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By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Oct 2 2019 10:49PM

Gina DiGiorgio is the latest pop star signed to the label Predicted Platinum Records (a sub label under Amada Records/UMG Distribution) along with the help of Beatbopper Music & DJ Choice. Gina is an award winning electro-pop artist based out of Los Angeles.

“Instagram is a life saver” states Beatbopper Owner Michael Hudgins. On a daily basis I look for talented artists on social media platforms and ran across Gina. Her voice captured my interest so I called her and here we are today working on two songs of hers called “So Original” & “Deserve Better”. Our team of producers like GripBeats & MicJayMixedit will be finalizing these 2 albums soon.

Gina has a wide range of talents in modeling and dancing. She also has experience in major roles like Superstar Parade, Holiday Parade and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

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By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Sep 3 2019 03:15PM

“It’s just a sea of inspiration: the chaos, the people, the food, the music, the language, like any metropolis in the world,” says designer Tokyo James of his home town Lagos, a city that continues to inform his collections, including his lauded Spring/Summer 2019 show shown at London Fashion Week Men’ and already worn by Nigerian musician of the moment Burna Boy.

African fashion is undeniably in the spotlight, and Lagos — a city with a population larger than London and New York combined (of which the majority are millennials) — is at the helm of this renaissance. For local creatives, the task of redefining menswear, and scaling domestically and internationally, has become far more complex than merely distilling aesthetics; with sustainability, identity, politics and cultural curation playing an equal role in why and how they do what they do.

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By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Sep 3 2019 03:07PM

Justin Bieber is opening up about the damaging effect of his early fame. In a candid post on Instagram on Monday, the singer reflected on achieving fame at such a young age, detailing how growing up in the spotlight caused him to struggle with his mental health, start relying on heavy drugs and “abused” his relationships.

“I became ultra-successful, it happened within a strand of two years,” Bieber writes. “My whole world was flipped on its head.” The singer explained how detrimental childhood fame was to his personal growth. “I went from a 13-year-old boy from a small town to being praised left and right by the world, with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was.”

The pop star revealed that he struggled with drug use as a result, also admitting that he became “disrespectful” to women. “By 20, I made every bad decision you could have thought of and went from one of the most loved and adored people in the world to the most ridiculed, judged, and hated person in the world.”

Justin Bieber says he is finally bouncing back from these terrible decisions and credits his growth largely to marriage. Saying he is learning “patience, trust, commitment, kindness, humility, and all of the things it looks like to be a good man.” Read his full post above.

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By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Sep 3 2019 03:05PM

Halsey, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and Tegan and Sara are among the artists taking part in “I’m Listening,” a radio program that aims to raise mental health awareness. The two-hour, commercial-free broadcast special will air on 235 Entercom stations on September 8th – the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week – at 7 a.m. local time.

Blink-182, Disturbed and numerous athletes, first responders and mental health professionals will also take part in the special, with listeners participating via live call-in and an interactive website.

Lizzo has been candid about her struggles with mental health on social media, writing on Instagram in June, “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts.”

Following an outpouring of support, Lizzo posted the following day, “I learned in the last 24hrs that being emotionally honest can save your life. Reaching out may be hard but as soon as I did it, I was immediately covered in love. I used to think of sadness as a constant with fleeting moments of joy in between… but it’s a wave.”

“When I opened up about my mental health episode a few months ago, I was triggered like I normally am, and honestly it’s happened to me a bunch, and I’ve opened up on the internet about it a bunch… I just didn’t have a million followers when I did it, so it didn’t connect with as many people as it did this time,” Lizzo said in a video for “I’m Listening.”

“I think issues around identity and mental health are intrinsically linked,” Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara said in a statement of the double stigmas around health and discrimination in the LGBTQ community.

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By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Sep 3 2019 02:51PM

Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica, which was released by Jamaican producer Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards & The DJ Grid in January 2018, was highly successful.

It spent 19 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Chart, including four weeks in the number-one spot. The album, which was also submitted and accepted for Grammy consideration, did so well that Edwards has decided to do a ‘double take’. Last Thursday, he released Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica Reloaded, and having debuted at number one on the Amazon best-selling new albums chart, Edwards is hoping this compilation will be just as successful as the original.

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