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Spotify Teams Up With NOTMC For New Orleans 'The Offline Playlist' Feat. Curren$y, Mannie Fresh And More

New Orleans is rich in culture, food, style, and last but not least, music. With this in mind, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) teamed up with Spotify to create The Offline Playlist, a first-of-its-kind concert that united a Spotify playlist of iconic New Orleans artists with the fans listening to it, live at Preservation Hall.

The 13-song set joined celebrated artists from the Big Easy such as Mannie Fresh, Curren$y, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Boyfriend and others for a medley of sounds and lyrics.

"The project aims to show that in a world where we often feel like we have nothing in common, music has the power to bring unlikely people together in New Orleans, every night of the week," NOTMC announced via a press release.

"Music is at the heart of our great city and is universally loved by both residents and visitors, Mark Romig, President and CEO of NOTMC. "Our goal with the Offline Playlist and this iconic concert is to celebrate the diverse sounds of New Orleans at Preservation Hall and subsequently a live playlist on Spotify.

"This campaign gives us an opportunity to shed light on our artists, the rich music scene and the essence of New Orleans in a memorably authentic way."

Songs on New Orleans Offline Playlist include "Back That Azz Up," performed by Mannie Fresh, Curren$y's "This and That," "Use Me" performed by Walter "Wolfman" Washington, among others.

The private concert offered fans a taste of the New Orleans music scene, where legendary rock & roll photographer and longtime friend of Preservation Hall, Danny Clinch, captured exclusive photography alongside native New Orleanian and NOTMC's own Justen Williams. To create the experience, NOTMC partnered with Spotify to analyze the true sound of New Orleans, based on fan listening habits. From jazz, hip hop, funk, blues, zydeco and indie, this playlist was uniquely built to bring together the true sounds of the city.

Footage from the live concert has been developed into a trailer, Spotify album and a full-length film, which is set to debut in early 2020. Stream the New Orleans Offline Playlist below.

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Watch Taraji P. Henson Bring The Party To The 2020 American Music Awards

What can't Taraji P. Henson do? The actress, philanthropist, and new podcast series host kicked off the American Music Awards 2020 with an energetic opening number many of us didn't know we needed. Live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Henson hit the stage with The Wiz's "A Brand New Day" and danced through other classics like Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, and Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage."

By the end of Cardi B's "W.A.P.," Henson's outfit changes a gold bodysuit and a slew of masked dancers by her side, let's just say Ms. Henson did that as this year's host of the annual music award show. After completing her performance before America (and a small socially distanced audience), she got powdered up and got right into it. Alright, Taraji!

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— LaTonya Holmes (@LaTonyaHolmes) November 23, 2020

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The Weeknd To Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The Weeknd just reached a career milestone. The Canadian singer will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show, it was announced on Thursday (Nov. 12).

"We all grow up watching the world's biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” said The Weeknd. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.”

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— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 12, 2020

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The “Blinding Lights” singer joins Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Prince, Katy Perry, Madonna, and other music stars who have performed at halftime.

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Today, VIBE and Boomshots proudly premiere the new music video from the album "Without You." Big Up Kalonji every time.

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