Bajans Heavy In The Mix at Machel Monday

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  Barbadian acts were a big part of this year’s Machel Monday mega-concert, which features top acts from Trinidad, the Caribbean and the world.   Machel Monday – Journey of a Soca King was a wonderful celebration of calypso and soca music, charting the evolution of an artform that started in the Caribbean and has […]

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Jay Z Becomes First Rapper Chosen for Songwriters Hall of Fame


  Other inductees include Max Martin, Berry Gordy, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Chicago.   The 2017 inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday morning, with hip-hop icon Jay Z and one-man hit factory Max Martin leading a class that also includes Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy […]

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Drake Confused by Kanye West’s Slams: ‘I Don’t Respect It At All’


  In a new interview, Drake expressed confusion over criticism from Kanye West, saying, “I’m not really sure what he’s referring to half the time.”   Drake, who rarely gives interviews, made a special appearance with DJ Semtex on Saturday’s (Feb. 18) episode of the OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1.   The extensive […]

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Lauryn Hill & Rohan Marley’s Son Zion Welcomes His First Child


  It’s been nearly 20 years since Lauryn Hill penned her song “To Zion” for her eldest son on her acclaimed debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Now, the 19-year-old is a father to his first child.   According to Zion’s father, Rohan Marley, Zion welcomed his baby boy Zephaniah last week. Quoting Zephaniah 3:16, Marley used the Bible […]

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Chris Brown Explains Pulling Out of Boxing Match With Soulja Boy, Calls Beef ‘Immature’


  After Soulja Boy shared on Twitter that his boxing match with Chris Brown was “off,” the singer revealed why he chose to bow out from the highly anticipated bout on Instagram.   “I bowed out of this Soulja Boy fight. I’mma tell you why, ’cause it was a legit thing on a positive scale. All the wrong people got in the way. The middlemen people […]

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Gwen Stefani Gushes Over Blake Shelton on ‘Tonight Show’


  Gwen Stefani appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednsday night (Feb. 15), looking like a disco queen in a sparkly mirror ball-esque dress. But when it came to the topic of conversation, all she wanted to do was talk country — because of her beau, Blake Shelton, of course.   “Let’s just talk only […]

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Big Sean Says Mental Patient Attacked Him at Record Store Signing


Big Sean took to social media Saturday morning (Feb. 18) to clear the air about being attacked by a fan during his CD signing in Queens, N.Y., on Friday night.   The rapper, who was in Queens to promote his new No. 1 album, I Decided., tweeted that a fan who tried to attack him […]

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Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Receive Platinum Certifications


  Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q have both received platinum certifications for “Alright” and “Studio,” respectively.   According to the Recording Industry Association of America, both the TDE labelmates’ singles surpassed sales of 1 million as of last Friday (Feb. 10).   Lamar’s “Alright” peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October […]

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