Chicago’s West Loop was once known as one of the Midwest’s busiest manufacturing corridors. But soon, thanks to a new EP dubbed Play Hard, it may be known for a sound manufactured by one of America’s most exciting new electronic music acts: KREWELLA.
Jahan, Yasmine and Rainman, who live in and create music in the gritty yet artsy neighborhood, burst onto the national stage with their debut video “Killin’ It” in early 2012, racking up Facebook likes and spreading virally around the globe via Twitter as EDM fans swooned over KREWELLA’s unique brand of dubstep-infused electronic music with catchy female vocals. However, KREWELLA insists that they are just getting started.
Jahan Yousaf, who co-writes lyrics along with her sister Yasmine Yousaf, help Rainman create KREWELLA’s signature sound. Tracks from their debut EP Play Hard embody this signature sound, luring in listeners with melody and sensuality before Skrillex-worthy drops send fans into frenetic fits of EDM bliss. Kris’ masculine, pounding beats are offset by cooing vocals from both sisters, often resulting in a dizzying, heady mélange that sometimes veers into pop territory.
Demand has proved so strong for KREWELLA’s signature sound that they have had to adjust touring plans from small clubs to major festival dates this year.
Despite their early success, Krewella continues to viciously commit to one goal and one goal only "Making you wet... one song at a time"
The 55th Grammy Awards were held Sunday night on CBS
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Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards were as much about the performances as it was the actual statues handed out.
The evening saw some powerful collaborations among artists, and all eyes were on one controversial performer. Here are the top 5 moments of the night:
1) Killer performances
Take your pick. From a spirited performance of "The Weight" by an all-star group including Sir Elton John, T Bone Burnett, the Zac Brown Band, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, to the many duets like R&B crooner Miguel with Wiz Khalifa and Miranda Lambert with fellow country artist Dierks Bentley, it was all thrilling.
Fun. reminded us as to why we loved them when they performed "Carry On." But they won a big award of the night, song of the year, for their hit "We Are Young." And the stars in the audience were grooving along during a tribute to Bob Marley led by Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Sting, Ziggy and Damian Marley.
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Even Taylor Swift won us over when she took to the stage dressed as a ringmaster and surrounded by circus/carnival types to kick off the ceremony with her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
But one of the most eagerly awaited performances was:
2) The return of Justin Timberlake to the stage
The Grammys went sepia-toned for Timberlake's performance of his new single "Suit and Tie," which offered plenty of homage to the Rat Pack era with Timberlake in a tux with a bow tie and a big band with similarly suited backup singers billed as "JT and the Tennessee Kids."
Jay-Z left his seat in the audience to run up on stage for his rap portion of the song. And Timberlake was cooler than cool as he segued into his new single "Pusher Love Girl." The performance marked the return of Timberlake to music since he took a four-year break to focus on acting.
Welcome home JT.
3) LL Cool J pulls triple duty
Sure, he's a big acting star now, but don't forget that LL, aka James Todd Smith, got his start in the hip hop game.
So it felt right when the Grammy host donned a knit cap, a black T-shirt and some subtle bling to perform alongside Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello and DJ Z-Trip. They closed out the show with "Welcome to the Terrordome" and shouted out the late Beastie Boy, Adam "MCA" Yauch, with a "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" chant.
He also kept the audience informed of what folks were saying on social media, reading tweets and responding to some. The Grammys got its monies worth with him.
4) Adele didn't wear black
You can't not love her as she sings like an angel, is hilarious and just seems so normal.
But just like you can always count on a practically flawless performance when she grabs the mic, we thought she was also a sure bet to show up in a black frock. It's kind of been like her thing.
But no. When Adele took to the stage to claim the first award of the night, best pop solo performance for "Set Fire to the Rain," she was wearing a flowery, red and black Valentino dress.
New life as a mom and clearly new fashion choices: It was almost as surprising as Prince showing up to present Gotye and Kimbra the record of the year award for "Somebody That I Used To Know.
5) The somewhat anticlimactic appearance of Chris Brown with Rihanna
Despite a few cutaways of the pair sitting together in the audience and Brown standing and clapping following her performance, seeing the two together was not as big a deal as the run up felt like it should be.
Friday marked the fourth anniversary of Brown's assault on Rihanna, which occurred before that year's Grammy ceremony.
The pair had been a huge focus of this year's Grammys as fans waited to see if they would arrive at the ceremony together and how much "togetherness" they would exhibit.
But in the end it felt like really no big deal.
More surprising was six-time nominee Frank Ocean not winning any of the big awards he was up for.
Ocean scored best urban contemporary album and shared best rap collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z for "No Church in the Wild," but lost best new artist to Fun. and album of the year to Mumford & Sons.
It was also more fun checking to see which artists ignored the reported Grammys memo asking them to cover up (we are looking at you and your rather exposed bosom Katy Perry). Jennifer Lopez even joked about it while presenting.
a willowy church singer with a towering voice who became a titan of the
pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s but then saw much of her success
crumble away amid the fumes of addiction and reckless ego, has died. She
Kristen Foster, a publicist, announced Saturday that the singer had
died, and police sources later confirmed that she was found unresponsive
in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel about 3:30 p.m. Paramedics
performed CPR on her, but she was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., Beverly
Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen told KTLA News. An investigation into the
cause of death is pending.
On Thursday afternoon at the
hotel, Houston drew the attention of reporters and security staff with
her erratic behavior, dripping sweat and disheveled clothes. The singer
was disruptive at that day's rehearsals for music mogul Clive Davis'
annual Grammy industry party and showcase; that party at the Hilton on
Saturday night was supposed to include a performance by Houston.
Late Saturday, Davis told those assembled at the party that he had a
"heavy heart" and was "personally devastated" by Houston's death, but
"simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on, and her
family has asked for us to carry on."
The star's professional decline had become a familiar part of her public
saga. Her haggard appearance at times shocked fans who had once been
drawn to the singer's world-class smile and approachable glamour in
music videos, album covers, concerts and, later, hit films. Songs like
"I Will Always Love You" and "Saving All My Love for You" had women
around the world singing along with the star, but by the end of the
1990s they barely recognized her.
As Houston's public persona veered into something darker and more volatile, many fans pointed to her relationship with Bobby Brown
as the axis on which her life seemed to be spinning so madly. She
acknowledged that she was immersed in drugs, and the toll on her voice
and her appearance was difficult to watch.
"The biggest devil is me," the singer told ABC'sDiane Sawyer in a notorious 2002 interview. "I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy."
Brown was at Houston's side as she said that. Their 14-year marriage, invariably described as tumultuous, was tarnished by drug abuse,
Brown's run-ins with the law and allegations of domestic abuse. It
became fodder for the tabloids and entertainment shows and for a year
was on display in the reality show "Being Bobby Brown."
The two superstar singers met at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards and
married three years later. To some, it seemed an odd match, the
glamorous pop star and the onetime New Edition bad boy. "When you love,
you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different
images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place," she
explained to Rolling Stone. "I am not always in a sequined gown. I am
nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."
Houston divorced Brown in 2007, winning custody of their daughter, Bobbi
Kristina Brown. At the court session in Orange County, Houston
testified that her daughter could not depend on her father. "He's
unreliable," Houston said, according to the Associated Press. "If he
says he's going to come, sometimes he does. Usually he doesn't."
In his autobiography, Brown wrote that their marriage "was doomed from
the very beginning," saying that they separated in the first year and
several times in the years after. He said he believed she had married
him "to clean up her image." Brown also admitted he was not faithful to
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born Aug. 9, 1963, in Newark, N.J., and
powerful female voices and the sound of choirs were in her ears before
she could walk or talk. Cissy Houston, her mother, was a gospel singer
and back-up singer who worked with the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Dusty Springfield. Aretha Franklin was the youngster's godmother, and Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick were her cousins. There was little doubt that young Whitney would follow their career paths.
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