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Hear Juice WRLD and Halsey’s ‘Life’s a Mess’ From Upcoming Posthumous Album!

Juice WRLD and Halsey!

Legends Never Die” will be released in July!

A new Juice WRLD song featuring Halsey, “Life’s a Mess,” has arrived alongside the announcement that the rapper’s first posthumous album, Legends Never Die, will be released July 10th.

The song balances a hard-hitting low end with somber synths and aching, but ultimately uplifting, vocals from Juice WRLD, with Halsey providing harmonies on the hook and guiding the song’s outro. “Ah, sometimes life’s a mess,” the pair sing during the chorus, “I get high when I’m upset/I remember when me and love ain’t click/Looking for something real, then I found it.”

“Life’s a Mess” follows previously released Juice WRLD tracks, “Tell Me U Luv Me,” featuring Trippie Redd, and “Righteous” which marked the rapper’s first posthumous single. Both songs will appear on Legends Never Die, although a full tracklist has yet to be revealed.

The Legends Never Die album announcement was accompanied by the launch of a new merchandise collaboration with the gaming organization, FaZe Clan. The collection was inspired by the friendship between Juice WRLD and various members of FaZe Clan, and their shared love of video games.

Juice WRLD died last December from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine. In April, the late rapper’s mother, Carmela Wallace, launched the Live Free 999 Fund, which will help young people — especially those in underserved communities — grappling with addiction, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.

By Jon Blistein, Rollingstone; July, 2020
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Prince’s sound engineer details how she created his infamous vault! 

Prince’s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ 

Prince sound engineer Susan Rogers has revealed how she created the artist’s infamous vault and saved his masters from the 2008 Universal Music Fires.

Rogers worked with Prince as an audio technician from 1983 to 1988. In an interview for Double J’s Take 5 podcast, Rogers revealed that she began to collate Prince’s vault as a “practical matter” when the artist would demand old reference tapes.

“When I first started working for him, he would sometimes say to me at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning ‘bring me this tape or that tape’. I realised I have to know where all these things are, ’cause how would I know this obscure stuff that had never been released,” she explained.

“I started working with the women who worked in his office, and I asked for their help. Let’s collect all these tapes and start a database…With [a] personal computer we were able to start forming a database of all the tapes – the two inch, the quarter inch, the half inch – and then I got really ambitious. I started calling faraway places that might have some of his tapes.”

Rogers goes on to explain that her tape-amassing project expanded beyond the Minneapolis studio where she worked with Prince, contacting Sunset Studios, and Warner Brothers to retrieve his masters.

“Now, I did not know that you’re not supposed to do that,” Rogers laughed.

“Technically, if you’re under contract the label owns those masters. I would talk to the person in the tape closet and say – ‘Hey, Prince has asked me for this, he wants this for some thing or another, and I’ll send it right back’. We never sent it back.”

Rogers explained that it was this decision to keep copies of the tapes that prevented Prince’s masters from being lost in the 2008 Universal Music Group Fires, which wiped out tens of thousands of tapes from artists including Elton John, Queen Latifah, R.E.M., Beck, Tupac, and many more. 

“It would have been a lot safer if people had their own vaults.”

The interview comes ahead of the archival release of Prince’s ’Sign ‘O’ the Times’ Movie 4-Disc Deluxe Edition,set to feature 63 unreleased tracks when it arrives on September 25. Listen to the full chat with Rogers: https://ab.co/2C3WnGa

By Josh Martin/NME; July, 2020; NME article here: https://bit.ly/2BvnIkI

Beyoncé Ties Michael Jackson’s Top 40 Mark as ‘Black Parade’ Debuts on Billboard Hot 100! 📽

Beyonce lands a milestone 40th top 40 hit!

Beyonce lands a milestone 40th top 40 hit on the all-genre BillboardHot 100 chart, as “Black Parade” debuts at No. 37 on the list dated July 4. The song opens as the top-selling track in the U.S., with 18,000 downloads sold in the week ending June 25, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, and enters at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart.

“Black Parade” was released late in the day on Friday, June 19. The Hot 100 chart ranks the 100 most popular songs of the week, blending all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

As “Parade” marches to No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, it becomes the diva’s ninth leader since the chart began in 2004. On the streaming side, “Parade” registered 7.8 million U.S. clicks in the week ending June 25. In terms of the other Hot 100 metric, radio airplay, “Parade” recorded 4.4 million in all-format audience in the week ending June 28. (“Parade” does not debut on either the all-genre Streaming Songs or Radio Songs charts.)

Beyond its Hot 100 arrival, “Parade” also debuts at No. 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It marks her 60th top 40 hit on the list, which began as an all-encompassing genre songs chart in 1958. On the much younger Hot R&B Songs chart, which launched in 2012, “Parade” starts at No. 5.

The tune also bows at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs Sales and R&B Digital Song Sales rankings. It additionally starts at No. 38 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, with 3.2 million in format audience, and at No. 5 on the R&B Streaming Songs chart.

THE 40/40 CLUB: With her new track, Beyoncé ties Michael Jackson’s ’s top 40 count in the Hot 100 archives. She secured her first top 40 through a featured turn on Jay-Z’s “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” which shot to No. 6 in 2002. Seven of her singles have gone all the way to No. 1, including this year’s guest turn on Megan Thee Stallion’s 

“Savage,” extending her No. 1 Hot 100 count to three decades: the 2000s, ’10s and ’20s.

Jackson, meanwhile, has stretched his top 40 run from 1971’s “Got to Be There” through a posthumous featured spot on the Drake Scorpion cut “Don’t Matter to Me,” in 2018. Nearly one-third of the hits, 13, found their way to the summit – still the most among any male act since the chart began in 1958. Like Beyoncé, the late megastar is a member of the Hot 100’s triple decade club with leaders in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.

Of course, the parallels between Queen Bey and The King of Pop continue as both led groups with their own top 40 success stories before turning solo. Destiny’s Child, with Beyoncé as lead singer, clocked 13 top 40 hits from 1997-2005, while The Jackson5/Jacksons, fronted by Michael for most of the sibling group’s existence, accumulated 23 visits from 1969-84. Each group claimed four No. 1s.

Among all acts, Drake owns the Hot 100’s top 40 record, with 111 such hits. Taylor Swift, with 63, leads among women.

By Trevor Anderson, Billboard, July, 2020
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Chloe x Halle Just Scored Their First Billboard Hot 100 Hit With ‘Do It’! 💞

Chloe and Halle

Chloe x Halle score their first Billboard Hot 100 hit this week as “Do It” arrives at No. 83 on the chart dated June 27. The single appears on the duo’s debut studio album, Ungodly Hour, which itself debuts at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

“Do It” traces its Hot 100 entrance largely thanks to its 5.9 million U.S. streams registered in the week ending June 18, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The sum prompts a No. 6 start for the song on the R&B Streaming Songs list, where the duo also picks up a No. 11 bow for “Forgive Me.” The latter kicks off with 4.8 million U.S. streams.

Both tracks also make a dent in the sales realm, with “Do It” rebounds 14-10 on R&B Digital Song Sales (2,000 sold in the week ending June 18), while “Forgive Me” enters at No. 7 (2,000 downloads as well).

“Do It” also continues its airplay growth. It climbs 41-37 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart through a 40 percent surge to 3 million in format audience in the week ending June 21. The song secured the first notable radio success for the duo, sisters Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey. The pair got their musical start posting covers on YouTube, including one of “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce, who recruited the siblings for her Parkwood imprint.

In addition to its Hot 100 arrival, “Do It” concurrently debuts at No. 36 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and jumps 14-7 on Hot R&B Songs, a new peak.

As mentioned, the song’s parent album, Ungodly Hour, debuts at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart with 24,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 18. The set also opens at No. 11 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at No. 16 on the Billboard 200.

Activity surrounding the album and its songs help Chloe x Halle make their debut on the Billboard Artist 100, landing at No. 42.

6/25/2020 by Trevor Anderson/Billboard; June, 2020
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Prince’s ‘Blue Angel’ Cloud 2 Guitar 🎸 Sells for $563,000 at Auction!

American musician Prince performs in concert, New York, New York, circa 1989. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)

Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged acoustic guitar also set for auction.

Prince’s “Blue Angel” Cloud 2 electric guitar — “the most significant Prince guitar that’ll ever come up for autcion” — sold for a high bid of $563,000 Saturday, exceeding pre- auction estimates.

The 1984 custom-made instrument, long thought to be lost, was played by Prince on the tours in support of Purple Rain, Parade, Sign O’ the Times and Lovesexy, as well as television appearances in the second half of the 1980s.

“In a sea of Clouds — because there are a lot of them — the thing that brings a collectible guitar the most value is how much mojo it has,” Julien’s Auctions consulting specialist Laura Woolley previously told Rolling Stone. “Prince came into the collective consciousness in the Eighties and this was one of his primary performance guitars at that time. So it’s got a lot of mojo.”

Auction house president Darren Julien called the “Blue Angel” the “most significant Prince guitar that’ll ever come up for auction,” although it didn’t break the record for highest-selling Prince guitar: A green model of the Cloud design sold for $700,000 in 2019.

Other notable items sold at Julien’s Auctions’ Music Icons event Friday included Elvis Presley’s stage worn ivory macrame belt with accented reflective stones ($298,000, nearly 30 times its pre-auction estimate of $10,000), Johnny Cash’s Valencia acoustic guitar signed by Cash and his fellow Highwaymen Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson ($57,600), Madonna’s “Vogue” white satin gown ($179,200) and more.

Kurt Cobain’s acoustic guitar from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged concert will hit the auction block Saturday, with bids already reaching $1 million.

By Daniel Kreps/Rolling Stone; June, 2020
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Nick Cannon on Former Wife Mariah Carey: ‘I Can’t Hold a Candle 🕯 to That Woman’

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (9192269dx) Mariah Carey, left, and Nick Cannon arrive at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles 20th Annual SAG Awards – Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 18 Jan 2014

Nick Cannon has wanted to work in entertainment ever since his imagination was sparked as a kid by the madcap poems of Shel Silverstein and the stories of Judy Blume. But he has never wanted to be famous.

“I’m not one of those people who have fans — that fantastical-level fandemonium type of thing,” Cannon said. “There may be people who are fans of aspects of my career, or certain projects. But I don’t have fans. I’ve never approached it as wanting that level of admiration.”

Cannon got a first-hand look at the high price of fame during his marriage to pop superstar Mariah Carey. The two surprised friends and family members by tying the knot in April 2008 after a weeks-long courtship. They separated in 2014 and formally divorced in 2016. The pair are still connected as devoted parents to 9-year-old twins, daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.

From the start, Cannon knew that Carey would always command the spotlight. As focused as he was in building his career, Cannon understood that his role while in her orbit would be carefully proscribed.

“I always used to say it worked so well because it was a healthy balance,” he said. “I had no problem falling back. It was never a competition with me. It was like ‘I’ll turn mine off so she can turn hers on.’ ” I was comfortable in myself and who I was.”

Friends and colleagues say Cannon’s dedication to Carey and respect for the demands of her career were evident during the years they were together.

“When she was around, he knew it had to always be all about her,” said a longtime business associate. “He did that incredibly elegantly.”

Cannon said he and Carey took a leap of faith in getting married but were also realistic about the nature of the relationship.

“I can’t ever remember us having arguments and there being negative energy of ‘This isn’t working’ and all of that stuff. We had very sensible conversations,” Cannon said.

At the time they met, both had been through many ups and downs in romantic relationships, so they approached the prospect of coupling in an unusual way.

“We were both at this place where relationships really aren’t our thing but we like each other,” Cannon recalled. “We talked everything out. What if this and what if that. We talked about how much fun it would be if we just got married three weeks into knowing each other. It was more that whimsical fantasy idea of let’s have as much fun as we possibly can and when it no longer feels like fun, when it feels like a task and a job, then we should amicably be able to move on.”

When the twins were born in 2011, that made everything “more amazing,” Cannon said. Although the relationship ended a few years later, the need to be there for their children has kept Cannon and Carey close.

“It just made us say ‘Let’s co-exist for the betterment of our children.’ We’re doing whatever we can to make sure their upbringing is as healthy as can possibly be and that we’re as healthy as we can possibly be. And that’s where we are to this day,” he said.

Cannon stressed that the issue of whose star was rising or falling was never a source of tension for them nor a factor in their split.

“My ego outside the house was grand but in the house it was healthy. I was there to be in support of whatever she wanted to do,” he said. “I mean, it’s Mariah Carey. How am I supposed to be? She’s one of the most talented women to ever this planet. I can’t hold a candle to that woman.”

By Cynthia Littleton/Variety; June, 2020
Variety article here: https://bit.ly/2N4PmXM

Fans Pick J Balvin’s ‘Azul’ Animated Video as This Week’s Favorite New Music ✍🏽

J Balvin photographed on Feb. 6, 2020 at MAPS Studio in Miami

The blue-hued animated video for J Balvin’s sensual reggaeton song “Azul” has topped this week’s new music poll.

In the poll, published Friday (June 12) on Billboard, music fans voted for the Colin Tilley-directed video, which tells the story of how Balvin is trying to move on from a woman he’s crushing on. The video brought in 24% of the vote.

“Azul” is from Balvin’s latest album, Colores, and follows other Tilley-directed videos for “Blanco,” “Morado,” “Rojo,” “Amarillo,” “Gris,” “Verde,” and “Rosado.”

“‘Azul’ is one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve probably ever had,” Tilley previously told Billboard.

Coming in second place with 22% of the vote was Ungodly Hour, the new album from Beyonce proteges Chloe x Halle. 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj’s recent “Trollz” collaboration came in third with nearly 19% of the vote.

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below: https://bit.ly/3d5ZaLH

By Mitchell Peters/Billboard, June, 2020

Watch Tekashi 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj’s Colorful New ‘Trollz’ Video! See Full Youtube Video!

In the colorful new video, the pair address haters head-on 

“A portion of the proceeds from #Trollz including merch items, will be going directly to The Bail Project,” Minaj says

Tekashi 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj have teamed up for the new song and video for “Trollz.” The track follows 6ix9ine’s “Gooba,” which is the first song he unveiled a little more than a month after being released from prison early due to coronavirus concerns. The rapper is serving the remainder of his sentence under house arrest and is under federal supervision.

In the colorful new video, the pair address haters head-on in the lyrics. “I know you don’t like me, you wanna fight me/You don’t want no problems at your party? Don’t invite me,” 6ix9ine raps. “I don’t worry ’bout you niggas, please stop talking ’bout me/Always talkin’ bout me ’cause you looking for the clouty.”

“They get nervous when it’s Nicki on the roster,” Minaj raps. “Somebody ushered this nigga into a clinic/My flow’s still sick, I ain’t talkin’ a pandemic/I write my own lyrics, a lot of these bitches gimmicks/They study Nicki style, now all of them want to mimic.”

The pair are donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the song as well as related merchandise to the Bail Project per Nicki Minaj’s Instagram post. “A portion of the proceeds from #Trollz including merch items, will be going directly to The Bail Project Inc. [@bailproject],” the rapper wrote. “The fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who can’t afford to pay bail while awaiting their trial. We want to protect and support the thousands of brave people working on the front lines of social justice, using their voices to demand AN END to the targeting and killing of Black Americans by the police. #BlackLivesMatter“

6ix9ine’s “Gooba” debuted at Number Two on Rolling Stone‘s Top 100 Song’s Chart in late May. Meanwhile, Minaj scored her first Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in May with her feature on the remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So.”

By ALTHEA LEGASPI/Rolling Stone, June, 2020

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