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Nick Cannon Going All In For Lupus LA Poker Tournament: Ace Award Recipient
Nick Cannon Going All In For Lupus LA Poker Tournament: Toni Braxton To Present Ace Award
Stars and supporters of LUPUS LA will be out en masse at the 6th annual Get Lucky For Lupus LA Celebrity Poker Tournament and Party next month Thursday, September 18, 2014. This year's Ace Award recipient is none other than musician/comedian/actor/philanthropist
Nick Cannon. Held at the Avalon Hollywood, the award will be presented by Toni Braxton a great supporter of Lupus LA. Tickets for the event are available for purchase now with reduced pricing available thru 8/22. Tables are sure to sell out fast for the opportunity to go all in and rub elbows with the celebs playing for a great cause.

Far East Movement Interview with Nicole Hanratty August 28, 2014 at Universal CityWalk on the red carpet
Far East Movement Chat KTOWN RIOT EP and Raising Social Awareness
Far East Movement played Universal CityWalk 5 Towers stage closing out a summer of free concerts at the outdoor music stage with an energizing performance that lit up the packed house crowd. After their performance, the band spoke with Nicole Hanratty about their new KTOWN RIOT EP set for release October 28, 2014 via Cherrytree / Interscope Records and having gratitude for their hometown.

Edsanity at Staples Center Los Angeles: Ed Sheeran X Concert Review
Edsanity at Staples Center Los Angeles: Ed Sheeran X Concert Review
August 27, 2014--Los Angeles, CA--While I've witnessed
Ed Sheeran playing at Staples Center before opening for Taylor Swift, tonight marks a whole new era for the hip hop style singer songwriter whom headlined the venue for his first (as he calls it) "proper" U.S. arena tour. Ed Sheeran proved tonight with "X" that he cannot only pack the house but bring it to it's knees. The fans begged for more as what I'm calling "Edsanity" took over Staples.

Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj at The Forum performing live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards; photo credit BMG for lifeofarockstar.com
The Forum Puts on VIP Show Stopping MTV VMAs: 2014 Winners and Photo Recap
On the scale of one to 10 of insane concerts, the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California was a twelve. On the heels of the reported news that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot at 1OAK in Los Angeles at a pre MTV Music Awards party during a live performance by Chris Brown, security was running high. Attendees may have noticed an increase in security presence in and around The Forum but as all things in show business must, the first nationally televised event at the revitalized venue went on and flawlessly at that.

(Photo above:  Taylor Swift at The Forum performing live August 24, 2014 at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards; photo credit Nicole Hanratty for lifeofarockstar.com)
Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" Lights Up MTV Video Music Awards and Song of the Week
Taylor Swift revealed a taste of the look and feel of "1989" last night and if ever she wanted to lose the country girl image, she certainly did last night with her high energy retro nod performance to iconic Hollywood imagery in her dynamic performance of "Shake It Off." So fabulous to witness this country girl gone pop's reinvention of herself after no small amount of media attention on her recent heartbreaks, Life of a Rock Star still can't "Shake It Off" and can't help but make this new singable tune Song of the Week. 1989 will be available in-stores on October 27 (th).

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Beyond the 405 and 101 The Young Wild Rock
I've heard the hesitation on the other end of the phone line when I ask a friend to hit a show with me in Hollywood. I've felt the judgement in the whispers of the air when I actually leave my bubble on a weekly (gasp!) basis and cross the barrier that is the 405 and 101 which acts as a great divide between the suburbanites and city dwellers. I've also witnessed first hand the therapeutic healing powers of live music and a hungry generation of teens flocking to music festivals for a medicinal dose of the intangible yet essential benefits of human interaction.

Justin Young, Colbie Caillat's Acoustic Guitarist is Must See Show at Hotel Cafe Sept 12, 19 and 25
Justin Young, a local to Los Angeles now but from Kailua, Hawaii is playing The Hotel Cafe next month on three dates: September 12th, 19th & 25th. Whether Justing Young is on the road with Colbie Caillat (see their independent collaboration "Puzzle Pieces" below) or working on his own singer songwriter style music, Justin Young is a must-see show. Life of a Rock Star recently spied him working out with celebrity trainer Kevin Lee and is excited to see him play live solo in Hollywood.

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Jessie J "Bang Bang" Music Video off of New Album "Sweet Talker" Premieres Following VMA Performance
JESSIE J has announced that Sweet Talker [LAVA/Republic Records], her latest full-length album which has quickly become one of the year’s most anticipated records, will be available in stores and through all digital retailers on October 14th, 2014. The album will feature appearances from the likes of 2 Chainz, De La Soul and American violinist Lindsay Sterling and was produced by the likes of Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya, Tricky, The Dream and more.

Pentatonix PTX Vol 3
Pentatonix Set To Release PTX Vol 3 on September 3, 2014
Vocal sensations
Pentatonix are set to release their 3rd EP – PTX Vol. 3 – on September 23rd via RCA Records.  This third installment of the group’s wildly successful EP series continues to mix global pop and indie hits with original tracks, showcasing the quintet’s eclectic taste and otherworldly talent.  The album will also include a surprise featured guest, as well as a song performed entirely in French. In 2015, Pentatonix will also appear in Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect 2, where they will play a Canadian a cappella group and rivals to the Barden Bellas.

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Lecrae on Anomaly album "Circumstances don't have to dictate who we are"
is the GRAMMY® award winning hip hop artist best known for his rap that speaks his truth, reflects his Christian ideals and his ability to speak on a motivational level and lead prayers insides professional locker rooms. Hear Lecrae's answer to how he thinks his close friends Jeremy Lin, Bubba Watson and Dwight Howard are all anomalies. With one of the best parenting tips ever, the hip hop artist also shares what his single mother who raised him did right with a can of Glade.

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Fifth Harmony Camila Cabella Says "Bo$$" Is Who We Want To Be
What makes Fifth Harmony Boss? "This album is who we want to be," Camila Cabello says chatting with Life of a Rock Star's Nicole Hanratty about the empowering theme of Fifth Harmony's anthemic new hit "Bo$$." The inspirational pop star also says if she could send a message directly to her fans it would be, "Life is so much more fun when you learn to appreciate yourself and love yourself and others will too. So love yourself! And learn to, because it's a process."

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G.R.L. Chats Ugly Heart, Handcuffs and Oops Nights to Rewind
Filmed at Swing House Studios, Life of a Rock Star's Nicole Hanratty interviews the five talented beautiful women of
G.R.L. the hot band signed by Dr. Luke. In Part One of the interview and fresh off a hot single release feature on Pitbull's Wild Wild Love song, G.R.L. chat about their new self titled EP release available on iTunes now. Watch the interview and check out the new G.R.L. EP below.

5 Seconds of Summer Announce The 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out' 2015 North American Tour Presented By Nabisco
Pop punk sensations 5 Seconds of Summer announced today their massive 2015 Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour in support of their Billboard chart-topping, self-titled debut album. The band's first-ever North American headlining tour, produced and promoted exclusively by Live Nation and presented by Nabisco, the makers of OREO, RITZ and HONEY MAID, will kick off on July 17, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Rixton "Wait On Me" New Music Release and Summer Tour Dates
Rixton release new single "Wait On Me" is offers up a heart for free so long as you "say what you mean and mean what you say." This hot new single from this British band we are in love with packs the swagger of summer in a tight love track that delivers a full punch.

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Top 5 Songs of the Summer (So Far) 2014
Indie music fans will love this new music list comprised by contributor Jake Castillo with his favorite five tracks to sing along to this summer. Hot songs from Priory, Cloud Nothings, Vance Joy, Breach The Summit, and Skizzy Mars all make his list. Have a listen to the Top 5 Songs of the Summer (So Far) of 2014 and let us know what your favorite songs and new music releases are this summer!

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