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More than just celebrity gossip

Macklemore KNOWS He Should Not Have Won Best Rap Album, Reaches Out To Kendrick Lamar

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home quite a few Grammys last night, including Best Rap Album for The Heist. Granted it is a good album, but best RAP ALBUM? Puhleasseeeeee! And I’m pretty sure this award shocked the world. Cripes, Macklemore being nominated in this category was enough to baffle everyone. But then to go and win…against Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar? Downright bizarre!

Macklemore believed that Kendrick Lamar should have taken home the accolade and he took to Instagram to share a text message (to his over two million followers) that he sent to his “friend” Kendrick Lamar.
He said, “You got robbed. I wanted you to win. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze.”

Macklemore and Lewis won a total of four Grammy Awards on Sunday (and congrats to them), including Best Rap Album, Best New Artist and Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for Thrift Shop, while Kendrick was nominated for SEVEN Grammy Awards and received NONE. Yeah, ZERO!

What do you think? Do you think Kendrick Lamar got robbed? Come on, the guy should have gotten at least one award. Boo!

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Full List of Grammy Winners 2014!

Last night was the 56th Grammy Awards, hosted by the always smooth LL Cool J. The night was had its share of surprise winners and performances, including Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s first ever live performance of “Drunk In Love!” Big winners of the night included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk. Check out the full list of winners below!

Album of the Year: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk

Record of the Year: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Song of the Year: “Royals,” Joel Little, Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)

Best Country Album: “Same Trailer, Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves

Best Pop Vocal Album: “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Bruno Mars

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Holy Grail,” Jay Z and Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde

Best Rock Song: “Cut Me Some Slack,” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk

Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Pre-Telecast Winners:

Best Pop Instrumental AlbumStepping Out, Herb Albert

Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumTo Be Loved, Michael Buble

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley In Concert, Ziggy Marley

Best Spoken Word AlbumAmerica Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,Stephen Colbert

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Summertime Sadness, Cedric Gervais, Remixer (Lana Del Rey)

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: “Break Every Chain [Live]“, Tasha Cobbs

Best Gospel Song: “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]“, Tye Tribbett

Best Gospel Album: Greater Than [Live], Tye Tribbet,

Best Latin Pop Album: Vida, Draco Rosa,

Best Song Written For Visual Media:  “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Brady Wells and Roomful of Teeth, “Roomful of Teeth”

Best New Age Album: Love’s River, Laura Sullivan

Best Jazz Vocal Album:  Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter,

Best Jazz Instrumental AlbumMoney Jungle: Provocative In Blue, Terri Lyne Carrington

Best Latin Jazz Album: Song For Maura, Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album: Sound City: Real To Reel, Butch Vig (Compilation Producer)

Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper

Best Song Written For Visual Media: “Skyfall”, Adele

Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell

Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picuture of You, Guy Clark

Best Dance Recording: “Clarity,” Zedd ft. Foxes

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

Best Comedy Album: Calm Down Gurrl, Kathy Griffin

Best Rap Performance: “Thift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Song: “Thift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best R&B Performance:  “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.

Best R&B Song: “Pusher Love Girl,” Justin Timberlake

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic, Rihanna

Best R&B Albu: Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys

Best Blues Album: Get Up!, Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

Best Music Film: Live Kisses, Paul McCartney

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars

Best Country Solo Performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker

Best Country Song: “Merry Go Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne

Best Rock Performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons

Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams

Best Metal Performance: “God Is Dead,” Black Sabbath

Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin

Did your favorite take home a Grammy?

Image via XXL

Katy Perry Pole Dances at Grammys 2014 (VIDEO)

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Katy Perry’s Grammys 2014 performance pretty much blew my mind. The Roar singer kept the audience entertained with a busy stage and surprisingly live vocals!

Katy incorporated so many elements into her Dark Horse performance with rapper Juicy J including witchcraft, a crystal ball, a fire, a pole dance and yes, even a dark horse.

It starts out with Perry appearing as a witch inside a crystal ball and then she appears in a dark wonderland that includes creatures of the night dancing around on stage. She then was sporting a red, light up bustier while using a broom as a stripper pole. Juicy J came out to join Perry on stage, appropriately wearing a black suit. Towards the end of the performance, the set filled with flames and it appeared as if Perry was burned at the stake. It was pretty sweet.

Check out Katy Perry’s Grammys 2014 performance of Dark Horse below.

LL Cool J’s Pre-Grammy Dinner Brought In The Stars

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On January 25th, the eve of Music’s Biggest Night, Hennessy Privilège hosted LL COOL J’s third-annual exclusive pre-GRAMMY dinner at the Bazaar at the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills. The evening celebrated LL’s third stint as host of the GRAMMY Awards and welcomed mega-stars from the world of entertainment and culture. DJ D-Nice provided the entertainment for the night and renowned chef, José Andrés prepared the exquisite meal. Guests enjoyed custom crafted Hennessy Privilège mixed drinks.

Guests in attendance included: LL COOL J, Ashanti, Laila Ali, Blair Underwood, Maria Menounos, Eric Christian Olson, Beth Behrs, Chris O’Donnell, Mena Suvari, Niecy Nash, Michael Weatherly and Shepard Fairey.

Does LL Cool J age? Wow. He looks lip licking good!

And let me tell you, I had a big crush on LL when he was in his prime. You remember the songs “Doin’ It” and “Hey Lover”? THOSE were my jams.

You’ll Never Guess What Kendrick Lamar Thinks Of Jay-Z!

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Kendrick Lamar is ready for his close up and he gets just that with a life long dream come true…his face on the cover of JET magazine.

Via our friends at JET:

Award season is in full swing. In celebration of the new direction, JET magazine breaks with tradition to feature the young, talented and critically acclaimed rap artist Kendrick Lamar — who has seven Grammy nominations for his latest album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City — on the cover for the Black History issue.

“I always seen [JET magazine] every time I walked into the house,” said Lamar. “It was always there. So I already knew that it had to hold some type of weight. Being a young cat, I had to know, since this magazine is right here all the time, it must be a powerful magazine. So it’s a privilege just to be a part of it, and for Black History Month, it’s a beautiful thing.”

The artist, renowned for delivering thought-provoking lyrics that center around social issues, shares the ways in which his passionate storytelling is impacting lives. In JET magazine’s exclusive interview, the hip-hop star reveals everything from his social responsibility to why the music industry needs more than good hooks and catchy tracks.

“Hip-hop plays a huge part in Black history,” says Lamar. “It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not.”

Acknowledging that his fans are deeply influenced by what he says, Lamar also discusses being conscious of the messages he delivers in his music.

“The songs aren’t for me,” he says. “They are for that person who needs to hear them. People who live their lives to this music. So I take it a little further than just coming up with a clever line.”

Additionally, the rapper opens up about the array of Black men — including iconic figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and those closer to home, such as his father — who molded his character.

“My earliest role model is my father, then my uncles Lil Man and Bobby,” Lamar shared. “These are the cats who I felt handled their business and took care of their family.”

He also talks about how hip-hop’s business savvy moguls have chiseled his ambition.

“People forget that Jay Z is from the projects – but that inspires me,” continued Lamar. “If this guy can go from the streets to the corporate world, that lets me know I’m open for anything.”

You can check out the entire article in the February 17th issue of JET magazine, on newsstands January 27th.

Faith Evans on Still Being Close With Diddy, Last Time She Saw Whitney Houston, On Getting Married Again & More

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Faith Evans recently stopped by the Bethenny Frankel show and in case you were wondering…yes, she still hangs with Diddy, aka Puffy Daddy and yes, she has moved on from Biggy. Check out highlights from her interview with Bethenny Frankel below.

ON BEING CLOSE WITH DIDDY:

Bethenny: Well you really kind of are you know like hip-hip/r&b royalty. I mean you’ve been around for a while and you’ve…
Faith: Thanks Bethenny.
Bethenny: I mean you were married to Notorious BIG, who was respected and regarded like the Frank Sinatra of hip-hop music. I mean what a ride.
Faith: It was definitely a ride and I must say that despite all the craziness and you know everyone’s careers and lives didn’t end up how they thought it would, it was a lot of fun. You know in the beginning of my career being at Bad Boy especially that was like certainly a time in my life and career that I will never forget.
Bethenny: And Bad Boy, Puffy gave you your start, now P-Diddy.
Faith: Yes.
Bethenny: Well how do you think of him? P-Diddy
Faith: I still call him Puff.
Bethenny: You still call him Puff?
Faith: Mmmm hmmm
Bethenny: So he gave you your start and you are still great friends?
Faith: Yeah I actually saw him the other night. I stopped by a studio session he was at to tell him that I wanted him to come to my show next week at the House of Blues. Yea, we keep in touch. He sends my kids Christmas gifts every year and you know, we don’t talk all the time but the line of communication is open. You know, we text and email and he invites me to his events and vice versa.
Bethenny: He and I have the same birthday and we are both in the liquor business.
Faith: Oh yeah?
Bethenny: Yeah I feel like we have a couple of things in common
Faith: Oh wow! You know how to party like him too?
Bethenny: I could party pretty nicely.
Faith: Oh he knows how to party.
Bethenny: Yea I mean I don’t know how he knows how to party but for a Skinnygirl I could party, you know?

ON THE LAST TIME SHE SAW WHITNEY HOUSTON ALIVE:

Bethenny: So in your life, I’m sitting here, you’re a young woman and you’ve experienced some great loss. Two of the most iconic people in music history who you were close with…to experience that kind of loss, how do you deal with that? How do you make sense of that? Do you go to religion, do you get angry?

Faith: Oh wow, I mean religion isn’t something, or my spirituality is definitely not something I go to, it’s always a part of my life. That’s definitely what kept me because it was difficult. I think getting through losing a husband, which that was the first time I lost someone in my life that was that close to me. So having had to go through that and all the public scrutiny and craziness that came with that, losing Whitney was a little bit different because you know it’s different because it was my husband and my friend but it was definitely a blow. Because when I saw her a couple of nights before she passed we hadn’t seen each other but we had been trying to hook-up and phone tagging and emailing and she was looking for me the entire night and when she finally caught me before I went on stage she just grabbed me so hard and was like “I love you so much” and I was like “I love you too, I’ve been looking for you!” and it just felt good to just see her and just the feeling we had. I mean we were like, it wasn’t an industry thing and we didn’t hang out everyday but when we did it was, I’m calling you, I’m coming around the corner and sit in the back yard and drink some wine and we’re just gonna kick it like two Jersey girls. Our daughters are the same age and they kind of grew up having a friendship so, she was very special.

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ON IF SHE IS IN LOVE AND WHETHER SHE WILL MARRY AGAIN:

Bethenny: Now are you in a relationship now?

Faith: Am I in a relationship?

Bethenny: Is there anybody special?

Faith: Well, well yes! See my friends always tease me because cause since I’ve been divorced, I’ve been divorced for two years, and they always you know, would kind of tease like well we know you’re not really gonna date anybody. They call me granny because I don’t really go out a whole lot and I get up to workout at 5am so I’m bed by like 8:30 so they’re like oh God granny’s not gonna go. But they always tease me about me like not probably really being open to really dating but because that word just to means like that you got a gang of people coming in and out of your life, you know like you’re seeing multiple people, and I’m not, that’s just not me. I’m very careful about who I bring into my private space in that sense. Especially in a romantic sense because I have children

Bethenny: Exactly

Faith: I have to really think about it. I don’t waste my time spending time to see oh, can I go out with him a few times to see if I like him. I don’t wanna just see…if he turned me off already then…

Bethenny: Well it’s funny that you say that because we are talking later on a panel about that. About most women say that, I think it was that most men say that after three dates, they know if they are falling in love with someone. Would you agree with that?

Faith: Well I can’t say that I would put that number on it but it’s happened to me in different ways. I mean when me and Big met, although people say that we were married in 9 days, we actually married less than two months after we met each other. But very early on within the first couple of weeks we definitely felt like we were in love with one another. And I love good energy and if you know, I feel like the connection with him was just the fact that he was a good person.

Bethenny: Do you think that you will ever get married again? I know you believe in love but do you believe in marriage?

Faith: I don’t know, there was a time when that was definitely a part of my big picture…being married and growing old with someone. And I wouldn’t say no but I’m certainly not looking for it. I think if it comes and God says hey this is you know, I think that I’ll feel that, I’ll say hey, this is God telling me that I need to be with this person. But I don’t think marriage necessarily, you know, means that that makes it a meaningful relationship. So just being married with a ring and a paper doesn’t necessarily solidify the closeness or the bond that you guys have.

Bethenny: I agree with you, nor does it mean that you are going to spend the rest of your life with someone, unfortunately.
Faith: Not at all.

Chantel Jeffries: Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend And Partner In Crime

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Ladies and gents, meet Chantel Jeffries, Justin Bieber’s girlfriend and other person who got arrested in Justin Bieber’s arrest that went down last night in Miami (while drag racing and acting like a fool).

Rumors have been circulating that the Biebs was not alone in his drag racing, DUI adventure last night and we finally know that it was a female friend who was sitting passenger during the stupidity that came out of last night’s escapades.

And after doing a little bit of checking, Miss Jeffries is no stranger to getting into trouble with the law. So as the saying goes, “you are who you hang with” definitely holds true in this case.

Chantel is a 21 year old model (although I’ve never heard of her?) who hails from Jacksonville, North Carolina. While she looks like the sweet, innocent seductress, it is apparent (according to her rap sheet) that she is a troublemaker…with her biggest offense including a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Records reveal that she stabbed another woman in the left forearm “during a physical altercation”. Yeah, classy!

In addition, Jeffries also enjoys the need for speed. She also got arrested for doing 92 mph in a 70 mph zone, reports The Daily Mail.

On her Twitter biography blurb, she describes herself as a “student, eyebrow connoisseur, animal lover, and deep thinker.” She’s a deep thinker alright!

For the record, she has dated Diddy’s son Justin Combs, Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, and yes even Bieber’s rapper troublemaker friend Lil Twist.

So is Chantel Jeffries and Justin Bieber an item or is this just a fun little fling going on to make Selena jealous? At any rate, this is yet another troublemaker from THAT crowd.

Jennifer Hudson Spices Things Up in “I Can’t Describe” Music Video!

Jennifer Hudson has officially released her music video for her newest single, “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)!” The song, which features rapper T.I., has become quite a hit for her!

This is definitely Jennifer’s sexiest video yet! In the video, she confidently flaunts her body and really struts her stuff, and kills it (Weight Watchers has helped her lose the weight and keep it off!). I’m liking her pixie cut more and more too! Check out “I Can’t Describe” below!

“I Can’t Describe” is the precursor to her third album, which is supposedly coming out some time in the spring. “Some of the songs have a nice old school swag to them, but I think people will be very pleasantly surprised with this album ’cause it’s about the mood and the groove and real music,” she told Yahoo! Music of her new project. Jennifer has been in the studio with TimbalandPharrell, and R. Kelly, so it should be a good album!

Image via Rap Up

Selena Gomez Says She and Lorde Don’t Get Along And She Won’t Change For A Guy!

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Selena Gomez appears on the cover of Seventeen’s first-ever March 2014 Power issue (on stands February 4th). The issue, which also celebrates Seventeen’s 70th anniversary, features a list of Hollywood’s most powerful girls 21 and under and Selena is ranked #1 on the list.

In her interview with Seventeen, Gomez discusses what it’s like to feel powerful, the importance of her fans, how she won’t change for a guy and more.

Via our friends at Seventeen

On feeling powerful:
“This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], the Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato]. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote. Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have ‘Come & Get It’ be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it.”

On her fans:
“I don’t feel like I can do enough for my fans. I work a lot, I work hard, and I get tired. But when you walk onstage and see these people who wait hours outside just to see you, it’s the greatest thing in the world.”

On Lorde:
“I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, ‘She doesn’t like me, but Lorde.’ I’m going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she’s doing great things. Some day I will see her and we’ll be cool.”

On never changing for a guy:
“I actually talked to Katy Perry about guys who are intimidated by strong girls. I haven’t found someone yet who could understand my lifestyle, support it, love me through it, and not be threatened by it. It’s hard. I do think I might scare some guys, because I’m like, ‘I want to change the world! I have dreams! What do you want to do?’ But I only know how to be me.”

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Images via Seventeen magazine

Ke$ha Sends Message From Rehab

She may be in rehab trying to get better, but Kesha wanted to make sure she got a message out to all of her fans.

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The pop star last tweeted on New Year’s Day, but just on Tuesday the pop star supposedly had someone who calls him or herself as Kesha’s friend write a heartfelt message on the pop star’s Twitter account.

Kesha is currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder at a facility near Chicago, with her mom saying Ke$ha thought about killing herself over her body issues.

Here’s hoping that she is on the path to recovery! From what it sounds like from her tweets, she is still a ball of energy.

Get well, girl!

This Is What Britney Spears’ Ex Fiance Looks Like Now…

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We all know Britney Spears is doing alright after her split with her longtime love and agent Jason Trawick. Hey, the girl already has a new man in her life Mr. David Lucado AND a Vegas gig that pays her over $300k per show. I think she is doing okay.

So what has Mr. Jason Trawick been doing now that he is free from Britney and her popstar life?

Rocking a new belly and eating pizza and Popeye’s, yo! But hey, you can’t hate on someone who looks happy!

I have noticed, this seems to be a common trend among men who have dated Britney Spears.

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Just throwing that out there, David Lucado.

Image via Wireimage

9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens: 2014 Overview

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Yet again, Celebrity VIP Lounge brings you special coverage of the 2014 Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival to be held in Miami Gardens, Florida. The annual event, which this year covers the weekend of March 15th and March 16th, is known or featuring some of the most acclaimed singers in the genres of jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul.

As more and more people become aware off the prestige surrounding the event, more performers of note are adding their talents to the roster. This year is no different, with some of the entertainment world’s most sought-after performers gracing the stage. Artists set to come to JITG include: Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Anthony Hamilton, Trey Songz, Mint Condition, and many more.

This is the ninth year the festival has been held and each successive year, the roster has increased with star power. Previous performers include Neyo, Babyface, Fantasia, Monica, and Mary Mary. Comedian D.L. Hughley is the master of ceremonies this year, with a pre-festival set on Friday and special guests over the course of the weekend.

CelebrityVIP will be on hand, as in previous years, providing you with celebrity interviews, exclusive photos, promotional goodies, and more.

Keep it here for the latest in news at 2014 Jazz in the Gardens.

Monks of Mellonwah Set to ‘Turn The People’

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This Sydney based, throttle rock band has only been together for four years, but their status has quickly ascended worldwide. Since signing with A&R Worldwide, they’ve been featured everywhere, from the LA Music Awards (named ‘Best International Rock Band’), the AIM Music Awards, CMJ, The Huffington Post, and more.

Their success has been substantiated and expanded through national and international tours that have gained them a larger following as fans are drawn to their brand of progressive rock. Already experienced on the stage, the band has released three EPs and now are about to Turn the People, their debut full-length CD. This offering is a bold statement meant to cement their status as an up and coming band that has finally earned a place at the forefront of rock respect.

Slickly self-produced by the band itself, along with production by Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne), the album is set for release in volumes, with the last volume set for a March 2014 debut. The Monks of Mellonwah will also be touring in support of the album in 2014 in Europe and stateside.

Their sound cannot be pigeon-holed and each successive sonic offering is a music adventure that takes listeners to another plane that they don’t want to ever leave. Their lead single, ‘Tear Your Hate Apart’ is the kick-off to a 2014 set to see M.O.M. rise to new heights.

Lead single ‘Tear Your Hate Apart‘:

http://monksofmellonwah.bandcamp.com/track/tear-you-hate-apart

Music videos:

(‘Ghost Stories’ – 2013)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC4vhLxkV2s

(‘Neverending Spirit’ – 2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIr52K9miNk

(‘Swamp Groove’ – 2011)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_8crOOSRu0

 

Websites:

www.monksofmellonwah.com

www.facebook.com/monksofmellonwah

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monks_of_Mellonwah

http://www.youtube.com/user/MonksofMellonwah

www.twitter.com/monksofmellonwah

Umbrella Bed – ‘Refill’ the Void

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Umbrella Bed is a band that has maintained and expanded its fanbase on the strength of wild live shows, edgy beats, and a message that is singular in scope. Through shows both stateside and internationally, they have built a reputation as a band that is rooted in resonance. For nearly twenty years, Umbrella Band has cultivated a following at a breakneck pace, leaving audiences the world over captivated and waiting for more. After appearing on several compilations as well as releasing three previous albums, Umbrella Bed is back with Refill.

Their latest EP is comprised of five songs that elevate the genres of 2-tone and ska, featuring the standout track ‘Two Tone Monster’ which is upbeat and urges you to dance dance dance! Turn those speakers up and try not to move to this one! Also worth a mention is ‘Dubb Away‘, a remix of sorts of the track ‘Gone Away‘. This latest CD will definitely appease tried and true fans and leave newcomers eagerly anticipating a chance to see Umbrella Bed live and on stage in their town.

Videos:

‘Wish That It Would Stop’ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1g8OXt7yK4

Two Tone Monster‘ – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E25ohuWBvM

 

Websites:

www.umbrellabed.com

www.facebook.com/UmbrellaBed

4 Epic Rants From Kanye West’s Recent Interview Magazine Interview

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In the February issue of Interview magazine, Kanye West says he creates ‘sonic paintings’ that have helped cultivate his image. For heaven’s sake, Yeezy just wants to create.

Check out 4 (lengthy) epic quotes from West’s interview with Interview magazine.

ON BEING AN ARTIST:

1. “I’m a trained fine artist. I went to art school from the time I was 5 years old. I was, like, a prodigy out of Chicago. I want to be able to have a thought or an idea and bring it into reality. I’d been in national competitions from the age of 14. I got three scholarships to art schools … and I went to the American Academy of Art. So the joke that I’ve actually played on everyone is that the entire time, I’ve actually just been a fine artist. I just make sonic paintings, and these sonic paintings have led me to become whatever people think of when you say ‘Kanye West …”

ON THE SUCCESS OF WATCH THE THRONE INSPIRING HIM:

2. “I want the power to create what is in my mind. That’s my dream. I want to be able to have a thought or an idea and bring it into reality.”

ON HAVING A HARD TIME TO GET BIG WIGS TO SUPPORT HIS INVENTIONS:

3. “I met with 30 billionaires, 30 companies, and basically everyone said, “F— you.” If I want to design a product, or if I think of a new way for us to view films, then I want to be able to do it. And what happened was that when we made ‘Watch the Throne,’ it was such an accomplishment, and I had a bit of money in my account, so I just started chasing other dreams. I did two fashion shows in one year — at one of them, I had go-karts that people could ride. I also shot a film in ‘surround vision,’ where I had seven screens — three in front of the audience, one above, one below, one to the left, one to the right. This is after designing ‘Watch the Throne’ — and I was putting my money towards it. I put the amount of free income that I could put into it, which went into the millions.”

ON HIS “CELEBRITY “VOICE”:

4. “As a celebrity. I have an opportunity to make a living at being the spokesperson for the third or fourth rendition of a thought — promoting something that has already been proven. The problem is that I like to be the inventor — I’m the person who works on the concept, who invents new thoughts, who brings new ideas into the universe. I’m not the guy who works on selling the idea — I’m not Vanna White for the new Hyundai. I am the guy who works on the concept for the car. Too many people are scared. But it is my job to go up every night and talk about this kind of s—. It is actually my job. I’m like a broadcaster for futurism, for dreamers, for people who believe in themselves.”

Images via Interview magazine