Camila Cabello gives fans a look at some of the special moments that have led up to the release of her much-anticipated solo album in her new "Never Be the Same" video. It's a montage of childhood home videos and behind-the-scenes footage, plus clips of Camila and various fans singing along to the song, which is the opening track on the upcoming Camila album.
"i wanted to give this to you guys as a New Year’s Eve present but i was too excited and couldn’t wait!!!!" she wrote on Twitter Friday (Dec. 29). "this is a thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being here for me and for all the memories we’ve made together this year."
"i frickin love you all so much and PS my family and i cried several times watching this back," she added. "IT’S END OF THE YEAR EMO TIME."
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson created the Grammy-winning single, "Uptown Funk" that was released in 2014.
The popular song is accused by the rap group, The Sequence, of being just too similar to their 70s hit. The Sequence, released "Funk You Up" in 1979 that became the first rap song to reach Billboard's Top 50 Singles. The suit says Bruno's track has "significant and substantially similar compositional elements."
The trio is asking for an unspecified sum of money and trial to go after Bruno and Mark. This isn't the first time "Uptown Funk" has fought copyright issues. Back in Septemeber, Roger Troutman and Zapp came after Mark for allegedly stealing pieces of their 1980 track "More Bounce to the Ounce." The duo claimed the first 48-seconds of the song has the same sounds of their classic track.
Mark and Bruno's team have yet to respond to the latest allegations.
Lil Wayne and Drake have released a new remix of JAY-Z’s Beyonce-featuring song, “Family Feud.”
The track originally appears on Jay’s 4:44 album. In his verse, Drake name-drops Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, and seems to address Meek Mill’s recent prison sentence. “Too long, like a sentence from a Philly judge/Fuck is the point in all the beef, when we really blood,” he raps. Although Drake and Meek were previously embroiled in a long-running beef, Drake has since expressed regret for the conflict. At a November show, he said “Free Meek Mill.”
The new remix follows Wayne’s recent Dedication 6 mixtape, which samples Kendrick Lamar and features Nicki Minaj. Earlier today, “Family Feud” received a star-studded visual, directed by Ava DuVernay and scored by Flying Lotus.
Read “Lil Wayne’s Long Road to Tha Carter V” on the Pitch, and Pitchfork’s feature, “The Unlikely Resurgence of Rap Rock.”
H.E.R. releases, "My Song, " a track that speaks about love over a soothing piano track.
"I want to run away with you/Just take me to places I've never known/When no one else seems to be getting through/Only you can tell what's going on," she croons on the first verse, showcasing the depth of her impressive vocals.
Over the past year, H.E.R. has continued to demonstrate the depth of her musical talent, playing numerous instruments during her sold-out live shows, all while keeping an air of mysteriousness since she never shows her face. Her latest release, Vol. 2: The B-Sides which dropped earlier this year, was the worthy follow-up to H.E.R. Vol. 1, which was released in 2016.
Last month, it was announced that she'd made Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, solidifying her as a talent to continue to watch.
Producers Tommy Mottola and The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday that Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will begin previews March 28 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre ahead of an April 23 opening.
The bio-musical tracing the life and career of the singer, who teamed with music producer Giorgio Moroder and Casablanca Records to make many of the defining hits of the disco era, will wrap its tryout engagement at La Jolla Playhouse Dec. 24.
The fast-track to Broadway had been rumored in recent weeks, after the Lunt-Fontanne — one of Broadway's most centrally located musical houses, close to Times Square — became available with the imminent closing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The move enables Summer to get in ahead of The Cher Show, scheduled for fall 2018. Both musicals portray their subjects at three key stages of their lives.
Directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, who teamed on one of Broadway's biggest jukebox hits, the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons bio-musical Jersey Boys, Summer drew mixed critical response in its world-premiere developmental production at La Jolla.
Broadway plans were also recently confirmed to follow a San Francisco run next season for the Go-Go's musical Head Over Heels, which counts Gwyneth Paltrow among its producers. That production, however, is a non-biographical jukebox musical, like Mamma Mia! and the upcoming Jimmy Buffett show, Escape to Margaritaville.
Diddy's award winning documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story, will air tonight on Fox.
The critically-acclaimed documentary tells the story of Diddy’s rise of Bad Boy Records amid the backdrop of him organizing the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. Back in November, the mogul received the Hollywood Documentary Award.
"This is truly an honor to be on this stage and with such great company," he said of the award at the time. "I just want to say congratulations to all the honorees. I'm from Harlem, New York, so this is truly... we have a saying, 'From Harlem to Hollywood,' and I guess I have arrived and it feels good."
The film culminates with two 2016 performances at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, when Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas and The Lox perform for the sold-out crowd. The special also features performances by JAY-Z, Usher, French Montana and Nas.
The documentary airs tonight on Fox from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST.
JAY-Z has dropped nine videos in support of his platinum-selling and GRAMMY-nominated 4:44album. As 2017 comes to a close, the Roc Nation mogul/artist is about to deliver potentially the biggest video in support of his 14th No. 1 album.
On Thursday (Dec. 28), TIDAL releases a teaser of JAY-Z’s upcoming “Family Feud” video, co-starring Beyoncé. The clip already has captured everyone’s attention as both Jay and Queen Bey appear in the video, facing personal issues head on inside a church.
Universal Music Group Signs Licensing Deal to Allow Facebook and Instagram Users to Use Songs in Videos
Facebook has struck a deal with Universal Music Group. Under the new global, multi-year agreement, UMG will become the first major music company to license it's music and publishing catalogs for videos and other social experiences across Facebook and Instagram, Variety reports.
“There is a magnetic relationship between music and community building. We are excited to bring that to life on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger in partnership with UMG," said Tamara Hrivnak, Facebook's Head of Music Business Development and Partnerships. "Music lovers, artists and writers will all be right at home as we open up creativity, connection and innovation through music and video.”
The move with Facebook comes just two days after Universal announced a global partnership with YouTube. According to the report, sources believe the agreement includes components that will help drive consumers toward YouTube's paid music service.
UMG's Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy, Michael Nash added, "This partnership is an important first step demonstrating that innovation and fair compensation for music creators are mutually reinforcing — they thrive together. We look forward to Facebook becoming a significant contributor to a healthy ecosystem for music that will benefit artists, fans and all those who invest in bringing great music to the world.”
Terms of UMG and Facebook's deal were not disclosed, but it's believed UMG received a large advance.
Solange has canceled her New Year's Eve performance at Afropunk in Johannesburg, South Africa due to health issues.
Solange opened up about her diagnosis with autonomic disorder, an illness that affects parts of the nervous system.
“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself.”
Solange, who has been heavy on the festival circuit over the past year, since the release of her critically-acclaimed album, A Seat At The Table, was slated to be the headliner for Afropunk, alongside Anderson. Paak. As of now, there's no word on who will replace Solange.
"I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you.......but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance.....as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways,"" Solange wrote.
Kid Rock can not use the phrase "The Greatest Show on Earth" without permission from its trademark owners.
The phrase belongs to Feld Entertainment, longtime owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which took the touring extravaganza off the road earlier this year, but retained all intellectual property for the circus including its famous trademarked tagline "The Greatest Show on Earth."
Now Feld is suing both Kid Rock and Live Nation in Federal court in Florida, arguing that the singer did not ask permission when using the tagline to promote his 2018 "Greatest Show on Earth" arena tour, which begins January in Nashville. The lawsuit claims Kid Rock and Live Nation, are infringing upon and diluting the trademark owned by Feld Entertainment.
Attorneys for Feld made a number of attempts to contact both Kid Rock and Live Nation to resolve the dispute but were ignored, sources at Feld tell Billboard.
“We have authorized licensees for 'Ringling Bros.' and 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' but Kid Rock is not one of them,” Lisa Joiner, general counsel of Feld Entertainment, explains in a statement. “Feld Entertainment was not contacted by Kid Rock (or anybody else on his behalf) regarding his use of Feld Entertainment’s trademark.”
The lawsuit is asking for an order preventing Kid Rock from using the tour moniker or selling merchandise with the phrase.
“This historic trademark has been an important part of Ringling Bros. for the past century, and it is recognized as a trusted and iconic brand of family-friendly entertainment," said Kenneth Feld, chairman/CEO of Feld Entertainment in a statement provided to Billboard. "The Greatest Show On Earth continues to live on and will do so well into the future. We have no intention of surrendering the trademark or allowing it to be tarnished."
The circus officially stopped touring in May after 146 years on the road. Feld blamed poor ticket sales following the 2015 announcement to phase out elephants from the show. Feld continues to tour family show properties including Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, Marvel Universe and Monster Jam.
“They really do have to police their rights or they will risk losing them by allowing them to be diluted,” explains intellectual property attorney Steven Lowy in an interview with Amplify in October after the Kid Rock tour was announced. Lowy said Feld will likely have a significant legal advantage since Rock is infringing on the phrase with his tour announcement and liable for damages that could include surrendering a portion of the tour profits.
"Kid Rock and Live Nation have been around for a number of years, but the circus and phrase ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ have been around much longer," Lowy says.
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