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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.

E!’S “DAILY POP” LISTINGS

Catch E!’s “Daily Pop” weekdays at 12pm ET/PT.

Monday, August 19 – “Nailed It’s” Nicole Byer on the show’s Primetime Emmy Award nomination, plus Ja Rule on the new season of “Growing Up Hip Hop: New York”

Tuesday, August 20 – Vacation Week on E! with Artistic Director and Model Rocky Barnes showing us how to take the best vacation photos

Wednesday, August 21 – Shay Mitchell’s personal trainer Astrid Swan shows our hosts an in-studio workout

Thursday, August 22 – “This is Us” star and Primetime Emmy Awards Nominee Chris Sullivan, plus Alison Sweeney on her newest Hallmark “Chronicle Mysteries” movie.

Friday, August 23 – “Sunday Today” host Willie Geist and his wife Christina on her new children’s book Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go To School

Listings are subject to change.

Equinox Members Feel Bamboozled

After The Related Companies (parent company of Equinox, SoulCycle, Hudson Yards) Founder/Chairman Stephen M. Ross announced his Trump fundraiser (tickets which will cost up to $250,000) in the Hamptons, all hell broke loose – tons of memberships have been cancelled online, over the telephone and in person. After all, Ross is a ‘passive investor’ for Equinox and SoulCycle which are premier fitness centers for celebrities, political leaders and senior level executives alike whom all seem to be proactively involved within the LGBTQ+ and art communities.

Why are members so infuriated?

Many feel they were a part of a movement of societal justice and equality, not just a fitness institution since its inception twenty years ago. Fast forward to present day, Equinox has popped all over every urbane and metropolitan area’s infrastructure largely in part to real estate mogul, Ross.

Lately, the brand has announced a slew of designer duds, hotel chain and talent agency geared towards their top instructors. Today, more or less of its constituents will gather at the West Hollywood location (8590 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069) at 4PM to protest against Ross’s decision to host such a lavish engagement for one of the most ridiculed US Presidents in modern day times. A man who’s rhetoric has possibly fell upon the ears of young white supremacists like the alleged shooter at El Paso last weekend who gunned down dozens of Hispanic people at a local Walmart.

Maybe after today’s outrage, the Miami Dolphins owner, who was shunned for his actions by some of its players, will renege on tomorrow’s elaborate event. According to the LA Times, the soldout venue may raise close to 12 million dollars for Mr. Ross’s friend of over 40 years.

As of late, Equinox has announced the construction of a 20-story hotel and residential building downtown LA which is scheduled to be completed around 2021.

Blueface Cash Money EP

Inching closer to worldwide superstardom, the year’s hottest break-through talent and Cash Money West recording artist Blueface unleashes his Cash Money debut EP, Dirt Bag, at all digital retailers today. Check it out HERE.

Upon arrival, it garnered a spot in the Top 10 of iTunes Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart and in the Top 10 of the Overall Top Albums Chart.

Singles from the EP have impressively received over 100 million streams. “Bleed It” racked up 60.5 million Spotify streams while “Daddy” featuring Rich The Kid eclipsed 21.2 million Spotify streams.

Additionally, “Daddy” was #1 Most Added at Urban Radio,” with a total to 108 stations playing the single it has garnered a Radio Audience of 3.6 million at Rhythm and Urban stations across North America.

Meanwhile, “Stop Cappin” closes in on 10 million Spotify streams and the recently released single “Bussdown” featuring Offset has 5.7 million Spotify streams.

Beyond these blockbuster anthems, Dirt Bag kicks off with the bold, blistering, and braggadocious title track “Dirt Bag” where Blueface proudly embraces his role as rap’s rawest and realest anti-hero.

“Bussin” featuring Lil Pump brings two of the game’s loudest mavericks together for an irresistible singalong and “Gang” featuring Mozzy might just be the ultimate West Coast banger.

Standing over six feet three inches tall and sporting a tattoo of Benjamin Franklin on the corner of his countenance, it would be hard to miss Blueface in absolutely any crowd. However, after exploding with smashes such as “Dead Locs” and the multi-platinum “Thotiana,” he is literally everywhere and taking over hip-hop. Within a year, he went from ditching a college football career to clocking well over a billion streams.

Dirt Bag declares Blueface’s place in the Cali pantheon…Everything turns blue in August 9th 2019.

Check Out Full Track Listing:

1. “Dirt Bag”

2. “Bussdown” feat. Offset

3. “Disrespectful”

4. “Daddy” feat. Rich The Kid

5. “Bussin” feat. Lil Pump

6. “Stop Cappin”

7. “Gang” feat. Mozzy

8. “Bleed It”

Mini Cooper, Giles Chapman, 360 MAGAZINE, 60 YEARS

Mini Cooper Anniversary

Did you know? August 26, 2019 marks 60 years to the day that the iconic Mini made its public debut.

Over 5,300,000 of the original 1959-2000 Mini were manufactured, making it the best-selling single British car of all-time.

The new book from Giles Chapman, 60 YEARS celebrates the legendary car from its revolutionary introduction, all the legendary Cooper and Works variants, to the development and popularity of new-generation Minis. From Alec Issigonis’ original concept to today’s models; the entire Mini history is covered in depth. Hardcover and with 200 photos including period advertising and more, it’s a big book on a small, yet landmark and ground-breaking automobile.

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Katy Perry, New Single, Small Talk, 360 MAGAZINE

Katy Perry’s ‘Small Talk’

Download / Stream “Small Talk” HEREView Lyric Video HERE

Katy Perry returns with her second single of 2019, “Small Talk.” The sparkling track is a poignant acknowledgement of the emotional distance that develops after a break-up, with Katy observing, “We had conversations about forever now it’s about the weather okay/I just can’t believe/We went from strangers to lovers to strangers in a lifetime.”

She wrote “Small Talk” with Johan Carlsson, Charlie Puth and Jacob Kasher Hindlin. Johan Carlsson and Charlie Puth produced the track with Peter Karlsson producing the vocals. Download / stream “Small Talk” HERE. View the lyric video HERE.

“Small Talk” follows Katy’s summer hit, “Never Really Over,” which marked her first new solo music since 2017. “Never Really Over” was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s career and has been certified Gold. Hailing it as a “euphoric breakup anthem,” PAPER proclaimed, “Katy Perry Is Back and Better Than Ever.” Views of the accompanying video have surpassed 80 million.

Earlier this week, Katy was awarded a plaque commemorating 100 million RIAA song certifications. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.

About Katy Perry:

Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010), which made her the only female artist (tied with Michael Jackson) to have five No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night”). PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide.

Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, WITNESS, debuted in June at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and No. 1 on iTunes in 46 countries. It set the record for the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. The certified Platinum lead single, “Chained To The Rhythm,” has over 1 billion streams worldwide, views on the accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. Follow-up singles, “Bon Appetit” (whose music video was Katy’s fastest viewed music video of all time, with 14.2 million views in the first 24 hours) is certified Gold, and “Swish Swish” is now certified Platinum. Globally, it has achieved more than 2 billion cumulative streams and sold more than two million adjusted albums.

Current single “Never Really Over “is certified GOLD and was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s musical career. “Small Talk” was released on August 9th.

In her 10 years with Capitol, she has racked up a cumulative 35 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks. With the singles “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy became the first artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter, and the first to surpass 100 million followers. She was the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Roar” and “Dark Horse” have surpassed the two billion mark.

Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to recording PSAs about the importance of empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016.

Katy has also been a champion for LGBTQ+ equality. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Trevor Project’s Hero Award in 2012, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award in 2017, and amfAR’s Award of Courage in 2018. She has also performed at various events to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, including 2009’s Life Ball and 2016’s amfAR Cannes Gala

Yoshi Flower

In June, the naturally genre-blending artist released his latest mixtape, Peer Pleasure, which was described by Rolling Stone as the “perfect album” for a “smooth summer soundtrack.” The nine-track tape explores various topics such as, validation, love and envy, amongst others. Earlier this month, V MAN premiered the “glittering” video for “Empty.” Despite the glitz and glam, bathing in diamonds, and living an extraordinarily wealthy lifestyle, the track continues to explore
another feeling of his, what’s money without love? Yoshi is set to hit
the stage at Lollapalooza today and will be joining Omar Apollo tonight
at Lolla Aftershow. 

Peer Pleasure combines a variety of instrumentation styles, from moody
beats to folky strings, with his sincerely pop-rock affectation and
gloomy words. The tape ends up being a soundtrack to the most chaotic
teen dramedy to have ever been made. It lands squarely between
temperaments, allowing for a listening experience that’s just as
genuine as his previous release, American Raver.” – PAPER

Listen to Yoshi Flower “Rolling Thunder” below:

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Jason Lee

Premiere Networks and Hollywood Unlocked Founder/CEO Jason Lee announced today the launch of a new weekly radio show, Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee.

 The two-hour, original program will debut August 17 on 50 iHeartMedia Urban Contemporary stations nationwide, in addition to iHeartRadio.   

Co-hosted by Melyssa Ford and DJ Damage, Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee will keep listeners on the pulse of Hip Hop and pop culture in this fun and entertaining program featuring celebrity news, information and gossip, along with candid conversations with the stars who will bring truth to the latest stories and rumors.

Additionally, Lee’s podcast Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored, which is also co-hosted by Ford and Damage and has more than 33 million views on its YouTube channel, will be made available on iHeartRadio. 

Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee is the latest extension of Lee’s Hollywood Unlocked multi-platform empire – one of the nation’s top urban and entertainment brands that includes the popular website the Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored podcast; the Hollywood Unlocked YouTube channel; and events like the Hollywood Unlocked Social Impact Brunch awards show.

When I first started Hollywood Unlocked four years ago, I had a dream of having a national show,” said Lee. “After several years of working hard and never losing sight of my journey, this dream has now come into reality. Joining iHeartMedia and Premiere Networks with the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Big Boy, and The Breakfast Club is not only exciting, but also an honor to be added to this list of iconic trailblazers in the field of broadcast.  We are excited to share with the iHeartRadio listeners our unfiltered and sometimes wild and hilarious way of asking the biggest celebrities questions that fans want answers to. Hold on for this exciting ride!” Lee Stated

“Jason has created a brand that connects millions of fans with celebrity news, pop culture and exclusive star interviews across multiple platforms, including events, digital, social media and podcasting,” said Doc Wynter, iHeartMedia Executive Vice President of Urban/Hip Hop Programming Strategy. “He’s a true influencer and we’re excited to partner with him to expand Hollywood Unlocked to radio listeners across the country.” 

Culture disruptor and multi-media powerhouse Lee has unlocked the secret to success in Hollywood. He built an ever-evolving brand empire through strategic campaign oversight, event production, and influential relationships with stars including Tiffany Haddish, Cardi B, Kris Jenner and Floyd Mayweather. In the competitive world of entertainment, Lee has elevated his brand recognition as a pivotal voice on “Love & Hip Hop,” MTV2’s “Wild N’ Out,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Dish Nation,” and many more. Lee continues to shine as the talent and face of the Hollywood Unlocked brand, which connects with millions of fans online, and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  

iHeartRadio featuring more than 250,000 podcasts, with more than 750 iHeartRadio Originals and is available on over 250 platforms and over 2,000 different connected devices — including smart speakers, digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables, smartphones, virtual assistants, televisions and gaming consoles. Visit iHeart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio and listen to Hollywood Unlocked with Jason Lee and Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored on your favorite device, beginning August 17.

ComplexCon x Skullcandy

By Krishan Narsinghani

ComplexCon Chicago featured an assortment of hype brands, culture and new music. Leading audio company, Skullcandy, unveiled a new experience during the 2019 convention that breeds different genres of music with art. A new program called 12 Moods brings a new mood to life every month through performances and limited edition products. Monthly artist features include Omar Apollo (personal favorite), Leikeli47 and Rico Nasty; along with athletes like Olympian Anna Gasser and skateboarder Chris Joslin.

360 Magazine had the opportunity to try the earbuds and sound did not disappoint. The wireless Bluetooth puppies last up to 12 hours of battery life, fit snugly for comfort and are water resistant. They are convenient for travel and come with a mini charging case perfect for the gym, work or a musical adventure. With different tones to match the month and a specific mood, consumers feel a personal connection to their unique item.

Click here for more info.

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

Nic’s On Beverly

By Krishan Narsinghani

(photos: Vaughn Lowery × copy edit: Paige Gilmar)

360 Magazine had the opportunity to try L.A.’s hottest vegan restaurant, Nic’s on Beverly. Nic’s is a fairly new eatery pioneered by Stephan Bombet and Nic Adler, the man who first opened Monty’s Good Burger and featured his arsenal at Coachella Music and Arts festival in Palm Springs.

Upon entering the establishment, a modern indoor dining area accented with a bar in blues and a patio can be found. The Hollywood heat is cooled by a gaping tree, sprinkled with lights, that shades most of the courtyard. With the smiles of the staff urging its patrons on, picking a seat has never felt more welcoming.

Start your afternoon right with handcrafted cocktails, a signature frozé or a Bloody Mary (for you spice lovers). Vegan waffles, tofu eggs benedict, and falafel burgers are just the start of Nic’s madness. The falafel burger particularly has meat-eaters covered and gets health nuts just a little more nutty. What means the most is the craftsmanship of each dish whether it be the four-step process fries or an in-house jelly. Farm-to-fork is deemed an understatement and perhaps the most overlooked dish would be the summertime peach salad which leaves your pallet refreshed with aromatic tomatoes.

At the end of the day, a foodie trying this establishment won’t care whether they are eating meat or not – the flavor says it all. The fresh gem can be found at 8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, and their Instagram here.

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

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Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan

Nic's on Beverly, 360 MAGAZINE, vaughn lowery, vegan