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Wasiu Reworks The Internet’s “Girl” for “Good Girl

Wasiu waxes poetic about a girl with an unexpected personality and lifestyle for his latest, “Good Girl.” Produced by Raw Records co-founder and Montreal producer Dear Lola, “Good Girl” finds its foundations in a song originally cooked up by The Internet. The Internet’s “Girl” serves as the basis for Dear Lola’s production on Wasiu’s new single, breathing new life into the Kaytranada-produced cut. “Good Girl” serves as the second single released in support of Wasiu’s …

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Kembe X featuring Zacari – Psykles

For his second release of the month Kembe X gives us a sure to be fan favorite entitled “Psykles.” A continuation on his historically introspective catalogue, this one is exceptionally effective in bringing the listeners into the emcee’s mental much thanks to the work of Newz on the production. Assisting on the cut is LA-based singer Zacari who finishes off the track as impressively as it started. Keep an eye out for Kembe’s upcoming project Talk Back. x_share …

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Drake Co-Signed Singer Alessia Cara on Her Rising Fame: ‘It’s the Coolest Fluke Ever’

For her first-ever TV performance in July, on The Tonight Show no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer — or even slightly showy — look. The stage lights rose to reveal the singer, 19, in the casual, woke-up-like-this uniform favored by teens everywhere: ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and an ironic T-shirt (it read “Life of the Party”). The only semblance of flare was winged eyeliner, done up a la her idol Amy …

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Avicii Premieres Soulful Left-Field Single ‘Pure Grinding’: Exclusive

 Swedish hitmaker ‘explore new sounds’ on the ‘Stories’ album cut. Avicii‘s latest single may surprise you. On Friday, the Swedish superstar released his new double single “Pure Grinding For a Better Day,” an amalgamated title of two tracks drawn from his sophomore LP Stories. Featuring freewheeling vocals from Swedish songwriter Kristoffer Fogelmark and Def Jam’s Earl St. Clair, “Pure Grinding” is a refreshing slice of swing funk whose guitar licks and sax lines fit seamlessly into the producer’s tasteful trap-inspired …

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Grimes Announces the Launch of Eerie Organization, Will Release Newcomer Nicole Dollanganger

The collective-slash-artist-incubator will also be the Canadian home of Grimes’ upcoming full-length. First of all, Claire Boucher (better known as Grimes) is not really starting a label. She could, but she’s not. Really. Now let’s back up, to where this began. Nicole Dallanganger has a voice like a focused wooden wind chime, eighty percent air and whisper and the rest a smooth drip of lantern ambergris. The Toronto-based artist has been uploading her home-recorded work …

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Tegan and Sara Sign with WME: Exclusive

WME has signed Tegan and Sara worldwide, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. In February the indie duo took the Oscars stage to perform The Lego Movie’s nominated song “Everything Is Awesome.” That celebratory appearance came a year after Tegan and Sara swept their native Canada’s Juno Awards, winning Group of the Year as well as accolades for pop album Heartthrob and its lead single “Closer,” which became their first song to chart …

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Everything We Know About Drake’s ‘Epic,’ Star-Studded New Album

In Billboard’s new fall preview issue, we take a look at Drake’s highly anticipated new album. Here’s what we know about Views From the 6. Back-to-Back? If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake‘s so-called mixtape unleashed without warning or advance promotion in February, is the top-selling album released in 2015. So imagine what his proper studio album in the works since 2014, Views From the 6, could do. Particularly with an expected heavy push from Apple …

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Queen Latifah on Emmy-Nominated ‘Bessie’ Role: ‘She Challenged Me on Every Level’

Queen Latifah is vying to win her first Emmy for her stirring performance in the HBO film Bessie, but her portrayal of blues legend Bessie Smith has already accomplished a very special milestone in her career. “It was the first time I ever watched a movie with me in it and made myself cry,” says Latifah, 45, who is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie at the Sept. 20 …

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Jaden Smith Talks MSFTS in First Issue of ‘CR Fashion Book’ for Men

Former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld came out with a men’s version to her highly regarded CR Fashion Book, titled CR Men’s Book. Jaden Smith was subjected in the inaugural edition, who spoke on his eccentric personality and fashion sense — chiefly the science behind his brand MSFTS. Smith firmly believes the influence behind his “family” MSFTS are boundless, and that its potential to create extends far beyond fashion. Jaden rhetorically asks “what is MSFTS? By asking this question you are already limiting …

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Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) & Kendrick Lamar Join Forces at Osheaga

During Kendrick Lamar‘s headlining set at Osheaga, he invited none other than Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, a special guest to support him for the segment of his latest To Pimp a Butterfly single “Alright.” The good folks over at Pigeons & Planes captured the iconic moment on camera as you can see in the clip below. Yasiin was watching Kendrick’s performance from the side of the stage before he came out dancing to “King …

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Raekwon Celebrates The Anniversary Of ‘OB4CL’ Album With ‘The Purple Tapes’ Sneakers

After the Wu-Tang Clan’s incredible rise out of the slums of Shaolin AKA Staten Island New York, it was the Chef Raekwon’s debut album Only Built For Cuban Linx… that set the tone for rap slang terminology and urban street culture for years to come. Rae’s early solo music was so easily identifiable when it was released on cassette tape because of its purple color and thus the legend of the “Purple Tape” was born. Rap cyphers …

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Spike Lee To Be Honored At Oscars With Lifetime Achievement Award

Spike Lee may not have been granted an Oscar for “Do The Right Thing” or “4 Little Girls” (his only two nominations) but the Brooklyn filmmaker is finally in line for his golden trophy, which will be presented to him on November 14. On Tuesday (August 25), Lee was voted in for a Governors’ Award by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It’s a big deal—there’s a maximum of six slots available per year and Lee is …

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Kim and Kanye Awarded $440,000 Settlement From YouTube Co-Founder Following Leaked Engagement Video: Report

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have reportedly settled their lawsuit against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, whom they sued in 2013 after he secretly took video of (and eventually leaked) their proposal in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Hurley and the Kardashian-Wests have agreed to a $440,000 settlement, per a report by TMZ — after Hurley pays up, the suit will be dismissed. The couple sued after Hurley snuck into the park, took video of the proposal (which later aired on E!‘s Keeping …

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Rising R&B Star Tinashe: ‘I Don’t See Myself as an Urban Niche Act’

​Tinashe is an admitted member of the more-is-more school of thought: “I grew up in the era of steady content, every day, all day,” says the 22-year-old, calling in from her tour with Nicki Minaj days after playing Billboard tracks off her upcoming ­sophomore LP in a downtown Manhattan studio. “Days off drive me crazy — I just sit around and I think about all the shit I could be doing.” In four prolific years …

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Everything We Know About Adele’s Long-Awaited New Album

Adele has been teasing the follow-up to her 2011 blockbuster, 21, for more than a year, but a new set of music may finally materialize this fall — the label is planning on a November release Adele and her team have remained mum since May 2014, when the singer teased an album titled 25 for later in the year, but her label, XL Recordings, subsequently ruled out that timeline. Danger Mouse has been working on …

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Fetty Wap Reveals Cover Artwork For New Album

If you could name just one artist that went from nameless to famous in the last two years, it’s got to be Fetty Wap. Although it took over a year to happen, the New Jersey rapper’s single “Trap Queen” landed in the Billboard Top 10, and soon, his first four singles made it into the hip-hop Top 10 charts. Now, Wap has officially announced that a new album is on its way, releasing a teaser …

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Excision Responds to Bassnectar’s Claims on Dubstep Being “a Thing of the Past”

Nobody likes being labeled, and two weeks ago, Bassnectar addressed this issue in a conversation with Star Tribune. Feeling that the term “electronic music” is an inaccurate description for his music, Bassnectar shares: “I don’t even view ‘electronic music’ as a thing anymore. That’s like saying, ‘An electronic day.’ The world is electronic. All music is electronic these days, unless it’s someone playing an acoustic guitar on a porch. Kenny Chesney’s music is electronic, and …

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Pusha T Is “Feverishly Trying to Finish” ‘King Push’

Pusha T has unveiled some more bits of information regarding his highly-anticipated King Push project. In a newly-released interview with Billboard, the GOOD Music rapper tells writer Natalie Weiner that he is “feverishly trying to finish” his next LP. Push gave the following response to Billboard when questioned about his forthcoming album: I am feverishly — I love that word so much these days. I am feverishly trying to finish King Push, and get some music out this month. It’s a …

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Black Hippy Will Reconnect on Jay Rock’s New Album

Die hard fans of TDE and Black Hippy will have even more reason to listen when Jay Rock‘s long-awaited album 90059 officially arrives. At a listening party in Los Angeles over the weekend, Jay Rock premiered his new project in its entirety, and a Black Hippy posse cut is included among the record’s offerings. Entitled “Vice City,” the track will serve as the first time in years that all members of Black Hippy have united under the …

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Tyler, The Creator Banned from UK for “3-5 Years”

As we reported a couple days ago, Tyler, The Creator recently had to cancel shows in the UK and Ireland. Now, Tyler, The Creator and his manager Christian Clancy have issued statements on the matter. Tyler has been banned from entering the UK for somewhere between 3 to 5 years per a letter from the secretary of state for the home department of the united kingdom. the letter specifically cites lyrics he wrote 6-7 years …

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Master P ‘King of the South’

Percy “Master P” Miller showed the game how to get money. From his rise through New Orleans to becoming one of the rap game’s biggest business… man, the No Limit captain has done it all and undoubtedly seen it all. So, following the success behind N.W.A’s fantastic biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” P has plans of stepping up to the plate with his very own biographical film, “King of the South.” “My movie is going to …