November 15, 2015 |
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels , her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. You might not know that by looking at the album cover.
September 7, 2015 |
Meghan Harrington left Boston with three friends at 5 a.m. Saturday for Philadelphia. Music, beer, and revelry beckoned. By 6 p.m., the four women rested on a park bench at the edge of Made in America on the Ben Franklin Parkway, drinking cans of Bud Light acquired for $12 each and a 30-minute wait in line. Tired? Yeah, right. "Beyoncé could keep me going for days without sleep," said Harrington, 29, a teacher. The four women joined a crowd of nearly 70,000 - making this two-day Made in America festival, the fourth annual Jay Z-created and Budweiser-backed spectacle, the largest yet. Three weeks before Pope Francis will draw hundreds of thousands to the Parkway, the swelling crowd generated some problems.
July 17, 2015 |
B IRDMAN is putting his Cash Money where his mouth is. He and his label, coincidentally called Cash Money, are suing Jay Z , TMZ.com reported yesterday, claiming that Jay's streaming service, Tidal, is a dud and it's illegally using Lil Wayne's music to save it. (Lil Wayne, a/k/a Dwayne Michael Carter, records for Cash Money.) TMZ says that Birdman (a/k/a Bryan Williams ) is suing for $50 million (a/k/a serious cash money). The claim is that the label has exclusive rights to Wayne's music and Tidal is streaming it without permission.
June 26, 2015 |
The lineup for the fourth annual Budweiser Made in America festival has been announced, and the big star headliners are pop queen Beyoncé, who also headlined in 2013 (and who is married to festival curator Jay Z), and Canadian crooner the Weeknd (a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye) who was also recently featured at the Roots Picnic. Those two acts will top the bill on the Labor Day weekend fest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 5 and 6. This year, it's more of a hip-hop and R&B festival that includes other genres but does not emphasize them equally.
March 27, 2015 |
HIP-HOP power couple Jay Z and Beyonce have not bought a condo in the 500 Walnut high-rise, despite several online reports and news bits suggesting that they have. Michael Angelina , from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (530 Walnut St.), said yesterday, "I can't discuss it," but his website, michaelangelina.com, is splashed with the headline, "Jay Z and Beyonce Purchase Most Expensive Philadelphia Real Estate Ever," and "Sources say it's true!" According to Angelina's website, the all-glass, floor-to-ceiling, ultra-high-end penthouse condo is closing at a whopping $20 million, with Jay Z and Beyonce the rumored buyers.
March 26, 2015 |
"PHILLY, y'all really in here?" About halfway through his May 28 concert last year, Jeff Bradshaw asked the Kimmel Center crew to turn the house lights up. The trombonist had no idea if the 2,500-seat Verizon Hall was sold out or not. He had been busy coordinating the schedules of a slew of artists - including the Roots' Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Take 6 and Trombone Shorty - to perform on the live album he'd record that night, "Home. " When the lights came on, Bradshaw scanned the theater upwards until his eyes reached the highest balcony.
February 25, 2015 |
J AY Z'S potential love child? He's a Philly guy. Beyonce 's husband is named as the father of Philadelphia's Rymir Satterthwaite in a closed civil suit filed in New Jersey. Satterthwaite currently calls Blackwood, Camden County, home. The suit claims that Hova and Sattherthwaite's mother, Wanda , who, according to Facebook, attended Lincoln High School, became acquainted before his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" was released in 1996. Satterthwaite was born in 1993.
January 27, 2015
REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is a secret member of Beyonce's Bey Hive. I have no proof, other than that every time he's on TV lately, the former governor of Arkansas invokes the superstar's name. To my ears, it sounds as if he's a little bit "Drunk in Love. " Not that we can blame him. By riding Beyonce's sequined skirt-tail, Huckabee's getting much-needed traction and scoring invites to programs such as ABC's "The View," where he shared a stage last week with former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams.
December 31, 2014 |
Bread and circuses: They make the world go round. Sure, things weren't so hot this year when it came to bread. But the circuses were as healthy as ever in 2014, thanks to a constant supply of silly, stupid, narcissistic, and sex-obsessed celebs. But this year, the usual round of frolicking, twerking, punch-ups, meltdowns, and arrests was punctuated by some of the darkest sex scandals in recent memory. Explosive allegations brought down cultural icons as respected and admired as Bill Cosby and as popular as Stephen Collins . So we begin with the abysmal and abyssal and try to work our way up to the merely absurd.
August 30, 2014 |
This weekend, the third annual Budweiser Made in America festival will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. So what's new and different at this year's Jay Z-curated gathering? For one thing, for the first time neither Jay Z himself, who headlined in 2012, nor his missus, Beyoncé, who was the top attraction last year, is officially on the bill. One would hope the hip-hop kingpin would make an appearance, however, maybe with his close associate Kanye West, who headlines Saturday night.