Uh Oh! Jennifer Lopez Will End Las Vegas Shows

 

Better get those tickets while you can. Jennifer Lopez is officially done with Las Vegas, and she’s announced her final tour dates.

Her residency, which began in 2016 at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will end on September 29th, 2018. The “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” performer released a statement to E! News illustrating her reasons behind her departure.

“Performing ‘All I Have’ in Vegas over the last few years has been an incredible and rewarding experience that I won’t soon forget. Some of the best memories on stage from my career will forever be equated with this city. Thank you to all my fans who traveled far and wide to experience the show with me.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15th at 10 AM Pacific Time. American Express card members can get their tickets early on Monday, December 11th at 10 AM Pacific Time through Thursday, December 14th at 10 PM PT. Total Rewards members get access to an exclusive presale starting Wednesday December 13th at 10 AM through Thursday, December 14th at 10 PM PT.

Jennifer Lopez’s final Las Vegas show dates are as follows:

 

June 2018: 13, 15, 16

September 2018: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

So, the question is, will this be you at the concert?

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Sabrina Claudio “About Time” Album Review

Sabrina Claudio is already being hailed as the “the future of R&B.” So, naturally, the pressure to deliver is on, whether she likes it or not. Thankfully, About Time manages to give us a beautiful yet slow showcase of her talent. The subject matter may not amaze you, but Sabrina’s vocals and production will certainly surprise you.

Even when just speaking normally in “About Time (Intro)” Sabrina Claudio pulls the listener in with her breathy, silky voice.

“Will I have accepted the things I cannot change, and will I have changed the things I cannot accept?”

We may have heard such a statement in some old self-help book we threw away ages ago, but it’s her delivery that makes it become pleasantly thought-provoking. “Natural” summarizes About Time with its lyrics of “quickly falling in love” and it feeling, well, “natural.” Sabrina opens the track demonstrating some superlative self-harmonizing, and it’s quickly apparent why someone would boast about her potential talent.

 

“Belong To You” drifts down like morning fog, engulfing us with a need to be snuggled up with our imaginary boyfriends. Lyrics like “Grab hold of me, Gentle love but touch passionately” do nothing to dismiss these fantasies. They only serve to allow the following material to build upon the established theme. The low rumbling vocals in the chorus are also a nice touch. We can feel the singer’s need for companionship.

Of course, things quickly dial up with “Unravel Me,” another single from the album.

“Something in the sun or the air, Is making me wanna run away from here”

Here the production truly gets a chance to shine as “Unravel” is melodically the best track on the album and most likely a fan-favorite.

Our trip through those clouds begins to slow down upon our descent into “Stand Still.” Production-wise, this is the album’s most polished song. Nearly every vocal effect, drum click, and synth riff cluster together in perfect harmony. Sabrina Claudio is at her best vocally when she has room to maneuver, and the mostly sparse production offers plenty of that here. The lyrics “Time is being wasted screaming, Not listen I promise you’ll heal me better” will make you question exactly what you expect out of a relationship.

And just before you touch the ground, the bouncy “Used To” brings the journey to a close. Claudio finds time to be introspective even during an uptempo song, and it works for the most part. In fact, I dare say this could become a trademark of hers. Lord knows we need more uptempos in today’s depressing musical landscape. Here’s to hoping.

So, while About Time doesn’t break the ground it needs to, it more than succeeds in showing off Sabrina’s rich potential as both a songwriter and a vocalist. As “the future of R&B,” she has a lot to prove. Luckily, she has the talent to become something greater.

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K. Michelle’s New Song “Kim K” Calls Out Kardashian Clan for Cultural Appropriation

 

If nothing else, you can always count on K. Michelle to tell us how she really feels. Her new song, “Kim K,” is poised to start quite the firestorm, and I’m honestly here for it.

“Kim K” is the newest promo track from her upcoming LP, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know. The song itself addresses the Kardashian clan’s tendency to swipe up decades-long African-American cultural trends to pass off as their own. Not only is it timely, it’s downright scathing in its honesty.

Some of the lyrics that explicitly call out the Kardashians are:

“Wish I could be a Kardashian so I could be black. They ask if it’s real. I say it’s real fat. Don’t get caught up in facts, cuz ain’t sh*t real. And ain’t sh*t funny. So f**k how you feel.”

“Wish I could be a Kardashian, so I could be black. Put my face over ‘Pac. Wear my braids to the back. Throw a filter on that, cuz ain’t sh*t real. And ain’t sh*t funny. So f**k how you feel.”

Oh geez! Of course, her little “song monologue” doesn’t stop there. She also has a few choice words for black women who don’t support her efforts to woo actor Idris Elba.

“What’s up with all you black women? I date a black man named Idris. You say I’m ghetto,  he trippin. You’d rather him with white women.”

Chile…there is clearly a lot going on here. Wanting to hear the song in full? Catch the tea below, sugars.

What did you make of it? Sound off in the comments below.

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Okay Sis! Britney Spears Shares Acapella Ballad On Birthday

Look, we should know by now that Britney Spears is no vocal powerhouse, right? Still, sharing an acapella version of Elvis Presley’s “Falling In Love” was clearly a set up.

The “Toxic” singer took to Instagram to celebrate her 36th birthday…in song form. In the post she shared with her fans she said:

“I’ve always wanted to do a performance like this… singing in a pretty little black dress, with a simple 360, one take shot! I figured since it was my birthday, why not go for it?! So boom 💥 When the clock struck 12:00, I did it!!! Thank you all for the beautiful birthday wishes, and for letting me do what I love. I appreciate you more than you will ever know!!!!”

Want to see what all the fuss is about? See more below.

There’s not a whole lot that can be said without being shady, but here goes. Britney Spears seems like a nice person, and we know she’s been through a lot. It takes courage at this stage in her career to post something like this for the world to see. Still, you can’t help but marvel at the strides we’ve made in technology. Artists are able to sound incredibly otherworldly thanks to vocal effects and auto tune. Old news, right? I will give Britney her props though. She certainly DOES sound pretty much like you’d expect her to sound outside of the studio.

That’s all I got. Did your wig shift as she gave you a soundtrack to the tour of her home?

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R. Kelly Caught R. Kelly’ing: Underage Victim Steps Forward

A  young woman has stepped forward with shocking claims concerning R. Kelly. According to her, she was allegedly groomed and molested by the singer not long after that infamous 2008 trial. Strap yourself in, sugars.

Jerhonda Johnson alleges that she met R. Kelly while the latter was at the center of his child molestation trial. You’ll recall that during this time he faced 14 counts of child pornography. Johnson claims she was 16-years-old when the abuse began. A timeline of accusations for the “Step in the Name of Love” bandana-wearer can be found here.

On why she is now choosing to come forward:

“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do. I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He’s brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson. I just really hope I can help these women out. Kelly needs to be stopped.”

Of course, Kelly’s representatives have all denied all of the accusations, dismissing them as attempts to further harm his career. Of course, it’s uncertain just how much can be salvaged at this point.

Kelly’s team responded with:

“The allegations against Mr. Kelly are false, and are being made by individuals known to be dishonest. It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Mr. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”

If you’ve been following the R. Kelly drama, you’ve noticed many of his supporters say the same thing about his alleged sex cult. Instead of acknowledging R. Kelly’s well-documented pattern of behavior, they’ve decided to let it fly. Why? Because “They’re all consenting adults.” Well, that’s not entirely the case anymore according to Johnson. Will they continue to defend this man even as new evidence seems to mount with each passing day? Only time will tell.

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Azealia Banks Performs “The Big Beat” On “Good Day New York”

Not gonna lie, folks. I had several chicken jokes in store for you, but I’m going to save them for a better time. And we all know a better time will eventually arrive when it comes to our beloved Azealia Banks.

You either hate her, love her, or are confused as to what planet she’s actually from. However, the general consensus is that Azealia Banks makes damn good Hip Hop music. With that being said, the “Ice Princess” chocolateer graced the “Good Day New York” stage to perform “The Big Beat,” pulled from last year’s mixtape, “Slay-Z.”

Curious as to how that went down? Keep readings, my sugars.

Okay, not bad, right? Now here’s my main problem with watching this performance. Are you ready for it? I cringed.

I didn’t cringe because her performance sucked. On the contrary, Azealia Banks is not a boring performer by any stretch. I cringed because at this point in the game, the girl should be doing so much better than a crimson curtain backdrop with two hit or miss backup dancers. I was one of the ones who rooted for this girl to succeed. Of course, that was prior to the whole “tar baby” tirade on Twitter during the height of her hysteria. Is it possible for someone like Azealia to make a comeback? Unfortunately, there is.

Chicken-slaying and self-hate aside, you have to remember who our president is. If he can be as belligerent as possible and sit on the highest seat in America, then why can’t Azealia see mainstream success? I mean, I’m not personally about to buy it. I’m the cousin who came to the cookout to be nosy and watch. The real question becomes…

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I Really Tried to Like the Wonder Woman Movie

I really tried to like Wonder Woman. Really, I did. As one of my ultimate favorite superheroes, I was more than excited when they announced she would get her own standalone movie. Still, I found myself dazed, confused, and well…bored upon seeing her grace the big screen.

As someone who’s always prided himself on being one of the few people in my circle who can actually enjoy things without picking them apart, this was a hard pill to swallow. I went to see a movie with a 92% Rotten Tomato score, and I ended up being unimpressed with it as a whole.

A few things that really bothered me?

The Action

The action scenes were amazing…when they weren’t constantly interrupted by slow motion close-up shots. Diana would kick a bad guy. Said bad guy would fly out of a window in slow motion. Time would speed up when Diana turned around to face another baddie…only to slow down again when she reached for her sword. Every. Single. Punch. Nearly every step taken in an action scene involved the overuse of slow motion. It became jarring the majority of the time.

The Pacing

This movie was too long. Let’s face it. Much of its screen time could have been reduced, especially the scenes in the third act. By then, it felt like the movie was padding itself to make you wait until the inevitable final boss battle at its climax. Hopefully this doesn’t become a habit with DC’s movies being overlong just for the sake of it (looking at you, Justice League).

The Villain

For every wonderful superhero, there has to be a bad guy or a bad situation that truly elevates the story and raises the stakes. Ares’ anticlimactic reveal at the end of the film was both disappointing and boring. By then, I was ready for the end credits to roll, and the fight scene between the two was nowhere near as impressive as Wonder Woman’s fight against Doomsday.

You have to understand. Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, male or female. After the unnecessarily botched Batman v. Superman, much was riding on Wonder Woman’s big screen success. With Marvel continuing to kick DC into the ground in terms of consistency, redemption was necessary.

Enter Wonder Woman. No, literally. I’m still amazed at how someone can mess up a movie about Superman and Batman fighting each other, but it still happened. One thing many critics agreed on? Wonder Woman was the best part of the movie.

So, no I didn’t have a problem with Gal Gadot’s performance. I didn’t think the story was lackluster. I thought it was pretty consistent with its source material. I didn’t have a problem with the woman-only screenings or the ridiculous politics surrounding the film. I simply didn’t like it. Yet, I understand and respect its position as a game-changer for female superheroes (and female leads in general).

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Would You Date a Guy Who Used to Stink?

Now hear me out. Would you date a guy who used to stink or didn’t practice proper hygiene? No, I’m not “asking for a friend.” It occurred to me (and many of you I’m sure) that there are those of us who don’t exactly keep ourselves very clean.

It can range from bad breath to borderline refusing to wear deodorant. Now this isn’t something exclusive to men. I’ve met plenty of women who suffer from poor hygiene habits as well. That article is for another day. Today, we’re focusing on the male species.

So, say you spot this wonderfully attractive guy  while at the bar one night. All evening, the two of you try to communicate telepathically that you’re interested in one another from afar. You finally manage to snag his attention. He smiles this gorgeous, porcelain-set smile and begins to approach you.

His stench introduces itself to you before he has a chance to close in.

You begin to sweat, red lights begin flashing, the beautiful stranger begins to morph into one of the zombies from “Thriller.” You find a way to excuse yourself from the bar just before he reaches your seat. What wasted potential, right? You tell a couple of your girlfriends about him before you make a hasty retreat. Now that they know he stinks, he’s a goner.

Now say one of this dude’s homeboys calls him out on his funk (or God forbid his own mother). He reminisces on the night when he tried to approach you, but you sprouted wings and flew for the nearest exit. He realizes maybe he needs to get himself together before he tries to approach another woman (or man, whatever).

If you ran into him again, would you date him? Would you even allow him to approach you? What would be going on through your mind the next time you saw him? This time around, he smells quite delectable, his skin looks better, and he’s even started ironing his T-shirts. Would your first encounter with him still dull his new shine in your mind?

Look, first impressions are everything, right? From a personal standpoint, I’m not saying the dude is doomed to be alone forever. We all have our faults. However, some would still be repulsed by his stinky history. Others would be willing to give him a second chance.

Which one are you?

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When Will BET Cancel Chris Brown?

 

Before we get to Chris Brown, let’s make something clear. The BET Awards were nothing short of a Mortal Kombat tournament this weekend. The Ginyu Force Rap group Migos nearly Kamehameha’d Joe Budden after the latter made a dramatic exit in the middle of an unnecessarily shady interview.

Of course, the action didn’t dare stop there. A member of Chris Brown’s party later punched one of Migos’ members, Quavo, leading to your typical Tuesday morning high school brawl. Luckily no one was severely injured during the scuffle, but it still begged the question. Why was Chris Brown invited in the first place?

This is the same man who was just slapped with a 5-year restraining order by his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran. This is the same man who threatened violence against her over JEWELRY he had GIFTED HER. Meaning, the jewelry was no longer his. And anyone who’s followed the troubled rent-a-thug knows this is far from surprising behavior. Since the infamous 2009 incident involving Rihanna, Chris Brown has repeatedly found himself either directly or indirectly involved in violent situations. What’s more, he has proven for nearly a decade that he isn’t going to change said behavior any time soon.

So then why is he able to perform at the BET Awards time and time again? Most importantly, why was he allowed to even be at the same event as Karreuche given their hostile relationship? What message is BET trying to send to its young female viewers? You now have two documented instances of Chris Brown either threatening violence or actually becoming violent towards women, and he’s still allowed to perform on and host after parties on your network?

When is enough going to be enough? What is Chris Brown going to have to do to someone before its’ decided that his presence is detrimental to the efforts of domestic abuse survivors? Hopefully, there will not come a day when he does do something awful enough. Still, BET, your network is accountable. What will it take for you to cancel Chris Brown?

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David Tribble Interview: Talks Faith, Voice Auditions, and More!

Unapologetic. That’s a word that comes to mind when it comes to David Tribble’s unrelenting devotion to his faith. The common denominator behind his many talents, it’s no surprise that it’s shaped nearly every stage of his life, figuratively and literally.

From auditioning to be on The Voice to becoming a worship leader in Euless, TX, Tribble has plenty of interesting chunks of life to sing about. In case you missed it, you can read my recent review of his album, Thrownhere.

Curious to know more? Get into my conversation with him below!

Let’s talk about faith. How does your faith shape your music (How you write songs, your themes, the stories in your music, etc)?

Well first of all I’m not ashamed of my faith and I’m actually gonna quote some verses this time for reference because what I learn from the bible is very important to my music and for me as a person to continue my relationship with my creator, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as he “works out what he is working in”  Phil 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
And to be real honest I don’t want my music to be labeled as Christian music and haven’t ever sat down trying to write a Christian song.  I do however have trust in my actions as long as they are paired with my faith and that is the theme and story behind my music.  You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. James 2:22

When did you fall in love with making music?

I was in high school, a senior I think.  My step father had an old Toyota Acoustic guitar laying around the house and so I picked it up one day and found an old booklet “How to play guitar”, I taught myself a few chords that day and soon after wrote my first song, something about a heart smiling or something cheesy like that.  I wrote it on a piece of ruled notebook paper with a blue pen, with plenty of scratch marks all through it.  I think that was they time when I fell in love with rhyming and phrasing and the guitar bridged the gap between my voice and the pen.

When was the definitive moment you knew you wanted to sing? Did your faith play a role in this?

I know when I was a kid in church choir, that was not it!   I did get to go to New York and sing so that was cool, but I didn’t really get it back then.  However when I was in college and first getting into writing and playing, sometimes even between classes on my bottom bunk, it happened when I entered a talent contest at a local coffee shop there and played one song that I remember called the “The Senorita Song”  I wrote it in college and yes it was also cheesy, literally comparing women to tacos, needless to say I was a real charmer.   And even though I was very nervous I still sang and played the song, and cherished the moment and, though I didn’t know it at the time, I’m a moment guy (Mr. Moment as I call it) and that is what is so inviting about singing and melodies and finding harmonies that are all driven by the emotion and the moment which is ever changing within your time on stage.

Was there ever a moment when you doubted yourself? Have you ever felt lost while pursuing your dreams?

We all doubt and that is what makes us human.  You just have to get used to overcoming that doubt because it will creep in unannounced.  I never stopped pursuing my dreams and playing music and writing songs.

Was there ever a point in your life, creatively, where you were challenged to push past your limits? What was that moment?

I auditioned for The Voice tv show, you know the one.  It was back in 2013 season 6.  I made audition in Austin and was chosen to go to LA for the next one.  Yes is was totally different, unlike Austin it was me and the guitar and that was comfortable but in LA they chose the song for you and luckily I got to sing “One Headlight” by the Wallflowers.  No guitar just vocals and remembering the lyrics, which is not my thing, my wife, who doesn’t sing is great at it, but I did remember and sing the song well and made it to the blind auditions.

How do you stay rooted and calm?

Breathe, I haven’t done much of it, but as a slow learner I’m finding that allows good things to your body as a whole.  Praying also is something I need to do more of and would like to say I do it well and often but I struggle separating from “the moment” for a simple and calm prayer here and there.  When I do remember these two things before I perform songs for people it always helps calm me down and give my best.

Do you meditate?

I take naps.

Do you perform for a church? If so, where?

I am the worship leader at Life Connection Church in Euless Tx.  often called Useless so I’ve recently found out.

What was your most exciting performance? Most challenging?

I still haven’t opened for Citizen Cope or David Ramirez yet but when I do…but seriously I don’t recall exciting performances but ones that I will remember the most:  Playing for my wife for our wedding was one of them, but most challenging and exciting would have to be the Voice Audition in LA in front of the producers.

What were some of your “creative roadblocks” if any? How did you overcome them?

I’ve never ran into many songwriting road blocks but mine would have to be more design and marketing aspects like cover art and logos for instance.  I overcome them buy making choices that I don’t love in the end but its temporary and it’s a process of brand and development in the independent artist world.

Favorite song you’ve ever written?

I would have to say it’s a toss up between “Bittersweet” and “Wife and Daughter.”  They both were recorded and produced so differently.

How do you inspire people?

Through my music and the way I treat people.  It is a huge honor to have chance to inspire.  As a former school teacher, I was around middle school kids to inspire and that was a bit challenging for sure.  Music inspires all of us so I want to make good music that hits the mark to inspire and encourage.  The world is a tough place and we all take it head on.  Good or bad we need to do our part.

What’s something people don’t know about you that’s hiding in plain sight?

I taught and coached middle school for 14 years.

How big a role has having a family played in your creative process?

Very big and significant role yes, even more now than at the start.

Explain the concept of “Thrown.” It’s the title of one of the songs from the album of the same name. As a whole, what does this album represent to you? What should it represent to others?

Ok, I’m about to get churchy on you…The word Thrown is paired with the idea of a true Throne, considering the picture of an old beat up chair on the cover.  There are 3 pillars to it:  Being thrown is a sense of disarray, sin and chaos, which in faith is made right and overcome by Gods mercy, love and peace.  God has chosen us to join him to sit on the throne of Righteousness with him and If not for His grace and Jesus on the cross, our lives and throne to sit upon would be old and tattered like the one on the cover, really it would be worse than that.

You’re forced to give up a cartoon from your childhood. Which one do you pick and why?

I would have to say GI Joe!!  I had the action figures and cool vehicles and me and my friends would make up our own GI Joe battles in the living room or outside.  Even watched the show with my boy scout troop!

You’re forced to give up one of your senses? Which one do you pick and why? How would losing that sense influence the way you experience music?

Smell: I do love to smell but I don’t figure it would affect music for me.  Not really food either, but would be a lot of gross taste testing.   Plus I have horrible eye sight so If I want to be blind I can just take out my contacts.

What’s your next move? Performing anywhere soon? Another project on the way?

I’m performing at some new places around the area, getting to know more booking agents and work through the circle of artists which has grown a lot even in the last couple of months.  I am playing in Austin Tx. in November for the first time at Lonesome Dove so that will be a fun Tues night!

Also, I have a song called “Fine Wine” written about being saved and the process it takes and the journey of getting to a place of beauty and value.  This song has represented me and wife’s recent struggle with growing our family and decision to adopt a baby, and a few of the lyrics ‘soul been saved” have been used for our fundraising shirts and events as we continue through the process in the coming months.  So I’m happy to say it will be my next single, co produced by Matt Mcgaugh (my brother in law) and Tanner Landry from Fort Worth Sound in Fort Worth Tx. and it will be available soon.