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DaniLeigh - MOVIE with a visual album

DaniLeigh – “MOVIE” with a visual album

Billion-streaming, buzzworthy artist, dancer, choreographer DaniLeigh announced the arrival of her eagerly anticipated second album, MOVIE, available everywhere today via Def Jam Recordings.  

LISTEN TO MOVIE

WATCH MOVIE VISUAL ALBUM

WATCH MOVIE ALBUM TRAILER

MOVIE, with a Visual Album counterpart, collects DaniLeigh’s three recent singles and video successes comprising “Levi High” featuring Da Baby, (precursor to the “Levi High Challenge” TikTok compilation video); “Dominican Mami” featuring Fivio Foreign (whose sizzling video was shot on location in DaniLeigh’s ancestral Dominican Republic); and “Monique,” soundtrack of Finish Line’s high-profile #ShoesSoFresh campaign. In support of the campaign, DaniLeigh personally appeared in the Chapter 1 Parks Department  video with Caleb McLaughlin and Lil Durk, which has generated over 13 million YouTube views in its first three weeks out.

BET Awards “Best New Artist” nominee and Rolling Stone Breakthrough Artist DaniLeigh crossed over the prestigious 1 billion cumulative global streams threshold with her RIAA platinum smash singles “Lil Bebe” remix featuring Lil Baby (2018), and “Easy” remix featuring Chris Brown (2019).  

MOVIE by DaniLeigh – tracklisting:

  1. “Superstar”
  2. “Situations
  3. “My Terms” featuring PND
  4. “Put U On”
  5. “Bullshit”
  6. “Mistreated”
  7. “Monique”
  8. “Dominican Mami” featuring Fivio Foreign
  9. “Levi High” featuring DaBaby 
  10. “Diamonds On Me” featuring Gunna & Yella
  11. “Famous”
  12. “Keeper”
  13. “Above And Beyond”
  14. “Baby Say”
  15. “I Wish” featuring Ty 
  16. “Last Night”

 ABOUT DANILEIGH:

DaniLeigh has quietly become an inescapable force in music, fashion, and culture, at large. Beyond amassing 1 billion combined global streams and building an audience of over 3 million Instagram followers and 1 million YouTube subscribers, the 25-year old platinum songstress was named a Rolling Stone Breakthrough Artist, while HIGHSNOBIETY christened her “one of the most forward-thinking artists in the game,” and Refinery29 described her as “a fly girl who knows without a doubt that she’s fly, but doesn’t care if you agree.” Born Danielle Curiel to Dominican parents in Miami, she emerged under the watch of royalty when Prince handpicked her to direct the 2013 music video for “Breakfast Can Wait.”  The late legend acted as her mentor as she developed a signature style.

Upon signing to Def Jam in 2017, she dropped the single “Can’t Relate” (featuring YBN, Nahmir, and YG). Her debut EP, Summer With Friends, (September 2017) contained “Lurkin’” (heard on Season 2 of the HBO series Insecure); and “All I Know” featuring Kes. Her Shiggy-created version of Drake’s #InMyFeelingsdance challenge went viral, raking in over 10 million Instagram views. Her 2018 debut album The Plan, set DaniLeigh on her way to over 1 billion combined global streams for her RIAA platinum smash singles “Lil Bebe” remix featuring Lil Baby (which marked her debut television performance on Seth Myers), and “Easy” remix featuring Chris Brown, which earned a 2019 BET Soul Train Award nomination for Best Dance Performance.

After the October 2019 release of “Cravin'” featuring G-Eazy, DaniLeigh surprised fans with My Present, a 4-song EP of brand new tracks that was a personal gift to herself on the day of her 25th birthday, December 20, 2019.  In the midst of the 2020 pandemic that ensued came two late-spring smash collabos, “Levi High” featuring Da Baby, followed quickly by the sizzling “Dominican Mami” featuring Fivio Foreign, and “Monique,” soundtrack of Finish Line’s high-profile #ShoesSoFresh campaign.  In conjunction with the campaign, she appeared in the Chapter 1 Parks Department video with Caleb McLaughlin (from Stranger Things) and Lil Durk, which generated over 11 million YouTube views in its first two weeks out.  All three single + video releases would be included on DaniLeigh’s second album, MOVIE, (November 2020), a 16-song release accompanied by a visual album counterpart that will undoubtedly live up to its title as her biggest and boldest body of work yet.

“DaniLeigh Wants to Get You Out of Your Feelings and Onto the Dance Floor.” – COMPLEX 

“This is a fly girl who knows without a doubt that she’s fly, but doesn’t care if you agree.” – Refinery29 

“She’s got the laid-back cool of an It Girl and the swagger of a rap star on stage, and her dance moves please crowds.” – Harper’s Bazaar

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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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