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Coco Bean advances to the Quarter Finals for the Hollywood Bowl Concert

Coco Bean defeats his opponents and is set to win!


Coco Bean, the alter-ego of award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, producer and filmmaker, Phil Elam, has skyrocketed above the other contestants and jumped to the quarter-finals for the chance to be the opening act at the Audacy’s annual Hollywood Bowl concert.

A thrilling lineup has been announced and Coco Bean is more determined than ever to have the chance to work with the incredible artists set to perform such as; Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Shawn Mendes and Doja Cat on October 23, 2021, at The Hollywood Bowl.

Coco Bean told us “Sharing the concert stage with such amazing acts is an opportunity that I won’t squander. Each one of these artists brings a unique voice to the international musical landscape.”

Coco Bean also brings his voice of uncompromising resilience, strength, compassion and an exceptional talent to the stage. He succeeded to first place in his group against an incredible number of other artists. He told us: “As I have always said and will always continue to say, I’m incredibly blessed by the voice and votes of all of you who are voting for me.”

In anticipation of being the victor, Coco Bean already has a spectacular performance planned. His outrageous stage presence promises to deliver a thrilling show, which will embody the spirit of Elton John in dazzling costumes and captivating piano performance. We asked Coco Bean how many costume changes can we expect. “At least 3 or 4” Coco Bean says, with a huge smile.

Coco Bean has a message for all of you reading this: “I am sending all my love for all of you, all over the world. I hope and pray to see you at The Hollywood Bowl in October.”



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Coco Bean Set To Deliver A Spectacular Performance for the Hollywood Bowl Concert

Coco Bean Fights for First Place!


The excitement is building as the final votes are being cast for the Audacy’s annual Hollywood Bowl concert in Los Angeles. We have been following Coco Bean, the stage alter-ego of Phil Elam, on his journey throughout the competition.

We managed to catch up with Phil as he was just getting off the film set for an upcoming Lifetime Movie. Even though he can’t say anything about the movie or his involvement, he says to make sure you have a warm snuggly blanket to curl up with when it’s released.

We asked Phil about his preparations for the opening act. If he wins this competition we know he will deliver an incredible performance. Phil told us: “It’s all about seeing it in detail, pulling elements from favourite concert performances and bringing them all together into a cohesive vision. That is the primary focus.”

He added: “If honoured to be the Hollywood Bowl concert opener, expect an imaginative and extravagant visual introduction that will dazzle and thrill the audience. This will be an experience that will set the tone for the rest of the night. Everyone will know that It’s-gonna-be-a-PARRTTTAAEEEEE!”


Not only is Phil a highly skilled and talented singer, songwriter and producer. But he also studied classical piano as a young child. Phil told us: “When people learn this the response is always like, “WWWHATTTTT!!??? My last live show was at Detroit’s intimate Marlene Bolls Theatre, in January 2020, right before Ms Corona showed up.” He added, “The show ended with the first original song I ever wrote on an upright piano. It was sooooo humbling to see everyone on their feet at the end.”

You can watch the YouTube video of this finale act from Coco Beans sold-out show, and get a taster of the powerful performance that Coco Bean will deliver to the audience should he win this competition.

The fact that Coco Bean will deliver a breathtaking performance is not the only reason to vote for him. He is also an artist at the forefront of charitable giving and has contributed many royalties to support different charities. He has told us: “Forgotten Harvest is a charity that I have worked with before. I will work with them again if I am honoured to win.”

So, VOTE for COCO BEAN! An incredible artist with a heart of gold who promises to deliver a spectacular performance!

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Coco Bean for Audacy’s annual Hollywood Bowl Concert Opening Act.

Coco Bean is for the People!

The annual Audacy’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl is gearing up for another showstopping spectacular and the votes are being cast for the opening act. Coco Bean, the spunky alter-ego of award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, filmmaker and producer Phil Elam is already down to the last 10 contestants, and we are excitedly anticipating his success for the opening act.


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Here’s a taster of what Coco Bean will be offering on stage…

We sat down with Coco Bean aka Phil Elam to talk about this exciting opportunity and why he is the perfect choice.

Q: How do feel about qualifying in the Top 10 contestants for the annual Audacy’s Hollywood Bowl concert opening act?

CB: I’m here only because of the people who voted. On the last day of the Top-10 finals, I was out of the running at unlucky #13 — Yikes! I knew I couldn’t pull it out alone so I reached out and asked for help. At the cut off THE PEOPLE moved me all the way from #13 up to Lucky #7! (#7 is my favourite number, btw). So, how do I feel? I feel like hugging EVERRRRYBODDDYY! I am so thankful and blessed.

Q: Have you always wanted to perform at the Hollywood Bowl?

CB: In a word……YAZZZZZZZ!!!! Like so many things, you dream about stuff like that. Performing at The Hollywood Bowl is right up there with having dinner at Buckingham Palace and getting to pick the menu. But then again, isn’t that what life should always be about; daring to dream a dream and dreaming that it will one day come true.

Q: What kind of performance should the audience expect to see from Coco Bean if you win?

CB: I am a huge fan of legendary performers like Elton John, Bob Seger and Prince for their musicianship. Also, I can’t get enough of the theatrical production of performers like David Bowie & Lady Gaga. But what is most important is making sure that everyone walks away feeling like they had an incredible time. As Dr Maya Angelou said: “people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Q: What makes you the best choice for the Hollywood Bows opening act?

CB: I am the best choice for this honour because no one else will dedicate the results of this opportunity to the service of others like I will! Because no one else will give the audience a better show than I will and I will be the only one who will thank EVERYONE who voted for me by listing their name on a video screen on stage!

Q: The winner will receive $10,000. What would you do with this money?

CB: I would definitely give a chunk of it to charity. Particularly to those people who are still suffering devastation from the Corona Virus pandemic. So many people are still struggling to eat, find housing, etc. I HAVE TO GIVE BACK if honoured to receive $10,000.

Q: What do you have to say to the voters?

CB: First of all, thank you so much to everyone who has voted for me so far. We are almost home. But we have a little more road to travel together before we get there. I am already grateful to you and I will continue to be forever grateful if you walk with me a little longer. I dedicate my art and my heart to being of service. I pray that what I create and share will find a safe space with you. Because I always hold a safe space for you in my heart.

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“Die For It” The Newest Single & Music Video from Belly, The Weekend & Nas

Belly, The Weeknd and Nas collaborated on a new music video for the single “Die for It.” The track is showcased on Belly’s new album See You Next Wednesday, which is out now. The impressive music video was directed by James Lareese, make sure to check it out here…

The album See You Next Wednesday also features another collaboration with The Weekend in the track “Better Believe” along with hip-hop artist Young Thug. Other guests on the album include Gunna, Big Sean, and Lil Uzi Vert.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd recently told Billboard that his follow-up to After Hours is ready to drop. He released his newest track “Take My Breath” at the start of August, which, coincidentally was the same week Nas landed his newest album King’s Disease II.

El Poeta by Joe Calderon – An Inspiring and Impressive Jazz Fusion Composition

Joe Calderon’s new release “El Poeta” has just landed:

Los Angeles based instrumental guitarist Joe Calderon is back with his second single release: “El Poeta”, from his upcoming album Cup Of Joe (due to land on August 6th).

Calderon was inspired to write “El Poeta” by his favourite band, Sixun, a French jazz fusion group. He was introduced to their music by a fellow musician, Brazilian bassist, Octavio Bailly, at a gig one night. Once Calderon heard their music, he was hooked and began a quest to acquire every recording they ever made.

Calderon collaborated with two other musicians for this track; Alfredo Rubalcava (bassist) and Martin Flores (drummer/ percussionist). Both highly respected and talented musicians, that got it perfect on their first take.

However, for Calderon, the most memorable moment in the recording of this song was his guitar solo. At this time, he was the in-house session guitarist at a recording studio in North Hollywood. When he had a small break between clients, Calderon took the opportunity to record his solo. He told us: “I recorded from beginning to end, and the solo gods must have been looking down on me because I got it down in one take!”

El Poeta:

“El Poeta” opens with a deep, sultry voice, seductively whispering: “Oh yeah, it’s a love thing, baby”, and we are instantly engaged. Calderon delivers seriously sexy musical vibes, oozing deep jazzy tones, which envelop us in this hot new track.

Passion exudes from every note as Calderon takes us on a captivating musical journey. It is easy to lose yourself in his epic guitar playing, which showcases impressive riffs, catchy basslines and inspiring melodies.

Calderon lifts listeners into a euphoric state through his intense musical expressions and passionate delivery, which clearly express his immense love for music. He told us: “The feeling of doing what you love is like breathing. We all like to breathe right? I hope the love and feeling I put into writing and producing this song is embraced and experienced by the listener.”

“El Poeta” will excite and delight any music lover, and if you enjoy music from artists such as George Benson and Jeff Beck, then Joe Calderon will fit perfectly on your jazz or blues playlist.

What’s next for Joe Calderon:

Calderon is excited for his upcoming album release of Cup Of Joe on August 6th. He will be supporting the album release with live gigs over the coming months. Keep an eye out for his upcoming events by following him on social media.

In the meantime, Calderon has a message for all his fans: “Always try and love whatever you do in life! If one listens closely enough to your inner voice, you’ll know if what you’re doing is true to your path. Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to listen and support my music!”

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Edge of Today by Atom Orr / Unforgettable Intensity and Expression

Meet Atom Orr:

Atom Orr is the musical project of San Diego based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Christopher Hoffee.

Hoffee has been a music enthusiast since his finger first ran across the strings of his uncle’s guitar when he was five years old. This introduction formed an unbreakable bond and sparked an intense passion that has continuously developed.

Over the years, Hoffee played in and formed three bands that gained some major attention. However, one by one they fell by the wayside due to differences of opinion.

A solo project was inevitable for Hoffee, and in 2003 Atom Orr came into the spotlight with an exciting indie-pop repertoire for his listeners. His latest release, “Edge of Today”, is the first song from his album Edge of Today, and was inspired by the effects of loss, heartbreak and desperation, he and others experienced throughout the pandemic.

Edge of Today:

The opening to “Edge of Today” sparks intrigue as a powerful and thick textured soundscape, incorporating medieval sounding instruments, encompasses us. This introduction conveys the beginning of an exciting tale that creates an atmosphere of mystery and adventure.

There is an immense amount of sadness and grief expressed throughout this song, and feelings of loss and heartbreak arise. However, the overall feeling is a hopeful one. The belief in brighter days.

Hoffee delivers a captivating performance through emotive tones and passionate expression. He communicates a feeling of strength and resilience, which is addictively inspiring and will give many people hope.

“Edge of Today” expresses an unforgettable intensity that imparts a lasting impression on the listener. If you enjoy music from artists such as Beck and Lord Huron then Atom Orr will fit perfectly on your indie-pop playlist.

What’s next for Atom Orr?

After releasing three albums in 13 months, Atom Orr is now focused on sharing his music. He is excited to get back out on the road again and begin live performances. Be sure to follow him on social media to keep up to date with his gigs and future releases.

In the meantime, he has a message for all his listeners: “Creating something out of nothing has been my life’s focus. I would say, that it is important for all of us to “create the world we want to see.” Think and imagine the world we want to have. Having this vision can bring us closer to making it real.”

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Prisoner of Love by Todd Barrow / Tender Moments & Raw Emotion

Meet Todd Barrow:

Singer-songwriter, producer and publisher, Todd Barrow has just released his latest single, “Prisoner of Love”, an emotive and addictive country love song.

Barrows passion for music developed during his time at school, taking part in talent shows. His immense intrigue for music led him to study; guitar (electric and acoustic), piano, bass, drums and mandolin during his years.

His recent release “Prisoner of Love” was inspired after seeing many friends experience break-ups. He wanted to capture the essence and emotion of this experience in a song.

Prisoner of Love:

“Prisoner of Love” has all the best elements of a great country song. Barrows delivers a passionate and touching performance as a story of heartbreak unfolds, with addictive harmonies and unforgettable melodies.

Barrow has the kind of voice that people fall in love with, smooth as velvet and sweet as honey. He communicates immense emotion and love through his sensitive tones and beautifully crafted lyrics.

Barrows captures the fragility and desperation of a broken heart through rhythmic verses such as; “Drowning in deep water, lost in the pain. Drinking out of bottles, trying to escape. Just need your sweet love, washing over me. Prisoner of love, my reality.”

The sorrow, anguish, sadness and yearning of a broken heart has been portrayed perfectly through this song. Many listeners will connect with the feelings invoked through this beautiful love ballad, and it is the perfect song to add to your country playlist.

What’s next for Todd Barrow?

Barrows is excited for the year ahead. He is currently working on a new song to release next month, and the live gigs will begin again soon. If you enjoy music from artists such as Eric Church and Jason Aldean, then Todd Barrow will fit perfectly on your country playlist. Follow him on social media so you can keep an eye out for all his upcoming gigs and releases.

In the meantime, Barrows has a message for all his listeners: “Keep your head up. Never give up on your dreams!”

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A new legal action filed against Diplo

A new legal action filed against Diplo

A new legal action filed against Diplo declares that he intimidated a woman into carrying out oral sex on him and also recorded the encounter without her permission, according to lawful records acquired by TMZ. In the legal action, the female declares that she and her friends attended Diplo’s afterparty at The Wynn following one of his Las Vegas shows in 2019. At the afterparty, Diplo is said to have offered alcohol as well as cannabis to the already intoxicated group, and later on asked the plaintiff to accompany him in his personal area at the hotel, at which point Diplo’s safety and security started to eliminate people from the celebration. This included one of the lady’s male close friends, who was apparently punched in the face since he declined to leave without her.

In the files, the lady mentions that Diplo barred her from leaving the private space until she carried out foreplay on him. The manufacturer, real name Thomas Wesley, also filmed the act without her approval, the legal action affirms. The woman has submitted the legal action to seek problems, TMZ reported.

” This complaint is completely shocking, wildly false as well as yet also totally predictable, considered that it simply duplicates the specific same insurance claim already made by the plaintiff’s good friend Shelly Auguste, a person that has actually been pestering Mr. Pentz as well as his family members for more than a year and also currently has repeatedly broken the limiting order released against her.

We have irrefutable evidence that this is a completely meritless claim and also we will certainly be supplying it to a court as promptly as we perhaps can to put an end to this shakedown by Ms. Auguste and her associates finally.”

Freedman is significant for representing Diplo in a 2020 sex-related battery legal action submitted by Shelly Auguste, who charged the DJ of harassing her with vengeance pornography derived from among their sex-related experiences, said to be recorded without Auguste’s expertise or authorization. At the time, Freedman insisted that Auguste’s insurance claim belonged of an “ongoing campaign of harassment” targeting Diplo. Both Diplo and also Auguste applied for restraining orders against each other.

The new accusations have since led The Baltimore Orioles to terminate Diplo’s July 24 postgame performance at Camden Yards.

This is a developing story.

The Major Buzz on Coco Bean and his Infectious new release: Pimp Stick

Meet Coco Bean:

Coco Bean is back with his second release “Pimp Stick”, from his sonic trilogy, which set to be another smash hit. Coco Bean is the alter ego of the award-winning, multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and filmmaker, Phil Elam.

In March of this year, Coco Bean burst on the scenes with his debut single, “My Name is Coco Bean”. This song was a bold introduction to the fiercely independent spirit of Coco Bean. His unapologetic and triumphant attitude has connected with many new fans.

His message is clear and declares to the world that we must be proud of ourselves, no matter who we are, or where we are from. It’s no wonder his debut release has already reached over 100k streams on Spotify.

Now, his newest single, “Pimp Stick” is already gaining serious momentum and many playlists are debuting the track at #1! The music video is currently in pre-production and is expected to be an incredible visual experience.

This entertaining track calls for everyone to put up their Pimp Stick! Coco Bean told us: “everyone has a pimp stick, it’s that rod of strength which is buried deep within all of us. Your Pimp Stick is that courage you have that keeps you stepping forward when everything around you is trying to tell you to give up.”

So, the next time you are faced with adversity, prejudice, ignorance or any other type of discrimination, put up your pimp stick!

Pimp Stick:

“Pimp Stick” opens with a highly humorous narrative that creates a light-hearted atmosphere and a vivid image of Coco Bean with his 24-carat pimp stick.

In true Coco Bean style, this song has a tongue in cheek, comedic streak to it. This is emphasised by catchy, witty lyrics and amusing sound effects. It’s virtually impossible to resist the temptation to sing along with Coco Bean’s anthemic chorus when he sings: “put up your pimp stick!”

The blend of uber melodic old skool hip hop vibes and electronic dance music make this track completely infectious and unforgettable. It is the perfect summer jam to add to your party playlist. Not only does it thrill listeners but, more importantly, it encourages people to find their inner strength and stand up for what is right.

This track will easily fascinate and delight any listener. If you enjoy music from artists such as Eminem and Drake then Coco Bean will fit perfectly on your party playlist.

What’s next for Phil Elam & his alter ego Coco Bean?

It seems that there is no end to Phil’s talents and there are many other exciting projects to be revealed. Firstly, he will be co-hosting the 5th Annual, I See You Awards in August with the creator, Terri Lee, from CBS News Radio, WWJ.

The award ceremony returns to the landmark Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan this year, to celebrate independent filmmakers. Phil has won 5 trophies with the multi-award-winning short film, Swing Low, directed by the highly talented Marvin Towns, Jr. Awards include Best Actor, Best Short Film and Best Director.

He is also currently filming a new web series pilot. This project is connected with the female director writing team of Robbie Barnes-Kyriakides and Nonie Shiverick. Phil has told us: “Robbie & Nonie are exciting visionaries. I can’t wait for you to see what they are doing.”

Finally, we have discovered that Phil has signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) for a feature film, which he would neither confirm nor deny… His lips were sealed tighter than a preacher’s wife girdle after a summer ice cream social. We cannot wait to see what this master of the arts will delight us with next.

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Like A Stone by Aka V / Powerful & Memorable Performance

Meet Aka V:

LA-based singer, songwriter, producer and sound engineer Aka V is back with her newest single, “Like A Stone”, a powerful and moving cover of this pop-rock ballad, originally by Audioslave.

Aka V is from the small town, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. She headed to the big city of Toronto, pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a musician. With a captivating look and impressive vocal ability, it didn’t take long for V to land her first gig as the lead singer in the Canadian rock band, OzGoode.

Her experience and journey on a cross-country tour with OzGoode inspired V’s debut single “Always Go Home”. This noteworthy release marked her entrance as a solo artist into the music industry in 2016.

Since then, she has released a continuous stream of singles, skillfully navigating her way to cultivating a unique and dynamic sound. Her latest release, “Like A Stone”, is an intense and impactful track that she has been playing live since touring as a solo artist.

“Like A Stone”:

An intense and thick textured soundscape of drums and electric guitar open “Like A Stone”. This captivating intro immediately engages the listener’s intrigue and attention.

V delivers a powerful performance that imparts a memorable impression on the listener. A feeling of darkness and anguish is imparted upon us, which is intensified by the powerful instrumental accompaniment leading to an epic guitar solo.

As an artist, V has an exceptional ability to communicate intense emotion. Through her mesmerising performance, we feel the pain and torment, just like an open wound, as she sings: “I’ll wait for you there, like a stone. I’ll wait for you there, alone”.

V really has made her own unique mark on this cover song, and if you enjoy music from artists such as The Pretty Reckless and Pink, then Aka V will fit perfectly on your pop/rock playlist.

Watch the music video for “Like A Stone” by Aka V right here…

What’s next for Aka V?

V has a busy year ahead, with acoustic shows to promote, a live album in the fall and a tour! Make sure to follow her on social media and be a part of her journey.

In the meantime V has a message for all her listeners: “If you have a dream, no matter how crazy and out of reach it may seem, remember that you were not given that dream without the tools to make it come true. Dig deep, take the scary steps into the unknown and go after it!!”

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