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Counterpoint Festival 2014 Announces Lineup

counterpoint music festivalBetween all the award ceremonies and summer festival announcements these past few weeks, we’re feeling pretty jazzed about all the regulars we’ve been seeing in the circuit. Adding to the run of festival announcements is Georgia’s Counterpoint Festival, with headliners OutKast, Foster The People, and Pretty Lights, along with supporting acts Matt & Kim, Sleigh Bells, and many more in the 75+ act lineup. The three-day fest will take place in Rome, Georgia from April 25th-27th at Kingston Downs. Check out the full lineup below.  Continue reading ‘Counterpoint Festival 2014 Announces Lineup’

Warped Tour 2014 Routing Changed

Warped Tour 2014Just yesterday we announced the latest additions to the Warped Tour lineup, including The Maine, Crown The Empire, and many more. The festival has now updated the tour routing due to scheduling conflicts. You can find the new schedule, read a message from the tour, and watch a video update from founder Kevin Lyman below. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour 2014 Routing Changed’

Warped Tour Announces The Maine, Crown The Empire, And More

Warped Tour 2014It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! It’s time for another batch of Warped Tour announcements from last night’s reveal on Fuse TV‘s Warped Roadies. This week we found out that The Maine, Crown The Empire, Volumes, and State Champs will play the summer festival alongside previously announced veterans Anberlin, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!Saves The Day, and Enter Shikari. Check out the full list of bands and the tour’s routing below. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces The Maine, Crown The Empire, And More’

Bruno Mars Extends Tour Dates, Announces Pharrell As Support

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Bruno Mars has announced the next leg of his Moonshine Jungle tour, and it includes support by Pharrell and Aloe Blacc, perhaps best known for his vocals on Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up.”  The tour will kick off this May in California, before hitting all the major US stops, along with a few dates in Canada. Prior to the tour, Mars will play two dates in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. Check out the full list of dates below. Continue reading ‘Bruno Mars Extends Tour Dates, Announces Pharrell As Support’

Pepsi Launches Grammy Best New Artist Video Series

Grammy AwardsPepsi has launched a sneak peak into the lives of five Grammy nominees which includes spotlights on James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran. The series is part of Pepsi’s sponsorship of iTunes Radio, which will include a Best New Artist station launching Jan. 15, and a Grammy Winner Station, launching Jan. 27. Check out the teaser trailer for the series below. Continue reading ‘Pepsi Launches Grammy Best New Artist Video Series’

Beats Music Streaming Service To Launch January 21

Beats MusicWatch out Spotify, there’s a new streaming service in town. Created by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch NailsBeats Music will finally see its long awaited launch next Tuesday, Jan. 21, with AT&T as their exclusive carrying partner.

According to the Beats website, users will “[g]et playlists, curated by the best music experts. Recommendations, served up based on your interests. And you can even tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling, and who you’re with, and we’ll deliver the perfect stream of music.”

Plans will start at $10, and AT&T will offer a family plan that allows five accounts to use the service for just $15/month.

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People’s Choice Awards Winners: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift

people's choice awardsThe people have spoken. And they love Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.

After Timberlake scored awards for Favorite Album, Favorite Male Artist, and Favorite R&B Artist, he thanked Ellen DeGeneres “for all the personal inspiration and the cookies. [She] bakes a hell of a cookie.” Oh, and his parents, of course, ”for continuing to instill in me that no dream is too big.”

Katy Perry snagged awards for her track “Roar” under Favorite Song and Favorite Music Video, while Taylor Swift took home Favorite Country Artist.

Check out the full list of winners below, which includes Britney Spears, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Demi Lovato. Continue reading ‘People’s Choice Awards Winners: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift’

Grammy Nominees Album To Include Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift

Grammy AwardsIf you love artists like Lorde, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, and would like to check out the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in person, you might do well to pre-order the new Grammy Nominees album. Fans who pre-order before Jan. 20 not only get the solace of knowing that a portion of proceeds go towards benefiting the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, but they’ll also be entered to win a trip to the awards ceremony on Jan. 26.

“For more than 20 years we have been creating some incredible editions of the Grammy Nominees album,”  Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says, “which again represents some of the great songs and talented artists that make up this year’s remarkable nominees.”

Check out the track list and decide for yourself.  Continue reading ‘Grammy Nominees Album To Include Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift’

SXSW Announces Next Batch Of Artists

sxsw_2012-300x118Now that we’ve officially broken into the new year, SXSW is just around the corner. With the recent announcement of a whole new batch of bands that includes emerging acts like The Front Bottoms and OurStage artists Larry g(EE) and Bronze Radio Return, we can safely say this yet another stellar lineup worth seeing – or at least trying to see, amidst the SXSW chaos. Check out all the new additions below, and find your new favorite artist at SXSW from March 7-16 in Austin, TX. Continue reading ‘SXSW Announces Next Batch Of Artists’

Why Rick Ross Will Never, Ever, Win His Lawsuit Against LMFAO

Rick RossFor years now, Freeway Rick Ross, the real life drug dealer upon whom rapper Rick Ross bases his stage persona and kingpin image, has been trying to nail Ross (the latter) for making millions by selling his music under an appropriated drug lord persona. Last week, a California judge dismissed Freeway Rick’s most recent appeal, citing the rapper’s creation of original works that only used the name as a jumping-off point. Freeway Rick was not amused.

In a statement issued following the judge’s rejection of his appeal, the real Freeway Rick Ross remarked: ”There is a teachable moment about the state of our community when a man who has a respectable job as a correctional officer, has to recreate himself in my former image as a large-scale kingpin to gain what he feels is social acceptance as a successful man.” Though Freeway Rick’s indignation does have a point here, he misunderstands Ross’ motivations. Ross was never thinking about perceived social acceptance as a successful man. He was thinking about actual success. And he actually achieved it by making insane amounts of money because he understands the fan inclination to want to believe that artists’ music reflects a truthful depiction of their lives.

Hip-hop culture has always been based on the appropriation and re-interpretation of communal objects from the past. It’s called sampling. And hip-hop artists have been doing it in with their stage personas forever, pretending to be harder and more dangerous than they actually are. So when Ross took on the symbolic identity of a historical drug dealer, he was doing just that: “sampling” someone else’s life and then turning it into something new. And that is exactly why Rick Ross’ recent lawsuit against LMFAO for interpolating the lyric “Every day I’m hustlin” from his 2006 song “Hustlin” is so ironic, because when LMFAO jokingly altered that line, they were doing the exact same thing. Though Ross’ lawsuit states that LMFAO’s similar lyric is ”an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of “Hustlin,” the reality of the situation is a bit more nuanced.
Continue reading ‘Why Rick Ross Will Never, Ever, Win His Lawsuit Against LMFAO’

 


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