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Yasiin Bey Enlists Two Huge Legends to Help Launch His Final Tour

Since his official retirement announcement back in October, Yasiin Bey has been hard at work ensuring his career concludes in the right way. He released his final studio album Dec. 99th earlier this week, and has a brief farewell tour planned for the coming weeks. Last night, Bey took to the stage of New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater to begin his retirement run, choosing to use the day of his last LP’s release to begin his …

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Tiësto Unleashes New ‘Melancholic’ AFTR:HRS Compilation, Reflects on 2016: Exclusive

What does an electronic heavyweight listen to when he’s not busy making his own smash hits? Today (Dec.23), Tiësto is letting us into his world in a new way with the release of a brand new compilation album comprised of 14 highlight releases from his sub-label AFTR:HRS, which launched earlier this year. In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Tiësto spoke about the passion project, his label and reflected on dance music’s (very busy) 2016. What kinds …

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The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ Breaks Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart

The DJ duo’s smash leads for a 17th week. Plus, moves for Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson, Maroon 5 & Ralphi Rosario. The Chainsmokers establish a new standard for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, as “Closer,” featuring Halsey, spends a 17th week at No. 1 (on the list dated Dec. 31). The track eclipses Swedish House Mafia‘s “Don’t You Worry Child” (featuring John Martin), whose 16 weeks at No. 1 in 2012-13 …

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J. Cole’s Entire ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Album Is on Billboard’s Hot 100 With no features, once again.

J. Cole’s entire new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. All 10 tracks, along with “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies,” charted this week — 12 tracks in total. Cole is one of the few artists to accomplish this feat. Recently, The Weeknd’s Starboy also charted the Hot 100 entirely, but unlike Cole’s album, Starboy contained guest features. Cole’s fourth album debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart and has the third-biggest first …

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A$AP Rocky Shares a Preview of His New Single Flacko Jodye Season is upon us.

It looks like A$AP Rocky has been in the studio as of late, as the Harlem rapper uploaded a clip on Twitterearly this morning with a new song playing in the background. Though short and a bit distorted, you can already tell that track has a silky smooth flair to it. It could perhaps even be one of the lead singles off the two new albums he plans on releasing in 2017. Listen below and check out our …

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Young Paris re-ups his African Vogue

  Any way you describe it sounds like an anomaly: conscious dance music. Tribal electronica. Hip-hop meets EDM meets Afrobeats — with a message. Yet, Young Paris’s music is all these things. It’s an intricate balance, but as you dance to the relentless beats, you find yourself learning about the riches of Africa and singing along to a message of self-love. For instance, take the track “Destined,” where Paris raps with pride, “Oh my God, …

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New Music ‘Patience’ EP by Young Futura

  Young Futura, made of Washington DC’s Beau Young and LA-based French producer Futura, have released their first joint EP Patience. Blending hip-hop, electronic, and dance rhythms, the two have created a fresh, new sound that will get your feet moving and booty bumping in no time. Speaking on the project, Young Futura explains: “When creating our debut EP we wanted to introduce listeners to a world where hip-hop and dance music can co-exist. Each song …

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Watch The Weeknd Bring Kendrick Lamar Onstage for “Sidewalks” The Compton rapper even does some hype man work for Abel.

The Weeknd has been riding on the momentum of his highly successful album Starboy by performing a series of pre-Christmas show dates. On Saturday, The Weeknd played at a VEVO Presents show at LA’s Hangar Studios. During his performance of song “Sidewalks,” the Toronto crooner brought out Kendrick Lamar on stage to perform with him. The pair exchanged a hug and during the performance, the Compton rapper even did some hype man work and sang along with …

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Listen to Denzel Curry’s “Knotty Head” Remix Featuring AJ Tracey & Rick Ross An impressive remix to one of Curry’s biggest singles of 2016.

Denzel Curry released arguably one of his biggest collaborations back in March with the release of “Knotty Head,” featuring fellow Carol City native, Rick Ross. Today, Curry drops off a remix to that single, this time enlisting a verse from buzzing up-and-coming grime MC, AJ Tracey. Rick Ross doesn’t make an appearance in the video, but his young bulls made sure to hold it down.

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Preview Young Thug & 21 Savage’s New Song

Young Thug has taken to social media to share another snippet from his forthcoming collaboration with 21 Savage. The two Atlanta rhymesayers are currently on tour together and it looks like the two have taken some time to work together in the studio. The one-minute clip, captioned with “Petty,” is the longest preview of the track yet and the video finds Thug appearing in front of a private jet with a stack of cash on …

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J. Cole’s New Album Grabs the No. 1 Spot on the Billboard 200 Album Charts

It looks like J. Cole is looking to close out 2016 on top of the rap game. His fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, has officially snagged the no. 1 spot in the country on the Billboard 200 Album Charts. This will be the fourth no. 1 album of his career, and the third largest sales debut of 2016 following Beyonce’s Lemonade and Drake’s VIEWS. The project moved 492,000 equivalent album copies on its first week, and of those …

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Watch the New Skepta Documentary, ‘Greatness Only’

Following the preview trailer last week, Skepta’s new Apple Music documentary ‘Greatness Only’ is now available to watch. Written and produced by his sister Julie Adenuga, the film chronicles the grime MC’s life during the run-up to his massive show at London’s Alexandra Palace. Artists such as Pharrell Williams and DJ Semtex were tapped for interviews, along with his brother, JME and mother Ify Adenuga. Skepta was also featured on our HB100 list amongst other industry notables. Watch …

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Kylie Jenner Has Raked in $10 Million USD with Her Branded Merch

To say that 2016 was simply a year of “realizing stuff” for Kylie Jenner would be an understatement. The youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan has not only built her beauty empire with a coveted lineup of makeup products, but she has also stepped into the fashion realm this year with the launch of her branded merch. Last week, the 19-year-old even opened her very own Kylie pop-up store in Los Angeles, selling a wide range of items from lingerie and T-shirts, to …

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Mick Jenkins and KAYTRANADA Reconnect For “Aurora Borealis” Always a winning combination.

Directly on the heels of the release of his video for “Spread Love,” Mick Jenkins is back to dropping new tracks. Reconnecting with past collaborator KAYTRANADA, the Chicago emcee serves up a soulful cut dubbed “Aurora Borealis.” The latest from KAYTRA and Jenkins comes to us courtesy of 119 Productions’ new Countdown to Midnight project, which is out today. Besides this collaboration, Countdown to Midnight also boasts contributions from Martin $ky, King Louie, Jean Deaux, Saba and others. You can stream “Aurora …

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END. Spotlights Kenzo’s First Delivery for 2017 Spring/Summer in Latest Editorial Soft goods swathed in playful graphics.

This past June, Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon graced fans with their ’90s-inspired 2017 spring/summer collection. Now, the Parisian fashion house has dropped its first installment for the warmer months and is placed in the limelight by menswear retail stalwart, END. The bold and vibrant assemblage consists of T-shirts, button-down shirts and crewneck sweatshirts. Star pieces include the brand’s Tiger Face insignia emblazoned on a heather grey crewneck and the “Friday” tee that possesses playful graphics.

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Jazz Cartier Announces New Project ‘Fleurever’ 2017 is going to be intense.

Canada’s Jazz Cartier is on a warpath to the top of his country’s music scene. Following a very successful part couple of years, Cartier has plans to continue his ascent with a round of new music in the coming year. At a packed homecoming show in Toronto, the “Red Alert” rapper announced his studio project. As he revealed to his hometown fans, Jazz Cartier plans to drop Fleurever in 2017. While the Canadian artist didn’t specify a release date …

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The Roots To Tip Off NBA All-Star Game 2017

In honor of the 66th NBA All-Star Game, The Roots will open up the show’s festivities with a special performance at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Before the NBA All-Star East and West teams hit the floor, the prolific Grammy Award-winning group and official house band of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will deliver a scintillating performance centered around the history of basketball. Their performance, alongside other events that …

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Anderson .Paak’s ‘Am I Wrong?’ Leads Top TV Commercials Chart for November

Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty round out the top three. For the first time in three months, a new song graces the No. 1 spot of Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart, powered by Shazam. Anderson .Paak’s “Am I Wrong?” featuring ScHoolboy Q, a hip-hop track combining R&B and neo-soul, leads the November chart after its appearance in Google’s “Joy Ride by You, Phone by Google” ad. The song overtakes Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap,” which held …

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T.I. Releases New Album ‘Us or Else: Letter to the System’

Just a few months after his Us or Else EP release, T.I. dropped the surprise 15-track project Us Or Else: Letter to the System overnight on Tidal. The second installment (which features a few songs from the Us or Else EP) is a continuation of T.I.’s political stance, with tracks like “Warzone,” “I Swear” and “We Will Not.” Collectively, the projects are a musical response to social injustices, police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other topics that resonate with listeners. An additional theme on Us …

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Pro Era’s CJ Fly Drops First Album in Three Years, ‘FLYTRAP’ Another huge release from the popular NYC crew.

Three years after dropping his debut studio album Thee Way Eye See It, Pro Era emcee CJ Fly returns with the anticipated follow-up effort. FLYTRAP features 14 new tracks from the NYC rapper, with contributions coming in from Eryn Allen Kane and Devontee. On a day that offers hip-hop heads a sea of quality new releases, CJ Fly’s latest full-length certainly stands at the top of the pack. For those familiar with the Pro Era mission statement, you …