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Nicki Minaj × Vogue Arabia

Nicki Minaj Covers September Issue of Vogue Arabia.

A fully-fledged member of rap’s fashion royalty, Nicki Minaj, who has more than 90 million followers on Instagram, has returned following a hiatus of nearly four years to drop her fourth album, Queen. In this moment when the fashion industry discusses inclusivity, diversity, and equality, it was only fitting that the cover story was shot in New York, just a few days before the Met Gala, by an all female-team. Renowned photographer Emma Summerton was behind the lens, while the styling was done by Anna Katsanis and overseen by Vogue Arabia fashion director Katie Trotter. The hair and makeup looks were created by Kim Kimble and Sheika Daley respectively.

Mermaid Life’s New Scents

Looking for something to ease the stress in life’s daily outcomes?

Allow yourself to breathe and melt away into a state of peace and relaxation with Mermaid Life’s Scented Candle.

So, light up your bathroom with their new scented candles as you soak in suds, or, just let yourself rest in a room to release away the day’s frustration and craziness.

The amazing grotto collection come in three different scents: the Pink-Mermaid time candle that gives a floral scent, Auqua-Aquatini that is more on the coconut/fruity vibe, and Brown-Driftwood for those who enjoy a more earthy/ginger smell.

Want to hear something even more amazing? All the candles are reusable!

Check out the candles here as they are $22 each to amp up the scent of your home today!

Anita Baker’s Farewell Concert Series

Just recently, Anita Baker announces a Los Angeles performance at the iconic Greek Theatre for September 13th as a part of her farewell concert series.

Baker is an American singer and songwriter who has had a passion for music since the 1970s. As you can see, she is a true legend.

This is the only Southern California appearance so you don’t want to miss this.

The Greek Theatre is located at 2700 North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.

The performance will take place at the theatre at 8 PM.

Tickets go on sale August 10th at noon through AXS.com. Ticket prices range from $59.50 to $149.50, plus applicable service changes.

2019 Lexus ES 350 Longer, Lower, Wider

By: Shin Takei, Automotive Editor at Large

Following the debut of the RC and LS models, the all new 2019 Lexus ES series features their Global Architecture-K (GA-K} platform and is longer, lower and wider than previous ES model. Realistically it looks much better than its predecessor and despite its lower roof, there’s more room inside. There are three models offered at this time, the ES 350, ES 350H and for the first time the ES 350 F-Sport. The signature spindle grill is a vertical pattern in the ES 350 and 350H while for the F-Sport it’s similar to the LS with a wider meshed “L” pattern. The overall look is a smooth, fluid faster looking shape. Three wheel choices are available; standard 17,” 18” and the 19” for the F-Sport. Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 (2GR-FKS) engine that develops 302 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm the ES still returns 22mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. Each ES is built by a team lead by Master Craftsmen who go through rigorous technical training back in Japan. This includes strict discipline such as to feel by touch tolerances in panel gaps and surface irregularities.

The GA-K chassis is an extremely rigid chassis with structural adhesives and laser-weld screws as well as reinforcements for the front strut towers to improve front end stiffness. Sound deadening insulation covers 93% of the floor plan and performance dampeners reduce vibration on all Ultra Luxury and F-Sport models. Furthermore, the wheels are designed to direct road noise into the tire chamber to help quiet the ride. Dynamic Control shocks were designed to smooth out the ride and reduce roll. In the F-Sport Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) is offered with 650 levels of adjustment to deliver optimal ride and precise control. Instead of the steering column mounted power steering assist, a rack-assist Electric Power Steering (EPS) has been incorporated to provide precise feedback.

The ES is equipped with a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to choose from Eco, Normal and Sports node for the AVS cars and those with AVS gets Sports S, Sports S+ and Custom where there are three engine and transmission programs and two steering and suspension programs. Fun stuff like quicker throttle response, faster shifting and steering parameters are enhanced. The Eco Mode is for those more environmentally concerned and the ES 350h has an all new Hybrid drivetrain that gets up to 44 combined mpg. We will report on this car when we have time to test it later. For the ES the already driver-centric cockpit has been further enhanced with a Seat in Control concept which places all instruments and switches within the direct view and reach of the driver with up to an 8” LCD display as well as an optional Heads-Up display. An additional Multi-Media display sits high in the line of sight with up to a 12.3” Navigation Electro Multi Vision (EMV) screen. All of this is accessible through an updated Remote Touch Interface (RTI). Headroom was increased despite the lower roofline because of a lower hip point and headliner positioning. A more natural steering wheel angle as well as revised pedal position and the 10-way power adjustable seats contribute to a comfortable driving environment. There are three interior color schemes, four types of trim and three different material choices for the seats. The F-Sport gets an additional Circuit Red seats and door panels. There are three wood trims and for the F Sport an aluminum trim inspired by the Japanese sword called Hadori Aluminum is included.

Being connected is now a breeze with the ES with Apple CarPlay© and Amazon Alexa©. While the standard audio is a 10-speaker Pioneer system, the optional Mark Levinson with 17 speakers and 1,800 watts of power is available for the audiophile. Onboard Wi-Fi by Verizon is standard and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect is free for a year and Lexus Enform Service Connect reminds you of maintenance schedules. Other features include Lexus Enform Remote that connects your phone with your ES to perform certain functions, Lexus Safety System 2.0 with daytime bicyclist detection, Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Assist (LDA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), All Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Road Sign Assist (RSA) in case you missed it.

So how does it drive? The ES 350 is a pretty nice package of comfort and performance which brings the car to previously uncharted territory and finally cuts the grade with its rivals. The F Sport brings excitement by being a worthy contender with added emotional content. Because of the engineering, one might forget that the ES is still a front drive configuration until it is driven to the limit and even if so, it retains its composure. Most drivers will never get there but it is reassuring to know that if you ever do, the ES will be quite stable. The steering has enough feel and stability and directs the car exactly where you want it to go in spirited driving. It’s refreshing to think you can drive an ES hard and actually enjoy it.

The result of Chief Designer Yasuo Kajino and Chief Engineer Yasuhiro Sakakibara’s creation is remarkable. They set out to move on from the past image often associated with the ES which were good but boring or unexciting. The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a car to look forward to specially if you are looking into buying or leasing a car in this crowded segment. You will be looking forward to driving this car for fun and not just a car to transport yourself to and from your destination.

For more information visit: www.lexus.com

YELLOW CLAW × ECHOSTAGE DC

DO YOU LIKE BASS?

By Diana Macaraeg × Vaughn Lowery

(Featured photo by Harley Lunar)

On Friday night, DC’s Echostage presented EDM’s favorite Dutch DJ duo Yellow Claw (consisting of Jim Taihuttu and Nils Rondhuis), along with GRLZ, Boogie T, and Moksi. Ranked at #1 in DJ Magazine’s USA list of nightclubs, Echostage proved that it had no troubles selling out tickets with line down a block of crazed fans in rave attire and Yellow Claw gear.

GRLZ, Boogie T, and Moksi filled the two story venue with high energy, bass dropping beats that perfectly transitioned into Yellow Claw’s set.

Yellow Claw had started off with their signature intro song “Untouchable,” with its lyrics shown on the screen demanding the crowds attention. Their set included songs from their latest album New Blood, with a mix of their label Barong Family hits and previous collaborations from artists like Pusha T, DJ Snake, Lil Debbie, Sophie Simmons, Yade Lauren and many more. During the set, they were joined by one of their label artists and earlier performers, Moksi to perform their iconic Moksi Switch Up remixes.

After their performance, the crowd chanted their famous tagline, “Yellow Mother F***** Claw!” and they gladly returned to the stage playing an extra 10 minutes, along with giving their fans a special treat of playing their 2013 major hit, “DJ Turn it Up.”

Being a super fan/Yellow Claw Soldier since 2013, every concert, every mixtape, every album, every collaboration, every piece of merchandise, every documentary, Yellow Claw never ceases to amaze me. Being able to watch them live is to the only way to bow down to The Party Gods. #YMFC

Yellow Claws tour continues worldwide, and check out their latest music video, “Down on Love” ft. Yade Lauren & Moksi here.

Jordyn Jones Releases New Video

Can’t Say No written by Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola, Jimmy Burney, and Jordyn Jones.

Produced By: Damon Sharpe, Eric Sanicola

Music video directed by Alex Di Marco

Produced by: Hustlecake

Watch the video for Can’t Say No here

Jordyn Jones is a singer, actress, dancer, model and social media influencer. Jordyn got her break as a dancer in “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”, which led her to perform on the biggest stages including MTV Video Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Dancing with the Stars, etc.

Her social media following started to skyrocket because of her newfound fame. As a digital influencer, Jordyn has secured deals with some of the most reputable brands such as Revlon, Sprint, MaybellineNY, and Warner Bros Studios, and modeled for brands such as Prada, MiuMiu, Guess, Mudd Jeans, Brandy Melville, and Skechers. Her infectious personality has also landed programming contracts with AwesomenessTV and Facebook.

Jordyn’s singing career is gaining momentum quickly as she garners attention from industry professionals. She continues to release music through Capitol Music Group, some of which has been licensed in film, television, and brand campaigns. Jordyn is currently in the studio recording new music and will be touring in Fall 2018.

Jordyn’s acting credits include a starring role in Brat’s digital series The Overnights, Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”, and YouTube Red’s “Dance Camp” (directed by John Chu).

Jordyn is an all-around force to be reckoned with and definitely one to watch this 2018!

Instagram @jordynjones

Twitter @jjjordynjones 

Youtube Stepsgirl 

Alison Wonderland Kicks Off Headline Tour

Tonight, Alison Wonderland will launch her summer U.S. headline tour with a sold-out show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. A second Denver show has been added on August 4. The run includes concerts at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre (August 10) and Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles (August 17). See below for itinerary. Tickets are available at alisonwonderland.com.

The outing follows Wonderland’s performances at numerous festivals. Run The Trap hailed her set at Belgium’s Tomorrowland as “a work of art, unforgettable.” Dancing Astronaut named her as one of the “artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening” and ran this Q&A with WonderlandThe Chicago Tribune said, “Alison Wonderland, the only woman appearing on a main stage this year, ushered in the evening with a buoyant set that featured her singles ‘Church’ and ‘Easy.’ Billboard ranked her performance among the Top 5 Dance Highlights at Coachella and noted, “Wonderland came to the table with nothing but a home run on the menu.”

Naming her as one of the “breakout musicians ready to rock your summer,” Elle observed, ‘Wonderland’ punctuates lyrics about self-worth and self-care with soul-thumping beats.” She is touring in support of her sophomore album, AWAKE (Astralwerks), which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 a feat she also accomplished with her self-titled 2015 debut album, Run.

Wonderland brought her writing and producing skills to each of AWAKE’s 14 tracks and was joined in the studio by a red-hot roster of collaborators, including Joel Little (Lorde), Illangelo (The Weeknd), Party Favor (Mad Decent) and long-time friend Lido. Features include Chief Keef on “Dreamy Dragon” and Trippie Redd on “High.”

One of the latest remixes from AWAKE is from Valentino Khan. One of EDM’s biggest names, Khan has collaborated with the likes of Diplo, Skrillex and Steve Aoki and regularly flips the biggest tracks from the world’s biggest stars. His thunderous remix of “Good Enough” pushes up the BPM to fever pitch, combining his impeccable production chops with the ghosts of UK bassline and hardcore. Check out Khan’s up for it, rave-ready remix of “Good Enough” HERE.

EDM Tunes praised London-based duo Billion’s ‘dance ready remix’ of “Easy.” Billion comprising Ed Butler and Robbie Lamond are known for their eclectic blend of garage, house and techno and have earned support from the BBC’s Skream, Annie Mac and Mistajam. Download / stream “Easy” (Billion Remix) HERE.

Kaivon who found his audience with a striking series of singles based on the theme of rebirth has also remixed “Easy.” In a track premiere, YourEDM.com said, “Kaivon keeps the emotional tone while pumping up the energy just a bit, turning the more ballad-like original into a future bass climax. It’s not hard to imagine the pyrotechnics that might accompany this track in a set, or the reaction from the crowd when it’s dropped.” Download / stream “Easy” (Kaivon Remix) HERE.

Alison Wonderland North American Headline Tour

8/3  Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre  SOLD OUT 

8/4  Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre  Tickets HERE

8/5 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up  Tickets HERE

8/10  Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theatre Tickets HERE

8/11  Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom Tickets HERE

8/17  Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall  Tickets HERE

8/24 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom  Tickets HERE

8/25  San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium  Tickets HERE

8/31 Washington, DC @ Echostage SOLD OUT

9/1  Washington, DC @ Echostage Tickets HERE

EVVIE MCKINNEY RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE

NEW YORK, NY (August 3, 2018) — After making history as the very first winner of FOX’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, Evvie McKinney returned to the show’s season 2 finale last night to perform her debut single “How Do You Feel” for the very first time.

Executive produced by The Four judge Sean “Diddy” Combs, “How Do You Feel” is available via Republic Records HERE now.

“I knew Evvie was special from the moment she walked on that stage, she had that star quality and an incredible voice. I have a good intuition about talent and I got that feeling with her. This song is a smash and this the just the beginning of her journey,” said Combs.

In case you missed it, watch the show stopping performance again HERE! (Post & Share)

How Do You Feel” illuminates both the power and nuances of Evvie’s voice. She delivers emotionally charged verses before a soaring and soulful hook confronting a cheating ex.

It’s the perfect introduction to her sound, and it heralds the release of more new music from the 20-year-old rising powerhouse very soon.

ABOUT EVVIE MCKINNEY:

With undeniable spirit, mile-high range, and earthquaking delivery, Evvie McKinney exudes her own sense of style, swagger, and soul that’s both classic and current.

Born and raised in the birthplace of Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Memphis, TN, the 20-year-old made history when she emerged as the first winner of FOX’s hit series The Four: Battle For Stardom. However, her journey began at five-years-old when she joined her first choir at the urging of her mother and musician father. One of seven kids, she faced hardship throughout childhood with dad passing in 2005 and mom struggling to support the family. Living in a home provided by Habitat for Humanity, Evvie pursued her dream relentlessly. She went from the Young Actors Guild Theatre and Dance Company to Stax Music Academy where she assumed the role of lead singer and actress. Along the way, she performed for everyone from David Porter to LaLa Hathaway and shared the stage with Sam of Sam and Dave and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, to name a few. By 2015, she achieved a National YoungArts Foundation scholarship and would be recognized as its “Merit Winner” in Popular Voice.

2017 saw her audition for The Four. From the jump, she instantly captured the hearts of millions by belting out classics from Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in addition to serving up a heart-wrenching rendition of the Academy® Award-winning “Glory” by Common and John Legend. Now, she stands poised to leave an indelible mark on soul with her debut single “How Do You Feel” and more music on the horizon.

The Aquabats Launch Kickstarter Campaign

TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign featuring Jack Black, Weird Al Yankovic and others in a new video entitled “I Am The Aquabats!” The Emmy-winning collective is gathering a Legion of Righteous Comrades (fans new and old) to rally in support of new music and new episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show! The band has heeded the longtime call of its loyal following – and are working with them to bring it all back! Click here to join the Legion.

The Aquabats’ leader, The MC Bat Commander, explains: “We’re gathering a Legion of Righteous Comrades that believes in the importance of sharing music, adventures and pizza. Only with the help of our homies from around the world can we bring back The Aquabats! Super Show! and make awesome new music and TV for the next generation.”

The Kickstarter campaign runs for one month, from July 31 at 10am PST through September 1 at 8pm PST, featuring a new episodic adventure as The MC Bat Commander leads fans on a quest to re-assemble The Aquabats while fending off some of their oldest foes – all while releasing new rewards and special surprises! The campaign will culminate in a live, climactic concert/telethon/finale hosted by The Aquabats at The El Rey Theatre featuring special guests, last-minute surprises, and a livestream countdown for those who can’t attend in person.

The campaign has two goals: To fund the full-time return of The Aquabats, leading to the first new episodes of The Aquabats! Super Show! since 2014, and the first new studio album since 2011; and to create a groundswell of support that tells the world: in an era of over-serious superheroes and hip cynicism, it’s time for a change. It’s time for the return of The Aquabats!

Jack Black and Electric Dynamite have also signed on to the new season in an Executive Producer capacity, should the campaign be successful and the show moves into production.

The Aquabats’ comrade, Jack Black, explains: “Ever since I met the MC Bat Commander on the set of Yo Gabba Gabba, I knew we were destined to become allies. Today, I’m excited to officially join forces with The Aquabats and our Righteous Comrades around the world. Together, we can save rock and roll for the kids… and us all. This is an extremely important mission, and I hope you’ll join us.”

The team spearheading the campaign comes from notable crowdfunding campaigns like Veronica Mars, Reading Rainbow, Super Troopers 2, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

To thank backers for their support, the campaign will offer a wide variety of exclusive rewards and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, for pledges ranging from $10 to $10,000,000. The more notable rewards include original accessories designed by long-time band collaborator and noted designer Paul Frank, on-set and on-screen experiences during the filming of Super Show’s next season, and even the creation of a private album recorded for, and owned entirely by, the backer. At the highest tier of support, The Aquabats will buy a private island, legally rename it Aquabania, and appoint the supporter to a three-year term as the island’s first “Prime Minister.”

Additionally, the Legion can support The Aquabats by completing both solo and community missions that boost The Aquabats’ signal, recruit more members to the Legion and unlock more awesome rewards and upgrades for all backers.

For more campaign information, to donate, and sign up for secret missions, visit www.wearetheaquabats.com and follow @TheAquabats on Twitter and Instagram.

About The Aquabats

TV’s punk rock superheroes The Aquabats formed in 1994 in Orange County as a way to have some harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously. Their Paul Frank designed “power belts,” trademark blue rash guards, black eye masks, “anti-negativity” helmets and onstage antics quickly caught on, earning the group a fiercely loyal following that spans generations. Their line-up and music is continuously evolving, including Blink 182’s Travis Barker as former drummer “Baron Von Tito.” To date, The Aquabats’ music library includes The Return of the Aquabats (1996), The Fury of the Aquabats! (1997), The Aquabats vs. The Floating Eye of Death(1999), Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 (2000), Yo! Check Out This Ride! (EP, 2004) Charge!! (2005), Radio Down! (EP, 2010), Hi-Five Soup! (2011). Current Aquabats are Christian Jacobs, “The MC Bat Commander” (lead singer), Chad Larson, “Crash McLarson” (bass, vocals), Ian Fowles, “EagleBones FalconHawk” (guitar), Richard Falomir, “Ricky Fitness” (drums), and James Briggs, “Jimmy the Robot” (keyboards, woodwinds, vocals).

About The Aquabats! Super Show!

In 2012, the band debuted The Aquabats! Super Show!, a live-action musical action comedy television series which aired on the Hub Network. The show received eight Daytime EMMY nominations and one win. Super Show!’s run was cut short when The Hub closed in 2014, leaving fans demanding a return ever since.

5 Seconds of Summer Premiere of “YOUNGBLOOD” Video

Open up your YouTube app because the heartthrob boy band 5 Seconds of Summer just released their video for new song Youngblood.

The track has a relentless thumping rhythm where the members are shown to switch from a delicate verses to a booming chorus that will have you singing at the top of your lungs. Their new song is a mixture between pop and EDM–getting the best of both worlds.

Their new album is out now on Capitol Records. The video, directed by Frank Borin, was filmed in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Tokyo. Check out this masterpiece of a video right here.

Not only do the band members find Japan aesthetically pleasing, but it has a much deeper meaning to them spiritually:

“There are many wonderful, interesting, and captivating subcultures all over the world. In every corner of this earth there are groups of inventors, visionaries, thrill seekers, and boundary pushers…The Japanese Rockabilly culture is that of a renaissance and a beautiful flare of passion for everything old and new and that makes this particular subculture so interesting and amazing to us. We hope you enjoy this video. Thank you for allowing us to be explorative with the concepts we choose to visually express our songs to you. Thank you to everyone that brought this video to life,” says the band’s vocal artist and drummer, Ashton Irwin.

Along with Irwin, the video’s director, Borin, shares:

“About 10 years ago I was shooting in Tokyo and was walking through Yoyogi park when I came upon this huge group of Japanese rockabilly guys and girls. Every Sunday, they were dressed to the nines in full rockabilly gear, doing their hair out in public, taping up their decades old boots, and dancing the day away to 50’s music blasting on their boombox. Flash forward to 10 years later, 5SOS was releasing Youngblood and the band and I were collaborating on another video together. The band were really into the ideas of highlighting the rockabilly crew and we hung out with them for a couple days. They took us around Tokyo and gave us a peak into their world which really lent itself to the spirit of the song and ultimately became the video.”

You can order tickets for 5SOS’s Meet You There Tour here as they are on sale now at LiveNation.com. It will be a 25-city North American headline outing that launches August 27 in Toronto, ON. The full itinerary can be found here.

Already, Youngblood is recorded to have debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. What’s cooler is that 5SOS is now the only band in chart history to see its first three-length studio albums enter the chart at No. 1.