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Surprise Picks Make for Exciting NBA Draft

This is what makes drafts so exciting. All last week when talking about the NBA draft that was Thursday night, the two top choices came down to Alex Len and Nerlens Noel. But when it was time for David Stern to step up and announce who the Cleveland Cavaliers had chosen for the top pick, no one expected what he was going to say. The Cavs had chosen Anthony Bennett from UNLV, the first Canadian to be chosen to go first overall in the NBA.

The choice wasn’t surprising because Bennett isn’t a good player. On the contrary, he’s an extremely powerful forward who had a 37.5 percentage from the three-point range last season. His shooting percentage overall is 52.6 per cent, and his innate ability to predict and make rebounds is also one of his biggest strengths. In addition to that, his sheer size at 6’7″ and 239 pounds will also be a bone of contention for any defense trying to overtake him.

It wasn’t just the top spot that ended up as a surprise pick. The Orlando Magic, who held the second spot also didn’t choose Len or Noel, but Victor Oladipo from Indiana instead. That may not have been so surprising in itself, but it does add fuel to fire of the rumors that Orlando is looking to trade Arron Afflalo to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe.

Len waited until the number five pick, when he was chosen by the Phoenix Suns; and Noel went to the New Orleans Pelicans soon after that at number six.

Don’t Miss Ke$ha and Pitbull on Tour Together!

Ke$ha and Pitbull are ringing in this summer in a huge way, and fans who want to check out what’s sure to be one of the best shows of the year have less than three weeks to do it. The co-headlining tour is stopping in over 20 cities to perform 30 shows, and they’re bringing Justice Crew along with them for the ride.

Ke$ha didn’t take much time off after wrapping her hit television show, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life,” in late May; she started this tour with Pitbull almost right away. While on the road, she’ll be promoting her latest album, “Warrior,” which was released late last year. Once finished with this one, she still won’t have a lot of downtime, as she’s set to go out on her solo tour beginning in July.

Pitbull has been pretty busy himself too, finishing up his latest single, “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera, and just coming off his own “Global Warming” tour from his album release, which was also last year. Throughout the co-headlining tour, Pitbull will be performing tracks from both his latest album, as well as some of the classics that made fans fall in love with him in the first place.

With a short opening number, Justice Crew starts off every show with a hugely dynamic dance number that always gets the crowd going. If you want to check out Ke$ha and Pitbull when they’re in your town, check out their concert dates here and then book your tickets quick!

Are You Going to Coachella 2014?

Coachella 2013 just wrapped up last month and already the organizers of the event, Goldenvoice, have released next year’s dates. Just like this year those are spread over two back-to-back weekends, and there’s a payment plan for those that are also already wondering how they’re going to pay for their way into the festival.

The weekends for Coachella 2014 are April 11-13, and April 18-20, and tickets went on sale May 24. One of the biggest benefits of the festival being announced so early (in addition to just being able to book the weekend off,) is that concert-goers can take advantage of the payment plan offered by Goldenvoice. Ticket buyers who make a 20 per cent down payment can stretch the remainder of the payment over six months — so no one has to miss the chance to go to Coachella.

Along with the early date announcement, there’s also already a fake lineup that’s been announced — and a fraudulent poster to go along with it. This advertisement includes big names such as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and U2, to name just the biggest names. But beware. Even though next year’s Coachella is bound to have a massive lineup with only the hugest names in music, no one has yet to be announced; so take the fake poster for what it is — over exuberant fans. Coachella will most likely announce the lineup at the same time they always do, which is about three months before the festival starts.

Luke Bryan Has Busy Touring Summer Ahead

It’s been a great run for Luke Bryan, one of country music’s biggest stars of 2013. Bryan has pending nominations at the CMT Music Awards for vide of the year, male video of the year, collaboration video of the year and CMT performance of the year. The songs that have earned him nominations include “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “The Only Way I know,” “Drunk on You,” and “Feel Again.”

Last year, Bryan cleaned up at the American Country Awards, with a staggering 10 wins, including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the Year. His single was “I Don’t Want This Night to End.” The song hit number one on the United States Country chart, the third of his four number one hits.

Bryan’s winning album, “Tailgates and Tanlines,” also hit number one on the United States Country charts, his first album to reach the top spot after two albums hit number two.

Bryan broke out with the number two hit, “Do I,” in 2009. In 2010, he had two chart toppers in “Rain is a Good Thing,” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”

“I Don’t Want This Night to End,” was the next number one hit, following “Country Girl (Shake it for Me),” which hit number four.

In 2012, Bryan dropped “Drunk On You,” another number one hit. Since, he’s had “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” reach number three on the charts and “Crash My Party,” is his current single, up to number two and possibly climbing higher.

Bryan is a 36-year-old from Leesburg, Georgia. His tour is headed to New Jersey and Massachusetts in early June, but it really picks up in mid June with three shows in three nights in Peoria, IL, Maryland Heights, MO and Tinley Park, IL.

Bryan hits Birmingham, AL, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, and Atlanta, GA, in a four night run from July 11th to July 14th. His tour continues through July and August with stops in Ohio, Michigan, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wichita, Tulsa, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee and Florida.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Bryan, as he’s likely coming to a venue near you.

Will the Heat or the Pacers Face the Spurs in NBA Finals?

It was almost a week ago that the San Antonio Spurs ousted the Memphis Grizzlies from the NBA championship, and since that time they’ve been waiting to see who they’ll play — along with the rest of the country.

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers will team up against each other tonight in a very decisive, and most likely very intense Game 7 to see who will go on to face the Spurs in the Finals. The Heat were the biggest favorites to win it all since before the playoffs even started this year but now faced with elimination if they can’t pull it together, the NBA Finals could look very different this year than from what people expected.

The Heat are still favored to win, and they haven’t lost back to back games in nearly five months. One of the times they did before that however, it was to the Indiana Pacers on January 8. The Heat will also be playing on home court, which they always seem to take full advantage of. Miami will need to rely on that, as well as the sheer size and power they have against the Pacers.

The Pacers haven’t counted themselves out yet though, and they shouldn’t. Where Miami has size, Indiana has speed and pace; and they know how to use that to their benefit, too. In the end, this game seven is going to come down to who can keep their wits about them, when the opponent is bringing all they’ve got.

In other words, it’s going to be a classic playoff game.