Daily Archives: May 23, 2017

Hear Kendrick Lamar Team With Future for Fiery 'Mask Off' Remix

Kendrick Lamar unleashes a head-spinning verse on a new remix of Future‘s “Mask Off.” The track appears on Future’s recent self-titled album and has become his most successful single, peaking at Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100.

On the “Mask Off” remix, Lamar flies effortlessly over Metro Boomin’s flute-laced trap production. The Damn rapper opens with a string of sing-songy boasts – “Kung Fu Kenny with the Midas touch/ Ain’t no penny that I don’t touch” – before settling into a punchier flow packed with defiant lyrics. Lamar caps off his verse with a string of epic proclamations including, “She said she broke down when Prince died/ Bitch, my hair down, Prince live through me/ Get your ass up and be inspired.”

Lamar’s verse on the “Mask Off” remix arrives after Future crashed the rapper’s headlining set at Coachella to perform the track. The pair previously collaborated on “Buy the World,” a song off producer Mike Will Made-It’s 2014 mixtape, Ransom.

Lamar recently released his fourth album, Damn. The album topped the Billboard album charts and every song placed on the Hot 100 as well. The album’s lead single, “Humble,” became Lamar’s first Number One hit as a solo artist (he previously earned a Number One for his appearance on a remix of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”). Lamar will embark on a North American tour in support of Damn July 12th.

Meanwhile, Future is on the road in support of his self-titled LP and its immediate follow-up, Hndrxx. The two projects were released back-to-back and both topped the Billboard 200, making Future the first artist ever to debut two different albums at Number One in consecutive weeks. 

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U.K.'s May Orders Troops to Concerts, Sports Events After Deadly Attack

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May deployed military troops to work with police at concerts, sports events and other public gatherings the night after a suicide bomber claimed 22 lives outside a pop concert at the Manchester Arena, the New York Times reports. After meeting with top intelligence officials, May raised Britain’s terrorism threat level to the highest level, “critical,” for the first time in a decade. 

“I do not want the public to feel unduly alarmed,” May said in a statement earlier. “This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent … It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.” 

Armed military and police officers guarded large-scale soccer and rugby matches at the emblematic Wembley and Twickenham Stadiums on Tuesday night, May 23rd. High-profile concerts in the U.K. that evening include Eric Clapton playing London’s Royal Albert Hall. Other artists touring large U.K. venues in the coming weeks include Iron Maiden, Adele and Elton John. 

Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior anti-terror officer, said he encouraged May to send military personnel as a support for police while the investigation was underway. “At this stage it is still not possible to be certain if there was a wider group involved in the attack,” said Rowley, per The Guardian. Less than 12 hours after the explosion, police arrested another 23-year-old man in South Manchester believed to be an accomplice. 

“The work undertaken throughout the day has revealed that it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” said May. 

While the British threat level is at “critical,” military personnel will work alongside and under police authority in accordance with government guidelines. Bloomberg reports that the guidelines state that armed military assistance may be brought in, among other situations, after a terrorist attack so that police forces are not overwhelmed. 

May, once of the U.K.’s most experienced national security and anti-terrorism leaders, vowed to fight the “twisted, warped” ideology that inspired 22-year-old British man Salman Ramadan Abedi to target children and teenagers at the Ariana Grande concert. 

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Morrissey Slams British Politicians After Manchester Attack

Morrissey criticized the rhetoric and responses of several British politicians following Monday’s terrorist attack outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. A 22-year-old British suicide bomber detonated a homemade explosive, killing 22 people and injuring 59 more.

Morrissey, a Manchester native, wrote on Facebook that he’d been celebrating his birthday in his hometown when news of the bombing broke. “The anger is monumental,” he said. “For what reason will this ever stop?”

However, the former Smiths singer quickly turned his vitriol towards Prime Minister Theresa May, writing, “Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us,’ but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”

Similarly, Morrissey criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not condemning the so-called Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the attack – as well as Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham for saying the attack was the work of an extremist. “An extreme what?” Morrissey wrote. “An extreme rabbit?”

Morrissey also took on Queen Elizabeth II and the British press, lashing out at the latter for praising the Queen’s “strong words,” yet not critiquing her decision to carry on with a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private,” Morrissey wrote. “Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”

Morrissey’s note is one of the sharpest to arise in the wake of the attacks. Other artists and entertainers that have expressed their sorrow and support include Late Late Show host James Corden, Katy Perry, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and Missy Elliot, as well as Morrissey’s fellow Manchester natives and local scene stalwarts Liam Gallagher, Johnny Marr and Peter Hook. 

On Tuesday, British authorities identified the Manchester Arena bomber as Salman Abedi, a British man of Libyan descent. Police have also arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack.

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Casino Del Sol Announces New Acts for 2017 AVA Season

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Korean Cultural Center New York presents Korea GAYOJE: Year of the OX / SsingSsing / Coreyah in association with SummerStage

Korea GAYOJE Main PosterNEW YORK, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, one of New York’s most celebrated festivals, City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage, takes on a Korean twist as the Korean Cultural Center New York and SummerStage proudly present Korea GAYOJE (meaning ‘music festival’) blending…


Ariana Grande Suspends Tour After Manchester Attack

Ariana Grande suspended her international Dangerous Woman Tour following a terrorist attack outside her concert in Manchester, England Monday, CNN reports. A 22-year-old British suicide bomber detonated a homemade explosive, killing 22 people and injuring 59 more.

Grande was scheduled to tour Europe in support of her 2016 album Dangerous Woman through mid-June, while a South American leg was set to begin June 29th in Brazil. It’s unclear if or when Grande will make up the concerts.

Hours after the attack, Grande posted a short message on Twitter: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” Immediately after the attack, Grande returned to her home in Florida,  Us Weekly reports.

The Manchester Arena bomber was identified as Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old British man of Libyan descent. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Abedi chose the time and place to inflict “maximum carnage” on young fans. Police have also arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack. Islamic State claimed responsibility. However, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said, “The priority remains to establish whether [Abedi] was acting alone or as part of a network.”

The attack has evoked an outpouring of sorrow and support from musicians and entertainers. Late Late Show host James Corden opened his show Monday with a moving tribute to the victims, while Katy Perry discussed the attack during a radio interview. “I think the greatest thing we can do now is unite as people, as fan bases, all of it,” Perry said. “Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

Others to speak out include Harry Styles, Drake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Missy Elliot, as well as Manchester natives and local music scene stalwarts such as Morrissey, Liam Gallagher, Johnny Marr and Peter Hook.

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UPDATE: Ben & Jerry's Celebrates Bob Marley's Legacy with One Love Flavor

Ben & Jerry’s and Ziggy Marley celebrated the launch of the new One Love limited batch flavor available at Scoop Shops and retailers nationwide in Los Angeles at the Roxy Theatre on Monday, May 22.BURLINGTON, Vt., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “One love, one heart…” So begins one of the most recognized songs in reggae history. Bob Marley’s memorable refrain is a call for global compassion, and is a perfect anthem for Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor, One Love. The flavor concoction…


Watch Demi Lovato Belt 'No Promises' With Cheat Codes on 'Fallon'

Demi Lovato joined electronic-pop trio Cheat Codes for a dance-y, dramatic performance of their collaborative single “No Promises” on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. The appearance was the live-TV debut of the track, which was released in March.

The song finds Lovato and Cheat Codes’ Trevor Dahl trading vocal duties. On Fallon, as the other two members of the EDM trio danced and played keyboards and controllers in the back, Dahl and Lovato sang their romantic, tropical-tinged single to one another and jumped around the stage.

“No Promises” just cracked the Billboard Hot 100, debuting on the chart at Number 95. It is Lovato’s first new single of 2017, following her solo tune “Body Say” and Brad Paisley collaboration “Without a Fight” last year. Her most recent full-length album was 2015’s Confident.

“No Promises” is Cheat Codes’ biggest single in the U.S. so far, though the group broke through in Europe and Australia last year with their Kriss Kross Amsterdam collaboration “Sex.”

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Watch Wayne Shorter Share Miles Davis' Wisdom With Jon Batiste

Stay Human and Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste spoke with jazz legend Wayne Shorter about making music in his eighties and life lessons from Miles Davis in the latest installment of his Late Show web series, “Batiste Sessions.”

During the interview, Shorter discussed how he started playing music relatively late, first picking up a clarinet at 16 and only realizing he wanted to pursue it as a career after acing a music-theory test in school. Now in his eighties, Shorter continues to perform and compose, and told Batiste that his curiosity hasn’t waned. “It doesn’t go away, it’s a sense of, kind of, a mission,” Shorter said. “There’s the [saying] about the two great things: being born and the other one is knowing why. Knowing why is all upon me now because I’m 82 – I better start getting to know why!”

Alongside his remarkable solo career, Shorter has also performed with Art Blakey, co-founded the fusion group Weather Report and notably served in Miles Davis’ so-called second great quintet. While speaking with Batiste about whether his intentions as a performer have changed over the years, Shorter passed along some pristine, far-out wisdom from Davis: “The intent now is to throw away and put away everything that was learned, the studied stuff,” Shorter said. “Miles is the only one who would talk like this. He’d say, ‘Hey Wayne, you ever feel like you wanna play like you don’t know how to play?'”

Shorter also spoke about bebop as a social movement and how its spirit continues to thrive, as well as the life lessons he’s picked up from improvising. “There’s no such thing as a mistake,” Shorter quipped. “And there’s no such thing as an interruption – it’s an opportunity. It helps to create trust, and how do we deal with the ego? I think our ego should serve us instead of us serving it.”

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Brontë Fall Album Release Concert To Feature Sean Watkins From Grammy-Winning Nickel Creek

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