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Tems' debut album to come out in May

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Tems has worked with some of music's greats, including Beyoncé, Future and Wizkid, and that's all before releasing her debut album. Her first studio album, Born in the Wild, will officially drop in May. She teased fans with an album trailer that shows clips presumably reminiscent of her childhood back in Lagos, Nigeria.

“It’s all over the news, all over the news, I notice/ Under the sun, struggling to find my focus/ When I was young, younger than my mind as always/ Runnin’ away,” Tems sings on the album's title track.

“BORN IN THE WILD. The Album. May 2024,” she captioned the video on Instagram. 

Tems' announcement comes on the heels of her appearance at Coachella, where she, Wizkid and Justin Bieber came together for a performance of "Essence." She'll return to the stage for part two of the festival, taking place April 21.

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Donald Glover to release two Childish Gambino albums

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Donald Glover joined Tyler, the Creator onstage during his headlining set at Coachella, but apparently that was a tease of what's to come. Following his appearance, he hosted a Gilga Radio stream on Instagram Live, in which he revealed he has two Childish Gambino albums on the way.

The first will be Atavista, an updated version of 3.15.20, an album he released during the pandemic that seemed to go under the radar.

“We put it out quickly, I didn’t master or mix it, I just kind of put it out. I was going through a lot, n***** thought everybody was going to die because it was the pandemic," he said. "We put it out, we finished it, it’s Atavista, we’re putting that out."

The second, inspired by Prince's soundtracks for Batman and Batman Forever, will soundtrack Donald's movie Bando and will mark "the final Childish Gambino album." The name of that album will be Bando Storm and the New World.

Also on the way is the music video for “Little Foot Big Foot," directed by Hiro Murai, which will come out in "the next couple weeks." The release dates for the single and two records have not yet been announced.


 

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The Marley Brothers announce tour to honor father's legacy

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Bob Marley's legacy will live on in a big way this year.

The Marley Brothers — Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani and Damian Marley — have announced a 22-date tour, a reunion run for the children of Bob Marley.

The Marley Brothers: The Legacy Tour will kick off on Sept. 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and span a full month before ending on Oct. 5 in Miami, according to a release from Live Nation announcing the tour.

The tour will feature individual hits from Bob Marley's children as well as his classics, according to Live Nation. Combined, Marley's children account for several Grammys individually, including Julian Marley's Best Reggae Album win at the 2024 ceremony.

Several of Bob Marley's children were members of a group called Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, founded in 1979, which saw several years of success before the children forged their own solo careers.

The tour will precede what would have been Bob Marley's 80th birthday in 2025, celebrating the reggae innovator and his global success spreading messages of unity and peace. The tour will mark the brothers' first time playing together in two decades.

The presale will start on Tuesday, with the general sale occurring Friday, April 19, on MarleyBrothers.com.

The release also noted that Bob Marley: One Love, a biographical drama chronicling Marley's life, will start expanded screenings on Saturday, April 20.

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'Tamron Hall' renewed for season 6

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Tamron Hall's eponymous, Emmy-winning syndicated daytime talk show has been renewed for a sixth season, it was revealed on Monday.

Tamron Hall currently ranks third out of the nine one-hour syndicated talk shows and has already become the second longest-running talk show produced by ABC News' parent company Disney.

"From the start, I saw the show as a chance to build a community. Now, here we are, preparing for season six. Wow!" enthused the show's host and namesake.

She added, "Thank you to my team and my beloved Tam Fam for nurturing my dream and growing this community. We are a daily destination to talk, laugh, learn and be inspired together. From the biggest celebrities in the world to the most incredible people in their own neighborhood, they all come here to talk, and I am grateful."

The show's executive producer Quiana Burns commented, "We are at season six because there is no other show like Tamron Hall in daytime."

Promising "a few surprises" in store for the forthcoming season, Burns added, "From exclusive road trips with Miranda Lambert, Usher and former first lady Michelle Obama to exclusive sit-downs with Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Grey, Lynda Carter and Angela White, our Tam Fam has come to expect impactful interviews, as well as in-depth conversations on important issues like only Tamron can do."

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Ciara gives "shout out" to moms as she navigates working, losing post-baby weight

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Ciara is opening up about the realities of the postpartum period after giving birth in December to her fourth child.

The "Level Up" singer, who is married to NFL star Russell Wilson, took to Instagram to give a "shout out" to other moms trying to work and take care of themselves and their family.

"Trying to lose 70lbs post baby, prepare for a show and tour while breastfeeding, and running my businesses…Shout out to all my mammas out there gettin in, I see you!" Ciara, 38, captioned a photo of herself over the weekend.

She also added the hashtag #MambaMentality, a reference to the late Kobe Bryant, who authored a book titled The Mamba Mentality: How I Play.

In addition to her daughter Amora, whom she gave birth to in December, Ciara is the mother of a 3-year-old son, a nearly 7-year-old daughter and a nearly 10-year-old son.

People took to the comments of Ciara's latest Instagram post to encourage her in reaching for her goals while taking it easy on herself.

"You look amazing. Women are strong!" wrote one commenter.

"Heck that baby weight looks great on you. Either way you're beautiful so don't stress yourself out!" wrote another.

Starting in July, Ciara will balance being a mom of four and touring the country as a headliner on Missy Elliott's Out of This World Tour, joining other artists including Busta Rhymes and Timbaland.

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Will Smith channels 'Men in Black' during J Balvin's Coachella set

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Will Smith channeled his Men in Black character in a surprise appearance at Coachella over the weekend.

During J Balvin's alien-themed set Sunday night, the Oscar-winning actor was dressed in a suit just like his character Agent J from the 1997 sci-fi action comedy and two sequels.

Smith, backed by other suited-up dancers and green extraterrestrial dancers, performed his song "Men in Black" from the film's soundtrack.

As the dancers in suits carried J Balvin off the stage, Smith pulled out a device like the one the agents in Men in Black use to erase people's memories, and a white light lit up behind him.

Tyler, the Creator, Doja Cat and Lana Del Rey are this year's Coachella headliners.

With the first weekend of the 2024 music festival in the books, the next weekend is set for April 19-21 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

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Gunna announces new album, 'One of Wun'

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Gunna wants to make one thing clear: He is One of Wun. He'll explain how on his upcoming album, which he announced Monday.

Alongside the news, he shared the album's artwork, a creation by Calvin Clausell Jr. Spike Jordan of The Genius Club also contributed with creative direction, while Tai Midyan helped with art direction and design.

"ONE OF WUN | ALBUM OTW," wrote Gunna on Instagram.

One of Wun will follow Gunna's chart-topping studio album a Gift & a Curse, which spawned the RIAA certified Platinum hit single “fukumean."

He's slated to kick off The Bittersweet Tour May 4 in Columbus, Ohio. For a full list of dates, you can head over to livenation.com.

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ICYMI: Drake’s leaked diss track, Coachella surprises and more

Drake’s alleged response to Kendrick Lamar’s diss on Future and Metro Boomin’s “Like That” has been leaked. The song, titled “Push Ups (Drop and Give Me 50),” popped up online Saturday, and Drake has hinted at its authenticity but hasn’t outright confirmed it. On the diss track, the lyrics take aim at everything from Kendrick’s height to his pop collaborations. It also takes shots at Future and Metro as well as Rick Ross and The Weeknd

Speaking of Rick Ross, the rapper released his own Drake diss track, titled “Champagne Moments,” in which he accuses Drake of getting a nose job, among other things.

On Sunday at Coachella, it was a partial Fugees reunion during YG Marley’s set. Marley brought out his mom, Lauryn Hill, who then welcomed Wyclef Jean to the stage to duet on "Killing Me Softly" and “Fu-Gee-La.” Meanwhile, Tems also performed at the festival Sunday, bringing out Justin Bieber and Wizkid for a performance of “Essence,” and Doja Cat had 21 Savage and A$AP Rocky join her onstage during her headlining set.

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Tyler, the Creator brings out two guests he "used to hate" during Coachella set

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Tyler, the Creator brought out two special guests he “used to hate” during his headlining Coachella set over the weekend.

First he brought out Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, for a performance of "Running Out of Time" from Tyler's 2019 album, Igor. After Glover left the stage, Tyler told the crowd, "You know what's sick? I used to hate that n****. Seriously. I don't know why — I've got to go to therapy to figure it out.”

When he brought out his next guest, A$AP Rocky, he admitted he used to hate him too. "OK, we thought we had beef … And now we friends." 

Rocky came out to perform "Potato Salad" and "Who Dat Boy." Tyler also had Charlie Wilson accompany him on the piano for "Earfquake," and Kali Uchis join him on "See You Again."

Other performances the first weekend of Coachella included Chlöe, Lil Uzi Vert, Tinashe and Ice Spice, who shouted out Taylor Swift in the audience.

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Music producer Rico Wade dies at 52

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Rico Wade, the Atlanta-based music producer of Organized Noize and The Dungeon Family, has died, his family and music groups announced on Saturday. Wade was 52.

"We are deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of our son, father, husband, and brother Rico Wade. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a talented individual who touched the lives of so many,” read a statement from Wade’s family announcing his death.

"We ask that you respect the legacy of our loved one and our privacy at this time," the statement continued.

Wade gained recognition for his work producing world-famous musical acts like OutKast, Ludacris, Killer Mike and several more. Wade’s work with The Dungeon Family, and later Organized Noize, is considered an important foundation for the modern success of southern hip-hop.

"We are devastated by the news of the passing of our dear brother Rico Wade. The world has lost one of the most innovative architects in music, and we have lost an invaluable friend," read a statement from Organized Noize and The Dungeon Family.

The music collective recognized Wade’s impact on their group in their message.

"Rico was the cornerstone of Organized Noize and The Dungeon Family, and we will forever treasure his memory and the moments we shared, creating music as a united team," the statement continued.

Wade was responsible in part for producing Outkast’s hit 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and TLC’s 1995 Grammy-winning hit "Waterfalls."

Wade’s counterparts from across the music world weighed in to pay tribute to the producer.

Former Dungeon Family member rapper Killer Mike took to Instagram to pay tribute to Wade writing, "I deeply appreciate your acceptance into The Dungeon Family, mentorship, Friendship and Brotherhood. Idk where I would be without y'all."

Famed Atlanta rapper, and cousin to Wade, Future, also posted a tribute on social media.

"This life wouldn’t b possible if it wasn’t for my cousin. Love u forever," wrote Future on his Instagram Story.

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Anthony Mackie calls 'Captain America: Brave New World' a "clear reset" for Marvel Studios

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After Disney's exhibition at the annual industry confab CinemaCon on Thursday, fans are buzzing about one of the details revealed during a sneak peek of the upcoming Captain America: Brave New World

Along with footage of the anticipated film — and the first glimpses at Harrison Ford as President Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross — comes a direct order to the new Cap, Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson. 

According to outlets at the event, Ford's POTUS tells Sam, "I want Captain America to help rebuild the Avengers."

Following the sneak peek, Entertainment Weekly dropped exclusive photos and an interview with the star, with Mackie offering the magazine that the movie feels "10 times bigger" than the last time he carried that spangly shield, on the small screen on Disney+.

"One of the biggest conversations we had from the beginning was for this not to be Falcon and the Winter Soldier Part 2, for this to be its own movie with its own story, with its own characters," Mackie maintains.

He calls the movie "a clear reset" for Marvel, in the same way Captain America: The Winter Soldier was. That film, which just turned 10, often finds itself atop the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe library in film rankings.

Mackie teases, "From Captain America: The First Avenger to [AvengersEndgame, the enemy was always good versus bad. Now that we've conquered that, where do we go from here? When the bad guys reappear, in what form are they reappearing?"

He says Brave New World "is a new storyline with new characters, with new beliefs, and it creates a new idea of this new world that we're going into."

The delayed movie now opens February 14, 2025.

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Cardi B gives fans a glimpse of her first driving lesson

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Cardi B has a few cars, but she doesn't have the license to drive them. That's why she's taking driving lessons, one of which she let fans see on Instagram Live.

In the session, Cardi follows her instructor's directions as she drives through her neighborhood in a Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.

"I'm not really trying to be boujee and everything," Cardi B says of the car she's driving. "But deada**, I only got the Bentley truck here and my Rolls-Royce truck. I cannot find the Bentley truck keys ever since I moved to my new house. So, we ain't got no choice."

After 31 years of living, Cardi reveals she's embarking on the driving lessons because her therapist advised her to try new things that will help her have more of a work-life balance.

"So, to be honest with you guys, my therapist said I gotta pick up a healthy habit because she said that I'm too involved with, like, work and work is taking over my life. She said for an hour a day, I gotta pick up a healthy habit," Cardi explained. "One of the healthy habits that I'm picking is driving. So, today is my first day." 

Cardi will be a licensed driver before we know it.

 

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Chris Brown has 13 new songs on '11:11 (Deluxe)'

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Chris Brown fans have a few more songs to learn before he kicks off his headlining tour in June. The singer's released the deluxe version of his 11:11 album, which features 13 new songs.

Joining him this time around are Bryson Tiller, Mario and Davido, as well as Lil WayneJoyner Lucas and Tee Grizzley, who are on the single "Freak" — which many suspect is a Quavo diss track.

“F****** my old b****** ain’t gone make us equal/ Sipping that 1942 ’cause I don’t do no Quavo/ Freak b**** she like Casamigos not the Migos,” Brown says. Many believe he's referring to Karrueche Tran, who he dated for about four years. Tran was spotted hanging out with Quavo in 2017, prompting romantic rumors about the two.

Per Billboard, Chris had also shared his thoughts on Quavo in January after being seated next to him at the Rhude Menswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show. “Can’t pick who you sit by,” Brown wrote on Instagram at the time. “F*** all that growth s***. Not finna fumble my bag for little n*****.”

Quavo has seemingly responded to the new track on his latest, "Tender."

"You did the b**** wrong and now the b**** gone, she posted with a thug," he rapped. "Call the b**** phone, she won't come home, don't beat her up," Quavo continued, referring to Breezy's history of domestic violence.

"Tender," "Freak" and 11:11(Deluxe) are all available on streaming services.

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New Music Friday: Alicia Keys, Chlöe, Dreezy and more

It's a jam-packed week of new releases; check out this week's New Music Friday for the culture's latest and greatest in music.

Alicia Keys, "Kaleidoscope" -- The music video for the song, heard in the new Broadway musical HELL'S KITCHEN, has dropped, featuring Maleah, Joi Moon and the Broadway cast of HELL’S KITCHEN, whose vocals are on the track.

Bebe Winans, "Father In Heaven (Right Now)" -- The song recounts the ways Bebe's witnessed and felt God’s hand on his life. “I must say this song speaks to the core of my being,” he says. “I'm so grateful to my Heavenly Father for everything. I hope it moves listeners to the point of surrender when it is released."

Chlöe, "Boy Bye" -- The song's "an anthem for anyone who needs to get rid of someone toxic and draining from their life,” Chlöe says. “It’s liberating and free. That’s how it feels to finally let go of dead weight that’s been keeping you down. Instead of being sad about releasing what’s not good for me, I celebrate it.” 

Tinashe, "Nasty" -- Complete with a new video, the track is an "all summer long kinda BOP" "meant to make you feel sexy, confident, let loose and maybe even unleash some of that sluttiness inside you," Tinashe says.

NLE Choppa, "Slut Me Out 2" -- The sequel to "Slut Me Out" finds the rapper flaunting confidence; in the video, he flirts "with a small multitude of baddies, including his leading lady India Love."

Dreezy, "B**** Duh (Remix)" featuring BIA, Ken the Man, Lakeyah -- For the song, Dreezy says she chose "girls that was rocking with me," whose pen she respected and "that sounded good with the 'B**** Duh' movement." Some believe BIA's verse includes shots at Cardi B.

(Videos include uncensored profanity.)

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Spotify releases 100 Greatest R&B Songs of the Streaming Era list; SZA's "Snooze" at #1

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Spotify CLASSICs is continuing to celebrate catalog music. The program has released its second chapter, which highlights the 100 greatest R&B songs of the streaming era (2015 to present day). The criteria used to make the list includes quality, impact, replay value, influence and cultural significance; it's based on the "cultural and musical expertise" of Spotify’s U.S. editorial team and Head of Urban Music at Spotify Carl Chery.

At #1 is SZA's "Snooze," released as part of her SOS album. The team notes that "SZA’s voice stands apart" on the song among "exquisite production work" despite "delivering one of her more restrained performances."

Second comes Frank Ocean's 2016 track "Pink + White," followed by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.'s "Best Part," a "massively successful collaboration" that marks a moment "where the pair simultaneously evolved into generational stars."

Beyoncé's Renaissance cut "Cuff It" places at #4 for "supplying a perfect tonic for" fans post-pandemic, among other things. The #5 song, Bryson Tiller's "Don't," separates Bey from her sister, Solange, whose "Cranes in the Sky" comes in at #6. That album "not only revealed a new sound for the artist but provided a thesis on the past, present, and future of Black music and culture."

Summer Walker's "Session 32" is the #7 song, while Rihanna's ANTI cut "Needed Me" is at #8. The song, produced by Mustard, is "a snapshot of a singer and producer working together at their creative and commercial peaks, pushing the boundaries of pop music and redefining what a hit song can be."

Jazmine Sullivan's "Pick Up Your Feelings" follows at #9, with Chris Brown's Drake-assisted "No Guidance," which is "as suited for the club as it is an evening at home," rounding out the top 10.

The full list is available online at newsroom.spotify.com.


 

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