Mariah Carey to bid farewell to Las Vegas in May

Mariah Carey will bow out of her Las Vegas residency in May (17) after unveiling her final run of shows.

The R&B superstar made Sin City her second home in May, 2015, when she launched her hits showcase, #1 to Infinity, and she wrapped up the fifth leg of her concerts at The Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace on 11 September (16).

However, Mariah has announced fans will only get to see her in Vegas for one more set of dates, which will kick off on 26 April, 2017. The curtain will fall on #1 to Infinity for the final time on 13 May (17).

“Mariah is a phenomenal talent with ecstatic, global appeal,” reads a statement issued by John Nelson, Senior Vice President of AEG Live Las Vegas. “We adore Mariah and are honored she has called The Colosseum home over the last two years. We look forward to working together again in the future.”

By the end of the sixth leg of her residency, Mariah will have played a total of 53 shows.

The Hero hitmaker has only cancelled one performance to date, in May, 2015, after she was struck down with bronchitis.

Mariah is currently enjoying some downtime in Greece with her children, five-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, and her new fiance, billionaire businessman James Packer.

The musician and her loved ones were spotted arriving on the island of Mykonos last week (13Sep16), and she shared snaps of herself and Monroe posing on a jet ski over the weekend (17-18Sep16), while vacationing in Santorini.

Source: music-news.com

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Drake’s one dance – song of the summer?

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I cannot deny “One dance” is one of the best songs this summer without a doubt. Kyla’s voice on top of drake’s subtle rapping tones creates one of the most memorable collaborations in recent years. Billboard have written a fantastic article about it, please follow this link to read it bit.ly/2cO3Sj4

They had a few amazing stats about the song;

“One Dance” and Views combined to give Drake the longest control, among solo males, of both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously with one song and one album: nine weeks. Drake passed Michael Jackson’s seven-week run of “Billie Jean” and Thriller leading both lists at the same time in 1983. Among all artists, Drake’s total is second only to the Whitney Houston’s 12-week stretch in 1992-93, which the late legend earned thanks to “I Will Always Love You” and the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.

And about the great man himself;

Drake has led the Billboard Artist 100 chart for 21 weeks overall, the most among males. That’s second overall only to Taylor Swift’s 31 weeks on top (dating to the chart’s July 2014 inception).

•  Drake’s album Views has spent 12 total weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the most time in charge for an album by a male artist since Billy Ray Cyrus’ Some Gave All logged 17 weeks at No. 1 in 1992.

Drake has linked the most consecutive weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10 among all male artists: 51 (and counting!), as of the Sept. 17 chart. Only Katy Perry, with 69 straight weeks in the top 10 in 2010-11, has scored a longer streak.

So give the billboard article a read, its pretty interesting.

And watch this song below;

Solange Knowles victim of alleged Racist Abuse

So over on BBC News at a recent concert Solange (Beyonce’s sister, lets be honest that’s how we remember her) was a victim of racist abuse.

Here’s some snipets.

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Solange Knowles has published a blog post in response to the hate she says she received at a concert she was at with her son.

In it Beyonce’s sister explains how she had wanted the Kraftwerk gig in New Orleans to be a “family Friday night”.

Solange claims she was singled out before the end of the first song by a group of four white women who yelled at her to “sit down”.

She says they then threw half-eaten limes at them.

The singer claims there were plenty of people standing and dancing too but believes she was singled out for being black.

Soon after the concert the 30-year-old took to Twitter to share her experience.

 

Now that’s the short hand of the story, firstly head over to BBC news to read the full story http://bbc.in/2czzSeN

and Solange Knowles twitter to read more of her reaction to this http://bit.ly/2cVX7MH

Music you’ve changed

After what can be described as an extended sabbatical (7 years!!) I am back to blogging all things music. Many of you who visited and commented on my blog so many years back I want to say thank you and hopefully I can entice you back. There will be a few changes, including music reviews, appreciation/biography posts, music content, upcoming artists, crucially music news and general riff raff so I hope you come along and join (re-join) the ride!

So what has happened in music in the last 7 years?

Well Beyonce is still as popular as ever remaining unchallenged by the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Adele. Oh yeah and Adele, blimey! She sells more than anyone could have imagined. Rihanna’s singing is still so-so (listen to higher from her new album!) but she still sells and releases a few bangers, “We found love”, “Diamonds” etc, but Ri Ri I still love you.

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Justin Bieber has taken the world by storm and by storm I literally mean he has shocked me to the core. I mean at first I didn’t like the guy and his music, only natural right? Then all of a sudden the last few years his music has gotten good (wtf?!?!) he goes from Baby to Love yourself and Confident, I aint complaining they are some good ass tunes.

Chris Brown unfortunately has not quite recovered from the madness that I covered all those years back. At one point he looked like he might be sane, he released some bangers. “Loyal” and “New flame” come to mind. We can all admit even though Chris may be a little bat shit crazy (please don’t sue me) but he can still produce some good stuff.

Where do I start with Drake? I think the flack he gets for being soft is incredibly harsh. He makes some tunes which appeal to all, what’s the problem? “Forever”, “One Dance” and “Hotline Bling” are such good songs it’s unreal. Rap for me has been in a sad state in the last few years, in fact it’s kind of disappeared. The days of Tupac, Biggie, NWA and the like are of course long gone, but such a sharp decline makes me quite sad. Anyway!

Perhaps the biggest star to appear out of nowhere (I know arguably I’m talking crap), SIA! Everything she touches (sings) turns to gold. Her voice is quite unreal, her songs are catchy and her image is on point.

Sooooooooo, 7 years of music in a short few paragraphs obviously do it no justice. I covered Bieber, Rihanna, Beyonce, Sia, Adele, Chris Brown and Drake, but there are so many missing acts. David Guetta changed music for a while, allowing so many DJs to become prominent. But not only that, acts like Avicii gained a lot from this. One Direction revived the boyband genre, their songs are largely inoffensive so I won’t comment. Forgot to mention talent shows, how terrible have they been? American idol and x factor have both gone, The Voice is gimmicky as anything and not particularly any good. At least in the UK X Factor has survived (for now!) but something needs to be down about these competitions they are done so terribly and the talent is often ruined.

Please leave comments below on all the acts you think have been particularly good over the last few years and all those who I have missed out and watch out for new posts! And listen below for what I consider the best song of the last 7 years.

Frank Ocean how I love thee, never leave us again….