The iconic artistsare accompanied by Sting’s longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller and backing vocalists, Melissa Musique and Gene Noble to perform the first single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” off their GRAMMY® Award-winning album, 44/876, as well as Sting’s classic hit, “Englishman in New York,” and a mash-up of JuiceWRLD’s chart-topping song, “Lucid Dreams” and Sting’s “Shape of My Heart,“ which is sampled on the former.
Following their joint collaboration, which included a critically-acclaimed world tour, Sting & Shaggy, both managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, went on to release their own respective albums (Sting’s My Songs & Shaggy’s Wah Gwaan?!) and embarked on tour.
TRAVEL JOURNALIST THOMAS WILMER INTERVIEWS 360 MAGAZINE PUBLISHER VAUGHN LOWERY
Small to medium sized business often fall short due to high turnover. Vaughn Lowery, Publisher of 360 Magazine, provides listeners with first-hand knowledge on the ever-shifting world of digital publishing and content creation through a youthful lens. Likewise with his innate ability to be accessible, he speaks to working in tandem with emerging generations and how their input could be detrimental to the survival of a brand.
An Additional Conversation with 360 Magazine’s Publisher Vaughn Lowery
If Vaughn Lowery was asked what his idea of success was 10 years ago, his answer would be very different from what it is today. He may have said that success means doing what he loves to do, being accomplished, or having a certain amount of material things.
“Success to me now is having a purpose in life and feeling passionate and fulfilled by it,” says Lowery.
Lowery got his first taste of the industry while interning for Vibe Magazine while on Summer vacation from Cornell University. His sister drove him into New York City every morning to drop him off and always advised him to be the first one at the office. One morning Lowery found himself alone with the publisher of the magazine at the time, Keith Clinkscales, which gave him the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one. It was due to his sister’s advice that he got the chance to do what no other intern would normally get to do.
After finishing up at Cornell in just three years, Lowery became an executive trainee with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was able to get along with everyone in the office and was doing great when he was called into his boss’s office one afternoon.
“She told me I was in the wrong business; that I was very charismatic and should try acting,” Lowery says, “but, I liked the path I was on at that time.”
It wasn’t until Lowery was asked by someone connected to the talent industry if he was a model that he truly considered breaking into the talent industry. Shortly after taking professional photos and getting them out to agencies, Lowery ended up with Ford Models. From there he did photoshoots, tv commercials, and ad campaigns, all while still working in outside sales at Aetna US Healthcare. Once he began modelling full time his face was in the pages of GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Gap. By being around people of all different positions, primarily in the magazine publishing industry, Lowery came to understand how content was produced. It was right before the recession hit while he was living in LA that Lowery made the transition from modelling to the publishing industry.
It was his experience in modelling that inspired Lowery’s creation of the 360 Magazine. While working on any given shoot, Lowery was often one of just three or less black men. Often times he was the only black man on a set which drew his attention to the lack of representation in the media industry. Lowery’s goal for the 360 Magazine was that it would fill this niche and promote diversity across the publishing world, specifically the covers of its magazines.
For those wanting to work in the media industry, specifically in the publishing world, Lowery suggests starting from the ground up.
“Being self taught and learning as you go is something you need to be open to,” says Lowery, “Ask tons of questions, and learn everything you can from every position.”
Lowery warns that it’s important to be open and cordial to everyone, because you don’t know when your paths will cross again. Making connections and using them is how most people gain opportunities. He also adds that just by hanging out with people you’ll always learn something that you can apply to aspects of your work.
Things in the industry have been changing and becoming more digitally focused since the beginning of 360 Magazine’s launch. The magazine was started during a time of e-zines, so it’s not a surprise that the website came first. Lowery had experience with creating websites from a young age so the move from print to digital was natural for him. It was clear to him where the industry was going.
“Print was getting costly, bookstores were looking dilapidated and even Barnes and Noble was focusing on their version of the tablet, the Nook,” says Lowery, “All the magazines were looking alike anyway.”
Print was still important though. Besides the fact that advertising agencies want to see a physical copy of a magazine before working with them, print is taken more seriously due to its cost. Other companies will be aware that a certain magazine has the funds to support itself if they have a print copy to show for it.
360 Magazine printed their first issue in 2009, but it was costly. Lowery began thinking that there had to be some other way to work with print. It was then that he decided to do print on demand publications. 360 Magazine linked with Blurb, which allowed anyone to order a print copy of the magazine right from our website. They’ve been distributing to them for 9 years now.
The magazine’s estimated circulation, which is based on print, is 110,000 from print on demand. This number doesn’t tend to move much, but most people end up reading 360 Magazine’s online articles through WordPress.
When asked what makes a media contributor most marketable, Lowery says that in this industry you need a social following and the ability to network. Being accessible and having a portfolio of published work is a great place to start as well.
“Do it all,” Lowery says, “monetize, write, take photos, be on time, and take initiatives.”
The hardest thing about the industry in Lowery’s opinion is breaking into it and surviving on freelance jobs along the way. Writers should be prepared to sacrifice mentally, physically and financially. While working for a publication, Lowery says that writers need to do what they can to become a valuable asset to them. That way, a publication will be more likely to keep you on board and help you in the future.
As for internship positions at 360 Magazine, Lowery aims to teach interns everything that he didn’t learn. He’s assigns articles for interns to write, pushes them to network, has them do coverage and teaches them how to get published or to self-publish.
“We teach interns how to be resourceful and find themselves in the organization,” says Lowery.
When interns can bring business to the magazine, the magazine will bring business to them. Special assignment opportunities are available for interns who finish their program and are still looking to remain involved. Lowery says that while the magazine is specifically looking to groom editors, that if a publication wants to really pop, then they have to have a revolving door.
When asked what goals he has for the future of 360 Magazine, Lowery responded that he aims to keep it three dimensional with podcasts and web series.
“I want to be able to put the brand out to different countries and places in America,” says Lowery, Local presences would strengthen us.”
He also says that he’s interested in the possibility of a reality spin off or docu-series, as well as introducing more formal programs for educational purposes.
The track is powered by a throwback beat and sultry production, building toward a seismic and soaring refrain carried by Kim’s powerhouse voice. The two versions in English and Spanglish speak to her worldwide appeal.
In many ways, Kim Viera was destined to merge cultures in her music. Growing up of Puerto Rican descent in an artist-friendly New York household, her parents both worked in the entertainment industry. Dad launched, owned, and operated a live production company, and Mom could be heard as a backup singer for Willie Colon, Ruben Bladés, and more. Yearly vacations in Puerto Rico represented that balance as the travel mixtape spanned Selena, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, La India, Sia, Brandy, and Whitney Houston. A vocal powerhouse, she made her introduction on viral hits alongside YouTube mega-star Kurt Schneider in between writing for superstars such as Lil Wayne. In 2016, she landed a major label deal with Republic Records and made waves by contributing “Tribe” to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 3. This anthem quickly clocked 1.8 million Spotify streams. Along the way, she honed her “American Latina” style and set fire with her single “Como” feat. Daddy Yankee. It exploded as an international smash with 40.8 million cumulative streams and counting, while the music video surpassed 24 million views in under a year. Meanwhile, she garnered acclaim from Billboard and NPR who pegged it among “Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week,” upon release, setting the stage for her 2019 anthem “Here For Ya.”
Today the critically-acclaimed and multi-dimensional artist Sky Ferreira releases her new song ‘Downhill Lullaby’. The track is produced by Sky Ferreira and Dean Hurley with co-production by Jorge Elbrecht. ‘Downhill Lullaby’ is the first taste of her upcoming album, Masochism, out later this year, and was recorded in and arranged in Los Angeles and Copenhagen. LISTEN HERE. The lush track clocks in at nearly six minutes and features spiraling strings, a stripped-down drum beat, and a detuned guitar riff. As the song builds to its conclusion, Sky addresses her subject with a tinge of retribution. Ferreira has also recently collaborated with a pair of British rock icons. Having appeared on Primal Screams ‘Where the Light Gets In’ for their 2016 Chaosmosis. Ferreira also sang on The Jesus + Mary Chains 2017 album Damage & Joy, guesting on the song ‘Black and Blues’ She also released a cover of ‘Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry’.
In addition to her music career, Sky Ferreira has blossomed as an actor, appearing in feature films including Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver (to the Nigel Godrich-produced soundtrack of which Ferreira also contributed a cover song of The Commodores. She acted alongside Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in The Trust, in the 2016 comedy-drama film Elvis & Nixon directed by Liza Johnson, in Jonas Kerlund’s Lords of Chaos and in the Ridley Scott-produced American Woman, directed by the film legend’s on Jake Scott. She also lit up the small screen in David Lynch’s 2017 Twin Peaks reboot, where she made a lasting impression on fans and delivered the series-best line of dialogue about a penguin. Sky Ferreira’s previous album, “Night Time, My Time”, was included on Best Album of the Year lists in The New York Times, Stereogum, NPR, The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Complex and more.
“Boom. The world’s most famous brothers are back.” – Vogue
“The Jo Bros may not quite be in the year 3000, but “Sucker” nonetheless serves up a grown-up vision of The Jonas Brothers we didn’t know we were expecting.” – NPR
“It’s 2019 and there’s a new Jonas Brothers song, and those two things go together a lot better than we ever anticipated.” – Billboard
“The Jonas Brothers feel grown up without losing their boy band charm.” – Esquire
Those are just the few responses to The Jonas Brothers recent comeback with their music video to “Sucker.”
This week, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum powerhouse trio — theJonas Brothers—reclaim their place at the top of the charts and popular culture with their new single and music video “Sucker.”Get it HERE via Republic Records.
Taking the world by storm, it captures #1 on Apple Music, #1 on Spotify, and #1 on iTunes in North America. Globally, it clinches #1 on Apple Music, #1 on YouTube, #1 on Twitter, and #2 on Spotify. Since its release, it scored over 20 million Spotify streams and is over 50 million YouTube views and counting. At radio, it emerges as the “#1 Greatest Gainer for Top 40, ”impacting now.
Not to mention, “Sucker” garnered unanimous critical acclaim. Among widespread praise, it was dubbed “an absolute jam” by Billboard, christened “a banger” by Esquire, described as “an impeccably sweet-and-sour pop rock-tune”by Rolling Stone, and best noted as “a grown-up vision of The Jonas Brothers we didn’t know we were expecting” by NPR.
To celebrate the release, the band took over New York City for an intimate and packed secret reunion show. It marked their first time on stage in nearly six years, and they returned with a historic gig that left fans clamoring for more.
Yesterday, the Jonas Brothers announced a partnership with Amazon Studios, Philymack, and Federal Films– a division of Republic Records, to release an upcoming documentary about the Jonas Brothers, to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.
Anthony Mandler’s director’s cut of the Sucker music video was also released. Watch HERE.
This week, they continue their takeover of The Late Late Show with James Corden. This late-night “residency” spanned everything from their first on-camera interview to a hilarious skit where the host kidnapped the band and reunited them with help from none other than Dr. Phil. You have to see it to believe it. However, there’s more to come.
Watch clips from last night’s episode HERE, and be sure to tune in for more this week.
Jonas Brothers are back and about to have their biggest year yet.
The preeminent male group of this century, Jonas Brothers opened the floodgates for a new era of titans in pop music. They earned three consecutive number one albums and sold out shows throughout three continents. Selling over 17 million-plus albums with over 1 billion streams worldwide, they’ve achieved dozens of platinum and gold certifications. Jonas Brothers notably received a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best New Artist,” garnered “Breakthrough Artist” at the American Music Awards, won Billboard’s “Eventful Fans’” Choice Award for “Best Concert Tour of the Year,” and took home a Mexican Grammy, showcasing their international influence. The tremendous success of the band provided a launch pad for the successful and storied solo careers of Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas, who have kept loyal fans yearning for a reunion, until now.
Want to follow the boys? Below are their social medias to keep yourself updated.
RISING SONGSTRESS NJOMZA KICKS OFF THE “VACATION TOUR” LAST NIGHT
Performing At The Mint In Los Angeles On February 21 & SOB’s In New York City On March 4
Playing NYC’s Governor’s Ball
“Njomza sets the tone of romanticized escapism that can be heard throughout Vacation.” – Billboard
“Njomza’s voice enchants the listener” – Study Breaks
Last night, Njomza launched her very first North American headliner, “Vacation Tour” at Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA. Nearly sold out, the kickoff sets the tone for what promises to be an unforgettable tour as she performs in major cities coast-to-coast through March 7 at Troc Balcony in Philadelphia, PA before gracing the stage at Governors Ball in New York at the top of the summer. Check out the full itinerary below and get tickets HERE.
The Chicago singer, songwriter, and genre-shifter has quietly become a hot topic of conversation. Her global streams just exceeded 40 million and counting as recent singles “Me & You” [1.4 million Spotify streams] and “Lonely Nights” [1.44 million Spotify streams] continue heating up. Her voice has also resounded from behind-the-scenes as a sought-after collaborator in the studio and from the stage as a true pop maverick. Recently, she spoke to both NPR and Rolling Stone regarding her contributions to Ariana Grande’s latest release thank u, next, and she sat down with ET Live for an extensive interview about her own artistry.
Last week, Njomza launched a fun video called ”What’s My Name?” In the hilarious clip, Njomza hits the streets of Hollywood to quiz bystanders on how to pronounce her unique name. View “What’s My Name?” here.
Her sophomore EP, VACATION, is out now via Since The 80s/Motown Records. It has already received acclaim from Hypebae, StudyBreaks, Billboard, and more. Experience its songs live on the “Vacation Tour.”
Njomza gained notoriety after Mac Miller caught one of her uploaded covers, promptly signing her to his Remember Music label. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn”; from Millerߣs acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. Thereafter, 2017 saw Njomza unveil her acclaimed debut EP, Sad For You, which received early praise from the likes of Noisey, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, Office Magazine, and more. Now with a new label and a vigor to create new music, Njomza kicks off her continued rise with all new perspective.
Phony Ppl recently unleased their new album mō’zā-ik (300 Entertainment), the follow-up to 2015 Yesterday’s Tomorrow. Blending soul, funk, R&B and more, each song on the 11-track set plays as an extended jam between five musicians playing at their peak and garnered attention from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and NYLON, who called the album “ethereal as hell.”
Recently, the Brooklyn-based quintet release the dizzying visuals for their song, “Way Too Far.” Directed by Joe Well who has directed videos for Kendrick Lamar,YG, Puff Daddy, and The Internet, the production company who produced the video–Pyscho Films–recently produced the video for Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar– “Wow Freestyle” as well as Aminé–“Reel It In.” The video follows the band and gives us a window into their world, and features cameos by Briana Shanee Wilson (Influencer/Entrepreneur/Creator of Matte Brand) and Patrick Paige II of The Internet.
The new record was met with rave reviews, with the band making Rolling Stone’s 2018 Hot List, with David Fricke noting how they are “ready for the world with mō’zā-ik. NPR Music premiered the album via First Listen, calling it a “stepping stone for the Brooklyn Band as a subconcious vacation for the listener while moving through the world…or maybe even a retreat from it.” The collection was also featured on NPR’s ‘New Music Friday– 8 Albums You Should Hear Now.’ Pitchfork added mō’zā-ik to their ‘5 Best New Rap Songs’ list, raging about how “the group mashes so well” and “every element of their sound complements the other.” The band also appeared on MTV’s TRL, were interviewed on Sway In The Morning, are currently the face of Spotify’s Newness Playlist, and were featured as Artist of the Week by both TIDAL and Soundcloud.
The band are currently supporting Pusha T on the second leg of his Daytona Tour wrapping up with two shows in their home town at Irving Plaza in New York, and will also be playing a headlining show at Mercury Lounge December 28, with tickets on sale Nov. 20th. See below for full tour routing.
Critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based electronic duo Phantoms (aka Kyle Kaplan and Vinnie Pergola) release their anticipated new single “Lay With Me” featuring superstar actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens today via Casablanca/Republic Records. Listen HERE.
“Making this song was such a serendipitous experience.” Phantoms discuss the making of the single, “We grew up with Vanessa then weirdly ran into her at the airport last year and talked about working on music at some point. Then a few months later we got in the studio and recorded this song. It was a cool way to reconnect since the last time we all hung out we were around 16 years old. So happy this song is finally out, it’s one of our favorites.”
Vanessa Hudgens adds, “I’m so excited for this song and music video. I loved being in the studio again working with phantoms. Crazy we reconnected all these years later and got to create something we’re all very proud of.”
Phantoms announce a string of North American Tour dates that kicked off this month in Brooklyn and continues with stops around Los Angeles, Orlando, and Washington D.C. through the end of the year. Tour includes key winter festival events, including Escape Psycho Circus, Contact, and others to be announced soon. See below for the duos tour itinerary. Stay tuned for additional dates and tickets HERE.
In the past year, Phantoms have topped the charts with their single “Just A Feeling” [feat. VÉRITÉ] from the duo’s self-titled debut, Phantoms out via Casablanca/Republic Records. “Just A Feeling” clinched the #1 spot on the Sirius/XM BPM Top 20 Countdown for over eight weeks and shattered the previous record in the process. It closed out 2017 as #1 on the Countdown and BPM’s “Breaker of the Year.” The single held the #1 spot at Dance Radio for 4 straight weeks in addition to peaking at #1 on the iTunes Top Electronic Songs Chart and clearing over 3 million Spotify streams. This summer, Phantoms played Firefly Festival, Electric Forest, and Billboard Hot 100 Festival. Applauded by NPR, Billboard, Dancing Astronaut, and more, Phantoms have cemented their status as electronic music’s hottest live act.
NPR’S WHAT’S GOOD WITH STRETCH & BOBBITO RETURNS FOR SEASON 2 ON PODCAST FEEDS EVERYWHERE AUGUST 15
Co-hostedby dynamic duoStretch ArmstrongandBobbito Garcia, the blockbusterNPRpodcastWhat’s Good With Stretch & Bobbitolaunches its highly anticipated second season on August 15, 2018.
Catch up on previous episodes and subscribe to the show ahead of the new season onnpr.org.
Last year, the podcast emerged as a fan favorite, featuring free-wheeling and candid conversations with some of the most interesting people throughout the worlds of music, film, television, comedy, culture, media, and beyond. Among season one’s 17 interviews, guests ranged from legendary comicDave Chappelle, AcademyAward-winning actorMahershala Ali[Moonlight,Luke Cage], andStevie WondertoRun The Jewels,Bootsy Collins,Chance the Rapper,Linda Sarsour, and many more. Along the way, it landed looks fromHypebeast,Billboard, andOkayplayer, to name a few.2018 promises yet another slate of high-profile subjects to be announced very soon.Don’t missWhat’s Good With Stretch & BobbitoonNPR!