Azealia Banks has released a new track called, "Icy Colors Change." The rapper says the track comes ahead of fully mastered and mixed vinyl version, which will arrive next Christmas.
"It’s a work in progress as a part of a full holiday project I’ve been working on," she wrote on IG. "This song has been in my vault for so long I’m just happy to get it off my chest!"
In addition to sharing the new song, Azealia has been busy dabbling in film. Recently, she had a starring role in RZA's film, Love Beats Rhymes. The film follows Coco Ford (Banks), a battle rapper who enlists back into college to finish her accounting degree. But of course, with only eight credits left to go, she opts to take an "easy" class which ends up being a poetry taught by Professor Dixon (Jill Scott). But as Coco tries to bring her battle rap tendencies into the classroom, she's met with pushback from Professor Dixon and her teaching assistant, Derek (Lucien Laviscount).
The film also stars Common, Lorraine Toussaint and John David Washington.
In the wake of her new directoral effort with Marching Church, Sky Ferreira has a new EP on the way.
Sky recently had an interview with The Fader to talk about the "Christmas on Earth" music video, but also released some details on her long-awaited new release, which will have a more "visual" approach to songwriting.
"It's an EP that is heavily visual," she shared. "And the videos will all connect to each other in an abstract way. The visual component isn't necessarily a concept, it was more of an excuse for me to make videos for all the songs. I do think my songs stand on their own with or without a music video, but I feel that my work represents me more when I get to do the visual stuff.
"It'll be starting to come out in February, or March, for sure. There's a group of people I'm working with, and it's exciting because I've never written with so many girls before. There's a girl that's writing the EP with me. There are very specific things I wanted to write, and I could write on my own, but I knew she could bring another element of what I wanted to the music."
The EP follows Ferreira's debut album, Night Time, My Time, which was released in 2013.
Heize collapsed after performing at the 2017 SBS Gayo Daejun show — an annual year-end program hosted in South Korea on Monday night. Heize, whose real name is Jang Da-hye, was taken the hospital immediately after the incident, and continues to remain there. Not much of her condition is currently known, other than she will be requiring some kind of surgery, according to her representative who released a statement to Metro.
“It seems that Heize’s extremely busy schedule may have taken a toll on her health. Based on her diagnosis at the hospital, it has been decided that she will undergo surgery. For now, her progress must be observed, and it appears that she will be unable to move forward with her plans and scheduled activities for the immediate future,” her representative said in a statement.
No exact reason for her hospitalization has been given yet, but it is being reported that it may have something to do with the "Don't know you" singer's ongoing issues with her throat. No matter what the cause, this news is without a doubt heartbreaking to fans. Though there’s no doubt that they want to see the rapper happy, healthy and recovered before getting back on the road and hitting the stage to entertain those who adore her.
The rapper has yet to say anything about the incident either. Heize’s last post on Instagram was just a few weeks ago. This is just the latest in a string of news that has rocked and shaken the entire world of K-pop. The fandom has been in mourning since learning that SHINee member Jonghyun passed away earlier this month.
Lil Wayne dropped his long-awaited mixtape, Dedication 6.
Hosted by DJ Drama, the 15-song project features Weezy spitting nonsensical bars over instrumentals from this year’s hottest rap songs. Tunechi spits rhymes over Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3” and 21 Savage’s “Bank Account” just to name a few.
Appearing on the mixtape is his Young Money artists Gudda Gudda ("Boyz 2 Menace"), Cory Gunz ("Let Em All In") and HoodyBaby ("My Dawg"). Interestingly, Nicki Minaj teams up with Wayne on “5 Star,” which is a flip of Post Malone’s No. 1 hit “Rockstar.”
Wayne went on Twitter to thanked his fans for their patience and unwavering support. "I thank u all so fkn much for the luv n support!!!!! & I wish u all a very Merry Christmas and a happy Tune year! Go D6! Sikksh!t," he tweeted.
D6 should hold fans over until Wayne releases his much-delayed album, Tha Carter V. The project is currently being held hostage until Wayne gets his $51 million from Cash Money CEO Birdman.
In a past interview, Wayne said Carter V is done but he's in no rush to release it.
“It’s on the shelf, just ready to drop. I ain’t gotta do that," he states. "I move on and keep it moving and give them what I’m doing right now. Carter V is ready to be listened to. It’s just gotta be listened to the right way and like I said, I’m not gonna give it to them wrong.”
Check out Lil Wayne's Dedication 6 mixtape below or you can download it directly at DatPiff.com.
PRETTYMUCH is going on tour in 2018, partnering up with FUJI FILM to make various stops around the country.
The 9-city nationwide tour — titled the PRETTYMUCH EVERYWHERE Tour — will begin at the Cavern Club at the Hard Rock in Boston on Jan. 13, and will conclude in Los Angeles at The Roxy on Jan. 28. Each tour stop will include meet-and-greet sessions.
The rising boy band will also make their morning television performance debut during their New York City stop, performing on ABC's Good Morning America on Jan. 15.
For more information, visit the group's website here. See the tour dates in full below.
PRETTYMUCH EVERYWHERE DATES
1/13/2018 Boston, MA Cavern Club @ the Hard Rock
1/14/2018 Philadelphia, PA Foundry @ The Fillmore
1/15/2018 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
1/18/2018 Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar
1/19/2018 Detroit, MI City Theatre
1/20/2018 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
1/21/2018 Dallas, TX TBC
1/27/2018 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
1/28/2018 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Lorde has canceled a scheduled tour date in Israel amid organized protests calling for artists to boycott playing shows in the country.
Lorde wrote in a Sunday (Dec. 24) statement, as reported by the Jerusalem Post's Amy Spiro, "i've received an overwhelming number of messages & letters and have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and i think the right decision at the time is too cancel the show."
At the time, Lorde wrote on Twitter: "Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too."She added that, "i pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and i have done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in tel aviv, but i'm not proud to admit i didn't make the right call on this one."
The artist had been set to play at the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on June 5, one of dozens of dates scheduled for her "Melodrama" world tour.
Lorde ended her note saying, "tel aviv, it's been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful part of the world for many years, and i'm truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. i hope one day we can all dance."
On Dec. 20, the artist had replied to an open letter by a New Zealand site The Spinoff titled "Dear Lorde, here's why we are urging you to boycott Israel."
In the piece, authors Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs wrote that "a performance in Israel sends the wrong message. Playing in Tel Aviv will be seen as giving support to the policies of the Israeli government, even if you make no comment on the political situation."
Earlier this year, Radiohead faced similar criticism ahead of its July 19 concert in Tel Aviv. Frontman and singer Thom Yorke addressed protesters in a Rolling Stoneinterview a month before the show, saying, "There's an awful lot of people who don't agree with the [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement, including us. I don't agree with the cultural ban at all."
BTS member Jungkook released a cover of the Christmas classic “Oh Holy Night” to the BTS Soundcloud on Sunday (December 24).
This particular rendition is a re-imagining of the version sung by indie acoustic-pop duo J Rabbit.
Listen to Jungkook‘s cover of “Oh Holy
Lil Wayne’s long awaited Dedication 6 mixtape is finally dropping tomorrow on Christmas Day. Weezy even gave us a preview of the project earlier this week when he shared two remixes over 21 Savage’s “Bank Account” & Jay Z’s “The Story Of OJ,” which he called “Blackin Out” with Euro. Now with just hours before its release, reports have surfaced online that Dedication 6 might have two versions, or at the very least more new music from Weezy is dropping soon after.
Earlier this week, Weezy stopped by NFL Network’s GameDay Prime and chopped it up with Deion Sanders about the New England Patriots & their dominance. But before he signed off from his video chat, Wayne was asked about what upcoming music he had for us, and he said that they (Mack Maine & Cortez Bryant presumably) were splitting Dedication 6 up, one dropping Christmas and the other soon thereafter. Weezy said he had too many songs that's why they're apparently splitting it up.
“I got Dedication 6 dropping for Christmas. What we ended up doing, I ended doing a whole bunch of songs so they wanna split it up. So they gon’ drop one version for Christmas and they gon’ drop the other songs after that. So thats what I have right now,” Wayne said. “Album wise everybody already know what’s coming out,” he added referring to the long awaited Carter V.
Of course this roll out strategy hasn’t been confirmed or discussed by anyone else so who knows if Wayne is speaking facts here or not, but it's possible we could be getting a free download of Dedication 6 on Christmas and a deluxe version with additional songs to be streamed or purchased following that. That's strictly speculation though and we'll have to wait to find out.
Dave Chappelle is delivering two comedy specials on New Years Eve on Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The veteran comedian announced back in November that he was releasing his third comedy special for the streaming network -- titled Dave Chappelle: Equanimity -- on Dec. 31. Now he added a fourth stand-up special, The Bird Revelation, on the same day.
Equanimity, which he takes on Trump voters, was shot in September at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C., while Bird Revelation was filmed on Nov. 20 at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles.
The final two shows complete Chappelle's initial three stand-up specials deal for $60 million. Netflix aired The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits, which were both the highest-streaming specials for the network in 2017.
There’s no word if Chappelle will team up with Netflix again for more specials next year but since they are investing heavily in building up their stand-up comedy library, it’s a possibility.
Meanwhile, Comedy Central is planning to air a Chappelle's Show marathon in which it will air all 28 episodes leading up to his hilarious 2000 HBO stand-up special, Killin' Them Softly.
Snoop Dogg and Boyz II Men have teamed up to deliver their Christmas rendition of “Santa Claus Goes to the Ghetto," just in time for the holidays.
The song is actually an update of the original version of the same name that appeared on the 1996 Christmas on Death Row compilation album. On the new version, the Philadelphia trio adds their soulful voices on the hook (replacing the late Nate Dogg's vocals) while Snoop spits his yuletide rhymes.
"Santa Claus on the ceiling, Jack Frost chillin' / Pinch the Grinch for being a holiday villain / Season's greetings, all the proceedings / Are brought to you by the church house where we'll be eatin'," raps Snoop on the plodding track. He later adds, "All I want for Christmas is my 6-4 Chevrolet / And a granddaughter for her grandmother Beverly."
"My family and I really just relax and enjoy time with each other. The year is always hectic for us so we just chill out," he told the publication. "We don’t have any fancy traditions but our holiday is all about good food, good company, and good music."
"My family all comes together to help out but my wife, Boss Lady, always leads the way," he continued. "She’s an amazing cook and pulls it all together for the holidays. We sometimes have family over to hit the BBQ as well. Nothing like a Dogg family Christmas meal!"