Janet Jackson is receiving an award that has been a long time in the making. At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards this month, Jackson will be the recipient of the coveted Icon Award. The awards ceremony takes place May 20 and will be held in Las Vegas.
Jackson has had a stellar career spanning through the decades. Born into the famous Jackson family on May 16, 1966, Janet Jackson was the youngest child in a family of talented musicians. Jackson got her first opportunity to appear on stage in April of 1974. Along side her brother Randy, she took the stage for the Jackson Family’s Las Vegas act where she sang and did impressions. Two years later she appeared on “The Jacksons”, a summer televised series. Her amazing performance gained her much attention which led to her role on “Good Times” from 1977-1979. She moved on to more series including “A New Kind Of Family”, “Different Strokes” and “Fame”. Under the wing of older brother Michael, Jackson released her first album “Janet Jackson” in 1982. It had three hit singles and was a great lead in to her follow up album, “Dream Street”. In 1986 Jackson hit it big with her album “Control” which sold a whopping eight million copies. Jackson went on to release more albums, each doing remarkably well, and Jackson found herself at the top of her game. Along with her musical career, Jackson appeared in a few hit movies including “Poetic Justice” and “Boyz n the Hood”.
To this day, Jackson has continued to work and stay busy. To date, she has been nominated for 18 Billboard Music Awards and won 10 of them. She has her popular “State of the World” tour taking place this summer as well as performances at Essence Festival, Outside Lands and Panorama. Along with all that, it is certain she will be at this years Billboard Music Awards to receive this iconic award where she’ll find herself in great company. Previous winners include Stevie Wonder, Cher, Celie Dion, Prince and so many more. For more information, click here.
Florida souncloud rappers XXXTENTACION and Ski Mask the Slump God reunited this weekend at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. During Ski Mask’s Sunday set, “X” walked onto the stage, unannounced. Ski Mask, in the middle of performing a song, exchanged words with his former collaborator. Fans could hear the rappers each say their love for one another. “I love you, bro,” X said and Ski Mask responded, “I love you too, fam.” As the crowd cheered, the two hugged each other.
You can see the reunion on Youtube, here.
Not long ago, the two were engaged in an ugly beef with each other, with X saying harsh things about Ski Mask. At one point XXXTENTACION that he would not release any more music until Ski Mask would agree to be his friend again. Over time, their beef began to disappear, with Ski Mask saying he still “had love” for X, but that he would keep his distance due to X’s “crazy” nature. Much of the origin of the beef has been kept out of the public eye, leaving fans confused and curious. In a recent interview, X gave more insight into how the artistic and personal relationship began to fall apart, saying, “It was a lack of appreciation on his end… he put a business perspective before a personal relationship”.
The two rappers are known for pioneering the incredibly popular Florida soundcloud sound of mumble rap and aggressive beats. Their similar lyrical flows and musical styles have led fans of each individual rapper to become fans of both artists. The reunion should be welcome news to the XXXTENACION and Ski Mask fanbases. Ski Mask the Slump God released a new mixtape this past week and X is touring after the success of his latest album, “?”.
Cardi B recently took to Twitter to offer up an apology following the recent uproar surrounding her collaborative song “Girls” with Rita Ora. Cardi B claimed she never meant to cause any harm and never intended to cause distress for anyone with the song. She went on to discuss that she, personally, had many experiences with women and she felt the song was good, one that made her remember her many experiences. She then, in a second tweet, addressed the LGBTQ Community to apologize for any offensive language that was used and that when she collaborated on the song, she didn’t find anything to be offensive.
This apology seemed genuine, but this is not the singers first time in trouble with the LGBTQ community. Just months prior, Cardi B was forced to defender her fiancé, Offset, for his lyrics that read “I cannot vibe with queers”, which prompted Cardi B to take to social media and prompt readers to “educate people”. She went on to claim that many people simply are unaware of what is wrong and right within the LGBTQ community.
On May 11, the single “Girls” was dropped and included what Ora referred to as a gender fluid freedom to it. The public simply doesn’t agree as the song was met with immediate criticism and pushback from many queer musicians. Many feel the song does nothing beyond prey on bisexual stereotypes, one artist went so far to call the song tone deaf. Ora jumped on social media to defend her single stating that the single is actually a very accurate account of a very real and very honest experience. She went on to note that she has had many romantic relationships with both women and ben in her lifetime and this song reflects part of her personal experiences. She id note that she meant no harm and apologized if anyone felt hurt. She had no intention of causing any harm to anyone with her music. She then noted that she homes that she can continue expressing her feelings and her true self through her music and that it will help her fans feel empowered and proud of themselves.
While people were quick to jump on the attack for the song, if Ora is being honest and this is her real and true experience, she truly meant no harm to anyone. For more information and links to all the tweets involved in this debate, click here.
The central bank is the financial authority in any nation. The bank regulates inflation by controlling the money supply in the nation’s economy. It does this by selling or buying bonds and share securities from its citizens. In America, just like other nations, the bank sells securities to the market when it needs to increase interest rates and decrease the money supply among the citizens. Quantitative easing is the opposite of this scenario where the central bank increases the money supply by buying securities in exchange for cash.
In February, Shervin Pishevar went on one of the longest Tweet storms ever seen, when he wrote 50 tweets within 21 hours. Each tweet contained a unique insight on various aspects of the USA financial market sector.
One of the tweets posits that the use of quantitative easing was fast becoming obsolete. Shervin Pishevar criticized the use of this tool to stabilize the economy. In support of his statement, he went further to describe how quantitative easing had lost its edge in stabilizing the economy, particularly in USA. “The bull run of bonds is over,” Shervin Pishevar wrote.
Shervin Pishevar went further to warn individuals against falling victim to this tool. To defend his statements, he identified inflation as the reason quantitative easing is no longer plausible. Quantitative easing has been an effective tool over the years but inflation keeps rising to unprecedented levels despite its use.
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The crash of the stock markets is another reason why Shervin Pishevar thinks quantitative easing is losing its power to control inflation. The stock market is volatile because of the cutthroat competition that leading tech firms encounter. Moreover, unemployment is a rising phenomenon across the globe. This means people no longer have access to loans that empower quantitative easing to reduce inflation.
Quantitative easing has a myriad of drawbacks because it weakens the country’s currency and eventually weakens the economy. Given his business background, Shervin Pishevar’s insights are worth every investor’s consideration. He is the founder of Sherpa capital and holds a considerable stake in global tech giants such as Airbnb, Uber, Didi, and Wag, among others.
As everyone knows, famed rapper T.I. is no stranger to legal troubles. The talented rapper has sat out time behind bars instead of working on his incredible career, but come out the other side with stories to weave into his songs. Now, he’ll have a new legal woe to write about, the singer was recently arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness.
T.I., who’s legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested around 4am in Georgia, according to the Henry County Police Department. The rapper arrived at a gated community, the same one he resides in, but did not have his key in his possession. He then began demanding the guards let him in, repeatedly asking them if they were aware of who he was. Eventually, the guards granted the musician entrance into the community. After a short time, T.I. returned, on foot, to the guard window to confront the guard again. He had also called a friend to come to his aid, the friend joined in as the two harshly confronted the guard, and eventually this led to the police being called. The friend, who’s name is unknown at this time, was also arrest due to an outstanding warrant he had.
T.I. is no stranger to the legal system, he even tends to refer to himself as a multiple felon in his own songs. Beginning back in 1998, T.I. was sentenced to three years for distribution of cocaine, manufacturing and distributing of a controlled substance and providing law enforcement with a false name. After serving just one year of the sentence, the rapper was paroled. In 2004 he was once again on the wrong side of the law when he was busted for a violation of his parole. In 2007 he faced prosecutors in a court room who pulled out every card, fighting to send the rapper away for a long time following a string of weapons relate convictions. He served one year and one day in prison following the court case. Most recently, in 2010 the singer and his wife were both arrested in Los Angeles on drug possession charges.
While there is no doubt that the entertainer has an opportunity for a bright and prosperous future in the music industry, his legal woes seem to creep up often enough to find a way to hold him back. For more information on this arrest, head to Huffington Post.
Hip hop fans will never turn down a golden opportunity to see their favorite artists take the stage. Fortunately, fans will get a chance to see two of the hottest hip hop acts in the game today. Drake is scheduled to go on tour with Migos. This dazzling showcase begins July 26 in Salt Lake City.
It may sound strange, but Drake had a rocky relationship with Migos in the past. Their relationship started back in 2013 when Drake made a cameo appearance on Versace. His contribution to the project helped the Migos get off to a great start with their career. Rarely do you see an international hip hop icon take a chance on an upstart rap group. In this instance, it seems like Drake’s hospitality has helped Migos hit pay dirt.
Versace became a huge hit and it helped Migos become the new players on the scene. Things took a turn for the worst one of the members accused Drake of stealing their unique style of flowing on the microphone. Things settled down when both parties realized that it was a big misunderstanding. This is great news since hip hop does not need more negative publicity.
Drake and Migos have a big reputation for heating things up when they touch the microphone. This is the main reason why many hip hop critics and insiders are looking forward to the upcoming tour. Some feel that this tour is long overdue. Hip hop needs more talented artists to work together.
Tickets go on sale on May 15. The grand finale for the tour will take place in Atlanta on November 17. It’s vital for die-hard hip hop fans to get their tickets early. With two head-banging acts performing on one stage, it’s logical to assume that tickets are bound to go fast.
Humans are creatures of habit, except when it comes to repeat music. Often times, songs become overplayed, outdated, and simply irrelevant in a world subject to constant change. While the song, “Strip That Down,” by Liam Payne is a great tune for jamming out in the car, it did debut nearly a year ago, which means that it is certainly becoming less than desirable to Payne’s fans. Because of Liam’s seemingly stagnant music career, fans spoke and, well, the artist is ready to deliver by announcing the release of his debut album.
Despite his new album’s debut, it is important to note that Payne is not new to the music industry as he had a successful, long career as a singer in the boy band, One Direction. Of course, becoming a solo artist has its trials, but Payne’s youth, knowledge, and eagerness to claim his own identity will surely make his debut album one that will soon lead to tours and future projects.
Set to release September fourteenth, fans of Payne’s talent are attempting to keep busy this summer by listening to other fresh artists, some of which are expected to appear on Payne’s new album. Zedd, Quavo, Rita Ora, and Balvin are a few of the names Payne dropped when announcing his album debut. Payne noted the names and followed with a gracious compliment: “I’ve got a good mix of beautiful people on my album, which is amazing.” Surely with so much talk of a new direction, old fans posed the question of what is to come for his once thriving band, One Direction.
Though the singer did not say much pertaining to his teenage band, he did note that One Direction is not ending nor is their career over, which likely allowed fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
When a person takes off as much time as Janelle Monae takes off to make a album her fans already know that it is going to be good. She takes a lot of time to write her own songs, and her creative process is something always makes it a joy to hear a new release from her.
“Dirty Computer”” may not be the equivalent of the Prince “Dirty Mind” album, but Janelle Monae is definitely reaching back to the influence of the masterful artistry of Prince. She is something of a visionary when it comes to creating music that is funky and thought-provoking at the same time. This is something that few artists are able to do when it comes to creating new music, but for Janelle Monae this type of music seems like a natural flow for her.
Janelle Monae has incorporated other songwriters like Pharrell and Julia Michaels in her album, but she is clearly the one that is running the show. She co-writes everything, and all the visions for the videos that come together to make one short film are all inspired by Janelle Monae.
The music on this album is something that tends to be a futuristic blend of influences from the past as well as a visionary sound from a variety of melodies that are bass heavy. Guitars are present in some places while low beating drums are part of the other sounds from Janelle Monae.
People are somewhat amazed by the wide range of topics that fit into an album so well. It all sounds cohesive for her. None of this seems out of place or forced even though she covers a wide range of topics during this album. For Janelle Monae it is all about taking creative control and creating a concept album.
Bumble is a dating app that is quickly becoming one of the most used methods for making a romantic connection in the world today. The app was founded by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd who was looking to revolutionize the dating app industry with a platform that was truly revolutionary and had a female-centric appeal. The innovative approach that Bumble takes is that it does a reversal of the traditional male and female roles. Bumble makes the simple change in the dating app formula in which the women who use it are expected to make the first move.
It didn’t take long for Bumble to become one of the world’s top dating apps due to its forward-thinking approach where traditional gender roles are reversed. Whitney Wolfe had a desire to create a space that gave women a sense of empowerment that has often, historically speaking, been missing from the dating realm. Perhaps the true proof of Whitney Wolfe Herd’s entrepreneurial genius is the most recent step she is taking. Thinking in a very forward manner and looking to empower women in more than just the field of dating, she has added Bumble Bizz and Bumble BFF in order to facilitate the finding of business contacts as well as friends for women. The end goal of this is the evolve Bumble into more than just a simple dating app and to grow it into a fully developed social network for women. The success that Bumble has yielded so far is evident in the fact that it has already been valued at over one billion dollars in its short existence.
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Whitney Wolfe Herd, a Salt Lake City, Utah native who studied at Texas’s Southern Methodist University, began showing her high entrepreneurial IQ back during her days as a student. She made a splash in the business world while demonstrating her ingrained desire to help the world during her SMU tenure by selling tote bags to help in the recovery of the infamous BP oil spill that occurred in the Gulf Coast. By 2012, Whitney Wolfe Herd played a major role in the launching of Tinder as co-founder, helping it become the top dating app in the industry.
Whitney’s departure from Tinder left a bad taste in her mouth and had her thinking she was done with the business of helping to facilitate romantic connections. This aversion to working in the world of dating app’s changed as the idea for Bumble came together and Whitney recognized the opportunity to truly do something good for women. The app is clearly catching on, largely due to the fact that it offers women a space that makes them feel more comfortable than a lot of the other options out here. As founder of Bumble, Whitney has always been a proud feminist and is proud to be associated with something like Bumble that has great potential to champion the cause of women.
When I founded @Bumble, I didn't know what I was supposed to do. Just what I wanted to fix: the antiquated rules of dating. Thanks, @FitzTepper, for the story. > Whitney Wolfe Herd doesn’t care what she’s supposed to do https://t.co/hXeLSv0LdZ via @techcrunch
— Whitney Wolfe Herd (@WhitWolfeHerd) May 14, 2018
Tinashe has delivered an interesting new “Joyride” album with the help of songwriters, but there still seems to be something that is missing from the equation. She has managed to create this type of sound that does not really define who she is. This seems to be the reoccurring theme that surfaces when she makes an album.
More people are noticing that her time in the spotlight is often dictated by music where she is making people dance. This is always a good start for Tinashe. The trouble always comes when she has to create a full album that is not composed of dance tracks. When you become known for making dance singles like this it becomes what people expect anything more. What Tinashe typically does is take her music listeners on a different ride that does not involve as much dancing. This sometimes makes it difficult for people that take interest in the initial single to have the same type of interest in the overall album. This definitely makes it harder for her to keep her fan base interested in what she is doing next.
Sometimes it is all about strategy. What Tinashe has done is create any opportunity that allows her to expand her fan base because she is working with different producers. Unfortunately, to catch that magic in a bottle type of hit song you have to cast a net wide. It is to her advantage to work with different people like French Montana because there could be something with them that makes it easier to acquire and mainstream hit.
Tinashe has always had something of a hip hop type of feel to her music, but there are instances where some of the songs easily sound like Fifth Harmony pop-styled songs that could help her crossover quickly.