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Charly Jordan Samples Lady Gaga on New Club-Friendly Track “No Sleep” To Celebrate Pride Month; Kicks Off Las Vegas Residency at Zouk

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Charly Jordan helps listeners to kick off the end of quarantine and celebrate Pride Month in many parts of the world with her self-released new single “No Sleep.” Featuring the infamous vocal riff from Lady Gaga‘s interview (“bus, club, ‘nother club, ‘nother club…“) that has taken on a life of its own, Jordan gives further color to Gaga‘s cheeky answer by pairing it with a deep, driving bassline perfect for – you guessed it – the reopening of clubs across the country. The single comes just as Charly kicks off her residency at the brand new Zouk Las Vegas, joining the likes of TiëstoZeddDJ SnakeMKZHU, and more. Check out what Charly has to say about the new single below:

This track is inspired by pride month, so obviously I had to include Lady Gaga seeing as she is an iconic LGBTQ advocate. I grew up in a super repressed religious family and watched many of my close friends struggle with being open about who they were. I always love to express stories through music and being able to make something that’s fun and meaningful is always the best. I hope you guys enjoy!” – Charly Jordan

Charly Jordan is among the Gen Z social media influencers turned multi-talented entertainers. The Las Vegas native first impressed with her athletic skills; she has been an athlete most of her life and played competitive soccer for 12 years, as well as ran track for 4. After winning several athletic competitions, including placing first in the Diamond Kid TriathlonCharly turned her sights to model and music. As a model, she has worked with brands like Pura Vida. Now stepping into singing and songwriting on her own tracks, after years of traveling around the world, her unique taste is a culmination of different house styles. As a producer, she debuted in 2020 with “Blackstrap Molasses,” which was followed by “Wanna Go” in collaboration with Riot Ten and “Love Sets Me Free.” “No Sleep” is Charly Jordan‘s first single of 2021.

Charly Jordan‘s forthcoming dates at Zouk Las Vegas / Ayu Dayclub: Jul 02, Jul 23, Aug 06, Sep 03. More info here.

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Chromatica: Lady GaGa on Mental Health and Self Love

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Rain on Me Video. Directed by Robert Rodriguez

 In Lady GaGa’s iconic overnight hit featuring Ariana Grande, Rain on Me, Gaga and Grande sing:  “I can feel it on my skin/ It’s coming down on me/ Teardrops on my face/ like misery… I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive.” A precursor to the launch of her sixth album, Chromatica, the single galvanized public attention, leading the top of the charts in ten countries across the world. GaGa and Grande fans have come together to celebrate their unexpected collaboration, as the song reached 8.1 million plays in one week. But the song is more than an explosive video, GaGa dancing in futuristic, punk platforms, or even the electronic melody of their voices in harmony. What is perhaps so provocative about the piece — aside from the fact that Lady GaGa has completely reinvented herself for her sixth album— is that it is unabashedly candid. Throughout the album, she addresses her personal experience with mental health, overcoming trauma, and healing. In a recent interview with Apple ’s Zane Lowe, GaGa shared that “I think that the beginning of the album really symbolizes, for me, what I would call the beginning of my journey to healing… and what I would hope would be an inspiration for people that are in need of healing through happiness, through dance.”

A decade after her debut album, The Fame (2008), made her a global star, GaGa’s career trajectory has been a rollercoaster of experimentation, outspoken ideas, and, of course, shocking wardrobe choices. As her fans know, she has long used her music as a platform for storytelling and social activism: from Poker Face, an exploration of her sexuality, (The Fame, 2008) and Hair, a plea to be free from bullying and societal restraints, to Joanne (Joanne, 2011), a tribute to her late aunt, who passed away from lupus. And now, Chromatica is an exploration of GaGa’s powerful return to dance and her journey towards healing along the way.

The album is divided into three sections, and GaGa encourages her fans to listen to the songs in sequence, as they function as a narrative. The first section— which features Alice, Stupid Love, Rain on Me, Free Woman, and Fun Tonight— serves as the thesis of her album. It discusses themes personal to her heart, and her ability to continue dancing and creating in spite of the obstacles she fights each and every day. It addresses mental and trauma through a hopeful lens. For instance, Alice, a fan favorite, narrates her journey down a -hole, insinuating a long-lasting personal battle with mental illnesses—  and the wonderland at the end that she searches for everyday. Similarly, Free Woman reflects upon re-claiming agency over her own body as she copes with sexual trauma. The second section— 911, Plastic Doll, Sour Candy (featuring Blackpink), Enigma, and Replay— gives her fans a glimpse into the darkest parts of her past. She grapples with trauma, perfectionism, and addiction in these electronic tunes with raw candor. Additionally, this section is the most electronic in the album, adding yet another unexpected genre to GaGa’s list of musical fortés and experiences. Over the course of her twelve year career, she struggles to overcome these issues, which she addresses in the third section. Chromatica III includes Sine from Above (featuring Elton John), 1000 Doves, and Babylon, a hopeful ending to her journey towards healing. In 1000 Doves, she sings: “I’m not perfect yet, but I’ll keep trying/ When your tears are falling, I’ll catch them as they fall/ ….Lift me up, give me a start/ ‘Cause I’ve been flying with some broken arms/ Lift me up, just a small nudge/ And I’ll be flying like a thousand doves.” There isn’t necessarily a sense of foreclosure at the end of her narrative, as GaGa suggests that she continues to grapple with trauma and identity everyday, but there is a sense of tranquillity and self-acceptance. The narrative is moving, and frankly, even more so than the electronic undertones of the album, completely unprecedented in the world of pop— a testament to Lady GaGa’s versatility and influence as an artist.

Chromatica Album Cover. Photo Credits: Norbert Schoerner

GaGa utilizes her ’s global presence as a platform for starting a vulnerable dialogue on mental and self-love. GaGa has complimented the launch of her album with various conversations around mental in her professional career, from a recent conversation with Oprah on mental resources to various initiatives led by her non-profit organization, The Born This Way Foundation. Through narrating her decade-long battle with mental , and even admitting to the shame and coping mechanisms that ensued, she destigmatizes mental illnesses, especially in an industry that strives for perfectionism. The album has been met with millions of messages from her fans via Twitter and Instagram, expressing their gratitude for her message and sharing their personal stories. Though her is often recognized for its catchy tunes and audacious accompanying performances, Chromatica is a testament to the depth and impact of her work. The album, which has been publicized through eye-catching graphics and a shocking new genre, revitalizes the pop industry with the authenticity, hope, and healing it brings to its listeners. 

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The Most Surprising Snubs From The 2019 Oscar Nominations

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The road to the 2019 Oscars began with a shocking start when it was revealed that the award show will go hostless for the first time in over 30 years. The even bigger surprise is the full list of nominations and the even longer list of snubs.

Before you watch the ceremony on Sunday, check out our picks for the most noteworthy snubs from this year’s Oscar nominations!

 

Bradley Cooper

Snubbed for Best Director Nomination

After the release of A Star Is Born there was immediate Oscar buzz for not only Lady Gaga, but many believed that Bradley Cooper had locked in a nomination for Best Director. As Oscar campaigns began, Cooper signaled that he too believed he had a shot for a Best Director nomination. He campaigned hard, so it was a complete shock to see the Academy shut him out of it and instead threw him into the Leading Actor category. The snub was apparently so embarrassing to Bradley Cooper he spoke to Oprah about it saying, The first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually.  I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part.”

 

Crazy Rich Asians

Snubbed for Best Picture Nomination and Costume Design

After a successful summer release, Crazy Rich Asians joined the ranks with Black Panther as a phenomenal film accompanied by a diverse cast. Both films won the hearts of audiences around the world and the respect of the industry. The film gathered Golden Globe nominations and even won a Critics Choice award. Many believed it would close out award season with an Oscar nomination, especially in the Best Picture and Costume Design categories. Instead, one of the biggest romantic comedies of 2018 was left completely snubbed.

 

Timothee Chalamet

Snubbed for Best Supporting Actor

Though his film Beautiful Boy was met with mixed reviews, his performance received nominations at the SAG and Golden Globe awards. The 23-year-old actor was expected to receive a (consecutive) nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category, but his snub this round came as a shock!

 

John David Washington

Snubbed for Best Actor  

With an incredible 6 nominations, BlacKkKlansman is considered one of the front-runners of the Oscars. The biographical drama got Spike Lee his first nomination for Best Director and also Adam Driver’s first Oscar Nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Though Washington’s performance was received well, he somehow was overlooked for a Best Actor nomination.

 

If Beale Street Can Talk and Barry Jenkins

Snubbed for Best Director and Best Picture

Barry Jenkins’ follow up film to his critically acclaimed Moonlight was shockingly left out of the most prestigious Best Picture category.  Despite high praise from audiences and critics, the film only managed nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score and Best Supporting Actress, but was shut out of the two main categories of Best Director and Best Picture. This snub created a firestorm online with people (rightfully) outraged by its lack of recognition.

 

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‘A Star is Born’ Merch: Tee Shirt Plus Soundtrack Now Available

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A Star is Born came to theaters last weekend, and if you’re already obsessed, you’ve probably thought of picking up some merch to celebrate the film. Fans already got the satisfaction of a soundtrack release, but if you’re looking for something you can wear to tote your love for the movie, fear not. The movie’s website is now selling tee shirts! Lady Gaga took to Twitter last Sunday to announce that ‘A Star is Born’ merch is now available for purchase.

‘A Star is Born’ Merch Plus a Digital Download of the Soundtrack

A purchase of one of the A Star is Born shirts comes with a digital copy of the movie’s soundtrack, all for $35.  Pick one of the shirts up from the movie’s website here. Glamour, in an article promoting the release of the merch, admitted that there is about a “four to five” week wait for the shirts. But don’t fret! You can listen to the soundtrack or go hit the theaters to experience Ally and Jackson Maine again. If you haven’t caught the movie yet, go see the Bradley Cooper directed flick while you can on the big screen. A Star is Born features Lady Gaga as Ally, a struggling artist, and Bradley Cooper as musician Jackson Maine. This musical romantic drama is not one that you want to miss.

Read the full article at Glamour.com.

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‘A Star is Born’ Merch: Tee Shirt Plus Soundtrack Now Available. Featured Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

 

4 Artists Who Should Try Another Genre

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There’s been a few times we’ve listened to our favorite artists sing a particular note or cover a particular song, and us as the listeners choose to question what if they take it a step further? What if they create an original work in a different genre, giving us a seamless gift of music? With current works and vocal capabilities in mind, here a few artists who should try another genre.

Beyonce

An artist with a very flexible voice that spans numerous hits, stages and audiences, Beyonce is at the top of any list when it comes to venturing into another genre, and doing it well. With her most recent release Lemonade, she swam into various musical styles and spoken word, but her collaboration with Jack White for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” was especially thrilling for those stubborn to understand her artistry. Aside from it coming from a place of anger and betrayal, this song definitely showed her vocal capabilities to own a funk rock song with no hesitation. With something just as enthralling, intensive & a chance to show off her vocals, a performance-heavy track would be interesting to hear (and see!).

 

Let’s Try: Beyonce meets Lenny Kravitz’sTunnel Vision

 

FKA Twigs

This artist created a space for herself and her listeners, with her electronic, alternative R&B style & effortless performances. Twigs constantly pushes the expectations of her fans aside, keeping true to her sound but giving results that are unexpected yet still very much appealing and almost hypnotic to listen to. Twigs has a few songs where she gives her listeners a stripped-back feel such as “Good to Love.” Because her musical sound encapsulates her very careful and sweet sounding voice, it would be very interesting hearing it with more acoustic rock instrumentals that complement rather than take over her voice & songwriting.

 

Let’s Try: FKA Twigs meets The Cranberries’ “Roses”

 

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an artist evoking classic and modern styles across her discography. Taking on jazz, glam and dance pop, house, rock and little bit of country, narrowing down what genre Gaga should take a gander at next gives pause. Though some didn’t care for it, “Perfect Illusion,” featuring production by Mark Ronson & Kevin Parker, definitely kept in-style with Gaga & showed she’s capable of continuing with a synth & rock infused track. It’d be interesting to hear her bring her extravagant vocals & poetic lyrics to a song with more synth and carrying beat (the Eurythmics anyone?).

 

Let’s Try: Lady Gaga meets Eurythmics’ “Forever”

 

Usher

Usher is an artist that got his start in his early years, and thus grew up with a variety of different sounds, and wasn’t afraid to make his velvety-smooth voice a part of it. Everything from classic and contemporary R&B, dance pop, hip-hop, trap, indie pop & electronica, can be found somewhere in his discography. Along with various appearances in time for his love life, Usher has caused various debates among fans regarding sticking to a sound that enhances his vocals rather than drowning it in heavy production An example of a mature sound was “Here I Stand,” that featured on his fourth album. The love ballad featured various instruments, like the keyboard, soft drums, and piano that were layered to give harmony to Usher’s voice. It was slow paced, but rhythmic. It evoked comparisons to Stevie Wonder influences with production from Drev & Vidal (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) and Polow da Don. It would be complimentary for Usher to try more within the soul genre among the wide universe that R&B has taken over the years.

 

Let’s Try: Usher meets Stevie Wonder’s “Moon Blue”

 

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How Musicians Are Helping The World

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In an industry often characterized by excess, luxury, and entertainment, it can be easy to lose sight of the positivity musicians bring into the world. Musicians not only use their art to share a message, but also their voices outside of music to promote unity and philanthropy among their fans. Many go above and beyond to become role models for their fans, so we’ve rounded up a list of performers who have made notable strides toward making a difference to show how musicians are saving the world.

 

RIHANNA

Rihanna, one of the most influential pop singers of all time and a fashion icon, is also a devoted supporter of education. This year, she was named Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year due to her creation of the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, a nonprofit that helps students from Caribbean countries attend universities in the U.S. She has also been a constant supporter of the Global Citizen Project, which helps provide education to children from developing countries.

©Courtesy of Chance the Rapper/Facebook

CHANCE THE RAPPER

There’s a reason Chance has his city doing front flips. The young rapper has made it his personal agenda to help his hometown of Chicago in every way possible. Earlier this year, he made good on a promise to meet with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss public education. When the meeting itself did not result in any significant change, Chance took it a step further and donated $1 million to Chicago public schools. His nonprofit SocialWorks also continues to donate tens of thousands of dollars to individual schools.

©Courtesy of Nicki Minaj/Facebook

NICKI MINAJ

With more than 21 million Twitter followers, Nicki Minaj has the potential to break the Internet on a whim. Recently, she chose to do so by promising to pay off the college debts of various followers who tweeted their student loan and tuition statements, along with their grade point averages, at her. After replying to a slew of fans, she finished off the night by pledging to do another round in the near future. The timeframe is unclear, but what is clear is that over a dozen students were able to further their education thanks to her help.

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LADY GAGA

For Lady Gaga, “Born This Way,” a song about being yourself, turned into an entire foundation devoted to creating positive online and offline communities for disenfranchised youth. Moved by a fan’s suicide due to bullying, Gaga formed the Born This Way Foundation and has since been using her resources to battle childhood depression and anxiety. The Born This Way Foundation, formed in 2012, funds research on youth mental health, as well as peer support and preventative initiatives.

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5 Artists You Must See at Coachella

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Brace yourselves, Coachella-spam is coming. You know what I mean, where it just so happens all your social feeds will have some kind of mention of the famous annual Indio Coachella Music Festival. Weekend one is fast approaching and excuse me while I mention, this is my first year attending! Whether you’re heading to the festival or heading back home for couch-chella, here are five artists at Coachella you (and I) need to see:

 

  1. Hans Zimmer

    I don’t even think I need an explanation for this. At first, it’s an odd name to even see on the lineup. I can’t even imagine what his set will be like. I’m assuming a whole lot of people in the crowd going, “I KNOW THIS MOVIE!” It’s a nice unconventional addition to the lineup, that’s for sure.


     
  2. Kendrick Lamar

    With his recently released tracks, you KNOW Kendrick is about to put on one hell of a show as he always does. This will be my first time seeing him perform live but from what I see on television and via YouTube, I can’t wait. Here’s to hoping he’ll drop even more new music. 
  3. Lorde

    Lorde’s been hiding for quite some time. Her album Heroine dropped in 2013 and since then, we’ve only heard a few tracks here and there such as “Yellow Flicker Beat” in Hunger Games. New year, new music for Lorde. With her new songs “Green Light” and “Liability” out now, I’m prepared to cry IRL.


     
  4. Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga’s performance during the Super Bowl was pretty epic, to say the least. It was a whole 15-20 minutes (however long it was) of pure singing and medleys with JUST HER. No one else came to join her and I was content. Now I  just need to witness this live.


     
  5. Majid Jordan

    This is more for me to make a mental note but also a way for me to get Majid Jordan’s name out there for everyone to know about. The last few months, I’ve been obsessed with the duo that make up Majid Jordan who give off a JMSN meets The Weeknd vibe.

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Lady Gaga Slays Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Lady Gaga, as expected, brought the house down with her Super Bowl Halftime performance. They had to open the roof of the stadium to accommodate her crazy show!Gaga started the show with her own short rendition of “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” and followed that with quoting the end of the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, suddenly Gaga leapt into the air and flew through the stadium onto a platform. We’d expect nothing less from Gaga who’s notorious for her theatrics.
 
She started her setlist with “Poker Face,” a Gaga classic. This song started the performance with a bang. Gaga was flying around the stadium and still managed amazing vocals. Next, she sang “Born This Way” with an incredible amount of energy. She was doing a full dance routine while singing, keeping the crowd engaged and eager for more.
Gaga then ran through “Telephone” and “Just Dance” with bursting energy. She came out on stage playing the Keytar and rocked out while she walked through the crowd and onto another stage. The stadium then quieted down, and Gaga sat at a piano and talked to the audience.
“We’re here to make you feel good. You wanna feel good with us?” she asked the audience and then began to sing “Million Reasons,” a song from her new album Joanne. The amount of passion in her voice was indescribable; this song was beautifully performed. The audience lit up with lights to add to the ambiance.
She did have to take a quick breather and shout out her parents mid song! They were probably happy to hear that. Gaga finished her set with “Bad Romance” where she danced for most of the song and then jumped off stage and disappeared.
With her awesome dance moves and incredible vocals, it’s safe to say that Lady Gaga slayed the Super bowl Halftime Show!

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The Evolution of Gaga

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Since her first album’s debut in 2008, Lady Gaga has brought her unique style and sound to the music scene, changing it forever. In eight short years, she has accomplished more than some artists do in their entire careers. From six Grammy awards to 13 MTV Music Video awards, and a leading role on American Horror Story (which earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Actress – Miniseries Television or Film), Lady Gaga is constantly reinventing herself, pushing the boundaries, and creating incredible art.
 
The mark of a great artist is his or her ability to continue to reinvent themselves, changing with the times and always offering something new and exciting for his or her fans. Lady Gaga seamlessly does this. Since her first album, The Fame, Gaga has continued to bring something new to each of her albums. The Fame was Gaga’s breakout album and earned her great acclaim for songs like “Just Dance” and “Paparazzi.” However, the second album was very pop and mainstream radio. This helped her find success, but as she continues to make new albums, she veers more and more away from the mainstream, pop sound. I personally love this. I wasn’t a huge fan of her first and second albums; I found them too pop and not very interesting. It wasn’t until Gaga released the album Born This Way that she truly embraced who she is as an artist and brought a new and exciting persona and sound to her music.
Born This Way was a huge success for Gaga. The album earned her an MTV Music Video Award for Best Female Video and Best Female Video with a Social Message in 2011. What was really incredible about this album was just that. Instead of the pop music she had previously been making, this album started to tackle real issues our society faces. It was an album of inspiration and empowerment. Gaga took a stand to speak for those who may feel not good enough, unwanted, or uncomfortable in their own skin. It was a new era of Gaga. This album also brought with it an entirely new sound. Gaga veered away from the pop sound, embracing an edgier, more raw vibe. She stopped softening her voice, letting her true vibrato come out and taking on more vocally powerful songs. For many, this is when Gaga truly became a more relatable artist and began to appeal to a larger variety of people.
Lady Gaga has continued down this path, with each album bringing her true persona and artistry to the forefront of her work. Her next album, Artpop, which featured mostly electronic sounds, continued to have songs with deeper meanings evoking a more emotional response. With songs like “Do What U Want” and “G.U.Y.,” she dealt with the abuse and commodification of the female body. She also addressed her own demons by singing about her struggle with alcohol and drugs in the song “Dope.” Artpop was an album that continued to show Gaga’s artistry as she embraced herself and her eccentricities.
Gaga’s new album Joanne is, in my opinion, her best album yet. It encompasses bits and pieces of the styles of each of her albums to create a true work of art. There are songs that are pop and catchy, harking back to the early days of Gaga, while also encompassing the more raw and emotional sounds that Gaga has brought into her music throughout the years. There are songs that are very personal to her, something that always helps fans connect to her as an artist. These songs, such as “Joanne,” “Million Reasons,” and “Diamond Heart” are personal, true to Gaga’s nature. There are also songs possessing a strong social message, like “Angel Down” and “Come to Mama.” The fun pop songs include “A-YO” and “Perfect Illusion.” This album has everything a Gaga fan could want, and truly shows how much her music and artistry has evolved from her early days.
With each album, Lady Gaga continues to get better and better, further imprinting a lasting mark on the music industry. If Gaga can accomplish everything she has as a musician and artist in less than a decade, one can only imagine her achievements in the future. One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is a master of reinvention, and as she grows as a person, her music and fans are able to grow with her.
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