Anderson .Paak Announces 2019 Andy’s Beach Club World Tour

Anderson .Paak

On Monday (December 3rd) Anderson .Paak announced on that he will be hitting the road in 2019 for his Andy’s Beach Club World Tour. The trek will kick off in San Francisco come February 11th and will travel to Europe and wrap up in Vienna, Austria on March 27th.

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Paying homage to his hometown of Oxnard, CA. the rapper recently released his third LP, Oxnard, where’s he hosting a free concert to practice and sing/drum cuts from the new album. The Grammy-nominated artist also performed “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar and “Who R U?” this past weekend on Saturday Night Live.

Oxnard was produced by Dr. Dre and features artists like Snoop DoggJ. Cole and Pusha T. In addition to achieving chart success, it is also his first work under Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.

Check out the U.S. and European dates for Andy’s Beach Club World Tour below, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 7th.

US DATES
2/11/19 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
2/13/19 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
2/15/19 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
2/16/19 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
2/18/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
2/19/19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
2/20/19 – Washington, DC – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
2/22/19 – New York, NY – Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
2/23/10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
2/24/19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
2/26/19 – Toronto, ON – REBEL

EU DATES
3/4/19 – Norway, Oslo – Spectrum
3/5/19 – Sweden, Stockholm – Annexet
3/7/19 – Denmark, Copenhagen – Royal Arena
3/9/19 – Holland, Amsterdam – AFAS Live
3/10/19 – Belgium, Antwerp – Lotto Arena
3/12/19 – France, Paris – Zenith
3/15/19 – UK, London – Alexandra Palace
3/16/19 – UK, Manchester – O2 Victoria Warehouse
3/18/19 – IRE, Dublin – Olympia
3/22/19 – Germany, Berlin – Columbiahalle
3/23/19 – Germany, Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
3/25/19 – Italy, Milan – Fabrique
3/26/19 – Germany, Munich – Tonhalle
3/27/19 – Austria, Vienna – Gasometer

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Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ Tops Billboard Dance Club Singles Chart

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande‘s masterpiece creation “God Is A Woman” secures this week’s #1* Billboard Dance Club Singles chart position.

The Republic Records / Universal Music release has 238,000,000 plays on Spotify and some 136,000,000 video views. The track also received a revamped, club-ready version by Magixx that gives Grande’s original pop version a new twist by adding a slick house beat and tweaked vocals.

Dave Meyers, the same man behind the visuals for Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE” and Janet Jackson’s “Made For Now,” directed the video for “God Is A Woman” that captures the intertwining balance of sexuality and spirituality in an exquisite, artistic style. The clip starts with Ariana wading through a bath of paint and culminates in a scene of Grande wearing a crown posing in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Check out this week’s #1* song and video below.

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‘Tha Carter V’ Is Here: Listen

Lil Wayne

The wait is over. Lil Wayne dropped his 7-years-in-the-making Tha Carter V via his own Young Money Records.

With Wayne’s legacy solidified following his already massively-successful career, Tha Carter V will still play an integral role in spawning the next phase of the 504 native’s illustrious professional life. “I’m very much a perfectionist. I don’t know what it’s setting me up for – some big comeback, or maybe some big fall back or whatever – but it’s setting me up for something, and I’m ready,” he told Billboard.

The album contains solo tracks as well as collaborations with heavy-hitters such as Post Malone, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, XXXTentacion, French Montana and more. And the perfectionist in Wayne definitely comes out on this 23-track project … listen here.

As a result of a grueling lawsuit the 36-year-old recently became the sole proprietor of Young Money Entertainment and Tha Carter V‘s release should serve as a celebratory moment, lifting the burden that muzzled Tunechi in recent years.

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Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ Moves To #3 On Billboard Dance Singles Chart

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande‘s Universal Music release “God is a Woman” has moved up to #3* on the Billboard Dance Club Singles chart this week. Since its drop, it has achieved success on multiple fronts, amassing over 214,000,000 plays on Spotify alone while the official video boasts more than 126,000,000 streams to date.

Along with the original track, comes a revamped and club-ready version by Magixx that gives Grande’s original a new twist by adding a slick house beat and tweaked Ariana vocals.

The official video, directed by the same man behind the visuals for Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE” and Janet Jackson’s “Made For Now,”  Dave Meyers, captures the intertwining and balance of sexuality and spirituality. The clip starts with Ariana wading through a bath of paint with only the pigments to cover her and culminates in a scene of Grande wearing a crown posing in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Check out the song and video below.

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Future Drops ‘Beast Mode 2’ Mixtape: Listen

Future

Early this morning and with little warning, Future dropped Beast Mode 2, the sequel to his 2015 mixtape of the same name. It is also the artist’s first release since his back-to-back self-titled LP and HNDRXX. Both releases achieved significant chart success despite dropping only a week apart, and also partly due to the wildly popular “Mask Off.”

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Since then, real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, has collaborated with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and James Blake as well as DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, and JAY-Z for “Top Off.”

The new 9-song collection credits executive producers Zaytoven and Seth Firkins, (Future’s in-house sound engineer before his tragic and premature passing last September). The Atlanta-based rapper is slated to tour with Nicki Minaj in the fall. Listen to the new Beast Mode 2 mixtape below.

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Ed Sheeran & J. Balvin Are Among 2018’s Most-Shazamed Artists

Ed Sheeran

In addition to his über-successful 2017 with the release of ÷ and the wildly popular “Shape of You” single, Ed Sheeran is also having an amazing 2018!

Along with leading the Billboard Hot 100 at the beginning of the year with “Perfect,” (an Atlantic Records release) Sheeran is the artist with, both, the most Shazams and has the year’s most Shazamed song in the world through June with the same song. And the super-talented singer/songwriter is at the top of the list of most-Shazamed artists along with J Balvin, Drake, Dua Lipa and Kendrick Lamar.

“Even though Ed’s album ÷ is now more than a year old, the songs from it continue to be Shazamed in large numbers,” Julian Marshall, Shazam’s global head of content, says. “With some big releases incoming from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, and tracks like ‘X’ [by Nicky Jam and J Balvin] still in our worldwide top 10, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s still top of the charts at the end of the year.”

Below are this year’s top Shazamed tracks:

  • Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
  • Nicky Jam & J. Balvin – “X”
  • Jax Jones Feat. Ina Wroldsen – “Breathe”
  • Alice Merton – “No Roots”
  • Marshmello & Anne-Marie – “Friends”
  • Rudimental Feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen – “These Days”
  • Tom Walker – “Leave A Light On”
  • Camila Cabello – “Never Be The Same”
  • Portugal, The Man – “Feel It Still”
  • G-Eazy & Halsey – “Him & I”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
  • Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”
  • Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage – “rockstar”
  • Camila Cabello Feat. Young Thug – “Havana”
  • Drake – “God’s Plan”

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Janelle Monáe Performs ‘Django Jane’ + ‘I Like That’ At BET Awards

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe‘s album Dirty Computer was an eclectic mix of sounds and ideas that drew influence from a variety of concepts. And she brought that same mindset to the 18th annual BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on June 24th, 2018.

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The artist who was nominated for the Her Award performed a medley of “Django Jane” and “I Like That” for the audience and the likes of Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and others. Monáe started rhyming through “Django Jane” from a throne, a familiar image lifted from the captivating music video for the track, except her surrounding dancers were clad in black and white.

She quickly launched into “I Like That” which brought some pop balance to the performance and sat among her dancers throughout the empowering single. Watch the video of her performing “Django Jane” and “I Like That” below (released on Atlantic Records.)

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Billboard Music Awards 2018: Recap Of Winners And More

Billboard Music Awards

Last night, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards celebrated some of music’s biggest names. The event was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, hosted by Kelly Clarkson.

The host opened the show with a tribute to those who were killed in Santa Fe, Texas this past week. “I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year. And once again, y’all, we’re grieving for more kids that have died for just no reason at all,” Clarkson said.

Some other highlights of the night included Korean pop band BTS becoming the first-ever Korean act to perform at the ceremony, debuting their new single “Fake Love.” They also took home the award for Top Social Artist. Janet Jackson, received the Icon Award and gave her first TV performance in nine years, delivering a mashup of her hits. Ed Sheeran also took home the prize for top artist.

Check out the list of winners from last night’s ceremony below.

Top Artist: Ed Sheeran

Top New Artist: Khalid

Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello

Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons

Top R&B Artist: Bruno Mars

Top R&B Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Top R&B Female Artist: SZA

Top Rap Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Top Rap Male Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B

Top Country Artist: Chris Stapleton

Top Country Male Artist: Chris Stapleton

Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris

Top Country Duo/Artist: Florida Georgia Line

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How To Watch The Billboard Music Awards

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards are just a few days away, and to see who takes home the top prizes, tune in as the show will be broadcast live on NBC this Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The award show will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will feature Kelly Clarkson as the host.

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Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars lead the pack with 15 nominations each, and all three of them are vying for the title of top artist. To add to their accomplishments and the list of other nominees, the night’s performers include John Legend, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Janet Jackson and more. Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato are also slated to perform their collaboration “Fall in Line” live for the first time.

To add to the regular hype of the event, the three-hour show will commemorate 60 years of Billboard charts. This will be a show that shouldn’t be missed so we hope you’ll tune in!

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Understanding Why Kendrick Lamar Won the Pulitzer Prize for Music

Kendrick Lamar

The Pulitzer Prize for music category that is usually treated as an afterthought produced a total surprise this year. Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. album made history by being the first hip-hop album to win a Pulitzer in a category that is typically taken over by classical and occasionally jazz compositions.

There are some very good reasons for this award being given to DAMN., some of which are discussed by Jon Pareles, the chief pop music critic at the New York Times. He said, “To me, this prize is as overdue as it was unexpected. When I look at the Pulitzers across the board, what I overwhelmingly see rewarded are journalistic virtues: fact-gathering, vivid detail, storytelling, topicality, verbal dexterity and, often, real-world impact after publication. It’s an award for hard-won persuasiveness. Well hello, hip-hop.”

Zachary Woolfe, the classical music editor at the same publication noted, “One comment I read on Facebook, from a gifted young composer and pianist, was ‘I have complicated feelings about this, but also, I mean, about damn time.’ Yes, and yes. There seems to be broad agreement, which I join, about the quality of DAMN. — its complexity and sensitivity, its seductive confidence and unity, its dense weaving of the personal and political, the religious and sexual.”

The quotes only offer a glimpse into the whole discussion which can be found here. This is a huge step for not only Kendrick Lamar, but for hip-hop, as it gains recognition for the abilities it has to address the topics Woolfe talked about.

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