Whitney Houston’s Hologram Duet Axed


There will be no hologram form of Whitney Houston anytime soon. A duet was recorded by Christina Aguilera with an eerie image of the dead star on the season finale of The Voice, the US talent show, next week. It was set to begin on 23rd May, 2016, but plans of the cutting edge performance have been axed because it leaked online on 19th May, Thursday. The executor of Whitney’s estate, Pat Houston said that in its present form, the hologram is too low-tech because of which the family didn’t want it to appear on primetime broadcast.

A statement was issued by Pat on Thursday in which she said that they were highly appreciative of the opportunity for the hologram on NBC’s The Voice and the pairing with Christina Aguilera was certainly extraordinary. She added that they wanted to provide a groundbreaking performance by both artists to satisfy their fans. However, she said that holograms are a relatively new technology and it would take time to perfect them. She asserted that Whitney’s fans and her legacy both demanded perfection, which couldn’t be delivered as yet.

She emphasized that the reason for axing the duet was wholly due to technology issues and had absolutely nothing to do with Aguilera. She said that they had viewed the duet closely and Christina had been flawless, but the hologram didn’t seem ready to be aired yet. A deal was sealed by Whitney’s estate executors with Alki David, Greek billionaire and CEO of Hologram USA and FilmOn in the previous year for creating a three-dimensional laser-image of the Grammy award winner. The Whitney hologram was first going to debut on The Voice and was then supposed to appear as part of a worldwide tribute tour. It remains unclear if those plans have also been scrapped due to technology issues.

Original Beastie Boys Member Dead


There were two other members of the Beastie Boys before they hit big time and they were John Berry and Kate Schellenbach. These two band members only showed on the group’s one recording and that was their debut EP Polly Stew. On Thursday morning, the 52-year-old Berry died at a hospice in Danvers, MA. He had been suffering from frontal lobe dementia, which had just gotten worse since the start of the year.

The Walden School of Manhattan was attended by Berry with Mike Diamond and the two of them brought in drummer Schellenback and bass player Jeremy Stanton to form The Young Aborigines in 1978. Berry had been on guitar while Diamond stuck to vocals. Stanton left the group in July of 1981 and they brought in Adam Yauch. They not only changed their music to hardcore punk, but also adopted the name Beastie Boys, one that has been attributed to Berry. They began to build a fan base slowly and played on numerous venues including A7, CBGB and Max’s Kansas City where the band had been on the bill on the night the club had shut down.

Polly Wog Stew was released by the Beastie Boys in 1982, which was an eight song EP. The album also comprised of the song Egg Raid on Mojo, which became the only song that the band would play for years to come. Berry departed from the group in the same year and Schellenbach left as well in the next year for joining Luscious Jackson. Adam Horovitz replaced the two of them while Jeff went on to play in groups like Bourbon Deluxe, Big Fat Love, Even Worse, Highway Stars and Thwig.

Nonetheless, Berry’s role in the band was definitely not neglected by the Beastie Boys. In 2012, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a speech was read by Horovitz written by Adam Yauch who passed away later that year due to cancer at the age of 47. John was mentioned in Yauch’s speech as a formative member of the band in its early years. 

Selena Gomez Worked on her Breathing for New Tour


In order to prepare for her new tour, Selena Gomez dedicated seven weeks getting into tip-top shape and perfecting her breathing techniques. The Come & Get It singer worked with top trainer Amy Rosoff Davis for building up her stamina levels and also took yoga and Pilates classes to ensure she wouldn’t face any health problems or fitness issues during the tour. She told Vogue magazine that her breathing was one of the most important things she wanted to work on.

She said that she had begun doing SoulCycles, Pilates and every other form of yoga once rehearsals had started. She added that she wanted to mix things up in order to keep things fresh as she gets bored easily. She said that her breathing gives her the most trouble and she has difficulty keeping up, even when she is having conversations. Therefore, she had to work on her breathing, which was a plus because she enjoyed it and it also kept her peaceful.

She also admitted that breathing advice was required because the stage on her Revival tour is perhaps the biggest she has ever been on. Now, Selena’s six month tour has begun and she is focused on her surroundings as she makes her way through North America. She said she likes having the same aromas in all rooms because it reminds her of home. She asserted that she keeps two humidifiers and mixes lavender oil and eucalyptus for every room, including the bus.

She said lighting was also important to her because she wants to build up the mood and it feels warm and cozy. Her tour began in the start of May in Las Vegas. 

Joe Jackson has Been Hospitalized


The father of the entire Jackson clan, the 87-year-old Joe Jackson fell ill during some routine tests and has been in a hospital in Los Angeles since last Friday. According to the reports, Jackson went to the office of his personal physician on Friday where he spiked a fever and became weak. He was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment and observation and is still there. The fever has persisted and doctors are unable to figure out the cause behind it. Jeramine, his son said that his father was getting better.

He said his father is really strong, but he is 87. Still, he is doing fine since he is telling jokes. Last summer, Joe had been hospitalized in Brazil when he suffered a stroke. He had gone to the country for celebrating his 87th birthday. Joe had married the mother of the Jackson brood, Katherine in 1949. In 1950, the couple had their first child, Rebbie. Jackson had played for a group called The Falcons in the early 50s with Pookie Hudson, but they broke up when Pookie joined The Spaniels.

Jackson took an interest in the musical prowess of his children in the early 60s, first with sons Tito, Jackie and Tremaine and later on with Marlon and Michael. Jackson was renowned for pushing his sons relentlessly to rehearse for long hours and his efforts finally paid off when Diana Ross took the band under her wing in 1969 and this led to their first hit titled I Want You Back. For many years, he continued managing his children’s careers, even though some family members were not close to him personally. Katherine and Joe are not just parents of the five members of the Jackson 5, they have other children La Toya, Rebbie, Randy, Brandon and Janet. 

Madonna will Honor Prince at Billboards Music Awards 2016


At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, the Queen of Pop will pay homage to Prince, another member of music royalty. It was announced by organizers today that Madonna will be participating in what is possibly going to be a highlight of this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Prince passed away unexpectedly at the age of 57 on April 21st. The legendary pop singer will be paying tribute to her fellow artist and good friend. Details about her tribute to late music great are being kept under wraps and being heavily guarded.

However, there is no mystery shrouding the other performances that have been lined up for the Billboards Music Awards 2016. The likes of DNCE, Justin Bieber, Pink, Troye Sivan, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Celine Dion and The Go-Go’s will be taking the stage. Furthermore, a collaboration with Tove Lo and Nick Jonas has also been confirmed. The ICON Award will also be presented to Celine Dion. The Weeknd may also have a big weekend as the Canadian hitmaker has been nominated in 16 categories about 19 times.

This year’s ceremony will be held on May 22nd, Sunday in the TMobile Arena in Las Vegas. Dick Clark productions is producing the ceremony and will be hosted by first-time host Ciara and Billboards Music Awards veteran Ludacris. 

Justin Timberlake Discusses New Album and Collaboration


While working as executive music for producing the forthcoming soundtrack of Trolls, Justin Timberlake found the material for his own forthcoming album. The singer revealed in an interview that the follow up material for The 20/20 Experience-2 of 2 in 2013 sprung from the Trolls projected and he also gave hints of a collaboration with The Weeknd. Timberlake released his first song in three years titled ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, but before he did, he shared a photo on Instagram where he was in the studio with Pharrell Williams.

This led to speculation that the singer was working on a new solo album. Justin clarified in the interview that he had met Williams after he had worked on the Trolls song. He said that he had begun working on the music before the photo was taken as working on music for the movie had gotten him excited about being in a studio. He added that he had taken some time off because of his son as he wished to enjoy that experience. He welcomed his son, Silas with his wife Jessica Biel last year.

Trolls is an animated film and Justin is not just the executive music director, but also the lead voice of a character called Branch. Justin said that both Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande will appear on the soundtrack, which is still ongoing. The singer said that he had gotten some inspiration from the project. He said that he wanted to stay in the studio and keep the creativity flowing. Therefore, he spent some time with Timbaland and Williams in the studio. He added that the movie timeframe means that he has a deadline, but there is no pressure in the case of his solo work.

The singer also said that he might do some collaboration with The Weeknd as they have been talking about it. 

Radiohead Release New Album


On Sunday night, the long-awaited ninth album was released by Radiohead, which is called A Moon Shaped Pool. While the album has been made available on Tidal, Apple Music and iTunes, it is nowhere to be found on Spotify. Earlier on Sunday, the album was posted mistakenly on Google Play, but was taken down soon and hasn’t been seen on the platform since then. The release of the album was announced on Twitter by the Oxford Group. Movement had been expected by fans from the band as all content had been deleted from their website last weekend.

Then, on Tuesday, a video of Burn the Witch, a new song from the album was posted by the band. Animation is used in the video in the style of the children’s animations that were made in the 1960s called Trumptonshire trilogy and it has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube since it was posted. Virpi Kettu, the animator, stated that the band wished to increase the awareness of a very important issue i.e. blaming various people like blaming Muslims, which metaphorically leads people to ‘Burn the Witch’.

Another track was released on Saturday called Daydreaming. Paul Thomas Anderson directed the video for the song and some of his other works include There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights. The video is six-and-a-half minute long and shows Thom Yorke, the frontman, walking through different spaces like an empty home, a hotel corridor, a shop floor, a snowy mountain, a vacant car park, a forest, a beach and a hospital. It took only 24 hours for the video to garner more than 3 million views on YouTube.

The last album by the band was released in 2011 and was called The King of Limbs. The band members had been working on solo projects after that. Phil Selway, the drummer, had released his second solo album in 2014 titled Weatherhouse. Yorke also released a solo album the same year by the name of Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and he also toured and recorded with Nigel Godrich, Flea, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker on the Atoms for Peace project. You can also download the Radiohead album from amoonshapedpool.com and it will be available on CD and vinyl from mid-June onwards.

A special edition can be acquired by fans for $86.50, which comprises of 11 tracks across one CD and two pieces of vinyl, a digital download available right away, another CD with extra tracks and about 32 pieces of artwork. The package will be shipped in September and also includes about a half-inch of mastertape that was a part of an actual recording session of Radiohead. The 11 tracks of the new album are listed below:

Daydreaming
Ful Stop
True Love Waits
Decks Dark
Glass Eyes
Burn the Witch
Present Tense
Desert Island Disk
Identikit
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
The Numbers

The shortest track of the album is Glass Eyes, which is about 2 minutes and 52 seconds long while the longest song is Ful Stop at 6 minutes and 7 seconds. 

Axl Rose Makes his AC/DC Debut and Triumphs


AC/DC must have begun to think that someone had a thing against them. In the last two years, the most enduring of the hard-rock bands has been plagued by a catalogue of misfortune. First, Malcom Young, their founding guitarist had to step down from the band because of dementia. Then, a haze of criminal charges on Phil Rudd led to his departure. Most recently, the risk of total hearing loss meant that their singer Brian Johnson had to stop touring. The fans are definitely not pleased with any of this and they were also unsatisfied by his replacement; Axl Rose.

He is the singer of Guns N’ Roses, which has reunited recently, and suffered some adversity due to a fractured foot. But, essentially, he just didn’t come off as AC/DC material. A hat is jammed onto his head at all times similar to Johnson and this is where the similarities were expected to conclude. However, it seems that Rose is actually pleased with being able to play a different role with AC/DC. He came off as a pleasant and differential presence in between songs, but a brooding and energized one during them. Since his leg was in a brace, he remained seated, but his seat seemed quite low-key.

Nonetheless, even if his body was not 100%, his voice was undoubtedly in excellent shape. From the opening set of ‘Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be’, ‘Shoot to Thrill’ and ‘Rock or Bust’, it was quite clear that the singer was more than suited to AC/DC musically. Sure, he missed a few cues and was a bit unsure on more recent material, but he performed quite well and got along with the guitarists Angus and Stevie Young, drummer Chris Slade and bassist Cliff Williams.

The Bon-Scott era classics like High Voltage and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap were where Rose felt most comfortable and seemed happy to defer to the all-action, duck-walking showmanship of Angus Young. Things might change a bit once the singer becomes mobile again and is able to walk, but for now Rose was satisfied with the dynamic as he enjoyed himself while Young dealt with the heavy lifting. He had some fun by stating that the song Shot Down in Flames was based on his life story, changed lyrics of some songs and also gawped at the band’s unimaginative and enduring props.

The main set was able to win over the crowd and all doubts about Axl fitting in were eliminated. If some were still unconvinced, the final volley was able to clear any doubts as there were resounding cheers from the crowd when Rose walked onstage to say goodbye. Hence, this particular mash-up of classic rock bands was able to prevent itself from becoming the Batman Vs. Superman of hard rock, which means that it wasn’t flashy, loud yet empty. Instead, Lisbon’s performance gave us a look at what could be one of the touring hits of the summer as long as any future mishaps are avoided by Rose and AC/DC. 

Pink Turned on Prince at his Refusal to Collaborate


When she was at the starting of her pop career, Pink lashed out at Prince when he was trying to assist her in masterminding her success and this is something she will always regret. It was revealed by the Trouble singer that the Purple Rain hitmaker, who suffered from an untimely demise last week on 21st April, 2016, had turned down her offer to record with her and she hadn’t been very pleased with his response. On Thursday morning, during a radio interview, the singer recalled the encounter and said that she had an argument with Prince once over owning your own original recordings.

She said that when she had talked to him about collaboration, he asked her if she owned her original tracks. She had informed him that she had a record deal so it was a bit early for her to ask for the masters. He answered that she call him when she got it and this had made her angry and she lashed out at him before going on stage. Pink said that she had been young at that time, only 19, so she didn’t really see people from good places.

However, when she heard the news of his death, she had been devastated like thousands of other music fans. Pink said that with stars like David Bowie, Prince and others gone, the music world had lost a lot of gems in this year and this would really leave a hole because these people are irreplaceable. Meanwhile, actor Larenz Tate, husband of Tomasina Parrott, the choreographer/dancer who had toured with the Prince once, said that when he had heard about the death of his music idol, he felt as if the world stopped.

He said that when he first met his wife, she had been on tour with Prince for 19 months and he was simply incredible. He added that his wife had told him that he could play every possible instrument and he was the smartest guy in the room even when surrounded by other incredible musicians. Nonetheless, Tate’s love life had been terribly affected due to Prince’s work ethic. This is because after a concert was done, they would go to an after-party and then to an after-after-party and they would still be going at like five or six in the morning. When he would call his wife, she would say that Prince wasn’t done yet. 

Iggy Pop: The Star Performs in Miami After Ages


Iggy Pop is on the Post Pop-Depression trip. Born on 21st April 1947, the American singer is a legend with a distinguished hype. Through his tour, the star is in Miami for a performance after two decades. In fact, it was Thursday when he performed at the Fillmore Miami Beach show.  The crowd at the Jackie Gleason Theater was a joyful reunion to see their favorite star between them. Iggy started with his single “Lust for life” which made the audience insane.  Just after two songs, the star was in his usual transformation a “shirtless Iggy”.

The 69-year-old has been taking the stage with the same yearn for life and liveliness. He is famous for his shirtless entries that he uses to burst onto some moments as in the passage of 60s.  His abs has always attracted lots of fans who get inspired by his lurches, his stage diving style, and upper body arches.  The female enthusiasts appear as fainting upon his six-pack formation, tight stomach, and an ageless body.

The American pop star has notably maintained an impossibly unchanging body at 69 and none of his photos of flipping performances for several decades has revealed any views of an old-body.  Observe his performance at Speedo-clad in Los Angeles, where the pop star was looking like a naive water polo player. The unrivaled looks of the star made throng of devotees reaching nearer the stage so that they can touch him.

Irrespective of what age he is in, the singer dared to give a nude pose for a live drawing class which was a memorable day for the students of New York’s Art Academy in the beginning of 2016.  The step was a hot gossip in the news. Enlightening his pose to lead the project, Jeremy Deller who is a conceptual artist said Iggy has a body that is vital for understanding rock music and its importance in American society. The man has witnessed a great deal of worldly matters, and so his body is worth to be recognized.

The aged musician is among the leading American celebrities who were famous for the punk movements in the period of 70s. He is just incredible.  Whether it’s about great genetic material or the evidence that performing punk is the greatest exercise in the world, the matter of the fact is Iggy has commendable abs at a time when other people of his age are dropping their dentures while eating and drinking.

Iggy has a latest album “Post Pop Depression” arrived last month. The star is on a voyage these days that mainly aims to promote the new creation.

The recent performances by Pop brought numerous musical fans in popularity who were successful in achieving top selfies with the star. One of the music fans sent social media a frenzy pose after he was marked in prime location at a concert performed by Pop.

Iggy worked with Homme, co-founder of Death Metal, to make the record. The 42-years-old was away when the Bataclan show in Paris was assaulted by Islamist extremists in 2015.

Billboard Music Awards 2016 Finalists Revsealed


The weekend of the Billboard Music Awards 2016 could turn out to be really big for The Weeknd because the Canadian hit-maker is a finalist in total 16 categories and for a total of 19 times. After The Weeknd, there is Justin Bieber who has been nominated 12 times in 11 categories. Fetty Wap and Drake have also been nominated 11 times in 10 categories whereas Adele and Taylor Swift are nominated for 8 awards. The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by Ciara asnd Ludacris on May 22nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The full list of nominees for this year’s awards can be found below:

Top Artist

Taylor Swift
Adele
Justin Bieber
The Weeknd
Drake

Top Male Artist

Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap
Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd
Drake

Top Female Artist

Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift
Rihanna
Adele
Ariana Grande

Top New Artist

Fetty Wap
Silentó
OMI
Bryson Tiller
Charlie Puth

Top Group/Duo

The Rolling Stones
Maroon 5
One Direction
U2
Twenty one Pilots

Top Hot 100 Artist

The Weeknd
Taylor Swift
Drake
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Taylor Swift
Drake
The Weeknd
Adele
Justin Bieber

Top Radio Songs Artist

Ellie Goulding
The Weeknd
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift
Justin Bieber

Top Song Sales Artist

The Weeknd
Drake
Justin Bieber
Adele
Fetty Wap

Top Streaming Songs Artist

The Weeknd
Silentó
Drake
Justin Bieber
Fetty Wap

Top Touring Artist

The Rolling Stones
Madonna
U2
One Direction
Taylor Swift

Top Social Media Artist

Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato

Top Rap Artist

Wiz Khalifa
Fetty Wap
Drake
Silentó
Future

Top R&B Artist

Jeremih
Byrson Tiller
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Rihanna

Top Rock Artist

Twenty one Pilots
Fall Out Boy
X Ambassadors
Elle King
Walk the Moon

Top Country Artist

Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Zac Brown Band
Carrie Underwood
Sam Hunt

Top Electronic/Dance Artist

DJ Snake
Zedd
David Guetta
The Chainsmokers
Major Lazer

Top Latin Artist

Juan Gabriel
Romeo Santos
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
Nicky Jam

Top Gospel Artist

Tasha Cobbs
Marvin Sapp
Kirk Franklin
Anthony Brown and group therAPy
Travis Greene

Top Christian Artist

Hillsong United
Chris Tomlin
Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Lauren Daigle

Top Soundtrack

Fifty Shades of Grey
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
Furious 7
Pitch Perfect 2

Top Billboard 200 Album

Taylor Swift, 1989
Adele, 25
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ed Sheeran, x

Top Rap Album

Drake & Future, What a Time to be Alive
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More than Money
Dr. Dre, Compton
Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

Top R&B Album

Rihanna, Anti
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
Chris Brown, Royalty
Tyrese, Black Rose
Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

Top Latin Album

Gerardo Ortiz, Hoy Más Fuerte
Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Mana, Cama Incendiada
Romeo Santos, Formula, Vol. 2
Juan Gabriel, Mis Número 1…40 Aniversario

Top Rock Album

Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
David Bowie, Blackstar
Twenty one Pilots, Blurryface
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams

Top Country Album

Zack Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Carrie Underwood, Storyteller
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights

Top Gospel Album

Tasha Cobbs, One Place Live
Marvin Sapp, You Shall Live
Anthony Brown & Group therAPy, Everyday Jesus
Jonathan McReynolds, Life Music: Stage Two
Kirk Franklin, Losing my Religion

Top Christian Album

TobyMac, This Is Not A Test
Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important To Us
Chris Tomlin, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
Hillsong UNITED, Empires

Top Dance/Electronic Album

Zedd, True Colors
ODESZA, In Return
David Guetta, Listen
Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission

Top Selling Song

OMI, ‘Cheerleader’
The Weeknd, ‘The Hills’
Adele, ‘Hello’
Rachel Platten, ‘Fight Song’
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, ‘See You Again’

Top Hot 100 Song

The Weeknd, Can’t Feel My Face
Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
The Weeknd, The Hills
Adele, Hello
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, See you Again

Top Radio Song

The Weeknd, Can’t Feel My Face
Walk the Moon, Shut Up And Dance
Adele, Hello
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Top Streaming Song (Video)

Silentó, Watch Me
Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
The Weeknd, The Hills
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, See You Again

Top Streaming Song (Audio)

Drake, Hotline Bling
Fetty Wap, Trap Queen
Justin Bieber, Sorry
The Weeknd, The Hills
Justin Bieber, What Do You Mean

Top Rap Song

Silentó, Watch Me
Drake, Hotline Bling
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, See You Again
Fetty Wap, ‘679’ feat. Remy Boyz
Fetty Wap, Trap Queen

Top R&B Song

The Weeknd, The Hills
The Weeknd, Can’t Feel My Face
Alessia Cara, Here
The Weeknd, Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Omarion Featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, Post to Be

Top Rock Song

X Ambassadors, Renegades
Elle King, Ex’s & Oh’s
Walk the Moon, Shut Up And Dance
Fall Out Boy, Uma Thurman
Twenty one Pilots, Stressed Out

Top Country Song

Chris Young, I’m Comin’ Over
Little Big Town, Girl Crush
Sam Hunt, Break Up Is a Small Town
Thomas Rhett, Die A Happy Man
Sam Hunt, Take Your Time

Top Latin Song

Maluma, Borro Cassette
J Balvin, Ginza
Romeo Santos, Propuesta Indecente
Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, El Perdon
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, Te Metiste

Top Gospel Song

Travis Greene, Intentional
Erica Campbell feat Big Shizz, I Luh God
Brian Courtney Wilson, Worth Fighting For
Kirk Franklin, Wanna Be Happy?
Anthony Brown and group therAPy, Worth

Top Christian Song

MercyMe, Flawless
Hillsong UNITED, Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father
Hillsong UNITED, Touch the Sky
NEEDTOBREATHE Featuring Gavin DeGraw, Brother

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring MØ, Lean On
The Chainsmokers Featuring ROZES, Roses
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack, Hey Mama
Skrillex & Diplo, Where Are Ü Now with Justin Bieber
DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge, You Know You Like It

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Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez Hooking Up


According to a new report, Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez have been hooking up. Since the pair collaborated on the song We Don’t Talk Anymore for the debut album of Charlie, Nine Track Mind, they have stayed close friends. However, it has been alleged that there is something more to it and the pair are not just friends. Reports say that in the past few months, the couple have been having a fling. A source said that while it wasn’t very serious, Gomez was really into Puth.

But, when a friend of Selena’s friend was questioned about the relationship between the two stars, they insisted that the two share a ‘flirty friendship’. Regardless of their relationship status, both singers have been very vocal about each other’s talents and admiration. In November 2015, Charlie had told Us Weekly that he hung out with Selena because she really gets him. He and Selena first met in August 2015 at the MTV Music Video Awards party and he immediately approached her about doing a duet.

He told the magazine that he had gone up to her and begun talking immediately. Her maturity had impressed him and he had found her very interesting. Selena also stated that she and Charlie had had an instant chemistry when they met. She said in December that they had really hit it off and he really brought out the best in her. Despite the rumors about a romance between Gomez and Puth, there has also been speculation that her ex, Justin Bieber, is also looking for a reconciliation. Earlier this month, he posted a throwback picture of him and Selena kissing. A couple of days later, Selena was seen in the audience of one of his concerts in LA. A source told Us Weekly that Bieber wants to get back together, but Selena is not interested. 

Keith Urban Depends on his Wife for Song Quality Control


Actress Nicole Kidman has become crucial for the music of her husband Keith Urban as she doesn’t release a song that doesn’t have her stamp of approval. The Australian country start admitted that he had become quite dependent on his wife’s opinions of his new songs. He said that when she listens to whatever he is working on, he watches her expressions to judge if it is good or not. He said that the actress had been a huge help to him when he had to choose tracks for his new album called Ripcord, which is scheduled for release on May 16th.

Keith said that a girl’s view is important to him so he is very much attuned to her response. Also, he added that she was the inspiration behind most of his music. His eighth studio album, Ripcord, is only a couple months away from its release, but tracks haven’t been finalized as yet. He said that he had to make the final decision, but this is the most difficult part and he tends to reach out to those he trust for their input in this process. He asserted that if it were left to him, the record would probably have 24 songs. 

President Obama Speaks at SXSW Music


After visiting Torchy Tacos in Austin, where he ordered a Democrat as well as an Independent and Republican from the menu, President Barack Obama took the stage of Dell Hall on Friday at the Long Center. He is the first ever sitting president to ever come onto the stage of a SXSW event and received a standing ovation. In a conversation with Texas Tribune’s Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith, the President spoke to the SXSW audience as well as the tech industry as a whole. He requested them to work in conjunction with the United States government for solving the biggest problems of the country.

He said that focusing on the next big thing wasn’t enough as they had to focus on harnessing it to use it in a better way for the nation and its people. He also reminded that audience of his 2008 campaign, which had the slogan of ‘Yes We Can’ rather than ‘Yes I Can’. He encouraged the listeners all over the country and also the attendees to make an impact in their own regions and communities. 

Keith Emerson Dies at 71


A prog rock legend and keyboardist and founding member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Keith Emerson died on Friday at the age of 71. The trio’s official Facebook and bandmate Carl Palmer confirmed the news of his death. He was found with a single gunshot wound to the head and his death was declared a suicide by the Santa Monica Police. Palmer expressed his sadness at losing his music partner and friend. He talked about Keith and said that he was lucky to have known a gentle soul like him. He also appreciated Emerson’s passion and talent as a keyboard player along with his dedication and showmanship.

Emerson discovered Moog and Hammond in his teenage years and became one of the greatest keyboardist of his generation. He began his career first as a member of the Nice before he founded Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The prog group was formed in 1970 after Carl Palmer, a veteran for the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, the former King of Crimson guitarist Greg Lake and Emerson came together for a project aimed at showcasing their musicianship in a better way. In 1970, the trio made a breakout performance at the Isle of Wright and signed with Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records.

The self-titled debut album by ELP also arrived in 1970, which was the first of the four albums the group would release during their four years together. Tarkus was released in 1971 and its title track is an excellent example of the keyboard prowess of Emerson. Brian Salad Surgery was their third album in 1972 and Emerson was the cowriter on Karn Evil 9, the most enduring track of the album. In 1979, ELP disbanded although it morphed into Emerson, Lake and Powell with Cozy Powell, the Rainbow and Jeff Beck drummer.

Emerson and Palmer came together for their 1998 project 3 before the ELP reunion in 1991 when they released their album Black Moon: In the Hot Seat. In the late-nineties, they split again and remained separate for a long time before reuniting in 2010. The final gig of the band was in July 2010 at London’s High Voltage Festival. Along with his time in the band, Emerson also had a long musical career that featured film scores as well as solo albums. These include the 1980s horror film by Dario Argento called Inferno and the Sylvester Stallone thriller in 1981 called Nighthawks.

Justin Bieber Scores Big Victory at Kids Choice Awards


Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony and Ariana Grande were among the big winners on Saturday, 12th March at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2016. Grande was given the honor of Favorite Female Singer while the Canadian star took home the Favorite Male Singer award. As far as the former X Factor girl band is concerned, they were winners of the Favorite Group category at the ceremony. The group later posted on Instagram and thanked their fans who had voted for them at the KCA along with a photo of them covered in slime.

The title of Favorite Song of the Year was taken by Adele’s Hello, the smash hit that had broken records when it was released the previous year. The award show was hosted by The Voice’s judge and country star Blake Shelton. However, his role didn’t stop him from being covered in slime. Along with Fuller House star John Stamos, Josh Gad and Jason Sudeikis, Blake was coated in slime at the show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The Favorite Animated Movie award was nabbed by Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania 2 while the Favorite Movie title was taken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The top acting award was taken by Will Ferrell for his role in the comedy Daddy’s Home while the Favorite Movie Actress award was taken by Jennifer Lawrence for her powerful portrayal and performance as Katniss in The Hunger Games movie series. The gong for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie was taken by Amy Poehler for her role as Joy in Inside Out by Pixar and Zendaya expressed her gratitude towards all American parents who had allowed her to be a role model for their kids. When she accepted her award for Favorite Female TV Star in a kid’s show, she said that she didn’t take this role for granted.

As far as hosting is concerned, Blake did a wonderful job, even though his fellow judge in The Voice and his new girlfriend, Gwen Stefani couldn’t be there to show her support as she was in Japan for some work commitments. Instead, in order to support her beau, Gwen sent her sons Apollo and Zuma to the ceremony. She tweeted a picture of seven-year-old Zuma on the orange carpet with his friends while Apollo, her youngest son, could be seen talking to his mother on the phone in the audience as she was having trouble streaming the show live in Tokyo.

During the award ceremony, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. also took the stage for previewing a new trailer of their upcoming superhero movie, Captain America: Civil War. Due for a release on May 16th, the Marvel movie focuses on the feud between Iron Man (Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Evans). Onstage, the pair joked about ending their battle and also engaged in a thumb war for a cheering audience. This battle ended in a draw, which means we will have to wait and see the movie to know who wins. The movie also stars Scarlett Johansson.

Here is a list of some other winners at the Kids Choice Awards 2016:

Favorite TV Show: The Thundermans
Favorite Cooking Show: Cake Boss
Favorite Talent Competition Show: The Voice
Favorite Family TV Show: The Muppets
Favorite New Artist: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Video Game: Just Dance 2016
Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
Favorite Collaboration: See You Again- Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Female TV Star- Family Show: Sofia Vergara-Modern Family
Favorite Male TV Star- Family Show: Jim Parsons- The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Male TV Star- Kids Show: Ross Lynch- Austin and Ally

Charlie Puth Apologizes for Justin Bieber Blast


In his concert on Friday, 11th March in Dallas, Texas, Charlie Puth had slammed Justin Bieber in a foul-mouthed outburst and he has now apologized for it. After a rendition of his song We Don’t Talk Anymore, which features vocals from Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend, he bad-mouthed the Canadian singer to a shocked audience. The See You Again hit maker is now trying to make amends by posting a lengthy apology on Twitter. But, he deleted his tweets later on. In a series of messages posted on Saturday, Puth said that he was a huge Bieber fan and asked for forgiveness.

He added that he was not a mean person and he apologized for offending people, especially Justin. He called his work inspiring and said he would never bash him publicly because he had been a victim of bullying as well. It was also reported that he had written a lengthier apology in which he said it was better to write one big apology rather than through a series of tweets. He mentioned that his concert act had just been a lighthearted attempt at humor, but he now realized that it came out the wrong way. He said that he didn’t want to exchange any hateful vernacular with another artist and he was hoping that Bieber’s fans would accept his apology.

 Nonetheless, both his apologies were deleted and his Twitter feed does not have any indications of his outburst. Charlie also won the Favorite Collaboration honor at the Kids Choice Award for See You Again, which he also performed in the event with Wiz Khalifa. He thanked his fans for voting for him. He said that it was a great honor as he had grown up watching these awards on his TV and was now lucky enough to win one.

BugsGear Travel Ukulele Review: Convenient and Useful


Plastic ukuleles are both modern and retro. Back in the 1950s, they enjoyed a lot of popular as numerous brands had their own plastic ukuleles. Fast-forward 60 years, it seems that these plastic instruments are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. There are a number of reasons why plastic ukuleles have become the top choice of people these days. Whether you take them camping, give them to a kid or throw it on the couch, there is no need to worry about plastic ukuleles. If you are looking for one of the best ukuleles available today, you should look no farther than the BugsGear Travel Ukulele.

This is a durable and sturdy ukulele for adults and children alike. If you are going somewhere wet, the BugsGear Travel Ukulele can accompany you without any problems. You can find it in a wide array of interesting and fun colors. There are some really bright colors such as neon green and black. The best part is that it is difficult to guess that the ukulele is made of plastic just by looking at it. Also known as the Aquele, the ukulele is 21 inches long and is Soprano in size. The depth of the ukulele around the body is approximately 2.75 inches and it is quite thick in the middle.

Another useful feature of this particular ukulele is that its bridge is ideal for the beginner. While it comes already strung, you have the option of changing the strings by simply tying a knot on one end and then slipping it into the slot on the bridge. Stainless steel has been used in the tuning gear to make it water resistant. The BugsGear Aquele is made out of ABS plastic, which makes it highly resistant to temperature and humidity. Even if it is submerged in water, you will find that it plays just fine.

BugsGear Ukulele BL/BK Cobalt Adventure Travel Ukulele, Blue/Black

BugsGear Ukulele BK/RD Deviant Adventure Travel Ukulele, Black/Red

BugsGear Ukulele OR/BK Sun Kissed Adventure Travel Ukulele, Orange/Black

There is another selling point inside the body of the ukulele; as compared to others in the market, its internal bracing is considerably stronger. This means that the body will be able to withstand a lot of abuse and will not be damaged easily if it is smacked around. It can be a good thing when you are planning to share the ukulele with your kids. The oversized off-center sound hole is also one of the features that make the BugsGear Travel ukulele interesting and unique. This is to provide the small ukulele with greater projection and volume and it is indeed quite loud.

There is an interesting cut to the fretboard, which gives you access to the A string all the way to 18 frets. This is quite new for a Soprano ukulele. The price point of the ukulele falls between $40 and $50, which means it offers incredible value for money. It also comes with a free gig bag, which has a zipper pocket, handle and strap. While the sound of the plastic ukulele is not the same as wood, it is not a toy and can give you a good trade off in terms of water resistance and durability. 

Britney Spears working with Beyonce’s Songwriter


Carla Marie Williams, the songwriter who is highly sought after, is currently busy writing tunes for the newest album of Britney Spears. In the past, the music professional has worked with the likes of Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue and Beyonce and now is she working alongside another pop queen.

Carla spoke to a UK newspaper The Mirror and said that she had been working with Britney recently and that had turned out great for her. She has also written a song for the upcoming album of Beyonce, which is currently top secret. However, Carla believes that the musical transformation of the R&B legend in the next album will simply blow the fans away. She said that whenever she was in the studio with Beyonce, the star put her at ease making her forget that she is a pop star. Carla said that she loved the new direction the superstar was taking.

She said that she hadn’t heard the entire album, but the new single they had done was immensely powerful. Britney, Carla’s newest client, seems to be moving in the same direction in terms of music. It was recently revealed by the ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ hit-maker that she had put all her efforts into her upcoming LP. She said that this record was extremely valuable to her and she was going to get it perfect, whether it took her two months or a year to do it. She said that she believed it was the best thing she had done in a long time.


New Album Announced by Garbage


On 10th March, Thursday, Garbage, i.e. Steve Marker, Butch Vig, Shirley Manson and Duke Erikson announced their sixth studio album titled Strange Little Birds. The album will be released on the band’s own label known as STUNVOLUME on June 10th this year. The name of the album was shared by the band recently via Twitter and they also released the artwork and track listing. The album is being produced by the band and it is a follow up to Not Your Kind of People that was released in 2012.

Initially, Garbage worked in Vig’s basement and then moved onto Los Angeles’s Red Razor Sounds. They used a variety of sources for this album that ranged from the music they had enjoyed growing up to the fan letters they had received. Shirley Manson, the band’s frontwoman said that the aim was to keep the music fresh and use their instincts musically and lyrically. Vig added that Strange Little Birds wasn’t very fussy and similar to other work by Garbage.

However, Strange Little Birds is going to come off as an echo of the band’s debut album released in 1995 in the opinion of some people, which includes Manson. She said that this album had more to do with the first record than any other and that was probably because they didn’t have anyone to answer to. This summer, Garbage will be headlining various shows and performing at numerous festivals across Europe. Some of their live dates have been announced whereas others will be coming soon.

Madonna Makes a Drunken Appearance on Stage


Fans of Madonna took to Twitter saying that the singer ‘appeared drunk’ on the stage as she made an emotional dedication to Rocco, her estranged son. She told Melbourne’s crowd that she had never drinks when singing, but she was going to do it now. The 57-year-old singer is embroiled in a legal battle with Guy Ritchie, her ex-husband, over the couple’s 15-year-old son.

Madonna began her performance four hours late and she was seen drinking cocktails in sight of a bemused audience. She got the dancers to deliver her a drink onstage and asserted that she wasn’t drunk. She broke down in tears at one stage, but there were also some comedy and funny moments. The crowd was left confused when she rode a baby tricycle around the stage.


Ellie Goulding taking Role Model Status Seriously


Writing songs that have a positive message for her female followers has become the goal of pop star Ellie Goulding. The 29-year-old singer has become a role model for millions of people around the world and the Burn singer knows exactly how much attention is garnered by her music. Therefore, she is determined to write tunes that will be received well by her young devotees and bear a positive message. Speaking to Seventeen magazine, the star said that she didn’t want girls to feel that they aren’t thin or pretty enough for someone or something.

She said that she was a naturally compassionate person, which is why she always puts others before her and that’s something she tries through her music. She asserted that she wanted to write songs that were relatable for girls because she knew exactly what they were going through as he had been there herself. In the past, the singer has been romantically linked to Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan and Skrillex. It was only last month that she ended the two year relationship with Dougie Poynter.

However, in her interview, the star insists that she and Ed had only been friends and her song On My Mind is most definitely not based on him. She said that they had known each other for a couple of years and he is a great musician. She added that they had hung out and he was a perfectly nice guy, but hanging out is not dating and they had never been in a relationship. Apart from that, she also reassured her fans that after her recent breakup, she is not ‘quitting music’.

She confirmed her breakup on March 10th, Thursday in an interview with The Sun newspaper and said that dealing with heartache publicly was difficult. She also announced that once her world tour Delirium comes to an end in October, 2016, she will be going on a hiatus for revamping her personal life. She said that she wasn’t working on a new album and had no idea when she would release anything. Fans began to worry after her comments as they feared she was walking away from the music industry completely.

But, Ellie took to Twitter to assure her fans that she was taking a well-deserved vacation and would be back soon. She said that she had come too far to back out now and she just needed some time off.


Foy Vance to Produce New Album on Ed Sheeran’s Label


Details about his first album has been announced by Foy Vance for the label Gingerbread Man Records that was launched by Ed Sheeran in the previous year with the self-titled No. 1 album by Jamie Lawson. The Wild Swan was released on May 13th and had been recorded with Jacquire King, the GRAMMY award-winner in Nashville. The executive producer of the album is the recording legend Elton John.

Elton said that he felt privileged to be a part of the singer’s first album for the Gingerbread Man Records as he is a remarkable singer and writer. Ed Sheeran and Foy Vance have been friends for a long time and have frequently collaborated and toured together. The relationship of the pair moves to another level for The Wild Swan, an album that takes cues from and gives a nod to heroes such as Ziggy Stardust, Noam Chomsky and WB Yeats. Sheeran said that he was very pleased to release Foy’s album on his label as he had been his fan since he first saw him live.

He added that The Wild Swan was amazing and he was looking forward to everyone hearing it. One of the reasons why Sheeran founded the label was to grant artistic freedom to musicians he truly believes in. Therefore, he made an incredible offer to his friend; an opportunity to make a new album with a record company led by an artist and with no constraints and full support.



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Single Name Changed by Fifth Harmony to Avoid Rihanna Clash


When the track Work was released by Rihanna, Fifth Harmony had no choice but to alter the name of their single for avoiding a clash. Originally, the American girl band had intended to use the same name for their latest release, but decided to change it to Work from Home to avoid clashing with Rihanna. However, the band insisted that they had no hard feelings as they were surrendering to their ‘queen’.

Dinah Jane, the singer said that they had decided to drop the name Work when they found out Rihanna had used it for her song and had simply added two words to it for making it unique. The band’s second album called 7/27 is due for a release in the latter part of this year and Work from Home is the first single of the upcoming album.

The singer said that as opposed to their previous album, Reflection, which was released in 2015, the group had matured and grown up considerably and the new one is a bit edgier and has a new voice. She said that they had been more involved in this project, something they had always wanted and this album provided them with this opportunity. She said that previously, they had still been defining their sound and the direction in which they wanted to go.

With this album, they have begun a new era for Fifth Harmony and they were excited for its release. Dinah was also thrilled at the prospect of incorporating the individual identities of the other band members, namely Camilla Cabellohave, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregi, in the album. The Polynesian singer promised that the new album contained a ‘little island’. She said that the new album reflected their unique ethnicities such as her being an island girl and it has become everyone’s favorite.