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    Date: Aug 08, 2023
    Posted By: Roula Lynch

A judge sentenced rapper Tory Lanez to 10 years in prison Tuesday for shooting and wounding hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion in the feet, bringing a conclusion to a three-year legal and cultural saga that saw two careers, and lives, thrown into turmoil.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Herriford handed down the sentence to the 31-year-old Lanez, who was convicted in December of three felonies: assault with a semiautomatic firearm; having a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.

From the initial incident in the Hollywood Hills in July of 2020, to the marathon two-day sentencing hearing, the case created a firestorm in the hip-hop community, churning up issues including the reluctance of Black victims to speak to police, gender politics in hip-hop, online toxicity, protecting Black women and the ramifications of misogynoir, a particular brand of misogyny Black women experience.

Herriford said it was difficult to reconcile the portrait Lanezs friends and family painted during the hearing of a kind, charitable person and good father to a 6-year-old son with the person who fired the gun at Megan.

Sometimes good people do bad things, Herriford said. Actions have consequences, and there are no winners in this case.

Megan testified during the trial that Lanez fired the gun at the back of her feet and shouted for her to dance as she walked away from an SUV in which they had been riding, after leaving a pool party at Kylie Jenners home. She had to have surgery to remove bullet fragments. She revealed who had fired the gun only months later.

Since I was viciously shot by the defendant, I have not experienced a single day of peace, Megan said in a statement read in court by a prosecutor on Monday. Slowly but surely, Im healing and coming back, but I will never be the same.

Lanez asked Herriford for mercy just before the judge delivered his sentence, requesting either probation or a minimal prison sentence.

If I could turn back the series of events that night and change them, I would, Lanez continued. The victim was my friend. The victim is someone I still care for to this day.

He added, Everything I did wrong that night, I take full responsibility for.

Lanez appeared stunned while the sentence was read, but had no audible reaction. His family and fans in the courtroom also remained quiet after the sentence.

The rapper was given about 10 months of credit for time hes served, most of it spent in jail since his conviction in December.

Were extremely disappointed, Lanezs lead attorney Jose Baez said outside the courthouse. I have seen vehicular homicide and other cases where theres death, and the defendant still gets less than 10 years.

Baez called the sentence really just another example of someone being punished for their celebrity status and someone being utilized to set an example. And hes not an example. Hes a human being.

Lanezs lawyers plan to appeal the verdict, and to attempt to have him released on bail while they do.

Megan, whose legal name is Megan Pete, was repeatedly praised by prosecutors for her courage in testifying during the case and enduring online campaigns of hatred directed at her.

I hope that Miss Petes bravery gives hope to those who feel helpless, said Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon of Megan at a news conference after the sentencing.

Prosecutors had sought a 13-year prison sentence. Legally, Lanez had been eligible for up to 22.

During Mondays session, Lanezs father, Sonstar Peterson, choked back tears as he talked about how the rappers mother died when he was 11, just days after she first showed symptoms of the rare blood disorder that would lead to her death.

I dont think anybody ever gets over that, he said of their youngest child, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson. But his music became his outlet.

Lanez began releasing mixtapes in 2009 and saw a steady rise in popularity, moving on to major-label albums. His last two reached the top 10 on Billboards charts.

Megan Thee Stallion, now 28, was already a major rising star at the time of the shooting, and her prominence has surged since. She won a Grammy for best new artist in 2021, and she had No. 1 singles with Savage, featuring Beyonce, and as a guest on Cardi Bs WAP.

The elder Peterson, who is a Christian minister, was one of several people who gave statements on Lanezs character and charitable giving -- as did the mother of Lanezs son. Dozens more wrote letters to Herriford, including rapper Iggy Azalea, who asked the judge to hand down a sentence that was transformative, not life-destroying.

Herriford said Lanezs 6-year-old also sent in a handwritten letter, but the judge did not describe it further.

Lanezs family and supporters have packed the courtroom; during the trial, they contended his prosecution was unjustly brought on by Megan and powerful figures in music. After the verdict was read in December, Lanezs father denounced the wicked system that led to his sons conviction; on Monday, Sonstar Peterson apologized to Herriford for the outburst.

The judge had handed several small victories to each side during the sentencing hearing.

He found that Megan, who was in an isolated area wearing only a bathing suit with no shoes, was an especially vulnerable victim when she was shot, but that Lanez was not overly cruel or callous in firing at her.

The judge found that Lanez posed no threat to public safety and that his lack of a criminal record should work in his favor.

Lanezs lawyers argued that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from his mothers death and other childhood difficulties. That stress led to serious alcohol abuse as an adult, they said.

But the judge agreed with prosecutors that those mental illnesses should not be considered in the sentencing, and in the end gave prosecutors most of what they wanted.

Under California law, Lanez was only allowed probation in the case if the judge found unusual circumstances.

The judge found that the case was only unusual because of the two famous people involved, which he said was not a factor.

He should not be treated severely because hes a celebrity, Hereford said, nor should he be treated with leniency because hes a celebrity.


    Date: May 24, 2023
    Posted By: Roula Lynch

Tina Turner, the unstoppable singer and stage performer who teamed with husband Ike Turner for a dynamic run of hit records and live shows in the 1960s and `70s and survived her horrifying marriage to triumph in middle age with the chart-topping Whats Love Got to Do With It, has died at 83.

Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.

Few stars travelled so far -- she was born Anna Mae Bullock in a segregated Tennessee hospital and spent her latter years on a 260,000 square foot estate on Lake Zurich -- and overcame so much. Physically battered, emotionally devastated and financially ruined by her 20-year relationship with Ike Turner, she became a superstar on her own in her 40s, at a time when most of her peers were on their way down, and remained a top concert draw for years after.

How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world? Angela Bassett, who played Turner in the 1993 biopic Whats Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement.

Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her, Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.

With admirers ranging from Mick Jagger to Beyonce to Mariah Carey, the Queen of Rock n Roll was one of the worlds most popular entertainers, known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favourites: Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, River Deep, Mountain High, and the hits she had in the 80s, among them Whats Love Got to Do with It, We Dont Need Another Hero and a cover of Al Greens Lets Stay Together.

Her trademarks included a growling contralto that might smoulder or explode, her bold smile and strong cheekbones, her palette of wigs and the muscular, quick-stepping legs she did not shy from showing off. She sold more than 150 million records worldwide, won 12 Grammys, was voted along with Ike into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 (and on her own in 2021 ) and was honoured at the Kennedy Center in 2005, with Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey among those praising her. Her life became the basis for a film, a Broadway musical and an HBO documentary in 2021 that she called her public farewell.

Until she left her husband and revealed their back story, she was known as the voracious on-stage foil of the steady-going Ike, the leading lady of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Ike was billed first and ran the show, choosing the material, the arrangements, the backing singers. They toured constantly for years, in part because Ike was often short on money and unwilling to miss a concert. Tina Turner was forced to go on with bronchitis, with pneumonia, with a collapsed right lung.

Other times, the cause of her misfortunes was Ike himself.

As she recounted in her memoir, I, Tina, Ike began hitting her not long after they met, in the mid-1950s, and only grew more vicious. Provoked by anything and anyone, he would throw hot coffee in her face, choke her, or beat her until her eyes were swollen shut, then rape her. Before one show, he broke her jaw and she went on stage with her mouth full of blood.

Terrified both of being with Ike and of lasting without him, she credited her emerging Buddhist faith in the mid-1970s with giving her a sense of strength and self-worth and she finally left in early July 1976. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue was scheduled to open a tour marking the countrys bicentennial when Tina snuck out of their Dallas hotel room, with just a Mobil credit card and 36 cents, while Ike slept. She hurried across a nearby highway, narrowly avoiding a speeding truck, and found another hotel.

I looked at him (Ike) and thought, `You just beat me for the last time, you sucker, she recalled in her memoir.

Turner was among the first celebrities to speak candidly about domestic abuse, becoming a heroine to battered women and a symbol of resilience to all. Ike Turner did not deny mistreating her, although he tried to blame Tina for their troubles. When he died, in 2007, a representative for his ex-wife said simply: Tina is aware that Ike passed away.

Ike and Tina fans knew little of this during the couples prime. The Turners were a hot act for much of the 1960s and into the 70s, evolving from bluesy ballads such as A Fool in Love and Its Going to Work Out Fine to flashy covers of Proud Mary and Come Together and other rock songs that brought them crossover success.

They opened for the Rolling Stones in 1966 and 1969, and were seen performing a lustful version of Otis Reddings Ive Been Loving You Too Long in the 1970 Stones documentary Gimme Shelter. Bassett and Laurence Fishburne gave Oscar-nominated performances in Whats Love Got to Do with It, based on I, Tina, but she would say that reliving her years with Ike was so painful she couldnt bring herself to watch the movie.

Ike and Tinas reworking of Proud Mary, originally a tight, mid-tempo hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival, helped define their sexual aura. Against a background of funky guitar and Ikes crooning baritone, Tina began with a few spoken words about how some people wanted to hear songs that were nice and easy.

But theres this one thing, she warned, you see, we never ever do nothing nice and easy.

We always do it nice -- and rough.

But by the end of the 1970s, Turners career seemed finished. She was 40 years old, her first solo album had flopped and her live shows were mostly confined to the cabaret circuit. Desperate for work, and money, she even agreed to tour in South Africa when the country was widely boycotted because of its racist apartheid regime.

Rock stars helped bring her back. Rod Stewart convinced her to sing Hot Legs with him on Saturday Night Live and Jagger, who had openly borrowed some of Turners on-stage moves, sang Honky Tonk Women with her during the Stones 1981-82 tour. At a listening party for his 1983 album Lets Dance, David Bowie told guests that Turner was his favourite singer.

She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous, Jagger tweeted Wednesday. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.

More popular in England at the time than in the U.S., she recorded a raspy version of Lets Stay Together at EMIs Abbey Road studios in London. By the end of 1983, Lets Stay Together was a hit throughout Europe and on the verge of breaking in the states. An A&R man at Capitol Records, John Carter, urged the label to sign her up and make an album. Among the material presented was a reflective pop-reggae ballad co-written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle and initially dismissed by Tina as wimpy.

I just thought it was some old pop song, and I didnt like it, she later said of Whats Love Got To Do With It.

Turners Private Dancer album came out in May 1984, sold more than eight million copies and featured several hit singles, including the title song and Better Be Good To Me. It won four Grammys, among them record of the year for Whats Love Got to Do With It, the song that came to define the clear-eyed image of her post-Ike years.

People look at me now and think what a hot life I must have lived -- ha! she wrote in her memoir.

Even with Ike, it was hard to mistake her for a romantic. Her voice was never pretty, and love songs were never her specialty, in part because she had little experience to draw from. She was born in Nutbush, Tennessee in 1939 and would say she received no love from either her mother or father. After her parents separated, she moved often around Tennessee and Missouri, living with various relatives. She was outgoing, loved to sing and as a teenager would check out the blues clubs in St. Louis, where one of the top draws was Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm. Tina didnt care much for his looks the first time she saw him, at the Club Manhattan.

Then he got up onstage and picked up his guitar, she wrote in her memoir. He hit one note, and I thought, `Jesus, listen to this guy play.

Tina soon made her move. During intermission at an Ike Turner show at the nearby Club DLisa, Ike was alone on stage, playing a blues melody on the keyboards. Tina recognized the song, B.B. Kings You Know I Love You, grabbed a microphone and sang along. As Tina remembered, a stunned Ike called out Giirrlll!! and demanded to know what else she could perform. Over her mothers objections, she agreed to join his group. He changed her first name to Tina, inspired by the comic book heroine Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, and changed her last name by marrying her, in 1962.

In rare moments of leniency from Ike, Tina did enjoy success on her own. She added a roaring lead vocal to Phil Spectors titanic production of River Deep, Mountain High, a flop in the U.S. when released in 1966, but a hit overseas and eventually a standard. She was also featured as the Acid Queen in the 1975 film version of the Whos rock opera Tommy. More recent film work included Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and a cameo in Whats Love Got to Do with It.

Turner had two sons: Craig, with saxophonist Raymond Hill; and Ronald, with Ike Turner. (Craig Turner was found dead in 2018 of an apparent suicide). In a memoir published later in 2018, Tina Turner: My Love Story, she revealed that she had received a kidney transplant from her second husband, former EMI record executive Erwin Bach.

Turners life seemed an argument against marriage, but her life with Bach was a love story the younger Tina would not have believed possible. They met in the mid-1980s, when she flew to Germany for record promotion and he picked her up at the airport. He was more than a decade younger than her -- the prettiest face, she said of him in the HBO documentary -- and the attraction was mutual. She wed Bach in 2013, exchanging vows at a civil ceremony in Switzerland.

Its that happiness that people talk about, Turner told the press at the time, when you wish for nothing, when you can finally take a deep breath and say, `Everything is good.


    Date: Feb 08, 2023
    Posted By: Roula Lynch
Beyoncé made history at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 5), becoming the artist with the most awards in Grammy history. This year, the star won four awards, including two in the dance/electronic category.

Diplo, who was also up for best dance/electronic recording and best dance/electronic music album at the ceremony, took to Instagram on Tuesday (Feb. 7) to reflect on dance music and Bey’s wins.

The DJ thanked the dance music community for “being my purpose in this life and shaping my career,” adding that the genre “has and will be the most Inclusive music of our generation,” with fans of different races, sexualities, socioeconomic backgrounds and ages all over the world. “You don’t need to be a savant or a great musician to be part of dance music u just have to love to move and have confidence,” he added.

As for the Grammys, Diplo celebrated the dance/electronic music categories being televised for the first time. “Beyoncé album was legendary (i’m a beyonce a stan remember I produced some classic dance songs for her like ’til the end of time’ and ‘girls run the world,” he wrote. “What’s important to understand was that her intention was 100%. she did the work found the real producers and she made classics .. so she deserves her flowers . and when she won i was just proud to see my nomination on the screen in the huge arena..”

The post comes amid speculation that Diplo said “they bought that” when the camera panned to him at the Grammys after Beyoncé won the award. On Instagram, however, the producer revealed that he actually said, “I’m glad to be part of that.”


    Date: Nov 15, 2022
    Posted By: Roula Lynch

For the first time in 19 years, the JUNO Awards will return to Edmonton in 2023.

“We are ecstatic for the JUNOS to be returning to Edmonton after nearly two decades,” Coun. Tim Cartmell said Monday at a news conference about the March 13 program. “The festivities are a chance to celebrate the city’s vibrant music scene and the exceptional talent that calls the region home.”

Alberta names will headline the event at Rogers Place, with Nickelback, which formed in Hanna, Alta., and Calgarys Tate McRae performing.

Nickelback will also be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The rock band has won 12 JUNOs, performed at five previous JUNO Awards shows, and has sold 50 million albums worldwide.

Ron Sakamoto, from Coaldale in southern Alberta, will also be honoured with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for his work in growing and developing the Canadian music industry. Sakamoto has worked as a concert promoter, manager and mentor and worked with famous Canadians like Shania Twain, Johnny Reid and the Washboard Union.

But as host, Edmonton will see an entire week of JUNO festivities, including a songwriters circle, a three-day music festival and even a hockey game, the JUNO Cup, pitting musicians against current and former NHL players.

“Year-after-year, it brings us great pride to see Canadian talent come together for JUNO Week and this year’s festivities in Edmonton will be no exception,” said CEO Allan Reid.

“We can’t wait to show you what else we have brewing in the weeks and months to come.”

Reid is also the president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), a non-profit organization that works to enhance and preserve the Canadian music industry and which oversees the JUNOS.

According to Reid, the city has been working with CARAS for the past six years to bring the awards back to Edmonton.

The timing with the Oilers Entertainment Group to get into the arena wasnt working and then it was about (how) the Ice District wasnt complete and finally we were sort of set for this year but with COVID, we couldnt make it happen.

Calgary hosted the show in 2016 and Ottawa hosted in 2017 as part of Canada 150 celebrations.

The event is expected to bring in $11 million, according to Reid. Explore Edmonton is expecting that amount to be higher.

Tickets for the show will go on sale Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.


    Date: Jul 08, 2022
    Posted By: Roula Lynch

With less than one month until EDC Las VegasInsomniac has announced the stage-by-stage lineups for the 2022 festival, which is set to take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway May 20-22.

Each year Insomniac unveils an enormous lineup for EDC Las Vegas, where over 200 artists perform across eight stages throughout the weekend. This year, a number of those artists will take to a brand new, ninth stage called bionicJUNGLE, which will focus on house music.

Each classic stage is organized into its own unique sonic identity, making it easier for you to navigate the festival and discover music by the artists you love. 

You can check out all eight of the lineups organized by stage below.


Ac Slater B2B Chris Lorenzo, Acraze, Alan Walker, Alok, Armin Van Buuren, ARMNHMR, Audien, Autograf, Cat Dealers, David Guetta & Morten Present: Future Rave, Deorro, DJ Snake, Dom Dolla, Fisher, Gem & Tauri, Illenium, Imanbek, Joel Corry, Kaskade Redux, Kream, Lp Giobbi, Nostalgix B2B Wenzday, Porter Robinson (DJ Set), Seven Lions, Tiesto, Timmy Trumpet, Vintage Culture, Zedd. 


Alesso, Ann Clue, Blossom, Boris Brejcha, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Lake, Eric Prydz, Excision, James Hype, Jason Ross, John Summit, Kaskade And Deadmau5 Present KX5, Kayzo, Lee Foss, Luttrell, Matroda, Meduza, Moore Kismet, Nora En Pure, Rezz, Sidepiece, Subtronics, Testpilot, Tinlicker, Westend, Zeds Dead, ZHU.


A-Trak B2B Craze, Acraze, Air2earth, Bijou B2B Habstrakt, Diesel, Dillon Francis, Dot, Duck Sauce, Even Giia, Gigantic Nghtmre, Good Times Ahead, Grimes (DJ Set), Hulk Gang (4B + Valentino Kahn), Jai Wolf, Jauz, JSTJR, K?D, Kasablanca, Madeon (DJ Set), Mitis, Nitepunk, Nitti Gritti B2B Wuki, Partiboi69, Qrion, San Holo, Shiba San, So Tuff So Cute, Tchami, Tsha, Uniiqu3, Wax Motif, Wenzday, Westend B2B Lucati, Whipped Cream, Yellow Claw, Yolanda Be Cool.


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