Drake kicks off 2nd Houston Appreciation Week

28. May 2015 08:15 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


A man of many talents, perhaps what makes Drake such an astounding entertainer is the level of energy and dedication he puts into his performances. His talents were on full display on May 24 when he closed out the second annual Houston Appreciation Week, an event that he was heavily involved in curating. While the weekend was filled with memorable concerts, celebrity appearances and plenty of partying, Drake was business as usual as he concluded three days of festivities with a trademark show that utilized all his talents.

Houston Appreciation Week
The 2015 edition of Houston Appreciation Week kicked off with some of the biggest names in hip hop, both new and old. Legendary Houston MC and half of the iconic duo UGK Bun B was given a tribute concert to start off the weekend Thursday night. There were many guest speakers on hand, ranging from politicians to comedians, elaborating on the late Bun B's influence on the rap music, as well as plenty of the city's finest culinary artists on hand to cater the event. Afterwards, up-and-comer Future gave a performance that brought down the house, playing many of his hits off 2014's Honest.

Athletes and rappers alike shared the field during Friday's charity softball game, as Drake captained one team against Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt's squad. The match took place at the University of Houston's Cougar Field, and squared off such notable names like Ne-Yo, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kirko Bangz. While Drake's team ultimately lost the match, plenty of onlookers were in attendance to watch as thousands of dollars were funded for the Astros Urban Youth Academy.

Saturday saw star-studded events, as a pool party was held at the famous Houston club V-Live with a Fetty Wap concert taking place to close out the evening. Finally, Sunday was the big night when Drake would bring his current Jungle tour on stage at Houston. With a set​ list that spanned from his beginning mixtapes to his latest album If You're Reading This It's Too Late, it's hard to imagine a more fitting conclusion to a star-powered weekend quite like a Drake concert. Drake looks to keep the party going strong, touring all summer long in support of his latest album.

Music festivals through the years

26. May 2015 09:48 by Julie Merar in infographic, Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

Coldplay's next tour could be their last

21. May 2015 08:45 by Julie Merar in Music , Tour News  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


With more than 15 years of sold out world tours, platinum selling albums and dozens of awards under their belts, it's no wonder that the members of Coldplay have recently been hinting that 2016 might be their final year as a band. As recent interviews from frontman Chris Martin have indicated, the group expects its next album, rumored to be out next year, to be the last one it ever records. However, Martin has also stated that fans all around the world will at least have one more chance to catch them live before they call it quits.

Coldplay prepping for 2016 tour
The last time Coldplay set out for a world tour, they broke box office and attendance records in dozens of countries. Billboard has reported that the band's last tour, the Mylo Xyloto Tour, included 77 concerts that took place from 2011 to 2012, eventually generating an estimated $186.9 million in revenue. While Coldplay's previous album Ghost Stories was released last year, the band ultimately decided not to go on tour, with most of the members opting to pursue solo projects. 

When discussing the next, and possibly last, Coldplay album, lead singer Chris Martin compared it to another famous character from the U.K.

"It's our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it's like the last Harry Potter book or something like that," Martin told BBC Radio in an interview. "Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something." 

Band still keeping busy
Between prepping for its next album and world tour, the band is still managed to stay relevant in 2015. Coldplay recently received an award from the Billboard Music Awards, winning Top Rock Album for last year's Ghost Stories and beating out some of today's biggest names in rock, such as Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Bastille. The band also found a creative way to get involved with some charity work this year, electing to participate in a mockumentary that spoofs themselves making a musical for the hit television series "Game of Thrones." The parody was a bit for Red Nose Day, an annual event that has raised more than $1 billion to help end childhood poverty. Regardless of Coldplay's future, it's safe to say that 2016 will be one epic year for both the members and their millions of fans across the world.

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