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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, 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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    Aretha Franklin – the Ultimate Diva: Tribute to the Queen of Soul

    Aretha Franklin

    By 1998, the legend and genius of Aretha Franklin had already been entrenched in the collective consciousness of the American public. Her priceless rendering of Otis Redding’s “Respect” rose to critical acclaim as the anthem for the civil rights and gender equality movements.


    But that night of the 1998 Grammy Awards wasn’t to be about cultural commentary; it was to unveil to the world a rare glimpse of a beau ideal diva. You see, the word ‘diva’ is Italian for goddess. In contemporary pop culture, it may be associated with zany offstage behavior and risqué conduct. However, in opera, it has a more fundamental nuance that harps on traces of the divine in a performer’s rendition.


    Fate set the ball rolling with the iconic tenor Luciano Pavarotti calling in sick 30 minutes after the start of the event. Aretha filled in at a moment’s notice with a sui generis delivery of “Nessun Dorma,” and in the process renewed a beloved aria that had evidently become a cliché.


    The opening lines were soft and pillowy as she instinctively mired in exquisite back phrasing. This wasthe springboard for a class act that culminated in a gusty finale complete with a spatter of self-concocted top notes. The daredevilry and triumph of the last-minute substitution with a song that climaxed on the word “vincerò”—meaning ‘I will win’—was the ultimate thrill that capped off a spectacular diva move.


    The aria was Puccini’s showpiece, but Franklin had made it hers like only she could. As Mary J. Blige opined, “When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her.”


    It wasn’t her first and it wasn’t her last either. Aretha had begun to show glimpses of being an embodiment of the opera description of a diva early on in her gospel career. But she cemented her greatness when she crossed into the mainstream and expressed her unmistakable talent in its entirety across the blues, R&B, and pop genres; with a befitting legacy performance in opera.


    In a magnificent career that spanned seven decades, she won 8 consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 18 Grammys in total, and was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


    Like opera immortals Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas, christened La Stupenda and La Divina respectively; Aretha Franklin too has an ageless honorific linked to her name forever—the Queen of Soul. A testament to her majestic divadom that melted the hearts of listeners and inspired countless musicians!

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    Nicki Minaj Abruptly Cancels North American Tour with Future, Low Ticket Sales Rumored

    Nicki Minaj

    If you had circled one of the stateside dates of Nicki Minaj’s previously announced tour on your calendar, we have bad news. The entire North American leg of the tour has been canceled, amid rumors of poor ticket sales.


    The initial reason peddled last Tuesday night by Live Nation was that Nicki had “decided to reevaluate elements of production on the NickiHndrxx Tour.” The statement maintained that Minaj wanted to “contribute more time to rehearsal ahead of the tour’s launch to make certain her fans get the absolute best quality show that they deserve.”


    The Queen rapper later doubled down in a tweet: “…I simply don’t have the time to rehearse and be on the road and give you guys the level of a show I need to give. I really apologize but it will be worth it.”


    Tour dates for Europe and Australia remain unchanged with Future still co-headlining the tour. Unfortunately, scheduling back home slated to start September 21 in Baltimore has been postponed to May 2019. No specific dates or locations have been divulged, but there is significant doubt in Future’s availability when the North American run gets underway.


    In a related tweet, Nicki shared the concern: “With Future’s schedule, I may have to take another co-headliner or I may just do it like I did The Pinkprint Tour and it wouldn’t be a co-headline. I probably will just have three or four opening acts.”


    Fans who’d already purchased tickets for the North American dates will get refunds at their point of purchase, with new on-sale dates to be revealed soon.


    The NickiHndrxx North American Tour cancelation caps off a tumultuous stretch for Nicki Minaj that goes back to her fourth album—Queen—singles failing to gain traction. Consequently, the album’s release was pushed back two months from June to August. Even then, the album was unable to top the Billboard 200 chart on release, missing the mark by 20,000 album equivalent units as Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” continued its stay at #1 for the second consecutive week.


    “Queen” debut week sales total 185,000 failed to beat the 244,000 first week total of Nicki’s previous 2014 release, “The Pinkprint.” The disappointing results caused Minaj to lash out at varied targets from Travis Scott to streaming giant Spotify; first with a Twitter rant and later with a follow up diatribe on her Apple Beats 1 radio show.

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    Listen to Enrique Iglesias & Matomas’ ‘I Don’t Dance (Without You)’

    Enrique Iglesias

    Everybody knows Enrique Iglesias is not hesitant to hit the dance floor but he is swearing off the dance floor until he is joined by his sweetheart in the new song “I Don’t Dance (Without You)”.


    On Enrique’s new tropical rhythm song with his with Norwegian DJ as well as producer, Matoma, “I Don’t Dance (Without You)” is a song for your romantic summer evenings. This new song embodies steamy high temps and suggest there is jasmine in the air. With its slow hip hop beat, its easy to fall in love with this song.



    “When we created the song I remember being nervous in the studio, because I was working with someone who I’ve admired for so long,” Matoma stated in an interview. “But after meeting him I’m so happy and grateful for his energy and his vision. He is unbelievably humble and a truly good man. Now after our months working together on this release I not only have the honour of collaborating with one of the most influential Latin artists of our time, but I also gained a friend. I am forever grateful for that.”


    “I Don’t Dance (Without You)” was released on Parlophone Records. Matoma is going to perform for Billboard’s Hot 100 Fest in New York City on Aug 18th and 19th. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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