Chairlift Announce Breakup

Colorado-born, Brooklyn-based electronic-pop duo Chairlift announces breakup after 10 years of being a band. Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly made the announcement Friday afternoon via Twitter, stating that Polachek will carry on a solo artist while Wimberly will work more in production. They also added they’ll disband after a final string of shows in early 2017. Earlier this year Chairlift released … Continue reading Chairlift Announce Breakup

Colorado-born, Brooklyn-based electronic-pop duo Chairlift announces breakup after 10 years of being a band. Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly made the announcement Friday afternoon via Twitter, stating that Polachek will carry on a solo artist while Wimberly will work more in production. They also added they’ll disband after a final string of shows in early 2017.

Earlier this year Chairlift released their third and final album, Moth. The group first broke through in 2008 as a trio when their song “Bruises” was featured in an iPod Nano commercial, back when that sort of thing could actually help people discover a band. They became a duo in 2010, and in 2013 had another brush with stardom after co-writing “No Angel” on Beyoncé‘s self-titled album. Polachek released a solo album as Ramona Lisa in 2014. The tweet read:

“It’s been an incredible ten years as a band, and it blows our minds to be able to say that every goal we had when we started recording in 2006 has been accomplished,” they posted in a note on Twitter. “Patrick will be going on to produce records full-time, and Caroline to make music as a solo artist. The two of us are family at this point, and will undoubtedly turn up on each other’s work in the future, but the time has come to take the next step towards where our passion is pulling us.”

My favorite song from the group was their breakout hit Bruises. Here’s the video:

Red Shoes Present The Gentlemen’s Club

On Monday, December 12th, York College’s Red Shoes dance club spiced things up on campus with their anticipated Gentlemen’s club show. Embracing themes such as sexuality, confidence and as promised, giving the audience the ultimate experience of a Gentlemen’s Club. The event was held in York College’s Performing Arts Center at 6 to 8:30 pm. … Continue reading Red Shoes Present The Gentlemen’s Club

On Monday, December 12th, York College’s Red Shoes dance club spiced things up on campus with their anticipated Gentlemen’s club show. Embracing themes such as sexuality, confidence and as promised, giving the audience the ultimate experience of a Gentlemen’s Club. The event was held in York College’s Performing Arts Center at 6 to 8:30 pm.

The show started a little later than expected however, Red Shoes opened with an heart felt powerful statement using Danez Smith poem Principles, to show their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. As the poem played aloud, one by one, each dancer walked on stage with their right hand up making a tight fist. With their backs facing the audience forming numerous lines and dressed in mostly black.

Shortly after they exited the stage, the hosts Natesha Folkes and Kevin Atleus entered the stage filling the theater with high energy and demanding the same reaction from the audience. Encouraging them to “turn up” and “Make some noise” as they waited for the next segment to begin. Throughout the show the hosts continued to engage in conversations with the audience as the dancers prepared for each upcoming performance backstage. Also the Sound Board Operator, Quintin Sanders set the mood for the night with slow jams when the hosts weren’t present on stage.

Red Shoes showcased a wide variety of music and dancing styles. The performances featured reggae, soca, modern dance, R&B, hip-hop and afrobeat. They held the audience’s attention with dances to some of the latest popular songs, such as Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles, Amine’s Caroline, Rihanna’s Work, Vybz Kartel’s Fever and Koredo Bello’s Do like that.

Timothy Wilson, a Post Graduation of John Jay says he liked the show a lot and enjoyed himself.

“I liked how they danced to different types of music whether it was R&B, Soca, Reggae or hip-hop. It showed their versatility when it comes to dancing,” he said.

During the brief Intermission, as the dancers took a break, Folkes and Atleus involved individuals in the audience to take part in dance battles to crowd favorites like Chicken Noodle Soup by Young B, Special Delivery by G. Dep, and Juju on that beat by Zay McCall and Zayion Hilfigerrr.

To keep the Gentlemen’s club theme flowing throughout the show, Red Shoes’ grown and sexy R&B solos and group performances stood out as they were intended. They delivered sexy dance moves and romantic gestures to R&B songs such as Trey Songz’s Dive In, Neighbor’s Know My Name, and Chill. Eric Bellinger’s Lay up and Chris Brown’s Discover.

Carakay Campbell, a sophomore at York College says she was impressed with the R&B performances.

“I liked the show a lot. I think they captured what they were going for with the gentlemen’s club theme,” she said.

To top it all off, with what seemed to be the highlight of the night, Red Shoe’s surprised their audience with an entertaining number to R. Kelly’s Seems Like You Ready. The number started with guest performer, Tyrell Greene who hand picked a female from the audience and escorted her to the chair on stage where he serenaded her with his amazing dance moves and a lap dance. As they exited the stage, one by one four other gentlemen escorted four ladies from Red Shoes and serenaded them as well with lap dances and their charm. The ladies were dressed in lingerie satin slip dresses, paired with matching colored robes and high heels and the audience went wild for the performance.

Former member of Red Shoes, now a student at Queensborough Community College, Keziah Watters says she likes how much the dancers progressed.

“I also loved how much they were having fun and interacting with each other. You could tell they were having a good time out there,” she said.

The Finale was a bittersweet solo performance from Red Shoes president, Raydell Sanders. The assistant Stage Manager and Costume Overseer of the show Randell Houston, introduced Sanders to the stage but first informing the audience that this was his last Red Shoes production and performance before he graduates in June. Sanders’ graced the stage with an emotional contemporary dance to Christina Aguilera’s Change. The song choice was the perfect combination of saying goodbye to a stage he has graced with his presence for three successful years and accepting his time has come to move forward.

 

2017 Grammy Nominations

Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Adele’s 25 will compete for Album of the Year alongside Drake’s Views and Justin Bieber’s Purpose. A surprise inclusion, Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth also received an Album of the Year nomination. Beyoncé’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” are up for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The latter … Continue reading 2017 Grammy Nominations

Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Adele’s 25 will compete for Album of the Year alongside Drake’s Views and Justin Bieber’s Purpose. A surprise inclusion, Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth also received an Album of the Year nomination.

Beyoncé’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” are up for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year. The latter category also boasts Drake and Rihanna’s “Work”. Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak both received nominations for Best New Artist.

In all, Queen Bey receive the most nominations with nine. She’s also up for Best Urban Contemporary Album (Lemonade), Best Pop Solo Performance (“Hold Up”), Best Music Video (“Formation”), Best Music Film (Lemonade), and … Best Rock Performance (“Don’t Hurt Yourself”), where she’s nominated alongside David Bowie and Disturbed.

In addition to Best New Artist, Chance the Rapper scored nods for Best Rap Performance (“No Problem”), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Ultralight Beam”), Best Rap Song (“No Problem” and “Ultralight Beam”), and Best Rap Album (Coloring Book). Had it not been for a last-minute rule change allowing for streaming-only releases to be nominated, the Chicago rapper wouldn’t have even been nominated.

 David Bowie received five posthumous nominations: Best Alternative Album (Blackstar), Best Rock Performance (“Blackstar), Best Rock Song (“Blackstar”), Best Recording Package (Blackstar), Best Engineered Album (Blackstar). Other Alternative Album of the Year nominees include Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression, and Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool. Along with Alternative Album of the Year, Radiohead scored a nomination for Best Rock Song with “Burn the Witch”.

Other notable nominees include Parquet Courts, who earned a Grammy nod for Best Recording Package; Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, a.k.a. S U R V I V E, whose two-volume soundtrack to Netflix’s Stranger Things captured a pair of nominations in the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category; and Blink-182, whose Best Alternative Album candidate California marked their first-ever Grammy nominee.

The 2017 Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS, hosted by James Corden.

Check out all the notable nominees below, and click here to see the complete list.

 

Drake’s ‘Views’ hit 1 Billion Streams

2016 has been a great year for Drake so far. On Monday Dec. 5, the RIAA announced that the Rapper’s fourth studio album, Views, has been officially been certified quadruple platinum. The honor marks 4 million units sold with 100 streams counting as one certifiable unit according to Billboard. Views is Drake’s second album to hit the … Continue reading Drake’s ‘Views’ hit 1 Billion Streams

2016 has been a great year for Drake so far. On Monday Dec. 5, the RIAA announced that the Rapper’s fourth studio album, Views, has been officially been certified quadruple platinum. The honor marks 4 million units sold with 100 streams counting as one certifiable unit according to Billboard.

Views is Drake’s second album to hit the quadruple platinum milestone, following his 2011 sophomore release Take Care. The album was released April 29 and was certified double platinum June 9 and triple platinum on Aug. 3.

In September, Apple Music announced Views was the streaming service’s first ever album to hit 1 billion streams. Last month, the album hit 3 billion streams on Spotify and last week topped its year-end lists as the most streamed artist in the United States and internationally.

Add it gets better, Drake’s “One Dance” has been the first song on Spotify to reach one billion streams, according to a report from Billboard on Friday. Earlier this year, “One Dance” passed Major Lazer’s “Lean On” for the most total streams ever on Spotify.

Although The Weeknd may have passed Drake’s record of most monthly streams with Starboy, Drake still holds the title of being the most streamed artist on Spotify ever with over eight billion streams according to thefader.com.

 

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4 Your Eyez Only

J. Cole had the internet going crazy  on Thursday Dec. 1st with the surprise pre-order of his upcoming album, 4 Your Eyez Only, hitting iTunes without any warning. After social media buzzed about the confirmation of the new project, the Fayetteville native confirmed the project by releasing an accompanying documentary entitled Eyez on Tidal. Similar to … Continue reading 4 Your Eyez Only

J. Cole had the internet going crazy  on Thursday Dec. 1st with the surprise pre-order of his upcoming album, 4 Your Eyez Only, hitting iTunes without any warning. After social media buzzed about the confirmation of the new project, the Fayetteville native confirmed the project by releasing an accompanying documentary entitled Eyez on Tidal.

Similar to the release of his last surprise project, Forest Hills Drive, Cole stepped out from the shadows to give a bit of context to 4 Your Eyez Only. Beginning with a session at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios, the 39-minute doc seems to place emphasis on the rapper’s attention to instrumentation on the forthcoming release, as he and his team are seen tweaking the sounds of violins, saxophones and trumpets. Even J. Cole himself is found fiddling around with a bass guitar. A discussion about his creative process makes clear his intentions to speak his truths, as the Dreamville head honcho also notes his “detached” lifestyle makes it difficult to hold on to the sentiments that inspire his music.

“You get to this height or this level of your career in terms of platform, and who’s to say – the next one might go down, could go up,” he said. “You’re never guaranteed to be this high again. So while I’m here, let me use this opportunity to say the realest s**t I have ever said, in case the next time that s**t is down here.”