What happens when celebrities, international entertainers and tourists from all over invade the city of New Orleans… it becomes the most epic Essence Music Festival experience ever! Over 540,000 attendees from around the globe descended upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival, making 2013 the largest in the event’s 19 year history. (It’s no wonder why Priceline.com has listed New Orleans, LA the most searched destination for 4th of July Weekend!)
The epic weekend included:
The All-New ESSENCE Family Reunion Day hosting more than 55,000 people in Woldenberg Park featuring empowerment panels, family-friendly games and activities, exciting musical guests, delicious food from New Orleans’ best barbecue vendors, cooking competitions, fireworks and exciting musical guests.
First-ever partnership with MSNBC to broadcast live throughout the weekend from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featuring shows PoliticsNation and Melissa Harris Perry, among others.
First official ESSENCE Festival App garnered 14,500 downloads and tripled ESSENCE mobile consumption throughout the weekend. Plus, ESSENCE Festival was trending across social media, e.g. close to 50,000 Instagram posts and more than 24,000 uses of #essencefest on Twitter
An incredible performance by Beyonce to a packed Superdome stadium to close out the Festival, plus headliners Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Brandy, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and many others – comprising more than 50 R&B, pop, and soul artists across 5 stages each night at the Superdome.
One of music’s biggest weekends has come to a close, but the excitement is still going strong! Check out some of our favorite celebrity moments, performances and candids of Essence Music Festival Weekend below…
Photos via Essence.com
Sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival™ include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s, My Black Is Beautiful, StateFarm, Verizon and Walmart as well as official sponsors MSNBC, Coors Light, TV One and Visa Prepaid.
Did you check out the Essence Music Festival weekend fun in New Orleans or online? Share some of your favorite moments below!
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John Legend is in town and will be playing a free concert this Friday evening in NYC, along with Ryan Leslie and the Salome Chamber Orchestra as part of Yahoo’s On The Road series.
The tour kicks off on May 3 in New York City and will party across the U.S. for a month before heading to Europe for the second leg. Yahoo’s going on tour to make every day less everyday — from New York City to San Francisco, from Berlin to London. Yahoo! On the Road is the world’s first mobile entertainment and innovation festival, featuring the hottest bands, comedians, and technology, as well as some great surprises.
Want tickets? Tickets are first come, first served in each city. Just come hang out at the Yahoo! tour bus and check out some cool new technology, download a free app, or upload a Flickr photo. Get the specifics for your city by following @YahooOnTheRoad on Twitter and by liking theYahoo! On the Road Facebook page. A few lucky people will score advance tickets here on the site. Stay tuned to find out how you can get them.
If you can’t join Yahoo’s On The Road series live (or if you want to relive the action), catch the shows with their free concert stream! Check the schedule and don’t miss a beat.
You’ve heard the rumors and we can finally confirm that it’s TRUE. SXSW will get a dose of purple rain, in the form of Prince Rogers Nelson. Today Samsung confirmed that Prince will perform at its Saturday night closing party.
“Having Prince in Austin at his first SXSW show will truly be a one night only experience that our Samsung Galaxy owners and friends will remember for years to come,” Todd Pendleton, Samsung’s chief marketing officer.
Among Samsung’s digital activations is a popular battery swap where people could tweet #PowerOn and their location to @SamsungMobileUS to receive a new fully charged battery from a bike messenger. At the company’s main daytime lounge — Samsung Galaxy Experience (open 12 to 6 p.m.) — people could make personalized T-shirts and buttons using the S Note. A Music Hub station allows guests to try Music Hub, listen to SXSW artists on it and S Beam songs to their devices.
While the private Saturday night show will wrap up Samsung’s heavy #TheNextBigThing tech and entertainment presence at SXSW, it will be tied to its TecTile Wall initiative in which owners of NFC-enabled Galaxy devices could tap tiles to unlock rewards. Want to see Prince LIVE? Samsung will choose 250 TecTile Wall participants to attend the intimate show. If you’re in Austin, you may want to get out there and start using those TecTile walls today.
Prince caps off Samsung’s busy week of musical acts that spans Interactive, Film and Music, including The Roots, Band of Horses, Talib Kweli, and Mayer Hawthorne. With the Samsung Unpacked 2013 event taking place this Thursday, it’s safe to say that this week has already been Samsung’s Best Week Ever!
Over the weekend, tons of music’s biggest acts took centerstage during iHeartRadio’s Music Festival in Las Vegas. Acts including artists like Mary J. Blige, Usher, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more descended upon Las Vegas for the concert of the summer. The two-day concert on Friday and Saturday night was off the charts. The stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was tight with musical acts that encompassed every genre. Fans were introduced to music, acts were full of energy and then there was Pink who was flying again. Prince was in the building. Mary J Blige gets the biggest compliment of the weekend bringing out and singing with the legend. The performance was tight, fun and frankly shocking. Who could have asked for more?
See more photos from the festival below…
iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital radio service that lets you find more than 1,500 Live Stations or create commercial-free, all-music Custom Stations featuring songs from the artist you select and similar music.
Do you like concerts? Do you Tweet? @LiveNationShows announces the launch of #MillionTweets of Summer where over 200 exclusive prizes and experiences will be unlocked on the way to the 1 millionth tweet. Prizes and experiences include artist meet & greets, concert tickets, Concert Cash®, year-long Ultimate Access Passes, fly-away trips with tickets to great shows and more.
To enter, visit the #MillionTweets of Summer website at bit.ly/milliontweets and tweet the concert message. Tweeting the concert message will automatically enter you to win a prize. You can tweet every day, up to three times a day, to increase your chance to win. Multiple tweets increase your chances of winning. Everyone who tweets the concert message is entered in the overall pool of prizes that are unlocked at various points on the way to the 1 millionth tweet.
“We have a 24/7 active live music tweeting community and wanted to find a fun way to give them a chance to win exclusive concert related prizes for something they already do – talk with their friends about shows on Twitter,” said Gretchen Fox, VP of Social Media for Live Nation, North America.
#MillionTweets of Summer concert messages will include some of the summer’s biggest tours: LMFAO, Nickelback, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller, Aerosmith, Rascal Flatts, Identity Festival, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson & The Fray, Big Time Rush, KISS and Motley Crue, Toby Keith, Jason Mraz and Rush.
#MillionTweets of Summer prizes include Concert Cash, Rock Flight™ (meet & greet with concert ticket fly away packages), 2013 Ultimate Access Passes (year long pass for 2 to a Live Nation venue), Fan Twitter Takeovers, merchandise bundles and more. The 1 millionth tweet will unlock the grand prize opportunity for one lucky participant to win a fly-away trip to ANY Live Nation Concert ANYWHERE in the world.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. U.S residents, 18+. Void where prohibited. Ends 12PM PT 10/15/2012. For more information on #MillionTweets of Summer and official rules, visit: bit.ly/milliontweets. For up-to-the-minute updates, great ticket deals, presale codes, show alerts and other special offers, follow Live Nation on Facebook and LiveNationShows on Twitter, download the Live Nation Concert Calendar Facebook App and download the Live Nation iPhone App.
Samsung celebrated its major milestone of reaching 5MM Facebook “likes” by rewarding 1,000 fans with a very special free concert featuring Santigold at Irving Plaza in New York City.
Santigold was joined on stage by special surprise guests Andy Samberg and Pharrell. Samberg hit the stage as his Saturday Night Live character “Shy Ronnie,” best known for his famed duet with Rihanna – “Ronnie and Clyde.” Pharrell also joined Santigold on stage to sing “My Drive Thru.”
Throughout the evening, Santigold performed hits from her latest album “Master of My Make-Believe” while taking photos of the crowd with her Samsung Galaxy Note and pulling lucky fans onto the stage with her.
credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage
For fans who could not make it to the concert, Samsung streamed the show live on its Facebook page, which also hosts special interviews with Santigold along with photos and videos taken by her on the Samsung Note during the show. http://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA
Last night, VH1 Divas aired and it was a star studded event! The night honored Divas of Soul and soul cities such as Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Philly and even honored the UK’s soulful sounds. I enjoyed the fact that the show honored artists like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Marsha Ambrosious and other soulful UK artists whose vocals have impacted soul music.
The show opened with JHud, Kelly Clarkson and Mary J. Blige. Their performance set the standard for the night and this was honestly one of the most amazing shows I’ve seen on television all year.
Other performers of the night included Erykah Badu, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, Jessie J (British soul singer who became a household name after she performed on the VMAs), Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Estelle, Black Thought, Boyz II Men, Travie McCoy, Sharon Jones, Martha Reeves, Mavis Staples and tons of other great artists.
Good moments from the show included the amazing duets, including MJB and Chaka Kahn singing “Aint Nobody”, Erykah Badu, Black Thought and Jill Scott performing “You Got Me” and Ledisi and Marsha Ambrosious performing “Sweet Love”.
Bad Moments from the night included, legend Wanda Jackson singing a duet with Sharon Jones for the Amy Winehouse tribute. Poor Ms. Jackson didn’t know half of the words and performed in a half-hazard manner. Their performance was reminiscent of a geriatric talent show in my own opinion :/.
And Ugly Moments from the night included Estelle and Travie McCoy singing “Wake Up Everybody”. I’m sure everyone can agree that when Travie McCoy began singing in an off-tune note, coupled with Estelle’s raspy, inconsistent voice, it created an awkward and uncomfortable sound for everyone’s ears.
Nonetheless, the overall show was simply amazing and a great treat for the holidays! I highly suggest watching the encore performances on VH1!
Kanye West and JAY-Z Form New Group! They Are Now Called ‘THE THRONE’ and Confirm the Most Anticipated Album & Tour of the Year: WATCH THE THRONE.
You’ve heard the single and have heard the rumors, but did you know that you could see JAY-Z and Kanye in concert and get their digital album for FREE?
For this project, music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY-Z and Kanye West have joined their extraordinary talents to form the group ‘THE THRONE’ and confirm the most anticipated album and touring event of the year, WATCH THE THRONE. On Monday, August 8th ‘THE THRONE’S’ extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Recordings / Roc Nation album collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE , will be available worldwide exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be made available to the public for the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of two of music’s greatest performers on one stage, with the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (powered by VoyR) at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a FREE digital copy of the album. The Live Nation produced tour will begin on September 22nd in Detroit with 24 dates confirmed thus far.
On Monday, July 25th, everyone can get the lead track, “Otis” instantly when they pre-order the DELUXE album exclusively at iTunes at http://idj.to/watchthethronedlxit. The album will be available at additional physical and digital retailers on August 12th.
Beginning Thursday, July 28th, fans that visit www.LiveNation.com/WatchTheThrone, will have access to presale tickets, which includes a digital copy of the album. Citi® card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, July 29th at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Citi® is the official credit card of the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR.
|WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (Powered By VoyR)|
|9/22/11||Detroit, MI||Palace of Auburn Hills|
|9/24/11||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|9/25/11||Montreal, QC||Bell Centre|
|9/27/11||East Rutherford, NJ||Izod Center|
|9/28/11||East Rutherford, NJ||Izod Center|
|9/29/11||Washington DC||Verizon Center|
|10/4/11||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|10/6/11||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|10/7/11||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|10/8/11||Minneapolis, MN||Target Cente r|
|10/10/11||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|10/13/11||Tacoma, WA||Tacoma Dome|
|10/14/11||Vancouver, BC||Rogers Arena|
|10/16/11||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion|
|10/17/11||Sacramento, CA||Power Balance Pavilion|
|10/19/11||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|10/20/11||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|10/21/11||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|10/25/11||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|10/26/11||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|10/29/11||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|10/30/11||Greensboro, NC||Greensboro Coliseum|
|11/1/11||Baltimore, MD||1st Mariner Arena|
|11/3/11||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|1. No Church In the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)|
|2. Lift Off (feat. Beyonce)|
|3. N—as In Paris|
|4. Otis (feat. Otis Redding)|
|5. Gotta Have it|
|6. New Day|
|7. That’s My Bitch|
|8. Welcome to the Jungle|
|9. Who’s Gon Stop Me|
|10. Murder to Excellence|
|11. Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean)|
|12. Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)|
|**** AVAILABLE ON THE DELUXE VERSION|
|13. Illest M———-r Alive ****|
|14. H.A.M ****|
|15. Primetime ****|
|16 . The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield) ****|