The set, which took place in the space formerly known as Sisters, comprised a whole range of well-known pop tunes—from a couple Beatles numbers to Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” The real showstoppers, though, were ambitious renditions of Aretha Fraklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” She nailed ‘em both. Her voice was in perfect form that night—soulful, strong and unwavering, even after two-and-a-half hours of hard singing. Her diva status continues to rise.
Don’t worry, queens. The fall didn’t phase her. The queen of pop is hitting the roads this summer for a 35-city Rebel Heart tour of North America—and she’s coming to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on September 24th.
Tickets will begin going on sale on Monday, March 9th (March 3rd if you’re an “Icon Member”). And, as her promoter, Live Nation, points out, each ticket purchased online will include a digital copy of the super deluxe version of Rebel Heart, which I’m going out on a limb and calling her best album since Confessions On a Dancefloor. You can find ticket information on Madonna’s website, and I’ve got her full list of North American tour dates below.
Stephen Pitalo likes music videos. He really likes them. So much so that he has a wide-ranging website about the Golden Age of Music Video, which he says is from 1976 to 1993. And tonight you can learn from his deep knowledge of music videos at The History of Music Videos: Part One at PhilaMOCA.
Pitalo’s multimedia presentation will begin with early jazz films, TV performances and movie musicals before eventually moving into the 1980s and the birth of MTV. It ends with the downfall of hair metal and the beginning of the Seattle grunge and alt-rock scene. Doors at PhilaMOCA (531 N 12th St.) open at 7 pm; the event starts at 7:30 pm. Read more »
Yesterday afternoon, Diplo and Skrillex, who go by Jack Ü when performing together, announced they were doing a 24-hour live-streaming DJ set, but apparently it didn’t make it that far. On his Twitter feed, Diplo reported that it was broken up by cops at around the 18-hour mark.
Before that, though, Jack Ü made like Beyoncé and surprise-dropped their debut album on iTunes. Titled Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, the 10-track LP features collaborations from Missy Elliot, Kiesza, 2 Chainz and even Justin Bieber. You can check out the track list and purchase it here.
Temple alum Diplo and Skrillex, who go by Jack Ü when performing together, are hosting a 24-hour live DJ set that starts at 4 pm (EST) today. You can watch in the video below, or via Jack Ü’s website. The flyer for the event touts lots of other curious-sounding attractions, like a bubble machine, exercise classes and beanbag hammocks. Unfortunately, it looks like Taylor Swift secrets are off the table.
Will Smith may have a movie to promote, but it seems like his publicity rounds have been more about promoting the news he may be putting out another album soon. Last week, the Philly-bred star rapped “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” on David Letterman, and yesterday he treated guests on The Ellen Degeneres Show to a rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Check that out above. Below, you can watch the chit-chat with Ellen that preceded it.
You’ve no doubt heard his voice—whether he’s singing in Reading Terminal, outside Barnes and Noble on 18th and Walnut or on the Avenue of the Arts—and Anthony Riley never fails to stop you in your tracks. That’s exactly what the deeply soulful former Best of Philly Street Performer did this week on the second round of blind auditions on The Voice. Mere seconds after he broke into his rendition of James Brown’s “I Got You (Feeling Good),” all four judges punched their buttons and swung around in their chairs to see him do his thing in person—much like we all do when we hear him singing on the streets of Philly.
Blake Shelton told him that he hasn’t been this entertained all season. Christina Aguilera praised not only his voice, but his stage presence. “I know we can do magical things together,” she told him. Pharrell Williams called him “electric,” and Adam Levine literally stood up in the attempt to get him on his team. In the end, though Riley chose to work with Pharrell.
Watch it all happen in the clip above.