Pop singer-songwriter Neil Davis will celebrate his birthday this year with a fundraising performance in New York City for organization True Colors United, co-founded by artist Cyndi Lauper, which implements innovative solutions to end homelessness within LGBTQ youth community. The performance will take place on Friday September 13th at 7pm, at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2 located at 196 Allen street, NYC. There is no cover charge, but any donations collected at the show will benefit True Colors United.
New York artist, Jarren Frame, has made a mark in the art scene and is currently on display at world-renowned hotels and celeb hotspots such as Socialista, Sixty Hotel Soho, Mamo, Casa Malca, The Bowery Hotel, and Faena, alongside Damien Hirst’s iconic Golden Mammoth.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1990, Frame was inspired to step into the art world as a child from his grandfather, Philip Frame — a Sunday painter and founder of Frame Textiles Group (one time the largest blanket manufacturing business in the world). Philip would teach his grandson to paint flowers on weekends, igniting a spark leading him to pursue art full-time.
In October 2017, Frame displayed a series of James Bond-inspired works known as “The Playboy Paintings” during his first solo exhibition alongside photographer Peter Cary Peterson at The SIXTY SoHo Hotel. Following its success, he collaborated with Puerto Rican artist Jorge Zeno on “Zeno Gravity” on another Bond-inspired piece.
A rotating selection of artworks from his first collection titled “Bond, James Bond,” debuted in December 2017 at 77 Greene Street in New York. The series of 33 acrylic-on-wood pieces featured the recontextualization of vintage James Bond imagery over modern-day landscapes. The idea was born during a trip to Sardinia, where the 1977 classic film The Spy Who Loved Me was shot. ‘‘’Bond, James Bond’ was created on such an impulse. What I sought to do with those paintings was neutralize some of the shame around sex and masculinity. That’s really what those paintings are about: Fun, sex and champagne.”All 33 pieces sold out within a year, attracting a number of bold-face name buyers such as Chris Burch, Steve Wynn, Barron Hilton, former United States Secretary of Commerce Peter George Peterson, Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers, and hoteliers including Jason Pomeranc andJason Strauss.
Frame’s current collection, “Colors,” is another series of 33 paintings – this time acrylic-on-canvas and was inspired by the meaning we assign to colors and is meant to confront the viewer with the enormous diversity of choice we have. “‘Colors’ are a way of bottling up excitement and happiness that provide the power to inspire and uplift in addition to capturing and championing the spirit of individuality.” The series premiered, for a limited-time at Socialista and Surf Lodge in July 2019.
Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, actress, fashion icon and philanthropist WILLOW releases her new self-titled album today.
Listen to WILLOW: HERE.
Co-produced by WILLOW and her close friend Tyler Cole, the eight-song record establishes WILLOW as a musical poet with a style all her own. Raw and honest lyrics featured on top of alternative and R&B productions highlight her inimitable creative spirit. Sonically, WILLOW elicits a vivid image of breezy drives along the coast with the top down and summer-night campfires.
This is WILLOW.
WILLOW transcends categorization. She first made history when 2010’s “Whip My Hair” went double-platinum, cementing her as “the youngest artist in history to achieve a double-platinum single.” Evolving from this frenetic template, 2015’s ARDIPTHECUS gave way to the artful alternative power of The 1st, which New York Times fittingly dubbed the, “soundtrack to your adolescence.” She graced the covers of Teen Vogue, W Magazine, and I-D Magazine in addition to Vanity Fair’s “Hollywood’s Next Wave” issue. Beyond receiving the 2016 Fashion Award for “New Fashion Icons,” Maison Margiela, Chanel, and Stance Socks have all sought her out to front campaigns. She holds the distinction of being “the youngest transatlantic Top 20 artist” and garnered “Outstanding New Artist” at the 2011 NCAAP Image Awards. She fights human trafficking alongside her mother’s organization Don’t Sell Bodies. Plus, she cohosts Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch. Every day, she defies boundaries and borders and defines herself as an individual through and through.
1. Like A Bird
2. Female Energy Part 2
3. Time Machine
5. Samo Is Now
6. then (interlude)
7. U KNOW feat. Jaden
8. Overthinking IT
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“Power is nothing without control” is the slogan that for exactly 25 years has accompanied the Pirelli brand throughout the world. The company is thus dedicating its 2018 Annual Report to this famous catch phrase, celebrating its anniversary with stories by three international writers, a video and a series of photographic images which propose a few of its many possible interpretations.
The fortunate launch of the ‘Power is nothing without control’ campaign depicted by Carl Lewis, photographed by Annie Leibowitz, in the classic position of a sprinter in the starting blocks while wearing high-heeled red shoes – an image which has become legendary. The photograph, taken in Texas in 1994 and an icon of advertising creativity, conveys a message that has lasted through the years because it is rooted in the product, the tire, and at the same time able to go beyond the limits of the material: in a car, as in life, “power is nothing without control”. A timeless reflection whose interpretations are inexhaustible because it has left it to the men and women of every era to find a point of balance between two seemingly contradictory elements.
This exercise in synthesis also involves the three American authors involved in the Pirelli’s 2018 Annual Report – Adam Greenfield, Lisa Halliday and J.R. Moehringer – with each proposing a personal interpretation of power and control in spheres also related to Pirelli: technology, sport and culture.
For Adam Greenfield, in a piece centered on technology, “the distinction between power and control ranks among the central challenges of our time. Our Promethean technologies offer us more and more power by the day, but the plain fact is that we haven’t yet learned how to control them.”
J.R. Moehringer, in his story dedicated to sport, writes: “We all make the mistake now and then of thinking the great athletes, actors, painters, doctors, entrepreneurs, et al., are gifted with special powers. In fact everyone has special powers. The ones who succeed are the ones who find ways of achieving durable, consistent control over their powers.
In “Hurrying Slowly”, a reflection on art and culture, Lisa Halliday states: “Art is a journey, a distance traveled by the consciousness. This is true for both artist and viewer, performer and audience, writer and reader. The power that propels such a journey is nothing without control because control is what harnesses artistic potential and directs it.
A video made by the Young&Rubicam agency, which 25 years ago came up with the Carl Lewis campaign, accompanies the three authors’ works. It depicts power as an interior force that pushes man to always go beyond and control as an indispensable factor in the achievement of any goal. The concepts contained in the video are also illustrated through a series of photographs that enrich the print version of the Annual Report.
“Power is nothing without control”: a story a quarter of a century old
The photograph of Carl Lewis with the headline “Power is nothing without control” opened the way for an advertising campaign that was so successful that to this day it continues to identify Pirelli.
Following on from Annie Leibowitz’s photograph, the following year Gerard di Thame directed a TV commercial in Carl Lewis runs a mad race full of special effects across the New York skyline. The final race’s images reveal the secret: the sole of Carl Lewis’s foot engraved with the tread pattern the Pirelli P6000 tire.
Pirelli entrusted its image to Carl Lewis until 1996. The following year, the French athlete Marie-José Pérec, then the fastest woman in the world, takes his place. The Pirelli commercial is set in a place of ice and lava with sea monsters, molten flows and other dangers from which the sprinter manages to escape once again wearing the tread of a Pirelli tire.
Then, 1998 was the year of Ronaldo, whose image from behind on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro becomes an instant icon even outside the advertising world.
Pirelli Annual Report from culture to innovation
Since 2010, Pirelli’s Annual Report has undergone a transformation – thanks to the contribution of personalities from the worlds of art and culture of international standing – from “simple” reports to communication tools able to recount through different forms a year of company life. The 2010 Annual, for example, was illustrated with student photographs, inspired by the theme of sustainability, from Naba di Milano, while the following year, Pirelli’s Annual Report was enhanced with 18 illustrations by the graphic artist Stefan Glerum. In 2012, New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly enriched the Annual Report and in 2013, instead, the author and screenplay writer Hanif Kureishi engaged ten young international talents to rework the idea of the “wheel” in the“Spinning the Wheel” project. In 2014, “street art” took centre stage in Pirelli’s Integrated Annual Report, with works from Brazil’s Marina Zumi, Germany’s Dome and Russia’s Alexey Luka, assembled into a single pyramid shaped display at Pirelli HangarBicocca. The next year Pirelli called upon the Russian artist Pokras Lampas, an exponent of modern calligraphy, to interpret the value of being “unique” through two things: handwriting and fingerprints. The volume was entitled “Every Mark is Unique”. In 2017, in conclusion, Pirelli wanted to use the Annual Report to tell the story of the company’s digital transformation in “Data meets passion”, flanking Pirelli’s own story with those of those of five 4.0 artisans who used digital technologies to grow their companies. The volume’s artistic and literary content was the work of artist Emiliano Ponzi and three internationally recognized writers: Mohsin Hamid, Tom McCarthy and Ted Chiang.
A nocturnal triptych of neon electronics, woozy hip-hop, and impressively deft rapping, the record showcases every side of two-piece–Derek Wise and 88 Camino. Its forward-thinking futurism positions the group for a major mainstream breakthrough. Just last week, they teased the forthcoming arrival of 88GLAM2 with the release of the single “Lil Boat.” Within a week, it cracked 500K Spotify streams and attracted praise from Complex, HotNewHipHop, and more.
From the hypnotic crunch of “Purple Baguettes” through the smoked-out finale “Endz,” the album dips in and out of a myriad of sonic styles and worlds, bringing its own vibrant vision to life in the process.
88GLAM2 arrives hot on the heels of the group’s Spring project 88GLAM: Reloaded. Its lead single “Bali” (feat. Nav) impressively eclipsed 32 million Spotify streams with “12” nearing 10 million and “Kyrie” dunking over 8 million. Additionally, the group has earned acclaim from Billboard, HotNewHipHop, XXL, and more. 88GLAM only continues to skyrocket towards hip-hop supremacy.
Making yet another (super)power move, multi-talented visionary Jaden Smith took fans and the Internet by complete surprise whe he Tweeted that he’s unveiling his Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story project, which dropped just recently–get it HERE via MSFTS Music / Roc Nation/ Republic Records.
He also shares the new single “Plastic.” Its dynamic production echoes beneath rapid cadences, mind-numbing bars, and a razor sharp hook. Once again, it defies any and all categorization–like everything he does. The same could be said of the previously released rager “GOKU,” which generated 6 million-plus Spotify streams and counting. Rounding out this powerhouse tracklisting is his latest crossover smash “Icon (feat. Nicky Jam & Will Smith) which is featured in the boxing film Creed II starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.
Once again, he’s challenging music and the culture to move forward by lading on Sunset Tapes. Get ready to watch Jaden Smith make history!
For YFL Kelvin, hip-hop is the soundtrack to his struggle. “My story is rags to riches,” the 21-year old explains. The Cleveland native has found solace in music since his father was gunned down–in an accidental shooting–when he was just five. Kelvin began recording out of his home studio, but music was secondary to the lure of the streets, taking his rap name from his biological father and the aspirational acronym “Young, Flashy, Lifestyle.”
The street life landed him behind bars on three occassions, “My little brother is in jail. Like, everybody who I used to be with is in jail.” No matter the tribulation, it doubled as a sonic inspiration. In 2016, his beef with a former friend sparked his major release, “Mayweather Freestyle.”
“I knew I was destined then. Something good was going to play out from all the tragedy that I’ve been through,” he says.
2018’s “NASDAQ” would be the rocket that’d catapult Kelvin beyond Cleveland, released on YouTube the hit song has generated over 300k views. The remix with Moneybagg Yo will lead Kelvin’s first project, Out of Here.
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.
Last night concluded the Los Angeles leg of OTRII tour, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
DJ Khaled opened up for the Carters alongside of special guests – Tyga, Tank, YG and Ella Mai. With thousands of screaming fans, Bey and her husband transformed the Rose Bowl into an iconic night to commemorate. Massive LED screens, scores of dancers coupled with pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art sound system commanded one of the most powerful performances of our lifetime. No wonder the show (earlier this year) has been decorated by both Michelle and Barack Obama’s presence as well as the Kardashians and Oprah. ‘Apeshit‘ off of their latest collaboration Everything is Love was a crowd favorite as Bey spits some serious bars with her epic flow which rivals some of today’s top lyricists.
With less than 8 shows left, you may want to consider making arrangements to see this landmark presentation at on of its last stops.
If anything to witness the bright smiles of 11 high school students who will receive one $100,000 scholarships (per city) from both the BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter foundations.
Remaining OTR II tour dates.
*Photos courtesy of Frank Micellotta