Dua Lipa rumored to be the next ‘Bond’ theme vocalist

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Dua Lipa rumored to be the next ‘Bond’ theme vocalistDua Lipa Live Press Shot Blanc Creative Cred

Dua Lipa might just be the voice behind the new Bond theme.

UK synth-pop stars Years & Years followed the recent release of their sophomore album, Palo Santo, with a BBC Live 5 interview during which the band accidentally intimated that Dua Lipa would potentially lend her vocals to the latest theme track. “I thought they’d ask us to do the theme tune but I think Dua Lipa is doing it,” Years & Years’ Mikey Goldsworthy stated when asked to speculate who would follow in Sam Smith‘s footsteps to voice the latest theme. Smith won the 2016 Oscar for Best Original Song for his 2015 Bond theme, “Writing’s On The Wall.” Goldsworthy promptly asks if he wasn’t supposed to say that, then commented, “I don’t know, I feel bad now. I’ve ruined everything. Well, hopefully, and then we’ll do it.”

The “Scared To Be Lonely” vocalist previously stated that she would love to do the long running spy franchise’s titular track, though admitted she has not recorded anything for it, “…so far.” The next installment in the Bond series, rumored to be called Bond 25, will hit theaters on October 25, 2019.

Listen to Years & Years’ full BBC Live 5 interview, here.

H/T: NME

Death Cab for Cutie Share New Song “I Dreamt We Spoke Again”: Listen

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The opening track from their new album Thank You for Today

Bestival, Rize, and Leeds Festival to offer emergency on-site contraception services

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Bestival, Rize, and Leeds Festival to offer emergency on-site contraception servicesAIM Festival 2018

Bestival, Rize, and Leeds Festival will newly begin to offer on-site contraceptive services to their attendees in an effort to ward against unprotected sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and unwanted pregnancies. The events’ decision to extend contraceptive courtesies to ticket holders comes just after SpaSeekers‘ recent research finding that one in sex festival goers has a one night stand.

Traveling pharmacy The Medicine Man will provide sexual counseling and contraceptives to attendees. No prescription will be necessary to obtain drug based contraceptives like the morning after pill.

Festival goers can see how their next event ranks on Tickpick’s list of the most promiscuous festivals, here.

H/T: Mixmag

JAY-Z denounces Philadelphia mayor over Made in America’s eviction from Benjamin Franklin Parkway in open letter

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JAY-Z denounces Philadelphia mayor over Made in America’s eviction from Benjamin Franklin Parkway in open letterJay Z Live The Meadows 2017

JAY-Z‘s Made in America Festival will host its final iteration at the Ben Franklin Parkway from September 1-2, 2018, after which the annual Labor Day Weekend event will relocate.

Made in America’s need to identify a new venue for its succeeding years of production comes after a statement from the office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This is the last year MIA will be held on the Parkway,” the office proclaims, “It’s unclear how MIA will want to proceed in the future but the City is interested in discussing alternate locations within Philadelphia for future years.” Made in America’s coerced migration from the Parkway will disrupt the festival’s six-year streak at the locale, hosted in the heart of the city since its inception. The statement continues, “Over the years, tourism has grown overall and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.”

While the office adds that it remains, open to the event continuing elsewhere, Made in America’s eviction from its long term home did not please festival founder and rap mogul JAY-Z, who since penned an open letter expressing his disappointment with the mayor’s ousting of MIA from the Parkway. The rap mogul counterclaims that Kenney’s move, “signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.”

“Made in America is a multi-cultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech, and perseverance for artists and music lovers,” JAY-Z writes. He continues, stating, “The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event. The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love.” HOV does not indicate whether his festival property will leave Philadelphia altogether, or how the event organizers plan to relocate the festival in the future. JAY-Z goes on to disclose that the Kenney administration even tried to put a halt on this year’s edition of MIA.

Nicki Minaj and Post Malone headline Made in America’s 2018 edition, joined by Ty Dolla $ign, Diplo, Meek Mill, and Zedd, among other artists.

Read JAY’s full letter below:

The Made in America festival is a multi-cultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech and perseverance for artists and music lovers. Philadelphia, an iconic city, represents those ideals. The location is integral to the pulse of the festival. The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event. The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love. The celebratory nature and essence of this festival has inspired locals as well as visitors from across the nation to enjoy Labor Day in Philadelphia.

We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication. It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.

In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event.

Since 2012, Made in America, one of the only minority-owned festivals, has had a positive $102.8 million economic impact to Philadelphia and the festival has paid $3.4 million in rent to the City. Made in America employs over 1000 Philadelphians each day and 85 percent of our partners are Philadelphia based companies.

We have studies and reports that prove the festival significantly contributes to Philadelphia’s tourism bottom line. We cannot comment if the Mayor has reviewed any of these materials.

We consider this stance a failure on the Mayor’s part. Is this an accurate representation of how he and his administration treat partners that economically benefit his city? Do they regularly reject minority-owned businesses that want to continue to thrive and grow alongside his city’s people?

In addition to contributing to Philadelphia, since its inception, Made in America has donated $2.9 million to the United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Cause Village, the festival’s philanthropic footprint and hub for social action, averages more than 15,000 social actions taken over the two-days via ongoing partnerships with more than 56 charitable and activist organizations representing all causes.

How does an administration, merely discard an event that generates millions in income and employs the city’s people as if we are disposable now that we have served our purpose? The city is right, in one respect, the first Made in America festival took place when there was a great need for tourism. By their admission, the festival first started as a “unique attraction to the City on an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall.” Our question is, “How do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?”

We will discuss our options internally and handle accordingly.

H/T: Complex

Kid Cudi Planning TV Show, More Kids See Ghosts Albums

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Kid CudiKid Cudi recently stepped back into the spotlight with Kids See Ghosts, his new collaborative album with longtime mentor Kanye West. And in Billboard‘s latest cover story, he gives his first interview since that release, discussing the album, his struggles with mental health, and more. More »

Watch Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande’s New “Dance to This” Video

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Sivan’s new album Bloom arrives next month

Rihanna’s team reportedly has close to 500 records ready for upcoming dancehall album, including material from Skrillex and Boi-1da

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Rihanna’s team reportedly has close to 500 records ready for upcoming dancehall album, including material from Skrillex and Boi-1daSkrille Rihanna White 2

Rihanna and her label, Roc Nation, are in the midst of completing an album devoted to singer’s Caribbean roots. Sources close to the project have also suggested she’s also working on a different pop-oriented album. For the last year, team RiRi has been searching for beats, collecting what sources say is close to 500 records from different producers for the dancehall album alone. One producer whose asked to remain anonymous told Rolling Stone, “They’re only choosing 10 records. They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project.” Apparently the Barbados-born pop queen’s A&R is still asking for records.

Many of the singers and producer’s who’ve contributed to the project believe Jamaican artists will benefit from the high-profile release. Producers listed as potential collaborators include Drake affiliates Supa Dups and Boi-1da, reggae artist Chronixx, electronic pop royalty Skrillex, and an army of others. The “Work” singer has been enlisting demos from top-tier Jamaican talent to further penetrate the American market. Dancehall may be seeing a steep rise in representation in pop music currently, though Rihanna’s upcoming work looks to seal that envelope. Nearly half of Spotify’s most played songs ever have a soca inspired rhythm — from Drake to Dillon Francis. With Rihanna’s team hard at work intentionally highlighting Jamaican producers, fans might be introduced to a whole new genre of popular music soon.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Watch the Black Madonna Punch Out a Bouncer in New “GTA” Trailer

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Dixon, Tale of Us, Solomun also among DJs in new “Grand Theft Auto Online” expansion

The 1975 Reference Trump, Lil Peep, More on New Song: Listen

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“Rest in peace Lil Peep” and “Thank you, Kanye, very cool” among the lyrics on “Love It If We Made It”

New Podcast Series About Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Debuts

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Mobb Deep’s Prodigy died last summer at the age of 42. The rapper struggled with sickle cell anemia throughout his illustrious career, becoming an advocate for those suffering from the rare blood disease. WNYC is launching a new podcast called The Realness that promises to shed light on Prodigy’s personal battle with the disease … More »