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“The Four: Battle for Stardom” Gearing Up For Season 2

Los Angeles, CA – Music fans and aspiring artists alike can rejoice now that FOX’s hit talent show, The Four: Battle for Stardom has gotten a Season 2 release date. The team of DJ Khaled, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Meghan Trainor and on-screen host Fergie will return Thursday, June 7. Former judge Charlie Walk, who left the show mid-way through the first season amid allegations of sexual harassment, will not be returning. Not only did the show become FOX’s highest-rated new unscripted series in nearly four years (among adults 18-49 and total viewers) it was the number one most social new TV series this season with a whopping 5.5 million total social interactions. [embedded content] Last season, Memphis singer Evvie McKinney made history as the first-ever champion. Her prize? A career mentorship f...

Paris Jackson, Charlize Theron & Dame Shirley Bassey to Attend 2018 Life Ball

Paris Jackson, Charlize Theron and Dame Shirley Bassey will be heading to Life Ball in Vienna this year as the first batch of confirmed congratulators. Life Ball, organized by Life+ will be hosting its 25th gala—known as one of the largest and most influential AIDS charity events—at the Vienna City Hall on June 2. Jackson will be representing her godmother’s Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, and will also be receiving the special honor of the Life+ Award. “I’m passionate about ending the stigma and misinformation surrounding HIV/AIDS, and that’s why I have made it a mission of mine to continue this fight for acceptance and a cure. I’m so proud of the work ETAF is doing, and for receiving the LIFE+ Award! The grant from Life Ball will go towards this life-saving work,” she said in a s...

‘Black Panther’ Star Letitia Wright Raps About Vibranium and Red Lobster on ‘Fallon’: Watch

When Black Panther bounded onto screens in March, Letitia Wright won praise for her performance as ace inventor Shuri, whose work helps keep her nation more technologically advanced than any other country in the world. On Wednesday night Wright also proved she could convincingly play a slightly different role: freestyle rapper. Faced with the “Wheel of Freestyle” challenge during a guest stint on The Tonight Show, Wright was given three words to weave into a performance: “disco,” “Red Lobster” and “vibranium.” After professing that she was nervous, Wright drew applause for a rap that called out the house band and the Academy Awards. “Check it, me and Black Thought spin your head like a disco ball / yo, natural disaster / call your pops ...

Ariana Grande Shares Moody Artwork for ‘No Tears Left To Cry’

Arianators, get your Kleenex ready.  Ariana Grande’s new song “No Tears Left To Cry” is almost here, and we now have a first look at its artwork.  Grande rocks blond hair (with an inch of regrowth) in the new cover art, which studies the pop singer in profile. A rainbow tint over her eye gives the moody shot a flash of color. The song title, as it has appeared in all the teasers, is written upside down. Ari’s artwork dropped early Thursday on her socials, ahead of the release this Friday of her awaited new track.  The release will be her first following her 2016 album, Dangerous Woman, and since the tragic bombing at her Manchester concert in May. Check out the artwork below. ??p??? pic.twitter.com/kmdch8ddeA — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 19, 2018

Ralo Arrested For Conspiracy To Commit Felony

DeKalb County, GA – Atlanta rapper Ralo — real name Terrell Davis — was booked into a DeKalb County jail on Saturday morning (April 14). According to the DeKalb County website, the 23-year-old was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, although his jailing profile indicates the charges have been dropped. A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office told HipHopDX he has not yet been released. In February, Ralo was stopped for driving with a suspended license. Following the incident, he told his side of the story in an Instagram post and claimed he was stopped because he’s the “#1 most hated type of guy in this country.” The Gucci Mane affiliate’s latest project, Diary Of The Streets 3, was released on February 9 and serves as his seventh mixtape.

O.T. Genasis Reacts To Beyonce Using His Song At Coachella

O.T. Genasis got the Beyoncé stamp of song approval when his track “Everybody Mad” was used as an interpolation with her hit “Diva” during a dance break down at her highly-publicized Coachella weekend one performance. The Long Beach MC was interviewed by TMZ Tuesday (Apr. 17), where he discussed the Queen using his 2017 single during the #Beychella set. “What the f**k?!” he reportedly said when he first realized Beyoncé used his song. “My phone just started going crazy, crazy, crazy. I was like, ‘Why is everybody texting me?’” he continued. “Everybody was basically telling me that, ‘Beyoncé was dancing to your song at Coachella.’” He also gave props to the band and the music directors involved, who must have worked tirelessly to make sure each arrangement sounded on-point. “…I was like, ‘O...

Marilyn Manson Will Join X Japan for Coachella’s Second Weekend

Marilyn Manson announced on Instagram that he will be making a guest appearance at Coachella this coming weekend. The shock-rock veteran will be joining Japanese metal superstars X Japan during their second set of the festival. “I am happy to join my great friend @yoshikiofficial and XJapan at Coachella on Saturday the 21st for a special performance,” Manson wrote. X Japan played last weekend at the Indio festival, performing a set featuring guest spots from Wes Borland from Limp Bizkit, Richard Fortus from Guns N’ Roses, and Miya from X Japan’s visual keicontemporaries MUCC. Manson is gearing up for a tour with Rob Zombie this summer, and released a video for his Heaven Upside Down single “Tattooed in Reverse” last month, which featured an appearance from Courtney Love. In February, the s...

‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 12 Revealed

The top 12 were officially announced Wednesday night on NBC’s The Voice, determined by live voting as well as selections from coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine. It has been a wild week on The Voice. By the end of Monday night, Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli, Team Adam’s Sharane Calister, Team Blake’s Kyle Jade and Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan were all voted through to the top 12. Then 10 artists from Team Blake and Team Alicia sang Tuesday night, and 10 artists from Team Kelly and Team Adam sang Wednesday night. The top vote-getters from each team after those performances were announced at the end and advanced to the top 12. Then to round out the group, the coaches each picked one artist to move forward. The performances got rolling with Team Kelly’s K...

Jack White Road Tests ‘Boarding House Reach’ Songs, White Stripes Cuts at Intimate Detroit Show

Jack White warmed up for his Boarding House Reach world tour — again — on Wednesday night (April 19) by giving fans in his home town of Detroit a special treat. Breaking from two days of rehearsals nearby, White performed for the first time ever at his Third Man Records Cass Corridor store in Detroit, also the site of his Third Man Recording pressing plant. The 40-minute show — on the eve of White’s formal tour opener at Little Caesars Arena — was announced mid-day via social media, with lines materializing up and down the block almost immediately, with nearly 400 fans, mostly from Third Man’s The Vault club, crowding into the store for the event. The show followed a series of small venue shows White performed at Third Man’s Nashville location and ...

Prosecutors Plan Announcement on Prince Death

Prosecutors in the Minnesota county where Prince died will announce a decision Thursday (April 17) on criminal charges following a two-year investigation into the musician’s death from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz was scheduled to announce at 11:30 a.m. Thursday whether anyone would be charged. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Chanhassen on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. A confidential toxicology report obtained by The Associated Press in March showed high concentrations of fentanyl in the singer’s blood, liver and stomach. The concentration of fentanyl in Prince’s blood was 6...

Kendrick Lamar Praised By Pulitzer Prize Finalists He Beat

Compton rhymer Kendrick Lamar has received praise from near and far since winning the Pulitzer Prize in Music this week, becoming the first non-jazz/non-classical act to ever receive the award. But some seemingly unlikely people have been rather enthusiastic in their congrats to the rapper. Composers Michael Gilbertson and Ted Hearne, two of the finalists in the same Pulitzer Prize category as K.Dot, heavily praised the rapper while speaking with Slate. Congratulations to @kendricklamar, @dangerookipawaa and @Interscope! #Pulitzer pic.twitter.com/fFQBYnoW9F — The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018 Hearne, who lists the DAMN. track “FEEL.” as his favorite Kendrick song, spoke on the importance of Kendrick and Hip Hop being recognized on this level. “I don’t put too much stock ...

J. Cole Shares Cover Art & Tracklist For “KOD” Album

Seemingly out of nowhere, J. Cole announced this week he was dropping a new studio album titled KOD on Friday (April 20). Now, the Dreamville founder has shared the cover art and tracklist for the project. The cover art features the words “This album is in no way intended to glorify addiction” and drawings of several children sipping lean, snorting cocaine and smoking weed. In terms of guest spots, the mysterious “Kill Edward” is the sole listed feature. KOD 4/20 Cover and back pic.twitter.com/2iUaKrI42F — J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 18, 2018 The project will mark the Dreamville founder’s fifth studio album and follow-up to 2016’s 4 Your Eyes Only.  Cole previewed the album during surprise shows in New York City on Monday (April 16) and London on Tuesday (April 17). No phones, cameras or bags...