Justin Timberlake confirms that his wife is pregnant!

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The most amazing news finally broke today when Justin Timberlake confirmed…

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…that his wife Jessica Biel was indeed pregnant with his first child!

I’ve been waiting patiently like everybody else to finally hear that Jessica Biel is pregnant! The rumor mill has been swirling since November about JT’s wife being preggers and today (January 31st) on Justin’s 34th birthday, he confirmed the rumor is true on his Instagram! Check out the photo below…

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“Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets”

Months and months of speculation and it’s so nice that Justin decided to break his silence on his 34th birthday! That’s such a wonderful day to choose to spill the beans! HAHA I’m so glad to finally hear that Mrs. Timberlake is pregnant with Justin’s first daughter…or son!!

The past year was explosive for Justin who toured the globe in support of his comeback album The 20/20 Experience and I’m happy to tell you that I finally got to see him a few days before Christmas! If you want to know just how amazing that show was, check out my concert review here: musicrowgirl.com/parties-with-fans-in-nashville/.

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He was phenomenal on tour and I was so impressed by his showmanship! I have to say that Justin seems like he would be an amazing dad and a great family man. He’s got those southern roots being raised in Memphis, TN and all 😀

Jessica Biel is the envy of many women and now even more of an envy being the one to bear the Timberlake seed! HAHA The happy couple was married on October 19, 2012 in Italy so here we are almost 2 & 1/2 years later with a baby on the way!

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I hope that Justin will sing amazing lullabies to the baby! What a lucky boy or girl that will be! It seems like according to the Instagram caption that J&J will be waiting until the birth of their child to determine whether they need to buy everything blue or everything pink! I’m not sure I agree with that, but after all it makes it much more exciting!

There’s no word on how far along Jessica is, but perhaps we have a spring or a summer baby Timberlake on our hands 🙂

Congratulations Justin & Jessica on your little bun in the oven!!!

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Christina Aguilera is making an album with Pharrell!

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I’m so stinkin’ excited to tell you that Christina Aguilera is back to making music again…

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…and this time it’s with superstar producer, Pharrell Williams!

Christina is my favorite pop princess of the 90s! Everybody was like Britney, Britney, Britney, and so was I, but I actually prefer this diva the most because she’s proven that her voice is never going out and will be around for us to enjoy forever. She’s about the voice and the persona, whereas Britney was about lipsyncing and catchy songs! HAHA You get what I’m saying right?! I’m a sucker for talent, and Miss Aguilera is insanely talented.

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So now let’s fast forward to 2015 where we find Christina post-baby and post-engagement to Matt Rutler! She’s taken time off from her singing career to start a family and now she’s getting back in the studio to make her eighth studio album!

There’s no release date set yet or anything of that nature, but oh my goodness I’m just excited to hear new music from her! 🙂

Christina told Extra TV: “I just have to make sure it’s right, and it’s genuine and it’s heartfelt, and I’m very excited to pour my heart out into this record fully. I’ve been gathering and writing and coming up with these amazing ideas for different parts of how I was feeling the past year, so I’m really excited to vocalize all of it and make it all come together.”

That sounds wonderful and I’m ready to hear how the birth of her first daughter (Summer Rain) will effect her music! Having a baby puts a lot into perspective, I’m sure.

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Christina has been working with Pharrell on the new album which I’m so happy to hear! She told Extra TV: “During my pregnancy, I had a meeting with him and just connected on where I want to take the next album. And we started talking music, and he has one song in particular that I love.”

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I’m the biggest fan of Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics album! I love the double disc, the fact that she sang with a dirty washcloth over the microphone to make herself sound like older recordings did, and the fact that she paid homage to the 50s soul singers that paved the way for her! You’ve gotta check that album out if you haven’t already:

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Christina will be back as a coach on Season 8 of The Voice on February 23rd as well so don’t forget to check that out!!!

Thank you Christina for coming back to music & I can’t wait to hear the new album!

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Enrique Iglesias & others are being sued over ‘Bailando’!

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Just think of the one Latin music song in 2014 that had everyone losing their minds…

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…and I’m sure you came up with Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando”

Everyone who’s anyone knows that “Bailando” was the Latin music showstopper in 2014 and had the whole world dancing and singing along. Well unfortunately I have to tell you that the guys who brought you “Bailando”…Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, and Gente De Zona…are being sued over the song that made them famous-er & richer!

It’s not hard to believe that when a song becomes huge & legendary that someone or some band will come after you in court to claim that it was all their idea, but I didn’t see this coming at all for “Bailando”. It’s such an amazing song! I cannot stress that enough!

You’ve gotta go for the Spanish version! Press play:

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That song never gets old for me and I’m not sure that it ever will! Just had to get that off my chest everybody 😀

So as far as the lawsuit goes, Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno, and Gente De Zona were sued for copyright infringement by Cristian Mauricio Escuti and German Schulz.

Cristian and German live in South Florida and filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Miami on Monday (January 26th). They’re claiming that the song is ripping off their song “Quiero Bailar Contigo” because as their lawyer William Trueba states: “The chorus line in our clients’ song is very similar to the chorus in ‘Bailando.’ The music and lyrics are similar.”

Substantial similarity is of course what is needed to be proven in a court of law in order for this case to be won for Cristian and German. They will collect “damages” AKA money for their suffering caused by the other party if they win, but usually these matters over copyright infringement for songs are settled outside of court for undisclosed amount of money. Hopefully this case will be no different and Enrique will write a check for umpteen thousands of dollars, but only time will tell.

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The track has not been officially released yet so I have no song to play you as a comparison, but the fact that the song is called “Quiero Bailar Contigo” gives me the idea that it’s insanely similar since the lyrics to the chorus of “Bailando” are as follows: “Yo quiero estar contigo, vivir contigo, bailar contigo…”

Translation = “I want to be with you, to live with you, to dance with you…”

“Quiero Bailar Contigo” was recorded in May 2009, but the copyright was not registered until April 2014 coincidentally when “Bailando” was released.

Enrique and Descemer have spoken at length in interviews at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami about how they wrote “Bailando”, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t substantial similarity between both songs.

The song was a #1 for Enrique for 39 weeks on the Latin chart which is such an amazing feat! 39 weeks?! Last time I checked that would be 13 weeks less than 1 year!

I really hope that they can settle outside of court & long live Bailando!!!

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Lil Wayne is suing Cash Money for $51 million!

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I’ve been hearing for a little while that Lil Wayne is allegedly suing his record label…

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…and I can’t believe what I’m hearing!

The thing that makes me scratch my head the most about this is how I was under the impression that Lil Wayne owned “Cash Money” which is the record label he’s allegedly suing! I don’t know what CEO sues their own company, but apparently Wayne is not the CEO of Cash Money…Bryan “Birdman” Williams is!

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Birdman is the guy I know is behind the scenes at Cash Money, but it seems like that’s for good reason since he’s the CEO. Lil Wayne is just an artist signed to the record label and that’s a good thing to know because I honestly thought he was running the whole show over there! HAHA

Cash Money includes an incredible hip hop roster of…you guessed it: Lil Wayne and his unbelievable protégés:

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Why is Lil Wayne suing the label he’s signed to for a whopping $51 million?! I’m glad you asked! As it turns out, Weezy is suing Cash Money for withholding a substantial amount of money from him from his new album “Tha Carter V” that hasn’t been released yet.

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Because Cash Money hasn’t coughed up the cash, Lil Wayne feels like since they haven’t paid him what he’s owed so far for Tha Carter V…he should be able to leave the label!

Severing a contract is not easy to do, but it’s apparent that Weezy is ticked at Birdman and wants the judge to declare him the joint copyright holder of everything…including songs by Drake and Nicki Minaj! That must be where the $51 million comes from!

In December, Lil Wayne tweeted: “I want off this label” and probably because Tha Carter V was due to be released in May, was pushed back to December, and still hasn’t been released yet!

Wayne released a new mixtape called “Sorry 4 the Wait 2” last week in which he rapped the following: ‘Did my time at Cash Money, time served and released. But this agent ain’t free, word, that’s the word on these streets.’

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You tell me, but I think Wayne is ready to move on and if I were Birdman, I would feel threatened because Drake & Nicki are like his kids and they might follow him out!

You can get “Sorry 4 the Wait 2” on DatPiff: datpiff.com/Lil-Wayne-Sorry-4-The-Wait-2

I’m worried for the future of Cash Money and this fight is getting uglier by the minute! I hope that Tha Carter V will be released soon and hopeful diffuse the lawsuit that Weezy is imposing. I really don’t want him to breakup with Cash Money because he’s built them such an empire and I’m worried that Drake & Nicki won’t stay if he goes 😦

Keep your cool Lil Wayne…and Cash Money, it’s time to pay up!

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Tom DeLonge quit Blink-182!

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There’s big news going around today that a founding member of punk band Blink 182…

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…has quit the band for good!

The man in the middle there is Tom DeLonge and I’m hearing so many different stories regarding his split from the band that put him on the map. To the right of him is Mark Hoppus and to the left is of course one of the most celebrated drummers in the world: Travis Barker.

Blink-182 was a band that really forged the way for Punk music to be popular and widely accepted & enjoyed. The band was formed in Poway, California in 1992 and went on to more than 35 million albums worldwide!

Everyone knows them for their famous hit “All The Small Things”:

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The news of Tom’s departure comes as a surprise to many including his two bandmates!

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mark Hoppus said: “We booked Jan. 5 to go into the studio. On Dec. 30, we get an e-mail from Tom’s manager saying that he has no interest in recording and that he wants to do his other, non-musical stuff and that he’s out indefinitely. There’s a flurry of e-mails going back and forth for clarification about the recording and the show and his manager sends [an e-mail] back saying, ‘Tom. Is. Out.’ Direct quote. This is the exact same e-mail we got back in 2004 when Tom went on indefinite hiatus before.”

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I’d be upset to hear that a band member was disinterested in making music in the studio just less than a week before we were set to go in and record! What a bummer!!!

Tom is being painted as “flaky” by his bandmates, but we mustn’t forget that there are two sides to every story.

In an post to Facebook, Tom said: “…even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.”

An email through your manager seems very impersonal to me and that is perhaps what is upsetting to Blink’s fans the most, second to his departure of course. Their communication is strained and Tom even referred to them as “dysfunctional”.

Travis Barker claims that the band only reunited for its 2011 album “Neighborhoods” because of his plane crash: “When we did get back together after my plane crash, we only got back together, I don’t know, maybe because I almost died. But he didn’t even listen to mixes or masterings from that record. He didn’t even care about it. Why Blink even got back together in the first place is questionable.”

Those must be some hurtful words to hear for Tom. I can remember that day like yesterday when I heard about Travis’ plane crash. It happened just before midnight on September 19th, 2008 and resulted in Travis surviving with severe burn wounds, but his friend known as “DJ AM” didn’t make it through recovery.

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He will always be missed!

As for the future of Blink-182 in 2015, Mark and Travis are going to play Musink Festival in Costa Mesa, California with Alkaline Trio guitarist/singer Matt Skiba replacing Tom!

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Blink-182 wants to keep their name and keep doing music so I’m going to support them even in Tom’s absence. Perhaps Matt Skiba can lend his voice/guitar to the new recordings and to the live shows.

Well, Tom…it’s sad to see you go, but the show must go on!

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Music Row prepares to welcome Virgin Hotel!

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Just when you thought Nashville wasn’t getting more cool, you’re wrong because…

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…the mecca of the city’s music business is getting a Virgin Hotel!

I don’t know how I didn’t look into the location of this amazing new hotel before, but I did hear the amazing news that billionaire Richard Branson was expanding his Virgin hotel chain to Nashville about a year ago! However I had never really looked into it much since then and now I’m hearing that the hotel is going to be on Music Row!

What an exciting way to get more business to the Row, more attention from tourists, and a nicer option to stay than say the Best Western: Music Row if you want a fancier resort feel, which I know would be my choice if it were given 🙂

No hate at all to the Best Western because sometimes…

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There’s a big crater across the street from a building I’m quite familiar with which is Belmont University’s Curb College facility and I wish there would have been a sign a few months ago letting me know that the Virgin Nashville hotel would take its place there. Google Earth’s images are too old to see that crater, but just trust me when I say it will be on 16th Avenue about a block and a half away from the traffic circle on the left hand side of the road. The traffic circle is all the way down the Row and with the speed limit at 35 mph, I don’t want you to be driving too slow like tourists HAHA You’re welcome 😀

Richard Branson is one of my favorite people in the world so I’m tickled to death that he chose Nashville as a city he felt was necessary to invest in. That makes me so happy!

I only show you this picture to point out that Richard developed…

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The hotel’s address will be One Music Row which is quite fabulous if you ask me! HAHA The hotel is going to have 240 rooms and is planned to include 15 penthouse residential units! Then of course there will be a live music venue, a recording studio, and a rooftop pool!

There is one Virgin Hotel up and running now and that’s the one in Chicago that was just opened on January 15th! Check out a review from a couple that stayed in the hotel and they’ve got great pictures too: hotelchatter.com/Sleeping_with_The_Virgin_Hotel.

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Nashville’s Virgin hotel is scheduled to open in fall 2016 and will of course be the second Virgin hotel in the world in front of New York City’s which won’t be open mid 2017! I feel happy that we beat out New York! 😀

The official renderings for Virgin Nashville have been revealed today:

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I think it looks awesome & I hope to plan a “staycation” there soon!

Thank you Richard Branson for investing in Nashville & welcome to Music Row!

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Discover: Erik Edmonds

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This singer-songwriter sent a message to my Facebook page about being featured…

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…so without further ado, this is Erik Edmonds

Erik is such a nice guy and his music reflects that. He’s an acoustic singer-songwriter and his music is so relaxed, dare I say “chill”. He’s got some lovely acoustic love songs and he’s in good company with other artists like John Mayer & Jason Mraz who make a killing with those kinds of songs 🙂

Take a listen to him sing an original song called “Your Song” here:

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Erik was kind enough to answer some questions for us, so here we go:

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1) When did you first find yourself interested in music?

“I’ve been interested in music since I was about 5 or 6. I started playing piano at 8, and the rest is history. I decided to make my own music after hearing James Morrison’s Undiscovered in 2009 or 2010, but I didn’t start performing publicly until about 2013.”

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2) How long have you been pursuing a career in music?

“I’ve been actively playing music for maybe over a year, and I think considering how short of time I’ve been doing it, I’ve been really fortunate in opportunities.”

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3) What is your hometown?

“I was born in Chicago, but when I was younger I moved to Decatur, Illinois. Chicago will always be my hometown though.”

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What a remarkable city! I’ve visited it several times!

4) Were you ever in any bands?

“Nope! Never wanted to deal with anyone’s egos, and I play guitar, piano, sing, and write my own music so I don’t really need a band unless it’s just a backing band for touring.”

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I can’t blame him! Not everyone can handle working with 3-5 Johnny Bravos! 😀

5) What do you wish to accomplish with your music?

“I’d like to say I have pretty lofty goals, but I want to be able to independently sell 50,000 records within a reasonable time frame. I’ve sold over 100 without even recording in a studio so I think it’s possible if I work had enough.”

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6) How would you describe your sound?

“This may be the question I get the most. I’d probably describe it as adult pop, similar to James Morrison, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, or Jason Mraz.”

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James + Ed + John + Jason = The Kings of Acoustic

What’s Erik up to now? Well he just released 2 tracks for sale on his Bandcamp page on January 13th! So for the small token of $2 you can purchase “My Best Friend” and “Your Song” right here: erikedmonds.bandcamp.com.

Like his Facebook page for weekly updates: facebook.com/ErikEdmonds and check out his SoundCloud page to hear his song “Say Goodbye”: soundcloud.com/erik-edmonds.

Congratulations Erik on your music career & let’s see 50,000 albums sold!

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