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Upfront venture capitalist firm recently held a Summit in Los Angeles and, not surprisingly, to those of us that know him, Chamillionaire wowed the audience with his pitch for his new social media app, Convoz. It should be widely known by now that Cham has been an integral part of the tech community for some years now, not simply as a spectator, but as an Entreprenuer in Residence and active mentor and investor at companies like Maker Studios and Cruise (acquired for $700 million and $1 billion respectively).

Convoz got its soft launch in the summer of last year and now they are ready to spread the word to the masses. This will be helped in no small way by active investors and users like Snoop Dogg and major influencers like Shaq (both of whom made an appearance during Cham’s presentation) as well a bevvy of other celeb investors; Big Boi of Outkast and E40 to name a few.

As Cham told TechCrunch for an article that ran last night, Convoz, the video-centric platform aims to be the place where you go to talk to people on a level more personal than current social media affords, without the anonymity that hiding behind a keyboard offers. He wants Convoz to be an app where people converse face-to-face with stars like Shaq or find new friends with common interests.

With regards the likelihood of a positive outcome for Convoz and Chamillionaire’s chances of overall tech success, his long-time friend and VC investor, Mark Suster, says, “Cham has embodied the typical founder journey you would expect from any dropout kid from Stanford or Harvard. I would put him high on the list of startup founders who have a deep knowledge of the users they serve, what is unique about their app and how to build a product for scale.”

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Alisha Evette – Check out her Newest Single “Call Me”

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Travis Scott, Quavo Unveil New LP ‘Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho’

Travis Scott and Migos’ Quavo released their collaborative album, Huncho

Travis Scott revealed the artwork for the album, which was drawn by renowned Welsh illustrator Ralph Steadman, the artist known for illustrating Hunter S. Thompson’s work, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.












Kendrick Lamar performing at Coachella on April 23, 201

The Recording Academy™ welcomes this year’s class of GRAMMY® nominees. Already a 21-time GRAMMY winner, JAY-Z leads with eight nominations, followed by Kendrick Lamar (7), Bruno Mars (6), Childish Gambino (5), Khalid (5), No I.D. (5), and SZA (5). Selected from more than 22,000 submissions across 84 categories, the nominations showcase some of the most gifted music makers of the past awards year (Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2017). As the only peer-selected music award, the GRAMMY is voted on by the Recording Academy’s membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers.

“I’m inspired by this year’s nominees and the incredible talent each possesses,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Their recordings are a true testament to how creatively alive and meaningful our music industry has become. Each nominee uses their craft to inspire, uplift, and tell stories of our world through their artistry. They provide a vibrant soundtrack that represents the highest level of excellence and continues to impact and reflect our culture.”

“The beauty of our process begins and ends with the participation of music professionals,” said Bill Freimuth, Recording Academy Senior Vice President of Awards. “Our nominations reflect the expertise and passion of Recording Academy voting members.”

The final round of GRAMMY voting is Dec. 7–21, 2017. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

The following is a sampling of nominations from the GRAMMY Awards’ 30 Fields and 84 categories.

For a complete nominations list, visit

Record Of The Year:

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z

“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year:

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

4:44 — JAY-Z

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Melodrama — Lorde

24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year:

“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)

“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (JAY-Z)

“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)

“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)

“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist:

Alessia Cara


Lil Uzi Vert

Julia Michaels


Best Pop Solo Performance:

“Love So Soft” — Kelly Clarkson

“Praying” — Kesha

“Million Reasons” — Lady Gaga

“What About Us” — P!nk

“Shape Of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

“Something Just Like This” ­— The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

“Thunder” — Imagine Dragons

“Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

“Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Dance/Electronic Album:

Migration — Bonobo

3-D The Catalogue — Kraftwerk

Mura Masa — Mura Masa

A Moment Apart — Odesza

What Now — Sylvan Esso

Best Rock Performance:

“You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

“The Promise” — Chris Cornell

“Run” — Foo Fighters

“No Good” — Kaleo

“Go To War” — Nothing More

Best Urban Contemporary Album:

Free 6lack — 6lack

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino

American Teen — Khalid

Ctrl — SZA

Starboy — The Weeknd

Best Rap Album:

4:44 — JAY-Z

DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

Culture — Migos

Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody

Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

Best Country Album:

Cosmic Hallelujah — Kenny Chesney

Heart Break — Lady Antebellum

The Breaker — Little Big Town

Life Changes — Thomas Rhett

From A Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton

Best Jazz Vocal Album:

The Journey — The Baylor Project

A Social Call — Jazzmeia Horn

Bad Ass And Blind — Raul Midón

Porter Plays Porter — Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King

Dreams And Daggers — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Gospel Album:

Crossover — Travis Greene

Bigger Than Me — Le’Andria

Close — Marvin Sapp

Sunday Song — Anita Wilson

Let Them Fall In Love — Cece Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:

Rise — Danny Gokey

Echoes (Deluxe Edition) — Matt Maher

Lifer — MercyMe

Hills And Valleys — Tauren Wells

Chain Breaker — Zach Williams

Best Latin Pop Album:

Lo Único Constante — Alex Cuba

Mis Planes Son Amarte — Juanes

Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Cuidad De México, 2017 — La Santa Cecilia

Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos) — Natalia Lafourcade

El Dorado — Shakira

Best Americana Album:

Southern Blood — Gregg Allman

Shine On Rainy Day — Brent Cobb

Beast Epic — Iron & Wine

The Nashville Sound — Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Brand New Day — The Mavericks

Best Comedy Album:

The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas — Dave Chappelle

Cinco — Jim Gaffigan

Jerry Before Seinfeld — Jerry Seinfeld

A Speck Of Dust — Sarah Silverman

What Now? — Kevin Hart

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

“City Of Stars” — Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone), Track from La La Land

“How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho), Track from Moana: The Songs

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) — Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew & Taylor Swift, songwriters (ZAYN & Taylor Swift), Track from Fifty Shades Darker

“Never Give Up” — Sia Furler & Gregg Kurstin, songwriters (Sia), Track from Lion

“Stand Up For Something” — Common & Diane Warren, songwriters (Andra Day Featuring Common), Track from Marshall

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:

Calvin Harris

No I.D.

Greg Kurstin

Blake Mills

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H.O.M.E. by Martell launch of its newest product, Martell Blue Swift

Hosted and Live Performance By: Quavo of Migos

Serving as host of the evening, Atlanta native and rapper Quavo (of Migos) teamed up with Martell to curate unique and distinct experiences in each room of the contemporary space, as well as a culinary experience provided by Ghetto Gastro and a signature cocktail created by Quavo using Martell Blue Swift. The event also featured an intimate live performance from Quavo. A selection of photos can be found below – photo credit: Getty Images for Martell.

The event celebrates the brand’s new H.O.M.E. By Martell platform and Martell Blue Swift, a new cognac with unsuspected aromas and an exceptionally smooth taste, making it the perfect blend to home entertain.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 09: A general view of the atmosphere during the ‘H.O.M.E. by Martell’ event on November 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Martell)


The event featured an exclusive experience curated by Atlanta native, Quavo of popular rap group, Migos, which will include a unique, dynamic food experience by culinary collective, Ghetto Gastro; immersive, interactive elements featured within each room of the home; one-on-one tastings of Martell Blue Swift; a live performance by Quavo; and many other surprises.




Michelle Williams Reveals She Was Suicidal at Height of Destiny’s Child Fame

Artists candidly discussing their struggles with mental illness isn’t as common enough as it should be. Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams wants to change and “normalize” that.

Williams was a guest co-host on The Talk on Wednesday (Oct. 18) and took the opportunity to open up about her struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide at the peak of Destiny Child’s success in the early 2000s.

At the time, she didn’t think she was suffering from depression because she couldn’t identify the signs as symptoms, and instead believed they were “growing pains.” It wasn’t until she reached her 30s, she said, when she looked back and realized what she was suffering from and how long it had affected her for — according to her, she began feeling depressed when she was young teen

( Article source by Billboard )

The “BET HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 Recap Photos Credit: BET Networks

BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Jeff Daly/BET)

BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Jeff Daly/BET)




BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Jeff Daly/BET)

BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Jeff Daly/BET)










BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals roaming
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Chris Carter/BET)

BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals roaming
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Chris Carter/BET)










BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals roaming
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Chris Carter/BET)

BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals roaming
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Chris Carter/BET)

BET Hop Hop Awards 2017 – Arrivals roaming
MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Guests attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 Green Carpet at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 06, 2017 in Miami, FL (Photo: Chris Carter/BET)


























































Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow (Remix)” ft. Kodak Black

As teased, Cardi B finally dropped her “Bodak Yellow” remix featuring Kodak Black. Of course, Cardi borrowed Kodak Black’s “No Flockin” flow for what’s become her breakthrough hit. Listen below. “Bodak Yellow” is currently No. 2 on the Hot 100 and looks to dethrone Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” next week.


LA-based Nü Disco producer Le Youth has teamed up with Artist Partner Group/Atlantic Records recording artist Ava Max for his infectious new single “Clap Your Hands” available today at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. The dance floor ready hit premiered yesterday via Billboard, with the publication praising the funky track for its “summery and disco cool” vibe.

Le Youth – known for combining nineties sounds with a modern aesthetic – shot to fame with his smash hits “C O O L” and “Dance With Me” and has remixed a ‘who’s who’ of modern pop music icons, such as Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Sia.  His latest single “Clap Your Hands” shows his progression as not only an electronic dance music producer, but also as a formidable force in the cross-over pop world. This summer Le Youth has performed at festivals including Hangout, Paradiso, and Splash House and will continue to make festival rounds later this month with performances at Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival, Breakaway, KAABOO and more.

“Clap Your Hands” introduces the striking vocal talents of pop newcomer Ava Max. Born in Wisconsin to Albanian immigrant parents, Ava Max counts Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey among her chief muses. Having found an early mentor in producer Kevin Rudolf, she began recording and writing in his Miami studio at the age of 13.  Now LA based and with creative director Brett Alan Nelson on board (Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Jason Derulo), the emerging singer/songwriter is currently in the studio with super producer Cirkut (The Weeknd’s “Starboy” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”) working on new music to be released later this year.

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Chance the Rapper, Young Thug’s Surprise New Song ‘Big B’s’

Chance The Rapper posted a surprise new Young Thug collaboration titled “Big B’s” Friday on SoundCloud, just hours after the rapper pledged that the streaming service that helped launch his career is “here to stay” despite bleak rumors concerning SoundCloud’s future.


At $110.5 Million, Basquiat Painting Becomes Priciest Work Ever Sold By A U.S. Artist

Jean-Michel Basquiat joined “joined the pantheon of great, great artists” Thursday night, when the late painter’s 1982 work Untitled sold for a record-breaking $110.5 million at auction — the highest sum ever paid at auction for a U.S.-produced artwork.

That breathless assessment was offered after the sale by Oliver Barker, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe. So you can imagine just how thrilled the buyer must have been.

“I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece,” Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said in an Instagram post revealing his identity as the buyer. “When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible.”


Jean-Michel Basquiat emerged from the “Punk” scene in New York as a gritty, street-smart graffiti artist who successfully crossed over from his “downtown” origins to the international art gallery circuit. In a few fast-paced years, Basquiat swiftly rose to become one of the most celebrated, and possibly most commercially exploited American “naif” painters of the widely celebrated Neo-Expressionism art movement.

Big Boi Readies All-Star New Album ‘Boomiverse’

Big Boi has revealed plans to release a new album titled Boomiverse, the Outkast rapper’s first solo LP since 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

On Thursday, 4/20, Big Boi will drop a pair of Boomiverse tracks: “Mic Jack,” featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, premieres on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, while “Kill Jill,” co-starring Big Boi’s Atlanta brethren Killer Mike and Jeezy, arrives Thursday night. @therealbigboi Verified

Drake Breaks Hot 100 Records: Most Hits Among Solo Artists & Most Simultaneously Charted Songs

As Drake;s new album More Life blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated April 8), the hip-hop superstar smashes records on the Billboard Hot 100.

Most notably, with all 22 tracks from the set, as well as two others, on the Hot 100 at once, Drake passes Lil Wayne for the most charted titles among soloists (154) in the Hot 100’s 58-year history, while breaking his own mark for the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 titles in a week (24).

Drake also rewrites his own record for the most Hot 100 debuts in a week, sending 21 songs, all from More Life, onto the list for the first time.

Here is an updated count of the acts with the most Hot 100 entries all-time:

207, Glee Cast

154, Drake

135, Lil Wayne

108, Elvis Presley

91, James Brown

87, Jay Z

82, Chris Brown

81, Kanye West

77, Nicki Minaj

75, Ray Charles

Drake’s coronation as the soloist with the most charted Hot 100 titles occurs a week after Nicki Minaj passed Aretha Franklin (76 to 73, as of last week) for the highest total among female soloists; Franklin had held that honor for nearly 40 years. (This week, Minaj adds her 77th Hot 100 entry, as Jason Derulo’s “Swalla,” featuring Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, debuts at No. 98.)

Of his 154 Hot 100 titles, Drake has charted 103 as a lead artist (or 67 percent of his total). Only the Glee Cast (207) and Presley (108) have notched more entries as leads, showing lead billing on all of their charted titles.

Fat Joe, Remy Ma’s Breezy New Song ‘Heartbreak’ With The-Dream

Ahead of the February 17th release of Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s collaborative LP Plata o Plomo, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, the duo have dropped their new track “Heartbreak,” featuring The-Dream and Vindata.



Big Sean’ Review: Big Sean Still Trying to Find Himself on ‘I Decided’

Big Sean is still finding himself. On I Decided, a mostly searing collection of introspective rhymes and light trap beats, he comes one step closer to a more self-assured sense of his space in the pantheon of today’s most powerful and famous rappers. His fourth album sets out to finish the work of his third, 2015’s Dark Sky Paradise, and comes close to completing his transition away from the boyish irreverence of his early era, decidedly marked by his early novelty hit “Dance (A$$).” He has come a long way from then, tackling concepts like rebirth, age and wisdom.

As always, his earnestness is believable. Every moment he counts his blessings – like on the casually catchy single “Bounce Back” – you root for him. He embraces his underdog status, especially since he is most often pitted against and working with rap’s biggest personalities, like Kanye West, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. More often than not, however, he gets swallowed by the larger-than-life brands and presences of those he surrounds himself with, like Eminem who steals Sean’s thunder with the quality, agility and fire of his guest verse on “No Favors.” Elsewhere, Sean is no match for the affable charm of Migos on “Sacrifices” or the dulcet tones of singers Jeremih, The-Dream and Jhene Aiko who slip in and out of their dreamy appearances with ease.

Still, there’s a sweetness to Sean that makes it difficult to not want him to shine. He caps an assertive album with a moment of spirituality, singing with the Flint Chozen Choir and Starrah on the glorious, tender and reverent “Bigger Than Me.” In taking a step back from his bravado, he gives enough space to respect and even admire his own appreciation for all the good in his world.

Common, the National Announce Huge Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert

Common and the National will co-headline the Planned Parenthood benefit Show Up! on January 19th. The event, billed as a “concert for reproductive health, freedom and justice” will take place the night before the presidential inauguration at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

“We plan to send a clear message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health care and abortion services,” Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, said in a statement.

While Common and the National are on the bill as the only musical performers, the show, hosted by the All Access music and comedy series, will also feature activists, elected leaders, celebrities and more who support abortion rights and widespread access for women to reproductive health services.

The show announcement comes on the heels of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that the GOP will make an effort to strip all federal funding for Planned Parenthood as part of their process to completely abolish Obamacare. Soon after the election, given both President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s strict pro-life stances, funding for Planned Parenthood soared with many putting their donations in Pence’s name.

“Women should be able to make their own decisions regarding their bodies and health,” the National’s Matt Berninger offered in his statement on the event. “This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights. A concert in D.C., inspiring people to take action, seems like a pretty good way to kick it off.”

New Music: Kehlani – “Advice”

Kehlani has announced her debut album, SweetSexySavage, which will drop on January 27. The 19-track LP will feature “Advice,” the new Kehlani single that Zane Lowe premiered today with Apple head of artist curation Carl Cherry. The jam finds the Oakland-born singer slipping emotionally bare lyrics on to the electronica instrumental: “I almost lost my mind / I left myself behind,” she sings. Listen to the stream below. Previously, Kehlani released a few singles over the summer, and appeared on the Suicide Squad soundtrack.

Eric B. & Rakim to Reunite for 2017 Tour, Album Reissues

Eric B. & Rakim will reunite for the first time in 24 years when the legendary hip-hop duo embark on a 2017 tour, their rep, Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory, confirmed Saturday. “Back by popular demand,” Eric B. adds.

In addition to the tour, Gregory says the duo will look to remaster all four of their albums alongside filming new videos for classic tracks like “I Ain’t No Joke” and “Paid in Full.” While there are currently no plans to record new material, Gregory says the legendary group is taking it one step at a time.

“All too often we embrace our icons only after it’s too late,” Gregory tells Rolling Stone. “By having such an important group come together now, it’s an opportunity for parents and their kids to go to a show together and see music that created the foundation for what many of today’s artists were built upon.”eric-b-rakim

The genesis of the reunion happened around May or June at a Newark, New Jersey event that both musicians coincidentally attended. It was the first time the duo was in the same place for years. “They just started talking and organically reconnecting over time and realizing that they needed to do this,” Gregory says.

The surprise announcement seeped out earlier this week when the verified Eric B. & Rakim Twitter teased, “It’s official. You heard it here first. We are back.”

On Saturday morning, the Twitter feed brought news of the reunion tour, with the duo tweeting “Preparations are under way for #EricBandRakim’s return. It’s been a long time…” and asking where the Eric B. & Rakim tour should “jump off”; New York, Las Vegas, London and Australia were the options provided.

Gregory said that the current plan is a worldwide tour to start next year, though he adds, “I wouldn’t count out seeing something in December, but nothing is locked in.” He admits it’s too early to ascertain venue sizes, but the duo are looking into playing select festivals as part of the tour.







Singer/songwriter/rapper D.R.A.M. has revealed dates for his upcoming “THE BIG BABY D.R.A.M. TOUR,” which kicks off on January 13th at the Exit In in Nashville, TN and runs through the middle of February, wrapping on February 11th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks.  For tickets & more information on “THE BIG BABY D.R.A.M. TOUR” visit

The 13-city tour is named after the Hampton, VA hit-maker’s debut album, which features guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Young Thug & Lil Yachty. “BIG BABY D.R.A.M.” arrives at all digital retailers and streaming partners on October 21s

The album features instant fan favorites “Cash Machine” and “Cute,” as well as the chart-topping, double platinum single, “Broccoli.” Originally released on SoundCloud in March, “Broccoli” currently sits atop Billboard’s “Top Rap Songs” chart, while catapulting into the top 10 on the “Hot 100” chart, #4 on Spotify’s “United States Top 50” chart, #6 on iTunes’ “Overall Songs” chart & currently #2 at both Urban and Rhythmic radio formats. As if all this weren’t enough, the companion video has nearly 47 million views. Watch the video here: The Lil Yachty-assisted song spent 15 weeks at #1 on Soundcloud’s Global Songs chart, where it currently has over 87 million plays.

D.R.A.M. will celebrate the release of “BIG BABY D.R.A.M.” by making his national late night television debut with a performance of “Broccoli” on CONAN, slated for October 25th (check local listings.) This comes after D.R.A.M. took the stage alongside Lil Yachty for a stand out performance of “Broccoli” at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards.

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1/13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In

1/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft

1/15 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

1/17 – Washington D.C.@ U Street Music Hall

1/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

1/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

1/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

1/22 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

1/25 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

1/26 – Detroit, MI @ El Club

2/2 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall

2/9 – San Diego, CA @ The Music Box

2/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

Solange Reveals New Album ‘A Seat At The Table’

Solange Knowles has announced her highly-anticipated third album A Seat at the Table. The release is his first full-length album since 2008’s Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams and follows her 2012 EP

“I am overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement to share this body of work I have written, with you,” Knowles wrote in an Instagram post. In another post, she revealed the track listing and featured artists, which include Lil Wayne, Tweet, Dev Hynes, Kelly Rowland and Kelela. The album will be released on September 30th, though it is unclear which retailers will stream or feature a digital download.

On her official site, the singer debuted a digital book to accompany the album that can be viewed for free. In the book is what appears to be lyrics for each track of the 21-song LP as well as a collection of photos.

A Seat at the Table track listing:

1. “Rise”

2. “Weary” featuring Tweet
3. “Interlude: The Glory Is in You”
4. “Cranes in the Sky”
5. “Interlude: Dad Was Mad”
6. “Mad” Featuring Lil Wayne, Moses Sumney and Tweet
7. “Don’t You Wait”
8. “Interlude: Tina Taught Me”
9. “Don’t Touch My Hair” featuring Sampha
10. “This Moment” featuring Devonté Hynes and Lu
11. “Where Do We Go” featuring Sean Nicholas Savage
12. “Interlude: For Us By Us”
13. “F.U.B.U.” featuring The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid and Tweet
14. “Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)” featuring Q-Tip
15. “Interlude: “I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It” featuring Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews
16. “Junie”
17. “Interlude: No Limits”
18. “Don’t Wish Me Well”
19. “Interlude: Pedastals”
20. “Scales” featuring Kelela
21. “Closing: The Chosen Ones”


Unreleased Kanye West Mix to Appear on New J Dilla 12-Inch

Kanye West‘s previously unreleased mix of J Dilla‘s “The Anthem” will appear on a new Dilla 12-inch vinyl release, The Middle Finger, out October 5th via Rappcats.

“The Anthem” features vocals from J Dilla and Detroit duo Frank n Dank. The track appears on The Diary, a lost vocal album (originally known as Pay Jay) completed in the early 2000s, but not released until this April thanks to the work of engineer Dave

The album primarily features Dilla rapping over production from other artists including Madlib, Pete Rock and Nottz, but includes a handful of tracks, like “The Anthem,” produced by Dilla. However, as Fact reports, the original version of “The Anthem” was produced by Kanye West, though the rapper was unaware that J Dilla had recorded over the beat until an early version called “We F’d Up” leaked in 2008. West’s original production eventually evolved into the beat for Jay Z’s “Takeover,” while Dilla ended up producing his own version, which became “The Anthem.”

Along with “The Anthem,” The Middle Finger will include an alternate vocal take of Dilla’s “Fuck the Police.” Per Rappcats, both tracks appeared on an early demo version of the solo record, which Dilla turned into MCA in 2002 on a CD-R labeled, “The Middle Finger.”

While that disc became the basis for low-quality bootlegs, the original CD-R was eventually found in a storage locker. Though the disc was scratched to the point of mostly unlistenable, West’s version of “The Anthem” and the alternate take of “Fuck the Police” were salvageable and eventually used to make The Middle Finger.

West has long admired J Dilla and noted the producer’s vast influence in the Stones Throw Records documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. “We gotta make music and think, ‘If Dilla was alive, would he like this?'” West said. “I have to work on behalf of Dilla. When I put a weird-ass Jamaican sample, it works at first but it’s not until I put the [makes discordant musical noise] that it sounds like art or sounds slightly wrong. And now it’ll go to the radio now that it’s wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this 5-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. The best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never sell out.”

Motivational Campaign Inspired By Sean “Diddy” Combs Features DJ Khaled and French Montana

Sean “Diddy” Combs and the Makers of CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka Toast to ‘Let’s Get It’ Movement with DJ Khaled and French Montana



NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2016 /Today Sean “Diddy” Combs and the Makers of the CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka unveil new brand creative and launch a motivational campaign: ‘Let’s Get It’.   ‘Let’s Get It’, which is inspired by Combs and features DJ Khaled and French Montana, sparks a movement to empower and encourage entrepreneurs and creators to pursue their passions and realize their dreams.

The campaign is a collaboration between Combs, CÎROC and emerging influencers committed to inspiring the next generation to ‘Get It’.  The vibrant creative centers on the iconic “circumflex,” which symbolizes upward mobility, aspiration and the brand’s French heritage.  The creative was developed by 72andSunny New York in partnership with Combs Wine & Spirits and Diageo.

“I grew up wanting to change the world. Now I want to inspire and empower the next generation to dream big, work hard, and make their own success,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs.  “I am using my story to encourage others to follow their dreams and achieve greatness, and together with CÎROC, fueling the spirit of the hustle and celebrating the journey.”

The new CÎROC movement kicks off with the world premiere of ‘Let’s Get It,’ a two minute short film starring Combs on  ‘Let’s Get It,’ narrated by Combs and directed by Emmy Award winner Zach Heinzerling, tells the inspiring story of Combs’ business success, highlighting the grit and glam of his journey.   The film features DJ Khaled and French Montana, and celebrates the determination and passion of rising stars and talented entrepreneurs including: “Moguls In the Making” CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Nominated Designer Chris Stamp, Accessories Designers and DJs Coco and Breezy, Jewelry Designer and Beauty Entrepreneur Kristen Crawley, and New York Harlem Dance Legend Nikko.  The film also introduces the CÎROC family of influencers, a group of movers and shakers hand-selected by Combs that includes: DJ Austin Millz, Model Eugena Washington, Musician and Philanthropist Tennille Amor, Celebrity Stylist Ty Hunter, Fashion and Entertainment Entrepreneur Lance Fresh, Lifestyle Expert Kenny Burns, Actress Mikaela Hoover, Style Host Brittany Hampton, and Sports Statistician Justin Zormelo.  Condensed versions of the film are also available on select websites.

Sean “Diddy” Combs previewed his commitment to the ‘Let’s Get It’ ethos when he presented at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.  He reminded the audience to hustle hard, dream big and remember that everything is possible.

“‘Let’s Get It’ is much more than a campaign,” says Ryan Robertson, CÎROC Brand Director. “It is the start of a new movement – a rallying cry – to empower hard workers and dreamers to make their mark on the world.”

Later this month the brand will be releasing a follow-up spot to ‘Let’s Get It’ that spotlights DJ Khaled and his major keys to success for future moguls in the making.

“CÎROC and Combs have always been about the hustle”, says Dia Simms, President of Combs Wine and Spirits.  ‘”Let’s Get It’ is a universal message that has no boundaries. Sean and CÎROC are inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and culture creators on their journey to success.”

‘Let’s Get It’ begins airing September 5th.  The :30 and :15 second spots will run on CNN, Bravo, CNBC, USA, BET, VH1, TV1, REVOLT and more.  The brand has also created a :15 advertisement dedicated to social responsibility reminding fans that whether you are coming up in the world or coming home from a few drinks, get there safely.

Rick Ross ‘Port of Miami’ 10th-Anniversary Show


Rick Ross, Southern rap’s diamond-studded exclamation point, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his bombastic, chest-caving debut LP with a live-streamed concert on August 29th. The show, dubbed Tidal X: Port of Miami 10th Anniversary, will be presented by the streaming service for both subscribers and non-subscribers, and will feature the Boss performing from the actual Port of Miami in Florida’s Biscayne Bay.

On 2006’s Port of Miami, Ross’s measured flow brought hip-hop boasts to new champagne-saturated levels of hyperbole — vintage cars, diamonds that match the color of the salt water, favors from dictators and enough cocaine for a ground blizzard. The album, which featured singles like the battering “Hustlin'” and the Scarface-tweaked “Push It,” went to Number One, as did four of the seven albums that followed. Rolling Stone caught up with Ross to look back to his monumental debut and the 10 years since.

Desiigner Is Already Repeating Himself on His First Tape, ‘New English’

Repetition only works in rap when you make it interesting. Migos’ “Versace” reiterated its title phrase so many times that it bled into the already hypnotic beat; Future’s “Same Damn Time” used high energy and rapturous, theatrical production to create something rowdy; and Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” got so deep in its own zone that it stopped mattering whether it worked for you or not.


By contrast, Desiigner’s debut mixtape, New English, feels like a formulaic Vox instructional on how to make trap songs. On the opening song, “Caliber,” he raps, “I make a lot of new different money / All my killas pull up and they gettin’ blunted / Finna drink up the mud, now I’m gettin’ mudded / Caliber, caliber, caliber/ Caliber, caliber, hit somebody / Silencer, silencer, ring somebody.” It’s a pretty good parody of a trap song. And if the record that came out of it didn’t sound like a tired derivative of a million other ones, you might look at it as great performance art.

Recently, during this year’s annual BET Awards, the 19-year-old Brooklynite commenced with his runaway hit “Panda,” and perform he did. To call Desiigner animated would be an understatement: He was running up and down the entire auditorium, pumping up his hands, dabbing, making goofy facial expressions, and generally behaving like a chicken that’s been lit on fire. It was fun to watch, so much so that the delighted and confused audience probably didn’t even notice that he barely rapped the actual song. That’s his appeal, more or less.

Much as the backlash against him has been powered by the question of whether or not he’s purposely stealing Future’s identity, Desiigner’s real problem is that his music hasn’t been nearly as interesting as his character or career trajectory. G.O.O.D. Music’s newest signee has been building a cult of fans via his brand of eccentricity and his offbeat persona, best exemplified in a XXL freestyle — he’s going viral off a line about Timmy Turner “wishing for a burner.” The internet — for as much as it’s constantly accused Desiigner of riding a wave — has also been his best tool for staying relevant.

Still, none of this creative energy shows up in the recorded music we’ve been given so far.


“Panda” becoming a hit feels more to do with a Kanye cosign (and sample) than the actual power of the song itself. But nothing else off New English reaches even that level. Desiigner bites much of the style that his reigning purple antecedent made his name off of, for sure, but that’s hardly his biggest problem — younger rappers have borrowed from their elders plenty (try Jay Z and Big Daddy Kane). The real issue is that he does nothing except make safer versions of the songs he’s influenced by. Much of his tape owes its aesthetic to Chicago drill-rap with its rat-a-tat production and furious, mantra-like rhyming; but it’s more diluted and lacking the personality of the source material.

Most of the energy of New English is poured into his (trademark?) ad-libs. The staccato yeahs and machine-gun sound effects do a good job of convincing you that you’re listening to an exciting project. But after a while, it just starts to make your head hurt. Desiigner is a young kid and has all of the signifiers of other young rappers like Travi$ Scott and Lil Uzi Vert: a mesmerizing on-record persona, “rock star” energy onstage, and a discography that mostly showcases the most shallow, obvious aspects of much better rappers. People can go far thanks to sheer likability, and as that rambunctious BET awards performance showed, sometimes they even deserve to be there. But the rest will have to catch up if they plan to stay.

DJ Khaled Credits Beyoncé For Making His Dreams Come True In Heartfelt Open Letter


They told him he would never tour, but that’s just what DJ Khaled did – with  Queen Bey at that. Khaled, who’s sitting high on the Billboard Hot 100 with his newest single “For Free” featuring Drake, took to his Instagram account to deliver a special thank you to Beyoncé while dropping some major keys to his fans.

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Drake, Meek Mill Trade Disses on New Tracks

After Toronto rapper unveils “Summer Sixteen,” Mill quickly responds with suspiciously prescient “War Pain”


Two weeks after the Meek Mill and Drake beef was stirred from its five-month ceasefire thanks to Mill’s “I’m da Plug Freestyle,” the feud is officially back on after both rappers fired new disses at one another with a pair of freshly released tracks.

On Drake‘s OVO Sound show Saturday on Beats 1, the rapper once again took aim at his “Back to Back” target with a new single titled “Summer Sixteen.” “I let the diss record drop, you were standing right below me, nigga / We must have played it a hundred times, you was going to bed,” Drake says on the song. “Why would I put on a vest I expect you to aim for the head / I coulda killed you the first time / You don’t have to try and say it louder nigga / Trust, we heard you the first time.”

“Summer Sixteen” also finds Drake ribbing President Barack Obama for stating that Kendrick Lamar was a better rapper (“Tell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he in / They bulletproof”) and boasting about his success. “I used to want to be on Roc-A-Fella / Then I turned into Jay,” Drake says. “Now I got a house in L.A., now I got a bigger pool than Ye / And look man, Ye’s pool is nice / Mine’s just bigger what I’m saying.” The track is available to purchase on iTunes.

Soon after Drake premiered “Summer Sixteen,” Meek Mill had his rebuttal all ready to go: Another new surprise EP – this time titled 4/4 Pt. 2 – featuring another Drake diss track, this one called “War Pain.” However, even more unexpected was the fact that Mill’s new song featured the Philadelphia rapper already responding to lines Drake had just premiered on OVO Sound less than a half-hour earlier. As Mill told fans on Instagram, “The ghost writer told me,” hinting he was forewarned about some “Summer Sixteen” lyrics.

Mill’s insistence that Drake employs a ghostwriter – in this case, Quentin Miller – is what sparked the rapper’s beef in the first place. Mill’s claim that Drake used a ghostwritten verse for his feature on Dreams Worth More Than Money’s “R.I.C.O.” triggered the feud that has so far resulted in Mill’s “Wanna Know” and “I’m da Plug” as well as Drake’s “Charged Up” and the Grammy-nominated “Back to Back.”

In response to Drake’s line, “I used to want to be on Roc-A-Fella / Then I turned into Jay,” Mill says, “And you claiming you Hov now? Why you state that shit?,” referring to Jay Z’s nickname. Mill then continues, “Man I hate that shit, niggas be talkin’ out they face / But soon as you body somethin’ they be singin’ like they Drake / Wait, niggas dancin’ like they fruitcakes / Hotline Bling, don’t get no bing up in this new Wraith.”


Joe Budden Live in Concert Warehouse* Houston


On the verge of his new album All Love Lost, a project that Joe Budden will admit is the darker of the No Love Lost and Some Love Lost trilogy, the Slaughterhouse “founder” doesn’t want anyone thinking he’s quite as close to the edge as his music (and tweets) may sometimes suggest. “I’m great. I’m happy, I’m wonderful, football season starts soon, the team is looking great, the Knicks suck but that’s nothing new,” he says in his signature baritone. “My skill level is still very, very, very, very high. My team is ok. I’m ok. Every one is ok. I’m blessed.”



CL Kicks Off U.S. Solo Career With ‘Hello Bitches’ Dance Video: Watch


After signing with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande manager Scooter Braun, CL has spent 2015 prepping for her debut English album, and fans of the Korean superstar got the first taste of it via new buzz single “Hello Bitches.”

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The hip-hop song premiered on Vice alongside its dance performance video that sees the 2NE1 singer/rapper performing choreography created by Parris Goebel and her ReQuest crew. Throughout it, CL weaves in between English and Korean, perhaps tip-toeing the two worlds on this buzz single before diving headfirst into English when the time comes for a proper single.

Alex Newell’s Pop Career Is Just Beginning on Euphoric Lead Single, ‘This Ain’t Over’


The phenomenal Alex Newell might be best known for his turn on Glee, but the the 23-year-old vocal powerhouse blasted into the music world in earnest with two draw-dropping features. He exuded screeching soul on Clean Bandit’s “Stronger,” and reached staggering heights on the Knocks’ soaring disco standout “Collect My Love.”

Next month, Newell’s going to drop some music of his own, and the first taste of his debut EP, POWER, more than surpasses our lofty expectations. Newell’s unassailable voice is in full force on “This Ain’t Over,” shinning out like a triumphant beacon over a thumping, glamorous dance-pop soundscape. Stream the new track below, and look for POWER, which features some production help from greats like Diane Warren and Nile Rodger, on February 19 via Big Beat. Newell will also be going on tour this year with Adam Lambert.

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Heavy Rotation Magazine Rookie of the Year Fetty Wap has followed his holiday-themed single from earlier this week, “Merry Xmas,” with something decidedly less festive. Produced by Migos (whose Yung Rich Nation made it onto SPIN’s 50 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015) affiliate Zaytoven, “Handgun” is about exactly what it sounds like. Over an ominously jingling backbeat, Fetty and his Remy Boyz rap about never leaving the house without their weapon of choice. Listen here.

Future Laces Up His Gloves for ‘Creed’ Anthem ‘Last Breath’


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Call him Future Balboa on the rapper’s 279th new song of 2015, “Last Breath.” The anthem is a contribution to the soundtrack of the upcoming Creed, seventh and latest entry in the indomitable Rocky film franchise. The astronaut leans into the historical legacy, with producers Metro Boomin and Ludwig Göransson sampling the horns of Bill Conti’s perma-jock jam theme to the original Rocky, “Gonna Fly Now” as the people’s champ of Atlanta chest-puffs “I’ll be a fighter ’til the end, ’til my last breath / I’ma hustle ’til my last breath.” It’s no “Eye of the Tiger,” but it’s better than “With Arms Wide Open,” certainly. Listen here.


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Acclaimed singer-songwriter JoJo joins Atlantic Records’ much celebrated roster. The singer makes her long awaited Atlantic debut with three new singles. The three distinct singles titled “III.” are: “Say Love,” “Save My Soul,” and “When Love Hurts”; all of which will appear on her highly anticipated third album.

The not yet titled new album has already made a major impact, months before its official announcement. Both Buzzfeed and Fuse ranked it among their “Most Anticipated Albums of 2015” lists, with Buzzfeed noting the release could make JoJo “this year’s comeback kid.”  The singles include an impressive roster of producers: the gorgeous power-ballad “Say Love” was produced by Harmony “H-Money” Samuels; The Family helmed the heartfelt track “Save My Soul”, and Jason Evigan and Benny Blanco took the lead on the infectious club-banger “When Love Hurts”.

Hailed by TIME Magazine as an “innovative songbird to beat”, JoJo is a chart-topping, award-winning multimedia superstar, a remarkably gifted singer, songwriter, and actress whose incredible journey began almost as soon as the New England native could sing. Local children’s competitions soon became high profile national TV appearances and live tours, resulting in the talented 12 year old signing a major label deal in 2003.

Released when JoJo was just 13, 2004’s debut single, “Leave (Get Out),” reached the pinnacle on Billboard’s “Pop Songs” chart, making her the youngest-ever solo artist to have a #1 single in the United States. A true international smash, “Leave (Get Out)” earned RIAA gold certification as well as gold and platinum certification around the world. What’s more, the single’s companion video dominated MTV, VH1, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and The N, spending 50 days on MTV’s Total Request Live (including two atop the TRL countdown) while also leading to JoJo receiving a “Best New Artist” nomination from the MTV Video Music Awards – again making history as the youngest solo artist to be so honored.

2004’s RIAA platinum certified “JOJO” was a global phenomenon, with total worldwide sales now in excess of 3 million. “THE HIGH ROAD” followed in 2006 and proved an equivalent sensation, scoring worldwide sales of 3 million on the power of singles like the record-breaking top 3 hit, “Too Little Too Late.” After several years of legal dispute and a lawsuit filed against her former label, JoJo was finally released from her original recording contract.

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Monika and Andrew Wyatt on New Single

It’s the danceable second single off her upcoming album ‘Secret in the Dark’



Monika Christodoulou’s upcoming album Secret in the Dark is not technically her debut — she’s released two well-received albums in her native Greece — but her latest single “Shake Your Hands” sounds like a new beginning, or at least a drastic step forward for the singer/songwriter. She recorded the album with Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss (whose no-frills style also served at the backbone for St. Vincent’s latest), and “Shake Your Hands,” is a playful, disco-inflected track that features Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt on vocals. Monika’s wavering, Florence-esque voice anchors the song’s heavy dollop of twinkling synths and toy-keyboard interjections, ultimately shining — alongside Wyatt’s reedy tenor — on a brass-heavy climax.

Stream “Shake Your Hands” right here. Secret in the Dark is out October 2 on Other Music Recording Co.

Dawn Richard Rises from Danity Kane’s Ashes on ‘Phoenix’

The electro-R&B singer enlists former bandmate Aundrea Fimbres for the new track

Dawn Richard reunited with Aubrey O’Day, Shannon Bex, and Aundrea Fimbres — three of her former cohorts from the Making the Band-bred girl group Danity Kane — to release one final album as a quartet. Rife with tension, the group parted ways once again, freeing up Richard to work on the much-anticipated follow-up to GoldenHeart, her critically acclaimed 2013 project that yielded sparking electro-soul singles like “86” and “In Your Eyes.”Dawn Richard

On January 15, the R&B singer will release BlackHeart, the third full-length in her planned trilogy of solo albums. As a preview, Richard offers a crackling new cut, “Phoenix,” a duet with DK member Fimbres that finds the women trading sharp-edged bars about redemption. “So now I see / The only way to fly is free,” Richard howls as Fimbres’ glitchy chorus kicks in. Stream the track below and look for BlackHeart when it drops tomorrow.


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New One-Hour Special Will Feature Performances of Holiday Songs and Current Pop Hits, as well as Artists Sharing Favorite Holiday Memories and GRAMMY Moments 

Nominations for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®
Will Be Announced the Morning of Dec. 5, with 
Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed on the Broadcast

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2014) — Nine-time GRAMMY® winner Mary J. Bligeis the latest performer announced for “A Very GRAMMY Christmas,” and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the new one-hour entertainment special, which will include performances of holiday songs and current pop hits, as well as artists sharing their favorite holiday and GRAMMY memories. Previously announced performers include singer/songwriter Ariana Grande, three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5, three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw, and seven-time GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. “A Very GRAMMY Christmas” will air on Friday, Dec. 5, 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit, and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

In addition to performances, the nominations in the Album Of The Year category for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced during the broadcast of “A Very GRAMMY Christmas.” All other nominations (82 of 83 categories) will be revealed the morning of Dec. 5. Further details regarding the unveiling of 57th GRAMMY nominations will be announced shortly.

“A Very GRAMMY Christmas” will tape on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Tickets for the general public are on sale now at or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 866.448.7849.

The road to Music’s Biggest Night® begins with “A Very GRAMMY Christmas” and culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Last year’s airing of “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night” helped lead to stellar ratings for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which ultimately garnered more than 30 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also was the biggest social television event at the time, with 34 million social media interactions (with statistics compiled by Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter).


Lorde – New Single: Yellow Flicker Beat

Lorde‘s contribution to the upcoming soundtrack for the latest instalment in the Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire, is available to stream below. Titled Yellow Flicker Beat, it’s the first original track released by the Kiwi songstress since she set the world ablaze with her debut album, Pure Heroine, last year.Lorde In Concert - Broomfield, CO

The track kicks off with Lorde humming a single note before layering vocals on top, in a style reminiscent of Björk’s experimental a capella work on her 2004 album, Medúlla. With the help of Adele and Coldplay producer Paul Epworth, the track begins to soar with heavy beats and oscillating, siren-like synth layers.

The 17-year-old began teasing fans with lyrical excerpts from the track earlier this month, taking to Instagram to share the song’s opening lines: “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm / And the scars that mark my body / They’re silver and gold“.



Lily Allen On Touring Partner Miley Cyrus: ‘I Feel Proud Of Her

The U.K. pop star says of the Bangerz tour, “It’s one of the best shows that I’ve seen in years.”

Last May, Lily Allen called Miley Cyrus a “Fearless bitch” during her first New York performance in five years; less than three months later, the British singer will Join Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour as the opening act on a select number of dates. Before she hits the road with Cyrus on Aug. 1, Allen tells Billboard that she couldn’t be happier to join such a stellar arena spectacle.lily-allen-2014-650-430b “I saw it at the O2 in London [in May], and I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best shows that I’ve seen in years,” says Allen. “It’s up there with an Oasis show or the Stone Roses or something. It’s kind of incredible to watch — she’s a real force. There’s no two ways about it, she’s meant to be up there doing that.”Allen adds that the Bangerz tour stage production is impressive, but even without the bells and whistles, the “Wrecking Ball” star would be able to pull off an unforgettable pop experience. “She’s incredible, and she has such a presence,” she says of Cyrus. “Her personality is what shines through. I’m not close to Miley, I don’t know her very well, but I feel proud of her.” Check out Lily Allen’s dates on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour below: Aug. 1: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) Aug. 2: Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Center) Aug. 4: Pittsburgh, Pa. (CONSOL Energy Center) Aug. 6: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena) Aug. 7: Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena) Aug. 9: Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center) Aug. 10: St. Louis, Mo. (Scottrade Center)

Hugh Jackman Rapping With LL Cool J & T.I Tony Awards


By now, we know Hugh Jackman lives for musical theater like Wolverine needs adamantium, making him a good choice for the host of the 2014 Tony Awards. However, the good choices seem to stop with Broadway’s attempt to get hip with hip-hop culture: Jackman, LL Cool J, and T.I. performing a rap-rendition of the opening number of The Music Man. LL, a good sport in catering to the non-Hip-Hop community, manages to inspire legions of theater buffs onto their feet, while a visibly tickled T.I. spits “sell clarinets to the kids in the town with the big trombones… and the piccolo, the piccolo,” giving his image as the Rubberband Man a puzzling makeover. But Jackman is the real trail-blazer here: While his first rhymes acknowledge, “Well, I don’t know much about bands,” Hugh can’t hide the excitement on his face while trading lines with the rap veterans.


Dave Chappelle Enlists the Roots, Janelle Monae for New York Comeback

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Dave Chappelle’s return to standup has been pretty low-key, one widely publicized incident aside, and now we know he was working up to something big. From June 24 to 26, the former Chappelle’s Show host will take over New York’s Radio City Music Hall, joined by a full orchestra and a different musical guest each night. And the co-headliners are an impressive bunch: the Roots and Erykah Badu, along with a three-artist bill of Janelle Monáe, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier.


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6th St Austin Texas was a huge mecca for true music lovers this passed weekend (March 14th-16th) hundreds of performers from Punk bands, Hard rock ,Pop artist & Hip-hop. The Reebok Classics by Laced Legends located @ The Flamingo Cantina was the place to be for hip-hop heads, with over twenty performers from all over the US. Checkout the line up: The Migos, Kid Kid, Snootie Wild, Que, BK Brasco, Erk Da Jerk, PeeWee Longway, Frenchie BSM, Jacquees and Shy Glizzy just to name a few. SXSW is quickly growing into the music industry larges southern Woodstock. There is no other place in the US where all races of people come together for one great cause in sharing music. Shootout too Reekbok Classic and the in tire staff for a wonderful weekend of entertainment in Austin Texas.    – Heavy Rotation Magazine Staff     SXSW 2014 Recap by Reebok Classics Heavy Rotation Magazine6  SXSW 2014 Recap by Reebok Classics Heavy Rotation Magazine57SXSW 2014 Recap by Reebok Classics Heavy Rotation Magazine70               SXSW 2014 Recap by Reebok Classics Heavy Rotation Magazine51 SXSW 2014 Recap by Reebok Classics Heavy Rotation Magazine77 SXSW 2014 Recap by Reebok Classics Heavy Rotation Magazine


Lady Gaga’s artRAVE Party: ‘ARTPOP’ Performance, Flying Dress & Costumes Galore

Art and pop converged at Brooklyn Navy Yard Sunday night just as Lady Gaga had envisioned it, but nearly 70 minutes after fans expected her. At around 12:45 a.m. Monday morning (Nov. 11), Gaga took the steps in front of a larger-than-life sculpture of herself custom-made by Jeff Koons, and lady-gaga-artrave-650-430inspired by the cover of “ARTPOP,” which hit stores just 45 minutes prior to her opening performance of “Aura.” Clad in a clown-like white mask with black-and-white buoys that made her like a bizarro Jack In The Box mascot, Gaga spent the first two songs of her live-streamed concert lip-synching to a track – coming off more pop art than artistic pop music. Lady Gaga, artRave Getty!

Kings of Leon, ‘Mechanical Bull’: Fall Music Preview 2013

After three years of touring and working on other projects, Kings of Leon have announced that they will release their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull on September 24th! Even Jimmy Fallon wanted to get in on the announcement action… check it out here. The new album, recorded at the band’s studio in Nashville, TN, was produced by longtime Kings of Leon collaborator Angelo Petraglia.2013 Hangout Music Festival - Day 1 Thanks to everyone that braved the inclement weather in New York City last Friday to see Kings of Leon headline Governors Ball Music Festival. The band worked through the night with festival organizers to come back on Saturday and were glad to see such a great turnout. They even debuted their first single from the new record, “Supersoaker,” before catching a plane to begin their European tour at London’s O2 Arena tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12th.    

Ariana Grande/Mac Miller – The Way

In 2008, she appeared in the acclaimed musical 13 on Broadway shortly before joining the cast of Victorious. However, her breakout single for Republic Records, “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, is the best way to get to know Ariana. Over shimmering piano and a slick beat, her voice echoes soulfully before she carries an inescapable and impressive hook as Mac Miller drops a sly verse. It’s an undeniable and unforgettable anthem, and you’ll love the way it makes you feel. Still, it’s simply a prelude to her forthcoming full-length 2013 debut. Across the record, she embraces influences as diverse as Mariah Carey and Imogen Heap, while cultivating her own style in the process. She’s no stranger to standing out though. She went from playing a central character on Victorious, named “Favorite TV Show” at the 2012 Kid’s Choice Awards, to garnering her very own spinoff, Sam & Cat. In addition, she voices “Princess Diaspro” on the Nickelodeon animated series Winx Club and voiced the title character of the 2013 animated film, Snowflake.Ariana+Grande+hd+Wallpapers+2013_ Along the way, she built a staggering social media presence, making her one of the “Most Asked Actors” on the internet. The Huffington Post listed her as the “Third Most Influential Actress Online” above Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston, while Billboard even dubbed her “Most Influential Person to Watch Online”. To date, she has amassed over 5 million Twitter followers, 3 million Facebook likes, 3 million Instagram followers, and 150 million YouTube/VEVO views. Ariana never forgets where she came from either and continues to give back. She co-founded the youth singing group Kids Who Care in South Florida, which raised over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone. She also traveled to Gugulethu, South Africa to teach music and dance to children as part of Broadway in South Africa. Ultimately, the new album will welcome everyone into Ariana’s world, and It’s a wonderful place.

STAX Magazine Release Party Live In San Antonio , Tx

5/30 ( Thursday ) The official Magazine release party for recording artist STAX, Hosted by Rosa Acosta & Hazel E. STAX brought out the stars from the city of San Antonio and well as Houston , Los Angeles & Atlanta. The release party was held at San Antonio’s most popular gentlemen’s club (Sugars) known for hosting some of SA’s hottest parties & dancers in the city. STAX is featured on the cover Page of Heavy Rotation Magazine’s latest Issue (May June) available on print as well as online @ . STAX preformed his latest single entitled (One Time) in front of a rocking crowd of celebrity guest,radio personalities tastemakers and fans. Special Shout out too , Homie Marco ( Radio Program Director 98.5 ) The Ruben Stunner Show ( Houston ) Hazel E and all the supporters that came out.  Twitter @staxmuzik313  Instagrams by @staxmuzik313 Written By Tigga Pat STAX Magazine Release w @sugars1web STAX Magazine Release w @sugars3webSTAX Magazine Release w @sugars13web STAX Magazine Release w @sugars17webSTAX Magazine Release w @sugarscalvinwmodel2webSTAX Magazine Release w @sugarshazele&rosaacosta1web STAX Magazine Release w @sugarshazelECrowdwebSTAX Magazine Release w @sugarsrosa1webSTAX Magazine Release w @sugarsrosaacostasolo2web STAX Magazine Release w @sugarsrosaacostawchristine2webSTAX Magazine Release w @sugarsrosaacostawmodel2webSTAX Magazine Release w @sugarsweb     Honda Battle of the Bands Georgia Dome Atl. top Black College Bands in America Alcorn State UniversityBCU drum majorBethune Cookman University Crystal Watersrecording artist Brandy.2recording artist Brandy Tennessee State UniversityRyan Cameronrecording artist Brandy.4 photography by Z3 Photography   All Star Weekend Houston 2013 W/ Heavy Rotation Magazine  allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston8allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston13allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston21 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston39allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston50allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston116 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston167allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston193papa reu & Bigga Rankinallstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston18 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston64allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston76 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston118allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston122 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston128allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston138 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston29allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston45allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston96 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston110allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston109allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston38 allstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston133tigga pat & Papa Reuallstarweekend heavy rotation magazine 2013 houston146     UpTown Tapas & Sushi Bar | Houston Texas Exclusive Images by Heavy Rotation Magazine uptown heavy rotation magazine11uptown heavy rotation magazine12uptown heavy rotation magazine13 uptown heavy rotation magazine10uptown heavy rotation magazine9uptown heavy rotation magazine1 uptown heavy rotation magazine2uptown heavy rotation magazine7 uptown heavy rotation magazine3uptown heavy rotation magazine8uptown heavy rotation magazine6   “So Decor”  W.Hotel Dec.15th Beautiful people – Love Life & Fashion powered by Heavy Rotation Magazine . Exclusive Images”