WSL is Centerpiece at Itacaré Surf Music QS Event

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FLORIANÓPOLIS, BRAZIL (Monday, September 17, 2018)  The tropical setting at Praia da Tiririca, Bahia can be described simply as having great waves, lots of sun, warm water, amazing food and friendly people. From October 18 – 21, this stunning locale will host the WSL Men’s and Women’s QS 1,000 Itacaré Surf Music, the first combined event in Brazil this year.

The event winner will receive 1,000 WSL Qualifying Series points as well as 1,000 points valid towards the 2018 WSL South America Title. Last year, only the men’s competition took place and saw Deivid Silva (BRA) boost his way to the winner’s podium. With the addition of the women’s division this year, fans will look forward to seeing Dominic Barona (ECU) continue her dominance of the events held in South America, which includes a victory in Itacaré earlier this year.

In addition to all the action in the water, the event will carry out a number of athletic, cultural and educational activities. Skateboarding, slackline, music and information regarding sustainability will all be on offer at the Itacaré Surf Music QS 1,000.

The town of Itacaré is situated on the “Cacau Coast” of Bahia in Northeastern Brazil. Home to a rich and diverse ecosystem, Itacaré is protected under several environmental entities and federal laws guaranteeing its pristine conditions to future generations. Included in the weekend’s eco-friendly activities are a variety of workshops, presentations and the planting of local trees and seedlings throughout the region.

On the 19th and 20th, following all the explosiveness in the water, the festive crowds will get the chance to see some of the biggest bands in Brazil perform. Tickets are available. For more information, go to www.worldsurfleague.com

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Nicki Minaj Throws Shade At Male Rappers In New Music Video [Watch]

Days after her Fashion Week altercation with Cardi B, Nicki Minaj dropped her latest video which throws major shade at male rappers.

The Barbie Dreams video takes on some of the industry’s heavy hitters like Drake, Eminem, Meek Mill and DJ Khaled.

Minaj’s tone is playful on the song, and she uses puppets that look very similar to the male rappers mentioned above.

The track is off of Minaj’s recently released album Queen; and samples Notorious B.I.G.’s Just Playing (Dreams). She lists off the rappers she claims have tried to have their way with her and makes the very famous men the punch lines of her verses.

She serves look after look in the video, using just about every color imaginable. Check it out above and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Tony Bennett and Diana Krall Release Album ‘Love is Here to Stay’ Celebrating the Music of Gershwins

Two legendary performers teamed up to release an album ahead of their individual shows this fall at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Tony Bennett and Diana Krall celebrate their shared love of the music of George and Ira Gershwin on their new collaborative album, Love is Here to Stay, set for wide release on September 14. Audiences can see them each perform live on The Hanover Theatre stage. Tony Bennett 10th Anniversary Performance and Gala is on Friday, September 28 at 730 pm and Diana Krall Turn Up The Quiet World Tour 2018 comes to the theatre on Saturday, October 6 at 8 pm.
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WATCH: Breakout Star Algee Smith Is Taking Over Film, TV & Music!

When Algee Smith landed the role of Ralph Tresvant in the The New Edition movie we bet he didn’t realize how it would catapult his career.

Since starring in the epic TV movie, Smith hit the big screen in Detroit and is set to star in the upcoming film The Hate U Give. 

What drives his success? Find out in the video above.

 

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Tory Lanez “Kendall Jenner Music,” Wiz Khalifa “Goin Hard” & More | Daily Visuals 8.27.18

We’re not sure how the whole naming a song after a living celebrity thing started but it’s still going strong and Tory Lanez is the latest artist to follow the trend.

Getting ready to hop in a private jet for his video to “Kendall Jenner Music,” Lanez sports blocks of ice on his chest while keeping some Hennessey on chill while the plane gets ready for takeoff. Does Kendall Jenner really deserve to get a Hip-Hop song named after her though?

Wiz Khalifa meanwhile continues his onslaught of clip droppin’ and comes through with a visual for “Goin Hard” where the dress code for his house party was bras, bathing suits, and thongs. Any women rocking jeans were probably turned away at the door regardless of how low and tight they were.

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TORY LANEZ – “KENDALL JENNER MUSIC”

WIZ KHALIFA – “GOIN HARD”

MIGUEL – “BANANA CLIP (SPANISH VERSION)”

TOO $ HORT FT. TY DOLLA $ IGN, JEREMIH, FRENCH MONTANA & JOYNER LUCAS – “AIN’T MY GIRLFRIEND”

KOODA B – “6IX9INE”

YBN NAHMIR – “NO RELATIONS”

MPR TITO FT. HOODRICH PABLO JUAN – “KICK DOWN YO DOOR”

COMETHAZINE – “IF I GOT TO”

CLAIRMONT THE SECOND – “GHEEZE”

A$ AP ANT – “DIAMOND DUST”

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VIDEO: GREAT COMET Alum Courtney Bassett Releases Music Video For ‘Sunbeam’ Featuring Familiar Broadway Faces

Courtney Bassett, seen on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, has released a music video with her band Starbird amp the Phoenix for their song ‘Sunbeam.’
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Camila Cabello Artist Of The Year At MTV Video Music Awards

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards returned to Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, and Camila Cabello took the night’s biggest honors – artist of the year and video of the year for ‘Havana’. After accepting the awards from Madonna, she dedicated it to the pop queen. Nicki Minaj won the first award of the show for best hip-hop video for ‘Chun Li.’ Cardi B was this year’s most nominated
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Ariana Grande’s big show and everything else you should know about Monday’s Video Music Awards

Ariana Grande gets by with a little help from her many, many friends.

The singer will take the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards Monday to belt her latest single, “God Is a Woman,” with some help from a “diverse” group of more than 50 female dancers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Ja Rule feat. Ashanti – Encore [New Music]

No, this headline is not from 2001 — it’s definitely 2018 and Ja Rule and Ashanti have reunited for a new track called “Encore.”

Earlier this year, it was confirmed by both Ja and Ashanti that a joint album is in the works.

 “I think we should do one of these joint albums,” Ja said in a tweet after getting inspired from Jay-Z & Beyonce’s Everything is Love album.

While speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Ashiti said that after playing around with the idea for years that they’re finally ready to make it happen.

 “Listen, me and Rule, it’s so funny because we’ve been talking about that for so long, but I think now he’s like, ‘OK, now it’s time to do it’. So we’re going to carve out the time and make it happen,” she said.

We don’t know if “Encore” is their first official single, but you can listen to the song in full below.

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From Assistant to CEO of Record Label Putting Out Positive Music by Young Talent

Lena Jenkins-Smith, CEO of Young Millennium Records, knows more than a thing or two about paying dues. Starting her career as an executive assistant to the stars, her path to becoming the founder of her own record label that emphasizes positive music, has been one filled with roller-coaster-like career transitions. Jenkins-Smith worked closely with celebrities including Teddy Riley, Paula Abdul, and Katt Williams by the age of 30, and served as a tour manager and wardrobe stylist. She even left the entertainment industry behind to pursue higher education and become a teacher.

Despite taking a break, her love of the entertainment business and making an impact continued to grow, bringing her back to realize her dream of providing audiences with what she describes as “good, clean” music, all while empowering up-and-comers—including her three children—to be groomed and developed for success in an industry that can be dog-eat-dog. In just two years, artists have already been creating a buzz including Jenkins-Smith’s 17-year-old son, Cyrus, who has worked with heavy-hitting producers (“some of the same producers the Migos, Gucci, and T.I. use,” she added proudly)—and opened for Cardi B late last year.

Black Enterprise talked with Jenkins-Smith on how being an assistant prepared her to fill CEO shoes, how millennials play a major role in keeping her on top of her game, and how she rode the waves of professional change toward entrepreneurship.

You have a pretty diverse career journey. How were you able to successfully transition between the roles you’ve played in entertainment and business?

Organizational skills would be No. 1. You would not be able to transition between everything I have without being organized. Because I’m so creative when it comes to the things I do—I’ve done set design and things like that as well—so having a creative mind and having to step out of that role, it’s hard sometimes. Staying organized helps.

Also, [developing] a thick skin [is important]. You’re trying things, not sure if they’re going to work, and you also have everyday things that you have to do. Being in entertainment [can involve] high [levels of] stress, and because I wore a lot of hats, I’d be responsible for a lot of things. [Self-accountability] is also key.

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How did being an executive assistant prep you for the CEO role?

Having [the assistant] role allowed me to learn the business side more. You have to know scheduling, marketing, promotion, accounting-—you learn [about] all of that being in that role. It’s your job to connect all of those [elements] and make sure things are done correctly.

You also begin to learn the likes and dislikes of [who you’re assisting], and they become like family. That prepares you for when you become the boss because then you’re dealing with people who become emotionally attached to you. [You begin to think] about what you’re [doing] for them so that they can successfully give you what you need.

You also learn a lot of what not to do [from observing] and you get to know an executive. You get to see [business functions]—what works and what doesn’t. You have to be able to make decisions and judgments based on knowing the executive because you won’t always be able to go to them for every little thing.

Your label’s name is telling. What’s the role of young talent and millennials at the label, and how have they impacted your life as a leader who has continued to grow and pivot in your career?

Keith Sweat serves as president and his son, Justin, is on the label. There’s only youth [talent]—no one over 22 and the youngest is 15. We’re really focused on giving them a platform. A lot of our music is clean and [we’re] looking to put out a positive image. Our young boys are getting killed and caught up in drugs—all kind of things [are happening] that are not a positive image for our young men. I wanted to provide a place where they can grow.

My son’s music is about kids having fun and doing cool things… [There’s] no cursing, and it’s not derogatory to women and other young men. We’re trying to bring that [positivity] to music. Also, it’s an opportunity to bring back real A&R. With the world of social media and the way the industry right now just wants you to come packaged, we’re trying to train the kids, make sure they go to school, learn etiquette, and know how to sit down at a table and have a business meeting—how to dress appropriately and speak appropriately.

It is very important to keep the youth around and on top. It’s not only [about] teaching them, but they also teach us. They’re cutting-edge and the risk-takers. … If there’s a disconnect, you’re not going to find out what you need to know. They’re hungry, and today it’s all about the youth.

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Kylie Jenner Stars as a Goddess in Boyfriend Travis Scott’s ‘Stop Trying to Be God’ Music Video

Just three days after the release of Astroworld, Travis Scott dropped the visual for “Stop Trying to Be God,” and it features a star-studded cast.

In the video directed by Dave Meyers, Scott’s girlfriend Kylie Jenner makes a cameo covered in gold paint.

The Kylie Cosmetics founder, 20, is then seen again at the end of the video holding a lamb, who mouths “stop trying to be God.”

Musician James Blake, 29, also makes an appearance.

The video is packed with biblical references from Scott, 26, walking among sheep, to baptizing fans that seemingly turn into mini versions of himself, to acting as God in heaven all while the world goes up in flames.

Although not pictured, Kid Cudi, 34, can be heard humming as Stevie Wonder, 68, plays the harmonica.

Hours after dropping the music video, Scott shared a sweet photo of the couple’s 6-month-old daughter Stormi Webster wearing an Astroworld onesie.

“Come home my baby ready to rock and roll. !!!!” Scott captioned the shot, which doesn’t show Stormi’s entire face.

Stormi isn’t the only one showing support for the rapper.

In addition to being Scott’s muse in the music video, Jenner wore an Astroworld t-shirt on the night of its release at Lollapalooza.

“You didn’t have to go this hard baby,” Jenner captioned the post of herself posing in the t-shirt paired with black pants.

“Astroworld just dropped and it’s the craziest ride of my life,” Jenner added.

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On the album, Scott references both Jenner and Stormi.

“Passes to my daughter, I’ma show her what it took/Baby mama cover Forbes/got these other bitches shook,” Scott raps on “Sicko Mode.”

“We just rocked Coachella, I gave her of half of the check/It was good sex, I didn’t mention to the net/Didn’t pass the loud, that was out of respect,” Scott said on “Skeletons,” recounting the early stages of he and Jenner’s romance.

The couple have been dating since April 2017, when they connected at Coachella. They welcomed daughter Stormi on Feb. 1.

Last week, Jenner joined the rapper at Lollapalooza in Chicago to celebrate his album launch. The couple was seen cuddling while an exclusive group of friends and fans listened to the album.

In videos circulating on social media, Jenner can be seen giving Scott a hug as they swayed to the music. Later in the night, the two were also spotted sharing a sweet kiss.


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Tiny Harris And T.I. Dance In Viral Video — Rapper Kisses His Wife As Xscape Music Plays In The Background

On, off, and on. Tiny Harris was seen dancing and getting sweet kisses from T.I. as she continues to party and celebrate her birthday inside a Miami, Florida nightclub.

Tiny looked gorgeous in a tight purple body suit as her husband twirled her around as a famous song from Xscape played in the background.

The classic, “Who Can I Run To” performed by Tiny, Kandi Burruss, and the Scott divas, set the romantic atmosphere for the little dance.

This video confirms that Tiny has put the Asia’h Epperson cheating drama behind her much like she did after her man was caught with Bernice Burgos.

While some are happy, like Rasheeda Frost, she is making her marriage work; others are fuming that she took the cheater back.

One fan said: “I’m so happy to see T. I is trying to make Tiny smile. I wish he could do right by my girl..they look so cute together. Damm, she has been by his side through everything and still shows the world she is his ride or die wife love and love him dearly. Kudos to these two. Let them live their lives.”

Another commenter stated: “All of you don’t see he’s trying his best to let her go without hurting her….T.I. is letting go! They have that kind of relationship/ love that we will never understand no matter how much we pass judgment on them! Let them live.”

Yassss it’s still @majorgirl Birthday #cancerseason♋ #tiny #xscape #mr&mrsharris

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This third person claimed: “I understand ALL the “Let them live” comments. But when you publicly defend your side chick and call for a whole boycott of a restaurant because she and her people had an incident which resulted in them being arrested. I don’t understand why she is always fighting with the side chicks to get back with him? Hell might as well forgive them tooYou deserve to be CANCELED!!!!!!!!!”

Yassss it’s still @majorgirl Birthday #cancerseason♋ #tiny #xscape

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A fourth follower had this interesting remark to add: “They got that disrespectful love, and T.I. is swinging one way, Cause from what I see tiny never go with another man and when T.I. plays her she moves out, and they break up. True swingers don’t act like that.”

Many say they have an open marriage and not to worry about the diva and her man.

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Lil’ Kim On Her Early Music Being Banned & Undeniable Influence on Hip Hop

Any female rapper who’s rocked rainbow-colored wigs or felt comfortable getting raw on record and onstage owes something to Lil’ Kim. The hip hop diva recently sat down with Billboard to discuss her early music, influence on today’s artists and drops deets on her new single, “Nasty One,” which she officially released today, on her […]

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Americans are streaming more music than ever before

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T-Pain Drops His Own Remix of Ella Mai’s ‘Boo’d Up’ [New Music]

T-Pain to the rescue.

After the disappointing ‘official’ remix of Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” featuring Nicki Minaj and Quavo, T-Pain decided to drop his own ‘T-Mix’ and put his signature on the summer hit.

Despite the fact it’s about booty, this is more in line with the remix we deserved!

Get into it below!

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Radio Disney Music Awards 2018 Red Carpet Arrivals: See Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth and More Stars

Meghan Trainor, 2018 Radio Disney Music AwardsThe 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards are here!
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How to add music to your Instagram story

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Just days after launching video chat for the masses, Instagram added yet another new feature on Thursday. You can now put music in your stories with a few simple taps to add a bit of extra flavor. Of course, these aren’t full songs, but rather 15-second clips that you can use over your photos and videos. These aren’t instrumental or royalty free tracks though — you’ll find popular songs from top 40 radio and beyond in a library of thousands of songs.

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Joe Jackson Brought as Much Talent to The Music World as He Did Havoc to His Family

He sired one of the most successful musical groups ever as well as the most famous entertainer of all time. The fame Joe Jackson obsessively pursued for his offspring eventually led to enormous wealth for the Jackson clan. Yet, in many ways, the Jacksons were plagued not only by seemingly emotional demons but financial ones as well.

At one point, the Jackson 5 had a fortune that was reported to be “only second to the Beatles.” By 2008, one of the Jackson brothers had a job stocking groceries, another repaired cars, and a third lived with Katherine and Joe who were in danger then of losing their mansion, ABC News reported at the time.

And of course, the fortune, as well as the debt Michael Jackson amassed, are legendary. At the time of his death in 2009, Michael’s net worth was estimated at $ 500 million. During the singer’s wrongful death trial, it was revealed he was $ 400 million–$ 500 million in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy.

Tito Jackson, better known as T.J., expressed financial hardship after his uncle Michael’s death. He was appointed as guardian (along with the Jackson matriarch Katherine) of Michael’s three children and said he could not afford the cost of their care and requested additional funds from the late singer’s estate.

And who can forget the reports of how ugly the battle for the estate’s money became between the family members? Although Jackson was in the red when he died, he earned the lurid distinction of becoming one of the world’s richest dead celebrities. Royalties from record sales and from the Beatles’ song catalog, which the singer purchased in 1985, earned the estate hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Daily Mail reported in 2012 that Michael’s brothers and sisters, angered over being left out of his will, turned their fury toward Katherine and the estate’s executors. The situation got so crazy and heated that there were rumors that Katherine, who had disappeared from public view for a time, had been drugged and kidnapped over the money. The police were called when Randy, Janet, and Jermaine caused a ruckus at one of the family’s compounds.

How could such a successful, rich family descend into such financial chaos? Many accounts state that Michael Jackson accumulated massive debt from out-of-control spending. Mental health experts assert that compulsive overspending is often a way to compensate for negative feelings—a form of self-medicating. “Most often, compulsive buyers experience a great deal of negative emotion, and the actual shopping isn’t the root of their problem,” wrote Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D. for Psychology Today.  

A drug addict, an accused child molester, at worst—a grown man extremely inappropriate with children, at least; not to mention the countless disfiguring surgical procedures signifying an individual in the deepest well of self-loathing—to call Michael troubled is an understatement.

Perhaps all of the sadness, tragedy, and financial woes of the Jacksons can be traced back to the patriarch. Joe Jackson’s abuse of his family was notorious. From WRTC 103; “Michael was so afraid of his father that he would become physically ill whenever he came near Michael. Michael was known to throw up or faint when his father came near him. He also refused to comfort his children. They weren’t allowed to hug him and they had to call him “Joseph,” not dad or daddy like normal children.” LaToya Jackson accused her father of molesting both her and her sister Rebbie.

There are endless interviews with Joe Jackson where he expresses no regret for his behavior and says he did it to make his children tough.

There are so many lessons to ponder after Joe Jackson’s death: what the cost of astronomical fame can be; the consequences of overspending, no matter how much money one makes; and the lifelong financial and emotional damage an abusive parent can inflict on their children. 

Joe Jackson had, some may say, the most significant hand in forming and then introducing incredible talent to the musical world. Yet, by all accounts, he was a tempest as a husband and father whose reported bouts of rage and domestic violence wreaked emotional—and perhaps financial—havoc in his children’s lives.

 

 

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The 5 Best Kingdom Hearts Music Tracks

The Kingdom Hearts series has both enchanted and captivated players since it first launched in 2002. The mixture of elements from Final Fantasy and Disney fostered a fan base that has stuck around through different consoles and a long, excruciating wait for the franchise’s third installment.

One of its defining traits is the soundtrack composed by the talented Yoko Shimomura. Here are five of the best music tracks across all games, excluding opening and ending themes.

“The Other Promise” (Roxas’s Theme)


Roxas about to fight Axel

Roxas’s journey is one of identity, of trying to find out who or what he is. The most disheartening discovery being that he’s not a complete individual. His story, played out in Kingdom Hearts II and 358/2 Days, involves Roxas trying to find himself as he begrudges the situation he’s thrust into the moment he awakens as Sora’s nobody.

You can hear this journey in his musical theme too as it moves from a soft, almost lullaby tone, to building up to a theatrical piece. Yoko did a wonderful job of making the player feel what Roxas feels, the shift from youthful innocence to deep-seated anger and frustration. The track becomes even more poignant when he comes back later in the game during Sora and Roxas’s confrontation in Sora’s heart.

“Musique pour la tristesse de Xion” (Xion’s Theme)


Xion in Roxas' arms before she disappears

Xion’s theme captures her short but touching journey of existence. She has to come to grips with the fact that she’s a puppet, a vessel to house Sora’s memories. She’s the same as her best friend Roxas, a piece of someone else’s being.

You can feel the pain of knowing that once her job is over with, she’ll disappear. It’s housed in each note and crest of the song. From the moment her theme kicks in, the player knows that her time is up, that she’s going to fade not only from existence but from the memories of everyone she’s interacted with. It’s a sad but touching piece that tugs at the heartstrings.

“Kairi” I/II/III


Kairi in the opening to Kingdom Hearts II

Kairi’s connection to Sora and the motivation she gives him is present in everything he does. She’s someone who grounds him during his travels across many worlds and universes. So, this feeling of serenity and inner peace is in every note of her theme.

You feel the song’s sense of calm during their time on Destiny Islands. This was before the fateful night that would change their lives forever when Sora and Kairi watched the sunset and Kairi asked for Sora to never change. For him to be the same kind and gentle spirit he is in that moment of quiet relaxation. Kairi’s theme is one of friendship and light, she’s Sora’s light and his inner strength.

“The 13th Struggle”


The Melodious Nocturne Demyx

Organization XIII is a group of baddies that work in the shadows and pull the strings of Sora’s journey. Their leader is an evil nobody who’s bent on using Kingdom Hearts for his own self-service. We hear “The 13th Struggle” during boss battles against members of Organization XIII.

It’s a quick-moving track that accentuates the mischievous nature of the organization. Each of their boss battles is an exercise in planning ahead and studying patterns. The frantic pace of the song as it builds is the same frantic pace that takes place in each bout. It’s a song that you won’t mind getting stuck in your head as you repeat Demyx’s battle many times.

“Another Side” aka “Deep Dive”


Roxas in Deep Dive

Tetsuya Nomura cracked that code of sequel hype in 2002 when he created the first Kingdom Hearts secret ending. While at the time it was only a conceptual video, it later had a lasting effect on the story. And it would have a lasting effect on the players.

Yoko Shimomura went all out on this track. It starts out slow as we were introduced to a then-unknown character (Roxas) walking through a dark alleyway. What became known as Neoshadows begin sprouting from the pavement. As the song gets more intense, so do the visuals. By the time the song reaches its peak, every player is on the edge of their seat, holding their breath. Finding the secret ending was a treat, but listening to the song was an experience.

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Broadway Musical Theatre legend Patti LuPone shared an intimate night of memories and marvellous music in her concert DON’T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY.
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Bruce Springsteen resurrects famed Asbury Park music venue at boisterous re-opening concert

Although Bruce Springsteen has spent much of the last year at the Walter Kerr Theatre on W. 48th Street, the man they call The Boss will always be a Jersey boy.

Springsteen returned to Asbury Park, the New Jersey shore town that kickstarted the recent Tony-winner’s career, to help christen the…

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Hop over to OctFest on Governors Island for music paired with beer

OctFest, the festival hosted by music site Pitchfork and beer magazine October, is celebrating its second year with a lot more bands and suds.

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The best cities in the world for music fans

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Music fans come in all shapes and sizes, just the same as music genres come in a variety of tones and beats. Many cities in the world house great venues that allow local artists to become global superstars, and then come back to their hometown and sell out the big arenas. Some of the best cities for music can be found all over the world, here are some that welcome music to help their vibrant hearts continue to beat.

Manchester, UK

Manchester is home to one of the largest rock bands to ever come out of the UK, Oasis. In truth lots of bands have come from this city including, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, even Take That. The city is famous for music and has many great venues and stadiums that the biggest acts in the world regularly play at. It has hosted famous acts such as The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Kendrick Lamar. It doesn’t just host global superstars though, there are many smaller venues around for up-and-coming bands to learn their craft in. If you like music you will be able to find a decent venue that will be playing a genre that you love, make sure you check it out.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is full of clubs, and anyone who loves dance music should at some point in their lives try to get to this Spanish party island. Some super clubs host thousands of people at a time just wanting to hear the world’s best DJs battle it out. It has also moved recently to accommodate fans of other genres too, and Ibiza Rocks now makes the island a vacation destination for music lovers who aren’t purely into dance music. Ibiza’s attraction is to pair sunny weather with some of the world’s best music, seems like a great combination to us.

New Orleans, USA

Speaking of a party, heading to New Orleans will guarantee you have a great time. The city is synonymous with jazz music, and there are plenty of venues ready and willing to blast out some fine tunes from their trumpets. It is considered to be the birthplace of jazz by many and must be visited to understand the atmosphere the city is able to generate. The jazz coming from New Orlean evolved and became the early form of Rhythm and Blues which was full of energy and vibrancy, and in recent years it has developed a hip-hop culture and a heavy metal base. There is something for most music lovers in this city.

Vienna

Lovers of classical music will no doubt be aware of Vienna. Classical music composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms spent many years working and living in the city, honing their craft. Now there are outdoor performances to be enjoyed around Vienna as well as the wonderful theaters with some of the best acoustics in the world. Theatres such as the Theater an der Wien, Volksoper, or the Staatsoper. Vienna is also considered to be home of the waltz dance if you fancy moving your body to some of the best classical music in the world.

Many great cities across the world are famous for their musical backgrounds. This rich history with music leads to many fans flocking to them to get closer to the music they love. Those were our picks for the best cities in the world music fans should make a trip to whenever they get the chance.

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Drake Can’t be Black in His Music but Mixed in the Real World [Opinion]

In a recent rap battle with fellow rapper Pusha T, Drake was exposed for wearing blackface in photos that he took in 2008. The Canadian-born rapper’s reasoning for these photos was that he was trying to shed light on the lack of opportunities that black actors faced when trying to get roles in movies and television. I understand his message and what he was trying to say, I just believe this wasn’t the right way to go about it.

Blackface, predominantly used during the 19th century, represented a time when black people were portrayed as the butlers, the maids, the drivers, and the servants. It also contributed to many racial stereotypes that still exist today, so it baffles me that Drake can take these pictures thinking it was a good idea. As I stated, I understand his interpretation/idea, but when you are a public figure (which he was at the time as an actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation) you have a responsibility to not be insensitive about how people perceive your actions and words.

Drake’s claim was that he was an advocate for black actors 10 years ago, but why hasn’t he been an advocate for black people in the last 10 years? Why have we never seen Drake at any rallies for issues affecting African Americans? Why has he never spoken on police brutality, racism, prison reform, etc.? Drake is arguably the biggest rapper that we have in the genre, which means he has one of the biggest platforms, and you mean to tell me he can’t even retweet topics concerning blacks? In a nutshell, Drake wants to be accepted by black culture and be able to say the n-word in his lyrics, but when it is time to speak for us he is silent. He is not above reproach just because he’s one of the biggest-selling artists of all time; we must hold him accountable for his actions or lack thereof.

Rappers like J.Cole, T.I., Jay-Z, and Nipsey Hussle, just to name a few, have all at one point been advocates for black social issues. They don’t think that just because they are millionaires they no longer have a responsibility to their culture and community. Why has Drake never used his voice in the past?

Drake has this clean-cut image that would be affected if he said anything controversial or made people nervous.  He has to protect his sponsorship from companies like Apple, Sprite and Adidas.  Drake can’t be black in his music but mixed in the real world. That is not how it works.

 

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Summer is finally on the way, and all those music festivals are about to hit. After years of dreaming, you and the girls are finally off on your adventure! But there are some things to remember before loading up the car and setting off.

Which bands matter?

You’ll be making a list and checking it twice as you sit with your besties and decide who is a top priority to see. Sadly, there could be two bands on at the same time. As much as it would be great to see them, no one can be in two places at once. It’s all about working out who will be the best to see as well as who goes on tour more than others before making your final decisions. Plus, you may have to sacrifice seeing one of your bands in favor of your friends.

Final check

As much as you have planned, many festivals may change their lineup shortly before the big event. It’s time for another night of gossiping as you go through the schedule one more time. Has anyone been added? Is someone missing? Although everything may not go according to plan, at least you know when the main ones to see will be playing. Who knows, the festival may have even kept one of the leading acts a secret until the final few days. The suspense is too much to handle!

Expect the unexpected

Of course, the headliners may have been the ones to draw you to the festival in the first place. However, there are plenty of other bands and musicians in the lineup, too. One of the best parts of heading to a festival is getting a chance to enjoy all the new music on offer that you may never have heard before. By being open to new plans, you could soon discover a new favorite band. As well as new music, you could walk past a stall or food truck that is offering up a brand new experience. After all, you only live once.

App check

Smartphones are wonderful inventions, and now there are many apps to give us even more excuse to be on our phone. Before heading off to the festival, have a look and see if there is an app available to download. It could include a planner for your time away, or even offer up unique camera option to capture the perfect moments with your squad. Plus, everything will then all be in one unique place without the worry of losing those precious memories or that ever important schedule.

Keep hydrated

It’s all too easy to forget to drink water, but spending all day in the sun and walking around can quickly leave you dehydrated. Team that with any drinking and it could spell a recipe for disaster. The last thing you’d want after forking out on the tickets and planning all the details is to miss your favorite bands down to something so avoidable such as dehydration. Many festivals will let music lovers carry an empty bottle around with you to keep yourself topped up at all times.

Portable chargers = lifesavers

Many festivals now offer up opportunities to charge your phone while your out and about with their various outlets dotted around. However, what happens if you haven’t had a chance to get some juice and you’re wandering around the festival grounds all day? Plus, there is always the chance that you could get split up from your group. What if your cell dies? Having a portable charger means you’ll be able to keep on top of taking all those incredible pictures, as well as having a backup just in case you need someone in an emergency.

Shoe worries

Yes, those new high heels look beautiful. Are they suitable for a festival? Probably not. Going to a festival is the perfect excuse to buy a new pair of shoes, but it’s vital to think about how comfortable they will be after walking around for hours. Will you still be able to enjoy yourself with massive blisters? Chances are, it will be a good mood ruiner. Instead, opt for something that will be comfortable to wear all day rather than something that will look good in an Instagram post.

The most important thing to remember while at the festival is to have fun. After all, why else would you be there? Music festivals offer atmospheres like no other and create everlasting memories with your girlfriends. Now you all know how to make the most of your time away.

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Ezinma mixes hip-hop and classical music to send a bold message about blackness


Ezinma mixes hip-hop and classical music to send a bold message about blackness

The hype of Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance was palpable even as I watched via grainy cell phone video. Millions of eyes fell on Queen Bey that night — but as the opening medley dipped into a poignant place with Beyoncé crooning the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” her musicians stole my focus. Eight string players framed her center stage. And they were all women of color.

As most of Bey’s army burst into fiery, marching band-inspired choreography, the string players maintained steady bow strokes and graceful swaying, anchoring the poignant hymn’s emotional core. One of the violinists that night was Ezinma: situated front-right, she stared boldly ahead as Beyoncé held a long note, thrusting her bow overhead like a torch. She told me earlier that the fact that she played among fellow musicians of color — when she herself did not meet any black string players until age 13 — was not lost on her.

“Up until then, I had never seen anyone who looks like me playing the violin,” she said of a pivotal summer music camp. “I didn’t realize how bizarre it was to not see anyone who looks like you when you’re doing something that you love so much.”

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Like many New York City-based musicians, Ezinma’s art took her underground — literally. The first time I browsed her YouTube videos and found one shot on the W train, I gasped. As a former New Yorker, my initial question was, “How did she find an empty subway car?” Quickly, my focus veered elsewhere. Standing in the middle of the car, Ezinma (pronounced Eh-ZEE-ma) balanced as the train sped out of Canal Street station. The stunning violinist took four steps forward, gazed into the lens with a piercing swagger, and brought her instrument to her chin. Against a hypnotic beat, she performed a cover of Post Malone’s hip-hop banger “Rockstar.” It’s a surprising twist to hear the lyrics “I’ve been fuckin’ hoes and poppin’ pillies / Man, I feel just like a rockstar” replaced by Ezinma’s honeyed violin lines. As the song built, she seethed with a quiet, simmering energy. The butterscotch coils gathered atop her crown bounced with her movement; her painted fingernails flew across the strings. However, perhaps the most striking thing about Ezinma is her sound.

There’s a confidence to the violinist, producer, and composer’s performances that took root early on. “You don’t see a lot of little black girls playing the violin,” she told me. She spoke on a bus on the way back to Coachella for its second weekend, her voice low yet warm over the phone. “I think a part of me always felt a little bit detached, or as if I didn’t quite fit in.” Ezinma began violin at age four. Like me, she learned via the Suzuki Method, an international music curriculum designed with young children in mind. “I loved that I would put in the work and see results,” she recalled. Her biracial heritage exposed her to an eclectic world, like mine did. Growing up, cultural aspects from either side of my bloodline mingled as one; I didn’t realize for years that it was unnatural for Filipino lumpia to share a plate with Scandinavian kringle and sarmice, Serbian cabbage rolls. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska to professor parents — a black Guyanese father and a German-American mother — Ezinma cultivated passions for seemingly disparate music types. She played in school and youth orchestras and competed in junior classical competitions. But she also entered bluegrass fiddling contests. Her father, a big music fan, immersed her in funk, reggae, jazz, and Caribbean soca. Elsewhere, she soaked up hip-hop and trap, taking to artists like A$ AP Ferg and Beyoncé.

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where being mixed-race is far from rare. For Ezinma, where the only other Guyanese person she knew just happened to live next door, things were different. “Especially being from Nebraska, I didn’t encounter very many non-white or non-Asian violinists until I was a teenager,” she told me. Ezinma said she often felt the need to defend her blackness. Some people — both black and white — were perplexed by her presence in an orchestra. There was a sense that this wasn’t “what black people do.”

One middle school experience was a pivotal lightbulb moment. As in most orchestras, one’s chair placement is important; stronger players sit closer to the conductor. After discovering that her teacher made her third chair, Ezinma was confused. “I went home and I was like, ‘Dad, I know I’m better than them,’” she said. Her father’s response opened her eyes: “People are not going to see you for what your talent is. People are going to see you for the way that you look…Because of that, you have to work so much harder than everyone else.” This convinced her to dispute her position. Discovering that her orchestra had a system for contesting such placements — à la the college marching band movie Drumline — she challenged the second chair to a blind test. They recorded themselves playing the same piece on cassette tapes. After, their peers judged and voted. “I won unanimously,” Ezinma said. She added that the process was positive; the girl she surpassed is still a friend. From there, she also challenged and won the first chair.

“I learned there is so much discrimination in ways that I wasn’t aware of as a kid. I was pretty naïve,” she said.

This assertive spirit drives much of Ezinma’s music-making today. At its core is a bold expression of her identity. There’s also a sense of declaring her right to create the music she wants — which, at first, is not quite what it seems. A closer listen to Ezinma’s hip-hop covers reveals that they’re not just string versions of Drake songs, but intricate arrangements born from classical training. Like her own identity, they blend myriad elements. In one video, she plays a catchy mashup of “Despacito” and “Shape of You,” nimbly switching between the first’s infectious Reggaeton melody and the second’s samba-inflected syncopation. In another, she revamps “Bodak Yellow” with an elegant lilt; the fierce jam becomes a lush orchestration. Like more musicians these days, where versatility is a smart career move, Ezinma is used to switching hats. She’s performed with Stevie Wonder, British pop group Clean Bandit, and Mac Miller. A conservatory graduate, she also plays plenty of classical gigs, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Visibility is vital in classical music. While more crossover artists and musicians of color are emerging, there is still a gulf. According to a 2016 report by the Sphinx Organization, which aims to increase arts diversity, only 4.3% of American orchestra members are black or Latino. When Ezinma does youth outreach to schools and communities of color, she gives young players references, mentioning other artists to check out. It’s something she didn’t receive herself growing up. “At the time, I don’t think there was an awareness of how isolated a young person of color who’s learning a string instrument might feel,” she said.

With this lack of diversity in classical music, there’s a line wedged between classical and hip-hop. While it’s more common for chart-topping hits to meld several genre elements — folk, pop, funk, or dance — Ezinma still observes bewilderment and discomfort from some classical music fans about hip-hop, and vice versa. Tired stereotypes still exist: that classical music is “stuffy” or “boring,” while hip-hop is a “low-brow,” un-elevated art form — still marginalized in mainstream media. The divisions are ironic, Ezinma added, especially since hip-hop tracks that sample classical pieces can work on a sonic level. “It’s like, ‘Wow! This is such a proper, big orchestral sound,’” she said, citing artists like J. Cole and Meek Mill. “It just sounds epic.”

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Ezinma makes a point to happily bridge what others view as separate, so it’s no surprise that her debut album, out August 11th, arose from her duality. Key of Black Minor opens a door between classical and hip-hop. In doing so, it’s also a symbolic declaration of Enzima’s biracial identity (“It’s really a celebration of my blackness,” she said). She sounds excited as she speaks, which is something I relate to. As someone who is often referred to in segments — as “half-Filipino” or “half-white,” as if I comprise only fragments of an identity — it’s affirming to see being biracial presented as an alloy. There isn’t a partition between my two “halves.” Despite the attention her YouTube trap covers have garnered, Ezinma said it was important to present this idea within her own compositions. Don’t expect classical spins on trap songs — she posited that fans may be surprised at how classical-heavy the 11 tracks are. “Putting out an album of covers might be more popular, but I think that the first thing that you present the world should be your own and yourself,” she said.

Ezinma’s two co-producers are Anthony Barfield and Orrin Wilson of Velocity Music. Like her, they are classical conservatory trained. Ezinma largely conceived and co-produced several tracks in hotel rooms while on tour, the three collaborating to create an organic hybrid. The album’s lodestone is her composition “Black Minor Symphony.” A nod to tradition, it follows the structure of a four-movement violin concerto. But it interweaves plenty of trap beats and unusual sounds. The last movement is a key example: It opens with a tempest of trilling violins and includes playful Mozart references. However, a hip-hop beat underpins everything. Another track is an homage to her “bluegrass head” mother. It’s a free-flowing fiddle piece galvanized with high-hats and 808s. The fusion makes it gel both in clubs and traditional concert venues, Ezinma insisted. Fans of one genre could leave with an appreciation for the other. Her music fusion is an ever-evolving process: she hopes to visit Guyana one day and explore its folk tunes to deepen her connection to her father’s side.

More than a doorway between classical and hip-hop, Ezinma hopes her work is a racial conduit, too. It’s a place to ruminate on what it means to be mixed — a niche where listeners can explore the sound as not two genres coming together, but as an entirely new form. As a biracial woman, the declaration that being mixed is a valid whole entity — and not something defined only by its disparate parts — is powerful. “It was really important to just declare my voice,” Ezinma told me. “It’s a completely open lane.”

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Talib Kweli’s Former Artist Res Says Her Music Wasn’t Released Because She Refused His Sexual Advances

An artist that was formerly signed to Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media record label has took to Twitter to expose his unprofessional practices behind close doors.

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Prince’s Estate Sues Oklahoma Man Over Posted Music Videos

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prince’s estate is suing an Oklahoma man for alleged copyright infringement.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City accuses Phil Shadid, of Yukon, of violating the estate’s copyright by distributing videos from the band Vanity 6’s self-titled 1982 album on a digital music distributor, TuneCore.

The lawsuit says Prince put together the band and wrote the music and lyrics for the album. It says TuneCore removed the videos at the estate’s request, but that Shadid contested their removal and that TuneCore will repost them unless a ordered not to by a court.

The lawsuit seeks to permanently keep the videos off the site and unspecified damages, attorney fees and costs.

The Oklahoman reports that Shadid could not be reached for comment and court documents do not list an attorney for him.

Prince died in 2016 of an accidental drug overdose.


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The Weekend Reset: Bad news for Bonobos, good news for your taste buds and new music that is worth the wait.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: Is Bonobos now damaged goods?

If Wal-Mart believed snatching up one of the most beloved men’s fashion brands would be a good thing for both concerns, they were wrong. In fact, it would seem a couple of recent purchases have not played out well for all involved. Thanks to Dappered reader Bill N. for posting this in the threads. You know about threads, right?

 

STREAM: The beautiful game is not just a FIFA thing.

While most soccer fans are gearing up for the World Cup later this year, a different gathering of teams from around the word are gathering right now in London for CONIFA World Football Cup 2018. Conifa stands for The Confederation of Independent Football Associations. Or, basically, regions of the world and nations that don’t fit into FIFA’s framework. Places like: Tibet, Cascadia, Barawa and Cyprus. Soccer truly is a sport played around the world and it is always interesting learning about the different cultures that share a love for the game. The tournament kicks off this weekend in London and you can should be able to stream it here (not sure about US rights though?) and learn more here. Thanks to Joe for passing this my way.

 

EAT: Summer’s secret culinary weapon? It’s a condiment.

I just got back from a memorial Day Weekend excursion to my favorite mountain retreat. While we are off the grid, we always eat well. My host is a fantastic cook and I’m still thinking about the salads and grilled proteins we enjoyed. The common denominator in these dishes was a balsamic glaze that elevated everything it dressed. It makes a big impact on everyday dishes and while you can easily make it yourself, it’s readily available at most good grocery stores. This is a good place to start if you’re looking for a way to use it and make it for yourself.

 

LISTEN: Snow Patrol made us wait 7 years for this. It was worth it.

Gary Lightbody is Snow Patrol’s de facto front man. And he had a very bad stretch of years since the band released 2011’s Fallen Empires. He has been open with his struggles with alcohol and depression and it played no small role in the making of this album. Which, by the way, is nowhere near depressing. It is, however, grand in places, lighthearted in others, and absolutely stuffed with the elements which has brought the band so many fans.

 

WATCH: You should probably be afraid of the dark.

To this day Near Dark remains one of my favorite genre movies. Kathryn Bigelow would go on to directs movies like Point Break, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and her most recent, Detroit, but Near Dark was only her 2nd film. And it got noticed. The cast makes the movie, with attention stealing performances from Bill Paxton and Lance Henricksen, perfect 80’s period piece soundtrack from Tangerine Dream and a bona-fide love story to boot. Did I mention it’s one of my favorite vampire flicks? No? It is.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s pretty sure he should lay off the horror movies but he’s afraid to. 


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Kelly Clarkson Performs an Epic Medley of Hits at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards–and Taylor Swift Hilariously Plays Along

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Not a fan of Tidal, Spotify or Apple Music? YouTube might have the music streaming service for you. 

YouTube usually the go-to destination for your music video needs announced this week that it will be joining the music streaming wars with YouTube Music. The company calls its latest venture a “new music streaming service made for music with the magic of YouTube” that promises to make searching for music more straightforward and more personalized than ever.

Along with the launch of YouTube Music will be a reimagined mobile app and a brand new desktop player specially designed for music. In addition to their already massive library of music videos, YouTube Music will offer it’s users official versions of millions of songs, thousands of playlists, artist radio and more.

YouTube Music looks to one-up the competition by having remixes, live performances, and covers of songs that can only be found on its service. Another feature the service will offer is a unique search method that allows users to find songs they don’t know the title or by using a term like “that hipster song with whistling” or even the songs lyrics.

The service will also adapt to users in the really cool way. The home screen will adjust based on peoples whereabouts, listening history and what they are doing. If you happen to walk in a gym, YouTube Music will generate a playlist to help get you motivated, or if you happen to be at an airport, the service will make a playlist to help you relax.

Pretty genius, BUT we can foresee some people being uncomfortable with using the feature due to some insecurities with apps tracking you.

Now the big question? How much will the service cost? There is currently an ad-supported version of YouTube Music users can enjoy for free. If you want to go ad-free, there is a YouTube Music Premium subscription available for just $ 9.99 a month. If you’re already a paid subscriber of Google Play Music, you will get a membership to YouTube Music as a part of your subscription.

As of Tuesday, the rollout of the Youtube Music experience has begun in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea. The service will be expanding broadly and in the coming weeks and will soon be available in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. If you want to find out when YouTube Music will be available to you in your country, you can head here for more information.

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There is something about music festivals that, as opposed to one-night concerts, has a way of bringing people together. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that it’s usually a three or four day carnival that makes everyone feel more opened, free, happy and just excited that they don’t have to go home at the end of the night. While they are originated in the hippy times, these days, music festivals go beyond the cliche of rock and other typical genres. In fact, in recent years, it has mostly become more about the fashion, the colors, the themes and pretty much the whole spectacle, rather than the music itself.

While we can still hear the sounds of the desert echoing from the recent Coachella festival, we’ve rounded up 5 music festivals that are not only different in their tunes, vibes and colors, but are also spread around the globe and some will also take you back to the seventies, should you decide you want to pay a visit to one of these eclectic music heavens.

Bestival – Dorset, England (September 7-10, 2017)

This four-day festival takes place in the southern part of England and it’s suitable for both kids and adults. It has been held every year since the summer of 2004 in a park on The Isle of Wight, however, this year the festivities will relocate to Lulworth Estate in Dorset. In its first years, around 10,000 showed up and within 5 years it grew to more than 50,000 people. The producers and founders of the Bestival are hoping that the same vibes that have been around for 13 years, will remain in the new location.

Exit – Novi Sad, Serbia (July 6-9, 2017)

Exit has been around since 2000 and has mostly attracted rock, metal, electronic, punk and reggae lovers. This award-winning festival (yes, there is such a thing) has been named the ‘Best Major European Festival’ and it is held in the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad. This music festival actually has some political and social roots and it goes back to the 2000, when a student movement was fighting for its democracy in the Balkans and in Serbia. Last year, artists like Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa and David Guetta were performing at the festival.

Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Australia (July 21-23, 2017)

If you happen to hop to the Land Down Under this summer (which is actually their cold months in the Aussie continent), then you should definitely make a musical stop at the globally famous music festival, Splendour in the Grass that has been taken place annually since 2001 at the beach town of Byron Bay in New South Wales. It has evolved from just a one day festival to a three-day thing over the years. The music genres that  are usually played are hip hop, indie rock, electronic and other eclectic styles.

Mawazine – Rabat, Morocco (May 12-20, 2017)

The African festival is one of the coolest and most interesting festivals that are held in the world. Also known as Rhythms of the World, the festival held in Rabat, has actually known two different areas. Between 2001 and 2007, the music genre was mostly ‘music of the world’ and it was a time where the producers were finding a hard time to recruit sponsors. However, in 2008, when the Moroccan King’s personal assistant took over, it became more mainstream and drew more and more people. Last year, the festival hosted artists like Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and more.

Fuji Rock – Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (July 28-30, 2017)

This annual event that is actually held at a ski resort in the mountains is a three-day carnival and it’s one of the biggest music events that take place outdoors not only in Asia but around the world. It features performers from the rock and electronic genre and has hosted bands like Beck and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as artists like Ben Harper, James Blake and more. This year you can expect Lorde, LCD Soundsystem and even Bjork.

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This is what Google’s new music streaming service might look like

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Google has a complicated relationship with music streaming. On the face of it, Google Play Music is a viable streaming alternative to Spotify or Apple Music, but the service has never quite received the resources that you might expect from Google. At the same time, YouTube also has its own “music” service, which puts a more traditional music player interface on top of YouTube’s videos.

The two have never quite worked together, which is why we weren’t surprised to see a report last week that suggested Google is planning to integrate all its music ambitions into one app, to be called YouTube Remix. Now, it appears as though Google is rolling out a significant redesign to the YouTube Music app for some users, which could well be the interface for YouTube Remix.

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How Star Wars Has Influenced Music

The influence of Star Wars reaches far and wide, inspiring films, books, toys, games, and pretty much every other form of popular culture. But it’s not just the iconic sci-fi imagery that’s inspired a generation — the film’s majestic music has also made its mark on countless movie soundtracks and scores that followed in its footsteps. And of course, generations of music makers who have paid tribute to the space opera and its sequels.

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The original Star Wars score.

Before Star Wars, sci-fi flicks generally featured electronic scores comprised of  a cacophony of beeps and bleeps. Or pre-existing classical music, with the music of Strauss famously underpinning Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

But George Lucas wanted something different — a sweeping symphonic score filled with romance and drama. So he employed John Williams, who had recently won an Oscar for his work on a little film called Jaws. And Williams delivered, crafting one of the most memorable scores in film history.

His work has had an unescapable influence on blockbuster movies ever since. With Williams crafting similarly bombastic themes for Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T.. and the likes of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Pirates of the Caribbean films taking a similarly orchestrated approach.

Disco!

Star Wars was big in the late 1970s. As was disco. And so they became natural bedfellows, with the movie inspiring disco acts, dances and songs. Meco had a smash with their album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk in 1977. Real Thing had a hit with Can You Feel the Force? a year later. While in 1979, Instant Funk released a funky number of their own in the shape of Dark Vader.

For something a little jazzier, you could check out In a Galaxy Far Away by Third Stream. While I Fell in Love With a Starship Trooper by Sarah Brightman is a good deal sillier, with the singer being banished to Mars by Darth Vader.

Then there’s (Do You Have) The Force, also inspired by the movie, and made by a band who called themselves The Droids. Speaking of which…

Band Names


Stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders.

The Droids aren’t the only band who named themselves after a Star Wars character, place or plot point. There’s an indie group called Nerf Herder. A death metal outfit named Vader. A hip-hop collective called Jedi Mind Tricks. And a rock band who go by the name Eisley.

Aerosmith make their money writing songs about the movies. Army of Kashyyk are named after badass Wookies. While Hoth take their name from the ice planet in Empire Strikes Back.

Homage and Reference


Gnarls Barkley at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.

Some of the biggest music artists of the last 40 years have mentioned or paid homage to Star Wars in their music. Hip-hop stars Missy Elliott, The Fugees, Wu-Tang Clan, Ludacris, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, Will Smith, and A Tribe Called Quest have all referenced the films, while Eminem is a serial offender, even doing an impression of Yoda on the track Buffalo Bill.

If rock floats your boat, Queen, The Hold Steady, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Everclear, Good Charlotte and Tenacious D have all mentioned the sci-fi flick in their work. While Robbie Williams and the Jonas Brothers have done their bit for Star Wars pop.

Though Gnarls Barkley hasn’t actually sung about Star Wars, the duo did memorably dress up as characters from the movies for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards, with Cee Lo doing Darth Vader and Danger Mouse becoming Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Parody

Star Wars has been parodied ever since it hit screens. And the king of funny songs — Weird Al Yankovich — has had a couple of stabs at sending up the movies. Yoda takes The Kinks’ Lola and makes it about Luke Skywalker’s diminutive mentor. While The Saga Begins focusses on Episode 1 via Don McLean’s American Pie.

But maybe the greatest — and certainly the most ambitious — musical parody of Star Wars is Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. Which tells the story of Episodes IV, V and VI using The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. And just about succeeds.

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After trolling Ebro (and everyone else) with “Lift Yourself,” Kanye West dropped a new politically-charged single featuring T.I.

The song is called “Ye vs The People” and as expected it elaborates on Kanye’s tweets from the last week.

T.I. raps from the point of view of everyone else trying to show Kanye the light while Kanye West tries to explain the reasons for his actions.

There’s even a line echoing Chance the Rapper’s “black people don’t have to be democrats” comment that he’s since apologized for.

Listen to Kanye’s “Ye vs The People” below.

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Joshua Tree national park: music, myths and art in the desert

The Coachella festival, starting this week, showcases music in a dramatic landscape but in – and around – Joshua Tree the arts and culture shine all year round

Out in the desert, anything seemed possible. The stark, dry landscape felt like an illusion, a deception that belied the artistic endeavour and creativity around Joshua Tree and the other high desert communities of Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms and Pioneertown. I got the sense that maybe no idea could be too crazy, no scheme too “out there”.

My surroundings made it easy to feel this way: I was looking at the salvaged-material sculptures of Noah Purifoy at a 10-acre open-air gallery a few minutes’ drive from the town of Joshua Tree. The Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Sculpture is as mesmerising as its name. Amid the cactus and sagebrush, I saw old cathode-ray-tube TVs and VCRs piled against a jumble of scrap metal, and a welcome sign fashioned from tyres. A plot of white crosses hinted at darkness and mortality, while there was humour in bicycle parts and pieces of wood and metal united as unfathomable contraptions.

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The grand windows of Casa Almson are flung wide, the trade winds offering a gentle breeze off the Florida straits as the sun descends across Havana, and I am learning Spanish. “Anoche, yo fui en un nightclub de mala fama,” I say. WAAAAHK. “What the hell was that?” I retreat to English. “Was that a duck?”

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From lullabies to live concerts: How music and rhythm shape our social brains

A universal sign of motherhood is the lullaby. The world over, mothers sing to their babies, whether Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, their favorite song from the radio, or even random notes. This universality makes the simple lullaby a great window into the human mind. In a new study, cognitive neuroscientists found that lullabies soothe both moms and babies simultaneously, while playsongs increase babies’ attention and displays of positive emotion toward their mothers.
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‘Final Fantasy XIV’s Composer on Matching Music to Player Mood

Final Fantasy games never skimp on their music. Hundreds of tracks will be shipped with a game — heck, even an expansion — all ranging from rock to classical.

Anyone who’s played Final Fantasy XIV, or attended a Square Enix concert, is familiar with the work of Masayoshi Soken. He’s been composing for the company since feel/Go Dream: Yuna & Tidus, and is the musical master behind FFXIV and all its expansions.

FANDOM got the chance to ask the longtime Final Fantasy composer and sound director some questions about making music that lasts for MMOs, technical challenges, and the Eastern influence of the Stormblood expansion.


FANDOM: What’s technically involved in weaving together tracks that have a more “combative” version of them, and changing back and forth according to the player’s situation?

Masayoshi Soken: What we place the most emphasis on when making the sound for FFXIV is the player’s gaming experience. The player’s mental state will obviously be quite different when they are in battle to when they are just walking around doing nothing, even if they happen to be in the same area.

Accordingly, creating different tracks for different situations will enhance that overall experience and make it more exciting. If we need sound to create that effect then we have no choice but to do our best and make it.

We also make frequent use of the Square Enix sound department’s unique technical knowhow in order to ensure that music transitions smoothly and those changes do not jar with the listener.

It is really exciting to be working in such an environment where technology and artistry come together to create new experiences for people.



MMOs are a style of game that people will log into every day for a long time. How does that factor in when designing the music? Are there techniques you use that help songs stand the test of time, and become memorable?

In MMORPGs from a little while ago, the time that players spent in a single area was often very long, but in modern ones the player will pick and choose what they want to play from a wide variety of different content.

In order to create the sound for a modern style MMO like this in a way that players will not get bored of, I strive to provide different music that fits with different situations and the player’s different psychological states.

This also links to what I said before, but in order to make something that sticks in a player’s memory, I think that you need to make clever use of the technology to incorporate the art, combining the graphics, sound and game experience together in an exciting way.

If you had to pick one track that you think best captures the character or place it’s attached to, what would it be?

For the exploration sections I would say it was perhaps “Azys Lla” for Heavensward and “Yanxia” for Stormblood? Stormblood has a very oriental taste overall, but I feel that even in that area, it is Yanxia that has the strongest sense of that far eastern atmosphere.

I think that I succeeded in portraying the image I was looking for very well in this track. Looking at the battle music I would perhaps point to the Ultima battle track from A Realm Reborn and Shinryu from Stormblood! Hmm, that is way more than one track isn’t it! Sorry about that!

To what extent do you think franchises like Final Fantasy and its live orchestra performances are getting younger people into classical music?

I really don’t think about wanting people to have a deeper understanding of classical music or anything like that (Laughs)! I work hard so people can enjoy games more, so if people have the time to take an interest in classical music then I would probably rather they used it to play more good games!

Having said that, as a sound creator I would obviously be overjoyed to hear that someone had learned how great classical music can be or how cool rock is from listening to something I have created.

Was there musically anything specific that you focused on in Stormblood? Any particular goal or theme you wanted to achieve in that expansion?

I only really thought about creating sound that fitted with the gameplay experience, so there was no special objective or anything. I just followed my inspiration and came up with whatever ideas that I could.

However, Stormblood did have the specific characteristic of an oriental theme, so I strived to express that as well as possible. Also, compared to ARR and Heavensward, Stormblood’s music uses a more compact range of instruments.

That means that the melodies tend to come to the fore a lot more. I limited the number of instruments for the exploration sections in particular and Yanxia was essentially just done with a harp and kokyu.


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Amazon has a $13 LED light strip that flashes in sync with your music

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We have to be perfectly honest here: when we first heard about the DotStone Music LED Strip Lights, we thought the concept was a little silly. Once we installed a pair of the company’s light strips and tried the music sync feature though, we were instantly singing a different tune. These awesome LED strips come in three different lengths — 2 meters, 5 meters, and 10 meters — and they start at just over $ 13. Plug them in, put them in music activated mode, and then crank up your sound system to make the slick multi-color LED lights flash along with the beat of your music.

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  • ➤LIGHTS FOLLOW THE MUSIC: Music led light strip sync to music changing their color to the music rhythm or sound volume without connect Bluetooth or download APP, ideal decorate for TV or car speakers
  • ➤COLOR CHANGING EFFECTS: RGB LED strip lights include 16 color options more than rainbow providing enough light for any indoor or outdoor event. All the settings, such as brightness,music funtion, mode or color change speed, can be adjusted with a remote controller or press the mode button on the white box
  • ➤USB POWER PORT: Flexible led strip lights are powered from a 5V USB-port, so they can be connected to such devices as power banks, computers, laptops, or phone chargers/adapters (5V), especially suitable for outdoor travel
  • ➤EASY INSTALLATION: 5050 rgb led strip have an adhesive tape on the back and kit comes with 4 buckles for easy application and installation. Please keep the double-sided adhesive on the light, when you install light,use your fingers press the light make it more solid paste
  • ➤CUTTABLE LIGHTS: Strobe light are very easy to cut. Every 2 LEDs can be neatly cut off with scissors. For outdoor events, LEDs are made of the IP65 water-proof material. Controller includes 1 Lithium Ion and Plastic Piece, Pull Out the Plastic Piece Before Using Remote.The company offers 18-month warranty and 100% customer satisfaction, so free replacement or money return is guaranteed

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