The lights dimmed and in a blink of an eye, the princess of pop had taken the stage. And yes, we are talking about Selena Gomez here. Last week, she had made a stop at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn as a part of her Revival Tour. DNCE and Bea Miller also made an appearance to kick off the start of an amazing show.
Selena performed a majority of songs from her most recent album, which is titled Revival. Some of the hits that she performed included, “Kill Em with Kindness”, “Good For You”, “Me & My Girls” and “Nobody”. She also performed some throwback tunes including, “Who Says” and “Come and Get It”. From the glittery costumes to the dance routines, there was never a dull moment throughout the entire show.
Over the past few years, Selena has gone through many rough patches. Including her extremely public breakup and also being diagnosed with lupus. This tour meant a lot to her and her confidence had made it clear that this was in fact, her revival. “This show is so centered around me, and I mean that in a way of confidence, of strength,” Gomez says. “It has a beautiful feel to it, but it is about me, so if I wanted to come in one day and say I want to change [a song in the show] or add this, I can do that. That’s the first time I’ve ever really been able to do that in my life. And I feel, I feel great about it. It’s not me making sure I hit all the dance moves. There’s so much I want to prove to myself for this tour and it’s just based on me, it’s based on my voice, it’s based on what I say to my crowd,” she adds. “That’s all I really want.”
Selena is also taking this tour to bring awareness to lupus. She will be donating the proceeds from each ticket sold to the Alliance for Lupus Research. “Based in New York, ALR (Alliance for Lupus Research) is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent lupus. Gomez’s camp says ALR was selected because of its broad reach. Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in a 2015 Billboard cover story.” With the success of her current tour and with all of her future plans, Selena is definitely taking the world by storm.
It was music`s biggest night of the year and the Grammys did not fail to amaze. This rockin night took place in sunny California in the iconic Staples Center. All the stars were out for a night of glamour, outstanding musical performances and of course, the awards! Top musical stars from Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Nick Jonas, Stevie Wonder, Rhianna and Sir Paul McCartney were in attendance.
There was no hiding that Sam Smith was the king of the 57th Grammy awards. He was the winner of several awards which included Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop vocal album. Other winners included, Beck for Album of the Year, Pharrell Williams for Best Pop Solo Performance and Paramore for Best Rock Song.
Besides the red carpet glam and awards presented, there were also many over the top musical performances. Kanye West, Sir Paul McCartney and Rhianna rocked out the stage during their performance of “FourFiveSeconds”. Madonna brought her “Living for Love” music video to life on the Grammys stage. And Beyonce closed out the 2015 Grammys with a gorgeous rendition of the gospel song “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” which preceded John Legend and Common’s performance of the Oscar-nominated tune “Glory.” It was another phenomenal night in music and definitely one for the books.
Written by: Sandra Costanzo
This past Friday on August 22nd, one of country music’s finest, Brad Paisley played at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on his Country Nation Tour. Not only did Brad put on an amazing show but Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Randy Houser opened the tour with some of their amazing hit songs!
After Randy Houser’s outstanding performance, Brad Paisley walked on the stage and had the crowd going wild as he opened his performance with “Moonshine in the Trunk” from his new album. Not only did Brad keep everyone singing along but kept everyone laughing too! Brad was very laid back and had the audience cracking up while making jokes and just being him self. While showing off his amazing skills in playing guitar, Brad took a marker, signed his guitar and gave it away to a little girl in the front row who cheered Brad on the whole show! As girls in the crowd admired him, he had no problem taking their phones and snapping a few “selfies” during the middle of the show with them.
As he closed his show with his hit songs “Mud on Tires” and “River Bank” the audience was still in aw on how astonishing the concert was.
Brad isn’t just an all time amazing country artist but truly an amazing human being as well.
Written by: Amanda Haase
Music fans everywhere are anticipating the craziness that will unfold during the MTV Video Music Awards. The show takes place on August 24th and will air live at 9:00 p.m. This annual event recognizes the top performers from the past year. Some of the nominees include Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Sia, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea and 5sos. Along with the awards, there will be performances by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce/Jay Z and also Sam Smith. From the amazing line up to the talented nominees, this show is definitely going to be one of a kind.
The MTV Video Music Awards never fails to surprise the audience. In 2013, some VMA highlights include `N sync reuniting, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thickes` insane and shocking performance to Miley`s hit song “We Cant Stop” and also Katy Perry`s knock out performance to her song “Roar”. Even though the awards show has moved from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn back to sunny California, the show will be nothing short of entertaining.
Written by: Sandra Costanzo
Miley Cyrus is back with her wildly popular Bangerz tour. The tour was delayed due to medical issues that Miley was experiencing. She is now fully recovered and anxious to continue the rest of her tour according to her twitter.
The tour kicked off right here on Long Island at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on August 1st. The show opened with her hit song, Love Money Party and concluded with Party In The U.S.A. There was never a dull moment and the whole venue was dancing and singing along the entire time.
She was able to maintain a personal connection with the audience and kept the audience anticipating on what would happen next. The set list included songs from her most current album title Bangerz and also some of her older songs. She also covered songs from The Beatles and The Smiths.
She’s come a long way since Hannah Montana but her musical and performing talents have definitely matured which keeps her loyal fans constantly guessing on what her next move will be.
Written by: Sandra Costanzo