Tag Archives: Pop

Korean Hip Hop Star Jay Park Signs with Roc Nation

On July 21st, the news of Jay Park’s signing with Roc Nation was announced extending their roster of talented artists.

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Jay Park was a member of the K-pop group 2 pm before launching a successful solo career in 2010. Park is the first Asian American to sign with Roc Nation. He took to Instagram to share the news stating, ” This is a win for the Town This is a win for Korea This is a win for Asian Americans This is a win for the overlooked and underappreciated This is a win for genuine ppl who look out for their ppls This is a win for hard work and dedication This is a win for honesty and authenticity Thank you for the acknowledgement and recognition”

In 2013 Park founded his own independent hip hop/urban record label called AOMG, short for Above Ordinary Music Group. Using his label to support artists and producers so that they can develop their craft as individual artists first, without the restrictions of commercialism.

Since then Park has become a multi platinum artist releasing four studio albums, including his bilingual album Everything You Wanted. Jay Park has helped lead the K-pop phenomenon becoming an international icon in the Hip Hop and R&B community. He has stayed true to his culturally American roots, and his Korean roots, as the multicultural styles can be found throughout his music.

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: My Personal Heartbreak

By now many, if not all fan’s know that Chester Bennington, lead singer of one of the most iconic alternative rock bands took his own life. It’s been a week since the news broke and It hasn’t been easy revisiting the horror and shock of what’s happened. For many teenagers, Linkin Park was the voice that helped us out of the darkest places. Above all Chester’s voice was the beacon of light that guided us through.

The first time Linkin Park entered my life was through their first single “Numb”. Watching their debut music video on MTV was an experience that changed the way I listened and felt the music. This was a new genre for me as I figured out where I belonged in my adolescent world. I owned every album leading up to ‘The Hunting Party’. My favorites being Hybrid Theory, Meteora, and ReanimationI stayed committed even though their sound started to change. Afterward, I stopped listening as much and revisited their hits periodically. When news of Chester Bennington’s suicide broke, I felt numb. Memories of that first song and the lyrics came rushing back to me all at once and the feeling was almost overwhelming.

I fought to understand what had happened and mourned that he was gone and I would never get the chance to see him perform live. I missed the opportunity when they came to Brooklyn and their show was canceled. I was so hurt by the realization that he was in fact truly gone, that I decided to pay my own personal tribute and face my personal heartbreak. After gathering my equally heartbroken friends together, we arranged a karaoke session, sang all of our favorite Linkin Park songs, and did our best Chester Bennington impersonations. I can’t say now that I’ve gotten over it, however, Chester will remain an important part of my life experience. Helping to mold me into the person I am now.

Chester’s legacy will forever live on in all the lives of the people he’s touched. His family, friends, fans and all who were touched by Linkin Park’s music. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

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G – Dragon ACT III, MOTTE

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V.I.P’s REJOICE! Big Bang leader G-Dragon is touring North America and Canada. Tickets for the event are now on sale at Ticketmaster and  VIP Nation.

July 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
July 14 San Jose, CA SAP Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
July 19 Houston, TX Toyota Center
July 21 Chicago, IL United Center
July 25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
July 27 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
July 30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre