'So You Think You Can Dance': watch the Top 20 performances

July 23, 2015
So You Think You Can Dance aired its tenth anniversary celebrating all the memorable dances over the years.

The "Street vs Stage" portion of Season 12 is still going strong. The Top 18 performed on Monday night's show and two dancers (one from Team Street and one from Team Stage) will be eliminated. Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abul and Jason Derulo are the judges with Cat Deely as host.

Catch the show Mondays on FOX.

Check out some of the performances below:



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BET Experience: Janelle Monae talks music career, heading Wondaland Records

July 18, 2015
Photo: Courtesy Wondaland Records
When Taylor Swift’s comments about Apple Music’s performance artist's royalty policy forced the industry giant to change their views, she proved that female artists could be and should be seen as industry leaders and pioneers, not only as music artists but women are building the future of the music industry as well.

The same could be said for artist Janelle Monae. While not as high-profile or as highly-ranked on the Billboard charts as Swift, the Grammy nominated singer and songwriter with such songs as “Tightrope” and “Yoga,” is making strides of her own, both as an artist and as the head of her own recording label, Wondaland Records. Monae talked about her career at The BET Experience “Genius Talks” Series panel last month in Los Angeles.

Monae’s Wondaland label, which has a roster of up and coming artists including Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna and Roman GianArthur, lets the artists be themselves - something that is hard to do with some many trying to find an identity that gets people noticed.

Jidenna’s summer R&B hit “Classic Man” is climbing the charts thanks in part to Monae’s support. Monae is very protective of her artists as they put their music out for all to see, something the singer thanks, Puffy (Sean Diddy Combs) for doing for her.

“I had a few doors open for me through Puffy,” Monae said. “He came to be and said ‘Listen, I don’t want to part of the creative, I just want people to know about you.’ I said okay, put that in the contact and we can do it. (Laughs) this is the moment. I have to do this. I’m thankful that I’m now able to have four incredibly gifted artists.” Monae also spoke about her efforts to make music in spite of the restrictions the industry and world try to place on an artist making music today.

“What we like to say at Wondaland is that we do things according to our soul clock,” Monae said. “You have to do things according to your inner compass and that’s what I go by.”

Monae is known for her unique style of music that reflects the history of her parents as well as her ancestors. She supports her artists in the same way.

Wondaland Records is a movement first and then it’s a label,” Monae says. “My job is to be like big sis…say, hey. You know this is what I think, what do you think but at the end of the day, the artist always makes the final decision. I just to you know…the artist always makes the final call – the final decision. I’m just here for guidance and if my brother or sister is ever slipping, just to be there for them.”

As a woman running and owning her own label, Monae hopes that more woman will get behind the scenes as well.

“As a woman, we need more female label heads,” said Monae of the music industry today. “We understand, we are strong yet compassionate. We understand how the music goes… we get it in a way that I have not seen… I want more women running these labels and calling the shots.”

Monae’s current album “The Electric Lady,” featuring appearances by Erykah Badu,, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding, is available now.

This article was originally published in July 2015 on Axs.com

'The Flash','Arrow': CW sets premiere dates for their series

July 8, 2015
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CW has announced return dates for their most popular shows, including "The Flash," "Arrow" and "Supernatural."

"The Flash" returns for its second season on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm ET/PT. The freshman series was the network's highest rated series in its history, garnering an average of  6 million viewers.

 "Arrow" returns for its fourth season on Wednesday, October 7th.

Premiere week continues on Thursday, October 8th with the "The Vampire Diaries" returning for a seventh season followed by The Originals on a new night. Reign returns on Friday, October 9th at 8pm.

Two other CW shows—the critically acclaimed "Jane the Virgin" returns on Monday, October 19th.

The complete schedule is listed below: 

Check out the full premiere schedule below.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
8:00-10:00pm                IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL NIGHT ONE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
8:00-10:00pm                IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL NIGHT TWO
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
8:00-9:00pm                  THE FLASH (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm                IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
8:00-9:00pm                  ARROW (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm                SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
8:00-9:00pm                  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere) 
9:00-10:00pm                THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
8:00-9:00pm                  REIGN (Season Premiere) 
9:00-10:00pm                AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL CYCLE 22
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19
8:00-9:00pm                  CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Series Premiere)  
9:00-10:00pm                JANE THE VIRGIN (Season Premiere)
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'Blood and Oil' premieres Sunday, September 27 on ABC

July 6, 2015
Many of your favorite TV stars are making a return to series TV, including Don Johnson who will star in the upcoming ABC series, "Blood and Oil." 

The series tells the story of Billy and Cody Lefever, who dream if a new beginning beyond their working class roots. They move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.

“Blood & Oil” stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.

Check out a preview below: 



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Pharrell Williams helps launch Apple Music with single 'Freedom'

July 3, 2015
Pharell became the first artitst to let launch the brand new streaming service Apple Music with the release of his new song, “Freedom.”  

The composer of the Oscar nominated "Happy" is currently working on Season 9 of "The Voice" along side coaches Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
Pharrell Williams was instrumental in coaching Season 8 contestant Sawyer Fredericks win the entire competition. 

Apple can under fire for initially not paying royalties to artists who music they would be offering during their trial period. 
They idea was quickly halted when Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to the electronics giant stating her objection. 
Check out Apple Music.
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