted to be able to convey the emotion of the song in the video. I thought the best way of achieving that was to tell the story was through contemporary dance and have a dance couple interpret Joan’s lyrics, and tell what is essentially a very emotional narrative through their movement, expression and interaction. We were all blown away by the routine our choreographer Ainsley created, and it was truly magical seeing it brought to life by our two incredible dancers Zhané and Jared.”

Joan concurs: “The dance interpretation of my song ‘Already There’ is perfect.”

David Lopez-Edwards is well known for his creative videos and has previously worked with Kylie, Pet Shop Boys, Emeli Sande, KT Tunstall, Natalie Imbruglia, and Culture Club.

Joan‘s 22nd studio album to date, Consequences, is scheduled for release June 18th (Digital) and August 13 (CD/LP) via BMG. Consequences ably illustrates the fact that Joan Armatrading never likes to repeat herself. It is a very different follow up to 2018’s UK’s Top 30 hit album Not Too Far Away.

Of course, the change of musical pace will come as no surprise to Joan‘s many legions of world-wide fans. She has always been a pioneer in what she does, ever since the release of her first album in 1972 when her then record company, by their own admission, had little idea of how to present her, as Joan was so outside the norm. It should also be remembered that Joan Armatrading was the very first female singer/songwriter from the UK to have international success with the songs she wrote and performed.

Whether she’s playing a blinding electric guitar solo that would put many of the recognized  ‘Guitar Heroes’ in the shade, or focusing on specific genres like jazz or blues, Joan has always gone where the muse takes her with no predictability attached.  Repetition isn’t in her lexicon, even when composing the music for The Tempest and as demonstrated on the recently screened documentary about her career, “Me, Myself, I.” With her heartfelt, direct and melodic trademark vocal style, lyrics that tell it exactly how it is, and strong rhythmic flow throughout, Consequences is an album of some surprises. The album is couched in a passionate intensity that benefits from listening to it from start to finish. Consequences is a complete aural experience and an uncompromising tour de force that engages and gets better with every listen. The subject matter of the album is an intrinsically intimate topic –love in its many guises. This is not an album about Joan herself, but rather one written from observation. Joan has created songs that people can make their own, applying the lyrics to whatever their own particular circumstances might be.

The single, “Already There” is a perfect example of this as it details the common experience of one person in a couple already in love, while the other lover hasn’t emotionally arrived there yet.

Consequences in CD, vinyl and digital format is comprised of 10 tracks in total. All of the tracks are written, performed and produced by Armatrading.

Consequences Track listing:

1.Natural Rhythm

2.Already There

3.To Be Loved

4.Better Life

5.Glorious Madness

6.Like

7.Consequences

8.Sunrise (instrumental)

9.Think About Me

10.To Anyone Who Will Listen

Pre-order Consequences HERE

Since the release of her last album, Joan has been made a CBE (from an MBE), Trustee of The Princes Trust, Ivor Novello Fellow, Americana Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Women of the Year. Joan completed a major sold-out UK and American tour in 2018 following a massive 235 date world tour in 2014/15.

Among many other accolades, she is the first female British artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart–where she stayed for 12 weeks and was the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. Although touring is off the table for the immediate future, Joan will be giving a special, digitally streamed concert in support of the album later this year in September. Details of this are to be announced nearer the time of the concert.

Joan Armatrading "Consequences" signed album image shot by Laura Bruneau (BMG) via Leo Lavoro (BMG) for use by 360 Magazine

Astronaut in the Ocean Remix Single Artwork courtesy of Elektra Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

Masked Wolf’s New Remix

MASKED WOLF ENLISTS SUPERSTARS G-EAZY & DDG FOR SPECIAL REMIX OF HIS GLOBAL SMASH

Astronaut in the Ocean (Remix) featuring G-Eazy & DDG arrives today, listen here. The Australian rapper’s breakout single “Astronaut in the Ocean” has already hit #1 in 6 countries around the world with over half a billion streams to date. His world television debut performance was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, watch here

Elektra recording artist Masked Wolf has enlisted superstars G-Eazy and DDG for a special re-imagining of his global smash “Astronaut In The Ocean” (Remix) feat. G-Eazy & DDG arrives today at all streaming services. Listen HERE.

Masked Wolf explains, “I’ve always wanted to do a remix of Astro, but it had to be right. The song means a lot to me so I really thought about who I wanted on it. As soon as I heard DDG on “Moonwalking”, I was like, I need this guy. He’s so talented and I knew he would rip a crazy verse. I’m a huge fan of G-Eazy, and, sonically, he fits the song perfectly – he just has that swag about him, but can also talk about real things too. 

DDG adds, “The song is so fire. I heard it like 6 months ago and was like, damn, I gotta hop on it. My boy Masked Wolf is going crazy and is the next big superstar up fasho. I’m honored to be a part of such a big record.

The Australian rapper’s breakout single also available now on all streaming platforms – has already amassed over half a billion streams to date, and climbed to #1 in 6 countries around the world. In the U.S., “Astronaut In The Ocean” currently sits at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and is quickly proving to be a multi-format success at radio, hitting the Top 15 at both Rhythmic and Pop, and Top 30 at Hot AC. Meanwhile, the official music video has logged over 100 million views on YouTube alone. Last month, Masked Wolf made his world television debut with an epic performance on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The collaboration with G-Eazy and DDG arrives on the heels of the release of Brazilian superstar Alok’s remix of “Astronaut In The Ocean.”

About Masked Wolf

Transforming from a mild-mannered man by day into an unrestrained beast in the studio, Masked Wolf (aka, Harry Michael) has unassumingly established himself as a powerful, passionate, and primal hip-hop force. After graduating from school, the Sydney, Australia native tirelessly worked in sales to fund recording. He even took out a loan to build a home studio as he cut hundreds of songs and logged thousands of hours in the lab. In 2018, he dropped his independent debut “Speed Racer”. It gathered millions of streams and turned heads across Australia. Following “Night Rider” and “Water Walkin”, he unveiled “Astronaut in the Ocean”. Awash in airy guitar, jagged 808s, neon keys, and deft wordplay; he submerged himself in honest lyricism, facing depression head-on. That one-two-punch of a recognizable riff and chantable chorus organically caught fire online. It quickly incited 350,000-plus Tik Tok videos, spanning everything from footage of U.S. military Blackhawk chopper crews to welders and ice fisherman (far from your typical Tik Tok fare!). Meanwhile, Kansas City Chief Super Bowl champ quarterback Patrick Mahomes even incorporated the tune into an Instagram post, fueling its explosion in early 2021. Amassing streams in the hundreds of millions and counting , the buzzing rapper and singer unleashes a torrent of personal truths and emotions on his 2021 debut for Elektra Records and more to come.

About G-Eazy

Multi-platinum recording artist and producer G-Eazy has established himself as a leading force in the music and touring world. His third full-length studio album The Beautiful & Damned (2017) debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, garnered two No. 1 radio hits “No Limit” featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B and “Him & I” featuring Halsey and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA. The 5x platinum single “No Limit” has been streamed over 1 billion times worldwide to date. The Beautiful & Damned followed his platinum-certified sophomore album When It’s Dark Out (2015), which featured the 5x platinum single “Me, Myself & I”; with Bebe Rexha

Known for his smooth raps, pristine production and dexterous range, the Bay-area rapper has performed on Saturday Night Live, MTV Video Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and many more. He has won a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Hip-Hop Artist”, named one of Forbes “30 Under 30”, and covered publications such as GQ Italia, XXL, Flaunt and Rollacoaster. Additionally, he will continue his partnership with PUMA, recently announcing their first collaborative shoe is in the works. PUMA will also continue to support his philanthropy, The Endless Summer Fund, a non-profit dedicated to helping Bay Area under-served youth reach their full potential and strengthening the community and their joint program, “From The Bay to the Universe”, in which G-Eazy selects a group of developing musicians to support their artistic efforts.

About DDG

DDG’s story remains a rarity for rap. The high school valedictorian turned himself into a self-made multi-millionaire by hustling on YouTube as he simultaneously rapped his way to the forefront of hip-hop. However, he consistently shakes up the status quo with unpredictable and undeniable bangers. After 2018’s “Take Me Serious”, he rose to the top of the hip-hop class on VALEDICTORIAN. Within just a year, the single “ARGUMENTS” scored his first gold certification. Igniting 2020, he achieved a major breakthrough with the gold certified record “Moonwalking In Calabasas (Remix)” featuring Blueface, earning a ubiquitous hit and his second gold plaque in the process. In the aftermath, he appeared in features by the likes of Esquire and more, while Lyrical Lemonade professed him to be a “Rap Star in the Making”.  Generating over half-a-billion total streams and views and building a rabid fan base, DDG’s influence proves downright inescapable. His story has only just begun to get really interesting.

Look out for much more to come from Masked Wolf in 2021 and make sure to follow him on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and his website

Calvyn Cass illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Calvyn Cass

Q & A with Calvyn Cass

Singer-songwriter, Calvyn Cass, has begun dominating the music song with lyrical tunes to the beat of self-love and acceptance.  The hit single, “Me, Myself, & I”, explores complicated relationships and self-acceptance winning over insecurities.

Here at 360 Magazine, we had the chance to have a Q&A with Calvyn. Read on to learn more about Calvyn Cass and his upcoming new music, WHITE FLAG.

Q- Could you tell us about the creative direction behind ME, Myself & I?

CC- ME, MYSELF & I was one of the first few songs; the third to be exact. It starts with the hook, but it definitely brought up old feelings. I started writing about feeling hurt by someone I loved, and it ended in being def reflection story. The video shows that with me performing to myself in all my different layers. It’s probably the fastest I ever wrote and recorded a song. From starting to put pen to paper with the first line to finishing recording the demo was probably an hour.

Q- What would you like fans to take away from ME, Myself & I along with the video?

CC-I think the main narrative is that is ok to embrace all feelings but not let them define you. You can look at yourself and be like, “it’s not all about you” and own the way you were but move on from it. On the flip side my new song coming out April 28th is WHITE FLAG and that’s about identifying navigating how to be there for others in the way they need you. It’s a song about someone I love having an internal battle that made them reactive to me. In that moment I felt that I could either be reactive myself in response or step back, realize this is not about me and just give love. Sometimes it’s hard to watch someone you love to behave in a destructive way, but you can’t force someone to see something they aren’t ready to see. You just gotta let them know you come in peace and that you’re there when they are ready to let you in.

Q- Who was your biggest musical inspiration in writing ME, Myself & I?

CC- I have to admit I struggled with this in the beginning. I have always had this immense pressure to associate myself with other artists in order to justify my music. When I wrote that record, I kept thinking of Beyoncé and her record from her first album. I have always been a Destiny’s Child fan and I loved her record, but I know it’s been done. More than trying to find inspiration I found myself avoiding doing what’s been done. She’s an icon and I think what got her there is doing her thing and owning it. I think I look to artists like Bey who have paved their own musical lane as career inspiration. I’m just gonna keep doing my thing. Some people will love it, but others won’t, and I’m cool with that now.

Q- Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

CC- So many artists for so many different reasons. I love Lil Nas X because he represents what I am hoping to achieve as an artist. I think we would make insane music together. Miley is a powerhouse and if I could be on a record with her, it would be a wet dream. Demi is having this journey unfold before us all. There are so many parts of that journey that are familiar in one way or another and the message is something I would be honored to be a part of. Olly Alexander who recently starred in “It’s A Sin” is seemingly embarking on the next chapter of his career embracing his identity more. If I could be apart of any of these artistic moments that I believe will help change and shape the world I would count myself lucky as hell.

Q- Did your move from South Africa to Canada influence your music at all?

CC- I see the cultural shift I experienced at a young age as a stage in my life that shaped me. It was probably my least favorite time of my life. I was this small, effeminate boy when I moved. In South Africa I struggled fitting in with the hyper masculine molding boys are expected to be. In Canada I saw it as a chance to start over without anyone knowing my past struggles. That didn’t go as planned because I was then the weird immigrant who spoke differently and had a very different perception of the world. In each circumstance I tried fitting in and when it didn’t work out, I had to step back and try figure out why. I didn’t when I was young, but I see it now. It complex to break down in a short interview but now every time I write and record, I tap into the cultural difference and similarities. I want to be able to speak to as many people and be as relatable as possible. Everyone is navigating this complicated journey called life. The best we can do is try being empathetic and honest.

Q- What advice could you offer others as far as embracing the true way they see themselves?

CC- It’s no one else’s job to make you comfortable in your own skin. You will definitely feel like a victim of persecution because that’s a part of life; others will always try cut you down, so they stand taller. Appeasing others by changing who you are to make them comfortable will only hinder you on your path. It’s terrifying to stand in your truth and face scrutiny because it might cut deeper but I promise you, it did the opposite for me. When I let go of trying to impress everyone else was the first time, I felt like I could truly breathe. I released the vizard and accepted myself to find the pressure put on me was put on me by myself. I set the insane standards for myself from what I thought the people around me would feel more comfortable with. Here I am in my adult life realizing that if I had honored myself, I would have avoided a lot of sadness.

Q- Who are your musical inspirations?

CC- I’m inspired less by artists and more by the songs themselves. I love finding out who wrote a song and who produced it. Of course, the voice on a record can give me chills and bring me to tears. The way that voice shines come from all these other peoples’ talents and contributions to the music. That’s what inspires me. Paying attention to how sounds were created, layered and pieced together.

Q- You are co-founder of BRUSH Salon – do you plan to continue to pursue your career as a master stylist alongside your music career?

CC- I am. When I was in high school, I fully intended to pursue music. The world was different then and I let the people around me tell me that a gay boy with feminine features would never succeed in music. I always loved playing with my sisters hair when we watched movies. She hated it but let me anyways because it meant she could choose the movie. So, I am now at the top and have achieved so many of my goals in hair. I love it but I’ve felt like this part of me has been stuck in limbo. I can’t ignore it anymore and I want to pursue music. The world allows people to be more than one thing and I’m going to ride that wave.

Q- Outside of music and styling, what are your passions?

CC- Depends on the season. I love being outside in spring and summer. I’m one those dog lovers that sees my boys as my children, so I dedicate a lot of time to them. I love cooking and find it therapeutic to cook for my family and friends. I love being active, but my ultimate reset is to just spend a winter day in bed with snack watching movies or maybe an entire series… haha

Q- Looking ahead, what plans do you have in store for the remainder of 2021?

CC- Lots of music. I want to bring new music as much as it possible. I want to perform when I’m allowed to and introduce my music to more and more people. I’d love to collaborate with other artists when we are restricted from doing so.

Kiana Ledé Reveals Myself

2019’s breakthrough R&B starlet KIANA LEDÉ reveals her Myself EP today. 
 
Get it
 HERE via Republic Records.
 
The six-track set includes her latest release
 “Can I, which dropped last week. Its sexy music video already garnered over 600,000 YouTube/VEVO views & Spotify streams. Upon its arrival, StupidDOPE urged, “If you haven’t gotten familiar with the incredibly talented KIANA LEDÉ, now would be a great time to start” as RatedR&B noted, “it’s guaranteed to get in your feelings.
 
The EP flexes her dynamic and diverse artistry. The singer showcases her powerful vocals on the emotional ballad
 “Heavy” and trades bars with rapper Offset during the high-energy new single “Bouncin. The latter sees her let loose with a bold, bright, and big banger, blurring the lines between R&B and hip-hop.
 
Billboard named her among its coveted “Emerging Artists” spotlight and praised “her buttery vocals. Vibe touted her as “NEXT” and she’s been featured on Refinery29, Complex and more. Simultaneously, her hit single “EX” just crossed 92 million global streams and is being played on Urban, Rhythm and Pop radio across the world.