Release Radar: Week of November 5

Ariana Grande Puts Exes On Blast and Steve Aoki Collaborates With Country Music Stars On New Album

‘Release Radar’ is a weekly roundup of artists who topped the charts, dropped new singles, or finally released that much anticipated album, just in case you missed it.

Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next, Single

It seems like just yesterday Ariana Grande released her album Sweetener; the songs are still on repeat on playlists across the country. But, on the heels of the pop-star’s latest relationship drama she decided to bless our ears with the breakup anthem of all breakup anthems. Thank U, Next is Grande’s therapy session turned hit single (the song garnered over 50 million streams on Spotify in just five days) where the singer calls out, by name, four ex-boyfriends. The song all at once is an appreciative memoriam of what her past relationships gave and a single-girl anthem for loving yourself. There’s no sad breakup ballad here; Thank U, Next carries an cheery and hopeful pop tempo that makes the song incredibly easy to love (and get stuck in your head).

Anderson .Paak: Who R U?, Single

You’ve probably heard Anderson .Paak’s vocals on one of your favorite tracks. He’s been a constant collaborator with other musical geniuses Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, only increasing his name recognition. Anderson .Paak released Who R U ahead of his much anticipated album Oxnard that’s supposed to drop this week. The latest single is on brand with .Paak’s groovy rapping over rhythmic beats. This track does not feature a famous name, but mega-producer Dr. Dre is behind the song. Despite the lack of a feature, this track has just as much power to make it on your daily listening rotation. Oxnard is set to be released on November, 16th.

Steve Aoki: Neon Future III, Album

It’s hard to put Steve Aoki in one genre, especially since his new 17-track album Neon Future III was released. The album comes three years after his last and features an array of collaborators from across all music genres. K-pop stars BTS, country music chart toppers Lady Antebellum, rock band Blink-182 and even… scientist and TV show star Bill Nye are some of the names listed on the album. EDM, and all music, has changed drastically since Aoki’s last album in 2015. Although he never disappeared from the scene, Neon Future III has songs that are a bit more mainstream than Aoki’s previous EDM-heavy work. These songs are perfect for road-trips, house parties or a day on the beach with friends. Everyone from country music lovers to rock band enthusiasts is bound to obsess over a track.

Juice Wrld: Armed and Dangerous, Re-release single

It seems as if Juice Wrld is appearing on our Release Radar every week. This year may be soon coming to a close, but Juice Wrld is keeping his fans supplied with new music for the rest of the year. Juice Wrld originally dropped the single Armed and Dangerous along with a video a few weeks ago but then the song and video suddenly disappeared from streaming services and online. Fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns and to their delight, the single has re-released on all major streaming platforms a few days ago. Armed and Dangerous is a more playful track with upbeat bars than the rapper’s previous songs. Juice Wrld is quickly showing us that he’s much more than a Soundcloud rapper; he can create a dynamic range of music that can compete with the best on the charts.

Honorable Mentions For Your Playlists:

Nicki Minaj: First women to have 100 billboard hot 100 appearances

Kids See Ghosts: Debut at Camp Flog Gnaw


ComplexCon 2018 | Photo Gallery | Attendee

From Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee Getting A New Tattoo At ComplexCon to Pharrell x Adidas Dropping More Sneakers

There was no shortage of creativity, culture, and entertainment as the worlds of music, fashion, art and sports came together at ComplexCon last weekend. The two-day convention featured an array of discussions and panels —ComplexConVersations– and performances from the biggest rappers on the scene. Topics of ComplexConVersations ranged from the best sneakers of 2018 to high-profiled women in Hollywood discussing how it feels being a woman in entertainment in modern day.

Fans were thrilled to see Creed 2 star Michael B. Jordan and other cast mates as they promoted the upcoming project during their panel discussion that was inside an actual staged boxing ring set up at the convention. Other celebrity sightings included ComplexCon executive chair Pharrell, latin music Reggaeton artist J Balvin with friend and collaborator Steve Aoki, and rapper Nas sitting down at HBO’s The Shop barbershop set-up. Rae Sremmurd closed down the night on Saturday bringing out Tyga and Ozuna while Future took the stage to close out the weekend on Sunday night.

Take a look at the recap video and the never before seen photos of your favorite celebrities below. Make sure to follow Attendee Live on Instagram for behind the scenes content from the latest event we’re covering and exclusive pictures. 

 

Photos: Josh Sobel

Video: Franky Puentes


Release Radar: Week of October 29

New albums and singles worthy of a playlist update

‘Release Radar’ is a weekly roundup of artists who topped the charts, dropped new singles, or finally released that much anticipated album, just in case you missed it.

BlocBoy JB: New Album, Don’t Think That

Memphis native BlocBoy JB released his second mixtape of the year last Tuesday. The project titled Don’t Think That has seven tracks, two of which feature Lil Uzi Vert and Hoodrich Pablo Juan. BlocBoy JB shot to the top of the charts when he released Look Alive featuring Drake in February. Since then, BlocBoy has not slowed down. Hitting the Tidal X Brooklyn event in October, and scheduled to perform at Rolling Loud music festival in Los Angeles in December. Fun Fact: BlocBoy’s viral dance “shoot” is now featured in the Epic Games cult-favorite Fortnite game. 

Carly Rae Jepsen: New Song, Party For One

The Call Me Maybe superstar has come out with another single that may just as easily get stuck in your head. Carly Rae Jepsen released the new single titled Party For One last week. Jepsen’s new single ditches sad break up tunes of the past for a pop-filled track that encourages you to dance alone, sing at the top of your lungs, and move on from your last love. Her song has a similar vibe to her last few released works– the catchy chorus and thumping beat makes you feel like you’re in your own movie montage strutting down the street.

Jacob Banks: New Album, Village  

We’ve been following Jacob Banks since we saw him takeover the stage at North Coast Festival last summer in Chicago. He’s been slowly releasing singles throughout the fall and finally dropped his album Village last week. Village features previously released songs as well as some unheard ones such as Witness, Prosecco, and Kumbaya (ft. Bibi Bourelly). The album isn’t the only big career move for Banks. The soulful singer announced his North American tour last week and YouTube named Banks their Artist on the Rise of December.

Calvin Harris and Benny Blanco: I Found You

Benny Blanco has been around for years, but 2018 was truly his year after his hit song Eastside featuring Khalid and Halsey stayed on top of the charts for weeks. Blanco came back for more releasing a single I Found You with Calvin Harris. This is the first track where Calvin Harris’ vocals are featured on a song in many years. The two DJ’s produced I Found You with their classic summer-hit style beats and repetitive chorus. Along with the single, Blanco released a fun-loving, goofy video for the song featuring Blanco attempting to dance and his famous music friends Halsey, Cashmere Cat and Tory Lanez.

Honorable Mentions For Your Playlists:

    • Takeoff: Album, The Last Rocket
    • Swizz Beats: Album, Poison
    • Vince Staples: Album, FM!
    • Metro Boomin: Album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes


Top Esports Venues

Where Gamers Play and Attendees Go To Watch

Turkey, stuffing, football and Counter-Strike. That’s what’s on the menu for a new crop of sports fans—or at least those celebrating the grand opening of Esports Stadium Arlington over Thanksgiving weekend. At an impressive 100,000 square feet, with state-of-the-art technology for gamers and attendees, the newest venue devoted to esports will be the nation’s largest when it debuts with Esports Championship Series Season 6.

Stadiums just for video gaming? They’re a thing. A big thing. Major dedicated esports venues are popular destinations across China and Europe. And since 2015, the U.S. has become home to several esports arenas with the promise for more to come.

On pace to surpass the billion-dollar threshold next year, esports is booming—and the world’s fastest growing spectator sport. There’s only a handful of athletes good enough to go pro, but every single gamer has a shot at becoming a champion in the world of esports. And more and more fans are eager to watch the action live and in person.

Beyond its massive online global reach through streaming, esports takes centerstage in stadiums around the world. The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship finals in Katowice, Poland drew a whopping 173,000 live attendees—about 100,000 more than the Super Bowl the same year. And the Beijing National Stadium, which was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, played host to 40,000 attendees for the Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship finals. Stateside, famed Madison Square Garden, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Seattle’s KeyArena have welcomed tens of thousands of attendees at a time for a variety of esports events.

According to market researcher Newzoo in 2017, there were 588 major esports events that generated an estimated $59 million in ticket revenues, almost double from the previous year. But converting stadiums and venues from holding traditional games to esports events is no easy task. There are the essentials required by a live esports tournament that go beyond just having enough capacity. Sweeping LED screens. Production facilities capable of capturing the action and livestreaming for hours to millions of viewers. And of course, the sophisticated technology required for gamers and esports’ tech-savvy attendees.

Esports is massive. It’s here to stay—and it’s growing in the U.S. Look for esports to make its way into more and more permanent venues totally dedicated to gaming and esports attendees vying for the ultimate gaming experience.

Want to see esports live? Here are the top esports venues in the U.S.

Esports Arena Orange County, CA
The first esports-only venue to open in the U.S. is in hip downtown Santa Ana, housed in a 95-year-old historic brick building transformed to accommodate a variety of esports competitions and gaming events

Esports Arena Las Vegas
Bringing an entirely new kind of gaming to the place known for gaming, the 30,000-square-foot multilevel arena inside Luxor Hotel is designed to host every form of competitive gaming, from daily play to high-stakes esports tournaments and features a competition stage, 50-foot LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, network TV-quality production studio and impressive food and beverage offerings from celebrated Chef Jose Andres, who also happens to be an avid gamer

Esports Arena Oakland

Oakland was selected as the site of the third location in the Esports Arena franchise for its urban vibe and easy access for local gamers to test their skills and the Warriors Gaming Squad to practice for NBA2K basketball video game matches

Esports Stadium Arlington

Now the largest dedicated esports venue in North America, the $10 million arena seats 2,500 attendees and features a production studio, custom LED video walls, training rooms, player lounges and hair and make-up studios

Inside Look: Esports Arena Las Vegas


ComplexCon 2018 Celebrates Sneakers, Music, & Art

The Two Day Event Celebrates All Things Sneakers, Music, and Art

ComplexCon is back this weekend for two full days of all things pop culture, music, art, style, and sports. Taking the liberty to brand themselves as our generation’s world fair, ComplexCon is the yearly festival and convention that brings the online magazine to life. Famous among sneakerheads and hypebeasts alike, ComplexCon is a can’t miss event to get your hands on the latest drops and exclusive merch. From panels and discussions featuring the most creative and innovative minds in music, film and fashion to an augmented reality game to cop the newest Adidas; this event is for the culture.

Taking place this Saturday and Sunday (November 3-4) at the Long Beach Convention Center in California, ComplexCon has a stacked lineup. Musical performers include Future, Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, Tinashe and many more. In between the acts, panels and discussions will be hosted by industry titans like Virgil Abloh, Tommy Hilfiger, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi and Hype Williams. Resident Complex sneakerhead, Joe La Puma will lead a panel called “Sneaker of the Year” while internet sensation Shiggy will discuss going viral on “We Meme Business.” Check out the full list of events here.

Last, but certainly not least, let’s discuss the much anticipated drops at ComplexCon. PushaT revealed on Twitter that Adidas will be releasing not one, not two, but six new styles and designs at the convention. The drop features a Dragon Ball Z originals collection and two new Pharrell Williams designs. Reebok is unveiling the highly anticipated R58 series while Puma is launching the RS-X sneaker. But, it’s not all about the shoes; exclusive clothing collabs will also be hitting the floor. Nike X Diamond Supply Co., Steve Harrington X AAPE (a BAPE Company), and Chinatown Market X The Hundreds will be a few of the many streetwear labels dropping collabs.

This event will be packed. If you couldn’t cop a ticket in time or live on the other side of the country and can’t fly out to LA, keep an eye on our Instagram for live action updates and behind the scene looks.


Post Malone Joins Gaming Hype With HyperX

Post Malone Is The First Musician To Be a Brand Ambassador For HyperX

The music and Esports collaborations keep coming. Last week, Drake became a co-owner of Esports company 100 Thieves; this week, HyperX announced that award-winning rapper Post Malone is the new brand ambassador for the gaming products company. This is a well deserved partnership for Post. The rapper has been an avid streamer and gamer for years; his game of choice being Call of Duty. Post even has his own channel on esports streaming website Twitch.

This is a massive move for not only HyperX but also directly benefits the entire esports and gaming world. Having an internationally known and chart-topping rapper, with over 13 million followers on Instagram, be a part of the 2019 HyperX marketing campaign will bring a new audience to the HyperX products. As a part of Post’s brand ambassadorship, he will be wearing HyperX gear while gaming and streaming, and HyperX branding will be integrated throughout his streaming. We will surely be seeing a growth in HyperX sales throughout 2019 because of this.

The collaboration between Post Malone and HyperX also forays far into Post’s music world. Arguably the most notable term of this partnership is HyperX’s involvement in Post Malone’s music festival in Dallas, Texas– Posty Fest. As the sponsor of the festival, HyperX branding will be all over the festival grounds. Fans can enter to win a pair of headsets signed by Post by using #HyperXPostyFest, take a photo with the Posty Fest mascot who wears a HyperX headset, or stop by the HyperX booth for free swag and to check out the new bluetooth Cloud MIX headsets for all your gaming, music listening, and chatting with friends needs.

The entertainment industry and the esports industry are quickly forming perfectly beneficial symbiotic relationships. From hosting gaming tents at music festivals, to rappers endorsing and streaming their favorite games on Twitch, to entertainers turned businessmen investing in esports companies, esports is quickly getting injected with a bit of the music industry’s energy and success in branded partnerships.

Catch Post Malone streaming on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/postmalone


Release Radar: Week of October 22

New Music Mondays: A Roundup

‘Release Radar’ is a weekly roundup of artists who topped the charts, dropped new singles, or finally released that much anticipated album, just in case you missed it.

Normani x Calvin Harris: Slowdown, Checklist, October 22.

        Following the break up of pop girl-group Fifth Harmony, Normani is continuing to make a name for herself as a solo artist. In the beginning of the year Normani topped the charts with her collaboration track with Khalid, Love Lies. Now, she surprised fans with a two track EP with Calvin Harris. We got the lucky chance to catch the rising solo-star put on a show at the Tidal X Brooklyn event last week. Normani grabbed the crowd’s attention with her intensely hot choreography and powerhouse vocals and finished off her set performing her newest upbeat song, Checklist. Her songs will no doubt be played as pre-going out pump-up songs in bedrooms around the country; and we’re here for it.

Cardi B: Money, New Single, October 25

        Cardi-B is showing no signs of slowing down in the last few months of her record breaking year. The rapper came out with a new single, titled Money last Thursday. The single is Cardi B’s first solo release since her debut album Invasion of Privacy released earlier this year. 2018 was a series of firsts for Bardi; she also welcomed her first child with Migos rapper Offset. Cardi references her baby girl throughout Money. If you thought the rapper was going to slow down because of her child; she’s doing exactly the opposite, and she’s thriving.

Joey Purp: Performed on “Fallon” with RZA

        Although not a new release, Joey Purp’s debut performance as a musical guest on a late night talk show is a welcome addition to this list. We’ve been following Joey Purp for a while now- especially since he joined Kami to perform Reboot on the Attendee.com stage at North Coast Festival in Chicago. Joey Purp took the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed Godbody Pt. 2 from Purp’s album QUARTERTHING. Check out the performance here.

Tyler, The Creator: You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch)

        Ever thought that children could listen to a Tyler, The Creator song? Well, to prove everyone wrong, he served up a holiday song for the kids. Tyler’s take on the classic song You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch features hard beats and witty lyrics. The song is short but sweet and we’ve already replayed it plenty of times. This song, along with another Tyler recorded, will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming reboot of The Grinch.


Trend Watch: Rapper Drake Takes on Esports

Drake Takes His Part-Time Hobby to Full-Time Esports Co-Ownership

There’s no shortage of collaboration in the booming world of Esports. Companies inside the near billion dollar industry are receiving offers and talking deals with all the outsiders; from investment banks, traditional sports teams, and now– entertainment titans. Drake, the Grammy award winning rapper, along with music talent manager Scooter Braun, are new co-owners of Esports brand 100 Thieves. Hundred Thieves has been listed as one of the fastest growing Esports brands in America, having raised over $25 million in Series A funding.

Drake and Braun join as “strategic advisors” to the brand alongside founder and co-owner Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and co-owner Dan Gilbert, chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Haag, an industry expert having spent ten years in the growing esports ecosystem, is looking forward to seeing where the brand can grow with Drake and Braun– past just winning world championships. “We’re going to build a lasting brand on the back of the content and apparel that our fans have come to love, aggressively expand into more games, scale our apparel business, and build a world-class management team,” Haag said.

Growing an apparel business as a part of your brand? Drake can definitely help with that. Building a world-class management team? Scooter Braun has devoted his career to making sure his talent gets to the top, and stays there. The ever-stylish rapper has garnered success outside of his music career with his apparel brand OVO (which is forecasted to soon hit $50 million in sales). Hundred Thieves and Drake both pride themselves on creating an authentic brand with coveted streetwear for their fans in each of their respective industries.

There’s been some pushback within the Esports world of “outsiders” joining in just to profit on the industry. Loyal gamers are worried investors do not have the industry’s best interest in mind, and not knowing the true ins-and-outs of gaming. But, Drake’s apparent sudden interest and investment into the Esports industry isn’t actually so sudden at all. Aside from being an avid Fortnite player, Drake teamed up with 100 Thieves to create traveling custom gaming stations for his North American Scorpion tour.

Could there be an OVO X 100 Thieves collaboration clothing collection in our future? Only time can tell. But, one thing is for sure, the Esports world is quickly becoming a mainstream cultural phenomenon with the help of increasing involvement and investments from music industry icons to traditional sports teams and their owners. These partnerships are taking Esports to the level of entertainment, all-access experiences, and brand awareness and engagement that music and traditional sports have dominated for decades. There’s no harm in teaming up when the outcome is beneficial for all the players.


Release Radar: Week of October 15th

New Music Mondays: A Roundup

‘Release Radar’ is a weekly roundup of artists who topped the charts, dropped new singles, or finally released that much anticipated album, just in case you missed it.

Khalid: Suncity EP, Friday October 19 

Nearly a year and a half since his first album, and many awards, accolades and features on chart-topping singles later, Khalid finally dropped more of his own music. Suncity, a seven track EP, was released by the twenty year old California native on October 19th. The EP features Khalid’s signature style of soothing songs that blur the line between R&B and Pop. The singer songwriter threw in a surprise for listeners; he sings an entire song in fluent spanish. What will Khalid grace our ears with next?

Billie Eilish: When The Party’s Over, Single, October 16th

Best friends who release songs at the same time, top the charts at the same time (hopefully!) Billie Eilish released a single on October 16th titled when the party’s over. This is the fourth single Eilish has released this year, one of which featured aforementioned friend and collaborator, Khalid. The sixteen year old’s newest song is a precursor for her upcoming debut album (no release date for that album yet).

Post Malone: Sunflower, ft. Swae Lee, October 19th

And for Post Malone’s next trick: he’ll be featured in the upcoming Marvel movie Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Post Malone teamed up with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee and released Sunflower on October 19th. This isn’t the first time Swae Lee and Post have worked together. Swae is featured on the song Spoil My Night which appears in Post Malone’s 2018 album Beerbongs & Bentleys.

Juice Wrld and Future: Wrld On Drugs, Collaboration album, October 19th

We saw Juice Wrld take over the stage and command the crowd of fans at North Coast Festival in Chicago this past August. He was on the rise, fast. Juice Wrld’s latest collaboration album with Future, titled Wrld On Drugs was released on October 19th. Fans are ecstatic over this latest album drop; making songs from the album quickly rise to the top of the charts. Juice Wrld’s older songs, such as Lucid Dreaming, are also continuing to climb the charts. Collab with Future: check. There’s no holding Juice Wrld back now.


Tidal's Annual Concert in Brooklyn

Tidal's Annual Concert: Icons, Superstars, and Philanthropy All Under One Roof

On October 23 for one night and one night only, the upper echelons in the world of music and hip-hop come together for a cause; Tidal x Brooklyn, the annual philanthropic concert hosted by the streaming platform Tidal. The historic night in which Tidal supports and raises money for a philanthropic endeavor or movement for social change takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The last three concerts raised over ten million dollars for disaster relief and recovery, social injustice, and education causes. This year, all net ticket proceeds will go towards four non-profit organizations fighting to reform the criminal justice system; Cut50, Equal Justice Initiative, Innocence Project, and REFORM.

Major musical acts are coming in hot for the fourth year of the benefit concert. Lil Wayne, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nick Jonas, Anderson Paak, Teyana Taylor (and many more) will grace the stage to help the nation rally for change in the criminal justice system. Superstars in the music world won’t be the only icons showing up in support of the cause. Senator Cory Booker is set to take the stage and popular radio show icon, Angie Martinez of Power 105.1, will MC and host the night.  

Award winning director Ava DuVernay will be joined by CNN anchor Van Jones to honor and celebrate a trailblazer of the black power movement. Exactly fifty years ago, Tommie Smith raised his fist in protest against global racism –becoming one the of the most powerful and realist image in sporting history– while on the podium for winning gold in a track event at the 1968 Olympics.

Tickets start at twenty dollars and can be purchased through Tidal.com or Ticketmaster. Tidal is also encouraging both attendants and viewers streaming from home on their Tidal platform to send in donations which will go to the four non-profits of the night.