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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

It’s been twenty years since a new group called Arrested Development slammed the gangsta dominated world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope. Apparently the world was ready for the change as AD became the first ever hip-hop artist to receive the “best new artist” Grammy, (a distinction it still maintains today in that category). In addition, the group also received a Grammy award for “best rap single” for their anthemic prayer-like hit song, Tennessee.

Money came in but not for precious stones and big cars. Instead, these pioneers of the conscious rap game took one big step for mankind by giving back and becoming the first African American artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the ANC. They used their voices and their status to the benefit of many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.

With the success of the single Mr Wendal, Arrested Development brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront. The group donated half of the royalty earnings from Mr Wendal to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Awards, chart success and accolades continued to follow. One of the highlights was being asked to write a song for Spike Lee’s movie about minister and human rights activist, Malcom X. The movie, X, went on to become one of Spike Lee’s most highly acclaimed works. The Arrested Development song, Revolution, would forever be associated with one of the most important movies in black culture. (Eighteen years later, the response that comes whenever the group performs this song is inspiring.

Their album, 3 years, 5 months and 2 days In The Life of…, sold over 4 million units, with singles from that maiden voyage playing like a soundtrack in the lives’ of so many people world wide Their sophomore release Zingalamaduni was a critics’ favorite. Although the album was well received and garnered another Grammy nomination, it failed to reach the same heights as the previous album. Nonetheless, it reached sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

Just as it seemed that positive hip hop had found a way of being embraced by the mainstream, a new wave of negative hip hop artists, demeaning women, glorifying drugs and promoting criminality, came along and energized the base at the corporate record companies, prompting record executives to inject more and more money to get these negative stereotypes into the minds and hearts of young people, of whom many, were desperately searching for their path and identity in life. The move proved to be an enormous success for these artists, while making corporations billions of dollars.

With the pressures of the music industry weighing heavily, and inner turmoil striking within the group, it was time for Arrested Development to take a break and redefine their individual and collective purpose. For some members, it was time to take a hiatus from the industry, for a few, it was time to start a family, while other members delved into new musical projects and collaborations.

In the year 2000, Arrested Development re emerged with a new lineup and a new album called “Heroes of the harvest” This time the inner turmoil was replaced by inner peace, the pressures of the industry were lifted, and one of hip hop’s best, was back rocking stages.

For the last eighteen years, Arrested Development has performed sold-out concerts in literally every part of the world. They continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe. Their shows are a celebration of life. Experiencing an Arrested Development concert is an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party.

The Ford Center Takeover!

Written By | Ashley Murphy – Beyond the Line Studio

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown along with Starset and Bad Wolves took over the Ford Center in Evansville Indiana Thursday night.  The show started out with Bad Wolves, a band from California currently climbing the charts with their cover of The Cranberries “Zombie.”  Starset followed with their sci-fi influenced set including songs “Ricochet” from their new Album Vessels as well as “My Demons,” and “Monster” from their album Transmissions.  During “Monster”, they literally blew the house by taking out the power of the whole arena, but crews worked quickly and the show reignited.

Shinedown fired up the stage next with a lineup of many of their past hits including “Bully,” “Second Chance,” “Cut the Cord,” as well as a few songs from their new album Attention Attention.  During the song “State of My Head,” lead singer Brent Smith asked the audience to take out their cell phones and turn on their flashlights.  The arena lit up like stars in the sky.  It was absolutely breath taking.

Five Finger Death Punch finished the lineup with their high energy set including “Bad Company,” “The Bleeding,” and “Gone Away.”  At one point in the show, band front man Ivan Moody asked several kids from the audience to join him onstage while he sang “Remember Everything.”  Watching the excitement on their faces was so amazing to see.  They will always remember Five Finger Death Punch and Ivan Moody for this experience.

Photo Credit | Ashley Murphy

Arctic Monkeys coasting towards sixth UK Number 1 album

Arctic Monkeys are outselling the rest of the Top 20 combined on today’s Official Albums Chart Update with their new album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino.

The sixth studio album from the Sheffield rock band has accumulated 66,000 combined chart sales after just three days on sale, 67% of which is made of physical copies on CD and vinyl.

All five of Arctic Monkeys’ previous studio albums have reached Number 1 in their release week on the Official Albums Chart, and now their latest effort is set to continue that run of form. Click here to view our chart of Arctic Monkeys’ albums ranked in order of sales.

Three more of Arctic Monkeys’ classic albums are also set to impact the Top 40 this week: their fifth record AM is up 29 places to Number 11; the group’s debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not propels 30 positions to Number 20; and their sophomore release Favourite Worst Nightmare scales 71 placings to Number 40.

New entries and high climbers

Charlie Puth is one of a further three new entries inside today’s midweek Top 10 – he’s on course for an Official Chart personal best with Voicenotes at Number 3. Roots guitarist Ry Cooder is set for his highest ever chart placing, and seventh UK Top 40 appearance with The Prodigal Son at Number 8, plus dream-pop duo Beach House are chasing their first Top 10 with their seventh album 7 at Number 9.

Fresh from her performance on The Graham Norton Show, Joan Armatrading is a new entry on today’s Update at Number 14 with Not Too Far Away, US heavy metal group Bad Wolves are at 17 with their debut album Disobey, The Magic Numbers are in pursuit of a third UK Top 40 album at Number 23 with Outsiders, and Die Lit, the debut album from Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti, is new at Number 25.

Finally, following the death of their frontman Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit’s second album The Midnight Organ Fight could enter the Official Albums Chart Top 40 for the first time at Number 33.

Dua and Calvin eye fifth week at Number 1 while Childish Gambino and Shawn Mendes advance on Top 10

Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris dance collaboration One Kiss is currently looking good for a potential fifth week at the top of the Official Singles Chart, but with Ariana Grande climbing back up one place in today’s Official Chart Update with No Tears Left To Cry, will there be an upset when the chart is announced on Friday?

New entries and high climbers

Last week’s highest new entry from Childish Gambino – the alter ego of actor Donald Glover – looks set to storm the Top 10 this week, as This is America rises eight places to Number 6.

Canadian singer Shawn Mendes looks nailed on for a fourth Top 10, as In My Blood aims for a new peak, zooming fourteen slots to 7 after its acoustic version was released, and David Guetta and Sia’s Flames has a shot at going Top 10 for the first time, rising two places to 9.

With their fifth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino looking set to take the Number 1 album spot this Friday, Arctic Monkeys’ tracks make an impact on the Official Singles Chart too, with Four Out of Five (12), Star Treatment (13), and One Point Perspective (17) all making a Top 20 showing at this stage.

Girls, Rita Ora’s collaboration with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, starts at 18, and there could be a 13th Top 40 for Selena Gomez on the way – Back to You is new at 37.

Eurovision Song Contest: SuRie aiming for Official Chart Top 40 placing with Storm

UK’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest hopeful SuRie could make up for her disappointing night in Lisbon on Saturday with a Top 40 hit. Despite finishing 24th out of a possible 26 countries while battling a stage invasion, Storm is in at 32 on today’s Official Chart Update.

Outside of the Top 40, Netta, the Eurovision winner from Israel, currently occupies Number 57 with Toy, and runner-up Eleni Foureira of Cyprus is at Number 72 with Fuego.

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, LUIS MIGUEL ADDS ADDITIONAL MIAMI AND LOS ANGELES DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE!

LOS ANGELES (March 2018) – Due to sell out shows in Miami and Los Angeles, Mexican singer, icon, and one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel, has added second shows in both cities to his previously announced North American dates for his ¡México Por Siempre! Tour. Miguel has added a second show in Miami, FL on June 2 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The legendary singer has also added a second show in Los Angeles, CA at The Forum on September 16, coinciding with Mexican Independence Day.

The 22-date outing will kick off May 4 in San Diego, CA, followed by his first ever headlining performance at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on May 6. Produced by Live Nation, the highly anticipated tour will also make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada, including Chicago, Houston, Miami, Toronto, New York, and more.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the ¡México Por Siempre! Tour.  As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning February 13 at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

¡México Por Siempre! was also the title of Miguel’s most recent studio album, which was certified double platinum.

LUIS MIGUEL ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE! 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

DATE                            CITY                                VENUE
Friday, May 4, 2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Thursday, May 10, 2018 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Friday, May 11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Sunday, May 13, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Friday, May 25, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Friday, June 1, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Saturday, June 2, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Washington, DC The Theatre at MGM National Harbor
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Friday, June 8, 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Saturday, June 9, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thursday, August 30, 2018 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Friday, August 31, 2018 Edinburg, TX Bert Ogden Arena
Sunday, September 2, 2018 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 8, 2018 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sunday, September 9, 2018 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

Luis Miguel has always established records without precedents, not only because of his extraordinary voice, his versatility which lands him in different genres such as pop, bolero, mariachi, big band and romantic ballads, but also because of the preparation, elegance and his true artistry, all of which has made him one of the great icons in music and a major Latin artist around the world.

Throughout his exceptional 36-year career, Luis Miguel has released 33 albums, many of which have reached gold, platinum and diamond status. He has sold over 100 million albums all over the world, has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, and is a 6-time Grammy winner and 4-time Latin Grammy winner. The International Press Association in Las Vegas has honored him with their most prestigious award—The Galardón Diamante. After completing an extensive 3 and a half year-long tour, he holds
the record of highest tour revenue in the history of any Latin artist. During the prestigious Viña del Mar Festival, he received the Gaviota in silver, gold and platinum, which has never been granted to any other artist. He has broken attendance records on each of his world tours and has received numerous other awards. In the National Auditorium, the most important forum in Mexico, Luis Miguel shattered attendance records with 223 shows at this venue, which has yet to be surpassed to this date.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Coca-Cola Roxy Friday, October 19

Death Cab For Cutie will be at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm.

Reserved Balcony Tickets are $47.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $39.50. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 4th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit deathcabforcutie.com, or www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Normani’s debut solo single with Khalid ‘Love Lies’ surpasses 200M streams on Spotify

Khalid and Normani‘s ‘Love Lies‘ has amazingly surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify.

‘Love Lies’ was released commercially for digital download through RCA Records this year on February 14 as the second single from the movie soundtrack for Love, Simon.

It is Normani’s debut solo single. It entered at number 43 on the Bilboard Hot 100, opening with 22,000 downloads and 11.7 million streams in its first week. This tied Fifth Harmony with Destiny’s ChildThe Go-Go‘s and Labelle for the most members (three) from an all-female group to chart solo on the Hot 100, with Normani being the third.

It also scored the highest first-week position for a debut single by a girl group member.

The duo gave a sultry performance of the single on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon‘ last month on April 10 (see below).

Kobalt Signs Childish Gambino

Kobalt, a music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, announced that it has signed Grammy award winning, actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ, Donald Glover, a.k.a., Childish Gambino. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative support services, for all of Childish Gambino’s future songs after the Awaken, My Love! album. In addition, Kobalt has signed Wolf + Rothstein, Glover’s musical teams of collective songwriters and artists for publishing administration, global synch and creative support services.

Said Kobalt Music SVP, Creative, Al McLean, of the deal, “Donald is one of those rare multi-talented artists who can do it all. It’s an honor to sign Donald and Wolf + Rothstein Collective to the Kobalt family.”

Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning actor, writer, comedian, DJ, and rapper Donald Glover broke into pop culture mainstream first on the hit TV sitcom Community after serving on the writing staff of both The Daily Show and 30 Rock. In August 2011, he signed to Glassnote Records under his rap moniker Childish Gambino and has since released two albums. Glover also currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created and occasionally directs.

Operating out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles, Wolf + Rothstein is the creative agency comprised of Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Donald Glover, Wolf Taylor, and Fam Rothstein, all whom worked with the band that helped compose the critically acclaimed Awaken My Love! Released December 2, 2017, Awaken My Love! and the chart-topping hit single “Redbone” are nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance (winner), Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Childish Gambino is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 5, 2018.

“Wolf and Rothstein is excited to partner with Kobalt for publishing,” said Wolf Taylor of Wolf + Rothstein. “We’re looking forward to growing the roster together.”

Revealing Miley Cyrus’ Collection with Converse

“No age, no gender, no sex — I wanted everyone to feel included.”

When it comes to her debut collection, Converse x Miley Cyrus, this is exactly how Miley Cyrus says she wants her fans to feel. A true reflection of her personal style and influences, Miley tapped into her persona as a performer as well as her eclectic day-to-day style to create a full lifestyle collection.

As a woman who has always been open to all possibilities, Miley partnered with Converse to reflect that feeling of self-empowerment.

“Converse has no boundaries. It’s outspoken. I’ve always identified with Converse because the brand appeals to and represents so many different cultures and walks of life. And they’re accessible,” she says of her reason for teaming up with the brand. The collection’s look book features images that capture the energetic, bold and inclusive nature of Miley and some of her biggest fans (representing across gender, orientation and background) shot by legendary fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth.

“I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating,” she says. “I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design.” Whether sparkling with the Chuck Taylor All Star Glitter or looking to channel Miley’s performance and country roots in the Bandana, individuals can piece together looks for any mood or style.

Converse x Miley Cyrus will be available May 2 on converse.com and at select retailers.

CAMILA CABELLO, CLEAN BANDIT, STEFFLON DON & JONAS BLUE JOIN CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL

CAMILA CABELLO, CLEAN BANDIT, STEFFLON DON, JONAS BLUE AND YUNGEN CONFIRMED FOR CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL WITH VODAFONE

THE UK’S BIGGEST SUMMER PARTY JUST GOT EVEN BIGGER!

CAMILA CABELLO, CLEAN BANDIT, STEFFLON DON, JONAS BLUE AND YUNGEN CONFIRMED FOR CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL WITH VODAFONE EVEN MORE HUGE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW MORNING ON CAPITAL BREAKFAST WITH ROMAN KEMP TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS THURSDAY – 8AM – AT CAPITALFM.COM

This morning on Capital Breakfast, Roman Kemp revealed that even more of the world’s hottest artists will be performing at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone on Saturday 9th June at London’s Wembley Stadium.

International superstar Camila Cabello was the first act confirmed on Capital Breakfast today. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter will jet in to perform for fans at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone next month. She’s had an incredible year with her debut solo album reaching number two in the UK album chart and number one in the US. Her latest single ‘Never Be The Same’ was a top ten smash hit, with its predecessor ‘Havana’ topping The Official Vodafone Big Top 40, as well as singles charts around the world. Winner of Best Female at The Global Awards, Camila is sure to send fans into a frenzy when she makes her first ever solo appearance at Capital’s Summertime Ball, in what will be her first London show this year.

Roman went on to reveal that Clean Bandit will also perform at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. The Grammy Award-winning trio are responsible for some huge anthems and have sold more than 13 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide. They will take to the stage for what’s sure to be an electrifying performance for 80,000 Capital listeners next month.

Next up Roman announced that British hip-hop and grime artist Stefflon Don will be joining the star-studded line-up for Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. One of this year’s hottest stars, she has been making waves with hits including ‘Hurtin’ Me’ featuring French Montana.

BRIT-nominated DJ and producer Jonas Blue will also perform at this year’s Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. He’s sure to wow Capital listeners with an electric set when he takes the stage at the UK’s biggest summer party.

Next to be added to the line-up on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp this morning was one of the UK’s hottest breakthrough stars, Yungen, whose latest single ‘Mind On It’ features fellow Summertime Baller Jess Glynne.

Tune in to Capital Breakfast tomorrow morning from 6am and throughout the week to hear Roman reveal which massive names will be joining Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Jax Jones, Jonas Blue, Stefflon Don and Yungen at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone.

Ashley Tabor OBE, Founder & Executive President of Global, said: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… this is going to be one incredible show! We can’t wait to welcome some of this summer’s hottest artists to the iconic Wembley stage at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. Make sure you don’t miss the Capital Breakfast Show tomorrow to hear who else will be joining us on Saturday 9th June.”