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Is Nicki Minaj voting for Mitt Romney?

Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 4:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 4:09 PM

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"Nicki Minaj" and "conservative" are not two words that normally go together, but her latest musical venture suggests the out-there rapper might lean further right than you'd think.

Lil Wayne's song"Mercy," from his new release Dedication 4,features Nicki rapping these instantly controversial lyrics: "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney."

But is this really a statement of political affiliation? Nicki is known for adopting personalities and generally being playful in her songs, so it's very possible the "I" in those lyrics doesn't represent of Nicki herself. 

As MTV points out, back in June, Nicki actually got political on her Twitter, calling out Obamacare for not being enough. She said "Just give FREE health care to all. @barackobama What can we do?"

It's hard to believe the same woman advocating free healthcare for all is also voting Romney, but who knows? Nicki is a complicated girl.

Source: MTV

Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47

7 things to consider before your next concert

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

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After a bomb detonated at a concert in Manchester, England, killing and injuring dozens, KIRO-TV asked a retired FBI agent what he thinks about and prepares for at large events. 

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Retired FBI agent David Gomez said people should think about the following before attending a concert, sporting event or large gathering: 

1. Don’t push through crowds to exit at the end of the show.

While many fans are eager to beat the traffic, Gomez said he intentionally hangs back. 

“I’m usually in no hurry to leave. Let the big crowds progress first. Let me have a clear space where I can watch,” Gomez said. 

He said it’s harder to be aware of your surroundings when you’re shoulder to shoulder with the crowd. If someone on the outside is waiting to target a large group of people leaving a venue, the person will generally attack the first wave of people out the door. 

2. Before the show starts, find the closest exit.

Before the concert starts, look around for the closest exit. This might sometimes be a door toward the back of the venue, away from the doors where people entered. 

Gomez compared it to the way he sometimes chooses where to sit in a restaurant: “We pick a table that’s away from the front door and close to the exit, rear door, so I know if somebody’s going to come in the front door and rob the establishment, or is going to shoot somebody in the establishment, I have an exit that’s not close to the front door.” 

If someone enters through the back door, Gomez said he still has a clear line to the front door. 

3. Note the security staff closest to you. 

Know where they are in case you need to report suspicious activity or ask for help. In case of an emergency, they will likely be issuing instructions. 

4. Discuss a meeting place for your group if you get separated.

Make plans ahead of time so that if you are separated from your party, everyone knows where to meet. Members of your group should know that the spot might be adjusted if there is a threat inside the venue vs. the outside. 

5. Observe who and what is around you -- not what’s on your phone screen.

Matthew McLellan, a student on Mercer Island, told KIRO-TV he has attended concerts where many people are on their phones. He said he likes to send Snapchat photos to share his concert experience. 

But McLellan said that because of this week’s attack, he’ll be thinking twice. 

“It was shocking,” McLellan said. “Just seeing the numbers (of casualties) increase every couple of hours just hurts me.” 

6. If something happens and you can’t find an exit, shelter in place. 

Gomez said one girl who attended the concert in Manchester was reported to have stayed in her spot on the third level of the venue because she couldn’t find an easy way out. Police eventually entered the building to help people get out.

7. Before you go, check the venue website for specific entry rules.

Some venues require clear bags only; some performers specifically call for no use of cellphones. Read the information on your ticket and on the venue website carefully before you leave the house so you won’t be turned away at the door or kicked out. 

>> Related: Manchester attack at Ariana Grande concert: What we know now 

 

5 Dayton rock bands that have gone international

Published: Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

For international music fans, Dayton is most known for the rich funk scene that birthed now classic acts like Ohio Players, Zapp, Slave and Sun.

>> RELATED: 8 Dayton bands you should give a funk about

The region has also been home to jazz singers like Little Miss Cornshucks, bluegrass musicians like Red Allen and ’60s rockers like the Lemon Pipers. In the late ’70s, local innovators like Toxic Reasons and Dementia Precox helped create the indie rock scene that served as the launch pad for these five internationally known modern rock acts.

GUIDED BY VOICES

Formed: 1983

Style: lo-fi, indie rock

Sample these songs: “Echos Myron,” “My Valuable Hunting Knife,” “Hold On Hope,” “Class Clown Spots a UFO”

Status: Sole founding member Robert Pollard has broken up the band several times and revived it. He is currently playing shows with a new lineup supporting Guided By Voices’ recently released double album, “August By Cake.”

More info:www.robertpollard.net

>> RELATED: Get your own Guided by Voices song name

THE BREEDERS

Formed: 1990

Style: modern rock

Sample these songs: “Cannonball,” “Divine Hammer,” “Full on Idle,” “Bang On”

Status: The Breeders have had several lineup changes over the years but core members, Dayton-based sisters Kim and Kelley Deal, are currently working on the group’s new album using the lineup that made the smash album, “Last Splash” (1993).

More info:www.facebook.com/thebreeders

BRAINIAC

Formed: 1992

Style: electro-punk

Sample these songs: “I, Fuzzbot,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Vincent Come on Down,” “Flash Ram”

Status: The group was planning to sign a major label deal when tragedy struck in May 1997. Brainiac’s career was cut short when singer-guitarist Tim Taylor died in a single car accident just a few blocks from his home in Dayton.

More info:www.facebook.com/Brainiac-1469097239973542/

>> MORE: 5 things to know about Brainiac

>> RELATED: Mark Hamill, Trent Reznor back documentary about Dayton band

HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS

Style: emo

Formed: 2001

Sample these songs: “Ohio is For Lovers,” “Saying Sorry,” “Nervous Breakdown,” “Golden Parachute”

Status: Although guitarist Casey Calvert died in 2007, and drummer Eron Bucciarelli and lead guitarist Micah Carli left in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Hawthorne Heights remains active. Founding members singer JT Woodruff and bassist Matt Ridenour continue to keep the band on the road.

More info:www.hawthorneheights.com

>> DON’T MISS: 2017’s must-see concerts in & around Dayton.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Formed: 2005

Style: Metalcore

Sample these songs: “Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over,” “Born to Lose,” “To the Key of Evergreen,” “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?”

Status: Some of the members have changed but founding members Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar) and Andy Trick (bass). This summer The Devil Wears Prada is on tour with Anthrax and Killswitch Engage.

More info:www.tdwpband.com.

Adele, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton among stars on Brandi Carlile's 'Cover Stories' benefit album

Published: Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 10:41 AM



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Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile pulled out all of the stops to load up her benefit album with top talent, and she succeeded. Adele, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers and the Indigo Girls are just some of the music legends and contemporary stars appearing on the album.

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She even snagged former President Barack Obama, but don't worry, he doesn't sing. Obama provides a foreword to the album, "Cover Stories," which is a benefit for War Child, a UK-based charity that assists children in areas facing conflict. Carlile was able to snag Obama for the record because of her connections with former White House photographer Pete Souza.

The album features fresh takes on Brandi Carlile's well-received 2007 album, "The Story." Songs from the album have appeared on TV shows and commercials, and the album was certified gold earlier this year, according to The New York Times

"Cover Stories" is out now. All proceeds will benefit War Child.

Listen to Glen Campbell's farewell song, 'Adios'

Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Glen Campbell performs during the Alzheimer's Association Evening with Glen Campbell at The Library of Congress on May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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Before the release of country legend Glen Campbell's final album, "Adios," fans can now listen to the title track.

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Acclaimed songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote "Adios," which was a hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1990. According to friends, Campbell has long loved the song, but never had the chance to record it.

Webb told Rolling Stone that when he heard Campbell's recording, he cried.

"Adios" will be released June 9.