“The New Edition Story” is up there with “The Jacksons: An American Dream” as one of the best music biopic movies

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I’ve never been a huge New Edition fan. Mostly because of being born at a different time, and being more familiar with Bobby Brown’s personal life and Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” When I heard that BET was doing a television biopic movie about them, I hate to admit now, but my hopes were pretty low. Most biopic music movies are terrible (see current trailer for Britney Spear’s Lifetime movie) and unauthorized, and I wasn’t sure I was willing to commit to six hours just for a good laugh.

After getting a text from a friend to watch it, I watched the repeat showing of Part 1 after the premiere and I was astounded. I had hope when I saw that Chris Robinson, a music video director who also directed the movie “ATL,” directed the mini series. The first part, the group is played by children actors, and their dancing, singing and acting was incredible. You actually saw that New Edition had been working day and night since they were kids who came for more than humble beginnings. The rest of the mini series was amazing, with it eventually concluding in 2005 when they performed at the 25th anniversary BET where they performed a melody of their hits.

The mini series was a rating success. It also helped increase New Edition’s Spotify streams up to 637 percent.

What notes can other music biopics take?

1. Have the people that the movie is about involved: All six members of New Edition were co-producers of the movie, and even were on set to teach the actors the dances. Having authorization of the people who the movie was about also meant you can get a more authentic storyline, including revealing things that people did not know (like the fact the Ricky had a drug problem).

2. Have the cast rerecord the songs with their voices, and actually be able to sing: What was so surprising and great about this is that the actors actually sang the songs. They all have really amazing voices, and sounded so much like New Edition.

3. Show full performances: To me what set this biopic apart from a lot of others is that they showed performances of entire songs. I think it helped that the director had experience shooting music videos, so it was well done. The performances with helped balance out all the drama and showed that despite it all, they were excellent artists.

Check out Spotify’s New Edition playlist below:

Fifth Harmony performs live as a quartet for the first time

Fifth Harmony performed live for the first time as a quartet at the People’s Choice Awards, and they made sure to make a statement. Saying the first line on “Work From Home,” that was originally Camila’s part, the group changed the line and collectively said “We ain’t worried about nothin’, we ain’t worried about nada,” declaring that they aren’t worried about doing this without Camila. Lauren, which fans often complain about not having enough solo, sang the rest of Camila’s part.

I thought that this was the a great way to reintroduce themselves. Them dancing alone in separate cubes really highlighted their individual skills, and I also like they put each person’s name on the screen when they were singing. Being in a group, sometimes a casual listeners doesn’t know your name.

I’m not too worried about Fifth Harmony’s future at all.

Kehlani’s most empowering lyrics so far

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Kehlani might change a lot of things about herself, such as her hair or her body with tattoos, but one thing is consistent with her, her empowering and unapologetic lyrics.

In anticipation for Kehlani’s debut album, “SweetSexySavage” being released Jan 27, I decided to highlight a few of Kehlani’s most empowering lyrics.

Alive

We were in so deep
We could barely tread
But now I found a way to heal myself instead
And damn I feel alive

The Way

Baby boy, you gotta be the dopest
Gotta be to fuck with the coldest

CRZY

If I gotta be a bitch, I’ma be a bad one

Running

But I say she’s a keeper if she got it on her own and keeps it runnin’

Unconditional

I’m far from perfect, nothing even close
But that’s what makes me beautiful, that’s something you should know
I’m not looking for someone to tell me how to row my boat
So let me live and let me learn I promise we will grow

Bonnaroo 2017 Lineup

New day, new festival lineup. So far, this is my favorite pairing of headliners with Chance The Rapper and The Weeknd. The price also isn’t too awful at $324.50 for GA for the 4 Day festival, when you consider the other events Bonnaroo involves, including Silent Disco, The Comedy Theatre and even a marathon if you are so inclined. Tickets are on sell now here.
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Panorama Music Festival 2017 Lineup

Festival season is revving up, with another summer festival lineup being released.

New York’s Panorama finally brings the elusive Frank Ocean to this summer festival scene with a headliner on Friday. He’s perfectly paired with Solange, but hopefully their sets won’t be at the same time. Other standouts include Vince Staples (who was amazing at Lollapalooza), Towkio and Snakehips.

Panorama is selling individual day passes and 3 day passes. Individual General Admission passes are $125 each and 3 day passes are $345. VIP one day passes are $265 and 3 day VIP are $745. They go on sell on Friday.

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My picks for the iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017

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iHeartRadio announced the nominees for the 2017 awards, set to air March 5. I based my picks (highlighted by bolding and italicizing it, I ignored the categories that I’m not familar with) on radio airplay from last year.  Let me know what you think!

Song of the Year:

  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
  • “Stressed Out” – twenty one pilots

Female Artist of the Year: 

  • Adele
  • Ariana Grande
  • Rihanna
  • Selena Gomez
  • Sia

Male Artist of the Year:  

  • Drake
  • Justin Bieber
  • Luke Bryan
  • Shawn Mendes
  • The Weeknd

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 

  • Coldplay
  • DNCE
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • The Chainsmokers
  • twenty one pilots

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Bored to Death” – blink-182
  • “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
  • “Ride” – twenty one pilots
  • “Trouble” – Cage The Elephant

 Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

  • blink-182
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Coldplay
  • The Strumbellas
  • twenty one pilots

Rock Song of the Year:

  • “Bang Bang” – Green Day
  • “Dark Necessities” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Take Me Down” – The Pretty Reckless
  • “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” – Volbeat
  • “The Sound Of Silence” – Disturbed

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • Disturbed
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Shinedown
  • Volbeat

Country Song of the Year:

  • “Church Bells” – Carrie Underwood
  • “Snapback” – Old Dominion
  • “Somewhere On A Beach” – Dierks Bentley
  • “T-Shirt” – Thomas Rhett
  • “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell

Country Artist of the Year:

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Jason Aldean
  • Keith Urban
  • Luke Bryan
  • Thomas Rhett

Dance Song of the Year:

  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “Cold Water” – Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner
  • “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber

 Dance Artist of the Year: 

  • Calvin Harris
  • DJ Snake
  • Flume
  • Major Lazer
  • The Chainsmokers

 Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 

  • “All The Way Up” – Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared
  • “Controlla” – Drake
  • “For Free” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
  • “One Dance” – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
  • “Panda” – Desiigner

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

  • Desiigner
  • DJ Khaled
  • Drake
  • Future
  • J. Cole

R&B Song of the Year:

  • “Exchange” – Bryson Tiller
  • “Needed Me” – Rihanna
  • “No Limit” – Usher featuring Young Thug
  • “Sorry” – Beyoncé
  • “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

 R&B Artist of the Year: 

  • Beyoncé
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Rihanna
  • The Weeknd
  • Usher

 Latin Song of the Year: 

  • “Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino featuring Pitbull, Yandel and El Chacal
  • “De Pies A Cabeza” – Mana featuring Nicky Jam
  • “Duele El Corazon” – Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin
  • “La Carretera” – Prince Royce
  • “Ya Me Enteré” – Reik featuring Nicky Jam

 Latin Artist of the Year: 

  • Enrique Iglesias
  • J Balvin
  • Nicky Jam
  • Prince Royce
  • Yandel

 Regional Mexican Song of the Year:

  • “Amor Del Bueno” – Calibre 50
  • “Cicatrices” – Regulo Caro
  • “Me Está Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos
  • “¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz
  • “Solo Con Verte” – Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

 Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 

  • Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
  • Banda Los Recoditos
  • Calibre 50
  • Gerardo Ortiz
  • Remmy Valenzuela

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: (New Category)

  • Foals
  • Kaleo
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Red Sun Rising
  • The Strumbellas 

Best New Country Artist: (New Category)

  • Chris Lane
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Granger Smith
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Maren Morris

Best New Hip-Hop Artist: (New Category)

  • Chance The Rapper
  • Desiigner
  • D.R.A.M.
  • Kent Jones
  • Kevin Gates

Best New Latin Artist: (New Category)

  • Carlos Rivera
  • Christian Daniel
  • CNCO
  • IAmChino
  • Sofia Reyes

Best New R&B Artist: (New Category)

  • Belly
  • Bryson Tiller
  • Dreezy
  • Kayla Brianna
  • Ro James

Best New Regional Mexican Artist: (New Category)

  • Adriel Favela
  • Banda Los Sebastianes
  • Cheyo Carrillo
  • Joss Favela
  • La Séptima Banda

Best New Pop Artist: (New Category)

  • Alessia Cara
  • Daya
  • Lukas Graham
  • The Chainsmokers
  • ZAYN

 Producer of the Year: (New Category)

  • Benny Blanco
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Max Martin
  • Mike Elizondo
  • The Chainsmokers 

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category

  • “7 Years” – Lukas Graham
  • “Came Here to Forget” – Blake Shelton
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
  • “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
  • “Scars To Your Beautiful” – Alessia Cara
  • “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” – Adele
  • “Too Good” – Drake featuring Rihanna
  • “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell

 Best Collaboration: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
  • “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  • “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category

  • “All I Ask” – Bruno Mars
  • “Ex’s and Oh’s” – Fifth Harmony
  • “Fast Car” – Justin Bieber
  • “Hands to Myself” – DNCE
  • “Here” – Shawn Mendes
  • “How Will I Know” – Ariana Grande
  • “Love on the Brain” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “Purple Rain” – Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple
  • “Sound of Silence” – Disturbed
  • “Too Good” – Zara Larsson

Best Song from a Movie: *Socially Voted Category

  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake (Trolls)
  • “Falling for You” – Ellie Goulding (Bridget Jones’s Baby)
  • “Girls Talk Boys” – 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots (Suicide Squad)
  • “Just Like Fire” – P!nk (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Best Music Video: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” – The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
  • “Formation” – Beyoncé
  • “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam
  • “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
  • “Hymn for the Weekend” – Coldplay
  • “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” – Mike Posner
  • “Pillowtalk” – ZAYN
  • “Side to Side” – Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj
  • “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  • “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake
  • “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Best Underground Alternative Band: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • Hey Violet
  • Pierce the Veil
  • PVRIS
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Tonight Alive

Social Star Award: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category

  • Alex Aiono from YouTube
  • Baby Ariel from Musical.ly
  • Emma McGann from YouNow
  • Hailey Knox from YouNow
  • Jack and Jack from Snapchat
  • Jacob Satorius from Musical.ly
  • Marcus Perez from Facebook
  • Steph Clavin from Instagram
  • Todrick Hall from YouTube
  • Xyego from Smule

Best Fan Army presented by Taco Bell: *Socially Voted Category

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOSFam
  • Ariana Grande – Arianators
  • Beyoncé – Beyhive
  • Britney Spears – Britney Army
  • Demi Lovato – Lovatics
  • Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers
  • Justin Bieber – Beliebers
  • Katy Perry – KatyCats
  • Lady Gaga – Little Monsters
  • Rihanna – Rihanna Navy
  • Selena Gomez – Selenators
  • Shawn Mendes – Mendes Army
  • twenty one pilots – #twentyonepilots

Governors Ball 2017 Lineup

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The new year means preparation for the festival circuit, with The Governors Ball releasing its lineup the day after Coachella.

There are repeat acts from the Coachella lineup, including Lorde, Tove Lo, ScHool Boy Q, Majid Jordan, Banks, Local Natives, Francis and the Lights and Kehlani.

A standout from this festival is Chance The Rapper is headlining. I was at his Magnificent Coloring Day in Chicago and I know he puts on a great show.

Other highlights include Childish Gambino, Rae Remmurd and Flume.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan 6 at 12PM EST time. Early bird general admission is $275, advanced is $290 and regular is $305. VIP early bird passes are $600, advanced are $650, regular are $700 and VIP are $1,000.