One Direction To Perform Live At Universal Studios Florida In November — Check It Out!!

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One Directioners have we got some new for you! The band will be performing on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Universal Studios Florida to celebrate the release of their album titled, Four. And the best part about it, is that its free… Yes I said FREE!

But if you do purchase park admission, there are a few perks that go along with that ticket. Universal Studios Florida will have a few special One Direction experiences such as: One Direction songs being played on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster and a special version of the Universal Cinematic Spectacular nighttime show featuring One Direction. Oh, and if you just so happen to be staying at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you have the option to receive a wake up call from the band members. BOOM! That just happened!

Check out the video message from One Direction on NBC’s Today Show below:

Erin Bowman Offers New Single “Rush” – Download And Listen Now!!

Just in time for back to school season, New Jersey pop/R&B artist, Erin Bowman, has unveiled another unreleased song off her anticipated upcoming EP. “Rush” is a catchy, hard hitting song coming out on the heels of Erin’s successful summer anthem, Hey Summer,” which received glowing reviews as well as air play on Sirius XM’s 20 on 20, Syracuse’s 93Q, Q96 in Champaign, IL, and Utica’s 97.9/105.5 Kiss FM, and her follow up single“Besides You.”

When asked about the message the song conveys, Erin shared, “I think everyone can relate to those songs they hear that make them think of someone they had a relationship with. What song your phone would play when they called, the song playing when you first kissed, the song that played in a movie you loved watching together, etc. Even if the relationship ends and its been years, you hear that song and you feel something. That’s what ‘Rush’ is about… the songs attached to those you once loved and the feeling that still exists when you hear them.”

Fans can snag a free download of “Rush” by signing up for Erin’s email newsletter on her official website:  http://www.erinbowman.net

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TI Exclusive: Jessica Lowndes Hosts BeautyCon After Party With Rixton

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The gorgeous Jessica Lowndes hosted the official BeautyCon After Party yesterday with UK group Rixton. Fans waited hours to see Jessica and Rixton and they absolutely did not disappoint. Jessica went on stage and pumped up the crowd as she introduced the pop/R&B group. Rixton performed covers of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and R. Kelly’s “Ignition.” Along with those covers, they performed “Speakerphone” and their biggest hit “Me And My Broken Heart.” After the show, Jessica and Rixton took the time to take pictures with fans.

Both Jessica and Rixton have busy schedules ahead of them. Jessica’s new film The Prince, also starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack, will be hitting theaters on August 25th and she has also been busy working on her new music in the studio lately. Rixton will be continuing on their Broken Heart Tour performing in Vancouver, the U.S., and the U.K..

Be sure to catch The Prince when it hits theaters and get tickets to see Rixton at RixtonBand.com/Tour!

TI Exclusive: Hobart Ocean Performs At Universal CityWalk

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Hobart Ocean opened for Heffron Drive at the Universal CityWalk in Hollywood on Thursday, August 7th, 2014.

The pop/rock band from Illinois features lead singer Travis Leonard, Steve Hopkins, Jaron Lancaster, and Matias Hagstrom. As residents of CityWalk’s Street Performer program, a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talents to a wide range of visitors from around the world, Hobart Ocean’s dream came true when a manager discovered them at CityWalk and quickly signed them to a record deal.

Check out our exclusive interview with the band before their performance and learn more about them on HobartOcean.com!

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Watch Wango Tango LIVE

wango tangoWango Tango, an annual pop music festival, officially happens today, May 10th at the Stubhub Center. Ryan Seacrest, along with the KIISFM staff will be hosting this hot event.

Performers scheduled to perform include:

  • Maroon 5
  • Shakira
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Tiesto
  • Paramore
  • OneRepublic
  • Calvin Harris
  • B.O.B.
  • ZED
  • Kid Ink
  • A Great Big World
  • Rixton
  • The Chainsmokers
  • R5
  • Ariana Grande
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Special Guest Christina Aguilera

You can catch the big show beginning at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on Livestream here if you’re unable to see it in person.

Tell us who you can’t wait to see perform!

Sweety High Sits Down With Lindsey Stirling, Pop Violinist, And Chats Music!

Sweety High was able to speak with rising star Lindsey Stirling about her humble beginnings and her climb to internet stardom in a recent interview!

Lindsey is a violinist who has brilliantly combined her classical training and love for pop music to become a viral YouTube sensation topping more than 543 million views!

Lindsey Stirling started playing the violin at the age of six with encouragement from her mother.

“When my mom was a little girl, she felt like she was never given the chance to foster any talents,” Lindsey explained. “She wanted to be a dancer, but her parents never gave her lessons. And so it was very important to her that her children be given the opportunity to fulfill some of their dreams.”

Though Lindsey’s family didn’t have a lot of money when she was growing up, her mother took note of her interest in playing the violin and her parents made her dream a reality by making sacrifices.

“I remember a lot of people in similar circumstances saying, ‘We just can’t afford lessons for our kids…’ and neither could we,” Lindsey said. “But we did it. My parents sacrificed many of the things they wanted because they loved my sisters and I.”

Lindsey took traditional violin lessons from a very young age.

“I was classically trained, which I think is absolutely vital to a good foundation in any style.” Lindsey said. “Scales, arpeggios, articulations …all the boring stuff.”

Lindsey explained that musicians with a strong foundation in the basic elements generally find it easier when they decide experiment with other musical styles.

“I always loved the violin, but as I started getting into high school I began losing interest because I was tired of being told what to play and how to play it,” Lindsey said. “I didn’t want to exclusively play others’ music anymore.”

Lindsey was inspired to learn to play the fiddle and play pop music, as well as to create music of her own.

Around the same time, Lindsey’s friend invited her to join the rock band, Stomp On Melvin.

“I was thrilled of course, because the boys were really cute,” she said, “but also because I was able to improvise to new music and I learned to love playing again.”

Throughout her college years she continued to perform with local bands.

During college she also uploaded her first viral video, a violin cover and dance to “Pump It” by The Black-Eyed Peas.

“This is the video that America’s Got Talent found when they invited me to tryouts,” Lindsey said.

After appearing on America’s Got Talent, Lindsey struggled to find her place within the music industry.

The show’s judges told her that she would never succeed without a group, while managers, booking agents and producers insisted that her act would be impossible to market.

“It was one of the most depressing and difficult times of my life,” she said. “But as often as I thought about giving up, something inside of me wouldn’t. And so I kept moving forward, praying, trying and praying again.”

Despite her detractors, Lindsey always believed there was an audience for her unique brand of music.

“I was looking at where I had come from (classical music) and did not see it thriving at all,” she explained. “It’s really sad, but orchestras are folding all across the country.”

She explained that there isn’t enough community support or general interest in classic music, especially among young people, for classical music to thrive.

“I felt that my difference was my strength,” she said, “that because my music was ‘different’ it gave me a fighting chance.”

Eventually, she met filmmaker and YouTube director Devin Graham, who helped Lindsey develop her YouTube channel.

She also met Ryan Wyler, the first manager who was willing to invest time into Lindsey’s talents, as well as Marco G, her first producer.

“All of these people were willing to take a chance on me,” she said. “I had very little to offer at the time, and am so grateful for the sacrifices they made in my behalf. Looking back on it all now, sometimes I just can’t believe it. It’s very humbling.”

She has come a long way since being told she would never succeed. She now has more than 4 million YouTube subscribers, and last year her cover of “Radioactive” with the musical group Pentatonix won the Response of the Year award in the first ever YouTube Music Awards!

“I felt extremely honored to win,” she said. “YouTube has done more for me than any other platform and I was proud to be a recipient of a YouTube award.”

Toward the end of last year, Lindsey re-released her self-titled debut album, which is now available in Target, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble locations across the nation.

“It had four new songs on it but most of my current fans already have my first album,” Lindsey said. “I couldn’t imagine people flocking to the store shelves to buy it again.”

But fans did. Lindsey said she was shocked when it ranked #20 in album sales.

“I seriously have some of the most devoted, supportive fans out there,” she said. “I couldn’t be doing any of this without them.”

Lindsey overcame many obstacles to achieve the success she has today. She hopes that other innovators will also be able to break onto the music scene.

“I think that one of the most amazing things about us, human beings, is our ability to create something new,” she said. “I believe that the desire to innovate and create is a part of our DNA; it is deeply ingrained.”

She added that no one should ever let others tell them that they can’t do something, to just stick to doing what they are told or to repeat what has already been done in the past.

“I believe that the creation of beautiful things—in whatever form that may be—is the key to happiness,” she said.

Stay updated on all of the latest from Lindsey Stirling by checking out her social pages below, and share your own unique musical talents with us at Sweety High!

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Check out Lindsey’s new song, “Stars Align” below.

Olivia Somerlyn, Big Time Rush Tour Partner Gives A Great Candid Interview

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Sweety High is making its stamp on the industry with its on-camera interviews, fun video tutorials, and fresh approach — their interview with Olivia Somerlyn is just another great example of that.

Olivia Somerlyn is a singer and songwriter originally from San Francisco. She recently spoke with Sweety High on the phone when she was arriving for her first day on her latest tour with Big Time Rush!

It was a sort of reunion for Olivia, as her first tour ever was the 2013 Summer Break Tour with Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice.

“There are such great memories of my first tour ever and it will always be one of the most special tours to me,” she said. “This is kind of like getting to relive it. I’m walking to the venue, and the guys are sound checking. I can’t wait to do it all over again.”

2013 was a super busy year for Olivia. She also joined The Jonas Brothers during the last three days of their summer tour last year.

“My friends and I were really big Jonas Brothers fans before I was even friends with them,” she said. “It was so cool to actually have my friends in the audience and hang out with the band after the show.”

She was also a part of a U.K. tour with Jessie J. Olivia said that was a completely different and unreal experience.

“She’s such an idol for me,” Olivia explained. “She’s so talented as a singer, as a songwriter, and as a performer, so it was really inspiring and such a learning experience to actually be able to watch her every night.”

Olivia admitted that she was so nervous meeting Jessie J. that she tripped over her chair!

“But she was really sweet,” Olivia said. “We talked for a while and she gave me some advice, so it was really unbelievable.”

Jessie J. is a huge inspiration to Olivia not only for her music and songwriting, but also for her healthy and positive lifestyle.

“I just feel like I can really relate to that about her and how she interacts with her fans and audience on the stage,” she said.

Still, her most memorable touring experience happened on the last day of the Summer Break Tour.

“The Big Time Rush guys all came out on stage with me during my single ‘Better with You’” Olivia explained. “They let me use their confetti cannon, and right before the last chorus the confetti went off! It was so unreal and they are so sweet.”’

Before she set off on tour with Big Time Break last year, she was contacted by TeenNick.

They gave Olivia her first opportunity on television and made her the Fresh Artist Of the Month for May 2013!

“That was really cool because Cher Lloyd had just done it as well as Little Mix,” Olivia said “Four or five episodes aired in the month of May on TV, so every Friday I’d gather around the TV and watch my Twitter blow up.”

Olivia’s musical influences include not only Jessie J., but also Coldplay and Katy Perry.

“I am really inspired by her attitude and her personality and of course her songs,” Olivia said of Perry, “especially the way she’s able to have her really upbeat, fun, carefree songs but also some really intimate and melancholy, more thoughtful songs.”

Olivia also looks up to her mom for inspiration in the non-musical aspects of her life.

She told us that she tends to write songs on the piano. She says that more melancholy ballads come naturally to her. When she wrote her single “Better With You” she set out to do something different.

“I sat down with a guitar, wanting to write something more fun and upbeat, because my personality isn’t really melancholy at all,” she said. “I just wanted to write a song about how different people in your life, like your friends, family, even your pets, really make your life better.”

To Olivia, the song has come to be about her fans, who are called SomerLovers, or anyone who is in the audience listening to the song.

“I have them sing along there’s this ‘Yeah, yeah’ part that I teach them before I play,” she said. “They really make the song so much better and it’s so fun to play that song live.”

Last year, Olivia was also invited to attend big awards shows including the People’s Choice Awards and the American Music Awards, which was her first-ever awards show.

“The person in the car with me was was like ‘Oh my gosh, are you excited to see all these celebrities? Who are you excited to see?’” Olivia said. ‘And I just said ‘I just don’t want to see Katy Perry because I love her so much. I’m too nervous to actually see her.’”

When Olivia and her friend arrived, they were in for a shock when Katy was posing right behind her on the red carpet.

“I’d never seen her in person, never even seen her in concert, and I had to go compose myself and take pictures right next to her,” Olivia said. “It’s just amazing to be in the room with so many amazing people that I look up to so much and in all these different industries.”

She especially loved the People’s Choice Awards because she got to meet people in the movie and television industries as well as other musicians.

Celebuzz even named her as one of the best dressed stars at the 2013 American Music Awards!

“It was a very surreal experience to look at a gallery and see ‘Best Dressed: Taylor Swift and Olivia Somerlyn,’” she said. “It’s funny because that dress is something that I’ve had for a while, and I didn’t decide I was going to wear it until the last minute. I style myself to do those awards shows so it’s really nice when it’s acknowledged.”

Another of Olivia’s favorite musical moments was her two nights at the O2 Arena in London.

“It is such a famous venue and it’s the biggest one I’ve ever performed at. There’s really nothing quite like it,” she said. “I’ve always visualized that moment since I was younger, I was really fascinated by what that it must feel like to look out at the audience.”

At one point in Olivia’s onstage performance, she has an instrumental break during a song in which she plays the piano.

“I’m able to take a minute to look out and enjoy the view just looking around, without singing, and that always just takes my breath away,” Olivia said. “It’s probably my favorite view in the world.”

Olivia is also involved with a number of charities. She started working with the United Nation’s female empowering campaign Girl Up back home in San Francisco a couple of years ago.

“We were trying to find another another way for me to be involved and it worked out perfectly because Victoria Justice is one of their ambassadors,” Olivia explained. “We all went on tour together and it was almost like fate. We all connected together again.”

She has also been involved with PAWS, or Pets Are Wonderful Support, which aims to help preserve the bond between hum as and animals.

“They help people who have difficulty taking care of their pets or keeping their pets, whether somebody is elderly or sick or anything else,” Olivia explained. “It sounds like it’s all about helping the animals but I think it’s really about helping people too.”

One of Olivia’s favorite parts of working with the charity involved dropping of packages of food, treats and toys for pets around the holidays.

She’s a firm believer in the healing qualities of pets, especially because of her 20-pound Yorkie named Lukie.

“He’s the cutest thing on the planet and he’s the thing that I miss most while touring,” she said. “There’s nothing quite like petting him for a few seconds. It’s the biggest relief.”

Now, Olivia is about to head to South America on her tour with Big Time Rush and is excited to be able to get back in the studio and write more original music for her fans! We wish her the absolute best for the future!

To find out a little bit more about Olivia Somerlyn, check out her website here: oliviasomerlyn.com/

Download all of her music from iTunes here.

Credit: SweetyHigh.com

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