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SUICIDE SQUAD: THE ALBUM

Although the “Suicide Squad” movie (featuring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and plenty others) was just released, it seems as though the only thing people can’t stop talking about is the soundtrack!! The official soundtrack features a few of our favorite artists and producers like: Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kehlani, Kevin Gates, G-Eazy, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Skrillex, Action Bronson and more.  I never really listen to other people’s opinions when it comes to movies, but i heard that SS wasn’t that great, however, the soundtrack has a little something for everyone.  On top of that it just knocked DJ Khaled’s “Major Keys” off the charts from #1.  So take a few minutes and give it a quick listen.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Jay-Z Launches Tidal With The Help Of Many Big Artists

Jay-Z continues to change the game and this week he’s done it in a major way. After months of speculation and rumors, Jay-Z finally revealed his new music streaming company TIDAL. Jay held a press conference along with his co-owners which included big name artists such as DeadMau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, J.Cole, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Beyonce. TIDAL will compete with similar services like Pandora and Spotify to provide total access music streaming and video shared with fans directly from the artists themselves. Subscriptions will go for $10 a month and will allow users all music, all of the time and also exclusive moments such as artists in-studio. Hov is constantly innovating and setting the bar in the world of music and culture. #TIDALforALL

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Taraji P. Henson Set To Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

Cookie, w mean Taraji is on the ride of her life since the recent success of Empire has taken her to new levels. She’s been doing so well that Saturday Night Live could no longer just sit by and watch, so they offered Taraji a night of hosting. She posted to her Instagram account:

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!!! #Believe #Faith #HardWorkPaysOff MOST IMPOTANTLY #GodIsHave a BLESSED day!!!! *cue @pharrell #HappySong*

We all should be looking forward to April 11th to see Taraji host and get silly with the SNL cast in a few skits. Mumford & Sons will serve as the musical guest for the night. We are looking forward to seeing Cookie light up Saturday Night!

 

 

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Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta Season 4 Trailer Released

Our favorite ratchet hype show is coming back for its fourth season and the old crew will be seeing a few new faces. While Waka Flocka, Tammy, Benzino and Althea Hart are no longer dealing with the dramatics, everyone else is back including K.Michelle who spent a season in New York and had her own spin-off. Nikko’s wife will be making an appearance this season, adding fuel to the blazing square that includes Mimi, Stevie J, and Joseline. Due to the brawl lead by Joseline during the Season 3 reunion show, we won’t be seeing the Puerto Rican Princess for the first four shows. Besties Kalenna and Rasheeda will be back with their families and Scrappy will be back to balance his drama with Bambi, Erica Dixon and Erica P. The preview below highlights MiMi, Nikko, and Stevie J’s situation so be sure to check it out. Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta will be back on April 20th and we know you don’t want to miss this season!

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New Trailer Released For HBO ‘Bessie’ Biopic

HBO is finally giving us a first look at the upcoming biopic Bessie starring Queen Latifah. Alongside Queen, Mike Epps, Mo’Nique and Michael Kenneth Williams will tell the story of the troubled blues star as she struggled with alcoholism and her sexuality. Check out the trailer below.

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Robin Thicke and Pharrell Lose ‘Blurred Lines’ Case

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles jury ruled Robin Thicke and Pharrell hit of 2013, “Blurred Lines,” infringed on Marvin Gaye’s jam of 1977 “Got To Give It Up.” The two have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the Gaye family. The attorney for Pharrell and Robin Thicke issued the following statement:

“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. “‘Blurred Lines’ was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin, and T.I. and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”

The ruling is being appealed by Pharrell and Thicke, but many claimed the two songs are much too alike and it’s clear the duo were somewhat inspired greatly by Marvin Gaye’s song. “Blurred Lines” sold over 6 million copies and generated more that $16.6 million in revenue. T.I., who only rapped a verse on the song, is not involved in the case because he had no part in composing. Let’s hope a case like this will never happen again, and artists obtain the clearance they need to continue making great music. For good times sake, let’s just enjoy “Blurred Lines” one more time.

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Snoop Dogg Set To Be First Rapper To Deliver SXSW 2015 Music Keynote Address

The annual South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas features many celebrities in various concerts, movie premieres and speaking engagements over the two week period of the fest. Things will be a bit different this year as SxSW has slated rapper Snoop Dogg to give this year’s Music Keynote address. In their recent announcement, SxSW officials shared, “Multi-platinum artist and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of pop culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series ‘GGN News.” This will make Uncle Snoop the first ever hip-hop artist to give the keynote as it has previously been given by top-performing artists such as Little Richard, Lady Gaga, and Smokey Robinson. The event is available to all Music and Platinum badge holders and will be held at the Austin Convention Center. Congrats to Snoop Dogg!!

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Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige To Headline Essence Festival

It’s that time of year! The Annual Essence Festival taking place in New Orleans during the Fourth of July weekend is one of the most highly noted music festivals in the country. Essence Magazine just released their headliners and Kendrick Lamar will be making his Essence Festival debut this year. Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu are also scheduled to headline the festivities as well so you know any night you choose to attend will be a great show. Tickets are now on sale! Check out the list of other performers below.

– Kendrick Lamar
– Mary J. Blige
– India.Arie
– Trombone Shorty
– Floetry
– Common
– Erykah Badu
– Kool Moe Dee
– Doug E. Fresh
– Mystikal
– Slick Rick
– Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk
– Nico & Vinz
– Lianne La Havas
– Elle Varner
– Esperanza Spalding
– SZA
– Dee-1
– Tonya Bond Cannon
– Leon Bridges
– Andra Day
– Kelly Price
– Raheem DeVaughn
– Mali Music
– Eric Roberson
– Teedra Moses
– Avery*Sunshine
– Kindred The Family Soul
– Goapele
– Robert Glasper
– Tweet
– Jeff Bradshaw
– Bilal
– Tank & The Bangas

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Taraji P. Henson Honored at 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Anthony Anderson hosted The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards that recognizes and honors the greats in film and television. New comedy blackish was the big winner of then night, taking home five awards. Other new shows from the ABC network, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, followed suit by taking home many awards as well. The winner of the honorable Entertainer of The Year award was Empire’s Taraji P. Henson. The actress was amazed and grateful for the win Check out the entire list of winners below. Congratulations to all of the night’s winners at the NAACP Image Awards.

Outstanding Motion Picture

“Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical)
“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “‘black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Blair Underwood – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/ Information (Series or Special)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Series
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)
Fatima Ptacek – “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host
Steve Harvey – “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
“Bad Boys” (ESPN)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)

Outstanding New Artist
3 Winans Brothers (BMG)

Outstanding Male Artist
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Stay with Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” – Al Jarreau (Concord)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video
“You & I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song
“We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album
“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“A Wanted Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“Forty Acres” – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto Biography
“Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

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New Official ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Movie Trailer Released

A few months ago at a show in Australia, Ice Cube teased a trailer for his upcoming N.W.A. biopic ’Straight Outta Compton,’ and had everyone talking. This week, Cube and his friend Dr. Dre released the official trailer for their film, and by the looks of it, it’s going to be great! The trailer is filled with action, protests and history, with the lead roles being portrayed by the sons of the the original members. The film is set to hit theaters August 14, 2015. Check out the trailer below!

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57th Grammy Awards Recap

Music’s biggest night, the annual Grammy Awards, featured many artist accolades, performances and the latest in fashion. Groundbreaking performances took place throughout the night from artists such as Madonna, Hozier, Sia, Katy Perry, and Kanye West to name a few. While Sam Smith proved to have the greatest night, taking home four Grammys for his first attendance to the big show. Many people, including Kanye West, believe Beyonce was snubbed of the coveted Album of The Year Award when Rock artist Beck took home the category. Take a look at the complete list of winners below.

Record Of The Year: Sam Smith “Stay With Me”
Song Of The Year: Sam Smith “Stay With Me”
Album Of The Year: Beck Morning Phase
Best R&B Performance: Beyonce & Jay Z “Drunk In Love”
Best Rock Album: Beck Morning Phase
Best Pop Album: Sam Smith In The Lonely Hour
Best Solo Pop Performance: Pharrell “Happy (Live)”
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Music Video Of The Year: Pharrell “Happy”
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Girl
Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton and Babyface Love, Marriage & Divorce
Best R&B Song: Beyonce and Jay Z “Drunk In Love”
Best Rap Album: Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar “i”
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar “i”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Eminem feat. Rihanna “The Monster”
Best Comedy Album: Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory Fun
Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers Diary Of A Mad Diva
Best Rock Song: Paramore “Ain’t It Fun”

Beyonce took to the stage to deliver an angelic performance of ’Take My Hand, Precious Lord,’ as an intro into Common and John Legend’s presentation of their record ‘Glory’ from the film Selma. Enjoy the video of the performances below.

 

Kanye almost stole the night, once again. Right after Beck won Album of The Year and went claim his award on stage, Kanye ran up the stairs to interrupt, but immediately decided against it and returned to his seat. It was a scary, yet hilarious moment. Watch the clip below to see how it went down.

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Kevin Durant and Kanye West To Host First Ever Roc City Classic During NBA All-Star Weekend

As if NBA All-Star Weekend didn’t have enough events already, the real MVP and Yeezy are linking up to headline Roc Nation’s first annual Roc City Classic. Roc Nation Sports is stepping into all types of ventures as this event parallels the recent Throne Boxing Match which was headlined my Fabolous and Roc Nation Sports-signed Boxer Andre Ward. There are no details yet on what fans can expect at the Roc City Classic but be sure to tune in on Thursday February 12 at 8 p.m. The Classic  will take place in the Flatiron District of New York City and fans are able to win tickets by listening to Power 105.1 in NYC or visiting www.rocnation.com. The afterparty will be held at none other than Manhattan’s 40/40 Club because…Jay-Z. The Roc is in the building!!