Chicago chameleon, Njomza, has announced her signing to SinceThe80s/Motown Records. The singer/songwriter celebrates the news with a brand new music video for single “Lonely Nights” which comes off her sophomore EP, VACATION, out today via Motown Records. The haunting visuals showcases Njomza’s pension for vibey R&B that compliments her syrupy vocals which coats the track throughout. The video, which first premiered via Billboard, can be seen HERE.
Speaking about the visuals, which was directed by Chad Tennies (Migos, 2 Chainz, Future), Njomza had this to say: “I had a vision for the “Lonely Nights” video and Chad helped amplify that vision. I was playing with the concept of “vacation” and how a vacation can be anywhere or anything. I can take vacation in my mind all from the comfort of my couch. The video really introduces that concept, which is a theme throughout the EP. It’s the beginning of the visual story.”
Njomza gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded covers, promptly signing her to his Remember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, 2017 saw Njomza unveil her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. Now with a new label and a vigor to create new music, Njomza kicks off her continued rise with all new perspective.
New York Comic Con is arriving soon! Scholastic is celebrating the most exciting pop culture event on the East Coast in a big way; with an all-star lineup of authors and artists, special announcements, and panels that can’t be missed!
A full list of events and activities available during the show floor can be found below.
Press seating is limited so get your spots while you can!
They are also happy to provide assets after the show for inclusion in any post-convention coverage.
Friday, Oct. 5th at 4:00 PM-5:00PM: Share Your Smile: Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier
Location: Shop Studios, Level 4, 528 W 39th St
Raina Telgemeier, the bestselling, Eisner Award-winning author behind Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts, talks about her books, life, and what comes next. Go behind the panels to learn about this beloved author and hear an exclusive announcement.
Ticket Price: $22.00
You do not need a New York Comic Con badge to attend this event. Ticket price includes a signed copy of Smile and a Raina gift bag including a sample of her next book
6:00PM-8:00PM: Books of Wonder Graphic Novel Superstars
Location: 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
A moderated Q&A, followed by a group signing
Participants: Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club graphics novels), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends), Luke Pearson (Hilda and the Troll), Gustavo Borges (Petals), Sean Rubin (Bolivar)
Sunday, Oct. 7th:
2:00PM-3:00PM: The Drawesome Panel
Location: Shop Studios, 4th level, 528 W 39th St
See the creators of your favorite kids comic draw live! Graphix authors answer audience questions and demonstrate how they make the characters kids love. Attendees will receive an exclusive signed poster!
Panelists: Kazu Kibushi (Amulet), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Molly Ostertag (The Hidden Witch), Gale Galligan (The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels), Kristen Gudnsuk (Making Friends), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints)
Ticket Price: $22.00
Attendees will receive their choice of pre-signed paperback book from the panelists + a Graphic gift bag including an exclusive poster
Panels at the Javits Center (a NYCC badge is required)
Thursday, Oct. 4th:
4:00PM-5:00PM: Women of AFK: Books based on Halo, World of Warcraft, & Five Nights at Freddy’s
Location: Javits Center, Room 1B03
Game developers, authors, and publishers are taking gaming offline and expanding the world of your favorite video game brands through books. Hear from the women behind the books for Five Nights at Freddy’s, Halo, and World of Warcraft, and more.
Saturday, Oct. 6th
11:00AM-12:00PM: Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond
Location: Javits Center, Room 1A24
Join your pals from Archie comics for exclusive news and announcements about your favorite comics!
Plus, get a look at Riverdale Season 3 and Netflix’s Chilling Adventure of Sabrina series!
Sunday, Oct. 7th
Location: Javits Center, Room 1A18
Is science fiction innately optimistic, even it the outlook is dire? After all, even if characters are struggling in a non-utopian environment, one can argue that the fact the mere existence of humans in the future is a triumph of the species in itself.
Oct. 4th through Oct. 7th
All Day: The Hunger Games Street Team
Location: Javits Center
Katniss Everdeen will be at the Javits Center with the Hunger Games street team to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games street team will distribute Hunger Game stickers, and attendees can take a photo with Katniss and tag Scholastic on social media in order to be entered for a chace to win a boxed set signed by Suzanne Collins.
NEW YORK, NY (June 27, 2018) – Republic Records announces the hire of Ken “DURO” as SVP, A&R. This announcement comes from Rob Stevenson and Wendy Goldstein.
Based at the company’s New York City headquarters, “Duro” will focus on identifying, signing, cultivating, and introducing new talent throughout the worlds of hip-hop, rap, urban, and R&B.
About the hire, Mr. Stevenson comments, “Duro knows records inside and out as he’s mixed many of the groundbreaking records influencing this next wave of artists. His experience from behind the mixing board and as an executive give him a unique insight into the creative and real-world challenges facing artists in this evolving landscape.”
“I’ve been a fan of and have worked with Duro for many years,” says Ms. Goldstein. “He’s the consummate music visionary whose talent extends from creation to marketing and promotion. It’s an exciting moment for our team to welcome him to the fold.”
“Republic is truly a powerhouse,” says “Duro.” “I have an immense amount of respect for [Co-Founders] Monte and Avery Lipman, Wendy, Rob, and the entire team. I’d love to add that studio perspective to the label’s A&R process. I’m excited to find the next round of Republic superstars and work with them to create a new generation of classic records.
“Duro” remains a multi-faceted music industry magnate. As an in-demand engineer, he has garnered a total of six GRAMMY® Awards for his work on “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu’s Baduizm, Will Smith’s Big Willie Style, Jay-Z’s Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life, Ashanti’s Ashanti, and Usher’s “U Don’t Have To Call.” As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded and run Desert Storm Records since 1997. Its roster includes multiplatinum rap luminary Fabolous and more. For over two decades, he has been intrinsic to the fabric of hip-hop music and culture.