Ferg Performs on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, “Plain Jane” Certified Platinum, North American Tour Begins Next Month

Prowling the stage like a lion, Ferg threw down the gauntlet on 2018 with his fiery performance of “Plain Jane” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Celebrating the single’s certified platinum status, Ferg’s talent as a frontman was on impressive display.
A$AP Ferg: Plain Jane
Harlem, NY rapper Ferg is kicking off 2018 with a massive North American tour. Starting at the end of February in Philadelphia, PA, the tour will take the master wordsmith across the US and back, with stops in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and many more,finally finishing up in his hometown at NYC’s Terminal 5. Tickets on sale now. Visit traplord.comfor more info. See all tour dates below.
Ferg had a busy 2017, which included the release of his newest project, Still Striving. The mixtape features major anthems like “East Coast” featuring Remy Ma (and the remix with Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Dave East, French Montana, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg), “Mattress Remix” featuring A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Famous Dex, and Rich the Kid , “Trap and a Dream” with Meek Mill and, “Plain Jane”, one of Ferg’s biggest hits to date. Currently rising up the Billboard charts, “Plain Jane” shows no signs of slowing down with over 90 million plays on Spotify and nearly 13 millions views on Youtube. He also was featured on the new A$AP Mob record, Cozy Tapes Vol. II: Too Cozy.
Don’t miss Ferg’s Mad Man Tour!
February 28 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore
March 1 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore
March 2 — Norfolk, VA — Norva
March 3 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
March 4 — Raleigh, NC — The Ritz
March 6 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore
March 7 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle
March 9 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues
March 10 — Austin, TX — Emo’s
March 11 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
March 14 — Phoenix, AZ — Van Buren
March 15 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues
March 16 — Los Angeles, CA — Novo
March 17 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues
March 19 — Fresno, CA — Rainbow Ballroom
March 20 — San Francisco, CA — Warfield
March 22 — Portland, OR — Roseland
March 23 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SoDo
March 27 — Salt Lake City, UT — Complex
March 28 — Denver, CO — The Ogden
March 30 — Omaha, NE — Sokol Auditorium
March 31 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave
April 3 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
April 4 — Indianapolis, IN — Egyptian
April 5 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore
April 7 — Grand Rapids, MI — Intersection
April 9 — Toronto, Ontario — Rebel
April 10 — Montreal, Quebec — New Gas City
April 11 — Clinton Park, NY — Upstate Concert Hall
April 12 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
April 14 — New York, NY — Terminal 5
w/ Denzel Curry and IDK

Concert Review: Hoodie Allen at Stage AE

Words and Pix: McKenna Misko

Before Hoodie Allen steps on stage, his fans are already screaming and anticipating his appearance with pure excitement and happiness. As the lights go off, then slowly begin to turn on again; Hoodie’s band takes the stage. The moment Hoodie Allen steps on stage, the room is filled with the screams of his fans and a powerful introduction to a song. Hoodie’s stage presence is very compelling. He incorporates his fans into everything that he does, including bringing a lucky fan onto the stage and gifting that individual with “The Hype Tour” merchandise. Throughout his performance, Hoodie and his band remained consistent with their amount of energy.  One may even say, Hoodie’s energy levels rose as he continued his concert. They also incorporated songs from Hoodie’s most recent album,”The Hype” along with older hits of his dating back to the very start of his career. Hoodie Allen started his concert off with “Sushi” then continued it with older hits such as “Act My Age”, and “Champagne and Pools”. While watching Hoodie Allen perform, one is able to tell that he is fully invested in his career and his fans. He is devoted to making his followers happy through his live performances, and through the music he releases. I myself was more than impressed with his performance and I highly recommend seeing him live, and purchasing his music online; including his most recent album, “The Hype”.

Included on The Hype are previously released singles “Know It All,” “Sushi,” and “Ain’t Ready” which set the internet ablaze being recognized as “arguably the best songwriting of his career.” The album features collaborations with artists such as Scott Hoying (Pentatonix)State ChampsGoody Grace, and Wale, seeing Hoodie emerge with his most ambitious work to date.

The Hype follows Hoodie’s critically acclaimed 2016 Happy Camper LP which debuted atNo. 1 on the Billboard Rap/Hip-Hop chart and No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart. Previously, his debut 2012 All American EP hit No. 1 on iTunesNo. 10 on the Billboard 200, and featured runaway hit single “No Interruption.” His first full-length People Keep Talking released in 2014, featuring a collaboration with Ed Sheeran on “All About It.” Later that year, Hoodie Allen made his late-night TV debut on Conan and toured with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on The Boys of Zummer Tour.Hoodie has earned praise from the likes of BillboardRolling Stone, and MTV as he continues to amass a cult following across the globe.

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David Archuleta Performs Pittsburgh Oct. 26

David Archuleta Delivers Second EP Entitled ‘LEO’ on August 25
Highly Anticipated New Project Currently Available for Pre-Order Here 
Star to Embark on 10+ City Tour in September 
Platinum-selling singer David Archuleta is gearing up for the August 25 release of Leo, the second EP from the international pop star. The four new tracks showcase David’s creative use of multiple producers, resulting in a kaleidoscope of colorful, thought-provoking pop, united what’s become his signature positivity, personal and profound songwriting which fans experiences through the release of his first EP, Orion, in May.
David has chosen the constellations theme for the series of projects based upon the upward direction he often looks for inspiration, both literally and figuratively. “I want to get people to look up more, and the stars along with music are some of the best ways I know how to do that,” he explains. “The upcoming album as a whole serves that purpose to get people to look up and for something more, whether that’s looking for God, for a deeper connection to life or finding more of who they are. I’m a huge believer that looking up will always serve a purpose, and we will move forward more filled and stronger.”
The highly anticipated new project is currently available for pre-orders by visiting iTunes. Fans who place their pre-orders will get a copy of the singer’s new single, “I’m Ready,”prior to the official release on August 25. 
Leo is a more throwback and stripped-down set of songs,” says David. “I wanted to show strength and that I was taking a stand for myself with these songs. I want my voice to be heard after letting so many other voices and opinions steer my path. I felt the constellation of Leo represented that. Lions can be fierce and strong, but they also have a calmness and relaxed nature [that] I see whenever I watch videos and documentaries with lions in them. I wanted to show that while I am coming forward with strength, it’s not in an angry or aggressive manner. It’s calm, but firmly standing my ground in who I am.”
Of “I’m Ready,” David says, “Change is something that has never been easy for me. I am a very analytical person. I’m always asking myself ‘But what if?’ I hate to say it, but many times my worries get so strong I don’t even dare to move. I’m too afraid that I will mess up and fail. I’ve realized, however, that falling is part of the journey. Joy doesn’t come from avoiding problems, it comes from working through them and getting back up when you fall.”
Rounding out Leo are tracks “Spotlight Down,” “Someone to Love” and
“Other Things in Sight.” 
“Spotlight Down” describes David returning to music after a mission trip to Chile and “having a hard time coming back to the idea of being in the limelight of being on social media and performing on stage again,” he says. “I remembered that the reason why I loved music wasn’t to get everyone to watch and adore me, but my favorite part of singing as a little kid in the backyard was that no one was listening. I felt I could be who I really was. Those were some of the moments I felt closest to God. This song goes back to that. Happiness isn’t about how many people are watching you. It’s about connecting to who you really are deep down in your soul, and having the courage to stay true to that.”
David says the raw and sentimental, “Someone to Love, is a “song about how exhausting it was for me to constantly be focusing on myself and being liked by everyone. Being so caught up in myself got me over analyzing and constantly self-critiquing as I looked in the mirror. I got worn out by it, and was conflicted because I was convinced I needed to be selfish to stay higher up on the food chain and be somebody, but knew I needed to change where I was looking. I went on my mission and realized real love comes from forgetting yourself and converting that focus and commitment from negative self-centeredness to positive energy that you get filled up with when you find someone to love, serve and lift up.”
Lastly, “Other Things in Sight,” the singer describes as his “rebellious” song. “It was my song [about] being tired of everyone’s opinion of what I should and what I shouldn’t be doing because according to them, I am getting it all wrong,” he laughs.
“They say I don’t know any better, that I’m naïve and want to put me down until I’m insecure enough to hand my life away to them and to their control. I didn’t want to say it in any angry way. I’m actually not trying to be rebellious, but rather the contrary. I wanted to politely say to back off and let me grow up.”
All four tracks were co-written by David along with the talented tunesmiths listed below.
Leo Track Listing: 
1. “Other Things In Sight”
(David Archuleta/Jeremy Bose/Trent Dabbs. Producer: Jeremy Bose)
2. “Someone To Love”
(David Archuleta/Jeremy Bose/ Cindy Morgan. Producer: Jeremy Bose)
3. “I’m Ready”
(David Archuleta/Cason Cooley/Annie Schmidt. Producer: Cason Cooley)
4. “Spotlight Down”  
(David Archuleta/Isabeau Miller/Shaun Balin/Camille Nelson.
      Producer: Thomas Doeve)
David will support Leo with tour dates throughout the Midwest, including the following stops:
Sept. 23 Kamas, Utah
Oct. 25 Sellersville, Penn.
Oct. 26 Pittsburgh, Penn.
Oct. 27 Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct. 31 Minneapolis, Min.
Nov. 1 Indianapolis, Ind.
Nov. 2 Kansas City, Mo.
Nov. 4 Franklin, Tenn.
Nov. 18 Pocatello, Idaho
Additional dates will be added and can be seen by visitingwww.davidarchuleta.com.
About David Archuleta
Since launching his career in 2008, when he became the runner-up of American Idol with 44 million votes, Archuleta has found success both at home and abroad. “Crush,” his debut single, sold more than 1.92 digital copies, paving the way for a string of albums that have touched on modern pop, Christian music and holiday favorites. Archuleta has been a familiar face on TV, too — not only on American Idol, whose cast he joined at 16-years-old, but also on shows like iCarly and Hannah Montana. Finally, he made the New York Times’ bestsellers’ list with his 2010 autobiography, ‘Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance.”
Archuleta took a break from the public eye in 2012, when he put his singing career on hold in order to volunteer at the La Misión Chile Rancagua in Santiago, Chile. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Archuleta worked as a volunteer missionary for two years. Upon his return, he began changing his approach to songwriting, going beyond his Top 40 roots to focus on honest, heartfelt lyrics. 
Orion unveiled Archuleta’s new sound, mixing his melodies and muscular vocals with stories about his life and recent experiences. Like the constellation that gave the initial EP its name, the August 25 Leo also burns brightly. 

Interview: Robert Schwartzman of Rooney

“Robert is free now,” The text message said.  I confusedly searched for a contact whose face I did not know.  I wandered, asking the staff if the stairs in the showroom led to the so-called Green Room.  I found my in-between person, who led me up the stairs to a room with a few musicians.  Sitting there was a man with gentle brown eyes and flowing hair hidden by a hat.  This man shook my hand and introduced himself as Robert Schwartzman of Rooney.

Robert began has the founder and lead singer of Ed Rooney in 1999.  The band opened their first show for his brother’s band in California.  Robert had stage fright.  “I wasn’t trying to be a singer in a band,” Robert recalls as he got up to search the fridge for the perfect lager, “I was terrified to sing in public.”

After watching his brother, he began writing songs.  It was then that he discovered his true passion for writing music.   He says, “I started to catch that bug that you catch when you just become really addicted to [writing songs].  So I just started writing songs, and then I wanted to perform them.  And then once I got over that hurdle of ‘I’m afraid to do this.’  I felt way more addicted to it.

Listening to Robert talk, I could imagine the shy twenty-something getting on the stage the first time.  His quiet voice led me to believe that the person I saw during our interview would also be the person who would take the stage later that night.  I could not have been more wrong.

That night, as the lights dimmed and the headlining musician prepared to take the stage, the spirit of the many rock stars by whom he was inspired entered him, and his personality changed completely.  Once the guitar was in his hands, he was no longer Robert Schwartzman, he was the single remaining member of Rooney.

The vibe he gave off was contagious.  Even the musicians accompanying him could feel his energy, and they fed off of one another.  Schwartzman bounded around the stage dipping and swaying as he sang originals like “Not in My House” and “My Heart Beats 4 U.”  In between songs, he would thank his fans for coming to see him play, and he would thank the other musicians for playing as well.  The entire show was so energetic, not a person there could stand still during his set.

When the show was finished and the encore, “Stay Away,” was played, the band, Schwartzman included, took some time to talk to fans one-on-one.  People were happily taking pictures and asking for hugs, while Schwartzman’s gentle smile remained on his face.

While Robert Schwartzman is the only remaining member of the original band, Ed Rooney, he does not plan to stop performing under the band name Rooney anytime soon.  “I could start a new project tomorrow, and I’ve experimented with that.  But I don’t think I’m fully happy giving up Rooney because I’ve had a long history with it.  I don’t feel comfortable just walking away from this.  I think it’s going to take the time to rebuild this project into something people care about, but I’m willing to do the work to get there.”

It is very apparent that Robert is proud of his work, and the fan base, as well as his charisma on stage, is proof that Rooney, for now, is very much what it needs to be.

Rooney’s newest album washed away, was released in May of 2016.

Interview and photos ©  2016 Stephanie Connell

Chevonne Announces Kickstarter Campaign Today — Fresh off NBC’s The Voice

Chevonne, the pop/rock/funk/soul scream machine has just announced her Kickstarter campaign will launch today and is live now here: http://kck.st/UIm1gR. Fresh off NBC’s “The Voice”, Season 3, it’s time for this big hair, big eyed Jersey girl to release her debut record and music video. Hands down the best Kickstarter yet, there are pledge prizes ranging from: Chevonne’s blind audition denim booty shorts from “The Voice”, a customized and signed acoustic-electric guitar used to write the debut album, a walk-on role in the music video, signed/customized microphone, and more! Make sure to support Chevonne, here: http://kck.st/UIm1gR.

Recently taking reality TV by storm on NBC’s “The Voice”, Chevonne sashayed through three rounds as a quirky underdog. She turned pop/soul megastar Cee Lo Green’s chair, as well as country bigwig Blake Shelton’s, with her sassy rendition of The Pretenders’ “Brass In Pocket” with almost 200k views here: http://bit.ly/THcqZh. Before choosing a coach, she was asked to open up about the “pain” Green heard in her voice. She admitted to the live audience-and the 15+ million viewers watching on TV-that she suffered from eating disorders and crippling insecurity, and that she channels this pain when she sings and performs. She earned nods and applause from the other two coaches, Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, and Grammy-winning powerhouse singer, Christina Aguilera, before selecting Cee Lo as her coach.

As a member of Team Cee Lo, she wowed both Cee Lo and his team advisor, Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas as she nailed rehearsals for her battle round with Avery Wilson on the David Guetta ft. Sia song “Titanium” which has over 450k views here: http://bit.ly/RVjqQy. Although Chevonne didn’t win the battle against her 17-year-old friend and teammate, she was given high praise for her risky and bold stage moves and soaring high notes. Christina Aguilera saved Chevonne with the new “coach steal” feature, applauding Chevonne for her flamboyant and exciting performance vibe.

On Team Xtina, Chevonne pushed the envelope by choosing Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” for the Knockout round, paying homage to her love of 80s rock and celebrating her ability to thrive on the show with a fun crowd-pleaser, watch it here: http://bit.ly/SvJPae. When Chevonne debuted the performance after being paired up with gospel/soul singer De’borah Garner, the crowd’s amped-up reaction was palpable. She nailed the song top to bottom, and all four coaches praised her progress and her command of the stage. Ultimately, Chevonne was sent home, but not before Christina implored the leather-clad firecracker to pursue her own original music and artistry. Christina stated, “Chevonne, you are just unafraid to go to that ledge, in all capacities, and just jump off and be like ‘this is me, take it or leave it! You were just out there, as a woman, having fun and I love that about you!” In addition, Chevonne earned countless hype from E! News, Rolling Stone, TV Guide, MTV, Huffington Post, and many more!

Before surprising audiences with her song and fashion choices on “The Voice,” Chevonne sang backup for visionary pop artist and fashion tastemaker Lady Gaga on her MonsterBall world arena tour from 2010-2011. She danced, sang, and improv’d her way through the campy, dark show, making it onto Good Morning America, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and even HBO’s live 2-hour special taped at the Madison Square Garden performances, as well as being a part of the “Born This Way” a cappella bonus song from the MSG shows that became a viral video smash hit.

Before touring with Gaga, Chevonne spent eight months with British R&B pop Estelle, most famous for her hit “American Boy.” Tour highlights with Estelle included the World Cup in Cape Town, The Essence music festival in New Orleans, and an NYC taping of BET’s “Rising Icons” series.

Now is the time for Chevonne to use her past A-list industry experience to make what she calls her, “fiery, fun album that marries rock with soul under a glittery pop umbrella.” Her lyrics are tongue-in-cheek and catchy but never lacking in substance and universality. She’s not afraid to play with her multi-octave range and experiment with new sounds not typical of most female pop triple-threats. Chevonne is ready to bust out the gates with a continuation of the excitement she’s brought to the pop music landscape – it’ll be vibrant, badass, and of course BIG.

Chevonne has announced her Kickstarter campaign to help fund her debut album and music video. To support, please visit: http://kck.st/UIm1gR.

To purchase Chevonne’s music, please visit: http://bit.ly/XFV182.

Tour Dates:

11/21 Glossy – The Park New York, NY
12/5 Sullivan Hall New York, NY