Live Performances

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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Jul
28
Childish Gambino Calls Out Kendrick Lamar, Drake: ‘I’m the Best Rapper’

Childish Gambino

Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse is still causing a rift in hip-hop. While freestyling during his “Deep Web Tour” show in Sydney, Australia over the weekend, Childish Gambino proclaimed his greatness and called out his competition including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and ScHoolboy Q.

“I’m the best rapper, definitely top 5,” declared a shirtless Gambino. “I cut their head off, that’s every rapper living. That’s Kendrick, that’s Drake, that’s ScHoolboy, that’s everyone. I don’t give a f**k. I’ll f**king kill you ni**as.”

Fans took to social media to weigh in with their opinions. “Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Q would definitely destroy him….i like Gambino but I’m just being honest,” said one YouTube commenter, while another added, “Kendrick is mostly hype yeah the man can rap but when comes to over all music quality Gambino got him beat.”

Watch Gambino unleash a lyrical tirade.

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Jul
24
J. Cole Brings Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar at L.A. Show

J. Cole and Drake

Grand opening, grand closing. J. Cole capped off his second annual “Dollar & A Dream” tour with a bang.

Following sold-out shows in London, New York, Miami, Raleigh, and Chicago, the Roc Nation MC performed two back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Belasco Theater on Wednesday night. His Dreamvillains lined up for hours to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets, and they got much more than they paid for.

In addition to performing his 5-year-old mixtape The Warm Up in its entirety, Cole surprised the crowd by bringing out Drake, who performed “Trophies,” “0 to 100,” and “Worst Behavior.”

“These are the only two kings in the game right now on stage,” said Drizzy as he stood alongside Cole.

During his second show, L.A.’s own Kendrick Lamar joined Cole onstage for “Poetic Justice,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “m.A.A.d city.”

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, check out some footage below.

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Jul
22
Jhené Aiko Performs Acoustic Version of ‘To Love & Die’

Jhené Aiko

As she prepares to hit the road, Jhené Aiko has shared some footage from her rehearsals. Joined by her guitarist Jeff, the L.A. songstress performs an acoustic rendition of her Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die” as well as her Sail Out cuts “Stay Ready (What a Life)” and “The Worst.”

Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour, which kicks off September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Prior to the tour launch, she will release her full-length debut Souled Out. Just last week, she dropped her new single “The Pressure.”

See her stripped-down set below.

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