GORILLAZ LAUNCH INNOVATIVE NEW APP TO IDENTIFY NEW ENGINEERING TALENT

Jaguar Land Rover join forces with Gorillaz to address the global shortfall in engineering talent, by launching a new innovative mixed reality app to inspire future generations and identify bright sparks to fill 1,000 new roles

19th June 2017, Alternate Reality: Jaguar Land Rover joins forces with Gorillaz to address the global shortfall in engineering talent, by launching a new innovative mixed reality app to inspire future generations and identify bright sparks to fill 1,000 new roles.

Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz are working together to recruit the next generation of world-class electronics and software engineering talent, with a code-breaking challenge found in the virtual band’s app. The best performers will be fast-tracked through the recruitment process, helping to meet the company’s ambition to employ thousands of bright new talents over the next year. It’s a major change in the way the business looks for candidates, aiming to tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking.

The new Jaguar Land Rover recruitment area will launch in The Gorillaz App on 19th of June in the form of a 360-environment situated in the garage of the band’s home which also features all the iconic vehicles from Gorillaz’ past. Here, applicants can explore and take a two-part challenge. The first part, designed to educate users about the benefits of electric vehicles, involves assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguar’s first all-electric five-seater sports car. The second and more demanding part of the game, developed to engage and recruit budding electronic wizards and coders, will focus on cracking code – there are more than  4,000 combinations, as well as cipher in an alternate reality format. The challenges put a stronger focus on skills and talents than on qualifications. 

The project follows on from Jaguar Land Rover’s STEM initiative with Gorillaz in 2016, where founder member and female guitarist, Noodle, became Jaguar’s Formula E Racing and global STEM Ambassador. 

Jaguar Land Rover is hoping the mixed reality app will tackle the engineering skills shortfall by attracting a diverse range of talent. As well as identify talent, the company hopes to both inspire the next generation of engineers and also attract more women to the profession. Only 9% of the UK engineering workforce is female – this has remained the same since 2005 (IET 2015). In fact, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30% of the engineering workforce female.

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VAN JONES – WE RISE TOUR

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Exclusive Intimate Talks Combine Changemakers and Tastemakers 

ACTION, CONNECTION AND EDUCATION

(New York, NY: June 12, 2017) Van Jones & Roc Nation are proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership and nationwide event tour: WE RISE TOUR powered by #LoveArmyWE RISE will bring an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders to cities across the country this summer. Van Jones, a renowned activist, CNN commentator and two-time New York Times bestselling author will headline the tour promoted by Live Nation. 100% of net ticket proceeds will go to the Dream Corps initiatives and local charities.

WE RISE focuses on our commonalities as opposed to our differences — exploring how to increase dialogue and engagement on both the local and national levels. Attendees have the opportunity to connect, ask questions and participate in various activations during the program.

During the WE RISE tour, Van Jones and #LoveArmy will engage in each city, visiting local community centers, schools and organizations to spend time with our partners in social change on the ground. The most important work is happening on the front lines and Van is focused on enacting change in neighborhoods hardest hit, economically. WE RISE together!

Facebook pre-sale begins Tuesday, June 13th at 3:30pm (ET) thru Thursday, June 15th at 10pm local time.

General public can purchase tickets beginning Friday, June 16th at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Van-Jones-tickets/artist/2381166 .

WE RISE TOUR powered by #LoveArmy

Wednesday, July 26            Los Angeles, CA       Hollywood Palladium

Friday, July 28                      San Francisco, CA    The Masonic

Monday, July 31                  Denver, CO               Paramount Theatre

Wednesday, August 2        Atlanta, GA               The Tabernacle

Thursday, August 3            Philadelphia, PA       The Fillmore Philadelphia

Saturday, August 5             New York NY             Apollo Theater

Sunday, August 6                Cleveland, OH          State Theatre at Playhouse Square

Tuesday, August 8              Chicago, IL                 The Chicago Theatre

Friday, August 11                Washington, DC      The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Sunday, August 13              Miami, FL                 The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Tuesday, August 15            Nashville, TN            Ryman Auditorium

Thursday, August 17          New Orleans, LA      Saenger Theatre

Friday, August 18                Dallas, TX                  House Of Blues

Saturday, August 20          Las Vegas, NV            Pearl Theater at The Palms Resort & Casino

MORE ABOUT DREAM CORPS INITIATIVES:

•   #LoveArmy: The #LoveArmy is working for an America where everyone counts. We are a home for changemakers who seek to build community and deepen solidarity. Through education, connection and action, the #LoveArmy builds “Love + Power.”

•   #cut50: #cut50 makes communities safer while reducing the number of people in our prisons and jails. Using evidence-based solutions and unlikely alliances, we can keep communities safe, families together, and the economy strong for all Americans.

•   #YesWeCode: #YesWeCode is building a diverse pipeline of ‘homegrown’ tech talent to meet demand for workers in the tech sector and boost local economies. Be a part of our movement to increase opportunities in the tech sector.

•   Green For All: Green For All fights pollution with solutions. We work to get solar panels, healthy food and good jobs into communities that have little money or power. We want to build an inclusive, green economy that is strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

MORE ABOUT VAN JONES:

 

A Yale-educated attorney, Van is perhaps best known as a commentator on CNN, where he hosts “The Messy Truth, with Van Jones.”

Van is also the founder and president of the Dream Corps, a nonprofit organization that works to solve America’s toughest problems. Its current initiatives — #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All — create innovative solutions to “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.” The Dream Corps also supports the #LoveArmy.

Van was the 2017 commencement keynote speaker for Morehouse College and has garnered honors from the World Economic Forum, TIME’s “100 Most Influential” List and Fast Company.

Van Jones won the 2017 Webby Special Achievement Award for his use of the Internet and social media during the 2016 election, including for his video series “The Messy Truth.”

In October 2017, he will release his third book: Beyond The Messy Truth: How We Came Apart & How We Come Together. Van has already written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives.

In 2009, Van worked as the ‘green jobs’ advisor to the Obama White House, where he helped run the interagency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. He is also a cofounder of numerous social justice organizations, including ColorOfChange.org and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

For more information on Van Jones’ appearances and initiatives, please visit: www.thedreamcorps.org and http://www.vanjones.net

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Hey Violet Release Debut Album From The Outside on June 16th

 

The band co-wrote all songs on the album which was produced by Julian Bunetta.  Watch the video for their new single “Break My Heart,” HERE: https://heyviolet.lnk.to/BreakMyHeartVe.

The song was included on Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist and has racked up over eight million streams combined.  Idolator says “Break My Heart” is a “monstrous electro-anthem” and declares, the band is “destined to have a massive year.”

Alternative Press calls the track “irresistible,” while Nylon raves, “Hey Violet knows how to write a good pop hook and ‘Break My Heart’ is a testament to that. This song has spunk.” “Break My Heart” is the follow-up to Hey Violet’s smash single “Guys My Age,” which has more than 41 million combined streams, while the video has over 14 million views.

Watch the video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LzWUAkpNrQ.

“Guys My Age” was named one of the Best Songs of 2016 by The New York Times, who called it “teen-pop’s revenge: an urgent dark song about sexual rebellion” and one of the 20 Best Songs of 2016 by V Magazine. Hey Violet was also nominated for a 2017 iHeart Radio award for Best Underground Alternative Band and been dubbed an Artist Primed For A Breakout in 2017 by Billboard and a 2017 Artist To Watch by The Guardian, PopCrush and more.  The band recently wrapped up a sold out North American headline tour, graced the March cover of Alternative Press, and performed “Guys My Age” on both The Late Late Show With James Corden and Late Night With Seth Meyers.  Check out their new track “O.D.D.” which Rookie Magazine says is “a track dedicated to a feeling of unrest and a lack of belonging that strikes home to many.”

Listen HERE: https://heyviolet.lnk.to/ODDYO.

Hey Violet’s Brand New Moves EP debuted as the #1 album on iTunes in the U.S., and U.K. The Los Angeles Times compared their move “from grimy punk to shiny pop” to the Go-Go’s, while Galore declared front woman Rena Lovelis, “emits an unheard of level of rock-stardom for such a small girl without even singing a single note. But when she does sing, it’s as if Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, and Hayley Williams crashed into each other and made a whole new generation of rock star.  ”Hey Violet is Rena Lovelis, her sister Nia Lovelis (drums), Miranda Miller (keys, vocals), Casey Moreta (lead guitar) and Iain Shipp (bass).

From its very first seconds, Hey Violet’s full-length debut bursts with the unstoppable energy of a band that’s truly come into its own. Building off the gritty alt-rock of their early days and boldly expanding their sonic possibilities, From the Outside dreams up a sharp-edged pop sound full of new-wave synth and bubblegum melody, glossed-up grooves and shimmering beats.

 

In the past year, the L.A.-based five-piece have more than proven the power of their immaculately crafted alt-pop. Having amassed over 40 million combined streams since its September release, Hey Violet’s smash single “Guys My Age” was named one of the Best Songs of 2016 by the New York Times (who hailed the track as “teen-pop’s revenge: an urgent dark song about sexual rebellion”)  and one of the 20 Best Songs of 2016 by V Magazine.  Along with touring North America on a sold-out headline run, Hey Violet were recently crowned an Artist To Watch by the likes of The Guardian, PopCrush and more.  Adding to that acclaim, the Los Angeles Times lauded the band for “moving from grimy punk to shiny pop like the Go-Go’s once did,” while Billboard declared Hey Violet primed for a breakout in 2017.

 

From the Outside arrives as the follow-up to 2016’s Brand New Moves—a critically praised EP that debuted as the #1 artist album on iTunes in the US and UK. Throughout the album, frontwoman Rena Lovelis joins her sister Nia Lovelis (on drums) and fellow bandmates Miranda Miller (on keys/vocals), Casey Moreta (on lead guitar), and Iain Shipp (on bass) in turning out hook-driven pop that’s emotionally intense but massively catchy. According to Rena, whose magnetic vocal presence electrifies each song, that heightened emotionality has much to do with a creative atmosphere conducive to secret-spilling. “A lot of the time, ideas came from conversations we had in the studio about what was going on in our lives,” she says. “Everyone would open up and we’d draw from all those experiences and then turn them into songs.”

 

Produced by Julian Bunetta, From the Outside channels Hey Violet’s true-to-life subject matter into love songs both deeply romantic and defiant in attitude. The album-opening “Break My Heart,” for instance, offers up a dreamily masochistic track dubbed a “monstrous electro-anthem” by Idolator. Alternative Press calls the track “irresistible,” while Nylon raves, “Hey Violet knows how to write a good pop hook and ‘Break My Heart’ is a testament to that. This song has spunk.” On “Hoodie,” throbbing beats and wistful melody meet with painfully detailed lyrics about post-breakup obsession. “We all have those old things of our exes’ lying around the house,” says Rena, referring to the keepsake of the song’s title. “You hold onto it because you can’t let that person go, but then one day you don’t need it anymore—you can finally move on.” On “Like Lovers Do,” meanwhile, Hey Violet show the ever-expanding scope of their sound and deliver a dreamlike waltz laced with gossamer guitar lines and Rena’s beautifully spooky vocal work.

 

A different form of serenade, “O.D.D.” was conceived as “an ode to our fans who feel different and outside the norm,” as Rena explains. “I think a lot of people who listen to our music have had those moments where it’s like you were just dropped down from Mars, and you’re completely out of place on Planet Earth,” she adds. Powerfully haunting, the acoustic-guitar-laced track delicately explores isolation in its clever but cutting lyrics (“I’m the girl in the back of the class/Pink hair but I’m wearing all black”). And on “This Is Me (Breaking Up With You),” Hey Violet close out From the Outside with a gloriously hyped-up anthem fueled by crunchy guitar tones and a fiercely chanted refrain. “When we wrote that song, I sat down and listed all these things to tell the poor guy I’m breaking up with in the song—stuff like, ‘Please don’t cry, ‘cause I’m not in the mood,’” says Rena. “It’s a little sassy and a little rude, but in a way that’s so fun.”

 

For Hey Violet, a spirit of fun reigned supreme throughout the making of From the Outside. During the pre-production period, the Lovelis sisters headed out to the desert with a team of co-writers for a low-key writing camp complete with elaborate pancake breakfasts. “I have two mice—Clementine and Ramona—and I brought them with me to the camp,” Rena recalls. “We were staying right next to golf course and sometimes we’d sneak on and play golf, and I’d take my mice and let them walk on the grass. We ended up getting in trouble, but it was so much fun. What sticks in mind now is not just all these great songs we came up with, but all the beautiful experiences we had and all the memories we made with these new friends of ours.”

 

Born in New York but raised in L.A., the Lovelis sisters grew up on bands like Nine Inch Nails and began playing music before the age of ten. In middle school, several years after Nia took up drums and Rena started on bass guitar, the sisters posted an online ad seeking bandmates and soon hooked up with Miranda (a Florida native and sometimes poet who learned to play piano from her grandfather). Several years later, the trio connected with Casey (a fellow music obsessive who’d picked up guitar at 7-years-old) and asked him to officially join the band with an onstage proposal at the Viper Room. By 2015, Hey Violet had earned a passionate following, largely due to their years of gigging around L.A. Soon after they’d signed with Hi Or Hey Records in March 2015, their debut EP I Can Feel It shot to #1 on iTunes in five countries. After releasing Brand New Moves and playing to a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd as a support act for 5SOS, Hey Violet added Iain to their lineup and, in early 2017, embarked on their headline tour.

 

Recently nominated for an iHeart Radio award for Best Underground Alternative Band, Hey Violet took home the Next Big Thing prize at last year’s Teen Choice Awards. As they gear up for a headline tour of Europe, the band members are building up their live show by experimenting with electronic production and creating their own interludes to weave throughout each set. “Over the past year we’ve become much more self-sufficient as a band,” says Rena. “We put all of our hearts and our souls into this album and came up with something that we all love and feel really connected to, and because of that we’re stronger than ever before.”

Kolade Olamide

Rising artist  Kolade Olamide has released a killer album dubbed ‘Hit List’ which effortlessly fuses Electro, R&B, Pop and Dance.

‘Hit List’ continues to bring out Kolade’s compelling lyricism and razor sharp production prowess.

Kolade has built his reputation on being a talented lyricist, a prolific songwriter and a dope music producer.

“My love for creative writing has led me to pen original lyrics so I am like a storyteller using music to tell stories. I started as a lyricist, making beat and putting my lyrics into music which has given room for a lot of hit songs”, said Kolade.

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“The album titled ‘Hit List’ is part of this vision of turning my writing to music as a prolific songwriter that has ventured into multiple genres like Dance, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Electronic and Rap”, he said.

He further cements his mark on the music industry today by not limiting himself to one genre as he produces Pop, Hip Hop, Dance, Rap, Country, R&B and Gospel.

His unique hit making ability is compelling and he’s well-known for composing songs with hooky melody and groundbreaking beats.

Multi-talented Kolade writes, arranges, produces and promotes his own music.

“Hit List” has seen airplay on multiple radio stations across the world.

Kolade’s hauntingly beautiful video ‘Trap in the night’ has already clocked over multiple views on YouTube.

He’s an artiste of rap genre as well as a gifted poet and he’s been a major game changer in the domain of contemporary music.

‘Hit List’ is released on Kolade Olamide Ayodeji Entertainment, the songwriter’s own independent record label.



Post Malone Invades Oxford Social Club

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Photo credit: Arlene Ibarra

Over the weekend, hip hop artist Post Malone shut down San Diego’s newest hot spot, Oxford Social Club with an unforgettable performance for Friday night party-goers. Arriving cool and casual dressed with his entourage in tow, Post Malone, stopped to take pictures and sign autographs with fans before hitting the stage.

 The crowd went wild when the “White Iverson” artist got on the mic to perform his hit songs “Too Young“, “Flex” and current Billboard charting hit, “Congratulations“. Malone kept the party going, performing even after the lights came on.

LaTina Webb

 

American singer LaTina Webb lives by the sentiment that life hurts, music heals. Born in Blue Island, Illinois, raised in Chicago, and educated in Arlington, Texas, LaTina lives in Los Angeles working as a professional singer and songwriter. For more than twenty years she has traveled the planet singing with neo-soul, R&B singer, Maxwell. Her up-tempo pop sound and chameleon-like harmonies have shared the stage with other multi platinum artists including: Barry White, Brandy, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Macy Gray, Eric Benet, and Jodi Watley. LaTina’s first big break was joining the international tour of legendary singer, El Debarge.

LaTina’s debut album Toes In The Sand was released in 2011 and received good reviews. Susan Mutharia from the Urban Music scene wrote,” LaTina Webb is more than just a background singer. She is an artist with her own style, edge and attitude. She is a singer/songwriter who feels that music! Heals.”

Her sophomore album, Prediction Missives is available on her website, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. Prediction Missives is a story of a sexy, liberated woman who radiates love, a Love Queen. LaTina’s musical objective is to bring back music that all generations can get into while sharing love, need for love, and the experience of love.

LaTina is very passionate about human rights, child safety, hunger, and equal opportunities for education. She connects with people through her joyful, soulful songwriting.

When not on tour, LaTina resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and new dog, Lucque.

 

Follow LaTina Webb:

Instagram: @latinawebb

Twitter: @latinawebb

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaTina-Webb-167221696628591/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/latinawebb