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Will Smith Takes On The NFL In New Movie, ‘Concussion’

How big is Big Willie? Big enough to tackle the NFL (see what we did there?) and Christmas Day in one fell swoop of a trailer. Will Smith’s latest flick, “Concussion,” a very real story based on a GQ article on Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian neuropathologist who serves as a whistle blower against the NFL’s problem with head trauma, is due December 25th and the first preview arrived today (August 31). Take a look …

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Jeezy Adresses ‘Congregation’ And Announces New LP, ‘God’ Single

On Monday afternoon (August 31), Jeezy bared his soul to the masses by way of an open letter. It’s isn’t often that the Snowman actually warms up enough for fans and supporters to learn anything of his day-to-day concerns. Still, seemingly out of nowhere, the rapper born Jay Jenkins released his new single “God” and then put his heart on paper speaking on everything from the reasons dope boys hustle to the recent epidemic of …

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Justin Bieber Performs ‘What Do You Mean?,’ Breaks Down Crying at 2015 MTV VMAs:

The pop star flew over the crowd, then doubled over with emotion. For his first major awards show performance in over two years, Justin Bieber took the stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards to perform “What Do You Mean?,” his brand-new single, live for the first time. The stage return follows his special set at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival last weekend, and precedes his new studio album, which sources say is due …

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Big Sean Dedicates First-Ever VMA Win To Grandmother, Joined By John Legend And Kanye West

Big Sean may have been on a chill vibe while dressing for Sunday night’s VMAs, but it seemed like John Legend — in his tailored blazer — knew better. Donning a simple jean jacket and combat boots, the Detroit rapper took the stage to accept his — and Legend’s — first VMA ever for their introspective track “One Man Can Change The World” from Sean’s latest LP Dark Sky Paradise. The award went to Big Sean, Kanye …

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Miley Cyrus Drops New Free Album, Performs New Song at VMAs

Miley Cyrus was saving a final surprise for her final minutes of hosting the 2015 VMAs: She just dropped her new album, entirely for free, on the website mileycyrus.com/andherdeadpetz. “It’s online FOR FREE right now,” she declared, joined onstage by Wayne Coyne. “I’ll see you here right here next year.” Prior to her announcement, Cyrus closed out the VMAs with a performance of a tune, “Doo It!,” from the just-released album. “Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I …

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Tori Kelly Performs “Should’ve Been Us” at VMAs 2015: Watch

Pop princess Tori Kelly performed her single “Should’ve Been Us” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug 30), and proved what we’ve all already known: she’s a total star. Three months after killing it at the Billboard Music Awards, Kelly once again dazzled at an awards ceremony. Starting off the set acoustically and ending with a full-blown a capella, Kelly roused the crowd in her stunning gold jumpsuit and unreal vocals. The singer-songwriter earned …

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Twenty One Pilots & A$AP Rocky Combine for VMAs Performance

A$AP Rocky combined forces with Twenty One Pilots for a performance of a mashup of songs at the 2015 MTV VMAs. Twenty One Pilots frontman Tyler Joseph rapped parts of songs like “Heavydirtysoul” and “Lane Boy,” trading verses, rapid-fire style, with A$AP Rocky. 21P drummer Josh Dun pounded away as the pair worked the stage. Earlier this week, Billboard interviewed Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph about the A$AP Rocky collab, and what it’s like to …

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Pharrell Fights for Freedom’ at 2015 MTV VMAs

The hit-making singer and producer performed “Freedom,” a socially conscious track, outside of the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, as the third and final outdoor performance of the night. Pharrell delivered his latest single in an energetic, spirited fashion amid a sea of waving flags and a crowd of background dancers with matching striped outfits. John Legend introduced the performance with a brief but impassioned speech about music’s connection to social causes, citing Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Paul Robeson as historical inspirations. x_share title=”Share this …

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Here Is Kanye West’s Full VMAs Video Vanguard Speech

Taylor Swift presented the rapper with the lifetime achievement trophy. Following a storied and troubled history with MTV and its Video Music Awards, Kanye West came to the stage to accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award with a big announcement: that he’s running for president in 2020. The rapper, who reportedly asked three hours before the show to make room for a performance, took the stage after an extended introduction from Taylor Swift. “I first …

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The Weeknd Brings ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ to MTV VMAs

The Weeknd performed “Can’t Feel My Face,” his first No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart, at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 30) — and just like in the song’s music video, the performance was absolute fire. With his iconic ‘do, suave dance moves and a ring of flames, the Weeknd totally rocked the star-studded house, with Kanye West dancing in the aisle and Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez deciding to boogie at …

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VMAs 2015: Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj Declare No ‘Bad Blood’ With Joint Performance

Putting to rest once and for all their brief Twitter beef from last month, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj performed together in an epic surprise performance at Sunday night’s (Aug. 31) MTV Video Music Awards. What started off as Minaj’s solo opening performance got a pop shock when Swift appeared onstage to join Minaj in singing “The Night Is Still Young.” But the heat really turned up when the chorus from “Bad Blood” kicked in, …

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Big Boi & Phantogram Performed As Big Grams in Los Angeles

Big Boi working on a new album with electronic duo Phantogram, he has joined forces with the electronic duo for a live stage debut at Epic Fest in Los Angeles. The group performed as Big Grams and played three new songs, while they also confirmed that the LP is “coming soon.” Big Boi’s last solo album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, came out in 2012. Catch some impressions from the performance below. x_share title=”Share this …

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J. Cole Brings Out Drake, JAY Z & Big Sean During Homecoming Concert

Last night, J. Cole treated Fayetteville, NC with an amazing Homecoming show, where he had some impressive surprises up his sleeve. The likes of Drake, Big Sean and JAY Z all showed up in addition to Jeremih, YG, Bas, Cozz and Omen to show their support and love for Cole. Below, you can watch some footage of Drizzy performing a short new verse after “Know Yourself” and before he goes into “Back To Back” via …

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Travi$ Scott’s ‘RODEO’

After its tracklist appeared earlier this week, Travi$ Scott‘s highly-anticipated debut album RODEO has apparently sprung a leak this weekend. Led by two of its collaborative tracks — “Maria I’m Drunk” with Justin Bieber and Young Thug, as well as “Piss On Your Grave” with Kanye West — the album has caused a wave of reactions throughout social media. Whether the version of the LP is finished or is still being edited, it is safe …

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Lil Wayne Crowned Homecoming King At Lil Weezyana Fest

Mr. Carter…we know where you’ve been. Lil Wayne held court in his hometown last night (August 29) in New Orleans for his inaugural Lil Weezyana Fest. He brought out a list of friends, including Jubilee and Juvenile but catch his introduction here as he kicks things off with “Mr. Carter.” x_share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”]

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JAY Z Joins Instagram

While Beyoncé has lost the top spot of being the most-followed celebrity on Instagram to Kim Kardashian earlier this week, her husband JAY Z has joined the photo-sharing social network today. Hov created an Instagram account with the username Hovsince96, and for his first post, he decided to honor Michael Jackson. Today would have marked the 57th birthday of the late King of Pop, and Jay uploaded a photo of him and the pop icon …

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Kanye West to Perform ‘808 & Heartbreak’ in Full

While his sophomore album, Late Registration, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend, Kanye West is planning to revisit another album from his discography through an exclusive performance. As Consequence of Sound points out, ‘Ye is set to give a full performance of 808s & Heartbreak at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Friday, September 25. Tickets go on sale in September 4 via Ticketmaster. If you’re in Southern California around that time, make …

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Michael Jackson Remembered by Family, Fellow Artists on His Birthday

Michael Jackson was born on Aug. 29, 1958, and family, friends and artists who have been inspired by the late King of Pop have been remembering him on the date that would have marked his 57th birthday. Jackson’s siblings Jermaine and La Toya both tweeted in honor of their brother, with Jermaine simply saying, “Hold close the memories” and La Toya noting, “Your presence elevated everyone! Your music brought us joy! Your gift will be …

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Nile Rodgers Crowned BMI Icon at 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

John Legend, DJ Mustard and Universal Music Publishing were also honored at the 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. It was party central last night (Aug. 28) in Beverly Hills when prolific music legend and Chic innovator Nile Rodgers was feted as BMI’s Icon Award honoree. The occasion was the organization’s 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. “The first time I heard someone playing back a song I wrote — and it wasn’t me — was the most amazing day of my life,” …

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The Weeknd’s Celebrity-Packed Album Listening Party in L.A.

The Weeknd held a jam-packed listening party at Los Angeles’ 1OAK on Friday night (Aug. 28) for his stunning new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, befitting an R&B pop king in the making only possible during MTV VMAs weekend. Major celebrity powerhouses like Nicki Minaj and Diddy, Selena Gomez, Travi$ Scott, Busta Rhymes, NBA stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook amid flaming bottle service, throngs of absurdly good looking people and a booming sound system …

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Golden Coast Remixes Ofelia K’s Breaking Debut Single “White T-Shirt”

Ofelia K stunning debut single “White T-Shirt” arrived seemingly out of nowhere two months ago, but due to its clever lyrics and stellar production work the tune keeps rising on digital and national airwaves alike. With the song already whetting the appetite for the singer’s forthcoming EP, interpretations of the catchy song should come as no surprise. Case in point, fellow Los Angeles duo Golden Coast provide a worthy remix of the tune, giving it …