Damon Albarn Talks Gorillaz Plus Stream Humanz

Damon Albarn talks to Hot 97 about the origins of Gorillaz and the new album Humanz. Albarn explains how he connected to the rappers who have appeared More »

Slum Village’s Young RJ Releases Video For Huh?

Young RJ questions corruption in his video for “Huh?” The rapper and producer steps outside his place in Slum Village is getting ready for the release of More »

Sza Introduces Travis Scott To Misery In Video For Love Galore

Sza is getting closer to the release of her CTRL album with the video for “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott. Sza’s quick bedroom diary with Scott ends with an More »

Mary J.Blige: Strength Of A Woman: Official Video & Album Stream

Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album, Strength Of A Woman is out now. The singer has used her very public divorce as inspiration for the songs that More »

POWER: Season 4 Trailer & Preview

Power is returning to Starz for season four on June 25th and the trailer and preview clip indicates more challenges for James St. Patrick and his family. More »

Damon Albarn Talks Gorillaz Plus Stream Humanz

Damon Albarn talks to Hot 97 about the origins of Gorillaz and the new album Humanz. Albarn explains how he connected to the rappers who have appeared on the albums and how the concept of the virtual group was inspired by television and boy bands. Humanz came out today and you can stream it below.

Slum Village’s Young RJ Releases Video For Huh?

Young RJ questions corruption in his video for “Huh?” The rapper and producer steps outside his place in Slum Village is getting ready for the release of his solo album BLAQ ROYALT. Young RJ’s ‘s affiliation with Slum Village started when he was a teenager and learned from J.Dilla how to program a drum machine. He used those skills to help Dilla complete “Climax” from their seminal Fantastic Vol.2.  After Dilla left the group, and Baatin became ill Young RJ solidified his place in the group with his work on Trinity. By  2012 he officially joined the group and after five years of touring and two albums he returned to his studio to began his solo album.

“Creating my first solo project gives me a different sense of freedom, although my Music is based on the Slum Village philosophy of sound, people will now get insight into one of the men behind the music,” states Young RJ.

Sza Introduces Travis Scott To Misery In Video For Love Galore

Sza is getting closer to the release of her CTRL album with the video for “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott. Sza’s quick bedroom diary with Scott ends with an unexpected twist taken from Stephen King’s Misery and Kathy Bates’s lead role.

Mary J.Blige: Strength Of A Woman: Official Video & Album Stream

Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album, Strength Of A Woman is out now. The singer has used her very public divorce as inspiration for the songs that reflect her phoenix from the ashes status. In the video for the single, she is declaring mastery over her world late at night on the deck of a building surrounded by the lights in the city. Watch the video and stream the album below:

POWER: Season 4 Trailer & Preview

Power is returning to Starz for season four on June 25th and the trailer and preview clip indicates more challenges for James St. Patrick and his family. Ghost’s arrest will have viewers eager to find out the fate of his organization and legal problems. The late Charlie Murphy can also be seen making an appearance as prison guard Marshal Williams. Subscribers will be able to view the new episode on the app and all day after midnight.

Detroit Music Weekend Official Press Conference With Aretha Franklin & Mayor Duggan

On May 4th at 2 PM EST Detroit’s Music Hall will host the official press conference for Detroit Music Weekend. Aretha Franklin, Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones will attend the event that is open to all press channels. Franklin will give a free concert June 10, 2017, at 6PM EST in Detroit’s Downtown Entertainment District. Mayer Hawthorne, DJ D-Nice, Josh Gracin, Laith Al-Saadi and Mitch Ryder are also scheduled to perform but the full details will be revealed at the press conference.

Press Conference Highlights:

– Aretha Franklin, will officially announce her concert in her own words and explain the motivation behind it.

– The Mayor of Detroit will reveal his intention of giving Aretha the Key to the City and explains need for ongoing festival featuring Detroit artists and cultural organizations

– Detroit City Council President will reveal street naming intention and explanation
– Musicians and celebrity guests for The Tribute to Aretha Franklin will be announced – Local Artist Showcase Winners and Cultural Organization exhibits will be announced

– Programming roster for all 4 stages will be announced
– Founding Director, Vince Paul, will discuss economic impact of Festival and importance of the arts

Detroit’s Music Weekend will take place June 9-11, 2017.

Milky Wayv Presents Eros: The Stratus Album

Houston, Texas indie label Milky Wayv just released the Stratus album from R&B singer Eros. The six-song album has the quirks of technology and enough emotion to never lose focus on human dilemmas.

April 25th Is Ella Fitzgerald Day In New York City

Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday was celebrated at The Rainbow Room in New York City where she had her first big break and performed her last concert. Verve Label Group and the Mayor’s office hosted a ceremony to honor her centennial birthday and called it Ella Fitzgerald Day. Tony Bennett remembered his friendship with Fitzgerald and performed “Our Love Is Here To Stay” at the end of the ceremony.

Verve/UMe just released several re-issues of Ella’s most beloved recordings including a 4-CD set of 100 Songs For A Centennial, and a 6-LP vinyl reissue of Ella Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook.  Later in the year Verve will release a new album featuring Fitzgerald’s classic vocal recordings accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the London Symphony Orchestra. Order 100 Songs For A Centennial here: https://UMe.lnk.to/100SongsCent and Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Books here: https://UMe.lnk.to/GershwinSB6LP  

Stream The Best Of Ella Fitzgerald below:

Killer Mike Interviews George Clinton For NPR Music

Killer Mike interviews George Clinton for NPR Music and they talk about their histories with barber shops and Clinton’s career. The P-Funk icon explains how he evolved from a hair-cutting doo-wop singer into an avant-garde funkster. Clinton also talks about his connection to hip-hop and how it links back to his generation.

Anderson.Paak, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers & Disclosure In The Studio

anderson.paak is on tour right now as the opening act for Bruno Mars in Europe. This video was posted today on Twitter of them in Abbey Road studios with Guy Lawrence of Disclosure and Nile Rodgers. There are no official announcements about all of them working together but the video conjures up the many possibilities. Nile Rodgers will be touring with Chic and Earth, Wind & Fire during the summer and anderson.paak’s band the  Free Nationals will release their album this year.