Jaden Smith, the son of actors Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, will be joining Fall Out Boy on the American portion of their tour. It was announced Friday (July 28) that the rapper and fashion trendsetter will join the tour in mid-October for a month-long run of dates on Fall Out Boy’s American arena tour.
Jaden has dropped a few new official singles recently: the stomping “Watch Me” and the moodier, “Jumpman”-referencing “Batman,” the video for which features the same white Batman costume he wore to Kim & Kanye’s wedding.
Like many people in the media, Shaquille O'Neal currently calls Lavar Ball, father of Los Angeles Laker first round draft pick Lonzo Ball, a rival. O'Neal, a four-time NBA champion, has been having a war of words with the creator and CEO of Big Baller Brand.
The Ball-O'Neal rivalry began in May, when O'Neal called out the former basketball-football player for the price of his Big Baller Brand ZO2 shoes, which cost $495. Ball then retaliated by stating that he and his son, LaMelo Ball, could "kill" O'Neal and O'Neal's son, Shareef, on the court.
After many insults have been traded back and forth, O'Neal has taking the rivalry to a new level. Shaq has tapped into his off the court talents and release a diss track. The track, which was released to TMZ, goes right after Lavar's claims that he can beat the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaq himself. O'Neal even manages to get a plug in for The General Insurance Company, for which he is a spokesperson for.
You can check out the track for yourself below:
It's hard to believe, but it's been 25 years since Mary J. Blige released her debut album, 'What's The 411.' To mark the anniversary, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is reflecting on the game-changing album.
What’s the 411? charted as high as No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 3 million copies.
Last year, DRAM dropped the track "Cute" which was the second single off his certified-Platinum, debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M. One year later, he is celebrating by having some fun on the remix with Cardi B, showing all the playfulness of a brand new relationship.
Listen to DRAM and Cardi B’s single, “Cute (Remix)” below.
Yesterday (July 21) at 4:44 pm, Jay-Z released the visuals for "Kill Jay-Z", a song off of his chart topping 13th studio album, 4:44.
The video is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz and is shot in black and white. It features a young man in a "Stay Black" t-shirt running frantically through the streets. It eventual shifts to a man running in the desert and swimming in the ocean.
“Kill Jay Z,” which is currently No. 55 on the Hot 100, is just the fourth visual off the platinum 4:44, following clips for “The Story of O.J.,” “4:44,” and the Damian Marley-assisted “BAM.” 4:44 is currently No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
You can check out the TIDAL exclusive video below.
Rapsody returns today (July 21) with her latest #JamRocFriday series release, “O.L.M. S..” In the song, the North Carolina native waxes poetically about her stoicism as well as her love for black men.
You can stream “O.L.M. S” below on Tidal.
Sorry Psy, take a seat Justin Bieber, YouTube has a new King of the Mountain, Wiz Khalifa. The music video for "See You Again" has now surpassed 2.9 billion views, making it the most watched video on YouTube since 2012. The video, which also features Charlie Puth, amazingly has averaged almost 3 million view a day in 2017.
The "See You Again" video took the top spot from Psy's "Gangnam Style" video. Before that, Justin Bieber's "Baby" had claim to the top spot.
Jay Z has officially announced a tour in support of his new album 4:44. The tour has 31 dates and will start on Oct. 27 in Anaheim, California, and running through Dec. 21 in Los Angeles, California. The tour will also have stops in Las Vegas (Oct. 28), Atlanta (Nov. 14), Chicago (Dec. 5), and of course Brooklyn (Nov. 26).
Jay Z's 4:44 didn't appear on the Billboard 200 chart as Tidal didn't report the streaming numbers in its first week of release. That said, it sounds like the album will hit No. 1 following its release to Apple Music along with the availability of physical copies. All told, 4:44 is projected to move around 275,000 units.
The physical copies also included a treat for Jay Z fans: three bonus songs, one of which featured Blue Ivy dropping bars of her own.
Those with Tidal subscriptions will have access to pre-sale tickets today (July 10) at 12 p.m. ET. Citi cardmembers will also have access to pre-sale starting at 12 p.m. today through Thursday (July 13) at 10 p.m. General ticket sales will be available Friday (July 14) at 10 a.m. local time on Live Nation. VIP packages will be available at VIPNation.com. Check out the tour schedule below and visit Tidal for more info.
We haven't heard much from Eminem in the last few years, but rumor has it that we will get to hear plenty really soon. In the last few weeks, Slim Shady has come out of hiding, so to speak, as made appearances at events and on social media. First, we saw a bearded Eminem at the premiere for Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's new HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones (which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EST on HBO). Next we say him on instagram with 2Chainz and in a video that has gone viral where he wishes 50 Cent a happy birthday. Does this mean new music is on the way? According to one famed director, it is definitely coming.
Director Allen Hughes recently spoke to Uproxx and he gave them this piece of big news.
“Dre still records,” Hughes told Uproxx. “People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day. He’s like Picasso in that way. He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music, you know? But I hear what you’re saying. It’s the truth.”
Aside from gracing Big Sean with a feature “No Favors” earlier this year, things have been quiet for Eminem on the music front. Last October, Eminem surprisingly released the seven-minute track “Campaign Speech,” but fans haven’t seen a full-length studio album since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
By any measure, vinyl records should have gone the way of the dodo. In the digital age, we have no trouble getting our music fix without turning to large, delicate records that require a bulky machine to play them. But instead of disappearing into the ether, vinyl has been making a comeback. They're so popular, in fact, that Sony Music Entertainment will start pressing vinyl for the first time in 28 years, as Alec Macfarlane and Chie Kobayashi report for CNN Money.
Though Sony hasn't released many specific details, the company has said that by March of next year, it will be making vinyl at a pressing plant near Tokyo. Sony, which represents chart-topping artists like Adele and Beyonce, stopped making vinyls in 1989. At that point a more wieldy option—CDs—became the go-to choice of many music lovers.
CD sales have tanked in recent years, as the technology was edged out of the market by digital music and online streaming services like Spotify. But LPs—short for “long playing” records, first introduced by Columbia Records in 1948—have been enjoying a surprising resurgence. In 2015, Chris Morris reports for Forbes, vinyl sales climbed 32 percent to $416 million, the highest sum since 1988.
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