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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Renames Bronx Street to Honor The Birthplace of Hip-Hop

The birthplace of hip-hop now has a “Hip Hop Boulevard.” New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed a bill into law this past Thursday (February 25) that renamed dozens of streets in all five boroughs, including Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx where hip-hop was born. With the stroke of a pen, de Blasio put one in the history books, renaming the block “Hip Hop Boulevard” in honor of the August 11, 1973 party where …

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Kesha Says Her Face is ‘Swollen From Tears’ After All the Fan Support

Following an outpouring of support over Kesha‘s denied injunction bid against Dr. Luke on Friday, the pop star has spoken up with a brief message of appreciation. In a post to Instagram on Tuesday (Feb. 23), Kesha wrote, “I am beyond words in gratitude. thank you is not enough but it is all I have. a million times over and forever thank you. the support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. …

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Ticket Sales for Beyonce’s ‘Formation Tour’ Have Already Exceeded $100 Million

A couple weeks ago, Beyonce announced her next major world tour, the “Formation World Tour.” With not even a month deep into ticket sales, Billboard is reporting that Queen Bey has already racked up over $100 million in ticket sales. Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring, calls the numbers “beyond fantastic,” while labeling the tour’s entire rollout — from the Superbowl performance to the new single and its video — “genius.” “When you …

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Sky Ferreira Plans to Drop Mike Dean-Helmed New Album Soon This has the potential to be her best yet.

Sky Ferreira is planning to drop her next studio album this summer. In a new interview with Dazed, Ferreira had the following to say regarding the project: I started writing the lyrics two years ago when I was touring, and that’s when the name came to me. The way I look at it, it’s about going from one thing to another. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my own self-value. Before, in order to …

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Yasiin Bey Named Creative Director of South African Brand Unknown Union His first collection will be a cultural tribute to the Basotho people of South Africa.

Brooklyn-born, activist Yasiin Bey recently announced his retirement from the hip-hop game and has now officially signed on as Creative Director of Unknown Union, a South African-born label based in Cape Town and New York. With Yasiin at the helm overseeing the brand’s design concepts, the label is about to launch The Original Royals Collection. The range celebrates the rich history of the Basotho people, a Bantu ethnic group from southern Africa, specifically inspired by …

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Dance Artists Congratulate Skrillex & Diplo on 2016 Grammy Wins

Diplo and Skrillex took home the gold twice at the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night (Feb. 15), winning Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album. The night also included a live performance of their Grammy-winning single “Where Are U Now” alongside Justin Bieber as Skrillex shredded on guitar and Diplo pounded on the drums.    

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s Phenomenal Performance at the 2016 GRAMMYs

Kendrick Lamar delivered not only the best performance tonight at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, it was probably one of the best ones that ever took place at the award show. King Kendrick was nominated 11 times tonight and he’s been dominating in the rap categories. Introduced by Don Cheadle, the Compton rapper delivered a stellar performance of his To Pimp A Butterfly tracks, “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright.” K-dot close his set off with …

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Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Common Target Streaming in Beseeching Grammys Speech

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow (No. 55 on this year’s Power 100, announced Feb. 12) and Common used the Academy’s yearly time slot on the Grammys stage to hold the royalties paid out by streaming services over the coals. “When you stream a song, all the people that created that music receive a fraction of a penny,” said Portnow after a performance from 12-year-old pianist Joey Alexander. “Isn’t a song worth more than a penny?” …

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Grammys 2016: Lady Gaga Says David Bowie Tribute Was the Most Challenging Thing She’s Done

Lady Gaga says paying tribute to the late David Bowie at the Grammys is probably the most challenging thing she’s done in career because the icon influenced her greatly and helped shape her identity. Gaga performed an extended tribute to Bowie at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, channeling the legend as Ziggy Stardust as she ran through his hits, including “Space Oddity,” ”Let’s Dance,” ”Changes” and “Heroes.” Days before the performance, she …

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Zendaya at 2016 Grammys: ‘There’s Definitely an Album Coming Up Very Soon’

Wearing a mullet and suit to the 2016 Grammys in homage to the late David Bowie, Zendaya caught up with Billboard on the Grammys red carpet and let us know the status of her hotly anticipated upcoming album. “I’m focusing on the song right now,” Zendaya says of her “Something New” single, “But there’s definitely an album in the pot. Definitely an album coming up very soon.” The iconoclastic pop star also shared her thoughts …

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58th Annual Grammy Awards: TV Review

It’s a good thing the all-star tribute to Lionel Richie was performed early on at the Grammy Awards. Considering the number of similar salutes to recently deceased performers that followed, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see Richie checking his pulse to make sure he was still alive. After a medley of his hits performed by John Legend, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Meghan Trainor and Tyrese, Richie, who could be seen singing along from his …

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Lana Del Rey Talks New ‘Freak’ Video, Summer Festivals at Grammy Event

There will be no “Summertime Sadness” for Lana Del Rey. The “Ultraviolence” singer will spend the summer playing festivals in Europe and Russia, including the Park Live Festival in Moscow on July 10, and she couldn’t be happier about it, she told Billboard at The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing’s tribute to Rick Rubin. “The festivals are the most fun. It’s open air, there are no bouncy walls so the sound is amazing and …

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Rihanna Hits the Runway -This Time as a Designer

Rihanna is certainly used to stopping the show, whether as a performer or as a fashion figure whose daring choices can make headlines. But at New York Fashion Week on Friday (Feb. 12), she let her models make the splashy entrances. After all, she was the designer this time. The singer presented her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection, heavy on Japanese-inspired streetwear in almost exclusively black and white, with, she said, “a Gothic undertone.” As …

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Drake Presented With Key to Toronto at NBA All-Star Celebrity Game:

Drake rapped about getting the key to Toronto in his new song “Summer Sixteen” — and on Friday (Feb. 12), he got his wish. “The world’s most famous Torontonian” was given the key to Toronto by Mayor John Tory ahead of coaching Team Canada to a victory against Team USA at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. The rapper now joins such illustrious key holders as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Celine Dion. At center …

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Katy Perry Invited Taylor Swift to Her Pre-Grammy Party

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift‘s beef is well documented, but is it possible the pop stars are making amends? The conflict between the once friends is widely believed to be the subject of Swift’s “Bad Blood,” as well as varying shades of shade thrown back and forth on social media and in interviews. But now it seems Perry has invited Swift to her pre-Grammy party. Whether Swift will show is another thing. Perry is planning …

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Corporate Kaya? Bob Marley Cannabis Brand to Launch on Reggae Icon’s 71st Birthday

“Excuse me while I light my spliff, good God I gotta take a lift,” sang Bob Marley on “Easy Skanking” from his 1978 album Kaya — an oft-used slang for marijuana. Today, that spliff could be legally smoked in several American states and, as of today, it may come bearing the premium brand of the late reggae icon. Marley Natural — developed by the Marley Estate in partnership with Manhattan-based Privateer Holdings, the first private …

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Jhene Aiko & Gallant Collide for “Skipping Stones”

It makes sense that Red Bull would recruit Gallant, Adrian Younge and Jhene Aiko for their biggest musical effort of 2016 thus far, as all three of those artists have been propelling themselves since the year began. For a new song called “Skipping Stones,” Red Bull have united the aforementioned trio. “Skipping Stones” will be included on a forthcoming digital release from Red Bull, which they plan to drop very soon on February 5. The …

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$12.6 Million Spent on eBay for Kanye West’s Yeezy Boosts

Kanye West undoubtedly had the most sought after shoes last year and for many, the only way to score a pair of Yeezy Boosts was through Ebay, and from the looks of it, it wasn’t quite exactly most cost efficient method. Highsnobiety teamed up with Campless to gather data on overall shoe purchases on eBay. From their findings, it was discovered that sales of Yeezy Boosts far exceeded all the popular shoes on eBay last …

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Kendrick Lamar Wants to Sweep the Grammys

In a new interview for Billboard, Kendrick Lamar is making his Grammys intentions clear: he wants to absolutely dominate the awards ceremony. “I want to win them all,” he tells Billboard. With many feeling as though Kendrick was basically “robbed” following his loss in 2014, the TDE lyricist’s warpath seems like a given. Speaking to Billboard about his previous Grammys loss, Kendrick got the following off his chest: “[The Grammy defeats] would have been upsetting to …