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Beyoncé helps organize surprise proposal, stops concert during 'Single Ladies'

One of Beyoncé's most well-known lyrics might be: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it."

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The 35-year-old singer stopped her concert in St. Louis on Saturday during the popular song "Single Ladies" to allow a concertgoer to do just that -- put a ring on it.

"I think (there's) somebody I need to bring on the stage," Beyoncé said during the song, prompting unsuspecting fans to scream in the hopes that they'd be chosen to join her.

"Is it you?" she teased, pointing to one audience member. "Is it you?" she asked, pointing to another. 

Before long, a man joined Beyonce and her two dancers onstage, and she handed him the microphone.

The man, John Silver, walked toward Ashley Everett, Beyoncé's lead dancer and dance captain, and embraced her.

"I feel like it's only right to come out here in front of my hometown and show you guys what the epitome of a young woman looks like," Silver told the crowd. "I know that you think don't I express my love to you in front of everybody, so I feel like what better time than now to do it in front of (a crowd of people)? ... Will you marry me?"

The couple embraced before being congratulated by Beyoncé.

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"Let's see if you can do the choreography after that," she said.

Everett, who took a few moments to collect herself, got back into formation and finished the choreography to "Single Ladies," flashing her new ring while doing the movements.

According to her website, Everett, who dropped out of Julliard to dance on tour with Beyoncé, has danced with the singer for the last 8 years and has also shared the stage with Robin Thicke, Usher, Ciara, Ne-Yo, LaToya Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Tina Turner. 

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Apple patent blocks iPhones from recording at concerts

Apple was awarded a U.S. patent in June for a system that can force iPhones into disabling video-recording functions at concert venues.

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The system uses infrared signals to send messages to the smartphones to force them to shut down video recording capabilities. Apple's patent illustration shows a phone at a concert with the words "recording disabled" on screen. 

Various artists have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that it spoils the experience for other fans.

During a show this summer, Adele publicly told a fan who was filming the performance: "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera ... I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

It's not known whether Apple plans to put the patent into use. 

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Yondr is another company with a mission to eliminate cellphone distractions at concerts.

The company creates "phone-free spaces" at events where attendees must seal their cellphones in one of the company's lockable pouches. The pouch stays locked inside the phone-free zone but unlocks once you leave it.

"If you haven't been to a phone-free show, you just don't know what you're missing. There's something about living in real life that can’t be replicated," Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told The Washington Post.

Lauryn Hill apologizes to fans after 2-hour delay at Atlanta concert

Fans, musicians and media all weighed in on Lauryn Hill’s tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer’s name to trend on Twitter for much of the day Saturday.

But the one person who remained silent was the singer herself.

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On Sunday, in a message posted to Facebook, Hill said she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Due to her late arrival and the venue’s 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her sound was cut off.

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show,” the Facebook message reads.

Hill, who's show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, took the stage around 10:20 p.m. She was forced to stop singing during her set because of a strict curfew that the venue, which is located in a residential area, enforces.

The crowd booed the singer when she first started the show and when she was forced to stop singing.

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message makes no mention of the driver. 

Hill said she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

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Need Beyoncé tickets? AmEx and Uber are giving some away

Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s "Formation" World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars minimum to nab a spot from which you can worship Queen Bey live.

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But you might be able to get around that. Wednesday -- when "Formation" kicked off in Miami -- American Express and Uber announced a partnership that gives anyone (not just card members) the chance to win two tickets to one of Beyoncé’s 21 remaining U.S. shows. Here’s how the promotion works:

On the day of the concert in a participating city, you can request the “FORMATION” view in the Uber app, using the promo code FORMATIONAMEX. You can then request a FORMATION ride, and you could receive two tickets and a round-trip UberX ride to the concert in the city. Uber and American Express have both said that the demand will be high, and getting matched with a FORMATION ride isn’t a guarantee of tickets.

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Sure, the chances of hitting the Beyoncé/Uber jackpot probably aren’t great, but it may be more likely than you being able to come up with enough money to buy your own tickets and transport to the concert, at this point. As much as it would probably feel worth it at the time, the aftermath of blowing your budget to see Beyoncé will probably be as unpleasant as it is to be Rachel Roy right now.

There’s some consolation for people who request these Uber rides and don’t end up getting Formation tickets: If you happen to have an American Express credit card and are enrolled in their Membership Rewards program, you can earn two times the rewards points when you pay for an Uber ride with your card.

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American Express isn’t the only credit card with this sort of deal. It’s always smart to check with your credit card issuer to see if they offer any discounts with a certain service or if you can maximize your rewards with certain purchases. Of course, spending for the sake of credit card rewards can be a dangerous strategy, because credit card debt is expensive and high credit card balances can kill your credit score. You can keep tabs on yours by getting your free credit report summary every 30 days on Credit.com.

Rolling Stones Cuba concert was mostly politics-free

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The Rolling Stones have officially brought their music to Cuba with a performance that seemed mostly free of a political agenda.

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For years, many Cubans listened to bands like the Stones in secret because their music didn't line up with the government ideology. But Friday's massive, free performance was meant to show that Cuba is opening up to the rest of the world.

According to the band's announcement, the concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana was "the first open-air concert in the country by a British rock band."

Frontman Mick Jagger and company mostly avoided any political statement during the show, except for acknowledging the band's presence in the country was a sign "times are changing."

Some estimates say nearly half a million people attended the celebratory performance.

The event capped off a week where a sitting U.S. president visited the country in nearly 90 years.

One concertgoer told The Guardian there is a feeling among Cubans that "something good" is happening.

But not everyone saw the concert as a sign of good things to come. One democracy activist said the government was using it as a symbol of an "opening that isn't really taking place."

And at least one world leader did take issue with the event — the pope, though it wasn't because of politics. The BBC reports he asked the Stones to postpone the concert because it conflicted with Good Friday.

The concert was a part of the Rolling Stones' America Latina Ole tour that is traveling through Central and South America.

They have also started a push to donate musical instruments and equipment to benefit Cuban musicians across all music genres.

Meet Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress, model and singer. She is known for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She also played Petra Arkanian in the 2013 sci-fi film Ender's Game.[2] She portrayed Juliet Capulet in the 2013 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet, Zooey Renner in the 2014 crime film 3 Days to Kill, and Violet in Begin Again. In 2015, she played Emily Junk in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2.

In addition to her acting career, Steinfeld also has done modeling work. She was hired as the face of Miu Miu shortly after True Grit was released in 2011.[3] Steinfeld debuted her singing voice in Pitch Perfect 2 and released a cover version of "Flashlight", the song she sang in the film. In 2015, she signed a recording deal with Republic Records. Her debut single "Love Myself" was released along with a music video in August 2015, which has been certified platinum. Her debut EP, Haiz was released in November 2015.

MusicSteinfeld said she had been experimenting with music since about age 12. She got an opportunity to play some of her songs for a representative from Republic Records at an event in New York City, and the label signed her in 2015.[41] In May, Republic Records announced the record deal and that Steinfeld was working on her first release; a label executive said she "has the vision, natural talent and dedication to compete at the highest level."Also in May, Steinfeld released a full-length cover version of the Jessie J song "Flashlight", which she sang for Pitch Perfect 2.

In July 2015, Steinfeld and singer Shawn Mendes released an acoustic version of Mendes' single, "Stitches".  The following month, Steinfeld released "Love Myself", including the lyrics, "I'm gonna put my body first/And love me so hard 'til it hurts"; the music video, released one week later, features Steinfeld wearing a leotard emblazoned with "self service".  This prompted media outlets to dub the song an "ode to masturbation".  Steinfeld said the lyrics are intended to be interpreted by the listener, "but for me it's an empowerment record and it's ultimately about taking care of yourself and indulging yourself, whether that be emotionally or physically or with material things."

Steinfeld's debut EP is titled Haiz, the nickname used by her fans, because "it would feel like, one, they named it; and two, it was my gift to them." Haiz was produced by Mattman & Robin and features co-writers Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter. "It is me and my voice and my take on things. It will be interesting to see how people respond."  The EP was released on November 13, 2015, to mixed reviews. Popdust gave Haiz a 3.5 grade out of 5, saying the EP's only downfall is that four "mostly sturdy and often vigorous [songs] are not enough to get a true sense of who Steinfeld is and what she’s trying to say."  Vulture called Haiz "fascinating, but for all the wrong reasons": the first two singles, "Love Myself" and "Hell Nos and Headphones", are "delivered with such dead-eyed, finger-on-the-zeitgeist blandness" that they disprove their intended points; "Rock Bottom" is "propulsive but forgettable"; and "You're Such A" could be made by someone else "into something punchier."  Nylon said the EP "may not be overly innovative and it may not be pop music's savior, but it's fun, catchy, and has a lot of good messages for young women everywhere".  On February 12, Steinfeld announced that "Rock Bottom" would be her next single and the second version featuring DNCE was released along with a lyric video on February 26.

 

 

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Meet Melanie Martinez

A vocalist with a bent toward alternative singer/songwriter pop and electronic music, Long Island native Melanie Martinez first came to the public's attention while competing on the third season of NBC's vocal competition The Voice. Born in Baldwin, New York, Martinez grew up listening to her father's Beatles records and hip-hop music. In 2012, while still in high school, she auditioned for, and won a spot on, NBC's The Voice with her performance of Britney Spears' "Toxic." Choosing to join judge Adam Levine's team, she eventually made it to week five before getting eliminated via audience vote. Following her exit from The Voice, Martinez began working on solo material and in 2014 released the Kinetics- and One Love-produced EP Dollhouse on Atlantic Records. In 2015 Martinez returned with her debut full-length album, Cry Baby, which featured the singles "Pity Party" and "Sippy Cup."

 

 

Meet Shaggy

In 1993 Shaggy exploded on the music scene with his debut album PURE PLEASURE. His remix of the Ska classic Oh Carolina from that album was an instant hit in England and other countries. He released his Sophomore album BOOMBASTIC in 1995. The album went certified platinum, won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Reggae Album and topped the Top 40 Rhythmic charts, Hot 100, and Billboard 200. Shaggy, along with his former manager Robert Livingston and legendary producer Sting International formed Big Yard Music Group in 1996. Big Yard has been instrumental in the careers of artists such as Brian & Tony Gold, Kiprich, Rayvon, Rik Rok, Voicemail, Richie Loop, and Christopher Martin In 1997, Shaggy recorded his third album MIDNIGHT LOVER. In 2000 he released his fourth album HOTSHOT which went Diamond worldwide and Platinum 6 times in the United States. Notable singles from that album included “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” “It Wasn’t Me” received a Grammy nomination. Single “Luv Me, Luv Me” featuring Janet Jackson was released on the Soundtrack for the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The album also won best-selling album at the 2002 Juno Awards. Michael Jackson requested that Shaggy perform at his 30th Anniversary that was held at Madison Square Gardens in 2001. At the event Michael asked, “Did you write “It Wasn’t Me” Shaggy?” SHAGGY: “Yes.” MICHAEL: “That’s some S#*t I would have written.” In 2002 and 2005 Shaggy released Lucky Day and Clothes Drop respectively. Lucky Day went certified Gold in the US while single Strength Of A Woman made the Top 40 mainstream charts. Clothes Drop received a Grammy Nomination for Best Reggae Album. Shaggy co-starred in the Action thriller “Blast” alongside Eddie Griffin and Vivica Fox in 2004. In 2007 INTOXICATION was released and debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart, was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 51st Grammy Awards and was the number 1 download on UK iTunes Reggae chart. The first single, Church Heathen, from the album won the Best Music Video at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in 2008. The second single Bonafide Girl also made its way to number 1 on music charts. Shaggy recorded and released single “Feel The Rush” in 2008 which was used as the original anthem for the UEFA Euro Cup. The single was featured on various charts throughout Europe and India. And went certified gold in Germany. Shaggy Foundation was developed in 2008. He hosts an annual charity event in which all proceeds are donated to the Bustamante hospital to help defray the cost of medical equipment. To date, the Shaggy Foundation has been instrumental in raising over $85 million (JMD = $1 million USD) for the hospital. Shaggy partnered with Pan Caribbean Financial planners for their 11th annual SIGMA Corporate Run. With a 5k course that attracted 9500 runners, walker and wheelchair participants, the event raised $14 million (JMD)/$165,000 (USD) for the Bustamante Hospital. Other fundraising efforts include a performance at “Food For The Poor” Gala in Florida which raised funds to construct homes for earthquake victims in Haiti. Shaggy contributed a song, which was a remake of the 1974 classic “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas, for Pepsi Cola in 2008. He appeared in the television commercial alongside T-Pain and Tami Chynn. In 2009 he recorded single “Fly High” which was used in a television commercial for Ferrero Rocher’s Ice Cream Bar, Maxi King and also appeared in the 30 second advertisement. “Fly High,” was used for Ferrero’s trailer campaign on VIVA (a television network in Germany co-owned by Viacom). Shaggy also acted as the international icon for Ultimate Ear products for brand Logitech. Shaggy co-wrote a book and CD set entitled “Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band.” Sales from the book and CD set benefits the Bustamante Hospital in Jamaica and Tatiana McIntosh Scholarship Fund in Florida. The book was also donated to basic schools in Jamaica to be used as part of their curriculum. In 2011 Summer in Kingston was released under Shaggy’s new label Ranch Entertainment, Inc. Shaggy received a Grammy Nomination for his tenth studio album, Summer in Kingston in 2012. Shaggy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The George Lopez Show and The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda promoting the album. In September 2013, Sly & Robbie Presents Shaggy will release a collaboration album entitled, “Out of Many, One Music.” On tour in 2010, Shaggy and Sly and Robbie conceived the idea and started production in 2012.  Recorded in New York and Jamaica, the album features Neyo , Beres Hammond, Konshens, Taurus Riley, Coco Tea, Joe, Morgan Heritage, Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Jimmy Cozier and Damian Marley.  The first single “Fight this Feeling” with Beres Hammond was released in May 2013 and has been quickly climbing the charts.  Media outlets and industry insiders have all agreed that the single is a game changer, going back to a classic reggae rock steady vibe. The second single, "You Girl", featuring Grammy Winning pop artist Ne-Yo is slated for release mid-summer 2013. “OUT OF MANY, ONE MUSIC,” has already received tremendous feedback from industry tastemakers through various listening parties.

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