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IMAGINE DRAGONS’ DAN REYNOLDS HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL LOVELOUD FESTIVAL POWERED BY AT&T ON JULY 28, 2018 AT RICE ECCLES STADIUM IN SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO ENCOURAGE GREATER LOVE, COMMUNICATION, AND UNDERSTANDING FOR OUR LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

LINE UP INCLUDES GRAMMY® AWARD- WINNING ARTISTS IMAGINE DRAGONS, ZEDD AND LINKIN PARK’S MIKE SHINODA, GRACE VANDERWAAL, NEON TREES’ TYLER GLENN, VAGABON AND A.W.

STAND UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR AND WRITER CAMERON ESPOSITO TO PERFORM AND EMCEE LOVELOUD FESTIVAL

LOVELOUD TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10AM MST AT SMITHSTIX.COM

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LGBTQ+ CHARITIES INCLUDING
ENCIRCLE, TREVOR PROJECT, TEGAN AND SARA FOUNDATION & MORE

Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today
announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to
ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand,
accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival
will be powered by AT&T.

AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.

LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of
acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are
staggering:
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to
the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are
eight times more likely to commit suicide.

“We at LOVELOUD are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”

LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the
Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine
Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon
Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be
announced in the coming weeks.

LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can
purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music
begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other
activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate
proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.

“LOVELOUD’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in
one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain,
educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28th," said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to
issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the LOVELOUD
team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”

As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around
LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.

LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown
Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine
Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua
James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various
charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor
Project and GLAAD.

The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to
help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.

AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975,
when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy
prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T
adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In
2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health
care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.

Soulgigs & Biggs Present… Eric Roberson Live at the Islington Assembly Hall Sunday 22nd April 2018

ADDITIONAL DATE: Hideaway Streatham Monday 23rd April 2018

GRAMMY Award-nominee, singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson returns to London 22nd & 23rd April 2018. Eric continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artist such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, as well as headlining sold out tours across the country.

This Rahway, NJ and Howard University alum became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award 2007 and was the recipient of the“Underground Artist of the Year” BETJ Virtual Award, with Rahsaan Patterson in 2008. In addition, Eric was nominated in both 2010 and 2011 for a GRAMMY award in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category and continues to blaze trails unheard of as an independent artist. In 2011, his studio album, Mister Nice Guy, debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts and his 10th studio album, The Box, was released in 2014.

Eric’s latest project, Wind, is the second part of a three album compilation Earth, Wind, and Fire, to be released throughout the year. Wind features Urban Contemporary Veteran Will Downing on the single “Lyrics Of Pleasure”. The inspiration behind the album titles definitely pays homage to the iconic group, but Eric also wanted to use music to voice some of today’s topical issues and in his special way, include personal influences into these albums. “Earth is self-empowering, Wind is the love and Fire is the message,” says Roberson.

Date: Sunday 22nd April 2018
Location: Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD
Time: 7pm
Tickets: Standing £22.50 + booking fee

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soulgigs-biggs-presents-eric-roberson-live-in-london-tickets-41326205794

ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED: 
Date: Monday 23rd April 2018 
Location: Hideaway 2 Empire Mews Stanthorpe Road Streatham SW16 2BF
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £26.50
Ticket Link: http://www.hideawaylive.co.uk/eric-roberson-monday-23rd-april-2018

 

 

CHILDISH GAMBINO UNVEILS 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST RAE SREMMURD

Infinite Energy Arena on September 6

Tickets On Sale to the General Public Friday, March 9 at Noon (12PM)

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 5, 2018) – Today, GRAMMY, Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning and multi-talented recording artist, actor, and producer Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino announced dates for his upcoming North American tour with special guest Rae Sremmurd. Produced by Live Nation in partnership with Wolf + Rothstein, the month-long outing will visit 13 cities across North America, kicking off in Atlanta on September 6 and wrapping in Vancouver on September 30.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 9 at 12pm local time. Purchase tickets at InfiniteEnergyCenter.com, the Arena box office or by calling (770) 626-2464. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 6 at 12pm local time through Thursday, March 8 at 10pm local time.

Childish Gambino’s last live music production, “PHAROS,” was a runaway success in 2016. The highly-acclaimed performances took place in Joshua Tree, California, where Gambino debuted songs from his third studio album “Awaken, My Love!” The performances were recorded and later accompanied the vinyl release of the album, along with a VR headset and an app that allowed owners to access the “PHAROS”
performances. The critically-acclaimed, certified gold album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, while “Redbone” won for Best Traditional R&B Performance and received nominations for Record of the Year and Best R&B Song.

“PHAROS” returns this year to New Zealand on November 23, 24 and 25. More information and tickets are available now through the Pharos Earth mobile app https://pharos.earth.

Get Your Tickets!

CHILDISH GAMBINO WITH SPECIAL GUEST RAE SREMMURD TOUR DATES:
Thu Sep 06      Atlanta, GA                Infinite Energy Arena
Sat Sep 08       Chicago, IL                 United Center
Mon Sep 10     Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre
Wed Sep 12     Boston, MA                 TD Garden
Fri Sep 14        New York, NY             Madison Square Garden
Tue Sep 18      Philadelphia, PA        Wells Fargo Center
Wed Sep 19     Washington DC          Capital One Arena
Sat Sep 22        Houston, TX                Toyota Center
Sun Sep 23      Dallas, TX                     American Airlines Center
Wed Sept 26    Los Angeles, CA          The Forum
Thu Sept 27     Oakland, CA                Oracle Arena
Sat Sept 29       Seattle, WA                  KeyArena
Sun Sep 30       Vancouver, BC            Rogers Arena

 

 

Marvel Music & Hollywood Records Present Black Panther Original Film Score Soundtrack

Marvel Music And Hollywood Records Present Marvel Studios’ Black Panther Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack

 Available Digitally On February 16th

Original Score Composed by Ludwig Göransson

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 13, 2018 — Marvel Music/Hollywood Records are releasing the digital album of the Black Panther score, composed by Grammy®-nominated composer and songwriter Ludwig Göransson, on February 16, 2018.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.  Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

“Black Panther” marks Göransson’s third collaboration with director Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”).  The Swedish-born composer wrote the original songs for “Creed” and has also produced albums for Childish Gambino, Haim, and Chance the Rapper.

Göransson recorded the score in London with a 132-piece western classical orchestra, African percussionists and a 40-person choir. Göransson said, “After reading Ryan’s first draft of the script, I quickly realized that the only way I could properly score ‘Black Panther’ was to travel to Africa to record, research and learn from as many musicians I could find. I was introduced to Senegal’s most incredible musicians and storytellers, and from there it all started to come together.  One of the instruments that especially caught my attention was the talking drum, which together with West African sabar drums and ceremonial rhythms, became the foundation for the score.”

Göransson infused a wide array of African instrumentation into the score and character themes.  Speaking about the score’s creation, Göransson notes: “The talking drum is used for T’Challa’s main theme, with one hit per syllable of his name played on the drum.”  For Erik Killmonger’s theme, the name was sung and screamed into a fula flute to convey the “musical interpretation of the character’s ferocity.”   Sabar drums were used to “propel the story and to highlight both the country of Wakanda and T’Challa’s movements, especially in his fight scenes.”  Sabar drums are used in traditional African wrestling “making them perfect for the action scenes.”

Göransson’s biggest challenge was to blend a western classical orchestra and modern production with traditional African rhythms and harmonies.  He adds, “Together with Ryan Coogler, we worked out new ways of combining the three elements into something traditionally authentic and truly unique, that I hope embodies the heart and soul of Wakanda.”

The “Black Panther” digital album is available for pre-order HERE.  The soundtrack can be streamed HERE .

About Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com.

 

 

 

 

Cardi B, Khalid, Lorde, Childish Gambino & Thirty Seconds to Mars Playing Pre-Grammy Parties: See the List

Written By | Gil Kaufman

Music’s biggest night will be turned into music’s biggest week thanks to a string of A-list parties and shows planned all over New York, in the lead-up to Sunday night’s (Jan. 28) 60th annual Grammy Awards. Starting Wednesday night (Jan. 24), the city will be lit up with big-name acts warming up stages all over Manhattan in special showcases and parties starring some of your favorite acts.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

CITI At Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, 8 p.m.

Thirty Seconds to Mars launch Citi’s second edition of the Sound Vault Series, with a show at the 1,025-capacity Irving Plaza.

Ally Coalition Talent Show

Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, 7 p.m.

4th annual all-star Ally Coalition Talent Show, benefiting LGBTQ causes, which will feature sets from Kacey Musgraves, Lorde, Bleachers, Shamir, members of The National and Spoon, Aparna Nancherla, Phoebe Robinson, Jacqueline Novak and Andrew Dost.

Mastercard House

60 10th Ave., 9 p.m.

Best new artist Grammy nominee SZA hits the stage.

Thursday Jan. 25

CITI at Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, 8 p.m.

The National are next up at Irving Plaza for the CITI series.

The Grill/The Pool

The Seagram Building, 99 East 52nd St.

Grammy performer/nominee Cardi B who will play a Warner Music Group-sponsored gig before what will surely be a big night for the “Bodak Yellow” rapper.

The Rainbow Room

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, 7 p.m.

Alicia Keys and hubby Swizz Beatz will hold it down at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Event.

Skylight Clarkson SQ

550 Washington St.,

Khalid, SZA, Julia Michaels and Alessia Cara will hit the Spotify Best New Artist 2018 Pre-Grammy Party.

Metropolitan Pavilion

125 W. 18th St., 4-7 p.m.

The Canada “Northern Beat” Showcase will feature Daniel Caesar, Neon Dreams, Dear Rouge and Iskwe.

Mastercard House

60 10th Ave., 9 p.m.

The #TBT Night brings some major hip-hop firepower from the likes of EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and Ghostface Killah with Raewkwon.

Location TBD

Delta Airlines Party with Julia Michaels, Funk Flex and Vanessa Hudgens.

Friday Jan. 26

CITI at Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, 8 p.m.

Eminem storms the stage for a rare ballroom gig at Irving Plaza for a CITI show.

Carnegie Hall

57th St. and 7th Ave., 2:30 p.m.

The suit and tie crowd will check in at Carnegie Hall for the Grammy Salute to Classical Music’s tribute to Leonard Bernstein hosted by legendary pianist Lang Lang with performances by Ledisi and Isabel Leonard.

Radio City Music Hall

45 Rockefeller Plaza, 7:30 p.m.

The MusiCares Tribute Concert to Fleetwood Mac will bring sets from Lorde, John Legend, Harry Styles, Keith Urban, Haim and OneRepublic.

Mastercard House

60 10th Ave., 9 p.m.

Portugal. The Man and Francis and the Lights light up the night.

The Pool

The Seagram Building, 99 E. 52nd St, 9 p.m.

Khalid and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will keep the party going at the Nielsen pre-Grammy party at The Pool.

The Cadillac House

330 Hudson Street, 9:30 p.m.

Republic Party

Esther & Carol

341 Broome St., 6-9 p.m.

Morgan Stanley/Lava/ConcertPass Party

Venue TBD

The Chainsmokers Grammy Party

48 Lounge

1221 Avenue of the Americas, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

EMPIRE Grammy Party

Saturday Jan. 27

The Standard

848 Washington St., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

ASCAP Grammy Nominee reception

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St., 1-3 p.m.

BMI “How I Wrote That Song” panel with RedOne, Faith Evans and more artists TBA.

Mastercard House

60 10th Ave., 3 p.m.

Austin Brown live in-store performance.

Spring Studios

6 St. Johns Lane, 11:30 a.m.

This low-key UMG Showcase will feature a number of emerging and established UMG acts.

Joe’s Pub

425 Lafayette St., 1-3 p.m.

Folk Alliance Grammy event at Joe’s Pub honoring nominees Olivia Chaney, The Secret Sisters, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Fabrizio Poggi and Ashley Campbell.

Mastercard House

60 10th Ave., 9 p.m.

Dua Lipa will rock the stage at this Billboard-presented event.

CITI at Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, 8 p.m.

Grammy nominee Childish Gambino playing at CITI’s Irving Plaza series.

Sunday Jan. 28

CITI at Irving Plaza

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, 8 p.m.

Dave Matthews will plug in at Irving Plaza to cap the CITI series.

The Whitney

99 Gansevoort St.

Sony After Party

Spring Studios

6 St. Johns Lane

UMG After Party

Barney Greengrass

541 Amsterdam Ave. 1-4 a.m.

Glassnote After-After Party

Bryant Park Grill

25 W. 40th St., 9:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Concord Music Group After Party

 

Childish Gambino Partners With RCA Records, New Music Out This Year

“It was a necessary change of pace.”

Following the success of Childish Gambino’s 2016 album “Awaken, My Love!”, the artist née Donald Glover has announced a new deal with RCA Records.

Glover and his creative agency Wolf + Rothstein are partnering with the Sony Music subsidiary for a new recording and label deal that will release new Gambino music later this year Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records.

“Donald is undoubtedly one of the most talented, multi-faceted, young entertainers of this era,” said RCA chairman and CEO Peter Edge in a statement. “We are excited to join forces with him and Wolf + Rothstein to usher in the next phase of Childish Gambino’s musical career.”

The new deal sees Glover leave the independent Glassnote Records, with whom he signed in 2011 and released three full-length albums and two mixtapes. Although Gaminbo has seen substantial acclaim during his term with Glassnote, it has not been entirely amicable throughout its duration. In 2014, he slammed the label over what he claimed was a mishandling of a video for his Because The Internet single “Sweatpants” and allegedly lying to him. “We were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. So I’m done. Someone buy me out of this contract,” he tweeted at the time.

Regarding the new partnership with RCA, Glover said in a statement, “It was a necessary change of pace.”

Wolf + Rothstein operates out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles and is the brainchild of Glover, Wolf Taylor and Fam Rothstein. As a label, it has previously released Kari Faux’s Lost en Los Angeles and bLAck pARty’s Mango in 2016. Wolf + Rothstein will be partnering with Kobalt for publishing.

“Being malleable is important to us, and that’s what this partnership allows. Also, it was about that time,” said Rothstein in a statement.

Julian K. Petty, partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, added, “This partnership is a real commitment to artistry and the future of music. I’m happy I could play a small part in helping put it together.”

Gambino is nominated for five Grammy Awards at this weekend’s event, including album of the year for “Awaken, My Love!” and record of the year for the breakout single “Redbone.” He will also be performing at the show.

Kim Kardashian Refused to Give Up on Having a Third Child: Inside the Bounce Back of a Lifetime

Written By | Natalie Finn 

For the last couple of years, Kim Kardashian‘s life has been wildly all over the place.

She reached new professional heights, expanding her brand and launching a new makeup line. She doted on daughter North and son Saint. She traveled the world. She covered Forbes and made (more) millions.

But she also experienced some deep lows, from which she had to battle back just to feel somewhat normal again. She underwent surgery on her uterus a year ago as a last-chance effort to prepare her body for the possibility of carrying another child. Kanye West worked himself to the point of mental exhaustion. She was too traumatized to converse with her fans, or even go out much, for two months after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October 2016.

Getting back in the groove for Kim was, as the family called it, a process.

Any of the above could’ve have altered the course Kim was on, which in her mind always included having another child. Instead, the E! star bounced back and congratulations are in order because she and Kanye welcomed their third child together, another baby girl, via surrogate on Monday.

“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” Kim announced on her app today. “North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”Name TBA, of course. So after the most tumultuous of years, Kim got what she most wanted all along, having never lost sight of her goal to have another baby.

It took months of speculation first, however, before she was ready to share the news herself.

“We’re having a baby!” Kim was first seen saying in a supertease for the 14th season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which marked its 10th anniversary of being on E! in October.

Kim Kardashian

Previously she avoided the subject, telling E! News last September, “I’ve definitely seen a lot of things, we’ve never confirmed anything. So, I think when we’re ready to talk about it we will, and I think it’s super invasive when people are just… So many details out there, and like I’ve never heard this, I’ve never heard this. Like, whatever. We have not confirmed it, and that’s that. I’ll let you know when we’re ready.”But once the news was officially out there, Kim was her usual candid self.

“It is frustrating like to not be able to do it on your own,” she admitted on a December episode of KUWTK. “It is a weird dynamic. Like I go to all the doctor’s appointments and I try to be really present, but when you’re not carrying it yourself it is such a fine balance of how much you’re going to be in their lives. Of course I want to know ever last detail that’s going on with my baby and that’s super frustrating, but I really trust my surrogate and I don’t want to be that person that’s trying to control her every move. It’s going to be a long hard process but I’m going to take it one day at a time and hopefully it just gets easier.”

And as we know now, in an only in Kardashian-land twist of fate, we’re only a third of the way done as far as new babies are concerned. Sister Khloe Kardashian, who had been very open about her desire to start a family of her own, is pregnant with her first child, and the world waits with baited breath for more direct details about Kylie Jenner‘s reported pregnancy as well.

Khloe waited until she was almost six months along to officially confirm that she and boyfriend Tristan Thompson were having a baby together, explaining on Ellen in January, “I just wanted to do it on my time and when I felt comfortable to do so.”

Kim’s first comment on the Kylie reports came in September when she tweeted back to a Harper’s Bazaar story that claimed Kim wasn’t happy about her little sister’s pregnancy. “This sounds like a very awkward conversation,” the magazine wrote in teasing its article, to which Kim fired back, “This sounds like a very fake story…” More recently, she opted to sip a sardine smoothie on the Late Late Show With James Corden rather than talk about either of her sisters’ expectant status.

But Kim couldn’t have been happier about her own baby on the way.

“I’m definitely leaning more towards I want to try [to find a surrogate],” Kim told Kourtney Kardashian after her surgery, as it played out on Keeping Up With the Kardashians in April. “After talking to Kanye, I think I always knew that surrogacy was an option, but I didn’t think it was that realistic of an option, and now I feel like that’s my reality. I feel like surrogacy really is the only other option for me.”

Each of her first two pregnancies was difficult, with Kim developing preeclampsia while she was carrying North and needing to be induced.

Before she got pregnant with Saint, Kim told Ellen DeGeneres back in September 2014 the she definitely wanted a sibling for North, and while she couldn’t imagine six kids, like mom Kris Jenner has, she could perhaps envision having four.

First, “I’ll go for two—but then again I have so many siblings and I love it,” Kim, who’s the second-eldest of the six, said. “They’re my best friends. I would want that for my kids. So I’m going to do two and see how it is.”

Pregnancy “was not a beautiful thing with me,” she admitted. “People are lying to you [about having that special pregnancy glow]. Kourtney looks so beautiful pregnant. She has the best pregnancy style. I couldn’t figure it out and I’m just dreading when I have to figure it out again.” Moreover, “I had a medically really tough, challenging pregnancy, but it is so worth it. I am so obsessed with my daughter. It’s so worth it.”

A few months later she told Elle U.K., “I want a boy and another girl; I want it to start happening straight away. I loved being part of a huge family—and I want that for North. We’d do IVF if nothing happens, but we both want to keep trying naturally. A few years ago I was told I could never get pregnant. Three different doctors told me the same thing, which is why I wanted to have my eggs frozen. I was just about to do that when I found out I was pregnant with North.”

In March 2015 she joked to E! News that she and Kanye were working overtime trying for another baby and she hoped that “doing all the wrong things” would do the trick. Saint was born on Dec. 5, 2015.

More pregnancy discomfort aside, Kim, in her heart, felt that she wasn’t done having children.

Five months after Saint was born she shared pics of the “not pregnant” results from a pregnancy test she took in an airplane bathroom after skipping her period. A few months later, she really was looking into having another baby, and she started to consider surrogacy for the first time.

“If the two doctors that I trust have told me it wouldn’t be safe for me to get pregnant again, I have to listen to that,” she said in a November 2016 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “But because I don’t know anyone that has been a surrogate or used one, I didn’t really think about that as an option for me.”

“That scares me for you,” Kris said when Kim told her she was considering the option. “What if she gives birth and then grabs the baby and makes a run for it?”

“I don’t think she can,” Kim replied. “Also, the best thing is I could have a new baby and have no one know and live my life for a good year before we announce it.”

But then life kinda went to hell for awhile, and the surrogate search was unintentionally on hold.By June, however, Kim and Kanye—back on stable footing after both needed time to get over the lingering emotional effects of the robbery and Kanye’s hospitalization in November—had picked a surrogate.

“The robbery only made her more determined to expand her family,” a source told E! News.

Kim tearfully said on Ellen in May, speaking about Paris, “I know this sounds crazy, but I know that was meant to happen to me. I don’t want to start crying, but I feel like that was so meant to happen to me. I’m such a different person.”

The multiplatform maven, who has 106 million Instagram followers, stayed off of social media for two months after the robbery, during which she was tied up and ordered into the bathtub while thieves made off with roughly $11 million worth of jewelry from her and Kanye’s apartment suite. Kanye was in New York and was on stage when he got the call, after which he famously left his own show mid-song.

“It was meant to happen to me,” Kim continued on Ellen. “I really feel like things happen in your life to teach you things. It was probably no secret, and you see it on the show—I was being flashy and I was definitely materialistic before.”

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, North West, Saint West, 2 Chainz, Wife, Kids, Family, Pre-Fourth of July

She said that ultimately she figured there wasn’t anything wrong with having stuff, or of being proud of said stuff and sometimes showing it off on social media, especially to mark a happy occasion like an engagement.”But it’s just…it’s not worth it,” Kim added. “Like, I don’t care about that stuff. I don’t care to show off the way that I used to. Even though there’s nothing wrong, truly—it’s OK if you’re proud of that and you work so hard and you get something—it’s just not who I am anymore.”

And while it doesn’t feel as if Kim has been much less visible, what with her makeup line launching, her continuously updated app and the steady stream of party, travel, fashion and just day-to-day pics on her Instagram and Snapchat… there is a mellower vibe to it all. Less ostentatious glitz and more family tableaux (though she just can’t help the ever-present dose of Kardashian-brand luxury).

Kardashian Christmas Card Day 21, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, North West, Saint West

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And there’s nothing like the excitement over a new addition (or several) to the family to remind everyone of the most important things in life—and at the end of the day, the tight-knit bonds of family are what the Kardashians are all about.Her nearest and dearest threw Kim a “Tea for 3”-themed baby shower in November and then she and Kanye enjoyed a quiet Christmas with the kids—just the four of them for the last time—in December.

Kim said on The Real in November that North was “so excited” to have a baby sister, but she suspected son Saint might have a harder time adjusting once his new sibling arrived.

“I don’t know why,” she admitted. “I hope he doesn’t. I tell [North] every night, ‘You know, when you’re coming in my room and it’s now two in the morning, you know I might be in Baby Sister’s room feeding her, so you can’t, you know, I’m not always gonna be here.’ And she’s like, ‘I know, Mom.’ Let’s see. Let’s see.”

Sounds like North is more than ready to be a big sister-times-two.

 

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Kim Kardashian’s Bumpy Road to Baby No. 3: Pregnancy Health Scares, Surrogacy & More

Written By | Mona Khalifeh

Baby No.3 is here for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and boy, was it a bumpy road!

From dealing with placenta accreta after she gave birth to North West to suffering from preeclampsia while pregnant with Saint West, Kim’s been through the ringer when it comes to carrying those cute babies! Luckily, Kimye did their research and now they’re “really thankful” they went down the surrogacy route to complete their family of five.

While we patiently await all the must-see pics of their baby girl, let’s take a look back at the journey Kim took to get here!

Kim Kardashian, North West, Saint West, Kanye West

In December 2012, Kim announced her first pregnancy with then-boyfriend, Kanye West. The future parents were congratulated by friends and family, with Kim’s sister Kourtney Kardashian tweeting,  “Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can! Another angel to welcome to our family.”

Kim Kardashian, Brody Jenner, Upfronts

Kim suffered health scares early on in her first pregnancy. Kim documented the scary moment in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, “It hurts so badly,” Kim cried as she lied in the doctor’s office. “I can never do this again.”

Kim Kardashian, North West, Saint West, Kanye West

In May 2013, Kim showed off her bump at fashion’s biggest night. After walking the red carpet, Kanye serenaded his very-pregnant love, singing, “You’re so awesome!”

 

New Music Report: Emerging Artist of the Week – GoldLink

In 2014, GoldLink released his debut mixtape The God Complex, and in 2015 he released his second mixtape, And After That, We Didn’t Talk. In 2017, he released his debut full-length album At What Cost. This year, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting time as he’s nominated for a Grammy for the record’s hit song “Crew” for (Best Rap/Sung Performance), as well as an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Hip Hop Artist.

Real name D’Anthony Carlos, GoldLink is from Washington, DC, and began making music after graduating high school. Following his critically acclaimed first mixtape, he linked up with Rick Rubin for his second mixtape. Eventually, the recording artist landed a record deal with RCA Records, and last year released his first full-length album.

At What Cost includes 14 tracks, including features from artists like Jazmine SullivanKaytranadaWaleRadiant ChildrenMyaShy GlizzyCiscero, and more. The album’s lead single “Crew,” which featured Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, went Platinum in the US and hit No. 2 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart — and snagged GoldLink a Grammy nom this year.

GoldLink will be touring in Australia in the spring, as well as perform at the 2018 Governor’s Ball in New York City in June.

Most recently, the 24-year-old teamed up with Craig David on the British singer/songwriter’s newly released song “Live In The Moment,” which is featured on his new album The Time Is Now. Check it out below.

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