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Archive: September, 2013

POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 3:15 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
This Sept. 21, 2013 file photo shows Drake performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nev. Drake's latest album, "Nothing Was The Same," was released on Tuesday, Sept. 24. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File) (Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)

Drake is many things: accomplished actor, hit recording artist, and as of today, the global ambassador for the rebranding of the Toronto Raptors.

At a press conference held on Monday, the Toronto Raptors basketball team announced that they would be starting up a new partnership with one of the city’s most well known exports: Drizzy Drake.

Drake is showing mad love to his city by accepting his new position for the basketball squad – a task that requires him to be a rebranding consultant as the team enters a new season. This means he’s got a huge say in the team’s new logo, colors, merchandise and is responsible for being a spokesperson/high-supporter at all times.

POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013, 11:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Demi Lovato performs during We Day in Toronto, on Friday Sept. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Mark Blinch)

Platinum-selling pop star and The X Factor judge Demi Lovato has just announced that she will be launching “The Neon Lights Tour” in February of 2014 in support of her latest album, DEMI. The tour takes inspiration from her forthcoming single titled “Neon Lights” – which will hit radio airwaves in November.

The tour stops locally at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Saturday, March 1. The show will feature opening acts from UK sensations, Little Mix, and The X Factor finalists turned hit-making girl group, Fifth Harmony.

Citi cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday October 2, at 10 AM local time. The general tickets will begin on Saturday October 5 at 10 AM with tickets available at, Susquehanna Bank Center Box Office, Live Nation Box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by-phone at 800-745-3000.

POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 4:58 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Kendrick Lamar performing in front of an enthusiastic festival crowd. Lamar was scheduled to perform at the Washington D.C. stop for Rock the Bells, but the festival has been canceled due to low ticket sales.

According to the Washington City Paper, Rock the Bells, the popular decade-old, traveling hip-hop festival, has canceled its two remaining tour stops in both Washington D.C. and New York. 

Questions arose when Ticketmaster discontinued selling tickets and had the event listed as “canceled” on their site. Guerilla Union, the creative company responsible for producing the festival, has yet to comment on the issue.

Two staffers at the RFK Stadium, the venue that was hosting the D.C. portion of the tour, have confirmed that the festival is canceled at their location. According to Billboard, the cancellation is due to low ticket sales. XXL reports that the New York date has also been canceled, according to a close source, and the festival will see a $3 million loss due to the scrapping the final dates and issuing refunds as a result.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 4:14 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
A fan with Big Freedia (right) holding the Guinness World Record certificate. (Photo via Instagram: @omri_rawrlan)

On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered in New York’s Herald Square to witness, and help, set the Guinness World Record for “Most People Twerking Simultaneously”. Yes, twerking.

Big Freedia, famed New Orleans bounce recording artists and performer, ignited the campaign to promote the premiere of her new Fuse reality TV show that premieres on October 2. Exactly 358 dancers came together to twerk for exactly two minutes straight while the queen diva, Big Freedia, performed her bounce hit “Excuse.”

With an official Guinness World Record judge present, paramedics and an anxious crowd, Big Freedia and her twerk crew successfully set the official world record.

New Twerking World Record Set in New York City from Gothamist on Vimeo.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:56 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

Thom Yorke and his talented friends Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco, who go under the name Atoms For Peace, kicked off their North American tour on Tuesday night at the Liacouras Center on Temple University's campus in Philadelphia. 

They group first came together in 2010 to perform Thom Yorke's solo album, The Eraser, at a handful of shows. It was an instant connection so they came back together to record 2013's Amok

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:47 PM
FILE - This Feb. 23, 2013 file photo shows actor Chris Tucker speaking onstage at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. announced Tuesday, April 16, that the comedian-actor will host the show June 30 from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Tucker is riding high off of his supportive role in the Oscar-nominated film "Silver Linings Playbook," which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The 41-year-old is best known for his starring in the "Rush Hour" film franchise opposite Jackie Chan. (Photo by (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Comedian Chris Tucker will host the Marian Anderson Award gala this year, honoring Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. Tucker is no stranger to Philly after filming "Silver Linings Playbook" in the area.

To send Gordy up in style, Boyz II Men, Kool and the Gang and "The Lion King" actor Cody Wise (who hails from Philly), will perform for the legendary record exec. In addition, Smokey Robinson and "Sound of Philadelphians" Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will pay tribute.

The gala takes place on Tue., Nov. 19 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased here or by calling 215-893-1999.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:21 PM
(Dom Streater/Instagram)

Flea, best known as the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, played the Liacouras Center last night as part of Atoms for Peace, a side project of Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

The frenetic bassist came out on stage clad in a massive Temple basketball jersey. Current "Project Runway" contestant Dom Streater, herself a Moore College of Art grad, snapped the above photo.

No word yet on what local collegiate team Yorke affiliates himself with.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 11:08 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Madonna attends the world premiere of "Madonna: The MDNA Tour" at the Paris Theatre on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in New York. (Photo by (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Madonna is on a mission. The singer has got a new project in motion called SecretProjectRevolution, a 17-minute short film, made with photographer and collaborator Steven Klein, that is meant to kick off her Art for Freedom campaign – an “online global initiative to further freedom of expression... to respond, address and protest persecution around the world.”

Tuesday night at Gagosian Gallery in New York City, Madonna performed an art piece in which she covered an Elliott Smith song titled “Between the Bars.” Recorded video (above) shows Madonna being dragged onto the stage by male prison guards as she sings the late-musician’s ballad to a dark, audience-filled room. The piece was meant to call attention to the prison industrial complex, a form of artful protest. Klein recently said in a statement, “It questions what we do, how we do it and how we treat others. It questions our governments, and our collective thought patterns. Think about it – the power of art can lead to peace.”

The collaborative pair is asking fans around the world to send in video, photos and other forms of media answering the question “What does freedom mean to you?”

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