Young 17-year-old Inland Empire rapper GirlzLuhDev returns with the energetic single Day 1 Starter: featuring rising L.A. MC Remble. A lively verbal showcase, the single finds the two slick MCs spitting dazzling verses that spiral around an airy West Coast beat. Listen here and watch the video here via Capitol Records. In the accompanying video the two display their chemistry proudly. It’s the kind of regional connection you can’t force. Blessed with a slinky voice and unteachable confidence, ex-basketball star Dev proves once again he’s ready to drive his talents to the top of the rap game.
Day 1 Starter (feat. Remble) is an athletic track: Remble grapples with the beat like a wrestler, Dev floats over it like a boxer on his toes. And when they trade bars, it’s an all-out brawl. He talkin’ too loud, I let my 40 bark him, Dev sneers. Remble fires back, You wanna fade, my chopper Ronda Rousey. Dev uses bobs and weaves through his trademark basketball references, lending the track that fun, head-spinning energy that informs all of his most infectious songs. In the video, directed by Nick Medina, Dev and Remble hang on a quiet block, demonstrating their cool chemistry and quiet confidence as they play dice and flex.
Day 1 Starter (feat. Remble) follows Dev’s recent singles, Mario Chalmersand Tonight, the latest installments in a year of overwhelming success for the 17-year-old. Much of his acclaim has followed his viral single Tooka, which launched him from local stardom to the national spotlight and earned him a deal with Capitol Records. Day 1 Starter (feat. Remble) is another worthy follow-up to his hit’s boundless energy, a sign of a future that gets brighter by the day.
GirlzLuhDev is a rapper, singer, ex-basketball star, and quite possibly America’s next great hitmaker. Oh, and he’s a senior in high school. The 17-year-old artist from California’s Inland Empire is a year into making music but has already landed a viral hit, the raunchy but blissed out Tooka, which scored over two million SoundCloud streams in 10 months. Supported by simple beats and rich keys, he parlays his youthful energy into a bright blend of bars, warbled melodies, and ad libs that sounds like smack talk beamed down from a distant planet. It’s sunbaked West Coast street rap meets the wonky charm of a kid with nothing to lose. Signed to Capitol Records, Dev has his sights set on the national spotlight.
Irish songwriter, producer, and artist Cian Ducrot releases a brand new song titled “Crocodiles.” The song, a follow up to his recent single “Not Usually Like This” is another prime example of the young, multidisciplinary, stellar songwriting talent. “Crocodiles,” produced by Cian and co-written with collaborator Bill Maybury, proves to be an instant fan favorite with its anthemic chorus and Cian’s cunning melody play that will keep the listener engaged all the way to the end. Speaking on the song’s meaning, Cian had this to share:
“‘Crocodiles’ is a song I wrote after I experienced being let down by my closest friends when I needed them the most. Coming to terms withthe idea that those you’d do anything for [those who] wouldn’t do the same for you hit me extremely hard.” – Cian Ducrot.
“Crocodiles” marks the second release off of Cian’s upcoming EP–his first with U.S. label Darkroom/Interscope Records. His previous single “Not Usually Like This” has already amassed over three million plays across DSPs, not including the very special performance that Cian treated fans with on Mahogany Sessions, which has over 320,000 views. Watch the incredible live session here.
About Cian Ducrot
Raised in Cork and based in London, but just as likely to be found recording in LA, Cian Ducrot takes a nomadic approach to pop music. Home for this 23-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and classically-trained multi-instrumentalist is wherever he happens to find his laptop and guitar–no matter where he is. Growing up in a broken home, Cian sought relief in music, listening to his Mum playing everything from Bach to Chopin–often finding that music was a way to escape the trials of abuse, a turbulent family dynamic and more. It’s no surprise that he went on to focus on music in schoo, joining musicals and drama clubs, mastering different instruments and performing from a young age. Cian will eventually win a full scholarship to study classical flute at the Royal Academy of Music–one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world. Around the same time, Cian knew that in order to create original music, he would have to teach himself how to produce. And so he did.
A couple of years into his schooling, Cian took a short trip to Los Angeles, CA–a trip that inspired him to pursue his dream of becoming a pop artist instead of a classical flautist. He decided to take a risk leaving his schooling (and the full ride scholarship that came with it) and moved back to Ireland to plan for his new dream. Cian was steadfast in his new writing journey, with money being tight he would often couch surf between London and L.A. The product of these experiences was his debut release, started in college (2020)–a mixtape that chronicles his unconventional road into the music industry. The risk ended up paying off when he was discovered by Darkroom/Interscope Records last Summer; promptly signed him to the label. Capitalizing on his natural talent and years of dedication, the Irish songwriter/producer and artist is at work on a new project and aims to showcase his diverse talents while exploring issues of love, loss, masculinity and frustration. Cian wishes to create music that listeners can relate to and find solace in–not unlike how a young Cian once did.
360 Magazine had the opportunity to ask rising star, Gigi Vega, questions that her fans would want to know. Gigi Vega debuted her hit song “Mistletoe Kiss” taking the holiday music charts by storm. She went viral on TikTok with 10 million views and 15k videos. In addition to writing and producing, GiGi is a dancer and choreographer. Read on to learn more about Gigi!
GIGI VEGA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. How has your family inspired you and your music?
GV: I would always do little shows and auditions. My father is a jazz musician. He would play the piano, so I was always surrounded by music, and theater as well.
GV: It just happened. Actually, had it for a while, but was finally able to come back to it. Originally, the lyrics were supposed to be “in the club”, instead of “in the crib”. But I had to make adjustments due to COVID 19
GV: Melodies just come to me. Melodies come first for me. Lyrics come from everyday life experiences. I’ve always been into dancing and singing. It’s something that just clicked for me, but I got more into it once I started composing my own songs.
5. What charities are you aligned with and why?
GV: Anti-bullying programs.
6. What acting projects will you be involved with in the future?
GV: Janet Jackson. Definitely into anyone who is super full out, and she is one of them.
8. What advice would you give to a singer starting out?
GV: Don’t let anyone steer you in the direction of what they want you to be – it is not worth it, ever.
9. Talk about your training as a triple threat, what do you do to stay on top?
GV: Just take a look at my Music video, it is all there. Acting, dancing, singing. I have trained in all three disciplines since I was very young. My dance training was focused on modern dance, but I am schooled in all disciplines. I have always been on stage or behind the camera, so it is second nature.
10. How do you take care of your voice?
GV: Regular training, like an athlete. Lots of lemon and pineapple juice, as well.
11. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
14. When did you know you wanted to be an entertainer?
GV: Never thought about anything else. I was on stage from an early age. I made the move from stage to commercial work in my teens. Once I learned how to write solid music, I knew I wanted to record music. It was a process. I spent hundreds of hours in the studio as a kid.
15. What artist did you admire as a child?
GV: I loved watching Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson is my absolute favorite.
16. Do you play any instruments?
GV: I pluck out notes on the piano and guitar to help my melodies. Had many lessons and music theory, but I won’t be accompanying myself just yet.
17. What’s your fashion style?
GV: I like more tropical vibes, or casual, put-together vibes, but I always like to switch it up. I can be glam or a Tomboy. Get a girl who can do both.
18. What do you do to relax?
GV: I love fashion, always putting fashion pieces together. I learned to sew as a child, went to classes and camps for years. I was one of those kids who got a new shirt, and then I would go to my room and change the shape and design. I love listening to music and writing. Honestly, writing is my happy space.
19. What other businesses do you plan on starting to promote your brand?
GV: I am very into sneakers and shoes. I have so many different designs in my head that need to come out.
20. What’s the one thing you think everyone could do to make the world a more positive place?
GV: Less judgment of others, especially strangers.
Rising Latin pop sensation Carmen DeLeon teams up with Colombian pop-urban brother duo Cali y El Dandee on her new single, Pasado, released today by Capitol Music Group and Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Pasado (which means past) sets DeLeon’s gorgeously raw vocals to a powerfully swinging beat. Cali y El Dandee add a poignant, soulful verse. To date, Cali y El Dandee, Alejandro Rengifo and Mauricio Rengifo, have amassed more than five billion combined streams and exceeded 10.7 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Their YouTube channel has generated more than 2.4 billion views.
Carmen DeLeon recalls, “Pasado was written with my friends Mauricio, Alejandro, and Andres and was inspired by a breakup with my boyfriend. I was no longer in a relationship with him but was reliving the times I had with him in the past and wondered what it would be like to be with him again. The song tells the story of being okay with missing that person, while reassuring the listener to be with a person that will really love and respect you.”.
Cali y El Dandee add, “We are delighted to have collaborated with Carmen. She has a tremendous voice we can’t wait for the world to see her talent.
Pasado follows DeLeon’s early 2021 single, Cafecito, a bittersweet track that she wrote in memory of her grandfathers, and Juegas, her collaboration with acclaimed Colombian artist FEID. Upon its release, Juegas was featured on numerous NMFs across Spotify and has now amassed more than two million combined global streams. Billboard, which named DeLeon as one of 20 Latina Artists to Discover Before 2020 Ends, noted, “Juegas is a medium-tempo reggae/pop charmer; If this is going to be DeLeon’s brand of pop, we’ll happily take it.”.
The nineteen-year-old artist recently joined three-time GRAMMY-winner Ne-Yo on Shake, a dance-floor anthem from DJ/producer L.L.A.M.A., who was recently introduced by Universal Music Group’s Astralwerks label and the LEGO Group. View the official video for Shake HERE.
Born in Venezuela and now based in Miami, DeLeon has amassed over four million streams since she released her debut single, Volveras less than a year ago. Wonderland noted, “Sharing her struggles with anxiety, the highs and lows of these uncertain times and how it’s okay not to be okay, DeLeon brings her Latin roots to the fore on the laid-back tune, reminding us all exactly why she’s a force to be reckoned with”; Euphoria said, Carmen DeLeon commands the world as her stage with fiery gusto and an undeniable sense of positivity.
Just in time for National Margarita Day, 1800 Tequila, the world’s most awarded tequila line introduces a delicious line up of 1800 The Ultimate Margarita, the #1 premium margarita that’s ready to serve! Made with real tequila and the extract of lime, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is available in refreshing flavors including Classic, Peach & Watermelon! Perfect for any at-home celebration, all flavors are best enjoyed on the rocks and chilled/blended with ice. As a premium offering, 1800 The Ultimate Margarita is packaged in 1800 Tequila’s signature pyramid glass bottle.
If you’re looking to put a spin on the classic margarita, check out these cocktail ideas from 1800, all of which can also be made with their refreshing, new flavors below:
2 oz 1800° Silver
1 oz Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Syrup
½ oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain into salted rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
La Rosita 2 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz Curacao
0.5 oz Rosemary Honey Syrup
To make the rosemary honey, add 2 parts honey to 1 part water and let simmer with some rosemary for 3–5 minutes. Measure out all ingredients, add to a shaker with ice, and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
2 oz 1800® Silver Tequila
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
3–4 Whole Blackberries
5–6 Mint Leaves
Lightly muddle mint leaves and blackberries in a shaker or mason jar. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, tequila and ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Pour into a glass over ice and top with seltzer water. Garnish with fresh mint and a blackberry.
All of these recipes can also be made with 1800 Tequila’s deliciously dangerous margarita flavors:
1800 Tequila x Jarritos Tamarindo Tango Margarita
Mix in fresh lime juice & Chile de Arbol and serve on the rocks with chile salt rim & lime wheel
1800 The Ultimate Margarita Original
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass
1800 The Ultimate Margarita Peach
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass
1800 The Ultimate Margarita Watermelon
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled and salted Margarita glass
360 Magazine sat down with up and coming model Acobie Inniss, to find out how he got started with modeling and where he plans to go next. The young, Barbadian model has a unique look that is sure to gain attention as his modeling career takes off.
Included below is also information about Rhaj Paul a designer that works with Acobie and Graham Edwards, Acobie’s agent. Working together, the team has created an amazing shoot featuring Acobie as the star.
When did you decide to begin modeling and how did you get started?
I was approached by Graham from GADAL Model Management at the end of 2018 and I didn’t take it too seriously at the time. A year later we had another chance encounter meeting and this time I decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a try; so I officially started at the end of 2019.
What was it like growing up in Barbados?
Growing up in Barbados is great! I loved that a nice beach would always be right around the corner; I was definitely a beach person, like in the summer I would be at the beach every day. I loved riding around on my bike and playing football and many other sports with my friends.
Do you think you will eventually become a full-time model? Why or why not?
Yes! I’m hoping to become a full-time model; but I know life can have twists and turns so I remain open to it happening or not happening, where ever life takes me I guess.
Where do you aspire to be five years from now and do you have plans to get there?
Five years from now I’d like to have my own home and to be traveling the world with my girlfriend- who I hope will be my wife at that time. I also want to be in a financial position to invest in Real Estate and be able to help the needy. Things don’t always go according to plan, but it’s still good to have one in place. I plan to keep an open mind and open heart to whatever opportunities come my way.
Are your family and friends supportive of your modeling career?
My mother and my close friends are supportive.
What has been your favorite part of modeling so far?
So far, my favorite part is meeting new people; trying new experiences and exercising my confidence and communication skills.
Some of your hobbies include stunt-riding and photography, do you hope to progress these talents further in the future?
Yes, I hope to progress further in these hobbies. For example the stunt riding; I’d love to build a community (of riders) where we ride for a cause…hopefully raise some funds as well and donate to different charities while having fun riding (smile).
What makes you unique from other up and coming models?
Well, I think everyone is unique in their own way; for me, I’m not sure, some people say it’s my hair or maybe my eyes. Lol.
Do you have any collaborations coming up that you’re excited about?
I’m definitely hoping to have some collaborations! I know my agency is working on stuff…don’t want to let the cat out of the bag. I like to only speak about things after they are done.
Are there any other models you would like to work with in the future?
I’d like to work with everyone! I’m new to this industry so I want to learn as much as I can from everyone.
About Acobie Inniss
Acobie is a newly discovered Barbadian model who describes himself as a “regular guy” who loves stunt riding and going for long rides on his Haro mountain bike. He says, he also likes researching things on the internet and learning new things.
One look at Acobie however, and you’ll see he’s anything but “regular”; the 6’ 2”, 21-year-old is an eclectic ethnic blend of Black; White and Indian- with a negro structured face and nose; light skin; freckles; pink lips; hair that can change color ranging from dark brown to blonde; perfect jaw-lines and hazel eyes with an intense gaze, that causes you too, to also gaze intensely. Anything but “regular!”
Acobie is not just another pretty face though, he is also talented practically with his hands. He’s a certified electrician and PV (photovoltaic) installer and sees the latter as “the future” because it’s “environmentally sustainable; good for the planet and clean energy”.
He also has a passion for photography (which he’s teaching himself); because he likes how you can “capture a moment forever.” All the knowledge he has on various topics such as his stunt-riding and photography he eagerly shares on his YouTube channel another one of his hobbies.
He loves the artist Saint Jhn (who’s originally from Guyana) and appreciates his music; success and Caribbean roots. Acobie is also into Kendrick Lamar and Arianna Grande. His favorite fashion brands he’d love to work with are Polo Ralph Lauren; Gucci and Prada.
About Rhaj Paul
Rhaj Paul is a conscious artist, whose objective is to use the medium of fashion and design to grow positivity, creativity and connection, particularly in the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora.
From the emergence of his eponymous cut ‘n’ sewn menswear label – Rhaj Paul Montaazh (pron. ‘montage’) in 2000 to the trendsetting soft apparel Brand Evolve in 2010, and the first-ever Barbadian beard brand – The Beard Island Gang in 2014, the name Rhaj Paul has been synonymous with top-quality craftsmanship, unique style and innovative fashion marketing in Barbados.
His work encompasses bespoke tailoring and design, fashion styling, graphic design and motivational public speaking.
Rhaj has worked with various organizations, entertainers, artists, videographers and photographers and has also starred in several local movies
Passionate, inspired, skilled and committed to raising an attitude of excellence and a genuine love for authentic self-expression, Rhaj Paul represents the Ministry Of Style Creative Alliance in its mandate to grow creative entrepreneurship in the Caribbean region and beyond.
Welcome, Minister of Style Rhaj Paul Whitehead!
About Khali Goodman
Khalil Goodman is a photographer, digital strategist and writer. When he’s not art-directing or shooting a new set of images, Khalil spends too much time reading comic books and listening to all the wrong music at the right volume.
About Graham Edwards
Graham Edwards is a Model Agent and the founder and owner of GADAL Model Management Inc., a Barbadian based mother agency and model management company specializing in the scouting, training and placement of primarily black models internationally.
The name “GADAL” is a Hebrew verb for: “to grow; become great; become important; promote; make powerful; praise; magnify; do great things; to increase; to exceed; to excel; to promote; to become like a great tree or tower.”
It’s a personification of all that he wants to do for black models worldwide. He describes his job as, “doing my part to ensure a more level playing field in the fashion industry for models of color; long before Black Lives Matter appeared- I always knew black models mattered!”
Nothing makes him more satisfied than to see models of color succeed and to see them on the runways worldwide and in the pages of major international magazines.
Models scouted and placed internationally by GADAL Model Management Inc. through Graham, have appeared in Beyoncé’s music video: Get In Formation; Tinchy Stryder’s In My System; Avicii’s I Could Be The One; in shoots with Selita Banks; appeared in major fashion publications: L’Officiel Hommes; Men’s Health UK; Men’s Health Portugal; Cosmopolitan; Essence Magazine; Prestige Hong Kong; Cole Magazine; ESTE 2 and walked for international labels and designers: Givenchy; Calvin Klein; Moncler; Marcelo Burlon; Granted London; Sibling London; OTHER UK; Fausto Puglisi; Dockers and represented international brands such as: Nike; Coca Cola; Levi Jeans; Addidas; Asics and Equinox Gym.
The company has signed the models it represents into several international fashion markets and placed them with larger model agencies in: Germany; Italy; Mexico; South Africa; Spain, UK and the USA. Graham loves his job; still, actively scouts for models and is excited about every ‘new face’ he discovers and helping them achieve their fullest potential!
360 Magazine has the opportunity to sit down with rising star, Hunter Sansone. Hunter is quickly making a name for himself in Hollywood with the characters he portrays on screen.
This winter, Hunter can be seen starring in Disney+’s highly anticipated sports film “Safety,” which was released to Disney+ on December 11. He also stars on CW’s hit series “Stargirl” as Cameron Mahkent also known as Icicle Jr. and is currently in the process of filming season two. We asked Sansone questions about his career, future and aspirations.
What has been your favorite role in your career so far?
Wow. That’s hard to say. Honestly, I don’t have a favorite. They have all been equally fulfilling. I learned different things from each project. I will say I am really into emotionally complex roles that involve a lot of raw emotional work.
What was your favorite part of working on the movie “Safety” for Disney+?
Being a part of an underdog sports film. I grew up watching these types of films, and they partially influenced my dream of becoming an actor one day. I played sports growing up, so to be able to utilize that childhood experience with my career was fun.
Do you have any exciting roles that are upcoming?
I am currently filming Stargirl Season 2, and that should be coming out sometime in 2021 on The CW. Few other things in the works that I can’t dive into at the moment.
I know you support the Stand Up for Pits Foundation, are there any other charities you would like to work with?
Rebecca Corry and the Stand Up For Pits foundation are incredible. They have done so much with ending discrimination towards pit bull type dogs. I have also recently partnered up with Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Their main focus being rescuing abandoned, abused, and neglected animals off the streets. Both incredible organizations that I plan to have my voice attached to for many years to come.
Since you grew up in Missouri, how did you get involved in acting? Did you have other future plans?
My mom has been a professional singer and vocal coach my whole life. She was my influence that led me down this path. She used to say to me that she thought I would be a good actor, but I didn’t think much of it for a few years. One day, I found myself curious and went to an acting class with her and I was hooked.
What is your favorite scene from “Safety” that you think viewers should be on the lookout for?
A combination of a few different scenes where Ray and I are sneaking Fay around the dorms. Definitely had some good laughs with those.
Do you have an idol you respect in Hollywood? What about them inspires you?
I’ve always respected Leonardo DiCaprio and how he attacks a role. He always gives 150%. He commits physically, mentally, and emotionally to every role. I try to approach every single one of my roles with that same tenacity and work ethic.
Tell us more about your character Daniel Morelli in the new movie.
Daniel is Ray’s roommate, teammate and best friend. He is the first person that Ray confides in about his situation with his little brother. You will see Daniel showing up for Ray in more ways than one throughout the film. He is all about family. Also, Daniel is an Italian kid from Long Island with a thick accent. I’m Italian myself so that was fun to be able to honor my Italian heritage on screen.
Tell us about the filming for Season 2 of Stargirl, can you give our readers an inside scoop?
We are working away on Season 2 as we speak. Having a blast while doing it. I can’t give you much, but what I can say is if you loved Season 1, you will definitely not want to miss Season 2. It should be coming out sometime in 2021 on The CW.
Where do you see your career going in the future, are there any goals you have for movies or TV?
I have big goals. I dream big. I recommend that to anyone with a dream. Don’t commit 50%. Set the biggest dreams for yourself as possible and go after them with every fiber in you. I think I’m going to keep them to myself for now and we can regroup down the road once a few of them have been accomplished.
Vevo’s ‘Artists to Watch’ is now in its 7th year with the list consisting of artists who Vevo believes will break through in the coming year. Vevo DSCVR ATW champions emerging artists through engaging live performance content.
Vevo’s Artists to Watch provides emerging artists with engaging, high-quality live performance content to expose them to new global audiences. Alumni include now-household names such as Sam Smith, Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, Maggie Rogers, James Bay and more. Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and creatively.
WATCH OLIVIA DEAN “THE HARDEST PART” | ARTIST TO WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE
WATCH OLIVIA DEAN “WHAT AM I GONNA DO ON SUNDAYS?” | ARTIST TO WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE
“Olivia Dean’s warming soulful voice is going to be something I predict we’ll be hearing a lot more next year and beyond,” said Head of Music & Talent, EU Carl Young. “There’s a real truth and honesty to Olivia’s songwriting, drawing upon personal experiences, wrapped up with soulful joy and delivered with her distinct humorous charm. She’s an incredible artist and i’m delighted to have her included in our DSCVR Artists To Watch 2021 campaign.”
“We’re very proud to announce our DSCVR Artists to Watch list for 2021, now in its 7th year. This is so much more than just a list for us; capturing performances from these artists and providing video content for fans to engage with on a global scale.” said JP Evangelista, SVP of Content, Programming & Marketing. “The health of our team and artists alike is of utmost importance to Vevo. We were pleased to be able to shoot and deliver these performances with proper safety protocols in place, despite obvious challenges. With a lack of touring or being able to perform in front of a live audience, it’s more important than ever that Vevo can promote and market video content that will provide music fans with some must-see performances from some of the hottest new acts.”
Vevo has a long history of helping emerging artists break through to new and wider audiences. Past alumni of Vevo’s DSCVR ‘Artists To Watch’ series including Billie Eilish, Alessia Cara, Little Simz, SlowThai and Lewis Capaldi.
Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and creatively.
About Olivia Dean:
In the grips of a worldwide pandemic, it’s important to find your own sunshine. Whether that’s adopting new self-care hobbies or getting creative with working from home, we’re all growing and adapting, finding new ways to keep positivity alive. While Olivia Dean’s new EP What Am I Going To Do On Sundays? may come from a difficult year, it’s a lasting testament to her endearing storytelling, the heartfelt-yet-humble disclosure that is guaranteed to make her a star.
“There’s just been so many times where I’m just like, ‘I’m blagging this,’ but I’m sort of over that now,” she smiles. “I feel like I’ve aged three years in the last few months! But I do feel like I know myself now, and that I’m cool to be on my own. I think that’s such a beautiful place to be.”
With her endearing lyrics and a heartfelt-yet-humble disclosure, Olivia is quickly becoming an artist who knows exactly how to draw a silver lining from even the darkest of clouds.
Vevo is the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, offering artists a global platform with enormous scale through its distribution partners. Vevo connects artists with their audience globally via music videos and original content, working directly with them to find unique ways to bring their music to life visually. Vevo also works with emerging artists, providing them with a platform of global scale and reach, to find and grow their audience. Reaching 26 billion monthly views globally, Vevo has over 450,000 music videos in its catalogue.
The steamy visual sees her shine like never before. Intercutting impressive choreography, charismatic rapping, and entrancing singing, the clip showcases every facet of this rising superstar as she also flexes one high fashion look after another. Meanwhile, multiplatinum Atlanta titan Gunna pulls up for a characteristically smooth cameo. His chemistry with Coi practically sizzles on screen.
Now Or Never continues to put up numbers and attract critical acclaim. REVOLT praised, “The New Jersey native is one-of-a-kind. Spreading contagious positive energy at all times, the 23-year-old continues to break down barriers with her music speaking for itself.” In addition to an interview with Cosmopolitan who raved, “the girl has got pipes, y’all!,” KAZI crowned her, “A trailblazing pop star.”
The six-track project showcases newfound vocal maturity and musical evolution, emphasizing her depth and range. Coi Leray set the stage for the EP with the single “Do Better.” Not only did it rack up a ton of streams, but she also received recent plugs from Pitchfork, Def Pen, and UPROXX. Meanwhile, HYPEBAE wrote, “In her latest song, Leray demonstrates her angelic vocals while spitting commanding bars,” and HotNewHipHop observed, “[she’s] proving that she can certainly hold her own in the industry.”
The lead-off “Better Days” [feat. Fetty Wap] has tallied over 5 million total streams, while the animation visualizer surpassed 1.3 million YouTube views. Additionally, Now Or Never boasts the slick banger “Slide” [feat. Gunna] and joins up with powerhouse girl gang on “I Like It” [feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter].
Coi Leray continues to attract widespread critical acclaim. Essence crowned her “a Gen-Z superstar,” and BET proclaimed, “With a few standout tracks under her belt, Leray hasn’t slowed down yet” as they crowned her BET Amplified “Artist Of The Month.” In addition to plugs from Respect Mag, HipHopDX, and more, HotNewHipHop highlighted the “important message” of “Better Days.” Also, Carlie Hanson touted it on her Billboard “Pride Playlist.” Coi appeared on Hot 97 and BET’s 106&Park Mic Check and graced the cover of Pandora’s “BET Amplified Artist” playlist.
Slide feat. Gunna (prod: Taz Taylor & MjNichols)
I Like It feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter (prod: Rance of 1500 Or Nothin’ & 15Hunnit Boy)
Do Better (prod: Losaddos)
Fuq Boa (prod: TheRealTraxx)
Better Days feat. Fetty Wap (prod: Nash B & Wymtime)
Messy (prod: Rance of 1500 Or Nothin’ & D Swift & IamTash)
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Martin Garrix is back with a long awaited new single, this time collaborating with rising singer Clinton Kane. Martin is never one to sit still and has been releasing one track after the other, now with “Drown.”
Kane’s emotive vocals offer great depth to winning collaboration, and are a perfect fit with Garrix’ characteristic style. “Drown” is yet another example of Garrix’ superstar talent and his knack for working with brilliant vocalists from all over the world.
Born to Norwegian and Filipino parents and living in between multiple countries-primarily the UK and Australia, Clinton Kane grew up teaching himself to sing, play guitar, piano and the drums. Kane, signed to Columbia, makes a great artistic match with Garrix. The pair became fast friends after working together in the studio.
Martin Garrix says: “Making this track with my friend Clinton Kane was amazing! He is crazy talented and we get along very well making the studio sessions loads of fun! I’m really happy with the end result.”
Clinton Kane adds: “Martin is such a warm human and a mad talent. It was heaps of fun writing and working with him on this track. We actually only met after the song was fully finished due to logistical issues and volcanic eruptions. Thank god for technology! Love him to death.”
With Garrix’s recent events including a life-changing trip to Antarctica, Martin was recently announced as the official UEFA Euro 2020 Musical Artist, producing the official song to be revealed this spring that will used throughout the upcoming global tournament. Garrix will also be performing the song at the opening ceremony June 12 in Rome, Italy. Garrix also continues his run at the Omnia club in Las Vegas and will be performing at Ultra Music Festival in March. His 2020 is just getting started, and this new track will blast it into overdrive.
About Martin Garrix:
Martin Garrix has risen to global stardom in both pop as well as electronic circles. Dance music’s freshest talent has headlined festivals around the globe, founded a label and mentored other artists and won the #1 spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 three times. His passion, ambition, drive and maturity remain unmatched in the world. “Animals” released June, 2013 was a breakout success and a game changer for the music industry. Reaching No.1 in the UK and many other territories, it proved that a hard-hitting dancefloor-oriented track could reach pop status, ultimately reaching over a billion streams across several platforms.
The seven years since have been marked by a quick march through the ranks of dance music, conquering stages all around the world and releasing more breakout hits including the highly acclaimed “Scared To Be Lonely” with Dua Lipa, “There For You'” with Troye Sivan, “Ocean” with Khalid, “Summer Days” with Macklemore and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, “Home” and “High On Life” with Bonn, and “Used To Love” with Dean Lewis. He was awarded with two MTV EMAs, a ‘Man of Today’ accolade from British GQ, a spot among Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ list twice, Billboard’s “21 Under 21” list three times, and has also been honored on Billboard’s ‘EDM Power Players.’ Garrix performed at the 2018 Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon twice and Good Morning America’s GMA Day. Set to produce and perform the official song of UEFA EURO 2020, the anthem will be revealed in spring 2020 to celebrate the 60 years of the competition. Martin started working with the brand AXE in 2018 with the release of “Burn Out,” to launch their platform AXE music. With STMPD RCRDS now firmly established, he has free range to do exactly what he loves most: making music.
About Clinton Kane:
Born to Norwegian and Filipino parents, 20-year-old Clinton Kane has lived in multiple countries, spending much of his time primarily between Australia and the UK. Clinton taught himself how to sing, play guitar, piano, and drums with his musical influences initially drawn from the church he grew up attending. Over the past 15 months, Clinton has shared 20 original songs, which generated a lot of buzz from fans and A&Rs alike. Since signing to Columbia in April 2019, he released his debut EP “this is what it feels like” chronicling the most vulnerable moments he’s experienced thus far: heartbreak, infidelity, anxiety, and more. Clinton released his latest song “So I Dont Let Me Down” in December 2019, which was inspired by his life as an artist and details his personal struggles. While his songs have become his own form of self-care, Clinton hopes that they have the same effect for someone else.