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Vice President of VEVA Sound, Casey Taylor, feature for 360 Magazine

VEVA Sound × Music Collaboration

Why it’s more important than ever that musicians get credit for their work

By Casey Taylor Vice President of VEVA Sound

If you have the hobby of collecting records, then you’ve probably spent time perusing album liners; you’ve learned all about who played drums on or who produced each track on an album. There was a time when even non-audiophiles would appreciate the collective talent which brought a piece to fruition.

The most valuable asset any person in the entertainment industry can have is a platform. As with everything, the more things change the more they stay the same. Now, everyone has the ability to promote their work on social channels. Fans follow producers, musicians, or engineers on social platforms and have the opportunity to be exposed to their work on projects outside of the mainstream.

But what happens when someone hears a new song in a playlist and wants to know more about it? Streaming platforms are rolling out features which allow listeners to view complete creator credits. This is important because someone might find that a certain producer made music with other artists they would enjoy. And as the producer, he/she/they may bring more value to a production as more and more people follow their work.

In order to have your credits included wherever music is distributed, it’s important to understand how credits are collected. The best way to ensure that your credits are accurate, is to collect them as the music is being created – to keep accurate records of everyone who worked on a project. That’s why we developed VEVA Collect – to empower creators to Collect While You Create™.

Of course, the added benefit to accurate credits is that they are the only way to get paid for your work on any song or recording. But what about the work that you do on projects that may not experience large-scale commercial success? It’s equally important. The bottom line: no matter what work you do, you should make sure you get credit for your work.

As the technological landscape changes, the way that people find music is going to transform as well. It’s hard to remember the time before streaming platform recommendations when you had to listen to terrestrial radio or buy compilation albums (any of my 90s friends remember NOW That’s What I Call Music!?). Coming soon are the days when we will be able to say “Hey Siri, play every song where Shelly Fairchild sang background,” or “Alexa, play every song Reid Shippen has mixed.”

Every evolution in the way music is consumed is driven by data. As important as your follower count and engagement numbers, make sure you’re listed in the credits, so that the community can continue to find you in new ways.

About Casey Taylor

Casey Taylor is Vice President at VEVA Sound. Leading teams in London, New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles, Casey has productized validation, verification, and archival services to expand VEVA Sound’s reach into live recordings, legacy collections, and back-catalogs. His initiatives have contributed to future-proofing the work of artists from Johnny Cash to Jason Isbell; Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift. For nearly 20 years, since his first job as a PA on a local television show, Casey has worked in all facets of the industry spanning multiple disciplines. He has seen firsthand the importance of creatives getting credit for their work: whether it’s a fiddle player on a regionally known album, or an artist on the Billboard Hot 100. Casey is a member of the Music Business Association and a contributor to the MusicBiz Metadata Summit. He also leads the Advisory Committee for VEVA Collect, VEVA Sound’s newest cloud-based platform for music creators everywhere.

Eamonn Burke illustrates a rock music video article for 360 MAGAZINE

Nothing But Thieves New Video

The English rock band Nothing But Thieves released a brand new music video for their song “Real Love Song” on Monday.

Real Love Song” is the second song from their new album titled “Moral Panic.” It follows “Is Everybody Going Crazy?” as the second song from the album, and it was produced by Mike Crossey who has worked with bands like Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club and The Black Keys.

At almost 3 million streams worldwide, the song breaks love and relationships into pieces. Love isn’t the perfect, romantic tale we hear in songs and see in movies. Conor Mason, lead vocals for the band, calls love “dirty,” saying the love in “Real Love Song” makes him hate himself for days, sitting alone while listening to Nick Cave.

Complete with a warning of flashing images and stroboscopic sequences, the video combines neon lights with animation to tell the story of love in the digital world.

“This is a song within a song and the video, with its nods to the modern relationship and its sensationalized band moments, tell two sides of the same story. Where does the cynicism end and the real begin?” the band said.

Nothing But Thieves has sold more than 700,000 albums and 150,000 tickets in the past few years, including a sellout at Alexandra Palace. They have also performed in the United States for Jimmy Fallon and James Corden on late night television. Though they’ve bene unable to perform live, they have kept the content flowing for their fans on their YouTube channel as all five members of the band record separately from different locations.

“Moral Panic” is available for pre-order now and will be released in October. It will be the band’s first album since their EP titled “What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way” in 2018.

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SayGrace – “Girl”

SAYGRACE Releases New Track and Video “Girl”

Listen/Watch HERE

“My entire life I’ve essentially been told to express my femininity, sexuality and female form in a way that pleases other people and I’m honestly just really tired of it. I will not perpetuate the objectification women face by constantly taking on opinions from other people that frankly, we didn’t ask for. I get dressed, do my hair, talk the way I wanna talk, think the way I do and feel the way I feel for me, no one else.” – SAYGRACE

Today, SAYGRACE releases “Girl,” a brand new single with an accompanying video. Watch it/listen HERE. “Girl” showcases Saygrace’s badass-yet-playful songwriting skills and her stunning, soulful voice. The track continues in the same mindset of her critically-acclaimed debut EP The Defining Moments of SAYGRACE: Girlhood, Fuckboys & Situationships released earlier this year to rave reviews from NPR, Fader, Idolator, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, and more.

The video for “Girl” was shot in Los Angeles by Becky Hearn who also directed Saygrace’s video for “Boys Ain’t Shit” Featuring Tate McRae and Audrey Mika. On her debut EP, Brisbane, Australia born singer/songwriter SAYGRACE made the conscious decision to put the version of herself she wants to be into the world. She created songs that tells girls they don’t have to have it all figured out or succumb to pressure to be something they’re not. That it’s okay to just be yourself. And that it’s okay if you don’t know who that is yet.

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Summer Walker EP

After capturing everyone’s attention during the BET Awards with her show-stopping performance and 2 nominations, Summer Walker (LVRN/Interscope Records) teased a new EP titled Life On Earth. Today she reveals the tracklist for the project which includes five new songs and features from NO1-NOAH and PARTYNEXTDOOR. The EP is set to be released on July 10. She’s also created an Instagram AR filter for fans to share an interactive experience that displays the tracklist.

Tracklisting:
1. Let It Go
2. SWV (with NO1-NOAH)
3. My Affection (with PARTYNEXTDOOR)
4. White Tee (with NO1-NOAH)
5. Deeper

You can pre-order and pre-save the EP which was also executive produced by her HERE

Summer Walker also announced an innovative and exclusive socially safe listening event for her new project. She’s bringing the new music directly to her fans like never before with her UFO Listening Experience. The music will be played directly to radios on a secret frequency within a small radius. Sponsored by Amazon Music, the event will take place on July 8 at several times in the evening at 880 Woodrow Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30310. Fans can RSVP their spot to attend HERE.

Summer Walker’s critically acclaimed platinum-selling album Over It is available worldwide via LVRN/Interscope Records. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently handed out a Gold certification for Over It’s single “Come Thru” featuring Usher and double Platinum for the album’s lead single, “Playing Games.” Meanwhile, Walker’s breakout smash, “Girls Need Love,” from 2018’s Last Day of Summer project, is also certified 2x Platinum. Collectively, the 23-year-old singer’s catalog has been streamed a whopping 4.9 billion times globally.

Walker successfully wrapped her First and Last Tour in support of Over It in late December. The six-week jaunt kicked off with a trio of sold-out dates in London, followed by a string of sold-out shows across the United States. The artist recently won her first Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist.

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Koe Wetzel New Song

Koe Wetzel drops his newest song “Sundy or Mundy”

Today, singer/songwriter Koe Wetzel has shared his new single “Sundy or Mundy” with an accompanying video.

In speaking about “Sundy or Mundy,” Koe says, “It’s about losing your mind. When you’re sitting there in the studio, you can forget what day it is. It was written from the same perspective. You get delirious and numb to the whole situation. It’s got a gritty and heavy sound, but the choruses go down smooth and steady.”

The Texas-born singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer unapologetically trail blazes between grunge, country, Americana, and damn near everything else under the sun. Since 2015, he has sold over 200,000 units independently, cranked out 100 million streams and views, and went from playing bars with chicken wire in front of the stage to hosting and headlining his own Koe Wetzel’s Incredible Music Festival surrounded by fireworks and thousands of screaming fans.

Building a diehard audience, Koe’s 2017 debut Noise Complaint became a phenomenon powered by “February 28, 2016,” “Something To Talk About,” “Love,” “Fuss & Fight,” and others. The momentum continued with 2019’s Harold Saul High and its singles “Ragweed” and “Forever” as more sold-out shows ensued. Following this, he surprise-released the 2020 anthem “Kuntry & Wistern,” which exploded right out of the gate trending on Apple Music and garnering praise from The Boot who wrote “Wetzel has earned a reputation as one of the Lone Star State’s most high-energy and engaging performers.” Soon after, Koe scored a deal with Columbia Records.

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Neil Diamond x 2 L.P Set

On August 7, 2020, Capitol/UMe will celebrate some of Neil Diamond‘s most electrifying live performances with the release of his 5 Hot August Night albums as a 2 L.P. black and limited-edition color vinyl set. The iconic performer’s mastery combined with the palpable excitement of the crowd is evident throughout the Hot August Night canon, which includes Hot August NightLove At The Greek, and Hot August Night II, as well as Hot August Night III, and Hot August Night/NYC, available on vinyl for the very first time. Neil Diamond’s All-Time Greatest Hits, a 23-track, standard weight 2LP collection, will also be released on black vinyl on August 7.

Hot August Night -The legend of Neil Diamond was unquestionably born on August 24, 1972, when the young singer/songwriter took over Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre for ten sold-out nights. Diamond and his band were at the peak of their game that summer, a night that would be captured forever on the two-record set Hot August Night. On one of these nights, Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times declared, “His 1972 Hot August Night stand at the Greek remains among the most celebrated series of shows by a mainstream pop-rock performer ever in Los Angeles.”

As one of Diamond’s most successful releases worldwide, the album was multi-platinum in the U.S. and spent a mind-blowing 29 weeks on the top of the Australian charts. Hot August Night is one of the most celebrated and acknowledged albums of Diamond’s career and arguably one of the greatest live albums ever recorded. The original Hot August Night (the title of which was gleaned from the opening line to one of Diamond’s most celebrated tracks, 1969’s “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show,) will be available as a black 2LP or crystal-clear limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night, HERE.  Love At The Greek (the 1977 live double album) was Diamond’s second album recorded at famed Hollywood venue and the second album produced by Robbie Robertson. Love At The Greek (which features standout tracks such as “Holly Holly” and a fifteen-minute version of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”) will be available on vinyl for the first time in 30 years as a black 2LP or a translucent non-metallic gold limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Love At The Greek, HERE.

The Platinum-certified Hot August Night II (the follow up to the original Hot August Night album) was recorded in August of 1986 and initially released in 1987, reaching #59 on the Billboard 200 chart.  Hot August Night II features twenty of Diamond’s biggest hits, including “Love On The Rocks,” “America,” and “Song Sung Blue” and will also be available on vinyl for the first time in 30 years as a black 2LP or a white limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night II, HERE.

Hot August Night Ill chronicles Diamond’s triumphant return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in August 2012. The magical evening was Diamond’s 40th-anniversary celebration of the original multiplatinum-selling Hot August Night collection that was recorded at the very same venue in 1972. Following the 2012 shows at The Greek, Billboard Magazine said of Diamond’s performance, “His voice remains powerful and accurate; he reaches towards the baritone register for emphasis, just as he did in the 70’s. …he never falters in delivering every line with conviction.” From the fine acoustic twang of “Forever in Blue Jeans” to the pure Americana swing of “Kentucky Woman” to the eternal sing-along sunshine of “Sweet Caroline” to the raw emotionality of “I Am…I Said” to the welcoming arms of “America.”

Hot August Night Ill cements Diamond’s mastery of the live stage and his unique connection with audiences the world over. This is the first time that Hot August Night Ill will be available on vinyl and will be available as a black 2LP or a sea glass limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night III, HERE.

Hot August Night/NYC – Recorded live at New York’s Madison Square Garden in August 2008 (originally released in 2009, the album includes 25 career-spanning hits from Neil’s phenomenal four-night sold-out run at the fabled concert hall. Hot August Night/NYC debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2009 and is certified Platinum. This is the first time Hot August Night/NYC will be available on vinyl and will be available as a black 2LP or translucent red limited-edition 2LP. Listen to Hot August Night/NYC, HERE.

All-Time Greatest Hits marks the Grammy^® winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s most comprehensive hits collection, encompasses the artist’s entire body of work, from the earliest recordings through the present-day. Neil Diamond’s All-Time Greatest Hits black 2LP features the original studio recordings of such standards as “Sweet Caroline,” “Holly Holy,” “I Am…I Said,” and chart-toppers like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” and the rarely heard original solo version of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” The set captures his beginnings as a songwriter-turned-singer in New York to his multi-platinum days in Hollywood. Listen to All-Time Greatest Hits, HERE.

Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums, and 11 Multi-Platinum albums.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and has recently received The Johnny Mercer Award and the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award, and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

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New West Symphony Concert

To honor the heroes among us, as well as those who have come before, the New West Symphony will be holding a free Memorial Day Concert on May 25. The virtual concert, which will be broadcast LIVE from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and will take place live at 7 p.m.

People who register are invited to submit the name of a service member, in memory or living; and their name will be shared during the live event.

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the defense of freedom. They are among our nation’s heroes, said Symphony CEO Natalia Staneva. Today, as we confront a war of a much different kind, other heroes are emerging who are putting their own lives on the line in a courageous battle against the coronavirus. This live, online concert is designed to help celebrate those who make us proud by their unselfish actions, their incredible spirit and their uncommon sense of purpose.

The virtual Memorial Day concert comes on the heels of the New West Symphony highly acclaimed virtual Mother’s Day concert, which was viewed by more than 5,000 people.  As with that concert, the May 25 performance is being curated and will come under the direction of GRAMMY-winner and Music Director Michael Christie.

Program highlights will range from patriotic favorites America the Beautiful, You’re a Grand Old Flag, America and others to Copland poignant songs Zion Wall. At the River and Simple Gifts to Bernstein
Somewhere from West Side Story. These and other numbers will be lovingly performed by Sean Chen of Oak Park at the piano, Woodland Hills raised soprano Jessica Rivera and New West Symphony musicians. A bugler from the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast will close the concert next to the Reagan Library Gold Star Families Memorial Monument.

As with all performing arts organizations, the New West Symphony has had to creatively pivot its artistic endeavors to comply with state guidelines regarding social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings. To help music lovers continue to enjoy the beauty of music, each week Maestro Christie collects some of his favorite music performances including his personal video introductions and posts them on Michael Christie’s Jukebox. In addition, the New West Symphony is continuing to create original content and making it available online through social media, the blog and at NewWestSymphony.org.

We are looking forward to the day when we can once again gather in our concert halls for the shared experience and lifting of the human spirit that music uniquely brings, said Staneva. Until then, we will continue to find creative and engaging ways to bring the joy of music to our community as we together navigate these difficult and uncharted waters.

The New West Symphony is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary season. It draws its players from the rich talent pool of accomplished Los Angeles-area musicians and performs under the artistic direction of GRAMMY-winner Maestro Michael Christie. Its mission is to inspire passion for symphonic music through live performances and education initiatives that engage and enrich its diverse audiences. For more information, visit NewWestSymphony.org or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Zonnique, 360 MAGAZINE

T.I. and Tiny: Zonnique QxA

1. How does the influence of your parents’ careers shape your own visions and aspirations?

The making of my own new path and my parents have always been great examples of how to go about things in the industry. They are also both great examples when it’s come to molding myself and presenting myself a certain way. I definitely take after them a lot but I also enjoy it each and every day.

2. What has been the biggest challenge in your artistic career so far?

I would say my biggest challenge so far has been coming out of a group and going through the process of transitioning myself into a solo artist.

3. How did growing up in Atlanta with its huge T.V. and music scene impact where you are today?

I always feel like everything comes from Atlanta. We always set the trend for the culture and just growing up seeing so many legends come out of Atlanta was an inspiration to be a part of.

4. What were some of the major takeaways or skills you learned from working with Producer, J Reid?

I love working with J Reid! He’s always so welcoming and makes me comfortable working with him and expressing myself. As a result, he’s taught me a lot about how to collaborate with someone else and overall helped groom me into the artist I am today.

5. What is your favorite song you’ve worked on and what message does it send to the public?

My favorite song I’ve worked on would have to be the FTCU song I put out because it was just so fun to make! The message is honestly to just enjoy life and when your man is stressing you out, go out and live your best life.

6. Describe some of the struggles as well as the positive experiences that come with starring on “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle?”

The biggest struggle I would say is being under your parents’ shadow and everybody associating me as T.I. and Tiny’s daughter. However, it’s great to have memories with my family, and bringing light to my craft is always a plus.

7. As a new artist, who would you want to work with (male or female) and why?

I would like to work with so many artists, Rihanna Jhene Aiko, SZA, 6lack, and Eric Bellinger because I admire their work. They’re all so extremely creative.

8. What kind of content and which kind of audience do you see yourself approaching in the next 5 years? 

I’m mostly an R&N artist, so in about 5 years I would like to start approaching the pop world.

9. Now that you have released your double single, what are the next steps to promoting your songs?

When corona is all over, I’m going to shoot my videos for both songs. Hopefully, I can do both and I don’t think I’ll be able to do shows so I may just have to wait till next year to do that. On the bright side, I’ll definitely find creative ways to still go out and promote my music.

Yungblud

Locomotion / Geffen Records recording artist YUNGBLUD will follow his sold-out North American headline tour with an extensive fall outing. Tickets for the entire summer run sold out in less than 10 minutes, so the just-announced Twisted Tales of The Ritalin Club Tour will find YUNGBLUD headlining larger venues – including The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles (September 17), the Vic Theatre in Chicago (October 4) and New York City’s Webster Hall (October 14). The run will conclude at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on October 17. See below for itinerary.

Tickets for Twisted Tales of The Ritalin Club Tour go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 28, starting at 10:00 AM local time. Check your local box office for exact times. In addition to general admission tickets, the tour will offer an exclusive merch bundle in partnership with Hot Topic.

Today, the UK artist unleashed the official video for his new track, “Parents.” Directed by Miles and AJ, the clip brings the song’s stinging lyrics and vivid characters to life. Watch the video HERE. 

Hailing YUNGBLUD as a “Community-Driven Rock Star,” PAPER said, “His new track, ‘Parents,’ continues the story he began telling on his debut album, 21st Century Liability…It’s a defense of the unheard voices in a losing battle against authority; Yungblud is speaking to his fans in doing so, and in turn, is affirmed in his fans’ support.” 

Less than a year after the release of his debut album, 21st Century Liability, YUNGBLUD has amassed more than 350 million global streams across all songs and platforms. “Parents” follows his single “Loner,” which has over 15 million combined global streams, and YUNGBLUD & Halsey feat. Travis Barker – 11 Minutes, which has racked up over 160 million cumulative streams.  He recently partnered with Z2 Comics on an original concept graphic novel, YUNGBLUD presents The Twisted Tales Of The Ritalin Club, slated for release in October and available for pre-order in deluxe and standard editions now.

Phone Down

2019 is shaping up to be another massive year for Birmingham born, Jamaican reared Stefflon Don who today announces the release of Phone Down (feat Lil Baby).
“I am so excited about the release of Phone Down. This track means a lot to me, it was the song that got me my record deal and to have Baby on it is amazing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!” -Stefflon Don
The video will have its broadcast premiere on BET Jams. LISTEN AND WATCH HERE. 
Signed to the esteemed Quality Control Music / Motown in the U.S., Stefflon Don became Apple Music’s Up Next Artist in 2018, was nominated for BET’s Best International Act Award; and was the first ever British female on XXL’s annual Freshman Class.
The multi-lingual, multi-disciplined rapper, singer and songwriter has been touted as one the UK’s most exciting emerging artists with a BRITs Critics Choice and Sound Poll Nomination as well as an NME and MOBO Award already to her name. Stefflon Don most recently was honored at the ASCAP London Awards for a Vanguard Award and also nominated for a Q Award in the category for Best Live Act.
An absolute force to be reckoned with, Stefflon Don has had over 640 million video views and 500 million streams and a top 10 platinum selling debut single, Hurtin Me.

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