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

Source: Billboard

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

George Strait singing right to me

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.

DJ Flume Goes To A Surf God’s Wave Pool, Doesn’t See ONE Floating BandAid Or Dirty Diaper. No Really.

Source: Twitter

Harley Streten aka DJ Flume somehow pulled some strings and went to Kelly Slater’s man made “Surf Ranch”! A wave pool that is sliiightly different than the wave pools you’re used to…sadly no throngs of people, couples making out, hairy guys blowing snot rockets, etc.

However, every wave is perfect thx to SCIENCE.

Now the question is, how to become friends with Kelly…. *Finger-tenting in progress*

 

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A Tribe Called Quest Kills It On SNL, Leaving Fans To Savor Brilliant Bittersweet Final Album.

Source: The Guardian

“We spoke at length about the importance of maintaining the essence but not getting trapped in that and just trying to see it beyond,” – Q-Tip

After losing ATCQ founder, Phife Dog to diabetes earlier this year, Q-Tip and Jarobi White, managed to fill a tremendous void (emphasis on “fill” because there’s no way in hell you could replace Phife) with the help of Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, Anderson Paak, Busta Rhymes, Elton John and Jack White.

Check out their performance on SNL, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service, and listen to how these rap legends not only preserved their sound/identity but expanded it…all the while in complete reverence for their late brother. read more about the creative process here.

Ps – and then watch this because Chappelle is hilarious.

CMA Awards Drama? Now I Have To Rant.

When the news leaked that Beyonce would be performing on the 50th CMA Awards with the Dixie Chicks, a lot of country fans and even industry people voiced objections to it — some fans on my Facebook page and others said they wouldn’t watch the show! That’s right, they would choose to ignore a three-and-a-half-hour celebration of our music’s history and current artists because of a five-minute segment they didn’t approve of. Crazy, right?

Beyonce (r) with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks at the CMA Awards

Beyonce (r) with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks at the CMA Awards

After the awards, there were a lot of negative comments about the performance. I heard about, but didn’t see, some racial comments that have no place in ANY forum and certainly don’t represent country music fans as a whole (so if you’re one who is feeding into THAT stereotype, knock it off). What I did see were complaints about the fact that, yet again, producers at ABC thought a bunch of hillbillies could never pull the ratings they wanted unless they brought some pop stars on the show. If you check my page, you’ll see I’ve complained about the same thing — especially when the country artists are largely put in the background of those “collaborations,” which they were the other night.

That said, I was there in the auditorium and can tell you that every single person in the room was on their feet for that performance. It was fun. It was a good song — I’d dare say it was as country a song as any other that was performed that night. I never had a problem with Beyonce herself (or the Dixie Chicks, whose lead singer has continued to spew disgusting comments about country fans and radio stations even 15 years after “the incident” and wonders why we haven’t all “just let it go” by now) performing on the show.

Then, on top of the negativity about the performance (or the race of the performer — y’all knock that crap off), I hear that Bey’s fans think Kenny Chesney dissed their girl by not smiling enough or dancing during the set. Seriously? So, the following comes from a press release that came out today:

…to be told the following afternoon that there was a buzz about him dissing Beyonce, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year was astounded. With an interview with ABC completed, Chesney thought people who knew him at all would more than know if anything his serious expression was one of respect, a man knowing he was seeing a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

“I love Beyonce… I loved her Super Bowl performance, her sense of how to make the music hit really hard – and give it drama when she’s onstage,” Chesney responded. “The idea her fans were so quick to judge me, or know what I was thinking doesn’t feel like the woman I’ve always imagined Beyonce to be – and honestly, the people who love her music, either.

“As someone who believes in the message of Spread the Love, we try to find the best in people – and in this case, that meant really watching the musicianship on that stage, as well as a guest in our format who’d written an incredible song. I am amazed and saddened this is the response my respect for her art gets.”

“I believe music is great or not,” says Chesney. “It has nothing to do with genre, gender or color. Just did you bring it, and how great are your songs? To me, there’s no question about Beyonce – or my response to their performance.”

What the hell is going on???

If I had a choice, would I have wanted Beyonce to play the 50th CMA Awards? No, because that show was to celebrate the history of country music and that spot could have been used to spotlight a current artist or a legend, but not because Beyonce is black or the song wasn’t good. But she DID play and she did a great job, and y’all? That horn section was the BOMB.

Do me a favor: quit hating. Believe it or not, there is room for everyone in music and the walls are crumbling between any genres that have traditionally been established. You don’t have to like her performance or her music, but the hate is getting out of control in every aspect of public pop culture and it needs to quit. There’ is no room for hate in music! There’s no room for hate in LIFE. It’s too short.

What are your thoughts? Comment below or on Facebook or Twitter.

The EPIC 50th CMA Awards!

50th CMA Awards

50th CMA Awards

If you watched the 50th CMA Awards on ABC, you got an idea how incredible the anniversary celebration was. Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels and so many more were there, some performed and Randy Travis SANG. That’s huge — he hasn’t been able to speak for the last three years. It was an emotional night and a reminder of how incredible the music and people are that shaped our format. Also, Beyonce performed. What?! Yeah, I don’t know. But she was good.

Congratulations to the winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne

New Artist of the Year
Maren Morris

Album of the Year
Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood

Song of the Year (goes to the songwriter)
“Humble and Kind” – Lori McKenna (performed by Tim McGraw)

Single of the Year (goes to the artist)
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

Music Video of the Year
Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away” (director Tim Mattia)

Musical Event of the Year
“Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley with Elle King

Musician of the Year
Dan Huff (guitar)

 

Bruno Mars Has Been Writing Hits Since He Was 4 Years Old!

So Bruno Mars is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and inside he talks about the pressure to finish up his new album and make it his best work yet.

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But there’s a hidden gem in this interview – he mentions the first song he ever wrote, for his Mom, when he was just 4 years old, saying:

“I think it was for her birthday or Mother’s Day,” Mars says, smiling at the memory. “I gave it to her on cassette. I don’t remember her reaction, but she probably bit my face off.” He smiles again. “She played that song forever.”

Rolling Stone also says it’s worth finding on Youtube if you like cute things, or life. And hey! I like both of those things! So I figured I’d save you the effort and share it here.

BRB, dying of adorableness.

Don’t forget to check out this week’s Slacker Top 40 to hear where Bruno’s latest song shows up on the chart of the most popular pop songs, according to the Slacker Nation!

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