Leauxfi‘s The TEN Music Group just earned the #1 R&B single in the country by producing Muni Long‘s “Hrs and Hrs” for her 2021 album, Public Displays of Affection.
On the track, a steady bassline sets the tone for sultry instrumentals to shine as Muni Long’s angelic voice details a longing and passionate love. The single builds momentum as Muni brings the heat, breaking into a vibrant refrain of “A love like ours, I prayed for it on my knees every night for some hours and hours and hours.”
“Hrs and Hrs” was co-produced by TEN Music Group member Dylan Graham and rising producer Ralph Tiller. The 29-year-old Graham originally hails from Ontario, Canada, but he currently resides in Orlando. He has notably cooked up and composed samples for the last five years and produced the melodies for the track. It also marks the first beat placement for Tiller. He calls Tunisia home, and he started producing seven years ago.
Of the process behind this banger, Tiller states: “I got the pack from Dylan. After laying the drums, I made the first version and a second version. The second version is the one that ended up on YouTube, and it had 1 million plays over the course of 8 months until she found it. After a month of the record being out, I saw the song taking off on TikTok. I saw Muni’s Instagram and YouTube, and I knew this record was special. It was getting bigger and bigger every day, every time I looked at it. I received a call from her at that point to handle the business side. We were all so excited! The challenge really took off and it was so crazy to see. We’re all super excited to see where this goes.”
The TEN Music Group is a collective of talented producers all at the launching point of their careers. They’ve already had high-profile placements on tracks for artists such as Lil TJay, Yung Bans, Boosie Badazz, and more.
Stay tuned for even more to come from this talented group of producers and artists.
About Muni Long
Priscilla Renea is an American Singer-songwriter from Florida. She later created and started posting on her YouTube channel, eventually amounting to 30,000 subscribers. From there, at age eighteen, she was signed to Capitol Records and began creating music, including two records, Jukebox in 2009 and Coloured in 2018. She is also known for writing and co-writing songs for several major artists including “Imagine” by Arianna Grande, and “Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha.
Today, the multi-platinum selling, chart-stealing artist iann dior released his album, On To Better Things. See the official tracklist below, and click HERE to stream/download the album.
Throughout his new album, iann showcases an alt-pop/rock flare, while keeping to his identity as a rapper on trap tracks like “i might,” and “v12,” ft. Lil Uzi Vert. On To Better Things discusses the topics of love, relationships and loyalty, with the common message of moving on to a bigger and better future. The remarkable album sees the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Barker, including production from Travis Barker, Taz Taylor, Omer Fedi, Cirkut and Cashmere Cat.
You can catch iann on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday, January 26, where he will debut “thought it was” ft. Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker for the first time.
As if the release of his new album wasn’t enough, iann, too, was declared the face of the Germany luxury fashion house MCM’s 2022 Spring/ Summer collection. The campaign can be described as “an interdimensional journey into utopian paradise.” The MCM’s 2022 Spring/ Summer campaign was shot virtually and IRL, mesmerizing viewers with a vivacious world, highlighting an upcoming perspective on 2022, paired with the musical styling of iann dior. The collection is available both in-store and online now at mcmworldwide.com.
ABOUT IANN DIOR
Puerto Rican-born, Corpus Christi-raised celebrated artist iann dior is known as one of the industry’s fastest growing artists in modern time. With the release of his first song that he wrote, his career took off. The song gained traction after iann posted the track to SoundCloud, quickly obtaining over 10,000 plays in its first week, catching the eyes of Internet Money founder Taz Taylor. Taylor and iann then got together to work on music, and shortly after he landed a deal with Elliot Grainge’s label 10k Projects in April 2019, releasing his project Industry Plant.
In 2020, we saw the true rise of iann when he was featured on the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit “Mood,” with 24KGoldn, that is now certified 4x platinum. “Mood” stayed atop the Top 10 to 10 weeks. Together, the duo traveled and performed on The Voice, American Music Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and were nominated for 2 VMAS, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 1 AMA and 1 iHeart Radio Music Award following the achievement of “Mood.” Since then, iann has collaborated with artists such as Lil Baby, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, Clean Bandit and Trippie Redd. Renowned for his captivating music in the genres of alternative, pop, rap and electronic/dance, iann is a truly diverse artist that captivates millions of people with his distinctive and charming point-of-view.
On To Better Things Tracklist
is it you
v12 (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
dark angel interlude
obvious (ft. Travis Barker)
thought it was (ft. Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker)
Compton singer/ songwriter Germaine and distinguished producer Charlie Heat teamed up to produce their upcoming album New Jack City, with top single “No Questions” dropping January 21. The debuting single drops with a music video, in which Gemaine’s vocal capabilities are highlighted, showcasing old-fashioned R&B ballads. The arrangement showcases simplistic production from Charlie Heat, making room for Gemaine’s diving vocals, before captivating keys and percussion swoop in.
Gemaine speaks about his inspiration for the single, stating, “I was inspired to write “No Questions” by a tweet that I saw from Issa Rae. She mentioned she was listening to Mint Condition’s “Breaking My Heart” and said she wished men today would be more like the R&B singers from the past. She was bringing attention to the fact that loving a woman used to be cool. It inspired me to make a record that had a similar energy but with a modern sound. I wrote this song to remind men that there’s nothing wrong with being soft-spoken and romantic with your girl.”
The debut of “No Questions” precedes the release of Gemaine’s Lefty EP, issued in 2020. The EP received critical acclaim by HotNewHipHop, HipHopDX, Rated R&B, and more. With the arrival of the forthcoming collaboration album New Jack City between Gemaine and producers Ymtk and DJ Charlie Heat, we can only expect out-of-this-world work. The production affiliates operate as executive producers for the album, featuring credentials with artists Madonna, Ye, Kehlani, Lil Uzi Vert and more. The producers join forces in the project to illustrate Gemain’s creative concept with impeccable execution.
Gemaine and Charlie Heat knew that they struck gold working together on early studio sessions, shortly after deciding to team up on an artistic project. The upcoming album channels reference from old-school gangster films like edgy 1991 thriller New Jack City. Gemaine and his collaborators have generated a distinguished sound and essence for the album, producing brilliant tracks that highlight creative brotherhood stemming from the teams’ cooperative work ethic.
Compton native singer, songwriter and producer Gemaine is R&B’s up and coming star. Being initially introduced to music in church, Gemaine made his first public debut at the age of 18. In this debut, a video of him singing at a local Guitar Center went viral on TikTok, and this was when he decided to actively start pursuing music. Gemaine moved to New York City at the age of 19, where he uncovered the grit and hustle that would be needed to accomplish all his goals and dreams. Gemaine’s unique tone and modern vibe are reminiscent of artists like Al B. Sure and Bobby Brown. Gemaine takes inspiration from these artists, and aims to generate his own movement pushing for fresh R&B. What sets Gemaine apart from other mainstream artists is his sincere ambition and dedication. Gemaine is a perfectionist that places value on being enthralled in the artistic process of each of his records. His passion for R&B music paired with his impeccable ability to connect and transmit his vision through his craft make him an artist that is steadily on the rise.
The Weeknd’s surprise album Dawn FM is leading the charts around the globe. Debuting at #1 Apple Music US and in 125 countries, and #1 Spotify US and worldwide. Dawn FM accumulates over 500 million streams to date. Listen to Dawn FM [XO/Republic Records] HERE.
Despite the release of the album coming suddenly, Dawn FM has been a smash hit. Dawn FM may just snatch up the spot as The Weeknd’s best album thus far. The single “Sacrifice” came out at #1 on Spotify US and global, while the collection The Highlights, too, ranks among the Billboard Top 10 at #6. Having two albums rank in the top ten is conventionally unheard of, a resounding accomplishment for The Weeknd.
Playing off the theme of an afterlife-esque radio station network, Dawn FM transforms viewers to a new universe. The abrupt announcement of the album ultimately worked in the favor of The Weeknd, with Dawn FM now ranking as his second global #1 album during the pandemic, following the renowned After Hours was released in March 2020, featuring the #1 All Time Hot 100 hit “Blinding Lights.”
Dawn FM has gained quick critical acclaim, registering The Weeknd’s leading aggregate score on Metacritic at ’88.’ Variety spoke on the album, stating, “After Hours has resonated for nearly two years after its release, and in the face of another phase of a daunting pandemic, it seems that Dawn FM – possibly The Weeknd’s best and most fully realized album to date – will help carry fans through this one as well.” Rolling Stone, too, raved about Dawn FM, rating it “4-out-of-5 stars, The Weeknd focuses those interstellar ambitions to anoint us with the most enchanting music to the portal through purgatory.”
María Becerra is a tour de force. The Argentinian songstress, known as “la nena de Argentina” released her second EP in 2021, embracing and experimenting with hip-hop, reggaeton, trap, R&B, salsa, and more to craft her new sound. Described as a “leading voice in Argentina’s urban pop movement,” Becerra is a star on the rise. As the first Latin artist signed to indie American record label 300 Entertainment and with a Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist pending, it is clear despite her successes already, she is only just beginning. She sat down to answer a few questions for 360 Magazine including how she got her start in music, the story behind her nickname, her influences, and what to expect from her in 2022.
How would you describe your style of music?
I believe I have a very melodic and versatile musical style. In the studio, we always try to ensure that each song has a varied melodic line, with different degrees of nuances. Above all, we aspire to make a melody that sounds familiar and enjoyable to the public. I have experimented with several genres and in all of them, I was able to find how to make my own style fit within them. I hear they call me ‘the Queen of Weeping,” which makes me laugh. I have many songs that are for dogging and dancing, and others that are a bit sadder.
How did you first become interested in creating music?
From a very young age, art was important to me; I learned how to sing, act and dance as a child. In my home, we listened to a lot of music. For a while, I did covers of famous songs as I learned. I think I was absorbing different music and styles to the point where I felt the need to start expressing myself with my own works. Despite this desire, I was not 100% confident in my abilities yet and had many insecurities. I was afraid of how the public would receive my music and doubted if this was my true path. Luckily, things turned out in a positive way. Today, I have no doubts that yes, I was born to create music and it brings me a lot of joy.
Which songs are you most proud of?
Mm, they are all special to me and fill me with pride. It is difficult for me to pick just one. If I had to choose one, my first instinct is to say Ademas De Mi or Mi Debilidad, that song is very significant to me as an artist. I cried a lot while making it and recording the video.
You were a Youtuber before becoming a singer. How was the experience of transitioning from an influencer to an artist?
YouTube was a beautiful experience, and I am grateful that the opportunity was a positive one. The change in my life was progressive over time. Being on YouTube allowed me the chance for people to get to know me, while I gained confidence and worked on my own fears as a public person. Obviously, my life and my career are now on another path but having the experience of being a YouTuber served as the foundation for everything that has gone on to happen in my life.
What is your favorite fan moment?
My favorite moments are when my fans tell me everything in my music speaks to them. It’s amazing how something I pour so much love into in the studio can reach so many people and positively influence their lives. In live concerts, we would raise up different fans to speak with them, and at one performance a girl told us that with my song ‘Tell Me How I Do,’ she declared her love to her girlfriend. I found it beautiful. Those moments fill me with incredible happiness.
How does it feel to have reached this level of popularity so young?
It still doesn’t feel real. It is incredible to me, but I just try and take things one day at a time. I try to appreciate the small things and remain the humble girl I’ve always been because that’s still who I am. I surround myself a lot with my friends, my family, and my pets who are my rocks – they remind me of where I come from and who I am.
Why do you refer to yourself as the Girl from Argentina?
In general, it is known that many of the best discoveries occur accidentally, and this was no exception. When we recorded Animal with Cazzu, in the song’s lyrics I sing “Las Nenas de Argentina,” as if referring to the two of us. Apparently, when people listened, they heard “La nena de Argentina” and everyone loved that I referred to myself that way. From there, I started to use it as my brand, and I feel it gives me a special power for communicating to the world my music and I are made and from Argentina.
Who are your influences?
Wow, so many artists! I especially love and admire Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. They are very important role models to me. I watch their shows and videos a lot.
I am honored and very happy to work with them. They have always been supportive, even affectionate, towards me. Unfortunately, their office is in Los Angeles, so we don’t have the opportunity to see each other that often, but when we do it’s always a special moment. I know the whole team at 300 takes care of me and wants the best for me, so I respect them and thank them very much.
Your most recent EP blended many different genres. Which genres would you like to experiment with in the future?
I like Bachata, and I think more songs like this are coming from me. Yet as I said before, I don’t want to pigeonhole myself. I love to experiment with different genres and different sounds, and that is what is important to me as I create music today. So, in 2022 you and all my fans can be surprised with what I come out with next.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I feel like 2022 is going to be a great year. My team and I are working hard to make it so. I’m locked in the studio, and many of the songs we are currently working on are tremendous. I am already anxious for people to listen to them. This year, a new album is coming, as well as trips and several shows in Argentina and Europe. We hope to reach many places and have everyone dance and sing to my music.
Today, global superstar Chris Brown releases new track and video “Iffy” via RCA Records. The single is a testament of Brown’s ability to consistently make catchy singles with infectious beats and memorable lyrics. The Joseph Kahn-directed visual is just what you’d expect from the chart-topping artist – high-quality cinematic effects, smooth vocals and effortless moves.
This latest release follows Brown’s well-received full-length mixtapeSlime & Bwith Young Thug, which featured hit single “Go Crazy,” and the release of the remix featuring Young Thug, Future,Lil Durk and Latto. Throughout his career, Brown has continued to break records – even his own – and received a plethora of accolades. The original version of “Go Crazy” topped his single “No Guidance” as the longest running #1 song on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at 28 weeks and counting. This past year alone, he’s garnered nominations and wins from multiple award shows. “Go Crazy” won three Soul Train Awards for Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Dance Performance. He was also nominated for seven Billboard Music Awards, including Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album and Top R&B Song (“Go Crazy”), four BET Awards including Video of the Year (“Go Crazy”) and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, two BET Hip-Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video (“Go Crazy”) and Best Duo or Group and two MTV Video Music Awards for Best R&B Song (for two songs – “Go Crazy” and “Come Through” with H.E.R.).
Brown has proven time and time again that his artistry is unmatched, and this release is no exception. Check out “Iffy” and stay tuned for more music from Chris Brown coming soon.
Alternative contemporary artist IV4 has just released her well awaited single and music video for “Only Fans.” The video, directed by Austin McCracken and produced by Blank Square Productions, showcases intimate moments of IV4 singing to a lover. Additional behind-the-scenes footage is accessible solely on the content subscription platform of OnlyFans. Stream the single HERE and catch the music video HERE.
The Los-Angeles based artist platforms her impeccable musical capabilities while showcasing her sultry and seductive side in the video for “Only Fans.” IV4 struts down an empty road while her body is hidden by a platinum blonde, waist-length wig. “Who knows you better?” she sings, leading up to her passionate chorus; “Baby, it’s hard to focus when I touch you so right.”
“Only Fans” is the most recent single that pairs apart of IV4’s upcoming EP Get Rich and Cry Trying. The single follows one of IV4’s most noteworthy collaborations with singer, songwriter and producer Jeremih on the single “Stroke.” To date, “Stroke” has collected over 356k views on YouTube. IV4 had other lucrative partnerships, including her single “Swimming” featuring Trippie Redd, with the music video accumulating over 1.2 million YouTube views.
IV4 continues to grow and progress her identity through her music and fashion. All her pieces of work are jam-packed with emotion, paired with her natural, chill and stylish vibe. Stay tuned for more upcoming work soon.
Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid releases the music video to his new track “Present” today. The video, which was shot in Los Angeles last month, is directed by Wendy Morgan. Check it out HERE.
“Present” is the lead track off Khalid’s new tape “Scenic Drive” which will be released Friday via Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. “Present,” which was written by Khalid came out in October to rave reviews with Complex praising his “…always on-point vocals” while Billboard stated “…the new song both embraces the tenets of old-school R&B while relying on Khalid’s warble to convey a sense of urgency, making for a nice reminder of the singer-songwriter’s talent and range.” Listen HERE.
Earlier this week Khalid dropped the tracklist for “Scenic Drive” along with sharing the incredible collaborators on the project.
1 Intro feat. Alicia Keys
4 Retrograde feat. 6LACK & Lucky Daye
5 Brand New feat. QUIN
6 All I Feel Is Rain feat. JID
7 Voicemail feat. Kiana Ledé
8 Open feat. Majid Jordan
9 Scenic Drive feat. Ari Lennox & Smino
Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum “Location” (released right before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum-certified, American Teen. His sophomore album Free Spirit, released to critical acclaim in 2019, was declared a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and was called “superb” by the Associated Press. The album, which has been certified platinum by the RIAA, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and features the Grammy-nominated multi-format #1 single “Talk”. Free Spirit has garnered over 11 billion streams worldwide. Khalid, who has been called a “pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone has been streamed over 30 billion times worldwide across all partners, has been nominated for 7 Grammys and has won numerous awards including 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Video Music Award and an MTV Woodie Award. Khalid has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including his #1 singles “Love Lies” (with Normani), “Eastside” (with Halsey and Benny Blanco) as well as hits with artists Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Marshmello and more. The Mayor and Council of the City of El Paso honored Khalid with a “Key To The City” marking September 13th, 2018 “Khalid Day.” Khalid, alongside his mother, launched The Great Khalid Foundation, which is committed to helping families by alleviating a burden of need. Khalid’s “Free Spirit World Tour” took him to arenas all over the globe in 2019. In 2020, Khalid released his critically acclaimed track “Eleven” and his smash hit “Know Your Worth” with Disclosure. He was named the youngest artist to surpass 15 billion streams on Spotify alone and was named BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year (alongside Post Malone.) Earlier this year, Khalid debuted his track “New Normal” at Virgin Galactic’s “Unity 22” Spaceflight launch. Not only did “New Normal” play in the shuttle during its descent back to earth, but Khalid was also on hand to perform for the crew, including Sir Richard Branson, after they completed their mission.
R&B artist Kyle Banks features fellow LA musician and Def Jam artist Bino Rideaux for his latest single “On Me.” The single is out now via Red Bull Records, stream HERE. The recent drop of “On Me” is the latest from Banks’ upcoming EP Uncommon, set to release in early 2022.
Banks discusses his creative vision for the track, stating “On Me” is about feeling good, feeling fly. When you’re stepping out with your crew for the night, you got that sauce on you, and you’re attracting attention.” The West Coast inspired beat on the track is produced by Grammy-nominated producer Meez and Travis Marsh.
Banks joins Roc Nation recording artist Kalan.FrFr this fall for his West Coast tour TwoFR Tour. Banks supports Kalan.FrFr on stops in Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego and more throughout November. The tour is scheduled to conclude in back-to-back hometown shows at Los Angeles’ The Novo. Tour dates are below, and to purchase tickets visit https://kalanfrfr.com.
TwoFR 2021 North American Tour Dates
Nov 6 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium (at Catalyst) *
Nov 7 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s *
Nov 12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Nov 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Day N Vegas Festival
Nov 16 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s *
Nov 17 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish *
Nov 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Aura *
Nov 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
Nov 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo *
Nov 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo * * – Date featuring Kyle Banks
“TIMELESS TOUR” KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 28TH IN DETROIT
CHECK OUT GIVĒON’S HILARIOUS CHICKEN SHOP DATE WITH UK’S AMELIA DIMZ HERE!
Last night, The GRAMMY Museum® hosted their former student now Multiplatinum GRAMMY Nominated R&B star, GIVĒON for their latest edition of The Drop series. GIVĒON participated in a short Q&A followed by an acoustic performance of his hit singles “For Tonight,” “Heartbreak Anniversary,” and “Like I Want You.”
GIVĒON is on fire this month as he recently received 5x American Music Award nominations, 4x People’s Choice Award nominations and 2x Soul Train Award nominations. He is up for New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Favorite Male R&B Artist, Favorite R&B Album and Favorite R&B Song at the AMA’s, and The Song of 2021, The New Artist of 2021, The Music Video of 2021 and The Collaboration Song of 2021 at the People’s Choice Awards!
GIVĒON also has updated venues for 5 stops on Timeless Tour. The 14-city tour went on sale September 17th and sold out in a matter of minutes. The tour will kick off on November 28th in Detroit, MI at the Majestic Theatre.
GIVĒON recently released his latest heartfelt single, “For Tonight”, the first song off his highly anticipated debut album. “For Tonight” is produced by Sevn Thomas (Drake, Rihanna), Jahaan Sweet (Eminem, Kehlani) and Akeel Henry (WizKid, SwaeLee) and is accompanied by a music video directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Sophia Nahli Allison.
Givēon has made himself one of music’s brightest stars by bringing vivid color, depth, and soul to songs that capture the intensity of life’s twists and turns. After coming to fame via Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle,” the CA native became a force in his own right. Givēon had a whirlwind 2020 after releasing his Platinum-certified “Like I Want You” (230 million cross-platform streams in the US). He kept the momentum with “Heartbreak Anniversary,” a gauzy ballad that peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, garnered over 684 million streams, and earned 2X Platinum status. In March 2020, Givēon’s debut EP, Take Time, confirmed his evocative songwriting prowess and would be nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2021 GRAMMY’s. His fall When It’s All Said and Done EP further explored the peaks and valleys of love and, when re-packaged with its predecessor in 2021, hit #5 on the Billboard 200. After being nominated for a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, he won BET’s 2021 Best New Artist, and his audience is growing—to the tune of over 1.7 billion streams globally. He even hit #1 on the Hot 100 in March on Justin Bieber’s “Peaches.” That hit helped him win award for Best Pop Song at the 2021 MTV VMA‘s where he was nominated for seven awards including Best New Artist, Best R&B and Best Pop Song. Drake then invited Givēon back into his world, this time for a sizzling verse on Certified Lover Boy’s “In the Bible” with Lil Durk—one of a guaranteed run of thrilling collabs to come. And at his festival debut, Lollapalooza 2021, he found a sea of voices who knew his lyrics. But success has never really been a goal—Givēon just wants to bear his soul.
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