Live Performances

Apr
24
Iggy Azalea Opens ‘New Classic’ Tour in Boston

Hotel Iggy

Hotel Iggy is now open for business. Following her opening slots on tours with Beyoncé, Nas, and Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea launched her first headlining tour in Boston on Wednesday. The Aussie rap sensation transformed the House of Blues into her own hotel, performing her hits and new material off her just-released debut The New Classic.

Dressed in a Scarface-inspired getup, she kicked off her hour-long set with “Beat Down” and performed crowd favorites including “Fancy,” “Work,” and her mixtape cut “Pussy.”

Backed by a troupe of female dancers and DJ Wizz Kidd, Iggy also treated the crowd to the first performances of “Black Widow,” “Don’t Need Y’all,” and “Rolex” off her new album.

The 14-date North American trek travels to major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, wrapping May 22 in Seattle.

Iggy also guests on Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem,” which hits iTunes this weekend.

Listen to a snippet of Iggy’s verse and watch footage from opening night below.

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Apr
21
Ariana Grande and Big Sean Perform at White House Easter Egg Roll

Big Sean and Ariana Grande

President Obama and the First Lady welcomed Ariana Grande back to the White House for the 2014 Easter Egg Roll on Monday. As hundreds of kids and parents looked on, the 20-year-old singer took to the South Lawn to perform a medley of her Yours Truly cuts including “Piano,” “The Way,” and “Right There” with Big Sean, who was fresh from his Coachella appearance.

Ariana also met Jim Carrey during her visit. “met my childhood crush Jim Carrey. could even speak. he was kind, warm and human. I’m so happy,” she tweeted. “all was swell until my mom told him that my first screen name was JimCarreyFan42@aol………… I wanted to die.”

Just last month, the Nickelodeon star joined Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and Janelle Monáe for the White House’s Women of Soul concert.

Her new single “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea is now available for pre-order on iTunes, and will be released on April 28. Big Sean also hinted that he’s featured as a “mystery whisperer” on the record.

Watch the performance and hear a snippet of “Problem” below.

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Apr
19
Teyana Taylor Sings National Anthem at Jordan Brand Classic

Teyana Taylor and Michael Jackson

Teyana Taylor showed her stars and stripes while performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Jordan Brand Classic 2014 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday. Rocking a Chicago Bulls snapback in honor of Michael Jordan, G.O.O.D. Music’s First Lady had the audience in its feet with her rendition of the National Anthem.

She also got to meet her idol for the first time and snapped an Instagram photo.

“And then this happened! #YepICriedSoWhat #FinallyMetMJ #MyIdol #HeCalledMeTheQueenOfJays #IWasLikeHowDidUKnow #HeWaSLikeWatsUpTeyUKilledTheNationalAnthem,” tweeted Teyana.

The event, showcasing the best basketball talent at the high school level, also featured a halftime performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch Teyana belt out the patriotic tune below.

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Apr
16
Jhené Aiko Debuts New Song ‘Spotless Mind’ at Coachella

In addition to bringing out Drake and Childish Gambino at Coachella on Sunday, Jhené Aiko debuted a brand new song called “Spotless Mind” during her late-night set at the Gobi Tent. With the palm trees swaying in the background, the L.A. songstress performed the breezy tune with her band and a string quartet.

“Started as a love song, 26 years in the making / Moving from place to place and I never really settled down,” she sings before repeating the chorus, “I’m a wanderer, baby.”

The song is set to appear on her upcoming full-length debut Souled Out, due this summer.

Watch Jhené debut her new jam in the desert.

Apr
14
Jhené Aiko Brings Out Drake at Coachella

Jhené Aiko lived out one of her dreams, performing for the first time at Coachella on Sunday. The L.A. songstress was joined by some famous friends as she capped off the first weekend of the festival in the desert.

Backed by her suit-clad band and a string quartet, she opened her late-night set with “Bed Peace,” on which she was joined by Childish Gambino. She continued with more cuts off her Sail Out EP including “The Worst” and “Stay Ready,” plus covers of Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up” and Erykah Badu’s “On & On.”

The crowd went wild when Jhené’s “musical soulmate” Drake hit the stage for a surprise performance of “From Time,” their duet off his latest album Nothing Was the Same. The tourmates shared a warm embrace and some words.

“This is my first time at Coachella, by the way,” Drake told festivalgoers. “So I want to let you know that it’s a motherfuckin’ honor to be here with you tonight, and you better make some noise for Jhené one more time.”

Catch Childish Gambino’s cameo below.

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Apr
13
Nas Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Illmatic’ at Coachella with Jay Z and Puff Daddy

Nas and Jay Z

Hip-hop history was made in the desert. In celebration of Illmatic‘s 20th anniversary, Nas marked the occasion with a late-night set at Coachella on Saturday. Shortly after midnight, the Queens rapper took a trip down memory lane, performing his 1994 album in its entirety and bringing out some fellow icons.

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Apr
13
Pharrell Heats Up Coachella with Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, & Nelly

Pharrell Williams

He’s performed at the Academy Awards, rocked “SNL,” and sat down with Oprah Winfrey, and on Saturday, Pharrell Williams brought some sunshine and superstar friends to the desert for Coachella.

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