Acts To Make Sure To Check Out At Rolling Loud Miami 2018

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The very anticipated line-up for Rolling Loud Miami was just released, and I have to say it was not overhyped at all. Every act I am willing to see, even acts that I haven’t heard before because hip-hop is definitely my wheel house. I also feel like I would discover a lot of new music here.

Acts that I for sure would want to check out each day are:

Friday: J. Cole, N.E.R.D., Young Thug, Jaden Smith, Juvenile, Smino

Saturday: Travis Scott, Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Cardi B, Gucci Mane, Metro Boomin, Fetty Wap,

Sunday: Future, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Juicy J, Machine Gun Kelly

Friday is the best night in my opinion. I’ve said several times I’m a fan of Smino and he puts on a great show. I’m very curious on a Jaden Smith show and what Juvenile will bring to the stage.

Tickets go on sale February 2 here. Prices have yet to be announced.

 

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My Picks For Acts To See At The Panorama 2018 Festival

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Festival line up announcement season continues with New York’s Panorama throwing themselves into the mix.  Here are the acts that I would like to see:

Friday: The Weeknd, Migos, Jhene Aiko, Daniel Caesar

Saturday: Janet Jackson, SZA, Cardi B, Gucci Mane

Sunday: The XX

There aren’t a lot of acts that I want to see at this festival, but the ones I want to see, I would be really excited to see.  The Weeknd headlining yet another festival makes me think he is definitely releasing new music soon. Janet Jackson is an interesting pick, but I enjoy the fact that the festival is taking a risk.

Tickets are discounted until February 3, but then they will be $125 for a one day, $215 for a two day, and $295 for a three day. You can get them here.

 

 

Apple gets in on #AnimojiKaraoke With Childish Gambino and Migos

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During the Grammys, Apple launched its new campaign for Animoji using nominated artists Childish Gambino and Migos. For Childish Gambino they used the song “Redbone” and for Migos they used the new single “Stir Fry”

I find these commercials to be so cute. Seeing the little fangs on the dog and fox in the Migos is oddly adorable, and the little poop emoji ad libbing is a bizarre choice that strangely works. The alien for “Redbone” does my favorite part of the song when Childish Gambino is singing the line “Gon’ catch you sleepin’, put your hands up now baby” really fast.

I feel like showing the range in facial expressions really adds to both of the commercials too. It makes it seem like they are really singing. Only thing that sucks it that you couldn’t make videos of the lengths yourself since you can only film 10 seconds of Animoji at a time, but I think that is something they should change.

Check out the two commercials below.

Alessia Cara Addresses Controversy On Her Best New Artist Win

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Alessia Cara won Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy ceremony, and while it was a happy moment for herself, her fans and her family, many people weren’t please.

Cara received backlash on social media because her debut album, Know-It-All was released in November 2015 and her debut single “Here” was released in April 2015, meaning many did not consider her to be a new artist. However, with the new Grammy rules, an artist can be considered for this category after releasing a debut album. The current rules are:

Must have released a minimum of five singles/tracks or one album, but no more than 30 singles/tracks or three albums.

May not have entered into this category more than three times, including as a performing member of an established group.

Must have achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and impacted the musical landscape during the eligibility period.

The Grammys also say:

“Our Best New Artist category probably has the most complicated set of rules of any of our categories. Essentially, a “new artist” is defined for the GRAMMY process as any performing artist or established performing group who releases, during the eligibility year, the recording that first establishes the public identity of that artist or established group as a performer. A GRAMMY nomination in a performance category in a prior year disqualifies an artist from competing in this category, unless the nomination came from a single or a guest spot on another artist’s recording, and the artist hadn’t yet released a full album.”

So the Grammy might consider her song “Stay” with Zedd as the breakout song during the elegiblity period.

Alessia addressed the controversy on her Instagram post below.

to address the apparent backlash regarding winning something I had no control over: I didn’t log onto grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works. I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. but I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was a kid, not to mention have worked really hard for. I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot. there is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers. and I’m aware that my music wasn’t released yesterday, I’m aware that, yes, my music has become fairly popular in the last year. but I’m trying very hard to use the platform I’ve been given to talk about these things and bring light to issues that aren’t fair, all while trying to make the most of the weird, amazing success I’ve been lucky enough to have. I will not let everything I’ve worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck. here’s something fun! I’ve been thinking I suck since I was old enough to know what sucking meant. I’ve beat u to it. And that’s why this means a lot to me. despite my 183625 insecurities, I’ve been shown that what I’ve created is worth something and that people actually give a shit. all of the years feeling like I wasn’t good at anything or that I was naive for dreaming about something improbable have paid off in a way that I have yet to process. I know it sounds cheesy and dumb but it’s the honest truth. thanks to everyone who’s shown me kindness and support along the way. I’ll stop talking now.

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The rules of the category are obviously ambiguous and have changed two times this decade already. However, the way people discover and digest music is completely different than how it was even five years ago. Fellow nominee SZA had put out a studio EP, Z, in 2014 and self released other EPs before. Chance The Rapper had released a slew of music via mixtapes before winning Best New Artist in 2017. Basically what people define as “new” will change from person to person, but it doesn’t mean people are any less or more deserving.

‘A Walk To Remember’ Was Mandy Moore’s Best Double Threat Moment

Sixteen years ago, Mandy Moore made her starring role debut in ‘A Walk To Remember.’ I remember I was excited to see the movie because I was Mandy Moore fan, but didn’t really expect much from the acting. But the movie was DEVASTATINGLY SAD. Great preparation for “This is Us” over a decade later.

Of course when any singer acts, most of the time they try to integrate their singing ability somewhere in there. Mandy Moore previously did this with “Stupid Cupid” in ‘The Princess Diaries’ the year before. She also sings on “This is Us” and has in several other roles. However, Mandy Moore had her best acting/singing moment in ‘A Walk To Remember’ with “Only Hope.” In the film, this feels like the first time we see her character, Jamie, come out of her shell, and was a major moment for Mandy Moore and her character.

Mandy went on to win “Breakout Performance: Female” at the MTV Movie Awards that year and continued acting and singing. ‘A Walk To Remember’ was a great role for her to start transitioning in her career. It is also where Mandy picked up her now signature brunette hair look.

Have your own version of “Girls Trip”: Top picks for 2018 Essence Festival Lineup

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Essence just announced its 2018 lineup for its annual festival in New Orleans, and I can’t help but think it is finally the chance to have my own version of “Girls Trip,” minus the cringeworthy moments.

You can see the full line up for the event here but my must-sees are: Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Miguel, Snoop Dogg, Xscape, Blackstreet, Fantasia, DVSN, Daniel Caesar, 112, The Read.

I’ve seen Mary and Miguel live before and they are great. Mary definitely still has her power vocals and who wouldn’t want to hear “Family Affair” live? Miguel always brings his album to life in this crazy, sonic musical journey way so seeing him do that with War and Leisure and older hits would be great.

For great throwbacks, Janet, Snoop, 112, Blackstreet and Xscape are all excellent options.  They all have a vast catalog that I would love to see live and I hope it means that all of them will be releasing new music soon, or at least touring.

DVSN and Daniel Caesar are two new acts that I would love to see live. Both of their versions of R&B are so unique it would be great to experience it in concert.

The Read is a podcast that I’m obsessed with and have been wanting to see a live show, so I think its amazing that the festival is adding this in this year.

A free event that I think is definitely worth checking out is the Entertainment All Access Daytime Experience. With the interviews and the meet-and-greets, I think it would a cool way to see celebrities that you love.

You can get tickets here now and check out a playlist for the festival below.

Best Taylor Swift Song From Each of Her Famous Relationships

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Taylor Swift is known for her high profile relationships and how they lend material to her music. But with so many famous muses and songs, what are the best from each relationship? Below I picked the best. Some choices are surprising (spoiler alert, “All Too Well” is not on the list).

Joe Jonas

“Holy Ground” from Red (2012)

Joe Jonas was one of Taylor’s first famous muses, with her adding the song “Forever and Always” as a late addition to her album Fearless.  While most of her songs about Joe were negative (he did break up with her on a 15 second phone call), this was a positive reflection of their relationship and appreciating what they had, no matter how fleeting it was.

Taylor Lautner

“Back To December” from Speak Now (2010)

I’m pretty sure this is the only song about Taylor Lautner. What’s unique about this song is it is the first time that Taylor admits she was at fault in a relationship. At that time, it was a unique point of view from her.

John Mayer

“Story of Us” from Speak Now (2010)

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When people think of a Taylor Swift song about John Mayer, they usually think of “Dear John,” which was also on this album. However, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of an upbeat song about a tragic relationship.

Jake Gyllenhaal

“Almost Do” from Red (2012)

I know, this choice was surprising since when everyone thinks Jake, they think of “All Too Well,” but honestly I don’t really like that song too much. I feel like “Almost Do” is more relatable because everyone has gone through the feeling of wanting to call an ex, but not wanting to risk putting yourself in that vulnerable place again. I will say that Jake Gyllenhall relationship probably made some of my favorite Taylor Swift love songs because it was just so dramatic and sad, but very detailed.

Connor Kennedy

“Begin Again” from Red (2012)

This song could be consider both a Jake Gyllenhall and Connor Kennedy song because it is about the end of one relationship and the beginning of a new one. This tied with “Everything Has Changed” but what makes this one stand it is the realization you can find joy with someone else after heartbreak.

Harry Styles

“Style” from 1989 (2013)

One of my favorite Taylor Swift song. Just a fun song about a relationship that seems to never end. I like how the song really isn’t that serious and puts you in a good mood.

Calvin Harris

“Dancing With Our Hands Tied” from reputation (2017)

Probably the only song about Calvin that she has made so far. I like that its a bop, and again I like that juxtaposition about a relationship that is doomed to fail. I also like how it is revealing about how she felt the relationship wouldn’t work out because of outside factors.

Tom Hiddleston

“I Did Something Bad” from reputation (2017)

Actually, I don’t like this song, but I do like what it reveals about her relationship with Tom Hiddleston. The lyric

“I never trust a playboy
But they love me
So I fly him all around the world
And I let them think they saved me
They never see it comin’
What I do next
This is how the world works
You gotta leave before you get left”

seems like its a nod to the rumor that she broke up with Tom because he wanted to be too public.

Joe Alwyn

“End Game” from reputation (2017)

I just enjoy “End Game.” I like the lightness of the song and what seems like a fun relationship.

What your favorite Taylor Swift song and muse?

TDE announces “The Championship Tour” with Kendrick Lamar, SZA and more

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TDE just announced a summer tour featuring most of the artists of TDE.  This is a pretty incredible line up; most music collaborators don’t go on tour together, so this will be a pretty unique concert opportunity.

Below are the tour dates and locations.  As you notice, the Chicago date in in June, and since Lollapalooza has a clause that artists can’t have other concerts in the area for a couple months around that time Lollapalooza is happening, its seems like Kendrick, SZA and other TDE will not be apart of the lineup.

Are you going to any of the shows?

 

TDE 2018 TOUR DATES:

DATE CITY VENUE
Fri-May 04 Vancouver, BC* Rogers Arena
Sat-May 05 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
Sun-May 06 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Tue-May 08 Oakland, CA* Oracle Arena
Thu-May 10 Los Angeles, CA* The Forum
Sun-May 13 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Mon-May 14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Tue-May 15 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Thu-May 17 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
Fri-May 18 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Sat-May 19 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Tue-May 22 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed-May 23 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Fri-May 25 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sat-May 26 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun-May 27 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Tue-May 29 New York, NY* Madison Square Garden
Wed-May 30 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Fri-Jun 01 Bristow, VA (DC) Jiffy Lube Live
Sat-Jun 02 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Sun-Jun 03 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue-Jun 05 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Thu-Jun 07 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
Fri-Jun 08 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
Sat-Jun 09 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Tue-Jun 12 Toronto, ON* Budweiser Stage
Wed-Jun 13 Detroit, MI* DTE Energy Music Theatre
Fri-Jun 15 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sat-Jun 16 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion

Better with or without? Artists leaving a group for their solo career.

Camila Cabello just released her debut album, about a year after leaving Fifth Harmony. While people were surprised that she left the group, history shows that this was not surprising at all; most group eventually have someone going solo. To mark yet another former group member making their solo debut, lets take a look back on famous people who left a group and reflect if they were better with or without the group.

Camila Cabello

Left: Fifth Harmony

First single: “Crying In The Club”

Better with or without the group?

 

Without. While “Crying In The Club” wasn’t a hit single, her next single “Havana” charted higher than any other Fifth Harmony song, peaking at number two. Fifth Harmony’s highest ranked song without Camila, “Down” only peaked at number 42. Its projected that her debut album with be number one, a feat the Fifth Harmony didn’t reach.

Omarion

Left: B2K

First single: “O”

Better with or without the group?

Without. His career was a bit longer than B2K’s, but at this point a reunion tour wouldn’t be the worst idea and would sell more than if he did a solo tour.

Justin Timberlake

Left: *NSYNC

First single: “Like I Love You”

Draw. *NSYNC did crazy numbers. But groups can only last song long, so he left the group at a highpoint and probably the best time.  Justin Timberlake solo career has been amazing, however, I don’t have the highest hopes for his upcoming “Americana” album.

Jesse McCartney

Left: Dream Street

First single: “Beautiful Soul”

Better with or without the group?

Without. Honestly I’ve never heard anything about Dream Street besides their random made-for-TV album commercial.  Jesse McCartney went on to have a few hits and some acting roles so he was better off.

Bobby Brown

Left: New Edition

First single: “Girlfriend”

Better with or without the group?

Draw. New Edition had huge success with and without Bobby. Bobby also had a successful career but then drugs and drama got in the way. Probably best for him to leave the group at the time he did for everyone’s sake.

Pusha-T

Left: Clipse

First single: “Pain”

Better with or without the group?

With. I guess it was best for things to end because (No) Malice no longer wanted to be apart of it, but I love Clipse’s songs way more than Pusha-T’s songs.

Marques Houston

Left: Immature

First single: “That Girl”

Better with or without the group?

Draw. Both had mildly successful careers.  I will say I still love Marques’ song “Naked.”

JC Chasez

Left: *Nsync

First single: “Some Girls (Dance With Women)”

Better with or without the group?

With. His solo songs were garbage, even though he had one of the best songs of the group. However, there was not much of a group after Justin left, so I guess he had nothing to lose.

Jordan Knight

Left: New Kids On The Block

First single: “Give It To You”

Better with or without the group?

With. To me his first single was his only successful song. I do really love this song though.

Chris Kirkpatrick

Left: *Nsync

First single: “Shiny Teeth and Me”

This was more so of a joke because this obviously wasn’t a solo effort, but he did make a name for himself in NickToon history.