Ne-Yo sues ex-manager for $8 million!

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Ne-Yo is an incredible hit songwriter as well as a respected recording artist…

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…who has been a victim of manager misconduct.

The artist/manager relationship is one that is very much like a marriage. There are ups and downs, real-life problems, money changing hands, times when you despise each other, and times when you’re happy with each other.

Artists & Managers be like:

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Wait, lemme get this call!

I like to quote my mom for saying: “Money is the root of all evil” and it’s certainly been the downfall of many an artist/manager relationship.

Ne-Yo’s situation is no different and he’s claiming that his manager stole/shorted him of 8 MILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!

I understand you misplacing $1,000 after a late night accounting session with blurry eyes…but how do you make millions disappear??

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Burning it is one way! #TheDarkKnight

Realistically speaking…I think that his ex-manager was up to some shady business! Word on the street is that he began to manage Ne-Yo’s finances in 2005 and moved money around without permission! 😦

Then the shadiness continues on as the ex-manager faked Ne-Yo’s name on loan documents and invested money in a water company that was close to bankruptcy!!!

Shady manager’s message to Ne-Yo:

Deal With It

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In the lawsuit, Ne-Yo is seeking $4.5 million in addition to the $3.5 million in fees that he paid to his manager over the span of their time in business together!

He’s basically taking it all back!!!

Kevin Foster is the manager in question here and it’s alright y’all…I feel like he’s already ran to the hills of Austria to remake “The Sound Of Music”:

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The hiiiiiiiills are aliiiiiiiiive…

But seriously…the phone number for his management firm is now out of service!

I feel very sorry for Ne-Yo! I have nothing bad to say about the guy! He’s awesome!!! And he will be forever encapsulated in one of the best songs ever:

#GiveMeEverything

I’ve never met Ne-Yo before, but he did walk past me in Orlando at the 2012 NBA All-Star game when I was told to “behave” with the other 500 young people who were crowd fillers for the live performances on the basketball court. I just watched him walk by in his letterman jacket & aviators and I got Pop music chills! 😀

The lesson learned here is #1: Never trust anyone you don’t know really, really, really well AND #2 Don’t assume that everyone in the world has the best intentions.

I really hope you can recover your losses Ne-Yo! You deserve it!!!

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American Idol’s Haley Reinhart drops single!

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Haley Reinhart is one of my favorite singers to come from American Idol and today…

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…she dropped her new single called “Show Me Your Moves”!!!

I’ve been waiting to hear new music from Haley ever since her debut solo album “Listen Up!” was released on May 22nd, 2012…a little over 2 years ago!

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Haley’s debut album was incredible in my opinion. I was really blown away at how captivating the songs were both lyrically and instrumentally! 😀

I’m very excited to hear that Haley has released a brand new single for us TODAY called “Show Me Your Moves”.

She used Indiegogo to fund her music video for the song and she came up with something very cool for the fans who supported her!

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Check it out here: http://www.indiegogo.com/

Haley told Yahoo Music: “To sum up the message of the video, I’m from another planet. I was sent to Earth in order to challenge people to show me their moves: their inner talent and passions. Once I have been heard and my work has been accomplished, I ascend back to my natural habitat — shedding love, light, and inspiration to all.”

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That sounds like the sweet, Haley Reinhart we all came to know and love! 🙂

So with over $36,000 donated from fans on Indiegogo, Haley ended up on an 18 hour music video shoot in the Mojave Desert at a plane graveyard…a far cry from the usual set for a music video! And apparently four of the fans who donated to Haley were featured in the video with her!!

The video is indeed a masterpiece and since it’s not on YouTube yet…check it out here on Yahoo Music: https://music.yahoo.com/video/show-moves-003855289.html

#ShowMeYourMoves

There are rumors floating around that Haley is going to put out an EP, but I would rather her just wait and release a proper second album!

I saw Haley back home in Florida in summer 2012 and got to meet her after the show:

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She was awesome!!!

Congratulations Haley on the new single/music video and I can’t wait for album #2!

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NSYNC secret album released today!

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I have to tell you that the most interesting music news story of today is about NSYNC…

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…and their new album!

I’m a huge NSYNC fan so I won’t tease you about a reunion or a new album without explaining that this is a 2 disc compilation album that got released by their record label TODAY without telling them! HAHA Personally, I think that’s hilarious!!! 😀

Lance Bass posted this screenshot on his Instagram:

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“Guess the label didn’t expect all our amazing fans to still be there for us! I hate my favorite When You Wish upon A Star got left off. This cd set really showcases the vocals which I really like.”

It’s those vocals that had all the girls swooning, Lance! 😉

And Chris Kirkpatrick tweeted:

How sweet of him to notice that we love special songs!

No word from Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, or that elusive, non-famous guy Justin Timberlake.

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It’s too bad Justin’s career never took off!

There is no new music on this 2 disc collection of NSYNC songs however there are some songs that totally flew under the radar such as “On The Line”, “Somewhere, Someday”, and “Believe In Yourself”.

I’ve never heard any of those songs before…so does that make them new?

Here’s the album artwork for their newest release:

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#TheEssentialNSYNC

And “The Essential” track list is as follows…

Disc 1:
1. Here We Go (Radio Cut)
2. I Want You Back (Radio Edit)
3. Tearin’ Up My Heart (Original Radio Edit)
4. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You (Remix)
5. Thinking Of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)
6. For The Girl Who Has Everything (Radio Mix)
7. Are You Gonna Be There
8. Music Of My Heart – Featuring Gloria Estefan
9. Bye Bye Bye
10. It’s Gonna Be Me
11. This I Promise You (Radio Edit)
12. I Thought She Knew
13. I Believe In You – Featuring Joe
14. If I’m Not The One
15. Pop (Radio Version)
16. Girlfriend (The Neptunes Remix) – Featuring Nelly
17. Gone

Disc 2:
1. More Than A Feeling
2. Best Of My Life
3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
4. Sailing
5. Everything I Own
6. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You – Featuring Alabama
7. Somewhere Someday
8. Trashin’ The Camp – Featuring Phil Collins
9. If Only In Heaven’s Eyes
10. You Don’t Have To Be Alone
11. On The Line – Featuring The On The Line All-Stars / Lance Bass / Joey Fatone / Mandy Moore / Christian Burns & True Vibe
12. That Girl (Will Never Be Mine)
13. Falling
14. Feel The Love
15. Selfish
16. See Right Through You
17. Believe In Yourself (TV Version – Sesame Street)

I love NSYNC’s version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”!!! Take a listen here (it’s a loud video):

Chris sure knows how to hit those high notes!! 😀

And I’m so amazed at this throwback video of “Here We Go”:

That takes me back to the days that wearing Tommy Hilfiger was actually cool!

NSYNC’s new album is available on iTunes too! You can get all 34 songs if you like…

>>> https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-essential-*nsync/id899265616 <<<

I’m still ready for an NSYNC reunion, but until then we can listen to our old favorites!

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‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit opening in Chicago!

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David Bowie is one of the most iconic figures in popular music and he’s going to be…

unnamed…celebrated in style!

A special hotel in the heart of Chi-Town known as “Thompson Chicago” has announced that they are going to host “Day and Night with David Bowie” as an experience for Bowie fans in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art!

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Day and Night with David Bowie is a VIP experience that will offer guests exclusive, early access to the “David Bowie Is” exhibit before tickets go on sale to the public this Thursday, July 31st!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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FAB-U-LOUS

Thompson Chicago will give guests (who spend 1 or more nights with them as well as book the “Day and Night with David Bowie” package) two VIP tickets to “David Bowie Is” at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art!

museum-of-contemporary-artWhat a beautiful museum to host the exhibit!

The VIP treatment will include a private museum concierge to explain the exhibit to you in detail and that treatment will only be available for Thompson Chicago guests.

“David Bowie Is” will be on display starting September 23rd and will run all the way through until January 4th, 2015! Chicago will be the only US stop on the exhibit’s tour!!

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The “David Bowie Is” exhibit will include more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time!

This sounds like any Bowie fan’s dream come true!

Thompson Chicago has listed their booking for this special event on their official website (http://www.thompsonhotels.com/) and you can find “Day And Night with David Bowie” under the Meetings & Events page!

You can also tweet @ThompsonChicago (https://twitter.com/ThompsonChicago) for more details on this event and if David will be at the museum one day for you to meet him!

And congratulations to David Bowie for deciding to show off the ultimate Bowie collection!

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Discover: Deorro

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In honor of Tomorrowland, I feel like it’s necessary for me to talk about an EDM discovery:

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This is Deorro.

Deorro is the stage name of 22 year old Erick Orrosquiesta who began his DJ career at the age of 14! He played local gigs then and by the time he turned 17…he knew how to produce his very own tracks!!

In 2012 he got the break of a lifetime when the incredible DJ Chuckie asked him to remix his song “Make Some Noise” and his remix made it in the Top 50 songs of the famous EDM website Beatport!

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Check it out here: http://www.beatport.com/

And here’s Deorro’s remix of DJ Chuckie’s “Make Some Noise”:

He killed it…if you ask me! 😀

He’s gone on to remix several different internationally famous DJ’s tracks such as:

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Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, and Gareth Emery

Deorro is signed to EDM titan Hardwell’s record label “Revealed Recordings” and he released the track “Yee” in 2013 that charted in Europe, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

#NotTooShabby

But it was on May 17th of this year that Deorro told his fans VIA Twitter the bad news…he was going to take a break from DJing.

I’m really surprised that at the young age of 22 you would decide to hang up your headphones! HAHA But hey! His reason for this hiatus is legitimate because he wants to focus on making music and expanding his management team/music label: “PandaFunk”.

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He looks proud in his Panda shirt 🙂

I love how most artists and bands are also entrepreneurs and have chosen to brand themselves in unique ways!

What initially put Deorro on the map for me was hearing his song “Five Hours”:

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That song is really amazing and I was hooked from the first time I stumbled across it on SoundCloud!

I’m sad to see Deorro part from DJing, but at least we know he’s still hard at work.

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Tomorrowland takes Belgium by storm!

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Tomorrowland is the ginormous EDM festival in Boom, Belgium that is happening…

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RIGHT. NOW.

104 THOUSAND people are watching it Live Stream now on YouTube alone! Not to mention the crowd of 150,000+ that are there in Boom!

This is the festival’s 10 year anniversary and this weekend marks the second weekend in a row that they have had the festival!!! That’s a Tomorrowland first, but if you ask me…there ain’t no party like an EDM party!

Electronic Dance Music = “EDM” (for those who didn’t know)

So for 2 whole weekends in the summer there is one heck of a rave going on in Belgium with the hottest DJs and fans from all over the globe!

#WishIWasThere

You can read my previous blog post on Tomorrowland here: http://wp.me/p4hDFH-8C

And I’m happy to reiterate for you that DJ Hardwell, Krewella, and Tïesto hold my heart when it comes to EDM so I would be excited out of my mind to see them perform!!!

I saw Krewella here in Nashville last November and I cannot tell you how much I still think back to that concert and am thoroughly impressed to this day! I’ve never felt more energy in a room before, and needless to say I’ve been following EDM (in a hardcore fashion) ever since that night!

Congratulations to Krewella on playing Tomorrowland!!!

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#Krewella

I heard that Eric Prydz extended his set to 3 hours yesterday, so we know that Boom is booming!!! 😀

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#EricPrydz

And one of my favorite pairs of twins, “NERVO”, rocked the crowed yesterday too!

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The fans also heard from Avicii…and Martin Garrix jumped higher than Michael Jordan:

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#MartinGarrix

Before I leave you with the livestream, allow me to tell you that Tomorrowland 2015 will take place in some country where they just played a few soccer games…

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Oh yeah, BRAZIL! That’s the one!!!

Here’s the Tomorrowland Livestream! Hold on tight to your seat or get up and jump! 😀

The Obamas attend a Jay Z & Beyonce concert!

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Last night marked another date of Jay Z & Beyoncé’s On The Run Tour…

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…and they were joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters!!!

Okay so that photo wasn’t from last night’s concert in Chicago, but I tell you what…we only have 1 photo to go by!!!

Thanks to @_yeseniaherrera we have this photo of FLOTUS with Sasha & Malia:

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That’s clearly them!!! 😀

It’s no secret that the Presidential family are Beyoncé and Jay Z fans! They revealed that on the night that Obama was first elected into power with Bey singing Etta James’ “At Last” for the power couple:

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And don’t forget that Beyoncé & Michelle partnered up to get people moving:

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Then there was Beyoncé singing the National Anthem at Obama’s 2013 inauguration:

The rumor was that she lip-synced it, but in a huge outdoor forum…it doesn’t bother me!

Michelle has taken the girls to Beyoncé shows before and I’m happy they got to see her on this special dual headlining tour with her talented husband Jay Z!

Jay Z & Beyoncé are lucky to have such special fans…especially the First Family!

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