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Sundance Respect Rally Downsizes With Smaller Hollywood Presence

“We have reached the breaking point, we have reached the tipping point. We demand our rights. Say after me, ‘Resist. Persist. Insist,'” attorney Gloria Allred chanted with the audience. “Fight for your rights. Stand up for your rights.” Some 1,000 people converged Saturday morning (Jan. 20) on City Park in North Park City, Utah, to celebrate women and minorities and decry misogyny at the Respect Rally, one year after the worldwide Women’s Marches. “This entire year has been the winter of our discontent,” attorney Gloria Allred told the bundled-up crowd, who braved the 22-degree temperatures and snow. “We have reached the breaking point, we have reached the tipping point. We demand our rights. Say after me, ‘Resist. Persist. Insist...

Kanye West Throws Private Screening for Damon Dash’s Movie ‘Honor Up’

Kanye West Private Screening For His Film with Dame Dash 1/20/2018 11:13 AM PST Kanye West threw a party in honor of Damon Dash‘s new movie — in which Kanye’s an executive producer — and a bunch of celebs were there … but definitely not Jay-Z. Ye held a private screening for “Honor Up” Friday night in Calabasas and surprised all the guests with some movie merchandise too. We’re told Dame was on hand along with Pusha T, Claudia Jordan, Daniel Dneiko, A-Trak, Terrence J and of course, Kim Kardashian. As you know … Kanye and Jay haven’t spoken in a long time, and Dame and Jay-Z were once biz partners but had a major falling out — but it looks like it’s all good between Kanye and Dash. “Honor Up” gets released ...

Raekwon on His Love for New Balance’s 574 Sneaker & His Upcoming Album

Clocking in over 25 years in the game as a member of the formidable rap force Wu-Tang Clan — delivering slick rhymes throughout the group’s storied career and his own solo run — Raekwon has long etched his name into the soul of hip-hop and his grind has only continued to strengthen.  Coming up in an era where sharp lyricism fueled the genre, The Chef has seen hip-hop culture come full-circle, and then change again, but his love for the game, he says, is what’s keeping him going. “It’s just the love for the music, the love for the culture, the people and this is what I feel I was born to do; I was born to handle mics, I was born to be an entertainer,” he tells Billboard backstage at an intimate event celebrating New Balance’s iconic 574 sneakers, wh...

Tributes Pour In Following Fredo Santana’s Sudden Death

Los Angeles, CA – Chicago rapper Fredo Santana died on Friday (January 19) at the age of 27, according to close friend and frequent collaborator Maxo Kream. Kream broke the news with an Instagram post that read, “Damn man I’m lost for words right now I’m cryin my ass off Fredo I love yu Bitch RIP a real Savage.” The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the death on Saturday (January 20) as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Tributes started to pour in on social media as news of his death spread, including one from Drake who captioned an Instagram photo, “Rest in Peace Santana” alongside a photo of the two together. Fredo appeared in the 6 God’s video for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” back in 2013. Fredo, who was also Chief Keef ‘s cousin, suffered from a range of health probl...

Audio Push Reveals Tracklist For “Cloud 909”

Audio Push has been holed up in the studio putting the finishing touches on its follow-up to 2017’s Last Lights Left. Titled Cloud 909, it marks the Inland Empire duo’s third official studio album. Billed as a double LP, Cloud 909 is comprised of 18 total tracks. The two discs are light on the features, and find Oktane and Price doing most of the heavy lifting. Eric Bellinger, Nahom, Turtle No Joke and Jesse Boykins the III also contribute to the cause. On January 11, the confident duo predicted Cloud 909’s future. “Cloud 909 will be top 10 albums this year!” they wrote on Twitter. “Cloud 909 will be 1 of the best albums of OUR generation. Remember this.” Cloud 909 is expected to arrive in early February. Check out the tracklist below. Disc 1 1. Clouds2. Update3. Slidin Solo4. No Bad Days5...

Hip-Hop Stars Mourn the Death of Fredo Santana

Hip-hop stars are mourning the death of Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, who reportedly died Friday night (Jan. 19) as the result of a seizure. He was 27. Santana, a pioneer of Chicago’s drill movement, suffered serious health problems throughout last year, and was hospitalized for liver and kidney failure in October. Rappers like Drake, Maxo Kream, Young Chop, Lil Durk, Wale, Joey Bada$$ and more paid tribute to Santana following the news of his death. See their tributes on social media below. Damn #RIPFREDO — Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) January 20, 2018 Rip to my dawg.Rest up easy love you bro pic.twitter.com/CeZV7A4O52 — TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) January 20, 2018 — @FREDOSANTANA – GANG BANG / shot by @DJKENN_AON https://t.co/Z7uNgoIVHB via @YouTube — Young Chop (@youngchopbeatz) Janu...

Troye Sivan on ‘Saturday Night Live’: 5 Things We Want to See

The singer-songwriter will make his ‘SNL’ debut on Saturday (Jan. 20). Shortly after the release of his new single “My My My!” Troye Sivan will take the Saturday Night Live stage for the first time on Saturday, as the evening’s musical guest. Earlier in the month, a clearly elated Sivan tweeted: “@NBCSNL, I’LL SEE YOU ON JANUARY 20. All cried out over this f—ing far fetched, crazy dream coming true. 2018 has me weak!!!!” Two days before his Saturday Night Live debut, Sivan dropped another new track: the tender, mostly acoustic “The Good Side.” It’s expected both tunes will be performed on Saturday Night Live, and will be featured on Sivan’s upcoming second full-length album, due out in the spring on Capitol Records. Here are five things we want to see from Sivan’s Saturday Night Live...

Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff’s Oak View Group Make a Play for L.A.’s Greek Theatre

OVG will challenge SMG for control of the iconic Hollywood amphitheater. There’s a new chapter in the drama surrounding the 88-year-old Greek Theatre in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff’s Oak View Group will make a play for the building’s management contract, which is currently up for bid after a three-year experiment as an “open venue” managed by SMG, which is also expected to fight to keep the facility in their column. “This is an opportunity that Oak View Group is pursuing aggressively,” Sim Hinds tells Billboard, setting the stage for a second drama at the facility just three years after a high-profile fight over the facility between Nederlander Concerts, AEG Presents, and Live Nation. After 40 years unde...

Rihanna to Perform at 2018 Grammys Alongside DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller

Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and Bryson Tiller have been announced as performers at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards later this month. The trio will perform the single “Wild Thoughts,” which came out this summer and became one of the season’s most played songs. While no one from the group was nominated for a Grammy this year, the trio will take the stage alongside Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Kesha, SZA, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee, who will also perform at the ceremony. This year’s Grammy nominations include potential awards for JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Later in the night, Eric Church and Maren Morris will also perform a tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. This article originally appeared on Spin.

13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Bruno Mars & Cardi B ‘Finesse’ Their Way to Hot 100’s Top Five

Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, helping the star singer-songwriter concurrently hold at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 for a ninth total week. Plus, Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” flies to No. 3 on the Hot 100, while Justin Timberlake‘s “Filthy” opens at No. 9. Meanwhile, the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman scores its second week atop the Billboard 200. Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week: 1. Mars joins elite company, thanks to “Finesse,” as he becomes just the third artist to score three top five Hot 100 hits from each of his first three proper albums. Only Mariah Carey and Beyoncé previously achieved the feat. Click here to read the story. 2. Cardi B ma...

‘Dawson’s Creek’ Turns 20: Insiders Share Stories Behind the Music, Plot Choices & More

It’s been 20 years since fans met Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Jen Lindley and Pacey Witter down in Capeside. For many millennials, the four core characters of Dawson’s Creek were an introduction to the intricacies of high school, finding your identity, growing up, falling in love with your best friend and a sophisticated vernacular you expected to get in the ninth grade. But the show almost didn’t happen. “I had many people tell me that it would never get made,” explains executive producer Paul Stupin. “I had many people say that it’s just not right for TV. I just had every criticism possible, and I had to listen to them all, but I didn’t believe that any of them were correct.” At the end of the day, Stupin was right. Over the course of six seasons, fans got to experience the Dawson-Joey-Pa...

Ed Sheeran Announces Engagement on Instagram

Ed Sheeran has announced his engagement to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram page Saturday morning (Jan. 20) saying the two got engaged right before the new year. He said they are “very happy and in love” and that their “cats are chuffed as well.” Sheeran said last fall how Seaborn inspired his song “Perfect,” which is Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Sheeran and Seaborn were friends when the two attended school in Suffolk, England. They reconnected years later.