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Friday, 10 June 2016

CMU’s One Liners: Jennifer Lopez, Soho Music, Word Entertainment, more

Other notable announcements and developments today…
• Jennifer Lopez has signed a new deal with Sony’s Epic. Current Epic boss LA Reid tempted Lopez away from the Sony label in 2010 when he was at Universal, so is obviously now “THRILLED” to have secured a brand new partnership between the singer and his current employer.

• Soho Music, which works out of, erm, Clerkenwell, and provides sound and audio for brands and film companies, has launched a music publishing division and announced a partnership with Imagem. The latter will provide administration services to the former. The deal also covers any future works by MJ Cole, who is published by Soho Music.

• Curb Records has bought out Warner Music’s stake in Nashville-based Christian music company Word Entertainment, which Warner acquired in 2002 before selling a slice to Curb. Warner will continue to distribute Word releases to the general market, while Word will distribute Warner records to the “Christian market”. Whatever that means.

• Beth Orton will release a new album, ‘Kidsticks’, on 27 May, co-produced by Orton and Fuck Buttons’ Andrew Hung. Here’s first single ‘Moon’.

• Corinne Bailey Rae will release her new album, ‘The Heart Speaks In Whispers’, on 13 May. She’ll headline The Tabernacle in London on 7 Apr, and this is first single ‘Been To The Moon’.

• Vessels have released the video for new track ‘4am’, taken from the upcoming re-issue of their ‘Dilate’ album.

• Susanna has released another new track from her upcoming ‘Triangle’ album. Here’s ‘Ebb & Flow’.

• Rufus Wainwright will play St John At Hackney church in London on 27 Apr. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

• Field Music have announced their biggest headline shows to date. They play The Sage in Gateshead on 22 Oct, Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 26 Oct, and The Ritz in Manchester on 29 Oct.

• Sam Smith, who I am pretty sure I read somewhere was the first openly gay man to use social media, has signed off social media, for now at least, following the furore caused by his Oscars speech at the weekend. Which I think Ian McKellan said makes Smith the first openly gay man to sign off social media, for now at least.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Jennifer Lopez sparks controversy with show for Turkmenistan president

American singer's publicist says she would not have sung for leader if she had known about country's human rights record


Lopez has reportedly earned up to $1.4m for one-night shows in former Soviet republics. Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

The US pop star Jennifer Lopezhas added to her long history of performing for unsavoury characters with a birthday concert for the president of Turkmenistan – a man accused of committing widespread human rights abuses while ruling over the hermit nation.

Human rights activists criticised the star, also known as JLo, for singing at the flashy southern resort of Avaza on Saturday night to mark the 56th birthday of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, attended by a select group of officials, diplomats and executives.

With a shout of "Turkmenistan!", Lopez took to the stage to sing and dance her way through her biggest hits. At the end, she changed from a skimpy white dress into a long, traditional Turkmen outfit to sing Happy Birthday, Mr President.

"It was our pleasure," Lopez said from the stage. "And we wish you the very happiest birthday."

Berdymukhamedov presides over a personality cult in the oil and gas-rich central Asian nation and brooks no dissent. Human Rights Watch calls Turkmenistan "one of the world's most repressive countries".

Lopez is one of the highest-profile western pop stars to play private concerts around the former Soviet Union in exchange for huge fees. She is believed to be the first major star to visit and perform in Turkmenistan, a nation whose people live in poverty and are allowed little contact with the outside world.

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China's state-run oil and gas company, said it had organised Lopez's trip to Turkmenistan, according to AFP.

Lopez's entourage appeared unaware they were heading to a country where the internet is tightly controlled. Access to social media and websites run by independent media and human rights groups is banned. "I wonder where all my Turkmenistan followers are!? Hit me up!" tweeted her choreographer JR Taylor. The tweet was later deleted as reports of Lopez's controversial performance began to spread.

Lopez's publicist released a statement on Sunday saying that had the singer been aware of the country's human rights issues, she would not have performed there. The statement said she was invited to perform for CNPC and "graciously obliged" their last-minute request to sing a birthday tune for Berdymukhamedov.

Lopez has also performed at the wedding of an Uzbek businessman in Ukraine, reportedly for $1m (£660,000), as well as for the Azeri oligarch Telman Ismailov, reportedly for $1.4m.

Before two performances in Russia last year, Lopez declined to discuss the country's human rights situation with fans during a phone-in. In response to a question about the jailed punk band Pussy Riot, she said: "I don't like to talk politics, to be quite honest."

Lopez's performance took place in the $2bn resort of Avaza, a huge luxury complex on the country's Caspian coast near the city of Turkmenbashi, named after Berdymukhamedov's predeccesor, Saparmurat Niyazov, who called himself Turkmenbashi, or "Father of all Turkmen".

Berdymukhamedov quickly squashed hopes that he would be more open than his predecessor and has merely replaced Turkmenbashi's cult of personality with his own since taking office in 2006.

Foreign energy companies regularly court the country and its eccentric president in the hope of gaining access to its gas reserves, estimated to be the world's fourth largest.

Jennifer Lopez and the changing face of Las Vegas

On Wednesday, J Lo follows Britney Spears and Mariah Carey to start her own residency in Sin City. It’s a sign of how entertainment there has changed – thanks to a younger demographic who no longer just want to play the slots


Jennifer Lopez at the American Music Awards: Vegas show is set to be a spectacle. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

On Wednesday part-time actor, TV talent-show judge and singer of mostly ludicrous bangers Jennifer Lopez starts her 20-date Las Vegas residency. Entitled All I Have, the show follows in the footsteps of similarly sequin-heavy residencies from 90s/00s mainstays Britney Spears (whose newly extended deal is allegedly worth $35m a year) and Mariah Carey, two hugely successful shows that have helped revamp and revitalise Las Vegas’s musical reputation.

Where once Vegas was seen as a well-lit retirement home for ageing crooners, the move towards younger, more pop-focused artists, as well as a slew of EDM DJs taking up residence in the handful of superclubs, has helped not only lower the average age of its clientele but make up for the shortfall in gambling profits (gaming revenue dropped 2.5% last year, despite a record-breaking 42.3 million visitors). With professional rap goon Pitbull due to start the second of his so-called mini-residencies in March, it’s clear the big casinos aren’t just focusing on the grey pound any more.

The Vegas residency as lavish spectacle was first put on the map by shrinking violet Liberace, who made his Vegas debut in 1944 and allegedly earned $300,000 a week for his shows in the 1970s and 80s. His debut was followed by the likes of the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley.

Caesars Palace, where stars including Celine Dion and Mariah Carey performed. Photograph: AP

Over time, however, Vegas’s entertainment options became clogged with a mix of heritage acts looking to see out the remainder of their careers and risk-free spin-off shows. “Vegas tends to go through eras of entertainment,” explains Sarah Feldberg, former editor-in-chief of the Las Vegas Weekly. “There was a Cirque de Soleil era, where every casino wanted a show like that. There was a Broadway era where we were putting on shows like The Lion King, but now those are falling to the side and being replaced by headliners in a big way.” The catalyst for this change, Feldberg argues, was Celine Dion, whose 2003 residency A New Day grossed over $400m in four years. “She really proved that a Vegas residency could be really successful and really profitable in this era.”

So while a Celine Dion show is hardly comparable to a Jennifer Lopez show, A New Day’s success sent a clear message to established pop stars: instead of schlepping around the country (or the world) you could stay put in one city, live in a nice big mansion nearby with your family, and put on a show that wasn’t restricted by what could fit in a truck (Shania Twain’s 2012 residencyfeatured her singing You’re Still The One on horseback, for example).

Britney’s recent world tours have been blighted by the fact that she didn’t really seem to want to do them – but the consistency of life in Vegas seems to have rejuvenated her. The flexibility also allows her to take time off to record new material (she’s currently working on her ninth album), with a view to performing those new songs live as and when. “I think the stereotype for a long time was that people who performed and had resident shows in Vegas were once great performers who were past their prime and were there as a nostalgia act, ie people not making relevant new music,” Feldberg says. “I think that has changed now.”

It’s also no coincidence that Britney, Mariah and now J Lo all had the majority of their successes in the 90s and early 00s. While this new batch of residencies are all aimed at a younger audience than, say, Elton John’s, it’s still a balancing act. “The people who book for these venues know who the Vegas visitor is, and the people spending money and coming to Vegas are not 18 years old because they can’t gamble,” Feldberg explains. “It really is a 21-plus town, so the people with expendable income are people who have been in the workforce for a little while and they have the income to come and get a ticket for one of these shows. They want an artist who they know is going to appeal to multiple generations or a wider swath of people. It’s also worth noting that J Lo, Britney Spears and Pitbull are all playing at the Planet Hollywood and that’s a strategic choice by Caesars Entertainment to put the younger-skewing, more party-ready artists in a place that caters for younger guests.

 Britney Spears in Vegas: abs-olutely lucrative. Photograph: Denise Truscello/Associated Press

Running parallel with the move towards the more pop-orientated residencies is the rise of Vegas’s obsession with the EDM DJ. Kent Otto, founder and editor-in-chief of Electronic.Vegas, cites Paul Oakenfold’s 2008 residency at Palms’ Rain nightclub as a turning point, with Las Vegas reflecting America’s newfound love for dance music. “The rise of EDM has definitely breathed new life into the city, making the destination appealing to younger tourists who have little interest in gaming but still want the “Vegas” experience,” Otto says. “It’s also a value proposition for visitors – you can drop $100 on a few hands of blackjack in a matter of minutes or head to a nightclub and spend several hours soaking in the experience.” Otto also thinks the boom in social media played its part, with people able to share memories of their all-nighters in Sin City. “Let’s be honest, there are only so many selfies one can take at a slot machine.”

Where residencies in the past were often loss-leaders, with casinos banking on people spending money on gambling before and after, the modern-day residency is a huge part of Vegas’s broader appeal away from the blackjack tables. “Where else can you see a Britney performance, eat at a fancy buffet or celebrity chef restaurant, party at a day-club with Calvin Harris and spend a night at [MGM Grand’s superclub] Hakkasan with Tiesto all in one weekend?” Otto says. “You can’t do that in Ibiza. You can’t do that anywhere else with the same ease and convenience as Vegas.”

 Calvin Harris: currently in year two of a three-year Vegas deal. Photograph: John Lamparski/WireImage

Just as Celine Dion’s initial success lured in slightly older acts like Cher and Shania Twain, the rise of the EDM DJ has made it easier and less risky for more dance-orientated pop stars such as Britney and J Lo to take up residency. For Otto it’s a case of pop stars not only following a successful model laid out by Dion, but now also “knowing their target audience is already visiting and ready to spend money on unique experiences. Of course selling a Britney ticket to this [dance music] crowd is a much more logical proposition than trying to lure one to Celine or Elton.”

While Otto is convinced the superstar DJ bubble will burst, chiefly because the salaries are sky-rocketing (“Nightclubs lose talent to other competitors in town all the time because they just can’t keep up with the demands”), Feldberg thinks that clever scheduling could help avoid oversaturation of the pop residencies. “There is the possibility of reaching a peak but one thing that helps the residency concept is that, unlike a Cirque show, J Lo’s only here a certain number of days; she’s not necessarily competing against Britney or Mariah.”

Feldberg also believes that as more artists from different genres and at different points in their career sign up (Bruno Mars had a mini-residency in 2013, just two albums into his career) it will encourage others to do the same. Somewhat surprisingly, it’s Pitbull who best represents the changing face of the Las Vegasstrip. “Fifteen years ago the idea of having a hip-hop or rap artist doing any kind of residency would have been unthinkable,” Feldberg says. Perhaps it won’t be too long before we see Kanye West in Vegas.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jennifer Lopez rocks her amazing body AGAIN at the American Music Awards

Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lopez? This week she opened the American Music Awards with her beautiful voice and inspiring body. Here are some of the tips she uses to look as amazing as she does

5’5, 59kg, curvy as hell – and 46! – there isn’t one bit of Jennifer Lopez that we don’t love. Lopez opened the American Music awards this past week with a spectacular rendition of her her 1999 hit “Waiting for Tonight” but showed the crowd that she’s still got it, twerking along to Nikki Minaj’s “Anaconda”. While America the celebrity strut her stuff to the music and out-dance much younger singers, we at Healthista were wondering how does she do it?

She loves to dance

Here’s a secret that should be so surprise to our readers: J-Lo loves to dance. A year ago, she toldExtra that she lost 10 pounds from eating vegan and dancing. Dancing 6 hours a day. Lopez says that she is not an “exercise fanatic” but that she needs to practice routines and dance in her shows. From all those hip-shaking, shimmying, and in the case of the music awards, tweking, she looks better than many women half her age.

She eats right.

Lopez has bounced back and forth between different diets but for this show, she followed a sugar and salt free diet with a focus on portion control. She is an advocate not to throw away a diet plan because of one slip up. She says “It’s about consistently and always trying to be better and trying to do good.” Lopez also refrains from cigarettes and alcohol while getting a full 8 hours of sleep a night.
She sweats.

Jennifer Lopez has been known to use the Tracy Anderson teaching of exercise which focuses on floor work with light weights and lots and lots of cardio. Not only does she get cardio from dancing but her workout get that heart beat up as well. She signed up for a triathalon in 2008 to help her lose weight after having a baby Lopez states “[I’m like] a fighter, going into the ring. I do my cardio and I do my workouts with the Tracy Anderson Method,” One participant in a Tracy Anderson class said “I started with a recommended “AtTAin” class my first time, a 60-minute sculpting session that uses mostly body weight and some light hand and ankle weights to sculpt the arms, abs, booty and thighs. The workout takes place mostly on the floor, but don’t expect to leave without absolutely dripping in sweat in the whole way through. By the end of class, I could hardly move a muscle in my body and was covered in perspiration.” Now that what we at Healthista want out of a workout.

She’s practical.

Lopez isn’t going to let one crisp or one missed workout ruin her motivation. For her, being a celebrity is her job. She has to look great and be a role model and to do that, she says you have to put in the hard work.. “You got to work out, you got to watch what you eat,” she told Us Magazine. “It’s a job — you’ve got to buckle down.” She takes her beauty and her work seriously. Health is not a game with her, it a complete lifestyle.
She keeps a positive outlook.

J-Lo told Elle Canda that she starts everyday with self-affirmation.” Just like anybody else, there are days I feel great when I wake up, and then there are days when I feel more tired or not ready to face the day. To be quite honest, on those days, I really try to think positively. I try to do a lot of affirmations for good health and positive thinking to just get my mind and my spirit in the right place so I can face whatever it is that I need to face.”

Whether it’s positive thinking, her many hours of dance, or her vegan eating, the value she places on health and self-confidence is part of the many reasons why she is so well loved. Opening this years music awards, Jennifer Lopez shows us that not only has she not been forgotten but she is looking better than ever.

'Love my life!': Jennifer Lopez, 45, looks better than women half her age while showing off abs as she poses with her kids and dogs

She looks better than women half her age and seems to know it.

That must be why Jennifer Lopez shared a photo of herself with her six pack showing in a TBT Instagram snap from a People magazine shoot earlier this year.

The 45-year-old American Idol judge is also with her twins Max and Emme as well as three dogs (one is Casper Smart's Boxer).

'Love my life,' the Boy Next Door actress wrote in her caption.

The Booty singer added, 'TBT to an outtake from my People shoot...Love this pic.'

The Latina looker was in the back yard of her Hidden Hills home, which is currently up for sale.

The AKA hit maker - who said she could meet her next boyfriend in a bar during a TV interview on Wednesday - was wearing a black crop top and worn-in jeans.

Her children, who she calls 'coconuts' looked relaxed as they stood by the dogs. They turned seven this week and spent the day with mom J-Lo and dad Marc Anthony.

Lopez raised eyebrows on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood when she got close to ex Ben Affleck, according to the Associated Press.

The 42-year-old actor 'whispered in her ear' and then the Glow perfume maker playfully 'swatted his arm,' a source said.

They talked: Exes Jennifer and Ben Affleck - both pictured at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday - had a talk at the event, according to a Wednesday report from the Associated Press

J-Lo interestingly did not bring her rumoured beau Casper Smart (who she traveled to India with in early February for a private concert).

And the Gone Girl star did not appear to bring his wife Jennifer Garner with whom he has three children.

Both Lopez and Affleck served as presenters at the awards show which saw Birdman win Best Picture, Julianne Moore take home the statuette for Best Actress and Eddie Redmayne pick up the Oscar for Best Actor.

The way they were: The Good Will Hunting star met the Bronx beauty when they co-starred in Gigli. He proposed to with a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring in late 2002; here they were pictured in 2003

Dusty water-colored memories: 'We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an email saying, "Oh, your movie looks great,"' Ben told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012; here they are seen holding hands in 2003

Jennifer Lopez talks ex Ben Affleck on Watch What Happens Live

Lopez glowed in a sparkling beige Elie Saab gown while Affleck wore a black tux.

The Good Will Hunting star met the Bronx beauty when they co-starred in Gigli. He proposed to with a 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring in late 2002.
'It was very, very beautiful,' Lopez told Diane Sawyer at the time of the engagement, adding that Affleck's proposal was 'traditional, but also in a very spectacular way, as of course Ben would do it.'

Oops moment at the Oscars: Lopez's voluminous dress presented some technical difficulties on stage after she presented the Best Costume Design award with Chris Pine at Sunday's ceremony

'We don't have the kind of relationship where she relies on me for advice, but we do have the kind of relationship where there'll be an email saying, "Oh, your movie looks great,"' Ben told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012.

'I remember when she got American Idol. I said: "This was really smart. Good luck." I touch base. I respect her. I like her. She's put up with some stuff that was unfair in her life, and I'm really pleased to see her successful.'

Someone help me! J.Lo looks like she's struggling as she makes her way into the Dolby Theatre

Be careful! Jennifer is animated as she actively tries to maintain her balance along the red carpet in front of the world's media

Jennifer Lopez marries Marc Anthony

On this day in 2004, some 40 guests watch as the pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez weds her third husband, the singer Marc Anthony, in an intimate ceremony held in the backyard of Lopez’s home in Los Angeles.

Lopez was born in 1970 in the Bronx, New York, and went on to earn admiration in Hollywood as a “triple threat.” She originally worked as a dancer (most famously as a “Fly Girl” in the popular television series “In Living Color”), but soon earned notice as an actor for her portrayal of the murdered Tejana pop singer Selena in a 1997 biopic. She developed a reputation as a bankable film star after her role as federal marshal Karen Sisco in Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight in 1998, and released her debut Latin pop album in June 1999. Two years later, her album J.Lo debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts just as her romantic comedyThe Wedding Planner shot to the top spot at the box office in the first week of its release.

Prior to her marriage to Anthony, Lopez had previously been married to Ojani Noa from February 1997 to January 1998 and to Cris Judd, a dancer who appeared in the video for her hit song “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” from September 2001 to January 2003. Lopez also had a long-term romance with the rapper and entertainment mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs, and was famously on the scene during the shooting involving his entourage at a New York City nightclub in December 1999. By the time her divorce from Judd was official, Lopez had already announced her engagement to the actor Ben Affleck. Their highly publicized romance–which included a co-starring appearance in the notorious bomb Gigli(2003)–officially ended in early 2004, and Affleck later sold the 6.1 carat, $1.2 million diamond engagement ring he had bought Lopez back to its original seller, Harry Winston.

Six months later, Lopez married Anthony, whose divorce from his wife of four years, the former Miss Universe Dayonara Torres, had been finalized less than a week earlier. Lopez and Anthony, who were both born in New York City, of Puerto Rican descent, first dated in 1999, after her marriage to Noa ended. Anthony and Torres married in 2000, then split for good in late 2003, around the time that Lopez called off her engagement to Affleck.

Appearing on NBC’s Today shortly after their wedding, Anthony refused to confirm that he and Lopez were married, telling the show’s anchorman, Matt Lauer: “I have nothing to say about anything. My life is my life, that’s the only thing I have.” Lopez finally confirmed the marriage publicly in February 2005. The couple’s professional collaborations have included Lopez’s first full-length Spanish-language album, Como Ama una Mujer (2007), which Anthony co-produced; and the feature film El Cantante (2007), starring Anthony as the Puerto Rican salsa singer Hector Lavoe and Lopez (who also produced the film) as his wife.

Jennifer Lopez Net Worth

Born on: 24th Jul 69
Born in: United States
Marital status: Married
Occupation: Actress, businesswoman, dancer and recording artist

Jennifer Lopez net worth is estimated at $300 million. Well known American actress, dancer and a singer turned to fashion designer, television producer, Jennifer Lynn Lopez, has been named one of the wealthiest and most influential personality in U.S. Jennifer Lopez net worth began to accumulate after she started as a backup dancer and got her first leading role in film Selena(1997), that earned her Award for Outstanding Actress and from there she carried her lead acting roles in " The Wedding Planner" to "Monster in-law". Her original claim to fame is as a successful pop artist, Lopez has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and now she is a well known American Idol Judge. Jennifer Lopez estimated net worth of $250 million as of 2012 earned her to be named one of the wealthiest and influential personality in the United States. Furthermore, Lopez is a well sounded business woman having her own cloth line and incredibly successful perfume line too. In 2012 she signed a deal for $12 million as a judge on American Idol. It will not be too far to assume that she is commanding $15 million for movies and $20 million for American Idol. Lopez would be going on a world tour and this tour will earn her an estimated $13 million. All these comprise Jennifer Lopez net worth. Lopez follows a luxurious lifestyle and loves to follow fashion in her life, thanks to the huge Jennifer Lopez net worth.She is a fashion crazy actress who famously wore a green Versace dress with an extremely plunging neckline. She also love to experiment with her hairstyle a lot. She is very athletic and in addition to tennis she also played soft ball in high school and now days also she is very adventurous spend time in swimming and biking for her workout. Till 2008, Lopez lived with her family. In September 2011, Lopez purchased a home in the Hampton for $18 million. She is a very big supporter of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. After giving birth to her twin babies she is drawn towards children 's charity. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony both are both very involved in Children's Health Fund and try to raise awareness for the cause. This charitable endeavor added charisma to Jennifer Lopez net worth.
"I don't regret what I've been through. I've had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows. I've been so blessed that I could never say, 'I wish this didn't happen.' It's part of who I am. There's nothing in my life that's so ugh."
"You've got to love yourself first. You've got to be okay on your own before you can be okay with somebody else."
"I only do what my gut tells me to. I think it's smart to listen to other people's advice, but at the end of the day, you're the only one who can tell you what's right for you."
"You get what you give. What you put into things is what you get out of them."
"Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit."
She was chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.
She was voted #1 in FHMs 100 Sexiest Women list in 2001.
She is the first actress to have a movie ("The Wedding Planner") and a music album hit number one in the same week.
She ranked #36 on Maxims "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
She is regarded as the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States.