Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honor. The Pulitzer board announced the selection on Monday, calling the 2017 LP “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

DAMN. is Lamar’s fourth studio album, the latest in a series of acclaimed and sonically eclectic records. The LP, which has reached double-platinum sales status, was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at this year’s ceremony.

Last August, Lamar spoke to Rolling Stone about his creative mindset behind DAMN. “The initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums,” he said. “That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody – and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. … It’s all pieces of me. My musicality has been driving me since I was four years old. It’s just pieces of me, man, and how I execute it is the ultimate challenge. Going from To Pimp a Butterfly to DAMN., that shit could have crashed and burned if it wasn’t executed right. So I had to be real careful on my subject matter and how I weave in and out of the topics, where it still organically feels like me.”

Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature also crossed over into mainstream pop music, awarding their prestigious medal to Bob Dylan. The singer received a $900,000 prize during a small private ceremony in Stockholm after submitting his speech to the Swedish Academy. 

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R. Kelly Accused by Woman of 'Grooming' Her for Cult, STD Infection

A Dallas woman who alleges she was “being groomed for R. Kelly‘s sex cult” has filed a police report against the singer over “a sexual assault incident resulting in serious bodily injury.”

The woman, who is withholding her identity, claims she was 19 when she first began her alleged 11-month sexual relationship with Kelly in March 2017. In her police affidavit, she said that the singer “knowingly and intentionally infected her with a sexually transmitted disease without her knowledge.”

“Our client filed a criminal complaint with the Dallas Police Department identifying Robert ‘R.’ Kelly as her assailant in a sexual assault incident resulting in serious bodily injury occurring in Dallas, TX,” Lee Merritt, the accuser’s lawyer, said in a statement.

“During this period, our client was the victim of several forms of criminal misconduct by Kelly, including, but not limited to, unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection),” Merritt claimed. “These offenses occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult.”

A rep for Dallas Police Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment. A representative for Kelly declined to comment to Rolling Stone on the accusation, though said the singer “categorically denies all claims and allegations” to the Washington Post.

“Kelly gradually introduced the cult to our client over the course of their relationship, culminating with an explanation that she would have to sign a contract and offer collateral information about herself and her family for Kelly’s protection,” Merritt claims. “As Kelly’s predatory, controlling and abusive behavior evolved, our client abruptly ended their relationship in February of 2018.”

In addition to the criminal complaint, Merritt said his client plans on filing a federal civil complaint against Kelly.

Despite in-depth reports and numerous first-person accounts regarding the abuse women suffer as part of the singer’s alleged “sex cult,” Kelly has so far avoided any legal issues or police charges in connection to the “cult.” In 2002, Kelly was arrested on 21 counts of child pornography in connection to a videotape that allegedly showed him urinating on an underage girl; following a much-delayed trial, Kelly was ultimately found not guilty in 2007.

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Piercing Immortality Releases Debut EP "Systematic Global Poisoning"

American heavy metal band Piercing Immortality have released their debut EP “Systematic Global Poisoning”. The EP  was recorded at “Dexters Lab Studios” and mixed by Nick Bellmore, mastered by Chris Zeus Harris. Piercing Immortality was …Read More

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Europe’s Music Festivals 2018: Where to Go with Your Girlfriend

If you’re going to spend your summer vacation with your girlfriend and you are big music fans, then the best choice for you, would be to visit some of the music festivals. Apart from listening …Read More

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HOREHOUND to Re-Issue Self-Titled Debut on CD and Vinyl on April 20th via Hellmistress Records; Current Live Dates & Fest Appearances

Pittsburgh, PA’s HOREHOUND announce their teaming up with Hellmistress Records to re-issue the Horehound Self-titled 2016 debut for both CD and first-time colored vinyl variants. The seven original tracks have been re-mixed, re-mastered, and now …Read More

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Honduras' New Archaeological Research Center Adds to List of Impressive Attractions

Newlink GroupTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Newlink Group has banded together with the Honduran Institute of Tourism to promote the distinct beauty and history of Honduras to world-travelers and archaeological buffs alike. Honduras has long been the home to some of the world’s…

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Detroit Metro CVB Launches New Restaurant-Focused YouTube Show

DETROIT, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has debuted its new YouTube series Eats in The D. The five minute show focuses on the food, drinks and people in metro Detroit that are making headlines around the world.
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Li Jinyuan: cały świat patrzy teraz na Chiny, a TIENS jest w samym centrum

PEKIN, 16 kwietnia 2018 r. /PRNewswire/ — Dnia 11 kwietnia zakończyło się najważniejsze chińskie forum gospodarcze Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2018. Na odbywającym się w ramach motywu „otwarta, innowacyjna Azja źródłem dostatku” forum wystąpił Li Jinyuan, przewodniczący spółki…

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Review: Tinashe's 'Joyride' Is the Sound of an Innovator Trying to Fit In

For all of Tinashe Kachingwe’s club-to-bedroom bangers – and on her sophomore album, Joyride, there are many – the young R&B singer’s vocal control comes across in unexpected ways. Take “Salt,” a heavy song about being ditched in a hotel lobby that’s full of subtle brilliance. Tinashe sings the words “Darling” and “I’ve been slowly dying” a touch after the beat, dragging her voice to full stops again and again like she’s waltzing in shackles. Throughout, Tinashe demonstrates that she’s a pro at keeping time, whether it’s the breathless Ciara throwback “No Contest” or the surly island dirge “Joyride.”

The complexity of Tinashe’s musicianship can be overlooked in part because she is so good at conforming to pop standards. She often plays the smooth vocal foil to big-personality artists with limited ranges like Britney Spears and Charli XCX. In hindsight, Tinashe’s 2015 debut Aquarius, with its scintillating breakout “2 On,” was a bellwether for the way R&B – “rhythmic pop” as she has branded it – would permeate hip-hop, blunting its edges to make space for a new class of chart-topping singers like Khalid and SZA. On Joyride, her sophomore album, Tinashe joins this rank, but has trouble standing out. Her singles lean on radio’s heavy-hitters to reintroduce her after an uncommon three-year delay since Aqaurius (she released the pseudo-mixtape Nightride in 2016). The infectious “No Drama” borrows Migos’ downer-trap vibes (plus Offset); Future upstages on “Faded Love”; and the lively, Latin-tinged “Me So Bad” comes complete with party players French Montana and Ty Dolla $ign to help tap the keg and pet the dolphins.

If R&B were Mean Girls, Joyride would be Lindsay Lohan’s character, the straight-A student downplaying her smarts to fit in with the popular crowd. Kachingwe, the daughter of two college professors, grew up studying lofty subjects like ballet and jazz in middle school. Her falsetto (see: “He Don’t Want It”) could remove paint from the ceiling and she can dance like a Cirque du Soleil acrobat in full-body rubber. Vocally, Tinashe is probably more musically adept than half of the artists she emulates. But she won’t truly carve out her own space until she figures out who she is.  

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Fyre Festival: Docuseries on Disastrous Event in the Works at Hulu

The story of the disastrous Fyre Festival will be told in an upcoming docuseries that Hulu will stream in 2019.

The Cinemart – the production company behind Jay-Z’s Time: The Kalief Browder Story and Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story – will develop the project alongside Billboard and Mic.

The still-untitled docuseries will feature interviews with “inside sources that range from local Bahamians, stranded festivalgoers, vendors and investors,” the Hollywood Reporter writes, and include never-before-seen footage from the planned “ultra-luxury” music festival, a brainchild of entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule.

The story of what occurred at Fyre Festival is now infamous: Festivalgoers, after shelling out thousands of dollars for tickets and transportation, arrived in the Bahamas to find ramshackle tents instead of the promised luxurious cabanas, cheese sandwiches instead of the advertised chef-prepared meals and a barren music lineup after the majority of acts – like Major Lazer and Blink-182 – canceled prior to the fest.

One day into the festival, following a deluge of social media video showcasing the uninviting conditions at Fyre, the fest was canceled, but that was only the beginning of McFarland’s troubles: The 25-year-old was arrested on numerous charges related to his Fyre Media, and faces over $100 million in lawsuits from festivalgoers following their nightmarish Fyre experience.

After initially pleading not guilty, McFarland changed course and pleaded guilty in March to misleading investors and wire fraud. As part of the plea deal, McFarland faces a 97-to-120 month prison sentence when the judge sentences him on June 21st.

The Fyre docuseries will focus on what exactly went wrong with the festival and who was to blame, thanks in part to leaked documents, emails and recordings the producers have acquired.

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