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."
Kanye West - Wash Us In The Blood feat. Travis Scott
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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.
"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."
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.”
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:
I Wonder How Love…
You Gotta Do It All
Doing It All Together
Down With The Sun
Thinking Out Loud
Source: Press release
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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.
Beyonce Knowles - Black Parade
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.