New-Vehicles Improve × J.D. Power

New-Vehicle Initial Quality Improves Again, J.D. Power Finds

Genesis, Kia and Hyundai Are Three Highest-Ranked Brands

New-vehicle quality has improved for the fourth consecutive year—by 4% from 2017—and has reached its best level ever, according to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS),SM released today.

Initial quality is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. In this year’s study, quality improves across six of the eight categories measured, with 21 of the 31 brands included in the study improving their quality from 2017. The industry average of 93 PP100 is 4 PP100 better than in 2017.

“There’s no question that most automakers are doing a great job of listening to consumers and are producing vehicle quality of the highest caliber,” said Dave Sargent, Vice President of Global Automotive at J.D. Power. “That said, some vehicle owners are still finding problems. As vehicles become more complex and automated, it is critical that consumers have complete confidence in automakers’ ability to deliver fault-free vehicles.”

Following are some key findings of the 2018 study:

• Most vehicle areas improve: Of the eight categories measured, vehicle exterior improves the most, now at 15.2 PP100, compared with 16.6 PP100 in 2017. Improvements include less wind noise and fewer paint imperfections. Significant year-over-year improvements also occur in the seats (8.0 PP100 vs. 8.7 PP100) and vehicle interior (14.3 PP100 vs. 14.7 PP100) categories.

• Porsche 911 posts best score of any model: The Porsche 911 has the lowest overall problem level (48 PP100) of any model this year. This is also the lowest level recorded in this generation of the study (2013-2018). The U.S. Initial Quality Study, which was first published in 1987, is currently in its fourth generation.

• All domestic corporations improve faster than the industry: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (7 PP100 improvement), Ford Motor Company (5 PP100 improvement) and General Motors (5 PP100 improvement) all outpace the industry average rate of improvement (4 PP100).

• Infotainment problems are decreasing: Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation (ACEN) remains the most problematic category for new-vehicle owners. However, this area has improved for the third consecutive year, led by fewer problems with built-in voice recognition systems.

• Globalization of auto industry continues: Vehicles in the 2018 study are manufactured in 25 countries, 11 of which weren’t present in the study five years ago. Those 11 countries include Brazil, China, Finland, India, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. The other 14 countries include Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

• Increasing problems with driver assistance systems: As automakers add more advanced driver assistance systems to their vehicles, more consumers are experiencing problems. The level is still low (3.5 PP100 on average) but has been increasing by about 20% a year for the past three years.

“As we look to the future, avoiding problems with safety and driver assistance technology is critical,” Sargent said. “In an era of increasingly automated vehicles, vehicle owners have to be comfortable using foundational technologies like lane keep assistance and collision avoidance. Otherwise, automakers will not easily overcome consumer resistance to fully automated (driverless) cars.”

Highest-Ranked Brands and Models

Genesis ranks highest in overall initial quality with a score of 68 PP100. Kia (72 PP100) ranks second and Hyundai (74 PP100) ranks third. This is the first time that three Korean brands are at the top of the overall ranking, and it is the fourth consecutive year that Kia is the highest-ranking Mass Market brand. Porsche (79 PP100) ranks fourth and Ford (81 PP100) ranks fifth.

Mazda is the most-improved brand, with owners reporting 25 PP100 fewer problems than in 2017. Other brands with strong improvements include Mitsubishi (20 PP100 improvement), Cadillac (15 PP100 improvement), Infiniti (15 PP100 improvement), Hyundai (14 PP100 improvement) and Lexus (14 PP100 improvement).

The parent company receiving the most model-level awards for its various brands is Ford Motor Company (five awards), followed by Hyundai Motor Group (four), and BMW, General Motors and Nissan (three each).

• Ford Motor Company models that rank highest in their respective segments are Ford Expedition; Ford Mustang; Ford Super Duty; Lincoln Continental; and Lincoln MKC.

• Hyundai Motor Group models that rank highest in their segments are Genesis G90; Hyundai Tucson; Kia Rio; and Kia Sorento.

• General Motors models that rank highest in their segments are Buick Envision; Chevrolet Silverado; and Chevrolet Silverado HD.

• BMW models that rank highest in their segments are BMW 4 Series; BMW X1; and BMW X6.

• Nissan models that rank highest in their segments are Nissan Altima; Nissan Frontier; and Nissan Maxima.

Other models that rank highest in their respective segments are Acura ILX, Dodge Grand Caravan, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Toyota Corolla.

Plant Quality Awards

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Yoshiwara plant (Japan), which produces the Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser, receives the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing models with the fewest defects or malfunctions. Plant quality awards are based solely on defects and malfunctions and exclude design-related problems.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Cambridge North (Canada) plant, which produces the Toyota Corolla, and Georgetown 3 (Ky.) plant, which produces the Lexus ES, each receive the Gold Plant Quality Award in a tie for the Americas region. BMW Group’s Dingolfing 02 (Germany) plant, which produces the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series, receives the Gold Plant Quality Award for the Europe/Africa region.

The 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study is based on responses from 75,712 purchasers and lessees of new 2018 model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study is based on a 233-question battery organized into eight vehicle categories designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement. The study was fielded from February through May 2018.

Find detailed information on vehicle quality, as well as model photos and specs, at jdpower.com/quality

For more information about the 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study, visit http://www.jdpower.com/resource/us-initial-quality-study-iqs

See the online press release at http://www.jdpower.com/pr-id/2018086.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

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LOUIS VUITTON × FIFA 2018

Louis Vuitton opens Pop-Up Store dedicated to The FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection at Miami Design District

Louis Vuitton opens a special pop-up store at Miami Design District dedicated to the FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection. The pop-up store will be open to the public from June 14th through July 15th and designed with the collection’s inspiration in mind.

Since 2010, Louis Vuitton provided a travel case for one of the world’s most sought-after, legendary trophies of the world: the FIFA World CupTM Trophy. For FIFA World CupTM Russia 2018, Louis Vuitton’s relationship with FIFA World CupTM has grown to encompass a new leather good collection: the Louis Vuitton 2018 FIFA World CupTM Official Licensed Product Collection.

The pop-up store features unique versions of Keepall and Apollo bags, and a selection of small leather goods inspired by the legendary Official Match Ball of the 1970 FIFA World CupTM. Made with the House’s iconic Epi leather first introduced in the 1920s, the styles will be proposed in up to three colors combinations.

The hexagon design is created using a three-stage embossing procedure that is both innovative and based upon the House’s historic savoir-faire, allowing each coloured hexagon to have a richly textured feel, reminiscent of classic footballs.

For a more exclusive version, a “Made-To-Order” Keepall is proposed in a rich palette of 8 pentagon colors. Each of them can be associated with one of the 5 colors of trimmings to create a Keepall in the colors of almost any national flag. Completing this sophisticated offer, an Epi leather luggage tag could be embossed with one of 35 national flags, including the nations taking part in the competition.

The new pop up store will present a unique, limited-edition FIFA World CupTM Official Match Ball Collection Trunk that is set to become an instant collector’s item. Based on the House’s traditional wardrobe trunks, it opens to reveal a stunning collection of 14 footballs: 13 reeditions of the Official Match Balls used at FIFA World CupTM tournaments since 1970, all fabricated especially for this project by adidas, and one Louis Vuitton designed football.

 

LOUIS VUITTON MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT POP-UP STORE

Paradise Plaza, 151 NE 41st Street, Miami FL 33137

Open to public from June 14th to July 15th

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm

For information: (305) 573-1366

In addition, there will be live streaming of games open to the public at Paradise Plaza.

#LouisVuitton #WorldCup

 ABOUT LOUIS VUITTON

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the Maison remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton,  who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories  which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then,  audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton.

Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects,  artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines  such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and stationery.  These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment  to fine craftsmanship.

For further information :  www.louisvuitton.com

BET Pre-Party

Stars collided at Interscope Records’ annual BET Awards pre-party, held last night at Poppy in West Hollywood. The mesmerizing venue, known for dabbling with surrealism while catering to Hollywood royalty, opened its doors to an impressive list of artists, industry professionals and tastemakers. The evening was sponsored by Bud Light, Hennessy, Seedo and Lyft. DJs A-OH, Megan Ryte and Nitrane entertained the host of celebrity guests which included: Rae Sremmurd, Tory Lanez, Mustard, Kamaiyah, YG, Machine Gun Kelly and many more.

Machine Gun Kelly, 360 Magazine

Arin Ray, 360 Magazine

Christie Hsiao, 360 Magazine

Kamaiyah, 360 Magazine

Amber Grimes, 360 Magazine

Zach Iser, 360 Magazine

Photo Credit: Jerritt Clark for Getty Images | Cassidy Sparrow for Getty Images
Artist/Celebrity Complete List:
Alex da Kid
Angela Yee
Ari Lennox
Arin Ray
Asian Doll
Bas
Big Boy
Boogie
Brianna Cash
Busta Rhymes
Coach K
Cozz
Director X
DJ A-OH
DJ Drewski
DJ Megan Ryte
DJ Self
Ghazi Shami
Isaiah Rashad
Jace
James R
Jennifer Williams
K Camp
Kamaiyah
Karen Civil
Lecrae
Mack Wilds
Melii
Melody Thornton
Mereba
Machine Gun Kelly
Mitch
Moneybagg Yo
Mustard
Paloma Ford
Plies
Rae Sremmurd
RJMrLA
Serayah
Sevyn Streeter
Social House
Tory Lanez
YG
YFN Lucci

Lil Yachty Releases “BOOM!” Music Video Featuring Ugly God

ALSO BECOMES THE FIRST ARTIST TO REACH A BILLION VIEWS ON GIPHY

Lil Yachty shares the music video for BOOM! [feat. Ugly God]. Watch it HERE. The song is available on his chart-topping mixtape, Lil Boat 2.

The video, directed by Glassface and creative directed by Lil Yachty himself, intercuts live-action and animated footage, child and adult Lil Yachty and Young God, and comes complete with the twoséanceing their toy carbon copies to life. On YouTube, the static audio for BOOM! has already racked up over 6 million-plus views.

Recently, Yachty reached yet another milestone, as he alsobecame the first artist to reach one billion views on GIPHY.

Upon release in March, Lil Boat 2 crashed the Billboard Top 200 at #2, his highest chart bow to date and second Top 5 entry in less than a year. Lil Yachty, aka Lil Boat, aka “King of the Youth” is a 20-year old Atlanta native, a Grammy-nominated singer, rapper, producer, creative designer, branding genius and fashion icon who smashed ono the scene two years ago with his debut mixtape Lil Boat. In 2017 he released Teenage Emotions which entered The Billboard Top 200 at #5 and remained on the charts more than four months. Since then he accumulated nearly 3 billion streams, found himself on the covers of Paper and FADER magazines, as well as landing the cover of The New York Times Men’s Style section and a XXL Freshman cover. Rolling Stone said his album Teenage Emotions is a “landmark moment that may change the way people rap,” while The New York Times Magazine dubbed him as an artist “that tells us where music is going.”

WWDMAGIC Announces Strategic Partnership With FashionGo

The two industry leaders forge a strategic alliance to better serve the fashion industry

WWDMAGIC, a subsidiary of UBM Fashion Group and the largest showcase of women’s apparel and accessories in the fashion industry, today announced a strategic partnership with online business-to-business fashion marketplace, NHN Global Inc., doing business as FashionGo. This alliance between two industry leaders, with its massive shared base of buyers and vendors, will bring about innovation and strategic influence to the dynamic wholesale industry.

WWDMAGIC has been the pinnacle destination for the trendiest women’s and juniors’ brands, offering the largest selection of apparel and accessories in the industry. FashionGo is the number one online B2B marketplace providing one of the fastest growing global e-commerce platforms offering buyers 24/7 access to its vast collection of wholesale fashion, allowing them to shop the latest trends at the best prices. This pairing of two leaders in their respective industries will bring about the best of both worlds – the sought-after face-to-face engagement and relationship building of the tradeshow experience and the speed and ease of doing business online.

“The fashion business is changing and we believe that together, WWDMAGIC and FashionGo as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Kelly Helfman, Vice President of WWDMAGIC. “Both WWDMAGIC and FashionGo are powerhouses in their own right; together we’ll be able to fully support the needs of our industry by playing off each other’s strengths. This partnership will give brands and buyers an enhanced experience that merges both Digital and B2B events.”

To kickoff this partnership, FashionGo will introduce “Kelly’s MAGIC Monday” on their site starting June 25th. Here, Helfman will highlight trends, offer industry insights and profile the people behind beloved brands and stores. In addition to offering expertise to FashionGo’s active base of buyers, buyers will have immediate access to products highlighted – prioritizing the “see now, buy now” mentality. The addition of Kelly’s MAGIC Monday to the FashionGo site offers the online buying industry a human touch that is the hallmark of the traditional tradeshow experience. In addition to Kelly’s MAGIC Monday, FashionGo CEO, Daniel Lee, will attend MAGIC’s August showcase and host a seminar for attending buyers. FashionGo will also host an onsite cocktail event for brands and buyers to network on the show floor. And, in an effort to keep the tradeshows more environmentally friendly and hydrated, FashionGo will create water stations throughout the show floor with refillable water bottle for brands and buyers!

“The partnership between WWDMAGIC and FashionGo allows each respective company to address the needs of their offline and online audiences,” said Daniel Lee, CEO of FashionGo. “A large part of the fashion business has shifted online but brands and buyers are increasingly feeling the need for an experience offline. This partnership will bring an omnichannel experience that has not yet been done in the fashion industry.”

WWDMAGIC will take place in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center from August 13-15, 2018. For updates on the upcoming show, please visit www.ubmfashion.com/shows/wwdmagic.

ABOUT WWDMAGIC

WWDMAGIC brings you the largest selection of women’s apparel and accessories in the industry. The latest women’s and juniors’ trends, the most-wanted brands and the hottest emerging designers —they’re all happening on our vibrant show floor. It’s a can’t-miss shopping experience complete with upbeat music, undeniable beauty, and of course, style.

ABOUT FASHIONGO

FashionGo is the No.1 Online business-to-business (B2B) fashion marketplace, efficiently connecting wholesale vendors and retail buyers from the around the world. FashionGo helps vendors by providing one of the fastest growing global e-commerce platforms and the simplest, most cost effective means to increase sales and expand reach. At the same time, FashionGo offers buyers 24/7 access to vast collection of wholesale fashion so they can shop the latest trends at the best prices.

ABOUT UBM Fashion | UBM Fashion is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest information visit www.ubm.com and www.informa.com.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” Soundtrack Release

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN MOVIE SOUNDTRACK SET FOR JULY 13TH RELEASE ON CAPITOL RECORDS

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE WITH STREAM/DOWNLOAD OF

FERNANDO’

Capitol Records is pleased to announce the release of MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN The Movie Soundtrack this summer. The highly anticipated soundtrack will be released on Friday 13th July, with the film following a week later. The soundtrack is available to pre-order HERE with Fernando sung by Cher and Andy Garcia, available immediately upon pre-order. Fernando is the third track to be made available from the soundtrack, alongside Waterloo and When I Kissed The Teacher.

The eagerly-awaited sequel to the smash-hit MAMMA MIA! The Movie is released on July 20th. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN will see Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, and Julie Walters reprising their roles from MAMMA MIA! The Movie, with Lily James and Academy Award winner Cher joining the cast for an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA. Alexa Davies, Josh Dylan, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner and Jessica Keenan Wynn complete the cast. Watch the trailer for MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN here.

MAMMA MIA! The Movie, released in 2008, also based on the songs of ABBA, is one of the highest-grossing live-action musicals of all time. Its companion soundtrack sold 1.5 million copies in the UK and achieved global sales of over 7.7 million. Almost a decade since its release, its popularity has not waned. There have been 406 million combined streams of MAMMA MIA! The Movie Soundtrack. ABBA are one of the most successful pop groups of all time. The Swedish quartet have sold over 385 million albums worldwide and their songs have been streamed over 2.8 billion times.

The release of MAMMA MIA! The Movie prompted a surge in sales for ABBA, whose hit compilation ABBA Gold went back to Number One in the albums charts some 16 years after its original release.

https://www.mammamiamovie.com

Culture Creators

[Los Angeles, CA, June 23] Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as Remy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.

300+ guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.

Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more. Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s Innovators & Leaders and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.

See More Exclusive Photos HERE
Images Courtesy of Getty Images

LIST OF HONOREES

Honorees: Sylvia Rhone | President, Epic Records // Jemele Hill | Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN // Lauren Wesley Wilson | President ColorComm, Inc. // Fatima Robinson | Choreographer & Director // Brea Stinson | Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS // Jason Bolden | Co-Founder, JSN Studio/ / Charles D. King | Founder & CEO, MACRO // Kenya Barris | Writer & Producer, Creator of “Black-ish” // Rashaun Williams | General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund // Shawn Gee | President, Live Nation Urban // Tunji Balogun | Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records // Jana Fleishman | EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation // Kristi Henderson | Co-Founder, WEEN // Carlos Fleming | Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME // Rodney Williams | CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS

Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.

ENZI

Alt-pop-rock singer/songwriter ENZI backs up her dynamic stage presence with a voice of startling power, range, and expression. With a sound that’s youthful with an aggressive edge, her music rides an emotional range from ethereal to audacious. Her provocative lyrics, infectious hooks, and driving rhythms borrow attitude from rock but are grounded in earnest emotion.

ENZI’s 2016 EP, Echoes, released under her born name Kenzie Culver, is the result of a Denver talent search in which she was chosen from hundreds of competitors. Her enthusiastic online following has resulted in nearly 100,000 of YouTube views on her first music video, “Are You with Me”. The track is an anthem for a generation on the rise and for those, like her, who have struggled with serious health issues. “I’m a firm believer that music heals the soul,” ENZI says.

After her debut, ENZI has had the privilege of opening for national headliner’s such as Blue October, Parachute, Night Riots and TONIC.
ENZI’s recent single, “Afraid of Being Saved,” earned her semifinalist status in the 2017 Unsigned Only Music Competition, International Songwriting Competition and Music City Song Star. Additional awards include first place in both the Colorado You Got Talent Competition and the Keptone Battle of the Bands, advanced band division. She also earned the Stars of Tomorrow People’s Choice Award and was named the Colorado Ambassador for music therapy charity Blue Star Connection. She has played prominent venues throughout Colorado, including the famed Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Ryan Seacrest’s Denver Seacrest Studio, New West Fest, The UMS, and People’s Fair.

ENZI’s soon to be released song, “Flipside” just earned her a top 5 spot for iHeart Radio KTCL 93.3’s Big Gig 2018 show where she will share the day with 30 Seconds to Mars, K.Flay, Walk The Moon and more!

ENZI’s pop-alternative empire continues to grow with frequent airplay, streaming, and performances all around the state of Colorado, and soon across the nation.

JUKE ROSS x Fresh Roses

Today, Guyanese singer/songwriter JUKE ROSS returns with his latest single “Fresh Roses” via Republic Records.

Listen HERE.

“Fresh Roses” is JUKE ROSS’ first single following his debut EP “Grey.” “Like a Fresh Rose needs rain and nurturing so does new love. The song is about being caught in the space between trying to latch on to the bliss of new love while escaping the sting of the past,” say JUKE“Fresh Roses” showcases his signature acoustic style and sets the tone for what Juke has in store for 2018.

Located on South America’s northern mainland, the celebratory and life-affirming spirit of Guyana remains an undercurrent of JUKE ROSS’s songwriting. The youngest of 14 siblings, he can recall falling in love with music at a young age. The family radio played everything from Caribbean standards to Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, and he would sit and listen for hours on end. Inspired by his nurse mom, he enrolled in medical school. In the midst of his studies, guitar beckoned to him. JUKE feverishly began penning music. Among those early compositions, he created “Colour Me, which became an independent phenomenon, landed him a deal with Republic Records, and positioned him as one of 2017’s most exciting artists to watch!

Teyana Taylor

TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM K.T.S.E. VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS

K.T.S.E. (KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY) PRODUCED ENTIRELY BY KANYE WEST
LISTEN TO KTSE HERE

(June 22, 2018 – New York, NY) R&B superstar, dancer/choreographer, actress, model, and Harlem native Teyana Taylor releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, K.T.S.E. today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Produced entirely by Kanye West, the seven-track album is the fifth and final installment in the historic weekly series of G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases this month.

K.T.S.E.– Keep That Same Energy – is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s VII, Teyana’s G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam debut album. VII’s top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T has collected over 16 million YouTube views to date.

K.T.S.E. was unveiled Thursday night at a livestreamed listening event on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles. Universal’s famed “New York” set was transformed into Taylor’s native Harlem, with street signs pointing to 141 Street and Lenox Avenue, while mock-NYPD cruisers flashed their blue and red lights into the Hollywood night. The event was livestreamed on Twitter, and featured merch designed by Cali Thornhill DeWitt. Teyana Taylor merchandise is available now at her exclusive online store: https://shop.teyanataylor.com/

Teyana Taylor is one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation. As a respected recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model, she has made waves across a variety of fields. Her Vh1 reality show Teyana & Iman was highly successful, with the finale coming in as the #1 watched show on cable television on a Monday night in the 9pm time slot. Teyana opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon, a 90’s inspired salon in Harlem in an exclusive partnership with OPI Products. Coming up, she will star alongside Blair Underwood and recording artists French Montana in the Netflix film The Afterparty. She will also star in BET’s scripted series, Hit The Floor, premiering on July 10, with upcoming movie The Trap with Mike Epps and T.I. following. Her collection with GCDS launched recently in addition to her ongoing partnership with her own Reebok shoe line. Her recent Pretty Little things x Karl Kani collaboration sold out in a whopping 19 minutes.
Teyana’s dance performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video became a global viral sensation, attracting 100 million + YouTube views, and won the 2017 MTV VMA for “Best Choreography”.