Ne-Yo, Wizkid & Mary Mary Join Lineup for South Africa’s Essence Festival Durban

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The sister event to Essence Festival New Orleans is set for Nov. 8-13.  

Ne-Yo, Mary Mary and Nigerian artist Wizkid are among the acts comprising the music lineup for the inaugural Essence Festival Durban.

Kendrick Lamar Gets Comfortable at Essence Festival 2016

The sister event to the annual Essence Festival New Orleans will take place Nov. 8-13 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa. Over six days, it will feature global performers and speakers as well as a host of local experts and artists... Continue Reading

Hear Eminem, Skylar Grey’s Bonnie and Clyde-Inspired ‘Kill for You’

rs-eminem-sky-cc9ed4a1-22e9-4f48-9d1b-f644b56a80a3Eminem has joined forces with frequent collaborator Skylar Grey for the soaring new song “Kill for You.” The single will appear on Grey’s forthcoming third album Natural Causes.

The ominous song, which the rapper also produced, is heavily influenced by the infamous crime couple Bonnie and Clyde. It’s a recurring theme in Eminem’s own music, specifically on 1999’s “’97 Bonnie & Clyde.” The pair embody different characters, with Grey promising to “kill for you” while Eminem is the manipulative, brainwashing half of the pair. “You always ride/Whatever the plan is/’Til the end/Even if I led us into an ambush,” the rapper rhymes... Continue Reading

Factory78 TV Weekly News Round Up: Wizkid to Sign with Sony Music/RCA Records, Sean Tizzle Angrily Walks out of an Interview & More | WATCH

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This week’s edition of Factory78 weekly news is here.

Here’s a quick round up of the topics discussed: Wizkid to sign biggest ever recording deal with Sony Music/RCA Records, Grime star Skepta has beaten the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead Kano and The 1975 to win the Mercury Prize,Continue Reading

Tekno’s “Pana” Reigns as Number 1 for Three Consecutive Weeks on PlayData’s Radio Top Ten List | See Full List

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Tekno‘s “Pana” is on the number one spot of PlayData’s Radio Top Ten List.Jidenna’s “Little bit More” also made it to the list this week.

PlayData’s #RadioTopTen is the official countdown of the most played songs across ALL radio stations in Nigeria.

See the full list below.

10. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills

9. Reekado Banks – Oluwa Ni

8. Solid star feat. Patoranking & Tiwa Savage – Wait (Refix)

7. Kiss Daniel – Jombo Continue Reading

“This is the life that I dreamed about” – Watch Linda Ikeji’s Inspiring Birthday Message to her Fans & Fellow Dreamers

linda-ikejiCelebrity blogger Linda Ikeji is celebrating her 36th birthday today and to mark the special day, while also encouraging people who have dreams, she has shared an inspiring video.

In the video, Linda talks about the fact that with God and her fans she has been able to live the life of her dreams. She talks about the fact that anyone out there can also achieve their dreams just like she has.

The video is a message to anyone who has a dream... Continue Reading

 

 

Emmys 2016: The Complete Winner’s List

Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones

Homeland
Downton Abbey
House of Cards
Mr. Robot
The Americans
Better Call Saul
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Calvin Harris beats Taylor Swift at her own Breakup Song Game? Listen to his Catchy New Song ‘My Way’

taylor600-600x450Was Taylor Swift the one thing in Calvin Harris’ way? The Scottish DJ released a new up tempo breakup tune and the catchy lyrics brought up some questions. Back in June, Calvin and Taylor split after more than a year of dating and the internet could not get over it.  Things got ugly when she took writing credit for his song “This Is What You Came Here For” after she originally used a pseudonym… Continue Reading

 

 

Dolly Parton & Pentatonix Perform ‘Jolene’ A Cappella: Watch

dolly-parton-jimmy-fallon-nyc-aug-2016-billboard-1548Dolly Parton and Pentatonix teamed up recently to rework Parton’s classic “Jolene” a cappella style. 

CMA’s ‘Forever Country’ Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

In a new video posted to Pentatonix’s YouTube channel, Parton sings the leads while the Grammy-winning a cappella group’s offers support with backing harmonies and rhythm.

Pentatonix kicks off its world tour in Singapore on Saturday. The song is available across digital storefronts… Continue Reading

 

Justin Timberlake’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

gettyimages-71438632-b1b366e8-c6ef-405d-bd9d-6f1a55132949Ten years ago, Justin Timberlake destroyed any doubt of his artistry or potential with the mature, innovative FutureSex/LoveSounds. For his second post-boy-band solo outing, the pop star experimented with R&B, funk and rock to create a piece of music well ahead of its time. Today, the LP’s influence can still be heard in everything from the worldly electro-soul of Zayn Malik to the moody sound of newcomers like Bryson Tiller. The album also signaled Timberlake’s transition from pop hitmaker and Hollywood It Boy to a legitimate force as a musician and actor.

Since then, Timberlake has continued to explore acting and took a lengthy break before releasing his double-album FutureSex follow-up The 20/20 Experience in 2013. Now, Timberlake has a summer hit with the pop tune “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from his upcoming animated feature Trolls and has teased a fifth solo album with some songwriting and production assistance from Little Big Town, Justified collaborator Pharrell Williams and his most frequent musical partner-in-crime Timbaland. In celebration of the album that changed the course of his career, here are 10 little-known facts about FutureSex/LoveSounds... Continue Reading

Celine Dion, With Pink’s Help, ‘Recovering’ On New Song: Listen

celine-dion-portrait-billboard-1548Celine Dion released a new song, called “Recovering,” on Thursday, in honor of her late husband Rene Angelil, who died in January after battling throat cancer.

In the song, written by Pink, Dion describes getting back on her feet: “Little by little, day by day/ One step at a time/ Shake off the devil/ Take back my piece of mind/ I am recovering.”… Continue Reading

Hear Lady Gaga’s New, Driving Song ‘Perfect Illusion’

gettyimages-519670080-e0d76472-68af-4d30-8207-2db0a7450dc5Lady Gaga has unveiled her new single, “Perfect Illusion.” The song hails from her as-yet untitled fifth studio album.

Gaga co-produced the tune alongside Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Bloodpop (formerly known as Blood Diamonds).

The singer addresses the pitfalls of mistaking the rush of a crush for something deeper on the driving dance-rock number. “It wasn’t love/ It wasn’t love/ It was a perfect illusion,” she sings. “Mistaken love/ It wasn’t love/ It was a perfect illusion.”Continue Reading

What to Expect from Apple Tomorrow: Hello New iPhone, Bye-Bye Headphone Jack, Apple Music Refresh

tim-cook-may-2016-smile-billboard-1548It’s September, grab your pumpkin spice chai latte and ready yourself for the latest Apple product event, set for Wednesday. “See you on the 7th,” said invitations sent out last week — it’s an appropriate number given the Tim Cook-led tech giant is expected to unveil the much-anticipated iPhone 7 smartphone, along with a faster Apple Watch and a bevy of software upgrades at the event.

Here’s a roundup of some of the things to expect when Apple takes over Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday:

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While it doesn’t appear the new iPhone will look that much different than its predecessors — similar hardware design… Continue Reading

A Tribute to the Late Music Legends: Watch the MTN Project Fame Season 9 Nomination Show on BN TV

mtnOn the most recent MTN Project Fame Season 9 Nomination Show, Uncle Ben followed by the 8 contestants delivered magnificent tribute performances that probably got the original song owners smiling down from heaven… Continue Reading

 

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj & More Celebrate Beyonce’s Birthday on Social Media

mariaj careyBeyonce turns 35 years old today (Sept. 4) and some of her fellow music stars are sending her birthday wishes on social media.

Happy Birthday Beyonce! Celebrate With 35 Flawless Instagram Pics

“Happy Birthday to the beautiful Queen Bey!” Mariah Carey wrote on Twitter, along with a photo of herself with Beyonce. “Lots of love and respect always, Mariah.”… Continue Reading

 

 

 

Watch Rebecca Black’s New ‘The Great Divide’ Video: Exclusive Premiere

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Rebecca Black is back with a new song called “The Great Divide” and a video premiering exclusively with Billboard.

The 19-year-old singer who rose to internet stardom in 2011 with her song “Friday” said she spent a month working on the new video, wanting to get it perfect in part to prove haters wrong.

Rebecca Black’s ‘Saturday’ Follows ‘Friday’ Onto Hot 100

In a teary-eyed intro, she said, “I just wanted to prove everyone wrong,… Continue Reading

20 Different Ways to Release an Album: From Beyonce to Frank Ocean to U2 & Beyond

frank-ocean-feb-2013-billboard-1548Over the last few years, the music industry’s long-untouched approach to releasing albums has been steadily chopped to pieces by alternate distribution methods, and artists finding ingenious ways to subvert the traditional album rollout.

Whether it’s the surprise album, the exclusive release, the brand partnership, the windowed rollout, or any combination of the three — or even surprises via snail mail — here are 20 innovative album releases from the past three years. 

The Justin Timberlake
Album: The 20/20 Experience Pts. I and II
Release Date: March 15, 2013; Sept. 27, 2013
Strategy: It had been more than six years since Timberlake put out an album when he released lead single “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay Z in January of 2013, and after an extended and successful foray into acting, fans were ready for his return. Accordingly, the first of the two albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 968,000 copies in its first week, the highest sales week of 2013. Shortly afterward he announced the companion second side, released almost exactly six weeks later, with the double-packaged The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience arriving on the same day. Timberlake wasn’t the first to split albums in half, but his was a remarkably successful effort... Continue Reading

Chris Brown Is Released on $250K Bail, Lawyer Calls Assault Allegations ‘Demonstrably False’

chris-brown-is-released-on-250k-bail-230x150Chris Brown has been released from jail after being arrested on Tuesday, August 30 on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The R&B star was reportedly released just after 11 P.M., after posting $250,000 bail.
His lawyer Mark Geragos has taken to Twitter to confirm his release as well as deny the assault claims against the 27-year-old star. “Thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. Chris is out and well. The allegations against him are demonstrably false,” he posted on Tuesday night… Continue Reading

MTV VMAs 2016: 09 Best and Worst Moments

rihanna-performing-vmas-2016-2-06cbd268-b400-4bc1-98f3-eeb3b5462b0eMTV’s 33rd annual Video Music Awards was intended to be the Rihanna show – since the 28-year-old entertainer was receiving the Video Vanguard Award and was programmed to perform four career-spanning medleys throughout the evening. But it turned into a Beyoncé mini-concert when she and her crew performed an epic medley of songs from Lemonade that left everyone with dropped jaws. Here’s the highs and lows from a night of no-show celebs, anticlimactic reinventions and divas in the spotlight… Continue Reading

 

britney-spears-cr-Randee-St.-Nicolas-2016-billboard-1548Britney Spears is a tease — like, a professional one. The singer has been slowly leaking out bits and pieces of her eagerly anticipated ninth album, Glory, for weeks, and fans’ anticipation is getting close to the boiling point. With the Aug. 26 release date fast approaching, Spears did it again Thursday (Aug. 18) when she dropped yet another preview of the album courtesy of the “we can just chill on the couch” pop buzz-bomb “Do You Wanna Come Over.”… Continue Reading

Lady Gaga’s Father Releasing Italian Cookbook

lady-gaga-and-joe-germanotta-release-cook-book-c9d5d05f-93e8-439d-897f-96bf861cda73Lady Gaga’s father Joe Germanotta will be releasing a cookbook inspired by his New York City restaurant Joanne Trattoria. The pop singer will be writing the foreword for the book, titled Joanne Trattoria Cookbook: Classic Recipes and Scenes From an Italian American Restaurant.

Along with recipes for dishes served at the Upper West Side restaurant, the book will also feature family stories and anecdotes. The inclusion of anecdotes reflects the basis of the family-run restaurant, according to the release from publishing company Post Hill Press that reveals how Germanotta named his business after his sister who died of Lupus just before she turned 20-years-old. The book will be release don November 22nd… Continue Reading

 

Watch Drake Introduce ‘The Greatest Rapper’ Eminem on Stage in Detroit

drake-performance-2015-stage-billboard-1548Drake fans who attended his Summer Sixteen Tour date in Detroit on Tuesday (Aug. 16) got a once in a lifetime moment when he introduced Eminem on stage.

Marshall Mathers didn’t need an introduction to send his homecrowd into a frenzy, but Drake gave him one anyway.  “Detroit, make some noise for the greatest rapper that ever get on a mother—ing microphone”. And make noise they did. Lots of it… Continue Reading

Rihanna to Receive VMA Video Vanguard Award

RIHANARihanna will be this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. The Barbadian pop star is also nominated for four Moonmen at this year’s ceremony with two nods each for “Work” featuring Drake and Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For.”

Fresh off the release of her eighth album Anti, Rihanna follows Kanye West as the recipient of the special award. Past winners have included Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé. Over the course of the last decade, Rihanna has been nominated over 30 times at the award show and has won three times, including two Video of the Year awards for 2007’s “Umbrella” and 2012’s “We Found Love” with Calvin Harris… Continue Reading

 

AUTHENTIC LIST FROM INEC WITH REGARDS TO EDO GUBER ELECTION.

INEC 1 INEC 2 INEC 3Barbra Streisand Performs ‘The Sound of Music’ Classic with Jamie Foxx: Watch

barbraBarbara Streisand’s return to her hometown of Brooklyn Thursday night (Aug. 11) was like buttah, as the living legend invited a few special guests to join her on the stage.

In a hits-filled set that included a preview of her forthcoming 35th studio album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, Streisand added a little extra star power teaming up with Jamie Foxx and Broadway veteran Patrick Wilson, who took the stage for a duet of “Loving You.”… Continue Reading

Can they even dream of beating T-ara’s Queens?

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Adele’s Daydreamers may have wiped out every fanbase in their way leading up to Billboard’s Fan Army Face-Off semifinals, but the U.K. singer’s fans now face the ultimate battle of beating out last year’s champs — T-ara’s Queens — to reach the championship round.

Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Echelon Declares ‘This Is War’ in Billboard Fan Army Face-Off Semifinals

Leading up to round 5, Adele’s Daydreamers have been anything but asleep. In round 1, the Daydreamers took on Drake’s OVO supporters — the ones who kept Drizzy on top of the Billboard 200 … Continue reading

Jason Derulo Parties in Paradise for ‘Kiss the Sky’ Video: Watch

Jason Derulo is all smiles in a tropical paradise resort in his new video for “Kiss the Sky” and he’s making the most of it. 

Jason Derulo Offers Newlyweds Concert Tickets After Groom’s Musical Wedding Toast: Watchjason

The video is a feel good piece fitting the summer jammer. In it, Derulo wakes up in his hotel room and proceeds to prance around the luxury property. He dons one of the staff’s Hawaiian-print shirts, slides down the escalators, hitches a ride on a golf cart and more before landing poolside… Continue Reading

Drake’s Dad to Drop R&B Album, Previews Title Track ‘Kinda Crazy’

drake dadDrake is keeping the family close. The rapper’s father, Dennis Graham, just took “cool dad” to a new level by announcing that he is dropping an R&B album, led by his first single “Kinda Crazy.”

Still Summer ’16: Drake’s ‘One Dance’ Holds Lead for Song of the Summer

“I want all my family and friends to check out my single and video which will be debuting on TMZ tomorrow it’s here @applemusic thanks to everyone who made it possible,” wrote @therealdennisg on Instagram… Continue Reading

Music Selfie App Eyegroove Shuts Down, Staff Moves to Facebook

selfieEyegroove, the “musical selfie” app that helped users make short, high-quality music videos from their smartphones, has shut down after Facebook completed an “acqui-hire” of its staff. In a post announcing the move, CEO Scott Snibbe said he launched the app two years ago to “empower mobile video creativity” and thanked users who “brought us inspiration, laughter, tears, and fits of joy.”… Continue Reading

Alessia Cara Opens Up About Her Struggle With Hair Loss That Inspired ‘Scars to Your Beautiful’

AlessiaIn Alessia Cara’s latest single “Scars to Your Beautiful,” the 20-year-old singer and songwriter promotes a message of self-acceptance that challenges the beautify standards we see every day. Now, the budding Canadian pop star has opened up about her personal struggles that inspired the song… Continue Reading

Ed Sheeran Sued Over Similarities to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’: Report

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Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued over claims he ripped off Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On” on his hit song “Thinking Out Loud.”

Ed Sheeran Interrupted His Vacation to Jam With Foy Vance: Watch

TMZ reports that the family of Gaye’s co-writer on the track, Ed Townsend, is pursuing legal action against Sheeran for lifting the the melody, harmony and rhythm from “Let’s Get It On” for his own song… Continue Reading