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The new artwork has been revealed to replace Virgil Abloh's much-hated original art for the cover of late rapper Pop Smoke's posthumous album titled Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon.

The original cover failed to inspire Pop Smoke's fans, who trashed the cover - and Abloh's artistic design skills - on social media.

The 39-year-old artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection unveiled the cover, a grayscale picture of Pop Smoke surrounded by metallic roses and barbed wire, in a since-deleted Instagram post on Monday.

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Captioning the snap, Abloh wrote: "the last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future. this album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from the concrete of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

But many fans of the 20-year-old rapper, who was shot and killed in L.A. in February, expressed their bitter disappointment in the image.

The record label chose to stick with the rose theme for the new cover art. The new image is a single metallic rose on a black background.

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The reviews for the new cover art were mixed.

"I still don't like this shit," one fan wrote on Instagram.

"Imagine everyone clowning on u for making a bad album cover just for it to b a rose at tha end," wrote another user.

“That's better than Virgil shit," wrote a third user.

Some fans submitted their own album cover art to replace Abloh's cover.


 

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Kanye West released his much-anticipated single "Wash Us In the Blood" mixed by Dr. Dre and featuring Travis Scott off his upcoming 10th studio album God's Country.

The music video was also launched on YouTube on Tuesday. The video, which is directed by artist Arthur Jafa, contains a montage of viral video clips, some featuring Black Lives Matter protests.

Jafa also created the artwork for the album, which is available in a variety of different formats including a 12-inch picture disc, 7-inch red vinyl, red cassette, CD and a standalone digital single; all featuring artwork by Jafa.

Kanye West's 2019 album Jesus Is King debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, surpassing the Beatles and once again tying Eminem for the most consecutive #1 album debuts in chart history, with nine.

Jesus Is King also made history with #1 debuts on both the Rap Album and Gospel Album charts.

On the Jesus Is King album, New York Magazine wrote "There comes a time, when musicians devote themselves to big questions, where the biggest question of them all comes calling, the question of what, if anything, orders the universe... Jesus Is King is the man coming full circle."

On Kanye West, NBC News offered: "It is not hyperbole to call West a genius."

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Usher has urged men not to be afraid to show their emotions in his powerful new song "I CRY".

"I can't keep it together. I usually don't show my emotions," he sings in the song that he says is inspired by his two sons, Usher Raymond V, 12, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 11.

The 41-year-old singer shares custody of his sons 50/50 with ex-wife Tameka Foster. He admitted he wants to set an example for his boys that there's no shame in a man crying.

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"This song was inspired by wanting to teach my sons that it is ok for a man to feel emotions deeply and to cry. Like many men, I was raised to believe that we have to be ‘tough’ and not show our vulnerability, which I don’t want to teach them," he wrote in a statement on Twitter.

Usher added that the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests around the world also motivated him to drop the inspirational tune.

"While I was shut in during the pandemic and watching the death of George Floyd, the ongoing slaughter of Black men and women, the protests and the events that unfolded, I became very connected to the wider universal feeling of hopelessness," he explained.

"Like many, I grew increasingly frustrated by how slow things have been to change. I became very depressed thinking about all (the) sons who have lost their fathers to police brutality, social injustice and violence; the daughters and mothers too. So I returned to this song and realized it was intended for this time, so I finished it and here it is."
 

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CeeLo Green releases his new album, CeeLo Green is… Thomas Callaway, featuring singles "Lead Me", "Doing It All Together" and "People Watching". This is the Grammy Award Winning artist's first album in five years, and as critics are saying, "Green's boom of a voice has been unearthed in a different way than fans… are used to hearing.”

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LISTEN to CeeLo Green is… Thomas Callaway HERE:
 
CeeLo Green, real name Thomas Callaway, collaborated with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, who is the producer and creative director of this new album. It all came together when Dan invited CeeLo to Nashville for some songwriting sessions and after penning almost 30 songs together (with no intention of creating an album), Dan said that CeeLo's voice would be great on some of the tracks.

They went into his studio with a live band of legendary 60s & 70s musicians and in one take, they recorded the album that you hear today. This is the first time that CeeLo has recorded in-studio with a live band behind him and it really gives it that vintage sound and feel.

The live band, which Auerbach curated, included Nashville musicians such as Bobby Wood (who has backed greats like ELVIS), Dave Roe (bass player for Johnny Cash), Gene Crisman (famous drummer who played with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield), Russ Pahl (electric guitarist who plays for Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift), among others.

Track Listing for CeeLo Green is… Thomas Callaway:

    For You
    Lead Me
    Little Mama
    Don’t Lie
    I Wonder How Love…
    People Watching
    You Gotta Do It All
    Doing It All Together
    Slow Down
    Down With The Sun
    Thinking Out Loud
    The Way

 

 

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Beyonce's new track, "Black Parade," commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, is officially a flop.

To accompany the song, the manipulative singer listed a directory of Black businesses (mostly young Black artisans) on her personal website. She called the business directory "Parade Route."

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The track, which dropped on Friday night, managed to garner only 1.8 million views and over 6,000 dislikes on Beyonce's YouTube channel as of Sunday afternoon.

Beyonce's team keeps deleting the video when it racks up dislikes and tons of negative comments. The video now has just over 280K views and 552 dislikes.

A YouTube viewer commented: "the song is just okay... its actually one of the worse songs she's done... again the black directory makes it worth it but I'm not gonna praise the song... sorry."

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Your auntie knew that if I was patient long enough, Beyonce would one day be irrelevant in my lifetime. Call me petty but I'm enjoying watching her downfall.

It's a bittersweet moment for your auntie. Some of my regular roses know about the fake restraining order, the lies, the police report, the death threats, the online harassment, the blacklisting, etc.

The internet has managed to do what your auntie failed to do: clip the queen bee's wings and bring her back down to earth.

Beyonce is finally irrelevant.
 

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Beyonce Knowles surprised her fans by dropping a new track "Black Parade" to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19.

Beyonce celebrates the rich history of West African slaves in Texas who were liberated and emancipated in 1865:

    We got rhythm (We got rhythm), we got pride (We got pride)
    We birth kings (We birth kings), we birth tribes (We birth tribes)
    Holy river (Holy river), holy tongue (Holy tongue)
    Speak the glory (Speak the glory), feel the love (Feel the love)
    Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
    Motherland, motherland drip on me, hey, hey, hey
    I can't forget my history, it's her-story
    Motherland drip on me, motherland, motherland drip on me

She also shouts out her loyal BeyHive fanatics on the track. "You hear them swarmin', right? Bees is known to bite."

The track is the 39-year-old singer's 2nd offering in 2020. She hopped on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage Remix" earlier this year. With Beyonce help, "Savage Remix" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
 

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Teyana Taylor dropped her highly anticipated third LP, THE ALBUM, today (Juneteenth) via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.

The Album (features collabos with special guests Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, Quavo, Missy Elliott, Future, Big Sean, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and more!

Listen: Stream The Album here.

Tapped by Pitchfork as one of the "most anticipated albums of the summer," THE ALBUM also features Teyana's new graduation anthem "Made It," pegged by NPR as a "a triumphant, isolation-proof anthem for the Class of 2020," the Janet
Jackson
-approved viral sensation "Bare Wit Me", the Kanye West-produced "We Got Love.", and "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring King Combs.

Since 2018’s KTSE, Teyana's star has continued to rise; from her successful career as video director and continued investment in her production company, The Aunties, to her acting and modeling career, to a string of scintillating self-directed singles and videos, including "Morning" with Kehlani.

THE ALBUM is poised to take her to the next level.

In 2015, Teyana was blessed with the arrival of her daughter Junie with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert. "I do all of this for my baby. She's who I do it for," she says about Iman "Junie" Tayla Shumpert Jr., her main source of inspiration.

"I always show her how to be a leader and a businesswoman. I want her to believe that she can be anything she wants to be and it not be a shocker that she's a female doing it all."

 

Source: From a Press release

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Drake apologized to Kylie Jenner for disrespecting her on an unreleased track that was played during a live set on OVO Instagram Live on Wednesday.

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The song's lyrics suggest Drake had a fling with Kylie, and that she was just another "side piece".

Drake raps: "Yeah, I'm a hater to society / Real sh*t, Kylie Jenner that's a side piece / Yeah, I got 20 motherf---- Kylies."

The red-faced rapper apologized in a post on his Instagram Story on Thursday.

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"A song that mark ran last night on night owl sound live set shouldn't have been played. It's a song that leaked 3 years ago and got scrapped shortly after. He was just going too deep in the Drake/Future catalogue. Last thing I'd want to do is wake up having any friends of mine feeling disrespected so I just had to say that to start the day."

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Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj pulled a huge upset over Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion by beating them to the top of the Billboard chart.

The duo scored their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with their remix "Say So".

Neither artist has ever topped the chart before and their collaboration kept Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce's remix "Savage" from reaching No. 1.

Doja Cat's track wasn't even in the top five a week ago, but Minaj's remix dropped on May 1st and led to a surge in sales.

Minaj dropped a scathing diss about Beyonce that pushed "Say So" out ahead of "Savage".

"Why you talkin' 'bout who body fake? With all them fillers in your face, you just full of hate. That real ass ain't keep your nigga home. Now you're lookin silly, that's word to silicone..."

Speculation ran rampant that Nicki was dissing either Beyonce or talk TV guru Wendy Williams in the remix. But Nicki cleared the air by taking to Instagram and posting: "The line ain't about Wendy tho #SaySoRemix."

In other music news, The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" falls to three on the new Hot 100, while Drake's "Toosie Slide" and Roddy Ricch's "The Box" round out the top five.

Meanwhile, Drake has tied Madonna's record for the most Hot 100 top 10s of all-time with "Pain 1993", which features Playboi Carti. The track debuts at No. 7 on the new Hot 100 countdown and becomes his 38th top 10 track.
 

 

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Music critics have spoken, and they say Drake's latest musical offering, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, is the worst of his career.

To be fair, Drake probably produced and mixed all the songs himself while on quarantine at his mansion in Toronto.

The Pop Hob tweeted:

"Drake's newest mixtape 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' debuted with a score of 56 on metacritic, making it the rappers worst project to date & earning its spot as the worst album released this year beating out Justin Bieber’s changes."

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Rolling Stone magazine gave Drake's mixtape a 60 metascore: "The project, a grab bag of new songs, leaks, and material previously teased on Instagram Live, is often bittersweet and deeply contemplative, even by Drake's standards."

One metascore critic wrote: "For me, this album was a very easy way for Drake to drop something. Most of these songs aren't well executed and this album will probably flop..."

Another critic wrote: "Dull, boring, horrible, always the same, completely been done before, terrified to reference or not reference."

Drake enjoyed unprecedented success as a hip-hop artist after the release of his first album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

His follow-up albums Take Care (2011) and Nothing Was the Same (2013) sold millions of copies, as did his first commercial mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015).

Listen to the mixtape below.
 

 

 

 

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Brandy dropped a new single to honor single mothers, entitled "Baby Mama" featuring Chance The Rapper. Brandy said the inspiration for the song is her 17-year-old daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith.

"The inspiration for Baby Mama was of course my daughter and how she makes me a better person. I wanted to do a song about her and speak to all baby mama's out there that may feel like they can't make it or they can't push through, you know, if you use your child as an inspiration you can do anything and I want to everybody to feel that. I have to give Chance The Rapper a huge shout out, he spit a really really dope verse on it and I’m so pleased with it. – Love, Brandy."

The music video was directed by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks with creative direction by Frank Gatson. Gatson is the friend who called 911 the night of Jussie Smollett's unfortunate career-ending incident in Chicago last year.

Brandy is asking for donations to Homes for the Holidays, part of Warrick Dunn Charities to benefit single parent families in need.

Homes for the Holidays partners with affordable housing providers to reduce the financial burden on single parent homeowners by fully furnishing their new house, providing down payment assistance, and stocking the pantry with food and other household necessities. Since 1997, "Homes for the Holidays" has rewarded 177 single parents and 477 children and dependents.
 

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Pop singer Doja Cat shared a sultry live quarantine performance of her hit single "Say So" with Vevo on YouTube.

As part of Vevo's LIFT program, Vevo and Doja Cat today released a live performance of "Say So" off her new album Hot Pink. LIFT connects today's up-and-coming artists to audiences around the globe through video content.

Launched in 2011, Vevo's artist development program shines a spotlight on the world's freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, Jorja Smith, SZA, Julia Michaels, YUNGBLUD, Sam Smith, CNCO and more.

Born and raised in L.A., Doja Cat made her first upload to Soundcloud in 2013 at just 16-years-old. She developed a knack for music by studying piano and dance as a kid, and taught herself Logic and how to compose on a midi controller. Doja signed to RCA during 2014, she unveiled her acclaimed Purrr! EP. Its lead single "So High" impressively racked up over 30 million cumulative streams and garnered praise from tastemakers such as Fader, Vibe, Paper, Pigeons & Planes, and more.

While touring London with the likes of Lizzo, Father and Theophilus, she assembled what would become her debut album, Amala which was released in March 2018. In August 2018, she released what would become her viral hit "Mooo!" which garnered over 10 million views in just a couple of days.

With co-signs from Chance The Rapper, Katy Perry, Chris Brown and J.Cole among others, "Mooo!" propelled Doja Cat forward and added many fans to her already feverishly loyal fan base. Doja followed up with her smash hit "Tia Tamera" ft. Rico Nasty, and in March 2019, she released the Amala Deluxe album, which included the now-Platinum "Juicy."

"Say So" is now streaming on all platforms.
 

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Nicki Minaj raised eyebrows when she added a last minute verse to her and Doja Cat's "Say So" remix after apparently listening to Beyonce's impressive rap effort on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" remix.

Beyonce and Megan dropped the track to great reviews on Thursday. The mother-of-three flexed her rap skills on "Savage," saying, "If you want to see some real ass, baby here's your chance."

On the same day, Nicki and Doja announced they too were dropping a remix. Nicki urged fans to ignore the first leak of "Say So" and wait for the second release that contained this messy verse:

"Why you talkin' 'bout who body fake? With all them fillers in your face, you just full of hate. That real ass ain't keep your nigga home. Now you're lookin silly, that's word to silicone..."

Speculation ran rampant that Nicki was dissing either Beyonce or talk TV guru Wendy Williams in the remix. But Nicki cleared the air by taking to Instagram and posting: "The line ain't about Wendy tho #SaySoRemix."

Both Nicki and Beyonce are pushing 40. It makes sense for them to hitch their wagons to younger artists to stay relevant in a younger market.

The real surprise is that neither woman approached fading star Cardi B for a collabo.
 

 

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Megan Thee Stallion teamed up with Houston native, Beyonce Knowles, for the remix of her track "Savage."

Pop singer Beyonce, who is pushing 40, holds her own against rap upstart Megan, 25, as both ladies exchange bars touting their savagery.

Beyonce raps:

    Please don't get me hype
    Write my name in ice
    Can't argue wit these lazy bitches
    I just raise my price

    I'm a boss, I'm a leader
    I pull up in my 2-seater
    And my mama was a savage
    N*gga, got this sh*t from Tina

 

The video artwork was created by artists who donated portions of their proceeds to benefit Bread Of Life COVID-19 Relief efforts in their hometown Houston.
 

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Moneybagg Yo's vulgar track "123" featuring Blac Youngsta (left) played a role in the controversy surrounding aging rap mogul Sean Combs and attention-starved singer Lizzo.

Moneybagg Yo dropped the music video for his track on Tuesday, April 14.

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Lizzo was one of the celebrity guests on Combs' Easter Sunday digital dance party. The mogul raised more than $3.7 million to aid healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak in America.

Combs hastily stopped the dance party when Lizzo, who tuned in remotely from her home, began twerking during the livestream.

Combs tried to play it off as if he objected to the vulgar rap lyrics of Moneybagg Yo's track.

But Lizzo knew she was wrong, as she apologized profusely for twerking on the day the Lord rolled the boulder from the cave.

Combs was heavily criticized for "fat-shaming" Lizzo when skinny socialite Draya Michele twerked during his dance party later than night.

Musician Tory Lanez redeemed Lizzo by allowing her to perform a subdued twerk during his radio podcast.

Lizzo, dressed in a pink teddy, seemed embarrassed to drop it low after the controversy she caused on the Lord's day.
 

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