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Man Arrested on Suspicion of SXSW Bomb Threat

Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of emailing a bomb threat to the Fair Market concert venue during the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.

Ingram has been charged with making a terroristic threat and, if found guilty, could face up to 10 years in jail. A statement released by Bud Light, the show’s sponsor, said that police were “able to identify and locate the suspect believed to be tied to this threat and at 11:08pm a warrant was signed” for Ingram’s arrest.

The statement added, “There are no indications of any broader security concerns for any activities relating to this incident.”

The threat, which took place March 17, led to the cancellation of a SXSW concert that was due to showcase hip hop musicians The Roots, Ludacris and Rapsody. Police were called to the venue promptly but found nothing suspicious.

Roots’ drummer Questlove took to Twitter on the day of the threat to say “no one is Mr ‘show must go on’ than me. But we can’t risk our lives if we are told there was a bomb threat.”

The bomb threat comes amid a tense and troubling time for Austin. The city has been on high terror alert following several fatal letter bomb attacks which have occurred in recent weeks and an explosion that injured two people late on Sunday night. No arrests have been made in connection with the letter bomb attacks.

One of the letter bomb incidents killed 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House on March 2 at his home in Austin, Texas.

Another attack of a similar nature killed 17-year-old Draylen Mason and left his mother seriously injured on March 12. A separate package explosion occurred within hours of the attack, leaving a 75-year-old woman in critical condition.

All victims are people of colour. Austin police chief Brian Manley said “we are not saying that we believe terrorism or hate are in play, but we absolutely have to consider that.”

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Rich Homie Quan

Rich Homie Quan Releases Debut Album “Rich as in Spirit”

Atlanta hip hop star Rich Homie Quan releases his long-anticipated debut album Rich as in Spirit, featuring American rapper Rick Ross today, via Motown records.

The album, which is the precocious songwriter’s first full-length record, comes over a year after the star first publically announced the album in conjunction with Motown.

When asked where the name of the album came from, Rich Homie Quan said, “I ended up going to jail… I had a [cellmate] by the name of Chicken. He was like, ‘I see your name is Rich Homie. What [does] it stand for?’ I didn’t have a meaning, but the first thing he said was, ‘Rich as in spirit.’ It hit my spirit. I felt it, opposed to heard it. I didn’t hear it. I felt it… It stuck with me. I had to name my first album that.”

With several multiplatinum singles under his belt, Rich Homie Quan found international success and major critical acclaim over the last six years with hits Type of Way back in 2013 and Lifestyle (2014) as part of super group Rich Gang with Young Thug and Birdman.

After a quiet and uncertain two years, the release of the 19-track record has pushed Rich Homie Quan once again to the forefront of the conversation.

Rich as in Spirit Tracklist:

  1. Reflecting
  2. Fuck Wit Me
  3. 34
  4. The Author
  5. Same Year
  6. Never Told
  7. No No No
  8. Perfect Flower
  9. Achieving
  10. Deep
  11. Foot Soldier
  12. Let’s Go Up
  13. Changed
  14. Understood
  15. 4rm Me to U
  16. Simon Says
  17. Think About It feat. Rick Ross
  18. Bossman

Rich as in Spirit by Rich Homie Quan is available in store and via major digital retailers.

 

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo Releases New Song

International superstar Jason Derulo releases new song, Colors, on Warner Bros. Records today, March 9.

Jason Derulo, who has sold more than 30 million records worldwide since the start of his career in 2009, wrote the song intended to serve as the Coca-Cola song for the 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.

On the release of his new song, Jason Derulo said “It was a pleasure working with Coca-Cola to create the anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s a tournament that celebrates athletic excellence and I’m honoured to provide the soundtrack.”

“Through my years of travel, I’ve been able to see the beauty in our cultural differences and I wrote Colors to celebrate that diversity and be a part of the amazing energy that sports fans around the world give to their teams,” he added.

Ricardo Fort, the vice president of Global Sports Partnerships at Coca-Cola said, “We know the FIFA World Cup is a global cultural and social phenomenon. Every four years, people are drawn to this event from all over the world due to the excitement and platform it provides.

“We believe that music and soccer are intrinsically linked by the passions they evoke. We are excited to welcome Jason to the team and can’t wait to bring this upbeat anthem to the world ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”

Jason Derulo has earned himself a permanent place in the world music stage and is a multiplatinum artist whose current hit Swalla has racked up a whopping one billion views on YouTube. The music powerhouse broke through with catchy his Watcha Say back in 2010 and has since enjoyed regular top spots in global charts with In My Head (2010), It Girl (2011) and Talk Dirty (2013).

Kate Nash North American Tour

Dates for Kate Nash’s North American Tour Confirmed

Dates for Kate Nash’s North American tour were confirmed yesterday, sending die-hard fans into frenzy. Beginning this spring in Vancouver, Canada, Nash will slowly make her way across the Unites States to New York. The announcement for the north American tour comes on the coattails of Nash’s new studio album, Yesterday Was Forever (to be released March 30 2018) and the premiere of her latest single Drink About You (2018).

The new single will feature within Nash’s North American tour; the song in itself has a sweet, poppy vibe and is fuelled by a soulful twang of LA-lo-fi guitars. Drink About You talks about the unhealthy attitudes and habits we develop when going through a difficult break up. In her usual quippy way, Nash relays a number of heartfelt lyrics to an upbeat tempo and a catchy-as-hell chorus. The sing-along capabilities of the tune will undoubtedly go down a treat on her North American Tour.

The album Yesterday Was Forever delves into an excerpt of Nash’s teenage diary. When asked about the compilation, she recalls being picked on as young girl for writing in a journal: “I used to be mocked for being a silly little girl writing in her diary, but these days I feel like the teenage girl is far more respected than she use to be and it’s teenage girls that have fought for that and taught people that lesson. Yesterday Was Forever is about your dreams being trapped in a time capsule, being caught in a moment for too long, and looking back through heart shaped glasses.”

Nash released her first album, Caroline’s a Victim, on vinyl back in 2007 and has steadily risen to fame ever since. Her success led to her being crowned Best Female Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards. From there, Nash used her influential position to challenge perceptions of women and inspire the upcoming generation of females musicians. This led to the launch of the Rock n Roll for Girls After School Music Club. Nash was also appointed as global ambassador of the Because I Am a Girl initiative that was forged by Plan International—a scheme issued to raise and triumph women in developing countries.

Nash’s activism has hugely influenced her melody and, undoubtedly, steered her musical comeback in 2012. Her revival saw her step away from the comfort of her piano—which formulaically underpinned the majority of her previous work—and take hold of the bass guitar. This newfound sound is distinctive in her new album and will likely speak to the younger fan base on her North American tour. Nash has gone on to DJ at London and New York Fashion Week’s most exclusive events, write music alongside Willow Smith and moonlight as music editor for the London-based breakthrough fashion magazine, Phoenix.

Aside from being a singer-songwriter and activist, Nash has also expanded her horizons by branching into the acting sphere. Starring in feature films such as Syrup (2013) and Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012), she proved her worth as an actress. As a result, Nash was chosen to join the talented cast in the Netflix original series, GLOW (2017), where she plays the loveable British wrestler Rhonda “Britannica” Richardson. The series was shot by Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch and Jenji Kohan—the three are now in the process of shooting the second season, which Nash will be starring in.

Nash and her all-female band will tour the United States for three weeks. See the dates for Nash’s North American tour below:

04/04 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
04/05 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
04/07 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
04/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
04/12 – Santa Diego, CA – The Observatory – North Park
04/13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
04/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
04/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04/17 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
04/19 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
04/20 – Chicago, IL – Park West
04/21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
04/23 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
04/24 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
04/25 – Boston, MA – Royale
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
04/28 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
04/29 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
04/30 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
05/02 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

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