2019 BET AWARDS
Video of the year
Best female R&B/pop artist
Best male R&B/pop artist
Best female hip-hop artist
Best male hip-hop artist
Best new artist
Album of the year
Viewers’ choice award
Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award
Young stars award
Sportswoman of the year
Sportsman of the year
BET HER award
Video director of the year
Summer 2019: TBA Music Releases
Chance the Rapper is expected to release his new project in July. It would technically be his first debut album. Chano’s last project was his Grammy-winning 2016 mixtape, Coloring Book.
J. Cole has the year’s biggest rap song so far, “Middle Child.” Cole is simultaneously working on a few different solo projects.
Sammie: Returns To Music
R&B vet Sammie celebrates a very big birthday by releasing his fourth album, Everlasting, a title that has strong love for music.
The 13-song project is headed by the single, “Times 10,” and personal tracks like “Issues,” “Success vs. Love,” and “P.O.F.”
Sammie Everlasting Tracklist
03. Face To Face
04. Times 10 featuring Lil Baby
06. Un-Love You
07. Success vs. Love
10. Truth is…
12. P.O.F. featuring My Family
13. 2nd Time Around
2Chainz: New Album On The Way
2 Chainz tapped Lebron James to A&R his highly anticipated Rap or Go to the League album, which will release on March 1.
The ATL native made the announcement official Tuesday morning (Feb. 19). “It’s been quite the journey to get here. All night studio sessions, reflecting, & opening up on these records or as I call it therapy! This is my each one teach one body of work, I wanna celebrate black excellence,” he wrote of his delayed fifth studio album. “Rap Or Go To The League the album A&R by @KingJames 3/1.”
Ariana Grande: Now Biggest Pop Star In The World
Billboard.com The 25-year-old pop singer just hit a milestone that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles: Grande swept the No. 1, 2, and 3 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “7 Rings,” “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” and “Thank U, Next,” respectively.
In the 60-year existence of the Billboard chart, only two acts achieved this simultaneously: Grande and The Beatles. For five weeks in March and April 1964, the British icons held those spots with “Can’t Buy Me Love” at No. 1, “Twist and Shout” at No. 2, and “Do You Want to Know a Secret” at No. 3.
B2K Reunites For Tour
It’s official! The boy band B2K is reuniting and embarking on their Millennium Tour with Mario, Chingy, Lloyd, and more in Spring 2019.
B2K was an American R&B boy band that was active from 1998 to 2004. In 1998, the group was formed by American record producer Chris Stokes. They released their self-titled debut album on March 12, 2002. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs albums chart. They released 4 hit albums and a movie before disbanding in 2004.
3/8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center3/9 – New York, NY – Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
3/14 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
3/15 – Fairfax, VA – EagleBank Arena
3/16 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
3/17 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
3/23 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
3/24 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
3/29 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
3/31 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
4/5 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
4/6 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
4/7 – Baltimore, MD – UMBC Event Center
4/18 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
Singer JoJo Takes Matters In Her Own Hands!
Longtime Pop/R&B singer JoJo launched a new movement.
The singer and songwriter re-recorded and re-released her first two albums, Both projects are much more mature, powerhouse vocals as well as new production.
JoJo took to social media based on the response of the project:
Wow. Your response to me re-recording my first two albums has taken my breath away. I’ve tried to read through literally every single comment!!! You guys are making me sooooo emo!!!! What the hellllllll, to see an album I first made at 12 and another at 15 at the top of the iTunes album charts is just CRAZY. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea (and my team checked allllll the legalities to see that it would be ok!!) but I was SO SICK of seeing my fans day in and day out ask me where my old shit was. Not being able to give them what they deserve made me so mad. I’ve felt out of control for so long, and I WAS FUCKING TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIED. I couldn’t stand for it. This is for my day 1s. This is for the amazing creatives who shaped these songs with me (and so they can finally collect the publishing that is rightfully theirs!). And this is for me. For healing. Reclaiming my time and my history. I am currently making the best music of my life for this new album. And I wanted to make sure that I saged myself so I could enter 2019 with lightness and space to be TOTALLY FREE. Getting this project off my chest feels SO GOOD and it means the world to me seeing you living with it/ loving it/ sharing it/ supporting it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. NEW MUSIC 2019. Love, Jo.
For over 10 years now JoJo has endured a legal battle with her former record label, Blackground Records, who also hold albums for the late R&B legend Aaliyah and R&B vet Tank in captivity.
Miley Cyrus: New Music On The Way
Remaining mostly quiet for the past few months many fans are wondering when and what can they expect from her seventh album and what will sound like, Miley opened up during a conversation with New York’s 95.5 PLJ, she revealed that the record will be produced by Ronson, Mike Will Made-It, and Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. Playing around with country for last year’s Younger Now, Miley Cyrus will go back to pop roots and hip-hop influences for her next album. As for when we can finally hear the fruits of Miley and Mike Will’s labor, she says new music is coming “sometime next year. “I’ll definitely put out a record next year, but when and how is still up in the air for me, just ’cause I never like to feel that pressure or think too far ahead.”
Meek Mill Tours To Promote New #1 Album “Championships”
Meek Mill returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart to become the top musical act in the U.S. His new set Championships launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 229,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
Check out Meek’s tour dates below.
The Motivation Tour
2/19 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
2/22 Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
2/23 Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center*
2/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
2/28 Los Angeles, CA @Hollywood Palladium
3/1 San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic*
3/5 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium*
3/8 Chicago, IL @Aragon Ballroom*
3/9 Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre
3/12 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom*
3/15 Philadelphia, PA @ The MET*
3/19 Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
3/20 Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
3/21 Washington, DC @ The Anthem
3/23 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
3/24 Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
JANET JACKSON INDUCTED INTO ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME
The queen of the velvet rope, Janet Jackson and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it will finally induct the Pop Icon into the class of 2019.
The long-overdue comes 11 years after her eligible period began in 2007. After the news broke, the global star took to social media to express her heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the voting process.
The decision to include her in this year’s class was made by an international body of voters that includes music industry professionals, historians, and living inductees. They considered the length of Jackson’s career, her complete body of work, her originality, and her lasting influence on other artists.
2018 Highest-Paid Women In Music
1. Katy Perry ($83 million)
2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)
3. Beyoncé ($60 million)
4. Pink ($52 million)
5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)
6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)
7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)
8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)
9. Celine Dion ($31 million)
10. Britney Spears ($30 million)
Grammy Award Winning Super Star Taylor Swifts Left The Record Label That Launched Her Career
A new record deal with Universal Music Group for Multi-Platinum singer. Announced the news in an Instagram post featuring a photo of herself posing with Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge and Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman.
“My new home,” she captioned.
After years with Big Machine Records since 2006, her contract expired and it appears as though UMG, who has handled promotion for Swift for years, won her over.
“I’m ecstatic to announce that my musical home will be Republic Records and Universal Music Group,” she shared. “Over the years, Sir Lucian Grainge and Monte Lipman have been such incredible partners. It’s so thrilling to me that they, and the UMG team, will be my label family moving forward. It’s also incredibly exciting to know that I’ll own all of my master recordings that I make from now on. It’s really important to me to see eye to eye with a label regarding the future of our industry,” she continued. “I feel motivated by new opportunities created by the streaming world and the ever changing landscape of our industry… I also feel strongly that streaming was founded and continues to thrive based on the magic created by artists, writers and producers. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Scott Borchetta for believing in me as a 14-year-old and for guiding me through over a decade of work that I’m will always be so proud of,” she wrote. “I’m extremely grateful to get to do what I love, especially with the people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. The best thing I’ve been lucky enough to receive is the dedication, trust, and loyalty of the fans who have cared about the words and melodies I’ve written.”
In other Taylor Swift news: The singer’s ending 2018 by giving a chance to experience the globetrotting, 53-date Reputation tour with an intimate, professionally shot, immersive concert film, coming to Netflix on New Year’s Eve.
Spice Girls REUNITE Without POSH SPICE
The tour was originally set to begin at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on June 1, 2019, however, the group has added two more dates to the same location, now kicking off their tour on May 29. They’ve also added another date at Coventry’s Ricoh Stadium, as well as two more at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Mel C couldn’t help but thank fans for their overwhelming support on Twitter. She, Mel B, Emma Bunton, and Geri Halliwell will be reuniting, while Victoria Beckham focuses on her family and fashion line.
“I know you’ve been bombarded with promo stuff lately but I just wanted to say I’m completely overwhelmed with the response to our tour,” Mel C tweeted. “Wow! I did not expect that. It’s going to be AMAZING!! Thank you so much!”
“I always told myself, ‘Dream big, and then dream even bigger.’ And I wanted to show that, if I can do it, then really anyone can do it. And what you can achieve really can be limitless, if you, I can’t help it, if you really, really want it, OK? “So many years ago, I started with girl power, and now that message is still as strong as ever, but now it’s through the privilege of being able to empower women through my designs,” she shared. “I’ve always been surrounded by strong, supportive women. And that’s as true now as it was back then. So, for all the women out there who have ever been doubted or doubted themselves, this award tonight is for all of us.”
K. Michelle Sets Up New Album
The Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter/reality star has announced the title of her upcoming fifth LP, FAB (“F*ck All U Bitches.”)
K. Michelle Via Twitter:
“My 5th album is titled “FAB” FUCK All u Bitches! It’s really pretty musically epic! Real good music. R&B money! Thank you”
The official release date is currently unknown, but if she follows the trend of her last two releases, then it would arrive before year end.
Canceling Tour Dates
After the “Aubrey & The Three Amigos” tour postponed its date in St. Paul, Minnesota, twice, the show has been nixed altogether.
The St. Paul show, according to Billboard, rescheduled shows in Denver at the Pepsi Center and Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City have also been canceled, and refunds have been offered at the point of purchase.
R&B New Comer Queen Naija Release Debut EP
The EP is inspired by her own life.
The 22-year-old singer started out as a vlogger who documented her life as a mom and wife, but things took a bad turn when her husband cheated on her last year and Naija documented her thoughts about the drama on her Youtube channel. “Medicine” and “Karma” were songs she recorded to cope.
Stream and enjoy below:
Some Of Your Favorite Songs That Were Originally Meant For Another Artist
Could you imagine how some of your favorite songs being recorded by someone else?
Here is an interesting list of songs that were originally given to another singer/rapper before that passed on it.
Did you know one of our favorite Kanye West songs was originally given to One-Hit-Wonder Chicago rapper Shawnna
West’s 2005 take on this track, which features an appearance by Jamie Foxx, sailed to #1 Billboard‘s Hot 100 and was, at the time, the fastest selling digital download of all time. Shawnna, who passed on it. Kanye tweaked the hook a bit, and the rest is history.
I’m A Slave 4U
Britney Spears iconic pop hit almost never happened, however, as the song was originally intended for Janet Jackson’s All For You album, but didn’t make the cut.
N!99@Z In Paris
Pusha T didn’t like the beat from this track, kicking it to the curb for “sounding like a video game”.
It was then discovered by label-owner Kanye, who immediately recognized the potential and used it for his collaboration with Jay-Z.
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Originally written for Céline Dion, Aerosmith power ballad was for the apocalypse flick Armageddon.
Steven Tyler so channels his inner diva on the track one has to wonder if it would really sound much different had she done it.
Rock Your Body
This song was just one of several songs originally destined for Michael Jackson’s Invincible album.
But got passed down to JT for his 2002 debut solo album.
Super producer & Band member will.i.am penned this track for pop-group the Pussycat Dolls for their debut album.
But he decided to give them another song instead. The Black Eyed Peas then released it, on 2005’s Monkey Business, where it was the record’s most successful single, going double platinum.
Baby One More Time
Max Martin’s pop track was originally offered to TLC for their “Fan Mail” album, but the R&B group rejected the song.
Eventually served as Spears’ debut single. …Baby One More Time,” Spears perhaps does not arrive in such a huge way.
How Will I Know
Whitney Houston’s No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 stands as one of the artist’s most iconic tracks — but it could have sounded a lot different with Janet Jackson at the helm.
Songwriters George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam reportedly approached Janet’s management team with a demo, but a swift decline forced them to look elsewhere. Thanks in large part to Clive Davis, Houston was given the track.