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  • Pitbull, Grounded by Nor’Easter, Misses U.N.

    Pitbull Misses U.N. World Water Day Speech Due to Nor'Easter, Issues Statement

    It was to have been a momentous morning for Pitbull: As part of World Water Day On Thursday, the proudly Cuban-American rapper was scheduled to address delegates at the United Nations’ storied General Assembly Hall in New York about the global water crisis. During his remarks, he was to announce a global social media awareness campaign [...]

  • Concert Review: Jack White Previews New

    Concert Review: Jack White Previews New Album 'Boarding House Reach' at Raucous L.A. Show

    Jack White knows how to sell a new album — even though only once during his pre-tour album-release gig Tuesday at L.A.’s Mayan Theatre did he refer directly to “Boarding House Reach,” his third full-length solo effort, which comes out Friday. White’s not one to indulge in “Here’s another new one” chitchat, even in premiering [...]

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    Shawn Mendes Returns With Fiery New Single ‘In My Blood’ (Listen)

    After a teaser campaign that ranged from Instagram posts to a billboard in Times Square, Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes dropped a brand-new single called “In My Blood” Thursday morning, his first new music since 2016’s “Illuminate” album. The song starts off quietly but within the first minute seems to reflect a new rock influence in [...]

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    Def Jam Elevates Three Promotion Executives

    Def Jam announced the promotions of three key executives: Nicki Farag, a 15-year veteran of the label,  has been upped to executive VP, Promotion and head of the department; Noah Sheer, described as a “key cultural flag-bearer for the legendary brand,” was promoted to executive VP, Rhythm & Lifestyle Promotion; and Keith Rothschild was named senior VP, Promotion. [...]

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    How Def Jam's Nicki Farag Navigated the Boys' Club to Become Head of Promotion

    Ask newly promoted Def Jam executive VP Nicki Farag what it means to be the label’s first female head of promotion and she shrugs off the designation — of being a woman. Farag, a 15-year veteran of Def Jam, prefers to acknowledge the position on its own. After all, she says, “Def Jam is an [...]

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