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Taylor Swift, 360 MAGAZINE

Taylor Swift’s Lover

Taylor Swift’s top selling album of the year, Lover [Republic Records], officially crosses 1 million in U.S. consumption in under two weeks and sold more albums in 48 hours than any album this year. 

Cementing Lover’s status as a worldwide critical phenomenon, Taylor captures #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songwriters Chart for the third consecutive week, anchored by “Lover,” “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Additionally, she remains the #1 most-streamed female artist globally on Spotify this week.

On Monday, she delivered a powerhouse performance for the Lenovo Presents: The City of Lover Concert at The L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France. For the first time ever, she performed new music from Lover live in front of fans hailing from over 37 countries.

Check out video HERE and what critics had to say about it below. 
“She shows that she is a songwriter in the lineage of Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins or Joan Baez.” – Paris Match

“An icon of America, the number one pop star” – Le Parisien

“Proves to us that she is a true musician and an excellent singer and that her songs go the extra mile without artifice.” – Le Parisien
“Both a thank you to her fanbase and a celebration of how far Swift has come since releasing her debut album over a decade ago, The City of Lover concert was a triumph.” – NME (5 Star Review)

“The real success of the concert, however, came from Swift’s faith in her music. There was no big light show, no pyrotechnics, just a basic band, four backing singers and Swift herself, bringing to life songs that captured in a straightforward way everyday aspects of life and love.” – The Times (5 Star Review)

“Taylor made a triumphant return to the stage…” – The Sun 

“Her performance confirmed her status as the consummate modern pop superstar” – The Sun 

“Tay­lor Swift woos a petit Parisian crowd” – The Face

“For a while, Swift could be back in Nashville’s Bluebird Café as she sits on a stool and strums her way beatifically through Death By A Thousand Cuts, Cornelia Street and The Man, attacking her guitar on the latter as if it were the patriachy itself. She then switches to piano (and, by the way, only Swift’s audience could be sent into raptures by someone wheeling on a baby grand) for a heart-wrenching, ebb-and-flow segue between All Too Well, Red and the new album’s Daylight, songcraft and showmanship in perfect harmony.”  – Music Week

“The emotional intelligence and precision in her lyrics, and adept ability to move between instruments, are Swift’s greatest strengths. Still, her voice is lovely, particularly on the tender “Lover”.” – The i 

“This intimate night proved superstars still conjure unexpected magic and mystery of their own.”– The i 


“Professionalism of the entertainer shines with her assets – flawless precision, a relentless stream of instant melodies celebrated by fans singing in unison, a luminous bracelet at the wrist – interspersed with pure emotions and choreographic stillness…” –  Le Monde

“Only on the guitar and then on the piano, Taylor Swift shows (to those who still doubted it), that she is above all a musician, author and composer… and its magical.” – Tele Loisirs

“A simple and emotional concert, which reveals a new and even more fascinating artist” – Rolling Stone Italy

She accelerated the sales of Lover to historic heights by not only delivering the highest-selling album of 2019, but also achieving “the biggest first-week total for any album since her own Reputation in 2017,” according to Billboard. Accumulating number ones in over 100 countries, the record is also China’s most consumed full-length international album of 2019, besting the previous record holder by double. Total global streams are over 2.5 billion to date.

Lover is the ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s seventh album. Taylor‘s juggernaut arrives as a fan favorite and currently ranks as her highest rated critically acclaimed album on Metacritic.

BIG SEAN, VMA'S, MTV, 360 MAGAZINE

BIG SEAN × MTV VMAS

MTV today announced that Big Sean featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani and Ozuna have been added to the lineup of performers at the 2019 MTV VMAs, airing live globally from Newark, N.J. on Monday, August 26 at 8:00 p.m.ET/PT.
 
Hosted by comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco, the show will air live from the Prudential Center across MTV’s global footprint in more than 180 countries, reaching more than half a billion households around the world. Music’s biggest stars and fans will celebrate the year’s most iconic videos with electrifying performances, viral moments and a new, first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience.
 
Since his debut album in 2011, Big Sean, a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist, has become one of urban and rhythm radio’s most consistent hitmakers, and one of Def Jam’s biggest core artists. Sean has amassed over six billion global streams throughout his career and an impressive 15 platinum and multi-platinum hit singles. Earlier this year, Sean dropped his new freestyle “Overtime,” and brand new single, “Single Again,” his first major solo single release since 2017’s #1 platinum album “I DECIDED.” All four of his albums, which also include his RIAA platinum debut of “Finally Famous” and “Dark Sky Paradise,” have debuted at #1 on the Rap chart. 
 
Hailing from Harlem, New York, rapper A$AP Ferg has emerged as an artist unafraid to take his craft to thrilling new places. Most recently, Ferg released his latest EP, “Floor Seats,” and announced a headlining North American “YEDI TOUR,” with Murda Beatz and MadeinTYO, which launches November 7 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. “Floor Seats” follows Ferg’s two studio albums, 2013’s “Trap Lord” and 2016’s “Always Strive and Prosper,” and a pair of mixtapes, 2014’s “Ferg Forever” and 2017’s “Still Striving.” 
 
Enigmatic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. has established herself as one of modern R&B’s most fascinating new talents. With two sold-out headlining tours and over 2 billion streams for her two remarkable EPs – H.E.R. and I Used To Know Her, the 22 year-old won two Grammy Awards this year for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar). Her latest release, I Used To Know Her, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart, while fan favorites “Focus,” and “Best Part” earned the #1 slot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs Airplay chart and Urban Adult Contemporary chart, respectively.
 
Following the success of her two #1 smash hit collaborations “Love Lies” with Khalid and “Dancing With A Stranger” with Sam Smith, Normani released her new single, “Motivation” on Friday. The song’s release came with a stunning visual directed by Dave Meyers that has quickly amassed over 15 million views on YouTube already and was the #1 trending video on YouTube over the weekend. Featured as Pitchfork’s “Best New Track” following release, The FADER declared “Motivation’ is an instantly-loveable bop,” PAPER Magazine proclaimed “Normani proves she’s an absolute triple threat, as if it wasn’t obvious before,” and V Magazine said “Motivation” proves she’s destined for superstardom.”
 
OZUNA is a multi-platinum Puerto Rican singer/songwriter leading the wave of the new generation of Latin music artists. Among his numerous awards and achievements, in 2019 he broke the record as the biggest winner in a single year in the history of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Ozuna also won Contemporary Latin Songwriter of the Year at the 2019 BMI Awards. In 2018, he was named YouTube’s most-viewed artist globally and also holds the record as the artist with the most videos with over one billion views, seven in total. His debut studio album “Odisea” became the longest-leading No. 1 album by a male artist on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums charts, with an impressive 46 weeks atop; while his sophomore studio album “Aura” debuted No. 7 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and remained #1 in the Top Latin Albums chart for 17 weeks. He has a wide collection of chart-topping collaborations with the biggest names in Latin Urban music, as well as globally acclaimed megastars such as DJ Snake, Cardi B and Selena Gomez, and most recently with Spanish award-winning artist Rosalía. 
 
As previously announced, Missy Elliott will be honored with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” and is set to hit the VMAs main stage. Additional performers include Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalía, Shawn Mendes, and Taylor Swift.
 
Bruce Gillmer and Den of Thieves co-founder Jesse Ignjatovic are Executive Producers for the 2019 “VMAs.” Barb Bialkowski is Co-Executive Producer. Jackie Barba, Joe Buoye and Alicia Portugal serve as Executive in Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Executive in Charge of Music.  Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent. 
 
Official sponsors of the 2019 “MTV Video Music Awards” include Extra® Refreshers Gum, PEPSI®, Taco Bell®, the 2020 Toyota Corolla and truth®.
 
Fans can vote for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, by visiting vma.mtv.com leading up to the VMA broadcast. Fans on Twitter and Facebook Messenger can also slide into VMAs’ DMs to cast an additional vote for “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and more. Fans will also be able to ask Alexa to “vote for the VMAs” for “Artist of the Year” within the MTV skill on Alexa-enabled devices. 
 
This year, for the first time ever, MTV is rewarding fans for voting through VMA Power Hour on vma.mtv.com, where their votes are doubled from 1-2pm ET daily. Superfans can come back each day within this voting window beginning tomorrow to show double the love for their favorite artists.
 
The full list of nominees for the 2019 “VMAs,” is available here.
 
Additionally, for the first time, fans can vote for their favorites in select categories on MTV Instagram Stories, including “Best Group,” “Best Power Anthems,” and “Song of the Summer,” which is sponsored by Samsung. 
 
Follow @MTV and @VMAs on social to keep up with all-things #VMAs.
 
About MTV:
MTV is the leading global youth media brand in 180 countries, reaching 450 million households in nearly 30 different languages across every platform. A unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and MTV Studios.
 
About Prudential Center:
Prudential Center is the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. The arena is also home to the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, which opened its doors to the public on October 2017. The 8,200-square-foot experience marks the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast, and features a dynamic combination of educational programming and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on legendary GRAMMY winners from New Jersey. Ranked in the Top 8 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and hosts over 2 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and follow the arena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PruCenter. Prudential Center is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.

NICKI MINAJ, POP SMOKE, 360 MAGAZINE

NICKI MINAJ × POP SMOKE

Pop Smoke releases the first official Remix to “Welcome To The Party” with platinum selling artist and fellow New York native Nicki Minaj! 

Listen to it HERE
(Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records)

Care Package Debuts #1 on BILLBOARD 200

DRAKE’S CARE PACKAGE DEBUTS #1 ON BILLBOARD 200 MARKS HIS NINTH NO. 1 ALBUM, EXTENDS HIS RECORD FOR THE MOST NO. 1 ALBUMS THIS DECADE

Drake’s latest release, the compilation album Care Package has debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The compilation collects 17 tracks many of which were never officially released — including “The Motion,” “Jodeci Freestyle,” “Paris Morton Music,” “Draft Day” and freestyles like “5AM in Toronto” and “4PM in Calabasas.”

The debut marks Drake’s NINTH No. 1 album since 2010, extending his record for the most by any artist this decade. Drake has previously hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Scorpion (2018), More Life (2017), Views (2016), What a Time to Be Alive with Future (2015), If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015), Nothing Was the Same (2013), Take Care (2011) and Thank Me Later (2010).

Care Package is available now.

OTR II

By Vaughn Lowery

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.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

*Photos courtesy of Frank Micellotta

Nicki Minaj × Vogue Arabia

Nicki Minaj Covers September Issue of Vogue Arabia.

A fully-fledged member of rap’s fashion royalty, Nicki Minaj, who has more than 90 million followers on Instagram, has returned following a hiatus of nearly four years to drop her fourth album, Queen. In this moment when the fashion industry discusses inclusivity, diversity, and equality, it was only fitting that the cover story was shot in New York, just a few days before the Met Gala, by an all female-team. Renowned photographer Emma Summerton was behind the lens, while the styling was done by Anna Katsanis and overseen by Vogue Arabia fashion director Katie Trotter. The hair and makeup looks were created by Kim Kimble and Sheika Daley respectively.