SZA releases visual for “Supermodel,” her latest single from her critically acclaimed debut project, CTRL.
The video, directed by Nabil, has magical elements to it but also has a dark theme as well. In the clip, SZA strutting through the forest like she’s on a fashion runway. The R&B singer is leaving her sadness behind after her boyfriend breaks up with her.
Donning a sheer black blouse, “CTRL” panties and matching stilettos, SZA is stomping through the forest as groups of children join her in support. At the end of the video, the TDE artist gives her ex-lover his comeuppance shooting imaginary guns as the children cheer her on.
Since the release of CTRL, SZA has been hailed as a rising star of R&B. In speaking with The Guardian, the 25-year-old singer said that she might not have released the album if it was up to her. Thankfully, the bosses at TDE stole her hard drive.
“They just took my hard drive from me,” she said. “I just kept f—ing everything up. I just kept moving s— around. I was choosing from 150, 200 songs, so I’m just like, who knows what’s good any more?”
“Any longer and I probably wouldn’t [have put it out],” she added. “I’m also driving myself f—ing crazy, so I don’t know. Give me another month and it would have been something completely different.”
SZA is just a few weeks away from embarking on her 44-date Ctrl Tour, which starts on Aug. 16 in Richmond, Va.
A few of R. Kelly's "After Party" tour dates have been canceled.
Four of Kelly's 10 upcoming tour dates were canceled Monday. Just last week he'd vowed he would continue touring, despite being accused of running a sex cult with young women.
Two shows in Louisiana got cut, one in Dallas and another in Los Angeles.
Sources say the 4 stops were cut due to poor ticket sales. His Friday night show in Virginia was barely half full, and fans were pissed he only played for 45 minutes.
Still, sources close to Kelly say the tour will absolutely go on, explaining the L.A. show was only canceled because of a scheduling conflict with another nearby stop. The sources would not comment about the other 3 terminated shows.
As of Monday, there are still a few dates left of the "After Party" tour that have tickets for sale.
Multi-platinum recording artist, DEV is set to release her sophomore album, I Only See You When I’m Dreamin’ (IOSYWID) September 8, which is available for pre-order now HERE!
Fans who pre-order the album will receive two new songs, the sassy-sweet “All I Wanna Do,” and the female anthem “Come At Me.” This will mark DEV’s first album to be released simultaneously to retail and streaming platforms. With a crew of collaborators that include Sarah Hudson (Katy Perry, Halsey, Rita Ora), MNDR, Marko Penn and producers Sam Sumser, Ritual, Isaac Valens and Mike Mac, the album finds Dev reclaiming her bass-heavy hip-pop beats that shot her to chart stardom, but with a reinvigorated sense of singer-songwriter swagger.
“All I Wanna Do” prompts the familiar Dev-like bounce, while lyrically the track ventures into Minaj-worthy raunch, but it’s Dev’s vocals and harmonies that shine through the sass. “The balance of how bouncy it is, but with how sexy and girly the lyrics and melody are fit really well,” Dev says of the track. “Usually a lot of male driven songs will usually be like ‘I wanna F you!’ so this will be so fun to perform from my point of view.” The additional release, “Come at Me” is somewhat of a yin to “All I Wanna Do”’s yang. Lyrically, Dev urges a “don’t-take-any-BS” attitude over a highly catchy melody.
In it’s entirety, IOSYWID, serves as ode to Dev’s past—the good, the bad, the fun and the sad. Inspired by dreams and thoughts about those who she has since lost touch with, the vibe of the album radiates a theme of self-reflection from her current perspective. Dev takes listeners on a full-circle journey from late night sexting (“Drunk Texting” – OUTThursday 8/4!) to piano-laden heartbreak (“Alone Again”).
This full-length album follows Dev’s break-out 2012 debut album, The Night the Sun Came Up, which features the platinum “In the Dark,” and landed her critical acclaim, spots on influential end-of-year lists, numerous brand syncs and commercial success. In 2013 and 2014 she released two complimenting EPs, Bittersweet July Part I and Bittersweet July Part II. 2016 saw the release and success of “#1” f/ Nef the Pharoah, which peaked at #15 on the rhythmic radio chart. With over 350M video views, a Billboard #1 hit, multi-platinum & gold certified song successes, and countless collaborations, IOSYWID promises to propel Dev as the sleek, speak-sing, pop pioneer of her generation.
I ONLY SEE YOU WHEN I’M DREAMIN’ Track Listing:
1. Have it All
3. All I Wanna Do
5. Come at Me
7. Bad Mouth
8. Drunk Texting
10. Skinny Dippin’
11. My Way
12. Alone Again
For collectors across the world, Discogs has quickly become the go-to online destination for all things music. Their catalog contains more than 8.7 million recordings from 5 million artists, the largest database of physical music on the planet.
Discogs is more than just a database, though, as it also connects buyers and sellers, helping fans find classic releases and scoring rare pieces of recorded history. Basically, Discogs has created a digital experience that comes awfully close to the beauty of flipping through stacks and stacks of wax at your favorite local record store.
Now, in 2017, Discogs takes that digital experience back to the physical world as they prepare for several Crate Diggers events all over the globe. The first Crate Diggers Record Fair and After Party is set for Aug. 26 at the White Owl Social Club in Portland, Ore., followed by five more fairs in major global cities — you can see the full schedule below. The best part about it all? The fairs are completely free and everyone is invited to attend.
Discogs uses the Crate Diggers series to bring together communities of music fans and collectors to share in the unique joy of hunting for records, all the while promoting the timeless culture of vinyl. At each fair, there will be several different vendors on site selling their discs, and there will even be live music from DJs at the events. You can find all the details on the Crate Diggers fairs here.
Crate Diggers Record Fair and After Party Tour 2017
Aug. 26 — Portland, Oregon — White Owl Social Club
Sept. 2 — Tokyo, Japan — Contact
Sept. 23 — Berlin, Germany — Prince Charles
Sept. 30 — London, England — Oval Space
Oct. 7 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — De Marktkantine
Oct. 14 — Los Angeles, California — Lot 613
BTS recently revealed plans for a September release are the recipients of this year’s Artist Award at the 44th Korean Broadcasting Awards on Monday (Jul. 31), selected by 24 panel judges for the Korean Broadcasters Association.
The boys were honored for their “achievements and influence both in Korea and worldwide.” (Translation by Soompi.)
This win is especially significant given that it is the only artist-based category at the ceremony.
BTS recently made international headlines by announcing that they added a new meaning to their English name — “Beyond the Scene” — as well as unveiling a new logo.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas have announced they will be honoring the memory of Chester Bennington by displaying one of his outfits in their casino, with a memorial.
The case includes a Ve’cel By Chester Bennington t-shirt that he wore onstage from his clothing line, as well as a bunch of roses. It’s a nice and simple tribute to the fallen singer, available for all guests of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The memorabilia was originally gifted to the hotel previously from Bennington and the rest of Linkin Park.
In their post seen below with the photo featuring the exhibit, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas states, “Celebrating the life of a legendary musician … from Hybrid Theory to One More Light and everything in between, your memory will live on for decades to come. Rock in peace, Chester Bennington.”
We’ve seen numerous people react to Bennington’s tragic death in many different ways the past couple of weeks. Chester Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington issued her first public statement since the singer’s death, partially saying, “I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive."
Camila Cabello has been approached by L’Oréal Paris to be their new global spokesperson, it seemed like the perfect match, because their products are already part of her daily hair care routine.
“I love how empowering they are with women and I love their messages of self-worth and confidence,” Camila told Teen Vogue. “I’ve been such a big fan of them and I’m happy I get to be a part of it.”
“I would definitely cut my hair!” she said. “I was thinking about cutting it for this tour, but I use it so much for performance — whipping it around — that I’m not sure if I would cut it now. But I definitely want to cut it. I’m not sure about coloring it, though, because I like mine how it is. Until I get gray hair, I’ll probably still have my black hair!”
“I think as you grow,” she explained, “you start discovering more about yourself and getting more comfortable in your skin. And I think that’s made me feel like I don’t have to do as much anymore. I get to make all these decisions for myself, so I can just wear what I want to wear and I don’t have to wear a lot of makeup if I don’t want to. I guess I’m just more in tune with who I am and what I like and what I don’t — and I have the freedom to do it.”
Read more from Camila’s interview in Teen Vogue.
Boosie Badazz's brother was arrested after he allegedly hacked into the rapper’s Capital One bank account.
It all started back in July when Boosie accused Capital One of allowing someone to steal $469,000 from his banking account. “Don’t bank at [Capital One]. Capital has let someone commit fraud on my account of 469k,” he vented in a now since-deleted Instagram post. “When this first happen I went to the banks months str8 asking questions, filing reports, meeting with officers etc. n every time I was [given] a bunch of lies n bulls—.”
Police did investigate and TMZ reports that Boosie’s brother, Taquari Hatch, was the culprit. He allegedly made over a dozen wire transfers to different people who would then give him cash. According to a police report, Taquari sent as much as $80,000 in one transfer.
It's reported that Taquari would pretend he was Boosie while on the phone with Capital One’s customer service during the wire transfers. The fraud department was alerted when Taquari mentioned having a wife; Boosie is not legally married. All together, Boosie’s brother siphoned $361,000 from the rapper’s account.
Police arrested Taquari last week and he’s being charged with identity theft and fraud charges. Reps for Boosie Badazz had no comment on the matter.
Russell Simmons says he is bringing back his Def Comedy Jam reboot to HBO. HBO has picked up ‘All Def Comedy’ for a six-series run.
The news comes after HBO aired an All Def Comedy one-off special back in November 2016. The reboot will feature Tony Rock as the host and comedians who were discovered at All Def Digital’s live weekly comedy showcase and online video platform. In addition, Def Comedy alumnus are reportedly making guest appearances on the series run as well.
“I have witnessed firsthand how the most cutting-edge, seemingly alternative comics become the driving forces in mainstream comedy,” said Simmons in a press release. “I’m thankful to HBO for allowing me to give these new voices access to mainstream audiences everywhere.”
All Def Comedy, which will premiere in December on HBO, will be executive produced by Simmons and Stan Lathan, along with Chris Conti and Jeru Tillman. Lathan will direct all six episodes.
The original Def Comedy Jam series helped launch the careers of such legendary comedians like Chris Tucker, Bill Bellamy, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and the late Bernie Mac.
Simmons reportedly is working on a Def Poetry Jam reboot with Chance the Rapper in talks to possibly hosting the series.
Ne-Yo's “Another Love Song.” video takes place at a restaurant where the R&B loverman is on a date with a beautiful woman, played by dancer/model Candice, who is more interested in taking selfies than chatting with him. When Ne-Yo’s date goes to the bathroom, the singer takes it upon himself to turn the eatery into one big club.
This puts Ne-Yo at the center of the action as other patrons dance, twerk, pop-lock and do backflips in-between his highly stylized choreography. The exuberant dancing ends before Ne-Yo’s date returns to her seat wondering if he took a berry off her plate. When the singer looks up with his guilty face, the video fades to black.
“Another Love Song” was written by Ne-Yo and produced by hitmakers Cirkut and Dr. Luke. The track will appear on the singer’s upcoming album, Good Man, which is scheduled to hit stores in September.
“I’m calling it that because that’s what every woman wants and what every man should strive to be,” said Ne-Yo about the album title (via Rap-Up). “You’re not born a good man. You gotta go through some stuff, let some things happen, in order to become a good man.”
When JAY-Z released 4:44 on various streaming platforms, he also added three additional tracks on the physical copies of the LP. Unless you purchased the CD, you didn’t have them. BUT...on Saturday morning (July 28), at 4:44AM exactly, the Roc Nation CEO released “Adnis,” “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family” and “MaNyfaCedGod” exclusively on Tidal.
The trio of songs fits perfectly with the rest of 4:44, which has been praised for its honesty and openness. On Friday (July 27), Hov dropped the video for “Adnis,” his reflective song about his late father, Adnis Reeves.
The other songs “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family,” which features Blue Ivy, and the pensive “MaNyfaCedGod,” featuring James Blake, completes the trifecta. Hopefully, JAY-Z will release the extra tunes on other digital services like Apple Music or iTunes. Don’t hold your breath on Spotify getting these songs.
In addition to the bonus tracks, 4:44 is now available on cassette tape for $9 via Virgin EMI Records official webstore. There’s no word if the cassette will feature a booklet that will include liner notes and photos. Nevertheless, this will be a great gift for the true JAY-Z fan.
Listen to JAY-Z’s 4:44 bonus tracks at Tidal
The EDM festival UNITE With Tomorrowland evacuated the grounds in Barcelona, Spain, after a stage caught fire Saturday night. Nearly 22,000 attendees were evacuated from the city’s Parc de Can Zam with no serious injuries reported, though many were treated for anxiety, according to the Spanish site El Periodico.
Steve Aoki was slated to headline the one-day event, which was scheduled to go until 3 a.m. Organizers posted a statement on the festival’s Facebook page, citing “a technical malfunction” as the reason behind the fire. They added, “Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organizer of UNITE.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives of Tomorrowland for additional comment.
The Strokes reportedly working on a new full-length, and have recruited Rick Rubin to produce it.
The news comes from Albert Hammond, the father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. “They’re making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin,” he told the West Australian. “I speak to my son every day and he says that they’re so happy.”
Hammond is known as a solo act in his own right, having reached the Top Five in 1972 with “It Never Rains in Southern California.” He’s also wrote or co-written numerous hits for others, including Starship‘s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” the Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe,” Whitney Houston‘s “One Moment in Time” and Leo Sayer’s “When I Need You.” The royalties allowed him to finance his son’s band’s debut, Is This It.
“Nobody understood them, so I said, ‘Here’s the money, go in the studio and make the record’,” he continued. “I never got it back, but it doesn’t matter. I just love knowing I helped them out. I’m very proud of the band and of my son. They’re like all my children because I was there from the beginning.”
Hammond use to give the band some advice in the early days. “I used to go to their rehearsals and they were very loud. I used to say, ‘Guys, guys — mountains and valleys, highs and lows.’”
On Aug. 4, Jane’s Addiction will release Ritual de lo Habitual Alive at 25, a home video that captures the band’s concert honoring the 25th anniversary of that landmark album. That same day, it will debut on Pay-Per-View and Video on Demand services on cable systems across the U.S.
The concert will be available until Sept. 3. with a suggested price of $3.99 for standard definition and $4.99 for high definition. You can go to In Demand’s website to find out when it will premiere on your system, and also see a 15-minute preview video.
As we reported last month, the 85-minute concert contains a full-album performance of Ritual de lo Habitual and a few other hits, and was filmed at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., on May 30, 2015. Interviews with the band members are featured in between the songs.
After launching the tour in 2015, Jane’s Addiction carried the Ritual de lo Habitual tour into the next year, concluding with a headlining set at Lollapalooza, the festival founded by frontman Perry Farrell. But there were some challenges involved in playing some of the record’s more obscure tracks.
“In preparing for the tour, I had to re-learn quite a bit of the album,” guitarist Dave Navarro said. “It was inspiring to undo some of the rules we have become used to in our later years and get back in touch with a more expansive and unorthodox approach. Staying in this mindset made for an extra special celebration tour and we were oddly able to become our own inspiration…The students teaching the masters.”
Spoken word from the late Anthony Barre — also known as Messy Mya — is featured on the song, and his estate sued in February for copyright infringement, among other claims. Barre's voice is heard saying “What happened at the New Orleans,” “Bitch, I’m back by popular demand” and "Oh yeah baby. I like that.” His sister, Angel Barre, claims the samples infringe the rights in two works of her brother's performance art, "A 27 Piece Huh?" and "Booking the Hoes from New Wildings."
A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday denied Bey's motion to dismiss the copyright claim on fair use grounds — but she's not buying Barre's argument that the doctrine doesn't apply to digital sampling of a sound recording.
At this stage facts alleged by the plaintiff are taken as true, and U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown found that Barre has made a case that Beyonce's use of the clips was not transformative and that, although the samples were short, it was a "qualitatively significant" use. She also notes that a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, like this one, is "viewed with disfavor and is rarely granted."
"Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged in their complaint that Defendants did not change or alter the 'expressive content or message' of Anthony Barré’s YouTube videos, but rather used unmodified clips without adding anything new," writes Brown in a 66-page decision, which is posted in full below. "[T]he Court concludes at this stage of litigation that 'the copyright law’s goal of promoting the Progress of Science and useful Arts' would not be better served by allowing Defendants’ use of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted material without authorization or compensation than by preventing it."
Brown also denied the motion to dismiss Barre's false endorsement and Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act claims — but did dismiss the claim for unjust enrichment.
If the court denied the motion to dismiss, the defendants asked it to strike Barre's request for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act and treble damages under the LUTPA. Brown denied the motion in its entirety, finding that Beyonce's lawyers failed to show that Barre's requests are "'redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter' such that striking it from the record is proper."