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Behind the lens of renowned Iranian cinematographers

Time Lapse is an exhibition of striking photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors. After enormous success in both London and Tehran, the exhibition will travel to the USA in November, to be shown at The Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles.

Time Lapse features the work of Cannes Film Festival award-winning directors Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami, Cannes Film festival award nominee Nasser Taghvai, award-winning documentary maker Kamran Shirdel, San Sebastian International Film Festival award-winning director Majid Barzegar, World Press Photo award-winning Cinematographer Seifollah Samadian and celebrated actor and Cairo film festival award-winning director Hamid Jebeli. The exhibition celebrates Iranian cinema and its international reach, and simultaneously demonstrates the talent of the directors, stretching beyond dynamic filmmaking to the creation of fine art.

CAMA Gallery aims to provide a politically neutral platform on which to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Iran. CAMA Gallery has three galleries in Iran, a gallery in London, and will soon open a permanent space in Los Angeles.

The exhibition opens with a private view on November 2 from 8pm and runs through November 14, 2018.

ALMA BREAKS FREE

Finnish pop powerhouse ALMA releases her new single Cowboy”via Universal/ Virgin EMI, Casablanca Records & PME today. Listen HERE.

“Cowboy” is the first single to be taken from her highly anticipated debut album set for release in 2019. Written by ALMA between Helsinki and LA alongside heavyweights Justin Tranter (Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber), Sarah Hudson (Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Halsey) and BloodPop (HAIM, Grimes) who also produced the track, Cowboy reveals ALMA’s unique voice as a writer; honest, brave and fresh.

“Cowboy” is her most personal song to date. As ALMA describes: “When I first left my home town to write in LA I felt scared and small – like the world was way too big and for me…it took me a long time to work out who I was and what I wanted to say. I was afraid to give away anything personal at first (us Finnish people are naturally very reserved) so it took a long time for me to understand my true identity and start getting it into my songs. So it helped to create an alter ego – to be a Cowboy.”

Following her critically acclaimed EP “Dye My Hair”, smash singles “Chasing Highs” “Phases” FT French Montana (including an exclusive Charli XCX directed video) and her 2018 mixtape “Heavy Rules”ALMA has garnered over 350 million combined Spotify plays and topped iTunes charts around the world. Undeniably one to watch, ALMA recently landed on the prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018, received the award for “Best Finnish Act” at the MTV EMA awards, and was named an “Artist To Watch” by VEVO DSCVR. Momentum continues to build as she leads the charge of a new generation of fierce, female pop geniuses who are swiftly taking over the industry.

“I am an ambitious person,” ALMA admits. “But I want to live in the moment, I’m not thinking about tomorrow, about big arena concerts, or flash awards. I want to keep writing, performing and working with people I like and see where it takes me.” 

Despite her openness to whatever the future may bring, ALMA’s sense of self is steadfast. She recognizes that today’s pop stars “are like gods” to their young fans. “They need to understand they’re powerful people who really can change things,” she says. “I just want to be here and be real. “Cowboy” is the first real piece of me I wanted to give away. There’s lots more to come. I don’t want to bullshit anyone or write empty pop bangers.”

Aretha Franklin

Brenda Lee, Wynonna Judd, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Anderson and David Bellamy Mourn the Passing of Aretha Franklin

“The music industry lost a lot of it’s soul with the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. With all of her success, stardom and notoriety, she kept her feet close to the ground and gave her heart to the world. ” -Brenda Lee

“I am just heartbroken. This cannot be happening. Oh how I love her. Meeting her was such a highlight. She is THE shero who changed my life. Her voice. Listening to her brings me closer to Heaven and I will love her forever. We have lost an American treasure. It’s the end of an era.” -Wynonna Judd

“I never had the chance to meet her, but I love her. I mean, doesn’t everyone? She is the grand dame of soul! She could sing anything and make you believe it! I regret not having met a few of my heroes and icons in the music business, and she is definitely one of them. My thoughts and prayers are with Aretha’s family. All my love and great admiration to her!” -Tanya Tucker

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Aretha Franklin, but I was extremely honored when she recorded a song I co-wrote back in the seventies. The song was called, “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and was later a No. 1 country hit for Conway Twitty. Aretha put her own unique, personal stamp on it, and as great artists often do, made the song her very own. I admired her tremendously, and never tired of telling people that she recorded a song that I had a hand in writing. Rest in peace, Ms. Aretha, and thank you for the sunshine you brought into this country boy’s life.” -Bill Anderson

“Rest in peace Aretha Franklin. An amazing talent with one of the most moving voices of all time. Your music will live on forever.” -Billy Ray Cyrus

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of such a musical icon. Aretha was simply the greatest singer of her generation. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.” -David Bellamy

1 Week until BFFF2018 Kickoff

Simply buy those shoes and get your outfit ready for Berlin Fashion Film Festival’s 7th edition – There are only a couple of days left…

BFFF2018 takes place July 12 and 13 – Save the Date!
Get your Ticket to the festival, the award show, the public screenings & become part of an inspiring community of international creatives, learn about the newest trends and talents in filmmaking and jump-start new business opportunities.

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WHO’S SPEAKING?
The annual two-day conference provides a platform on which the latest trends and talents in the field of moving image marketing, conceptual storytelling and brand communication can be discovered and discussed. See who’s there!

Meet Alyssa Boni
Director/Photographer
Taking part in the panel discussion Moving Stills? Heading off July 13th

Joined by Kai Stöcker – Executive Producer/ Partner – ACNE & Marcus Gaab – Managing Director – The Gaabs
Find out more here

Meet Raoul Keil – Editor in chief/Creative Director – Schön! Magazine
Taking part in the panel discussion FOCUS Emerging Talent taking place July 12th
Joined by
Florian Hucker – Creative Director – Ogilvy & Mather Berlin & Silvia Beck – Principal – MetFilm School Berlin.
Find out more here and at the festival of course!

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The Art World in Haiti

AYITI Gallery is pleased to present the works of seven talented Haitian artists carefully selected for their ingenuity, their originality, their narrative and their artistic potential. Our artists represent the new wave of International Inspirational artists that is currently flowing the market. They respond to the rising demand of new art that inspires and educates. They invite the viewer to think deeply and explore a new visionary realm. Our artists are messengers and healers. They express a state of consciousness that transcends a reality. Intuitive, they speak with their soul and push the boundaries commonly known of the art world. Their creative imagination rooted in their identity has preserved the authenticity of their art and freed them from the western norms. Fresh, elegant, avant-garde, colourful and mindful, their art has a unique voice. The quality and originality of their work reminds us Picasso, Dali, Basquiat, Bosch, Breton, or Bruegel the Elder. All are dedicated to an established and mature style and create masterpieces after masterpieces. All have the potential to be the art masters of tomorrow. They are permanently exhibiting in the UK.

AYITI Gallery is a brand name of THE smARTest PROJECT LTD, a certified social art enterprise founded in 2015 that initially supports (isolated) genius artists from Haiti to exhibit and sell their work to a global audience, live and thrive from their art. Over the years, we have pioneered with success the introduction of Haitian art in London. We have increased the visibility of our artists and the value of their art. We have revealed up-and-coming masters and highlighted the emergence of a new trend. We have shown that other form of creativity exist beyond the mainstreamed art. We have created a precedent that revealed a huge niche market for our artists, and furthermore for International Inspirational artists. The potential is significant and the supply of rare and fascinating art is endless. We are present in two thriving markets (African art and its diaspora; and Outsider art) which are triggering a breakthrough in the global art market encouraging collectors to invest now in our artists. We have a long-term vision that goes beyond Haiti, aiming to change the life of thousands through arts, and exploring new collaboration in and beyond the art world to further the vision of our artists and diffuse more Inspirational art in our daily life.

Despite their undeniable talent and their unique sense of creativity, an infinite number of International Artists have limited access to the International Art scene. Their geographic location, their economic situation, their anonymity, the absence of art education background, the nonconformity of their art and their disconnection with the art world isolate these artists from the main international art hubs. The art market has become somehow elitist and conservative. It favours artists who have sufficient financial means to show their work, artists who are able or are enough proactive to market themselves online and offline, artists who have pursued art studies, artists who follow trends and respond to the commercial demand of the market, or artists who live in western countries. It brings artists to compete with one another on an economic basis and rejects a vast majority of talented artists worldwide. It limits the endless variety and originality that International Artists could show to the world, it distorts the true meaning that originates from the creation of art, it narrows the notion of art itself influencing the regard, the taste and the decisions of the general public, and it promotes the duplication of art and artists. The art market has created a replicable business model that runs out of steam and seeks new inspiration. Art is more than a product. It’s a vision, the introspection of a soul, a universal language connecting cultures and individuals together. Art is an invitation to travel. We are meant to bring change and explore alternatives to nurture the infinite potential of International Art and the creative vision of Inspirational Artists.

▪ We believe in artists first

▪ We believe in art as an act of self-expression, with no rules, intuitive, expressive, initiatory, meaningful, and the inner soul as the main driving source of inspiration

▪ We believe in an art that inspires, instructs and provides emotions to people, that opens minds and mentalities, that influences practices and policies, that expresses a message, a feeling, a state of consciousness, that transcends a reality

▪ We believe in equal opportunities for all talented, creative and inspiring artists to show their work worldwide no matter their origin, their background, their status, their renown or their connection to the art world

▪ We believe that the renown of an artist be based on his/her talent, originality, creativity, the aesthetic of his/her work, the deepness and pureness of his/her inspiration

▪ We believe in new technologies to bring the vision of Inspirational Artists to life

▪ We believe in collaboration instead of competition, bringing in diversity into unity, encouraging the collective rather than the individual

▪ We believe in more Inspirational Art in our daily life to stimulate collective consciousness, taking art out of the traditional art premises.

DEF JAM × KANYE WEST, ALESSIA CARA, YG, 2 CHAINZ, & MORE

MOVING THE CHARTS AND MOVING THE CULTURE: OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS GLOBALLY; FOUR CONSECUTIVE TOP 5 ALBUM DEBUTS IN JUNE; 6 NEW TRACKS ON SHAZAM’S US FUTURE HITS CHART; EIGHT TRACKS SIMULTANEOUSLY IMPACTING AT RADIO

Fueled by an aggressive slate of new albums and singles and led by a new executive team – has launched into the summer season with ever-increasing heat. Ignited by Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam artists have generated over 1 billion cumulative streams globally in the past month, and new music from Alessia Cara, Logic, YG, 2 Chainz and Jeremihis poised to dominate the charts all summer long.

“We’ve been very fortunate to be treated to this unprecedented schedule of game-changing releases from the inimitable Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label,” said Paul Rosenberg, chairman and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. “I’m very pleased with how the team has responded and the success we have shared so far.”

With his historic five album run – yielding an unprecedented four consecutive Top 5 chart debuts in as many weeks from Pusha T, Kids See Ghosts, Nas, and his own #1 album yeKanye has once again grabbed control of the culture and shifted the paradigm. By releasing five 7-song albums, including the most-recent, critically acclaimed K.T.S.E. from Teyana Taylor – in consecutive weeks, Kanye has changed the concept of the album rollout, at once impossibly shortening the runway and elongating the news cycle, while unspooling the narrative with each release. In effect, the five albums have created a 35-song “playlist” across multiple genres: old school, sample-heavy rap, progressive, melodic hip-hop, R&B, psychedelic rock-rap, and more.

In addition to five albums lodged in the Top 25 on Apple Music, songs by Def Jam artists have also netted 19 debuts on the Billboard Hot 100. Charging headlong for the charts, Alessia Cara’s “Growing Pains,” #1 Most Added at Top 40 radio for two weeks running, and one of six new Def Jam tracks on Shazam’s US Future Hits Top 20 chart, including: “Yikes” and “All Mine” by Kanye West, “Bigger Than You” by 2 Chainz, “The Light”by MihTy (Jeremih & Ty Dolla $), and “Cops Shot The Kid” by Nas.

Def Jam’s seasoned promotion staff has an astonishing 8 tracks going for adds across multiple formats at radio – including “If You Know You Know” by Pusha-T, and “Big Bank” by YG. Propelled by an acclaimed BET Awards performance and the new music video trending at #3 on YouTube, “Big Bank” has exploded at Apple Music, Spotify, and Shazam.

At the same time, multi-platinum, Grammy®-nominated Def Jam artist Logic is headlining a sold-out tour in support of his #1 mixtape Bobby Tarantino II, the follow-up to Everybody, recently certified platinum. The mainstream worldwide success of Logic’s 4x-platinum “1-800-273-8255” is still reverberating more than a year after its release: last week 1-800 was awarded a Gold Lion for Artist as a Cause Ambassador at the annual Cannes Lion global brand conference.

Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko’s life-affirming album TRIP is also on the verge of RIAA gold certification, after spinning off two global hit singles, the gold “While We’re Young,” and platinum “Sativa” featuring Rae Sremmurd, each with over 100 million streams.
Behind the scenes at Def Jam Recordings, the company’s amazing new digital team has implemented new strategies to grow social followers and engagement. Def Jam now boasts the #1 social following of all major record labels, with an Industry-leading 400+K followers on Instagram, over 900+K followers on Twitter and growing. The five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases alone have amassed over 70 million mentions and counting.

In another first for the label, Def Jam has employed an aggressive Direct-To-Consumer strategy to become the#1 D2C label within the Universal Music Group (UMG). This has been driven largely by the new G.O.O.D. Music releases, with creative, robust offerings of merch, vinyl, and special products including lithographs, cassettes and more.

While rolling out new projects from its heavy-hitting roster of stars, Def Jam is bringing a fresh crop of talent into the marketplace, with new music from recent signing like YK Osiris, Bobby Sessions, G.O.O.D. Music’s 070 Shake & Valee, PVRX, Fetty Luciano, and more.

LAUNCH OF ELITE FREQUENCY GROUP

Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera and John “Fingazz” Stary have announced the formation of Elite Frequency Group (EFG), a boutique music label focused on developing emerging talent, collaborations with well-known talent, and attracting those who are inspired by fusion. They seek to stand out by rising above.

Besides Malakai and Fingazz themselves, artists currently signed to the label include: Allen Paris; 9Theory; Colt.22; Scarub; OpenOptics; Lexis Janay; and D.Rae.

EFG represents the aural side of Malakai and Fingazz’ business. The visual side, the artistic production collective Substance Over Hype, has been producing original and branded content for film, music videos and commercials since 2013 Click Here

EFG launches in style TONIGHT, June 28 with an exclusive night of great music from EFG’s up and coming L.A.- based artists, as the sun sets at the beautiful W Hollywood Hotel Wet Deck, on Thursday, June 28th. The event features video premieres on a sixteen-foot video wall, and sample sets from each of EFG’s amazing artists. EFG’s Allen Paris headlines the night. His live set takes guests on a journey to a retro-future with songs from his new album GLOW.

Malakai is a writer, director, and producer. Among his most recent accomplishments has been writing, directing, and producing the TWO BELLMEN franchise for Marriott Content Studios. TWO BELLMEN is an action-comedy series with three short film installments filmed thus far, which has received over 20 Million views on YouTube alone. Malakai’s projects are often a culmination of his passions and include: storytelling, dance, stunts, comedy, and music from up and coming artists (including Malakai). Most recently, Substance Over Hype produced THE OTHER END OF THE EARTH, an award-winning short film currently making rounds of film festivals from Shanghai to Louisiana. The piece was shot around the world and includes voice over talents from Academy Award® Nominee, Diane Lane. Fingazz is a multi-platinum producer known for hits such as “Lean Like A Chollo” and “Summer Nights,” as well as numerous number one singles in China, Korea, and Europe.

Malakai and Fingazz have had a long collaboration. Back in 2015, the pair worked together to create a soundtrack album for TWO BELLMEN. The album was a genre-bending mash-up of musical styles ranging from hip-hop to acid jazz to dance to downtempo to R&B and even classical, and included a re-work of the Bill Withers classic hit “Lovely Day.” The soundtrack’s first single, “Queens and Kings,” was an homage to the so-called “Queens and Kings” of Substance Over Hype—many of whom appear in TWO BELLMEN. Check out the amazing music video directed by Malakai and Mike Diva—the “Mario Shopping Karts Edition”—inspired by the FAST AND FURIOUS series: View Video Here. The album’s original content and arrangements are by Fingazz and Malakai. Other original production is by Fingazz.

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Chloe × Halle

The sisters Chloe × Halle are an American R&B duo who first came to attention after winning Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing. They have been active from 2013 and since then, they have made appearances in Beyonce’s Lemonade album and during her Formation World Tour. They have grown significantly in the last several years and after a highly anticipated wait, they released their debut album “The Kids are Alright” on March 23, 2018. The album was both written and produced by the talented sisters and has left an impressed reaction amongst their audiences.

See 360’s collaboration with them here and here.

JUKE ROSS x Fresh Roses

Today, Guyanese singer/songwriter JUKE ROSS returns with his latest single “Fresh Roses” via Republic Records.

Listen HERE.

“Fresh Roses” is JUKE ROSS’ first single following his debut EP “Grey.” “Like a Fresh Rose needs rain and nurturing so does new love. The song is about being caught in the space between trying to latch on to the bliss of new love while escaping the sting of the past,” say JUKE“Fresh Roses” showcases his signature acoustic style and sets the tone for what Juke has in store for 2018.

Located on South America’s northern mainland, the celebratory and life-affirming spirit of Guyana remains an undercurrent of JUKE ROSS’s songwriting. The youngest of 14 siblings, he can recall falling in love with music at a young age. The family radio played everything from Caribbean standards to Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, and he would sit and listen for hours on end. Inspired by his nurse mom, he enrolled in medical school. In the midst of his studies, guitar beckoned to him. JUKE feverishly began penning music. Among those early compositions, he created “Colour Me, which became an independent phenomenon, landed him a deal with Republic Records, and positioned him as one of 2017’s most exciting artists to watch!

Premiere Alert!

Title: Complex x Fuse

Talent Featured: A$AP Rocky, Hannibal Buress, Marlon Wayans and Lil Yachty

Airdate: Wednesday, June 13th at 11 p.m. ET / PT

TUNE-IN: A$AP Rocky dives deep into his new experimental and personal album, Testing, and his influence on the next generation of hip hop stars, and comedian Hannibal Buress discusses 2 Broke Girls, The Eric Andre Show and more on an all-new Complex x Fuse this Wednesday, June 13th at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse.

Episode Highlights:

  • Comedian Hannibal Buress (2 Broke Girls) tries unconventional techniques to survive the wings of death on First We Feast’s Hot Ones, while host Sean Evans gets his take on The Eric Andre Show and his unusual rap career. Plus, Marlon Wayans appears on Delete Your History.
  • Rapper and model A$AP Rocky reveals what he did to make his new album, Testing, blow up in one week. Later, take a look inside Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Yachty’s closet.

ABOUT: Complex x Fuse features exclusive first-looks of athletes and celebrities eating killer food, answering burning questions, and revealing the secrets behind the hottest kicks. The weekly Complex-branded block features first-run segments from Complex’s core slate of more than 20 digital shows including signature series like First We Feast’s Hot Ones, Sneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.