While you were sleeping, Beyonce dropped a surprise live album, ‘Homecoming’

While you were sleeping, Beyonce dropped a surprise live album, ‘Homecoming’

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Beyonce - Homecoming, Live Coachella Album

Back in 2013, Beyonce shocked the world with the surprise release of “Lemonade.”  And now six years later, out of nowhere, Beyonce does it again with the release of ‘Homecoming,’ a live Coachella album.

The album features 40 tracks that were taken from her two-hour Coachella performance. The album also includes one new song titled, “Before I Let Go,” which is a New Orleans bounce inspired cover of 1981 hit by Frankie Beverly and Maze.

The live album is available now on all major streaming platforms.


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Billie Eilish will headline Summerfest on July 6

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From the press release:

Billie Eilish might just make you believe in magic…It’s the best explanation for this siren whose breathy, soulful, and spirited croon immediately casts an unbreakable spell. The Los Angeles songstress resembles something of a fairy tale heroine—albeit one with a Tyler, the Creator obsession, Aurora inspiration, wicked sense of humor, and inimitable fashion sense filtered through a kaleidoscope of hip-hop, grunge, and glam tendencies ready to practically levitate above any runway.  It’s this kind of je nais sais quoi that fueled the meteoric rise of her debut single “ocean eyes.”

Eilish just scored her first number one album on the Billboard charts with “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”  The album follows the success of Eilish’s first release “dont smile at me,” which spent 67 weeks on the Billboard charts.  The nine-song set was issued in 2017 and generated more than 1.2 billion on-demand audio streams for its tracks.  In 2018, Eilish charted her first five entries on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 songs charts and has notched three more debuts in 2019.  In addition, Eilish is the first artist born in the 2000’s to have a number one album on the Billboard 200 chart and is the youngest artist to hit number one since 2015.  She also contributed a track to the second season of “13 Reasons Why,” collaborating with Khalid on the hit single “lovely,” which charted globally.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12 p.m. CDT at Summerfest.com and Ticketmaster.com and include admission to Summerfest.

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Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q will close out Summerfest

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Summerfest headliners snoop dogg, lil wayne, and schoolboy q

From the press release:

About Lil Wayne

Having sold millions of albums worldwide and garnered four Grammy awards, Lil Wayne is one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in Hip-Hop. Touted rap’s first rock star, he released his first project at the age of 12 and went on to release his first solo album in 1999 when he was just 17. He released his first installment of his legendary Tha Carter series in 2004 before releasing three others, including the landmark Tha Carter III in 2008. Lil Wayne also holds the record for the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist with 109 entries, having surpassed the record previously set by Elvis Presley. His most recent studio album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was released in 2013 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Charts. Last year, Wayne released FWA (Free Weezy Album) exclusively on Tidal, where it was streamed a staggering ten million times within the first seven days alone. Lil Wayne is also a celebrated author who released his memoir “Gone Till November” in October of 2016, chronicling his experience in Rikers Island. Outside of his iconic music career, Lil Wayne has continued on as the CEO of his own Young Money Records which will this year release the much anticipated Tha Carter V (in conjunction with Republic Records).

About Snoop Dogg

One of the most iconic figures to emerge from the early ’90s G-funk era, Snoop Dogg evolved beyond his hardcore gangsta rap beginnings, becoming a lovable pop culture fixture with forays into television, football coaching, and reggae and gospel music. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Snoop quickly became one of the most famous stars in rap, partially due to his drawled, laconic rhyming, as well as the realistic violence implied by his lyrics. His 1993 debut effort Doggystyle became the first debut album to enter the charts at number one.

The solo Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told, Snoop’s first effort for No Limit, followed in 1998;No Limit Top Dogg appeared a year later, and Dead Man Walkin’ the year after that. Tha Last Meal followed in December of that same year. The heavy release schedule resulted in varying musical quality from album to album, but by the turn of the century, Snoop had become such a cultural phenomenon that his albums became almost secondary to the personality behind them. An autobiography appeared in 2001, followed by a stream of movie roles in several high-profile pictures. Late in 2002, Snoop released his first album for Capitol, Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. He then switched to Geffen for 2004’s R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The hit album spawned Snoop’s first number one single, the Pharrell Williams-produced “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” as well as the hit “Signs” with Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson. R&G was followed a year later byWelcome to tha Chuuch: Da Album, a collection of tracks from the Welcome to the Chuuch mixtape series.

In 2006, he appeared on Tha Dogg Pound’s Active and Ice Cube’s Laugh Now, Cry Later. Toward the end of that year, the intentionally leaked “My Peoples” freestyle appeared. The track paid tribute to many of those involved in Cali’s Latin rap community, so it was no big surprise when “Vato,” with Cypress Hill’s B Real, became his next album’s leadoff single. The hard and very G-funk Tha Blue Carpet Treatment triumphantly capped off a year of heavy West Coast activity. In 2009, he issuedMalice N Wonderland, the maiden release of a new alliance with the reactivated Priority label, which also signed him on as its creative chairman. A year later, the CD/DVD set More Malicerounded up some odds and ends from the album and packaged them with a DVD featuring the Malice N Wonderland short film. He maintained his mainstream image with a star appearance on Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” nabbing Snoop his third number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2011, he released Doggumentary, an album he considered the sequel to his classic debut. Also arriving that same year was a feature film with Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go to High School, along with its accompanying soundtrack. After a 2012 trip to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg returned rechristened as Snoop Lion, and with the help of producer Diplo, he released his first all-reggae album,Reincarnated” on RCA in 2013. Another name change came later in the year when he became Snoopzilla and joined modern funkster Dâm-Funk for the project/album 7 Days of Funk. A return to Snoop Dogg came in 2015 when he partnered with Pharrell Williams for the hip-hop effort Bush. The album included the single “Peaches N Cream” and featured guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and Charlie Wilson. Coolaid, a back-to-basics effort for which Swizz Beatz served as executive producer, was released in 2016. That same year, Snoop teamed up with Martha Stewart for VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, a variety show that featured bits with guest actors and performances by hip-hop musical guests. For his 16th set, Snoop once again changed course, this time dipping into the gospel world for 2018’s Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love.

About ScHoolboy Q

Mixing anthems with socially conscious numbers, rapper ScHoolboy Q spent three years in the mixtape underground before launching his career properly in 2011. The first mixtape, the autobiographical Schoolboy Turned Hustla, landed in 2008 and quickly caught the attention of Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment. Lamar would form the Black Hippy collective with ScHoolboy along with Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, and the Top Dawg label would sign the artist. His Gangster & Soul mixtape landed in 2009, and Top Dawg released his official debut, Setbacks, in 2011.

In 2012, Top Dawg announced they had signed a joint venture deal with Interscope and Aftermath, which saw Lamar’s debut album get a full release. Later that year, ScHoolboy Q announced he was recording his third album and would be the second member of Black Hippy to benefit from the deal. After a series of mysterious tweets in 2013, Q announced that the release would be calledOxymoron, but nearly a year passed before the dark and abstract album — which featured a whole host of guest producers and vocalists — was released in February 2014. Nevertheless, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and pushed the single “Studio” into the Top 40. A worldwide tour took up most of 2015, and 2016 saw the “That Part” single drop as a preview of that year’s album,Blank Face LP, which debuted at number two. In 2017, he appeared on the Calvin Harris collaborative track “Cash Out” with PartyNextDoor and DRAM, as well as on “Bahamas” with A$AP Mob and “Lil Story” with Gucci Mane. In 2018, he linked up with 2 Chainz and Saudi for the track “X” from the TDE-curated Black Panther soundtrack. Another contribution to a film soon followed, landing ScHoolboy on the Creed 2 soundtrack with 2 Chainz and Mike WiLL Made-It on “Kill ‘Em with Success.”  Three years after Blank Face, he returned his focus to his solo material on “Numb Numb Juice.”

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Afropunk Brookyln has one of the best summer music festival lineups of 2019

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Afropunk Festival 2019 Lineup in Brooklyn

Artists performing at this year’s festival include Gary Clark Jr., Kamasi Washington, Goldlink, FKA Twigs, Jill Scott, Santigold, NAO, Leon Bridges, Toro Y Moi, Death Grips, Danny Brown. Plus, you can catch Rhythm Lab Radio favorites Kari Faux, IAMDBB, Rayvn Lenae, Masego, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack, Rich Medina, Earthgang and Kelsey Lu.

This year’s theme for Afropunk is “WE SEE YOU.”

There is power in acknowledgment, a recognition and acceptance that begins with seeing.Not at a glance, but with a meaningful gaze, a focus that carries the strength required to build a shared global future and a brave new world. Our courage is already immortal.

Absorbing the soulfulness of your existence is an act that’s as natural as breathing, yet one too often distorted by perverse colonial visions. Our presence is their terror.

Of course, your beauty, individuality and wonder was never truly hidden. The world has simply chosen to go willfully blind.

Knowledge and experience do not compensate for the need to perceive more clearly, engage more locally, listen more closely.

Seeing is believing. Seeing is understanding. Seeing is supporting.
We, the people, see you.
We see you.

Tickets for Afropunk Brooklyn are on sale now!

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Relive the lush visuals and sound of Big Wild at Turner Hall

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Milwaukee musicians! We want to film your Tiny Desk Contest submission

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OMG! Lizzo and Missy Elliot team for a new song called ‘Tempo’

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Lizzo has teamed up with the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for a banger called, “Tempo.” The track will appear on Lizzo’s forthcoming album “Cuz I Love You,” which will drop on April 19. Previously she shared the title track a few weeks ago.

Lizzo will play a sold-out show with Talya Parx on May 3 at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.

Listen to the new song below. Then, listen to our Studio Milwaukee session with Lizzo from 2016.

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Jay-Z, the Black Keys, Chance the Rapper and more will headline Woodstock in 2019

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Here’s the full lineup:

Like the original Woodstock, the mission of the new festival is to spread the positivity of peace, love and music. Lang said though Woodstock took place 50 years ago, things aren’t much different in today’s world than they were in 1969.

“It’s kind of spooky how similar things are. How some of the things that we thought we’d gone past in the last 50 years — the racial divides, care for the environment and women’s rights — now we have Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement and climate deniers and another (expletive) in the White House,” Lang said. “So, it’s very similar.”

Tickets go on sale April 22, which is fittingly on Earth Day.

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Lollapalooza reveals the full lineup for the 2019 festival

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Lollapalooza 2019 lineup

Other highlights from the list of artists performing at Lollapalooza include Janelle Monae, Meek Mill, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., Sharon Van Etten, Joji, Yaeji, Ama Lou, Tayla Parx, Fantastic Negrito, The Nude Party, Masego, J.I.D., Saba, Lil Baby, King Princess, Smino, H.E.R., Smino, Hozier, Denzel Curry, Death Cab For Cutie and more.

Lollapalooza will take place Aug. 1 – 4 at Chicago’s Grant Park. Tickets are now on sale.

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The Black Keys will play Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum this October

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From the tour press release

Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have released eight studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), and, most recently, Turn Blue (2014). The band has won six Grammy Awards and headlined festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball.

Since their last album together, both Auerbach and Carney have been creative forces behind a number of wide-ranging artists:

Dan Auerbach formed the Easy Eye Sound record label, named after his Nashville studio, in 2017, with the release of his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. Since its launch, Easy Eye Sound has become home to a wide range of artists including Yola, Shannon & The Clams, Dee White, Shannon Shaw, Sonny Smith, Robert Finley, and The Gibson Brothers; it also has released the posthumous album by Leo Bud Welch as well as previously unreleased material by Link Wray.

Patrick Carney has produced and recorded new music with artists such as Calvin Johnson, Michelle Branch, Damns of the West, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Jessy Wilson, Tennis, Repeat Repeat, Wild Belle, Sad Planets, Turbo Fruits, and more. He also created the theme music for the Netflix TV show BoJack Horseman with his late uncle, Ralph Carney.

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