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Katie Gallagher SS 2021

Used for centuries, the caustic mineral orpiment was a common garment dye and artist pigment, but as time moved on, its use proved too deadly. Orpiment’s rich yellow hue, similar to gold, still adorns ancient tombs and sacred spaces. The color qualities and duality of this lethal mineral serve as the inspiration for Katie Gallagher’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection, Orpiment.

Katie Gallagher is an American fashion designer and the founder of her namesake brand in New York City. She established the bran after studying at the Rhode Island School of Design and interning under big names in fashion such as Anna Sui. Looks by Katie Gallagher have been pulled by Lady Gaga’s stylish Nicola Formichetti, amongst others. Her designs have received attention from Vogue Italia, Elle, Interview, Refinery 29, and various New York based magazines. At ag 34, the designer is at only the very beginning of her career.

In describing her creative process and thoughts on design, Gallagher has said “I don’t believe that fashion is the end goal; stories, personalities, moods, ideals, and attitudes are. Fashion, when executed successfully, communicates these attributes quickly and eloquently.”

In this latest collection, Gallagher focuses on her color of choice for fall, yellow. Yellow, the color of caution, but also hope, is a fitting choice for the collective current mood during this global pandemic. Together, apart, we move forward cautiously and hyperaware. Orpiment features bold yellow garments, including a sheer Tulle dress and a lightweight Nylon Ripstop bomber jacket juxtaposing Gallagher’s signature black and white color palette.

Find more from Katie Gallagher on her website here.

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Isaac Dunbar × Vevo DSCVR

Vevo announces the release of Isaac Dunbar’s DSCVR at Home performance of “boy” 

Isaac Dunbar knows full well that when you sign up to be a pop artist these days, you sign up to be an influencer. At only 17, Isaac has thought a lot about what he wants to put out into that culture and the impact it can have. He has thought a lot about how he wants listeners to feel; Isaac mainly wants his fans to know they are not alone in the same way listening to artists like Lady Gaga did for him growing up as a mixed race and artistic kid.

Isaac has gravitated toward music to soothe himself ever since he was a child. Growing up in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod, Dunbar was bullied for being different. “I never fit in,” he says. “I tried, but it didn’t work. So when other kids were hanging out with each other, I was nine years old and cocooned in my bed scouring the Internet for new music.” Always having a love of singing, he taught himself to play piano from YouTube tutorials. At 10 years old, Isaac noticed that Lady Gaga had tweeted a list of producers she worked with, one of whom was French house producer Madeon. “I saw that he had this program called FL Studio,” he recalls. “I illegally downloaded it at a Barnes & Noble in Hyannis, Massachusetts. And that’s how I taught myself to produce music.”   

At 12, Dunbar began to release his self-proclaimed “self-aware alternative-pop,” and quickly began building an audience. Since then, Dunbar has signed to RCA Records and relished Zane Lowe premiering his song “Pharmacy” on his Beats 1 show. Billboard referred to him as a “newly christened pop star” and applauded his “vulnerable bravery and artistic honesty” on his label debut, Isaac’s Insects. The “verifiable wunderkind” (PAPER), has earned additional praise from the likes of The FADER and Ones to Watch, and has toured the US, Europe and the UK supporting girl in red.   

Vevo DSCVR focuses on the development of emerging artists, through performance content and careful curation. Vevo has a long history of helping emerging artists break through to new and wider audiences. Past alumnae of Vevo’s DSCVR series include Billie Eilish, dodie and Kiana Ledé. Vevo is committed to working with artists at an early stage of their career to create unique content that brings their music to life visually and provides exposure to new audiences through the platform. In addition to Vevo DSCVR, “boy” is now streaming on all platforms.

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Kathryn Dean × High School Nation

Singer, songwriter and recording artist Kathryn Dean performed her newest anthem “Friends (Don’t Wanna Be)” exclusively on High School Nation’s QuaranTeen Instagram Live series on Monday, June 22nd at noon PST, as part of an exclusive engagement for the community platform. Dean’s exclusive 7-song performance, streamed on the company’s Instagram Live, featured all new songs, including an unreleased stripped-down version of “Told You So,” the pop songstress’ 2014 international breakthrough hit, which earned her a devout following in Latin America and has to date garnered over 30-million views on YouTube. An exclusive, live fan Q&A with iHeart Radio host TyeHollywood preceded the performance, both of which can be viewed on High School Nation’s IGTV profile here.

When asked about her plan for the performance, Dean said she feels it is important to, “address the emotional struggle that comes from trying to maintain relationships while being separated from one another, and to celebrate our ability to overcome obstacles and grow from those experiences.”

Via her social media yesterday, Dean announced a contest that will give fans the opportunity to design official cover art for her next single “Exhale.” The winner will have their design featured as the track’s official artwork when it releases this coming fall across all digital and streaming platforms. Watch the announcement here for further details.

Showcasing Dean’s impressive vocal range, “Friends (Don’t Wanna Be)” tackles the emotional struggle that comes with being separated from one another, and the celebration of our ability to overcome such obstacles. Dean said of writing the song, “What started as a way to work through my mixed emotions turned into a reminder that my need to create music and desire to achieve my dream are stronger than anyone’s efforts to diminish my confidence for the benefit of their egos.” One of those dreams, to write chart topping songs, is a milestone she has been striving for since she began writing and recording original music in high school.

Working to achieve this goal since high school, most recently, Dean has embarked on a mission to make a chart topping single with acclaimed producer and pop chart veteran of nearly 20 #1 hits, Sandy Vee (Katy Perry, “Firework,” Rihanna, “Only Girl in the World,” David Guetta, “Sexy Bitch” and many more). Their creative process will be the subject of a docuseries, with the first episode due out later this year. The series follows Dean and Sandy as they embark on a mission to make her high school dreams come true with Sandy’s next chart topping single. As they progress, the duo relies on Sandy’s years of success, insight and experience combined with KD’s fresh lyrical style and powerful, Adele-rivaling, vocals to navigate obstacles and adapt to making music under quarantine. Capturing a unique time in music history, Dean and Sandy Vee offer audiences a raw look at the formula of art and science behind creating a hit song, from writing its first notes to recording, releasing and performing the song. Viewers will get the chance to follow this unconventional approach and be offered unique opportunities to engage with Dean and Sandy as their process unfolds. The episodic series will culminate with a feature length documentary film submission for Sundance and the Film Festival circuit in 2021.

All High School Nation subscribers currently have exclusive access to download “Friends (Don’t Wanna Be)” now via an exclusive code. The track is officially set to release on July 17th to all digital and streaming platforms. For more information, please visit https://highschoolnation.com/.

About Kathryn Dean:

Kathryn Dean has amassed a digital footprint of over 100 million views on YouTube, with 30 million alone generated from her 2014 international smash hit “Told You So.” She ranked in at #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart for 7 weeks straight with her song “City of Angels,” and DELTA Airlines bought the rights to her track “Blue Skies,” which they used as their exclusive boarding/inflight theme song. Taking inspiration from wide range of genres, including Country, Christian, Pop and Alternative influences, Dean captured the hearts of Latin American listeners, currently home to her strongest army of fans, which also happens to be the second highest streaming market in the world. Her songs have caught the attention of multiple major North American TV networks, and recently had music featured in promos for CBS’s “All Rise” and was featured in a long running campaign for the network’s hit show “SWAT.” Dean also consistently works with top Grammy award winning producers around the globe including: No Expectations (Adele, Sia, Maren Morris) Andrew Wells (Bebe Rexha, Meghan Trainor), Benjamin Rice (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Julia Michaels), Sandy Vee (Katy Perry) and Linda Perry to name a few.

About High School Nation:

High School Nation is the largest provider of free events for public high schools in the US. Distance Learning has created an opportunity for HSN to bring these same opportunities to students at home. Through the generous donation of their time, HSN is bringing musicians, athletes and other creative professionals directly to students digitally. Each weekday is focused on a different profession. Follow HSN for more information on the upcoming guests and to submit your questions.

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Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me (Hot Shot 2020)

REGGAE ICON SHAGGY TO RELEASE “IT WASN’T ME (HOT SHOT 2020)” A NEW, MODERN VERSION OF HIS CLASSIC SMASH AVAILABLE APRIL 10

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS 10 MILLION-SELLING ALBUM ‘HOT SHOT,’ A BRAND-NEW ALBUM  ‘HOT SHOT 2020’- FEATURING UPDATED VERSIONS OF HIS BIGGEST HITS TO BE RELEASED

Reggae/dancehall icon, SHAGGY will unleash a new single, “It Wasn’t Me (Hot Shot 2020)” featuring vocalist, Rayvon, available April 10 on all digital platforms worldwide. Pre-save the new single HERE.

“It’s been 20 years since my album, Hot Shot and the now infamous ‘anthem’ “It Wasn’t Me” was released, says Shaggy, “and to commemorate this milestone, I decided to reproduce this classic hit. In doing so, I wanted to make sure we stayed true to the integrity of the original recording while finding ways to modernize it, being that the song remains a recurrent hit, garnering a new & younger fan base each year.”

He continues, “While it may come as a surprise, “It Wasn’t Me” is actually an anti-cheating song! In the original version, the ‘apology’ from Rik Rok comes at the very end, yet by then, most DJ’s had mixed or gone into another song, so it was often missed … the point is that the guy who was cheating didn’t follow the player’s advice.”

“I enlisted my longtime collaborator, Rayvon – one of the smoothest reggae voices in the game – to be on the new track,” he adds. “The end result feels fresh and revitalized while maintaining its pop sensibility and dancehall roots.”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his diamond-selling album, Hot Shot, a brand-new album entitled Hot Shot 2020 will soon be released featuring revamped and modernized versions of all of Shaggy’s most beloved hits such as “Angel,” “Boombastic,” “Oh Carolina,” among many others, plus a few other surprises! Additional details to soon be announced.

About Shaggy

When it comes to making dancehall reggae hits that rock the world and stand the test of time, nobody does it better than Shaggy.

The two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae icon has sold more than 30 million albums to date, racking up no fewer than eight singles in the Billboard Hot 100, including two No. 1 hits, as well as seven albums on the Billboard 200 and four in the Top 40. Shaggy’s success in the UK is equally impressive: 16 Top 40 singles, nine of them reaching the Top 10, and four that shot to No. 1 including “It Wasn’t Me”—the largest-selling collaboration in UK chart history.

The smash records from Shaggy have kept on coming, from the certified diamond 2000 album Hot Shot, which boasted two No. 1 singles, through to 2018’s 44/876, a collaborative project with British rock icon Sting. 44/876 clocked millions of streams, entered the Top 40 in 14 different countries, remained atop the Billboard Reggae Album chart for over five months, and earned Shaggy another GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album.

A proven hitmaker, Shaggy has also been using his platform to help his community and beloved home, Jamaica. His Shaggy & Friends charity concerts have raised millions for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

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The Mayfair

Music, sports, television and fashion stars rang in the new decade in Las Vegas with a night of dancing and dining at the grand opening of Bellagio Resort & Casino’s glamourous new supper club, The MayfairLeona LewisNina Dobrev, Tanner Novlan and Kayla Ewell, Candice and Joe King, Shaun White and Daniel Bamdad were amongst the revelers. On Friday, Lady Gaga brought 100 of her dancers and friends to The Mayfair for an early New Year’s celebration before the restaurant opened to the public.

Filled with live performances and surprise acts, The Mayfair Supper Club overlooks the Bellagio Fountains and evolves from a swinging prohibition-era jazz club to a late-night dance party that modernizes the Roaring ‘20s for the 2020s.

British singer-songwriter and “X-Factor” star Leona Lewis headed to Vegas to support new hubby Dennis Jauch, who is co-founder of No Ceilings Entertainment, the production powerhouse that produced The Mayfair’s incredible entertainment experience. The duo, who tied the knot in Italy this summer, met in 2010 when Jauch was a dancer on her tour.  Throughout the night, Lewis was glued to performances by the dancers, singers and musicians – many of whom she saw during the casting process – snapping pictures and videos and congratulating Jauch.

“Vampire Diaries” cast Nina Dobrev, Tanner Novlan and wife Kayla Ewell, and Candice (Accola) King reunited at the bash celebrating New Year’s Eve at a Fountain-side table, dining and dancing into the early morning. Olympic champion and snowboarding legend Shaun White, and Accola’s husband and The Fray’s guitarist Joe King, also joined the party. At midnight, the Novlans rang in 2020 with a sweet kiss on The Mayfair’s dance floor.

Lewis, Dobrev, Ewell and King complimented each other’s stunning NYE attire and joined together for celebratory photos, followed by Lewis and Dobrev snapping selfies together.

German model Daniel Bamdad was pulled on stage, blindfolded and fed cream pie as singers and dancers teased him during one of The Mayfair’s boundary-breaking performances that concluded with a hilarious bait and switch that had Bamdad – and guests throughout the restaurant – roaring.

The Mayfair Supper Club is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. For more information, please visit The Mayfair Supper Club’s website.

ABOUT BELLAGIO

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. Bellagio is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit bellagio.com, call toll free at (888) 987-6667 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Photo Credit: Denise Truscello, Getty Images

“I Create Music” EXPO lineup

ASCAP “I CREATE MUSIC” EXPO ADDS OSCAR-WINNING “SHALLOW” CO-WRITER ANTHONY ROSSOMANDO PLUS LEE ANN WOMACK, MATTHEW KOMA AND PAUL WILLIAMS TO HITMAKING LINEUP

ADDITIONAL 2019 PANELS REVEAL WHAT’S NEXT IN HIP-HOP, LATIN POP AND VIDEO GAME SCORING; MAY 2-4 IN HOLLYWOOD

ASCAP has added leading music creators from the pop, country, EDM, Latin, hip-hop and video game music worlds to its 2019 “I Create Music” EXPO lineup. On the heels of his Oscar win for Best Original Song, “Shallow” co-writer Anthony Rossomando will look back on his two-decade journey to co-penning the anthemic Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper mega-hit from A Star Is Born’s original soundtrack. Grammy, CMA and ACM winner Lee Ann Womack will share the songs that have won her a dozen awards, including her breakout Billboard Country #1 “I Hope You Dance” and selections from her most recent album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, named a best-of-2018 by NPR and Rolling Stone.

In addition to sharing their stories and advice, top songwriters will inspire by performing some of their most notable hits from the 2019 EXPO stage. Singer, songwriter, producer and musician Matthew Koma, known for collaborating with Zedd on the #1 EDM hits “Spectrum” and “Find You,” and for co-writing the #1, Grammy-winning and triple-platinum “Clarity,” will be on hand to perform from his impressive multi-genre catalogue. Koma, who has also worked with artists including Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain and Bruce Springsteen, currently fronts his newly-formed West Coast band Winnetka Bowling League.

Oscar-winning songwriter, ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams will kick off the Annual ASCAP Membership Meeting. Additional panels will shine a spotlight on some of this year’s hottest areas for emerging music, from the Atlanta music scene to Latin music’s role in mainstream pop, to songwriting in video games. For the first of these, previously-announced EXPO panelist Don Cannon (2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, Jeezy) will be joined by Atlanta music luminaries like 21 Savage manager Kei Henderson, Capitol Music Group’s Senior Vice President of Global Creative Amber Grimes and Tunde Balogun of LVRN, the multi-faceted team behind D.R.A.M., Raury and 6LACK.

Latin music’s growing impact on the US pop charts will be highlighted in a panel with music creators like two-time ASCAP Latin Songwriter of the Year Claudia Brant, DJ Ali Stone (the opener on Justin Bieber’s Purpose tour) and Romeo Santos co-writer and musical director Joaquin Diaz, who join previously-announced Latin Grammy Producer of the Year Linda Briceño (aka Ella Bric). Diaz and Bric will also team up with award-winning producer-songwriter Tommee Profitt (Migos, NF, productions for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, ESPN, NFL, NBA, NHL, MTV, VH1, NETFLIX, Hulu, HBO, more) and previously announced Mike Woods of duo Rice N Peas (G-Eazy, Mike Stud, Jay Sean) for a Hit Producers conversation about the art and business of producing.

Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) will moderate a panel about creating action-packed songwriting for video games with composers Jack Wall and Cindy Shapiro (Call of Duty, Mass Effect), Darren Korb (Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, Hades) and Ubisoft’s Lydia Andrew (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate).

The ASCAP EXPO will also give attendees the chance to have their original songs heard by leaders from across the music industry, adding A&Rs like Ty Cannon (Aftermath), Jermi Thomas (Columbia), Jae Brown (Capitol) and Jennifer Goicoechea (Epic) to judge showcases and feedback panels throughout EXPO’s three days. Others added to the EXPO include “Music Business Toolbox” founder Bryan Calhoun.

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO will take place May 2 – 4, 2019 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. It is the only music conference completely dedicated to music creation and what it takes to be a professional music creator today, attracting over 3,000 music creators for three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers. ASCAP EXPO panelists participate because they want to give back to the next generation, and the feeling of community and giving back is authentic, infectious and inspirational. Many who come to the EXPO walk away saying that it is a life-changing experience. ASCAP EXPO will be making many more panelist additions in the coming months.

For tickets and more information about the 14th annual ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO visit: http://www.ascap.com/expo.

About ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 700,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

Who Will Win The Grammys

In light of the music industry gathering Sunday for the 61st annual Grammy Awards, a new Morning Consult/The Hollywood Reporter survey reveals Americans expect film soundtracks to win big at this year’s ceremony.

The survey, conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults, asked consumers who they think should win some of the most popular categories, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Song.

INTERACTIVE REPORT

Key Highlights:

Americans expect Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga to win big at the Grammys: Respondents could play each nominated song, or each nominated album or artist’s most popular song, before voting in the poll. Americans were most likely to predict Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga as winners in the album, record, and song of the year categories. Full list:

  • Album Of The Year: Various Artists (Kendrick Lamar) ‘Black Panther: The Album’
  • Record Of The Year: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper ‘Shallow’
  • Song of The Year: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper ‘Shallow’
  • Best New Artist: Luke Combs
  • Best Rap Song: Drake ‘God’s Plan,’
  • Best R&B Song: Toni Braxton ‘Long As I Live’
  • Best Rock Song: Greta Van Fleet ‘Black Smoke Rising’
  • Best Country Song: Blake Shelton ‘I Lived It’

Meanwhile, younger consumers think differently: Young adults (18-29) were more likely to predict Cardi B and Childish Gambino as winners in the major categories. Full list:

  • Album Of The Year: Cardi B ‘Invasion of Privacy’
  • Record Of The Year: Cardi B ‘I Like It’
  • Song Of The Year: Childish Gambino ‘This Is America’
  • Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
  • Best Rap Song: Drake ‘God’s Plan’
  • Best R&B Song: Ella Mai ‘Boo’d Up’
  • Best Rock Song: Twenty One Pilots ‘Jumpsuit’
  • Best Country Song: Dan + Shay ‘Tequila’

Media contact: T. Anthony Patterson, anthony@morningconsult.com, 347-422-3105

Methodology

This poll was conducted from Dec. 7-9, 2018 among a national sample of 2,201 U.S. adults. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region. Results from the survey have a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.

About Morning Consult

Named one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America by Deloitte, Morning Consult is revolutionizing ways to collect, organize, and share survey research data to transform how global leaders in business and government make decisions.

Morning Consult provides research, news, and brand-tracking technology for over 200 of the world’s biggest companies and industry associations. Additionally, Morning Consult conducts regular surveys for major media organizations including POLITICO, The Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg, and The New York Times.

2019 Grammy Nominees Album Available Now

The Recording Academy™’s GRAMMY Recordings® and Republic Records announce the release of the 2019 GRAMMY® Nominees album—which is now available in stores and via all digital retailers. 

The latest installment of the best-selling series—now in its 25th year—features 22 GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs from the world’s top recording artists and emerging talent, including Record Of The Year nominees Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin; Brandi Carlile; Childish Gambino; Drake; Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper; Kendrick Lamar & SZA; Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage; and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey.

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A portion of album proceeds will benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum® and MusiCares®—two charitable organizations founded by the Recording Academy that focus on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Tina DeCara

Infectious and uplifting, Tina’s newest single is all about loving yourself when you’re at your loneliest. Quite often, we’ve set upon a path of success that leads us down a path that only we can travel. This is especially true when pursuing the art of music and pushing onwards to the success as a recording artist, with all its highs and lows. That’s how the birth of “Solo” came to be when Tina was feeling low and alone with the need to share her internal struggles in a format for her to push on her own path of success.

Currently based in Long Island, Tina DeCara is a tour-de-force of a singer-songwriter. Her soulful voice and songwriting capabilities were inspired by some of the greatest performers of music world. Among her influences include Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Dave Grohl and legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Michael Jackson. Recently starring in FUSE TV’s national docu-series “Saturday Morning Fever,” Tina DeCara was the only female singer-songwriter to showcase her talents in singing, acting and dancing.

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The Best Casino Songs Of The 21st Century

The affinity for high-stakes gaming and casinos dates back centuries, all the way to ancient Rome. Some of the most famous players from centuries past include Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Winston Churchill. So it should come as no surprise that a love of gaming has greatly influenced popular culture over the years, with entire films, songs, and books being dedicated to the subject.

Casino songs have a long history as well. You may already know of songs like “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley or “Desperado” by the Eagles, but how many casino-themed songs do you know from the 21st century? Check out the following list to see how a love of gaming has influenced some of the greatest artists of the century.

Poker Face by Lady Gaga

Released as a single for her 2008 album “The Fame,” “Poker Face” helped launch Lady Gaga’s career. The song won for Best Dance Recording at the 52nd Grammy Awards, and it was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. “Poker Face” reached No. 1 in the U.S. and abroad and is Lady Gaga’s second diamond-certified song.

All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards by Corb Lund

This song is featured on his 2005 album, “Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer.” In 2006, the album was named Album Of The Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. In the song, Lund talks about how he wants to neglect all of his responsibilities in order to play cards. But since his passion helped him write a great song, what’s the harm?

Waking Up in Vegas by Katy Perry

Like “Poker Face,” “Waking Up in Vegas” was also released in 2008. Even though it was released on her album “One of the Boys,” it didn’t hit the radio until 2009. Upon release, it became a smash hit. The song celebrates the gaming and partying lifestyle of Las Vegas and is a must for anyone there hoping to get the party started with appropriately-themed tunes.

Vegas by Sara Bareilles

“Vegas” was released in 2007 on Bareilles’s second album, “Little Voices.” It’s a different sort of love song than “Waking Up in Vegas,” but it presents Vegas as one of the places where dreams come true. In the song, Bareilles sings: “Gonna sell my car and go to Vegas / ‘Cause somebody told me / That’s where dreams would be.” Give this song a listen if you’re looking to chill out with a quieter tune.

Pokerface by Ghostface Killah ft. Shawn Wigs

This song is featured on Ghostface Killah’s 2006 album, “More Fish.” The album reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums and No. 13 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the U.S. Ghostface Killah and Shawn Wigs are all about the casino life, so naturally the song is packed with references to the World Series of Poker and the appeal of no-limit tournaments.

The Dealer by Stevie Nicks

Although this was originally written in the ‘70s for a Fleetwood Mac album, the song wasn’t officially released until 2014. It was re-recorded for her album, “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault,” and released as a single after a bootleg version of the song became popular on YouTube. The song is Stevie Nicks at her best, so fans of her and Fleetwood Mac will appreciate this cards-themed track.

Pretty Vegas by INXS

Fans of Vegas and alternative rock will appreciate “Pretty Vegas” by INXS. The song was released on their 11th studio album, “Switch,” in 2005. “Switch” was the first INXS album to feature J.D. Fortune — who had won CBS’s contest “Rock Star: INXS” — as lead singer. “Pretty Vegas” became a top-40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the U.S. and reached No. 9 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) charts.

The love of casinos and gambling has inspired some pretty incredible musical artists. Enjoy these tunes during your next Vegas vacation on while playing at casinos online. For online players, they can check out this review of Liberty Casino and other casinos, to get the most out of their experience. Rock on!