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Rarin Q×A – Toxic Ends

By: Ally Brewster

Fast-rising artist Rarin has released his liberating, pop-rap debut mixtape Toxic Ends. An aspirational, ambition-fueled introduction which champions human connection and self-growth, inspiring listeners to be themselves free of insecurity, Toxic Ends unites Rarin’s recent string of hard-hitting singles and adds six new tracks to his prolific catalogue.

Originally recording music for fun and continuing to create in his bedroom despite his success, Rarin has racked up over 75 million global streams with his string of viral singles including “GTA” and “YESSIR!” which topped Spotify’s viral charts and trended on YouTube. Adding to his hot streak, and distilling rap, pop, and relatable storytelling into his own unique sound, Toxic Ends will follow his recently released singles: deceptive flex anthems that speak to what is achievable in life if you free yourself from insecurity. “Toxics Ends” imagines what life would be like if we let go of the negative thoughts that hold us back, while Rarin “levels up” to become the most polished version of himself on “Big Spendin’,” a version without heartbreak or self-consciousness, that is excited for the future. “SO WHAT! ft. Brxkenbxy” speaks to brushing off minor issues to find value in mistakes without letting them derail you from seizing big opportunities.

“I think we’re all destined for something greater than our expectations. We just have to let go of what’s holding us back,” says Rarin on the inspiration for the mixtape. “This project is mainly about letting go of our ‘toxic ends.’ People are tempted to commit themselves to things they cannot obtain, especially in relationships, leading their emotions to consume them. Just because you want something, doesn’t mean you need it.”

We had the opportunity to ask Rarin about his career, Toxic Ends, and what’s next for the artist:

How did you get your start into music? When did you know if it was something you wanted to pursue?

I originally got into music because of my parents. They had me learn to play the piano because they wanted me to try out new things when I was younger. I think that really gave me an ear for making music and it helped a lot. Singing and rapping came many years later and that really started out of boredom. Later, with time, I found myself enjoying recording music more and more and eventually I recognized music as something I wanted to pursue professionally.

Who were your biggest inspirations for going into the music industry? How has their careers inspired/impacted your own decisions and direction for your music?

My biggest inspirations are Lil Peep, Travis Scott, and Billie Eilish. The career of Lil Peep has made me see how important fan interaction is, and how being close with your fans can bring a really special connection. I also love Travis Scott’s live performances and seeing him perform made me realize that your fans and listeners will reflect your energy, so you need to show your enthusiasm in everything you do. Billie Eilish inspires me to go out of my comfort zone and to be more confident. In one interview she had said that you should embrace your mistakes in your music and keep them because that’s what makes it unique. That saying has stuck with me for the entirety of my career and has really given me motivation.

How does your new work compare to your other works you’ve done in the past in terms of process, production and message? Do you notice differences in creating singles versus mixtapes?

Overall, the production has gotten much better, but I also have more purpose when I record and write music. Currently, I tend to make faster and happier songs compared to my past music.

What was it like when you realized that your work was connecting with people? Was there a specific moment you remember realizing how your music impacted others?

It was honestly very motivating. I’ve had fans tell me that my music has helped them stay mentally strong in their hardest times, and that really means the world to me. I use music to help myself feel better so being able to provide that for others makes me really happy.

Were you surprised that your work became popular in gaming communities? What has that experience been like as you watched you work be appreciated by many different communities?

I never really expected my songs to blow up through video games. I used to edit gaming montages so it’s crazy to me that my music is being used in videos similar to what I used to edit.

Toxic Ends is a mixtape with “deceptive flex anthems that speak to what is achievable in life if you free yourself from insecurity.” What inspired you to make a mixtape that is vulnerable and honest about overcoming insecurity? Is there anything you hope fans take away from the mixtape?

My life inspires my music and, in my life, I’ve found myself unable to rid myself of toxic relationships and situations because I thought those situations were normal and that I didn’t deserve better. After listening, I hope my fans recognize the importance of loving yourself and what you do. I think it is the key to being successful and happy in life and I wish that upon everyone.

What are you most excited for next once your new mixtape is out?

I’m most excited to start doing live shows and possibly touring.

Toxic Ends Track List

Toxic Ends

Love Fix

Ashes

Had Enough

SO WHAT! (ft. Brxkenbxy)

Skipping Stones

Cash Out (ft. Darius King)

2 Seater

Big Spendin’

See Rarin’s mixtape music videos below:

Toxic Ends album visualizer here.

“Toxic Ends” music video here.

“Big Spendin’” music video here.

Check out Rarin’s debut mix, and keep a look out for what’s next!

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Nechelle Vanias Six Degrees of Influence Q×A

Nechelle Vanias is Chief Strategic Officer of the full-service digital marketing and talent agency, Six Degrees of Influence (SDI). Spearheading the agency, Nechelle looks to elevate professionally managed content. Through SDI’s three curated influencer content houses – The Vault, La Casita, and Twin Flames – the agency looks to offer a unique opportunity to both brands and content creators. 360 Magazine spoke with Nechelle about SDI’s approach to creating viral content, brand campaigns, Gen Z/Millennial trends, and more.

What void do the The Vault, La Casita, and Twin Flames houses fill in the professionally managed content collaboration house industry? 

Six Degrees of Influence (SDI) sought to create long lasting brands when developing The Vault, La Casita, and Twin Flames, not just an influencer hang out or Airbnb. SDI likens this approach some of the popular TV shows, like Love Island and Big Brother, where the audience falls in love with the show platform and may have their favorite contestants each season, but still come back to engage with the next season. In fact, SDI runs each of their content houses like a TV show production set replete with the same operations, including call sheets and writers’ room. This ensures a predictable, consistent and timely amount of content is produced for both the house social media channels and brand partners.

Six Degrees of Influence (SDI) uses a multi-channel content approach. What different channels do you use to promote content?

SDI employs social and live channels to promote the house’s content.  This includes live streaming fan events and on-site brand activations at the houses. The content houses’ reach is amplified beyond the house channels by hosting daily collaboration days with their influencer and Young Hollywood friends. [These collaborations] then create exposure for the guests’ audiences as well.

Is there a specific media channel that SDI influencers are currently focusing on the most? 

SDI knows that content creators can still earn more money that is relative to their follower count and engagement on Instagram and YouTube, than on TikTok. This is because Instagram and YouTube are established platforms from which brands have been able to experience quantitative conversion results over long periods of time.  Brands are still figuring out how to best use TikTok, thus while their marketing spends are increasing for TikTok. [However,] you can still earn more on the other platforms with less followers.  We have a creator with six five thousand followers on Instagram and earns $1,500 on average for one Instagram post, whereas her following of three hundred and fifty thousand followers on TikTok earns her $750 on average. Now, add in the fact that SDI has never seen followers move to other platforms in the way TikTokers are able to move their followers. Therefore, TikTok is still a large focus as it serves as an advertising tool to drive the growth of Instagram and YouTube. For these reasons, SDI focuses on Instagram and YouTube growth for the housemates, but certainly keeps TikTok front of mind.

What benefits does living in a content house offer influencers, as opposed to more traditional housing arrangements?

Collaboration amongst all creative types is a tried-and-true method of growing and being inspired.  Living in a content house offers influencers a tribe to go to for content ideas, support and camaraderie.  When run by SDI, that [support] comes with mental health check ins and encouragement. [Encouragement] is very necessary for influencers who are under an immense amount of pressure to maintain their brand. SDI also provides insight on platform growth, relationships with the platforms for exclusive campaign, and event opportunities, and secures brand deals for the housemates. Overall, in SDI’s houses housemates receive the support, resources and tools to grow their social platforms, increase their revenue potential and get a “masters” in the business of content creators.

Is there a formula/process that SDI follows when attempting to create viral content? 

In order to achieve viral content you have to put out A LOT of content. It is foremost a numbers game – the more content you deploy the more you increase your chances of going viral. The second most important process of creating viral content is to study data, so that you are putting out a lot of purposeful content with the intent to speak to a generation. Have your content resonate with [viewers] and have them respond with affirmation through their views, likes, shares and comments. SDI is a very data driven agency, so we are looking at what the data is telling us, what the comments of the fans telling us, what is trending in pop culture, what do we hear the talent talking most about, what is getting the views.  Once SDI has the “what”, we start looking at the “why” so that we can determine how to leverage the data to create viral content.

SDI creates custom designed campaigns for individual brands. How does SDI go about customizing these campaigns for each brand? 

We curate campaigns for brands that align with their overall marketing goals and what we know will be embraced by the creators. We speak the brands language, but live in the creator’s world, so we know how to create a win-win collaboration. We also leverage the unique setting of a content house in our campaigns.  Most specifically, the ability to do on-site branded activations and signage at the houses themselves.  For example, if it is a beverage brand, we might recommend a branded glass front refrigerator by the pool. If it is a clothing brand, we might recommend a branded master closet with signage that is full of the brand’s clothing. If it were a cereal brand, we might recommend a cereal bar in the kitchen.  All of these concepts would include intentional branded content created by the housemates, but also a more subliminal exposure in the background of content. [This subliminal exposure] has proven to be successful in traditional product placement [methods] used in TV and film. The possibilities are endless, and we look to get as creative as we can. [SDI] pushes the envelope [with] of out of the box ideas that deliver conversations and increase brand awareness.   

Who are some of the most popular content creators that SDI represents?

SDI works with many creators, and the most popular doesn’t always mean the most follower count.

Rave Vanias with 350k is a brand favorite, doing campaigns for brands such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, HP and Fenty Skin. She also pulls thousands of views when she goes live on her social channels. Her confident personality and accessibility make her a favorite all around.

Alessya Farrugia has strong numbers on all channels (2M on TikTok, 391k on Instagram, 176k on YouTube) and is another talent. [Alessya is also] a brand favorite for campaign activations on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.  She also is one of the few creators that appear on the gossip sites for her great looks, and not for drama.

Joshua Suarez, with almost 13 million followers on TikTok, is one of our largest creators. [He has] has great chemistry with his girlfriend, Star Abelar, who herself has almost 10 million followers on TikTok.

So many influencers audition to join content houses. What qualities does SDI specifically look for when finding influencers to represent your full-service digital marketing and talent agency? 

SDI is looking for creators that have a great work ethic and want to be great. If someone is doing this as a hobby, they are not a fit for the agency. SDI is looking to go on a journey with talent that are looking to take their careers to the next level, reach their full potential, and aren’t afraid to do the work that is needed to be great!  SDI doesn’t just sign talent with large followings, because we know that doesn’t necessarily translate into big money or meaningful careers. SDI is looking for creators that are coachable and passionate about their art because those are the ones that have the greatest potential impact on the industry!

SDI mentioned that their demographic mainly caters to Gen Z and Millennial fans. Which Gen Z/Millennial trends are SDI influencers currently creating content about? 

The Gen Z and Millennial generations are very confident in their self-expression, and SDI looks to amplify those voices. Relationships and connections are a main theme in the content we create – whether that be romantic, casual, family or friendly interactions. These generations are more connected [to each other than ever before] in history, thanks to technology and social media. So, [these elements] play a large part in their lives and create a universal theme with which they can relate and engage.  

Is SDI looking to create any more content houses in the future? 

SDI does indeed have two more houses in development for 2021, with plans for international expansion in 2022. SDI wants to create an international network of content houses that can incubate future leaders and give brands a platform to weave into the fabric of their customers’ lives.

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Wedding Must-Haves

Happy wedding season! Let’s look into some marital must-haves to make your special day perfect.

  • DJ/Band

This is an absolute must-have, of course. Music plays such an important role in having a romantic, enjoyable, and memorable celebration. Finding a DJ isn’t super hard, and their services can vary in price. A band, on the other hand, can be a little more difficult. However, bands provide a different atmosphere to add to the day that the guests can look forward to.  Music keeps things lively and energetic, and is sure to get everyone dancing.

  • Barda

Whether guests pay for drinks or you provide an open tab, having a bar is very necessary. Having both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for guests during the reception is a great party idea.

  • Photographer/Videographer

Photographers have always been a necessity for weddings. They capture beautiful moments to always look back on to remember the wonderful day. Something that this generation has made more popular for weddings is videographers. Personally, looking back at videos is one of the best ways to relive a memory. Videographers not only film, but also put together a romantic short films to re-watch the most precious moments.

  • All You Can Eat Appetizers

Who wants to celebrate when everyone is hangry? Having consistent appetizers is so important to keep guests happy. Sometimes, people don’t love sitting down for a huge meal–especially when drinking and dancing. Having small bites will keep everyone happy.

  • A Playlist

Make sure you have an idea of what songs you do and don’t want to play. Don’t stress about it on the day of!

  • Wedding Direction Signs

Not every wedding needs direction signs, and honestly, sometimes guests don’t even bother looking. However, providing directions to parking, restrooms, reception, food, ceremony and other wedding venue locations could be beneficial for guests.

  • Wedding Menu

If you choose to have a buffet or serve the same meal to every guest, the wedding menu is not needed. However, wedding menus can be beneficial and guests will appreciate having dish options.

  • Sparklers

Sparklers are usually used for the bride and groom’s grand exit. They add a beautiful and spectacular touch to moments, photos and videos.

  • Plan For Inclement Weather

If the wedding is planned for outdoors, it’s always important to think of a plan B, just in case the weather changes. Coming up with a backup plan will save you the stress.

  • Just Relax

Forgetting about materialistic things for a moment. Remember to enjoy every step of the wedding planning journey and your special day. Everything happens for a reason and will fall into place, no matter how stressful it seems at the time.

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JUNE3RD – JEMENI

JUNE3RD UNLEASHES EAGERLY AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM JEMENI

ALBUM FEATURING RICK ROSS AND FRIDAYY

‘JEMENI’ AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TODAY HERE

 JEMENI came together originally from my name being June3rd and everyone assuming that it’s my birthday and that I’m an actual Gemini. Then from there, JEMENI became much more than a title. It became a character and symbolic of a different side/personality of me. We all have those different sides to us. Throughout the album, you’ll hear a roller coaster of different emotions and mindsets that change throughout me being young and figuring out life and what I want out of it,” June shares.

June3rd’s music is a collection of luxuriously smooth, suave, and spirited pop rhythms. The Florida-born, Los Angeles-based rapper explores the world around him through his unfiltered rhymes, dexterous harmonies, and haunting hooks. His timbre makes for flawless vocals that don’t require autotune. Never off pitch or out of range, June3rd delivers powerful performances with perfect pitch. The R&B virtuoso shows off his passionate pipes in every track, never letting his vocals falter from maintaining the perfect mid-tempo. Today, he releases his eagerly anticipated album, JEMENI.

One of the young musician’s most recent, highly-anticipated releases, “Ruff Ryder” was produced in collaboration with Fridayy. The hazy combination of genre-bending soundscapes shows off June3rd’s ability to fluidly deliver complex bars with prodigal proficiency. “Ruff Ryder” reflects the intricacy of navigating relationships, making for a release that is especially resonant with many of the R&B artist’s fans.

Possessing elements from the “sad rap” genre, which has massively grown in popularity lately, June3rd’s tracks intertwine an innovative intermeshing of R&B and lo-fi. While some of his mellifluous melodies sound like sad rap from afar, his lyrical content does not reflect the nihilism inherent to the genre. While June3rd’s songs may be short, every punchy track packs in major power.

June3rd’s music stands out with his well-rounded, concise releases that are sure to be remembered for long to come. Each track is short and sweet, but certainly not understated or rushed. June3rd never disturbs his music with an unnecessary bridge, pre-chorus or auto-tuned adjustments–his music simply stands as an authentic reflection of his craft and musical artistry.

From a technical understanding of music, June3rd’s releases are simple and easy to understand operatically. However, the complexity of this artist’s dynamic vocal range and intricate vocals encourages fans to play June3rd on repeat. His poignant beats, combined with his striking vocals, produces melodious masterpieces. If you’re seeking music to relax your spirits, elevate your atmosphere or add to your newest Spotify playlist, you need to check out June3rd. The rapper’s infectious hits such as “1942”, “Wait 4 It”, and “POV” are sure to be your favorite new summer anthems!

Jemeni Tracklist

  1. JEMENI
  2. Ruff Ryder
  3. Ocean Drive
  4. 1942
  5. Wait 4 It
  6. POV
  7. Soldier
  8. Friends
  9. Voices
  10. Right Back
  11. Without You
  12. Turn The Page
  13. My Wave

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Brooklyn Rapper J.I. Releases Summer Anthem – Morning

Brooklyn-native artist, J.I. releases his latest single “Morning” today via G*Starr Ent./Geffen Records. On the melodic, yet upbeat track the 19-year-old singer/rapper creates a world of emotions like never before. His lyrics deliver a powerful story on heartbreak as each line exposes his uncertainties of a plunging relationship. Of the track J.I. shares “We’ve all been in this position before. I wanted to speak from my perspective about how I’m being played and manipulated and wanted to make a catchy song out of something painful. I feel like I was able to execute what I wanted to do.” Listen here.

Paired with a visual directed by Austin McCracken (G Eazy, Mike Will Made It, Phora) J.I. taps into his  vulnerable side. Filmed throughout New York City we catch a glimpse of his relationship unfolding while he reflects on the toxicity of the turbulent romance. Frame by frame we see each bar come to life “You didn’t even give me a warning you left all your things and walked through that door; I don’t want to feel what I feel no more.” Watch the video for “Morning” here.

“Morning” arrives fresh on the heels of his return this year with his track “No Hook,” a freestyle heavy song which helped re-introduce and remind his fans about his raw tone and melodic style. “No Hook” garnered praise from XXL who included the track on their “13 Best New Songs this Week” roundup and has gone on to amass over a million views. He also recently received praise from REVOLT who included him as one of their “Gen Z artists you need on your radar.”

J.I. is also set to head on his first North American “The Young and Restless Tour” this Fall. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

See below for a complete list of tour dates for “The Young and Restless Tour”:
July 24 Miami, FL – Rolling Loud Miami
Sep 14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr.  Small’s Theater
Sep 15 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Sep 16 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Sep 18 Washington, DC – Union Stage
Sep 19 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Sep 22 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Sept 23 TBD – TBD
Sep 24 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Sep 26 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Sep 27 Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep 29 Phoenix , AZ – Rebel Lounge
Sep 30 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
Oct 02 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Oct 03 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
Oct 04 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s SOLD OUT
Oct 06 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 10 Denver, CO – Cervante’s Other Side
Oct 11 Lincoln, NB – Bourbon Theater
Oct 13 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
Oct 14 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
Oct 15 Chicago, IL – Avondale Music Hall
Oct 17 Detroit, MI – Shelter
Oct 18 Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct 19 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Oct 21 Buffalo, NY – TBD
Oct 22 Providence, RI – The Strand
Oct 23 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Oct 24 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
Oct 30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

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George O’Hanlon – The Weight

Singer-songwriter George O’Hanlon released his new single, “The Weight” on Harvest Records. Listen HERE.

Following on from his acclaimed debut single, “The Storm,” “The Weight” is an intense, slow burning piece of music, comprising an elegant guitar refrain, evocative strings and centered on George’s powerful vocal. It’s a song with a real emotional depth which draws the listener in.

“‘The Weight’ is a song about trying to be there for someone even if you’re not around and haven’t been for a while” George elaborates. “Or it’s about falling out of love with someone but wanting to stay with them because of the good parts of the relationship. Or it’s about falling in love with someone but you’re not sure they feel the same way back. Or it’s about none of those things or maybe all of them.”

The release of the single coincides with George’s debut Mahogany session. Featuring stripped back performances of both “The Storm” and “The Weight,” the session is a brilliant showcase of George’s power as a live performer. 

Even though O’Hanlon is still only just starting out he’s already picking up early support from the likes of Abi McMcarthy at BBC Introducing and Jack Saunders at Radio 1.

Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke, O’Hanlon’s song-writing is both literary and deeply personal, incorporating his own life experiences into his work while framing them from different perspectives.

Over the last few years O’Hanlon has been refining his playing and songwriting and is now ready to share his music with the world. Following a few early gigs on the college circuit, George expanded out into a series of shows at grassroots venues, adding additional players to his live show and honing his live performance.

Given the sheer power of his music, O’Hanlon looks set to establish himself as an exciting new talent throughout 2021!

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Nicky Jam Launches New Fan Site Through FanTime

LatinX musician and actor Nicky Jam announced today that he is launching his own fan site–Nickyjamz.com–to provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to his personal life. The website will be launched through FanTime, a subscription-based platform that allows a large variety of content creators to monetize their photos and videos. 

Nicky Jam is a Massachusetts native who moved to Puerto Rico at a young age and went on to become one of the biggest reggaeton artists in the world. His music has won numerous awards and he also starred as himself in the Netflix series Nicky Jam: El Ganador. He also hosts The Rockstar Show podcast and has acted in movies such as 2017’s XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. He’s now going to offer his fans an exclusive peek into his world with new content that they can’t get anywhere else. 

“I’m launching Nickyjamz.com to provide my fans all over the world with a behind-the-scenes look at my life,” said the artist. “I can’t wait to connect with fans in a more meaningful way and for them to get a peek into my world and see who I really am.”

FanTime is an exclusive fans platform that accepts less than 10% of applicants. Applicants must have something special to offer their fans and have an engaged following. FanTime also offers managed services to help creators grow their user base and succeed on the platform.

Nicky Jam Is Seduced By Temptation On His New Single Miami

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One of the greatest urban-music pioneers, Nicky Jam, unveils his new single Miami, a song that defines the limits of temptation in a long-lived relationship. Could Nicky Jam resist? To find out, fans will be able to enjoy their idol’s new music video on YouTube.

On many occasions, relationships are put to the test by the intervention of third parties, and this is what the new Nicky Jam’s song “Miami” is all about. A very common life story in which a man is tempted to betray his partner with another girl who represents something new, different, and forbidden.

The song has A-class producers such as Dj Luian, Mambo Kingz, and Neneto, under the wings of the record label La Industria INC/Sony Music Latin.

Miami premiers with its official music video, an unprecedented audio-visual production. The video is full of emotion and bright colors, under the lens of the master of urban genre music videos, Jessy Terrero.

“I think that all my fans are going to love this song. It’s all about real-life experiences. Those that can really connect you with the audience, because, unfortunately, heartbreaks are more common than happy endings,” said Nicky Jam.

The videoclip was produced by Cinema Giants INC, and as expected, it was recorded in the city of Miami, Florida. Filmmaker Jessy Terrero did not miss the opportunity to show off the best landscapes in the city, including luxurious balconies overlooking the ocean and bold Miami-style streets where nightlife is the real protagonist.

Listen to “Miami” by Nicky Jam today on your favorite digital music platform.

About Nicky Jam:

Nick Rivera Caminero, known as Nicky Jam, is recognized around the world as a pioneer of Latin urban music. At the age of 11, he recorded his first album …Distinto A Los Demás (Different from the Rest), which attracted the attention of DJs and artists in Puerto Rico.

As a young adult, Nicky Jam quickly rose to the top of his genre with radio hits including “Yo No Soy Tu Marido (I’m Not Your Husband),” “Me Voy Pa’l Party (I’m Leaving for the Party),” “Fiel A Tu Piel (Faithful to Your Skin)” and “La Combi Completa (The Complete Package),” among others. He toured the world and became one of Latin urban music’s first international stars. He was obligated to stop his music career for three years because of some serious personal problems. In 2013, he relaunched with a new image, coming back stronger than ever. He notched five radio hits: “Piensas en ME (You Think About Me),” “Curiosidad,” “Juegos Prohibidos (Forbidden Games),” “Voy a Beber (I’m Going to Drink)” and the global chart-topper, “Travesuras (Mischief).”

In February 2015, Nicky Jam teamed up with Enrique Iglesias to release “El Perdón (Forgiveness)”, his most internationally acclaimed single to date. Tallying over one million YouTube views on the day of its release, “El Perdón” was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for 30 weeks (second longest-running single in the chart’s history). In January 2016, Nicky released “Hasta el Amanecer (Until Dawn),” which gave him the biggest Latin song of the year for the second consecutive year.

In 2017 Nicky Jam released “El Amante (The Lover)” and his very first solo album Fénix. The single “El Amante” quickly became an international hit, reaching 7x platinum, while the album went 11x platinum. The same year, he made his acting debut in the Vin Diesel blockbuster XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

In 2018 he earned three Latin GRAMMY nominations and appeared on the all-star remix of “Te Bote (I Dumped You),” whose video became the most watched on YouTube in any genre during 2018. Additionally, Nicky Jam had the honor of recording and performing “Live It Up,” featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi, for the official soundtrack of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

His autobiographical series El Ganador (The Winner) premiered on Netflix at the end of 2019, as well as his album Íntimo.

Nicky Jam returned to the big screen in early 2020 with a role in Bad Boys for Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. His most recent single “Fan de tus Fotos” has generated great impact in the music industry, garnering more than 25 million views within a month of its release.

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Stephanie June QxA

With the release of her new single and music video for “Cry Baby Cry,” NYC singer Stephanie June delivers a pop ballad that’s “just in time for summer,” capturing the feeling of catharsis, about taking a break from seeking answers, and giving yourself the thing you want most. Filmed at the annual “Dance Walk” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the video captures New York in this singular moment in time as it experiences a rebirth, channeling the energy of the summer into “a breezy pop experience.” We sat down with the passionate and talented Stephanie June to chat about her eagerly-awaited release of “Cry Baby Cry,” how the pandemic affected her song writing, and the energy of New York City.

What reaction are you expecting when “Cry Baby Cry” is released?

I think this song is going to make people really happy. I wrote it as an emotional ballad, but then my producers, Daniel Alvarez and Jordan Dunn-Pilz, and I turned it into an upbeat summer pop song.  So the energy is high, but once you peel away that layer, the lyrics bring you to a different place. I imagine people listening to it in the car with the top down, screaming the lyrics uncontrollably. I think people will hear it and think – ‘I’ve felt that, I’ve been there.’

What are you most excited about concerning the release of your new single?

I’m excited to bring some much needed good energy to this world. All of my friends are ready to be free and live their lives this summer. I can’t wait to get to sing this song live. Writing music makes me so happy, but at a certain point you’ve been with a song long enough, and it’s time to give it wings. I hoarded my music for way too long, which I honestly now feel is pretty selfish. So I’m just excited to share it with people and let them love it as much as I do.

Can you speak about why your music video was chosen to be filmed at the “Dance Walk” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn?

I asked my friend Seth Hagenstein, a brilliant director, if he’d be up for making this video. We got to brainstorming and thought it would be amazing to capture the energy of New York at this particular moment in time–the city revived and the excitement on the streets palpable. He wanted to mirror the complicated feelings in the song with the layered experience of going back into the world fully. He had his friend Gilaad Amir organize a “Dance Walk” for 100 friends. It was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of. People were joining from off the street. It didn’t feel like a video shoot – Seth just captured the joy everyone was experiencing in the moment. So ultimately the video feels really organic and spontaneous, which I love. He created a really beautiful piece of art that elevates the song.

What message do you want “Cry Baby Cry” to convey to fans?

I want fans to hear this song and be empowered to own their experiences. I wrote it at the height of Covid/quarantine, when it felt like the world was ending. It’s about having very intense feelings for someone and giving over to those feelings for a moment. I wrote it stream-of-consciousness style, so it takes you on a journey. Ultimately I think the listener will feel some cognitive dissonance between the lyrics and the upbeat vibe. This is intentional. Not every relationship is straightforward and simple, but even the “wrong relationship” can have a place in our life story.

What was your transition from theater to songwriting like?

I’ve been writing songs since I was a kid, but planned to spend my life singing in theater and immersing myself in fascinating characters. All through acting classes, a teacher would say something and it would inspire a lyric. I’d come home at night to my piano and write songs – that was my happy place. A big lesson you get in acting class is – don’t create a picture in your head of what the scene will look like. Let it happen and be completely in the moment, let the moment change you. There were actors in my classes who were living and breathing theater. That made me realize music has always been like breathing for me. So ultimately I took that lesson, and it brought me back to my first love.

Who would be your dream music collaborator to work with?

Ohh this is a tough one. So many incredible artists I’d love to work with. Mark Ronson would be a total dream. I met him on the street once and was completely starstruck. He created some timeless magic with Amy Winehouse, one of the greatest to ever do it. And he’s built a diverse body of work. He doesn’t impose too much of his own style – he lets true artistry shine through. And he’s a die hard New Yorker, which we share.

How has the pandemic affected/changed your songwriting processes?

The pandemic has majorly changed my process. It’s given me the time and space to really hear my thoughts. I’ve been writing completely for myself. The uninterrupted, guilt-free sessions were just unheard of before the pandemic. And this time has made me realize that there is never a dull moment in life – there is always something going on internally to write about. You know those movies where nothing significant is really happening but everything is happening, like “Lost in Translation?” Some of what I’ve been writing feels like that. It’s the little in between moments that are interesting to me.

There’s also a more selfless nature to writing these days. I think more about how people will relate, how to change their day. I wrote my first single, “They Say New York Is Dead,” when I had Covid. It poured out over two days and I recorded it in my apartment. I shared it because I knew a lot of people were feeling what I was feeling. There’s been so much boiling under the surface for everyone. So to get to unearth all of it and write about it has been fun.

Can you share any other exciting releases you have coming up in 2021?

I plan to release an EP of 6 songs in October, which I’m super excited about. I’ve written a lot over the last couple years, so I’m still figuring out what will be on there. It’ll be stylistically diverse for sure. Can’t wait for you guys to hear.

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6 Best Recommendations to Avoid Online Dating Scams When Looking for a Girl

It is an excellent idea to look for a future wife on dating websites, but also a little bit risky one. No, when you use a verified resource, you can rely on it, but frauds can dwell everywhere, so it is nice to know how to protect your money or (sometimes it is even more important) your heart.

#1 Chat with a Girl On the Site Only

The most common scammer tactic is to switch from chatting on the hot Russian brides for marriage site to other communication channels, such as email or messenger because that way the service moderators can’t help you if you get scammed. Of course, if you are suggested to switch to Whatsapp, it does not mean that there is something wrong, especially if you communicate not for the first day and you are interested in each other. Nevertheless, if your interlocutor is not a cheater, she will not be embarrassed by your request to continue chatting for the time being.

#2 Be Suspicious

It may sound like bad advice – to see a double bottom in everything – but remember that an ordinary nice girl won’t be embarrassed by your suspicions and she will calmly be able to explain everything you don’t understand in her behaviour. But scammers will brazenly and aggressively demand your money or on the contrary, very pitifully ask for help, cause your sympathy, but all lead up to one thing – the transfer of funds to their bank card.

#3 Turn on Your Inner Detective

Of course, you shouldn’t be stalking anyone, but it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research. First of all, check if the girl’s picture is real – you can do this with the picture search service on the Internet. Also, google her name. Maybe you’ll find her social networking page, and you can make sure that the other information (her job, studies, etc.) she tells you is true, too.

#4 Tell Your Friends About Those With Whom You Communicate

Some people are too shy to talk about their personal lives, and some are too private by nature, but keep your family and friends in the loop if you can. Yes, you shouldn’t talk about every girl whose picture you like, but if you’re already in a closer relationship, it’s okay to tell. The whole point is that you may not notice any suspicious things because of sympathy, but from the outside, especially to people who care about you, they can be seen.

#5 Keep Personal Details to Yourself

Chatting with maybe your wife-to-be, you want to talk about everything. And it’s okay to talk about what you think, what you dream about, etc. But if they start asking you some numbers, numbers and facts, it’s already suspicious. For example, “the name of your first pet” is one of the most common secret questions to get into someone’s personal account without a password. So be careful what you notify your new acquaintance about.

#6 Admit it If You’re Wrong

Yes, it’s unpleasant to realize that you’ve been the victim of fraud, but if it did happen, it’s a bad idea to just forget about it and never remember. Analyze what happened and what mistakes you made. If you also lost a lot of money, you can go to law enforcement and let them investigate. Whatever you choose, remember that this is one such case, and if you are careful, you may find your love on the site. After all, it’s difficult and risky even in real life, but we all take risks and make mistakes so that we can end up happy with our loved ones.

Also, feel free to ask the site managers for help. Good, trusted resources try always to make sure that their customers are happy. Of course, dating service is a specific niche, because here people build personal relationships and accordingly communicate in private chats, but, for example, if you found out that your companion is a cheater on your own, you can complain about her and save other site users from this mistake.

 

Joan Armatrading "Already There" image shot by Laura Bruneau (BMG) via Leo Lavoro (BMG) for use by 360 Magazine

JOAN ARMATRADING – ALREADY THERE

Celebrated singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading has released a stunning video for her new single “Already There,” directed by David Lopez-Edwards. 

WATCH THE “ALREADY THERE” VIDEO HERE, LISTEN TO “ALREADY THERE” HERE

STREAM/DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE HERE 

NEW ALBUM CONSEQUENCES OUT JUNE 18, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

The song deals with the familiar concept of two lovers– one has already fallen in love and is waiting for the other lover to catch up. As David Lopez-Edwards says: Joan is a great story teller through her music, and when I first heard the track I had this image of her sat in an old armchair telling the beautiful love story that is ‘Already There.’

I really wanted to be able to convey the emotion of the song in the video. I thought the best way of achieving that was to tell the story was through contemporary dance and have a dance couple interpret Joan’s lyrics, and tell what is essentially a very emotional narrative through their movement, expression and interaction. We were all blown away by the routine our choreographer Ainsley created, and it was truly magical seeing it brought to life by our two incredible dancers Zhané and Jared.”

Joan concurs: “The dance interpretation of my song ‘Already There’ is perfect.”

David Lopez-Edwards is well known for his creative videos and has previously worked with Kylie, Pet Shop Boys, Emeli Sande, KT Tunstall, Natalie Imbruglia, and Culture Club.

Joan‘s 22nd studio album to date, Consequences, is scheduled for release June 18th (Digital) and August 13 (CD/LP) via BMG. Consequences ably illustrates the fact that Joan Armatrading never likes to repeat herself. It is a very different follow up to 2018’s UK’s Top 30 hit album Not Too Far Away.

Of course, the change of musical pace will come as no surprise to Joan‘s many legions of world-wide fans. She has always been a pioneer in what she does, ever since the release of her first album in 1972 when her then record company, by their own admission, had little idea of how to present her, as Joan was so outside the norm. It should also be remembered that Joan Armatrading was the very first female singer/songwriter from the UK to have international success with the songs she wrote and performed.

Whether she’s playing a blinding electric guitar solo that would put many of the recognized  ‘Guitar Heroes’ in the shade, or focusing on specific genres like jazz or blues, Joan has always gone where the muse takes her with no predictability attached.  Repetition isn’t in her lexicon, even when composing the music for The Tempest and as demonstrated on the recently screened documentary about her career, “Me, Myself, I.” With her heartfelt, direct and melodic trademark vocal style, lyrics that tell it exactly how it is, and strong rhythmic flow throughout, Consequences is an album of some surprises. The album is couched in a passionate intensity that benefits from listening to it from start to finish. Consequences is a complete aural experience and an uncompromising tour de force that engages and gets better with every listen. The subject matter of the album is an intrinsically intimate topic –love in its many guises. This is not an album about Joan herself, but rather one written from observation. Joan has created songs that people can make their own, applying the lyrics to whatever their own particular circumstances might be.

The single, “Already There” is a perfect example of this as it details the common experience of one person in a couple already in love, while the other lover hasn’t emotionally arrived there yet.

Consequences in CD, vinyl and digital format is comprised of 10 tracks in total. All of the tracks are written, performed and produced by Armatrading.

Consequences Track listing:

1.Natural Rhythm

2.Already There

3.To Be Loved

4.Better Life

5.Glorious Madness

6.Like

7.Consequences

8.Sunrise (instrumental)

9.Think About Me

10.To Anyone Who Will Listen

Pre-order Consequences HERE

Since the release of her last album, Joan has been made a CBE (from an MBE), Trustee of The Princes Trust, Ivor Novello Fellow, Americana Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Women of the Year. Joan completed a major sold-out UK and American tour in 2018 following a massive 235 date world tour in 2014/15.

Among many other accolades, she is the first female British artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart–where she stayed for 12 weeks and was the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. Although touring is off the table for the immediate future, Joan will be giving a special, digitally streamed concert in support of the album later this year in September. Details of this are to be announced nearer the time of the concert.

Joan Armatrading "Consequences" signed album image shot by Laura Bruneau (BMG) via Leo Lavoro (BMG) for use by 360 Magazine