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Adrienne Bailon Going On Tour With Husband

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Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, who is the co-host of the talk show “The Real”, will be going on tour with her husband, Israel Houghton. She stated that her husband is working on a new album and will be going on tour soon. Adrienne and Israel are also working on music together. They have a studio in their home.

Adrienne stated that they sing and dance while they are cleaning. She is a music lover and stated that her favorite singers are J Blavin, Cardi B and Beyonce. She stated that listening to Beyonce makes her feel like she can handle anything. Adrienne and Israel have a blended family. They look forward to expanding it in the near future. She reportedly already has a nursery together.

When Adrienne is not working on music, she is working on her YouTube channel. She launched the YouTube channel back in April. She has over 300,000 subscribers. She managed to get 1.5 million views in less than a month. Adrienne stated that she is overwhelmed with her success.

She stated that when she got her 100,000 subscribers, she lost her mind. She is grateful for the award. She never imagined that people would be able to influence so many people.

Adrienne is happy to read the positive comments that she has received from people. She prepared for the negative comments that she would receive. However, she stated that her channel is for fans only. She also likes the fact that people can subscribe to channels that they love.

Israel Houghton released his most recent album entitled “Covered:Alive in Asia” back in 2015. He has also been featured on the Elevation Worship album.

Sugarland Returns – With Taylor Swift!

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After a lengthy hiatus, popular country duo Sugarland is back with new music. Their first single in seven years, “Still the Same”, debuted in late 2017 at No. 26 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Sugarland also recently released the title track “Bigger” ahead of their upcoming new album, due out on June 8.

For their latest single, “Babe”, Sugarland teamed up with country-pop crossover superstar Taylor Swift. The new single was co-written by Swift and Patrick Monahan (Train) and features Swift’s vocals on the chorus. Swift is the only guest artist featured on Sugarland’s upcoming album.

Swift and Monahan actually wrote the song for Swift’s 2012 “Red”, but the song was not recorded for that album. Swift reportedly offered the song to Sugarland upon hearing of their upcoming reunion. “Babe” is a breakup song about a bad relationship, and is an upbeat ode to moving on from the heartbreak.

Although Swift seemingly left country music behind for the pop world with her 2014 release of “1989”, the hit country song “Better Man” was also written by Swift. “Better Man” was record by Little Big Town for their 2017 album “The Breaker”. Swift and Little Big Town received several CMA and Grammy nominations for the collaboration, with Swift winning the CMA Song of the Year award.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have both been busy during their hiatus from Sugarland. Nettles released 3 solo albums and is a proud mother. Bush has kept busy with his own solo album and as an in-demand songwriter and producer. Swift is heading out soon on her “Reputation” stadium tour in support of her 2017 pop album.

NSync Reunites to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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It has been 20 years since wildly popular boy band exploded into the national consciousness with the smash hit “I Want You Back.” Now, a reunion at the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has fans salivating over the possibility of future collaborations. Even though the band only lasted four years, the members have remained friends and occasionally reunite, and Justin Timberlake’s speculation about the future at this event could bode well for another recording or tour.

Timberlake was joined by his fellow band members Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Lance Bass. Each of the five of them made a short speech after introductory remarks by Ellen Degeneres and Carson Daly, who praised the groundbreaking quintet and their place in music history. One topic of significance was Lance Bass’s sexuality; while he had not felt comfortable sharing the fact that he was gay while the band was together, he had always wanted to do so for the sake of his gay fans. He noted that he was grateful to have found the courage to come out of the closet in later years.

The group initiated a big sing-along of “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” which further spurred hopes that the five would sing together in the near future. Incidentally, this took place on April 30th, prompting jokes about “It’s Gonna Be May,” a fan-created meme featuring a play on words from one of the band’s hits. It’s nice to see that these golden-voiced men who sang together before hordes of screaming teens are still enjoying each other’s company, and perhaps before too long, they will create some new music for the next generation of fans to enjoy.

Investors Are Betting on the Music Industry

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Traditionally, the music industry hasn’t been so great to those who choose to invest in it—or even some of the artists who produce the hits. Years ago, the entire sector took a big hit when people started burning CDs and uploading and downloading music from the internet—for free. With Napster reigning supreme, it was difficult for even the most popular acts to turn a profit without touring like crazy. Just a few years prior, the store Tower Records had had its most profitable year ever—and now the entire business sank as a result of the new technology.

However, these days, Wall Street investors are starting to look at the music business in a new light. A lot of this has to do with the advent of streaming, which has irrevocably changed the landscape of an industry that had already been disrupted. With Spotify’s newest numbers set to drop on Wednesday night, investors and analysts are bullish when it comes to music again. With an estimate that over 200 million people will become Spotify subscribers in 2022, the money people are starting to circle their wagons around steaming services for the first time ever. Even venerable institutions such as J.P. Morgan have been singing the praises of streaming, which surprised many of the people who received investor communications from the company. However, Spotify still has its doubters. The fact that the service offers a “free tier” has led many to believe that not all customers can be converted into paying clients.

In the inscrutable world that is Wall Street, it is difficult to see what will and won’t turn a profit. But it would definitely appear that streaming services have caught the fancy of those with deep pockets.

The Chainsmokers: Closer to the Sound

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In a recent interview with “Interview Magazine”, the two members of the Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, discuss the release of their new single “Closer.” They say that this song will be different, as it not only features the singer Halsey, but it also features vocals by Taggart. Pall expresses that this is only a culmination of their goal to make their music more intimate and different. He says that artists are always trying to put intimacy in their music, and with EDM it can be hard, as usually there is no face or personality to the artists that make it.

Drew and Alex met in New York. Taggart was from Maine, but was studying at Syracuse. Pall was working in New York. Both had gotten into the DJing scene, due to its growing popularity. They were introduced by mutual friends, and starting connecting on music the next day. From early on, they discussed the need to change the genre; to make it more personal. They felt that EDM was huge, but DJs were all similar. Their first songs, such as “#SELFIE” brought them success, in which Pall reflects on them beginning to tour the world. However, he says they weren’t satisfied, as they still hadn’t blurred lines between genres.

After more success with “ROZES” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” they began experimenting with different ideas, this is when “Closer” was made. Pall says that the two wanted to get closer with their friends and express what their lives were like. The lyrics were to show their lives in college, talking about college girls, superficiality,and the whirlwind of emotions our generation feels while in college. This talk of their lives, the struggles, and of emotions, they hoped would make them be able to connect more with their fans. They also felt that by having Taggart sing on the track, they could be more intimately involved in the making of the song. Time will tell how “Closer” will do, but it seems that by putting their own vocals and lyrics into music, the Chainsmokers may be onto something..

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My Favorite Lawrence Bender Flick

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Lawrence Bender has made some of the most popular and successful films in American film – many of his films are used in pop-culture references. Lawrence Bender is an American film producer, known for multiple and notable Quentin Tarantino films and is an Academy Award nominee.

While Lawrence Bender was born in the Bronx, New York, he was raised in New Jersey. He came from a Jewish family with parents in the education profession: his father was a college history professor and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. He attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1979 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Interestingly, he developed a passion for dance and made plans to dance after college, but sustained an injury preventing him from doing so. Lawrence Bender got started in the film industry in the 1980s as a grip.

His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill-Volumes 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Three (3) of these films received Oscar Nominations: Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds. My most favorite Lawrence Bender flick is Good Will Hunting (1997).

I love clever stories, but not only is this one clever but so is the title. The play on words in the title of doesn’t reveal itself until you learn that the main character, Will is a good person who’s searching for his way in the world. Also known for one of the first films that show us the talents of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting also gives us a great view of my hometown, Boston. The late and incredibly talented Robin Williams plays Will’s therapist, in a court-appointed turn of events. Will is a genius who works as a janitor at MIT but is held back from opportunity due to his lack of access as an orphan. Without guidance, Will sometimes goes astray and gets into trouble and a public fight gets him arrested. A highly intelligent professor learns of Will’s genius and makes it his mission to have Will work alongside him, but must promise the judge to get Will therapy to help him turn things around. Along the way, Will falls in love and learns that the world is his oyster and pursues his own dreams.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams

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Denver based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are soaring high with the release of the band’s second album on Friday. “Tearing at the Seams” epitomizes the soulful rhythm and blues sound with its collection of roadhouse retro tunes. For years, the American singer-songwriter was on his own trying to make it as a solo artist. Rateliff’s career took off when he moved away from his traditional folksy sound and began a collaboration with local Colorado artists to form the breakthrough music now known as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

The surprise hit of the debut self-titled album featured catchy songs and a unique sound that launched the band into the booming indie music scene and they haven’t looked back since. With “Tearing the Seams”, the band begins to explore a more upbeat sound with tunes like “Shoe Boot”. “You Worry Me” solidifies its place as the album’s standout song using a unique guitar rhythm to lead into Rateliff’s vocals building into an unyielding anthem crescendo. Rateliff backs off the big sounds with the breezy piano sounds featured in the melodic “Say It Louder”.

Rateliff’s love and respect for artist Leonard Cohen are evident throughout the album as he is able to seamlessly interject lyrics reminiscent of Cohen’s artistic vibe. The band explores a bit of a country sound with the melancholy pedal steel guitar and horns prominently featured on “Hey Mama.” Those familiar with Rateliff’s upbringing will certainly see the parallels in this song about a mother and son relationship.

In addition to the husky soulfulness of Rateliff’s voice, The Night Sweats also feature Joseph Pope III on bass, Patrick Meese on drums, and Mark Shusterman on keyboards.

Bon Iver and The National to Headline Mo Pop Festival

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Detroit is one of the most important music cities in the United States. The city is the birthplace of Motown and techno music, and it also play a big role in the popularization of hip-hop and rap. Despite its importance in music history, Detroit lacked an extremely successful music festival for many years. That is all about to change thanks to the maturation of Mo Pop Festival.

Mo Pop Festival started as a small one-day event in 2013, but it is quickly growing into one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. The creators of the festival just announced the lineup for this year’s event, and it is going to make a lot of music fans very happy.

Indie rock icons Bon Iver and The National are set to headline Mo Pop this year. Bon Iver rarely plays festivals, so it is major news every time he shows up on a lineup. In addition these great headliners, there are also several other high-profile acts on the lineup. These top artists include St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Vince Staples, Highly Suspect and Brockhampton.

The 2018 Mo Pop Festival will be held in Detroit’s West Waterfront Park on July 28 and 29. This beautiful 20-acre park is the perfect place to see some of the hottest acts in music. There will also be a lot to do at Mo Pop besides enjoying the great music. The festival grounds will have a Nerf gun course, craft bazaar, arcade and a large selection of Detroit’s best food trucks.

Tickets for Mo Pop Festival go on sale on Friday, March 9, at 10 AM CST. Single-day tickets will be available for $75. Weekend passes are only $99.50. Ticket prices will go up closer to the event, so you may want to buy your tickets early.

Creative Idea for Fans Helps Bon Jovi Reach Number One on the Charts

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It’s been fifteen months since Bon Jovi released “This House Is Not for Sale”. The album, which now includes two new songs with its re-release, reached number one on the top Billboard 200 chart after just eight weeks. The band’s previous album “What about Now” also debuted at number one. The number two album on Billboard this week was the soundtrack from the blockbuster movie “Black Panther” after just three weeks on the chart.

The latest album marks the first recording without lead guitarist Richie Sambora. Phil X (Philip Eric Xenidis) is now the lead guitarist and Hugh McDonald moved to the bass guitar spot, and he is now being given official band member entitlements even though he has been with the band since it was formed in 1983.

With 129,000 equivalent units sold and 99 percent being complete album sales, “This House Is Not for Sale” makes it the band’s sixth number-one album in the United States. When asked about the meaning of the album, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi stated, “The [album] is about our integrity. Integrity matters and we’re at a place in our career where we don’t have anything left to prove.” At age 56, Jon Bon Jovi has still remained as the lead singer-songwriter despite his attempts at being a solo artist. He previously released 2 solo albums, and the band has released 12 including the latest album.

Sales from the new album that helped the band reach the top Billboard 200 are the result of a special package deal which allowed fans who purchased concert tickets, for the “This House Is Not for Sale” tour, to also receive a free digital download or actual physical copy. According to ticket sales to date, there were 120,000 purchasers who actually redeemed their free copy. Bon Jovi has sold 375,000 concert tickets.

Clayton Hutson, live performance equipment expert

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Professional audio engineer and budding actor knows quite a lot about the music industry. He owns a music production company that offers a variety of services including production design, rigging, stage management, production management, show producer, logistics management, and monitor engineer. Clayton is also a event manager and music producer. Mr. Hutson has worked with big bands such as Garbage, Kid Rock, Pink, and Guns N’ Roses.

 

The decision to start his business came during the recession when he was working for another company. Of course with any career decision there is a considerable amount of risk, but he was ready to take the leap. Clayton was also able to utilize his previous skills and experience in his business to make it successful. His ideas of how to create amazing set design is from using technology like computers, using previous experience, and making sure the dimensions are correct. This is key. The live sound engineer puts in hard work to attract new clients. Impressing them with his knowledge, experience, and also working long hours is what it takes win over clients. Also paying attention to detail is crucial. Certain habits make Clayton a good choice like the fact that he checks stuff repeatedly to make sure everything is running correctly. Any big issue or malfunctions can cost him his career, so he has to take a massive amount of care in everything he does. When being hired by Kid Rock recently, he gets to the venue first, before 7 in the morning. Clayton goes through the motions of checking everything, doing a walk through, looking at the schedule, and figuring out how to store the equipment. Everything is strategic, but also takes a lot of flexibility on everyone’s part. Learn more:  http://www.livedesignonline.com/concerts?page=18

 

Although there is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into pre show time, but also getting everything figured out after the show. You have to pack things up all the equipment involved so it functions properly. One another note, one purchase made his business more successful and organized. Purchasing an iPhone has made things and business so much easier with a touch of a button.

 

 

Clayton Hutson has always loved and had a passion for music, acting, and the production surrounding the two. He studied theater design in college, which was an informative and fun experience. Mr. Hutson grew up in Glendale, California. Clayton has his own entertainment production company and is a live sound engineer and production manager.