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In anticipation of Lady Gaga’s halftime performance at this Sunday’s Superbowl, Billboard reached out to several of music’s most notable figures to ask their favorite and most memorable halftime shows from history. From Migos to The Chainsmokers to Mike Will Made It, the music industry’s most recognizable names chimed in to give their best Superbowl throwbacks just in time for this weekend’s game.
Andra Day, Mario and The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall said that, in their opinion, the best halftime show ever was performed by the late Michael Jackson during Superbowl XXVII. Even though Jackson was his favorite, Alex Pall said that from now on, Bruno Mars and Beyonce should take over halftime shows.
“We still don’t know how he teleported around the stadium like he did but it was the most awesome thing ever. But since Michael is gone, we need to just let Beyonce and Bruno do every Super Bowl henceforth, no discussion. I’m pretty sure the entire world would get on board with this plan.”
Jeezy was in agreement with Pall, as he cast his vote for Bruno Mars’ Superbowl XLVIII show. “I like that guy, man. We should get in the studio — I have to hit him up.”
Migos’ Quavo said that Janet Jackson’s Superbowl XXXVIII show was the most memorable, while Chase Bryant chose The Rolling Stones and their Superbowl XL performance.
Finally, Mike Will Made It chose Beyonce as his favorite halftime performer, citing her iconic Superbowl 50 showcase.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: The Chainsmokers, Migos & More Reveal Their Favorite Superbowl Halftimes Of All Time
(AllHipHop News) Has The Throne officially reunited? According to reports, Kanye West and Jay Z have begun to settle their differences and are now close to collaborating again.
Many fans were shocked when Kanye ranted about his “big brother” Jay during concert stops last year.
“Jay Z, call me bruh. You still ain’t call me. Jay Z call me, I know you got killers, please don’t send them at my head, talk to me like a man,” said Kanye after his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris.
There has been talk about the two Hip Hop superstars recently meeting in New York to mend their relationship, and now someone allegedly connected to one of the artists is saying more music from The Throne could be on the way.
“Kanye is over the moon to have his ‘family’ back. He is starting to feel like himself again, knowing he has the support of Jay and Beyonce,” a source told The Sun. “Some new tracks would be fascinating given what Kanye has been through over the past year. But under the watchful eye of his mentor and ‘big bro’ Jay, it would be huge.”
Prior to their dispute, Jay and Kanye worked together on music for over 15 years.
The duo released the 2011 album Watch The Throne which included the Grammy-winning singles “Otis,” “N-ggas In Paris,” and “No Church in the Wild.”
While sources claim Ye and Hov are now on speaking terms, Kanye did declare in October that Watch The Throne 2 would never happen.
The G.O.OD. Music head also hinted that tension between Jay/Tidal and Drake/Apple Music may have contributed to the rift.
If the Chicago rhymer and Brooklyn spitter are reconnecting in the studio, some listeners will be checking to see if a collaborative effort will appear on the rumored Jay Z album in the works.
Chances are you’re already a Julia Michaels fan whether you know it or not. After breaking into professional songwriting as a teenager, the 23-year-old Iowa native has been an invisible yet inescapable presence on pop radio in recent years; along with songwriting partner Justin Tranter, she’s penned Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Hands To Myself,” … More »
Janelle Monáe and Maxwell will perform at the Women’s March On Washington this weekend, the AP reports. “I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all,” Monáe said in a statement. “Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing … More »
(AllHipHop News) An activist is urging Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead to donate their Coachella fees to pro-LGBTQ groups via a new petition.
The move is in response to reports that billionaire Philip Anschutz, owner of Coachella parent company AEG Live, which operates Goldenvoice, the company that launched the festival in 1999, has donated significant funds to groups supporting anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) agendas.
Now a petition set up on the Care2 website by activist Sarah Rose calls on the headline acts for the upcoming music festival in Indio, California to consider giving their appearance fees to LGBTQ support organisations such as The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline and the Human Rights Campaign.
“As a transgender woman and advocate for the LGBTQ community, my genuine hope is that these artists can turn a bad situation into a positive one,” Care2 LGBTQ issues advocate Sarah Rose told Billboard of the petition which has gathered signatures from more than 5,600 supporters. “I’m a diehard music fan and a musician myself, and I strongly believe that music shouldn’t be used as a means to discriminate.”
When Coachella confirmed its 2017 lineup earlier this month, a number of controversial reports emerged, which tied Anschutz to anti-LGBTQ and climate change denial groups over the years.
The 77-year-old businessman, whose company also promoted 2016’s most lucrative festival, Desert Trip, denied the allegations, shooting down reports that he has worked against the LGBTQ community as “fake news” and “garbage.”
In a statement, Anschutz said that he was proud that his businesses employed people from diverse backgrounds and that he withdrew support for any anti-LGBTQ groups once he became aware of their discriminatory agendas.
Coachella will be held from April 14-16 and April 21-23 of this year.
Interview’s latest cover story features Beyoncé interviewing her sister Solange. As with our own Solange interview, the conversation delves deep into formative experiences from her childhood. Among other topics, they also discuss the similarities between A Seat At The Table narrator Master P and their father, Matthew Knowles: SOLANGE: Well, I find a … More »
(AllHipHop Rumors) It wasn’t going to last forever and it seems like the famine ends. Jay and Kanye have reportedly reunite, if you believe the gossip rags. So what that he’s working with Trump! Jay Z stands by his little brother. Maybe.
How did all this transpire.
It seems like Jay Z, Kanye, Beyonce AND Kim K linked up on New York to hash out their feud. Nobody really knows what they are beefing over, but they apparently met and successfully settled their differences.
Here is what is being :reported”:
“Jay reached out to Kanye because he wanted to put an end to the bad blood,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“The situation was festering and just getting worse, and Jay wanted to try and bring about a resolution.”
“Kanye sort of apologized for running his mouth off, in typical Kanye way—but Jay wasn’t really looking for apologies,￼ he knows Kanye better than to expect one. Plus, Jay knows what a tough time Kanye has been going through and Jay just wants to get back on good terms together and move on.”
What do you think of this? Seems fictionalized! But much stranger things have happened, like Kanye’s hairdo.
Here is some more:
“However, despite hashing it out, and Jay offering up a white flag to his troubled friend, there’s still more than a little tension remaining—and the source says things may never be the same again between the two.
“The meeting was awkward, to say the least, and it’s doubtful they’re ever going to be best buddies, but at least the latest drama is behind them now.”
(AllHipHop News) Chance the Rapper was among the celebrities who attended President Barack Obama’s farewell bash at the White House.
The big event took place on Friday (January 6), and featured a guest list that included Wale, Jerry Seinfeld, Charles Barkley, George Lucas, John Legend, Solange, Rev. Al Sharpton, J. Cole, Tom Hanks, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Since cameras were banned inside of the event, Chance decided to take to the social media to recap the event for his fans.
“Alright, so, they wouldn’t let us bring cameras into the s##t but just know, it was historic, it was black, it was beautiful,” Chance said. “There was dancing. There was laughing. There was loving. There was hugs.”
Chance ran through who was Best Dressed, Best Joke and Best Dance.
Take a look at Chance’s top picks below:
Best Dressed – “Your Boy” (aka himself)
Best Looking – Esperanza Spalding
Best, Strongest Handshake – Dave Chappelle
Best Joke – Chance
Best Compliment – Dave Chappelle
Best Hug – Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro
Best Dance – Michelle Obama with the folks.
Best Line Dance – Chance and his mom with The Electric Slide.
Best Party Ever – Obama’s farewell bash. .
We did it guys, streaming is now the most popular way to consume music according to Nielsen’s Year End Report. In 2016, on-demand audio streaming grew 38% and totaled at 250 billion streams worldwide. This comes alongside the news that there was a 3% volume growth in the music industry in general.
The winner of most sales from 2016 goes to Drake and his album Views, with second place going to Adele’s 25 and third to Beyonce’s Lemonade. Although no electronic dance music acts made it to the biggest selling albums, a pair of EDM titans had a very successful year with one of the most active singles.
That electronic music act is, of course, The Chainsmokers. Nielsen defines “activity” as the combined sales and number of audio streams on the various platforms monitored by Nielsen. The song that saw the most activity was “One Dance” by Drake, but The Chainsmokers’ hit “Closer” came in third with over 611 million streams, audio+video combined.
The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” also ranked as the second-most digital bought song of the year, with 2,268,000 sales. These standings are some of the biggest we’ve seen for an electronic dance music act and it leaves us very excited for what’s to come for electronic music in 2017.
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: 2016 Nielsen Music Report Is In And The Chainsmokers Had A Huge Year