Fifth Harmony were the reigning girl group of their era. Although they never came close to the success of their closest predecessors, Destiny’s Child, the group accumulated a rabid fan base of Harmonizers and contributed some sterling songs to the mainstream pop canon, among them “BO$$,” “Sledgehammer,” “Messy,” and their one top 10 hit, the … More »
It’s official: Travis Scott will be in “Super Bowl” Mode for Super Bowl LIII. After flirting with the possibility of a Travis Scott guest performance for several months, Super Bowl halftime show organizers have now confirmed that the Astroworld album-maker will appear alongside previously announced halftime headliner, Maroon 5. Fellow rapper Big Boi is also slated to join Scott and Maroon 5.
Scott’s Super Bowl booking comes after philanthropic collaboration between Scott and the NFL, who will collectively donate $500,000 to “social justice accelerator,” Dream Corps. “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in,” Scott said in a statement that followed formal announcement of his entertainment confirmation. “I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change,” Scott added.
A source close to the “Sicko Mode” artist told Billboard that Scott’s participation in the halftime show was contingent upon the NFL’s agreement to contribute a donation to Dream Corps. Many artists rejected the NFL’s Super Bowl 2019 halftime show bids, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Adele, and Cardi B, each of whom reportedly rejected the entertainment offer to show solidarity to prior San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the National Anthem in “protest against police brutality” in 2016. Storied and dedicated in his efforts to to bring attention to the issue of police brutality in the nation for many years preluding Kaepernick’s on-field opposition, JAY-Z supposedly attempted to dissuade Scott from accepting a halftime slot at Super Bowl 2019 prior to Scott’s confirmation.
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Pop music is a crazy industry, even more so in our fractured age. It’s crazy how many songs can be blowing up in some corner of the world, online or off, without ever spilling over into the mass consciousness. It’s crazy how many of those songs actually do spill over without some of us realizing … More »
In an Instagram comment under a post for her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line, Rihanna has confirmed her upcoming studio album will be released in 2019. The follow-up to her 2016 album, Anti, has surfaced as a reggae album influenced by Bob Marley and Supa Dups, the producer for her 2016 Drake collaboration “Too Good.” Earlier this year, Rolling Stone reported the Bajan superstar was going back to her roots, collecting more than 500 dancehall and reggae infused productions for her upcoming LP, dwindling the collection down to 10 songs of her choosing. Among the producers listed, Skrillex, Supa Dups, Boi-1da, and Chronixx stood out.
Rihanna recently made an appearance on Donald Glover’s trailer for his new film, Guava Island. She distanced herself from Donald Trump and the NFL by sending a cease and desist to the president for using her music at his rallies and rejecting a Super Bowl offer in support for Colin Kaepernick. In September, she advocated for worldwide education support initiatives through a published op-ed in The Guardian.
Héloïse Letissier, the French pop auteur who records as Christine And The Queens, has been perfecting an oblique and personal take on pop music, and you can hear that at work on her new album Chris. She’s also done it in her videos and performances, putting forth a tough and androgynous image that goes beautifully … More »
Yesterday, Rihanna took to Twitter after finding out that Donald Trump was using her song, “Please Don’t Stop The Music,” at his rallies. “Me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies,” she wrote in a tweet. As Rolling Stone reports, Rihanna’s legal team has since sent … More »
Rihanna is reportedly the latest artist to turn down an offer to perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show in support of former star quarterback turned-civil rights champion Colin Kaepernick. According to a source, the NFL badly wanted the Barbadian hitmaker to perform at next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta. The singer declined to perform as a show of support for Kaepernick’s stance on the ongoing national anthem kneeling controversy. Taking Rihanna’s place will be radio rock kings Maroon 5.
The Super Bowl has been the place of some of the most legendary musical performances from icons including Michael Jackson, U2, and Prince. Rihanna now joins JAY-Z as the second artist in as many years to deny a chance to perform at the big game, which is well known to send catalogue streams and sales skyrocketing. Football in America has grown more politically and socially charged than ever before, and it’s reasonable to assume the music world will see more hardline stances about the once-coveted halftime spot.
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Back in 2016, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. Other NFL players followed and Kaepernick became the face of this controversial protest, leading to his banishment from the NFL this year. Some people — including Big & Rich’s John Rich … More »
Calvin Harris has long since proven his ability to produce a diverse array of genres. He has released hip-hop collaborations with the top names in Hollywood like Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams and has brought mega-stars like Rihanna and Sam Smith into the electronic music world. Now, he’s continuing to diversify as the producer for North London rapper Donae’o.
The track is titled “Chalice” and is out now on Universal‘s Island Records. “Chalice” melds Latin infusions with a pulsing beat that certainly skews from sounds we have previously heard from the producer. The production takes the listener back to the early 2000s rap era and will undoubtedly get stuck in the listener’s head with its catchy tune. “Chalice” would be at home in both a hip-hop club or on the radio and will likely see similar success to other Harris productions that seem to permeate the airwaves globally.