On this final New Music Friday of August The Big Red Machine, Jack Ingram, Eminem, Amos Lee, and Stone Sour are among the artists who have new albums out today.

Albums:
“Don Season 2” by Don Q
“8 Letters” by Why Don’t We
“Anthem” by Madeleine Peyroux
“Big Red Machine” by Big Red Machine
Original Cast Recording for “ BLAZE” by Various Artists
“The Burning Cold” by Omnium Gatherum
“Don’t You Ever Forget Me3” by Skooly
“Evolution” by Alexis French
”Flow State” by Tash Sultana
“From the Vault: Live 2007-2009” by Jack Ingram
“Fu*k Everybody 2” by Blac Youngsta
“Game Gifted” by Big Tone
“Grainsville” by Steve ‘n’ Seagulls
“Humble but Hungry” by Hi-Rez
“Hunter” by Anna Calvi
“I’ve Tortured You Ling Enough” by Mass Gothic
“Identity Crisis” by WSTR
“In the Shape of a Dream” by ayokay
“Indigo” by Wild Nothing
“Kamikaze” by Eminem
Original motion picture soundtrack for “ KIN” by Mogwai
“Living with a Fire” Live by Jesus Culture
“Magus” by Thou
“My New Moon” by Amos Lee
“Tru – LP” by Lloyd
“Veriditas” by Helios
“The Wise and The Wicked” by Jauz
“Hydrograd” by Stone Sour
“Return of the Trill” by Bun B

EP’s:
“Inna Real Life” by HoodCelebrity
“Jackie Chan” Remixes by Tiesto &Dzeko with Preme and Post Malone
“Party Pack” by Shoreline Mafia
“Weed Garden” by Iron & Wine
“4 Freedom” YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Ed Sheeran Tops Billboard Hot 100 Record

In music the longevity of an artists is determined not just by popularity over time; but also by the strength of their music on the music charts.

Over the years the Billboard charts are filled with artists who have been labeled a “one hit wonder” or a “flash in the pan”; someone who rocketed up the music charts with a song that people just couldn’t get out of their heads, but later failed to repeat that success.

Young British pop artist Ed Sheeran is far from one of those “one hit wonders”. In fact he has yet another accomplishment to add to his repertoire…that of the first solo artist to have three songs remain on the Billboard hit charts for at least a year.

Ipswich Music Day 
Ed Sheeran

by Jen O'Neill

Sheeran earned the title with his song “Perfect” who obtained the year long feat this week holding down the number 20 spot on the Hot 100. “Perfect” joins “Shape of You” and “Thinking Out Loud” to give the the honour of being the first to have three hits remain on the chart for at least a year.

Of the 27,000 hit songs that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, only 61 of them have held on long enough to remain on the chart for at least a year.

Imagine Dragons tops the list of weeks on the chart with “Radioactive” which remained on the chart for 87 weeks. The rockers also hold the lead in the most hits staying on the charts for at least 52 weeks with four.

Songs that remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for at least a year:
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons – 87 weeks
“Sail” by AWOLNATION – 79 weeks
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz – 76 weeks
“How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes – 69 weeks
“Counting Stars” by OneRepublic – 68 weeks
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO with Lauren Bennett and Goon Rock – 68 weeks
“Rolling in the Deep” by Adele – 65 weeks
“Foolish Games/You Were Meant for Me” by Jewel – 65 weeks
“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – 64 weeks
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers – 62 weeks
“You and Me” by Lifehouse – 62 weeks
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons – 61 weeks
“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum – 60 weeks
“Macarena” Bayside Boys Mix by Los del Rio – 60 weeks
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran – 59 weeks
“All of Me” by John Legend – 59 weeks
“Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye with Kimbra – 59 weeks
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran – 58 weeks
“How to Save a Life” by The Fray – 58 weeks
“Smooth” by Santan with Rob Thomas – 58 weeks
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry with Juicy J – 57 weeks
“Lights” by Elie Goulding – 57 weeks
“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon – 57 weeks
“Higher” by Creed – 57 weeks
“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars – 56 weeks
“Some Nights” by fun – 56 weeks
“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas – 56 weeks
“The Way You Love Me” by Faith Hil – 56 weeks
“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole – 56 weeks
“Amazed” by Lonestar” – 55 weeks
“Barely Breathing” by Duncan Sheik – 55 weeks
“Missing” by Everything But the Girl – 55 weeks
“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith – 54 weeks
“Wake Me Up” by Avicii – 54 weeks
“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line with Nelly – 54 weeks
“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train – 54 weeks
“Unwell” by matchbox twenty – 54 weeks
“Hanging by a Moment” by Lifehouse – 54 weeks
“Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON – 54 weeks
“Pompeii” by Bastille – 53 weeks
“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry – 53 weeks
“Drops of Jupiter” by Train – 53 weeks
“Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down – 53 weeks
“Breathe” by Faith Hill
“Too Close” by Next – 53 weeks
Perfect” by Ed Sheeran – 52 weeks (and counting)
“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons – 52 weeks
“Believer” by Imagine Dragons – 52 weeks
“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arhur – 52 weeks
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with Justin Bieber – 52 weeks
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars – 52 weeks
“Clsoer “by The Chainsmokers with Halsey – 52 weeks
“Cheap Thrills” by Sia with Sean Paul – 52 weeks
“Don’t Le Me Down” by The Chainsmokers – 52 weeks
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake – 52 weeks
“Stressed Out’ by twenty one pilots – 52 weeks
“Stiches” by Shawn Mendes – 52 weeks
“Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap – 52 weeks
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa with Charlie Puth
“How’s it Going to Be” by Third Eye Blind – 52 weeks
“Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden – 52 weeks

 

Ed Sheeran photo credit: By Ipswich Borough Council – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24111312

Celtic Thunder

The lads of Celtic Thunder are celebrating 10 years of bringing Irish, Classical, and Popular music together to sold out audiences.

Beginning September 12, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Michael O’Dwyer, Damian McGinty, and Emmet Cahill will once again hit the road for a tour of North America.

Sept 12 at the Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, CT
Sept 13 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, NY
Sept 14 at the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, MD
Sept 15 at the Wrner Theatre in Washington DC
Sept 16 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 18 at The Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA
Sept 20 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ
Sept 21 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA
Sept 22 at the Count Baise Theatre in Red Bank, NJ
Sept 23 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
Sept 24 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT
Sept 26 at the Capitol Center in Concord, NH
Sept 27 at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME
Sept 28 at the City Shubert Theatre in Boston, MA
Sept 29 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY
Oct 1 at Centennial Hall in London, ON
Oct 3 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre in Peterborough, ON
Oct 4 at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, ON
Oct 5 at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre in Orillia, ON
Oct 6 at the Fox Theatre in Detorit, MI
Oct 7 at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH
Oct 9 at the Playhouse Square Theater in Cleveland, OH
Oct 11 at The Stiefel Theatre in Salina, KS
Oct 12 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Oct 13 at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
Oct 14 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL
Oct 16 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium in Bemidji, MN
Oct 17 at the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA
Oct 18 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN
Oct 19 at te Taft Teatre in Cincinnati, OH
Oct 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN
Oct 22 at the Washington Pavilion Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Oct 23 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
Oct 24 at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg, MB
Oct 26 at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK
Oct 27 at the Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, SK
Oct 28 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmoton, AB
Oct 30 at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary, AB
Nov 1 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC
Nov 2 at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC
Nov 3 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre in Abbotsford, BC
Nov 5 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA
Nov 6 at the Northern Quest Casino Theater in Airway Heights, WA
Nov 7 at the Arlene Schnitzer Conter Hall in Portland, OR
Nov 9 at The Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino in Reno, NV
Nov 10 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 11 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA
Nov 13 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA
Nov 14 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA
Nov 16 at the McCallum Theater of the Performing Arts in Palm Desert, CA
Nov 17 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Nov 18 at the Tuscon Music Hall in Tucson, AZ
Nov 20 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ
Nov 23 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 24 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO
Nov 25 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland in Kansas City, MO
Nov 27 at the Noel Wagner Performing Arts Center in Midland, TX
Nov 30 at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX
Dec 1 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX
Dec 2 at the Revention Music Center in Houston, TX
Dec 5 at The Tennessee Theater in Knoxville, TN
Dec 6 at The Wilson Center at the Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC
Dec 7 at the Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA
Dec 9 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN
Dec 10 at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN
Dec 11 at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC
Dec 12 at the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC
Dec 14 at the Au-Rene Theater in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dec 15 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL
Dec 16 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL
Dec 18 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, FL
Dec 19 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, FL
Dec 20 at the Moran Theatre in Jacksonville, FL
Dec 21 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC

The Cut Concludes on ‘World of Dance’

It’s part two of The Cut on “World of Dance” where the final two divisions will be paired down to just three acts each.

Again this week the judges will mentor the divisions; along with a special guest mentor.

Up first is the Upper Team division with mentor Jenna Dewon and Paula Abdul.

The Indian Hip-Hop group Desi Hoppers take the stage first with a routine that got lots of wows fro Derek. Jennifer loved watching the guys perform; noting that the combine traditional moves with the modern to form their own specif identity. Derek said that they create shapes and pictures with their moves, are really amazing, and have impactful endings. Ne-Yo loved how they represented their culture; adding that synchronicity and personality were on a new level. Ne-Yo said that no matter what happens, people are going to remember The Desi Hoppers. The group scored 90.7 points for their dance.

Embodiment took the dance floor with a routine that Derek called beautiful and powerful. Derek noted that the guys filled the spaces in the music with their own rhythms. Ne-Yo called it a great performance with elegance and masculinity. While Jennifer felt that the guys danced amazingly, she felt that the story needed time to breathe. Emdobiment scored 91 points for their dance.

In a couple of clips, the Lock ‘N Lol Crew scored 86.7 points and The Bradas scored 89 points for their performances. Lock ‘N Lol were eliminated from the competition.

The Hip-Hop group Connection gave a performance that Jennifer called amazing, riveting, and the best they had ever done. Derek said that the group’s name suited them perfectly; adding that they danced as one. Saying that he under estimated the group, Ne-Yo said that the group shocked him; adding that they were amazing and the cleanest he had ever seen them. Connection scored 91.3 points for their dance. The Bradas have been eliminated.

In the duel performance, Derek felt that Poreotics was a bit slow in getting the routine going and compared it to a jelly doughnut. For this performance, the group started the dance with the words, “no more jelly doughnuts.” The performance brought a standing ovation. Calling the dance hilarious, Derek said that they hit it out of the gate; adding that it was so good and creative. Derek said that the dance made him happy. Calling the dance nearly perfect, humourous, and entertaining from start to finish; Ne-Yo called the dance alien like clean and in sync. Jennifer called the dance so creative, innovative, and fun; adding that it was one of the best dances the group has ever done. Poreotics scored 91.7 points for their dance and eliminated The Desi Hoppers.

The Ruggeds gave a performance that Derek said he would never forget; adding that it was unbelievable and beautiful. Derek told the group that that was the way to pull through when it counted. Ne-Yo said that everybody was amazing with smart choreography; addong that they played to their strengths. Jennifer said that for her it was their first full and complete routine; adding that she was holding her breath at times in the dance. Jennifer said that they pushed the envelope and it paid off. The Ruggeds scored 92.7 points for their dance and eliminated Embodiment.

The final group in the division was S-Rank with a dance that Jennifer called a great routine; adding that everybody was amazing in the group. Calling it an awesome routine, Derek said that they put on a musicality clinic. Calling them the cleanest team in the competition, Ne-Yo said that it looked like one person was up there. S-Rank scored 92.3 points for their dance and eliminated the Connection.

The final three groups in the Upper Team Division are Poreotics, S-Rank, and The Ruggeds.

Ne-Yo and Spice Girl Mel B mentored the Junior Division.

Up first were Josh and Taylor with what Jennifer called a great little routine; noting that they put a modern spin on an old style of dance…a first on the show. Ne-Yo felt that the quality of the dance fell a bit when they were further apart; adding that they did a great job. Derek noted that there were so many cool moments in the dance. Josh and Taylor scored 85.3 points for their dance.

In a clip Flamenco dancer Victoria Caban also scored 85.3 points for her dance.

Jonas and Ruby performed a dance that Derek called so fantastic. Derek noted that the duo always came to play. Noting that the dance was Matrix inspired, Ne-Yo loved the concept…and the dance. Saying that they were perfectly in sync, Jennifer said that they smashed the routine. The duo scored 88.3 points for their dance.

In a clip Madison Brown scored 85,7 for her dance.

Sean and Kaycee performed a dance that brought Derek to his feet and had Jennifer calling it gorgeous. Jennifer said that the performance moved her in a way she couldn’t explain; adding that it was a Cut worthy performance. Speaking on Sean’s choreography, Ne-Yo said that the boy was a genius. Ne-Yo said that their style is their signature and a joy to watch. Derek called them masters of the action/reaction with awareness of each other; adding that the dance was fantastic and beautiful. Sean and Kaycee scored 92 points for their dance and eliminated Victoria and Josh and Taylor from the competition.

Ballet dancers Avery and Marcus danced to “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons. Calling the point work beautiful, Derek said that it was a ballet he would love to go and watch. Ne-Yo said that it was a beautiful piece…almost too beautiful for the music. Jennifer felt that the dance was a bit slow in the beginning. Scoring 85.3 points for their dance, Avery and Marcus were eliminated from the competition.

During the Duel round Charity and Andres earned the first perfect score on the show. Saying that she couldn’t keep her eyes off of them, Jennifer called the performance exceptional and awesome. Ne-Yo simply called it amazing. Derek said that he didn’t like the performance…he loved it; adding that it was such a joy and a pleasure to watch. Charity and Andres scored 92.7 points for their dance and eliminated Madison Brown.

In the final dance of the night Jaxon Willard gave a performance that brought Ne-Yo to his feet. During the mentoring session Ne-Yo and Mel B discussed Jaxon’s self esteem issues. Ne-Yo said, “that’s what I’m talking about.” Ne-Yo noted that Jaxon made everything he did look effortless. Ne-Yo came up on stage and gave Jaxon a hug. Calling the dance a beautiful thing to watch, Jennifer noted that Jaxon had a tremendous wealth of emotion yet to come out…and it’s a good thing. Derek believed Jaxon’s movements and intentions; adding that Jaxon is such a beautiful artist and dancer. Derek said that Jaxon just went from a boy to a man. He earned a score of 90.7 points for his dance; eliminating Jonas and Rub…and earning his spot in the final three.

Sean and Kaycee, Charity and Andres, and Jaxon Willard are the three finalists in the Junior round.

Next week the 12 finalist perform.

The Punch Brothers

Roots and Bluegrass artists The Punch Brothers are set to go back out on the road for more tour dates.

Sept 6 at The Anthem in Washington DC
Sept 7 at the Chicago Symphony Center n Chicago, IL
Sept 8 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO
Sept 9 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO
Sept 11 at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA
Sept 12 at The Civic  Theatre in New Orleans, LA
Sept 13 at the Bass Concert  Hall in Austin , TX
Sept 14 at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX
Sept 15 at the Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK
Sept 17 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
Nov 5 at the Pumpehuset/ALICE in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov 6 at the Strings of Autumn Festival in Prague, Czech Republic
Nov 7 at the Konzerthaus Mozart in Vienna, Austria
Nov 8 at the Alhambra in Geneva, Switzerland
Nov 9 at the Neumunster Kirche in Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 11 at dasHaus in Ludwigshafen Am Rhein, Germany
Nov 12 at THT/Parodiso Noord in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 14 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Nov 16 at the Barbican Centre in London, UK
Nov 17 at the Trianon in Paris, France
Nov 18 at the Elbphilharmonie in Haburg-nord, Germany
Nov 19 at the Nationl Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland
May 8 at Carnegie Hall – Stern uditorium in New York City, NY

Bombadil

Folk rockers Bombadil have headed out west to share their music for a couple of weeks of touring.

Aug 30 at the Sand Trap Hotel in Gearhart, OR
Sept 4 at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle, WA
Sept 5 at The Old Church in Portland, OR
Sept 6 at the Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, OR
Sept 7 at the City Farm Chehalis in Chehalis, WA
Sept 8 at Oddfellows Pizza in Willamina, OR
Sept 11 at The Lost Church in San Francisco, CA
Sept 12 at A Satellite of Love in San Luis Obispo, CA
Sept 13 at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA
Sept 14 at a House Show in Mill Valley, CA
Sept 15 at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen in Davis, CA
Sept 16 at a House Show in Roseburg, OR

Bill and the Belles

Blue Ridge Mountain musicians Bill and the Belles have just released their debut album “DreamSongs, Etc.” and have embarked on a short East Coast tour to help promote the new album.

Unheard of in today’s music world, the band recorded the album in just two days at an old farmhouse in the hills of Virginia.

Inspired by the 1920’s duo Bill and Belle Reed, there is no Bill in the band but band creator Kris, Kalia, Grace, and Karl.

Kris admits that the band loves old music and wants to capture the fun of the sound while keeping true to themselves.

Bill and the Belles tour dates:
Aug 30 at the Naumkeag at Night in Stockbridge, MA
Sept 1 at the
Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Woodstown, NJ
Sept 7 at the The Old Tone Roots Music Festival in North Hillsdale, NY
Sept 9 at the Second Sunday Concert Series in New Haven, CT
Sept 13 at the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, TN
Sept 15 at the Crossing the Cumberlands Festival in Hilham, TN
Sept 15 (8pm) at the Official AmericanaFest Showcase – The Local in Nashville, TN
Sept 16 at the Brews and Tunes in Jonesborough, TN
Sept 21 at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, VA
Sept 25 at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, NC
Sept 28 at the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest in Raleigh, NC
Sept 29 at the Dust Bowl Jamboree in Kansas City, MO
Oct 5 at the Sorghum Stiroff in Harlan, KY
Oct 6 at Studio One in Johnson City, TN
Oct 9 at the Damascus Concert Series in Damascus, VA
Oct 13 at the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, VA
Oct 20 at the Home Craft Days in Big Stone Gap, VA

 

feature photo credit courtesy of The Press House

NFMHOF Names New Class of Inductees

In a musical extravaganza at the iconic Loxstock and Barrel, the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame introduced the 2018 class of inductees to the Hall of Fame on August 26.

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Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame member Jamie Holka and western New York musician Peter Vincent got the festivities started with a short performance on the new stage out on the patio.

Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins spoke to the crowd before Jim Jeckovich took the stage to perform some Spanish guitar and a little Beatles.

Induction into the NFMHOF is a process that takes a musician’s performance history, musical longevity in the area, musical community service, impact on music as a whole – local to international, and promotion of local musical events into account. This year 22 artists were named as the newest class to the NFMHOF.

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Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame Secretary Joann Simon made the announcement that Ronald Corsaro, Dr. Edward D’Anna, Gregory DeDario, Donald Gais, John “Spider” Martins, Frederick “Freddy” Maruca, Natalo Paella, Anthony “Tony Paone” Paonesso, Felix Visciglia, and Stephen Wielosyznski are all being inducted posthumously as Legacy inductees. The Chicago tribute band “The Beginnings, Joseph Calato Sr, Lewis Custode Jr, Mark Dixon, Carl Filbert, Jack Gavin, Frank “Frankie G” Geracitano, James Jeckovich, Jeff Jeckovich, Perry Novak, Peter Paonessa Jr, and Marcangelo Perricelli have also been named as 2018 Hall of Fame inductees.

As the afternoon progressed into the evening many of the inductees took the stage to jam and play some good old rock and roll. New inductee Lew Custode took the stage with partner Steve Paressi for some Jazz standards and a little Louis Armstrong.

Owners David and DeAnn purchased the building that became Loxstock and Barrel in 1986, but it wasn’t until 2005 that the establishment got its current name.

Originally built in 1925, the building still includes the original Amish wood and tin ceiling. David recently completed construction of the patio and outdoor stage and he has plans to add a dining room to the building.

The 2018 Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on October 28 at the historic Rapids Theatre. The gala event will include the official induction ceremonies and musical performances by some of the inductees.

NASCAR Updates Competition Rules

As the 2018 racing season approaches the playoffs, the NASCAR competition committee turns its attention to the new racing season in 2019. On August 23 the committee released the changes in store for the Camping World Truck (soon to become the Gander Outdoors Truck Series) and Xfinity Series that includes a change in the number of racers on the track during an event.

The biggest change to the rules will be in the Xfinity Series where they will lose two cars in the starting grid. Currently, the Xfinity Series fields 40 cars per race. Beginning next season, that number will drop to 38.

The change will also bring a little more money to each team since the purse will be divided for 38 drivers instead of 40.

The Dash-4-Cash returns next spring in the Xfinity Series to Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover where drivers will have the opportunity to win $1 million. Again next year, the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers are not eligible to run in those races.

Another big change that will take place in both series affects the team owners. Currently, team owners are allowed to put Monster Energy Cup Series drivers behind the wheel for a limited number of races and will sometimes employ a “ringer” for a particular track or style of race. That will not change; however, team owners in the CWTS and Xfinity Series will only playoff points and automatic playoff berths when the driver wins the race; unless the driver is a series regular, in which case the owner will earn the appropriate position points.

Competition Committee members continue to tweak the system as they search to provide the fans with the best racing experience possible.

Final Four Revealed on SYTYCD

Only six dancers remain on “So You Think You Can Dance” as the finale is quickly approaching.. This week the All Stars return to perform with the remaining dancers. All of the All Stars made it the top four on their season.

The night of dance opens with a masterful group performance by the remaining dancers with a routine choreographed by Mia Michaels.

This week the dancers will be performing three times – once with an All Star, once with their partner, and in a group.

Jensen gets the night of dance started with a Cha Cha with All Star Kiki. This is Jenna Johnson’s first time choreographing a dance for SYTYCD live show. Mary said that Jensen was on point and had some amazing footwork. Nigel said that she came to them as a really good dancer and is getting better every week. Vanessa said that Jensen shined; adding that it felt like she was telling Kiki what to do. Calling the routine pretty awesome, Twitch said that he didn’t know what else to say.

Genessey was paired with last season’s champion Le for a Contemporary dance that included the wearing of masks. Nigel liked the idea of getting rid of the facade we all have; adding that Genessey has exceeded their expectations and it was beautiful to see. Vanessa called the routine beautiful and great work. Twitch noted that the mask forced her to feel; adding that she should bring that to every dance. Mary said that every time Genessey hits the stage, she has shown her true self…and it was beautiful.

Slavik and Jaja performed a Hip-Hop routine by Comfort that was a throwback to the fifties. Saying that she loved Slavik’s swagger; Vanessa noted that she also thought that the audience loved it. Twitch noted that Slavik was not quite in the moment; adding that if felt like he could see Slavik thinking. Agreeing with her fellow judges, Mary added that Slavik was standing there and that was incredible. Nigel again reminded Slavik to get his shoulders back.


Hannalei and Marko performed a Contemporary routine. Host Cat Deely noted that Hannalei was so in the moment with emotion. Twitch called the routine amazing; noting that there were so many things at work at the same time. He noted that Hannalei is one of the hardest working dancers on the show. Saying that the architecture of the piece was brilliant, Mary said that Hannalei made it look easy. Saying that he forgets how small Hannalei is, Nigel said that when she is on stage, Hannalei doesn’t look small; adding that she has great extensions. Vannesa called the routine flawless; adding that Hannalei is a powerhouse.

Jay Jay and Lauren performed a Mandy Moore Jazz routine to “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars that left the crowd screaming. Cat noted that Jay Jay must have springs in his legs. Mary called the routine out of this world; adding that Jay Jay looked like he was having fun. Calling the routine absolutely brilliantly choreographed, Nigel wanted to see Jay Jay jump over Cat – who is much taller than Lauren. Cat squatted down and Jay Jay jumped over him. Vanessa called the dance so much fun; adding she hasn’t seen a weak moment from Jay Jay this season. Twitch said that he didn’t know what else to say.

Darius and Taylor finished out round one with a Travis Wall Contemporary routine that had Taylor playing the role of society and Darius striving for the identity of self. Darius began the routine in a skirt and ended the dance wearing pants. The dance brought the judges to their feet. Nigel said that he was so proud of Travis for the choreography, so proud of Darius for the dance, and proud of the show for being able to show the incredible choreography. Nigel continued saying it was also incredible to note how brave Darius was to be himself and man should not be judged by what he is but who he is…and Darius is his favourite dancer this season. Vanessa said that it was so beautiful; adding that the way Darius expressed himself is spectacular. Vanessa called Darius a phenomenal dancer. Travis said that the piece transcends the competition; calling the dance a work of art and a masterpiece. Calling the dance memorable, Mary said that it was the most important and powerful piece of the night and one that will always be burnt into her heart. Cat told Travis that the dance was magnificent.

For round two the dancers return to their season long partners.

Jensen and Jay Jay performed the first ever Tahitian dance on the show. Jay Jay noted that he had to take this seriously because it was someone else’s culture. Cat noted that the routine was a real leg workout. Calling it such an incredible dance form, Vanessa said that the dance was amazing and she loved it. Dancing in his chair during the performance, Twitch noted that when the duo got together as a couple, the energy was crazy. Saying that they set the stage on fire, Mary called the routine sharp and powerful; adding that it was well done. Nigel noted that only the choreographer knew whether they got everything right, but hips don’t lie.

Genessey and Slavik pair up for a sexy Salsa that included lots of tricks. Twitch noted that the steps were there, but Slavik was still in his head. Saying that it was mind blowing how Slavik could catch on to the dance moves, but the style and technique was lacking.She said that Genessey was on fire on stage. Nigel said that choreographer Jonathan did a good job of letting Genesseey do most of the work; but felt that this week exposed Slavik a bit. Agreeing with her fellow judges, Vanessa was happy to see the pair on stage together.

After the elimination of last week’s dancers, Hannalei and Darius formed a new couple this week – Daralei. The duo performed an Argentine Tango that brought the judges to their feet. Calling the dance amazing, Mary said that they had her at the first leg kick. Nigel said that it was great to see them come together for the sexy and sensual dance; adding that it was wonderful from the pair of them. Saying, “let’s just say I am on them Daralei,” Vanessa called them absolute fire with an amazing dance; adding that the passion was tangible. Twitch noted that was what happens when two powerhouses come together and it was awesome.

In the first results of the night, Cat notes that it was the biggest vote of the season. Announcing the names in no particular order, Cat name Jensen as the first dancer in the final four.

The three guys give a group performance of a Christopher Scott routine. Saying that he loves Chris Scott’s work, Nigel called the routine original and unique; adding that the routine demanded the guys be tight and solid, but it was not in places; but he was pleased with the outcome. Saying that she loves the group routines, Vanessa noted that while they were all doing the same thing, the guys brought themselves to the dance. Twitch said that they did awesome work and it was what the piece needed. Mary said that each of the guys wer very strong in the piece.

In the next results, Cat named Slavik as the second dancer moving on to the final four.

The top three girls perform a Luther Brown routine that brought the judges to their feet. Cat said that the ladies were super cool and wants to be in their gang so bad. Vanessa said that every time Luther does a routine he brings down the house. Calling the dance incredible, Twitch said that if that is what the future looks like, then sign him up right now. Mary loved the dance, calling it out of this world. Nigel said that they all brought it tonight.

In the final results, Cat named Hannalei as the third person moving on to the finale.

And the final person moving on to the finale is…

…Genessey!

Jay Jay and Darius were eliminated from the competition.

Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame

On August 26 music fans gathered at Loxstock and Barrel in Niagara Falls or an afternoon of music and fun.  Among those gathered were the newest members for the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame.

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Thrilling Win with Last Turn Wreck for CWTS

Starting off the playoffs, the Camping World Truck Series travels north of the border to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and some road racing

After a big rain storm, the teams went scrambling for some rain tires. Several of the drivers have never raced using the rain tires.

This marks the first time in the CWTS history that the series has used the wet weather tires.

Some of the teams have opted not to make a qualifying run. Those teams that do not make a qualifying run will have their starting position set by truck owner points.

After two rounds of qualifying Ben Rhodes wins his third pole of the season.

The starting lineup for the road race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park:
Ben Rhodes – in the playoffs
Noah Gragson – in the playoffs
Myatt Snider
Matt Crafton – in the playoffs
Timothy Peters
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Haley – in the playoffs
Austin Hill
Johnny Sauter – in the playoffs
Alex Tagliani
Grant Enfinger – in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field after repairing an electrical issue
Cody Coughlin
DJ Kennington
Harrison Burton
Todd Gilliland
Stewart Friesen – in the playoffs
Brett Moffitt – in the playoffs
Austin Wayne Self
Mat Tullman
Justin Fontaine
Bo LeMastus
Jordan Anderson
Wendell Chavous
Roger Reuse
Norm Benning
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jason White
Ray Ciccarelli
Joe Nemechek
Mike Harmon
Justin Kunz
Jesse Iwuji

From Bo LeMastus on down, the teams did not make a qualifying run.

After a qualifying run in wet weather conditions, the drivers will run the race in dry conditions.

Stages one and two of the race are 20 laps each with stage three lasting 24 laps for a total of 64 laps around the track.

Ben Rhodes brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Ben Rhodes, Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Myatt Snider, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Timothy Peters is sitting in for an injured Spencer Gallagher.

Lap two, Noah Gragson is only a quarter of second behind leader Ben Rhodes.

Lap two Ben Rhodes is in the lead with Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Myatt Snider rounding out the top five.

Lap three Stewart Friesen gets turned around and off the track but gets going again and the track stays green.

Noah Gragson is on leader Ben Rhodes bumper and challenging for the lead.

Lap four, Ben Rhodes holds on to the lead but Noah Gragson is on his bumper.

Jordan Anderson gets in the grass but gets the truck going again and the track stays green.

Lap five, leader Ben Rhodes and Noah Gragson are nose to tail with Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley rounding out the top five.

After starting from the back of the field, Grant Enfinger has moved up to 16th place.

Lap six, the top five are Ben Rhodes, Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley.

Lap seven, Noah Gragson finally gets around pole sitter Ben Rhodes to take the lead of the race.

Since passing Ben Rhodes, Noah Gragson has not been able to pull away.

Myatt Snider gets turned around but gets the truck going again and the track stays green.

Lap nine, the top five are Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, and Justin Haley.

Lap 12, Noah Gragson has a near half second lead on Ben Rhodes with Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek, and Matt Crafton rounding out the top five.

Lap 14, Noah Gragson continues to lead the race with Ben Rhodes a second behind. Grant Enfinger has moved into the top 10.

Lap 14, the top five are Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek, and Matt Crafton.

Five laps remain in stage one and leader Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of two and a half seconds n Ben Rhodes.

Lap 17, Noah Gragson has a two second lead on Ben Rhodes as some of the drivers short pit the end of the stage and make green flag pit stops.

Lap 18, Noah Gragson’s lead is down to a second and a half on Ben Rhodes; Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek, and Matt Crafton round out the to five.

Noah Gragson wins stage one for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Ben Rhodes
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Brett Moffitt
Johnny sauter
Timothy Peters
Grant Enfinger
D.J. Kennington.

Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road.

FOX Sports pit reporters reveal that Noah Gragson said he was only running around 80% out on the track.

Staying out on the track, Timothy Peters will lead the field to the green flag for the green flag start of stage two.

The green flag for stage two is on lap 2 with Timothy Peters taking the lead.

The top five are Timothy Peters, Noah Gragson, Cody Coughlin, Justin Haley, and Todd Gilliland.

Noah Gragson passes Timothy Peters to retake the lead.

Lap 26, Noah Gragson leads with Justin Haley in second one second behind; Timothy Peters, Cody Coughlin, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.

Lap 27 Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Justin Haley; Todd Gilliland, Cody Coughin, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 28, Roger Reuse hits the wall and has some heavy damage. He gets the truck moving again and the track stays green.

Noah Gragson’s lead is now a second and a half over Justin Haley; Todd Gilliland, Cody Coughlin, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Max Tullman gets off the track and brings out the first on track caution flag of the race.

Grant Enfinger leaves pit road with the gas can attached and later falls onto the track. He will have to serve a stop and go penalty and restart the race from the back of the field.

Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 34 but it is Justin Haley who gets out in front first before Noah Gragson passes him to retake the lead.

The top five are Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Todd Gilliland, Brett offitt, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 35, Noah Gragson has a half second lead on Justin Haley with Todd Gillialnd challenging for second.

Lap 36, Noah Gragson has a third of a second lead on Todd Gilliland with Justin Haley, Brett Moffitt, and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five.

Ben Rhodes is the first driver to short pit the end of stage two with three laps remaining in the stage.

Lap 37, Noah Gragson has a two second lead on Brett Moffitt as Todd Gillialnd makes a pit stop.

Noah Gragson wins stage two; adding to his most stage wins of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Brett Moffitt
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Johnny Sauter
Timothy Peters
Grant Enfinger
Myatt Snider

Some fluid was spilled on pit road and NASCAR has delayed opening the pits while the mess is cleaned up.

The pits are finally opened on lap 44.

Noah Gragson wins the race off of pit road, but will not lead the field to green since there are drivers who stayed out on the track.

Track cleanup continues with an extended caution.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 49.

Austin Wayne Self brings out the caution flag when he wrecks after a four wide race for position. Self has some significant damage to his truck.

Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 51 and holds on to the lead.

The top five are Johnny Sauter, rant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland, Cody Coughlin, and Timothy Peters.

With only 13 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are doing a lot of beating and banging for position…and points.

Lap 52, the top five are Johnny Sauter, Todd Gilliland, Grant Enfinger, Timothy Peters, and Noah Gragson.

Lap 53, Todd Gilliland gets around Johnny Sauter to take the lead.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Noah Gragson, and Ben Rhodes.

Ten to go, Todd Gilliand lead Johnny Sauter by a second with a great deal of aggressive driving from the drivers around the course.

Alex Tagliani gets turned around but the track stays green.

Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half.

Todd Gilliland leads with Johnny Sauter in second; Noah Gragson, Ben Rhodes, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Eight to go, Todd Gilliland is in the lead by over three seconds; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 57, Todd Gilliland’s lead over Noah Gragson is over three and a half seconds; Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap 58, Todd Gilliland has pulled out to a lead of four seconds on Noah Gragson; Justin Haley, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Saute round out the top five.

Austin Wayne Self brought out the caution flag with a wreck.

After having a four second lead erased, Todd Gillialnd brings the field down for the green flag restart in overtime racing. Todd Gilliland holds on to his lead.

The top five are Todd Gilliland, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt, Justin Haley, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Ben Rhodes gets turned around but the track stays green.

Todd Gilliland takes the white flag.

Noah Gragson is closing in on team mate Todd Gilliland.

In the final turn Todd Gilliland and Noah Gragson make contact and get turned around allowing Justin Haley to win the race.

With the win, Justin Haley is the first driver in the playoffs to ensure his spot in the next round of the playoffs.

The unofficial results of the Chevrolet Silverado 250:
Justin Haley
John Hunter Nemechek
Brett Moffitt
Timothy Peters
Matt Crafton
Johny Sauter
Stewart Friesen
Austin Hill
Noah Gragson
Alex Tagliani
Todd Gilliland
D.J. Kennington
Harrison Burton
Ben Rhodes
Cody Coughlin
Jordan Anderson
Grant Enfinger
Justin Fontaine
Myatt Snider
Norm Benning
Austin Wayne Self
Bo LeMastus
Jason White
Wendell Chavous
Jesse Iwuji
Justin Kunz
Roger Reuse
Ray Ciccarelli
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Max Tullman
Mike Harmon
Joe Nemechek

Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down Rock Seneca Niagara

In a spectacle of light and sound southern rockers Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down brought their Rock and Roll Express tour to the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on August 18 for a rock and roll party.

Georgia rockers Collective Soul took the stage first and very quickly had fans up on their feet and joining in on the songs.

With lead singer Ed Roland telling the full house that they were going to hears some real rock and roll, the band performed music that spanned their career including “Shine”, “Heavy”, “The World I Know”, “Gel”, and the new song “I’ll Be Right as Rain”.

After a break t reset the stage, the Mississippi band 3 Doors Down took the stage to continue the party.

When 3 Doors Down last performed at the Events Center, they gave an acoustic performance. This time around, it was a full on rock and roll show that had fans joining in with nearly every song.

With the stage adorned with an American flag on each side, the band rocked the house with performances of “It’s Not My Time”, “When I’m Gone”, “Here Without You”, “Be Like That”, “Loser”, “Let Me Be Myself”, “Away from the Sun”, “Citizen / Soldier”, “Let Me Go”, “Kryptonite” and a cover of the Charlie Daniels song “In America”…because they said, “it was appropriate.”

For nearly three hours the two band rocked the house and left fans screaming for more in a show that the Events Center has not seen before.

 

For more photos from the show:
https://wordsmusicandnews.com/2018/08/19/collective-soul/
https://wordsmusicandnews.com/2018/08/19/3-doors-down/

Playoff Race Tightens with Road America Race

This week the Xfinity Series travels to Wisconsin and Road America’s four mile 14 turn course for some road racing with the Johnsonville 180.

Among the drivers in the field is NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott.

After two rounds of qualifying Matt Tifft won the pole and will bring the field to the green

The starting lineup for the Johnsonville 180:
Matt Tifft
Cole Custer
James Davidson
Justin Marks
Christopher Bell
Brenda Gaughan
Ryn Truex
Austin Cindric moved to the back of the field for an unapproved tire change
Brandon Jones
Ryan Reed
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Andy Lally
Jeremy Clements
Conor Daly
Ross Chastain
Elliott Sadler
Kaz Grala
Michael Annett
Ryan Sieg
Ty Majeski
Brian Henderson
Bill Elliott
Scott Heckert
Josh Bilicki
Katherine Legge
Alex Labbe
Ryan Ellis
Tyler Reddick
Joey Gase
Garrett Smithley – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
David Star
Timmy Hill
James French
Jeff Green
Chad Finchum
Spencer Boyd
Vinnie Miller
Stephen Leicht
Carl Long

With a four mile course, the race is only 45 laps long with stages one and two lasting only 10 laps each and stage three lasting 25 laps for a total of 182 miles in the race.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front to lead the race.

The top five are Matt Tifft, James Davison, Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Brendan Gaughan.

Lap two, Matt Tifft leads the race with Jame Davison, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, and Brendan Gaughan rounding out the top five. Bill Elliott is in 22nd place.

Lap three, Matt Tift holds on to his narrow lead over Australian James Davison with Cole Custer in third.

The caution flag comes out when Carl Long is stopped on the track. James French also got off the track in the gravel but managed to get back on the track.

After starting from the back of the field, Austin Cindric has moved up to 20th place.

A few of the drivers come down pit road for service during the caution flag.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven with Cole Custer and Christopher Bell battling for the spot but Matt Tifft holds on to the lead.

Ryan Reed gets off the track and hits the barrier, but the track stays green.

The top five are Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, James Davison, Christopher Bell, and Brendan Gaughan.

The caution flag comes out for Ryan Reed because he could not get the car going again. James Davison comes down pit road, just beating closure of the pits.

Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap nine and edges out Cole Custer and Christopher Bell for the lead. Brandon Jones gets into the barrier but gets back on the track and it stays green.

Matt Tifft wins his first stage of the 218 season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Matt Tifft
Christopher Bell
Brendan Gaughan
Justin Marks
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Truex
Cole Custer
Conor Daly
Justin Allgaier
Ross Chastain

Taking only fuel, Jeremy Clements wins the race off of pit road, but several drivers did not make a pit stop.

Brendan Gaughan brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but it is Austin Cindric who gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Austin Cindric, Brendan Gaughan, Daniel Hemric, James Davison, and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 13 Austin Cindric is in the lead with Brendan Gaughan in second; neither driver has yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 14 Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead on Daniel Hemric with Brendan Gaughan in third.

Lap 14 the top five are Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Brendan Gaughan, James Davison, and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 15, Daniel Hemric has closed the gap on leader Austin Cindric to less than half a second.

Lap 15, Daniel Hemric passes Austin Cindric for the lead as Cindric gets slowed down and stopped on the track and brings out the caution flag.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, James Davison, Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft, and Justin Marks.

Some drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Talking to NBC Sports pit reporters, Austin Cindric reports that his car, “just blew up.”

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Daniel Hemric, James Davison, Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler, and Christopher Bell.

Daniel Hemric has a lead of nearly half a second on James Davis with Elliott Sadler in third. Second place driver James Davis comes down pit road.

Lap 19 the top five are Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, and Justin Marks.

Daniel Hemric has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Matt Tifft.

Daniel Hemric’s lead over Matt Tifft is now nearly a second and a half.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two for his third stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Christopher Bell
Justin Allgaier
Justin Marks
Cole Custer
Ryan True
Conor Daly
Ross Chastain

Matt Tifft wins the race off of pit road, but there are cars out on the track who did not make a pit stop.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 22 and gets a challenge from Brendan Gaughan for the lead with Gaughan passing Allgaier to take the lead.

The top five are Brendan Gaughan, Justin Allgaier, Katherine Legge, Alex Labbe, and Tyler Reddick.

Lap 23, Brendan Gaughan has a lead of less than half a second over Justin Allgaier with Katherine Legge in third.

Lap 24, Katherine Legge gets turned around but gets it straightened out and the track stays green.

Brendan Gaughan leads the race with Justin Allgaier nearly a second behind; James Davison, Matt Tifft, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 26, Brendan Gaughan has a lead of a second on James Davison with Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 27 Brendan Gaughan has pulled out to a second and a half lead on James Davison. Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier get off the track after making contact but return and the track stays green.

Justin Allgaier makes his pit stop and can now make it to the end of the race.

Josh Bilicki makes an off road excursion but returns and the track stays green.

Lap 29 the caution flag comes out when Ryan Truex spun out due to possible fluid on the track. Reports are that Tyler Reddick has an issue with his car and was leaking fluid on the track.

NASCAR is a family sport with sons following fathers on the track. For many years Bill Elliott has served as the spotter for son Chase. After driving the number 23 car for a few races in the Xfinity Series this season, Chase got his father Bill a ride in the car and is serving as one of the spotters for his dad today.

Several drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Matt Tifft wins the race off of pit road.

Ryan Sieg, Justin Allgaier, and Garrett Smithley stayed out on the track.

Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 and with a push by Christopher Bell, Sieg gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Ryan Sieg, Justin Allgaier, James Davison Matt Tifft, and Christopher Bell.

Justin Allgaier has passed Ryan Sieg to take the lead of the race.

After getting into the gravel, Ryan Sieg gets back on the track.

Lap 32, Justin Allgaier is in the lead with James Davison over a second behind; Matt Tifft is in third.

Lap 32 the top five are Justin Allgaier, James Davison, Matt Tifft, Brendan Gaughan, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 33, Justin Allgaier holds on to the lead with James Davison over a half a second behind with Matt Tifft in third.

Lap 35, Justin Allgaier bobbles and James Davison catches up to Allgaier’s bumper but Allgaier holds on to the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 37 when Josh Bilicki gets off the track and hits the tire barrier. Bilicki got out of his car unaided and unharmed but the car will have to be towed away.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 but it is James Davison who gets out in front for the lead after getting a little push from behind.

Bill Elliott gets off the track but returns and the track stays green.

Justin Allgaier challenges lead James Davison for the lead. Allgaier retakes the lead when Davison bobbles.

The top five are Justin Allgaier, James Davison, Matt Tifft, Justin Marks, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 39, Justin Allgaier holds on to the lead with James Davison a second behind.

Five laps remaining in the race, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly a second and a half on James Davison with Matt Tifft in third as drivers beat and bang for position.

Christopher Bell gets turned around and off the track but returns and the track stays green.

Lap 41, Justin Allgaier holds on to his one second lead on James Davison.

Christopher Bell makes an unscheduled stop on pit road.

Lap 42, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with a lead of a second and a half on James Davison.

Brendan Gaughan makes an off road excursion but the tracks stays green as he gets back on the track.

Justin Marks and James Davison battle for second place. The drivers makes contact and spin out but the track stays green.

Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Matt Tifft over six seconds behind with Cole Custer in third.

Lap 43, Justin Allgaier’s lead is nearly seven seconds over Matt Tifft.

Ryan Truex makes another trip off track but returns and the track stays green.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag.

With a lead of over six seconds on Matt Tifft, Justin Allgaier wins Road America for his fourth win of the season. The win puts Allgaier only five points behind points leader Christopher Bell.

Allgaier’s win marks the ninth different winner at Road America since the Xfinity Series has been running there.

The unofficial results of the Johnsonville 180:
Justin Allgaier
Matt Tifft
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Justin Marks
Ross Chastain
James Davison
Brandon Jones
Andy Lally
Kaz Grala
Michael Annett
Jeremy Clements
Katherine Legge
Garrett Smithley
Alex Labbe
Ryan Ellis
Brian Henderson
Joey Gase
Bill Elliott
Spencer Boyd
Chad Finchum
Christopher Bell
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Truex
Ryan Sieg
Vinnie Miller
Ty Majeski
Scott Heckert
Josh Bilicki
Conor Daly
Carl Long
Stephen Leicht
Tyler Reddick
Timmy Hill
David Starr
Austin Cindric
James French
Ryan Reed
Jeff Green

Lewiston Jazz Festival

On the last full weekend of August the village of Lewiston, New York held their annual Jazz Festival along Center Street.  Dozens of vendors lined the street offering all manner of food and beverages.  Five separate stages offered Jazz fans music from the standards to new progressive.

The Christopher Bakriges Trio, Matt’ music Vocal Performance Team, Paul Hage and Mirage, the  Marcus Lolo Group, Wazmopolitan, the Lance Tanner duo, the mastrantonio / Pinnavala Duo, the Kathy Carr Duo, the Cheryl Ferris / Joe Baudo duo, and Veronica Swift with The Benny Green Trio all performed for Jazz fans attending the festival on opening night August 24.

New Music Friday – Aug 24

This week in New Music Friday Leonard Bernsteain, BTS, Interpol, the Plain White T’s, Alice in Chains, Third Eye Blind, the Goo Goo Dolls, The Lumineers, and Bob Marley and The Wailers are among the nearly 50 artists who have new albums out.

Albums:
“Aura” by Ozuna
“Best of Leonard Bernstein” by Leonard Berstein
“Book of Travelers” by Gabriel Kahane
“DOGVIOLET” by LAUREL
“The Gift of Gab” by E-40
“Glorietta” by Glorietta
“Go to School” by The Lemon Twigs
“Hypochondriac” by The Frights
“In My Last Life by Andrew Bayer
“Inside Voice” by Joey Dosik
“Love Me / Love Me Not” y HONNE
“Love Yourself ‘Answer'” by BTS
“Marauder” by Interpol
“Milky Way” by Bas
“Misery” by The Amity Affliction
“Negro Swan” by Blood Orange
“One in a Million” by Matoma
The original motion picture soundtrack for “Operation Finale” by Alexandre Desplat
“The Other Shore” by Murder by Death
“Parallel universe” by the Plain White T’s
“Performance” by White Denim
“Rainier Fog” by Alice in Chains
“re:member” by Olafur Arnalds
“Reflective, Pt. 3” by Bassnectar
“Souldier” by Jain
“Sun Machine” by Rubblebucket
“Tasty Nasty” by Wilson
“Thanks for Everything” by Third Eye Blind
“THere’s a Place for Us” by Nadine Sierra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“To Kill For” by Bobby Brackins
“The Wave” by R3HAB
“X” by Nonpoint
The official soundtrack for “Yardie” by Various Artists
“Donde Nos Quedamos?” by Bacilos
“The Audience is This Way” Live by the Goo Goo Dolls
“Good News” by Rend Collective
“Devious Methods” by Hive
“Working with Sound” by Hive
“Live Tracks” by The Limineers
“Kaya 40” by Bob Marley and The Wailers

EP’s:
“4 Respect” by YoungBoy Never Broke Again
“DON’T PANIC” by Lauren Sanderson
“The Greater Good 2” by Kenan Bell
“Here’s Looking at You Kid” by Brett Dennen
“II” by Baked
“MIA” by Life of Dillon
“Scripted Reality” by LOVA
‘TRYIN'” by Radiant Children
“Underground” by Marco McKinnis
“Volume 1” by Tavelle

NASCAR Issues Bristol Penalties

After a triple header weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, NASCAR has issued a number of penalties in two of the three series after post race inspections. The lug nut monster appeared to be very busy with four of the five penalties involving lug nut infractions.

In the Xfinity Series, the number 12 Team Penske car driven by Austin Cindric and the number 76 SS Green Light Racing car driven by Spencer Boyd were found to have three of the 20 lug nuts improperly secured.

As a result of the infractions, the number 12 car crew chief Matt Swiderski and the number 76 car crew chief Jason Miller have been fined $20,000 and have been suspended for three races.

Team owners Roger Penske and SS Green Light Racing have been docked 35 car owner points; as well as, drivers Austin Cindric and Spencer Boyd who have been docked 35 driver points.

Cindric is in the playoff race, the loss of 35 points has dropped him from ninth to tenth place in the standings.

The number 22 Team Penske car driven by Monster Energy Cup Series regular Joey Logano was also charged with a lug nut infraction when two of the 20 lug nuts were not properly secured. As a result; crew chief Brian Wilson has been fined $10,000 and has been suspended for one race.
In the Camping World Truck Series, the number 88 ThorSport Racing truck driven by Matt Crafton was charged with having just one of it’s lug nuts improperly secured. Truck crew chief Carl Joiner Jr has been fined $2,500 for the infraction.
During the race last Thursday night, the number 68 Clay Greenfield Motorsports truck driven by truck owner Clay Greenfield lost ballast on the track. As a result, truck chief Melvin Burns Jr, crew chief Danny Gill, and truck mechanic William Guinade have all been suspended for three races.

The Cut Begins on ‘World of Dance’

This week on “World of Dance” The Cut rounds begin where the 30 remaining acts will be cut down to 12 – three for each division.

For this round the judges get involved and mentor the dancers. And they have brough along some special guests to lend a hand. Jennifer invited Tap Dancing sensation Savion Glover and Derek brought in his former dance partner and sister Julianne Hough.

Jennifer and Savion will be mentoring the Junior Team division where seven teams will be cut down to only three.

The first group on the dance floor is Flip. Derek loved how they matched their moves with the horns; saying that it was so effective. Derek noted that the group had strong visuals. Calling the dance entertaining, Ne-Yo called it a great start; adding that the energy was way up. Agreeing that it was a great start, Jennifer said that the dance was clean. Flip scored 88.3 points for their dance.

The girls of Expressionz gave a performance that Ne-Yo said was a great job; adding that he loved the whimsical fantasy vibe. Saying that the girls took her notes, Jennifer said that the piece came to life; adding that they should stay with their signature moves – the spins. Saying that the dance was well done, Derek called the girls beautiful dancers. Expressionz scored 87 points for their dance.

Ballroom troupe The Pulse performed a Paso Doble. Jennifer said that they executed the choreography well. Derek loved the cape work. Ne-Yo said that it was their best dance yet. The Pulse scored 88 points for their dance.

The Lab performed a dance that brought tears to Derek’s eyes. Jennifer loved the emotion; saying that it is what sets them apart and is their secret sauce. Derek said that they are powerful as a team and special; adding that the dance was well done. Ne-Yo said that there is nothing better than real and genuine emotion; adding that every picture was perfect. He said that they are a joy every time they take the stage. Earning a perfect score of 100 from Ne-Yo, The Lab scored 98,3 points for their dance and eliminated the girl group Expressionz from the comepetiton.

The Quad Squad performed a dance that Jennifer said had powerful moments and Ne-Yo felt that the performance was not up to the level of the other dancers. The group scored 86 points for their dance and failed to make the cut.

The Rock Company performed a dance that brought the judges to their feet. Jennifer called the dance poetic, magical,ethereal, and beautiful; adding that they did exactly what they needed to do. Saying that they did a beautiful job, Derek said that he was excited for the future after watching them dance. Saying that he loved the dance, Ne-Yo called the performance technically stunning. The group scored 93.7 points for their dance and sent The Pulse home.

In the final performance of the Junior Team division, the Japanese group the Fabulous Sisters brought the judges to their feet with their dance. Ne-Yo said that the girls can take the most elementary moves and turn it into something amazing; adding that they did a great job. Saying that they made her tired watching them, Jennifer called them strong with different choreography; adding that they are different from anybody else. Derek said that the choreography and the way they dance is amazing; adding that the dance was simple and effective. The Fabulous Sisters scored 96.3 points for their dance and with that Flip was eliminated from the competition.

The three groups going to the finals in the Junior Team division are The Lab, The Rock Company, and the Fabulous Sisters.

Up next was the Upper Division with Derek and Julianne Hough as mentors.

The first dancer on the floor was the only solo performer in the division – Australian dancer Michael Dameski who performed a dance for his grandparents back in Australia to the music of Sam Smith. Saying that Michael dances like an angel, Jennifer noted that she didn’t know what was coming next. Calling Michael an incredible dancer, Derek said that Michael danced through the tricks with movement and fluidity. Ne-Yo said that he felt the emotion; adding that it made the dance better. Michael scored 93 points for his dance.

The married Ballroom dance couple DNA. Jennifer loved the piece; adding that they showed a real surrender and trust. Ne-Yo called the dance elegant and really beautiful to watch. Derek said that everything was so solid. DNA scored 89.3 points for their dance.

Alisa and Joseph gave a performance that Jennifer said had amazing chemistry; adding she loved what they do. The duo scored 86.3 points for their dance

Next up were Krumpers Bdash and Konkrete with a performance that brought the judges to their feet. Jennifer noted that the guys have such amazing concepts; adding that there were so many ways to look at the dance. Saying that he loved it, Derek said that the guys took them on a journey; but felt like the guys took a bit too long to get going. Agreeing with Derek, Ne-Yo called the performance dope. Bdash and Konkrete scored 91 points for their dance and eliminated Alisa and Joseph from the competition.

Next up was the duo Marinspired. Saying that she loved the guys, Jennifer said that together the two create a strong clumsy man thing; adding that she wasn’t sure she got the story but the dancing was super strong. Derek said that it was his favourite performance from the duo; adding that he could feel the strong relationship. Saying that he appreciated that there was no one like them in the competition, Ne-Yo said that he was entertained from start to finish. Scoring 87.7 points for the dance, Marinspired were eliminated from the competition.

Ashley and Zack have performed with Derek and Julianne on their tour. Derek called the performance absolutely stunning; adding that they told a beautiful story and made a massive breakthrough with the dance. Ne-Yo said that the dance was an example of what real emotion looks like; adding that he was moved. Calling it a really nice piece, Jennifer said that she felt the difficulty and struggle in the dance; adding that it reflected how art imitates life. The duo scored 91.3 points for the dance and eliminated DNA from the competition.

The final dance of the night was from Karen y Ricardo and brought the judges to their feet. Calling the dance insane, Jennifer said that she loved it; adding that it was more and more exciting. Derek called the couple hotter than the fire behind them. Ne-Yo dug the slower pace of the dance; saying that it allowed him to appreciate the moves even more. Earning a perfect score fro Ne-Yo, Karen y Ricardo scored 99 points for their dance and eliminated Bdash and Konkrete from the competition.

The three acts in the Upper division going to the finals are Karen y Ricardo, Michael Dameski, and Ashley and Zack.

Next week The Cut concludes with the final tow divisions and advice from Mel B and Paula Abdul.

NY Jets and Def Jam Pair Up

Music has become just as much a part of professional football as the football itself. When the 2018 NFL season begins next month, New York Jets fans at Metlife Stadium will hear some new tunes.

The Jets have joined forces with De Jam Records to provide some new music…and a new fan experience for football fans.

Speaking on the new partnership Jets President Neil Glat said, “through our partnership with Def Jam Recordings, we are looking to amplify our in-game experience and provide fans with entertaining content from their truly talented artists.”

Along with new music, Jets players will be featured in a new video series interacting with Def Jam Records artists. The first video in the series will feature Def Jam’s Jadakiss hanging out with Jets safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

2018 MTV Video Music Awads

On August 20, MTV presented their annual Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The live television broadcast was simulcast on several channels plenty of digs at the current White House

Sean Mendes opened the show with a performance of his song “In My Blood”.

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish presented the first award of the night for “Chun-Li” to Nicki Minaj for Best Hip-Hop Video.

Best New Artist Bazzi performs his song “Beautiful”.

Radio City Music Hall’s own Rockettes make an appearance.

The next ward of the night was for Best Pop Video went to Ariana Grange for “No Tears Left to Cry”.

Logic is joined by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder for a performance. The stage was filled with children wearing T-shirts that said “We are all Human Beings”.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon introduces Panic! At the Disco who give a performance.

The Backstreet Boys present the award for Song of the Year after singing lyrics from the nominees to Post Malone with 21 Savage for “Rockstar”.

Two time MTV MVA nominee Jessie Rayez performs “Apple Juice”.

Nicki Minaj performs.

The award for Best Latin Video went to J Balvin “Mi Gente”.

New Artist nominee Hayley Kiyoko performed her song “Curious”.

Entertainer Jennifer Lopez performs a medley of her songs before DJ Khalid took the stage and roused the crowd to a standing ovation. Sean Mendes presented Lopez with the MTV VMA Vanguard Award. She is the first Latina to win the award. Lopez had a very long list of people that she thanked that she has worked with over the years.

MTV MVA winner Ariana Grande performs.

The award for Artist of the Year went to Camila Cabello.

Boy band PRETTYMUCH perform their song “Summer on You”.

The fan voted award for Best New Artist Award went to Cardi B.

DJ Khalid takes the stage to introduce Travis Scott who gives a performance.

Rapper Gucci Mane presents the award for Best Collaboration to Jennifer Lopez with DJ Khalid and Cardi B for “Dinero”.

Juice World performed “Lucid Dreams”.

The award for Video with a Message went to Childish Gambino for his video “This is America”.

Latin artist Maluma gives a performance.

After paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, Madonna presented the award for Video of the Year to Camila Cabello with Young Thug fo “Havana”.

Lauv performed “I Like Me Better”.

Lenny Kravitz introduces Post Malone and 21 Savage who perform his award winning song “Rockstar”.

Closing out the night of music and awards Steven Tyler and Aerosmith take the stage for a performance with Post Maline joining the band on guitar.

Awards not presented during the live television broadcast:
Push Artist of the Year: Hayley Kiyoko
Best Dance: Avicii with Rita Ora for “Lonely Together”

Best Rock: Imagine Dragons for “Whatever it Takes”
Best Cinematography: Benoit Debie for “Apes**t” by The Carters
Best Direction: Hiro Murai for “This is America” by Childish Gambino
Best Art Direction: Jan Houlevigue and The Louvre for“Apes**t” by The Carters
Best Visual Effects: Loris Paillier for “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
Best Choreography: Sherrie Silver for “This is America” by Childish Gambino
Best Editing:Taylor Ward for “Lemon” by N.E.R.D & Rihanna
Song of Summer: “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin

Police Experience Pulls into Bear’s Den

There are thousands, if not millions, of cover a tribute bands and artists around the world. But in the United States , there is only one official Police tribute band – The Police Experience.

And on August 11, the trio gave a performance the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Jim, Mike, And David played the roles of the Grammy Award winning band of Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland, and Sting – complete with an English accent.

After opening the show with “Message in a Bottle”, the trio performed “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”, “Bring on the Night”, “Spirits in the Material World”, “Synchronicity II”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, “Tea in the Sahara”, “Every Breath You Take”, “King of Pain”, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, “Walking on the Moon”, “Man in A Suitcase”, “Driven to Tears”, “Da Do Do Do, Da Da Da Da”, “Roxanne” and “So Lonely”. The audience frequently joined in on the singing and even stood up to dance.

While the Los Angeles based band was in the Empire state, they did not perform “An Englishman in New York” but thrilled fans just the same with their performance of some of the Police’s biggest hit songs.

After the show, the band came out and met with fans for photos, autographs, and a little conversation.

The Eagles Take #1 Album Spot

For a time The Eagles and Michael Jackson went neck and neck for the title of top selling album in the United States. Both sat at the 30 million copies sold.

After his death, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album edged out for the lead.

But The Eagles 1976 release “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” has taken over the top spot with a total of 38 million copies sold. “Thriller” has a total of 33 million copies sold.

The Eagles also holds the third place spot with “Hotel California” which has sold 26 million copies.

The Recording Industry Association of America – RIAA – certifies album sales and presents gold, platinum, multi platinum, and diamond awards based on the number of albums bought, downloaded, and streamed.

An album sale equals one sale, but it takes 1,500 streams of an album to be the equivalent of one album sale.

The RIAA presents a Diamond Award when an album reaches 10,000 copies sold.

RIAA Diamond Awards:
“Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” by The Eagles with 38 million
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson with 33 million
“Hotel California” by The Eagles with 26 million
“Greatest Hits Volume 1 & Volume II” by Billy Joel with 23 million
Led Zeppelin IV” by Led Zeppelin with 23 million
“The Wall” by Pink Floyd with 23 million
“Back in Black” by AC/DC with 22 million
“Double Live” by Garth Brooks with 21 million
Cracked Rearview” by Hootie & the Blowfish with 21 million
“Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac
“Come on Over” by Shania Twain with 20 million
“The Beatles” by The Beatles with 19 million
“Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses with 18 million
Soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” by Whitney Houston with 18 million
“Boston” by Boston with 17 million
‘Greatest Hits” by Elton John with 17 million
No Fences” by Garth Brooks with 17 million
“The Beatles 1967-1970” by The Beatles with 17 million
“Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette with 16 million
Soundtrack for “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees with 16 million
“Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin with 16 million
“Metallica” by Metallica with 16 million
“Legend” by Bob Marley & The Wailers with 15 million
“Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen with 15 million
“Greatest Hits” by Journey with 15 million
“Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd with 15 million
“Supernatural” by Santana with 15 million
“The Beatles 1962-1966” by The Beatles with 15 million
“21” by Adele with 14 million
“Backstreet Boys” by the Backstreet Boys with 14 million
“Baby One More Time “ by Britney Spears with 14 million
“Ropin’ the Wind” by Garth Brooks with 14 million
“Bat Out of Hell” by Meat Loaf with 14 million
“Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits” by Simon and Garfunkel with 14 million
“Greatest Hits 1974-1978” by Steve Miller Band with 14 million
“Millennium” by the Backstreet Boys with 13 million
“Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-85” by Bruce Springsteen with 13 million
Soundtrack from “Purple Rain” by Prince and the Revolution with 13 million
“Whitney Houston” by Whitney Houston with 13 million
“Slippery When Wet” by Bon Jovi with 12 million
“II” by Boyz II Men with 12 million
“Hysteria” by Def Leppard with 12 million
“Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks with 12 million
“Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem featuring Rihanna with 12 million
“Pieces of You” by Jewel with 12 million
Single – “Baby” by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris with 12 million
“Breathless” by Kenny G with 12 million
“Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits” by Kenny Rogers with 12 million
“Led Zeppelin II” by Led Zeppelin with 12 million
“Yourself or Someone Like You” by Matchbox Twenty with 12 million
“No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins
“The Woman in Me” by Shania Twain with 12 million
Soundtrack for “Forrest Gump” by Various Artists with 12 million
“Abbey Road” by The Beatles with 12 million
“Hot Rocks” by The Rolling Stones with 12 million
“Greatest Hits” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with 12 million
“No Strings Attached” by ‘N Sync with 11 million
“25” by Adele with 11 million
“Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits” by Aerosmith with 11 million
“Falling Into You” by Celine Dion with 11 million
“Human Clay” by Creed with 11 million
“Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II” by The Eagles with 11 million
Single – “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John with 11 million
“James Taylor’s Greatest Hits” by James Taylor with 11 million
Single – “Firework” by Katy Perry with 11 million
“Devil Without a cause” by Kid Rock with 11 million
Single – “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga with 11 million
“Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin with 11 million
“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park with 11 million
Single – “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars with 11 million
“Life After Death” by Notorious B.I.G. with 11 million
“Speakerboxx/The Love Below” by Outkast with 11 million
“Up” by Shania Twain with 11 million
Soundtrack for “Dirty Dancing” by Various Artists with 11 million
Soundtrack for “Titanic” by Various Artists with 11 million
“1” by The Beatles with 11 million
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles with 11 million
“Crazysexycool” by TLC with 11 million
“’N Sync” by ‘N Sync” with 10 million
“All Eyez on Me” by 2 Pac with 10 million
“Greatest Hits” by 2 Pac with 10 million
“Licensed to Ill” by Beastie Boys
“The Stranger” by Billy Joel with 10 million
“Greatest Hits” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band”
“Oops!…I Did it Again” by Britney Spears
Single – “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
“Tapestry” by Carole King with 10 million
“Let’s Talk About Love” by Celine Dion with 10 million
“Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits” by Creedence Clearwater Revival with 10 million
“Pyromania” by Def Leppard with 10 million
“Fly” by Dixie Chicks with 10 million
“Best of the Doobies” by the Doobie Brothers with 10 million
Single – “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran with 10 million
“Elvis’ Christmas Album” by Elvis Presley with 10 million
“The Marshall Mathers LP” by Eminem with 10 million
“The Eminem Show” by Eminem with 10 million
Single – “Not Afraid” by Eminem with 10 million
Single – “Lose Yourself” by Eminem with 10 million
“Unplugged” by Eric Clapton with 10 million
Single – “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
“Garth Books” by Garth Brooks with 10 million
“The Hits” by Garth Brooks with 10 million
“The Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks with 10 million
“Seven” by Garth Books with 10 million
“Faith” by George Michael with 10 million
“Dookie” by Green Day with 10 million
“Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” by Hammer with 10 million
Single – “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons with 10 million
Single – “Roar” by Katy Perry with 10 million
Single – “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry with 10 million
Single – “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga with 10 million
“Led Zeppelin” by Led Zeppelin with 10 million
“Can’t Slow Down” by Lionel Richie with 10 million
Single – “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO with 10 million
Single – “Royals” by Lorde with 10 million
Single – “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Single – “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz with 10 million
“Like a Virgin” by Madonna with 10 million
“The Immaculate Collection” by Madonna with 10 million
“Music Box” by Mariah Carey with 10 million
“Daydream” by Mariah Carey with 10 million
Single – “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor with 10 million
“Bad” by Michael Jackson with 10 million
“Country Grammar” by Nelly with 10 million
“All the Right Reasons” by Nickelback with 10 million
“Nevermind” by Nirvana with 10 million
“Tragic Kingdom” by No Doubt with 10 million
“Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones with 10 million
“Greatest Hits” by Patsy Cline with 10 million
“Hi Infidelity” by R.E.O. Speedwagon with 10 million
Single – “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by Smashing Pumpkins with 10 million
Soundtrack for “The Lion King” by Various Artists with 10 million
“Songs in the Key of Life “by Stevie Wonder with 10 million
“Fearless” by Taylor Swift with 10 million
Single – “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas with 10 million
“The Best of The Doors” by The Doors with 10 million
“The Joshua Tree” by U2 with 10 million
“Confessions” by Usher with 10 million
“Van Halen” by Van Halen with 10 million
“1984 (CMLXXXIV)” by Van Halen with 10 million
“Eliminator” by ZZ Top with 10 million

 

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Two More Go Home on SYTYCD

With only 10 dancers going to the live shows, the numbers are dwindling quickly on “So You Think You Can Dance” with only eight dancers remaining in the competition.

This week the top eight perform on what host Cat Deely is calling the biggest night of the season.

But first the top eight give a group performance that that the guys tethered to the floor via elastic bands.

The performance filled night includes solos, duets, and group routines.

Up first are Jensen and Jay Jay with a Sean Cheeseman for a smooth and seductive Jazz routine to the music of Jessie J. Cat called the routine very sleazy.  Calling it a brilliant routine, Nigel said that the routine was a lot of fun and had some great stuff in it; adding that he would never have known that Jazz was not Jensen’s style. Nigel called Jensen the poster child for “So You Think You Can Dance”. Saying what a way to start the show, Vanessa noted that there was so much characterization and personality in the routine. Calling the dance hot and steamy, Twitch said that he didn’t know what the duo could not do. Mary said that they hit it just right and were amazing; adding that they can do everything.

Cole performed his solo.

Genessey and Slavik performed a Mandy Moore Contemporary routine about falling love. Mandy Moore noted that the duo walked in the door with chemistry. Saying that their connection is the sweetest and most honest thing, Vanessa called the dance honest and beautiful. Twitch loved the way they dived into the routine. Mary said that she couldn’t believe that they thought they were under the radar; adding that they are the most surprising couple.

Hannahlei performed her solo.

Magda and Darius performed a Phoenix and Pharside Hip-Hop routine. Twitch noted that there was a lot of energy on the stage but the execution was not great. Mary said that it felt like Magda was fighting for every step but Darius was in the pocket. Nigel noted that out of her comfort zone, Magda’s performance didn’t really work. Vanessa agreed with her fellow judges.

Jay Jay and Slavik performed their solos.

Hannahlei and Cole performed a Travis Wall Broadway routine to “Get Happy” by Judy Garland that bought some rousing applause and screams from the audience. While he used to dance Broadway, this is the first time that Travis has choreographed a Broadway routine.

Mary said that Travis was messing with her emotions; adding that the routine made her happy. Mary called both dancers a star. Nigel said that Cole played it brilliantly; adding it is the best he has done. Nigel noted that Hannahlei can do anything. Vanessa said that Hannahei was literal sunshine and Cole played it very well. Twitch called it one of the most honest performances; adding that Hannahlei lights up the stage.

Magda performed her solo.

Genessey and Slavik performed a Ray Leeper Jazz routine that gave new meaning to house cleaning. Cat said that was the way to clean up. Calling it a great Ray Leeper routine, Nigel said that it was a great concept and a fabulous dance; adding that both dancers worked very hard. Noting that the were committed, Vanessa said that the dance was so incredible. Twitch noted that Slavik was so excited that he was a little off beat. Mary said that the routine worked.

Magda and Darius performed a Jaci Royal Contemporary routine that featured a rope prop. Cat said, oh my goodness. Calling it a beautiful routine, Vanessa said that the dance was goregeous, symbolic and meaningful. Twitch noted that it was great to see trust happening; adding that it showed they could fully commit. Mary called Magda liquid grace; adding that she was beautiful to watch. Mary noted that there were so many beautiful moments in the dance. Agreeing that there were some magic moments in the dance, Nigel felt that the concept overwhelmed the content. Nigel noted that the choreographers have a responsibility to bring out the best in every one of the dancers.

Jensen performed her solo.

Jensen and Jay Jay performed a Hip-Hop routine in the kitchen that included lots of props. They burned the dinner but nailed the dance. Saying that the dance had so much fun and energy, Twitch said that he saw some individuality in the dance. Mary said that they just kept socking it to her; adding that they were stars. Nigel simply called the routine terrific. Noting that the dance was down and dirty, Vanessa called the routine pure fire and so good.

Darius performed his solo.

The final duet of the night was from Hannahlei and Cole with a Cha Cha choreographed by Emma Slater and Sasha Farber that included moves never seen before that brought the judges to their feet. Cat noted that Hannahlei and Cole were having an incredible show. Saying that the dance was hot and dramatic May said that Cole danced his best ever. Nigel noted that it has been Cole’s show tonight. Calling the dance insane, Vanessa said that it was the sexiest Cha Cha she has ever seen. Saying that they did an awesome job, Twitch said that he was going to the gym immediately.

Genessey performed the final solo of the night.

The girls performed a group routine. Nigel said that the dance has some really interesting choreography; adding that the whole routine brought surprises. Vanessa called it a beautiful routine; adding that there was emotion piercing in their eyes. Twitch said that all of the girls were fabulous. Mary noted that they were making it difficult for the people to choose.

In the first results of the night, Jensen and Hannahlei were safe but Magda and Genessey were in the bottom and in danger of going home.

Next it was the guys turn for a group dance and brought the judges to their feet. Giving a hand to choreographer Luther Brown, Vanessa said that the guys brought the house down. Twitch called the routine amazing and incredible. Mary loved that all the guys had a moment to shine. Nigel said that Luther proved that less really is more; adding that all four of them were incredible.

In the next results, Jay Jay and Slavik were safe but Cole and Darius were in the bottom.

In the final results of the night, Nigel noted that the two dancers with the least votes and the next lowest numbers were not close. With that he said Magda and Cole were the two dancers going home this week.

Next week the All Stars return to perform with the remaining six dancers and Mia Michaels returns to choreograph a group dance.

‘The Four’ Crowns a Surprise Winner

The Four: Battle for Stardom” reaches the end of its second season with the grand finale and a new winner.

The grand finale kicks off with a group performance by “The Four”.

Shaaya J and James Graham are two of the original members of “The Four”; Whitney Reign and Leah Jenea fill out “The Four”

Diddy sends the performers some positive energy.

In round one, each member will perform with the audience deciding the best performance. The winner will get to choose who they will go head to head with in round two.

Whitney gets round one started off with a performance of “Lady Marmalade”. Calling Whitney Sassy, Meghan said that Whitney did a great job. Noting that Whitney has really grown over the season, Sean said that Whitney ate the stage up.

Up next is Leah Janea with a performance of “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper that brought rousing cheers from the audience. Sean said that when Leah first started to sing, he wasn’t sure that Leah had picked the right song; but then she made the song hers…and the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. DJ Khalid simply called the performance beautiful.

Original member and Hip-Hop performer Sharaya J chose to perform “Juicy” but with her own lyrics. DJ Khalid said that it was one of his favourite songs ever and Sharaya did an amazing job with it. Sean agreed that Sharaya did a great job; adding that Sharaya is the one to beat.

The only guy in “The Four”, James Graham finished out round one with a performance of “Rock with You” by Michael Jackson that left the crowd cheering. DJ liked what James did with the song but felt that the song didn’t do anything for him; adding that he could have chosen a better song. Disagreeing with DJ 100 percent, Meghan loved it; saying that it was James’ best Michael Jackson performance yet. Sean didn’t like the song; adding that James has the talent in him but makes some bad choices.

After the audience vote, Sharaya J earned the most votes and will decide whom she wishes to challenge in the next round.

Sharaya chose to challenge Whitney Reign. Leah Janea and James Graham will go head to head in the second battle.

For the rest of the night, the judges will determine who is the winner and ultimately the champion.

Up first was Whitney with “Million Reasons”.

For her second performance Sharaya J chose to perform an original song.

The judges spoke on both performances saying…

DJ Khalid noted that in her other performances Whitney touched his bones but felt that this performance didn’t represent Whitney. Meghan noted that it was not the right song choice for Whitney; adding that Whitney is really talented. Meghan said that Sharaya entertained her and she had a good time. Sean noted that it was not one of Whitney’s best performances; adding that Sharaya gave a solid performance.

The judges chose Sharaya as the winner of the battle.

Leah Janea chose to sing “Golden” by Jill Scott for her battle against James Graham.

James chose to perform the Adele song “Hello”. Saying oh my god, Meghan noted that both singers were to good; adding that Leah smashed it and James sang like he was coming for revenge. Meghan said that she was glad that James chose the song; adding that both performances were amazing. DJ Khalid said that both performances were incredible. Sean noted that Leah’s journey is just beginning; adding that she is young and talented. Sean told James, “you did it kid;” adding that he finally broke through the wall.

James noted that he is the most nervous he has ever been all season.

Saying that the decision was very tough, Meghan announced that the winner of the battle is James.

The final battle to name the winner of season two will be between Sharaya J and James Graham.

James admitted that he is scared to have to battle Sharaya.

Season one winner Evvie McKinney returns to “The Four” stage to perform her new single “How Do You Feel?”.

DJ Khalid noted that it is going to be a difficult battle.

Sharaya J is up first with her original song “Say Less”.

In the final performance of the night, James chose to perform the Coldplay hit “Fix You”.

Saying that they both slayed it, Meghan called it the hardest decision ever; adding that they both have a place in the music industry. Saying that it is going to be a difficult decision, DJ Khalid said that he felt both performers had a true friendship. DJ congratulated them both on their performances and kept blowing his air horn. Sean said that every week Sharaya hit them with pure entertainment; adding that he would buy VIP seats to see her. Earlier Sean told James that he broke through a wall and has just broken through another wall; adding that James opened his heart and was in his zone.

Sean asked Sharaya how she was feeling and Sharaya said that on her last visit to the doctor, she learned that her cancerous tumour was gone.

Holding the trophy high, Sean came up on stage; saying that it was really a very hard decision and if they had their own way, they would give record deals to both of them. Saying that they could choose only one of the performers, Sean named James Graham as the winner of the battle…and the show.

A very shocked James could only thank everyone.

3 Doors Down

Joining forces with Collective Soul for the Rock and Roll Express tour, 3 Doors Down performed at the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on August 18.

The Mississippi band brought the house down with their own style of rock and roll that kept fans rocking and singing all night.