Loren Gray teased her fans on the network with just one word: “August”, with a little note emoji, hinting that her debut single will be dropping then.
If you missed it, Loren was signed to Virgin Records back in March and now we’ll be getting music!
“This has been the best year of my life and it’s only getting better,” Loren wrote on her IG Stories later on. “August is right around the corner.”
She added in a sweet message to her fans, “Thank you for being my best friends and the light of my life. I could never thank you enough times for changing my life in ways I never thought were possible.”
Jermaine Dupri will celebrate his groundbreaking record label So So Def with a multi-city anniversary concert tour. Dupri told The Associated Press on Monday (July 30) that The So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y tour will feature himself, Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz and J-Kwon.
The 11-city tour starts Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. and ends in Los Angeles on Nov. 2. A show will also be held Oct. 21 in Atlanta, where Dupri was raised.
So So Def's Cultural Curren$y Tour dates10/14 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
10/18 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10/19 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
10/20 - Greensboro, NC - Coliseum
10/21 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
TBD - Chicago, IL - United Center
10/25 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
10/26 - Memphis, TN - FedExForum
10/28 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
10/31 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
11/2 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
Dupri founded the label as a teen. Under his guidance, So So Def helped develop and promote the entire genre of Southern hip-hop in the 1990s. It rose to success through music acts including preteen stars Kriss Kross and Bow Wow, female rapper Da Brat and R&B group Jagged Edge. Dupri was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. He earned a Grammy for best R&B song in 2005 as one of the songwriters on Mariah Carey’s hit “We Belong Together.”
The rapper-producer called the anniversary tour a “blessing.”
South Korean recording artists Zico and IU are topping several charts following the release of their song, "SoulMate," on Monday, according to The Korea Herald.
"SoulMate" topped numerous Korean charts, including Bugs, Genie Music, Melon and Mnet. Critics said the chemistry between Zico and IU's voices contributed to the single's success.
IU last released the EP A Flower Bookmark Part 2 in October. She is known for the singles "Every End of the Day" and "Palette," and also works as an actress.
By Annie Martin, UPI.com
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Kesha just released the trailer for her forthcoming documentary, Rainbow.
"Sometimes things feel like they're too much to handle," Kesha says in the clip below, amid images of her falling into the ether, trying to break herself free from a glass coffin and struggling to breach the ocean's surface.
"You don't own me!" she shouts to a concert's crowd in a particular heated moment.
And Kesha told Rolling Stone that creating the work helped to pull her out of her funk, much of which was caused by a public and painful court case against Dr. Luke, whom she accused of rape.
“Making Rainbow the album was such a therapeutic process and given the opportunity to turn it into a three-dimensional piece of art has helped me find even deeper healing and catharsis,” she said. “I hope this film inspires others to never give up even if you feel full of hurt or lost, because after the storm comes a rainbow. Depression, anxiety and mental illness are things we all need to talk about more, and there is no shame in asking for help. Making the decision to work on yourself is the bravest thing you can do. I hope this film helps bring light and love to everyone.”
And as the preview winds down, Kesha notes: “This record has quite literally saved my life.”
Rainbow will drop on Apple Music on August 10.
ABC has announced that Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, two-time DWTS Mirror Ball winner Val Chmerkovsky and Emmy-winning film choreographer Mandy Moore—of La La Land fame, not the singer-actress of "Candy" and This Is Us fame—will star as the judges for the upcoming off-shoot, which will pair celebrity children with young professional ballroom dancers.
The panel of judges were revealed on Good Morning America Monday morning (July 30).
Earlier this month, a sources speaking to Us Weekly claimed that the first two kids cast to compete on Juniors are Alana Thompson — a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo — and Black-ish actor Miles Brown.
Professional ballroom dancer Witney Carson has already been tapped as one of the mentors who will work with a dancing pair on the show.
"It's a good change of pace. I think people will like the kid version of it, it's going to be super fun and I hope people will like it," Carson told Entertainment Tonight about the spinoff. "I'm actually going to be a mentor to the couple — I don't know who I have yet, probably somebody Disney, for sure, but I don't know, so we'll see."
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors premieres on ABC on Sunday, October 7.
Season 27 of the original Dancing With the Stars will return on Monday, September 24.
Ariana Grande has changed the name of Sweetener track "Pete".
Grande previously received backlash for dedicating a song on her new album to Pete Davidson, namely because their engagement— and relationship in general — was so new, but Grande quickly defended her decision to include it.
"He's my fiance. This is my album. I'm an honest & emotional artist & human being and if my openness in my work isn't for u, that ok, i won't be offended," she tweeted earlier this month.
Now, Grande has revealed she has changed the name, but merely to include her fiancé's last name, too. And after a fan asked why on Twitter, she explained, "I like the way it looks. I love his name and I love him. Music lasts forever. It'll outlive any tattoo, any memory, any anything, even myself so I want my love for him and how I feel to be a part of that."
The Janet Jackson single everyone assumed she was working on when filmed shooting video in NYC, will feature the Daddy Yankee.
Sources confirmed the name of the single is “Made for Now,” and the video was directed by Dave Meyers
While word of the collab has been kept very much under wraps, the news filtered out via fuzzy photos on social media earlier this week and was initially reported by daily El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico.
On July 30, Red Velvet released their first teaser images for their upcoming comeback with the mini album “Summer Magic.” One of the vibrant photos features Red Velvet relaxing while sporting colorful sunglasses, while the other shows the members posing in front of a cool blue backdrop.
Red Velvet also introduced a fun website that allows fans to mix their own virtual “Summer Magic” drink to beat the heat! Check out the cute website here!
Red Velvet will be making their comeback on August 6 at 6 p.m. KST.
Lil Pump's highly-anticipated follow-up to his debut self-titled mixtape finally has a release date. On Friday (July 27), the 2018 XXL Freshman announced the project would be dropping next month.
Hopping on Twitter, the "Drug Addicts" rapper excitedly shared the rapidly-approaching date, which is special on two fronts. "HARVERD DROPOUT IS DROPPING ON MY BIRTHDAY AUGUST 17 ESSKEEEETITT!" he posted.
Pump's stock has been on the rise. Fans have been waiting on the new project since it was announced months ago. Since then, the South Florida rhymer has put out the singles "Esskeetit" and "Drug Addicts" which features a zany video co-starring Charlie Sheen.
According to Pump, the album was completed in April, but last month he was still seeking out features from the likes of Kanye West.
Last month, Pump teased a new collab tape with Purpp on Instagram noting, "So guys, after I drop this project, I'm dropping a project with my boy Smokepurpp. We about to drop some crazy shit." No more details were given on the joint release.
The popular Korean boy band "BTS" opened a pop-up shop in Hollywood on Friday and the line to get inside extended down the street and around the block.
The BTS ARMY, waited in line since Thursday morning to get to be the first to go inside BT21, which sells merchandise designed by members of the band.
Some of the merchandise includes plush dolls and stuffed emoticons referencing each band member.
The store will be open for three months along Hollywood Boulevard.
Jazz Cartier has been prepping his debut studio album Fleurever since 2017 and on Friday (July 27), the Toronto MC finally shared his long-awaited project.
Totaling 16 tracks, Jazz Cartier's latest offering includes a guest appearances from KTOE and features the previously released songs "Right Now," "Which One,” "Godflower" and "Tempted." Production on the project is handled by WondaGurl, Cuebeatz, Lantz, DZL, Krinny and more.
Jazz' latest project serves as a follow-up to his 2016 release, Hotel Paranoia. Like Fleurever, Jazz kept Hotel Paranoia in the family, working with closely with producer Lantz, who also executive produced the project.
Check out the tracklist and listen to Fleurever below.
Jazz Cartier's Fleurever Album Tracklist
1. "Soul Searcher"
3. "VVS" featuring KTOE
6. "Right Now" featuring KTOE
7. "Talk 2"
9. "Sex Machina"
12. "Fencing With Flowers"
13. "Which One"
14. "Xtra Terrestrial"
15. "Before It's Too Late"
Sky Ferreira's record label locked her out of her own SoundCloud account. In a post on Instagram directed at SoundCloud, she claims that she was “forced” to hand over the account information to her label after her debut studio album Night Time, My Time came out in 2013. “They gave me the wrong information & changed it so I can no longer access it,” she says.
“I earned the hundreds of thousands of people that follow the account without my label & have never had help/paid for anything on social media or whatever. I think soundcloud as the website that allows musicians to have freedom.” Ferreira continued the post by asking for the streaming platform to “please help” her situation. See the full post below.
In the past, Ferreira voiced her concerns with the music industry. She’s also expressed difficulties in working with Polydor and EMI, citing label troubles as the reason for the delay of her upcoming album Masochism. In December, she announced plans to release a “heavily visual” new project by the end of 2018.
“Unfortunate (some absurd) circumstances that were beyond my reach kept [the album] from happening,” she said in an Instagram post from June. “It is my fault for not saying something sooner & letting it all repeat itself.” In January, Ferreira teased a “heavily visual” new musical project slated to drop this year.
Agnez Mo and Chris Brown have teamed up for their new track "Overdose."
Agnez and Brown go back and forth on this steamy ode to bright-burning relationships and addicting love.
The track is accompanied by a lyric video, in which footage of couples biking, kissing, laughing, rolling around, touching each other -- and many other PG-13 rated activities -- plays.
The rumored couple previously collaborated in December for “On Purpose,” off Brown’s Heartbreak On a Full Moon Deluxe Edition: Cuffing Season - 12 Days Of Christmas.
Moving on from his short-lived feud with 6ix9ine, Vic Mensa got back to music on Friday (July 27) and dropped off his latest single, the afrobeat-inspired "Metaphysical."
Produced by Papi Beatz and Stefan Ponce, the same man behind the house-infused "Down on My Luck," Mensa's latest single finds the rapper showing off his singing chops as he expresses his feelings for a woman. "I been, I been here, you been near/But I'm always there/Let me know if you get this/Loving you from a distance," an auto-tuned Mensa croons.
According to Vic, the song deals with desire and is inspired by his fathers Ghanian roots. "This is a song about desire. Admiration. Respect. Uncertainty. Surrender," the Windy City rhymer said. "Musically it's African, tribal. My father is Ghanian so I've wanted to take it there for a long time. I got Stefan Ponce who did 'Down On My Luck' for me and Papi Beatz and just spoke my truth into song."
In a series of Instagram posts from July 25, Mensa said, "See me and these fucking hands. No security. We seen you driving around Chicago with eight police. Shoot the one-on-one. See what happen to you, boy. I'll turn your muthafuckin' face the color of your hair."
The feud stemmed from Mensa claiming 6ix9ine stole the style of a number of Chicago artists while also beefing with them. But it appears the Roc Nation spitter has moved on, saying in a different video, “Honestly, fuck all that beef shit. I’m about positivity, peace, and the music over everything."
Asher Angel just released “Chemistry“
Asher has no problem keeping himself busy as of late. The 15-year-old actor and musician is currently filming the upcoming third season of Andi Mack, where he reprises his role as Jonah.
The weekend before, Asher premiered the first trailer for his upcoming superhero flick Shazam!
Asher Angel has been teasing fans and followers on social media with pics from his upcoming “Chemistry” music video, starring Annie LeBlanc, for weeks now. Check out the clip above on his Instagram.