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Jennie From BLACKPINK Releases “Solo”

Produced by YG Entertainment’s  Teddy and 24, “SOLO” is the solo debut single from BLACKPINK member Jennie. The hip-hop, pop anthem was released today, November 12th, along with an accompanying video.  Watch the video for “SOLO” HERE. Aside from her work with   BLACKPINK, this solo debut track showcases Jennie’s maturity and independence as an artist. YG Entertainment recently announced that all BLACKPINK  members are preparing for their solo debuts. Rosé  will be the next to debut her solo effort.

Discovered by K-Pop superstar artist/producer Teddy Park and YG Entertainment (the multi-faceted South Korean entertainment company responsible for the breakout successes of Big Bang, PSY, and 2NE1, among many others ), BLACKPINK’s lineup includes Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé. The group made its debut in August 2016 with a massively popular pair of singles: “Boombayah” and “Whistle,” which debuted at #1 and #2 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart. That November, BLACKPINK delivered their singles “Stay” and “Playing with Fire,” their second single to reach #1 on World Digital Songs. By the end of the year, BLACKPINK had landed at #2 on Billboard’s 10 Best New K-Pop Groups in 2016.

On June 15 of this year, BLACKPINK released their debut EP Square Up and premiered its lead single “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du.” The song shot to #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it history’s highest-charting debut by an all-female K-pop act.   The video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” surpassed 10 million views in just 6 hours and earned 36.2 million views in one day.  In August, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” appeared at #3 on YouTube’s Global Top 10 Songs of the Summer list, surpassing Drake’s “In My Feelings” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”  The video currently has over 450,000,000 views on YouTube.  Square Up debuted at #40 on the Billboard 200, cementing it as the highest-charting release to date by an all-female K-pop group. Square Up also hit #1 on the Billboard World Albums chart.

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ComplexCon 2018

By Krishan Narsinghani

For the third annual year, ComplexCon takes over the greater LA area. Set in Long Beach, California, major brands and celebrities flooded their convention center to witness spectacular musical acts, speakers, brands and art. Over the two days, 360 Magazine visited various booths – Puma, Champion, Reebok, Pink Dolphin, 1800 Tequila, Cadillac and more. Reebok’s exclusive ComplexCon shoe, the R58 stunted vibrant colors and introduced all three logos shown for the first time.

Takashi Murakami, contemporary artist on the host committee, sprinkled his aesthetics across the summit (in addition to a collaboration with Drake’s OVO). 1800 Tequila partnered with artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds for custom-made vintage denim jackets which were raffled at this year’s program. Attendees waiting in line for the McDonald’s installation were treated with Mcnuggets and fries before choosing patches to press onto free backpacks and shirts.

Recording artist Tinashe was a 360 favorite. The urban singer performed hits “Company” and “2 On.” Other performances included Lil Baby, Nav and T-Pain while the crowd also bopped to headliners Rae Sremmurd and Future. Duo Sremmurd surprised fans with a special appearance from rapper Tyga.

ComplexCon(versations) topics revolved around today’s thought on politics, culture, fashion and music. Billboard producer of the decade, Pharrell Williams was a host due to his creative sense on the latest pop culture trends. Tommy Hilfiger spoke on his relationships with Hip-Hop and the connections between music and fashion. Jaden Smith and Yara Shahidi discussed growth out of chaos and how youth should address political issues. Rapper and icon, Nas, spoke on the behind-the-scenes of film, “Belly” and how it changed Hip-Hop and Hollywood.

XXXTENTACION’S ESTATE RELEASE FIRST POSTHUMOUS ALBUM

XXXTentacion remains the voice of his generation. His second album, ?, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, went platinum, yielded 5.2 billion global streams, and achieved sales of 3.2 million global equivalent albums. Among its stacked track listing, the record boasted “SAD!” (4x-platinum), “MOONLIGHT” (2x-platinum), and “CHANGES” (2x-platinum). In 2018, the BET Hip Hop Awards crowned him “Best New Hip Hop Artist” as 17 earned “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” at the American Music Awards. He can count Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, and Academy® Award winner Jamie Foxx amongst his supporters and admirers as well. His influence and impact only continue to grow.

the release. Now, the track showcases the impressive power of his verses as it upholds an emotional connection to listeners that only becomes stronger by the day. Cathartic, clever, and catchy, “BAD” represents XXXTentacion at his fieriest.

A limited-edition Bad Vibes Forever merch collection also dropped today to celebrate the release of the new single. Bravado partnered with XXXTentacion before he passed to create a clothing line that speaks to his fans, and his own personal sense of style. Select t-shirts, polos and hoodies are available now, download hi-res photos of the collection here, and watch the compelling behind-the-scenes video that gives insight into the making of XXXTentacion’s original designs and clothing line here. Visit www.shopxxxtentacion.com for more information.

BAD” follows up the stratospheric success of his Latin flavored collaborative single with Lil Pump, “Arms Around You” [feat. Maluma & Swae Lee]. Produced by SkrillexMally Mall and JonFX, the song crashed the Billboard Hot 100 at #28 and racked up over 100 million streams and counting.

Skins marks the next evolution of XXXTentacion and his most powerful, poetic, and personal expression yet.

 

T-Pain’s School Of Business

Beloved hip-hop artist, comedic personality and business mogul T-Pain is taking his musical talent and entrepreneurial passion to television with his all-new series, T-Pain’s School of Business premiering Tuesday, October 16th at 11:00p.m. ET/PT on Fuse. Follow T-Pain as he explores some of the most innovative and unique startups created by millennial entrepreneurs who are defining the future. As he gets a feel for each quirky and groundbreaking company (including everything from weed-friendly startups, autonomous delivery robots and digital instruments, etc.), each entrepreneur reveals how they got started and what it took to turn their ideas into reality. Viewers can tune in to watch T-Pain learn the ins and outs of each business while at the same time trying out new products and asking all of the startup questions we want answers to. Class is in session!

New episodes of T-Pain’s School of Business will air every Tuesday night at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse. Original digital content will be available at Fuse.tv and the Fuse social channels.

Dummie Releases Cafe Bleu EP

Los Angeles emcee Dummie (formerly known as Dumbfoundead) is excited to release his 10th solo project and 3rd EP release within the past year entitled Café Bleu. The milestone release is a nod to his evolution as an artist as he is free to venture out with progressive unconventional sounds that pay tribute to the kind of tolerant community we’re all looking for…the one where we are accepted as we are.

“Café Bleu is an imaginary neighborhood spot where everyone is free to come hangout… nobody needs to know your name or your history and you can figure out your next moves in life without judgement. With this being my 10th solo project, I feel like I’m in a place where I am free to make choices without having to worry about the reactions of those choices. It’s a very liberating feeling. As an artist, I am now more open to exploring television, film, screenwriting and more.”

Today, also marks Dummie’s major motion picture debut in the Eminem produced and Joseph Kahn directed satirical film Bodied. Starring as a seasoned battle rapper named Prospek, Dummie coaches the outsider about the in-your-face rapid fire street battles. The film has already won the Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award as well as Fantastic Fest’s 2017 Audience Awards. Bodied has been met with critical acclaim earning a 92% positive approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and rave reviews from RobertEbert.com, LA Times, Slash Film, The Verge, Coming Soon, Joblo and The Globe and Mail.

CAFE BLEU EP TRACKLISTING

1. CAFE BLEU THEME

(PROD. BY SWEATER BEATS, DONYE’A G)

2.WEIRD

(PROD. BY SWEATER BEATS, DONYE’A G)

3.WASHED

(PROD. BY SHAWN WASABI)

4. CHILL FOO

(PROD. BY DONYE’A G, JOSE RIOS, SWEATER BEATS)

5. ALMOST THERE (FT. PALO ALTO & YEAR OF THE OX)

(PROD. BY HIPPIE SABOTAGE)

6. PINK BLEU DAWN

(PROD. BY HIPPIE SABOTAGE)

Jesse Palter-The Paper Trail

Detroit born, LA based, prolific singer/songwriter Jesse Palter releases debut EP The Paper Trail October 22 on Artistry Music, featuring five tracks of aggressive, piano-pounding pop/rock in the vein of Carole King, Sarah McLachlan and Sara Bareilles. The first single going to radio is “Heavy Is The Crown,” an edgy, incisive pop-rocker examining narcisscism and victim-hood at is best.  Check it out here.

Comments Palter: “All of these songs are paving the way towards establishing myself as an artist and songwriter. My approach throughout this project was to find a way to capture a full snapshot of my life and what I’ve been going through. This is the beginning of what I hope will be a long, fulfilling journey.”

Palter, who launched her career in Detroit and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles to focus on her development as a pop artist, was supported in her sound and overall vision by producer Doug Petty, a veteran keyboardist who has worked with Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Nick Lachey and Lisa Loeb, among others. Petty kept the integrity of Palter’s songs from demo stage through the various layers and textures brought forth to compliment her unique artistry. A high caliber of studio musicians played on the project including bassists Tim Lefebvre and Alex Al and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Aaron Sterling.

With The Paper Trail EP, Palter has committed herself to the discipline of perfecting the craft of songwriting. She focused on strengthening her creative muscles to discover what melodies, lyrics and chord changes work best, allowing herself to be vulnerable, brave and brutally honest at the same time. The songs are autobiographical, representing her life and what’s she’s been through.

Palter launched her jazz career as a teenager, performing oboe and trumpet in the school jazz band. She connected with singer/songwriter Andrew Gold (“Thank You For Being A Friend”), who brought her to Nashville to work on original material and record a demo, which generated interest with several major labels. At 15, she began working with the Grammy-winning production team the Bass Brothers (Eminem). Her skill for improvisational singing and a developing passion for legendary jazz vocalists, led to her shift towards jazz. She studied at the University Of Michigan as a jazz and contemplative studies major.

Her eclectic musical upbringing includes exposure to a wide array of music that inspired her to deeply respect the art of great songs and songwriters, from Carole King and Joni Mitchell, to Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Beatles. Music and singing was always in her blood. Her grandmother, Doris Raynor, was once an opera prodigy in NY.

In early 2019, Artistry Music will follow up The Paper Trail EP with the single “Sever The Ties” and a full-length debut album.

Platinum Recording Artist Leroy Sanchez

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez will embark on a 14-city tour, kicking off October 17 in Los Angeles, CA in support of his new single and video, “Preacher,” set to release in partnership with BroadbandTV (BBTV) on all digital streaming platforms October 19. Select dates are in support of multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammar’s national “The Good Parts” tour. Tickets are now available at www.leroysanchez.com. 

I have never felt so strongly about a song or the vision for it. It shows a very personal side of me that I’ve never shown before. It’s not easy to be vulnerable in front of an audience, but being honest and facing our weaknesses is what makes us stronger,” says Sanchez.

Preacher premieres on YouTube on October 19 and is now available to pre-save on Spotifyand Apple

Sanchez’s 2017 debut EP “Elevated” has garnered over 10 million digital streams (and growing), earning him two Teen Choice Award nominations and an opportunity to perform with Clean Bandit on the 2017 broadcast. The release of his debut single Man Of The Year received praise from Billboard and People.

In addition to having over 3.8 million subscribers on YouTube, Sanchez’s accolades include two Platinum-certified singles in Spain – Blas Canto’s “El No Soy” and Malu’s “Invisible.”

Over the past 18 months Leroy has grown a devoted fan base performing 100+ shows in over 20 countries, including sold out headline shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, Cologne, Madrid, and San Diego. Additionally, he has toured and worked with many notable industry hit makers, including Machine Gun Kelly, where he’s featured on the rapper’s track “Gone”, and now multi-platinum recording pop artist Andy Grammar. 

Lil Keed Drops “Wop” Music Video

With Halloween approaching, Young Thug‘s new artist, Lil Keed drops his haunted house “Wop” music video via The Fader.

The Young Stoner Life signee just released his mixtape, Trapped On Cleveland 2 this past summer and sparked attention with records like “Blicky Blicky” and “Fetish” featuring Young Thug. He was also featured on the Young Stoner Life’s 2018 compilation mixtape, Slime Language. Recently, Keed partnered with Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Gotit for their record, “Heavy Metal.” Keed’s sound has been recognized by Pitchfork, ComplexThe Fader, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Hot New Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop Wired, and more.

LJay Currie x Free

Today, Entertainment/Motown Records released Ljay Currie‘s new EP, Free, a six-song collection that showcases the Los Angeles-based artist’s inventive, deeply melodic blend of hip-hop and R&B.

Download / stream Free HERE.

“The project is called Free because I’m a free spirit when it comes to my creative process,” says Currie, who names everyone from Lil Wayne to Coldplay among his main inspirations. “I don’t ever try to force anything, I just go with the flow and explore and see what I come up with. If the vibe is right, that’s what I’ll follow.”

Cumulative worldwide streams of lead single “Undercover” ft. Kiana Led, have already surpassed 1.3 million. The slow-burning yet uptempo number, driven by Currie’s graceful piano work, exemplifies the 20-year-old’s free-spirited approach. Singer-songwriter-actress Led provides smoldering vocals on the track, which captures the excitement of pushing the boundaries of a close friendship into something more. Currie and Led shot the official video at Dockweiler State Beach near Los Angeles International Airport. View “Undercover” HERE.

“Shots You Don’t Take,” another song on Free, nods to Currie’s basketball background. He turned down numerous Division I basketball scholarships in order to pursue a career in music and unfolds with a laid-back message of self-empowerment. With its layered rhythms and luminous guitar tones, the feel-good “555” draws inspiration from Currie’s love of numerology.

“When I was recording, I looked down at the clock and the time was 5:55,” he says. “I looked it up to see what that meant, and it’s about how there’s a big change coming, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it. Don’t be scared to try something new.”

Currie grew up in Gardena, California and credits the jazz and classic R&B records his dad played at home with giving him a feel for rhythm and melody. When he was 10, he taught himself to play piano by following along with YouTube tutorials. Within a few years, having also mastered drums and guitar, Currie began making beats and producing his own tracks. His former basketball coach, Derryck “Big Tank” Thornton, a longtime producer who’s worked with artists such as Mary J. Blige and Fabolous, was instrumental in convincing Currie’s parents that their son had as bright a future in the studio as he might have on the court. Thornton told them, “I’ve never heard anything like this before, just give me a year, and if he doesn’t have a record deal by then, I’ll make sure he’s back in school.”

Once Currie had built up a body of work, he and Thornton played his music for a number of major labels, and soon the young artist was signed to EP Entertainment/Motown Records. Currie recently sat down with Young California to talk about a wide range of topics, from his creative process and dream collaboration to the Motown legacy and his fondness for Fortnite. 

Read the article HERE.

Free Track Listing

1. “Undercover” Feat. Kiana Led

2. Shots You Don’t Take

3. On The Way

4. 555

5. Movin’ On Up

6. Elite

JEREMIH X TY DOLLA $IGN

Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated Def Jam icon Jeremih and prolific multi-platinum Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ty Dolla $ign announce the release of their eagerly anticipated album, Mih-Ty featuring French Montana, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa. Listen to the album HERE.

Mih-Ty tracklisting:
The Light
Goin Thru Some Thangz
FYT feat. French Montana
Perfect Timing
New Level
Take Your Time
These Days
Surrounded feat. Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa
Lie 2 Me
Ride It
Imitate

Jeremih’s 2015 release, Late Nights (December 2015) was his third Def Jam album, which contained a trio of double-platinum R&B/hip-hop/pop crossover hits: “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG), “Planes” (featuring J. Cole), and “Oui.”  Jeremih, whose combined YouTube views have passed the 730 million mark has the distinction of charting 17 RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum smash singles, most recently co-writing French Montana’s 5x platinum “Unforgettable”. Jeremih was featured on Kanye West’s Ye (“Wouldn’t Leave”), Valee’s “Womp Womp”, and other releases from DJ Khaled, Chance The Rapper, and more.

Los Angeles-bred singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, TY DOLLA $IGN has been one of the most acclaimed singers and in-demand writers, producers, and featured artists since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It.” 2014’s BEACH HOUSE EP introduced the 4x platinum “Or Nah ft. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd” and the 2x platinum “Paranoid ft. B.o.B” His now Gold-certified debut album, FREE TC, which features the multi-platinum hits “Blasé ft. Future & Rae Sremmurd” and “Saved ft. E-40.” Ty’s second studio album, BEACH HOUSE 3, was released in October 2017 followed by the deluxe release in May of this year. Ty undoubtedly took over Summer 2018 as both a writer and featured artist. In addition to receiving his first Billboard Hot 100 #1 with Post Malone’s “Psycho,” the Grammy-nominated phenom’s talents are featured on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s EVERYTHING IS LOVE (“Boss”,) Drake’s SCORPION (“Jaded” and “After Dark”), Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s KIDS SEE GHOSTS (“Freee Ghost Town Pt. 2”,) Mariah Carey (“The Distance”,) Christina Aguilera (“Accelerate”,) Teyana Taylor (“3way”) and Kanye West’s ye, where Ty is featured on 3 out of 7 songs (“All Mine,” “Wouldn’t Leave,” Violent Crimes”.) Following what many critics have called “The Year of the $ign,” Ty is currently working on his highly-anticipated third studio album.