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Thursday, June 29, 2017

IMPACT: Calvin Harris’ ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’

Posted By: ZYNC - 6:53 AM

By Hayden Wright

As Calvin Harris prepares to release his new album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 (out Friday) all eyes are on his dizzying roster of collaborators. This week he dropped a star-studded video for “Feels” featuring Katy Perry, Big Sean and Pharrell—yet another testament to Harris’ unifying power for artists across the genre spectrum. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 might have his most ambitious lineup yet.

From the pop world, the record features superstars Perry and Ariana Grande. R&B’s best John Legend and Frank Ocean are also featured along with Harris’ long list of hip-hop luminaries including Snoop Dogg, Future, Nicki Minaj, Migos and Young Thug. On first glance, the track list appears more like a lineup of presenters at the GRAMMY Awards than a collection of artists who appear on the same album. Getting high-profile artists to pick up the phone is no small feat, but Harris does it every time.

Related: Calvin Harris Drops ‘Feels’ Video with Katy Perry, Pharrell, Big Sean

Nobody maximizes the impact (and diversity) of guest appearances like Calvin Harris—operating within his own musical vocabulary.  And Harris is perhaps the greatest translator of EDM trends, sounds, and styles into pop—operating just as comfortably at Ultra Music Festival as on the Billboard Hot 100. The key is melodies: Songs composed as pop confections are presented with bubbling synths, killer beats, and electro drama. Whether he’s going for elation or detached melancholy, Harris makes genius use of his DJ tools to give us our summer staples.

For his latest, Scottish hitmaker occasionally steps outside the EDM idiom and this could be his rangiest effort to date. “Feels,” for instance, flirts with funk and tropical styles while “Slide” (featuring Ocean and Migos) is a hit with an irresistible hook and gorgeous piano arrangement.

The new soundtrack to the summer of 2017 has arrived with Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1.

 


(Source: Radio.com)

Lady Gaga to Resume Dive Bar Tour in July

Posted By: ZYNC - 6:53 AM

By Hayden Wright

Lady Gaga will make another return to dive bars with a July 13 show in Las Vegas. The pop star performed a similar string of concerts last October to promote her album Joanne, which is about to get a world tour of its own. In collaboration with Bud Light, Gaga will return to her underground roots for one more show before she kicks off the Joanne arena tour.

Related: Watch Lady Gaga Become a Substitute Teacher

Gaga says the back-to-basics approach stirs nostalgia for her humble beginnings.

“All the time, I think about how I started out in my career, and I was just playing in bars downtown in New York—and you miss that, you know?” Gaga told Billboard. “It’s a very wonderful, intimate connection that you get to make with the audience.”

The “Perfect Illusion” singer also discussed plans to perform at Manchester Arena, the site of last month’s deadly terror attack.

“It will mean a lot to me. I’m excited to share that moment with my fans, as I am in every place that we go. I think it’s important, in every city that I stop in, that we honor that tragedy and be there for one another and remember that life is precious and we have to be kind and stick together.”


(Source: Radio.com)

Adele Asks Fans to Donate to Grenfell Tower Victims, Hints at Tour Retirement

Posted By: ZYNC - 6:13 AM

By Robyn Collins

Adele began the last run of her tour Wednesday (June 28) at Wembley Stadium in the UK to a record-breaking crowd of 98,000. And she had a powerful message to deliver to the entire audience.

Related: Adele Pops into London Fire Station for a Cup of Tea and a Cuddle

She stressed the importance of helping victims from the Grenfell Tower fire and asked fans to donate money. The June 14 Grenfell Tower fire in West London killed 80 people, reports BBC News.

The pop star delivered a video message with chilling footage of the devastation before the show, “It’s been two weeks since the fire, and still the people who were affected by it are homeless,

“I promise that the money we raise together will go directly to the people who are living in that block,” she said.

Later, during the show, the singer made a live plea. “Usually I ask everyone to get their phone out and put their lights on. But before I do that I want you to donate.”

“Did anyone see the video before I came on?” she added. “I’ve been down to Grenfell Tower. I can’t tell you how out of control and how chaotic it still is down there, it’s been two weeks since this happened… it’s atrocious that we can’t get answers.”

She continued, “It’s our job as human beings to be compassionate… You’ll be hearing a lot more from me about [Grenfell] in the days and weeks and probably years to come.”

Then Adele dedicated her song “Hometown Glory” to the victims of the fire.

While her plea for donations dominated the headlines, found out other major news at the show. “I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again,” read a note in the program. “I’ve done 119 shows and these last four will take me up to 123, it has been hard out an absolute thrill and pleasure to have done.”

 

 


(Source: Radio.com)

Wanna Pay $6,500 or More For Justin Bieber’s Right Yeezy?

Posted By: ZYNC - 5:48 AM

By Robyn Collins

Justin Bieber recently tossed his Kanye West Yeezy Boost 350 V2 sneakers into a Frankfurt, Germany audience and the shoes have taken on lives and values of their own.

Related: Watch Justin Bieber Play Beethoven on Piano

The right shoe is being auctioned off, with a bid starting at around $5,600.

The seller explained, “We do like Justin and his music but there are people dying to have this shoe and we are just no [sic] huge beliebers so it wouldn’t be fair to keep it. Also, part of the profit will be DONATED to a local charity if we sell the shoe.”

On the other foot, err hand, the left shoe now has it’s own Instagram account, @theleftYeezy.

Instagram Photo

Watch Bieber Toss his Yeezys:


(Source: Radio.com)

Fil-Am Singer Kriesha Chu To Perform in Manila for ‘Super Pop Con 2017’ with B.A.P, VIXX, Pentagon, and more

Posted By: ZYNC - 1:39 AM

Just over a month since her debut into the K-Pop world, Fil-am teen singer and former K-Pop Star 6 contestant Kriesha Chu is set to take the Manila stage, along with other K-Pop acts for Mission I: Super Pop Con 2017.

South Korean boy groups B1A4, B.A.P, BTOB, Pentagon, VIXX, and B.I.G will also be delighting fans with live performances of their knife-like choreography and songs that are knocking down language and distance barriers among K-Pop fans.

Aside from bringing together some of the most sought-after K-Pop artists all in one super stage, the show also caters to a super cause: building more drug rehabilitation and renewal centers across the country, in collaboration with local democratic party PDP Laban.

Mission I: Super Pop Con 2017 will be held on July 7 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, presented by KIRIN, in partnership with LUMOS E&M and All Access Productions. Tickets are available in SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online via www.smtickets.com. Prices are as follows:

SVIP – P8925
VIP – P6825
Gold – P4725
Silver – P3150
General Admission – P1575

The post Fil-Am Singer Kriesha Chu To Perform in Manila for ‘Super Pop Con 2017’ with B.A.P, VIXX, Pentagon, and more appeared first on Billboard Philippines.

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