Thursday, August 30, 2012

Their Late, Their Late for a Very Important ....Concert!

Photo credit: Getty Images | Madonna performs during her MDNA tour in Nice, France. (Aug. 21, 2012)
"Give Me All Your Luvin" was not exactly how Madonna fans felt last night, after waiting two and a half hours for the start of the first American leg of her world tour. It was more like give me all your booing... and that is exactly what the Philly fans did. The material girl apologized when she finally hit the stage, saying: "We had many changes to make from Europe to America and I wanted the show to be perfect for you because my fans deserve it and quite frankly I deserve it". Madonna isn't the first artist to be late for her own concert. Kanye West had fans chanting "Kanye sucks" when he started a 2:45 am concert at 4:25am. That's right, AM... as in the morning. I hope there was plenty of redbull to go around. Then their was the time Lauryn Hill made her fans wait three hours only to say she was "worth the wait". Yeah......I'm pretty sure that didn't make the "best apologies of all time list.
Here's the good news - you won't have to wait a single minute to hear all your favorite hits and new jams cause I've taken your requests and mixed them up into an all out non-stop party throw down. So tune into  In The Mix with HK™  this weekend where the hits are always right-on-time!
The decks will be smokin' with custom HK remixes of  Flo Rida - "Whistle", Chris Brown's - "Don't Wake Me Up", Calvin Harris/Ne-yo - "Let's Go", Wallpaper - "Best Song Ever", Afrojack and Shermanology - "Can't Stop Me", Carly Rae Jespen - "Call Me Maybe",  Pitbull - "Back In Time", Linkin Park - "Burn It Down" and  Breathe Carolina - "Hit and Run".
Remember..."If It's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna're In The Mix with HK™". 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Taylor Swift-Connor Kennedy  US Weekly

Who would have thunk Prince Harry would allow naked pictures to be taken of himself while whooping it up in Vegas? Apparently the whole "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" thing isn't 100% guaranteed. Harry is back in Scotland today to meet with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth and his father, Prince Charles. Do you think Harry brought along his vacation picks to share with the fam? My guess is the Vegas trip was a whole lot more fun than this little family pow wow. Another shocker from an industry that has no secrets, rocker Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and pop/punkstress Avril Lavigne announced their engagement. We didn't even know they were dating! Congrats and big kudos for keeping the romance on the down low. Well it was no surprise that Taylor Swift broke the record for most digital downloads in a week by a female artist with her new blow off ballad "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". The surprise is that she and her new squeeze, Conor Kennedy, crashed a family wedding and were asked to leave, not once but twice, according to the mother of the bride. What is NO surprise is Swift's publicist response to the incident: "There is no truth to that".

I have a whole lot of musical surprises in store for you this weekend on In The Mix with HK™.  So get ready for a woofer thumpin' HK throw down.
Your speakers will be blowin' up with custom HK remixes of Carly Rae Jepsen / Owl City - "Good Time", No Doubt - "Settle Down", Calvin Harris - "Let's Go", Karmin - "Hello", Nicki Minaj - "Pound The Alarm", Kelly Clarkson - "Dark Side", Rihanna - "Where Have You Been", Linkin Park - "Burn It Down", David Guetta featuring Sia - "Titanium", Pink - "Blow Me", and Ellie Goulding - "Lights". It's going to be better than crashing a Kennedy wedding party when I'm blazin' the airwaves with all these hits and more!
Remember..."If It's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna're In The Mix with HK™". 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Flo Rida "Whistles" His Way Past Carly Rae

After holding the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100, Carly Rae Jepsen has been blown down to No. 3 by Flo Rida's "Whistle". This is the third time the Florida native has been king of the hill. Flo's other hits to make the big climb were "Low" and "Right Round". Jepsen shouldn't be too wind blown, as she still holds the title for most weeks at number one this year. Carly's hit "Maybe" did the No. 1 squat for a impressive nine weeks. Now that is something to "whistle" about! Look out Flo, this certainly isn't the last we've heard of Miss Jepsen. Her new album "Kiss" is set to drop September 18th.
I'm going to be droppin' ALL the hits on "In The Mix with HK" this weekend. Get ready to turn up the volume for custom HK remixes of Rihanna - "Where Have You Been, Kelly Clarkson - "Dark Side", David Guetta featuring Sia - "Titanium", Breathe Carolina - "Hit and Run", Karmin - "Hello", Fun - "We Are Young", Demi Lovato - "Give Your Heart a Break", Pink - "Blow Me", and Chris Brown -  "Don't Wake Me Up". Keep that garden hose handy cause the roof is on fire this weekend when I'll be throwin' down all these hits and more.
Remember..."If It's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna're In The Mix with HK". 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

HK and Karmin say "Hello" !

In April of 2011 Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan of Karmin blew up on the scene. It was their version of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" which caused a viral YouTube sensation and subsequent props from hip-hop heavy weights that sent their career soaring into hyper drive. An MTV critic raved about Amy's rapping skills saying "Homegirl is a master emcee. Seriously. Don't let the Charlotte-From-Sex-And-The-City-facade fool you - this girl can THROW IT DOWN. No offense, Busta Rhymes, but I think this girl just schooled you". Not only can she spit, Amy can sing, write and play the guitar too!  After their little blogosphere explosion they performed with The Roots at Tufts University and made an apperance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show . All of which lead to a signing with Epic Records. Their first release "Brokenhearted", which Amy says tells the story of how she and Nick first met, has gone platinum and the second single "Hello" is sprinting up the charts. Not bad for two small town crazy kids in love who, not that long ago, worked as a wedding singer and wrote raw music in their living room with a guitar and a wooden box for a drum.

Hear Karmin's new single "Hello" and learn more about the dynamic duo as HK chats it up with Karmin on "In The Mix with HK" this weekend.

This weekends show is going to be an all out party throw down with custom HK remixes of Pink - "Blow Me", Maroon 5 - "Payphone", Katy Perry - "Wide Awake" and Kelly Clarkson - "Darkside", I've also got a whole new take on Usher - "Scream", Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz -"Superlove", and the brand new one from Elton John's best bud  Madonna - "Turn Up The Radio", The Wanted - "Chasing The Sun" and Nicki Minaj - "Pound The Alarm".  And that's just getting the decks warmed up. I will be pounding out all the hits HK style just for you this weekend!

Remember..."If It's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna're In The Mix with HK". 

It Didn't Rain In Sugarland

The amazing country duo Sugarland, consisting of members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, made their Minnesota stop on the "In The Hands of Fans" tour last night. All day long before the concert there was rain and wind and cool temps, but by the time pregnant Jennifer and the rest of the band took the stage at Mystic Amphitheater , the clouds had parted and there was a beautiful sunset about to be part of the concert set-list. I'm sure this was a welcoming thought for Sugarland as they try to put behind them the terrible tragedy of last summer's concert in Indiana.

Jennifer Nettles is known for that beautiful and powerful voice as well as her physicality on stage, but now that she is with child and expecting in November, she was certainly less physical than in past shows. And speaking of children, a 4 year old by the name of Avery Evans joined by her mom, came on stage and got to sing "Baby Girl". They were winners of a radio station contest. Avery has been battling cancer at St. Jude's and even though her original diagnosis some years ago was terminal, she has defied all odds. Jennifer's down home goodness and stage presence really shined during what could have been an otherwise awkward moment.

The entire concert was pretty laid-back and their choice to put so much programming in the hands of the fans goes to show just how far the power of the blogosphere has become. They truly gave the audience what they wanted and created a sense of in the moment decision making, by selecting songs based on audience signs, twitter and their websites.  Looking at all the people around me and especially the young girls in my row singing every word to every song, I'd say Sugarland connected with their audience.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Macy's Glamorama 2012

Every year Macy's puts on the perfect melding of music and fashion via their show called Glamorama. Each year there's a different theme to the show featuring various fashion designers and great music. The  music is almost always a knockout via live performances and pre-recorded mash-ups. This is a high-brow marketing blitz put on to highlight their upcoming fall fashions, but it's really a great night of music and entertainment - all in the name of local charities in each city where the show takes place.

Talk about a win-win-win. Macy's shows off it's upcoming fall line, the audience gets a great night of entertainment, and all proceeds from the sale of tickets to the evening go to great causes in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I say evening, cause the massive production starts with the show and performances on stage, and ends with the after party. Now take it from someone who has attended almost every after party there is, including the Grammy Awards (many times). This party is not to be missed. If you've never made it to Glamorama get your butt there! I promise you'll have a good time and do some good.

Here's a taste of this years show from Minneapolis starring Karmin and Robin Thicke. You can hear my interview with Karmin this coming weekend In The Mix with HK.

Just click on the photos to enlarge.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Everything's Getting Remixed

Robert Pattison was mending his broken heart at co-star Reese Witherspoon’s Ranch after his girl, Kristen Stewart, had an affair with director Rupert Sanders. Everyone is hoping the couple can work out their differences. Especially the film company who would love another happy hand holding promo tour for the upcoming “Breaking Dawn- Part 2" flick to be released November 18th. MTV is also cheering for a reconciliation, as Robert and Kristen are scheduled to be co-presenters at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 6. 

Speaking of the movie industry, the famous directors of the Matrix Series, the Wachowski Brothers, are no more. As it turns out, one of them is now a Wachowski sister! During a promotion for their latest film “Cloud Atlas”, the once Larry Wachowski, wearing a lovely grey dress and pink dreadlocks, introduced himself, no herself as Lana. So it is now the Wachowski Bro and Sis. I know what your thinking - this must be a Hollywood promo stunt. Well, apparently Larry has been slowly undergoing many processes over the last 10 years to change his sex. I didn't see that one coming when I got lost in the Matrix.

While on the topic of change, Snoop Dogg, after a visit to Jamaica, has announced that his new name is Snoop Lion. This transformation came on the recommendation of a Rastafarian High Priest and I’m guessing a little “ya mon” Jamaican herbal influence as well. 

I have some serious "smokin" hot new beats for you this weekend In The Mix with HK!

Get ready for HK custom remixes on David Guetta / Sia – “Titanium”, Linkin Park – “Burn it Down”, Afrojack & Shermanology - Can't Stop Me", Maroon 5 - "Payphone", Coldplay – “Paradise”, Rihanna - “Where Have You Been”, Pitbull – “Back In Time”, Calvin Harris / Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”, Madonna’s brand spankin' new one – “Turn Up The Radio” and Nicki Minaj – “Pound The Alarm”!

And that's just gettin' the party started!!!  So tune in this weekend to hear all your favorite hits remixed, reamped and rebooted for a non-stop jam HK style. 

Remember..."If It's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna're In The Mix with HK".