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Soul Beach 2014

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Get ready St. Maarten for the 14th annual Soul Beach Music Festival! Laser 101 will once again be giving away an all expenses paid trip to Aruba to catch all the action, stay tuned for more details!

Ride the waves of Soul Beach Music Festival into 2014 and experience the heat in the chic island ambiance of Aruba from May 21-26 for one of the hottest R&B and Comedy festivals featuring world-renowned artists.

Enjoy a Memorial Day Weekend like none other, packed with the hottest events and music acts while taking in the cosmopolitan beauty of Aruba and its people. Join the loyal Soul Beach followers and newcomers from around the world at the sexiest beaches, turned up day and night parties, concerts and more.

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World Radio Day 2014

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World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

The World Radio Day seeks raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters.

Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.

As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. It is essential to furthering UNESCO’s commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

http://www.worldradioday.org/

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Tessanne Chin Wins ‘The Voice’ Season 5

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Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin sang landmark songs associated with the Beatles and Whitney Houston for her final performance on “The Voice” and walked away with the season five crown.

New Jersey teenager Jacquie Lee came in second, journeyman musician Will Champlin was third in the voting.

Chin, who has worked with Jimmy Cliff, Third World and Ky-mani Marley, clearly clicked with audiences on her version of the Houston hit “I Have Nothing,” which sat at No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart for hours. “Let It Be,” which she sang with her coach Adam Levine, was also in the top three during the voting period.

“I never felt safe,” Chin said after Monday’s performance. “Not until last week.”

Chin clearly saved her best for last. None of her recordings reached Billboard’s charts during the season though her rendition of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is poised to enter the Hot Digital Songs chart on Wednesday on sales of 60,000. Her biggest seller previously was her take on Cliff’s  ”Many Rivers to Cross,” which sold 24,000, according to SoundScan.

While Chin says she does not intend to make a reggae record, the style “will always be a part of what I do,” she said after Monday’s performances. “Maybe not in a direct sense, but my music will always have that (swagger). It’s who I am. I think the key to making great music is to stay true to yourself so (the listener) can relate to that.”

Tuesday’s finale included a Lady Gaga-Christina Aguilera duet and performances from OneRepublic, Celine Dion and previously eliminated performers from this season. The sixth season of the “The Voice,” with Shakira and Usher replacing CeeLo Green and Aguilera, will premiere Feb. 24 and 25.

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