FKA Twigs Proved That A Free Impromptu Dance Workshop Is What Everyone Needs.

I really don’t know how to describe FKA Twigs other than a “Soul Bjork”? Her music is simply kinda weird. Her dance moves? kinda weird. and I mean that as a compliment because you can’t take your eyes off her. She’s also British, which seems kind of far from Baltimore, MD but sometimes you just connect with a city.

Twigs wanted to show Baltimore in a different light than what you see/hear in the news. I can attest to that. Baltimore is SO much more than The Wire. It isn’t violence and anger. It is a city FULL of beauty grit and art.

So what started as a series of tweets, evolved into a opportunity to bring people together. Not an audition. Not a competition. A free dance workshop and the result is a stunning documentary. Baltimore Dance Project Hit the link to watch and the next time Twigs does a dance workshop, GO.

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GRAMMY Noms Are Out!

15338487_337801916603958_4263201876792573952_nMaren Morris rocked the Grammy nominations, which were released this morning. She and Kelsea Ballerini are the only ones to represent Country in the all-genre categories — they’re both up for Best New Artist. Maren also grabbed nods for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song for “My Church” and Best Country Album for Hero. Interestingly, Willie Nelson got a nomination for Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Summer Time: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin. The GRAMMY Awards air live Feb. 12.

Below are the Country-specific nominations, and the full list of all categories is here.

Best Country Solo Performance

Love Can Go To Hell
Brandy Clark
Track from: Big Day In A Small Town
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Vice
Miranda Lambert
Label: Vanner Records/RCA Nashville

My Church
Maren Morris
Track from: Hero
Label: Columbia Nashville

Church Bells
Carrie Underwood
Track from: Storyteller
Label: 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville

Blue Ain’t Your Color
Keith Urban
Track from: Ripcord
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Different For Girls
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
Track from: Black
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

21 Summer
Brothers Osborne
Track from: Pawn Shop
Label: EMI Records Nashville

Setting The World On Fire
Kenny Chesney & P!nk
Label: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville

Jolene
Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
Label: Dolly Records, LLC/RCA Nashville

Think Of You
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope
Track from: I’m Comin’ Over Label: RCA Nashville
Best Country Song

Blue Ain’t Your Color
Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)

Die A Happy Man
Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)

Humble And Kind
Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)

My Church
busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)

Vice
Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

 

Best Country Album

Big Day In A Small Town
Brandy Clark
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Full Circle
Loretta Lynn
Label: Legacy Recordings

Hero
Maren Morris
Label: Columbia Nashville

A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
Sturgill Simpson
Label: Atlantic

Ripcord
Keith Urban
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

The TWENTY: Hamilton

So there seem to be 3 camps of people when it comes to the Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical – Those who are obsessed with it, those who have friends who are obsessed – or they’ve kind of heard about it, but haven’t really checked it out, and those who are still in the dark. I’m Parker – I belong to that first group, and I’m here to clear up some of the mystery behind Hamilton’s popularity.

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Maybe you’re trying to figure out who this Lin-Manuel Miranda guy is – he’s been popping up on The Tonight Show, Drunk History, Carpool Karaoke, Inside Amy Schumer – and EVERYONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHO HE IS. Because never in the history of Broadway theater has a musical crossed into the mainstream in the way that Hamilton has! Not even Cats, although it probably came the closest.

So, let’s start at the beginning – literally. This is the first song Lin wrote after reading an Alexander Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow. He took it to an open mic night at the White House in 2009, where he debuted it for President Obama and the First Lady – and sang all the roles himself.

SO MUCH HAMILTON behind this link!

If You Got Paid To Do This, Would You?

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Lifetime announced they are giving you what you’ve always wanted! A Britney Spears biopic…the chick who plays Britney looks more like Natasha Lyonne if you ask me. I’m more impressed with the guys who are playing the onscreen NSync….sure it might be cringeworthy but not many can say they starred in a Lifetime movie. I have nothing but respect and envy for someone willing to star on the Nickelback of tv networks.

GOD I WANT TO BE AN EXTRA SO BAD.

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Tis The Season To Decorate Yourself With Holiday Merch From Your Favorite Artists.

BEYONCE.

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RUN THE YULES

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BON JOVI

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PAUL MCCARTNEY

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RYAN ADAMS

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CARLY RAE JEPSON

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

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BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Click here to buy one for every music lover in the family…from Jason Mraz to Megadeath!

And let’s get ugly.

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Lady Gaga’s Interview With CBS Sunday Morning: Grab The Kleenex And Feel The Feels.

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Lady Gaga opens up about her new album Joanne, her family, ex-fiance Taylor Kinney and what she misses about being a regular person.

…and just when you think you couldn’t love her more, she stops by The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ youth, to share a song and a smile.

Now if you’ll excuse me.

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Strait Up Awesome

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George Strait singing right to me

VIP Swag and Strait Out Of The Box 2

VIP Swag and Strait Out Of The Box 2

Last night I had the honor of being at an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime show, and it’s one I will never forget.

George Strait is releasing Strait Out Of The Box: Part 2 tomorrow (11/18). It’s three discs with 56 tracks — most of which you know and will sing along with, but there are also two new songs he co-wrote, “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell.”

Last night, to celebrate this monumental new release, George took it back to where it all began. Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in the state of Texas, and the place where George Strait and the Ace In The Hole Band got their start a few decades ago. In front of the 200 or so invited guests, he told the story of how the owner said, “We’ll let you play a Sunday night, we’ll charge $0.25 at the door and we’ll see how you do.” George said, “we made $7 that night.” But they kept coming back and became regulars at the dance hall. The last time they played there was in 1982.

So if you were watching the live stream last night when he sang, “The Fireman,” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” “The Chair” and “Check Yes Or No,” you know he’s still got it, and every single person in that room was singing along at the top of their lungs. He sang for two hours and we all sang along to the songs we knew, and listened intently to the new ones. I can’t WAIT for you to hear “Kicked Outta Country,” which he wrote with Jamey Johnson.

By the way, right before he took the stage, it was announced that George has added eight dates to his Strait To Vegas residency, including something that’s never been done: over two nights he will sing ALL 60 of his number one songs. Details here.

I hope you were watching the live stream last night, but if you missed it, you can see part of it here.

–Jess

You can be at George Strait’s album release show! Well, kind of.

image002The King of Country Music returns to Texas for an exclusive Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 album release show this Wednesday, Nov. 16. The impressive three-disc, 56-track collection is available this Friday, Nov. 18 exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com. Featuring 36 of Strait’s hit singles including 26 No. 1s, Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 also offers fans two new songs with “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell.” Strait is a co-writer on both tracks.

In celebration of the box set, Strait and his Ace in the Hole Band will take it back to the dusty floors and intimate setting of a historic Texas dancehall for a memorable night of music. While tickets are not available for purchase, fans can live-stream the event Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT on Strait.WranglerNetwork.com.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 spans 20 years of Strait’s career from 1996 to 2016 and follows the highly successful, 8x Platinum-selling 1995 release, Strait Out of the Box. The two new songs offered in the set, “Kicked Outta Country” (George Strait/Jamey Johnson) and “You Gotta Go Through Hell” (George Strait/Bubba Strait/Dean Dillon) are the first new recordings released from Strait since last year’s surprise Cold Beer Conversation album.

Strait fans have the opportunity to pre-order Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 along with select merchandise, including a silver-plated belt buckle identical to the one featured on the collection’s cover. The limited-edition buckle arrives in an autographed craft wooden box suitable for display. All fan packages and pre-order information available HERE.

Strait is one of the most celebrated country music stars in history and Billboard recently named him No. 1 on the Greatest of All Time: Country Artists list. With 60 No. 1 singles and more than 70 million records sold, Strait has more No. 1 songs than any other artist, and is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most Gold and Platinum albums in history. He is the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history and was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s Legend of Live Award.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 is now available for pre-order HERE.

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