September 6, 2016 |
Five years in, what is the Budweiser Made in America festival? A first-class hip-hop fest, for starters, that usually lands a big-name rock headliner - this year's catch being Coldplay, the British pop superstars who closed down the event Sunday - and has less success bringing in midlevel rock acts. It's a winning business proposition for festival curator Jay Z and his various enterprises, from his Roc Nation management company to the Tidal music service that live streamed the event all weekend.
September 5, 2016 |
The Budweiser Made In America festival turned five Saturday with Jay Z's perennial Philadelphia music festival drawing a crowd of more than 46,000 to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for an all-day, multigenre (but hip-hop-heavy) event at which all concertgoers could agree on one thing: Rihanna. Every Made In America has been headlined by an R&B or hip-hop bright light in Jay Z's inner circle: Beyoncé, Kanye West, or Hova himself. This year it was the 28-year-old Barbadian superstar.
July 25, 2016
If you haven't been in Philadelphia for a while and are just hitting town this weekend for the Democratic National Convention, you may be in for something of a shock on your cab or Uber ride into Center City. Yes, the ugly tangle of steel tubes and white-smoke-belching stacks of the refinery are still around, but in 2016, you may be too distracted by the cranes and skyward push of Comcast's newest skyscraper to notice that much. Take that hard right up the bank of the Schuylkill, and you'll see a medical center that looks like a Walt Disneyesque city of the future, and a lush new park on your left, a stream of urban hikers and bikers on the nifty river boardwalk to your right.
June 1, 2016
1. "Independent Woman" (2000). Destiny's Child's biggest single stays No. 1 for 11 consecutive weeks. Sure, they were bootylicious, but this bestselling female trio struck a blow for feminism with this empowering anthem. 2. "Crazy in Love" (2003). From Beyoncé's debut solo album, it becomes a blockbuster, topping 8 million sales worldwide. Her solo career exploded with the album, leading to five Grammys. But it was her assertiveness, Jay Z's guest rap, and that catchy horn line that made the world crazy for this song.
April 27, 2016 |
BACK WHEN Tattle was a boy, people kept their opinions to themselves. Then sportstalk radio let every fan with a transistor and a rotary phone have a forum to boorishly mouth off. Then political call-in radio replaced the oratory of Lincoln with the bloviating of . . . pick anyone. This development meshed with online comments sections, which allowed trolls who couldn't write a whole letter to their newspaper to spew venom before the minimalist ideas rattling around in their brains even had time to gestate.
April 27, 2016 |
Who is Beyoncé? She's Queen Bey, "the baddest woman in the game," as she refers to herself on "Hold Up," the bouncy reggae track about rage and (maybe) forgiveness, whose video on Lemonade , the surprise "visual album" released Saturday night, features her walking down the street in a chiffon dress smashing car windows with a baseball bat. (The tune also samples Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps"!) Beyoncé the ultradiva is so successful, she "might just be a black Bill Gates," as she posited in "Formation," the Black Lives Matter battle cry debuted on Super Bowl weekend that also gives a name to the world tour she will bring June 5 to Lincoln Financial Field.
April 1, 2016 |
Remember all the hoo-hah about Tidal, the streaming service owned by some of music's wealthiest performers, which was going to revolutionize the flailing industry and make sure artists got paid? TMZ.com reports that Jay Z is suing the former owners and execs of Tidal for $15 million, claiming they inflated their subscription numbers like a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. According to reports, Jay Z was told the streaming service had 540,000 subscribers but now believes the number was much lower.
February 11, 2016
I ENJOYED your take on Meek Mill's visit to Boys' Latin. I want to commend both Ronnie Polaneczky and Jenice Armstrong for having the courage to address the topic. That's a special quality. From my seat, both do an superb job inspiring, empowering, educating and motivating women and minorities. I'm painting a picture for you with a different brush. I can barely draw stick figures, so my painting will be paint by numbers: 1. So many, for a litany of reasons (crime, drugs, poverty, broken homes, prison, etc.)
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.