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.


PABST Announces Music Festival for Denver in May


It was announced by Pabst Blue Ribbon that an iteration of its music festival called Project Pabst will be coming to Denver on May 21st, Saturday and will be headlined by hometown heroes Night Sweats and Nathaniel Rateliff. Promoted by AEG, this one-day festival will be held on two outdoor stages between 27th and 28th Avenues on Larimer Street in the RiNo neighborhood. It features a very powerful lineup that includes Courtney Barnett, the Grammy-nominated Australian rocker, FIDLAR, Big K.R.I.T, Baroness, Violent Femmes and soul searcher Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires amongst others.

Not only will Project Pabst feature the Saturday block party, but it will also boast club shows the night before on Friday, which will include performances from Pentagram, Dead Meadow, Rocket From the Crypt, Red Fang and the Giraffes. Separate tickets will be sold for these shows and ticketing details will be made available pretty soon. The tickets will begin selling out from March 4th, Friday at 10 a.m. MST and they will be priced at $40 for early birds while they last. When these tickets will be sold out, the price will hike up to $55. The opening time of the festival is 12 p.m. and the music will begin from 1 p.m.

Timings for late night shows will be announced shortly and they are aimed at audience 21 and up. The mascot of this Project Pabst is a giant unicorn and it has its roots in Portland. However, this year it decided to expand. According to the national brand ambassador of PBR, Matt Slessler, the idea for the event came due to the dissatisfaction vibe felt at other festivals. He said that after festivals, everyone is left thinking if only this had happened or that and they wanted to change this. They didn’t want a VIP area as they consider everyone equal and they wanted the event for ages 21 and up.

He added that they wish to incorporate the lifestyle, art and heritage that’s a reflection of PBR and with two years of experience, they decided to move to a city that had been loyal to them for a long while; Denver. Versions of the Project Pabst festival will be held in Philadelphia, Portland and Atlanta this year. Apart from the stars mentioned above, some others who will be performing at the event include The Coathangers, Metz, Small Black and K. Flay, all of which are quite impressive.


       

Adele Fans Thrilled at Music Tour Kickoff


Fans of Adele in Belfast, North Ireland were wowed by her on 29th February, Monday as the superstar kicked off her first tour in over five years. Late last year, the British singer stepped into the spotlight once again after she had taken some time off for undergoing throat surgery in 2011 and then for doting on her son Angelo, who had been born in October of 2012.

She made a comeback to the music world with her album 25 and following its success, she made the announcement of her plans for a horde of shows in North America and Europe. The tickets to these events were sold out in a matter of minutes.

On Monday, she began the Adele Live 2016 trek as she stepped onto the stage at the SSE Arena Belfast and she definitely didn’t disappoint. Her renditions of her popular singles such as Rolling in the Deep, Chasing Pavement, Hello and Someone Like You absolutely thrilled fans.

For the concert, the singer donned a Burberry-made custom black sequined gown and she sipped on her favorite beverage, which is a cup of tea, for keeping her vocal cords well-lubricated during the show while she engaged with the attendees in between songs. Fans gave rave reviews to her relaxed show as they headed to social media to sing praises about the talented star.

The British lady will make a return to the SSE Arena in Belfast on 1st March, Tuesday before she heads over to Dublin, Ireland on 4th March, Friday. On 16th June, Adele will wrap up her European gigs in Antwerp, Belgium from where she will head on to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her North American leg of the tour will kick off from 16th of July. Fans are looking forward to see the star return to stage after a long break.


Weird Music Heard on the Moon by Apollo 10 Astronauts


The conversation of the Apollo 10 astronauts that happened when they heard some sort of ‘outer space type music’ was released by NASA. During their mission in 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts had reported hearing strange noises. Crew members John Young and Eugene Cernan can be heard in the conversation while they discuss the sound. They had heard the mysterious music when they were flying over the far side of the moon.

They were not sure if the music was coming from behind the moon or if they were simply hearing things. When they went around the moon, they could hear a droning musical sound, but believed that no one would see it as the truth. The noises began when the craft was out of the earth’s range and on a 60-minute trip around the moon. In the conversation, another astronaut can be heard saying that the music sure is weird. They continued to hear the sound for nearly an hour and also made a recording, but NASA released it in 2008.  

Country Legend Star, Sonny James, Dies at 87


For nearly 20 years, Sonny James had ruled the country charts, but according to a statement on his website, the legend has passed away. It stated that James died on Monday at the age of 87 in hospice care in Nashville, Tennessee. As per the Country Music Hall of Fame and Billboard, the singer had spent 57 weeks from 1960 to 1979 at the top of the charts. In 2006, James had been inducted in the Hall of Fame.

The singer was born in Hackelburg, Alabama as James Hugh Loden and began singing from the age four for the audience along with his other family members. Due to this effort, his family begun to host a radio show in Alabama. As a teenager, he took part in a lot of fiddle competitions and music remained a huge part of his life. ‘Young Love’, his biggest hit and in 1957, it reached the top of the country and Disk Jockey charts.

What’s odd is that Tab Hunter recorded a second version of that second and even that found success. Both of these recordings were amongst the top 10 singles on Billboard in 1957. James managed to claim the Number 1 spot on the country chart for a staggering 23 times in total. From 1967 to 1971, he managed to establish a streak of 16 straight No. 1 country hits, which included ‘Here Comes Honey Again’ and ‘Need You’. This record was maintained by James till 1985 when it was broken by the band Alabama.

He was regarded as one of the first artists in the country music format who had consistently seen his records cross over to the pop charts by Billboard. The official statement at his website said he had always been ready to share a funny story throughout his life. With his deep faith and boyish smile, this man never failed in using his gift to make every friend feel as if they were his best pal all steps of the way.


       

Adele Froze During Grammys Audio Issues


On Monday at the Grammy Awards, Adele’s performance of her song All I Ask was plagued by audio issues and the singer said that she ‘froze’ due to them. When she sang her emotive ballad, the 27-year-old singer became the source of a storm on Twitter as fans were not pleased with her singing and declared it less than perfect. After the incident, Adele tweeted that the piano mics had fallen on the piano strings, which caused the guitar sounds and had an impact on the tune’s sound.

Scheduled to air on February 18th, Thursday, Adele made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and gave further explanations regarding the situation. She admitted that the audio mishap had left her ‘embarrassed’. The singer said that she had immediately figured out the problem and she wanted to fix it, but she froze. The singer said that they had eventually sorted the problem and she thought she had done quite well as she considers herself a bit pitchy.

After the awards ceremony, Adele announced that she was taking a day off from her diet and would indulge herself in an In-N-Out Burger. However, she confessed to Ellen that the microphone troubles at the event had overwhelmed her with emotions. She said that it had caused her to try, but also added that she would have cried even if the performance had gone well.



Zayn Malik Debuts Album Cover, Performs New Single


The cover shot of his debut album, Mind of Mine, has been revealed by Zayn Malik. On Wednesday night, the 23-year-old singer made his debut solo appearance on television on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as he performed It’s You, his upcoming second single. Jimmy had thrilled fans earlier in the show by revealing the album cover of the highly anticipated album.

The cover is incredibly cute as it features a throwback picture of Zayn as a child with his hands placed under his chin while he smiles at the camera. This childhood photograph is juxtaposed by the fact that the current tattoos of the singer can be seen all over the hands of the toddler Zayn. Fans of boyband One Direction had been stunned last March when Zayn announced he was leaving his world-famous group.

However, the singer’s solo career is already off to a great start as Pillowtalk, his debut single shot off to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart thereby beating the number two positioning of One Direction’s previous number. It seems that the new single It’s You is poised to follow the success of Pillowtalk if anything is to be assumed by the audience’s reaction to Zayn’s performs on The Tonight Show.

Zayn appeared on the show with pink highlighted tips in his hair and added drama with a black coat before gripping the microphone to croon out the lyrics of his latest track. After his performance, the hashtag #zainfallon began to trend worldwide quickly. Previously, Zayn had revealed that he had come up with the lyrics for It’s You after his split from Perrie Edwards, his Little Mix fiancée. During in an interview, he said that it had been a form of therapy for him.

His album, Mind of Mine is scheduled for a release on 25th March, 2016, which is the anniversary of his departure from One Direction.


Iggy Promises Fans a New Powerful Tour


Iggy Azalea has promised fans that she will not get ‘burnt out again’ when she performs her new music. The Australian star is getting ready to release her second album later this year, which is called Digital Distortion and the singer has already teased her fans with some new songs from the record. The rapper had cancelled her tour in May of last year and she revealed that she had had a change of heart. The Great Escape Tour had been cancelled by the singer for taking a break and recuperating.

Now, Iggy seems to have found her true sound and has gathered her thoughts so she is determined to do justice to her fans after she had let them down previously. She told a fan on Twitter that she would going on lots of shows for promoting her music and it makes her feel good when songs are heard by someone new. She also said that she preferred going on shows where she could sing and perform rather than talk. In her opinion, live performances are better because the sound can reach new ears and this gives her balance and prevents another burnout.

A follower pointed out to the singer that she would be able to interact on a personal level with people through her new album. She replied that she was looking forward to doing some fun things again. The singer confirmed that some shows have been booked, but said that the dates would be announced later. When a Twitter user confronted her about the meaning of the term ‘burnout’, she said the record straight by saying that it referred to mental and physical exhaustion.


Chris Martin Got his Music Rejected by Beyonce


The Coldplay frontman has not been able to forget the moment when one of his songs was described as ‘awful’ by Beyonce. The 34-year-old joined the British band for the half-time Super Bowl show on Feb 7Th, 2016, Sunday. Chris Martin, Beyonce and Bruno Mars all teamed up for performing an all-star sing-along.

Even though Beyonce and Chris have been friends for a long time, the latter admitted that the former wasn’t exactly a fan of his music. The 38-year-old recalled the moment when he had presented Beyonce and Stargate, her producer, with a song called Hook Up and she had simply turned it down. The Brit said that the Beyonce had termed the song ‘awful’. The singer also confessed that she wasn’t the only big artist to turn down his music. In fact, the late Bowie had also declined to perform a duet with the Brit in 2014.

During a tribute piece Martin made for the rock icon, he said that he had asked Bowie to sing a song, but the latter had refused by saying ‘it wasn’t his best’.

Apart from that, the Coldplay star also shed some light on his divorce with Gwyneth Paltrow, who is mother to his two kids, Apple and Moses. He said that their separation was quite amicable. His ex-wife and kids were both present to cheer the singer on from a luxury box at the Super Bowl for his performance at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.



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