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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' Named Apple Music's All-Time Greatest Album

Lauryn Hill's seminal 1998 debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," has been crowned the greatest album of all time by Apple Music, solidifying its place in music history. The announcement marks the pinnacle of Apple Music's 100 Best Albums list, a celebration of the most influential records ever made.

In a statement to Apple Music, Hill reflected on the album's depth and collaborative spirit: "This is my award, but it's a rich, deep narrative, and involves so many people, and so much sacrifice, and so much time, and so much collective love."

To mark this momentous occasion, Apple Music convened a special roundtable discussion featuring legendary producer Nile Rodgers, Grammy-nominated artist Maggie Rogers, and hosts Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden. They explored the significance of the top albums, with Hill's groundbreaking debut taking center stage.


Released in 1998, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" was a seismic event in the music world. The album blends R&B, hip-hop, and soul, addressing themes of love, identity, and social justice with profound lyrical skill and emotional depth. Despite being Hill's only solo studio release, it remains a towering influence in music.

"This album doesn't just resonate with the people who were around when it came out. It has not dated, not even a fraction," Lowe said during the roundtable. "In fact, it feels more fresh and more relevant the more you listen to it."

Ebro Darden emphasized the album's holistic impact: "It exemplifies and captures popular music of the last 25 years. It’s R&B, it’s hip-hop, it’s independent women, strong women, it’s topical, it’s sampling… I think that’s why it got voted number one."

Nile Rodgers praised Hill's artistry and the album's enduring legacy. "She’s amazing. This record is amazing," he stated, capturing the reverence Hill commands in the music industry.

Apple Music has also produced 100 audio vignettes that narrate the significance of each album. These are available on Apple Podcasts, offering fans an intimate look at the records that have defined generations.

For a look at the complete list click here

Top 10 Albums from Apple Music's 100 Best Albums List:
"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" – Lauryn Hill
"Thriller" – Michael Jackson
"Abbey Road" – The Beatles
"Purple Rain" – Prince & The Revolution
"Blonde" – Frank Ocean
"Songs in the Key of Life" – Stevie Wonder
"good kid, m.A.A.d city" – Kendrick Lamar
"Back to Black" – Amy Winehouse
"Nevermind" – Nirvana
"Lemonade" – BeyoncĂ©

50 Cent Confirms Diddy Doc for Netflix as Sixth Accuser Emerges

Netflix outbid other networks and services for the multi-chapter series produced by 50 Cent's G-Unit Film and Television Studios. The acquisition follows CNN releasing a 2016 clip showing Combs physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Cassie.

Combs acknowledged the 2016 assault in a hotel hallway after the CNN footage surfaced. He issued a video apology, expressing deep regret and calling his actions "inexcusable."

50 Cent, a vocal critic of Combs on social media regarding the allegations, confirmed the Netflix deal on Instagram, taking a swipe at TMZ for using an unflattering photo. "TMZ use this fat boy picture of me because their doc went to Tubi LOL. It's ok guys we're all making good television, mine just happens to be the best! NETFLIX wins the bidding war but if more victims keep coming out, I'm gonna need more episodes," he wrote.


The documentary's production coincides with a new sexual assault lawsuit filed against Combs. Former model Crystal McKinney recently filed a lawsuit accusing Combs of drugging her and forcing oral sex in 2003, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. This marks the sixth such accusation against Combs.

McKinney alleges she met Combs at a New York City nightclub during Men's Fashion Week. She claims he invited her to his studio, where they consumed Hennessy and marijuana laced with narcotics. McKinney asserts that Combs then forced her into oral sex and is seeking unspecified damages.

The new lawsuit adds to the mounting accusations against the Bad Boy Records founder. 50 Cent reacted by sharing a screenshot of the lawsuit news on Instagram.

Combs, 54, a prominent figure in the hip-hop industry since founding Bad Boy Records in 1993, has faced a growing shadow over his career due to the recent allegations. Multiple lawsuits paint a picture of Combs using his celebrity status to prey on and intimidate women.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Rap Legend Snoop Dogg to Guide Aspiring Singers on 'The Voice'

West Coast rap icon Snoop Dogg is gearing up to share his rhymes and coaching prowess on season 26 of "The Voice." The announcement comes as the hit show concludes its historic 25th season with a two-part finale on May 20 and 21.

Though this is his first official coaching role, Snoop Dogg is familiar with "The Voice" stage, having served as a mega mentor during season 20. His musical career is a powerhouse, with his debut album "Doggystyle" launching him to stardom and earning him 17 Grammy nominations and millions of albums sold domestically.

Snoop Dogg expressed his excitement about joining the coaching panel during NBC's upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall on Monday. "Since Reba [McEntire] is the queen of 'The Voice' who brings the sparkle," he said, "I can be the king who brings the style, the funk and the fun."

Beyond music, Snoop Dogg is a multifaceted entertainer. He's a published author with a successful cookbook, "From Crook to Cook," and holds influential positions within the music industry as Executive Creative and Strategic Consultant for Def Jam Recordings. He recently acquired Death Row Records.

Fans can expect Snoop Dogg to leverage his extensive experience and unique style to mentor contestants. Joining him on the coaching panel for season 26 is swing legend Michael Bublé, returning for the first time since his role as a season 3 advisor, alongside returning coaches Gwen Stefani and McEntire.

Childish Gambino Announces Tour and New Album

Musician Donald Glover, known professionally as Childish Gambino, is launching a world tour, "The New World Tour," spanning North America, the U.K., Europe and Australia in 2024 and 2025. The tour kicks off Aug. 11 in Oklahoma City.

Glover also unveiled a reimagined version of his 2020 album, "3.15.20," titled "Atavista." The album features completed versions of tracks and two new songs, "Atavista" and "Human Sacrifice."

The tour includes stops in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and more.

In the years since, Glover has expanded his creative portfolio with the critically acclaimed TV show "Atlanta" and his role in the "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" reboot.


"Atavista" is a reworked and enhanced version of "3.15.20," an album Glover released as an unfinished project during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the tour and album, Glover has announced a second album, "Bando Stone & The New World," billed as his final Childish Gambino project. The album will serve as the soundtrack for a film of the same name, due out this summer.

Tickets for "The New World Tour" go on sale May 17. An American Express pre-sale begins May 15.

Childish Gambino 2024-2025 Tour Dates:
08/11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Paycom Center *
08/12 – Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center *
08/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum *
08/15 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center *
08/17 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena *
08/18 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena *
08/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena *
08/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *
08/23 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
08/24 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *
08/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
08/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
08/29 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena *
08/30 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena *
09/01 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
09/02 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena *
09/04 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena *
09/05 – Sunrise, FL @ Amerant Bank Arena *
09/07 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center *
09/08 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center *
09/10 – Austin, TX @ Moody Center *
09/11 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *
09/13 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena *
09/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center *
09/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Footprint Center *
09/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena *
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena *
09/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center *
09/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
09/24 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *
09/25 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena *
09/27 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome *
09/29 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place *
10/02 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *
10/03 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *
10/31 – Lyon, France @ LDLC Arena #
11/02 – Milan, Italy @ Unipol Forum #
11/04 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena #
11/06 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclays Arena #
11/08 – Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Spektrum #
11/10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena #
11/12 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 arena #
11/13 – Berlin, Germany @ Uber Arena #
11/19 – Paris, France @ Accor Arena #
11/21 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle #
11/23 – Brussels, Belgium @ ING Arena #
11/24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome #
11/26 – Manchester, UK @ AO Arena #
11/28 – Glasgow, UK @ OVO Hydro #
11/30 – London, UK @ The O2 #
12/01 – London, UK @ The O2 #
12/03 – Birmingham, UK @ Utilita Arena #
12/05 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena #
01/28 – Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena #
02/01 – Brisbane, QLD @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre #
02/04 – Sydney, NSW @ Qudos Bank Arena #
02/07 – Melbourne, VIC @ Rod Laver Arena #
02/11 – Perth, WA @ RAC Arena #

Friday, May 10, 2024

Philadelphia Soul Pioneers The Spinners Announce New Album 'Full Circle'

The Spinners: Jessie Robert Peck, Marvin Taylor, Ronnie Moss, C.J. Spencer and Henry Fambrough
In celebration of their 70th anniversary, legendary R&B vocal group The Spinners are set to release their anticipated album "Full Circle" on May 25. The album marks the final recordings featuring original member Henry Fambrough, a founding member of the group known for his smooth baritone vocals and signature falsetto.

Fambrough, who died in February at the age of 85, joined The Spinners in 1954. He played a pivotal role in shaping the group's sound and propelling them to stardom. His soulful delivery on hits like "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" helped solidify The Spinners' place as one of the most influential R&B groups of the 1960s and 1970s.

"Full Circle" will feature 10 brand-new tracks distributed by Reservoir Recordings. Executive produced by Bernard Grobman, the album includes singles like the soulful ballad "Easy on Me" and the up-tempo "After Hours."

The Spinners will embark on a North American tour in May to coincide with the album launch. Renowned for their lasting impact on R&B history, the group's chart-topping hits like "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," and "The Rubberband Man" helped shape the landscape of Philadelphia Soul for over six decades.

Emerging from the doo-wop scene in the 1950s, The Spinners rose to prominence in the 1960s under the guidance of legendary producer Thom Bell. They crafted a smooth and sophisticated sound that blended classic soul with intricate harmonies and sophisticated orchestration. Their music became synonymous with Philadelphia Soul, a subgenre characterized by its lush production, romantic themes, and soulful vocals.

"The Spinners' influence on music history continues with their new album, aptly titled 'Full Circle,'" said Faith Newman, Reservoir's Executive Vice President of A&R and Catalog Development in a statement. "Each track is a testament to the group's enduring legacy and the timelessness of their catalog."

"Full Circle" promises to solidify The Spinners' position as musical icons. Fans can expect a return to the group's signature sound with new music that showcases their unwavering dedication to their craft. The band's influence continues to resonate across generations, leaving a significant influence on the hearts of millions worldwide.

"Full Circle" Tracklist (to be released May 25th):
  • After Hours
  • Rainy Saturday
  • Easy On Me
  • Dreamin' Bout You
  • U're Not There
  • New Level
  • I Can
  • Hostage (Can't Let You Go)
  • Totally Beautiful
  • My Angel Love

Monday, May 6, 2024

West Coast Cool Meets Pigskin: Snoop Dogg Scores Historic Bowl Sponsorship with Gin & Juice

In a move that throws a playful pass at NCAA traditions, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg has teamed up with his new premium spirits brand, Gin & Juice By Dre and Snoop, to sponsor the Arizona Bowl. Dubbed a "groundbreaking agreement" in the official press release, this marks the first time an alcohol brand has secured the presenting sponsor role for an NCAA bowl game.


Set to take place on December 28th in Tucson, Arizona, the "Snoop Dogg Arizona Bowl Presented by Gin & Juice By Dre and Snoop" promises a unique fusion of gridiron excitement and Snoop's signature laid-back vibes. While the Arizona Bowl traditionally donates 100% of net proceeds to charity, this collaboration presents a bold new direction for the event. For Snoop, it's an opportunity to combine his passion for football – evident through his management of the Snoop Youth Football League – with promoting his latest venture.

"I've sent many players through my SYFL to colleges (and the NFL), so it's only fitting that I bring the 'juice' back to college football," remarked Snoop in the press release. The term "juice" nods to his iconic 1994 song, adding a nostalgic touch to the partnership. The impact on fan experience and overall reception remains to be seen, but with Snoop leading the charge, spectators can anticipate an unparalleled game day experience. In addition to the on-field action, festivities will include charity events, a special "SNOOPER Bowl" featuring youth teams, and ample opportunities to sample Snoop's latest Gin & Juice flavors.

The partnership represents a significant achievement for Playfly Premier Partnerships, the agency responsible for securing the deal. Utilizing fan data, Playfly aimed to "redefine how college sports and entertainment intersect," according to Founder and CEO Mike Schreiber. While some may view this as a positive evolution in collegiate athletics, others may question the implications of commercial sponsorship in the NCAA sphere. Nevertheless, the "Snoop Dogg Arizona Bowl Presented by Gin & Juice By Dre and Snoop" is poised to leave an indelible mark on the landscape of college football, signaling a new era of collaboration and innovation.

Rapper Jim Jones Involved in Airport Scuffle, Says He Acted in Self-Defense

Rapper Jim Jones was involved in a physical altercation at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Saturday, May 4th. Cellphone footage circulating online shows Jones engaged in a scuffle with two other men on a downward escalator.

According to witness accounts, Jones became involved in an argument with a man, described as older and bald, while descending the escalator. A second individual joined the altercation shortly thereafter. Airport security personnel intervened and separated the parties before any serious injuries were reported.

Jones later addressed the incident on social media, claiming self-defense. "I was minding my business and defending myself," he stated. He added a cryptic remark, saying, "They got what they were looking for."

Police are investigating the cause of the altercation. No charges have been filed at this time.


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

More Than Music: Blige's Strength of a Woman Movement Grows with $100,000 Fund

Mary J. Blige has partnered with Pepsi to empower Yonkers women. Fund grants $100,000 to local organizations supporting education and advancement.

Mary J. Blige, the undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, stands at a crossroads. While whispers of a graceful exit from the music spotlight within the next five to six years have emerged, Blige's unwavering commitment to uplifting Black women continues to burn brightly.

"There's definitely gonna be more acting, and retirement in, like, five or six years," Blige shared in a recent interview with Extra TV. "But for now, I'm still doing what I'm doing, just at a different pace."

Blige's legendary voice may be transitioning to new stages, but her dedication to empowerment takes center stage at the annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit. Now in its third year, the event is set for May 10-12 in New York City.



"This festival is more than just music," Blige emphasized. "It's a celebration of resilience, a space for us to share stories, and inspire each other to keep pushing forward."

Workshops, panels, and empowering performances promise to create an unforgettable experience, but Blige isn't content with just conversation. Partnering with Pepsi, she's launching the Pepsi x Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman Community Fund, a $100,000 initiative specifically designed to support underserved women in her hometown of Yonkers, New York.

"Pepsi has been an incredible partner from the start," Blige remarked. "Now, with their support, I can finally come home to Yonkers and give back to the community that nurtured me."

The fund will award grants to local organizations tackling critical issues faced by women, including education, financial stability, and food security.

"Through this fund, we aim to uplift those who are often overlooked," Blige stated. "It's about creating opportunities for them to thrive."

Monday, April 29, 2024

Watch: 'Lion King' Prequel Gets Trailer; Beyoncé's Daughter Blue Ivy Carter Cast

Photo Credit: Beyonce.com

The excitement surrounding the upcoming "Mufasa: The LionKing" prequel roared even louder with the release of its teaser trailer on Monday. The trailer itself fueled anticipation, but it was the star-studded cast that truly captivated audiences.

Directed by Barry Jenkins, the photorealistic-animated prequel features a returning cast of beloved characters. John Kani reprises his role as the wise Rafiki, while Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner return as the hilarious duo Pumbaa and Timon, respectively. Donald Glover steps back into the role of Simba, and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter rejoins the cast as Nala.

However, it was the addition of another member of the Carter family that stole the show – Blue Ivy Carter, BeyoncĂ©'s 12-year-old daughter, makes her film debut by voicing Kiara, Simba and Nala's daughter.

Blue Ivy Carter: A Timeline

  • **Jan. 7, 2012:** Blue Ivy Carter is born to BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
  • **Jan. 8, 2012:** BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z release a statement and photo welcoming Blue Ivy to the world.
  • **Feb. 1, 2012:** Blue Ivy becomes the youngest person to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to a feature credit on her father's song "Glory."
  • **2015:** Blue Ivy is credited as part of the choir on Coldplay's song "Up & Up."
  • **2018:** Blue Ivy begins attending West Hollywood's The Center for Early Education.
  • **2020:** Blue Ivy features on her mother's track "Brown Skin Girl," winning a Grammy Award as the youngest winner in a non-competitive category.
  • **Nov. 2020:** Blue Ivy narrates Matthew A. Cherry's book "Hair Love," sparking speculation about future voice acting endeavors.
  • **Jan. 21, 2023:** Blue Ivy joins her mother onstage for the first time, singing "Brown Skin Girl" at a private show in Dubai.
  • **May 26, 2023 (present):** Blue Ivy joins her mother on the Renaissance World Tour as a dancer for "My Power" and "Black Parade."

The teaser offers a captivating glimpse into the film's narrative. Rafiki narrates the legendary tale of Mufasa to a young Kiara, voiced by Blue Ivy Carter. Flashbacks then reveal the origin story of Mufasa, portrayed as an orphaned cub who embarks on an extraordinary journey after encountering Taka (voiced by Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a sympathetic lion. Thandiwe Newton, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith David round out the cast, bringing life to key characters in Mufasa's life.

Blue Ivy's involvement in the film marks a significant milestone in her burgeoning career. Born into music royalty, she has already made waves in the industry, credited as a featured artist on her mother's hit song "Brown Skin Girl," which earned her accolades as the youngest winner of both a BET Award and an MTV Video Music Award.

Watch the trailer below.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Watch: Ne-Yo Brings Hits and New Song 'Two Million Secrets' to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

R&B singer Ne-Yo brought his smooth vocals and songwriting talents to NPR's Tiny Desk concert series on Friday.

Ne-Yo launched into a four-song medley of his hits, including "Because of You," "So Sick," and "Sexy Love," before surprising fans with a new song, "Two Million Secrets." Ne-Yo described the new track as a "personal reflection" on growth and redemption.

He further showcased his songwriting prowess with covers of songs he wrote for Rihanna ("Take a Bow"), Beyoncé ("Irreplaceable"), and Mario ("Let Me Love You").

The intimate concert concluded with Ne-Yo's signature anthem "Miss Independent."

Born Shaffer Chimere Smith, Ne-Yo is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter with multiple platinum-selling albums. He remains a force in R&B, both with his own music and as a sought-after songwriter.

Watch the entire performance below.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

BIG3 Co-founder Blasts WNBA as 'Male-Dominated System' After Clark's Record Nike Deal

John Mac, via Wikimedia Commons

Fresh off her historic selection as the number one draft pick by the Indiana Fever, 22-year-old Caitlin Clark has solidified her status as a marketing powerhouse.

Clark is poised to ink a record-breaking $28 million endorsement deal with Nike, which includes the development of her own signature shoe line. This development comes on the heels of her decision to turn down a groundbreaking offer from the BIG3 league, sparking discussions about the future of gender equity in professional sports.

The BIG3, a professional 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by music icon Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, reportedly presented Clark with a $15 million package. This offer significantly surpasses the standard rookie salary in the WNBA, which stands at $76,535, highlighting the substantial financial gap between the two leagues.

In a guest column for Outkick, Kwatinetz argued that the WNBA "underpays" its stars, attributing this to a "male-dominated system" that controls basketball and limits opportunities for women. He criticized the NBA for exerting influence over the WNBA, alleging that it hinders women from receiving their fair share.

Kwatinetz further claimed in his Outkick column that Clark "found out about the BIG3 offer at the same time as everyone else," insinuating that her agents, with ties to the NBA, may have shielded her from the proposal.

The BIG3 has positioned itself as a proponent of equality, emphasizing its promotion of diversity by featuring female athletes competing at a high level alongside men. They highlight their female coaches and Black commissioner as evidence of their commitment to inclusivity.

While the financial opportunity presented by the BIG3 was undoubtedly tempting, questions linger about whether Clark, renowned for her finesse on the court, would have thrived in the league's physically demanding, defense-oriented environment. Was the offer truly withheld by her agents, or did Clark harbor reservations for other reasons?

This situation has become a focal point for discussions regarding the unequal treatment of women in basketball. Ongoing investigations by the Department of Justice into the NBA's business practices may shed light on the complexities underlying these disparities.

One thing remains certain: Caitlin Clark's journey is just beginning. Her decisions will be closely monitored, with some viewing her as a potential symbol of resistance to change or a catalyst for progress in terms of compensation and treatment of female athletes.

However, Clark's groundbreaking Nike deal offers a ray of hope. This lucrative endorsement signifies her immense marketing potential and could pave the way for a more prosperous financial future for female athletes in the WNBA. The inclusion of a signature shoe line in the deal is particularly noteworthy, elevating Clark to an unprecedented level of visibility within the sport.

This windfall stands in stark contrast to Clark's WNBA contract. The Indiana Fever will pay her a standard rookie salary, totaling $338,056 over four years. This amounts to a yearly salary of $76,535 in her first year, increasing slightly to $97,582 in her fourth year, should the team exercise their option.

The glaring disparity between Clark's Nike deal and her WNBA contract serves as a poignant reminder of the financial challenges faced by women's basketball players. While Clark's marketability transcends the court, questions persist about the equitable compensation of elite female athletes.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Mary J. Blige and A Tribe Called Quest Lead 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Mary J. Blige, the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," and the pioneering alternative rap group A Tribe Called
Quest lead a strong contingent of Black artists selected for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2024 class. The announcement was made during Sunday night's "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Night" episode on "American Idol."

Blige, who began her career with Uptown Records in 1989, broke new ground in the hip-hop soul genre with R&B hits like "Real Love" and "You Remind Me." Her collaborations with iconic rap artists set a standard for blending R&B and hip-hop, notably her Grammy-winning duet with Method Man, "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By," considered one of rap's greatest love songs.

A Tribe Called Quest, formed in Queens, New York, in 1985, quickly rose to prominence with their unique blend of jazz-infused beats and socially conscious lyrics. Their albums "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm," "The Low End Theory," and "Midnight Marauders" are hailed as classics, influencing generations of artists.

Joining them are legendary singer Dionne Warwick, whose smooth vocals and timeless hits like "Walk on By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" created a signature blend of pop, gospel, and R&B. Funk legends Kool & the Gang, songwriter Norman Whitfield (mastermind behind Motown hits like "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "Just My Imagination"), and blues powerhouse Big Mama Thornton, credited with bridging the gap between blues and rock & roll, round out the class.

These artists, selected from a pool of nominees, helped shape the course of rock & roll with their originality, impact, and influence. The induction ceremony will be held live on Saturday, October 19th, at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Fans can tune in on Disney+ or catch a special airing on ABC at a later date, with streaming available on Hulu the following day.

Full List of 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
Performer Category:
Cher
Dave Matthews Band
Foreigner
Kool & the Gang
Mary J. Blige
Ozzy Osbourne
Peter Frampton
A Tribe Called Quest

Musical Influence Award:
Alexis Korner
John Mayall
Big Mama Thornton

Musical Excellence Award:
Jimmy Buffett
MC5
Dionne Warwick
Norman Whitfield

Ahmet Ertegun Award:
Suzanne de Passe

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

B.I.G.'s Legacy Lives On: 'Ready to Die' Officially a National Treasure

The Library of Congress has announced the latest additions to the National Recording Registry, with notable selections including ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Blondie's "Parallel Lines" and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die."

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden unveiled the 25 new titles on Tuesday, citing their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance in the nation's recorded sound heritage. The registry now boasts 650 titles, representing a diverse array of music genres and eras.

In addition to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die," other inductees include Gene Autry's rendition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," HĂ©ctor Lavoe's "El Cantante" and Green Day's "Dookie." The selection process involved input from the National Recording Preservation Board, which considered landmark recordings spanning from 1919 to 1998.

Hayden emphasized the importance of preserving America's musical legacy, stating, "The Library of Congress is proud to preserve the sounds of American history and our diverse culture through the National Recording Registry."

The recognition of "Ready to Die" marks a milestone for hip-hop, as the album, released in 1994, serves as both The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut studio album and his only full-length studio release during his lifetime. B.I.G. was killed in 1997, and his music continues to influence new artists.

Produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs and featuring hit singles like "Juicy" and "Big Poppa," "Ready to Die" is celebrated for its innovative sampling, raw lyricism, and vivid portrayal of street life. The album achieved critical acclaim and commercial success, earning a 6x Platinum certification from the RIAA.

Quotes from music critics reflect the album's enduring impact: "One of the greatest rap albums ever made" (AllMusic), "A near-flawless debut...he effortlessly spins tales both gritty and witty" (Entertainment Weekly), and "It changed the sound of East Coast rap and revitalized the entire New York hip-hop scene" (Source Magazine).

The induction of "Ready to Die" into the National Recording Registry underscores its cultural significance and contribution to the evolution of hip-hop music. As part of the registry, the album will be preserved for future generations to appreciate and study.

Find a complete listing of this year's selections below.

Recordings Selected for the 2024 National Recording Registry
  • “Clarinet Marmalade” – Lt. James Reese Europe’s 369th U.S. Infantry Band (1919)
  • “Kauhavan Polkka” – Viola Turpeinen and John Rosendahl (1928)
  • Wisconsin Folksong Collection (1937-1946)
  • “Rose Room” – Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian (1939)
  • “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Gene Autry (1949)
  • “Tennessee Waltz” – Patti Page (1950)
  • “Rocket ‘88’” – Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats (1951) 
  • “Catch a Falling Star” / ”Magic Moments” – Perry Como (1957)
  • “Chances Are” – Johnny Mathis (1957) 
  • “The Sidewinder” – Lee Morgan (1964)
  • “Surrealistic Pillow” – Jefferson Airplane (1967)
  • “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers (1971)
  • “This is a Recording” – Lily Tomlin (1971)
  • “J.D. Crowe & the New South” – J.D. Crowe & the New South (1975)
  • “Arrival” – ABBA (1976)
  • “El Cantante” – HĂ©ctor Lavoe (1978)
  • “The Cars” – The Cars (1978) 
  • “Parallel Lines” – Blondie (1978)
  • “La-Di-Da-Di” – Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick (MC Ricky D) (1985)
  • “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Bobby McFerrin (1988)
  • “Amor Eterno” – Juan Gabriel (1990)
  • “Pieces of Africa” – Kronos Quartet (1992)
  • “Dookie” – Green Day (1994)
  • “Ready to Die” – The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
  • “Wide Open Spaces” – The Chicks (1998)

'Like That' Success Drives Future, Metro Tour Hype

Future and Metro Boomin are hitting the road this summer with their "We Trust You" tour, and the hip-hop world is buzzing.

The tour announcement from Live Nation comes amidst a simmering feud with Drake, raising the temperature for these highly anticipated shows.

The dynamic duo is crushing the charts right now. Their album "We Don't Trust You" shot straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and their Kendrick Lamar-assisted single "Like That" is unstoppable.

The beef rumors exploded when Kendrick dropped a fiery verse on "Like That," with lyrics widely seen as shots fired at Drake. Cryptic social media posts and a leaked Drake track, "Push Ups (Drop and Give Me 50)," only poured gasoline on the fire.


The 27-date North American tour kicks off on July 30th in Kansas City, MO, with stops in major cities like Atlanta, Toronto, and Los Angeles before wrapping up in Vancouver, BC on September 9th.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 19th at 10 a.m. local time on the Live Nation website. VIP packages are also available for fans who want the ultimate experience.

Find all of the "We Still Don't Trust You" Tour dates below:
  • July 30 – Kansas City, Mo. @ T-Mobile Center
  • July 31 – Saint Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
  • Aug. 2 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Fiserv Forum
  • Aug. 3 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
  • Aug. 4 – Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena
  • Aug. 6 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
  • Aug. 8 – Atlanta, Ga. @ State Farm Arena
  • Aug. 10 – Columbus, Ohio @ Schottenstein Center
  • Aug. 11 – Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank Arena
  • Aug. 13 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
  • Aug. 14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
  • Aug. 15 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Barclays Center
  • Aug. 17 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena
  • Aug. 20 – New Orleans, La. @ Smoothie King Center
  • Aug. 22 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
  • Aug. 23 – San Antonio, Texas @ Frost Bank Center
  • Aug. 24 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
  • Aug. 25 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
  • Aug. 27 – Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
  • Aug. 28 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Delta Center
  • Aug. 30 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena
  • Aug. 31 – Inglewood, Calif. @ Intuit Dome
  • Sept. 3 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
  • Sept. 4 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oakland Arena
  • Sept. 6 – Seattle, Wash. @ Climate Pledge Arena
  • Sept. 7 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
  • Sept. 9 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Rogers Arena

Monday, April 8, 2024

'Lamest S*** I Ever Did': J. Cole Regrets Kendrick Diss

In a surprising turn of events, J. Cole expressed regret over his recent diss track aimed at Kendrick Lamar during his performance at the Dreamville Festival in North Carolina.

During his set on Sunday, Cole reflected on his latest project, "Might Delete Later," and openly admitted to feeling remorse regarding his diss towards Kendrick Lamar.

Acknowledging his own misstep, Cole described it as "the most regrettable, misguided s—t," expressing a desire for reconciliation. This revelation follows a recent feud ignited by songs on both Lamar's and Cole's latest projects.


Cole placed the song last on his surprise new project "Might Delete Later," which dropped on April 5. On the track, he responded to Lamar's verse on Future and Metro Boomin's "Like That," where Lamar took shots at Drake and J. Cole for categorizing him as part of "the big three."

"I'm so proud of ['Might Delete Later'], except for one part," said Cole. "It's one part of that sh—t that makes me feel like, man, that's the lamest sh—t I did in my life, right? And I know this is not what a lot of people want to hear."

Continuing his reflection, Cole expressed feeling conflicted about publicly responding to Lamar's diss and the pressure to engage in the discourse it sparked. He admitted that releasing the diss track "spiritually felt bad" and disrupted his peace.

In a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, Cole publicly addressed Lamar, acknowledging his greatness and expressing regret for his actions. He concluded by hoping to return to his true path and acknowledging the discomfort he felt over the past two days as a result of the feud.

Additionally, Cole announced his decision to remove "7 Minute Drill" from streaming services as a gesture of remorse for its content.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Beyoncé's 'Cowboy Carter' Scores Biggest Sales Week of 2024

Courtesy Photo: Blair Caldwell/Parkwood Entertainment
Beyoncé has once again ascended to the pinnacle of the music industry, with her latest album "Cowboy Carter" galloping straight to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, securing her eighth No. 1 album on the all-genre chart.

According to data from Luminate, "Cowboy Carter" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated April 13, with an impressive 407,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. for the week ending April 4. This remarkable achievement marks Beyoncé's biggest week in terms of album units since her groundbreaking "Lemonade" album debuted with 653,000 units back in May 2016.

Notably, "Cowboy Carter" also achieved the biggest week for any album in 2024 and the largest since Taylor Swift's "1989 (Taylor's Version)" debuted with 1.653 million units in November 2023. The album's launch also marks Beyoncé's largest streaming week ever, underlining her enduring influence and popularity across various platforms.

In a historic moment, "Cowboy Carter" simultaneously topped multiple Billboard charts, including Top Country Albums, Americana/Folk Albums, and Top Album Sales charts. Beyoncé becomes the first Black woman ever to lead the Top Country Albums list, further solidifying her status as a boundary-breaking artist transcending genre boundaries.

The success of "Cowboy Carter" was propelled by the release of singles "Texas Hold ‘Em" and "16 Carriages," which debuted and peaked at Nos. 1 and 9, respectively, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. These achievements mark BeyoncĂ©'s first entries on the country chart and further underscore her versatility as an artist capable of dominating multiple genres.

"Cowboy Carter" boasts an impressive lineup of featured artists, including Miley Cyrus, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Post Malone, and Stevie Wonder, among others. The album's eclectic mix of collaborators adds depth and diversity to Beyoncé's musical repertoire, showcasing her ability to collaborate with a wide range of talents.

In addition to its chart-topping success, "Cowboy Carter" also achieved remarkable sales figures across various formats. The vinyl edition of the album sold 62,000 copies, marking Beyoncé's biggest week on vinyl and the largest week for any vinyl album in 2024.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

From Lizard to Legend: 'The Dragon' Sisqo Unmasked on 'Masked Singer'

Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Fans of “The Masked Singer” who thought the Lizard might prevail in the popular Fox reality singing competition were proved wrong-wrug-wrong-wrong-wrong Wednesday when the show unleashed “The Dragon.” This reveal showed that Grammy-nominated singer Mark Althavan Andrews, better known as SisqĂł, was the man behind the Lizard’s mask.

As the Group C final unfolded, SisqĂł's Lizard persona bid farewell to the competition after a spirited performance of "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence. He placed third.

Following his unmasking, SisqĂł, 45, spoke with host Nick Cannon about his love for the show. "My family watches religiously, and they always insisted I was on it!" he said. "So when the opportunity came, I jumped at it – it's been a blast."

During the competition's "smackdowns," Sisqó channeled his resilience into the Dragon's performances. A poignant clue package alluded to his past struggles, highlighting how he overcame the temptations of a reckless lifestyle. Visual clues connected to fellow "Masked Singer" participant Busta Rhymes (as the Dragon), a microphone, and a photo of Beyoncé hinted at moments in his career.

Since his iconic 2000 hit "Thong Song," Sisqo's career has experienced highs and lows. Despite early success, he faced record label conflicts and a reputation for being "difficult."

In a 2016 "Where Are They Now?" interview, SisqĂł reflected on these industry challenges and his desire for more creative control. He continues to make music and tours with the R&B group Dru Hill.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Beyoncé Honored as Innovator at iHeartRadio Awards


Beyoncé took center stage at Monday's iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, where she was honored with the Innovator Award. Presented by legendary artist Stevie Wonder, the accolade recognizes Beyoncé's career achievements and her role as an influential artist in the music industry.

During her acceptance speech, Beyoncé expressed gratitude to Wonder, who played harmonica on her cover of the Dolly Parton classic "Jolene," featured on her most recent album, "Cowboy Carter." "Thank you for making a way for all of us," she said, acknowledging Wonder's inspiration. She dedicated the award to fellow innovators who have defied labels and created shifts in the industry.

In her powerful remarks, Beyoncé reflected on the challenges of innovation and emphasized the importance of staying true to one's vision despite criticism. She thanked her team at Parkwood, as well as her husband, Jay-Z, and their children for their unwavering support.

'Cowboy Carter,' released on March 29, received widespread acclaim and broke records on streaming platforms. Spotify and Amazon Music reported it as the most-streamed album upon its release, solidifying Beyoncé's status as a global icon.

Featuring collaborations with artists like Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, and Stevie Wonder, the album pays homage to country music legends while showcasing Beyoncé's versatility and artistic evolution.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards also honored other notable artists, with SZA taking home multiple awards, including Song of the Year for 'Kill Bill.' Taylor Swift was named Artist of the Year, and Jelly Roll and Ice Spice were recognized as new artists in the pop and hip-hop categories. Legends like Metallica and Foo Fighters were also honored for their contributions to rock music.

In addition to mainstream categories, the awards celebrated diversity in music, recognizing artists across genres like Latin pop, regional Mexican, K-pop, and African music.

2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards Winners:

Major Awards
Song of the Year: "Kill Bill" – SZA
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Duo/Group of the Year: OneRepublic
Best Collaboration: "Calm Down" – Rema and Selena Gomez
Producer of the Year: Jack Antonoff
Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley

Pop
Pop Song of the Year: "Flowers" - Miley Cyrus
Pop Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Best New Artist (Pop): Jelly Roll
Pop Album of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo, "Guts"

Country
Country Song of the Year: "Heart Like a Truck" - Lainey Wilson
Country Artist of the Year: Morgan Wallen
Best New Artist (Country): Jelly Roll
Country Album of the Year: Morgan Wallen, "One Thing at a Time"

Hip-Hop
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: "All My Life" - Lil Durk ft. J. Cole
Hip-Hop Artist of the Year: Drake
Best New Artist (Hip-Hop): Ice Spice
Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Metro Boomin, "Heroes & Villains"

R&B
R&B Song of the Year: "Snooze" - SZA
R&B Artist of the Year: SZA
Best New Artist (R&B): Victoria Monét
R&B Album of the Year: SZA, "SOS"

Alternative
Alternative Song of the Year: "One More Time" - Blink-182
Alternative Artist of the Year: Fall Out Boy
Best New Artist (Alt and Rock): Noah Kahan
Alternative Album of the Year: boygenius, "the record"

Rock
Rock Song of the Year: "Lost" - Linkin Park
Rock Artist of the Year: Foo Fighters
Rock Album of the Year: Metallica, "72 Seasons"

Dance
Dance Song of the Year: "Strangers" - Kenya Grace
Dance Artist of the Year: Tiësto

Latin Pop / Urban 
Latin Pop / Urban Song of the Year: "Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53" - Shakira and Bizarrap
Latin Pop / Urban Artist of the Year: Karol G
Best New Artist (Latin Pop / Urban): Young Miko
Latin Pop / Urban Album of the Year: Karol G, "MAÑANA SERÁ BONITO"

Regional Mexican 
Regional Mexican Song of the Year: "Ella Baila Sola" - Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma
Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: Peso Pluma
Best New Artist (Regional Mexican): Peso Pluma
Regional Mexican Album of the Year: Peso Pluma, "GĂ©nesis"

K-pop
K-pop Artist of the Year: Jung Kook
K-pop Song of the Year: "Cupid (Twin Version)" - FIFTY FIFTY
K-pop Album of the Year: Stray Kids, "5-Star"
Best New Artist (K-pop): NewJeans

African Music Artist
Best African Music Artist: Burna Boy

Friday, March 29, 2024

Beyoncé Covers 'Jolene', Features Daughter Rumi on New Album

Beyoncé fans, rejoice! The music icon's much-anticipated country era has officially commenced with the release of her latest album, "Cowboy Carter."

The 27-track record dropped at midnight on Friday boasting an impressive lineup of collaborators, ranging from country legends like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson to rising stars such as Tanner Adell and country-trap artist Shaboozey.

One of the album's standout tracks is a cover of Dolly Parton's classic hit, "Jolene," featuring Beyoncé's fiery spin on the timeless song. Parton herself makes a cameo appearance on the record, introducing the trap-meets-country track "Tyrant" and delivering her own "Dolly P" interlude, complete with a nod to Beyoncé's iconic "Becky with the good hair" line.

But the surprises don't end there. Beyoncé's daughter, Rumi Carter, makes her musical debut on the album, lending her voice to the poignant track "Protector." The six-year-old's heartfelt snippet sets the stage for an emotional tribute to motherhood.



In addition to the covers and family collaborations, "Cowboy Carter" features an array of musical interpolations, including nods to iconic songs like the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."

Beyoncé's signature blend of genres shines through on tracks like "Blackbird," a reimagining of the Beatles' "Blackbird," featuring a duet with Adell.

The album's release comes hot on the heels of Beyoncé's surprise drop of two singles, "Texas Hold 'Em" and "16 Carriages," during the Super Bowl. In an Instagram post, she revealed that "Cowboy Carter" was inspired by an incident where she felt "unwelcomed," likely referring to her controversial performance at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Watch: Big Sean Brings Hits, Heart to Tiny Desk Performance


Detroit rapper Big Sean took the virtual stage for his debut performance at NPR's Tiny Desk concert series. In a 26-minute set uploaded to NPR Music's YouTube channel on Wednesday, he captivated viewers with a 14-song performance accompanied by a small string quartet.

Sporting a Beastie Boys shirt and a Detroit Tigers cap in tribute to the late J Dilla, Big Sean's Tiny Desk debut held special meaning. He left his cap on the set as a keepsake, a tradition among Tiny Desk performers. "This is something my kids can look back on, something my family can look back on to see where I was at in my career," he shared.

The rapper kicked off with "Memories," the opening track from his sophomore album "Hall of Fame." He then showcased hits like "One Man Can Change the World," his Grammy-winning collaboration with Kanye West and John Legend. Pausing between tracks, Big Sean acknowledged fellow Detroiters in the audience and even debuted a new song dedicated to his partner, Jhené Aiko, and their son Noah.

Reflecting on his rise to success, Big Sean expressed gratitude for his fans, highlighting his journey as a "blog-era mixtape rapper" who built a fanbase organically. "To make it out of there, it wasn't easy... It really made me who I am," he remarked, highlighting the resilience and determination that propelled his career.

SET LIST
"Memories"
"Nothing Is Stopping You"
"Blessings"
"Play No Games"
"Light"
"My Last"
"Marvin & Chardonnay"
"All Me"
"Beware"
"I Know"
"Bounce Back"
"One Man Can Change the World"
"On Up" (unreleased?)
"I Don't F*** With You"

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