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Michael Jackson’s Thriller album turns 40 via 360 MAGAZINE

Four Decads of Thriller

Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson announced that it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The biggest selling album of all time.

The November 18 release of Michael Jackson Thriller 40 is a double CD set comprised of Michael’s original masterpiece Thriller. The second disc will be full of surprises for fans. It will include never-released tracks which were worked on by Michael for the Thriller album. To date, the album has amassed in excess of 100 million in sales worldwide.

In the US, Walmart will have an exclusive version of the original Thriller album with an alternate 40th anniversary cover, while Target will have an exclusive version of the original album with a commemorative Thriller 40 vinyl slip mat.  Both of these will also be available outside the US from various retailers.

Mastered from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity will also make available the original Thriller album as a One-Step 180g 33RPM LP, pressed at RTI and strictly limited to 40,000 numbered copies as well as a hybrid SACD . (An UltraDisc One-Step 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Thriller will be released at a future date.)

Visit HERE for further information and to Pre-Order.

Several activations are planned between now and the end of the year to honor Michael’s epic creation which won a record setting 8 Grammys, smashed musical barriers and changed the frontiers of pop music and videos forever.  Michael Jackson’s Thriller has spent more than 500 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 100 million albums since its release on November 30, 1982. The first such activation is the first drop of new merchandise featuring the special Thriller 40 logo which is now available exclusively through the MichaelJackson.com Official Site.

MORE ABOUT THRILLER:

Thriller holds a modern-day record of 37 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the nearly four decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20X multi-Platinum (October 30, 1984) and became the first title ever to be certified more than RIAA 30X multi-Platinum in 2015 and since has been certified at 34x Multi-Platinum.  

Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa and remains the biggest selling album of all time with sales in excess of 100 million.  Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller, went No. 1. 

The music on Thriller was so singular for the time it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. Beat It was a new kind of pop-rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen’s incendiary guitar. On The Girl Is Mine, two men, one white and one Black, banter about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin and the rhythm and blues-based Billie Jean.   

Michael set out to revolutionize how to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale through film but faced roadblocks. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of Billie Jean, a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV’s ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. “He was MTV’s Jackie Robinson,” said cultural critic Touré.

Next, came the unforgettable short film for Beat It, which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was Thriller. Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention, such that 40 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Music from Thriller and other hit albums are featured in the Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, at the Michael Jackson ONE Theater at Mandalay Bay as well as the acclaimed Broadway play MJ The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre in NYC, which was nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil is an electrifying fusion of dance as well as acrobatics which wows audiences. Powered by his greatest hits in a state-of-the-art surround sound atmosphere. ONE takes the audience on a visual expedition–63 overly artistic dancers engaged in extensive choreography.

Michael has sold more than 1 billion records and remains one of the top streaming artists of all time.

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Blessing debut ep via 360 MAGAZINE

BLESSING – DEBUT EP

Singer/songwriter Blessing releases her debut EP the girl next door. Listen HERE. The EP features previously released tracks characterboys like you which was included in Teen Vogue’s “New Music Friday” playlist upon release and girl like me along with new tracks freak, rage and 19 and peaked

Lyrically rich and sonically lush, the girl next door and its six songs are anchored by Blessing’s singular voice, a textured and emotional instrument than can swing as boundless and heartfelt as it can charmingly self-effacing and witty. A byproduct of Blessing spending her senior year of high school at home during a global pandemic, these songs pull from personal experiences and self-reflection as she was closing out her teenage years alone in her bedroom.

Speaking on the girl next door, Blessing shares, “Each of these songs are really the things I never bothered saying being that I felt no one was listening. That truly gave me the advantage to writing everything I was feeling at the time. I just thought well since no one is ever going to hear these I might as well say it all, regardless of how desperate, embarrassing, or unpleasant my words may be.”

About Blessing:

Hailing from Houston, TX, 20-year-old Blessing is the youngest of five siblings and through most of her life, she never felt like she fit in and eventually fell in love with the freedom you have in creating music, especially songwriting. With a sound that’s been called “irresistible” by American Songwriter, Blessing sets out to craft pop music with underlying R&B influences that dive into love, ambition, obstacles, and heartbreak – songs that map the innocent, messy, volatile growing pains of a teenager. Having just spent her senior year in high school at home during a global pandemic, Blessing draws inspiration from personal experiences and weaves her candid emotions and witty observations into catchy songs that teenagers and young adults can relate to. 

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Gavin DeGraw – Face the River

Multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw has released his very personal new single “Face The River,” which is the title track from his forthcoming album out May 20 via RCA Records. On the track, written by DeGraw, his distinct intonation quivers above sparse piano before the organ-laden beat simmers. This slow-burn catches fire on a heavenly hook as he croons, “Try to face the river. I cannot cross.” Listen to the single HERE and pre-save/order the album HERE.

“This album is dedicated to my parents,” Gavin shares, “They were my heroes. It was their love story, their sacrifices, and their guidance that shaped this music.”

Along with the new single and album announcement, DeGraw has shared the official music video for the single and debuted the first episode of his new documentary series, Face The River, premiering exclusively on Facebook. The series is heartfelt and uplifting as each episode follows Gavin as he crisscrosses America struggling with the unresolved grief that comes with the untimely loss of both parents. Watch the first episode on Gavin’s Facebook page HERE. The series will feature six episodes in addition to three live performance videos. 

Gavin first shared the news of the new single and album on social media yesterday and the release comes ahead of the kick-off for his  Full Circle Tour this Saturday at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The Full Circle Tour will feature over 20 dates of intimate shows as Gavin returns to some of the small clubs where he started his career to showcase a first look at his upcoming album, Face the River, in its entirety. The tour will also bring DeGraw to Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, Boston and New York City.  Many dates are sold out but limited tickets for select dates are available HERE.    

About Gavin DeGraw 

GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum singer and songwriter Gavin DeGraw‘s inimitable voice and soulful style boldly bloomed on his 2003 platinum-certified full-length debut, Chariot. It included the gold single “Follow Through,” as well as both platinum hits, “Chariot,” and “I Don’t Want To Be.” In 2008, his self-titled second album, Gavin DeGraw, bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 powered by the platinum-selling single, “In Love With a Girl.” 2011’s gold-certified Sweeter saw him return to the Top 10 as the single “Not Over You” went four times platinum. Meanwhile, his 2013 duet with Colbie Caillat, “We Both Know,” garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Song Written For Visual Media” for Safe Haven. He’s the rare talent who could seamlessly share the stage with Billy Joel and The Allman Brothers or Maroon 5 and Shania Twain. In 2016, Something Worth Saving incited widespread critical applause from USA Today, Billboard, Entertainment Tonight and Huffington Post. With a front-row seat to this wonderfully wild little life led by his late parents Lynne and John Wayne, Gavin DeGraw recounts his most meaningful memories and valuable lessons on his seventh full-length offering, Face The River [RCA Records]. Now, he stitches together a timeless tale of his own, soundtracked by a signature fusion of pop, soul, country, folk and funk.

Jazmine Sullivan – Mo’ Tales

After a year of taking 2021 by storm with the lauded Heaux TalesJazmine Sullivan announces today that Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe will be released February 11 via RCA Records. More details will be revealed over the coming weeks. Click here to pre-save.

Released January 8, 2021, Heaux Tales debuted at #1 on the R&B Albums chart#2 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart and #4 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Heaux Tales marked Sullivan’s second #1 R&B Albums chart debut, fifth Top 5 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums debut and her highest debut on the Billboard 200 chart. The recently RIAA-certified Platinum track, “Pick Up Your Feelings,” earned Jazmine her first #1 on both the Billboard Adult R&B Airplay and Mediabase R&B Airplay charts and peaked at #9 at R&B/Hip-Hop radio.

The year-long impact of Heaux Tales landed the project at #1 on several best of the year lists, including NPRLos Angeles TimesEntertainment WeeklyPitchforkVulture; and within the top 10 on The New York Times (#4), FADER (#5), Complex (#5), Rolling Stone (#7), Billboard (#9), Time (#10), and more.

Sullivan is currently nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album,Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Pick Up Your Feelings,” upping her total to fifteen nominations. Additionally, Sullivan is nominated for four 2022 NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album. Last year, she won a BET Award for Album of the Year, plustwoSoul Train Music Awards for Best Album/Mixtape and Best R&B/Soul Female Artist.

Upon release, Heaux Tales immediately resonated with fans and fellow creatives (Cardi B, Issa Rae, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Summer Walker), and over the years, peers such as Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Monica, have praised her singing and songwriting skills. With stellar performances on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk, Super Bowl LV and more, Jazmine’s mind-blowing vocals have turned into a master class crash course for several singing challenges on TikTok, resulting in They Have The Range dubbing Jazmine Sullivan their #1 vocal moment for the year.

On February 15, Sullivan will kick off her long-awaited “The Heaux Tales Tour,” with Tiana Major9as the opening performer. Produced by Live Nation, the 25-city tour will make stops across North America in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta, Jazmine’s hometown of Philadelphia, and more before wrapping up in Chicago, IL at the House of Blues Chicago on March 30. See below for full tour dates.

THE HEAUX TALES TOUR DATES:

Tue Feb 15 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

Thu Feb 17 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

Sun Feb 20 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic

Tue Feb 22 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre-Oakland

Wed Feb 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

Fri Feb 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Sat Feb 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

Mon Feb 28 – Denver, CO – Summit

Wed Mar 02 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Fri Mar 04 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall

Sun Mar 06 – New Orleans, LA – Fillmore New Orleans

Tue Mar 08 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

Wed Mar 09 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

Sat Mar 12 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

Sun Mar 13 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte

Wed Mar 16 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

Thu Mar 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

Fri Mar 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia

Sun Mar 20 – Washington, DC – The Anthem

Tue Mar 22 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

Wed Mar 23 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland

Fri Mar 25 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit

Sun Mar 27 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

Tue Mar 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis

Wed Mar 30 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago

Pre-save Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe HERE.

Stream Heaux Tales HERE.

All things Jazmine Sullivan HERE.

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Sam Fscher – Hopeless Romantic

Following the release of his duet with Demi Lovato on ‘What Other People Say’, hit single ‘This City’ and recent fan track ‘Simple’, Sam Fischer has shared his emotional and uplifting new single ‘Hopeless Romantic’, available now through Sony Music UK/RCA Records. Check it out HERE.

In true Sam style, ‘Hopeless Romantic’ wears its heart on its sleeve and discusses the struggles Sam has faced as an artist and romanticizes what every-day life should be. While the song is lyrically deep and emotional, musically it is a melodic and uplifting pop song that builds to a catchy and bold chorus. Sam says; “There have been times over the past 2 years where I really felt like I’d never get to do the things I’d always dreamed about doing as an artist. With every virtual performance that ended with a deep silence from my furniture, it just started making me really sad, and at the same time guilty, because I wasn’t appreciating what I have at all. I was actively refusing to accept the reality and instead romanticizing a version of life that just simply didn’t exist. That’s really what Hopeless Romantic is about. Though I will say, having just come off of my first headline tour, where I got to meet my fans for the first time, who are the people who give me this life, I’m in a much better place.”

Sam’s debut single ‘This City’ currently stands at over 500 million worldwide streams and stayed in the UK Top 20 for 11 weeks. The track is also double platinum in Australia, platinum in the UK and Gold in the US, New Zealand and Switzerland. Sam also performed the track on US TV, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Late Show With James Corden. He recently completed his first live tour in the UK, including a packed out London Garage performance and will be bringing the tour to the US in January 2022.

Australian born Sam Fischer first introduced himself with his Not A Hobby EP and has achieved incredible and well deserved attention through his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Touring North America with his friend Lewis Capaldi, he wowed crowds with his buoyant personality and pure love and talent for song-writing. Now based in LA, he not only has received acclaim for his own work, but he continues to solidify his spot as one of the hottest current writers, having worked with global pop superstars including Ciara, Lennon Stella, Louis Tomlinson, Elle King, Jessie J, Virginia To Vegas and many more.

However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Sam, who endured his own heartache to achieve his dreams. With the promise of a recording contract in the bag, he set off to LA only for the deal to be pulled away. After months of couch-surfing, he finally and deservedly received his break with This City and project Homework, which has been just the amazing start of an exciting new chapter in Sam’s career.

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12AM – After Midnight

12AM releases new AFTER MIDNIGHT EP via Sony Music Entertainment in Canada. “VOICES”; featuring the Hxliday out now. “12AM has an innate ability to draft big choruses which is why more and more artists are tapping in to use his melodic talents.” LYRICAL LEMONADE. “It seems like everyone is trying to glorify the turn up right now, and 12AM definitely does that.” HIP HOP CANADA.

LA-by-way-of-Toronto artist 12AM redefines his sound and enters a new era on After Midnight. The EP arrives with the video for the new single Voicesfeaturing Motown rapper The Hxliday, out now via Sony Music Entertainment Canada. 360 Magazine is pleased to see this new release as it associates with Sony Music.

In the “Voices” video, directed by Logan Meis (Polo G, The Kid Laroi, Trippie Redd, Tyla Yaweh), the viewer is invited into the minds of 12AM and The Hxliday, both fighting against the darkest parts of their psyche and inner turmoil. With their thoughts tearing them apart, symbols of the past make their way in the form of angels, demons, and physical scars. They seem numb to the pain and reach a point where they might just be enjoying it. Each scene gets more and more violent as the story comes to a final climax.

On his major-label debut, the rising act’s pain and passion shine through as he forges a connection with his listeners worldwide. Introducing a bold sound, the lyrics equally shed light on his challenging upbringing and showcase his hard-won elevated lifestyle. Tapping Jutes, Pyrex (Whippa), and The Hxliday for the new project, 12AM continues to add to his impressive list of collaborators which includes 24kGoldn, Iann Dior, Jez Dior, Trevor Daniel, among others. Now sitting on top of over 26 million total streams, he appears on Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday and teardrop playlists, as well as Post Malone’s post’s playlist on the platform.

12AM states, “This music is what I’ve created throughout my time moving to LA from Canada. It’s a new sound and a new lane. All the hardships I’ve gone through over the last few years, I’m surprised I even got to this point because it was a really long road to get here. It was something that seemed impossible to put together and have be released, but itߣs coming out now and Iߣm really proud of it.”

The production on After Midnight illustrates stark differences from 12AM’s first album, Afterparty. Working with producers Evan Gartner (Iann Dior, Jutes, MASN) and Mason Sacks (Dominic Fike, Lil Tecca), the new EP has a dark and nocturnal trap palette that lives up to 12AM’s name. He states “it’s the type of music you like to play or listen to after midnight super happy, energetic, depressed and alone or with somebody getting down…I wanted to embody every feeling you get After Midnight, life is usually the most real at that time.”

After Midnight gives us a deeper look into the world 12AM has navigated and created for himself. His endless hustle, effortless bravado, and all-or-nothing attitude have certainly earned his place in the game. The EP’s opener “Cold Season” sets the scene around 12AM’s life before moving to LA, living in the frigid cold of Canada with an inescapable feeling of isolation. For most of his life, he was responsible for taking care of his sick mother, until he tragically lost her in his teens. “If I could see my momma one more time Iߣd tell her that I’m all good,” he sings on the track, “I’d be lying but it’s all good…” At a young age, he struggled to financially support himself alone and eventually faced homelessness. Hit with these insurmountable burdens, he bottled up his emotions and channeled what he could in his writing. “Voices” paints a picture of the aftermath, torn emotions, and a heavy guard up due to inner child wounds. The lyrics describe the fallout of heartbreak, one day having the support of a loved one and left for dead the next. With distant distorted and melancholic piano strings, The Hxliday joins in seamlessly on the back half of the track with a striking feature that matches 12AMߣs energy. Paired with a booming 808 and stuttering high hats, alongside the duoߣs unmatched flow, the song explodes into an anthem about love and loss. The EP isnߣt all moody bangers though “come over” is a playful, sultry groove with a “Netflix & Chill” kind of vibe that garnered success on TikTok over the summer, including a post from influencer Sommer Ray who joined in on the dance trend. Other tracks on the EP include “Lights” featuring Pyrex (Whippa) and “Ski Mask.”

With more music on the horizon, the future looks incredibly bright and 12AM’s repertoire is only at its inception. Prolific in his dexterity, 12AM is consistently writing for other artists as well as himself. He can be seen frequently working with Elijah Woods and Omer Fedi (Kid Laroi “Without You,” 24kGoldn & Iann Dior “Mood,” and Lil Nas X “Montero”). Touring accolades include shows with Internet Money, Iann Dior, Jez Dior, 24kGoldn, Jutes, Trevor Daniel, and Souly Had. No stranger to media coverage and acclaim from tastemakers, praise has rolled in from industry key players such as Complex, Elevator Mag, idolator, Lyrical Lemonade, and Vice’s Noisey.

Reflecting on his work, 12AM says, “My main focus is just to help people. That’s why I make music. When I get messages from fans saying Iߣve helped them through depression or whatever they are going through it means the world to me, I canߣt really believe it. That’s what I do this for. Whenever I play a show and fans are singing the lyrics back and when they meet me after the show I just want to have a positive impact and be there for them, because they are all that matters in this music industry.”

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MÅNESKIN × IGGY POP — “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE”

Måneskin gave me a big hot buzz.” —Iggy Pop

“It was such an honor that Iggy loved our music and wanted to work with us. It was touching seeing him sing ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’ live in front of us, it was very powerful to see such a big artist being so open and friendly. We all grew up listening to his music and he inspired us to star up a band, it’s still unbelievable for us that we had the chance to get to know him and make music together.”Måneskin

Today sees Måneskin announce an exciting new version of their global hit “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” with rock legend Iggy Pop – set to be released on this Friday, August 6, 2021. Victoria, Damiano, Thomas and Ethan are working with one of the most rebellious and iconic names in the history of rock music, who, with his band The Stooges, earned his place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and who recently received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The original track of “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” is part of Måneskin’s most recent album “Teatro d’Ira Vol.1”. The official videoclip, which premiered worldwide on YouTube on July 15, notched over 22 million streams in a week.

This week also sees Måneskin hold the #1spot on Spotify’s Global Song Chart for an impressive fourth week in a row, and they have soared to #14 on the platform’s overall list of most streamed artists (back-to-back with Billie Eilish) with more than 51 million monthly listeners. The band has also been named as Billboard’s monthly “Chartbreakers” for August, as they continue to hold #1 on five different charts – including “Emerging Artists” to “Hot Hard Rock Songs” and more.

Coming up, Måneskin will be going on tour at the greatest Music Festivals across Europe, and have recently announced a landmark special concert that will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at the historic Circo Massimo in Rome.

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James Vincent McMorrow × Paradise

James Vincent McMorrow shares the music video for Paradise from his upcoming album, Grapefruit Season, to be released on September 17.

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” – Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter…it works” – Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognizable emotional pull” – CLASH

“Lyrically raw and immensely quotable” – The Forty Five

James Vincent McMorrow shares the video for new single Paradise, which is available now via Sony Music UK/RCA Records. Paradise is the latest taste of James’ much-anticipated new album Grapefruit Season – which also features teaser singles Headlights, Gone, and I Should Go (with Kenny Beats) – and is now set for release on September 17.

Produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Lil Silva, Paradise is about pretending everything is fine when, beneath the surface, it really isn’t. Initially struggling to find its visual concept, the Paradise video started as an off-hand remark (“why don’t I just dig out my rollerblades and film myself learning to skate again in the park behind my house?”) but now feels like the perfect fit to the track’s uplifting, feel-good but melancholic center.

Paradise further previews Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming, fifth studio album – and one in which the artist, producer, and songwriter pushes himself (and his sound) in all new ways. The record was recorded between London, Los Angeles, and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do – it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable.

Throughout the emotional highs and lows of Grapefruit Season, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts – to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible – remain a refreshing constant. Whilst there may always be trouble in Paradise, what’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.

James also made headlines recently playing the first concert in Ireland with a live audience since the beginning of the pandemic (tickets sold out in just 30 seconds). With festivals including Latitude and Isle of Wight confirmed to follow this summer, McMorrow’s UK and European tour for early 2022 includes a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21 and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19-20.

February 4 – Leuven @ Het Depot

February 5 – Paris @ Le Trianon

February 6 – Luxembourg @ Den Atelier

February 8 – Frankfurt @ Batschkapp

February 9 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso

February 10 – Hamburg @ Grunspan

February 12 – Stockholm @ Nalen

February 13 – Copenhagen @ Vega

February 15 – Berlin @ Metropol

February 16 – Cologne @ Gloria Theatre

February 18 – Manchester @ O2 Ritz

February 20 – Birmingham @ O2 Institute

February 21 – London @ O2 Kentish Town Forum

February 22 – Bristol @ O2 Academy

February 23 – Glasgow @ Barrowland Ballroom

April 19 – Dublin @ Olympia Theatre

April 20 – Dublin @ Olympia Theatre

April 21 – Belfast @ Limelight

April 22 – Limerick @ Milk Market

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Måneskin Tops Global Charts

MÅNESKIN ON TOP OF THE WORLD #1 ON THE SPOTIFY GLOBAL CHART WITH BEGGIN’ AND AT #8 WITH I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

The Groundbreaking Young Rock Band Surpassed Olivia Rodrigo’s good 4 u And Notches A Third Day With The Platform’s Most Streamed Song In The World, And Is The Only Artist With TWO Tracks In The Chart’s Top-10

Måneskin is a high-octane powerhouse of onstage charisma and youthful energy… [they] transcended linguistic barrier[s]… break down gender barriers and champion self-expression… There is something very revolutionary about them. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

ITALY’S MÅNESKIN REIGNITES ROCK – Måneskin is leading the charge for the return of rock as the Eurovision winners light up global charts. They won with ‘ZITTI E BUONI,’ but it’s their English-language material, natch, that’s primed them for an international breakthrough. The band’s cover of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ ‘Beggin’ has soared on Spotify’s global chart, followed by ‘I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE…  Will Måneskin be the act that ends Olivia Rodrigo’s run at the top of Spotify global? – HITS Daily Double

Måneskin, the world’s most-streamed Italian artists on Spotify – with 34 million streams in the last month, just broke another unprecedented record, skyrocketing to number 1 on the Spotify Global Chart with Beggin’, and also cracking the world’s charts with I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE and ZITTI E BUONI.  All three of the tracks recently reached #1 On Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart. 

Zitti e Boni and I Wanna Be Your Slave are part of the band’s new album Teatro d’Ira – Vol. I, released on March 19, certified platinum in Italy and now basts over 400 million streams.

Following their epic win at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, Måneskin have climbed up the charts worldwide, achieving unprecedented results for Italian artists: they are the first Italian band in the history to crack the UK Singles Chart with two singles at the same time – at #6 and #10 – and collecting new gold and platinum certifications every week, in Italy and around the world.

MANESKIN ARE COMING FOR THE U.S. NEXT – the young Italian rock group has become a force to be reckoned with this year. And in just the past few weeks, their profile in the United States has taken a giant leap…Maneskin’s English-language single ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave,’ a song now helping to bring rock music back to the airwaves in the United Kingdom, started rocketing up the U.S. charts as well. ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’ hit the top of Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart the week of June 26, becoming the act’s first stateside No. 1. It makes perfect sense when considering the accessible strain of rock that Maneskin produce — a bouncy, guitar-fueled sound that brings to mind the 2000s garage rock explosion… Yet Maneskin’s production style is more polished, lending itself to the massive amount of radio airplay and internet spins they’ve amassed – LOUDWIRE

There’s an alluringly dark look in Damiano David’s black-lined eyes that’s almost like a challenge… David looks like he was hewn by an ancient Roman god of rock and roll — and sex. When I think of a sex symbol, I think of David… His band, Måneskin, is pushing boundaries and bringing a modernized glam rock into the limelight. Their surge to popularity hopefully marks a resurgence era of rock… While many of the artists I characterize as glam rock used their ambiguous, flamboyant dress as a form of expression for their sexuality, Måneskin is normalizing a more gender-fluid presentation…Måneskin could care less about social constructs. Everything about them is art… These 20-year-olds are embodying the Gen-Z tendency for nonconformity and a distaste for machismo’s objectification of women and hindrance of men’s actions and appearance. The way they present themselves is a visual treat… [and] completely badass… The way that Måneskin incorporates gender-bending fashion is tantalizing and only adds to their sex appeal …There’s a spirit and sensuality. They’re starting a conversation and to me that means they’re doing something new and right… Måneskin’s conversion of glam rock into a modern rock look, while creating global hits is going to make them eternal. – Megan Ramsey. Daily Nexus

BIOGRAPHY

Revelation of the year, Måneskin, which means moonlight in Danish, is formed by: vocalist Damiano, bassist Victoria, guitarist Thomas and drummer Ethan. Some band members have been friends since junior high, but they started playing together only in 2015. Their sound is characterized by a combination of the different members’ music influences: a mix of rock ’n’ roll, rap/hip hop, reggae, funky and pop, all held together by lead vocalist Damiano’s soulful voice. This combination of vibes is also reflected in the band’s look, made unique by each member’s fashionable style. The young artists had the chance to really stand out and reach out to the public at the X Factor 11 live shows, where they unexpectedly dominated the stage, a great endeavour given their very young age. Chosen, their debut single that was released during the show, boasts several million streams and views and was certified double platinum. Chosen is also the title of their debut EP, released in December 2017 by Sony Music and produced by Lucio Fabbri, which was certified platinum just two months after it was released.

All the dates of their first 21-date tour produced by Vivo Concerti (February/April 2018) sold out in a few hours. The single Morirò da Re (three-times platinum) was released in March 2018, followed by Torna a casa (five-times platinum). These tracks paved the way for the new album Il ballo della vita  entirely written by Måneskin and produced in collaboration with Fabrizio Ferraguzzo, which was released on October 26, 2018. The record made its debut at #1 on the FIMI/Gfk chart with four singles earning a spot on the Top Ten and, less than two hours after its release, it peaked to #1 on iTunes, cracking, just a day after its release, the Spotify TOP 50 with all its songs and hitting 1 million streams in less than 24h. In February 2019, the band went on tour across Europe, before returning to the best music clubs and festivals in Italy as part of the spring-summer leg of IL BALLO DELLA VITA TOUR, which ended on September 14, 2019 with a special date at Carroponte in Milan. Måneskin then performed at a sold-out special live show held on November 28, 2019 at The Dome in London. 

Damiano, Victoria, Thomas and Ethan have so far earned 23 platinum and 5 gold records, collecting over 140,000 tickets sold and 70 sold-out dates in Italy and Europe. On October 30, 2020 they released their new single Vent’Anni, accompanied by a campaign shot by celebrated photographer Oliviero Toscani. Måneskin won the 71st Sanremo Music Festival with the song ZITTI E BUONI, and then conquered the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. The release of their second album Teatro d’ira – Vol. I on March 19, 2021 will be followed by a 13-date tour held, for the first time ever, at sports arenas across Italy, which will kick off in December 2021 and end at the Arena di Verona on April 23, 2022, as well as by a tour across Europe’s greatest Music Festivals, which is scheduled for the summer of 2022.

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Deadmau5 Partners with Extreme Music and UTA to Launch a Dance Music Label

Deadmau5 is a renowned Canadian disk jockey, musician, and producer whose official name is Joel Thomas Zimmerman. He is also known for his music label mau5trap, which he started in 2007. As part of the plan to expand his music empire, Deadmau5 has partnered with UTA and established Extreme Music to launch beathau5, a new music label focusing on producing dance music. The main target of the content is meant for advertisements, film, and TV industry. 

In the past, Deadmau5 has partnered with multiple companies and collaborated with different artists, including Rob Swire and Sofia Toufa. His previous works have earned him more than five Grammy Award nominations and numerous deals. For instance, he teamed up with Xbox to play PUBG. 

He also worked with Microgaming, a software provider, to produce a branded video slot currently available in various top online casino sites in South Africa such as Casino Lab. The UTA negotiated deal is meant to enable Deadmau5 to reach a wider audience while providing his fans with exclusive music content.

The core duty of the Sony Music library division, Extreme Music, is to help in the production and distribution of the libraries that the Beathau5 label will be producing during the partnership. Currently, Extreme Music is working with Junkie XL, among other artists aiding in different distribution levels. 

In Spring, Beathau5 will put out five albums that Deadmau5 will personally work on compiling the entire music library of the project. The albums will contain music from numerous Mau5trap artists, both established and new. In addition, each library will be certified for screens, and according to Deadmau5, TV and film industry will finally have unlimited access to unique electronic music sounds for any project they may have. This news comes amid news of new music releases from numerous other stars.  

Every album release will be accompanied by NTFs from an artist whom the parties are yet to mention. A statement released by Russell Emanuel, the CEO of Extreme Music, shows he is enthusiastic about the project. He also confirmed that Extreme Music company has worked with multiple electronic music artists, but they have never gone further to create a label which is a huge accomplishment. 

Additionally, the CEO mentioned that they are ready to find the right ears for the upcoming Beathau5 projects. On the other hand, Zimmerman confirmed that partnering with Extreme Music is the right move since it is the company that will play a major role in finding the right audience and market for the upcoming project. Recently, Deadmau5 and his label mau5trap have scored incredible deals, with artists such as Maison Ware scoring a deal with Spree, an on-screen production by Hulu.

Also, at the beginning of 2020, Zimmerman launched hau5trap. The record label is meant to produce house music exclusively to millions of fans across the globe. That was followed by a tech company called PIXELYNX which Zimmerman established alongside Richie Hawtin, an electronic music pioneer who goes by the stage name Plastikman. 

These achievements show Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, will steer the new Beathau5 label in the right direction. Besides UTA, Deadmau5’s record label mau5trap is represented by Seven20 Entertainment, an international entertainment in Tech, Music, and Gaming, as well as LaPolt Law, P.C. However, Deadmau5 is given the rights to produce the creative content, whereas the other companies handle distribution.