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At 24, Chance The Rapper has already had a career many artists could only dream of. In 2015, he became the first unsigned artist to perform on Saturday Night Live. This year, he won three Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. When he spoke to Stretch and Bobbito — who in the ‘90s invited then-unsigned or little-known artists like Nas, Wu-Tang, Biggie, JAY Z and Big L to rap on their college radio show — they asked him to help them dig into the contemporary hip-hop scene.

Chance talks about career, priorities, politics, and his recent million-dollar donation to the Chicago public-school system he attended as a kid in an interview on What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito.

Chance The Rapper On Mixtapes, Politics And Priorities

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From the Taylor Swift Spotify page.

Taylor Swift is that rarest of pop phenomena: a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream.

Other singers performed similar moves – notably, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson both became enduring mainstream icons based on their ‘70s work – but Swift shed her country roots like they were a second skin; it was a necessary molting to reveal she was perhaps the sharpest, savviest populist singer/songwriter of her generation, one who could harness the Zeitgeist and turn it personal and, just as impressively, perform the reverse. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, especially the neo-tribute “Tim McGraw,” but her second album, 2008’s Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was and, in the process, finding a mass audience. Fearless wound up having considerable legs not only in the U.S., where it racked up six platinum singles on the strength of the Top Ten hits “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” but throughout the world, performing particularly well in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Speak Now, delivered almost two years later in the autumn of 2010, consolidated that success and Swift moved into the stratosphere of superstardom, with her popularity only increasing on 2012’s Red and 2014’s 1989, a pair of records that found her moving assuredly from country into a pop realm where she already belonged.

This sense of confidence had been apparent in Taylor Swift since the beginning. The daughter of two bankers – her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, worked at Merrill Lynch; her mother Andrea spent time as a mutual fund marketing executive – Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in suburban Wyomissing. She began to show interest in music at the age of nine, and Shania Twainwound up as her biggest formative influence. Swift started to work regularly at local talent contests, eventually winning a chance to open for Charlie Daniels. Soon, she learned how to play guitar and began writing songs, signing a music management deal with Dan Dymtrow; her family relocated to Nashville with the intent of furthering her music career. She was just 14 years old but on the radar of the music industry, signing a development deal with RCA Records in 2004. Swift sharpened her skills with a variety of professional songwriters, forming the strongest connections with Liz Rose. Taylor’s original songs earned her a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, but not long after that 2004 deal she parted ways with Dymtrow and RCA, all with the intent of launching her recording career now, not later.

Things started moving swiftly once Swift came to the attention of Scott Borchetta, a former DreamWorks Records exec about to launchBig Machine Records. Borchetta saw Swift perform at a songwriters showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and he signed her to Big Machine in 2005; shortly afterward, she started work on her debut with producer Nathan Chapman, who’d previously helmed demos for Taylor. Boasting original song credits on every one of the record’s 11 songs (she penned three on her own), Taylor Swift appeared in October 2006 to strong reviews and Swift made sure to work the album hard, appearing at every radio or television event offered and marshaling a burgeoning fan base through use of MySpace. “Tim McGraw,” the first song from the album, did well but “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Our Song” did better on both the pop and country charts, where she racked up five consecutive Top Ten singles. Other successes followed in the wake of the debut – a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (she lost to Amy Winehouse), stopgap EPs of Christmas songs – but Swift concentrated on delivering her sophomore set, Fearless.

Appearing in November 2008, Fearless was certified gold by the RIAA in its first week of release, and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as “Love Story,” “White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Fifteen,” and “Fearless” all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts while “You Belong with Me” nearly topped Billboard’s Top 100. Along with the success came some headlines, first in the form of an infamous appearance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where her acceptance speech was interrupted by Kanye West, who burst on-stage to declare that Swift’s rival Beyoncé deserved the award more, but her romances also started gaining attention, notably a liaison with Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who appeared with the singer in the 2009 film Valentine’s Day.

Her flirtation with the silver screen proved brief, as she then poured herself into her third album, Speak Now. Released in October 2010, Speak Now was another massive first-week smash that refused to lose momentum. Hit singles like “Mine” and “Mean,” which won two Grammys, played a big factor in its success not just on the country charts but on pop radio as well. Following a 2011 live album called World Tour Live: Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. This mainstream pulse was evident on “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the first single from Red. Upon its October 2012 release, Red shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week, a notable achievement that was doubly impressive in an era of declining sales. Once again, Swift’s album had legs: it was certified platinum four times in the U.S. and its international sales outstripped those of Speak Now. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.”

As Swift geared up for the release of her fifth album in 2014, she made it clear that 1989 was designed as her first “documented, official” pop album and that there would be no country marketing push for the record. “Shake It Off,” an ebullient dance-pop throwback, hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in late October 2014, it once again shot to number one and became her third straight to sell one million copies in its first week (a new record for any artist).

Swift gathered many awards during the subsequent year, including Billboard’s Woman of the Year, the Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards, and a special 50th Anniversary Milestone Award from the CMAs. Her 1989 World Tour crossed Asia, North America, and Europe during the last half of 2015, and she won three Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremonies, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for “Bad Blood.” At the end of 2016, she released “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a duet with ZAYN from the soundtrack for Fifty Shades Darker. The single reached the Top Five across the world. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Dua Lipa’s 2018 Grammy Submissions

BEST NEW ARTIST

Dua Lipa (Album): Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album

New Rules: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Music Video

No Lie: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video

Scared To Be Lonely:  Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Dance Recording, Best Music Video

My Love: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Music Video 

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On this day in music history: November 15, 1982 - “Pass The Dutchie” by Musical Youth is released. Written by Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Fergusson and Fitzroy Simpson, it is the second single and biggest hit for the band from Birmingham, UK. Formed in 1979, the band consists of two sets of brothers Michael (keyboards, vocals) and Kelvin Grant (guitar, vocals) and Fredrick (“Junior”) (drums) and Patrick Waite (bass). The Waites’ father Fredrick, Sr., formerly of The Techniques, puts the band together. Sr. and Junior share lead vocals, though eventually the boys mutual friend Dennis Seaton (lead vocals, percussion) joins. They begin playing local pubs, releasing their first single “Generals” (b/w “Political”) in 1981. A copy makes its way to BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who invite them to perform on his show. The program heightens their profile quickly, and leads to them being signed by MCA Records. Paired with producer Peter Collins (Jermaine Stewart, Tracey Ullman, Nik Kershaw), they record a cover of The Mighty Diamonds’ “Pass The Kouchie”. With “Kouchie” being Jamaican slang for a pot marijuana is kept in, it’s changed to “Pass The Dutchie”, meaning “pass the cooking pot”. It also incorporates lyrics from U Brown’s “Gimme The Music”. Released in the UK in September of 1982, “Pass The Dutchie” receives its initial exposure through DJ Zach Diezel who helps break the record. It is accompanied by a music video directed by Don Letts (The Clash). It quickly races to #1 on the UK singles chart, spending three weeks at the top. It hits the charts throughout the rest of the world, including in the US. The video is aired on MTV, and leaps on to American radio, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 R&B and #11 on the Club Play chart by early 1983. Musical Youth’s first album “The Youth Of Today” also is a hit, with “Pass The Dutchie” selling over four million copies worldwide. It also earns them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1984. Their success is short lived, when the boys ranging in age between 11 and 14 years old when “Dutchie” is a hit, are taken advantage of by corrupt managers. MCA then attempts to push them in a more pop and R&B direction with their second album “Different Style!”, which flops. Undone by these setbacks and Patrick Waite’s downward spiral into drug addiction, result in Musical Youth’s demise in 1985. Patrick dies of a congenital heart condition at the age of 24 in 1993. Junior is later institutionalized, suffering from mental illness. Kelvin Grant disillusioned with the music business, becomes a virtual recluse. Michael and Dennis re-form Musical Youth as a duo in 2001 and have since performed live on the 80’s revival circuit. “Pass The Dutchie” has endured in popularity over the years, being referred to in songs by Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, Beck, and has been sampled by Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. It is also featured in the films “The Wedding Singer”, “Boy” and “Scooby-Doo”.

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On this day in music history: June 1, 1985 - “Hunting High And Low”, the debut album by a-ha is released. Produced by John Ratcliff, Tony Mansfield and Alan Tarney, it is recorded Eel Pie Studios in Twickenham, London, UK, and Rendezvous Studios in London from June 1984 - March 1985. Formed in their native Oslo, Norway in 1982, a-ha take their name from song written by Pål Waaktaar early in band’s existence. They choose the name as a word that is easy for English speaking people to remember and pronounce, and has the same meaning in Norwegian and English. Realizing that their chances for success are limited in Norway, a-ha relocate to London in 1983. They begin recording demos, secure management, and within a year begin to attract record label interest. Signed to the US branch of Warner Bros Records in early 1984, the Norwegian pop trio begin work on their first album with a trio of producers, including their manager John Ratcliff, and UK pop/rock veterans Tony Mansfield (Naked Eyes, The B-52’s, Captain Sensible) and Alan Tarney (Cliff Richard, Leo Sayer). It spins off three hits in the US including the chart topping “Take On Me” (on October 19, 1985) and “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (#20 Pop, #6 Club Play). It sells over six million copies worldwide, also earning them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. In 2010, a two CD remastered version of the album (by Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch and Dave Schultz) is issued including demo versions of several songs, previously unreleased tracks, 12" single remixes and the original 1984 version of “Take On Me”. “Hunting High And Low” peaks at number fifteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Summary: (Y/N) is a talented girl who is currently under Hollywood spotlight after winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She is invited to sing the national anthem at the White House for Fourth of July’s celebration which is also a celebration of the great national hero, Steve Rogers which results in her singing “Happy birthday” to him revealing her secret relationship with the hero of another time and a famous singer? Is the spotlight the right thing for them or their wrecking ball?


“Happy birthday my Captain… happy birthday to you” As I finished the song a chorus of claps and cheers erupted from the crowd as I have just confirmed the rumors of me and Captain America dating. As I look to him he was red from the attention given to him but grinning at me. I left the stage and there were my manager, my PR staff and a bunch of press trying to get my attention but I ran straight to my dressing room. I can’t believe what I have just done… Steve and I agreed that it was time for us to come clear with the public after almost a year of a secret relationship and I told him that today was going to be the day but he wasn’t expecting this public demonstration of love.

A few minutes later the door opened and closed quickly with a strong force. I turned around to see my boyfriend looking at me with a big smirk. He looked so good with a black suit and his black glasses on. With one hand he took them off leaving them at the table that had water and some fruit for me.

“That was a really big kinda way to tell the world doll” I laugh at his statement and I quickly run to him as he embraces me in a hug lifting me.

“It was time for the world to know my Captain. Also, I haven’t been able to tell you Happy Birthday so it was a win-win situation” He moves my hair to the left side leaving my neck exposed for him to kiss it.

“You know? Tony is so mad at me that I hide something this big from them” I giggle knowing that Tony is really not mad at him but he tried to flirt with me a lot of times so now he realized why I turned him down many times.

“I’m sure he will understand why our secret” He leaves me again on the floor but his arms don’t leave my waist pulling me closer to him

“So now what?” As a cue, the door opened revealing Marcy, my manager.

“(Y/N) the press is going crazy please you need to give some declarations” I sigh, is not that I don’t want to talk to them but I want to enjoy some time with my boyfriend on his birthday and celebrate the Fourth of July even if we were at the Presidential party.

As a cue, my boyfriend leaves his grasp on my waist giving me a smile with a meaning behind. 

“We need to tell something to the crowd (Y/N). You can’t just drop a bomb like that and leave unnoticed” 

“I know but I just want to enjoy this night and not convert your birthday into a big gossip giver to the press” Marcy leaves the room telling us that we can just say a few words when we leave together. Finally, leaving together… 

“Do you realize this is the first time that we are going to be able to dance together and basically enjoy the night as a couple?” I laugh as I fix his tie that was falling down. 

“It was starting to get annoying to hold myself from killing all the women who were trying to flirt with you and basically rubbing against you so like I said… it’s a win win situation because now everyone knows that this American sweetheart is taken” I walk to the mirror in the wall to see if my dress is in the right places but I get distracted with the men behind me smirking at me. 

“Also you are going to have even more paparazzi following you to get a glimpse of the life of the girlfriend of an Avenger y’know that don’t you?” I turn around facing him realizing the change of the tone in his voice to a worried one. 

“Hey, that doesn’t matter. What is important to me is that we are together and we don’t need to hide anymore” He sighs playing with his hands, a nervous tick he has. 

“Now the world also knows that you are the debility of Captain America (Y/N). You just offered yourself like a candy to my enemies (Y/N) and I’m worried about that” I can’t believe him… we agree to tell the world and he is blaming me like it was my decision and I did it without talking to him.

“You know Steve, I don’t know if you are happy about our relationship or you are angry that your dirty little secret is out and now the world knows that the great Captain America has a heart and is in love with a simple pop singer who knows apparently shit about his world” I can’t help to feel angry, this was supposed to be a big night for the both of us and he is only ruining it. 

“(Y/N) that’s not what I meant…” He reaches me forcing me to look at him “I love you okay? Is just that now a lot of things are going to change and you need to realize it that your life like you used to have it is over” I leave his grasp again

“Stop Steve okay? Don’t ruin the night of your birthday. Tomorrow we will talk, I just want to enjoy the night can you give me that?” He sighs but then nods gifting me with a smile. 

“You want to dance doll?” He offers me his hand as we leave through the door on our way to the party that was in a full blast.

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On this day in music history: August 25, 1976 - “Boston”, the debut album by Boston is released. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, it is recorded at Foxglove Studios in Watertown, MA, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from October 1975 - April 1976. A graduate from MIT (Massachusetts Instutute Of Technology) with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tom Scholz works in the daytime as a product design engineer for Polaroid. A classically trained pianist from childhood, Scholz also has a deep interest in music, and he kicks around the local Boston bar and club scene, playing in various bands. When he tires of that grind, he develops his concept for “the perfect band” with fellow musician Jim Masdea. The two build a recording studio in the basement of Scholz’s home and begin working on songs. While playing in the band Mother’s Milk, they meet guitarist Barry Goudreau and vocalist Brad Delp who both become part of their studio project. By 1973, they have recorded a six song demo tape (containing very early versions of songs featured on the first album) of which copies are sent to every record label, and receive rejections from all of them. Undaunted, the band keep working away. In 1975, they begin to attract major record label attention with CBS distributed Epic Records signing the band. Epic insists that they record in a proper studio, while Scholz is much more comfortable working in his basement studio. Co-producer John Boylan runs interference between the band and record company making them believe they are actually recording in Los Angeles, when they actually are not. With the exception of some overdubbing done at outside studios, the bulk of the album is recorded in Scholz’s basement. Once released, the album gets off to a gradual start, until radio catches wind of the band. Scholz’s sonically perfect production anchored by lead singer Brad Delp’s soaring vocals, turns it into one of the most successful debut albums of all time. The albums sales quickly kick into overdrive, selling over two million copies in its first four months of release, and six million within a year. It spins off three singles including “More Than A Feeling” (#5 Pop), “Long Time” (#22 Pop), and “Peace Of Mind” (#38 Pop), all becoming among the most played singles in the history of mainstream rock radio. Boston also receives a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1977. “Boston” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 17x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

...Ready For It?  Chapter Two Break the Ice

Chapter One-Dynasties


Jon was standing on the cold empty street, it was near midnight. He suddenly felt a pair of slim arms wrap around his torso, so he spun around and met with Daenerys, medially connecting their lips together. Their eyes met, he brushed a thumb across her blush-coloured cheek. They kissed again, staying in their embrace for a while longer. The feeling kicked in again, deep in the pit of his stomach.

-And cut! – Shouted Mormont.

He pecked her lips one more time before letting go. They smiled at each other, hearing the crew clap at them. It was 4 AM, the shoot finally wrapped. They had one more filming day before Sunday, and that was on Friday and the shoot was in a bar. The music video would debut soon, at the MTV Awards, where The Night’s Watch was supposed to perform.

-Go to bed, kids, it’s late. – Yelled the assistant.

They went to the trailer to change, again together. They enjoyed their small talk, about their families, growing up in the spotlight…

-My dad realized I was talented and asked me to try out in a play when I was little. I nailed it. I mean I had a job before, but it was a cameo.-

-Amazing!-

-How did you get into music?-

-My uncle Benjen bought me a guitar for my 4th birthday, but I never learned how to play it until I was 7 and my other uncle, Arthur, showed me some basic chords. I met Gendry through my dad and I knew Tormund and Theon from high school. We got my surrogate uncle Davos Seaworth to manage us and signed a record deal when we were all 20. Our first album was a smash and we won the Grammy for Best New Artist and here we are, I suppose. –

-What a story! And you write everything on your own?-

-I do, in fact. I get inspired everywhere. Sometimes, it’s just a tune, or a lyric, but in the end we get neat songs. This one is, and don’t tell anyone, based on Gendry’s secret girlfriend.-

-Oh, that sounds so sweet! Who is she?-

-Well, he won’t tell anyone.-

-Now I want to know.-

-And I want to know if you want to grab some breakfast with me. Or dinner?-

-Hm… I think we can consider it an early breakfast.-

-Good.-

-First, I need to take of the cake off my visage.-

She pushed the door open, placing herself on the chair and grabbing the makeup remover, talking to Jon about her acting experiences.

-I once did a scene where I had to scream at someone and we had to do it 9 times, so my voice broke.-

-Acting is more demanding than I thought.-

She nodded silently, removing the remains of mascara.

-All done!-

They walked to a small diner down the street that worked 24/7, choosing a secluded spot and ordered their food. She was pleasantly surprised to find out they had so many things in common, like food preferences, favourite spots, pets, they loved art and were nerds secretly, and they shared the fate of children who were since birth in the spotlight.

-Are you seeing someone? – She asked, out of the blue.

-Uh, sort of… - He huffed.

-Me too.-

-Are you happy? – He asked, sensing the unease in her voice.

-Not really, you?-

-Me neither.-

She gave him a reassuring squeeze.

-Is she famous?-

-She’s trying to be.-

-Poor girl.-

They both chuckled slightly, the tension around them growing. He looked at her lips before locking gazes again, the waitress interrupting them when she brought over their bill. They left together, it was nearly 8 AM.

-How did you come here?-

-My brother dropped me off, he was working on a set nearby… Don’t worry, I can call him…-

-I can drive you home. Where do you live?-

-You don’t have to…-

-I insist.-

-Do you know where Dragonstone Mansion is?-

-Of course you’d live there. – He laughed, remembering the infamous house Aegon Targaryen built, where his family has been living ever since conquering the industry.

-No, but I live close. You know the apartment complex down the hill?-

-Oh, I assume you live in one of the penthouses.-

-Good guess.-

-Let’s go then.-

They were on the way, as Jon’s phone rung. As he was driving, he was unable to answer it.

-Oh my god, can you answer it please?-

-Sure!-

She saw the caller ID sad Code Red but she answered it anyway.

-Hello?-

-Jon? Who the fuck are you?-

-I’m… the secretary!-

Jon laughed at her reply.

-Well, secretary, tell him his girlfriend is expecting to see him!-

-It’s your girlfriend. – Mouthed Dany. Jon shrugged.

-He’s busy at the moment.-

-Hey, you sound familiar, have we met before?-

-No.-

-Odd. Tell him to call back.-

The phone line went dead and Dany told him what she said.

-I’ve been trying to break up with her, it’s not as easy as one would presume.-

-Well good luck.-

-And what is your partner like?-

-He enjoys the gym way too much.-

-Well, better the gym than drugs.-

-Hm, I suppose.-

-Are you coming on Sunday?-

-I wouldn’t miss it for the world.-

She arrived at her apartment, after saying goodbye to Jon and slipped into her tub. She moved into her bed soon and slept for a good 6 hours. She was awaken by her phone ringing, Tyrion’s voice inaudible.

-Tyrion? What? Where? Who? Wait, I’ll Skype you.-

Turning on her laptop, she called him immediately and was greeted by a panicking Lannister.

-Go and open the link I sent you.-

So she did, and there it was, her pictures splashed on the headlines again.

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow spotted together? Here’s the tea!

There were paparazzo pictures of them walking down the street and some of them in his car. To her surprise and fear, they looked as if they belonged together. There was this natural chemistry between them, they looked like every filmmaker together.

-I swear, it’s nothing, just tabloids…-

-I know, but you two shouldn’t be spotted together anymore.-

-Oh, now it’s us two?-

-You said us.-

-Fuck!-

-Daenerys, I know your private life is none of my business, but keep in mind you have a squeaky-clean image and that you are in a public relationship. Adultery and cheating isn’t your thing actually.-

-I was planning on breaking up with Darrio actually.-

-Oh god! Finally, I mean oh I’m sorry for him.-

-For a Lannister, you are a terrible liar.-

-Good one, D. good one.-

She said goodbye and went to get ready, as she had to go and have lunch with her papa.

On the other side, Jon arrived home to his gang. Theon was playing video games with his sister Yara who dropped by, Gendry wasn’t home and Tormund was sleeping to get ready for three days straight of performing and partying. He kicked his boots of and joined Theon and Yara.

-And I sunk your ship, bitch! – Shouted Yara, making Theon sad.

-Fucking hell, Yara!

His phone rung. Ygritte. He didn’t have the patience for her now. Or ever. Oh god, this means he has to go through the breakup conversation again.

-What is it?-

-It’s Ygritte.-

-What’s wrong with you? A month ago you were head-over-heels in love and now you’ve been trying to break up with her?-

-I-I don’t know. But I won’t pick up the phone. Perhaps she’ll take a hint.-

-This isn’t your style, why are you angry at her?-

-She’s really malicious, Theon. And spiteful. I’m tired of getting dragged through that again.-

-I had no idea, why didn’t you tell us?-

On that moment, E! News started a report on the candid pictures someone took of Jon and Dany when they were having breakfast. Jon looked at the report in shock and Theon snickered.

-Oh, I see, you plan on catching an actual A-list actress, not a lousy C-lister…-

-Hey, it’s not like that! I swear! – Said Jon, walking upstairs. He took of his clothes and got into the shower. So what if some stupid media outlet wrote some dumb story? There was nothing there anyway.

He went to bed feeling this discontent he couldn’t explain, so he fell asleep. Shaken awake by a call, he answered and heard Daenerys on the other side. Almost as if he was struck by lightning, he jolted up, wide awake.

-Hello, Jon. I hope I’m not disturbing you somehow?-

-Oh no, not at all. I think I know why you’re calling.-

-I just wanted to check if you’re okay. I used to have this reputation as a ditz when it comes to dating.-

-Listen, I don’t give a shit. I love hanging out with you. It’s not going to change for some media bullshit, ok?-

-Ok. Hey, about your gig… Is it mandatory to wear a band tee?-

-Um yes? I’ll bring you one over tomorrow on set. What are we filming anyway?-

-A bar scene. With an implicated sex scene… - She said, her voice wavering.

-You’re the actress here. Is it difficult to do sex scenes?-

-It’s not sexy at all! Trust me! It’s rather awkward. Don’t worry, I’ll help you out.-

-How did you film your first sex scene?-

-Jorah actually directed it. It was uncomfortable but he didn’t request nudity…-

Topic by topic, hour by hour, they talked. He felt drawn to her like a magnet, but she was just one of those charismatic women who pull you in their force field and you cannot help but soak in.

-What’s your favourite colour?-

-I really like red and purple, you?-

-Black.-

-I would have guessed… You always wear black.-

-It’s my aesthetic!-

She laughed on the other side, and he did too. And then he had an urge to know more about her, but since their conversation was over, he decided to search about her. Daenerys Targaryen was born November 13th 1993, to Oscar- winning director Aerys Targaryen and jazz singer Rhaella. Her older brothers were Rhaegar and Viserys, another director and a DJ. Her first acting role was when she was just 4 months old, in her father’s film, Madmen, which happened to be a favourite of his. Since then, she has starred in over 30 movies. She won an Oscar for Stormborn, where she portrayed Anna Dandollo, a serial killer. She also played some historical figures and rumour has it that she has been cast as Lisbeth Salander for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also won an Emmy for her role of Serenei Lys in the mini-series Pyramid, she was only 18 years old. He found her Oscar speech and saw the utter shock on her face when she won. Dressed in a lovely blue dress with diamond shaped cut-outs, she walked the stage and gave a teary-eyed speech about her love of arts and acting and thanks to her family and co-workers. She had such grace and beauty, just like those actresses he used to watch in black and white movies when he was younger.

Next day, they were filming at some shitty bar, it was terribly lit so Jorah brought some heavy duty lights. The bar had 8 tables, black furniture, a counter, and the naked walls were covered by a makeshift collage of photographs, ranging from the 60s to today. Gendry was playing the bartender here and Tormund and Theon were extras. Sansa and Arya joined them, along with Sansa’s girlfriend Margaery, as extras. They were all seated on the tables, while the camera and the lights focused on Dany and Jon. The song played, Jon mouthing the words while slowly taking her hand and pulling her up.

What time you coming out?

We started losing light

I’ll never make it right

If you don’t wander off

I’m so excited for the night

All we need’s my bike and your enormous house

You said some day we might

When I’m closer to your height,

Till then we’ll knock around and see

If you’re all I need

He pulled her closer, bodies pressed together and they shared a kiss. The music was still soft in his ears, he just depened the kiss and she wrapped her arms around him.

I’m caught on your coat again

You said, “Oh no, it’s fine”

I read between the lines and touched your leg again (again)

I’ll take it one day at a time

Soon you will be mine, oh, but I want you now (I want you now)

When the smoke is in your eyes, you look so alive

Do you fancy sitting down with me maybe

‘Cause you’re all I need

He brushed his hand against her thigh, pulling her burgundy mini skirt up accidentally. He pulled away to say sorry but she just kissed him again, fisting his hair. He knew nothing of acting, chemistry and other things, but he was questioning if she was pretending or really enjoying this. Oh how she did. Dany loved his kisses, they were tender, but they slowly woke the fire in her and she felt the urge to take as much as she can. The next scene was them, in the small hallway, pressed up against the wall. Legs wrapped around his waist, they were kissing and grabbing each other’s hair. It was getting hot, too hot. The bright lights and the warm body pressed against him made him lightheaded and warm. Dany was salvaging the heat, she felt as well. She bit Jon’s lip and dragged it with her teeth, so he returned the favor.

Don’t you see me I?

I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you

And don’t you need me I

I think I’m falling, I’m falling for you

On this night, and in this light

I think I’m falling (I think I’m falling), I’m falling for you

And maybe you, change your mind

(I think I’m falling, I think I’m falling)

-And cut! That’s a wrap! - Shouted Jorah.

The crew clapped and Jon and Dany went to their trailers to change and go home. Jon was aroused after all that and wondered how actors never get aroused. But then again, not many people had Daenerys Targaryen pressed against them. He slid down the door, trying to cool off.

Dany was changing, but she was still hot, too hot, as if she needed to take an ice bath in order to survive. Dressed in a lacy brallette and underwear she roamed the room for her actual clothes when she heard the door screech. She quickly hid behind a panel and shouted.

-Who is it?-

-Jon! Um, I brought you a band tee for the concert.-

-Thank you, darling! Now, if you’d be so nice to hand me that white blouse on the chair.-

-Here it is! - He realized she’s probably nude. He felt the redness crawl up his neck.

-And the mustard shorts?-

-Oh, here there are!-

-Thank you so much!-

They left separate ways this time.

Dany called Darrio after all this mess, saying they need to talk.

-I think it might be okay if we were to take a break.-

-Why?-

-I need some time to think.-

-Daenerys, this is…-

-We barely see each other, Darrio. I need some time to go through it all. Is that okay?-

-I suppose it has to be, since I don’t want to be the bad guy.-

She winced at his words.

-Sure, bye.-

She didn’t have the strength to wait for his response. After all, tomorrow was Sunday which meant its concert day. The thought left her happier than she thought she’d be.

Clad in ripped jean shorts, black converse and the band tee, Dany put on a pair of sunglasses and left for the concert, accompanied by Missandei and Arianne Martell, Elia’s nice. The three women entered the crowded balcony from where The Night’s Watch was already performing. She started jumping up and down, screaming and shouting at the music. The atmosphere was energetic and she couldn’t resist it.

-And now, as you know, we dropped a new single, a first-timer for us. This ballad was written by me and Gendry, it’s called Falling For You. –

Jon grabbed the acoustic guitar and walked over to the B-stage and sat down on the bar stool. The slow music played, and Dany recognized the song, it was the one they filmed the music video for. She swayed gently to the soft tunes of the song, letting the melody carry her.

-Is this the song the music video was for?-

She nodded, closing her eyes. When she opened them, she felt Jon’s eyes on her. She almost laughed at the prospect, as if he was serenading her. She waved at him and they locked gazes again, dark blue and black locked together.

He sung the final verse and the crowds clapped, but his eyes never left the silvery figure on the balcony.

Their house was stacked with the elite of Westeros, drunk people floating around the hallways. Dany winced at the amount of dazed individuals, but her eyes found Jon’s and he introduced her to the rest of the band and his sisters. The music was blasting from the loud speakers somewhere, and Dany decided to have a sip of wine, but got bored soon. She usually enjoyed parties, but this one was just plain.

Disappointed, she walked upstairs all alone and sat down on the balcony. And then a giant white fluffy creature jumped upon her lap.

-Oh my god, aren’t you a beauty!-

-Ghost! Let her go, boy!-

-Oh no, it’s fine!-

-He’s heavy and sheds like crazy!-

-No, Jon, it’s okay.-

She grabbed his head and petted him.

-He is beautiful.-

-Thank you. His rarely this clingy.-

They smiled at each other and Jon sat down next to her on the floor. It was just them, in the cool shadow of the night. The air tasted sweet. Jon started petting the dog to, and he was now sprawled across their laps. She looked at him, there was this almost tense feeling between them. Jon and Dany sat in silence, locking gazes time from time, until Dany decided to break the silence.

-Can I ask you a question?-

-Sure.-

-What was your childhood like?—

-Mostly happy, especially in my youngest years. You know, when I was younger I wasn’t aware of the nature of the relationship between my parents. To me, they were my mum and dad, and one day, my mum explained to me why Robb is actually just my half-brother, and why Sansa and Arya are my half-sisters. I’ve never met Mrs. Stark before that. She was never in particular fond of me, but I cannot really blame her. I was the living proof that her husband wasn’t fateful to her. She despises my mum. But I’m grateful for my siblings, I love them too much.-

-Listen to me, Jon Snow. You cannot blame yourself for her disliking you. You are innocent in all of this. What do you know of her family, the Tully’s?-

-I know they’re rich and have some kind of business? Was it something with fish again?-

-Her father, Hoster Tully, owns half of the Narrow Sea’s fish. They literally made their billions on fish, but he inherited quite a lot actually from his broker father. His wife is Minisa Whent, she was a model back in the 1960s. They’re a dynasty, almost. She was raised in a wealthy, privileged environment. I was too, but I’d never blame an innocent child for her husband’s action. You weren’t just the proof of his infidelity, you were the proof that her family wasn’t picture perfect. To an entitled rich girl, that must sound like hell.-

-The Starks were never like that. My father, he… He taught me always to separate right from wrong. I remember my grandfather, Rickard, he was just like that. I never met my Uncle Brandon, as he died in a car crash before I was even born. On the other side, Uncle Benjen shares the same firm beliefs, about honour, respect, family, people… He was the one who gave my idea for my pseudonym. It sounded so vague, so generic. That’s why I liked it. And what was your childhood like?-

-It was a very intense one, actually. I was in the spotlight from day one. I was supposed to be spoiled rotten, but my mum never allowed it. My dad calls me “Princess Dany” every day still, and my brother Rhaegar is my best friend. Vissie, he’s a rather difficult chap, we never got along as teens. But I love my family, no matter what. My grandpa, Jas died when I was about 7, I miss him dearly and Nan Alyssa was a hardcore feminist, she taught me everything I have to know about it. We’re close, but sometimes consider them too posh for my liking. I love them, but fuck they’re a mess.-

-They sound pretty decent to me?-

-Rhaegar and his wife are on the verge of divorce, which is bad, since they have two small children. Rhaenys is 4 and Aegon is just 6 months old. You see, they’re too distant, he’s here 24/7 and she’s running a company with her brother Doran. They spend little time together. My parents, on the other hand, had a turbulent marriage. My mum has quite the temper and my dad has these odd artistic moments, I have no idea how they’re still together. And Viserys… He’s too caught up in his partying to notice. He’s a prick, but he’s also affected by this.-

-Perhaps your brother and his wife should take a vacation and some counselling.-

-I suggested that too, but Elia says she has no time and Rhaegar believes they can sort it out alone.-

-By the way, I admire your father’s work, Madmen, Wild Fire and The Woman in Red are my favourite films of all time. You were in Madmen, weren’t you?-

-He is good, but I don’t think I’d have the courage to work with him.-

-I’d ask you to ask him to direct a music video for us, but that would be disrespectful.-

-It wouldn’t, he likes a challenge.-

Their gazes locked again. Oh how, he wanted her now. And she wanted him. But it was never that easy, was it?

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CNCO, Vicente Garcia, Sofia Reyes & More: Meet the Latin Grammys' Best New Artist Nominees

Sofia Reyes

Sofia Reyes droppped her first album, Louder!, in February 2017. Reyes was discovered by Bachata singer Prince Royce, who signed her under his label D'León Records, making her the first artist under his charge. Royce partnered with Warner Music Latina in order to support Reyes’ career.

Country: Mexico

Musical inspirations: Whitney Houston, Miguel Bose, Taylor Swift

anonymous asked:

The big HDD news is out. Eminem is releasing an album one week after Taylor and his single featuring pink is coming this Friday hitsdailydouble(.)com/news&id=308767

Monday, October 9, 2017

UMG’S Q4 TRINITY

In the course of three successive weeks, UMG is expected to unleash three superstar releases: Sam Smith (11/3) on Steve Barnett’s Capitol, Big Machine’s Taylor Swift (11/10) and, if the very loud chatter is to be believed, Shady/Aftermath/Interscope’s Eminem (11/17).

With this trifecta alone, the House of Grainge is poised for a huge Q4.

Steve Barnett’s Capitol team has once again worked closely with U.K. head Nick Raphael and company on the Smith project. Taylor’s new one will find Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine squad joining forces with Monte Lipman’s Team Republic. And John Janick’s Interscope players will be collaborating closely with Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg, who also happens to be the incoming head of Def Jam.

Tay and Sam have already made big noise with new singles “Look What You Made Me Do” (29m streams at the top services in its first week, with a 545k song SPS) and “Too Good at Goodbyes” (20m first-week streams, 133k song SPS).

Smith’s 2014 album debut bowed at #2 with 169k sales, a record for a debut set by a U.K. male artist in the modern era; the set, which spent a record 67 straight weeks in the U.K. Top 10, and snagged the Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy (Smith himself was Best New Artist, while single “Stay With Me” was Record and Song of the Year). Smith ignited in the marketplace after an SNLappearance, and he returned to the show this past weekend.

Taylor’s 1989 (her first foray into pure pop) bowed at #1 with 1.3m in sales in 2014, becoming the year’s top-selling album; it had raked in 6m by 2016. Five of its singles were certified multiplatinum and it won Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Em hasn’t been heard from in a substantive way since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which bowed at #1 with 780k on the HITS Album Sales Chart almost precisely four years before the rap firebrand’s next expected drop date. He is reportedly due to drop a new single, “Revenge” f/P!nk, on 10/13.

How will these three superstars fare in a very different marketplace? Stay tuned.

(x)

National anthem

Hey there lovelies! This is going to be a multipart fic that I had on the mind so please be gentle and leave some comments if you like it! <3 I would be so happy to know what you think about it! Here it is a little preview so please comment if you want it to read the complete part! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE <3


Summary: (Y/N) is a talented girl who is currently under Hollywood spotlight after winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She is invited to sing the national anthem at the White House for Fourth of July’s celebration which is also a celebration of the great national hero, Steve Rogers which results in her singing “Happy birthday” to him revealing her secret relationship with the hero of another time and a famous singer? Is the spotlight the right thing for them or their wrecking ball?


“Happy birthday my Captain… happy birthday to you” As I finished the song a chorus of claps and cheers erupted from the crowd as I have just confirmed the rumors of me and Captain America dating. As I look to him he was red from the attention given to him but grinning at me. I left the stage and there were my manager, my PR staff and a bunch of press trying to get my attention but I ran straight to my dressing room. I can’t believe what I have just done… Steve and I agreed that it was time for us to come clear with the public after almost a year of a secret relationship and I told him that today was going to be the day but he wasn’t expecting this public demonstration of love. 

A few minutes later the door opened and closed quickly with a strong force. I turned around to see my boyfriend looking at me with a big smirk. He looked so good with a black suit and his black glasses on. With one hand he took them off leaving them at the table that had water and some fruit for me.

“That was a really big kinda way to tell the world doll” I laugh at his statement and I quickly run to him as he embraces me in a hug lifting me. 

“It was time for the world to know my Captain. Also, I haven’t been able to tell you Happy Birthday so it was a win-win situation” He moves my hair to the left side leaving my neck exposed for him to kiss it.

“You know? Tony is so mad at me that I hide something this big from them” I giggle knowing that Tony is really not mad at him but he tried to flirt with me a lot of times so now he realized why I turned him down many times. 

“I’m sure he will understand why our secret” He leaves me again on the floor but his arms don’t leave my waist pulling me closer to him

“So now what?” As a cue, the door opened revealing Marcy, my manager.

“(Y/N) the press is going crazy please you need to give some declarations” I sigh, is not that I don’t want to talk to them but I want to enjoy some time with my boyfriend on his birthday and celebrate the Fourth of July even if we were at the Presidential party. 

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On this day in music history: March 25, 1972 - “A Horse With No Name” by America hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Dewey Bunnell, it is the first chart topping single for the soft rock/pop trio. Band members Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley and Dan Peek, who are all the sons of American military officials stationed in London, meet each other in Bushey Park, London, UK while attending high school. Originally titled “Desert Song”, Dewey Bunnell writes the song while the band are staying at the home studio of musician Arthur Brown (The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown) in Puddletown, Dorset, UK. Bunnell is inspired by a painting by Salvador Dalí, the image of a horse he sees in a picture by Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher as well as his own childhood memories of living in Arizona and in the New Mexico desert. Upon the songs release, some people mistakenly think it is actually Neil Young. In a highly ironic twist, America’s single replaces Young’s “Heart Of Gold” at number one on the US pop singles chart. Even stranger still, some US radio stations ban the record from airplay, erroneously believing that the “horse” in the song is a thinly veiled drug reference. Entering the Hot 100 at #84 on February 19, 1972, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. The success of “A Horse With No Name” also sends their debut album to the top of the Billboard Top 200, and wins America the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1973. In 2014, the posthumously released track “A Place With No Name” sampling the America classic, is featured on the Michael Jackson album “Xscape”. “A Horse With No Name” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Lost Stars (Jungkook, You) Part 1

Hey guys! I’m baaacck! :)) Did you miss me? Cause I missed you. :P Good to be back writing. And for my comeback scenario, I give you this! <3 Requested by sassy-rabbit :) I hope you like it dear~ This is after all your first request so I hope you’ll enjoy it :))

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You couldn’t understand why it was so difficult. Sitting by the windowsill of your hotel room, you looked down at the city you once called home; your guitar tucked in your arm, a pencil held loosely on your right hand as a whole bunch of crumpled papers lay cluttered on the floors. 

You sighed heavily before taking a sip of your coffee, thinking of your schedule which was packed with interviews, both for print and broadcast. Being an international artist who just came home, you were in demand and the press simply wanted to get the details of your life abroad, how you came to be Jane Lou, singer-songwriter who’s nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. 

Or probably just to get the “good stuff”, you thought amusedly, knowing well that the press is only after the juicy details of your private life. 

Well they’re never going to find out, you thought. They’re never going to know if the life you once lived before remained tucked beneath layers after layers at the back of your consciousness; untouched. 

Some things are better hidden, others…. forgotten, you wrote down on the paper the moment the thought came, hoping it can be useful to the song you’re trying to write.

Emphasis on trying.

You haven’t written a single song in the past week and it drove you crazy. Songwriting was something that came naturally to you and though you got writer’s block at times, you never felt as hopeless as you were feeling right now. 

Probably just jet-lagged, you thought as you ripped another piece of paper, crumpled it and threw it across the room. 

Although in the back of your head, you knew you were only lying to yourself. You knew exactly what was wrong and as you looked out the window of your hotel room, seeing the familiar streets of Seoul, you found yourself going back… back when you thought everything was possible—perfect, even. 

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