Justin Bieber, noted pop star and standard bearer of Canadian exceptionalism, was arrested early this morning in Miami for drag racing his rented yellow Lamborghini (classy), while intoxicated (smart), in a residential neighborhood of Miami Beach (responsible), with an expired driver’s license (really?). Oh, also, resisting arrest.
Furthermore, he had two SUVs blocking off traffic on side streets so that the race could take place. Bieber was apparently racing an associate who was driving a Ferrari. Also while intoxicated.
And finally, it’s coming to light that the singer’s entourage had a police escort, prior to this incident, as he traveled from strip club to strip club. This is also being investigated, with city officials saying this was not approved and would be considered highly unorthodox.
I’m sure we can expect prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. When he gets off with probation, we can be secure in the knowledge that that is exactly the same punishment any of us would receive for racing a sports car while drunk and high in someone’s neighborhood without a driver’s license before fighting with the police.
Hip-hop is no stranger to violence, whether it’s in boastful lyrics, videos, or the actual past lives of emcees who’ve escaped the streets and struggles of the inner city. Sometimes, though, it gets too real. Cut to Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Rick Ross barely escaped a barrage of bullets in an apparent drive-by shooting on the morning of his 37 birthday. Ross and girlfriend Shateria L. Moragne-el were reportedly on their way to a birthday breakfast when a gunman from another car opened fire on Ross’ 2011 Rolls-Royce. Ross sped away, only to quickly crash into a nearby apartment building. Though the bullets pierced the window of a nearby diner, neither Ross, nor his girlfriend, nor any of the diner patrons were injured. The night before, Ross has been celebrating his birthday with P. Diddy at the LIV nightclub in Miami. (more…)
Attention ravers. As if this years Ultra Music Festival lineup wasn’t enough to get you stoked for the 15th Anniversary of the internationally acclaimed festival, Miami commissioners have given the go on a second weekend of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in Bayfront Park in Miami, FL. This marks the first ever EDM festival to span two weekends, March 15-17 and 22-24 to be specific.
Last year, Ultra raked in over $79 million for the economy of the Miami area, and that number is sure to be surpassed with this massive expansion of the festival. Coincidentally, the amount of resources, personel (including police), planning, etc., will also have to be heightened; something which had concerned many when Miami commissioners were confronted by Ultra organizers with their request.
The first weekend lineup has already been announced and will feature performances by EDM giants such as Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Bassnectar, David Guetta, deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Swedish House Mafia, Tií«sto, and many more. The second weekend lineup is soon to be announced so keep checking in here to stay up to date on what will certainly be one of the biggest music festivals of the year.
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Philly-based R&B / soul / pop songstress Suzann Christine is officially on her way to Miami. Christine was hand selected by the judges as the Grand Prize Winner of the Citi Trends “The Big Break Talent Search” Competition with her song “Closed Casket“, which ranked third out of over 1400 entries! She’ll be joining the official One Fest lineup in Miami on July 7, 2012 alongside T.I., Wale, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka Flame and Kirko Bangz. Check back to the OurStage Magazine for our recap of Suzann Christine’s performance at One Fest.
Over the weekend, 160,000 ravers gathered in South Beach Miami for the 2012 Ultra Music Festival. Taking the crowd by surprise, the event attracted several iconic celebrities, all of which shared their appreciation for EDM.
For starters, Madona’s introduction of headlining DJ/EDM producer Avicii was quite memorable.”Electronic dance music has been a part of my life since the beginning of my career,” she told the crowd. “I can honestly say a DJ saved my life.” (A reference to Junior Vasquez.) Lastly, she proposed a question for the audience: “I have a few questions for you,” she shouted. “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly? Are you ready to dance? Are you ready for the next DJ, motherfuckers?”
19 year-old Porter Robinson and 17 year-old Madeon performed memorable sets as well. The YouTube sensation and glitch-electro DJ tore up the UMF Korea Stage. Despite their age, these youngsters have acquired an incredible fan base over the last year. Robinson alone has opened for Skrillex and Tií«sto, topping the iTunes dance chart, and sold out his own headlining tour.
Afrojack brought some celebrity buddies as well. During his awesome performance, rumored girlfriend Paris Hilton and rap buddy Lil’ John waved to the crowd and showed their support.
Fatboy Slim broke some local rules by mixing LMFAO‘s “I’m in Miami, Bitch” into his set. However, I’m sure most of the natives didn’t mind because the performance with inarguably amazing – as you can see in the video below.
Going to Ultra Music Festival in Miami? Here’s a quick rundown of all the craziness attendees should expect.
With 200,000 tickets sold, 2012 is the biggest year yet for Ultra. There are a total of 12 stages to bounce between, three of them bearing the name “Ultra Mega Stages.” Performing next to the best DJs in the world will be a variety of sideshow performers traveling from as far as New York, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Paris, Rio and LA. All kinds of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be sold throughout the event, along with international and classic American cuisine. Remember to dress comfortably, because Miami weather is always terrific, but the city gets deadly hot in the afternoon. By the way, there will be a ginormous sound system, so do your ears a favor and bring some ear plugs.
The day 1 Main Stage will include acts such as Tiesto, Skrillex and Afrojack. Day 2 will have performances from Avicii, Justice, Fatboy Slim and Zedd. The grand finale, featuring Steve Aoki, Armin Van Beuran and Kaskade will close out the festival on day 3. In addition, there are a million other artists (not literally, but there are a bunch) playing alongside these folks. They’ll perform on one of the eight stages throughout the three days, including the BAO Dome and Eco Village.
No purchase necessary. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to enter. Open to US residents in the continental USA. Artist submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2012. OurStage membership established prior to February 29, 2012 to be eligible for record label meeting. Only submission materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Hip Hop and R&B music as defined on the OurStage FAQ’s will be deemed valid entries.
What are you doing this spring? We suggest you get out and about to enjoy the sun, go to the beach or take in some of the hottest EDM festivals in North America. As luck would have it, this issue of Electropolis will feature some of the top raves the US has to offer. And even though some of them are sold out, we’ve provided you with good substitutes and links for more information. So if you have already missed out on the best ones, we really hope you’ll have a chance to attend the others.
No. 1 Electric Daisy Carnival
The Electronic Daisy Carnival is an annual festival-scale rave that’s been a huge part of the West Coast electronic dance music scene since 1997. It became the world’s largest E-music festival outside of Europe”reaching masses of 140,000 attendees at its original LA Memorial Coliseum and Exhibition Park location. Responsible for this extravaganza and many more of America’s top EDM festivals is Insomniac Events. For 2012, they’re throwing a three-day Vegas show, a Puerto Rico show that hasn’t been announced yet and the first ever east coast NYC event. And yes, the NYC show is a two-day rave! Within a few hours of hitting the market, the NYC show sold out. However, Insomniac is looking into the possibility of expanding the capacity of the venue and hopefully will confirm shortly. Click here for the Electronic Daisy Carnival’s official Web site.