Watch New Edition’s Career Retrospective at 2017 BET Awards

June 25, 2017 Music

After receiving a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2017 BET Awards, New Edition proved their status as one of the most iconic, influential vocal groups in R&B history with a medley of songs. Prior to their acceptance speech, the young actors who played the group in their BET biopic performed their various hits and solo tracks for the audience.

An awkward transition during the group's quick-change preceded the group's time on stage, but the mishap was quickly forgotten given the pristine quality of the group's performance. Beginning with the sweet "Mr. Telephone Man," the group showcased their ability to still stay in sync while dancing and harmonizing live. Tender takes on "Can You Stand the Rain" and "If It Isn't Love" followed, and for the latter, the cast of The New

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Watch Xscape’s Triumphant Reunion Medley at 2017 BET Awards

June 25, 2017 Music

Xscape made a triumphant return to music at the 2017 BET Awards with a powerful medley. The R&B vocal group announced their reunion earlier this year and will appear at the 2017 Essence Festival for their first show in nearly two decades.

Seated and in brightly sparkling outfits, the quartet began belting out a trio of their biggest Nineties hits. Starting with "Understanding," each member showed off their unfaltering abilities to belt. They proceeded to sing "Who Can I Run To" and "Just Kickin' It," two singles of theirs that cracked the Top 10 during their height.

Xscape parted ways in 2002 and partially reunited in 2005 before separating once more. Since then, each member has pursued respective solo projects both in and out of the music business. Kandi Burruss and

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On the Charts: Lorde Lands First Number One Album With ‘Melodrama’

June 25, 2017 Music

Lorde scored her first Number One album as her second LP Melodrama topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week, leading the way on a shook-up Top 10 that featured six new releases.

Melodrama sold 109,000 total copies in its first week, a slight drop from the 129,000 copies Pure Heroine sold in its debut week in 2014; however, Pure Heroine only managed to peak at Number Three, Billboard reports.

After female artists failed to grab Number One on the Billboard 200 through the first five months of 2017, three different women have now topped the album charts in the past three weeks: Katy Perry, Halsey and Lorde.

Just 3,000 copies behind Lorde, 2 Chainz' Pretty Girls Like Trap Music entered at Number Two, the rapper's best

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Nile Rodgers Pulls Prince-Inspired Song From Upcoming Chic LP

June 25, 2017 Music

Nile Rodgers revealed that he pulled a Prince-inspired song from Chic's upcoming new song because "it felt wrong."

"The last two times I saw Prince was playing on stage with him and then him coming to my show," Rodgers told Pitchfork before Chic's Glastonbury set.

"So the album was talking about that. As a matter of fact, there is a song on the album that the working title is 'Prince Said It,' and it was about my conversations with Prince. But after he passed away, it felt wrong. It felt uncomfortable."

Rodgers continued, "From the time that I started to work on this album, a lot of heavy things have happened. I mean, David Bowie died. Prince died. People who were really, really close to me passed away, and that wasn't supposed to be part of the narrative."


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Q-Tip Pays Tribute to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on Beats 1 Radio Show

June 25, 2017 Music

Q-Tip paid tribute to Mobb Deep's Prodigy on his Beats 1 radio show with a two-hour play list dedicated to the rapper's classic tracks. Prodigy died Tuesday at the age of 42.

"We lost a great one, man," Q-Tip said of Prodigy during the opening of his Abstract Radio show, which can be heard here.

"We lost a big one. I'm about to take y’all through the zone…you know what it is. Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Rest in peace. Rest in power to the brother…his whole family. The whole Johnson Family and all that. Celebrating the life and the legacy of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. We love you, baby."

The Tribe Called Quest rapper was an early supporter of Mobb Deep; on the duo's 1995 classic The Infamous, Q-Tip produced "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)" and "The Temperature's

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Tool Explore Outsized Ambitions at Massive San Bernardino Concert

June 25, 2017 Music

Saturday night, tens of thousands of people filled San Bernardino's Glen Helen Amphitheater to hear Tool play a song about California sinking into the sea. While the band hasn't released a note of new music in 11 years, their audience has only snowballed, and the group used a date on their current tour to playing their largest non-festival headlining show ever. For their part, they delivered a whopping 15-song set – their longest of the tour.

This victory lunge also meant a long parade of high-profile alterna-metal opening acts that played from the broiling afternoon to just around sundown. These bands, like Tool, found unlikely success in the unlikely Nineties performing headbanger fare with varying degrees of uncompromising strangeness. 

The Melvins played a cubist

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The Head and the Heart: Music Will Be More ‘Meaningful’ in Trump Era

June 24, 2017 Music

Seattle indie rockers The Head and the Heart are one of the best-traveled bands in America at the moment: in 2017 alone, they're playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and just about every other big-name festival in the country.

Those festivals might not even exist if the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival hadn't been a massive success. That festival, a blueprint for Woodstock and all that followed, marked the first time promoters realized fans would pay to see a long list of bands over the course of one weekend. (It helped that the weekend in question included iconic performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and others.)

"I think the gravity of what we're about to do sunk in just now when we had a rehearsal with Michelle Phillips of

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See Jeremy Corbyn Introduce Run the Jewels at Glastonbury

June 24, 2017 Music

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech prior to Run the Jewels' Pyramid Stage set Saturday at the Glastonbury Festival.

"And if you see that far look at the wall that surrounds this wonderful festival. There’s a message on that wall for President Donald Trump," Corbyn said (via The Guardian). "You know what it says? Build bridges, not walls."

Even before Corbyn's speech Saturday, the Labour leader has had a presence at Glastonbury: During Radiohead's headlining set Friday, the crowd chanted "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn. Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" to the tune of White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army."

"I think we should adopt a maxim in life that everyone we meet is unique. Everyone we meet knows something that we don't know, is slightly different to us in some ways,"

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See DJ Khaled’s ‘On Everything’ With Rick Ross, Big Sean, Travis Scott

June 24, 2017 Music

DJ Khaled recruits Travis Scott, Big Sean and Rick Ross for his new video for "On Everything," the latest single off the producer's all-star LP Grateful.

The video finds Khaled and the three rappers delivering the track from within a luxurious, heavily guarded compound that's adorned with thrones, stained glass windows and a pair of pet tigers on chains.

"On Everything" initially appears plot-less until the closing 30 seconds, where an armed gang raid the compound Scarface-style while an unaware Khaled listens to his headphones. The video concludes with an ominous "To Be Continued."

"On Everything" follows Khaled's big budget videos for "I'm the One," co-starring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Migos and the Santana-sampling "Wild

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Hear Metro Boomin’s ‘No Complaints’ With Drake, Migos’ Offset

June 23, 2017 Music

Producer Metro Boomin teams with his What a Time to Be Alive collaborator Drake and Migos' Offset on a new track titled "No Complaints." The track premiered Friday as part of Drake's OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1.

"At 17 I wanted everything that was in store / At 23 I bought it all just to make sure," Drake boasts on the track. "Look at my face / Up there with the greats / Steps that I take / You can't retrace. Young Metro on bass."

"No Complaints" arrives just days after Drake dropped his new song "Signs," the rapper's first new track since releasing More Life; after debuting at a Louis Vuitton fashion show, "Signs" had its formal premiere on Friday's OVO Sound.

"No Complaints" is available now on all streaming and digital music services.


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