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Pusha T Announces Daytona Tour, Drops "If You Know You Know" Video
The rapper will hit the road across the U.S. in support of his recently released, Kanye West-produced album
Pusha T has officially announced dates for his 2018 Daytona Tour. The Former Clipse rapper will hit the road for a 22-date U.S. tour in support the Kanye West-produced album launching in Denver on July 21 and wrapping up in Oakland, Calif. on Oct. 13. In addition to the tour announcement, Pusha also dropped a video for the lead-off track from Daytona, "If You Know You Know," directed by Shomi Patwary.
Daytona was released on May 25 as the first project of Kanye West's "Wyoming Sessions." Four of the album's songs have cracked the Billboard Hot 100 including "Infrared," "If You Know You Know," "The Games We Play," and "What Would Meek Do" featuring West. The album also debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
A full list of dates for the 2018 Daytona Tour, along with ticket information, can be found via LiveNation's website.
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Travis Scott Drops "Watch" Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West
The GRAMMY-nominated rapper returns with a new single boasting two high-profile features
Houston-born rapper Travis Scott capped off a busy week by releasing a new single on May 4, "Watch," featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West. The song's intro references Scott's forthcoming album, Astroworld, which will be his third studio album.
Earlier this week, Scott appeared on Playboi Carti's "Love Hurts," delivering a guest verse for the rapper's return from a relatively quiet year since releasing his debut mixtape last April.
Lil Uzi is coming off two GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for his 2017 hit "Bad And Bougee."
West has a large menu of upcoming releases slated for late May and June, including his eighth studio album plus pulling production duty on new albums by Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and a collab with fellow GRAMMY-winner Kid Cudi.
Scott's summer will include several big festival appearances, starting with his May 13 performance at Miami's Rolling Loud Festival. The GRAMMY-nominated rapper will also appear at Governors Ball in New York City, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Osheaga Festival in Montreal, Hard Festival in Pomona, Calif., and Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas. As of yet, no release date for Astroworld has been announced.
FYI/TMI: Stars Come Together For Hurricane Sandy, Justin Bieber Breaks The Law
Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney among performers for Sandy benefit; Bieber gets ticketed in L.A.
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More Stars Come Together For Hurricane Sandy
GRAMMY winners Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Kanye West, and legendary rockers Roger Waters and the Who will perform at a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy on Dec. 12 in New York. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid hurricane victims.
SoundExchange Reports 3Q Royalty Payments
Performance rights organization SoundExchange distributed $122.5 million in royalty payments during the third quarter of 2012, marking the organization's largest quarterly payout since its founding in 2000, according to Billboard.biz. SoundExchange has distributed $326.9 million in performance royalties for the year to date, bringing the organization's grand payout total to $1.2 billion since 2000.
Bieber Breaks The Law
As if Justin Bieber's recent trouble in love wasn't hard enough for the 18-year-old, the teen pop sensation has now run into some trouble with law enforcement. Bieber was ticketed by Los Angeles police on Nov. 13 after he was pulled over in his Ferrari in West Hollywood, Calif., for making an unsafe left turn. On top of that, cops found his registration was expired. Hopefully now there's one less unsafe driver on the road.
Diplo speaks at Up Close & Personal With Diplo, a program presented by The Recording Academy
Diplo On Shout-Outs From Kanye West And His Chemistry With Skrillex
GRAMMY winner also discusses recent collaboration with Beyoncé and why he wants to work with the younger generation of musicians during Up Close & Personal With Diplo event
GRAMMY-winning DJ/producer Diplo covered a variety of topics relating to his career during Up Close & Personal With Diplo, a recent program presented by The Producers & Engineers Wing and The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter. In a conversation moderated by music journalist Dan DeLuca, Diplo discussed emerging within the Philadelphia music scene, how he met Kanye West, his musical chemistry with Skrillex, collaborating with Beyoncé on her Lemonade album, and why he wants to nurture the next generation of musicians, among other topics.
"[Skrillex is] able to manipulate sound in a really genius way. He has a different way to hear things," said Diplo. "We were both kind of renegade in the dance music scene — we both want to do something separate from that. So we did that with the Jack Ü album."
Diplo earned the first two GRAMMYs of his career for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü, a collaboration with Skrillex released under the moniker Jack Ü. The album netted Best Dance/Electronic Album honors for 2015 while the track "Where Are Ü Now," featuring Justin Bieber, won for Best Dance Recording. The trio performed the song on the 58th GRAMMY Awards telecast. Diplo has earned two nominations for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical for 2012 and 2015. His first career GRAMMY nod was for Record Of The Year for 2008 as the producer of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes."
Diplo founded his own record label, Mad Decent, in 2005. He is also the driving force behind Major Lazer, an electronic project comprising himself, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Their most recent album is 2015's Peace Is The Mission. Other artists with whom Diplo has collaborated include Beyoncé, Big Sean, Madonna, Shakira, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani. Diplo co-wrote the songs "Hold Up" and "All Night" for the former's 2016 studio album, Lemonade.
Diplo is currently performing select tour dates in North America, with international dates scheduled through February 2017.