• David Lozada

Mariah Carey Season, Nicki Minaj Takes on Bon Iver, and Blackthorn 51's Closing - SLNYC News Ep. 003

Mariah Carey’s New Christmas Special

As we all know ‘tis the season where Mariah Carey milks her music for all its worth.

But, it seems like she‘s finally decided to diversify her revenue streams,

Mariah has recently announced a new Christmas special, the Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, which premieres on December 4th via Apple TV Plus.

The teaser for this special starts out with that infamous song and appearances by Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and Snoop Dog.

There is also an accompanying single, “Oh Santa”, which features Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri will also have features on the specials full soundtrack.

This gift from hell is set to release a week after the special, on December 11th

Bon Iver vs. Nicki Minaj

While the Weekend has been calling out the Grammys after being snuffed in this years nominations, Nicki Minaj has also voiced her displeasure with the awards.

On November 24th Nicki tweeted that she’s still mad about being snubbed at the 2012 Grammys, specifically dragging Bon Iver, who beat her to win the Best New Artist that year.

With their 2nd, self-titled album, Bon Iver, beat out Minaj, J. Cole, The Band Perry, and Skrillex. However, as Page Six notes, Minaj’s reference in her tweet to her 7 songs that simultaneously charted actually happened two years prior in 2010.

It’s also important to mention that in 2010, both Minaj and Justin Vernon (lead singer of Bon Iver) were featured on Kanye West’s “Monster”.

So why go after him now after all these years?

Regardless of Nicki’s complaints, she recently released a deluxe version of Pink Friday for its 10th year anniversary

Blackthorn 51’s Closing

With this pandemic, It’s become way too common to hear about another venue’s closing.

On November 14th, Blackthorn 51 announced they were permanently closing their live venue in Elmhurst, Queens.

Nicki Camp, Blackthorn 51’s owner stated:

“The reason we are closing is we think it will be a long time – possibly as long as 1-2 years – before Live Music returns to 2017-2019 levels”

With their last show on March 15th as well as their landlord taking them to court, Camp stated that closing Blackthorn 51’s doors was the best course of action.

Despite Camp having decades of experience booking bands for rock, punk, and metal venues in New York, this crisis has unfortunately been the finishing blow to his career for now

In the Facebook post Camp made about the closing he said:

“On a positive note, a word about our staff: we have the best staff in all of NYC... A special shout out to all the great Local bands and performers that graced our stage and all the great fans that supported our venue over the last 9 years. All the great promoters that used our venue to host their events. You guys are the best and we love and respect each and every one of you. This made closing – even temporarily – a difficult, but necessary decision. But we simply couldn’t afford to stay “open” indefinitely under the current circumstances.”

NYC’s Blue Note Jazz Club Reopening for Dining

Despite the closing of Blackthorn 51, at least 1 venue seems to be in better spirits despite the current situation. NYC jazz club Blue Note will reopen starting Nov. 27th.

Blue Note has stated that they’ll be open on select evenings for 6/8pm reservations and select weekends for 11am/1pm reservations.

They’ll also continue to do live shows while following proper precautions, having artists 12 feet away from patrons.

Blue Note released a video with Grammy nominee jazz trumpeter Theo Crocker as host. showing how they’ll be following all CDC guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.

You can support Blue Note by going to their website bluenotelive.com and buying tickets for either indoor dining or their live streams, go follow them @BlueNoteNYC

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