Daily Archives: May 25, 2017

Watch Camila Cabello's Plaintive 'I Have Questions' Lyric Video

Camila Cabello has unveiled the new lyric video for “I Have Questions.” The song follows her first solo single, “Crying in the Club,” which features an intro that incorporates the opening lines and music from “I Have Questions.”

In the new clip from the former Fifth Harmony member, the imagery mirrors the plaintive lyrics, with black, white and red animation of barren trees, birds and words on a page comprising the visuals.

Over a cello line, she queries, “Why did you leave me to burn? I’m way too young to be this hurt.” Themes of abandonment and the acknowledgement that a former object of affection wasn’t who they appeared to be pervade the lyrics, which she sings with raw emotion.

As the song title implies, she has many queries for the song’s subject. “Why don’t you care? I gave you all of me – my blood, my sweat, my heart, my tears,” she sings. Later, she innumerates three other pleading questions on the chorus.

Cabello parted ways withFifth Harmony in December of last year. Since then, the singer has collaboratedon J. Balvin and Pitbull’s “Hey Ma” and Cashmere Cat’s”Love Incredible.”Last week, she dropped “Crying in the Club” andon Sunday, she sang the song during her first solo television performance at the Billboard Music Awards. 

Both singles will appear on her solo debut album, The Hurting The Healing The Loving. Cabello has not yet revealed the album’s release date, but she has shared other details about the album, describing it as “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again” on Instagram.

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'Bankra' Caribbean Folk Festival Returns To Jamaica, Queens On June 3

Stilt walkers will return at the 2017 Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival in Jamaica Queens on Saturday June 3.NEW YORK, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The music, culture and cuisine of the Caribbean Islands will be on colorful display once again when Braata Productions in association with Sam’s Caribbean Marketplace presents the 2017 Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival on Saturday June 3 beginning at 12…


Noel Gallagher on Manchester Attack: Atrocity, Aimed at Young Music Fans

Noel Gallagher conveyed his dismay about Monday’s Manchester, England terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people, in a new radio interview. Speaking with U.K.’s Radio X, the Oasis co-founder said that when he heard the news on the radio Tuesday morning, he was “speechless.”

A native of Manchester, Gallagher spoke of the victims. “Having played that arena and all that and stood in that foyer, and being from Manchester, as it’s dawning on you that it’s aimed at young music fans… I say there are no words, there are words. Unfortunately you can’t broadcast those words,” he said.

He also empathized with Grande. “I suppose Manchester Arena will open again, and yeah, you’ve gotta keep going, you know? I mean, I don’t know what Ariana Grande’s going to do. I couldn’t imagine that.”

“I don’t know what I would feel or how I would react. I mean, I’m pretty upset about it now, but if it was your fans? Wow,” he continued. “I’ve got a teenage daughter… she may well have been there… But bar a couple of friends of friends who were in hospital and two very close shaves, all the people that I know didn’t get involved in it or weren’t caught up in it.

“And [I’m] lucky in that sense. But, you know, I think this particular atrocity will take quite a while to heal,” he said. The full interview, which will reflect on Gallagher’s life and career in celebration of his 50th birthday, will air on Monday. Watch a video from the Radio X interview.

On Thursday, during a tribute to the victims held in Manchester’s St. Ann’s Square, the crowd began singing a moving, spontaneous rendition of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”

“In total shock and absolutely devastated about what’s gone down in Manchester … Sending Love and Light to all the families involved,” Noel’s brother and Oasis co-founder Liam Gallagher tweeted.

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Trap-Soul Hitmaker Bryson Tiller Talks 'Upbeat' Second LP 'True to Self'

R&B hitmaker Bryson Tiller nailed a winning combination on his debut 2015 single “Don’t,” draping his supple entreaties over a twitching, drowsy beat. That alluring blend powered his debut album, the platinum Trapsoul; it drove “Don’t” and “Exchange” into the Top 40; and it created much anticipation for his second album, True to Self, due June 23rd

“I remember when it first started going to radio, people were saying, ‘Oh, it’s too slow,'” Tiller recalls of “Don’t.” “I’m just like, how? That is what’s missing: There’s no slow. Avant and Keke Wyatt’s ‘My First Love’ [a 2000 cover of a 1983 hit for Rene & Angela], that song was slow. But it’s a smash.”

The era of “My First Love” looms large over True to Self. The liner notes for his upcoming LP pay homage to a list of formidable singers from that period – SWV, Tweet, 112, Changing Faces, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Brandy and Tamia – all of whom excelled at stately ballads. Times change, but according to Tiller, this vein of R&B remains a constant source of musical nourishment and creative rejuvenation. He sampled every one of those singers on his new record. “There’s some stuff you hear and it holds you over until something else new comes out,” Tiller explains. “Those songs actually make you feel something. That’s why I love 1990s music so much.”

Tiller spent 2016 playing sold-out shows in venues like New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and worked steadily on his sophomore album. By October of 2016, he had a solid chunk of a new record completed – or so he thought. “I posted something on Instagram like, ‘album almost done,'” Tiller says. “Then I met this producer named Nes, and the way he produces his beats just changed everything. So I started my whole album over.”

Nes, from Bowling Green, Kentucky, two hours south of Tiller’s hometown of Louisville, had a hand in nine of True to Self‘s 19 tracks. Before this gig, he was working on an assembly line at a Corvette plant. He found the time to track down Tiller’s friend Rich Gretah, mentioned in Trapsoul’s “502 Come Up,” on Instagram. Nes sent Gretah three beats. “An hour later, I’m on the phone talking to Bryson on the assembly line,” the producer remembers. Tiller suggests that he sensed a kinship as he listened to Nes’ demos. “When he makes his beats, it feels exactly the same as how I would make a song,” Tiller says.

The success of Trapsoul also meant that Tiller could collaborate with some of the most prominent beat-makers in hip-hop and R&B at the moment. True to Self features beats from T-Minus (Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj), Wondagurl (Jay Z, Rihanna), Allen Ritter (Rihanna, Kanye West) and Boi-1da (Kanye West, Drake). “There was one point I rented this house in Miami and had all these producers fly out – Vinylz, Boi-1da, Allen Ritter,” Tiller says. “I just looked up and realized that I had the whole radio in my living room.”

“Bryson’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with, period,” Boi-1da asserts. The two men bonded over Dragon Ball Z and games of Mario Kart. “Of his generation, he’s the guy, especially in R&B,” Boi-1da continues. “He’s one of those artists everybody is going to always wait on.”

With help from his all-star coalition, Tiller crafted an album he characterizes as “more upbeat” than Trapsoul – his experience playing shows in front of large crowds taught him to change his approach. “The first time around, I had never performed before,” Tiller points out. “I’d never been in a lot of clubs and heard how my music sounded in these venues.” With a better understanding of the ways beats impact bodies in space, he made sure True to Self incorporated “different sounds to bring the energy back up.” “I don’t want it to be a long slow concert, dull and boring, so I’ve got a lot of upbeat production on this one,” he adds.

But don’t think Tiller is leaving the ballads behind in a mad rush for velocity; True to Self lead single “Something Tells Me” is a hair slower than “Don’t.” The week Tiller released the track, it was one of the most added songs at mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio – another gain for patience in pop.

Says Tiller, “I feel like R&B is getting back to where it should be.” 

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Hear Noah Cyrus' Country-Pop New Song 'I'm Stuck'

Noah Cyrus continues to show off her range with the country-leaning dance-pop single “I’m Stuck.” The track will appear on her forthcoming debut album NC-17, due out later this year.

While Billy Ray Cyrus’ youngest daughter had previously tapped into her R&B side (“Make Me (Cry)”) and hip-hop-inflected pop side (“Stay Together”), her latest song sees her taking after her father and reinvented older sister Miley, going for catchy, shimmering country-pop. On the bouncy, breezy jam, the 17-year-old sings about falling for “the baddest boy around” and how weak her new beau has made her.

Cyrus has yet to reveal the release date for her debut album; she began releasing her new music late last year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the teenager noted that Lady Gaga’s latest album, Joanne, had been her biggest writing inspiration. For her, NC-17 will draw upon a wide range of inspirations – including, to a point, her famous family’s musical history. “In my family, I grew up listening to my dad sing country music, but [the album] is definitely different from what I was raised listening to,” she said.

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Ice Cube Preps New Music for 'Death Certificate' Reissue

Ice Cube will reissue his classic 1991 album Death Certificate with three new songs as part of a new deal with Interscope Records. The 25th anniversary edition of the double LP arrives June 9th.

The Death Certificate reissue will be available to pre-order June 2nd, at which point one of the new songs, “Only One Me,” will be available to download as well. The two other new cuts are “Dominate the Weak” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”

Released in the wake of the Rodney King murder, Death Certificate‘s incendiary content immediately drew controversy and acclaim. Ice Cube offered a vivid, harrowing depiction of life in South Central Los Angeles, tackling everything from gun violence and gangs to poverty and the lack of employment opportunities. The record also featured two of Ice Cube’s most infamous songs: The scathing N.W.A. diss track “No Vaseline” and “Black Korea,” a problematic 47-second screed informed by tensions between the black and Asian communities in South Central, which piqued after a Korean-American grocer shot a 15-year-old African-American woman.

In a statement, Ice Cube spoke about Death Certificate‘s chilling relevancy 25 years later. “Sadly, our community is dealing with many of the same issues,” he said. “I only hope that young millennials feeling powerless in the ‘hood can channel their own anger and frustration by listening to this record.”

Prior to signing with Interscope, Ice Cube had been releasing music through his own Lench Mob Records. His last solo album was 2010’s I Am the West. He’s also remained busy as an actor, recently appearing in the comedy Fist Fight alongside Charlie Day and Tracy Morgan.

Death Certificate 25th Anniversary Edition Track List

The Death Side
1. “Only One Me”
2. “Good Cop, Bad Cop”
3. “Dominate The Weak”
4. “The Funeral”
5. “The Wrong Nigga To Fuck Wit”
6. “My Summer Vacation”
7. “Steady Mobbin'”
8. “Robin Lench”
9. “Givin’ Up The Nappy Dug Out”
10. “Look Who’s Burnin'”
11. “A Bird In The Hand”
12. “Man’s Best Friend”
13. “Alive On Arrival”
14. “Death”

The Life Side
15. “The Birth”
16. “I Wanna Kill Sam”
17. “Horny Lil’ Devil”
18. “Black Korea”
19. “True To The Game “
20. “Color Blind”
21. “Doing Dumb Shit”
22. “Us”
23. “No Vaseline”

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Atom Tickets & Codeblack Films Team Up To Offer Advance Tickets & Exclusive Merchandise For "All Eyez On Me" Film

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Hear Bleachers' Rousing New Song 'I Miss Those Days'

Jack Antonoff embraces his glory years on “I Miss Those Days,” an evocative new song from Bleachers‘ upcoming second LP, Gone Now, out June 2nd via RCA Records. 

The track marches forward with Springsteen-influenced pomp and a carnivalesque mix of piano, guitar, chimes, blaring horns and thundering drums. Antonoff ruminates on aging, reminisces about cross-country road trips and sings with melancholy glee, “But it’s all coming back now/ And the feeling isn’t over/ Hey, I know I was lost but I miss those days!”

“I Miss Those Days” follows Bleachers’ previously released cuts, “Don’t Take the Money” – which was written with Lorde – “Hate That You Know Me” and “Everybody Lost Somebody.” Gone Now follows Bleachers 2014 album, Strange Desire

Bleachers will play a handful of festival dates before embarking on a North American tour in support of Gone Now June 11th in Philadelphia. Throughout the trek, Antonoff will carry around a portion of his childhood bedroom as a roving art installation.

Along with his solo work, Antonoff co-produced Lorde’s upcoming album, Melodrama, and has recently worked on songs with Taylor Swift and Zayn, Banks and Fifth Harmony.

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3 Doors Down to Perform at LIVE at the Grand Taste as Part of Fun-Filled Tournament Week Schedule

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Florida Georgia Line Set Grand Opening Of FGL HOUSE For June 5

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