Daily Archives May 1, 2017

Janet Jackson Announces State of the World Tour

May 1, 2017 Music

Janet Jackson has announced a massive North American trek to reschedule her Unbreakable Tour that was postponed due to the singer's pregnancy, with Jackson set to embark on a rebranded trek starting in September.

"I'm continuing my tour as I promised," Jackson said Monday night in a video to fans. The rescheduled trek features 56 shows and begins September 7th in Lafayette, Louisiana and concludes December 17th in Atlanta.

Tickets from the postponed Unbreakable Tour gigs will be honored at the new dates, while newly scheduled stops will go on sale starting May 5th at Live Nation.

However, the Unbreakable Tour – titled after Jackson's 2015 album but a target of mockery because of the many postponements and cancellations the tour endured before it was indefinitely

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Here Is Rihanna’s Crazy, Show-Stopping Look at Met Gala 2017

May 1, 2017 Music

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Didn't disappoint! Rihanna stunned at the 2017 Met Gala, where the singer and red carpet mainstay sashayed in a show-stopping outfit that instantly became the talk of social media.

This year's Met Gala theme was an ode to Commes des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo, with many of the celebrities in attendance wearing garments both crafted and inspired by the longtime designer whose being honored by the Costume Institute.

Rihanna opted for an offbeat gown designed by Kawakubo herself, a billowing, formless marvel seemingly constructed out of floral patterns. The singer finished out the look with a pair of heels that laced up the length of her legs.

Other celebrities in attendance for this year's

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Watch Lady Gaga’s Dizzying ‘The Cure’ Lyric Video

May 1, 2017 Music

Lady Gaga has unleashed her new lyric video for "The Cure," the surprise single the singer debuted during her headlining Coachella set in April.

The lyric video features Gaga lounging in an all-satin room while the camera floats around, giving the visual a dreamlike quality.

However, the lyrics themselves swirl and twist around the frame, flickering from black to white in seizure-tempting fashion; Gaga fans on social media have noted that – for a lyric video – the words are difficult to read without triggering dizziness.

The one-off single "The Cure" arrived just six months after Gaga released her latest LP Joanne

After performing halftime at the Super Bowl and headlining Coachella, Gaga's 2017 will get even busier as the singer embarks on her

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The Game Sues Viacom for $20 Million Over Sexual Assault Verdict

May 1, 2017 Music

The Game has filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against Viacom. The rapper recently paid $7.1 million to the company following a sexual assault case in connection to his now-defunct VH1 reality show, She's Got Game. The rapper, real name Jayceon Taylor, alleges Viacom failed to protect him against contestant Priscilla Rainey, who accused Taylor of sexually assaulting her during an "after hours date," according to the Hollywood Reporter

In November 2016, a jury ruled in Rainey's favor and awarded her $7.1 million. In a new complaint filed Monday in a California federal court, Taylor (the Game) argues that the network failed to ensure contestants were suitable to compete on the program. The suit alleges that Rainey passed a psychological exam during

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Watch Amber Coffman Dance With Bald Eagle in ‘No Coffee’ Video

May 1, 2017 Music

Amber Coffman flirts with a sharply dressed bald eagle in her wacky "No Coffee" video. Director Zia Anger captures the former Dirty Projectors singer in a lovestruck daze as she gazes longingly out her apartment window, crunches a full styrofoam cup full of coffee, zooms around in an office chair and croons into a gas station pump.

In a statement, Coffman describes the clip as "a bit of a commentary on the American Dream, which I think informs a lot of our romantic endeavors, and often times in a not-so-healthy or fulfilling way.”

The soulful "No Coffee" highlights Coffman's upcoming debut LP, City of No Reply, out June 2nd. The 11-track album also features her recently released single "All to Myself."

In a new interview with Pitchfork, Coffman said she hoped

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Hear Yoko Ono’s Distorted Screams on New Black Lips Song

May 1, 2017 Music

Garage rockers Black Lips recruited Yoko Ono's on their new song "Occidental Front," a thunderous track from their upcoming LP, Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art? Ono's wordless, distorted moans appear throughout the song, propelled by bluesy guitar swells and drummer Oakley Munson's snare rim groove.

Ono's son, Sean Lennon, produced Satan's Graffiti. Black Lips recently previewed the LP, their first since 2014's Underneath the Rainbow, with gritty garage-rocker "Can't Hold On." Last month, the band released another new track, the psychedelic "Squatting in Heaven." Along with Ono, the album features contributions by Fat White Family's Saul Adamczewski.

Black Lips' revamped lineup now includes singer-guitarist Cole Alexander, bassist Jared

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Jay Z, J. Cole, Solange Lead 2017 Made in America Festival

May 1, 2017 Music

Jay Z has revealed this year's lineup for the Made in America Festival, with The Blueprint rapper himself and J. Cole headlining the two-day fest taking place over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia.

Solange, Run the Jewels, Migos, DMX, Little Dragon, Pusha T and EDM stars Chainsmokers, Marshmello and Kaskade will also perform September 2nd and 3rd at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Made in America tickets will go on sale at 2pm EST Monday for Tidal subscribers. Check out the festival's site for general on-sale information.

Jay Z last headlined his annual Budweiser-sponsored festival in 2012. Other artists on this year's bill include 21 Savage, DJ Mustard, Sampha, Marian Hill, Wizkid, Francis and the Lights and Vic Mensa.

The 2016 iteration of the

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Watch Brother Ali’s Spiritual ‘Never Learn’ Video

May 1, 2017 Music

Brother Ali basks in the bright light of spirituality in his new video for "Never Learn," a track off the Minnesota rapper's All the Beauty in This Whole Life, due out Friday.

"Never Learn" was filmed at New Mexico's Dar Al Islam, an American Muslim worship center that also served as the setting for Tupac Shakur's posthumous "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" video.

In the video, Brother Ali stands in Dar Al Islam as Al Taw'am, twin dancers from the rapper's native Minneapolis, deliver a synchronized dance to the uplifting track.

"Their movement speaks of their family legacy of dignified regality," Ali said in a statement (via NPR) of the dancing duo, which he also called "royalty."

"Never Learn" follows new LP cuts "Pen to Paper" and "Own Light (What

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Feist on the Unnamed Pain That Inspired ‘Pleasure’

May 1, 2017 Music

Before this year, the last time Leslie Feist appeared in public was on her short Mettle Tour in 2014. She'd put out the intricately textured Metals three years earlier and wanted to get away from the dense arrangements that defined that LP as well as her breakthrough hit, 2007's "1234." "I needed to prove my mettle to myself again after playing live with so many other people," she says. "I was leaning on them more than I felt I should. I should be able to hold it up by myself." So she gave it a shot and then disappeared for three years.

Now she has returned with Pleasure, a sharp reflection of her Mettle performances: cutting, emotional songs with sparse arrangements performed only by her and a couple of friends, most notably her frequent co-producer Mocky.

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Michael McDonald Preps First New LP in Nine Years, ‘Wide Open’

May 1, 2017 Music

Michael McDonald will release Wide Open, his first studio album in over nine years, on September 15th via BMG. The LP will feature collaborations with guitarist-singer Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), guitarist Robben Ford, bassist Marcus Miller and saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

Wide Open – which follows a trio R&B/soul cover LPs for Motown, the most recent being 2008's Soul Speak – marks the singer-songwriter's first set of original material in 17 years. McDonald wrote Wide Open over several years and recorded the tracks at his Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and a crew of the city's session players.

McDonald will promote the album with a massive U.S. tour

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