A. G. Cook, the producer and founder of P.C.
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Usher has released his ninth studio album, ‘Coming Home’.The R&B star’s new LP is his first full-length since 2016’s ‘Hard II Love’ and was announced to coincide with the news that he would be headlining the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime show for the first time in his career. It features collaborations with the likes of Summer Walker, 21 Savage, H.E.R., BTS’s Jungkook, Burna Boy, Latto, The-Dream and Pheelz.“’Coming Home’ is an ode to going back to your roots, whatever or wherever that may be,” said Usher in a press release. “I’m coming home to where I’m comfortable in being exactly who I am right now.
My hope is that you identify with the new album no matter where you are or what you’re going through, too.”“Usher’s latest album, ‘Coming Home’, is a testament to his artistry and evolution as a musician,” added music mogul L.A. Reid. “With each track, he invites listeners on a journey of self-discovery and reflection.
Usher’s unparalleled talent shines through in every note, making ‘Coming Home’ a must-listen for fans old and new.”You can listen to the full album below:Usher’s halftime show saw the singer brought out Alicia Keys as a surprise guest. Seated behind a piano, she began by performing a clip of her own song ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ before Usher joined her to deliver a rendition of their 2004 collaboration ‘My Boo’.After being joined by Keys, Usher welcomed more guests throughout the set. H.E.R.
A. G. Cook, the producer and founder of P.C.
Dahomey,” a highlight of this year’s Berlinale competition and directed by Cannes prizewinner Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), for North America, Latin America, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey and India. The feature film is represented in international markets by Films du Losange, which negotiated the deal with Mubi. “Dahomey” marks the sophomore outing of Diop, a French-Senegalese talent who is considered one of the leading figures in international arthouse cinema and of a new wave in African and diasporic cinema.
Mark Ronson has recruited some huge names from the rock world to help push for Foreigner to be inducted into the 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.The producer – famed for his work with Amy Winehouse and on the Barbie soundtrack – has a close connection to the band, with the guitarist Mick Jones being his stepfather.The rockers earned their first nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, despite being eligible since 2002.Now, following the nominations being announced for this year’s instalment, he has made a push to have the band inducted into the Cleveland Hall, and recruited some huge names to help build support.“Everything that made me want to be a record producer came from being in the studio watching Foreigner make records,” he wrote in a new Instagram update.“I’m still completely in awe of the sound of those first five albums. Guitars with swagger and bite.
Burna Boy made a reported $12million from eight concerts.The figures were shared by ChartsAfrica on X (formerly Twitter), and showed that the Nigerian singer-songwriter is responsible for eight of the 10 highest-grossing concerts by an African artist over the past two years.The figures took into consideration his eight shows across 2022 and 2023, and revealed that the gigs brought in approximately $11.8million (£9.31m).Gigs taken into account included his slot at La Defense Arena in Paris, which brought in $2.86million, his slot at Madison Square Garden ($1.58m), Ziggo Dome in the Netherlands ($1.56m) and Capital One Arena in the US ($1.43m).Other shows featured his slot at The O2 in London ($1.35m) as well as more US shows at BMO Stadium ($1.22m), State Farm Arena ($905,024), and Oakland Arena ($885,278).The remainder of the Top 10 list includes both of Wizkid’s shows at Madison Square Garden, which brought the artist a combined $1.95 million.However, as reported by Business Day, the figures aren’t to imply that Burna Boy went home with the full amount calculated, as that figure will have been split to cover costs from his team, the venues, promoters, marketing and tax laws.The outlet also draws attention to a report from The Guardian, which tallied out the various deductions from artists’ touring incomes – noting that taxes account for between five and 35 per cent, and public performance royalties count for just under one per cent.
The Mysterines have announced their second album ‘Afraid Of Tomorrows’ and shared lead single ‘Stray’. Check it out below, along with an exclusive interview with singer Lia Metcalfe.Due for release June 7, ‘Afraid Of Tomorrows’ is the follow-up to 2022’s debut album ‘Reeling’ and follows on from a stint supporting Arctic Monkeys in UK stadiums last summer.“It’s almost feels like it would have made more sense if our albums were released the other way round,” Metcalfe told NME, with ‘Reeling’ focussing more on massive hooks and big singalongs while ‘Afraid Of Tomorrows’ sees the band leaning more on their psych, grunge and alternative influences.“I prefer to create a more intimate connection with fans rather than blowing their heads off with a huge riff.
Solange is the subject of a lengthy new cover story in Harper’s Bazaar. It’s an interesting read, with Solange speaking about her myriad artistic projects, which include a glassware line and becoming just the second Black woman to compose a score for New York City Ballet. Steve Lacy pops up, too, revealing that Solange decorated his home (he describes it as “Clean, futuristic, classic, Black”).
Usher has expressed his regret at having smacked Nicki Minaj on the bum at the 2014 VMAs.The R&B star performed his new song ‘She Came II Give It II You’ featuring Minaj live at the music awards show a decade ago, when he bumped against the rapper’s behind while playing bass guitar before smacking her bum.Speaking in a new interview with Charlamagne Tha God and Jess Hilarious that aired on Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM on Monday (February 19), Usher was asked about the moment in their performance.“Have you seen some of your old moments, like when you were on stage with Nicki Minaj and you were headbutting her ass? Why was you so unhinged?” host Charlamagne asked.At first, the ‘Yeah!’ artist tried to laugh off the memory, replying: “That was Jamaican culture. So you gotta go to Jamaica.
Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Highland Film Group has locked key territory deals for sci-fi thriller “The Astronaut” from “A Quiet Place” producer Brad Fuller Pic stars Kate Mara (“A Teacher”), Laurence Fishburne (“John Wick” films) and Gabriel Luna (“Terminator: Dark Fate”). The film wrapped shooting late last year in Ireland. “The Astronaut” has sold to Signature Entertainment for the U.K., Capelight Pictures for Germany, Blue Swan Entertainment for Italy, Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais for Portugal, DeAPlaneta for Spain, Spentzos Film for Greece, Cinemania Group for former Yugoslavia, Shoval Film Production for Israel, Falcon Films for the Middle East, Filmfinity for South Africa and Roadshow Films for Australia and New Zealand.
Yeat has released his new album, 2093. The Portland rapper's latest project is a blockbuster, arriving with 22 tracks and a feature-length 1hr 20m running time.
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign have been announced as headliners for Rolling Loud California 2024.The two rappers will take to the stage for a special, bill-topping ‘Vultures’ set at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California on Thursday, March 14.As Rolling Stone reports, Ty was initially scheduled to perform in a solo slot at the event on the Saturday night (March 16). Organisers of Rolling Loud California said on social media that single-day ticketholders would receive an email with a link to upgrade.
Thania Garcia Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign will headline Rolling Loud on March 14, the festival announced on Thursday morning. Under the pseudonym ¥$, West and Ty appear as the only artists on the newly added fourth date for the California festival in Inglewood from March 14 to 17. West preemptively announced his placement in the festival via Instagram writing “Vultures Coming to Rolling Loud,” which prompted the company to follow with their official reveal.
Rainn Wilson‘s desire to start a spiritual revolution in Hollywood and beyond to Hilary Swank‘s latest film “Ordinary Angels,” and a first look at the Amazon Prime Video series “The Baxters” the Variety Spirituality in Entertainment Breakfast, presented by FAMI, explored representations of faith and spirituality throughout media. Tuesday’s event, held at the Los Angeles London hotel, featured five in-depth conversations that dove into varied perspectives on the role of spirituality in entertainment and how industry leaders find inspiration from meditation to a whale’s song.
Four Tet is prolific artist, in the last year alone he has worked with William Tyler, released music with Skrillex and Fred Again.. and headlined Coachella.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced their first tour together in a decade and shared details of their new album.The celebrated folk rock band will reunite to play the upcoming ‘Love Earth’ tour this year, which will commence in April. Kicking off with two stops in San Diego, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will visit Arizona, Georgia, New York, Toronto and more, where they will finish the tour in Chicago.Presale is currently active with the Neil Young Archives, whilst general sale will begin this Friday (February 16) at 10am ET here.
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Jessica Pratt has announced her fourth studio LP. Titled Here in the Pitch, the album is due out May 3 on Mexican Summer.
Alex Ritman “Kneecap,” the wildly raucous comedy biopic about the Irish rap group that became one of the unexpected hits of this year’s Sundance, has scored more international sales. The film, the debut feature of director Rich Peppiatt starring the band members as themselves along with Michael Fassbender, was already picked up in Park City by Sony Pictures Classics, which acquired all rights to the title for North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East.
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign have finally released their controversial new collaborative album, ‘Vultures 1’.The pair have been teasing their new album for some months, after news first circulated in August 2023 that West would be releasing new music “imminently” before reports of a late January release and then a drop date set for yesterday (Friday February 9).When that failed to materialise, many expected an indefinite wait. However, the record – the first in an instalment of three – has now been released on Apple Music, Amazon Music, TIDAL and Spotify. There was some delay before it arrived on the latter, leading many to believe that it might be available on the platform.The 16-track album also features contributions Lil Durk, Bump J, Freddie Gibbs, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, Quavo, and West’s daughter, North.
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Usher on Wednesday, I asked him if R&B had fallen off since he was one of the biggest stars of the genre in the late ’90s and ’00s. “I don’t think that R&B is not what it used to be,” he responded.