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Nile Rodgers Talks Joni Sledge, His First Post-Chic Album In 25 Years & Rock Hall Of Fame Confusion

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The death of Sister Sledge’s Joni Sledge is weighing on Nile Rodgers, who co-wrote and co-produced the group’s 1979 breakthrough album We Are Family.

“It’s really heartbreaking,” Rodgers told us backstage before his keynote speech at the South by Southwest conference Wednesday (March 15) in Austin, Texas. “To me, they always felt like our younger sisters. How can they die before us, you know?”

Rodgers considered Joni — who died March 10 at the age of 60 from natural causes — as the alpha sibling of Sister Sledge. “She was sort of like the leader of the group, the most outspoken,” he explained. “Even though Kathy had that magical voice, Joni was the one who, when you ask a question she’s the one who gives the answer, ‘cause all four people can’t speak. It would be a cacophony.”

And even after 38 years, Rodgers still considers the We Are Family album “the best record I ever made.” “That was the record that proved we (Rodgers and his late Chic partner Bernard Edwards) could do what we do for ourselves for others, that we could look inside someone’s soul and put our version of their truth onto them and superimpose it onto them and create this new entity we believed we understood. There’s no filler on Sister Sledge; Every song is awesome. It was a record that was really incredible to us.”

Rodgers is currently in the midst of finishing another album — It’s About Time, his first Chic effort in 25 years. The set was previewed by the single “I’ll Be There” in 2015 but he opted not to release it in 2016 after the year began with the deaths of David Bowie and continued with others and also included a vitriolic presidential campaign. “I had this great, fun, celebratory record and instead of seeing this positive, wonderful world there was this negative world of dark, dark, dark stuff. So I just felt that it wasn’t the time,” Rodgers said. And though he’s not exactly loving the Trump presidency, Rodgers promises this will be the year the album sees release; In fact, he was in Atlanta this week working on the last song for the set before flying to Austin. 

“It hit me that 2017 was the 40th anniversary of Studio 54 and the 40th anniversary of Chic. We started together,” he said. “So I’m thinking that’s a good omen for putting this thing out soon.”

Rodgers said during the keynote that the current incarnation of Chic will be back on the road this year, playing shows with Duran Duran and Earth, Wind &Fire. Before that, however, he’ll be attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 7 in Brooklyn, though he still has mixed feelings about getting an Award For Musical Achievement for himself rather than being inducted with Chic, which has failed to be voted in after 11 nominations.

“I’m still weird and ambivalent about that,” Rodgers says. “It’s like, OK, the other stuff I’ve done achieved more than Chic? We were only successful for two years and only have three albums, but the collective sales and influence is pretty incredible. ‘Le Freak’ alone, that song went to No. 1 three different times on Billboard.” To that end, Rodgers will not bring Chic to perform at the ceremony either. “It doesn’t make any sense to me; ‘wow, we’re OK to play, but not OK to be in?’ It’s weird, I’m cool; I’m fine with them recognizing the other achievements I’ve had in music. That’s great, and I’m thankful and grateful for it. But it’s still…weird.”  

This article originally appeared on: Billboard

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Bonnie X Clyde Release Video For ‘Torn’ On Insomniac

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Earlier this year, Bonnie X Clyde gave a voice to some of the most-often repressed aspects of humanity with their release “Torn” on Insomniac Records. The track peeled back the layers of defense we so often build to lay vulnerable emotions bare, brought to life by Bonnie’s crystalline voice and accented with their signature harmonious bass and futuresque synths. True to form, this BXC’s track is cathartic while also being easy to groove to. Throw “Torn” on for those long, night drives or even when you’re searching for a song to dance to with that special someone. For their listeners, BXC continue to be a beacon of light in times of personal strife, when music is the best form of therapy. “Torn” was produced in collaboration with the mysterious duo Purge, who gained recognition from their debut EP, “Feel Your Love”, which was released and supported by Skrillex’s Nest HQ and OWSLA camps. Their haunting, genre-bending design is the perfect compliment to Bonnie X Clyde’s music.

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We all deal with the feeling of being torn in some way or another,” say Bonnie X Clyde of the inspiration behind the new track. “Torn is about expressing your true, raw feelings and coming to terms with them…and understanding it’s ok to need help and to not be ok all the time.”

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BUKU Music & Arts Fest Returns With A Few Twists

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BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT RETURNS TO

NEW ORLEANS MARCH 9-10, 2018

DISCOUNTED TIER 1 2-DAY TICKETS

ON SALE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 11AM CT

NEW ORLEANS, LA (October 10, 2017) – BUKU Music + Art Project has announced its return to downtown New Orleans on March 9-10, 2018 for the seventh annual edition of the boutique music + arts event.  Inspired by the creative subculture of New Orleans, BUKU sits at the crosshairs of underground warehouse party and major urban music festival by fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with live street art, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, local food vendors, and dozens of surprise “pop-up” performances.

A limited amount of discounted Tier 1 2-day passes will go on sale Wednesday, October 11th at 11am CT.  BUKU is offering General Admission, GA Plus, VIP 21+, VIP and TOO BUKU VIP ticket options.  Travel Package options will also be available at a later time.  When purchasing tickets patrons should be mindful that BUKU is an 18+ event.

BUKU continues to offer Payment Plans which will be available to fans upon checkout.  Additionally, BUKU will again be offering an optional Collectible 3D Magnet which can be paired with a ticket, featuring BUKU’s iconic “moon-eye” illustration which has a new iteration each year.

More information on tickets and ticket pricing can be found at www.thebukuproject.com/tickets.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefits the Upbeat Academy Foundation.

Previous BUKU artists (2012-2017) include, among many others: Alt-J, Anderson .Paak, Art Department, A$AP Rocky, Bassnectar, Borgore, Car Seat Headrest, Cashmere Cat, Chance The Rapper, CHVRCHES, Claude vonStroke, Danny Brown, Datsik, Deadmau5, Die Antwoord, Dillon Francis, Earl Sweatshirt, Explosions in the Sky, The Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Future, G-Eazy, Griz, Gramatik, Hudson Mohawke, Illenium, Jamie Jones, Japandroids, Jauz, Kehlani, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Lil B, Major Lazer, Malaa, Nas, NGHTMRE, Nina Kraviz, Odesza, Passion Pit, Phantogram, Porter Robinson, Portugal. The Man, Pretty Lights, Primus 3D, Purity Ring, Rezz, RL Grime, Run The Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Seth Troxler, Skream, Skrillex, STS9, Tchami, Thundercat, Travis Scott, TV on the Radio, Tycho, Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples, Zeds Dead, ZHU + many more.

The 2018 artist lineup and more information about the festival will be coming soon.

For additional information and to sign up to be the first to receive updates, including lineup announcements, ticket on sales, special offers and more, visit BUKU Music + Art Project on the following platforms:

Web: www.thebukuproject.com

FB: www.facebook.com/BUKUProject

Twitter: @TheBUKUProject

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In New York City? Millionaire Tomer Zur Is Providing U.S. Immigrants With Own Car & Job

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NEW YORK CITY – The American Dream, it’s just that simple.

It is every foreigner’s idea of success. Only found in the “Land of Opportunity”. Making it into the U.S. legally is only half the journey. Especially in the new Trump era, securing employment and stable means of living is even more difficult than ever for a U.S. immigrant. Well, if you are like New York City’s Tomer Zur, your dream provide others an enriched equal opportunity. Providing thousands of U.S. immigrants with jobs.

Estimated net worth of $140 million dollars. The 31-year-old Israel Millionaire is CEO of award-winning consumer transportation company Luxury One Corp.

Through Luxury One Corp’s success, Zur has taken the opportunity to help other immigrants like him with the opportunity of employment upon arriving in the States. Zur is offering immigrants zero down on a vehicle and providing Israelis with employment through Luxury One Corp’s black car taxi service. To date, Tomer has assisted over 4,000 U.S. immigrants with a vehicle of their own and immediate employment at zero down.

After serving three years in the Israeli military, Tomer immigrated to the U.S. in 2006. Finding a home in New York City, he began building his empire on the foundation of his early success as a auto salesman. Launching Luxury One Corp in 2014, the company’s dedication alongside Tomer’s business smarts have quickly became the country’s largest taxi leasing provider.

Luxury One Corp also provides technology services to transportation businesses including mobile app development. Zur and Israeli Tech Company, Mobileye, developed a vision-based advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) to deliver warnings for collision prevention and mitigation.

Ride sharing business is at an all-time high. Since the Ride-Sharing Boom, the automotive business has seen a large decrease in annual purchasing while more and more consumers substitute to the convenient, reliable, and affordable means of transportation. With the boom, comes the huge order of employment opportunities for interested drivers.

“I personally believe that the transportation business in New York City is very competitive; however, I am confidant that we are the most affordable solution for any driver looking for an opportunity to make a living,” says Tomer about the current automotive climate.

So how does Zur’s Luxury One Corp opportunity work exactly?

“They [U.S. Immigrants] are coming here with work visa or green card, Zur explains. “I provide them cars and help them making a decent living with no boss. They’re getting a car that’s good to work in any of app in NYC they don’t need to worry about insurance or repair just go and make money for their family.”

The average market salary for a Luxury One Corp employee is $193,000 per year, ranging from $141,000 to $248.000. The current average cost of living in New York City is estimated at $48,000.

Believing in Zur’s company early on, new car service giants Uber and Lyft aligned with Luxury One Corp as a notable client back in 2015. Helping triple Luxury One’s growth annually to-date.

“Uber approached us (Luxury One Corp) several years ago because the recognized the volume of business, professionalism, and understanding that my company has of the business.”

Tomer further explains, “We assure them [Employees] that we are there for each and every customer on an individual basis to ensure their success. We are here for them every step of the way.”

Tomer offers further incentive with zero money down for inquiring employees.

Tomer specifies, “I don’t take from any drivers down payment or any money when they sign in. My place known as a place that you can walk out with a car without having to put down payment.”

Why so generously noble?

“To humbly answer this question the truth is my generosity and helpfulness is all due to the fact that I personally went thru the struggle when coming to this country. I recognize that the struggle is real, difficult and challenging and if I have the opportunity to help someone I’m delighted to do so,” said Zur, when asked about his inspiration to help his fellow countrymen.

Tomer Zur’s generous self-employment offer couldn’t have come at a better time with the U.S. immigration population at an all time high.

According to a 2015 CNN report, 1,051,031 immigrants are granted lawful permanent residence (“green card”) in the United States. A 2% increase from the year prior. New York was the second top U.S. state where legal permanent residents live with 12.4%. Adding to U.S. immigrant population of more than 43.3 million, making 13.5% of the Nation’s total population.

Luxury One is currently accepting new self-contractors at their Bronx and Manhattan location. All inquiring individuals must provide proper paperwork including, work visa or green card. For complete information, visit the official Luxury One Corp website at www.luxuryonecorp.com or visit Tomer Zur’s official Facebook. Qualifications also may apply.

“We all at Luxury One look to strive and grow along with our customers,” Zur proudly says on his company’s future. “We are looking to constantly expand our fleet. We look to constantly improve our fantastic costumer relationship and service which is everything in this business.”

Several financial reports predict that if Luxury One Corp continues at it’s successful pace by 2020, the company could have over 10,000 taxis and annual sales of approximately $300 million only in NYC area alone. Analysts predict that Luxury One’s success will gradually turn Tomer Zur a billionaire.

Zur has plans of expanding his operations in 2018 to the West Coast. He is currently location shopping in Los Angeles.

Follow Tomer Zur on Facebook for updates and more.

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