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All Hail the Driverless Car!

Aurora CEO Chris Urmson and SAFE Autuomous Vehicles VP Amitai Bin-Nun won a recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion “All Hail the Driverless Car!” by convincing more of the live NYC audience that a self-driving future would lead to fewer accidents, less traffic congestion and carbon emissions, and greater accessibility.

Their opponents, arguing that driverless cars might never be truly safe or affordable to anyone beyond the wealthy, were NYU data journalism professor Meredith Broussard and MIT transportation researcher Ashley Nunes.

Hear the complete debate as a podcast now here (or on all podcasting platforms under “Intelligence Squared U.S.”): https://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/all-hail-driverless-car

Read selections from all four debaters’ remarks in the new issue of Automotive News: https://www.autonews.com/debate-all-hail-driverless-car

Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar

Pininfarina Battista Electric Hypercar Debuts in North America

The Battista represents a new reality for electric car desirability in cities, in suburbs and on circuits

Automobili Pininfarina launched its stunning pure-electric 1,900hp Battista hypercar in North America – just one year after the company was introduced at the 2018 Rome Formula E race. Shown in the days leading up to the New York Auto Show, the production-ready model was debuted during an exclusive, invite-only event at Studio 525 in Chelsea by Michael Perschke, CEO and Luca Borgogno, Design Director.

During the event, one of only 150 Battistas, painted in a stunning Grigio Luserna satin-grey carbon with Blu Iconica design accents, was on display. The world-first car was revealed to an excited audience of car collectors, supercar owners, business leaders, automotive influencers and members of the media.

To celebrate its arrival in the world’s biggest market for both supercars and electric cars, a new film of the Battista in action, driving through the streets of New York has been released.

“The Battista’s arrival in New York is a proud moment for the entire Automobili Pininfarina team, as we can finally begin to bring the next generation of hypercars to discerning customers throughout North America” said Perschke. “We’re quite confident that this is the car that makes the United States fall in love with ultra-high-performance electric vehicles.”

Pulling from traditions of Italian design and European engineering, alongside the latest in cutting- edge technology, the company is entering a previously unoccupied market segment with great potential. The new demand for high performance zero-emission vehicles, driven by the increasing emissions regulations in the urban centers of major global cities, puts the Pininfarina Battista at the forefront of a growing trend in the ultra-luxury automobile market.

The Battista’s showing in New York coincides with the beginning of Pininfarina’s search for strategic partners to execute the next phase of its development plans. Following the enthusiastic reception of the Battista, Pininfarina plans to launch a full range of high-end, zero emissions SUVs, broadening its consumer reach in the luxury electric vehicle market.

Deliveries of the Battista to North American clients begin in late 2020, with over half the allocation already reserved.

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Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier

Bulleit’s 3D Printed Whiskey Experience

Bulleit will return for its second year to the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC on April 24th, bringing its latest Frontier Works project – the Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier, an immersive and intimate 3D printed whiskey experience – to one of New York’s hottest cultural events. In collaboration with the architecture and design practice FAR frohn&rojas, and fabrication team at Machine Histories, Bulleit will transform Studio 525 into an experiential lounge, highlighted by a jaw dropping 3D-printed bar.

The bar will serve some of the world’s first 3D printed cocktails featuring award-winning Bulleit bourbons and ryes, courtesy of robotics pioneer Benjamin Greimel. The space will be brought to life with music from cutting-edge New York-based DJs, Odalys and Angel and Dren, as well as a series of high-tech lighting projections featuring some of the hottest films debuting at this year’s festival.

WHAT

Bulleit 3D Printed Frontier Lounge at Tribeca Film Festival

WHEN

Wednesday, April 24th OR Thursday, April 25th OR Friday, April 26th (7-10PM ET)

WHERE

Studio 525 (525 W 24th St – in Chelsea, right under the High Line).

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YK Osiris NYC Showcase

YK OSIRIS WOWS AT NYC SHOWCASE!!

WATCH THE PANDEMONIUM HERE

“WORTH IT” AT 100M+ STREAMS!!

WATCH THE VIDEO (NOW AT 17M VIEWS) HERE

ALBUM COMING SOON

“Worth It” is a strange hybrid of styles that is serving as a breakthrough hit — don’t be shocked if this becomes inescapable by the end of the spring.” – Billboard

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Emeli Sandé New Music Video

Emeli Sandé Shares Official Video For “Sparrow”

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Sandé remarks that she “had a wonderful time working with the incredible director Sarah McColgan and her powerful team in NYC.”

“Thank you to all the beautiful women involved in this video – there was magic in the room and a true sense of sisterhood,” says Sandé.

Young Bae

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Young Bae’s childhood reads like a painful chapter of Oliver Twist. Using her innate talent – art – to overcome years of poverty, homelessness and abuse, Young managed to escape.

Young’s mom, an artist herself, was consistently unable to provide and care for her children and members of their community refused to volunteer assistance. Young recalls the cultural reaction to her family’s suffering with clarity,

“Korea is a materialistic country,” confides Young, now proprietor of the marquee Diamond Tattoos shop in New York City’s Times Square. “No matter how hard you work, it is hard to break away from poverty – nobody gives you an opportunity. If you’re poor, you’re poor for life. They treat the less fortunate like shit, hence I couldn’t talk to anybody about how I was living – not even my best friend. So I kept it all a secret, as best I could.”

Young did her best to mix in with other more privileged kids, even as she and her family moved around in church basements, abandoned houses and even a shipping container throughout her teenage years. “I may have been homeless with no money, but I was always fresh and fashionable,” says the self-taught tattoo queen has come a long way to now ink high-profile clientele and eager fans of the drama-filled show, “Black Ink.” “When my family didn’t have access to a shower I would clean up at public restrooms every morning. I’d also get hand-me-down-clothes from church and create my own fashions, or at least I tried to. My teachers suspected I was poor because there were things I couldn’t pay for, but for the most part I think I flew under the radar.”

She didn’t fly under the radar though when it came to her talent, her teachers and classmates acknowledged her ability to sketch, draw as well as paint. Young began receiving accolades for her fabrications, using the sales to buy basic necessities.

Young was able to land a partial academic scholarship to a college where she continued to hone her craft until she was ready to leave Korea.

“New York is an artist’s city,” says the Chugye University graduate, “so it just made sense.”

They say if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere and the bonafide hustler Young took the motto to heart. In 2007, the 22-year-old made a beeline for Koreatown in Manhattan, touching down with just $80 and a student visa to study English, she landed a job at a local nail salon.

Despite a language barrier, she wouldn’t stop there. Young continued job hunting, getting jobs at restaurants, jewelry shops, even illegally hawking her art in New York’s famed Union Square. All this to make her share of the rent for a small place with roommates in New Jersey.

On the way to the tattoo shop in NYC, the neon lights of New York City brightly shined on the other side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

Tattooing was illegal in South Korea so Young had no experience. “I walked in, took a look around at the tattoo sketches on the wall, and thought, hey, I could do this. So I offered the shop owners a barter: in exchange for giving me a shot I would clean their shop for free. They agreed.” With that, her apprenticeship commenced.

In no time, Young became confident in her skills and moved to another shop where she could demand a tattoo artist’s wages. Quickly becoming the most requested artist in the shop, Young decided look into owning and operating her own business.

“I rented this little ratty spot on 46th Street in Times Square. It was literally a storage room in the back of an eyebrow threading shop. I got licensed, worked like three additional jobs to afford the $1000/month overhead and scoured the area to find shelves, paint and other stuff to decorate. I upholstered my first tattoo chairs with fake leather I found on the street. Then every day I’d go hold up this human-sized sign advertising my shop, and miraculously people showed up. Eventually so many showed up, I quickly outgrew the space!”

With Young’s growing credibility and reputation among fellow artists throughout the tri-state area, it was no wonder that reality TV show producers eventually came calling.

“My shop might not have been the fanciest, but my work was good and news about me began to spread quickly. It kept getting bigger and busier every year,” she says.

Young was delighted to join VH1’s popular show “Black Ink Crew: New York” during its fifth season. Heading into its seventh season, Young Bae is a fascinating and loveable character to watch.

Through it all, Young gives God the credit for not just where she is today but where’s she’s headed, “I had faith that poverty, homelessness and abuse wouldn’t be the end of my story. I went through all of what I did so I could come out on top on the other end and eventually go on to help others who are vulnerable like I was. There is greatness waiting for us all and I’m determined to live and share my best life now.”

Currently, Young Bae is working on an athleisure line 2one2 and a book sharing her life experiences.

Additional information can be found on her wikipedia.

Gunna Releases Debut Album

GUNNA RELEASES HIS DEBUT ALBUM DRIP OR DROWN 2

Features Include: Young Thug, Lil Baby, and Playboi Carti

“Drip Or Drown 2” Tour Kicks Off March 31st!

Tickets Available On here 

Recently dubbed YouTube’s Artist On The Rise, Billboard chart-topping rapper Gunna returns with the official release of his debut studio album, Drip Or Drown 2 available everywhere via Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment. Drip Or Drown 2 is Gunna’s official album return since the immense success of projects such as  “Drip Season 3” and the gold-certified collaborative mixtape with Lil Baby titled Drip Harder. The project exceed it’s first week sales with an astounding 130,000 equivalent album units to take the #4 spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart, which included the double platinum single “Drip Too Hard.”

The 16-track album offers features from Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, and Young Thug who is also credited as one of the album’s executive producers (Jeffery Williams) alongside Turbo and  Wheezy. When asked about the album, the longtime friend and Young Stoner Life Records founder says:

“I’m extremely proud of my brother, his debut album is going to change the scope of  music for the rest of the year. I watched him put his everything into making this masterpiece and that’s the beauty of it.” – Young Thug

Drip Or Drown 2 was introduced with two bubbling singles “One Call,” which peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and “Speed It Up.”

Listen to Drip Or Drown 2 here!

DRIP OR DROWN 2 TRACK LIST

  1. WIT IT
  2. OUTSTANDING
  3. ONE CALL
  4. CASH WAR
  5. RICHARD MILLIE PLAIN
  6. YAO MING
  7. IDK WHY
  8. DEREK FISHER FEAT. LIL BABY
  9. BABY BIRKIN
  10. SPEED IT UP
  11. HEADED SNAKE FEAT. YOUNG THUG
  12. BIG SHOT
  13. ON A MOUNTAIN
  14. OUT THE HOOD
  15. SAME YUNG N*GGA FEAT. PLAYBOI CARTI
  16. WHO YOU FOOLIN

Following his album release, Gunna is teaming up with Tidal to give his fans a release show experience in NYC, to be exclusively live streamed via TIDAL on February 26, you can purchase your tickets. Additionally, Gunna will embark on his “Drip Or Drown 2” tour following the performance, kicking off at Anaheim, CA on March 31st  and will trek through cities including Chicago, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Houston and more through end of May. Purchase your tickets here!

Drip Or Drown 2 Tour Dates

31-Mar  – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

1-Apr – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

2-Apr – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

3-Apr – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

6-Apr – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

7-Apr – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

8-Apr – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

10-Apr – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo

11-Apr – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

13-Apr – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

14-Apr – Denver, CO – Summit

16-Apr – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

17-Apr – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix

18-Apr – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

22-Apr – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

23-Apr – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

24-Apr – Boston, MA – House of Blues

25-Apr – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

26-Apr – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

27-Apr – Washington, DC – Broccoli City Festival

30-Apr – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

1-May – Charlotte, NC  – The Fillmore

2-May – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

6-May – Houston, TX – House of Blues

7-May – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater

9-May – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

11-May – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud

14-May – Tampa, FL  – The Ritz Ybor

15-May – Orlando, FL – The Beacham

16-May – Atlanta, GA  – Tabernacle

About Gunna

When the history books open up, “Drip” will forever be associated with the meteoric and platinum rise of Gunna. Dubbed “The King of Drip” and pegged “to take over the rap world” by Interview, he generated over one billion cumulative streams and achieved one platinum and two gold certifications within a year. Now, he submerges the whole game in “Drip” on his 2019 full-length debut, Drip or Drown 2 [Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment], and singles “One Call” and “Speed It Up.”

Born and raised in College Park, GA, he immediately gravitated towards innovative hip-hop from the likes of OutKast, Cam’Ron, and Future. Signed to YSL Records, he famously teamed up with label boss Young Thug and Travis Scott on “Floyd Mayweather” from 2016’s Jeffery. Shortly after, he dropped the seminal mixtape Drip Season. 2017 saw him serve up the sequel Drip Season 2 and Drip or Drown. He ascended to superstardom during 2018. Drip Season 3 put up unbelievable numbers, earned Drake’s fandom, and garnered looks from Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Complex, and more. Not to mention, he joined forces with frequent collaborator Lil Baby for the collaborative Drip Harder, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. The project yielded the platinum Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit “Drip Too Hard” and gold “Never Recover” [with Drake]. He teamed up with Travis Scott and NAV for the ASTROWORLD favorite “Yosemite,” Mariah Carey for “Stay Long Love You,” and Metro Boomin for “Space Cadet,” which they performed on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Plus, he participated in fashion shows for  Pyer Moss, Off-White, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Now that Drip Season is underway, it’s never going to end.

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DJ Megan Ryte Releases New Single

DJ MEGAN RYTE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “UNSURE”

FT. Joey Bada$$, Yung Bleu & Arin Ray

Stepping into the New Year with a bang, DJ Megan Ryte drops her latest single “Unsure” ft. Joey Bada$$, Yung Bleu, and Arin Ray. Available now through all digital retailers, “Unsure” is the Hot 97 DJ’s second release for Rule#1/Interscope Records.

Listen to “Unsure” by DJ Megan Ryte ft. Joey Bada$$, Yung Bleu, and Arin Ray HERE


“Unsure” arrives as the follow-up to Megan’s debut single “On & On” ft. Tory Lanez and HoodCelebrityy. With its warm R&B vibes, dreamy texture, and heavy-hearted lyrics, “Unsure” again reveals Megan’s rare gift for assembling supreme talent — in this case, the bold intensity of Joey Bada$$, raw emotion of Yung Bleu, and soulful sensitivity of Arin Ray.

About DJ Megan Ryte

As a young woman in the music industry, Megan’s hustle, determination, and skill have been key to her steady rise from DJ to breakout star. Although she’s dealt with her fair share of adversity, those challenges have not only added to her story, but taught her the necessary lessons to achieve success. Prior to making her radio debut, Megan began building her name as a club DJ in Virginia while she was still a teenager.  Knowing she had to leave her hometown to chase her big dreams, she traveled the world as a tour DJ, then moved around the country doing radio and gaining fans in a number of major cities, including Houston, Miami, DC, Philly, and — currently – NYC’s Hot 97. Through the years, Megan has continued to expand her media brand by emerging as a TV host, writer, and now artist. You can catch the Heavy Hitter DJ on Hot 97 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

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Swatch X You

On Wednesday night, February 20th, Swatch celebrated the launch of Swatch X You, a new customization platform, at Swatch’s New York City flagship in Times Square.

More than 100 guests attended to experience the Swatch X You customization in-person and enjoy, food, drinks, music, and live art by NYC-based artist, Edward Granger.

To experience the platform for yourself, click here!

Or check out our Instagram story from last night @swatch_us! #swatchXyou

OZUNA MAKES HISTORY WITH 23 NOMINATIONS

The OZUNA music phenomenon stands with the astonishing 23 nominations at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony in 2019. In this way, the Puerto Rican singer breaks records, becoming the most nominated artist during a single gala in all history of this prestigious award.

After taking the prized award as “Artist of the Year” at the 2018 awards gala, Ozuna returns to the same stage, with an extremely solid artistic career, which has led him to become an icon of urban music of this new generation. Notably, the artist recently surpassed the record of Justin Bieber as an artist with more videos that exceed one billion views on YouTube, with a total of 7 videos, in addition to being crowned as the most viewed artist globally in 2018.

On this occasion, the “bold-eyed black man” of Reggaetón takes over the most important categories of the twenty-ninth installment of these awards, thanks to the resounding success of the songs that come from his albums “ODISEA” and “AURA”, both productions released to the market under the independent label DIMELO VI and distributed by Sony Music Latin. Also, with his collaboration in the anthem “Te Boté”, and of course, the single that revolutionized Spotify, all digital platforms and brought together three different cultures in the same melody: “Taki Taki”, a song that knew how to show the world the level and artistic quality of this young Dominican-Puerto Rican root interpreter.

Ozuna will say “present” in the following categories of the night, in which he appears as a singer and composer:

Artist “Latin Rhythm” of the Year, Soloist / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo

The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.