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Kanye West Opens Up About Why He Doesn’t Smile

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Mystery solved. Kanye West, who is known for not smiling in photos as much as he is for making music, has finally explained why he prefers to take photos sans grin.

Yeezy opened up about the choice at The Daily Front Row‘s inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards on Jan. 22.

Kanye West performs at the 2014 Made In America Festival

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“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said on stage at the star-studded event which was also attended by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna, according to E! News. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile. When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”

At the show, where he was on hand to present an award to Milk Studios co-founder and creative director Mazdack Rassi, he also shared a bit about his fashion philosophy.

“In my opinion, God is the No. 1 creator, and anytime we create, we’re an extension of doing his work on earth,” the rapper said. “That’s why we’re here. What can we do for humanity? And you know, in a way, fashion is what defines the time.”

“Everyone has some form of fashion every single day,” he added. “We have the power to change the world. I believe that through design, because design is the closest to truth, problem solving truth is the closest to love, and love is the closest thing to God, and God is love.”

Read more via Billboard.com.

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Singer @LourdesDBaron To Release New Version of #Jazz Hit “Table For Two” For The Silver Screen

Baron’s exquisite vocals, coupled with the composing eloquence of multi-platinum music producer, Andrew Lane create a playful sophistication akin to those revered by 50s and 60s jazz standards in her new version of “Table For Two.”

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“Table For Two” is an original song written and produced by Andrew Lane (multi-platinum music producer) specifically for Lourdes Duque Baron. He chose this song for Baron because of “her worldliness and her deep vocal sound.” Lane also composed the arrangement. The song is playful and paints a picture of warm intimacy and romance. Seldom has music seen a more versatile, talented, and dynamic performer than Lourdes Duque Baron as she proves with her vocal range here.

Lourdes Duque Baron 'Table For Two'The single has been a hit on jazz radio stations across the U.S. and several internationally. A special version of the song was chosen for the soundtrack of an upcoming Filipino film (Baron is originally from the Philippines) entitled “Cavort With Butandings.” Baron will also play the lead female role in this film. “Table For Two” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and MTV.

For more information about Lourdes Duque Baron and her projects, please visit her Official Website.

Read the full press release by visiting PRWeb.

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Pop Culture: Lourdes Duque Barons Official Website: Breaking News; Videos, Photos, Tour Dates

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Baron is one of a small number of artists able to exercise more autonomy over how their music is consumed thanks to the huge audiences they command. Another example: Beyoncé.

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Jennifer Hudson To Make Broadway Debut In ‘The Color Purple’

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‘The Color Purple’ originally premiered on Broadway in 2005

Brace yourselves friends, renowned singer/actress — Oscar Winner, Jennifer Hudson is coming to Broadway! The John Doyle-helmed revival of The Color Purple will head to the Great White Way this fall, after having played London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013. According to the New York Post, fan favorite Jennifer Hudson will make her highly-anticipated Great White Way debut as Celie in the previously reported Oprah Winfrey (ever heard of her?) and Scott Sanders production.



The Oscar winner will play the role of Shug Avery, played by Margaret Avery in the film and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes in the original Broadway production.

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 “John Doyle has made an honest musical out of ‘The Color Purple,’” Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times. A source says that the production is exploring bringing Cynthia Erivo, who won critical praise playing Celie in London, to reprise her role.

The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the musical tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world. Doyle’s stripped-down production opened in London on July 15, 2013. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation.

Hudson won her Oscar for Dreamgirls. Her additional film and TV credits include American Idol, Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Three Stooges, Smash and Black Nativity. She won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for 2008′s Jennifer Hudson.

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The original Broadway production was directed by Gary Griffin and starred Brandon Victor Dixon, Renee Elise Goldsberry and LaChanze, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Celie. Winfrey was part of the producing team for the original Broadway production as well.
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While we wait for The Color Purple‘s return check out Hudson singing Celie’s big anthem, “I’m Here” for Oprah Winfrey at her Kennedy Center Honors tribute.

The Alice Walker novel "The Color Purple" inspired both a hit film and a Broadway musical.

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E Music Critics: Lourdes Duque Baron Sets The Stage And Dishes ‘Table For Two’

By Carla B.

Via (Los Angeles Public Relations Firm) — They simply don’t make them like Lourdes Duque Baron anymore. That much is clear after listening to her latest single, ‘Table For Two,’ written exclusively for her — by Multi-platinum producer, Andrew Lane.

The ditty has a seductive, mesmerizing appeal emphasizing Baron’s vocal prowess and preternatural charm.

 “And as we dance under the moonlight – and when I look at you – I say man what a sight – And I realize that this life with you is so worth it” she croons – hitting the bulls eye, communicating with her man with an unrivaled directness.

There’s power in those words.

She’s defined her style as being part of whoever she is at any time, not part of who she’s trying to be or supposedly ought to be.

Baron’s formidable charisma and age-defying energy levels are hugely engaging as usual.  Bringing to a close the conversation with her lover… where she began. Still silky, still sultry…smoky, incomparable, indefatigable.

Mrs. Baron is aiming somewhere even higher than her predecessors, a mode of timelessness that few singers — aside from, say, Adele, who has a vocal gift that demands such an approach — even bother aspiring to. Everyone else striving to sound like now will have to shift gears once the now sound changes. But not Mrs. Baron, the ‘My Spring in Paris’ songbird is winning a new war, one she’d gladly admit to fighting.

Her work may not be familiar to the rock ‘n’ roll or hip hop generations, but if you are of a certain age or inclination, Table For Two will resonate.

 MTV.com (is a nice place to explore her music. In fact, it’s just about perfect.

Download My Spring in Paris FREE until October 31st on Itunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-spring-in-paris-single/id922578912

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Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ still at No. 1 – Music News

By Dorothy Frazier

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In  2014, it was all about “1989.”

Taylor Swift’s blockbuster pop album, named for the year she was born, held onto the No. 1 spot in the latest edition of the Billboard 200, the trade magazine reported Wednesday, marking the album’s seventh nonconsecutive week atop the chart.

“1989″ sold 430,000 album equivalent units — a new phrase that reflects Billboard’s recent incorporation of streaming data and single-track downloads into its chart policy — in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Music. Of those units, 326,000 represent full album sales, bringing the total for Swift’s set to 3.66 million.

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And that was enough for “1989″ to squeak past the smash soundtrack of Disney’s “Frozen” as the biggest-selling album of 2014.

As Billboard’s Keith Caulfield wrote, “Frozen” “was the year-to-date top-selling album of 2014 in every single tracking week of the year, except for the final frame.” That had never previously happened in the 22 years since Nielsen began tracking album sales using SoundScan, Caulfield added.

Released in November 2013, “Frozen” sold 3.53 million copies this year; its overall total is 3.86 million.

No new albums entered the top 10 of this week’s Billboard 200 — no surprise, given the light schedule of late-December releases.

Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” stayed at No. 2, followed by Pentatonix’s “That’s Christmas to Me” at No. 3, One Direction’s “Four” at No. 4 and Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” at No. 5.


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Artists To Know In 2015: You’d be a fool to not listen to them – E Music Critics

By Dorothy Frazier

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Ryn Weaver - (photo courtesy of the artist’s Facebook).

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Newcomer Ryn Weaver received tons of attention this past year, and more is bound to come for sure. The rising star released an EP with the smash single OctaHate. Click here to listen to it now via Soundcloud.

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Artists You Definitely Need To Be Listening To In 2015 – George The Poet

By Tawanda Cawthon

You’d be a fool to not listen to them.

 

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George the Poet is the hottest name in spoken word. A third-year student at King’s College, Cambridge, and a rapper who has spent the last few years trying to “give up” rap.

During his studies, Mpanga won a social enterprise competition organized by Barclays and Channel 4 called The Stake, which asked entrants how they would spend $100,000. He used his prize to fund The Jubilee Line, a series of secondary school poetry workshops for underprivileged children in London.In May 2012, he premiered the piece “My City”, about his hometown London.Subsequently, BBC Radio 1 selected him as the face of their Hackney Weekend (in June 2012)and Sky Sports F1 commissioned him to write poems for their coverage of the 2012 Formula One season and the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.He signed to the record label Island Records in August 2013.

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He was born and raised on the Stonebridge Park estate in Harlesden, north-west London. His parents arrived from Uganda in the late 80s: after his elder brother had trouble at a local school, his mother studied the league tables and “made me apply for the one at the top” (Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, a boys’ grammar recently credited with the highest A-level results in the country). The school’s disciplinary code, Mpanga suggests, offered him an alternative to the estate’s internal laws, raising questions about independent thinking that still form the foundations of his work. He started performing rap and grime at 15 but when he got to Cambridge (where he’s studying politics, psychology and sociology) he decided to “pass it off as poetry. I knew it would get lost in translation otherwise.”

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“Rap puts too much weight on entertainment, he argues, where poetry provokes thought. At eight he loved Eminem (“he was showing me his twisted heart”) and Nas (“he taught me new ideas about community”), then moved on to Wiley, Ghetts, Skepta, Griminal and Dot Rotten. Other mainstream rappers left him cold. “Someone like 50 Cent, it took me years to appreciate,” he says. “It was all about drugs and money and it didn’t stimulate me, but then when I thought about his upbringing I realised that no matter how rich or successful he gets that upbringing will always inform what he says. By the time we were 14, my friends were starting to behave like the rappers they were listening to, carrying drugs for older kids and getting paid for it, and it wasn’t through lack of choice. Your mind flicks back to rap and it’s all familiar, in a good way. I couldn’t ignore that – I knew it was partially down to rap”.

Read more via The Guardian.

Genre: Spoken word, hip hop
The song you should listen to: 1,2,1,2

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E Music Critic: 20 Artists To Start Listening To In 2015

By Tawanda Cawthon

 

Indie Pop Group Alvvays Makes List Of Top 20 Artists You Need To Know In 2015

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As the year speeds to a close, let’s take a minute and look back on the new artists who made their mark. They made us cry, they made us dance, they made us laugh? They provided a soundtrack for the memories we made all the year through. We can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future, and what other exciting acts 2015 will bring.

Alvvays, a indie pop group from Toronto, Canada, has that semi-sour 90′s grunge vibe that really gets our blood pumping. Glad that they made their way onto the airwaves of the good ol’ USA.

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