Lady Antebellum to tour SA in October

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It’s a quarter after 8, I’m a little excited to tell you nowwwwww….. Lady Antebellum will jet out to South Africa for their first tour to the country. The Grammy winners will be performing in Cape Town and in Johannesburg this October. Dates are as follows:

Cape Town – 13th October 2017 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. Ticket Price:  R490 – R915

Johannesburg – 15th October 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome. Ticket Price:  R535 – R995

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 3 March 2017 at 9am from Big Concerts

With over nine number one hit singles, five award-winning albums and sixth on the way, the tour should be a real winner. Watch out for their new single “You Look Good,” off the new album, HEART BREAK and for more details visit www.ladyantebellum.com

 

 

 

Here are the 2017 Grammy nominees

The nominees for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®   have just been announced. Leading the pack is Beyoncé with a massive 9 nominations for her incredible visual album, Lemonade. She’s in good company too with DrakeRihanna and Kanye West all cracking 8 nominations. Chance The Rapper scored himself seven nominations, which is good to see. Adele is right up there too, and I predict it’s going to be a massive night for her and Beyoncé. Your thoughts?

At next year’s ceremony, which will take place on the 12th of February, expect to see moving tributes for the likes of the late, greats Prince and David Bowie. Also expect some incredible hosting skills from The Late Late Show’s James Corden. For now though, here are the nominees:

Album Of The Year:
25 — Adele
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Views — Drake
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:
“Hello” — Adele
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“7 Years” — Lukas Graham
“Work” — Rihanna Featuring Drake
“Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:
“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

POP FIELD
Best Pop Vocal Album:
25 — Adele
Purpose — Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman — Ariana Grande
Confident — Demi Lovato
This Is Acting — Sia

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin — Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine — Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch — Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future — Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII — Louie Vega

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Album:
California — Blink-182
Tell Me I’m Pretty — Cage The Elephant
Magma — Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor — Panic! At The Disco
Weezer — Weezer

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
22, A Million — Bon Iver
Blackstar — David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project — PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression — Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead

R&B FIELD
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade — Beyoncé
Ology — Gallant
We Are King — KING
Malibu — Anderson .Paak
Anti — Rihanna

RAP FIELD
Best Rap Performance:
“No Problem” — Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
“Panda” —Desiigner
“Pop Style” — Drake Featuring The Throne
“All The Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
“That Part” — ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Solo Performance:
“Love Can Go To Hell” — Brandy Clark
“Vice” — Miranda Lambert
“My Church” — Maren Morris
“Church Bells” — Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

JAZZ FIELD
Best Jazz Vocal Album:
Sound Of Red — René Marie
Upward Spiral — Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
Take Me To The Alley — Gregory Porter
Harlem On My Mind — Catherine Russell
The Sting Variations — The Tierney Sutton Band

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best Gospel Album:
Listen —Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill This House — Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper’s Heart [Live] —Todd Dulaney
Losing My Religion — Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate [Live] —William Murphy

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Poets & Saints — All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal — Crowder
Be One — Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live] — Hillsong Young & Free
Love Remains — Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

LATIN FIELD
Best Latin Pop Album:
Un Besito Mas — Jesse & Joy
Ilusión — Gaby Moreno
Similares — Laura Pausini
Seguir Latiendo — Sanalejo
Buena Vida — Diego Torres

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD
Best American Roots Performance:
“Ain’t No Man” — The Avett Brothers
“Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time” — Blind Boys Of Alabama
“Factory Girl” — Rhiannon Giddens
“House Of Mercy” — Sarah Jarosz
“Wreck You” — Lori McKenna

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox — Carol Burnett
M Train — Patti Smith
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia) — (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink — Elvis Costello

MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA FIELD
Best Song Written For Visual Media:
“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls
“Heathens” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad
“Just Like Fire” — Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass
“Purple Lamborghini” — Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad
“Try Everything” — Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia
“The Veil” — Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM FIELD
Best Music Video
:
“Formation” — Beyoncé
“River” — Leon Bridges
“Up & Up” — Coldplay
“Gosh” — Jamie XX
“Upside Down & Inside Out” — OK Go

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Producer Of The YearNon-Classical:
Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Nineteen85
Ricky Reed

Gallery: SEAL live in Johannesburg

Soul superstar SEAL kicked off his South African tour in Johannesburg on Sunday, 12 June 2016. The show was held at the Ticketpro Dome in Jozi. Thousands of fans braved the cold weather and flocked to the venue to see the Kiss From A Rose hitmaker live in concert. He was supported by SAMA winner, Tresor, who definitely held his own at the gig.

SEAL’s voice is impeccable, still so magical and soulful… Just what you would expect from the star. Check out the gallery of SEAL live in concert below

Thanks for the #Lemonade Beyoncé

LemonadeIt’s a Sunday morning in Johannesburg. It’s supposedly Autumn, but if I look outside we’re in for another scorcher of a day. I need something refreshing to fuel me along for a marathon of nothingness – and by that I mean a lazy day, as Sundays should be spent. Something that tickles my fancy is something delicious and fresh. Something like #Lemonade. And boy have I found a delicious blend.

One of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry right now (and for the last twenty years or so) is the formidable Beyoncé Knowles. The star continues to break boundaries and borders with her craft, highlighting just how powerful brand Beyoncé
is and how fearless she is in her attempt to be the best she can possibly be. It’s remarkable, it’s genius. It’s also very rare. Maybe the reason why we’re subjected to a lot of the mediocre crap for so many months of any given year between her albums is because she wants to us to realise that she will break the mundane spell with something oh so special.

So by now you’re wondering what the link between my desire for lemonade and Beyoncé is. Well if you’re just waking up, the one word that is and will be trending all day is #Lemonade. That’s because Beyoncé just dropped her visual album with that title. The film, of which she was the executive producer, aired on HBO a few hours ago and after that, and as to be expected, the star dropped her new album. It’s currently streaming on Tidal, which I and no doubt thousands of others have now signed up to.

Let’s talk about production. Or do we even have to? This woman’s attention to detail is incredible. The storylines of the videos are powerful, and the way in which she has married story with production is amazing. From narration to grading, cinematography to editing, these videos are visual artpieces. Sign up and watch it now.

I haven’t listened enough to delve deeply into the themes throughout the album, but one major theme is infidelity. Did he cheat on her? And by he, I could be referring to Jay Z, to Matthew Knowles or to any other man or woman who has ever strayed. Beyoncé doesn’t explicitly say who she is referring to, so this could all be conceptual. I mean look at what it’s doing just on this post alone – we’re talking about it and therefore drawing attention to the album.

You see Beyoncé Knowles is no fluffy pop star. She is a powerful, extremely self-assured, talented (some may even go as far as to say gifted) and intelligent woman. She may have sold millions and millions of albums to date, traveled far and wide, done a lot more than most will ever get to, but she like you and me is human. A super human, but human nonetheless. I may not be able to resonate with many of the themes throughout this album and I may not be considered her target market. I can however listen to the music and draw a lot more from this chapter in her musical life, and in doing so draw my own conclusions, connections and the like from there. I said this on Twitter earlier. The music is that much better when it stands for something and that something is uplifting, empowering, socially relevant. That’s #Lemonade.

When Beyoncé is ready to share parts of her private life with the world, she does so in her own way, her own time. You know why? Because she can. She answers to nobody. She answers to Beyoncé and if Beyoncé says yes, then best you be prepared because the powerhouse has a plan and it’s bigger than the last one. In 2011, Beyoncé released an album called 4. It was the first time the star had broken away from her father, and decided to take control of her career and own affairs. It was probably one of the most nervewrecking periods of the star’s already successful career, but she knew the time was right and she knew she could. And then she did. And then she never looked back. And ain’t that one beautiful, amazing story?

In that moment where you know and believe that you can, half of the battle is won. The rest is up to you to make it the most lucrative decision for you, be it financially, spiritually, emotionally, physically. That documentary is saved on my PVR and it serves as a constant reminder that I cannot settle for a mundane existance. I too have a story, dreams and goals that I want to share. They may not be on the same grandiose scale as Beyoncé, but they’re there and they exists. In both my and your life, we will work with some powerful brands, but the only one that truly matters is yours. Don’t ever let it take second best. Once you realise the power and purpose of your brand, you will never look back. You will continue in your efforts to build it up, creatively innovate, be unique and offer the best you can to those around you. Make it matter, be relevant, be conscious and aware of what matters and once your find that, pour yourself some freshly made Lemonade and toast to your damn self!

Tracklist for Lemonade:
1. Pray You Can’t Catch Me
2. Hold Up
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself ft Jack White
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch ft The Weeknd
6. Daddy Lessons
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
9. Forward ft James Blake
10. Freedom ft Kendrick Lamar
11. All Night
12. Formation

Singer Prince dead at 57

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It’s a sad day in the music world. News is spreading across the global at the sudden passing of the legendary singer, Prince. The star was 57.

TMZ is reporting that several sources connected to the star have confirmed that he was found dead at his home in Minnesota this morning. No word on what the cause of death is at this point, but investigations are most certainly underway to establish what went wrong. Earlier in the week, the star’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing, following a medical emergency. His reps later told the site he was battling with flu, but he returned to the stage the next day.

This is such terribly sad news. My heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones during this time.

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UPDATE: Tributes start pouring in:

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Prince
April 21, 2016

Our GRAMMY® family is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY Award winner Prince. Today, we remember and celebrate him as one of the most uniquely gifted artists of all time. Never one to conform, he redefined and forever changed our musical landscape. Prince was an original who influenced so many, and his legacy will live on forever. We have lost a true innovator and our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his incredible work.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

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Attention Nicki Minaj fans

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Are you going to Nicki Minaj, or did you miss out on tickets in Jozi? The good news is that you now have another chance to see her live in JHB, as the superstar as just added another date to her tour. More details below:

Local fans just can’t get enough of the first lady of hip-hop

Due to unprecedented public demand for Nicki Minaj tickets, the promoters of the American rap sensation’s upcoming South African tour have announced an extra Johannesburg date.

Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour will now invade Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome on 17 and 18 March 2016, with Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium hosting the flamboyant Anaconda hitmaker on 20 March 2016 and Cape Town’s Grand West Arena wrapping up the tour in style on 22 March 2016.

Tickets for the new and existing concert dates are currently on sale at www.ticketpros.co.za and Edgars stores.

Says David Airey, of tour promoter Airey Scott Entertainment: “We have been blown away by South Africans’ response to Nicki Minaj’s upcoming tour, proving that she is unquestionably one of the world’s hottest live entertainment acts at the moment. Tickets have literally been flying and we are thrilled that we could persuade her management to add an extra concert to accommodate the massive demand for tickets.”

Grammy-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj is touring in support of her critically acclaimed third album, The Pinkprint, which topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In what has been described internationally as an “epic” concert experience, complete with a series of jaw-dropping outfits, she will be performing a selection of hits from her three albums, and South Africans can look forward to a spectacular show that pulls out all the stops.

Tickets for the Nicki Minaj Pinkprint Tour can be purchased from www.ticketpros.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices starting at R490.

South African tour itinerary:

Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome – 17 & 18 March
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 20 March
Cape Town: Grand Arena, GrandWest  – 22 March

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tour is presented by Airey Scott Entertainment, 5FM, Metro FM and Channel O.

And the 2016 Grammy nominees are

The nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards have been announced, and it’s a big year for Kendrick Lamar. The rapper scored 11 nominations, followed by Taylor Swift and The Weeknd with 7 each. Our very own Ladysmith Black Mambazo also cracked a nomination, which is fantastic news.

Are you surprised, shocked by the nominations? I’m a little surprised that Ed Sheeran’s album is featured in the Best Album category. That was one of the strongest albums and I thought it would’ve been featured more prominently in this list of nominees. I’m happy The Weeknd scored so many. That album is boss!!! Taylor, yeah Taylor… and Kendrick, great news for him. I expect a big of Bad Blood on stage come the 15th of Feb, and I mean in the song sense 😉

Album Of The Year:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
Traveller — Chris Stapleton
1989 — Taylor Swift
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd
Watch and share the Album Of The Year category roundup video

Record Of The Year:
“Really Love” — D’Angelo And The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space” — Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face” — The Weeknd

Song Of The Year:
“Alright” — Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blank Space” — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Girl Crush” — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
“See You Again” — Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)
“Thinking Out Loud” — Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)

Best New Artist:
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

POP FIELD
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
“Ship To Wreck” — Florence + The Machine
“Sugar” — Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood” — Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

View all the nominees here.

DANCE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC FIELD
Best Dance Recording:
“We’re All We Need” — Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go” — The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me” — Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” — Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now” — Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

ROCK FIELD
Best Rock Performance:
“Don’t Wanna Fight” — Alabama Shakes
“What Kind Of Man” — Florence + The Machine
“Something From Nothing” — Foo Fighters
“Ex’s & Oh’s” — Elle King
“Moaning Lisa Smile” — Wolf Alice

ALTERNATIVE FIELD
Best Alternative Music Album:
Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes
Vulnicura — Björk
The Waterfall — My Morning Jacket
Currents — Tame Impala
Star Wars — Wilco

R&B FIELD
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Ego Death — The Internet
You Should Be Here — Kehlani
Blood — Lianne La Havas
Wildheart  — Miguel
Beauty Behind The Madness — The Weeknd

RAP FIELD
Best Rap Album:
2014 Forest Hills Drive — J. Cole
Compton — Dr. Dre
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late — Drake
To Pimp A Butterfly — Kendrick Lamar
The Pinkprint — Nicki Minaj

COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Album:
Montevallo — Sam Hunt
Pain Killer — Little Big Town
The Blade — Ashley Monroe
Pageant Material — Kacey Musgraves
Traveller — Chris Stapleton

JAZZ FIELD
Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
My Favorite Things — Joey Alexander
Breathless — Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios — Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
Beautiful Life — Jimmy Greene
Past Present — John Scofield

GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
Best Gospel Album:
Destined To Win (Live) — Karen Clark Sheard
Living It — Dorinda Clark-Cole
One Place Live — Tasha Cobbs
Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe) — Israel & Newbreed
Life Music: Stage Two — Jonathan McReynolds

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Whatever The Road — Jason Crabb
How Can It Be — Lauren Daigle
Saints And Sinners — Matt Maher
This Is Not A Test — Tobymac
Love Ran Red — Chris Tomlin

LATIN FIELD
Best Latin Pop Album:
Terral — Pablo Alborán
Healer — Alex Cuba
A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition) — Ricky Martin
Sirope — Alejandro Sanz
Algo Sucede — Julieta Venegas

AMERICAN ROOTS FIELD
Best Americana Album:
The Firewatcher’s Daughter — Brandi Carlile
The Traveling Kind — Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Something More Than Free — Jason Isbell
Mono — The Mavericks
The Phosphorescent Blues — Punch Brothers

SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Blood On Snow (Jo Nesbø) — Patti Smith
Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks — Dick Cavett
A Full Life: Reflections At Ninety — Jimmy Carter
Patience And Sarah (Isabel Miller) — Janis Ian & Jean Smart
Yes Please — Amy Poehler (& Various Artists)

PRODUCTION, NON-CLASSICAL FIELD
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Jeff Bhasker
Dave Cobb
Diplo
Larry Klein
Blake Mills

MUSIC VIDEO/FILM
Best Music Film:
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown — James Brown
Sonic Highways — Foo Fighters
What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone
The Wall — Roger Waters
Amy — Amy Winehouse
HELLO #AwardsSeason… The Grammys take place on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 live from LA. Dear Universe….