Vibe Magazine Is Sold to SpinMedia

SpinMedia, an online publication group of more than 40 Websites, recently acquired the R&B and hip-hop magazine, Vibe.

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Spin Media announced buying the rights to the 21-year-old Vibe Magazine. The purchase included Vibe’s print magazine and the related sites, Vibe.com and Vibevizen.com, from Vibe Media. This sale, for an undisclosed sum, reunites the two publications. Before going their own ways, over a decade ago, they were part of the same company, Vibe/Spin Ventures.

After Buzz Media bought Spin last summer, it shut down the print publication of the magazine and let go a third of its staff. Since that move, their traffic has doubled, but Steve Hansen, Spin Media’s chief executive said the company is no closer to reissuing the magazine in print and that later this year it would probably shut down Vibe’s print magazine.

[rb_quote]We are still trying to find a print model that makes economic sense in the digital age, Hansen said.[/rb_quote]

In 1992 Quincy Jones and time Warner founded Vibe focusing on hip-hop and R&B music. It became one of the most influential culture publications. Vibe’s sites now have 1.4 million visitors and serve 1.6 million video streams monthly.…

LadyBugsJazz in NEWS October 22, 2017

CALVIN HARRIS BREAKS MICHAEL JACKSON’S UK CHART RECORD

I’ll never dance, sing or be an ultimate musical legend & icon like MJ but he didn’t know anything about side chaining so it all balances out” tweeted Calvin Harris after surpassing Michael Jackson’s UK chart record for most Top Ten Hits to come from one album, with his track: I Need Your Love.

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The song which has already stacked thousands upon thousands of plays across the World Wide Web gathered a lot of attention on Twitter, and will only continue to grow bigger as days pass. Presented, is a simple story of young love: a couple (Calvin Harris & Ellie Golding) enjoying every second possible of life with each other. The story seems to be set in Miami, due to a lot of sunny beaches, and vivid street ways showcased in the Music Video.

With this being the eighth chart-topping single off Calvin’s album 18 Months, there is no telling what good vibes the man will put out next, only time will tell.…

LadyBugsJazz in NEWS June 18, 2016

Chali 2Na: Renaissance Man Against the Current

“Your friendly neighborhood baritone,” Chali 2NA, has been keeping busy. On February 15th, a couple months prior to the Jurassic 5 reunion at Coachella, 2Na had his first art exhibition, “Against the Current.” I was fortunate enough to attend, and the collection was an impressive mixture of paintings, drawings, and photographs. He is releasing a book that showcases his art in conjunction with 5 new EPs showcasing different genres of music:

LadyBugsJazz in Videos March 9, 2016

Low End Theory

Named after the groundbreaking 1991 Tribe Called Quest album, Low-End Theory is home to the Project Blowed crew. Incidentally, the Blowedians grew out of the Good Life Cafe, which I wrote about a few days ago.

Low-End Theory has its roots in Los Angeles, but it’s going global. It began in October 2006, at The Airliner in downtown Los Angeles, and has since spread to both San Francisco and Japan.

The schedule is as follows:

Los Angeles – every Wednesday night (18+)

San Francisco – the first Friday of every month (21+)

Japan – quarterly (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Himeji)

Wednesday nights in Los Angeles, Low-End Theory features residents Daddy Kev, Nobody, Gaslamo Killer, D-Styles, and 2007 Scribble Jam champion Nocando. For those keeping track, that was the second-to-last year of true impromptu battle rap — before it turned into several weeks preparation, pre-written, A cappella. It basically went from UFC to WWE, and Nocando was one of the last champions of the real deal.

If you’re even remotely near any of the above locations, check out Low-End Theory for some raw Hip-Hop.…

LadyBugsJazz in Articles February 15, 2016

Kriss Kross Loses Chris Kelly at 34

It is a tragic shock to learn about the death of 90’s hip-hop icon, Chris Kelly, best known for his role in the rap duo Kris Kross. He was 34 years old when pronounced dead yesterday at 8 p.m.

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The cause of death has not been determined and no more details have yet been released.

The duo, which also included Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, is best known for the for the multi-platinum album Totally Krossed Out, which featured their hit record “Jump.”

The artist’s mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, and So So Def released a joint statement Wednesday night saying:

“It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backward pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, the generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”…

LadyBugsJazz in NEWS January 3, 2016

The Roots “Things Fall Apart” Goes Platinum After 14 Years

Gimmicks fade. Timeless music endures.

The Roots “Things Fall Apart” may have taken 14 years to reach platinum status, but there is something to be said for the continuing relevance of this album. If we think of it on a graph, a lot of music spikes right up to platinum status, then the artists disappear. The Roots have had a slow and steady rise.

I still remember the release of Illadelph Half-Life. Ital (The Universal Side) ft. Q-Tip absolutely gave me chills. That was my introduction to The Roots, and I’ve never tired of them. I’ll tune in to Jimmy Fallon just because I can’t get over how odd and cool their residency is.

It’s always so inspiring to see true and unique talent persevere.…

LadyBugsJazz in NEWS December 22, 2015

ELECTRIC ADVENTURE: THE EDM CARNIVAL

Electric Adventure is a magical fantasy world where Electronic Dance Music meets the greatest theme park experience imaginable. Here is the most exciting music festival experience in the world, and it will be taking place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th.

ELECTRIC ADVENTURE- THE EDM CARNIVAL

The idea is simple: take your favorite DJs, add all the favorite Roller Coasters, and celebrate life with the Ultimate EDM Experience. Last years event was a huge success, during the day fans would find themselves riding park attractions while listening to their favorite DJs. Fans were provided with a stellar Artist Lineup which included the likes of Excision, Dada Life, Arty, and the Super Mash Bros. The event was a huge success.

However, this year is going to be a lot more Hype, because Six Flags Great Adventure is hooking Festival Goers up, keeping the park open after hours on consecutive nights exclusively for Electric Adventure attendees. Yet to top it all off, Six Flags Great Adventure will be fully plugged into Electric Adventure, meaning that Party Bass Music will be pumped throughout the entire amusement park.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 22nd at 12 PM EST and 9 PM WST HERE.

Stay tuned to UI Music Blog for the full Electric Adventure lineup announcement in the coming weeks.…

LadyBugsJazz in NEWS April 15, 2015

IDENTITY FESTIVAL 2013 LINEUP?

Identity Festival’s 2013 Lineup has been revealed by Skullcandy, it’s stacked with some of the best DJs in the world, however, we here at UI Music Blog are still not sure if it’s 100% legit or not.

IDENTITY FESTIVAL 2013 LINEUP

Above is the flyer that is circulating the Internet. Identity Festival will be taking place July 18th-August 18th 2013, and as always, will be a nationwide tour. With a Lineup including Datsik, Baauer, RL Grime, Luminox, Adventure Club, Dada Life, and much more; this is not an event to miss.

The tour will visit 15 cities, so wherever you are, expect Identity Festival to show up. Last year the tour took over cities including New York, Washington DC, San Diego, Miami, and Philadelphia, to name a few. Hopefully, this lineup is real and we can all rejoice to Bass Music this July. Post what you think to the UI Music Blog, and let’s chat about it!…

LadyBugsJazz in NEWS June 28, 2013