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Are We Seeing Double: Jennifer Lopez Side by Side her ‘Shades of Blue’ Stunt Double

Are we seeing double? On Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez was spotted filming a scene for her cop drama, Shades of Blue, in Queens, New York.

The chart-topping stunner was joined by her stunt double, who — despite having a similar build – looked nothing like the Las Vegas performer.

The ladies stood side-by-side with matching wavy bobs, long-sleeved blouses and skinny jeans.

153954, Jennifer Lopez films the second season of her hit show Shades of Blue in Astoria, Queens. Jennifer had scratches on her face and was taking time in between takes to go over her script, while standing next to her stunt double in the backyard of a house. New York City, New York - Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photograph: © LGjr-RG, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office (PCN): +1 310.822.0419 UK Office (Photoshot): +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

153954, Jennifer Lopez films the second season of her hit show Shades of Blue in Astoria, Queens. Jennifer had scratches on her face and was taking time in between takes to go over her script, while standing next to her stunt double in the backyard of a house. New York City, New York – Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photograph: © LGjr-RG, PacificCoastNews. Los Angeles Office (PCN): +1 310.822.0419 UK Office (Photoshot): +44 (0) 20 7421 6000 sales@pacificcoastnews.com FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE

Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a cop who has been forced by the FBI to work as a double agent, on the hit show.

On June 16, the “Booty” singer took to Instagram to tease fans about the show’s second season, writing, “Harlee’s baaaaccck… #shadesofblue#season2 #HarleeSantos #NBC.”

Lopez has certainly been juggling lots of work these days, in addition to her Vegas residency and work on the NBC series, she’s also voicing a character in Ice Age: Collision Course all while raising her twins, Max and Emme.

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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Emails Are Read by A&Rs, Managers & Booking Agents

How to Make Sure Your Emails Are Read by A&R Guys, Managers and Booking Agents

Life as an unsigned musician is frustrating to say the least; hours on end rehearsing, months in the recording studio, every last penny on promotional material and yet when it’s time to send out those all-important emails to the industry you can bet that replies will be few and far between.

Industry folk receive hundreds of emails every week and whilst many emails are no doubt overlooked, there are certainly a few things to avoid if you want to make yourself heard. The first thing to remember is that A&R guys, managers, promoters and booking agents are all normal people like you and I, it’s part of their job to find new music and so if you contact them with a personable, non-salesy approach you stand a much better chance of starting up a conversation.

I’m not really in the music industry myself, I run a booking agency for function bands, but still, I think the principle is the same regardless. Every day we receive emails from new bands and musicians in the events industry looking to join our books, we check out every single act that approaches us but unfortunately very few are up to the standard we’re looking for. This article is more about making sure that your email is read and that your work is heard in the first place, most of it appears to be common sense and yet a lot of people aren’t following the basics.

Be Personable in Your Approach

Rule number one is to be personable and approach the right people.

Sending out a blanket email with hundreds of people blind copied in (or worse, CC’d in!) is definitely a big no-no, if you haven’t got the time to send out a personal email then why should anyone be bothered to read it.

Do your research, find people in the same field as your music and write to them on their level.

Try to avoid sending emails to generic addresses such as info@, you want to reach the individual and it isn’t usually too hard to find out what their email is, for example,firstname@domain.com or firstname.lastname@domain.com is probably a good starting point. Using social media to message can work but I still think email is an important first point of contact, after all, Facebook messages will end up in the “other” folder of death and Twitter is all too easy to ignore due to the sheer mass of information available.

Don’t be a Salesman

Nobody wants to read an email that kicks off with a long rant about how good your band is, what your inspirations are and why you’re the next big thing; be confident and friendly in your opening line and for goodness sake, be “normal.”

HTML or flyer emails are a massive no-no, it comes across as spammy and in my opinion is the completely wrong approach. If I receive an HTML email my finger is so quick to hit the delete button that it barely even registers – that’s if the spam filters don’t get to it first.

Use the recipients first name, open with a line to introduce yourself, perhaps even mentioning that you’ve supported one of their bands or that you were passed on their info by a fellow musician or associate – having a mutual contact will definitely go a long way. Include a brief paragraph about yourself and why you think they might be interested, that’s the most you can do at this stage. The longer an email is the less likely the chances of it being read. Finally, check your spelling and punctuation. (Queue comments about my punctuation.)

Link to Soundcloud and Youtube

Avoid large attachments such as mp3s, it clogs up the inbox, takes time to download and is a general annoyance in the age of the cloud. Instead, include a link to your Soundcloud or Youtube page, whilst your website may be awesome, people generally like familiarity and prefer to visit a page that they can quickly access without the need to actually engage their brains.

Create Great Demos and Promotional Material

Promotional material is the key, you are essentially a brand and in order to sell yourself you need high quality photos and fully-produced demos – whilst lots of musically-minded people like to think they don’t need the production to recognize a good band or well-written song, I beg to differ; a great song is a great song but sometimes a good song can turn into a great song with a little bit of help in the studio.

Think about your target audience and help an A&R guy to visualize exactly what it is you’re trying to be, whilst you may have the outlook of “we just do what we do,” you can bet that they will need a clear plan of action if they’re going to pitch you up the chain of command.

Don’t Be Disheartened When You Get No Response

When you get no response to your well thought out emails it’s easy to assume that they aren’t being read but the truth is that 99.9% of music that gets sent out simply isn’t what that particular person is looking for. My advice is to continue to write great music, build your fan base and ignore the industry, they will come to you when the time is right.

About the Author:
Written by Adam Mezzatesta, founder of UK music agency www.bandsforhire.net

Finding The Best Live Music Venues in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is the ideal city to be outside in. With such comfortable temperatures, plenty of sidewalk space, and greenery all around, this city makes for a highly desirable open-air live music scene. Atlanta also has several impressive indoor theaters, and the city boasts one of the most architecturally unique premises nationwide with its historic Fox Theatre. Join us as we delve into and assess the best venues for live music the city has to offer.

Chastain Park Amphitheater

‘No ceilings’ describes both the venue as well as the talent it draws on a seasonal basis. Playing host to some of the most eloquent artists Atlanta has ever seen (Elton John; Hall & Oates; Earth, Wind, & Fire; Neil Young), this musical shrine provides unforgettable nights under the stars and can make for the perfect couples evening. The arena is comfortably nestled within the Chastain Park area of Buckhead, surrounded by a golf course, Horse Park, neighborhood housing, and local tennis courts. Find a parking spot next to the park and take a pre (or post) concert stroll – all of the aforementioned spots are well within walking distance of the amphitheater itself.

Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA, USA,+ 1 404 233 2227

The Fox Theatre

On the edge of downtown, the Fox Theatre acts as midtown’s historic centerpiece for live performances. Once a vaudevillian movie palace, the Fox was nearly removed in the 1970s to make room for a corporate office. But, alas, the wondrous, Moorish-designed edifice was saved by native Atlantans keen on preserving the amazing décor and inner design, which boasts an organ consisting of 3,622 pipes (second only to Radio City Music Hall’s organ in New York) and an Arabian ceiling mural of the night sky. This venue is truly one-of-a-kind and is absolutely not to miss.

The Fox Theatre, 600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 881 2100

Tabernacle

Formerly a Baptist Church, the Tabernacle building is shrouded in historical couth. Standing for over one hundred years, the 1910 building has seen renovations several times over to accommodate its sizable crowds. The venue now houses thousands on a nightly basis as famed artists take the stage in downtown Atlanta’s most popular musical scene. Allot time for parking, theater entry, and seating when arriving to a show here; the venue is known for its packed house events and much awaited shows.

Tabernacle, 152 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 659 9022

Variety Playhouse

When searching for a more intimate, lesser sized venue, look no further than Little Five Points prize, the Variety Playhouse. This inconspicuous pearl has showcased some of the indie scene’s biggest and best, years before their success on the mainstream scale. Artists like Vampire Weekend (back in 2008) often select Variety Playhouse as the perfect performance spot and thereby kindle long lasting fans from such shows. Located smack in the center of one of Atlanta’s most eccentric and unique areas (Little Five Points), the concert venue is much more than a local favorite – to many, it’s the best live music venue there is.

Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 524 7354

The EARL

Unquestionably an East Atlanta favorite, the EARL is another fantastic venue for alternative acts and an intimate live music experience. Serving hearty bar food and a wide range of cocktails and draft beers, the restaurant and bar has turned into more of a music club over the years, but it maintains its culinary acumen nonetheless. Interestingly enough, the actual bar top is constructed of a tree that fell on the property years ago. There’s never a dull moment here; the EARL is an ideal Atlanta spot for dinner and a show.

The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 522 3950

Buckhead Theatre

Right in the backyard of Atlanta’s posh Buckhead bar area, Buckhead Theatre stands up to its surroundings quite well. The renovated structure has champion accommodations, including a stylish carpeted lobby and bar, impeccable lighting and sound specifications, and an elegant upper balcony inside the theater itself. The location is walking distance from a bustling bar district – a huge bonus for any thirsty attendees looking for some late night fun. Flush to the street, Buckhead Theatre has a tantalizing façade and an inviting feel. Make sure to stroll in for a show sometime soon.

Buckhead Theatre, 5110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 843 2825

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

This highly versatile venue is home to a wide variety of the performing arts. Ballets, operas, and musical concerts – the Cobb Energy Centre has it all. Erected in 2007, the building is very new, and it’s easy to tell: the elaborate auditorium features an extensive seating arrangement, with a full orchestra pit and several protruding balcony areas. The acoustics have been mastered so that regardless of seating, you are sure to enjoy the audiovisual experience at hand. Admire the ballroom chandeliers and silken-carpeted entrance as you make your way inside.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 770 916 2800

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By Richard Isaac Tulis

STARZ’s Power: New Premiere Date, New Time Slot Announced

Tasha and Ghost

In a move that shifts the show from its regular Saturday evening timeslot, TSP has learned that the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson-produced drama is set to premiere Sunday, July 17, and will include 10 one-hour episodes – although whether that proves long enough for James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) to get out of the crime game remains unseen.

“This club, this life — this is who I am now,” drug dealer turned nightclub owner Ghost emphasizes in a brand-new trailer. There’s just one problem: the number of individuals aiming to get their hands on Ghost is quickly mounting. Among them? Well, that’d be 50 Cent’s character Kanan, who seems to have emerged from his brawl with Ghost in the season 2 finale gunning for his former friend’s head.

WATCH: The new trailer for Power’s third season below, and check out the season premiere July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

“There’s representation of this lifestyle in every cop film that you’ve seen. But it’s the guy that jumps the gate and ends up in jail, not the one who finds success,” says Jackson on the show’s glossy take on criminal culture. “When you show that side of it, it [speaks] to the rebellious streak in all of us.”

“Together, we’ve really constructed a world where all the choices are deliberate,” shares creator and

Photography By Myles Aronowitz
Photography By Myles Aronowitz

showrunner Courtney Kemp of collaborating with Jackson on the forthcoming season’s storyline. “Ghost has no idea how to just be James, and how to let go of his Ghost persona entirely. He doesn’t know how to go straight. The theme of the season is ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ But is there something within Ghost that keeps him from being that person he wants to be?”

COUNTDOWN: SEASON 3 EPISODE 1- FULL EPISODE

Philly Soul Singer Billy Paul Dies at Age 81

(April 24, 2016) This year just keeps getting sadder in the world of music, and this one really hits us hard. Legendary Philadelphia soul singer, Billy Paul, has died at age 81. Paul actively performed for a half century, but was best known for this chart-topping 1972 hit, “Me and Mrs. Jones.” It was without a doubt one of the most lauded soul songs ever — after overcoming some initial controversy — and Paul made it his own with an expressive delivery over pristine Gamble & Huff production.

Paul (born Paul Williams) grew up in Philadelphia in a household where jazz ruled.  He attended Temple University and Granoff Music School, and soon after was performing locally, covering virtually all types of popular music to growing crowds.  By the late 50s he was appearing with Jazz and Pop stars such as Charlie Parker and Nancy Wilson and cut his first record,  “Why Am I,” for Jubilee Records.  He later teamed with upstart record executive Kenny Gamble for the live jazz album, Feeling Good At The Cadillac Club and the more soulful Ebony Woman. 

Things broke out for Paul, though, when he signed to Gamble & Huff’s new Philadelphia International Records and recorded 1972’s 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul.  The disc’s high point, “Me and Mrs. Jones,” was beyond huge, hitting number one and becoming a Grammy winner and one of the year’s biggest hits.  Despite the stark lyrical theme of continuing adultery, audiences were drawn to the irresistible bass line and to Paul’s right-on vocals.  The accompanying album also became a big hit.

Paul’s follow-up single, “Am I Black Enough For You?”, drew its own controversy, and failed to chart high – perhaps stalling his crossover success. But while Billy Paul never matched the success of that hit, he continued to churn out successful music for the rest of the decade, landing a sizeable hit with “Thanks for Saving My Life,” and placing several other songs on the charts, including “Be Truthful to Me,” “Let’s Make a Baby,” and a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let ‘Em In.” Throughout this time, Paul was fearless in putting messages in his music, even as radio and others found controversy in his work.

Paul moved from label to label in the 80s and 90s with limited success, but was a consistently popular concert draw.  He formed Billy Paul Management and Production and began working with other Philadelphia-based artists.  He also continued to perform around the world well into the 21st Century.

Pop music fans may have only known Billy Paul for a single song, but what a song it was. And soul music fans will remember the much deeper catalog of soul and jazz recordings and live performances that kept Billy in our minds right until this sad day. He will be missed and remembered.

credit: Chris Rizik

Starfish & Coffee: The Legend Affectionately Known as Prince

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The Legend Affectionately Known As Prince

It has come as a great shock to many around the world, his untimely death on Thursday. An influx of thousands upon thousands of heartfelt tributes showered in for the ARTIST and have extended — appropriately — on his musical genius.

The words escape our minds when it comes to the extent of sorrow felt around the world for the loss of the Icon. But, this pop star also had a great sense of humor and could literally harmonize the entire Yellow Pages.

The Sparkle Page tributes one of the best demonstrations of which came in 1997 when he appeared on The Muppets as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”

After dawning a county accent and running from an alligator dressed as a dog, he shows off his “Musicology” in a skit where he proves that he can get ideas for a song from “anywhere” — hence, the jingle about breakfast food called “Starfish and Coffee.”

SPARKLE MOMENTS: Tiny & TI’s Elaborate Baby Shower is a ‘Royal Event’

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It’s happening right here in Atlanta! T.I. & Tiny’s Glamorous Baby Shower is a ‘Royal Event’
and we betcha the baby’s name will be “Prince or Princess”. The name is still a Wild Card,
or at least they haven’t revealed it to us. 

T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris celebrated their upcoming bundle of joy with a lavish baby shower on Sunday, and The Sparkle Page has an exclusive look at the revelry compliments of ET.

The celebratory bash was held at The Royal Harris Castle in Atlanta, Georgia, where T.I., Tiny and their children made a grand entrance into the baby shower to excited fanfare.

TI-Tiny-Family-Baby Shower

Before the event, Tiny spoke exclusively about the party, where she said she wanted the baby shower’s theme to be “a royal event,” and it looks like the 40-year-old singer-songwriter certainly got her wish.

Among the guest were Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost, Married to Medicine’s Dr. Jackie Walters and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, wife of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

TIWATCH: T.I. And Tiny Are Having Another Baby — See the Cute Christmas Announcement!

T.I. flew into Atlanta for the big event, coming from Las Vegas where he had
performed live at Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell Hotel.

According to Tiny, who is due in April, her latest pregnancy “has been great,” but this will be the couple’s last kid. The new baby will be Tiny and T.I.’s third child together after welcoming their first son, Clifford “King” Joseph Harris III, in August 2004 and their second son, Major Philant Harris, in May 2008. T.I. has two older sons, Messiah Ya’Majesty Harris and Domani Uriah Harris, and a daughter, Deyjah Imani Harris, from previous relationships. Tiny has an older daughter, Zonnique Jailee Pullins, from a previous relationship as well.

WATCH: 9 Celebrity Babies Due in 2016

According to the expectant mom, their other kids “are excited” about the upcoming addition.

“They are trying to pitch in at home,” Tiny beamed. “King has already bought the baby gifts. He found some socks the other day for the baby.”

She added that, this time around, her 35-year-old husband is “much more involved” with her pregnancy than ever before.

“I think it’s because it’s a girl,” Tiny explained. “His protective nature is already coming out.”

The Xscape singer also opened up about her pregnancy style, which can be difficult for some celeb moms. But for Tiny, “Dressing hasn’t been tough because I dress comfortably and I don’t wear a lot of heels. I’ve had to get some different pants to accommodate my stomach, but that’s about it.”

PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian’s Baby Shower Photo Album

While she admits that she looks to Kim Kardashian when it comes to a star who’s a true mommy style icon, she said, “I dress to the beat of my own drum and stay comfortable.”

The cute couple first announced they were expecting a new baby in December with an adorable announcement in Instagram. Check out the video below to see more.

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Azealia Banks Arrested After Attacking Security Guard: Report

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Azealia Banks Arrested After Attacking Security Guard: Report

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Azealia Banks Arrested After Attacking Security Guard

According to a reports, Banks got into an altercation with the guard, punching her and biting her breast. The incident took place at the club Up&Down in the Meatpacking District, where Banks was attending a private party.

Azealia Banks Cancels Tour Dates   Banks was reportedly was thrown out early Wednesday morning and arrested on a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault.

The story comes after Banks allegedly assaulted another security guard at a club in Los Angeles in October. Billboard has reached out to Banks’ rep but did not hear back by time of publishing.

Azealia Banks arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court.
Azealia Banks arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court.

New York rapper Azealia Banks, who’s rumored to be on Rihanna’s new album, was arrested outside Meatpacking club Up&Down on Wednesday after she allegedly went berserk and attacked a female security guard by punching her and “biting her in the boob,” sources said. She was later arraigned and released on her own recognizance.

Banks, 24, was at the club for a private party when she got into a dispute with bouncers and was tossed at about 12:30 a.m. Police sources said she was taken to the Sixth Precinct on a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault and held there for evaluation until Wednesday evening.

She was later arraigned and released on her own recognizance. The arrest comes after Banks was nearly busted in September for an outburst on a Delta flight from New York to LA that was caught on video. She was also investigated afterallegedly assaulting a security guard at Break Room 86 in Los Angeles in October.

“There was a female security guard and a male guard,” a source said, adding they “didn’t recognize Banks” — who began “screaming at the top of her lungs, cursing” and using racial slurs. A club owner noticed the commotion and “gave her a pass to let her in,” but “once she was 15 feet inside, she starts to curse at the guards again, explaining who she was, that she’s on Rihanna’s album.”This time, spies said the trouble began when Banks arrived with an invited guest for the birthday of one of the club’s owners, Ronnie Madra. “It was an invite-only party,” said a witness. “You needed a stamp to get in.” When Banks tried to enter the private downstairs party and was told she had to go back upstairs to get a stamp, an altercation broke out with bouncers.

When security approached, Banks allegedly “spit in the [female bouncer’s] face,” a spy said. As they escorted her out, “she bites the [female guard] in the breast, almost breaking her shirt . . . as they took her out.” A police source added the bite “caused swelling and redness.”

Outside, Banks weirdly declared, “I’m gonna call the cops!,” a source said, and approached an NYPD Traffic Enforcement car. But the source said that when she returned to the front of the club with the cops, she “punched” the female bouncer and was taken away as she asked, “Why are you arresting me?” Her reps did not take our call.

Sources said the bitten bouncer declined medical attention at the scene.

 

Credit: Colin Stutz

 

Police BRUTALITY Against an Elderly Woman Accused of Shoplifting

OUT OF CONTROL POLICE: Police Brutality against an elderly black woman Accused of ‘SHOPLIFTING’ . . . They then BEAT UP Her Teenage Daughter . . . And TASE Her Son When He STEPS IN!!  Has police brutality gone TOO FAR. . . Full Story Here – bit.ly/1I1b8E3

Posted Friday, June 19, 2015

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