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Dua Lipa: Music’s New Superstar Rocks Ukraine

FB friends of our editors’ page will note we predicted Dua Lipa would be a massive star a number of years ago, the first time we heard her. This was obviously, not a difficult thing to see–and of course; totally correct.

With a remarkably mature, great voice, well crafted songs, a no-frills, sophisticated performance persona, and one of the most stunningly beautiful faces in the world of music; Dua Sipa is a music superstar.

Now signed to Warner Bros. Music, Dua Lipa made her debut on the famed SNL stage as the musical guest alongside host Natalie Portman.  Next followed her debut on The Ellen DeGeneres show, Jimmy Kimmel, and many more, with her videos racking up not millions, but hundreds of millions, and yes–over a billion viewers. Dua’s global smash single “New Rules”  officially topped the U.S. Top 40 chart at #1 back in February.

Additionally, Dua’s current single “IDGAF” has broken the top 10 of the global Spotify chart, where Dua is the 7th most streamed artist in the world with over 36 million monthly listeners.

2017 was a massive year for the young star, with over 8.5 million singles and 1.3 million albums sold worldwide.  Dua was Spotify U.K.’s most streamed female artist of the year, and the fourth most streamed U.K. artist globally.  And Dua has yet another big year ahead in 2018, where she has now returned to the U.S. in February to continue her sold-out headlining Self-Titled Tour, followed by her headlining U.K. arena tour.

Dua Lipa to Perform in Kyiv, Ukraine for UEFA Champions Game 

Now today,  UEFA and Pepsi have announced Dua Lipa as the music artist performing at the 2018 “UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi.” The multi-award winning, ‘New Rules’ singer will take to the pitch to help fans in every corner of the globe celebrate their love of football and build anticipation minutes before the world’s most watched annual sporting event kicks off in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday, May 26th.

In its third year of the hotly-anticipated “UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi,” Dua Lipa will take a truly global stage with the worlds of music, entertainment and sport coming together to bring fans what should prove to be an unforgettable experience – whether they’re in the stadium or tuning in at home.

Dua Lipa holds the record for the youngest female solo artist to reach 1 billion YouTube views.

She is currently the top streamed female artist in the world on Spotify, and will perform at the ceremony; hits from her latest album, including “IDGAF” and “New Rules,” which has gone Platinum in 18 countries. The global superstar’s album has now gone on to sell over 2.2 million copies and 17 million singles worldwide.

Dua Lipa states, “I was honoured to be asked by UEFA and Pepsi to perform at the ‘UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony’ – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t wait to get in front of the fans and be part of such an exciting event – I’m planning to put on an unforgettable show!”

This year’s Final will be played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv on Saturday, May 26th and air in over 220 countries and territories around the world.

This content is (c). 2018, Warner Bros. Music, Hollywood Sentinel, with images and videos courtesy of Warner Bros. Music, all world rights reserved.

 

The Brilliance of KIMBRA

Rarely does there come along an artist such as KIMBRA.  Sincere, down to earth, intelligent, sophisticated, complex, brilliant, beautiful, talented, daring, and innovative in a world of imitation, Grammy Award winning KIMBRA has styles ranging from pop, jazz, blues, dance, acid house, rock, and beyond.

Seeing clips of KIMBRA perform live, you will soon discover what a genius this woman is; with not only perfect vocal control and an amazing, soulful, elegant voice, and a brilliant songwriter and performer, but also, as a live audio engineer, instantly dubbing and mixing her voice and beats in front of the crowd.

KIMBRA extends this innovative talent to her website, and now, her next video too, with a brilliant website where fans can create their own beats on their keyboard through the interactive site, record them, have them emailed back, and enter them to be considered for KIMBRA to mix into her next song, as well as taking video clip submissions from fans to create her next video. Meanwhile, referencing a unique bit of trivia concerning David Bowie, in her letter below.

In addition to staying in touch with her fans on social media like some artists do, with most having their assistants do this, KIMBRA uniquely types out personal letters to her fans, and has them emailed out directly to everyone on her email list, which is a nice touch of a kind gesture from this sweet, and genuine, great artist.

A letter from Kimbra to her fans: 

So I am currently writing to you from Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa) where I am stepping into quite a new territory! Not in a landscape sense of course (NZ will always be my spiritual home) but I am starring in a movie out here! It’s a film that is set in my hometown of Hamilton (anyone out there from The Tron?!) and I play & perform a lot of the music in the film (which is made up of classic New Zealand songs that we grew up with) plus a little bit of dialogue, so it’s a new adventure, learning the ropes of a film set and learning so much, I’m all wide-eyed like my first day on a new job. When these sorts of opportunities come up I’m sometimes really good at coming up with a bunch of reasons to say no but it was liberating to realize the only reason that would hold me back from saying yes, is fear.

I’ve spoken a bit about jumping straight into your fears as a way to transcend them. Although acting isn’t completely foreign for me (it was in fact an early love of mine before music!), it’s out of my comfort zone and requires me to let go and serve the vision of the director as opposed to being very hands on as I am with my music videos. It’s such a good learning process, to be one instrument in a larger symphony. The movie is called Daffodils, not only will it have a bunch of amazing music which is performed throughout, but I think it’s gonna be a little tearjerker. And it’ll give you a VERY good insight into the New Zealand life aye bro! ;)

I get back to New York next week & I’m pretty excited to get back into some domestic life for a hot second before we begin another long run of dates. There are so many shows coming up & you’re the first to know ALL the new dates! Check them out!!

Sat 4/21 BALTIMORE, MD @ Light City Music & Arts Festival
Thu 4/26 WASHINGTON, DC @ The Anthem # with BECK
Fri 4/27 ST LOUIS, MO @ The Pageant ^ with ODESZA
Sat 4/28 INDIANAPOLIS, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn ^ with ODESZA
Tue 5/1 CHARLOTTLESVILLE, VA @ Sprint Pavilion ^ with ODESZA
Thu 5/3 PITTSBURGH, PA @ Stage AE ^ with ODESZA
Fri 5/4 CLEVELAND, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion ^ with ODESZA
Sat 5/5 BIRMINGHAM, AL @ Concert Hall @ BJCC # with BECK
Wed 5/9 RALEIGH, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater ^ with ODESZA
Thu 5/10 CHARLOTTE, NC @ Charlotte Amphitheater ^ with ODESZA
Fri 5/11 LOUISVILLE, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater ^ with ODESZA
Sat 5/12 NASHVILLE, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater ^ with ODESZA
Mon 5/14 ATLANTA, GA @ Terminal West * with SON LUX
Tue 5/15 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Republic * with SON LUX
Thu 5/17 DALLAS, TX @ Trees * with SON LUX
Fri 5/18 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ Paper Tiger * with SON LUX
Sat 5/19 AUSTIN, TX @ The Mohawk * with SON LUX
Mon 5/21 SANTE FE, NM @ Meow Wolf * with SON LUX
Tue 5/22 DENVER, CO @ Bluebird * with SON LUX
Wed 5/23 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Metro Music Hall * with SON LUX
Fri 5/25 PHOENIX, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom * with SON LUX
Sat 5/26 SAN DIEGO, CA @ Belly Up Tavern * with SON LUX
Tue 5/29 KANSAS CITY, MO @ Madrid
Wed 5/30 ST LOUIS, MO @ Delmar Hall
Thu 5/31 COLUMBUS, OH @ A&R Bar
Sat 6/2 MONTAUK, NY @ The Surf Lodge
Fri 7/6 MONTREAL, QC @ Festival International De Jazz De Montreal
Sat 7/7 OTTAWA, ON @ Ottawa Blues Music & Arts Festival

These shows are gonna be a blast!!

What an honour to tour with such amazing acts, BECK, ODESZA, SON LUX. Can’t wait to share the stage with these guys. All my upcoming dates are for sale at my WEBSITE!

It’s been a second since I announced the Hi Def Music Video Submission comp so I trust you creatives have been buzzing about making sweet art, I can’t wait to see them start coming through. REMEMBER – it can be just 10 seconds of the song if that’s the bit you love & have a visual idea for it! Don’t have to come with something for the whole song, ha!! Now that I’m working on a film set I recognize how much time goes into even one minute of footage so don’t burn out & just send me something short & sweet! The submissions will close on the day of album release (April 20)!!!

You can access the submission directly by just heading to my WEBSITE also!

So, since you guys are working hard on making stuff, and your interest in my collaborative gestures mean so much to me, I thought I’d return the gesture by setting myself a challenge….. remember the Primal Heart Interactive WEBSITE? Remember the sweet beats you made by triggering audio samples form the SITE and making your own groove that you could share or have emailed to you? Well, I’ve decided to pick my favorites from the beats you made & make a new song out of the sweet new grooves you made using my sounds! I’m planning on editing up a bunch of them and creating a new lyrical / melodic piece to work over the beats you made. FUN RIGHT?! I love you guys and want to make you something special, can’t primrose it’ll be genius but I’m gonna try to make something dope and you’ve already done half the work! ha.

In terms of lyrical direction, I’m thinking of maybe even sampling words from the record itself on a random selection process and recreating sense (or nonsense) from the various jumbled words. I remember Bowie used to close his eyes and point at a word in the newspaper then repeat it multiple times until he had a random selection of words which would then turn into a sentence and eventually a somewhat psychedelic or incredibly mundane springboard to a new song! Haha. Brilliant.

As you know I released a new song and music video last month called “Version Of Me”. It’s really moved me to see how many people have been impacted by the lyric and the video. It was quite emotional to create but it makes it all worthwhile when I know have I reached someone going through something similar. It also helps that I worked with people i trust so deeply, it was such a safe environment to explore something so tender. Here’s a video to show you a little more of how the day went.

(see her official website for the video and sign up)

Well, I better get back to this movie set but I’m sending love to all of you who are following these emails and taking the Primal Heart journey with me. I can’t believe the album comes out next month! so soon!!! I have so much planned for you.x

Till next time.
Love,
K I M B R A

Visit the Official Kimbra Website at:

http://www.kimbramusic.com/splash

Textual content  by KIMBRA and image of KIMBRA;  (c). 2018, Warner Bros. Records. Words by Hollywood Sentinel are (c). 2018, Hollywood Sentinel, all rights reserved. All KIMBRA music is (c).2018, Warner Bros. Records, all world rights reserved.

An Exclusive Interview with Michael Shawn Hartman

Michael Shawn Hartman 

While other classmates were busy collecting spiders and baseball cards, a young Michael Shawn was busy jamming. The Singer Songwriter, and Musician, who Hollywood Sentinel hails as “The next Johnny Cash,” began playing guitar at the young age of 9 years old. A second generation guitar player, music and a guitar was literally handed down to the young, future performer, growing up with his mother–also a singer and songwriter– performing on stage. With a guitar always in the corner, his older brother, who also played guitar, would tell him to pick up the instrument, and teach him how to play. “You’ll know you get it right,” his older brother told him, “When all of your fingers are bleeding!”

Having learned how to play 500 songs in the band “Step In Country” Michael was later invited to play a benefit concert back in 2010, and by this time had written 65 songs of his own. He later called up his old bass player, and the rest is history. Living just an hour drive from Niagara Falls, Michael Shawn was raised in the country– and raised on country. Citing Elvis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Dolly Parton, and Merle Haggard among some of his favorite singers and influences, Michael Shawn’s roots go deep, and one can hear his genuine soul and power in each song.

When asked what his life philosophy is, Michael admits, “My philosophy is don’t take advantage of people, and be comfortable with everything around me. I try be the fairest I can to everybody.”

“Country music makes me happy when I hear it. It makes me feel good. I want to do the same for people. I want to make people happy and feel good with my music.”

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