Planning for our Spring Convo Show

At least once a year, the JMU campus can head out to a large-scale concert in our convocation center for about five-hours of music, dancing, and fun. To most, the large building that is home to basketball, speakers, and graduation … Continue reading

Hip Hop: What’s in a Name?

In anticipation of Hip Hop Hat Trick, I have been listening to a lot of Wale, Jason Derulo, and DJ Earworm’s music. While hip-hip usually isn’t my go-to genre, I have found that I like it their music a lot more than that I thought I would. However, it has also led me to raise a couple of questions about the importance of an artist’s name…

  • Why does Jason Derulo say his name at least once in all of his songs? It is nice when you are listening to the radio because we all know that radio DJs never say the name of the artist or the song, but why does he say it in the album copies of the song? Clearly if I have taken the time to buy your CD or find you on Grooveshark, clearly I know it is you who is singing, you don’t need to keep reminding me. 

  • 2. DJ Earworm is Jason Roseman’s stage name. Wikipedia informs me that he chose the name playing off of ‘a song that is always stuck in your head.’ DJ Earworm performed under his real name for quite some time before he developed his stage name, so my question to him would be how on earth do you get people to start calling you ‘DJ Earworm’? I mean, I know that when people get married, and their last name changes, you have to adjust, but those people are not famous DJs or have the option to go by their real name or stage name. Also, when it is proper to use your stage name versus your real name? Clearly your family calls you by your real name, but what about if you are making a business deal, do you refer to yourself as DJ Earworm or Jason Roseman?
  • 3. As for Wale, all I need to say is… “Yeah, they keep saying whale, but my name is Wale” and “my name is Wale, don’t say Wall-E”

Don’t forget to come and see Hip Hop Hat Trick, featuring Wale, Jason Derulo, and DJ Earworm, on Friday, April 23rd. Doors open 6:30pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available at the Warren Hall Box Office and online at

– Audrey Redford

Spring Concert 2010: Hip Hop Hat Trick

UPB Announces Wale, Jason Derulo, and DJ Earworm as the 2010 Spring Concert

The University Program Board of James Madison University is excited to bring the “Hip Hop Hat Trick” featuring the rising musical talents Wale, Jason Derulo, and DJ Earworm on April 23, 2010 as this year’s Spring Concert. This event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in JMU’s Convocation Center with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

By popular demand Wale will be electrifying the Convocation Center this spring. Wale signed with Interscope Records in 2008 and has been on the fast track to success ever since. This up-and-coming artist released his newest album Attention Deficit in 2009, including the wildly popular track “Chillin.” The rapper’s career begin to skyrocket as his work reached the #2 and #3 spot on the U.S. Rap and R&B Charts, respectively. Jason Derulo also hit it big in 2009 with the #1 song “Whatcha Say” along with his captivating singles “In My Head” and “Ridin’ Solo.” DJ Earworm will be kicking off the Hip Hot Hat Trick. He is best known for his enthralling “United States of Pop” mash-ups with each year’s top twenty hits.


Tickets will be available at the Warren Box Office and online at UPB’s website ( at 8:00 a.m. on APRIL 5, 2010. Cash, check, or flex only. Floor seats: – $24 – Only available at Warren Box Office Reserved Seating: Pre-Show: – $20 for students – $24 for the public Day-of-Show: – $24 for students – $28 for public

– Stephen

Help Us Choose Our Spring Convo and Wilson Concerts!

It’s time to start choosing our artists to come for next semester’s round of concerts. We highly value your opinions, so if you could just take about two minutes to complete this survey you can actually influence who you could see at JMU this year.

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We’ve got some great options that we are really excited about, but before you start the survey there’s just a couple of things you should know:

1) Please keep in mind that the survey is for information gathering purposes only. Clearly we take the results into consideration, but this does not necessarily guarantee that a certain artist will be performing here.

2) If you really don’t want any of the artists available in a given genre of music – leave the spaces blank. There’s no need in bumping up the numbers for someone you are not planning on seeing anyhow.

Now  CLICK HERE to take the survey!

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