Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Janet Jackson Signs On For Las Vegas Residency

Janet Jackson is the latest star heading to Las Vegas, as she announced a three-month residency in Sin City.

Following in the footsteps of recent Sin City signings Christina Aguilera, Cardi B and Oscar winner Mark Ronson, Janet will be heading to the Nevada city for a string of shows, kicking off in May (19).

She'll play her new Metamorphosis show across 15 dates at the Park Theater at Park MGM resort from May 17th until August 10th.

"Hey u guys, I’m so excited to announce my new Vegas residency, 'Metamorphosis'! A celebration of my journey and the 30th anniversary of #RhythmNation!" Janet tweeted. "I’ll be at the @parkmgm in May, July & August."

As well as featuring songs from the 52-year-old's extensive back catalogue, Janet will also touch on personal issues she's had to overcome during the course of her life and career.

"The centrepiece of this all new thought-provoking show, will be Janet herself, captivating you through your senses with electrifying visuals, explosive dance numbers, chart-topping hits and fan favorite deep cuts," a press release announcing the residency reads. "The show also features a special 30-year anniversary celebration of her ground-breaking album Rhythm Nation.

"Fans will follow her path to self-love, empowerment, motherhood and activism, amid the challenges faced along her personal journey. She encourages her audiences to find their own light within themselves through her Metamorphosis."

The official social media accounts for the Park Theater also shared the news across its online platforms: "JUST ANNOUNCED: This summer, @JanetJackson transforms the #ParkTheater stage with an electrifying residency: Metamorphosis!"

Tickets went on sale Saturday March 3rd.

Shakira Heading to Court in Tax Fraud Case

Shakira will appear in court and be quizzed by Spanish prosecutors over an alleged multi-million pound tax fraud.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Hips Don't Lie hitmaker, who is the partner of Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique, has been told to appear before a judge in Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain on June 12th.

Shakira was charged with failing to pay $16.4 million (£12.5 million) in taxes dating from 2012 to 2014 by Spanish authorities in December.

The Colombian native is accused of registering her Bahamas home as her official residence during that period, even though tax officials claim she was actually mostly living in Barcelona with Gerard and their two sons Milan, five, and Sasha, three.

Prosecutors argue that Shakira's stints abroad were only for short professional commitments and are demanding she pay tax in Spain on her global income. People who spend more than 183 days a year in the country are considered Spanish residents for tax purposes.

The musician's defence team insists she was out of the country for the majority of time from 2012 to 2014, with the bulk of her income earned abroad. She only registered as a Spanish resident on tax forms in 2015.

Diplo Releases "Europa" EP, A Deft & Danceable Showcase of European Talent

Diplo’s newest project Europa is here and features a flurry of European MCs across its six tracks. The EP deftly demonstrates the range and depth of the European underground, as well as Diplo as a producer.

The record offers sounds from the low-key, lovesick “New Shapes,” featuring French-born, London-raised rapper Octavian, to the slicker, raunchier club track “Dip Raar” with Dutch artists Bizzey and Ramiks on vocals, to the pop-trap of “Boom Bye Bye” featuring Parisian hip-hop artist Niska.

Europa, out on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, caps a big month for the multi-faceted artist, whose project with Mark Ronson, Silk City, took home best dance recording at the 2019 Grammys for "Electricity" with Dua Lipa.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" Reaches 6 Billion Views on YouTube!

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s  "Despacito” has set a new record on YouTube, becoming the 1st video in YouTube history to reach 6 billion views.

According to the streaming platform, the original video reached the billionaire digit on Feb. 24 after earning 1.9 billion more views than any other video. In addition, the company shared that at its peak, the video received 25.7 million views in a single day, and is still averaging 2.8 million views a day so far this year.

The video for “Despacito” was released January 2017. It was the 1st video to hit the 3 billion views mark, & eventually, the 4th and 5th billion view marks as well.