Daily Archives: March 7, 2017

My Little Pony and IDW to Release Prequel Mini Comic Series for Upcoming Movie!

My Little Pony and IDW will be releasing a comic event series, of a mini series prequel tale of the upcoming My Little Pony Movie! The comic will be written by Ted Anderson and art …Read More

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Korn Announces “The Serenity of Summer” Tour

Korn and Stone Sour will be touring together, on what will be called “The Serenity of Summer” Tour. Support will be coming from Babymetal, Skillet, Yelawolf, Ded and Islander. Check out the list of dates below. TOUR …Read More

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X Japan – We Are X Soundtrack

Japan has got to be one of the most, recognizable places on the planet. How so exactly? Well it’s known for its culture for one, as well as releasing a series of films, television programming, …Read More

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Jet Black Alley Cat’s Joe says the Music They Create is Sad, Love, Cinema

Vintage pop rock outfit, Jet Black Alley Cat have released a new song turned single made video called “Golden” off their yet to be released EP, set for release early this summer. Frontman vocalist Joe, …Read More

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Jackie Venson, Releases Video for"Rollin’ On"

Jackie Venson has released a new video for “Rollin’ On”. Check it HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News

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Reign Releases "I Don’t Want to Live" Video

Reign has released a new video for “I Don’t Want to Live”. Check it out HERE. http://www.nataliezworld.com/search/label/News

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Report: Vic Mensa Arrested on Felony Weapons Charge

Vic Mensa was arrested February 28th and charged with a felony count of carrying a concealed weapon, Billboard reports. Beverly Hills police reportedly stopped the Chicago rapper for allegedly running a red light and having tinted windows.

Per TMZ, Mensa told the police he had the gun in his possession, but was arrested after it turned out he had an invalid carry permit from another state. Police confiscated the gun. Mensa spent the night in jail and was released on $35,000 bail.

Beverly Hills police previously detained Mensa in 2016 and accused the rapper of stealing merchandise from Barneys. Mensa posted about the incident on Snapchat, denying the allegations and accusing the police of racial profiling. “This should be funny, but really, I got shit to do, man,” he said. “It’s like, you can’t be a young black man out here doing anything – legal, positive, and you still get treated like a criminal.”

Last year, Mensa released a seven-track EP, There’s Alot Going On, as he continued to prep his long-awaited debut album. The politically charged project featured songs about the Flint water crisis and the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald. Mensa also became an activist in his own right, speaking out against police brutality and Donald Trump, and joining the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock.

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SXSW Organizers Amend Contract After Immigration Controversy

Following widespread online scrutiny, South by Southwest organizers have updated their performance agreement to lessen the threat of deportation for international artists who do not abide by the contract. The festival released a statement on Tuesday outlining how it is updating its language.

Beginning next year, performance agreements will no longer contain language saying the fest reserved the right to notify immigration police of artists who could “adversely affect the viability of artist’s official showcase.” However, it is reserving the right to contact local authorities of situations that endanger people. It said it would not go beyond local authorities, though, when it came to such matters.

“In this political climate, especially as it relates to immigration, we recognize the heightened importance of standing together against injustice,” the statement read. Additionally, it said, “We would like to again apologize for the language in our agreements. We care deeply about the community we serve, and our event is a welcome and safe space for all people.”

The festival added that it does not have the power to deport an artist, reveal an artist’s immigration status or “collude with” immigration agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection.

Last week, the frontperson of the indie-rock group Told Slant, Felix Walworth, tweeted out a screenshot of the contract and decried the festival’s threatening language. “That they’re willing to threaten deportation is enough evidence for me that they don’t care about anyone including the artists that lend them their legitimacy,” they wrote.

The CEO and co-founder of the fest, Roland Swenson, issued a statement that day refuting Walworth’s claims, calling the situation a misunderstanding. But the festival organizers released another statement last Friday saying they had been confused initially by Walworth’s claims – “we believed this artist had taken our language out of context” – and apologized.

In the meantime, dozens of artists – including Downtown Boys, Killer Mike, Ted Leo and Kimya Dawson – signed an open letter to the festival, asking them to amend the contract.

Read the full statement:

With the announcement of President Trump’s latest Travel Ban, SXSW would like to reaffirm its public opposition to these executive orders and provide ongoing support to the artists traveling from foreign countries to our event.

To reinforce that stance, we would like to address the concerns regarding the language in our artist invitation letter and performance agreement for the SXSW Music Festival.

SXSW will do the following:

  • We will change the language in our artist invitation letter and performance agreement for 2018 and beyond.
    • We will remove the option of notifying immigration authorities in situations where a foreign artist might “adversely affect the viability of Artist’s official showcase.”
      • Safety is a primary concern for SXSW, and we report any safety issues to local authorities. It is not SXSW’s duty or authority to escalate a matter beyond local authorities.

In this political climate, especially as it relates to immigration, we recognize the heightened importance of standing together against injustice.

While SXSW works to be in compliance with U.S. immigration law, it is important to know that:

  • SXSW has not, does not, and will not, disclose an artist’s immigration status, except when required by law.
  • SXSW does not have the power to deport anyone.
  • There are no “deportation clauses” in our current performance agreements. There will be no “deportation clauses” in our future participant agreements.
  • SXSW does not “collude with” any immigration agencies including ICE, CBP or USCIS to deport anyone.
  • Each year SXSW coordinates with hundreds of international acts coming to SXSW to try and mitigate issues at U.S. ports of entry. This year we are working to build a coalition of attorneys to assist any who face problems upon arrival in the States.
  • In the 31 years of SXSW’s existence, we have never reported any artist or participant to any immigration agency.

We would like to again apologize for the language in our agreements. We care deeply about the community we serve, and our event is a welcome and safe space for all people.

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Charli XCX Unveils Three Bombastic Songs From New Mixtape

Charli XCX shared three songs from her new mixtape, Number 1 Angel, out March 10th. The British pop star discussed the project on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 show, while “3 AM (Pull Up),” “Dreamer,” and “Lipgloss” can be heard in the audio clip from the show at 3:50, 9:19 and 16:22, respectively.

“3 AM (Pull Up),” a collaboration with Danish singer MØ, is a bubbly synth pop track about late-night texts and the throes of a so-bad-it’s-good relationship that eventually transforms into a proper kiss-off. On the bombastic mixtape opener “Dreamer,” Charli XCX trades verses with rising rapper and songwriter Starrah and previous collaborator Raye (co-writer of “After the Afterparty”). And “Lipgloss” is a glitchy bubblegum tune featuring an outrageous guest appearance from Chicago MC Cupcakke.

Number 1 Angel follows Charli XCX’s 2016 EP, Vroom Vroom. She’s also at work on the proper follow-up to her 2014 album, Sucker. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Charli XCX spoke about her new album and continuing to work with members of the PC Music collective.

“Sophie [ak.a. Samuel Long] is pretty involved,” Charli XCX said. “There are some classic Sophie moments, and we reach the dip-into-the-club-at–4 a.m. kind of zone, but the thing about him is that he’s also an incredible pop producer. So there’s him doing pop really well on the album. And A.G. Cook is my creative director now. I was just like ‘Hey, do you want to be my creative director?’ He was like ‘Yeah, cool.’ We talk every day about, like, nail-polish color or whatever like two gal pals. It’s pretty great.”

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Listen to 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast: U2's 'Pop' Turns 20

The latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now podcast is now available. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify or check it out below.

It’s the 20th anniversary of U2’s Pop – and the 25th of Bruce Springsteen’s Human Touch and Lucky Town. What happens when great artists hit moments of artistic confusion? Host Brian Hiatt is joined by Rolling Stone senior writer Andy Greene for an-depth discussion. 

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and tune in next week for another episode.

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