“Samsung made Jay-Z’s new album profitable before it was even released. What does it mean for the music industry? And which brands and artists can follow next? Not only did Samsung score exclusive access to Jay-Z’s first solo album in four years, the consumer electronics behemoth inspired the multi-hyphenate rapper to do something he’d done even less frequently — tweet.
“If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesnt report it, did it happen? Ha. #newrules #magnacartaholygrail Platinum!!! VII IV XIII,” he tweeted at 1:34 p.m. on June 17, some 16 hours after he made global headlines when a surprise three-minute commercial chronicling the making of Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” aired during halftime of the NBA Finals.” Read more here
Founded by streetwear vet Aaron Bondaroff, known to the public at large as A-Ron the Don, aNYthing (A New York Thing) is a streetwear/lifestyle brand that aims to embody the diverse cultures of New York City. In only a short time, aNYthing has impressed with a diverse collection of apparel made for the streetwear set. Sporting a team of designers with deep roots in NYC, aNYthing is the brand of choice for those looking to add a little New York flair to their outfit. The t-shir is about to become a Classic piece to add to your closet, as the crew neck tee is inspired by the April 1968 cover of Esquire magazine featuring Muhammad Ali in the style of the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian conveying a powerful philosophical statement without the use of words.
The Duchesse of Kensington and Chelsea shws many facets of her personality in a photo-shoot directed by Damon Baker for the german Interview Magazine and being the new face of Madonna’s clothing line Material Girl. Swagged up by fashion editor Klaus Stockhausen The Roc Nation Star pays tribute to Madonna as she says herself “Inspired by the Queens of all Queens”.
Below is the Behind the scenes of Ciara for the FADER cover shoot led by talented photographer Dorothy Hong whom work with the light is nothing else but brilliant. She captures the beauty of the subject, giving a natural and friendly atmosphere as if the viewer and the subject have a close connection. Shot in NYC have a look at the intimate behind the scenes of the beautiful and talented Ciara. Totally hooked by her new single “Body Party” produced by Mike Will Made. Here is what CiCi adds about the single “I just got to go out and hang out more, be out more, and feel the clubs, feel the energy of what’s happening in the streets”. The American star reveal more on the cover story, read more on their Online Page.
Supreme Props to Dorothy Hong
In under two weeks time, Jay-Z is scheduled to release his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”. The album which will be released in collaboration with Samsung, features contributions from the hottest producers alive including beats from hip-hop legends Timbaland, Pharell Williams, Swizz Beats who can be seen in the clip below bouncing ideas in the studio.
Many people question if Timbaland has still got it… check out a glimpse of Timbaland creating material for the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail due July 4.
After supporting J Cole onstage at his “Dollar & A Dream” show, Young Money MVP Drake accompanied Cole as they splashed out, participating in a late shopping spree hitting up a 24-hour Best Buy in Union Square where both rappers shopped. Top of the shopping list was J.Cole’s new album “Born Sinner.” While they deliberated in the store about which albums to include in the total shop, they managed to clear the shelves of Cole’s album as well as some other CDs including Sade, French Montana, Kelly Rowland, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd. Watch the footage in full below.