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Published Aug 22, 2019 9:43 pm BST
‘Soul Train’ Musical To Open On Broadway In 2021
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the television show “Soul Train,” producers are bringing the story to Broadway.

The idea first transpired when producer Matthew Weaver, known for his work with Rock of Ages, acquired the stage rights to adapt the 1971 TV show into a musical back in 2014. Now, he’s hoping that the show will open on Broadway in 2021, just in time for “Soul Train’s” 50th anniversary. Weaver will produce the show alongside Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, of the rock band The Roots, who is a Grammy Award winner and author of Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation, as well as Devin Keudell. They’ll produce alongside partners Jeffrey Tick of Helen Hayes Theatre and Richard Gray of 5Pack Entertainment.

Soul Train will delve into the personal story of the late show host Don Cornelius, touching upon 20 songs from his era while he creates the icon TV show. Back when it debuted in 1971, the show often featured performances from an eclectic group of genres, including R&B, pop, funk, disco, and soul, among others. Each week, new dance moves were introduced, and after 37 years, it came to a close in 2006.

Tony Cornelius, Don’s son, explained in a press release that he spent many years working with his father and is “forever grateful and deeply humbled by the impact Soul Train has had on the culture at large both here and abroad.”

“For 37 years, and with purpose, through music, dance and style, Soul Train brought love, peace and soul to a national audience,” he said. “This positive representation is extremely satisfying and marks its 50th anniversary. Honoring his accomplishments, creative vision and legacy with a Broadway musical only emphasizes the impact Soul Train has had on our American fabric.”

Playwright Dominique Morisseau, who has joined the creative team to work alongside director Kamilah Forbes and choreographer Camille A. Brown, explained that she is excited to bring “the narrative of one of our culture’s most influential and legend-making endeavors to the stage.”

“Having grown up on this series and being immersed in the culture around it, I never knew what it took to make it the iconic staple that it is,” she said. “Through the socio-policital challenges both internally and externally, Don Cornelius’ uncompromised vision, and the revolutionary dance culture that the show made visible to the mainstream, there are a million handprints on what we know as Soul Train. I cannot wait to partner with this legendary creative team of incredible women to celebrate the history and the unsung heroes of our nation’s longest running televised music and dance series.”

At this time, an official open date has not been announced.
Ariana Grande kicks off European leg of the Sweetener World Tour in career-spanning show at London’s O2 Arena
Published Aug 18, 2019 9:43 pm BST
It was her first time playing the O2 since 2015
August 17, 2019, Ariana Grande kick off the European leg of her Sweetener World Tour tour with the first of three sold out shows at The O2 in London.

Over the course of 90 minutes Grande played tunes from her latest two albums, ‘Sweetener’ and ‘thank u, next’, as well as older offerings like ‘Right There’ (taken from the her debut album ‘Yours Truly’) and the tour debut of fan favourite ‘Only 1’ (from 2014’s ‘My Everything’).

Midway through Grande was joined on stage by collaborators (and tour support) Social House, to perform their recent team-up ‘Boyfriend’, in another tour debut.

It was the first time Grande has played the O2 since 2015, and her first UK arena show since the Manchester bombing in 2017, making it an emotional night. A woman of few words, her interaction with the crowd was limited to thanking the 20,000 attendees for being there, but later took to Twitter to express her thanks once again:
Throughout the show, Grande performed in front of ethereal, galaxy themed visuals. For the most part the production was fairly understated, putting the full focus on her impressive vocals, but there were moments of impressive choreography, and after opening with ‘Raindrops (An Angel Cried)’ she launched into ‘God Is A Woman’ with her striking recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper.

Check out photos, footage and the show’s setlist below:
Ariana Grande played:

Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
God Is a Woman
Bad Idea
Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored
R.E.M.
Be Alright
Sweetener / Successful
Side to Side
7 Rings
Love Me Harder / Breathin
Needy
Fake Smile
Make Up
Right There / You’ll Never Know / Break Your Heart Right Back
NASA
Only 1
Boyfriend (with Social House)
Everytime
The Light Is Coming
Into You
Dangerous Woman
Break Free
No Tears Left to Cry
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Published 6:27 PM PDT, October 4, 2018
Ultimate Pop Diva Tournament: Vote for Which Singer in the Sweet 16 Should Be No. 1
by JOHNNI MACKE | Wed., Jul. 11, 2018 5:00 AM
The divas have spoken!

Earlier this week, we started with 32 fierce females battling it out for the title of Ultimate Pop Diva and thanks to your votes we officially have our Sweet 16.

Only time will tell which of your favorite female pop singers will come out on top, but for now we have your favorite 16 contenders lined up and ready to battle it out for another round.

Some of the ladies competing in this round are Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani and Taylor Swift.

They will be going up against fellow pop divas (and overall great singers) Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Adele, Pink, Rihanna and Mariah Carey.

Last, but certainly not least, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Shakiraand Janet Jackson have all earned enough votes this round and will live to sing another day!
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