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Top Tips to Cut Prom Costs and Still Guarantee a Great Night

Today, high school proms have evolved into red carpet events that can easily cost families hundreds of dollars. But the good news is that, according to the experts, there’s no need to blow your savings account on prom – you can do it on a budget and still ensure that your child has the time of their lives. Whether it’s buying outfits, arranging transport or getting hair and makeup on point, there are plenty of budget-friendly alternatives that you can swap for while still making sure that your teen looks and feels a million dollars on the night. We’ve put together some of the best money-saving tips for parents for the upcoming prom season. 

#1. Saving on the Prom Dress or Tux:

If you’ve got a daughter who’s going to prom, then chances are her dress is going to take the biggest chunk out of your budget. But the good news is that there are several things you can do in order to save money on the dress, or at least get a more value-for-money option. And the same goes if your teen is wearing a tux. 

Buy online – online shopping is a godsend when it comes to getting a prom dress or a tux. You can often find budget-friendly options at online stores. For instance, Jovani stock dresses to suit every budget (without the quality being compromised) which might be worth exploring . And, don’t just look at dedicated prom sites too; you may be surprised at what comes up in the evening dress section of your favorite online clothing store or the suit section at a popular menswear retailer. 

Rent – since the dress or tux is only going to be worn for the one night, renting instead of buying is a sensible option – however, this will mean that your teen has to be extra careful not to damage their outfit on the night. If you’re willing to take this risk, renting instead of purchasing outright can save a significant amount. 

Second hand – finally, whether you’re getting a dress or a tux for your teen, don’t rule out second-hand options. There will be plenty of parents selling off last years’ prom outfits at bargain prices. 

#2. Save on Accessories:

When it comes to accessorizing a prom outfit, you can end up spending much more than you’d bargained for if you’re not careful – especially if your teen wants the full works! Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you stay within your budget:

Keep it simple – according to the experts, this year it’s all about the earrings – so investing in a stunning pair of earrings will finish the outfit off nicely. Excessive bling isn’t on trend anymore, so there’s no need to go all out with necklaces, bracelets and rings. If you’re choosing accessories for a tux, a pair of quality cufflinks are ideal. Don’t forget that these are items that can be used again and again, so they make perfect graduation gifts too. 

Shoes – there’s plenty of dancing to be had at prom, so don’t overspend on shoes that are probably going to be coming off within the first couple of hours.

#3. Showstopping Makeup and Hair on a Budget:

Makeup is a must for most teenagers at prom – whether it’s a full face or a slick of tinted moisturizer. When it comes to makeup:

Multitasking products are your friend – if you’re getting new cosmetic items for your teen for prom, then opt for items that can double up, like lipsticks that double as cheek stain, or eye pencils that can be used for filling in brows. 

Use what you have – there’s no need to experiment with an entirely new makeup look for prom. If your teen already wears makeup, chances are they have a look in mind that they are comfortable with, and the products that they already have will probably do just fine. 

Practice makes perfect – when it comes to hair, going to a salon might not be necessary. Check out Pinterest and YouTube tutorials, and spend some time practicing styles beforehand so you can DIY it. 

#4. Arrive in Style for Less:

Celebrating with a meal and arriving to prom in style can be pricey, so keep these tips in mind:

Check out coupon sites – websites like Groupon can be an ideal place to look if you want to find the best deals on limo hire in your area, plus discounted meals at posh restaurants fit for a prom queen or king. 

Host it yourself – instead of a fancy restaurant, hosting a pre-prom dinner at your home or a cheap local venue can help to cut costs, especially if you get all the parents involved when it comes to bringing a dish along. 

Do you have any money-saving tips for prom of your own to add? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Week in Music

HOLLYWOOD RECORDS ARTISTS PERFORM AT LOLLAPALOOZA

BEA MILLER

AUGUST 3RD, 1:50 PM @ AMERICAN EAGLE
AUGUST 3RD, 1:50 PM @ TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA
AUGUST 2ND, 11PM @ PARK WEST/OFFICIAL LOLLA AFTERSHOW

AUGUST 3RD, 3:45PM @ LAKE SHORE

SOFIA CARSON RELEASES NEW “CICLO SIN FIN” (CIRCLE OF LIFE) VIDEO

“CICLO SIN FIN” WILL BE FEATURED ON THE SPANISH VERSION OF THE LION KING SOUNDTRACK. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

TINI DROPS “SUELTATE EL PELO” VIDEO

THE NEW VIDEO FROM TINI IS OUT TODAY. WATCH IT HERE.

QUEEN’S “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” HITS ONE BILLION STREAMS

QUEEN’S ICONIC BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY VIDEO HAS REACHED A MILESTONE ONE BILLION STREAMS ON YOUTUBE. THE NEWLY REMASTERED VIDEO IS AVAILABLE NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON QUEEN’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. WATCH IT HERE

Loren Gray Drops Two New Singles

LOREN GRAY SHARES TWO NEW SINGLES “OPTIONS” AND “LIE LIKE THAT”

Honda Stage Launches Loren’s First Live Performance Videos Today

Download / Stream “Options”  / “Lie Like That” HERE

Self-made phenomenon Loren Gray released two new singles today: the sinuous, pulsating “Options” and the haunting “Lie Like That.” She teamed up with Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey, The Chainsmokers) to write and produce both tracks, bringing in collaborators Nija (Jason Derulo, Chris Brown) on “Options” and Australian artist Ivy Adara on “Lie Like That.” The two-track single is available HERE.

Honda/Uproxx has been following Loren since last November, covering some of her biggest career “firsts,” including her Forever 21 Times Square billboard reveal, her first Christmas at home in Pottstown, PA after signing her deal with Virgin Records, her first performance of an original song on stage (“Anti-Everything” with Lost Kings) and more. Loren’s first-ever live performance videos will launch later today as part of the Honda Stage program. Watch her preparing to shoot the videos in this new episode. As an artist in the Honda Stage program, Loren follows Universal Music Group label mates Troye Sivan and Jessie Reyez.

To date, Loren’s songs have racked up over 50 million cumulative streams worldwide, including 20 million for her recent single, “Queen” Idolator praised the “empowering new single” and noted, “The 16-year-old made a good first impression with the perky ”My Story” and then showed serious pop star potential on the fiery ”Kick You Out.” That upward trajectory continues with the arrival of Queen.” In this interview, Loren told ET Live, “The message of this song was so important for me to get out to my young female fans; to embrace being a strong independent woman.” View the official video for “Queen” HERE.

About Loren Gray

Loren has been obsessed with music her entire life. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, she began playing piano at a young age and spent her childhood listening to everything from classic rock and country to heavy metal and hip-hop. At 15, she uprooted herself and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. After cutting six records as an independent artist, Loren landed a deal with Virgin Records. In August 2018, she released “My Story,” which debuted at #1 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart and now has more than 15 million streams. Writing of the follow-up single, “Kick You Out,” Billboard said, “The song’s contrasting vibe effortlessly shows the true highs and lows that come from being in love.” Loren is currently at work on her debut EP.

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New Brian Justin Crum Video

BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM DROPS NEW VIDEO “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” ON THE HEELS OF HIS BIG AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS WIN  

Brian Justin Crum, best known as the powerhouse vocalist from America’s Got Talent (Season 11) and now America’s Got Talent: Champions, has just dropped a new video “We Are The Champions,” fresh on the heels of his big win. Check out his winning performance of “Your Songhere.

The show-stopping talent, who garnered millions of views from his performances of Queen, Michael Jackson, Radiohead and Phil Collins –generated some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s talent. He also won the hearts of the audience who resonated with his story of being an overweight, bullied, gay teen. He strongly supports anti-bullying and LGBT efforts.   

Check out “We Are The Championshere.

Crum also appears in the Queen musical ballet “Somebody To Love on February 14.

He will be releasing singles, video and a new album this year. Follow @brianjustincrum

 

Brian Justin Crum Returns to America’s Got Talent

Vocalist/entertainer extraordinaire Brian Justin Crum impressed millions of fans on America’s Got Talent Season 11, earning a 4th place finish with his impassioned renditions of “Somebody To Love” (Queen), “Creep” (Radiohead), “In The Air Tonight” (Phil Collins) and “Man In The Mirror” (Michael Jackson). He’s been invited to return to the show’s Champion’s segment, featuring the best of the best, with a big, debut appearance on January 28. He is among the most talked about AGT performers, garnering millions of views from his performances – which went viral and generated some of the highest online statistics seen by the show’s talent. Additionally, his personal story of being a bullied, gay youth also touched the hearts of many. Check out his performance and backstory here.

The singer/songwriter who soared to #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts with a cover of Robyn’s “Show Me Love,” and whose Broadway credentials include “Wicked,” “Grease,” “Altar Boyz,” “Next To Normal” and “We Will Rock You,” will also return to his theatrical roots appearing in the “Somebody To Love” Queen musical and ballet on February 14 at the Music Box in San Diego. Crum’s appearance as Galileo Figaro in Queen’s rock theatrical “We Will Rock You” was a pivotal role, leading to celebratory reviews and earning him a handful of awards for Best Actor. His growing fan base has led to demand for live performances all over the U.S., Australia and the Middle East. Crum will be releasing new music and content in the coming weeks.

Check out Brian’s upcoming Queen musical ballet “Somebody To Love.”

Loren Gray Releases “Queen”

Loren Gray Releases video for “Queen.” The empowering track produced by Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey, The Chainsmokers) underscores the importance of knowing your worth in all the different types of relationships you have in life, including your relationship with yourself.

Bohemian Rhapsody is Queen’s Highest-Charting Album in 38 Years

Forget about the king, it’s good to be QUEEN: the iconic rock band scored its highest-charting album in 38 years with the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Hollywood Records), which surged from No. 25 to No. 3 on The Billboard 200 (a 187% increase) and is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 and Top Rock Albums charts.

In addition, Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol I, II & III: The Platinum Collection rocketed from No. 194 to No. 9. The chart activity follows the film’s November 2nd opening in theaters across the country. 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises acclaimed biopic was the No. 1 film at the box office upon its debut with an estimated $50 million in weekend ticket sales.

USA Today said it best: Bohemian Rhapsody is a hit all over again.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s hit-packed companion soundtrack is Queen’s highest-reaching album since 1980, when The Game spent five weeks at No. 1.

Alongside the show-stopping Live Aid performances of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, and We Are The Champions, the album features other rare live tracks spanning Queen’s entire career, new versions of old favorites, and a choice selection of the brand’s finest studio recordings. Among them are some of Queen’s biggest hits, including eleven all-time greatest anthems that reached No. 1 around the world.

Rolling Stone called the album more than just a greatest hits, praising it as ‘imaginative way to relive the band’ is genius.

Queen currently has a jaw-dropping 22 songs charting on the Digital Rock Tracks Chart, including 7 of the top 10:

1) Bohemian Rhapsody

5) We Will Rock You

6) Somebody To Love

7) Another One Bites the Dust

8) We Are The Champions

9) Radio Gaga

10) Under Pressure

With record sales estimated at 300 million and counting, Queen remain evergreen rock favorites whose glorious catalog of songs continues to thrill fans of all ages across the globe.

About Bohemian Rhapsody The Film:

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the brand through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.

20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises present a GK Films production Bohemian Rhapsody. Starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander and Mike Meyers. Executive Music Producers Brian May, Roger Taylor. Supervisor Becky Bentham, Co-Producer Richard Hewitt, Edited by John Ottman, ACE. Production Designer Aaron Haye. Director of Photography Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC. Executive Producers Arnon Milchan, Denis O’Sullivan, Justin Haythe, Dexter Fletcher, Jane Rosenthal. Produced by Graham King, Jim Beach. Story by Anthony McCarten. Directed by Bryan Singer.

5 Seconds Of Summer Honor Queen With Cover Of “Killer Queen”

In honor of the life and legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and in celebration of the upcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, multi-platinum band 5 Seconds Of Summer release a cover of Queen’s 1974 seminal hit, “Killer Queen” today at all digital providers.  Stream/Download “Killer Queen” HERE.

Says 5SOS, “Queen have been such a massive influence on us as a band.  Their unique harmonies, the fluidity to their songwriting and how they each used their own musicality to back each other up have always inspired us.  We chose to cover, ‘Killer Queen’ because we kept hearing it while writing our third album, Youngblood and were so enamored by the production and their early realization of the minimalist approach to the track.  For us, the exploration of individual vocalists in a band is incredibly important and Queen helped us to see the future of how we want to sing, in addition to how we play our instruments.  As a pioneer of individuality, Freddie taught us what it means to embrace the idea of truly being yourself and that’s a part of Queen that lives on in their music now, more than ever.”

The song, produced by Linus, follows singer-songwriter and musician, Shawn Mendes’ acoustic interpretation of the iconic 1981 No. 1 hit, “Under Pressure” and was recorded as the second installment in a series of three artist covers in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT).  The MPT was founded in 1992 by Brian MayRoger Taylor and Jim Beach to support the global fight against HIV/AIDS. 5SOS, together with Universal Music Group (UMG) and Queen, will donate net profits of the track to the MPT.

“Everyone at the Mercury Phoenix Trust is thrilled that 5 Seconds of Summer have joined our global campaign fighting AIDS in celebration of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Thank you 5SOS for giving us such an impeccable version of Freddie’s classic Killer Queen,” said Queen’s manager, Jim Beach.

Aretha Franklin

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Urban One Honors the Life and Legacy of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Urban One celebrates the life, legacy and impact of Music Icon and Civil Rights Champion with special primetime programming encores and tribute on TV One, InteractiveOne Digital Sites and across all REACH Media/Radio One Markets.

Silver Spring, MD – August 16, 2018 – As the world mourns the tremendous loss of American treasure Aretha Franklin, the music legend, Civil Rights Champion and renowned ‘Queen of Soul,’ Urban One announces plans to honor her life, legacy and impact on humanity with special encore presentations of interviews and news specials on TV One, special digital content across Interactive One sites and all REACH Media/Radio One stations, hosts, shows and sites.

Below is the TV One programming lineup for Aretha Franklin’s tribute starting tonight:

Tonight: Thursday, August 16

TV One on One: Aretha Franklin (8 p.m. ET/7 C)

Aretha: Frankly Speaking (9 p.m. ET/8 C)

Encore: Saturday, August 18

TV One on One: Aretha Franklin (11 a.m. ET/10 C)

Aretha: Frankly Speaking (12 p.m. ET/11 C)

Queen Naija New Single

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Download / Stream Karma HERE

Breakout artist Queen Naija returns with Karma. Moving on from the post break-up revenge fantasies of her first single, Medicine, Queen takes comfort in the concept of karma and examines her own insecurities, emerging with newfound strength in a soulful track that artfully fuses elements of jazz and hip hop. Karma is available for download and streaming HERE.

“Be confident, but not prideful,” says Queen Naija. “We all fall, and if you are too high up, chances are you may never recover from the fall.”

The 22-year-old Detroit native began singing in church at age three and writing her own songs in third grade, but her focus shifted when she and her former husband found fame online with their popular YouTube channel. When their marriage fell apart last year, Queen returned to her lifelong passion and penned a powerfully unapologetic song detailing her side of the story.
Premiering just hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Medicine was an instant smash. Within three weeks, it debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 a remarkable accomplishment for an unsigned artist. Its success took Queen by surprise.

“I wasn’t even thinking about trying to get the song on the radio or anything,” Queen recalls. “I mostly did it because I knew people wanted to know what was going on with me and my ex, and I wanted to tell them myself why I wasn’t with him anymore.”

“With its hip-hop infused beat, silky, lip-glossed vocals and Instagram caption-ready lyrics, the song checked all the boxes for chart success,” observed Billboard. Over a simmering R&B groove, Queen flips the narrative From putting you on [do not] disturb, to FaceTiming a Tinder feed of other dudes, Queen imagines the actions of a bolder, empowered alter ego, a 2018 variation on Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy.

Spotify streams of Medicine have surpassed 13 million, radio spins on Pandora are nearing 20 million and views of the official video now exceed 40 million. Queen has been greeted by throngs of fans, screaming and singing along to Medicine, at in-person appearances.
She says, “To me, Medicine felt like a typical song from my own experience, but it turns out that a lot of other people have had this kind of experience as well. Girls tell me they play it in their car when they’re trying to get over a breakup, or they got done wrong by their man.
As she gears up for the release of her debut EP, Queen is channeling more of that real-life emotion into each song. “For me, it’s about changing people’s perspectives and letting them know they’re not alone in whatever they’re going through,” she explains. “I want to make music that captures people, that gets into your soul, the kind of songs you need to keep playing over and over.