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Jack White: Rock and Roll Needs to Return to ‘Wildness’

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 03:26 PM PST

With rock music no longer the cultural influencer it once was, Jack White says hope is not lost.

Related: Jack White Bans Phones at Shows for '100 Percent Human Experience'

"Rock and roll needs an injection of some new, young blood to really just knock everybody dead right now,” the Detroit rocker explained in a new interview with the Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles.

“I think it's brewing. It's brewing and brewing and it's about to happen. I think that it's good," White continued. "Since rock and roll's inception, every 10 or 12 years there's a breath of fresh air and a new injection of some sort of what you could I guess call punk attitude or something like that. A wildness.

“Things get crazy and then they get crazy for a couple years, then they kind of get subtle, and then you gotta wait for the next wave to come through and get people really excited and screaming about it again," he added.

White called to talk about his upcoming album, Boarding House Reach, explaining how he assembled the disparate set of musicians who appear on the record.

“In New York, I asked Q-Tip who was the best drummer in New York, he said 'Louis Cato,' so that was good enough for me. On and on it went on like that,” he revealed of the process. “It could have been a big disaster. I was well prepared to show up and after a day and say, 'You know, it's just not working out. We tried.' But it was wonderful. Everyone was absolutely amazing. I got incredibly lucky."

Listen to the full interview above.

Jack White’s Boarding House Reach will be released on March 23rd.

The National Create Music For ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ Musical

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 02:29 PM PST

By Joe Cingrana

Singer Matt Berninger and his wife Carin Besser — along with The National bandmates Aaron and Bryce Dessner — recently joined forces with writer/director Erica Schmidt for a new musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, the Edmond Rostand story about a gifted French nobleman with an extremely large nose and a profound love for his distant cousin, Roxanne.

The new production is, according to Goodspeed Theater Company, “a legendary romance about a proud and impassioned poet who ghostwrites love letters [and] is rekindled in a timeless and unconventional new musical. Cyrano agrees to woo his true love, Roxanne, on behalf of another in this classic tale of unrequited love. New music by members of the GRAMMY award-winning indie alternative band The National drives this story of mistaken identity, selfless courage and buried desire.”

Cyrano de Bergerac is set to take place at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut from August 3rd through September 2nd, 2018.  For information and tickets, go here.

Kelly Clarkson Teases New Single ‘I Don’t Think About You’

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 01:45 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Kelly Clarkson wants to take you inside her process.

Related: Kelly Clarkson and Seth Meyers Go 'Day Drinking' and Hilarity Ensues

The pop star has shared a revealing behind-the-scenes video for the making of her next single, “I Don’t Think About You.”

“Y'all I'm so excited to announce the 2nd single from Meaning of Life is going to be I Don't Think About You,” Clarkson raved on social media. “Here's some footage of me recording the song in the studio.”

The engaging black and white clips delivers footage of Clarkson working on the track in the recording studio, including a thrilling a capella moment that captures the power of her voice.

“I really wanted a ballad that I could sing, but I wanted it to be emotional and I wanted it to be an empowering song,” she says in voice-over during the clip.

Clarkson goes on to explain what the songs means to her: "Even if you're having a hard time, I think its important to have, for me personally, that light at the end of the tunnel on these songs, and 'I Don't Think About You' is basically saying, like, 'Just so you know, I was wrecked a bit and that did deter me for a minute, but I always continue my path. I always continue to do what I love, and you didn't stop me. You didn't break me.'"

Watch the video below:

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Vance Joy Reveals 2018 North American Tour Dates

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 01:22 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Vance Joy fans, the time has come.

Related: Vance Joy Returns with Joyful New Song 'Saturday Sun'

The singer-songwriter has revealed a slew of North American tour dates in support of his forthcoming album, Nation of Two, due to drop Feb. 22.

The tour kicks off in Berkeley, CA, with dates scheduled through July 14, when he touches down in Birmingham, AL.

Vance Joy is also slated to hit the festival circuit pretty hard this summer, with appearances at Coachella and Firefly among them.

See his full North American tour itinerary below.

Verified fan ticket registration is happening now through Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 10pm ET here. The fan presale is set for Monday, Feb. 19 at 10am local.

4/13 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
4/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella*
4/18 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort Theatre
4/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Theatre
4/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
4/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella*
4/24 – El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre
4/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
4/28 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
4/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
5/2 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
5/3 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theatre
5/5 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street*
5/6 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees*
5/8 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
5/10 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
5/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/12 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
5/15 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion
5/16 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
5/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
5/19 – Portsmouth, VA @ Union Bank & Trust Pavilion
5/22 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
5/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
5/25 – Chicago, IL @ Rosement Theatre
5/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
5/30 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
6/2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
6/5 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
6/6 – Rochester, NY @ The Dome Arena
6/8 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
6/9 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
6/11 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
6/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
6/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell
6/15 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/16 – Dover, DE @ Firefly*
6/21 – Montreal, Canada @ Bell Centre
6/22 – Toronto, Canada @ Budweiser Stage
6/25 – Winnipeg, Canada @ MTS Centre
6/27 – Edmonton, Canada @ Rogers Place
6/28 – Calgary, Canada @ Scotiabank
6/30 – Burnbaby, Canada @ Deer Lake Park
7/1 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
7/3 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
7/13 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle*
7/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss*
*festival date

Woman Surprises Army Husband with Pregnancy News Following Miscarriage

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 12:54 PM PST

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

This husband’s reaction says it all! After suffering a miscarriage at almost nine weeks pregnant, this military wife surprised her Army husband with another pregnancy just months before his deployment.

“It felt like the longest three days of my life, keeping the secret from him,” Lindsay wrote in an emotional blog post on Love What Matters.

Ben and Lindsay Pasarcik suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage just a couple of months before Ben was going to be deployed overseas with his unit to Afghanistan. The Pittsburgh couple who moved to Alaska where Ben was stationed began to lose hope that a baby was in their future, that is until Lindsay tested positive!

With help from MJL AK Photography, she planned to surprise him with the incredible news and the pictures really were worth a thousand words. Using his looming deployment as a cover for wanting to have new photos taken, Lindsay, Ben and their photographer chose a beautiful spot near a lake and brought some “secret” whiteboards along as props.

Keeping what they had written from each other’s eyes, Ben chose to write three things on his board that he loves about Lindsay (“Smart, Funny, Gorgeous”), while his wife chose to break the exciting news writing “We are having a baby!”

“The surprise went off without a hitch,” says Lindsay emphatically.

Lindsay has since moved back to Pittsburgh to be surrounded by family rather than staying alone in Alaska. Ben has been in constant contact via Facetime calls and plans on coming home early from his deployment for the birth.

Smashing Pumpkins’ D’arcy Wretzky Calls Out Billy Corgan on Reunion

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 12:29 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

The Smashing Pumpkins reunion just keeps getting messier.

With the worst-kept secret in rock of Billy Corgan getting the original lineup back together, rumors have been swirling regarding the bass player.

Fans have been eager to see original bassist, D’arcy Wretzky return to the fold, but hopes were dashed when she recently shared that she would not be involved.

Now, Wretzky has revealed that not only won’t she be involved, but that Corgan had offered an invitation which he quickly rescinded.

Related: Smashing Pumpkins Reunion Won't Feature D'arcy Wretzky: Report

Wretzky went deeper into the behind-the-scenes madness surrounding the Smashing Pumpkins ‘reunion’ in a new interview where she shared alleged text messages between herself and Corgan.

In the interview, Wretzky said that Corgan maintained a dialogue with her throughout the process, at first claiming that the recent Rick Rubin recording sessions did not include original guitarist, James Iha, and that his involvement would be “a little but not the whole thing.”

Corgan went on to tell Wretzky that her role in the reunion was more of a timing issue that needed to be worked out.

"As far as you not being involved, there was never any decision to shut you out, or make you not welcome. It's more about getting on the same page with [the] tour first and then the necessity of the song came up," Corgan told her. "So focus on [the] tour and I think we can find the right way to have you involved. I know speaking with Jimmy, he wants you involved so that the tour is the best thing we can all give the fans and build for the future."

Wretzky claims that she was presented with a contract offer that was also extended to Iha and Chamberlin. A month after all four parties agreed on the terms, Corgan suddenly turned tail on Wretzky, telling her, “Well, that wasn't a real offer."

She adds that Corgan told her that Iha and Chamberlin were “with him” on the decision to go with a different bass player.

"I am totally disgusted with James," Wretzky told Blast Echo. "He should be ashamed of himself."

After Wretzky posted the story on Facebook, she engaged with fans who reacted to the news.

“I really wish there didn’t have to be sides. Thank you tho,” she replied to one fan who said that the fans were on her side.

“I think people might be getting sick and tired of being manipulated by Billy,” she told another fan who was questioning his Smashing Pumpkins fandom in light of the information.

“I abandoned (Billy’s ship) in 1999 cause I knew it was sinking,” she said to yet another, referencing her leaving the group in the late ’90s. “He was beyond helping. His ego & insecurities spun out of control and I could no longer reel him in, which had been a large part of my role for many years, but it was hopeless” (via Consequence of Sound).

Wretzky followed her posting of the article with an additional message.

“I am truly and deeply sorry. I think one other quote needs to be added to that,” she wrote. “It’s a text from Billy to me. I will cut/paste.

‘Yes, there will always be a crowd but without real backing in an unbelievably tough environment to win in I will walk away so it doesn’t matter that there will always be a club full of people wanting to hear old songs’

So that’s what Billy thinks about what fans do or don’t want.”

Wretzky’s revelations come while a countdown clock on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website is ticking down to expire this Thursday, Feb. 15, presumably to the official announcement of the reunion.

There’s no telling what drama will ensue from this week’s big Smashing Pumpkins reveal…

Sumatran Tiger Cubs ‘Rocky’ and ‘Jaggar’ Make Their Big Zoo Debut

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 12:03 PM PST

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

This pair of tiger cubs are the best of friends!

“Rocky” and “Jaggar” at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in sunny Florida just love spending time together and rough-housing like all siblings should.

tiger cubs thumb Sumatran Tiger Cubs Rocky and Jaggar Make Their Big Zoo DebutThe Sumatran cubs were recently born at the zoo this past November and just made their debut on Saturday (February 10) at the tiger exhibit alongside their loving mother “Dorcas.”

Prior to opening over the weekend, close to 100 visitor lined up to see the bouncing boys run around the enclosure, exploring everything they can, and honing their tiger skills.

The sibling love is real with these cats who, since birth, have grown from 4.5 pounds to over 20 pounds each!

Follow along with all of the adorable updates on the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Tiger Cub Live Cam.

Travis Scott Given Key to Hometown in Texas

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 11:53 AM PST

By Annie Reuter

Travis Scott was celebrated on Saturday (February 10), in his hometown of Missouri City, Texas, where it was named Travis Scott Day. The rapper was honored in a ceremony in Texas by the city’s mayor where he was awarded several plaques as well as the key to the city.

Related: Travis Scott Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Charge

During his acceptance speech, Scott revealed his hope to bring awareness to the community that raised him through his music.

"This is better than any award show I've ever been to," Scott said about his first-ever award. "My only job is just to inspire kids to be the best they can be, to reach their ultimate height. Everybody has a dream and everybody can do it."

Following the awards ceremony, Scott had a brief performance before thanking the crowd and the city for all their support. “I love y’all so much! Mayor, thank you so much for this,” he conceded. The entire ceremony can be viewed on Facebook.

Marshmello Shares ‘Spotlight’ Video Tribute to Lil Peep

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 11:46 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Lil Peep’s death at age 21 sent shockwaves through his fanbase and network of musical collaborators: DJ Marshmello released “Spotlight” featuring Peep’s vocals as a tribute to his career and legacy. Now the song has an official video which tells an atmospheric story of loss. A female protagonist appears haunted by grief in a diner before setting off on her motorcycle, returning to her house and noticing everyday objects that appear different.

Director Nick Koenig explained the video’s thematic significance:

Related: Marshmello Releases Collaboration with Lil Peep 'Spotlight': Listen

"Relationships have a way of overwhelming the meaning and context of physical items to the point of hijacking them. What once was just a household item might now be something that reminds us of that relationship to a point where it overpowers what that item was traditionally meant for. These objects end up developing a shared significance between those in the relationship,” he said, according to Pitchfork. "Like Peep's passing, no one got to say goodbye properly but the objects he left us (his body of work both musical and social) remain ours to share in our relationship with him."

Marshmello said the video was made as a tribute for Peep (born Gustav Elijah Åhr).

"For this video I just wanted what Gus would have wanted. And I think this is exactly it."

Watch the poignant video here:

Niall Horan Gets Animated in ‘On The Loose’ Lyric Video: Watch

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:50 AM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Niall Horan is in an animated mood.

Related: Ed Sheeran Trades Beer-Stained Shirt for Niall Horan Hockey Jersey

The pop star has shared a new lyric video for the song “On The Loose.”

The clip is an animated affair detailing the song’s protagonist as she cruises in a convertible and staring pensively at a city skyline.

“On The Loose” is the fourth single from Horan’s solo debut, Flicker.  He’s set to tour here in the states behind the release starting in July with Maren Morris.

Watch the video below.

Some People Were Confused By Michelle Obama’s Portrait for The National Gallery

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:43 AM PST

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

The official state portraits of former President Barack and his wife Michelle Obama have been unveiled at the world-renowned Smithsonian. The two pieces, created by artist Amy Sherman for the National Portrait Gallery show the President sitting arms folded in a wooden chair with a scene of foliage behind him.

The former first lady is shown in a long gown and relaxed pose but the imagery has left some scratching their heads — apparently many simply couldn’t really see the resemblance.

One social media user wrote “it looks nothing like her. Who is that?” — while another tweeted “who is that a portrait of? Surely not of Michelle Obama.”

Others appreciated the painting or chose to keep quiet about it and not call attention writing “simply beautiful. What a privilege and an honor for the former president and first lady.”

Two Cousins Sing Soulful Interpretation Of Chris Stapleton’s ‘Tennessee Whiskey’

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:25 AM PST

By Annie Reuter

Chris Stapleton continues to grow his fan base thanks to the release of his GRAMMY Award-winning albums. As his popularity increases, so do the fans covering his music and a recent interpretation includes two cousins sharing the spotlight as they sing “Tennessee Whiskey” together.

Related: Chris Stapleton Brings ‘Drunkard’s Prayer’ to ‘Colbert’

Kourtney White recently posted a video of herself beside her cousin, Kenyetta Gray, covering the country song and within a week the video has amassed 13 million views. The success of their cover is something that surprised the two women, who tell Radio.com they are big country music fans and never expected the song to get as much attention as it did.

White and Gray both sing gospel and R&B music and this is evident on their powerful performance of Stapleton’s recent hit. While White sings lead on the track and her booming vocals impress, Gray chimes in on the chorus with impeccable harmonizes. Watch their reinterpretation of the song on Facebook below.

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Reveals Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 10:19 AM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest have revealed that the band’s longtime guitarist, Glenn Tipton, is battling Parkinson’s disease.

Related: Judas Priest's K.K. Downing Details 'Heavy Duty' Metal Memoir

The band shared the sobering information today (Feb. 12), adding that Tipton will miss the launch of the upcoming Firepower tour, with guitarist Andy Sneap stepping in at his personal request.

“Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson's – from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important,” Judas Priest shared in a press statement.

“Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he wants to let you all know that he won’t be touring as such.”

Tipton shared a personal message as well.

"I want everyone to know that it's vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it's simply that my role has changed,” the guitarist explained. “I don't rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again."

"We have been privileged to witness Glenn's determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest – he is a true metal hero!,” added his bandmates Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.

“We are not surprised by Glenn's insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy [Sneap] for joining us to make Glenn's wishes become real – As Glenn has said we also can't wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road….. We love you Glenn!"

Glenn Tipton joined Judas Priest in 1974, and along with bassist Ian Hill, is the only other member to appear on all of the band’s albums.

Bruno Mars & Cardi B Announce ’24K Magic’ Tour Dates

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:58 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Bruno Mars’ album 24K Magic is a juggernaut that won’t quit. It’s certified double platinum, swept at this year’s GRAMMY awards (including taking home Album of the Year) and launched the hit singles “That’s What I Like,” “Versace On The Floor,” and “Finese,” which includes the hit remix with Cardi B.

 Related: Bruno Mars Has Ideas for Next Year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

And there’s more time to come between Mars and Cardi B. After teasing the two will tour together into announcing the cities they’ll soon be visiting for the ‘finale’ run of the 24k Magic World Tour, the pair have finally announced the dates for their outing together – 23 in all.

The outing kicks off September 7 in Denver and concludes with four dates at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in late October. Tickets go on sale this Friday via LiveNation.

See the dates below:
9/7 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
9/8 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
9/11 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
9/15 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
9/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
9/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
9/22 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
9/23 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
9/27 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
9/28 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/1 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/2 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/11 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
10/14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10/15 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
10/20 – Austin, TX** @ Circuit of the Americas
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
10/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center

Camila Cabello Teases ‘Never Be The Same’ Video

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:47 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Camila Cabello’s debut studio album Camila debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart and its lead single “Havana” was a number one hit.

Related: Camila Cabello Performs 'Havana' with Classroom Instruments

The former Fifth Harmony singer has established herself as a powerful solo force, and the video for her latest single “Never Be The Same” could extend her successful run. Camila shared a teaser for the black-and-white video via Instagram and it seems like it will be a raw, sultry clip.

In the snippet, Camila is pictured in close-up, running her hands through her hair while the bass line of the song throbs away. Her video for “Havana” told a complete story in technicolor, cinematic form. It looks like “Never Be The Same” will be a more abstract, sophisticated concept. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Watch the teaser here:

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Jason Aldean Releases Three-Part Video for ‘You Make It Easy’

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:34 AM PST

By Annie Reuter

Jason Aldean is kicking off his eighth studio album, Rearview Town, in a big way. The country star is promoting the lead single, “You Make It Easy,” with, not one, not two, but three videos that cumulatively tell a complete story.

Related: Jason Aldean Announces New Album ‘Rearview Town,’ Shares First Single

Aldean dropped Episode 1 of “You Make It Easy” in the wee hours of February 12. During the five-minute clip, viewers are introduced to the lead character in the story.

The video begins with a guy (Luke Benward) trying to start his stalled truck at a stop sign. After several failed attempts, he turns the key again and the engine revs to life. As he starts to pull out, he doesn’t see another truck. The two vehicles collide and the main character’s truck somersaults down the road.

Then, part one of the mini-movie goes into flashback mode, as the driver’s past flashes before his eyes. He’s shown in bed with his girl, Grace and the lyrics of the song come to life as the character faces possible death: "Like a rainy Sunday morning makes me want to stay in bed twisted up all day long.”

Pillow fights and a romantic bubble bath ensue before the video cuts back to real life and the man is screaming for Grace and trying his best to escape.

Enough spoilers! Check out all three episodes below:

Shawn Mendes Promises New Album ‘Soon’ with Shirtless Vacation Pic

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 06:06 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Shawn Mendes treated fans to his sophomore studio album Illuminate in 2016, which spawned the hit singles “Treat You Better,” “Mercy” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

Related: Shawn Mendes to Release 'MTV Unplugged' Album

As 2018 begins to take shape, the Canadian singer promised his fans that his third studio album will drop “soon.” Mendes made the announcement via a good-old-fashioned social media pic with him reclining on a swing shirtless.

The photo appears to have been taken in Jamaica; before he shared the image, he posted another paradise pic with a Jamaican flag emoji. Even as he enjoys some rest and relaxation, there’s nothing holding Mendes back from his third studio album.

To tide his fans over, Shawn released an MTV Unplugged album in November, which features live renditions of his hits so far. Album three doesn’t have a title or formal release date yet, but Mendes’ scrambled caption was easy to understand: “album soon come.”

See Shawn’s beach photo here:

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Jay-Z Appears at Miami Peace Walk Remembering Trayvon Martin

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:49 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

On Saturday (Feb. 10) in Miami, JAY-Z appeared along with the parents of Trayvon Martin at the Trayvon Martin Peace Walk.

He spoke at the annual event honoring the teenager, who at 17 years of age was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Zimmerman was later found not guilty.

Related: Shocked Grandma in Photo With JAY-Z and Beyoncé Recalls Moment

"We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here,” he said at the event. “So you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through.”

JAY-Z says Martin’s death and the subsequent events will forever hold a place in the story of American racial injustice.

"His name will sit alongside the greats who lost their lives to push our culture forward — the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis,” he said. “That's the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope to push us in a better direction, so thank you guys for your support. Thank you for being here.”

This past March, Jay-Z announced his plans to produce a film and docu-series on Martin.  Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Stroy will premiere on the Paramount Network this year.

Watch JAY-Z speak at the march here:

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Did Kendrick Lamar Steal Artwork for ‘All the Stars’ Video?

Posted: 12 Feb 2018 05:33 AM PST

By Annie Reuter

British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor has accused Kendrick Lamar of stealing imagery from her work for his new “All The Stars” video with SZA, a track featured on the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther.

Related: Kendrick Lamar Releases Video for SZA Collaboration ‘All the Stars’

The New York Times reports, Viktor’s lawyer, Christopher Robinson, said representatives at Marvel approached Viktor twice to ask if Lamar could use her 24-karat gold-patterned artwork from a series of paintings called Constellations for his video for the song from the Black Panther soundtrack. She turned them down both times.

Viktor said she can’t understand why Lamar’s video would emulate her artwork so closely after she denied permission to use it.

"Why would they do this? It's an ethical issue because what the whole film purports is that it's about black empowerment, African excellence — that's the whole concept of the story,” she told the Times. “And at the same time, they're stealing from African artists."

"The infringement of Ms. Viktor's rights is willful and egregious," a letter from the attorney says, adding that Viktor is willing "to discuss a resolution of all her claims, consisting at a minimum of a public apology for the unauthorized use and a license fee."

See the side by side comparison here.