KIIS FM Wango Tango with Nicki Minaj
- Tickets Available: Saturday March 31, 2012
Minaj is a native of Trinidad and Tobago but relocated to Jamaica, Queens which has historically been a breeding ground for rappers; other stars such as 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks also hail from the area. In Queens, she honed her vocal, dramatic, and rhyming abilities at a performing arts high school. After graduation, Nicki began working on getting her career off and she released her first mixtape "Playtime Is Over" in 2007, and followed that up with her second "Sucka Free" in 2008. The underground EP's were not commercially successful, but Minaj was being heard by those who could make things happen. By the time of her third mixtape "Beam Me Up Scotty", she had garnered the attention of major players such as Lil Wayne and a major label bidding war ensued. Ultimately, Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment won out and she was invited to join the Young Money crew for guidance, support, and to cut an album.
It was with the Young Money crew and their collabo album "We Are Young Money", that Minaj gained mainstream attention. Their single, "Bedrock", not only featured an up-and-coming rapper named Drake, but also featured Nicki as a sexed-out rapping phenom who quickly stole the show from the boys. The single was a hit and it generated huge industry buzz for Nicki to step-out as a solo-star. She released the album "Pink Friday", in August, 2010 which featured hit singles and broke records. The album debuted at #2 in its maiden week, and eventually peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. Minaj sold 375,000 copies the first week, and Pink Friday became the biggest debut Hip-Hop album since Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998. The album also featured the #1 Rap single "Your Love" which became the first rap track by a female artist to hit #1 since "Work It" by Missy Elliot in 2003.
With her debut album, Minaj proved that she had the adroitness to craft a critically and commercially successful album in a genre dominated by men. Minaj's "Pink Friday" isn't throwaway hip-hop fodder; It will prove itself to be a hip-hop classic and serves as inspiration to all female MCs who follow. In addition to appearing on SNL and other TV guest spots, Nicki Minaj tour dates have been booked throughout the year. Minaj will open for the Femme Fatale herself, Britney Spears, on her worldwide tour this 2011. In addition, individual Nicki Minaj concert dates are booked periodically at certain US venues. Minaj has emerged as a sex symbol, female hip-hop pioneer, and the most exciting act in entertainment. Don't miss out while she is on the road in support of "Pink Friday". Use Eventful as your source for Nicki Minaj tour dates and concert schedule information.
Maroon 5: One of the most popular and celebrated pop rock bands of the 2000s has been undoubtedly been Maroon 5. Led by frontman Adam Levine, Maroon 5 broke onto the mainstream music scene with the release of their 2002 album, Songs About Jane. Since that time, the band has won three Grammys and sold out tour dates worldwide. With rumors spreading about their latest album, Hands All Over, being their last, Maroon 5 spread their musical wings and tried to explore new territories. If the group is disbanding, they're doing it with a bang by playing international tour dates in 2011 that last until the end of the year.
Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and Ryan Dusick all formed a band called Kara's Flowers while attending Brentwood School in Los Angeles. Despite an appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 and many tour dates, their debut album was such a disappointment that they were dropped from their record contract. Shortly after, Levine and Carmichael went off to Five Towns College in Long Island, where they were exposed to hip-hop and R&B. The duo soon dropped out of college and returned to LA, reuniting with the members of their former band and playing concert dates. While working as a writer's assistant, Levine began writing songs inspired by the failed relationship with his ex-girlfriend. The songs combined Kara's Flowers' pop sounds with the music that he had been exposed to in New York. Despite Octone execs having heard Kara's Flowers' first effort, they agreed to let the band audition again and were blown away by their new sound. Guitarist James Valentine was brought in to take over instrumentation for Levine and their name was changed to Maroon 5 to give them a fresh start.
Upon Songs About Jane's release in 2002, the album received little to no recognition by critics or audiences. But by 2004, people were ecstatic over the album and record sales skyrocketed, eventually going platinum four times in the US. Maroon 5's rise in popularity was partially due to the group's supporting concert dates for John Mayer, who had gone to school with James Valentine. The eventual success of the album was followed by extensive tour dates, which eventually took its toll on drummer Ryan Dusick. He left in 2006 due to injury and was replaced by Matt Flynn of The B-52s. Maroon 5 continued their success in 2007 with the release of It Won't Be Soon Before Long. The album featured a more retro pop sound than the group's previous release, and fans and critics alike responded exuberantly. Maroon 5's latest album, Hands All Over, was released in 2010 and featured more funk and R&B influences.
Unfortunately, Maroon 5 might not get to experiment more with their style, as Adam Levine has hinted that he doesn't want to play music for much longer. If that's true, then fans should check out Maroon 5's tour dates in 2011; and there are dozens upon dozens of them. The band is currently playing concert dates across Asia until the end of May, and after a brief hiatus in June they will return to the US on June 24. After three months of canvassing the United States, Maroon 5 will head to Europe on November 27, where they will begin playing concert dates in Russia and move westward through the continent. 2011 tour dates will end on December 13 in Austria; fans should check Eventful as to not miss a Maroon 5 tour that could be their last.
Foster The People: Few bands have been able to have a top 10 album as quickly as indie pop up-and-comers Foster the People. With only one album out, Torches, Foster the People has captured the attention of audiences around the world with their hit single, "Pumped Up Kicks." Their success is all the more surprising considering the song deals with a school shooting, but the catchy dance sound that's indicative of the entire album has struck a favorable chord with critics and fans. Those that haven't yet heard Foster the People can catch them on their international tour dates in 2011; the ones that haven't sold out yet, anyway.
Foster the People was formed by Mark Foster in 2009, after years of being kicked around by the Los Angeles music scene. After working as a jingle writer and working on original compositions for a number of years, Foster began combining his favorite musical elements into the sound you hear today. He began posting his songs on the mp3 blog The Hype Machine and eventually began scoring small tour dates, with accompaniment by drummer Mark Pontius and bassist Cubbie Fink. The band was originally called Foster & the People, but was changed after audiences kept mishearing it as Foster the People. The popularity of Foster the People's music online combined with a breakout tour date at South by Southwest led to a record deal and the release of Torches in May 2011. The album quickly broke into the top 10 and shot to #1 of the Alternative charts.
As Torches races towards platinum certification, Foster the People are headed out on many, many tour dates in 2011. Concert dates are already underway and, while many tour dates are already sold out, there are still plenty of chances to catch Foster the People in late summer/early fall. The band is making it's way through tour dates in Texas and Arizona before ending up in California in early July. On July 14, Foster the People will begin concert dates in Europe, including performances at the Melt Festival in Grafenhainichen, Germany and the Lattitude Festival in Suffolk, UK. Foster the people will play tour dates in Australia in late July before touring the US agin from August to October. Foster the People will conclude their 2011 tour dates in the UK in late November, so buy your tickets from Eventful soon before the entire tour is sold out.
Wiz Khalifa: Rap's newest prodigy has produced three top twenty Billboard Hot Rap tracks over the past few years and has recorded dozens of collaborations with hip-hop royalty. However, it was with his single "Black and Yellow," an homage to his hometown of Pittsburgh, that Wiz Khalifah became a rap heavyweight. Since that time, the rapper has continued to chart success with each song released and become one of the genre's biggest stars.
Wiz Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomas, was born into a military family that travelled around until finally settling in Pittsburgh. His stage name refers to his ability to be a "whiz" at everything he does and Khalifa means "successor" in Arabic. The rapper broke onto Billboard's Hot Rap tracks with "Say Yeah," in 2007 which peaked at #20. His 2010 single, "Black and Yellow", hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Rap track surveys and sold over 2.3 million digital copies. It was just a precursor to the album, Rolling Papers, released March 29, 2011 and featuring the hits, "Black and Yellow," and the singles "On My Level" and "Roll Up," both of which charted on the US Hot 100 survey.
The momentum didn't stop when Wiz released his second album, O.N.I.F.C. in 2012. Once again, his album shot to second on the Billboard 200, and the single "Work Hard, Play Hard" went double platinum. After the album's release, Khalifa took time off with his new wife, Amber Rose, and their newborn son. However, less than a year later, he was back in the studio working on his latest album, Blacc Hollywood, and cementing his status as one of the leading rappers in the US.
Gym Class Heroes: Gym Class Heroes are an American band from Geneva, New York. The group formed when Travis "Schleprok" McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley and decided to make a band. After the addition of guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts, they were signed to Decaydance Records, on which they released the gold-selling album As Cruel as School Children. Since that release, the band's single "Cupid's Chokehold" reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Clothes Off!!" peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Gym Class Heroes use live instrumentation. They have collaborated with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump on numerous occasions, notably for providing backing vocals on the song "Cupid's Chokehold." Stump also produced the majority of their album "The Quilt", which was released on September 9th, 2008.
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Carly Rae Jepsen: Carly Rae Jepsen knew she was pushing her luck as Canadian Idol 2007 rolled on - choosing songs that were a nightmare in terms of clearance, like Rickie Lee Jones’ “Chuck E’s In Love”, and then shoving her retroussé nose into the arrangements more than any contestant before her.
“I got a reputation for that on Idol,” she giggles, sheepishly. “I‘m a stubborn girl. And it caused some headaches.”
It was during a post-finalé dinner with the band and musical director that the 22 year-old Mission, BC native was quietly told, “It was challenging, but you’re a true musician, because you know what you want.”
One year down the line, a vindicated Carly comments, “You gotta push to get what you want, but as long as you do it politely and treat people well, there’s no wrong in that.”
Indeed. Carly is endlessly polite as she pursues what she wants, not to mention effervescent, levelheaded, and unpretentious. But pursuing what she wants seems to be an essential part of her DNA. The real Carly Rae Jepsen was destined for a career in music with or without the chicken run we lovingly call Canadian Idol – which in any event was no more than a passing challenge suggested to her by an old high school teacher. Carly was, by her own admission, “skeptical”. She figured she’d use the free trip to Toronto as a way to find work.
With Carly’s debut Tug Of War, one gets the sense we’re hearing an album that would have shimmered into existence with or without the blue-lit over-exposure native to a nationwide talent contest. As Carly points out - without a hint of self-aggrandizement - there can’t be too many Idol-survivors whose first album contains nine self-penned originals.
Or for that matter, nine self-penned originals that are quite this good. Jepsen's unfussy debut plays like a middle passage through the stealth pop gloss of Nelly Furtado and the more adult concerns of Feist, whom Carly adores. Her childhood diet of James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, and Van Morrison serves her well on Tug Of War, from the smartly built, double-edged title track, to the sense of drama that invigorates the record’s centrepiece, “Sweet Talker”. Canada has already been exposed to Carly’s sensibilities through a nimble, sparkling cover of John Denver’s “Sunshine” (providing plenty of musicians with a forehead-slapping “Why didn’t I think of that first?” moment), but her intuitive grasp of simplicity as a musical force in and of itself is total, and it informs the entire album. In short, Tug Of War is a million miles away from the bubblegum factory.
But if you really knew Carly, you wouldn’t be surprised. This is the Carly who scored a bartending job at Vancouver's Media Club by singing to the manager; who instituted a still-running acoustic night at a local coffee shop; and who was in the midst of assembling a swing band when opportunity sent a certain TV show knocking. And it’s the Carly who raves about Cat Power’s The Greatest, sighing, “Eat your heart out with a bottle of wine. It’s awful. But wonderful. It’s wonderfully awful, but hurts in the best way.”
In other words, the Idolatory seems almost irrelevant now, when you stack it beside the self-possessed natural, triple-threat beauty, and all-round heart-melter who still cries at concerts because she loves music first and foremost, who found the perfect foil in producer Ryan Stewart, who took aggressive charge of the career she was always built for, and who emerged with an album that vibrates with the possibilities of the long arc ahead.
Tug Of War is no less than the album Carly Rae Jepsen wanted to make. And that’s all that need be said in the end. Although she should probably have the last word.
“I want to play good music that lasts a lifetime. You don’t need to be known by everybody. You just reach out to the people who feel what you’re doing, you know?
Spoken, as somebody once said, like a true musician.
K'NAAN: Leaving Somalia at the age of thirteen on what turned out to be the very last commercial flight to ever do so, amidst a crumbling society and the end to this day of any form of central government, K'Naan carried with him a very strong sense of purpose. It is this sense of purpose as well as his amazing lyrical gift, which has made him a beacon for other artists as well as those dedicated to global change.
In 2001 after gaining notoriety as a skilled mc and spoken word poet, K'Naan was invited to Geneva to perform a spoken word piece at the 2001 50th anniversary of the UN Commission for Refugee's. In front of some of the biggest suits in the world, K'Naan brought the house down with his politically charged poem, K'Naan explains, "I basically called out the UN for its failed relief mission in Somalia" The audience was so moved by the piece that they gave K'Naan a standing ovation and African superstar Youssou N'Dour who was also in attendance loved the performance so much that he invited K'Naan to Senegal to record with him.
Similarly, in Toronto in 2002 while recording a verse for a War Child benefit track entitled "Keep the Beat" K'Naan's unique flow caught the attention of artist/producer Jarvis Church, one half of the Grammy award winning production team Track and Field (Nelly Furtado). From there began a creative partnership that would lead to the creation of K'Naan's' first full length album The Dusty Foot Philosopher.
K'Naan creates urgent "music with a message" because his whole existence depends on it. "Soobax" produced by Track n Field is percussion-fuelled protest music at its finest. It's more than a song, it's something people raise arms for," explains K'Naan "The term Soobax actually means to "come out" so when I recorded that in the studio, I imagined myself being in front of gun men, and I'm communicating directly to them". "Strugglin" is tracks for those who struggle and find themselves pushed to the brink yet at that point transform that struggle into power and the ability to overcome. The African Way" utilizes superb backing music supplied from a group of nomadic musicians K'Naan ran into and recorded in a restaurant in Mombassa, Kenya. "Wash It Down" is another must-hear track made entirely out of the sounds of crashing water, done by the "forces of nature". All and all the LP is a break out from the braggadocio world of Hip Hop
wallpaper: Wallpaper does not reflect upon the current state of rock ‘n roll with ironic boredom – they find the need for idols to be a bore. On the Chewing Gum Ground captures the modern era that they ostentatiously do not feel a part of. Keeping a steady sneer but subtracting angst and teenage romanticism, Wallpaper keeps the outlook shiny and appealing – just so long as you don’t try and find a new rock icon within. It’s all guitars. It’s all handclaps.
Wallpaper’s core members met in middle school, and On the Chewing Gum Ground represents much of their adult work over the past four years. Hailing from Auburn, Washington – a place just close enough to the ocean to make weekend trips and understand what the Beach Boys are about – they mix 50s rebel rock and 60s surf mixed with the crucial wave of 80s underground music. The strength and allure of the album comes in the juxtaposition of pop sensibilities with lyrics sung like a sliding shimmy but written with a call for a pop-cultural reform.
For taking such a stance, this album lacks the bitterness that one would expect. They want to get people excited about hearing rock ‘n roll not bored by post-post-post movements. The lack of ego on The Chewing Gum Ground is striking and makes their grooves so deeply satisfying. Wallpaper’s songs can move from shirts tucked and un-tucked, from fist pumps to knee slaps; it is refreshingly laidback and uncomplicated – just how they want their rock ‘n roll world to be.
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Pitbull: The rapper known as Pitbull is currently the biggest name in Latin hip-hop. Having been on the scene for over seven years, his career has been blowing up recently due to the success of his 2009 album, Rebelution, and his 2010 Spanish-language album, Armando. He's collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Lil Jon, Usher, and T-Pain. Fans are eagerly awaiting the release of his latest album, Planet Pit, as well as any possible 2011 tour dates that could follow the album's release.
Armando Christian Pérez was born on January 15, 1981, in Miami, Florida. After graduating high school, he made some important connections after meeting Irv Gotti and Luther Campbell. It wasn't until Pitbull met Lil Jon that he made his first recorded appearance on the East Side Boyz' album, Kings of Crunk. Pitbull experienced huge mainstream success when his song "Oye" was featured in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious in 2003. By early 2004, the rapper had signed with TVT Records and was recording his debut album, M.I.A.M.I., which released later that year. The album received favorable reviews and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200; not bad for the rapper's debut album. The record was full of club and party hits, in particular the lead single "Culo," which packed the dance floor on tour dates. Pitbull followed up his debut with El Mariel in 2006, which featured a mixture of club tracks and politically conscious songs. His 2007 album, The Boatlift, featured a harder crunk, gangsta feel to it and was well received by music critics.
Pitbull hit it big in 2009 when he released Rebelution on his own Mr. 305 Inc. record label. The single "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" became the rapper's most popular song, as it reached #2 on the Hot 100 earned the artist massive tour dates. In late 2010, Pitbull released a Spanish-language album, entitled Armando after his real first name and his father's name. The album shot to #2 on the US Billboard Latin Albums and the singles "Maldito Alcohol" and "Bon, Bon" have received considerable airplay on Latin radio stations, but less play on tour dates.
Pitbull's latest album, Planet Pit, will be released on June 21 and the singles "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" and "Give Me Everything" have already been praised by critics. The album will feature such artists as T-Pain, Chris Brown, Akon, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias, LMFAO, and many others. While Pitbull doesn't have any scheduled tour dates in 2011, fans can expect a busy concert schedule once the album has been released. For all the latest information on any upcoming concert schedule, make sure to check Eventful.
B.o.B: Sometimes it pays to be different. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, a city known for its outcasts, B.o.B is truly out of the ordinary. At just 19 years old, the rapper - born Bobby Ray Simmons - has become a breath of fresh air in Atlanta’s snap and trap-obsessed scene. Known primarily for his heavy smokers anthem, “Cloud 9,” and the frenetic energy of his song “Haterz Everywhere,” B.o.B scored a record deal with Atlantic Records while he was still in high school. Now, the teen-aged rap phenomenon is ready to bring his genre-bending style nationwide with his highly anticipated debut, The Adventures of B.o.B.
B.o.B made the decision very early in his young life to pursue a career in hip-hop. He started rapping at the age of 13 after studying classic albums from DMX and Eminem. With the encouragement of his older brother, B.o.B started feverishly writing down anything and everything. "At the time, Joe Budden was poppin' and my brother told me when Joe was 15 he used to fill up notebooks with rhymes," says B.o.B "That lit off a light bulb for me and I was like damn, I need to do more than that. Then from seventh grade up to tenth grade, I just started filling up notebooks with lyrics. Then it got to the point where I was just writing them in my head."
While still in junior high school, B.o.B formed a group with his cousin Swag, called The Klinic. The two young MCs were able to buy a simple studio set-up that included the beat-making program Fruity Loops. They quickly started crafting their own songs and performing at open mics around Atlanta. Their manager, B Rich, introduced them to a local ATL rapper named Playboy Tre of the Georgia Durt camp, and he taught the young'ns how to use his professional studio.
The Klinic continued to collaborate until their senior year of high school in 2006, when B.o.B's cousin decided to leave home in order to attend college. Faced with a tough decision, B.o.B chose to continue rapping, this time as a solo artist. "I called my manager and was like, 'I think I'm just going to start working at the mall for a little while and get some money so I can really start pursuing music like I want to,'" he remembers. "Him and Playboy Tre came by my house and were like, 'Look man, we can get you a deal within a year, don't give up!'"
In mid-September of '06, just two weeks after going solo, B.o.B performed at Club Crucial, where TJ Chapman, founder of the national DJ conference TJ's DJ's, was in attendance. After hearing the rap rookie perform "Cloud 9," TJ was convinced he was in the presence of a star. "That was the first time I performed 'Cloud 9' and I got a standing ovation," says B.o.B "TJ Chapman was amazed. He linked up with B Rich, who let him hear my music, and TJ wanted to be involved in the team."
With the budding MC's demo in hand, TJ, B.o.B and B Rich flew to Miami to meet platinum producer Jim Jonsin. After one listen, Jonsin offered B.o.B a spot on his label. On October 3, 2006, B.o.B signed to Atlantic Records through Jonsin’s Rebel Rock. "I'm really focused on painting a picture of myself as a musician and an artist and not just a rapper," says B.o.B "I feel like I'm not just making rap music; I feel like I'm changing music, period."
The gifted showman's debut album, The Adventures of B.o.B, is a fascinating journey into the Atlanta artist's far-reaching imagination. On the track "Not Alone," a song B.o.B describes as an alternative rock chant, he touches on his pain as a child who was unable to fit in with his own peers. The Tombz-produced cut, "Camera," explores the story of a young woman who chooses life as a stripper over a college education.
B.o.B continues to rap to the ladies on "Cyber Heaven," where he claims his lovin' will take them out of this world, while “Haterz Everywhere” featuring Rich Boy, a song that has flooded the South since its release in early 2007, proves his stronghold over the competition. B.o.B’s most honest reflection of his artistic intent comes on "Trippin'," where he raps about using his craft as a therapeutic means of solving his feelings of eccentricity. "I feel like I have a really different perspective," he says. "When I grew up it was really hard for me to figure out why I felt that way, like I really felt like I was from another planet. Now, it's the opposite. All of that time I spent developing my talent and really analyzing myself, now I feel like I can express all of that and give all of my energy and love to the world."
After producing the majority of his album by himself, and learning to play multiple musical instruments - including the piano, trumpet and French horn - B.o.B is destined to spread his message of creativity and empowerment through his music. "I just want to show people that there are endless possibilities of what you can do," he says. "You don't just have to be a rapper, you don't just have to be a trapper; you can be anything you want to be and whatever you do, just love it and it will show."