The famed super group, Gorillaz, is finally back with a new album called Humanz. This will be the first album since 2010's The Fall for the virtual band created by Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn.
Humanz is said to be a reaction to the recently terrifying developments in politics, particularly the election of Donald Trump. Albarn says they sought to answer the question, “What would happen if the world was turned, in some unthinkable way, on its head?” The album won't be a direct hit against Trump, however, as Albarn says they edited out any Trump references as to not give him any more fame.
As with past albums, Humanz features several big collaborators, including Grace Jones, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Popcaan, D.R.A.M., Mavis Staples, and Anthony Hamilton.
You can stream the album below:
It's been a rough year for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. It started well with an Olympic gold medal, but when the NBA season started things came crashing down. His team is bad, his GM calls him out every chance he gets, his team can't run the triangle well, his best teammate left the country and doesn't seem to want to come back, another teammate has no knees and the other can't his a shot (and got himself suspended). As if the on court drama wasn't enough, now Melo has new issues at home.
According to the folks over at TMZ, Carmelo and his wife, actress La La Anthony, are separated after nearly 7 years of marriage. According to celebrity news website, La La has moved out of the family home and now has her own place. The pair are the parents of a 10 year-old son, and at this time it appears that they have no plans of relocating him at this time due to the split.
While no official reason has been given for the split, it is well known that a major reason for Carmelo wanting to stay in New York to play is that La La prefered the city over places like Chicago and Denver. Could Carmelo's fiction with Knicks GM Phil Jackson and a potential new team for Carmelo be the reason for the sudden split? Or is there another kind of "triangle" that Melo or La La doesn't want to play?
As more details come out we will let you know what the entire story is.
State Legislators Believe It Is A Solution To Budgets Woes
The state of Illinois has gone more almost two full year without a proper budget in place, bills aren't getting paid, programs are getting cut, and the government is no closer to solving the problem. Now some legislators are looking to other states for ideas to ease the longstanding budget woes, namely Colorado and Washington. Two state legislators from the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago are spearheading an effort to legalize marijuana in the state, and they will have a meeting on this later in the week.
There are currently a pair of bills now pending in the General Assembly authored by Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy that would create a system for regulating and taxing marijuana sales. They hope that doing so can bring in at least $350 million a year for the state.
Under the proposed law, Illinois residents would be allowed to possess up to 28 grams and five plants, while nonresidents would be limited to 14 grams. The bill would also impose a $50 per ounce tax on pot at the wholesale level, while sales to the public would be subject to the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. Any business producing marijuana for sale would be bound by labeling requirements and marketing restrictions.
The proceeds from taxing weed would go to funding education as well as funding programs and treatment centers design to educate people about the dangers of abusing alcohol, marijuana and tobacco.
While Illinois governor Bruce Rauner has not fully dismissed the idea of legalization, he does seem to generally oppose the idea. "I think recreational marijuana is a very, very difficult subject," Rauner said Tuesday during an appearance in Rock Island, saying Illinois should look at the impact that legalizing marijuana has had on the states that have already decriminalized the drug.
Nationally, polls show that 59% of people are in favor of legalization, but the numbers vary greatly among specific groups. Among Republicans, 61% oppose the idea, while 49% of Hispanics polled were opposed. Among millennials (ages 18-34) 74% are in favor of legalization.
The first hearing on the topic is at noon April 19 in the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. Lasalle St.
While we will have to wait until June 2017 for get our hand on TLC's fifth and final album, the duo is giving us a little taste of what is to come with their new single, "Way Back," which just dropped today (April 13).
TLC's new album will is set for a June 30th release and will be their first since 2002's 3D and their first without Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, who tragically passed the same year. Remaining members, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, were able to get the album done thanks to a successful kickstarter campaign which raised over $430,000.
Along with a new album, TLC will also be going on tour with Naughty by Nature, Montell Jordan, and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath as part of the "I Love The 90's" tour this summer.
You can check out TLC's new single below:
According to information obtain exclusively by TMZ, Tupac Amaru Shakur was arrested last month in Los Angeles on felony assault with a deadly weapon charges. This revelation is huge and will no doubt fuel the constant theories about the late rapper's true fate. While the official records are showing that a man named Tupac who was born on June 16, 1971 was arrested, it is apparently an alias used by one Clarence Campbell, he gives this name and info whenever he has any interaction with law enforcement. Thankfully, cops know of Campbell’s shenanigans. Yet, the booking information shows ‘Pac’s full name and his June 16, 1971 birthdate.
Aware of the jig Campbell is no doubt pulling, Cops made sure to place his real name along with the arrest records. One question the still remains is why Campbell would use such a well recognized name as an alias, did he really believe that no one would notice?
Janet Jackson has announced that she and her husband of five years, business man Wissam Al Mana, have called it quits. The split comes just three months after Ms. Jackson give birth to her first child.
According to Page Six, one source has said that the split was amicable, but another source has said that Janet felt that Wissam was too controlling during her pregnancy.
This was the third marriage for Janet Jackson, she was previously married to James DeBarge and René Elizondo, Jr. She quietly wed Wissam Al Mana in 2012, and they welcomed their son, Eissa, in January.
After a brief hiatus, NBC's long running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live came out swinging with some hilarious parodies of some of the biggest recent news stories. One story that got a lot of social media scorn was the big swing and miss that was Pepsi's latest commercial. The ad, which stars Kylie Jenner, was meant to be an homage to recent struggles of minorities and show the resilience in the fight. It was also supposed to unite both sides through a love of Pepsi. The ad was taken to task via social media and was quickly removed from air.
That's where SNL took over. They produce a spoof of the behind the scenes moments right before the start of filming. The writer/director of the ad, portrayed by Beck Bennett, is talking to his sister on the phone and explaining the gist of the commercial why failing to contain his excitement. We immediately see his facial expression change to one of worry as his sister is apparently explain why it is a bad idea. He then gets opinions from another person who explain further why the idea is tone deaf. He then ask for the opinion of a black neighbor who immediately says no, stop, don't. Realizing that his idea was bad, he desperately tries to stop the production and as for a rewrite. He is told "no can do" and they cue Kylie, played by Cecily Strong. Kylie is shown on the phone describing her role in the commercial as "I stop cops from shooting black people by giving them a Pepsi" and the she describes it as "cute" which lets the director know that he made a huge mistake.
You can check out SNL's parody below:
If the state Senate approves the budget, New York will become the first state to do so.
In a major victory for the movement to improve access to higher education, New York is set to become the only state that offers free tuition at four-year colleges.
Deemed the Excelsior Scholarship, the free tuition plan is included in the $163 billion state budget approved Saturday by the The Democrat-controlled Assembly. The Republican-led Senate will vote on the budget Sunday evening; and with Senate Leader John Flanagan (R-Long Island) supporting it, it’s likely to pass.
The Excelsior Scholarship will cover tuition for any New Yorkers whose families earn less than $125,000 a year and who are accepted to one of the state’s public community colleges or public four-year universities ― which cost approximately between $4,350 and $6,470 annually.
The scholarship is applicable to around 80 percent of the 940,000 families with college-aged children in New York, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who first proposed the tuition-free degree program in January.
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Frank Ocean just premiered his brand new track "Biking" during episode 3 of his Beats One Radio show 'Blonded'. The track features Jay Z and his Odd Future running buddy Tyler, the Creator.
You can check out the new track below:
The 1997 Sci-Fi hit The Fifth Element is making a return to theaters in celebration of it's 20th Anniversary.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the Luc Besson film will get a two day run on the big screen and will be presented as a 4K restoration. The film will be accompanied by a preview of Besson's new space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which opens in July.
Originally released in 1997, The Fifth Element stars Bruce Willis as a gruff cab driver and ex-soldier who teams up with an enigmatic orange-haired humanoid (played by Milla Jovovich) to save Earth from annihilation. The cast also includes Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, and Ian Holm.
The screenings are set for Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. They are presented by Sony Pictures and Fathom Events.
Tickets are available at fathomevents.com. Sony’s home entertainment division will also be releasing The Fifth Element on 4K Ultra HD in July.