The 2020 State Of Pop Address

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Billie EilishThe #1 song in America this week was released more than 25 years ago. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is often deemed the most recent tune to become a holiday standard, but for reasons mostly related to business, technology, and Billboard chart rules, it was not a Hot 100 … More »

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

Don’t Take Gucci Mane For Granted

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Gucci-ManeGucci Mane didn’t name himself after a clothing designer. He named himself after his father. Ralph Dudley, a former serviceman turned drug dealer who wasn’t around much during his son’s childhood, was sometimes known as Gucci. Radric Davis, his son, was Gucci’s little man. That became Gucci Mane. It’s not a rap name. It’s a … More »

Wiz Khalifa Cast As Death In Apple’s Emily Dickinson Series Starring Hailee Steinfeld

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Wiz Khalifa & Hailee SteinfeldHailee Steinfeld featuring Wiz Khalifa is a believable formula for a middling-to-decent pop single. It is a very surprising formula for a prestige TV show. And yet, here we are. More »

Thousands evacuated from Fresh Island Festival in Croatia due to forest fires

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Thousands evacuated from Fresh Island Festival in Croatia due to forest firesFresh Festival

Local forest fires brought Croatia’s Fresh Island Festival to a halt Tuesday morning, as thousands of attendees were forced to evacuate. The cause of the fire is still unclear, though local officials have confirmed the blaze began in a pine forest just a few miles from the beachfront festival on Pag, a northern island along the Adriatic Sea. No injuries have been reported.

Three firefighting planes were dispatched to extinguish the fire, which temporarily consumed nearby roads. Ante Dabo, mayor of the nearby town Novalja, told national radio that nobody had been injured and that the fire was under control.

The hip-hop and R&B event was forced to cancel the headlining set of rapper Tyga, but has announced via their Facebook that the festival would re-open its doors Tuesday afternoon.

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Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart record

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Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart recordLil Nas

Few songs in history have dominated the zeitgeist like Lil Nas X‘s ‘Old Town Road,’ and now there is considerable data to support that statement. This past week, the country-rap crossover hit featuring Billy Ray Cyrus sat atop the coveted Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a record thirteenth week.

This is the longest any rap single has led the chart, beating out past monsters like ‘See You Again,’ by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, in 2015; ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ by The Black Eyed Peas (2009); and ‘Lose Yourself,’ by Eminem (2002-03). Beyond breaking rap records, only 11 other singles in history share this record, the last of which was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s ‘Despacito‘ which featured Justin Bieber.

‘Old Town Road’ also currently leads the Streaming Songs chart for the thirteenth week with 88.7 million streams in the U.S.. It’s on top of the Digital Song Sales chart once again as well with 59,000 downloads sold.

The song was already enormous prior to this record-breaking week, but an honest admission at the end of Pride Month from Lil Nas X that he is, in fact, gay gave the single an even bigger bump to close out June.

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H/T: Billboard

Lil Dicky – “Earth” Video

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Last year, Lil Dicky released his problematic collab with Chris Brown, “Freaky Friday.” Now, the joke-rapper is setting his sights on climate change. Thursday morning, he went on Ellen to tease a video for a new song called “Earth.” Dicky said the video features 30 of the biggest stars in the world — … More »

How to watch Coachella 2019 from home

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How to watch Coachella 2019 from homeCoachella Photo Credit John Davisson

Coachella 2019 is just around the corner, and for those who couldn’t make the trek out to Indio, technology is here to save the day.

Fans can watch their preferred performances on Coachella’s YouTube channel, which indicates that 46 artists have been confirmed for live-stream coverage (and counting). These artists include Dillon Francis, Gorgon City, J Balvin, Wiz Khalifa, and more. While this is its ninth year in a row offering a live stream, it’s the first year that the festival will broadcast both weekends.

Also, viewers will see original content including artist interviews, mini-docs, and, according to USA Today, exclusives from Childish Gambino (who will be premiering his Guava Island film featuring Rihanna), and Kanye West doing a Sunday Service performance on April 21.

See the full Coachella 2019 lineup here.

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Stream GRiZ’s album, ‘Ride Waves’ featuring Snoop Dogg, DRAM, Wiz Khalifa and more

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Stream GRiZ’s album, ‘Ride Waves’ featuring Snoop Dogg, DRAM, Wiz Khalifa and moreGRiZ 3 Wakarusa 2cm

Grant Kwiecinski, better known as Detroit-based DJ and producer GRiZ, has spent the last few years modestly making major career moves. Aside from his penchant for touring and festival performances, he released the second edition of his Chasing the Golden Hour mixtape series in 2017, and started quietly releasing singles towards the end of 2018. Now back in full force, GRiZ has released his sixth studio album, Ride Waves.

An album full of features, GRiZ maneuvers previously uncharted territories with high profile talent like Snoop Dogg, Bootsy Collins, and Wiz Khalifa, while bringing on some long-time favorites like Muzzy Bearr, Yoshi Flower (formerly of Gosh Pith), and Leo Napier. With funk and bass taking a front seat as always, Ride Waves expands on GRiZ’s classic sound over 14 tracks, which can all be streamed below.

GRiZ teams up with Wiz Khalifa on a soulful hip-hop single, ‘Find My Own Way,’ from forthcoming ‘Ride Waves’ LP

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GRiZ teams up with Wiz Khalifa on a soulful hip-hop single, ‘Find My Own Way,’ from forthcoming ‘Ride Waves’ LPGriz 303 Magazine.com

GRiZ invites Wiz Khalifa for a new feature on “Find My Own Way”—a soulful gospel piece from GRiZ’s upcoming Ride Waves LP. The track has an upbeat tone about perseverance, introducing Khalifa early on with delicate jazz piano and accompanying horns. The Pittsburgh-native rapper glides effortlessly along the easygoing rhythm that flows into a Sunday service hook presented by the Harlem Gospel Choir. There’s a bridge that brings the brass section out front, allowing those funky GRiZ horns some due time to shine. A second verse showcases a more familiar Khalifa flow, contrasting to his first more melodic vocal section.

The Michigan DJ/producer told Complex,

“I wanted to write a song that reflects how it feels to lose your way in life, and also lift yourself back up and find the strength to keep going. Always trust in the process and yourself. Wiz spit some real knowledge here. Was such an honor to have him on this project!”

“Find My Own Way” is the fifth single released from GRiZ’s upcoming 14-track LP, set to drop in full on April 5. After the album, GRiZ embarks on a US tour starting March 23. Pre-order Ride Waves on iTunes here.

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