By the time of Amy Winehouse’s death in 2011, the death itself was no shock. Today, more than nine years after her death, people still wallow in the sorrow it brought and celebrate the birthday of a legend.
In the weeks leading up to her death, her antics were well-documented. She developed tumultuous relationships with rehab facilities that she entered and exited frequently, engaged in fights, and attracted unwanted attention from the press.
Winehouse insisted that she came by her popularity honestly.
“I don’t write a song and think, ‘oh, a million people will hear this,'” she told E! News in 2007. “I write a song because I need to make sense of why I do certain things.”
And the public loved it. Winehouse relished in her pain and imperfection, sporting big boobs, thick eyeliner, and a mane of hair that stood in contradiction to the rest of her small frame—but it undeniably worked.
Her fame began with the debut of Frank, a 2003 album that garnered acclamation from critics and others in the U.K. That success was followed by the infamous Back to Black album in 2006, known most well by Rehab, which shot her to Grammy-winner status, despite her inability to physically accept the awards in 2008; she couldn’t secure a visa in time.
Her talent was undeniable. Her sultry voice, embellished by a darling rasp, captivated her audience and made her a star. The musical contributions she gifted the world are still sung today from rooftops—now, with indisputable irony.
During 2010, she was singing, performing, and alternating between sobriety and heavy drinking. In Jan. 2011, she had a seizure that she allegedly had no recollection of. And for the rest of 2011, until her death in July, she alternated between hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and her apartment.
Then on July 23rd, she was found dead by her security guard, Andrew Morris, accompanied by three empty vodka bottles.
On the day of her tragic death, stars like Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Tony Bennett, and Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to the singer, expressing their grief on social media. Today, a Winehouse birthday does not pass by without someone noticing. On what would have been her 37th birthday, the same occurred.
Famous figures like Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, and Nas took to social media, expressing how they missed the icon, and commemorating the gift she gave to everyone, despite herself.
Like the rockstars who preceded her, she lives on in the hearts and ears of many, reminding us to be proud of who we are.
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Leading Afrobeats star TIWA SAVAGE shares a stunning companion video to “Dangerous Love” – the first single from her anticipated fourth studio album “CELIA”. Shot in Lagos, Nigeria during the global lockdown, the visuals are produced by JM Films and sees Tiwa make her directorial debut collaborating and co-directing alongside Ibra Ake (Childish Gambino, Beyonce). Taking inspiration from the song, the video sees Tiwa seeking advice from one of her girlfriends (played by supermodel Adesuwa Aighewi), whilst preparing for a visit from her boyfriend.
“Dangerous Love is such a vibe! It’s a song that is basically about a girl who is dipping in and out of a ‘situationship’ with a guy that really doesn’t deserve her time or attention. She knows that he is bad for her but she gambling with her heart anyway.” Says Tiwa Savage. “I feel like every girl and maybe guys too can relate to this one.”
Abraham Mateo is Spain’s biggest young breakout star of recent years and remains as one of the most successful international singers, signed to Sony Music Spain. Born August 25, 1998, has solidified an artistic career of 14 years, and has remained a worldwide phenomenon by positioning his songs in the top charts. His recent hits such as “Me Vuelvo Loco” with the renowned boy band CNCO and “¿Qué Ha Pasa’o?” with Sofía Reyes, and his most recent single “No Encuentro Palabras” with Manuel Turizo, demonstrate his wide range of musical styles and beautiful vocal range and tones. Born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain, Abraham Mateo is a composer and producer who not only producers for himself but also for other A listers such as Ivy Queen, Gente de Zona, Belinda, Samo, Juan Magan and Lérica.
A master of social media, Abraham Mateo has over 15 million followers across all platforms. His artistic abilities extend into acting and dance. A true viral star representing the music of Spain and Latin genres, he has surpassed 1.3 billion views on his YouTube channel and is a major influencer among Spanish-speaking youth.
“I am excited to be able to bring my European, Spanish and Latin sound to more American listeners. Some of my greatest musical inspirations are from the United States. As a Spanish artist, it is a dream come true to work and collaborate with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Austin Mahone and 50 Cent “said Abraham Mateo.
Abraham’s first international recognition came when he was 14 years old, was in 2013 when the then 14-years-old was when he received a nomination in the Best New Artist category for Univisión’s Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) in 2013. That same year, his single “Señorita” spent nearly a year on Spain’s Top 50 singles chart. Its music video was the most watched in Spain on YouTube.
His success, however, dates long before his 14th birthday, when the artist won the National Musical Revelation award in his native Spain, at the young age of 9. He has since gone on to embark on four major tours comprising over 120 concerts in such countries as Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru, achieving sellouts on multiple occasions.
These tours have given him another way to spread the word about his irresistible songs, which are already on constant repeat by his digitally savvy followers. Fans of all ages are delighted by the charisma, energy and personal connection he gives them at every performance. Among Abraham’s biggest sold-out concerts in emblematic venues include, Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi (17,000 fans), Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid (16,000), Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Luna Park indoor venue (6,000) and Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional (10,000). He has also performed at such festivals as El Festival Presidente in Santo Domingo (60,000) and Barrio Latino in Lima (25,000).
He released his first album at age 10. His debut album with Sony Music, AM, came out in 2013. This was followed by Who I AM (2014), Are You Ready (2015) and A Cámara Lenta (2018). All four of his Sony albums have been certified Gold in Spain, with A Cámara Lenta also going Gold in the United States. In addition, Who I AM and Are You Ready went Gold in their first week of release. Who I AM eventually achieved Platinum sales status in Spain, while reaching #1 on Mexico’s album chart.
In Latin America, Abraham Mateo enjoyed breakout success with “Loco Enamorado” featuring Farruko and Christian Daniel. This vibrant collaboration dominated the charts in 2017, garnering over 180 million streams on Spotify, where it reached the Viral 50 chart in 26 countries. Its music video has surpassed 340 million views on YouTube. Its sales certifications include the following: 5x PlatinumGold in Peru, 4x Platinum in the United States, 2x Platinum in Spain and Mexico; and Gold in Colombia. The track also went viral in Argentina.
He followed up the overwhelming success of “Loco Enamorado” with “Háblame Bajito” featuring the American superstars Austin Mahone and 50 Cent. It went Double Platinum in Chile; Platinum in Spain, USA and Argentina; and Gold in Mexico.
His next single, “Se Acabó El Amor” featuring Yandel and Jennifer López, was an out-of-the-box hit, surpassing 170 million views on YouTube. It also dominated the airplay charts, reaching #1 on various rankings in the United States, where it earned a Platinum certification.
Abraham Mateo has kept evolving in different aspects of his musical career and sound. He performed at Argentina’s Kids Choice Awards and at the Latin American Music Awards (LAMAs) in Los Angeles, which were broadcasted live on Telemundo.
Constantly pushing himself to new heights, he recently received three more nominations a Premios Juventud. He kicked off 2018 with a nomination at the iHeartRadi Music Awards, proving his popularity at one of the United States’ larges radio platforms. And in early 2019, his most recent album A Cámara Lenta, featuring Latin and urban sounds, reached #1 on Mexico’s sales chart on its release day and it’s an RIAA certified gold album in the United States.
His U.S. airplay success continues to grow. With the success of “Se Acabó el Amor,” he became the youngest male solo artist to hit #1 on the Billboar Latin Airplay chart. “Loco Enamorado” hit #6 on Latin Pop Airplay, while “Háblame Bajito” also reached #6 on the Latin Digital Songs Sales chart. His recent collaboration with the successful Spaniards Lérica and Oma Montes, “Pegamos Tela” has become a hit in Spain with millions of streams reaching the top charts on Spotify. His first single from his upcoming album, “M Vuelvo Loco” with CNCO reached a RIAA certified Gold record within three months of its August 2019 release in the United States.
Abraham’s musical influences include pop, reggaetón, R&B and traditional Spanish instrumentation, an amalgam that makes his music instantly recognizable Entering the 2020s with big plans, Abraham is preparing his next studio album with Sony Music Latin.
The pop-urban genre star Abraham Mateo confirms his attendance at the second edition of the Sun & Stars festival, which will take place on June 27 and 28 in Gran Canaria, Spain.
The Canary Islands, rich in culture and musical diversity, will host, for the second consecutive year, the largest-scale music festival that has been held in this group of islands. In 2019, Gran Canaria received more than 18,000 attendees from different countries, who witnessed an unprecedented show that featured artists such as: Juan Luis Guerra, Daddy Yankee, David Bisbal, Tego Calderon and Ana Guerra.
This year, the Sun & Stars festival will feature the Spanish urban music idol Abraham Mateo. He will share the stage with Marc Anthony, Residente, Aitana, Sebastián Yatra, Juan Magán, Efecto Pasillo.
“What an honor to be part of this festival. Thanks to the organizers for considering me, I am happy to sing in Spain, my land, my people. We are going to give everything on stage, we are going to have an incredible time,” said Abraham Mateo.
The leader of the pop-urban movement will share with his audience the success of his songs “I go crazy”, “In slow motion” and “Crazy in love”, in the middle of one of the most important moments of his artistic career.
The two-day event will take place in the emblematic stadium of Gran Canaria, which has a capacity to accommodate more than 32,000 spectators, as it is expected to exceed the number of its first edition in 2019. Tickets for the festival Sun & Stars are available through the website www.sunandstars.es
Taylor Swift’s top selling album of the year, Lover [Republic Records], officially crosses 1 million in U.S. consumption in under two weeks and sold more albums in 48 hours than any album this year.
Cementing Lover’s status as a worldwide critical phenomenon, Taylor captures #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songwriters Chart for the third consecutive week, anchored by “Lover,” “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Additionally, she remains the #1 most-streamed female artist globally on Spotify this week.
On Monday, she delivered a powerhouse performance for the Lenovo Presents: The City of Lover Concert at The L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France. For the first time ever, she performed new music from Lover live in front of fans hailing from over 37 countries.
Check out video HERE and what critics had to say about it below. “She shows that she is a songwriter in the lineage of Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins or Joan Baez.” – Paris Match
“An icon of America, the number one pop star” – Le Parisien
“Proves to us that she is a true musician and an excellent singer and that her songs go the extra mile without artifice.” – Le Parisien “Both a thank you to her fanbase and a celebration of how far Swift has come since releasing her debut album over a decade ago, The City of Lover concert was a triumph.” – NME (5 Star Review)
“The real success of the concert, however, came from Swift’s faith in her music. There was no big light show, no pyrotechnics, just a basic band, four backing singers and Swift herself, bringing to life songs that captured in a straightforward way everyday aspects of life and love.” – The Times (5 Star Review)
“Taylor made a triumphant return to the stage…” – The Sun
“Her performance confirmed her status as the consummate modern pop superstar” – The Sun
“Taylor Swift woos a petit Parisian crowd” – The Face
“For a while, Swift could be back in Nashville’s Bluebird Café as she sits on a stool and strums her way beatifically through Death By A Thousand Cuts, Cornelia Street and The Man, attacking her guitar on the latter as if it were the patriachy itself. She then switches to piano (and, by the way, only Swift’s audience could be sent into raptures by someone wheeling on a baby grand) for a heart-wrenching, ebb-and-flow segue between All Too Well, Red and the new album’s Daylight, songcraft and showmanship in perfect harmony.” – Music Week
“The emotional intelligence and precision in her lyrics, and adept ability to move between instruments, are Swift’s greatest strengths. Still, her voice is lovely, particularly on the tender “Lover”.” – The i
“This intimate night proved superstars still conjure unexpected magic and mystery of their own.”– The i
“Professionalism of the entertainer shines with her assets – flawless precision, a relentless stream of instant melodies celebrated by fans singing in unison, a luminous bracelet at the wrist – interspersed with pure emotions and choreographic stillness…” – Le Monde
“Only on the guitar and then on the piano, Taylor Swift shows (to those who still doubted it), that she is above all a musician, author and composer… and its magical.” – Tele Loisirs
“A simple and emotional concert, which reveals a new and even more fascinating artist” – Rolling Stone Italy She accelerated the sales of Lover to historic heights by not only delivering the highest-selling album of 2019, but also achieving “the biggest first-week total for any album since her own Reputation in 2017,” according to Billboard. Accumulating number ones in over 100 countries, the record is also China’s most consumed full-length international album of 2019, besting the previous record holder by double. Total global streams are over 2.5 billion to date.
Lover is the ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s seventh album. Taylor‘s juggernaut arrives as a fan favorite and currently ranks as her highest rated critically acclaimed album on Metacritic.
KO Média is proud to announce another groundbreaking issue of ELLE Canada: the September 2019 Fashion & Film issue. Featuring Canadian-Jamaican supermodel Winnie Harlow alongside Golden Globe-nominated Canadian-Jamaican actor Stephan James, who is the brand’s first-ever male cover star. Photographed by Norman Wong throughout the streets of Toronto shortly after the mayhem of the Raptors parade, this powerful and inspiring duo share their unique stories of overcoming obstacles to rule the entertainment industry at an auspicious moment. Celebrating the intersection between fashion and film, this historic cover builds on the momentum of ELLE Canada’s September 2018 issue featuring Tracee Ellis Ross, which was celebrated internationally as a marker of change and inclusivity in the publishing industry and media at large. KO Média is also proud to confirm that this year’s issue is 20 percent larger than 2018’s.
This first ELLE Canada September produced by KO Média also marks the appointment of global styling icon Annie Horth as creative director, bringing her years of high-fashion expertise to the award-winning publication. Also joining the team are renown beauty director Lesa Hannah and acting managing editor Jacqueline Francis, while Victoria DiPlacido is assuming the role of digital director. “We are incredibly excited about this issue and the future of ELLE Canada,” says editor-in-chief Vanessa Craft. “The stories we share in our September issue cut to the heart of what it means to be a modern, empowered woman today—and we continue to work tirelessly to push the boundaries and surprise readers each and every month.”
Also in this issue: An in-depth trend report of the most relevant fall fashions, a timely interview with superstar Zendaya, an in-depth look at the power wielded by Hollywood’s top stylists (of whom many are Canadian) and a comprehensive guide to simplifying your life in the post-Mari Kondo era.
The September issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands August 5th.
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Musician and Actress TEMARA MELEK Releases New Single “PRIVACY”
Temara Melek knows exactly who she is. Whether she’s gracing the screen on your favorite TV show or playing in your headphones, the young singer has always had a clear vision. “I’ve always loved pop music, I loved Britney Spears, Nsync, the Backstreet Boys and Madonna”. It’s no surprise then, that Melek’s new single “Privacy” is a glimmering pop track that makes listeners want to get up and dance. Temara full-heartedly leans into the pop-star persona, with catchy pop melodies and sparkling backing beats. She also recognizes this song as a bit of a departure from her earlier works. “This song shows a little more growth and maturity for me. I want people to understand it’s okay to take time for yourself so that you can find your own happiness.”
Fans may remember Temara from her hit songs like “Karma’s Not Pretty”, which skyrocketed to #1 on the UK’s Power FM Global Radio Network. The video featured prominent cameos from young stars Keegan Allen and Greg Sulkin. The success of the single even earned the young songstress an opening performance for Demi Lovato and in 2013, Temara was featured on DJ Antoine’s song “Go With Your Heart”, a song that went to number 1 on the dance charts in 6 European countries.
Over the years, Temara has also appeared in numerous shows like Legacies, The Vampire Diaries and Westworld. Outside of music and acting, Temara has nurtured a deep love and respect for animals. Melek lives a mostly plant-based lifestyle and uses her platform to garner attention to different issues facing animals like ocean pollution affecting the health and wellness of marine animals.
Up next, Temara says she’s excited to release new music, “I’ve been in the studio and can’t wait to release more of what I’ve been working on!” You can stream “Privacy” now on all major streaming platforms and follow all of Temara’s adventures on Instagram @TemaraMelekPhotographer credit: Kalie Johnston
Q: How difficult was it to get signed to a major agency?
A: In some ways it was difficult and, in some ways, not. When I was starting my carrier and nobody has heard my name, it was difficult to get in the loop. But having worked really hard and built up a large portfolio I was able to sign with my first agency. After that first agency, other agencies have opened up doors to me. It all depends on the amount of work that you are willing you put in.
Q: Have you always had a mother agent? If so, what are the advantages of having one?
A: I didn’t always have a mother agency, but I am now signed to one on a short contract. Having a mother agent is very helpful in the beginning as it can connect you to agencies around the world. They are like the middleman.
Q: Where did you inherit your innate style?
A: I have always experimented with style from a young age. I went through almost every “phase” of dressing up that you can imagine and, in the end, found my sweet spot. My current style is a mix of everything I have tried and truly reflects my inner self. Style isn’t money and it can’t be bought with it.
Q: What was it like growing up in your hometown? Do you ever visit and do they recognize you?
A: I never quite got to grow up in my hometown. I was born in Russia then moved to Thailand at the age of 2. Thailand is a beautiful and unique place that has thought me things I would have never learned elsewhere. Sadly, I have not gotten a chance to Visit since we left to come to America. I hope to go back for a trip in the near future.
Q: How did you book your first cover? Through agency or publicist?
A: Neither, I booked my first cover through my manager. While we were building up my portfolio, a magazine reached out to us asking to have a shoot and interview, to which of course I said yes!
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I plan to sign with multiple agencies around the world. I also am currently working on my Angelina Galt foundation, that helps talented children reach their goals.
Q: Any community service involvement?
A: The Angelina Galt Foundation is a non-profit organization made only to raise money for children. While doing community service is a great way of giving back to the world, I wanted to start my own foundation.
Q: What words of advice would offer aspiring talent and models?
A: First of all, believe in yourself. Seriously. No matter what anybody says and no matter how many times you think you have failed. Keep fighting for it and it will be yours. Enjoy yourself at all times and be the best that you can. Don’t pretend to be anyone else to get noticed because you want people to fall in love with you. If you become your authentic self, people will be drawn to that kind of energy.
Angelina was born in Nokhodka, a port city in the Russian Far East. In her lifetime, she traveled a lot and even lived in different parts of the world. At the age of 1, Angelina moved with her parents to Thailand, where she studied two languages; English & Thai. Ever since she was a small girl, she has absorbed the culture and manners of high society from the nanny who used to work in the Royal family of Thailand.
Beginning at 7, Angelina studied in a British school. After moving to the US, she attended a private school that allowed her to balance school and her burgeoning modelling career. In addition to modelling, Angelina is actively involved in extracurriculars like swimming, dance, singing and horseback riding.
At 15, Angelina signed an exclusive contract with a modelling agency, while already having some major fashion bookings prior to that. As her star continues to rise, Angelina has a slew of major covers and spreads coming up. Angelina is looking forward to signing with a major agency, and developing her foundation for the arts, and announcing major projects on the horizon! For the latest updates and information, please log on to http://angelinagalt.com
Washington, DC rapperBeau Young Prince, whose cool demeanor leveled his hometown audience at last weekend’sTrillectro Festival, has released “Price“– the hotly awaited follow-up to his debut single “Kill Moe.”
Beau Young Prince, a self-described “Southside kid with a North Side education” bred in urban Southeast DC, attended one of the highest ranked private schools in the Northern part of the city. “I was given a really unique experience,” he speaks of that duality. “I have the ability to combine both worlds where most people can’t.”
BYP’s training on classical and jazz upright bass was tempered by an eclectic playlist of sounds at home, from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield to A Tribe Called Quest and André 3000, from Lenny Kravitz and Bad Brains to DC’s legendary Go-Go scene. As a teen he hit local talent shows, open mics, and rap battles, even burning CDs that he sold on the street. A graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, BYP kept the music going, hitting the Soundcloud wave early on, and performing three years in a row at the SXSW Music Conference.
In 2016, Beau Young Prince grabbed over a million streams with “Half & Half Tea” (Top 50 Viral U.S. Spotify chart, and Spotify Most Necessary playlist), off his critically acclaimed project Until Then, produced by longtime friend, New York City producer Yalamusiq. A year later, BYP connected with French producer YMNO for the Young Futura project. BYP’s subsequent release of his Sunset Blvd EP ensured that he was destined for greatness. Def Jam A&R soon caught the vibe as the DC star finally won his seat at the table.
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