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VINCE STAPLES × LAW OF AVERAGES

VINCE STAPLES TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON JULY 9, MARKING HIS FIRST FULL-LENGTH RELEASE IN THREE YEARS

Esteemed hip-hop artist Vince Staples today announced the release of his self-titled LP – out Friday, July 9 via Blacksmith Recordings/Motown Records. His first full-length release since 2018’s critically acclaimed FM!, the 10-track LP delves not only into Staples’ upbringing in Long Beach, but his psyche as he learns to cope with his yesterdays and strides toward new tomorrows, picking others up along the way.

In conjunction with the announcement, Staples released the much-anticipated first single off the LP, Law of Averages”, alongside the official music video for the track, directed by Kid. Studio. Set against a montage of voyeuristic moments in Long Beach, CA, the cinematic visual features imagery that embodies black joy and highlights the beauty within the fringes.

“Law of Averages” is available to stream or download HERE. Watch the official music video HERE.

Of the new Kenny Beats-produced LP, Staples says, “It really gives much more information about me that wasn’t out there before. That’s why I went with that title. I feel like I’ve been trying to tell the same story. As you go on in life, your point of view changes. This is another take on myself that I might not have had before.”

The celebrated rapper’s latest body of work is also just the beginning of his busy 2021. Staples is currently working on a number of creative projects with additional details to be announced throughout the year.

“I’m a mind more than I am an entertainer to a lot of people,” Staples says, adding, “I appreciate that my fanbase is willing to go on this ride with me. I’m ready to diversify what we’re doing and see how we affect the world.”

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JESSIE J – I WANT LOVE

JESSIE J PREMIERES I WANT LOVE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO 

NEW ALBUM ARRIVING LATER THIS YEAR

GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum pop superstar Jessie J premieres the official music video for brand-new single I Want Love via LAVA/Republic Records.

“This album is like a short film over many years of my life and this video is the first part of that story I’m sharing.” Jessie J comments on the new music video, “I wanted the video to feel like people weren’t supposed to see this moment. A moment between the moments captured.”

I Want Love sets the stage for her anxiously awaited fifth full-length album, coming later this year, co-written with and executive produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning mega-producer Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Adele).

Back in 2011, Jessie J quietly emerged with the biggest voice in pop. The UK-born powerhouse introduced herself with Who You Are, which not only went platinum, but also yielded the quadruple-platinum Price Tag and platinum Domino. Not to mention, the record made history as “the first album by a British female artist to produce six or more Top 10 hits in the UK,” while she picked up the 2011 Critics’ Choice BRIT Award and BBC’s Sound of 2011. On its heels, 2014’s Sweet Talker crashed the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and housed the eight-times platinum Bang Bang with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Throughout 2018, she revealed R.O.S.E. in four parts to critical acclaim and supported it with a sold-out world tour. The same year Jessie J traveled to China and joined the TV show SINGER, a singing competition where she performed each week in front of a television audience of 250 million with a grand finale viewership of a 1 billion. Not only was Jessie J the first international artist to ever compete alongside the biggest artists in Asia, but also the first to ever win. With a once-in-a-generation voice, confessional writing style, and stadium-shaking charisma, she’s back in 2021 with I Want Love.

Watch I Want Love here. Now available on all platforms.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

JUNE BRINGS FRANK SINATRA, NANCY SINATRA, JANIS JOPLIN AND MORE TO ‘THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW’ YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Iconic Clips And Historic Performances Officially Available Worldwide Via Streaming Platforms From UMe and SOFA Entertainment 

The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel continues in June with the iconic “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra and one of the primetime juggernaut’s most surprising moments; when Frank Sinatra presented Ed Sullivan with a birthday cake for the show’s 16th anniversary in 1964. Five years later and premiering on the channel this month, rock ‘n’ roll legend Janis Joplin gave The Ed Sullivan Show viewers a Woodstock preview with her upbeat performance of “Raise Your Hand,” one of the songs she belted out during her set at the historic music festival in August 1969.

Additional classic performances include Joel Grey “Give My Regards To Broadway,” Lionel Hampton “12th Street Rag,” Paul Anka “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and Tony Bennett “It Had To Be You.” Also on the stage are music greats Al Hirt, Billy Eckstine, Edith Piaf, and Harry Belafonte.

June also features Hollywood greats Charlie Chaplin Jr. and Orson Welles, laughs from Harpo Marx and Ed Sullivan, Henny Youngman, Totie Fields, plus family fun with Linon the Belgian Clown, plate spinners The Alcettys and comedic acrobats The Martys, among others. An engaging celebration of pop culture (Bob King takes aim at modern music, rock stars and deejays) and high culture (Laurance Harvey reads Tennyson’s “The Charge Of The Light Brigade”), The Ed Sullivan Show YouTube channel honors an entertainment legacy with new clips daily and a wide range of playlists to explore.

Throughout its historic 23-year primetime run (1948-1971), The Ed Sullivan Show brought the hottest performances from around the world and introduced emerging talent to America’s living rooms every Sunday night. The show featured some of the earliest or first televised performances of music superstars including The Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and The Papas, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.

Among the voluminous gems in this vast catalog are iconic clips most of which have not been seen in decades. UMe uploads new videos daily, including scores of rarities available digitally for the first time, to The Ed Sullivan Show’s official YouTube channel and Ed Sullivan’s website, both newly updated.

Live On The Ed Sullivan Show YOUTUBE channel, June 18-30*:

STREAM DATE ARTIST PERFORMANCE AIRDATE
FRI 6/18 Bert Lahr Paper Picker Schneider’s Miracle Skit September 6, 1964
FRI 6/18 Charlie Chaplin Jr. Little Tramp In The Park May 29, 1960
FRI 6/18 Bob King The Average Person January 26, 1964
FRI 6/18 Ella Fitzgerald** My Last Affair February 2, 1964
FRI 6/18 Harry Belafonte Shake That Little Foot March 29, 1964
SAT 6/19 David Frye Celebrity Impressions October 15, 1967
SAT 6/19 Corporal Richard Linfors & Corporal John Lloyd Drill Team June 12, 1955
SAT 6/19 Al Hirt It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary June 18, 1961
SUN 6/20 Davis & Reese Bickering Singers October 10, 1965
SUN 6/20 Happy Gestures With Red Skelton Comedic Performance Of Your Cheatin’ Heart February 22, 1959
SUN 6/20 Orson Welles Orson Welles Tells The Tale Of La Befana December 25, 1955
SUN 6/20 Hendra & Ullett NY Cabbie And English Passenger January 1, 1967
SUN 6/20 Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ February 27, 1966
MON 6/21 Dick Shawn & Augusta Merighi Arty & Interfering Mother May 27, 1956
MON 6/21 Helen Shapiro After You’ve Gone October 28, 1962
MON 6/21 Joel Grey Give My Regards To Broadway May 4, 1969
TUE 6/22 Gene Baylos Money, Insults Audience & Life’s Observations April 5, 1970
TUE 6/22 Mary O’Hara Quiet Land Of Erin March 12, 1961
TUE 6/22 Harpo Marx & Ed Sullivan Knife Thief With Ed Sullivan April 23, 1961
TUE 6/22 Connie Francis La Paloma July 1, 1962
WED 6/23 Henny Youngman Becoming A Comedian June 14, 1959
WED 6/23 Maureen O’Hara Come Back To Erin March 11, 1962
WED 6/23 Ted Lewis I’m Stepping Out With A Memory July 22, 1956
WED 6/23 Billy Eckstine Ma She’s Making Eyes At Me January 10, 1965
THU 6/24 Davis & Reese Boxer Interview Sketch February 16, 1958
THU 6/24 Henri Salvador Family Album & Language Sketch November 4, 1956
THU 6/24 Paul Schon Army Air Corps Song February 18, 1951
THU 6/24 The Serendipity Singers Every Time I Feel The Spirit December 27, 1964
FRI 6/25 George Carl Bumbling Magician Pantomime March 28, 1965
FRI 6/25 Henri Salvador Laughing Sketch & Dining Mime October 21, 1956
FRI 6/25 Maude Nugent Sweet Rosie O’Grady December 18, 1949
FRI 6/25 Rolly Rolls Mighty Like A Rose June 5, 1949
SAT 6/26 Jay Marshall And Lefty Lefty The Hand Puppet Sings “If I Had My Way” January 12, 1958
SAT 6/26 Rudy Vallee Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay February 13, 1949
SAT 6/26 Ella Fitzgerald** Oh, Lady Be Good! March 24, 1957
SUN 6/27 Henny Youngman Gambling, The Wife March 4, 1962
SUN 6/27 Stagg McMann Trio Dance Of The Hours August 6, 1950
SUN 6/27 Ted Lewis When My Baby Smiles At Me January 2, 1955
SUN 6/27 Al Hirt Down By The Riverside May 7, 1961
SUN 6/27 Paul Anka Put Your Head On My Shoulder November 1, 1959
MON 6/28 Phil Spitalny’s Hour Of Charm Ave Maria March 25, 1951
MON 6/28 Timi Yuro Let Me Call You Sweetheart January 14, 1962
MON 6/28 Frank Sinatra Happy 16th Anniversary June 28, 1964
MON 6/28 Harry Belafonte The Baby Boy April 22, 1962
TUE 6/29 Pearl Bailey Nobody June 26, 1955
TUE 6/29 Rudy Vallee The Whiffenpoof Song February 13, 1949
TUE 6/29 Tony Martin I’ll See You In My Dreams June 28, 1953
TUE 6/29 The Kessler Twins Mas Que Nada/The Look Of Love April 19, 1970
WED 6/30 Robert Alda Medley: In The Good Old Summertime/Moonlight Bay August 26, 1951
WED 6/30 Richard Harris Camelot April 28, 1968
WED 6/30 Janis Joplin Raise Your Hand March 16, 1969
WED 6/30 Tony Bennett It Had To Be You June 27, 1965

*Unlisted YouTube link and/or embed code may be available upon request. Schedule may be subject to change without notice. Segments are listed chronologically by stream date and time. **This segment was previously announced.

Live On The Ed Sullivan Show YOUTUBE channel, a recap*** of June 1-17:

STREAM DATE ARTIST PERFORMANCE AIRDATE
TUE 6/1 Arthur Worsley Ventriloquist “When You’re Smiling” October 2, 1966
TUE 6/1 Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara With Sergio Franchi How Men Treat Women June 14, 1970
TUE 6/1 Acker Bilk Acker’s Laquer October 28, 1962
TUE 6/1 Moms Mabley Old Men April 26, 1970
WED 6/2 Ravic And Babs Roller Skating Duo February 12, 1967
WED 6/2 Morey Amsterdam New York And Newspaper Articles December 11, 1966
WED 6/2 Abbe Lane My Man July 17, 1960
THU 6/3 Myron Cohen Irish Themed Jokes March 15, 1959
THU 6/3 Totie Fields Shopping March 24, 1963
THU 6/3 Lana Cantrell When You Wish Upon A Star October 8, 1967
FRI 6/4 Myron Cohen Marriage February 23, 1969
FRI 6/4 Ella Fitzgerald You’d Better Love Me November 23, 1969
FRI 6/4 The Jovers Balancing Act May 28, 1967
FRI 6/4 Rudi Schweitzer Juggler March 22, 1970
FRI 6/4 Frances Farmer Down In The Valley October 27, 1957
SAT 6/5 Stanley Myron Handelman Masculinity & Confidence November 1, 1970
SAT 6/5 Brook Benton Fools Rush In February 4, 1962
SUN 6/6 Alan Young New Father And A Crying Baby February 25, 1951
SUN 6/6 Bob King Famous Quotes April 26, 1964
SUN 6/6 Jackie Wilson To Be Loved December 4, 1960
MON 6/7 Schaller Brothers Trampoline Act February 9, 1969
MON 6/7 Buddy Hackett Career, Coney Island And Ed Sullivan Janaury 3, 1965
MON 6/7 Roger Williams Every Little Movement July 28, 1957
MON 6/7 Harry Belafonte Muleskinner April 22, 1962
TUE 6/8 Totie Fields Skiing March 27, 1966
TUE 6/8 The Goofers Comedic Acrobats “Mutual Admiration Society” May 24, 1959
TUE 6/8 The Little Singers of Tokyo Swanee April 5, 1964
TUE 6/8 Rosemary Clooney I Ain’t Got Nobody May 7, 1961
WED 6/9 Rudi Schweitzer Juggling Act November 28, 1965
WED 6/9 Ames Brothers & Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz Lucille Ball 5th Ames Brother February 5, 1956
WED 6/9 Charles Manna French Travel Agent January 20, 1963
WED 6/9 Les Paul & Mary Ford The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise August 19, 1951
THU 6/10 The Cordons Whip Act June 24, 1956
THU 6/10 Toni Harper Three Blind Mice June 12, 1949
THU 6/10 Bob Lewis Worries About Life And A Musical Group December 6, 1964
THU 6/10 Burl Ives Foggy, Foggy Dew March 22, 1953
FRI 6/11 The Alcettys Plate Spinning And Balancing Act March 1, 1964
FRI 6/11 Billy Baxter Greenwich Village Weather In England – James Bond May 1, 1966
FRI 6/11 Sandler & Young Mr. Boom Boom (Mr. Bass Man) January 7, 1968
FRI 6/11 Ella Fitzgerald Hotta Chocolatta March 24, 1957
SAT 6/12 Trio Hoganas Tooth Line Balance Act March 19, 1967
SAT 6/12 Roger Williams Abide With Me April 2, 1961
SAT 6/12 Jimmy Roselli Give My Regards To Broadway January 2, 1966
SUN 6/13 Linon Belgian Clown December 16, 1962
SUN 6/13 The Martys Comedic Acrobats February 19, 1967
SUN 6/13 Bob King Marriage And Family Life August 16, 1964
SUN 6/13 Jimmie Rodgers Honeycomb November 3, 1957
MON 6/14 Leo Bassi Foot Juggler June 7, 1964
MON 6/14 Bob King Modern Music, Rock Stars and DeeJays March 28, 1965
MON 6/14 The Martin Brothers Argentine Juggling Pair November 30, 1969
MON 6/14 Edith Piaf The Poor People Of Paris September 23, 1956
TUE 6/15 Arthur Haynes Acrobatic Sketch November 6, 1966
TUE 6/15 Laurance Harvey Reading of Tennyson’s “The Charge Of The Light Brigade” October 25, 1964
TUE 6/15 Totie Fields Decorating My Home November 5, 1967
TUE 6/15 Pat Rooney Sr. Sidewalks Of New York January 22, 1956
WED 6/16 Phil Foster Marriage And Kids May 1, 1955
WED 6/16 Charlotte Rae Anastasia Sketch April 21, 1957
WED 6/16 Graham W. Jackson Sr. St. Louis Blues with the New York Yankees June 17, 1951
WED 6/16 Phil Silvers & Ed Sullivan Phil Silvers Gives Ed Sullivan Singing Lessons November 6, 1955
THU 6/17 The Spencer Trio Balancing Act March 24, 1963
THU 6/17 Tony Hendra, Nick Ullett The Agony Of A New York Mets Fan August 7, 1966
THU 6/17 Harpo Marx, Ed Sullivan & Ray Bloch Imitations & Turkey In The Straw April 23, 1961
THU 6/17 Lionel Hampton 12th Street Rag May 1, 1955

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About The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show is the most popular primetime variety show in American history. For nearly a quarter century, Ed Sullivan hosted the greatest array of talent on television, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5. Every Sunday night at 8pm on CBS from 1948-1971, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased a wide variety of pop culture from the worlds of music, comedy, novelty and much more. The library of 1,000 hours includes over 10,000 performances.

About SOFA Entertainment

In 1990, Andrew Solt formed SOFA Entertainment Inc. and acquired The Ed Sullivan Show from the Sullivan family. The Ed Sullivan Show is the most respected and revered variety show in television history. SOFA Entertainment is the copyright holder of the original Ed Sullivan programs and over 150 hours of newly created programming.

About UMe

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the global catalog and special markets division of Universal Music Group (UMG).  Working closely in concert with UMG’s record labels, territories and operating companies, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and creating opportunities in new technologies.

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X AMBASSADORS × MY OWN MONSTER

X AMBASSADORS RELEASE VIDEO FOR “MY OWN MONSTER”

Sam Nelson Harris Dances With His Shadow in Darkly Cinematic Video

Multi-platinum-selling rock band X Ambassadors share the video for their latest single My Own Monster” today, June 17, 2021. Directed by longtime collaborator Daniel Iglesias Jr., and made in collaboration with Mathematic — the Paris VFX house known for their work on Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” — the video for “My Own Monster” accentuates the song’s noir-pop element by placing Harris in a partially animated alternate universe.

In tribute to the scene from Anchors Aweigh in which Gene Kelly dances alongside Jerry Mouse from “Tom and Jerry,” the black-and-white visual finds Harris performing a choreographed routine with his own shadow, injecting a bit of classic-cartoon humor into the track’s chilling mystique. Harris worked with choreographer Genna Moroni training for a month before shooting the video.

Watch the video HERE.

“The idea for this video came to me in a dream a couple years ago and now it’s come to life,” says lead singer Sam Nelson Harris. “The video feels playful and dangerous and kind of unhinged all at once, which is how I felt while making this record and video.”

Released via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, “My Own Monster” is a moody psychodrama in the form of a groove-heavy pop song that examines themes of alienation, emotional risk and the desire to break free from pain. It was inspired by the pressure lead singer Sam Harris feels every day to keep things in his life together professionally, personally, mentally and emotionally. It is a song about someone who has an evil voice inside their head and embracing it rather than running from it.

“My Own Monster” is the first song to be released from the band’s highly awaited third album, The Beautiful Liar, due out later this year and marks the start of a compelling new lyrical direction for X Ambassadors. Earlier this week the band announced The Beautiful Liar Tour with dates in North America and Europe starting this fall. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, June 18th, at 10am local time at https://www.xambassadors.com/tour.

ABOUT X AMBASSADORS
X Ambassadors made their full-length debut with VHS, a 2015 release that saw the band transition from Ithaca alt-rockers and Brooklyn-indie-scene outsiders to Billboard stalwarts. Now certified platinum, VHS provided an intimate look at Sam Nelson Harris and his brother Casey Harris’s youth, delivering the genre-defying hits “Unsteady” and “Renegades” and leading to a three-year global touring odyssey as well as a string of high-profile festival performances. VHS was followed by X Ambassadors’ 2019 sophomore album ORION, which they supported with an extensive headline tour of the U.S.  A project inspired by ’60s and ’70s soul and R&B, the band’s Belong EP arrived in March 2020. Their hyper-creative multi-part project (Eg),  three-song effort released in early 2021, found the band collaborating with a series of similarly forward-thinking artists, including Earl St. Clair, Terrell Hines, and Jensen McRae.
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PRODUCER JACK ANTONOFF IS EVERYWHERE

By: Andrew Shibuya

Working quietly beside some of today’s most famous and talented musicians is producer Jack Antonoff. Though one likely knows the various critically acclaimed albums he has co-produced over the past five years with artists such as Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Lorde, he seems to have worked primarily in the shadows of these singer-songwriters.

Known for his sleek and polished pop, his signature 80s-style synths, and ornate instrumentation, Antonoff began his rise to prominence first as a member of the now defunct group fun., and later as one of the producers on Swift’s 1989 and Reputation. And while he is far from unknown by any means, it is only this past spring that Antonoff’s influence has seemed to be inescapable.

In the past six months alone, Antonoff has been credited as co-producer on some of the most celebrated and eagerly anticipated releases of the year, including Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club, St. Vincent’s Daddy’s Home, Clairo’s forthcoming Sling, Lorde’s forthcoming LP, as well as on Swift’s last two LP’s, evermore and folklore. Given the prominence of the artists he works with, and the sheer amount of Antonoff’s work that is being released at present, one can only help but wonder if there are any implications to Antonoff’s extensive list of collaborators and his unmistakable influence over much of the contemporary pop scene.

This past week alone saw the release of both Lorde’s and Clairo’s first singles (“Solar Power” and “Blouse”, respectively) from their forthcoming records, with the two singer-songwriters even lending their vocals to each other’s tracks. And while the producer himself once stated that each record he produces has its own “sound world”, many fans have taken to social media to complain about what they deem to be Antonoff’s “copy-pasting” from record to record. Critics have pointed out some of the valid similitudes among some of Antonoff’s most recent works.

For example, many critics point to similarities between the key, tempo, and vocals of the refrain of St. Vincent’s track “… At the Holiday Party” from her latest work “Daddy’s Home” and the chorus of Lorde’s recent single “Solar Power”. Side by side, the sonic resemblance between the two is somewhat uncanny. Fans have even gone as far as to create mashups of the two songs, alongside pleas for Antonoff to take a break from working with so many artists at once.

Another instance of Antonoff’s so-called “copy-pasting” that fans have taken grief with is the use of identical instrumentation from tracks from Del Rey’s two most recent albums, both co-produced by Antonoff. The distinctive jingle bells of 2019’s “How to Disappear” are used almost identically as in the chorus of 2021’s “Wild at Heart”. Many fans were quick to express their dismay given the fact that several tracks from Chemtrails Over the Country Club were recorded during the sessions for Norman Fucking Rockwell!  and “Wild at Heart.” For some fans, these tracks seemed to merely be leftovers from the first LP, leaving many lamenting that Antonoff must be too busy to be wholly novel with each work.

This is not to say, however, that Antonoff’s production has by any means become stale, nor that the producer is lacking versatility. Contrarily, his range is objectively remarkable. Take, for instance, his work with indie rock artist Annie Clark, who writes and performs as St. Vincent. From the glam rock and electro-pop sound of her 2017 LP MASSEDUCTION to the psychedelic and 70s-inspired Daddy’s Home alone, Antonoff, co-producing with Clark, proves himself to be adroit across a multitude of instruments and production styles.

And still, many fans of St. Vincent’s remarkable career over the past decade and a half consider Clark’s last two albums, both co-produced alongside Antonoff, to be among her worst. Critics often cite the sleek and polished production that Antonoff favors as the problem. This, of course, begs the question: are these artists responsible for the similarities in their work with their peers’, or could Antonoff be to blame?

Based on what the artists he works with have to say, the former might seem to be the answer. Swift, following the release of her 2020 LP folklore, wrote in a tweet about Antonoff: “Talking to Jack about life is one of my all time favorite hobbies. He’s always curious, always wondering how to keep learning and growing. He’s the best.” Del Rey, Lorde, and Clark have all likewise echoed this sentiment, similarly praising Antonoff’s willingness to listen and move in any direction musically.

So what is it about Antonoff that makes him so compelling to artists and somewhat divisive amongst fans? With every album and single that he produces comes an accompanying Instagram post alongside various platitudes praising the new work and artist. Just below rests humorous, and somewhat exasperated, comments from fans wondering when the producer has time to sleep.

With so many of his collaborators being women, many interviewers and fans have been curious as to why Antonoff tends to gravitate toward female singer-songwriters. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Antonoff responded to the question regarding the majority of his production being for female artists, stating, “It’s never come up in my head outside of being interviewed.”

Fans, however, are constantly intrigued by Antonoff’s prodigious discography, especially the predominance of women singer-songwriters with whom he collaborates. Some in this online discourse criticize Antonoff’s dominance in pop production, given that in a recent report conducted by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, just 2.6 percent of all producers are women. These critics argue that these famous and talented artists should seek out women producers, as opposed to simply continuing to work with Antonoff.

Still, Antonoff remains one of the most in-demand producers who is sought out by some of the biggest names in music, most notably by prominent and talented female singer-songwriters. Is it because he’s simply the most talented? Or the most well-known? And, how much Antonoff is too much Antonoff? Though the answer to these questions may be unclear, his influence is undeniable–and now, almost inescapable. Behind the scenes of many of the greatest pop releases of 2021, and indeed the latter half of the past decade, was Antonoff working tirelessly.

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Deadmau5 Partners with Extreme Music and UTA to Launch a Dance Music Label

Deadmau5 is a renowned Canadian disk jockey, musician, and producer whose official name is Joel Thomas Zimmerman. He is also known for his music label mau5trap, which he started in 2007. As part of the plan to expand his music empire, Deadmau5 has partnered with UTA and established Extreme Music to launch beathau5, a new music label focusing on producing dance music. The main target of the content is meant for advertisements, film, and TV industry. 

In the past, Deadmau5 has partnered with multiple companies and collaborated with different artists, including Rob Swire and Sofia Toufa. His previous works have earned him more than five Grammy Award nominations and numerous deals. For instance, he teamed up with Xbox to play PUBG. 

He also worked with Microgaming, a software provider, to produce a branded video slot currently available in various top online casino sites in South Africa such as Casino Lab. The UTA negotiated deal is meant to enable Deadmau5 to reach a wider audience while providing his fans with exclusive music content.

The core duty of the Sony Music library division, Extreme Music, is to help in the production and distribution of the libraries that the Beathau5 label will be producing during the partnership. Currently, Extreme Music is working with Junkie XL, among other artists aiding in different distribution levels. 

In Spring, Beathau5 will put out five albums that Deadmau5 will personally work on compiling the entire music library of the project. The albums will contain music from numerous Mau5trap artists, both established and new. In addition, each library will be certified for screens, and according to Deadmau5, TV and film industry will finally have unlimited access to unique electronic music sounds for any project they may have. This news comes amid news of new music releases from numerous other stars.  

Every album release will be accompanied by NTFs from an artist whom the parties are yet to mention. A statement released by Russell Emanuel, the CEO of Extreme Music, shows he is enthusiastic about the project. He also confirmed that Extreme Music company has worked with multiple electronic music artists, but they have never gone further to create a label which is a huge accomplishment. 

Additionally, the CEO mentioned that they are ready to find the right ears for the upcoming Beathau5 projects. On the other hand, Zimmerman confirmed that partnering with Extreme Music is the right move since it is the company that will play a major role in finding the right audience and market for the upcoming project. Recently, Deadmau5 and his label mau5trap have scored incredible deals, with artists such as Maison Ware scoring a deal with Spree, an on-screen production by Hulu.

Also, at the beginning of 2020, Zimmerman launched hau5trap. The record label is meant to produce house music exclusively to millions of fans across the globe. That was followed by a tech company called PIXELYNX which Zimmerman established alongside Richie Hawtin, an electronic music pioneer who goes by the stage name Plastikman. 

These achievements show Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, will steer the new Beathau5 label in the right direction. Besides UTA, Deadmau5’s record label mau5trap is represented by Seven20 Entertainment, an international entertainment in Tech, Music, and Gaming, as well as LaPolt Law, P.C. However, Deadmau5 is given the rights to produce the creative content, whereas the other companies handle distribution.

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MASEGO × APPLE MUSIC’S SPATIAL AUDIO

MASEGO’S “MYSTERY LADY” IS TAPPED BY APPLE MUSIC FOR NEW SPATIAL AUDIO AD CAMPAIGN

Combined Global Streams Of “Mystery Lady” Near 100 Million

Track Is From Masego’s Studying Abroad: Extended Stay EP, Available Now In Spatial Audio On Apple Music

View the Apple Music spot HERE

Masego and his hit single, “Mystery Lady” feat. Don Toliver, are featured in Apple Music’s new campaign for Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos. The commercial, which debuted during Sunday’s NBA Conference semifinals, is a feast for the ears and the eyes. A listener hits “play” and Masego, attired in the elegant pink suit he wears on the single’s cover, appears and magically multiplies in the space surrounding her–visualizing the way Spatial Audio delivers true multidimensional sound and clarity from all around and above. View the spot HERE.

Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans. Apple Music subscribers can enjoy thousands of songs in Spatial Audio from some of the world’s biggest artists and music across all genres. More information on Spatial Audio is available HERE.

“Mystery Lady” has amassed nearly 100 million combined global streams. The track can be found on Studying Abroad: Extended Stay (EQT Recordings/Capitol Records)–the deluxe edition of Masego’s acclaimed 2020 EP, which is now also available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music. Watch Masego and Don Toliver performing the song on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” HERE.

photo by John Marquez via Erin Cooney of Capital Music Group for use by 360 Magazine

Photo Credit: John Marquez

Masego on the web:

https://www.masegomusic.com/

https://twitter.com/UncleSego

https://www.facebook.com/UncleSego/

https://www.instagram.com/Masego/

Hailed as a “musical polyglot” by the Los Angeles Times, Masego is a singular talent and surprising presence: a saxophone player, a singer, a rapper, a comedian, a DJ. NPR Music praised him as “musical shapeshifter, the creator of a blueprint for a new kind of sound.” Lady Lady, Masego’s 2018 debut album, put him on the map. “Tadow,” the lead single, has surpassed a billion global streams and been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Since the album’s release, Masego has toured the world, headlining sold-out tours and starring on festival stages across every continent but Antarctica. He recently contributed a new song, “Somethin’ Ain’t Right” (feat. JID and Rapsody), to Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album.

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MEET ME @ THE ALTAR – MODEL CITIZEN

MEET ME @ THE ALTAR TO RELEASE MAJOR LABEL DEBUT EP MODEL CITIZEN ON AUGUST 13 VIA FUELED BY RAMEN

NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO FEEL A THING

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED SUPPORTING COHEED AND CAMBRIA & THE USED THIS SUMMER, SUPPORTING ALL TIME LOW THIS FALL

“One of the most exciting young pop bands in the United States” – The FADER

“One of 2021’s most exciting new rock acts” – Rolling Stone

“Meet Me @ The Altar is the future of pop-punk” – NYLON

“Your new pop punk obsession” – Buzzfeed

“Some of the most promising, exciting pop-punk in recent memory” – Stereogum

Rising pop-punk trio Meet Me @ The Altar have announced their major label debut EP, Model Citizen. The news is heralded by the release of anthemic single Feel A Thing, which is available now on all streaming platforms. The group, whose name was inspired by a mutual love for Mortal Kombat, has their skills put to the test in the track’s official video, which finds them fighting their way out of an arcade game. The Model Citizen EP arrives August 13th via Fueled By Ramen.

“We are SO incredibly excited about Model Citizen being our first major release on Fueled By Ramen, these are absolutely our best songs to date, the band shared. Model Citizen was originally a different set of songs, but we decided to throw it all out just days before the EP was due because we knew we could write a more cohesive story with lots of energy. With a heavy easy core influence, we hope Model Citizen knocks everyone out of their seats!”

This summer, Meet Me @ The Altar will embark on a massive U.S. tour supporting Coheed and Cambria & The Used and appear at Riot Fest in Chicago. In the fall, they will return to the road with labelmates All Time Low and nothing,nowhere. for a tour of North America. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found HERE.

Meet Me @ The Altar announced their Fueled By Ramen signing last October in an exclusive interview with Billboard and unleashed their critically acclaimed major label debut single Garden. The song’s vibrant music video premiered on The FADER, and Garden graced best songs of 2020 lists by NPR Music, The FADER, Refinery 29, and more. Earlier this year, the band debuted the powerful single, Hit Like A Girl in partnership with Facebook’s Women’s History Month campaign. Meet Me @ The Altar has already been named an artist to watch in 2021 by Rolling Stone, NYLONand more.

Crossing state lines and breaking all kinds of boundaries, the group’s members Edith Johnson [vocals], Téa Campbell [guitar], and Ada Juarez [drums] initially met online, bonding over the likes of Paramore and Twenty One Pilots and agreeing on a need for more representation in pop punk. Instead of waiting for somebody else to do it, they stepped up and became that representation as three proud women of color playing lightning-fast riffs, pounding out double kicks, and chanting huge hooks.

Stay tuned for more new music from Meet Me @ The Altar soon.

MODEL CITIZEN EP Tracklist

  1. Feel A Thing
  2. Mapped Out
  3. Brighter Days (Are Before Us)
  4. Now Or Never
  5. Never Gonna Change
  6. Wake Up

Available for preorder NOW

MEET ME @ THE ALTAR 2021 TOUR DATES

8/27-9/24 – supporting Coheed and Cambria & The Used

10/5-10/10 – supporting nothing,nowhere.

10/12-11/12 – supporting All Time Low

# – festival performance

Supporting Coheed and Cambria & The Used

August 27, 2021 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre

August 28, 2021 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre

August 30, 2021 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex Outdoors

August 31, 2021 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion

September 02, 2021 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

September 04, 2021 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

September 05, 2021 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

September 07, 2021 – Wichita, KS – WAVE

September 08, 2021 – Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park

September 11, 2021 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!

September 12, 2021 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

September 14, 2021 – Cincinnati, OH – The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park

September 15, 2021 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

September 17, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest #

September 18, 2021 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

September 19, 2021 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

September 21, 2021 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion

September 22, 2021 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater

September 24, 2021 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place

Supporting nothing, nowhere.

October 05, 2021 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge

October 06, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry

October 08, 2021 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd

October 10, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

Supporting All Time Low

October 12, 2021 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater

October 13, 2021 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company

October 15, 2021 – Richmond, VA – The National

October 16, 2021 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

October 17, 2021 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

October 19, 2021 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

October 20, 2021 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

October 23, 2021 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live

October 24, 2021 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall

October 27, 2021 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District

October 28, 2021 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom

October 30, 2021 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore

October 31, 2021 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

November 02, 2021 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

November 03, 2021 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall

November 05, 2021 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

November 06, 2021 – Portland, OR – Roseland

November 07, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO

November 10, 2021 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

November 11, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

November 12, 2021 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s

ABOUT MEET ME @ THE ALTAR:

Meet Me @ The Altar present a new musical and cultural paradigm for pop punk. The Florida trio Edith Johnson [vocals], Téa Campbell [guitar], and Ada Juarez [drums]ߞcertainly rip just as hard as the forbearers who inspired them, but the group also speak from a position rarely, if ever, heard in the genre as proud women of color. With Ada from New Jersey, Téa from Florida, and Edith from Georgia, the three-piece would meet in the Sunshine State and practice for hours nonstop just before gigs, morphing into a formidable force on stage. Booking their own tours, the band canvassed the country to promote their debut Changing States EP in 2018. Dozens of shows endeared them to a growing audience as they continued recording. MM@TA’s independent releases drew admiration from Halsey and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and landed them a deal with their dream record label Fueled By Ramen. In 2020, the band released their major label debut single Garden, and followed up with Hit Like A Girl this spring, earning praise from Rolling StoneBillboardThe FADERNPR MusicNYLON, and more.

Action figure illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Fanhome Brings Popular Collections to US

Fanhome Brings Marvel’s Iron Man, Models and Other Popular Collections to the United States for the First Time

Build-ups and figures for Marvel’s Iron Man, Fast & Furious’ Dodge Charger, Star Wars’ R2-D2, Street Fighter Characters Available Now

Fanhome, the leader in subscription-based collections and models, today announced its entry into the United States, marking the first time its products have been made available to passionate fans outside of the European Union and the United Kingdom. Through its initial debut, Fanhome introduces subscription-based build-up models for Iron Man, R2-D2 and the iconic Dodge Charger from the Fast & Furious movie franchise, alongside highly detailed figures of Street Fighter characters treasured among the fandom communities.

“As a brand built on delivering quality experiences for individuals to display their passions, we are excited to expand into the U.S., connect with fans, and bring them a new way to engage with their favorite universes,” said Nicola Drago, CEO of DeAgostini Publishing, Fanhome’s parent company. “This extension opens up new avenues of growth for our company and allows us to establish deeper connections with the properties that we know our fans want to see and experience.”

Each month fans receive a standard shipment consisting of the model’s parts accompanied by a 16-page magazine full of rich history and interesting facts about their favorite franchise, along with detailed instructions to build their model. Assembly stages for each model vary from one year up to two years to completeInitial build-ups include:

Marvel’s Iron Man

  • Tony Stark used his genius as an inventor to create the Mark III armor, the culmination of his incredible skills and the unmistakable symbol of the most iconic and charismatic hero of the Marvel universe. Incredibly detailed, fully jointed and complete with spectacular light effects, this superb large-scale made with metal and high-quality ABS, exclusive build-up model stands 24 inches high and is a complete reproduction of the Mark III armor that no Marvel fan can resist.

Fast & Furious’ Dodge Charger

  • Fans can build a faithful replica 1:8 scale model of the Legendary Dodge Charger from the Fast & Furious Saga! A car so powerful that even Dominic Toretto himself was afraid to drive it, it will surely become the start of any model collection. This car has perfect lines and brutal 375-horsepower, becoming the best-known vehicle in the Fast & Furious movie franchise. The Dodge Charger build-up model will be available starting June 7, 2021.

Star Wars’ R2-D2

  • Fans will build their own R2-D2 from components engineered to look just like the original Star Wars props – plus state-of-the-art modern electronic components. Taking inspiration from the remote-controlled film prop, your fully functioning half-scale model R2-D2 is a superb replica and engineered based on the droid fans have loved since its debut on screen. Once completed, fans can download an app to control and interact with R2-D2, just like the astromech from the Star Wars movies.

In addition to the build-ups, Fanhome is releasing subscription offerings to a collection of iconic characters from Street Fighter. Every monthly shipment consists of four figures and four magazines, allowing fans to relive some of their favorite stories and experiences from the universe.

Street Fighter Collection

  • Street Fighter Figures is a superb collection of the most famous and rare characters from the Street Fighter Saga, based on the Classic Japanese fighting video game. Each figure is approximately 3.5 – 5.5 inches (character dependent), complete with base. This is the most comprehensive collection available, officially licensed by Capcom, where fans will get to know 60 characters from the Street Fighter universe, including a range of favorites from Ryu, Ken and Chun Li to Guile, Vega and Blanka. This is the essential collection for all Street Fighter fans.

Franchise fans can order their collections and models on the Fanhome website now. All collections have a 70 percent off “risk-free trial package” for the first shipment and 25 percent off for the second shipment. For more information about Fanhome, please visit Fanhome.

About Fanhome

At Fanhome we are passionate fans of pop culture, from sci-fi and movies to video games and comics. Our international team of more than 100 people consists of expert creators, editors and writers, product engineers, model makers, communication and marketing gurus, logistic masters and a friendly customer service team. Our combined efforts create original collections, magnificent models, and an outstanding experience for you to enjoy.

By Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE

Vintage Colors – Outfit Your Website in Modern Retro

The phrase ‘modern retro’ might sound like an oxymoron but it’s just an easy way of describing something that has crept its way back into fashion, even if it died in ignominy many decades ago. It’s the kind of trend that causes coffee shops to blend pop art with vintage furnishings or hospital green appliances with white subway tiles. It’s a collision, in other words, often of two or more disparate design decades.

While it’s easy to expect this kind of trend to crop up in interior design circles, websites began experimenting with modern retro around the same time that millennials started to forget about the days they spent living in the 80s and 90s; that is, about five years ago. The difficulty inherent in this style of work is melding classic colors and imagery without compromising the usability of the website.

70s, 80s, and 90s

But what did these decades look like? The 90s were bright, chaotic, and kitschy, encapsulated by the ‘jazz’ cup design created by Gina Ekiss. The previous decade, the 80s, was more about neons, burnished metals, and pinks and blues. Lastly, the 70s liked its oranges and browns and large repeating patterns. Oddly enough, our experiments with decade-spanning trends seemed to end around the turn of the millennium.

However, one of the design fascinations that never seems to go away involves space, futurism, and technology. For instance, the website of AI-based energy company Nesh has domed habitats flanking its namesake smart assistant, while Genesis Casino features astronauts, planets, and satellites. The latter is one of the more technology-forward sites too; it’s a paysafecard online casino and accepts Apple Pay. This shows the broad adoption of this style.

Contributors to website awards site Awwwards point to the Soviet Design page as a good example of 90s stylings. One of the best places to look for website inspiration with 80s leanings, though, is not a website at all. Artistic movements like vaporwave and future funk have the Blade Runner decade pinned down to its most basic elements. Large and loud typefaces are the key to creating a site with a convincing 70s vibe.

Simplicity

An important point to remember is that the further back in time you plan to go, the less complicated your design needs to be. Marketing materials made in the 70s, for instance, are unlikely to have been in a digital format, which restricts their complexity to whatever a printing press could handle at the time. The reverse, an overabundance of options, is perhaps why the 90s were so chaotic.

Ironically, one of the few design schemes to hit the mainstream in the 2010s was simple almost to a fault. Flat design, which was arguably pioneered by Microsoft in its Windows 8 operating system, stripped the outlines and details away and replaced them with ‘flat’ colors. This style often makes use of long shadows and has been central to the design philosophy of Google and Apple too.

Modern retro allows companies to leverage nostalgia and a love for all things vintage to capture customers’ collective hearts.