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EMINEM’S MMF

EMINEM’S MARSHALL MATHERS FOUNDATION TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVE DOWNTOWN BOXING GYM COLLAB ON BLACK FRIDAY

Just in time for Black Friday, the Marshall Mathers Foundation is releasing a limited-edition line of clothing for a good cause. The designs also make a nod to “Stan” and the 20th anniversary of The Marshall Mathers LP. 

The Marshall Mathers Foundation x DBG #Stan #MMLP collab on Carhartt gear will raise funds to help the Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG Detroit) knock out COVID-19 related learning loss. DBG is a free academic and athletic program on Detroit’s east side that’s working around the clock to prevent students from falling behind during the pandemic. 

“We’re facing a crisis like we’ve never seen and we’re doing everything we can to support our kids and help them make it through,” said Khali Sweeney, DBG’s founder and CEO. “To have Eminem and the Marshall Mathers Foundation step up during this time and help raise much needed funds means the world to us. This is what we do in the D. We take care of each other. And we are truly grateful.” 

Royce Da 5’9”, Director of Community Engagement and Social Justice Initiatives for The Marshall Mathers Foundation, said: “I’ve experienced firsthand the discipline, commitment, and focus that boxing training instills in young people. I’m passionate about the sport, and I’m passionate about the role that DBG plays in our community.  We need to make sure the important work they do continues.” 

The t-shirts and hoodies sell for $30 and $60 and are available online at the Eminem Store (shop.eminem.com) while supplies last. 100% of the proceeds will support DBG’s tutoring, mentorship, enrichment programs, college and career prep, social-emotional skills building, and basic needs support like transportation, meals, and more. Learn more at dbgdetroit.org

The Marshall Mathers Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding communities. Our mission has expanded to stand as an ally in the fight against social injustice and for racial equality nationwide.  

Katy Perry × Coca-Cola

Katy Perry × Coca-Cola

Today, Coca-Cola and Katy Perry announced the launch of a new music project, seeing the two very different pop icons joining forces to refresh the world.

Katy and Coca-Cola have come together to re-imagine “Resilient,” a song from the global superstar’s new album, Smile. Partnering with critically acclaimed DJ/producer Tiësto and introducing the vocal stylings of rising star Aitana, the remix is an uplifting, inclusive anthem for our times. The track launched last Friday, 13th November, with a first play on BBC Radio 1 ‘Best New Pop’. Listen to “Resilient” feat. Aitana (Tiësto Remix) HERE. The accompanying visual  “Resilient” feat. Aitana (Tiësto Remix) – Open To Better Film  premiered today. It was directed by Chloe Wallace and reflects the positivity and optimism of the Coca-Cola ‘Open’ platform. View HERE.

Katy Perry explained: “To me, this campaign is about growing through challenges. I think the song ‘Resilient’ ties so well into that because being resilient is getting back up after you fall, growing from failure, and getting through that challenge. I loved the unity perspective Aitana brought to the song, and how it evolves the message into the importance of being resilient as a group. It’s not always just about personal growth, we need to grow together too!”

Walter Susini, Europe Head of Marketing, explained: “For more than 136 years, Coca-Cola has used its voice to help unite people across the world. In response to the current crisis, we launched the ‘Open’ platform, a campaign highlighting how the world has changed and to appreciate what perhaps was previously taken for granted. As we move towards the end of 2020, we are collaborating with Katy Perry to spread a message of hope and positivity, especially for the next generation. Lock-down has meant that young people have missed out on life-defining moments – from proms and graduations to just being with their friends face-to-face. This song is dedicated to them.”

Tiësto noted: “Whether through my music or my live performances, creating feel good and uplifting moments is my passion! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join forces with Katy Perry and Aitana for this project with Coca-Cola. Our mission is to inspire much needed optimism and happiness in our world, particularly during this time!”

Aitana explained: “Getting to work with Katy Perry on one of her singles feels like I am dreaming! With the incredible Tiësto involved as well, and Coca Cola’s important vision for this partnership, I hope this new version of ‘Resilient’ provides a moment of upliftment and happiness for people that are facing any challenge, big or small.”

Visit http://katy.to/resilientofficialPR now to watch “Resilient” feat. Aitana (Tiësto Remix)  

ABOUT KATY PERRY

Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010), which made her the only female artist (tied with Michael Jackson) to have five No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night”). PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold 15 million adjusted albums worldwide. With the singles “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy became the first artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. Katy is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles  and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.

Her fourth studio album, WITNESS, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and No. 1 on iTunes in 46 countries. The certified 2X Platinum lead single, “Chained To The Rhythm,” has over 1.75 billion streams worldwide, views on the accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. Globally, it has achieved more than 6.5 billion cumulative streams and sold 4 million adjusted albums.

Her summer 2019 single, “Never Really Over,” off her latest album SMILE, is certified GOLD and was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s musical career. 2020’s SMILE release has sold over 1.25 million adjusted albums, with nearly 2 Billion combined streams to date.

In her 12 years with Capitol, Katy has racked up a cumulative 50 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 47.5 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks. She was the first to reach 100 million followers on Twitter. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. Katy was the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework,” “Last Friday Night,” and “Bon Appetit” have over one billion views, while “Dark Horse” has surpassed the two billion mark. “Roar” now has over three billion views. 

Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016. 

Katy has also been a champion for LGBTQ+ equality. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Trevor Project’s Hero Award in 2012, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award in 2017, and amfAR’s Award of Courage in 2018. She has also performed at various events to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, including 2009’s Life Ball and 2016’s amfAR Cannes Gala.

ABOUT TIËSTO

Tiësto is a GRAMMY Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon. The DJ and producer is the only artist to ever hold the titles of “The Greatest DJ of All Time” courtesy of Mixmag, “#1 DJ” according to Rolling Stone, and “The Godfather of EDM,” as proclaimed by Billboard. From his underground dance floor bangers to his high-profile Las Vegas residency and crossover success, TieĴsto created the blueprint that defines what it means to be a success in today’s dance music world. In Tiësto’s true fashion, he continues to expand across genres, always evolving his craft. With over 36 million albums sold, eight billion cumulative streams, and a social platform with an audience exceeding 30 million fans spanning the globe, he continues to revolutionize the dance music landscape. Tiësto’s new single—and first release since signing with Atlantic Records—”The Business” has already dominated airplay and charts worldwide, surpassing 45 million worldwide streams in the first several weeks since launch.

ABOUT AITANA

2020 has continued the rapid rise of 21-year-old Spanish pop singer, Aitana. Nominated at the MTV Europe Music Awards for “Best Spanish Artist,” and with an upcoming four nominations for the LOS40 Music Awards 2020 (“Best Artist,” “Best Song” (twice!) and “Best Music Video”) and at the 21st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards for “Best Pop Vocal Album,’ Aitana has cemented her place as Spain’s newest superstar. 

With three #1 singles under her belt already, a #1 charting album and over 1.8 billion streams to date, Aitana was Spain’s highest selling female album artist in 2019  alongside her nomination for “Best New Artist” at the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. Aitana has been collaborating with the “who’s who” of the Latin music scenes  including Sebastian Yatra, Danna Paola, Morat and Lele Pons. With her new album 11Razones expected for December, 2020 Aitana is on the path to put herself on the global stage.

ABOUT THE COCA-COLA COMPANY

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries and territories. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brand, our portfolio includes AdeS, Ayataka, Costa, Dasani, Del Valle, Fanta, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest, innocent, Minute Maid, Powerade, Simply, smartwater, Sprite, vitaminwater and ZICO. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Zedd x Griff release new single – “Inside out”

Today, GRAMMY® award-winning global superstar Zedd releases his brand-new single entitled “Inside Out” featuring rising U.K. singer-songwriter, Griff.

The upbeat, feel-good track, features Zedd’s signature style that has made him the critically acclaimed artist/DJ/producer he is today. Paired with Griff’s incredible vocals, “Inside Out” is poised to be another one of Zedd’s standout tracks. The song is available now at all digital retail providers via Interscope Records.

Zedd says about “Inside Out”, “I started working on ‘Inside Out’ roughly a year and a half ago and I’m incredibly proud for it to finally see the light of day. We are in such a tense state of the world right now; I feel like this song can provide people with a much-needed sense of hope. I always strive to push myself to try new things, musically. With that in mind, this song feels very new but also familiar at the same time. A huge thank you to Griff for bringing such an intense level of emotion to ‘Inside Out’ with her beautiful voice!!”

Griff also notes, “This song for me is about any relationship in your life that’s worth holding onto, whether its platonic or romantic. I feel like these days everything is about how things look on the outside, and so the idea of loving someone from the inside first, feels like quite an important thing to say right now. It’s so surreal for Zedd to want a new artist like me to sing on this track, and I’m just super grateful and excited to be involved in this.”

Click HERE to watch the lyric video.

In addition to the release of “Inside Out,” Zedd will also be participating in The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, an event benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Help From the Hart Charity. The event will be streamed live on October 24 at 8pm ET on LOL Network platforms including YouTube and Pluto TV, plus Facebook, TikTok, Triller, and Twitch. The event will feature entertainment, comedy, musical performances, and MDA’s Let’s Play For A Cure gaming elements. MDA’s Let’s Play For A Cure consists of seven weeks of live gaming and Esports events produced and livestreamed by MDA, culminating in the final marathon stream headlined by Zedd. The marathon stream will kick off at 4pm ET on October 24 with Zedd going live at 7PM ET on his Twitch channel. This will run simultaneously with The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon.

About Zedd

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd made his debut with “Clarity” after signing with Interscope in 2012 and has been breaking down barriers surrounding music genres ever since. Throughout his career, Zedd has worked with a diverse range of artists to create hits, including Foxes on “Clarity” (which earned Zedd a 2014 GRAMMY® “Best Dance Recording”), Hayley Williams on RIAA platinum-certified hit, “Stay The Night” (which racked up more than 400 million streams), and Selena Gomez on the platinum-certified track, “I Want You To Know,” which spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Dance/Electronic Songs” chart. He’s also collaborated with Alessia Cara on their hit single “Stay” which held the #1 spot at Top 40 radio for six consecutive weeks and earned Zedd his second GRAMMY® Award nomination, and with Maren Morris and Grey on the monster hit “The Middle,” which earned Zedd is second #1 at Top 40 radio. Digitally, the song has amassed over 1 billion streams and earned Zedd three GRAMMY® nominations including “Record Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” and “Best Pop Duo or Group Performance.”

About Griff

Griff is well on her way to becoming the next face of British Pop—and a next-generation type of pop star, at that. Born to Chinese and Jamaican parents just out of Watford, U.K., Griff began making music by borrowing her brother’s logic: teaching herself how to produce songs secretly from her classmates (many of whom only found out what Griff was up to when they heard her on Annie Mac). Hailed by Vogue as a “multicultural, multi-hyphenated, and multi-talented…utterly unique teenager” and by NME who called her “A phenomenon…the teenage boss about to take charge of pop,” Griff’s musical creativity draws no boundaries. Aside from making her own beats, sewing her own clothes, and shooting a music video on her iPhone under lockdown, Griff’s raw and vulnerable lyrics also prove she is mature beyond her years. With songs about friendship. (“1,000,000 X Better”), mental health (“Say It Again”), those stinging formative breakups (“Forgive Myself”) and the importance of family (“Good Stuff,” a moving account of Griff’s family fostering children), Griff manages to draw from her own difficult experiences and turn them into something uniformly positive making her particular model of bedroom-pop fitting for a legion of young girls to follow.

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Usher – Bad Habits

Global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher today releases a brand new single and video “Bad Habits” to be featured on his forthcoming studio album via RCA Records.

The video was directed by Chris Robinson and features Usher’s classic dance moves and dramatic stylings.

Listen/Watch “Bad Habits”

Co-written by Usher, “Bad Habits” is the follow-up to his latest chart-topping single “Don’t Waste My Time,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart, as well as “I Cry,” a powerful and emotional song about the social and racial injustices of our time. Usher is currently in the studio recording his ninth studio album.

In addition to the release of his new single, ticket sales to the public opens today at 10 am Pacific for Usher’s headlining Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which begins Friday, July 16, 2021. Fan presale tickets went on sale earlier this week. All tickets and packages can be purchased online or in-person at The Colosseum box office. Usher announced his residency during his Good Morning America Summer Concert last week- Watch it HERE. He will also be appearing tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The multi-talented showman will give his fans an extraordinary immersive experience that only Usher can deliver. The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular will be performed in The Colosseum, an intimate 4,300-seat world-class performance venue, allowing Usher’s fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see him up close and personal. Promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment, the show will be packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning Usher’s 20-year career, including his early records and more recent songs, as well as new music.

Additionally, Usher, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to Usher’s Las Vegas residency to Usher’s New Look, Inc. (UNL). Founded in 1999 by Usher as a young man barely out of his teens, UNL is on a mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through a comprehensive program that develops passion-driven, global leaders. UNL’s peer-to-peer program model and curriculum provides Access, Awareness and Empowerment to youth in underserved communities, in order to guide them on a pathway to leadership and help them make educational and career choices that match their passions. Over the course of 21 years, the organization has reached more than 50,000 young people.

Taylor Swift illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Taylor Swift Makes History

Taylor Swift continues to make history time and time again. As her 5 star album folklore debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week with over 846k equivalent albums making her the only artist in history to have 7 albums sell half a million copies of a studio album in a week. This marks Taylor’s seventh consecutive #1 entry on the Top 200 and 6th consecutive studio album with over 800,000 albums in the first week folklore stands out as the top selling album of 2020 with global sales over 2 million worldwide and over half a billion total streams on audio and video in just one week. What’s even more impressive, it is the biggest album debut by an artist since Taylor Swift last released her award-winning album, Lover, just 11 months ago! On top of this, folkore has achieved “the longest consecutive run at #1 since 2016” with six straight weeks atop the Billboard 200. 

Additional stats on the release of folklore below:

USA

  • #1 Billboard 200 debut with over 846,000 albums first week
  • #1 Billboard Alternative Album
  • Biggest first week album of 2020 and since Lover in 2019
  • Biggest female album streaming debut of 2020 with over 300M audio+video streams
  • Biggest first week album streams of Taylor’s career
  • Taylor’s 6th consecutive album with over 800,000 copies in the first week
  • Only artist in history with 7 albums to sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week
  • Debuted Top 16 songs on Spotify US Daily Top 200 chart
  • cardigan” #1 iTunes Song
  • cardigan” #1 Spotify Top 200 Song
  • cardigan” #1 YouTube Trending Video

GLOBAL

  • 2M album equivalents sold globally first week
  • Over half a billion audio + video streams first week
  • 1.3M album equivalents sold globally first day
  • 740K albums sold in China, biggest first week since Lover
  • Taylor holds the Top 2 album debuts by a Western artist in China
  • #1 iTunes Album in 85+ countries
  • Biggest female album debut of 2020 in the UK
  • Biggest female album streaming debut of 2020 in the UK
  • Biggest first week album streams of Taylor’s career in the UK
  • First and only artist in 21st century to score five #1 studio albums in the UK
  • Set record for Spotify first day female album global streams (80.6M)
  • Set record for Apple Music 24 hour Pop album streams (35.47M)
  • Set record for Amazon Music Indie Alternative album first day US and Global streams
  • Debuted Top 5 songs on Spotify Global Daily Top 200 chart
  • cardigan” debuted #1 Spotify Global Top 200 chart
  • cardigan” had the most Spotify Global Daily Streams of 2020 (7.74M)
  • cardigan” #1 Apple Music Top 100: Global Songs chart
  • cardigan” added to BBC Radio 1 A-List (UK)
  • exile” feat. Bon Iver Triple J Radio airplay (Australia)
  • folklore debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart claiming the highest Week 1 album consumption of 2020
  • folklore is Taylor Swift’s 6th #1 ARIA Album
  • folklore officially claims the biggest selling week 1 release in Ireland of 2020
  • Taylor Swift becomes the only female solo artist with the most Official Irish Albums Chart Number 1s this millennium
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MADISON BEER – BABY

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TAKEN FROM DEBUT

ALBUM LIFE SUPPORT

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Madison Beer release her latest single “Baby” via Sing It Loud/First Access Entertainment on exclusive license to Epic Records. With the drop of the single comes a dreamy voyeuristic video that finds Madison plucked from a picturesque scene and dropped into the dark reality of life. “Baby” is taken from Madison’s forthcoming debut full length album Life Support, out later this year. You can listen to the single here.

“Coming out of a dark time mentally I inevitably had to build my confidence back up,” says Madison. “Writing ‘Baby’ made me feel in control of myself and my body again in the best way. When I wrote ‘Baby’ I was not only reminding myself that I can have what I deserve but also warning the next person that comes into my life that being with me is conditional . ‘If you wanna be my baby’ then know I’m going to be loud, quiet, wild, sexy, shy, high, low. I’m not going to apologize for who I am or shrink myself down anymore so if you can’t deal, then keep walking. I am regaining my confidence and this song truly makes me feel powerful and I hope it supplies anyone who might need a boost of confidence the same thing.”

Madison’s debut album, a strong personal and artistic statement, is slated for release later this year. “Her soon to be released album,” states V Magazine, “will surely pay homage to her years of growth in the spotlight with an entirely new depth of clarity.” Life Support sees Madison where she thrives – commanding complete creative control through writing her own songs, producing and creating her own visuals. The album will feature previous releases “Good In Goodbye,” “Selfish,” and “Stained Glass” which have a combined total stream count of over 282 million. “Selfish” is now also certified Gold in the US.

Prior to signing with Epic Recordslate last year, Madison Beer achieved unprecedented success as an independent artist with her partner First Access Entertainment. Her debut EP As She Pleases boasts over 950 million streams and made her the first independent female solo artist to break into the Top 20 radio charts, after having debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes in 18 countries and in the Top 10 in 42 countries worldwide. Globally, Beer has over 2 billion streams across her catalogue.

She’s attracted the endorsement of Time, NME, V MagazineBillboard who named her among its coveted “21 Under 21” list and Rolling Stone who hailed her as a “raising pop star.” Madison will be debuting “Baby” on The Late Late show with James Corden on August 26th.

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SZA illustrated for 360 MAGAZINE by Kaelen Felix.

SZA × TY DOLLA $IGN

SZA SHARES NEW SONG AND VIDEO FOR “HIT DIFFERENT” FEATURING TY DOLLA $IGN

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SZA-DIRECTED VIDEO

Today, Top Dawg Entertainment’s multi-platinum selling, chart-topping and award winning recording artist SZA, blesses the universe with the release of “Hit Different,” the new track and video featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Released via TDE/RCA Records, the song is available now at all digital service providers – click here to listen and watch.

Produced by The Neptunes, the mid-tempo bop provides the perfect foundation for SZA’s signature hypnotic vocals and is complemented by Ty’s recognizable smooth tone. Accompanying the new track is the arresting video, marking SZA’s directorial debut.

“Hit Different” is the long awaited new music from the talented artist since teaming up with Justin Timberlake on “The Other Side” from the Trolls World Tour (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and Kendrick Lamar on “All The Stars” from Black Panther: The Album.

Listen/watch “Hit Different” feat. Ty Dolla $ign and stay tuned for more news.

About SZA:

One of the redefining voices of today’s contemporary music era, SZA entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically acclaimed EP, See.SZA.Run, consecutively followed by S and Z, both to rave reviews. In 2013, SZA signed to Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), being the first female artist to join the label. SZA wrote and performed on Rihanna’s Anti single “Consideration” in 2016 and helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce’s “Feelin Myself” in 2014.

Revered for its raw and honest lyrics, her major label debut album Ctrl (TDE/RCA) landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and, No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen Music. Streamed over 3.9 billion times worldwide since its June 2017 release, Ctrl is currently RIAA certified 2x Platinum, while hit singles “Love Galore” is 4x Platinum, “The Weekend” 3x Platinum, “Broken Clocks” 2x Platinum, and both “Supermodel” and “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” are Platinum. 

SZA is the recipient of several awards including the 2018 Billboard Women in Music Rule Breaker, BET Award for Best New Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Female Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, Soul Train Music Awards for Best New Artist and Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and more.

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Beyoncé - Black is King illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

A Gift From Beyoncé

‘Superb. Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time!’Vaughn Lowery, 360 Magazine

By Mina Tocalini

Beyoncé’s new film “Black is King,” a celebration of the “breadth and beauty of Black ancestry”, released on Disney+ today. Similar to Beyoncé’s 2016 film, “Lemonade,” “Black is King” acts as a visual album to her soundtrack, “The Lion King: The Gift.” Black Is King” explores the “timeless lessons” from Lion King in a visually rich modern journey of Black empowerment and resilience.

Beyoncé announced her excitement for the film’s release via Instagram, while further acknowledging the impact of its release and message: “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey… I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our REAL history.”

Beyoncé’s prideful film explores the Black experience and history through a young king’s story of “betrayal, love and self-identity.” Additionally, given the timing of its release, the film presents the necessity of honoring and telling stories from the Black perspective and that of any underrepresented community.

Simply put, the film is a celebratory visual journey of the Black experience. Initially the flow of the story seems interrupted and fast paced, but further on, it becomes clear that instead of following a linear narrative, it challenges the audience to find the connections within the short moments that frame each message.

Reiterating the same story we know and love is unnecessary, so rather, “Black is King” reinvents the Lion King through thematic experimentation intended to ignite pride in the Black identity. In a stunning collage of Afro-Soul music, narrative driven reflections and strikingly beautiful imagery, the film successfully expresses inspirational messages of hope, growth, love and community.

Some have critiqued the lavish presentation of Blackness via art, dance and fashion to be excessive and fast paced. Yet, this film’s message is focused on individuality and self love derived from the appreciation of Black culture. A culture of an entire continent and of Black communities around the world, it is anything but simple.

The immense detail in this film celebrates the complexity of Black beauty and the fast paced editing can not only be considered a reference to music video styles. It may originate from there, but can we not interpret it as being part of the overwhelming journey of defining your identity while struggling with the racial tensions in society.

Beyoncé did not create this to simply further enhance her image in a display of wealth, popular culture already associates her persona this way, we expect it and should not disregard the artistry for embracing it. She is simply using her power as a superstar to lead the unifying celebration, as should be done by those who can.

Additionally, Beyoncé is not the only star in “Black is King”, although American audiences may mainly recognize her. Emerging African artists such as Wizkid, Busiswa, Shatta Wale, Salatiel, Mr Eazi, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tekno, Moonchild Sanelly and Lord Afrixana were part of the album and in some in the film. Black American artists also include Kelly Rowland, 070 Shake, Childish Gambino, Jessie Reyez, Pharrell Williams, Nija, and Tierra Whack. The presence of these Black American legends establishes the familiarity necessary to create an alliance between both Black cultures and induce a movement of African diaspora celebration.

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Taylor Swift – Folklore

By Eamonn Burke

Taylor Swift‘s surprise album “Folklore” exceeds 1.3 Million Sold Globally in 24 Hours. She announced its release to fans on Instagram in a chain of posts, describing how “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen.”

In under 24 hours, Taylor Swift’s 5 Star album folklore sold over 1.3 million copies around the world. It also shattered “the global record for first-day album streams on Spotify by a female artist” with 80.6 million streams and delivered “the most-streamed pop album on Apple Music in 24 hours” with 35.47M streams. Additionally, folklore set the U.S. and Worldwide Amazon Music Indie/Alternative Streaming Record.

Folklore sets spotify global record for first day album streams by a female artist with 80.6M.

Folklore sets record as the most streamed pop album on Apple Music in
24 Hours with 35.47M

Folklore sets U.S. and worldwide Amazon Music indie/alternative streaming record

Folklore is the ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s eighth album. folklore arrives as Taylor’s highest rated critically acclaimed album on Metacritic, currently ranked 96.5.

“Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the “perfect” time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,” said Taylor.

This spectacular 16-song album was produced by Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift and features a musical collaboration with Bon Iver. Vinyl, CD and Cassette editions of the album will feature one bonus track.

“Cardigan” – the first official single release from folklore – is also released today. It is written by Taylor Swift and Aaron Dessner and produced by Aaron Dessner. The accompanying music video was directed by Taylor Swift.

Though Swift was initially unsure about the release of the album, she says she came to realize that if “My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world.” Country singer turned pop star, Taylor Swift has had a long history of feuds and drama, but it appears she is putting that behind her on this album, as she did on her 2019 album “Lover.” “I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears,and musings into (the album)” she says.

“Folklore” Track List

“The 1″

“Cardigan”

“The Last Great American Dynasty”

“Exile” (featuring Bon Iver)

“My Tears Ricochet”

“Mirrorball”

“Seven”

“August”

“This is Me Trying”

“Illicit Affairs”

“Invisible String”

“Mad Woman”

“Epiphany”

“Betty”

“Peace”

“Hoax”

“The Lakes” (Bonus Track)

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