TEYANA TAYLOR DEBUTS STAR-STUDDED, SELF-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR “ISSUES/HOLD ON”
Guest stars include ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, Tyler The Creator, Kristen Crawley and Lori Harvey
Listen to K.T.S.E. HERE
Dominican-American, South Florida native and rising star DaniLeigh announces the November 30th release of her album, The Plan, via Def Jam Recordings. The recent remix of her smash hit “Lil Bebe” featuring Lil Baby, is currently at 1.4 million global streams with the original music video at over 3 million views. Her “Be Yourself” tour kicks off on January 31 in San Francisco, ending on February 26 in Denver. Pre-sale starts today at www.IamDaniLeigh.com.
DaniLeigh’s prominence as an artist started after a life changing encounter with the legendary Prince. After learning of her talents as a dancer, the Purple One reached out to have DaniLeigh direct his video for “Breakfast Can Wait”(view the video here). Prince ultimately took DaniLeigh under his wing, mentoring her budding singing career.
2017 brought the release of her major label debut, Summer with Friends which lead to her viral Shiggy created “In My Feelings” challenge (currently at close to 10 million views). In the Fall of 2018 DaniLeigh tapped into the energy of the global female empowerment movement when she and Spain’s Andalusian superstar Mala Rodriguez were featured on the amped-up remix of “Quero Que Tu Va” by Ananda and Joker Beats – watch the video HERE.
Most recently, DaniLeigh toured with Jeremih and Teyana Taylor on the Later That Night / KTSE on Aisle VII tour and is YouTube’s latest “artist on the rise”. She stars in Footlocker’s “Week of Greatness” global campaign with J. Balvin, DJ Khaled + Asahd, and more (watch the spot here) and also performed the “Lil Bebe” choreography with Aliya Janell from Queens N’ Lettos – watch HERE.
The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.
Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.
To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.
DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.
Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.
Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.
Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.
As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.
Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.
Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.
GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.
Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.
Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.
Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.
At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.
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LISTEN TO “LIL BEBE” HERE. OVER 6.8 MILLION GLOBAL STREAM!
“At a time when Dominicans are making their presence known in the upper echelons of the music industry… Dani has the potential to blossom into a mainstay of the music business.” – Remezcla
“DaniLeigh Wants to Get You Out of Your Feelings and Onto the Dance Floor.” – Pigeons & Planes
“She is a multi-talented individual to say the least, as she excels in singing, dancing, and choreographing, and you’ll quickly see the talent she possess with just one listen.” – Lyrical Lemonade
With the release of her newest single “Lil Bebe” and her viral “In My Feelings” challenge video, rising R&B artist-to-watch DaniLeigh has accumulated millions of streams on her hit song and videos. “Lil Bebe” averages 90K streams a day with 1.5M US streams and 6.8M global streams to date, reaching #37 on Spotify’s Viral chart and playlisted on “Most Necessary” and “Mellow Bars”. Her social media followers are growing at an average rate of 80K per week and her “In My Feelings” challenge video is now at a whopping 9.5M views and increasing daily. The Times Square dance video for “Lil Bebe” is now at 7.4M views. Most recently, DaniLeigh toured with Jeremih & Teyana Taylor.
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 ye– Kanye 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.
TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM K.T.S.E. VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
(June 22, 2018 – New York, NY) R&B superstar, dancer/choreographer, actress, model, and Harlem native Teyana Taylor releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, K.T.S.E. today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Produced entirely by Kanye West, the seven-track album is the fifth and final installment in the historic weekly series of G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases this month.
K.T.S.E.– Keep That Same Energy – is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s VII, Teyana’s G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam debut album. VII’s top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T has collected over 16 million YouTube views to date.
K.T.S.E. was unveiled Thursday night at a livestreamed listening event on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles. Universal’s famed “New York” set was transformed into Taylor’s native Harlem, with street signs pointing to 141 Street and Lenox Avenue, while mock-NYPD cruisers flashed their blue and red lights into the Hollywood night. The event was livestreamed on Twitter, and featured merch designed by Cali Thornhill DeWitt. Teyana Taylor merchandise is available now at her exclusive online store: https://shop.teyanataylor.com/
Teyana Taylor is one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation. As a respected recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model, she has made waves across a variety of fields. Her Vh1 reality show Teyana & Iman was highly successful, with the finale coming in as the #1 watched show on cable television on a Monday night in the 9pm time slot. Teyana opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon, a 90’s inspired salon in Harlem in an exclusive partnership with OPI Products. Coming up, she will star alongside Blair Underwood and recording artists French Montana in the Netflix film The Afterparty. She will also star in BET’s scripted series, Hit The Floor, premiering on July 10, with upcoming movie The Trap with Mike Epps and T.I. following. Her collection with GCDS launched recently in addition to her ongoing partnership with her own Reebok shoe line. Her recent Pretty Little things x Karl Kani collaboration sold out in a whopping 19 minutes.
Teyana’s dance performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video became a global viral sensation, attracting 100 million + YouTube views, and won the 2017 MTV VMA for “Best Choreography”.
(June 12, 2018 – New York, NY) Multi-platinum Def Jam icon Jeremih announces his 5-week, 24-city tour of the U.S. and Canada starting on August 3rd in Tampa, FL with Teyana Taylor and friends. The highly anticipated track “The Light” with prolific singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ty Dolla $ign was released last week – listen HERE.
Beginning with its launch later today (details available via Jeremih’s social media platforms), all items in Jeremih’s store (shop.jeremih.com) will include a free ticket-access code for the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets, starting tomorrow June, 13th. A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet packages will also be available for each city, on each date’s primary ticketing platform. Jeremih’s VIP offerings will include a personal photo and meet & greet with the artist, as well as exclusive Jeremih merchandise items. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 15th.
Jeremih’s 2015 release, Late Nights contained a trio of double-platinum R&B/hip-hop/pop crossover hits: “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG), “Planes” (featuring J. Cole), and “Oui.” Jeremih, whose combined YouTube views have passed the 730 million mark,has the distinction of charting 17 RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum smash singles, including “Birtnday Sex,” “Down On Me,” “Imma Star (Everywhere We Are),” and many more.
Teyana Taylor is one of the most renowned entertainers of her generation. As a respected recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model, she has made waves across a multitude of industries. Her Vh1 reality show Teyana & Iman was highly successful, with the finale show coming in at the #1 watched show on cable television on a Monday night in the 9pm time slot. Teyana opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon, a 90’s inspired salon in Harlem in an exclusive partnership with OPI Products. Coming up, she will star alongside Blaire Underwood and recording artists French Montana in the Netflix film The Afterparty. She will also star in Vh1’s scripted series, Hit The Floor, premiering on July 10 with upcoming movies Honey 4 and The Trap with Mike Epps and T.I. following. Her collection with GCDS launched recently and she has an ongoing partnership with her own Reebok shoe line.
Teyana’s dance performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video became one of the biggest viral sensations, attracting 100 million + YouTube views and won the 2017 MTV VMA for Best Choreography.
JEREMIH TOUR DATES
With TEYANA TAYLOR & Friends
Date City Venue
4 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
7 Atlanta, GA Center Stage Theater
9 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
10 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
13 New York, NY Playstation Theater
14 Boston, MA Royale
16 Toronto, ON The Phoenix Concert Theater
17 Detroit, MI The Majestic
18 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
21 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
22 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland
24 New Orleans, LA The Joy Theater*
25 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory
26 Houston, TX Warehouse Live*
28 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
30 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre*
Sept. 1 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
3 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory Orange County
4 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
5 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
7 Seattle, WA The Showbox SODO
8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
SOLE DXB’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL LIT UP DUBAI THIS WEEKEND
From Thursday December 7th to December 9th, the biggest players in music, art, fashion and design gathered at Sole DXB for the 7th annual cultural festival at d3 Dubai. Panel discussions, showcases, performances, and more are part of this globally-known festival. Sole DXB garners media attention from all over the world. The festival showcased some of the biggest fashion brands including Dior, Nike, Puma and more. Guests were also treated to performances from Kano G.O.O.D Music President rapper Pusha T, NxWorries, Anderson Paak + Knxwledge, H.E.R, Teyana Taylor, Goldlink, IAMDDB, DJ, Stretch Armstrong and more.
Other notable guests on the fashion front include, Japanese streetwear royalty Hiroshi Fujiwara and Los Angeles based fashion designer Melody Ehsani are some of the names attending the event to showcase their work and participate in panel conversations. Exclusive wares from massive brands including Reebok, Lacoste, Timberland, Toms, Cadillac, Pepsi Co., Neighborhood, Visvim, Diesel and many more will be participating as well.
About the Sole DXB
Created by Hussain Moloobhoy, Joshua Cox, Kris Balarite, and Rajat Malhotra in 2010, Sole DXB has grown leaps and bounds to become a highly trafficked and respected platform for the arts, nurturing and celebrating global street culture in Dubai. Sole DXB is a pioneering hybrid of entertainment featuring rare sneakers, live music, contemporary artwork, slick home-brewed visuals and more offering fresh insight in the ever-evolving global culture lifestyle we live in highlighting Dubai as a pinnacle figure in the burgeoning streetwear scene, providing a local platform for a global community who shape the future of progressive street culture around the world.