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M.I.A. "AIM" Out Today On Interscope Records

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1. M.I.A. - Borders 04:11
2. M.I.A. - Go Off 03:04
3. M.I.A. - Bird Song (Blaqstarr Remix) 03:01
4. M.I.A. - Jump In 02:23
5. M.I.A. - Freedun (feat. ZAYN) 04:42
6. M.I.A. - Foreign Friend (feat. Dexta Daps) 04:23
7. M.I.A. - Finally 03:00
8. M.I.A. - A.M.P (All My People) 03:21
9. M.I.A. - Ali r u ok? 03:29
10. M.I.A. - Visa 02:51
11. M.I.A. - Fly Pirate 02:25
12. M.I.A. - Survivor 02:59

AIM Out Today – September 9th

Survivors of war, conflict and genocide live on as IDPs and refugees, dispersed across their homelands and the globe. They embody the violence that has displaced them into the unknown, into uncertainty and into camps and council estates. Survivors crossed countless continents, countries and borders, leaving behind their homes, lives and dead: only to be rendered invisible, silent and forgotten in exile; only to be told that their bodies might have tr! avelled but their stories have not. Their narratives are construed as exchangeable, mutable and nuisance while their bodies are considered collateral damage. Survivors are treated as a surplus people whose very presence destabilizes the status quo, whose voices unsettle the known.

As border-crossers, modern day nomads, governments worldwide have tried to clamp down on their movements by criminalizing them and locking them up into camps and into poverty. The demobilization of survivors led to the creation of new states for the stateless, separate and legally distinct f! rom the territory they sought asylum in. BORDERLANDS. Borderlands are places doomed as hopeless, lifeless and futureless, where joy can never be traced, where dreams cannot be woven, where the everyday is thought to be absent. They are places where new global orders are created, where new encounters occur, where new cultures are formed, where new people are

born: REFUGEES.

British Tamil! artist M.I.A., a survivor of Sri Lanka’s decades-old genocide against Tamils, is one of Borderlands’ many people. Surviving a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Tamils, she arrived in London in the mid 1980s as part of the first wave of Tamil refugees. Following her displacement, she was raised in a women-led household in South London’s impoverished peripheries. Life in a council estate exposed her to a patchwork of marginalized peoples and cultures, which later came to influence her art practices and created her unique refugee sound.

M.I.A. is driven b! y the idea of rendering the nightmare of becoming a refugee into a dream. Though placed at the margins, M.I.A. learnt to speak against power and its complex technological arms with the humble tools available to her. She mastered the art of creating music out of nothing, of rendering disenfranchisement into a powerful catalyst for resistance. Album after album, from Arular, Kala, Maya to Matangi, she returned with power and raised her refugee voice to create a global sound for those deprived of a voice. She taught others that she is broader than a border.

With her fifth studio album, AIM, M.I.A. returns to her own roots as a Londoner of Tamil refugee heritage. She provides a future template for today’s refugees to narrate their own lives beyond the many deceased and beyond catastrophe. By centering the living, she forces us to look beyond the sensationalist news headlines and question what happens when refugees get out of their tents and become our foreign friends. She encourages us to think about the struggles in our very backyards, spaces that are kept in order by overworked and underpaid shadow workforces made up of refugees who ought to be void of stories.

AIM gives us the tools to finally move from abstraction into a clear vision for a world where the refugee is no more an anomaly, but makes up a powerful majority. It aims to overthrow categories that she, as other refugees, do not fit into anymore and envision a world where the sky isn’t synonymous for death anymore, where the sea is no more the home of nameless cemeteries. AIM is not just any ordinary album; it’s the climax of a musical journey which has taken us through a geography of exile to bring us right back into the backstreets of London, where survivors meet the living.

JEANS FOR REFUGEES // Celebrity fashion show

Jeans For Refugees began as Johny Dar’s quest to act in answer to the International Rescue Committee. With a little help from Dar’s friends, including Sharon Stone, Emma Watson, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Harry Styles and many more, ‘Jeans For Refugees’ has grown into an internationally acclaimed initiative.

Dar’s runway show at New York Fashion Week on September 9th, was a vibrant demonstration of the movement that his quest has become, through creativity and empowering people to collaborate for a common goal. One hundred celebrities have donated their jeans for Dar to paint and auction to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee, and those jeans, embellished with Dar’s original 3D paintings, launched New York fashion week in style.

RECAP :: DIGGY SIMMONS PERFORMS AT THE WHITE HOUSE!!

Earlier today Diggy Simmons had the honor of performing  at the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by the First Family.  

Having been around since 1878, The Easter Egg Roll has been one of the longest-standing American Traditions at the White House

This year’s egg roll theme was #GIMMIEFIVE in occasion to the fifth anniversary of Michelle Obama’s campaign to get kids to eat healthy and exercise.

More than 35,000 people gathered on the South Lawn and took part in different activities including fitness zones, cooking demonstrations and the traditional egg roll.

LANA DEL REY GOES CAMPING WITH MARFA JOURNAL

LANA DEL REY COVERS MARFA JOURNAL, ISSUE 4

The cover was shot at Jean Harlow’s house in Beverley Hills, California and the creative direction was in collaboration between Lana and Alexandra Gordienko.

Lana Del Rey released her new album ‘Honeymoon’ last month, the album was recorded between Los Angeles and New York.

THE LEGENDARY STEVIE WONDER DELIVERS “FAITH,” FEATURING ARIANA GRANDE, FOR ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ SING

OSCAR© WINNERS MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AND REESE WITHERSPOON LEAD THE ALL-STAR CAST OF THE FILM, WHICH MAKES ITS WORLDWIDE DEBUT AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND.

SING OPENS IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE ON DECEMBER 21

NEW YORK, NY (September 9, 2016) — STEVIE WONDER delivers the new collaboration entitled “Faith” [feat. ARIANA GRANDE] for Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ SING, it was announced last night during Ariana Grande’s interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  The song will be available soon via Republic Records, as well as on the upcoming release of the Sing Official Soundtrack Album.  Sing opens in theaters everywhere on December 21.

“Faith” unites Academy Award®- and GRAMMY Award-winning Stevie Wonder and multi-platinum GRAMMY Award nominee Ariana Grande.  Produced by powerhouses and multi-GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter/producers Ryan Tedder [Adele, Beyoncé, U2] andBenny Blanco [Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry], “Faith” marks the first song that Stevie Wonder has contributed to a film in more than 25 years.

Stevie Wonder remains one of the most legendary and influential artists in history.  In addition to selling more than 100 million albums worldwide, he has garnered a total of 25 GRAMMY Awards—the most-ever awarded to a male solo artist in history.  Among countless accolades, he is an Academy Award® winner and landed at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Artists. A paragon of goodwill, charity and activism, he was even named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations.

ABOUT SING            
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition, even if the prize money isn’t exactly in the bank yet.

Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.  Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
Within less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut “Yours Truly” and also with its 2014 follow-up, “My Everything.”

“Yours Truly” yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which went triple-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the six times-platinum hit “Problem.” Upon the single’s release, Ariana became “the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week,” while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at No. 1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks.

During release week, “My Everything” was No. 1 on Spotify as Ariana personally rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs—“Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J—in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. “Bang Bang” went platinum and was GRAMMY-nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” By the end of the year, she landed four songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; the most of any artist in 2014. Ariana has enjoyed five Hot 100 Top 10 smashes.

In 2013, Ariana was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards.  Other accolades followed, with Ariana winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single” “Problem” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more.  At the 2014 MTV VMAS, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well. In November, Ariana took home the award for “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock” at the 2015 American Music Awards.

2016 sees Ariana release her mega-anticipated third full-length album, “Dangerous Woman,” driven by the title track, which captured No. 1 on both iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Pop Songs Chart minutes after release.  “Dangerous Woman” also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, earning her the distinction of becoming the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums.

Queen + Adam Lambert Get Rave Reviews

One of the world’s great vocalists” - Telegraph  ”Lambert has brought dazzling showmanship and style back to the band”- TelegraphLambert is the ideal gift” - Daily StarA Triumph”- Evening StandardAdam Lambert reigns supreme” - The SunLambert gets the Mercury Rising” - Metro   “A star is born”. - The Guardian“This guy leaves pretty much everyone in the dust. Seriously. He’s that good” - Daily Record“Lambert makes a spectacular frontman” - Sunday Mail“Delivering some seriously impressive vocal operatics…adding some male diva melisma to the package” - Scotsman“The start of an even bigger future for the frontman” - Entertainment Wise“Adam Lambert is a revelation, dancing, strutting and grinding his way through a note perfect performance” - Evening Times"Lambert has a vocal range, a stage presence and a sense of the theatrical that is second to none” - Gigwise
ALERT: A Motivated Model Destined To Succeed Against All Odds

Anthony Newbill was born out of wedlock to a drug addicted parent. He never knew his biological parents; upon birth, he was raised by 2 Caucasian legal guardians. At the age of 13, however, they both passed away due to heart disease, diabetes and obesity. After 3 years in the foster care system, he was legally adopted by a single African American parent with a teenage son. 

Currently, Anthony resides with his adoptive mother and the 17-year-old brother in West Covina.