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Coachella is almost here! The three-day/two weekend festival takes place from April 14-16 and 21-23, making Indio, California, the center of the music world. The 2023 lineup lives up to that moniker, with international headliners Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean bringing diverse sounds and spirits to the stage. The lineup itself includes artists from all over the globe, leading some to wonder if this might be the best Coachella yet. Either way, expect the festival to be a destination for some of the biggest celebrities, influencers, and music fans out there. (It’s also become quite a fashion event, with “Coachella” being a genre all to itself.)

The 2023 lineup has some familiar faces and some newcomers (and Calvin Harris, who will be DJing all weekend). But, there’s bound to be one or two people going “Who?” when they look at the artists scheduled to play. So, HollywoodLife has put together a rundown of the Coachella weekends, including a brief description of the artists playing. Set time for these weekends will be released closer to the date, so before you know when they’re playing, find out which stars will make your weekend one to remember.

FRIDAY APRIL 14 & 21

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Bad Bunny: The Reggaeton superstar is arguably the biggest music star in the world right now. In between plotting his revenge on WWE’s Judgement Day, Bad Bunny will headline Fridays.

Gorillaz: Fresh off of releasing their new album, Gorillaz will play on Fridays. The cartoon band will get entirely animated, and you never know which guests might show up to play.

Burna Boy: The Nigerian superstar dropped Love, Damini, in 2022. He will bring the Afrobeats vibe to Fridays.

The Chemical Brothers: The legendary British electronic music duo plays Fridays. They’re expected to release a new album this year, having dropped “No Reason” in March (it’s really good!)

Blondie: The iconic punk band from New York City will play Coachella. It’s one of two dates that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are set to play this year.

Becky G: Singer and actress (and a new honorary member of the LWO)  Becky G brings the party to Coachella on Fridays.

Metro Boomin: Producer/DJ and Super Bowl commercial star Metro Boomin is also scheduled for Friday.

FKJ: French multi-instrumental FKJ, known for his nu-jazz, electronic music, and general vibe. Catch it Friday.

Pusha T: Rap superstar (and fast food jingle maestro) Pusha T will rock the stage on Fridays.

Tobe Nwigwe: The Texas native will bring his brand of hip-hop to Coachella. The Grammy-nominated Tobe will play Fridays.

Wet Leg: Riding high on the 2022 release of their self-titled debut album, Wet Leg, will play Fridays at Coachella. Bring your chaise lounge.

SG Lewis: English singer-songwriter SG Lewis plays on Fridays. He released the AudioLust & HigherLove album in January.

Yves Tumor: Experimental artist Yves Tumor will play Fridays. They just released their fifth studio album, Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds).

The Garden: The experimental rock duo The Garden (Wyatt Shears and Fletcher Shears) plays Friday.

TESTPILOT: It’s mask off for deadmau5. TESTPILOT, the alias of the masked DJ maestro, will play Coachella on Fridays.

Angele: Belgian pop and electrop bop singer Angele will play Coachella on Fridays.

MUNA: The self-described “greatest band in the world” plays Friday. Find out of MUNA lives up to that claim (spoiler alert: they do.)

Maceo Plex: Cuban-American DJ Maceo Plex hits the booth on Fridays.

Two Friends: The American DJ/production duo Two Friends want to be your friend. The duo – Eli Sones and Matthew Halper – will play Fridays.

YUNGBLUD: English rocker YUNGBLUD plays on Fridays. He released his third studio album, Yungblud, in 2022.

Jamie Jones: Jamie Jones, the Welsh DJ and producer, will play Fridays.

Ashnikko: Popstar of the future Ashnikko will bring her electropop post-industrial explosions to Coachella on Fridays.

Malaa: The masked French DJ Malaa will play Coachella. Hopefully, he won’t be too hot in that ski mask.

TV Girl: Indie pop band TV Girl will take the trip from Los Angeles down …to Coachella. After they avoid the traffic, they’ll play Fridays.

Whyte Fang: Whyte Fang, the stage name of EDM DJ/singer-songwriter Alexandra Sholler, is scheduled to play Fridays.

Doechii: Rapper/singer Doechii dropped her She/Her/Black Bitch EP in August and will rock the stage when she plays Coachella on Fridays.

BENEE: The award-winning alt-pop singer-songwriter from New Zealand brings her sound to Coachella.

Idris Elba: Yes, Idris Elba is going to play Coachella. He’s doing a DJ set. You know you want to see it.  

Magdalena Bay: Fresh off teaming with Lil Yachty for his psychedelic album, dreamy synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay plays Fridays this year.

Vintage Culture: Brazilian DJ Vintage Culture joins the party on Friday.

Domi & JD BeckDomi & JD Beck are a pair of French instrumentalists who are tight with Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Mac DeMarco, and Herbie Hancock. That’s a seal of approval that no one can deny.

Drombresky: A French dance music DJ, Drombresky will get Coachella moving.

DannyLux: A Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and guitarist “whose music infuses traditional Mexican folk with classic rock,” reports SoundOfLife.

Nora En Pure: Swiss DJ Nora En Pure is booked to bring her sounds on Fridays.

Overmono: Electronic duo Overmono come from Wales to Southern California. Expect them to play on Fridays.

Uncle Waffles: International DJ Uncle Waffles arrives on Fridays this year. The South African force of nature dropped her second EP, Asylum, in March.

¿Téo?: The Colombian-American Latin contemporary pop singer-songwriter, rapper, and actor known as  ¿Téo? will play Fridays.

Mochaak: The musician who blends hip-hop, electronic music, and skate culture into his DJ sets.

Gabriels: A three-piece band playing gospel, jazz, and doo-wop. Classy.

 The Murder Capital: Ireland is becoming the post-punk capital of the world. One example: the Irish rockers The Murder Capital, fresh off of releasing Gigi’s Recovery, will play Fridays.

Chris Stussy: A world-renowned house DJ.

Jupiter & Okwess: Hailing from D.R. Congo, Jupiter & Okwess defy classification as they infuse folk, rock, rap, and other genres into one energetic experience.

Lewis OfMan: The artist named Lewis OfMan makes “a brand of synth-pop that’s upbeat, fun and complex without being overthought or inaccessible,” per PAPER.

Juliet Mendoza: Juliet Mendoza is a self-described “Afro-Latina Artist ( Salvadoreña, Nicaraguense, Mexicana) LA native, dancer, DJ, and a true heart of the underground House music and dance culture.”

Desert Cahuilla Bird Singers: In 2022, Bird singers and dancers from local tribes, including the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians performed at Coachella, per the Desert Sun.

SATURDAY APRIL 15 & 22

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BLACKPINK: BLACKPINK makes history by being the first K-pop group to headline Coachella. They play Saturdays.

Rosalia: A critically acclaimed label-defying pop star who could very well be headlining next year.

Eric Prydz Presents HOLO: “HOLO…is widely regarded as one of the most—if not the most—visually stunning and forward-thinking touring shows,” per EDM.com.

boygenius: Indie rock supergroup, who just released their critically-acclaimed debut album, The Record.

$uicideboy$: An American hip-hop duo, known for their hard-hitting beats and heavy subject matter.

The Kid LAROI: Best known for “Stay,” the Australian rapper and singer will take the stage on Saturday.

Charli XCX: One of the biggest music stars in the world, Charli will bring some joy and freedom to Coachella.

Labrinth: British singer who dabbles in hip hop, soul, R&B, grime, and electro. All your cool friends are excited about his new album.

Underworld: Legendary electronic music group formed in the late 1980s.

Dijit Dosanjh: A multi-hyphenate from India who will put on a show you won’t forget.

Elado Carrion: Latin trap/reggaeton superstar.

SOFI TUKKER: Electo-influenced pop duo. Very fun.

Remi Wolf: Cutting-edge pop star with wild energy and captivating aesthetics.

Chromeo: Celebrated electro-funk duo. Should be on everyone’s summer playlists.

Tale of Us: Intense DJ duo that will make you feel things you didn’t expect.

Yung Lean: Swedish rapper and songwriter, a significant influence in the early SoundCloud rap era.

Mura Masa: British electronic producer and songwriter who has worked with many of your favorite artists.

Yaeji: Korean-American singer, DJ, and producer. She dropped her debut studio album, With a Hammer, on April 7.

070 Shake: Rapper/Singer/DJ dropping their second album this summer.

Marc Rebillet: Pure charisma, and barely dressed. A man with a mic, a sequencer, and your heart in his hands by the end of the show.

Hiatus Kaiyote: Australian jazz/funk band. What more do you need?

Dinner Party: A jazz supergroup featuring Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, and Kamasi Washington.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs: Legendary ska band from Buenos Aires, one that mixes in reggae, funk, salsa, mambo, and more into the sound. 

Elderbrook: British electronic musician that will light up your life.

Kenny Beats: Genre-defying producer, songwriter, and DJ.

Flo Milli: You know her. One of the brightest young stars in hip-hop today.

Keinemusik: DJ crew that will get the people moving.

Snail Mail: Indie rock at its finest.

Rebelution: Reggae-influenced vibe commanders.

Hot Since 82: An award-winning British DJ who was born in 1982.

EARTHGANG: A hip-hop duo that will never be denied.

UMI: Neo-soul singer-songwriter, who will be a lovely addition to your Coachella experience.

Shenseea: Dancehall queen who will leave the stage on fire.

The Breeders: Legendary rock/post-punk band from the 1990s.

Monolink: Electronic, ambient, and techno musician from Germany.

Ethel Cain: An American singer-songwriter melding gospel, rock, lo-fi, spiritual, and ambient into a critically-acclaimed experience.

Bakar: British experimental indie rock singer, with a really sharp sense of style.

Donovan’s Yard: Electronic meets reggae meets party. 

The Linda Lindas: The dynamic punk rock group plays Coachella. Expect the crowd to sing along to “Racist Sexist Boy.”

Sunset Rollercoaster: Jazz-influenced synth-pop band from Taiwan. We’re all in.

NIA Archives: English record producer, DJ, and songwriter. Drum and bass is alive and well in 2023.

Jan Blomqvist: Celebrated DJ, and one not to miss.

DRAMA: A “dark and passionate musical collaboration between Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa.” Nice

WhoMadeWho: Experimental pop trio from Copenhagen. If that doesn’t pique your interest, not much else one can do.

Destroy Boys: Sacramento’s finest come to Coachella, bringing their brand of punk rock to the stage.

Elyanna: A Palestinian-Chilean singer-songwriter with a dramatic flair, enchanting voice, and a dreamy alt-pop vibe.

DJ Tennis & Carlita: A DJ duo that will crank the energy up into the red.

AG CLUB: Duo that blends electronica, ambient, hip-hop, R&B, and more.

Mathame: An “Italian melodic techno production duo,” according to LA Weekly. AKA your new favorite.

BRATTY: Sun-kissed dream indie-pop from Mexico.

Horsegirl: Fuzz-fueled rock that has post-punk, indie rock, and more.

Colyn: High-impact DJ who will wake you up if you feel low.

Chloe Caillet: A DJ/producer who will keep the vibes going.

SCOWL: The band fusing hardcore, grunge, and pop is the next big thing. See SCOWL while you can (i.e., Saturdays at Coachella.)

Francis Mercier: House music DJ who works with Afro-melodic beats. Also, a BOSS.

SUNDAY APRIL 16 & 23

Frank Ocean: The long-awaited return for one of hip-hop’s most acclaimed and mysterious artists.

BJORK: How do you describe Bjork? You don’t. She is an experience. Experience her on Sundays at Coachella.

Kali Uchis: American neo soul/R&B superstar.

Porter Robinson: An award-winning American DJ, musician, and record producer.

Fisher + Chris Lake: A DJ duo that will wake you up if you’re feeling low towards the end of the weekend.

A Boogie: Rapper A Boogie with da Hoodie dropped Me Vs. Myself in December 2022.

Dominic Fike: American singer/rapper who rose to prominence in the SoundCloud era.

Jai Paul: An electronic/R&B songwriter, producer, and DJ.

Jackson Wang: Hong Kong rapper, singer, dancer, and former member of the K-pop group Got7. Probably will headline next year.

Latto: The future of hip hop is female, and Latto is one reason why.

The Blaze: An electronic duo specializing in otherworldly visuals and ambient EDM.

Willow: The emo girl you’re all in love with. Meet her at the spot.

GloRilla: You should know her, too. Another one of the rising stars in hip-hop.

Jai Wolf: An electronic music producer and explosive DJ.

Boris Brejcha: A German DJ with a flair for masks.

2manydjs: An electronic band/DJ duo from Belgium

Christine and the Queens: French singer-songwriter who performs with a complete pop band.

Rae Sremmurd: The duo behind “Black Beatles” dropped a new album – Stremm4Life – on April 7. You will want to catch them on Sundays

Weyes Blood: Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music blends indie, alternative, psychedelic folk, and soft rock.

Alex G: Indie rock musician who rose to fame on his DIY spirit.

DPR LIVE + DPR IAN: LIVE, a South Korean rapper and singer. IAN, a Korean-Australian singer, and rapper. Together, they former Dream Perfect Regime, a label that has created the DPR crew.

Stick Figure: American reggae and dub. Sweet.

Adam Beyer: DJ and founder of Drumcode Records

Big Wild: Electronic producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.

MK: An American DJ who will keep the energy levels high.

Cannons: Indie pop band that released Fever Dream in 2022.

Romy: Hailing from The xx, Romy has delivered confessional techno dance music that really touches the heart.

Gordo: Alias of DJ Carnage, who will bring his power and might to the booth.

Fousheé: American singer-songwriter who plays with R&B, soul, and alt-pop.

Noname: Respected rapper and hip-hop powerhouse. Don’t miss Noname.

Sasha & John Digweed: Two DJs who will make it sound like a full electric orchestra is playing.

Sudan Archives: An award-winning, critically acclaimed R&B singer and violinist. Her album topped a lot of the “Best Of” lists last year — rightfully so.

Knocked Loose: One of the bands keeping hardcore punk alive.

Camelphat: English DJ/production duo that will get you dancing

IDK: Your guess is as good as ours (kidding! They’re awesome.)

Sasha Alex Sloan: Indi pop star slowly taking over the world.

Mareux: A guitar-powered alternative/indie artist that flirts with post-punk and goth.

1999.ODDS: Described as “a Los Angeles-based indie-rock band” by the Coachella.RSVP site, there was speculation that this was a Daft Punk side-project.

Pi’erre Bourne: Rapper, beat maker, producer – the brain behind some of your favorite hits.

Cassian: An accomplished producer, DJ, and performer.

Joy Crookes: A singer-songwriter from London, playing with neo-soul and alt-R&B.

TSHA: A celebrated electronic music artist who brings her own spin to the turntables.

El Michels Affair: An American “cinematic soul” group.

Paris Texas: Hip-hop duo from…well, you can guess.

LP Giobbi: DJ, producer, keyboardist, and someone you shouldn’t miss.

Momma: The rock band you’re going to want to say, “I saw them before they blew up.”

Ali Sethi: A Pakistani singer, songwriter, and author. Getting literary up in here!

Minus the Light: A dance/electronic project from DJ/producer Omer Mesci.

Los Bitchos: One of the coolest instrumental bands today, playing Cumbia music that blends in psych, surf, and rock. Don’t miss them.

Connexion Divina:  “the world’s first Gen-Z female sierreño group.” We’re sold.

Airrica: DJ & dance artist who will get the party starting, keep it going, and bring it to a wild finale if need be.


 

 

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PR Newswire Weekly Transportation Press Release Roundup, April 3-7, 2023. Photo provided by Hyundai Motor America. https://prn.to/3GiHKgs

  1. Shell USA, Inc. finalizes acquisition of Volta Inc., scaling up its U.S. public electric vehicle charging network
    Volta provides Shell with an existing public charging network of over 3,000 charge points at destination sites (shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) across 31 U.S. states and territories, a development pipeline of more than 3,400 additional charge points, and capabilities to continue developing, operating, and monetizing EV charging infrastructure.
  2. NASA Names Astronauts to Next Moon Mission, First Crew Under Artemis
    The four astronauts will embark on a 10-day flight test of the Orion spacecraft, helping establish NASA’s path to a long-term presence on the moon.
  3. Group14 Technologies Begins Construction of the World’s Largest Commercial Factory for Advanced Silicon Battery Materials
    The one-million-square-foot campus will be home to the world’s largest factory of advanced silicon battery materials for EV programs to meet global decarbonization targets.
  4. GM Defense Receives Full-Rate Production Decision from U.S. Army for Infantry Squad Vehicle Program
    At 5,000 pounds, the expeditionary ISV is light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and compact enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for air transportability. The vehicle’s high percentage of COTS parts provide global defense and government customers flexibility and optionality to outmaneuver threats and support mission requirements as they evolve.
  5. Erie Insurance Survey Finds Even though Texting While Driving is Banned in Most States, 27% of Americans Think it’s Considered Socially Acceptable
    To kick off Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Erie Insurance found that 73% of people find texting and driving to be socially unacceptable, 90% of passengers would tell a driver to stop texting, and 47% of those drivers stopped and started again when that passenger exited the vehicle.
  6. This Next-Generation Battery will Power Wireless Communications from the Stratosphere Enpower Greentech, Inc. has combatted the fear of environmental impact on EV batteries and developed a battery that passed all ground and aerial tests in extremely low temperatures and near-vacuum pressures.

Read more of the latest auto- and transportation-related releases from PR Newswire and stay caught up on the top press releases by following @PRNtrnsp on Twitter.

New York International Auto Show Recap

The New York International Auto Show kicks off today, April 7, but we’ve already seen a number of releases cross the wire with new vehicle announcements and other debuts to expect from the event.

Here are just a few of the auto show releases we spotted this week:

  1. All-new, All-electric 2025 Ram 1500 REV Unveiled at New York International Auto Show
    The 2025 Ram 1500 REV will offer customers two all-electric options, including a standard 168-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack with a targeted range of up to 350 miles and an optional 229-kWh large battery pack with a targeted range of up to an unsurpassed 500 miles.
  2. 2023 New York International Auto Show Guests Use Artificial Intelligence to Create their Picture-Perfect Lexus
    At the Lexus display, guests are guided through prompts that generate images that appear on a 98-inch screen, featuring either the Lexus RX or RZ. Afterward, guests can send themselves their images via email, allowing them to bring their art home with them with nearly any backdrop they could fathom – even in a galaxy far, far away.
  3. Hyundai Reveals IONIQ 5 Disney100 Platinum Concept at New York Auto Show
    In the first creative collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and an auto manufacturer, and in celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary, the magical vehicle will feature Disney100 branding, Gravity Gold matte exterior paint, lamp screens with Disney sparkle animations, moon roof etching, Disney-themed intro on the interior screen with music and animations, and a synchronized light show with changing color modes.
  4. Lucid Air Wins 2023 World Luxury Car of the Year
    The longest-range, fastest-charging electric car on the market was named the 2023 World Luxury Car of the Year at the 2023 New York International Auto Show.
  5. Subaru Debuts the All-New 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness at the New York International Auto Show Combining Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with a revised drivetrain, standard X-MODE, elevated 9.3-inch ground clearance and exclusive body cladding, the 2024 Crosstrek Wilderness is the most rugged and trail-capable Crosstrek ever.
  6. Chrysler Partners With Autism Society of America, Announces Calm Cabin Package to Support Individuals With Autism and Their Loved Ones
    Through its new partnership, the Chrysler brand and the Autism Society will work to make travel more comfortable for all through thoughtful design, support accommodations, educational resources and local community engagement.

Read more of the latest automotive news from PR Newswire.



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The past, present and future of classical music collide for Michael Massey

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The award-winning conductor will lead the ESO through his composition, Symphonic Variations – Avenue House, about his childhood home in London

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It wasn’t until he reached the age of 70 that Michael Massey, the much acclaimed and awarded classical musician who calls Edmonton home, decided to try his hand at composing music, moving from behind the keys to behind the pen.

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Massey’s latest composition, Symphonic Variations – Avenue House, will not only be performed next weekend, but he’ll be conducting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra through it. This will be the first half of Thrill of a Lifetime: A Special Concert for the Future, happening April 15 and 16 at the Winspear Centre.

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Massey’s latest work was inspired by his reminiscing about a special time and place from his childhood spent in London.

Massey came to Canada with his family when he was 12, but a park near his home holds strong memories for him, even six decades after leaving the United Kingdom. Called Avenue House, Massey has fond memories of the place where he grew up as a young boy in post-war London.

“It was such an amazing place for me. Those memories of playing in that park were so strong, and it was such a magical place,” says Massey, now 77. “It had an old manor house and all of these ramparts where we played. It had these wonderful greens and ponds and trees, these amazing trees.”

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It wasn’t until the advent of the internet in the early ‘90s that Massey would search out the history of the fantastical place from his early years. What he knew as Avenue House is called Stephens House and Gardens, after Henry Stephens, the heir of the Stephens Ink Company; his father had invented an indelible blue-black ink upon which the family fortune was based.

Stephens donated Avenue House to the Borough of Finchley in what is now North London at the turn of the 20th century. The house is now a meetings and events venue, while the park is open to the public, the same park that made such an impression on a young Massey.

“Since my life has been music all the way, it was a natural thing that a really special part of my life would start to take form in music,” says Massey. “You put your soul on the line, you put your whole personality out there. I started and found it such an intriguing process.”

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Massey’s themes throughout Avenue House take inspiration from his idyllic childhood world and the history of the place, with a section dedicated to the “Inky” Stephens and another to the trees and natural spaces of Avenue House. He even included one section each on fire and rebirth; major parts of Stephens House were damaged in a fire in 1989, then restored.

Massey is a staple of the classical scene in Edmonton, having studied piano in the city since moving here. He received a bachelor of music from the University of Alberta, then relocated to Switzerland to continue his education. He made his way back to Edmonton, performing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and earning a spot as a cellist, his second instrument, after auditioning on a dare in the early ‘70s.

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This was at a time when the symphony was undergoing professionalization, moving from evening to daytime practices, with musicians moving from part-time to full-time performers. Massey was playing as a contract pianist with the orchestra at the time, and there were full-time positions available.

“A lot of people had to make decisions about, do I give up my day job to be a full-time member of the symphony with day-time rehearsals,” says Massey.

His decision to fully commit led to not only employment but accolades that stretch back decades. He was inducted into Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame, named to the Alberta Order of Excellence, and last December named to the Order of Canada.

“I am one of the lucky people who find their niche that’s well suited to what they do. I think the jobs I have done over the years have been well-suited to my talents.”

The Avenue House debut is only one half of the Thrill of a Lifetime: Special Concert for the Future. The second half will be a joint performance by the ESO and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra of Scheherazade by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. While Massey has been the director of the youth orchestra since 1977, guiding generations of classical musicians in the city to careers in the arts, Bill Eddins will be conducting the EYO next weekend.

 

 

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N4T Investigators: Lawsuit filed against Music Getaways after canceled events leaves fans without refunds | News

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TUCSON (KVOA) – Many ticket holders tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators they haven’t had any luck getting refunds from Music Getaways after the event promoter canceled a series of events in the Dominican Republic with short notice.

The Solfest Punta Cana and Solcomedy Jam were billed as an R&B lovers dream vacation but for hundreds of customers turned into a nightmare after some people learned of the cancellation less than 24 hours before it was supposed to happen.

Many people were already on flights heading to the events. We spoke to several people impacted from Arizona, like Derrick Gory of Tucson. 

“I definitely feel cheated and shocked that this happened,” he said.

A Facebook group set up for ticket holders who feel cheated has more than 1,000 members.

Music Getaways is owned by world famous saxophonist Warren Hill.

The N4T Investigators spoke with several people like Arnisha Barnett Red, who have had issues getting any sort of recourse.

She said her bank gave her a temporary credit after she disputed the more than $9,000 she spent. But a few days ago they took it back after a response from Music Getaways.

“They called me a couple days ago and said we have to debit your account because Music Getaways gave you credit,” she said.

But she said she doesn’t want credit to a future event but her money back. The bank sent her the details of its investigation including related documents.

In it was a contract Music Getaways sent her bank, she noticed it was drastically different from what she signed.

She provided both sets of documents to the N4T Investigators. We saw the major differences. In the unsigned documents sent to her bank it includes a strict no refund clause and a statement about the company not being responsible for any sudden cancellations. That is language absent from the documents she signed.

“You don’t mess with people’s money, that’s a lot of money that’s somebody’s yearly income,” she said.

The N4T Investigators found new lawsuits filed against the company. A law firm in California, where Music Getaways is based, filed a class action lawsuit claiming a breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing and alleged violations of unfair competition laws.

We found another lawsuit filed in Kings County, New York by the company Alternative Funding for allegedly not being paid for services rendered for Music Getaways. A default judgement was issued ordering Music Getaways to pay more than $594,000.

Music Getaways has blamed the venue Hard Rock Punta Cana for the last minute cancellation but in a statement to impacted customers HRPC said Music Getaways failed to pay them guest funds to reserve the rooms. It stated it plans to take legal action against Music Getaways, so far we haven’t been able to find anything filed.

In a statement to the N4T Investigators Music Getaways said, “Due to the wrongful allegations and threat of litigation that have been asserted against our companies, we have been advised by counsel to not provide additional comment or information.  We assert that there was no breach, default, or violation of any agreement in our part, and that we are trying to address and resolve the matter reasonably and as soon as possible.”

If you have a story you’d like the N4T Investigators to look into email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444. 

If you have a story you’d like us to investigate, email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444.

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Missy Elliott Says She Was ‘Years Ahead’ In Barbie-Inspired Video

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Missy Elliott has admitted that, although she initially got flak for her Barbie-inspired video for “Beep Me 911”, she now realizes she was “years ahead of the game.”

On Tuesday (May 4), the Barbie movie was given a brand-new trailer ahead of its upcoming release date. Unlike some who may be tizzing with excitement, Missy had a more complicated reaction.”

The Virginia rapper took to Instagram on Wednesday (April 5) to explain the backlash she received for her “Beep Me 911” video, taken from her 1997 debut album, Supa Dupa Fly.

“They say a Barbie movie coming out well Let me bring this back 1 time!” she began her caption. “BeepMe911. This 26 YEARS AGO with 702! Back then some folks clowned me @timbaland & Magoo for doing a Barbie style video with our arms painted like joints and tim and magoo Ken hair styles. I remember crying but I realized I was just years ahead of the game #757 VA.”

Missy Elliott has had a profound impact on Hip Hop with a career spanning over two decades. The hitmaker is still inspiring young musicians today — most recently, BIA put her own unique spin on one of Elliott‘s most iconic songs, “She’s A Bitch.”

The Los Angeles rapper dropped off her latest single last month, inspired by Missy’s 1999 track. BIA tapped superproducer Timbaland — Missy’s  longtime collaborator and producer on the original song — to bring the track to life.

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“Soon as you see me I up it, I’m gone/ I’m really livin’ the shit in my song/ Glock in my bag and it don’t got a safety/I make the money, I don’t let it make me,” BIA raps on the track.

In the accompanying video, she also pays homage to Missy’s iconic futuristic Hype Williams-directed visual.

“She’s a Bitch” was the debut single on Missy’s second studio album Da Real World, which was released in June 1999. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Elliott’s second album to have a Top 10 debut and stayed on the chart for a total of 39 weeks.



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Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn, Anitta & WMG Split, & More

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Billboard & Telemundo announce inaugural Mujeres En La Música Event honoring Thalia, Ana Gabriel, Natti Natasha, and more. Anitta recently made headlines when she aired grievances about the label on social media. Director Todd Phillips celebrated the last day of filming ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ with a new look at Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. Quinn XCII stopped by Billboard News to chat about his new music and more!



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Brenda Edwards reveals son Jamal’s final moments and ‘anger’ over news of his death being shared online

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renda Edwards broke down as she revealed her final moments with her son Jamal before he died and voiced her anger at how news of his death broke via social media rather than direct from his family.

The 54-year-old’s world was turned upside down last February when Jamal, who gained fame from setting up new music platform SB.TV which helped to launch the careers of the likes of Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, passed away aged just 31 from a cardiac arrest on February 20, 2022.

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Maddie Font Spilled Baby News to Taylor Kerr First

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Earlier this week, Maddie Font and her husband, Jonah, announced they are expecting their first child this year, a boy. The Maddie & Tae star has now revealed that her husband was not the first to learn about their bundle of joy — instead it was her best friend and bandmate, Taylor Kerr.

The two shared the story behind the moment she blurted out the news on social media.

“So now that the beans have been spilled and everyone knows I’ve got a bun in the oven, T was actually the very first person to know that I was pregnant,” the mom-to-be recounts.

“I’m honored,” Kerr adds, with her hand over her heart.

“She was coming over for a vision board party and Jonah wasn’t home yet,” Font explains, “And so I was like dying to tell somebody and I was gonna try to wait ’til Jonah got home so he could be the first and the I just couldn’t.”

“In pure best friend fashion,” she adds, as Kerr emphatically states that she knew her friend was pregnant even before that moment.

Font also shares that her baby and Kerr could share the same birthday: Her bundle of joy is due in September, the same month Kerr was born in.

No matter when Baby Font arrives, it’s almost a given he will be best friends with Kerr’s baby, Leighton Grace.

Kerr and her husband Josh welcomed their first child, a girl, in January 2022. Leighton was three months premature and spent 53 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until she was strong health enough to go home. Prior to her arrival, Kerr spent a month in the hospital with doctors monitoring both mom and baby.

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Many of country music’s biggest stars have welcomed new bundles of joy in 2022. Find out which artists have expanded their family or are expecting babies this year.



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Kirt Webster, Music Industry Consultant and Project Manager

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Kirt Webster is an award-winning entertainment consultant and project manager based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Originally from Arizona, Kirt moved to Nashville at the age of 20 eager to break into the entertainment industry. Once there, he founded Webster Public Relations. Almost immediately, he gained a reputation for working non-stop in the pursuit of clients’ interests, and his career in public relations began in earnest.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Webster Public Relations grew into a nationally known and well-respected home for creative artists. Kirt worked with some of the biggest names in country music, including Carl Perkins, The Bellamy Brothers, The Little River Band, Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, and The Gatlin Brothers. In 2002, he signed Hank Williams, Jr. in what was widely viewed as a considerable coup de grâce. A year later, at the request of Johnny Cash’s long-time manager Lou Robin, Kirt Webster was asked to help stage the now memorable Cash Memorial event held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Kirt worked with Robin on several other Johnny Cash-related projects, and those events were chronicled by author Steve Turner in the book The Man Called Cash.

In 2009, Kit Webster was named one of the most successful businessmen in Nashville under the age of 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Around the same time, he served on the boards of directors for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD).

Over the course of his career, Kirt Webster has represented many world famous entertainers and elite musicians, including Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Travis, and The Judds, among others. He has also received several industry awards, such as a TELLY Award in 2021 as a consultant on Rainy Night in Georgia, and a 2022 TELLY Award as the producer of Tyson Fury/Dillian Whyte Heavyweight Championship Fight Opening featuring Don McLean, which won in six categories. He also served as an executive producer to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, which won an Emmy award.

What do you currently do at your company?

Ever since the COVID pandemic, the music and entertainment business has become very Zoom-oriented and technological, so my daily routine largely consists of checking emails and making phone calls. A lot of the in-person daily activities have shifted to Zoom, but the same basic work is still being done. Beyond those activities, I work on brand deals for both corporate clients and entertainers and act as a consultant to several entertainers for marketing and touring.

What was the inspiration behind your business?

Having worked as a marketing and PR executive for 25 plus years, I saw every great manager and every bad manager do their job. When I say good manager versus bad manager, what I mean is that some are proactive and some are reactive. Some are forward-thinking, and some put up roadblocks. Everybody has a different style in the way they work, and I was able to sit back and observe all those styles and see which ones worked. When I decided to launch into project management and consulting, I took the knowledge that I had gained from working with other companies, then asked myself what the best style and approach was to accomplish things. When all is said and done, the clients only care about what you accomplish. Clients care about wins, so I chase wins each and every day.

What defines your way of doing business?

I think what sets me apart from a lot of people is that I’m bold, I’m direct, and I’m blunt. I get excited about good things and I don’t sugarcoat bad news. I don’t try to make things that nobody wants to hear disappear. In the past, I’ve been told I’m like sushi—meaning you either love me or hate me.  Nobody ever has to second guess what I am thinking and I believe that is why my phone is still ringing with potential clients on the other end of the line.

Tell us one long-term goal in your career.

Honestly, I’ve achieved all my career goals. I’ve represented members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry stars, actors who’ve begun a recording career—I’ve done everything I wanted to do. Now, I’m in a position where I’m able to help people with their careers because I want to. In fact, that’s really what enables me to be bluntly honest with people. I don’t really need anything from anyone anymore. I’m equally fine hearing the words “You’re hired” as I am “You’re fired.” I’m okay with both because I’m happy with the way I do my work.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned through the course of your career?

Always be truthful. I’ve always been honest, whether people like it or not. My reasoning is that there’s no point being dishonest, deceptive, or evasive because the truth always comes out anyway. Although sometimes people might doubt the truth, eventually they realize what’s real and what’s not.

What advice would you give to others aspiring to succeed in your field?

I never give advice, I give information. Everybody has an opinion, but being in possession of good, solid information allows people to make their own judgements. So, in answering the question, the information I would give somebody trying to break into the entertainment industry would be based specifically on what they’re trying to accomplish and what I think they need to know. Define yourself and what you want and then go after it!

How do you maintain a solid work life balance?

For the first 25 years of my career, my whole life was work. Now, I go fishing, I go boating, I visit people. I still get work done, but I now take time for myself and live life to the fullest because there’s no telling what tomorrow will bring. Over the past few years, I’ve started adding personal appointments to my calendar and it’s worked out very positively.

Who has been a role model to you and why?

Early on in my career, it was Merle Kilgore. He gave me one of my first very big positions in the music business which was representing Hank Williams, Jr. Merle gave me a lot of advice on how things worked in the business; what to look out for and who to watch. I learned a tremendous amount from him and worked with him all the way until he passed. He was an unbelievable mentor to me.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

Merle Kilgore once told me “If a deal starts out squirrelly, it’ll probably get squirrellier. I’ve always remembered that line and, to this day, if something starts out weird, I walk away from it. If it starts out great, then I move forward.

What does success look like to you?

The key thing for me has always been to remember that we’re here to put smiles on people’s faces. I’m not curing cancer; I’m not a doctor or a lawyer. Those jobs are tough. It shouldn’t be hard for me to put a smile on somebody’s face. If we’re entertaining people and making them leave their worries at home, then we did our job. That’s what success means to me.



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Eno Barony speaks to BBC on her music journey

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Rapper Eno Barony has opened up on her journey into the music industry and how much she has grown to be who she is.

She told the BBC in an interview that she initially dealt with some insecurities because many people questioned her weight following her break into the music industry.

Eno Barony said it was deemed as if her weight had an influence on the music she makes.

The rapper said that throughout her journey criticisms about her weight affected her but years later she grew to be confident despite those comments.

“When I accepted myself for who I am, I did a song called ‘Heavy Load’,” Eno Barony said. She noted the track opened her eyes to fans of hers who looked up to her and appreciated her.

Eno Barony urged the general public against doubting women especially when they venture into male-dominated areas to make their mark.

Also speaking to BBC, rapper M.anifest called the presence of an artiste like Eno Barony in the industry as a ‘glass ceiling moment’.

He stated that he is impressed with Eno Barony and her style adding “I remember the first time I was on the radio station with her when I saw her, she out rapped me, I was like ‘oh my Goodness who is this one?’.”

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