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Tyler The Creator's Fourth Studio Album

April 19th, 2015 2:30pm EDT
Review: Tyler The Creator Remains Unapologetic On ‘Cherry Bomb’
“Can’t a n***a get some f**king chaos in here? / I’m the truth and the dare / and you can get your a** beat like a kick in a snare!” Those unapologetic lyrics characterize twenty-something underground Tyler the Creator to a tee – he has no filter whatsoever. This remarkable boldness continues on his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb. Even so, Tyler also manages to tweak his formula, showing more artistic range than previous albums. Maybe Cherry Bomb isn’t the ‘bomb’ that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, but there is plenty to celebrate about the LP.

“DEATHCAMP” initiates the albu...
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The Most Talented Actor-Singers Out There

April 19th, 2015 1:00pm EDT
12 Of The Most Successful Actor-Musician Combos
They say that actors want to be musicians and that musicians want to be actors. For some who attempt to be the ‘double threat,’ they fail miserably. Only a select few have managed to find the balance or minimally success in both fields. How is such success measured? There are a number of indicators but for the 12 artists that make this list, most of the indicators of success lie in accolades with the crème de la crème being an Academy Award or a Grammy.

1) Jamie Foxx

Prestigious Film/TV Honors: Actor, In Living Color and The Jamie Foxx Show; Academy Award for Best Actor, Ray (2004...
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Pro-Gun Activists Are Mad At Tim McGraw

April 18th, 2015 4:06pm EDT
Tim McGraw Refuses To Drop Out Of Sandy Hook Benefit
Country star Tim McGraw is defending his decision to perform at a summer benefit for those affected by the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.

Pro-gun activists have criticized the country singer for his involvement in the gig and have already convinced Billy Currington to drop out of the Hartford, Conn., show as a support act. Activists want McGraw to reconsider performing for the Sandy Hook Promise organisation.

He explained, "I support gun ownership and I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety, most certainly when...
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RIP: Bahamian Singer Johnny Kemp

April 18th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Johnny Kemp
Bahamanian singer Johnny Kemp, known for his hit song "Just Got Paid," has died at age 55. His body was found floating off a beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to police. It's unclear how he died, reports the AP.

Kemp arrived in Jamaica on a cruise ship where he had been scheduled to perform as part of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

A rep for cruise organizer Reach Media told The Root today that Kemp didn't die onboard: "We have received confirmation that Johnny Kemp has passed away. We do not have any other details. We can confirm he was not on the ship for the Tom Joyner Foundatio...
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Singer Reveals New Look Following Split From One Direction

April 18th, 2015 8:37am EDT
Zayn Malik
On Friday night, singer Zayn Malik showed off his newly shaved head in his first public appearance since quitting One Direction.

Malik, 22, is known for his shaggy, long hair but looked quite different with his buzz cut and a nose stud at the Annual Asian Awards in London.

The pop star attended the event with his mother Trisha. He didn't speak with reporters; however, he signed autographs for fans outside the Grosvenor House Hotel.

According to the Daily Star, Malik won the Asian of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to music. It's the first individual award the singer ha...
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Who Took The Top Spot On The Billboard 200 This Week?

April 16th, 2015 11:56am EDT
‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack Bests All Time Low For Top Spot On The Bi
It was a good week to be a soundtrack, specifically the soundtrack to Furious 7. After ascending to the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 last week, Furious 7 sits atop the charts this week. The improvement in units from the previous week are quite substantial – 111,000 units this week versus 74,000 the previous week. Making Furious 7’s ascent on the Billboard 200 is what the soundtrack did on the Billboard Hot 100, namely “See You Again.”

“See You Again” did the unthinkable – killed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ vibe. How so? “See You Again” stopped “Uptown Funk” from breaking a tie for th...
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Shawn Mendes Debut Album ‘Handwritten’

April 15th, 2015 1:30pm EDT
Review: Shawn Mendes Shows Great Potential On Debut Album ‘Handw
The power and the influence of video sharing sites is nothing short of incredible. Particularly for the youthful upstart musician, YouTube and Vine have done wonders for self-promotion. One of the latest benefactors is Canadian teen pop star Shawn Mendes. After dropping The Shawn Mendes EP back in 2014, the 16-year old singer/songwriter releases his major label debut, Handwritten.

“Life of the Party” plays true to the expected – solid, yet on the predictable side of things. The opener easily passes the marks – it’s a stand out contextually – even if it isn’t nearly as fun as the title ...
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Soul Legend Percy Sledge Dead At 74

April 15th, 2015 8:34am EDT
Percy Sledge, Soul Legend And 'When A Man Loves A Woman' Singer,
Percy Sledge, the soul singer who'll be forever known for his timeless hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 74 years old.

Born in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge worked odd jobs before finding work as a hospital orderly- all while singing with the Esquires Combo on the weekends. Then, in 1966, Sledge's first (and greatest) hit came- "When a Man Loves a Woman," a soaring, heart-wrenching ballad which defined Sledge's career and proved so enduring as to give him a solid five decades of musical success.

Sledge found international success after his Ameri...
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Did Justin Bieber Get Kicked Out Of Coachella?

April 14th, 2015 11:32am EDT
Justin Bieber Put In Chokehold And Booted From Coachella Music F
Justin Bieber was reportedly kicked out of the Coachella Music Festival this weekend by security, according to report by TMZ.

The pop star was accused of attempting to enter through the artist’s entrance during Drake‘s performance when security stopped him because the area was full. TMZ revealed that Bieber showed security his wristband, the guards still wouldn’t let him in.

Bieber then reportedly revealed that Drake had personally invited him and he’d be “bombarded” by fans if he stood in the general crowd.

After the confusion, the singer was reportedly let into the secure area when ano...
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What Would Jon Bon Jovi Be Doing If He 'Wasn’t A Rock Star'?

April 14th, 2015 10:55am EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi will appear on a new reality series, "If I Wasn't A Rock Star," a project that will return the rocker to his New Jersey hometown to lament on how his life would have been different if he didn't hit it big.

Bon Jovi has partnered with TWC-Dimension’s for this exciting and different new series.

“I was drawn to this project simply because it will be a celebration of the working men and women of this country,” Bon Jovi, a New Jersey native, said in a statement to Variety. “They are the real rock stars.”

This unique take on rock and roll reality will focus on the stripped ...
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