Daily Archives: May 22, 2017

Camila Cabello Sings 'Llama Llama Red Pajama' to 'Despacito'

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VOISE, Decentralized Music Platform, Announces Radio DAO, Crowdsale Continues

VOISEBARCELONA, Spain, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The revolutionary decentralized music platform VOISE has included a new feature to its upcoming music streaming and downloading platform. The new Radio DAO service will allow users to access a constantly streaming music service with a nev…

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Listen to 'Rolling Stone Music Now' Podcast: Life and Music of Chris Cornell

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

We remember the late Chris Cornell, and play audio from Cornell’s in-depth, revealing Rolling Stone interviews with Kory Grow and Andy Greene.

Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify and tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear the show live on Sirius XM’s Volume Channel.

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Manchester Bombing: 22 Killed in Terror Attack Outside Ariana Grande Concert

UPDATE: Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack outside the Manchester Arena, according to monitoring group SITE.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the terror attack in south Manchester. British Prime Minister Theresa May said police have the identity of the other assailant, who died when he detonated the device, but have not yet made that information public.

On Monday night, Ariana Grande‘s concert at the Manchester Arena ended in a massacre after a lone attacker detonated a suicide bomb strategically near one of the exits as people were leaving. Waves of photos and videos pervaded social media immediately after the explosion was heard. The crowd was predominantly young kids, teenagers and their parents. Prime Minister May confirmed Tuesday morning that children are among those killed.

The Greater Manchester Police Department reported 22 people were killed and about 59 more people were injured by an explosion leaving the 21,000-capacity venue. The incident marks the worst terrorist attack on U.K. soil since the July 2005 London bombings and the worst ever in northern England. 

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident is “beyond doubt” an “act of terror” and that Britain’s terror rating is currently at severe, meaning that another act of violence could occur. “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

“It is obviously as tight security as anywhere in the States,” Wes Westley, president of SMG, the Pennsylvania-based company that manages the Manchester Arena, said in an interview. “Backpacks are not allowed. Drinks are taken away from people. You have to go through very strict security to enter the arena.”

“We are working with our foreign counterparts to obtain additional information about the cause of the reported explosion as well as the extent of injuries and fatalities,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Monday night.

“At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States. However, the public may experience increased security in and around public places and events as officials take additional precautions.”

A “bang” was heard at 10:33 p.m. London time, after Grande had performed her last song and people began exiting the venue. Universal Music representative Joseph Carrozza told Rolling Stone the pop star was “okay.” The pop star later tweeted that she was “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” The singer has currently suspended her international Dangerous Woman tour, which was slated to continue on to London’s O2 Arena.

“Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit … We could hear the police and ambulance sirens. It was terrifying,” a concertgoer told MailOnline. “There were thousands of people trying to get out at once. They were all screaming and crying. The whole place smelt smoky and burnt.”

“We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concertgoer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters. “It was a huge explosion — you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”

Majid Khan, a 22-year-old attendee told The Independent: “I and my sister … were all exiting the venue when around 10:40, 10:45pm-ish, a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena … It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.”

In the aftermath of the incident, families were separated in the ensuing chaos. “There are over 60 children without guardians at Holiday Inn,” Fox News’ Heather Childers tweeted. Facebook also activated a Safety Check for those in the area of the attack. “An emergency number is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area – 0161 856 9400,” Manchester police added.

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Elton John 'Humbled' By New 'Rocket Man,' 'Tiny Dancer' Videos at Cannes

Elton John and Bernie Taupin, one of pop music’s most acclaimed songwriting teams, recently worked with YouTube for a global competition seeking music videos for three of their most iconic early Seventies hits: “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Tiny Dancer.” The duo revealed the winning submissions at the Cannes Film Festival, marking the 50th anniversary of their musical partnership.

John said he was “moved and amazed” at both the videos and the overall process. “The future of creativity is clearly collaborative, fusing art and technology, and it’s been fantastic to open up our work to the next generation of creative talent and to share that process with the world on YouTube,” he said.

Majid Adin’s animated “Rocket Man” clip brilliantly re-contextualizes Taupin’s lyrics about a lonely astronaut with a visual tale that draws on his past experience as an Iranian refugee traveling to England. (The animator, a fine art university graduate in animation production, journeyed through Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis and spent time in the Calais Jungle camp before earning asylum in the U.K.) Taupin’s words take on a more melancholy spin in this vivid setting, particularly the line “I think it’s gonna be a long, long time,” repeated as the protagonist dwells on his uncertain future.

With their experimental treatment of “Bennie and the Jets,” director Jack Whitley and choreographer Laura Brownhill imagine the formation of Bennie and Her Jets. With the clip’s black-and-white visuals and elaborate movements, the duo drew inspiration from Busby Berkeley’s old Hollywood musicals and Fritz Lang’s 1927 innovative sci-fi movie, Metropolis.

Of all the winners, director Max Weiland took the simplest approach with his “Tiny Dancer” video. It celebrates the eclecticism of Los Angeles and proves that John’s 1971 hit may be the ultimate road song. The clip cuts back and forth between numerous scenes, following people as they drive through the city eating licorice, smoking weed, breastfeeding babies and posing for selfies. The one commonality: They’re all blasting “Tiny Dancer” and singing along.

John’s Cannes spot marked his first public appearance since being hospitalized for a bacterial infection in April, E! reports. During the event, the singer argued that, arriving before the MTV era, he and Taupin were “real artists,” noting that the “MTV generation brought along a lot of people who were great but a lot of people who just made videos.”

It’s worth noting, however, that John has been an avid supporter of new bands and artists. He was an early advocate of Fall Out Boy in the 2000s and more recently, has lauded acts like the Lemon Twigs and Swedish pop singer, Dagny. 

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See Beyonce, Jay Z's Eye-Popping Photos From African-Themed Baby Shower

Beyoncé and Jay Z hosted a glamorous, African-themed baby shower on Saturday to celebrate the impending arrival of their twins. The event, dubbed “The Carter Push Party,” was held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, Billboard reports. Beyoncé’s former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams attended, along with Serena Williams, La La Anthony and Bey’s mother, Tina Lawson.

Beyoncé and Lawson shared several party photos and videos on Instagram over the weekend. These include images of the Grammy winner, dressed in traditional African attire, proudly displaying her pregnancy with an elaborate design painted on her expanding belly; in two other black-and-white images, an affectionate Jay Z (also in traditional African garb) holds Beyoncé’s stomach and hands.

The “Formation” singer – who has a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, with Jay Z – announced her pregnancy in February with another viral-friendly photo that became the most-liked in Instagram history. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two,” she wrote, accompanying a picture of the singer shrouded in a green veil and kneeling in front of a flower arrangement.

The next day, Beyoncé unveiled more maternity pictures, including several underwater shots; since that big reveal, the superstar has, artfully and dutifully documented her pregnancy and maternity style via social media.

Earlier this month, the singer announced a collector’s edition box set called How to Make Lemonade, including a 600-page hardcover book including photos from the making of acclaimed audiovisual LP, 2016’s Lemonade

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All theses beautiful ladies at The Carter Push party! ❤️❤️

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Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale Celebrate and Honor America at Their Annual Concert This Year With LET'S BE FREE Sunday, June 11, 4pm at Verizon Hall

PHILADELPHIA, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With their hearts filled with patriotic pride, the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale will take the stage of the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on Sunday, June 11 at 4pm to celebrate and honor American freedom for this year’s annual concert….

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Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant Presents SUMMERTIDE 2017

AMENIA, N.Y., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SUMMERTIDE 2017, is a new and highly anticipated summer food, wine, and music event in the Hudson and Harlem Valley region, that will take place on the weekend of July 7-9 at Cascade Mountain Winery & Restaurant, located at 835 Cascade Mo…

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Jane Krakowski to Perform at LIVE! from the Rainbow Room

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Rainbow_Room_Jane_Krakowski.jpg?p=captionNEW YORK, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On Friday, June 23rd, Tony Award winning actress and singer, Jane Krakowski, will launch this year’s LIVE! from the Rainbow Room concert series with a one-night only performance for 200 guests at Manhattan’s most iconic venue in the sky.
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Watch John Legend Celebrate Borderless Love in New 'Surefire' Video

John Legend celebrates how love can transcend borders, both territorial and cultural, with his poignant “Surefire” video. The clip, directed by Cole Wiley, follows a young interracial couple, Roberto and Jamila, as they battle prejudices and laws that undermine their relationship.

After a conflict with Jamila’s disapproving father, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents deport Roberto back to Mexico. Jamila hitchhikes south and tracks down her boyfriend at home with his mother. “I may not know a lot of things, but I know that we’re surefire,” Legend sings on the ballad over moaning fretless bass, tapping into the video’s themes of resiliency.

In a statement, Wiley said he crafted the video as a testament to “eternal faith … that love is the most powerful force in the universe” – and a reaction to widespread anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric permeating American culture in 2017.

“Human civilization is experiencing an extraordinary moment in time,” he continued. “We are more capable of doing more good than ever before, but we are still mired by a myriad of systemic failures that continue to arise because of our continuing lack of empathy towards others. That is why Jamila and Roberto, the star-crossed lovers featured in the ‘Surefire’ music video, face a number of obstacles that are heavily rooted in the current state of America. Fear of immigration, religious bigotry and many other forms of prejudice are contaminating our cultural landscape on a daily basis.”

“Surefire” appears on Legend’s recently issued fifth album, Darkness and Light. The singer-songwriter performed “Surefire” Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, along with a duet version of Florida Georgia Line’s “Holy.”

Legend recently kicked off a summer tour behind the LP. His next date is Monday, May 22nd in Grand Prairie, Texas. 

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