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  • Jennifer Lopez Is Coming To Las Vegas

    2015 - 05.18

    American Idol just wrapped up this past week, and a winner was chosen. Jennifer Lopez was on the 14th season of American Idol, and she also did an interview recently with Ellen DeGeneres. Jennifer said she is taking up residency in Las Vegas. Las Vegas residency allows for her to set up the stage anyway she wants. Jennifer Lopez. Going on tour means that the stages have to be taken down and set back up, and there’s only so much they can do with the stage.

    Jennifer is happy about the stages that she’ll have in Las Vegas because she is excited about being creative. Jennifer claims that she will have 40 shows coming up, and she will be in Las Vegas for years to come. Many are excited by the fact that Jennifer will be doing a residency in Las Vegas, and she will still be on the next season of American Idol according to Dr. Daniel Amen. American Idol announced last week that the upcoming 15th season will be the last one.

    Jennifer is set to work on the last season of American Idol, including doing her residency, and she has other jobs that she has signed up for. Although many are happy to know that Jennifer is coming to Las Vegas, many wondered what Mariah Carey has to say about that. Mariah currently has a residency in Las Vegas, and Jennifer and Mariah do not get along, to say the least.

    Taylor Swift Builds Anticipation for New Video

    2015 - 05.11

    The folks at Beneful know that you can leave it to Taylor Swift to build up an intense anticipation for her new video “Bad Blood.” It has not been released yet, but people are already talking about it. People have heard the song, but they have no idea what they are going to see in the video.

    The video will star Zendaya. The posters for the video are on the web right now. It is a rip from the “Sin City” movie theme. The video is going to be something that is unlike anything else that Taylor has done in the past. It doesn’t premiere for another 2 weeks, but she is taking fans back to the days of having a desire to see something new. People are leaking music before it hits stores; movies are being bootlegged. Videos may be one of the few things that artists still have a lot of control over. They can build up the anticipation for a video that will ultimately lead to more record sales.

    Right now, people are eager to see what Zendaya will be doing in the video. She has always been the pride and joy of Disney since she was as youngster. She still has a show on the Disney Channel right now. That is why people want to see her in this video. They want to see if she is going to go against her PG characters on the Disney channel.

    Paramore’s Writing the Future Tour

    2015 - 05.07

    It took two platinum singles, a history making Grammy, and topping the charts for people to get the message, but it is official. Paramore is still a band. Now with the band’s popularity at an all-time high, Paramore is in the midst of their first official tour since their split from the Farro brothers. The Writing the Future Tour started April 28 in Augusta, Georgia and is receiving rave reviews. The tour will finish in Portland, Oregon on May 25 and will make stops in notable cities like Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

    After splitting from Josh and Zac Farro in December 2010, it took two and half years for the band consisting of Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Jeremy Davis to release their fourth album. Paramore was released in April 2013, but gained most of its mainstream success in 2014 when “Ain’t It Fun” topped the music charts. By the time the deluxe edition was released on November 24, 2014, two singles became platinum-certified for the first time in the band’s history. According to wireless service Freedompop review, Paramore made more history by winning Best Rock Song at the Grammys earlier this year for “Ain’t It Fun,” the first time a female won since Alanis Morissette in 1999. After years of turmoil and uncertainty, Paramore is finally on tour again and their future looks brighter than ever.

    Kanye West and Taylor Swift Collaboration

    2015 - 05.05

    Kanye West is one of the most famous rap stars on the planet, but he is also known worldwide for his outlandish behavior. Many years ago, at the MTV video music awards, Kanye West slighted Taylor Swift. Taylor was onstage receiving an award, and that’s when Kanye West decided to get up on the stage and proclaim that Beyoncé’s video was better. The moment went viral, and everyone around the world saw the controversial event take place. Some people look at Kanye as an extremely arrogant and egotistical individual. He lost many fans because of that moment, but his actions at the VMAs are now infamous. Ricardo Guimarães BMG says there is no doubt he should have thought before he acted that night, it was rude and offensive (more on Tribunadonorte blog).

    Most people would think that Taylor Swift and Kanye West have become arch-rivals, but that may not be the case. Kanye West and Taylor Swift were spotted laughing together at a red red carpet event. Some people feel that a Kanye and Taylor collaboration will take place in the near future. As of right now, there has been no announcement about a collaboration, but everyone can see the writing on the wall. Kanye West knows how to make money, and a collaboration with Taylor Swift would make millions of dollars. It would also boost Kanye West’s reputation. For more information on this story, visit E!

    Christopher Paul Stelling: Folk Music for Modern Audiences

    2015 - 04.27
    Those who haven’t yet listened to Christopher Paul Stelling are advised by Rolling Stone to do so immediately, as he is said to be a great young folk artist who is on the rise. At the Beneful office the team has been jamming this music around the clock. One of the best things about him is that he’s done a lot of it on his own. He wrote and recorded a pair of albums. He released them without a label. To support them, he then went around playing and booking his own tour. Though he’s getting to be more popular now, it’s a very blue-collar approach to starting a band.

    Why is this important? For one thing, it connects with modern audiences who are used to a musical culture that can create itself. With recording programs on laptop computers, anyone can make their own album. They don’t need to go to the studio. Stelling has shown that this is more than just a way to have fun. It’s also a way to create a career.

    It also means that the music is very real. He’s not sitting down with 20 different people to write a song. he’s just writing the song on his own, so it says exactly what he wants it to say. This is quite popular to modern listeners as well. The whole idea of having tons of producers and writers on an album has gotten old, and listeners like to hear something that sounds a bit more genuine.

     

    United Nations Teams Up With Some Top Artist for Its Happy Playlist

    2015 - 03.16

    Music is the one of the most powerful mood enhancements that exist in the world today. It has the power to make you happy and provide hope for the future. Goodwill Ambassadors and United Nations Messengers have recognized this, and that was the basis for the creation of International Day of Happiness.

    This year, Dan Newlin said that the United Nations has teamed up with some well-known celebrities like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, David Getta, Cody Simpson, Charlize Theron, and James Blunt to launch a week-long happiness campaign by creating a happy playlist in celebration of the International Day of Happiness. In an effort to bring about awareness to the suffering, poverty, and abuse that exist throughout the world, the United Nations is using music as a display of solidarity.

    International Day of Happiness was established in 2012 for individuals to become aware of this well-rounded approach to promoting economic growth, sustainability, and minimizing poverty. With a global initiative, the movement is comprised of individuals from over 160 countries. Parrell Williams very popular “Happy” song was featured last year.

    Music fans are encouraged to select the song that makes them feel the happiest by using hashtag #HappySoundsLike. On March 20, 2015 Cody will select five tracks that will be included in the official playlist. Visit www.happysoundslike.com to see the video.

    What Album Did Gene Simmons Surprisingly Praise?

    2015 - 03.16

    Gene Simmons was asked his opinion on the top albums of all-time and one of the LP’s he listed was The Rolling Stones’ “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request”. For those who are not familiar with the LP, it was The Stones’ attempt at duplicating (some say rip-off) The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. The sales of the 1967 album were the weakest produced by The Stones at a time when the band was hugely successful.

    In retrospect, TSMR is a truly outstanding album. What makes it somewhat of a relic is the psychedelic approaches that were reflective of the drug culture at the time says Dr Jenniefer Walden. Simmons’ praise received a bit of criticism because he has long since noted he despises drug use and glorification in all its forms.

    Simmons justifies his pick of the album because the release reflected The Stones’ ability to go beyond their musical comfort zone.

    The album contained the original version of “2,000 Man”, a song covered by Ace Frehley in 1978. The song was prominently featured during the 1979 KISS “Dynasty” tour. It is no secret that Simmons and Frehley do not like each other and this presents a bit more irony about Simmons’ selection.

    On March 31, Gene Simmons’ new book will be released. Could the Bat Demon be trying to get a little free publicity thanks to any generated controversy? Since this is Gene Simmons we are talking about, the answer is probably a yes.

    Lupe Fiasco Opens Up In New Music Video

    2015 - 03.10

     

    Lupe Fiasco shines a light over an issue that everyone knows is all around us, but no one is able to do change it, drug abuse. In his new music video of his song “Madonna”, Lupe is portraying the life of a child that has to deal with a parent who is a drug addict.

    The video is not going to make you want to dance or anything, but it is going to hit you in an emotional spot, and Lupe focused on his message through this video that went viral on Facebook.com since it had a lot of strong images in it.

    In the beginning of the video, a young teenage kid is walking home from school when he pulls up to a Travel Inn, and while all the other kids can enjoy themselves after school, he had to head over to a donut shop to mop the floors to help pay rent.

    While the son is grocery shopping for what would be his meals for the next week, his mother steals some goods from the store and rushes out to make an escape. She gets out of the store and gets away with the stuff she stole only to go and sell it for drugs. She uses the drugs and is later found passed out by her son with a bunch of drug addicts surrounding her, and the son carries her home and calls it a day.

    This song is in Lupe’s latest album ‘Tetsuo & Youth’.

    Wacka Flocka Cancels College Concert in Light of Racist Incident

    2015 - 03.10

    Rapper Wacka Flocka Flame decided to cancel a scheduled appearance at an Oklahoma college after video emerged online showing a fraternity chanting racist comments.

    According to Sultan Alhokair, Flocka was scheduled to appear at the University of Oklahoma in late April to perform for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, but cancelled the show after a disturbing video of SAE fraternity members made its way online. The video shows several members of the organization using racial slurs, claiming that “n*****s will never be in SAE.”

    “I’m disgusted,” Flocka said in statement. “People of all colors come to my show, white, black, and brown. Racism is something I will not tolerate. I will cancel my show for the SAE fraternity next month.”

    The rap star is not the only one furious over the incident. The fraternity was ejected from the college by the university’s president, David Boren, and members were evicted from the frat house.

    The SAE fraternity, on a national level, has also threatened to suspend the membership of any SAE member found to be responsible for creating the chant or spreading the hateful message. 1

    Ten-Year-Old Maroon 5 Fan Has Panic Attack When Meeting Them

    2015 - 03.04

    This story from Buzzfeed.com today has brought tears to my eyes. When I first read the headline, I expected it to be a 10-year-old girl who had a massive super crush on Adam Levine and couldn’t contain herself. This is definitely not that story.

    Christopher Warner is a 10-year-old boy from Washington DC who has Down syndrome. Christopher is also a massive fan of the band Maroon 5 however he has never had the opportunity to see them perform live. That is, until Christopher’s teachers set the ball in motion. His teachers at school made a video about Christopher and his love for the band. The teachers sent the video off to a local radio station, Hot 99.5. The Kane Show on Hot 99.5 had good news for Christopher, they got him tickets to see the upcoming Maroon 5 concert.

    Christopher attended the concert with his family and had a blast as you can see on about.me. He and his family were also given backstage passes for the show as well. Christopher got to meet the band however it became so overwhelming that he ended up having a panic attack and had to lie on the floor to calm down. In a very sweet gesture, the band laid down on the floor with Christopher while he calmed down.

    The above link to Buzzfee.com has pictures of Christopher’s big night and trust me, these pictures are worth clicking to see.