“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” For weeks ahead of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the world was left guessing as to who might be tapped for their holy grail Prince tribute. Names were tossed around the ether, Frank Ocean mentioned that he wanted to be the one as he clapped back at the show’s producers over the weekend. But it wasn’t until last week that we learned Bruno Mars would be the man in the purple suit. And what a treat it was. With The Time in his back pocket and a spot-on “white cloud” guitar replica in hand, … Read entire story.
Saturday Night Live was back at it with the political barbs this past weekend. Melissa McCarthy reprised her role as alternative fact specialist, Sean Spicer, while Alec Baldwin continued his streak of Trump swings. But it wasn’t all politics as usual on the iconic late-night sketch show. SNL offered a take on the momentarily private lives of the week’s real stars: the Carter twins (the first of two high-profile weekend appearances.) With Kenan Thompson and Tracy Morgan starring as the already beloved belly-busters, a sonogram reveals the daily lives of the in utero duo, already cracking jokes at their mother’s expense, lolling over life on the … Read entire story.
Tyrese Gibson has paid his dues. Having gone from a Coca-Cola commercial star, to a successful singer to a star actor, the current pastor on Lee Daniel’s new show, Star, Tyrese has earned everything he’s living for now. Today (Feb. 13), the “Sweet Lady” singer checked into The Breakfast Club and delved into many subjects and revealed his more political side. Chopping it up with the morning trio, Tyrese touched on many things including his feelings on Chrisette Michele performing at Trump’s inauguration, having ghostwriters in the studio, and saying that your favorite rapper might be gay. Here are the 9 things we learned about Tyrese on The Breakfast Club. — Photo: Power 105 The post… Read entire story.
Chance The Rapper has premiered a new music video for his song “Same Drugs” on Facebook Live. The video features Chance singing the track behind a piano, with a large, muppet sized character hanging on his shoulder. As the song kicks in the muppet begins to sing the parts alongside Chance. Ultimately, Chance walks offstage, only to reveal that the entire area he is in is being run by puppets. Overall, the video basically looks a vintage performance from a TV show in the ’70s or ’80s, with a certain poignant undertone that comes at the very end of it all. According to a Twitter video that Chance posted after the music video’s premiere, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat didn’t… Read entire story.
Mr. Dalvin of Jodeci says that a Jodeci biopic has been in the works and that it will be dropping later this year.With the massive success of BET’s The New Edition Story, people are already wondering who should be the next Black music legends to get their own movie. Even before the NE movie though, Jodeci was at the top of the list of artists people want to see. Now it looks like it may be happening sooner than we think.In an interview with Q102.1 FM in San Francisco, group members Mr. Dalvin and JoJo revealed that a Jodeci movie has been in the works since last September.“They signed the process last September,” says Dalvin. “They finished the … Read entire story.
The “King Of The South” delivers some powerful words on Martin Luther King Day. T.I. was at home enjoying the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday like the rest of us. Until he saw that King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III aka MLK3 took a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump Tower. Trump did not address media or talk about the meeting, but he did make sure that cameras were on hand to capture the both of them shaking hands. King III told the New York Times that the meeting was “constructive.” After seeing that MLK3 was the latest prominent African-American figure to take a meeting with Trump, on the… Read entire story.
Get familiar with the name, Valerie June, Mainstream America. The electric dynamo has come right in the nick of time with a strong batch of original songs. One of which, “Shakedown,” makes its music video debut courtesy today. A highly anticipated offering from her second full-length solo album, The Order of Time, the Steven Lippman-directed clip features Val and her band locked-in-step, flooded in blue-and-green lighting. A tribute to her father, Emerson Hockett, who contributed vocals to “Shakedown,” passed away late last year. In what has been a heavy year for all of us humans, Valerie June’s “Shakedown” absorbs us with… Read entire story.
Travis Scott and Lil Yachty got to the money this year and they did right by their parents by surprising them with new homes, Rolex watches, Birken bags and other expensive things. Every [good] kids’ wish is to one day be able to spoil their parents the same way the did them growing up. Travis Scott and Lil Yachty got a chance to do that this year at Christmas and they dropped some serious coin to do so. Travis Scott outdid the Lexus Christmas commercials by getting his parents a gift too big for a ribbon. He bought them a new house. Scott shared the reveal with his fans on social media. The post Christmas Balling: Travis Scott And Lil Yachty Gift Parents … Read entire story.
Chance the Rapper performs at The Meadows Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Vicky Ford/Sneakshot) Chance The Rapper had a breakout year in 2016, and a huge part of it was the success of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour. Now, the tour lives on in a new documentary. The tour accompanied Chance’s brilliant third mixtape Coloring Book, which became the first stream-only album to land on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. He also appeared on the highlight of Kanye West‘s album The Life Of Pablo, scored an endorsement deal with Kit Kat, and for the Magnificent Coloring World Festival, hosted the first festival at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field. He also performed everywhere from the ESPY Awards to The White House. Just this… Read entire story.
J. Cole‘s fourth studio album is projected to be #1 on the Billboard charts this week. The album that has been called “boring” but everybody keeps talking about is on it’s way to topping the Billboard charts. Data from Hits Daily Double says that 4 Your Eyez Only is set to move the equivalent of 400,000-500,000 units [physical copies and streams]. This would mean that Cole has the third highest first-week numbers in 2016 behind Drake and Beyonce. Pigeons & Planes compares that Cole’s last album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, debuted at the top spot with 375,000 units sold [before going double platinum with no features]. His first album, Cole World… Read entire story.
US singer Patti Smith performs ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ by absent 2016 Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan during the 2016 Nobel prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016. (Jonas Ekstromer/TT News Agency via AP) Revered punk rock singer Patti Smith was chosen to honor Bob Dylan as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and she did a perfect job – even when she messed up a few lines. Smith performed Dylan’s song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Hans Ek. Smith messed up the words of the second verse. “I’m sorry, … Read entire story.