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    Robyn To Headline New Tour in 2019

    Robyn

    Swedish singer Robyn’s first album in over 8 years, Honey, is taking the world by storm. She managed to take some painful life changes and turned them into a soothing disco-infused medley of songs.

     

    Just last week, Honey reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electric albums chart, her third number 1 album and first leading LP to do so. There are four tracks currently on the Top/Dance Electric Songs charts including “Missing U,” which hit #18 in August, the title track, which recently hit #26, and two new singles, “Ever Again,” at #26, and “Human Being,” featuring Zhala, at #49. 

     

    The last time the singer released any new material was in 2010 with Body Talk. She has since continued to remain busy with numerous other collaborative efforts. She worked with Röyksopp on an EP entitled Do It Again and released a mini-album in 2015 entitled Love Is Free with La Bagatelle Magique. A third EP collaboration was released with Mr. Tophat in 2016 entitled Trust Me

     

    In 2019, she will be headlining an eleven-day North American tour in support of the new album. Her first stop will be on February 23rd at the Palladium in L.A. along with additional stops in Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Oakland. She has already sold out one of her shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, in which she plans to perform on March 8th. The tour will finish up in Toronto, Ontario on March 14th. 

     

    Tickets for Robyn’s new tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on November 16th. You can find tickets here

     

    Here are Robyn’s 2019 tour dates: 

     

    Feb. 23 – The Palladium in Los Angeles, CA 
    Feb. 26 – Fox Theater in Oakland, CA 
    Feb 28 – PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC 
    Mar. 1 – Paramount in Seattle, WA 
    Mar. 5 – Palace Theatre in Minneapolis, MN 
    Mar. 6 – Riviera Theatre in Chicago, IL 
    Mar. 8 – Madison Square Garden in New York, NY (ALREADY SOLD OUT) 
    Mar. 9 – The Anthem in Washington, D.C. 
    Mar. 11 – House of Blues in Boston, MA 
    Mar. 13 – MTELUS in Montreal, QC 
    Mar. 14 – Rebel, in Toronto, ON

     

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    New Year’s Six and CFP Second Rankings

    Alabama Crimson Tide

    So far, so good. At least for now. 

     

    No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Notre Dame remain undefeated this week. The 13-member selection committee of the College Football Playoff has had it pretty easy with No. 4 Michigan joining the top 4 on Tuesday as many had predicted. 

     

    The SEC East champion Georgia is in limbo as No. 6 Oklahoma continues to be highly ranked followed next in line by No. 7 LSU. On Saturday, LSU lost for the second time this season to Alabama and dropped four spots. 

     

    While the talk all across the spectrum has been about the weak performance of the ACC this season, they do have 4 ranked teams including No. 13 Syracuse, No. 14 NC State, and No. 17 Boston College, who all joined Clemson. Clemson is highly valued by the selection committee for their scheduling strengths, while the Tigers have yet another opportunity on Saturday to improve their resume by claiming the division with a win over BC. 

     

    It was truly Groundhog Day for No. 8 Washington State, the Pac-12’s only remaining loss and highly-ranked team, along with UCF which remains at No. 12. 

     

    Here’s how the bracket currently looks: 

     

    No. 1 Alabama would square off against No. 4 Michigan in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – the committee won’t geographically disadvantage a No. 1 seed. Arlington, Texas is closer to Tuscaloosa than it is to Miami, where No. 2 Clemson will play against No. 3 Notre Dame in the College Playoff Semifinal in the Capital One Orange Bowl. 

     

    A contract bowl that guarantees historic Big Ten champs against the Pac-12 champs is the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual. No. 4 Michigan is expected to win the conference and is already in a semifinal. The next highly-ranked Big Ten team should be No. 10 Ohio State. The Buckeyes would likely play against No. 8 Washington State which is anticipated to be the Pac-12 champion. 

     

    Another contract bowl, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is certain to get the Big 12 champion as well as the SEC champion. Because the SEC champ, No. 1 Alabama, is currently in a semifinal, the Sugar Bowl should also get No 5. Georgia, the second highest-ranked SEC team. The Bulldogs would face the expected Big 12 champion in the ranking, No. 6 Oklahoma. 

     

    It’s likely that No. 12 UCF, the highest-ranked champion from a Group 5 conference, will go to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. This team should also be able to land a spot in the New Year’s Six Bowl rather than the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl where the team played last season. The Knights would square off against No. 7 LSU due to matchup and fan interest. 

     

    Of the remaining highly-ranked teams, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 11 Kentucky would play in the Peach Bowl which likewise, would be chosen due to matchup, fan interest, and geography.

     

     

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    A$AP Rocky On The Road Again In 2019

    Asap Rocky

    A$AP Rocky, a Grammy nominated Harlem rapper, will be on the road again in 2019. A$AP Rocky whose real name is Rakim Myers is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob. As a solo artist, A$AP Rocky has won numerous awards, written and performed on top ten singles, and sold multi-platinum albums.

     

    A$AP Rocky is a New York City native whose musical career begin in the late 2000’s. In 2011 he received critical acclaim for his debut mixed tape Live. He is now a mover and a shaker in the hip hop community. For the last three years A$AP Rocky has been on a self-imposed hiatus. After the release of his award winning album At Long,Last ASAP, he took some time off. This low profile respite provided him with an opportunity to perfect his craft by working on projects at his leisure. But the time has come for his return, and he is back in full force.

     

    This nationwide tour called his Injured Generation Tour will be his first since his Too Cozy tour last fall. His 2019 tour will feature his latest album Testing. This long-awaited album features musical appearances from headliners in the industry like Frank Ocean, Playboi Carti, Lauren Hill, and Kodak Black. The album has as executive producers Hector Delgado, Juicy J, Chace Johnson, and AWGE, and it boast of guest vocals by Puff Daddy and Snoop Dogg.

     

    The Injured Generation Tour, the first since last fall’s Too Cozy Tour, will feature stops in major cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and Inglewood. See his tour dates below:

     

    Jan 8, 2019: The Armory in Minneapolis, Minn. 

    Jan 9, 2019: UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. 

    Jan 11, 2019: Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, ON 

    Jan 13, 2019: Place Bell in Montreal, ON 

    Jan 15, 2019: The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa. 

    Jan 18, 2019: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. 

    Jan 20, 2019: The Anthem in Washington, D.C. 

    Jan 22, 2019: Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C. 

    Jan 23, 2019: Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Ga. 

    Jan 25, 2019:  Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas 

    Jan 26, 2019: NRG Arena in Houston, Texas 

    Jan 27, 2019: The Theatre at Grand Prairie in Grand Prairie, Texas  

    Jan 30, 2019: Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif. 

    Jan 31, 2019: The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. 

    Feb 1, 2019: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. 

    Feb 2, 2019: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Calif. 

    Feb 5, 2019: Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore.  

    Feb 6, 2019: Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. 

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    Zayn Grapples With Heartbreak In His Latest Single

    Zayn

    For Zayn Malik, trying to find just the right words for his latest hypnotic song, “Fingers,” was not an easy feat, but against all odds, he managed to do the impossible. Low synths and an appealing mid-tempo sound make this a worthwhile track to check out.

     

    The song is about a one-sided relationship that left the singer feeling heartbroken. In a low, sultry tone with a clean drum beat, he attempts to address his feelings of heartbreak while looking at his phone. “Cause I’m fucked and I want ya, I can’t even text ya,” he cries painfully into the microphone. “Cause my fingers ain’t working, by my heart is/If you wanna let me know where you hiding/I could come and love you.”

     


     

    You can almost tell by just the raw, agonizing lyrics alone that the song is heart-wrenching and bittersweet. No other song puts heartbreak into perspective quite like “Fingers” does. It is a must-listen for all Zayn fans.

     

    “Fingers” is the latest single from Zayn’s second album. It is unknown when MCA Records will issue a release date or a title for the new album. His first album, Mind of Mine, dropped in 2016.

     

    This is not the only single Zayn has released so far this year. Other songs including “Dusk Till Dawn,” featuring Sia, “Too Much” featuring Timbaland, “Let Me,” “Entertainer,” and “Sour Diesel” have also made their rounds in the music world along with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which was released in July.
     

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    New Kids On The Block Give Special ‘Hangin’ Tough’ Show At Apollo Theater Celebrating 30 Years

    New Kids On The Block

    For those who haven’t heard, New Kids on the Block are back again. The famous boy band that originated in the mid-1980s recently celebrated the 30-year anniversary of their breakthrough album “Hangin’ Tough.” To celebrate that crowning achievement, they held a special concert performance at New York’s famous Apollo Theater.

     

    NKOTB first got started in Boston, Massachusetts as part of the local club scene, and also emerged on R&B radio. Their first album, the self-titled “New Kids on the Block,” was less successful, at first. That 1986 release didn’t quite capture the attention they needed until later. The group ultimately released “Hangin’ Tough,” their sophomore album which featured blends of funk and soul incorporated into radio-friendly pop hits.

     

    Among the hits on the album were its title track as well as “I’ll be Loving You (Forever)” which each took the No. 1 spot on the US charts. “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and “Cover Girl” reached the top three as singles. The album itself charted at No. 1 on the US Billboard charts and is certified eight times platinum. That’s an estimated 8,000,000 sales over the life of the album. Its success helped them sell copies of the first album, with a re-release of the single “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind).”

     

    Now the group is celebrating that crowning achievement. Every original member of the NKOTB band was on stage for their live show at the Apollo. That included singer/actor Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, as well as brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight. The Apollo show playlist included each of the songs from that hit album.

     

    At times, the group was unable to reach the exact notes needed but they were able to display “old school-moves” and “theatricality” on stage to entertain the fans. They also were much more recognized for their hits at this show, than back in the day. That made it easier for audience members to participate and show their support as they sang along.

     

    The group first performed at Apollo during their come-up as youngsters and it wasn’t the same experience then. They were unknown at the time and facing a rough crowd. However, they managed to get through a performance of “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” and ultimately had the room chanting for them. That was just one stop among many on their early road to fame as they grew into one of the most successful pop boy bands in history.

     

    The group will be touring around the United States along with several other nostalgic acts from the 80s and early 90s. Debbie Gibson, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, and Tiffany will all be a part of the lineup. In addition, New Kids are releasing a new “Hangin’ Tough” album slated for next year which features new material. One of those songs is called “80s Baby” and features the rest of their tourmates.

     

    Tickets are currently on sale for next year’s tour stops at the TheKingOfTickets website.

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    “Boo’d Up” by Ella Mai

    Ella Mai

    First released on a 2017 EP, Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” didn’t garner much attention. Then it started getting spins on Bay Area radio stations and was blasting in the clubs. From there, “Boo’d Up” exploded, climbing up the Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart to land at number five. In October, Ella Mai will solidify her stardom as the opening act on Burno Mars’ stadium tour.

     

    Originally from London, Mai spent her childhood singing in the church with her grandmother. In later years, she attended a New York performing arts school where she honed her her vocal talents in the musical theater world. When she returned to London, Mai began writing songs for the first time and even appeared on the British version of the show The X-Factor with her now defunct girl group.

     

    Mai was able to gain a rabid social media following with her amazing R&B-inspired 15-second covers of pop songs. Mai’s talents caught the ear of DJ Mustard. In 2015, the two of them got together so that DJ Mustard could see what Mai was really capable of. That session went so well that Mai traveled to L.A to create three EPs, Time, Change and Ready, with DJ Mustard’s label.

     

     

    On the last of those EPs was the future hit “Boo’d Up.”

     

    There’s no doubt that “Boo’d Up” has changed the course of Mai’s life and career. With its easy R&B vibe and catchy hook, the song caught the attention of the legendary Stevie Wonder, who called up Mai to tell her how much he loved it and even sung the hook back to her.

     

    A full-length album is due out later this year, and Mai guarantees that all the 90’s soulful, R&B influences found in her hit single will show up on her album.

     

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    Folk Group “Mumford and Sons” Launches New Tour

    Mumford and Sons 2018-2019 Delta Tour Dates and Tickets

    Mumford and Sons has released details of its new 2018-2019 North American tour. Said tour is intended to promote its newest album, “Delta,” and will comprise of 26 concert performances in total; five in December of 2018 and the rest of the tour continuing off in February of 2019. 

     

    The 2018 portion of the tour will run along the eastern coast of the United States, starting in Phildelphia’s Wells Fargo Center and wrapping up in Toronto, Ontario’s Scotiabank Arena. 2019’s section will start in late Providence, Rhode Island’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center and transition to various venues throughout the American South and Midwest. 

     

    In addition to Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Marcus Mumford, the group will have Maggie Rogers as its opening act for certain venues. Both Michael Kiwanuka and The Gentlemen of the Road are expected to make appearances at various points during the length of the tour. When combined with its international venues, the Delta Tour tallies up to 60 concerts in total. 

     


     

    The band debuted with 2009’s debut “Sigh No More.” That album became a multi-platinum effort thanks to the powerful lyrics contained within songs like “Little Lion Man.” After Sigh No More, Mumford and Sons produced two more albums :”Babel” and “Wilder Mind;” the former featuring “I Will Wait,” their most well-regarded song. As a teaser for Delta’s release, the band released a new single, “Guiding Light,” a song that they describe is intended to reflect a transition into a more introspective sound and mood.

     

    Mumford and Sons 2018-2019 Delta Tour Dates and Tickets 

     

    Dec. 7 – Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center
    Dec. 9 – Boston – TD Garden
    Dec. 10 – New York – Madison Square Garden 
    Dec. 14 – Washington – Capital One Arena 
    Dec. 17 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
    Feb. 27 – Providence, R.I. – Dunkin’ Donuts Center 
    Feb. 28 – Hartford, Conn. – XL Center 
    March 2 – Albany, N.Y. – Times Union Center 
    March 4 – Montreal, QB – Bell Centre
    March 5 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre 
    March 8 – Buffalo, N.Y. – KeyBank Center 
    March 9 – Cleveland – Quicken Loans Arena
    March 11 – Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena 
    March 12 – Lexington, Ky. – Rupp Arena 
    March 14 – Pittsburgh – PPG Paints Arena 
    March 16 – Charlottesville, Va. – John Paul Jones Arena 
    March 17 – Raleigh, N.C. – PNC Arena 
    March 18 – North Charleston, S.C. – North Charleston Coliseum 
    March 20 – Atlanta – State Farm Arena 
    March 22 – Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena 
    March 23 – Birmingham, Ala. – Legacy Arena at the BJCC 
    March 25 – Indianapolis – Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
    March 27 – Detroit – Little Caesars Arena 
    March 29 – Chicago – United Center 
    March 30 – Madison, Wis. – Kohl Center 
    March 31 – Milwaukee – Fiserv Forum

     

    Get your Mumford and Sons tickets here!

     

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    Taylor Swift To Open 2018 American Music Awards

    Taylor Swift

    This year’s American Music Awards will be hosted by the charming Tracee Ellis Ross known from the cast of Blackish for the second time. Taylor Swift is no newcomer to the American Music Awards. It’s no surprise that she will be opening the show with her song “I Did Something Bad”.

     

    She’s won 19 awards, and this year is up for Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Favorite Pop Album and Female Pop Artist of the Year. “I Did Something Bad” contains call-outs to many celebrities such as Kanye West. West received no nominations despite having dropped his album “Ye” this year.

     

    Pop idol Taylor will be running the show, but rap music is ruling with both Cardi B and Drake nominated for 8 awards. The late XXXTention also received two nominations. Cardi will perform with Bad Bunny and J Balvin. BTS is making history as the first Korean act to be nominated and are making waves in the Favorite Social artist category.

     

    Panic! at the Disco will be playing “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a tribute to Queen. There will also be a tribute to Aretha Franklin, a music legend who passed away this year. Mariah Carey will be performing at the AMAs for the first time in ten years. She has a comeback album coming out soon and will performing a song off it called “With You”.

     


    Halsey, Benny Blanco and Khalid will be on stage together performing their hit song “Eastside”. Missy Elliot and Ciara are back with their song “Level Up”. Imagine Dragons, Carrie Underwood and Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign are also performing. The American Music Awards will be October 9th 2018 at 7 pm CDT. It’s a star-studded show this year so don’t miss it!
     

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    TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour 2019

    TobyMac

    TobyMac, the award-winning Christian R&B and hip-hop artist, has announced he’s returning to the road this winter. 

     

    The Hits Deep Tour 2019 will kick off in January at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana. It’s a continuation of his successful 2018 tour, where he played to sold-out audiences all around the United States. 

     

    He’ll be traveling in support of his seventh studio album, “The Elements,” which is due out on October 12. His first single from the album, “I Just Need U,” has already been storming Billboard’s charts. 

     

    TobyMac, whose real name is Toby McKeehan, rose to fame in the Christian music world as a member of DC Talk. The hip-hop trio, which consisted of McKeehan along with Michael Tait and Kevin Max, had a string of successful albums before going on hiatus in the early 2000s. 

     

    Since then, TobyMac has embarked on a solo career. He’s won multiple Grammys and produced numerous hits, including “Eye on It,” which became only the third Christian album in history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. 

     

    The Hits Deep Tour will take TobyMac throughout the South and parts of the Midwest and Texas. He plans to wrap up the tour with a show in Jonesboro, Arkansas on April 7.

     

    1/29/19 Alexandria, La. – Rapides Parish Coliseum
    2/02/19 Cedar Park, Texas – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
    2/07/19 Huntsville, Ala. – Von Braun Center
    2/08/19 Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena
    2/09/19 Louisville, Ky. – Freedom Hall at Kentucky Exposition Center
    2/10/19 Indianapolis  – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    2/14/19 Charleston, W.V. – Charleston Coliseum
    2/15/19 Greenville, S.C. – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
    2/16/19 Duluth, Ga. – Infinite Energy Arena
    2/17/19 Norfolk, Va. – Constant Center
    2/21/19 Jacksonville, Fla. – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    2/22/19 Sunrise, Fla. – BB&T Center
    2/23/19 Estero, Fla. – Germain Arena
    2/24/19 Tampa, Fla. – Amalie Arena
    2/28/19 Toledo, Ohio – The Huntington Center
    3/01/19 Fairfax, Va. – EagleBank Arena
    3/02/19 Fairfax, Va. – EagleBank Arena
    3/08/19 Youngstown, Ohio – Covelli Centre
    3/09/19 Hoffman Estates, Ill. – Sears Centre Arena
    3/10/19 Grand Rapids, Mich. – Van Andel Arena
    3/14/19 North Little Rock, Ark. – Verizon Arena
    3/15/19 Grand Prairie, Texas – The Theatre at Grand Prairie
    3/16/19 Grand Prairie, Texas – The Theatre at Grand Prairie
    3/22/19 Dayton, Ohio – Wright State University’s Nutter Center
    3/23/19 Pittsburgh – Petersen Events Center
    3/24/19 Newark, N.J. – Prudential Center
    3/26/19 Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
    3/27/19 Albany, N.Y. – Times Union Center
    3/29/19 Philadelphia – Liacouras Center
    3/30/19 Rochester, N.Y. – Blue Cross Arena
    3/31/19 Columbus, Ohio – Schottenstein Center
    4/05/19 Charlotte – Bojangles’ Coliseum
    4/06/19 Birmingham, Ala. – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
    4/07/19 Jonesboro, Ark. – First National Bank Arena

     

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    Lil Wayne Releases “Tha Carter V” – Listen Here

    Lil Wayne Carter V

    Lil Wayne released his long-awaited album, “Tha Carter V,” dropping it at midnight on Thursday, the day he also celebrated his 36th birthday. 

     

    “Tha Carter V” showcases an amazing array of talent. Including vocals from the late XXXTentacion, who left us all-too-soon during a hold-up gone bad. There is also rapping from Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Travis Scott, with a tune turning on sampling via Sampha. The ladies bring it with vocal workouts by Ashanti, Nicki Minaj, and Nivea. Production comes courtesy of Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Mannie Fresh, and Ben Billions, among other music impresarios. 

     

    Lil Wayne first foretold of the coming of “Tha Carter V” following the 2011 release of “Tha Carter IV.” However, the fifth installment of Wayne’s series, a journey that began in 2004 when Lil Wayne was just 22, has been mired in delays caused by conflicts with his former label. 

     

    “Tha Carter V” was supposed to have come out in 2014. Then, just days before a rumored release date in December, Twitter lit up when Wayne announced that Brian “Birdman” Williams, the label head of Cash Money and erstwhile former mentor to Wayne, would not release the album. Wayne tweeted that “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity.” He apologized to his fans by saying that he was sorry and furthermore, “I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album.” 

     

     

    In 2015, Wayne lawyered-up and sued Cash Money for $51 million dollars. Beyond the significant green, he wanted the right to end his ties with the label. Later, when Wayne tried to release the “Free Weezy” album in 2015 through Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming service, Cash Money was said to have gone on the defensive and sued Tidal for $50 million. 

     

    Fifty-one million here, fifty million there, and pretty soon you’re talking about some semi-serious dough. Rumor and tongue tattling have it that Cash Money’s suit was allegedly filed improperly and then it was eventually dropped. Note to all would-be word warriors and beat generators: If you want the long paper, you have to file the short paper in the right way. Lesson learned. 

     

    According to “Billboard,” the legal wrangling between Lil Wayne and Brian “Birdman” Williams has been settled for “an undisclosed sum.” This lets the sun shine down upon the release of “Tha Carter V.” One condition of the agreement is that Lil Wayne is now the sole proprietor/owner/rainmaker of Young Money Records, which is Wayne’s very own imprint, which had been, before the bust-up, a subsidiary of Cash Money. Lil Wayne also gets to work his own relationship with Universal Music Group, who distributed Cash Money for two decades. Hey, and you thought your last break-up was messy! 

     

    Lil Wayne laid down a video thanking his fans for their support, saying, “since y’all stuck with me for like the last four or five years, through all of this, y’all got me feeling like Tiger Woods.”

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    Too Few, Too Many: Tiger Woods Yet To Find Balance

    Tiger Woods

    From being unable to participate in tournaments due to a lengthy unfortunate sequence of injuries coupled with recurrent back pain necessitating four surgeries in four years, Tiger Woods is currently on an astonishing 16 tournaments run this year.

     

    The last time he hit a number this high was in 2013 when he took back the No. 1 ranking to push for an unprecedented number one rank total of 683 weeks—a world record. But Woods is nowhere near the top five this year.

     

    His surge from #1199 in December 2017 to #26 in August 2018 is every bit as exciting as it sounds. However, his output has been shaky and he has struggled to find consistency. This week, he had a putter in the bag; last week it was a different shaft. It is highly unusual for top players of the sport to make such sudden changes without adequate preparation and practice.

     

    And that’s the dilemma. Everyone needs to practice, even if you’re up there in the pantheon of the greatest to swing a club. Not to mention the need to rest, recuperate, and charge up for another go. Woods apparently can’t find the time to do any of these; and it may unsurprisingly be affecting his game negatively.

     

    “What I’m trying to figure out is how much to practice,” Woods said on Friday at the Dell Technologies Championship. “I want to work on certain things, but I shouldn’t do it. And when I do work on things I’ve got to pick which part of the game to work on.”

     

    “I can’t do it all like I used to do. I have to pick certain parts. And certain days to work on different things. And really pace myself through. This is a lot of golf here that I’ve played of late.”

     

    Woods last had two weeks off in early July between the Quicken Loans National (he tied fourth) and The Open (he tied sixth). Even though he had scheduled a vacation after The Open, he went on to play at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The following week he finished second at the final-round push at the PGA Championship.

     

    He had the option to take the much-needed break by skipping a playoff event and still have a decent chance of making the Tour Championship. Instead, he took the alternative route to participate in the Northern Trust, which in hindsight wasn’t a good idea.

     

    He finished tied for 40th and in his remarks questioned his decision to take part.

     

    “Some of the guys who skipped last week … it might have been a smart move,” he said. His ranking fell from 20th to 25th even though he played. In comparison, Rory McIlroy had a 21st to 27th drop while he took the week off.

     

    This was a telltale sign that it is about time to hit the brakes. Needless to say, Wood’s itinerary doesn’t appear to have any significant off period in the coming weeks.

     

    He has qualified for the BMW Championship scheduled for next week. He could very well qualify for the 30-player Tour Championship. And he could be picked to play in the Ryder Cup that’s to hold from September 28 through 30 in Paris. Put together, he could potentially participate in eight tournaments within an 11-week stretch.

     

    McIlroy echoed the thought of many when he said, “Everyone needs to give him time because you’re not going to be the same person or player after four back surgeries and after everything he’s dealt with. I think what he’s done is phenomenal.”

     

    Nevertheless, Woods intends to march on. And as he does so, it is crucial that he continually tinkers and finds time to practice. He may well have to adapt as the energy of his heydays are in the rearview mirror. He openly admits, “Then I would go work out when I got home. And maybe go for a light jog. And that’s where it has really, really changed. I can’t do those things anymore, not like that. Not that volume. And I just have to pace myself.”

     

    Easier said than done it seems. Still, it’d be unwise to put it past him. If there’s anyone who could make it work, it’s the Phoenix who adjusted a bone that had popped out of his wrist at the Masters in 2015 so he could finish the round.

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    [LISTEN] Steven Tyler Covers ‘Brown Sugar’ For All-Star LP To Honor The Epochal Muscle Shoals Sound

    Steven Tyler

    Back in March, Steven Tyler announced his solo summer tour with a May 12 start date. But just before he headed out, he took a break from preparations and touched down at the momentous Florence Alabama Music Enterprises (FAME) Studios to record a track.

     

     

    That track was a rendition of Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar,” originally recorded in the same FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The original recording was done at the height of Muscle Shoals golden age in 1969 and graced the Rolling Stones 11th studio album Sticky Fingers.

     

    On this spin, Mick Jagger’s jumping-jack, taut yelps made way for Tyler’s eccentric torpid, dirtier tone with support provided by Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, a gospel trio, and the culturally significant blast of piano and brass by FAME studio regulars.

     

    In Tyler’s own words, “We knew we wanted to respect and pay homage to the original version, but we also dared ourselves to make it our own.”Tyler’s cover is one of several other heartwarming embellishments of some of FAME’s biggest classicexports done by an exciting cavalcade of Grammy winning, multiplatinum mega stars. All of which were made for the once-in-a-lifetime, blockbuster compilation album named Muscle Shoals…Small Town, Big Sound. Interestingly, most of the powerhouse performers on the LP made the pilgrimage (as Tyler did) to Muscle Shoals to record in person.

     

    The album pays tribute to the town, its recognizable special sound, the FAME studio on its 60th birthday, and Rick Hall—The Father of the Muscle Shoals Sound—co-founder of the studio who passed away in January.

     

     

    Fittingly, Hall’s son, Rodney Hall, produced and curated the album in conjunction with famed Grammy, CMA, and ACM Award-winning producer and Dreamlined Entertainment Founder Keith Stegall.

     

    Tyler’s Brown Sugar cover is available for instant download when you pre-order the album. Release date for the album on digital retailers is pegged at September 28. Part of the LP’s proceeds will go to the Grammy Foundation as well as The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation and the Muscle Shoals Music Association (both 501 (c)3s dedicated to promoting the town’s musical history).

     

    Here’s a rundown of the Muscle Shoals…Small Tow, Big Sound track list:

    1. Keb’ Mo’ – “The Road Of Love,”
    2. Grace Potter – “I’d Rather Go Blind”
    3. Steven Tyler & Nuno Bettencourt – “Brown Sugar”
    4. Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton & Lee Ann Womack – “Gotta Serve Somebody”
    5. Eli “Paperboy” Reed – “Steal Away”
    6. Kid Rock – “Snatching It Back”
    7. Aloe Blacc – “I’ll Take You There”
    8. Michael McDonald – “Cry Like A Rainy Day”
    9. Vince Gill & Wendy Moten – “True Love”
    10. Alison Krauss – “Come And Go Blues”
    11. Mike Farris with The Blind Boys of Alabama – “Respect Yourself”
    12. Alan Jackson – “Wild Horses”
    13. Brently Stephen Smith of Shinedown – “Mustang Sally”
    14. Chord Overstreet – “We’ve Got Tonight”
    15. Tom Johnston & Delbert McClinton – “Giving It Up For Your Love”
    16. Candi Staton with Jason Isbell & John Paul White – “I Ain’t Easy To Love”

     

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