On January 21, 2013, R&B songstress Beyonce Knowles performed the American national anthem at President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration, held at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. While her performance received a positive response from critics and celebrities. Billboard Magazine wrote “she delivered a stunningly inspired version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’”, while a reviewer for the New York Post praised Knowles for “a flawless rendition”. British journalist and television host Piers Morgan used his personal Twitter account to write, “And THAT’S why she’s the No1 performer in world music….. incredible!.” Shortly after the performance, Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois of the US Marine Band reportedly told some news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, that Beyonce’s performance was pre-recorded and she lip-synced the entire track. She later clarified her statement and removed the implication of lip-syncing because she was possibly threatened with a huge lawsuit. According to Marine Corps media officer Eric Flanagan, stated the following, “However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event.” After the lip-synced performance haters went on a rampage and disappointment was seen all over Twitter with tweets of disgust from fans that Beyonce would do something so disrespectful. » Read more..
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Terius Youngdell Nash, better known by his stage name The-Dream, is a singer-songwriter and record producer. He is known for co-writing chart topping hits such as “Baby“ for Justin Bieber, “Umbrella“ for Rihanna and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)“ for Beyoncé, as well as for his three solo albums, Love Hate, Love vs. Money, and Love King. The Dream also produced, co-wrote and was featured on a song for 2 Chainz titled “Extremely Blessed”, which is featured on his 2012 album titled Based on a T.R.U. Story. In addition to music, The-Dream revealed he is currently working on a TV reality series for MTV where he will scout aspiring singers and plans to release a clothing line called Millionaire Love Affair. The-Dream’s next anticipated album has been retitled and delayed repeatedly as the artist has been going through his personal issues within his own life and within the industry. It was originally titled Love Affair and scheduled for release during June 2011. Subsequent delays have seen it change title to The Love, IV, Love IV: Diary of a Madman then Love IV MMXII. In June 2011 The-Dream released double promotional singles titled “Body Work” and “Fuck My Brains Out” to the internet. Followed by a free 10-track album on the internet entitled “1977″ in August 2011, however, Terius Nash: 1977 will be made available for purchase starting on December 18, 2012. Check out the sexy new video for his single off the album called » Read more..
Radric Davis, who goes by the stage name “Gucci Mane,” was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but moved to East Atlanta Georgia; Zone 6. Radric chose his stage name “Gucci Mane” based off his father’s nickname “Gucci Man,” who was a hustler. He had been living with a single mother and first began recording music at the young age of fourteen years old. Though Gucci had really loved to write poetry at a young age, he had gotten especially excited and passionate about creating rap music after seeing artists like Big Daddy Kane achieve success. He formerly worked with Big Cat Records who provided him with studio time and helped release his records. Big Cat discovered Gucci while they were doing time in jail together. Gucci let loose a crazy freestyle and Big Cat understood that he had a lot of talent. They started by promoting his single “Black Tee,” which garnered Gucci a lot of attention from radio stations and club DJ’s. He even got a lot of calls from record labels hoping to sign him. Even though Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis has parted with Big Cat, he still respects the studio time, hustle, and stardom that was achieved together. Since moving on from Big Cat Records, Gucci has developed his own lineup of artists affiliated with his self-established “So Icey Entertainment” label that include: OJ Da Juiceman, Zaytoven, Wooh Da Kid, Frenchie, Waka Flocka Flame, and Chilla Pertilla. Gucci Mane is back with a new single called “North Pole” produced by Mike Will. Check out his new video and also “Trap Back” mixtape trailer below… » Read more..