Bryce Thompson/GQTeyana Taylor is set to dominate the stage at this year's Red Bull Music Festival New York later this spring.
The R&B siren has been tapped to bring her vibrant interpretation of LGBT ball culture, "House of Petunia," to life during her performance on May 15 at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. "House of Petunia" was previously explored in Taylor's provocative WTP music video.
Taylor's set is slated to include an audio-visual experience as well as a "provocative stage design and mesmerizing choreography from a world-class team of dancers," a press release notes.
Taylor previously was recruited for Opening Night at last year's Red Bull Music Festival Chicago.
Additional performers for the nine-day festival include FKA twigs, Rosalía, Tierra Whack and Holly Herndon and many more.
Tickets for the Red Bull Music Festival New York are now available for purchase via Redbull.com.
In more Taylor-related news, the Harlemite has continued to roll out the accompanying visual elements for 2018's K.T.S.E. The vocalist recently dropped off the sultry video for her ballad "Issues/Hold On."
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCSchoolboy Q has gifted fans with another new single. It's called "Chopstix," and this time around, he's got Travis Scott on board.
Wednesday night, the L.A.-bred rapper made a guest appearance onThe Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to debut the new record, and to perform his other recently released track "Numb Numb Juice."
"Chopstix" boasts a hook from Scott, as Q unloads an onslaught of bars over the synth-like production.
Less than a week ago, the Blank Face rapper proved he was ready to make an epic return by dropping off the 808-heavy "Numb Numb Juice," as well as its accompanying visual.
While details remain scare regarding Q's impending album, the lyricist vowed to fans during the closing moments of his Tonight Show performance that the project would be arriving "very very very very very soon."
Courtesy PepsiCoAfter Pepsi built an entire Super Bowl ad around Cardi B saying her signature phrase "Okurrr," it's no wonder the rapper is now moving to trademark it.
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's website, Cardi's filed paperwork to trademark the catchphrase for use on a long list of items, among them “paper goods, namely paper cups and posters.”
She also wants to trademark the word for use on "clothing, namely t-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, shirts, sweaters and undergarments.”
Additionally, Cardi's filed paperwork for the catchphrase spelled two different ways -- "O-k-u-r-r-r," and "O-k-u-r-r" -- just in case someone tries to get cute.
Cardi once described the phrase to Jimmy Fallon as the sound made by "a cold pigeon in New York City."
WeTVWaka Flocka Flame has joined the chorus of critics slamming Canadian singerDaniel Caesar for his recent comments regarding race relations in America.
During a recent run-in with TMZ, the Atlanta rapper and his wife Tammy Rivera shared their thoughts on the matter, which has ignited quite an uproar on social media.
"He's from Canada, okay, so he doesn't know what's going on. He's Canadian," Rivera began. "Tell him to drive down the street in a car and speed and get pulled over by two white cops, then he'll figure out why."
Flocka responded, "Bruh, don't speak American business if you not from here. You said, n**** 'get over it?' Make sure you stay the f*** away from Brick Squad 'cause we might get over on your a**, bruh."
He then warned Caesar, "Don't you ever in your life talk about black people like that. Boy, you stupid... N**** got his hair blonde. He shouldn't talk about black people."
As previously reported, the R&B crooner became the target of backlash after he defended social media influencer YesJulz during a recent Instagram Live session. In the clip, Caesar questioned why black Americans are "being mean" to white people.
The singer's comments sparked outrage on social media and even resulted in a few fans calling for Caesar to be "cancelled."
Following the revelation of the lineups of Woodstock 50 and Lollapalooza, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan have now been announced as performers at at the 2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar.
The veteran rappers are the only hip hop acts on a bill mostly made up of alternative rock bands like Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons, pop acts like OneRepublic and performers from the '80s and 90s like Sheryl Crow, Blind Melon and Duran Duran.
KAABOO Del Mar, which takes place at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds just north of San Diego, also features comedy performances, art exhibits, gourmet food and drinks.
Tickets and VIP passes are on sale now. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit KAABOODelMar.com.
As previously reported, Childish Gambino, H.E.R. Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Janelle Monae are among the performers at Lollapalooza, while Janelle, JAY-Z, Chance the Rapper and India.Arie will play Woodstock 50.
Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BETEstelle may be a Grammy-Award winning artist, but the "American Boy" singer says she's ready to move on to the next chapter of her entertainment career.
Last year, Estelle released her fifth solo album, Lovers Rock, where she explored the sounds of reggae. Although she's still passionate about making music, the U.K. native says she's officially caught the acting bug and is ready to seriously take it on.
"There is a lot of interest in television and film," Estelle tells ABC Radio. "I've been auditioning like crazy and working. I feel like I started a couple of years later than I should have."
"When I commit to something, I commit and I go so far in," she adds. "I never want to be, 'OK, I want to do this,' and after two years, 'Mmm, I don't like it. It's too hard,' y'know? I look at all the risks, all of the things, [and say] 'Do I want to do this? Yes.'"
So far, that approach seems to be paying off for the singer. In addition to guest-starring on Empire, Estelle has landed a role in the forthcoming romantic comedy Back to the Goode Life, starring Kyla Pratt. And she's also determined to learn everything about what it's like behind the camera, in addition to in front of it.
"I'm doing it all," she continues. "I've been working, and trying to learn and really paying attention and learn in the back end -- directing and writing, and, y'know, all the things."
Larry Busacca/WireImageWhile the Notorious B.I.G. probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of snowboarding, the late rapper's estate is suing a snowboard company for using his image on its products.
According to the compliant filed in California and obtained by Billboard, the estate argues that the products, made by YES Snowboards, infringe on its copyrights, trademarks and right of publicity. At issue is the use of a well-known photo of Biggie taken by hip-hop photographer Chi Modu in 1996 in front of New York's World Trade Center, as well as the word "Biggie."
The boards in question are part of a collection called "Greats X Chi," which features Modu's photos of other late hip hop legends, such as Tupac Shakur, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E.
The estate, managed by Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace and his widow Faith Evans, is asking YES Snowboards to stop selling the boards, and for compensation for the ones that were sold.
"Defendants intentionally and in bad faith gained access to and intentionally sold the Infringing Products to purposely profit from the Property Rights," says the claim, according to Billboard.
The boards appear to have been removed from the company's website.
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesSophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, has become a full-on meme thanks to her epic wine-chugging stunt -- and even Drake is impressed.
Sophie and her fiance Joe Jonas took in a hockey game at New York's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, and when the Jumbotron put her on the screen, she took the opportunity to chug her entire glass of red wine and then fist-pump to celebrate her feat.
The actress then posted the footage online, with the caption "the starks know how to send it!!!" in reference to her Game of Thrones family.
The post then attracted admiring comments by several celebrities, including Drake, who wrote in the comments, "Wow inspiration for 2020 and beyond."
Soon, regular fans turned the image of Sophie drinking into a meme, with one commenting, "@SophieT chuggin wine with a juul in her hand at a rangers game is my permanent mood until death."
The late legend's hometown team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, will be celebrating the Purple One's legacy April 5 when they take on the Miami Heat at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
"Be there to see [two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns] and the Pack go crazy get your hands on an exclusive 7" Prince vinyl giveaway which is only available at this game," the team announced. "That’s right -- you’re gonna go home with an exclusive vinyl of music from the Purple One!"
The single will feature two songs by Prince, one of which is the 1995 track "Rock and Roll Is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis)."
The Wolves have been promoting Prince's ties to Minneapolis with their special City Edition nights, during which they wear purple jerseys, and feature artists associated with Prince, such as Sheila E and Morris Day, performing during halftime.
ABC/Image Group LADespite their differences, Offset and his wife Cardi B have been spending an awful lot of time together lately -- and it seems like one reason for that is their daughter, Kulture Kiari.
Offset posted an adorable video on Instagram of his 8-month-old Kulture, who's dressed in a white cloud-print outfit and a floppy hat. While you can't see Cardi, you can see her hand reaching out to the baby, and hear her saying, "Yay Kulture! Look at mommy! Look at mommy, pretty girl!"
"My beautiful baby girl," Offset captioned the photo, adding the hashtag "#raisingqueens."
In addition to Kulture, Offset has three other children from previous relationships: sons Jordan and Kody, and daughter Kalea Marie. All four of his children are pictured on the cover of his solo album Father of 4.
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyDaniel Caesar is getting dragged online after he recently came to the defense of white social media influencer YesJulz, who'd been called out for being a culture vulture.
It all started when YesJulz went on the Easily Offendedpodcast and mentioned hip hop influencers Scottie Beam and Karen Civil, who had recently accused her of cultural appropriation when she asked her followers if she should wear a "N***** lie a lot" t-shirt to a festival.
After being ripped online for her caucasity, Caesar stood up for the online personality.
“Why are we being so mean to Julz?” the Grammy-Award singer said in an Instagram Live video captured online.
“Why are we being so mean to white people right now? That’s a serious question," he continued. "Why is it that we’re allowed to be disrespectful and rude to everybody else and when anybody returns any type of energy to us…That’s not equality. I don’t wanna be treated like I can’t take a joke.”
Casear then doubled down on his comments, adding that he "truly believe[d]" in what he was saying.
"I’ve said what I’ve said before and y’all tried to cancel me and I apologized like a b****,” he said. “I don’t believe in that s*** ’cause I think you guys are wrong and I think I’m right…and you can cancel me.”
Not surprisingly, fans had plenty to say to the Canadian crooner.
"Daniel Caesar is the Black friend white people claim to have when they do racist things," wrote one fan.
"Daniel Caesar had THE wedding song on LOCK for the next 20 years. Then he wanted to be captain save a ho for YesJulz culture vulture a**," tweeted one disappointed fan.
Another claimed Caesar had "just killed his career."
Miller MobleyHe's from Pennsylvania, but it seems like every state wants to honor Meek Mill.
On Tuesday, when his Motivation tour rolled into Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday night, the rapper was presented with the key to the state, and March 19 was declared to be "Meek Mill Day" throughout Connecticut.
Meek also received his own weekend in his hometown of Philadelphia earlier this month, and February 24 was declared "Meek Mill Day" in Houston, Texas.
The honors come in the wake of the rapper's efforts to bring about criminal justice reform. In January, he launched the REFORM Alliance, in partnership with 76ers owner Michael Rubin, JAY-Z and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Van Jones, the CEO of REFORM Alliance, was in Connecticut the day before to talk about the initiative. He met with Gov. Ned Lamond and former inmates to discuss restoring voting privileges to convicted felons when they are freed.
Complexreports that Meek didn't attend the meeting with Jones, but sent the governor and the inmates pairs of his PUMA Clyde Court #REFORM sneakers.
Cook County Sheriff's OfficeR. Kelly's been laying low after he was released from jail March 9, but he returned to social media on Tuesday night -- to wish his daughter a happy birthday.
In the post, the embattled singer croons "Happy Birthday" to "daughter Joann," who's turning 21. He then blows a kiss, adding, "Happy birthday, baby. Daddy love you. I love you, no matter what. I love you so much. Bye. Happy Birthday."
He captioned the post "family for life," adding emojis of a birthday cake, praying hands, a microphone and a keyboard.
Joann is one of three children Kelly has with his ex-wife Andrea: The others are 19-year-old Jay and 17-year-old Robert.
The singer turned himself in to Cook County, Illinois officials on February 22 after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal and sexual abuse. He was released three days later after a friend paid 10% of his million-dollar bond. He was arrested again a week later for failing to pay over $161,000 in child support. The money was paid on his behalf anonymously, and he was released.
During his controversial interview with Gayle King on CBS news, Kelly claimed that he was "fighting to have a relationship with my kids, most of all, more than anything," adding, "I want a relationship with my kids because I have missed a lot of years of their life. They love me. I love them."
Explaining why he was so far behind on child support payments, Kelly said, "How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can't work? How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids?"
When King pointed out that Andrea said Kelly had abused her, Kelly yelled, "Lie!"
Josh Brasted/FilmMagic90s R&B sensation Tevin Campbell is making his way to primetime television-- thanks to Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay.
Back in August 2018, DuVernay had come to Campbell's defense after some fans questioned his current relevancy in music and even his range.
"Rebuking any Tevin Campbell slander from millennials and plotting to write him into an episode of Queen Sugar SOMEHOW," DuVernay had promised. "On general principle."
Now, OWN has announced DuVernay has officially made good on her promise.
In a tweet from the Queen Sugar account, OWN revealed Campbell's casting.
"You asked, @ava listened. #QUEENSUGAR," the message read, adding a video of the tweets where DuVernay promised to cast Campbell on the show.
It was quickly followed up with a video of Campbell on the Queen Sugar set thanking DuVernay and sharing his excitement.
"@Ava is a doer, she kept her word,” he said, before teasing that fans should tune in to season four to find out more details about his character.
Like previous seasons, Queen Sugar will continue with an all-female directing team, a “creative initiative” set in the show’s first season by DuVernay, the show's creator and executive producer.
The upcoming season of Queen Sugar will find the Bordelon siblings, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe, working to save their family farm and preserve their father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys.
The fourth season of Queen Sugar premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.
Michael Tran/FilmMagicTuesday, it was revealed via a video that Janelle Monae and Lil Wayne were among the stars performing at this year's Lollapalooza festival. Now, the rest of the festival lineup's been unveiled.
Joining Janelle and Weezy on the lineup are Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Meek Mill and 21 Savage, as well as 6LACK, 21 Savage, Sheck Wes, Rich the Kid, Tierra Whack, Lil Skies, Lil Baby and Gunna.
Some of the other 170 acts on the bill include Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, J Balvin, Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes.
Lollapalooza will take place August 1-4 at Grant Park in Chicago. Four-day tickets for the all-ages festival are on sale now at Lollapalooza.com/Tickets. One-day tickets will be available at a later date.
@rayscorruptedmindIn the new issue of Playboy, Travis Scott and Nas discuss their optimism about the future of rap, agreeing that, no matter how the industry changes, hip hop will always comes from the same place.
Nas begins, "As long as you got hoods, there’s going to be..."
"...a voice," Scott finishes.
"Those hoods are always going to yell out and say what’s going on," the Illmatic MC continues.
"The message is always: We want food, shelter, health care and all the things we’re deprived of. We want no police brutality...That’s what hip-hop is talking about...All those things are the ingredients for this rap thing, and that’s never going to stop."
The "Sicko Mode" rapper agrees, saying, "I think what makes a great artist is just the people you touch. Are they moving to your music? Are they living their life to it? Are they rocking with it or feeling inspired by it, or is it helping them get through something?"
And both artists agree that technology has made rap more immediate than ever.
"I can drop my s**t. I can cater to my own followers," Scott points out. "It’s not like the radio, where somebody can stop people from hearing me...you can reach the world now."
Nas chimes in, "We can go do a song right now and put it up. We don’t have to ask nobody...we’re in control of what we’re doing...No one can tell us what to do, what we can’t do. Rap music can’t be stopped now."
"There’s no barrier," notes La Flame. "We’re gettin’ it out...what’s happening during our time in life, what’s happening in the streets. We just expressing it in a different way."
Michael Putland/Getty ImagesClassic recordings by Jay-Z and Earth, Wind & Fire are among this year's 25 additions to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, the collection of recorded works noted for their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance.
Rapper Jay-Z's 2001 album, The Blueprint, made the cut, as did the 1978 hit "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Also added to the Registry are Sam & Dave's 1967 hit "Soul Man," Curtis Mayfield's 1972 soundtrack album to the film Superfly, and the 1978 disco hit "You Make me Feel (Mighty Real)," by Sylvester.
Non-musical entries include the 1961 Stan Freberg comedy album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years, a 1952 episode of the then-radio drama Gunsmoke, Robert F. Kennedy's April 4, 1968 Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1996 Schoolhouse Rock! box set.
Here are all 25 National Recording Registry additions:
Yiddish Cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Company of New York and the Thomas Lambert Company (c. 1901-1905)
“Memphis Blues” (single), Victor Military Band (1914)
Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939)
“Minnie the Moocher” (single), Cab Calloway (1931)
Bach Six Cello Suites (album), Pablo Casals (c. 1939)
“They Look Like Men of War” (single), Deep River Boys (1941)
Gunsmoke -- Episode: “The Cabin” (Dec. 27, 1952)
Ruth Draper: Complete recorded monologues, Ruth Draper (1954-1956)
“La Bamba” (single), Ritchie Valens (1958)
“Long Black Veil” (single), Lefty Frizzell (1959)
Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years (album), Stan Freberg (1961)
GO (album), Dexter Gordon (1962)
War Requiem (album), Benjamin Britten (1963)
“Mississippi Goddam” (single), Nina Simone (1964)
“Soul Man” (single), Sam & Dave (1967)
Hair (original Broadway cast recording) (1968)
Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy (April 4, 1968)
“Sweet Caroline” (single), Neil Diamond (1969)
Superfly (album), Curtis Mayfield (1972)
Ola Belle Reed (album), Ola Belle Reed (1973)
“September” (single), Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)
“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (single), Sylvester (1978)
JUCOWhat's better than a video of adorable dogs? A video of those dogs that also reveals some of the performers at this year's Lollapalooza festival.
The organizers of the annual Chicago festival have teamed with a Chicago group of no-kill animal shelters called PAWS to produce a video that highlights some of the dogs available for adoption. As the dogs move around plastic balls, clues are given, and the performers' photos are revealed.
Among those performers: Janelle Monáe and Lil Wayne. One of the clues for Lil Wayne was, "This artist released his first album when he was 11 years old." A clue for Janelle read, "This artist is truly a triple threat who can act, sing and dance."
Other artists revealed are Gunna, Lil Baby and Lil Skies.
Tickets for Lollapalooza 2019, scheduled for August 1-4 in Chicago's Grant Park, are on sale now.
ABC/Heidi GutmanGucci Mane and Sheena Evans -- the mother of his son -- are in a nasty battle over child support, and now Evans wants the rapper thrown in jail.
According to documents obtained by People, Evans is claiming Mane failed to cover the cost of her lawyer, even though the court ordered him to do so. In her complaint, filed in Georgia's Superior Court of Fulton County, Evans says Mane's failure to cough up the $2500 he owes is "outrageous and egregious.”
Evans also claims in her motion that Mane hasn't turned over certain documents to her lawyers as part of the resolution of their case. Her legal representatives have now suggested that the "Icy" rapper be jailed until he "purges himself of his contempt.”
Back in August, People reports, Evans asked for $20,000 a month in child support for 11-year-old Keitheon -- a massive increase from the just over two grand a month he was initially ordered to pay in 2011.
She also wanted Mane to pay for a caregiver for the kid so that she could go to work or school, and for him to foot the bill for Keitheon's uncovered medical expenses.
At the time, Evans claimed that the payments should increase because the rapper had been "thriving financially" since his 2016 release from jail. As proof, she pointed to Mane's October 2017 wedding to Keyshia Ka'oir, which cost some $1.7 million, and the subsequent 10-part BET special about the nuptials.