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MARIAH to perform Live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve!

December 01, 2016

GLOBAL ICON MARIAH CAREY TO PERFORM FOR OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE MOMENTS BEFORE THE BALL DROPS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE […]

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MARIAH to perform Live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve!

GLOBAL ICON MARIAH CAREY TO PERFORM FOR OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE MOMENTS BEFORE THE BALL DROPS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE ON “DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2017”

CAREY WILL BE JOINED IN TIMES SQUARE BY MUSIC SUPERSTARS DNCE, THOMAS RHETT AND GLORIA ESTEFAN WITH THE CAST OF HER HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL
“ON YOUR FEET!”

FERGIE RETURNS TO HOST THE BILLBOARD HOLLYWOOD PARTY WHILE JENNY MCCARTHY REPORTS LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017”
Begins Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC from New York’s Times Square

Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2016) – Fourteen-time Billboard Music Award winner and ten-time American Music Award winner Mariah Carey will give the last big performance of 2016 when she performs live for over one million people in Times Square moments before the ball drops on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017.” Multi-platinum selling band DNCE, international superstar Gloria Estefan with the cast of her smash hit Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! and chart-topping country artist Thomas Rhett are set to join Carey for performances in the hours leading up to the 2017 countdown on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. Carey was the first artist to perform live from Times Square on the program in 2005 and will return to perform her greatest hits during the 45th anniversary of America’s biggest celebration of the year.

“I am so excited to return to ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ and feel blessed to be a part of this year’s magical celebration,” said Mariah Carey. “I can’t wait to perform once again for my incredible fans as we ring in the New Year together live from Times Square.”

“Mariah was the first live performance from Times Square in 2005 when I joined Dick Clark as co-host,” said host and executive producer Ryan Seacrest. “After nearly a decade, I’m excited to join her again in Times Square, along with all our incredible performances, to ring in 2017.”

In addition to these performances, actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy will report live from Times Square while Superstar Fergie returns to host the Billboard Hollywood Party.

America’s biggest celebration of the year will include 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City as he has for the last 11 years.

A true trailblazer, Mariah Carey has earned acclaim in all facets of her career as a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. As the best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. Carey has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, 10 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. Referred to as the “songbird supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register. She is equally distinguished as a songwriter, penning all but one of her #1 singles, including “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “One Sweet Day” and “We Belong Together,” to name a few. Carey has also gained acclaim as an actress and was awarded the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance in Precious (2009). Beyond industry honors, her popularity is evident across social media, with 21 million Facebook fans and 16 million Twitter followers. Mariah Carey is on Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO FIFTH HARMONY ON THEIR AMA AWARD!!!! Collaboration of the year: “Work From Home” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

November 28, 2016

Fifth Harmony wins at the AMA’s! The ladies also performed their latest single “That’s My Girl” at the 2016 American […]

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CONGRATULATIONS TO FIFTH HARMONY ON THEIR AMA AWARD!!!! Collaboration of the year: “Work From Home” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Fifth Harmony wins at the AMA’s! The ladies also performed their latest single “That’s My Girl” at the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 20) night.

The five-member girl group brought the stylish post-apocalyptic vibes to the AMAs with a detailed set that brought to mind Mad Max relocated to a New York City back alley. “That’s My Girl,” whose honking horns recall “Worth It,” is an immediately likable R&B dance banger, and the group’s complicated choreography is a treat in an era when most pop stars aren’t particularly impressive dancers.

Watch it via Billboard HERE

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A Tribe Called Quest Returns to a Changed World With Joy and Grief – The New York Times

November 18, 2016

In the music business, when you disappear for a long stretch of time, you abandon your right to grouse about […]

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A Tribe Called Quest Returns to a Changed World With Joy and Grief – The New York Times

In the music business, when you disappear for a long stretch of time, you abandon your right to grouse about how things have changed in your absence. Nostalgia is a cheap crutch and a lame weapon. When the whole world is changing, though, disappearing and then re-emerging in different circumstances can be more deeply destabilizing. The things you held dear might be missing, or under attack. Adjusting is a full-time job.

Last week, the members of A Tribe Called Quest, one of the essential groups of the 1990s, came back after nearly two decades into a hip-hop world that had iterated a dozen or more times; they didn’t flinch. And they returned in a moment when America’s racial tensions were at an outrageous level; they stepped into action.

It’s been 18 years since A Tribe Called Quest released an album — enough time for eight years of George W. Bush and almost eight years of Barack Obama, for Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar, Sept. 11 and Black Lives Matter, Drake and Young Thug, the rise of streaming and the fall of the record store.

In its day, the group was at the vanguard of hip-hop’s progressive wing, an exquisite balance of philosophical and attitudinal, melodic inventiveness and subwoofer thump. Its internal politics were sometimes rancorous, though, which meant that last year’s reunion was a pleasant surprise.

The members were recording the often stunning new album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service,” when Phife Dawg, one of the group’s rappers, died in March. The record reckons with shifting sands, both internal and external, personal and political. But strikingly, not musical. The group’s commitment to its history and sonic signatures is intact, and impressive, and rewarding.

In truth, it’s hard to tell if the version of A Tribe Called Quest captured on this album — the core members Q-Tip, Phife and Ali Shaheed Muhammad; the sometime member Jarobi White, here back on equal footing; and the longtime associates/de facto affiliates Consequence and Busta Rhymes — is even paying much mind to the surrounding music world. The musicians’ giddiness at working together, at being in the same room, is palpable. They trade lines with a bubbly verve, the sort of eager overlap that comes from working in close quarters with old friends.

It all makes for an album that interweaves social and political truth-telling with extreme personal joy, all under a cloud of heartache. The range of grief and grievance Q-Tip spans on this album is dizzying. His voice is still piercingly nasal, his lyrics full of tightly condensed abstractions: “Used to see the TV screen as the place to land my dream in.” On songs like “Kids…” and “Ego,” he raps with wisdom earned over years while still acknowledging the knuckleheaded power of the version of himself that once was young.

Q-Tip’s production on the album manages to thicken the group’s traditional sumptuous warmth for the modern ear — its old sound amplified, not rebuilt — without tinkering too intensely with the old component parts: a therapeutic low end, stinging drums, unlikely samples, a rich understanding of how genres bleed into one another.

Phife was as sharp as ever here, full of his slick sports metaphors, and also serious about structural social inequality, as on “Whateva Will Be”:

So am I ’posed to be dead or doing life in prison?
Just another dummy caught up in the system
Unruly hooligan who belongs in Spofford
Versus getting that degree at Stanford or Harvard
Threatened by my work ethic, the way I speak, yo
Should I be mentally weak versus being Malik, though?
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A cavalcade of guests show up to pay respect: André 3000 delivers a characteristically mercurial verse on “Kids…,” Elton John plays relaxed piano on the strolling “Solid Wall of Sound,” Jack White peels off a caustic guitar solo at the end of “Lost Somebody,” Kendrick Lamar delivers angry grit on “Conrad Tokyo” and Kanye West bellows a hook on “The Killing Season.”

And the verses from Jarobi White, long the group’s lost member, suggest a great hip-hop career that never was. On “The Killing Season,” he’s scathing, invoking and updating “Strange Fruit”: “These fruitful trees are rooted in bloody soil and torment/ Things haven’t really changed or they’re dormant for the moment.”

While this reunion-cum-tribute album was born of personal need, it ends up rising to meet a social and political moment it couldn’t have wholly anticipated (though on “Conrad Tokyo,” Phife does refer to Donald J. Trump hosting “Saturday Night Live” last year: “Troublesome times, kid/ no time for comedy”).

On Saturday night, the group was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” for the first episode after the contentious election. Dave Chappelle was the host, and the episode tried hard to grapple with the country’s new political uncertainty.

The group performed “We the People…” and “The Space Program,” two of the more bluntly political songs on the new album. At the end of “The Space Program,” the group was joined onstage by Consequence and Busta Rhymes. All of them chanted “Let’s make something happen,” then gathered for a deep embrace, heads down. That gesture was a security blanket and a balm — a healing of a still-fresh wound, and a model for gathering love in the face of unpredictable trauma.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/arts/music/a-tribe-called-quest.html?_r=0

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MARIAH CAREY JOINS AN INCREDIBLE LIST OF MUSICAL ARTISTS ON ‘THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION’ AND ‘THE DISNEY PARKS’ MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION’

November 18, 2016

Global superstar Mariah Carey joins the holiday event of the season as Disney and ABC celebrate the most wonderful time […]

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MARIAH CAREY JOINS AN INCREDIBLE LIST OF MUSICAL ARTISTS ON ‘THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY: MAGICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION’ AND ‘THE DISNEY PARKS’ MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION’

Global superstar Mariah Carey joins the holiday event of the season as Disney and ABC celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Carey will captivate audiences from outside It’s a Small World at Disneyland Park, performing her unforgettable holiday hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” one of the biggest Christmas songs of all time. “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” will air THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” willair SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

The best-selling female artist of all time, with more than 220 million records sold and eighteen #1 singles – the most for any solo artist in history – Mariah Carey is a luminous and enduring talent who has enthralled audiences for a quarter-century. Known for her distinct five-octave vocal range, she is equally distinguished as a songwriter, penning all but one of her #1 singles, including “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “One Sweet Day” and “We Belong Together,” more than any other solo artist.

As a singer, songwriter and producer, Carey has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards and BMI’s coveted Icon Award, among myriad others, and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and the World Music Awards’ World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. Beyond industry honors, her popularity is evident across social media, with 21 million Facebook fans and 16 million Twitter followers.

Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world’s most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

Previously announced performers include and Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Gavin DeGraw, Jordan Fisher, Flo Rida, JoJo, OneRepublic and Trisha Yearwood.

The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

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