THE 2ND ANNUAL BIGGIE DINNER GALA PRESENTED BY LEXUS AND PEPSI, LIL KIM
Honoring The Notorious B.I.G’s 50th Birthday Celebration at Guastavino’s in New York City
Presented by Lexus and Pepsi, Lil Kim honored the iconic rapper in New York City fashion with a star studded event paid homage to B.I.G. The biggest names in hip hop gathered last night, Friday May 20th, 2022 to celebrate what would be Biggie’s 50th birthday. The 2nd Annual Biggie Dinner Gala at Guastavino’s (409 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022) honored Biggie’s legacy with a star studded black tie gala and concert with performances of Biggie’s most insatiable hits.
Industry titans and family members including Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease, Junior M.A.F.I.A., CJ Wallace, T’yanna Wallace, Fat Joe, Havoc, Sway, Smif-N-Wessun, Tek and Steele, Prayah, Ceaser Emanuel of Black Ink Crew, and more gathered to celebrate B.I.G.
Featuring performances of Biggie’s most prolific hits, the night recognized him as the greatest rapper of all time. His contribution reverberates through hip hop–inspiring countless generations. His prolific legacy is emblazed in pop culture history. Long live B.I.G!
Fans can get a behind the scenes look at the explosive event tonight (May 21, 2022) at 7PM on Biggie Smalls and Lil’ Kim’s official Instagram pages and Lil Kim’s YouTube. The event was powered by Culture Creative, the Black-owned Emmy Award Winning agency established to connect brands with emerging cultural marketing places through new and innovative ways of authentic storytelling.
Triller announced the drop of a limited Verzuz commemorative NFT bundle of 10 of the best-ever moments of Verzuz battles. The new NFT collectibles are the first ever NFTs to debut from Verzuz, the ground-breaking music artist “battle” live-stream event series created by music icons Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.
Ranging from the electrifying Earth Wind x Fire-Isley Brothers battle to the dramatic Method Man x Redman to the divine Eve x Trina and many others, the Verzuz NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are 10 memorable images from some of the most unforgettable “battle” moments in Verzuz history. The Verzuz commemorative NFT bundle is priced at $199 and is available for purchase HERE.Ea
Subscribers to the TrillerVerzPass, the popular $2.99 per month subscription that provides premium access to all TrillerVerz events and Verzuz battles, will receive two bonus NFTs representing the best moments from the October 16 and 17 TrillerVerz III Weekend takeover event at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. The October 16 TrillerVerz program includes world class boxing and the debut of the Verzuz Iconz concert series starring reggae superstar Super Cat with surprise guest artists. The October 17 will feature one of the most anticipated Verzuz match-ups ever, with rap legends Big Daddy Kane x KRS ONE, two pioneers of the rap genre, going head-to-head with their ground-breaking hits.
“What Swizz and Tim have built with Verzuz is an entirely new form of entertainment, one that continues to grow and excite audiences literally around the world,” said Bobby Sarnevesht, co-controlling shareholder of TrillerNet, parent company to TrillerVerz, Verzuz, Triller Fight Club, FITE and Amplify. “We wanted a way for our fans to be able to own a piece of Verzuz for themselves and tapping into the unique ownability and collectability of NFTs seemed like the perfect way to do that. This is the beginning of many exciting Verzuz NFT drops.”
TrillerVerz was created to bridge the worlds of boxing and music produced by Triller Fight Club, the company known for pairing world class boxing with iconic music legends. The entire weekend will be produced by Triller Fight Club visionary Nigel Lythgoe.
Triller is a first-of-its-kind company consolidating technology and content platforms to lead the move to Internet 3.0. TrillerNet pairs the culture of music with sports, fashion, entertainment and influencers through a 360-degree view of content and technology. TrillerNet owns the globally popular Triller app, which is used by musicians, celebrities, athletes, and overall culture setters and has more than 350 million downloads worldwide. The Triller app—unlike other popular short-video apps it is often compared to, encourages its users to post the content created on the app across other social media platforms and websites. The app uses proprietary AI and Machine Learning technology which is uniquely tied to the content rather than the user. By tracking the content, Triller empowers its tastemakers and users to push their content virally to affiliated and non-affiliated sites and networks reaching hundreds of millions of additional users. Data and insights gleaned from the Triller network, its creators, artists and users (from the app and off network) are used to program longer-form content, connect users across the web with the content, and provide unprecedented opportunities for engagement and monetization. TrillerNet has developed highly successful campaigns that begin with the app and continue throughout the entire content and technology ecosystem with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Pepsi, McDonalds, Weedmaps, DraftKings, L’Oreal, and many others. TrillerNet additionally owns Verzuz, the massive live-stream music platform launched by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland and Triller Fight Club. Other holdings include leading AI-powered customer engagement platform Amplify, and FITE, the premier live event and PPV, AVOD, SVOD streaming platform.
Global superstars Becky G and Burna Boy have joined forces on their latest track “Rotate” which is out now via Kemosabe/RCA Records. Listen HERE. Becky G says, “Rotate” to me is a celebration. I think it’s evident that futbol holds a special place in my heart and having Burna Boy join me on this made sense because ultimately I wanted to embody the perfect pre-game song that gets the blood flowing, makes you want to dance and enjoy the sport.”
Burna Boy says, “This is a song that inspires you to aspire and I’m truly honored to be a part of the champions league journey. Writing it came from a place of positivity. The belief that no matter who or where you are, whatever your background or your origins are, there is no limit to what you can achieve when you put your mind to it! I believe we are ALL champions!”
“Rotate,” which was co-written by both artists along with SoFLY, Nius, DiGenius, Elena Rose, Nate Campany and Jin Jin and produced by SoFLY, Nius and DiGenius, is currently featured in the 2021 Pepsi global football campaign “Music Keeps Us Fizzing’ which launched earlier this week. The lyrics and beat of the track, ‘Rotate’, are inspired by this year’s roster of Pepsi football talent and are a tribute to the beautiful game.
ABOUT BECKY G Singer, songwriter and actress Becky G was born for the spotlight and her multifaceted career is shaping up to be nothing short of iconic. The 23-year-old global superstar’s achievements include two number one hits on the Billboard Latin Airplay Charts (“Mayores” & “Sin Pijama”), a starring role in “Power Rangers,” and guest-starring in Fox TV’s Emmy-winning “Empire” series.
Becky G recently won the first-ever American Music Award for Favorite Latin Female Artist (2020) as well as the E! People’s Choice Award for Latin Artist of 2020. She was also recently nominated for a Latin GRAMMY for Best Urban Song for “Muchacha” (her collab with Gente de Zona). Becky won the Latin American Music Award for Favorite Female Artist two years in a row (2018 and 2019) and received the Latin AMA for Favorite Urban Song (for “Mayores”) in 2018. She was also presented with YouTube’s Diamond Play Button for surpassing 10 million followers on the platform (she now has over 17M).
Becky recently accepted the Agent of Change award at the 2020 Premios Juventud (Latin Youth Choice Awards) for her activism and using her platform to inspire positive change and garnered the Extraordinary Evolution Award at the 2019 Latin American Music Awards for her success as a young performer who has reached the pinnacle of success in a short period of time. She has also been honored by the Latin Recording Academy as one of the Leading Ladies in Entertainment (2018) and by her home city of Inglewood, California for her contributions to the Hispanic community; she has been recognized as one of Rolling Stone’s “18 Teens Shaking Up Pop Culture” and one of Billboard’s “21 Under 21”.
Her debut album Mala Santa was released in October 2019 and has been certified 8X Platinum in the United States, Platinum in Spain and Gold in México. Click HERE to stream or download the album.
ABOUT BURNA BOY
Burna Boy is a Nigerian based Afro-fusion singer, songwriter, and performing artiste signed to Atlantic Records in the United States, Warner Music Group internationally and his record label Spaceship Entertainment. Born Damini Ogulu in Port Harcourt to parents Bosede and Samuel Ogulu, he is the only son and eldest of three children.
Burna Boy is one of the few figures in the Nigerian music industry with a distinct voice that evokes memories of many music greats, dead and living, from all over the world–something that has aided him in his rise to global prominence. An indigene of Rivers State in Southern Nigeria, Burna Boy has worked with several A-list local and international artistes like Sia, Diddy, Sauti Sol, Youssou N’Dour, Sam Smith, Damien Marley, Stormzy, Sarkodie, to mention a few.
Some of his major projects include Twice as Tall, African Giant, Outside, L.I.F.E., and On a Spaceship, amongst others. He has numerous critically acclaimed singles such as “Ye”, “Anybody”, “African Giant”, “On the low”, “Way too big”, “Gbona”, and so much more.
Burna Boy has been nominated for and won numerous awards both locally and internationally, some of which include GRAMMY Award, BET, MTV Europe Music Awards, Soundcity MVP, The Headies, MOBO Awards, Edison Award, amongst others.
The most successful female rapper of all time Nicki Minaj celebrates the 10th anniversary of her landmark debut album, Pink Friday, with Pink Friday: The Complete Edition, releasing today via Ume/Young Money/Cash Money Records/Republic Records. With eight exciting bonus tracks, it presents the definitive vision of this groundbreaking body of work.
Pink Friday crashed the culture when it first arrived on November 22, 2010, catapulting Minaj into icon status. The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest-selling hip-hop female debut since The Miseducation ofLauryn Hill in 1998. Certified triple-platinum, Pink Friday spawned a number of hits including the 8x-platinum “Super Bass,” triple-platinum “BedRock” [feat. Young Money & Lloyd], platinum “Moment 4 Life” [feat. Drake], “Fly” [feat. Rihanna], and “Your Love,” and gold “Did It On’em.” Pink Friday spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2011, tying for the most weeks at No. 1 by a female rap act and a record Nicki would later break when Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded led for seven weeks in 2012. What’s more, she still holds that record today! Pink Friday also received three GRAMMY® Award nominations in the category of “Best Rap Album,” “Best New Artist” and “Best Rap Performance” for “Moment 4 Life.” It also took home “Rap Album of the Year” at the American Music Awards.
Stay tuned for more surprises from Nicki Minaj to be revealed soon.
Nicki Minaj has set the tone in music, fashion and beauty for more than a decade – making history and building her superstar personal brand along the way. In 2017, she achieved the record for the most career hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by any female artist ever, previously held by the legendary Aretha Franklin for four decades. Among those smashes, she has notched 114 entries total to date, two #1 hits, 59 top 40 Hot 100 hits (a record among female hip-hop acts), and 19 top 10 Hot 100 hits (another record among female hip-hop acts). Nicki holds the record as a songwriter for the “Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries Among Women in the 2010s.” Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, her landmark debut Pink Friday sold over 375,000 copies in its first week – the largest sales week for a female hip-hop artist since Lauryn Hill in 1998.
In addition to music, Minaj has made numerous TV and film appearances, including as a judge on “American Idol” along with film roles in 2014’s “The Other Woman” alongside Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann and 2016’s ”Barbershop: The Next Cut.” She’s also done voiceover for “Ice Age: Continental Drift.” What’s more, she’s had high-profile deals with Fendi, Adidas, H&M, Diesel, Mercedes-Benz, Sprint and Pepsi, released a nail polish collection with OPI and was the face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. Her branded lipstick, according to Racked, was the brand’s highest-selling Viva Glam lipstick of all-time. Not to mention, she is a co-owner of TIDAL, and her BEATS 1 QUEEN radio show stands out as “the highest-rated show in Apple Music history.”
After a decade since Pink Friday introduced her to the mainstream, 2020 was another big year for Nicki Minaj with two number ones on the Billboard Hot 100. These achievements further sealed her place in history among the most influential artists ever.
Available during Super Bowl Week 2020 (Exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue)
Paying homage to Miami’s lush landscape and vibrant colors, DSQUARED2 is excited to launch their new capsule collection in honor of the 54th annual Super Bowl taking place in Miami in February 2020. The collection will be exclusively offered in Miami during Super Bowl week in both Saks Fifth Avenue Miami locations at Bal Harbour and Brickell. Exclusively designed for Saks Fifth Avenue, the line-up of limited men’s pieces is comprised of ready-to-wear garments and accessories designed in casual, contemporary silhouettes. A range of tracksuits, t-shirts, sneakers and more are defined by striking logos and tropical motifs in addition to the DSQUARED2 logo accompanied by graphic lines and palm trees with ‘Miami’ placed underneath in vibrant tones. Following its unveiling, the collection will be available in select Saks Fifth Avenue locations including Atlanta, Houston, New York and South Coast as well as www.saksfifthavenue.com.
D2XPepsi Available Spring 2020
Additionally, DSQUARED2 has partnered with Pepsi® for a Spring/Summer 2020 limited-edition capsule collection, D2XPepsi. The collection showcases Dsquared2’s sport-street style combined with the vivid color palette and high-spirited fun of Pepsi’s iconic advertising strategies from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection is comprised of 43 special designed items all showcasing the Pepsi blue logo combined with Dsquared2’s signature maple leaf motif. D2XPepsi will be available in Spring 2020 at all DSQUARED2 retail stores, department stores and fashion specialty retailers worldwide.
Tonight, American Airlines and Mastercard presented The Chainsmokers (consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart)
at The Wiltern in Koreatown LA. The event was easily accessible via Metro LA [subway/trains] and ride-sharing apps. It was truly a whimsical experience coupled with pyrotechnics and special effects. Upon entrance, VIP guests were provided oversized glow sticks alongside of gift bags. The venue exhibited eye-catching architecture both inside and out. After gaining access, rewarded guests quickly made their way to various open bar stations sprinkled throughout the complex. Small bites in conjunction with numerous step and repeat banners constantly kept us alert with a plethora of blinking lights. The overall execution was an EDM fan’s dream and encapsulated the innate energy of the electronica genre. Their set was absolutely phenomenal, performing crowd favorites like “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”
The Chainsmokers will return to LA on July 24th at the Hollywood Palladium. You can check out their latest video “Somebody” here.
Presents a Decade of World-Renowned Work in “2000s The Exhibition”
Mouche Gallery, Beverly Hills
Beyonce “Dangerously in Love” Album Cover (2003) by Markus Klinko All Rights Reserved 2018
Exhibition Presents June 15 through June 30, 2018
Award-winning fashion, celebrity photographer and directorMarkus Klinko is pleased to present “2000s”, an exclusive exhibition featuring the decade’s most iconic photographic images. The gallery has partnered with FujiFilm and will host several in-gallery artist appearances: Saturday, June 16th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Saturday June 23rd from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday June 30th, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Mouche Gallery340 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
“For me, this collection goes beyond celebrity photography and more so defines a greater cultural connection. The early 2000’s was a very influential time of fashion, music, and entertainment that we are seeing resurface today. Being able to capture it photographically gives us a window into our past and it how it has helped form our future.” – Markus Klinko
Klinko and his subjects
Throughout the years, Markus Klinko has become one of the most recognizable celebrity photographers across the globe. For his upcoming exhibition, “2000s”, Mouche Gallery has assembled a collection of famous images from his archives. The collection depicts a variety of pop culture milestones that have truly defined the decade of the early 2000’s. Highlighted works include: Beyonce’sDangerously in Love album cover; a series of Mary J. Blige album covers documenting her meteoric rise to superstardom; and images from Klinko’s wildly successful David Bowie Unseen international exhibition. With these works and more to see, Klinko can be credited for capturing some of the most legendary moments in each of his subject’s careers.
David Bowie “Heathen” Album Cover (2002) by Markus Klinko Ó All Rights Reserved 2018
Klinko’s works were recently displayed in a New York Subway station with a large-scale photographic installation and interactive displays celebrating the late, great David Bowie. The installation was unveiled earlier this month and runs until May 13. It coincides with the opening of Bowie Is – an exhibition celebrating the musician’s contribution to popular culture – at the Brooklyn Museum.
The centerpiece of the takeover was an installation that stretched across 30 metal ‘L beams’ and was seen at either end of the station from steps leading down to the platform. It features black-and-white photographs of Bowie as the Thin White Duke – a persona he adopted in the mid- 1970s and taken by Masayoshi Sukita and Markus Klinko.
INSTALLATION NYC SUBWAY 2018
As David Bowie’s and Iman’s photographer for over 15 years, Klinko’s client list reads as a who’s who of Hollywood royalty. Other notable pop culture icons that will be featured in the exhibit include: Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Kelis, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and more.
“Mouche Gallery in Beverly Hills is honored to present this exhibition in collaboration with FUJIFILM North America Corporation, and is thrilled to add Markus Klinko to its prestigious roster of internationally acclaimed photographers. We look forward to continuing the tradition of featuring museum quality art and photographs at the forefront of culture.” – Keiko Noah, Gallerist & Principal: Mouche Gallery
Made possible by FUJIFILM North America Corporation, “2000s” will feature a rare retrospective collection of select cameras and lenses used by Klinko to photograph these images and will be installed at Mouche Gallery. As one of the earliest adopters of digital post-production, Klinko pioneered a style that widely influenced trends in current fashion and celebrity photography. Klinko credits his usage of the FUJIFILM GX680III, a 6x8cm medium format system, in conjunction with FUJICHROME PROVIA 100F for the vibrant palette and exceptionally high resolution of his work. In 2001, Klinko also started shooting with the FUJIFILM FinePix S1 Pro, the early predecessor of the current line of the FUJIFILM X Series and GFX system. A previously unseen series of new images, taken in 2018 with the FUJIFILM GFX medium format mirrorless system, will be unveiled on June 14th, featuring re-emerging signature ’00s staples, connecting his works from past and present. All of Klinko’s works to be featured in “2000’s” were created with FUJIFILM cameras and/or film products.
Given the exhibition’s fashion and celebrity culture focus, thirteen of Klinko’s most celebrated images will be sold via Paddle8 (http://www.paddle8.com/auction/cfda) to benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation to help support its programs dedicated to fashion education and professional development. To learn more about the CFDA, please visit the organization’s website at www.CFDA.com
To learn more about Mouche Gallery and to meet the world-renowned photographer and visit this once-in-a-lifetime Collection: “2000s The Exhibition” in Beverly Hills, please visit Mouche at www.mouchegallery.com.
ALL WORKS ON EXHIBITION & AVAILABLE FOR ACQUISITION
All Images Courtesy of Markus Klinko. All Rights Reserved 2018. For Editorial Usage Only. No Commercial Usage Allowed.
Image: Markus Klinko 2018 Los Angeles
ABOUT MARKUS KLINKO:
Markus Klinko is an award-winning, international fashion/celebrity photographer and director, who has worked with many of today’s most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.
Klinko has photographed Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. His editorial clients include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview. Brands such as Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin have hired Klinko to create advertising campaigns. His campaign for Keep A Child Alive raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just 3 days.
Born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish, and Hungarian descent, Klinko spent his early years training to become a classical harp soloist. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Later, Klinko signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics, as well as a management contract with Columbia Artists Management. He received the Grand Prix de Disque for his recording of French harp music, with members of the orchestra of the Paris Opera Bastille. Klinko performed in recitals and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. He was also regularly featured in such publications as Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New York Times, Madame Figaro, Stereo Review, and Ongaku no Tomo.
After a hand injury, Klinko decided to become a fashion photographer and retired from his international concert and recording career. During that time, he met Indrani, who later became a regular collaborator in her role as his studio’s digital post production artist and photo editor.
Isabella Blow discovered Klinko’s work while at the London Sunday Times and commissioned cover stories from the emerging photographer. Around the same time, Ingrid Sischy, at Interview magazine hired Klinko for various shoots. Iman and David Bowie followed, giving the up and coming photographer a chance to photograph them for their respective book (I am Iman) and album covers (Heathen).
From there, he went on to create some of the most iconic album covers of his time, including Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love, and Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi.
Many of Klinko’s famous celebrity photographs can be seen in his coffee table book ICONS (Perseus). Lincoln Center in New York presented an art exhibit showcasing many prints from the book and since, art galleries and museums in Europe (Opera Gallery, Monaco) and the USA (National Portrait Gallery, Washington) have featured his work.
Mapp Digital , the largest independent marketing technology company, today announced that PUMA Europe, the international sports company, has selected its customer engagement platform and digital marketing services to bridge the digital gap and enhance marketing executions across channel and display.
PUMA will utilize Mapp Digital’s next-generation marketing technology to engage with customers on a personal level. The brand will utilize Mapp’s Customer Engagement Platform, which streamlines insights and drives sales by identifying consumer and behavioral data to acquire new customers and grow brand affinity.
In addition, PUMA will advance its marketing capabilities with Mapp’s integrated Data Management Platform (DMP) and modular software suite to provide increasingly personalized messages. PUMA joins the likes of Pepsi, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom and Lloyds Banking Group in using Mapp Digital to drive their marketing efforts.
Nicholas Rau, Senior Online Marketing Manager for PUMA Europe says: “The Mapp Customer Engagement Platform allows us to reach consumers in the right place, at the right time, with the right message.
“Our partnership brings the tools to our fingertips, and our customers will benefit by receiving reactive, relevant, and evolving content in optimal mediums. We want to ensure each touchpoint is maximized for impact, allowing our distinct and innovative marketing to speak to our audience in a personal, engaging way.”
PUMA will also benefit from Mapp’s overarching Customer Centric Services approach that enables marketers to bridge the digital gap and optimize messaging across email, mobile push and web marketing, while leveraging its underlying data management platform.
Mike Biwer, Mapp Digital’s CEO, explains: “Mapp is dedicated to creating the new digital marketing standard, where consumers are respected and brands thrive. We will help PUMA stand out from the crowd and reach their potential by enabling them to make meaningful human connections and lasting engagements with their customers. We’re delighted to welcome PUMA into the Mapp family.”
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