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Adele’s ’25’ Sells Another 1.15 Million in U.S., Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Adele’s 25 locks up its third million-selling week in the U.S., as the set sold 1.15 million in pure album sales in the week ending Dec. 24, according to Nielsen Music (up 46 percent). That’s the five-week old set’s second-biggest frame yet, following its 3.38 million bow in the week ending Nov. 26. A surge in sales in the week leading up to Christmas (Dec. 25) was expected, as consumers rush to make last-minute holiday …

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Biggie Actor for Tupac Biopic Revealed

Earlier this week, it was reported that the leading role for the upcoming Benny Boom-directed Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, will be given to relatively unknown actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. The role for The Notorious B.I.G. has also been confirmed and he’s a much more familiar face. Jamal Woolard, who portrayed Biggie in the 2009 biopic Notorious, will reclaim his role as the East Coast legend.  

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London Thor Talks Working with Gareth Emery & How to Write Danceable Love Songs

While trance fans may recognize London Thor’s name from her feature on Gareth Emery and Alastor’s upbeat anthem, “Hands,” the SoCal singer/songwriter is actually a relative newcomer to dance music. Coming from an urban and pop music background with a self-described “poetic” songwriting approach, Thor set about researching the style’s common chord progressions and writing within its creative constraints in order to come up with a composition that would resonate on club floors and festival stages. She’s clearly a quick learner. Since releasing “Hands” in August, …

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Willow Smith Shares New Song “Luv You”

Willow Smith is back at it again with a brand new Tha Sky-featured track titled “Luv You.” Like most of her previous material, the song is abstruse, philosophical and not at all straightforward. Over a sampled, synth and FX-laced Mark Redito-produced beat, the songstress delivers enchanting, discordant melodies, yelps and various other vocal effects.

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Adidas Gives Snoop Dogg His Own Football Talk Show

Adidas has just gave Snoop Dogg his own football talk show where he’ll be interviewing ex-NFL players, celebrities and revered sports personalities. His new show #TurfdUp will be featured on WestFestTV! Every week, Snoop will talk football and culture with hall of famers, analysts, and celebrities. #TurfdUp will also feature some of Snoop’s favorite game day foods, top high school football highlights, and the coach’s go-to plays to call on the field. Guests include Terrell …

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Justin Bieber and Adele Continue to Dominate Australia’s Sales Charts

Justin Bieber and Adele are still in charge of the sales charts Down Under. Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (Def Jam/Universal) has staved off the challenge of Adele’s four-times platinum “Hello” (XL/Remote Control) to begin a second week at the summit of the ARIA Singles Chart. The Canadian pop singer also claims the No. 3 spot with “Sorry” and he completes a clean-sweep of the top three on ARIA’s Streaming Tracks chart (“Love Yourself”-“Sorry”-“What Do You Mean?”). The …

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Diplo Shares His Favorite Songs of 2015

Diplo has had a very successful 2015. On top of producing/co-producing some of the biggest songs of the year like Jack U and Justin Bieber’s “Where Are U Now” and “Lean On” with his Major Lazer crew, MO and DJ Snake, he is also the most Shazamed artist of the year. For the latest episode of his BBC Radio 1Xtra show Diplo & Friends, the world-class producer/DJ shares a two-hour mix of his favorite songs …

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Adele Announces North American Tour

Adele‘s hitting the road next year, her first tour in over five years. Her first show touches down on July 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center while the final show is scheduled for November 15 in Mexico City at Palacio los Deportes. Tickets will be available on December 17 at 10am EST on her official website here. If you recall, her last North American tour (4 years ago) was cancelled after …

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The Highest Paid Musicians of 2015

Forbes has revealed the ten highest paid musicians of 2015. The expansive, worldwide list looks at artists from all genres, including popstars and and country singers. Topping this year’s list is Katy Perry, who earned $135 million this year. One Direction came in at a close second with $130 million, while country artist Garth Brooks comes in at third with $90 million. When it comes to two of the predominant modern genres — hip-hop and …

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Tracklist for Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ Movie Soundtrack Revealed

Spike Lee’s upcoming film Chi-Raq is set to hit the silver screen this Friday, December 4, the same day that the film’s soundtrack will also be available to the public. Today, officially announced, is the soundtrack lineup to Lee’s upcoming music satire that will feature Sasha Go Hard, Tink, Kid Ink, R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko and more. Check it out below. 1. Nick Cannon – Pray 4 My City 2. R. Kelly f/ Tink – …

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Jaden Smith is Writing a Philosophy Book

Jaden Smith philosophy coming to book store near you. The 17 year-old musician/actor is reportedly working on his own philosophy book. If you’ve been keeping tabs on Young Jaden via Twitter, you’ll know he has a tendency to drop gems like “How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real” and “Hardwork dedication until there’s peace and non-poverty in every nation, and I isn’t patient.” So what will this book be about? According to …

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Chris Brown’s Next Album Only Features Two Other Artists

The official tracklist for Chris Brown‘s forthcoming studio album Royalty has surfaced. According to the newly-released list, Royalty will include 14 all-new songs on its standard edition and 18 on its deluxe version. The deluxe edition will include a collaboration with Future entitled “U Did It,” which will serve as the project’s final track. The traditional, standard version of Royalty features only one guest: up-and-coming street rapper Solo Lucci, who is also signed to Chris Brown’s label RCA. …

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Tupac Biopic Finds New Director

Benny Boom is in negotations to replace Carl Franklin as director. With the clock ticking on Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur movie, the company is in the midst of hiring music video and commercial director Benny Boom to helm. The company, which has been working for years to bring the late rapper’s story to the big screen, is operating with a sense of urgency given that the music rights will revert back to Shakur’s mother, Afeni …

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How Dave Chappelle Is Creating a ‘No-Phone Zone’ for His Chicago Shows

Poll any group of Hollywood comedians and you’ll hear the recurring gripes about smartphones and their dreaded byproduct, smartphone video: The glowing devices distract during performances; their well-honed material plummets in street value once posted to YouTube; and, in the case of more provocative comics, it renders them the target of an angry Twitter mob. Now, Dave Chappelle is taking matters into his own hands: The revered funnyman has entered into a deal with San Francisco-based Yondr to use …

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Lil Wayne & Rae Sremmurd Embarking on ‘Dedication’ Tour

Lil Wayne is hitting the road for a few months. Lil Wayne is supporting his latest round of releases with a new tour. Dubbed the “Dedication” tour, Lil Wayne’s latest series of shows will take the Young Money rapper from Texas to Nebraska within the course of a couple of months. The “Dedication” tour features 19 dates, with Rae Sremmurd acting as direct support on most of them. You can check out the full tour …

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Willow Smith’s New Album Is Near

At only 15 years, Willow Smith is almost ready to serve her next full-length project. In a conversation with DJ Skee at Odd Future’s Camp Flog Gnaw carnival last week, she explained why she cut down her new album: “I originally had 26 songs for the album. Then I looked at it and I said, ‘You know, nowadays the kids have a short attention span, so I think I should go in the teen area.’ …

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Talib Kweli Was Attacked by Racists

During this past weekend, Talib Kweli was in Copenhagen to play a show. While he took some time to visit the district of Christiania — which he describes as being one of his “favorite places in the world” — he was “attacked by two bigots” for the “color of [his] skin.” He further described that it was not an “Internet attack” but one that was “physical.” Fortunately, he is doing okay and remains thankful for …

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Timbaland Aims to “Control” Trap Music, Claims That Nobody Can Compete With Drake

Right now, Timbaland is hard at work on his forthcoming album Opera Noir and took some time off for a new interview with Vulture. In the conversation, he addressed a number of topics such as the new LP, working on the hit show Empire, and that he might drop a free mixtape very soon. He also revealed that he might be on Drake‘s highly-anticipated upcoming album Views From the 6, but did not provide an official …

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Beyoncé Will Launch Her Own Streetwear Brand

In partnership with Topshop owner Philip Green, Beyoncé is getting ready to launch a new streetwear brand. According to NME, the pop star is teaming up with Green’s multinational retailing company Arcadia Group for the clothing line. The company announced in a statement that global distribution will launch in spring of 2016. Who knows, with Rocawear being in such a dire state right now, maybe Beyoncé can help her husband JAY Z with some rebranding/relaunching …

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Adele’s ’25’ Broke Records & Sold Millions its First Week

Adele destroys yet another record Here’s more fuel to the fire that is Adele‘s current career. Directly following its first week of release, the official numbers are in for Adele’s most recent album 25. As we previously reported, the LP already shattered records in just a few days. Though initial projections placed 25 at about 2.9 million copies sold, Billboard is reporting that the official, final numbers eclipsed that. 25 sold 3.38 million copies its first, the most any album …