Jay Z’s Made In America Expands to Los Angeles, Becomes Bicoastal Music Fest | Billboard


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The Budweiser-sponsored festival will take place in both L.A. and Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend

The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles – and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor Day Weekend. Founding partner and curator Jay Z made the announcement from the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall Wednesday (April 16) morning alongside the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti, Budweiser vice president Brian Perkins, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and President and CEO United Way of Greater Los Angeles Elise Buik.

Budweiser Made In America will be the first festival to operate simultaneously on both U.S. coasts. Official lineups for both festivals are expected in early May. Performances from both festivals will also be livestreamed by Budweiser.

In its second year, attendance to the 2013 Made In America doubled from 40,000 to 80,000, a sign that further expansion might be afoot. Budweiser, Jay Z’s Roc Nation and the City of Los Angeles spent the better part of the last month convincing the City Council to hold an event in L.A.’s Grand Park downtown before a final agreement was reached.

“I want to thank Budweiser for putting together a show that’s in the city, not some far-off place you can’t get to,” Jay Z said in his remarks at the press conference, before quickly adding, “No disrespect to any other festivals, no shots. Look how beautiful this park is, it’s accessible to everyone, it’s inclusion it’s not exclusion. We started two years ago in Philadelphia and had huge success, and I’m sure we’ll have even more success here in Los Angeles. We’re very proud to be here in America.”

As lineup details are finalized over the new couple weeks, Budweiser’s Perkins says that each festival will be distinct and unique to its respective city. Los Angeles, for example, is a city whose population is 40-45% Hispanic. “That’s not the case in Philadelphia,” he told Billboard. “You’re going to see that manifest itself in food options, certain artists, the way that we talk about the festival, the way that we advertise the festival. It has to be meaningful to the city otherwise we wouldn’t do it.”

The last time Jay Z made an announcement regarding Made In America, he stuck around for one-on-one interviews on the steps of Philly’s iconic art museum where the festival ended up taking place. The rapper-mogul was not on hand for further comment Wednesday, however, to respond to rumors that he would soon be hitting the road with wife Beyonce on a joint stadium tour.

The inaugural Made In America festival in 2012 was a notable success, grossing over $5 million in ticket sales and reporting over 40,000 attendees to Billboard BoxScore. Los Angeles’ capacity is anticipated for 50,000, while Philly will likely once again be designed to accommodate the 80,000 that attended last year’s festival.



Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Xscape

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It’s no secret – the music industry is suffering. The music industry is suffering so much that Timbaland, one of the greatest producers of my generation, is producing a dead man’s album. Michael Jackson is dead and has a new album coming out. Yep. Go ahead a take a moment to decide if you want to release the awkward laughter. What the? Are there no good alive artists to produce anymore?

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The album – titled Xscape – is scheduled to release May 13, 2014, and I am not here for it. Michael Jackson would not have approved of this boring album cover, that awful costume or the bad wig. I haven’t even listened to the song yet, but I already don’t like it. LA Reid, Epic Records CEO, released this statement to justify his and his camp’s greed and lack of morals:

“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world. Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

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Ummm, ok. If Michael Jackson expressed strong desire to work with someone, he would have worked with them…he was Michael Jackson – cut the crap. You are using recorded material that he never released because he didn’t want to release it and trying to make money off of his name. We are not stupid and we are not buying it. Nice try though.

To the loyal fans of my music: please do not let anyone produce my album if I’m dead. Hahaha. Thanks.

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Throwback Thursday – Khaliah Ain’t Misbehavin

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This was one of my favorite performances of my career!  So much fun!

You can see the full video on my youtube channel :)

Special thanks to my starting place, Music Theatre of Wichita!

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Music Video Concepts

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Ok guys, I think I found The One to shoot my music video! Huh? What was that? When will I stop the shameless plugs of The One? I didn’t quite hear you. Did you say, The One?

I’m all excited now.  The director and I set a shoot date and I will invite you guys down to the set before it happens. Now the fun part begins…planning the video concept.  I’ve been on youtube checking out some stuff, old and new, to see what’s out there. Do people still watch music videos? YES, but they watch them online, and that’s exactly where I will be.

There are so many different directions we could go with the visuals to this song. I’m trying to decide if I want to go simple, just me and the song, or bigger with a cast.  Here is a couple of my favs – simple & fancy:

What do you think?  Simple or fancy?

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Seeking Independent Director for New Music Video

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Sooooo, I have this new song out, called The One.  Have you heard it?  I’m ready to shoot a music video for this song of mine.  Do you know an independent director who would like to shoot it?  If so, send them my way.  Professionals only, or film students, not your cousin’s next door neighbor with a video camera.

Interested directors can send me an email to contact@khaliah.com with links to view your work.


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