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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.

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Sam Smith "I'm Not The Only One" Starring Dianna Agron and Chris Messina Premieres on Vevo
At over 5 Million views, this gorgeous yet painful music video takes a look at the ugly side of infidelity and the liberating side of breaking free from the feeling of being helpless. Every dark mascara stained tear the bride cries leaks a scarred soul's screams. Sam Smith's compelling voice paired with the star performances of Dianna Agron and Chris Messina is a must watch.

Photo credit:  Nichole Galicia at OK! TV Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills pre-Emmy party August 21, 2014.  Photo credit:  House photographer  “EDLT Photo”
Celebs Chat Charity on the Giving Carpet at OK! TV Pre-Emmy Party at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
(Photo: Nichole Galicia at OK! TV Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills pre-Emmy party August 21, 2014. Photo credit: House photographer  “EDLT Photo”)
August 21, 2014--Beverly Hills, CA--As celebrities flooded in to the
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills last night, for once the focus was not on fashion but how celebrities give back. The pre-Emmy party hosted by OK! TV and Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills featured a giving red carpet spotlighting the charitable artists invited to the exclusive event and the ways in which they use their celebrity powers for good.

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Laura Mvula to Perform at Exclusive 'Audience With' Evening for Youth Homelessness Charity Centrepoint
MOBO award-winner Laura Mvula is to perform an intimate gig at The Hippodrome Theatre in London's West End to raise money for Centrepoint, the leading charity for homeless young people. To buy tickets for 'An Audience with Laura Mvula' visit:
http://www.centrepoint.org.uk. Centrepoint Sessions presents 'An Audience with Laura Mvula', which will take place on Friday 29 August, just 100 tickets will be released for this exclusive show, priced at GBP100 each; with all funds raised being donated to Centrepoint.

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.

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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Far East Movement and JabbaWockeeZ Wrap Up Universal CityWalk Summer 2014 Concert Series
Life of a Rock Star has had a great time checking out some hot free music summer concerts in Hollywood at Universal CityWalk on the 5 Towers Stage. From the kick off with
Danity Kane to Jana Kramer we've enjoyed the community feeling that hanging out at the open air stage invites while getting to chat with pop and country music's hottest stars. The free concert series winds down this Labor Day weekend with Far East Movement and JabbaWockeeZ. Get all the details here and put these all ages shows on your must see list this week!

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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.

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Ariana Grande "My Everything" Out August 25th
The year's most anticipated album and ARIANA GRANDE's sophomore effort, My Everything [Republic Records], will be available August 25(th) and has already topped the charts with four #1 singles on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. Among those number ones are her multi-platinum, record-setting smash "Problem" [featuring Iggy Azalea], second single "Break Free" [featuring Zedd], powerhouse collaboration "Bang Bang" [with Jessie J + Nicki Minaj], and now the album's instant grat track "Best Mistake" [featuring Big Sean]. All four songs have garnered over 4 million digital downloads and 200 million streams to date.

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Nickelback "Edge of a Revolution" New Music Release
Multi-platinum Grammy Award-nominated rock band NICKELBACK have officially inked a new record deal with REPUBLIC RECORDS. The band is currently recording their anxiously awaited eighth full-length studio album and first since 2011’s chart-topping Here and Now, which sold over 1.2 million copies in the U.S. and Canada.

Blasterjaxx "Gravity" Booms Colossal Bass Heavy Drop
Blasterjaxx are back on Spinnin’ with Gravity. The epic theme totally excites any crowd out there before booming into the colossal bass heavy drop. Main stage material with deadly impact. HUGE! DJ duo Blasterjaxx is at it again with “Gravity”, a big electro house hit on Spinnin’ Records that’s meant to be played at full blast from festival main stages all over the globe.  This ominous anthem breaks all the rules with fuzzy samples from police radios and sharp synths that build throughout the track, taking listeners on an exhilaratingly wild ride.

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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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American Idol Xlll Winner Caleb Johnson Debut Album "Testify" Resurects Rocks
With winning American Idol and his new music release "Testify" Caleb Johnson is doing his part to resurrect rock. And yes, we do think it's time to "turn the water to wine." With ten tracks that lean heavy towards gritty rock, Caleb Johnson's debut album showcases the power of his voice and has an 80's Journey Steve Perry vibe. "Change" is a stunning love song that is softly introspective while at the same time blazing hot howling vocal track.

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The Weeknd "Often" Available on iTunes Now
NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2014) — THE WEEKND’s latest track, “Often”, is now available on iTunes and through all digital outlets via XO/Republic Records. The song continues to exhilarate, engage, and entrance listeners online, drumming up major excitement for more new music from the artist. With support from Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q, THE WEEKND will bring his immersive and irreplaceable live show to historic venues all over the United States.

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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.

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Night Riots Previews Infectious New Single "Contagious" at Constellation Room
20 August, 2014—Santa Ana—Last night the über intimate, Constellation Room, in Orange Country hosted Templeton natives, Night Riots, one of Life of a Rock Star's 10 indie bands to check out this summer, OC natives Breach the Summit (who’s hit single, “Up” was featured by LOAR earlier this year) and rising stars, New Beat Fund, for one the best concerts yet this summer. Lead singer, Travis Hawley rejuvenates crowd with a superb performance of, “Back to Your Love” and previews apropos infectious lead single titled, “Contagious.”

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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