Category: Music

Ivy Queen

Puerto Rican songstress Ivy Queen is returning to the Chicago area and this time it’s on a gay club tour.

Originally from a group called The Noise, she quickly went solo with Sony Discos gaining fame in the Latin music world. Ivy released her third album independently entitled Diva then later Flashback, and Sentimiento winning Gold and Platinum Record status. Her seventh studio album Drama Queen yielded the top ten single “La Vida es Asi.” She made her acting debut in 2012 in the The Vagina Monologues in Miami.

Conquering 12 cities in three weeks, we caught up to the busy diva gearing up for her arrival at Circuit Nightclub.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hola, Ivy!

IQ: (Ivy Queen) Hola, how are you? You want to do the interview in spanglish?

JN: Claro, I mean sure. I saw your performance with La India at the Congress last year.

IQ: Did you enjoy it?

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Vince Clarke

Vince Clarke has been innovative in the world of electronic music becoming a pioneer for this high tech sound. He was a founding member of the highly successful group Depeche Mode before leaving it to form Yaz with Alison Moyet. In 1985 he recruited Andy Bell to create Erasure writing huge British hits like “Chains of Love” and “Always.”

To make the season bright the duo have created Snow Globe full of seasonal favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Silent Night” all with a signature spin on them.

After having spoken to Bell several times throughout the years it was a real rarity to call the man behind the music on the phone for a bit of a chat.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Vince. How are you?

Vince Clarke: I’m fine, mate. How are you?

JN: Good. I heard you are a lefty like me.

VC: Yes, I am yeah… a true artist.
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Mary Wilson

Founding member of The Supremes singer Mary Wilson continues her career today performing live and is bringing a festive show to Chicago this holiday season.

She is the only member of The Supremes to stay with the group in all its incarnations and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard.

Wilson wrote two books Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme and Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together.

Nunn talked to Wilson at her hotel to find out more about the legacy that this artist continues to maintain.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Mary. I read that you lived in Chicago in the past.

Mary Wilson: When I was an infant with the whole migration of blacks from the South to the North this was one of the first cities that my family moved to. Then I went on to Detroit where I grew up. I probably spent about two years here in Chicago. I have had family here ever since so I have been coming here for years.
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Lianne Las Havas

Lianne La Havas is an up and coming singer with voice pipes of gold. She comes from a musical family of Greek and Jamaican origin where her mother played with Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott and her father taught her to play music.

Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? released on Warner Brothers was named iTunes Album of the Year. She supported Alicia Keyes on her tour and Prince as well who described her as the next Joni Mitchell.

Nunn talked to her before her arrival for Lollapalooza this week.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Lianne. I was the one at Lincoln Hall that chatted for a bit after the show.

LH: (Lianne La Havas) Cool! How are you, sir?

JN: Great. Where in the world are you calling from?

LH: I am in Harrogate.

JN: Where is that?
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Icona Pop

Icona Pop have set the charts on fire with a single called “I Love It” featuring Charli XCX recently going double platinum. The single was featured on HBO’s Girls and was covered by Robin Thicke and Florence and the Machine.

The duo Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo both grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and formed as a music group at a party. In a short amount of time their music is everywhere and heads to Chicago to be heard live and in person.

Nunn on the Run talked to Aino Jawo shortly before their arrival.

Jerry Nunn: Charli XCX wanted me to tell you hello!

Aino Jawo: Where did you meet her?

JN: I interviewed her earlier this week.

AJ: She’s amazing! If you see her again before me give her a hug and say hi back to her.

JN: Tell our readers about your history together as Icona Pop. You are both from Sweden?
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New York City band Cults continues to cultivate a following. The haunting vocals of Madeline Follin combined with Brian Oblivion’s retro stylings have created a sound that is unique in music today.

They were signed to Columbia Records and their first video for “Go Outside” starred Emma Roberts and Dave Franco.

They raised AIDS awareness on the charity album Red Hot + Rio 2 with a track and just released their sophomore album with Static.

We called up the man behind the music to learn a little more about the band that is definitely one to watch.

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Brian. Are out currently on tour right now?

Brian Oblivion: We are and at the half way point. We started at the East Coast and swung down through Texas. We go to the Northwest then head back home.

JN: How did you two meet in the first place?
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Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony was brought together as a group in the second season of The X Factor where they were signed on Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid’s record labels in a join deal.

The quintet are made up of Dina Jane Hansen, Allyson Brooke Hernanadez, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei Hamilton, and Camila Cabello.

The first single “Miss Movin’ On” has almost seven million watchers for their video on YouTube.

There was a line down the block waiting for the group outside of the Orland Square Mall and Nunn on the Run jumped on their tour bus to talk to them before their appearance.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, ladies. Can we go over your individual hometowns?

Allyson Brooke Hernandez: I am from San Antonio, Texas.

Normani Kordei Hamilton: Houston, Texas.

Camila Cabello: from Miami, Florida.

Lauen Jauregui: from Miami, Florida also.

Dina Jane Hansen: I am from Orange County, California.
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