Janet Jackson reveals first official photo of son Eissa amid marital breakup, ‘secret child’ controversy

April 14, 2017

by Stephanie Mason

Janet Jackson and son Eissa
Janet Jackson and son Eissa (Photo courtesy of Janet Jackson/Twitter)

On April 14, 2017, singer/actress Janet Jackson revealed on her Twitter account the first official photo of her son Eissa, who was born on January 3, 2017. The accompanying message read: “My baby and me after nap time.” It was her first tweet since November 2016.

The photo reveal comes less than a week after representatives for Jackson confirmed that she and her third husband, billionaire businessman Wissam Al Mana (the father of Eissa), are separated. They reportedly began living apart before the baby was born. Jackson and Al Mana got married in  2012.

In April 2016, Jackson (who is 50) cancelled the remaining dates on her “Unbreakable” world tour, and announced it was because she was starting a family.  She has not  responded to reports that have been going on for years that she supposedly has a “secret” daughter, who was  allegedly born in early 1986 and was allegedly put up for adoption as a baby.  Jackson’s first husband, singer James DeBarge, is claiming that he is the father of the alleged daughter.

Jackson and DeBarge were married from September 1984 to November 1985. Their marriage ended in an annulment. Since 2016, DeBarge has been giving interviews claiming that Jackson gave birth to their daughter after he and Jackson broke up. Members of the DeBarge family appear to be divided over the truth of these claims, since some have given interviews to back up DeBarge’s story, while other family members say he is lying. In March 2017, a Philadelphia woman named Tiffany Whyte went to a tabloid to claim that she is Jackson and DeBarge’s daughter, although a DNA test has not been done to prove or disprove that claim.

Meanwhile, since the news broke that Jackson and Al Mana are headed for divorce, Jackson has been hit with a firestorm of backlash from some people on the Internet who are calling her a “gold digger” and worse. The people making derogatory comments about Jackson cite tabloid reports that she signed a pre-nuptial agreement with Al Mana to get about $500 million if they divorce after at least five years of marriage and have a child together. There is also speculation that there could be a custody battle over the child.  Jackson’s fans and her critics have been getting into a war of words about this complicated issue.

It’s important to remember that the breakup of a marriage is painful, no matter how much money is involved. Jackson and Al Mana’s marriage was very private, so the general public really doesn’t know the details about their relationship.  In fact, all of her marriages have been secretive. She and DeBarge eloped and kept their marriage a secret from the public for months. Jackson and her second husband, Rene Elizondo, were secretly married from 1991 to 2000, and the world didn’t know they were married until their divorce filing was announced in 2000. And now, Jackson’s third secretive marriage has come to an end. For the sake of their child, if Eissa is loved and brought up well,  and he turns out to be a happy and caring person, that is the best possible outcome.

2017 Coachella Festival: The Weeknd, Diddy, French Montana, Rae Sremmurd added to lineup

April 14, 2017

Coachella 2017

The Weeknd
The Weeknd (Photo courtesy of Image Group LA/ABC

The Weeknd, Diddy, French Montana, Diddy and Rae Sremmurd have been added to lineup of the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Details of their set list dates and times are to be announced. The annual festival takes place this year from April 14 to April 16 and April 21 to April 23 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

As previously reported, YouTube will once again have live streaming from Coachella during the festival’s first weekend. Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar are the headliners this year.

The Weeknd and Selena Gomez, who began publicly dating in January 2017, have already been spotted at the Coachella Festival. The  couple was also seen April 12 at a Beverly Hills birthday for rapper Belly.



2017 SESAC Pop Awards: George Clinton, Charlie XCX shine

April 14, 2017

George Clinton, Charli XCX and Chuck D at the 21st Annaul SESAC Pop Awards
George Clinton, Charli XCX and Chuck D at the 21st Annaul SESAC Pop Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on April 13, 2017. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/Getty Images for SESAC)

The following is an excerpt from a SESAC press release:

SESAC hosted its 21st annual Pop Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on April 13, 2017. SESAC’s Charli XCX (PRS) was named Songwriter of the Year and earned the Song of the Year award for penning the chart-topping “Same Old Love,” recorded by Selena Gomez. Sony ATV Sounds was named Publisher of the Year. In addition to this year, Charli XCX was honored in 2014 with SESAC Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for the hit “I Love It,” recorded by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX.  Most recently, Charli XCX released the ten-song mixtape “Angel” to rave reviews, with one critic saying the artist continues to be “the one to watch.”

Sirius XM radio host Bevy Smith, Rolling Stone contributing editor Joe Levy and veteran entertainment journalist John Norris served as presenters during the awards show, which featured a performance by Jaheim of “Struggle Love,” written by SESAC honoree Bale’Wa Muhammad.

Headlining the evening with a lively and unforgettable performance was SESAC Legacy Award recipient George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic. The founder of iconic rap group Public Enemy, Mr. Chuck D, presented George Clinton with the SESAC Legacy Award.
City National Bank was the premiere sponsor of the event and the Viceroy NYC served as the hotel sponsor of the 2017 Pop Awards.

A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year:  
Charli XCX (PRS)

Publisher of the Year:  

Song of the Year:
“Same Old Love”
Written by Charli XCX
Recorded by Selena Gomez
Published by Sony ATV Sounds, Stellar Songs Ltd (PRS)


“Cold Water”
Written by King Henry
Published by Duke City Music, SONGS Music Publishing
Recorded by Major Lazer Feat. Justin Bieber & M0

“Hymm For The Weekend”
Written by Venor Yard
Published by Keys Strings and A Pen Music, Reach Music Publishing
Recorded by Coldplay

Written by Bryan Michael Cox, Mariah Carey
Published by Babyboys Little Pub Co, Noontime South Inc., WBM Music Corp, Universal Tunes,
Beyondidolization, Reach Music
Recorded by Bryson Tiller

Written by James “JHart” Abrahart
Published by Jayded Ink Publishing, Universal Tunes
Recorded by Justin Bieber

“Way Down We Go”
Written by Daniel Kristjansson, David Antonsson, JJ Julius Son, Rubin Pollock
Published by Rotten Shark Music, Blue Potato Music, Vegasalt, Ruby Two, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kaleo

“Electric Love”
Written by Nicholas Long
Published by Victorious Secret
Recorded by BORNS

“Good Love”
Written by Derek Allen
Published by 4 Stringa Songs
Recorded by Keith Sweat

“So I Can Have You Back”
Written by Derek Allen
Published by 4 Stringa Songs
Recorded by Joe

Written by Denisia “Blu June” Andrews
Published by 1114 Sounds, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Kehlani

Written by Rubi Rene Green
Published by Good Rubi Music
Recorded by Eric Benet

“Waiting On You”
Written by Kenyon Dixon
Published kenyondixonmusic, Music by Gibson & Gibson
Recorded by Tyrese

“You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
Written by Sarah Barthel, Joshua Carter
Published by Demarest Barthel Music, Charlie Everywhere Music, SONGS Music Publishing
Recorded by Phantogram

“Bang Bang”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Revolution Radio”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Still Breathing”
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong, Frank E. Wright III, Michael Ryan Pritchard
Published by Green Daze Music, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Green Day

“Struggle Love”
Written by Bale’Wa Muhammad
Published by Jahque Joints, Universal Polygram International Tunes Inc.
Recorded by Jaheim

Written by Swizz Beatz
Published by Monza Ronza, Universal Tunes
Recorded by Kanye West

“Something To Believe In”
Written by Eric Cannata, Francois Comtois, Jacob Tilley, Payam Doostzadeh, Sameer Gadhia
Published by EricC Publishing, The Jakes, Jacob Tilley, Doostzadeh Group, Mi Fiammetta Inc., Kobalt Music Copyrights
Recorded by Young The Giant

Written by Cole Greif-Neill
Published by Beggars Music Limited (PRS)
Recorded by Beck

Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Waste A Moment”
Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

Written by Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Caleb Followill
Published by Pubelishing Publishing, Canyon Candy Publishing, Dixie Farm Publishing,
BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Kings Of Leon

“Life Itself”
Written by Dave Bayley (PRS)
Published by Beggars Music Limited (PRS)
Recorded by Glass Animals

Written by Guy Lawrence (PRS), Howard Lawrence (PRS), Jimmy Napes (PRS)
Published by Universal Polygram International Tunes Inc., Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Recorded by Disclosure feat. Lorde

Written by Ben Lovett (PRS), Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford (PRS), Winston Marshall (PRS)
Published by Universal Polygram International Inc.
Recorded by Mumford & Sons

“Sign Of The Times”
Written by Jacob Luttrell
Published by LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East, WBM Music Corp
Recorded by Cee Lo Green

“Bring Back The Summer”
Written by Lianna Hauoli Sylvan
Published by Match Sound Publishing
Recorded by Rain Man Feat. Oly

“Ain’t No Man”
Written by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by NEMOIV Music, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing,Ramseur Family Fold Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Avett Brothers

“True Sadness”
Written by Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Published by NEMOIV Music, First Big Snow Publishing, Truth Comes True Publishing, Ramseur Family Fold Music, BMG Silver Songs US
Recorded by Avett Brothers

“No Problem”
Written by Ivan Jackson
Published by Stellar Songs Ltd, Sony ATV Sounds
Recorded by Chance The Rapper

“You & Me”
Written by Rami Dawod
Published by Ramidawodmusic. Third Spirit Music, Global Entertainment Songs
Recorded by Marc E. Bassy Feat. G-Eazy

“Grass Ain’t Greener”
Written by Nikhil Seetharam
Published by Kromatik, Sony ATV Sounds,
Recorded by Chris Brown

“Love Yourz”
Written by Calvin Price
Published by CritaCal Productions, Reign Forever Group Inc.
Recorded by J. Cole

“What We Live For”
Written by James Shelley, Zachary Barnett
Published by James Adam Shelley Publishing, Zac Barnett Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights
Recorded by American Authors

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson search for a mythical culture in ‘The Lost City of Z’

April 14, 2017

by Carla Hay

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for "The Lost City of Z"
Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for “The Lost City of Z” (Photo by Carla Hay)

Based on author David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett—supported by his devoted wife Nina (played by Sienna Miller), son Jack (played by Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp Corporal Henry Costin (played by Robert Pattinson)—returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, “The Lost City of Z” is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession. “The Lost City of Z” had its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, where Gray, Pattinson, Miller, Holland and co-star Angus Macfadyen gathered for a Q&A after a press screening.


PBS ‘Chefs Flight’ spotlight in ‘American Masters’ includes documentaries on James Beard and Jacques Pépin

April 13, 2017

by Carla Hay

PBS is launching “Chefs Flight”as part of the network’s “American Masters” series that will include new documentaries on culinary icons James Beard and Jacques Pépin.

“James Beard: America’s First Foodie” premieres in most market on May 19, 2017, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check local listings.) The program chronicles a century of food through the story of Beard (1903-1985), who was a pioneer celebrity chef and author. Immediately after the Beard documentary, PBS will televise a rebroadcast of “American Masters – Julia! America’s Favorite Chef” at 10 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft” (narrated by Stanley Tucci) premieres in most markets on May 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. (Check local listings.) Immediately after the Pépin documentary, PBS will have an encore presentation of “American Masters – Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution” at 10 p.m. ET.

According to a PBS press release: Among the many highlights in the Beard documentary are Daniel Boulud and restaurant critic Gael Greene telling how Beard helped start Citymeals on Wheels; Jacques Pépin reminiscing about cooking with Beard; Martha Stewart sharing how Beard’s cookbooks influenced her; Ted Allen disclosing Beard’s challenges being an “out” gay man at a time when same-sex sexual activity was illegal; chefs Jonathan Waxman and Larry Forgione reflecting on Beard’s mentorship and its impact on their career; Wolfgang Puck recounting how he helped found the James Beard Foundation; Alice Waters explaining how Beard discovered Chez Panisee; chef Jeremiah Tower offering insight into Beard’s relationship with Marion Cunningham; chef Naomi Pomery demonstrating how to make the famous “James Beard’s Onion Sandwich”; and next generation chefs such as Marc Forgione, Greg Higgins, and Pomeroy discussing how Beard’s influence is still felt today. James Beard Award Foundation president Susan Ungaro and executive vice president Mitchell Davis also appear in the documentary.

Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard … spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the culinary vernacular. He was a forerunner of the farm-to-table movement and helped create the iconic Four Seasons concept and menu. He was the first chef to host his own television show, “I Love to Eat,” which debuted on NBC in 1946, and taught not only women but men how to cook. He also had a cooking school that he operated out of his New York apartment.

Beard authored 22 cookbooks, penned a syndicated newspaper column and wrote countless magazine articles. He is credited with introducing Julia Child to the New York culinary scene, and he later becoming a best friend to her.

The James Beard Awards Gala and Reception are considered the “Oscars” of the food-service industry. The 2017 ceremony will take place  May 1 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is hosting the show. The complete list of nominations are here.



2017 Cannes Film Festival: lineup of films, jury presidents announced

April 13, 2017

Cannes Film Festival

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup of films for the event, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 17 to May 28, 2017. In addition, several of the event’s jury presidents, including overall jury president Pedro Almodóvar, have been announced.

This year’s festival will have 49 films from 29 countries, with 12 of the films directed by women.

Here are some of the more high-profile film at the event:

“The Beguiled”

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Genre; Drama

Plotline: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

“You Were Never Really Here”

Directed by Lynn Ramsay

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson

Genre: Comedy

Plotline: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.


Directed by Todd Haynes

Starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Genre: Drama

Plotline: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

“Good Time”

Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone

Genre:  Drama

Plotline: A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.

As is the case with many film festivals that have expanded their programming to visual media other than movies, there will also be TV shows and virtual-reality projects showing at the festival.  Footage from the second season of “Top of the Lake” and the revival of “Twin Peaks” will be screened. Meanwhile, “Carne y Arena,” is a VR project from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

These are the announced jury presidents:

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or

April 17, 2017 UPDATE: Uma Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury

April 20, 2017 UPDATE: Monica Bellucci will be mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies


2017 CMA Music Festival: Budweiser ‘Forever Country’ Park Stage performers announced

April 12, 2017

CMA Music Festival logo

The following is a press release from CMA Music Festival:

With nearly 150 acts already set to perform at the 2017 CMA Music Festival across four stages, CMA announced lineups for two additional free stages: The brand new Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage in the park space behind Ascend Amphitheater, which will feature some of the biggest names in Country Music from recent decades; and the Music City Stage, located in the Nashville Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena, a cool spot to enjoy some of Country’s hottest rising stars. CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, in downtown Nashville.

“We focus on programming unforgettable performances on every stage and thank our returning partners for helping us to do that, while also offering unique activities and experiences for fans,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

Performances on the Budweiser “Forever Country” Park Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:45 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup includes Jeff Bates, Bellamy Brothers, John Berry, Mark Chesnutt, Confederate Railroad, George Ducas, Emerson Drive, Exile, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence and Friends”, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Little Texas, Lonestar, Mila Mason, Terry McBride, Rick Monroe, Jamie O’Neal, James Otto, Danielle Peck, Trick Pony, Collin Raye, Restless Heart, Julie Roberts, Ray Scott, Shenandoah, Doug Supernaw, Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary, Lari White, Mark Wills, and Darryl Worley.

Fans will enjoy rewinding the clock with many of Country’s most established acts from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.  Bellamy Brothers, Exile, and Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers debuted at CMA Music Festival in the early to mid-‘80s. While this marks McBride’s first solo appearance at the Festival, he made his CMA Fest debut with McBride & The Ride in 1990. White and Supernaw last appeared at CMA Fest in ’95 and ’96, respectively.

Festival attendees often enjoy hours of jam-packed fun in the sun, but the Nashville Visitor Center inside Bridgestone Arena will be the coolest place to take in performances during the Festival. As the location of the Nashville Convention and Visitor Corp’s Music City Stage, it’s the only FREE, air-conditioned, indoor Festival stage, offering fans a convenient place to escape the June heat while still catching the entertainment CMA Music Festival is known for.

Performances on the Music City Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:40 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup for Thursday through Saturday includes Jimmie Allen, Sammy Arriaga, Kassi Ashton, Maggie Baugh, Brennley Brown, Brian Callihan, Dallas Caroline, Jessie Chris, Julia Cole, Nora Collins, Dalton & the Sheriffs, Shelly Fairchild, Kenny Foster, Livy Jeanne, Jessie Key, Colm Kirwan, McCoy, Tristan McIntosh, Megan & Liz, Native Run, Camille Rae, Mary Sarah, Zach Seabaugh, CJ Solar, Scott Stevens, Sweet Tea Trio, Mitchell Tenpenny, The Hootz, Kasey Tyndall, and James Robert Webb.

On Sunday, ASCAP Presents at the Music City Stage will showcase artists ranging from fresh-faced new talent to emerging songwriter-artists boasting publishing or record deals and recent tours with major label acts. Performers include Raquel Cole, Crooked King, Dorado, Adam Hambrick, Lucas Hoge, Martin McDaniel, Post Monroe, Brandon Ratcliff, Sarah Allison Turner, and Anna Vaus.

Artist lineups subject to change.

A limited number of tickets for the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available at CMAfest.com or through the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST. Outdoor daytime stages including Chevrolet Riverfront and Park Stages, as well as the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Cafe, are free and open to the public.

Funds generated through CMA Music Festival ticket sales benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to support quality, sustainable music education initiatives across the country on behalf of the artists who participate in the event for free, touching the lives of one million students. For more information, visit CMAfoundation.org.

Additional stage lineups, Fan Fair X activities, and more will be announced soon. Don’t miss a beat by staying connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, the Official CMA Fest App, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection emails to receive the latest news as soon as it’s announced.

CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 13th consecutive year the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of WSM, Incorporated and is used by permission.

Trunk Club teams up with costume designer Mary Zophres for collections inspired by ‘La La Land’

April 12, 2017

by Estelle Marine

Trunk Club and Mary Zophres curate women’s looks inspired by “La La Land.” (Photo courtesy of Trunk Club)

Trunk Club—a Nordstrom Company that does personalized styling service for men and women—has partnered with “La La Land” costume designer Mary Zophres for limited-edition collections inspired by the film.

The contemporary musical “La La Land”, released in 2016, has won numerous awards, including six Oscars: Best Director, Best Actress (for Emma Stone), Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. The film’s 14 Oscar nominations included one for Best Costume Design. “La La Land” is about an aspiring actress named Mia (played by Stone) and a struggling jazz musician named Sebastian (played by Ryan Gosling) who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles.

According to a Trunk Club press release, the curated trunk aims to showcase the film’s timeless style, inspiring women to wear bright colored dresses paired with classic accessories in their spring wardrobe, as Mia did in the film. While, encouraging men to model Sebastian’s look; a tailored sport coat and a crisp pair of pants.

“La La Land,” which is currently available on Digital HD, will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on April 25, 2017.

Trunk Club and Mary Zophres curate women's looks inspired by "La La Land."
Trunk Club and Mary Zophres curate men’s looks inspired by “La La Land.” (Photo courtesy of Trunk Club)

Mariah Carey partners with Epic Records to launch Butterfly MC Records

April 10, 2017

by Elena Fiero

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey (Photo by Chris Haston/NBCUniversal)

Grammy-winning star Mariah Carey has partnered with Sony Music’s Epic Records to launch Butterfly MC Records. Carey has been signed to Epic since 2015. Terms of the agree­ment call for additional repertoire by the artist, beginning with a new studio album expected later this year.

Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A. Reid,” who signed Carey to Epic, has a long history with Carey. When he was chairman of Universal Music’s Island Def Jam, he helped mastermind her 2005 album “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which included her blockbuster hit “We Belong Together.” Prior to signing with Island in 2002, Carey had a short-lived stint at Virgin Records, which released her “Glitter” soundtrack album in 2001. She started her recording career in 1990 with Sony Music’s Columbia Records, which was then headed by her first ex-husband, Tommy Mottola.

Reid commented in a press release: “To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career. Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence.  Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”

Carey added, “I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music,” said Mariah. “I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”

In 2016, Carey launched her first Las Vegas residency, did a successful world tour, and starred in a reality show called “Mariah’s World,” which got mixed reviews and mediocre ratings. Her personal life has also been in the news. Her divorce from second husband Nick Cannon was finalized in November 2016, around the same time her engagement to Australian businessman James Packer ended. She then moved on to her backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, but several media outlets are reporting that the romance has also ended after Carey and Tanaka dated each other for about five months. The ex-couple reportedly split because he was jealous of Carey’s close relationship with Cannon. The former spouses share custody of their twins Monroe and Moroccan.

Carey is doing a North American tour with Lionel Richie in the summer of 2017, after the tour was postponed this spring due to Richie having to recover from a knee injury.




Ultra adds events in Australia, China, Ibiza and India

April 10, 2017

Ultra Music Festival
2017 Ultra Music Festival’s Main Stage at Miami’s Bayfront Park. (Photo courtesy of Ultra Music Festival)

Ultra Worldwide, the international arm of the Ultra Music Festival for other electronic music, has added events in Australia, China, Ibiza and India. The 19th annual Ultra Music Festival took place March 24-26, 2017, at Bayfront Park in Miami and attracted over 165,000 people, according to Ultra.

Here are the details about Ultra’s international expansion:


Road to Ultra will be in Melbourne in February, 2018. Following the first event in Melbourne in 2018, organizers can also reveal that full-scale Ultra festivals take place in both Sydney and Melbourne in 2019. More details will be released over the coming months.


Ultra will go to Shanghai for the first-ever edition of Ultra China, on September 9 and September 10, 2017. A full-blown two-day festival, this will mark the first time an independent and international festival brand produces an event of this magnitude in the region. Details regarding the venue, tickets and lineup will be released soon at umfchina.com.


Ultra Worldwide’s house and techno brand Resistance will be heading to Ibiza for an eight week residency at the world’s biggest club, Privilege, this summer, with an exclusive six-week residency spearheaded by Sasha & John Digweed. The brand’s first official foray onto the island, Resistance will run every Tuesday from July 25 until the official closing party on September 12, 2017. More details and artists will be revealed in the coming weeks. For tickets and more details, go to www.resistanceibiza.com


Road to Ultra will head to New Delhi at the India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida in September 2017. The event’s next stop in India will be in Mumbai in February 2018.

Here is the schedule so far:


ULTRA South Africa (Cape Town): February 24 @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
ULTRA South Africa (Johannesburg): February 25 @ Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg
ULTRA Music Festival Miami: March 24-26 @ Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
ULTRA Korea: June 10-11 @ Olympic Stadium, Seoul
ULTRA Singapore: June 10-11 @ ULTRA Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
ULTRA Europe: July 14-16 @ Poljud Stadium, Split Croatia
ULTRA China: September 9-10, Shanghai
Road to ULTRA Taiwan: September 2017
Road to ULTRA Hong Kong: September 2017
Road to ULTRA Philippines: September 2017
Road to ULTRA India (New Delhi): September 2017 @ India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida
ULTRA Beach Bali
: September 2017
ULTRA Japan: September 16-18 @ Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park, Tokyo
Road to ULTRA Buenos Aires: October 2017
Road to ULTRA Peru: October 2017
Road to ULTRA Chile: October 2017
ULTRA Brasil: October 12-14 @ Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro
Road to ULTRA Australia (Melbourne): February 2018
Road to ULTRA India (Mumbai): February 2018
ULTRA USA (Miami): March 23-25 2018 @Bayfront Park


RESISTANCE Cape Town: February 24 @ Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
RESISTANCE Johannesburg: February 25 @ Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg
RESISTANCE Miami: March 24-26 @ Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
RESISTANCE Singapore: June 10-11 @ ULTRA Park, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
Seoul: June 10-11 @ Olympic Stadium, Seoul
RESISTANCE Croatia: July 14-16 @ Poljud Stadium, Split
RESISTANCE Ibiza Residency: Tuesdays July 25September 12 @ Privilege Ibiza
RESISTANCE Shanghai: September 9-10, Shanghai
RESISTANCE Bali: September 2017
RESISTANCE Tokyo: September 16-18 @ Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park, Tokyo
RESISTANCE Rio de Janeiro: October 12-14 @ Sambódromo, Rio de Janeiro
RESISTANCE Lima: October 2017
RESISTANCE Santiago: October 2017
RESISTANCE Buenos Aires: October 2017

For full details on all RESISTANCE events, visit www.resistancemusic.com