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Fans celebrate late Bob Marley at 73

Abuja – It was a beehive of activity at the Bob Marley Museum, in Jamaica, as thousands packed the venue for the annual event to celebrate the life of late reggae legend, Bob Marley. *Bob Marley Marley, known as The Gong, would have celebrated his 73rd birthday on Tuesday, and his international reach was shown in the audience, with the a blend of people from all over the globe. The posthumous birthday celebration of music legend kicked off in Jamaica in a concert, tagged ‘SoulRebel73’, and was witnessed by a crowd of Marley fans and streamed live on YouTube for viewers all over the world. It featured performances of Marley’s hit songs ‘No woman, No cry’, ‘Redemption song’, ‘One Love’ amongst others by his son Ziggy Marley and other singing groups, including children. F...

Backing Robinhood, Jay Z’s Roc Nation invests in would-be Rockefellers

Roc Nation, the full service entertainment management company created by the music impresario Shawn Carter (better known as Jay Z), is making an investment in financial trading platform Robinhood. The investment, through Roc Nation’s Arrive subsidiary, is the latest instance of a celebrity rapper plowing cash into Robinhood’s free-to-trade investment platform. The company also counts Snoop Dogg and Nasir Jones (also known as Nas) among its big-time backers. Robinhood is actually Arrive’s third investment into a high-growth startup tech company. The firm has also backed Devialt, a French audio technology company, and InSite Applications, a location sharing platform that’s planning to launch its services later this year. In addition to boatloads of cash, which has valued Robinhood at roughly...

Spotify is testing a new playlist-based music app that’s a lot like Pandora

Spotify is testing an app that sees it move firmly into Pandora’s territory. ‘Stations’ is a new Android-only app that is being piloted by the company in Australia — it was first noticed by app analytics firm Sensor Tower on Tuesday. This app offers a ‘lean-back’ option to listen to music based on genres and managed playlists. In the description, Spotify explains that it plays music instantly when opened with stations easily changed by scrolling inside the app. Like Spotify’s core service, there’s a personalization element with user-based playlists created once enough music has been played for it to gather data. The app has picked up less than 100 downloads to date, while it is limited in its support for Android devices, all of which suggests it has only been used by Spotify’s own staff to...

Top quotes from Grammys: Forget Oprah. What about Jay-Z for president

R&B crooner Bruno Mars was the surprise big winner Sunday at the 60th Grammy Awards, the music industry’s biggest night of the year, with six awards overall. Jay Z Rapper Kendrick Lamar had the second largest haul of the night with five Grammys. Here are some memorable quotes from the gala, hosted by late night funnyman James Corden at Madison Square Garden in New York: – Time’s up – “Let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, equal pay, and access for all women.” — Singer Janelle Monae, introducing Kesha, who delivered a searing performance of “Praying,” her song about her drawn-out legal battle with producer Dr Luke – Stronger – “Oh, but after everything you’ve done / I can thank you for how s...

Here’s how to live stream the Grammys tonight

Don’t have a TV or just want to watch Kesha, Cardi B and Lady Gaga walk the red carpet from the comfort of your laptop? Thanks to modern tech, that’s possible tonight. James Corden kicks off the 60th annual Grammy awards this evening, Sunday, January 28, at 7:30 pm EST/4:30 pm PST, which is set to run for three and a half hours (though, fair warning, these types of awards shows often go overtime). Plenty of top artists are up for awards this year, including the Biebs summer breakout hit “Despicito” for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. SZA, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert and Julia Michaels are all up for Best New Artist and be sure to watch for performances from Childish Gambino, Kesha, Lady Gaga, SZA, and more. Here’s how to watch: If you’ve got a TV, you’re good to go. Your lo...

Elton John announces final tour

Pop legend Elton John on Wednesday announced a final tour, saying he intends to stop traveling to spend more time with his family. Elton John The 70-year-old British entertainer, revealing his plans at a gala New York event, said he planned to “go out with a bang” with a global tour that will open in September and last through 2021. “It will be the last time that I’m touring and traveling the world, because my priorities have changed,” John told several hundred journalists and guests after a mini-concert and virtual reality presentation about his career. Saying he has had an “amazing life and amazing career,” he added: “My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family.” John, who in the 1980s became one of the first openly gay major celebrities, has two c...

Apple debuts a dashboard for artists that tracks both streams and purchases

Apple today launched a new dashboard that will allow artists on Apple Music to track fans’ listening and buying habits and view a variety of analytics about their music, according to Billboard, which had the launch exclusive from Apple. The dashboard, called Apple Music for Artists, is currently available only for select beta users ahead of a broader launch planned for later this spring. The move is clearly a competitive measure against Spotify, which has been steadily ramping up its products for artists over the past year. Last April, it launched its own artist dashboard out of beta, allowing artists to dive into streaming insights and analytics, manage their profile and more. In October, Spotify debuted a dedicated app for artists with access to similar data, including real-time data on ...

I can marry a poor man only on one condition — Toby Grey

By Ayo Onikoyi Women, all over the world come with various great needs. And more often than not, they require support from the opposite sex. This, and many other reasons, may be why most of them won’t settle for a poor man but budding singer, Toby Grey, born Tobiloba Mariam Adeyemi, who recently featured 9ice and Skales on her latest single ‘Konibaje’ has a different perspective. Toby Grey According to her in a chat with  Potpourri: Being rich is not all about money. She posits that she can marry a poor man who has no money but rich in other areas. “You know a rich man can be poor in knowledge and money is not something that people cannot have. Knowledge or let me say commonsense is something that is really hard to acquire. If he is poor in commonsense, then it’s a NO ...

Pasuma finally meets blind boy who sings like him on the street

By ADETUTU ADESOJI Luck has found its way to the abode of a young blind boy who was discovered on a street in Ibadan few days ago, passionately singing the song of popular Fuji musician Alabi Pasuma. Pasunma and Basit The video recording of the boy who is identified as Basit, hit the internet and went viral instantly as well wishers trended the video online in order to catch the attention of the Fuji singer. Pasuma eventually got a hold of the video and sent words out about finding the location of the boy, he wrote: “I woke up to this…despite his disability this young man has earned my love and respect not only because he sings my song with passion but also because he displays raw talent beyond my expectations, he sends waves running down my spine and I can’t stop watc...

Lanre Lawanson joins Kunle Afolayan, Banky W at New York Film Academy

BY ROTIMI AGBANA Twenty-two years old CEO of MadHouse and Music Video Director, Lanre Lawanson   proved the popular saying right that Africans are the ones leading in the world today by being one of the young few in Africa to ever attend the New York Film Academy in pursuit of a master’s degree in Film Making. Nigerian singer Banky Wellington attends “The Wedding Party” premiere during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 8, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. /AFP The young Film maker joins Kunle Afolayan, Banky W in pursuing a master’s degree in the prestigious Film Academy. The New York Film Academy offers camps, short-term workshops, conservatory-style programs, and degree programs. The Academy’s one- and two-year conservatory-style programs ...

Davido to ‘marry’ South African pantless dancer Zodwa Wabantu

Nigeria’s singer, Davido is set for a collaboration with South Africa’s sensational dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who normally dances on stage, without wearing a pant. According to reports by Zimbabwe’s Herald, the collaboration between Davido and Zodwa, who is known as Queen of Vosso, is being arranged by Afrotainment boss, DJ Tira. The report said Davido had sought Tira’s help to get Wabantu to feature in his upcoming music video. “Hello @DjTira I wanna ft Zodwa Wabantu on my upcoming music video. How can I get hold of her? “(sic), he tweeted. No date has been announced yet for the shooting of the video. According to TimesLive, Zodwa, a Durban-based dancer has been grabbing headlines for her racy outfits and habit of not wearing panties. “Zodwa is a wonderful person, who is...

Chris Brown to face jail for keeping pet without permit

Singer Chris Brown could face up to six months in jail if a misdemeanor charge against his goes through for keeping a monkey as pet without permit. Chris Brown California Fish and Wildlife agents seized Chris Brown’s pet capuchin monkey from his Los Angeles home Friday. Leader of the investigation Capt. Patrick Foy said they discovered that the singer did not have a permit for the animal he named Fiji. Brown posted an Instagram video last month of his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with the pet. But online comments followed, with critics saying the monkey belonged in the wild and that Fiji could be a danger to his daughter. Brown reacted with a “chill out” message at the time, TMZ reported. Foy said the video prompted six calls to the wildlife department from p...

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