R’n’B, hip- hop hit spot in Townsville

Ja Rule in the house o

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

HOLLA Holla, Townsville!

The one and only Ja Rule will be livin’ it up in an all- time ex­clu­sive per­for­mance at The Bank Nite­club.

The world- renowned rap­per will kick- off his Aus­tralian tour on Fri­day, July 17, in a not- to- be­missed per­for­mance right here in Townsville.

Mark Martins, from Fu­ture Now Agency, said it had al­ready had an enor­mous re­ac­tion to Ja Rule’s up­com­ing visit, with ticket sales go­ing through the roof.

“We only have 150 tick­ets left, so we’re very close to selling out,” Mark said.

“Not many big acts come to Townsville … there’s not many R’n’B events in town so we can’t re­ally go wrong.”

The Amer­i­can rap­per came on the scene back in 1999 with his de­but sin­gle Holla Holla, which peaked at No. 35 on the Bill­board Hot 100 chart.

Two No. 1 al­bums later and the hip- hop sen­sa­tion has be­come a world­wide name within the mu­sic in­dus­try.

The rap­per is known for count­less Top 20 and Grammy- nom­i­nated hits, such as Al­ways on Time, Livin’ It Up, Mes­mer­ize and Thug Lovin’.

He has worked with some of the big­gest names in the mu­sic busi­ness, in­clud­ing Jen­nifer Lopez, R. Kelly and Jay Z.

He has also col­lab­o­rated on two No. 1 hits with R’n’B singer Ashanti.

His beef with Eminem and 50 Cent has caused the artist some con­tro­ver­sial pub­lic­ity over the years, but be­tween me and you this rap­per knows how to ja- rule the stage more than any­one.

Ja Rule will be the third in­ter­na­tional hip- hop artist to take on the Townsville en­ter­tain­ment arena this year, af­ter Ciara’s re­cent per­for­mance and Bow Wow’s up­com­ing visit to The Bank.

Mark Martins said there was a whole R’n’B and hip- hop scene up here and Fu­ture Now Agency hoped to se­cure more in­ter­na­tional artists.

“Townsville can def­i­nitely ex­pect to see some more R’n’B and hip- hop artists,” Mark said.

Doors will open from 8pm on Fri­day, July 17, with only fi­nal re­lease tick­ets still avail­able.

Tick­ets are $ 59 and can be pur­chased from www. tick­et­booth. com. au

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