Music News - Rap/Hip-Hop


beyonce-070916.jpg Beyoncé offered up performances of her tracks "6 Inch" and "Haunted" at TIDAL X: 1015. The icon suffered an injury during the show when her earring was caught on a garment and cut her ear. She pushed through and later came back to speak with the crowd. "I know this year has been extremely hard for us," she said. "I know sometimes I've felt powerless and frustrated."

bruno-mars-061016.jpg Bruno Mars has signed on to open the upcoming American Music Awards. He will offer up a performance of his new single "24K Magic" at the show, which will air live from L.A.'s Microsoft Theater on Sunday, November 20, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. News of Mars' appearance was released by the AMA's on their official Twitter page writing: "Let's set this party off right!"

frank-ocean-062215.jpg Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper were invited as special guests to President Barack Obama's last state dinner. The two artists also brought a special guest of their own. Both of the rappers brought with them a parent as a special invited guest. Chance brought along his father, Ken Bennett, who once worked under Senator Obama. Ocean brought along his mother, Katonya Breaux.

chainz-watchout-062016.jpg 2 Chainz has just released a new song titled "Good Drank," which was produced by Mike Dean. The artist, formerly known as Tity Boi, is joined on the track by both Gucci Mane and Quavo. Photos have emerged on Instagram of the trio on the set of a video they are shooting for the new song. It is unclear at this point if "Good Drank" will be a single from the forthcoming album from 2 Chainz, which is expected to be called BC (Before Chainz).

drake-070916.jpg Drake's song "One Dance" has been streamed on Spotify 882 million times. This makes it the most streamed song ever on the music app. The Swedish music, podcast, and video streaming service which was launched in September of 2008, keeps data on all artists it streams. Until recently, Major Lazer's and DJ Snake's "Lean On" held the crown with 875 million plays.

common-062716.jpg Common has added a verse to Solange's "Cranes In the Sky." The new remix version was sent to Fader, along with a personal email from Common. Common, feels "Cranes In the Sky" is a special song. In the email to the Fader he explained why. Common said, "Every once and a few years, there are certain songs that come out and have the sound of forever. "Cranes in the Sky" is that song for me."

kanye-west-070916.jpg Kanye West has released a list of new tour dates for the second leg of his Saint Pablo Tour. The second part of his tour will kick off on November 17 in San Jose, California and will continue with over 20 more shows across the country. American Express cardholders can take advantage of an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public.

mariahcarey-061616.jpg Mariah Carey announced that her All I Want For Christmas Is You Concerts will take place at the Beacon Theater in New York City again this year, making this the third year in a row for her annual holiday celebration. Tickets will go on sale for the general public on October 22, but a special pre-sale is already underway for Honey B Fly fans. Carey has had a long affiliation with the Christmas holiday season. Her first Christmas album Merry Christmas was released in 1994.

image1-022814.jpg The list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2017 has been published. Among the astounding list of iconic artists, mega-pop star Janet Jackson has made the cut. The Hall of Fame voting body consists of over 800 artists, historians, and music insiders. However, now for the fifth year in a row, fans will also have a say of gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. The fans can cast their vote on Rolling Stone's website.

alicia-060816.jpg NBC has confirmed that Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani will be returning this spring as coaches for Season 12 of The Voice. They will be joined by Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Current coach Miley Cyrus will be taking a break from the show, but will return for the fall season in 2017.

frank-ocean-062215.jpg Frank Ocean has reportedly missed eligibility for the upcoming Grammy Awards. According Billboard, the star's two releases this year Endless and Blonde were both completed with plenty of time to reach the September submission date, but were not submitted to the voting pool for consideration. Thus far there is no word from Ocean's camp.

MaryJBlige-062416.jpg Mary J. Blige's estranged husband, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs, has filed documents asking for just over $129,000 a month in temporary spousal support as their divorce proceedings continue. Isaacs argues that he became accustomed to a certain lifestyle during his twelve years of marriage to Blige, during which time Blige was the primary source of income.

Rihanna-061616.jpg Rihanna made an appearance at the second weekend at Desert Trip alongside Paul McCartney, joining him on stage to perform "FourFiveSeconds." The song was written in collaboration with Kanye West and has been performed live frequently by both McCartney and Rihanna since its debut in January 2015.

rowland-061016.jpg It has been a while since anybody has heard from Kelly Rowland. At last, the R&B songstress has given her fans a treat. Rowland has just released a new single, "Conceited." The song is a sultry number that runs just over a minute. In the track Rowland sings: "Hold me like I'm leaving / Show me that you need me / Being pretty aint easy/ You see / Mirrors can be deceiving / So why don't you tell me something good."

nicki-081816.jpg It is grounding to see famous stars get nervous or excited by meeting their idols. Nicki Minaj could not contain her excitement while meeting Lauryn Hill. Minaj called in on the morning show, The Breakfast Club to share her joyous experience. Minaj told the host, "Oh my god. Such a surreal moment. I couldn't control myself. I was at a loss for words, and she was super sweet and gracious, and I was not expecting that. She was in the room right next to me . . ."

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