NJOMZA ANNOUNCES NEW ‘LIMBO’ EP COMING JUNE 18. FIRST SINGLE, WINTER IN ATLANTA FT. RUSS OUT NOW
Los Angeles-based singer Njomza, (pronounced Nee-YOM-ZAH), known for seamlessly blending modern pop with R&B intimacy, has announced her brand new EP Limbo available June 18 via Since the 80s / Motown Records. You can hear the first single for “winter in atlanta” featuring multi-Platinum selling artist Russ as the two exchange verses detailing a poignant relationship. Njomza’s seductive, yet powerful manifestation over the smooth beat, coupled with Russ’ lyrics tell a story of undeniable attraction and honesty. Listen HERE. Watch the visualizer HERE.
Translated as something new that has just been created, like a new flower, Njomza synonymously mirrors her innate drive for pushing forward & her journey of self-discovery in forging her own path of omnific artistry. The Kosovo-Albanian singer has already made an imprint in music, signed as a teenager to Mac Miller’s REMember Music label then co-writing several of the biggest pop records of the last decade. She’s solidified her place in music with fans and critics alike, racking up over 50 million global streams to date and press praise from Us Weekly, MTV, Refinery 29, Flaunt, SPIN, and more. More to come from Njomza as we head into Limbo…
With inspiration stemming from artists like Amy Winehouse, The Weeknd, & Frank Ocean, Njomza is continuously evolving & thriving, metamorphosing into her own being: an uniquely innovative artist with a creative vision who knows what she wants. As she gears up to drop her long-awaited debut album, Njomza continues to grow, evolve & keep it real, carving out artistic visions as she creates her own path. “I like to switch it up,” affirms Njomza. “I don’t want to have a recognizable sound. [I’d rather be] fresh every time I do something. My music will evolve just as I do [with] each project representing a different chapter and time in my life.”
About Since The 80s
You don’t have to be a baby of the 80’s to understand how the special time period changed music forever; not only in Hip-Hop but the entertainment industry as a whole. As an artist first label, management, and publishing company, Since the 80s serves to help creatives & manifest their destiny and bring to fruition their wildest visions. Known for launching the career of 21 Savage, Since The 80s currently represents a wide range of artists such as Asiahn, JID, Earthgang, Njomza, Metro Marrs, Christo, Benji, and more. Since The 80s pride themselves on taking the lessons from those who came before them and using them to evolve the game – 1 artist and 1 fan at a time. Since the 80s doesn’t exist to repeat history but to make new history while paying homage and recognizing the efforts and achievements of those before them.
“The singer-songwriter has transcended genres with her smooth, buttery vocals” – FLAUNT
Njomza is pop’s best-kept secret that is bound to not be a secret for much longer” – Ones To Watch
‘The sultry songstress…has been solidifying her sound which features hints of the sonics and neo-soul beats directly found in 90’s R&B.” – HYPEBAE
BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP, REBEL MUSIC, AND GEFFEN RECORDS PARTNER ON BREAKOUT ARTIST KIDD G
Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co. proudly announces a partnership with Rebel Music and Geffen Records to bolster momentum for 18-year-old breakout recording artist Kidd G, as reported exclusively by BILLBOARD this morning. The Georgia-bred singer/songwriter joins The Valory Music Co.’s roster featuring superstar artists such as Thomas Rhett, Sheryl Crow, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore. The BMLG imprint will provide genre support through Country radio, commerce and marketing as Rebel Music and Geffen Records continue leading the efforts for Kidd G in various hybrid markets.
Kidd G has already achieved tremendous success with his breakthrough single “Dirt Road.”The chart-bursting track quickly landed on the Billboard Hot Country Chart as the official music video amassed five million YouTube views in little over a month and boasts 13M views to date. Kidd G’s unique strain of honest songwriting landed him on Spotify’s Country Artists To Watch in 2021 list and recently caught the attention of CMT, who hailed the song as “earwarming and undeniable.” His first release under the new arrangement follows the December launch of Teenage Dream: 1000 Miles from Georgia, a deluxe version of Kidd G’s debut EP. As recognition from TikTok to The New York Times accumulates, Kidd G’s fandom soars far beyond the immediate viral sensation.
ABOUT KIDD G
Growing up in the small Georgia town of Hamilton (population 1,130), Kidd G first found fame online through TikTok and SoundCloud, where he got his start posting songs he’d recorded with his friend Nolie Beats. In spring 2020 he caught the attention of Rebel Music, who signed him on the strength of his genre-warping talents. While early tracks like his debut single “Sorry” lean toward traditional hip-hop, he later brought an element of old-school country into his songwriting. As he continued posting his music on SoundCloud, Kidd G soon amassed a dedicated following undeniably drawn to his down-home charm and the honest detail of his lyrics.
As he continued exploring his country roots, Kidd G soon came up with “Dirt Road” – a nostalgia-soaked ballad that quickly went viral, its video surpassing 5 million YouTube views in little over a month. “I love country because it feels so natural to me, and you can really tell stories in the songs,” says Kidd G, naming Hank Williams Jr. among the artists he was raised on. Now having surpassed 1.5M monthly Spotify listeners, his tracks have seen radio play from KIXX Country Radio in Australia, and reached new peaks on highly coveted country playlists including Amazon Music’s ‘Country Heat’ (peaked at #2), and Spotify’s ‘Hot Country’ (peaked at #10). Following his new partnership with Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co., Kidd G is now back in the studio and eager to share all new music that will continue to showcase his unique raw talent.
“When we partnered with Kidd G last year, we knew it would take a special team to help him build his unique fanbase around the world. With Geffen and Big Machine Label Group on board with us he has a true dream team set up for him to win.” – Rebel Music Founder & CEO, Javier Sang
“Kidd G is the sound of the next wave of great Georgia artists who’ve combined Country & Hip Hop in their own unique way. Not unlike Jason Aldean or Brantley Gilbert before him, Kidd is a southern boy who will blur and ultimately stretch format lines.” – Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta
“Kidd G is an incredible artist who has galvanized music fans with his powerful songwriting and his ability to bend genres. We are excited to be teaming up with Scott Borchetta and everyone at The Valory Music Co. to continue to grow Kidd G’s fanbase in the Country Music world.” – Geffen Records General Manager Lee L’Heureux
Singer-songwriter, Calvyn Cass, has begun dominating the music song with lyrical tunes to the beat of self-love and acceptance. The hit single, “Me, Myself, & I”, explores complicated relationships and self-acceptance winning over insecurities.
Here at 360 Magazine, we had the chance to have a Q&A with Calvyn. Read on to learn more about Calvyn Cass and his upcoming new music, WHITE FLAG.
Q- Could you tell us about the creative direction behind ME, Myself & I?
CC- ME, MYSELF & I was one of the first few songs; the third to be exact. It starts with the hook, but it definitely brought up old feelings. I started writing about feeling hurt by someone I loved, and it ended in being def reflection story. The video shows that with me performing to myself in all my different layers. It’s probably the fastest I ever wrote and recorded a song. From starting to put pen to paper with the first line to finishing recording the demo was probably an hour.
Q- What would you like fans to take away from ME, Myself & I along with the video?
CC-I think the main narrative is that is ok to embrace all feelings but not let them define you. You can look at yourself and be like, “it’s not all about you” and own the way you were but move on from it. On the flip side my new song coming out April 28th is WHITE FLAG and that’s about identifying navigating how to be there for others in the way they need you. It’s a song about someone I love having an internal battle that made them reactive to me. In that moment I felt that I could either be reactive myself in response or step back, realize this is not about me and just give love. Sometimes it’s hard to watch someone you love to behave in a destructive way, but you can’t force someone to see something they aren’t ready to see. You just gotta let them know you come in peace and that you’re there when they are ready to let you in.
Q- Who was your biggest musical inspiration in writing ME, Myself & I?
CC- I have to admit I struggled with this in the beginning. I have always had this immense pressure to associate myself with other artists in order to justify my music. When I wrote that record, I kept thinking of Beyoncé and her record from her first album. I have always been a Destiny’s Child fan and I loved her record, but I know it’s been done. More than trying to find inspiration I found myself avoiding doing what’s been done. She’s an icon and I think what got her there is doing her thing and owning it. I think I look to artists like Bey who have paved their own musical lane as career inspiration. I’m just gonna keep doing my thing. Some people will love it, but others won’t, and I’m cool with that now.
Q- Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
CC- So many artists for so many different reasons. I love Lil Nas X because he represents what I am hoping to achieve as an artist. I think we would make insane music together. Miley is a powerhouse and if I could be on a record with her, it would be a wet dream. Demi is having this journey unfold before us all. There are so many parts of that journey that are familiar in one way or another and the message is something I would be honored to be a part of. Olly Alexander who recently starred in “It’s A Sin” is seemingly embarking on the next chapter of his career embracing his identity more. If I could be apart of any of these artistic moments that I believe will help change and shape the world I would count myself lucky as hell.
Q- Did your move from South Africa to Canada influence your music at all?
CC- I see the cultural shift I experienced at a young age as a stage in my life that shaped me. It was probably my least favorite time of my life. I was this small, effeminate boy when I moved. In South Africa I struggled fitting in with the hyper masculine molding boys are expected to be. In Canada I saw it as a chance to start over without anyone knowing my past struggles. That didn’t go as planned because I was then the weird immigrant who spoke differently and had a very different perception of the world. In each circumstance I tried fitting in and when it didn’t work out, I had to step back and try figure out why. I didn’t when I was young, but I see it now. It complex to break down in a short interview but now every time I write and record, I tap into the cultural difference and similarities. I want to be able to speak to as many people and be as relatable as possible. Everyone is navigating this complicated journey called life. The best we can do is try being empathetic and honest.
Q- What advice could you offer others as far as embracing the true way they see themselves?
CC- It’s no one else’s job to make you comfortable in your own skin. You will definitely feel like a victim of persecution because that’s a part of life; others will always try cut you down, so they stand taller. Appeasing others by changing who you are to make them comfortable will only hinder you on your path. It’s terrifying to stand in your truth and face scrutiny because it might cut deeper but I promise you, it did the opposite for me. When I let go of trying to impress everyone else was the first time, I felt like I could truly breathe. I released the vizard and accepted myself to find the pressure put on me was put on me by myself. I set the insane standards for myself from what I thought the people around me would feel more comfortable with. Here I am in my adult life realizing that if I had honored myself, I would have avoided a lot of sadness.
Q- Who are your musical inspirations?
CC- I’m inspired less by artists and more by the songs themselves. I love finding out who wrote a song and who produced it. Of course, the voice on a record can give me chills and bring me to tears. The way that voice shines come from all these other peoples’ talents and contributions to the music. That’s what inspires me. Paying attention to how sounds were created, layered and pieced together.
Q- You are co-founder of BRUSH Salon – do you plan to continue to pursue your career as a master stylist alongside your music career?
CC- I am. When I was in high school, I fully intended to pursue music. The world was different then and I let the people around me tell me that a gay boy with feminine features would never succeed in music. I always loved playing with my sisters hair when we watched movies. She hated it but let me anyways because it meant she could choose the movie. So, I am now at the top and have achieved so many of my goals in hair. I love it but I’ve felt like this part of me has been stuck in limbo. I can’t ignore it anymore and I want to pursue music. The world allows people to be more than one thing and I’m going to ride that wave.
Q- Outside of music and styling, what are your passions?
CC- Depends on the season. I love being outside in spring and summer. I’m one those dog lovers that sees my boys as my children, so I dedicate a lot of time to them. I love cooking and find it therapeutic to cook for my family and friends. I love being active, but my ultimate reset is to just spend a winter day in bed with snack watching movies or maybe an entire series… haha
Q- Looking ahead, what plans do you have in store for the remainder of 2021?
CC- Lots of music. I want to bring new music as much as it possible. I want to perform when I’m allowed to and introduce my music to more and more people. I’d love to collaborate with other artists when we are restricted from doing so.
Cardi B Launches First Apparel Collection in Partnership with Reebok
Today, Reebok is proud to announce its first-ever apparel collection with the legendary Cardi B. The Summertime Fine Collection, officially LIVE NOW, launches alongside matching footwear colorways of the Cardi B Club C, and aims to empower women to remain true to themselves.
A collaborative effort between Reebok and Cardi B, the fabrics and detailing of the apparel collection were thoughtfully curated from the beginning design stages through the entire creation cycle. Having tried on every piece herself, nothing went to production without Cardi’s seal of approval.
The collection draws inspiration from the 90s, with nods to vintage Reebok apparel and Cardi’s distinct memories of summers spent on the Coney Island boardwalk with friends. The range also reflects her bold and transparent personality that influenced the transformation of traditional Reebok silhouettes into a collection that is sure to be unapologetically in your face.
“I’m so proud to announce my first apparel line with Reebok,’ Cardi said on the debut collection. “This collection gives every woman the product they need to feel sexy and confident; the waist-snatching tights and curve-hugging silhouettes make everybody look amazing.”
Designed with the female figure in mind, the bold color combinations of pastel purple and bright red are sure to turn heads, while waist-cinching details and contouring cutlines, infused with flirtatious mesh cutouts create that iconic 90s inspired layered look that is totally and completely Cardi B. The colors and materials used in the collection play on day and night monochromatic looks so the versatility of the items can take you straight from the gym to the streets. All apparel will be available in inclusive sizing from 2XS to 4X, bringing this collection to all Cardi fans.
The Summertime Fine Collection will be available to purchase alongside matching footwear colorways of the Cardi B Club C , available in women’s and kid sizes now on Reebok’s website.
For more information on Reebok and Cardi B’s new collection, please visit this website.
Camino, an Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is an inspirational, soulful pop and R&B powerhouse with his debut EP, Burning Fire, to be released on April 23. Burning Fireregales the tale of Camino’s past– both painful and joyous–as he struggled with homelessness after his move from Mississippi to Atlanta, followed his tenacious passion for music, and eventually landed an impressive record deal with Def Jam Recordings. Camino’s music is authentic, invigorating, and raw. Here at 360 Magazine, we sat down with Camino to discuss how he found inspiration to pursue music in his darkest moments, dream music collaborations, and the upcoming release of his full-length album.
1. What response are you anticipating when your EP, Burning Fire,drops?
Honestly, I don’t know. I obviously hope the response is amazing, but I honestly don’t know. I just hope people like it and find a way to connect to it.
2. How would you describe the sound of Burning Firein three words?
Cinematic, anthemic and vulnerable
3. Who was your biggest musical inspiration in writing Burning Fire?
My aunt and uncle inspired the song, and it is about them and their story. But musically, Imagine Dragons and Adele, most definitely.
4. What kept you going to pursue music when it may have felt like the odds were stacked against you?
God and faith. I know I’m meant to do music. It’s the only thing I’m good at and it’s the only thing that makes me truly happy–like truly to my core happy.
5. Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
Billie Eilish, Adele, Sam Smith and Lewis Capaldi are all incredible. I’d love to collaborate with any of them.
6. Did your move from Mississippi to Atlanta influence the music you were listening to and drawing inspiration from?
Yes, absolutely. Coming from a small city like Jackson, Mississippi compared to Atlanta, Georgia was such a huge leap for me. It gave me more confidence to write the songs I wrote and instilled the passion in me to create the songs I did.
7. How are you feeling about already being signed such a notable label as Def Jam Recordings?Incredible. God is the greatest. Def Jam is home. They are incredible and provide every resource I need. Shoutout to my team I LOVE Y’ALL!
8. Looking ahead, do you have more plans for releasing any other music in 2021?
Yes, full-length album coming. That is my true masterpiece. Just stay tuned–I’m so excited to share with the world.
Returning to #1 around the world and breaking numerous records,Taylor Swift has made history yet again with Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Notably, she’s the first woman with three new No. 1 albums in less than a year. Moving over 1 million units worldwide, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) logged the “biggest first week debut of any album this year,” “the biggest first week debut for a country album since 2015” and “the biggest female country streaming week ever.”Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the only No. 1 album of its kind: a re-recording of an artist’s (own or another’s) previously released album.
Generating 50 million-plus streams on release day, it also achieved “the biggest first day streaming debut for any album on Spotify this year” and marked her fourth consecutive album to exceed 50 million Spotify streams in 24 hours. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) also becomes the first country album by a female artist to reach #1 on Apple Music’s US Albums chart.
In addition to capturing #1 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart and #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, it went #1 in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. It debuted Top 5 in Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands and in Germany it was the biggest debut by a country album in the history of Germany’s album chart. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) charted at #1 on the iTunes Top Overall Albums Chart in 61 countries.
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) stands out as Taylor’s 4th #1 album in less than two years with the “3 biggest debuts since July2020” with folklore, evermore, and Fearless (Taylor’s Version). It also emerges as “the biggest female country album debut since the inception of the Billboard Top 200 album-based conception charts in 2014.” Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the eleven-time GRAMMY Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s 9th #1 Album.
Taylor entered rarified air across the pond as Fearless (Taylor’s Version) became her 3rd album to chart #1 during its debut week in less than a year in the UK. The Beatles had previously accomplished this incredible feat the fastest in 364 days, but Taylor eclipsed the speed of The Fab Four as she reached this benchmark and accumulated three #1’s in just 259 days—a difference of 105 days.
Not only did it become her 7th #1 in the country, but Taylor became “the first and only solo artist ever to claim three UK #1 albums in less than 12 months during the 21st century” and“the first ever international artist and first ever female artist to land three #1 albums in the UK within one year in history.”
Physical sales of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) outsold the remaining combined total physical sales of the UK Top 15. The permanent downloads also bested the remaining combined total permanent downloads of the Top 70. She shattered her own record for the second time in the last year as “the first and only female artist to garner7 #1 studio albums in the UK this century.” Additionally, she has gathered “the 3rd Most #1 albums in the UK by a female artist.”
Down Under, Taylor is now “the first artist to release three #1 albums in a 12-month periodin Australia.” Taylor is the first artist to have three different albums top the ARIA Charts in a twelve-month period. She bests her own record of “the shortest span of #1 albums in Australia” with only 17 weeks between evermore and Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Her previous record was 20 weeks between folklore and evermore. With eight total #1 albums in Australia, she is second for “female artist with most #1 albums” only behind Madonna and just behind Eminem for “most consecutive #1 albums.” At radio, “Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version)” bows in the Top 10 on the Airplay Chart.
REVIEWS OF FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION)
“A Rating” – The A.V. Club, Saloni Gajjar
“5/5 Stars” – The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick
“Fearless was always an exceptionally fine album of country-pop songs, detailing the romantic fixations of a wholesome teenage American girl on the verge of adulthood, and guess what? It still is.” – The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick
“4/5 Stars” – Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein
“Her thirtysomething voice is richer, deeper, and more sure of itself.” – Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein
“There are the songs that feel more moving now than they did 13 years ago.” – Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein
“4/5 Stars” – The Guardian, Alexis Petridis
“Fearless is the kind of album in which fans have a genuine emotional investment.” – The Guardian, Alexis Petridis
“She’s changed from a talented kid with a guitar to one of today’s biggest superstars.” – USA Today, Hannah Yasharoff
“The new album is really well done.” – Entertainment Weekly, Lauren Huff
“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” Is Even More Beautiful Than The Original Album” – Buzzfeed, Ryan Schocket
“Taylor’s vocals are undeniably stronger, smoother, and more connected than ever.” – Buzzfeed, Ryan Schocket
“The vault songs are making everyone question why the album wasn’t 27 tracks long to begin with.” – Buzzfeed, Ellie Bate
“Taylor Swift’s Fearless Re-Recording Is a Thrilling Timewarp.” – SPIN, Bobby Olivier
“4/5 Stars” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson
“There are lyrics throughout Taylor Swift’s breakthrough record Fearless that nearly 13 years later, feel prophetic.” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson
“There’s something really special about listening to Taylor sing these songs knowing the huge distance between where she is now and who she was when she wrote them.” – TIME, Annabel Gutterman
“I love that this re-recorded album is essentially a love letter to being a teenage girl. The world still dismisses teenage girls as not serious enough, too dramatic, and overall too much. Adolescence is often looked back on with embarrassment and shame. But these songs make me want to give my former 14-year-old self a hug and tell her she was doing just fine.” – TIME, Samantha
“It’s really a triumph of self-knowledge and self-awareness, in the way that Swift is so hyper-conscious of the ways she’s matured that she has the ability to un-mature before our very ears.” – Variety, Chris Willman
“Has there been a greater pop single in the 20th century than “You Belong With Me”? Probably not.” – Variety, Chris Willman
“It would not be surprising if, as we speak, Big Machine was putting a combined team of scientists and lawyers on the case of the new album’s waveform readouts, to make sure it’s not just the original album, remixed. Honestly, it’s that close.” – Variety, Chris Willman
“4/5 Stars” – NME, Hannah Mylrea
“‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ both celebrates and stays true to Swift’s ‘Fearless’-era.” – NME, Hannah Mylrea
“Swift never cringes away from her younger self. Instead, she revisits the songs with kindness and affection, celebrating the success of her teenage releases.” – NME, Hannah Mylrea
“Taylor Swift’s Fearless album proves her songs were written to last.” – TheIndependent, Roisin O’Connor
“We can’t help but be impressed…” – Evening Standard, David Smyth
“Taylor Swift has taken control.” – Forbes, Abigail Freeman
“ALBUM OF WEEK: The real treats are the extra tracks, previously unreleased outtakes from the Fearless sessions. Maren Morris duets on the gorgeous You All Over Me, Keith Urban crops up and Mr Perfectly Fine is the banger that should have shown 13 years ago why country alone could never contain Swift’s talent.” – The Sunday Times, Lisa Verrico
“I immediately went to the chorus of “Fifteen,” one of my 2000s pop high-water marks, to see if I’d get chills. Good news: I did. Felt that gut punch during “White Horse.” “You Belong With Me” had that crucial air of resignation.” – The New York Times, Jon Caramanica
“As she dives back into her past work, it’s another reminder of what she brought to the genre — and what it lost when she moved on.” – The Washington Post, Emily Yahr
“The redone tracks from the original release, which make up the album’s first portion, are almost uniformly better than their forebears: warmer, crisper, more clearly enunciated. They sound newer and, at the same time, more lived-in.” – The Washington Post, Allison Stewart
“Taylor Swift releases a ‘perfect replica’ of Fearless.” – BBC, Mark Savage
“Damn, this album holds up – not only to the hype of its initial release, but despite that, beyond that.” – Consequence of Sound, Katie Moulton
“8/10” – The Line of Best Fit, Ross Horton
“4/5 Stars” – The Times, Will Hodgkinson
“Swifties grab your tissues, the release of Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is finally here in all its nostalgic and emotional glory.” – Wonderland, Staff Writer
“8/10” – Clash, Lucy Harbron
“Like a restored photograph brightening from black and white into colour, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the same, but better.” – Clash, Lucy Harbron
“It’s the latest evidence that Swift is not just fearless but also relentless.” – Stereogum, Chris DeVille
“8/10” – Gigwise, Kelsey Barnes
“Swift is creating a bridge between two worlds; one where she’s merging older, timeless songs with a mature voice and outlook.” – Gigwise, Kelsey Barnes
“4/5 Stars” – The Evening Standard, David Smyth
“A masterclass in classic Nashville songwriting, from the searing melodrama of Love Story to the breakdown of a relationship in Breathe.” – The Times, Will Hodgkinson
Hip-Hop songstress LaJune resurrects with new music YA, off her new project Insecure. Available now at iamlajune.com and all streaming platforms. The follow up to Go girl off her debut EP entitled Body. June’s new track is reminiscent of iconic Timbaland and Neptunes tracks. Ears aroused from the beginning, base transitions crescendo in the background of the melodic hook. A true “Party & Bullshit” vibe, witty and wise with her pen combined with textured tones proves she’s far from insecure.
The title of her 2nd EP takes a glimpse at the structure, mind and soul this new artist is comfortable with exploring. Taking her artistry to the next degree, the first female established into 106 & Park Freestyle Friday hall of fame. No stranger to the stage, showcasing her talents opening for R&B legend Joe, Touch ME Tease ME Case and Grammy-winning singer Chrisette Michele.
Set to release her third EP Mind at the top of the New Year. The follow-up to her Insure EP released summer of 2020. A trilogy of transparency reflecting the mind, body and soul expected of a budding artist. Timing is everything, and at 12:21 am Lajune will release her 2nd video to date entitled “What you got”.
To commemorate the conjunction of the two largest planets Jupiter X Saturn; in Aquarius on 12/21 which seemingly occurs every 200 years. A representation of the planets appearing to touch. Instigating a new cycle, a shift in power and alignment. A befitting release is relevant to an artist who is aware of herself and her destiny. The visual treatment takes you on a journey of consciousness and self-reflection. If 2020 ironically hasn’t questioned us what you got?
Cinematography by Tukes productions and directed by Ameer Copper the visual journey depicts the conflict of the higher and lower self. The duality portrayed with care but not to shy away from the harsh realities. Far from second-guessing, Lajune exudes confidence and strength. The opening scene draws you into Lajune’s environment, digesting the recent televised injustices of African Americans. Sporting custom designs of AOHSOA derived from stylist/designer Armon and beauty provided by Tykima.
Her performance scene allows a glimpse of the artist’s personality, overflowing with animation. “Life is for the lesson” is an understatement considering the year, LaJune challenges her audience to be equipped with awareness; encouraging mental health and celebratory culture. Therefore the leap to a higher vibration through her thought-provoking in-your-face lyrical content proves this arises toes no lines.
Challenging social norms without judgment, the Vh100 podcast host exhibits her acting chops in the interrogation scene with actor Jim Shearer. Be sure to check out the BTS of “What you got “ by Amenze Victor for a closer look at the highly anticipated project and artist who needs no explanation.
Currently, she is the Co-host to VH1’s podcast V100 devoted to discussing Pop culture and more. Stick shifting her career, LaJune navigates the release of a new project and motherhood. A year in the making, time only knows the length it takes a Rose to bloom.
As of late, LaJune teamed up with Armon Hayes for creative direction and visuals shot by artist Tony Anderson. Inspired by her love for the hit HBO series Insecure now in its 4th season staring and created by Issa Rae. Join LaJune on her musical journey, an independent artist who’s talent refuses to be shut-in.
TAYLOR GANG SINGER HERALDS UPCOMING PROJECT WITH SECOND ALT-ROCK JAM ARRIVING TODAY ALONGSIDE DANIEL KELLY-DIRECTED VISUAL
Fast-rising Taylor Gang singer, SK8, is continuing his musical evolution into alternative rock with his new single, “Caught In The Middle” – LISTEN HERE.
Over an infectious guitar riff and trap-like drums, SK8 uses a nostalgia-tinged pop/punk chorus to describe feeling caught between wanting a relationship and wanting to pursue his dreams.
“I’ve always known that I wanted to be a recording artist. I wanted the life that I’d seen my favorite musicians and bands live. I moved all the way from Omaha, Nebraska to achieve that dream and sometimes that dream pulls you in a direction that separates you from another thing you want in your life. ‘Caught In The Middle’ is about that constant push and pull and trying to find the balance in my personal life and music career.” –SK8
“Caught In The Middle” arrives today alongside a dramatic visual directed by SK8’s frequent collaborator, Daniel Kelly – WATCH HERE.
The new single and video from the Omaha, NE born, LA-based singer arrives after his first foray into alt-rock with “Famous” featuring fellow ascending recording artist Tyla Yaweh, which also received an accompanying Daniel Kelly-directed visual. American Songwriter praised “Famous,” noting that, “SK8 effortlessly blends hip-hop and punk into some newly evolved sound.” Additionally, Hot New Hip Hop hailed the song as a, “genre-melting experience.”
“Caught In The Middle” is the second single from SK8’s upcoming project, arriving soon…
At 15, you could find SK8 in his room writing lyrics, and by his sophomore year, you could find him handing out CDs in high school. The 23-year-old moved to Los Angeles from Omaha, Nebraska and linked with the venerable Taylor Gang, first breaking into the mainstream with his gold-certified single, “Like That,” with Jack & Jack and opening for revered rap icons like Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Rae Sremmurd. SK8 began building a dedicated fanbase of dreamers who related to his message of seizing every moment long before his eventual move to LA. Shortly after founding his own imprint, Alignment, and formally signing a joint venture with Atlantic Records via James McMillan’s ART@WAR, SK8 released his major label debut EP, sk8sounds, which was buttressed by the standout singles “Omme (Feat. Wiz Khalifa),” “XXX” and “Mood (Feat. YK Osiris).” Over a year later, SK8 turned a new page in his career with his first single of 2021, “Famous (Feat. Tyla Yaweh),” and its associated forthcoming project which finds the rising singer seamlessly blending punk/rock instrumentation with his hip-hop origins, the latest, but not last, development in SK8’s rapidly evolving artistry.
Manos’ debut single “In My Head” is now RIAA Certified Gold
Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Manos announces “Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined),” a reworking of his 2020 debut EP, out April 22 via Capitol Records. Made alongside GRAMMY-winning British artist and producer Kindness, the new EP spotlights Manos‘ soulful, brooding vocals with a deliberate, textured new take on his intimate R&B. Watch the visualizer for first single “In My Head (Reimagined)” HERE. The EP is available for pre-order HERE.
“In My Head (Reimagined)” is a stark new version of Manos‘ breakthrough track, which was named a Song You Need to Know by Rolling Stone shortly after its release in 2019. Since then, the dorm-room-crafted hit has garnered 333 million streams globally, been certified gold by the RIAA, and appeared on the soundtrack to the Netflix film “To All the Boys: Always and Forever.” Rolling Stone hailed “In My Head” as a song that “proves that ballads can still surprise,” and this new version is similarly revelatory, setting the mood with glassy strings and a barely perceptible beat, and placing Manos‘ raw tangle of post-breakup regrets at its emotional core.
Manos, hailed as “your favorite new R&B singer” by Flaunt, has long been a fan of Kindness, the project of artist, producer, and arranger Adam Bainbridge. While Kindness has worked with artists as varied as Solange, Robyn, Kelela, and Blood Orange, Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined) marks the first time that the fiercely solo Manos has brought in an outside collaborator. The project has opened up his work in unexpected ways.
“I love these new versions because they are interpretations of these songs that I would have never come up with on my own,” says Manos. “The arrangements, the playing, the way that Kindness emphasized my vocals–there are so many different things I love about them.”
“Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined)” reinvents each track from Manos‘ debut EP, including a gently up-tempo rework of ”You Don’t Know Me” and a shimmering update of ”Tennessee,” which The New York Times said encapsulated “pure male angst.” Kindness’ arrangements further uncover the soul that lives at the heart of Manos‘ music. “From the beginning, we had the idea of working with Kindness and this was the perfect opportunity,” says Manos. “Adam’s work brought me into a different world that I wasn’t as familiar with. It has changed the way I view a lot of music.” The EP presents exciting new possibilities about the future of Manos’ music–new worlds to explore, and new emotions to share.
Do You Turn Red? (Reimagined) TRACKLIST:
My Mind (Reimagined)
You Don’t Know Me (Reimagined)
At Night (Reimagined)
Zach’s Ballad (Reimagined)
Do You Turn Red (Reimagined)
In My Head (Reimagined)
8. Zach’s Ballad (Chopped & Screwed)
About Peter Manos
Despite being intensely private, Peter Manos is extremely good at introductions. When he shared his first song in 2017–”In My Head,” that heartrending slab of eerie soul recorded in a dorm room– he turned ears and stoked fascination: Who was this master of catharsis and vibe, always obscuring his face in photos? Everything that’s come since has slowly opened a window onto his wild mind, while also somehow deepening the intrigue. Consider his second song, “Out of Love,” a mercurial mix of alt-pop, indie R&B, and intimate folk. Or his third track–the title of which being “You Don’t Know Me”– says it all, as the track’s live video shows five differently dressed Manoses, playing five different instruments. The Dallas-to-Los Angeles transplant is a one-stop-shop singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and producer. As he puts it, “I’m completely obsessive about making music and getting it right.” And it shows. The man packs a lot into his songs. Memories, realizations, and conversations with himself. Loss, warmth, hope, and loneliness. He has a knack for creating his own space within the familiar, and it’s safe to assume this auteur will soon craft an entire world for us to explore.
Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) is an Asian British producer, DJ, documentary maker, radio host, and recording artist. Their solo works include albums World You Need A Change of Mind (2012) and Otherness (2014). As a producer, they lend a distinct and recognizable sound, with projects including work on Freetown Sound and Negro Swan by Blood Orange and A Seat at the Table by Solange Knowles (for which they won a GRAMMY), as well as production and songwriting on Robyn’s record Honey and writing and production for Jessie Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure. Kindness returned in 2019 with a string of new singles featuring a wide range of collaborations including Jazmine Sullivan, Robyn, Seinabo Sey, and many others. Kindness’ 2019 album Something Like A War chronicled a long journey of reflection and personal dedication. The record is a life-affirmed exploration of new beginnings, and continuing joy in music and collaboration, heavily emphasizing themes of femininity and the role of femmes in community and art, and the sensuality that comes from vulnerability and longing. Celebrated with a wide range of collaborations, it is Kindness’ most ambitious and well-rounded work to date.
GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER AND SONGWRITER JULIA MICHAELS REVEALS NEW DETAILS FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM
NOT IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER ARRIVING APRIL 30
NEW SONG “LOVE IS WEIRD” DROPS WITH ALBUM PRE-ORDER LAUNCH TODAY
COVERS EUPHORIA MAGAZINE
LISTEN TO “LOVE IS WEIRD” HERE WATCH “LOVE IS WEIRD” LYRIC VIDEO HERE PRE-ORDER NOT IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDERHERE
Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum singer and songwriter JULIA MICHAELSreveals the title and track listing to her long-awaited debut album,Not In Chronological Order, which arrives April 30th. To accompany the announce, she shared a new song from the album, “Love Is Weird,” with the launch of the album pre-order via Republic Records.
Listen to “Love Is Weird”—HERE. Pre-order Not In Chronological Order — HERE
In support of the release, JULIA spoke with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 Radio’s New Music Daily Show.
Offering another glimpse into what fans can expect from the upcoming album, “Love Is Weird,” weaves together airy production and soft acoustic guitar, while she delicately likens relationships to “Playing Operation trying to put me back together,” before candidly admitting, “Love is weird. Don’t know how I wound up here…It shows up and disappears.” This honest and hypnotic melody highlights her uncanny ability to tune into raw emotion and unfiltered lyricism, with her signature vocal tone and delivery.
The new song sets the stage for the release of her anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Not In Chronological Order, out on April 30, 2021. Presenting a full 360-degree perspective on the critically acclaimed songstress, it examines every facet of her life emotionally and spiritually in a 10-song body of work that finds Julia piecing together the chapters of her life in one place work – pre-order Not In Chronological OrderHERE.
“When I was looking at the tracklisting, it literally was not in chronological order of the events that it took place in my life,” she says. “The way that I saw the tracklisting in my head, a lot of the heartbreak came in the middle, and finding new love came at the end. That’s the arc of this album: I’m not bitter about love anymore. I know what functional love is like and being in love and being hesitant about that love because it feels so perfect.”
JULIA’S current single “All Your Exes” arrived at critical acclaim upon its release. Co-written with Grammy nominated singer and songwriter JP Saxe, “All Your Exes,”Entertainment Weekly hailed it “a deliciously wicked delight,” with The New York Times praising it as “harsh, funny, sad and relatably petty.”FLOOD Magazine called it “a prime example of a vulnerable pop-punk banger,” whileBillboard noted “Michaels has a tendency to throttle her listeners with her pen — and on the muscular, virtuosic “All Your Exes,” she makes sure that your attention is focused entirely on her seething jealousy.” Meanwhile, V Magazine summarized, “There’s something to ditching fairytale notions of love that Julia Michaels fully gets as she returns to the front of the stage once again.”
JULIA currently features on the cover of Euphoria Magazine where she talks more about the album HERE.
Watch the video for the new single “ALL YOUR EXES” HERE
Get ready to experience Julia MichaelsNot In Chronological Order…
Not In Chronological Order Tracklist:
All Your Exes
Love Is Weird
Little Did I Know
Lie Like This
That’s The Kind Of Woman
ABOUT JULIA MICHAELS Over the past few years, no songwriter has had more of an impact on reshaping pop music than Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Julia Michaels, whose razor-sharp perspective on love, loss, and the wide spectrum of the human experience has deservedly catapulted her to the forefront of her industry. Lauded for her work on hit singles by artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Niall Horan, Dua Lipa, Janelle Monáe, Shawn Mendes, P!NK, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld, The Chicks, Keith Urban, Jessie Ware, and more, Julia has spent the last decade honing her craft and delivering fans some of the most evocative music of a generation.
In 2017, Julia embarked on a solo career separate from her work synthesizing the stories of the stars around her with “Issues,” her 5x-platinum selling debut single. A year later, her peers recognized her stunning work with Grammy nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year.” Committing to her solo work, Julia released a series of critically acclaimed EPs, including 2017’s fan-favorite Nervous System and 2019’s critically acclaimed Inner Monologue Part 1 and Inner Monologue Part 2. She also embarked on The Inner Monologue Tour, which marked her first-ever headline tour throughout the U.S. following an enviable run touring the world with an incredible array of artists including Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK.
In 2020, she received her third Grammy nomination, and second in the prestigious “Song Of The Year” category, for her collaboration with JP Saxe on “If The World Was Ending,” in addition to earning her second #1 as a songwriter on the Billboard Hot 100 for Selena Gomez’ “Lose You To Love Me.”
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.
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