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Cravity Illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

K-Pop Cravity × “Bad Habits” Release

K-POP GROUP, CRAVITY, RELEASE

PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR BAD HABITS

OFF THEIR 3RD ALBUM, SEASON3. [HIDEOUT: BE OUR VOICE]

K-Pop boy band, CRAVITY, has released their highly anticipated performance video for “Bad Habits” today. The B-side track is off their 3rd album, SEASON3. [HIDEOUT: BE OUR VOICE], released earlier this year. With an ambitious drive to turn the year 2021 into CRAVITY’s, the members wasted no time speaking to places like Good Day New YorkiHeartET CanadaRadio.com, and many more, about their success thus far and the creative process behind the album.

“We shot the performance video for “Bad Habits” using many new techniques we haven’t tried before, for example, shooting with night vision or lip-syncing to a lower angle camera through a glass pane. The dance routine was really fun to perform and suits the mood of the song really well,” says Rapper Allen. The leader of the group, Serim, adds “We had a very short time to prepare for our B-side track promotion, but we’ve worked super hard to complete it in success.” 

The main theme for the performance video of “Bad Habits” is ‘Nocturnal,’ and viewers can see the members’ dynamic moves and performance on the night of the full moon. They’ve turned into bad boys with funky visuals and will draw full attention by showing more matured and developed skills. The song “Bad Habits” is meant to showcase a different side of the CRAVITY members with a more rough and tough persona. The lyrics tell a story of 9 members who will not collapse in this world but will clearly show their own way to survive through it. EXY from K-Pop Group Cosmic Girls (WJSN) participated as a lyricist on this track with underground trap beats. In addition, 3 CRAVITY members [Taeyoung, Allen, and Hyeongjun] participated in the draft version of the “Bad Habits” choreography, further showing their artistic abilities.

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CRAVITY’s debut album, released in April 2020, SEASON1. [HIDEOUT: REMEMBER WHO WE ARE] caused a wave of intrigue and excitement here in the states, with mentions in PAPER MagazineAccessiHeartJ-14MTV NewsEarmilkTeen Vogueand Rolling Stonewho referred to their title track as “An anthemic track from the K-pop rookies that combines 808-style riffs with the melodic sensibilities of early-2000s boybands (extended dance break included).” In addition to that, CRAVITY made a splash on social media, debuting at No. 12 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart for the week dated April 25.

CRAVITY has also garnered the title “Super Rookie” over in Korea due to their debut album’s success, which hit No. 1 on the U.S. @iTunes Top K-Pop Albums chart, making them the first #Kpop rookie group to debut in 2020 to earn this achievement. CRAVITY has marked their relentless movement, sweeping the rookie of the year awards at various music awards ceremonies in Korea. Even after releasing only two albums, their achievements were more than enough to show their presence in the K-pop scene, giving them the title ‘2020 super rookie.’

The inspiration behind the name, CRAVITY, came to fruition through the combination of “Creativity” and “Gravity,” Starship Entertainment’s new boy band for the first time in five years since Monsta X. Consisting of nine members, [Serim, Allen, Jungmo, Woobin, Wonjin, Minhee, Hyeongjun, Taeyoung, and Seongmin], CRAVITY, which is also an acronym for “Center of Gravity,” is meant to attract/gravitate listeners into their unique universe, by pulling them in with their creativity, charm, and pure talent. As humans, we all have our own “first experiences,”; whether that be in school, society, or in a relationship. When encountering new relationships, we sometimes prepare ourselves by running from the starting line at full speed, hearts racing, butterflies in our stomach, but at the same time, we are afraid. We are hopeful, but we also experience despair.

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Spotify Announces girl in red as Its Next RADAR Artist

Today, Spotify’s global emerging artist development program, RADAR, has announced its latest artist partnership for the US: the Oslo-based pop sensation, girl in red, aka Marie Ulven.
girl in red has also just announced her debut album, if i could make it go quiet, out April 30th, and released its accompanying first single, “Serotonin.”  The result of a collaboration with FINNEAS and a huge pop anthem that speaks to Ulven’s struggles with mental health, the arena-ready tune can be heard HERE

Following her breakout single, “i wanna be your girlfriend,” which has been streamed over 150 Million times on Spotify, girl in red’s music has adorned some of Spotify’s most popular playlists including New Music Friday, LOREM, Oyster, Ultimate Indie, Out Now, and many more — 364 playlists, to be exact! Her cover of Maggie Rogers’s “Say it” for Spotify’s Studio Oyster has been beloved by media and fans around the world, as well as by Rogers herself. With 7 Million monthly listeners on Spotify, her music has also been celebrated by press outlets around the world like The New York Times, Paper Magazine, NME, DAZED, Rolling Stone, Pigeons & Planes and more. 

Today’s announcement is accompanied by new RADAR photos of girl in red located HERE and a blog post on Spotify’s For The Record newsroom blog HERE that includes a full rundown of the program, and a Q&A with the artist, which you should feel free to use for your own coverage.  
girl in red’s appointment to the RADAR program will include features in the RADAR playlist, a Spotify Singles recording, promotional support for her upcoming releases, a full suite of out-of-home advertising and on-platform marketing, and social promotion. girl in red’s RADAR campaign will also include a forthcoming mini-documentary to premiere later this year.
Says Ned Monahan, Spotify’s Head of Global Hits: “We’ve been closely watching girl in red’s steady ascent over the past few years — she’s built a tight-knit community of devoted fans in a remarkably organic way, based on her self-assured songwriting and deeply personal lyrics — all as an independent artist.  We’re beyond excited for her debut full-length, and look forward to helping with her global ascent via RADAR.”

When asked what she looks forward to about being a RADAR artist, girl in red says: “Taking over the world! That’s what I’m looking forward to. Having my music in people’s ears— that’s like the coolest thing ever. RADAR, then world domination!”

girl in red’s appointment as the fifth US RADAR artist follows the success of Spotify’s previous US RADAR artists Alaina Castillo, J.I The Prince of N.Y, The Kid LAROI, and Flo Milli, all joining 175 RADAR-affiliated emerging artists around the world. Last fall, Spotify celebrated the program’s six month anniversary with the launch of its global RADAR hub on-platform.

The program has propelled the success of artists around the globe like Rina Sawayama, Young T & Bugsey,Zoe Wees, Lous and the Yakuza, and more.

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WONHO – LOVE SYNONYM #2: RIGHT FOR US

FEATURING “AIN’T ABOUT YOU (FEAT. KIIARA)” AND NEW SINGLE “LOSE”

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “LOSE” HERE

Singer-Songwriter-Producer, Wonho, has released his highly anticipated solo mini album, Love Synonym #2: Right for Us [available HERE]. With the release of his album last September announcing the start of his solo career, this album is a continuation of his ‘Love Synonym’ series, and is meant to dive deeper into Wonho as an artist and continue to solidify his story. Wonho’s debut last year resonated with fans all around the world, with the album quickly climbing to No. 1 on the Worldwide iTunes Album Chart, and ranking high on the iTunes charts in 30 countries and on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Charts. On top of that, he wasted no time taking the U.S. Market by storm; receiving notable mentions from publications such as PAPER MagazineMTV NewsAccessiHeartTeen VogueRefinery29 and Rolling Stone who stated “Performed entirely in English, the sweeping, piano-driven ballad showcases Wonho’s delicate falsetto, as he sings about protecting a cherished love despite all costs.” Without having released any music yet this year, Forbes has already named Wonho as one of “The K-Pop Solo Stars Who Could Break In America In 2021.” 

Wonho is further exploring his range of artistry on this album by showcasing his songwriting and producing skills throughout multiple tracks. The focus track “Lose” depicts the story of a man who has overcome the trauma of parting, trying to get over the breakup to face and find his true self. With lyrics such as “Don’t wanna fight. Don’t wanna play. I can’t get over you. Just wanna watch. You leave tonight. It’s something I can’t do. Cos baby in your game of love. I know I’m gonna lose,” Wonho showcases his ability to embrace and exhibit the emotions he’s holding inside. In addition, the music video, using implicit fantasy elements, strongly conveys a man’s struggle to escape his nightmare. Watch the video HERE.

For the first time during his solo career, Wonho is teaming up with an American artist on the track “Ain’t About You.” Multi-platinum singer-songwriter, KIIARA’s smooth vocals blend seamlessly with Wonho’s, creating an addictive bittersweet breakup track; “You’re so hard to resist. A love that hurt like this. I wish it wasn’t hell. To love you more than you love yourself.” Co-written by Wonho, “WENEED,” was inspired by the official fandom name ‘WENEE,’ containing sincerity for his fans and the people around him who have sent him infinite support and affection. Wonho spills out his true emotions through his heartfelt delivery; “Even in the darkest times. You were the one pulling me through. When I’m back on the stage. Can you wave your hands again. This song’s for you. Can you sing it along.” “Flash” is a song that expresses the feelings of letting someone go, comparing a light to his yearning and longing. The lyrics emphasize a dreamy and sentimental feeling by comparing the flickering lights of a lighthouse to the characteristics of the other person’s emotions; which illuminate the darkness and are later recognized by someone who is having a hard time. By exploring many different genres throughout this mini album, Wonho has a song for every listener.

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In 2019, Wonho’s fans tirelessly put forth efforts to show him he wasn’t alone in this world. Their message was heard globally, loud and clear; with multiple hashtags trending worldwide on Twitter for weeks on end, online petitions garnering half a million signatures, fans taking it to the streets of Seoul writing supportive notes, and putting up billboards in Times Square, and all over the world to support him. As told by Forbes, “...fans had shown their support for the artist by sending the 2017 song “From Zero,” a special track co-written and producer by Wonho, to No. 1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart to help prove his continuing viability and commercial appeal as an artist, songwriter and producer.” After months of fan-driven fundraisers, online petitions, Twitter trends and love; Wonho is thrilled to be giving back to his fans. His fanbase’s new name is WENEE; and the fandom name represents the special bond between Wonho and his fans, who have been there to support him through the ups and downs. Wonho sings passionately on the track “Coz anytime or place I’d be your shield, when you feel, like you ain’t got the fight in you to heal.”

The release of “Losing You” in 2020 was Wonho’s first step forward in his solo career after signing with Highline Entertainment, which is a subsidiary label of Starship Entertainment, the home to K-pop groups including Monsta X, WJSN and CRAVITY, and houses viral EDM star DJ SODA [Read HERE on Forbes]. Back in April 2020, Wonho also joined Maverick Management’s roster, alongside Britney Spears, Madonna, The Weeknd, and many more big-name artists.

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ELECTRIC GUEST x DARELL x RVSSIAN: “FREESTYLE”

ALL-STAR COLLABORATION ARRIVES ALONGSIDE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO STARRING THE ARTISTS SHOT IN MIAMI + CALIFORNIA.

Acclaimed indie-pop duo Electric Guest have teamed up with Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Darell and Jamaican producer Rvssian for today’s release of “Freestyle (feat. Darell & Rvssian)” – listen HERE.

The high-energy collaboration finds the Latin superstars lending their signature reggaeton spin to the track, originally featured on Electric Guest’s 2019 album KIN. The new version of “Freestyle” also arrives with a brand-new music video featuring the artists in their respective cities of Miami and Los Angeles – watch HERE.

The origins of the collaboration stem in large part from lead singer Asa Taccone’s desire to dive deeper into his Puerto Rican roots (courtesy of his father). While Puerto Rican culture and their heritage has always been celebrated by his family, Asa has long wanted to embrace this more within his music.

In the months before the pandemic, Asa’s father – who was directing John Leguizamo’s Broadway show ‘Latin History for Morons’ – came to an Electric Guest show in New York, bringing Leguizamo with him. They talked afterwards and encouraged him to explore the culture more.

Around that time, Electric Guest was looking to revisit album track “Freestyle” and considering releasing a new version with an added verse from a featured artist.

As Asa explains: “Freestyle was the last song we wrote for the album. It took us forever because we couldn’t figure out the chorus melody. We ended up doing a session with Ne-Yo at a studio in L.A. We sat down and played him the instrumental and he immediately started humming… after about 10 minutes we had the chorus that had eluded me for months. 

But the song kind of slipped under the radar. We had always wanted to do a video for it and possibly get a feature, but Covid hit while we were on tour and like the rest of the world, our cycle ground to a halt and we never really got around to it.

Asa has long been a fan of Darell and Rvssian’s music, so having them featured on a new version of the track felt like the perfect way to dip his toes into the Latin sound. After sending the song their way with the hopes of just a verse, he and bandmate Matthew Compton were sent back a fully-formed, almost entirely new version of the track that the Puerto Rican rapper and Jamaican producer had recorded in Miami.

“It was a totally different format… really their own take on it,” Asa shared. “I think everyone felt the same which was like, ‘Well that is… kind of a better version!’”

Speaking on their collaboration, Rvssian shares: “Remixing the song was fun because I had changed the production from one genre to another. And having Darell add his Latin touch on the vocals… this created a nice fusion.”

Darell adds: “When Rvssian hit me up to participate in this collab, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The end result I feel gives great vibes. For me, it’s always a pleasure to keep growing the culture and blending musical worlds together.”

On the making of the video, Asa shared: “The crew came up from Miami and – even though we were in masks – it was definitely a party on set. I think that vibe translated into the video… riding that horse was equal parts terrifying and fun.”

Electric Guest’s third album KIN was released in 2019, featuring standout tracks, “Dollar,” “Play With Me,” and “More.” The LP was met with critical acclaim, with Associated Press declaring “KIN is a breezy confection of fiendishly clever pop hooks augmented by some computer wizardry.” Uproxx also praised the project as “a masterclass in modern pop that’s anchored by real, genuine emotion.”

The band supported the album with a massive run throughout Europe and the United States, including back-to-back sold-out New York shows at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg – with the latter added by overwhelming popular demand.

TIME included “More” in their ‘5 Best Songs of the Week,’ proclaiming it “a retro-inflected electro-pop tune that rings sweet and sincere.” The high-energy music video for the track was directed by Joe Weil (Kendrick Lamar, YG, Khalid) and premiered on People. In the exclusive premiere of the video for fan favorite, “Play With Me,” PAPER declared the visual: “part R&B music video parody + part fantasia — more music videos should tread this fine line, honestly.”

Dollar” came accompanied by an equally feel-good music video, directed by The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone and co-starring a fully operational hovercraft DeLorean. That visual had its exclusive debut via Complex, which wrote, “[‘Dollar’] is representative of the duo’s goal of entering this latest era with a desire to make straight up, unapologetic pop.”

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Bea Miller x Aminé – Feel Something Different

On the eve of releasing her new EP, elated!, “force of nature” (PAPER MagazineBea Miller has teamed up with Portland-bred rapper, artist, culture shaker and innovative ingenue Aminé on FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT, an up-tempo and hypnotic new take on Miller’s viral hit feel something, out now. Released in 2019, feel something has become a massive streaming hit in 2020 with over 192 million streams since its release and has become a fan favorite on TikTok where the song has amassed over 3.4 billion video views and over 1.3 million video creations in part, thanks to the Euphoria Makeup Challenge. Listen here.

FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT is the second song Bea has shared from her new seven track EP, elated!, out tomorrow (full track listing below). Earlier this month, she announced the EP with the release of wisdom teeth, her first new music of 2020. Featured as one of Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs upon release, wisdom teeth was declared “an introspective bop” by Idolator and DuJour described it as “a synth-heavy bop showcasing Miller’s captivating raspy vocals and youthful energy.”

This past weekend, Bea returned to the stage at the Teragram Ballrom in Los Angeles for an electric live performance as part of Save Our Stages, #SOSFEST, a three day virtual festival from YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to help save independent venues across the U.S. Bea’s dynamic and eclectic set included the debut live performance of wisdom teeth as well as feel something, FEELS LIKE HOME, and more. View Bea’s performance here.

elated! track listing:

  1. hallelujah
  2. FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT with Aminé
  3. forever is a lie
  4. making bad decisions
  5. i never wanna die
  6. wisdom teeth
  7. self crucify

Bea Miller – wisdom teeth

Bea Miller has released her new song wisdom teeth today, her first new music of the year. On the lush new track, Miller meditates on the lost innocence of her childhood as she recalls a time when she was four years old, staring at herself in the mirror in her tutu during her dance recital. Over the bouncy synths, she sings, I used to be so happy/No matter what happened to me/But when they pulled my teeth out /Lost the wisest part.

Listen to wisdom teeth here and view the official video, which had its broadcast premiere on MTV Live and MTVU and was directed by Gina Gizella, here.

In tandem with today’s release, Bea Miller has also announced that her new EP, elated!, will be released on October 23. With elated!, Bea sought to make her most honest body of work yet and gets even more personal and political while remaining as ferocious as ever. The new EP will feature wisdom teeth and several new tracks. More details, including the EP’s track listing, will be revealed soon.

In addition to releasing new music, Bea will return to the stage next weekend performing from Los Angeles’Teragram Ballroom for Save Our Stages#SOSFEST, a three day virtual festival (Oct. 16-18) from YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) to help save independent venues across the U.S. #SOSFEST will stream live on NIVA’s official YouTube channel here with Bea’s set simultaneously streaming on her YouTube Channel here

Declared a “force of nature” by Paper Magazine, Bea continues to demonstrate her maturity as both an artist and songwriter. While wisdom teeth is the first new music she’s released this year, her single feel something has become a massive streaming hit in 2020 with over 155 million streams since its release. Released in 2019, feel something has become a fan favorite on TikTok where the song has amassed over 3.4 billion video views and over 1.3 million video creations in part, thanks to the Euphoria Makeup Challenge.

ABOUT BEA MILLER: At only 21, Bea Miller has achieved impressive milestones including garnering over 2 billion streams to date. Paper Magazine included her in their Predictions: 100 People Taking Over 2019 and also named her one of 100 Women Revolutionizing Pop. Her 2019 single feel something has become a viral hit on TikTok nearly a year after its release and amassed almost 155 million streams worldwide to date. Her previous projects include aurora (2018) and the gold-selling single like that; three EPs released throughout 2017; and her 2015 debut LP, which charted top 10 on the Billboard 200 and featured two gold-selling hit singles. Miller has collaborated with NOTD on the global dance hit I WANNA KNOW, (which amassed over 239 million global streams on Spotify and nearly 20 million video views to date), and Jeremy Zucker on comethru.

Last year, she also teamed up with Jessie Reyez on FEELS LIKE HOME, 6lack on it’s not u it’s me and UK duo Snakehips NEVER GONNA LIKE YOU. In 2019, she also headlined her first tour, nice to meet u, selling out venues across North America. She made her festival debuts at Lollapalooza, Firefly, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, Life is Beautiful and Austin City Limits among others. Bea wrapped up the year with a second successful headline tour, sunsets in outerspace, which not only hit venue across North American, but took her to Europe, making stops in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.

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TOBi x Juls – Black Joy is Resistance

Brampton’s own, TOBi signs with Same Plate Entertainment/RCA Records along with releasing a new single, “Dollas and Cents.” The groovy and soulful bop sonically highlights Black joy as a form of resistance. Produced by the UKs Afrobeat go-to, Juls, the pair showcase their diverse diasporic lineage and the magic created when working together.

Juls is one of my favorite producers right now. We linked up at the end of last year and the chemistry was instant! This song is really bridging that diaspora connection, Nigeria to Ghana to UK to Canada. It’s a beautiful thing to tap into our African roots musically,” says TOBi

In April 2020, TOBi released STILL + a deluxe version of his debut album which explored themes of vulnerability, post traumatic growth, self-reflection and masculinity of his time immigrating from Nigeria to Canada. STILL + added two new singles: “Holiday” produced by !llmind as well as “Paid,” followed by the City Blues Remix featuring The Game; “180 Remix” featuring Kemba and the “24” remix featuring all Torontonians SHAD, Haviah Mighty, Jazz Cartier and Ejji Smith. The project has a combined total of 17M streams across all streaming platforms. In January 2020, Complex Magazine voted TOBi as a top artist to watch.

We cannot be more pleased with how TOBi has developed as an artist and are incredibly supportive of his endeavors, says Jonathan Master, SVP, RCA Records /President, Same Plate Entertainment.  Over the past year it has become obvious that his music and brand have an international reach and we are excited about partnering with RCA to actualize the global vision.” 

2019 would prove to be an impactful year for the 26 year old Nigerian-Canadian, having his single “City Blues,” premiering with Zane Lowe and Paper Magazine; performing to a sold out crowd in his hometown of Toronto, being featured on The Game’s Born 2 Rap album in “Carmen Electra,” Party Pupils “One Two Things” and Big Gigantic’s “Supergiant.” He continued the momentum performing an original song, “Beige” on the international COLORS platform, having his single, “Ride” featured in the 2019 season of HBO’s Ballers as well as teaming up with Soulection’s Sango in bouncy single, “Faces.” Celebrities like Keri Hilson, Tiffany Haddish, Jamie Foxx and everyone’s favorite Uncle Snoop called TOBi the voice of the culture and of the youth.

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Pia Mia – Hot

Fresh off the TikTok resurgence of her smash hit “Do It Again,” which spawned more than 5 million videos created and 500 million views on TikTok, in addition to inspiring a dance challenge between Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lopez on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, platinum- certified recording artist and actress Pia Mia drops a brand new single entitled “Hot” today.

On the track, handclaps skate through skittering keys as the verses bounce into a steamy, slick, and sexy hook. Teetering back and forth between turn-of-the-century R&B and rapid-fire future pop, Pia Mia turns up the summer temperature as she urges, “You better make it real hot!” Be on the lookout for an equally seductive music video—set to premiere soon.

This past May, Pia Mia offered fans a preview of forthcoming music under her newly signed label deal with Electric Feel Entertainment and Republic Records with the release of “Princess”– read more here via Billboard.  Upon arrival, “Princess” earned early tastemaker praise, with PAPER claiming, “the star has returned with the bombastic, R&B-influenced pop track…”Princess is a fun and frisky club anthem.” Idolator declared it “An empowering banger…It’s catchy, upbeat and just a little outrageous,” while Atwood Magazine claimed, “her latest single “Princess” serves as a testament to her ability to create real party jams — with a deeper lyrical layer underneath.” The Honey Pot put it best by serving up “5 Reasons Why You Should Stan Pia Mia.”  Since it’s release, “Princess” has amassed over 3 million global streams and counting.

What’s more, Pia Mia has also released the first few chapters of her first fictional book, The Princess Diaries: Sand, Glitter, Silicone on Wattpad – the global entertainment company and world’s leading social storytelling platform. Pia Mia takes readers through the life of a young pop star named Princess as she navigates life, love, family, and fame. Each week, Pia Mia uploads a new chapter for the community, sharing stories from her heart, flashes of her life and her deepest fantasies. 

At just 23 years old, Pia Mia has cemented herself as a formidable star with a hand in multiple corners of entertainment. A critically acclaimed recording artist with hits like “Do It Again” which recently saw a resurgence on TikTok, and “Bitter Love” under her belt, Pia Mia is approaching 1 Billion streams worldwide; and has collaborated with everyone from Chris Brown and Tyga to YG. She made her acting debut in 2019’s award-winning feature film After, based on Anna Todd’s wildly popular YA book series. On the fashion front, Pia Mia’s unique sense of style has landed her in publications such as Vogue, Paper Magazine and Nylon; and has made her an enviable partner for such brands as Guess, Bebe and Macy’s Material Girl, the latter for which she was handpicked by Madonna to serve as the clothing line’s first-ever fashion director.

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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.

Rence – Tears in December

Indie-Pop Whiz RENCE Releases “Tears In December” + Animal Crossing-Inspired “Type 2” Video

NEW SINGLE FOLLOWS SLEW OF BUZZING TRACKS AND VIDEOS FROM THE 2020 ARTIST TO WATCH

Today, genre-defying singer, songwriter and producer Rence unleashes his latest single “Tears In December.”  Get it HERE via Epic Records

The track begins with a creaky guitar and echoey beats as his breathy vocals exhale confessional verses. The energy organically blooms into the quotable refrain—“Sick of the sound of my heart hitting the ground”—before the vibe turns on a dime into a lonely late-night dancefloor singalong. The song takes inspiration from Rence’s own journey and come-up, having made the decision in December of 2019 to move from New York to Los Angeles.

“Tears in December chronicles my personal life following some major changes I underwent recently, including moving back out west from New York,” says Rence. “I thought I needed to leave my old home (and person) behind to start fresh in an exciting new city, but once I got here I realized pretty quickly that I was wrong. This song is that realization. I sing the lyrics to someone very special to me that I made the mistake of leaving, but beyond that interpersonal relationship, I wrote the lyrics to remind myself not to be too quick to move on and forget the past. That past is precisely what got me to where I am and what will help me continue to move forward. In the lyrics I say ‘sick of the sound of my heart hitting the ground,’ but a big piece of that sentiment is the realization that I was the one breaking my own heart. That heartbreak found it’s way into my songs for a while – especially because I’m always trying to be honest and authentic in what I create – and I was just sick of hearing it.”

Rence continues to unveil new music and exciting visuals at a steady pace. Earlier this week, he dropped a tripped-out official video for “Patience,” taken from his Fall 2019 EP.  It followed on the heels an acoustic video for the song where he performed on his front porch accompanied by a solo keyboardist. The latter illuminated his raw, unfiltered talent with a showstopping rendition of the tune. Earlier this month, he released an Animal Crossing video for his most recent single, “Type 2.” It cuts together footage of his Animal Crossing: New Horizons avatar to bounce of the track, bringing the song to life Nintendo Switch-style. Meanwhile, “Type 2” nears half-a-million streams in Spotify in addition to earning critical applause. Lyrical Lemonade claimed, “‘Type 2’ is the perfect example of why Rence is one of the most promising vocalists in the music industry right now.”

Capitalizing on the momentum sparked by the release of his Fall 2019 EP, Rence has received much acclaim and accolades. Pigeons & Planes named him among  “Best New Artists” while his breakout single “Expensive” [feat. Noah Cyrus] recently surpassed 6 million global streams. Having recently wrapped a North American tour with Christian French, Rence has gone on to received looks and acclaim from the likes of Nylon, i-D, The FADER, Billboard, Paper and more.

About Rence

Sharing real life snapshots in song, Rence magnifies his personal perspective through a genre-less palette, bordering pop, alternative, electro, indie and hip-hop all at once, yet never dipping into one for too long. He introduced himself on the breakthrough independent project, Pink. The lead single “Baby Blue” racking up nearly 10 million streams. Peers such as Chelsea Cutler and FLETCHER lent support as critical acclaim came from Hilly Dilly, Lyrical Lemonade, Ones To Watch, Elevator Magazine, and more. Tastemaker Zane Lowe handpicked “Ways To Go” as his “World Record” on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

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