Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Monday, April 15, 2024

Iconic Dungeon Family Member Rico Wade Dies at 52

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Rico Wade, a member of the Dungeon Family and an integral part of the legendary Atlanta rap production group Organized Noize, has passed away at the age of 52.

Wade's family confirmed his sudden and unexpected death in a statement released on Saturday afternoon. "We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of our son, father, husband, and brother Rico Wade. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a talented individual who touched the lives of so many. We ask that you respect the legacy of our loved one and our privacy at this time," the family wrote.

Recognizing his immense contribution to music, Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family released a joint statement mourning his loss and highlighting his impact. "We are devastated by the news of the passing of our dear brother Rico Wade. The world has lost one of the most innovative architects in music, and we have lost an invaluable friend. Rico was the cornerstone of Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family, and we will forever treasure his memory and the moments we shared, creating music as a united team. Our hearts weigh heavy with sorrow, and we kindly request privacy and empathy during this challenging period. Rico’s presence will always have a special spot in our hearts, and in the music we presented to the world."


Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens also paid tribute to Wade's legacy, stating, "Rico left an indelible mark on music and culture around the world. Without Rico Wade, the world may have never experienced The Dungeon Family, OutKast, Goodie Mob, Future (his cousin and second generation Dungeon Family member), and many more. Rico's presence will be sorely missed."

As a founding member of Organized Noize, Wade played a vital role in shaping the Southern hip-hop sound, producing hits for Outkast, Goodie Mob, Ludacris, TLC, and more. The Dungeon Family, a collective of Atlanta rap artists with funk and soul influences, was born out of their collaboration.


Fellow Dungeon Family member Killer Mike expressed his profound sense of loss on social media, saying, "I don’t have the words to express my deep and profound sense of loss. I am praying for your wife and children. I am praying for the Wade family. I am praying for us all. I deeply appreciate your acceptance into the Dungeon Family, mentorship, friendship, and brotherhood. Idk where I would be without y’all."

The Atlanta City Council also issued a statement honoring Wade's legacy, recognizing him as a "cultural architect" whose contributions to hip-hop and production shaped the sound of generations.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

New Orleans Music Icon Clarence 'Frogman' Henry Dead at 87

Clarence "Frogman" Henry, the legendary New Orleans R&B singer known for his distinctive voice and hits like "Ain't Got No Home," has died at the age of 87.

His death on Sunday, was first announced by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation on social media.

The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate later reported that the family confirmed to the publication that he died of complications following back surgery.

Born in New Orleans on March 19, 1937, Clarence Henry Jr. began his musical journey at a young age, drawing inspiration from icons such as Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. His breakthrough came in 1956 with the release of "Ain't Got No Home," featuring his signature croak that earned him the nickname "Frogman." The song became a national hit and propelled Henry to stardom as a teenager.


The song reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to become a perennial favorite on movie soundtracks, including those of popular films like “Forrest Gump,” “Diner,” and “Casino."

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Henry continued to enjoy success with hits like "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love." He even toured with The Beatles during their first U.S. trip in 1964.

Despite his national fame, Henry remained deeply rooted in New Orleans, performing regularly on Bourbon Street for nearly two decades. He retired from touring in 1981 but continued to make appearances at events like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he was a beloved fixture.

In addition to his contributions to music, Henry's songs found new life in various films, commercials, and covers by other artists, cementing his legacy in the music industry. His induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and recognition by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame further solidified his status as a music icon.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Ciara To Headline Summer Tour

Even a total solar eclipse couldn't outshine the brilliance of Missy Elliott's latest announcement: her first-ever headlining tour, "Out of This World – The Missy Elliott Experience." The tour launches this summer across North America and will feature hip-hop heavyweights Busta Rhymes, Ciara and Timbaland.

“This is an incredible time in my life as I am experiencing so many milestone ‘firsts,’” Elliott said in a statement announcing the tour. “Being the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now going out on my first headline tour – fans have been asking me to tour forever, but I wanted to wait until I felt the time was right. If I was ever going to do it, I had to do it big, and I had to do it with family! So get ready to be taken out of this world with me, Busta Rhymes, Ciara, and Timbaland!”

The 24-city tour kicks off July 4th at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, with stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Brooklyn, and more, before concluding in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Allstate Arena on August 22nd.


News of the tour was shared in a sci-fi-themed video posted hours before Monday's total solar eclipse. The clip features Elliott, Busta Rhymes, and Ciara venturing outside a spaceship after accidentally landing on a strange planet.

The tour announcement follows Elliott's historic 2023 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making her the first female rapper to receive this honor.

"Missy has always been an iconic groundbreaker," Mona Scott-Young, Elliott's longtime manager, added. "This headlining tour is another testament to her enduring impact and a long-awaited gift to her dedicated fans."

Out of This World — The Missy Elliott Experience tour dates
According to Monday's announcement, Elliott's tour will be stopping by the following locations:
Thursday, July 4 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Rogers Arena
Saturday, July 6 — Seattle — Climate Pledge Arena
Tuesday, July 9 — Oakland, California — Oakland Arena
Thursday, July 11 — Los Angeles — Crypto.com Arena
Saturday, July 13 — Las Vegas — T-Mobile Arena
Tuesday, July 16 — Denver — Ball Arena
Thursday, July 18 — Austin, Texas — Moody Center
Saturday, July 20 — Houston — Toyota Center
Sunday, July 21 — Fort Worth, Texas — Dickies Arena
Wednesday, July 24 — Tampa, Florida — Amalie Arena
Thursday, July 25 — Sunrise, Florida — Amerant Bank Arena
Saturday, July 27 — Atlanta — State Farm Arena
Thursday, Aug. 1 — Baltimore — CFG Bank Arena
Friday, Aug. 2 — Hampton, Virginia — Hampton Coliseum
Saturday, Aug. 3 — Belmont Park, New York — UBS Arena
Monday, Aug. 5 — Philadelphia — Wells Fargo Center
Thursday, Aug. 8 — Washington — Capital One Arena
Friday, Aug. 9 — Newark, New Jersey — Prudential Center
Saturday, Aug. 10 — Boston — TD Garden
Monday, Aug. 12 — Brooklyn, New York — Barclays Center
Thursday, Aug. 15 — Detroit — Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, Aug. 17 — Montreal — Bell Centre
Monday, Aug. 19 — Toronto — Scotiabank Arena
Thursday, Aug. 22 — Rosemont, Illinois — Allstate Arena

'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

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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 Beyonc√©'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.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Dark Cloud Over Combs Dynasty: Christian 'King' Combs Faces Assault Claims

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Amidst a flurry of legal battles and lingering controversies, the ongoing saga enveloping the Combs family takes yet another dramatic turn.

On Thursday, Grace O’Marcaigh initiated legal action against Christian "King" Combs, son of hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, alleging sexual assault during a luxurious yacht excursion. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, paints a stark picture of a seemingly innocent voyage spiraling into a scene of excess, as reported by NBC News.

According to court documents, O’Marcaigh, then 25 and employed as a steward on the vessel, witnessed a disturbing spectacle of partying and drug use, with celebrities and women, allegedly sex workers, in attendance. Her apprehension escalated as she observed women becoming visibly impaired after consuming drinks, fueling concerns for her own safety.
The lawsuit contends that Christian Combs, 26, coerced O’Marcaigh into consuming tequila shots, leading her to suspect foul play as she began experiencing its effects. O’Marcaigh alleges that Christian subsequently assaulted her sexually, despite her protests captured in audio clips submitted as evidence.
Detailing the assault, O’Marcaigh recounts an incident where Christian cornered her, attempted to coerce her into performing oral sex, and groped her. The lawsuit further claims that O’Marcaigh endured physical and psychological trauma following the assault, including anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal ideations, an eating disorder,and epileptic seizures.

Tyrone Blackburn, O’Marcaigh's attorney, emphasized the importance of accountability in the face of such grave allegations. These allegations emerge amidst a federal sex trafficking investigation involving Sean 'Diddy' Combs, intensifying the legal complexity surrounding the family. Blackburn drew chilling parallels between father and son, bluntly stating, "Like father, like son."

Thursday, April 4, 2024

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

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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 Sisq√≥, was the man behind the Lizard’s mask.

As the Group C final unfolded, Sisqó'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, Sisqó, 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 Рit'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, Sisqó 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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Police Link Rapper Rod Wave to Shooting Investigation

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Rapper Rod Wave, born Rodarius Marcell Green, was arrested Wednesday in Manatee County in connection with a Sunday night shooting that injured four people. Green, 25, faces two counts of illegally possessing a firearm or ammunition as a convicted felon, according to Manatee County booking records.

The arrest is part of an ongoing St. Petersburg Police Department investigation into a shooting outside Sonic Sports Bar and Lounge. Four people sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The exact nature of Green’s charges remains unclear. A St. Petersburg Police news conference Wednesday did not reveal the circumstances leading to his arrest, but authorities linked the case to the shooting.

During the conference, St. Petersburg police refrained from disclosing further details. However, the investigation led authorities to two residences associated with suspects in the shooting, both connected to Green or one of his business ventures.

A SWAT team executed a search warrant at one of the residences on Monday evening, resulting in the arrest of two individuals on drug and weapons charges. Despite the operation, the shooters remained at large until Wednesday, when three additional arrests were made in connection with the shooting: Kevontre Wesby, 20; Keith Wesby, 21; and Christopher Atkins, 24.

The investigation yielded significant evidence, including multiple firearms, ammunition, cash exceeding $10,000, and various items of jewelry. Authorities have been investigating a violent group known as the "YG's" or "Young Gangsters" since March 2022, connecting several members to Green since the summer of 2023.

St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Mike Kovacsev emphasized the association between Green and the suspects, highlighting shared residences and vehicles. However, authorities have yet to determine Green's involvement in the shooting incident.

"We don’t know if he was there that evening when shots were fired. We don’t know if he had anything to do with it at that point," Kovacsev stated. "It’s more of a fact that you have vehicles, you have residences, you have a complacency. You’re complicit, and we can’t ignore it."

Green has a history of legal issues, including a 2022 arrest on domestic battery charges in Pinellas County, which were later dropped. He rose to prominence in 2020 with his hit song "Heart on Ice," which garnered attention on TikTok and charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Green has maintained ties to his community in St. Petersburg, at times making headlines for philanthropic efforts such as providing $25,000 worth of free gas to residents in 2022.

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: Ti√ęsto

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, "MA√ĎANA SER√Ā 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, "Génesis"

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

Monday, April 1, 2024

'Energy Never Dies': Lauren London Reflects on Nipsey Hussle's Loss

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Actress Lauren London took to Instagram on Sunday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of her late boyfriend Nipsey Hussle's passing with a heartfelt message.

"If you know me, you know March is always tough for me. 31 days of holding my breath," London wrote. "This day decided to fall on Easter Sunday this 2024. Interesting…. considering your name #GodWillRise. Energy never dies…. I love you. Eternal."

Hussle, a Grammy-winning rapper, entrepreneur, and community advocate, tragically lost his life at the age of 33 when he was fatally shot outside his Marathon clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.

Despite his untimely death, Hussle's legacy continues to be celebrated in various ways, notably with the unveiling of a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022, coinciding with what would have been his 37th birthday.


During the star's unveiling ceremony, London spoke passionately about Hussle's enduring impact: "I think I speak for the entire city of LA when I say that we've always known Hussle was destined for greatness. This moment only amplifies this for us. Nip would've been honored by this moment."
Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Hussle transcended his troubled past as a former gang member to become a revered musician and a beacon of hope within his community. His advocacy focused on ending gun violence and providing opportunities for youth in his neighborhood.

Hussle, a father of two, shared a son named Kross, aged 7, with London and had a daughter named Emani from a previous relationship. The man responsible for Hussle's tragic death, Eric R. Holder Jr., was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison in 2022.

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"

Beyoncé Teases Parton, Nelson Collabs on New Album

Beyoncé has caused a stir in the music world by unveiling what appears to be the tracklist for her upcoming country album, "Cowboy Carter."

The Grammy-winning superstar shared a Western-themed poster on social media, showcasing song titles alongside previously released singles "16 Carriages" and "Texas Hold 'Em." Intriguing new titles include "Ameriican Requiem," "Blackbiird" and "Protector."

Fans are especially excited about potential collaborations. "Dolly P" and a cover of the classic "Jolene" hint at a Dolly Parton feature, a possibility Parton herself teased in a recent interview. A track titled "Smoke Hour Willie Nelson" suggests a possible duet with the country legend. Beyoncé also pays homage to trailblazing Black country artist Linda Martell with "The Linda Martell Show."

With 27 titles, "Cowboy Carter" promises to be a major release from Beyoncé, following her 2022 album "Renaissance."

The album is scheduled for release on March 29.

Potential Tracks:
  • 16 Carriages
  • Texas Hold 'Em
  • Ameriican Requiem
  • Blackbiird
  • Protector
  • My Rose
  • Smoke Hour Willie Nelson
  • Bodyguard
  • Dolly P
  • Jolene
  • Daughter
  • Spaghettii
  • Alliigator Tears
  • Smoke Hour II
  • Just for Fun
  • II Most Wanted
  • Levii's Jeans
  • Flamenco
  • The Linda Martell Show
  • Ya Ya
  • Oh Louisiana
  • Desert Eagle
  • Riiverdance
  • II Hands II Heaven
  • Tyrant
  • Sweet Honey Buckin'
  • Amen

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

R&B Legends Headline Massive 'Queens of R&B' Concert Tour

The Queens of R&B Tour. Photo Credit: Derek Blanks with crowdMGMT
In a historic moment for R&B, powerhouse groups Xscape and SWV are teaming up for "The Queens of R&B Tour." They will be joined by fellow '90s hitmakers M√Ĺa, Total and 702.

The tour was announced on Sherri Shepherd's talk show on Tuesday following a viral video depicting a playful therapy session between the groups. Produced by Monami Entertainment and Live Nation, the tour kicks off June 27 at the Toyota Pavilion in Concord. It will journey through 30 cities nationwide, including stops at Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Kia Forum in Los Angeles.
Fans may remember that Xscape (Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, Tamika Scott) and SWV (Cheryl "Coko" Gamble, Tamara "Taj" George, Leanne "Lelee" Lyons) attempted to organize this tour on their 2023 Bravo series, "SWV & Xscape: The Queens of R&B." Despite initial challenges, the groups have united to deliver what promises to be an unforgettable R&B concert event.

"To bring this HERstorical tour to life during Women's History Month is a dream come true," said Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment. "This celebration of R&B royalty is going to be something special."

Tickets for "The Queens of R&B Tour" go on sale March 26.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Federal Agents Raid Homes of Music Mogul Sean Combs

Sean "Diddy" Combs
Federal agents conducted raids on the homes of mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs in Los Angeles and Miami on Monday.

The raids, conducted by federal investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, may be linked to a possible sex trafficking investigation. Sources revealed to the entertainment news outlet TMZ that multiple individuals have been interviewed by the Southern District of NY regarding sex trafficking, sexual assault, and the solicitation and distribution of illegal narcotics and firearms related to Combs.

Combs' multi-million dollar properties in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles and Miami, FL, were targeted. The allegations stem from several lawsuits, including one filed by Cassie Ventura, Combs' former girlfriend and R&B singer. Ventura alleges she suffered years of abuse during their relationship from 2005 to 2018.

Combs, 54, faces multiple lawsuits alleging historical sexual abuse, all of which he has vehemently denied. One lawsuit, filed by a Jane Doe, alleges Combs invited her to his recording studio in NYC when she was 17-years-old, where she claims he drugged her and subjected her to violent gang rape in 2003.

Another suit alleges that Combs and another individual took turns raping two women in the early '90s. Additionally, Joi Dickerson filed a lawsuit claiming Combs "intentionally drugged" her before assaulting her when she was 19-years-old in 1991.

Combs, through his representative, vehemently denied the allegations, stating, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH," and claiming that he was being targeted with fabricated allegations for his fame and wealth.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) confirmed the raids in a statement, noting that the actions were part of an ongoing investigation with assistance from HSI Los Angeles and HSI Miami, as well as local law enforcement partners.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Hip-Hop Icon Lil Jon Explores Mindfulness With Meditation Album

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Andre 3000 traded rapping for the flute, and now Lil Jon, the king of crunk, is swapping "Shots! Shots! Shots!" for soothing meditation mantras.

Hip-hop's most iconic figures are on an unexpected journey of self-discovery, proving there's more to these artists than meets the ear...or the party anthem. Could this be the start of a new era of mindful hip-hop where we go from "Get Low" to finding our inner peace?

In a recent interview with NPR's Ayesha Rascoe on Weekend Edition Sunday March 3, the Grammy-winning rapper and producer unveiled his newfound dedication to meditation, sharing insights into his motivations and aspirations.

"Yeah, it was anxiety and a little stress from a lot hitting me at the same time," Lil Jon shared with Rascoe, reflecting on the catalyst for his exploration of mindfulness. "Turning 50, looking at my life, looking at my marriage and a lot of things, and trying to move on and get through those things."

This transition from his signature party anthems to guided meditation marks a profound shift for the artist, signaling a broader movement toward wellness. Lil Jon's latest album, "Total Meditation," dropped on Feb. 16 and deviates from his customary beats, featuring his own soothing mantras and guided meditations designed to help listeners find calm and focus.

"I found, at this particular point in my life, I really need to go into it a little deeper," Lil Jon explained. "I would meditate every day, say my affirmations, and all of that would quiet me — calm those crazy thoughts and emotions I would have and give me some peace."

Despite his reputation as a high-energy entertainer, Lil Jon stressed the importance of balance and self-care, advocating for rest, sleep, and hydration.

"You gotta turn down sometimes," he emphasized. "You gotta take care of your health."In a subsequent interview with CBS Mornings, Lil Jon discussed the unique aspects of his meditation album and the journey that led him to explore mindfulness.

"I turned 50," Lil Jon disclosed during the CBS interview, reflecting on his motivation. "I started to have... a recurring little thing on my side and it scared me... But I had stopped drinking, and I felt like I started to come out of a fog, and I had clarity."

Lil Jon's venture into meditation underscores a broader cultural shift toward mindfulness and self-care within the hip-hop community, showcasing his commitment to personal growth and wellness.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Megan Thee Stallion Unveils 'Hot Girl Summer Tour' with Global Reach

Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Megan Thee Stallion today announced her highly anticipated global "Hot Girl Summer Tour," produced by Live Nation. The 31-city tour will feature special guest GloRilla, the Grammy-nominated artist behind hits like "Tomorrow 2 (feat Cardi B)" and "Yeah Glo!."

The tour will kick off on May 14 in Minneapolis, with stops in major U.S. cities including New York City, Los Angeles and Houston. It will wrap up its North American leg in Las Vegas on June 22. European dates include performances in Scotland, England, France, Germany and Ireland.

Tickets will be available through a Citi presale starting March 20, followed by additional presales. General on-sale begins March 22 at 10 AM local time.

The announcement comes on the heels of Megan's recent chart-topping success with her single "HISS," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February.

2024 HOT GIRL SUMMER WORLD TOUR DATES
North America
May 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center^
May 17 – Chicago, IL – United Center^
May 18 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena^
May 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden^
May 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center^
May 24 – Napa, CA – BottleRock Napa Valley Festival*
May 26 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival*
May 28 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena^
May 30 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum^
Jun 1 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena^
Jun 4 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena^
June 6 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino^
Jun 8 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena^
Jun 10 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center^
Jun 11 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center^
Jun 13 – Austin, TX – Moody Center^
Jun 14 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center^
Jun 16 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival*
Jun 17 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena^
Jun 19 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center^
Jun 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena^
Jun 22 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena^

Europe
Jul 4 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
Jul 5 – Manchester, UK – Co-op Live
Jul 7 – Paris, FR – Zenith
Jul 10 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
Jul 11 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
Jul 14 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
Jul 16 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
Jul 17 – London, UK – The O2
^With Support From GloRilla
*Festival Appearances

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Watch: Hip-Hop Legend Dr. Dre Immortalized on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Dr. Dre, the iconic rapper, producer, and entrepreneur, was awarded the 2,775th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. The ceremony took place in front of the Jimmy Kimmel Studios on Hollywood Boulevard.

Hosted by radio personality Big Boy, the event included speeches from fellow artists Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and music mogul Jimmy Iovine.

"I’d like to thank the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for finally deciding I deserve to be in the company of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent. Who all got stars before me for some f—ing reason," remarked Dr. Dre, born Andre Romelle Young, to the crowd. "It’s all good, I’m finally here!"

Reflecting on his journey from Compton, Dr. Dre shared, "I never imagined a kid from Compton would stand here among my idols."

As a nine-time Grammy winner, co-founder of Death Row Records, and the visionary behind Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, Dr. Dre solidified his place in hip-hop history. His iconic 1992 solo album "The Chronic" achieved triple-platinum status.

"I want to thank all my fans for supporting me from day one. We've grown up together, and at 60, I appreciate you still rocking with me," Dr. Dre said. "And trust me, I'm far from done. There's much more to come."

Longtime collaborator Snoop Dogg praised Dr. Dre's influence: "There would be no Snoop without Dre. Together, we revolutionized the game, and our music has left an indelible mark on the world."

Dr. Dre's star is located on 6840 Hollywood Boulevard, adjacent to the star of his close friend, Snoop Dogg.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Dr. Dre Breaks Silence: Shares Strokes Ordeal, Applauds Eminem's Influence

(L-R) Dr. Dre and James Corden appear on SiriusXM's "This Life of Mine with James Corden." (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
In a revealing interview, Dr. Dre opened up about a harrowing health battle, disclosing that he suffered three strokes while hospitalized after a brain aneurysm in 2021. He shared the details recently on SiriusXM's "This Life of Mine with James Corden."

The rapper and producer recalled experiencing intense pain behind his right ear, a potential sign of an aneurysm. Despite initially dismissing the discomfort, his son and a friend urged him to seek immediate medical attention.

"Next thing you know, I'm in and out of consciousness, and I ended up in the ICU for two weeks," Dre said.

The severity of his condition was underscored by the three strokes he endured during his hospitalization. Doctors emphasized his good fortune, saying, "You don't know how lucky you are."

Dre expressed surprise at his diagnosis, noting that he maintains a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a focus on diet. He was later diagnosed with high blood pressure, sometimes called the "silent killer."

During the same interview, Dre also sparked social media debate by declaring Eminem the "best emcee ever." The legendary producer praised Eminem's skills on SiriusXM's "This Life of Mine With James Corden."


"I think he's the best emcee ever," Dre shared. "Point blank, period. Of course, there are going to be arguments about that because he's a white guy. I don't think anyone that's rapping can touch Eminem on that microphone."

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