Top 5 Must See Concerts This Summer

Top 5 Must See Concerts This Summer

With summer quickly approaching and nicer weather on the rise, so too are some amazing concerts. There are many that you need to keep an eye out for. Below are but a few concerts that you seriously do not want to miss!

U2 (May 2- June 29)

U2

They spent last year revisiting The Joshua Tree, but this year, U2 plans on presenting something more eye-catching. With the drop of their latest album in December, Songs of Experience, they plan to kick off a tour in May following that success. Known for their insane stage set-up when on tour, consider yourself lucky if you can nab some tickets for these. From the 29,000-square-foot-stage known as the Spaceship they carted in 2009, to the trippy curtains they had on their 2015 stage, this concert is bound to impress and wow the audience just as much as their music.

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Taylor Swift (May 8 – Oct 6)

Taylor Swift

Come May, this pop star will be heading back on tour at long last after her 2015 jaunt from the 1989 concert. What’s also important to note is that Swift has been working on adding additional shows so the lineup for her tour may be longer than what’s mentioned. As for what she’ll be performing, fans have been speculating whether we’ll see the “Old Taylor” or if there’ll be anything new to the table. Time will tell.

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Pink (March 1-Sept. 8)

Pink

Even though this tour is partway through, there is still a lot to appreciate about Pink’s work. With her seventh studio album released, Beautiful Trauma, this tour (also called Beautiful Trauma) actually gives Pink an opportunity to experiment with some of her latest work. Regardless, you can always expect the same sort of vibe Pink concerts bring: Pop bangers, a lot of attitude, aerial stunts, and of course, emotional ballads.

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Shania Twain (May 3 – Aug. 4)

Shania Twain

It’s been only three years and Shania Twain has been making a lot of bold steps. From playing a song that ties in with Deadpool 2, Shania Twain is making another bold step and touring once again. Of course like most notable singers, she is revisiting some of her classic songs. That being said, she is planning to dip into her more recent work, sharing songs from her 2017 album Now, which EW gave a stellar review, she is bound to have a commanding stage across the US once more.

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Harry Styles (March 11- July 14)

Harry Styles

A former member of the boy band One Direction, the singer has been making his worldwide debut tour incredible. With the tour expanding so much, Harry Styles has certainly shown off his chords and good looks by playing at well over 80 concerts. The fact he has been going at this for this long on his first tour speaks volumes. You do not want to miss this show!

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Conclusion

There are many amazing concerts that we simply can’t cover in this list! But from looking at the stellar talent that’s rolling out this summer, it’s sure to give you a taste of what else is cooking this summer!

From Evolution to Revolution – 2018 Popular Music Trends

From Evolution to Revolution

Each year the music industry is going through changes. And, as it continues to evolve different trends are emerging year after year.

This year, new standards for successful hits, the growing influence of social media and the music fans preference for music that seem to appeal in a more personal level are shaping the trends of music.

Below are the popular trends that define the music trends this 2018:

  • 2018 Is the Year for Live Music

There is no doubt that this year, live music will make yet another major headway. Recently, music fans are remarkably up to spending more time than they usually do in live music crowds, with some of these solid supporters willing to travel into different places just to witness their favorite artists conquer the stage live.

Popular artists are in fact lined up to grace the stage with their live tour performances this 2018. Among these music royalties with highly anticipated concerts this year are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5.

  • Latin Music Is Making Waves Anew

Who aren’t familiar with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito? The song was a massive hit dominating global hit charts back in 2017. And this year, music with Latin roots continues to steal the hearts of music fans with reggae ton and samba hits style smashing billboards. Think Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’, ‘Wild Thoughts’ by DJ Khaled and Jennifer Lopez’s comeback ‘El Anillo’. Truly, Spanish language proves to be universal in the music scene.

  • Break through Artists Are Stealing the Limelight

Have you noticed that more lesser-known artists are slowly rising into mainstream attention these recent years?

Well, this trend is just getting more and more noticeable this year 2018. This is largely due to the fact that talent costs for popular hitmakers have continually skyrocketed. It is no longer new for concert promoters to include budding music performers to complete the list of their festival productions. Fans are therefore getting more taste of broad diversity and fresh talents. And, it seems like this is more appealing to them.

  • Move Over Pop Music – Hip Hop Artists are Ready to Take Over

Have you looked at the music charts and streaming platforms lately? It’s beginning to get more conspicuous that pop-inspired hits are starting to lose their appeal to the music fans.

Instead, hip hop artists are now dominating the hit charts. Thanks in part to the growing number of younger listeners with greater inclination to hip hop-inspired genres. Hip hop artists are definitely flourishing this year and slowly the music industry is doing away with pop music.

  • Backstreet Boys are back? Nope. Not exactly. But Boy Bands are Exploding.

This year new generation of boy bands seem to be gaining more attention in the music industry. From One Direction to 5 Seconds of Summer and now to the fan-fueled global sensation the Korean boy band BTS and the Latin boy group CNCO, it appears that boy bands are making a comeback and are increasingly enchanting the music charts across the world.

Top 4 Songs From Boy Bands Who Became Man Bands

Top 4 Songs From Boy Bands Who Became Man Bands

We all grow up at some point, but what happens when the boy bands that we used to listen to all the time grow up? Of course bands come and go, some split up never to join back up again, some drop in popularity and vanish into obscurity. Below is a list of some of the boy bands that we know and love that came back together after a split and reunion or two. Furthermore we’re only going to be covering the music from those particular bands.

Backstreet Boys “Permanent Stain” (2013)

Permanent Stain

Even though the Backstreet Boys have come back at this point, they did have a reunion in 2013 and released some songs. From them came Permanent Stain, a song that gave off some 90s vibes. Those vibes made some serious callbacks to the Backstreet’s hits during that decade with synths, bells, and of course their amazing vocals. At the same time there were some old school vibes, there was some newness to it as the Backstreet Boys never sounded like they sound in this song.

All in all this song provides both a flashback but also showed a sort of alternate-timeline where the band followed the cues of bands from 2 Unlimited.

The Jacksons, “Torture” (1984)

The Jacksons

Let’s go back to 1982 for this one. It was around this time that Michael Jackson became a massive pop star thanks to his blockbuster hit Thriller. After that success, he rejoined his two brothers for both an album and tour, returning to the roots where he first made a name for himself. Both experiences were disasters behind the scenes, however there was a lot of success overall from the songs played and the tour itself. Most notably was the synth-funk vibes of “Torture” that followed the lead single “State of Shock” which both hit the top 20s of the Billboard Hot 100’s during the time. Between those two, “Torture” remains the most notable hit.

New Kids on the Block, “Remix (I Like The)” (2013)

New Kids on the Block

NKOTB’s ode to an upgraded girl in this song also served as an ode to the band’s volume 2 revival. Although this song didn’t quite make it to the Top 40, however the song is still worthy of praise considering what the band has gone through. This song in particular prompted the band to throw away the teen-pop anthems they used so much and went for a rawer adult pop-soul, sprinkled with EDM too just to make it suitable for radio at the time.

Take That, “Shine” (2006)

Take That

Although their “Back for Good”-era cameo on US charts won’t ever be replicated again, Take That pretty much picked the best time to pick up where they left off about a decade ago. They’re comeback came in the form of two singles topping charts in the UK in 2006’s album Beautiful World. Between the two songs, the one that sticks out the most is “Shine”. It gives off all sorts of vibes that remind us of “Hey Jude” from The Beatles. Paired with some chorus that also makes a callback to some of Lily Allen’s work in “Who’d Have Known?” this song is an interesting one.

3 Really Interesting Facts About NSYNC

3 Really Interesting Facts About NSYNC

A boy band that sprouted up along with The Backstreet Boys, this band proves to be just as interesting as the other. Below are but a few interesting facts about the life of the band as well as the formation of it.

Lou Pearlman Again

Lou Pearlman

Before Lou was wrapped up in a scandal around a ponzi scheme, Pearlman helped with managing the band along with managing The Backstreet Boys. He was technically the one behind launching NSYNC after seeing the success from another boy band, New Kids on the Block.

During the time of managing, Pearlman caused a lot of hardship for the band, most notably was him making himself an honorary sixth member which entitled him to a sixth of the money on top of the commissions and fees he charged.

The Name And Band Formation

The Name And Band Formation

NSYNC came up first when Chris Kirkpatrick failed to make it into The Backstreet Boys. At the time Howie Dorough, a member of that band, introduced Chris to Lou, who then sold him the idea of NSYNC.

From there, Chris recruited Joey Fatone, Lou asked Justin Timberlake to join. It wasn’t long after that that the other two members, Joey and JC, joined the fold.

The band name NSYNC came about from the last letter of each one of the member’s first name: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC. The idea was first proposed by Justin’s mother, Lynn.

Shortly after the formation of that though, one of the singers, Jason Galasso, left the band. He was eventually replaced by singer Lance Bass. In order to keep the acronym going, Lance was nicknamed “Lanceton.”

Lance joined the band after hearing that the band was looking for someone to replace their missing singer. He was told this by his vocal coach who had also past experience training Timberlake.

Album Debut & Movie Appearances

In the band’s debut, “I Want You Back,” the song first made it’s showing in Germany in 1996, one year before the single was launched in the US in 1998. Until 1998, Germany was also treated to another album called ’N Sync, which was released on May 26, 1997. Similarly, that album wasn’t launched in the US until March 24, 1998.

At the time of launching ’N Sync, the sales for the album were particularly slow. What sped the band to popularity was due to the massive exposure the Disney Channel gave them. In July 1998 a Disney Channel special called “NSYNC Live In Concert,” was aired and sales were boosted.

From the boost in popularity, some of the members made their appearance in a handful of films. In one of the episodes of Touched by an Angel, you can see the band playing as street performers. The band was also going to make a cameo appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Clone Wars, but was pulled out after fan outcry.

Outside of that, band members Joey and Lance appeared in a Lance-produced feature length film. Both members co-starred in a 2001 film called On the Line.

Furthermore the band also made an appearance in the film Longshot, which was produced by Pearlman to promote the artists he managed: NSYNC, Britney Spears, LFO, and Take 5. That film never made an appearance in theatres.

5 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Backstreet Boys

5 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys were one of the largest boy bands back in the day and since their revival from the surge of new boy bands, people are still talking about them. But despite their massive popularity as a band, there may be some little tidbits you didn’t know about the band.

Below is a short list of some interesting facts we bet you didn’t know about the group and the individual artists: Brian, Nick, Kevin, Howie, and AJ.

Ryan Gosling Was A Member

Ryan Gosling

The group made it’s official debut and name back in 1993, however before the band was formed, AJ Mclean invited Ryan Gosling to the group in 1992. During the time, AJ was living in the same building as Gosling but also with singers Justing Timberlake and Britney Spears. He regularly shot hoops with Ryan and at one point AJ invited Gosling into the band. All Ryan did was nod.

The Band Was Scammed

During the beginning of the band’s career, life was very difficult. Their efforts at playing in stadiums gave them barely enough to pay for living expenses. Little did they know that they were actually being scammed by their manager at the time, Lou Pearlman. At the time, Pearlman managed the teenage boy band, they would play at stadiums and earn roughly $100 or less. Pearlman was later caught up in an illegal ponzi scheme that he had been running for 25 years, freeing the band and allowing them to flourish.

AJ Mclean Wasn’t So Clean

AJ Mclean

It’s no surprise that at various periods, some band members run into drug problems. We’ve seen it all before where some members go to rehab to help sort out the issues. Oddly enough The Backstreet Boys are actually one of the cleanest band in pop music. Up until the early 2000s, not one of the members had to go to rehab or even dipped in drugs.

All of that changed once AJ got his first dose of cocaine around the time that the band was at the peak of their fame. By that point, AJ was already dabbling a little, however it took a bad turn when they filmed “The Call”. For AJ’s part in particular, his shot wasn’t set up until 3:30am so his friend suggested to try some cocaine to help him perk up. When AJ got to the set, he was visibly high. This might explain why he had the sunglasses on in the music video.

From that experience though, AJ developed an addiction towards the drug, eventually getting into rehab by 2001. AJ did come back again in 2002 when Kevin Richardson did an intervention.

The Band Watched Porn Together

When Lou Pearlman was their manager, the band often went to his house to not play video games or shoot some hoops, but to watch porn. On a regular basis they would watch porn after finding Pearlman’s stach of porn movies. This was apparently the first time Howie has seen two women kissing each other.

Kevin’s Life Before The Band

Of course each member had a thing they were doing before the band. For Kevin, he would use his vocal talents by dressing up and performing as Aladdin at the Disney World theme park. He also did work on the side as a model for Versace.

What other facts do you know about this band? Which ones shocked you the most? Leave a comment below!

Can Music Truly Benefit Health

Many people who are active fans of listening to music can tell you that certain songs and tunes can trigger some type of emotional response – whether it be happiness, sadness, anger, or just a calm. As an example, couples who danced to their first song at a wedding usually associate it with happiness, love, and sometimes even tears due to the significance of the event, or in other cases, some songs might remind you of a hard breakup.

The senior advisor or policy and research at the American Therapy Association, Barbara Else, stated that we as humans have always had a deep connection to the music we hear because it becomes hardwired into both our brain and overall body. She finished that music can affect us psychologically in most cases.

Some universities, such as McGill University in Canada, have done studies to see the correlation between music and humans. In 2011 the university found that actively listening to music can increase the amount of dopamine produced in our brain, dopamine being the chemical that makes you feel happy and good, and that means it can help with people who are suffering from depression. Another study that was published linked listening to music and the improvement, not cure, for some mental health disorders.

In the time of all these medical studies and more music being released weekly, we have taken the time to view a few ways of how listening to music can positively affect people.

1. Reducing Pain and Anxiety

One study that was done involved making 7,000 randomized patients who received surgeries, no matter what kind, listen to music after their procedures. Many of the patients that started left feeling less anxious and pain than the patients who did not listen to music afterwards. The ones who listened to music were also noted to not need as many pain medications after the fact.

To further this study, researchers in Denmark studied is music had any effect with people suffering with chronic illnesses. In March 2014 they concluded that music could be beneficial to patients who have fibromyalgia – a chronic disorder that is known to cause intense pain in the muscles and joints, along with fatigue. Listening to calming and relaxing music that the patients were able to choose, have shown a decrease in the effects of the disorder amongst 22 patients.

The real question if why and how does music ease pain. Despite being studied constantly, the truth behind it remains unclear. Though many researchers believe that due to music releasing dopamine and natural opioids in a person’s brain, it can serve as a natural biological pain reliever.

2. Stress Reliever

Many people, such as yourself, may have noticed that when you are feeling stressed out, listening to music may help you relieve it in one way or another. Though, this isn’t a random occurrence as there are many studies that prove the correlation between music and stress relief.

One study that was posted by MNT showed that infants were able to remain calmer for longer periods of time when a soft melody was played in the background- even longer than speaking to the baby using baby talk. Another study done by the University of Canada concluded that the rhythm of the beats in the music can cause people to distress due to having something steady to focus on.

Music has also been shown to affect the heart rate as well. Many researchers follow the rule of thumb that has been based from an array of studies that the slower and more relaxing the bet it, the more likely the patient’s heart will falter and come to a relaxed rate.

3. Memory and Music

Certain songs have shown that they can remind us of certain time periods in our lives along with significant events. Once researchers found this out, they have concluded an array of studies – many with older patients – to test the accuracy of this claim.

In 2013, a study that was published gathered 60 adults who were learning a language, Hungarian. In the study, the adults were randomized to do one of three tasks: to speak unfamiliar Hungarian terms and phrases, speak the same phrases in a rhythm, or sing the phrases. When asked to recall the phrases, people who sang them in a melodic tune had a much higher recollection of the words compared to the other two groups.

Due to the evidence gathered from studies such as this, it shows a hope in the improvement of memory for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Though, patients with dementia were studied to have a higher memory recollection over the course of a ten-week period where they could listen to certain music and tunes that they may have heard in their past. Results from this study have shown that people who have illnesses to lose memory can have a chance to recall these memories, along with improving their mod, simply by listening to music.