Live Performances

Apr
1
Jazmine Sullivan Returns to the Stage After Hiatus

Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan is back. Following a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Grammy-nominated songstress made a roaring return to the stage in London over the weekend.

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Mar
29
Lady Gaga Kicks Off Roseland Residency

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga returned to her home of New York City for the first of seven shows at Roseland Ballroom, marking the final performances at the historic hall. The pop superstar, who turned 28 on Friday, celebrated her birthday with 3,200 of her Little Monsters.

She pulled up to the venue in a yellow rose-covered taxi and emerged in a skin-colored bodysuit adorned with roses.

With her parents looking on, she kicked off the one-hour show with an acoustic version of “Born This Way” and ran through six wardrobe changes while performing hits including “Just Dance,” “Dope,” and “Bad Romance,” closing with her latest single “G.U.Y.”

“Don’t ever leave me, OK, I love you so much,” she told her fans during a piano version of “Poker Face.”

Gaga will play six more shows throughout the week, culminating on April 7.

See footage from opening night below.

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Mar
27
J. Cole, Big Sean Empower Youth at We Day California

J. Cole

Big Sean and J. Cole helped celebrate change at the first-ever We Day California, the world’s largest youth empowerment event, at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

The rappers pitched in alongside Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Magic Johnson, and Orlando Bloom to inspire 16,000 youth from over 400 schools across California to take action on local and global causes.

Big Sean hit the stage to perform his empowering track “Nothing Is Stopping You” and “Beware” as the students and teachers sang along.

“Karma is real. How you act and treat people will come back to you,” said the Detroit MC, who celebrated his 26th birthday this week.

The festivities closed out with J. Cole, who rocked the house with his uplifting single “Crooked Smile.”

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Mar
24
Kid Cudi Brings Out A$AP Rocky, Previews New Song in Brooklyn

Kid Cudi

Before he heads to Coachella next month, Kid Cudi warmed up for his festival appearance with a makeup show on his “Cud Life Tour.” The Cleveland rapper landed his spaceship at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday.

Clad in his “Satellite Academy Space Suit,” he performed some Cudder classics and new material off his latest album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon including “Balmain Jeans.”

He also brought out A$AP Rocky and King Chip for his Indicud cut “Brothers,” and treated the crowd to a previously unreleased song.

“This song is another one of those classic Kid Cudi songs in the essences and subject matter,” he said before singing acapella as the crowd clapped along.

See footage from his out-of-this-world set below.

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Mar
22
Drake Debuts New Song ‘Call On Me’ in Birmingham

Drake

With only four shows left on the European leg of his “Would You Like a Tour?” run, Drake took the opportunity to debut a new song for his British fans during his show at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England on Friday.

With the lights turned low, the Canadian rapper got lost in his emotions while singing the tender tune, reportedly titled “Call On Me.”

“Spending all my days on the inside / Forgetting who I was on the outside,” he sings.

It was also revealed this week that Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport has awarded Drake’s OVO Fest a $300,000 grant. OutKast will headline this year’s festival, which takes place on August 3-4 in Toronto.

Watch Drizzy pour his heart out onstage.

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Mar
16
Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, & JoJo Invade Fader Fort at SXSW

JoJo

After nearly a week of back-to-back shows from everyone from Gaga to Gunplay, South by Southwest came to a close on Saturday. Festivalgoers downed beer and BBQ before flocking to The FADER FORT to check out a diverse lineup that included Travi$ Scott, SZA, JoJo, Erykah Badu, Bun B, and Rick Ross.

JoJo hit the stage early in the afternoon. The singer, who signed a new deal with Atlantic Records this year, treated the Austin crowd to her hits “Too Little, Too Late” and “Leave (Get Out)” as well as covers of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home” and Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” off her latest EP #LoveJo.

Following Travi$ Scott and SZA, Erykah Badu spread peace and love during her soulful set. Givenchy’s latest muse opened with “On & On” before going into “The Healer.” Backed by her band, she played the MPC while pulling from her expansive catalog.

“You come to Texas, you come with some shit, or you stay at your fu**ing house,” said the Dallas soulstress before performing a little of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

MMG was also in the building. Rick Ross closed out Saturday’s festivities with a nearly hour-long set, opening with “Devil Is a Lie” and serving up some of his latest material including “Blk & Wht” off the No. 1 album in the country, Mastermind.

If you were not in Austin, you can catch highlights from Saturday’s bill below.

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Mar
14
Lady Gaga Performs with Twista, Gets Puked On at SXSW

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga pulled out all the stops during her South by Southwest debut, performing for more than 2,000 of her Little Monsters on the Doritos #BoldStage on Thursday at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas.

In anticipation of her upcoming “artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball” tour, the pop provocateur performed a dramatic hour-long set consisting of material off her latest album ARTPOP including “Aura,” “Dope,” and “Do What U Want.”

During her strange and bizarre performance of “Swine,” Gaga invited “vomit painter” Millie Brown onstage. After downing some barbecued sausages earlier in the show, Brown consumed a full bottle of bright green liquid before forcing herself to vomit on Gaga as she played drums.

The singer then climbed atop a mechanical pig, playing the keyboard as she straddled Brown, who painted Gaga with black liquid.

“Fuck you pop music. This is ARTPOP. Free yourself!” commanded Gaga.

She also brought out Twista to perform their collaboration “Jewels N’ Drugs” during which she poured cans of beer on herself and the audience.

The concert, which benefited her Born This Way Foundation, will be rebroadcast on March 29 at 10 p.m. EST on Fuse.

Watch Gaga bring her “artRAVE” to SXSW.

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