Drake will be making headlines at a musical festival in West Potomac Park in September. There will be a variance of acts at the event for the eclectic music aficionados. The Strokes, Band of Horses, Wale, and Ex Hex are a few of the acts slated to perform.
Washington will be moving and shaking with these musical combinations. However, there is a greater cause at hand. Proceeds from the Landmark Music Festival will be attributed to the renovation of the National Mall. Tickets are already on sale for the event and range from $100 to $150, according to The Washington Post. Hopefuls who wish to win a ticket can expect an announcement in the next few days regarding a giveaway of 1,000 free tickets.
The festival is expected to draw over 50,000 people to West Potomac Park, September 26-27. The full performance list from the Washington Post is below.
Band of Horses
The War on Drugs
Fun.’s Nate Ruess
The Lone Bellow
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
The Joy Formidable
Albert Hammond Jr.
In the Valley Below
Rebirth Brass Band
Hiss Golden Messenger
The London Souls
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers
19-years old from Nashville, TN
Inspirations: Mostly Starlito, Young Buck, Kendrick Lamar, Young Dolph, Big Krit – “I would say these individuals molded me.”
When did I start my craft? “Every since age 7, walking to the store with change. Then (in) high school, I got back into the zone. I mostly freestyled songs on MySpace.”
Other Hobbies: “Anything sports related. Working out is a large part of my life. I like to incorporate boxing and yoga into these outlets.”
College Background: “I’m enrolled right now at Tennessee State University. I dropped out one semester, but found my way back. I always wanted to play football at the university, but things didn’t go as planned. But with every negative, there’s a positive. It’s good to have the opportunity to focus on my creative projects at this time.”
Check out Mike Mane's Twitter page for samples of his music and artistry.
Unfortunately, it looks like everything that Jay-Z touches doesn’t turn to gold as one would expect. The analytical results are in on the rapper’s new music venture, and they aren’t looking too promising monetarily. Tidal, often correlatively compared to Spotify, did not top the charts in the iPhone App category. According to newser.com, the music service is no longer in the top 700 apps downloaded within the iTunes store. Pandora and Spotify are still on top of their musical game, holding their spots comfortably.
What could this customer distaste be blamed upon? Some media professionals are placing the depreciation on bad personification. The marketing efforts seemed to target the stars and not the consumers who they expected to buy into the product. The ads seemed to boost the idea that Tidal would put even more money into the pockets of music artists. The advertising dollars seemed to miss the key ingredient of profit – clients/customers.
What did we learn from all this? Let’s just say marketing is invaluable to a product’s success or downfall. Jay-Z once stated, “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business man! Let me handle my business.” We think this business may need a new man in the marketing arena.
In case you missed the American Country Music Awards last night, we have some highlights and winners for you.
Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert appeared to be the bells of the musical ball in the awards categories. Bryan took home the entertainer of the year award chosen by fan votes. The competition was stiff in this category with nominees such as Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Miranda Lambert was also up for this awards, but the loss only equaled greater successes, as she won female vocalist of the year, song of the year, and album of the year. She seemed mystified and amazed by all the wins.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the star-studded event in Arlington, TX for the 50th anniversary of the program. It was the most attended award show of all time, according to CBS News. Other featured artists and honorees at the event were Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, and Brooks & Dunn. They were each recognized for a Milestone Award during the festivities. Taylor Swift’s mom presented her with the honor in a tearful exchange.
The performances kept the show moving. Florida Georgia Line performed “Sippin on Fire”, while Christina Aguilera made an appearance with Rascal Flatts to sing, “Shotgun”. Nick Jonas added a different musical connotation to the awards by accompanying Dan + Shay in their performance. The event ended with a hearty rendition of the classic, “Let the Good Times Roll”, by Jake Owen and Darius Rucker.
We found a baby that can really groove, and we’re not referencing “Baby” from “Young Money”. Two-year old, Oratilwe Hlongwane, is making DJing his early profession in South Africa. His father utilizes a DJ app that he decided to take over one day. The rest is history. The baby DJ will be taking his talents on the road. Well, to the mall at least. Clubs will just have to live through the older DJs until young Hlongwane is old enough to rock with them. View his video below!
We’ve got good news for Tyler, the Creator fans. The music artist announced yesterday that he would be dropping a new album on April 13th. Fans of the young rapper can look forward to unique and vivid collaborations with this new musical endeavor. Kanye West and Lil Wayne will reportedly be featured on tracks incorporated into “Cherry Bomb”. He’s also provided fans with a little snippet of what’s to come by releasing two singles ahead of the actual album release date. Some other surprising contributors also made an imprint on Tyler’s music such as Charlie Wilson. This may provide him with just what he’s been needing—a more universal appeal.
“Cherry Bomb” is available for pre-order on iTunes at this time.
We have shocking news to report as B.B. King was rushed to the hospital early this morning with health complications from his on-going battle with diabetes. Relatives told CNN that he was being treated for dehydration after a show in Chicago.
For those not familiar with King, he is best known for his smooth hits, “The Thrill Is Gone” and “There Must be a Better World Somewhere”. He was tapped into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and has been nominated for 30 Grammys over the years.
Details about King’s condition are still forthcoming.
Remember rocker Avril Lavigne who is known for hits like, “Happy Ending” and “I’m With You”? We often wondered exactly what pulled her out of the spotlight in recent months. The singer finally divulged that she has been battling Lyme disease for some time now. She described the illness as a feeling of death and that it incapacitated her in many ways. There were feelings of lethargy throughout her sickness and she became bedridden for many months, causing her mother to move in with her while her husband of the group, Nickelback, was on tour. She believes that she came in contact with a tick that caused the disease to overwhelm her.
There is good news, however. Avril told one magazine that she is up and running once again and has plans of releasing new music for the 2015 Special Olympics. Lavigne provided a quote that we can all live by. She stated, “I really just want to enjoy life from here on out.” We agree that striving to make the rest of your life, the best of your life is a great way to live.
This morning we’ve recovered reports that legendary musician Joni Mitchell was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital yesterday morning for a health emergency that has not been disclosed at this time. Her site has been providing a steady convergence of information on her condition. According to the site, she was found unconscious on the floor of her home. However, she regained consciousness in the ambulance during the journey to the hospital. Her Twitter page shines a good light on her condition, stating that she is undergoing tests, but is in good spirits.
Not familiar with Mitchell’s music career? She created several songs of influence such as: “Big Yellow Taxi”; “Free Man in Paris”; and “Both Sides Now” in the 1960’s. She is currently 71 years of age.