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Zachary Knowles 'carpool single' shot by Josh Hymowitz (Cornerstone) for 360 Magazine

ZACHARY KNOWLES – CARPOOL

TENDER POP CREATOR ZACHARY KNOWLES SHARES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “CARPOOL” OUT NOW VIA FADER LABEL

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“Knowles’ emotional, nostalgic longings are universally felt, and are sure to tug on your heartstrings. At the same time, his music is upbeat, catchy, and dazzlingly ambient.”

-360 MAGAZINE

“Zachary Knowles has dug himself a soft spot in our hearts, and it is only a matter of time until he finds his way into yours.”

Ones To Watch

Knowles offers up honeyed vocals while he straddles the sonic outlines of introspective bedroom-pop and pacific R&B inflections. Propelled by the subtleness of a minimal production and an eloquent falsetto… toward the direction of a sonic haven where one can find equanimity in a time of difficulty.”

-EARMILK

Rising artist and tender pop creator, Zachary Knowles, shares his newest single, “carpool,” today via FADER Label. The latest from Knowles is a song of yearning for his love to be next to him and the pain of distance that turns to a need for escape and daydreaming. Nobody can drive in the carpool lane alone and Knowles feels into the void in his life, and sings, “it’s not the same without you here with me.” On the single, he says:

“carpool” is about the mental traffic jam and anxiety of being separated from the person you love. I can’t stand being stuck in traffic, so I thought it would be the perfect concept to portray those lonely feelings. The song itself flowed out very naturally and I knew it was something special. At its surface, “carpool” focuses on how bad it feels to be alone, but below it’s a love song about desire and how your person makes all the lonely and sad times better.”

The music video for “carpool” opens with Knowles sitting in front of his car underneath a street light. Lyrics flash across the screen that hit extra hard, like “only so many songs I can sing by myself,” as the loneliness in his heart is written all over his face. He gets on his feet and starts packing his car up with every door as wide open as his longing heart.

The previous single, “johnny & june,” arrived last month, just before Valentine’s Day, along with a music video steeped in mystery, nostalgia and most importantly: love. The Texas-based singer, songwriter and performer calls back to one of the most famous love stories in music, that of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The accompanying music video by TJ Hoover and Jonah George (Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler, Alexander23) takes the song to an innocent setting that many can trace first love moments back to: high school. The viewer never sees the face of this could-be June, and yet they see so deeply into the soulful eyes of this potential Johnny.

Spotify highlighted the track on their New Music Friday playlist, where Knowles is a mainstay with his new releases. The Most Radicalist described the single saying, “I can imagine a venue filled with fans chanting along to this cut,” and Wizard Radio says, “The best way to describe Zachary Knowles music is like a warm hug from a cozy blanket.” Hidden Hits says, “‘Sweeter than honey, “johnny & june” is the best love song we’ve heard from Knowles thus far. Although he wrote “johnny & june” at a time of chaos and confusion, Knowles managed to craft a charming tune that’ll certainly resonate with millions around the world.”

The selflessness of Zachary Knowles isn’t just in the music’s sweet lyrics of love, but also how it was made. Ashe, Alexander23, X Lovers, and more have been collaborators of his and share a collective vision of expression to really serve listeners in the most impactful way possible. With 45 million global streams, nearly one million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 53k followers on Tiktok, it’s clear it’s working.

The fresh up-and-comer, who opened for Alec Benjamin on tour in 2019, has been turning heads in the pop and indie-R&B realms with two EPs, Feelings (2018) and Magnolia (2020), with songs such as “city” and “slow summer” that show off his gifted, yet ever-improving songwriting skills that caught the attention of Ones to WatchUproxx, Earmilk, Happy Mag, and more.

The newest offerings, “carpool” and “johnny & june,” both out now via FADER Label, are follow-ups to his powerful stand-alone single “super sad songs” and his Magnolia EP, offering proof that pop can be personal and that Knowles is one of its most intriguing and capable emerging song crafters to date.

BIO

Zachary Knowles has spent his entire life leading up to this moment. Hailing from Magnolia, Texas, Knowles was bit by the musical bug at an early age, when his parents gifted him a light-up keyboard in first grade. “I started teaching myself songs on there, but I always kept it to myself,” he explains. It didn’t take long for Knowles to run with his newfound talents; Eventually, Knowles transitioned into writing his own material, and he was pleasantly surprised at the online reaction to his own work as it racked up tens of thousands of streams on SoundCloud almost immediately: “I fell in love with making music. I’d come home from school and write as much stuff as I could.”

In his freshman year of college, he set a goal to release something properly and ended up with a series of well-received singles that led to a full EP of music touching on influences ranging from John Mayer to Post Malone and, most predominantly, Justin Bieber. Most recently, he released his Magnolia EP, a collection of songs that take direct inspiration from his small-town upbringing, young love, and the lessons that come with growing up. Knowles’ music has a strong ethos – To forge deeper connections with those around him by reaching deep inside to expose the commonalities that bond everyone in this universe. “I just wanna reach people,” he explains. “My whole dream at the start of this was to build relationships, whether it’s with one person or a hundred people. Personal connections to others are so important. Music is a really cool way to express yourself in a real way and talk about real-life things, rather than what others want to hear.” It’s an admirable aim, and you’ll definitely want to hear what Knowles has coming next.

NJOMZA shot by MacKenzie Reynolds and Capitol Music Group for 360 Magazine

NJOMZA X “LUCKY”

Los Angeles-based singer, NJOMZA, has released the live version of Lucky via SinceThe80s/Motown. In the heartfelt single, NJOMZA’s songwriting prowess reflects on the relationships in her life while reminding others to cherish and love the people close to them. In December, she released a black-and-white video directed by herself and Griffin Olis that incorporated home-video footage and other shots, but today is back with a visual in the comfort of her home with a live band.

“Lucky” is the latest release for NJOMZA where uDiscover Music said it’s “a return to the melodic form that caught the attention of NJOMZA’s listeners early in her career.” It follows the gauzy, sensual single “Bite,” which has garnered over 2.5 million total streams and press from MTV, Refinery 29, Flaunt, Dujour, and more. With incredibly strong vocals and melodies, she effortlessly flows between both soulful R&B and alternative pop music and racked up over 50 million global streams to date with releases like 2019’s “No One Is Spared” and her Vacation and Sad For You EPs. The Kosovo-Albanian singer has made quite an imprint in music having been signed to the late Mac Miller’s REMember Music label when she was a teen to co-writing several of the biggest pop records of the last decade.

Stay tuned for more to come from NJOMZA this year…

“NJOMZA’s music is poignant, haunting, and ethereal.” – 360 Magazine

“NJOMZA is pop’s best-kept secret that is bound to not be a secret for much longer.” –Ones To Watch    

“The singer-songwriter has transcended genres with her smooth, buttery vocals.” – Flaunt

“…an authentic groove that can only come from NJOMZA” – Du Jour    

“The sultry songstress…has been solidifying her sound which features hints of the sonics and neo-soul beats directly found in ’90s R&B.” – HYPEBAE    

“NJOMZA sets the tone of romanticized escapism.”- Billboard

About NJOMZA:

It is NJOMZA’s diverse background that allows her to shine bright. She was born in Germany to Kosovar-Albanian parents and grew up in Chicago. NJOMZA gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded YouTube covers, promptly signing her to his REMember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, NJOMZA unveiled her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, in 2017 which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. In 2018, NJOMZA inked a deal with Motown Records and released her second EP, Vacation. 2019 saw NJOMZA embark on her first-ever U.S. headline tour, in addition to touring with “3 Nights” hitmaker Dominic Fike overseas. She also made her festival debut at New York City’s famed Governor’s Ball, performing on both the Honda Stage and the Bud Light Dive Bar Sessions Stage, followed by a performance at Albania’s Sunny Hill Festival. Most recently, NJOMZA is recognized for her songwriting work on Ariana Grande’s GRAMMY-nominated thank u, next album. NJOMZA’s total career streams have surpassed 50 million. She is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her full-length debut album.

About Since The 80s:

You don’t have to be a baby of the ‘80s to understand how the special time period changed music forever; not only in Hip-Hop but the entertainment industry as a whole. As an artist first label, management and publishing company, Since the 80s serves to help creatives & manifest their destiny and bring to fruition their wildest visions. Known for launching the career of 21 Savage, Since The 80’s currently represents a wide range of artists such as Asiahn, JID, Earthgang, NJOMZA, Metro Marrs, Christo, Benji, and more. Since The 80’s prides themselves on taking the lessons from those who came before them and using them to evolve the game -1 artist and 1 fan at a time. Since the 80s doesn’t exist to repeat history but to make new history while paying homage and recognizing the efforts and achievements of those before them.

Phil Good – Everything’s Good Remix

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Phil Good has unveiled an official remix of his latest single Everything’s Good from DJ and producer Slow Magic. Everything’s Good (Slow Magic Remix) is available to stream and download starting today HERE. Watch a visualizer for the song HERE.

Everything’s Good and its accompanying animated music video were released in May and received praise from Uproxx, Ones To Watch, and more. Watch Philߣs new Everything’s (Not) Good visualizer for the song, which was made entirely using Instagram and Snapchat filters, HERE. Earlier this year, Phil released his track Living With No One, and was featured on Stuck On You, the lead single off GRAMMY Award-winning producer RACߣs new album Boy. Additionally, Phil released an official remix of his song Do You Ever?from the producer. Listen to Do You Ever? (RAC Mix) HERE. Last Fall Billboard announced Phil Goodߣs Elektra Records signing, and shared his major label debut single and music video Wonder Phil’s follow-up Do You Ever? and its accompanying visual were premiered by Ones To Watch, who praised his remarkable ear for tasteful synths. Phil closed out 2019 with Put It All On Me which Lyrical Lemonade premiered, declaring, Phil delivers an extremely catchy hook with his fun, charismatic energy; making it almost impossible to get out of your head. Converting audiences to fans on the road, Phil recently supported Jaymes Young on his Happiest Year North America Tour, and joined labelmate Tones and I on select United States tour dates.

Photo credit: Zhamak Fullad
About Phil GoodA stint slinging grilled cheese out of a stationary truck, a bike accident listening to Barack Obamaߣs appearance on Marc Maron’sWTF podcast, and an intriguing childhood split between attending mosque with his Palestinian step-dad and Christian church with his Puerto Ricanc reggae-funk bass player father all preceded the career of Phil Good. Relocating from Portland, OR to Los Angeles, CA with his cat Lucy in 2016, Phil devoted an entire year to writing and recording behind-the-scenes for other artists and logging countless hours in the studio in addition to planting the seeds for what would become his solo debut. By the beginning of 2019, he quietly put up nearly 10 million total streams across indie releases such as Growing Up, Be Somebody, and more in addition to garnering acclaim from Earmilk, Dancing Astronaut, This Song is Sick, and more.

Turbo – Bo Exotic

Calgary-born singer/songwriter Turbo releases his third single, with its title inspired by the Netflix quarantine hit Tiger King, “Bo Exotic” today via 10K Projects/ Homemade Projects/ Internet Money Records. His latest single blends a country twang with heavy bass and a fun EDM beat, similarly seen in past single “Racing After Me.” The new track follows the release of singles “Racing After Me” and “Heart Stop,” both of which were highlighted on Spotify’s New Music Friday (US). The latter was featured on Spotify’s Outliers, and Wild Country playlists as well and was heralded by Ones to Watch as a “confident and honest crossover track.”

LISTEN TO “BO EXOTIC” HERE

Born Nicholas LaMonaca, Turbo grew up on country thanks mainly to his father (a famed guitarist in the international bluegrass scene), but felt drawn toward rap music and obscure electronic genres like hardstyle, the fusion of techno and hardcore. At the age of 12 he started making his own music, a move heavily inspired by Avicii’s progressive-house classic “LE7ELS.” “Once I heard that song I couldn’t get enough of it,” Turbo recalls. “I was so obsessed, I ended up downloading FL Studio to try to recreate the melody on my own.” Although he instantly discovered a natural talent for production, Turbo put music aside for several years, until he graduated high school. “On my 18th birthday I bought a laptop, keyboard, and set of speakers, and figured I’d have rappers come in and do their thing,” he says. “But after a while I just started winging it, making beats and rapping over them myself.”

As he pushed deeper into his artistry, Turbo began mining inspiration from left-of-center country singers like Colter Wall, a Canadian musician he stumbled across while stocking the shelves at his full-time liquor-store jobs. “Colter Wall has one of the raspiest, rawest, rudest voices I’d ever heard in my life, and it just completely took me over,” he notes. From there, Turbo tapped into his own country roots and created a full-length project titled Sixth Gear, a 2019 release featuring his breakthrough single “Light Speed.” Soon after YouTube curator Astari shared the song’s video on his channel, “Light Speed” caught the attention of 10K, quickly paving the way for Turbo’s signing to the label, along with Homemade Projects and Internet Money Records.

In the making of his 10K / Homemade Projects / Internet Money debut, “Heart Stop,” Turbo embraced even more confidence in his songwriting, and followed his intuition more fully than ever. “The more music I make and the better I know myself, the more I’ve realized that the best songs come from me sitting in a room alone and just taking my time—that’s how I come up with something honest and timeless,” he says. “I don’t really follow a particular process. Instead of worrying about any kind of rules, I just do what I want, and go with whatever feels right to me.”

CONNECT WITH TURBO: Instagram | SoundCloud | Twitter

 

Chaz Cardigan Drops Everything’s Wrong Video

Today, Chaz Cardigan shared the official video for his new single, Everything’s Wrong. While Vulnerabilia, his early 2020 EP, examined living with panic disorder, Chaz’s new song is all about not letting a breakdown keep you broken down. Directed by Haoyan of America (Crumb, Cautious Clay), the accompanying video features a scanned 3D model of Chaz, coming to life. The model was created using photogrammetry in a virtual environment. View HERE.

Haoyan explains, We approached the videos as a four-part series (quadrilogy) to support Chaz’s upcoming project. Each subsequent video loosely relates to and builds on the previous ones. The series will touch on topics like technological hubris, infinite regress and memory.

Premiering the single, Flaunt said, Everything’s Wrong speaks volumes to the current state of the world. The message: a bad day is never the end of the story. The track appeared on the Ones To Watch #NowWatching Weekly playlist and Billboard Prides weekly First Out roundup. Billboard noted, [the song] is Cardigan’s music declaration that things are messy, and he’s perfectly happy with that.

Chaz performed Everything’s Wrong on Today In Nashville earlier this week. View HERE. Check out his recent Nashville Scene No-Contact Show session HERE. Chaz also performed at To All The Music, a virtual concert event celebrating the vinyl release of the To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You original soundtrack, which includes his contribution, As I’ll Ever Be.

Hailing Chaz as a certified 21st century pop artist, Billboard praised the top 20 Alternative Radio hit Not OK! as a pumping mélange of bright beats, rough guitar riffs, and hypnotic sitar lines, with Cardigan’s deeply emotive voice soaring over all. American Songwriter said, [S.O.S] is an infectious, pop anthem. ADVOCATE called Chaz an alt-rocker for a new, angsty generation. The Nashville Scene observed, He writes songs grounded in compassion and honesty, often grappling frankly with mental health in a way that’s being heard more often in mainstream pop these days.

A classically trained pianist who taught himself to play guitar, bass and drums, Chaz grew up near Louisville, KY. Inspired by Prince and Stevie Wonder’s achievements in self-producing, he saved up enough money to purchase a four-track recorder and began recording himself at age 10. By the following year he was gigging in local punk bands. Upon moving to Nashville at age 17, Chaz began producing in a local hip-hop collective called The Diatribe. He made his full-length debut with the 2017 album I and soon was selling out headline shows throughout Nashville. Chaz is the first artist jointly signed to Capitol Records/Loud Robot. Loud Robot is the record label from J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot.

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Gracie Abrams – minor

Today, emerging songwriter Gracie Abrams shares her highly awaited debut project, minor. A stunning showcase for her nuanced lyricism and mesmerizing vocals, the seven-song project features Abrams’s acclaimed singles “21,” “I miss you, I’m sorry,” and “Long Sleeves.” minor is available now via Interscope Records at all digital retailers HERE.

Today also marks the premiere of the video for “Friend,” a particularly poignant track from minor. The beautifully shot visual follows the 20-year-old artist as she rides around Los Angeles alone, journeying through the city’s enchanted outskirts, chaotic freeways, and lonesome streets while candidly sharing her story of betrayal and loss.

Watch the video for “Friend” by Gracie Abrams HERE.

Executive-produced by Blake Slatkin, minor spotlights the quietly captivating artistry that’s won Abrams praise from outlets like NME (who hailed her “painfully honest tales of heartbreak draped in delicate melodies that carry much more intrigue than the usual run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter”) and i-D (who noted that her voice “cradl[es] the power to break even the toughest heart”). With each song centered on her unguarded yet finely layered songwriting, minor finds Abrams collaborating with producer/songwriters like Joel Little, Benny Blanco, Jim-E Stack, Sarah Aarons and Caroline Pennell.

In a full-circle moment for Abrams, minor features the first of her songs to draw widespread attention: the project’s bittersweet title track, penned by Abrams at age 17. Now a fan favorite, after Abrams shared clips of the song on social media, “minor” offers an early glimpse into the graceful balance of raw outpouring and sharply detailed self-reflection that would come to define her music. That approach soon proved undeniable to listeners around the world, as evidenced by “21” and “I miss you, I’m sorry” each recently surpassing 10 million streams on Spotify.

Through the years, Abrams has shared homespun clips of her songs on social media, amassing over 290k followers on Instagram before she’d even released her first track.

Named an artist to watch by Pigeons & Planes, Fader, and iD — and crowned one of seven breakout female musicians by Vogue UK — Abrams considers herself a songwriter, first and foremost. After writing her first song at the age of eight, she went on to earn a devoted following on the strength of her indelibly personal lyrics and magnetic vocal delivery. Last fall, Abrams made her official debut with “Mean It” — an intensely vulnerable piece hailed by Ones To Watch as “pure, sentimental, and undeniably beautiful.”

Follow Gracie Abrams: Instagram | Twitter | Youtube

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Isaac Dunbar × Vevo DSCVR

Vevo announces the release of Isaac Dunbar’s DSCVR at Home performance of “boy” 

Isaac Dunbar knows full well that when you sign up to be a pop artist these days, you sign up to be an influencer. At only 17, Isaac has thought a lot about what he wants to put out into that culture and the impact it can have. He has thought a lot about how he wants listeners to feel; Isaac mainly wants his fans to know they are not alone in the same way listening to artists like Lady Gaga did for him growing up as a mixed race and artistic kid.

Isaac has gravitated toward music to soothe himself ever since he was a child. Growing up in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod, Dunbar was bullied for being different. “I never fit in,” he says. “I tried, but it didn’t work. So when other kids were hanging out with each other, I was nine years old and cocooned in my bed scouring the Internet for new music.” Always having a love of singing, he taught himself to play piano from YouTube tutorials. At 10 years old, Isaac noticed that Lady Gaga had tweeted a list of producers she worked with, one of whom was French house producer Madeon. “I saw that he had this program called FL Studio,” he recalls. “I illegally downloaded it at a Barnes & Noble in Hyannis, Massachusetts. And that’s how I taught myself to produce music.”   

At 12, Dunbar began to release his self-proclaimed “self-aware alternative-pop,” and quickly began building an audience. Since then, Dunbar has signed to RCA Records and relished Zane Lowe premiering his song “Pharmacy” on his Beats 1 show. Billboard referred to him as a “newly christened pop star” and applauded his “vulnerable bravery and artistic honesty” on his label debut, Isaac’s Insects. The “verifiable wunderkind” (PAPER), has earned additional praise from the likes of The FADER and Ones to Watch, and has toured the US, Europe and the UK supporting girl in red.   

Vevo DSCVR focuses on the development of emerging artists, through performance content and careful curation. Vevo has a long history of helping emerging artists break through to new and wider audiences. Past alumnae of Vevo’s DSCVR series include Billie Eilish, dodie and Kiana Ledé. Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and provides exposure to new audiences through the platform. In addition to Vevo DSCVR, “boy” is now streaming on all platforms.

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Brakence – “Sauceintherough” Visual

WATCH BRAKENCE TAKE A TRIP IN THE PSYCHEDELIC NEW VISUAL FOR “SAUCEINTHEROUGH”

WATCH HERE

LISTEN TO PUNK2 HERE

Shortly after the release of his new song “sauce in therough,” brakence follows up with the trippy video counterpart produced by Overcast and directed by Daniel Jordan K. The music video filmed in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio gives the hallucinatory essence that also presents itself in the raw emotions heard in the song. At such a young age, brakence continues to create a clear vision of his teen experience with his artistry.

The 18-year-old Columbus, OH native brakence self-released his debut full length punk2 earlier this year. With his unique brand of pop music blends elements of punk, alternative and trap, the album is filled with infectious songs like today’s “sauceintherough.” The new song is included in the rerelease of his debut album punk2, which features breakout tracks “fuckboy” as well as “fwb” and “dropout.”

Listen to the album HERE

“2019 was a particularly fruitful year for brakence”FADER

“While brakence is on the journey to finding himself and his place in this world, we are more than along for the ride”Ones To Watch

“the bedroom jam you need right now,”The Line of Best Fit

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X Lovers – “Mad World”

Pop duo/band X Lovers announces their second EP, Mad World, will be released this fall via Visionary Records/RCA Records. Over the course of the next few months, various tracks from the EP will be dropped, with the final track release on EP release day. To celebrate today’s announcement, the band released the titular track (“Mad World”) and accompanying lyric video.

X Lovers says of the album, “Being young right now is incredibly intense, for better and for worse. Right now, there’s so much possibility with experiencing things for the first time. At the same time, it’s hard to deny or ignore how heavy the state of the world is right now. We’re the first generation ever that climate change and environmental issues can actually have a serious effect on. That’s an insane reality and where this project stems from.” Last year, the duo released their first EP, which has received nearly 20 million streams worldwide. Various tracks from the EP received praise from The Fader, Ones To Watch, Idolator and more. Most recently, the guys were featured in Noisey’s “6 Hours With” which you can watch here.

X Lovers is a pop duo/band from Northern California. After forming their first punk band at age 10 together, London and Jacob (both 21) have been collaborating since their teenage years. London, who is the vocalist and drives most of the songwriting works in conjunction with Jacob who produces all the records. After creating a highly dedicated fan base across their hometown of Nevada City and Northern California, the two best friends moved to Los Angeles to master their craft. Citing Green Day and Kanye West as their biggest influences, X Lovers is currently working on music and preparing for their first official major label release.

Listen to “Mad World” here and watch the lyric video here.

CONNECT WITH X LOVERS: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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TURBO – HEART STOP

A truly original and fearless artist, Calgary-bred, singer, songwriter and producer Turbo, combines the gritty authenticity of outlaw country with hard-hitting hip-hop inspired beats and rhymes on his debut single “Heart Stop,” released earlier this month. Today, he follows up the single’s breakthrough success with an accompanying music video.  

Filmed at Ghost Lake in Alberta, Canada, he invites viewers onto “Turbo’s Ranch.” Featuring sports cars, horseback riding, smoking and drinking, Turbo tells the story of his own fantasy life: living fast, falling in love, and flaunting it all.  

Featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday US and New Music Friday CanadaWild CountryFresh Finds: Country, and Next from Nashville, Turbo’s debut single “Heart Stop” was heralded by rising artist blog, Ones to Watch, as the artist “proving country/hip hop [crossovers] are more than a passing fad.”   

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE