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Nigeria's Got Talent picks Top 10 finalists

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The XpendablesAfter auditions in 8 states and 2 months of heart-stopping elimination shows, Nigeria’s Got Talent presents  10 of the best acts that the country has ever seen have made it to the final round of the continent’s for viewers to decide: Who’s Got Talent? They are all in the race for the grand prize of N10 million, and the finale will air on Sunday, December 9, 2012. The first group to make it to the final was an acappella group from Port Harcourt. The Impulse group consists of five young men with dynamic voices. They have shown dedication, team spirit and hard work in every performance. “We saw Nigeria’s Got Talent as a good, strong and exciting platform to showcase our talent and that is what we have been doing right from the beginning,” they said. Next was a man with a very rare talent in this part of the world; DrBariyu Yusuf, a ventriloquist. “I have never seen anyone in Nigeria that can do what I do like me and I can tailor my act to excite any audiences,” said Dr Bariyu, Dr. Bariyu who works as a medical doctor and has been able to make Nigerians see that other than education, your talent is one thing that can make you known to the world.   Godwin Ogechukwu, is one person that has shown that the violin can be used for not just classical renditions but hip-hop as well. The violinist from Benin has brought the A-factor with him in every single performance. “Having to play the violin to Nigerian songs has been challenging but through Nigeria’s Got Talent platform, I have been able to come out of my comfort zone and experiment with the violin,” said Godwin.   Chuka Solace, a rapper from the city of excellence, Lagos was the fourth act to make it into the finals. “I love rap, I love entertainment and I see myself one day as a big name in the industry. As an entertainment role model, I like Lil’ Wayne and back home I am a big fan of the Choc Boys, “said Chuka. Chuka is one person with the right flow, lyrics and rhyme scheme when it comes to rap.   11-year-old Toke Salami from Ibadan is one solemn and graceful singer that the show will not forget in a rush. Toke who has performed Christian songs throughout the show has shown that great things do come in small packages. “I love to sing and Nigeria’s Got Talent has helped to show this talent of mine to the world. Toke, who has performed in the UK,USA and Rome for school competitions, hopes to use the grand prize to further her education and help her family. The Xpendables, a dance group form Port Harcourt; have the energy,skill and uniqueness when it comes to dance. “Our dance is so special because we do incredible things and we are always accurate in our dances,” they said. “Nigeria’s Got Talent has helped us to work has a team, create new and incredible steps and also built us hope for the challenges that come with dancing.”   Amarachi Uyanne, an eight-year-old dancer from the city of Benin has shown versatility, energy, swag and dedication in every performance. Her performances have been described as the X-factor that every show needs. “I have been dancing since childhood and I see dancing as a gift and a passion that God deposited in me. It’s not stressful, Ijust do the best I can with the little energy and it turns out to be the best, which is all by God’s grace.” said Amarachi. Nathaniel Olivia also known as ‘DJ Mouth’, from Port Harcourt is one act that has stormed every performance with beats that are amazing and unbelievable. “I didn’t plan to come for the audition, I was just passing and I saw a gathering of youths and one thing led to another and I here I am. I do other things other than beat box, but beat box is the most spectacular talent that I have been blessed with” hesaid. As a group they are cute and very lovely, but as an act they are fierce, professional and talented. Jess and Ogeh are a group of ballet dancers that have come together to showcase smoothness. “We dance with every breath and energy in us and because we take ballet and contemporary dance to the best of my ability and uniqueness, we are the best at what we do,” said Jesse. “We are grateful that Nigeria’s Got Talent has taken us out of Benin and has shown us to the world as great and skillful ballet dancers,” said Ogeh.   The group of ten won’t have been complete with Boniface Ukeme, a dancer from Port Harcourt. Boniface gives dance another meaning and a deeper interpretation. “I came for Nigeria’s Got Talent because I believe a special and unique ability and talent that the world needs to see,” said Boniface.   From dance, to singing, to violin and many more acts, Nigeria’s Got Talent has shown each weekend that there is always something to look forward to. The show ends next week Sunday with one of the ten finalists walking away with the coveted prize of N10 million. Nigeria’s Got Talent grand finale will be aired on Sunday on AIT (10:30 PM), STV (8:00 PM), NTA (4:00 PM), TVC (9:00PM) and Soundcity (6:30 PM). Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the show on HITV UK Sky 193 (8:00 PM). Hosted by Andre Blaze, the judges for the season are radio host Dan Foster, actor Kate Henshaw and entertainment entrepreneur, Yibo Koko.]]>

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Apple Music Live announces a Mary J. Blige one-night-only performance

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Grammy award-winning and Academy award nominated artist, actress, producer and entrepreneur Mary J. Blige will host a performance for one-night-only to celebrate her life and music that will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music in over 165 countries on July 27th at 7:00 PM PST. Blige’s performance at New York City’s historic United Palace will feature a career-spanning setlist and reflections from her unparalleled career in music.

Blige will be the latest artist to take the stage for Apple Music Live, the exclusive live performance series on Apple Music giving the biggest stars in music a global platform to connect with audiences around the world.

Launched this spring, Apple Music Live has previously featured exclusive live streamed performances from global chart-toppers Harry Styles and Lil Durk, available to watch on-demand on Apple Music.

Mary J. Blige quote: “The last year of my career in particular has been an exciting ride. From continuing to act, to recording and releasing my 15th studio album, growing and expanding different businesses like Sun Goddess and Sister Love Jewelry, to performing at the Super Bowl, launching my Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit and now getting ready to go back on tour, it feels amazing to take this opportunity to celebrate, reflect and have an intimate night with my fans through this platform Apple Music is providing me.”

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Apple Music is inviting Mary J. Blige fans in the greater New York region the opportunity to register for free for a chance to be in the room as the influential artist takes the stage for this can’t miss one-off performance. Fans can register to attend HERE.

In anticipation of her exclusive Apple Music Live performance and to mark the 30th anniversary of her landmark debut album ‘What’s the 411?‘, on July 27th Apple Music Hits will devote the entire day to all things Mary, including exclusive programming, music, and interviews showcasing the key moments from her legendary catalog and career. Tune in all day HERE.

Mary J. Blige reached new heights on Apple Music in 2022, with the release of her fifteenth studio album, ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’, and her performance in the Super Bowl LVI halftime show. The week following the halftime performance was her biggest week in Apple Music history, with 325% more streams than she saw the same week in 2021. Blige’s saw songs new and old have reached the Daily Top 100 in countries worldwide. “Family Affair” hit the Daily Top 100 in a number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Norway, and Denmark. All told, Mary J. Blige has hit the Daily Top 100 in 38 countries, and her music has been featured across many major editorial playlists on Apple Music, including R&B Now, ’90s Hits Essentials, Brown Sugar, and more. Blige is also a frequent guest on the Zane Lowe Show and Ebro show on Apple Music 1 where she regularly shares new music and connects with her fans around the world.

Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar. And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.

Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two No. R&B No. 1s: “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”. Blige helped redefine R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. She is loved for her passionate, chart-topping hits like “Be Without You”, “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” all of which have made her a force in music.

Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger with Each Tear (2009), My Life II… The Journey Continues (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), Strength of a Woman (2017) and Good Morning Gorgeous (2022). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including Not Gon’ CryLove Is All We NeedSeven DaysAll That I Can SayFamily AffairJust Fine and U + Me (Love Lesson). In late 2021, Blige released the first two singles off her 15th studio album, “Amazing (feat. DJ Khaled)” and “Good Morning Gorgeous,” followed by “Rent Money (feat. Dave East)” in January of 2022. This all led up to the release of her latest studio album “Good Morning Gorgeous,” which dropped on February 11th.

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SXSW Announces New Event in Australia

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South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals is expanding beyond Austin, Texas to bring its famed celebration of the technology, film and music industries to Sydney, Australia across seven days and nights from October 15 to October 22, 2023.

SXSW Sydney will gather the world’s most inspired thinkers, creators and innovators for an exploration of the best in Music, Screen, Gaming, Technology and Innovation. Like SXSW in Austin, SXSW Sydney will be a must-attend event for creators and professionals seeking to shape and discover future trends, emerging technology and access unrivaled networking opportunities.

SXSW Sydney is a collaboration with TEG, The NSW Government & Destination NSW, and will be the official annual Asia Pacific installment of SXSW, which has taken place every March since 1987 in Austin, Texas. SXSW has included speakers and artists such as Barack Obama, Brené Brown, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Melinda Gates, Elizabeth Warren, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Yeoh, Taika Waititi, Jordan Peele and Nonny de la Peña.

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“We couldn’t be more excited and honored to work with TEG and the New South Wales Government via Destination NSW on an event that brings to Australia the professional opportunities and unexpected discoveries that make SXSW unique,” said Roland Swenson, CEO & Co-founder of SXSW.  “The purpose of SXSW is to help creative people achieve their goals, and Sydney is the ideal city to serve as a home for the cross-collaboration that exists within the many industries we bring together.”

“SXSW is an event without equal internationally that has launched the careers of so many creative professionals,” said Geoff Jones, Group CEO TEG, Event Producer for SXSW Sydney. “Through showcasing the creator industries of the Asia Pacific to the world, SXSW Sydney will establish a new SXSW touchpoint, enabling the international and cross-sector connections that deliver the most innovative products and content. I would like to welcome Colin Daniels as the Managing Director of SXSW Sydney and thank the NSW Government, Destination NSW, and the team at SXSW for their foresight and support.”

Industry professionals, talent, partners and more can register their interest now at sxswsydney.com to discover the unexpected ideas and diverse discussions SXSW Sydney makes possible when creative people come together.

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He got a ‘Goodie Bag’ after 27 years of working at Burger King, now netizens have raised Over $200,000 for him

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Kevin Ford, a Burger King employee, has received over $199,000 in donations on Go Fund Me after a video of a goodie bag he received on his 27th work anniversary went viral on Twitter. (more…)

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Eric Holder, man accused of murdering Nipsey Hussle, beat up in jail: report

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The murder suspect in the death of Nipsey Hussle was reportedly physically assaulted while in custody, Rolling Stone reports. (more…)

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Splash House Announces Artist Lineups for August 2022 Weekends

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Today, iconic summer festival series Splash House has announced the artist lineups for the second and third editions of its newly expanded triple weekend season in 2022. Celebrating its ninth year and fresh off of a successful first June edition since 2019, Splash House continues to cement itself as a perennial favorite in the summer festival calendar by fusing forward-thinking electronic music, poolside partying, and resort amenities with the desert landscapes of Palm Springs.

 

The August editions further extend Splash House’s top-tier electronic curation that continues to bring an eclectic mix of industry titans and emerging talent from around the world to the desert for two unique weekends. Attendees will again be spread across three resort venues, the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro Hotels, which each have their own distinct feel transporting fans to multiple eras of Palm Springs aesthetic history all within the festival footprint.

 

Artists announced for August weekend one include some of modern house music’s hottest names such as dancefloor-filling favorite John Summit, house hitter Dombresky and melodic idols like deep house sensation Nora En Pure, ethereal multi-instrumentalist Dabin, and Swiss-Italian stalwart EDX. Cross-genre stylings include a DJ set from playful French production duo Polo & Pan, celebrated Australian electronic trio PNAU, electro pop maven Elohim, hip-hop crossover act Austin Millz, indie electronic producer Chet Porter, and funk duo Franc Moody who will be playing a DJ set. The underground sounds of Rebūke, Tinlicker, CINTHIE, Patrick Holland, and Mason Collective are among more highlights not to be missed.

 

The bill for August weekend two is equally stacked with the likes of crossover favorites like Mercury Prize-nominated British production outfit JUNGLE playing a DJ set, live phenomenon Elderbrook, and a club set from alternative pop duo NEIL FRANCES. Household names such as the enigmatic Malaa, Australian house favorite Sonny Fodera, and prolific UK duo Solardo will be bringing four to the four grooves in full force. MEMBA, DEVAULT, Mindchatter, and a DJ set from Phantoms provide strong representation on the mid-tempo electronic side of things along with next generation house risers like Noizu, VNSSA, Kyle Watson, Coco & Breezy, and Eden Prince.

 

By night, attendees can experience After Hours programming at the Palm Springs Air Museum while enjoying an open-air dance floor and witnessing artists perform alongside historic airplanes, all backdropped by the San Jacinto Mountains. This location has become a staple of the Splash House experience, while also hosting the debut of Desert Air last December. Dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke and in-demand super producer SG Lewis (DJ Set) have been announced as the headliners for August weekend one, while the globally recognized house and techno icon Seth Troxler and an artist to be announced carry the day party into the after hours for August weekend two.

 

It remains Splash House’s style-forward and fun-loving community that makes the event what it is. A hideaway from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, Splash House fosters an environment fit for music fans, fashionistas, travelers, and those seeking a different kind of festival.

 

All currently available pass types and hotel package options can be viewed at splashhouse.com. GA passes for the August edition start at $189. Remaining GA passes go on sale Thursday, June 30 at 12PM PST.

 

Guests must be 21+ in order to purchase.

 

Splash House August 12-14 Lineup (A-Z)

Ark Patrol

Austin Millz

Chet Porter

CINTHIE

**Claude VonStroke

Dabin

Danny Howard

Dombresky

DROELOE

Duskus

EDX

Elohim

Franc Moody (DJ Set)

John Summit

Joplyn

Joshwa

Kidswaste

Luke Andy

Mason Collective

Massane

Nora En Pure

OFFAIAH

Patrick Holland

Polo & Pan (DJ Set)

PNAU

Rebūke

**SG Lewis (DJ Set)

Tinlicker

Torren Foot

Young Franco

 

Splash House August 19-21 Lineup (A-Z)

Andre Power

Biscits

Bones b2b Lee Wells

BYNX

Coco & Breezy

Crush Club

DEVAULT

DJ Susan

Eden Prince

Elderbrook

Ferreck Dawn

Franky Wah

Friend Within

JAEL

JUNGLE (DJ Set)

Kyle Watson

Malaa

Melé

MEMBA

Mindchatter

Ms. Mada

NEIL FRANCES (Club Set)

Noizu

OMNOM

Phantoms (DJ Set)

**Seth Troxler

Solardo

Sonny Fodera

Vindata (DJ Set)

VNSSA

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Former Brazil international Richarlyson reveals that he is bisexual on a podcast

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Former Brazil international, Richarlyson has come out as bisexual. (more…)

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