Coachella 2017 lineup unveiled

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The new year has barely kicked off and Coachella has already unveiled their star-studded lineup for the 2017 edition of the music festival. On Tuesday (Jan. 3), the annual California music festival unleashed it’s lengthy and star-studded lineup for 2017. Radiohead will headline both Friday (April 14 and 21) of the event while Beyoncé will headline both Saturdays (April 15 and 22). Kendrick Lamar will close out each Sunday (April 16 and 23) of the shows.

Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar maybe the bigger font artists on the band, but a slew of other big names will also perform during the two weekend. The xx, Travis Scott, Father John Misty, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Bon Iver, Future, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Gucci Mane, Lorde, Justice, New Order, and many more join the long list of artists taking over Indio, Calif. in late April. The music festival’s official poster with all the musicians scheduled for the event can be seen below.

Coachella 2017 is set to take over the Empire Polo Club during two weekends in April. The first weekend is scheduled for April 14-17 while the second weekend will take place from April 21-23. Advance ticket sales took place last June which allowed buyers to participate in the Coachella payment plan. For those who did not purchase their passes during the advance ticket sales, general passes will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. PST. For more information about the music festival or tickets, head on over to Coachella’s website here.

Coldplay Release Beyoncé Featured Song

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With a few days left until the release of their seventh studio album, Coldplay has released another song off the new record. On Monday (Nov. 30), the group debuted their third song off of A Head Full of Dreams. The new track is titled “Hymn for the Weekend” and made its official debut during Annie Mac’s BBC Radio show, yesterday afternoon.

If the title of the song sticks out to you, it’s because it’s the song that features Beyoncé. Last week, the United Kingdom-based band posted snippets of all their new songs on Instagram while also revealing which were the ones to feature guest stars. Coldplay had previously confirmed that “Hymn for the Weekend” was the track that the pop star lent her vocals to.

After the song made its world premiere, bassist Guy Berryman called into the show to speak about the song. As it turns out, frontman Chris Martin wanted the song to be a “party jam.” Instead, things changed, as did the story behind the song. “Then the whole story changed and then he asked Beyoncé to sing on it, and she very kindly said she would.”

Check out the song here.

The premiere of “Hymn for the Weekend” comes a few days after another new song from the album was released. During the weekend, Coldplay released the song “Everglow” which feature vocals from Martin’s ex-wife/actress Gwynth Paltrow.

Before that, the band released lead single “Adventure of a Lifetime” as well as its music video which features monkey versions of the band members performing the song. A Head Full of Dreams is set to be released this Friday, Dec. 4.

2015 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Announced

After breaking the news yesterday that Miley Cyrus will be hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards because the network would not “let her perform” following her infamous “Blurred Lines” performance with Robin Thicke, the network has now announced the complete list of nominees for the 32nd installment of the annual event.

Debuting exclusively on Apple’s “Beats 1 Chart” show earlier today, the nominees included the usual suspects whose music is constantly played on a loop on top 20 radio and on MTV (when they play music that is).

Leading the pack with the most nominations this year is Kendrick Lamar with five while Taylor Swift came in with a total of four. Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran came in behind Swift with a total of three nominations apiece.

The complete list of nominees for all the MTV VMA categories can be seen below with the exception of the socially voted categories. According to MTV, those categories will be announced at a later date. Voting for categories such as “Best Female Video,” “Best Male Video,” and “Video of the Year” are currently open on MTV’s VMAs website.

MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2015 NOMINEES:

Video of the Year
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Collaboration
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Ariana Grande feat. the Weeknd, “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”

Best Video With a Social Message
Jennifer Hudson, “I Still Love You”
Colbie Calliat, “Try”
Big Sean, “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna, “American Oxygen”
Wale, “The White Shoes”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Big Sean, “I Don’t F—k With You”

Best Rock Video
Hozier, “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine, “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”

Best Female Video
Beyoncé, “7/11″
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Sia, “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do”
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Nick Jonas, “Chains”
The Weeknd, “Earned It”
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé, “7/11”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5, “Sugar”

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy, “Riptide”
George Ezra, “Budapest”
James Bay, “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs, “Pendulum”

Best Art Direction
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante, art dir.)
Snoop Dogg, “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal, art dir.)
Jack White, “Would You Fight For My Love?” (Jeff Peterson, art dir.)
The Chemical Brothers, “Go” (Michel Gondry, art dir.)
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, art dir.)

Best Choreography
Beyonce, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, choreographers; Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano”)
OK Go, “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man, Mori Harano, choreographers)
Chet Faker, “Gold” (Ryan Heffington, choreographer)
Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs, choreographer)
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Keone, Mari Madrid, dir.)

Best Cinematography
Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Seiple, DP)
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl, DP)
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst, DP)
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown, DP)
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson, DP)

Best Direction
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn, dir.)
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy, dir.)
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies, dir.)
Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost, dir.)
Childish Gambino, “Sober” (Hiro Murai, dir.)

Best Editing
Beyonce, “7/11″ (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing, editors)
Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London, editor)
Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes @ Cosmo Street, editor)
A$AP Rocky, “L$D” (Dexter Navy, editor)
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, editor)

Best Visual Effects
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios, vfx)
FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, & Max Chyzhevskyy, vfx)
Childish Gambino, “Telegraph Ave” (Gloria FX, vfx)
Skrillex & Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (Brewer, vfx)
Tyler, the Creator, “F*cking Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX, vfx)

The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30. The show will begin at 9 p.m. ET, right after the live red carpet coverage ends.

Budweiser Made in America Festival Unveil 2015 Philadelphia Line-Up

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While Jay-Z’s TiDAL is not exactly going as planned, one thing the rapper can rely on is the line-up for his Budweiser Made in America Festival is going to be a collection of artists to give everyone with a specific music taste a little something.

Today, the line-up for the 2015 Philadelphia edition of the weekend-long festival was unveiled and just like it was stated before, there are several artists to satisfy everyone’s music palette.

Headlining the festival will be Beyoncé, though she hasn’t put out any new music in a while, and The Weeknd, fresh off the success of his Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack songs.

Also on the line-up are Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Nick Jonas, Metric, De La Soul, Future, and many more.

The complete list of artists heading to Philly in September can be seen below.

Proceeds from the two-day festival will benefit the United Ways in Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, and Lancaster County, PA.

Tickets for the festival will on sale to the general public next Monday, June 29, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. For those who are American Express Card Members, tickets will go on sale beginning tomorrow, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. EDT and will conclude on Sunday, June 28, at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

Budweiser Made in American Festival will take place during the weekend of Sept. 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA.

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Garbage Frontwoman Calls Out Kanye West’s Grammy “Disrespect”

Kanye West’s attempt to re-do his “Imma let you finish” from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was at first believed to be a joke, but the rapper soon made people realize that he doesn’t have a single funny bone in his body and did it just to spite the true winner of “Album of the Year.” Because, you know, if Kanye doesn’t like it, everyone else doesn’t like it either.

Do we need anymore proof that he’s “America’s Biggest Douchebag”?

For the most part, the vast majority of people have taken a stance against West and his immature antics, but artists and musicians a like have been rather mum about the attack on artistry and the fact that a man who plays a lot of instruments, sings, and writes his own music is not an artist (as opposed to a guy who just press play and auto-tunes everything).

One musician who definitely went on the defensive, not allowing people to just claim “it’s Kanye just being Kanye,” is Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson.

Manson, who with her group have earned seven Grammy nominations, took to Facebook to publish and open letter directed at West and his lack of a conscience and ego the size of the planet.

“Dear Kanye West,

It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and most importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.

You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.

In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.

Grow up and stop throwing your toys around. You are making yourself look like a complete twat.

PS I’m pretty certain Beyoncé doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”

And we agree.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Soundtrack Artists Unmasked

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While we will be the first to admit that we have read the Fifty Shades of Grey series (several times, we might add), we will also be the first to admit that the casting for the movie is not what we imagined nor are we that excited for it following all the publicity behind it.

One thing we are excited for is the soundtrack for the upcoming film.

Since the new version of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” made its debut during the first trailer for the film, we’ve been wondering what the soundtrack would sound like considering music plays a role in the book series.

Yesterday afternoon, the full tracklist for the soundtrack was unveiled and like we had already known, Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Ellie Goulding are some of the artists on the list, but between Sia, Frank Sinatra, and The Rolling Stones you will find an interesting addition: Danny Elfman.

Yes, the man who voiced Jack Skellington and has written countless scores for Tim Burton will be contributing two scores for the soundtrack: one in honor of our main characters Ana and Christian, and another titled, “Did That Hurt?”

Fitting.

Check out the full tracklist below as well as The Weeknd and Ellie Goulding’s previously released songs.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK TRACKLIST:

1. “I Put A Spell On You (Fifty Shades of Grey)” – Annie Lennox
2. “Undiscovered” – Laura Welsh
3. “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” – The Weeknd
4. “Meet Me In The Middle” – Jessie Ware
5. “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
6. “Haunted (Michael Diamond Remix)” – Beyoncé
7. “Salted Wound” – Sia
8. “Beast Of Burden” – The Rolling Stones
9. “I’m On Fire” – AWOLNATION
10. “Crazy In Love (2014 Remix)” – Beyoncé
11. “Witchcraft” – Frank Sinatra
12. “One Last Night” – Vaults
13. “Where You Belong” – The Weeknd
14. “I Know You” – Skylar Grey
15. “Ana And Christian” – Danny Elfman
16. “Did That Hurt?” – Danny Elfman

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released in theaters on Feb. 13, so get your girlfriends together and go see it for Galentine’s Day, we guess.

American Music Award Winners List

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Another Sunday night, another music award show has called it a day. The American Music Awards which was hosted by “Fireball” head honcho Pitbull gave us performances from some of the biggest names in music at the moment including Selena Gomez performing her new song “The Heart Wants What it Wants,” Taylor Swift opening with “Blank Space,” Fergie returning to the music world with “LA Love” and our personal favorites, 5 Seconds of Summer covering The Romantics’ hit “What I Like About You.”

All performances of the evening can currently be seen here.

In between all the performances, a couple of awards were handed out as well. Check out the full list of winners below, all chosen by fans during the last two months since the nominees were revealed.

2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S:

5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR:

“Fancy”- Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Rude” – MAGIC!
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:

John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:

Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK:

Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK:

Pure Heroine – Lorde
Midnight Memories – One Direction
Prism – Katy Perry

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY:

Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY:

Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences – Garth Brooks
The Outsiders – Eric Church
Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP:

Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP:

The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Nothing Was The Same – Drake
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:

Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B:

Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Love in the Future – John Legend
G I R L – Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK:

Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY:

Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN:

Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL:

Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM):

Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK:

Frozen
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

2014 American Music Award Nominees Unveiled

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The 2014 American Music Award nominees are here and like many of the other music-centric awards shows that are upcoming, many of the nominees include those that have taken over the radio.

Coming in with the most nomination is Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea with a total of six. With a total of five each, we have a tie between John Legend, Katy Perry, and Pharrell Williams.

Check out the full list of nominations below.

2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL’S:
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR:
“Fancy”- Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Rude” – MAGIC!
“Dark Horse” – Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK:
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK:
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK:
Pure Heroine – Lorde
Midnight Memories – One Direction
Prism – Katy Perry

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY:
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY:
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY:
Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences – Garth Brooks
The Outsiders – Eric Church
Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP:
Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP:
The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
Nothing Was The Same – Drake
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:
Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B:
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B:
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Love in the Future – John Legend
G I R L – Pharrell Williams

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK:
Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY:
Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN:
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL:
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM):
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

TOP SOUNDTRACK:
Frozen
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

The AMAs will take place on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater and will air on ABC. Newcomer and nominee, Charli XCX has already been confirmed as the first performer of the award show.

Voting for all categories, except for “New Artist of the Year” are currently up on the AMA’s website. The New Artists category will open on Nov. 1 and will close during the first hour of the telecast.

Watch No Doubt and Sting Perform “Message in a Bottle”

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It’s been a couple of years since No Doubt have been on the stage together, but the band hit the stage last night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

For their encore, the band were joined on stage by Sting to perform his song, “Message in a Bottle.”

The special performance wasn’t so much of a surprise considering that earlier in the week, it was revealed Sting would be hitting the stage with the California band, but that was all that was announced.

Check out the video of the performance.

No Doubt and Sting were just some of the acts that performed at the third annual Global Citizen Festival. Also taking the stage were power-couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé who teamed up for Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,”  like they did during the “On the Run” Tour with Beyoncé filling in on Justin Timberlake’s parts, and “Forever Young.”

The Roots, fun., Alicia Keys, and Tiesto also performed at the festival is sponsored by the Global Citizen movement, an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, which works to end extreme poverty by 2030.

The goal of the festival is to raise awareness and promote activism to end poverty. This year, Global Citizen is striving for commitments in vaccines, education and sanitation.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Release Pre-“On The Run” Short Film

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With rumors of infidelity, pregnancy, and we can’t forget that now famous elevator video, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have had one headline worthy and packed summer which also included that little “On the Run” Tour which is where talks of a potential break-up stemmed from.

Like it was reported months ago, the power couple had decided to film their Paris shows at the Stade de France this past weekend (Sept. 12 and 13) for an HBO special titled, On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In conjunction with the special which is slated to premiere this Saturday, Sept. 20, the duo have teamed up with director Dikayl Rimmasch to release a series of cinematic short films.

The three-part series is titled Bang Bang (not to be confused with the Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj collaboration) and heavily draws inspiration from Bonnie and Clyde. The series portrays the performers as the famed outlaws which we all know the two like since their first collaboration was called “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” and their tour was named “On the Run.”

In an interview Rimmasch expressed what the couple were trying to portray int eh video saying, “We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliche. On the run from doing the same thing again.”

But when you’re banking as much as you are for these shows, it’s kind of hard to do the same thing again.