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Demi Lovato illustration by Kaelen Felix for use by 360 Magazine

DEMI LOVATO – “DANCING WITH THE DEVIL” MUSIC VIDEO EASTER EGGS

DEMI LOVATO GOES BEHIND THE SCENES OF “DANCING WITH THE DEVIL” MUSIC VIDEO EXCLUSIVELY FOR VEVO FOOTNOTES

“Its a really important reminder of everything that Ive overcome, and that Im stronger and more in control of my life than ever.”

– Demi Lovato

23 HIDDEN EASTER EGGS WITHIN THE MUSIC VIDEO REVEALED

Global superstar Demi Lovato and her team of collaborators behind the new “Dancing With The Devil” music video have partnered with Vevo to reveal hidden messages and everything you didn’t know about the video’s creation process exclusively for Vevo Footnotes.

WATCH THE MAKING OF “DANCING WITH THE DEVIL” VEVO FOOTNOTES

“Dancing With The Devil” appears on Lovato’s newest album, Dancing With The Devil… The Art Of Starting Over.

The music video’s co-director, Michael D. Ratner, details their commitment to ensuring each frame has meaning and matches Lovato’s reality, and that production runs smoothly so she wouldn’t have to relive each scene multiple times.

A digital XR stage was used to take viewers through Lovato’s experience, which also created a sense of photographic memory to convey her re-telling of the moments before her overdose. Everything from the cast members t-shirts to hairstyles and color are accurate in this artistic reenactment of Lovato’s most trying times.

Below is a complete outline of “The Making of “Dancing With The Devil’ | Vevo Footnotes, including key insight from the music video’s executive director and more from Lovato herself.

FOOTNOTES OUTLINE:

0:16 Narration: ”Dancing With The Devil” is the second video from Demi Lovato’s seventh studio album, Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over. Both the video and doc directly address Demi’s near-fatal overdose in July 2018 as well as her road to recovery.

0:31 Demi co-directed the video with Michael D. Ratner, who also helmed the documentary. Miranda Sherman was the video’s Executive Producer.

0:39 Miranda Sherman: ”The documentary was really important preparation for this project. We had time to really understand and unpack the story – get the full scope of it. In the actual creation of the music video, we’re telling the literal story but also communicating visually the feeling of that night.”

0:59 Demi Lovato: ”There’s something really cathartic and healing about being able to address trauma through art for me.”

1:09 Narration: The video took two days to film but the preparation took six months.

1:13 Michael D. Ratner: ”Our commitment to telling this story with care really started with the process. At every stage of pre-production–from overall concept to shot-listing to storyboarding to blocking camera movements–we checked in with Demi and her team stayed honest and created a space of autonomy and empowerment.”

1:36 Narration: Demi wore this “Legalize Marijuana’ t-shirt because it’s similar to the one she actually wore on the night of her overdose. The bedroom scene was the last shot of the day, and the toughest scene for Demi to film. The camera movement required a techno-crane. The team rehearsed endlessly so that Demi didn’t have to go through the scene multiple times.

2:00 Michael D. Ratner: ”There are no accidents in this video. From where people are facing to what they bring into frame, or where they are in frame, everything is thought through and has meaning. Demi has 23 tattoos and there are 23 easter eggs in the video.”

2:20 Michael D. Ratner: ”The video is in no way glorifying drinking or drug use. Quite the opposite, and that’s why there’s that constant chilling reminder of the hospital bed, which is symbolic of the scary possibility that the danger of addiction is very real and very present.”

2:38 Narration: In order to cover so many locations and emotions, they used a digital XR stage to take the viewer through Demi’s experience, which also created a sense of photographic memory to convey Demi’s re-telling of the night before and morning of her overdose.

2:53 Many of Demi’s friends and family appear in the documentary, but for this video, actors were used to represent them. Their faces are deliberately hidden.

2:59 Demi Lovato: ”When recreating the night before my overdose some of the actors are wearing clothing to match some of my friends who were there, including Dani Vitale’s white tank top, which is seen in the documentary’s archival footage. In the scene where I’m surrounded by family in the hospital, one of the actresses has hair the same color as my sister Dallas in 2018.”

3:20 Narration: Ratner and his team made specific technical choices with the goal of helping viewers understand the feeling of falling into addiction, drug abuse, overdose, and recovery. Demi’s case manager was on set during the filming of the video. Before filming began, Ratner worked with him to ensure the shoot was a safe space for her and she was as comfortable as possible.

3:50 Demi Lovato: ”At the beginning of the video, the diffused effect of the kaleidoscopic light on the glass mirrors mimic the blurry feeling of using drugs and indicated the start of this dangerous journey. The last shot of the video reveals the disco ball spinning over the hospital bed and serves as an eerie reminder that the challenge of addiction is persistent and recovery is an ongoing process.”

4:09 Narration: Demi got this “survivor’ tattoo in 2019. It covers the scar from where her dialysis port was.

4:15 Demi Lovato: ”It’s a really important reminder of everything that I’ve overcome, and that I’m stronger and more in control of my life than ever.”

ABOUT VEVO:

Vevo is the world’s leading music video network, connecting an ever-growing global audience to high quality music video content for more than a decade. Founded by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in 2009, Vevo offers fans worldwide a vast array of premium content to choose from, showcasing official music videos alongside a constantly developing lineup of live performances and innovative original programming. From top superstars to rising new talents, Vevo brings incomparable cross-promotional support to artists across the musical spectrum, at every stage of their careers.

Vevo has consistently evolved over the past decade to lead within today’s ever-changing media landscape, embracing partnerships with a number of leading distribution platforms to deliver extraordinary content within ad-supported environments. With more than 26B views across television, desktop and mobile devices each month, Vevo brings music videos to the world when, where, and how fans want them.

Vevo is available on YouTube, Samsung, Samsung TV Plus, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo Show, PlutoTV, Apple TV, Roku, Comcast (Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex), VIZIO, Sky (NowTV and SkyQ), Foxxum, XITE, NetRange, Redbox, T-Mobile Play, Virgin Media, Xumo, Telstra and Vewd.

Justin Bieber Illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

JUSTIN BIEBER – HOLY

VEVO AND JUSTIN BIEBER RELEASE EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE OF “HOLY”

FINAL OF FOUR VIDEOS TO BE RELEASED BY VEVO AS PART OF HIS OFFICIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE SERIES

WATCH: “HOLY”

WATCH: “LONELY”

WATCH: “ANYONE”

WATCH: “HOLD ON”

Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, announces the release of Justin Bieber’s Official Live Performance of “Holy,” from his new album Justice. “Anyone” follows Justin Bieber’s previous Official Live Performances of “Hold On,” “Anyone,” and “Lonely.” Vevo’s Official Live Performances are the result of close creative collaboration with artists and their teams, resulting in a series of immense performances.

“We are so excited to release these exclusive performances to Justin’s fans all around the world,” says JP Evangelista, SVP, Content, Programming & Marketing. “Since “Baby” was first released in 2010 we have worked closely with Justin on his numerous video releases, and watched him grow and develop into one of the world’s biggest artists–he has honed his craft and his maturity and evolved sound as a musician is evident as he taped these performances for us. We are so pleased with what we captured, as being able to work so closely and creatively with an artist is key in the final product.”

Justin was one of Vevo’s Top 10 Worldwide Most Watched Artists of 2020, with his track “Yummy” coming in at 2020’s #2 in Vevo’s most-watched global video chart. 2021 saw Justin release Justice, his sixth studio album, which includes the chart-topping global smashes “Holy” feat. Chance The Rapper, “Lonely” feat. Benny Blanco, “Anyone,” and “Hold On,” garnering over two billion streams worldwide. Most recently, Justin dropped the music video for “Peaches,” which racked up more than five million views in less than 24 hours.

“I loved working with Vevo to create these Official Live Performances,” says Justin, “Vevo has been part of all of my video releases since the beginning, and I feel so blessed to have them championing me for over a decade.”

Previously, Justin partnered with Vevo to take fans behind the scenes of his recent releases with Vevo Footnotes videos for “Holy,” “Lonely” and “Anyone.” With over 75 billion career streams and over 70 million albums sold worldwide, Justin Bieber continues to reign as one of the biggest artists in the world.

Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on Vevo’s Youtube channel

ABOUT VEVO

Vevo is the world’s leading music video network, connecting an ever-growing global audience to high-quality music video content for more than a decade. Founded by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in 2009, Vevo offers fans worldwide a vast array of premium content to choose from, showcasing official music videos alongside a constantly developing lineup of live performances and innovative original programming. From top superstars to rising new talents, Vevo brings incomparable cross-promotional support to artists across the musical spectrum, at every stage of their careers.

Vevo has consistently evolved over the past decade to lead within today’s ever-changing media landscape, embracing partnerships with a number of leading distribution platforms to deliver extraordinary content within ad-supported environments. With more than 26B views across television, desktop and mobile devices each month, Vevo brings music videos to the world when, where, and how fans want them.

Vevo is available on YouTube, Samsung, Samsung TV Plus, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo Show, PlutoTV, Apple TV, Roku, Comcast (Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex), VIZIO, Sky (NowTV and SkyQ), Foxxum, XITE, NetRange, Redbox, T-Mobile Play, Virgin Media, Xumo, Telstra and Vewd.

ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER

Justin Bieber’s new album JUSTICE has broken streaming records on Spotify and topped Apple Music charts in over 117 countries. JUSTICE includes the chart-topping global smashes “Holy,” “Lonely,” “Anyone,” “Hold On,” and the new track and video “Peaches,” which combined have garnered over two billion streams worldwide, dominating radio airplay to the tune of over 215 million in US audience. Headed into release, the tracks alone have amassed an equivalent of 400,000 albums in the U.S. and over 1.3 million albums worldwide. With over 75 billion career streams and over 70 million albums sold worldwide, Justin Bieber continues to reign as one of the biggest artists in the world. Bieber is the #1 artist on YouTube with over 60 million subscribers worldwide and broke global records at Spotify with over 65 million monthly listeners.

Justice World Tour

The tour was to kick off this summer but due to COVID-19 restrictions varying by state, the tour is being moved to 2022. The Justice World Tour 2022, presented by T-Mobile, is adding 7 new arena shows to total 52-dates. Tickets for new shows go on sale later this month. For more information, please visit Justin’s website.

Justin Bieber Justice World Tour image via Justin Bieber for use by 360 Magazine

Dua Lipa illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

DUA LIPA – BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

*Dua Lipa performs wins 2021 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album

DUA LIPA × ELLE

KO Media reveals the Summer issue of Elle Canada

KO Media is pleased to unveil the Summer issue of ELLE Canada, covered by chart-topping talent Dua Lipa, who released her much-anticipated new album during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering a crop of hits able to make audiences both dance and cry. “I think it’s important to talk about your emotions and to be vulnerable and to show that you’re human,” says the artist in the candid conversation, also opening up about her isolation uniform and cooking-at-home adventures.

The escapist Summer issue equips readers with all the fashion, celebrity, style, beauty, health, and political conversations readers crave. The issue includes a primer on Canadian designers changing the industry, an intimate chat with Canadian powerhouse Shay Mitchell, the best ways to protect our skin this summer, a horoscope special to help navigate the season and a dreamy assortment of easy pastels and crisp whites fit for hot summer dressing. But the Summer issue also grapples with stuff-of-life questions: How do you manage relationships between two ambitious alpha partners? How can the COVID-19 slowdown present an opportunity for us to reassess breakneck-speed spending?

Vitally, ELLE Canada remains dedicated to showcasing diverse voices and reflecting the lived experiences of all Canadians. Though the Summer issue went to print prior to the global protests against anti-black racism, readers can turn to ElleCanada.com for up-to-the-minute coverage of the civil rights movement unfolding across the country and engage with difficult, frank, and thought-provoking discussions about how White silence is tantamount to violence against BIPOC Canadians, why Canadian media continues to shirk its responsibility to showcase Indigenous voices, and how we can come together to grapple with freeing our society from the burdens of systemic racism and oppression. “Activism and allyship are defined by effort and by taking action,” says Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft. “We will continue to do the work necessary to honor and support all Canadians.”

Three-Time Grammy Winner Dua Lipa Announces Her Third All-New Wax Figure for Madame Tussauds New York

On the heels of her third Grammy award and three nominations at The BRIT Awards 2021, global pop superstar Dua Lipa will be honored with a third wax figure, which will be featured at the iconic Madame Tussauds New York location in Times Square.

Unique, direct access to A-List celebrities allows Madame Tussauds to create the best wax figures in the world. Celebrities are intimately involved in the figure-making process, which begins at the ‘sitting’ where Madame Tussauds studio artists work with talent to capture exact measurements, hair color, eye color, and skin tone. The figure will take around six months and 20 studio artists to create in London before it’s ready for its place in the spotlight in the Big Apple. In the meantime, fans can visit her first two figures at Madame Tussauds London and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

The Summer issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on Monday, June 29th, and the digital edition can be bought here.

Lil Baby illustrated by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Lil Baby Performing at Grammy’s

PERFORMING ON THE 63rd ANNUAL GRAMMY’S

AIRING SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT ON CBS

NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY AWARDS:

BEST RAP SONG AND BEST RAP PERFORMANCE FOR THE BIGGER

The Recording Academy announced that Lil Baby will perform at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The Awards will air on Sunday, March 14th, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CBS Television Network from the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.

Lil Baby has been one of the most dominant and critically acclaimed names in rap since his first release in 2017. In February 2020, he released My Turn, which entered The Billboard 200 at #1, hovered in the Top 5 for 14 weeks, and then returned to the #1 selling album of any genre in 2020.

Lil Baby is as authentic as they come. At just 26 years old, he is unapologetically himself, speaking his truth in his lyrics and that connects him to listeners like no other. Last June as the nation protested, Lil Baby dropped a powerful record “The Bigger Picture”; articulating frustration, confusion, and a call to stand up for something much bigger than himself.

My Turn held 14 records simultaneously on The Billboard Hot 100 and Lil Baby has recently surpassed musical titans Prince and Paul McCartney among others in Billboard Hot 100 hits in his young 3-year career. To date, Baby’s catalog reached 22 billion global streams, scored 8 #1 songs at Urban Radio, won the BET Award for Best New Artist, named Vevo’s Top Performing Hip-Hop Artist of 2020, named MVP on Rap Caviar, and won the top award of Global Artist of the Year at the Apple Music Awards. The Bigger Picture was nominated for two Grammy’s (Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song). He has seen widespread critical acclaim from the likes of GQ and Vanity Fair and has graced the covers of Rolling Stone and NME. With such a rapid rise and a relentless stream of critical and commercial hits, it’s clear that Lil Baby is one of the greatest modern success stories in hip-hop.

Surf Mesa × Madison Beer – Carried Away

Surf Mesa and Madison Beer celebrate the euphoria of young love in the new single, “Carried Away,” released today by Astralwerks—just in time for Valentine’s Day. Coming of age and falling in love maylook different in quarantine, yet the duo evokesthe timeless essence of romance that remains unchanged. After opening simply with Madison’sexquisite, emotive vocals and acoustic guitar, the tender ballad swells as Surf imbues it with rich, ethereal layers. Download / stream “Carried Away” HERE. View the lyric video, created by Katia Temkin (Ariana Grande, Drake) as well.
“‘Carried Away’ is about the butterflies in your stomach feeling you get when you meet someone new and fall in love for the very first time,” explains Surf Mesa. “Working with Madison was a dream. I hope this song spreads love during this time when we need it more than ever.”

“When writing songs about love,” says Madison,“I’m often drawn to the ups and downs and heartache that can result from a relationship gone bad. It was refreshing to explore the other side of love for ‘Carried Away,’ the excited nerves you get from meeting someone and falling in love for the first time. I’m so grateful to Surf who made the whole process so fun.”

“Carried Away” follows Surf Mesa’s breakthrough hits “ily (i love you baby)” ft. Emilee and“Somewhere” ft. Gus Dapperton. Recently certified Platinum by the RIAA, “ily (i love you baby)”has amassed nearly two billioncombined global streams. Hailed by Rolling Stone as an ”earworm of a song,” it hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart and reached No. 2 on the U.S. Top 40 radio tally.Surf performed both songs in an exclusive live performance for Vevo DSCVR ARTISTS TO WATCH 2021. 

View Lyric Video HERE

Download / Stream “Carried Away” HERE

ABOUT SURF MESA

No matter how dark things get, Surf Mesa remains a dreamer. The 20-year-old songwriter and producer spent much of 2020 honing the escapist energy of the nostalgic electronic ballads he’s been working toward since he got a copy of FL Studio in third grade. The Seattle artist makes “music for good feels,” which made his music a breath of fresh airin a tough year. Both of his beloved 2020 singles—“ily (i love you baby)” featuring Emilee and “Somewhere” featuring Gus Dapperton—offer romance and refuge for tired minds, drenched in gossamer synth and fueled by insistent drums. The delicate “Carried Away” with Madison Beer, continues in this windswept tradition.

This placid mindset has clearly connected. “ily” was recently RIAA certified Platinum after almost 2billion global streams and nearly 4 billion TikTok videos. The song hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart and #2 on Top 40 radio.“Somewhere” is right behind it, landing on Spotify’s hallowed New Music Friday out of the gate and garnering placements on dozens of playlists across platforms since. His whirlwind rise also earned him remixing duty on Marshmello and Halsey’s “Be Kind,” and Shawn Mendes’ “Wonder”—both fitting titles for Surf’s heartwarming music to enter mainstream EDM and pop.

By year’s end, “ily” placed on Spotify and Amazon’s top songs lists, setting him up for even bigger successes this year—VEVO has already named him a DSCVR Artist To Watch for 2021. And yet, after all this, he continues to make music at home alone, the same way he’s worked since he was a kid,holed up in his room making beats between Counter-Strikematches. He has humble aims: to make catchy, chill pop music and give others a way to “feel better about their day.” Listening to Surf, it’s hard not to.

ABOUT MADISON BEER

Prior to signing withEpic Recordsin 2019, Madison Beer achieved unprecedented success as an independent artist with her partnerFirst Access Entertainment. Her debut EP As She Pleases boasts over 700 million streams and made her the first independent female solo artist to break into theTop 20 radio charts, after having debuted in theTop 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 ofTime, Rolling Stone, NME, V Magazine and Billboard, which named her among its coveted “21 Under 21” list, and has a social following that reaches an audience of over 20 million on Instagram and 12 million in TikTok.

Her latest single “Baby” was included on PAPER’S “10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now” and MTV’s “SONGS WE LOVE” list, with the video amassing over 4 million views on YouTube within its first week of release. Last year, feverish fans mobilized and left thousands of comments on Epic’s Instagram page to demand the release of “Stained Glass,” Madison’s most personal song to date, after she teased it during an Instagram Live session. Continuing on her hot streak, Madison has consistently beaten her daily best streaming numbers with “Selfish” after the single was added to Spotify’s coveted Today’s Top Hits playlist and is now certified Gold. Madison’s debut album, a strong personal and artistic statement, is slated for release in February 2021viaSing It Loud/First Access Entertainmenton exclusive license toEpic Records.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerkswas the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerkshas emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerksto sign such artists asILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY® nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 6x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”

ORSON WILDS SHARE STRIPPED-BACK VERSIONS OF “STAND UP” & “MOTHERS DAUGHTERS”

After releasing their debut singles “Stand Up” and “Mothers Daughters,” Canadian duo Orson Wilds has pared down the grandiosity of the tracks, releasing stripped-back versions of each. Together, the reimagined tracks showcase Orson Wilds’ raw talent and their ability to scale the group’s size back while still maintaining the potency of their songwriting. Both acoustic cuts are available now on all streaming platforms, while the acoustic version of “Mothers Daughters”; is joined by a new music video streaming on the band’s YouTube channel.

In its original form, “Stand Up” was called “the kind of song that sounds like it’s trying to get a whole amphitheater’s worth of people on their feet” by The Alternative, while FLOOD Magazine said that the “Mothers Daughters” video finds “the Canadian duo is doing everything they can to be added to your must-see list once venues start opening back up.”

The studio versions of “Mothers Daughters” and “Stand Up” were both recorded and produced by Will Yip (Panic! At The Disco, Turnstile, Title Fight), and will be included on the band’s forthcoming debut album expected to arrive later this year. Released in December, the band’s debut single “Stand Up” is already closing in on one million streams globally. The track was commended by Uproxx, Northern Transmissions, and The Alternative upon its release, with Uproxx declaring it “one of the most anthemic indie rock jams since Arcade Fire dropped Wake Up.” Both tracks are available now on all streaming platforms. Watch the official video for “Stand Up” here and “Mothers Daughters” here.

Orson Wilds, fronted by Eric Reid and Brianna Bordihn, have only played a handful of shows in the Southern Ontario area, focusing mainly on the honing of their craft and sound. This hard work paid off when Yip, an enthusiastic producer with bustling industry savvy, was so taken by the compositional strength of Orson Wilds’ songs that he took the band under his wing, helped them produce two new singles, and signed them to his imprint. Though Reid and Bordihn represent the core of Orson Wilds, an ever-evolving collective of friends and family round out the live iteration of the band with stomping uplifting electric guitars, horns and woodwind sections, and thrashing, urgent percussion.

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Debut Music Video for QueloQue – Major Lazer × Paloma Mami

Major Lazer debuts the music video for “QueLoQue” featuring multi-platinum, rising global artist Paloma Mami today—watch it here. The track is from Major Lazer’s new album and their first since 2015, Music Is The Weapon, out now to critical acclaim and featuring collaborations with Nicki Minaj, J Balvin, Anitta, Khalid and many more.

Directed by Sam Hayes, the video is a tribute to the iconic Hype Williams videos of the 90’s, featuring a playful performance from Paloma Mami as well as sci-fi backdrops and fisheye lenses. New York-born, Chilean artist Paloma Mami is one of Latin music’s biggest rising stars. In only 2 years Paloma has generated 1B+ streams worldwide as well as various multi-platinum and platinum singles capturing the eyes of some the biggest names in music.

Music Is The Weapon continues to fulfill Major Lazer’s goal of making the world smaller by making the party bigger. Coming five years after Peace Is The Mission and countless world tours—with stops in seldom-visited destinations including Pakistan, Cuba and Nigeria—Music Is The Weapon highlights the group’s thoroughly global approach. The album includes songs in five languages and features collaborations with a roster of emerging artists and superstars from around the globe whom the group has encountered on their travels.

In addition to Paloma Mami’s feature on track “QueLoQue,” Jamaican rising stars Sheensea and BEAM feature on “Tiny” and Indian producer Nucleya and vocalist Rashmeet Kaur on the desi bass track “Jadi Buti.” Anitta returns to the group’s fold on the Latin Grammy-nominated “Rave de Favela,” following their 2017 collaboration “Sua Cara,” which was one of the first times the now-superstar was heard outside of her native Brazil. Mr Eazi—who Lazer first collaborated with in 2017 and with whom they have toured Africa—joins fellow Nigerian K4mo and the legendary Nicki Minaj on the Afrobeat-inspired “Oh My Gawd.”

The chart-topping “Que Calor” with J Balvin and El Alfa embraces the reggaeton and dembow that have made the two titans of Latin music worldwide—sounds that Major Lazer first explored in 2013 with “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” with Busy Signal (the Jamaican superstar who is featured on the Soca track “Sun Comes Up” and with whom the band has been collaborating since their very earliest releases). The result is the ultimate showcase of Major Lazer’s ability to produce massive singles and highlight vibrant sounds from up and coming artists around the world.

ABOUT MAJOR LAZER

Major Lazer is the global dance trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Ape Drums. Named for the group’s fictional figurehead, a one-armed Jamaican Zombie War commando, Major Lazer’s mission is to free the universe with music. The band has released three acclaimed albums, 2009’s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do, 2013’s Free The Universe and 2015’s Peace Is The Mission, featuring “Lean On” with DJ Snake and MØ—one of the most successful songs of all time.

ABOUT PALOMA MAMI

Paloma Mami is a New York born, Chilean artist that exploded onto the scene in 2018 with her independently released single “Not Steady,” a Spanglish viral sensation that left a huge digital footprint. The track was the first she ever recorded (!) and set her up to ink her first major recording contract. After her discovery, Paloma decided to focus her efforts and passion on establishing a musical career. Her efforts have proved to be successful, as she is the first Chilean artist of her generation with the potential to become a global artist. In only 2 years, Paloma has generated 1B+ Streams WW, 1.8M+ YouTube subscribers and has released various multi-platinum, platinum and gold singles capturing the eye of some of music’s biggest names. With a delicate but powerful voice, her music mixes Latin Urban, R&B, and Trap/Soul, creating an undeniably unique sound. Paloma Mami is very clear about what she intends to accomplish with her music.

MUSIC IS THE WEAPON TRACKLIST

  1. Hell and High Water (feat. Alessia Cara)
  2. Sun Comes Up (feat. Busy Signal & Joeboy)
  3. Bam Bam (feat. French Montana & BEAM)
  4. Tiny (feat. BEAM & Sheensea)
  5. Oh My Gawd with Mr Eazi (feat. Nicki Minaj and K4mo)
  6. Trigger (feat. Khalid)
  7. Lay Your Head On Me (feat. Marcus Mumford)
  8. Can’t Take It From Me (feat. Skip Marley)
  9. Rave de Favela (feat. MC Lan & Anitta)
  10. Que Lo Que (feat. Paloma Mami)
  11. Marijuana (feat. Nucleya & Rashmeet Kaur)
  12. Que Calor (feat. J. Balvin & El Alfa)

Duke Deuce – Soldiers Steppin

Memphis’ rising crunk star, Duke Deuce kicks off 2021 with his new rapid battle-ready song/video “Soldiers Steppin.” Watch the wild video here and stream the song here via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Made Men Movement. “Soldiers Steppin”; makes its broadcast premier on BET Jams and BET Hip Hop.

The military themed video executive directed by Duke Deuce himself from the wardrobe to the script, finds Duke and his crew as soldiers being disciplined under their sergeant. Weapons at hand and the 1,2 step on lock, the crew bounce their way through training.

Duke’s sound is unique defying rap boundaries bringing Memphis crunk culture back to the forefront. Already under his belt Duke has collaborated with the likes of Mulatto, Lil Yachty, Juicy J, Project Pat, and more. Recent releases from Duke include his punchline filled “Duke Nukem Freestyle” and his southern stripclub themed “KIRK (ft. Mulatto).” Duke grew up around the Memphis sound and recalls the likes of Three6Mafia, 8Ball, and MJG as influences as well as his father Duke Nitty who produced the Memphis classic “S.O.U.T.H. Parkway” by Gangsta Blac. Duke is just getting started this year with one “what the f***” adlib at a time.

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Billie Eilish × Rosalía – Lo Vas A Olvidar

Internationally acclaimed, GRAMMY® Award winning artists Billie Eilish [Darkroom/Interscope Records] and Rosalía [Columbia Records] have joined forces for ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ – listen HERE. The alluring new collaboration is out now across all platforms worldwide and previewed earlier this week on the official trailer for HBO’s hit show EUPHORIA and its upcoming special episode, “Part 2: Jules,” which premieres January 24. The official music video was directed by award winning Nabil, and stars both Billie Eilish and Rosalía.

Watch the official music video for ‘Lo Vas A Olvidar’ HERE.

In other Billie Eilish news, the 19-year-old pop-phenom follows her 2020 history-making GRAMMY® Award wins with 4 additional nominations for the 2021 63rd Annual GRAMMY® AwardsBillie Eilish was nominated in 4 categories for her critically acclaimed song ‘everything i wanted’ (Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance) and her official James Bond theme song ‘No Time To Die’ (Best Song Written For Visual Media). The 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards are set to take place and air on CBS on March 14.

Next month sees the worldwide premiere of her highly anticipated documentary film, “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, the film will be released in theaters by NEON and premiere globally on Apple TV+ on February 26, 2021. Watch the official trailer HERE.

Billie Eilish has also announced she will be releasing her first ever personal photo-filled book, titled BILLIE EILISH on May 11. Pre-order HERE

While Rosalía has spent a large majority of the last year immersed in the creative process of writing and recording her eagerly-awaited next album, she also notably closed out 2020 by leading the field of LATIN GRAMMY winners for the second year in a row, joining Travis Scott, Bad Bunny and the Weeknd on collaborative tracks, and  becoming the first-ever all-Spanish language music artist to grace the COVER of VOGUE in the United States, with the unveiling of the January 2021 “Vogue Values” issue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Last week also saw Rolling Stone declare her upcoming full length release as “One of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2021.”

ABOUT BILLIE EILISH

Billie Eilish has become one of the biggest stars to emerge since the release of her debut single “Ocean Eyes” in 2015 and continues to shatter the ceiling of music with her genre-defying sound. Fast forward from her humble breakout to 2019 when Billie’s album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S as well as 17 additional countries and was the most streamed album of the year.  WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? was written, produced and recorded entirely by Billie Eilish and brother Finneas in their childhood home in Los Angeles. Billie Eilish went on to make history as the youngest artist to receive nominations and win in all the major categories at the 62nd Grammy Awards receiving an award for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. Billie Eilish is also the youngest artist to write and record an official James Bond theme song, “No Time To Die.”

ABOUT ROSALÍA

With the May 2018 release of Rosalía’s innovative breakthrough single “Malamente (Cap.1: Augurio)” – and the fall arrival of her landmark album “El Mal Querer,”  fans worldwide quickly embraced Rosalía’s phenomenal vocal capability meshed with her now fully realized fusion of classic Flamenco and other timeless music styles of Spain, with R&B, hip-hop, contemporary Latin-American rhythms and electronic beats. Coupled with Rosalía’s strong influences from industrial visual arts, female empowerment, fashion and choreography, it became clear to critics that: “Rosalía is a complicated genius… El Mal Querer is a boundary-breaking modern masterpiece … that has resonated like a shockwave… it stands out from virtually everything else on the global pop landscape .” Within the subsequent two years, Rosalia has garnered a GRAMMY Award, performance, a first-ever Best New Artist nomination for a Spanish Language artist, and eight Latin Grammys, including Album of the Year, 2 MTV VMA’s, multiple magazine covers, Coachella and Lollapalooza festival appearances, the most watched global YouTube video of 2019 for a female artist, landmark brand partnerships with Nike and MAC’s “Viva Glam” campaign, and “Best Music of the Decade” picks from Rolling Stone, Billboard, GQ, The LA Times, Pitchfork and more… and that’s just the beginning.

Tate McRae – rubberband

Rising global superstar Tate McRae releases her new track and music video for “rubberband” (listen/watch here).  The track continues to showcase Tate’s undeniable songwriting and vocal ability while the music video combines both talents with incredible choreography for yet another triple threat moment.

After a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night (watch here), Tate’s current single, “you broke me first” continues to dominate all over the globe.  The track currently has over 635 million streams worldwide and helped Tate to secure her the top spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart.  The track also reached #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Mixshow Chart and is currently #33 on the Hot 100 chart.  “ybmf” is also #12 on the Top 40 Airplay Chart.  Overseas, the track peaked at #3 in the UK and is still in the Top 10th for its 12th week on the chart.  The track is 4X Platinum in Ireland, 2X Platinum in Canada, Mexico and New Zealand, Platinum in the US, UK, Australia, Finland, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

Mixing her vocal ability with her unparalleled dance moves, Tate performed the single on the MTV’s European Music Awards (watch here) as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October (watch here) and the VMA Pre-show (watch here) in August.  She was also named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician on the list as well as Amazon’s Artist to Watch in 2021, Pandora’s Artists To Watch 2021 list and included on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 One’s To Watch list.

ABOUT TATE MCRAE

In just over a year, singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become the artist on the rise.  She currently has over 3 million subscribers and over 400 million video views on YouTube and has nearly 1 billion combined on demand streams to date.  She’s been named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise, MTV’s Push Artist for July and received a nomination for a 2020 MTV Video Music Award.

She released her debut EP all the things i never said, in January which features her standout tracks “stupid” “tear myself apart,” “all my friends are fake,” and “that way” as well as additional tracks “vicious” ft. Lil Mosey, “don’t be sad” and “lie to me” ft. Ali Gatie.  She has received a praise from a number of publications including Fader, Variety, Idolator, Wonderland, NME, iD, Seventeen, E! Young Hollywood, has graced the cover of UK’s Dork Magazine and so much more.

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old.  She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the “The Best Dancer” honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on EllenThe Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her “Create with Tate” music series where she has been consistently releasing original music (check out some here).

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