Will.i.am is looking to lead a new wave in the music industry.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday that he is hoping to “define a new type of record industry” by teaming up with Swedish mobile record label Amuse, which provides free digital distribution for its artists.
Speaking with Billboard, will.i.am says his partnership with Amuse is a business move and now about just putting his name on something.
“If they wanted just a celebrity, there’s lots of them, right?” he said. “Artists want to do more than just sell music, ask Kanye, ask Rihanna, and these artists have led a path to like make music, connect it with (an) audience, and dare to dream and bring something to market that’s more than just audio and a couple of visuals. And, together, what we’re doing can bring that and consult and guide artists to be more than just, you know, Instagram stars.”
He continued: “There’s going to be a system in which we put together these new types of like, brand building, business building, after we see success from music, because music sells a lot of stuff. And there’s a lot of people that are on Instagram and Snapchat suggesting that they are those people for the things that they like or things that they want to see in the market other than just songs. And Kanye West and Rihanna and Drake and Dr. Dre have pushed the ball forward and lifted the benchmark to where there’s going to be more of them – an army of them are about to come.”
Amuse co-founder and chief executive officer Diego Farias added that they are hoping the company will allow its stars to embark on different kind of ventures.
Ariana Grande and the stars she corralled took the stage for her One Love concert in Manchester … and they left quite an impact on the city after a horrific terror attack.
Ariana performed throughout the 3 hour benefit concert with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas and a number of other acts and guest appearances that filled the Old Trafford Cricket Ground arena with music and good vibes.
Some highlights included Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun, having an emotional moment onstage while introducing Ariana mid-set; Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry paying tribute to the Manchester victims; Mac Miller joining Ariana onstage; Bieber’s unifying words; Coldplay blowing away the crowd with an epic performance; Liam Gallagher from Oasis crashing the show; and, of course, Ariana singing an emotional “Over the Rainbow” cover to close things out.
The event comes just a day shy of 2 weeks since the bombing after her show in Manchester killed 22 people … and 1 day after a second terror attack in London that killed 7 and injured at least 48.
As we reported … the show sold out in 6 minutes and security measures were tightened up in anticipation. Guests of her original concert in Manchester were allowed to see Ariana again for free.
Seems like everything went off without a hitch. They raised more than $275,000 by the end of the show.
The new mother kicked off a minute-and-a-half long video by addressing her weight gain, but quickly moved on to gush about her three-month-old son Eissa Al Mana whose picture she recently shared on social media.
“Hey you guys, it’s me Jan, just in case you didn’t recognize me cause I have put on quite a few since I had the baby,” Jackson said. “I thank God for him, you guys. He’s so healthy, so beautiful, so sweet, so loving, such a happy baby.”
She also addressed her separation from her Qatari businessman husband, Wissam Al Mana, saying she wanted to “keep it real” with her fans.
“Yes, I separated from my husband,” Jackson said. “We are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”
Jackson then announced that she would be resuming her “Unbreakable” tour which she has renamed the “State of the World” tour.
“It’s not about politics,” she said of the name change. “It’s about people, the world, relationships and just love.”
Jackson postponed her tour first in 2015 for surgery and then in April 2016 as she and her husband planned their family.
She confirmed in October last year that she was becoming a mother at 50.
Jackson’s tour is scheduled to resume beginning with a concert September 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The superstar concluded the video by thanking her fans for their patience.
“I am so excited,” she said. “I cannot wait to see you on stage, September 7.”
Tickets for the rescheduled tour dates go on sale May 5.
The track features fellow rapper, The-Dream, and made its debut at West’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week earlier this month.
The rappers have a long musical history together — most recently, on West’s “Ultralight Beam” and “Highlights.”
Although West has been featured on several songs from other artists over the past year, this is the first track he’s put out since being hospitalized in November.
Faded Ugandan musician Qute Kaye has been reborn.
Famous for his single, “Ginkese”, Kaye has decided to turn away from his sinful ways and give his life to Jesus Christ.
He made the life-changing decision on Thursday as he sought salvation at renowned Pastor Robert Kayanja’s church, Rubaga Miracle Centre.
This happened at the ongoing crusade by Pr. Kayanja dubbed “77 Days of Glory”.
The singer revealed that his hunger for fame and money had led him to do despicable things including visiting shrines and witch doctors where he made sacrifices.
However, he has had enough of that life and is now seeking new beginnings.
In scenes reminiscent of Mean Girls, Adele broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half on stage at the award ceremony on Sunday night so she could give the crowning part to Beyoncé.
Adele, who also won the Song of the Year award, explained how she felt Lemonade was a more deserving winner than her own 25.
“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said during her acceptance speech. “The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”
She later added backstage: “I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”
Adele may have gotten the idea from Mean Girls, in which Lindsay Lohan’s protagonist Cady Heron breaks her Spring Fling queen crown into pieces and hands them to the other contestants (though the speaker part of the Grammy actually unscrews).
It is essentially de rigueur to extol Beyoncé at award shows by this point, Kanye West having famously intervened during one of Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance speeches to point out that B is the more deserving winner.
Adele won the night’s biggest awards, though there were also multiple wins for Chance the Rapper and Drake. Beyoncé picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.
Nope. Lady Gaga wasn’t having it when she caught wind of some haters trying to body shame her for how she looked during her spectacular Super Bowl LI halftime performance. Reacting to a string of tweets on Sunday night (Feb. 5) claiming she had a “muffin top” or “beer gut,” the singer shut it down.
“I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Feb. 7). Gaga, 30 — who has spent years fighting against bullying and encouraging her Little Monsters to love themselves just the way they are through her Born This Way Foundation — said she caught wind of the fact that her body has become a topic of conversation and sought to encourage her fans to tune out the noise.
Little Monsters weren’t having it either, with a number backing up the singer on Twitter.
Either way, Gaga is getting the last laugh, as her U.K. and U.S. sales have exploded since Sunday’s gig, which FOX reported pulled in an astounding 117.5 million viewers, making it the second-most-viewed halftime show in Super Bowl history, behind Katy Perry’s set at Super XLIX, which drew 120.7 million viewers.
By Sania Babirye
Buikwe district woman MP also gospel singer Judith Babirye has filed for divorce in the Family court.
In her divorce petition Babirye wants the court to dissolve her marriage with husband Samuel Niwo citing sadness due to what she describes as Niwo’s cruel ,erratic , male-violent behavior and lack of respect.
She accuses Niwo of being a serial adulterer and neglecting his fatherly responsibilities to the many children he fathered out of wedlock. Babirye has also asked court to grant her sole custody of their ten year old daughter. The family court has not yet summoned Niwo for to file a response.
Last year, Singer Cindy Sanyu started making trips all over East Africa. She claimed, she was on her music tour trying to sell her music and move her career.
In the process, news broke out that she had hooked up a new man and was ready to move on. She denied the rumours and went silent.
Over the weekend she leaked a picture on her social media.
In the picture, clearly, it shows how she has piled on weight and when her fans provoked her to explain the source of the weight gain, Cindy responded with answers that clearly insinuated that she is expecting.
On her twitter page, she puts it “Moving on and expecting new life” Cindy wrote.
From her look now, you wouldn’t call her skinny or small. She has flesh on her, which never used to be the case. Her fans now think Cindy could have served the leg to some ruthless guy who never hesitated to plant a live seed in her.
In brief telephone interview with Cindy, she assures us to mind our business and made it clear to us that she an adult and is free to enjoy sex.
However, the singer hasn’t stopped making tours and performances across the country, as the speculations continue to make rounds.