Robin Thicke surprises students with performance!

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Robin Thicke was already dreamy to me before I knew that…

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…he just surprised students with a performance yesterday!

Robin showed up at Viacom’s Times Square headquarters yesterday afternoon to surprise students & dontate to VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

Save The Music has been around since 1997 to confirm that music is kept as a core curriculum in schools all across the country, a noble cause if you ask me!

Just look at the accomplishments they have so far…

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…according to VH1SaveTheMusic.org

2.6 million children have directly benefited?! I’d say that’s a phenomenal accomplishment, if you ask me! I love that their goal is to keep music in schools in order to foster the growth of potential contributors to the future of music!

Some very veryyy lucky students from East Quogue Elementary School were given a treat yesterday in NYC when Robin Thicke came to perform some of his hits (“Dreamworld” and “Magic”) and the gift of a $10,000 piano to the school!

There was even a sweet Q&A session for the students!

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Robin, why are you so handsome?

Robin said to the crowd: “I can’t imagine what my life would’ve looked like without music, so it’s important for me to pay it forward by supporting ways to keep music in schools.”

Paul Cothran, the VP of Save The Music Foundation said: “We are so proud to have Robin Thicke as an ambassador. His generosity and continued support of VH1 Save The Music make him not only a great musician, but an outstanding role model and advocate for music education.”

I love that Robin is a great supporter of Save The Music, as if I could love him more! HAHA Speaking of LOVE, have you heard his brand new single “Back Together” featuring Nicki Minaj, yet?!

Take a minute and listen to that funky new jam 😀

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I think Robin is THE man and I’ve been getting into his music a lot more lately. There’s nothing but love for my modern days Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra…as if you needed that) and I’m so happy that a lawsuit and a divorce isn’t holding him back from music!

If you’re interested in a Meet & Greet with RT, go bid on it for charity on Charitybuzz here:

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Estimated Value = $5,000  PRICELESS!

I’m so excited for a new album and I can’t wait to see Robin on tour for the first time! I think I’m going to faint…Dear gracious!

Thank you Robin for saving the music & come see me in Nashville soon!

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The Judds reunite for Vegas residency!

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Who would’ve ever thought that The Judds would reunite?

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Not only is it true, but it’s happening in Las Vegas!

One of the most famous mother daughter duos of all-time is going back on tour, y’all! I was so surprised to hear that The Judds (Naomi & Wynonna) are hitting the road, but this time it’s not a cross-country US tour! It’s a residency in Las Vegas!

That’s right! The Judds are taking their ride off into the sunset with a Vegas residency! I actually think that’s a wise thing to do seeing as many country acts are jumping on the residency bandwagon recently as country music fans become more widespread than ever!

The ladies went on tour last in 2010 & 2011 but that didn’t turn out to be the last hurrah that fans thought it was since they are headed to Vegas!

As a rule of thumb, I would keep hope alive that when one of your favorite bands breaks up…they will eventually get back together to try and monetize their career one last time!

Even O-Town did it!

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My point has been made 😀

The ladies will have their residency at the Venetian Hotel & Casino and it will be called The Judds: Girls Night Out. They are starting out with 9 shows to test the market and then more shows will be scheduled from there.

The Venetian is no stranger to country as they’ve previously hosted Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul engagement! That’s what I call a Vegas hotel that is not afraid to be country strong! HAHA

Wynonna said in a statement: “Over the years people have asked me about a Judds reunion and I have always said the door is open. When this opportunity was presented to me, I looked at it as an incredible chance to celebrate my mom. I have a new album coming out soon and this is the perfect way to honor the roots that gave me the wings to fly.”

Wynonna is one of the most talented singers I know and I’m happy that she decided to celebrate her mom! The two are famous for their tumultuous relationship so it’s great to hear that they are putting water under the bridge for one last reunion.

The residency begins on October 7th and runs through October 24th! See the official dates and get your tickets here: [venetian.com/entertainment/shows/the-judds]

Congrats to Naomi & Wynonna on your residency and go make Nashville proud!

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Dixie Chicks are back in 2016!

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Howdy y’all! I just wanted to make sure you were aware that…

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…the Dixie Chicks are reuniting in 2016!

Sorry guys that I haven’t written in 12 days! I know! It’s horrid! HAHA I’ve just been busy dizzy and my laptop charger for my MacBook got so frayed that it no longer could charge my computer. I’ve got the charger back and I’m looking forward to getting my mojo back as well.

Even as I’ve read through music news on my phone over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been unimpressed with the lack of excitement in the press. Yeah you’ve had a special guest every night at Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, but what about the reunions, the new albums, and the new tours?!

Well, the Dixie Chicks have heard my cry because they just announced that they will be reuniting next year for their first full tour since 2006! By the time they get on the road next year, this will be their first tour in…

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A decade is a long time to not be together. I mean if you think about it, how often do you think you could breakup with someone and then 10 years from now give it another go? But no matter the odds, I’m just happy that they FINALLY decided to get back together.

Now I don’t really know the full extent of their reunion so far, but the last full album they recorded together as a band happened in 2006 as well. Taking The Long Way was one of the best albums I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to! It’s spectacular!

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I’ve always had a special place in my musical heart for the Chicks because their concert was the first concert I ever attended when I was 12 years old! My cousin had extra tickets and we were front row!

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You knew I would have been in the front row, didn’t you?! 😀

I didn’t know 1 song, 1 album, or 1 name of the group members before I went to the show and I walked away a super fan! They were flawless and made it look effortless. Each of the three girls played instruments and sang which was impressive to me. They weren’t a gimmick or being marketed for their good looks. They had the most exquisite harmonies when they sang and they had raw talent!

2003 was the most defining year for the band when they were black-balled by Americans because their lead singer, Natalie Maines, said to the audience at their London concert: “We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

Dixie Chicks CD’s were thrown away, run over by tractors, and burnt! I’m not even kiddin’ yah! It was a crazy time when we realized that freedom of speech wasn’t being recognized or upheld.

Take a look at their documentary for more…

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Shut Up & Sing!

I’m pretty excited for this reunion shindig and I can’t for what’s next! I have to tell you that only a tour of Europe is in the works which is a big bummer to me, but I’m hopeful that even if a new album isn’t released that a US tour should follow! Those dates run from April 16th to May 4th so I think there’s hope that a summer tour in the states should happen! I’m crossing my fingers, that’s for sure!

Congrats to the Chicks & don’t give up on a US leg of your 2016 tour! See yah soon!

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Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, & Joe Perry made a band!

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I haven’t met anybody who isn’t a fan of rock n roll and today…

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…I’ve learned that some rockers & a famous actor are a band!

That’s right! Johnny Depp has joined a band and stopped just randomly playing guitar for whoever would let him HAHA His interest is apparently that high!

Johnny is joining Alice Cooper, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), and Duff McKagan & Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses) now to form an all new band called:

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Hollywood Vampires is a supergroup, that’s for sure and today they’ve announced their first tour dates! Those shows will take place at the Roxy in LA on September 16th & 17th! The tickets are going to go on sale this Friday, August 14th VIA Ticketfly.

>>> Get your tickets here: [ticketfly.com/hollywood+vampires] <<<

I have to say that this band should be able to rock the house down! You’ve got a dynamic singer in Alice, a talented guitarist in Joe, a handsome devil in Johnny Depp, an amazing bassist in Duff, and a seasoned drummer in Matt! This might be a band that can get off the ground and I’m sure will sell out shows for the sheer fact that women flock from all over the world to see Johnny Depp in person! I don’t see the fascination, but maybe you do?

Captain Jack Guitar Solo? Okay, I give up! 😀

The only other live date I know about is September 24th at Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival! So if you would travel to Brazil to see Johnny Depp, go right ahead!

Hollywood Vampires’ self-titled debut album will be released on September 11th with features from Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and many more!

I’m all for this band and I don’t think it’s cheesy! I think it’s EPIC AWESOMENESS!!!

Congrats to you, Hollywood Vampires and ROCK ON!

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Drake has the first platinum album of 2015!

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Drake is a staple in my music life and I’m proud to say that today…

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…he now has the first platinum album of the year!

Y’all know I’m a Drake fan and he’s the most influential rapper of the past 5 years without a doubt, but did you know that he’s also become the first artist to score a platinum album in 2015?

Well, now you know because he’s done just that with his album, more like mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late!!!

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I’m so proud of Drake (always have been and always will be) and I’ve got to say that his album is well deserving to take the prize!

“Platinum” of course means 1 million albums sold and that prize was claimed by Drake AKA Mr. Aubrey Graham himself yesterday when the numbers came in.

The last platinum album was clenched in November 2014 and belonged to Taylor Swift! You all know how HUGE 1989 was/is! I still can’t get over it!

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What’s pretty cool about this news is that this is Drake’s 4th platinum album in a row! I’ve gotta hand it to him! He’s on fire 😀

Drake is planning to release Views from the 6, his highly anticipated new album later this year and I’m sure that one will go platinum too! HAHA I mean, why not?!

As for the future of music, the sales of music seem to lessen majorly as Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music streaming services become the new norm. Tickets to concert tours have become the latest stream for income although I would like to see revenue paid to songwriters for the music as well, wouldn’t we all?

Regardless of future album sales, Congrats Drake on your success!

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Grace Potter is going solo!

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I hope you’re a Grace Potter fan because today…

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…I need to talk about how she’s going solo!

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t even know that Grace was going solo from her band “Grace Potter & The Nocturnals”. I didn’t know that was a thing AND I bought concert tickets to see her over 2 months ago!

Shows how observant I am that when I bought tickets for Grace Potter and I saw it advertised without The Nocturnals, I didn’t think much of it except that it was strange that only her name was listed! HAHA

Welp, now that I’m seeing new music releases for this Friday, August 14th, and one of them being Grace’s first ever solo album in her career, I know! 😀

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She’s solo and is taking a different direction from her band. I’ve followed her for years and was lucky enough to see not just one but BOTH sold-out shows she played with The Nocturnals at The Ryman! They were ELECTRIC! October 2012 was an earth-shattering month in my music-loving life as Grace and the boys renewed my faith in music and its creators. They were phenomenal and I’m so glad I got to see both nights!

So yes, this Friday is time for an all new sound from Grace Potter (Pop music instead of Southern Rock) and then an all new album!

I’m so ready to hear the whole album and I hope it’s just as dynamic as her previous work with the band!

Grace is going to be playing at Nashville’s brand new Ascend Amphitheater on October 10th so get you’re tickets y’all and come say hey!

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Just so yah know, Grace had every intention of making this album with The Nocturnals but they decided that this project was too far out of their classic sound so they let her go solo. Having said that, I don’t feel like there is any bad blood between them and they will be back together as a band, so I would hope 🙂

Don’t count me out just yet guys! It’s just been a busy time of my life with vacations and family time. I’m still a writer and a music lover every day…I’m just busier than Beyonce’s PR team who may or may not be still trying to take down her unflattering photo from the Superbowl halftime show. That’s the truth and I swear I’m gonna find time to squeeze my writing in, for sure!

Congrats Grace on your solo album & I can’t wait to see you soon!

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Calvin Harris releases a new music video!

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I love EDM as you all know and today Calvin Harris released…

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…a brand new music video!

Calvin just released the song “How Deep Is Your Love” on July 17th and I think it’s safe to say that the beat is sick, yet again!

There’s something about Calvin that peaks my curiosity and that’s not just because he bears the same name as my dad…HAHA…he also has my attention for having, what is in my opinion, some of the most beautiful EDM music out there. His instrumentals are insane! Absolutely mesmerizing!

The video for “How Deep Is Your Love” was just released on TIDAL, but it has been pinging around on the internet as well. Calvin had the star of the video as 20 year old, budding supermodel:

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Famous for her striking face & famous friends (i.e. Taylor Swift)

Speaking of Taylor, as you know unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Calvin Harris & Taylor Swift are sittin’ in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G! So you mean they’re dating?! Yes, friends. Yes I do 😀

What I like the most about this song other than the beats is the singer! Who is unfortunately uncredited on the song, but after doing some digging, I found out that it’s Ina Wroldsen.

She’s got a nice voice for techno & EDM!

Without further ado, checkout the music video here: How Deep Is Your Love

That’s the best I can do for now since the video was released exclusively on TIDAL, but as for what I think of it…I’m gonna say WAYYY too much Gigi Hadid and not enough context in the video. I like her and him, but I think it was just too centered around her for my taste.

And we all know who the real girl for Calvin is:

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That’s my girl, Taylor! 🙂

Welp, I’m excited to see Calvin Harris out with new music and a new music video nonetheless. I thought his last album “Motion” was brilliant and the collaborations he made were unforgettable!

Congrats Calvin on your new music video & say hello to Taylor for me!

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