Sep
20
The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, & Jhené Aiko Kick Off ‘King of the Fall’ Tour

The Weeknd

No sleep till Brooklyn. The Weeknd kicked off his “King of the Fall” tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night. The Canadian crooner was joined by supporting acts ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko on the first date of his four-city tour.

Fresh off the No. 3 debut of her album Souled Out, Aiko warmed up the stage with her soulful songs including “Lyin King,” “Spotless Mind,” and “The Pressure,” as well as material off her EP Sail Out.

TDE’s ScHoolboy Q made a “Gangsta” entrance before performing his Oxymoron singles “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and his verse on Tinashe’s “2 On.”

He even made light of Kanye West’s recent controversy. “I’m about to get my Kanye West on and make everyone who’s even in a wheelchair get up from sitting down,” joked Q before performing “Collard Greens.”

But all eyes were on The Weeknd, who owned the night, delivering a seductive set that included “Wicked Games” and “Twenty Eight.” He also performed his cover of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah (Remix).”

The tour will play Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Sept. 21, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9, and San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 10.

Watch XO touch down in the BK.

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Sep
20
Nicki Minaj, Usher, Chris Brown, & Ariana Grande Perform at iHeartRadio Music Festival

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for two days of the biggest music stars on the planet. Friday’s jam-packed lineup included Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Usher, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and Coldplay, with plenty of surprises.

Queen Nicki delivered her biggest hits including “Super Bass,” “Beez in the Trap,” and “Anaconda,” and even spit her verse on Beyoncé’s “Flawless (Remix)” a cappella. She also brought out Ariana Grande for “Bang Bang,” and closed with “Starships.”

Ariana served up a soaring set of her own with “The Way” and “Problem,” as well as new cuts off her No. 1 album My Everything. While her rumored boyfriend Big Sean was backstage, Childish Gambino joined her on stage for “Break Your Heart Right Back.”

Usher lit up the arena with his UR singles “Good Kisser” and “She Came to Give It to You,” and surprised the crowd by bringing out Chris Brown for “New Flame.”

Surprise guest Alicia Keys, whose second child is due in November, showed off her baby bump and blessed the stage with her empowering new anthem “We Are Here.”

Watch highlights from night 1 below.

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Sep
19
New Music: PARTYNEXTDOOR f/ Wale – ‘Thirsty (Remix)’

Thirsty (Remix)

OVO meets MMG on the official remix to PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Thirsty.” Wale spits a tight flow and even speaks in Spanish on his newly-minted verse. The original track, which samples Missy Elliott’s “Ching-a-Ling,” appears on PND’s album PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO.

Wale is gearing up to release The Album About Nothing this fall and dropped his Jeremih-assisted single “The Body” earlier this month.

Pour up the remix below.

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Sep
19
New Mixtape: Hustle Gang – ‘G.D.O.D. 2’

G.D.O.D. 2

Hail to the chief. Before he drops his album Paperwork next month, T.I. warms up with his G.D.O.D. 2 mixtape. The Hustle Gang boss reassembles his squad on the sequel to last year’s Get Dough or Die.

In addition to B.o.B, Travi$ Scott, Trae Tha Truth, Young Dro, and the late Doe B, guests include Trey Songz, Meek Mill, Troy Ave, Yo Gotti, Rich Homie Quan, and more. Iggy Azalea was set to appear on a track called “We Go Hard,” but it didn’t make the final cut.

Earlier tonight, Iggy brought out Tip to perform “No Mediocre” at the 2014 Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta.

Download the 19-track tape below.

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Sep
19
Keyshia Cole Arrested for Assaulting Woman in Birdman’s Condo

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole can’t escape the drama. The R&B singer was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman who apparently spent the night with her rumored boyfriend Birdman.

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Sep
19
New Music: Pia Mia f/ Austin Mahone – ‘Fill Me In’

Fill Me In

In honor of her 18th birthday, Pia Mia teams up with Austin Mahone on a cover of Craig David’s 2000 hit “Fill Me In.” The Wolfpack leader and YMCMB heartthrob show off their chemistry while dueting on the soulful track, produced by “Loyal” hitmaker Nic Nac.

After releasing her EP The Gift earlier this year, Pia Mia is currently working on her Interscope Records debut. “It’s gonna be rhythmic pop,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I really like to do that because I’m able to lean more towards the urban side, I’m able to do more pop, and I’m able to do ballads also, so I’m kinda able to touch everywhere.”

Did they do the song justice? Stream their sweet duet below.

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Sep
19
Video: Lil Wayne f/ Drake – ‘Grindin”

Lil Wayne and Drake

While they continue to battle it out on the road, Lil Wayne and Drake join forces in the video for “Grindin’,” the latest release off Weezy’s upcoming album Tha Carter V.

The DJ Scoob Doo-directed clip features footage of the YMCMB all-stars on and off stage during the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour.

Tha Carter V is scheduled for an October 28 release featuring the singles “Krazy” and the Drake-assisted “Believe Me.”

Their co-headlining tour stops at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Monday before wrapping September 27 in Woodlands, Tex.

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