3x Grammy award-winning, Platinum-selling superstar Lizzo has announced her highly-anticipated return. With anthemic smash hits like the 7x Platinum “Truth Hurts,” the 3x Platinum “Good As Hell,” the 2x Platinum “Juice,” and the Platinum “Tempo (Feat. Missy Elliott)” already under her belt, Lizzo is set for yet another smash with the upcoming “Rumors.” “Rumors” is out on August 13, and pre-saves are available now HERE.
Along with her first new music of the year, Lizzo is making her comeback even stronger with a number of festival appearances. The songstress makes history as the first woman to ever headline Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. As well as her September 4 appearance at Bonnaroo, Lizzo will also perform for Global Citizen Live on September 25, Firefly Music Festival on September 26, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on October 10, and Outside Lands on October 30. Lizzo will also make her eagerly awaited return to her home state of Minnesota for a headline show at Welch, MN’s Treasure Island Amphitheater on September 11. For more details, visit HERE.
Lizzo has become a household name with well over 5 billion global streams and a Platinum selling debut album to date. Lizzo released her Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records debut album CUZ I LOVE YOU on April 19, 2019, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and spending 24 consecutive weeks in the chart’s Top 10. “Truth Hurts” also became the longest running #1 by a solo female rap artist in history after spending seven weeks atop the charts.
Since the release of the meteoric CUZ I LOVE YOU, Lizzo has been named both TIME Magazine and Entertainment Weekly‘s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, as well as gracing the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard’s GRAMMY Preview Issue, British Vogue, Elle’s Women In Music Issue, and many others. Additionally, Lizzo kicked off 2020 with a showstopping opening performance at the 62 Annual GRAMMY awards and took home three big wins, in addition to being the most-nominated artist of the year. 2020 also saw her win the awards for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the 2020 B.E.T Awards and both “Entertainer of the Year” and “Outstanding Video” at the 2020 NAACP Awards. Her list of high-profile TV performances also include the 2019 American Music Awards, VMAs, B.E.T Awards and Saturday Night Live, in addition to in depth profiles on CBS This Morning’s GRAMMY primetime special and CBS Sunday Morning.
Notable musician Lil Nas X has brought his signature style and voice straight to the page in his new entertaining alphabet picture book. C Is for Country follows a young cowboy and his sidekick, Panini the pony, as they use the ABCs to seek out adventure in wide-open pastures, embrace family, and celebrate individuality, all during a single day. The book features bold, bright illustrations from award-winning artist Theodore Taylor III which are sure to keep kids engaged.
“C Is for Country goes out to every amazing kid out there who sang along to ‘Old Town Road’ on repeat and helped change my life forever,” said Lil Nas X. “I hope this book inspires them and makes learning the alphabet a thousand times more fun. I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait for the world to see it,” he continued.
Lil Nas X had a goal to promote individuality in his book so children everywhere are able to embrace who they are. The artist has never been one to shy away from his true self, releasing music that speaks to who he is and instantly creating hits. Soon after releasing the children’s book, it hit number eight across all kid’s books in the world Lil Nas X announced in a tweet.
“A is for adventure. Every day is a brand-new start!,” an excerpt from the book on the website says. “B is for boots—whether they’re big or small, short or tall. And C is for country.”
Earlier in the year, Lil Nas X appeared on Sesame Street’s, The Not-Too-Late Show to sing Elmo’s Song with Elmo himself. The artist also made an appearance at Lander Elementry School in 2019 to perform for the children there. These appearances have certainly helped him create a younger fan base and an audience for his new picture book. His hit song, “Old Town Road” ended up being a smashing success with the younger crowds as well. Recently, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has officially become 14x platinum and is now the most certified song in music history.
Lil Nas X has been embracing his younger fan base he isn’t necessarily self-conscious about it. “I’m well aware that life and careers and everything goes in chapters,” the rapper said in NPR. “That’s the chapter I’m in right now and I’m OK with that.” C Is for Country was made for kids ages three to seven and is sure to help little ones learn the alphabet.
Lil Nas X is not the first celebrity to check “write a children’s book” off of their bucket list. Madonna, a well-known star to all ages has written a number of books for kids. Her first book, The English Roses, became the biggest and fastest-selling children’s book by a first-time author. The book, which references Madonna’s personal experiences, features many moral life lessons and has been published in 42 languages. Madonna then went on to write eleven more books in this series which has now flourished into a book series that features 12 chapter books. Madonna lovers can even buy an audiobook version where Madonna reads all of the stories aloud.
Madonna has also written a number of other children’s books aside from The English Roses series including, Yakov and the Seven Thieves and The Adventures of Abdi. In her stories, Madonna not only references her childhood experiences while teaching life lessons, but she also promotes gender equality and uses her Jewish background to do so.
Another notable celebrity, Jamie Lee Curtis, has made her mark in the world of children’s books. She has written twelve bestselling children’s books including When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day and Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. These books have been a great success in teaching kids important life lessons in a silly and entertaining way.
Curtis said that her daughter was her first inspiration for writing children’s books. “My four-year-old said something funny to me one day,” explains Jamie Lee Curtis. “She walked into my office, all petulant and sweet, and announced that ‘when I was little I used to wear diapers, but now I use the potty.'”
“The idea that she had thought about her life in the past,” Curtis continues, “when she was really just four, made me smile. I wrote on a piece of paper: ‘When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth.’ I then wrote a list of things that she used to not be able to do and now could. By the end, I realized I had written a book.”
Although Lil Nas X didn’t grasp his inspiration from any one person in particular, his youthful spirit and young fanbase have certainly set him up to be a successful writer for children. It’s clear the young cowboy in the book is inspired by Lil Nas X complete with a bedazzled, pink cowboy outfit.
It’s not just actors and singers becoming authors, famous athletes such as LeBron James, Alex Morgan and Mia Hamm have also become authors. LeBron James’ book, I Promise, was recently published in August of 2020 and encourages children to strive for greatness. This book coincides with the I Promise School, a school powered by the LeBron James Family Foundation. This school helps students that are in danger of falling through the cracks to succeed. I Promise shares a common goal with this school in helping children strive to be the best they can be.
No matter which celebrity is behind writing the pages of these books, they all have one thing in common, they hope to promote positivity and important life lessons to all children that read them. Lil Nas X is no different when it comes to C Is for Country. When celebrities use their platform to write children’s books, they are using their fame to promote life lessons to kids. This is especially useful for an artist like Lil Nas X who already has a relatively young fan base.
C is for Country is available now for purchase and can be bought in hardcover, Kindle or audiobook version. If you know a child that has been blasting “Old Town Road” on repeat, then this book is sure to be a success.
Lil Nas X Rips His Pants During SNL Performance
Lil Nas Xripped his pants during a steamy performance of “Montero” on Saturday Night Live last night. Dressed in tight, leather flame pants, Lil Nas flamboyantly trapezed across the stage with his fiery dance moves. During part of his performance, he approached the stage’s stripper pole and began gyrating his hips. After he slides down the pole, Lil Nas X can be seen grabbing his crotch and staring with bewilderment into the camera.
However, the performer quickly regained his confidence and boldly belted the rest of “Montero” with his hand positioned over his crotch. Nas was quick make light of the situation on social media, posting a meme on Tiktok of his outfit blunder. Lil Nas X also reposted his performance on his Instagram with the caption, “a sign of the times every time that I speak.” One thing is for sure– this red-hot performer sure knows how to put on an entertaining performance.
It’s a busy weekend for the formidable Atlanta duo, EarthGang, who has had an incredible rise since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Mirrorland last year. The Grammy-nominated pair (Olu and WowGr8), who are known for their vivacious live performance, will join Roots Picnic Festival, digitally, this year performing a cut from the album, “Wings.” Watch Roots Picnic Festival HERE. The performance will come ahead of the BET Awards, in which the pair are nominated for “Best Group” alongside Chloe x Halle, Migos, and more (Sunday, 8 PM ET on BET). And on the topic of groups, EarthGang revived their own supergroup Spillage Village earlier this month with J.I.D, 6lack, Mereba, and others for a timely single called “End of Daze.”
The song comes off their upcoming Spillage Village album, out this year. If you haven’t checked it out, watch the video HERE.
The duo also appears on Louis the Child’s new album, out today. Listen to their collaborative track, “Big Love,” HERE.
“EarthGang Are Carrying on the Legacy of Freaky Southern Rap” — Pitchfork ‘Rising Artist’ 2019
“High-energy, nimble lyrical flows over haunting beats” — TIME Magazine
“EarthGang’s Transcendental Hip-Hop Is an Homage to “Atlanta” — Hypebeast
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, EarthGang’s Olu and WowGr8 are the Grammy Award-nominated, Platinum-selling pair who embody the best of the new generation in music — and plenty of critics and fans alike have taken note. Marrying lean, sharp-eyed lyricism with Southern-fried soul, every song arrives fully formed, hitting hard and landing jokes while also delving deep into political issues. Signed to J. Cole’s Intercope imprint, Dreamville, EarthGang first hit a stride with 3-EP project inspired by “The Wiz;” Rags (Scarecrow), Robots (Tinman) and Royalty (the lion). The music saw the duo tour the globe relentlessly supporting J. Cole, Young Thug, Billie Eilish, Mac Miller, Jaden Smith, and more.
In 2019, EarthGang continued their dominance by contributing to the year’s best hip-hop compilation in Revenge of The Dreamers III — which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts is RIAA Platinum certified. It shined a spotlight on the pair as they went into the release of their debut major-label album, Mirrorland. The fourteen-track album debuted in the Top 40s of the Billboard 200 charts and #20 in the Rap Albums charts. Featuring special guests Young Thug, T-Pain, Kehlani, Arin Ray, and more — Mirrorland has cemented EarthGang as one of music’s most dynamic forces. Bursting with energy and having garnered a cult-like live following, the ATLiens have been critically praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Hot New Hip Hop, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, Pigeons & Planes, and more. Stretching beyond the “indie hip-hop” label they’ve been brandished with, EarthGang is ready to reach a wider audience with slick-sharp lyrics that cut through the hazy blur of ratchet rap and an avid interest in never settling, or resting on their laurels.
Today, Liam Payne has released his highly anticipated debut album LP1, listen HERE.
Available now in CD, vinyl and digital formats, the record features all of Liam’s global smash hit singles, as well as new original unheard material.
Hit singles featured on the album include Liam’s debut “Strip That Down” featuring Quavo, which has sold a huge 11.5 million copies worldwide and has been streamed over 1.8 billion times, and most recent singles “Stack It Up” featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie and “All I Want (For Christmas)” – his first ever solo festive track. The video for new single “Live Forever” will be released later today.
Other previous singles included are “Bedroom Floor”, “Get Low”, “Familiar” with J Balvin, which reached over 110 million streams on Spotify alone, and “For You”, his duet with Rita Ora which was featured on the Fifty Shades Freed official soundtrack.
Recorded in a variety of locations across the globe including London, New York and LA, the album has Liam’s signature urban pop sound throughout plus some more stripped back tracks. The record sees him collaborating with a host of A-list producers and writers including Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Zedd, Jonas Blue, Steve Mac, Joe London, and The Monsters and the Strangerz.
Platinum-selling Liam has sold more than 18 million singles in just two years as a solo artist since One Direction. He has been streamed a total of 3.7 billion times.
The hottest breakout multi-platinum hip-hop superstar of 2019 and Cash Money West recording artist Blueface releases new single “Close Up” featuring Jeremih today. Get it HERE.
The track illuminates another side of Blueface, showcasing his diverse talents as he delivers a West Coast love song.
On the heels of the stratospheric success of his debut EP, Dirt Bag, Blueface is putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated full-length album—coming very soon.
Blueface flipped rap upside down in 2019 with his own flow, flare, and fire. Dirt Bag yielded one banger after another with “Bleed It” [68 million Spotify streams], “Daddy” featuring Rich The Kid [49 million Spotify streams], “Bussdown” featuring Offset [14 million Spotify streams], and “Bussin” featuring Lil Pump [9.7 million Spotify streams], to name a few. As part of his recent inclusion on the XXL “Freshman Cover,” the outlet proclaimed him “one of the hottest new acts in the game” and claimed “the 22-year-old rapper has drawn comparisons to legends like E-40 and Juvenile due to the off-kilter flow that finds him rapping against the current of whatever beat he’s on.” Echoing this sentiment, Complex wrote, “his cadence—skittering and almost comical—doesn’t fit neatly into the current (or past) landscape of hip-hop. But that’s exactly what makes him so interesting.”
Grammy Award-winning producer and record label honcho, Mustard, delivers the video for his latest single, “Ballin’” featuring Roddy Ricch. It is the third official release from his Perfect Ten album, which dropped this past summer to critical acclaim. Check out the video HERE.
Directed by Arrad, the accompanying music video finds the pair whipping around the city of angels in a luxury sports car and reminiscing on the days of their youth when they daydreamed about the level of success they are experiencing now. The infectious new single has already spent 9 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is currently #55 with a bullet.
“Ballin’” has also achieved a remarkable 97 million global streams and 81 million US streams. Meanwhile, the Perfect Ten album, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, has remained within the top 35 since it’s release. Just last week Mustard’s hit single “Pure Water” with Migos was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Mustard recently wrapped his run on The Legendary Nights Tour.
Perfect Ten is available now all digital retailers via 10 Summers/Interscope Records.
Taylor Swift’s critically adored album Lover [Republic Records], receives platinum certification in just four weeks from the RIAA in recognition of over 1 million U.S. sales—as announced today.
This only adds to a series of recent accolades, achievements, and accomplishments for the superstar. Lover exceeded 1 million in U.S. consumption in less than two weeks. Taylor held #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songwriters Chart for three straight weeks anchored by “Lover,” “You Need To Calm Down” and “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. She also emerged as #1 most-streamed female artist globally on Spotify and all 18 tracks from Taylor’s new album Lover charted on the Billboard’s Hot 100 upon release.
She accelerated the sales of Lover to historic heights by not only delivering the highest-selling album of 2019, but also achieving “the biggest first-week total for any album since her own Reputation in 2017,” according to Billboard. Accumulating number ones in over 100 countries, Lover is also China’s most consumed full-length international album of 2019, besting the previous record holder by double. Total global streams are over 3 billion to date.
Lover is the ten-time GRAMMY® Award winning, record-breaking superstar’s seventh album. Taylor‘s juggernaut arrives as a fan favorite and currently ranks as her highest rated critically acclaimed album on Metacritic.
“Want You In My Room” Video Out Now Watch the clip HERE
Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for “Want You In My Room” was shot at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and directed by Andrew Donoho (twenty one pilots, Khalid).
The Jack Antonoff produced “Want You In My Room” is featured on Jepsen’s fourth studio album Dedicated which was released in May on Schoolboy/Interscope Records. Jepsen worked with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers, among them Antonoff, John Hill, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe, on Dedicated. Rolling Stone calledDedicated“another installment of Eighties-loving pop that proudly wears its heart on its sleeve” and USA Today said it’s “an album of many pleasures.” Jepsen recently wrapped a North American headline tour and will perform this Sunday at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.
Today, Grammy-nominated rapper Shy Glizzy releases his new EP ALOHA – LISTEN HERE. The entire EP was inspired by the island of Hawaii, where Shy Glizzy crafted the project during a two-week stay. The first single “Wakiki Flow” kicks off the EP, with no hook or interruptions giving a sneak peek into Glizzy’s stream of consciousness and sets the tone for the rest of the project. Featuring production from heavy-hitters Harry Fraud and Wondagurl, ALOHA finds Glizzy returning back to his roots of raw lyrics and unfiltered flows.
With this EP being a follow up to his 2019 released project Covered N’ Blood and fresh off the sold out Drip or Drown 2 Tour where he performed alongside Gunna and Lil Keed, it’s clear that Shy Glizzy is determined to close out this year with a bang.
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