Shakira's signature hip shaking during El Dorado world tour

Yesterday, Shakira completed her London show and thanked her fans, for making her feel at home. Prior to, she performed at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on Saturday where she announced from the stage that for the first time ever, her two children were present to see a show from their mamma.
 
In another heartfelt moment, Shakira shared how she doubted she’d ever sing in concert in Amsterdam again, but said miracles do happen!
 
Kicking off her concert with high energy, Shak performed her signature moves, taking up the guitar, drums, and keys across a broad menu of genres, from pop rock to reggaeton and world music fusion.
 
Slipping into a belly dancing costume, Shakira’s genre diversity is evidently unique.  I mean, what other mainstream artist offers a belly dance during their show?
 

Halsey pulls off 2hr show despite tough time, after Kehlani sets the tone

Last friday evening, Brisbane’s Riverstage was for the first time, graced by the soulful and flawless vocals of worldwide neo-R&B sensation, Kehlani. She took to the stage to a tremendously loud vocal reception from Brisbane crowds, who were eager to see her, many, for the first time.
 
Kehlani had completed her first Australian tour last year, “Sweet, Sexy Savage”, in Brisbane, to a slightly smaller, albeit perhaps more fanatic crowd in August last year.
 
This time she greeted the fans with her trademark, 90s R&B reminiscent sound, comprised of her DJ (DJ Noodles), drummer and multi-keyboardist – together being more than enough to create that edgy new wave soul, with a dash of epic gospel chops – all the while letting her voice sail effortlessly over it all, with her impressive range. She brings the goods to the stage, and is absolutely not just a recording artist – she is a gun vocal performer.
 
Kehlani punched out a hefty set, that included some of her catchier, heavily rotated tracks, like “Undercover”, “CRZY” and the hit from Suicide Squad; “Gangsta”. The Brisbanite tweens were supremely wowed by her energetic performance, and were even treated to her cover of smooth 90s joint “I’m So Into You” by Tamia – this brought the love in the arena, up a notch – cellphones with torches on, held high.
 
She is not only a consummate artist, but she really gives it all to her audiences; stopping to preach love, respect for others, and her positive personal philosophies as much as time allows. She gave a marvelous performance to Brisbane. Definitely a remarkable artist, worth following.
 
Following Kehlani’s performabce, the grammy nominated singer ‘Halsey’ real name “Ashley Nicolette Frangipane” was unsure she could pull the show off the night before, showing up to the venue 40 mins before with a high fever.
 
Despite having a tough time, the 23 year old said via twitter “Your energy carried me through and my emotions were really intense. The room felt electric. You can count on me, and I’ll count on you. My love”
 
Halsey performed most of her recent album and hits including an acoustic version of her collaboration with the Chainsmokers. She explained how it was the Launchpad of her career and hilariously explained how she was once in a taxi when the song came on and the driver said he was sick of it and turned it off because it played so much.
 
She spoke to the crowd on a number of occasions connecting with her fans, sharing various stories how the songs she wrote came about.
 
Towards the later part of the show she offered her fans to stay out all night long if that’s what they wanted. This is perhaps why her fans say she is unbeatable, relatable and love her style. The only downside was that there were no screens, and unless you were up front it was difficult to see her.
 
Given the intermediate realness she added to her performance, overall it was a successful night with a positive response. Halsey’s artistry is clearly dear to Brisbanites, and likewise she appreciated her fans support.
 
All in all, the combination of both artists drew out young aficionados and were extremely well received and adored.
 
–  Article By J. A. Vides & H.Dewald

Lauryn Hill, a little late but worth the wait

Following a long day at the Bluesfest festival at Byron Bay, with jelly legs and yawns, the last thing you would want to anticipate is to wait another half hour for the final artist to turn up on stage.
 
Measuring up to the expectation of “was it worth the wait and the money” will have to be a judgment only you can make, which may be determined by whether or not you’re a real fan.
 

To her defense, it’s not unusual for Lauryn and often other headlining artists to feature a pre-show DJ set for crowd engagement, for that length of time.
 
But some perceived her ‘lateness’ as ‘diva arrogance’, and question the consideration for her fans.
 
There was undoubtedly somewhat audio mis-comms with her band during her set, and the technicalities of those imperfections led her to turn back frequently and direct the band, whilst adjusting to her inner-ear piece.
 
She was clearly frustrated. Why, because Lauryn Hill is a musical perfectionist, why, because you paid a substantial amount of money to see her and she did not want to disappoint.
 
Technicalities may fail her, but her song choice had a deeper message beyond sole entertainment. Evidently, fans shared with us how her music influenced them not to end their lives, and, gave them the motivation to break out of depreciating situations.
 

Looking trendy in her red trucker cap, she gave a revitalised version of her hit songs ‘Ready or Not’, ‘Killing me softly’, and ‘That Thing’, then toned it down with some serenading ballads such as ‘To Zion’ and ‘Ex-Factor’ interspersed with complimenting backing vocals, amongst many more.
 
In regards to the confusion of the geographical location “Brisbane are you ready”, rather than the 150km further out Byron Bay location of the Bluesfest, it was an unfortunate mishap which when she corrected it, the crowd went into a roar of concurrence, which hopefully has now been fully forgiven.
 
To any disappointment, if you were expecting backing dancers or a more commercial set, then that’s not the Lauryn Hill we’ve ever known. She still remains in the high caliber of artists in the RnB/neo soul genre and overall delivered outstanding vocals, and performance.
 
Nevertheless, if you do not agree, her authenticity did not lack, when embracing the moment and overlooking the minor technical flaws, we can appreciate the type of artist she is.
 
If this was the last concert she ever gave, it sure was a privilege to have been there.
 
 

Seven-piece K-Pop boy band Monsta X release "Jealousy"

The seven-piece K-Pop boy band Monsta X released their new track “Jealousy” just hours ago and it already has almost 1.5 million views, and, reached the number one spot on the itunes K-Pop charts.
 
The hit song was composed and arranged by Harry Somerdahl, Shane Simmons (The Hit Music Factory), and Hayden Bell. The Korean lyrics were written by Seo Ji Woong, Jooheon, and I.M, and is a track on MONSTAX’ upcoming album ‘The Connect’.
 
MONSTA X’ ‘The Connect’ album also dropped on March 26.
 

Bluesfest: Tash Sultana adds another performance plus four original Wailers to make historic appearance at festival

Bluesfest is thrilled to announce Australia’s most popular contemporary artist, the incredible Tash Sultana will close their main stage on Thursday March 29. She joins Gomez, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Leon Bridges, Jason Isbell, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and many more in what is one of the most impressive opening days the festival has seen.
 
Bluesfest is pleased to be giving Tash’s many fans another opportunity to witness this amazing artist. Her highly anticipated appearance on Easter Sunday is expected to sell out on the day, if not before. Other acts rocking Byron Bay on Sunday 1 April include Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, John Butler Trio, First Aid Kit, Ziggy Alberts, Seal, José González and more; it is easy to understand why it is such a hot ticket for the festival.
Friday is also close to a sell out at Bluesfest 2018, with Robert Plant playing and an exclusive performance from Ms. Lauryn Hill it’s a night not to be missed for music lovers. Despite rumours there is a tour to be announced, Bluesfest assures Ms. Hill’s fans that this is an exclusive appearance, and there will not be any other performance in Australia scheduled for 2018.
 
In news that will make Reggae fans very happy, Bluesfest is proud to announce that four original members of The Wailers will be playing each night at the festival this Easter. These men worked and created music with Bob Marley and continue to honour his legacy through music. Bluesfest will be an historic event – this many original Wailers have not played together since the early 1990s.
 
The band will be led by the legendary Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett on Bass. In addition to being one of The Wailers original members, he also worked on some of Marley’s most beloved albums including ‘Exodus’ (1977) and Confrontation (1983).
 
Family Man is joined by keyboardist Tyrone Downie who joined Bob Marley and The Wailers in the 70s. He’s also known for being the subject of Grace Jones’ song My Jamaican Guy. Guitarists Donald Kinsey and Junior Marvin who played with Marley throughout the 70s will also make the trip to Byron Bay this Easter.
 
Those in attendance at Bluesfest will hear the band members who made such timeless music with Bob Marley, as Family Man continues to fulfil the promise he made to Bob as one of his final wishes…to keep his music played live.
 
Bluesfest kicks off in just three weeks on Thursday March 29 at The Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay.
 
THE 2018 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU
Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800
 
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Email: gaynor@gaynorcrawford.com

Young Thug cancels tour days after name change

Young Thug was due to perform this Saturday at the inaugural Sydney City Limits music festival and a headline show in Melbourne. He was then to join rapper Future in a collaborative concert in Brisbane on Sunday.
 
A LiveNation statement said “Live Nation regret to announce that Atlanta rapper Young Thug will no longer be making the journey to Australia after being unable to secure a visa.”
 
Ironically, Future canceled his tour back in 2017, sadly, due to a death of a friend. Future later announced it was his close friend Seth Firkins 36, who passed away. Firkins was renowned audio engineer known for his work with Rihanna, Gucci Mane, and Jay-Z. He died in his sleep with no confirmation of the cause.
 
Nevertheless, the Future show this Sunday appears to be going ahead with-out Young Thug.
 
Young Thug also made news recently announcing on twitter that he will be changing his name, but we learned today he could be referring to the title of his new album.
 


 
Time will tell if he is serious, as he previously wanted to change his stage name to his birth name “Jeffery” in 2016 saying “I had a long-term relationship with Young Thug and I’m kind of picky. So I felt like I ain’t wanna be in front of Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey. I ain’t want my kids to grow up and call me Thug. I don’t want anybody to kind of look at me like that. So I’m gonna just use my real name.”
 
In related Young Thug news, according to XXLmag news, the rapper has found himself in legal battle with Heritage Select Homes after the real estate agency hit him with a $2 million lawsuit for failing to make mortgage payments on his Georgia mansion.
 
The rapper fired back at the lawsuit, saying he shouldn’t have to pay because the company sold him a mansion that had already suffered significant damage. Thugger argues that Heritage Select knew the home had issues before they sold it to him but didn’t make him aware of the damage.
 
Future Performance Dates
Ticket Update Details: https://www.livenation.com.au/artists/future
Saturday 24th February – Sydney City Limits Festival, Centennial Park – Sydney
Sunday 25th February – Eatons Hill Hotel (new venue) – Brisbane
 
See Tinashe’s new vid “Faded Love” featuring Future Published on Feb 18, 2018
 

 
 
 

BoyzIIMen, TLC, Blackstreet & a glass of vino

View from the Sirromet Restaurant

BoyzIIMen, TLC and Blackstreet touched down under to perform at RnB Vine Days, a festival taking place at wineries all around Australia. Attendees were permitted to bring picnic gear, which made the day on the green even more fine with a glass of wine and old school music to savor. Others viewed from the concert from the Sirromet restaurant area, which included canapés and drinks for those who preferred to dine in the distance.
 
Typically, the action was mostly at the forefront of the pits. DJ Yo Mafia entertained the crowd with the right vibe prior to the show, with DJ Horizon kicking off tracks and keeping spirits hyped between performances.
 

‘It Wasn’t Me’ singer Shaggy was originally scheduled in the lineup, but canceled due to a last-minute opportunity to perform at the Superbowl NFL ‘tailgate’ show with Sting in the US on the conflicting day. In a statement he said “I’m disappointed to not celebrate RNB Vine Days with my fans,” promising to make it up to them. Organisers were prompt to replace him with ‘No Diggity’ hit 90’s group ‘Blackstreet’.
 
Ironically, on the same day as the announcement, TLC were forced to cancel their set at the Australian Open in Melbourne due to technical difficulties. The girls were dressed and ready to get on stage at 6pm but the 40 degree scorching heat, resulted in a complete computer meltdown. Nonetheless, Brisbane was fortunate to provide cooler weather on this occasion to allow the girls complete their performance.
 
The show commenced at 6pm with opening act ‘Blackstreet’ singing their hit ‘Get you home’, followed by ‘Don’t Leave Me’ and number of tracks including a rendition of ‘Shout’ by Tear for Fears, ending strong with their smash hit ‘No Diggity’.

BoyzIIMen

 
BlackstreetTboz and Chilli then made their entry with “What About Your Friends” following their greatest hits with an interval paying tribute to their late band member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Although the rapper wasn’t present, the two girls carried out the last song ‘Waterfalls’ with their backing dancers in custom designed motorsport attire.
 
Legendary ‘BoyzIIMen’ then took us back to romance in the 90’s, with multiple familiar love songs, ending with ‘End Of The Road’. Dressed in all white, the now three-man-band vocals were still at the top of their game – although their former bass singer was not present.
 
Overall, these 90’s pioneers performed magnificently at the Sirromet winery which ended up being a festive day out in the sun, apart from a mild evening shower.
 
The tour continues throughout Australia.
For more information, go to: https://www.frontiertouring.com/rnbvinedays
 
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Jordan Rakei Australian tour featuring Noah Slee and Wallace

London based, Brisbane raised multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei performed his latest album ‘Wallflower’ last night at the Triffid in Newstead, Australia. The venue carried a full audience of good vibes as Jordan and his band serenaded a singing along crowd.

The first support act of the evening was “Noah Slee” who resides in Berlin and has returned to Australia to perform his latest smooth & funkdafied tracks.
Followed by Slee, Kiwi – Sydney based singer and songwriter “Wallace” performed a number of her tracks with a capturing and expressive stage presence.
The tour continues throughout Australia before Jordan and his band take off to touring the USA.
The Australian tour concludes in Melbourne on 13 Jan 2018 at the Corner Hotel. Tickets here: Jordan Rakei | Melbourne 
     

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RnB Down Under: Australia's appetite for RnB music evident

The international perception of Australia carrying a multitude of RnB lovers isn’t exactly an immediate stereotypical observation. Don’t be deceived. Following the back-to-back sold out RnB festivals across Australia; the appetite for the RnB genre down under is evident.
 
Recently, thousands of sunshine state Queenslanders packed out the Brisbane show grounds turning up in showers to see 12 hit RnB artists perform. Premium ticket holders were in no more privilege to carry brollies due to security regulations. Instead, despite the rain, the mass of fans sported a rainbow of coloured poncho’s across the show grounds, whilst many stuck out the stroppy wet weather in drenched clothes.
 
No bags, no brollies, and no re-entry. Disappointments came from a few who briefly exited the concert grounds only to discover on their return they would not regain entry. According to the Australian Government information security management protocol, security took the necessary precautions to satisfy the mandatory requirements. Following the Ariana Grande tragic concert blast in Manchester and more recent Route 99 shootings in Las Vegas, event security across Australian has strictly increased for the safety of citizens and fans.
 
Despite substantial rain, in good spirits, the show prevailed with the crowd remaining at capacity for almost up to seven hours long.
 
Hit 105’s radio host said “Brisbane, you guys are heroes for coming in the rain and have been the biggest crowd yet” Brisbane resilient RnB fans spoke volumes “-Showing the worlds biggest RnB acts how we party.”
 
DJ Horizon performed his first set, followed by show host Fatman Scoop joining him in a clear poncho. Fatman announced, “If you’re in the rain, I’m in the rain. If you’re getting wet, I’m getting wet” and paraded down to the pits rain bound into the crowd. Scoop then performed his 1999 chart topping track, Be Faithful (Put Your Hands Up) whilst in the packed crowd accompanied by a single security staff member, surrounded by fans that sung along into the microphone.
 

 
RnB duo Ruff Endz were the first group to perform. They sung their hits Cash, Money, Cars, Clothes, Someone and No more, “in the rain, really! We love you guys.” David and Dante reunited after over a decade-long hiatus in 2016, shortly after the 2015 unrest in Balitmore. Ruff Endz released their single Time 4 Change after reuniting, a track aimed at the historical uprising in their home town, and continued powering through the RnB scene of our decade.
 
Secondly, RnB soul mama Monifah made an introduction with an instrumental slow jam setting the mood under the weather [a cosy hot chocolate and duvet would have done nicely with that track]. Monifah’s voice carried sweet yet powerful tones in her track I Miss You (Come Back Home) before shouting “Brisbane, we don’t care about the rain!”. She then sung a rendition of Santana’s Maria Maria and then Touch it for her ‘Nasty Girls’ defining the term as ‘brilliant, strong and courageous women’.
 
By 4.15, Cuban-American sweet heart Christina Milan was ready to rock From AM to PM, encouraging all hands to go in the air right across the grounds. Wearing latex look stiletto boots, a jeans jacket and hoops amid her dancers, she also sung Say I, When you look at me, Dip it low and more. It was a memento mix of the numerous catchy tracks she’d delivered over the years.
 
Up next was Let me love you singer Mario, collaborating with Australian rappers Bliss & Eso, whom surprised fans by appearing on stage to perform their track Believe along with the American superstar. Mario didn’t disappoint demonstrating his smooth vocal and dance maneuvers. Close to the end of Let me love you, he grabbed a bouqet of roses, and began casting them one by one into the front row to his screaming fans. Mario commanded “Rain you need to stop. It’s all love”. By this time the raid subsided, only to pick up slightly again before the end of his set.
 
The En Vogue were on fire both visually and vocally. Post 25 years since the groups formation they were the highlight of the night given their harmonious smashing performance. Their outfits were fierce, dressed in all red, with blasts of fire coming from the front stage. They performed the groups hits Hold On, Whatta Man, Free Your Mind and Don’t Let Go and more. The En Vougue current members Terry, Cindy and Rhona, called the crowd “real troopers for standing in the rain” and “We love you for that”. They also announced they would be releasing a new album next year.
 
Thereafter, Kelis took to the stage. The Milkshake singer and chef, wore a matching set with purple printed onions and white boots, swaggering to her strongest tracks one after another achieving an ecstatic reaction of appreciation from the audience for the existence of her signature songs. Remarkably, Kelis covered her version of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana before closing. Kelis released a cookbook called My Life on a Plate along with her album titled “Food” as well a line of jerk and BBQ sauces. A foodie and musie, the talented Kelis celebrates the best of both worlds.
 
Kelly Rowland gave an astounding caliber of a performance and confirmed the level of a quality superstar she is. Rowland invited her fellow ‘Voice’ co judge ‘Delta Goodrem’ for steamy dance from two of her back up dancers. Kelly ended her set pausing in moment of gratitude and love with her hands stretched wide over a voiceover reading out “love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast, God is love”. Kelly is working on a fifth solo album that she anticipates will be out by next year.
 
Ironically, the sun was shining bright on the following day at the Virgin Supercars Race attended by the previous night’s performer Kelly Rowland along with fellow (The Australian Voice) Judge Delta Goodrem, where Virgin Cabin Crew Charis Dewald performed the National Anthem live on Channel 10.
 
In 10th line was Ne-Yo. He began with parallel RnB ballad’s So Sick, She Knows, Miss Independent, All because Of You, Sexy Love and Best I ever had gently easing into into his up-tempo club hits such as Closer and Give me Everything featuring PitBull. Two lucky fans were picked out of the crowd to dance to a track from his new album, Push Back. The two ladies engaged in a short dance competition before being given some kind words as they shakily made their way back into the crowd. His full live band and presentation were truly compelling and he remains one of the highest quality entertainers of the day.
 
Second to last, but not least, the UK now DJ and singer Craig David performed and energetic and breathtaking performance. He upheld his ability to sing at a prompt pace without missing a note as well as mastering the music. He’s had a great comeback since re-inventing himself as a DJ and singer with TS5 and his talent is still one of a kind. The most compelling words Craig David expressed throughout his set was his appreciation for all the support over the years. On this tour, his 17 year long manager flew out from London to support his shows. It’s a wonderful industry story and comeback for Craig David we wish him all the best of success with his “Time Is Now” album to be released on 26 January 2018.
 
And finally, it was Sean Paul’s time to seize the moment. It was the last act of the night and finally dry skies. People must have been tired after 6hr + in rain and cold and you’d assume they’d be ready to head home bound! Not so. As soon as the dancehall beats kicked off the crowd went wild. The show was clearly not over until Sean Paul’s set was. The night rounded up with the Dutty Jamaican’s blasts from the past, present and snippets of future releases.
 
The hype for next years RnB Festival remains, and that anticipation contains a sense of expectation for a literal brighter day.
 
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Don't miss Fox FM's RNB Fridays Live 2017!

This event is set to take off featuring some of the greatest RnB artists of all time!
This year the list will include:
• Craig David
• Christina Milian
• DJ Horizon
• En Vogue
• Kelly Rowland
• Kelis
• Mario
• Monifah
• Ne-Yo
• Ruff Endz
• Sean Paul
The event will be hosted by Mr. Fatman Scoop, who also part took in 2016.
Tickets are selling fast, don’t miss out:
• Thursday, October 12 (NEW SHOW!) — Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
• Friday, October 13 — Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW
• Saturday, October 14 — nib Stadium, Perth, WA
• Sunday, October 15 — Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide, SA
• Thursday, October 19 (NEW SHOW!) — Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria
• Friday October 20 — Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria
• Saturday, October 21 — Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD
http://rnbfridayslive.com/
https://www.hdjmusic.com/event/fox-fms-rnb-fridays-live-2017-thu-19-oct-all-ages/