Kris Trindl is suing Krewella for kicking him out!

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This story is shocking to me because I never imagined the EDM sensation “Krewella”…

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…as anything else than an incredible trio!

Krewella is arguably the best trio in EDM since Swedish House Mafia and is formed of Kris “Rain Man” Trindl and sisters Jahan Yousaf & Yasmine Yousaf.

Today there are reports of a lawsuit that Kris Trindl (the man behind the trio’s instrumentals) has filed against his fellow members of Krewella (Jahan and Yasmine) to the tune of at least $5 million in damages!

My head is spinning now just taking all this in. Krewella is easily one of my favorite new music discoveries of the past 5 years and I don’t know how they will have EDM appeal without Kris. Sure the songs could be produced by other random people in the industry, but without turntables on stage with you…I can’t call it EDM.

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Krewella took an oath on June 8th, 2010 agreeing that they would quit school and put all of their energy into music! They all have 6/8/10 tattooed on their bodies to signify how much that date means to them.

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When asked about the group tattoo, Yasmine said: “We all got our 6-8-10 tattoos. Me and Jahan have it on our necks, Kris has it on his arm, and it’s like our dedication to our whole livelihood, our careers, our friendship or relationship with each other. So it means a lot to all of us together. It’s like our bond basically and it’s what I want to spend the rest of my life doing with these people, so it’s very important to me.”

Let me break down the timeline of Kris’ departure from Krewella to try to make sense of why this lawsuit has been served to the Yousaf sisters in the first place…

The trio met as students at Glenbrook North High School in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. At some point, Kris and Jahan dated which is probably what solidified his bond with the Yousaf sisters in the first place. Kris was given the nickname “Rain Main” by one of the clients that he produced music for because he thought that he would rain in success with his musical endeavors…and boy was he right!

So as you know, in June 2010, the trio vowed to spend the rest of their lives making music together…as Krewella! They moved into a loft in Chicago and defined their style as Kris mixing heavy beats on stage and Jahan & Yasmine singing in front of the DJ booth.

They used their roots in Glenbrook North High School to work with a fellow student: Jake Udell. He knew marketing and worked hard to learn social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Jake is now their manager and has been with them from the start 🙂

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The group was signed to Columbia Records soon after their first single “Killin’ It” was released and the money rolled in from 2012 to 2013. It was like a party that never ended for the EDM hopefuls now turned EDM superstars!

Upon relocating to Los Angeles for their music career, they were hardly at home! Krewella played 140 tour dates in 2013 and the hectic schedule & international traveling started to really take its toll on Kris.

According to the lawsuit: “Kris used alcohol to try to cope with the pressure. By late summer of 2013, he knew he had a drinking problem and checked himself into a detox program and then a 30-day rehab program.”

I have to pause and say that I thoroughly respect Kris for making the difficult decision to get clean. He gets at A+ in my book for taking care of himself before it was too late.

Kris got sober, went back on tour, and kept true to sobriety even after two relapses! If I could, I would give him a high five and a hug!

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The lawsuit goes on to explain: “But the Yousaf sisters didn’t like the new, sober Kris, who took care of business but did not party or drink anymore. They thought he was depressed, although he explained it was just part of the recovery process.”

Let me just say that these are statements derived by Kris’ lawyer so it would make sense that they are an accurate portrayal of his side of the story since he is providing the information. Moving right along…

At the beginning of 2014, Kris had to move into Jake’s place and it turns out that he has not been unscathed by his manager in this lawsuit either 😦

The lawsuit claims: “At this time, Udell, the Yousaf sisters and others conspired to remove Kris from the group altogether. Now that the band was successful, they figured they could always hire outside people to write and produce music for far less money than it would cost to continue splitting their income equally with Kris, as they have done (one-third to each member).”

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If greed is the only legitimate reason for pushing him out of the group…I’m ticked! I feel like you might as well sacrifice yourself to Pop music if you don’t have a producer in the group. Otherwise you’re just like Kesha or Britney Spears…you’re singing and nobody knows who created the instrumentals. I hate to even go there, but I have to 😦

To make matters worse, Kris missed a flight to Mexico City in March of this year for the Electric Daisy Carnival (a huge EDM festival) and after that mishap, he said: “I was ushered into the living room at Jake’s home for a meeting led by an ‘interventionist’ where others told me to go into rehab.”

Sounds like that’s when *you know what* hit the fan!

The lawsuit states that: “it was not rehab for drinking, because Kris was staying sober. They demanded he go into rehab for depression.”

Kris thought it was unnecessary, but Jake & Yasmine told him to take a break and get healthy the next day. It sounds like they gave him marching orders and if he doesn’t want to “party” because he’s sober, you can’t blame the guy! I have a lot of respect for him seeking out sober living because not many people do!

The real kicker of the lawsuit is that: “It was not Kris’ health or sobriety the others were thinking about, it was all about keeping him off the road so Jahan and Yasmine could establish themselves to live audiences as a duo without Kris, so they could eventually erase him completely from Krewella and reap greater financial rewards.”

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There we go again with greed. I can’t believe my eyes! I spoke to Jake last year and he was a very down to earth person. I have nothing bad to say about him and I’m hoping that his alleged actions for making Krewella a duo are not true.

Last I heard about the trio was that they were working on new music! Check out my blog post about their upcoming album here: musicrowgirl.com/krewella-sophomore-album.

I love Jahan and Yasmine because they’re incredibly talented and I find it hard to believe that they could be so cruel to the guy who they shared so much music with. I really hope that they can either add Kris back in the group or give him the money he is seeking for this incredible loss in his career.

This also brings up an important question to me: “Can you be sober and partake in the EDM lifestyle?” I would say yes because I have never had an alcoholic drink or taken drugs in my life. I enjoy the passion behind EDM music and I don’t need to abuse substances to have a good time. I know the same is true for Kris now that he is sober, and I don’t want there to be a stigma around EDM that you have to drink & do drugs or you can’t listen and go to shows. It’s simply not true!

I wish the best to Kris and look forward to hearing the rest of the legal proceedings!

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Prince is having a dual album release party!

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I love, love, love Prince and today I was reminded of the purple wonder because…

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…he’s going to host an album release party tomorrow!

I don’t care who you are…Prince is iconic! His music has stood the test of time and not one person who knows “Purple Rain” would ever change the radio when it comes on! 😀

I’m so pleased to say that Prince will be releasing 2 albums TOMORROW…one with his band 3RDEYEGIRL and a brand new solo album! Fans can get their copy of Prince’s “Art Official Age” and 3RDEYEGIRL’s “Plectrum Electrum” starting at midnight tonight which I think would be all the reason to stay up if I didn’t have to go to work in the morning! HAHA

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I would love a pair of the glasses that Prince is wearing!!!

It’s not everyday that Prince has 2 albums come out so you know there has to be a huge party…it might even have started today! 😉 Well I’m right about the celebration of course, but I’m happy to say that there’s a way that the fans can view/attend the party VIA livestream!

Take a few deep breaths and let me tell you how to be there! So tomorrow (September 30th), Prince will be hosting a listening party online VIA Yahoo! Music. The album release party will be held at Prince’s famous studio complex called “Paisley Park” in Minnesota!

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Fans will get a behind the scenes look at Prince’s studio where he recorded many of his most known songs! The livestream can be viewed on mobile devices VIA the Yahoo app or online at: www.yahoo.com/live. The Live Nation Channel just launched on Yahoo! in July and streams a live concert every day so hold onto that link! 🙂

It’s unknown if Prince will perform at his album release party, but never say never! He’s so unpredictable which is a major part of his appeal!

Check out www.ARTOFFICIALAGE.com and www.3RDEYEGIRL.com for official links that will direct you to where you can purchase the albums!

I can’t wait to go to Paisley Park tomorrow! See you there, The Purple One!

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Discover: Nina Nesbitt

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I’m always up for finding a new singer/songwriter and this week I’ve discovered…

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…a new singer/songwriter named Nina Nesbitt

Nina hails from Scotland and she began falling in love with music from an early age. She can play guitar, piano, & flute and she began her career by uploading videos of her singing on YouTube. I can’t say enough how big YouTube is for discovering new amazing artists and bands!

Most people know her for her hit single “Stay Out” that charted in the UK in April 2013 at #21.

Take a listen to “Stay Out” here:

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She has such a relaxed style of music that I really admire! It’s nice to hear something chill every now and again. That’s where my love of singer/songwriters comes in 😀

Nina has released several EP’s and her latest was just released on April 1st! Her latest EP is self-titled and her other 4 EP’s have unique titles of their own.

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That’s a whole lot of EP’s! HAHA

I love her song “Way In The World” and “Boy” is such a beautiful ballad! 🙂 Take a listen to her latest EP when you get a chance!

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Her latest single is called “Selfies” and she actually just released her first solo album in February in the UK. I guess her self-titled EP is to test the market in the US and we wont get her solo album til later 😦

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I have to tell you that Nina is actually one of the most envied girls in the world because she dated Ed Sheeran and has a song written about her on Ed’s new album X! HAHA I know right?! They were both teenagers and Ed was always on the road and she couldn’t handle the long distance. I can’t blame her but now she is the envy of so many women! 🙂

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I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Peroxide and I wish Nina the best in music!

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DJ Paris Hilton makes 2.7 million in 4 days!

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It’s not often when I think of music that Paris Hilton comes to mind…

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…but today it’s totally relevant since she’s making serious bank as a DJ!

Paris has been on tour (yes you read that right!) ON TOUR all over the world as a DJ! She hasn’t been hitting up the festival circuit just yet, but she has been doing many solo shows at high-end nightclubs. Her tour just ended after a whopping 4 months on the road!

The $2.7 MILLION that she made in 4 days happened while she was working at Club Amnesia in everyone’s favorite party destination: Ibiza. I used to never know where Ibiza was up until a couple weeks ago when I asked a coworker who told me it was an island off the coast of Spain! HAHA I hadn’t taken the time to Google that, but I’m glad that I have now located Ibiza!

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When Paris celebrated her global DJ tour, she spared no expense, including spending $230,000 on drinks for her and her friends! That’s one heck of a bar tab! PH reportedly bought 11 bottles each of Patron, Cristal, and Grey Goose. She also splurged on gold bottles of Ace of Spaces champagne…because she could! 😀

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What does the tip for a $230,000 bar tab look like? Well apparently it was $47,000! Let’s just say that she made the bar staff at NYC’s Marquee very happy that night!

So how did Paris Hilton even begin DJing?! Apparently she made her debut as a DJ at the Pop Music Festival in Brazil in June 2012 after she spent time traveling the world and shadowing (observing) some really famous DJs!

Paris has a famous last name that we all recognize from the family that started Hilton Hotels, but not many people know that in 2007, her grandfather Barron donated 97% of his 2.3 billion dollar fortune to charity! Now certainly, Paris is not a pauper, but I just wanted to mention that she doesn’t have to be making night club appearances or DJing to support herself. Then she must really love it, right?!

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Paris is quite the young business woman with an estimated net worth of $100 million at 33 years old! Now I get, I get…she came from money. That is true and even though Papa Barron gave away his billions, doesn’t mean that Paris hasn’t been conformed to a life a luxury since she was born. All I’m saying is that she is very overlooked as a business woman because of her last name.

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She has made more than $1.3 billion in revenue from her fragrance line alone since 2005! She boasts 35 stores, 17 product lines, a racing team, 14 fragrances, and the Paris Hilton Beach Club. Now that’s a lot of branding and shall I just say it has to be way more than Kim Kardashian has even dreamed of.

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Paris’ brands include handbags, clothing, shoes, sunglasses, pet products, stationary, and bedding! And as far as the Beach Club line goes…they built the first one in the Philippines which includes nightclubs, restaurants, bars, gyms, and more! To top it all off, Paris is opening 250 Paris Hilton stores that only carry her products! The plan is to open 200 in China and 50 in India! All I’m saying is that I’m thoroughly impressed by her brand and how important it is to her to expand it every year! It’s quite an accomplishment!

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As far as the music goes, Paris made a little stint as a pop star with the debut album “Paris” in 2006 and she actually will go down in history for having the song of the summer that year with the hit “Stars Are Blind”. Everyone loves that song and is afraid to admit it! HAHA It’s the only guilty pleasure that everyone in the world shares! 😀

I know you wanna take a listen to “Stars Are Blind” again:

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I’m interested in looking up Paris’ DJ sets and hearing what she’s got. Some curious person filmed her hands during a DJ set (she was mixing & everything!) and it turns out she’s actually amping up her skills all the time since everyone is watching!

I’ve never had anything against Paris and think of her as a business woman. She’s the queen of branding and she has done a great job of identifying her market as people who love nightlife…which seems to be a lot of people! I will admit that I laughed my butt off watching her and Nicole Richie’s antics on The Simple Life too!

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I wish Paris the best in her career and I hope that she will be taken seriously!

Paris Hilton performed her DJ debut at the Pop Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil in front of thousands of ecstatic fans

Justin Bieber busted his eardrum!

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I’ve been really concerned about my buddy Justin Bieber recently ever since…

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…he busted his eardrum while cliff diving

On Wednesday, Bieber made a status update on his Facebook page and he said:

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I’ve honestly been worried about Justin, so much so that I listened to his latest collection of songs (“Journals”) in its entirety yesterday to celebrate his beautiful falsetto! That album is his best attempt to be a crooner and I loved it! 😀

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I’m worried that Justin won’t be able to hear in one ear or that he will be able to hear significantly less than he used to before he went cliff diving! 😦

Doctors have been weighing in on this story considering that all Justin’s “Beliebers” are in a tizzy over it! They’re saying that he most likely ruptured his tympanic membrane (AKA his eardrum) upon impact with the water or while he was falling. The surgery for what Justin has is called a “tympanoplasty” and it would involve using a piece of tissue to seal the hole in his ear drum.

The procedure may be simple but any surgery is no laughing matter! Most of the time this kind of surgery goes smoothly and without a hitch, but I’m still concerned that permanent damage is a possibility. Great hearing is essential to being a singer and to having a long career in the music industry no matter what aspect of it that you work in.

Check out one of my favorite songs from Journals:

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I really hope that Justin can make a full recovery because he’s so young (20) and he has a lot a great music left to make for us to enjoy! 😀

Best of luck JB! I’m always in your corner!

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Danity Kane will release new album after all!

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Danity Kane broke up on August 8th, but before I went to bed last night I saw…

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…a status update from lead singer Aubrey O’Day with news from the band!

I was shocked to hear anything about Danity Kane because in my mind they were no longer a band and weren’t going to be. The last two surviving members, Aubrey & Shannon, were devastated that they couldn’t stay together with their former member Dawn Richard for the fans’ sake.

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Read the breakup blog post I wrote here: musicrowgirl.com/danity-kane-broke-up-again/

Their comeback single “Lemonade” was all I thought that I would ever hear from the girl group upon their exit from music, but today Aubrey & Shannon have released a new single called “Rhythm Of Love”!

>>> Take a listen to the new song now: soundcloud.com/danity-kane-rhythm-of-love <<<

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A new song is the least of my concerns with the news from Aubrey and Shannon. There is no word from Dawn which is confusing because they are promoting Danity Kane’s new album that is already recorded! It’s the same album they said would never be released! HAHA I’m so shocked by this!

So Danity Kane will be releasing a new album called “DK3” on October 28th of this year!

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Aubrey O’Day’s statement is: “Shannon and I haven’t given up on you” so they haven’t told about getting back together with Dawn. I’m just thinking that she’s on the album cover and they wouldn’t be 3 without her so I guess it’s back on! 😀

I hope that Dawn knows about the upcoming album release and is taking part in the reunion if the fight is all water under the bridge now!

The tracklist for DK3 is as follows:

Rhythm of Love
Lemonade (feat. Tyga)
All in a Day’s Work
Rage
Tell Me
Two Sides
Secret Lover
Roulette
Pieces
Bye Baby

I’ll keep looking for more news about this, and I can’t wait to hear DK3!

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Music Row fire destroyed businesses!

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On Monday night there was a fire on Music Row that destroyed several businesses…

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…and since I’m Music Row Girl, I have to tell you all about it!

Music Row is better known as 16th and 17th Avenue located in Music City AKA Nashville, Tennessee. There are many music businesses up and down “the row” such as: SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, Warner Music, Warner/Chappell, Sony Music Entertainment, and Great American Country (GAC) just to name a few.

So all the major performing rights organizations (PROs) and 2 of the big 3 record labels call the row home which means you can only imagine how special those streets are considered in the music industry! 😀

Monday night was a true tragedy for the row when a fire broke out in the red barn on 17th Avenue and left no hope for the businesses within to come back to work the next day. Businesses in the barn included: Pura Vida Vintage clothing, Only One Tailoring, Encore Publicity, and the offices of attorneys James Rose, Marshall Snyder, and Michael Mills.

Let’s take a moment to reminisce about the amazing barn it once was:

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According to local news, the fire started in the top floor of the building and is likely to be an electrical fire. Unfortunately there were people in the building when it began a little after 9 pm, but they escaped without major injuries. One person was hospitalized due to smoke inhalation and water & smoke damaged the parts of the building that weren’t engulfed in flames.

The good news is that Pura Vida Vintage only lost 10 of their 40 vintage gowns so that’s better than a total loss for sure!

I better get out to walk the row soon to survey the damage and to check up on it! I like to do that once a week whenever I get the chance 🙂

The Row has been in the news lately because of demolition and big businesses trying to take it right out from under Nashville’s feet. Ben Folds, Keith Urban, and many more prolific songwriters are trying to preserve the originality of Music Row by not letting it get over developed by high rises. Most businesses on the row are in converted houses which gives it a special feeling like no other business district I’ve ever known!

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I’m team #SaveTheRow and I hope you are too! I’m so sorry to the businesses in the barn and I wish you all the best in your endeavors while you await a new place on the row to hold office hours!

God Bless Music Row & I hope that we can save the history that songwriters made there!

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