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Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert

After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,

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Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.

After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press.

Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert on July 18. The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week, calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show.

In Saudi Arabia, gender segregation between single men and women is still enforced in many restaurants, coffee shops, public schools and universities, but other rules have loosened with women now allowed to drive and attend events in sports stadiums.

Jeddah World Fest, which in line with Saudi laws, is alcohol and drug-free, is open to people 16 and older and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city. Other performers include former One Direction member Liam Payne and DJ-producer Steve Aoki.

Saudi organizers said the concert will be broadcast globally. The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend.

Over the past several months, the kingdom has seen performances by Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, David Guetta and Tiesto. That’s a stark change from when Saudi morality police would raid establishments that played loud music.

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Aaron Fresh Premieres ‘ Tabanca ‘

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R&B showstopper Aaron Fresh has come a long way from when he was first introduced to the word back in 2010. The former Teen heartthrob made a huge splash with his Def Jam debut singles ‘Spending All My Time’ & ‘Dirty Girl’ which was in heavy rotation across BET, MTV, VH1 & Nickelodeon.  The Trini native was truly born to do this and as a kid watching some of his idols like Michael Jackson, Usher , Chris Brown & Machel Montano was all the inspiration he ever truly needed. When Aaron hit the stage his electrifying performances compared him to the greats the came before him which is exactly why Nick Cannon and so many others saw the star power in him. In no time he was co-hosting ‘The Night Life’ alongside Nick on Nickelodeon where the also gave him the opportunity to become a special celebrity correspondent on Teen Nick. It was clear that his star was steady on the rise, but as label politics changed his time at Def Jam was over, but that only fueled him to continue his success as an indie artist. Over the years he’s also found success as a songwriter working with K-Pop stars EXO and NU’EST which kept him fulfilled, but his fans were ready for him to return to music. Now he’s back and better than ever with the release of his latest single ‘Tabanca’ as he teamed up with Ronnie Young Jr and Micky Monday on the track. The buzz worthy single is just the re-introduction he needed to show the world his new and refreshing sound. Watch the accompanying video for the track which is only just a taste of so much more in store.

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Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg are now Emmy Award Winners!

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The Super Bowl half time show has a history of being Emmy nominated, and even winning a couple in the design and lighting category. However, after Roc Nation has taken control of the show, they have landed their very first win in the Outstanding Variety Special category.

This win has given the Hip Hop headliners Emmy Award Winners. Also included in this win are Desiree Perez, Dave Meyers, Dionne Harmon, Jesse Collins, and Aaron B. Cooke.

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CeCe Dai brings the heat with ‘Summer Love’

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Triple Threat CeCe Dai is back and better than ever with the release of her latest single ‘Summer Love’. The singer/songwriter who hails from Los Angeles,CA always dreamed of one day becoming an artist and now she is finally coming into her own as rising star. Growing up singing in church , it was clear that she had a passion for music, but little did she know how far it would take her. Now of course she studied the greats like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan , Anita Baker, Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Kim Burrell, Beyoncé and Jazmine Sullivan so you should already know that she takes her craft very serious. Over the years after performing in different groups and singing back up for other artist, it was clear to her that being a solo act was truly what her heart desired. The journey wasn’t always easy and there were many road blocks , but when the Covid—19 pandemic shut the world down she knew that this was her time to truly focus on her music.  Within time she dropped not one by two buzz-worthy singles ‘Love Again’ and ‘ Cold World’ which definitely were in heavy rotation as her fanbase slowly but surely continued to grow. As listeners gravitated to her edgy mix of new and classic r&b , it was clear that she had to give them more of what they been waiting for. Now she’s back with her single ‘Summer Love’ produced by Johnny Lee George. The feel good record co written by Dale Garcia & Cindy Figueroa along with CeCe is sure to be in heavy rotation as she continues to bring a fresh new sound to r&b. Watch the premiere of her scorching hot new video directed Francisco Lopez & Augustine Zepeda as she gives fans just another taste of so much more to come.

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Instagram : @Iam.CeCeDai
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