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BTS’ RM made his official solo debut with Indigo on December 2, 2022. Featuring impeccable artists and 10 tracks, Indigo became a blockbuster hit as soon as it was released globally. Since its release, it has already achieved multiple milestones, including topping the US iTunes Album Chart. RM also topped the US iTunes Song Chart simultaneously with Wildflower, a track from the album featuring Cho Youjeen.
The Intro: Persona rapper now joins Lizzo, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, and BTS as the only musical acts in 2022 to top both the iTunes Song Chart and Album Chart at the same time.
Apart from that, all ten tracks from Namjoon’s latest record have entered the US iTunes 20 chart, making the album a prominent affair among fans. With his solo debut, BTS’ RM also became the #1 artist on the Melon Charts, surpassing Lim Young-woong.
BTS’ RM’s new album, Indigo, is only a day old and is already dominating the music charts, sales, and social media. Along with the track, Wildflower, the album has topped both the US iTunes Album and Song Chart.
Furthermore, RM is also leaving his mark on iTunes charts all over the world. On December 3, it was reported that Indigo has topped the charts in at least 67 regions, such as Germany, France, and Italy. Meanwhile, Wildflower is atop the charts in at least 87 regions worldwide, including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and more.
As for Spotify, BTS’ RM debuted at number 7 on the Spotify Daily Top Artists Global Chart. He is now the highest-charting Asian soloist.
Indigo by RM has also entered the Top 10 of the UK Apple Music Album Realtime Chart, making Namjoon the second Korean soloist to achieve the milestone. Previously, D-2 by BTS’ Suga (Agust D) had earned a spot on the list as well.
The record witnessed 553,770 in album sales, garnering the 5th highest first-day sales in Hanteo history. As for the music video, Wildfower received more than 9 million views in the first 24 hours of its release and over 2 million likes from the viewers.
In brief, RM’s Indigo is a blockbuster hit both in South Korea and internationally and is on its way to breaking more records.
Through Indigo, RM displayed his emotions and true self, as well as the archives of his twenties. The album is also a representation of his growth and development as a human and an artist.
Known for his thoughtful words and lyrics, the Mono creator wanted to provide courage to his fans, who are always with him, through his new music.
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At two years old, Matt Dugan watched his parents dance around the living room as Carlos Santana’s “Smooth” blared from the speakers. His earliest memory is still one of his favorite stories to tell, though he’s added some great memories during his time working in Los Angeles recording studios with top artists in the music industry.
Dugan graduated in 2020 with a major in music production and recording industry from the School of Media Arts and Studies (MDIA) in the Scripps College of Communication. Leading up to college, Dugan promoted himself as the all-around music guy. He produced and mixed songs for friends and local rap and R&B artists, continuing his passion for the genre that sparked in middle school. Dr. Dre and Mac Miller were the earlier artists Dugan drew inspiration from, as well as producer Jake One.
As a MDIA student, Dugan was eager to get into other studios and inspired by Professor Josh Antonuccio’s courses. He applied for the MDIA Masterclass Series and was accepted into the competitive program, which took him to Austin, Texas and New York City.
Dugan spent a week in Austin with four Scripps peers, elevating his production skills in an Austin studio run by Jim Eno, most notably known from the band Spoon. In New York City, students worked with Michael Brauer, a mix engineer who received Grammy Awards for his work on John Mayer’s album “Continuum” and two Coldplay albums.
During both trips, Dugan recorded, produced and mixed, gaining hands-on experience with advanced audio gear and well-known engineers and artists in the music industry.
Dugan joined Brick City Records, the student-run record label and MDIA capstone experience his senior year. As a lead engineer, he worked closely with artists in studio sessions. He said the internship he landed in the OHIO-in-LA program the summer before his senior year also helped him apply for the master class programs and excel in the capstone.
OHIO-in-LA is a mixture of networking and industry experience, requiring students to get an internship while on the ground in Los Angeles. Dugan interned at Clear Lake Recording Studios, setting up and tearing down sessions, making trips for artists’ needs and being available anytime for the chaos that comes with working in the music industry.
Dugan kept in touch with everyone at Clear Lake and after graduation, he heard that the studio was in desperate need of engineers due to the pandemic. He started out as a runner there and in his extra time interned at LoveRenaissance (LVRN), an Atlanta-based studio that has worked with artists like 6LACK and Summer Walker.
He also kept in contact with engineer Denis Kosiak, whom he met at Clear Lake and who asked Dugan to help with personal projects. Kosiak has worked with artists like Justin Bieber, Khalid, Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, David Guetta, and Benny Blanco, just to name a few.
Although being in the same studio as some of the greatest artists of our time, like Lil Wayne, Smino and Khalid was a thrill, Dugan really wanted to work with these artists and help them make their musical visions come to life. But the music industry can be hard to penetrate, and for a time, Dugan doubted whether music was the right career path for him.
“It’s very inconsistent, and I’ve been offered really awesome jobs elsewhere that fell through,” Dugan said. “So it’s been a crazy up and down battle trying to break in.”
All this changed in one day during a single session. Dugan was told the band For King and Country would be coming in for promotional photoshoots in a studio next door to where he would be tracking vocals the same day. He didn’t have any details on who he would be working with and was surprised to see Jordin Sparks walk in to record her vocals on For King and Country’s latest single “Love Me Like I Am.”
Dugan finally got to work one-on-one with an artist he has looked up to since he was a kid.
“Once we started recording, it was like a fever dream,” Dugan added. “I didn’t’ really think about how far I’ve come but looking back it definitely puts everything into perspective.”
As fate would have it, Sparks invited Dugan to a session at her home studio, where they were able to talk about the uncertainty of the music industry, artist to artist.
“At the end of the day, we didn’t get into [music] to be a cog in the machine,” said Dugan, referring to his shared perspective with Sparks. “We want to get paid to have fun and be creative. We don’t want it to feel like work.”
Sparks also writes out every song she has ever worked on and asks anyone involved in its creation to sign the paper. Dugan is one of those signatures on “Love Me Like I Am.”
“It makes you feel a part of it,” Dugan said. “That was the validation of ‘I did it.’”
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November 17, 2022
Four-time Grammy-nominated zydeco musician and LSU alumnus Sean Ardoin’s new album, “Full Circle,” which featured a historic collaboration with LSU’s Tiger Marching Band, has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Regional Roots Music Album, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday.
Released in September, “Full Circle” features Ardoin’s band, Kreole Rock and Roll, accompanied by the Tiger Band on every work, and was the first time that a marching band and a popular genre band have collaborated for a full album, according to Ardoin, who is himself an alumnus of LSU and former member of the Tiger Band.
“This album is historic because it’s the first time that a marching band and a band have collaborated for a full album ever in the music business,” Ardoin told The Advocate. “So, it’s another firstborn for Louisiana.”
The Tiger Marching Band, known as “The Golden Band from Tigerland”, is one of the largest and most visible organizations on LSU’s campus, with an auditioned membership of 325 students. Band members come from a variety of degree programs across the university; over 75% percent of the band’s members are majoring outside of music.
Members of the band spent three intensive days in April 2022 recording arrangements and contributions to the album. Students at all levels of study within the program composed and arranged Tiger Band’s contributions to the album’s music, working directly with Ardoin, according to Kelvin Jones, Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the Tiger Marching Band.
“To be recognized by the Recording Academy is such a tremendous honor and testament to our hard-working staff, faculty, alumni, and fans,” Jones said. “I am so proud of our students for their work in bringing this project to life and being one of the first marching bands to receive a Grammy nomination in the lifespan of the Recording Academy.”
“This collaboration is unprecedented, and only further demonstrates the skill and flexibility of the students in the Tiger Band,” said James Byo, Director of the LSU School of Music. “Their dedication to our program and state, as well as a deep appreciation of Louisiana’s musical culture, are no doubt apparent on this album.”
“Full Circle” includes versatile music elements, including funk, jazz, hip-hop, and the traditional Louisiana zydeco style Ardoin is known for. The album is available on all streaming services, with a special purple and gold double-album commemorative vinyl available in limited quantities. Ardoin has committed to donating 15% of the vinyl proceeds back to the Tiger Band in the form of a scholarship.
“This nomination is a testament to the constant hard work the members of this organization constantly display as well as to the standard past members have set for us to follow,” said Landon Chambliss, Political Science major (’23) and Drum Major of the Tiger Marching Band. “Working with Mr. Ardoin was an absolute honor, and we are proud to be a part of such a historic moment. This was no easy task, but the Tiger Band is always up for a challenge.”
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