Ms. Lauryn Hill Returns with New Song ‘Guarding the Gates’

The Queen & Slim soundtrack arrives today featuring a new song from Ms. Lauryn Hill.

The Fugees icon contributes the soulful standout “Guarding the Gates,” which plays during the closing credits of the Melina Matsoukas-directed film. Hill has been performing the song for years during her live shows, but this is the first time it has been available on streaming services.

“Don’t you wish you had real love? / I know you do / Yes, I’m in love,” she sings on the 6-minute track. “What a tragedy / You can laugh at me, but I’m in love.”

Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack also features new music from Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Vince Staples, The-Dream, and Burna Boy, among others. The film, which was written and co-produced by Lena Waithe and scored by Devonté Hynes, stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a young couple who flees the law after Kaluuya’s character kills a police officer. It hits theaters Nov. 27.

Ms. Hill hasn’t released a proper studio album since her groundbreaking 1998 debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. In August, she was featured on Pusha-T’s single “Coming Home.”

Stream the Queen & Slim soundtrack below.

Tinashe Reveals ‘Songs for You’ Tracklisting

Tinashe is coming.

A year-and-a-half since her sophomore album Joyride, the R&B songstress is set to release Songs for You on Nov. 21. She has revealed the tracklisting and y cover art, which finds Tinashe in a black bikini and sheer gloves.

The 15 tracks include appearances from 6LACK (“Touch & Go”), Ms Banks (“Die a Little Bit”), and G-Eazy (“So Much Better”).

She previewed new music for fans at intimate listening parties in London, Los Angeles, and New York. “Creatively, I just feel like I needed to go through what I went through in order to be the person that I am today and to get back to my roots,” she said.

Songs for You marks Tinashe’s first album since splitting with RCA Records and signing a management deal with Roc Nation.

Songs for You Tracklisting

1. “Feelings”
2. “Life’s Too Short”
3. “Hopscotch”
4. “Stormy Weather”
5. “Save Room for Us”
6. “Story of Us”
7. “Die a Little Bit” (feat. Ms Banks)
8. “Perfect Crime”
9. “Cash Race”
10. “Link Up”
11. “Touch & Go” (feat. 6LACK)
12. “Know Better”
13. “You”
14. “So Much Better” (feat. G-Eazy)
15. “Remember When”

XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop

This weekend, XXXTentacion’s estate will be hosting a special pop-up shop at Alchemist in Miami to celebrate the upcoming release Bad Vibes Forever, Vol. 1, the second posthumous album from the late recording artist. The news was announced several days ago through a social media announcement. “Okay, so my current focus is creation and evolution,” said the late XXX in a video linked to his account. “Every day, you evolve. You are the actor in your own movie. You get to be anybody you want to be.” Noting that this will be the “final” release in Jahseh Onfroy’s discography, the prospect future posthumous drops now seems out the question. If you’re looking to tribute the fallen icon through your stylistic expression, X’s team has just released a preview the new items that will be available on his website and in-store at Alchemist.

XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
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According to Complex, the collection will contain nine unique pieces, including three that will be exclusive to the pop-up. Designs by Hidji World grace some the t-shirts, hoodies, and shorts, which you can peep below.

XXXTentacion’s first posthumous album Skins arrived near the end last year. There is a strong chance that Bad Vibes Forever will pop up around the same time. Are you looking forward to hearing new music from the late Florida rapper?

XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop
XXXTentacion "Bad Vibes Forever" Merch Revealed Ahead Of "Final Album" Drop

Khalid Returns with ‘Up All Night’

Khalid is back with “Up All Night.”

The mid-tempo bop finds the 21-year-old crooner soul searching while traveling the globe. “Doesn’t even matter anyway / Focused and I’m coping with the pain / Yeah, we’re only getting older by the day / Yeah, we’re only getting older,” he sings.

“‘Up All Night’ is a song that I wrote while on tour,” said Khalid. “It’s really special to me and I’m so excited that I am able to share it with my fans so quickly. I’ve been touring the world, and interacting with my fans each night has been really inspiring. I’m working hard on some more new music to share with you guys soon!”

Khalid is currently on his “Khalid Free Spirit World Tour,” which travels to Australia and New Zealand this month. The tour comes in support of his sophomore album Free Spirit, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April.

Apple Music Slots Jessie Reyez as Their Latest 'Up Next' Artist

Apple Music has announced that Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has been selected as the latest artist to be featured in its monthly Up Next program, which is an initiative aimed at identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.

Reyez is the first Canadian female singer to become an Up Next artist. As part of the program, she will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 21.

According to Apple, they have had their eyes on Reyez going back to August of 2016. This is when Zane Lowe premiered Reyez’ song “Figures” on Beats 1. The song was further featured on numerous popular Apple Music playlists, such as:

  • New Music Daily
  • R&B Now
  • The New Toronto

While “Figures” reached Shazam’s Top 25 charts in the United States and Canada, in April of this year, Reyez’ song “Great One” reached Shazam’s Top 25 Global Chart. All together, her music has received more than 325 million streams on Apple Music alone.

Reyez responded to her selection as an Up Next artist by saying:

“Honestly, Apple is a giant — I’m working to be one — so I appreciate them putting me on their shoulders as the next Up Next artist.”

Nadeska Alexis, who is an Apple Music host, also commented on Reyez’ selection to the program. She said, “I’ve been intrigued by Jessie Reyez since I saw her perform an acoustic version of ‘Figures’ on her guitar back in 2016, and her growth since then has been incredible to watch. In addition to her raw talent, the honesty in her songwriting makes her extremely relatable. On ‘Far Away’ for example, she tackles something as universal as romantic relationships and as culturally important as immigration with ease.”

Early next year, Reyez will release a studio album from FMLY and Island Records. It will include the single “Imported,” which the RIAA has already gold certified.

Report: Justin Bieber Readies R&B Album for December

R&Bieber is coming.

According to HITS Daily Double, Justin Bieber will release his highly-anticipated new album before the year is over.

The project will reportedly consist of R&B songs, which he dubbed “R&Bieber.” It may also feature some high-profile collaborations including a “possible reunion with Drake.” A tour would also follow.

The superstar singer has been fueling the speculation himself. He teased “R&Bieber” on Instagram last month and told fans that he would release an album before Christmas if he receives 20 million likes.

“Share it, like it, post in your story, I gotta see the demand 😉 love you guys pumped for it!” he wrote on the post, which currently has 12 million likes. “I’m almost done but your support will make me move faster.”

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Bieber hasn’t released an album since 2015’s Purpose. In April, he returned to the stage during Ariana Grande’s set at Coachella where he teased new music.

“So anyways this is my first time on stage in like two years, so I had to get my groove back. I had to get my swag back,” he told the crowd. “And by the way, album coming soon.”

In the meantime, he has been collaborating with artists including Chris Brown, Gucci Mane, Dan + Shay, Ed Sheeran, and Billie Eilish.

Rihanna Is Working On "Balance" & Will Not Put Up With Your Album Pestering

I don’t think there’s a greater demand for anything other than Rihanna‘s ninth studio album right now. Her last album, ANTI, came out in 2016 and for her fanbase – which the artist herself has called out for having a short attention span – this is far too long a period to go without new music. If Rihanna’s sole creative endeavor was completing #R9, maybe the rushing would be a tad more understandable. However, she juggled a staggering amount projects this past year. She runs the cosmetics empire, FENTY Beauty. There’s her lingerie line, SAVAGE x FENTY. She also became the first Black woman to collaborate with LVMH for a luxury fashion label with FENTY. Oh, and there’s that 500-page visual autobiography she recently released.

Taking all this into consideration, it makes sense that Rihanna shared an Instagram post today that said “this year has been quite an overwhelming one, and she’s] working on that ish called Balance.” Rather than commending the iconic singer for taking care herself, people obviously popped up in the comments pestering about The Album. While RiRi is probably used her nagging Navy, she replied to a comment from her close creative collaborator, Jahleel Weaver. “Where’s the album heaux?!!!” he wrote. His friend was not having it because she clapped back by saying, “I don’t need this kind negativity in my life! BLOCKT.”

Rihanna Is Working On "Balance" & Will Not Put Up With Your Album Pestering

Moral the story: Rihanna has a lot on her plate. We’ll get the album when we get it and all will be great. 

Max B Shares "House Money" EP Tracklist Ft. Jadakiss, Cam’ron & More

Incarcerated rapper Max B isn’t going to let something like prison keep him from churning out new music. The Harlem rapper has been in jail since 2009 after he was sentenced to 75 years on charges related to murder and robbery. This year we’ve seen Max B, real name Charley Wingate, make a number moves in his music career as he’s released his first single in eight years, as well as steadily continued to bless fans with new tunes. He even dropped his joint mixtape Coke Wave 4 with French Montana over the summer.

Montana has suggested that Wingate may be home sooner than later, but in the meantime, Wingate is reclaiming his place in hip hop from behind bars. Max B recently announced that his forthcoming project House Money EP will drop on December 6 and he shared the seven-song tracklist that includes features from Cam’ron, Jadakiss, French Montana, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Wiz Khalifa, Dave East, and A$AP Ferg.

As he prepares for his latest album to finally reach the world, Wingate has also been working on a documentary. He’s shared segments on Instagram where he sits and speaks candidly about his musical influences, upbringing, and much more. Check out his tracklist and watch a few clips from his forthcoming documentary below.

1. Take My Time
2. Super Bad ft. French Montana
3. Ride on Em ft. Jadakiss
4. So Cold ft. A Boogie wit da Hoodie
5. Never Change ft. Wiz Khalifa
6. Goodbye ft. Cam’ron & Dave East
7. Champagne Wishes ft. A$AP Ferg

Summer Walker Cancels Majority Of Tour Dates Due To Social Anxiety

It’s been a massive year for Summer Walker that’s been filled with success. Although her name had heavy buzz beforehand, the Drake co-sign and the release  Over It has made her the new face R&B right now. The singer is currently on The First To Last Tour with Melii but she took to Instagram to announce that she’ll be canceling a majority the remaining dates. She explained that the tour life has taken a toll on her especially in terms dealing with social anxiety. “I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all, so I have decided to cut down some the dates on the tour. I hope you all can understand,” she wrote on IG.

She elaborated on the reason for the cancelation on her Instagram page. “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to finish this tour because it doesn’t really co-exist with my social anxiety and my introverted personality but I really hope that people understand and respect that at the end the day. I’m a person,” she explained. She added that there will be a few shows that she’ll be doing and that she will be in the studio working on new music.

The announcement arrives a day after she responded to a fan’s complaint about their meet-and-greet experience. The fan referred to meeting Summer as an “anticlimactic and disappointing experience” because the singer was “closed f.” Summer later responded to these allegations, explaining that she suffers from anxiety and wants people to respect her space. Just a few days before that, Summer vented about her frustrations with the music industry.

Peep the remaining dates below. 
Nov. 12 – San Francisco
Nov. 25 – Toronto
Nov. 26 – Chicago
Nov. 27 –  Royal Oak
Dec. 2 – Boston
Dec. 5 – Philadelphia
Dec. 7 – NYC
Dec. 8 – NYC
Dec. 22 – ATL

The Spotify Blacklist Continues ⁠— Artist Faces Retaliation After a Music Magazine Exclusive

New allegations of a ‘Spotify blacklist’ are surfacing, with artists still excluded from editorial playlists if their music debuted elsewhere.

The blacklist now seems to go beyond competing streaming services, including blogs, radio, or ‘anywhere in advance of Spotify’.

The concept of a Spotify blacklist isn’t a new one ⁠— Nicki Minaj with her album, Queen. Minaj went on record saying that Spotify refused to promote her album because of her involvement with Apple Music.

A pre-release promotional push appearing on Apple Music’s Beats 1 kicked off a tweetstorm from Minaj.

“Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most. Oh I can’t wait for #QueenRadio on Tuesday. They took away my promotion they had promised for the 1st cpl days b/c of this.”

Spotify responded to the allegations, noting they supported Minaj with a Times Square billboard and more.

“Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists, New Music Friday and the new music release shelf,” the company stated. “Her song ‘Bed’ actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”

Despite the dust-up with Minaj last year, it appears the Spotify editorial team’s policies haven’t changed.

At least one source has confirmed to Digital Music News that Spotify’s editorial team would not promote their newest release. They were told in writing that the decision was part of a global “release parity” initiative, which means that Spotify won’t promote tracks that appear anywhere “in advance of Spotify”.  In this case, the music appeared first on the site of a heavily-trafficked music magazine.

Digital Music News reviewed the correspondence, but agreed not to reproduce it in this article to prevent the source from being outed.

The broader Spotify blacklist policy appears to include official pre-release blog teasers, radio teasers, or a partnership with a major competitor like Apple Music.

The basic message seems to be the same: debut outside of Spotify, and prepare to be blacklisted from Spotify playlists and other promotions.

We have reached out to Spotify for a comment on this story, but have not heard back at the time of publishing. If we receive an official comment from Spotify, we will update the story as needed.

80s MTV Returns ⁠— VEVO Introduces Music Video Channels On Pluto TV

VEVO has struck a deal with Viacom’s Pluto TV for ten new music video channels. Pluto TV is a free streaming service acquired by Viacom earlier this year.

The first channel to debut as part of the deal is VEVO POP ⁠— launching today. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but VEVO is expected to roll out more channels in the future.

VEVO President of Sales and Distribution Kevin McGurn says the partnership was a natural one. A holiday-themed channel will be launching later this year.

“Pluto TV is an exciting partner for Vevo, enabling us to offer a linear-programmed lean-back music video experience to our audiences. Bringing music videos into the home alongside other linear and on-demand programming ensures that music videos are available to audiences on devices and platforms that are already integrated with their day-to-day lives.”

The launch of these new lean-back music video channels hearkens to the early days of MTV.

VEVO experimented with its own streaming offering back in 2013 but eventually discontinued the service in 2016. Now the company is focused on maximizing licensing revenue from third-party platforms ⁠— like Pluto TV.

VEVO has licensing deals with other popular streaming services like YouTube, Amazon, Roku, Apple, and others. It is the world’s largest premium music video provider with 26 billion monthly views and over 400,000 music videos in its catalog. The full channel line-up hasn’t been revealed, but you can check-out VEVO Pop on Pluto TV right now.

Pluto TV boasts over 18 million monthly active users in the United States alone. The service offers over 200 live, linear channels, and thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows.

The channel interface is designed to feel familiar to anyone who has used cable in the last 50 years. Content from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CNN, NBC News, and more can be viewed for free on the streaming service.

#DXHitList: Dave East, TeeFlii & Reese LaFlare Top This Week’s Spotify Playlist

Spotify – If you missed all the latest releases in music this week, the #DXHitList has got you with new bangers from Dave East, TeeFlii and Reese LaFlare.

Kicking off the #DXHitList is Dave East with “On Sight” featuring Ty Dolla Sign off his new album Survival. Though the song drowns in west coast flavor, Dave spits bars with his true-to-self Harlem essence.

Next up, TeeFlii‘s new joint “I Can’t Stop.” The melodic tune lives on his latest self-titled EP with a fresh verse from Dom Kennedy. It’s been a minute since the South Los Angeles crooner dropped his debut album Starr, but he’s never short of releasing a mixtape with all the right vibes.

Also landing on the #DXHitList this week is “What’s Real” by Reese LaFlare, formerly of Two-9, off his new project Final Fantasy. Produced by DrugMoneyMusik, “What’s Real” is a humble braggadocio on his journey navigating the music industry.

New music hailing from Doja Cat, Lil Mosey, Smoke DZA, and Vince Staples is also featured on this week’s playlist.

Press play and follow the #DXHitList below.

Tory Lanez Is Sending Fans Unreleased Music Via Text Message

We’re seeing this happen more and more frequently these days. Recording artists are always looking for new and creative ways to get in touch with their biggest supporters. Twitter used to be enough, allowing fans to mention their favorite stars in messages and hoping that they catch wind the post. You can also get on one those tour buses that drive around the Hollywood Hills and hopefully come across a celebrity or two, as unrealistic as that sounds. Perhaps the most efficient way getting through to your idol is by phone and now, people are starting to get that through their heads. Whether the label is asking them to cop a second device or rappers are just deciding on it themselves, everybody appears to be sharing their phone number online for the world to see. Tory Lanez was the latest.

Tory Lanez Is Sending Fans Unreleased Music Via Text Message
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People like Juice WRLD, Tinashe, Ty Dolla $ign, and many others have all leaked their own personal contact information, inviting fans to hit them up but, with Chixtape 5 on the way, Tory Lanez decided to up the ante. Instead simply engaging in some small talk with his horde loyal backers, the Canadian rapper shared a snippet some new music, asking fans if they were messing with the vibes. “EVERYBODY WHO HAS MY NUMBER. I JUST WOKE UP AND SENT EVERYONE THE SNIPPET FROM LAST NIGHT,” wrote Tory on social media. “IM ON NOW AND AM CURRENTLY RESPONDING TO ALL MY FANS INDIVIDUALLY.”

In a separate comment, Lanez confirmed that it is indeed him answering each message. However, he encourages people to reply to his first message to ensure the conversation stays rolling. You giving it a try?

03 Greedo & Kenny Beats’ "Netflix & Deal" Features Freddie Gibbs & More

Even though he’s behind bars, 03 Greedo is more prolific than the average rapper. Despite being struck with a devastatingly lengthy prison sentence twenty-years, Greedo has tucked away enough material in the stash, like a bear set to enter hibernation. If the promise new music from Greedo wasn’t enough to pique your interest, what about new music from Greedo produced entirely by Kenny Beats? Because that’s exactly what’s in store on Netflix & Deal, a thirteen-track effort set to arrive on November 22nd. 

The tracklist and album cover have been ficially released, and the guests are nothing short stacked. Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, Maxo Kream, KEY!, Buddy, and Ohgeesy are set to join the fun, and we can bet that Kenny will be bringing some Cave energy into the mix. At least, we hope so; the producer’s ongoing series has already led to some incredible fire. 

Check out the tracklist below, and look for Greedo and Kenny’s Netflix & Deal album to arrive in a few weeks from today. Are you interested in this one?

1. Traffic
2. Paid in Full
3. Disco Shit ft. Freddie Gibbs]
4. Maria
5. Blue People ft. Vince Staples]
6. Beg Your Pardon ft. Maxo Kream]
7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
8. Brad Pitt
9. Aye Twin ft KEY!]
10. Life
11. Payback ft. Ohgeesy]
12. Soulfood ft. Buddy]
13. Dead Presidents

Travis Scott & Migos Perform New Song At Astroworld Fest: Watch

Yesterday (Nov. 9), Travis Scott threw his second annual Astroworld Festival in his hometown Houston. The sold out event brought 50,000 ragers to NRG Park. Travis only announced the day’s lineup a day before, so the fact that it sold out proves the dedication the fanbase that he has established. Their faith in Travis paid f because he did not disappoint with the friends he brought out. There were performances by Gucci Mane, Pharrell, Migos, Rosalia, Young Thug, Sheck Wes, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Playboi Carti and more. The most shocking name to pop up on the poster would most definitely be Marilyn Manson. 

Aside from a fire lineup, Travis also surprised his festival attendees by debuting some new music. He was joined onstage by Migos during his set to perform a collaboration for the first time. While the song title is not yet known, but Quavo repeatedly shouts “We don’t give no fucks” for the hook, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if that’s what it’s called. We do know that the banger was produced by Murda Beatz, based on his tag dropped at the beginning. I could be mistaken, but it also seems that Young Thug’s vocals come in at one point (check the 1:50 mark in the video below).

Travis also brought out Kanye West during his set to perform “Follow God” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”