The Harlem School of Arts has honored Alicia Keys and her mother Terria Joseph during its 50th Anniversary Gala Kick-Off at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Accepting the honor, Keys said she was happy to get it, but placed the spotlight on her mom. "Tonight, this honor here is really all about my mother," she said of Joseph, who raised her as a single mom.
Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna, have teamed up to sue retailer ElevenParis, which they've accused of violating their copyrights and trademarks. ElevenParis, claims the suit, filed in a New York court, are "habitual, willful intellectual property infringers that, without authorization, usurp the trademarks, copyrights and other rights.
Janet Jackson has revealed the details of her U.K. arena tour that is set to take place next spring. Jackson will make her return across the pond with gigs in Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Manchester next year. The tour begins in Birmingham at the Barclaycard Arena on March 30 with a date at London's O2 scheduled for the following night (March 31).
Rihanna has spoken up in defense of disgraced former NAACP Rachel Dolezal, who resigned after being revealed as a white person. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Riri calls Dolezal a "hero" and says that she stands as an example of how enticing black culture can be.
Lil Wayne has released "Pour Up," a cut from Raj Smoove's upcoming mixtape, The Greatest DJ in the World. On the cut, Weezy raps he got so high he "could've swore I saw Pac." "When it's slow I'm on top / I'm stored up in stock / I'm waaay up, but I'm sure you're not shocked / 'Cuz you know how I rock," he raps.
Kendrick Lamar has announced the first ever Kunta's Groove Sessions tour. The rapper took to Instagram to share a photo of the tour poster, promising "music, dance, performance and more." According to reports, the inaugural "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour will take place in eight cities over the course of eight nights.
Last week, Sam Smith teased the video for "Writing's on the Wall," the James Bond theme for the upcoming film Spectre, and now the full vid has been released. As expected, the visual features clips from the upcoming movie. Shot in Rome, the video sees Spectre stars Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci, along with shots of Smith walking before coffins.
T.I. dropped a spoken word performance during the 2015 Triumph Awards, speaking out against political apathy and encouraging young people to get involved, beyond just stating opinions online. "United we stand / Because we created a hashtag for Sandra Bland, Jumped off the front of the ship and dove into the Internet," he spit.
Drake and Beyoncé have collaborated on the song "Can I," which Drizzy unveiled on his OVO Sound Radio show on Apple Music's Beats 1 station. The cut initially leaked in March in an unfinished form. "Before I turn the lights out/ tell me who the f**k you wanna be," Drake sings on the track, with Bey simply asking, "Can I, baby?"
Erykah Badu is the latest star to release a remix of the Drake cut "Hotline Bling." Badu's version, available now via SoundCloud, clocks in over seven minutes and sees the R&B star vamping over the hot beat. The cut was made in collaboration with Seven Benjamin, Badu's son with Andre 3000. According to Consequence of Sound, "Badu's voice feels radiant . . ."
Janet Jackson's new album Unbreakable is available for streaming now on Spotify. Jackson has already released the tracks "No Sleeep," which remains number one on Billboard's Adult R&B chart, "BURNITUP!" with Missy Elliott and the title track. For Unbreakable, Jackson reunited with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Tamar Braxton is streaming her latest album Calling All Lovers via Spotify. The 16 track effort - featuring the already released singles "If I Don't Have You," "Angels & Demons," and "Catfish" - is an "R&B classic," said Tamar announcing the stream via Twitter. "#callingallLovers is an r&b classic and u will not have your complete LiFE if u didn't bless yourself with this album!!"
Sam Smith has announced that his In The Lonely Hour album will be re-released in an expanded double-disc entitled Drowning Shadows Edition. The reissue will contain both the 14-track original version of the album and a nine-song bonus disc. In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) will be released on November 6.
Disclosure have opened up on working with Sam Smith and producer Jimmy Napes on the latest Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall." Speaking with Vulture, Guy Howard said he and his brother Howard were charged with updating the single's sound. "The orchestra, piano, and vocals were already on it, and it sounded incredible," he began.
Chris Brown and French Montana have united once again on a remix to Travi$ Scott's Rodeo single "Antidote." Brown gets things popping with lines like "100 bottles and you know I snuck my weed in" before French raps "Hit up Miami, woke up in the Lamb / Hop out the Porsche and I jump in the Phantom."