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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Perform at Sixth Annual DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Event in San Francisco

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DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T* family, will once again host the crown jewel of Big Game parties on Saturday, Feb. 6 at San Francisco’s Pier 70 when the six-time Grammy Award-winning band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and special guests,take the stage at DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Co-Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV.

DIRECTV Super Saturday Night has become the most sought-after invitation of the weekend.  Each year DIRECTV presents the music world’s hottest talent – including Katy Perry (2012), Justin Timberlake (2013), Jay-Z and Beyoncé (2014) and Rihanna and Kanye West (2015). DIRECTV Super Saturday Night is a private, invitation-only event. Tickets are not available for purchase.

Leading up to Super Saturday Night, DIRECTV and Pepsi will team up to bring fans 2 additional nights of unforgettable live concert performances. Dave Matthews Band will take the stage at DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night on Feb. 4. Pharrell Williams performs at Pepsi Friday Night on Feb. 5.

The innovative and premium space at San Francisco’s Pier 70 will be designed specifically for this never-before-seen fan engagement. It will feature state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience. Ticket prices for Pepsi Super Friday Night featuring Pharrell Williams start at $75.00 and are still available at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets for DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night featuring Dave Matthews Band are sold out.

Sponsors of DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV include Pepsi, SHOWTIME, Miller Lite and JETLUX.

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Adele confirmed as performer for the 58th Grammy Awards

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10-time Grammy winner Adele will be performing at the 58th Grammys, announced this morning.

The Hello singer will join the star-studded line-up of talented musicians already scheduled to appear including front-runner Kendrick Lamar, and Little Big Town. The singer did not qualify for any nominations this year due to her album, 25, being released after the nomination deadline. Despite not being nominated for anything at the prestigious event this year, Adele will be bringing her A-game to the stage.

The GRAMMYs took to Twitter to announce the big news:

 

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The 58th Grammy awards will be hosted by LL Cool J and will take place on February 15.

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Jennifer Lopez in Las Vegas: Salary, set list and everything you need to know about All I Have residency

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Jenny will be swapping the block for the glitz and glamour of Sin City as Jennifer Lopez kicks off her 20-date Las Vegas residency tonight (20 January 2016). Following in the footsteps of the likes of Britney Spears, Cher and Celine Dion, J.Lo will hold court at Planet Hollywood’s The Axis over 20 dates, singing her biggest hits and delivering an all-round entertaining show.

The 46-year-old, who will perform around three shows per week, has been putting in the work to ensure the residency launches without a hitch and was seen rehearsing on 18 January. With her mother Guadalupe, children Max and Emme and best friend Leah Remini watching from the front row, Lopez practiced the choreographed routine for her 2005 single Get Right with her backing dancers.

Speaking about the residency on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just days before her first night, the American Idol judge revealed: “We’ve been rehearsing every day since I did the AMAs [American Music Awards 2015]. We’ve been in there every day creating the show. It was being created before I got there, while I was doing Shades Of Blue, I was working on the music.”

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Although many would assume the competition would be fierce amongst the Vegas divas, Lopez says she is a fan of the residencies hosted by other singers, which include Spears and Mariah Carey. Lopez told DeGeneres: “I haven’t spoken to anybody. I went and saw all the shows before I decided to do it. I wanted to see, get a vibe for what it would be like… I’m excited to share the whole thing with them.”

No doubt seats will be filled for J.Lo’s anticipated shows so here is all you need to know about her All I Have residency…

Salary

TMZ reports Lopez was offered $350,000 per show ,whereas Spears is earning $310,000 per night for performing at the same venue. However, Spears’ Piece Of Me stint has already spanned two years compared to J.Lo’s total set of 20 shows. Still, J.Lo’s brief residency will earn her an estimated $26.8m.

Set list

It is yet to be confirmed which songs she will perform aside from Get Right which she rehearsed, but it is expected J.Lo will run through her biggest hits, including Jenny From The Block, Love Don’t Cost A Thing, On The Floor, Waiting For Tonight and I’m Real.

Surprise guests

With a superstar as big as J.Lo headlining Vegas, there are bound to be some surprise guests along the way so speculation is rife some of her collaborators, such as Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, Fat Joe and French Montana could join her on stage.

Lopez’s residency kicks off on 20 January and runs until 12 June 2016.

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Idol Round-up: The Best Through the Years

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The end of an era is upon us as “American Idol” launched its 15th and final season earlier this month. To honor the prototype of reality singing competitions (to which “The Voice” and “X Factor” owe their existence), I decided to rank the 14 “Idols” birthed from the show.

My methodology? Only God really knows. But I will say that my rankings take into account music sales, industry awards and recognition and general pop culture relevancy. Assuming the top three slots were the most contentious, I detailed their accomplishment more thoroughly than others — because you will give Fantasia her due respect!

1. Kelly Clarkson (2002)

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Being the first “Idol” automatically puts her in the top five, but maintaining a unique identity and name-and-face recognition for almost 15 years gives Clarkson the crown. Just take a look at the statues on her mantle: three Grammys, three MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Billboard awards, four American Music Awards and two Academy of Country Music Awards. Let’s also not forget that while she racked up those statues (and countless other nominations), she gifted us the tracks we love to go hoarse singing at karaoke or in the shower: “A Moment Like This” and “Stronger.” The Fort Worth native released her seventh album, “Piece by Piece” in 2015 and is currently nominated for two Grammys.

Outside of music, Clarkson gave us someone’s guilty pleasure, 2003’s “From Justin to Kelly,” the film starring her and her “Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini. (It was so bad, but so good!) On the small screen, she’s had roles on episodes of “Nashville,” “Damage Control” and “The Crazy Ones.” She also returned to television competition shows in 2012 as a guest mentor to Blake Shelton’s contestants on Season 2 of “The Voice” and a resident mentor on the series “Duets” alongside John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles.

But even if all these awards and television appearances mean nothing, one has truly reached top “Idol” status when the show that made you who you are dedicates a week of competition to your discography. That honor was bestowed upon Clarkson last season.

2. Carrie Underwood (2005)

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Musically (and, inherently, financially) speaking, Underwood is perhaps the most successful “Idol” alum to date. Winner of Season 4, over Bo Bice, the country starlet is one of the genre’s best with 17 Billboard Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, nine AMAs, seven Grammys and a Golden Globe nomination. She’s even had massive crossover success with country-pop hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats” off her debut album. That album went on to become the fastest selling country debut, the bestselling solo female country debut and the bestselling country album in a decade, all at the same time in 2005.

Her fifth album, “Storyteller,” released last year, made Underwood the only country artist to have all of her first five studio albums debut at No. 1 or No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Off the stage, endorsements have been Underwood’s best friend. She’s partnered with countless brands including Skechers, Nintendo, Vitamin Water, Olay and Target over the years. She also broke into acting in 2012 as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music,” based on the original Broadway musical. This was her first major role, following a one-off appearance in a 2010 episode of “How I Met Your Mother.”

3. Fantasia Barrino (2004)

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True musical icons are known by one name only: Patti, Aretha, Beyonce and the winner of “Idol’s” third season, Fantasia. While still on the show, she went down in reality singing competition history with her unapologetic, Southern drawl, signature “Bobo” two-step and a stirring rendition of the “Porgy and Bess” standard “Summertime” — sitting on the floor of the stage, shoes off! Though many did not believe Fantasia to be a proper “American Idol” because she was a single mother and high school dropout, her talent couldn’t be denied and she beat out runner-up Diana DeGarm o by 1.3 million votes.

Since winning, Tasia has released four studio albums: “Free Yourself,” “Fantasia,” “Back to Me” and “Side Effects of You.” Her debut single, “I Believe” — which she broke her high heel singing on the show’s finale — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She won her first Grammy for “Bittersweet” from her third album in 2011.

Two years after winning, Fantasia played herself in the Lifetime film based on her autobiography. Titled “Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” the film was directed by Debbie Allen and became the network’s second-most viewed program of all time that year. Since, she’s starred on Broadway (twice!), led two seasons of her own reality show (“Fantasia For Real”) and is a mainstay in award show tributes to legends including Babyface, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. She’s even transcended the bounds of R&B and soul music, as the “Queen of Rock Soul,” touring internationally with opera singer Andrea Bocelli in 2013 and performing a tribute to Frank Sinatra at Lincoln Center last month.

Let it also be known that true pop culture relevancy (in 2016) is established when one becomes their own meme.

4. Jordin Sparks (2007)

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We have Sparks to thank for one of the best duets known to the modern R&B and pop world, “No Air” with Chris Brown. Though it deserved all of the awards, it was only nominated for a Grammy and Sparks took home an NAACP Image Award, a Teen Choice Award and an AMA. None of that matters, though, as Sparks is the only “Idol” who can say she shared screen time with Whitney “The Voice” Houston — in the film “Sparkle.”

Also check out her supporting role in the amazing “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” starring “Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson.

5. Phillip Phillips (2012)

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Phillips, as winner of the 11th season, has released two albums to date. His debut single, “Home,” was selected as the theme for NBC’s Olympics coverage, but other standout career moments thus far are slim. He’s had a number of award nominations (Billboard, World Music, AMAs), but no wins yet.

6. Candice Glover (2013)

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Glover’s debut album, “Music Speaks,” is one of the best R&B masterpieces of the last five years, easily. (FIGHT ME!) However, it failed to do well on the charts because R&B and soul music continue to get ignored by mass audiences — unless you’re Adele or Sam Smith.

But she’s No. 6 on this list purely off of the strength of her performances during the show. Her stirring renditions of The Cure’s “Lovesong,” Ben E. King’s “I (Who Have Nothing)” and Dionne Warwick’s “Don’t Make Me Over” are in the “American Idol” history book.

7. (tie) Taylor Hicks (2006)

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Las Vegas residencies are usually for (one-name) icons and legends — Celine, Britney, Cher. But somehow Hicks wiggled his way into Sin City, the only “Idol” to do so. In addition to the headlining act, the salt-and-pepper-haired crooner has released only three albums (one was a compilation project) in almost 10 years, wrote a book (“Heart Full of Soul: An Inspirational Memoir About Finding Your Voice and Finding Your Way”) and starred on Broadway in “Grease.”

How he beat out Season 5’s Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry and Paris Bennett? The world may never know.

7. (tie) Scotty McCreery (2011)

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Balancing college and a bona fide country music career isn’t an easy feat, but Season 10’s champion, McCreery, is making it happen while attending North Carolina State. At 17, he was one of the youngest to win the show — the same as Sparks when she won. His latest single, “Southern Belle,” was released last year. New music is forthcoming.

9. Ruben Studdard (2003)

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It truly pains me to put the “Velvet Teddy Bear” so low on this list, but the fall-off since his Season 2 win is massive. His debut album “Soulful” gifted us an amazing cover of Westlife’s “Flying Without Wings” and the massive R&B hit “Sorry 2004”. The follow-up album, a run at gospel titled “I Need An Angel,” gave us a track that made the worst heathen repent. But after that, he began to wane.

Following a minor increase in relevancy with a stint on the reality weight loss competition “The Biggest Loser,” Studdard released his sixth album in 2014 to decent reviews.

10. David Cook (2008)

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Cook has had a solid career since his seventh season win. He serves his niche audience well and has moderate success writing songs for other artists.

11. Lee DeWyze (2010)

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All I can remember is that he had a guitar — as did so many others — but his debut album “Live It Up” did find itself at No. 19 on the Billboard 200. Other than that, “Walking Dead” fans might’ve heard the singer’s voice. His “Blackbird Song” was featured in Season 4 of the AMC show.

12. Kris Allen (2009)

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He shouldn’t have won. Adam Lambert was, by far, the best of that season. Yeah, I said it!

13. (tie) Caleb Johnson (2014)

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Though very few may know his name, or the name of his debut album (“Testify”), Johnson does hold the record for the “Idol” who put out their debut album the fastest — just three months after the finale of Season 13. But after leaving his record label nine months after his win, very little has been heard from the Asheville, N.C., native.

13. (tie) Nick Fradiani (2015)

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As the winner of the 14th season, Fradiani hasn’t had the opportunity to truly have an impact. His first single, “Beautiful Life,” did (barely) make it onto the Billboard Hot 100 last May, but that debut album is nowhere to be seen.

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Kendrick Lamar to receive ‘Key to the City’ of Compton

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Kendrick Lamar is having a great – life! The California-born rapper has been on fire and continues to dominate the charts and media headlines. Lamar, 28, who is a native of Compton will go down in history for receiving the “Key to the City.” The special presentation in his hometown is scheduled for February 13, 2016.

Compton’s Mayor Aja Brown announced the honor via Twitter:

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“He represents Compton with great pride and I am honored to present him with the Key to the City, which symbolizes our deep appreciation for his philanthropic work and commitment to our community,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Lamar’s achievements further Compton’s legacy of ingenuity and excellence.”

In a reply tweet, Lamar expressed his appreciation and included  “HUBLUV,” referencing Compton’s “Hub City” nickname for its central location within Los Angeles County.

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Lamar recently served as the 63rd grand marshall for the Compton Christmas Parade.

 

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Carrie Underwood featured in new Grammy Ads

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Carrie Underwood is a poster girl for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy is promoting the Annual Grammy Awards with the advertising campaign “Witness Greatness.” The campaign will include television spots, online pop-ups, billboards, and street advertising featuring Carrie Underwood, alongside The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars.

The TV commercial titled “Spotlight,” features memorable Grammy performances by some of your favorite performers. A second TV spot, titled “Confetti,” features Mars’ 55th Grammy Awards performance in 2013.

The Grammy Awards will be held Monday, February 15th,  at the Staples center in Los Angeles and will air LIVE on CBS.

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Fifth Harmony Music Video included in new Hotel Transylvania 2 on Combo Pack

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The stars of Sony Pictures Animation’s record-breaking comedy hit Hotel Transylvania 2 traveled to special stops in cities across North America to delight kids of all ages in honor of the Blu-ray/DVD release of Hotel Transylvania 2. Bringing monster love to fans at American landmarks from Times Square to the Santa Monica Pier, Hotel Transylvania 2‘s Drac, Mavis, Johnny, Frank and Murray danced, cuddled, autographed and posed all over New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto.

Hotel Transylvania 2, the #1 monster comedy of the year, reunites ‘Drac’s Pack’ of lovable characters, led by “Vampa” Drac (Adam Sandler, Grown-Ups) as they try to put Mavis (Selena Gomez, Spring Breakers) and Johnny’s (Andy Samberg, TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) son Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp to bring out his vampire side. And when Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad (comedy legend Mel Brooks) pays a visit to the family hotel, it doesn’t take long for things to get batty!  Special Features include Fifth Harmony Music Video, Sing-Along Scary-oke, deleted scenes, and more. Hotel Transylvania 2 is now available on Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD.

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Jussie Smollet to host AfroPoP

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20 Feb 2015, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Jussie Smollett from the hit show 'Empire' attends the Uptown Magazine Annual Pre-Oscar Gala in West Hollywood to honor director Lee Daniels. Pictured: Jussie Smollett --- Image by © Blayze/Splash News/Corbis

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Jussie Smollett is set to host the eighth season of the public television show AfroPop: The Ultimate Exchange. The “Empire” star will emcee the popular show about contemporary art, life, and culture. The show will premiere on Monday, January 18 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on WORLD Channel. New episodes premiere weekly through February 15. The five-week series takes viewers on a journey of hope through three continents and the Caribbean.

AfroPoP is produced by National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and co-presented by American Public Television (APT), which distributes the series to the full public television system.

Previous hosts of AfroPoP include Idris Elba, Anika Noni Rose, Wyatt Cenac, Gabourey Sidibe, Anthony Mackie, and Yaya DaCosta. “AfroPoP’s engaging, real-life tales add to the collection of rich Black stories that audiences are clamoring for and I wanted to be a part of bringing them to national attention,” said Smollett in a statement.

“Jussie is an immense talent with a huge heart and a global perspective on issues, making him the perfect choice as host of the series,” added NBPC Director of Programs and Acquisitions and AfroPoP Executive Producer Kay Shaw. “The range and diversity of the content presented appeared to have really resonated with him and he was an informed host, contributing his knowledge of the issues addressed in the documentaries.”

For details on AfroPoP, visit www.blackpublicmedia.org

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Ed Sheeran Achieves Rare RIAA Double Platinum Success

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Ed Sheeran receives his RIAA 2X multi-Platinum award for “x”, one of only four albums released since 2014 to achieve RIAA multi-Platinum status, and Ed’s first multi-Platinum album. 5X MULTI-PLATINUM CERTIFIED SMASH “THINKING OUT LOUD” RECEIVES MULTIPLE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS INCLUDING “SONG OF THE YEAR” AND “RECORD OF THE YEAR”

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Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran’s acclaimed album “x” has been certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, commemorating sales of 2 million in the United States alone. This remarkable achievement makes “x” one of only 4 albums to achieve multi-platinum success since 2014, joining Taylor Swift’s “1989,” Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour,” and Adele’s “25.”

Sheeran’s second full length album, “x” (pronounced “multiply”), proved a global sensation upon its initial release, reaching #1 on album charts in 14 countries around the world before achieving platinum sales in 18 countries including the United States and his native United Kingdom, where it was the biggest selling album of 2014. With worldwide sales now exceeding 10 million, “x” is highlighted by its four consecutive, platinum singles: “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph”, and the 5x RIAA platinum certified “Thinking Out Loud,” Sheeran’s first #1 single in the U.S. and his biggest overall hit to date. “Thinking Out Loud” is also currently nominated for a trio of highly-coveted GRAMMY Awards in the categories of “Record Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” and “Best Pop Solo Performance.”

One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Sheeran just wrapped up his massive “x” tour which saw him perform sold out headline shows at some of the biggest venues around the world – including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, three nights at London’s Wembley Stadium, and most recently Suncorp Stadium in Sydney – over the last 2 years. This year also saw the launch of his own record label, Gingerbread Man Records, with the signing of fellow British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson – who’s self-titled album debuted at #1 in the UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance whose label debut is set for release in 2016. Sheeran was recently named both the most talked about entertainer of the year on Facebook and the most streamed artist of all time on Spotify with over 3 billion streams to date.

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Lupita Nyong’o stuns on red carpet for Star Wars Premiere in Hollywood

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“Star Wars” is back, and audiences at the world premiere of “The Force Awakens” last night excitedly greeted the mix of familiar characters and new faces. “The Force Awakens” mixes familiar characters such as Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Carrie Fisher’s Leia Organa with a new cast that includes Daisy Riddley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o.

The massive audience gathered at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater began cheering early Monday from the moments the film’s first words appeared onscreen and reacted excitedly to seeing the return of Chewbacca and Han Solo and  after a 32-year hiatus from the big screen.

The premiere went off without a hitch and J.J. Abrams received high praise for his vision for the franchise.

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