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The #UproarChallenge Is Reintroducing the Glory Days of Hip-Hop

This summer, Shiggy helped Drake secure the song of the summer with the chart-topping hit “In My Feelings” off of his multi-platinum LP, Scorpion. The #InMyFeelingsChallenge had everyone from Kevin Hart, Ciara and Will Smith to Russell Wilson, Odell Beckham Jr. and James Harden displaying their best rendition of the moves. Now, there’s a new phenomenon that’s taking the internet by storm. The dance is known as the #UproarChallenge.

The song, “Uproar,” is the latest track that’s been sweeping the streets and taking America by storm. Produced by Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne was able to spit some fire lyrics which helped The Carter V debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. “What the fuck though? Where the love go?/Five, four, three, two, I let one go/ Bow!” Weezy rapped on the opening track, which makes everyone bust out a random Harlem shake or “Lite Feet” dance to complement the Louisiana artist’s flow. But if you’re wondering: Why the “Harlem Shake” or “Lite Feet”? Well, it’s because Swizzy was able to reintroduce the nostalgic NYC hip-hop vibes of the early 2000s.

Once the beat of “Uproar” dropped, hip-hop fans immediately were reminded of the classic song “Special Delivery” by former Bad Boy Entertainment rapper G-Dep which featured P. Diddy. The song played a vital role in introducing the world to the Harlem Shake, a dance that was birthed in the streets of Harlem, New York. The dance consists of a lot of shoulder movement, arms wriggling in a rapid motion while staying on beat. Originated by a man of the name of Al B., he used to attend basketball games at the historic Rucker Park and would perform the dance in between every timeout break or half-time at the legendary Entertainers Basketball Classic, a league NBA legends and superstars have played in.

It didn’t explode until the likes of P. Diddy & The Bad Boy Family introduced it to the culture of hip-hop. The song “Let’s Get It,” which featured G-Dep, Black Rob and P. Diddy, was a crowd favorite on many music video programming shows such as BET’s 106 & Park. The dance that introduces an unorthodox movement of the arms brought swagger to hip-hop thanks to the creativity and variations of moves being performed as the years progressed. Artists such as Jadakiss (“Put Your Hands Up”) , Eve (“Who’s That Girl”), Lil Bow Wow (“Take You Home“) and Fabolous (“Young’n”) have put the dance in the forefront of their music creating process as their beats were catchy to dance to.

The dance became big in mainstream America in the summer of 2006 when DJ Webstar and rapper Young B made the song, “Chicken Noodle Soup”. The song brought forth another variation of footwork to go with the Harlem Shake known as “Lite Feet” where the person uses creative leg motion and trick with the clothing they have on (preferably hats) to create amazing combinations.

Fast forward to 2018 and the Harlem Shake dance is ready to take the world by storm again. Even though he spent a majority of his years in Philadelphia, Swizz Beatz was able to go back to his childhood roots in the mecca of hip-hop, the Bronx, to create an addictive beat that hypnotizes people to move their bodies in such an art form that leaves a major stamp onto the culture of music. With Shiggy once again leading the way in introducing the world to the new awesome craze that has hip-hop heads in awe, don’t be surprised that the #UproarChallenge will surpass Drake’s #InMyFeelingsChallenge as the most fun dance craze of 2018. Now let me see some foot work! Let’s go!

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Viral #BTSonGMA Mania Felt Like ‘My Super Bowl’ for One ‘Good Morning America’ Social Producer

The thunderous energy from fans of international sensation BTS—reminiscent of the rowdy crowds NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys attracted around the turn of the millennium for MTV’s Total Request Live—electrified a rain-soaked Times Square on Wednesday for the group’s much-hyped appearance on Good Morning America.

Unlike those early TRL days, when Twitter and Facebook and Instagram were still years away from launching, the South Korean boy band whipped up a storm on social media. The #BTSonGMA hashtag was mentioned 1.5 million times from 4 a.m. to noon, a Twitter spokesperson told ONE37pm upon request, bringing the total number of mentions since September 19 up to 2.4 million. It became the No. 1 global trending hashtag on Wednesday.

It’s no secret that BTS, rightfully dubbed “the biggest boy band in the world” with two No. 1 albums on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart this year as well as co-signs from Nicki Minaj and Steve Aoki, attracted this level of attention on social. Their global fan base, known as the BTS Army, has a dedicated online fandom, one the GMA social team experienced first-hand with jaws agape staring at their real-time engagement. Their impact was felt on social and in real life today, and this moment will likely have a ripple effect on the TV industry in terms of future bookings of more international music acts.

“Any major artist who is promoting a new album, song, tour, whatever it may be, goes on our [U.S.] morning shows, and BTS making their debut on the No.1 rated show makes quite a statement on not only where BTS stands among major pop acts but also in the idea that GMA must be confident their audience will enjoy this,” Jeff Benjamin, a music journalist and K-Pop columnist for Billboard, told ONE37pm, after watching BTS perform in person. “Of course this will help open television executives’ and bookers’ eyes to more Korean and international acts, but not every act is BTS obviously… There is not going to be the same impact as BTS because no act is BTS other than BTS. Yes, I do think BTS is doing an incredible thing by helping change the mindset and preconceived notions about international acts, but a platform like Good Morning America is still highly coveted and there’s a lot of hard work that needs to go into booking it.”


Fresh off of giving a motivational speech at the United Nations this week and ahead of their first sold-out U.S. stadium show next month, BTS performed their empowering hit song “IDOL” inside the GMA studio with all seven members seamlessly flowing in and out of movements during their relentless, dance-laden routine.

RM, Jimin, J-Hope, Suga, Jin, V and Jungkook all joined co-host Michael Strahan for the show’s trademark “Good morning, America” opening, brightening the morning with their loud suits and infectious enthusiasm.

Their morning show debut included an interview with Strahan and Robin Roberts.

Emmy-winning social media producer Anthony Morrison kept BTS fans and the general public up to speed on all things related to #BTSonGMA, from announcement day to performance day, describing the overall experience as his version of the NFL’s Super Bowl.

“I love music—it transcends all culture, emotion, state of being—it’s a universal language,” Morrison told ONE37pm. “I noticed early on that fans all over the world started chiming in on the GMA concert. Not often do you get to galvanize a global community to get behind one single event or movement. … I published [graphics] in Korean and started crafting and publishing tweets in multiple languages pointing to #BTSonGMA. The global community seemed surprised and in awe that we, GMA, would reach out in a way to literally speak their language. BTS was THEIR artist, THEIR idol, and it was up to us, me, to help put them on the world’s stage. What stood apart to me is the access we made fans feel like they had, replying to tweets directly to them, answering their questions, listening to posts and tweets coming in. Leveraging a global conversation was two-fold: Speaking their language, literally and figuratively, and also giving them what they wanted to hear, see and feel.”

“Having BTS on GMA was important to me in digital because it really gave us a chance to shine and show everyone the full strength and abilities of a brand like GMA, on a world’s stage,” Morrison continued. “‘This was our shot,’ I thought to myself, to really bring the world into the world of GMA, through a digital lens. We are more than just a No. 1 show; we were getting a chance to reach new audiences and let them discover us for a change.”

To learn more about BTS’s global appeal and impact, watch Benjamin’s recorded live stream with GMA‘s Ginger Zee, below. “To me, it really felt like [GMA producers] were trying to do their homework and make sure they were covering and approaching the appearance in the right light and manner,” Benjamin explained to ONE37pm. “I’ve been so lucky to watch and cover BTS from the beginning of their career—including seeing their first big U.S. performance back in 2014—to now […] It was amazing to see such a diverse range of fans in the audience. All colors, ages, sexes—it was so awesome to see that and have that amplified on a huge platform like GMA.”

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Mýa Picks a ‘Lady Marmalade’ Remake Dream Team and Looks Back at Prince Mentoring Her

Seventeen years after Mýa famously performed a tribute to Janet Jackson—recreating the iconic “Pleasure Principle” dance at MTV’s ICON in 2001—the Grammy winner strolled into ONE37pm’s New York City office with Janet still on her mind. This time, Mýa had just watched the viral video of Janet trying ASMR with her well-suited silky voice.

By the end of Mýa’s visit, she and I jokingly ended her Live From the Bar Cart podcast interview by giving ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) a shot, a fun way to close out our 30-minute conversation in which we delved into Mýa’s two-decade career in music, her new album T.K.O., her entrepreneurial efforts launching the Planet 9 independent record label with advice from the legendary Prince, her own vegan red wine, her acting experience and her Grammy nominations.


Mýa also revealed who she’d select to be in the 2018 version of “Lady Marmalade,” her Grammy-winning remake collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and Pink.

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“I would definitely choose Jessie J; she has an amazing powerhouse voice,” Mýa told ONE37pm in the audio snippet below. “Nicki [Minaj] or Cardi [B] to be the rapper. Ariana Grande. Kehlani. Meghan Trainor.” Listen to Mýa excitedly pick these six here: 

Mýa just released her eighth studio album this year via her independent record label Planet 9, which her mentor Prince inspired her to launch.

“In 2008, I opened up for [Prince] at the London O2 Arena and that was actually the very first conversation we had in depth where he let me know there are other ways to the business and different business models and that he would definitely assist if I stayed independent,” Mýa recalled. “I was just learning at that moment in time. As far as artistic advice, he told artists to have high vibrational music and solution music but also no samples, so there are no samples on any of my independent projects. … Those are smart pieces of advice from Prince. … I take all of those things and absorb the knowledge and the wisdom and you don’t find out until later why.”

Listen to Mýa detail Prince’s “smart pieces of advice” here:

Prince unfortunately died on April 21, 2016, exactly 18 years to the day after Mýa’s first album came out on April 21, 1998.


“I so badly wanted to play my album Smoove Jones in 2016 for him [but Prince] graduated and ascended,” Mýa said. “I was really proud of [that album] because I kept all of [Prince’s] creative pieces of advice and put it into Smoove Jones and it got nominated for a Grammy.

“I’m 90 percent business and 10 percent artist—I’m lawyer, I’m agent, I’m manager, I’m road manager, I’m engineer. I’m whatever it takes to get the vision out in a very small boutique way, and then maybe a couple years later, there’s a Grammy nomination.”

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Emily Warren Breaks Down Writing Lyrics for Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Chainsmokers & Charli XCX

#BehindTheBangers is a series spotlighting songwriters and producers.

Singer-songwriter Emily Warren—who recently earned a coveted spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for music industry folks alongside Cardi B, Khalid, SZA, Joe Jonas, Bebe Rexha and Young Thug—wrote her first song when she was 11 years old.

“I had taken piano lessons from other teachers and felt like they all wanted to teach Bach and Beethoven, but Jen Bloom was the first teacher who was trying to teach me and my brothers songs that we were actually listening to,” Warren, now 26, told ONE37pm on a phone call from Portugal where she was working. “At the end of every lesson, she played a song that she had written, and I remember it clicking for me. I was in fifth grade, and that night I wrote my first song. Songwriting was my outlet, my diary, for everything. I had a lot of emotions, and it was the only way to release it all.”

Since that fateful day, she has graduated from NYU Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute and soared onto the charts for hits she’s written for herself and co-written for other artists such as The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Charli XCX, Sean Paul, Jessie J, Noah Cyrus and Fifth Harmony. She made her first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016 with the catchy breakup song “Capsize” with electropop duo Frenship. Her work on The Chainsmokers and Daya’s banger “Don’t Let Me Down” won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2017. And co-penning Dua Lipa’s global hit “New Rules” just landed her a nomination for Spotify’s Secret Genius Awards, a new awards show honoring songwriters, producers and engineers.  


Ahead of the Oct. 5 release of her first studio album Quiet Your Mind, she is climbing the charts with her latest Chainsmokers collaboration, “Side Effects,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart and No. 66 on the Hot 100.

Dua Lipa // “New Rules” (2017)

Emily Warren: “I wrote this with an amazing producer named Ian Kirkpatrick and an amazing writer named Caroline Ailin… It’s funny actually. When we wrote the song, it didn’t really get much of a reaction. When you’re writing songs every day you try not to get too attached, and if people don’t react well to stuff, you just kinda forget about it. And I had almost forgotten about it. And then Ian’s manager sent it to Dua. I had worked a bunch with Dua before and her album was just closing and they said we want to make this the next single, which is nuts. It was literally like the eleventh hour. Then the video came out, which was incredible. As a writer, you have pretty much no control over the video and you always hope that they’ll do something that amazing, so when that came out we were all pumped about it. Dua’s vocal, her vibe, that viral video and the timing really was all kind of the perfect storm that made that song what it became.

“It kind of all went down at the same time as when the #MeToo movement was exploding, which was nuts and honestly such a transformative time. There were a few think pieces, there was one on Vice, about how ‘New Rules’ was the #MeToo anthem. That seriously, like, I don’t know if I’ll ever top that in my life or career as a writer. The fact that we had a pop song that had a message that was connecting with people in a way that actually meant something beyond just being like fun and catchy is the most you could possibly hope for. They always say it’s part talent and part luck, and I really think that that was exactly what it was. We just got so lucky with the timing and Dua, and every piece of the puzzle just fit perfectly.”

Charli XCX // “Boys” (2017)

Warren: “It was one of those songs that when I got involved there was already pieces of it written. I went into a session with Cass Lowe and he was like, ‘Oh, I just got this track, there’s like a few bits and pieces on it.’ We worked on it and added some sections and then it kind of got passed around a little bit more, which usually is a disaster to be honest. But with this song it just worked perfectly. Every part became the best part that it could be and there weren’t really any weak moments, which is awesome. I contributed the bridge and the pre-chorus. It was a cool, a 2018 collaborative type experience. And then, obviously, Charli killed it. She sounds incredible. I mean I remember getting her version back and being like, ‘Holy shit, this sounds amazing.’ She just killed it and then she totally did the video herself, directed it and everything.”

The Chainsmokers & Emily Warren // “Side Effects” (2018)

Warren: “I wrote that in a writing camp in Copenhagen and would have never thought to send it to The Chainsmokers because it’s pretty different than what we’ve been doing together in the past. One of the other writers’ publisher sent it over to them and they flipped out. I woke up in the morning to a bunch of missed calls and texts from them being like, ‘What is this song? Can we get involved?’ We want to make this our next single and keep you on it.’ They kept my voice on it and then I heard on the radio for the first and began fully sobbing. They’re homies. So getting to see them, do these one-off shows with them and do Good Morning America with them, it’s great because we just all get along really well. It’s just fun hanging out with them. The video for it was shot in Los Angeles but [actress] Camila Mendes did her part in Miami.”

The Chainsmokers & Daya // “Don’t Let Me Down” (2016)

Warren: “That whole thing was insane. That was Scott Harris again. I’d met Drew Taggart one time because we had done a song of mine called ‘Until You Were Gone.’ And we went in to Drew’s house to do a session with him. Scott’s funny because every time we finish a song, he asks if it’s good. This time, we’re standing at the elevator outside Drew’s apartment, and Scott ask if it’s good. And I was like, ‘Yeah, of course, it’s good.’ And Drew goes, ‘You guys, it’s a smash, everyone loves it already,’ and slammed the door. It just totally took off. It was the first really big significant song that either Scott or I had had. I remember when it went number one on radio and Scott and I were on the phone crying to each other. The fact that that song won a Grammy was crazy. For it to get a Grammy was ridiculous. I remember they announced the Grammy during the pre-show when we were all in a car together going to the Grammys and I had just gotten my hair and makeup done and I was literally hysterically crying with my makeup running down. The best part of all of this is sharing it with friends and sharing it with people that you like and people that you’re happy to see win. I can’t think of better people than Scott, Drew and Alex [Pall]. It’s just an absolute joy to share something like that.”

Shawn Mendes // 4 Songs from “Handwritten” (2015)

Warren: “Scott Harris basically got involved with Shawn at the very beginning when he was still unsigned as a kid on Vine. Scott got his song ‘Life Of The Party’ over to Shawn and then everything just started exploding. Shawn’s trajectory has been completely insane, and Scott brought me in on that early stuff and I jumped on a few songs for his Handwritten album [‘Strings,’ ‘Aftertaste,’ ‘Air’ and ‘Lost’].  Shawn is so awesome to work with. He’s just such a good person and has a good head on his shoulder. The craziest thing with Shawn is always the girls outside and the girls like standing, pounding on the glass outside of restaurants. That sounds terrible to me to have to deal with that, but he loves and obviously is really appreciative that there’s people that are big fans at him and support him, so he is definitely the right person for that fame.”

Jessie J // “Masterpiece” (2014)

Warren: “I couldn’t agree more in terms of her being one of the most underrated voices. I went to a show after her album came out and it was the craziest show I’ve ever seen; it was literally vocal Olympics. I usually try not to target someone when we’re writing just because it’s really hard to know what people want if they’re not in a room. But that was Britt Burton who I’m here with now in Portugal and we kind of were thinking I should write something for Jessie J. I remember at the time it was when I had just moved out to Los Angeles and I kept hearing in sessions that you should never write a song that doesn’t make it seem like the guy isn’t going to get it and ‘Masterpiece’ was one of those empowering songs that had zero mention of a relationship or a guy or anything. When that went the whole distance and was chosen as the single, it really felt like a win because they felt like we were taking a risk and the label is taking a risk and she was taking a risk and it had a good reaction, which is always awesome.”

Sean Paul & Dua Lipa // “No Lie” (2016)

Warren: “I had been doing a bunch with Sean Paul actually. I remember being asked if I wanted to write with him and I almost started crying because I grew up listening to Sean Paul and he was playing in every bar mitzvah I went to. That was like my whole life come full circle. We ended up doing almost a month straight together, and some of the songs are now kind of just coming to form, but he’s so interesting to work with because his style of writing is so dramatically different from anyone. We’ll get the chorus and then he’ll go on the booth and start freestyling, but he likes to get the whole thing in one take, so if he messes up on the second line or the third line or the last line, he’d start the whole song over. It’s a long process, but it’s amazing to watch and honestly his voice is so distinct and amazing and I could listen to it all day long. ‘No Lie’ was awesome because we wrote it in a room together. And getting Dua involved was awesome.”

Fifth Harmony // “Them Girls Be Like” (2015)

Warren: “I didn’t write any lyrics or melody on this one, but Britt and I were in a Fifth Harmony writing camp and we had gotten kind of stuck on the track we were working on. Everyone left the room and Britt and I started hitting pencils on the pencil case and we ended up producing and being part of the beat. All those little weird sounds were us like shaking or hitting the stapler. We actually did track side on that. That’s where the real good stuff comes from, when you’re not taking it too seriously.”

Noah Cyrus // “Stay Together” (2017)

Warren: “That’s actually a Britt Burton again. We wrote that with Digital Farm Animals and then Noah got involved. She’s one of those singers whose voice is just so amazing and she just literally got on the mic and started singing and it was like, ‘Oh my god, this is perfect.’ And actually her mom was there and her mom like jumped on and did gang vocals and everyone was just kind of in the booth together having fun. So that was a great honor. She has such a special voice. There’s so many artists who are so talented, but someone who can just like jump in the booth and make it sound amazing immediately is so rare. She’s fully got that.”

Emily Warren // “Paranoid” (2018)

Warren: “We were all in Hawaii writing for my album, and we kind of were trying to figure out how to separate the rooms. I wanted to be involved in everything, but it was too many people for one room and then one morning we were just like, ‘Fuck it,’ and we all went into one room and that song started happening. The concept of insecurity and jealousy is something my boyfriend was experiencing, and a lot of people go through it, especially in the early stages. We’re really kind of trying to put it to bed by writing a song that convinced whoever was feeling this to not worry about it. It’s a little more pop than I generally go on my own stuff, but it’s like I needed to do some more fun uptempo stuff and I’m just really happy with that one and how it turned out. I’ve been doing all my videos with the keyboard player in my high school band and now he does a lot of film stuff. For this video, he came up with that concept. He was like, ‘I think the best angle to do is some kind of horror thing.’”

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Drake Breaks 14-Year Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 in a Year

Do you love Drake? Are you riding with him? Apparently, yes and yes, as Drake’s domination continues with him breaking the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in one calendar year. His reign over 29 of the 39 weeks in 2018 is the most ever, surpassing Usher’s 28-week feat 14 years ago. 

Three of Drake’s songs from his fifth studio album Scorpion have propelled him into the record books, with his current chart-topper “In My Feelings” notching its tenth week at No. 1. “Nice for What” and “God’s Plan” spent a combined 19 weeks at the chart’s summit. 

In comparison, Usher’s 28 weeks in 2004 previously snagged the record away from Puff Daddy’s 19 weeks in 1997 with his four-song barrage of “Yeah!,” “Burn,” “Confessions Part II” and “My Boo,” according to data compiled by Billboard.

Rounding out the top three behind Drake and Usher is The Black Eyed Peas’ 26 weeks in 2009. Now if only someone could mash up “In My Feelings” with BEP’s “I Gotta Feeling.”

Since releasing his first studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, Drake has earned 49 weeks at No. 1 over the course of eight years, putting him behind only Mariah Carey (79 weeks), Rihanna (60), The Beatles (59) and Boyz II Men (50) for all-time weeks at No. 1.

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BAH’s Bangers Weekly Playlist

R&B veteran Mario’s “Good Times” collaboration with legendary blues artist Buddy Guy, whom Rolling Stone once ranked as one of the greatest guitarists ever, gets this week’s BAH’s Bangers off to a harmonious start. The pairing is just one of seven collabs from the 12 new songs added to ONE37pm’s weekly playlist: THEY lit up with Wiz Khalifa for “What I Know Now;” AlunaGeorge mixed it with Baauer for “Champagne Eyes;” Charli XCX rode a time machine with Troye Sivan back to “1999;” Anderson Paak kicked it with Kendrick Lamar for “Tints;” Hazers conspired with Alex Aiono for “What Do We Do;” and Lil Baby flexed with Gunna for “Underdog.”

The best visual combo, though, is MAX monkeying around with Crystal the Monkey (yes, the one from The Hangover sequel) in the music video for soulful “Worship.” Rounding out the playlist is Jack & Jack’s trop-pop banger (“No One Compares To You”); Jessie Ware’s clubby bass bop (“Overtime”); Twenty One Pilots’s tribute to Tyler Joseph’s grandpa (“Legend”); and LANY’s emotional I-told-you-so stunner (“Run”).

Oct. 1 Picks: Robyn, Young Thug, Nina Nesbitt & More
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A new remix of Elton John’s 1972 “Rocket Man” from Atlanta rapper Young Thug launches the Oct. 1 BAH’s Bangers playlist straight into your ears’ orbit. “Young Thug, who I love and have met, [dropped this remix called ‘High’],” Elton recently told Beats 1 Radio. “This is so cool and so good. … Sometimes you hear something you never knew was going to happen or never thought was going to happen in a million years.”

The playlist continues with Sigala’s “Somebody,” a cheery tropical house collab with HRVY and Nina Nesbitt. You get a double dose of Nesbitt, as the Scottish singer-songwriter’s “Loyal To Me” closes out this week’s 12 new song selections with a catchy online-and-offline warning to a skeptical significant other: “If he never wants you to meet his friends; if he ain’t tagging you on the gram,” she sings, “take your heart and turn it around while you still can.” Swedish pop stalwart Robyn’s sweet “Honey,” which fans first heard as an unfinished song in an episode of HBO’s Girls last year before finally being released as a studio version this September, is the latest single (following the poignant “Missing U”) from her first album since her universally acclaimed Body Talk from 2010.

Rounding out the playlist is Roosevelt’s synth-pop confection (“Last To Know”); Nao’s roll-down-your-car-windows stunner (“Drive and Disconnect”); Skrizzly Adams’s raspy rock banger (“Dance With Darkness”); Nicky Romero, Deniz Koyu and Walk Off the Earth’s crescendoing EDM sing-along (“Paradise”); Jeremy Zucker’s coffee-stained confession (“comethru”); Yumi Zouma’s melodic dreamscape (“Powder Blue/Cascine Park”); Billy Currington’s sensual radio gem (“Bring It On Over”); and Logic, Wale and John Lindahl’s relentless rap (“100 Miles and Running”; wow, wait until you hear Logic’s last verse).

Sept. 24 Picks: Brockhampton, Dinah Jane & More
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“I want more out of life than this,” belts the London Gospel Choir over heart-piercing strings in Brockhampton’s “SAN MARCOS,” a stunning song unafraid to address mental health’s role in personal growth. It’s a standout track from the group’s must-hear iridescence album. “SAN MARCOS” leads off this Sept. 24 BAH’s Banger’s playlist, followed by Dinah Jane’s impressive “Bottled Up” collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign and Marc E. Bassy. The catchy tune marks her solo debut, and the lyrics reference two songs from her Fifth Harmony years (“Work From Home” and “Worth It”).

The former girl group member’s debut single will warm you up for the fiery Korean boy band BTS’s “IDOL” featuring Nicki Minaj. It’s a big week for groups as rockers Imagine Dragons’s “Zero,” country-turned-EDM trio The Band Perry’s “NOSTALGIA” and synthpoppers St. Lucia’s “A Brighter Love” all get some love here. Rounding out the playlist is Just Kiddin’s clubby love letter (“Indiana”), Au/Ra’s contemplation on digital relationships (“Emoji”), Noah Kahan’s soulful reflection (“False Confidence”), Macy Gray’s reggae-infused hand-clapper (“Witness”), Thomas Rhett’s JT-esque party jam (“Country Gold”) and Christine and the Queens’s bass-heavy bop (“Doesn’t Matter”).  

Sept. 17 Picks: Ciara, MNEK, Lauv & More
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The September 17 playlist revs into a feel-good gear with The Knocks’ “Goodbyes” featuring Method Man and crosses the finish line with ODESZA’s vehement “Loyal,” which Apple just used in the promotional launch ad for the new iPhones and Apple Watch.

Sandwiched between those bookend bangers is country legend Dolly Parton and pop wailer Sia’s surprising “Here I Am” duet, English singer-songwriter MNEK’s socially conscious “Crazy World,” Ciara’s empowering post-#LevelUpChallenge “Dose,” and Lauv’s remixed “Reforget.” Other songs making me feel all the feels recently are LANY’s “Thick and Thin,” Morgan Reilly’s “8,” APRE’s “Everybody Loves You,” Wale’s “Ungrateful & Thankful,” Kane Brown’s “Homesick,” and RL Grime’s “Light Me Up” featuring Miguel and Julia Michaels. 

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Wyclef Jean Reminisces About His Surprising First Job in the ’80s and His Collabs With Avicii

Before Wyclef Jean formed legendary hip-hop trio The Fugees, won three Grammys and went down in history with one of the top-selling songs ever for his “Hips Don’t Lie” collaboration with Shakira, he had a first job just like anybody else.

Wyclef visited ONE37pm’s Live From the Bar Cart podcast and revealed his humble beginnings as a worker in a Korean beauty salon, where he first learned to hustle. 

“I’ll give you the real story,” Wyclef, 48, said at the 28:08 mark in the podcast. “I was hustling in front of a Korean store [in New Jersey]. I remember a dude came out and said, ‘What are you doing here? Come in here.’ I came in and he gave me a job, man. … Still to this day I remember. It’s vivid. It changed me. You got to make sure you’re working hard. I used to sell Precise perm, Revlon, there’s synthetic hair, there’s human hair. Now anyone who listens to this, dawg, is gonna be like, ‘This dude really worked in a beauty salon store.’ All the pretty ladies know that if you come in there, Wyclef is gonna sell you on the human hair because if I can make my commission on the human hair that’s making more money than synthetic hair, you dig what I’m saying?”

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Wyclef also told us what he learned from his mentors and music stalwarts Clive Davis and Quincy Jones, as well as what it was like collaborating with Shakira (SHAKIRA), Santana and the late Avicii. 

Avicii, Santana and Wyclef memorably teamed up to create the FIFA World Cup anthem four years ago in Sweden. Watch the anthem’s music video below.  

“I got the chance to work with Avicii and Ash [Pournouri], Avicii’s manager,” Wyclef recalled at the 14:45 mark of the podcast. “I was very excited about what Tim [Avicii’s birth name] was doing. I call him by his real name. Man, one day I hear this acoustic guitar against what you would consider EDM—back in the day it would be called house music because every generation it changes. I was like, ‘Yo, who the fuck is fusing this bluegrass thing?’ So we got together and our synergy clicked automatically. … Of course, Santana, who we had great history with [having written and produced ‘Maria, Maria’ from Santana’s Grammy-winning album SupernaturalI], came in and blessed us once again with incredible guitars. … That kind of music reaches a billion people. And that kind of music moves so many people. It was an anthem. It was surreal. It made us put much more into the music because we knew that every time a World Cup comes back that even though we’re not in it, these songs will always play.”

Wyclef and Avicii also collaborated on the beautiful song “Divine Sorrow.” 

Be sure to check out the rest of the podcast to hear Wyclef talk about how The Fugees became a voice for immigrants finding their place in America, how his partnership with Fiverr is helping young undiscovered artists and how his next album is going to be a surprise country album. 

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How Juice WRLD Became an Emo-Rap Superstar in Just 6 Months

Juice WRLD might sound sad as hell in his music, but he’s got a lot to be happy about.

This summer alone, his catchy song “Lucid Dreams” rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, he performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, and he earned spots on several Song of the Summer lists (a somewhat ironic feat, given the cold nature of “Lucid Dreams”).

The Chicago emo-rap wunderkind has skyrocketed to such stratospheric heights in the past few months, it’s easy to forget that less than six months ago, he was just one of thousands of new rappers in the depths of SoundCloud, struggling to make it out of the Sea of Lils.

And for a minute, even Juice was beginning to question whether he could make it.

“Before all this stuff took off—I kinda took a step back and was like … ‘What if this ain’t what I’m supposed to be doing?’” he told BigBoyTV.

To fully see and appreciate the grind that led to this impressive rap stardom, here’s a timeline of Juice WRLD’s journey toward success.

February 2015: Juice WRLD drops ‘Forever’

The earliest song on Juice WRLD’s SoundCloud is “Forever,” which he released during his sophomore year of high school. Like all his early music, it was recorded on a cell phone and posted for free online. It’s definitely not as fleshed out as his recent music, but it’s a remarkably strong artistic debut for a young teenager.

January 2016: JuiceTheKidd releases debut EP

After a year of dropping loosies and freestyles on SoundCloud, Juice put together his first project in early 2016. Juiced Up the EP features plenty of catchy, autotuned anthems but without the pop-punk trappings of his current sound. He also shouts out hometown hero Kanye West with a freestyle over Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy standout “Runaway.”

June 2017: ‘JuiceWRLD 9 9 9’ EP comes out

JuiceWRLD 9 9 9 was, at the time, the most full-fledged version of Juice WRLD’s signature emo-rap sound. It’s also the first appearance of “Lucid Dreams,” his biggest hit to date, which came out a full year before it eventually charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

In case you’ve been wondering how popular Juice WRLD was while releasing all of this music, here’s the answer: In October, he ecstatically thanked fans for 10,000 plays on his newest single “Autograph (On My Line).” Today, this very same track now has more than 4 million plays on SoundCloud.

December 2017: Juice WRLD drops ‘All Girls Are The Same’

Although “All Girls Are The Same” is the song that would eventually blow up, its wasn’t an immediate success. Upon its release on SoundCloud, it did 11,000 plays in two days—enough for Juice to be excited about it then, but it was nothing compared to what was coming.

February 2018: Cole Bennett directs ‘All Girls Are The Same’ music video

If you want to become a rap star in 2018, you’re gonna need a Cole Bennett music video. This video, which also serves as a collab between two of Chicago’s biggest rising talents, was arguably what catapulted Juice into the mainstream. It has more than 50 million views on YouTube and launched Juice into the upper echelon of Internet rap.

March 2018: Interscope signs Juice WRLD to $3 million deal

In a world where Lil Pump has a $8 million dollar deal, some brushed off Juice WRLD’s $3 million dollar contract as a result of the current rap gold rush. But given how much he’s blown up since signing his deal, it seems more like astute A&R work on Interscope’s part.

May 2018: Cole Bennett directs ‘Lucid Dreams’ music video

Bennett and Juice’s second collab was bigger than the first, racking up nearly 150 million streams on YouTube and setting up “Lucid Dreams” to be a Billboard smash. It’s Cole Bennett’s third most-watched music video ever—behind only videos from America’s favorite love-to-hate rappers: Lil Xan and Lil Pump.

May 2018: Juice WRLD drops debut album ‘Goodbye & Good Riddance’

Juice WRLD’s debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, at one point sitting behind just Drake, Post Malone and Kenny Chesney.

May 2018: ‘Lucid Dreams’ appears at No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100

Nearly a year after the song dropped, “Lucid Dreams” made its first appearance on the Hot 100. Soon after, the track would go gold.

July 2018: ‘Lucid Dreams’ peaks at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100

In early July, “Lucid Dreams” peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100. For a second, it looked as though it might reach No. 1, but it couldn’t knock Cardi B and Drake off the throne. The track also became his first platinum record—not too shabby for a song that sat on SoundCloud for five months before even hitting 100,000 plays.

August 2018: Juice WRLD performs at the MTV VMAs

Sure, his performance only lasted 90 seconds, but imagine going from dropping freestyles recorded on your phone to gracing the VMAs stage in just six months. Considering that so much of Juice WRLD’s success has taken place on the internet, the VMAs were a cool reminder that he’s an IRL star, too.

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John Legend Is Now 1 of Only 15 EGOT Winners

John Legend has elevated his legendary status by achieving the rare feat of becoming an EGOT for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. In fact, he’s earned 10 Grammys since 2006. He added his Oscar in 2015 for “Glory” from Selma, his Tony in 2017 for Jitney, and his Emmy on Sept. 9 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. 

“Before [Sunday night], only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories,” Legend reminded fans in a note. “Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ SuperstarSo happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air.” 

Watch Legend add his Emmy to his trophy collection, below: 

At 39, Legend is the first black man to earn EGOT status and the second black person to accomplish one of entertainment’s hardest feats (Whoopi Goldberg did it in 2002). 

Aside from Rice, Lloyd Webber and Goldberg, other EGOTs throughout history include Robert Lopez, Scott Rudin, Mike Nichols, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Tunick, Marvin Hamlisch, Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Rita Moreno, Helen Hayes and Richard Rodgers. Legend is the second youngest out of this bunch, only behind Lopez by less than a year. 


Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, went home and celebrated by eating tacos from Del Taco and by making “EGOT pancakes.” Watch, below. 

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Music Expert LeBron James’s New 62-Song Playlist Features Only Badass Women

LeBron James, the freshly minted Lakers forward and future star of the long-awaited Space Jam sequel, is quite the music connoisseur. For the uninitiated, King James sometimes receives songs and albums before they’re released and shares snippets or thoughts via his Instagram story. He memorably gave followers short previews of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and Drake’s More Life. And most recently, he reviewed Eminem’s Kamikaze via emoji-laden tweets.


So it’s no wonder Apple Music just tapped basketball’s resident music critic to make a playlist. But it’s not just any playlist; it’s one inspired by the leading ladies of his life—his mom, his wife and his daughter. The playlist is fittingly titled “The Strongest” because of those three strong women and the strong artists featured on this collection of 62 songs.

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“The Strongest” playlist stars some of the most powerful women in music history, including Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and TLC. Sprinkled throughout are hitmakers like Beyonce, Cardi B, Janelle Monae and Solange, as well as critically acclaimed emerging artists such as Jamila Woods, Jorja Smith, Saweetie and Tierra Whack.

ONE37pm recently called up one of his picks—Tierra Whack—for our #Face2FaceTime series (watch below) to discuss her unconventional album release for Whack World, which is a 15-minute album with 15 songs each clocking in at exactly 60 seconds long. The music video for it sees the Philly artist transitioning into 15 new outfits and 15 different settings, representing each catchy track off of Whack World.