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Iyanya: “Artistes Need to Make a Lot of Money to Stay Relevant”

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Living La Vida Superstar is expensive.

Iyanya recently had an interview with Encomium Magazine on how superstars have to live up to everyone’s expectations.

Read Excerpts from the interview;
On why artistes create hit songs and find it hard to maintain: “Music is very expensive. Most of them make money and it’s hard to put it back the same thing. Your next money is not guaranteed because there are lots of artistes. If you say you wouldn’t do show A, they can take artiste B for that show. It doesn’t mean that because you have a hit song, you would be performing at all shows. It doesn’t work like that. So, some of these guys, it’s hard for them. It’s hard for them to follow up. Follow up is the hardest thing to do. Many artistes make a hit but the money they make from that hit is not even enough for them to support or sponsor the next video. So don’t blame them”.

On the need make a lot of money to stay relevant: “Yes. Let me give you an instance. I had a show here in Lagos, I was in Dubai. They made a mistake and booked my flight for Monday and the show was on Sunday. We rushed to the airport, they said no that my ticket was for the next day. After much pleading and explaining that I had a show that night in Lagos, they said alright.

I could board but not business class since it wasn’t my flight. I had to fly economy class with my business class ticket. Sitting down there, people around where staring at me like what am I doing here. A woman even walked up to me and said “Iyanya, you no suppose dey here now, na the other side you suppose dey”. What came to my mind next was that I can’t just decide to fly economy today, it will become gist. I have to work hard, I have to make money, to live up to your expectations. It’s not like am living my life for you but its the life I chose. So, I have to do it.”

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Fox Delays ‘Anubis’ in Favor of ‘Ice Age 5′

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Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have announced that they will release a fifth movie in the Ice Age series on July 15, 2016. The core cast of Ray Romano as Manny, John Leguizamo as Sid, and Dennis Leary as Diego are expected to return, though Fox has issued no further details. The Ice Age movies been the work of director Carlos Saldanha until the most recent Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).

The reveal of Ice Age 5 should come as no surprise given the financial success of the franchise. Both Continental Drift and its predecessor Dawn of the Dinosaurs brought in over $800 million worldwide on budgets of less than $100 million each. Still, the news may disappoint some since July 2016 had originally been the release date of Anubis, an adaptation of a young adult fiction series by Bruce Zick. Zick’s story The Anubis Tapestry follows a young man as he braves the Egyptian Underworld to save his father’s spirit from a Pharaoh’s curse. Fox and Blue Sky have pushed back Anubis to 2018.

For those wondering, Ice Age still has eight films to go after this one before it matches Universal’s Land Before Time series. Who would have thought animated franchises that began with a group of prehistoric animals forming a makeshift family as they set off on a journey would be so ripe for sequel material?

Omar Borkan Al Gala gives exclusive interview

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Al-gala-3“Whoever gives me love, I just give love back. Whoever says ‘I love you,’ I say, ‘I love you too,’” 25-year-old Emirati photographer, actor, and model Omar Borkan Al Gala answered when asked to respond to all the attention that he’s getting from his fans from all around the world.

A photo of Al Gala, who is based on Vancouver but originally hails from Dubai, went viral on the internet in late April after several news websites including Jezebel identified him as one of the three men from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who were supposedly deported from Saudi Arabia for being “too handsome.”

Since then, some have questioned the truth of the reports. A Harvard-based blog about Islamic laws in the news called Islamix said that no deportations actually took place, and that “no one in the English press bothered to actually fact check the story.”

Regardless of whether the reports are true, Al Gala has already enjoyed a huge boost to his online popularity as “The Man Too Handsome for Saudi Arabia.” Comments like “You’re so handsome!” and “Marry me!” are posted all over his Facebook page, which is now nearing one million likes.Al-gala-diva

“The attention is one of the things that every man in this world wants, especially from the girls, right? So every man wants to be in that place where he gets all the people’s attention and everyone’s looking after him. It happens to me and it feels great,” Al Gala told “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.”

Watch the full interview with Omar Borkan Al Gala via Facetime in the video below.

“Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” also interviewed Al Gala’s manager, Abdul Salih, who described his talent’s rise to fame as surreal: “We don’t know how to explain it. One day you’re living your normal life where everything is kinda stable and everything’s normal how it is, and then all of a sudden you get calls from different parts of the world, and your whole world just turns upside down almost overnight.”

Salih also believes that Al Gala is more than just his good looks. The proud manager says Al Gala also wants to share his photography with the world.

“Good looks is not everything … For him, I think it’s more about passion. He did it all, not for the fame, not for the money, but for creating beautiful things. He did it with his heart and now it’s circling back to him.”

Now, the new internet sensation is set to star in UAE’s first short film “51” alongside “Homeland” star Navid Negahban, Mylène Gomera, Dana Hamdan and Rik Aby.

When asked if Al Gala has plans of visiting the Philippines, Salih said they’ll continue to stay connected and as long as his fans are tuned in and committed, the possibilities for Al Gala are endless.

Nas Reveals New Album Details, Business Ventures & More

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Over a year since the release of his sixth No. 1 album, “Life Is Good,” Nasir “Nas” Jones is still living the good life as hip hop’s distinguished Don.

Following its release, the veteran New York lyricist, who celebrated his 40th birthday last month, has remained active touring across the globe, recording, and investing into business ventures to add to his ever-evolving portfolio.

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, God’s Son opened up on being the brand ambassador for Hennessy’s “Wild Rabbit” campaign, in addition to details on his forthcoming 2014 as-yet-untitled opus, and plans on etching his imprint into the fashion industry.

What attracted you to work with the Hennessy brand and their “Wild Rabbit” campaign?

They called me and it was just great timing. I’ve been on the Henny for so long. That’s everybody’s original drink. So over the years I tried a lot of different things, from tequila, to whatever. And I’ve been away from Henny for a while. And it was ironic, when I got the call from them is when I got back into Hennessy. It was like magic.

What has been the most interesting thing that you discovered since working with the brand?

That Cognac was a place in France, and that’s where they make the product. There’s barrels of this stuff that’s centuries old, stored in old stone warehouses. And it’s a serious process that goes into making each bottle. And it comes from grapes, I had no idea. I never thought about where cognac came from. I assumed just sparkling wine and red wine, all of that was grapes. I never took the time to think, “wow, this thing comes from grapes too.” And there’s a real place called Cognac, France. Which is a cool country side.

Next year will mark the 20-year anniversary of the release of “Illmatic.” Are there any special plans underway to commemorate the milestone?

We’re putting together a concert. And I think we’re going to do something with the album and repackage it with special stuff. I think that’s in the works.

Earlier this year you initially planned to unveil the title to your next album. What has been the cause of the delay?

I got a little busy, and I wasn’t sure it was really a real fit for the record. It felt like I came up with it too easy. And I like that because “Life Is Good” came up on its own. It just popped in my head. So the next title came up in a similar way, but it was probably too early.

Thus far, how is the album shaping up in terms of its direction?

With “Life Is Good” it felt like hip hop needed an album to help steer the direction of the sound and the rest of the albums that were coming out that year. Or to re-encourage the ones that were working to say, “It’s ok to make a hip hop album.” And that was my goal with that. And I think I accomplished that. I think after that I saw a nice sharp turn for the better in rap albums. So that mission is completed.

With this record, ah man … It’s the next chapter in myself as a writer. I’m really excited about every new leaf I turn. Every new endeavor. I’m excited about that and all the potential that comes with everything new that I do. And all my ideas can come to fruition. And that excites me, because there’s no limits to what I can do, in terms of trying to be an inspiration. I just want to do well for the listeners out there. Do well for the whole genre. So I’m excited.

One particular track off the album that has piqued fans’ interest is, “Sinatra In The Sands,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. What was the recording process like?

Excitement… Excitement to work and be in the place that we’re all are at, musically. Those are the guys who lasted the test of time, and those guys are at the top of their game. They’re just company to be in. So that’s the whole vibe of that. And of course the title says it all.

Lyrically, where are you taking fans on the track?

More like from a musician’s stand point, someone who’ve been around. Because Sinatra has been around and he has a long, long standing with the stage and the audience for years. And he evolved. His talent got better just like wine. And I think that’s something a lot of people want to achieve. So that’s what this song is really about. Striving to be the best you, like Sinatra had become.

In recent weeks you’ve been photographed in the studio with Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri. Will the collaboration appear on your album?

That’s on her album, and it’s a banger! I was excited to get back in the studio with her. She’s one of the greatest voices of our generation. She’s on another level. Just working with an artist that big really shows me how much further I can go. I’ve been inspired just sitting there talking to her. She’s very smart and extremely talented. And I’m just happy to work with her again.

In the past you two remade Keith Sweat’s timeless classic, “Make It Last Forever.” If you guys could hypothetically go back and remake another classic hit, what would it be?

Wow! I think me and her would be Marvin [Gaye] and Tammi Terrell in a way. Their track, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing,” or something like that.

Aside from the Hennessy campaign and music you’ve also launched your new clothing line, HSTRY. How much input do you have in each design?

Total input on everything. From picking out fabric to the designs. It’s a collaborative effort between me and Grungy Gentleman. So what you’ve been seeing from HSTRY is not 100 percent HSTRY. It’s half HSTRY, half Grungy Gentleman. That was the way we launched it on that level. But the Spring collection is the next thing. We’re going to have some cool pieces this Winter. But next Spring is where my head is at, which will be 100 percent HSTRY.

How has your experience working with the Willie Esco brand better prepared you for HSTRY?

I saw the future of Esco being a $200 – $300 million company, but they didn’t. Those guys didn’t foresee the Sean John and Rocawear thing. They didn’t foresee it because they just weren’t in that head space. They didn’t believe in it, so I left because I didn’t believe in the direction. And through the years I’ve been wanting to do something here and there, but I didn’t have the time. I knew it would come later down the road at some point. So I just waited till it felt like it was the right time.

Where do you envision your style in the fashion industry?

Just a great look, comfort, and quality. My thing spans from my 90s wear, where it’s all military, it’s all fatigue-style stuff, but just make it higher end and current. And also, the athletic styles of that time. Without revealing all my secrets, I have a wide range of ideas for HSTRY. It’s just unstoppable with all the directions I have for this thing. I’m excited to get that off the ground, and we’re just starting. It looks like 2014 is going to be another big year for me.

Microsoft to roll out Windows 8.1 on Oct. 17

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Windows 8.1 will launch nearly one year after the release of Windows 8. (Microsoft)

Microsoft will roll out the first major update for Windows 8 nearly a year after the operating system made its debut.

Windows 8.1 will be available to existing Windows 8 users as a free update that they can download from the Windows Store starting at 4 a.m. PDT on Oct. 17. The update will also be available at retail stores the next day.

“Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of our commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for our customers,” Microsoft said in a blog announcing the release date.

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Among the changes in the new version of the Microsoft operating system is a search feature powered by Bing that shows users results from their own files as well as links and information on the Web.

Users will also have more customization options in Windows 8.1. On the Start Screen, users will be able to choose animated images for their backgrounds or use any of their pictures for their backgrounds — as opposed to just color backgrounds. They will also be able to set up slide shows for their lock screens, rather than just a static image.

Other changes include a new version of Internet Explorer, files saving to the SkyDrive cloud storage service by default, and overall quicker performance.

Eager users can sign up to try an early, preview version of Windows 8.1 now.

“It’s very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its one-year anniversary,” Microsoft said.

Swag Kings and Queens

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Finding yourself on the Eviction Nominee list is no doubt one of the most dreaded experiences in the Big Brother House but the one up side of being a Nominee is that come Sunday Biggie; has got you covered on the swag front.
Today Big Brother’s army of hair stylists marched into the Diamond and Ruby Houses to work their magic on the Nominated Housemates. In the Diamond House weave expert Dillish got her hair washed and styled while Hakeem choose to go bald. HoH Nando; who used his ‘Save and Replace’ power to save himself and put Maria’s head under the Eviction guillotine this Monday; opted to not get his hair done.
In the Ruby House; Bolt got his regular trim and shave. He and Natasha must be so used to the pampering by now after all they get Nominated every week. Speaking of Natasha; the Malawian copped herself a new curly weave as did Annabel. Looking good ladies.
Sulu got his afro twisted into loose short afro dreadlocks. Earlier today the Zambian shared with his fellow Rubies that he had a feeling that he would be going tonight. Little does he know that HoH Feza actually saved his from the grasps of Eviction and chose to throw Pokello under the bus. Luckily for the Zimbabwean self-proclaimed ‘Swag Queen’; she stays looking fresh. Even without a stylist she is sure to be looking glam when Africa’s eyes are upon her this evening.

What do you think of the Nominated Housemates and their new dos? Who’s Hot and who’s Not?