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Made In America Festival’s Los Angeles debut: What to expect



Jay-Z and Budweiser is bringing the two-day Made in America Festival to Downtown Los Angeles this upcoming Labor Day after making the announcement in April.

The festival comes two years after being attached as an annual event in Philadelphia. Becoming the area’s biggest festival, last year’s Made in America drew 60,000 fans each day to its Benjamin Franklin Parkway location.  Last year’s performances included everyone from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to Nine Inch Nails.

Rumors of Hov’s attempt to bring the festival to the West Coast were around for several months. Before the announcement, things reached a fever pitch when L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar requested city services not to issue permits partly in fear of street closures of major downtown streets of his district.  Interestingly enough, city Supervisor Gloria Molina said during the press conference for Made In America jokingly that “L.A. has 99 problems, but Jay Z and Budweiser Made in America ain’t one.”

Expect a wide variety of music genres to grace Grand Park including Rise Against, John Mayor, Weezer, Sublime with Rome, Rita Ora, YG, Chance The Rapper Nipsey Hussle, Kendrick Lamar, Hit-Boy and more. In fact, several acts will play both festivals like Steve Aoki, YG and Will Sparks.

Considering how claustrophobic DTLA is, how is this multi-stage festival going to work? Reportedly, one stage will be set within the boundaries of Grand Park; one at the intersection of 1st and Spring streets; and the last on the City Hall steps facing Spring. Two entry gates are planned to be located on Temple and 2nd.  

Though the attention has been put on the festival making its way to Southern California, Philly arguably may have the most robust line-up.  Pharrell, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, De La Soul and more are set to perform on the East Coast edition.

For more information and ticket information, visit the Live Nation website.


First Look at the Magical World of ‘Wicked’ Starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo (Trailer)



The new trailer for the upcoming movie musical ‘Wicked’ has finally dropped, leaving fans buzzing with excitement. The film, which stars Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, is set to be released in two parts.

The trailer opens with a stunning shot of the Emerald City, the iconic location from the original ‘Wizard of Oz’ story. We then see a young Elphaba arriving at Shiz University, where she meets Glinda for the first time. The two characters couldn’t be more different – Elphaba is a shy, green-skinned girl whom her peers often ostracize, while Glinda is a bubbly, popular blonde who seems to have everything she could ever want.

As the trailer progresses, we see glimpses of the musical numbers that have made ‘Wicked’ such a beloved show on Broadway. The production design features vibrant colors and intricate costumes that bring the world of Oz to life.

The pairing of Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, both vocal powerhouses, is beautiful and will yield beautiful musical numbers. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Erivo mentioned that she and Grande were surprised at how well their voices complemented each other.

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of the other characters in the film, including Jonathan Bailey as Fiyero, Michelle Yeoh as Madame Morrible, and Jeff Goldblum as the Wizard of Oz.

‘Wicked’ part one is set to premiere later this year, with the second installment scheduled for November 2025.

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Ariana Grande – 34+35 (Remix) feat. Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion



Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat have teamed up for a new remix of Grande’s Positions track 34+35.

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Why Did Michaela Coel Walk Away From a $1 Million Dollar Deal with Netflix?



Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s hit series I May Destroy You had to decline Netflix’s $1 million offer after the streaming giant refused to allow her to retain “at least 5 percent of her rights” for the show.

Coel’s success in the U.S. is largely credited to Netflix. The streamer was the U.S. distributor of Coel’s acclaimed comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix also housed a feature musical titled Been So Long in which Coel was the lead, as well as the drama series Black Earth Rising. Coel also starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, also distributed by Netflix. So, naturally, Coel’s history with the streaming platform made it the premier destination for her new project. After a short negotiation with a Netflix executive, however, Coel had to find a different home for I May Destroy You in order to maintain ownership of the series.

According to Vulture, Coel recalled that Netflix made her a $1 million offer for I May Destroy You in spring 2017 but she turned it down. Why? The streamer wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. Coel even discontinued her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal”.

I May Destry You is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of Chewing Gum. At the age of 32, Coel is in full creative control of the series as its showrunner, director, star, and writer. She wrote all 12 episodes and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer Arabella struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault.

The series is now streaming on HBO.

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