Live Performances

Aug
9
Drake and Lil Wayne Face Off at Tour Kickoff

Lil Wayne and Drake

Round 1. The student (Drake) went head-to-head with the teacher (Lil Wayne) on opening night of the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour, which kicked off in Buffalo, New York, on Friday. The YMCMB all-stars brought their battle to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in a video game-inspired showdown.

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Aug
5
Drake Welcomes Lauryn Hill, Usher, & 50 Cent at 5th Annual OVO Fest

Drake and Lauryn Hill

Drake once again brought the stars to his hometown for the 5th Annual OVO Fest. Following last year’s star-studded lineup of Kanye West, TLC, Diddy, and Ma$e, the Canadian superstar shared the stage with Lauryn Hill, Usher, 50 Cent, Trey Songz, and J. Cole during Monday’s three-hour event at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.

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Aug
4
Chance the Rapper Brings Out R. Kelly at Lollapalooza

Chance the Rapper and R. Kelly

After a weekend of performances from Eminem, Nas, and Iggy Azalea, Chance the Rapper closed out Lollapalooza on Sunday night. Despite the wet weather, fans piled into Chicago’s Grant Park to watch the 21-year-old MC thrill his hometown crowd during his much-anticipated set, which was streamed live. He hit the stage around 8:30 p.m., attracting one of the largest audiences of the weekend.

“Tonight isn’t performing for performance’s sake. It’s a Chicago thing. I love music and touring. But tonight it’s for Chicago,” he tweeted earlier in the day.

In addition to performing his remake of the “Arthur” theme song and Acid Rap tracks “Chain Smoker” and “Everything’s Good,” he taught the audience how to do the juke slide and brought out Vic Mensa for “Cocoa Butter Kisses.” But the most-talked-about moment of the night was when Chicago’s own R. Kelly joined him onstage.

With Chance by his side, Kellz served up his classics including “The World’s Greatest,” “Bump n’ Grind,” and “Ignition (Remix),” and guested on Chance’s “Acid Rain,” much to the delight of the Chicago rapper.

Watch Chance own the night.

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Aug
2
Eminem and Rihanna Perform ‘Stan’ at Lollapalooza

Rihanna and Eminem

Lollapalooza kicked off with performances from Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, and Eminem, who closed out day 1 of the three-day festival in Chicago on Friday.

Wearing grey jersey shorts and a T-shirt printed with LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer album cover, the hip-hop superstar returned to Lolla for the first time since 2011, performing a 90-minute set on the Samsung Galaxy stage at Grant Park.

In addition to ripping through hits including “My Name Is,” “Not Afraid,” and “The Real Slim Shady,” Em welcomed special guest Rihanna. The powerhouse duo gave fans a preview of their upcoming “Monster Tour” by performing their No. 1 collaborations “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster.”

But the highlight was when Rihanna filled in for Dido on Em’s 2000 single “Stan,” while the crowd waved their hands and sang along.

“Thank you @Eminem and Chicago for letting me share this moment with you at #Lollapalooza,” tweeted RiRi.

The music superstars will kick off their co-headlining tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, August 8. The three-city stadium trek will also play Detroit’s Comerica Park and New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

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Jul
31
Jessie J Performs ‘Bang Bang’ Acoustic

Jessie J

With the song sitting at No. 1 on iTunes, Jessie J stopped by Z100′s “Elvis Duran & The Morning Show” this week to perform an acoustic rendition of her Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande-assisted hit “Bang Bang.”

Despite a seven-hour flight delay, the 26-year-old Brit still wowed with her big vocals. Plus, she performed a cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

During her promo run, she also paid a visit to Hot 97. When asked about rumors that she will perform “Bang Bang” at the MTV VMAs, she remained coy, saying, “Maybe.”

Jessie, Nicki, and Ariana will go in front of the lens in L.A. today to shoot a video for the song, which will appear on Jessie’s upcoming third album, due this fall.

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Jul
30
Wiz Khalifa Brings Out Drake in Toronto

Wiz Khalifa and Drake

After smoking with him on stage during Houston Appreciation Weekend in June, Wiz Khalifa was joined by hometown hero Drake during his “Under the Influence of Music” tour stop at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Tuesday night. The Canadian rapper hit the stage to perform “Trophies” and “Started From the Bottom” for the 416.

“Make some noise for my motherfu**in’ brother Wiz Khalifa one time,” said Drake before embracing Wiz.

On August 3 and 4, Drake will bring OVO Fest back to Toronto for the fifth year in a row with special guest OutKast.

Meanwhile, Wiz’ tour continues through August with Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, Mack Wilds, Iamsu!, and DJ Drama.

Watch Taylor Gang and OVO meet up in the 6.

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Jul
28
Elle Varner Sings National Anthem at EBC Basketball Challenge

Elle Varner

Before the players took the court at Sunday’s EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, Elle Varner performed a soulful rendition of the National Anthem.

“I put some flavor on it. Everybody’s heard the song a million times, so I did my thing. I had fun,” she told TrueExclusives afterwards.

Earlier this month, the R&B songstress debuted her new single “Don’t Wanna Dance” featuring A$AP Ferg. Her sophomore album 4 Letter Word is due this fall.

“I’m making a very positive shift in my career with this album,” she said. “It’s all about artistry and being authentic and the message. It’s more soulful in the sense that you feel it in different ways.”

Watch Elle’s patriotic performance.

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